May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 NIV

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bathroom Update and Other Bits of Life

The Bathroom!  We've all heard it......It will cost more and take longer than you think......and it is true.  I have no real problems with the contractors.  They've been pretty good about communication and being here on time.  The hang-up is more with the lovely city of Alameda because along the way, we will need three inspections.  There is a call-in process with the city to arrange for an inspector to come by and then you pray that you'll get on the schedule in a timely manner. In the meantime, the lower cabinets have gone in, the granite has been selected, and the appointment for the counter template has been made.

I am still sewing in between times to help the time go by.  My latest project was to make ponchos for the darling grand-daughters.  Lots of learning curve on that project.  I have learned to check and make sure they have picked out fleece material and not faux fur.  I have faux fur bits everywhere and with the construction dust mixed in, we are all sneezing.  Also learned that it is better to cut the neck hole too small and then enlarge as necessary.  I ended up having to add fabric to the neckline on one of the ponchos but it still came out cute. 

I'm also working on a poncho for my DDIL.  She, too, picked out faux fur.  It is giving me problems with stretching so I need to put some kind of pleats to take in the neck hole and then put binding on it.  Easy Peasy????   ........   not so much. 

And one last thing to share.  DGD #1 loves crafts, art, and sewing.  She discovered a tutorial on line for crafts using patterned duct tape.  All on her own, she made this darling flower for me.  She has also made of book bag with duct tape.  I guess duct tape crafting is all the rage these days. 
The wrist is coming along with the help of the splint (aka "torture machine").  I try to use it 3X a day for 30 minutes each.  I think I see and feel progress in wrist twist ROM.  I'll see what the PT says tomorrow when I go in for measurements.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

While Waiting

We have no master bath.  We do have Alberto, the plumber, electrician, tile guy on an almost daily basis.  He has been easy to get along with and is good with coming to us for where we want everything placed.  We've had one morning with rain but it didn't really slow things down.  A few extra trips to Home Depot have been made.  There is always something you need or forgot. 
Door gone. Vanity gone.   Process begins. 
We are liking the pony wall and the already spacious feel of the re-do.  Since this picture, the curb has been added to the shower area along with the corner bench structure.  Today he is working on light fixtures. 

So what does one do while, of course.  I've been playing around with lots of things and finishing nothing.  These are my latest blocks for play.  I have fabric cut and ready to make 42 blocks altogether. 
nice and scrappy and colorful
I'm also planning on working on my niece, Cheryl's Birthday Scrapbook.  I've got the materials and the pictures.  I just need to get started.
Cheryl at her party with the DGDs who love her dearly