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 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.

It will be okay

Well, at least I think it will be.  At this point, I’m a little afraid to go back out there and find anything else.  My insurance company, The Hartford, is being very supportive so far.  They are depositing money to my account for the tree and the fence and now I need to get estimates for the electric bulkhead.  The electrician was just here.  I guess I felt a little more comfy with him around, so I explored the tree a bit further.  I think the whole thing will have to come down.  Most of the branches are snapped and hanging except for just a few of the lower ones.  One of those lines we can see lying on the ground is the phone line, which provides me with internet.  It’s still attached at the pole, so I still have service, but it will need to be hung back up.  All part of the choreography that is to come:

The power company needs to come and get the tree off the power line.  A carpenter needs to repair the support for the bulkhead under the eaves.  The power company needs to cut the power line at the house.  The electrician needs to repair the bulkhead and probably re-secure the electric meter to the house, because the meter got popped out from the force of the limbs falling.  Then the electric company needs to come and restring a line to the pole, and the carpenter needs to come back and repair the soffit and eave when this is all finished.  I have no idea how long this is going to take.  Apparently, there are permits to be obtained when the power company has to shut off the power and restring the line.  I am not looking forward to this.

However, I’ve learned over the years, and I’m not saying I always practice this, but worry solves nothing.  It only robs you of the present moment.  So, I will do my best to carry on until I find out how this is all going to go down.

I’m off to get some quilting done while I still can.

Nope! It’s bad

I really hope this will be the last of the woes of the storm damage.  If I find any more, I’m going to go out and lie down in a snow bank to numb myself till it’s all over.  (Okay, I know, a little overly-dramatic, but I’m upset).  I was reading along on Facebook, when I saw a post from my power company saying that they couldn’t restore your power if you had a damaged bulkhead.  Well, I didn’t lose power, but a lot of the tree fell on the power line.  I figured they could still come out and get the tree off the line, but it got me to thinking.  When the big branches fell, it caused the cats to come jettisoning out of the back bedroom, where the electricity attaches to the house.  Perhaps I’d best go have a look-see as to what happened to the bulkhead.  OY!

Bulkhead damage 3 Bulkhead damage 2 Bulkhead damage 1

I’d better call my insurance company.  I may not need an electrician, but I’ll need the power company to shut down the power to repair this mess.  Please, no more!  UNCLE!!!

The Aftermath

The snow and ice has finally started to melt, but the light of day revealed more damage.

Upon opening the front door this morning, I found the neighbor to the south’s arborvitae had fallen across the driveway onto my fence



The fence is, I think, not damaged, but I’ll have to saw this up to get out of the garage.

Arborvita 2


My neighbor to the north’s tree also fell on her power lines.  Unfortunately, its root-wad boosted part of my fairly new and very expensive fence into the air.

Fence damage


Ozzie’s tormentors will most likely have to re-locate to the projects now.  You can see the squirrel’s nest in the tree that fell.

Lost squirrel hab


And my gorgeous maple tree that made the yard so delightful on a hot summer’s day is now blown apart.

Once beautiful tree


Most of it lying on the ground



I am very sad about all of this, but I know that spring is coming, life will begin anew, the mess will be cleared away, and new things will be planted.  For now, though, it’s a bit of a bummer.