Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tree of Life Quilt, Paperwork, Appliances

Tree of Life quilt - beautifully pieced and incredibly flat.

The quiltmaker pressed the seams open on this beauty.  Although that makes it a bit more challenging to do s.i.d. (because there IS no ditch) it certainly helps keep the bulk down.

The trees got a c/c treatment and the alternate blocks were quilted with a motif that matches the border.

Ooh, love the apple green back.

This year I totally fell off the wagon when it came to keeping up with the bookkeeping.  I blamed it on too much party time on the yacht my broken arm, but if I'm going to be honest with myself that was just an excuse.  I hate bookkeeping.  Easily as much as I hate cleaning toilets.  But it's gotta be done.  So... I've been trying to catch this shit paperwork up for several weeks now, working on it for an hour here and an hour there, moving the shoe box (what else? ) back and forth. By yesterday I had exhausted all areas of the house where I might find the last bunch of errant receipts and said ... well, never mind what I said.  Bad words.  I am just going to live without those missing receipts and hope they turn up some time before I have to work on the taxes next year.  Note to self - it is much easier to reconcile the accounts monthly, in a timely manner.  Duh.

This week's little home improvement project is the CISTERN.  Yay!!!  The hole should get dug on Thursday and the big concrete cistern will hopefully get dropped in the hole at the same time.  We might have clean running water by _________ (insert likely date.  have no idea.  DH will say "I don't know" so don't bother asking him.  Maybe next week???).  I broke down yesterday and went to the laundromat so I could have some clean knickers and tea towels, both rather important items in my little world.

So.  APPLIANCES.  Now that we will be paying for water, we will probably not continue repairing our 20 year old washing machine that I bought used, from a friend, for $150.00, eighteen years ago.  Honestly, that baby does not owe us a penny.  DH has always been able to fix it, talented guy that he is, and that machine has been through hell in this house.  The front load washing machines use much less water, so maybe that's the way to go, but I know several people who complain about theirs - dirty clothes, horrid smell, hard to access, etc, etc.  If you have a front loader that you LOVE, please tell me about it. 


  1. I don't own a front loader, but I did hear Pat Foran of CFTO do a report one time on them. Apparently the seal on the door is inclined to hold moisture which in turn holds mold and mildew. My Maytag top loader will last me forever, that brand I can recommend.

  2. I have a 5 Jr old LG front loader which I adore!!! However-odor can be a problem -occurs because unit is closed up when damp-hard to leave door ajar as it swings wide open. So now leave detergent drawer open an inch or two, clean front seal ocassionally-much less odor. Have also read that problem is made much worse by using too much detergent. Re:dirty clothes-never a problem! Had a significant decrease in electric bill immediately-less wear and tear on clothes. We loved it so much my husband and I would watch it like a movie-I still do sometimes. Will never go back to top loader. Uses so little dtergent I haven't bought any in 2&1/2 years and still won't be buying any for awhile.

  3. I use a front loader and hate it. It's far to bend down (which sounds lame) and I can't see into it. One on a pedestal might be okay. You can now get high-efficiency top loaders with small agitators - my sister got one and loves it. Good Luck!

  4. I live in Germany and everybody has a frontloader. If you don´t use it, do not close the door!! Then there will be no odor! There are huge differences in the quality of washing. I use a Miele which is terrific (but also quite expensive) but compared to the toploaders I know from vacation homes in the US the clothes are much cleaner in my frontloader. I have three small kids so my machine gets used a lot! Greetings from Germany, Inka

  5. Your tree of life quilt is lovely


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