Becoming obsessed with my hobby

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These days I find myself thinking about sewing, constantly. I would be sitting watching TV or riding down the ride and I am designing or modifying a pattern to update a look. I have recently discovered African Print Fashion. The two photos above are what I am working on now.

I have found several sites where I can get fabric. I have several patterns that I can modify for the dresses, blouses, coats, jackets, etc. I am truly obsessed with this. I still make American Girl clothes, on occasion, or if I granddaughter or niece ask me. Recently, I purchased a mini sewing machine for my truck, so when I stop to take my break, I can sew for 2 hours before going to bed. I use it mainly for the doll clothes but I have used it to make a blouse.

I am in process of trying to set up my room for my sewing, which is looking pretty cluttered right now. I realize the room is not as big as I imagined it, so adding another table won’t work. I just recently purchased another dress form, smaller one for those who are not plus sized. I may need a larger one as well.

My latest projects.

Trucking, fading fast

The last few months have been difficult for me. Trying to figure out what to do after my trucking career is over. I picked up a new hobby, sewing, but will it make enough money for me to make a decent living?  My concentration is off, so going back to school may not work right now. In this industry, if you do not work, you don’t get paid! I am on the down side of this and going back out on the road makes me….scream! Can’t bite the bullet on this one!

As time passes, traffic is getting worse.  When I first came into the industry, I would pass cars and the people would hold a thumbs up, waving, and smiling. Now, you are given the finger, cutting you off and sometimes passing you in your lane (riding in the same lane). I must admit, I have gotten to be as bad as they are and thats why I need to get out of the truck!

This used to be a great job. Travelling everywhere, even though you are working. I miss the comraderie of my fellow drivers, the way we would head out to make a delivery or pick up and return to the yard at the same time. The noise we would make on the cb radio, which we had our own channel, talking over each other. We all would stop at the same place and eat, joke around for a few, trying not to get back too early. Those were the best times!  Now, everyone is doing their own thing at different companies. 

 If I could do this all over again, would I change anything, the answer is ‘Yes’. I would finish the books I started before my mind has gotten to this point. I have tried many times to get back to them, but can’t focus enough to write one chapter.

Driving has always been my first love. The freedom of being out on the road and seeing things that I wouldn’t have normally gotten to see, is the best part of trucking. If you were lucky enough to be able to stop and look around, it could have been a mini vacation, especially when you had to do a 34-48 hour reset. You could do a little site seeing or gamble at a casino.

But, I am done with trucking, mentally and physically. Any suggestions as to what to do now, will be greatly appreciated. 

FMCSA unveils driver training rule proposal, sets up core curriculum and more for PRE-CDL drivers

James Jaillet|March 04, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is set to publish Monday, March 7, a proposed rule that, if made final, would implement a required core training curriculum for prospective truckers before they receive their CDL. The curriculum notably includes at least 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training before being issued a CDL.

 

The Entry Level Driver Training rule’s implementation would take place three years after its final publication in the Federal Register, which will come after the agency takes public comment for 60 days on the proposal and makes any changes to the rule based on that feedback. The proposal then would have to be approved by the DOT and the White House’s Office of Management and Budget before being published. The three-year countdown to its implementation would begin then.

 

The proposal, unveiled Friday, March 4, by FMCSA, in addition to the core curriculum and behind-the-wheel requirements, seeks to establish a registry of FMCSA-approved driver training providers. FMCSA’s rule outlines minimum qualifications related to instructors, testing, training vehicles and more that the agency will use to approve training providers for the registry.

 

The agency is accepting public comment on the rule for 60 days, starting Monday. Visitregulations.gov then and serach for docket number FMCSA-2007–27748 to see the rule and to file a comment.

 

The rule will apply to all drivers required to complete a CDL skills test to obtain a CDL and to those upgrading their license from Class B to Class A. The curriculum for those seeking a Class A license is broken down into two categories: Theory and actual driving time.

 

The theoretical component includes required training on basic vehicle instruments and controls, basic operation of a vehicle, how to perform a vehicle inspection, controlling a vehicle under various road and traffic conditions, how to shift and back a vehicle, hours of service, handling cargo, crash procedures, fatigue awareness, vehicle maintenance and violations, trip planning and more.

 

The driving time component of the rule requires operators to spend at least 30 hours behind the wheel before receiving a CDL, with at least 10 of those hours spent on a driving range. How the other 20 hours are received will be determined by the training providers, but the rule does stipulate that drivers must drive at least 10 of them on a public road or take 10 public road trips of no less than 50 minutes each.

 

Overdrive will have more on the rule and its requirements in the coming weeks.

 

New Project



I made loungewear for my granddaughters’ doll with matching robe. She looked at it, kissed me on the cheek and threw the doll on the sofa. All I could do was throw my hands up! All that work and she completely ignores the doll!


Freightliner unveils first U.S.-legal autonomous truck

EQUIPMENTOverdrive Staff|May 05, 2015

Freightliner Trucks unveiled May 5 in Las Vegas the first road-legal self-driving truck for the North American market.

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Freightliner this week unveiled a futuristic concept vehicle, the SuperTruck, which it says has been in the works for half a decade. Here’s a look …The truck, dubbed the Freightliner Inspiration, can legally operate in the state of Nevada, and it’s commercially viable, Freightliner says.  It’s not available for purchase yet, and details are still scarce.   Freightliner will reveal more Wednesday, May 6.  The Inspiriation, however, will no longer be relegated to just test tracks and closed roads.   It will be running in public traffic throughout the state of Nevada while engineers refine its operation.  Stay tuned to Overdrive for more details as Daimler Trucks North America, Freightliner’s parent company, unveils more today.

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Too Busy to Post

It has been a while since my last post. It’s not because I am no longer interested,  it’s because I have been so busy.  Between the job and my new hobby, I haven’t had the chance to put anything out.

I promise to start back up again.  The trucking industry is getting outrageous with some new rules and regulations and even introducing an unmanned truck to this country! Imagine that!  More later on that.  Have a great day, everybody! 🙂

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