Saturday, May 06, 2017
I kept working on the pantry.
Wiping everything down.
(Leaving lots of space on this side for cat food and supplies for Annie when she comes.)
I finally got my bench emptied off--LOL! First time since I moved in.
And I finished the pantry!! All organized!! Caroline brought my groceries for May on Wednesday, too. I can find everything easily now. A big project off my to-do list. :)
The top shelf from left to right: breakfast stuff, rices & grains, flours. Middle shelf: oils & sauces, boxed & canned goods. Bottom shelf: pastas, canned tomatoes, dried beans & lentils. About time I got this all organized. Only been living here a year and eight months--ROFL! :)
Finally out of bird seed, but they do get their fresh water every morning. I was going to take a picture of the two doves who visit every day splashing away--but they caught of glimpse of me and poof!
Those doves really do like bathing.
Tuesday Leah came for craft night but we spent the entire night planning my patio--LOL! (We both figured we would end up doing that because it is such fun for both of us.) I had to make a final decision on the best planter boxes I could afford:
They're terra cotta colored plastic from Amazon--and already arrived!
With the wild wind up here we will get some cheap rocks to line the bottoms before we add the soil--to try to hold them down. So we still need to buy rocks and potting soil this month. Then I'll get plants in June. Leah was showing me different plants online to see what I liked. (Leah used to work in a nursery in town for quite a while and that is where we will go plant shopping). Oh, this is so exciting!!
In fact, this morning I took my flat cart out to the garage to haul in the expanding hose & big plastic pot Leah gave me to hide it in (you may recall I sneak and use the faucet on the side of the building next to my patio as of last summer), my container of potting soil (an old kitty litter container with the handle), and the planter I used once in a while to grow Karma her cat grass (but it's too big-too much grass at one time for any one cat) that I plan to use to re-pot the two ivys I was gifted at the two cataract surgeries. Whew! That was one long convoluted sentence--LOL!
We had a bit of a strange storm on Wednesday afternoon. It thundered a few times, then poured rain that only lasted a few minutes. At my place we had pea-sized hail bouncing off the grass--but only for about a minute.
Then-poof! The whole event was over with in like five minutes or so. Just a little bit of drama to the day.
A little while later (after Ian's nap--who said he heard the thunder from his room) Leah and Ian came and took me over to the eye doctor's to pick up my new regular glasses. (They gave Ian a bouncy ball with an eyeball on it and he was thrilled!)
I took many selfies to try to avoid the glare off the glasses...but it never worked...and I got tired of smiling and trying--LOL!
Did not get the non-glare coating this time. Would have cost me $110.00 at Dr. Dye's, so I passed (but I think it might have helped at the computer). Anyways, wire rims. A bit darker than what I used to have and larger lenses to help with the trifocals. I'm getting used to them. Not sure why it was so much easier to adapt to the sunglasses in the same prescription? Larger lenses? They said to give it a couple weeks.
Saw a lone goose again. Same one? Might be.
I opened the screen and slowly stepped out to get these goose pictures. The two doves sure gave me the eye from the rock bed--but they didn't fly off. Too tired from all that bathing? LOL! Or did they think they were camouflaged in the rocks? (Which they were at first--so I kindly did not give them eye contact.)
The goose was nibbling on something in the grass...
...or eating the grass itself? I noticed that the grackles were following the goose around this time, too. They seemed quite fascinated by this huge bird.
Thursday was the first time I was able to go to CCC ("coffee, coloring, and conversation") in the afternoon down at the community room and actually bring something to work on. I decided that I wanted to get back to working on the zendalas. This is the one I started.
I didn't think to take a before picture of the template, but I'll try and remember with the next one.
I figure I will work on zendalas on CCC days--doodling on them and then coloring them. I had left a bunch of extra templates and drawing pens with Bev a couple months ago. And I spent a while online yesterday to see if you could still get the free templates--yes. I printed off a bunch of them from another place, too...so I have more templates and can give some away if people are interested. I got the web address for the tangle patterns, too, and located my binder from years ago. So, I'm all set for next week. :) Oh, and I printed off the web addresses to hand out to anyone who might want them also.
And in case any of you are interested:
for free zendala templates
(she quit doing her weekly zendala dare but there are still over 100 free templates)
for free zendala templates
(When I was doing these a few years ago this lady only had six templates online--now she has 52 of them!)
for free zentangle patterns
(All kinds of tangle patterns and how-tos from simple to complex--if you run out of doodling ideas there are a ton there!)
The other thing I did was finally tend to the stack of old artwork that has been piled on my printer for months--LOL! I wanted to print off some for cards--and I finally got that done, too.
Checking things off the list.
This print was actually from an art class project in college. We were supposed to make a simple repeating pattern like they use on fabrics. (Actually from pictures of wildflowers I found online.)
Oh, I also finished what I needed to do in the bullet. Whew! Now this is one disturbingly fat and lopsided bullet journal!
But it's because I have to use avery stickers and washi tape...
...to cover up this stupid "Datum/Date:" on the top of every single page!
"Have to?", you ask.
Well, if things like that bother you (drives my OCD side crazy)...yes, you do have to cover them up. My experiment with using their squared grid...DONE. I am going back to the dot grid--which doesn't have that date thing on top of every page. (BTW-Leuchtturm's lined journals also have that date on every page.) I ought to be able to see better now to use the dot grid easier than before the cataract surgeries. Not being able to write a straight line using the dot grid was one reason I bought a squared grid. ;)
Anyways, that is why this one is so fat and goofy looking. Avery stickers and washi tape on almost every page. Never again--LOL! ;) I'll be starting another bullet (my third) come October. Dotted--hurray!
So, things are moving along. Items are getting checked off my lists. Plans are being made. I get quite a bit done for a day or two and then am useless for a day or two. The usual--LOL! Weather has been crazy warm! Was 82 yesterday! Beginning of May??!! (We usually don't plant up here till Memorial Day.)
Enjoy your change of seasons. I know many of you are heading into fall. Have a fabulous week!!
"When life feels too big to handle, go outside. Everything looks smaller when you're standing under the sky."
L. R. Knost