Monday, August 16, 2010

5X5 No.3

Greetings my dear blog friends.
I have been so absent lately; I do apologize. The heat here has been so unbearable. Last week we had above 100 degrees with heat indexes in the 105+ range every day. My computer just happens to be in the hottest room in the house. I hate the hot humid heat we have here. Absolutely hate it. But what can I say except; "hey it's Kansas-just wait a while". We finally had some rain last Friday and a few sprinkles yesterday. Today the high was in the 80's. So much better. I haven't been doing much but sitting and feeling sorry for myself. And trying to stay cool.
And as you know when it rains it pours. I'm not referring to the wet stuff here either. With those high 100+ temps Bobbie called us last week to tell us the power kept going off and on in the trailer. Well of course we had her check the neighbors. Yep, they were all out for about 3 hours. She stayed home though. Then the next day she calls to tell us the power keeps going out every time she uses her dryer. She said it would go out and they would flip the breaker back on and it would stay on for 10 minutes or so and then go out again. I tell her it's the extreme heat and to turn off all lights and other appliances before using the dryer. It works for a bit but then power is out again. So we tell her to check the breakers. She does and power comes back on. She gives up on the laundry for the night and all seems well. Then the next day she calls and says "Mom, the AC is blowing hot air". It's over 100 degrees outside and now the *&#@ AC is on the fritz. We just had it fixed a few months ago. So I tell her to get the big fans out and on and hubby says to call the repair man. Nothing more could go wrong, right? Wrong!! Next Bobbie calls to tell us she has no hot water. What?? "It's ok mom, we don't need hot water right now; It's too hot for hot showers anyway", she says.
There is a happy ending to this down-pour. The repair man comes and figures out that the fuse box the trailer is hooked into is fried a bit inside. Bobbie said he showed her and it was all melty inside. He replaced it and everything was working great. She had a cooler trailer and hot water within 30 minutes. I called the trailer court manager and let them know what happened and they are going to pay the repair bill. WooHoo!! Alls well that ends well. :)
I have been working on my 5X5's for the swap I joined over at A Fine Seam. They are coming along nicely. Here is my 5X5
No. 3

Don't look for No.2 because I did not post it. Let's just say it is very similar to No. 1 and leave it at that. We don't want to give away all of the surprise for the swap participants now do we?! I love this one so much I almost want to keep it for myself. I have a cutter pen and am finding I really like it. The birds and such are cut out from used greeting cards. I love recycling. When mom moved to the new house she gave me all of the cards she's been saving over the years for my art. (Wasn't that sweet of her? ~ Thanks mom!! XOXO)

Visit Jillayne's blog post here to find a list of blogs that joined in the swap. They are all making such pretty 5X5's. I am calling my series Winter Song. And I may make more than 5 as I have a bird cutout that I want to make for myself. I also want to make one for a special friend or two. Plus I have an idea to expand on the concept. But with my up and down moodyness lately. And my crafty/writers/artsy block getting in the way a lot also, well who knows. I did write my idea down though. I just hope I can find it again (the scrap of paper I wrote it on). I have also found my hubby works as a muse. He has a keen eye too. I love that he indulges my artsy side. Oh, and I've tore and cut watercolor paper and painted and smeared colors all over and now I've sewn them together to make a little art journal. It is now ready to be used and I hate the center pages. Hate them!!! The colors turned out ugly together so I think I will start there, in the middle. Besides, who says you have to create in order? Not me, nope, I tend to do things all chaotic like. Works for me!! Sometimes drives me nutty too. LOL!!
Well that's about it for now. Oh, I almost forgot...Go on over to Monday's Child and see the pretty prompt pic and just maybe it might give you an idea for a poem or a story. If it does be sure to share by adding yourself to Mr. Linky on her blog. Have Fun! I hope your days are cooler and mine stay that way too (or warmer if you are in a cooler climate).
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be You,


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your heat broke on FRIDAY? I had to wait till Sunday. Aren't you lucky. Friday and Saturday were both over 100.

I'm glad your daughter's story has a happy ending. Not just resolved, but happy. And the 5 X 5 is gorgeous. Of course, I love birds and sheet music, so what could be better.

*jean* said...

ooo wowee, what a day! we were fortunate to experience some of that crazy weather!! i love your 5 x 5, it's beautiful!

Martha Lever said...

This is a beautiful 5x5, Tess! I always love birds in any art piece and you did this one so well. Try and stay cool!

Anne Gaal said...

Hi, Tess! What a tale! I'm so glad that Bobbie and her hubby contacted an honest repair guy, that pointed out the root problem was the box! And that the trailer court is going to pay for the repairs! Hooray! Hope you and yours stay cool in all this endless heat! :-)

Kristin said...

Oh my goodness! I know what you mean. We live in the desert and it has been 110+ for weeks now. And humid lately too, which is unusual. Makes for a tough day!
Your 5 x 5 is so elegant - I love the birds and the soft blue background and wanted to thank you for your sweet comment,
Kristin xo

Martha Lever said...

Hi Tess! I love Andy Warhol too and yes, she kinda favors his work! Thanks!!! The heat is been unbearable here too. Can't even go outside hardly.

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

OMG, too hot at your place there !!
We have rain almost everyday in my country. The climate had change badly.

I love the 5X5, such sweet !!

Lourie said...

No A/C in the peak of summer is the absolute pits! Glad they got things fixed for her and wow paid her bill too!