Working Wednesday: March 14, 2018





By now you’ve probably read that ReFab is shutting down because Krissie and I are swamped.  But I’ve moving Happiness Sundays and Working Wednesdays over here so all is not lost.  Actually, nothing is lost; ReFab is still over there to read the old posts, we’re just not posting there any more after Krissie’s good-bye on Sunday.

For those of you new to Working Wednesday,, the plan is to talk about something we’ve made on Wednesdays, and if we want pix with that, we post on Instagram using the hashtag #WorkingWednesdayPix.  “Made” includes fiber crafts, painting and drawing, collage, baking, cooking, writing, gardens, fires, messes, and trouble.  Pictures are not necessary, so don’t stress about Instagram.

Note: If you don’t like posting to Instagram from your phone or tablet and want to post from your Mac computer, I recommend Uplet, an app that gives you a window on your laptop to drag pictures into with a space for text.  It may not be a great plan, but at least I made a plan.  

Look, I made something.  I should post this on Instagram at #WorkingWednesdayPix.

 

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30 thoughts on “Working Wednesday: March 14, 2018

  1. I am going to add something to the cooking portion of working Wednesdays. Yesterday due to losing power, again, during a blizzard, we prepared dinner in one pan over a flat surface of the wood stove. Peel potatoes, cut in half or leave whole, peel carrots and cut in pieces, add sliced celery, put in a pan add water and season as you like. Cover and put on the stove, test for doneness. About 10 minutes before serving add Kielbasa or smoked sausage and let it cook through. It’s a variation of corned beef and cabbage, but it worked well enough for me in my working years.

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    1. I cooked something like that early in the day, prepping for possible power loss, but we didn’t actually lose power. But it was tasty.
      I spend the blizzard day painting my kitchen cabinets white to match the walls, and brighten up to the room. I will probably have to sell, so I’m sprucing it up. Although I could have done it years ago and enjoyed it then, why do we wait and wait?

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      1. Painting my kitchen cabinets white is on the to do list for summer. I hope to remodel the kitchen next year & want to see if I like white cabinets.

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  2. I’m brain-dead. I spent yesterday going through the legal stuff on my house purchase. It’s been drafted really badly, which made this really hard work. It took me all of yesterday and half this morning. My solicitor’s requested lots of changes. It they won’t cooperate, I’ll have to decide whether to risk going ahead on a confusing legal basis.

    I’ve also finished my edit. Got a couple of days more on the proofs. Cancelled the visit to a friend – I’m too tired. Think I’m going to have a hot bath and read ‘Welcome to Temptation’, in the hope of reviving some brain cells.

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    1. Jane, that is such a bummer. It sounds as though either they are having second thoughts or they are really bad businessmen.

      One thought which given your state of exhaustion is probably not practical, is for you to start looking again. The benefit is that if the sellers are serious about selling to you and you make it clear to them you are starting to look at other properties, they may become motivated to close the deal. The down side is that if they want you to go away, they are going to become even more difficult to deal with and drag their feet more.

      But if they are trying to make it difficult for you to buy, you may be looking again anyway. This is the time of the year here where new offerings are put on the market but buyers are not really motivated to look yet (the weather is lousy, the kids are still in the middle of the school year). And you are almost the perfect buyer: you don’t need a mortgage. And since it has been several months since you last looked maybe there is something out there that you would like as well as this place.

      Of course, I am living vicariously through you. I remember once you mentioned meeting friends is Oswestry so I have been scanning detached and semi-detached houses in that area. If that is at all close to where you are looking, it is really pretty country.

      I will be following you closely. I hope this works out for you.

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      1. Thanks, Jessie. Yes, I’m in Oswestry, and the bungalow I’m trying to buy is in Morda, immediately to the south. The builders have got ten to sell. One buyer has already exchanged contracts: either they’re desperate to move, regardless, or their solicitor is as hopeless as the one the builders are using. The fact that one sale is going through may limit the changes they’re willing to make for the rest of us; but there are issues that would probably be in the way if any buyer needs a mortgage.

        I’m still receiving notice of anything in my price range: I just haven’t been going to look at any of them. There’s been nothing tempting. I think the builders are just rather useless on the admin side – and being cheapskate. Anyway, there’s no point in fretting until we hear back from their solicitor.

        I keep reminding myself that if it does fall through, I daresay I’ll find an even better place – but it did take 18 months to find this one, and I really need to have a garden soon.

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        1. Good luck, just try not to get pressured into anything, how they behave trying to sell you the house, does not bode well for aftercare customer service.

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          1. They intend to sell all the plots: so no aftercare. But they’re obliged to supply a guarantee, and this looks inadequate. Plus they’ve set up a ridiculously complex management company, to consist of all ten owners, to maintain the drive. (Provisions to appoint a stockbroker to make investments, requirement for the company accounts to be audited, etc.)

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        2. Can you sign up for a community garden plot? They may call them something else in England. You rent a plot of ground, usually with a water supply on it and it is yours as long as you pay your fees. It would be a way to start stockpiling plants and growing a few vegetables. Many years ago I wanted to hybridize daylilies and I needed to be able to line out a couple of hundred in full sun. So for years I had a garden plot and I was also able to grow some veggies which do not do well in my yard because of poor soil and only about 6 hours of sunlight.

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          1. Allotments. They’re great: I had one when I lived in Shrewsbury. But there’s a long waiting list – and, of course, I’ve been expecting to move in a few months for the past two years. Didn’t imagine it would take so long.

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        3. Good luck, Jane. Hubby & I have been watching the UK TV show Escape to the Country, and have been seeing some lovely parts of the country. Wasn’t familiar with yours, though, so looked up a few houses for sale online. Very pretty area. Can see why you settled there. Hope you get your garden soon:)

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  3. I spent Sunday cleaning and organizing my library/craft room. I went through all the paperwork and chucked a bunch, got some pictures organized and did a general tidy up. I posted a picture on Instagram of the mess Fred made while I was at my aqua fit class. It was a good mess. I also discovered that the photo scanning service at Staples is very reasonably priced so another project will be going through old photos and finding the important ones.

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  4. I made a super brown bread (basically a soda bread) recipe from the Washington Post. It was quick, easy, cheap, and was delicious with everything from butter to dips to peanut butter to olive oil and zatar. It is also virtually gluten free – might need gluten free oats to reach total gluten free. It’s not vegan, though vegan versions might exist.

    This quick bread rescued me from a “ack, no crackers in the house!” moment an hour before guests were to arrive.

    It’s called Jane O’Halloran’s Brown Bread. Read the accompanying article by Luke Pyenson for tips on what not to do (Greek yogurt not a good substitute for regular yogurt) and what to do (parchment paper helps since it’s a very sticky dough).

    Link added by Jenny:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2018/03/09/the-simplest-way-to-make-the-irish-brown-bread-of-your-dreams/?utm_term=.cffa1a69182c

    Someone with more old-iPad dexterity than I have may be able to add the links.

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  5. Before I can start scanning family photos, I realized I still have a few boxes from The Great Cleanout of my late parents’ home – 50+ years of stuff from two packrats who raised 10 kids. I continue to be amazed at what I find.

    Like, what do I do with an envelope containing locks of my baby hair?

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    1. I found a bundle of telegrams and cards celebrating my birth – as well as baby hair. All the family history stuff is in storage: I couldn’t cope with sorting it all before selling Mum’s house. I did give my brother everything relating to him – but although there was rejoicing over the arrival of a boy, it’s obvious my mother didn’t have time (with two of us to look after) to fill baby books, etc, for him as she did for me.

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      1. I’m the oldest of four kids, and the other three were born in quick succession after a big gap of me being an only child for seven years. I was also the first and only grandchild on both sides of the family. So there are billions of baby pictures of me, and only about three of my youngest brother. When he came along, there were three kids in the family under four years old (and I was ten, so not really old enough for babysitting). I don’t know how my mother did it. And it’s probably why I never wanted kids, because I did do a lot of babysitting later on.

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        1. I’m the oldest of the 10, and once I had my own kids, I understood why Mom took a nap every afternoon and had a drink before dinner every night.

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      2. I still have the telegram sent to my father while he was on board his ship in the Atlantic 73 years ago also a bureau scarf my mother embroidered with blue and pink embroidery thread, (I only take it out at Christmas) no ultrasounds then. Makes me laugh when I hear that they used a threaded needle and positioned it over the pregnant belly to see if it went straight back and forth for a boy or went in a circle for a girl.

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  6. I did a deep decluttering/cleaning of our master bedroom. I should take a picture of my week’s work wardrobe all lined out, which has thus far been a thing of beauty and made my mornings much easier than stumbling about and praying for something clean.

    I also discovered 2 unopened packages of the wrong kind of Spanx, which I bought on sale at Nordstrom last summer. I despaired for a short time, but since it’s Nordstrom, and still unopened AND the receipt was still with them, AND Nordstrom has moved to the mall right across the street from my office, it’s going to be easy peasy to take them back for a refund. Found money. Now that’s making something. 🙂

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  7. I am making a lot of goals this week. I didn’t get into an art show that I usually do for this Spring, which is a bummer. To try to make up for the expected income, I am determined to make my Etsy shop profitable. With that in mind, today was a product photography and listing day, followed by what I hope will bloom into an intense clean. There is a shop owner who I follow on Instagram who always has the most beautiful and interesting product photos. Then one day she posted an in progress picture of new stock, and I realized that she doesn’t have a set, it’s just her home. So that is a major goal for me… at least one room that is photo ready so that I never have to fuss with setting up a scene for a product shoot (this will probably never come to pass)…

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  8. I made my kids’ school lunches, which in itself is not unusual as I have lazy-arse spoiled kids (not really). But in honour of Working Wednesdays (ignoring that it’s Thursday here), I put some creative effort into it. They’ll wonder what has possessed me when they open them. Mum’s finally lost it.

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  9. I’m charging the camera batteries so I can take pictures of what I’ve worked on. Quilting stuff mostly. And paths through 18 inches of snow.

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  10. I am one square away from finishing my knitted patchwork throw, of course it’s the hardest pattern to do and I have to sew up it all up and crochet the border, but I have been working on it for 2 years, I am so close…

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  11. I finished the revisions on a partial manuscript that had been lovingly rejected by every editor with three willing to take another look post-revisions. Honestly, as of Friday night, I thought it was impossible. Thanks to a great critique partner (and a second look) I managed to send my agent the revised ms. We’ll see what she thinks.

    Also, I took three teen kittens to the vet. I don’t think that’s creating anything, but do I get points for surviving?

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  12. I keep starting new things, which is dumb. Attention span of a gnat.

    There was an afghan pattern (Dutch Rose) that had really different motifs, so I figured I’d try one and decide it was too much work. It’s a lot of work but they’re beautiful, so I’m probably going to mosey through those, doing one every now and then because they’re intricate.

    I found a mega=skein of Wolle’s cotton and started a really simple, textured shawl called Amorous. That’s one of those things that I can pick up and put down and I like the texture a lot.

    And then there are the ten thousand unfinished projects clogging my living room. I’ll get pictures of the Dutch Rose motif and the shawl later. It’s freezing here, so I’m in bed under three blankets with three dogs snuggled under there with me and the electric mattress pad going. It’s March, winter, knock it off.

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      1. I set my expectations for winter at miserable. It will end in May. There may be snow in April. Why I live here in MI, I don’t know. Oh yeah, very few snakes since they dislike the cold as much as I do.

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        1. We have snakes and bears in NJ, but could be worse, we could be Australia. Which also has koalas and kangaroos, but I’ve heard they can be buggers, too. Plus the drop bears.

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  13. It’s an odd one, but I’m working on my health. I hauled my butt to the allergist after suffering through a week of worsening asthma, only to find I had a cold that settled into my lungs. Multiple daily nebula res, antibiotics and prednisone, the devils own med. It’s like a full time job up in here.
    It is working, and I’m grateful – I was down for 2 months last year.But frustrated too.

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  14. I made dinner. I realize that’s not a big deal in general, but I’ve been working till 8 pm more or less since my boss left two months ago, and coming home and eating snacks, takeout, or leftovers. I can’t remember the last time I cooked something from scratch on a work night, and it was really nice. Of course now I have to get up and put the leftovers in the fridge. Something I’m going to do any moment now…

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