Monday, January 13, 2014
It was a gorgeous, sunny, spring-like day on Friday.
I saw 33 degrees on a bank sign!
I made it to Federal Housing, met my new worker, and am all set for another year.
You may not believe me when I say that as soon as it hits above freezing up here you will see people with shorts on. Can you see this guy getting into his car? And that was on Saturday when we only got up to 26--but the lingering memory of lovely-melty Friday must have inspired his Saturday wardrobe.
This big box arrived. Whoohoo!
What is it, you ask?
It's an over the door paper drying rack!
I have to wait for my tool girl to arrive on Wednesday--LOL! But how exciting!! I have so little surface space here and a cat who will walk or lie upon anything you set on the floor...if I hang this over the porch door we will have a place to dry lots of handmade paper, gelli plate papers, art papers...ahhh! If it's too obtrusive to hang there all the time I can hang it behind my bedroom door when it is not in use. We'll probably have to find some kind of sheeting to put down when we are drying handmade paper so it doesn't fall through when it is damp or get wire groove marks on them, but I am thrilled to have this contraption, I tell you! This was my special Christmas purchase. Thanks, Mom and Dad!! :):)
A smaller box arrived from Amazon, too. I finally got a Corner Chomper!
I wanted one because it says it can cut chipboard and leather, etc...for book binding.
I've kept hearing about Daddy Van's Furniture Polish. If you have pages of an art journal that stick together because of mediums you've used--well, apparently you can rub some of this on the page and they won't stick? And if that doesn't actually work...well, I can always use it on my furniture--LOL!
And nail polish! Neutral, very plain nail polish. My kind of nail polish. Sheers. Barely look like you have anything but clear on--LOL! I love them!! Left to right they are called:Barre My Soul, Rosy Future, You Callin' Me A Lyre?, and Hearts & Tarts.
I can get rid of the rest of my thick, old polishes--whoohoo! I'm all set now and have high hopes that I can be inspired to put on lotions and cuticle oils more often and stop picking at my poor, dry fingers.
Oh!! And I found out that glitter polish pretty much requires a jackhammer to remove. It laughed at nail polish remover and held its ground violently...for a long time. I had to quite literally scrape it off--awk! Is there some secret removal system I don't know about? Good grief! I had a similar problem with the dark red nail polish (but nowhere near as bad as with the glitter stuff)--took forever to get that off, too. And I even had a base coat on both the red and the glitter polish. Funny. I have endless patience for many things, but not nail polish removal--LOL! ;)
Well, I finally got the art table cleared off again.
I am "done" in the living room...
...but have to confess...
...that I cheated. I didn't go through every shelf and am not actually done reorganizing, but that's because...
...I wanted the craft table cleared off...
...so I could do this.
I needed to be able to get out the big paper boxes to organize those. I grouped up all the 140 and 300 pound watercolor paper into one box and all the other assorted papers (mixed media, drawing, and the 90 pound watercolor paper) in the other box. I took out one sheet of all the new papers and a few of my older papers for my planned paper torture--LOL! That's the next step on my bookbinding path for 2014. ;) Whew! Done!
Karma had to smell my new slipper socks, of course.
They were officially approved for foot petting. Miss Karma does love her foot pets.
Oh-oh! Heard somebody in the hallway.
They went past. I'm safe. Now--back to some foot petting.
Since I am going to need my porch door for the new drying rack...that was incentive to get the wreath ready for a trip to the dumpster. Which meant wire cutters and saving the bow, leaves & berries, and pine cones to recycle for some kind of door hanging for next year. Looks pretty naked, doesn't it? You didn't think I wasn't going to recycle parts, did you?
Today is laundry, hauling things to the dumpster & garage...and that might well do me in for today...never know. Tomorrow is Caroline and Wednesday Dagan and Leah are coming over after work and I plan to make a potato/corn/ham chowder and fresh bread. All this activity is why I have basically not been around much online--or should I say still! But that means I'm feeling pretty decent so I'm counting on you all to forgive me when you don't hear from me for stretches of time. I'll be sure to blog, though, so you know what I'm up to and that Karma and I are okay. :):)
It's 16 degrees and we might hit 20 today. Feels quite warm, comparatively speaking. Well, I'm off to switch loads of clothes and take a trip into the great outdoors. ;)
"Wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure."