Thursday, June 27, 2013

Reconnecting

Good morning! It has been quite some time since I last posted to my blog. Not because I didn't have anything to share, but because I've been busy and just couldn't find the time or energy to write a post, something I want to change.
 
Seems as though my life revolves around schedules.
 

I'm drowning in meetings, reports, and deadlines that I have no time for me. I have not read a book in... Well, I don't remember when. And although I have gone into my sewing room a couple of times in the last couple of weeks, it hasn't been as much as I would have liked. So I thought, maybe the remedy to my problem is to schedule my ME time in my daily schedule.

So, what have I been up to the last couple of years?

 
First, we had to load this onto a trailer using a Cometto lifting device. Looks like something out of a Transformer movie, doesn't it? 

 
Once it was loaded to a Cometto 6-line trailer to transport to our site, the men decided they had to have a parade in case something happened...

 
Houston, we have a problem. This is what happens when 96 tons shift forward. I asked the 'men' what they thought they could do if the weight shifted... They all just stared at me with their hands on their hips. I'm glad I was not the driver when this happened. Just to give you an idea of the area, the access road is about 14' wide and the other side is a straight drop into the river. That's why I'm Project Controls and not someone who actually builds something.

 
Here is the Stator as it is being set into place. All 96 tons of it.

 
This is the second part of the Generator, called a Rotor. Luckily it didn't weigh as much as the Stator. If I remember correctly, this only weighed about 60 tons.

 
Two and a half years later... It's a hydroelectric powerhouse.

 
This is the project management team. We took this picture on a team building exercise where we drove 4-wheelers and trail bikes up a mountain to about the 3,800-foot level. We were there in June/July but there was still snow on the ground at this elevation. We had a great time riding the trails and feasting on BBQ.
 
Back to the present...
 
 
 
I've started reading a book titled City of Women, written by David R. Gillham. The story takes place during World War II in Berlin. I've set aside 30 minutes of reading time each day and hope to finish the book in a couple of weeks.
 
 
On the quilting side of things, I started a binding party a couple of weeks ago... OK, maybe it's been four or five weeks ago. I've made yards of binding in five different prints and have a couple more to do before I'm finished. I'll post pictures once these have been completed.
 
 
I also have come across a quilt-a-long that I want to participate in:
 
 
 
It's hosted by Michele Foster of Quilting Gallery and she has setup a group on Facebook where everyone can share their progress and ask questions if needed. My only problem is I want to do a scrappy version of the finished quilt and I'm not a scrappy person. I've structured and I'm having a heck of a time deciding what fabrics I want to use in my quilt. I'd love to hear some tips from you if you do scrappy quilts.
 
What have you been working on?  
 

3 comments:

luv2quilt2 said...

So good to see you back!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Welcome back - good to see you here. That was sure some huge project - I can't imagine getting things like that it place.

I hope you have fun reading - and quilting - and relaxing now that you are setting aside time for yourself. I can't wait to see your projects.

I have no hints on scrappy - I love them but rarely have done them, unless you call using all 30s reproductions randomly in a quilt. That is easy because they are sort of the same theme - and cute too - my favorite fabrics - scrappy or planned.

Vicki W said...

Welcome back to blogging!