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Valley of the Sun Quilters   Off-Topic Chat

Started 8/20/15 by KSCarolyn; 2317163 views.

Well Mark is pretty grumpy and driving me crazy. He wanted to go to New Mexico till next Wed so I drove down here last Friday. I get to drive him back on Wed. His vest goes off in the middle of the night when he moves so last night he turned it off.................Yes nobody needs to tell me that is not a good idea. I went to be early last night because I have been running, running, running and was exhausted! Being the care giver is not an easy job around here.

There is snow on the front range but it does not stay all winter and is not too much at a time, maybe one or two bigger storms last winter but it melts. Also if there is a storm and you need to do some plowing the storms do not usually come back to back so it is not that bad. If you do not need to go out then stay in the heated house and it will all be fine. Since we are skiiers we get excited when it snows because that means fresh snow on the slopes.

LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

9/6/20

Good, I know I had friends that sold their water rights, but that may have been surface irrigation water, but it is  a stange deal!  How far out from Ft Collins are you going to be?  Last time i was in Ft Collins, it had grown so much from when I was gong to college.

I am guessing that your new home will include a fireplace of some kind.  Just think of each snowstorm as an opportunity to languish in front of the fire while observing the weather from a distance.  Mmm, cocoa and hand-stitching in front of the fire on those days when you don't even want to think about going outdoors.  I like the snow for a little while, but then I want it to hurry up and go away - which is strange, as I have become even more of a homebody these days than I ever have been before, and I only go to town about once a week anyway.  Since I no longer have to drive to work, I am okay with the snow staying around longer.  And yes, it *does* snow here every so often.  It's hard to remember that at this time of year, when it's in the 90s and 100s.  I remember a few really big snows here when I was a little kid, and my Dad took movies, so I can prove it.  LOL

I'm trying to be more prepared than I used to be, stocking up on some essentials and food staples more than I used to - not really "stockpiling" but just having a decent supply, in case of a power shortage or something.  Not a huge hoarding operation -- but every time I go to the grocery store and/or drugstore, I buy a package of TP, a roll of paper towels, some bottled water, and a couple more cans of soup, vegetables, beans, etc.  It's a big deal to have bottled water on hand here, because the water is SO hard.  And I have a water well - not on city water.  But that means if there is a power outage, I wouldn't have any water either!      

Anyway, about the snow - just enjoy the scenery while it lasts.  I would love to see your new place when you get it built.  With David in charge of the plans, I'm sure it will be both a showplace AND the most utilitarian homestead around.  And having a separate house for guests or special events/gatherings sounds ideal!  

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

9/6/20

Who is going to teach Judy about the hard facts of wind chill?  I'll bet that is something she's never had to think about in California. I suspect that there may be periods of no snow on the ground but are there ferocious wind chill factors that make you want to hunker down and stay inside?

KSCarolyn

From: KSCarolyn

9/6/20

 Several people have asked about the challenge fabric and rules.  I had to go back, way back, to find the post with the information.  I finally found it and here it is reprinted.

Carolyn

Okay ladies, here are the Challenge rules.

Coronavirus Quilt Challenge 2021 Retreat

“Make me laugh or smile” 

With the doom and gloom of the coronvirus pandemic and being locked down in our homes for long periods of time, we have decided we need a challenge to make us laugh or smile. 

Rules will be as follows:

  1. Use the Fabric “Bamboo on Navy blue” given out at the 2020 Retreat.  Use a sizable piece(s) so that we can recognize it.  (Thanks to Yetta for challenge fabric)   We do have a couple of fat quarters left.  So if you decide you want to take on the challenge you can email Kim to drop one in the mail to you.  
  2. Make a quilted wallhanging (maximum size 30 X 30), quilted bag or quilted table runner.  

Think outside the block and add text as you like, pictures, art, embroidery, etc., the object is to create a challenge piece that makes the viewer laugh, giggle or at least smile.  Who’s been hoarding the toilet paper?  Remember to keep it clean!  

Inspiration or ideas could come from something you enjoyed doing, something you saw, a book you read or something you created during the shutdown.  

Challenge yourself to try a new to you technique. Maybe it’s paper piecing, appliqué, redwork or sewing a zipper in the bag you want to make.  Stretch those quilting wings! 

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

9/6/20

"But that means if there is a power outage, I wouldn't have any water either! "

Sounds like you need to have a generator as a back-up source of power,  at least for your well.

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

9/6/20

oh yeah...the challenge fabric...hum...

sigh...

I KNOW where my piece is ( I think)....and I have an idea of what I  what to do...just not inspired to actually WORK on it...maybe when the weather cools down some...it's supposed to be 117 here today..yikes...

Judy (DJZMOM)

From: Judy (DJZMOM)

9/6/20

((((( Ami )))))  Yes.  Being a caregiver is exhausting both physically AND emotionally.  I'm glad you went to bed early but it's also very important for you to take time for YOU.  I know you know this this and it is nothing new.  Perhaps when you have to do errands like to the grocery or pick up prescriptions or whatever you take along handwork and just sit under a tree or in the car for an extra 20 minutes or however long and do YOU.  Not just waiting for Mark at a Dr appt or test but take extra time for you.  Read some pages of a book you've been wanting to get to.  By yourself.  Your choice.  Even just take extra moments to be with you quietly.  Not thinking about to do lists but fill your mind and heart with joy.

I wish I was closer to help distract you and help you a bit.  Hang in there friend!!!

Judy (DJZMOM)

From: Judy (DJZMOM)

9/6/20

Thanks for sharing your experience about snow in the front range area.  Yeah...  you know me and can imagine what a skier I AM NOT!!!  hahaha    But I will stay inside and think of you skiing and enjoying that to your heart's content!  

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