Friday, July 08, 2011
Sun again yesterday! Much to Karma's delight.
If it has been raining during the night I have been sleeping thru the thunderstorms. I haven't been watching the news and it's so soggy around here it's hard to tell if it has rained or not. But if it has, the rain has not been getting into the porch. Depending on the direction of the wind, it doesn't always soak the carpeting. Again--much to Miss Karma's delight--LOL!
Leah brought over all those different things on Weds night. These four spikey blue balls were one of the items she picked up for me.
We use them instead of the dryer sheets, but my old ones were finally ripping apart. Leah's are still fine. She said she doesn't use high heat, tho. When I had tried to use the lower heat with my dryer years ago it took about two hours to dry a load of clothes, so I have just been using high since I have tough, durable clothes--hehe! Maybe I should check out the lower heat again. Who knows? It could have healed itself, as mechanical things will do sometimes. ;)
Dagan took down my little green cart to meet Leah's car and haul up the bags of potting soil. My goodness! That is a much bigger pot than it looked in the photo, but Leah said it will hang. I trust her. Oh--and the other thing on the cart is the shredder. The cover is inside the shredder and the big bottle of oil for it is on the desk there. (Yes--I need to buckle down one of these days and get going on those files.......after I get done all the paper and ink testing--LOL!)
Karma made a haul!! Here's her two basic foods from the Natural Pet Store. Both are diet foods--for fat/indoor/older cats. She loves the Felidae the best of anything!
I was using Iams Indoor for her regular cat dish in the pantry and her food dish on the porch, but I plan to switch them both over to the EVO weight management one above. I use the Filadae and any other indoor cat food (like Meow Mix, Iams, etc) in her little "treat" jars I keep in the end table that she eats in the living room on her "Milk Bone" bed--hehe! So, she thinks she is getting lots of special treats and it is just dry "diet" cat food.
Leah came with a present, too!! No, it's not a dryer ball--LOL! It's a blue plastic egg that you can put treats in and they have to roll it around to get the treats to fall out. The holes are adjustable, but it took us a while to get them small enough so that nuggets didn't just pour out of there--hehe! It said in the instructions that there's a way you can get only one hole to be open--and that must have been what made it confusing to figure out how to turn the moveable section inside there.
Anyways, has she paid much attention to the egg? Nope. We already figured that if it is a dud for Karma, it will go over to Sammy and Annie to see if they like it.
What she does like...the last thing Leah brought for her...catnip! The bit of catnip I had left here was at least 2 years old and didn't smell much anymore. I do keep it in a tightly sealed jar, but it does get old. She still liked it okay, but the new stuff is more intoxicating, I guess.
Wait till her grass finally dies out there on the porch. I bought some catnip seed!! Whoohoo! ;)
Some darker clouds did roll in later in the day...
...but they were still fluffy white...
...with dark bottom-sides.
The exciting news that kept me puttering all afternoon--the JetPens order arrived!! I had to laugh. I thought I had also clicked on the set of LePens and somehow didn't. But I ordered all the rest of the singles that weren't in the set--LOL! So, I hope I will have enough for another JetPens order in August--chuckle! At least by September. :)
Anyways, I am also on a quest to find a good fountain pen friendly journal or (preferably) journal refills now that I have a running personal diary type journal going again. You saw I ordered one last month from JetPens--and this month I got a refill to try. And the LePens and the cheap nib holder I thought might fit the teeny, tiny nib I ordered by accident last month that is lying next to it.
This is the Exacompta blank refill. (No point in buying the leather holder every time if I don't like the refills, right?) French milled, I believe. (More on this below.)
The LePens!! Now many years ago these were my favorite pens for a long while. I loved them in burgundy and brown and blue the best. I had to search for them when they became harder and harder to find in town (Minneapolis--years before I ever had a computer or knew about the internet). Finally they were no longer available anywhere. :( I actually forgot about them, to be honest. I thought they just quit making them.
Lo and behold they showed up as a new item a week or two ago on JetPens!! In the full rainbow of colors!! Hence all the excitement here in my sanctuary in Fargo--ROFL!! ;)
They have a pretty fine nib that is harder and not a felt tip. Super slender pens!! Love the feel of them in my hand. Very feminine, I must say. Anyways, I am just tickled that they have surfaced again into my little corner of the world. :):)
Another order chuckle. I obviously know nothing about this whole other world of pen holders and nibs that the Japanese comic and manga folks use. This holder sure seemed to be the right size...but there was no way to attach the nib!?? Just that metal post? There is no slit anywhere to slide the end of the nib into. Nothing! Nada! But you could lay the nib on the metal rod at the end of the nib holder and it looks like they should work, doesn't it? Man, that nib is tiny! So I decided to just glue it on. I'm not going to buy any more micro nibs anyways, right? I got some glue that is supposed to work on metal. To be continued....LOLOL!
Okay--when I opened up the Exacompta journal I wondered why the weird circular perforations on the bottom corners of every page?
What is the logic in that? I find it annoying.
I tried to crack the spine and get the pages to lie flat. They probably will in time with some use.
The paper is SOOO thin! I swear it feels thinner than computer paper! (I almost said typing paper, but Dagan and Leah tease me when I use such old-fashioned terminology that I find I catch myself now--LOL!) You can see one of the writing guides I have made for myself and printed off copies. I did cut this one down to fit the journal.
Then I cut off the front page that is stuck to the cover anyways and took some of the pens that have bled the most and wrote all down that thin-thin sheet.
I was actually shocked at how little bleed-thru there was! I thought this paper was just way too unbelievably thin for fountain pen use and expected a total mess on the back side. Only a few spots with the Noodler's Bernanke Blue but that ink has bled thru every single kind of paper I have tried it on. I love it because it dries so fast, but that Bernanke is definitely a one-side-of-the-sheet ink, that's for sure!
So, I went and got the red refillable journal I got last month that I hadn't tried yet. Maruman. I just tried to google it and apparently it's the same company that makes Cotman watercolor paper (not top of the line). Anyways, I cut off the first page that's stuck to the cover and wrote all over this one, too.
Not good for fountain pens at all, really. So this one will be for just gels, etc. Good one maybe for the Sharpie stick pens! And I haven't tried out the LePens on anything yet...an ink nut/pen fanatic's work is never done. ;)
And, you know me, I have also put a post-it note with the empty journals so I will remember in case the sample sheet falls out.
I'm excited for my final July order from Goulet Pens to arrive because I have a journal and writing tablets coming by another French company. Brian Goulet said that Clairfontaine is known for being nice to fountain pens, so I am hopeful. :)
Well, this is way longer than I thought it would be. I just get so excited about all of these things--even dryer balls--LOL! If I'm lucky I'll have the Goulet order to show you tomorrow. And I will show you what I ended up doing with the micro nib and holder. ;)
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