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FRIDAY

OMG it was hot today with a nasty heat index, but in spite of this I got the lawn mowed this afternoon to beat the predicted thunderstorms tonight or tomorrow. I got my first to very small tomatoes out of the garden today and harvested some more green beans. I should do some more in the veggie beds but it's gotta cool down a little before I do. Blech!
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WEDNESDAY

Apparently it rained again this morning; everything is wet again so I'm free of yardwork for the day. I balanced my checkbook and prepared the packet for Premiere, then took Leofwyna to pick up her van before taking myself to the library to find the next Nancy Turner audiobook and then a late lunch.

I went to A&S for the project planning session and also got to visit with Isadora a little about Cattle Raids noon inn. She also asked would I be available for some sewing after Cattle Raids, yay! Killian was there too and we managed to press him a little bit about a sewing Saturday; when Saraphina overheard us she went so far as to suggest a potential date (Aug. 14). We'll see how that goes.

Back at home Leofwyna has it in her head to pull the van in the garage to have the fan on it to dry it out (the AC is draining on the front interior floors). I haven't dealt with the garage since Lilies so there's quite a bit to be moved about and organized. After the first ten minutes or so she chased me out; she's in a grump because of the van situation and doesn't want to inflict it on me. This does not make me happy as I'm feeling guilty about not having done it myself and when she puts things aside I can't find anything but I left her to her grump and went for a brief drive and listened to my audiobook.

THURSDAY

After I went to pick up my prescription I continued west on Superior Street (HWY 34). I had it in my head to go for a drive listening to my talking book and ended up in Kronberg on a whim to see just exactly where the pumpkin patch was and what alternative plans I would have to make because of it. Turned out the patch is much smaller than I envisioned and directly west of the barn. When I stepped off the archery area on north there was plenty of room especially since the brush pile has been scraped up. Now only the potential for mud back there if it's wet might be an issue and we'll have to 'fence' off the pumpkins so they don't get damaged. I'm so glad I hadn't called the council and created a tempest over it. Another look at the 'camping' area shows even more room than I'd remembered. So all is good with the Cattle Raids site.
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TUESDAY

Quite an impressive lightning display with a storm that blew through during the night. The repeated bright flashes kept me from settling into sound sleep. Well, that and the audio book I was listening to. Usually when I do that I'll doze off in spite of the story and have to back up for whatever I slept through, but the story AND the lightning had me awake until false dawn.

I only slept in an extra hour this morning so I'm kinda tired but I'm determined not to nap so I'll go to sleep well tonight. Called in my prescription order, called the library to reserve an audio book and sorted through a boxful of magazines.
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MONDAY

Harvested a double handful of green beans from the garden Monday, the first of the season. There are little green tomatoes but nothing ripening there yet. Sorted through a pile of books and papers so some progress continues on that front. Leofwyna grilled rib steaks and corn on the cob for supper, yum! While we watched tv I stripped more cotton cutters.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY

With Leofwyna back at home I'm back to keeping quiet during the day as she sleeps. She's got a cold that's making her miserable in addition to trying to get her sleep schedule switched back-ash-wards. Because of the cold she'll wait to go back to work Tuesday night instead of Sunday fortunately. I've poked around on the computer and stripping cotton cutters.

As Leofwyna got unpacked this weekend presents for me came to the surface. First, a lovely black leather shoulder bag and then later a bundle of batik cut-aways from a quilt shop.
FRIDAY

Accomplished a bit more sorting, bagging up, and removing bags to the van; took the load to Salvation Army drop box and recycling center. Back at home I moved tote bins back into my room and removed the pile from my bed to the top of the totes. There's still sorting and culling to do but there's some organization still happening and my room looks somewhat tidier. Still in the living room is my gold key mending and several bags of scraps to be sorted through; I hope to clear those up Saturday when Leofwyna gets up and heads out to deal with her photos.

Yes, I picked up Leofwyna and Natalya in Omaha about 11:30pm. Leofwyna confirms the trip to Alaska was perfect, exactly long enough and she was glad to be home. Also they say, it's a trip worth repeating if the oppertunity ever arises.
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THURSDAY

Bagged up dross and loaded it in the van (three bags). Packed up camp clothes in totes and returned them to the stack in my room. Took advantage of the relatively mild temperatures and mowed the entire lawn a day early; it's supposed to get hotter tomorrow. Took a bag of cardboard to recycling. I'm beat and therefore taking it easy this evening. One day left to tidy up the public areas for Leofwyna's return home; oh, and I must get my bed cleared off for tomorrow night.
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

I reduced the linen cutters down to a single tote, then reduced the broomstick skirts and ME fabrics down to another single tote. Haven't touched the stuff on my bed yet but some little progress IS being made. One sofa and the coffee table is cleared. Had to leave the mess though and go to Moot but got back home quicker than I'd planned as it was raining when we came out of the library. I quickly got soaked to the skin so I skipped supper with the gang as our restaurant tends to run their air chilly. On the way home I drove out of the rain and the late sun broke through before setting. RAINBOW, a nice full arch in the southeast! After eating my supper I bagged up cotton cutters downstairs while I watched my Next Food Network Star.
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TUESDAY

Sorting, sorting, sorting. Cleaning, too. Maude's 'sitting room' is clean and tidy. Moved new cotton and cotton cutters downstairs to attend to later. I have piles on my bed and the living room sofas. Sorted the linen cutters to purpose reducing that pile by a quarter. Re-discovered and washed/fulled purple wool; it'll be great for a couple chaparones. With all this stuff better organized it will soon be time to add to the stash challenge lists. For tonight though I'll sleep on Leofwyna's bed since mine is completely buried; lots more to do tomorrow.
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MONDAY

Oh for the love of heaven. I spent the whole of another day harvesting pearl beads but it's done. Tomorrow I must, must, must crowd in 2-3 days worth of tasks to get where I need to be before Leofwyna gets home Friday night.

I've been watching CNN tonight doing their six month report on Haiti. Good grief, they're so much worse at getting things organized there makes me look good here. And today not only do my hands ache, but so do my wrists... ow, ow, OW!
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SUNDAY

Still shifting things out of my bedroom. Spent some time harvesting oes, beads and things from thrift store poly or overworn garments so I can discard the parts I don't want. Found that to be much more time consuming than I'd anticipated, especially the huge number of pearl beads on one garment I want to use for Byzantine or Russian garb someday. It doesn't help much that Maggie is fascinated and wants to help pull strings. I'm wondering just how many of these pearls I'll find when I sweep the dining room floor when I'm done. Meanwhile, my hands are achy tonight.
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SATURDAY

I saw Toni out watering her garden and since I'd not seen much of her this summer I strolled over for a visit. Her garden sure looks a lot better than mine does but it's only her second year and she says she's still learning. Ended up telling her about Organic Gardening Magazine, shared compost info and compared broccoli progress. Her broccoli hasn't buttoned up yet so I harvested mine and gave her a batch. With Leofwyna gone I haven't been able to keep up with it.

With thunderstorms threatening today I put off dealing with the garage and emptied my bedroom into the living room instead. I'm busily sorting lots and lots of that stuff so I can pack it up to go either downstairs to keep/use or for this fall's rummage sale.

The storm this evening came on like a freight train (very vigerous and noisy) and dumped really heavy rain. That seriously effects garden work for the next couple days anyway.
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FRIDAY

Bleah! So much for making a to do list for this couple weeks. I'm scarcely scraping the surface. No motivation atall-atall. Did finally give the kitchen some attention. And worked up a Yahoo addy since mine did indeed get purged. Don't know if I'll even bother to deal with it again at this point.
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THURSDAY

Went to the library this afternoon and printed out some email pages just in case my email addy gets dumped again this summer. Notification came out indicating July 9th was the purge date; I emailed to prevent it but after all it happened last year about this time. I didn't want to lose some of the Cattle Raids information if it happened again this year.

Back at home I went out and cut weeds back in four of the six veggie beds and removed more than half of the volunteer dill plants around the four active veggie beds. So far I've only gotten broccoli and little squash from the garden but there are little green tomatoes and the beans and potatoes are flowering prettily. There's no sign of the nasturtiums, spinach or carrots I planted but marigolds are blooming and radish greens are looking good.
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WEDNESDAY

I did run over to the Salvation Army to check the 50% clothing sale today but I skipped the run across town to A&S this week. Back at home I did get the weedwhacker out in the backyard and whittled away at the weeds around the garage and between the veggie beds. That alone makes a surprising difference however the humidity was abysmal and I called it done for the day with that.
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TUESDAY

Talking to Windstream this morning about having the modem replaced was somewhat a letdown. Seems the connection is present and I'm accessing the internet okay so what's the problem is the attitude at present. Disregarding the fact that the PC Check and Connect was only half done. This leaves me wondering what steps undone might cause problems late in the day or on the weekend when nothing can be done. Oh well, mustn't borrow trouble.

Stopped at the No 27th thrift store for the Tuesday sales where I found a 3-drawer storage unit (for my sewing area), two cotton blouses and a spinner's magazine. Then at the grocery store I found both beef and pork on manager's special so I'm set for awhile. Tonight I made potato salad and grilled the beef which was very yummy.

At this point I must confess to loafing as it's exceedingly hot and humid outside and so I've been ignoring my to do list. This is not a huge surprise though with my prime motivator in Alaska.
How do you feel when an adapted film's story deviates from the original material?

That's a major button being pushed for me. "The Postman" leaps to mind; much as I like Costner in the role I can't watch that movie with the story so incredibly scrambled from the book. When I first saw that in the theater I drove my sister nuts! about it.

On the other hand, I'm really happy with the way the LOTR trilogy was handled even though they had to make major cuts to manage the length of it. They didn't muck about with the sequence and I was able to forgive or ignore other things they did to it. My only major peeve was how they weakened Frodo at the ford. That was so totally unnecessary.
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MONDAY

Driving home last night at 10:30 the air was so full of haze there were times I couldn't see beyond the nose of the car. This was not fog or smog, it was smokiness from the fireworks going off all over the place. There were some seriously big boomers out there in addition to the usual sparklers, rockets and what-not. I just drove straight home and retreated to the basement to watch TV and pet the cat.

Before going to bed I found an old notebook and started making a list of things I might accomplish during the thirteen days Leofwyna is gone. All good intentions for the moment; we'll just see how that goes.

Anyway, after spending a quiet morning reading email and catching up on the computer I went to KFC for a late lunch and back at home I braved the potentially wet yard and got the entire lawn mowed except for the bit east of the garage which really was too wet still. It wasn't awfully hot, for a wonder, but the humidity was pretty thick so I did the work in two parts with a substantial resting period between.

Back in the house this evening the computer was hit with a virus so ended up with the 'check and connect' program 7-11 when that program dumped too. I called that in and was told I needed to arrange for a new modem tomorrow. With that I shut things down and headed to bed rather frustrated.
SUNDAY

It's a good thing I woke up in a timely manner today since Leofwyna mis-set her alarm clock for 8 pm instead of 8 am. With some judicious hustling we caught up with the clock and got her and Natalya to the airport in good time following a lovely lunch at our favorite Thai Pepper in Omaha.

Oh, and we loaded the van in a quite heavy rainfall this morning... I hope the weather doesn't cause them any trouble getting to Fairbanks today. The forcasted weather in Alaska for the next ten days looks wet too, but why should her vacation be any dryer than mine was?
SATURDAY

This was Leofwyna's organize and pack day, yes I know she's been getting things together all week but today it's official. We made a midafternoon ice cream run to help Leofwyna celebrate her vacation and give her a break from her tasks. Then later since we don't feel like making supper we went to Golden Corral for ribs. She was still packing when I went to bed sometime after midnight (this is not unexpected on my part).

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