Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I am finally back!  
Have a lot to fill you in on...plus an Ian video!
I slowly kept up reading blogs, but made no comments because of the pathetic intermittent Century Link connection. But as of yesterday I am all set to go in cyberville...and my land line still has my old telephone number.  :)  Now I just have to call Century Link for an immediate disconnect today.
I was actually up really early and caught a sunrise. 
Been quite a long time since I've seen the orange display... 
...of the waking morning. 
We did have some gorgeous fall days... 
...but what have I been up to?  Nobody wanted the four fish.  So I cleaned the bowl.  You will notice--no snails, gravel, or live plants.  Much easier to clean.  I got out an old "cave' for them to hide in, added their slate rocks, and they seem to have adjusted and are quite happy again. 
We had days and days of blanketed skies and cold.  Even had frost and freeze warnings. 
I finished cutting up the stabilizer for the diaper tote...
...and ironed... 
...and ironed...a little at a time...
...while Karma's curled up under a blanket in defense against the cold. 
I was emptying the desk and file cabinet for days and days.  Dagan stopped by after work one day and moved... 
...Phil and... 
...my pen cabinet for me. 
More chilly, dark days. 

Karma has suddenly wanted to be up off the floor and in her chair again.  She barely uses it all summer.  Won't she be surprised when it is carted away! 
I had to finish up the ironing on of the stabilizer using a chair.  (Sciatica has come back for a long annoying visit.)
Finally got all the pieces that needed stabilizer ironed and was ready for the next step... 
...to set up the 40 year old sewing machine! 
See that silver knob?  Well, I couldn't loosen it to be able to thread a bobbin. 
Not even with a gripper.  Leah had used the machine last for her neoprene project and she is much stronger than I am--LOL! 
I had to wait for Dagan to stop by again to loosen the knob.
Meanwhile...my Franklin Planner arrived!!  
For the T Stands For Tuesday group over at Elizabeth's...the coffee pot is as close to showing you what I was drinking for the last two weeks as I can get--ROFL!!  ;) ;)  
Changing up an old and extremely familiar system is quite jarring to someone with my OCD tendencies.  But I will be as ready as I can be by October first.  Am almost there now. 
I made it over for a McFamily visit last week. 
Mr. Ian is such an expressive fellow that out of a dozen shots this is the only one that was not a blur.
So Gramma decided that Ian is definitely a video boy.  ;)   Ian and Gramma were having a little chat while Mama and Daddy were having a subsequent conversation about cameras.  
It's the only way I can really let you see clearly who Ian McGregor really is, anyways, right?  Guess I'll be spending more time on youtube--LOL!  ;) 
Had some days with partial sun.
Mostly 60s during the days and 40s at night, but we hit the 30s a night or two.  I heard it snowed in Montana!
Karma finds her heat where she can.  
The morning sun's angle is changing rapidly.
I finally got the file cabinet... 

...and the desk completely emptied.
Cleared off the bookcase next to the desk and the curio cabinet so that the Eventis person would have the easiest access to all the mysterious wires and cables--and because I planned to have Dagan move my printer, too.  And where did all the tons of stuff I removed go?
Where else.  
My bedroom.
It's become a catch-all, waylay area again.
Meanwhile...Dagan had loosened the knob on the sewing machine, right?  So I thread the bobbin...get all set up to sew...and the blasted needle won't go up and down!  The wheel won't turn--at all?  Now what?!  I drag out the old manual...and hope it is the belt.

Not the belt. 
So I decide to try to stare into the scariest part of the machine.

I couldn't get the gears next to the wheel there to move at all.  :(  I am bummed.
Dagan and Leah were coming over last night to take the desk apart so I asked Leah if she would look at it.  She doesn't know anything about sewing machines, but her mind understands mechanical stuff better than either Dagan's or mine does.  I've put so much money into this old machine over the last few years that if we couldn't get it working...I am done.  It's like having an old car where every time you turn around something new breaks down, you know?  *sigh*
My Eventis guy arrived yesterday...sorted through wires and cables...here he was double checking my phone before he left.  Super nice guy!  I am back in cyberspace, people!  :):)
I had him set up the Eventis box over on the curio cabinet.  Was going to try the top of the bookcase but the cords weren't long enough.  Might work after the desk is gone, he said.
Dagan and Leah came.  Dagan moved my printer and set it up.
They dismantled the desk and also took the arms off my desk chair.  [Was so sick of not being able to tuck the chair under the desk because of the gigantic arms that I was actually looking for a new armless chair online.  (They have red ones!) But it suddenly hit me...I wonder how those arms are attached on my desk chair?  Bolts!  Off they came--tada!]
Dagan and Leah put together the floor lamp from IKEA, too.  Not sure if I will switch it with the art table lamp or not.  Have to get used to both of the new lamps first.  :)
Me.  Well, I got to sit in my chair and have a nice long chat with Ian--who was smilier than ever.  He fell asleep for a quick snooze and woke up shortly before they were getting ready to leave.  No pictures.  My arms were full of baby the whole time.  :):)
Leah said the sewing machine seems to have frozen up solid.  She couldn't get anything to move, either.  So, I packed the machine up with all its feet and bobbins, etc.  Yes--it's goodbye to the old friend who sewed Dagan's baby clothes and so many things over the last four decades.  I suppose somebody might want it or know how to fix it themselves.  The verdict is in, though.  I am going to have to buy a new sewing machine.  The diaper tote has been put on hold.  :( 
I'll ask them at New Life if they want a broken sewing machine, too, when I call today for pick up of the desk, file cabinet, lift chair, and broken floor lamp.  [Dagan convinced me that, even if four out of five arms still reluctantly work, not to stick it in the garage as a lamp backup.  "I thought you were purging?  Purge!  Your new Target lamp was only $13.00."  True.  True.  The failing one was a $29 Target special, too--LOL!  Sometimes one needs a push.]
So...here I am.  Back in blogland.  Sunny day...53 degrees.  And I have to start making phone calls...Century Link, New Life, UPS (to pick up the modem from Century Link)...going to be one of those telephone days.  Wish me luck!  I hope all goes smoothy this time.  ;)
 Feels good to be back.  Great to have pages pop right up--OMG!  Been soooo long!  Well, I've got to get moving.  Things to do before Caroline arrives this afternoon.  Have a super day!!  See you again soon this time.  :):)
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."
Alan Watts


  1. Hi Rita, oh what a fun read you have for us on thsi T-day! A little bit of everything going on in your life. I had to giggle about the photos of Karma all snuggly under a blanket as it gets cooler here in New England, my cat Guinness is starting to "burrow" places in our home too. Such a baby! And oh did I drool over that clean desk of yours! Thanks for sharing and happy T-day!

  2. So glad to read you are back in blogland. I'm also glad Dagan talked you into getting rid of that lamp. It took up a LOT of room you need in your garage, too. After all, winter is coming and you might want to put that car in it.

    Karma looks content, but I see more of Ian lately than Karma. I'm sure Karma will be in far more photos when things calm down a bit now that you are back on the internet.

    I wish I lived closer and had more room, I'd take that desk in a heartbeat. I'd be able to replace several pieces that way.

    Thanks for sharing your week, your coffee pot (grin), Ian, and your life in general for T this Tuesday.

  3. glad you're back on-line again! sounds like lots of shuffling around again. and ian is such a growing boy!

  4. Firstly Ian is one darling and precious little guy...
    I heard him say HI too :)
    I imagine he will have fun when he's about 4 or 5 seeing his lil babyself on video!
    Karma has the right idea snuggling up with the change in the weather.
    Lovely sunrise!
    Thanks for sharing your doings...you sure have a neat workspace.
    Happy T Day to you and yours

  5. I can tell how happy you are to be back blogging and online again! You certainly have a lot of energy getting SO much accomplished. Of course, Ian is utterly adorable:) And my Annie is looking for the comforts of the warm spots in the sun and on a fleece blankie too now that our mornings and nights are getting pretty chilly. Good luck getting a new sewing machine. Happy T day!

  6. Glad your back with us again. What a struggle to get things canceled and re hooked back up.

    Ian is sooo cute, and growing so fast.

    As always I enjoy the sky pictures you take, I forget how blue the sky there can be.

    You have been so busy, don't forget to stop and breath....LOL

    Happy T-day

  7. Welcome back! HI, IAN! CAN YOU HEAR ME FROM FLORIDA? Maybe Grandma will tell you I said Hi, baby doll, you are cute. I love Y is for Yoda. He's a geek baby already. I only see a sunrise if I stay up all night. All your new stuff and rearranging looks nice. Sciatica, hit the road, Jack, and don'tya come back no more, no more . . .


  8. Hope you don't get stuck online for TOO long. I hate that part of getting things disconnected. I love the video of Ian, he sure does like to move around a smile! And you've made a ton of progress with the rearrangement plan, it seems. :-)

  9. wow, a lot of marvelous photos! the baby video is adorable...he look so excited to be filmed! love your sky photos as always, and your new desk too...happy T day!

  10. So happy you are back online! It is too bad about your sewing machine, but 40 years is quite a good run!

    I loved seeing all your photos--especially the sunrise. It is getting cooler here at night, but hard for me to think about snow already!

  11. Those phone calls are the worst. We had been having some internet woes .. pretty much since we started with Xplornet but particularly bad recently. I'm certain that I've spent about 6 hours on the phone with them over the past few weeks. Finally it's resolved. I'm glad your internet issues are, as well. And really good thinking re the char arms!

  12. Loved seeing Ian! Give Karma a hug! Happy T Day! Hugs! deb

  13. Busy girl! Great to see the kiddo and be brought up to date!

  14. Anonymous5:20 PM

    I had to take notes!

    1. Karma in the sun was sweet.

    2. That is the most organized book space.

    3. I had a sewing machine that cost so much in repairs, that I got rid of it the last time it broke down. Don't miss it.

  15. Happy to see your computer is up and running. I always enjoy your sky photo's. Ian is priceless, but you know that.


  16. Ian looks very curious & intelligent!! When are you going to teach him how to use the computer?

  17. Welcome back! Sounds like you've got a great internet connection now.

    Ian sounds like he certainly has mastered the word "hi." What a cutie!

    Beautiful pictures of the clouds and sky.

    The Franklin Planner comes in a big box. That's either a super huge planner or they used a lot of bubble wrap to keep the planner safe on its journey to you!

  18. Aww...I miss those baby days...but not enough to start over. :) I'll just wait to be a Grandma in hopefully another 15 or so years.
    I love reading about your days.
    Happy Tuesday!

  19. Good to see you are connected again! Ian is so cute...you have every right to be very proud of him! :)

  20. Happy T-Day!
    Cable, internet ... they can be such a pain. But so bad that we can't seem to live without them. Glad to be back online. Ian is such a cutie pie! Yeah saw on the news just the other day that there was snow at Rapid City! And we are having 100 degrees heat wave! Wish we could average that temp.

  21. Hi Rita,

    I'm so happy to hear you are all hooked up with the better internet service provider. YAY! The sky photos are beautiful!

    Here you are getting frost/freeze warnings and we are headed into storm season...even though it's spring, we are getting the usual hot days for this time of year. I'm dreading summer. :(

    Such a shame the sewing machine died after all the prep work for the diaper/nappy bag. I miss my good quality machine. I sold it when we moved to the States. I bought a cheap one some years after we came back but it just doesn't come up to par.

    Cody loves to snuggle up under blankets in the cooler months. Karma is so sweet!

    I loved the video of baby Ian! I love that age when they start to respond and try to speak back to you. So cute!

    When I read about you removing the arms from your swivel chair, I tried it with mine as I was also frustrated that the arms wouldn't fit under my art table. Problem with mine is that the arms are the only things holding the back of the chair on. If I removed them, the back would fall off....BUMMER!!!

    Yes, sometimes one does need a push. LOL

    So sorry I haven't been around. I've barely been online and haven't posted on my own blog in weeks. My life has not been my own since Dad went into hospital and then the nursing home. I am halfway through a letter to you though. I hope to finish it over the weekend.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    Love and hugs ~ xo

  22. The sky(yay! A fellow sky nut-although mine are often sunsets), a baby, a cat and familiar tales of internet connections and sorting stuff(and the horrors of parting with stuff too) and the coffee pot - great post and now I'm going for a stroll through your skies! Chrisx

  23. Goodness - you've been busy (as have the family members - all of them!)

    I'm sad about the fish... they are so nice - it's a shame they are unwanted - if I was a lot closer - I would give 'em a home.

    Hugs - thanks for the nice letter! Your enthusiasm is contagious!

  24. What a busy time you are having. Such a shame about the trusty sewing machine. I hope you find a new one that you like. Ian is adorble. It was so lovely to see him smiling and hear him gurgling and 'saying' Hi :D So cute. My youngest grandson has started talking in short sentences and it melts my heart to hear him say Hiya Granny on the telephone. Hope things carry on moving apace for your move and all goes well. (hugs)

  25. Sorry your old sewing machine won't work any longer. It's discouraging when you want to do something but you can't for one reason or another.

    Loved the video of Ian. He's a cute little boy and growing right up there. :)

    Lots of changes going on out there. Pretty soon, you'll think you're in a new apartment. :)

  26. What a full fun post Rita,
    I'm so glad that you're back in blogland so that we can see what's happening in your part of the world.
    Gorgeous video of the little wee man and Mufftypup does exactly what Karma likes to do... chase the sunpatch! ^..^
    Great photos and I'm so happy to see that you've managed to see a sunrise ;D
    Have a great week

  27. Omigosh those videos are great!! What a CUTIE PIE!!!!! And Karma is adorable too, of course. =D


  28. That video is adorable... He is such a wiggly chatty little thing isn't he... And so engaged... Thanks for sharing it with us all... So happy I finally made a moment to sit and catch up on all your goings on... Xx


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