Saturday, June 2, 2012

Busy with this and that

It's been a month since my last post but I haven't been altogether lazy.  In that time, I've done...

More babysitting than usual:

Little Girl

Started a counted cross stitch project:

Made my first pillowcase dress.  I think it may be a little big for Little Girl.  I'll have to check this week.  I want to make a few more.  They're so cute.

Pillowcase dress

Created a BIG bag from my 'brown' scrap blocks to tote all my 'stuff' to and from camp.  Last year I was lugging my clothing/food and everything else back and forth each week.  Mostly because the camp was inhabited by mice? squirrels? chipmunks?  But when I opened the camp a few weeks ago, there wasn't a sign anywhere of any critters.  Even though I feel comfortable leaving a lot of stuff there, it seems there's always more to bring there or back home.  Anyway a girl can never have too many 'handle' bags.

I've also finished the left side of this sweater.  I hope to have it completed for Little Girl's birthday in September.

Since I opened the camp on May 12,  I've done a lot of yard work and planted the hillside with perennials and a hydrangea bush.  I've always wanted one.  This type is supposed to bloom right up until the fall.  It's very pretty.

My son came out two weeks ago and took off the old 4x8 deck and put on a new 8x8 one.   We still need to add the railings and new steps but it's great to have a larger space to hang out.  I love it.

Last weekend I had a handyman out to replace some broken water pipes.  While he was at it I had him take out the broken hot water heater.  You wouldn't believe the scramble of pipes under the sink to that thing.  Now I have a straight shot from outside to the kitchen sink with a 't' off to the bathroom.  Much better.  I wish I'd taken before and after pictures.  I plan to put a point-of-use hot water heater in later.

I finally started replacing the non-functioning light fixtures with the ones I bought last year.  I was really nervous about doing it but felt much better after I googled how to do it and how to use a voltmeter.  I used to know from when I worked in electronics 25 years ago or so but I'd forgotten.  The fixtures are wall mount and the holes where the wires come out are about the size of a half dollar.  In order to tuck the wires/wire nuts back in, I had to enlarge the hole.  I used some big nippers to chip out the first one.  The trailer walls are made of about 1/4 inch plywood not sheetrock like the other side of the camp.  I'm planning to get a small utility saw to cut the rest of them.

And last week I read four books.  How's that for leisure?!

I'm hoping to get back into blogging more often but I'm spending about 4-5 days at the camp each week.  I have a cellular package to access the internet with my ipad but my camera isn't compatible with the ipad so my blog posts will have to posted from home on my pc.  No promises.

Hope all is well with you.


Lee Prairie Designs said...

YIKES, Pat!!!!! You have been busy.

Try to enjoy some of this summer with out working so hard!

:), Carolyn

Joanie's Quilts said...

How do you do it? You are one busy gal! Little Girl is a sweetheart. Cute tote bag and pillowcase dress.

Kate said...

Pretty cool stuff. The camp sounds like it's coming together. Hope you are enjoying the summer.

Heike's quilts and socks said...

Oh, yes, you have been very busy.
And I really like your bag. What a wonderful design.
Enjoy the summer and have a wonderful time.

Sue Clark said...

Good to hear from you again, Pat! You are one busy lady. I love the bag, cross-stitch, and pillowcase dress. I have joined a sewing group and we are making pillowcase dresses too....they are so fun and so cute. Looks like you are off to a great start at enjoying the summer!