RIP Rowenta

I was finishing up a client quilt yesterday and got to the end where I always need to release the quilt from the leader grips and do a bit of steaming and pressing to even out the quilt bottom.  I turned on my trusty Rowenta Professional and . . .  nothing happened!  At first, I thought perhaps I’d blown a circuit and the outlet wasn’t working, but there is a power strip there that feeds power to the auto-advance for my quilting machine, and that was working fine.  I tried it in another outlet, and no go.  I got the iron as a gift for my 50th birthday, so if it had lasted about four more months, it would have been 10 years old.  I loved that iron.  It got hot quickly, had lots of steam, and mine never leaked.  I know some folks have trouble with Rowentas leaking.  I was so sad to see it go.

I did a search on irons, both on some of the lists in which I participate, and on some friends’ blogs.  Judy Laquidara had some reviews on her blog and, while she tried a few others, I think the last one she got that she liked was a Rowenta.  So, I decided to give Rowenta another try.  I came upon this little model on Amazon, and it was so pretty (well, for an iron, anyway!), that I just had to get it.  It arrived today.  I’ll let you all know how I like it and if I have any problems with it spitting on me.

rowenta iron

 

I love the colors of this one, and the pretty design on the sides just sealed the deal for me.  I’m hoping it will be as good as my last one!

I think I’m gonna like it here!

I have completed orientation and day three of my new job.  Due to the fact that they are trying to train two separate groups this week, I’ve been having to get up at 3:30 a.m. so I can shower, get coffee made, lunch packed and get out to Veneta by 5:00 a.m., when I start work.  I’m normally a night owl.  My bedtime is generally about one or two in the morning, so this is a real change for me.  I haven’t minded at all, though!  Work is kind of fun, and if you play your cards right, it comes with lots of perks.  If I refer people from my community to work there and they get hired, I can earn a bonus of $50.  After my two week training period, I get a $100 travel coupon to use with AirBNB.  I then earn another every 90 days.  They expire in a year, and I have to work of course, but I can envision some days off spent in some nice locations at the coast or in the mountains!  They’ve told us there are plenty of opportunities for over-time.  Turns out there are frequently over-time parties on Saturdays, during which the entire atmosphere is party — music, activities, and they barbecue hamburgers and ribs for us to eat!  Protein!!  This is my kind of place.  So, I’m really enjoying the job so far, and think I’ll like it even better when I get to a shift that is more to my liking.

Here’s the scoop

As many of you know, I retired early after 32 years of service at the University of Oregon.  I like to think of it as being paroled after 32 years hard time, but the early part of it really wasn’t that bad.  Retiring at 56 years of age felt pretty good, but to tell you the truth, not only does everything begin to fall apart (house and body) after 56, but when you’re home alone most of the day, you find that you begin to miss human companionship.

So, I got a job!  Not rocket science.  Actually it’s just working in a call center, which I know can be hell, especially if you have to sell, but I won’t be selling anything.  I will be helping people with technical issues in setting up their profiles or issues they experience when they arrive at venues for a travel site.  It is called AirBNB and, if you’ve never heard of it, you really should check it out.  If you have an extra room in your house, or a studio apartment, or any rental property you’d like to offer to travelers, you can list it there.  If you’re looking for a good deal on lodging nearly anywhere, you can find a good deal there.  They have everything from a tent in someone’s backyard (with bathroom privileges) to a villa in Tuscany.  You can rent a room BNB style, or you can rent a whole house or apartment.  I won’t be supervising, managing a budget, or processing payroll, and I’m excited about it.  A fun job – with fun people.  I have an orientation on Friday and I start Monday.  I may even end up working the graveyard shift, since I’m a night owl anyway, and I’ll have more daylight hours to throw the ball for my dog.

I’ve had my quilting business for ten years, and I will not be totally giving that up.  I will be scaling back.  I will be pickier about the quilts I accept.  I probably won’t do as much custom work as I have in the past.  And, when I have time off, I may actually get to work on some of my own stuff.  I may even decide, somewhere down the road, to stop quilting for others.  For now, all income will be welcomed, as my poor house, which was built in 1935, really needs some help.  You can’t do a lot of improvements on a public employee pension, no matter what the politicians try to tell you.

So – that’s my news!  I’m a happy girl.

National Quilting Day

Here is a quilt I just finished today for my sister.  The pattern is called Northwind.  She pieced it for a friend’s birthday.  That strange stuff on the edge is the binding, which I stitched on, but it has not as yet been turned to the back and tacked down.  I’m hoping she’ll have that done by Thursday, so I can take it to guild for show and tell.

The batting is my favorite, Hobb’s Wool, and the thread is also my favorite, Glide by Fil-Tec.  The color is Khaki.  Magna Glide bobbins in cream on the back, of which I failed to get a photo.  Trust me — it’s awesome!  ;D

Northwind

Northwind 2

Northwind 3

Northwind detail

Northwind border detail

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately.  There just hasn’t really been all that much to write home about.  New ventures coming up, though, so stay tuned.