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Oct. 30th, 2019

Ratchet the stress...

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I was up before the dawn yesterday. We were finally getting a new dryer, after deciding that we really wanted a dryer over a washer. That we were ok with continuing to go to the laundromat to wash clothes, but a dryer would be more useful right now.

The old dryer had started dying. Sounding like the bearings were going, not heating thoroughly. That sort of thing.

We had been trying to save to get a full set at the same time, but things kept happening and we kept not being able to get the full amount needed.

So we got a dryer on Monday and will get a washer in a few months, now having an actual total price needed for it.

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It was delivered yesterday. It's so quiet.

Tomorrow I'll rearrange the bookcases. We had to move one so the dryers could be swapped, and I rather like the more openness in the library/laundry now. We don't actually *need* the wardrobe we're using as linen storage, so I'll empty the little that's in it and remove it, leaving space for a bookcase to be placed there instead.

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Worked on this piece on the loom yesterday. It'll be finished and off the loom today. Then I can rewarp and start on a few inexpensive scarves for the next show on the 16th. Inexpensive stuff sells better at that show than my more expensive stuff does.

Then I have 4 turkeys to put together and need to finish santa and snowman ornaments. AS well as a few last large pumpkins for this season.

My last show for the year is at the end of November, and typically, the small stuff, such as ornaments should do well there. Especially this time of year.

Then I'll have all of December, January and much of February to prep for Mysticon. I have plans for things for that 3 day event and will need the intervening months between the end of November and the end of February.

Here's hoping I get it all finished. But first, I need to practice for our last belt testing before full black belt. This time next year, is when we hope to go for our full, 1st degree black.

Hence, the elevated stress levels.


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Oct. 14th, 2019

There'll be peace when you're done...

Over did it yesterday. Of course I did.

Got up early to go do laundry, around 7am. Have to stay to use the dryers there now, since ours has decided it wants to start dying- the washer died last summer. Hope to replace both by the end of the year.

Came home, fed the dogs and then had breakfast. Watched the rest of CBS Sunday Morning, then proceeded to do things.

Vacuumed the house, all 6 rooms on the first floor. Mark had picked up the ottomans, dog bed and toys, so was able to thoroughly vacuum under everything and do an extra good job. He did the dishes while I vacuumed.

Took the leaf out of the dining table in the library. We don't actually use it and with only the two of us, don't need an extra long table. Two chairs also went upstairs, along with the window fans that won't be needed until next spring. One did get put in the far attic window to aid in circulation up there. There's a third in the upstairs sewing studio window. They help.

Mark took a break from deep cleaning the kitchen to help move plants in from outside. Some areas are expecting a first frost this coming weekend, so better to move plants now than to wait.

Moved the outdoor table we never use off the enclosed back porch and to the Murder Shed, rearranged the outdoor chairs and put a board across them for outside plants to overwinter out there on. After we wrap the screen insert in the back door with a double layer of heavy plastic sheeting, it gets pretty warm out there during the day. I've successfully overwintered plants out there the last 3 winters now.

Mark moved the nail for the kitchen wall clock for me. After wiping the wall down- it's right above the stove, while I scrubbed the clock down.

He scrubbed all the counters, the stove, the island, while I scrubbed down the front of the sink cabinet- it's a vintage farmhouse style all in one metal cabinet and sink. I wiped down the fridge and the outside of the microwave- he'd already done the inside.

Cleaned the front porch off after the plants were moved. Took the cat shelter I acquired and set it up in the far corner, for a feeding station for the Barn Kitteh that hangs out in the area. Have a storage container and styrofoam cooler to build a sleeping shelter for them as well. Porch looks so empty now without the plants on it.

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Fezzik got new finery. I finally got around to making an Autumn themed wreath for him. Have the 36" wreaths for a Spring and Summer themed ones, just haven't made them up yet. Got a few more metal sunflowers too, though, not any large ones like the one in the photo. We waited too long to hit the sales at JoAnn's where we found them last year, so only got 2 more of the smallest ones.

Cleaned the bathroom, and replaced the clear shower curtain finally, after the replacement sitting there for a month. The old one had been there since long before we moved. It was well passed time to be replaced. The new one has suction cups on the sides, so it'll help keep one end in place and water won't get all over the floor.

Finally sat down with a drink and a snack around 230-3pm. Watched the first third of Supernatural Season 10- yes, we came late to the show. Luckily TNT shows them in reruns so we were able to DVR every season through Season 13 over the last couple years and gradually work our way through them. TNT needs to show all of Season 14 in one go, rather than a few episodes here and there, interspersed with other seasons and we'll have all of them.Yes, we are DVRing Season 15, the final season as it airs.

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I lost count of how many squares I've made for pumpkins. Need to make 5 more of the dark fall multicolor, then some more for ghosts and witches, then I can start putting them all togethr. Also need to wrap our Halloween costume holsters in leather, by Friday. Dojo Halloween party is Saturday. Mark made the holsters on this passed Saturday. They hold 4 of our Nerf gun pistols. We're going as gunslingers this year.

After the pumpkins and Halloween themed stuff is made, need to make turkeys more snowmen and santas. Also need to work on this year's pin loom woven ornament. Then I need to weave some scarves and line them with fabric, make more themed gaming bags and themed charm bracelets, steampunk stuff for Mysticon next February.

Some day I'll be able to take a break. Today is not that day. Right now I'm going to go eat a locally grown Arkansas Black apple.}:P And try to work the stiffness out.

No, Fit, I am not cycling. I just type fast.



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Sep. 24th, 2019

Gaming weekend this past Saturday. Which meant friends came over.

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And when the youngest niece is here, no one else matters for Leo. He literally follows her around, lays where he can see her and waits for her to wake up in the morning. He even whined at the guest room door because she wasn't up yet. Goofy dog.

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We got further than I thought they would. One more session and this book (1 of 6) should, finally, be finished. It's only taken a little over a year. Not a long time in the world of tabletop gaming. Heh.

Now back to finishing up pumpkins, jack o lanterns and ornaments for Big Otter Mill Memorial Harvest Festival in Bedford, Va, in 1.5 weeks.



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Sep. 19th, 2019

Insert catchy title here...

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Tweaked the crap out of my back on Tuesday, of all things, picking up the pitcher of water to water the plants on the porch. Pretty sure it was a pinched nerve. It's much better today, but still twingey when I move just right. Definitely couldn't go to martial arts class that night.

So I spent yesterday with an icepack and making miniature woven pumpkins in fun, funky colors. Then I went to C.O.B.R.A. class and sat in the audience, watching while the husband had all the fun.

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We went grocery shopping after, which took twice as long since I couldn't move as fast. I love this time of year, because Kroger gets all the cool skeleton Halloween decorations out and on sale.

So I made a new friend last night.

Need to go back for the skeleton unicorn, the bat, the frog...



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Sep. 10th, 2019

Work in progress

Working on new Halloween ornaments this year...

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A ghost ornament, a witch ornament and a mini pumpkin.

Not crazy about the hat for the witch (these are prototypes of the ghost and witch), so looking into other options for those.


These are approximately 3.5 inches high, the pumpkin is approximately 2 inches around and has a real cinnamon stick stalk as well as bits of cinnamon stick in the stuffing.

The plan is to have sets of 3 as well as individual ornaments.



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Aug. 29th, 2019

Yarny Yarn

So back in July, I signed up for my first 'yarn club', a 6 month subscription for a skein a month of lovely, hand dyed yarn.

This month saw the first installment arrive.

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This is the first skein in Fiber for the People's Oxide yarn club.

The dye colors are based off of various oxidation colors, be that copper, or other materials that oxidize over time. This is Merino/Nylon 2ply, super soft and just lovely in person.

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Now to decide how to use it...



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Aug. 14th, 2019

Pertinent things...

Until I have more time available to me...

My brother finally moved out, after a year of living with us. After telling him, repeatedly, to save money for deposits that he may or may not have, he still ended up 500.00 short for electric and water deposits. And now has a loan out with our mother.

Like clockwork, 2 weeks after he moved out, he made himself sick. *Every month*, he'd get sick for a week. He'd claim it was his stomach, we think it was deliberate. *Every. Month.*

We lost Miss Sassy, suddenly, in December 2018. She's buried out back, as will all our pets from now on. Morrigan, Caena and Leo are doing well.

My mother in law is in the final stages of Alzheimer's. WE expect by the end of the year, she'll be gone. Of course, she could fool all of us and hang on for another few years.

My dad had a new pacemaker put in, it deals with *both* D-fib and A-fib, since, he's contrary and has both. He's doing much better now.

My second oldest niece is expecting her first, a boy, this Christmas.
My oldest niece apparently is going by 'Owen' now. I have no idea if that means they are deciding to transition or what, as we do not actually communicate.

My youngest niece graduated high school, will be attending community college for a few years, then transferring to a university.

We are now black/green belts in martial arts, and green belts in C.O.B.R.A. self defense fighting systems. We test for black/blue belt in martial arts next month. After that, it's black/red, then full black belt, 1st degree.

Garden did exceedingly well this year. Lots of beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, some zucchini, some potatoes. Pulling the sweet potatoes this weekend, hoping for lots of those too.

Still weaving, took the summer off, have a show the end of next month, then one a month for the next three. Have a whole list of things to create between now and then, so back to work I go.


Apparently my Galaxy Fit thinks I'm cycling... Fool thing.



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