Monday, November 26, 2018

11-26-2018 Monday-10:30am

Last Monday I worked on what we had for card bases so that when Leah dropped off more blue cardstock from JoAnne's later that day I was able to hand over all her cards, envelopes, and stickers for the envelopes--tada!
 I still had to put together another 30 cards this week to finish off my batch.  My goal was to have them done before Monday--today.
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On Tuesday another wheel broke on that same IKEA cart I use every day.  Did I get a lemon or what?! 
Leah said she will use her magic stuff she used on the last broken wheel to fix them all--hurray!
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Well, it was a good reason to wipe them both down and switch everything I had inside of them so that the broken one had the lighter stuff...
 ...and wasn't the one I want to wheel over to the table every morning.  Can you imagine the chaos if all those pens tipped over onto the floor!  (Which they almost did when the wheel broke.)
I took a wider shot to include Annie-girl.  :)
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 Annie's really become so relaxed around me 90% of the time.
Makes me very happy.  :)
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Lately I've been dealing with a flare up of my old rotor cuff injury from a dozen years ago.  Not sure what I did but I obviously lifted something I shouldn't have or twisted wrong or slept wrong or something.  So I had to wait a few days to work on my Christmas cards.
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Was only painful when I was reaching up a certain way or backwards.  So I didn't use the cutter to make the blue card bases until yesterday. 
But I have been very busy alternating with being very idle all week long--LOL!  Busy--rest--busy--rest.  Got a lot done and indulged in a Netflix movie marathon this week.  I really am a series watcher most of the time so I decided to change it up and watch movies and documentaries during my necessary body-break times.  
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I emptied the big kitty litter box, scrubbed it down and refilled it with the last of this brand of litter. (Going to go back to the old brand--they're all dusty no matter what they say and this one smells more.)  Went through my freezer for old stuff (mostly what was shoved into the door--LOL!).  Went through my pantry.  Hadn't been baking for so long that my big containers of all-purpose flour and bread flour had that old smell they get from sitting for...years?  Was washing containers and scrubbing things...started on my humidifiers which are soaking in white vinegar right now.  Got a lot done and am still going.
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Sounds like a lot--and it is more than I usually have been doing--but I would work on some project for a while and then take a movie break...over and over...all week.  Oh, and I also had rented movie DVDs from Netflix that arrived: Red Sparrow, Annihilation, and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
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  Years ago I had rented both the English and Swedish versions of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  I saw the Swedish 6-part version of the trilogy is now on streaming!!  So I just had to rent the English version with Daniel Craig.  But I think the English version only covers the first book.  I look forward to re-watching the Swedish version--even if it will have to be slowly due to the subtitles and my wonky eye.  Will be worth it.  ;) 
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I do love dark mysteries--because I rarely watch anything twice.  Don't know what was the matter with me this week because another movie popped up on Netflix streaming that I watched a second time, too!  The Lovely Bones.  Yup--another darker movie.  
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Over the course of the week I watched Viceroy's House, Into The Forest, The Christmas Chronicles, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, The Land of Steady Habits, Room, and documentary called God Knows Where I Am.  I guess the advantage of doing more is that I need longer breaks--LOL! 
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Anyways, I totally miscalculated with the weight of the trash bags.  All the kitty litter and flour and frozen bags...I could barely lift two of the three into my cart.  (I know--probably shouldn't have done that in the first place.)  
There's no way I can lift them up over my head to get them in the dumpster--especially with the rotor cuff acting up.  So I had to text Dagan to see if he could stop by after work today to haul them out for me.
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Last night I did make my goal!  I finished putting the rest of my Christmas cards together--tada!
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So this week my two big goals are to get my bullet ready for December (hopefully January, too) and to get all the envelopes addressed for the Christmas cards (hopefully start getting them in the mail, but I pushed it so much this week that just getting the envelopes ready will be fine).  
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Meanwhile, the crusty humidifiers are waiting for me to do battle with them.  (Shouldn't wait so long to clean them.)  Annie is sleeping next to me in her chair by the table--much like the above photo--LOL!  I threw on a sweater and swept off the patio this morning and thought--"Man!  It's cold out here!"  Was 7 degrees.  (That's almost -14 C.)  No wonder.  Should at least have worn my gloves--LOL!  McFamily is home from their McGregor "Thankmas" gathering.  (They have Thanksgiving one day and Christmas the next because people are so spread out it's harder to get them all in one place.)  
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My mom was back up in Minnesota Friday and has her interview/assessment today to see how much help she needs.  Could be moving some things in this afternoon!!  :) :)  She arrived to a brand new recliner Blaine and Kathy got her that she said is comfortable.  Will be shopping for a new bedroom set.  A lot of change.  Sounded like it was hard to lock the door on her Florida home of about 35 years and know she'll never see it again.  Kind of overwhelming.  She should be settled in this week, though, thanks to Blaine and Kathy.  So grateful for them taking such good care of her.  A new start at 89.  :)
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Annie is snoring quite loudly.  I wonder if you can give a cat a head cold?  LOL!  There's a flock of sparrows on the patio.  Time to go check the mail.  This really has become like a weekly newsletter these days.  Until next week...virtual hugs!!  Life is good!  :) :)
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"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy."
Thomas Merton

20 comments:

  1. Comment to get comments. :)

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  2. Do you read Arkansas Patti's post? It might help you with your shoulder. https://thenewsixty.blogspot.com/2018/11/shoulder-fixed.html

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  3. Sounds as if you have been seriously busy, makes me feel tired to even think of all that clearing out and scrubbing!!! I hope Annie's snoring doesn't keep you awake at night! LOL! One of our two cats used to snore, I quite like the sound of it actually, nicer than human snoring for sure.

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  4. Great quote from Thomas Merton, and your Christmas cards that I saw in the photo look very pretty.

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  5. Heavens, Rita. You get more done in a week than I. I can't seem to get much done because it's still so cold here. I've never heard of most of those films you talked about, but didn't realize you have to rent movies from Netflix. I thought you got them on your computer. I'm apparently not up on things.

    Bleubeard snores all the time, but Squiggles has never snored. I think Bleubeard sleeps with his mouth open, so maybe Annie does, too.

    Hope your mom gets moved in successfully. Gosh, I would hate to give up my home in FL, too, I think. The change in weather would deter me, I fear. Have a great week.

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  6. All in all, a good week for you Rita - and Annie is so much more 'at home/relaxed'. You did a LOT of work this week with your work/breaks.
    Hugs
    Joy

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  7. Now here's a surprise for you!!!! Well done on getting the cards done - you remind me that I need to get my calendar journal ready! You certainly have worked hard so I think you deserved some Netflix time! We opted for Amazon Prime - I don't think it has much choice as Netflix but we got a good deal!! I haven't heard of some of the things you mentioned but did enjoy "The Viceroy's House! I hope your Mum settles in quickly - quite an upheaval at that age!! I have finally got all my samples ready for sending off to Crafty Individual for the Hochanda show next Monday - it will be fun seeing if any of them can be spotted!! Have a great week, Hugs, Chrisx ps So pleased that Annie feels at home!!xx

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  8. I have never heard the sound of a cat snore Jenny makes me think maybe it's not so bad after all. :-)

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  9. Be kind to your shoulder...don't lift anything too heavy or out of alignment with your body. Looks like you should contact Ikea about the wheels...good thing Leah can fix them.It is a tad chilly out there! Stay warm:)

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  10. You've been doing a lot more work than I have lately. Now that the frigid weather is here I am completely unmotivated. All I'd really like to do is sleep until spring.

    Annie certainly looks relaxed and comfortable. I don't think it's possible for humans to give cats a head cold, but - - who knows?? My black cat Bosco has the "sniffles" and I always worry that I'll catch it from him!
    I doubt it - - but it's a thought, anyway....

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  11. Glad you are resting your body when needed! And Annie looks very relaxed!

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  12. Too bad about the broken wheel but hurrah for those beautiful cards. You have been ambitious. I really need to start my cards! Hugs-Erika

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  13. I wish your Mom the best in her new (close to you all) home!

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  14. I love the Christmas cards you have made - they are so pretty and classy looking! You sure have been busy lately. It almost sounds like you are Spring cleaning. We run a humidifier in our bedroom and it can be a pain to clean even with lots of vinegar. Annie is so pretty and I'm happy to hear she is settling in so well with you. Our girl cat snores sometimes but it doesn't bother me. Stay warm and watch out for that shoulder!

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  15. Great cards! I like how good you are at doing your resting in between all that energetic activity. 35 years is a long time to stay in one place, and I'm sure it was hard to leave it. I might've been tempted to relocate close to her in Florida ;) 7 is soooo cold!!!! We got a low last night in the 20s, but they're predicting a high Saturday of 70 lol

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  16. OMgoodness, Florida to Minnesota - that's going to require a great deal of acclimation! And yes 7 degrees is a bit chilly to be outside without gloves and scarf and hat and very heavy coat!

    It makes me tired just reading all you do LOL!

    I loved the book, Room, but haven't seen the movie. Liked The Land of Steady Habits. I watched it by myself, and then again with hubby.

    Hope your rotor cuff thing gets better. I have the same problem. Did 6 months of physical therapy each side about 12 years ago (after doing 900 lbs of clay for a commercial ceramic piece). It just started acting up again for no reason I can ascertain. I find if I do the exercises they gave me way back when I can get it to working again.

    Stay warm!

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  17. You make such awesome cards, I hope your mum likes her new place moving is such a big job, hopefully she is in the last place she has to move to

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  18. Fantastic cards Rita - I am too busy to start some by my own... but I have already managed to put the x-mas decoration out!

    Big hugs, Susi

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  19. Dear Rita, you amaze me! Peace.

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  20. You have been so busy! What a relief that must be to get rid of all the things in your freezer that you don't need or won't use. That's on my list of things to do as well. Happy to read that Annie is getting so much more comfortable around you. She's made so much progress since you took her in!

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