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    Argh! I had made an appointment for a tech to come in and fix the phone line on Friday but apparently the term "next Friday" didn't mean the same thing to the phone company as it did to me. "Next Friday" to them meant March 8th - two weeks from when I made the appointment - not the actual "next Friday" which was March 1st. Then, when I was talking to the phone company, they tried calling the line I needed them to come out and fixed. The rep was like, well, the line keeps ringing and doesn't pick up. My response was "No kidding - that's why I need a tech to come out and fix it!"

    I was able to finish skein #12 and start skein #13 over the weekend, especially since I had time Friday afternoon while I was waiting for the tech who ended up not being scheduled to show. I decided to do some work on my wool-blend afgan on Sunday. I wanted a little diversion from the p/g afgan and get some work done on the w-b one. The middle of this week is supposed to be really cold (back down into the low teens and the single digits) so I want something long enough to cover my legs then.

    The wool-blend afgan is long enough to cover part of my lap, depending on how I hold my arms (and thus the WIP). It's also a light weight afgan but the wool does seem pretty warm, considering the weight of it.

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    There are lots of people who can't seem to figure out what the word "next" means. I've gotten in the habit of saying the day and date when I make appointments. Shouldn't have to, but it saves aggravation for me.

    Made a little progress on food in the form of getting some containers washed up. I also found 3 more of the Mazzetta's (however it's spelled) jars I need for the new storage system I want for the new seasoning mixes I'm making. That brings the total jars to 10, including 5 that still have pickled peppers in them. I only need 9, so that means I don't have to buy anything more. I just have to make space and hang up the rack for the jars in the pantry. And wait for the other jars to get emptied.

    I found out the flip top lids I throw out by the dozens fit those little barrel shaped Parmesan shakers. I've been searching for something to use those lids for for years. I won't have much use for those jars but at least I can use one for pepper flakes in the camper and not have it spill all over. Eventually I'll find other jars that can use the lids, I hope.

    Still need to drag out the meat injector and use it to clean an empty Tabasco bottle so I can refill it from a bigger bottle and use it in the camper. It always surprises me how long all these little details take.

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    I got a fair amount done yesterday but there was a birthday party out here that took up a block of time. The trade off, other than a good time at the gathering, was a bring home box with chicken, ribs, and a couple of hot dogs. I have some sweet potatoes I need to bake today, I’ll add some veggies and eat well.

    I made good progress on the basket last night after the party, but I’m having doubts about it. One of the yarns I’m using isn’t blending like I expected and the aqua is very prominent. I think I will do something more neutral for the Christmas basket and just keep this one myself. I wanted one for the utility room and I can use this less than beautiful combination there.

    As for the blocks, I was cutting foundation muslin, and ended up with enough of the piece left over for two more, so I just used that up. I hope I’m not biting off too much with these fancy fabrics. Sewing is, as we all know, not my strong suit and this slippery, stretchy stuff will definitely be a challenge. If it ends up not completely flat it will be okay. It becomes “texture” - lol. Actually that is an element some of my books use deliberately. At least I’m assuming it’s deliberate. I have about five or six more to cut patches for. The hexagons are all made with 5-6 patches so they don’t take long.

    That’s going to be a ton of hexagons, but they are a good size to learn on and with the limited number of patches they are working well with my fabric on hand. I’m trying to stay mostly with tone on tone fabrics.

    After I finish cutting the last patches I can put all the fabric away, which will go a long way toward clearing off the table.

    I am considering buying another table, 24x48, of the same kind as my work table that is 36x60. Now forming the narrow side of the L in my workspace I’m using a folding table, the sort that folds in the middle so is not very sturdy. It’s only has three height adjustments. The one I want has 1” height adjustments and is beyond sturdy. They are classroom tables and built to withstand the apocalypse. If I had that I could lower it to a more comfortable height for the sewing machine and I would be more willing to leave it set up. That would leave my big table clear for anything else I might be working on. The table is definitely not cheap, and I really shouldn’t spend the money for it, but it be a huge improvement over what I have. I will probably go on and order it.

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    I can't quite picture what you're working on, D. Would iron-on interfacing work better than muslin? That would help with stretching.

    If you can, see if you can find a used desk for your sewing machine. Maybe at a thrift store. All my residential machines are on desks or sewing cabinets because I won't give up the floor space without getting some added storage in return, so everything has drawers. I need drawers for manuals and accessories for the machines that sit on them. Having those drawers helps so much to keep stuff organized and convenient. It still gripes me my 2 industrials sit on custom tables with almost no storage, but I don't have any choice about them. They are both beasts and normal furniture would never support them. I also have used folding tables of various kinds with various machines and never been happy with them, usually due to vibration. If the table you describe is as sturdy as it sounds, maybe you will have better luck.

    All I've gotten done today is looking at recipes. I found a few for Doritos popcorn seasoning and Gardetto's and dill pickle Chex mix. I should be able to work those into WW.

    Only 2 people do scheduling for Husby's division, him and another guy. Husby is leaving next week, and the other guy had a back injury that sounds pretty severe over the weekend. It's early yet so it doesn't sound like anyone knows what will happen with him. He is off work indefinitely. We don't know yet if this will impact Husby's retirement or not. I don't know if Husby would be allowed to come in one day a week to do the scheduling during his vacation weeks. It would gain us an extra week's pay if so, and help out his supervisor who will have to struggle through it alone otherwise. It's always something.

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    I've been missing for a bit. But have been spending time in the most important way. Rocking the grandbaby. So snuggles and rocking and sleeping in my arms and so forth. The wedding was this last Sunday, and little miss ( grandbaby) was a hit at the wedding. The bride took the baby and placed her into the groom's arms when he wasn't expecting it and his reaction and face was priceless, the reaction captured on camera and also placed on facebook. So I have been taking time off for this and just some major relaxation.
    I have tried string piecing on the used cash register receipts and they turn black when you press the seams on them. I haven't tried that on the not used, brand new rolls. I actually have a lot of those as my dh picked up a bunch at an auction so not a lot of money used there. I have used the rolls for word strips for teaching music and words to children for our church. but like I said I still have lots of those rolls to use. This week will be more grandbaby hugs and snuggles until they head for home the 11th. ( there is a slew of sewing jobs already lined up to come in next week so then it will be back to that type of work and getting my fixes in for what I want to do around those)

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    Getting close to finishing skein #13 on the p/g afgan. I think I will call the afgan complete after skein #14. It's pretty close to the length I usually make them. That means I have two green skeins and one purple skein left over. I'll have to go through my stash to see if I have other simply soft (or similar) skeins I can use for a rag-bag afgan. I do have some other darker skeins that I forgot I had when I started the p/g afgan. But I think I want those for myself and the leftovers from this afgan will go in a different afgan. Or I can donate them some place.

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    Just so all my forum friends up north can have a good laugh, we got down to - yikes! - 26 last night. I know that’s picnic in the park weather for some of you but it’s dastardly cold for us.

    Was the paper tape that turned black thermal tape? Most of what’s out there is. What I ordered is supposedly bond paper. The seller sent 6 rolls instead of 5. One would have been more than enough - lol.

    For the cotton piecing I used a very lightweight muslin, but pulled out a heavier one for the slinky stuff. I think it will be ok. I’ll see how the first one or two go when I get to sewing them. If it’s not working I can regroup then.

    SD - The reason I want the new table is that I don’t want the sewing machine on the folding table for all the reasons you mentioned. It is one of two I had for my huge 8’ bird cage. I’m using the machine on the big table and it’s rock solid but I really don’t like having that table tied up with it. The most important thing about the table I want is it’s adjustable height. A normal height table or desk puts the machine too high for me to comfortably use. That trumps storage. Anyway, I have always preferred tables to desks. The very few times I have tried living with a desk I always abandon it and go back to a table.

    Yesterday I finished cutting all the pieces for the hexagons and put away all the fabric. They’re ready to sew. If I decide to get the table I will wait until that comes before I start, but I really think I won’t do it now. I have just spent a bundle on clothes for the first time in six or seven years, and I think adding the table would be a little over the top.

    I also finished the basket and started one in more neutral colors. I am past the counting part of that one so it’s pretty mindless crocheting now. I have a headache today and not much ambition, so unless that goes away I’ll probably just keep on with the crocheting.

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    You know what works best for you, D. I buy adjustable tables for my machines, too, but if they need it, I adjust them with saws. 😁 My last desk seems okay as is though. And my serger table is up on risers. That's one thing I like about my industrial machines' tables, they can be fine tuned like the table you mentioned by changing the bolts holding it together. Mine are both similar to this:

    As you can see, not much storage and the center bar makes it hard to set anything underneath. Generally I just have a trash can under each machine, sitting on the bar.

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    Forgot to say the tabletops on those machines are 2 inch thick slabs of particle board covered with Formica, like a countertop. Both are 4 feet long, which I like.

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    SD,

    From your perspective, there is often a good time to retire. From the perspective of the company you work for, there is never a good time for you to retire. There will always be something at the office they *need* you for. Does you husband get paid out for annual leave he has left when he retires? Or are you trying to use it up because it gets lost if you do not use it. For example, if I have four weeks vacation time on the books when I retire, I will get four weeks of pay for it.

    DCompton,

    The beauty of crazy quilting and any type of free form crafting is the you can pass off almost anything as being intentional. Threads that don't quite match - intentional. Strange folds and buckles in the fabric - intentional. Inconsistent sizes - intentional. I have also heard that once is a mistake, but three (or more) times is a pattern.
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    Good points, Kathy. Husby and I discussed his job some more. His supervisor hasn't asked him to stay and Husby said he won't offer. I haven't gotten today's update yet though. I'm hoping the other guy's back injuries aren't as bad as advertised. Husby has to take vacation or lose it. Otherwise, we would take the cash.

    Mom bought a smart phone on QVC, and it arrived today. Let our nightmare begin. She depends on us to handle all this kind of stuff, so Husby will get the fun of setting it up. Best Buy did ours and it took forever even with someone who really knew what she was doing. Mom does not understand even the basics and was afraid to turn the new phone on. It's going to be more frustrating than dealing with her computer problems. Cabin fever causes so much mayhem. That, and phone envy. I'm sure we'll survive.

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    I looked up disposable cutting mats on Amazon and it looks like I would have to pay about $1.50 each there. I looked on Dollar Tree's site, and I can get a 4-pack for, of course, $1. For that price, I can consider them disposable for camping. Dollar Tree is across a small parking lot in the same strip mall in Duluth as JA and Best Buy, so that will be easy. Harbor Freight is right next to that. Uh-oh. I want disposable mats because I expect to have to cut raw chicken during some of our travels. Sometimes it won't be convenient to clean up after raw chicken, so I want the option to just toss the whole mess. I hate the waste, but I would hate it a lot worse to end up with salmonella while on vacation, trying to save a 25 cent cutting mat. I'm happy I can get them so cheap.

    Husby said his injured co-worker is seeing a specialist later this week and may be able to come back to work next week, depending what he finds out. It sounds like he was helping a friend move, and someone dropped a couch on him. Lack of communication, the way it sounds. He ended up with 2 cracked vertebra and couldn't stand or sit last Friday. Don't know if that's better. It's scary how fast bad things can happen. I hope he's not too badly injured.

    At any rate, it doesn't sound like our plans will change. One week to go now...

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    Hope everything goes well for your Husby's co-worker, SD. The cracked vertebra sound painful.

    Finished skein #13 and started skein #14 on the p/g afgan last night. This will be the last skein on this afgan. It will be long enough once I finish. Once finished, I think I will work on the blue afgan. That's not as long as I thought it was but it's still long enough to cover my lap.

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    I didn’t do much yesterday since the headache persisted all day. One of those weather sinus-y things. I finished the last Christmas basket and started a scarf. I want to make a taller basket for myself for yarn leftovers and the scarf I started is one of the colors I want to use. There is enough for a scarf too so I decided to make that first and then whatever is left can be used for the basket. Changing from a 10mm hook to a 5.5mm felt like crocheting with a toothpick until I got used to it again.

    I also cleared the big table enough to set up the sewing machine so I will finally start sewing today. About two months after I thought I would.

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    Husby's supervisor is coming up from St. Paul next week to say goodbye and collect Husby's computer. I'm sure that will be emotional. I ordered some retirement stuff for Husby today, just a couple tee shirts and a key chain. We aren't very gifty people, but I wanted to get him something. The last 2 years on his job have been difficult, and he will be relieved to be done. I think both buildings are having a potluck for him Tuesday. He's been there since 1992 and made a lot of friends.

    Still not getting anything done. Everything right now is about waiting. Waiting for Husby's last day. Waiting for the weather to warm up. Waiting to get to Duluth. Waiting to get the camper out. Waiting to be able to get to the stuff needed to move forward on various projects. Waiting for garage sales to start so I can start looking for stuff I need.

    I found a T-ware container I thought I donated, so that's good. I also figured out I have some T-ware containers that should fit in the camper fridge door. It seems like I would have tried them already, but I want to try them again. Of course, I have to wait till the snow melts.

    At least I'm figuring out little tips and ideas for our food, like disposable cutting mats. I tested the T-ware cruets a while ago and I think we will like them. I'm most happy the lids open the entire top, so they will be easy to wash. I've been looking at my microwave cookbooks for ideas, something I should have thought about years ago.

    I asked Husby yesterday if this was the longest week of his life. He just laughed and said it was. I feel the same way. Time is just creeping by like a herd of snails. Torture.

    Think I'll go make some experimental bean dip to make an experimental black bean burrito. If it works, that can be supper. I didn't get the new Correlle put in the camper last fall, so at least I can pretend to make a meal in the camper using the bowl I will have when we go. I'm hoping the burrito recipe will work for road lunches.

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