Sunday, July 25, 2010

Kathy's Project

My daughter, Kathy, asked me to help her with a project she needed for Nursing School.  It had to be "creative" and tell the story of her journey to become an RN.  It also had to show her future goals.  She had decided to make a "quilt".....designed and finished in 10 days!  Between classes, exams, full time job, and three girls still at home, plus studying and maybe a little sleep.

 She did it!!  We raided my stash and supplies and since she doesn't really sew and isn't a quilter (yet), I suggested fusing the whole thing.

So, this little quiltlet shows the road from CNA to LPN, to RN with her BRN to be achieved in the future.  A little pleat on the curves became 'speed bumps', a flower button by the rest area sign,  beads representing the rocky road, burning the candle at both ends, and lots of other little things to show her journey.  She has worked really hard (and almost quit a few times) to reach her goal.  We are so proud of her!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Road Update

Looks like we are entering another phase of our road construction.  There has been a lot of activity the past week.  Trucks full of gravel carefully winding their way around some small front end loaders, small yellow shovels and a big one too, plus a grader and even a water sprayer.  I just took our dog out and OMG! they are putting in some jersey barriers on the drop off side of the road.  No more fear of some loonie driving over the edge and adding to the scrap metal pile!  Yes, there are quite a few people out there who don't think the barriers and the "road closed" signs at each end apply to them.  A few have gotten stuck over the last few months and have had the joy of backing down this steep, narrow, unfinished road.  Some have been good for a chuckle or two.  I'm beginning to think that things may be a bit boring around here when if it's all done.
Maybe it's time to get out of my quilting slump and finish some things!?!?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

21st Century Technology

Road construction has been progressing slowly but surely. This morning there was a lot of activity with quite a few guys....not a lot of motorized activity, mind you, but a lot of "get down an dirty" stuff. I didn't realize just what was going on until this guy and two other workers were almost out of sight, so you only get to see the "down and dirty" guy. No, he's not hurt or taking a break. He's really working hard! If you click on the picture and maybe zoom in, you will be able to see a string just about eye level. He's got "laser vision"! Yes, he's using the old fashioned method of making sure the string is right on with the other stakes and string. Hm-m-m, I wonder if he's a hunter who is used to lining up the sights of a gun or even a bow.
We still have things being done and then re-done, such as deciding that the retaining wall isn't quite high enough in one section, so off come the caps and on go a few more levels and then back on with the caps. A few minutes ago two cement trucks went past, so maybe it's almost time for the next will be much more difficult to un-do concrete than plain old sandy dirt.

Remember the "junk-yard" at the bottom of the hill? Well, three guys were trying to un-junk it a bit, but got caught by one of our police officers. He watched them for about 10 min. and called for back-up. The cops were pretty sneaky and the un-junkers were so engrossed in trying to clean things up that they didn't hear anything until it was too late. Mr. D and I drank our morning coffee on the deck watching all the action. Their car was towed away along with some of their stuff, but we're not sure what happened to the "un-junkers".

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