I saw this yesterday & thought it was funny.
A copy of a Chinese proverb hangs on the door: ďMan who says it cannot be done should not interrupt woman doing it.Ē
Also reading a Tony Hillerman novel a few days ago. Part of a Navajo teaching is 2 hunters capture a magical animal who grants them each a wish. The first hunter wishes to be made the smartest man in the world. So the creature grants that wish. The 2nd hunter wishes to be smarter than the smartest man in the world, so the creature turns him into a woman.:smile2:
05-31-2019, 09:08 AM
I may put aside the wool-blend afgan for the time being. It's getting a bit awkward now that it's almost 3/4's done. I think I may even have some leftover skeins, which is ok. I can make scarves, if that's the case. I do want to get some work done on stash busting.
It's a good thing that I'm getting my walking in during the day. This way, I don't lose any crocheting time in the evening. :lol:
05-31-2019, 09:23 AM
Husby wanted the big pot of Waves for $25. We had already blown through the $20 we planned to spend, but then took Mom to get her plants and did not want to resist temptation on the second trip. I looked around and found 4" pots for $5, so we got 3 of those to save $10. I bought a $4 patio tomato, too,
so we spent double but don't care. We may not be done yet either.
We're getting the smoke from Canadian fires now, also from North Dakota. The season looks bad already.
It shouldn't really matter if a bobbin is a little too small. The tension is controlled by the set screw on the bobbin case. I've often used bobbins much smaller than the case on several industrial machines over the years without problems. The only thing I can think that might be a slight difference is that a steel bobbin is heavier and might add a little to the tension. I've read if the bobbin thread bunches up, the problem is in the top thread tension. I don't know if that's true in every case, but it was with my 990 recently. The top tension was messed up due to a blob of lint between the pressure plates the top thread runs through. But you're right, you will find out when you use the same thread on both types of bobbins. Hope you can get it corrected.
Now I just want to sew something.
05-31-2019, 09:34 AM
A version of that proverb has been my comeback to naysayers for decades, usually insecure guys who stupidly believe women are not capable of doing anything men typically do. I've gotten that attitude from some women, too, usually in the form of skepticism that I actually do the stuff I do and know how use real tools. Always annoying, but I just keep doin' my thang. 😎😎😎
05-31-2019, 10:34 AM
This is a picture of my under the desk storage at work. It is just open space so I cover a couple boxes with art so it does not look junky.
The top one is zentangles I did years ago. Most are from an experiment to put random color on first and then doodle over it.
The bottom mandalas from left to right.
Coloring book page
I made this with a photo and program to make mandalas
Coloring page I added zentangles to
Also a shawl tacked up because the modesty panel of the desk is only eight inches of frosted glass. You might be able to see it if you look really closely.
05-31-2019, 10:57 AM
I have always used plastic bobbins in my sewing machine and the bobbin case part is metal. I did get one brand of plastic bobbins once that I had some problems with. The machine would jam, but when I switched to another type of bobbin it was okay. Both were plastic though. It had to do with the sizing. One was a tiny bit too big and did not move around as easy as it was supposed to.
I remember taking pictures of my embroidery, but they are mysteriously missing from my phone now. I guess I will take more later.
My at home piece is going well. I was not happy with my at work piece so I took the stitches out. I am starting over. I have a lot of resistance to doing things like that even when I have not done much and what I am trying does not seem to be working out.
I was thinking of doing another small doll, but my husband got me a book from my Amazon wish list about felt birds. So I might do a bird next. Maybe alternate dolls with birds.
I am trying to go on a "news diet." I check the headlines on CNN online much more than I should. I am trying to use reddit as a substitute. My husband shows me things from his reddit feed in the evening after dinner. He has set up his feed so there is a lot of cute animal pictures, pictures of nature and other feel good things. So I have set up my own feel good feed from reddit. It has embroidery, crafts, art, cute animals, unicorns, etc. When I am tempted to check headline news, I will check reddit instead.
People at work can tell me if it is stuff that effects us. And some of it does. Our job is to help US exports of agricultural products. So the whole trade war thing does effect us. As does the new round of aid for farmers. That will be a big chunk of work for our office.
05-31-2019, 11:50 AM
I love the cartoon. Hmmm. I donít use my oven in the summer. Another place to stash yarn?
I got the yarn back in more or less acceptable order. The colors in the cabinet are pretty jumbled, but at least itís back there. Instead of finishing the scarf in progress I messed around with double strand scarves. That would let me brighten up some of my duller more ďgrown upĒ colors. Sharon said she would probably be out this weekend and Iíll get her to look at them too. I donít know if any will work. I made one with an L and itís definitely too dense. One with an M is better but still iffy, at least I think it is. Today Iíll make one with the N I used for the baskets, but that may be too clunky and open. For that hook I may make one in dc like the others, but also one in hdc to see how that would work.
If any of these would be ok, I would be beyond happy. I could plow through a ton of this RH I want to use up from the stash, and they are lightning fast to make so I could churn out a gazillion in no time. Her organization, a sort of non profit clinic I think, serves if I remember around 1500 students and they have just added another school for next year. She can definitely find a home for all I can make. Apparently competition was stiff for them last year.
Another reason I want to start using up as much yarn as I can is that I am beginning to feel some arthritis in my hands and crochet might not be the best long term hobby. I didnít really factor that in when I laid in this big retirement stash. I think, perhaps wrongly, that knitting would be easier on my hands, but I would probably want different yarn for that. Anyway, I havenít knitted for around 55 (gasp) years and I would have to learn it all over. I didnít like it as much when I learned as a teenager. It was just too pokey and slow. I would be more tolerant if that now. Anyway I just have too much yarn and itís becoming an irritant. It feels great to be using it up.
05-31-2019, 12:13 PM
Kathy, I like the art on your boxes. The other day I came across my zentangle tiles and it made me want to do that again too. I did a couple with random color laid down first and that was fun. When I finally get around to the watercolor experiment with the lace I might do a stack of tiles while I have the paint out.
I’m weary of news too. I subscribe to the Washington Post online, but it seems I read little now except the weather and climate articles and random things here and there. Just scrolling though the headlines is quite enough.
I spent more than twice, maybe quadruple?, what I intended at the nursery this year too. I bought the extravagant potted daylilies and when with the neighbor’s encouragement I decided to line the whole sidewalk and across the front of the front porch, the cost went way out of control. I really love them though and daylilies are forever so it was worth it.
Now I’m debating what to do with the bed that runs between the sidewalk and house. I have four Indian hawthorns there that are Pathetic. Three of them were attacked by fungus last year. We treated it, but they are just not recovering much. The fourth one looks like it may be getting it too. It doesn’t look bad yet but the other three are just bare stems with little tufts of leaves at the top. I want to remove them this fall and completely redo the bed. I’ll definitely pay the neighbors for that much work. I’m thinking some sort of bulbs or perennial flowers instead of shrubs there.
05-31-2019, 12:38 PM
Going to be a warm day. It was 80 and steamy/hazy by 10 am this morning. I am not sure if it is humidity or if we are getting smoke here yet. Had a friend share some photos taken in Denver the other day, the sky is brown and the air is yellow. Looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. We have had haze from fires out west before.
Did my errands early this morning and plan to spend the rest of the day in air conditioned comfort and sewing.
05-31-2019, 02:46 PM
dc, sorry to hear about the arthritis cutting into your crocheting. I first learned to knit then forgot how because I put the project down and never picked it back up again. I nearly did the same with crocheting but I learned again from someone later on. That time I kept going with it. Never did learn how to do anything other than scarves and afgans, though.
I tend to crochet on the tighter side so I usually use a size larger than normal/suggested.
Finally have a really nice day after three days of storms. Yay!! Of course, we're probably going to get more rain tomorrow evening and possibly on Sunday. But Monday and Tuesday look to be really nice, if on the cool side. Cool will probably be appreciated, given some events going on at work those two days. We have an annual event that started (unofficially) last night and runs until Tuesday. But the main 'outdoor' event is Tuesday.
I have other plans for tomorrow (Saturday) and it looks like it's going to be nice, weather-wise, and I'll miss the rain unless the storm system shows up earlier than expected. Sundays are my writing days so I'm going to be inside anyway if it rains.
05-31-2019, 02:58 PM
I worked in the yard 5 hours. I really made a lot of progress in May. I would like to do more, but overall it looks tidy now. I did not buy any flowers. Found flower seeds but have not planted. I like zinnias because they are easy cut flower bouquets. Might still try the seeds. Right now my hand is noticeably tired from pulling weeds and using the clippers, so might or might not sew later.
05-31-2019, 03:46 PM
I will admit it. I'm a political junkie. But you guys probably figured that out by now. I'm hoping keeping up with it all will become less important on January 21, 2021, if not before.
We got the hand rail on the camper. Hard to believe it took 497 tools to put in 4 bolts, but it seemed like it. It was challenging, but it's done. Here it is folded out and ready for use. For travel, it folds against the camper. It should make the steps a little safer. Attachment 48815
Here's my bed now, with the comforter in its bag and positioned to catch my phone when I fall asleep reading. My wall pockets are back in place and I can keep the new water bottle holder (yellow thing) and leave a bottle in the camper all the time. You can see the shelf folded down against the end of the cabinet. That's the one we missed the most, so it's good to have it back. Attachment 48817
At the foot of my bed, the shower bag can now sit on the little cabinet, which is accessible again through the top. We can put our big Coleman LED Quad Pro lantern, Candlelier, 2 or 3 other candle lanterns plus spare batteries and other lighting gear back in the compartment. The dog water bowl is back by the bed again, out of the way which is a big deal in such a small camper. I love that Crockpot crock as a dog bowl because it's heavy and stays in place and holds a lot. Their food bowls store perfectly inside for travel. The cabinet by the bed there also has a fold down shelf we missed when we had to take the shelves out to extend the bed. Attachment 48819
Under my bed is the cabinet where I flipped the door. You can see how inconvenient it was by picturing the door opening up instead of down. Now it's easy to see in the cabinet and move stuff in and out. The new tote fits great with the 2 little bag tables and the dog pads. I think the tote will hold miscellaneous galley stuff that hasn't had a good home till now, stuff like foil, big black trash bags, DO lid lifters, etc, stuff we don't need every trip.
Husby's bed is narrower than mine. I don't like that he has to share his bed with the pantry, but it never bothered him and even though it's not ideal, it does work. We feel much more relaxed in our camper again. The constant shuffling with the big bed ruined our trips, and we should enjoy ourselves more now.Attachment 48823
I got 4 and 3/8 oz of dried mushrooms out of 3 pounds fresh that cost $12. I'm glad I did it, but I will most likely be buying at a food co-op from now on. When I last bought there, they were about $30/lb. Amazon was $28.45/lb last night, but a whole lb would be about two gallons, based on the half gallon I just got from my 4 oz. A whole lb would take forever to use up.
We got all the plants potted except cucumbers, so it will be fun to see what grows and thrives.
05-31-2019, 03:53 PM
The pic of the cabinet under the bed didn't get put into the text. It's the second to last pic in the thumbnails.
05-31-2019, 04:18 PM
DC does it make a difference what size hooks you use? Some people with arthritis have problems with the larger heavier hooks and some people have problems with the smaller hooks. You can try different sized hooks and see if it makes a difference. Have you already tried the ergonomic hooks?
Before I did crochet, I did knitting. But I like crochet more. That said, I have not done crochet for a while. I think it was DC who said she has not been doing embroidery lately because she was crocheting. I am like the reverse of that. It is not so much that I got tired of crochet. It is that I really do not have time to do both. I like to think when I retire I could do crochet and embroidery as well.
I am thinking now of things you can make with yarn besides crochet and knitting. Have you ever made God's eyes? They don't really look like eyes and they don't look particularly religious. But that is what they are called. They do have a religious origin though. But I think of it a bit like mandalas. You can think of them as having a spiritual significance or just being cool abstract art.
Basically it is yarn wrapped around two or more Popsicle sticks. You can also use dowels or other sticks. It is less common, but I have seen them with toothpicks and thread as well. I have also see them with thin tree branches for a more natural look. If you have trees around that lose a few branch after every storm, that can be free craft material. The first link shows the basic type with instructions. The type with two sticks is often taught to kids. The second link has some really elaborate ones. It was only in the last few years I became away that God's eyes were not just the simple things I made back in grade school. No instructions, but it shows that you can do something fancy if you really want. There is probably instructions out there somewhere for the fancy ones.
I have seen many different variations of yarn dream catchers. Instead of the traditional feathers, they have strands of yarn hanging from them. Some of them still look like dream catchers to me. Others are pretty looking but I am not sure if I would call them dream catchers. I am not sure what criteria there is for whether something is a dream catcher or not. Maybe it is intent?
You could always play around with making yarn wigs. Wear some wild hair once and awhile without doing you might regret to your own hair. (Only half serious with that suggestion.)
05-31-2019, 04:44 PM
SD, the cabin in your trailer looks great.
Kathy, I have seen Gods Eyes, but it is not my thing. I'm not much of a yarn person. As for dream catchers, federal laws have made it illegal to use natural feathers in crafts. Just picking up a feather from the ground can get you fined and jailed these days. So crafters are finding other things.
Here's a pic of the easter fabric I bough a couple weeks ago. I'll do something with it eventually. Attachment 48833
Wow. Those fancy gods eyes are impressive. It might be fun to try one some day.
I’m not having trouble crocheting now, though the tight crocheting on the big hook with the baskets was really hard on my hands as I worked on them for hours most days. Still I can see where it will inevitably end, though likely not for quite a while. But best to start now, given the absurd size of the yarn stash. Tiny hooks and crochet thread, the few times I’ve tried it have been hard because I’m very awkward with it and really tighten up the tension trying to control it. It would just take practice to get beyond that. I haven’t done enough though to know how it would actually go. I generally use an I or J, and as I said that’s had little occasion to use large hooks. I always use ergonomic hooks. The others are just not workable for me now. My favorite that are most comfortable for me are the older Clover hooks with the flat goldish handles, but they are only tiny thread sizes through J. For a while I liked Tulip better and got a set of those through K, but have gone back to the Clover. For the large ones, I have Clover Amour as the only choice I really had easily available.
I made a scarf using double strand with the large N hook I used for the baskets. With two instead of three strands it’s easy to work. I’ve finished one with dc and started one with hdc. I actually like these. The crocheted fabric is thick but soft and very flexible. The dc one turned out really ugly the way the colors pooled so I’ll doubtless take that apart and do a more attractive demo. These are 10 stitches wide but 9 would be plenty, especially for the smaller children.
Free supper tonight. A colleague of Sharon’s had some sort of meeting today and there was tons of food left over. Barbecue chicken, green beans, and cheesy mashed potatoes have been sent out. Hurrah!
05-31-2019, 06:53 PM
I don't think all feathers are prohibited. People use feathers for things like trout flies, hair embellishments, earrings, etc. I've bought turkey feathers dyed to resemble eagle feathers since those are prohibited for most people. Here, we can't use feathers from migratory water fowl which puzzles me. I can buy grouse tails to make fans though.
Dream catchers that have been blessed by a mide are sacred objects, and there are ancient stories about dream catchers. Traditionally up here, they were made of dogwood twigs and sinew. But there are many variations now, and I'm sure traditional ones vary from tribe to tribe, too.
05-31-2019, 07:42 PM
Feathers from migrating species are prohibited, which is going to be most anything you find in your yard or the woods. I had some nice cardinal feathers a year or two ago and was surprised to find they are included. Cardinals are common as dirt, but they migrate, so no go.
I have half a pheasant a friend gave me. It's a game bird, not prohibited. Lovely feathers in several different colors and patterns. I'm guessing turkeys and ducks don't count either. I believe both are farmed for craft products.
Didn't get far on the quilt. Put the first piece of sashing on wrong and it took forever to remove it. Then when I sewed the 2nd strip of blocks they stretched in the middle and I had to unpick a section, ease it in and re-sew it. Was pinning the third section on and realized there is an extra piece of sashing that has to be removed from the last block in each set. More picking. Hand is starting to hurt from holding the seam ripper. So that is a project to pick up tomorrow or Sunday. We are spending Saturday with friends, so maybe not tomorrow.
DC, enjoy the free dinner!
05-31-2019, 08:02 PM
Finished the blanket. Those quilt clips worked really well, better result than the first binding I basted on. That blanket was on my bed as a teenager, so I just could not put it in the trash.
Back to some smallish sewing projects like changing hemlines and sleeve lengths on shirts. I hope I can give away those dog bandannas tomorrow.
05-31-2019, 08:25 PM
Wish I had time to sew. I really want to get the covers done for the pantry baskets in the camper.
06-01-2019, 07:47 AM
Finished 2 quick but critical projects already today, the strap to connect the dogs' cables with anti-tangle hardware to the trailer frame, and the little loop strap to go on the new handrail so we can clip the cables to it when they're not in use. Both should
make a big difference, but they're just theories at this point. Will try them out later today.
Off to city-wide sales. Hope I find some bedding.
06-01-2019, 11:09 AM
SD - happy shopping!
I was surprised to hear about the feathers, but the further information made sense of it. I have some pretty pheasant feathers I picked up on eBay or Etsy for the needlework stash. I’m glad I don’t have to run around with a guilty conscience over those. I’m happy migratory birds are protected and it seems a little extreme to become a felon for picking up a cardinal’s feather, but I guess there’s no way to prove you didn’t shoot the bird to get it.
I’m thinking it may be better just to do normal scarves and save the double thread for lapghans. After more experimenting I would have to choose the yarn carefully for the scarves. Some of the newer yarns are a little thinner and it works best if one of the two threads is on the thin side. Two of the more normal slightly thicker colors is too much and the really thicker old yarn would not work at all. Another option, if Sharon likes them, would be to bring down the Pound of Love stash from the attic and use that since it’s a little thinner than most of the RH. I said I had very little yellow but that was RH. I have plenty of it in the PoL. Since most of the scarves seem to be going to the girls the softer baby colors would be ok.
I watched the single crochet foundation row tutorial last night and it was very helpful. I looked at the comments and many said they had had trouble with the stitch and found it really confusing, but this tutorial made it clear what was really happening and it makes sense now. Ditto. It should be easy to do now. I’ll try it on the scarf I start.
I had a rare night when I just could not fall asleep and then woke up earlier than usual and just gave up on it. I’ve had very little sleep so whatever happens today is going to be low key. I foresee crashing before long. I should download some favorite and often listened to audiobook so when I inevitably fall asleep it won’t matter. Definitely nothing that requires attention to follow.
06-01-2019, 02:11 PM
The sales were a big disappointment. Not many of them, and not much of the things we normally see. Almost no bedding, nothing I wanted. No big sales at the churches or school. I splurged on 3 antique blue glass jars, although at $3 each it wasn't much of a splurge. Two are half gallons, which are HTF. One of those is the side wire style with glass lid, even more HTF. Mom is 90 and said she had never seen one like it, and neither have I. The 3rd one was pint size, and it and the screw top half gallon size came with zinc caps. Usually the caps alone are $1. I also picked up another antique pint, clear glass that's embossed all over except for a smooth square on one side, which I got for a quarter. Mom said it's an old coffee jar. I don't need any jars but I like unusual pint jars and have lots of seasonings in them. Lids from Parmesan cheese containers fit them, and I also bought a bunch of Ball shaker tops. I try not to collect stuff unless it actually serves a purpose for me. Attachment 48837
It was a disappointing morning, but that's how it goes sometimes. I'm happy about the jars and the other stuff we got. Sales are just starting so something will turn up for the camper.
06-01-2019, 04:06 PM
We went to the nursery to get 3 baby plants for .99 each and spent $30. Husby loves red and succumbed to some red Wave petunias, and we ended up buying two 1 gallon size tomato plants and some other veggies. I hope we're done now but we never know.
We tested the new dog gear and it should improve things. Tangled tie outs are a constant problem which makes it impossible for us to sit and relax, so if the new hardware helps, it will make camping a lot more enjoyable again. We won't know how good it all is till we field test it, of course. It's hard to get a good pic but here you can see the strap I made, and how the tie outs clip to the rotating part which allows the cables to turn and untangle as the dogs pull in opposite directions. They also can be manually untangled by rotating the part without having to unclip them, much safer. Normally the hardware would be hanging free under the frame the strap is around, giving the rotating piece plenty of room, but I set it on top the frame for the pic. Attachment 48839
The other little project was something to clip the cables to so they're convenient when we're inside the camper. We used to use web leashes that fit under the door, so the snap hooks could just lay on the floor inside. That won't work with our current maniacs, since their cables won't fit under the door. I hate leaving them laying in the dirt and grit outside, and it's inconvenient and not safe if we have to go outside to fetch them because the dogs are always in a hurry to go out and might escape. So I made this simple loop with a ring that attaches to the handrail. Now we can just open the top half of the door, reach out and get the cables, and securely attach the dogs to the trailer before we even open the lower door. The only potential issue I see is the webbing might slip down the rail, but I'm not going to worry about that till I try it for a while. Both of these little mods don't seem like a big deal, but will make our camping so much easier. Attachment 48841
06-01-2019, 04:53 PM
A troop of Brownies happened to be at the park and loved the Shelties. They also decided the dog bandannas made a fabulous fashion accessory so all are gone except for 1. :vs_love: McGruff Crime Dog and Sparky the fire dog were also there. Rather a hot day for the poor guys who had to wear those costumes.
06-01-2019, 07:53 PM
Dlr, sounds like a fun day in the park.
SD, I can see how the leash mods would be useful. Great ideas! Nice finds with the Ball jars. They are making those blue ones again. JA had them. I used to love yard sales and the like, just don't have room for more stuff any more.
I have fabric to make at least 2 more of these. That will probably be all I am interested in for a while. I think for the next one I am going to add another FQ of blue or purple. to make it a little easier to randomize the blocks.
DC, hope you get a good night's sleep and can enjoy working on projects tomorrow.
06-01-2019, 09:23 PM
Some little child will be greatly comforted by your beautiful quilt, CH. Nice work as usual.
I wish I could claim credit for the detangling device because I think it's genius, but I found it on Pinterest. It was the only thing I could find at all to solve this problem, so I feel lucky.
I want to keep working on the camper, but we need to slather on the bug spray and get done with the gh panels. Maybe if it's windy I can start the clothesline for the camper. Or do more important stuff.
We're under a frost advisory tonight. In June. :sigh: Glad I didn't get the cucumbers planted yet. Husby put everything portable in the gh for the night.
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 We bought a set of garden decorations today in the form of 2 owls. One is about the size and shape of a basketball, theother is like a small canteloupe. Husby put them on a table in front of the LR windows, facing in. Shadow is standing on the couch growling at them, poor girl. She's such a worrywart.
06-01-2019, 09:34 PM
The new blue Ball jars aren't the same as the vintage ones. I read somewhere the old color had to do with sand from Lake Michigan that the glass was made from. I've always loved the old blue glass and all of it I have is in use, mostly as food storage, but I also made 2 foamy soap dispensers from a quart and a pint.
06-01-2019, 09:47 PM
If I wasn't looking for new bedding, we probably wouldn't be going to sales now. I don't want to add to our clutter around here either. But I use half gallon jars a lot for different things. I get 4 half gallon jars per year from olives we buy at WM, and I use those, too, so I don't feel like the jars are clutter. I do need to clear some space in the pantry so I can group all the jars in one space though.
06-02-2019, 11:30 AM
I use as little glass as possible now. After several years ago dropping a glass baster that ended in a trip to the ER and several follow up trips to the doc, and a year or so later more glass working its way out of my heel meaning more doctor visits, I learned my lesson. If I can drop it, make it plastic or metal. I love glass but have no desire to go through that again.
I slept most of yesterday afternoon as predicted. Three hours the night before was not enough to function on. Followed by a long nightís sleep I feel quite human again today.
Iím only a few rows from the end of one scarf. I started another to try. Itís some of the really old RH that is quite thick and stiff. I used a K hook. That makes it a little more open than I would like, but is flexible enough to pretend to be a scarf. Since itís work over a coat it might pass. Thatís another that will wait for the Sharon seal of approval. If not, and personally I would not like it for a scarf, I would put all that type of yarn aside for a lapghan, or maybe just discard it. I donít know how much of it there is. I think sometime this week Iíll get a neighbor to retrieve all the RH from the attic. It will be a big messy pile somewhere, but I think I need to go through all of it and see whatís actually there.
I could also use the stiff yarn in baskets where it would be an asset. I donít really need more baskets now but it would be a better use for it.
Here are the baskets I made for the Christmas presents.
06-02-2019, 12:40 PM
Love the baskets! Pretty colors and functional, too.
06-02-2019, 01:30 PM
Everyone is going to love those, D. So many ways to use them.
I dug around in scrap stash and located most of what I need for the Aliner quilt blocks. I have so many other priorities but I need some leisure time too.
We got the new tomatoes potted so that's done.
A couple years ago I salvaged a big bird cage. We have always been able to grow nice zucchini plants, but something always eats the blossoms, so we never get anything from the plants. Frustrating. So we potted the zucchini we bought yesterday and put it in the cage. Mice might be able to get in, but it should definitely keep out everything else. I sure hope we get some zucchini this year. We like it, especially on the grill, and if there's enough I would like to dehydrate some, too. The cage needed minor repair, which I did using a big cone of lightweight wire I got yesterday for .50. We need light wire every now and then but never seemed to have any around, so now we do. About time. Attachment 48851
06-02-2019, 06:05 PM
Since I can reach the rear roof latches in the camper again with the big bed gone, I put up the portable shower I've been working on for several years. I took some pics as visual aids. Here's the top part, since there's no way to get far enough back to take a pic of all of it at once. I made a web harness to support the shower curtain a few years ago. Attachment 48859
The 4 corners of the harness attach to the 4 roof latches. This was the first big hurdle I faced when I initially thought of this project, because there's nothing to use as attachment points to hold anything up, and I wasn't willing to use things like tension rods because of limited storage. The webbing works quite well and folds up with the curtain to fit into its storage bag. Attachment 48861
The shower pan is a small tote. Attachment 48863
It does not need to be big because feet don't take much space. The upper area of the shower is about 3x3, plenty of space to wash hair, etc. The size of the tote was a huge consideration because it had to be big enough to stand in but small enough to fit under the dinette bed and take as little space as possible, yet also big enough to hold all the shower parts and accessories including towels and other needs. Tricky.
The real hangup on this project has been trying to figure out a way to support the shower head. I had been working on the idea of some kind of pole that sat on the floor, but was never happy about that plan. I procrastinated because it would have caused permanent damage to the cabinets, and it would have needed too many connectors so it would break down to store in the tote and therefore might not be stable enough. But a couple weeks ago, I had one of those ideas that sometimes arrive fully formed in a split second, out of nowhere. I love when that happens! Here's the "rough draft" of the new idea. I just tested it, and it looks like it should work when it's completed and properly supported with the right connectors in various places. Attachment 48865
It's just a piece of pipe that lays across the shelf and will be secured to it, probably with Velcro. A smaller pipe will slide into the first pipe and be secured with a hitch pin through both. I need to add some small parts so the hose will not slip off the end of the pipe and other details, but at least I finally have a plan I'm happy with. The hose runs down to the sink and uses a diswasher quick disconnect for the water source, so figuring out the shower head support is the last piece of a complicated puzzle.
I'm stoked to figure this out at last! There have been times when not having our own shower has been a personal security issue, but now if there's any question or a cg doesn't have showers or they're busy or icky, we will always be able to have a shower that's safe and clean and available. That's a good, good feeling.
I had to laugh. I don't think Husby had ever seen this project before. He knew I was working on it, but he was always at work when I had the webbing and curtain set up. He came in the camper and sat down, looking everything over but not saying anything. Then he finally said, "That's ingenious." You would think he'd be used to the way my mind works by now. 🤣🤣🤣
06-02-2019, 06:19 PM
very nice baskets ! finished another pussy cat hat. started another with the rest of the skein ..seeing if I get 2 from each caron cake. think I need to make them less rows because did the standard 17 of pattern but still big. so will see.
06-02-2019, 09:20 PM
Heads come in different sizes, Martha. If you're giving them away maybe the bigger ones will still fit someone.
I'm obsessed with getting the shower done, so I cut and dry fitted the pipes. I have to fine tune it all yet but that won't take long. Everything will fit in the tote now. I have to find a hitch pin to pin the 2 pipes together, but that should be the biggest challenge left. Then I can attach a couple strips of hook and loop tape to fasten the outer pipe to the shelf and I will be able to pack away the tote. I still have to install the quick disconnect ot the sink faucet, but that's nothing. I can't believe I'm almost done! It's been like Christmas around here the past week.
My junk pile is the gift that keeps on giving. I can't reach the roof windows in the greenhouse and still haven't figured out how the original owner used a piece of straight pipe to do it from the ground, even though he showed us. I think it worked for him because he's taller than me. I've been thinking for a while if I put an L at the end of a pipe, it might work, but I hadn't gotten around to it yet. While I was rummaging in the junk rack for the shower pipe today, I found another pipe. I thought about it when I went out to cut some other pipe that a T fitting would work, so fetched the pipe and T and it worked like a charm to close up all 4 roof windows. That's a relief! Now I don't have to get Husby to do it. I think it's hard for him too, so he'll appreciate the tool almost as much as I will. It's very simple and therefore was a quick task. I cut off a half inch to get rid of a little nick that was bothersome. The T goes on one end, and since the pipe was salvaged from some planters I made, it already had holes drilled in the other end so I just put a zip tie through to make a hanging loop. I will give the T on when I glue the shower pipe together, and it'll be done. Another tiny, simple thing that will make my life a lot easier.
06-02-2019, 09:27 PM
Hit the wrong button and can't correct my typos. The main one is I will glue the T, not give, on the window tool.
I also did not post the pic of the window tool. It's nothing special but a pic makes things easier to visualize. Attachment 48867
06-02-2019, 09:35 PM
SD - your camper is definitely going be of a kind!
Thanks for all the kind words about the baskets. I think they will like them.
Sharon didnít get out to look at the scarves, but I had already made my decisions. I will not do the double strand ones. Too puffy. As for the old thick stiff scratchy RH, I will use it with the K hook. If whoever gives them out doesnít like them, they can be tossed. Iíll be using the big K hook and they take very little time to make. I figured that if you have nothing, at least itís something. Anyway, they should soften up after a wash or too. I donít like donating things I think arenít up to par, but Iíll make an exception here.
06-02-2019, 09:45 PM
These were the most fun thing we found at the sales yesterday. They were NIB with an invoice listing original price of $50. We got them for $12.50. We've been waiting patiently all day for them to charge up so the eyes will light up. Sun's going down, so any time now. Shadow made her peace with them after I took her out for a good sniff yesterday, so she's no longer worried about them. Attachment 48869
06-02-2019, 09:55 PM
You don't know the half of it, D! I've done so much work on it, my pics have gotten passed around a lot and show up on Pinterest every time I search for Aliner ideas. Which always surprises me. I just love doing cool stuff to it, and love to share because people have helped me with their ideas, and because A frame campers have unique problems and limitations and a relatively small pool of owners, so there isn't a lot of info out there about how to mod them. I freely copy ideas others have posted, but stuff like the shower curtain harness is an original idea. Maybe it will help someone else like the swivel idea for dog tie outs was a godsend for me.
06-03-2019, 07:20 AM
SD - Our bathroom has a high skylight that opens. Former homeowner also had a boat, and he kept & left a boat hook in the bathroom that we use to open & close the sky light. Is that what you need for the GH?
I took the "tails" off 2 more shirts. 1 of them needs sleeves shortened also, probably tonight.
Cool weather next 2 days, I have more weeds to pull but hopefully will be done before it is hot again.