Saturday, September 8, 2018

Babylock Solaris and Super Fun Tech Party

Hey Everyone!!!

In case you are wondering why I hardly ever post here on my BLOG these days, it is because I prefer to make videos on my VLOG.  SO, if you stop by and you see that "she hasn't posted anything in forever", just go over to Youtube and Search "Joy Bernhardt", and my videos will all come up.

Here is the last one I did:

And a fun one before that:
Try to keep in mind that I don't choose the photos above.  Youtube does. 

I have some fun, fun news for you today and a few pictures I want to share with you.

If you have been following me for awhile, and some of you have been with me for years, then you know that I like both Bernina and Babylock machines.  I like Berninas for sewing.  I like Babylock embroidery machines and sergers.

Babylock has a brand new embroidery machine out called the Solaris.  It does everything but make coffee and change sheets!  It is really awesome. 

So, the deal was, IF you paid $500 deposit down before the machine even came out, you were guaranteed to be one of the first people to actually receive one, and you got a bunch of "free" stuff with it.  Now, anyone with half a pea brain (as my Mom used to say) knows none of it is really free, but they want you to think it is. The $500 was refundable, so you couldn't lose by letting them hold it for you.

So YESTERDAY was the big day for me.  I was really thrilled that it was because I had the awesome, amazing Jan (B-Sew Inn, OKC Manager) all to myself.  I LOVE to be treated like I'm the only person alive (who doesn't), and Jan sure can do it.  She spent three hours with me helping me figure out what chairs, in what color, with what bases, and what Koala cabinet, and what height, and what attachments, etc.  She was absolutely WONDERFUL to me!

Here is a picture of me with Jan as I saw my machine for the first time,
I have to tell you something first:

My Mom left her four kids a nice chunk of cash when she passed, and I used my share to buy this machine NOT KNOWING that the cases were going to be my Mom's favorite color in the whole wide world:  Purple!

I looked up to Heaven and squealed, "Mom LOOK, the machine you bought me has cases that are purple!!!"

Here I am right after Jan and a helper lifted this monster to put it in the back of my car.  It is SUPER heavy!  My son-in-law, Len, very nicely offered to come help unload it.  I told him two girls put it in my car, so I could carry one half of it.  He looked at me like I had lost another screw, but he let me try.  I could NOT do it!  I don't know how all those ladies lift their machines!

Here is the pic:
I was just as happy as it looks like I was.  Jan was a pure delight, and the day could not have been more perfect except to have had a little less rain.

So all of that was just yesterday.  Today was the big Babylock yearly Tech Party.  I had never been to one before.  Totally free -- for real -- and it was done over-the-moon wonderful -- by Jan, I'm sure.  Lots of drinks and frosted cookies with suns and shades and cute stuff.  Didn't think to take a pic of those.  Baked potatoes with all the stuffings for lunch.  The staff was all there and dressed in their sunshine head bands.  The service is just UNbeatable in this store.  Everyone is so friendly and so helpful whether or not you buy a Solaris or a thimble.  I am always impressed, and I am HARD to impress, especially, when it comes to service.

Here is Jan at the head of the class:
She led us all in the Babylock - For The Love cheer and in the Solaris cheer.  She even danced for us.  B-Sew Inn sure found a jewel in her.

The place was packed with women and even one man:
You can see a lot of the helper ladies with their headbands on.  

This event was over four hours long, and I enjoyed every single minute of it. 

My grandson called to see if I could keep Baby Boo this evening and all night, so I hurried out before a lot of the ladies to pay for my stuff (I'll show you another time) so I could be home in time.  Turned out he didn't come tonight because Dad and Mom decided to stay home, BUT Baby Boo was at my house yesterday, and I snapped a pic of him in this playpen I bought for him.  It is really nice.  I can get in it with him!
Total cuteness!

Gotta get.  Church tomorrow with Margaret, and I need to find something to wear.  My nice clothes are all at the other house as I wasn't expecting to find a church I love while I am here.  Baby Boo and his parents are even attending now, and that makes this Grandma's heart swell with happiness!

I'll do another video soon and show you my new machine and my goodies from the Tech Party.

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Happy Birthday and Update

Hello Everyone!

I have not been blogging much because it is more fun to just make videos.  My daughter, Tammy, has made a great blog post about my 68th birthday.

If you will click on the link below, you can read all about it and see lots of pictures.  The #8 on my cake fell over just as Tammy snapped the picture.

Tammy's camera takes such clear pictures.  If it didn't take HOURS to go get a new phone, I would go get one like hers.  Last time I went to the phone place the girl told me she would have to upload my phone to the cloud ALL NIGHT.  How crazy.  Isn't your stuff already on the cloud?

I had my second eye done yesterday, 8-7-18, and I could see clearly by this morning.  My vision was 20/20 in my right eye and 20/25 in my left eye.  My left eye was done two weeks ago.  My vision is absolutely AMAZING!  I am awe-struck at the whole procedure and outcome.  It is shocking how horrible my vision was even with contacts in both eyes.  Right now, I have only distance lenses from the surgeries, and I can see what I am typing to you perfectly.  I went to my regular eye doctor today, and I think he is as surprised as I am.

If you watch my Youtube channel, you know we are selling our business, and I have been  house hunting in Edmond for a larger house.  Why?  Because I want to be close to my daughter and grand kids and great grand kids when I am older, and I sure don't want to be looking for a house then.

House hunting has come to a halt because nothing is right, and we don't want to build.  Been there, done that!  Not fun.

I am thinking now of redecorating the house we already own here.  I have never done anything to it because we were only supposed to live here two years.  We have been here TEN years!

Really, I want to wait until the sale of our business is finalized.  We should be signing papers August 23rd and receiving payment, but ....

We will see what actually happens.  So much is involved.

I have lots of sewing projects, and I will make some more videos as soon as time and my eyes permit.  I have to put eye drops in for another two weeks, and my right eye has a fresh wound.

I can't bend over or lift stuff.  That limits one.
For now, I am going to watch Youtube videos of sewing, quilting, cooking or whatever happens to pop up that looks interesting.  Old Johnny Carson videos are fun, and I like Dolly Parton.  I LOVE Andre' Rieu, but I've watched his videos so many times, I know them by heart.  Margaret gave me another one of his DVD's for my birthday.  He is the nicest man and so majorly gifted.

If you don't know him, click the link below.  He has many Youtube videos, but this is one of my favorites.  I LOVE to waltz -- or try to -- and love this kind of music.  As you will see, so do thousands of others.  Margaret is going to a live concert in September in Chicago!  She invited me, but I can't leave our business and Jerry to go with her.  She gave me a DVD of  the Maastricht concert last Christmas, and I was immediately hooked!  I've played it a dozen times.

I better stop before I put you all to sleep.  Check out my Youtube videos if you don't see me here.

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Choice Home Warranty -- DON'T USE THEM!

I am SO, SO mad that I was stupid enough to buy a home warranty from Choice Home Warranty.  If you have a plan with them, would you please let me know how it is working for you?

My friend Terry and another friend have plans with another company, and they told me how wonderful they were.

The first thing I should have done was to ask them WHICH company they used.

I don't know how I happened on Choice, but it was the WRONG CHOICE!  They don't pay for anything without a huge fight with several people -- all of who take forever to answer the phone.  They demand that the service tech calls them from your home, BUT they NEVER answer their phone when the techs are here.  The techs today sat on the patio and waited THIRTY minutes for a person to answer the phone.  I had a tech just hang up and leave a few days ago because he could not wait any longer.

The last time I needed repair -- which was on my dryer -- we waited for over 30 minutes to get a recording saying they were too busy and to call them back the next day.

I suppose I should have had the service guy just spend the night!

I just gave up on that claim and paid the guy.  Actually, I have to pay all the repairmen, and wait 30 days to get my money -- IF there is any -- from Choice.

They NEVER have a repair company in our area.  I wait days for them to finally tell me to just get my own person.  Then, when I do, I can't get them on the phone to talk to my repair person.  Then, Choice totally denies my claim because the tech didn't stay and wait indefinitely to get PERMISSION to fix the broken whatever.  In this case, it is an air conditioner.

I paid thousands of dollars for this shocking disregard for our service needs.  It should be illegal!  Just want to warn all my friends out there in internet land to never use Choice Home Warranty.  They are "choice" alright -- a BAD one!

Big news coming soon!  Stay tuned.

Hugs, Joy

Monday, July 9, 2018

Cataracts and Lenses

Hello everyone!

I haven't been blogging much lately.

It is more fun to make videos 'cause I can just talk to you like you were right here with me.

I asked my Youtube followers to let me know their experiences with cataract removal and lens choices.  Finally, after watching dozens of Youtube videos and reading reviews, including someone having their iris and their pupil cut out of their eye to REMOVE a lens, that I would just get the distance ones.  I know several people who have those, and they are very happy.  I appreciate all my Youtube follower comments as well.  They were very helpful.

I will still have to wear glasses for close up, but that is okay.

At least things will be clear.

Nothing new.

Still sewing.

Still quilting.

Still working at our store.

Check my Youtube videos if you haven't been there for awhile.  I have been making Jalie jeans.  Great fit and they look so good I can't tell them from my RTW jeans in the closet.  You should try them.

It is late.  Time for bed.

Hugs, Joy

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Simplicity 8602


  These pictures are HORRIBLE quality.  I used my cell phone with the timer on so I could run and jump up on that chair and pose real fast.

I will take better pics tomorrow and come back and post them.  

Jerry worked super late tonight.  He is upstairs waiting for me to watch TV with him.  I bet anything he will be sound asleep when I get up there.  Bless his heart.  He works so hard.

Be back soon with better pictures.

Have a FABULOUS Friday.

Hugs, Joy

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Look at What My Daughter is Doing Now

My daughter, Tammy, has a fun website.

She has very nice pictures and she loves to talk.

Can't imagine WHERE she got that from, lol!

If you knit, you will love her site.

If you cook, you will like it too.

She may be Pioneer Woman Junior just getting started.

Here is a link:

Tammy's BLOG

I have lots to tell you, BUT I have to work today.  Maybe I'll get a chance to show you some stuff I am working on tomorrow.



Monday, April 23, 2018

Back to Work and My Quilt Needs a Name

Hello Everyone!

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of you sweet, caring people who sent thoughts, prayers and condolences after my mother passed.  I can't believe a whole week has already gone by.  I appreciate so very much all your prayers.  Even though expected, it is hard to lose your mother.  I was sitting upstairs watching TV with Jerry a few nights ago, and I actually started to get up and "go check on Mom". 

I am back at my store trying to catch up.  It seems every time I just get to the bottom of one stack, three more have formed around me.  We are going to be audited soon, and there is so much we have to be prepared for.  So many forms and documents and schedules! 

It is a ROYAL PITA and we have to PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS for the torment.  Oh, the joys of owning your own business.

So even though a lot of the stress in caring for my mother is gone, there seems to be plenty to replace it.

We had to let one employee go and another one starts on Wednesday.  Something else that requires a lot of preparation and paperwork, but we are real excited about our new lady because she is the same lady that has cared for my Mom for the last year, Dorine.  Isn't that awesome!

I want to start making garments again as I don't seem to be losing the 10 pounds I gained back while caring for Mom.  I'll be getting more exercise now, so maybe that will help.  I think I will start right now by going upstairs to walk -- or is it glide -- on the Elliptical. 

And!!!!  I almost forgot to show you.  I finished the scrappy quilt top yesterday.  Ready to put her on the longarm.

Help me think of a name for this, please.

And while I was at it, I decided to get the binding ready for my Bargello.  It turned out turquoise because I couldn't decide if I liked brown or turquoise better, and the turquoise was handier to cut.  This picture makes me think brown would have looked better, but too late to change it now.

I'll be back soon.

Hugs, Joy