Mid-FloridaSister-in-Law and Brother-in-Law visit soon. She has been learning to make Indian Food--one of my all-time favorite cuisines. 

I asked her to come up with something MILD and tasty.
I don't know what to expect. They eat WASABI PEAS and JALAPENO POTATO CHIPS as a pastime, not as a punishment.


Found it on FaceBook, via George Takei. Do you think it is true? I could have done that all day Monday and Tuesday, when I did nothing but sit around doing nothing. I could have gotten ahead on my tape starting. I could have started a couple of rolls for neighbors and friends. I have wasted my time, not wasting time. Or is that NOT wasted my time, wasting time?


As if you need a reason to order from Missour Star Quilt Company...

When you place an order, you get this email:
Thanks for your order at the Missouri Star Quilt Company!

We just want to let you know that your quilting supplies have been meticulously gathered, placed on a red velvet pillow, and delicately escorted by 25 of our finest employees to our shipping department. Our master shipper has dutifully performed his craft, lovingly packing your order in the finest materials known to man.

Our team gathered to give your package the proper send-off it deserved. Tears of joy were shed, speeches were given, and there was even a farewell cake. Following the festivities, the whole group, led by our local high school marching band playing the song Leaving on a Jet Plane, ushered your order through downtown Hamilton, Missouri. No, we don't own a Jet Plane, but your package was placed in the care of a roguishly handsome man who is riding in a majestic horse-drawn carriage which is on its way to your home as you read this.

Although the products you've ordered will be sorely missed here at MSQC, we are overjoyed that they have found a good home. Take care of them, treasure them, and when you make something beautiful with them, make sure you share it with us on facebook, twitter, or just send us an email, we love to see what you make!.

*Note the above is a slight dramatization of what actually happened with your order, but seriously we did ship it, and here is the tracking info:

Not only that, but they have some really good daily deals if you are on their email list.

7.21.15 #NationalJunkFoodDay

Having missed National Ice Cream day (it was the 19th) I made sure not to miss today--NATIONAL JUNK FOOD DAY.

Seal 'em? Who do they think they are addressing?

There is nothing remotely healthy in these Heath Pieces. Even the chocolate is MILK chocolate, not dark. Pour 'em. Pop 'em. Enjoy.


I have been checking out traveling options. I seem to do a lot of flying to Oregon and have a trip to California coming up, as well as a trip to Chicago, and most likely, Florida.
Iconic Airport Carpet
I enjoy flying and don't mind "down time" in airports. Most have art exhibits and all have interesting people to watch. But I thought it might be nice to have transportation once I arrive at a destination. Naturally, I thought about a vehicle I could sleep in, make coffee in, and haul around a few basic necessities such as quilting and knitting projects, and Lily Dog. Wet-bath, optional. I know how to use a facility in a campground, even though it is not my favorite way to attend to personal grooming.

About six months ago, I made the first steps to finding out about the very smallest sized motor homes. I stopped at a local FORD dealer and spoke with two salesmen. They showed me the available used motor homes, which I told them were too big for me. Then they told me the size I was looking for (turns out it was Class B) was no longer being made, so I would not be able to find one, most likely. Not only that, the Truck Camper, which is the smallest option is also not being made but I might find one for sale from an individual, so wouldn't I like to look inside this lovely Class C or this Fifth Wheel? No, I would not.
Unconverted, not very attractive outside, either.

I asked about a Ford Transit van. They had several and they were somewhat reasonably priced, but completely naked inside. I mean, not even insulation and interior panels. I asked about converting one, but they had never heard of it and maybe knew one person who would know anything about that. I got (and then lost) his number and then just dropped the idea.

Imagine my surprise when I found out not only do they still make the size motor homes I am interested in, van conversion is a huge business, (the Ford Transit vans are some of the big success conversions) AND, there are also truck campers out there. Some 2016 models are available for pre-order, and many places have used models.
We have one that might be for sale but we can't tell you
what sized truck it needs unless you pay the ransom
of personal information so we can hound you and
increase your junk mail to mountainous heights.
Unfortunately, on the website which has outlets nation-wide and a live chat option, no one can tell me what size truck I need for the one that is available in Chattanooga unless I give them my email address and phone number. No one can tell me. No one. Amazing.

The research continues. 


Monday Mantra
You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.


Adventures in Car Care

So. My car has been making an interesting roaring sound that has not affected the tachometer readings. It raises its pitch as the speed of the car increases. 
I concluded it was not an engine issue, but suspected muffler or some hunk of sound insulation that the mice may have made off with this winter. 

Turns out it is a wheel bearing, like the one the finger is pointing to in the picture.
By this time next week, I hope my wheel bearings look like these to the left.



My "fortune" from a visit to Curry in a Hurry. I intend to follow this as much as I can.


HomeSon is now FartherAwaySon. He has moved to Oregon. I am excited for him. It is a place he loves, and a place I love to visit. An added bonus is that I know many people there and I would NOT have to impose on him to visit. Now, I need to find some people to stay with in Chicago...or get AwaySon-in-Chicago to move to Portland.