Damascus Treadle

Damascus Treadle
Sews Wonderfully!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011


It has been a beautiful fall day here in Wichita.  Definitely a hint of chill in the air and 37 this am. 
Don is getting ready to take a trip to AZ and deliver the Crown Vic to my son and bring back his old pickup to fix up.
I'm busy getting Christmas presents done; the faster I go the behinder I get, lol.
We had our first "trunk or treat" at church this evening.  A total of 17 vehicles decorated their trunks or back ends of vans and pickups.  Had lots of candy to hand out to the kids, a bouncy house and hayrack rides.  Don and I had to take a ride as well.  A good time was had by all.
Tomorrow evening we try and trap Fred, the  last of the feral colony to get "fixed".  Hope we succeed with this effort. 
Have a blessed evening, all.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Great News!!!

When we started the testing on Don's heart, the cardio doc told us he was pretty confident that his heart had wall damage from his "event" 2 years ago and that the artery going down the front wall of his heart was completely blocked.  So yesterday he went in for his followup from the heart cath/stint procedure.  The doc said the artery he thought was totally blocked still had a trickle going through, which prevented the wall from dying.  That is one of the two arteries to get a stint.  He also said he could find no wall damage.  What great news!!  I wonder why he didn't tell us when the procedure was done; perhaps he was just very busy.  Anyway, for there to be no damage from his heart attack 2 years ago is a miracle, and we know Who does miracles!
It is 53 and windy here.  It was either the wind or the possum in the laundry room that woke me up today.  This is supposed to be our high and we should have rain moving in and drop down to 40 tonight.  It is that time of year.
The cats are not using their winter quarters, so I need to move the boxes to a location they will like better.  I would like for them be in the laundry room at night, but I really don't want the possum in there, so I shall have to close the doggy door at night. 
Have a blessed day, all

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Good Day!!

We spent most of the day at a car show sponsored by our church.  One of our friends has a race car that he brought and we spent most of our time sitting at his site.  Lots of interesting cars, motorcycles and one old tractor.  The church ladies had ribs and hamburgers for sale and we had to have some, of course.  The weather was perfect, a little overcast and in the mid 70s. I spent some of the time knitting. 
I have finished my first knitting project in many years.  It is a shrug and you can see the pics here.  I think I shall wear it to church tomorrow. 
Have a blessed Sunday, all.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

We have heat!!

Our central heat decided it didn't want to turn on, so for a couple of days we were without.  Don's friend, who has a HVAC business, came and fixed it for us. 
It is now 32 outside at 5am, so I don't think we will have the hard freeze predicted. The plants have been rescued, just in case.  Now I need to make proper room for them to winter in the house.
We went to a lovely place for lunch, the Lotus Leaf Cafe and Creperie.  Their food is mostly organic and very healthy and tastes just wonderful.  They are in old town on Douglas, a couple of doors down from the Twist yarn shop.  And yes, I did visit the yarn shop and got yarn for a project. 
Had the usual great time with the small quilting group "queen bees" on Tuesday.  We are all working like mad on gifts. This is such a lovely group of ladies, most of us in our 70s.  I was totally in shock to learn the going rate for having someone quilt a queen sized quilt is $400.  Perhaps I'll keep my Gammill after all, at least until I get my tops done, even if it is just simple stuff. 

Friday, October 14, 2011

It has been a beautiful day!!

There is a  hint of fall in the air.  High today  in the low 70s.  I love this time of the year.  There are yellow, dark red and rust/yellow mums in the front as well as the last of the rose moss and petunias.  We are planning the flower planting for the burm at the new house. 

Knitting has been the order of the day; working on Christmas presents.  I have to work like crazy to get them all done.  There is a pile waiting for the sewing machine and a quilt loaded on the Gammill ready for it's turn.

Don spent the day hauling top soil for the church with his dump truck.  He is pretty tuckered out this evening.

Have a great weekend, all.

Thursday, October 13, 2011


My computer has been in the shop.  The virus on it rapidly replicated itself, shut down my puter completely and destroyed the hard drive.  Fortunately my external backup did not get the virus, so I am back in business.  I did lose all my downloads, particularly my machine embroidery. 
I have been busy knitting a shrug and am almost finished.  Can't wait to try it on.
Our guild spring retreat is next February, so I signed up already. 
My Gammill still has not sold, so I'm busy quilting ufos. 
We took a trip to Minden Nebraska and toured the Pioneer Village there.  Really a neat experience.  A plus was our visit to Burchell's Whitehall Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant.  Absolutely wonderful food!
Have a blessed day, all.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Got a terrible virus on my main computer.  I unplugged my external hard drive backup device as soon as I realized what was happening.  It came through my email and in no time rendered my c: drive unreadable. Attempts to use my virus detector to repair proved impossible, even though it warned me they were there.
 So I don't know whether to try and see if someone can fix it or buy a new one as it is almost four years old.  And also can my backup pics and docs be loaded onto a new computer?
I'm using one of Don's old laptops, an IBM thinkpad that is very slow and I think is on its last legs. 
On a good note, I've been cleaning out storage areas and getting ready to take some stuff to the thrift shop.  We have a good deal of storage in this home, just need to organize it better. 
I hope to load a quilt on the Gammill this afternoon and do several quilts in the coming week.  We shall see how the hands do; I've been awake since 2:30am with them hurting.  Getting old is not for sissies!!
Have a blessed Sunday, all.