TUESDAY

Today I got my seed box and the canister of LS's whole grains downstairs to remember to give them some attention. I had seen a viability chart somewhere on a blog and was determined to find it again and sort my seeds and discard old, probably bad seed and make plans for what I need to get this year. A great deal of what I have is still probably good; I'll test some of the older broccoli for viability to be safe. I dumped the rejects in the compost on my way up to bed.

WEDNESDAY

I figured LS must have gotten her whole grains at Whole Foods so I called this morning to see if they could tell me what I had from the code numbers written on the twist ties. This was successful and now I know I need to find recipes for couscous, quinoa, mung beans, groats, rice, brown rice, forbidden rice and basmati. I trimmed the two linen tunics this afternoon with Gyda's excellent tablet weaving so I could deliver those this evening at A&S. Halftroll's so cute; he tried them both on right away to see how they fit. Looked good!

Back at home tonight I darned Leofwyna's favorite woolen bed socks a second time. These are the first pair I knit five (or so) years ago and I've promised that as long as I have leftover matching yarn I'll continue to darn them for her.
FRIDAY

Spent a little time with Gyda's fabric tearing out the panels for the two Halftroll tunics. With care and efficiency I was able to leave a full yard of the yellow and four yards of the blue for another project.

SATURDAY

Got the blue (and absolutely plain as requested) tunic finished tonight. I just want so much to trim it up somehow it's so plain.

SUNDAY

Got the yellow linen mostly sewn up but stopped when I realized I needed to preshrink the trim before finishing it up. This one is looking good and the blue red and yellow trim is Gyda's really nice tablet weaving.

MONDAY

Leofwyna was able to go to sleep early today so she was up early and wanted to go to some thrift stores and a movie. We found a few jigsaw puzzles and some Christmas cards for next couple years and had supper at Valentino's before going to see Percy Jackson. Basically it's a teen date-night revisit to mythology and forgetable enough I had trouble remembering enough of it to come up with the name to key in here.
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TUESDAY-THURSDAY

Mostly working on transcription job.  Nearly brain dead from that.  Wednesday I went to A&S where a discussion was held about a new play for use at our JAV demo in May.  Thursday evening I went to Fiber Art at Sash's.  Gyda lent me Halftroll's  lucet* so I can make cord.  It's too late to make my own cord for the gold key stuff but at least I'll learn the process and decide if I want to find-get one of my own for future use.  Both nights I worked on stitching down seams on the Viking caps.
(* I don't know why I have a mental block on remembering the name of this little forked wood tool.)

FRIDAY

Ran a few errands including getting the car insured and licensed, mailing payments, dropping off paper for recycling; then hit a couple thrift stores with no results this time and stopped for groceries for the weekend.  The grocery store was havng a good sale on meat so I got two nice boneless pork roasts to put in the crock pot .  Ran out back and threw out some broccoli and spinach seed in a couple of the raised beds as precipitation is indicated over the next few days.. 

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

First thing I put the pork in the big crockpot Iwith a couple packages of dried fruit and an onion.  When suppertime rolled around I cooked an artichoke and an acorn squash to go with the roast for supper.  I must of mostly veged out this weekend as I can't think of anything I accomplished.  That can't be right but oh well.  The roast came back out for a second supper with sweet potatoes and green beans Sunday.

MONDAY-TUESDAY

The transcription is finally finished, thank goodness.  I've had quite enough of the subject on Antarctica I think.  Got the invoice turned in.   Revisited the pork roast as barbeque sandwiches with a cauliflower-carrot salad.  We both took turns stripping some of the cotton samples; the end is in sight.

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SUNDAY

I did the machine sewing on the 13 black and white viking caps and got them into the handwork basket for finishing later. While watching a movie on television in the evening I got the handwork done on the small beige viking cap. I like the way these are turning out.

MONDAY

I had an interview for a 12-week full time temporary job at the University for May-June; cross your fingers for me, please.

While I was downtown I stopped in at the four thrift stores on O Street. Found a nice 4-yard piece of dark herringbone wool and a queen-size all cotton bedskirt. I think I can use the wool for a Scandinavian woman's caftan as the wool I got a week ago is too lightweight for the caftan and will probably become a Norman gown (I still have to dye it again to shift the color away from rosy to be darker and more more violet). The foundation from the bedskirt will make 2-3 nice veils; it's a light cotton gauze that works up nicer than anything else I've ever found. They're few and far between though as most bedskirts these days have poly or pellon-type foundations so I'm always excited when I find a good one. I'll use the stripe cotton from the bedskirt for quilt borders.

Back at home this afternoon Hochman called. He said he had a couple more tapes for me to do and offered to deliver them to me. When he arrived he had five tapes... eep! That'll keep me busy most of this week and into the weekend.
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SATURDAY-SUNDAY

While Leofwyna tackled more sorting both days I concentrated on the transcription until I finially finished late Sunday afternoon.   I did take a break from the transcription for a little Saturday afternoon to help her search for a particular file box.  Thinking we'd know if it were in the house we concentrated on looking for it in the piles of furniture and boxes in the garage.  Finally we both took another turn through the piles of boxes in the house and found it on the bottom back stack in the dining room.  It took another half hour to pile stuff back into the garage and call that done.  All for one little piece of paper; the title to the car.

We watched the Academy Awards Sunday night and was pleased with the new format celebrating the winners instead of rushing them off the stage in order to beef up the program with 'entertainment' for the viewing audience.  I thought it was thoroughly refreshing for them to do honor to the award winners instead.  I've always thought it rather rude to turn up the music to force the honorees to leave.  Give the comedians and performers their own programs instead if there's an audience for them, eh?
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FRIDAY

Today I took a pile of Little Sister's spring-summer clothes to a consignment shop in the south part of town.  They're pretty elite there and only took about two-thirds of what I carried in.  I set up another appointment in a couple weeks as there's shoes, purses and a box or two of more summer stuff; I just have to find these boxes before then. 

Stopped at an estate sale on the way home but not one thing interesting except the view from the balcony.  Oh well, back home again for an evening of transcription.
WEDNESDAY

I'm always glad when someone calls me to do transcription but then while I'm actually doing it I sometimes feel it will never come to an end.  It helps when I find the subject to be interesting however that's not so much the case this time.  I have had worse to do.  I'll be done with it this week and there's been no indication there's more to do. 

At A&S tonight the lady harper came and did a program about harps in period for us in exchange for the outdoor cooking talk her group requested.  Halftroll arranged all this in his role as demo coordinator.   It would be nice to have an Irish personna harpist in our group... It could maybe happen. 
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TUESDAY

Got three loads of laundry done and another tape transcribed.
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MONDAY

I didn't get very much accomplished today.  Since I'd been 'in' for three days running, the weather was mild and there was some sunshine I went out.  I did pick up the additional three casettes for the Hochman job and tried to deliver the sack o'stuff to Tamison (she wasn't home though so I'll have to try again Wednesday on the way to A&S).  I tried to stop in at the Salvation Army on No. 27th but they're closed due to employee scheduling problems?  Huh?

Finally got motivated to clean up the kitchen and after supper did do some transcription but didn't get through a whole tape.   Must make up my mind to be done with all seven tapes by the weekend.
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SUNDAY

When I got up late this morning I immediately put beef in the crock pot for stroganoff.  We love the mix we get for this with only water, carrots and mushrooms added.  Leofwyna cubed up the cooked beef and did the noodles and cauliflower at supper time.

I worked on the transcription again most of the afternoon.  Those times Leofwyna wanted the computer I stripped samples.  We were watching what turned out to be a very long movie based on a book I read only last year, The Last Templer.  They did a decent job of following the story line nicely and the movie was as interesting as the book had been.  We also watched this season's first episode of Amazing Race, another of our favorite light reality entertainments.
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FRIDAY

Well, this time the weather man was right.  After the perfectly beautiful day yesterday (48 degrees, sunshine, blue sky) I woke late this morning to snow.  It came down steadily almost all day. 

I came straight downstairs today, brunch in hand, and started right in on the transcription again as I want to complete these four tapes this weekend.  Finished tape two this afternoon and did part of tape three late this evening.

It was a very pleasant surprise to look out about four o'clock and see someone had bladed out our driveway (so there's only the sidewalks to take care of).  I don't know who did it, but multitudinous blessings upon all their days!
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WEDNESDAY

Spent a good deal of time today completing the first tape and sent that off to Hochman late tonight.  I also received a call from his secretary, a friend of mine, that there's three more tapes to pick up.  Woot!  Seven 40-minute tapes equals roughly $400 in the bank, although it takes nearly six weeks AFTER the work is done and invoiced to receive it.

Moot tonight was sparely attended as eleven of our folk were headed out to Estrella.  There was discussion about three upcoming demos and about largess to be completed in time for Cattle Raids.  Now I've got to think about what I can contribute that can be completed by mid-August in addition to the banner already begun and a long ways from being done.  There was also a start to Gyda's Great Paper Distribution and I took a full box of the  24"x34" 24# linen finish paper (1000 sheets).  I'm thinking bookmaking and  patterns for starters.  Afterwards Natalya, Gyda and I stopped at Noodles for a bite and a bit of further discussion.

THURSDAY

Today Leofwyna and I headed up to Omaha again for an appointment with the lawyer; the process continues.  Once that was out of the way we hit half a dozen thrift stores and the Thai restaurant before heading back to Lincoln.  Leofwyna is at a household gathering tonight and I SHOULD be transcribing again.  So I'm back to it now.  

TUESDAY

Picked up the four tapes for transcription and got started on the first one this afternoon; worked on it off and on the rest of the evening, too.  OMG this is going to drag on.  Scientists talking about ashfall (lava crystals) and fossil moss in Antartica; it's gotta get better than this to make an interesting program. 

For a change of pace during the afternoon I made a list of the 19 blazers, jackets and coats we have for sale.  There's certainly some nice things there.  

Read more... )

The lawyer called Leofwyna today and she made an appointment for us Thursday.  Apparently the court letter has arrived allowing us to to go over Little Sister's bills and make arrangements to pay them.  

MONDAY

I got the extension on the Unemployment Insurance so I posted this week's claim.  Now I'm set for another 20 weeks if necessary.  I certainly hope I can get on somewhere before another five months run out.  I'm getting way too spoiled with all the free time.

I did get a call from Hochman today; he's got four tapes to be transcribed (I'll pick them up tomorrow) and maybe there'll more later.  That's about 16 hours work; just enough to bump the Unemployment Insurance for the week but then extends it at the end of the cycle.  And I do feel better to be accomplishing something and usually enjoy the material I'm working with.  This time its about an Antarctica expedition; I think it's one of Hochman's NOVA projects.

This evening I watched Terminator II (again) while I stripped more cotton samples. 
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TUESDAY

Made myself a list this morning so I wouldn't forget anything.  Emilye is coming over this evening with fabric for me to sew up for Murdoch as he's going to Astrella where it may well be Cold  and he needs more clothes.  So I vacuumed and cleaned up the kitchen, then I posted the ledger preparing for fourth quarter and Domesday reports.  Now when the statement does arrive (hopefully tomorrow) I can balance it too and fill in the report forms ASAP.  I need to get that to Natalya this weekend. 

When Emilye arrived (surprise Murdoch was with her) they'd brought a blue stripe duck for fighter pants and a yellow and black stripe upholstery cotton that's enough for both a tunic and fighter pants (no, he won't wear them at the same time).  There's a couple pair of pants to shorten the length on, too.  They were talking about ordering wool for a warm cote and another tunic and Leofwyna popped up and went downstairs to her stash.  Came back up with a diaper-woven heavy wool for the cote, lightweight white wool to line it with (and taupe dye to make it less Bright) and some camel wool flannel for pants.   She also had a short piece of heavy wool that'll be a nice sleeveless surcoat to layer warm with.  They were thrilled and bought those from her and will wash/shrink the cote fabrics and bring it back for me to sew up.   I also lent him my grey silk-wool tunic with the rust ikat trim for an extra layer... it'll look great with the new surcoat without being bulky.  My-my, he'll be looking grand in service to our king.
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SUNDAY

With Leofwyna at work I was able to concentrate on transcribing parts five and six.  Sent that out to Chris along with the invoice.  Whew, done!  I won't see that check until late in January but it'll be a big help then.

MONDAY

Leofwyna was scheduled for work today so I became the designated driver using her van.  I went up to Omaha today to accompany Little Sister to get an Ipeg.  I went primarily 'cause she said she couldn't drive herself home after the procdure 'cause of medications.  I went thinking it was just some sort of test she was getting; it wasn't until we were headed back to her place I discovered it was a feeding port into her stomach.  Ouch!  She's been having swallowing issues and thereby not eating enough.  She's lost quite a lot of weight and now, finally, they're recognizing it's a problem and want to build her up a bit for more medical procedures dealing with her heart and lungs. 

In spite of all this we stopped at Whole Foods to get salads and croissants for supper.  When we came out it was blowing and snowing (the day and roads had been still and dry up to then).  Back at her place I ate quickly, took care of a few household tasks for her and headed out on the road home.   It was not a pleasant drive back to Lincoln as it was blowing hard and quite enough snow with the cold to make the bridges slick. 

Back home found a fresh batch of donuts had been done as Leofwyna had been put on-call for the day.  Turns out when she was called in for a one-on-one she couldn't get my car started and had to cancel that, therefore the donuts.  Hmm-m-m, gotta check the car.
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SATURDAY

Although the sun shone prettily today not a particle of the ice layer melted as it was so-o-o cold!  Cleaned the kitchen from Leofwyna's cooking marathon yesterday then spent the day transcribing part four.  Sent that out to Chris about five and ran over to feed Shelly's cats and grab my own supper.  Spent the evening playing computer games and cleaning more decorating samples.
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THURSDAY

Spent the day transcribing Standing Bear Part Two and starting Part Three.  It's always a good thing when this process is on an interesting subject.  That is the case with Standing Bear because twenty years ago at work we were doing a dramatization of this subject for public television.   This time is more for a historical documentary. 

When Standing Bear was being done then I had only been working with the producers a couple years and it was a real learning experience seeing how a television show of this type goes together.  There was all the planning years before hand, most of which I'd missed for this program but I got in on the process of finallizing the script, selecting actors, arranging for production sites, costumes and props, making travel, room and catering arrangements.  Whether youj're doing 60-minutes, 90-minues or 120-minutes the actual amount of material taped is many times this amount (perhaps 10-20 times as much) which is then cut down into the final program.   And locations were in several different places for various lengths of time.  I got to go on a couple of the out-of-studio shoots to manage the paperwork and talent payments.  And since I'm a deft sewer I got to work with the costumer a little, too. 

When the shoots were all finished and rented costumes were returned to the West Coast the locally made costumes, which were thoroughly and roughly used, and uncleaned (phew), were going to be thrown away I claimed the big box full and made several lovely quilts from them.  Being on the inside certainly had unexpected benefits. 

On an unscripted program which is full of interviews instead is when the transcription work comes along.  The 10-20 times rule still applies but in this case ALL the interviews must be transcribed.  Sometimes the interviews are highly informative and interesting.  Other times the subject is difficult to transcribe because of accent, multiple people like in a meeting, or noisy background; that's when it becomes exceedinly tedious.  And then sometimes the subject simply is not interesting to the transcriptionist, that can't be helped I suppose but then it's deadly tiring.  This was particularly true for me when the subject was football... OMG some of those people are inarticulate!  In spite of this  I really, really miss that job!

Anyway today when I was just shutting down to get ready to go to fiber arts Gyda called to let me know it was cancelled due to threat of ice storm.  Probably a good thing as when Leofwyna got home she said it was really icy-bad out there.  I worked on the sample quilts while Leofwyna put in some computer time.

FRIDAY

I thought the sun was trying to peep through this morning when I woke up so I scooped snow and de-iced the car hoping the sun might finish the job with the ice under the snow.  No such luck, the sun vanished totally about the same time I went in.  Oh well.  Went to get groceries, sent out a couple more job applications at the University and then worked on the transcription again until supper.  Finished the last of the poly-blend quilts and counted them up prepratory to shipping them out to Kronberg.  There's 20 tops for the church ladies to tie and bind for their African missions.  I'll be glad to get them out of the house.  I'm back to cleaning samples again, this time the cotton-blends.   These will probably go to Kronberg too but I'll have more fun with these and make them more organized so they'll look better and will probably be used for stress situations like fire, flood or tornado sympathy offerings of a more local nature. 
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WEDNESDAY

What the freak!  The disc I put the transcription on fritzed and I lost it all.  Too good I'd already sent part one to Chris and was able to retreive the email to record it on a new disc, but the portion of part two I'd done is gone-gone-gone and I must redo it on my own dime.  Knowing this I wasted part of the afternoon procrastinating and then headed out (fighting traffic all the way so I was late!) for A&S where Natalya had us assembling quires(sp?) into books with leather covers.  Actually rather easy, this, and suitable for largess I'm thinkin'.  Finished another sampler quilt top while watching Wall-E with Leofwyna at the end of the day.  I think there's only enough of this batch for one more, rah-rah!
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TUESDAY

Worked on transcription (about six hours) and got part one of six completed and sent out to Chris.  Leofwyna and I went out late this afternoon to shovel snow... it was light and fluffy so we didn't bother with the snowblower.  Leofwyna took me out to supper at Valentino's Buffet.  Then I finished another sample quilt top while she had the computer.

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