Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday fragments

in which our plucky heroine enjoys a respite from the heat...

Earlier this week, we had a bit of a touch of midsummer, with temperatures in the high 80's and unrelenting sun. This morning it was suddenly back to soft grey sky, which made going outdoors a lot easier, which was good, since I had to leave the house very early.

This weekend is the Gathering of the Guilds, and I was volunteering to help CMAG with set up their gallery and silent auction cases. Needed to catch a bus shortly after 7AM. I always forget how very exhausting it is to be in the Convention Center, with the din of crowds, and the concrete floors, so by the time I made it back home around lunchtime there was nothing to do but lie down in the quiet and put my poor sore feet up for a bit.

In the middle of the afternoon it started raining, which is very much welcome for my baby trees and all the other vegetative denizens of Acorn Cottage environs

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baby grapes? not sure, but I have my suspicions that the many tiny clusters that are scattered along the vines of my feral grape will perhaps turn to fruit over time, just as the gorgeous multicolored leaves will gradually be greening...

Apparently, after a bit of research, I discovered that they are the buds of grape flowers, which in time will blossom and maybe become bunches of grapes. I never knew that some grapes are hermaphrodites, and some are single gendered.. since I have had some grapes last year, when the vines were much smaller, I am going to assume that this vine is a herm.
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If money was no object, it would be a real treat to build some of these "wicking garden beds" in the backyard

Today I finally managed to reconfigure the torch holder to fit the Orca torch, and attach it to the workbench, much better than my former option, to simply rest it on a piece of firebrick! This is almost as simple, consisting of a strip of thin sheet brass, with one end bent at a right angle, drilled with holes and screwed into one end of the soldering bench. The other end of the brass sheet has a deep narrow "U" shape cut from it, just wide enough to fit the torch head, and the ends of the "U" curved back around to strengthen them and help guide the torch into place...
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Well crap! Just found out that OHP no longer covers the rosacea medication I have been using for more than ten years. No way to appeal. Grrrrr! Apparently they no longer consider rosacea a valid condition for treatment and sometime between when I last filled my prescription and now, it was moved to the "not covered" list of medical issues. To me, it is a medical issue, since when my rosacea is out of control it gets into my eyes, which can cause damage and even blindness. (There are a vast number of either uncommon or "less important" medical conditions that are not on the list, and some of them are truly life-wrecking.) I am hopeful that I will be able to find a way to get my medication, even though it appears I must needs pay out of pocket!
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April SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 celtic enamel pelican bathrobe shouldersbag to Goodwill
2 trapunto knotwork taxes donebag to Goodwill
3 pliers rackapple tree pruned spare lawn mower
4 charter #7 tunes moved old hose and reel
5 xAesa clothes mended -
6 x torch holder x
7 x x x
8 x x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

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