Didn't avoid JA after all. DH invited me out to lunch, and as luck would have it I'm on my last rotary cutting blade and it has a flat spot. I had to pass the store on the way home from lunch so I used this week's 50% coupon on the 5-pack. There was a cute baseball print remnant that is perfect for my brown quilt so I grabbed that, and they had garden stuff 60-70% off (gotta be ready to stock christmas by June, you know) and I got a nice black metal 3 tiered plant stand for the deck.
It is 90 out and getting warmer. Hard to believe it was 45 only a few days ago. Weather is setting up for some serious thunderstorms this weekend.
Going to go cut 4.5" squares for a while.
05-16-2019, 04:25 PM
I think most people go through a big city phase. We did and then got over it. But of course, it depends on each person's preference. We could never live in Minneapolis again. Every time we go, we hate the traffic, the noise, the stink, the costs, etc. We do miss some of the amenities like the zoo. What we miss the most is diversity. I love seeing different people, hearing different languages, being able to shop in ethnic groceries, getting to know people from cultures different from ours. I miss that more and more the older I get.
We moved up here in large part because we wanted our kids to have more freedom and more things to do. In Minneapolis, the competition for slots in sports, choirs, plays, all kinds of activities was fierce. There were many things they could not have participated in. Here, not so much, and most things they tried to participate in, they were able to get involved with, including things like community theatre. Also in Minneapolis, they could not go anywhere alone, whereas here, they had a lot more autonomy. At one point we had 8 kids in 6 different schools with different starting and ending times spread all over the city. Providing transportation for them all would have been impossible. Here, we had 5 kids in 2 schools on the same block, that were a few blocks from our house, so they could safely walk to and from school and activities. Jobs would have been the same logistical nightmare. No way would we have allowed them to do paper routes in the city by themselves but here, no problem. Same thing when they got hourly jobs. They could get to and from with the usual minimal risks. They could ride their bikes anywhere in town in 15 minutes. This was a great place for them to be kids and they were like birds out of cages when we moved here. But again, it's not for everyone. Nothing is perfect, and every place requires some compromises. I just think it's sad when those who would rather live in small towns can't because of lack of living wage jobs.
I had to laugh last week when I mentioned to Husby maybe we should move back to the Cities. His only comment was an immediate "NO!"
Not getting much done today, unfortunately.
05-16-2019, 05:47 PM
Kathy - you are in a great place for museums. I’m glad you have the opportunity to enjoy them. One thing I really liked that was in my few blocks radius in Toronto was the planetarium. I went to a lot of their shows. It was next to the museum and I went a couple of times during the four years I was there, but it didn’t interest me as much.
I got more done on the baskets yesterday than I thought I would. I will soon have all of them started and I can just pick them up and carry on. I do want to get some scarves turned out so I may stick with the plan to mostly crochet this month. All the yarn is off the table so I may start a jigsaw too.
All the daylilies I had the neighbors plant for me are doing well. I had the first bloom today, a gorgeous orange. I’m glad that’s what I finally decided on. They were nursery size plants so pretty expensive to put out. I may later get some bulbs to go other places. That would not cost much.
05-17-2019, 08:03 AM
Picture time. I wanted to show some of what I mean about crowds and traffic.
This is the sidewalk. You might need to zoom in to see the people. That is a line of tour busses behind them. Attachment 48757
I planned to go to the Natural History Museum, but the line was long. In all fairness the lines are not always this bad. Attachment 48759
This is the street I cross to get to the closest museum. I am standing just outside my building to take the picture. It is two lanes for parking and six lanes for driving. Eight lanes total. This is at around two in the afternoon so traffic is only at a medium level. It gets much worse during rush hours.Attachment 48761
And for a change of pace, they stick spots like this in between busy streets. This garden is one block long and really skinny. Maybe 60 feet at the wide part where this picture is taken. The narrow part is around 15 feet, maybe 20. Sorry I got this sideways. Attachment 48765
05-17-2019, 09:59 AM
It's nice that you have small urban parks like that. We have the same downtown crowds and traffic (every city does) without the green spaces in between. That's not to say we don't have parks, there are some nice large ones in the city, but the urban core is unrelentingly concrete.
Yesterday I finished cutting rectangles and moved on to squares. I have enough cut that I can begin sewing now. The plan is to work on that this afternoon. I want to get some morning errands out of the way first, and then attend a free cooking demo at the community garden. I have been before, but this year I think they have a new teacher, so it will be interesting to see how it changes.
Midwest weather is supposed to get severe, starting tomorrow night. There will be more flooding with all the rain expected north of us.
05-17-2019, 10:07 AM
In a way I am glad that I had my big city experience.
I think maybe it is good to live in different cities, or at least visit them to get a feel of where you might like to settle down. Or temporarily settle down. But visit them while keeping in mind some of the things that are important for living, not just vacation. My husband really enjoyed our trip in Puerto Rico. At one point he said it would be nice to live there. But the touristy part where we stayed had really horrible traffic - you could literally walk faster than the cars were moving (things were close so we mostly walked places). There were no grocery stores in the area we stayed, and when we ventured past the touristy areas there were some really sketchy areas. Not to mention neither of us speaks any Spanish. (The people who work in the touristy areas are all bilingual.)
SD, I giggle a little to myself when you talk about Minneapolis being diverse. Not compared to DC and Baltimore. I will not say any more on this, but you can google stats if you are curious.
05-17-2019, 10:11 AM
We had lits of small neighborhood parks in Minneapolis. And lakes, hence the name which means cutt if lakes. There were trails and bike paths around the lakes people could enjoy.
I understand about liking certain kinds of buildings. I love Duluth and Hibbing for the big variety of archetectural styles the each have. And Duluth has a beautiful lake walk along Lake Superior.
05-17-2019, 10:30 AM
Kathy - Thanks for all the pictures. I used to visit friends in Silver Spring a couple of times a year, but never did any sightseeing in DC.
The Herrschners order is due tomorrow so this weekend I can finish the basket starts. Later today a neighbor is going up to the attic to bring down some of the yarn up there. I think I have a little more yellow, and he can see what red and purple up there. I have all the RH in clear plastic bags. I think any red thatís stored will be very dark, and I just donít remember what purple is there. I donít think there is much. I have tons of blue and green. Up there and in the house.
I finished one of the scarves last night that was nearly done. There is another that has about a foot to go. Iíll finish that one today.
05-17-2019, 03:55 PM
I was never one for big cities except for the occasional visit. I don't think I would want to live in one unless I absolutely had to. Then again, I can go to two major cities by train easily enough. I'm actually thinking of maybe visiting New Orleans via train. That would take most of a day (night really) but it might be fun.
Still working on skein #9-ish. Sigh. It's coming along. I'm not likely to get much done on it on Saturday. I have plans to go to an annual Steampunk event that I made months in advance.
05-17-2019, 05:47 PM
I have visited other cities that have small parks or green areas scattered around downtown. It make a lot of difference in how nice a downtown feels.
My hometown kind of dropped the ball there. There is a huge park next to downtown which is really nice. So the parts next to the park edge are mostly nice. But further in the is nothing to break up the buildings. They have tried to revitalize downtown, but it really only worked for places within two or three blocks of the park. The rest is not as nice to put it kindly.
05-17-2019, 07:01 PM
Wednesday night I finished the blue shirt - shortened sleeves and made a straight/shorter hem line. I think the sleeves are still too wide, may add a pleat or something.
Thursday night I got yellow blanket binding and thread at JA using the gift card from hubby. I also started wearing a pair of homemade (not by me) gym-style shorts and a shortened T shirt from mom. The shorts really need pockets to be added. Those are my next 2 projects.
05-17-2019, 09:37 PM
lovely pictures ! yes you need a mix of green and buildings. we are getting a lot more built up all over with highrises. even here something came in the mail where at the end of the block ..someone owns the whole block..one story old stores along the front a heritage house and huge pines in the other half. i know he would sell at some point because he inherited..so free $$ in a way. so min couple million he got. six storey place keeping the house. and some of the trees .but will see sometimes they just wreck trees to say oops. last tall ones here lots of wildlife in them. here there are rules about taking down trees but sometimes people just go and cut them down protected or not or city trees for the view and just say ok fine me. a certain group ... there is another lot at the end of our alley same thing but not as nice of a lot no bunches of trees. there was only two rotten buildings that weren't upkept there in the past that were torn down.
some cities don't protect the trees as much and then surprise they develop the land and surprise surprise lots of flooding well all those big trees were sucking up the water. so they made rules trees over a certain size can't be cut down. here when you build you have to have the arbourist come check out your place and pay for it..even if you have no trees. if you have to take a tree down no charge as long as you put a new one up.
almost finished cat ear hat.
05-17-2019, 09:46 PM
Spent the afternoon sewing. Got ~20 blocks made. At this rate it will not be done by Monday, in time for the quilt guild sewing bee. But then, since I don't have to spend any time tomorrow doing any cutting, I may get more done.
Renmerc, the steampunk event sounds fun. I would love to see photos. We are going to a Star Trek party later tomorrow. Should be nerdy. :)
The herrschnerrs order came a couple of hours ago. Almost all as expected, but one unhappy surprise. I ordered a skein of flame to have some bright red for scarves. Most of my red is dark. I have had flame before and was sure it was red with an orange tinge. I was wrong, and the online swatch didnít quite prepare me. It is absolutely orange and itís so intense as to almost neon. I donít remember that at all. Oh well. A lucky kid or two will get scarves that will keep them safe in traffic at night - lol. I can finally start the basket with the melonberry variegated. Iím using anemone ombre with it and will go with coral rather than flamingo. That should make it a little less pink. That will be a large one. I have one more medium to start. I will probably use wildflowe as the variegated base. Or maybe go with Icelandic, a turquoise and gray. I have a lot of both, and the wildflower would make more cheerful scarves for the kids.
As for the scarves I have an ombre started. After that I may do some solid colors, or alternate solid and variegated.
One project I started that will be something to do now and then is going through my crochet stitch books. I have a photo album with those ďmagneticĒ pages. I am going to cut out the patterns I like best and that could be usable for the kinds of things I make and put them in the album. Then I will discard the books. In the unlikely event I want to do something and donít have a good pattern stitch, there is always Ravelry.
I may do the same with some of my cookbooks. Someday.
05-18-2019, 05:53 PM
Here's how our Saturday is going, on the bank of the not so mighty Mississippi River. 😎Attachment 48771
05-19-2019, 01:06 PM
Big nothing of a day today. Just more of the same. We had an impressive thunderstorm last night, got over an inch of rain in a short time. Happily we didn’t lose power this time.
Any of you in this wild and woolly weather this week - keep safe. We seem to be out of it now. Just typical scattered afternoon thunderstorms in the forecast.
I’ll just be working on the baskets and scarves today. Again.
05-19-2019, 03:54 PM
Hope you had a good weekend camping, SD. We had a very soggy Saturday with thunderstorms all day, a tornado warning and threat of hail, but all we got was rain. I stayed in and sewed. Up to ~43 blocks. It feels like I have a lot to do yet. Blew through one spool of thread and some bobbins.
Rediscovered a gift certificate a friend gave me at christmas. It's for a quilting web store, but they don't carry a wide variety and they're expensive. https://shop.americanquilter.com/fabric/precuts.html I am considering the William Morris 10x10 squares, or possibly one of the white/neutral strip packs. They have a lot of batiks, but I'm not really into those.
05-19-2019, 05:35 PM
Friday was nice. Saturday was cloudy and rainy all day. It poured during the night. It poured last night too, and turned cold and windy. It quit in time for us to pack up this AM, but 50 miles from home we ran into sn-... s-...sss... Dammit! Luckily that didnt last long. It's good to be home.
It was a good weekend overall though. We're now hopeful our dogs will learn to be good campers. For the most part they behaved very well, including when we had people in a car stop for an hour and a half to discuss our trailer. The next day, the people knocked on our door and gave us 2 pints of HM maple syrup as a thank you for our time, and the dogs didn't freak out then either. They did very well.
We're thinking about giving up our big bed makeover I did last year. It works well for sleeping, but there's too much shuffling during the day dealing with the foot platforms. We have so little space to move around in there and no place to go with the platforms, so it's a problem. I'm still thinking it all over since going back to 2 beds means giving up the dinette again, but we're both leaning in that direction. Nothing is perfect but the 2 bed option seems less imperfect than the big bed option at this moment.
We came home with the truck packed to the max, mostly with about 600 pounds of assorted dirt. That should be a good start on our garden projects. Most or all of it will go either into self-watering planters or the terrace spaces for the lillies of the valleys that have needed to be moved for so many years.
I bought parts for the gray water hose. The new jug we bought looks like it will work, but it needs an elbow in the hose connecting it to the camper. It will be nice to have that taken care of, finally.
I got 3 more gowns to make over for babies. Didn't find too much else at thrifts. Since it was pouring rain Saturday, we didn't go to rummage sales either.
It was a good weekend in spite of the weather.
05-19-2019, 06:35 PM
Completed 62 blocks. Not going to finish before tomorrow, so I am stopping there and will just enjoy the rest of the day. Debating whether or not to take it with me tomorrow, since it won't get finished at the quilt bee either. If it could be, I could turn it over to the project coordinator to get it quilted. I guess I will take the christmas quilt and disassemble it.
These are the ugly fabrics I am using. I know they are ugly because I bought them all on clearance or as remnants nobody wanted. :) I've added a few more since this pic was taken.
This is what the blocks look like. The dark brown on the left is not that dark in person, it is more like a chocolate color. And the blues a little more faded. They can be arranged a variety of ways, I have not decided yet.
ch I think it would make a nice quilt for a man or teenage boy. still working on my hat. separated the colours because the next one was so bright compared to the others. would be fine if it was the whole skein but only about half is used. the brighter colours will be the other hat.
you could mix the flame orange with the darker reds for a scarf
05-20-2019, 05:33 AM
Your ugly fabrics aren't that ugly, CH. I like that pattern. The fabrics and blocks would be great for a lodge or cabin decor.
I'm just laying here contemplating the changes needed to the bedding if we switch back to 2 camper beds. It might not be as bad as I thought. Then next winter maybe I could make some fancy quilt tops to cover the ugly flower bedspreads we have now. By then we would know if we want to go back to the big bed or stay with 2 beds again. I suspect there won't be any going back. In Husby's words, everything seems to flow better with the 2 bed arrangement.
Today a guy is coming to discuss installing either AC or a heat pump, thus guarenteeing our temps will not get above 70 degrees this summer. But at least we will finally have AC again. Of course, we will probably get stuck with the stupid 25% tariff we keep being promised the Chinese will pay, but hey, so much winning! Ugh. The last heat pump was $7,000, so if a new one is the same + inflation + tariffs, it's not going to be a fun conversation. That's what we get for procrastinating, I guess.
Not sure what else is on the agenda, but it better involve something to do with the garden. The dirt is still in the truck, too, so we need to get that taken care of. I want to get a few self watering planters made because the tomato plants in the indoor gh are out of control and need to be transplanted. Forecast is for temps in the low 60s instead of low 40s, so that would be a nice change and perfect for working outside.
We need to tinker with the camper a little bit this week, too. It's going to be a busy week.
05-20-2019, 07:16 AM
I worked on a pair of earrings last night, did not like the way they came assembled. Used my last 2 gold-plated fishhooks. Weather is nice this week, I want to work on yard as much as possible.
Figured out my little silver-plated box will live in the foyer to hold dog waste bags handily. :vs_blush: It's tarnished again so needs polishing first.
05-20-2019, 10:33 AM
Quilt bee today. I need to get my stuff together soon and get moving.
More severe weather tonight, they say. It should be nice today, though. It's supposed to push into your neck of the woods, SD, get that dirt out of the truck asap.
05-20-2019, 11:45 AM
Got some work done on the w-b afgan yesterday but none on Saturday. I expected I wouldn't as I went to the annual Steampunk event I've been going to for years. I did get some work done on a scarf I usually bring with me, just for fun. I ended up sitting next to a vendor for several hours, just crocheting and people watching. But it was fun talking with people while they were waiting to get their coffee (the vendor sold Turkish Coffee). I could have gone to different panels/talks or watched a few musicians but people watching was entertaining.
So, I'm still working on skein #9-ish on the w-b afgan. I will probably have finish the skein by the end of the week. Strange to think it's almost Memorial Day weekend. I will probably kick back and do very little beyond crocheting. The local Renn Faire will be running this weekend but I think I'll go next weekend since a friend will only be at the Faire that last weekend.
05-20-2019, 01:19 PM
M - that’s what I am doing with the flame yarn, but with a basket. I pulled the two lightest reds to mix with it. It’s one of the small baskets. I finally have all the baskets started and yesterday decided which to put together in sets. I wanted a variety of colors which was a little tricky since my yarn leans very heavily to blue, green, purple. That’s why I’ve had to buy some extra. When I first started making them I did four of the original pattern, the medium size. Two were colors, two were light neutrals. When I decided to make sets I went with colors, working mostly with what was on hand, and the neutrals just didn’t fit. I’ve decided to throw those in the car to help corral groceries of the rolling around variety. The green one I started and liked so much I wanted to keep it was released back to the wilds of the Christmas baskets. It’s made with current colors and I would only need a couple more skeins to have enough to make another some other time. I think I’m going to stay with the crocheting until these are all done. It would be great to have Christmas taken care of except for adding individual gift cards and something for little girl.
05-20-2019, 03:42 PM
We got the truck unloaded, so that's done.
We shuffled things around inside the fenced area so we can squeeze in the new table garden, but will have to make a portion of fence 2 ft higher so the deer don't reach over and help themselves. Doubtful we will have enough dirt for all the tubs but that's okay. We have a lot going on this year without a bigger garden.
I potted 6 tomato plants and they don't look happy. They don't seem to have good root systems and I'm not sure why. They're in the big gh now so we will see what happens. Hope they survive and thrive. It doesn't look like we will get to the self watering planters this year.
The zucchini died, but I don't have the chicken wire cages made to protect it yet anyway. I still have a couple summer squash and a big bird cage to put one of them in. Guess I better be figuring out the other cages.
We bought 3 Wave petunias yesterday so I put them in a hanging basket. They will think they're in a sauna in the big gh after the freezing conditions they were in at the store. Once the frost danger is past, they can hang on our side deck for the summer to make the hummingbirds happy.
No bats in the bat houses yet. That could take a couple years.
No sign of the AC guy yet. That better not take a couple years.
05-20-2019, 07:43 PM
It is raining buckets again here today. It did not stay nice very long, by 2 or 3pm it was spitting rain. Here is a photo of the clubhouse where the quilt bee is held. It is an octagonal building so some of the walls will look odd. Several of the ladies were at lunch, so you see some empty seats. There were tables left and right of me where most people had set up sewing machines.
I got my christmas quilt taken apart. It went fairly quickly. I was happy with that. Sewed on some blocks for the guild project, and I did two of these for a swap: Attachment 48779
Came home via Hobby Lobby. Needed some black fabric for a charm swap. Picked up some cute easter prints @ $2 per yard to make some kid's quilts. The guild is now providing quilts for kids who get taken into protective services. I still have a lot of pastel colors left from a JA binge a couple years ago.
So, there, I now have 7 quilts in progress. :vs_laugh: :screwy:
05-21-2019, 07:00 AM
I'm envious, CH. There are quilt clubs here but they only meet for business, no sewing except a couple expensive retreats every year.
I stripped the camper bed and made it smaller again. It's a lot better already, even before I rearrange all the stuff on the floor and redo the dinette into a bed. The big bed worked, but it made so many little things not work, like covering the spaces for the trash can and dog water bowl, not being able to get to the fuse panel, 12v receptacle, or TV cable hookup, having to remove the CP cabinet door, the folding shelves problem, and all kinds of other irritations that didn't mean much alone, but all together created real problems. One reason I made the big bed is because Husby's bed is so narrow, but he said that didn't bother him. He doesn't like the big bed because when he gets up at night, he can't turn on the little footlight that's below the little bed and by the camper door, at the opposite end of the camper from the big bed. There's other little stuff that bothers him, too. It's all good to know because neither of us will be upset by getting rid of the big bed.
Changing the beds back will result in not having a table with a light directly over it. We discussed solutions and checked Amazon for lighting possibilities, but later when I was in the camper, I realized our bunk fan/lights can hang from the shelf over the cabinet which will replace the table for Husby's purposes, it will plug into the jack it always plugs into, it will run off the trailer battery, it's plenty bright, and I converted it to LED years ago so it doesn't use much power. I'm pleased about this because we don't have to spend money, don't have to store another item, and we know the light is bright enough. It's a win all around. I need to put a bigger hook on it to make it easier to hang, but that's all.
I think today will be all about undoing the mod for the big bed and doing a mod under the bed to improve storage in one of the cargo bays, since the bed is all torn up anyway. That's needed to be done for years but there was some marital discord over it. But Husby mentioned getting it done a couple weeks ago. Since I had forgotten about it, I need to get it done while he's in agreement.
05-21-2019, 07:17 AM
Yard work here - weather is still nice. Silver box is polished and holding dog bags & mini-flashlight by the front door. I pulled together fabric & clip for another lanyard, just need to press & sew tonight.
05-21-2019, 11:49 AM
We lost water last night. Fortunately we got a repairman out to check it this morning. Even more fortunately it’s just a pump wiring issue. There is a lot of fracking and oil/gas extraction in the area and it’s wrecking wells. If (when?) we have to have it re-dug it’s going to be big bucks. Of course the company accepts no responsibility. Grrrrrr.
I almost got the first small basket done and - gah!!! - ran out of the yellow about two rows from the end. I can tell it’s just going to be one of those weeks. I went through all my leftovers down to ping pong ball size bits and there is not a single scrap of it. I have an appointment in town this afternoon a few blocks from JA but I also have a grocery order to pick up. I can’t get both the walker and groceries in my tiny car and I can’t manage JA with just a cane. Yep. One of those weeks. After all the searching for the yellow I took out the red one and finished that one. I was going to start with the big ones and work down, but decided to start with he small and work up because as I finish them the yarn kept out for them can be put away.
I don’t think the water will be ready in time for me to get decent for the doctor. Definitely bad timing. I can clean up enough with bottled water, and I need a haircut anyway, so I’ll get that on my way and let them wash my hair. Yep. One of those weeks.
And the guy is coming tomorrow for the annual a/c service. At 8:15. A couple of hours before I am usually out of bed. However we’re so far out I accept whatever time servicemen offer. One of those weeks.
On top of all that, the cherry on the cake as it were, Kroger is so out of cherries, what I most wanted, they were not even left on the site as an option to order. On the upside, the weather is nice, I can take a nice long nap when I get home, I’ll have a haircut, and last night I put some “one of those weeks” ice cream in the grocery order. And it was only Monday. Bound to get better. If not, at least there will be ice cream. And naps.
05-21-2019, 11:55 AM
I took the pads off the camper bed and the top off the platform and we decided not to change the internal layout of the storage compartment after all. The divider in it is structural, meaning it works as a bed support, and I don't feel like rebuilding it now, or most likely ever. We will be adding some storage to the back bumper that will make the underbed storage less needed.
We moved the memory foam mattress in and it's still not expanded. It's been a week. Since we're making the bed smaller again, that foam will have to be cut but I don't know how long to wait. I don't want to cut it if it's going to expand in width. It better expand in length because it's at least a foot too short for the bed. So far, not at all impressed.
I'm looking at your forecast on TV, CH. Hope you're seeing it too and staying safe. Worried about our camping friends in Tulsa, OKC, and Norman, OK, too. Bad stuff.
05-21-2019, 04:29 PM
The new memory foam is growing like a weed. I did some online research and found out it expands faster if it's warmer, and it's always toasty in the camper. It's been in the van in the garage in cold weather for a week, and it appears that did not make it happy. The foam is now wider than its queen size space and within 4 inches of the wall instead of a foot away. I will leave it till the end of the week and then cut it.
I changed my wall pockets from side by side back to upper and lower and got that back on the wall by the bed. I always loved it there because it's so handy. I also hung up the water bottle holder I made to hang between the wall pockets when they were side by side. That will be handy, too.
We finally located the hinges for the door from the casette potty cabinet and put that back on. I hate having the pot all exposed when we don't have it set up, mostly because the broom, electric fly swatter, and a bunch of other stuff stored around it looks so junky. The door makes it all disappear.
I got a 15' web leash repaired and put in the camper. It will come in handy when their tie-out cables are too stiff and uncomfortable to hold on to but we need a long leash. I think I still have the other one I made, so the search is on for that now. I got rid of lots of duplicate dog gear when we only had Sota and didn't plan to ever have 2 dogs again, so I'm not sure what we still have.
The camper is starting to feel like home again. 🙂
05-21-2019, 05:33 PM
It's just been rain here today, no wind or lightning. Looks like it is spinning out to the east of us this evening and we may get a few dry days before the next round. Memorial Day weekend is always a wet one.
There were 3 accidents on the highway and one under the overpass at my exit downtown and I was 10 minutes late for my appt and they said I couldn't see my doctor. That always pisses me off. I sit for 10 minutes before they ask if my address or insurance changed, then I sit for 15 minutes, before a nurse takes my blood pressure, then I sit for another 15-20 minutes until the doctor comes around and they're telling me that being 10 minutes late means the doctor hasn't got time to see me? Can we just skip the waiting and go right in? Whatever. I saw the nurse practitioner, not the same one I was seeing last year, and got a steroid shot. Whee. I am rescheduled for July. By that point my new meds should have started working. Or killed me.
I stopped at the 2nd hand fabric shop on the way home and got a couple small bits. Then stopped for a coffee, which I dumped on myself trying to get back into the car. Sigh.
Going to try making bread and hope it isn't a disaster, too.
05-21-2019, 07:41 PM
CH - it sounds like you’re having one of those weeks too. It WILL improve for both of us. I think we got all your wind down here.
Other stuff came up and I didn’t have time to get the haircut, so the doctor got me with embarrassingly minimal hygiene. Thank goodness the water is back on now. At least I hadn’t been out running in the woods or anything so I was passable. I got to see my doctor but had to wait much longer than usual at these appointments. Is this national waiting week or something? I was beginning to think I would be late for my grocery pick up time.
I got the JA flyer today and see RH Super Saver is on for 2.79 Thursday through Saturday. Not as good as last time, but I’ll take it. I’ll try to get back to town Thursday and get the haircut and the yellow yarn. I said I had gotten a couple of colors of the RH Fair Isle yarn to try. A multi color one called parrot didn’t impress me as a scarf at all, but I’m using it in the yellow basket and I love it. Apparently they’re closing it out online, which doesn’t surprise me because they have a sky high price on it. In the store though it was the same price as the other super saver yarns. If they have any of it left I might pick up a skein or two. Online they are down to only showing four colors and parrot isn’t there now. I’m considering eventually making some double strand lapghans to keep using up all these odds and ends from years of crocheting. The parrot would probably work nicely with that. I’m really getting motivated to clear out the yarn stash.
05-21-2019, 07:41 PM
hopefully the week gets better! maybe cus of full moon! can you use a different colour so it looks like a trim. actually finished something the cat ear hat out of mandala sparkle yarn. thought it would be too small with the amount of rows you were suppose to do but added too many..oh well next time Attachment 48781
05-21-2019, 08:06 PM
Pretty hat, M. Pink pussy hats were all the rage (and I do mean RAGE) in 2016. I still wear mine sometimes. I made it from a sweater I got at GW and ripped up.
05-21-2019, 09:25 PM
M - I have a little pale yellow I considered using, but decided against it, since this is a gift and I would always know it wasn’t right. I would do that for sure on other things, but not these. Anyway it’s a nice yellow, sunny without being fluorescent. I won’t mind having a skein if it to use for scarves for the kids. I’m becoming fonder of yellow and I have almost none left. Remnants of the pale yellow and bright yellow which is ... bright. Very bright.
I almost have groceries put away and I have to straighten/clean a little. I don’t even want the a/c guy, a stranger I will probably never see again to see the kitchen and utility room that are on the way to the attic. I would be judged - lol. The living room is piled high with yarn, but I don’t think hobbies count against you on housekeeping scores. At least it implies you are busy.
05-21-2019, 11:45 PM
As part of my attempt to unearth my work table, I finished the organizer I wanted for the van so I can get that out of the way. I guess it's pretty much made of trash because I salvaged the basket and repurposed 3 litter jugs and some plastic bottles to hold stuff. The jugs will be for trash, dog leashes and misc, and snacks and beverages, tentatively anyway. The bottles are for an assortment of small items, note pads, pens, hand wipes, an assortment of stuff we usually have along. There's very little space for stuff in the van, so putting this between the front seats will be a huge help to keep stuff off the floor and from being lost under the seats or migrating underfoot all the time, and help prevent not having what we need. It's not pretty,
but it will do the job for the cost of a few cable ties. Attachment 48783
05-22-2019, 12:38 AM
I think I figured out how I can use the PVC pipe I have on hand after all, to make the clothesline for the camper. I can't find anything to buy that's the right size for the flagpole holders I'm using, so I might as well use what I have, or try anyway. The flag holders are about 1/8" too big for a nice snug fit, but I think I can just drill a hole in each pipe and buy a thumb screw for each. The thumb screw can go through the flag holder which has a threaded hole for that purpose, and right inside the pipe to keep it in place. Of course with the wind out in the Dakotas, if it doesn't work, our towels might end up back in Minnesota without us.
I was so discouraged a couple weeks ago when we were at Menards and nothing fit into the holders. I thought of the thumb screws right away, but not about drilling a hole in the pipe. I was afraid the thumb screws tightened against the side of the pipe would just crack it. Drilling holes would stress the pipe less, I think. I will be happy to get this project done, soon I hope. It will be more stash used, something useful added to our lives, and very little money spent. Except for the thumb screws, I should have everything I need.
Still need to finish the inside shower and the water transfer system, too. And replace the broken outside shower head and faucet. I can't even think about installing the new AC yet. Lots of mods to do on the camper yet this year.
That darn garage ceiling keeps getting further down the list. :sigh:
05-22-2019, 07:50 AM
Finished lanyard and mended one of dad's shirts. I'm going to cut and hem some dog bandannas. I want to give those away at a dog event June 1 if anyone will take them. Working in the yard again today, I wish this weather would last.