Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Good Morning!
It's been chaotic over here, but getting a lot done!
I started on the hall closet last week. 
There were storage containers shoved everywhere. 
I slowly transferred the closet craft supplies into those new big plastic tubs from Costco. 
I filled eight out of twelve... 
...and stacked up all the sewing supplies in the living room. 
Some of which came out of the studio closet. 
Will be nice to have all the sewing stuff in one place.  Now I have more room in the studio closet, too!
On Mother's Day McFamily and Leah's brother, Aaron (in the red shirt), came to rearrange the garage now that the Paseo was towed away. 
Leah was the supervisor for the large Valley Con stuff of theirs that I am storing and the bigger stuff. 
Ian was watching with Gramma and eating craisins. 
Then I went through the shelves--boxes--most of which hadn't even even been untaped since the move in August of 2015--to decide what to move where, which things could be tossed, and which could be moved to the give away pile.  It was hot!  80 degrees!  We made a lot of room for all the tubs in the apartment...
...which were finally hauled out!  And my fans were brought in--nice!
Even the four empty tubs, too.  (I went out to transfer more of the boxed stuff into those on Monday.) 
The hall closet is ready to be filled. 
Here sits the stuff to be transferred into new boxes, labeled, and moved...still looks the same today--LOL! 
Yes, I am sick of these old boxes which have been written on, scratched out, and written on again--banged up--taped and retaped.  I did save the boxes in the best shape for inside, but they all have to go.  I do eventually want to have clear plastic bins inside, too.  Just can't afford it right now.  But that's okay.  The plastic bins in the garage are a decade's old dream come true.  My impatience is showing--LOL! 
While I worked--the scent of roses wafted through the living room and dining room.   
But I have to say I have never seen anything like this one rose and how it is drying up!?
 Can you see the three separate petals that are completely brown?  One is even on the inside!  
Really strange.
Anyways, these are the "after" garage pictures.
Since I'll just have one borrowed car at any time... 
...we could just store stuff all around the sides and I still have a ton of room to park in the middle. 
After I was out there Monday and got rid of some more old boxes, I knew for sure that I still needed a few more tubs to finish the job. 
I went through the smaller cat stuff, too, and brought in what I would need for Annie.  (Too hot and tired on Sunday.) 
Starting to really look like I am expecting cat company, eh? 
Leah was at Costco Monday and Aaron was with to help carry.  They picked up some new cheap banker boxes for me!  
And in the garage are some more big storage tubs and potting soil--but I haven't been out to move any more stuff yet.  I totally reached a wall yesterday--been on R&R (rest & recovery).  Leah was running late and cancelled craft night last night--which turned out just fine because then I ended up in bed early.  Was nice and chilly last night, too, so I slept well.  Not sure if I am off R&R yet, though.  Doesn't appear to be a supple, energetic day so far, shall we say--LOL!
Caroline came to clean yesterday.  Been dark and damp...with occasional drizzle.  We really need some pouring rain.  Been so dry they've had fire watches in the area.
Oh, I had to laugh!  Dagan told me that Ian forgot to talk to him about the garbage truck fire when he got home that day but remembered as soon as he woke up--so at 5:30 in the morning he was telling sleepy Daddy about the garbage truck, the fire, cans exploding, and the firemen eventually saving the day.  :)
  And when they came over he got his little toy garbage truck out and wanted to hear the story again.  He loves it!  It has everything--danger, suspense, humor, explosions (what guy doesn't like explosions), and the firemen save the day in the end.  Sure glad I remembered that.  And--yes--Dagan remembered that adventure, too--LOL!
When they left Ian kissed my "baby belly"--ROFL!  I told him I just look like I have a baby belly but mine is just belly--LOL!  He kissed Daddy's and Aaron's baby bellys, too.  If he is asked what is in Mama's belly he says, "my little sibling".  But we don't think he actually understands what this is all about.
He also knows that Annie is going to come over to my house because Annie is lonesome for Sammy and Gramma is lonesome for Karma.  Won't be long now.  I just have to  finish the closets inside here.  :) :)
Leah will try to make it over tomorrow for Craft Night.  I will try to make it to CCC tomorrow afternoon to work on zendalas and socialize a little.  But, for right now, this tired, crackling old body is heading for my big comfy chair.  Plan to work on letters.   I think I owe about half a dozen right now.  Been busy...but today is a perfect day for paper and pen, I think.  ;)
Love and hugs from Fargo!  :) :)
"Gratefulness is the keeper of a happy heart."
Barbara Waque

Friday, May 12, 2017


A sure sign of spring.
Our guys came on Monday again this year.  And the mowers for the apartment complex I see out my window came on Wednesday instead of Friday like last year.  Curious--our guys mow on our side of the sidewalk and their guys have always mowed on their side.  Maybe this is a new outfit?  I certainly don't pay enough attention to know if any of them are the same gentlemen.
They did have a maniac weed-whipper guy chopping the heck out of the edge of the grass all along the sidewalk on their side--dirt and grass flying...
 ...but they never mowed that stretch of grass?  LOL!  
Well, the dandelions love it.
I finally tried out my new breadmaker now that I can see to read the instructions--LOL!  These 2-lb loaves are huge!! 
I drug out these old Noodler's pens that frustrated the heck out of me years ago to the point I cleaned them and stashed them away.  Wanted to see why.   

I remembered.  
The blue and red ones are his first flex nibs, I believe, and because of these pens I thought I never wanted to try flex writing again.  When I'd try to press and release as I wrote--just blobs and ink still coming out too fast most of the time to even get thin lines.  
But...lately I have been wanting to try to learn brush lettering--which is the same concept of thick and thin.  I'm having better luck with markers and brush pens.  ;)  These Noodler's pens will probably get cleaned and stashed away again.  Like I say--life is too short.
Yesterday was a busy day.  I went to CCC (coffee, coloring, and conversation) here in the community room at 1:30pm.  I am bringing zendalas to work on every week and plan to for the foreseeable future.  Been such fun to play with these again!  I think I am close to done with this first one now this week.  I am really liking it in the black and white so not planning to color this one.  Will probably start a new one next week.  :)

Then I got back home just in time for the tow truck.  Leah, Ian, and her bother, Aaron, came over.  Since we had run a charger on the Paseo over night and it wouldn't even turn over we didn't know how they were going to get it out of the garage.  Aaron came with in case there was pushing or lifting help needed.
The guy said he had some kind of super charger and he shocked the old girl to life long enough to back her out of the garage!  She stunk and her tires were very low, but he backed her out and hooked her up.  Ian was transfixed!!  I took a little video.  Our chatterbox was a bit stunned and contemplative.  ;)

After I saw the video...there is some cat supplies in the garage and I wondered if he could see Karma's cat toys?  I'll have to look when I'm out there next time.  But he was obviously thinking about Karma.
They came in for a short while so Ian could play with his toys at Gramma's for a bit.  Ian has a toy garbage truck.  I told him to ask his daddy about the time we were living in Green Bay when his daddy was about 10 or 11 years old and a smoking garbage truck was trying to make it to the dump down the highway from us...but flames started shooting out the back so the garbageman quick dumped the entire burning load on the side of the road right in front of our house.  (We lived outside of town on a couple acres.)
Flames were shooting up, smelly plastic soot was floating everywhere, hot cans were exploding and shooting way up over the treetops.  The grass in the ditch started on fire.  We were afraid for the trees lining the highway and even the roof of our house that was set back from the road because of the rocketing red hot cans shooting off in every direction.  
Finally the fire truck arrived.  They parked, rolled out the huge hose, the fireman braced himself, told them to turn it on, and a small trickle of water came out the nozzle!  Despite the fear of the fire--hey!  That was hysterically funny!  So, they wound up the hose and took off to fill up with water.  They did make it back in time to drench the trees, the ditch, and that huge smelly pile of garbage.  They had to hang around for quite a while while they spread out trash and doused more flames that popped up.  Then the whole sopping mess had to be shoveled into another truck and hauled away.  
Was quite exciting!  I can't imagine Dagan wouldn't remember that burning garbage truck event.  I told Ian to ask Daddy about it.  I'll have to ask Dagan, myself, if he remembers.  ;)  They might be back this weekend to work on moving things around in the garage.
Anyways, they went home for dinner and then Leah came back later for craft night.  She surprised me with some paper she bought and a few rolls of washi tape, too!  (Already put the washi tapes away).  More Christmas and birthday card paper!!  Some other papers, too.  Sweet!  (This isn't all of them.)
We worked some more on the sewing project.  Leah's getting to the end of tracing the pad and liner patterns and now I could finally start cutting them out--tada!!  I do have to go slower than I used to because of the wonky eye, but that's fine.  I'll probably be sewing slower also.  Adaptation is a good thing.  :)
We stack and pile after we're done each time.  Looks chaotic, but I now have a better idea of which piles go together so I can do some cutting while I watch TV at night, too.  Nice!   
This morning...
 I got a knock on the door...beautiful Mother's Day yellow-orange roses!! 
They're already opening up!
McFamily is so good to me.  They literally reaffirm my belief in humanity and God and hope for this world.  Have a wonderful weekend and for those of you celebrating Mother's Day--good memories or make some--LOL!  Keep in mind that families are or can be created with love.
Life is good!!  :) :)
"Family isn't always blood.  It's the people in your life who want you in theirs.  The ones who accept you for who you are.  The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what."

P.S.  I have no idea why the font is weird in portions of this post.  Tried to fix it and couldn't.  Doesn't show until I post.  So, you can thank Blogger for the variety.  ;) ;)

Saturday, May 06, 2017


Good afternoon!
I kept working on the pantry. 
Wiping everything down. 
(Leaving lots of space on this side for cat food and supplies for Annie when she comes.) 
 I finally got my bench emptied off--LOL!  First time since I moved in.  
And I finished the pantry!!  All organized!!  Caroline brought my groceries for May on Wednesday, too.  I can find everything easily now.  A big project off my to-do list.  :) 
The top shelf from left to right: breakfast stuff, rices & grains, flours.  Middle shelf: oils & sauces, boxed & canned goods.  Bottom shelf: pastas, canned tomatoes, dried beans & lentils.  About time I got this all organized.  Only been living here a year and eight months--ROFL!  :)
Finally out of bird seed, but they do get their fresh water every morning.  I was going to take a picture of the two doves who visit every day splashing away--but they caught of glimpse of me and poof!   
Those doves really do like bathing.
Tuesday Leah came for craft night but we spent the entire night planning my patio--LOL!  (We both figured we would end up doing that because it is such fun for both of us.)  I had to make a final decision on the best planter boxes I could afford:
 They're terra cotta colored plastic from Amazon--and already arrived!
With the wild wind up here we will get some cheap rocks to line the bottoms before we add the soil--to try to hold them down.  So we still need to buy rocks and potting soil this month.  Then I'll get plants in June.  Leah was showing me different plants online to see what I liked.  (Leah used to work in a nursery in town for quite a while and that is where we will go plant shopping).  Oh, this is so exciting!!
In fact, this morning I took my flat cart out to the garage to haul in the expanding hose & big plastic pot Leah gave me to hide it in (you may recall I sneak and use the faucet on the side of the building next to my patio as of last summer), my container of potting soil (an old kitty litter container with the handle), and the planter I used once in a while to grow Karma her cat grass (but it's too big-too much grass at one time for any one cat) that I plan to use to re-pot the two ivys I was gifted at the two cataract surgeries.  Whew!  That was one long convoluted sentence--LOL!    
We had a bit of a strange storm on Wednesday afternoon.  It thundered a few times, then poured rain that only lasted a few minutes.  At my place we had pea-sized hail bouncing off the grass--but only for about a minute.
Then-poof!  The whole event was over with in like five minutes or so.  Just a little bit of drama to the day. 
A little while later (after Ian's nap--who said he heard the thunder from his room) Leah and Ian came and took me over to the eye doctor's to pick up my new regular glasses.  (They gave Ian a bouncy ball with an eyeball on it and he was thrilled!)   
I took many selfies to try to avoid the glare off the glasses...but it never worked...and I got tired of smiling and trying--LOL! 
Did not get the non-glare coating this time.  Would have cost me $110.00 at Dr. Dye's, so I passed (but I think it might have helped at the computer).  Anyways, wire rims.  A bit darker than what I used to have and larger lenses to help with the trifocals.  I'm getting used to them.  Not sure why it was so much easier to adapt to the sunglasses in the same prescription?  Larger lenses?  They said to give it a couple weeks.
Saw a lone goose again.  Same one?  Might be. 
I opened the screen and slowly stepped out to get these goose pictures.  The two doves sure gave me the eye from the rock bed--but they didn't fly off.  Too tired from all that bathing?  LOL!  Or did they think they were camouflaged in the rocks? (Which they were at first--so I kindly did not give them eye contact.)
The goose was nibbling on something in the grass... 
...or eating the grass itself?  I noticed that the grackles were following the goose around this time, too.  They seemed quite fascinated by this huge bird. 
Thursday was the first time I was able to go to CCC ("coffee, coloring, and conversation") in the afternoon down at the community room and actually bring something to work on.  I decided that I wanted to get back to working on the zendalas.  This is the one I started.
I didn't think to take a before picture of the template, but I'll try and remember with the next one.
I figure I will work on zendalas on CCC days--doodling on them and then coloring them.  I had left a bunch of extra templates and drawing pens with Bev a couple months ago.  And I spent a while online yesterday to see if you could still get the free templates--yes.  I printed off a bunch of them from another place, I have more templates and can give some away if people are interested.  I got the web address for the tangle patterns, too, and located my binder from years ago.  So, I'm all set for next week.  :)  Oh, and I printed off the web addresses to hand out to anyone who might want them also.
And in case any of you are interested: 
for free zendala templates
(she quit doing her weekly zendala dare but there are still over 100 free templates) 
for free zendala templates
(When I was doing these a few years ago this lady only had six templates online--now she has 52 of them!) 
for free zentangle patterns
(All kinds of tangle patterns and how-tos from simple to complex--if you run out of doodling ideas there are a ton there!)
The other thing I did was finally tend to the stack of old artwork that has been piled on my printer for months--LOL!  I wanted to print off some for cards--and I finally got that done, too. 
Checking things off the list.
This print was actually from an art class project in college.  We were supposed to make a simple repeating pattern like they use on fabrics.  (Actually from pictures of wildflowers I found online.) 
Let's see...
Oh, I also finished what I needed to do in the bullet.  Whew!  Now this is one disturbingly fat and lopsided bullet journal! 
But it's because I have to use avery stickers and washi tape... cover up this stupid "Datum/Date:" on the top of every single page! 
"Have to?", you ask.
Well, if things like that bother you (drives my OCD side crazy)...yes, you do have to cover them up.  My experiment with using their squared grid...DONE.  I am going back to the dot grid--which doesn't have that date thing on top of every page.  (BTW-Leuchtturm's lined journals also have that date on every page.)  I ought to be able to see better now to use the dot grid easier than before the cataract surgeries.  Not being able to write a straight line using the dot grid was one reason I bought a squared grid.  ;) 
Anyways, that is why this one is so fat and goofy looking.  Avery stickers and washi tape on almost every page.  Never again--LOL!  ;)  I'll be starting another bullet (my third) come October.  Dotted--hurray!
So, things are moving along.  Items are getting checked off my lists.  Plans are being made.  I get quite a bit done for a day or two and then am useless for a day or two.  The usual--LOL!  Weather has been crazy warm!  Was 82 yesterday!  Beginning of May??!!  (We usually don't plant up here till Memorial Day.)  
Enjoy your change of seasons.  I know many of you are heading into fall.  Have a fabulous week!!  
"When life feels too big to handle, go outside.  Everything looks smaller when you're standing under the sky."
L. R. Knost