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Krazy kitties…

When I went to bed last night, the kittens were running through the house chasing each other and causing a bit of a ruckus.  This isn’t really uncommon, ‘the kittens’ are a year old now and they do that almost every night.  

However this is what I woke up to this morning…

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Mayhem, thy name is Scotty.

It’s like he’s crashed out after too much to drink.  All that’s missing is a lampshade.  I guess he was exhausted after pulling the tree skirt off of the circle under the tree.  Poor kitty…

I don’t blame him I was ready to crawl back under the covers this morning too.  It was a bad night, my sister, Lily stopped by last night to get some moral support.  Her husband is still in neuro ICU and there are conflicting versions of his prognosis.  Lily is a mess, trying to be strong and handle everything on her own.  I cried while she was here and cried some more after she left, it’s just heartbreaking.  He’s only 52, and she’s almost 45, way too young to have to deal with this.  

As a result, I didn’t sleep well.  I wasn’t really up thinking about it, I just kept waking up every hour or so.  I couldn’t get comfortable, kind of tossed and turned all night.  Hopefully I will be able to sleep well tonight.

Oh, and this is Day 6 of little to no soda.  I am doing ok with it.  Every now and then I feel like I am wanting something sweet to munch on but that feeling passes quickly.  I’ve been doing pretty well with my water intake too. I’ve had at least 60 ounces of water every day.

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Catching up…

We got back from Anaheim at 4:30 this morning.  We unpacked the car, got settled as quickly as possible and went to bed.  I slept until about 8:30 but then I had to get up to let the dogs out.  I felt pretty okay until noon when I fell asleep during a Mythbusters episode.  Boo and Sully napped at the same time and we woke up around 3:00.  We didn’t do much the whole day but rest and watch Mythbusters.

I figured today would be the day that I posted the pics of the garment bags that I made.  I brought my laptop over to the bed so I could relax and recline while I type.

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This is the plastic sheeting that I used from Home Depot.  The roll is ten feet by twenty feet and it cost less than $3.

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I decided to cut the pieces 24 inches wide and ten feet long.  I was able to cut the plastic still folded.  I had a cutting station set up with a cutting mat, ruler and utility knife.

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Then I folded the plastic over so that it was 24″ wide and 5 feet long with the fold along the top.  I used binder clips to hold the edges together, pins would leave holes in the plastic.  I used a simple straight stitch and zipped it through the sewing machine. 

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On the very first one I sewed the thread got caught and pulled the plastic off.

I didn’t want to mess with sewing that entire side again, so I repaired it with clear packing tape. 

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Packing tape to the rescue.  Nothing complicated here, I laid the tape so that half of it stuck to the plastic and then folded the tape to adhere to the other side.  The basic fold and stick.

It worked so well that I decided to reinforce the other side as well.

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Next I worked on the opening for the hanger.

I cut a piece of packing tape about 10 inches long and placed it across the top fold.  Once again adhering only half of it to the plastic.

Then I folded and smoothed it on to the other side of the plastic.

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I turned the entire bag inside out, which really ends up being right side out at this point.

I cut another 10 inch piece of packing tape and placed it over the top fold.  It goes over the other piece of tape but on the other side of the plastic.

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I folded the bag in half at the top fold and cut out a triangle shape.  It’s an easy cut since the plastic is reinforced by the packing tape.

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Here is what the opening looks like for the hanger.

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The finished bags!

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*** I probably could have edited this more but I am too tired to care.  🙂

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One snake at a time…

Ok, it was one of those days.  I had a terribly frustrating morning which pretty much solidified my thought that I will never shop at Barnes and Noble again.  Anyhow, my morning was awful but my afternoon and evening were pretty good.  In fact, Boo and I had a somewhat giggly half hour before we ate dinner.  Sully had a rough day too, we all were looking forward to a relaxing night.  We ate dinner watched some TV and then things kind of went downhill from there, emotionally at least.

It wasn’t a horrid night but an unexpected phone call later and one more thing to deal with.  Alone it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but added to the pile it feels like a lot.  Every time I feel like I’ve gotten a handle on things, or caught up on something or even a little step ahead of the game, I get dragged back ten steps.  I could handle the usual “two steps forward and one step back” but this is just hard to deal with.  At least I was gaining a step in the usual scenario.

I saw this quote tonight and it was so fitting. 

Terry Pratchett:
“Don’t think of it as a big bucket of snakes. Think of it as one snake at a time.”
 

It reminded me that I need think differently.  Look at things separately or at least broken down.  One snake at a time…works for me.

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No rest for the wicked…

It’s weird, I have had days that were worse and of course, days that have been better.  Tonight, I just feel worn out.

It could be some of my late night’s over the weekend coming back to haunt me.  One of those nights I was up until 4:00 in the morning because one of the old dogs wasn’t sure what it wanted to do.    The other nights though, I was up until 1:00 or 2:00, watching movies or reading.  Not writing though, which is said, but not part of what I am talking about tonight.  It was a holiday weekend and we wanted to have a nice weekend to catch up on movies and TV shows that we missed last year.

I am sure that most of it is a result of the late night over the weekend compounded by several short nights since then.  It doesn’t make it better knowing that but there you go.

Under the tired though is growing frustration, which is most likely fueled by the lack of sleep.  Regardless, I am frustrated and overwhelmed, and it sucks.  There’s so much to do and most of the time I just feel like I have no idea where to start.  There’s a ton of little things I could do but I’ve gotten to the point where I even struggle on which of those things I should I do first.  My house is a mess.  It’s not so far gone that if we got a call that someone was coming over in an hour that we couldn’t get it mostly presentable for our surprise guests.  That sort of cleaning though would essentially be what Faith refers to as ‘rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic’.  I just keep moving things from surface to surface not really finding a permanent place for anything.  It’s about to drive me batty.

The last three weeks have been mostly about getting Boo’s school stuff straightened out and being prepared for class.  Our third week is almost over and we seem to be falling into a pretty good routine.  This week I have been able to work on the crafty plans for the couch cushions while we watch TV.  It’s good that I am getting that part done but it’s not getting my house any cleaner.  

Well, in a way it would help because the new foam cushions are taking up space in the hallway.  Of course there are 52 other things in the hallway that need to be dealt with but who’s counting, right?  The problem with the hall is that I am in the middle of organizing stuff in the hobby/craft room.  It’s gotten to the point that the work I’ve done in there now involves two other rooms.  I am not ready to rip up another room (or two) so we have the stuff in limbo, hanging in the hallway.  

Ok, so here’s my plan…

Go to bed and get some sleep.  Then tomorrow I will try to tackle some small things and not worry about the other stuff.

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Lazy Monday…

Today was a good day, which was a bit surprising given the night I had.  One of our old dogs barked on and off all night.  I put him out, let him back in, crated him, let him into the house none of it seemed to help.  Well, letting him into the house seemed to help, but I didn’t get to sleep until 4:00 am.   I was very thankful that I was able to sleep in until nearly 9:30.  Sully and I laid around in bed until 10:30 or so.  We had a great brunch around 11:30, leftovers from brunch with Gramma on Saturday morning.  

We spent the day watching movies and I worked on measurements for the couch cushions.  I needed to add everything up so I can figure out how much fabric I will need.  I had my graph paper workbook, a pencil, pencil sharpener and a ruler to work it all out.  I decided to use the bottom cushions  we are using now as the new back cushions.  The pillows we have now along the back are super squishy.  I can use those pillows at the sides where the end tables are and in the corner.  So, all in all, I figured out I needed ten yards of fabric.  

Joann’s had denim on sale for 50% off and the sale ended today.  Boo and I stopped at Joann’s on the way home from Boo’s dance class.  I found some great black denim that was 60 inches wide.  The only problem is that the bolt only held 8 yards.  I had to find a second bolt and hope that there was at least ten yards between the two bolts.  The first bolt had 7 yards and 30 inches, I got the 30 inches for 50% off the sale price.  Yay!  The second bolt had three yards and 13 inches, with the 13 inches also 50% off the sale price.    

I’ve got my cushion fabric plus a little extra to cover the squishy pillows.  I also saw that they had colored denim so I might go back and grab some of that if I need it for the squishy pillows.  I have a few more things to figure out before I start sewing but I am glad I have gotten this far.  

It was a lazy day but I actually got something done.  Yay me!

 

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Sleep can wait…

I spent most of the day feeling sleepy and trying to stay awake and when it was time to lie down and sleep, I couldn’t.

Not that I was that surprised, before bedtime I always check all of the critters to make sure everyone is settled in, cage doors secure, food and water for the night. When I checked on Boo’s hamsters one of them looked a little shaky.  I coaxed her out of the corner and gave her some water and food since both her water and food are on upper levels of her hamster condo.  Dwarf hamsters don’t have a very long life span, usually a year and half to two years.  We have two hamsters that were both purchased in December of 2010 so so it’s been about eighteen months since we adopted them.

Boo’s first hamster only lived one year after we adopted her, she was a Christmas present.  We picked her up at Petsmart the day after Christmas and she was so friendly.  She literally danced in front of Boo until Sully found someone to get her out of the display.  Gigi was an awesome little hamster, loved to run around in her little ball and remained friendly until the end.   We lost her a year later on Christmas night.  One of the worst things I’ve had to do as a parent was telling Boo that Gigi was gone.  

The next day we went out and bought two hamsters, Tink and Rose.  Sully and I have been watching the calendar, very thankful that we made it through Christmas with both of them.  Then later, happy that we had made it through Spring and the beginning of summer.  It’s Rose that I am worried about now, I am pretty sure that our time is running short.  I let Boo know and she said that she had noticed the same things.  I checked Rose one last time and she is resting comfortably.  I am not sure what I will find in the morning but I’ve done what I can for now.  

It’s the circle of life and we all know logically how things go but it’s not always easy to deal with them in our own lives.

Day 9

 1.  Water –  3 – 24 oz. tumblers

2.  Shimmy –  Episode 8 (hip piston, hip pop, 1 2 3 hop and snake arms)

3.  Writing  –  MC backstory

4.  Exercises – Stretching

5.  Project –  Garage (2 x 15 minutes)  

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Six days…

 Ugh, I can’t tell you how sick I am of being sick.  Don’t get me wrong, I am feeling much better than I was over the weekend.  I still have the runny nose, stuffy head and occasional cough, just enough to make me feel blah.

I want to scream because I have a bunch of stuff to do and no energy to do it. It’s not my usual complaint about Spring Cleaning either.  For the last ten days, my house has slowly fallen into a bit of a mess.  It was somewhat unavoidable, between all of the hours spent helping out with T.W. and the time that I have been sick there hasn’t been time to work on the house.  Next Wednesday, Kayla is coming to stay until Saturday, while Val and her husband take a short trip to the East Coast.  I’ve got to get this house back in order between now and then.

Six days…since I got sick, and, six days…until company comes.  Kill me now.  🙂