Good grief! Where has this week disappeared to? The heat index stays in the triple digits, even at night the air is heavy with it. With all the heat I did lots of quiet sitting downstairs, either at the computer or cutting up white cotton scraps to add to my quilting box.

TUESDAY

I got out and drove this afternoon, listening to an audio book as I went, Chieviarri's The Lost Quilter. I wasn't going anywhere, just driving to be doing something I guess.

WEDNESDAY

Of course, I went to moot 'cause there was to be a review of plans for Cattle Raids at the end of the month. Thedrich was there to pass his budget through the finance committee, too. I'm comfortable that things are coming together and our event will be good.

THURSDAY

I read on the internet today that the Persead meteor shower should peak tonight. After midnight we drove north and west of town to get out from under some cloud cover, just like we had to do late last fall for another meteor shower which wasn't nearly as satisfactory as this one turned out. We found a quiet country road and went to a high point to set up our lawn chairs and watched the skies for about half an hour. We both saw approximately a dozen, some we both saw and others only one or the other spotted. As predicted, they were coming every 2-3 minutes I think... we probably missed some... but it was good this time.
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.
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

Stopped in at a couple thrift stores on the way to our social moot this evening. Picked up the Anne of Green Gables DVD I've been looking for to complete the set and a nice batch of white on white cotton that will allow me to put together the Irish Chain I've been planning from the scrap box. We had an extra nice social moot discussing the success of our JAV demo and also welcoming three possible new members... Ariel, Matt and Marie.

Back at home Leofwyna and I watched the last of DWTS and was delighted with the results... Nicole won hands down over the competition through the entire series. Leofwyna was dealing with lengthening her beach jacket by inserting some cotton lace with minimal input from me. She's come so far in dealing with sewing from the days she'd try to make a simple blouse and blow up from frustration.
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

I slept in late so not much was knocked off the to-do list. I did cut some more of the batiste blends down for 'cuddle' quilts and went to Moot where we firmed up plans for JAV and Lilies. An extra Moot is on the agenda next Wednesday as well. I joined a large contingent that descended upon Red Robin to extend the evening's discussions.
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

During the early afternoon I finished clearing the craft area for Leofwyna's use although my sewing area is still a mess. I got the rest of the lawn mowed and my squash, tomato, broccoli, cauliflower and basil seedlings set out in the garden late this afternoon before heading out to this month's social moot. We made JAV plans with Jim Ballard and among other activities the musicians and dancers practiced, the barony conducted interviews and munchies were consumed.
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

Got out on an early start to my day picking up Sash and running him to an appointment. We then stopped in at the 50% clothing sale at Salvation Army where we both found several pairs of pants. Mine is three pair of jeans and a pair of sweatpants. With the additional gardening this year the jeans will certainly come in handy and the one pair I did have already have an unfortunately located hole and will now be retired.

Back at home I spent the afternoon with various paperwork. I addressed postcards for a barony event next week, balanced the ol' checkbook and finished out my tax returns.

This evening I picked up Sash on the way to Moot where we had an unusually good turn out. We're gearing up for JAV in May, Lilies in June and Cattle Raids in August. Lots of things to prepare for.
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.
patable2010: (Toast)
TUESDAY

Got a hair trim Tuesday to get ready for the upcoming interview. Turned in aluminum cans ($2.70) and paperback books ($25.00). Dropped two bags of t-shirts off at Salvation Army. Stopped in at a couple Goodwills and found a few cotton shirts for my quilt stash.

WEDNESDAY

Wednesday was half-price at Salvation Army; picked up a couple shirts. Then went to the social Moot where I got to visit with Isadora, Eleanor, Gyda, Chiara, Saraphina, and others. No Natalya, Isabeau or Carlos though so I still have the scroll I painted for Sunday.

THURSDAY

Got the interview done; it wasn't too bad. One question was, "Describe your best and worst bosses." I described working with Gene Bunge at UNL Television. He was my first boss there and really drew out the best in me and trusted me with some expanded responsibilities. My worst was Steve who replaced Michelle at LBL after I worked there more than a year. He decided I had a bad attitude and had me out within a month. At least these folks didn't ask any weird existential question like some places do; I never know how to answer some of those.

I stopped at the thrift stores downtown and in one of them found a great set of red/gold woven pattern drapes that'll make a great laced overgown. I'll do cartridge pleats and make it as full as possible. Finally something I can wear with a black velvet overgown I want to make eventually with the fabric from when I worked at Hancocks.
TUESDAY

... ummm... spent a lot of time on the computer and when Leofwyna was on the computer I stripped out cotton shirts. Very exciting, eh?

WEDNESDAY

I made a stop at Salvation Army today for the 50% off clothing sale and picked up a few shirts I've been watching and found a set of striped cotton sheets too. I'm not sure if I'll use the sheets for my bed (they are twin-sized) or for Polish pants for the baron; this remains to be decided later.

Moot tonight was at the library closest to home. I sure wish we could meet here all the time but then there's so many of our folk living in the south part of town I know it will never happen.
WEDNESDAY

There's no moot tonight so Leofwyna was surprised I was home when she finally woke up about 7:30 this evening. Once she was awake I started the dryer for the last stage of my laundry then we went to the Chinese Buffet for supper as neither of us felt like taking the time to cook. Later I did a brief session of "pick 'n put" while she was on the computer.

Pick 'n put is dealing with the little things that get left here and there during the course of life that belong elsewhere. Getting the coat off the chair and onto the hook behind the door, taking the purse into the bedroom, taking the pile of magazines finished with into the backroom and put in a box of magazines that will be sold at the next rummage sale, getting the table cleared and so forth. This amounts to an hour or so every week and still is never really completely finished.

THURSDAY

Got my laundry folded and put away this morning then loaded things in the car to take to the consignment shop. This is the last of Little Sister's clothes and a few more we've sorted out of our own closets. The coat closet is now nearly clear and we'll be able to get our coats out of our bedroom closets. I'll be VERY glad to reduce the crush in my closet as it's been very tight in there all these months.

[NOTE: I'd forgotten about the box of summer things that still needs to go to the second consignment shop in the spring.]

The first consignment shop didn't take but half the large pile of stuff I carried in... they are extremely choosy there. The Classic which is large sized took only half what I had for them but we're pretty much on top of that stuff anyway. I got lazy and didn't go to the last shop where I'll probably get to leave 80% of what I have left but I'll be sure to do that tomorrow. Leofwyna has someone she wants to give anything that's left to so I won't be taking it to Goodwill this time.

Tonight is the monthly get together at Leofwyna's household and I'm (as always) invited to join in. I think I'll probably go tonight for a change as I haven't seen some of these people for quite awhile. I'll take my knitting along to keep my hands busy.

Back at home I dumped together some cotton shirts and skirts into a basket; I've been picking these up at the thrift stores for quilting cotton. Took this downstairs and started breaking them down... buttons in the jar, flat deconstructed cotton pieces in a laundry basket to go through the washer before pressing and sorting onto the shelves. I've gotta get on the ball and put the sewing space back together so this can happen.
MONDAY

I looked over the yard this noon and found the ground was still awfully wet from yesterday's rain so am off the hook for dealing with that today.  When Leofwyna woke up she took off to get scrapbooking lettering for her poster project for work.  I took the opportunity of spending the afternoon dealing with my laundry instead.

TUESDAY

Stopped in at Goodwill this afternoon and found a couple knit tops, a pair of pants and stuff.  It was a pretty day and thought I should rake leaves or something but I let the light get away from me and basically didn't accomplish anything.

WEDNESDAY

Funny thing happened when I balanced my checkbook, found I'd subtracted a deposit so I was more than $600 to the good when I fixed that.  Noodling around town while Leofwyna slept, I stopped at the post office to get stamps on the bill payments I was sending out.  Stopped in at Salvation Army for the 50% sale and picked up a couple cotton items to add to the quilting stash.  Ran over to the doctor's office to pick up more Lipitor samples.  The insurance carrier is sending notices reminding me to take my medication since they apprently think I'm remiss since I haven't 'bought' any for a month or so.  Stopped in at the Goodwill on that side of town and finally (after looking approximately four years) found an electric skillet to replace the poor old worn out thing we've been using, Yay!

So today we accomplished some real work when I returned home from my afternoon noodling around town.  Leofwyna was up and outside pruning back plants around the place so I grabbed a rake and tarp and got up the leaves from the maple tree in the front yard.  And then we worked together on the overgrown Forsythia cutting back what we call its petticoats.  Gotta prevent it rooting new plants by keeping the ends of branches off the ground.  Now we can see through underneath it and looks good!  It got dark before we could thin out the main body of it so we'll have to get back to that another day.  However, now all the compost piles are all full of leaves and there's going to be more.  I wonder if I can sneak in one more compost cage without Leofwyna noticing.

Tonight was the monthly social moot but I chose to skip it to be able to work with Leofwyna on the yard while the weather was decent.  This was a very good thing to do as it made her very happy with me and what we accomplished.
WEDNESDAY

Slipped away while Leofwyna slept to go to the Wednesday 50% clothing sale at Salvation Army. Found a cotton flannel shirt for Leofwyna she'd requested several months ago. For myself I found a cotton print skirt with black background; exactly what I need to replace the border on a star quilt top I made several years ago; maybe I can get that one quilted sometime this winter. We got together to eat supper at House of Hunan before I headed across town to the Moot Social. One of the discussions there was about a trip out to Mullen for another demo.

THURSDAY

We went looking for rummage sales but the season is getting late and we found very few of 'em. We stopped up at Leofwyna's hospital to have a notary there witness our signed papers to close Little Sister's estate joint account; this finishes dealings with the estate lawyer up in Omaha. We're still waiting to hear the results from the life insurance decision which should come in before the end of the month. Back at home I baked brownies to surprise Leofwyna while she dug up another section of the front flower bed.
WEDNESDAY

Tonight's moot put several items on the calendar in coming weeks... a couple evenings at Scarlet Keep, possibly carrying a few students to coronation, scroll painting several times, and a couple baronial events one of which I must conduct a bardic challenge. All this in addition to exchequer third quarter report scheduled for Oct. 10 with Gyda.

Back at home I sat down at the sewing table and put together a couple more sample quilt tops.  One day we'll hit bottom on these but not yet awhile. 
TUESDAY

Per the letter received last week I called ahead and went straight to the doctor's office for labwork so he'll extend my prescriptions.  I've resisted an office visit to avoid the out of pocket expense and this was our compromise.  Heading back home I remembered to pick up the clean wool blankets ($39 for twelve wasn't too bad), tried to drop off stuff at the consignment shop but they're not taking more until September and then only fall-winter stuff.  I also toted the serger back into the repair shop and heckled them about not fixing the foot lift lever esp. considering the amount I'd paid for it to be fixed and serviced.  It was fixed in five minutes and I brought it home again without having to pay anything further on it. 

I spent a little time cutting away the paper borders on the pile of embroidered, light silk samples I want to put together in panels for a tent divider to replace the boring, drab one that came with the tent.

WEDNESDAY

Leofwyna and I went to a couple thrift stores this afternoon.  I found three linen shirts and a doll sized dress form.  I think Maude's clothes may fit on it... Maude is the doll I bought twenty years ago as a vehicle for 19th century clothing I wanted to make, motivated by a doll trunk I picked up in an antique shop during a vacation in Minnesota.  Since then she's acquired a bed purchased at another antique shop during a quilters' bus tour to the Amana Colony in Iowa.  Over the years I've made a mattress, pillow, bed linens, blankets and quilts. I've created corsets, drawers, shifts, combinations, dressing gown, petticoats, mitts and gowns for her.  I've built a combination wardrobe-dresser complete with drawers and a mirror to show off her tiny French perfume bottles, and a cunning washbowl and pitcher set.  She's accumulated a cookie tin, lusterware tea service, table, chair, lamps, lace edged tablecloth, knick-knack cabinet, side chest, porcelein figurines, boot buttonhook, brooch pins, hat pins, hatpin holder, documentcase, rug, little furry dog and I don't remember what all else.  I resisted starting in on kitchen type things for her... sometimes I was tempted by little pans.  Although if I ever ran across a Hoosier cabinet the right size I'd probably go down that road.  When I joined the SCA I think it was somewhat motivated by jealousy of Maude getting all the neat new garb each year; strangely enough she's been somewhat neglected since then.

This evening was moot followed by supper at Red Robin with Sash, Cat, Oz, Gyda, HalfTroll, Isabeau and Carlos.  Sash had been to Pennsic this year and was full of stories of his trip.  Back at home I finished the last little bit on the final camp carpet and they're ready to be put out with the rest of the camp stuff.   Then I started seaming up the silk samples for the tent divider.
patable2010: (Saxon)

TUESDAY

When I actually got motivated to accomplish something this afternoon I cleaned up the kitchen then headed out to commence shearing the weeds out of the veggie beds.  Some progress was being made when Leofwyna returned from her afternoon activities and said we should go visit Uncle G- as he'd probably be going home soon.  Gee, twist my arm harder I've gotta shower before we go.

Uncle G- is 95 years old and the last relative we have in that generation.  Amazingly enough he still is living in his home but having laparoscopic surgery for his gall bladder will keep him in a facility for 2-3 weeks recovering.  If we can do as well aging as he has, that would be a wonderful thing.  Too bad our relationship is through his marriage to Aunt L-; there's none of our genes involved. 

WEDNESDAY

So today while Leofwyna took off I did too.  I stopped in at Golden Corral to eat... probably won't go there anymore.  Since they changed management this one has gone seriously downhill.  I spent time using the table to catch up reading mail, balancing the checkbook and writing checks for bills.  After a quick stop at the bank and post office I went into Salvation Army for 50% clothing day and hit the jackpot with linen, cotton-linen, silk and cotton shirts.  I've gotta get on the ball and get my sewing area back up and deal with processing the shirts to use real soon.  My fingertips are itching to get back to some of my sewing.

Went to Moot where a review of Lilies occurred and serious Cattle Raids planning was covered.  I'm committed for troll Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  The exchequer interviews did not happen so I let the baroness know I'd be happy to deal with either candidate and if a decision war reached while I was gone it would be just fine.  Back at home I dealt with some of the magazine pile to be ready to sell them at the next rummage in August.

Leofwyna brought home a video, Transformers, which we'd never seen.  It was a hoot!  Guess we'll have to go see the sequel in the theater for the big screen experience.

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: (sewing)
WEDNESDAY

While Leofwyna was sorting some of her stuff from the spare room yesterday she ran across a 'tablecloth' tunic she'd cut out (probably years ago) for gold key and never got sewed up.  She passed it off to me to finish so I got that done today.  This is a HUGE tunic but I went with it thinking sometimes you do have a large person wanting to see what we were about so I didn't cut it down any further.  I also had Little Sister's cotton bathroom curtains to cut down and hem for dish towels.

Went to Moot this evening where plans were made for JAV next month.  JAV is our big demo out at a local vinyard's annual spring one-day Renaissance Fair.  This has been very successful for us for several years now and I kinda look forward to it.  I'm going to work on bookbinding as I still want to have twenty done for the Cattle Raids project.

THURSDAY

Darnit!  Leofwyna got put on-call again today.  The way hospitals manage their staff-hours these days annoys the HELL out of me and I have to be careful not to transmit that annoyance to her.  She certainly doesn't need me to aggravate whatever she feels about it.

I pulled a bag of white material out of the pile in my bedroom to take down to the sewing room today.  First piece out was an L-shaped remnant of fine linen so I made a pair of ladies trews.  My thinking is the 12th Century woman needing protection while traveling or riding wanted something extra under her skirts and instead of 'borrowing' a pair of trews she made her own fine pair.  Since there's a record of a sermon denouncing women wearing such that it must have been done sometime; although how the clergy was aware enough of this to have an opinion gives me pause.  There was a 7-inch strip left from which I cut four 7-inch squares to put in my workbasket to become goblet covers.  I'll try to get them done before Cattle Raids for the largess baskets.
patable2010: (Saxon)
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.  
patable2010: (Saxon)
TUESDAY

Just couldn't get to sleep last night; heard Leofwyna get up for work then finally slept.  Woke at 1pm.. loafed the rest of the day.  Pray I sleep tonight!

WEDNESDAY

That's better.  Slept and woke at normal times then headed out for my haircut.   Tonight was moot and making plans for Saturday's demo, Yule Court, WWM and Jubilee.  In other words, the future is going to be busy, busy, busy!  Cut a check for fighters' practice insurance cert for next year and stitched some on the banner
patable2010: (Cheers)
TUESDAY

Grey, gloomy, rainy day.  Stayed home and sent out resumes.

WEDNESDAY

Worked on my phone call list this afternoon; sent for insurance cert for WWM.  Still haven't been able to reach the new Kingdom Exchequer about her signature.

Ray and Stephanie were at Moot this evening with wine, candy, flowers and a check for the demo.  They have been assimilated!  Upon learning she doesn't sew and was looking for somewhere to buy garb I offered up time to deal with it.  While I'm not working I might as well be using it for this; maybe it'll get me motivated to deal with the sewing room as well..

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