Wednesday, August 07, 2019

No Water, No Internet

Oh the joys of a small town.
We have been without water and Internet for over 24 hours now. Luckily we have water stored in our basement for times like this and I have my cell phone so I'm going to give posting a try. So far it's a pain in the butt.

It seems that when they were digging the hole to fix a broken pipe they cut the phone line. When I called the Town Hall this morning she didn't know when the water would be back on and said nothing about the phone line being cut. She sounded like she was tired of all the call's. They should have a message on the website telling everyone in the affected area about the water, but most likely they just put a note on the window.

We called the phone company and arranged for a repair man to come out. He came by but only talked to my hubs on the phone (he's at work) and told him the line had been cut. Never even came to the door even though he knew I was here waiting, the hubs had to call me and let me know.

OK that's the end of my rant. Hope they get it sorted out .

Take care everyone
Hugs, Sandy

*UPDATE* The water was turned back on around 2:30-3:00 pm 27 hours after it was shut off. The internet is still a bit spotty, but usable. Now we will have to call the phone company back and arrange another appointment to check the lines.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Stitchin' & TUSAL

Hello Again Everyone!

I haven't done a TUSAL update since May, so here is what I've accumulated since then.

Not a lot of thread ORT's, i've only been stitching during our camping trips.

What I have been doing most is getting hanging organizers ready to sew up and post on an upcoming Etsy shop by the end of the month. It's a bit scary but I received a tremendous amount  of interest after posting a pic on a couple of RV groups. 

Lots & lots of fabric pieces, and there are more that I set aside for making fabric flowers, mini pot grabbers, and skillet handle covers.
Here is the stitching I got done while on our last camping trip.
Two more bookmarks and two future magnets for the RV fridge.
 DMC variegated, colorist, and GAST threads. All my own designs.

I'll show some pic's of what I've gotten sewn up after I get several more finishes. Were going camping again soon and I'll be taking my sewing machine and iron, along with the table top ironing board so I can get some more sewing done.
Until next time.......

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, August 05, 2019

New Ironing Board Cover

 Hello everyone; hope this finds you all well.

My tabletop ironing board needed a new cover after years of ironing damp needlework and other crafts it was looking very, very sad.
So not wanting to wait until I found the perfect fabric I did a "make-do" cover.

I used an old king sized pillow case that was at least 30 years old but still in great condition. I left the original thin foam pad that came with the ironing board but added two layers of cotton batting for a nice padded feel that won't let the grid pattern show or leave an impression when ironing.

First I turned the pillow case inside out.
Then I traced the outline of the old cover on top of the pillow case then added a 1/2"-5/8" stitching line (didn't measure, just eyeballed it). I stitched around on the stitching line leaving a 2"-3" opening for turning at the front. 
I then cut 1/2" away from the stitching line and turned the case right side out and pressed.
Went back to the sewing machine and stitched on the outline from the old cover to make a casing. 
I finished by pulling 1/2" elastic thru the opening and stitched the elastic ends together. I didn't sew the opening closed since it was brunched up enough to not show after the elastic was in. I tried ribbon but it was a hassle trying to get it pulled tight and tied off.

This only took me about an hour and cost nothing.
I'll keep the original top for when I find that perfect fabric.

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July Trip to Cottonwood Creek

Here are pictures from our July trip. We camped from July 3-7.
 Very photo heavy.

The hub chose a different site this time thought there were less mosquitoes, there weren't. Not as much room when stepping out of the trailer, had to watch for rocks so we didn't twist an ankle. Won't park there again unless there is no other site, we could also park on one of the outcroppings down by the river.
Tried to see some of the fireworks displays on the 4th, but there was a huge storm rolling in.

Even the neighbors thought they could get a glimpse.
I actually caught lighting after trying a couple dozen times.
We fired up the Rhino and took a drive after the roads mostly dried out a day later. Saw some more things we hadn't seen before while camping there.

And the two mines they were running. You can only go into them if you have a permit and key from the BLM so they know to send help if you don't return the key by a certain time. They are also posted with signs for Radon levels. We did not go into the mines.

Thought the one with the cage looked like something out of Jurassic Park. You have to repel down into that one.

Also got some shots of Devil's Gorge and the Big Horn Canyon.


Views of the Big Horn River are everywhere. This river is only about 10-15 feet wide during the winter and spring winding through the valley, but when the snows start to melt and the spring rains start it covers the whole valley.

That's it for this camping trip, next will be our trip to the Big Horn Mountains.

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, July 29, 2019

Cottonwood Creek Campground

Hello Everyone, hope you are all well.

Our first three camping trips were to Cottonwood Creek Campground just a few miles outside of Lovell Wyoming. This is a BLM campground and is free for up to 14 days, a bathroom is it only amenity, there are 8 sites. These are from our May & June trips.

Here we are all set up in our favorite site. The silver Yamaha Rhino is the hubs used/new toy lets him hit all the back roads without putting extra wear and tear on the pickup.

It has a great view out our back window of the river during the day and the lights of Lovell at night, which I didn't get a pic of this trip but I have shown them in previous posts.

Found some interesting sites while out and about.
A small canyon with lots of cave openings and an old mine site with the things they left behind strewn about.

And as always there was at least one beautiful sunset.

 I'll post our July trip later, so that's all for now.

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Stitchin' & Sewin'

Hello Dear Friends & Followers: I hope all is well with you.

So I got a bit of sewing done this month and stitching done last month and this month on our camping trips.

First off, I designed & stitched two Chair Caddy's for our camp chairs.

They were made from Fat Quarters and have snaps to hold them in place.

They will hold a book or some stitchin' and a bottle of water
or whatever your drink of choice is.

Also got in a bit of small stitchin'

 A bookmark for the Hubs and three magnets, all my original designs.
The bookmark was stitched on 14ct. perforated paper and the magnets were stitched on 14ct. plastic canvas, all were stitched using DMC threads.

That's it for this post, I still have to put up posts of our last three camping trips, they were all at Cottonwood Creek Campground outside Lovell, Wyoming so I have A LOT of similar photos to sort out.

Until next post.....

Take Care & Have A Great Day
Hugs, Sandy

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Happy 4th of July !!

Wishing all who celebrate and all who serve 
A very Happy Independence Day !!


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Some Things for the Vacation Home

Hello Dear Friends & Readers. I hope this finds you all well.

Back in March I placed an order on Amazon for some items for our Vacation Home (aka: the 5th wheel trailer) and totally forgot to post about the goodies even though I did take pictures.

I wanted to organize our dishes better and keep them from sliding around in the cupboard and also wanted to replace the Tupperware that Bretz RV included with our trailer, so I got these.

"Camco - Stack-a-Plate"

These work great and have a non-slip coating on the bottom to keep them from sliding around and you can also screw them in place if you need more security.
The large one hold's up to 10 1/4" plates and the smaller one holds the sandwich plates and bowls.

They hold our new dishes.
"Corelle Living Ware"
 It is guaranteed to be highly break and chip resistant and other campers and full-time RVer's have been using it for years with great results. 

 I added squares of the black non-slip shelf liner in between each one of the bowls for added safety. I also have squares of the shelf liner in between the cookware to keep them from scratching since they are the non-stick variety. I kept the Tupperware plates and bowls to use for lunches. Need to add a shelf above the dishes for more storage room.
Wanted to add more hanging space to our closet, so I bought these....
They turned our hanging area from this....

To this....

Our closet is a little short so some of the clothes bunch up on the bottom, but it's not that bad and nothing gets wrinkled. 
Of course there is no room for extra shoes on the bottom when the closet is fully loaded for camping season so I need to come up with a shoe rack of some sort now. Think I'll check out Pintrest for some do-it-yourself ideas.
Also need to buy a battery operated light bar to replace the puck light that doesn't put out near enough light in the closet.
All of these items cost me no money at all thanks to spending some time taking surveys and exchanging my points for Amazon gift cards. 

I found an older paper towel holder in our basement and need to get it put up so the paper towels aren't just sitting on the counter. I mostly use Pinecone, Lifepoints, and Swagbucks.

After a soak and a scrub in hot soapy water it looks just like new.

I also bought sheets for the bed and modified them to fit better, but that is a post for another day.

Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy