Working Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Well, I completely borked the shawl I was making, so I left it a skinny scarf.  Some things you just can’t save.  I need to finish some of the project I’ve started (dozens of them) but I feel the yen to start something new.  

Must.  Not.  Start.  Something.  New.

What are you making?

54 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, April 4, 2018

  1. I keep forgetting to get Instagram up and running. I’m good with the vocabulistics so I lean toward wordy apps. I’ve had a few food related things that I’ve made but didn’t post because I forgot to take photos! In the great tradition of “the one that got away”, everything looked great and was very tasty. So in previous week’s order, I made a ground peanut and mint chutney, a spicy garlic pickle and tried my hand at cous-cous.

    I’m still in de-hoard mode and it’s so damn hard when it’s the illogical emotions preventing clean up. Sigh. Once more to the good fight.

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  2. Still working on the same things as last week. Two versions of the same sweater and I should get back to sewing flowers together. I didn’t finish the bunny (Abracadabbit on mochimochiland.com) I was doing for Easter, but it’s complicated, so oh well.

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  3. Last week I went to the Christmas Tree Shop and bought a bedraggled wreath that needed some TLC. Coastal theme made with shells and nautical rope. I have a glue gun that I used to tamp down the rope edges and added shells to the missing places. Every time I use a glue gun I relearn not to touch too soon after gluing. I’m also transitioning my home from winter weary to summer coastal. I’ve already washed windows and changed curtains in the dining room from winter ugh to summer floral. It’s going to be a slow process. I see so much that needs to be done that I’m going to read a book and plan where to start next. I don’t know if it just me but when I read I also think about what I should be doing, My brain multitasks!

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  4. Gardening – clean up after the long wet winter with the never ending winter frosts. I think, I hope we had the last freeze.

    Yesterday I mended a pink rabbit eye mask for granddaughter. Best Grammy ever.

    Had to go to Home Depot yesterday – foolishly looked at new flooring and back splash material in the clearance shelves. A fresh crop of reno ideas popped into my head, so…today I will draw out the changes needed to the duplex unit my mother in law lived in and would not let us touch or clean or decorate or reno. Yep, a total gut job now. Oh, the ideas I have. Exciting.

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    1. And, I want to tear down part of a wall and open the whole thing up. Pretty sure it is not a load bearing wall.

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  5. When Working Wednesdays first started, my project was finding a job. I’ve been focusing on updating my resume, and applying to various jobs. Two weeks ago I heard back from a job submission for a county position. And I ended up having 8 interviews. I was perhaps naive, thinking that I’d end up receiving an offer. In the end, I ended up getting a job offer, but it was a very low offer, barely above minimum wage. I also received a second interview for a branch I actually really want to work for. However, I have not heard back since (note: I did the customary follow up and have not heard back). Needless to say, I’m deflated. So, for the next few weeks, I’m going to take a breather, and “make” things I enjoy. I’m going to bake and cook and enjoy myself. Yesterday I made chocolate banana muffins, delicious!

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    1. Hang in there. Job searching is hard on the heart and the self confidence. Once, my sister got called back with an offer over a month after her interview. It was inconvenient… But something will turn up 🙂

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      1. My last job after going on many interviews and sending off many more resumes I was hired, I think in June of that year, but told I was not going to start until September. Well I thought that was a unique way of blowing someone off and continued my search over the summer. Come September the supervisor called and told me to come in the following week to start. What I found out was that the company hired ‘summer jobs for companies families’ or so it seemed. I was there until I retired 21 years later. You are going to succeed and you are going get to the job you want.

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  6. I’m making healthy kittens. Trapped a stray (maybe feral, but I’m in denial about that for now) who’s 5-6 weeks pregnant, brought her to vet, who pronounced her too far along to abort, but is otherwise healthy (combo-tested negative), so it looks like I’m fostering Billie Jean (mom cat) and her four (?) kittens-to-be in my laundry room. I’ll try to get a picture later once she settles down a bit. She was pretty riled up after being trapped last night and then going to the vet this morning, so I’m giving her some alone time.

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    1. You are a good person.
      I’d love to have a cat again, but the three dogs would not be amused. Neither would any cat.

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      1. Oh please post photos of the kittens once they appear and have been cleaned by mom. LOVE kitties!

        Also, Jenny, cats believe (and usually do) dominate a household. So, if it was an only cat, s/he would be quite happy to have 4 beings to order about. 🙂

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  7. I AM MIGHTY!

    I just finished emptying all the drawers in my bureau, and tossing things that don’t fit down the hall for later, and throwing out a pile of tings that were really too awful for words. I am breaking for lunch, and then I go back and only put clothes I like into my drawers.

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  8. My long term house guests, who departed recently, rewarded me with an Instant Pot!(They were the best of guests in all possible ways, even for a die hard introvert, so a final gift in addition to their wonderful participation in all things “household” and simply being great company was just icing on the cake.)

    But it seems now as though I need to read oodles of Instant Pot instructions and warnings, which is definitely WORK. But good WORK usually leads to rewards and I see lots of delicious bean and lentil dishes in my future.

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    1. I just got an Instant Pot about 4 months ago. The best advice I received is if you can cook something regularly in 20 minutes or less, the Instant Pot does not save you any time. Also if you want a crust, that does not happen. That said, it is great for soups, stews and beans. And risotto. It is fabulous for risotto. I’ve also heard it is great for polenta. I haven’t used it as a steamer or a slow cooker because I rarely use those anyway. But my nephew who lives in an apartment with limited facilities used his to make a cheesecake. I have a lot of meals in my freezer now because it is easier to make a full pot and freeze the left over. Today I am going to make a batch of chili. I have a cold and that should help.

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    2. Internet friends of mine use their Instant Pots for everything from meatballs and pot roast to risotto and homemade yogurt. 🙂

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  9. I started a new quilt because I’m demoing a ruler at my guild on the 3rd Thursday of this month. I totally failed in understanding material requirements and spent time trying to find matching or close enough to matching fabrics in my stash on Sunday afternoon. This led to me cleaning – somewhat – my sewing room as I dragged out containers and sought out options.

    Also, on Sunday, I baked Cinnamon Star Bread. I shaped 1 as instructed, which looks more star like, and the other I didn’t pinch the ends together, so I call it Cinnamon Sun Bread. I’ll post to instagram but it is also on my twitter account at https://twitter.com/ksattler/status/980424634108645376 with recipe

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  10. Working on the table gifts and exchange gift and displays for my upcoming Miniatures Gathering….. Theme is A Gathering of the Clans. All things Scottish. So excited, but very behind schedule.

    All my stuff is in Quarter Inch scale. Very tiny.

    http://minisgathering.ca/

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    1. I’ve only been to one clan gathering locally until the site was changed to New Hampshire. What I liked best was when the clans marched in to the tune of the bagpipes. Awesome!

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  11. I did the grocery shopping… And MIL and I cleaned up the house together – she raced around with the vacuumcleaner and I scrubbed the toilet and bathroom and mopped some floors. I also folded most of the clean clothes waiting to be folded and made hamburgers for dinner (self-made burgers are SO much better than the awful stuff you can get in the supermarket). I decide this counts for creativity this time.

    I also wrote a reply comment to the demon cursing-post…but I didn’t post it because shy. So that’s something to work on until next time.

    Now I need to save the leftover hamburgers lest I forget to put them in the fridge. Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

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    1. Post at your own pace but remember, you’re one of us and we don’t attack our own. (We don’t attack anybody. We’re too full of sugar and fat . . .)

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      1. Ah… All right. I think everyone outside this wonderful group needs more sugar in their lives! And fat. And chocolate. And dogs. And cats. And books. And hugs.

        I’ll try to puzzle together the pieces of that comment again and post it, then. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  12. I’ve been working on a quilt – one which I thought would come together rather quickly, but has been bogged down in the realness of life. But this morning I used my time before work to iron 90 8inch squares. The next task is to figure out how to put them together. I could do 10 rows of 9 squares each, or I could turn them on point and see where that takes me. It’s a double friendship star pattern, so I’ll need to try out some layouts before I commit to sewing them together.

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  13. I’ve been having a frustrating time trying to choose images for an ‘exhibition-in-a-frame’ show Marches Independent Photography are doing. I refuse to pay for prints and frame if the result isn’t something I want on my wall (since it won’t sell). And we’re restricted to multiple-window mounts, which I think will look rather anal. I can’t drop out, or rebel at all, since it’s the idea of the founder of the group, who I drive to the meetings. He’s in his late eighties, is putting a lot of work into the show, and would be upset if I pulled out.

    I’ve sorted my backlog of garden photographs (at least a couple of thousand), and have thought of and then been disenchanted with a dozen different themes and layouts – I’ve posted one of the collection of nasturtiums I put together. At the moment I’m thinking of just using four images taken at Powis, if I can find four that work together.

    Of course, if my house purchase ever comes back to life, that’ll probably sort this dilemma – I won’t have time to agonize any more.

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    1. Oh, and I’m reading Jack Kerouac’s ‘Maggie Cassidy’ for the day job, and not liking it as much as others I’ve proof-read of his. Plus it’s against copy, which is always tedious. (Could be worse; there are lots of gems in Kerouac, but he’s irritatingly hard to read.)

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  14. Apparently decluttering ALL THE THINGS was a bit much to start, so this week I’m working on setting a schedule for myself that works. Elephant, one bite at a time, yadda yadda. On the bright side, I did spend a couple of hours in the car three days in a row, and am not ded of pain as I would have been a year ago, or even five. So huzzah for that.

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  15. This weekend I made heat-deflection devices for the upper kitchen cabinets, which are on an un-insulated south-facing wall. Now I have to wait for a hot day to see if my solution really helps. 🙂

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  16. My goodness, I forgot that it is Wednesday. I had a slump, creatively earlier this week, but had a craft morning with a friend today and I think that rebooted me. I posted two pictures, one a finished piece for my fairy tale themed show, and some work in progress.

    I have seriously fallen off of my Etsy listing bandwagon and need to climb back on. Maybe tomorrow… But probably not. Sigh

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  17. I had working weekend, but it’s Wednesday so I posted it anyway 🙂 We (the kids and I) made decorating Easter/Autumn eggs on the Tuesday Easter holiday (five days off school, do the kid really need that extra day? Really? Oh how the real work piles up). We made vegetable die, picked leaves for the patterns, dyed them, blew the eggs out, broke a few, generally had fun. Pix posted.

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  18. I decided to paint the bathroom in the same neutral color as the hallway. It was looking so drab. I’m very tired of living so far away from water. I spent lots of time over the weekend looking at various adorable stone cottages for sale on lakes and rivers and wishing that I could live in one. Then I decided to spruce up the house and try to get it into selling shape just in case. There’s just something about a small stone home by water that calls to me. Judging by the prices, to everyone else also. Heh.

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    1. I used to go to a conference at Fallen Leaf Lake and driving to the conference spot I would pass by the most WONDERFUL old stone cottage. I think it was one of the first homes built at the lake, and all the owners have to do is cross that tiny one-lane road and go down a lovely staircase to their own little dock.

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  19. I am trying to cope with taking the new “healthy” kittens (6 months old and two at 8-9 months old) to the vet 4 times in 2 1/2 weeks. I swear to dog, I’ve got vet PTSD from my previous cats (16 year old brother and sister who I lost to cancer within 8 days of each other, and their mom who I lost less than a year before) to the point where I am actually having nightmares about going to the vet with these ones.

    Mind you, the new guys have a digestive thing either brought on by the roundworms one or more of them came in with, or some bug they are sharing, and they’ll all be fine, but it has been hard to be creative none the less.

    Still, I was *finally* starting to make some progress with the new contemporary romance manuscript after weeks of spinning my wheels…and my agent finally got back to me with revision notes on my previous revisions to a woman’s fiction ms I’d worked on previously. Which is good, but SIGH.

    Tell me again how we are supposed to post pictures of our creative endeavors, if I ever manage to make some jewelry again?

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  20. a bazzilion tiny chocolate tarts for dessert theater tomorrow. I’m whacked. didn’t get the spaghetti for the fundraiser cooked, so I’ll just have to instant pot it tomorrow. Those damn tarts took forever and I got chocolate everywhere. I use Alton Brown’s recipe for mooless chocolate pie. Love it but it makes a huge mess, which I will have to wait until Friday to clean up.

    I hope no one comes over. The extent of my sloth is only too clear at the moment.

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  21. Made the dining room over to Provence, which it was always intended to be. Favorite shop “retiring” after 21 years of providing for all my food indulgence and gift needs. Nabbed two baskets of the cute kind, also huge kind, the placement of which I still conjure — but such the bargain. Dining room now fitted with a tall iron case filled with baskets. So far the bottom baskets carry garden stuff, clippers, gloves, twine, diggers. Upper shelves hold our just-delivered assortment of Rancho Gordo packaged dried beans, including this time two kinds of popcorn; potatoes and bananas; and Mexican limes from the backyard tree. Oh, darling nine-inch tall mouth-blown citron-colored clear glass pear. Oh, oh, two bottles of French Champagne. Et voila, Provence comes to our little house. If I said how much the haul cost, you’d kill me. And, Arghers, I’d die happy.

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  22. We cleaned out the garage. The husband did most of the work, but I put a mighty effort into getting rid of old shoes and “found” laundry and generally tossing Stuff that is No Longer Necessary.

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  23. No crafts lately, but I am learning to make bread!

    About a year ago, friends gave me a large KitchenAid standing mixer because they never used it, and I have since then been practicing intermittently with it–meringues, souffles, pavlova…. And now: Bread!

    I’ve tried bread by hand before, but 10 minutes of kneading felt like punishment, and my results were always bad. The standing mixer has made a big difference, and I’ve gotten pretty competent at the Basic White Bread recipe.

    My attempts to move beyond that have so far been disasters–including an attempt at whole wheat bread where the dough was so sticky, dense, and heavy, it took me 20 minutes to get it out of the mixer and off the kneading hook. Then I was afraid if I dropped that dough on my foot, I’d break bones.

    My long range goal is to get proficient at a variety of bread recipes. It’s a project….

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    1. I’ve had my Kitchen Aid mixer for over forty years (harvest gold) it is the best. Early on made all kinds of breads and rolls and cinnamon buns and all kinds of goodies with it.

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    2. When my brother and brother-in-law were indulging in long distance bread baking competitions, they worked their way through The Complete Book of Breads by Bernard Clayton. Tasting the results was delicious!

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    3. I highly recommend King Arthur Flour’s website for recipes! They also have a baker’s hotline.

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  24. Gardening. I bravely ordered a bunch of plants that would be delivered when it was time in my zone to plant them, and they keep showing up when I have other things I need to do. And then I can’t remember where I meant to put them. So… I’m creatively finding time to plant them and creating a new plan for where.

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  25. Made my way home from taking my Texas nieces to visit their grandparents in Montana. A good trip except for the grand finale, driving 115 miles to the airport through lots of blowing snow. I was grateful we’d rented a Chevy Suburban – and really grateful to hand over the keys to the rental agent.

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