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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

While Walter's Away...

Casey will play at cleaning... I started pulling things out of the closet in the computer room this morning... I am just glad that Walter won't be home until Friday... It is going to take me that long to sort through things and stick some of them back in there.  Other things will go to Goodwill.

What a mess!  I used to do a lot of quilting and upholstering finds from the thrift stores... I only have one chair that needs to be redone and the cushions for the porch swing... I do believe that I can part with some of this stuff.

While I am cleaning, Tessie and Zar are refusing to work on the antique store and pretending to clean my craft cottage.  Somehow, that doesn't seem fair.  I should get to do that and they should clean the computer room closet...

They aren't willing to trade locations... They told me that I made the mess in the closet and I should have to clean it up.

Oh well.  I will get even.  As long as it take to clean the closet, I won't be able to work on the antique store.  So there!

 So far, I can't see anything that they have actually cleaned in the cottage... The whole thing looks just like it did the last time I left...

I am going back to work on the closet now. Kota is helping me... Crawling in all of the corners to make sure I get everything out.

Let's see which party gets finished first. At the rate that they are going, it will be the Fourth of July when they finish.

Back to work. 

See you tomorrow.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Out of the Way...

 April came over this morning to help with the installation of the new TV.  I banished myself to the workroom to keep out of the way.

I decided to do some rearranging of the bookcases.  It seems to me that they would look better if the two center shelves in each one were used for display.  That way, they would distract people from looking at the rest of the mess, in times of need...

I found this box closed and without the sofa.  I had the sofa in another box for a while and never put it back where it belonged.

Since this is one of my favorite boxes, I oiled it and put it right.  It now sits on the middle shelf to the right.


It was originally an antique file box.  I turned it on it's side and furnished it with a built in bookcase and left the deep bottom section open to show off furniture.

The shelf side has things that friends have given me over the years and some other things that I have purchased at shows.

The picture in the center is a real etching that was a souvenir from one of the NAME conventions.  It's "Around the World in Eighty Days."

I have to run now.  April is about to leave.

See you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

More Work, No Matter What...

This afternoon, the TV in the bedroom bit the dust! Not a good thing.  Especially when Walter is going to be gone for four days, starting Tuesday...

So, first he tried to trouble shoot it.  His dad had a TV repair shop when he was  a kid.  He has a background in electronics and can fix most of this kind of stuff... Except TVs that don't want to be fixed.
We had to clean out everything around the dresser for him to get to the TV.  As usual... I cannot do anything without finding more unfinished items... TV remotes included.  I started this one quite a while ago... I guess that I should finish it...
Kota was quite annoyed at us for interrupting his afternoon nap... However, he lit up when Walter brought the TV in.  New Box!

I came in to do the blog.  Walter came in and told me to go look at Kota...
The box from the TV was lying on the floor and just as I rounded the corner, he came wandering out of the box.  It was laying flat on the floor and not more than 8" thick... He had crawled in and wandered around inside until he heard me coming...

In case you hadn't figured it out, no minis today.  We are busy with trying to get the new TV to work.  I had better get back to helping. 

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cleaning Just Makes More Work!

It's not fair.  I went in and started sorting again this morning... I pulled out a bunch of stuff that I took from Tessie hat shop... Remember, she wanted a place to sew... I made it look a lot like her original house, but now she wants an additional hat shop... Who knew?  She has more ways of getting what she wants than you can shake a stick at. 


With that,, I started throwing things back in the sorting basket.  Maybe she would forget it if I stopped sorting...

No such luck. She then found another sewing machine, an ironing board and some fabric...

"What can we do with this?" she asked..."

I told her to get out...

That didn't work.  She started enumerating rooms that need sewing machines... She even came up with an elf's shoe making shop...

Sure Tessie.  We really need one of those...

She's getting desperate to get me out of the workshop and back to working on her antique shop...

Meanwhile, Kota has joined the party... This is his favorite place to sleep if he can find an empty theater tray lying around... Very peculiar. He doesn't really fit.  It takes him several minutes to squeeze himself into said tray.

I can see him from the computer room... He is still in there happily waiting for me to come back and sort some more.

I guess I should at least go back in and shoo all of the people and cats out, before I close the door.

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Living Dangerously....

These two are doing just that... They are trying to fall off of ladders and out of windows...

I went out to play for a while this morning and when I got back this is what they were doing...

They found several bottles of paint(various colors) and mixed them together.  Then they proceeded to cover the house.


It's not a terrible color for the mixing, but it's not what I would have chosen.  They both said that it would go well with rocks... Whatever that means...

They mixed blues, browns and grey.  And if you see it in person, they wound up with a darker shade of grey. 

It looks blue in the photos.  It's not. It's pretty much "dolphin grey".  That's one of the colors in the mixture...
Walter is getting ready to go up to Colorado for four days next week to play golf with three of his friends.  So... I am preparing for his departure by rounding up the beads that I will be using whilst he is gone. 

Yes... I will still do some work on the antique shop, but I find beading much more relaxing.  Therefore, I will be using part of the time for that.

Maybe about 50/50.  Be prepared.  He leaves Tuesday and gets back late Friday... Hey! He deserves some time to do something besides running me to the doctor...

My last Herceptin treatment is on Monday.  I will be officially finished with cancer!

We are both going to be celebrating for a while!

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

If AtFirst You Don't Succeed....

Start over...

That seems to be my motto of the day.  I finished that chenille bracelet a couple of days ago, but was unhappy with the ends.

I started over with brighter turquoise and gold-er gold... That did the trick.  I still have a  couple of inches to go, but that won't take long.

Meanwhile, I started doing the rocks for the second time too... I am liking the air drying clay rocks a lot better than the movie trays. They are more rocky... More irregular and bumpy.  They aren't going over the whole surface.  Just in spots like the book store.

So far, I have Tessie's approval... but she keeps whispering, "More color.  They need more color."

She knows very well that I won't add color until I have them all on and they are completely dry.

Zar got into the mix.  He just keeps saying, "It needs a lot more rocks!"

If I could get the two of them out of the way, I would be able to fulfill his request much faster.

I just hope I can talk them into stepping aside without making cookies or fudge...

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Back to the Future....

I spent over an hour this morning cutting up theater trays... I think that it was five whole ones and two or three others that were already partially used.

Quite a pile...
Then I went and looked for tools.. They aren't the usual assortment that most people use for walls of stone... An awl, crochet hooks, extra long toothpicks and stylus of all sorts.  Oh and a chopstick!
I started messing with the trays... I drew a crowd of onlookers...

They were all hissing and booing!  Actually, I joined in... I really hated the formality of the  cut stone... I pulled it all off.

This house just doesn't want to be covered in that.  It wants a more informal stone pattern... OK. I will go along with that. 

Therefore, I am going to quit for today and go get ready for the Wednesday Witches to descend from the sky on their collective brooms.

I have to go cook now.  I am sure that the Terrible Two plus One will not object to that!  Perhaps they will even volunteer to help.  Peach Pie is on the menu.  There won't be any leftovers with them around.

Off to the kitchen.

See you tomorrow.