January 20, 2022

Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)

Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)
Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)

I’m going to start this post with something quilty –
Because it goes downhill from there.  LOL!
This lovely pile of little Churn Dashes (Or Monkey Wrenches or Holes In The Barn Doors) is the cumulative effort of the past several days starting before the weekend and continuing on through yesterday as situations beyond my control completely threw my Monday plans under the bus –
Or should I say – Threw A Monkey Wrench into it?
It all started with my arrival to the QPO Studio, where I went through my normal routine of turning on lights, beckoning to Lola to come get her morning treats. opening the east-facing window shades to let in the sunlight, turning my sound bar to my music plans for the day, and settling in to print out mail order invoices and get that packaging and postage printing job under way.
(Take a breath!)
I looked out the window where something was glinting back at me from morning sunlight – what was moving over there?
It just happened to be this.  Click to Play:

This old hydrant (who knows how long it had been here in the yard) was last used a week or so ago when temps were near 70 – to wash off the sand from the pavers in the new walkway.
Evidently, someone forgot that we can’t leave hoses attached to free-standing yard hydrants or something like this can happen when the temps dip way below the freezing point.
We KNOW this.  So I have no idea how in the hurry of getting the sidewalk done, the still attached hose was left on this one.
Accidents happen.  Things slip our minds.  Nothing to do but fix it.
And yes, the water was turned off immediately after I shot this 15 second video.  A girl has to take photos and videos to document things, right?
Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)
New Hydrant in place!
So as the day unfolds – there is now no water, which means no running water or flushing toilets for the QPO studio either as Quiltville Inn and the QPO are on the same well.
The Hubster ordered up a new hydrant from Lowes, and I said I’d run the 1/2 hour drive to pick it up (It’s 1/2 hour drive to the nearest town in any direction from here.) as I had a 2pm dentist appointment in the same vicinity.
SO mail order gets dropped off, and I go home for lunch and to work from there because – well, no water at the QPO so?
Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)
A couple of hours of pressing and cutting of Churn Dash blocks happened.
Have I mentioned how much I love just how cute these are???
1:30pm I leave for the dentist, only to walk in the door to be told that my 2pm appointment is TUESDAY not MONDAY.  Geeesh!
Haven’t I done this before?
No worries, I’ve got other errands to run, including that hydrant pick up which was needed yesterday no matter what.
By the time I got home it was past 4pm and I just collapsed in a heap.  It was one of those days that starts out great guns with big intentions and just goes to –

Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)

The Hubster headed out to dig around the old hydrant and get the new one on while I just sat here on the couch.
My fur babies seem to be assessing what is wrong – why is she not sewing?
I just had no energy left. None. ZIP. Nada.
So how about I throw in a little Life Hack in here?
Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)
How many of you like to burn candles?
And how many get ticked that a one-wick jar candle will tunnel down through the middle and leave half of the wax untouched?
This wick has burned down to the bottom of the jar with so much wax remaining.
I don’t know about you, but I want to burn the whole thing. I want my money’s worth – not to throw half of this away.
Not to mention, I really don’t want to make a whole NEW candle with the leftovers – I’d rather be sewing.
I’m not sure where I saw this but thought it was worth a try.
Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)
Make a little foil collar for the candle.
It might not be gorgeous, but it keeps the wax from tunneling, melting things evenly as it keeps things just a bit warmer in there.

Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)

Okay, not pretty – but look!
Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)

No tunneling – even wax melt.  Cool!
I’ve found I need to do this every-other burn or so, and it helps the wicks even last longer, they don’t burn down short so quickly, keeping the wicks ABOVE the melted wax line.
I bet someone is going to tell me they make candle collars that are much prettier than a crumpled piece of foil – 
Another thing that happened yesterday – the road construction sign on my road was back in place with the road closure dates of today and tomorrow while they replace those pipes.
On my way home from the errand run, I also saw that they had strategically placed huge back-hoes and other equipment off the side of the road near where the pipe replacement will be happening.  So it’s inevitable.  
There is no way to get to the QPO studio or home other than the long-way-round starting today, doubling the length of my route and the time it takes to get from here to there.
This morning I knew they couldn’t start digging up the road until the trash pickup truck happened, and I was ready to make a bee-line for it.
As I reached the end of my drive, the trash truck was just arriving – I high tailed it out of there my regular way before the road crew was starting.  And just in the nick of time!  They were just arriving, pick up trucks lining up near where the “Big Tonkas” (The name my boys always gave for full-sized gold colored construction vehicles, the grown up version of their favorite sand box toys) were parked.
I’ll have to take the long way home tonight – but I was able to get to the QPO and write this post from here without having to take the long way this morning.
It’s a victory! I’m claiming it!
Yes, today is dentist day.  The real dentist day.  We’ll find out what really is going on with this tooth.
And I’ll make up some more errand running to do while over there because – you simply can’t drive 30 minutes to town without doing something else needful in town.
And then there is the pleasurable opportunity to go through more gifted bags of scrap stash, pulling pieces for more Churn Dash blocks.
Sounds like a good day, all the way around!
How are things in your world for today?
Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)

Quiltville Quote of the Day –
Today is the day to pay it forward. Your small acts of kindness may go unrecognized, but that’s okay.
Just don’t stop being kind. You never know what it might mean to someone else.
Have an awesome Tuesday, everyone! This bit of 1950’s loveliness was found in Dallas Texas a few years back, also calling to mind the simple 36-patch version I shared yesterday.
Bring on some simple sewing!
Have a lovely Tuesday, everyone!
Hijacked Monday (Frozen Pipes Happen!)