Working Wednesday April 25, 2018

I’m working, I’m working.  Really.  House to clean, pasta to make, two afghans and three shawls to put borders on (borders are like sleeves, the last damn thing), a book to write (clearly now a romance which I’ve forgotten how to write), dogs to bathe. dreary rainy day to glower at (rain is good, though): I have things to DO. 

What are you making?

63 thoughts on “Working Wednesday April 25, 2018

  1. I’ve been working off and on on a scarf, using a lovely variegated wool. It’s my project for travel and TV watching. It’s probably already long enough, but there’s only a little bit of yarn left, so I figure to use it all.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh_ZvbZg_cY/?tagged=workingwednesdaypix

    Also, I’m going to love on my Dad a bit. Since Mom passed two years ago, he’s been living with my sister several hours away, so I don’t get to see him as much as I’d like. He likes working on jigsaw puzzles and came up with an idea for puzzle piece sorting trays (rather than using cookie sheets as he has in the past). Yesterday, I got a set that he made. They’re about the size of a cookie sheet, with an edge to keep pieces from falling off, and lined with a rubberized shelf liner – dark on one side for light colored pieces and light on the other. I love that he made a set for me.

    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh_ls24g-1t/?tagged=workingwednesdaypix

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    1. Two years ago our nephew went to a game/puzzle shop and bought a box of puzzle sorting trays for us. They are stackable and really, really a good idea. Amazon has them. Ours is the Sure-lox. It takes longer to get set up to start your puzzle but is it every handy when you are looking for a blue piece to just get the tray of blue pieces and hold it by your work area. And you can pass the trays around instead of trading places.

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    2. I have a puzzle story, I once put a puzzle together only to find it was missing a piece so I searched around the table area and still could not find the piece, clearly it was the manufacturer’s fault. So I packed it up and returned it to the store. When I told my son who is the brains of the organization, when his father is not home, picked up a corner of the rug and gave it a flip and up popped the puzzle piece. Argh!

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      1. Knitting. It’s all knit stitch, with binding off to create the holes, and then casting back on to finish them. Apparently, you need the 100% wool to keep the holes from being just slits. Once I’m done, and can stretch it out, the holes should be somewhat circular.

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  2. I’m still working on re-socializing Billie Jean, and it didn’t help that I was out of town for three days, so she had to deal with strangers (to her) while I was gone. But she’s a great momcat, and kittens are thriving. There’s a good bit of growling at me, but it seems fairly half-hearted. New pic at Instagram for #workingwednesdaypix

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  3. Jenny, I’ve always wanted to make my own pasta!

    Thanks so much for hosting Reinventing Fabulous all those years…what a comfort it was to wandering female readers like me who sometimes felt lost and needed to hear from other women on their own journeys toward self-acceptance, peace, fulfillment–all that good stuff that makes life rich.

    Kieran xoxo

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  4. Today I mix up some Bob Vila’s cleaning solution and try to get dirt and algae off the tile deck. It is a pain to do every spring but the nice thing about tile is it lasts forever. It gets warm during the day so on those cool spring and early summer evenings, you can sit outside in comfort. And the cats think it is like their summer heat.

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  5. I made a silly little beaded frolic for my bathroom on Sunday, and started prep work for three more plantings in the front yard.

    Meanwhile I have a new story half written in my head and am completely failing at getting any of it out through my fingers via keyboard to a document.

    Blog is also neglected. The truth is I’d just rather be outside, now that I have that option.

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  6. Describe your favourite date? April 25th!! That’s all I got.

    Made a couple of new worksheets for the grade 3s. Onto last legs of the de-hoard; paperwork and general objects. The resistance is strong with this. But the classroom is so much better. New shelves. Everything has a place and there’s a place for it. So when somebody says that their book is missing, it’s unlikely that it got mixed up with resources! Such a good feeling.

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    1. April 25 is ANZAC Day – NZ and Aust’s war remembrance day.

      It’s also, I’ve just googled, World Malaria Day (sigh), International Guide Dogs Day (better) and this year, Administrative Professionals Day. Well, I guess there’s only 365 of them to choose from.

      That reminds me of the birthday paradox. In a room of 23 people, there’s a 50/50 chance two people have the same birthday.

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      1. From grade school to my working life there has always been one person that I’ve shared a birthday with. One time at work I went to a surprise birthday party for a co-worker on her 50th (it was my 60th) and sat right beside her. I behaved myself because the only thing important was the cake.

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  7. I am painting more jeans jackets. This week I have been knocking out my custom orders. Thankfully these have all been fun projects so far.

    I did the Disney Descendants themed one this morning for an eight year old, with glow in the dark paint. And I started a horse, but the border started going sideways, so I didn’t post that photo.

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  8. Fertilized all the roses with Ada Perry mix. She was a local gardening personality – columnist in newspapers and our California Garden magazine and a radio host – who worked for a local nursery. Ms. Perry’s been gone for over thirty years, but the nursery still provides her fertilizing mix, all the usual plus humus. They’ve had to change the mix just a bit, substituting like ingredients, because of the law. Yep, they did things differently back in the day.
    Did an inventory of the eighteen new roses for computer data input.
    Started research for a new California Garden article.

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  9. I’ve been working on staying sane: I’m going through with my house purchase – I hope – even with the extra risk that the vendor’s complete refusal to alter one word of her confusing contract entails. My solicitor thinks it’ll probably be fine in practice – as long as all the houses are sold, so we aren’t under her control; and none of the other buyers enjoys getting into arguments with their neighbours. Fingers crossed. I’ve transferred the deposit to me solicitor, but we’re still waiting on the vendor for a contract to sign and a few other things.

    I haven’t seen anything else I really like since I offered for this one, and I’ve been looking two years now, so I really have to go for it.

    Also took a couple of photography days in the heatwave (https://www.instagram.com/p/BiAQ5n4HxUA/?taken-by=janebirdsellphotography), read hours and hours of legal documents, and kept up as best I could with the day job: I’m now learning about Henry I. I don’t think we’d’ve got on.

    Oh, and discovered I’ve now regained two of the four stones I lost 2012-14. So I went and bought myself a size bigger jeans yesterday. I want to feel better in my body, but I’m not going to do anything about it till I’ve moved.

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    1. I can’t wait to see pictures of your new house when all the anxiety has subsided, JaneB. I’ve put on weight myself, and have no idea how it happened, but one solution is elastic waist jeans, there the bomb.

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    1. I shouldn’t be flip. At a recent conference, I gave in to a whim and bought a set of archetype cards, which illustrate “universal patterns of behavior.” Last night, for the heck of it, I stated my intent and pulled a card…and out came The Martyr.

      Thinking about it, I do indeed sacrifice my time on the altar of Work, because clearly that’s more valuable than Fun. Or maybe I’m scared of Fun.

      Anyhow, I’m thinking anew about how I use time.

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  10. Think I missed a step about the new book–romance? Thought it had mystery side, too.

    Can relate to the feeling of “forgetting” how to write, though (whichever genre). Feel that way every time I start a new story:)

    Good luck with finding your way back in to your story. Whether it turns our more mystery or romance, seemed fun so far.

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  11. Making progress in our San Francisco show and headed home Thursday. Hope to finish the baby blanket this weekend and (much more challenging) take a picture for next Wednesday.

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  12. Worked and made a website for work.

    I’ve been painting walls in my house. I want to sell it. And have a smaller place, with less to clean.

    And I had a resin painting disaster. The tape I had on the edges have way and whoosh! Resin everywhere. Painting ruined. Oh well. Eggs. Omelettes. Etc.

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  13. I’m making my car cleaner. We are going to sell it and I’m cleaning it in anticipation of taking it to the consignment place on Friday. My next car I’m keeping for at least 10 years if I love it (this one is 7). When it comes time to trade that one in, I’m paying somebody to clean it!

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    1. Cars last a lot longer than you would expect as long as you do the routine maintenance.

      In 1993 I bought an Infiniti G20 with a manual transmission. It had reached the point where I had to spend about $1000 maintenance to pass DEQ but it was my car. Originally it was our car but when my husband retired he bought a new car which I did not want to drive in case I dinged it. The Infiniti had a few issues, mostly my husband bitching that he did not think it was safe for me to drive anymore. Then one day he smelled gas and refused to let me drive it anymore. We donated it to the Humane Society in December just in time to get a tax write-off. And the guy picking it up said he thought probably it just needed a new gasket on the gas tank. I drove that car for 24 years. I suspect I am going to regret letting it go so soon.

      But we got a $750 tax write off and I drive my husband’s car, now 10 years old. Since he mostly uses his bike for short errands, that is almost the only regular driving it gets. It also only has 45,000 miles on it (Garage Queen).

      We have never kept a car for less than 10 years. Even my ’65 Morgan, which should be drivable again this summer, we have had for almost 40 years. And up until we sold it to his cousin, we had my husband’s first car for 44 years- a 1930 Ford pick-up that his grandfather bought new. It’s an almost 90 year old car and has only had three owners, all in the same family. (His brother has his grandfather’s Packard which was bought new in 1936 – so only two owners – all in the same family).

      And it was not my idea to get rid of the Ford. My husband said he could only work on one car, either the Morgan or the Ford, and the Morgan was more fun to drive – Bizarre, but fun. Of course, we get hit and it is going to be kindling all over the freeway. Unlike most modern cars it has a wood chasse. It is the only time we bought a car that we had to check for dry rot.

      And we can go to Morgan club meetings and rub shoulders with people who have 2017 Plus 8 Morgans and pretend we are in the same price league (a new Toyota would cost you significantly more money that my Morgan. A new Plus Eight Morgan is an entire other social strata and they are discontinuing that model this year). There are people in the club who ship their cars to overseas car rallys, which is basically the category of “too much money, less brains”

      Good thing everyone has moved on to the next topic because car people are only marginally more sane than gardeners. Oh, and writers.

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      1. Opps, wooden body framing – not chassis. The chassis is steel. I said car people are picky.

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      2. I drive a 2006 Prius named Agnes (Prius. Agnes Prius.) I intend to be buried in it. I think it has 90,000 miles on it. The GPS no longer works, but I can do that on my phone. Genius car.

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        1. I just got a brand new Toyota Yaris which I hope I can keep for as long as possible, maybe 30 years. All these computer bits should make the inner workings upgradable, right?!

          I’m not even concerned about the mechanical bits. I had a 26 year old Toyota Corolla and it was in good working order and pretty much had to be pried out of my living hands because the family figured it was unsafe for all the night driving I was doing. I got Hyundai, which was nice but didn’t last long enough. So here I am. With all the glues and solvents of new car smell. 🙄

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      3. The process of buying a car is so unpleasant (besides having to come up with the money), that I’m hoping to hang on to my Honda Jazz (now twelve and a half, but only about 44,000 miles) for much longer than my previous car, which was fourteen and a half before it started getting expensive to maintain. The trouble now is, of course, that they’ve all got computers inside, so are much more complicated to keep going.

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    2. I always say I’m going to drive my cars into the dirt. I’ve only owned four. My current – a 1999 Integra – has over 200K miles and still runs like a champ. After owning it for 12 years, I ponied up for a new paint job – keeping the original color but taking care of the worn spots. It was well worth it. Hopefully, I’ll be driving this to 300K – or another 10 years, whatever comes first.

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  14. I’m working on taming kittens. It is not going particularly well 🙂

    Also working on the current novel (a romcom, ala some author we know well) and my agent approved of the revised revisions (le sigh) of the women’s fiction book so that’s back out on submission. Pray for me.

    In other news, I washed and changed the sheets. Alas, I didn’t take pictures.

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    1. Whoever said cats, let alone kittens, could be tamed? You may be able to teach them to use a litter box, but in the end our cats train us, not the other way around.

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  15. I am writing a report to Council which will improve some things if it gets approved. I am also putting together the finishing touches on a walking tour I am to lead tomorrow.
    …. And just for myself I am plotting out some necessary gardening planning and seeding over the next few days.

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  16. I planted a few pots of herbs, and got them outdoors in time for yesterday’s rain! Yay, me! A pot each of basil, sage and Italian parsley, and two pots of lemon thyme, because I just love the look and smell of it. I never do anything with lemon thyme, but just growing it makes me happy (-:.

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    1. “I never do anything with lemon thyme.” I hope you run your fingers through to release the oils and then *sniff, sniff, sniff*. Then repeat that action with the other herbs.

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      1. LOL, that’s all I do with it. Pet, pet, pet. Mmmmm! I understand lemon thyme is good in chicken and some other dishes, but I rarely do that.

        But petting the thyme is probably enough, eh?

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        1. I never use those scented body spritzers, but I just got a lemon set from Philosophy and the spritzer is wonderful. Lemon is just a great smell.

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          1. I love lemon scent. I’ve got the lemon thyme, three lemon verbena in pots overwintering in my south window, and two lemon trees in pots (poor babies).

            I’ve read that one can make lemon body spray with homegrown herbs and vodka, but for me, it always winds up smelling like vodka. Like a cheerful lemon-scented, vodka activated lush, but still, not my thing.

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    1. I went freaking nuts with the seeds this year. I’m always such an optimist, and I never really have time and energy. I do want to do Three Sisters, modified (colored popcorn, snap peas, and Baby Boo white mini-pumpkins) this year. I could surely do four stands of that, couldn’t I? (trying to shame myself into effort) But after the ground dries out a bit. We really did get a lot of rain yesterday.

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  17. I made up a new project for my 10th graders to work on Friday while I’m playing hooky to go to a doctor’s appointment and hang out with the toddler while Dada is out of town for a wedding (I’m too pregnant to fly). I also worked on the zillion other things teachers have to do and then completely failed to do any chores, housework, or grading once I got home.

    But tomorrow is another day, right??

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  18. Sunday I made sticky buns/rolls for the production team at church as I was volunteering. I confess to eating 3 small ones.

    https://instagram.com/p/BiBHweyFYDI/ – 2 photos

    This week my hubby and I made me (and him) a new ironing board. It is 2 ft x 6 ft. It’s mostly for me as I do a lot of ironing when quilting.

    https://instagram.com/p/BiBHbG6Fzkp/ – 3 photos

    I’m also working hard doing emotional labor at work as we’re still in chaos over the IT takeover/centralization. Fortunately, sort of, there has been no new communication or developments, so we are able to do a little bit of work. For me, that should have been working on my self eval, but instead has been on more immediate work and committee work. That stupid eval though needs to get done.

    This weekend is a quilting retreat, so hopefully pictures of quilts next Wednesday.

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  19. Nothing. I mean, I worked all day at admin stuff. Nothing creative.
    But this evening I sat down and ordered an early birthday present for a friend who is having a rough time—lots of deer resistant perennials. I hope it cheers her up. She is a homemaker in the sense of emotionally needs to make a home (she also is the sole breadearner) and the deer are eating her garden.

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      1. Lavender. Also lilies of the valley, bearded iris and bleeding heart. She needed a mix of shade and sun and a mix of spring and summer. I liked the lavender and iris because you have greenery all year round…
        I have to admit I’m not a daisy fan. I think they look too much like stick drawings or something—as if they were created so people had something to doodle.

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        1. Daisies are my favorite flower. They’re so simple and cheerful, they bloom forever, and they come in a thousand varieties. I just ordered three different kinds for my side garden. Cutting garden!

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    1. Daffodils and narcissi are good.

      Maybe monkshood – beautiful flowers but the plant is poisonous or at least the root is.

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        1. I’m trying new ones this year including phlox and Siberian iris. She’ll get s new batch next year of the proven winners

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  20. I finished the copy edit for my new kids’ novel and emailed it to my publisher. Not at all sure that it’s completely done, but I’m going to New Zealand for a couple of weeks next week, and won’t be able to get any proper distance from it before then.

    I also prepped a workshop, because NZ is a holiday, but I’m chucking in several school visits while I’m there.

    And then I took out the last of the sweetcorn, and wondered why I’d planted so much, because even though I ate it for every possible meal, I still didn’t get through it all.

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  21. Late to the party. I’ve been making memories. Took our kids (8 and 10) to their first stadium gig, The Killers. Awesome. They (and we) loved it – on their feet the whole time, fell asleep in the car on the way home. Feeling like a cool mum. I made a pic collage, #workingwednesdaypix

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  22. I have defeated the yellow mustard walls and ceiling of a child’s bedroom, now a guest room. No more glowing yellow horror. Simple White and Edgecomb Gray to the rescue. Five days of painting. DONE!!!

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