Friday, March 09, 2012
Karma got back her soft low "treat" bed.
Actually a dog bed as the MilkBone logo reveals--LOL! Karma was relieved that food things were back to normal. Food and sleep stuff remaining dependable is quite high on her personal priority list.
The packages are beginning to dribble in! One pair of my solmate socks arrived! Been dying to get these funky socks!!
A larger package arrived, too, as evidenced by Karma's box claiming.
The Visual Journals by Strathmore!
I got one mixed media and one with watercolor paper.
Karen, you are so right! These are so sturdy with the heavy backboard. And they are so BIG! I've never drawn in anything larger than about 5 X 7! The 9 X 12--wow! Instantly intimidated.
I can't believe that these were so cheap at Dick Blick! The WC one was $8.92 and the mixed media one was on sale for $7.48! I was shocked at how substantial they are for that price. Impressed! Now I just have to get brave enough to play with them. ;)
I also got a set of Underliners.
They're made for calligraphy (which I also dabble in)...
...six plastic sheets from fine to B4.
They have a white sheet behind them, but they are clear plastic.
What I wanted them for is for printing off writing guides for all my bookcards and blank notepads & stationery.
I immediately printed off some of the two sizes I would use the most.
My old ones I have been using for years were handmade with a ruler and sharpie markers. I print them off and cut them down to fit whatever size I need. (When Leah and I sell the bookcards on etsy we include a writing guide with each one.)
But after while--especially when using fountain pens--they get really inked up and gross. And, as you can see, the handmade lines with the sharpies and a ruler are not always uniform.
I have been eyeing these Underliners for years. Thrilled to finally get them. :)
I couldn't resist snapping some pictures of the kids who couldn't resist the big snowpile between the garages. (I'm probably showing my age by saying "snapping" pictures--LOL!)
They would climb to the top...
...sit down (I got very nervous about the car driving by in the parking lot)...
...but the snow is a little melty...
...and not very slick, so they automatically stopped the sluggish butt-trip down right at the corner of the one garage or before. Whew! I was glad to see they were smart enough not to try to slide down the middle of the front right into the parking lot. They played and played until they got called in for dinner. Ahh! Remember those days? :)
This morning I am in seventh heaven...all clean and shiny in my mismatched funky new socks!
I realized I should show you that these are the ankle length crazy socks...the shorter ones. They come up higher than I expected for ankle length and are nice and soft.
I love-love-love that they purposely don't match! So excited to get the other pair! I believe these are called primrose, if I remember correctly. And the coming pair is called snapdragon. I'll let you know if they shrink or not. Aren't these absolutely perfect for happy dancing? :)
Okay--deep breath--I have decided that I am not going to respond to comments on my blog in the comment section anymore. To specific questions or remarks that I want to respond to, I will either respond via email or make a remark in my blog here (as I did with Karen above about the Visual Journals). This will free up a good chunk of my McLap time. I think you all know how very much I appreciate every one of your comments and that I, obviously, read each one carefully. It's going to feel weird for a while. I will have to see if I can figure out how to email people back when I want to. I guess it's not too difficult if they have an email address posted on their blog or a reply button when I get it in my email? I'll learn.
Speaking of, I am going to answer Desiree's question here about where do I get my quotes...with links...in case anyone else is interested. I actually follow a couple of sites and get new quotes emailed to me M-F from both of them. I like getting a little something positive in the inbox and I save the ones I like.
I also google for a quote on days I want something really specific.
I'm still on days...and loving it! Been taking a melanonin capsule every night. Not sure if it is doing anything, but it can't hurt, right? No, Leah still hasn't picked up my sewing machine. The scrawny bit of cat grass (oats) will just be a little snack for Karma before I replant. They are actually oats and not any kind of lawn grass so that is why they don't endlessly grow the same way. I tried some actual shade grass seed once and it was so fine that Karma couldn't seem to get ahold of it and totally lost interest--LOL! I guess there's a reason they picked oat seed, eh?
Oh, and before I go--wanted to share with you how things really work for people on fixed incomes here. After three years (or was it four) we finally got a cost of living raise. I got a $28.00 increase. My rent went up $9.00, my EBT card (food) went from $168 down to $137 so I lost $31, and my monthly medical went up $8. So, I got $28 dollars more per month and lost $48 in services. Therefore my "cost of living raise" cost me $20.00. *sigh*
Well, another overcast day today and 18 degrees right now. If I'm lucky another package or two might arrive today. I know the books aren't due till next week sometime, but I still have two more that should be coming on the heels of these last two.
Yesterday I washed clothes and made a big pot of veggie soup. Today I plan to catch up on Cathy's WC class. I am looking forward to each and every comment. Excited to have had a couple new people yesterday, too, that I hope to see again. Have a super duper weekend!! :):)
"Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together."