Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Today I've decided I need to get back to work cleaning out the kitchen. Yesterday I took a whole bunch of towels that I had purchased to do some embroidery on, but then decided it was a project I didn't have time for right now. Instead of storing the towels for 6 months or more, I would donate them to our local homeless shelter. They could use the towels now and in 6 months if I want to make some hooded towels as gifts, I can go out and buy some more. Then, I will buy what I need, not the entire store worth, just because they are on sale.
I also took a lot of fleece blankets to the shelter. I know, it's 100 degrees outside now, but at night everyone needs a blanket to sleep with. They were happy to have them and I was happy to get them all out of the house and car. The new homeless shelter is so beautiful and so big. I read online they have 9 families living there right now (it's a women/children shelter) and have recently graduated several families out to permanent housing and jobs. It is a very successful shelter and is supported by the thrift store I donate all of my excess 'stuff' to. They have actually expanded the thrift store to two locations, one for furniture and household items and one for clothing. They get so many donations that some days they have to shut down their receiving early so they can sort and put away all that they get.
I love shopping there first for furniture and clothes I need because I know I will get a great deal and know that the money I spend will support a good cause.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
I had this student 3 of her 4 years at my high school, 2 as a student in class and one as a Teaching Assistant and we spent a lot of time talking about things that were going on in her family. She's almost like another adopted daughter so I feel blessed to be able to do this for her. She didn't have a mom growing up because he mom left the family when she was really little and she finally reached out when this student was in high school, which was good, but hard and then to lose her again was really rough.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Here's a letter I sent out to my Binky Patrol chapter today. I've been having some trouble coordinating with the Quilts for Canada people and there is a really big fire here in California that started yesterday. I was thinking that instead of working so hard to get quilts out of the country, it might be better to keep them local. I'm hoping that nobody objects so the quilts will bring comfort to those who have lost so much.
I hope your summer is going well and you have found some time for quilting. As you know, we have been working on quilts to send to the people who have lost homes in the Fort McMurray area of Canada and our goal was to send them off by July 15. I think we have about 100 quilts either finished or almost finished. I was hoping to get FedEx to ship the quilts for us, like they did with the Quilts for Japan in 2011 when we collected 1144.
There have been a couple of snags along the way. First, the people who are collecting the quilts have been having to pay a tariff on all of the quilts coming in from the US, which has added up to a lot of money for them. Second, in order for us to ship through FedEx for free, we need a non profit on the receiving end to accept the quilts. I've asked three times and been told they would have an address and tax ID number for me by the next day (all three times) and I still haven't received the information so I could start the mailing process. Perhaps the thought of having to pay more for quilts from the US is causing the stall, or perhaps they are just overwhelmed with the number of donations they have already received, I'm not quite sure.
I wanted to ask if anyone had a problem with changing out plans to send the quilts we've collected already to those who have lost homes in the Kern County fire that started yesterday? It is a quickly moving fire that has already burned more than 80 homes and killed 2 people. It's near Lake Isabella.
Carla has volunteered to deliver the quilts for us when she takes her daughter down for a college visit to San Diego in July, so I know the quilts will make it to their destination and will bring comfort to fire victims.
Let me know if you think this is OK and I hope you will continue to support our efforts. If you hear of someone in need of the comfort of a quilt, please let me know via email or with a phone call. I always keep a couple of quilts on hand.
Thanks for all you do for the kids in crisis.
Vacaville Binky Patrol Area Coordinator
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Another project tackled.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
So, I'm still working on cleaning and getting rid of stuff. Today, the old fridge and freezer that haven't worked for years are going to the curb for pick up tomorrow. Yesterday a bunch of ewaste got dropped off at Goodwill. Who knew they took ewaste? I don't take things to Goodwill because the workers at the donation place aren't as friendly or helpful as the ones at the Opportunity House Thrift store. That store supports our local homeless shelter and they come out and unload your car or truck for you, then, you drive up and they give you an itemized receipt. Yesterday at Goodwill, the old guy comes out to the truck and says he will bring me a cart so I can unload. He brings the cart to the sidewalk about 15 feet away, then stands there as I unload all 10 heavy things form the truck myself. Then, he doesn't move the cart, he just takes the things off the cart and puts them inside the building. It was the weirdest thing ever. I could have moved them the extra 2 feet into the building for him, but maybe someone was watching him inside the building? Then, while I was unloading a guy came up and asked if he was taking furniture that day. He asked a whole bunch of questions about the furniture, like is it stained, ripped, new, perfect? We only want it if it is perfect so we can make a lot of money off it. I almost told the guy to take his furniture to the other thrift store.
Part of my cleaning involved taking in my younger daughter's trophies and having the name plates removed and put on one plaque. I had this done last year and it has been sitting all year waiting for me to decide what to put on the top. I had the hardest time figuring out what to put on top and finally decided on just her name. I love the plaque so much more than all of the trophies from soccer, tennis and showing guinea pigs. It takes up so much less space and I'm more likely to hang it on the wall than display all of her trophies. Now to do this with my older daughter's trophies. She has at least 3 times as many. Neither daughter wants their trophies or the plaque (at least for now) so this is more for me and Im happy with how it came out so that's all that really matters.
I did see a really nice wall cubby
organizer thing for $200 that would make my sewing room look nicer and help organize my fabric better, but after getting the estimate on all of the repairs I'm glad I didn't get it.
All total, the estimate was $7000. I called a plumber to give us a second opinion on the water heater (the first guy wanted $2100) and he said it would be between $1200 and $1500 so I think we will go with the plumber who is coming out tomorrow to take a look and if so, he will fix it tomorrow. We will probably have to do the painting ourselves, which hopefully will save another $1000. The contractor bundled a lot of the jobs into one price, so I'm not sure how much each thing would cost.
Monday, June 20, 2016
I had a handyman coming to look at some other repair jobs and while he was here, I had him look at this and he says it needs replacing.
The other things are the front door, which opens if you lift the handle up, but not down-he says it wasn't installed correctly, the sliding glass door, which only slides if you are HULK with super human strength, the drywall in the ceiling from an old ceiling leak, some more drywall replaced in the garage-both from a roof leak and from critters-either rats or squirrels eating their way into the walls and the garage door, which won't open because those same critters ate their way into the wires of the opener.
We also need a few of the smoke detectors replaced since they are falling apart. We have some new ones, but the ones that are hardwired into the house have seen better days.
I guess I had better start doing research into water heaters now!
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
October 2012 we had a new backyard put in.
Feb 2015 I had a guy come in and clean out the overgrown weeds and now look at it.
I guess a yard requires maintenance! Just like anything else in life, if you let it go, it isn't going to get better, things will start to decay and revert back to their natural state, especially when you live next to an open field where this is what nature looks like.
I think I might need to hire year round landscapers to help me deal with the yard. I have these grand illusions that I can do it all by myself and then the yard looks like this again.
Stay tuned for the 'after' pictures this afternoon. I always enjoy watching other people do work. At least it isn't too hot yet. It's supposed to be over 100 early next week.