Thursday, August 17, 2017

Summer Updates

A number of readers have been asking me -- are we moved into the trailer yet?

Nope.

We're still in the Castle Rock house, for several reasons:
        *The bathroom renovations are not finished. (Guest bathroom, yes. Master bath, no.)
        *Son #1 (our contractor) has not been feeling well. He and Daughter #2 also took some time to see his dad, and check on some property in North Carolina. (He is headed back there, but promised he'd have the bathroom finished before he left.)
        *Painting is still needed. The wood floors need refinishing, as well.
        *We had to beg off to concentrate in other areas -- particularly the Mama's 80th birthday party. (More on that soon.) Plus work.
        *Packing up the business has taken more time than planned. I told the Brick I am sorry I was so verbose, bookwise -- those copies are heavy!

Picture this...full.

     We packed the truck to the gunnels, and made our first trip to put things in storage. Wouldn't you know it -- we hit a huge rainstorm on the way. Our brand-new tarp ripped within the first hour, and continued until it looked like a hobo's discard. Everything that wasn't in plastic got jammed inside the truck; everything that was got thoroughly poured on. We finally pulled under a gas station canopy to wait out the rain. All around us were every kind of trailer and rv possible, trying to get a breather from the deluge. 

So far, we seem to have escaped any serious damage. A few boxes show wet corners, but the items inside seem ok. Some time fighting a brisk wind helped dry things out. 

     It took us three days to box and pack a truckful of stuff...and only an hour or so to unload. Go figure.
     More things happening:

*The chickens are still alive. Barely laying, but just enough to justify buying another bag of cracked grain. The execution clock is ticking.
*The Brick is holding off on taking a regular job, so he can concentrate on the house. 
    My work, on the other hand, continues. You've got to have some income to be able to keep paying bills.
*We just finished the fourth and final season of Turn -- an AMAZING finish.


*Our coffeemaker gave up the ghost...then the French press coffee maker smashed while loading. What the....? (This is serious business for coffee-loving Bricks.)
*I've picked up more jobs. Interestingly, these may include quilts -- but they're not all about quilts. Tough I've been writing about and appraising non-quilted items for the past decade, this kind of work has been steadily increasing in the past year. Hmmm...

We haven't been able to take much time off -- but we have done our jobs. Currently, it looks as if we'll be in the house through mid-October...and hunting season. After that, we'll take another look at the situation and decide what to do. It's not critical -- we don't have to sell the house right this second, to be ok. Which gives us freedom to pick and choose on offers, and time to finish up the jobs we need to get done.

I wish it could go more quickly. I do. But I also believe that we are supposed to hold off for a while, for a reason. What that reason is, God knows. 
    He does. 

Meanwhile, we're:




Monday, August 14, 2017

Just A Little Longer...

...and summer's over.

I can't say I'll really miss this one. It's been full of packing and sorting, and dragging ourselves around. No vacation time. This is the work season, so we can enjoy the future more.  

It is the way it is. 

Looks like we'll still be in the house for at least a few more months, while we finish up, paint and refinish the floors. It's okay -- we're not in a huge rush. I am starting to realize that the Brick and I can only take so much stress and bustle; then we have to stop and rest. (Is this what 'getting old' is like?)

And look what's coming: 



Hoo boy -- pumpkin coffee again. (grimace)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy International Lefthanded Day! AUGUST 13

It's almost over...but did you celebrate your favorite left-hander today? 

As one whose left hand writes...
    
Hope so.

Happy International Lefthanded Day!



Actually, lefthanders do a lot of things right-handed, too... we have to. 

Monday Stuff On the Way to Other Stuff: Sticks and Stones

Actually, it was just sticks, sticks and more sticks.

Two years ago, we got our hands on a truckload of hardwood trimmings from a local company -- for the amazing price of $21. Hardwood, out here in Colorado, is practically the same as gold, but burns much longer than the pine logs we normally buy. 
     These trimmings varied in size and width, but most were in 5-foot lengths. We've been hacking away at the pile sporadically, but it's continued to take up much of the space in front of the garage.

     Until Saturday night, that is.


See the messy pile of sticks behind Charley? Ta-da...

     The Brick and I spent hours sawing tidy-sized pieces, then bundling them. Now we have nine large bundles for firewood here or elsewhere. The bonus: it's extra space, behind our 5-foot chainlink fence, that's both safe and usable. Now we can pull the trailer back into the fenced area, and gradually start transferring things into it.
     The irony in all this: I'd thought our neighbors were wishing we'd get the trailer out of their yard, where it's been most of the summer. (We had to move it to get access to our Large Orange Friend.) Turns out they don't want us to move it for a few weeks yet. They have extra family coming into town, and are thrilled that they can stay in the trailer while they're here!
      It seems little thanks, considering how much Tim and Elle put up with us. Elle even brought over squash and zucchini from their garden. 
     Good neighbors are a treasure.

Origins of Art Nouveau. This affects all sorts of design trends...including fabric.  (From Painting Class)

Twenty of the world's most valuable stolen treasures. (Fortunately, at least half have been recovered. A few have been stolen more than once.)

Some very silly (and funny!) signs, tools and such.

Dorset buttons -- how to make them, where to use them.  (From Craftstylish)



More odd things happened on 9/11 than just 9/11.  See what you've forgotten, too.  (From Listverse)

The Google Manifesto: conform or perish.  (From Financial Samurai)

IMediaEthics -- a great source for checking truthfulness in the media. (This started as Stinky Journalism, specializing in outing doctored photos.)

Bits and pieces from the 'Golden Age of Steamships' - mostly architecturally-speaking. (From Messy Nessy)

Ten famous people who almost bought it -- in strange ways. Johnny Cash, almost disemboweled by an ostrich??  (From Listverse)

Ever heard of Parabo Press? This photo-processing site gives you 25 free photos, if you'll kick in for shipping. The prices are really reasonable, too: $20 and $25 for poster-sized 'engineer prints' in color or black-and-white, of a photo of your choosing. 100% back guarantee, as well. Use the code KYYHCX , and you'll save $10 on your order. (I'll get a little, too.)

Have a good week.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Happy Weekend!





Yep, that's me...trying to do five things at the same time this weekend. I hope yours is going smoothly.

Seeing the Solar Eclipse

In case you've been hiding under a rock lately...
     Many parts of the world, U.S. included, are going to view a total eclipse on August 21st.




For our part of the country (the American West), the best place to experience goings-on is in Casper, Wyoming. At this point, you won't find lodging -- even camping, unless you're headed out to the boonies somewhere. (Daughter #1 put in camping reservations back in March -- and got the last two spots at the local campground.)

     Kansas City is another good spot. It's centrally located, has a ton of hotels, restaurants and such, and is easy to reach. (And leave from, assuming you're not headed out during rush hour.)




Whatever you try, don't miss it. Even if it's a partial eclipse. (Some good viewing tips are here.) Just don't stare for a long time -- even with sunglasses, you can damage your eyes. A total eclipse isn't worth blindness for the rest of your life.

A good warmup to the doings in a few weeks:
     the annual Perseid meteor shower tomorrow night (Aug. 12) and the 13th.

It's flashier some years more than others...but still fascinating. 




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Don't Let Them Get Me!





This could apply to fabric, too. Sadly. I've had the strangest urge to hang out in the sale fabrics, to get away from all the brouhaha at the house. 
    Maybe I'll start a new project, when all this packing calms down.

Summer Updates

A number of readers have been asking me -- are we moved into the trailer yet? Nope. We're still in the Castle Rock house, for severa...