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SATURDAY

Thought I might find some pale peach thread at a thrift store so I went around and hit each one (but one on the opposite side of town)very briefly. Would you believe, no thread at any of 'em. That seems somewhat odd. I am also glad to report I resisted looking too closely at anything else and thereby resisted unplanned purchases on a non-discount day. Back at home I reviewed some videotapes in order to put them in the 'can use' pile and found a couple LOST episodes I don't recall watching. Now it's dark and I never got back out to mow so I'm hoping rain holds off until late tomorrow.
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TUESDAY

Stopped in at the two nearest Goodwills today since it's Tuesday and there's a senior discount and found three belts and a middle eastern style tunic dress, all appropriate to add to Goldkey. Back at home spent the late afternoon and evening sewing up the four white cotton undertunics and re-hemmed the muslin undertunic from Goldkey to have 'em ready for Cattle Raids this month.

WEDNESDAY

Took a couple pieces of fabric I'd picked up last month and got them ready to be worn as Saxon tube dresses. I'll probably keep these for myself but they're ready to be used at Cattle Raids with Goldkey if they're needed.

Got out to visit the half price clothing sale at the thrift store, found a pair of white linen drawstring pants and a purple linen shirt. This evening was A&S where I took advantage to discuss Cattle Raids scheduling with Natalya and Zino.

Back at home I worked on the peach linen open-sided surcoat trying to make it wearable. The seams were so mis-alligned I ended up taking out all the neckline and armhole seams to re-sew it and now it's coming along pretty well actually.

And at the very end of my day we drove half an hour north of town just after midnight to see if any of the northern lights were showing this far south. I'm sorry to report they were not. It was a pretty, clear night though and the stars were splendid.
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WEDNESDAY

Went to the library to print out a form I needed, then a stopped at Petco for catfood, stopped in at a couple thrift stores and at one found two pieces of fabric (actual yardgoods) $1/ea that both will work very well for Saxon peplos. SCORE!

At A&S tonight we had a panel discussion for some newcomers about what to expect in the SCA complete with many treats, both fruit and cookies.
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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.
FRIDAY

Well, I did get to all four Goodwills for the 99-cent clothing sales. I got a pair of leather sandals (not part of the sale) and out of more than a dozen garments two are things I can wear; the rest go into the project stashes. Tonight I discovered Pyramid Solitaire on-line and thereby have not accomplished anything productive. Sigh.
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WEDNESDAY

When Leofwyna got home from work this morning I was getting up so it was a chance to give her the box of scrapbook papers... it was a good purchase... 300 4x6" pages for $2 with lots of cute themes. This afternoon I went to pick up the camp blankets from the cleaners and return some library books. Stopped in for the half-priced clothing at Salvation Army where I found a flannel sheet set. It wasn't on sale but I'd put my foot through my last flnnel sheet this spring so I was glad to find 'em. Headed on out to A&S at Gere where I was early enough to 'shop' around for more books. After A&S I ran by to pick up some freecycle magazines I'd won dibs on. Back at home I found Leofwyna had gone to the campus computer lab to work on her trip plans so I'm loafing here alone tonight.
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TUESDAY

Made a list determined to get organized; yeah, right.

Dropped wool camp blankets off at the cleaners. Stopped in at four of the thrift stores; bought box of scrapbooking papers for Leofwyna and a great gold Italian bedspread with which I plan to make an opensided surcoat at the first one. Three of 'em are having a 99 cent sale again this weekend so I didn't look through the clothes this time... will go back Friday for that. Discovered the 'wet problem' is back in the van... bad news for Leofwyna that the front floor under the dash on both sides is saturated. Got the last items cleared out of the van into the living room. Did another 3-4 loads of laundry, finishing up what was actually worn/used last week.
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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)
MONDAY

Today was get the lawn mown day. The weather channel has been promising rain Tuesday-Wednesday four days now so it was great to have just one more dry day to although it was hot-hot-hot. I did it in sections; mow the verges, rest an hour, mow the front, rest an hour, mow the back, rest an hour, weedwack, collapse. [It did rain in the wee hours Tuesday morning so I did good.]

TUESDAY

Headed downtown this afternoon to pick up Maggie the cat. Was there way too early (they're only open in the evening Tuesday) so I went to the two O Street thrift stores. Didn't find anything though so I ended up reading an hour while I waited. Maggie is cautiously exploring the two downstairs rooms I'm allowing her in for awhile. We need to make sure she's familiar with her box before we allow her full run of the house. She's a sweet girl and checks back with me every half hour or so for attention, then she's off again.
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

Loaded the mower into the van this morning, took it in to the shop and waited to bring it home again. Last time I mowed I 'found' a hand pruner in the grass. Made a right divot in the edge of the blade. Fortunately it was only $7 to hone the blade as the balance was still good to go.

I stopped in at the Salvation Army Wednesday Sale and picked up a couple cutter shirts as well as a scrapbook kit that I'll save in the Christmas box for a present this year. Headed out to Moot this evening for more JAV planning and back at home I pieced some more batiste blends but didn't get any one thing finished.
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SATURDAY

Leofwyna got put on call so we watched the CDs I found awhile back of Studio Sixty. What an excellent series that was... too bad it got cancelled too soon.

SUNDAY

Leofwyna got up early today so we could visit The Cat House. We put our names in to be reviewed against the time we find the cat/cats we want. We visited with various kitties while there and think maybe Maggie would suit us. We're waiting to hear back that we're acceptable. We also stopped in at the Animal Shelter but it was too late to see anything so we'll check back another day.

Back at home we did some work in the garage putting things up and away, sweeping out and it's beginning to look much better. I'll be able to get to things to load up for JAV this week.

MONDAY

Leofwyna wanted to go up to Omaha to the Thrift Worlds today. We found five cloche which I immediately grabbed since we NEVER see these and I've been using the one I have in the garden this year on one squash plant and really like how it works. Also found a dehydrater, a maple doll bed, an oak spool holder and various other odds and ends. We both felt we had good results. We also naturally hit Thai Pepper for lunch and Cheesecake Factory for supper, yummy!

Back at home going through emails found a brother/sister 5-y-o pair of cats on freecycle. We're in contact to consider them and be considered.
patable2010: (Saxon)
SUNDAY

I started off Leofwyna's bday with a midnight phonecall to work so she knew from the very beginning that it wasn't forgotten this year. If I wait until evening when she wakes up she feels forgotten and I wanted to avoid that for a change. With that phonecall we firmed up plans for a movie (How to Train a Dragon) and dinner after.

I spent my afternoon with a trip to Goodwill for the 'traveling sale' and found a great pair of walking shoes and a couple cutter shirts. Finally at six I woke Leofwyna up with song and her present... yards of a fabric she'd talked herself out of a couple months ago and the pattern for a nice two piece dress... with a promise to make it up for her cruise this summer. The movie was great... really funny and cute.
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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)
TUESDAY

Got out of the house into the sunshine this afternoon. Stopped in at a couple of the thrift stores and found a couple tops... checked that bag at another thrift store and forgot to pick it up so I've gotta go back tomorrow to get it. Silly me!

Finished Gabaldon's Echo in the Bone; now I've got three years to wait for the next installment. I'm now waiting for my turn with the library's copy of the audio version... I love the reader that does it and sometimes I get additional insights I miss reading it for myself.

Back at home I pulled the Goldkey tubs out of Leofwyna's van and slepped 'em into the living room. I also managed to motate myself out and mow three-quarters of the yard. I bagged some but as I wore out towards the last I removed the bag to do the west verge. I left the main front undone but the zoysa grows slowly and I'll probably get away with leaving it to do next week.
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.
patable2010: (Saxon)
TUESDAY

It rained through the morning and well into the afternoon. A good day to stay in and play in the internet and then play with the fabric scraps some more.

WEDNESDAY

Danger, danger... caught a horrendous computer virus... too late in the day apparently to reach the office that can deal with the problem.

THURSDAY

Spent hours attempting to contact, contacting and then waiting for the cleaning up process but finally about 6pm I was able to get back on the computer. It was a dreadful experience... however did I used to manage without it? Anyway, I finally was able to work on the Runstaff and get it sent out to Gyda for printing, whew!

FRIDAY

When the sun broke through this afternoon I went out to deal with a list of errands I'd accumulated this week. Returned an overdue book and extended an audiobook at the library; picked up my prescription [ouch - the new insurance doesn't pick up much of that bill]; stopped in at the mechanic 'cause the car is running rough again [still?] and made an appointment for a diagnostic test Monday; and stopped in for Goodwill's 99-cent sales but didn't find much [just a couple cotton shirts and two demi-bushel baskets].

Back at home I pulled a box out of storage and sorted through some geneology notebooks and wiped down the cover of my Rector book with clorox/water to remove potential mildew. That's something else I want to get back into once we have the house whipped back into shape. Meanwhile I put most of it back in a fresh box back in storage.

Tonight a great black cloud rolled through with immense lightning displays... I spent a good deal of time watching the show.
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.
patable2010: (Saxon)
SATURDAY-SUNDAY

After digging through several dozen boxes in the storage room I found a couple pieces of fabric perfect to make inner borders to zip up the log cabin top I've been putting together. I also had to break out enough more fabric bits to extend the pieced border another foot or two and made four more log cabin blocks for the corners. This turned out to be a really handsome full-to-queen size quilt top and I look forward to quilting it up... someday. I also found the tote that has some previously made quilt tops, including the pink sunburst top which was the last one I pieced more than 3 years ago.

MONDAY

When Leofwyna got up today we went out and spent a couple hours in the garage shifting stuff so we could remove the old shelves from the north wall. We want to get the nice shelves put up there and get the garage reorganized this spring. I'm planning on reusing the good brackets to put one long shelf back on the wall, above the window, to put the ice chests on. They're lightweight and this will keep them up out of the way.

While I was going through boxes the other day I ran across a quilt scrap box and today I started putting some four-patches in it together with a cute vintage fabric as alternate blocks. The vintage fabric is an odd dusty dark turquoise with chartreause and pink kids playing with balloons. I made these four-patches years ago before the foundation work was done so it feels good to be putting this together finally. Leofwyna has commented that she's glad to see me doing this again, too.

TUESDAY

I made a quick run to the grocery store for bread and Pepsi I found a lovely pork roast (manager's special) for Thursday. The car is idling very roughly and is being 'herky' so I call the mechanic for an appointment; looks like a predicted maintenance will take place a month earlier than predicted.

WEDNESDAY

The car was behaving itself just fine today while I hit the thrift stores and headed across town to A&S. I found a nice rose wool blanket, a cordial bottle, a cookbook and VCR tapes of Anna of Avonlea among other odds and ends.

I found candied orange peel in the clearance basket at IGA yesterday. Mmm, I want to make orange walnut cookies this weekend. The cookbook I found has a recipe I lost thirty years ago so I will be making chewy walnut bars sometime soon. Leofwyna has pointed out I still have a canister of crystalized ginger in the pantry to use in quickbread. I definitely see some baking in my future.

I've been piecing some more four-patches from the loose scraps to go along with the remaining four-patches for a future project. I also started piecing bits and strings too small to get decent squares from primarily to get said bits under control.

THURSDAY

I got up briskly this morning in order to take the car to the mechanic to check into this engine check light and the 'herkiness'. Found it's the plugs and wires so I've got an appointment to go back tomorrow to deal with it.

I looked for fabric to border the not-quite-big-enough quilt-top with the dusty dark turquoise vintage fabric and found something perfect to finish it with. I'd thought it would be a lot-lot-lot harder to find something suitable.

Back at home I put the pork in the crockpot with a couple ribs of celery, a clementine (peel and flesh) and several peppercorns. I'll add potatoes and carrots later this afternoon.

This evening I got the borders on the four-patch quilt top and it turned out really great. I also made up the binding for both this top and the log cabin top just to make sure I don't accidently use up that fabric in some other project before this one is completed. These things sometimes happens ya'know.
patable2010: (Saxon)
WEDNESDAY

Got out to check the 50% clothing sale at Salvation Army but didn't find a single thing tempting. Upon realizing I'd forgotten to set the VCR today I went back home instead of continuing to this evening's A&S which I think was going to be dance practice for JAV. Instead I spent the evening dis-assembling the pinwheel quilt top I've thought was my Great-Aunt Edna's... but upon this closer view of the fabrics (several I recognize from her scraps which I inherited) I now think maybe my mother made it. Anyway, now that the mildew has been taken care of I'll true it up, put it back together and finish it. This one I'll probably keep.

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