All the Confusion with the Blog

Hello everyone. Welcome to the blog post where Jo tries to explain some of the topsy-turvy stuff that has been going on here on the blog.

For the last month or so, on the writing side of things, I’ve had terrible trouble with writing the blog. The program freezes. Pictures show up on my side but not your side. I am back and forth trying to figure out what things could be. I can see things on my side but they don’t show up on your side.

I’ve been completely frustrated as writing a blog post takes an hour vs what would have taken me 45 minutes to write. The computer freezes…I wait for it to respond. When I click the cursor won’t move. It’s been very frustrating.

Kalissa came over one day and said-Mom. That enough. Something has to change. You can’t work like this.

I lamented that it would cost a lot more money to upgrade and she told me my choice was either I would be forced out of blogging because eventually, she felt this would all permanently freeze or I’d pay a few dollars, or I need to pony up the money. I gave in and agreed to do whatever she thought was best.

So…Last week we moved the blog to a new server. For those of you who don’t know what that means, think of my blog as a storefront in a mall parking lot. My storefront started out as a small business. All of the stores in the mall share the same parking lot. Over time, my store grew by leaps and bounds. There was no longer parking in front of my store I was starting to take up the parking spaces of the other stores and they were all getting frustrated with me and my customers were getting frustrated because there were no parking spaces ever open near my store because it was so busy. You guys are the customers with your cars wanting to park near my store.

Because there is no parking everyone is frustrated and things at my store aren’t moving as freely…as now I am too small for my store too. I don’t have space to add more merchandise (blog posts) and I don’t have room to navigate in the store.

That’s when a business knows it’s time to move and expand. That’s what we’ve been working on this week.

I’ve moved to a new storefront with a bigger parking lot. In internet terms, it means I moved to a new server with more space and hopefully here there is more room for me so writing will go easier and there’s more room for you so you aren’t fighting for parking spaces…meaning it is faster and as a viewer, you have a better experience while you are at the blog.

Sadly, that doesn’t really happen seamlessly. It’s good but not seamless.

So…here’s what happened.

Puppy Update: Olive and Twiggy

Well what a whirlwind with these foster puppies I have.  I thought it was crazy when I initially got them…the crazy with the rescue has continued.

I mentioned how energetic the puppies I have are…crazy with energy.  They are jumpy and a lot of work just to get them outside as it’s been one at a time for me because they are so bouncy.  While I’m trying to get one out of the kennel door, the other pup will run at the door full speed ahead.  It’s a workout for me!!

Next problem, Olive figured out how to scale the fence…she seriously, just started climbing it.  Then Twiggy figured out how to jump on the kennel that’s in the space and then jump over the fence.  Well, that wasn’t going to work. 

Thankfully all of us who are fostering dogs in this round are together on a Messenger group.  We’ve messaged our challenges, sharing advice but mostly sharing woes.  It turns out that everyone is having some of the same problems.  It was so awesome to have a safe place to share some of the puppy antics and frustrations. 

The group seemed to be a story topper group with lots of “can you believe what my dog just did”…” well my dog just….”.  It was one of those situations where you have laugh!

One of the other gals who is a seasoned foster mom told me to strap a tarp over the pen.  That worked perfectly.  It worked perfectly until the two figured out how to get out of that…then it went to this…

What I’m Working On…

Last week I missed the What I’m Working On post.  I’m sorry about that.  The blog is in the middle of transferring to a new server where hopefully things will load faster and we won’t have the picture problem we were having. 

It’s really okay that we missed the post as I didn’t work on much of anything…and haven’t done a lot this week either when it comes to quilting.  Taxes have ruled my life along with the newest foster pups.  I spent entire days on taxes with no fun relief.

My daughter Kalissa was over and helped load a video on how I made the Hand Print Quilts… I post that with the Hand Print quilt blog post but in case you missed it, you can watch that here by pressing play or you can go to Youtube by following THIS LINK and saving and watching it later on your television or device.

I did a little early morning sewing and then cut out strip sets when I was taking care of my grandson Anders one day.  He naps quite a bit so I often pull a project and work on cutting while he’s napping.  That way I can still work quietly and accomplish something.

These are for the…

Community Quilts from Joey

I have community quilts from Joey to share with you today. She is a new finisher and happily, she wants to keep finishing quilts.

Joey writes:

I’ve contemplated for a couple of years to become a finisher for your donated quilts. I decided when you put out the call for finishers, I would jump on the band wagon. I first contacted Michelle at Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program (SWCAP)
Serving the Counties of Iowa, Lafayette, Grant, Green & Richland. We work to mitigate the causes and conditions of poverty in Southwestern Wisconsin, building resilience and self-sufficiency by providing supportive services and programs, and by collaborating with partners.SWCAP is a catalyst for building communities of hope, inclusion, and social justice, where poverty is overcome, and all people are empowered and thrive

to see  if there was a need & a resounding yes came back. 

I received 7 tops. I believe they came from the Cresco ladies the end of January. My long arm went out of commission & the service tech put me in the schedule for 2/28. I got busy finding fabric &  making the backings. 

The long arm is fixed and I’ve been quilting non stop to catch up with customers & the donation quilts.

First up is this cute little Halloween quilt. I found more Halloween fabric in my stash to back & bind it. I used a simple meander to quilt it.

Next was this…

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