Working Wednesday, June 6, 2018


It is now definitely summer which means I now definitely have to get my plants in, some of which are transplanted wildflowers that are growing in the old driveway that I use as backup parking.  I’m torn between tick-preventative tear-out-all-the-wildflowers-and-grasses and bird-and-bee encouraging leave-everything-grow.  I think it’s going to be leave them for the birds and the bees and do perimeter mulching.  Decisions.

What are you making this week?

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78 thoughts on “Working Wednesday, June 6, 2018

      1. Nah, it’s just an appliqué. I would probably feel like a kangaroo with a pocket right under my heaving bosom ;o) – and I wouldn’t dare to put anything in there anyway!

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  1. Starting to find homes for five kittens. Pix at Instagram. Managed to weigh them yesterday to confirm that they’re growing nicely. More than nicely, actually. They’re either at or approaching two pounds already, at seven weeks. Vaccines next week. Also did a little quilting. And a good amount of writing. On track (if I didn’t just jinx myself) for a July 1 deadline.

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      1. They’ll be too young for that. Some places will neuter kittens before adoption for fear of it not being done later, but it isn’t good for them. Better to find responsible owners you can check in with later. One shelter I used took a deposit which you got back a few months later when you brought in proof that you’d gotten the kittens neutered.

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    1. Just don’t give them all away on the same day. I made that mistake and they hadn’t been fully weaned. I felt so bad for the mom who’s belly got rock hard. It had to be painful. Plus we could tell she missed them.

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  2. I need to be working on writing, because my crit group meets next week and I was supposed to send 10 pages yesterday, but currently have zero pages written. 😅

    However, even though the toddler’s out of the house today, all I’ve been working on so far is nursing my little three week old baby, who is apparently getting ready for a growth spurt! Cluster feeding is NOT one of my favorite parts of the motherhood experience. 🙅

    On the plus side, I’ve had lots of time to do mental pre-writing??

    Baby pic on Instagram here.

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    1. BABY! *cough* 🙂 Sounds like good work to me, even if it’s not the work you intended for today.

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  3. I have pictures of my little show up. I installed it on Monday, which makes me happy. The rest of this week will be spent furiously preping for an outdoor art show on Sunday. Blue skies, blue skies, blue skies. Fingers crossed.

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  4. Working on keeping my temper as we prepare for our in-studio show. So-so results, but hoping for improvement.

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    1. Gorgeous. That’s the way I feel about my peonies, which were here when I bought the cottage. I wasn’t crazy about them to begin with, but now I adore them.

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      1. Just as a side discussion, how do you pronounce ‘peonies’? I’ve always said it in my mind as “PEA – o-nies”. People in my husbands family seem to stress the middle syllable – “pea- OWN-ies”.

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        1. I’m with the stress on the first symbol, the only way I’ve ever heard it. But that’s Ohio and New Jersey talking. PEA oh knees.

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          1. Australia gets both pronunciations, I use one more like the first, PEA-a-nies.
            I think NZ go with number 2

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          1. Yep, must be my mother’s Philadelphia influence on me. My husband’s family is from North Carolina. I had to use context to figure out what the pea-OH-knees were. 🙂

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          1. Huh. That is interesting.
            Of course, I come from a state that pronounces “Lima” as “Lye-ma” and “Bellefontaine” as “Bell-fountain,” so I’m not surprised that original pronunciations get over-ridden by local ones.

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  5. I finally got around to defrost the freezer. It’s been so full of hard-packed ice last YEAR(!) that you could barely push the drawers back in if you took something out of it. But it was always full with stuff that wouldn’t survive a defrosting and it never gets cold enough in The Netherlands to put things outside in the winter while doing such work, so I…just never did. Sooooo we’ve been working the last weeks on emptying that thing. And now it was empty enough! My hands are sore after “helping” the defrosting by breaking away lumps of ice as they melted, but it was worth it.

    I also worked my way through half a pint Ben & Jerry’s Karamel Sutra because well, I had to defrost the freezer, right? And you can’t let good ice cream go to waste. (Well, I had to give up after eating half because it is a lot of ice cream…but it wouldn’t have survived going back into the freezer again, so it’s in Garbage Bin Heaven now.)

    Furthermore, I worked on my temper/anger management this morning when I went to the psychologist only to find out she hadn’t booked any appointment for me, which she said she would do. So I’d got up early for nothing. The mobility service, or rather the treatment-appointment-service (whatever, taxi for disabled people) refused to come pick me up before the time I had already booked my trip home, AND they even came later than their own rules said, so I was quite pissed after having thrown away 3 hours for nothing this morning (and my butt had had enough of sitting on wooden chairs waiting as well). I also have the suspicion that the health insurrance might charge me for this trip because there won’t be any record from the psychologist to prove I was there since she had f*cked up the appointment, which makes me angry as well. She’s not just throwing away my time, my money too. For a good-for-nothing-trip that would’ve cost a normal person €1 with the tram. Growl. ARGH!
    (Clarification: The company where my psychologists work has an sms-system that sends you a message 2 days before a planned appointment. This system, however, does, for some unknown reason, not work if someone has planned more than one appointment for a specifik client, and for this therapy she always plans like 1-2 months in advance. She said last time I saw her that she would plan in new ones, and earlier this year when I pointed out the sms-system didn’t work she said: “Just trust there will be appointments, book your taxi and come here”. Yeah right…)

    ANYWAY, what made me happy about all this is that Mr Depression&Burnout aka Fiancé, whom had to force himself to work today for a talk with his boss, came home this afternoon with two chocolate bars for me, because I had had such a shitty morning, he said and kissed me. With a smile. Yay! <3 Managing his current state is work in and of itself, so during the heavier days I can always think back at these small glimpses of the "normal" him and keep going. <3 <3 <3 And this buying chocolate thing on his part is very new. We've been together for 6,5 years but he's only started to buy chocolate to cheer me up the last 2 months. He keeps on surprising me, that lad 🙂

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  6. I got some book reviews done and some mailing list stuff done (I co-run a mailing list for one of my knitting groups and I post either reviews, essays, or collections of silly links every week), writing-wise. Animals in sweaters, spinning with cat and dog hair, and fictional knitters are on deck for the next month.

    As for crafting, I just finally finished the Abracadabbit:
    https://mochimochiland.com/2018/03/introducing-abracadabbit/

    And I am almost done with the Infinity Gauntlet–I ordered the stones in the mail and need to put them on.
    http://www.neatorama.com/2018/04/07/Crocheted-Infinity-Gauntlet/

    So yay for getting stuff done!
    I am almost done with the big Renaissance dress sweater thing I’ve been doing for ages, except I’ve started the sleeves over about six times by now. Oy.

    What I really need to do is get going on some wall decorations for my upcoming show in the fall, except (a) I don’t really love doing wall decor but these projects should really be wall decor for size factor rather than putting them onto clothes, and (b) sewing together 100+ flowers is boring the shit out of me. It’s very tedious and I can’t seem to think of a way to put them together to make it interesting and I have combed the Internet looking for inspiration and haven’t found it.

    I also want to try making my own crochet coral reef (look at crochetcoralreef.org) but am not sure how to make that sort of thing into wall decor either. So I keep not doing anything.

    Anyone have any tips for getting motivated on a craft project when you want to do it but don’t at the same time? And want to do other shinies that don’t really relate to your deadline?

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    1. Pace yourself. I’m working on Nita and I get to the point where the words don’t even make sense. I’m much better off doing it in chunks instead of powering through it for hours. It all starts to run together if I do that.

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    2. Umm maybe you could make a crochet similar to a fishing net and sew the coral reef crochet onto it with some fish and a mermaid

      For the flowers, I think the trick is to lie to yourself, you’ll only sew one … then keep going, you could add the odd surprise for people to spot among the flowers or sew them in a pattern and see who catches on.

      Good luck, also the infinity gaunlet is awesome

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    3. I firmly believe in setting a timer (pomodoro technique). And, yeah, lying to myself (“I’ll just do 25 minutes, then stop.”).

      Also, I’m confused – are the 100 flowers being put together as the wall decor, or as another exhibit?

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    4. I don’t know, but I also have a project to do that I want to do but haven’t started because I don’t at the same time. Good Luck!

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  7. I have been lurking for a long time and very much enjoying the Working Wednesday posts, so I am finally sharing my own. I finally finished the tiny knit/crochet dragon I meant to give my sister when her little guy was born (he just had his first birthday), I am wrapping up a terrible project at work, and I have finally ended my scene-that-never-ends and so have only the last act to write in order to have a complete draft of my work-in-progress. I had been feeling like I haven’t gotten much done lately, but this list makes me pretty happy. Thanks for the prompt, Jenny. And all the Arghers, for the great community here, even for us mostly-lurkers.

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    1. Did you a picture of the little dragon on Instagram in #WorkingWednesdayPix? I love crocheted dragons.
      Also, that’s an impressive list.

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      1. I have my Instagram privacy controls all locked down so that only followers can see my posts. Maybe my next Working Wednesday project will be a public Instagram account…

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  8. what I am making:

    1. I am hatching a plot to use one of the big pieces of rock that used to be mortared to the kitchen wall (home’s previous owner was apparently a stonemason with a bit of a fetish) as a Japanese-style garden “mountain” by our mailbox.

    2. I have done new choreography for a show dance which the husband has indicated he is not averse to performing in August.

    3. I am up over 17,000 words on the novella I finally started writing May 31 after cogitating for nearly a year.

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  9. My main task is still to keep myself on an even keel. So after being stuck in my flat for a day and a half waiting for parcels, learning I’d have to wait in again for one of them since there’d been yet another snafu, and then the usual confusion of setting up a new phone – ramped up by a deeply confusing message from my mobile provider which meant I had to insert two different SIMs, one after the other – I took myself off to the woods and sat by a stream for an hour or two. It’s definitely done the trick.

    Picture on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjsXwglHqnv/?tagged=workingwednesdaypix

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      1. Morda Brook. Definitely real (though I was trespassing to get to this bit. Was discovered by a farmer who suddenly appeared on a tractor in the empty field opposite. Luckily, his land was all on that side of the stream, so he was just curious – said he’d never seen anyone sitting by the stream reading a book before.)

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    1. Wow, what a beautiful spot to de stress. I had a massage this morning, great destressor too. And, now I want to visit England again. Next year is the plan.

      Just another working Wednesday, getting the invoices done to get the money in and to deal with the apprentice who is young and cocky and bugging the hell out of me. This evening I am going to read more submissions for the lit magazine.

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  10. I don’t have Instagram so description will have to do. I made herbal cookies for the Master Gardener’s herbal bake sale that’s coming up in another week. Yesterday I made lavender cookies and lavender/lemon thyme cookies. If my roses bloom soon enough I will make rose petal cookies to take there as well. In the freezer from a previous baking session are chocolate/mojito mint brownies and dandelion lemon bars. I like to try a couple of new recipes each year’s and the dandelion lemon bars are the new one for this year (so far!).

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  11. I’m working on a good deed of sorts. I think my part is now done. It’s resume passing for one of my nieces. We all expect it to lead to nothing but I really hope it will lead to additional contacts at her dream employer.

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  12. One of those online “side hustle” things, editing a friend’s book’s opening chapter, finishing a profile for a website I was asked to do (eek!), working on a website/starting an advice column. Whee!

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  13. Okay, while we’re discussing photos (btw, I don’t have any at the moment yet of what’s done or almost done):

    * I really hate trying to upload photos at home. My webpage service is slow and for some reason my phone is downloading pictures in odd places that I can’t seem to find for posting anyway. And then somehow they are uploading SIDEWAYS. It’s all agonizingly tedious.
    * Meanwhile Instagram is off your phone and fast and everyone sees it!
    * However, I avoid social media because it can become a harassment free for all in 1.5 seconds if you do the slightest thing wrong. Also anyone can pinch your photos off Instagram and do whatever with them. Also I am terrified of getting “followers.”

    Is there, I dunno, anything that posts pics off the phone easily that isn’t social media/popular?

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    1. So far (I started in February) Instagram seems fine. There are one or two strangers following me, but they haven’t commented or done anything else alarming. If it were to get hairy, I’d just delete my account. You’re right that any image posted online can be stolen; I guess don’t put anything up there that you don’t want that to happen to.

      For me, since I’m not doing much with my photographs at the moment, it’s just an opportunity to share a few of them with a few people – mostly the community here.

      I don’t post from my phone – I’d rather use my iPad for Instagram, where I can see images properly. It can be a challenge if I don’t post in square format (the trick then seems to be to keep rotating the image until it’s upright again, and in the process it should lose the default crop).

      If, instead of posting to the group here, you want to share photos with a group of friends, I should try WhatsApp or similar.

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    2. There’s no way to upload them here. You can start a private blog and post them there and invite people in, but once you post a picture it’s on the net pretty much forever.

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      1. I just want to not post pics somewhere where everyone can instantly communicate their hatred of me the second they see it, really. I don’t get that shit from using my usual blog (so far I don’t need to be private but I do want to stay unpopular), it’s just a real pain in the arse to post pics there. Unfortunately, posting to the blog via the phone is even more bad than the regular sort. Feh.

        I figured as much.

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        1. You could post to your blog and put a link here in the comments.
          I’m pretty sure nobody here communicates hatred.

          It’s not that hard to stay under the radar. I post here a lot and we get a lot of discussion, but the average readership numbers of this blog are somewhere around five hundred. We don’t advertise it, the only place there’s a link is on jennycrusie.com which gets even less traffic than here, I think. The only time we got outsiders was when I was doing the Arrow posts; I think most of those newbies either left or assimilated. I think you’re safe.

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        2. If you were to use a different name for Instagram, and only post with the #workingwednesdaypix hashtag, I doubt you’d get anyone other than us looking at your photos. I let my friends and fellow local artists know about my account as well, but that was my choice.

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    3. Maybe Photobucket is an option?
      http://photobucket.com
      We used that on a web forum some years ago to share pictures of….well, everything. You can upload your photos there and share the link. I haven’t used it for ages so I’m not sure exactly how it works nowadays, but it shouldn’t be social media-ish.

      Perhaps you can even use it for adding photos to your blog. Should work with an htlm-tag linking the photo in question to the post. (I’m not technical enough to know how, though, but perhaps someone here knows, or else Daddy Google might…)

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    4. Amazon allows for unlimited photo storage if you have a prime account. Uploading is easy and you can download from there too to a different computer. Prime photos is the app to install on your mobile device and when opened (after setting things up), it will automatically upload any and all new photos to your Amazon account. I believe they don’t share your photos with anyone and you can link to the photos there, if you want, I think.

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  14. Voted yesterday. Cleaned my desk! If you saw the “before,” you’d know how impressive the feat. Making progress deleting out-of-date Word files. Talked two, maybe four people into joining the yoga class. Finally submitted to that dental check-up and clean.
    Consulted a tech guy about most efficient way to edit the book for reprint I’m working on. Turns out I’ve been doing it efficiently, job by its nature is tedious. Good news: I don’t need a new computer or Word update. Bad news: I don’t need …

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  15. With the aid of a DOS shell program, I have my much-loved calendar program back up and running (which it hadn’t been since Windows 7, dagnabbit). Other programs have never been satisfactory, since either they don’t print readably or, in the case of Yahoo, have problems trying to sync to the iPhone (my optometrist’s appointment was listed as being at 1:00 a.m., which is not when the practice expected to see me). And then the iPhone, I presume, messes with the Yahoo calendar to change appointment times. We are now, apparently, functioning on Greenwich Mean Time here near San Francisco. And it managed to lose all my dental appointments, which seems very implausible!

    It has taken some work, since it’s been a while since I’ve needed to tweak .BAT files, but I am feeling very, very chuffed!

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  16. Today I made sleep, MRI appointments, and the decision to not pick up the phone when my mother called (had to make the latter twice). I hope to keep making sleep until I have enough of it on a regular basis, then I will get to the the work of making creative things. Kudos to everybody who made actual things that are awesome.

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    1. I lol’d when I read your comment about your mother calling. Our reasons are no doubt different but I’m experiencing that with my dad. Hurray for empathy and painful experiences that bind us together! ;P

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  17. I honestly can’t decide whether this is the second worst book I’ve ever written or the best. It’s almost 4 AM, and I am staring at the screen at a third act scene in the bar, thinking, “This is absurd,” and my head hurts. It’s like driving a car with no brakes, the damn book just veers all over the place although it’s still on the road, so there’s that. The problem is, I’m enjoying the veering. But this plot. This plot is like kudzu.

    Possibly sleep will help.

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    1. Logically at 4 am, your headache is just telling you to stop fighting sleep and give in gracefully.

      Like that old saying never be too tired, too hungry etc…

      Take a break

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  18. I’m late in sharing, but I wanted finished pictures. This week I painted my kitchen cabinets. Monday was spent taking the doors and hardware off, sanding and washing the doors and giving them the first coat of paint. Tuesday the doors got their second coat of paint. Plus the kitchen was emptied and the drawers and cabinets got washed, sanded, washed and their first coat. Well, the drawers were missed in the painting until Wed. when they got 3 coats. Wednesday also saw the cabinets and doors getting to 3 coats of paint. Thursday was moving all the stuff back into the cabinets and drawers and putting the hardware and doors back on. Pictures at https://www.instagram.com/p/BjvjnimhqP2/

    Also on Wednesday, I went through closets and was able to pull out a trunk load plus 2 bags and some hanging clothes to give to a clothes donation at church.

    Today might be hedge trimming or quilting.

    It’s been a very productive staycation. I really don’t want to go back to work as getting these things done feels much more satisfying than processing emails.

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    1. Wow, what a difference the white makes! I can’t believe you did that so quickly. I painted our cabinets sunshine yellow (they had been rust) a couple years back, and it was the hardest DIY ever. Took weeks. Very nice work!

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  19. from Virginia Kantra

    Starting with this month’s Summer Reading issue of the Book Review, the New York Times will review romance! According to reviewer Jaime Greene, romance is “where I find some of the literary world’s smartest, funniest and most thoughtful writing about relationships — romantic relationships, of course, but friendship and family, too.

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