I’m enjoying a bumper crop of hydrangea in the garden – this one is blooming for the first time in ages. When those orange day lilies open up at the same time the purple hydrangea get it going on, it is going to be spectacular. Pictures in about 3 or 4 days, I think.
Well, I bombed out with the electricians but I made their day. I’m glad somebody went home happy. The fact of the matter is that with a window AC unit plugged in on a 20 AMP service, you cannot plug-in a Rowenta iron that sucks down 1700 jiggawats of power. The guys did not believe that I “only” had an iron plugged in – they wanted to see what other ghost appliances I was using. I took them upstairs to my sewing room and showed them the beast and the nice rack of clothes that were neatly ironed and waiting to be returned to the closet. One of them said, “Wow – you iron?” or maybe it was more like, ”WOW – YOU IRON!” Either way, they were a little dumbstruck. Apparently my iron is an energy hog. Whatever – I love it. It’s a “git ‘er done” iron and I’m not going back to some sappy doofus girl-iron. That’s just how I roll. I’ll try to remember to unplug one when I want to plug-in the other. It isn’t a monumental pain, but that split second after I hit the “on” switch that powers up the iron and I think, “NNNNNnoooooooooooo” and realize all the sewing room and bedroom clocks, vcr, etc. have to be reset…..again…. and I start exercising my vocabulary, if you know what I mean.
I shall console myself with the fact that it is only a problem 3 or 4 months out of the year and I can take the money I could spend on adding more power to the circuit box thingie and spend it on something important – like fabric, vodka, and lovely Eileen West cotton nightgowns.
Today’s projects have to be completely revamped – the electrician is on the way to make some changes in our service that would enable me to have an AC (window unit) running AND plug in my freakin’ iron at the same time. Novel idea, huh? This house is 35 years old and appliances were not such energy hogs back then.
I’m not sure when he’ll need to shut off the power but I’m going to have to find something I can do without irons or AC, not even a fan. Since today’s highs are in the mid 90′s and the humidity is already about 83% I’m guessing it will be more of a challenge to stay sane than to come up with something to do during the blackout. Looks like I’ll be making more circles and embellishments for the Kitchen Saito project. Esssh. I hate summer heat….
The wait for the Bernina repair has begotten a palooza-monster. I’ve got enough cherries made for my wall hanging and I could stop – but I’m still in the zone. By “in the zone” I mean I can whip a basting stitch around a 1 inch circle, yank it over a mylar template, pull the thread tight and cut the cord in record time. Kind of the equivalent of a NASCAR pit crew – or maybe it’s a rodeo calf roping thing – except I don’t pull the cord and jump up and throw my hands up in the air. (Or yell, “Boogedy boogedy boogedy, let’s go racing boys!”)
Until I get the leaf pattern for Mrs. McGills Cherries drafted and cut, I wanted to keep going with this newfound talent. I have some shades of solid purple in my stash (for the day when I would appliqué a grapevine quilt I saw on Martha’s Vineyard about 15 years ago) and that day has apparently arrived. I’m now in the purple-palooza zone. My quilting Sherpa Debbie has schooled me on Mettler thread weights for appliqué and I have the background fabric all ready to go.
I’m feeling much less separation anxiety about the Bernina, too.