Friday, June 28, 2019

New refrigerator

Our refrigerator was delivered late Monday.  It rained off and on that day and we thought it would have to be delivered to the office to keep it out of the elements.  But checking the weather forecast Jim declared it could live on the patio overnight, under the awning.  As far as I recall no rain overnight!  More importantly there was no wind.  If you've ever spent any time in Texas you know there can be wind on a moments notice.  

So Tuesday was busy with the installation.  Most of the food was out of old fridge so that task was easy.  Unplug and move contents to cooler.  Disconnect water line. Then I pulled all the innards out while Jim prepped the new one.  In order to remove and install, all the doors came off to make it lighter in weight for our feeble bodies to handle it.  Fortunately our neighbor assisted with moving the old one out.

Jim made several trips to the office to set aside the old shelves and drawers and to take stuff to the dumpster.  Paige said she and Michael would help carry in the new one!  They run the RV Park and are the most friendly folks you'd ever meet.  With the new one in place Jim got the doors installed while I washed down the shelves and drawers.  Soon it was all assembled and running!  Over the next few hours we got everything out of the cooler and into the shiny new refrigerator. We waited until Wednesday to retrieve items that were in the office fridge and freezer.

It's a perfect fit and runs like it should...Jim didn't suffer to much while working on this project.  He huffed and puffed a lot.  Missing part of his lung gets him breathless with the least little task.  But he took breaks and I tried to keep him supplied with water.  It was a good days work and he it was done around 1500.

Once he cleaned up he was ready to go out but I declined.  He needed to relax.  Other than a few aches and pains from long, unused muscles he came through this ordeal pretty good.

The other day we watched Daytripper on PBS which happened to be about Blanco which is just up the road from us.  The program points out various things to do and see.  So we did.  On Wednesday we headed there to have lunch at the Redbud Cafe and visit the Hill Country Lavender Farm  both were featured on the show.  I didn't know lavender was grown in the area!  So this would be fun.  

Lunch was very tasty and as we usually do, we had a beer with our meal.  Local brewery so we have to support local businesses, right?  Alas, after our meal we discovered the Lavender Farm wasn't open.  But we'll visit another time. 

On the way home we stopped at HEB for some groceries and drove home in the rain.  So a visit to the farm would have been rained out!

Handmade cards because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
or shows off a tweet on the fridge
or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

For the year of 2019 I've challenged myself to 500 cards think I can do it?

28 June 2019 158 cards

Using the Rococo Rose ink and matching ribbon from Satmpin' Up!  I made these two cards.  Not sure if you can tell but the cards are spattered with ink.  Cool effect

These three cards are made from a Club Scrap Kit.  Much prettier in real life, colors appear to be washed out

Thanks for stopping by!

All is right in our world

Monday, June 24, 2019

Life in General

Right now ( 1700 Monday), at this moment it is glorious outside!  I've got the windows open and pumping fresh air throughout this tiny home on wheels.  Cloudy and rainy, couple of thunderstorms (I could do without the lightening strikes!) and now the sun is out.

We had a quiet weekend.  Though with the thunderstorm that we had Saturday it was very noisy and we lost internet and power.  Power went off twice but was back on quickly. Dish TV came on Friday and hooked us up.  So far we're enjoying it.  We now have the Smithsonian channel that I watched for an hour or so.  What's really nice is I can turn the TV on and off without rotating through the remotes we had for Direct TV.  Probably watch more TV now! Could take awhile to learn where all the channels are.  So far Jim hasn't recorded anything!

Enjoying the local library.  Jim went Saturday to learn all about the hands on stuff you can learn to do.  We like watching the dvd's we borrow from them.  I've gotten a couple books, but my eyesight is getting wonky and I can't read for any length of time before they hurt.  Another thing to rectify.

Today our refrigerator is supposed to arrive...but we're not sure about all the rain we're having.  The old fridge is still in place.  All our freezer contents are at the office as is some refrigerated items.  More rain is called for tomorrow.  

Handmade cards because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
or shows off a tweet on the fridge
or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

For the year of 2019 I've challenged myself to 500 cards think I can do it?

24 June 2019 153 cards

I slathered ink on my embossing folder to do a tone on tone design.  Pretty neat as you never know how it will turn out.  Using a new color from Stampin' Up! Rococo Rose, the ink and paper are the same color.  Blueberry  is the card base

Same style just different folder.

Paper Pumpkin Kit
I love the soft colors of this kit and I still have more cards to assemble

Another small critter.  This walking stick wanted to come inside!

All is right in our world

Friday, June 21, 2019

Heat Advisories!

Not sure if it’s normal for the area but we keep getting the advisories every few days about excessive high temperatures.  In the afternoon it climbs into the upper 90’s, low 100’s.  The Weather Channel lets us know the best times to be outdoors.  So generally anything outside is done before noon.

Jim has gotten into a routine that has helped tremendously with the coughing.  I think it’s safe to say we both are happy about this.  He’s also using the cpap for a couple hours each night.  Hopefully this will improve as time goes by.

We’re getting a new refrigerator on Monday.  Last summer in Florida the present one started acting up.  The freezer works great but the refrigerator doesn’t cool adequately in hot weather.  The thing freezes up and the whole unit has to be shut down to thaw.  Managed ok during this past winter.  Yes, we did try to get it repaired.  Not my area! I don’t work on Samsung! Etc etc etc.  So a new unit.

Just got new rear tires for the truck.  There was a leak in one and Jim took it in to be repaired and got the good news that they needed to be replaced.  

Handmade cards because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
or shows off a tweet on the fridge
or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

For the year of 2019 I've challenged myself to 500 cards think I can do it?

21 June 2019 149 cards

One Sheet Wonder cards for June.  Stampin' Up! papers, ink and stamps

Today we got Dish TV...all set up and ready to go for our viewing pleasure

all is right in our world

Thursday, June 13, 2019

What is your viewing pleasure?

Do you watch TV?  What shows appeal to you?  For the most part Jim and I like the same kind of shows.  Dramas, action adventures etc.  Of course we have our differences too, as in cooking shows and car shows. We both like HGTV and DIY shows.

Recently we've found we don't watch a lot of television.  For that reason we're dropping Direct TV and the extensive programming we have.  Switching to Dish and the basic package they offer.  Just seems better for us and we'll see how it works!

We have been getting DVD's from the library and we're having fun with series of shows, starting at the beginning and enjoying what we may have missed the first time around.  Sometimes when the shows aired you can miss an episode.

Jim and I both like Sherlock Holmes.  I thought Basil Rathbone was the best Sherlock.  All the episodes in black and white..Then there’s Jeremy Brett who was Sherlock in the 80’s. We'll have to see if it's available on DVD. Have you seen Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch?  We picked up season one at the library. What fun!  Not sure if we’ve seen all of them.  But we’re going to now.

We just finished watching the last season of Endeavour because a new season starts on PBS soon.  Endeavour is the precursor to Inspector Morse staring John Thaw.  This series is excellent!  Wouldn't mind seeing them again.  Did  I ever mention that we love British dramas and mysteries? The writing is better, filming is intriguing with angles and light.  Probably why American shows don’t appeal to us. The Brits just do it better!

Critters...we have them, from this itty bitty preying mantis on my plumeria

to this ten inch snake that was resting under the patio mat.  Wonder if he'll be there next time I pull the mat back?

Katydids!  Just a couple hang around the rig...but they have serenaded us for weeks now

Handmade cards because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
or shows off a tweet on the fridge
or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

For the year of 2019 I've challenged myself to 500 cards think I can do it?

12 June 2019 144 cards

This first card is from the June Paper Pumpkin from Stampin' Up!  Note card size and they having matching envelopes

One Sheet Wonder cards are fun to make.  You cut up 12 x 12 patterned paper and make many cards depending on how the paper is cut.  This is only three of them and I'm adding sentiments to all of them. The two on the left will be thank you cards, the one on the right will be used for the cards I mail out.  Perhaps to you!

Thank you for visiting!

All is right in our world

Monday, June 10, 2019

Whew! It's really getting warm here

Sunday Evening

For the last three days our temperature has been in the low 100's.  Oddly enough, though it's warm the low humidity makes it tolerable..For sure you don't want to do anything strenuous.  I think that's why siestas were invented!

Today we went to lunch at a new to us restaurant.  As far as I know it was an authentic New York City Deli, with some local touches.  Jim had an omelet with chili! I had potato latke (2) which would have been enough for me, but I also ordered a Greek Salad, most of which came home with me.  It's a popular place on Sunday morning as we waited for a bit for a table.  

Afterwords we went to the mall to walk it off.  With the high temperature walking outside is a no-no during the afternoon.  

We're doing good.  Jim is slowly getting better but still tires easily.  He only does minor chores.  I think it's time to up his game.  My meds seem to working as my blood pressure is going down.  Didn't expect that.  I would prefer not taking medicines.  But for now it's part of my life.  I stay busy with my chores and making cards.  Though lately days have gone by without playing with my paper.

Most of our days are spent relaxing.  Reading, playing games and watching DVD's from the library.  We're dropping Direct TV because we just don't watch television very much.  Switching to DISH. There basic package is a bit cheaper than Direct TV and offers us the channels we like to watch.   I need the basic channels for CBS, PBS and football!  We'll see how much we watch and go from there.

We do eat out maybe a couple times a week and the trips are combined with grocery runs or trips to the library

Handmade cards because:

No one displays an email on the mantle
or shows off a tweet on the fridge
or saves a Facebook post in a box of treasures

For the year of 2019 I've challenged myself to 500 cards think I can do it?

10 June 2019 140 cards

These five cards are from a Club Scrap Kit with a botanical theme.  I like the soft green and butter color combination

Echo Park is offering a kit and these four cards are a start on using all the supplies included in the kit.  There's a lot!
The Floral Market kit included: 
12 sheets of 12 x 12 double sided paper
4 of these are cut aparts
1 pad of 6 x 6 double sided paper
1 sheet of 12 x 12 stickers
1 set of matching cling stamps
Enamel dots
A package of 33 ephemera
1 sheet of 6 x 12 chipboard sticker
1 tape runner
and a wee York Peppermint Patty

I've plenty to work with so check back to see what I make.  All I need to add is the coordinating Stampin' Up! card stock

Our  Bluebonnets and other wild flowers have all faded and in some areas been mowed.  Here at Spring Branch RV Park the cactus are blooming

That's about it from here.  
All is right in our world.