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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A few updates

This has been a week and a half I'd like very much to forget, and it's not over yet.

A quick overview - last Monday a water supply line to washing machine burst and flooded over 50% of our house. In the span of 15 minutes. We got the water turned off, and then the work began. After several hours we managed to get the water off the hardwood and tile floor surfaces, but it had seeped through a couple of walls into the carpets in a couple of rooms. Called the insurance company, scheduled a water cleanup company to come in and assess the damage the next day. Had 10 air handlers and 2 dehumidifiers running in the house for the rest of the week. Now we're waiting a few days to see if the hardwood lays back down, then we'll get an adjuster out here to look at that, some of the tiles, the ceiling (did I mention the water shot up to the ceiling just above the washer/dryer unit (it's stacked), and then down on the unit and the floor.

So once we finally got the equipment out of the way, I bought some new water supply lines, hooked them up, and got ready to wash the 3 loads of towels we used in the cleanup (plus our regular laundry). Washer was toast. Plenty of water pressure in the supply lines, but it refuses to fill and gets this really loud hum. So I think, okay, I'll wash at the laundromat, but dry at home to save money, right? Wrong. As soon as I turn on the dryer (without anything in it), there's this acrid smell that makes me think it's going to catch on fire. Turn it off immediately and unplug it. Dryer's toast too. And it's not that it's still wet - it has had as long as everything else (with air handlers and dehumidifiers running) to dry out. It's 18 years old, it was fine before the water line burst, and it's toast now. Had to buy new washer and dryer and State Farm inside adjuster is arguing with me that it's highly unlikely for the water to have caused it to be that way. Uh-huh. And she's an appliance expert? Srsly?

Oh, but that's not all... I'm still in physical therapy for the pinched nerve in my neck. The pain down my arm has ceased, but the pain in my shoulder has not. I think it's worse. So I had a followup with the doctor today, and it turns out that yep, it's grinding and popping, and painful when he does his tests. So I got a cortisone shot, and I'm really hoping it helps. I've moved my mouse to my left hand, so I can at least get a little bit of work done. Two more weeks until another followup. Continuing therapy, though no exercises the rest of this week to try to calm it down.

So, here are a few updates to stitching that I wanted to post but didn't because of all the things that have been going on... :)

Kitty Litter latest progress


Time To Stitch (with charm pinned to it - I'll attach it soon)


J is for Jack-o-Lantern finished (1 of 26)


Spooky House


I also started a choker necklace, but ran out of beads, so I'm trying to decide if I'm going to use the smaller cubes that I bought by mistake or go get some that are the right size. Love these beads...

I'm hoping I'll be able to stitch again by the weekend. I just hate being out of commission, even for a few days.

Thanks for hanging in there with me!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Quilter's Palette quilting update

I've been meaning to post these pictures for a while now. I haven't quilted all of these blocks recently, but I finally took photos so here they are. I'm about halfway finished with the quilting, and I really need to get back to it!

Carnival Ride


Roman Holiday


Spring Bouquet


Stars and Cards


Thistle Flower

Friday, April 02, 2010

A happy dance, and a near-happy dance

Finally finished the binding on my Bamboo quilt, and here it is!


And all that's left to do on Take Time To Quilt is to attach the sewing machine charm. I ordered one from an Etsy shop, and it should be here in a couple of weeks - it's coming from Australia!