Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Needs Improvement

Put together a new bookcase tonight, hammered the last nails in, and then placed it against the wall.  Then I noticed something wasn't right.  Can you guess what it is?
I'm going to pull out the nails and flip the back tomorrow.  At least I didn't have to use glue to attach it.  And I have plenty of extra nails if I mess up the ones from the package.

That's a scene from Modern Family on my laptop there, I was watching while I worked.  It strangely always reminds me of my own family even though none of the characters are much like any particular person I'm related to.

I'm doing way better than I have in over two years now.  My therapist thought I was doing so well that we agreed I could come for "as needed" sessions from now on.  That was almost a month ago.

I'll be doing Twilight Rummage Sale again this month, provided I can get a table.  I put the contact information here for anyone who wants to look into this for themselves.  Fun fun!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Rosebush Negligent Homicide III

I attacked the weeds in my garden today and pulled out a million, I even got some of their roots.  The chickens next door came over to feast on all the scurrying critters that I unearthed.  When I was almost ready to call it a night, I found a surprise waiting for me amongst the last of the weeds.  The nubs of the rosebush!  From the way it was mangled, it looked like it got hit with the mower.  But, there were some tiny hopeful leaves near the base.  I put some fertilizer pellets near the roots and cleaned up the stems with the rose nipper.  Roses have a way of coming back from the dead so maybe it will thrive in time.

I have a feeling I'll be paying for my labor tomorrow in muscle aches.  I put my all into gardening today.  I got an especially stubborn woody pest of a plant that had really deep roots.  There's some bizarre treelike thing growing near my compost bin.  I keep watering it to see what it will turn into, but I think I'm going to regret it.

I'm going down to the basement to make a shelf space for all the things I want to store up for the next Twilight Rummage Sale.  I won't be able to attend until next month, so I'm getting a little too obsessed with it.  I've even made colorful signs for the different things I'm bringing. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Deadlines and Broomsticks

The rosebush was not found, and my landlord didn't return my call, so I guess I better get on with my life.  It's not a big deal. I just thought it would be a new little project.  That's what I get for neglecting my plants for years and now trying to be a good horticulturalist.  I'm like Tommy Lee Jones in The Missing, and the plants are my Cate Blanchetts. 

I set myself the goal of getting my rearranging of my living quarters done by bedtime this Wednesday.  I'm having some family time in a week so I want to have it out of the way.  That means:
  • setting up my new bookcase in the studio, and putting my books and craft supplies in it
  • moving the old bookcase downstairs 
  • moving the boxes of comics into a closet in the studio
  • setting up some shelves in the closet to hold the comics
I have a couple bookcases that I'm having a friend look at this week to see if she wants them, but if not I'll have to give them away.  I've also got to move my records and other art supplies from the basement, as well as some of the artwork that I want on the walls!!

I'm displeased to report that Far West Fibers has updated its policies on what they will and won't accept.  Gone are the bins for plastic film and bags.  They only accept plastic items with a recycling number on the bottom, and not all of them at that.  Also, they don't take as many old appliances as they used to.  I'm hoping that another place will start collecting the other kinds of plastic.  I'm still a fan of FWF though. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Did a little today that had big results, in my studio space.  I finally moved a file cabinet across the room, and that got me shifting around a few other furniture pieces and random bits.  The floor space is clear for now and I have a place to put my printer and scanner.  I have a little double-decker red vintage end table that can hold both!  No more toppling too-small tables to hold one or the other!

A couple days ago I went through my file folders and shredded a lot of old documents.  I recycled three paper bags' worth of paper strips!  I also created some new folders.  Now most of the things I need put away are already in the drawer.

I had an annoying and mysterious thing happen in my own yard in the last couple days.  There was a tiny rosebush near my fence that had not bloomed in a long time, but I thought if I gave it the same attention I was giving to my tomatoes I might see some happy results.  I decided to weed and fertilize around the plants today, but before I could, I looked out my sliding glass door and noticed the bush was gone!  Who would take it?  It had been there for ages.  Someone mowed my lawn over the weekend (my landlords have it done) but I can't imagine one of them taking it out randomly, especially since all the weeds are still there.  Even weirder, the ground looks nearly undisturbed.  My neighbors ran their sprinkler for over two hours, which splashed right over the spot, so I think any evidence melted away.  Or was there ever really a rose bush there to begin with??