Thursday, December 29, 2016
Yes, as of a few days ago, I have seen jackrabbits for the first time this winter!! :)
This guy was here with the girls.
The girls are here at least once a day...
...and, if the temperatures are blow freezing, several times.
The sparrows come and go every day--more frequntly when it is colder, also.
Thanks to three generous people this Christmas (you all know who you are) I ordered the new Vagabond 2 that came out this past summer!!! I haven't even opened the box yet. Leah couldn't make it Monday night because of the ice storm we had over Christmas Day and into Monday, so she's coming over tonight. I desperately need some happy play time. :)
We're both very excited to have an electric die cutting and embossing machine!! Will show you more later.
And Karma loved the box and packing paper. Yes, she was inside there.
You may notice a trash bag I didn't bring out (saved for Caroline who came to clean this afternoon). I was afraid to try to skate out to the dumpster on all the glare ice after falling inside the house already on Friday before Christmas.
Yup! Klutzy me! I am very short (5' 1") and my bed is extra high because I have a 4-inch memory foam mattress pad on the bed to help with pain/sleeping. So in order to sit on the bed I have to back up to it and jump--LOL! Not a pretty picture, I know. Well, I was going to put on some socks and backed up to jump on to the corner of the bed...and next thing I knew I was falling and twisting in the air so as not to hit my head on the dresser...and landed flat on my back! Couldn't move for a little bit there--whew!
Apparently I hit tailbone first, because that hurt like hell for about four days. I twisted/hurt hips, knees, ankles, wrists, elbows, neck, shoulders...not sure how I did all that at once, but I am talented--LOL! I spent Christmas in my recliner with a heating pad (which I am sooooo glad I finally replaced in November--old one burned out a couple years ago). Karma loved it--LOL! I am still not moving in any agile fashion.
Meanehile...I had been back to the eye doctor for part two of my exam--still absorbing those new facts. I am seeing the specialist on the 18th of January. I smack myself up good. We have an ice storm. I cut my hand yesterday--not bad, but annoying, nonetheless. And now Nazar finally showed up (unannounced) at the door this afternoon with another maintenance man to look at the flooring. They blamed my rolly chairs for the damage (of course, even though it is only on one side of where my chair is). Once again I was told they will look for matching linoleum or glue it down...and the older maintenance guy told me I should get a floor mat. (Which Dagan and Leah were already planning to pick up at IKEA when they go to Minneapolis for Dagan's heart/pacemaker check beginning of January.) This guy told me because of my chairs this will just continue to spread and damage the floor. I told him it has been in the same area for the last five months...on only one side of where my chair is. Didn't matter to them. It's the rolly chairs. (Not improperly installed or cheap linoleum, of course--LOL!)
Then, as they were about to leave...
Nazar drops the bomb.
"You have to remove that bird feeder."
Of course I tried to persuade him...only five small eye screws are involved...only going to be up in the winter...
Has to come down.
I told him I would have to wait until son & DIL can do it.
I hope that after the bird feeder is gone and they realize I am putting food out on the ground and it isn't just falling out of the feeder that they don't tell me I can't put any food out at all...
I was going to wait to blog until I had something more cheery to say, but...well, at this rate who knows when that will be.
I've been having internet issues (which means I have troubles watching some shows online) and still having laptop issues. [Mr. Rusty is not working right and freezing, etc--Dagan hasn't had time to look at McLap yet--even the tablet isn't cooperating all the time with Chromecast.] YouTube won't let me comment most of the time. Sometimes Blogger won't let me, either. :( Is it something in the stars? Has bad mojo descended?
Man! I sure hope 2017 starts to turn around.
When I could sit for any length of time again I gathered all my weather stamps that I might use in the 5-year diary. Thought that might be a fun way to add to recording the weather.
I printed them all out on to some card stock so I could see them (some are quite small)...
...and practiced with different ink pads to see what bled through the worst.
They all tend to bleed through the Leuchttrum paper, but the distress inks seemed to do it the least. So now I have them all in one box...just want to get some small distress cubes that would fit in the box, too. :)
I printed off some freebies from Boho Berry's website. Just fun stuff she drew for people to color. I added these to my 2017 Bullet...framed them with washi tape There's a Hello 2017 and a gratitude sun diagram...
...follow your arrow...
...today is going to be awesome...
...and a different follow your arrow.
I also tested out every fountain pen and ink I have going at the moment on tomoe river paper so I know which ones I can use in my new writing journal and which ones to avoid.
I'm always changing up inks so I will keep this extra paper tucked into the journal cover to have handy as a reference and to use for testing any new inks.
So--anyways--the year has not been ending on the best note, shall we say. Hopefully 2017 will shape up here before too long. I foresee more arts and crafts in my future. [I hope! Don't want to jinx myself.] And now things are not working right and freezing up on Mr. Rusty so I hope I can post this. Man! I am too tired and sore for all of this. The Girls are here for a dusk feeding and I should see jackrabbits pretty soon. Leah is coming and we will play! :)
Happy New Year!! :) :)
No quote--reached the end of my uncooperative computer patience--LOL!