Working Wednesday, May 2, 2018

It’s spring, definitely, I’m almost positive, so I ordered honeysuckle and daisies for my garden.  Now I have to make good beds for them when arrive.  Also Krissie is coming to visit in a couple of weeks, so I have to make a good bed for her, too.  Also Krissie’s birthday is today, so there will be cake or at least brownies which I will freeze until she gets here.

What are you working on?

71 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, May 2, 2018

  1. On Monday when I returned the Penguin proofs, I decided to take May off work – to try and get my energy back, and because I was expecting to move later in the month. I started my break with a walk on top of the hills, and halfway round the estate agent handling my house purchase rang to tell me that the vendor’s decided she doesn’t want to sell to me after all. This despite the fact I’d agreed to roll over and accept the mess of a contract, and had paid the deposit into my solicitor’s account, ready to exchange any day.

    It’s supposed to be because she’s taken agin me and my solicitor for raising queries; but I think is more based on the fact she’s now got a waiting list of people interested in the bungalows, and must be confident she can get more money out of them. I’ve been gazumped. And am thousands of pounds out of pocket.

    This is the problem with the English system of buying and selling property.

    I’ve arranged to go down south next week, and stay with various friends and relations over the next fortnight. Which I hope will get me fit to start looking for somewhere else to buy. First I need to start sleeping properly – was awake all night and am feeling out of it today.

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    1. Ugh! I’m so sorry to hear this. I have nothing constructive to say, but I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends.

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    2. But if the vendor has begged off the purchase why can’t you get your deposit back? Can you sue?

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      1. I’ll get the deposit back: that only went as far as my solicitor. But I’ll have to pay for all the hours she spent trying to sort out the legal side; plus the extra months’ rent and storage I’ve had to find because of their three-month delay and now withdrawal; plus lost earnings – I haven’t been able to do better-paid editing jobs because they take a while and I’ve been expecting to move any time.

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    3. How can she do that? Can you recover the money from her?
      Jane, I’m so sorry.
      One small comfort: the woman’s such a nightmare that the bungalows will probably all fall down.

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      1. Thanks, Jenny. No: there’s no legal commitment on either side until contracts have been exchanged – which is what I’ve been trying to make happen since November. Obviously, if you’re ethical you wouldn’t withdraw like this; but a similar thing happened when I was selling Mum’s house, and it turned out the buyers were house shopaholics who’d had offers accepted on several other houses. They saw something they fancied more and reneged on the deal with us, again involving us in extra legal costs.

        Yes, and if they all fall down the owners will have few comebacks, judging by the contract. Here’s hoping I find a (sound) quirky Victorian terrace with no maintenance shared with any neighbours.

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    4. I’d heard that conveyancing in the UK was a nightmare, but never knew any details. So sorry this happened.

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    5. Adding to the good vibes coming your way. Enjoy your trip – my mom used to say “A change is as good as a rest.” Then again, it’s nice to get a good rest for a change.

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    6. Time brings perspective, and a bit down the road you’ll see how well out of it you are. Of course, when our agent passed along that advice to me when we were in a similar position I wanted to rear back and deliver a kick to her knee (uh, kneejerk reaction and I didn’t follow through.) She was right, though, and we found a better property.

      Making inroads into a bottle of wine helps (only works the once).

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    7. Good grief. And I thought it was difficult to buy a house here in the US. I’m so sorry. Hopefully you will end up with a perfect house eventually and be grateful this one fell through. (Clearly, that day is not today.)

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    8. How infuriating.

      So sorry to hear that Jane.

      Here’s hoping that you find the perfect house in a very short space of time.

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    9. Feeling awful for you & hope that the time with friends will be just what you need plus that you’ll find the perfect home without funky contracts!

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  2. I didn’t work on much. I took two days off, and two college friends, whom I haven’t seen together in probably six years, came for a four day weekend visit. We talked, laughed, swam, ate, walked, shopped. Then did it all over again. Had a very happy time.

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  3. I’m finishing up the drafts for a band’s website text. Then applying for jobs. Then…the work day will probably be over, so I’ll do committee reading and watch a little iZombie.

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  4. Looking for care and company for my old dad – 92, and physically robust, but unstuck in space and time, and with an attention span of roughly a minute. It is an impossible thing to quantify, more like child rearing than anything else.

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    1. That’s my mother, but she’s in a nursing home (my brother visits her almost daily, the man’s a saint). I can’t imagine trying to do that on my own.

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      1. yep – we’ve got him temporarily in assisted living, which he calls jail (although he does agree it is pretty nice for a jail) and I visit daily. My beloved brother says I’m a saint, but he won my mother in the parental care lottery, so he’s facing his own challenges sooner or later.

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        1. My brother and I have never been close, but we’ve always both liked and loved each other, and this has made me appreciate him even more. He’s just a good, good man.

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    2. My little daddy is the same way, Lee. I feel for you. It is taking its toll on my mom, but she won’t accept help. He’s like a 3 year old and follows her from room to room, even the restroom. AND he always has the dog with him. But the good news is he’s madly in love with my mom and is always hugging and kissing her, telling her he loves her every day. That’s some that never happened in the 67 years they’ve been married. Mom says she doesn’t know how to handle it…lol. Happy thoughts for you.

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  5. I may be stuck in moderation hell (or some other glitch — recent posts haven’t shown up), but if not, I actually did some quilting in addition to dealing with kittens. So two pix at Instagram this week, one for kittens and one for quilting. Although the quilting is mostly just bits and pieces so far, with a jar of all the red and white trimmings to show how much I’ve done.

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    1. You weren’t in moderation, you were in spam. I have no idea why, but you were hanging out with some fairly skeevy characters in there. I got you out, but let me know if it happens again.

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      1. Thanks. I hadn’t said anything earthshattering, so I wasn’t worried about it. Not sure about the hanging out with skeevy characters though.

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    2. I’ve been squeezing over the kitten posts and videos! They are so CUTE!!!

      I was also wondering about the hourglass blocks. What pattern are you making or are you making your own? Also, due to the jar of trimmings I was curious if you were using the “Tucker Trimmer” to trim them down and her method to make the blocks.

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  6. I bumped into a minor creativity flow last weekend. I worked a tiny bit with the papier-maché cow, but I still can’t decide on the eyes so I didn’t finish it. I also started on a savings cat with black coat, gold-tipped ears, nose, stripes on tail and white chest, paws and chin, but had to stop due to ranning out of black foam clay (I have more SOMEQHERE, I just don’t know where…). Siince I couldn’t work further on the cat, I remade a savings-dog from pink and white silk clay decorations to bubbly foam clay white with pink and blue ears and pink and blue glittery hearts here and there on its body. I was actually planning on making one more cat, but it turned out I’m out of cats (Note to self: Buy more savings-cats). Since none of it is 100 % done yet I have no photos…but I’ll ask someone sighted to make some nice pictures soon so I can show you what I’ve been babbling about. (That counts for the savings-rabbit as well.)

    Fiancé said I should try to sell off some of my savings-animals and other creations soon, lest we’d run out of storage space (I don’t want to keep them, I just enjoy making them), but I don’t know. It’s not that I don’t WANT to sell them, I just doubt anyone would like to buy them. So we’ll see about that.

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      1. Yes. It just doesn’t feel right to call them piggybanks when they are not pigs. I have cats and dogs and foxes and a rabbit and a cow (an angel-cow, with halo, wings and all), and a hedgehog somewhere that I still need to harass with clay, but no pigs.

        I should definitely get some pigs. And more cats.

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      1. I’ll grab someone asap and convince them to make pictures of everything photographable I have made so far. Technically I CAN make photos and sometimes they turn out good, but to show things from their best side I’d better ask someone sighted to do it. I will try!

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  7. I am sorting through 30 PowerPoints on municipal water equipment to produce the definitive story of what this company does.

    It’s more fun than it sounds.

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  8. I finished my third baby blanket, took a picture (even got one without a cat in the middle), AND researched yet again how to upload a picture to instagram from a PC. Now if I tagged it correctly, it will be part of #workingwednesdaypix Now resting comfortably on my laurels.

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  9. I have been painting cacti this week. On jackets and lately tote bags. I tagged one for Wednesday. They are fun to do 🙂

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  10. This week I am working on more garden projects. 🙂 Last night I acquired three four-foot-tall staked bougainvillea vines which will be potted up in containers and fastened to trellises on my south-facing, in-the-sun-all-day-and-consequently-always-hot kitchen wall.

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  11. Big project this week is getting the IRS in hand, more important project today is making what will likely be the last batch of homemade dog food ever for Angus, as he’s getting more and more tottery and we want him to go out on a high note (scarfing french fries on his favorite blanket, not injured and emergent). The Winter of Death is hanging on this year.

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  12. Trying to get out of my comfort zone.

    Cracked open my borrowed 30 minute knits book

    Took me 3 goes just to figure out knitting wrapped stitches isn’t supposed to leave a gaping hole in the middle of knitting. Lucky these projects are tiny and I am learning more about knitting

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  13. Have had moderate success with making lavender wands. I’m thinking spring or early summer would be a better time for stalk suppleness, will reattempt then with the ribbon weaving (that stuff is tricky).

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    1. Oooh, I want pictures of that. I’ve tried multiple times to grow lavender here in my zone 4-ish upstate NY garden, but it rarely overwinters. This summer I’m going to try planting some closer to the house.

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      1. Not even English lavender? It’ll like really good drainage. But of course you get much harder winters than us. Perhaps try in terracotta pots, if you’ve got a greenhouse it could overwinter in.

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      2. I tagged the wand on instagram, it should show up. I’m sure I can do better in future, but am seriously chuffed to have one made at all!

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  14. I’m working on an oracle deck for Llewellyn, sort of a companion piece to my Everyday Witch Tarot deck (doing the book, not the illustrations…nobody wants stick-figures on their cards). And hoping to pull out the jewelry supplies this weekend, although I have Doubts about making jewelry with the new kittens in the house. The ways that can go wrong boggle the mind.

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  15. Today I handed in my resignation at the day job, effective June 30. So I’ve given them plenty of time, but knowing the SU they will drag their feet and the poor deluded soul they hire will get no training. That place has turned into a nightmare. My doctor practically begged me to leave when I saw her yesterday. I’m having disturbing stress symptoms. (I thought I was having a heart attack or something.)

    Ghostwriting here we come. Let’s hope I can stay on top of it and not end up losing my electricity or phone. Or both.

    If only I wasn’t so distractable.

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    1. Congratulations! And good luck! I also want to quit my job as it is horribly stressful right now. I feel I need to stay to help the people who were, kinda still are, reporting to me, until the transition to centralize is over. At which point, I expect to be changing what I do and maybe where I do it.

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  16. Last weekend I was at a quilt retreat. I got very little done since I “dashed” in to work for part of it and helped a bit with the running of it since my friend who organized it was there, but recovering from hepatitis A and liver failure. But I did make a few blocks and I took a stab at appliqué. I learned a lot about appliqué in large part by doing it wrong 😝. Regardless, I’m okay with the results and posted a photo on Instagram. The stripe behind it will be cut to go between the gold semi-circles.

    https://instagram.com/p/BiS5IQnFAYe/

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  17. I submitted a first chapter and synopsis to the Harlequin Dare blitz. Which they rejected, but with feedback that invited me to revise the same story, complete it, and resubmit. I’ve never submitted anything anywhere before (even in this safe space, owning up to this is scary), so I’m taking this as a win.

    For my working Wednesday pic, it’s combating sexism one student assignment at a time… #workingwednesdaypix

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    1. Oh, that’s a great response, especially for a first submission. I got nothing but rejections Xeroxed crookedly on the page for a year.

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