Good news, bad news, and a bit of progress

And the good and bad news are the same news.  And you my be wondering WHY in heaven’s name would I show you a photo of our fridge decked out in white, gray, stainless steel, and coolers.

The fridge, draped in white and gray cloth and white board and stainless steel.  Why?  To figure out how a white or stainless steel fridge would look instead of the black we currently have. Stainless steel wins.

The fridge, draped in white and gray cloth and white board and stainless steel. Why? To figure out how a white or stainless steel fridge would look instead of the black we currently have. Stainless steel wins.

Ahem.  This moring I decided since it was rainy, damp and chilly to fix hot oatmeal and add some frozen raspberries.  The good AND bad news when I opened the bag from the freezer:  they were already defrosted.  Ooops.  Checked freezer.  Many items could be called “previously frozen.”  Called local appliance store, and no repairmen available until Tuesday, but the nice gal reminded me about defrosting the bottom, in case the condenser coils (behind a panel inside at the back) were crusted in ice, which can happen with the humid weather we’ve had, especially with a leaky gasket seal which we also have.   Bad news:  no ice buildup inside.   That meant a bigger problem.  On a thirteen year old fridge.

So, sigh, we went to the appliance store and bought a new fridge today.  KaCHING!   And we don’t yet have a water hook-up for an ice-maker and no time to schedule one before I leave for California to teach, so we’ll deal with that in August.   But we’ll now have a nice, reliable Maytag fridge as of about 8:30 tomorrow morning!

And the progress:  I’ve been beavering away for months and months on many assorted projects, hence the absence of posts here.   I’ll eventually get you caught up on my doings–oh yeah, other bad news:  I actually WORE OUT the track pad on my laptop!   It started acting up, so instead of having a entire week to quilt, I’ve either ferried teenage boys hither and yon (both of them) OR spent 8 hours (4 hours Weds., 4 hours Thurs.) driving to and from the Apple Store in Portland to get the issue diagnosed and repaired.  The good news is that the repair was $91 (plus gasoline), and not a new laptop needed.   So I’m still behind on work, but getting closer.   Now…back to projects:

As part of the Janome America artist/teacher program, I perodically do things / projects for them in exchange for their support / loan of a machine.  One biggie this year was being able to use a Janome 8900 on the set of my Quilting Arts DVD!   I was so happy to be able to demo on the machine I use at home and love, and they were happy to have it onscreen.  Then I’ve been wanting to do a special item for them since last fall, but good things (like articles and DVD) kept happening.  Finally, I am now able to give you a sneak peek at something I’m working on for them:

The quilting, as you can see, is partially done on this banner/tablerunner/long quilted thing!   I’m having a ton of fun and will share more when I can.

Having fun with a lovely floral, colorful thread, and quilting!

Having fun with a lovely floral, colorful thread, and quilting!

Now, back to hoping the frozen stuff doesn’t go bad by morning (yes, in cooler, with ice) and hoping no new calamity crops up tomorrow so that I can actually, what a concept, work in the studio!

4 Responses to “Good news, bad news, and a bit of progress”

  1. JACQUIE Says:

    Your refrigerator, my dishwasher! I turned it on, went away and returned to find a lake in the kitchen! It just isn’t draining. Have to call the plumber — or give up and just wash my dishes by hand. I haven’t forgotten how …

  2. Martha Ginn Says:

    Hope you like your new refrigerator! My story is cheaper: When my 25-y-o back-up refrig in the garage was off and defrosting I assumed it had finally died, so I moved everything into the inside freezer and cleaned it all out. Then I thought to see if the electric outlet was live–NOT. I brought an extension cord out and everything is back running. The outlet only needed the GFI reset button pushed. But it’s nice and clean!

  3. Dorothy Karman Says:

    You don’t believe in doing things by halves, do you? Have fun!

  4. Maggie Szafranski Says:

    When we were looking for a refrig/freezer to put in the garage, the sales guy said that most refrigerators nowadays will probably only last about 10 years! ACK! so what color and style did you go with!