This weather is absolutely unbelievable! Yesterday 105, today about 108. It was 100 at noon. Needless to say it is really difficult to want to even take a 7 AM walk! Did that yesterday and today I am on vacation from that experience. The heat is so draining and it is as bad as being snowbound in sub-zero weather. Maybe we will get a break by the end of August. I am beginning to think I need an attitude adjustment. The Editor of our local paper wanted me to do a political blog (she challenged me)……not sure if that helped my mood though – although it was a great way to vent! My vision has changed in the last year and I had to order new glasses about 2 weeks ago….. still waiting…. so much for a RUSH job! OK – looking for positive (again).
The last 3 days have been computer playing days. I purchased a Dell laptop to mirror image my PC to take on our winter snow birding in June and had not populated it with all my software and files. So starting Sunday My Dell and I became acquainted! Such Fun! This bled into Monday and yesterday. But all is completed and I really like the Dell laptop. (We had switched to Apple Computers and iPads in 2008 and iPones in 2013, but I needed the PC for my quilting software.) I purchased an external hard drive for a backup in case something should happen when traveling – would you believe that the external drive holds 1 Terra Bytes of data and is the size of a 3 x 5 card? Technology is wonderful. Better than lugging the “tower” and the heavy-duty Seagate backup drive! I keep telling myself that I do not want to learn anymore, but just cannot help myself. Wonder if I will still be working on the technology changes in 10 years when I hit 80!
I also wanted to put a watermark on my pictures. I did not see that capability in Photo Gallery, so I downloaded Picasa free software on my PC in order to use a watermark. I thought that would be the solution for that issue. I quickly realized that Dell did not download Microsoft Essentials on the laptop so I downloaded Picasa – wasted a lot of time cleaning up duplicates and decided to look for another software. I found Photo Gallery in Microsoft Essentials and downloaded it. I did some more research found out that I can use Microsoft Windows Paint software when editing a picture to include a Watermark!! YEA for little things that go right in life.
I had full intentions to start a new project last week – did not happen! Well, I did do a test block on the small churn dash block quilt… that is in the trash! I did find a home for all the bad Marcus Brothers fabric – Sturbridge II – Enduring Legacy. I gave it to the local Lutheran Church for their charity projects. That was a bad investment to the tune of $250.00 BIG lesson learned on that one – no more Marcus Brothers fabric in my stash! I also went through my UFO drawer and gave away some blocks for the ladies to make some quilts. If I have not used them by now I will never use them. I did find a pattern that I want to work on – it is an old BOM from Story Quilts called Monday’s Cats. There were two different versions sold and I purchased the 2nd version and an old friend sent me Version 1. So now I can have fun with that quilt – SOMEDAY.
Poor Brinton Hall – it has been begging for me to finish putting the Medallion Center together…. maybe tonight….My hands just do not want to cooperate. Someone on a Yahoo group talked about some mitts to put in the microwave and warm up for hurting hands and my friend told me about a neck warmer – both will be here tomorrow – thank you Amazon!
I did complete the first phase of Stonefields and am very pleased with my blocks. I am thinking that each segment will be made with different lines of reproduction fabrics. For this segment I used Prairie Rose fabrics. I am happy that I have Segment 1 completed! YEA.
NOTE: Well so much for the watermark……….Forgot to do it – too late now…Maybe I will adjust tomorrow. Have a great rest of the week. Enjoy Life.