GEOFROG's SparkPeople Blog GEOFROG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Been so busy!!!! Craft fair next month and so far behind!!! I am so far behind in making things for the craft fair next month. That fire that took most of our place put me 2 months behind and I'm trying to get some things done before it. I worked on crocheted angels today, need to try to finish them tomorrow and since I have Monday off from work I hope to get some earrings done. At least I have some stuff leftover from last year. I wish I could find all my crafting stuff from the cleaning crew they sent to clean the house from smoke damage packed and ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:29:04 EST Motorhome winterized, roof fixed, and still 3 days to go! Jeanne, Jay, and Damian (my daughter and family) winterized the motorhome that Dan and I had to buy to live in after the big fire in June that made our house unlivable for 6 weeks. I still need to have the antifreeze checked and tranny fluid added to it but my son, Mark, and family are coming this weekend to visit from Idaho and he said he would check that out for me. Going to make my homemade enchiladas for them. Mark requested it. <BR> Matt came and fixed my roof for me where the water from... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:28:21 EST Tomorrow off, lots to do!!! I have tomorrow off but have so much to do. My daughter, Jeanne and her husband Jay are going to help me winterize the motor home I had to buy to live in when my place and property was destroyed or damage by a large fire back in June. (Pictures were posted here back then.) And then I need to work on stuff for the bazaar next month. I hope to get enough done to fill my table but losing 2 months worth of crafting time due to the fire and working full time I am so behind but working hard at it. ... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:12:13 EST Coffee found on Amazon Prime!!! WooHoo!!! As I stated in my last blog we could not find our kind of coffee anywhere where we live. Dan, thank goodness, found it on Amazon Prime which he has, I don't. So even though it's a little bit more money than what we use to pay we were able to order some of it from there plus some other stuff. You have a box to fill up with various stuff from toilet paper to coffee and when it's full you get free shipping. Some things are more expensive but it is delivered to our home and we live out in the boo... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:21:41 EST Can't find our kind of coffee anywhere!!! After years of drinking the same coffee that isn't bitter and doesn't upset my stomach every place around here has stopped carrying it. Folger's Simply Smooth is what it is called. I wrote to the company and they said they still make it so that's not the problem. Walmart was the only place around here that carried the bigger can for a decent price but not anymore. And I can't get it online from there either. They say they are out of stock. I don't drink much maybe a cup or two in the morning ... Tue, 7 Oct 2014 23:53:58 EST Tomorrow off and angels on!!! I have tomorrow off from work so I'm going to relax and work on my new project which is the crocheted angels I'm making for the craft fair. They are coming out a little bigger than I intended but I still think they look great. Will try to post a picture when I can. <BR> Have a good night, everyone!!! <BR> Sat, 4 Oct 2014 22:50:38 EST Started a new project for the craft fair!!! I started a new project for the craft fair. I needed something that I could do quickly and easy so I'm crocheting angels and so far they are coming out great! I can make more of this to sell in a few days instead of trying to do something that would take much more time which I don't have. That darn fire back in June really set me back by 2 months and trying to catch up has been hard working full time and all. Hope these come out okay. Will try to post pictures as soon as I'm finished along wi... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 00:37:59 EST 9 years ago today! Sad but able to move on!!! It's been 9 years since my husband passed away from a massive heart attack. I miss him so but I have moved on. Dan has been great to me and helps me though it all. My husband died before I could get to him so the last time I talked to him was on the phone an hour or so before he died. He was at work when it happened and was 30 miles away. We were married for almost 30 years. This day is always a hard one for me especially when I'm alone such as tonight. Dan is on nights and had to work tonig... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 00:42:10 EST Work week almost over, work Saturday, off Sunday! I work tomorrow and off Sunday. Hopefully I will be able to get some more things done for the craft fair. I know it's almost 2 months away but for a crocheter and crafter that's not very much time. <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:41:10 EST Decent day, off tomorrow, work the rest of week! I had a decent day at work although as usual it could have been better. <BR> I have tomorrow off. Hope to finish the baby afghan I'm finishing up and touch ups on the other. Then going to try to make some clothes pin angels to sell at the bazaar. If not onto more pot pads and cat and pig note pad holders. <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:09:36 EST Great concert, wonderful days off, next project!!! The Kansas concert was great, food was very good, and the fair was good too. Had fun!! <BR> New project as soon as I finish the baby afghan. My daughter wants me to crochet her some Halloween decorations. Never try them before but I'll do my best. I usually make spiders and pumpkins out of beads. I still need to post pictures of the afghans I have been doing. <BR> Have a good day everyone!!! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:38:09 EST Daughter and grandson to sick to go to concert! Bummer!!! Both Jeanne and Damian are too sick to go to the concert and dinner tomorrow night. Sister/boss just texted me to see if I still needed their tickets. Not sure what or who she needs them for but Dan and I really don't know anyone else to give them too because of such short notice and everyone we know would need a babysitter and that's usually us! LOL! But since Dianne, my sister/boss gave us the tickets for free in the first place it's okay. At least they won't go to waste this way. <BR> Not ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:39:53 EST One more day then 2 off from work! WooHoo! Fair time!!! I have this weekend off thanks to a coworker who traded me my Monday for his Saturday which is great since Dan and I are going to the local fair to see the music group Kansas. The bosses gave us tickets for the concert and dinner for 4 people so Dan, my daughter Jeanne, and my almost 16 year old grandson Damian are going. But it's great to have the day off so Dan and I can go a few hours before the concert to go through the animal barns, displays, and see other stuff before dinner will be ser... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:24:16 EST Mile a minute baby afghan turning out great so far! The afghan I'm working on is turning out great so far. I love making the strips for the mile a minute afghans but joining them together is where I have so much trouble and not sure why. No matter how much I try to match the strips up stitch for stitch sometimes it just comes out a stitch or 2 off. I count and count, check it constantly, and still have trouble. But I keep at it until it comes out right but I wish there was a way I could make it come out the first time. Drives me crazy but the ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:15:50 EST Started another baby afghan for the craft fair! I started another baby afghan for the craft fair in November. Love the way the colors are coordinating!!! The yarn is some I bought back from Packwood and the other is from a skein my sister in law gave me a couple of years ago but how they match!!!! I may need more of the one Aletha gave me but I think I found it online. Hope it's the same!!! <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:28:33 EST County fair starts this week. Going Saturday to see music group Kansas! Our local fair starts this week and the boss gave the employees gold tickets to the concerts happening there. I picked the group Kansas, Brad got Joan Jett, Brandon picked Trapd first (always!) and is taking his daughter and friends and Dianne (one boss plus her husband) are going to see Neal McCoy with Brandon's wife. Dan, my daughter Jeanne and grandson Damian is going with me. We get a special place for dinner which is included, prime seats and dessert afterwards plus Gold parking. Our st... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 01:14:03 EST Long week over now 2 days off!!! I had to work 5 in a row this week even though I usually have one off during the week but the boss has me off this weekend. Hope to finish the 2 baby afghans I'm working on which I know I will since they just need trimming and maybe get some more things ready to go to the new shed. Dan has been making shelves in it to put totes on which is great! Plus spend time relaxing. <BR> Have a good night everyone! Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:46:33 EST Nice day off but busy!!! I had a nice day off today. Did some shopping with Dan. He bought me some yarn that I need for my projects for the craft fair, met his daughter and family to shop for a new car seat for his grandson, had lunch with them all, did some crocheting but very little unpacking. Not enough hours in the day!!! Work all week this week then 3 days off. Hope to get some things done then <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Sun, 7 Sep 2014 23:40:31 EST Day off tomorrow!!! I have the day off tomorrow and going to enjoy every moment. Going to crochet some on the baby afghan I'm making for the bazaar, figure out what to make next, do some shopping with Dan and family, and just relax and take it easy. Plus work on some more of the "desmoking" unpacking from the fire in June. Taking it slow and sorting things out. <BR> Have a good night everyone! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 23:46:12 EST Found a perfect pattern for quick baby afghan for bazaar!!! I found a quick and easy pattern for a baby afghan to make for the bazaar. I am so behind with everything since the fire and desmoking of everything so I hope to get this done this weekend even though I have to work tomorrow. I need to get so much done before Nov 22. <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Sat, 6 Sep 2014 01:53:33 EST Trying to play catch up on my crafting for the bazaar!!! I'm trying to catch up on some of things I'm making for the craft fair. I lost 2 months of crafting time and now am trying to figure out what I can make to sell to fill the table. I do need to make some pot pads to replace the ones I sold last year and cat and pig note pads too. Since all my stuff was in storage and we were living in a motor home for a while I'm way behind. Thinking about making some snowman earrings to take a break from crocheting. My hands are hurting so bad!!!! I need to d... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 00:35:03 EST Tomorrow off, need to do more on the unpacking from fire, maybe crochet some! I have tomorrow off work for my regular day off for the week. I need to work on some more of the unpacking of our stuff from the crew packing everything in boxes and not knowing which is which. It does help that the new shed is here. Going to put some of my crafting supplies up there clearly marked and on shelves. It will clear up some space to be able to do crafting in the craft room and not in the living room. I sure wish I knew what was in each box besides having to open it to find out. Th... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 23:49:05 EST Loved the long weekend now back to work! I loved having 3 days off in a row, It was like a mini vacation. But now back to work even though I have Wednesday off this week. Tomorrow may be a little rough though. One coworker who helps me out the most has the day off, the bosses are back after 6 days off so they have to play catch up and who knows how the one coworker is going to be. He is so unpredictable and usually no help at all. I sure wish they could hire the guy who comes in to help when the bosses are gone but he won't come bac... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 01:39:07 EST Finally finished crocheting the baby afghan! I finally finished the baby afghan I'm making for the bazaar in November. Now to start on a new project. Trying to figure out what to do next, either another baby afghan or some crocheted sachets. But I also need to work on unpacking some more of the stuff from the "desmoking" of the house after the fire. Plus get some painting done on the new shelves we're putting up in the new shed. Lots to do as usual and not enough hours in the day! LOL! <BR> Have a good evening everyone!!! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:11:12 EST New shed arrived today!!! The new shed that was built to replace the one lost to the fire back in June was delivered today. It looks great. I can't believe that it cost less than half than what the construction company that built the pump wanted to build and it's bigger too. I wish I would have found them before my pump house was built which they could have built one a bit bigger and half the price. I got ripped off from the one construction company so bad!!!! It looks great!!!! <BR> Still working on fire clean up. Wh... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 00:43:28 EST Good day off and found blog on list!!! I have a very good day off. I got some crocheting done, some shopping done, need to find an important envelope (tomorrow, I hope!) and need to work the rest of the week. <BR> Can't wait til the weekend. 3 whole days off in a row! Mini vacation except I have lots to do at home with the unpacking still from the fire, getting our new shed on Friday, and catching up on things for the bazaar! Not enough hours in the day!!! <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:01:09 EST Not sure about the new format (blogging was made harder to me) and tomorrow!!! I am not too sure about the new format on SP. I wish they would have left the blog thing on the points board where it was easier to find instead of moving it to the start page. Maybe if they put it in one of the big boxes like the other stuff would have been better. <BR> I have tomorrow off from work. I really need to do some more unpacking but now Dan is on nights and needs to sleep and I don't want to make noise and wake him. I might just crochet since I need to get the baby afghan I'm work... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:10:49 EST Work week finally over! Off tomorrow!!! I have tomorrow off and I hope to be able to get some more unpacking done. This is such a slow process since strangers packed up everything and the boxes all look alike. Some aren't marked right either. Plus I may take some time and crochet on the baby afghan I'm doing for the craft fair. I hope to get it done soon. Then I'm going to start something else. <BR> Hope the new shed will be coming this week too. I haven't heard anything so I guess I'll have to call them on Monday or Tuesday and fi... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:53:33 EST Found a pattern to use for the craft fair!!! I was able to find a small pattern to do for the craft fair since I lost 2 months worth of work to do because of the fire. It's for crocheted sachets. Can't wait to try it but need to finish the baby afghan I'm working on first. <BR> Dan starts back on nights Monday so I will probably work more on some things in the evenings after work. <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! <BR> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:20:45 EST Need to figure out small craft and crochet projects for bazaar! I need to figure out some small craft or crochet projects for the bazaar in November. Even though it's 3 months away that really isn't much time to do things and work full time too. I lost 2 months of crafting time due to the fire that hit my place. My stuff was in storage to be desmoked all that time and now trying to unpack the stuff they packed is taking forever. I can find anything in all the boxes that look alike. Maybe some snowman earrings, some other type of earrings. a couple of baby... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:32:55 EST Wonderful day off, talked to mortgage co and crochet. I had a wonderful day off today. Talked to the mortgage company today and the woman who helped me is going to make it simpler than what the letter said. I have to wait for the invoices from the contractor then start everything. <BR> I started making a baby afghan for the bazaar in November. Hope it comes out okay. Will try to post a picture when done. <BR> Have a good night everyone! Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:23:40 EST Tomorrow off now to deal with my mortgage co. about the insurance from the fire. I have tomorrow off but probably won't have much time to relax. First I have to call my mortgage company since the check my insurance sent me for repairs is in my name and theirs. And the letter and forms the mortgage company sent me makes no sense!!!! I hope to get it straighten out. <BR> I also hope to get some more unpacking done too. Still can't find half of our stuff the way the crews packed stuff. <BR> But I am going to take some time to do some crocheting. I am so far behind in my cra... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:14:08 EST Week almost over!!! My work week is almost over. Have to work tomorrow then off Sunday. It's been a long week but tomorrow should go all right since one certain person has tomorrow off and he is the one that causes all the tension and stress. <BR> Going to try and relax some on Sunday but still have a lot of unpacking to do since the fire 2 months ago. We'll get it done sooner or later. <BR> Have a good night everyone! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:32:07 EST Found a wonderful way to store all my yarn!!! I found a wonderful way to store my yarn. I use to have it in big plastic bags hung on a very long metal rod with a shelf above it. Kept it off the floor but was hard to get yarn out when needed. Now thanks to Shopko having a great sale on I was able to get some hanging garment things that have 6 large compartments. I can put 5 big skeins or 6 small skeins in each compartment. I did them by colors. It's looks great! I have a lot of yarn in many different colors so having them all sorted out i... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:02:54 EST But I don't want to go back to work!!!! I had a wonderful 3 days off but have to go back to work for 5 in a row. I worked all 3 days though around the house and property. So much still to do since the fire. We'll get in done someday!!! <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 23:06:16 EST Wonderful day off, 2 more coming!!! I had a wonderful day off today even though Dan and I had work to do due to the fire damage. We had to spread out gravel for the new shed to take place of the one that burned and still unpacking boxes. So much to do but need to relax some too. Taking one box at a time is our motto this week. <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Sat, 9 Aug 2014 23:45:55 EST One more day!!!! I have to work one more day then have 3 off in a row which is great but the only problem with that is having to work 5 in a row again like this week. I like having Wednesdays off. <BR> Stressful day today too and will be that way tomorrow. Not looking forward to it. <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Thu, 7 Aug 2014 23:42:42 EST Friend out of danger for now, work continues on my place. The fire that threaten my friend up north has slowed so she is okay for now. Wish it would rain enough to help the firefighters. <BR> Gravel to be delivered tomorrow for the base for new shed and it should be here sometime next week. Can't wait. Hopefully we will be able to get the house straighten up better that way. <BR> Have a good night everyone. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 23:56:20 EST It seems like the whole state of Washington is on fire!!!! Back on June 17, 2014 a fire started about 2 miles from my property and home and eventually reached my place. It burn almost everything I owned except the house which the firefighters saved but was smoke damaged. Still working to get things back to normal such as unpacking all the house stuff they took to desmoke and rebuilding my pump house and shed. I still need to get some of the burnt debris hauled off. <BR> Now there are several different fires burning in Washington including one just 2... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 00:03:46 EST Good day today, work the rest of week then 3 off! I had a good day at work today which is actually unusual but that is mainly because one certain person has been on vacation last week and had his normal day off today. But tomorrow will be a different story since he will be back and my one coworker has tomorrow off. Not looking forward to it. He is always ranting and raving about things in the store when he gets back. And of course the bosses (his parents) don't do anything to stop it. Not looking forward to tomorrow. <BR> I'm getting everyth... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 22:10:43 EST Wonderful day off!!! I had a wonderful day off today even though I spent all day unpacking boxes from the crew taking out stuff to be "desmoked". It's like moving all over again. Sure wish I had my shed back. Dan and I have been making plans to have a new one built. The insurance is covering it thank goodness. I hope no one has to go through a fire like me. I know I didn't lose my house but the damage and it's repair is really taking it's toll. At least I have Dan here to help me and get me through this. The furb... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:27:44 EST Long week, one more day and more unpacking! Darn fire!!!! Trying to get more things unpacked from being desmoked from the fire. Worked on Dan's and my books but had to go to work. It's hard to figure out what is in each box since they are all the same and some don't have anything written on them except for the room they supposedly came out of. Dan and I had to work when they came and cleared out the house almost 7 weeks ago. We just keep taking it box by box at a time. Can't wait to get back to normal although my property will never be the same. I m... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 23:27:18 EST Sorry to all my team members and I'm back after the fire!!! I'm back after being gone for a while due to the fire that hit our place on June 17. It's been a long 6 weeks and still a lot of things haven't been done. The firm that was hired to do the smoke clean up and some of the construction isn't what we were told they were and hasn't been here much. They finally got the inside painted and just yesterday delivered back all of our stuff. They had taken everything we owned practically. Now all the big stuff in buried under boxed stuff and just trying t... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:06:31 EST Still dealing with fire loss, vacation, and hot weather. Dan and I are still dealing with the fire and everything we lost and insurance and smoke damage. The weather has gotten very hot here and staying in the motorhome we got is getting somewhat unbearable. We have been able to go into the house some and have the AC on but not at night or when the crews are cleaning. My house can't handle the amps of the AC in the motor home so we are just dealing with it. Thank goodness we're both on vacation this week so we can take care of the animals. They ar... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 23:00:47 EST Fire! <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src="">Here are pictures of the fire that hit my place. <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=""> <img src=" Sun, 22 Jun 2014 09:59:34 EST Friday the 13th for me today!!!! It seemed like it was Friday the 13th for me today. I messed up the window between our workroom and the store front just by trying to clean it. It's tinted and I didn't know that I was cleaning the tinted side and scratched it up real bad in one spot. It's a big window but I was trying to clean the area where I have to look out to see the store floor. If anyone knows how to lessen the look of the scratches (it's like looking through a filmy spot) let me know. Hope tomorrow goes better. At lea... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:17:58 EST Loved my day off, hard next 2 weeks coming up!!! I had a good day today. Work tomorrow, should be okay, Tuesday may be a totally different thing, Wednesday off, then the bosses take off for the next week and a half. We are suppose to get help from a former employee who probably will just handle the gun side and maybe some other stuff but that's all right. At least he'll be there to help. Hopefully one certain employee behaves himself but not counting on it. I love my job but the mental stress because of him is really getting to me. He's sup... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:21:09 EST Decent day, tomorrow off!!! Decent day today at work. Only the 3 of us but it went well. Day off tomorrow, lots to do. Have a good night everyone!!! Sat, 14 Jun 2014 22:10:35 EST Long day, glad it's over. Today seemed like a long day to me at work. Glad it's over now to relax. Work tomorrow, off Sunday then back on Monday. Not sure what 's going to happen next week. We'll see. <BR> Have a good night everyone!!! Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:21:10 EST Still in limbo but at least jury duty over. Everything at work is still in limbo. Hope it smoothes out soon. I hate the thought of losing one good co worker while the other gets to stay. <BR> Jury duty time is over so I don't have to worry about next week when the bosses are going to leave for vacation even though it is really a bad time to do it. But it was planned a long time ago before everything hit the fan. They are suppose to get us some help anyway so it won't be just the 3 of us even though with the right people we can do like ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:02:26 EST