Monday, October 29, 2007

progress report

I miss Franchesca. She was the massage therapist that I found here in PDX, who was willing to swap hours for hours, and actually lived fairly near me. Even better, she also grew up in New England, so that bridge of common ground helped us connect. Unfortunately, she moved back east at the end of the summer, and I've been too busy to seek out another trade... why this matters is that I have been busy with the continuing effort to rehabilitate Acorn Cottage, and my body is feeling the strain. A bright spot was the wonderful foot massage that a friend gave me last week; the intractable knot in my left foot is gone, and has stayed gone! Walking without pain is a good thing, and the 95 pound compact Akita is happy that walkies are now back to the way they should be.

Yesterday I decided that it was time to stop struggling with the tearing-apart-old-pallets to get the materials to build a wheeled platform for the washing machine. Those old pallets that I salvaged were put together with spiral nails! I'll use them to extend the compost bin, cos they just don't want to be dis-assembled. So I headed over to one of my favorite stores, "Mr Plywood" (just have to love their goofy retro logo), and actually bought new material, they had some 50 cent triangular bits perfect for corner gussets, and some short boards that were actually the right size for the framework, and I had them cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to the exact size I needed...It seems so extravagant, I've been really good about using wood from the Re-building Center for my projects,...but...I've been struggling with this particular project for weeks now, and with the pieces all the right size and shape I put together the platform in about four hours. Now I may be able to get the washer back into the house before the weather turns frosty, and I can cross this off my to-do list!

The interior window trim is coming along nicely, and I'm thinking about moving ALL the craft and art supplies into the workroom, which will give me a better visual idea of how much storage is REALLY needed, and give me a more serene home again. Last week I put together an Ikea shelf unit to be a temporary replacement for the pantry, and moved the bookcasefull of food out of the kitchen, and the picnic coolers, and the canning jars and kettle. This cleared out the north wall of my tiny kitchen, and it is amazing how much difference that made. Immediately more peaceful and spacious.

Sunday I went to a planning meeting with several artist friends; we are going to have a holiday gift sale, with all kinds of amazing artistic creations, on November 30 and December 1. Stay tuned for further information...

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