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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

still at it

I'm still cleaning and organizing. Every night some progress.
Also finished up little things I find as I uncover the forgotten treasures of my youth and recent past.
I put a pin on the back of a lovely little green guy from England so I could wear him to work and got lots of compliments.
Hemmed the last of the woven baby blankets and am getting ready to toss it into a dye bath since I hate it so much. I ran out of the blue that is in warp and in what used to be the dark cave of my yarn stash storage, I picked a nasty blue to use for finishing up the last blanket. I put a new bulb in that walk-in closet - a full spectrum flourescent that is supposed to last nine years. Everything looks different. I could close the door and live in there now.
Then I just got this dynamite idea for displaying the "inchies" I got in a swap last month!!! I am dying here at work cause I'd really rather be home painting and gluing and stitching. Darnnit. At least I sketched it in my journal so I won't forget it on the way home tonight. My head is so full of things I need to be doing, the stuff I want to be doing is squeezing out my ears.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Sunday wrap up

Great dinner party on Saturday night: tapas and home brews at my daughter's home. The granddaughter came home with us for a sleep over and it was pancakes as usual for Sunday breakfast. She is really good at mixing now. She says she helps her mommy stir a lot. She slept right through the night on the floor - must have been that long soak in the tub playing with all the frog tub toys. She very politely asked me if she could play with "just one" of my new frogs. I asked which one and she pointed to one that was not fragile, so, of course, I agreed. So nice to have been asked first. Great progress.

On Sunday, the yard men moved heaven and earth for me. I'm working on a patio extension and there was an old stump that needed to be removed. They did a great job and moved some grass to a bald spot and placed the extra dirt in a valley near the back fence. Of course, it needs some tweaking by the designer - me, but the hard work is done. I have to come up with a nice surface treatment so we can put a table and chairs out there. No rush, summer is almost here and we won't be sitting out there in the heat.

My daughter and I went to a friend's house on Sunday. We were so intent on finishing her project of the mosaic table for her gazebo that I hardly noticed what everyone else was doing and missed most of the gossip.

Spent most of the rest of the weekend, typing frantically. Trying to smooth feathers and hold onto the reins of a runaway train of conversation.

The gold wire warp is calling to me. I have to pick up some supplies at Hobby Lobby and do the second prototype. The first is not working too well.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


I'm taking mice to the potluck tomorrow. Little radishes and big radishes with little slices raised up for ears and the root left on for a tail. Cute and not too much trouble or too many calories.

It is one of the balmy weekends we get so rarely. No humidity to speak of, cool mornings and evenings. While babysitting, I walked my grandson around the block in his stroller last night before the mosquitos came out and it was wonderful. The rest of the kids went to see Shrek III and the report from the youngest was that it was great. She's a Shrekie!

This morning I did a little weeding, a little watering, a little admiring. My flowers are going great. The yellow daylilies are beginning now that the purples are midway done. The gardenias are all open now and some have dried up and fallen off. Color everywhere, not a lot but enough variety to make me happy when I walk in my garden. Oh, and the tomatoes are growing and need more staking. Of course. But the news is not that good on the zuchinni. Why do people moan about growing too many zuchinni? All you have to do is plant them in a semi-shady spot evidently, and you will never have the chore of harvesting any!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

last night

I stayed up last night to catch up and I'll be sorry today. But it's an easy day. The weavers' meeting is tonight. I turn in my entries for the conference and I'll get a little knitting done while I listen to the reports on what is planned. I am so looking forward to this one.

This was the big accomplishment for the evening however. I am making afterburners as Peg likes to call them. Sweetened pickles with a jalopeno kick. You start with a gallon jar of pickles. Throw out the juice. Slice 'em and then begin layering them back in the jar alternating with a sprinkling of sugar and slices of jalopenos. There was pickle juice everywhere. So a bit of mopping was necessary in the process. I used about two pounds of sugar and about 30 ounces of pickled jalapenos. They make their own new juice while they marinate for about two weeks. The sugar is almost dissolved this morning. You have to turn the jar every day. I had leakage this morning - glad I put it in a bowl. Some people use more sugar. For me, I always skimp on the sugar.

The garden around the other tree trunk is finally planted and yet another potted garden is done. I like to combine plants in big pots instead of just one in each. So this last one has a big bromeliad with pups on the side and some varigated lariope and some of the fiber optic sedge grass. I have a feeling that I'm going to live to regret planting that grass but then again it likes to live around ponds so maybe it will be okay to encourage it in my swampy back yard. It's not too tall so at least it won't dwarf the flowering things in the back.
Yesterday, another round of the altered book round robin arrived and it's a collection of cards from recycled food boxes. A lot of very 3-D elements and interesting vintage look. Not my usual style. Should I follow their lead? I have a few weeks to work that out.

This weekend the weather is predicted to be perfectly spring-like. We'll be trying to see the entire International Festival with two kids in tow. And then possibly a sleepover and another grilling event.

Whoa, it's messy in my two rooms upstairs. Looks like I've been burglarized. But actually I was trying to organize one thing and it always winds up being messier than ever with one tiny speck of improvement that only I would notice or appreciate.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

question the answers

Communication skills are not genetically hardwired in some people. I know it. I live with it everyday. I am a control freak. I know it. I live with it everyday. Just put the phone on speaker and let's all hear the same thing at the same time.

Now doesn't that feel better? Well, not really. We'll keep thinking we all know what's going on and be wrong again. Sigh. The good news is I got my house cleaner than usual today and hopefully my friend will be singing with her band on a day when I can go.

Lots of other good news: I wound a red striped warp for the swatch swap this summer entitled: We're all Gonna Dye. My daughter got her warp tyed on to the front beam and began weaving. The grill king had perfect weather for cooking today. I even did a little gardening before the whirlwind cleaning session. And I am about to finish up the birds fabric page. Hopefully before midnight.

My grandson thinks I'm the best. I pick him up when he cries and let him crawl around and get into things like the kitchen cupboards. They open and shut. Cool. He's working on standing alone but he still gets the hippy, hippy shakes and falls on his bottom.

Yesterday, we hit the dollar bins at the SuperTarget and found some good stuff. I'm not telling what, we may need to go back.