Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Today I'm Living A "Normal Revised Schedule" Change - ARGH

In my "normal revised" schedule since starting Physical Therapy, Wednesday is my day off from the gym and every few weeks I have a PT appointment early (7:00 am) in the morning. Of course, my "normal revised" schedule had to be revised this week, since my PT has a scheduling conflict. I'm going to the gym today, but the rest of the day is still my day off. Tomorrow, I'm seeing my PT at 7:00, but then continuing on to work for the rest of the day. 

Switching schedules is rather like switching lanes in rush hour - difficult,
and fraught with danger while trusting that the others around you won't
mess things up even more. 

Although it might not seem like a horrible mess to all of you, my dear readers, it's a total MESS for me - sandwiching in breakfast before therapy and still getting there on time, and skipping the gym on Thursday. It's already driving me crazy - LOL. So, can you hear that semi-hysterical laughter coming through your monitor? Yeah. That's me trying to deal with this rather silly schedule shift. 

I want to do holiday ornaments for you this year, and found half
of what I need last night. I'm going to hunt for the other half today
while cleaning and reorganizing (and labeling) my art supplies bins. 

Today is my "day off" - grocery shopping, housecleaning, several loads of laundry, and continued work on my space in the craft room. DH wanted one of my bins removed from its' temporary location since that is designated for a different type of storage. I got that done last night, but I'm looking for the materials for this year's Holiday Card. 

I love sending my cards to friends all over the world. My life is a
little crazy right now, but that shouldn't change friendships. 

I still want to send cards out to my friends all over the world, but they're going to be less labor intensive this year by necessity. They're still going to be hand-made, but a bit less hand in the making this year because we've been so busy. Next year's card might also be more minimal, but afterward I should be more on-track for success and be able to return the cool factor. I hope so. I'll be making a "Call Out For Cards" in October, so keep your eyes open for it. 

That's a wrap for today or I'll be late. It's always so difficult to get into a schedule and then have something gum up the works. I'll be fighting this small revision in my schedule for the next 48 hours! Have a totally wonderful day and I'll be back on Thursday. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Answers To Your Questions - Books, Books and More Books

Several friends chose questions from yesterday's "book questions" list, so I'll spend today answering those. My anniversary date was actually very nice. DH and I brought the jewelry buffer home to its' new location in the workshop, and we were very busy with interesting customers at the shop (all of whom were extremely patient with me, since I was the only person working the sales floor). For my anniversary gift, DH promised me a dinner out at a restaurant of my choice this weekend (probably Olive Garden since I'm, craving Italian - all your fault, SeaIvy - LOL). He also promised to pay half of the cost of my head tattoo. Since I estimate that tattoo might cost as much as $1000, that's a very welcome gift. It also means he's approving the tattoo which will make my life a lot easier. Now ... on with the questions. 

Bookshelves. I have bookshelves in almost every room in my house, even
a small one in one of the bathrooms. I always have a book at hand too,
since I usually read e-books now and almost always have my phone handy
to read another page or ten. (This bookshelf is NOT mine - mine are a bit
better organized than this.) 

Shirebound chose: 

24. How many bookshelves do you own? Are your books organized in any way? (AND)

37. Have you read a book in a different language? What was it?

We have bookshelves in every room in the house - Sharon's room has three, the bedroom has one, the computer room has one, the den has a wall unit, the craft room - well, you've seen the shelving that he's built. There are also several others that stand from floor to ceiling creating a barrier between his crafting area and mine. Then we come to The Library. This room, a study and library, has shelving on three of the four walls, and one of the shelves actually swings open revealing a second shelf behind it (it's designed for paperbacks only). So yeah - a LOT of shelves for two people who adore books. 

I know I read the adventures of Till Eulenspiegel in German when I was young, but I wasn't entranced by the story. I've also read one or two books in Spanish, but I'm not really stellar at other languages, so my reading in them is minimal at best. 

There is nothing better for a child than reading a book. Books open the
universe of different thoughts, worlds, and interests to an open mind.
Encouraging reading is the BEST thing any parent can do for a child. 

cairistonia7 asked: 

50. What book got you into reading?

To be honest, I don't think it was a specific book, just a general feeling of frustration that Dad was doing something else and couldn't read to me, and Mom was also busy. So I sat down with a book I somewhat knew and started working out how to read on my own. Dad was quite surprised, sure I had just "read" it because I had memorized it, but we tried out some other books and I was able to work with them too. I took to reading rather like a duck takes to swimming and never looked back. 

My copy of "Atlas Shrugged" is old, tattered, and
held together with rubber bands. It's much older
than this edition, but that's OK, I'm older than
this edition too. 

greghousesgf asked: 

6. What is your favourite stand-alone book?
16. What book made you laugh?
26. What is your favourite non-fiction book?

My favorite stand-alone book? That's a tough one. I automatically turn to Tolkien's "The Silmarillion" because I've read it to death, but since it is somewhat in a series, I can't. So I'll go to my long-time favorite, also read so many times, Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged". I know a lot of people have problems with her philosophy, but the book is a masterpiece and I've read several copies into tatters. 

I rarely read books that make me laugh - I don't like humor in books as much as I love angst and hearts clutched. I'm honestly unsure if I have a single book of comedy on my multitude of bookshelves! No ... I'm thinking and thinking and I'm not coming up with comedy at all. So, I guess that's a question I honestly can't answer. I do like some compilations of comics, that may qualify. I have a few "Peanuts" compilation books from my younger days. 

My favorite nonfiction book is any of Andy Goldsworthy's amazing books. I've pictured "Passage" below. If you're not familiar with him or his art, take a look. It's drop-dead gorgeous. 

So there you go - some answers for you. I'm open to more questions if you want, or we'll all discover a new tangent together for tomorrow's posting. In the meanwhile, have a truly excellent Tuesday and I'll be back tomorrow. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Blue Skies, 40 Years and the "Meme" Found

DH and I spent much of yesterday at the Renaissance Festival. I had thought it was Irish weekend. I was wrong. It was "Pet Fest", so the grounds were shared with hundreds of dogs of all breeds and sizes. Quite fun, actually, but not what we had expected. My misread calendar means that this coming weekend is actually Irish Fest. I hope the weather will be just as wonderful as yesterday's. 

We've had a really cold spring and summer, so it was a joy to have a
day in the upper 70's and lower 80's for a change. Those blue skies
were very welcome and it was a joy to walk the grounds under sunshine
once again. 

The day was cloudless and our first nice warm day in more than a month. We soaked it in and enjoyed ourselves, leaving early so that we could sit on the patio with margaritas and enjoy the rest of the afternoon. Today is our 40th wedding anniversary and I'm sticking my virtual tongue out at all of the nay-sayers who thought we'd never make it. It's been touch and go sometimes, but mix a stubborn German with a stubborn Irish Catholic and you've got two people who won't budge. We've worked through the rough parts so far, and I'm quite sure there are other bumps and pits in the road ahead, but here we are - still a couple. I'm just as amazed as anyone else. LOL

Books - I love them. I love everything about them. Here's a "meme" that's
not really a meme. Comment or query with a number and a quote and
I'll do my best to answer. Ask more than one if you want, I have no problem
with multiples. Or, if you want, copy things over to your own post and
see what you are asked in return. 

Today I took a second hunt for the meme I had thought I remembered reading in a friend's blog. I did finally find it, and it's not really a meme, but it actually looks like fun anyway, so I'm going to post it here and open the doors up to some directed Q&A between my readers and myself. Who knows where this may take us - it might be crickets in the corner or a slew of characters on an electronic page. Let's take a stab. 

Comment with the # (or a few numbers) you want me to answer. 

(To make it easier for me and you, if you actually copy the number AND the query, I won't have to look everything up, and anyone else reading won't have to either. A win/win for everyone. In other words - PLEASE copy the entry you want me to answer.)

1. What is your favourite book and/or book series of all time?
2. What is the longest book you have ever read? How many pages?
3. What is the oldest book you have ever read? (Based on its written date)
4. What is a book series that everyone else loves but you do not?
5. What book or book series would you like to see turned into a film/ TV series?
6. What is your favourite stand-alone book?
7. What is a book that you feel glad for not reading?
8. What is a book that you feel guilty for not not reading?
9. What is a book you have read that is set in your country of birth?
10. What is a book that you own more than one copy of?
11. What horror book made you really scared?
12. What book do you passionately hate?
13. What is the biggest book series you have read? How many books are in it?
14. What book gives you happy memories?
15. What book made you cry?
16. What book made you laugh?
17. What is your favourite book that contains an LGBTQ+ character?
18. Have you read a book with a male protagonist? What is it?
19. Have you read a book set on another planet? What is it?
20. Have you ever been glad to not finish a series? Which?
21. Have you ever read a book series because you were pressured?
22. What famous author have you not read any books by?
23. Who is your favourite author of all time?
24. How many bookshelves do you own?
25. How many books do you own?
26. What is your favourite non-fiction book?
27. What is your favourite children’s/middle-grade book?
28. What is your next book on your TBR?
29. What book are you currently reading?
30. What book are you planning on buying next?
31. What was the cheapest book you bought?
32. What was the most expensive book you bought?
33. What is a book you read after seeing the movie/ TV series?
34. What is the newest book you have bought?
35. What three books are you most looking forward to reading this year?
36. What is a book you love that has a terrible trope? (Love triangle, etc)
37. Have you read a book in a different language? What was it?
38. What is a book you’ve read that is set in a time period before you were born?
39. What book offended you?
40. What is the weirdest book you have read?
41. What is your favourite duology?
42. What is your favourite trilogy?
43. What book did you buy because of its cover?
44. What is a book that you love, but has a terrible cover?
45. Do you own a poetry anthology? What is your favourite poem from it?
46. Do you own any colouring books based off other books?
47. Do you own any historical fiction?
48. What book made you angry?
49. What book has inspired you?
50. What book got you into reading?

So there you have it. The meme that really isn't a meme, found again and distributed into the aether. Have an excellent Monday and I'll be back tomorrow. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Something Lost and Something Gained

I went back through posts for almost a month looking for something I had wanted to snag for today's blog. Although I didn't find the exact post I had been looking for, I did find this question in a friend's blog and it interested me enough to become my lynchpin for today. So here we go ...

Sometimes losing something is the very best
thing to have happened in your life. 

1. Name something you lost or gave away that can never be replaced.

On this, I have to be a sentimental idiot, in essence, because Monday will be my 40th wedding anniversary and several years before that, I lost my heart to this man who shares my life. Maybe I gave it away, maybe I offered it to him on a platter, or maybe I just locked into his life like gears in a clock - meshing together through time. As much as we may aggravate each other, and as much as our communication is as much miss as hit, we're actually good for each other and I can't imagine anyone else I would have stayed next to for that length of time. 

Sometimes a relationship can seem like a ball and chain. But
really, I needed someone to keep me grounded. I couldn't
have survived on dreams alone. This ball and chain has been
well worth the effort. He keeps me grounded, I make him fly. 

In other news, it's cold. I'm envious of friends in other areas of the country who are experiencing hot. It seems as if summer has passed us by. Tomorrow we might actually get through the 70's and touch the early 80's. If so, it will be balm to my frozen self - it's been 50's and 60's for most of the week, and I need a bit of summer/autumn heat before the snows of winter smite our Frozen Northlands once again. 

One of the vendors at the Renaissance Festival sells this "Unicorn Cake". It's
absolutely HUGE, far more sugar than any single person should ever eat. I
supposed it's the various colors that gives them the Unicorn name, but
although we look at it, we never partake. Just too much! 

Tomorrow DH and I will return to the Renaissance Festival. This weekend is Irish Fest, so it should be enjoyable, especially if the rain stays away and we actually get some heat. After tomorrow, only two more weekends will remain for this season's Fest. It's good for us to have this to go to. Even though we're pushing as hard as possible to get things moved and built, we have that one day a week when we leave the workload behind us, gather on the Fest grounds, and (at this time of the year), watch a football game. 

So, I wish all of you a wonderful weekend. I'm ecstatic that the rain seems to have finally moved away after days and days of grey skies and wet jackets. I'm off to the gym and then on with my day. I plan on being back on Monday, so chat at you then. 

Friday, September 13, 2019

A Book Meme Going Around

A couple of my on-line friends have posted this particular book meme. I'm tired and my thoughts are all over the place, so I thought I'd participate in this for today's blog post. Thanks to the LJ and DW friends who have been posting and reposting this meme over the past few weeks. I needed this lifeline today. NOTE: I did not bold books I've tried to read several times but put down unfinished (so sorry Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky). Here we go ... 

The BBC estimates that most people will only read 6 books out of the 100 listed below.
Reblog this and bold the titles you’ve read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffeneger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchel
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

So, it's not just six, but not half either. I've heard of almost all of them, and I read - I read ALL the time - but I doubt the books I read would fall onto a listing like this. Still, I held my own on this. If you're interested in playing along, copy the list and bold your own "I have read this book" titles. 

I'll be back tomorrow, hopefully with a bit more energy. Time to head out to the gym, have a wonderful Friday. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

So Life (and Storms) Continue - It's A Good Thing

I managed to sort through three boxes yesterday and repack so that one can survive winter temperatures and possible freezing, one must be indoors at my kiln, and the third is all stone which needs to be identified, have the cost recorded, and be filed into my system. I guess I fell behind in this process a few years ago. *sigh* It's going to take me a LONG time to get this nailed, but I'm going to feel much better once I have. 

I have a Paragon SC2 kiln for my varied arts requiring the use
of a kiln. I use it for enameling, glass fusing and all of my
metal clay work. It's a workhorse and I love it. I have small
regrets while enameling because I didn't buy it with a windowed
door, but that's a minor inconvenience. 

Five minutes ago another visit by the Gods of Thunder crackled and boomed at my window. Another one just hit now. There are lightning strikes within three miles of my house (according to my weather app on my phone), so there's a storm pulling through. According to the app, it's going to be a wet day again today, with rain ranging from 100% to 50% and back to 100% throughout the day. My umbrella will be in use today and my shoes will get wet as I walk into the shop from my parking space. 

I have a Tiffany stained glass umbrella similar to this one
that I purchased at the art museum in Omaha, Nebraska
several years ago. I adore it - it's large, it looks fantastic,
and it collapses into a size that easily fits in my car's
glove box. (Mine doesn't have the pointed top or the
hooked bottom.) 

One of the things DH had requested was my moving my small wood stack away from a drawer unit. I successfully put the shorter (less than three feet) pieces onto a cabinet shelf, but the taller pieces just didn't have a home. DH says he might put them at the very top of our new storage unit. That's fine, but I'll have to put a label onto it or I'll forget that it's there. Since I use the wood as dividing panels in my box art (I re-purpose boxes and enhance them for their new uses), I'll probably need those lengths of wood at some point and will go looking for them, not remembering that they are near the ceiling. A label will be necessary. 

I used to have a P-Touch 1010 label
maker. Since that one died, I ordered a
P-Touch PTH110 as a replacement.
I guess there are now phone apps for
this as well, maybe for my next one.
For now, this will do fine and is priced right. 

For years I had a P-Touch label system - loved it and used it. When I pulled it out of its' drawer a few days ago there was no power. Replacing the batteries seemed to not work, even though the batteries were new, and attaching a transformer to allow it to run electrically also failed. I tossed it and ordered a newer model which, since I had a Discover credit I could use, ended up free! Of course, I also needed some label tape, but in the end, a $50+ product cost me less than $20. I can live with that. It'll be delivered in a week (free shipping option). 

I used to sit on the front porch of my old house and watch the
lightning. My father-in-law would call and we would chat as
we watched "together". I respect the destructiveness of lightning,
though. A friend lost her house to a lightning strike less than five
years ago. 

So I'm going to let the Thunder Gods continue their conversation as they roll over the Cities. I'm going to wrap this up, find photos to add, and call it a wet morning as I brave the elements to get to the gym. Have a wonderful and amazing Thursday and I'll be back tomorrow - a little soggy but ready to continue this journey of life. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Gods of Thunder Are Playing Overhead

My "day off". The first load of laundry just finished washing. The thunder is accompanying my thoughts this morning - 100% rain chance through the morning, so it'll be a wet one. Shower complete, makeup still pending, and although I'm not under a time constraint this morning, I'm still behind my "schedule". *sigh* Still, I'll get out of here within 30-45 minutes, have breakfast, get things turned on at the shop, and continue with a day where I'll be flinching whenever the Gods play with the thunder directly overhead. Ooof! 

The Thunder Gods have been playing since I awakened 90 minutes
ago. This is a big storm and it's slow moving. I'll be getting wet today. 

I was asked how long the henna would last. Unfortunately, almost all of it has faded to super pale now, with just the top of my head still carrying darkness. It's the nature of the decoration - as the person exfoliates, the design disappears. It's not deep, just a surface dye. It was a lot of fun, though, and I'm still absolutely serious about wanting a similar design tattooed. I'm in touch with a tattoo artist I think could do an amazing job, and I'll try to touch base with him later this year. 

I like things organized. I like to just reach over or up and to be
able to pull out exactly what I need in minimal time. Over the
years, however, my original organization has gone to pieces. I have
to re-do almost everything now, and spread into new areas. I'll
be doing a LOT of labeling. 

Since it's my "day off", I'll be continuing to work on my part of the house. I have several boxes to unpack, and I need to continue putting things into appropriate containers and spaces. DH spent a good chunk of time yesterday organizing screws and nails. It was driving him a bit crazy. It's not just his own stuff that he's sorting and organizing, but also stuff he inherited from his father and his grandfather. I guess I'm grateful that I didn't have a ton of extra "baggage" to drag along behind me. I have a single thing from my grandmother, and I packed the stuff I kept from my parents into my Mom's Saturn sedan, shipping six additional boxes. I remember taking carload after carload in my PT Cruiser when we cleared out DH's father's house. He has to deal with all of it now, and it's a *-ton of work. 

It's Hump Day. For those of us who work more than a standard
Monday-Friday, it's a bit less important, but Wednesdays are my
"day off" and I love them for that reason. Happy Hump Day! 

I am hoping I'll get a little bit of time to relax today also, though. Maybe when I'm switching out loads of laundry or folding my exercise clothes for the remainder of the week. LOL Today's post is short and sweet, and I'll be back tomorrow. Enjoy your Wednesday! HUMP DAY!!! LOL.