Friday, July 4, 2014

July 4th, 2014 Ride

Today we rode up to Marquette/McGregor Iowa to go to the Flea Market under the bridge. It was about a two hour ride, and a beautiful day. It was a little chilly for highway riding, but perfect with a sweatshirt. It was sunny, and very little wind.

On our way back, we followed the Great River Road, and stopped at Cassville, Wisconsin in the park to take a break and stretch. We had a little snack, and drank some water, and Louie asked if I would sit on the dinosaur for a picture. I said I would if he would!


We ain't never gonna grow up. Nuh uh. You can't make us!


The Turkey river was very high, so the Cassville Ferry, which takes travelers to the other side of the river, near Balltown Iowa, was docked today. People were still fishing and sitting and enjoying the river.


So what did we find at the flea market? Well, I was on the hunt for some small post/pierced style earrings. I didn’t have any luck, but I did find 8 watches and a bracelet, and Louie found a watch as well. All but one need a battery, but we only paid $20 for all 10 pieces. Not too bad! I’m happy! I already had three watches, and I had fun wearing different ones to work this week. I like being able to wear my rings and watches. For so many years, I barely even put them on because of my job. I’m having fun now!



Louie’s watch is the first one in this photo.



My bracelet says: Now faith is being sure of…


what we hope for and certain…


of what we do not see.


Hebrews 11:1


We were tired when we got back. What did you do today?




Monday, June 30, 2014

First Day

I enjoyed my first day in the office. I took lots of notes, but I admit, they don’t make much sense. I tend to ‘over’ take notes, and most of the time, by trying to get as much detail as I think I’ll need, I get more than I need, and it’s not nearly as complicated as I make it. I think I have the ‘general idea’, and I think if I had to, I would have a pretty good idea of what buttons to push to get to where I need to go, but it might take me a little bit of time. Sometimes I just ‘lose my place’ in my mind. My friend Diane, who is training me is being very patient with me. I have a month to learn.


Today was the end of the month at work, and we stayed a bit longer than normal to get all of the orders closed that we could, and all timesheets in the system. That’s just a one time a month deal. Next time, it’s all on me! Yikes!

It was nice waking up on my own without an alarm clock. I actually had it set at 6am, and I got up at 5:30, so I folded some laundry, put away some dishes, washed a load of laundry and put it in the dryer, made the bed, took a shower, got ready for work and was even a few minutes early. It was a great first day!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

New Job~Production Coordinator

Tonight I went downtown and got a set of acrylic nails put on. It has been over 10 years since I have had them. They feel THICK and strange! I got a set back in 1994 when Louie bought me a new wedding ring set, and I kept them on for 10 years, then I became unhappy with the nail salon, and I didn’t like driving 40 miles for a ‘fill’, so I took them off. It took 4 months to grow full length, brand new nails. Under the acrylic, the original nail is ground down so that the acrylic will stick. (Kind of think about the process a body shop uses when fixing the body of your car. Grind, sand, body putty, sand, paint, topcoat. Yep…pretty much the same. That’s why the polish stays on so nice!) I got the new nails put on in celebration of my new job!!!! By the way, the OPI color is called ‘I’m Not Really A Waitress.’ Winking smile



Monday morning June 16th, my supervisor called me into his office and offered me a job in the office as Production Coordinator. The job is being vacated by my friend Diane who is going to retire. She started working at Dynamic Tube (then The CB Company) a few months after I started in 1979. She has her 35 years in too! Lucky girl gets to go play every day after July 31st.  I was very nervous, but I did agreed to take the job. I could not start training right away because there was not a replacement for me, so there were parts to build. June 30th was agreed on by all for me to start in the office, so Monday will be my first day. I think every day I get a little more excited.

Instead of 10 hour days four days a week, I will be working 8 hour days five days a week. I am excited that a few more hours of sleep a night might make me feel a little better and a little less tired. I know I won’t have my Fridays off anymore, but I won’t have to be at work until 7:30, and I will be off at 4:00 (rather than 6:00-4:30). I also will be working with, and for, some of the nicest people I know.

I believe this job move has God’s hands all over it. He knows that I like to live ‘safe,’ doing the same things, and staying where I am comfortable. He knows I won’t just step out and try something new on my own, so He sends ‘something new’ to me. He knows what I need for my future. He is making it possible for me work as long as I need/want, and for that I am VERY thankful. I love that He takes such good care of me. I have never worked in an office before. I have never done anything other than ‘shop’ (factory) production work. I am excited!

Pinch me. I STILL think I am dreaming. It doesn’t seem real!


Saturday, June 7, 2014

Kenmore Sewing Machine Model 385.15512000 & Kenmore Iron Model 116.6255

I couldn’t help myself. I went junkin’ today with my sweet brother and sisterinlove, and when I saw this Kenmore for $25, I couldn’t leave it. I love Kenmore sewing machines (made by Janome for Sears, although, not anymore Sad smile). I have several models of the more modern Kenmores and they are quiet and smooth. Don’t get me wrong. I still love the vintage machines, but it’s hard to pass up a Kenmore.


This machine is a pretty basic machine. It has 12 built in stitches and a 4 step built in buttonholer. It came with a full bag of accessories, a new package of needles and a needle threader.


Every stitch works. It did have a broken needle. I changed the needle and loosened the tension up on the bobbin before I ever tried sewing. Perfect stitches. (If you are examining the stitch sample and you see holes in the sample without thread and you see what looks like a wad of thread, that is where my bobbin ran out).


It came in a portable carrying case, and the foot control was in the original plastic bag. The only thing missing was the manual, which I found online and printed.


Did I need another machine? No. Will I keep it? Probably.

I also found a vintage Kenmore iron for $2.95. I think it’s pretty neat. I plugged it in and it warmed right up. I’m not sure why the left side of the decal is almost worn off. I wonder if the user was left handed and rubbed her thumb on the decal when she ironed. Hmmmm….a mystery.


This picture reminds me of a saddle shoe. Smile





I doubt that I’ll use it, but you never know. I’ll add it to the few other vintage irons I have.


Friday, June 6, 2014

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption

This is what I am reading now. I am loving it. I found her website last night. There is so much inspiration there, and you even get to see and hear them. I love that I found this before I finished the book so I could actually put faces and voices to Brenda and Shay.  Shay is incredible! Shay was the first to arrive. She had a shaved head, and was the meanest and scariest, and clearly the ‘leader’.  What Brenda does is absolutely incredible. Make sure you scroll down on the main page. There are videos to watch. Click the links at the top of the page as well. Just so awesome! Truly a wonderful ministry! This book gives you a totally different point of view…..God’s point of view.


This is the overview from the Barnes & Noble website:

One woman’s fight to provide hope for the hopeless…
Seven ex-cons who changed her heart forever…
For Brenda Spahn, entrepreneur and businesswoman, wealth was a lifestyle—until a brush with the law threatened to send her to prison. In those dark moments, Brenda made a promise to God. Spared incarceration, a renewed Brenda glimpsed into the lives of women serving time in one of the worst places in America—the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama. What she saw prompted a God-inspired vision. With a heart to help and a will that couldn’t be crushed, Brenda fought the system and overcame tremendous obstacles to take ex-cons into her own home and help them navigate the alien world of life on the outside.

This is the story of Brenda’s journey from rags to riches to redemption. It’s the story of the first unlikely year of her “Whole Way House” and of the extraordinary lives of the first seven women who came to call her “Miss Brenda.” It’s a story that testifies to the power of faith and how God changes hearts every day.

I just wanted to share.



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