Tuesday, December 31, 2019

SMART goals 2019

in which our plucky heroine looks back on the record of what was  accomplished in the last year...

SMART goals challenge 2019
#THINGS MADETHINGS FIXEDTHINGS GONE
1braided linen cordold bathing suit1#
22019 calendarsblack knit top cuffrecycle bin
3black linen undergowngarlic plantedtwo bags to Goodwill
4tiny Norse Pelicangloves mendedglass recycling
5AS50 knit topchook wings clippedyard waste bin
6black knit top for Momprune hardy fuchsia 1#
7red knit top for Mommulched garlic bedsbag to Goodwill
8gold knit top for MomTullia sleevesbag to Goodwill
9dk red top for Mom
leaky undersinkbag to Goodwill
10bright feathers Mom topneckline bindingbag to Goodwill
11multi feathers knit topmore chips spreadrusty toolbox
12Cara Cara marmaladechicken beddingchicken wire
13mushroom print blousebutton replacedchicken house
14Seville marmaladeMartin's Laurel
chicken waterer
154 jars Awesome Saucestripey vest buttonslots of yard waste
16Pomelo marmalade bead swag endspaper recycling
17blood orange marmaldepainted shoesrandom garden plastic
18indigo pinstripe dress
new elastic lacespaper recycling
19charter #1
cardigan lengthenbin of straw
20candied peelcardigan back hemyard waste bin
21charter #2replace button patches dead rope
222 tiny enamelspruned parking stripbag yard waste
23blue floral blouserenewed raised plantersbag yard waste
24Sólbein cardiganplant salad tableyard waste bin
25Range backpackplant tomato startsyard waste bin
26brown corduroy pinaforegrapevine pruned
yard waste bin
27corrugated wiregreen onions planted
bag to Goodwill
28earbud caseI-cord edgingmy appendix!
29Ursa pulloverflowering plum prunedGoodwill bag
30raspberry saucebackyard clotheslineyard waste bin
31tiny rag dollboombox cord plugappletree bits
322nd tiny rag dollweeds gone front yardplant stand
33tween undergownweeds gone back yardbag to Goodwill
34tween apron dressweeds gone side yardsbag to Goodwill
35tween undergownapple tree mulchedbag to Goodwill
36tween undergown4 sewing shelves sortedold frozen food
37tween undergownnew serger needlesmorning glories
38strawberry-rhubarb saucerulers cork reattached windfall apples
39Minoan pendant
gussets added to shirtyard waste bin
40blue floral blouseneckline adjustedbag to Goodwill
41charter #3bike brakes tightenedyard waste bin
42batik popover dressborders on red overdressyard waste bin
43charter #4trimmed forsythiabag to Goodwill
44Laurel enameltrimmed sagegrapes harvested
45Aesa wool gownpill case reshapedyard waste bin
46stripey everyday dressquinceling prunedyard waste bin
47wool panovaloppers repairedred fence slats
48Lions Torse charter masterbroken-apple removed excess mustard
49Terpsichore Fox 
charter master
sewing machine yard waste bin
50Grace of An Tir 
charter master
popover pocketspaper recycling
51herringbone undergowngown band printedlots of leaves
52indigo check undergownKestrel gown neckline
apple watersprouts
53neckroll pillowcasesfreezer defrosted yard waste bin
54carnelian necklacekitchen wall paintedpaper recycling
55charter # 6repair soapdishwooden AC support
56Laurel tablet weaving
add AC to kitchendamaged shoes
57blue shibori popoverKestrel gownpaper recycling
58undergown bodicekitchen wall paintedbag to Goodwill
59Lion's Cub masterfire extinguisher uppaper recycling

60
Leo Minor master2nd windowshadebag to Goodwill

overflow SMART goals!!!
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
61 Lion's Mane mastercompost bins moved -
62 Kestrel gown toile roses pruned -
63 smocked linen apron mended denim pinafore -
64 overgown bodice embroidered mitts -
65 grey stripey dress molar cavity -
66 carved suzani block ghwazee coat altered -
67 two triangle blocks carvedmoar apple pruning -
68 charter #7 painted wool fabric sorted -
69 clothespin bed AC put to bed -
70 charter #8 painted quinces picked -
71 a dozen dishcloths picked persimmons -
72 6 jars grape syrup necklace pegs -
73 Maeva undergown cardigan sleeves -
74 Maeva overdress harvest 15# persimmons -
75 Maeva wool gollar patched overall pinafore -
76 Maeva wusthalbe Tullia mitts -
77 Maeva steuchlein side yard drainpipe -
78 calligraphy letter Drusa mitts -
79 SWAP rules hooks for plunger -
80 three sketches leather catch tray -
81 2 more sketches 2 walls painted -
82 scrappy collage cardigan neckline dots -
83 scrappy collage knit top new lid worm bin -
84 floral scarf - -
85 rain capelet - -
86 Awesome sauce - -
88 quince jelly - -
89 quince sauce - -
90 persimmon ketchup - -
91 capsicum-free
persimmon ketchup
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92 candied grapefruit peel - -
93 more dried persimmon - -
94 blockprinted ermine trim - -
95 saffron linen for Larry - -
96 red linen for Larry - -
97 rum balls - -
98 ginger whiskey balls - -
99 swimsuit - -
100 small shelf - -
101 4 jars quincemeat - -

today's gratitude - despite all feelings to the contrary, I do seem to get at least some things done. This habit of recording SMART* goals all year long has been serving me well for the last six years, and I shall probably continue using the tool to encourage myself for the rest of the years I have life and breath...
* SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely

Sunday, December 29, 2019

a slow Sunday

in which our plucky heroine makes modest progress, after a night with little sleep ...

Finally made a second long-planned small bracketed shelf, to hold my wood boxes of SCA trinkets and treasures... the shelf above it is the bottom of the old wooden medicine cabinet hanging on the wall in the bedroom. The mirrored door is handy when I comb my hair in the morning, and inside the cabinet are some dowels set across (where once medicines sat on long lost shelves) to store my earrings...

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There was a large jar of quincemeat left in the fridge after making the tartlets for Saturnalia, so today I added leftover pears, and most of a jar of homemade Seville marmalade, brought the whole amount up to a boil again, and processed it into jars to keep for next winters holiday baking. There are now four 8oz jars in the pantry. Soon it will be marmalade season, as this season's citrus are starting to arrive at the grocery store. And another batch of candied citrus peel must needs be made for my father's birthday...
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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 capsicum-free
persimmon ketchup
2 walls painted wooden AC support
2 candied grapefruit peelneckline has dotsdamaged shoes
3 even more dried persimmonnew lid worm bin paper recycling
4 blockprinted ermine trim
x bag to Goodwill
5 fruitcake bakedx paper recycling
6 red linen for Larry x
bag to Goodwill
7 saffron linen for Larry x
x
8 rum balls x x
9 ginger whiskey balls
x x
10 swimsuit x x
11 small shelf x x
12 4 jars quincemeat x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - continued progress towards my goal of organisation

Saturday, December 28, 2019

not resolutions but intention

in which our plucky heroine looks towards the next go round...

"Everytime that wheel turn round, bound to cover just a little more ground"...

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Looking at what I accomplished over the last year:

garment sewing:
6 t-shirts for my mom
15 modern garments for me
13 SCA garments for others
4 SCA garments for me

metalwork done:
4 pieces (one a HUGE project)

scribal activities:
6 charter masters created
9 charters painted

other textile activity:
Laurel tablet woven band
2 handknit sweaters
1 new backpack for me

I know that this looks like a lot, but it doesn't feel like a lot. Apparently most of my effort was directed at sewing and textile artifacts, and comparatively little at metalwork. What this tells me is that I need to give my metal and enamel some extra attention in order to bring more balance to my creative life. Also, don't blink, because a yearwheel turns really fast!                   
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Made a swimsuit today*, with the hope that we (Heather, Brandon, Ellie, and Melody + our plucky heroine) would be able to visit the Soaking Pool at McMenamins Kennedy School Hotel. Alas, had forgotten that it is the dreaded holiday weekend between Christmas and New Years, and there were so many people at the hotel itself (the hotel guests have priority over general public) that we waited an hour and a half without success for a spot to open up. Gave up and went to Enat Kitchen for an early supper instead. Yummy Ethiopian food
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One night last week I lost control of the waterpik. It was rather alarming, and messy, and hilarious all at the same time, but fortunately I managed to correctly deal with the handpiece and stop the water from spurting across the kitchen! If I was the designer, I'd have set it up that pressing the button on the handpiece caused the water to flow, rather than having it begin automatically and needing to hold the button down to shut off the water jet
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good news is that the alley neighbors have removed about a third of the trash behind their house that has been a horrible eyesore for the last month. this gives me hope that eventually they will remove all of it...
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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 capsicum-free
persimmon ketchup
2 walls painted wooden AC support
2 candied grapefruit peelneckline has dotsdamaged shoes
3 even more dried persimmonnew lid worm bin paper recycling
4 blockprinted ermine trim
x bag to Goodwill
5 fruitcake bakedx paper recycling
6 red linen for Larry x
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7 saffron linen for Larry x
x
8 rum balls x x
9 ginger whiskey balls
x x
10 swimsuit x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x
 

today's gratitude - experimental swimsuit is wearable, if not particularly photogenic. Figuring out how best to alter it for current body size/shape is tricksey.

Pattern is well over 20 years old at this point, and I've not quite the same body as I did back in the early 90's. And I decided to change up the skirted aspect from an empire waist skirt to a sort of attached at hip level skirt.  Turns out the empire waist skirt is more attractive IHMO. But a hip level skirt will be less cumbersome when actually In The Water. No photos "as worn", way beyond my comfort zone that would be...

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

holiday music


in which our plucky heroine listens to favorites old and new...

I'm keeping busy and currently sewing on the 12th Night clothing for Lawrence (Thora's sweetie). And currently trying not to worry about assorted troubling personal issues. And currently wishing that some faraway folks were not so far away. And, of course, currently doing my best to be aware that in the Very Right Now, I can, in fact, count my blessings











Saturday, December 21, 2019

the shortest day

in which our plucky heroine marks another trip around the sun...

This is just plain lovely... happy Solstice one and all!

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"And so the Shortest Day came
and the year died.
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year."

~ Susan Cooper

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today's gratitude -  I'm still here, still above ground, still making and sharing as best as can be managed...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

fruitcake

in which our plucky heroine bakes a cake...

Truly, had I been on top of things, this project would have begun last month. It has been a number of years since I last made fruitcake, but the temptation to use homegrown dried fruit and homemade candied peel was impossible to resist.  (I have no idea if any of my dear friends even eat fruitcake, so will make certain that there are an assortment of other Saturnalia treats both sweet and savory). What I had entirely forgotten was how very stiff and hard to stir the mixture became prior to being placed in the baking pan; said baking pan, newly acquired, must needs be (according to the recipe) triply lined, first with two layers of brown paper, then with a final inner layer of parchment paper.

It was a sort of a craft project, as I measured, folded, and clipped the bottom edge of the papers that went around the sides of the pan, and after putting that in place, neatly placed a paper disc in the bottom. Lather rinse repeat three times... My new cake pan, designed with a removable bottom, made marking and cutting the right size discs quite simple.

I then used a fair amount of strength to shove the stiff batter into the pan, and to smooth it out into a semblance of a neat level disc. Two hours in the oven and it seems to be done, according to the "toothpick test". Two tablespoons of rum were brushed over the exposed top of the hot cake, the tall paper edges folded down to cover it, and the whole kaboodle wrapped up in tinfoil and set on a trivet to cool. When fully cool, it gets unwrapped from the various layers, possibly brushed with more alcohol, and wrapped up again until being decorated with marzipan and fondant (British party clothes for fruitcakes)
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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 capsicum-free
persimmon ketchup
2 walls painted wooden AC support
2 candied grapefruit peelneckline has dotsdamaged shoes
3 even more dried persimmonnew lid worm bin paper recycling
4 blockprinted ermine trim
x -
5 fruitcake bakedx -
6 x x
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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
 

today's gratitude - finding out that my range oven does actually work

Monday, December 16, 2019

noisy and silly, but fun

in which our plucky heroine is amused...


A friend posted this last week on the Book of Face, and it just made me giggle...

today's gratitude - I am quite fond of Interlibrary Loan, and even with our very active and extensive regional library system I use it fairly often. I am particularly grateful that our system does not charge extra to get books from away. Today I picked up a copy of The Moral Narratives of Hayao Miyazaki, which was sent all the way from a university in California, and have been enjoying it very much!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

snippets on Sunday

in which our plucky heroine is impulsive...

I bought a lamp. Actually I bought two lamps... both from Lee Valley, both that I had been thinking about for a while, both LED lamps. One is a lighted benchtop magnifier, which should be wonderfully adjustable for dealing with small cloisonne bits and suchlike. The other is a small tabletop growlight, as in reference to yesterdays comment about trying to grow my own salad arugula, which according to the internets grows well indoors.
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Better late than never... homegrown dried plums marinate in sherry, homegrown dried persimmons marinate in port, and homemade candied citrus peel; all is in readiness to bake fruitcake this weekend. It won't get to age for a month, but my hope is that it will be right tasty next weekend.

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I was feeling significantly less than stellar on multiple axis, so back to sleep after breakfast was the order of the day. Doorbell rang around noon, and it was a drive by visit from my friend Meagn, who brought me a surprise early natal day gift, a small handmade hit-or-miss rag rug!

She was apologetic about waking me; I was both embarrassed to be caught sleeping in the middle of the day, and charmed at such a useful and thoughtful gift. Had been thinking recently about how nice it would be to have a bedside rug to ameliorate the shock of transition from warm flannel to cold floorboards, and this will fill the spot perfectly. Even remembered that I have a piece of non-slip underlay to put between the rug and the floor, so there will be no slip sliding away!
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Started working on the rest of the 12thC Norman clothing for Laurence (a commission sewing project). The red linen outer layer will be decorated with blockprinted trim stamped with heraldic ermine spots, stamped in black on pale blue linen.
When this is all completed, it will look most festive, with the red/light blue/black layered over the saffron yellow trimmed in red and white. Once the gift is at it's final destination, I will see if I can get Thora to take a photo of Laurence in his new clothing...
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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 capsicum-free
persimmon ketchup
2 walls painted wooden AC support
2 candied grapefruit peelneckline has dotsdamaged shoes
3 even more dried persimmonnew lid worm bin paper recycling
4 blockprinted ermine trim
x -
5 xx -
6 x x
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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

today's gratitude - a new thick rag rug, made for me by a friend

Friday, December 13, 2019

Friday fragments

in which our plucky heroine begins to prepare...

There will be fruitcake, oh yes, with homegrown dried fruit. There will be rum balls, from the ancestral family recipe. There will probably be acorn cakelets, and apricots stuffed with chocolate. There will be hot artichoke dip, and cheese, and quince jelly... There will be visitors here in just over a week, and there is a lot to do to prepare!
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Somehow, in the washing up yesterday, my most favorite breakfast bowl (handmade by my friend Kaðlin) had a chunk chipped off the lip. Not enough to make it unusable, but broken pottery is sad. I keep a mostly worn down Alundum* stone next to the sink, for just such occurrences, to smooth out the edges of chips, or glass. (I usually use Alundum stones to grind down the surface of cloisonne, as it is just enough harder than glass, and when used under water, does quite a nice job)
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A note to self, do not buy arugula in a big bag from the farmers market, as it all goes south in one fell foop! and is impossible to separate the sad bits from the still good greenery. Better to buy in small quantities, or better yet, try growing my own... Hmmm is it a warm weather green, or a wintertime green... must look up. Wondering if could be grown indoors??? I love it, but only ever want a small amount at a time
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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 capsicum-free
persimmon ketchup
2 walls painted wooden AC support
2 candied grapefruit peelneckline has dotsdamaged shoes
3 xnew lid worm bin paper recycling
4 x
x -
5 xx -
6 x x
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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

today's gratitude - the small abundance that allows me to offer hospitality, the gift of the trees with fruit to share, and the knowledge that some of my friends will be here next weekend...

*Alundum stones are chunks of white aluminum oxide abrasive, and come in various grit sizes, the ones I use most often are 150 grit...


Thursday, December 12, 2019

is enough enough?

in which our plucky heroine cogitates...

This is probably the last year I will participate in the annual "Sewing With A Plan" challenge...

Not because I have stopped enjoying the challenge, but because I am getting close to my long range goal of having enough clothing, which for me means having eight each of the various categories of garments that are a necessary part of my wardrobe. Eight because that means a week or so between doing laundry. Over the many years I have been pursuing this goal, my clothing has gradually become almost but not entirely self-made, and has become something that pleases my eyes and my tactile and design senses, and even draws positive comments from complete strangers.

After I finish SWAP 2020, I will need a few specific niche garments*, but mostly my yearly sewing will shift to mending, and to replacing garments too worn to mend. On the average, a garment in regular rotation lasts about three to five years before the fabric is worn out, so personal sewing will still be ongoing, but somewhat less intensive.

* niche garments on my sewing list:
  • a new bathing suit
    (needed soon, because a trip to McMenamins soaking pool is in the offing later this month!)
  • a pair of overalls
    (for those rare occasions when trousers are needed)
  • a new raincoat
    (my current "raincoat" is a venerable 20 year old Goretex outdoor jacket, and looks quite shabby)
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What else I have, which are never taken for granted and always at the top of my count-yr-blessings-gratitude list, are my beloved if far flung family (parents, sister, brother, and their families) and my equally beloved and equally far flung circle of friends (too numerous to name). And, I have a home, a house, in a relatively safe place compared to much of the world, with a sound structure, hot and cold running potable water, and enough electric power and space to do much of what I need and want to accomplish.
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there is one great gap, however, missing from the center of my life:
I will never have the story of my life be one with a dearheart to share long years with. I remind myself often that even those who were given that gift can and do often lose it through death or mischance, and that tis better to live as a singleton than to live with another in unlove. I do get wistful and sad (and frustrated sometimes at all I have needed to learn to do myself without help), and wish for a special person to share my adventures with, to talk to in the dark warmth, to hold my hand, or wrap me in loving arms...
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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 capsicum-free
persimmon ketchup
2 walls painted greywooden AC support
2 xneckline has dotsdamaged shoes
3 xnew lid worm bin -
4 x
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5 xx -
6 x x
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7 x x
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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

today's gratitude - the kindly thoughtfulness of Gersvinda, who knowing that I lack a vehicle, offered me transportation to and from the regional Laurels meeting, which otherwise would have required me to spend almost five hours on public transit there and back (note: I would have skipped the meeting, as that is far more time than I can spare)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

a bit of sweetness

in which our plucky heroine is certain that a modicum of happiness is best homemade...

Am gradually filling up the Fido jars (which I use for storage of dry goods and not for waterbath canning) with dried persimmons. Ran two trays of half plums from the freezer through the dehydrator as well, as it seemed to me that they would work well as a fruitcake ingredient. Gosh they take a lot longer than the persimmons to dry, probably because they still have their skins on. Now cut into small dice, and will be soaked in something alcoholic, probably port, to soften them again prior to baking them into cake along with dried persimmons, homemade candied citrus peel, and some pecans from Costco...
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I use the Christmas Cake recipe* in Nigella Lawson's "How To Be A Domestic Goddess", though I modify which dried fruits to use, and always add pecans. I find it useful that the recipe has several different sizes of cake possible, as I usually make the smallest size, since I know not everyone loves homemade fruitcake like I do, and I don't make it very often even so.
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There are currently five 8 oz jars of persimmon ketchup cooling on the windowsill, this batch made entirely without any capsicum either as an ingredient or as a seasoning. My friend Tullia cannot eat anything in the capsicum/nightshade family, so this batch is for her... while it isn't the vivid red of tomato based ketchup, it has a dark orange-y color, and an entirely ketchp-y flavor.
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Have also finished the multiple blanchings needed to start turning thick grapefruit peel into tasty candied peel, (some of which will be added to the holiday cake, and some of which will be sent by post to my dear father as a birthday gift) and the well blanched peel is currently being simmered in sugar syrup. It will need to dry at least overnight, and then be rolled in sugar granules and put aside in storage.
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Yesterday morning, when changing from bus to Max downtown on my way to the Social Security building, I saw this amusingly odd window display, of hairless women and headless, handless, and footless men! Not sure what the message is - I am most definitely not the target demographic...

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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 capsicum-free
persimmon ketchup
2 walls painted greywooden AC support
2 xneckline has dotsdamaged shoes
3 xnew lid worm bin -
4 x
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5 xx -
6 x x
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7 x x
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8 x x x
9 x
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10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - homegrown tree fruits

*this recipe is close, but not quite the same, the recipe from How to Be a Domestic Goddess is not online

Sunday, December 8, 2019

random Sunday snippets

in which our plucky heroine is feeling heartwarmed...

Best thing in the previous week - young Heather got me a tiny heater as an early birthday gift: a little half-size oil filled radiator, just right for the wee bathroom here at Acorn Cottage. Turned it on for a half hour, and the temperature in the bathroom went up to 65F - no more shivery showers. And, while I turned it back off after the ablutions, with the door closed, the room stayed noticeably warmer than the rest of that end of the house for several hours.
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I've been making steady progress on the yellow undergown for Laurence, which is mostly completed. I decided that the actual hem could be machine sewn, since it only entailed turning up the serged hemline twice, and the machine stitching simply blended into the gauzy texture of the linen. The escallop trim is being stitched in place by hand, and while I'd normally just turn that over to Thora, it is being a peaceful thing to do while winding down later in the evening
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Finally started making progress on the Pelican ring for Wanda, once I found where I put the relevant components... those darn "safe places"! This one was tucked into a ziploc and attached to the pinboard; one would think that would be obvious and easy to notice. I've decided that the small rectangular clear plastic boxes from the dollar store can live on the Ikea storage rack behind the workbench, as that is ALWAYS the first place I look for roving commission pieces, the little boxes are a good size to hold components, and they fit nicely on the storage rack. Finding "homes" for things is an ongoing but someday-ending task. I am good at putting things away in their home, once there is one. The ring is a remake of a former ring of hers, redoing the ring to a double band and resetting the tiny historical silver Pelican intaglio as a ring gem.
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Somehow, I forgot to post photos of the finished scrappy knit top that coordinates with my scrappy collage cardigan. As part of my goal to use fabric from the resource shelves, the whole project used most of six different scrap knit fabrics (grey floral jersey, grey/cream marled hemp, black/cream marled hemp, black/cream striped rib knit, black jersey, and grey/blue striped knit), and is a great addition to my SWAP 2020.

The cloud collar, grey colors, and floral bodice fabric reference "misty moisty morning"...

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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 x 2 walls painted grey-
2 xneckline has dots-
3 xnew lid worm bin -
4 x
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5 xx -
6 x x
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7 x x
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8 x x x
9 x
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10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - a warmer room for personal ablutions

Sunday, December 1, 2019

grey day - in a good way

in which our plucky heroine is pleased with how very much difference a change of color creates...

much painting was accomplished this weekend, thanks to the help of Heather and Brandon the remaining walls in the kitchen have had fresh coats of paint, and that phase of transformation is complete...

I love grey walls. Have pretty much decided that the larger bedroom will be the same color as the kitchen, since there is rather a lot of the second gallon left. I love how that color feels cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and really sets off artwork and woodwork. To me, it is kind of the "little black dress" of wall colors.


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December SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 x 2 walls painted grey-
2 xx-
3 xx -
4 x
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5 xx -
6 x x
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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

today's gratitude - confidence in my own design sense