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Valley of the Sun Quilters   Off-Topic Chat

Started 8/20/15 by KSCarolyn; 2311564 views.



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!  


From: judyinohio


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?


From: KSCarolyn


 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.


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)


"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)


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


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's supposed to be 117 here today..yikes...


From: Judy (DJZMOM)


((((( 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!!!


From: Judy (DJZMOM)


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!  


From: Judy (DJZMOM)


JulietDeltaOscar (fixin2quilt) said...

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.

Your description is EXACTLY my plan!!!  With a Costco and a WalMart within 15 minutes (each direction) we will plan to "stock" more in general.  So we won't go out as much (I've noticed thatin the last months since DH retired) and we are planning to incorporate a pantry/butlers pantry into the new build somehow.  We are not striving for elaborate but build to anticipate our needs as we grow older.  Spread out on one level where land does not cost $1 per sq ft as in Silicon Valley in CA!!  Yes, David did the calculations.  



From: Judy (DJZMOM)


judyinohio said...

wind chill factors

Yes.  I do know about wind chill.  I've been in CO in the winter too as we had a family event in Colorado Springs in winter.  No snow was actively falling but it was ccccccooooooold with wind.  I even went prepared from N CA with boots and heavy coat etc.  DH knows I don't do well in extreme cold (Reynaud's Syndrome with lupus as well as neuropathy in my feet due to chemo).  So I will stay hunkered down and stay warm and cozy inside looking out to the cold and snow.