Sunday, October 17, 2010


Someone once told me that I change faster than the weather. There might be some truth to that, but I prefer to think I change with the seasons, and in a gentler, more slow-lane way.  Isn't that what life is all about?  If everything always stayed the same we'd be clubing each other with sticks and walking on our knuckles.

What brought on this train of thought you ask?  Well, for one thing I have no weaving to concentrate on right now. I have a project warped up and ready to go but I want to make a video of it as it begins. It's a visual demonstration of Linda Hendriksen's Dog Leash handle. If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words then my next video should be worth millions. But I Digress. 

In the Spring I wanted to garden, that's pretty normal, isn't it?  During the sumnmer all I wanted to do was sit on the porch with hubby and listen to the birds. I wove a bit to keep my hands busy but really, I didn't want to do much of anything. But it's cooler now and sitting outside is not a comfortable option. So I'm inside. That means I see a lot that I'd like to change.  That's pretty natural as well,  isn't it?  It certainly is for the women in my family!  Of course where they go shopping, I go making.

It's time to make sawdust!   Yahoo!  And I've got three days off to do it in!

A coffee table for both the living room and the family room are on top of the list.  Oak for the formal one and  perhaps Birch or Pine for the family room.   My Dad is on board for helping with the difficult parts but he has described a jig I can make that will help make the tapered legs.  I think will take a full day just to make the jig! 

A couple of cabinets for the Wine Shop are next, but I have to practice first on a couple for the wood shop. I have a new Kregg  Jig I'm aching to play with, which is why I need to make the tapered leg jig so I can make the tapered legsfor the tables so I can use the Kregg Jig to put the rest of the table together.  Makes perfect sense, don't you think? 

Once I get the tapered Leg Jig made and the Kregg Jig figured out well then it's onto bedside tables.  I mean heck, I can put a cloth over the coffee tables is I screw up but the bedside tables will have drawers. Real drawers! Can't put a cloth over them, can I? 

If get all that done before Christmas it will be a miracle, but it will sure be fun to try.  Christmas!  It's coming up pretty soon, isn't it? Wow, it was just Spring a while ago and I was gardening like crazy. Where did the summer go?

So it's not really me that's changing, it's the seasons. I'm just being appropraite. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


ps. Love you R.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Onward though slightly lateral...

I have a new toy, and boy is it going to be fun. Of course, I have  to learn how to use it before the actual fun can start.

I bought a NetBook.  It's small enough to fit in my purse. It's a pretty big purse, which is great, since I tend to carry a lot of stuff anyway.  When I was clearing a space for the Netbook I took a fairly hard look at just exactly I'd been hauling around with me.

One pair of pliers. One pair wire cutters. One necklace with seven delightful green lamp work beads on it.  Five student-made beads waiting to be delivered. Two fold-up nylon grocery bags. Fray Check. 20x20 scarf to Furoshiki with. Sewing kit. Two hair combs.  Three types of painkillers and a few vitamin D tablets. Seven pens and one really nice automatic pencil.  Seeds for pink four o'clock flowers. Portable  drive with instructions for cabinet making on it.  Index-card size recipe book full of recipes, art ideas and things I need for work.  Gum wrappers.  Cell phone that needs recharging. Empty eye-glass case. Hair barrette. Flattened copper penny that is ready to be etched. A clip-on calculator with really, really, really small buttons. Engraved corkscrew that barely works. Key ring.  Way to many grocery store receipts. One tube lipstick in a color that really doesn't suit me. One strand finished finger weaving.

And oh yeah, my wallet. It's big enough to be a purse on its' own for some people.

I think I should pair that down, don't you?  Or am I just procrastinating in learning how to use the NetBook?  Maybe I'll think about it after 'Hawaii Five-O' is over!