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MONDAY

The heat index was 'only' 104 and the grass exceedingly shaggy so I got out in two short sessions today and got two-thirds of the yard mowed this evening while the sun was low in the west.

Another jigsaw puzzle was subdued with Leofwyna tonight while we watched tapes. Ah, the wild life!
SUNDAY

With a heat index of 115 we decided the mowing grass could wait and went to supper and a movie instead. Well, the movie got tabled because a 'funny' thing happened on the way to the theater.

Driving westbound in the lefthand lane of a four-lane, one-way street the car to my right turned into me, causing a considerable dent to their left rear panel and only an ugly big scrape to my front right fender. As the light had been red as we approached the intersection and had just changed to green we were both nearly stopped, beginning to accelerate and going slowly so no one was injured. Now, I want to point out that there is no dedicated turn lanes at this intersection and I was continuing straight through in the left lane, entirely within my right to do so.

We spent the next hour hearing the driver of the other car repeating over and over, apparently to her passengers or the world at large and eventually to the officer who answered our call, that the accident happened because I ran into her while being in a turn lane and not turning. Excuse me, she was in the second lane which would in any case be a straight-forward lane in any case so why was SHE turning? Given the option for a report, and considering her allegations, I chose to have a report done. She hadn't wanted to be bothered with it. Needless to say, she received a citation for failure to yield right of way.

It was interesting to hear that she's got a point situation going on, she didn't have her license with her, and, well, wasn't I going to get a citation too for not turning in a turn lane. Eye roll, right! Oh and by the way, she wasn't interested in having my information as her insurance would cover it. What?

Leofwyna and I missed our movie so headed home for a jigsaw puzzle, old movie and ice cream shakes to celebrate the lack of real damage to our car.
patable2010: (Saxon)
SUNDAY

Since I'm now used to waking earlier I was able to greet Leofwyna this morning when she got home from work. While she was sleeping today I brought in a few things from the van but rain (again) stopped that process. I left the tent laying on the drive and the wet wool blanket on the fence so the moisture wouldn't be condensing in the van. It'll take a sunny day to get those things dried out.

We thought We'd go to a movie tonight but during supper at the local Chinese buffet another gullywasher came through and we decided to stay home with a jigsaw puzzle. Apparently we got another 1.5 inches just this evening. The ground is thoroughly saturated.
patable2010: (Saxon)
THURSDAY

Finished getting the crabgrass roots out of the west veggie bed but the poor, old wood of the frame self-destructed and I'm going to have to do something about that before I can get the sifted soil back in it and plant anything. Oh well, that was not really a complete surprise. No doubt some of the other five beds will do the same as I work though them.

Leofwyna came out and worked in the flower beds awhile and took a ride on the refurbished bike before dragging me off for supper and a movie. Unfortunately the theater management decided during the afternoon to cut a showing and we showed up to be told "So sorry." The manager was surprised we'd looked it up around 7pm and it was still listed for 9:45 but that didn't change the fact we'd driven across town for it.

Back at home we cleared some old VCR tapes while working up another jigsaw puzzle.
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)
THURSDAY

It being a grey and dreary day, I worked on RUNESTAFF paperwork during the afternoon. I never did get the address situation cleared up but I'll get it dealt with before next month's issue comes out. When Leofwyna got up and finished running her errands and planting her rose bushes she took me out to supper. While we were eating a great, heavy rainstorm rolled through with lots of thundar and lightning... dinner theater!

FRIDAY

Was contacted, finally, by Premiere so that process has begun taking shape. It has been mainly a slow, unproductive day but I'm enjoying it.

SATURDAY

Trolled around for rummage sales and stopped in at one of the Goodwill stores this afternoon, enjoying the beautiful weather. Stopped in at Hancocks for more white thread. Didn't find anything interesting though so returned home for computer and kitty cuddles.

SUNDAY

We spent outside time dealing with bits of yardwork. I turned up the east end of the big east compost pile. Fortunately I did not find any yellow jackets (although one came visiting while I was working and made me a little leery for awhile. I'm glad to report our dead-winter visit digging it up and pouring in boiling water seems to have done the trick.) Anyway, I alternated between mixing up the compost piles and digging out the western-most veggie bed and thoroughly wore myself out. The night ended with pulling out another jigsaw puzzle with Leofwyna.

MONDAY

I made a lunch run, stopped in at Goodwill (Travelling Sale = one normal priced garment then up to four more at $1/ea) where I picked up a great shirt so added in four more 'cutter' items. Back at home I worked awhile on one of the weedy beds trying to get the crabgrass roots removed. What a tangled mess that is. Tonight we finished lastnight's puzzle and blasted through another smaller one.
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TUESDAY

While Leofwyna was out running errands I raked leaves out of the flowerbeds so the bulb flowers can bloom more freely. The crocus are nearly done but the daffodils are ready to pop. I headed inside as the sun went down and did dishes and cleaned up the kitchen. I was nearly done when she called and said to met her at the China buffet for supper so no more dishes tonight! Back at home again and we started another puzzle which turned out to be easy enough to finish before I headed up to bed.
patable2010: (Saxon)
MONDAY

While Leofwyna slept today I caught up with computer stuff and started a beef roast in the oven... soon we'll have to retire the oven for the summer so this may be a final 'hurrah'. We discussed going to a movie but decided to do another jigsaw puzzle while catching up with VCR tapes instead. The puzzle we grabbed is a stinker and will go into the rummage pile when we box it up again.
SATURDAY-TUESDAY

The cold outside is constant giving me a sincere lack of interest in stirring out of the house. So I'm hibernating... vegetating... accomplishing nearly nothing besides a couple jigsaw puzzles and reading through the blog archives of one Robin Wood. I've added wood carving adventures to my spring list of to-do as a result.
FRIDAY

I spent most of the day loafing; I did find one more job lead to apply for. This evening I found a replay of this week's Project Runway; loved the winner's dress for Heidi. Leofwyna headed off with a friend for a pedicure then came back and picked me up to go to supper at the Chinese buffet. Back at home we watched the Olympics opening ceremonies and worked on another of the little jigsaw puzzles I got in the multipack. She got everything else together while I was still working on the bit of blue sky at the top; I'm glad to say she finished the sky after I went to bed so I can do a different puzzle this weekend while she's at work.
THURSDAY

Leofwyna has found a blouse she likes for her Alaska cruise next summer and wants me to make more like it. It's one with a crossover front like the cabling on a sweater but I don't know if I can do it in fabric. I'll have to think about it. Maybe I could drape it on the new dress form.

After supper we went to the fabric store where she looked at fabric while I checked the patterns to see if there was something similar to the blouse there. No luck for me but she found a rose print fabric she likes. We didn't buy it though as I'm still not sure I can pull it off. We stopped in at T J Maxx where we didn't find anything and Salvation Army where I found another puzzle and she found a lovely blue 'packable' dress and some more scrapbooking stuff. Thoroughly pleased with our finds we headed home to work together on another jigsaw puzzle.
SUNDAY

I spent a quiet day home alone. When Leofwyna got up she headed out to meet up with friends planning an Alaska cruise trip. There's no way I'm going even if I found work and started Monday... well maybe if I started Monday but that's not happening. She'll have good travel companions though so I won't have to worry about her going alone. She has travel certificates from working at the same hospital over twenty years and really needs to get them used up.

Anyway, I spent the day with the computer, the cat and the jigsaw puzzle. Outside there's another dusting of snow but not enought to have to worry about scooping again.

MONDAY

This afternoon I sorted through my 'mailbox' recycling junk mail and reading some of the phaphlets and magazines. Found a Blue Cross form I need to run over to the doctor's office for them to fill out for me... I thought that was already all taken care of and expected it to be a bill for the new insurance coverage. Darn it, the only time I was looking eagerly for a bill!

TUESDAY

Got up and out early to run errands, dropped off the physician's form, hit all the Goodwills for Senior discount day, and delivered Leofwyna's pies for Sabina to use during her shoulder surgery recovery. While at her house I heard my first cardinal for this year and it was already trying out it's spring song. I'd sooner believe the cardinal than a groundhog but this time I'm dubious.

So today at the thrift stores I found... gasp... a gently used dress form in my size and up and at a really, really decent price. I also found a big basket for use at JAV this spring, a VCR cassette of Murphy's Romance, a butterfly kite to use this spring, and a cotton shirt in a crayon print to use in my quilt stash. I was looking for puzzles though and didn't find anything I wanted.

It was a beautiful sunny day so I really enjoyed tooling around town to all the thrift stores. It was good to get out of the house.

WEDNESDAY

Got a call from the doctor's office; they need my signature on the form and a check for the copying so I planned to drive over at the end of the day before heading to Moot. Fortunately Sash called before I left the house; he needed a ride to pickup his prescription so we took care of that too. Since I had a little extra time I stopped in at the first Goodwill I'd gone to yesterday and picked up a multi-puzzle I'd passed up since it wasn't my preferred brand; tonight we started working on the first of eleven puzzles in this multipack. The pictures aren't as nice as the brand we prefer but at this time it'll do. I just don't like to pay full price for puzzles as that would get expensive; I'll wait for more to show up at the thrift stores.
FRIDAY

Knowing Saturday was going to be another long day on little sleep I took it entirely easy today, sleeping late, computalating and starting another jigsaw puzzle.

SATURDAY

First I could not get to sleep last night then I managed to miss my ride to Clothiers. I hit red on every light on the way to my pickup point then did the slippy slide to get going again losing much time... late to my connection who quite rightly had already taken off. Tried to get to the alternative possibility who I knew were leaving a bit later but they, too, were already gone. So back home to bed where I still couldn't fall asleep!

Finally gave up and got up and now I'm lazing in front of the TV on the computer again today. Now that Leofwyna is up I'll get some supper and spend more time with the jigsaw and make an early night of it.
TUESDAY

Up and at 'em. Called in prescriptions then left to pick up unsold consignments and take consignment checks to the bank. I picked up the new license tags for the car... much better not waiting until the end of the month! I stopped in at three of the thrift stores on the north side of town and found three of the brand of jigsaw puzzles we like. Turns out Leofwyna was at one of these stores just yesterday and didn't see any so those two must have been put out today. Picked up my prescriptions and was delighted to find them still covered by the old insurance. The new coverage is still in limbo so I thought I'd be covering the whole ticket this time and have to turn it in later when the paperwork caught up.

Tonight with Leofwyna at work I stayed quietly at home with the cuddle cat and current puzzle. I did remember to call and make arrangements for the times to pick up our riders Thursday.
WEDNESDAY

I actually found a good job to apply for today; yes, gotta find at least two every week for the extension on the unemployment insurance. I do go through all the lists every week and some weeks I can find several to apply for but occasionally I have to apply for something truely marginal get the necessary two in a week.

I didn't go out to the Social Moot this evening like I probably should have. Leofwyna got up and headed out to punch letters for her calendars; these are made to record babys' stats on and then given to the parents for their scrapbooks. Anyway I spent considerable time sorting through my thrift store pile to a) remember what I got, and b) condense the pile somewhat by organizing it.

THURSDAY

I put a corned beef in the crockpot when I got up this morning; that worked much better than boiling on the stovetop and having to keep an eye on it. I spent considerable time stripping out a couple trim shirts and harvesting brass beads and discs off a tee-shirt to use to decorate medieval projects. At least these take up less space now.

After supper we started a new jigsaw puzzle; our major cold winter adiction this year.
FRIDAY

Looked out at the cold and decided, no way. Saw Leofwyna off to work and I made do with Leftovers and entertained myself with the current jigsaw puzzle and the computer. I've been reading the archives of a new to me blog of a West Virginia romance writer. I haven't read any of her books but her blog about country living is delightful so I'm going to watch for her name when I'm looking at paperbacks.

SATURDAY

Leofwyna got put on call tonight so we worked on another jigsaw puzzle.

SUNDAY

Surprised Leofwyna with Aebleskiver made in the electric 'iron' I found a week ago. It works fine!

MONDAY

Today Leofwyna ran errands when she got up, then later picked me up to go out to supper. Val's was closed and we ended up at Applebee's where I discovered their baby back ribs are pretty good.

TUESDAY

I managed to get going in a timely manner today. Called to fill a prescription and checked about clearing the consignment shops. Went to five thrift stores where I found four books of scrapbooking pages for Leofwyna to use at the hospital, a video, a puzzle, three yards of nice mauve-ish wool (for another wool Saxon apron dress), one of Suzanne McMinn's books and a few cotton pieces for the quilting stash.
WEDNESDAY

With all the snow on the ground and the chill in the air I'm spending a great deal of time lounging around at home. Do I take advantage of this time to accomplish anything? Well, there is the excuse of avoiding making unnecessary noise while Leofwyna sleeps but just the same I'm not doing even as much downstairs as I could. I immerse myself in the Internet or a jigsaw puzzle. I'm clearly in hibernation mode here.

Tonight I did get out of the house to attend A&S; I was one of three to do so but we had a nice discussion about glovemaking, Winter War Maneuver's and its revel, and so forth.

THURSDAY

I got a call from NelNet today about one of my applications there so I'm being considered for an interview. I've responded to 5-6 positions there so naturally this is my least favorite choice but it is within my desired salary range and has benefits so I've got my fingers crossed that this might be accomplished. After eighteen months it wouldn't do to be fussy and perhaps getting my foot in the door could be translated eventually to a lateral move within the company.

I've got turkey legs in the crockpot with barbeque sauce and crushed pineapple for supper. When Leofwyna gets up we'll eat and go to the late movie to see Avatar in 3D.
FRIDAY

For the first time we offered crash space in our home and I think it went well. We put our guests up in the living room as we aren't done with putting the downstairs in order yet. As neither Leofwyna nor I had been able to locate either of the air pumps I had spent much of the evening blowing up an air mattress myself. Fortunately since they'd said they wanted to use the two sofas I didn't need to blow up any more than the one mattress. Amba, Hrolfgar and Viktor finally arrived well after eleven, instead of ten or so, because they had to drive very slowly through lots of fog.

SATURDAY

We had a good turnout for Winter War Maneuvers with royalty visiting from three kingdoms and roughly 350 in attendance. Court included Dolan's Laurel elevation with a beautiful ceremony with music and poetry. Other awards included Torse's for Chiara and Gyda and an AOA for one of the Scarlet Keepers. There was also a fyrd given in a field court early in the afternoon to one of our lady fighters. My crashers were pretty much used up by the activities of the day and decided to head home instead of staying for the revel and crashing another night.

SUNDAY

Leofwyna woke me at nine this morning thinking I'd forgotten to set the alarm to go help with revel clean up. Since I was awake and she was going I went too and with Natalia and Zino were done in just under an hour. We'd intended to go see the 3D version of Avatar that night but the lines were long so we decided to wait until a weeknight instead. We stopped on the way home to rent a couple movies and I watched Night in the Museum II with her before heading to bed.

MONDAY

I went out today to see if a ten-pack jigsaw puzzle was still at the Salvation Army. It was so I got it to surprize Leofwyna with. Turns out only five of the puzzles are in the box but the price was good enough to make that okay too. The first puzzle we put together, a night scene, went quickly so we started another of a street scene of a sidewalk cafe which is terribly 'painterly' therefore more difficult.

I also found an electric aebleskiver 'iron' with which I want to try a small batch for myself to see if it works before I surprise Leofwyna with that potential delight. If it doesn't really work I can get rid of it and avoid disappointing her with it.

This evening when Leofwyna went into the laundry room she saw one of the air pumps on the laundry table. Then as she was looking for her event basket to find her scissors she found the other pump in the top box of a stack of boxes (also in the laundry room). Can we spell embarassed and annoyed?

TUESDAY

Today I put some sausages to heat in a pot of water for lunch and forgot them. About an hour later they made their presence known and I spent another hour chilling the house by airing out the fumes. Tonight when Leofwyna is gone to work I'll have to deal with the carbon in the bottom of the pan when it won't matter what kind of noise I may have to make in that process.
WEDNESDAY

Hello Sunshine! Got motivated to get out of the house and run errands to the bank with some LS paperwork, Kinkos to copy embroidery research and then stop in at the Salvation Army for the 50% off clothing sale before heading to the library for Moot tonight.

Finished off my day assisting Leofwyna in cleaning the refrigerator, taking out trash and compost. We relaxed from all this activity with beginning another jigsaw puzzle.
MONDAY

Talked with Leofwyna about furnishing crash space for Winter War Maneuvers and we decided we could manage this. I contacted Chiara and it's a done deal; we'll have three fighters crashing in our front room Friday and Saturday nights.

After supper we finished the latest jigsaw puzzle then played a round of scrabble which, for a wonder, I actually managed to win. This, I tell you, is a rarity for me against Leofwyna!

TUESDAY

This afternoon I went to a couple of the closest thrift stores. One of them was having a 'traveling sale' day (one garment full price and the next four at $1) which I took advantage of bagging ten items for their fabric and a pair of sandals for next summer. At the other store I found a pair of pristine black leather shoes.

So back at home with Leofwyna gone to work I started straightening up the public areas in the house beginning with cleaning up and putting away things in the kitchen and front room.

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