For the first time ever, it wasn't exactly my kind of fabrics. That's a shock, right?? Believe it or not, I didn't buy one single piece. I've finally learned not to purchase all those pretty fat quarters without a pattern or idea in mind. Diane on the other hand, hasn't learned that lesson yet.
Lydia in the middle, loves all the fabric and wants to sew, but currently doesn't possess that all important piece of equipment ... a sewing machine. She asked the price of the embroidery machine and being the good friend I am, I picked her up off the floor when she heard ONLY $13,999. I'll take Lydia to Walmart later.
We were a little late getting started due to Diane's solar installation, so at 1:30 we wandered in to Todd's Cookhouse for some Que. I'm pretty sure they thought I had picked a bad place. There were only two people in the huge building. Todd really needs to be a little more creative with his menus. A badly scribbled piece of copied-over-500-times paper was really hard to read.
I had a huge brisket sandwich stuffed with perfectly smoked pieces of mouthwateringly tender cow and their pepper coleslaw. It was delicious!! It could have used a little more sauce for my taste, but I'd still go back ten times over.
Finally back home, we checked out Diane's new acquisition. Solar panels for her house ... it's all the rage around here with probably ten companies vying for everyone's dollars. I questioned her about the deal she got and here's what she said. It costs her nothing!!
I find that hard to believe since even though I'm not the sharpest crayon in the box, I DO know that nothing in life is free. There is no equipment charge, no building permit charge, no charges of any kind, just sign on the dotted line. Then they take your PGE bill for the last full year and average it out .... $140 a month in this case.
Here's the best part ..... she pays her average $140 a month EVERY month for the next 25 years to the solar company. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but isn't that what she would pay anyway? Unless PG&E raises their rates, which is of course a possibility. In 25 years they own the system free and clear, along with any repairs or maintenance that needs to be done.
But what about all the electricity the solar panels are producing, you ask? It is purchased by PG&E (minus what they actually used, which I'm assuming would be about $140 a month) with all the proceeds going to Vision Solar. Think about that for awhile and let me know your thoughts!!
While in Fresno, I never did find any material that suited my current project, so today I'm off to either the fabric store in Turlock or back to Clovis!! I'm dead in the water until I find something, not a comfortable place to be while waiting for June's trip back up the coast of Oregon and Washington.
In the near future .... a tamale festival and painting a purple cow. Blu needs a friend!