Thursday, November 19, 2009


The expensive part on the furnace that I needed to replace turned out to be two expensive parts that I needed to replace. But they have been replaced, and my furnace is brand new all over again.

picture from the internet

Then there was a pipe that was leaking, and it too has been fixed. The furnace guy said he couldn't do the pipe because it was complicated, but the plumber just replaced the saddle valve, which is a very easy thing to install, although you couldn't tell that by the bill.

The good news in all this, is that I just received my charge card bill, and these repairs were not on it. So I have some time to gather up some money, ahem, just in time for the holiday season.

Santa's workshop will be in full swing this year. I think it would be best for me to make all of my gifts this year, using existing supplies.

I need some ideas - I know I can make bags and table runners, and tree decorations. What would the men want?


Paula, the quilter said...

Here is something I am doing: I purchased a nice thick wool sweater from the thrift store and intentionally shrunk it. I cut out mitten shapes (I have a pattern for fleece mittens) and sewed them together with exposed seams. Voila! Warm cozy mittens that are now pretty much water proof. Easy peasy and cheap.

Paula, the quilter said...

Also, here is a link to a very crafty blog that I love: