Footprints

We had a bit of snow.   Before the east was pummeled and buried in it we got the preview here in N. Alabama.  Might as well have been a blizzard.  The snow came down, the overnight low was in the teens and life as we know it here in the country came to an icy, snowy, and silent halt.

But the best part was the footprints in the morning.   They were everywhere!  Birds, squirrels, cats, dogs, chickens, geese, and me, we all left our marks about the Farmlet.

Footprints-in-the-snow

 

Friday Fictioneers: the virginal

So you’re telling me…

I was deep, deep, into this project

Pineapple-Paper-PiecedDepending on who you ask, this is either a Paper Pieced Pineapple block or a psychedelic TV test pattern.  ;)

When my sewing machine started throwing me little hints…

“GIRL, you need to get me into the repair shop for my yearly dust and clean, and hey, while he’s in there see if the repairman can adjust my “feed dog”.  I’m having trouble moving your fabric under the needle!”

“OK”, I said,  “I can take a hint!”  So setting aside my current project I made an appointment to take her in.  The repair man calls me to let me know she’s ready and I pick her up, take her home, set her up and

no lights!

Not the little bulb that lights up the stitching area nor the computer’s panel light that gives me the ability to see the programs I’ve set.  Grrrrr…

I call back the repair shop and he says bring her back.  When I arrive he tells me that my lights didn’t work when I brought in my machine.  No sir, I said, they did in fact work as I was using the machine last night and early this morning.

He says:

“No, I checked my notes.  The machine has a short in the bulb receptacle and the panel light is burnt out.”

I’m thinking to myself, What a liar,  but told him, “So you’re telling me you found a short in the wiring and you didn’t fix it for my $145.00 that  I paid and  you didn’t tell me about it  before you let me take it home?”  I can see the gears turning inside his cranium as he back pedaled on his statement.

He says:

“Leave it here and I will work on it tomorrow ~ no extra charge.”

My Viking is about 15 years old.  It was made in Sweden, and because all the new machines are now made in China, they are no longer making replacement parts for it.  (but that’s a topic for another day)  So if the computer board goes out I am skunked!  I will have to buy a new machine.

PCB with testpads

PCB with testpads (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Working on computer circuit boards is a tricky thing because you don’t want to build up a static charge and *bork the whole system.  It was hard to leave my friend with the fiend who put out her lights and then lied to me about it.  However, as he is the only tech in town that works on Husqvarna Viking machines, well, what was I to do?

He called yesterday to let me know that he had fixed the short in the bulb socket, and that he had spoken to Viking Inc. about the light on the board.  They told him that since there are no other replacement parts, that they could send him the bulb to solder in and replace the one that had burnt out.

I await the return of my little friend and hope she is once again in good shape for quilting.

MIAMy little Viking – MIA   :(

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*BORK:   That’s my husband’s Geek Speak for shorting out the works.

 

A Benefit of Sleeping In

It isn’t every day that I get to sleep in, but this morning as Bob left for work an hour earlier than usual he offered to reset the alarm for me.

I took that offer!

Still foggy headed I let the dogs out, made coffee, let the dogs back in and fed them.  I then proceeded to wander over to the big picture window in the living room to have my first view of the day.  Sunny, too cold, the bird bath’s contents a solid block of ice.

A dear leaps into my view and races across the yard.  I’m awake now!  Another leaps by and as my jaw drops,  yet another follows close on her tail!

I think it took me a full minute to realize I was standing there with my mouth open and silly wide-eyed expression still pasted across my face.  What an awesome way to start the day!

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I hope your day is pleasant and has at least one surprise in store for you too.

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