This is a bit of the RIDICULOUSNESS that is going on with our Home Owners Association up on Buck Mountain.
It’s been a total tangle of wits and wills and personalities and stupid ideas.
When we bought there 3 years ago, the home owner’s dues were very affordable at $650 per year, with funds mostly being used to maintain the roads. Many of them are dirt, only the steep inclines have black top for safety reasons…and we were fine with it. Minimal head butting. All was good.
But the recent board has their own agenda for what Buck Mountain needs to become and has increased dues after a washed out road due to rain our first year to quite a bit more – it was supposed to be temporary just to put money back in the fund, but no…they’ve not let it go, and put dues back where they belong. And in fact they want to raise it MORE so they can do things like the horrid buck heads on the gate entry posts that you see here.
I swear, they are tarting up my mountain, and it looks worse than a 40% off sale at Hobby Lobby! Tacky Tacky Tacky!
They took our beautiful waterfall and made it into a “park” and it now has lit pathways and blooming flower pots, benches and tables, Adirondack chairs and HAMMOCKS….this is NOT the nature that I love. It’s like they are trying to turn my beautiful natural mountain into a manicured country club. This is our home owner’s dues at work, and it makes me so mad.
LEAVE nature alone! It’s perfectly beautiful just as it is!
(Yes, they have even put in a putt putt golf thing and basketball, and don’t get me started on the pavilion re-do that went from a simple and functional covered pavilion in the open air for gatherings and BBQs into a completely walled in “club house” complete with dish network so they can watch the super bowl games. Your dues at work. GAH!)
Did the population of the mountain vote on any of this? No. All the decisions were made and executed by the board with no vote ever being taken. They never asked. They just did.
HOAs are just a nightmare, and when we finally retire the plan is to sell both places and build somewhere away from HOAs and all of the headbutting and headache they bring.
To calm myself down over the addition of stupid buck heads upon the gate posts (That now look like a gestapo check point) I headed to do some antique browsing.
Not a lot was found!
Seriously? Poor thing!
You too could be the proud owner of this boat anchor, rusted with charm. Missing both slide plates and shuttle, completely frozen up for the low low price of $99.00. Get a clue people!
My bad mood from the whole buck head debacle hasn’t left me yet!
Ahhh. That’s better!
I love the uneven rows and that ginormous 4 patch on point in the center. Pet the fabric, Bonnie. Just pet the fabric….and breathe…
Oh lookie! Hourglass Leader & Ender units!
Have you started yours?
I nearly have enough neutral ones to add around my center!
This quilt is more recently made – I would say late 90s or early 2000s…hand quilted with lovely stitches, hand bound, all those scallops….and already it’s in the antique mall. THIS breaks my heart.
It’s not an easy pattern to make, all those curves. The fabrics remind me of Joann’s, Hobby Lobby or the now defunct Hancocks over the past 20 years, but this should have stayed with family. It’s not old enough to be relegated to the antique mall yet. All of those hours into the hand quilting..How do you put a price on that?
Probably sent there by the same tacky people who thought buck heads on our gate posts were a brilliant idea…..no wait, don’t go there…
I shopped the stash and found backing upon my return home!
But..uhoh..take a load of the dumping ground called my longarm table….
There has been NO TIME to clean!
My life has been on a whirl the past several months, and this mess was created with the making of my Addicted to Scraps blocks that are now ready to go to Quiltmaker, and the brainstorming of Spanish Rose…bits of those fabrics are everywhere!
I needed a clean up! I put on a movie on Netflix last night and just worked at it one corner at a time.
I needed a zig zag machine out to piece some batting!
Hello, Pink Necchi!
So easy, only one seam needed and scraps gone!
That’s it, Bonnie…think of pink things….sweet things….blood pressure going down….no thoughts of buck heads anywhere….
Table clean, batting pieced, ready to load!
And that brings me to now. Saturday morning. I have today and tomorrow to get as much done as I can because I leave bright and early on Monday morning for Denver.
The plan is to get this quilted..I need to make binding. I need sample strips to sew together on camera, and then I’ll be doing a binding tutorial at the end of this next workshop series. We can do this! We are into the home stretch!
And through it all, don’t forget to LAUGH!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Never ever ever lose your sense of humor! It will carry you through many a difficult situation, and bring the sweetest memories!
Dancing 9 Patch quilt made and shared by Kerri during our workshops in Helena Montana. Pattern found under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog. I love her pink green and yellow version!
Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone!
And don't forget Quilt-Cam tomorrow afternoon at 2pm Eastern!