Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Countdown

 We are cold & doing our best to stay warm
MOVING IN:  25 days
SPRING IN:  51 days

I can't wait to get my superpower back!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Tiny Amount of Snow

 I sent Kaitlyn a text this morning showing Flat Stanley 
enjoying the snow ... he couldn't wait to come in.
 Derby sniffing the snow.  He would live outside if I let him.
 Not much snow ... so we dodged the snow
bullet once again.  I'm hoping we don't have a
blizzard the week we move ... which is soon!
 The best way to enjoy the beauty of the snow is
from the inside.  I will miss these large windows
as will the westies.   But in the rental they will have
much more to look at like folks taking a walk
around the hood.  Since we are on the main road into
the development they will have the opportunity to see so
much more.  We are working on positioning of furniture now
so they will have a good visual.

 Could there be something resting under the deck to
get both Julep and Derby's attention?
Have a nice day and thanks for visiting.
Back to packing boxes and moving them into storage.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ruby Receives Her Birthday Presents

 My dear friend Leslie asked me to make her niece
[Ruby] some American Girl clothes for her birthday.
I'm sure you must remember me showing all the
outfits I made for Ruby in a previous post.
 Leslie took these pictures with her cell phone
and sent them to me via text with a note of thanks.
Leslie said Ruby got so excited when she opened the
box of clothing she ran next door to get her BFF
{best friend forever} so she could see them. 

 Even Ruby's mom got in the act of dressing a doll.
I'm happy I made Ruby's birthday a special one.
I did feel bad I didn't have time to make Ruby's twin
brother a quilt.  Leslie gave him gifts from Under Armor.
I have to say I'm missing my fabric and sewing machine
and wishing this move happened sooner rather than later.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Day of Rest For Some & Not For Others

 It's a day of rest for some 'members' of this household ...
but not us.  We'll be packing more boxes and making
another run over to the storage unit before our 'big'
storm hits our area ... see forecast below.
 Best buddies ... Derby is going to miss Flat Stanley
when it's time for him to go home.
Julep in a crazy sleep position ... if she's comfy that's all the counts
Now ... on to the winter storm
[I don't think this storm is going to miss us]
...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY EVENING
THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING...

* LOCATIONS...A LARGE PORTION OF MARYLAND`S EASTERN SHORE
 {that's us!}

* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING.
{Flat Stanley can't go out in this}

* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 4 TO 10 INCHES POSSIBLE.
{Got the shovel and salt out already}

* TIMING...PRECIPITATION ON MONDAY SHOULD BE MOSTLY RAIN WITH
  POSSIBLY A LITTLE SNOW TO START IN THE MORNING. HOWEVER...THE
  UNCERTAIN DEVELOPMENTS OF OF A COASTAL STORM WARRANT RAISING
  THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOW MONDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY.
{I have no place to so ...}

* IMPACTS...COULD BE SUBSTANTIAL... DEPENDING SNOW AMOUNTS.
{... let it snow}

* WINDS...NORTH 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH.

* TEMPERATURES...IN THE 30S MONDAY AND UPPER 20S TO LOWER 30S
  MONDAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING.

* VISIBILITIES...POSSIBLY ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Another Busy Day for Flat Stanley

Day 2 ... We're Going For A Ride 
I have to admit having Flat Stanley around is
pretty exciting ... anything to take my mind off
of packing, cleaning, and moving boxes.
 First Stop ... the Recycling Center
All the pictures [I'm posting] are sent via text out
to Sarah to share with Kaitlyn.  I want Kaitlyn to know
to know exactly what Flat Stanley is doing.
 I'm not sure Flat Stanley was excited about being the
'comma' between Bozman and Maryland but it was
only for a second and Wilson took good care of him.
 Meeting Post Mistress Barbara
Flat Stanley wanted to meet the person who took 
such good care of him when he arrived in Bozman
and before I could pick him up.
 Deciding on stamps to buy
Flat Stanley wanted to know about the annual January
postal increase and was told by Post Mistress Barbara there
would be none.  Here is some info I want to share:


USPS Will Not Increase Postage Rates in January 2015
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently announced there will be no 
changes to mailing and shipping rates in January 2015. 
This means the cost to send a one ounce First Class Letter will 
remain $0.49 in January 2015. And there will be no increase 
in prices for shipping services which includes Priority Mail, Priority 
Mail Express, First Class Package Service, Media Mail and Parcel Select.

UPS and FedEx to Increase Rates by Average of 4.9% in 2015
In October, UPS announced they were increasing rates by 4.9% 
on average (effective December 29, 2014). And FedEx announced 
they were increase rates by an average of 4.9% 
on standard list rates effective January 5, 2015. Both UPS Ground and FedEx 
Ground/Home Delivery will also be incorporating DIM pricing in 2015, 
which is expected to increase rates.

USPS Rates Could Be Adjusted Later in 2015
While USPS postage rates are not increasing in January 2015, 
there could still be an increase – or even a decrease – sometime later in 2015. 
In January 2014, the USPS applied for an “Exigent Price Increase” 
due to significant USPS losses that occurred during The Great Recession. 
This Exigent Price Increase allowed the USPS to increase rates 
higher than rate of inflation in order to recover the approximate
 $2.8 billion lost. Once the exigent/higher rates recovers the $2.8 billion total, 
expected to be in early fall of 2015, the USPS could then make additional rate adjustments.

 Dropping boxes off at the storage unit with
Julep and Derby.
Wilson and Flat Stanley had a good time putting together
the plastic shelves in our storage unit.  They are best
buddies and worked very well together.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Flat Stanley Is In Town

 Meet Mr. Flat Stanley
Flat Stanley has finally arrived making his way from San Dimas, CA
to Bozman, MD via priority mail through the Postal Service.  
 We knew Flat Stanley was going to visit and we are
happy to be part of this school project.
 Flat Stanley's first look at the eastern shore of
Maryland, our yard, pool and frozen creek.
Don't pack me in a box! 
I sent text pictures and notes to Mommy Sarah to share with
Kaitlyn when she came home from school showing Flat Stanley's
first day here. Sarah said Kaitlyn was using the tracking number 
on the package to see what part of the US he was in each night.
 Even with the long journey across the United States
behind him Flat Stanley still wanted to go to burger night
at Theo's Restaurant in St. Michaels last night.
I think all the travel and arriving in his new home
for a few weeks finally caught up with Flat Stanley ... so he
snuggled up with his new buddy Derby for a good night sleep.
Kaitlyn and Cole giving me 2 thumbs up
for taking such good care of Flat Stanley.
Now the pressure is really on to do something fun
with him each day and text it out to the grand kids.
Wilson will compile a story and print out
pictures on 8-1/2"x11" photo paper so Kaitlyn can
have a nice presentation to share with her class.
Thank goodness she dressed Flat Stanley for winter
or I would be sewing him a coat and pair of slacks.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Football, Quilt, Snow, Packing

 Wilson and his girl Julep watching football.  We're sorry
the Colt's didn't win ... but there can only be one winner
and the best team won.  Countdown to Super Bowl Sunday!

 I told Wilson I was taking this picture from the back so
you could see they were actually watching the game.
 This is the letterbox quilt pattern I finished for our friend Michael to take
home to his wife who recently had foot surgery and is still in recovery.

 The creek is frozen enough that the geese can walk on it.
 Derby watching me take pictures in the yard.
I love ... love ... love that face of his!
 Yum ... yum
 It just started to snow as our friend left for his drive back to Jersey.

As of this writing our deck is now covered in about 1/2" of
snow and it's still coming down so I'm going to pack a few
more boxes.  Moving is in 4 weeks so I may not be
posting a lot since time is running out ...YIKES! 
DAYS TO SPRING
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Valentine Day Quilts

 I finished adding the binding on Kaitlyn's Valentine's Day
quilt ... so off in the mail it goes!

Hearts & Butterflies
 I picked a bright and cheery spring fabric for the back.
 Cole's Quilt ... I needed to add a Valentine's Day theme some
place on the quilt so I chose a binding of red fabric & gold hearts. 
 Yesterday was just plain yucky ... rain and fog all day.
I'm glad we didn't need to be anyplace.  We enjoyed
being in our home among the boxes and I did manage to
piece together a quilt I had started several months ago.
This one {which I will show you tomorrow} is going to
an old friend who's wife just had foot surgery.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

All That's Left ...

 Meet Derby ... Mr. Bird Eater
I was busy doing laundry while the westies were on the deck.
When I came back into the dining room and looked out the window
 I saw Derby doing something strange ... he was crunching on a bird
that flew into the window.  Normally I hear that awful
sound and run out to 'take care of' the bird issue but this
time Derby was ready and waiting ... I know this day would
come sooner or later.  What was left of 'said bird' was a
tiny feather {pictured above} stuck to Derby's face.  Now I'll
be watching him for signs of loose stools and {how can
I say this gracefully} vomit ... never a dull moment
in our last few weeks in Bozman!