Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Over The Hill

I'm already WAY over the hill, but I went there again ... to Morgan Hill ... to get a little more instruction on my siren.  We tried a few different treads and stitches, all of which I bombed at.  The thread was too thin and too dark to see the pattern, which I never got right.  It took lots of exchanging until we finally came up with something that would work.

About that time, I ran out of the thread I needed for the body.  It was set for delivery, about three hours after I left, as was the lighted magnifying glass I need for the RV.   These have become my go-to craft for traveling.  They take up very little space, plus I can use the glass to read things I can't see with my glasses ... like maps and prescription bottle instructions.  It's a win-win!!
Still thinking about that taco, I stopped at Taco Bell on the way home for the second time.  I made double sure the tacos were in the bag before leaving the window.  Yup ... they were there, but I should have gone with the burrito.  What has happened to Taco Bell?  They didn't even BEGIN to taste like the tacos of old.  The shell was thicker and harder, so with every bite, the meat fell out on to the paper that luckily I still had in my lap.  

Not that it mattered really, because the meat didn't taste all that good anyway.  Somebody changed the recipe.  I guess that's a good thing for me, since I won't be blowing my diet on these tacos any more.  It wasn't a double decker taco so I'm not sure why they used this paper.
Here's a crazy piece of news for you.  My friend Cyndae came and hijacked another one of my quilts for the show just outside of Sacramento.  I won SECOND place this time, a step up from third place last year.  How in the world can that be?  I'm truly NOT the best quilter around.  I don't even know what class it's in, but it must be AMATEUR.  I mean really, click on this picture and enlarge to see the one behind mine.  Now THAT'S an amazing quilt!!!
Feeling bad about blowing my low-carb diet with all that breakfast food I had Sunday, not to mention the Costco cake, of which I've now had TWO more pieces, I thawed out some chicken cacciatore and heated it up over zoodles.  I'm telling you folks, these zoodles are magic!!    I also threw away the last two pieces of cake.  I can only take so much greasy frosting.
Now for the best news of all.  After four hours of driving around yesterday and 25 miles chalked up on my truck, I was finally able to finish the paperwork for the Arizona House ... which needs a name. Any suggestions??   Stagecoach House ... Outlaw Manor ... Wyatt Earp Lived Here ... something exciting.

It took me three trips to the UPS store to get the papers notarized, all of which resulted in a big ZERO.  It seems she needed to run some errands.  I decided to drive into Merced to take care of the wire transfer first.  That took over an hour to fill out the paperwork.  Still looking for that elusive notary (there's not one at my credit union), it dawned on me the Title Company is right next door.  

In a short fifteen minutes, all the papers were signed and I was on my way BACK to the UPS store to send them overnight by FEDEX.  Being skeptical is a good thing sometimes.  I thought maybe, just MAYBE, the UPS store won't send anything FedEx, so I called first.  Sure enough, I would have made another 10 mile trip out of my way for nothing.   Right around the corner from my house however, is a Postal Connection that took the envelope with a smile.  Now THAT'S service!!

Assuming they receive both the mail and the transfer, it should close tomorrow.  YAY!!!  In the meantime, I've been packing more stuff to take with me.  Too bad I don't have room for furniture.  On the other hand, it will be a blast searching around Tucson for Old West vibe furnishings.  I can't wait!!  


  1. The "Train Depot" sounds (pun intended) good to me.
    We never used greasy shortening in our Icing.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

    1. That's a good name too!! I'm loving it.

      No shortening? Isn't that blasphemy or something? I'm a fan of cream cheese and powdered sugar myself. I honestly have no idea what Costco uses.

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    1. Another good name ... I may just have to pick TWO!! LOL

  3. We used to call our old Cardinal fifth wheel--The Bunkhouse.

    1. That name is right up my alley Jan ... I've slept in many a bunkhouse before!!

  4. Mi Casa. Kissack Ranch. The Lady. Sunny.

    1. Thank you Sharon ... all good names!! Hopefully it will strike me when I'm there the first week.

  5. Casa de Kissack came to mind, and then I read the other ideas...
    I like how Casa sounds with Kissack either way!
    You have time to get it together and see what it reminds you of, then the name will come to you!
    A friend from HS owns our local Taco Bell's, the line is never short!! But yes, I agree with you, they don't taste the same, and neither do Ho Ho's or Ding Dongs!! lol!! Idk if it's more preservatives or our taste buds changing... ;-)
    And that quilt...
    WoW!!!! Congratulations!!!! Someday I'd love to make a real quilt for my room...
    I'll have to pick your brain on this since you obviously know what you're doing, and that Siren is Totally Awesome!!! :D
    One last question...
    What are zoodles and where do they come from?! ;-)

    1. Thank you Tammy ... I'd be happy to answer questions on the quilts. Zoodles are made from zucchini with a little machine that makes them into long strands like spaghetti noodles ... hence zoodles. I use them to replace the pasta for low carb meals. They are surprisingly good!!