MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Soapboxes, progress, and pretties

First, I'll start with the soapbox....this morning we had our first telemarketer call at 6:50 am.  Followed by two more within half an hour.  What is WRONG with these people?  Do they not know that your heart stops when the phone rings that early in the morning?  Do they not know that there are (hah) laws that state they are legally not allowed to call before 9 am and after 9 pm?  If we didn't live in an apartment and there were noise bylaws in place I would buy a whistle (or even better an air horn).  Maybe deafening the suckers might give them pause for thought - although I seriously doubt it.  Fortunately we have call display and never answer calls that are from a number we don't recognize and you'd think they would get tired of calling when they get no response.  
Climbing off soapbox now.

And just to get my ohmmmm back...how about these....


Resident Chef bought me flowers!
No special reason either....lucky me.💖

And here's a progress picture...



- How about going on a fun little garden tour found HERE.  Some great ideas!

- THIS would be a handy tote to make - I would be tempted to line it I think.

- You might want to pour yourself a cuppa and go exploring HERE.  There are lots of amazing fibre artists listed and it appears as though you can click on each one and be taken to further information (and more eye candy!!).

- There's a great tutorial HERE for a sweet sewing bag.

Today's quote, from Francine Ohiar..."Some people just don't get that I'd rather talk to a wall than them"

26 comments:

  1. Gosh--we get those annoying robo calls at all hours of the day and night...
    we end up unplugging our phone line...
    Lovely container linky--like that last one with the stepped succulents...
    you are making wonderful progress--hugs, Julierose

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    1. Hi Julierose - welcome! Today we ended up with 5 calls, none of which we answered so you'd think they'd get tired of trying.

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  2. Glad to see you get "no reason why" flowers too. Your new work of art looks great and is coming along.

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    1. Thanks Joy - at this point in the process it feels as though I'm working at a snail's pace and much of what I'm doing really doesn't show unless you're looking at it closely. And yes, the 'no reason why' flowers are the best!

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  3. Beautiful flowers and your landscape is coming along beautifully!

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  4. Flowers and progress look great.
    The garden tour link is inspiring. I like the little French cafe style table and chairs. I think it would be a perfect place for morning coffee and correspondence!

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    1. The flowers are definitely pretty. We don't have anything on our balcony this year, so it's extra nice to have something inside to enjoy. And glad you enjoyed the garden tour!

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  5. That quote did make me laugh! Sometimes walls are much more interesting, aren't they. =) How sweet the flowers are your Resident Chef gifted you. Just because flowers are the very best. I went down the rabbit hole of fibre artists....gosh each and every 'artwork' is amazing.

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    1. Yes, walls are definitely a whole lot more interesting than telemarketers!! As for rabbit holes, you can guess I spend a lot of time finding my way out of them (but it's SO much fun while I'm there!).

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  6. Sounds like robocalls, machine generated, so even an airhorn wouldn't deter them. Probably generated from a totally different time zone. I've had calls from Sierra Leone, Azerbaijan, etc. Now blocked, but the machine uses different origination numbers to continue. Flowers are a good antidote, though.

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    1. Definitely machine generated - and probably coming from overseas somewhere. And blocking the number doesn't do much good because they just change their number (part of the automation process they use). At least we didn't get awakened at dark-thirty this morning!!

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    2. My phone is off at night. After all the caregiving years when I was on 24/7, I've arrived at the point where if anyone needs me they can come get me!

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    3. I'm not quite to the point of unplugging the phone....we still have a landline and want to have ready access to calling for emergency help in a hurry should we need it. Heaven forbid we ever do, but at least we know it's accessible. It's only been a couple of times in recent memory that we've had nuisance calls that early in the morning so it's not too bad. Annoying though!

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  7. I am right beside you dear on that soapbox! Those calls are extremely annoying. Resident Chef is a super sweetie to give you gorgeous flowers. Good quote today and I can relate.

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    1. I think we're going to need a pretty big soapbox in order to fit everyone that wants to join us!! And yes Resident Chef is definitely a keeper.

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  8. I am SO glad you were spoiled with flowers. They are lovely. And I love, love, LOVE, your current landscape. Wow. You do such amazing work. Absolutely fabulous!

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    1. I'm happy I was spoiled too! Jack has never given me flowers for 'occasions' but sometimes will just pick up a bunch on a whim. Those are the kind that mean the most anyway! Thank you for your kind words about the landscape....it's getting there.

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  9. Hi Mary Anne, yes, we disconnect our home phone at night for the very same reason, and just leave on the mobile for emergencies. A relative chatting to me said that her son-in-law was having trouble sleeping. Earlier this week, he woke up about 04.30 and couldn't sleep, and of course, in the UK (as I am) it is light at that time of the morning. He didn't look at the time, but thought it was a good idea to trim his hedge (with a power hedge-trimmer!!)... I'm sure the neighbours weren't best pleased!
    Always enjoy looking through your links, and fibre art, well, how wonderful! So inspiring!
    Thank you, as always,
    Val (UK)

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    1. Oh wow - trimming the hedge at that hour of the morning...it's a wonder the neighbours didn't call the police!! So far we haven't disconnected the house phone at night - really want to have it accessible for emergencies. It's only been a couple of times in recent memory that we've been woken up at dark-thirty in the morning with nuisance calls, so it's not that bad. If it gets worse I seriously might go without a phone at night!!

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  10. The Fiber artist link is really nice. Lots of inspiration there

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    1. There are so many great fibre artists out there - and so little time to pursue all the great ideas!

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  11. Robocalls never seem to stop, and became so irritating I now usually turn the ringer off on my landline unless I'm waiting for a call. Any friends or acquaintances who call me probably expect to leave a voicemail anyway, knowing that I am outside a lot.
    This way, I check emails once/day, and only have to get annoyed once about all the bogus messages. Not a great solution, but an improvement.

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    1. Good idea Quinn and I really wish we could do that too. Unfortunately we have to have the phone 'on' if someone comes to the door so they can ring up to let us know they're here. One of the joys of apartment life. I don't normally get too annoyed with the spam callers - I just glance at the display on the phone and if I don't recognize the number I don't bother with it. The only time I get riled is when they call at dark-thirty in the morning and wake us up - with heart rates skyrocketing because our first thought is something's wrong with our family. Fortunately that hasn't happened too many times - yet.

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  12. Enjoying your works in progress and the interesting links you manage to find!

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    1. Thanks Judy - the links are fun to search out (as you know!).

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