Monday, November 18, 2019

11-18-2019 Monday-2:30pm

Good afternoon!
I seem to running on a later schedule quite a bit lately.  I wake up but am too sore or tired to move around so I get coffee and sit at the laptop for hours doing that part of my day first.  Oh well.  Annie has gotten used to it, anyways.  ;)  Her human heating pad remaining stationary is always a plus in her book.  
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Leah was over twice last week!  She fixed my phone to laptop photo issue so first of all I have a few from last time.  Not that it matters if you see our dusting of snow which has long ago melted away--LOL!
But here are the wild "mark-making" packing paper sheets Dagan, Ian and I made on that last Gramma Day. 
I had an old dried up cats eye ink pad that was a real hit. 
Some paint brushes were used, too. 
It's fun to have a do-whatever-you-want art day.  No rules apply except not to get paint on the table or your clothes...or try not to--LOL!
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I mentioned that my place had gotten out of control with things stacked, piled, or standing about on all surfaces.  I didn't get before pictures, but I was basically cleaning most all of last week...in my 15 minute increments.  :)
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I started in the kitchen--rearranging and making room.  All the stuff you see on the right hand side of the bottom cupboard shelf was on the counter below.   
All the stuff in the bottom two shelves in this cupboard were piled about on the counter in the corner spreading out so far that I barely had room to make coffee--LOL! 
Yes, I have always had appliances out, but this is cleared out for me. 
I had Dagan bring my huge breadmaker out to the garage that had taken up half this counter  and I cleared away all the clutter that went all the way to the sink.  That's my new George Foreman grill in the corner now.  Been making chaffles regularly.  :)  So nice to be able to put the pans/grates (whatever you call them) right into the dishwasher.  
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On Tuesday we had another apartment inspection.  Took them all of three minutes to check the smoke alarms worked and ask me if anything needed repairs.  I cleaned some more in the kitchen while I did laundry.  On Wednesday I started in the studio.
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  Leah came over Wednesday night and she put together the new table for the corner!!  Our new home for the Vagabond die cutting machine!!  
We are delighted!  Now we can stand while we work.  We both have bad backs and we're talking 100 of anything for Christmas cards and 50 for birthday cards, so it's a lot of die cutting.  Whoohoo!  This is going to be so nice.
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Those brown cabinets underneath the table are both coming out.  We did some double-check measuring and the two lower new IKEA cabinets should just fit under the table.  Can hardly wait!
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This is the first time my tables have been cleared off in the studio since I got sick in June.
Those are just craft and cutting mats on the tables.  
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Leah came over again on Thursday night.  She helped tweak the new-to-me laptop and we chatted a lot about diets and making cat food and other stuff.  This week we plan to get back to working on the bullet pages.  
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 On Saturday my brother (Blaine), sister-in-law (Kathy), and my mom (Jane) drove up from Minneapolis to visit.  I had such good intentions to take lots of pictures.  Right before dinner I grabbed my phone and got a picture of Mom and Ian watching the Gopher football game.
Liam was really hungry and at the table already waiting for food so I got a shot of him glubbing down some milk. 
Then Blaine made it to the table and Mom was just sitting down... 
...but everyone else was in the kitchen.  I sat my phone down right beside me to remember to take pictures of everybody...
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Nope.  
Totally forgot.  
So that is all I took.
:( :(
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Anyways, we had a really great visit.  Kathy brought a box of old family photos she, Blaine, and I looked through before dinner.  Lots of conversation and laughing...the sound of football, kids having fun, and all of us talking at once.   For dinner Leah made salmon with pesto sauce on top and fresh asparagus.  I read Ian the last chapter of The Enormous Egg book before he got his jammies on and Liam went to bed.  Ian was really good and got to stay up really late (9pm) at the table listening to the grownups gabbing away.  (I remember doing that when I was little and how fascinating it was.)  We visited until 11pm!  The Johnson family gave me a ride home on their way back to the hotel.  :)  Was just a wonderful time.
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But they are definitely coming when it is warm out next time--LOL!  Maybe a summer visit is in order.  :)
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Somewhere along the line I seem to have pulled a muscle in my back, right under my shoulder blade on the right side.  Always seems to be something lately.  I noticed it more on Sunday...and it's still sharp and annoying.  But I am doing one small load of clothes today...thinking maybe it will help to stretch it out a bit?  Whatever.
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Tomorrow Caroline comes to clean and Leah said she is going to try to come Tuesday and Thursday nights to work on the bullet pages this week.  
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Feels soooo good to have a better handle on my home.  I still have been going to work on my pantry and the bathroom shelves for quite a while, too.  Leah came up with a solution for me for the bathroom shelves, too!  We were measuring for that when she was here, too...IKEA baskets/covered boxes, not sure what they're called.  Whoohoo!!  I need to remember to take a before pictures this time--LOL!
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McFamily is going down to Minneapolis this coming weekend and going to IKEA on their way back home.  Will be picking up my cabinets, the baskets for the bathroom shelves, some art supplies for Ian, and a folding cat carrier for Annie that won't take up hardly any room over here.  Whoohoo!!  So exciting!!
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That's about it from here.  I think I am going to get down the heating pad to try that on my back after I finish laundry and settle in to write letters in my comfy chair.  Sounds like a plan.  I have eight letters to write.  Getting a backlog since I was using up my (fewer) spoons doing stuff like cleaning all week.  
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Meanwhile--am learning how to navigate this new-to-me laptop, been watching the last season of Vikings (on Prime) before the new one comes out...but right now the covey of eight is squawking while eating on the patio.  Time to get moving.  At least I didn't store the heating pad way up in the top shelf in the bathroom last time I used it--LOL!  Till next week...
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"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.  The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."
Ray Bradbury

13 comments:

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  2. Did you have both boys over for Gramma Day this week? It sounds like you had a lot of fun but I bet it did wear you out. I love the new table for the die cutting machine. You sure have your craft studio well organized. I bet you and Leah have a lot of fun working on cards and such. What a nice visit you had with your family. I love going over old photos with family. I hope you and Annie have a nice week!

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  3. The art looks like fun! I keep some appliances on countertops, and bread boxes and a utensil crock and... It's a small kitchen, and storage is limited. It's good of them to keep the smoke alarms checked. It sounds like your family visit was delightful! Those back muscles can be hard to get to! Stretches and heating pad ought to help. I hope you can some ease from it.

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  4. You do have a lot of stuff to organize. It always looks well put together to me, but I don't see it with the same eyes you do. Nice to have visitors, and Leah is such a help to you. :-)

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  5. I love how you cleaned up your kitchen. I'm working on my office and craft room right now. You have a gorgeous new table. I bet that die cutter comes in handy. I have heard they are great. Loved the photos of the boys and your mom. So cute.

    BTW, those cat's eyes didn't look all that dried up to me. You should see MY dried up ink pads (grin).

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  6. Congratulations on the 15 minute at a time organizing last week Rita. Looks like you planned how and what you wanted to work on and then you did it. I tidy to the count of 10 - put away 10 things where they belong and then do something else. It usually gets me going on clean up/put away/find the right home for stuff. It is ongoing whether I want to or not.

    Thanks for sharing pictures of your family visiting. Your craft room is amazing!

    Hugs.

    Joy

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  7. Oh you must feel so much better with your kitchen and studio all picked up. I know it makes me feel better when i do that.. I'm glad you had such a good visit with your family. It sounded like a perfect time. I have a Cuttle bug and so far i'm not so happy with how it cuts.. But i have very little experience.. I'm probably doing it wrong.. lol Do you love your Vagabond? Hugs! deb

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  8. Your dusting of snow looks really nice - a prelude to the holidays. Our dusting here in Tennessee melted quickly, too, and now the rain has returned.

    I like the idea of do-whatever-you-want art day, but I would probably get more paint on my clothes than the children!
    Stay well and keep warm!

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  9. Young chilidren are exhasting but we do love seeing them
    I like appliances in easy reach

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  10. The Ray Bradbury quote is interesting. I must re-read some of his books, I used to love them when I was younger.

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  11. So glad you had a good visit with your relatives! Hope your back straightens out...enough already for you! Hope your body gives you a break soon. Our snow is gone too but I hear by tonight we could be white again. Hope you have a good week:)

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  12. I've always found it a mystery as to how a few things that don't get put away turn into a total blockage of space! I really have to tackle some of mine while we have a few days at home! Great that you got to spend time with family! Looking forward to seeing your new storage solutions! Hugs,Chrisx

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  13. Happy to hear that you had a great visit with your family. What a treat to be able to see everyone! The art project looked fun - a lot of creative expression there. Looks like a good solution for creating while dealing with a bad back.

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