Iím dealing with a stash of kitchen appliances - lol. I bought a couple and a bit later was given another. It turned out to be very bad timing. They came just when I had taken the last frozen meals out to thaw and just at the time the leftovers began pouring in from all the celebrations. The last thing I needed to do was cook more food.
I was persuaded by SDís enthusiasm for her air fryer oven and I wanted one too. All I have done with it yet is toast once and some fries. The most impressive thing was reheating some deep fried sweet potato fries from some party or other. It made them crisp again and in the process cooked out a stunning amount of oil. Iím sold.
I also got an Instant Pot. Iíve had pressure cookers in the past but always found them rather alarming. It turns out this is a totally non scary pressure cooker. I only have a few days left in the Amazon return window so I had to try it to be sure it was ok. I did beans yesterday and have a chuck roast in it now, destined for sandwiches. I need to experiment with the beans. The preset made them softer than I like. Iíll have to figure out the timing. But thatís a success too.
Finally for my birthday I got a George Foreman grill. I havenít had one for years and years. That isnít used yet, but I finally got it out of the box yesterday.
I am now absolutely, no question, totally out of counter and table space. I donít have much and it has to be shared with the bread machine, small microwave, electric kettle for morning tea and an iced tea maker. If they donít stay out, they wonít be used. They will all be good additions to the kitchen though.
I got a good start on the beige hexagon. I am totally uninspired by it. I think when I finish that I will do a small felt piece that will be all embroidery. I have felt to try but donít have any wool felt. I may get a bit of to try too.
04-28-2019, 02:52 PM
I finished the little alicorn. It is only around 2 by 3 inches. This is an experiment with two shades of color for a controlled verigation.
I plan to hem the edges of my other embroidery today. Tomorrow I will do some on the felt doll.
It posted sideways. Just pretend it is flying.
04-28-2019, 03:09 PM
I have a Foreman grill, too, the kind with interchangeable plates. I go in streaks on all my appliances, just like all my hobbies. I will use the heck out of them for weeks or months, then not touch them for months or years, lather, rinse, repeat. The Foreman did allow me to get rid of four or five waffle irons, the sandwich maker, and some other small appliances.
I've been wondering how you like your new AF oven. I love mine but that doesn't mean anyone else would. There's a learning curve on all these gadgets but it sounds like you've found things you like. The AF is great for doing French fries, including homemade ones without all the fat. It cooks meats nicely too, just don't overcook. As I've mentioned, I like doing batch cooking in it for chicken breasts to have on hand or to freeze for quick meals.
Husby is busy working on the new raised veggie bed. I've been chatting with my buds on the camping forum and working out the kinks in the fresh water transfer idea. Husby and I spent an hour or so trying to figure exactly how to attach the water pump somewhere outside the camper and nothing fit, usually by a half inch or less. Very frustrating. We're going to install it semi-permanently in a cat litter pail, which we already use for fresh water stuff. We're hoping that will work so we can use the same space we've been using for fresh water supply storage. There really is nowhere to put another pail in the camper. Going this route will be the cheapest and quickest way to get a better water transfer method that eliminates having to lift heavy water jugs to pour them into the tank by hand. I will have to buy parts to build the power cord for the pump and a couple L fittings for the water inlet and outlet, plus some other little stuff. I don't much care what it costs. We've been very over dealing with five gallon water jugs for several years now. It will be a relief if this all works out and we never have to lift the dang jugs ever again.
I potted my six tomato plants, so they can be under the taller light now. I hope they don't go into shock. I planted them in peat pellets so they should be okay. I can't believe how well everything is doing in the little gh this year. It's been so much fun to watch it all growing.
04-28-2019, 03:11 PM
Very cute, Kathy. Nice work!
04-28-2019, 11:50 PM
the unicorn is so cute! got three plants at plant sale today. tree peony yellow, Canterbury bells and a hosta. not going to do too much because I am gone during the summer so the boys won't remember. there is a bunch of plants from the house torn down last year that still need planting too. lilies etc.
finished the crochet along except some weaving in ends. shopped at michaels new cotton cakes 30% off plus 15% extra coupon that day. plan to make a couple summer tops. Attachment 48617Attachment 48619
04-29-2019, 12:45 AM
Husby is 2/3 done with the new raised bed, but it's supposed to rain and snow the next couple days. The new garden looks so nice I can't wait for it to be done. I've been saving some old windows for years to use as cold frames, so need to get those cleaned up and ready so we can try starting snap peas and beans right away. Our normal planting time is Memorial Day so it would be nice to get a head start. Hope it works, nothing to lose by trying. The sides of the raised bed are made of cinder blocks capped by 4" thick concrete blocks, so will make a nice passive solar collector. I love using concrete blocks for raised beds. They're heavy to work with, but completely maintenance free, practically indestructible, cheap, and comfortable to sit on for planting and weeding. We have to buy 6 more cap blocks, which will cost only about $7. I salvaged 2 identical cot springs a couple years ago to use for trellises. I think they will look fine, since they're matchy. Total cost for the project will be the 6 new cap blocks and dirt. The dirt will be costly. I envy people who can grow stuff right in the ground. The new garden will use up 24 cinder blocks and 18 4" blocks. We have a pile of them because we had a single wide trailer out here at first, and when that was moved away, the crew left all the blocks the dozens of blocks it sat on. We use them for all kinds of projects. We also are using about a dozen smaller red bricks under the front row of cinder blocks to level them. They're from a project that didn't get done and never will, so I'm happy we're using up a bunch of this stuff. We don't want to move it and a pile of concrete blocks would be an eyesore for potential buyers if we decided to sell. Now the bricks will be a feature and not a bug if we ever list the house.
Husby was all happy because we spent very little in March so CC bill was abnormally low. We're making up for it now. I have a long list of stuff at Menards and I'm not done yet. So much to do.
I've been looking all over for the webbing support I made for the inside camper shower. I finally thought to look in the folded shower curtains. There it was. * whew!* I think I have everything I need to finish that project now. I have to make some kind of support for the shower head and caddy, but I have some ideas. Shouldn't be difficult.
It doesn't seem like we're getting anything done, but every day there's some kind of progress. Better than nothing.
Still haven't sewed up the camper bedding. I keep forgetting it.
04-29-2019, 08:41 AM
Got some work done in my garden. Yay! And I do need to get rid of some DVD's that have been sitting, ready to go. I just need to separate them into smaller bags since the ones I have them in are overfull.
Finished skein #7 and started skein #8 on the w-b afgan. While it's getting frustrating to continue working on the afgan, it was nice to have it covering my legs while I worked on it. It's light since I'm using fingering weight yarn but warm as it's yak wool (and nylon). It was very chilly this weekend.
04-29-2019, 01:57 PM
This will be oven day in the Big Cook. It’s only supposed to get up to around 80, but mid 80’s the rest of the week. This will be probably be the last time I use it until fall. I hate having the oven on when it’s 100 outside. I have a big Stouffers lasagna, and I want to make some baked beans and a corn/tomato/hamburger thing I make. I usually make it stovetop but it’s better baked. That all go in the freezer. I’ll probably stick a few potatoes in to bake and may roast some carrots or bake some green peas and pearl onions. Whatever I can fit in. Other than that, I’ll just see what I get to.
Tonight I may be too wiped out to pick up a needle and just sit staring at the wall - lol. If I’m not still washing dishes.
Trying to get a list together for tomorrow. We're still trying to figure out the best way to get the new gh panels home in one piece, since we have to bring the dogs, too. We're taking the van and hoping the panels will slide in next to the wall.
I'm ridiculously excited about building the new water transfer system. It should solve one of the last big annoyances we have with camping. Another one of those things I should have done years ago, but I didn't think about using a 12v RV water pump till I saw someone had done a permanent install on their camper. We don't have room for a built-in, so I hope a portable will work. It should, and will be much simpler, quicker, and cheaper to make. It will be a major back saver.
Now if we can figure out a better gray water tank.
04-29-2019, 09:41 PM
Well SD, glad it's not me getting the snow. It was cold here this morning but will get pretty warm by mid-week.
I finished the yellow flower quilt binding tonight. Thinking about the next "inherited" pieced top which is not as pretty. I'll post a picture if I decide to iron the top and proceed. JA has their quilt batting 60% off currently so it would not cost much to do.
04-29-2019, 09:47 PM
SD - I wish I could send you some of our heat. Is it ever going to stop snowing there?
I got a lot done. Tomorrow I think I will just start putting meals together with what I cooked today, and washing the pans it’s sll in. I will need to do some vegetables too to go with them. Wednesday will probably be chicken, pork, and more vegetables. I’m too tired to think about the details.
04-30-2019, 11:10 AM
This Sunday was cooler here, but not snow weather. This was the weekend I got my spring/summer clothes down. It is supposed to be in the 80's later this week.
I am feeling pretty overwhelmed at work today. Lots of stuff is just hitting all at once. I found at that the reorganization is scheduled to be implemented late summer/early fall. We do not yet know what the structure will look like or who goes where.
I am feeling pretty frazzled now. Hopefully it will be better in week or two once things settle down a little bit.
I worked on the doll a bit. Not quite finished. I have the main body, but she needs hair and clothing. The figure is bendable since it has pipe cleaner inside. But because of the oversized head, she tends to fall over when she is sitting down. It looks like I will have to display her leaning on something.
04-30-2019, 11:35 AM
love the A frame trailer. wanted a vintage one like that years ago but it was sold. at the moment we have a vintage tent trailer that needs some love. snowed lots of places in Canada too but not here. more up in the rockies. spring has sprung here ..love lilacs and they are blooming so put some in the house. at least don't bug my allergies. turns out someone had smoked in my car at one point. driving the sinuses nuts so put some old coffee in the car last night. hopefully helps.
need dh to move something so I can get to the shelves to help organize some craft stuff. I bought fabric in the states predone elastic . tube top style dress and skirt material for dd.
04-30-2019, 12:15 PM
I’m more alive this morning than I was last night - lol. I think I’ll have to give in and turn on the a/c this afternoon. It’s supposed to get up to 86. It’s very humid air moving up from the Gulf. We’re promised thunderstorms tomorrow and Thursday.
My first job today is to pull all the bags of veggies out of the disorganized freezer and see what I actually have there. I think the only fresh produce I have left are carrots, onions and bell peppers. I want to make some sweet sour sauce that will use up the peppers and some of the broth and pineapple in the pantry. I also need to make rice. I have a couple of bags of brown rice in the freezer that I need to start using. I also have a lot of old apples I will use up cooking them with some pork chops tomorrow. In short, another busy kitchen day.
I did work on the beige hexagon last night and I’m liking it better as it becomes more developed. Where I had to go back and repair seams the fabric is no longer really flat so I’m considering what I need to do with that - try to cover it or work it to emphasize it and use the waviness in the design. Right now I’m leaning toward just covering it up if I can.
05-01-2019, 11:09 AM
Well, that did not go well at all. No cooking. I was slammed by the weather change moving in and could do nothing in the kitchen. The rain got pushed back a day, and I’m feeling some better so I’ll try to get more done today. I’ll just have to see how it goes though.
I got a section of stitching done on the hexagon but I’m going to take it all out today. The fabric has a crackle pattern and I stitched that with a variegated pink and don’t like it at all. I’m going to do it again in off white. That will help tie the fabrics together and just look better. The variegated adds too much extra busy-mess to an already busy pattern. It’s a distraction. It’s a design 101 mistake I’m hope I’m smart enough not to make again. Learning is ongoing - lol.
05-01-2019, 12:18 PM
We had to go out of town again yesterday to deal with some retirement stuff. I think most of it is in order now. I think there is one big piece left. Wish we could do everything at once but there are a lot of moving parts and every part has a different time frame. I'll be happy when it's all set up and everything kicks in.
We didn't find much at thrifts, luckily. I did get two large colorful butterflies to hang in the greenhouse. They were only $2 each so I could not resist. Also got a couple 1 yd remnants for $1 each. I skipped JA entirely. Didn't really need anything and wasn't in the mood.
I couldn't find Cherokee purple tomato seeds but did find Black Krim. We had those before as plants from the nursery and liked them. I need to start collecting heirloom seeds so we don't have to keep buying them.
Oddly enough, Menards was having a sale on shrimp. I was disappointed shrimp was never on sale locally during Lent, and never got below $8/lb. Menards has 2 lb bags for $10 this week. I bought 10 bags. That will last us a year. Shrimp is better for us than steak, so when it's a comparable price, might as well buy shrimp. I'm pretty happy we were there at the right time to take advantage, and it was cold enough to get it home still frozen.
I priced a window similar to the one I'm putting in the gh. It was $75. I don't recall where I got my window, but at the time I was buying windows, I wasn't paying more than around $3 each for them. I may have even gotten it free. At any rate, I saved a bunch by being able to use a window I have and got cheap or free.
Got all the stuff to build the water transfer system. I hope it will work. Don't know why it wouldn't. Not sure what it cost and don't much care. A bunch though, $10 for wire, same for hose, plus fittings, fuse, switch, and clamps. The pump originally cost about $60, IIRC. About time we put that chunk of money to work. It will be worth it. This project shouldn't take long.
I think the water tank we got last year for gray water might actually work. I measured that today and it looks low enough. What we were using was a bit too tall, so the sink doesn't drain like it should. We will try the new one and if it works, we can avoid buying a low profile tank for $50. I'm trying to avoid that, but I'm so fed up with a sink that won't drain I would happily pay that much.
So much work to do on the camper. I know it won't all get done this year but if I can get some of the big problems solved, like the water transfer problem, I will settle for that.
Husby is at his last day of work today. His supervisor is up from St. Paul for the day. I'm sure Husby will have stories to tell when he gets home.
05-01-2019, 08:28 PM
Back to working on the black skirt from last summer. Decided there was too much gathering and flare so I cut it all apart into basic rectangles. Going to make my simple elastic waist hemmed tube skirt. I will need black elastic though. Probably going to JA Friday since I have the day off.
05-02-2019, 08:44 AM
DLR, sometimes it's best to admit defeat.
We wanted to haul trash today, but it's SNOWING again. Ugh.
05-02-2019, 01:51 PM
I got a lot done yesterday and will finish the cooking today. I have a pork loin and chicken thawed, will cook rice and more vegetables, and a few odds and ends. Yesterday I didn’t start until almost 5:00 so by the time I finished it was really late and I just bailed on kitchen clean up so I’ll have double duty on that today.
With luck and diligence I can get back to the embroidery tonight.
05-02-2019, 06:51 PM
We got some little stuff done today. It's been changeable weather all day, so can't really be outside much. I've just been restless, so jumping from one thing to another.
I filled in one of the gaps between the Sheetrock in the bathroom, till I emptied the spakle container, then washed a birdfeeder.
Husby and I went out to swap the glass out of the gh window. The circular saw and jigsaw were both disastrous, but luckily no one got hurt. I need to research how to cut that stuff when it's a large sheet. :sigh:
We removed the legs from the 2 cot springs we're turning into trellises and put in the 3 metal fence posts they will attach to, so that's ready when the garden is done. It was too muddy to work on the garden itself.
I have a nice sheet of frosted plex that would have been perfect for the gh, except it was 1/4" too narrow. Gaaaahhh....
I messed with the water pump project a while, discovered I bought the wrong fittings. Found the right fittings on hand and installed those, then discovered I bought the wrong hose. Of course. There have been some other problems. It's been frustrating but I'm working through it. Hardly anything has gone quite right today.
I finally figured out a solution to combine the 2 lamp bases I've been trying to make workable for the magnifier lamp mod. It was simple and took about 5 minutes. The white X shaped piece on the bottom is the original lamp base, which was completely inadequate since the lamp used to be 4 or 5 feet tall and constantly fell over. That's why we quit using it. I had forgotten it till recently. Just using the top part of the former floor lamp easily tipped the base over, even though the X base is weighted. The round black part is from another floor lamp and is also weighted. The 2 together hold the lamp solidly without tipping. I finally made a strap to join the 2. Attachment 48631
It works great and nothing slips or moves at all. It's a goofy looking lamp but will do what I need and saved me at least $20. Attachment 48629
I got the suspenders put on my toolbelt, finally. It should help my back, make it easier to put the toolbelt on, and stop whatever tools I'm wearing from pulling my pants off.
Can't get back into the bathroom project, but have to soon.
05-03-2019, 10:26 AM
I made good progress yesterday but didnít finish. I still need to cook the apples to go with the pork and use those up. I have some yellow squash I have to use or lose, and some onions I want to sautť. I have a cooked roast and some chicken I will run through the food processor to have for chicken and roast salad for sandwiches. At that point Iíll have to see how the freezer space is going. Itís been a very productive week if not a particularly fun one, but it will be great to have this behind me. Then thereís the kitchen. I left in worse shape last night than I did the day before, and there is no bed for me tonight until itís thoroughly cleaned up.
Yesterday I lived in the kitchen and got nothing done on the hexagon. On the positive side Iíve listened to a couple of my favorite Terry Pratchett books while I worked. While Iím doing stuff like cooking, moving around a lot, drowning it out with running water and such, it has to be something I am so familiar with that gaps wonít matter. I can almost recite these, but having Disceorld in the background lightens any drudgery. Iíll put another on the phone for this last push to the finish line.
Last night I was the neighbor on call though I didnít know it. Now that the little girl is getting older they leave her at home sometimes. Her mom and cousins had to go into town to Walmart to pick up some stuff for the big party weekend, and she dug In her heels and didnít want to go. Usually they text me when sheís here alone but didnít last night. It took them a lot longer than they thought and about 7:45 she appeared at my door. She had her iPad for entertainment and she was on her own. I was busy so I stayed the kitchen and wasnít any fun at all. Poor little girl. Her mom got back in about 15 minutes so she didnít have to suffer from my benign neglect for long. They would never leave her alone if they lived in the city, but out here itís safe and sheís responsible enough not to burn down the house or anything. Itís good for her to be gaining a little independence and to know that they trust her. I donít know if they would leave her behind though for a few more years unless they knew I was here - sheís nine now. Growing up vs parenting is a tricky mix. Iím glad Iím just the neighbor in this little village raising her - lol.
05-03-2019, 11:33 AM
Didn't get much done on the afgan yesterday. I spent a couple of hours at a writer's group. It's part of the 'group' that I started with a few years back at a local coffee shop (which I still go to on Sundays). I'm trying to get some more writing time in and not just veg at home during the week.
05-03-2019, 04:51 PM
I washed screens and windows this morning, so most of the inside work is done. More to do outside another day. I did get quilt batt and elastic at JA. Also got 4 paperbacks at the library book sale, a couple my brother might like so I'll read them at dad's and leave them there.
05-03-2019, 06:57 PM
No cooking. Despite more rain moving through, it was a pretty good arthritis day, so I went to town to take care of a couple of boring errands. I also went by JA. it hadn’t started raining yet and I expected the store to be busy but there was hardly anyone there. I have used up almost all my variegated yarn on scarves and my baskets. Since the big baskets got so much unsolicited enthusiasm the other day I’ll definitely make them for Christmas. They liked the tweedy color mix and that meant more variegated. RH Super Saver was on sale for 2.56 with a 20% coupon, so it made them 2.07 each. I won’t do better than that. I have never used the Fair Isle variegated so I picked up a couple of colors of that to make scarves with. I’m curious to see how it works up. I think I’ll spend some time working on the baskets. Then all the leftovers will be in the stash for scarves.
I may not do that last cooking until tomorrow but I’m going to clean the kitchen tonight, no matter how long it takes. That is not optional.
05-03-2019, 11:04 PM
I did some minor stash building today, too. We took Mom to a church sale today. There was a pile of scrap fabric which I got for $1. I took out the 4 or so pieces I wanted and gave the rest to Mom. She got rid of all her small scraps when she cleaned out her house and doesn't have a good source for scraps, so she was tickled to get a bag full. We both thought the other one had picked up some nice padding she wanted to make place mats with, but neither of us had so we went back and I ran in to grab the padding, along with 2 bags of undetermined quilt batting. Those turned out to be assorted sizes that will work for some projects she's interested in.
I got a piece of red, white, and blue knit for .50 that will work for a T shirt. That and the quilt scraps were it for craft stuff, so that's good. The rest wasn't much either, a tiny whisk for the house, a bigger but still small one for the camper, a cookbook, miscellaneous household stuff.
I did get 2 mason jar shaped shakers for a dollar that are twice the size of the 4 I already have. I wanted them for the camper. They hold about a half cup. All six of them are the right size to use the flip top shaker tops I literally throw out by the dozen, because they come on the bottles I buy with spices in them. I transfer that stuff mostly to larger glass containers so the plastic bottled and lids get recycled.
We made another reservation for later this month with my shiny new granny card today. That brings total savings so far to $58 on a lifetime discount card I paid $80 for. It's going to pay us back for itself in no time. I plan to live long enough for it to save us a small fortune. 🙂🙂🙂🙂
We made our fall rally reservation too. Couldn't use the card, but there was a group discount so that was nice. I guess I'm building a stash of reservation confirmation printouts now. Nice!
I have so much to do to get the camper ready. I need to make a list of the bare minimum to do to get ready for this month's trip. Replacing the AC will not be on that list.
I not only found Cherokee Purple tomato seeds at the greenhouse today, but Chocolate Cherry, too! I didn't expect that. They will be a little late, but I'm hoping the little gh will jumpstart fast growth. I was looking at the stuff at the local nursery today and it's not very big either, so my tomatoes shouldn't be too far behind. Those 2 types and the Black Krim I got Tuesday are all so flavorful. I sure hope I can get them to grow well and produce.
05-03-2019, 11:54 PM
I decided to not do the CSA share this year since will be done for a month, got out the tin of seed packets. think some must be 15yrs old should see if they are ok still. going to plant some of the flower seeds this weekend in the pots I have and old hanging baskets. want to go see one of the green houses that sell product tomorrow get cheap hanging baskets. think I may plant carrots or something in the raised bed will see.
sheep to shawl event at museum tomorrow I want too go to plus lego display.
05-04-2019, 09:12 AM
I brought my first embroidery, the one on brown felt to work. I am doing a few stitches to give it a border on days I get in a few minutes early.
I hope to get a little crafting done this weekend.
Last week was super busy at work but I got stuff done. Next week should be better. A coworker let it slip that there are multiple people leaving at the end of the month. But he can't say who. In the past I have been told about people leaving but instructed to keep it confidential. So I do not blame him for not giving me details.
Large numbers of people tend to leave during a reorganization. We have lots of people who qualify for retirement now but are working longer to increase their pension.
Hopefully I will have some crafty stuff to post next time.
05-04-2019, 11:46 AM
I didn’t quite finish the kitchen last night, but enough to move it from humiliating to just sort of embarrassing. I can finish it today while I’m in there doing the last bits of cooking.
I finished up the scarf that’s been sitting in the basket half finished for weeks, and then made one with the new Fair Isle patterned yarn. It changes so quickly it was fun to crochet, but isn’t anything I would ever want for myself, as I knew when I bought it. But some kid among the hordes Sharon’s organization serves will love it. I’ll get a picture later.
Over the last two or three days we’ve had about 2” of rain. My tiny wetland has greatly expanded. I can only see the water that has spread beyond the usual area because that center portion is covered with grasses and assorted plants shooting up at superplant speed. It’s too wet to mow it down. I think the shrub outside a window by my recliner grew about 4” overnight. The jungle is closing in - lol.
05-04-2019, 07:12 PM
I got my new gh window panes swapped, so the worst part of the project should be over, I hope. After yesterday trying to cut the plex with the circ saw and then the jigsaw, both resulting in sharp daggers of dangerous plastic flying all over the garage, I wasn't optimistic. But I did some research and today broke out a nice new fine tooth blade for the circ saw, installed said blade backwards, and all was right in my world again. I did manage to cut both a little too long, but better that than too short. I just have to wash the window and it'll be all ready to install. Next step is to replace the panels on either side of the space where the window will go, because the framing goes over them and it wouldn't be easy to do them later.
Husby finished up the blocks around the new garden space, so we can add the dirt now. I hope the weather cooperates to do that tomorrow.
I scared up some landscape cloth to use for weed control, so we will need to buy mulch to put over that. The bed is 14 feet by 16 inches, so that won't cost much. Can't wait to start planting.
05-05-2019, 01:32 PM
Cannot get motivated to start a new big project. I found a few small repair tasks to do and may cut some more of the random quilt squares. I am getting some baking done.
05-05-2019, 02:22 PM
not motivated today. but don't have to do much. got a bunch of plants from green house ..cheaper then retail. don't look fancy because they haven't fully bloomed yet so lasts longer. mixed planters in buckets half price 7.50 because who knows didn't water. a couple hanging baskets of geraniums one for my mom for mothers day, one to separate for couple of planters. they are pretty big. and a couple mixed hanging baskets all 10 bucks each.
thinking of planting seeds in raised bed but have to figure out how to keep the cats out.
05-05-2019, 05:18 PM
It's been a busy day here.
I went out early and got the window cleaned and reassembled. It's all ready to go now. I'm very happy with it.
Husby went to get the fiberglass out of the van where it was sitting safe and protected, and I remembered the broken door pocket on the driver's door that has been held on with a fraying bungee for at least a year. I nagged for years that he shouldn't put heavy tools in that door pocket, so it annoyed me the inevitable happened and it broke. I figured if I refused to fix the damn thing, he would, but NNNNNOOOOOO!!! :sigh: Every time the door was opened, it hung up on the door frame so we had to pull the door open far enough to reach in and move the pocket, putting even more stress on it. I'm surprised it hadn't broken off completely. Anyway, I used some zip ties and deck screws to reattach the broken part to the steel in the door frame, easier said than done. I can't say it was fun pre-drilling all those screws and then having to reach in and line up the screws using the braille method, but it's done now and secure again. If he puts tools in it again, I will hurt him.
Still have to see how we can reattach some of that stupid plastic trim on the doors, and also attach the rocker panels under the door, since the steel under them rusted away. That should be interesting, but the duct tape Mr. Fixit installed is falling off now. I hate duct tape repairs. Too tacky even for me.
The van has been Husby's work car for years, but it has less miles on it than the truck. It was our tow vehicle till 2010 when we went to the mountain west and wanted more horsepower, but in order to save miles on the truck, we're going to reconfigure the van to use for the dogs again and for shorter camping trips. I want to get it back in presentable condition, even for just driving around town. NO MORE STINKIN' DUCT TAPE!
Once I got the door pocket fixed, I started on the 2 new panels for the gh. Luckily no drama ensued, except it took me a while to figure out what saw to use. I tried a couple different things with the circ saw but nope. Then I put a fine blade in the jigsaw and it was like buttah. After that, it was just a matter of working through the steps to make the panels, since they had to be pieced. Then of course the old ones had to be taken out and new ones put in. Overall, it wasn't a bad job. I hope putting in the window goes as well.
Husby did some maintenance stuff while I worked on the van and gh, with breaks to help me as needed. We got a lot done. We need to quit being so lazy and work like that every day.
Needless to say, we never got to filling the garden with dirt. Maybe tomorrow.
05-05-2019, 09:32 PM
I made a badge lanyard from a strip of quilt fabric that was too narrow for much else. I did cut a dozen quilt squares.
I cut a long rectangle from a strip of suede-type fabric (has a sort of brushed nap) to experiment with making a belt. I have a lot of buttons that would work nicely. Need to keep looking for stash busters projects.
Nice to see CH posting again. :vs_box:
05-06-2019, 08:30 AM
I feel like spending all day in the kitchen would not be a bad thing compared to working at a job all day. Even though a good portion of our food is homemade, I would like to be able to cook more things. Well right now, my husband does most of the cooking. He is a much better cook than me. I run across lots of things I would like to try. But I have such limited free time, they wind up in the "maybe later" or "after I retire" bucket.
I get annoyed at the motivation writers and speaker who say "don't want for retirement to do the things you want to do, do it now." There is usually a "make time for what is important" tossed in there. There does not seem to be any acknowledgement of how little time and energy is left after working, commuting and doing chores.
Well onto my crafting update:
I am making good progress with the little felt doll. I have the hair done and I am working on the outfit. I hope to finished soon. The combed yarn for hair technique had mixed success. I started by trying some yarn to a sturdy metal hair pin. Then I combed out the yarn with a pet brush. I got far more of the yarn on the pet brush. The closer I got to the proper texture of yarn tied to hair pin, the more yarn winded up on the brush. So I wound up just sewing the combed out part to the dolls head. On the one hand, the hair looks really good. But it is not long strands. It is more like short strands held together mostly by friction. It feels like a gentle tug could take out most of her hair. I have tacked it down around the top and back of the head. But the hair going down her back is not in very secure. If you have ever seen the fiber they sell to people who spin their own yarn, this is a lot like that.
So even though it looks good, I do not think I will use the technique again. I am a bit puzzled at all the people who seem to have used it successfully. Maybe different yarn work differently? The hair was originally going to be dark brown with some yellow highlights. But the yellow yarn did not work at all. It just looked like bits of string when I combed it out.
When I think about, the stringy bits from the yellow yarn could work for doll hair. But they are a completely different texture from the brown combed yarn, so they do not work well together.
I am now thinking about the cheap silk thread from China I see on eBay. They are sold by the hank, not a spool. They seem to be very thin. As far as I can figure, about the same as one strand of the 6 stranded embroidery floss. Something like this might work for doll hair.
I can also experiment with hand unraveling yarn or pearl cotton. I could also try some of the cheap pearl cotton I got as doll hair. Or I could buy some of the cheap embroidery floss to use. I think for some plastic canvas angels I made around 30 years ago, I played around with unraveled yarn for hair. Separating the two or three plies of yarn gives a yarn with a wavy look.
I feel like unraveling yarn and thread could be a good fidget activity to keep my hands busy. I could put some in my pocket and play with it while waiting for the subway.
I had a couple misses starting a new embroidery project. I will talk about that later. Maybe after getting it to work.
05-06-2019, 01:15 PM
Saturday I finished all the freezer cooking but left another huge mess in the kitchen. It’s still there. Yesterday I didn’t feel well, just general blah ness, and dozed often a late breakfast, wiping out the morning. Then there was the big party that wiped out the afternoon and wiped out me. I just couldn’t face it last night. So today is another big cleaning day.
The party was for little girl’s first communion, with lots of relatives and friends coming from down south in Louisiana and over from Texas. During lunch some of them stayed outside and others gathered around the big table - Tagalog Central. The English contingent, local friends and neighbors, settled in the den type area. The Filipinos all speak English, but in groups revert to native language, as all of us would. After the meal as there was more mixing it all went back to English. It was definitely a tiring afternoon for this hermit.
I finished most of a scarf from the second Fair Isle color I picked up. I have seven or eight inches to go. I also did a little, very little, on the hexagon. Some flower making centers couched down and further secured with a button. At this rate it should be finished in a year or two.
After I finish in the kitchen I need to clear off the work table, if I feel up to. Tonight I will finish the scarf and work more on the hexagon. It supposed to start raining tomorrow night and then rain for the rest of the week, good crafting weather, so I’m going to try to get the essential housework done by then.
05-06-2019, 03:41 PM
Sometimes what you learn about what doesn't work is as valuable as learning what does, Kathy. And there's always a learning curve. Your technique will improve as you gather more info through experience.
D, I'm so envious. There are about 3 things I miss about living in south Minneapolis. One is the diversity. We lived in a majority minority neighborhood with black people whose cultures and accents came from all over the US and the world. There were also a lot of various Asian people who came from all over the world. Different cultures had different festivals at nearby parks and other venues, so we got to enjoy and learn from attending lots of interesting events. I still miss that. I would have loved to be at your gathering to listen again to a different language being spoken and to learn more about another culture. It sounds like such a fun event.
I went out to work on the gh window and about the time I dragged out all my tools, I noticed it was sss... ssssnnn... oh, hell, it's May 6th. I can't even say the word. It's ridiculous. Since I can't go any further without removing the last panel, and I can't have a giant hole in the back wall in case the sss gets worse or turns to rain, I won't get the window in today. About the time I got the tools put away, Husby showed up and we commenced tidying up the greenhouse. It had some UFOs and a bunch of stuff that didn't belong there that got shoved in for winter. Also the salvaged drawer collection is there because it has nowhere else to live ATM. Husby cut the damaged parts off the legs of a steel shelving unit we salvaged a couple years ago, so we could finally add the extra height and remaining shelf to the undamaged half of the unit. I rounded up small fridge drawers to use on the shelves and organized a bunch of gh stuff. We moved out stuff that didn't belong and purged a few things. The gh came with 4 identical chrome shelves about 4x2 feet. I've been trying to figure out how to use them and when we came across a set of steel bed rails I had planned to use somehow for shelves, it clicked. I set the rails on the cross pieces of the big table and then set 2 of the shelves on the rails, zip tied the whole works together, and Bob's your uncle, all done. It didn't take 10 minutes, including having to go to the garage for the zip ties. I love it and we already moved in, because we needed storage for empty pots so they're up off the floor now.
I have to rearrange the gh due to losing space for the window. Not sure what that will end up looking like but it's something I have to think more about.
It's frustrating not to be able to work on the window, but the sss squalls have to give it a rest sometime.
05-06-2019, 04:34 PM
Hello again. It's been a while. Have not been doing much. I connected with a local quilt guild and have been doing outreach/charity quilting for them, using my stash and theirs. Then last month my machine started behaving badly and no amount of fiddling has fixed it. So it went in for service 2 weeks ago. I was hoping to have it back after vacation but they told me it could be another 3-5 weeks before it is ready, due to so much backlog. Sigh.
If I get desperate I can dig out my grandmother's machine, which is in fine working order, but I have not used it in decades and it sews differently... but I don't have any current projects going so...
There were two quilt shows recently, I bought stuff.
The neutral fabric bundle was half price because one piece was missing. It was a good deal and I can always use neutrals. The plaid in the 2nd photo matches some other plaids I have, from a previous bundle, and I got a couple FQs for $1 each. The cat fabric speaks for itself. :)
Oh, look, more neutrals. The shiny ones are for costuming. I really should start a project.
I'm getting more into beading. Bought some stuff at the spring gem show and made one necklace. I don't have pics of anything yet. I'm planning to make a few and see if they will sell on etsy.
05-06-2019, 07:46 PM
So happy to see you back, CH! Good scores on the fabrics. I love the cats.
I had a thought about the gh, so rearranged the furniture. Now there's room to add another 3 ft table and the other 2 chrome shelves. We'll need a ton of space for all the tomato plants I hope will thrive in there.
05-06-2019, 08:43 PM
Hurrah! CH is back! Missed you! ditto SD on the fabrics, but that’s a bummer about you sewing machine. You could always cut a boatload of fabric to be ready for projects.
And hurrah for me! Every dish is washed and put away except what I used for supper, the kitchen table is cleared, things were returned to the pantry, all the garbage/trash is gone, all the countertops and appliances are cleaned, the stovetop is cleaned, and the worst of the floor is swept. That was more than enough for the day. Tomorrow morning I’ll finish sweeping and mop the floor. Tomorrow I will also at least dust mop the rest of the floors and clear my work table. Then I am off housecleaning duty for a while, except for the little day to day things. Thirty minutes tops. I deserve a few days just to entertain myself.
I’ll take a few minutes to wash the supper dishes then it’s time to finish the scarf.
SD - sorry about the sss. That stinks. I’m astonished at our cool weather. It got to 86 today, about as warm as it’s been, and the rest of the rest of the week it’s supposed to be no higher than 80. Usually we’re into the 90s by now. I’ve onky had the a/c on for a few hours a couple of afternoons. Usually it’s on full time by mid April at the latest. It’s a pity this won’t last.
05-07-2019, 02:49 AM
I forgot to mention your sewing machine, CH. I hate not being able to look back at posts while I respond from my phone. I hope you get your machine back soon. I would be lost without mine.
The forecast for tomorrow is for sun, so I hope we can finally get the window in and the dirt installed in the new garden. I don't think we're going to have enough dirt so I'd like to find out. There's some other work that needs to be done on the gh and its furniture, too.
The counters on the gh tables started out as a chunk about 12 ft long, with a sink cutout right in the middle. We got it at a rummage sale for $2, and to get it home, we cut it at the sink cutout, leaving some tabs sticking out to make it easier to cut to size later. Being us, we never got around to doing the final cuts once we got it home. It didn't matter the way the tables were sitting before, but now the tabs are in the way, so if I can find the jig I made for cutting counters, I need to get the counters cut tomorrow, too. And maybe the chrome shelves installed so they aren't clutter anymore and can be used, finally. As long as I'm dreaming, I may as well add building the new table, too, but I think if I get the window in and the counters cut and the shelves installed, I will be done for the day. Husby can deal with dirt while I play with power tools.
It feels like the gh is turning into what it should be now. It's going to be so much more functional. We're getting some of the upgrades done and the little UFOs caught up so they're not laying around. The window and new table arrangement feel like when we put the floor in, like a huge leap forward toward getting the gh the way we envisioned it could be. It's not a garage ceiling but still progress.