Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Just a few mornings ago.
A dusting of snow.
It all melted away by afternoon.
Looks similar this morning. From what I can find online we could get an accumulation of a few inches by Thursday. If we do I hope it stays till Christmas. :)
I think both Karma and I are missing old routines...and are trying out new ones. After a winter breakfast Karma was used to checking out to see if she wanted to go out on the porch. I'd have to open the door to let her smell and feel the cold to decide. These days she is loving being able to spy out the patio door whenever she wants...regardless as to whether I have opened the blinds or not--LOL!
But she has started to wait by the patio door in the morning...
...because she wants me to crack the door open so she can smell the air and feel the cold. Even if it is just for a minute or so on these winter days.
When we had all that snow close to the door I reached out and scooped her up some snow to eat. (You know how she likes to eat snow.) She misses her porch, I think. But is getting into new habits.
Oh, isn't this just the cutest little bottle brush? I think it is more often purchased to clean baby bottles, but I needed something to clean my new coffee carafe and it works like a charm.
I took this picture of the kitchen table right before I sat down to check email and work on the blog. Coffee mug in place for T Stands For Tuesday. (Tastes particularly delicious this morning.) The kitchen table is mostly cleared off...
...and so is the craft table in the studio. You don't realize how much stuff you have piled and piled up when you aren't using a room. Took me quite a while to slowly put things away. I left out the things we wanted to use for making more Christmas cards and birthday cards this winter.
Leah was over again for a Craft Night on Sunday. She was working on making up some Christmas gift tags that will be recycled from year to year. At least for her friends and family that know her. With us she uses beautiful bags, boxes, and cloths to wrap presents and we give them back to her so she can reuse them. Now she's making up some pretty gift tags that can be reused, too. Not for this year, but they'll be all set for 2016. :)
While she was doing that, I was pulling rubber stamps off of the wooden blocks. (Just using a box cover to hold them.) Starting with some small ones.
Next I have to clean off the gummy glues and foam remnants with some glue remover. Then we're going to try a couple different ideas I found online to transform them into cling stamps.
I already coated the back of the party hat stamp I want to use on the inside of my birthday cards with a thin layer from that bottle of "Tack It Over and Over" glue. (I haven't gotten around to trying it with the MISTI yet, but soon.) I bought a package of cling vinyl, too, to try to attach to the backs.
There are other ideas to try, too. But we are starting with these two.
We want to switch over all the wooden stamps and make them into cling stamps so we can use them with the MISTI or acrylic blocks. (You can see so much better where you are stamping with acrylic blocks.) I've been thinking about this for a few years...but it is such a huge project. This entire cabinet is filled with 98% wood mounted rubber stamps.
So this could take all winter. Or all next year--LOL! One of those projects you have to keep plugging away at when you have some time in-between other projects. And--depending on what method we decide on--when you have the money to put into it, too. But--I keep thinking about how much easier the stamps will be to use and how much more room we will have!! Those wooden blocks take up a lot of space.
In anticipation (and since I only had like 4-5 blocks) I bought two sets of acrylic blocks. On the left is a super cheap set of small-plain-fat blocks and on the right is the Tim Holtz set.
Both Leah and I were surprised at how thin the Tim Holtz blocks are!!
They do not look like they'll be easy to use. Leah did a quick try and it did seem quite tricky to use these on a thin cling stamp that has no foam pad on the back for more width. Does anyone else have these? What do you think of them?
Anyways, Leah and I had a wonderful Craft Night again. She doesn't plan be back for a Craft Night until January 10th. But Leah and Ian might be over for a little visit tomorrow. :)
The Paseo is dead again.
I hadn't driven it in a few months. I believe I have driven over to McFamily's once since I moved here but I don't remember when that was. I brought the ottoman cushion (yes--I left Princess Karma's stack of cushions for the time being) and a couple small things (for eventual free-cycling) to the garage and thought I should at least run the car for a while. Nope.
This car just hasn't wanted to hold a charge for years, as you know. Leah told me they bought a charger so they didn't have to borrow one anymore and that she'd drop by and hook it up by today so we could leave it overnight and see if it starts tomorrow. She's out and about tomorrow morning, anyways. (She and Ian go walking with her grandparents three times a week--well, Ian gets to ride in the stroller.)
Anyways, we have to see if the Paseo will start and decide if I want them to leave their Galant here while they are out of town for Christmas or not--because I'm going over the check on their cats while they're gone. (I didn't even know this when I tried to start the car--so good thing I did, eh?) Cars!
Speaking of cars--since I don't like driving the Paseo in the winter when it does run (so light it has no traction) I had already set up a ride on the Senior Bus for the dentist on Monday the 28th. Yes, I just went ahead and made an appointment and have my fingers crossed I will be feeling really decent by then. Think positive, right? :) I do need to get this tooth fixed or pulled before it does start to really hurt.
So that's it, I guess. Karma is sleeping next to me in her chair by the kitchen table. Caroline is coming to clean this afternoon--barring her going into labor. I believe she's due on the 18th! So, I won't see her when she's on maternity leave for six weeks. So exciting! :) I'll make sure Caroline doesn't do too much today.
I'm hoping for a thick white week. ;) May you get what you are hoping for this week. Are you ready for the holidays? Do you have favorite movies you watch? Do you listen to Christmas carols? Do you decorate? Are there any little ones in the family? Well, only a week and a half left...and, of course, then there's New Year's around the corner!! Spread the love and joy, everybody!! :):)
"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."