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Valley of the Sun Quilters   Off-Topic Chat

Started 8/20/15 by KSCarolyn; 2359014 views.

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. 



From: Judy (DJZMOM)


I told David what you advised me about the water rights.  (Thanks again!)

He has read all the fine print and reminded me we are on city water for the current house and will be for the new build.  The well is ours with the allowance of being allowed to pump x number of gallons for agricultural use.  It has an electric pump that will pump the maximum allowable of 80 gallons per minute.  So he believes we will be set with water to plant the trees (that are common to the area - pine and spruce) that will make me smile.  Sssshhhh...  aspen are lovely as their leaves glisten in the breezes but they are not as natural to the front range geographic area this property is in.  But I might get him to sneak a couple in here and there among the other trees!  


Well congratulations to both of you! Quite an adjustment happening there! 

And of course, you can harvest your rainwater too.  Why not save every drop you possibly can?  It doesn't take a very complicated system.  Mine is just barrels to capture what comes off the roof through the gutters and downspouts, and is gathered in large barrels under the downspouts.  It came with the house.  In this area, there are often limitations on watering lawns and yard plants.  The story I heard is that the previous owner installed the barrel system for his wife because she loved her plants and couldn't use "house" water to water them during certain periods without paying hefty fines.  So she used the harvested rainwater for her plants instead.    Win-win.  

Glad to hear he's out. Hope he feels better soon!


Congratulations, Judy! Sounds exciting!


From: Midkid5


It's always a good idea to plant different kinds of trees, that way if one vary is struck by a disease it won't swipe out all yout trees.

Somethings  to think about when it comes to the placement of your house, the winter sun is more on the south side and at anytime in the future would you want to sell lots for others to build on.

Take time to think about what you what and remember to breathe its not a race, it's a wonderful rewarding adventure that may have a hiccup or two along the way.


  • Edited September 6, 2020 8:45 pm  by  Midkid5

From: Misha (MISHAMISHA)


Ami, so sorry to hear about Mark! Glad that he’s home now, and soon will be on the mend I hope. He should talk to the doctor about the vest situation. Maybe they can make some suggestions to make nighttime less disrupted, without turning it off.

I haven’t been following the forum very much lately, have not been in the mood to sew.

Jonna and I are on a similar wavelength as I’ve been preparing for a long winter myself. Getting extra food/water and thinking about alternative cooking and heating methods. 

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


Judy (DJZMOM) said:

we are planning to incorporate a pantry/butlers pantry into the new build somehow

When we did the remodel of what became my sewing room with adjacent laundry & pantry, I deliberately had the pantry shelves NO DEEPER than 12".  This was to make sure that items didn't get lost in the back of the shelf where you couldn't reach it.  Even if you have roll-out shelving, the deeper the shelf is, the heavier it's going to be due to the foodstuffs on it.

We used 12" deep, standard, laminated, white shelving.  That made it very easy to buy supplies.  Avoid custom sizes if you can.

I also had those vertical slat-things on the sides of the pantry that allow you to adjust the height between the shelves.  It was more efficient to have the ability to adjust the height of the shelves to accommodate the different size of pantry items.  Soup cans don't need as much height as cereal boxes.  :-)

If you'd like a photo of our pantry for inspiration and ideas, I'd be happy to send you one

Aside: start collecting pictures of those features you'd like in your dream home.  You may not incorporate all of them.  You might decide that ultimately you'd rather not have that item.  BUT, sure as shootin', if you don't have the picture to jog your memory, you're not gonna remember it!

And that includes ideas of how you want your "ideal" sewing room to look like!!  :-)


From: Judy (DJZMOM)


Sandy in TX (Centergranny) said...

Well congratulations to both of you! Quite an adjustment happening there! 

Thanks Sandy.  It really is.  We are truly blessed not to have to sell our home in LG until the new build is ready to move into.  We are using the assets we are inheriting from David's parent's estate and we still have responsibilities here we need to begin to pass along to others.  My Mom is still in her home here and David wants to be sure to set his brother up for success as he inherits their parents home.  As first time home owners David is coaching them through setting money aside for taxes, insurances and longer term bigger necessary home repairs and maintenance.  AND I need the 2-3 until we move to get the sewing room ready to move!!!