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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

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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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Jan. 19th, 2017

Adventures in fostering...

It's difficult to weave with a 60lb foster puppy on your feet.

Do you know how difficult it is to weave with a 60lb foster puppy on your feet? Yeah.



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Aug. 30th, 2016

#CTMonthInTheLIfe Challenge, day 30

Today's prompt is "Treasured"...

Day 30 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  by @createandthrive  is #treasured   I originally woven this cat blanket as a lap throw for myself. But both Morrigan and Miss Sassy started claiming it even before I'd finished tying the Phillipine edge on i

I originally wove this cat blanket as a lap throw for myself. But both Morrigan and Miss Sassy started claiming it even before I'd finished tying the Phillipine edge on it.
Being made from border leicester wool and alpaca yarn , it's both soft and extra warm. Perfect for catnaps on my desk in front of a window.



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Aug. 23rd, 2016

Day 23 of the #CTMonthInTheLife challenge...

Today's prompt is "why"...

Today's #prompt is why, for the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  by @createandthrive    This is a perfect example of why I do what I do- my husband thoroughly pleased with his 4th Doctor-esque #handwoven #scarf .  It's roughly 12 feet long and he proclaim

This is a perfect example of why I do what I do- my husband thoroughly pleased with his 4th Doctor-esque handwoven #scarf . It's roughly 12 feet long and he proclaimed it perfect. Creating things that make others happy, makes me happy.



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Aug. 19th, 2016

Day 19- Tools

Day 19 of the #ctmonthinthelife Instagram challenge that I am now several days behind one has a prompt of "tools"


Day 19 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #if that I am now several days behind one has a #prompt of #tools    These are just a few of the tools I use to create my pieces.   There's no way I'd be able to photograph everything in one shot. :)  #nofilter #weaving #r

These are just a few of the tools I use to create my pieces.
There's no way I'd be able to photograph everything in one shot. :)



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Aug. 17th, 2016

Day 17

Day 17 of the #ctmonthinthelife Instagram challenge by Create & Thrive has a prompt of "photography" ...

Day 17 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  by @createandthrive  has a prompt of #photography ... I tend to keep it simple in my photo set ups. Much of the time, I use my surroundings and since we've moved, #fiveoaks  has been an absolutely wonderful p

I tend to keep it simple in my photo set ups. Much of the time, I use my surroundings and since we've moved, Five Oaks has been an absolutely wonderful place to photograph my pieces. Currently I'm using the lovely pines out back as a backdrop for my woven pieces, such as this handwoven #shawl , "Water". For my #jewelry pieces, I have an antique slate roofing tile in a lovely dark grey that I use, as well as the cool grey cement of the front porch. I find simpler backgrounds make my pieces stand out more, allowing details to shine.



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Aug. 14th, 2016

#CTMonthInTheLife, Day 14

Nearly halfway there! So far, so good...

The prompt for today is " Vignette"

Day 14 of the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge @createandthrive , the #prompt is #vignette... This is a #workinprogress  look at a future #artquilt , combining #weaving with #fabric  The #layout is a general idea of what it may end up eventually looking li

This is a work in progress look at a future artquilt , combining weaving with fabric. The layout is a general idea of what it may end up eventually looking like as a wall hanging. Currently, I have finished the edge on the yellow woven square and have all but two of the woven green squares attached to each other, then need to finish the inside and outside edges. Then I'll figure out how exactly it'll look on the fabric, placement wise. Bright, funky colors that are out of my norm, I'm liking it.



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Aug. 3rd, 2016

#CTmonthinthelife day 3

Today's promt was 'Work In Progress'. I actually have three different projects in various stages of completion, so I did one for each.

#ctmonthinthelife  day 3- #workinprogress , part 1, since I actually have 3 projects going right now...  Playing around with some pin loom squares, eventually this will either become a light weight throw or a wall hanging.  @wildharefiber 100% merino #han

The first is a bunch of pin loom squares I'm working on. This will either become a wall hanging or maybe a lightweight throw if I decide I want to make lots more.}:P


#ctmonthinthelife  day 3, #workinprogress  part 3, since I actually have three projects in various stages of work... This one is a 7' shawl in progress on my large adjustable #triloom .  #handdyedyarn  by me, in 100% #merino. It's becoming decidedly plaid

The second is a 7' shawl on the big adjustable triangleloom. I'm using my own handdyed 100% merino wool yarn for this one. It's turning out decidedly plaid in patterning.


#ctmonthinthelife  day 3, part 2 of #workinprogress , since I actually have 3 projects going right now... This one is triple basketweave on my #rigidheddleloom . Eventually it should become an infinity scarf. @unplannedpeacock  #handdyedyarn Shimmer 50/50

The third is a triple basket weave on my rigidheddle. Eventually it will hopefully become an infinity scarf. 50/50 silk/merino blend yarn, it's so stupid silky soft.




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Aug. 2nd, 2016

#CTmonthinthelife day 2

So day 2 of the Create & Thrive Month in the life is Hands. I'm actually hoping this challenge helps me get back into the habit of taking time to post here. Heh.

#2 Hands of #ctmonthinthelife  This one was a little more difficult, because it's just me. So you get my left hand.  Which is ironic because it's the one with the most character-scars from when Dante and Max tangled and I stuck my hand in between, many ye

This one was a little more difficult since, well, it's just me. So you get my left hand. Which is ironic because it's the one with the most character- scars from when Dante and Max tangled and I stuck my hand between them, many many years ago. It's the hand that I broke my only bone in- the middle finger, no less. It's the hand I write with, weave with, bead with, sew with... obviously I'm left handed. LOL.




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Aug. 1st, 2016

#CTmonthinthelife

So a friend over on Facebook, posted an Instagram challenge with daily prompts for photos you take of your creative life. So I'm trying it out...

Day 1 is Work Space

So a friend, @xiane_threeravens , posted think #ctmonthinthelife challenge over on Facebook. I decided to give it a go. Today's prompt is #workspace , so you get about half of my studio in this shot, complete with the current #workinprogress  on the big #

This is actually only half of my actual work space. The room is 12' x 13' so rather hard to get the entirety into one shot. But I lurves it.



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Apr. 1st, 2016

Working with cats can be so amusing...



So I warped up the rigid heddle loom for a lovely houndstooth patterned wrap. Today, Miss Sassy, definitely feeling much better , decided to 'help'.



First she thought laying under the actual working area was a great idea. Since, you know, laying on my desk *next* to the loom is so passe- besides, Morrigan is also currently on my desk (the window is open). Of course, she simply had to make herself right at home, ensuring that I could do nothing, as moving the heddle would result in squishing her. Then she decided she needed a drink, whereupon I took advantage of her absence to toss the shuttle through and move the heddle down.



That of course was completely unacceptable to her. She immediately returned and squeezed herself under the back warp. She literally twisted and contorted to get in there. And then stretched out again. Which meant, I had to loosen the warp so she wouldn't stretch it out and move the heddle back up. At this point, I'm resigned to getting very little done.



Of course, a loose warp leads to other issues. Such as when she tries to turn around and has the heddle fall over on her.



Which leads to such Diva looks. It's a good thing you're cute, Miss Sassy.



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Mar. 29th, 2016

Changes are afoot.

Yes, I've been slack at keeping up the blog. It's been a rather busy couple of weeks. Toward the beginning of March, we decided to house hunt. It was an exhausting experience and wasn't fun at all. Looking at house you know aren't near large enough, or have too close of neighbors. Six houses in and I was ready to give up.

You note I said *was*.

We are currently in the process of buying a house.

House inspection was last Friday, the house is structurally sound and has very minor things that the seller shouldn't have any issues with correcting. And even if they won't, they're not deal breakers, we'll just do them ourselves. To that end, the tentative closing date is the end of April.

No matter what the house hunting/buying TV shows may show you, buying a house is not a straight forward process. They cut *a lot* out in the name of time and expediency.

After 9/11, they passed a series of laws regarding the transfer of funds. Since we are being gifted the 20% down for the house, we have to show *exactly* where that money is coming from- both from the person who is giving it to us, via their bank statements showing the funds are/were available at the time, copies of the check(s) sent to us, statements from our bank showing that it had been deposited AND the deposit slips.

Loan companies want to know where *anything* over $500.00 came from. They also want 2-3 months worth of banking logs- not statements, *logs* from the bank itself, showing every transaction. They also want a month's worth of pay stubs to compare against the bank logs. Obstensively, this is to prove that yes, you get paid what you say you do and no, you have no liens, or other debts, aside from utilities and rent or credit card bills, coming out (like child support, IRS payments, etc). If you can't give them the documentation they want, it's a red flag and the loan may not get approved. After you get them all the paperwork, hopefully in a timely manner, it can still take anywhere from 30 to 40 DAYS for the loan to process.

That is where we are right now.

We have been told by both the loan officer and our realtor, we are unusual home buyers. I guess because not only did we know exactly what we were looking for and what we would and would not compromise on, but in the terms of knowing in exactly what we want to pay per month, regardless of the fact that we actually qualified for $90,000 MORE than the house we are buying. We simply didn't want a $1,000+ house payment. We wanted to be house rich AND comfortable money wise as well. But also because we've gotten them every bit of paperwork they asked for in a very timely manner, as in, within 24-48 hours. Apparently, some people take weeks. Hrm.

So as a result, we are *well* within the limits of our debt to income ratio. Most people apparently go for a house at the very top of what they are prequalified for, which is what leads to problems. We didn't want to go that route, having been there, done that, once already 20+ years ago.

I'll talk more about the house at a later date, but suffice it to say- it has nearly everything we wanted, especially in terms of land, with the exception of only being one bathroom instead of a minimum of one and a half. We did good.

The best part, besides the nearly 2 acres of relatively flat yard? The house is named. And it's a wonderful, wonderful name.


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In other news, after Mysticon, I bought myself a 7ft adjustable triloom. It finally arrived a little over a week ago and I went to work immediately making a 6ft shawl using Unplanned Peacock Morphic Peacock Sock in the Fountain colorway, dark to light.



Unlike the 3ft triloom and my rigid heddle loom, this one requires a lot of standing, bending and walking back and forth. This was 3 hours worth of work right there. Mainly because Miss Sassy kept laying right in front of where I was working (that should have been our first hint that she wasn't well).



But after a few days of working on it for a couple hours at a time, I finished the shawl now known as Water. On the loom, itself was gorgeous as is, and I couldn't wait to remove it and finish the top edge.



Needless to say, it's stunning off the loom. I will have a very hard time parting with this one, methinks, but that is why I create things like this- if I love them, I know someone else will love them as well. This was before the ends were woven in and the top edge finished off. The drape and flow was quite lovely. I plan to get more of the UPP Morphic yarns in the other colors and create more like this.



I even had enough of each color to weave a 3ft version, but light to dark, which will go to my mom as a Mother's Day gift this year. I also had enough to do 2 more 3ft shawls, one in light to medium, the other in dark to medium. They, and the large Water, will be available at the Olde Liberty Fiber Faire the 3rd week of April.


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Speaking of Miss Sassy, last Thursday morning, we had to take her to the vet. Turns out, her red blood count was extremely low. Normally cats have a count of 40-45, her's was TEN. The vet said, and I quote, "It was not enough to sustain life." She was literally dying in front of us and we didn't know why.

They had to do a blood transfusion and tests. Ruled out a stroke (which is what we thought was going on), diabetes, kidney issues, thyroid issues and leukemia. That left a flea/tick/mosquitoe/biting fly borne disaese- hemobartella.

I blame the neighbors next door for throwing *bread* out into not only their back yard, but over the fence into ours (when I find it, it gets disposed of immediately), the result of which has attracted rats, whom have taken up residence next door but come under the fence to my side for the bird seed I no longer put out. Rats carry fleas. We've had a bad flea issue for the last year, when we hadn't had hardly *any* in the many years prior. So I blame the neighbors.

Miss Sassy is recovering quite nicely. Still a bit skinnier than we'd prefer, but she is 17 yrs old, so never really was a big Siamese. She's fighting the meds when dosed, which is always a good sign, very mouthy when we're getting dinner or lunch or really, *any* food in the kitchen. Needles us for her breakfast, then finishes Morrigan's when she walks away. And she's purring again. Almost normal.

Speaking of blood transfusion- feline blood only lasts 60 days, so most vets do not keep any on hand. Most feline blood types are compatible, I believe, with the others, but the need for feline donors is great. If you have a cat that is of a good size (over 10 lbs) and is healthy, do yourself, your friends with cats and your neighbors with cats, a favor and go get your cat blood typed and registered as a donor.

We almost lost Miss Sassy because we almost did not have a donor nearby. Thankfully, we got lucky and found one. But you simply never know when your cat or someone else's cat might suddenly need blood.

So go get your cat registered as a blood donor.}:)



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Mar. 8th, 2016

Did you know...

House hunting actually really *sucks*? So tired of being told I can't have what I want at the price we're looking in. Yes, I can and yes, I will. We will not simply 'settle' for something we'll want to move out of in 5 years and if we can't find something that's *larger* than here (which is just over 700 sq ft itself) and that doesn't mean almost all the extra square footage is just another bedroom that's smaller than what we currently have, as well as the other 2 being smaller than what we have, then we will simply stay put for another year. Even though, we really don't want to and we're really tired of stupid close neighbors and traffic and city living...

Yeah.

In other news, 2 weekends ago, this happened-

Last day of #mysticon , we're here until 3pm, do stop on by!  #nofilter  #dantesspirit


I set up a table at our little local sci-fi, pop culture, etc Con to try my hand at selling in person. I had at least one person tell me they recognised my stuff from *Tumblr*. Tumblr!, of all places. It was rather fun, honestly and I did quite well. I gave out almost 100 business cards- so glad I ordered 200 from Moo. Well enough that I was able to restock quite a bit of gorgous locally dyed yarn and order a new 7ft adjustable triangle loom- which I'm still waiting for the shipping notice on, sigh.

Next up is the Olde Liberty Fiber Faire, where I was also asked to demonstrate my rigid heddle loom.

Meanwhile, I need to weave up a bunch of wraps and shawls and restock. Heh.


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Jan. 4th, 2016

Hullo, 2016

I'll try to do better on the blogging front, I promise.

I've already decided that Facebook makes me angry too much, sometimes daily, and as a result, my whole day gets thrown out of whack. So, cutting back on Facebook is a definite thing. Which means, more gets posted here instead, even if it's just a random thought, scatter shot type of posting, its still a posting, yes? Heh.

Christmas was fun. And I mean that sarcastically.

We woke up to a completely flat tire on Christmas day. Then we found out the hard way, that all five tires- to include the spare had a locking lug nut on them. And we did not have the wheel lock key to remove them. Or the proper sized socket set and a breaking bar to force them off. Yeah.




Those 5 things right there cost us over $300.00, since we ended up having to buy two new tires instead, as the flat was not repairable and putting a new (the spare) tire on it with a worn tire, might have resulted in damage to the transfer case, which would cost over $3,000.00 to repair. Merry Christmas to us! Ugh.

Then, yesterday, we took down the Christmas lights and discovered that half the new net lights we bought (and ended up actually hating the colors on) no longer work, half had gone out a couple days ago, but it was wet and rainy and we weren't messing with them in the rain, - good thing we got them at half price. They went into the trash. New Year's Day, discovered that a portion of our strand of white lights we use on the porch was out. Closer examination after taking them down, it was discovered that an entire bulb had been removed- read, chewed completely out by the wildlife. Found the bulb section on the ground when we went to look for it. Yeah.



The first quarter or so works, then there's about 50-75 lights that don't, then the rest work. It's a 250 bulb strand. Yeah. Might end up using it for the dwarf alberta spruce, then using the unlit section to cross to the porch, then the rest on the porch, assuming we're here next holiday season to put lights up. *After* we electrical tape the cut section off. Otherwise, the plan is to try to find a white LED strand instead.

We set a house hunting goal line. And that's October-November of this year, with an eye towards hopefully being in a new home by Christmas if not New Year's. So, between now and then, that means figuring out what we absolutely can cut out (going out to eat so much, for starters) and instead put towards savings to build up that nest egg faster, as well as pay the credit cards down and potentially off completely, and figuring out how to build the husband's credit record up more. He's got a reasonably good credit score right now, but ideally, we'd like it to be a lot higher and a great score instead.

We've been narrowing down areas we're interested in potentially looking at houses in, as well as styles of house, size of both house and land, number of bedrooms, etc. We also have a 'theoretical' price range - well, what *we* would be interested in paying per month towards a house, if it's less, awesome, if it ends up being more than we'd ideally like to pay, well, we'll cross that bridge when we get there. Research is your friend.}:P Still a long way to go though.

In the mean time, I have just under two months to finish the hand embroidered silk scarves I've got planned, the steampunk/clockwork jewelry pieces in the works and the last few themed gaming bags, all for Mysticon. Which is another reason I've decided to drastically cut back on Facebook time. Heh. Distractions are very distracting and time consuming.

To that end, these are in various stages of progress...



Habotai silk scarf, hand dyed and being hand embroidered with an octopus tentacle. Have another ready to go when this is finished that will be hand embroidered with clockwork gears.



The third steampunk/clockwork brooch in the process of being beaded. Also have plans for a steampunk/clockwork charm style bracelet and a couple necklaces.


Need to weave the shells for at least 5 more themed gaming bags and then, do a couple dry runs and see which display set up works best. And put price tags on everything still. Heh.

And as a heads up, sometime over the next few weeks, all gaming bags will be moved to the Square shop. Each will be an individual listing with multiple photos. It'll free up space in the Big Cartel shop and better display the bags themselves.

Fun times. Guess I better go get started, eh?



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