Saturday, November 8, 2014

Horror Story or Silly Cat

Ms Cat: last night while I was minding my own business, a large four hundred thousand pound Boulder of solid stone jumped off the kitchen cabinet to chase me down. I was afraid for my life!

Human: silly cat, it was a piece of yellow squash that escaped the cutting board.

Ms Cat: the human lies! See for yourself. Doesn't this boulder look scary? Looks like the human was trying to attack me!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Time change or NOT!

The human has gone crazy! Her says it is 730 AM, when the cat knows it is 8:30 a.m. The cat wants her treats - NOW! The cat does not care about this time change the human refers to. Bad human!

And,the above is the first blog post from the SmartPhone the human finally gave in and purchased. Not that Ms Cha Cha Cat cares! ha! ha!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

A Start is a Start

My dieting hit a very, very stubborn plateau. I've not been gaining BUT the weight loss stopped weeks and weeks ago. So today I tried something different. I'm adding walking.

These are a few of the sights I saw at Under the Oaks, a lovely local park on the Bay, on my morning stroll.

I am out of practice and in lousy shape. The quarter mile track at the park took me 20 minutes and included several rest stops. Yet, I must remember A Start is a Start!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Christmas In July IHAN Style

Kelly over at IHAN is having a super, fantastic, wonderful, awesome CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE! Go here to see for yourself.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Start is a Start!

Plans are meant to be changed or a Start is a Start! I'm "planning" a medallion wall-hanging featuring the old Methodist Church at Rocky Springs (on the Natchez Trace). I intended to use the Church from Lynn Lister's America the Beautiful; however, I wanted the center to be larger and my attempts were not giving my the look of the real Church.

Here is a picture of my "blotched" door, Not only did I get the proportions incorrect, I am not pleased with the dark brown as the Church building. Something lighter would be more my style. And, the real Church is more rustic - simple shapes like squares and rectangles.

So I have decided to try my hand at recreating the Church. I am rather pleased with the look of the building graphed out. The steeple is still out to committee (lol!)

I'm thinking I will stitch the building together and then work on designing the steeple. I am planning on using the darker brown fabric for the window shutters. I am linking to Barbara at Cat Patches for the NewFO Challenge. She did say all I had to do was START.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Rocky Springs

Image borrowed from Adventures of a Coachsurfer

A bit of history -- Rocky Springs, Mississippi
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Rocky Springs is a ghost town and historic site located in Claiborne County, Mississippi, United States, between Old Port Gibson Road and the Natchez Trace Parkway (mile post 54.8).

Rocky Springs was established in the late 1700s as a popular watering place for travelers along the old Natchez Trace, near a natural spring and rock outcropping from which the budding community would take its name. 

The community of Rocky Springs began to decline during the Civil War, at which time Union forces passed through the area during the advance on nearby Port Gibson. [3] In 1878 the remaining inhabitants of Rocky Springs faced an outbreak of yellow fever. Later, valuable cotton crops were destroyed by an infestation of boll weevils, while at the same time farmers were struggling with severe erosion caused by many years of poor land management. In 1930, the last store closed, and the natural spring, from which the town took its name, dried up.[4

Today, the old town site of Rocky Springs can be viewed by the public during daylight hours. The Methodist church built in 1837 is the only remaining structure, which continued to hold regular Sunday services until 2010 when its congregation became too small to sustain worship. .

And some of my new fabric! Pair my fabric up with Lynn Wilder's Patchwork Math book and the church block from Lynn Lister's America the Beautiful (published in McCall's America Quilts Together, Autumn 2012) and I am seeing a Medallion wall hanging representing one of my favorite places to spend the day. We will see where this journey takes me.

The black blob in the upper right hand corner will not be a feature of my wall hanging. The BLOB would be a photo-bombing, naughty cat!

There was more fabric goodness in my recent package from Shabby Fabrics .... Later!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

For by Grace .....

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”

(Ephesians 2:8-9)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I've Been Helping the Easter Bunny!

Thanks to Shabby Fabrics' Easter discount, Sue Abrey's Pick Four book and Lynn Wilder's Patchwork Math book, I just spent the morning helping both the Easter Bunny and the economy. The Easter Bunny loves these people! And, I will soon have the fabrics to start two new quilts! Oh, Yes!
Looks like Snoopy has
a Wagon of Patchwork!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Miss Nosey Rosie

Nope - not a loose connection. Must be the motherboard battery. Cats are so smart!

 The motherboard battery on my computer needed replacing. I found online instructions, bought the battery and Miss Nosey Rosie helped me take care of the situation. I failed to get any actual pictures of her assistance when the back was off the computer. I was much too busy removing following the guidance of her paws, nose and tail. When this cat works, her really works!

The exhausted Ms Cat is relaxing.
Her probably won't move for hours.




The war is ON!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pattern Testing Becomes NewFO

I had the pleasure and honor of testing Sue Abrey's soon to be released Wimbledon Squares quilt pattern. My version is a bit smaller - an over-sized lap - named Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly. The quilter has not yet gotten her hands on my flimsy (see the lavender Ms Cat has her back feet on? - well that is the backing to be). This quilt is for my niece, Bailey.

Sue's pattern went together like a dream. I had quite a fun time with this! And, she told me I could share the quilt just in time to link to Barbara's NewFO Challenge for the month. Ms Cat was wondering what I was going to show because her knows this is the only thing I worked on the past month. Here are outside pictures (sans the naughty cat!) of  Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly .....

Okay, okay ... so there is a bit of picture overload. The pattern testing was very new to me. I had a blast. Thank you, Sue, for letting me participate.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My Unfavorable WOW Experience

I've spent four long (very long!) evenings with no Internet service. No connection with my blogging friends, no email, no FB, no nothing. WOW, my service provider, has customer service (or technical support as they refer to this group) issues. Big time issues!

Last Monday I spent over 45 minutes on a service call - 25 of those minutes were on hold listening to how I should recommend WOW to friends and family. Hmm? Tuesday morning was a trip to the local office to exchange a modem - a perfectly fine, functioning modem I now know. Tuesday evening the replacement modem did not "work" and I learned  from my new duplex neighbor WOW had spent from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday connecting her new service. Hmm? .

So, dumb me, placed a second service call - wait time over 20 minutes, listening to the same "refer us" recording. I should have waited and gone back to the local office Wednesday morning. The people there do listen. But, no, I called. I got an actual OR SO I WAS TOLD scheduled service call on Thursday morning between 8-10 a.m. (nothing was available earlier??!!??)!

Thursday morning I sat and waited. I had arranged to possibly be late to work, which I definitely was. 10 a.m. arrived. No service man. I spent the 30 minutes driving to work on service call number 3. I was NOT happy. I got less happy when I learned the Thursday service call had been cancelled by the customer service representative who took the scheduled the appointment. BAD! is the word I will print! There was No notification to me. I suppose my telephone number was not visible on my account or perhaps their system was experiencing such high call volume there was no time to call me?

The unacceptable "solution" was to call customer service when I got home Thursday evening and they would escalate the matter. Seems I have to be home. I arrived at work so angry I was fighting tears.

My boss - bless her! - had a cell phone number to a higher up sales manager. I called. I still had to be home when the service man came BUT I was assured he would be here first thing Friday morning. I am the one who could not do Thursday evening.

The service representative did arrive shortly after 8 a.m. Friday morning. Guess what? WOW had accidentally disconnected my service when they installed the new neighbor. Hmm? You know I actually understand this was not done to sabotage my week - it was an accident and should have been easily fixed (was easily fixed once the service man arrived).

What I do not understand!!!!!

Simply canNOT wrap my mind around is why it took what it took for WOW to acknowledge the issue and send a service man. The service man was wonderful, the employees at the local office were friendly as well as helpful and I greatly appreciate the assistance of the sales manager. Of course, I would not have made it to the sales manager had my boss not have had his telephone number.

My entire rant is about the inability or refusal of technical support to assist me - the customer!

And, that is all for now ....
Ms Cha Cha Cat says thank you, thank you, thank you. Her now knows from experience that when there is no Internet connection her human has more time to "catch" her "tricks" and the conversation consists more of stop that or NO than pretty cat. Her prefers the pretty cat talk! lol

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Worthless Cat!

The only - one, very tiny, small,  little thing - Ms Cha Cha Cat was asked to do this week to earn her food, treats, catnip, toys and bed, her did not do!

I got the e-mail yesterday stating my fabric order from Shabby Fabrics was OUT FOR DELIVERY! Ms Cat was assigned to a nice open window on a lovely breezy, sunny day to watch for the mail truck. She was to let me know immediately when my fabric arrived. She perched merrily in the window most of the day.

She did not notify me when the mail truck came and WENT! 
Naughty Cat!

And, I was waiting on this .....

Such pretty fabric - from the Henley Flowers line by Makower UK. I love this fabric.

Well despite the lazy, worthless Ms Cha Cha Cat I got my hands on the mail delivery in time to stitch some borders on National Quilting Day. The day ended well. I have a flimsy - one I cannot show you because it is a SECRET. You will simply have to trust me. I do have a flimsy!

Not that the worthless, spoiled, over-indulged, and very naughty Ms Cha Cha Cat gives a flip. She would rather have her cat treats!  Her is so worthless. I love Ms Cha Cha Cat!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Most Important E-Mail EVER!

This morning I received the most important e-mail EVER..... well, okay perhaps I am being overly dramatic. Yet this e-mail made my day. The magic e-mail came from the United States Postal Service and it said ......

What could possibly be better on National Quilting Day? Bet you don't have a clue what's in my package! Do you? The package is coming from Shabby Fabrics and I am thrilled! Maybe I will show you later! Enjoy your day and spent at least a bit of time at your sewing machine or cutting board.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Traveling Sewing Machine

Excuse Me, You are Putting What in There?

 Let Me Check the This Out!

 Nope! Not Enough Room. Whatever Were You Thinking?

Does anyone know a good pest cat removal service?

Naughty Cat!