Published on February 19 2006

houghton Scary thing is, Houghton is not all *that* far from here.

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Published on February 18 2006

This is the greatest site for a frozen-in biker!! Now I want to go out to my folks' storage barn and pet Precious..... Harley Dave's Harley Sounds h/t to ask me later

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Published on February 18 2006

I took a few pictures while down in my dungeon today, and thought maybe I'd try to show a little bit of what I do in this little sideline of mine.
This is a new quilt, made by the Tomahawk Stitchers Quilt Guild as their raffle quilt this year. Buy a ticket or ten, it's a good fundraiser--not only for the guild (disclaimer: I'm loosely associated as a sometime member when I'm not in school or completely snowed under with work), but also for their projects like the local Food Pantry. They donate quite a bit of the funds raised with each raffle. Anyway, here we have the quilt float-mounted on the frame. Only the leading edge of the top is actually attached, with the rest "floated" and stitched down as I advance. This allows me to work out any fullness if the top is slightly imperfect--which isn't a problem with this one. TSQG start First thing I do is all of my outlining, known as "stitch -in-the-ditch" for the slightly raised area of the seam. Machine quilters don't actually stitch IN the ditch, but rather right next to it. Stitching slowly in regulated mode, and guiding with my fingers while using the pressure of my hand to control the machine: inditch I'm pretty steady with ditching vertical and horizontal lines, but diagonals are a #$(%*%, due to the way the wheels rest on the table. A machine head tends to travel the horizontal or the vertical naturally, and requires a guide of some sort for diagonal lines. I've heard there are quilters out there who can make a diagonal without a guide, but I have yet to meet one. For a short diagonal, such as the lines on this quilt, I use a 1/4 inch thick ruler. I hold it in place, and push the hopping foot along it in stitch regulated mode--meaning I move the machine, it stitches with no on/off button-pushing needed. guide And this is the result of a bit of the afternoon's work! Tomorrow we start the freehand work--that is, if the quilt tells me what to do. I hate it when I draw a blank on the design, although I have a few favorite styles to fall back on. result

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Published on February 17 2006

I *know* what my VCR is going to be taping the next few Wednesdays!!! Monty Python's Personal Best and Flying Circus | PBS
“Monty Python’s Personal Best,” a series of six outrageous one-hour specials showcasing the groundbreaking comedians with new footage and original clips, will premiere on PBS February 22, 2006. Each episode will include members of the original Monty Python troupe performing in favorite clips from their unorthodox television series, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” repurposed with exclusive new material. Each of the five living Pythons — John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin — produced and wrote his own episode, and collaborated to create the sixth special in honor of deceased member Graham Chapman. The episodes will air over a three week period in two-hour blocks on PBS on February 22, March 1 and March 8.

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Published on February 14 2006

I feel so GOOD after going to THIS link Who *couldn't* use a little ego-boost after a long day? Oh yeah...Happy V-Day, everyone!

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Published on February 13 2006

Awwwwwwwwwww..........soooooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute! Tai Shan's Snow Day

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Published on February 11 2006

Look out, they want your money, but the name thing is kinda fun!
Your First Name of: Laurie * Your name of Laurie gives you a very happy-go-lucky, spontaneous nature. * You see the humorous side of many situations and can laugh at yourself as well as at others.
Yup, I have to beat them to it!!
* This name gives you a musical, artistic nature and you would do well in any occupation in the entertainment field. * You have many friends because of your generous, happy nature, but if crossed you have a quick temper, although your annoyance does not last too long. * You do enjoy an argument and will at times say things just to get others going and then you sit back and enjoy the debate.
They don't have *me* pegged at all, do they? :-"
* You lack system and order and find it very difficult to budget and save money.
See above smart, self-deprecating remark.
* Although the name Laurie creates idealism and the urge to help others, we emphasize that it frustrates you through a scattered and emotional nature. * This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the nervous system, liver, and bloodstream.
I'm thinking it's not really worth the $35 to get the bad news about my liver.

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Published on February 9 2006

There are times that I think it's a good thing to have been born in Iowa. Seething Midwest explodes over Lombardi Cartoons heh.

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Published on February 9 2006

One of the books off my Amazon wishlist arrived today, so I took a five from the horrors of Turbotax to thumb through it for a bit. The book is I'm a Stranger here myself by Bill Bryson. It's a series of essays written by a travel writer who lived in England for twenty years, but decided to return to the United States to live, and his observations of how his home country has changed since he left so many years before. I'm enjoying it immensely! One section deals with license plate slogans:
Still I can't criticize because I live in the state with the most demented of all license plate slogans, the strange and pugnacious "Live Free or Die". Perhaps I take these things too literally, but I really don't like driving around with an explicit written vow to expire if things don't go right. Frankly, I would prefer something a little more equivocal and less terminal--"Live Free or Pout" perhps, or maybe "Live Free or Bitch Mightily to Anyone Who'll Listen."
Now that sounds like a Wisconsinite at heart!!

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Published on February 9 2006

Guess what *I'm* working on today? tax toon Although the new TurboTax is VERY helpful. It consists of only three parts:
1. How much did you make last year? 2. How much do you have left? 3. Send amount listed in part 2.
One click and it' DONE!! :-D

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