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text 2018-09-20 19:43
Moby doesn't like dummies

After years of not having a proper way to display or photograph some of my wearable craft items, I broke down last week and bought an inexpensive dressmaker's mannequin.  It arrived yesterday in the middle of the rain, but the UPS guy had covered the box with plastic, so there was no damage.


It took about ten minutes to assemble, but because of the rain I didn't even try to take it over to the studio.  I just left it by the front door.


This morning I brought over some of the scarves I've knitted, to see if I could get some better photographs than just laying them out flat.  I took a few, then headed out to run errands.


More chores when I came home, until I was finally able to sit down with a sandwich for lunch and catch up on at least some of my email.  Moby has been wandering around the house, as he always does.  All of a sudden, however, for some reason he decided to notice the mannequin.  It's been there for almost 24 hours, but apparently having a scarf around its neck while I'm sitting here eating lunch made it threatening.


He barked.  He growled.  He inched closer and barked some more.  Finally he got right up to it and sniffed a little bit, and then everything was fine.




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text 2018-09-19 20:10
My life just gets weirder and weirder

I had a doctor's appointment at 7:15 this morning, but it got cancelled.  Next available is 2 October.  Glad it wasn't an emergency!


But I had other errands to run, so about 8:30 I headed into town.  Last stop was the grocery store.


I always check to see if they have large plastic storage totes on sale.  Today they did!  But it was a weird sale.  The pinkish-purple totes, 18-gallon size, were 2/$5.99.  The turquoise blue totes, exact same size, were 2/$6.99.  I put two of the pinkish-purple ones in my cart and headed to the check-out.


But I got charged $5.99 for each of them!


Rather than argue with the cashier and hold up the line, I went right to the customer service desk.  Sure enough, I was right and they were wrong so I not only got refund of my $5.99 (plus tax) but an extra $5 for my inconvenience!  Whoo hoo!


So I drove home and quickly unloaded the few groceries -- which had been "bagged" into the plastic totes -- because it was still 85 very humid degrees even though we're supposed to be "cooling down."  I put the ice cream away and the produce and BF's oatmeal raisin cookies.  Last things to come in were the two jars of refrigerated pickles.


And one of them was open!  ARGH!


Fortunately, it hadn't leaked, but I will definitely have to take it back.  Thank goodness I have to go back into town tomorrow anyway and this won't necessitate an extra, separate trip.


It's just an annoyance.


Another annoyance is the huge storm system headed our way.  Looks like heavy rain is likely for most of the afternoon and into the evening.  To be honest, I'm ready for it.


Especially if it sends all the T A R A N T U L As back into their burrows!





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text 2018-09-18 16:19
I broke one slump

When Moby woke me at 5:00 to go outside, I thought maybe the weather had cooled off enough that I could spend an hour or so in the T A R A N T U L A guarded studio.  Unfortunately, it was still 85 degrees outside and over 95 (the limit of the thermometer) inside.  Even Biscuit, who usually minds the heat less than Moby, wanted in after about ten minutes.


However, I did stay out there long enough to take care of a small project, but that was all I could handle.  Then it was back in the house.


All I brought back with me was a little packet of determination.



I've been in a crafting slump for a couple of weeks, and with less than three weeks until the first show, I really need to get my ass in gear, especially when it comes to these small "angel feather" pendants.  So I actually made one this morning!


Now if I could only get out of my reading slump.

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text 2018-09-17 17:39
Daily Special - An Almost Free Giveaway!
Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special: More Than 275 Recipes for Soups, Stews, Salads and Extras - Moosewood Collective

For the price of postage only.





I'm not sure where this came from, but possibly it's one of those "I forgot to return the card that said don't send me this" book club editions.  At any rate, it's brand new even though it's been sitting on a shelf in the workshop for almost 13 years.


Neither of us is much for soups or stews, so even though there are some great recipes, they're not going to be made here.  Someone else might as well get some use out of it.


I'm determined to clear out stuff I'm not using.  If no one claims this by Thursday, it will be donated to the Apache Junction Public Library.


The little Washington State Ferry ornament was a gift from my husband's brother and his (Tasmanian) wife years ago.  Not forgotten, because I knew exactly where it was.  I just didn't remember that the Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special was sitting right beside it on the shelf in the workshop.  I brought both of them in the house.  The ferry now sits beside my desk computer screen.


There's a method to my madness.

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text 2018-09-16 20:10

When I was at Arizona State 1998-2000, as both a student employee and honors college student I had virtually unlimited access to photocopying and academic database printing.  I took advantage of it.  Then after graduation, I had a weird little job for almost two years that gave me free photocopying as long as I supplied the paper.  I took advantage of that, too.  Obscure, long out of print books were my favorites.  I copied a lot of them.


Before I moved in 2005, I went through a 20+ year collection of craft magazines and tore out the articles I wanted then threw the rest in the recycling bin.  Instead of five banker's boxes full of magazines, I whittled it down to four very fat 3-ring binders.


Since at least 2008, I've had a scanner that will do PDFs, but it never occurred to me to scan all these documents and eliminate the paper.  I've always had plenty of storage space so there was no urgency.


In the past two days, I've converted over 1200 pages (600 sheets of paper) to PDF files. As soon as I review the PDFs, all that paper will go into recycling.


There is a method to my madness.

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