Sunday, June 24, 2012
The chair cover that was scheduled for delivery on Thursday finally arrived on Saturday. USPS has been making cutbacks, so I guess it can take longer to get packages these days. I don't think they're used to the delays, either. They kept switching the delivery date online. At least it wasn't because it got lost or something. ;)
The chair cover arrived!
I also got a couple cheap things to qualify for the free shipping, of course. A sample pack set of DecoArt Twinkles Writers. They look like big bottles of glitter glue.
And a set of scrubby kitchen dishcloths. I have never tried these. They're cloth on the one side...like a terry cloth...and plastic mesh on the other side. Not sure if I will like them or not. So used to my decades of Scotch Brite Pads. ;)
I was ready...had cleaned off the metal chair and the tables. The new cover is stiff, of course, but tried it out right away on the metal glider chair. This chair is smaller and lower, but the cover will work just fine. There are leg ties on the inside seams. It's okay. It will soften up with the heat, rain, wind, and snow.
Karma was a little distressed, though. Her food and water dishes are under that chair--LOL!
Then I tried it on the cushioned chair. I flip the ottoman upside down on it and cover them both--and it worked just fine.
Miss Snoopy Pants had to check that out, too, of course. ;)
We hung out on the porch most of the day Saturday. I went in on breaks, of course. (If I sit in one place for more than an hour or so I can hardly walk when I go to get up--so it's always like a very slow game of musical chairs around here--LOL!) Used breaks to work on the latest zendala for this week. This is the template.
I added a lot more lines to it, started coloring with my copic markers, and got this far yesterday.
Karma always steals my spot when I leave. She looked like she was out like a light on the chair. I tried to walk as quietly and slowly as I possibly could...already had the camera on so there was no camera noise...and yet she heard me!?
Are you kicking me out?
That's probably why. She knows she gets kicked out when I come back so she keeps one ear open--LOL! But she saw I was just taking pictures. Strange humans.
The swallows love this building. They nest from early spring till it's very cold out. Babies-babies-babies. I love the sounds and watching them swoop by the windows, but I am glad I have a screen up so I can use my porch/balcony. They get quite upset if you try to go out on your porch if they have a nest there and dive bomb you. People are always calling maintenance to remove nests, he told me. They love the top of the porch lights...which is where we had a nest the first summer I was here before we put the makeshift screen up.
Anyways, it's been hitting 80 during the day, but in the 50s to low 60s at night. I little hotter than I like--especially up here on third floor where it gets even warmer by early evening. I've been trying to leave the place open. But I did cover the chairs (said it could rain again) and close up for a while last night to cool it off. Yes! the AC is working--tada!
But--before I closed it up...in flew a moth!!!! I think it landed in the philodendron and I haven't seen it since. They can't get in under the screen anymore. But there are gaps at the ends of the indoor/outdoor carpeting we tacked down out there--as you can see. Here's right by the door...
...and here on the far end by the padded chair.
The carpet gaps don't even go the whole width of the balcony (it was hard to cut the carpeting perfectly to fit out there), but now I might have to think of something to plug the gaps between the boards on those ends. Honest to goodness! I have never seen so many moths in all the years I've lived here! It's like a moth plague! Any little crack and they will crawl in. You'd think the swallows would have eaten them all.
I left the door open all night, though.
Not expecting a big influx through those end board cracks. ;)
Has anybody else heard that they are going to discontinue the Blogger reading list? I've been using it for six years! I hope that's not true. I will be bummed. I haven't figured out google reader to this day. *sigh*
Oh, and also--when I was expecting the class email for Doodles Unleashed starting (never did get one), I checked my spam folder (which was difficult for me to find in the first place). Guess what!? That is where my missing blog comment emails have been going! Into spam! And I think I figured out why. They bunch up several in one email and any time I got an anonymous comment--it got bumped to spam and every other comment got bumped right along with it.
So, I went into my settings on Blogger and changed to registered users only so that I don't get any anonymous comments anymore and we'll see if that fixes the problem. Maybe I'll get all my comments via email again? Whoohoo! :)
It's possible that when I am clicking to receive follow-up comments and don't get them that they might be ending up in my Spam Gone Wild, too, but I wouldn't know how to fix that issue. At least I may have solved one mystery. ;)
I'm listening to baby birds crying for food. I sure hope mom and dad are feeding them moths. The sun is out. The prediction for the next five days is NO RAIN! So we'll see if several dry sunny days actually come to pass. Maybe the rain will wander off to some of you that really need it. ;)
I know I should be working on the watercolor mixed media page, but I am heading to the porch to read again. ;) I won't be able to start her Doodles Unleashed class until July, anyways, when I get the illustration board. If I can afford it...have big plans for July. A big purchase for me that totally takes priority. So exciting! Well, exciting to me. ;)
Anyways, have a great Sunday!
Keep smiling! :):)
"Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow."