Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday fragments


in which our plucky heroine continues incremental progress...

Step by step the longest march can be won, can be won
Many stones can form an arch, singly none, singly none
And together what we will can be accomplished still,
Many drops can turn a mill, singly none, singly none
My father was an engineer for the space program, back when we had a space program...
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For the last few weeks I have only been getting either one egg per day or none in the chicken house. My chooks are only three years old, they are too young to be not laying, so I blame the hot weather. I fed them the leftover watermelon, on the hottest day, it had frozen in the fridge and had a wierd texture, but to them it was still a treat, being a combination of fruit, water, and seeds... Today I saw that they had eaten it right down to the rind
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I knocked my soap dish into the sink and broke it last night. Epoxy to the rescue! Leg successfully reattached. I'm no kind of potter, so my few ceramic efforts are rather childlike in execution, as I've not put in the hours that are required to build skill to match the images in my head. There are, nonetheless, needful or desirable objects that exist nowhere else, so on the rare opportunity to get to play with an unfamiliar media they come crowding to the fore, asking to be made real.
This is the repaired soapdish. I made it to fit the back corner of the sink, and drain the water from the used soap bar back into the sink. I wanted a self-draining soapdish forever, but never found one for sale (that fit both the space and my aesthetics), hence the rustic but functional DIY. Were I to get a chance to do more ceramics, I'd make one with sturdier and heavier legs, so as to be less top-heavy and tip-over-able.
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July SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 wool apron dress planted tarragonyard waste bin
2 large border block LED light shieldvenetian blind
3 Thora mousie blockharvested garlic -
4 interstitial block
garlic braided -
5 xsoapdish -
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday and I'm melting

in which our plucky heroine grasps at straws...

On my way home from the needful trip this morning to drop off my EBT biannual forms, I stopped at Goodwill on the way home. A brand new older copy of the classic Knitting Without Tears will be a good addition to my resource library.
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Though often riding transit is an exercise in grim determination, today there was a small bright spot. A woman got on with a child in a stroller, with two balloons with the words "Happy Birthday", and "It's today!" written on them in magic marker. Once they were settled in their seats, I started softly singing happy birthday to the little girl, and gradually more and more people on the bus joined in...
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There is continued progress on assorted crafty projects - have completed 35" of the current tablet weaving, almost finished another interstitial block for the fabric printing project, and am currently in the middle of repairing an old favorite dress that needs the seams reinforced. I got tired of doing many many small patches, so am applying Hug Snug to the seams as a kind of decorative band effect... not ideal but far faster than my previous attractive but very slow hand stitching. I have decided hat it matters to save handwork for garments that will not wear out before the repairs do...
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The terrible evil daystar persists in the current rampage, or perhaps this is just the new normal. The only physical activity I have managed to do today is my basic indoor PT. I am going stir crazy not being able to do outdoor things, and no relief in sight.

The combination of over 100F and intense sunlight have me entirely dysfunctional. Tried to ride my bike last night but it was well above 80F at 10:30. I may try and get up just before dawn to ride my bike, if I can get up that early. My chickens may be too hot to lay eggs, since they went from two a day to none, despite my bringing them fresh cool water in the afternoon

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July SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 wool apron dress planted tarragonyard waste bin
2 large border block LED light shieldvenetian blind
3 Thora mousie blockharvested garlic -
4 interstitial block
garlic braided -
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday snippets

in which our plucky heroine appreciates kindness, and continues hiding from the sun...

It is going to be terrible hot again today. Got up at 5 so I could be at the farmers market when they opened at 8. Decided to splurge and get a piece of fish from the fish booth, and when I told the nice man I had over an hour on the bus to get home again, he kindly gave me a hardfrozen ice pack ("good for at least 4 hours") to keep it safely cold.

I love that I can double my EBT purchasing money there, which lets me get special things like fish, or berries, and puts that money directly to local and regional producers. Got home again before it was too hot to deploy the box fans, at least a little bit. I run them until it is warmer outside than in, and then close the house up tightly until the situation reverses or I fall asleep at night.

Decided to splurge and get a piece of fish from the fish booth, and when I told the nice man I had over an hour on the bus to get home again, he kindly gave me a hardfrozen ice pack ("good for at least 4 hours") to keep it safely cold. I love that I can double my EBT purchasing money there, which lets me get special things like fish, or berries, and puts that money directly to local and regional producers. Another booth had haricots vert, and little new potatoes smaller than hens eggs... I forsee a lovely summertime potato salad (adding in some yard herbs) to go with the special fish treat!
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Happy to have figured out how to do the base for the Mindy camp kitchen cupboard: use thin boards parallel for the base, then use 2-by boards as cleats on the ends and for the risers underneath, so I don't need to cut a large plywood rectangle. Can use "screen molding" for the locator stops along the upper edge.
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Current tablet weaving - 1 repeat takes about a half hour, and is about 5 inches in length
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I had a weird adventure dream last night... Bill, and Eva, and I were all having a sort of odd picnic/sleepover in an outdoor garden, where the trees were actually huge tomato plants. We had made up our bedrolls from these vintage quilts, and were settling down with bowls of vegetable soup...

I suspect the subconscious influence of the Oregon Country Fair.
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Discovered a bag of blueberries in the depths of the chest freezer... this makes breakfast a lot more appealing this time of year. Add a few chopped nuts, some yoghurt, and a spoonfl of rolled oats for a freezy museli morning treat
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My sleep wake has become entirely disordered. I prescribed napping, and so today was mostly a massive siesta once I got home from the farmers market (and put the laundry out on the line to dry while I napped). Now that I am finally awake again, shall attempt the rest of the chores list, and scout around the house for things to declutter.
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July SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 wool apron dress planted tarragonyard waste bin
2 large border block LED light shield-
3 Thora mousie blockharvested garlic -
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garlic braided -
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