Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Boiler coming on Friday

This is exciting because not only will we be getting a new boiler, but I'll be home for the day and that means I MAY get in some sewing!! This is such a busy time at work that I never 'plan' to sew unless it's for my quilting group at church. I really need to update their blog, too.

This is "the old Beast"... It's been there forever. We've had the house since 1997, but it was built in the 1940's and was an oil burner. It was converted into gas before we bought the house, so I'm sure it will be a bear getting it out. I've been told it probably weighs 700 lbs. and the new one coming in will be half the height and closer to the back wall. We'll keep the expansion tank since it's pretty new.
This is the water tank that we AREN'T replacing at this time... She's beast, too, but she's still plugging along for what we need, so as the old 'New Englanders' say.... "if it aint broke, don't fix it."
Of course, that doesn't apply to boilers, because as the gas co. told me, there are two obsolete parts on our boiler and if they suddenly go (and you KNOW it's gonna be on the coldest day of winter with 4' of snow on the hatchway), they would condemn it. Then we would be without heat until we put a new one in (and that sounded like an instant decision on a boiler -whatever isn't a special order, just what they have available- and instant money coming from the bank acct-which we may not instantly have).

We've been saving for a little while, so we could replace it now. And besides, we can use our energy rebates for this year and last year up to $1500, so let's do it!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Almost quilting....

I haven't been doing much quilting as of late and I miss it. I even kept my sewing machine in the trunk of my car, since my last mtg at church ....until today. It's in the house. Hopefully to be used this week. Granted not in the next day or two, I have too many appts. for tomorrow, but just taking the thing OUT of the trunk, gets the juices running.

I do have a quilt for charity that I've been waiting for an updated address to send it along, but I'll have to go with the one that's been on their caring pages. This isn't the whole quilt. I've added borders to it, so I'll post a finished photo of it as soon as I unload them from the camera.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sad sister news

Have to wait for Tuesday of next week to find out results of my sister's biopsy. She found a lump under her armpit while applying deodorant in mid Aug. this year. Had a mamo and an unltrasound, met with a doctor who said they wouldn't know anything definite until after the biopsy, but it didn't look good. (I'm pissed that a doctor would tell my sister something so negative without knowing. You want to work with hope, not just 'possible' reality. Yes, I know she works with this all the time, but ...)
My prayers are with you.... especially, since she is having issues with her husband right now. She doesn't feel loved.
I love you....

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Chapters

Well, I'm glad my daughter has turned a new chapter in her life, even if it means she stays with us a little while longer. She has sold her dog, Snoopy, even though he hasn't lived here with her and Malakai. She's been keeping it at a friend's house in New Britain. I wouldn't allow a dog here, and she knew it. It was a birthday gift (?) from her 'former' fiancee when they were engaged...but that ended with a text message on Labor Day weekend. From him. Sad, but not...She is doing well with it, but it certainly changed the way things were going for her.(Transfer of job/Kai's school/doctors/child care/med ins/etc... to FL, and plans to save money for the move - $1300 for moving van). He wasn't ready... being in FL makes it easier for her. It's easier on Kai, too... He's so in cinque with family and Sheila (day care) ....It will be a better Christmas for us, too.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Hello Nelson...

Well, it didn't take him long to replace old Bess... here is the new occupant of the garage. Nelson from CA. He came on a double tandem trailer and rode with some pretty impressive occupants; jaguar, rollsroyce.... He looks at home in the garage, doesn't he?
He seems to be in good condition. Lee likes him. And by the window decorations, he seems to have ahd some interesting history at the Bonneville Flats, racing.
Malakai enjoyed that he could sit on the tail and not scolded that he couldn't be there...
In fact so much that he decided to 'help Papa' with the tires...
gave him a better seat!
Of course, that means the hands are FILTHY!! ...(come on, Gramma, he's a boy! He can get dirty!!)
At least I got ONE hand clean!!!!