This and That – Did You Want to Know?
Just a little bit of this and that today – sort of random!
Did you . . .
- get your flu shot? I got my flu shot Monday after work at Walgreen’s. Each year, my school district has shots available at each school location. They are holding them this year, but on a date that wasn’t convenient for me. I’ll be going to a conference in the Wisconsin Dells. Prior to that attendance, I wanted to time my flu shot to have maximum protection. The last time I attended a conference without a flu shot, I contacted the H1N1 virus. That virus kicked my butt, and I do not care to have a repeat performance. I encourage all of my friends to get a flu shot if you can.
- know that semi-truck drivers have specific, approved routes. I used to make shipping arrangements for CNH (Case New Holland) tractors. Not just tractors, but many different types of farming implements. During that one-year tenure, I learned a lot about the different types of trailer truck beds and worked with a variety of contracted rate shipping firms. One especially large, heavy, and tall combine was damaged on its way to the shipyard. Set to sail to Greece, it struck a viaduct and was damaged. (continued)
- (continued from above!) Shortly thereafter, I learned that there is a company devoted to setting and approving routes for tractor-trailer/semi-truck drivers across the United States. It tracks road construction, weather and even small details like the various height discrepancies between the roadway and bridge in different lanes. In this case, the driver was approved to drive in the second/middle lane for sufficient clearance needed for this tall combine. Instead, the driver was driving in the rightmost lane. Hence, the aforementioned damage which was assumed by the driver’s company. The next time you see a truck driving in the ‘wrong’ lane, it might be because his approved route calls for it.
- know I finished my charity blocks? I neglected to share photos of the finished pieces before I sent them on their merry way. I shared a post about the charities, Two Worthy Block Drives Needing Help. The first two blocks are for Covered in Love in Texas.
The second photo is for the Wisconsin branch of the national “Quilts of Valor” collection. Since this collection is ongoing through most of next year, my plan is to make a few more. We picked up some Wisconsin fabric in red on the state blog hop sometime this summer, and that might be perfect for this cause as well. It has the word “Home” along with the shape of the state as a symbol. What do you think? It’s very similar to the “Vote” red fabric we chose this time.
- want a few details about how I managed to sew the CiL blocks without mixing up the pieces? After trimming the blocks with the Blok-Loc ruler, I chain pieced them. I kept the three rows together at.all.times without clipping the rows apart even for ironing. Otherwise, I would have certainly mixed up the HST positions.
- know that we’re heading to the casino for a day of fun? Our friends from the last Thursday’s Love post are
dragging cartinghappily taking us to the casino for the day. Ken and I have October birthdays and we both would like to celebrate with fabulous (a.k.a. BIG) wins. Truthfully, breaking even would thrill me to pieces. There will be loads and loads of laughs, plus a Culver’s visit to use up a gift card I received for Christmas last year from them. I saved it for our next casino visit, and now’s the time to spend it. Woot woot!
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