Weekly Photo Challenge: Ephemeral

Spring flowers

Tree blossoms of early spring

Ephemeral: fleeting. Look at this tree tomorrow and the tulip blossoms will be gone…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

Azaleas

azaleas in the neighborhood

Spring brings a profusion of fresh, beautiful flowers…for more Fresh look here.

a Day in the Life of The Wall: Weekly Photo Challenge

Here’s the rest of The Wall, shot in a drive-by viewing, with Canon Rebel on the fast-click setting…the day was 3-14-15. For more Wall see here.

A Trying Day, with Twin Needles and a Demented Cat

I saw a sewing blog post this morning with this leading question as the title: What is your Achilles Heel of sewing? But when I read the post, the content had nothing to do with the title, as far as I could see. But that’s the way these last couple of days have been for me. I checked, and Mercury is not in retrograde at the moment. Nevertheless, things are going slow, not at all, or incredibly botched-up.

I wanted to do something new in the sewing category, so I dragged out a twin needle from the stash to do some topstitching and hemming on this pair of Jalie yoga shorts, as the pattern directs. Turned out to be quite a learning curve. The fabrics used are two-way stretch performance remnants.

thread bird-nesting

thread bird-nesting

I looked in the manual that came with the machine, and threaded the two spools as directed. One spool had red Gutermann thread, the other had a brick-red color polyester thread, a pricey thread that I ordered online from Superior Threads. Got the double-thread seam going for a while, then the Superior thread kept disappearing. Upon investigation, it was apparently shredding up into a fuzzy ball inside the thread path of the machine. Changed to a red rayon Robison-Anton thread. That’s when the bird-nesting marathon began. Needle-less to say, I had to re-thread every time an undesirable seam was sewn, and go through lots of picking and clipping. Grrrr. I switched to an extra-wide twin needle. Bad idea! The seam pulled the two rows of stitching together with a big loopy pucker in between. More seam-ripping ensued. So finally I got an inkling: maybe there’s a setting for twin-needle sewing on this machine, even though I didn’t see a word about it in the manual.

Et voilá! There was.

Twin-needle sewing

Twin-needle setting under Tools

Even so, with machine on the special setting, it didn’t go completely well forever after. I still had to thread and re-thread, and there were other glitches as well.

The poor cat had his thyroid burned out with radioactive iodine, and he hasn’t been himself. Or maybe he’s been a crazed, geriatric version of himself, with advanced dementia. He’s been staggering around the house moaning and wailing LOUDLY at every door, and he will only lap broth from cat food and ignore the solid food completely. We got him some meat-flavored baby food, like the vet suggested, and he took a few slurps of that and then he was done. Next try: canned fish stock at $3.50 a pop. I hope we don’t end up having to give it to him through an IV!

Finally finished the shorts, but I feel I must make another pair that is better. Not sure how the fabric will hold up with so many needle holes in it from stitching and restitching with double the number of needle!

Jalie yoga shorts

Jalie yoga shorts



Grayzie in his new favorite place to nap.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wall

34th St Wall

Pi Day on the Wall

This is the iconic graffiti wall on 34th Street in Gainesville, such a fixture it even has its own Facebook page! For more interpretations of the Weekly photo challenge, click here!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

Photo on 3-8-15 at 4.58 PM

More WPC Orange here.

Discussion point: the color of this hand-dyed yarn is “Georgia,” which makes me wonder, is it really a peach color? Because it sure looks orange to me. If they named it Florida I would totally be at ease calling it orange.

Down by the Riverside

Disney Port Orleans Riverside resort

Good Morning Port Orleans Riverside Resort

Continuing in the vein of “thrifty creations,” we want to craft a family vacation later in the summer that has lots of fun amenities going for it, but doesn’t break the bank. Being close to Walt Disney World, we decided to check it out although most of those options seem gi-normous-ly expensive. A tip came our way from a reliable source (DH’s sister-in-law) that Disney Port Orleans Riverside might be a good bet. So we are doing a trial run to see how the place measures up. Disney has loads of comparable resorts in the vicinity, such as Port Orleans French Quarter, Coronado Springs, Saratoga Springs, Old Key West, and many more. But one drawing card for Riverside is the less-expensive room rate (it’s billed as ‘more rural’ than the French Quarter) and another plus: the addition of a pull-down Murphy bed available in some of the rooms, which will allow more than 4 people to a room. Being Florida residents will give us a discount price, too.

After a sweet night’s sleep, we can figure out what we might want to do until check-out time creeps up tomorrow. This is a working vay-cay for us, but it’s nice just the same. Downloaded a phone app for Disney that tracks our whereabouts and shows what’s going on in any given location. Another high-tech perk: the RF wristband for breezing through turnstiles and cash registers.

Disney resort

Our room upstairs in the Magnolia section

pool

balcony overlooks a pool

There are lots of pools here. We’re here the first couple days in March and it’s 80 degrees this week. Balmy, beautiful, flowers just starting to bud. In the late summer it will be sweltering, but again, the resort offers loads of pool options. There’s water play in the form of fishing and more at Ol’ Man Island, you can schedule a Fireworks or Birthday cruise, and some may want to shell out and take a day at one of the major Disney parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Wilderness Adventure, Typhoon Lagoon…so many possibilities to pick from.

Disney Port Orleans

Ol’ Man Island, a short stroll away

walkway

walkway to lobby and food court

It’s early, this very slightly misty morning and joggers are running the track, folks meandering through the scenic walkways to breakfast and shopping and connecting through various depots to the day’s itineraries. During my early morning swim in the pool, I’m in the midst of a cacophony of bird calls. Checking around to see if they might be coming from speakers mounted surreptitiously in the vicinity (this is Disney, after all) but they appear to be all real. Must be lots more birds migrating down here from the northeast, where the residents are going through Snowmageddon.

Port Orleans resort

What shall we do today?

We looked at lodging in another area of the resort.

Alligator Bayou

Alligator Bayou rooms facing pools

Ol' Man Island pool

Big pool on Ol’ Man Island (this is just a small loop of the whole huge pool)

Water taxi

Water taxi depot at Riverside

I wonder how they get the water to look so black? Did they maybe plant a dark plastic liner on the riverbed when they dug it? Do they pour ink into it on a regular schedule? You can catch the water taxi and tour around the resort, glide over to the French Quarter and partake of the famous beignets and the Scat Cat’s Club, keep on floating down to Downtown Disney…the possibilities are amazing.

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