patable2010: (Saxon)
FRIDAY

This morning I finished my new shift, then put away the sewing stuff. I had offered to take on some of Leofwyna's to do list as she's busy getting ready to leave on her trip in a couple days. Took her van to the mechanic to get the brake lights fixed and stopped at Family Dollar to pick up the list of stuff she'd noted was on sale this week. She'd also noted that my preferred laundry detergent was on sale at Walmart but I'd just as soon wait until it's on sale somewhere else even if it's not as big a price cut; I don't like that place.
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

Took Leofwyna's van in for an oil change so she wouldn't have to get up early. I remembered to pick up my bag at DAV, too. Ran the van home and switched out vehicles then headed to Salvation Army for their 50% clothing sale and found a bunch of cutter cotton AND five cotton sheets at $2/each. I also found a cunning little charcoal cooker I can use in camp for my meals. Had a thought to look for a little round grill to use with it and hey noni-noni found one with a retractable handle. How cool is that! I'm looking forward to trying out some of my new setup this year if I actually do get to go to Lilies.

I went out for A&S this evening and when I got back home Leofwyna and I went to a late supper together and ended up working another through another puzzle while watching our Tuesday tape.
patable2010: (Saxon)
MONDAY

So I remembered to get going this morning and get the car into the shop to find out why it's still hesitating and stuttering. Turns out the part that the plugs and wires attach to had one bad position and had to be replaced. Car seems to run nicely now so we'll hope that's the end of that expanse for a long, long time now. This afternoon I got the front and verges mowed but the back yard was still too damp so I left it another day. Spent the afternoon and evening doing the rest of the laundry and another load of mildewy fabrics from storage. The current batch is cotton-blends that will go back to the Cuddle Quilt project since we're not part of that group any more and time is already short.
patable2010: (Saxon)
MONDAY

I totally forgot my appointment with the mechanic at eleven. About one I thought of it and called to apologize. They were busy enough not to be annoyed and we rescheduled for tomorrow. Instead I spent time with laundry and trying to sort out my sewing room. Leofwyna has voiced a careful complaint about my taking over too much of the rest of the space downstairs which I have to admit being guilty of. Tonight after supper we watched "Avatar" on a rented DVD... this was really a good, imaginative movie. I kept sorting through my sewing space stuff towards being able to move back into my little corner.
patable2010: (Saxon)
FRIDAY

Spent six hours waiting for my car to be finished at the mechanics but at least now I think it's good to go for a good long while. They fixed a plug-wire situation that hadn't stranded me yet but the symptoms were beginning to show themselves in the rough idle and herkiness. The underpinning connections were worked on too which potential problems were anticipated last year when I first got the car. I really appreciate my mechanics as they don't invent things to do before they really need to be done and give me a timeframe to think about for the future. Right now things are "smooth as silk" according to them and I'm glad.

Back at home this evening I went through a couple boxes out of the storage room and sorted things to be put away elsewhere, sold at rummage, given away or discarded. One thing I found was a print-out of an e-mail I wrote in 2000 in response to an article I read then that still applies although the link no longer works, darn it.
<http://www.2xtreme.net/madly/costume101/making_time.htm>

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"Before I joined the SCA I was organized in all areas of my life. I had a great amount of fabric stash for my quilting that was and still is beautifully organized. (I just can't get to it now because of the piles in front of it.) My personal finance records were organized. My mundane clothing storage was organized. That came to an end roughly six months after I started playing in the SCA.

In the two and a half years I've been in the SCA I'v been purchasing an amazing variety of 'stuff' and there is very little organization. Well, the completed garb is somewhat organized. And thanks to my sister the feast basket and the camping gear is somewhat organized. However, all the 'stuff' for projects and gear to be made up furnish piles between me and anything I own that is remotely organized, if it's even still there (I sometimse wonder about that). This fills my bedroom and sewing room. My sister's 'stuff' fills the recreation room and laundry. You may well wonder where we spend the mundane free time... there isn't much of that either.

This is a wonderful article and serves to remind me how comfortable it is to be so organized. However, my little house ran out of organizational room prior to this new habit and I need to find space somewhere. The his and hers lounges in the little runabout spaceship in "The Number of the Beast" springs to mind."

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The situation was not improved when everything in my sewing room and the rec room was packed into the guest room four years ago while several yards of basement foundation was rebuilt. The current plan this year is to go through and sort everything to prepare for a rummage sale next fall. Wish us energy, perseverance and luck.

I am re-motivated to complete the process...
sort for rummage and price
set up sewing room
set up guest room
set up garage storage
hold rummage sale Autumn 2010
patable2010: (Saxon)
MONDAY

I'm groggy this morning cause I got up at 4 to pick up Leofwyna so she could leave the van at the mechanics.  They'll fix the transmission leak so we have peace of mind on the upcoming trip.  It probably would have been okay but we didn't want to worry about it. 

[later]

When Leofwyna was up and dressed I drove her to pick up the van and we grabbed lunch at Imperial Palace where they have a nice combination plate of Almond Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork and rice for a reasonable price.  What with the broken up sleep I'm feeling even less productively energetic than usual.  Joey is happy he has a lap this afternoon.
patable2010: (Saxon)

THURSDAY

With Leofwyna off to work I became mondo lazy and accomplished nothing of note.

FRIDAY

Leofwyna took her van to the shop for an oil change, I picked her up and we hit several rummage sales (bought pricket replacement for feast gear).  We tried to catch a movie but timing was off and we headed home.

SATURDAY

Went to 3:30 movie with Leofwyna, Transformers II.  The length was uncalled for as a quarter of it could easily have been cut.  The last half was almost as good as the first one.  Once home I spent 5 hours putting together 2nd quarter report, then had a problem emailing such a large file

SUNDAY

Must have re-sent the 2nd quarter report four dozen times before both got through.  This afternoon I helped with Sabi's move, one van load and a promise to help with another when the boxes are filled and ready to go this week.  Ellid is in town and we firmed up our plans for Wednesday.  I never got back to shearing the weeds out of the veggie beds so I must get back to it


patable2010: (Saxon)
TUESDAY

While Leofwyna spent the afternoon with a friend I lazed about and accomplished nearly nothing.  Well, I did finish up the laundry from last week but I still need to get it all put away.  Late in the afternoon she called from the mechanic's shop asking me to pick her up.  Apparently she thinks her a/c needs recharging before our trip (I had no problem with it last week); the mechanic said he could get it done before she needs the van for work Wednesday. 

WEDNESDAY

When I got up this morning I slipped quietly from the house while Leofwyna slept.  I returned the wrong size serger needles and while there bought not quite two yards of linen-cotton at half price for another pair of breeks.  I want to try an alternate pattern I'd run across a few weeks ago.  Came out ahead on the transaction by more than a dollar.  Stopped in at a few thrift stores and found a nice pair of brown ankle boots that will work for winter shoes at events though I may switch out the buttons fastening them.  I also found a print linen-cotton dress I'll make over for a choli.  Mostly I picked up cotton shirts for a quilt project I've had in mind for awhile.  I also remembered to stop in at the hardware store for shorter bolts for my camp bed as well as some 1/4" stock to remedy the slat slippage. 

Made a point to get to the Barony social so I could get Gyda's looms to her  (I provided travel space to get them back from Lilies).  While there I finally finished the celtic dog embroidery I've worked on occastionally over the past year or so.  I'd tried doing this project without the black outline and don't like the results so asked Master Gerald if he still wanted it after pointing out the flaws.  He's delighted to take it off my hands.  Once I have the banner finished I'll start over again on the celtic dogs and I will forevermore start with the black, or at least dark, outlining on my embroideries. 
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

Today Leofwyna and I left together in her loaner vehicle to pick up her van from the shop.  She had everything done to it the last couple days they could come up with to do (some of which she had previously postponed) and it was still reasonable price-wise.  Woot!  Leofwyna is very pleased, again, that I found this place.  Found Oz working there... heard recently that he was... so I asked about getting the storage key.  Yay, he was done with it so I took it and we picked up the folding tables to use for our rummage sales this summer.  We then went and got our old passports and birth certificates from the bank lockbox and took them to the post office to apply for new passports for our trip to Calgary, Canada next July.  Lastly we stopped at Salvation Army to check the 50% Wednesday clothing sales.  We passed up a blue upholstered chair and a really nice coffee table but I bought a green silk shirt for $1.50.  This is not your China silk but a nice medium weight silk I could use for binding or lining something.  If I could find another similar shirt I'd make stockings.

Tonight was Moot and we had major discussions regarding Herdmaster, JAV demo and Lilies.  I have todo lists for all three for myself; gotta stay on the ball through May for these.  I can't go to Lilies again this year darn it but I'm thinking maybe a single day trip might be feasible second Saturday for the Middle East party.  Maybe.
patable2010: (Saxon)
SUNDAY

Talked to the Auto Service place and the news about the Ford is that the noise isn't something terrible but I'll probably want to replace 'something' on both sides of the back sometime this year.  Also a loose connection in front can wait until then too.  Don't ask details... I can't supply them.  Suffice to say I've come to trust this place and know I need to get this done this spring or summer but in the meantime I needn't worry about it.

After scooping the snow that fell overnight Leofwyna and I headed back to Omaha and continued packing... i worked mostly on the hall and bathroom closets while she packed kitchen stuff.  I shifted everything to the back hall as boxes were filled.  One kitchen drawer I've dubbed 'the carb drawer' had a wide variety of interesting whole grains and flours and pastas with which we're planning experiments in the crock pot.  Reports on that later.

Since the furniture was in Lincoln we'd brought air mattresses and the small tv back with us so we were fairly well set up to finish out the day restfully.

MONDAY

Upon getting up today I commenced loading the van while Leofwyna threw together a brunch for us.  More loading up until time to go pick up plants from Little Sister's workplace.  Turned out the plants were only a couple succulants that we generously thankfully left with the 'caretaker' who had saved them.  We don't really have good space in our house for plants this was a very good result. 

Since plants weren't taking up space we'd left for them we returned to the apartment to top off the load with lamps and other odd shaped bits.  It wasn't quite time for supper so we stopped for a look at a Bead Shop we'd spotted last week and ended up spending a couple hours digging through a 'baggie-full-for-$8' bin.  I left with two and Leofwyna with three baggies of assorted beads.  For mine I have in mind an embroidered and beaded neckline on a byzantine undertunic for some of it as well as Queen's Prize dubi and a crazy quilt project for the rest. 

After an excellent supper at Thai Pepper I drove back to Lincoln so Leofwyna could utilize the time on the cellphone calling notifications and clearing numbers.  In Lincoln I picked up the car before heading on home.  Unloading will wait until tomorrow in the daylight, and hopefully not so cold, while Leofwyna's at work.  I certainly hope the weather channel is wrong about more snow tonight... perhaps it can wait until tomorrow afternoon when I've unloaded the van.
patable2010: (Saxon)
FRIDAY

I quickly made arrangements to drop the Ford at Auto Service to check on the rumbling sound ... want this car to last a lo-o-ong time.  We were heading up to Omaha again.  While Leofwyna ran some errands I started packing fox and dragon figurines, wind chimes and electronics.  After a supper run to Whole Foods for lobster bisque, three salads and chocolate-orange torte I was packing the office-and-library closet... cookbooks, paperbacks, more electronic stuff, financial records and office supplies.  Gotta say I was tired enough to sleep well on that sofa bead.

SATURDAY

Leofwyna woke me with the news she'd already been on the phone and folks were coming to help load the big furniture into a rental truck.  As we hadn't gotten it yet we skipped breakfast to hurry up the street to get that before the help showed up.  One-and-a-quarter hour later we had the furniture loaded into the truck and were saying a thankful farewell to Little Sister's friends who had come on such short notice to help us accomplish this.  Very shortly after another couple of her friends arrived and helped us clear the garage into the moving truck too.  I'm glad Leofwyna got all their names written down 'cause I can't remember 'em at all. 

We drove up to Lincoln right away hoping to beat the weather as snow has been indicated.  I drove Leofwyna's van while she drove the rental truck.  I'm glad she had some experience driving Dad's RV as I'd be uncomfortable about driving something so large.  After a few quick phonecalls Murdoch, Emilye, Toli, Sabina and Volkmar came to help us unload.  We rousted Marty out too and he was valuable in getting sliding glass doors unmounted and remounted to facilitate getting large couches in and out.

Oh yes, I suggested swapping out the tapestry couches while we had the man power present and before burying said furniture under piles of Little Sister's possessions in the garage.  As it turned out the dresser and mirror wouldn't fit and Leofwyna was delighted to drop it at the local Salvation Army (she thinks it ugly and unsaleable for our rummage; I consider it structurally sound and someone will want it anyway).  We turned in the rental with only five-and-a-half hours on the clock and finally went to have something to eat.

Also, thanks to Toli, Little Sister's monitor is downstairs and all hooked up to the computer and we are online at home again, yay!  This also makes Joey happy to have his lap available sooner and longer.  Once we have the living room cleared it's going to look real fine with the new tapestry furniture and the Baristers Cabinet in place.  (Nothing was said at this time about the furniture exchange we want to do downstairs and now it can't happen until things are organized better in the garage.  Perhaps not until after the rummage sale this spring even.  I mean, the garage is FULL!)
patable2010: (sewing)
MORE TUESDAY

Told Leofwyna about the tapestry loveseat and couch I saw at Goodwill Monday; I t hink she's going to check them over tomorrow.  She wants 'em for the living room if they're in good enough shape.  Oh my, the amount of furniture we'll have in the garage for a Spring rummage sale.  Clearly the vehicles will have to sit out in the weather for awhile.  I picked Leofwyna up from auto service so she could leave the van for maintenance tomorrow; took her to Village Inn for supper as she was so tired she couldn't decide on what to eat.   I introduced her to the 'improved' strawberry crepes; borrowing orange sauce from something on the special menu.

WEDNESDAY

Sewed stripe pants and camel flannel pants for Murdoch while Leofwyna borrowed my car for her errands.  When I  had my car back I got my hair cut, picked up some stamps, stopped in at the computor lab and went to A&S but had forgotten to mark out the wings on the banner and had finished the beast so was unable to use the time embroidering.  Didn't work on bookbinding as I hadn't brought the tools for that.  Leofwyna loves the couch and loveseat; she already paid for them so I must pick 'em up tomorrow while she's at work.

THURSDAY

Picked up my prescriptions, arranged for help (Marty and Toni) to pick up couch and loveseat, sewed up Murdoch's tunic and went to the computor lab.  Toni wants to include some stuff when we have our rummage; I must remember to let her know the date once it's decided.
patable2010: (Saxon)
MONDAY-TUESDAY

Before it occured to me it was a holiday I'd made a list of things to accomplish.  Needless to say Bank-Library-Post Office-and-campus computor lab had to be postponed a day. 

So Monday I called to have the Buick towed to the shop to have the battery recharged and perhaps an oil change and whatever else might help make it saleable.  While trying to run those unsuccessful errands I stopped instead at a couple thrift stores before heading home in time to receive delivery from Murdoch of the wool for his winter cote to be made up in time for Astrella.  The other wool we thought to use for lining is instead interlining as it shrank up so much.  It will indeed be warm however.  So I cut out the cote as well as the yellow/black striped cotton for a pair of pants and an overtunic. 

Tuesday I went out again on the errands and accomplished most of them.  When I called the auto shop I learned the Buick is dead... meaning battery won't recharge AND engine failure is imminent besides.  The Buick is headed to the junkyard as soon as I collect my possessions out of it.  Ain't I lucky to already have a replacement; would trade that privelege in for Little Sister without a second thought though.  Anyway, here I am in the computor lab checking emails and journal and ready to head home to await Leofwyna's call.  She's dropping the van at the shop for some work tonight and I'll pick her up there.  I certainly hope the vehicular good news-bad news cycle isn't going to affect her adversely too. 
patable2010: (Cheers)
 THURSDAY

...there's a Moving Sale starting at 9am of quilting fabrics and a featherweight.  Of course I wasn't considering the machine but did pick up a few fat quarters and a VHS tape of Sleepless in Seattle.  Stopped at Auto 24-hour Service to finish remounting the rearview mirror.  After a quick stop at the library spent the rest of the day in computer and Internet scans.  

Watched So You Think You Can Dance on tape when Leofwyna got home.  Kate was the winning female and Joshua was overall winner.  Couldn't disagree with the decision.
patable2010: (Cheers)
 WEDNESDAY

Up and out this morning for an 11 o'clock oil change.  They tell me the ol' car is a good one and didn't have any suggestions for additional work.  I LUV Auto 24-hour Repair on Cornhusker.  I've found their prices to be reasonable and they don't try to dupe me into extra work.  Leofwyna has been going there too and is equally pleased with 'em.  

Moot this evening was all about Cattle Raids...  Seems like we should be calling it Sheep Raids though with the Scots-English theme this year.  I'm pretty thoroughly tied up with troll so I'm being 'specially careful about volunteering for much else.  

Got a nice complement from Ducky about my embroidery project... a Celtic animals neckline I'm doing in strong multi colors.  I really like the Dover Celtic transfers book for these projects.  I already knew Master Gerald wants this but It's mine-mine-mine...  It's past time for me to have a new early period linen under tunic to replace the sorry mud-colored cotton one.  Eventually I'll remove the embroidered linen from that for another new under tunic... just have to find the right linen to mount them onto.

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