Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Some Fun Stuff

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a mid-week post, but so much is going on that I just had to slow down for a moment and share.

First, I wanted to give all my crazy quilting and/or embroidery friends a heads up that the special Holiday issue of Crazy Quilt Quarterly has been published. You can order it HERE in either printed or digital format, or both.

It’s another fun issue and focuses, as you might imagine, on the Holiday Season (mostly Christmas). There are some great patterns and tutorials as always. Why not order your copy now??

I got a call this morning that my Aria quilt was ready at the quilter’s. So, off we (Bruce and I) ran. He took a comp day today for working so much last week, so he is home with me today and tomorrow.

Anyway, freeway closure notwithstanding (a truck full of ammonium nitrate flipped over, so you can imagine their caution), we drove to get it. On the way home we stopped at Costco for lunch and a couple things, then at Trader Joe’s to stock up on All Things Pumpkin. That would include (imagine my best Bubba Gump voice....) pumpkin scone mix, pumpkin ravioli, Pumpkin O’s cereal, pumpkin spice muffin mix, pumpkin granola, pumpkin spice oatmeal.....

Back to the quilt...... I still have to bind it.  So, it didn’t make it in time for the Quarter 3 Finish Along goals, but will be the first one ticked off on my Quarter 4 goal list!!

Construction update: contractor will begin building new wall this week. Floors ordered and paid for (2 weeks to come in, two weeks to sit and acclimate); fireplace tile ordered and paid for (2 weeks to come in). That will be installed pretty much the same time as the fireplace insert.  We are going to get a big dumpster delivered to take away all the old brick, carpets, fireplace stuff, and all the other broken furniture and junk we have had back in our backyard hidey-hole for a year.

And I had another good surprise. When I left my former employer Siemens about 8 years ago, it was my understanding that the old pension plan was rolled into our IRAs. But I must’ve missed something (and I am usually a financial whiz). Anyway, I got an official package yesterday to let me know that I have a one-time opportunity this fall to roll my pension plan monies into my private IRA. Really? It’s way more than the cost of our remodel (including planned new furniture), so it looks like someone is watching out for me! Back into the IRA savings it will go, and I am happy as a clam! So why are clams happy anyway?

Until Saturday,
Cathy maroon


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Everyone is always talking about the stock market and how bad things are. Well when England did their Brexit and the market fell, no one mentioned how quickly and high it bounced back. My IRA bounced really HIGH and I was thrilled to get my last statement!!

Glad all the remodel is coming together so nicely. If those used bricks were HERE, someone would be rushing to pick them up and save them from the landfill. That's how we built our ultra BBQ/ brick covered concrete laundry tub party cooler on the patio. Nope, Terry is NOT a contractor but he is a Jack Of All Trades including masonry. His dad taught him how to do everything.

I'm excited to see pics of your shudders. I have been talking to Terry about doing something like that with doors. I saw some awesome doors with stained glass windows and it would only take 4. Our living room has stained barn siding on two walls and the ceiling with beams. It would look great.
xx, Carol

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Thanks for the heads up about pumpkin goodies at Trader Joe's. I have to make pumpkin muffins this time of year, but my newest favorite pumpkin delight is pumpkin yogurt! Yum! Sounds like your remodel is on its way!