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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Rya Rug and Back to the Conservatory...

We got a new cat bed for Kota a few days ago... He was not adapting to it... The weather is too hot. 

This morning I washed the sheets and while that was going on, I put the bed on our bed and threw his favorite throw over it... That did the trick.  He has been in it all afternoon.

He kept me company whilst I worked on the Rya Rug. 

 It is coming along nicely.  I am up to the part where the other end design starts.  I am already on the third row or that.

I am starting to see the finish line on this one.
 I finally gave up on the dragon on the roof of the conservatory.  Every time I would lift the lid, something would break off of him and I would have to repair. 

So yesterday morning I took him off and re-did the ends of the roof. Now all I have to do is paint those and put a door on the interior side of the right wall and it will be pretty much finished. 

Granted, it still needs some paint and I have to clean up the windows, but I can see the finish coming.
I stopped into Mesquite Valley Growers here in town and picked up a several plants. 

I think that the pups off of this one are going in tiny pots and will be the first real plants for the conservatory.

I am going to put it out on the porch and see if I can get anything small to grow in there.

There are several small plants growing around the base of this one too, so I will have some starter plants. 

I would like to see if I can grow a lot of small plants in the Edwardian Case.

When Joan gave this thing to me, she started trouble.  I am determined to fill it with mini plants.

We shall see what happens.

Back to the rug.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Making Progress...

Joan and I stopped at one of the bead stores here in town, yesterday. There was a sale going on.  I found a bag full of these gold spacers for five dollars.  The label on the outside of the bag stated that there was $100.00 dollars worth of merchandise inside... I noticed that the little bags of spacer beads inside started at 5.00 each.  Then they were marked down to 2.00.  The final price for each bag was 50 cents.  Evidently nobody wanted any of them.  I got enough bags of the things that all nine witches got the assortment that you see in the bag at the rear... Plus I got a couple of very nice gold spacer bars. All for $5.00.
On to today.  I put in the trim around the floor just a little while ago... My usual trick for not having them warp.  If you put just dots of glue about an inch apart, they stay in place without tape.

After I got them in place, I saw Tessie and Zar playing "One potato, Two potato".  Still trying to settle whom will get the Shed... Unfortunately that method doesn't work to well when there are only two people doing it.

I put the front on the shed and left.   Until I heard shouting.
I went back in, only to see this... They are now going head to head and with clenched fists...

I quietly backed out and quietly shut the door.  I want no part of this.  I am not going to play referee to those two. 

I am going to go back to rug making. 

Fisticuffs never settled anything.

Yes. Rug making.  That's the ticket.

See you tomorrow.           

Friday, July 21, 2017

Towards the Finish Line...

Witch Joan and I went yarn shopping this morning...

When I got home, I found Zar trying to finish his rug.  All he really did was mess up the yarn stash. 

I am now to the end of the middle section and ready to start the stripes on the other end.

I did get some greens for another rug for Zar...

That one can go in the Clockwork Cottage if I ever get back to working on it.

I still have a week or more of straightening the workroom.

I don't really want to talk about it! 

The rest of the thread quickly disappeared.  Guess who stole it?

Yup. It was Tessie.

It seems that she wants two rugs and a lot of baskets made from this stash... I had better get back to the needle. 

This could take a couple of years, at the rate that I am going...

I want to get Zar's rug finished.  I am anxious to see how the yarn by Tessie's feet will look as a rug. Very colorful, if nothing else.

Back to the needle.  See you tomorrow.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Zar is Giving Up... At least for Today...

I went into the bedroom this morning. I found Zar ensconced  in the craft cottage. MY craft cottage.

He has pretty much given into Tessie's claiming of the She Shed. 

Of course I am not happy that he took over my craft cottage. There's not much I can do about it.

He brought his own chair, so who am I to complain?
 Meanwhile, I do wish that Tessie would read her own sign and follow it.  It says, "Go away now.  I am a WITCH with a broom and I know how to use it!"

She hasn't done a lick of work.  In fact the pile of stuff is getting deeper as we speak...
 I managed to unearth another shelf to fill.  I am over to the end of this wall now...

The dreaded closet comes next.  It is the worst...

No.  Wait. I take that back...
The worst is the jewelry shelves. It may take the rest of the year to do. 

I just did it a couple of months ago, but those shelves never stay clean for long.

I have talked Walter into getting on a ladder and handing me things down from the plant shelf above the closet.  It is eight feet up and I am not allowed to climb up there... Walter says that I might fall and break something... Meaning me.

I am not arguing with him.  That's a long way up and even longer if I fall off of a ladder.

Just toss things down and I will catch them. It's safer.

Back to work.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Not a Lot Straighter...

I am NOT going to go through everything in these two houses.  They are staying right where they are for the time being.  I know what is in them.
It took most of the morning to get the wood in order. I found some pieces that I didn't know I had and probably would have replaced them if not for the sorting.

It may not look neat, but I did get rid of some stuff and got each kind of wood together. 

Ask me where something is and I can find it now, if I have it...
This bookcase is as straight as it is going to get.

I did go through things, but there wasn't much out of place or to get rid of.  No extra space gained here.
Meanwhile. Zar wants a writer's study now.  Saying that he is going to put a day bed on the right side of the room... Guess who is the day bed maker?
Tessie, on the other hand, is pushing for using stuff from her old house... I am thinking that maybe that is a good idea.

If I don't do that, she is going to start hassling me about a new home. 

Anyway, I am working away on the rya rug and keeping my fingers crossed that the two of them settle things soon.  I want to get this finished and get on to something else.

Wish me luck.

See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Me and the Boss...

This is the boss that I am talking about.  He has been laying on this chair all of the time that I have been cleaning in here today...

When I wanted to leave to do the blog, he refused... I had to push him off of the chair. Then I chased him out of the room.
 I am making progress!  I rounded the corner this morning.  All of the things in that corner cabinet have been gone through, sorted and labeled.

I have been finding all kinds of things that I didn't know I had. Lots of unfinished furniture that needs finishing.  Lots of things that I didn't even know that I had!

George moved up a shelf.  Now he looks down on me, instead of staring me directly in the eye.

I sorted and refolded all of the fabric in the two shelves.  Messy!

See that almost empty shelf next to the wood? I gained a shelf! So I am making progress.  A whole empty shelf!
I am stalling now.  My next job is the wood... I have to go through all of that and sort sizes, kinds and lengths.  It is a mess.

I am finding some things that I am going to take to Wednesday Witches and see if anybody wants them.

I don't think that there is anything that they will be fighting over, but if they want any of it, they are welcome to it.
The Terrible Two are still fighting over the second She/He Shed.

To make matters worse, I emptied Tessie's Townhouse.  One of the Witches is taking it off of my hands.  It just isn't my style.  Good riddance.  Anyway, the Terrible Two dragged some of the furniture into the bedroom and are now fighting over what would fit nicely in the Shed and who is going to own it.

I am avoiding that area of the house.  It's easier that way.  Let them settle it.  I am just a bystander.

Back to the rya rug.  See you tomorrow.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Right Thing to Do

I told you that going through all of the hidden places was a good thing to do. 

After cleaning out the desk drawers, I have finally found both the lamp and the authentication that goes with it!
Here it is.  This is probably the oldest thing that I own.  I was worried that I had lost the poor bedraggled slip of paper that tells what it is.  It was in the top drawer left hand side and I left the lamp out where I could find it, the last time I did some cleaning...

The little card that goes with it looks older than the lamp.  It has been through the wars.
I did do a bit of mini-ing while I was cleaning.  I found some scraps of the ceiling tile and decided to start a form for a day bed... For whomever wins the war.

Yes, they are still arguing. No winner yet...
I have the new rya rug about half finished.  If you look real close, just to the left of the toothbrush head there is a little, lone knot of thread.  That is where I will start repeating the stripes that were at the start.

I am getting better at this all the time.  Practice. Practice. Practice.

I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon at 2:00 PM.   I will probably be able to get a few more rows done whilst waiting for the doctor to call me in. I am getting really close to not having to go back to doctors anymore.  Just a couple more steps and I will be done. I can't wait!

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.