I am back!

Well, actually I have been here, gone and then back, but the last month has been crazy!

Part of the time I was on vacation and came up with a huge mental list of blog posts.  Now to get them written down, planned and actually posted.  I promise they will be posted, but it may take months to get them all done.

The west is currently in a heat wave.  I am so happy that I don’t live in Phoenix right now.  I will take the upper 90s, but Pepper, the Golden Retriever, is not enjoying it.  I need fill her kiddie pool and see if she will go in it tonight.

What is the weather like where you live?

Later, Heather

 

 

 

 

Aspen Painting

The Women’s group at our church had a Painting night last year so I went with a friend.  I wasn’t sure what the painting was going to be, but I figured it was a good way to spend some time with a friend.

Since this was the third Paint and Sip class I had been to I had an idea how it would go.

I am impressed with how my painting turned out, but it doesn’t really match my decorating style and I have run out of space to hang it!

aspen painting

So, this painting is going to be given to our daughter and she will hang it in her new place.

I think it is time to use some of the skills I learned to make smaller paintings, etc for my scrapbook, etc.

Do you like to paint?

Later – Heather

Why I won’t talk about politics on my blog

So, it feels funny making a post about why I won’t talk about politics on my blog, but let me explain.  My husband and I were discussing the current state of politics in the United States.  As was seen during the last Presidential Election it appears that the population is divided three ways.

For example:

– 40 percent will lean Liberal

– 40 percent will lean Conservative

– 20 percent are in the middle since either a specific issue doesn’t really affect them or they will sway one way or the other depending upon the issue

So no matter what side someone takes about 40% of the population will be upset.

Oh, and I saw a great statement that someone posted when they were commenting on a company that was taking a political stand.  And I am paraphrasing since I don’t remember the exact words:

A company (or artist, etc) should work at being the best at what they do and stay out of politics since that is not their expertise.

Maybe I am wrong, but I think companies, etc that make a political statement are upsetting more people than swaying them to their side.

Next post will be back to one of my regular topics.

Do you agree that bloggers, artists, etc won’t change your political views?

Later – Heather

 

 

Great customer service – part 1

My family was recently discussing the great and not-so-great customer service that we have received from service companies over the years.  We decided it would help everyone out, including us, to make a list of the service companies in Northern Nevada that we have dealt with, in the last few years, that have great customer service.  At some point I will make a permanent page with all of the companies listed.

So, in no particular order:

Kawchack Pump & Well Service, Inc. – (775) 267-2150

When you are on a well and abruptly find out that you have no water at the house it becomes an emergency.  Both times we have had to call in an emergency they arrived quickly, were friendly and within a few hours we had running water again.   We would highly recommend them.

Dave Taylor Appliance Services   – (775) 782-7772

We have used this company to get our furnace serviced through the years.  When our furnace abruptly died one winter day it turned into an emergency.   This company was able to quickly replace our over 20-year-old furnace.  We are happy to say that we have had no problems since.

Tom Goldston Roofing   – (775) 790-2461

A few years ago we needed a new roof on our over 20-year-old house.  We got multiple quotes and we decided to go with this company.   They did a very good job and I was extra impressed when Tom was concerned that he found an old roofing nail on the driveway after the installation.

I know there are other companies, but these are the ones that came to my memory first.  I will post part 2 at a later date.

Are there any service companies in your area that give great service?

Heather

 

 

What have you been watching?

My family has a new favorite show that we can agree on is the show Expedition Unknown which we found on the Travel Channel (on cable).      http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/expedition-unknown

#ExpeditionUnknown

At first I wasn’t sure about it, but I can now say it is one of my favorite shows.  Josh Gates definitely makes exploring places I will probably never get to go interesting.

 

I have a few other favorite shows, but my family don’t really watch them.

  • Little Big Shots which I found on ABC.  It is funny and neat to see these really smart and creative kids.  #littlebigshots
  • The Voice – This is at least the second season that I have watched.  I love that I can put it on in the background and listen to it while I am working in the kitchen if I have to.  #theVoice
  • Designated Survivor – I started watching this last year and I was really happy when it started again in March 2017.  This is the only fiction show I watch and I really like it.  Last November 20/20 actually reported on the real designated survivor.  I just checked and it appears that you can still watch that episode, if you want.   #designatedsurvivor

So, what are your favorite shows?

Heather

Starbucks Rewards

Do you drink coffee?  Do you drink coffee at Starbucks?  Well, I am not a coffee drinker, but I would randomly go to Starbucks with friends and have a hot chocolate in the winter or an iced tea or lemonade in the summer.

Well, since Starbucks changed their reward program I don’t spend enough money to collect or keep my points.  So, as of this Saturday I will have zero points (there is no way I was going to collect 80 points in the last couple of months).  I don’t know if this is goodbye to Starbucks or not for me.  I know I won’t be suggesting to friends that we meet there.

Do you go to Starbucks very often?

Later – Heather

If you wrote a comment….

If you wrote a comment and haven’t seen it posted I am sorry.  After WordPress made some changes a few years ago I haven’t figured out where to find the comments.  I know I have seen at least one pop up in my emails, but I need to go back and find it.

I hope you like the posts that I am posting.  I have some posts that need to be completed so look out for those.

Later – Heather

Fabric painting using vegetables?

I am guessing you have a weird look on your face after reading the title (I would!).

I tried an experiment and I am happy to say that I was pleased with the way it turned out.

celery, rose, fabric, painting

Fabric painted with a celery

*Note this is not a sponsored post.  I bought all of the supplies and the opinions are 100% mine.

Supplies I used:

  • Plain red cotton material
  • Jacquard Textile (fabric paint) in black
  • The waste end of a celery

You are probably wondering why I decided to try this.  Well, I was actually cutting a whole celery up so I could store it in a container with water so it could be put in my husband’s lunch later that week.  When I got to the waste end I was going to put it in the compost container, but then realized it looked like a flower.

So, I knew I had a piece of the plain, red cotton material, which was kind of boring and I had bought a container of the fabric paint so I figured it was worth trying out.

fabric,

Plain red fabric

Jacquard, textile paint

Paint used for fabric

celery, rose, fabric paint

Rose created by celery end and fabric paint

I was happy how it turned out and even took the final piece of material, after I had washed and dried it, to the local quilt guild meeting and showed it at ‘Show and Tell’.

Since then I have seen multiple ideas on how to use stamps, etc on quilts.  That will be a project for the future.

This piece of material was actually cut into strips and used in a project.

Have you ever tried this?

Later – Heather

 

 

Emerald Bay Painting

I went to a Paint and Sip put on by the same business, but located in a local restaurant with a group of friends from Zumba.

I felt more comfortable doing this painting and even had an idea of how to do the steps before they were explained.

paint and sip, Emerald Bay, painting

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe

I really like how this one turned out also.

Have you done this before?

Later – Heather