Monday, April 01, 2019
April 1, 2019 Monday-4pm
With the bad back the past few weeks my days and nights got switched around--well, when I could sleep. That's gotten a lot better, too. Am sleeping longer, but from dawn till afternoon--LOL! I'll gladly take it, though! ;) On the mend!
Annie misses sleeping in the bed as much as I do. I finally tried it last night (learned not to sleep on the sore right side) and Annie was stuck to me like glue. She's not as fond of me sleeping in my chair but I might be doing that off and on yet for a bit.
I got a sparkly birthday scrubby from Connie over on Far Side of Fifty. I had never had one before I got one from Connie. Ian and I use that one for scrubbing paint off things when we do art projects. Now I have one to actually use for dishes--tada!! Thanks, Connie! :)
And thanks to everyone who remembered me this year. I didn't make it over to McFamily's for Chinese because Dagan came down with influenza (clinic tested him and gave him something to try to shorten it)...and then Liam got it...and then Ian. Leah never did--as of yesterday, anyways.
I wasn't feeling that great anyways. Even though my back has been improving--the lack of sleep, napping and crazy, random hours has me all thrown off kilter. I told Leah we could just pass, but she wanted to postpone. So--eventually--when we are all finally well and feeling decent--I told her I wanted ice cream cake--LOL! Forget the Chinese. I don't know why I was thinking of it (other than maybe comfort food) but I was remembering having some from Dairy Queen like 30-40 years ago. We were group texting (Dagan, Leah, and I) and Dagan thought that sounded really good, too! So, that's the plan--eventually--ice cream cake. At the rate we've been going this winter it could be summer before we're all well at the same time--ROFL!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
I have wanted to do a jigsaw puzzle ever since Ian and I worked on his little ones. I ordered one from Amazon a while back and finally decided break it out this past weekend.
I used a piece of gator board to hold it and so I can move it around.
I bought one of the huge pieces of gator board many years ago at the art store in town and then they would cut it down for you into several boards to use for painting watercolors. This half size piece (24" X 32") will hold a full size sheet of watercolor paper--but I have never been brave enough to paint anything that huge so it is still pristine and perfect for holding a puzzle.
I had them cut the other half of the gator board into four 12"X18" pieces. More my favored size to work with.
I had never heard of gator board until I was in art classes in college up here. It is awesome! Very lightweight. Like a crusty foam sandwich. The outside layers are kind of hard with a dense foam in between. I don't know if you can tell from the photo above but you can staple the watercolor paper right on to the gator board and use it over and over again. Plus you can use both sides of the board.
Anyways, definitely not using it for the purpose for which it was intended--LOL!
Because of my back issues I did sorting in my chair with the box and cover and a couple of zip lock bags. Then I would sit and join pieces at the table until I had a good size chunk to insert.
Worked well up until the end when I had to do a lot more standing. Then my back complained...
...but I had SO MUCH FUN!!!
I finished at about 3:30am last night...or should I say this morning. Got to bed about 5:15am. Yup--hours are flipped. I need to get back on days!
But--my back keeps getting better. Everyone is on the mend again at McFamily's. The snow keeps melting (we are now on flood watch). I saw my first grackle on my birthday. You can hear geese passing through. The rabbits are turning brown again. Sure signs of spring.
Hard to believe it's already April! Time to do all my banking stuff today and tweak my monthly grocery list for Caroline. I caught up a lot on my letter writing last week--tada! A little less brain fog as my sleep is improving. Maybe this week I can finally get back to Julia Cameron's book? We'll see how the week goes.
Lastly, I'll leave you with a video Leah sent me of Liam and the jiggly train track.
Gramma loves getting videos!
Till next week! :) :)
"Gratitude is the capacity to stare doubt, loss, chaos and despair right in the eye and say, 'I am still here'."
Diana Butler Bass