Thank you, Sissypoo, for 'Goodwill Hunting' with me, and spending the day with me Friday.
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thank you, Sissypoo, for 'Goodwill Hunting' with me, and spending the day with me Friday.
Friday, May 30, 2008
I visited with, and relayed my woes and story to my brother and wife, and Louie called me back. He was tired, and not happy with the situation I was in, but concerned for me, and eventually, we devised a plan to diagnose and 'hopefully' resolve my problem. Now, as his wife, I always think he should be able to diagnose problems just by symptoms, over the phone, but it's not that easy. I had a million questions for him. 'What do you think it is?' (The most important question: 'What's this gonna cost me!????') 'Are you going to have to take the transmission apart?' His biggest concern was, he was tired, didn't want to work on cars anymore, as we are on vacation this coming week, it was time to rest, not work on cars!
He works for very nice people, and he borrowed the diagnostic tool he needed, and a vehicle to come to my rescue. Isn't technology wonderful? He hooked up the computer, did a series of tests, and in a matter of a few minutes, he knew what the problem was. It was what he suspected, but could not confirm, without looking and testing. What a blessing! The problem part was under the hood, not inside the transmission, and relatively easy to get to! PRAISE THE LORD!!!The culprit of my 'disorderly' van, was a part called a speed sensor. It basically tells the transmission when to shift. Well, it wasn't talking, and no one was going to make it talk! By this time, it is about 8:30 Friday night. Thank the Lord for late night auto stores! Louie made a phone call inquiring of the part number we needed, was assured there was one to purchase, and we all jumped in the other van to go pick it up. Another blessing...the part was only about $35! We were at the parts store in less than 30 minutes, picked up the part and headed for somewhere to eat supper!
We arrived back at my brother's house, and Louie removed the old part. As you can see by the clock, it is 10: 20 something at this point, and my 'auto tech' is tired, but has removed the 'evil' part.And here is what the part looked like that we replaced. Just a piece of plastic, with contacts and wires on the inside that control my transmission. We thanked our gracious hosts for the use of the garage, moral support, etc, etc, and by this time, it is 10:48pm, and remember, I NEED GAS! We hurried to the gas station that closes at 11pm, which is just a couple blocks away, and got our gas. WHEW! THAT WAS CLOSE! Louie was following Sissypoo and I, and I stopped the van, got out and told him my TRAC OFF light was on. He told me some codes probably still needed to be cleared out. I noticed smoke, or something behind the van, and in front of the van he was driving. I said to him, which I found out later he did not hear, 'What is that smoke from?' He didn't answer, and I knew he was tired and had endured just about all he needed for the day, stress-wise, so I just figured maybe it was exhaust (but thinking...in warm weather?) and got in the van and headed back to the highway. We had driven a few miles and as we were heading up a hill, I noticed I had to kind of 'tromp' it to get it up to speed. I didn't feel like I had much power. I called Louie and asked him about it, and asked if he needed to adjust anything and he said no. I told him about the 'lack of power', and he didn't seem concerned so we just proceeded down the highway. It wasn't long, and I said to Sissypoo, 'This van is riding kind of weird....kind of like we're riding on a washboard road.' The van had a slight 'shimmy' to it. Now, I am wondering, 'How can the speed sensor and the shimmy have a connection?' I called Louie,(THANK GOD FOR CELLPHONES!!!) told him that I was pulling off the road, and he could drive our van, and I would drive the van he brought. He could decide if it needed further assistance. I was tired of diagnosing (but so was he!) He got out of 'borrowed' van, and smoke was rolling from the left rear tire! He asked me if the parking brake was disengaged. I said it was, and no light was on telling me any different. By this point, he as ready to park it and come back on Saturday to deal it, (he was at the end of his short rope)but he messed with the parking brake handle, and moved the van, and decided that he thought it was free. He drove a few blocks and reaffirmed the same decision, so we headed for the highway again. He said it felt like it was rolling ok, but we would stop in the next little town and recheck it. Eight miles later, we pulled over, it was ok, and we proceeded towards home. It was about midnight when we pulled into our driveway. PRAISE THE LORD for a safe return home.
PRAISE THE LORD for my husband's knowledge to repair our van, PRAISE THE LORD for my husbands wonderful employers and their generosity of lending a vehicle and diagnostic tools to get me 'help'. PRAISE THE LORD for 'His' protection, PRAISE THE LORD for my brother and his wife's hospitality, help and use of their garage and tools, PRAISE THE LORD for late evening parts stores, PRAISE THE LORD for my Sissypoo who kept me sane during this stressful time. PRAISE THE LORD, PRAISE THE LORD, PRAISE THE LORD!
Ps...Check out my friend, Jen's moving sale for quilt books, quilting goodies, and scrapbooking goodies!
I guess I should be in awe of the beauty of my own personal 'waterfall'. No, it's not plugged, it's just raining THAT fast and running over!Here is what I see when I look out my kitchen windows...rain filled screens. I will be driving to DeWitt soon (20 miles south) for an appointment, so I hope it slows down a little bit, then I'll be coming home. My sissypoo is coming to visit, then who knows WHAT kind of trouble we will get into! (Wha ha ha..evil smirk!)
I'll report back later if there is anything to report.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Uncovering her to show you, gave me a good reason to 'de-fuzz' behind the items on my kitchen counter, and do some re-arranging again. I have been slowly de-cluttering, and I have eliminated a few more items this morning. It feels good! (Trivia: The window with the lace curtain above the cabinet with the toaster on top, is really not a window at all! It is a mirror, with a curtain rod attached to the wall above the mirror. I felt that space needed 'something' and so many people have tried to look out that 'window'.)
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Next, is my little Singer Sewhandy Model 40k toy hand crank sewing machine. It too, is a chainstitch machine. I had never seen one like this before, until one day Louie and I walked into a Goodwill store that we don't often go to. It was sitting on the shelf in the electronics section, in it's little 'Dr' type case, with a price sticker on it of $3.38. I could tell by how heavy it was that it was vintage. I thought it was so cute! I picked it up, decided it was MINE, and started looking around (with toy machine grasped firmly to my body) for anyone who even 'looked' like they were interested, because it was MINE and I was ready to put it up under my blouse if anyone was even as much as 'looking' my direction, and RUN to the register to buy it, so I could REALLY proclaim that it was MINE! (Wow! That got my blood pumping just remembering how excited I was to find it!) I was even more excited when I got home, checked on ebay, found out that this machine was first new in 1957, which is the year I was born, and they were selling for around $45! This dandy machine's little 'Dr' case is close to perfect, and it even came with the original manual. The only thing it is missing, is a screw-in seam guide, and I have yet to purchase one of those, because last time I looked, those sold for 5 times what I paid for the machine, so I just put a magnetic guide on it and there it is.Here they both sit, on my bench, which resides in my east-west hallway. This is what you see when you open my bathroom door and come back out into the hallway. Take a left to the kitchen and living room, or a right to the north-south hallway, or my office and bedrooms. The pink and blue quilt on the back of the bench was found at Goodwill, and is hand embroidered, and hand quilted, and the other little placemat sized quilt is one I made, and my first attempt at free motion quilting. Everything else you see in the picture came from Goodwill, except for the 'MAY YOUR BOBBIN ALWAYS BE FULL' sign, which I bought the very first time I met Jen and Cindy when our quiting group went to Waunakee, Wisconsin last summer.
Friday, May 16, 2008
A few years ago, I think on a day while the 'quilting girls' and I were here, Louie and my brother went 'junkin' (THE NERVE! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT????) Louie has a favorite place in Illinois that is an indoor flea market, consignment type place, with rental spaces. He came home that night and told me he had found a treadle machine that was pretty nice. I kind of rolled my eyes, and asked, 'how nice?' 'Nice!' he said. 'How much?' I asked. '$85'. 'REALLY???' Ok, now tell me that, and expect me not to want to go and look. The next day was Sunday, so we went back over, and of course, it came home with us. I actually told him I wanted it, but was not sure I should spend the money on it. I kept walking away, roaming the store, and coming back to look at it. In the end, he made the decision, and told a worker to please have it taken up front, as we were going to buy it.
and another quilting friend, Patty, stayed up until 4am working on each of our quilts. Patty went on to make a few more. This is the one and only one I ever made. The pattern is an Eleanor Burns 'Quilt in a Day' pattern, and I think it is called Log Cabin Star. The quilt on the table under the machine, was bought at Goodwill. This machine resides on a table in my 'North-South' hallway just outside of my bedroom.
Here is the first on the list. I found this machine last August at a Salvation Army thrift store. I thought the round plate was interesting. It has a vibrating shuttle bobbin. It was 'stuck' when I bought it. I thought it was just thread stuck in the working parts, but what it needed, was oil, really bad! I oiled it, got it moving, figured out how to thread it, (which was a 'feat' in itself) and it does sew. I will never use it, as it REALLY shakes the table, and it is not a comfortable machine to sew on, but it IS a bit of history, and probably one of the first machines to be manufactured to run with electricity, fresh from the factory. This machine was made in the 30's. I thought it was in pretty good shape, cosmetically, considering it's age.I did find some information on the internet about Graybar. The Graybar name was fashioned from the last names of two of the company founders, Professor Elisha Gray, and Enos Barton. (Chicago). I was not sure if I would be able to find a place to display it, but I did. A lot of times, I buy the machines, because I have to 'fix' them, even if I don't plan on keeping them. I just had to see it work. It was missing a black rubber belt to wind the bobbin so I used a couple of fat rubber bands to wind a bobbin, but I eventually found a belt for it. It is a 3/4 size machine. It sits on top of one of my file cabinets in my office. Notice where the belt is for running the bobbin winder. There is a smaller wheel behind the handwheel where the other end of the belt fits. I have never seen anything like this before. In 1872, the Graybar company was incorporated as the Western Electric Manufacturing Company, to meet the huge capital requirements of the telegraph supply business. (If you are interested in knowing more about Graybar and Western Electric, email me, and I will send you a pdf file which has the history.) I noticed the last time we were up to see Jen and Cindy, there is a Graybar Electric building in Milwaukee. I wonder if there is a connection. (scratching head).
Here are a couple posters I found on the internet too, with advertising for the Western Electric. I thought they were interesting.
Friday, May 9, 2008
So, now that I can do circles, what should I do with them? Hmmmmm. How about a little pillow? I got out some 'fresh' fabric and started another round of fun. When I was finished with my circles, I drew a stem and a couple leaves, ran two threads through the needle eye, in different shades of green, and did a very narrow, very short zig zag, and 'embroidered' my stem. I sewed a big button in the center of the 'flower', then I made some shorter stems, and sewed on some small buttons to form my pillow center. I dug out some scraps, and the end result is shown below. (I think I should have added some 'baby' leaves to my little flowers. Next time.)
Ok, maybe not so artistic, but it kept me out of trouble for awhile, and next time, I'll try using two very different colors together, or I'll change the colors between circles (and try to trim the threads a little better....and leave a little more fabric when I am trimming it square! BIG SIGH!)
Oh well, I like it, and since quilting is tomorrow, I will have 'something' to 'Show & Tell'! The flower reminds me of one of my 'Spirograph' designs from when I was a kid. I had a 'Spirograph' and I LOVED it! Gee, now I WANT one! I guess I'll hop on over to Ebay and start looking! (This comment added after the original post....'Good God, Gordy! Do I want to spend THAT much to get one?!!!')I also had a 'Bizzy Buzz Buzz'. It came with different pen colors. I think you could only use one color at a time, but when you turned on the BBB, it vibrated all over, and you wrote all wiggly and wabbly. I got the BBB for my 10th birthday. (I found it before my birthday under my mom's bedroom dresser.)
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Next, (according to some research on ebay) is my new Rose Chintz Tidbit Tray by Lefton. I paid $2.38 for it. I thought it was cute. I have no idea what I will use it for at this time, but it caught my eye, and jumped in my cart. Also in the picture is a square glass container. No name, probably nothing special, but I just thought I needed it. I also found a car charger for my cellphone, which I was going to be shopping for anyway, so I was tickled to find it cheaper. By the way, the square glass container cost me $2.99.