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"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life." --Yutang Lin

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter!

Jennifer 9:31 AM

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

My goal was to have all the weaving supplies and looms in one room. This meant some rearranging of the weaving room, the addition of the blue pedestal table and the blue cabinet from downstairs, and a lot of pushing and pulling as I made sure everything would fit. 

The cats also like to sleep up here, so optimizing sunbeams was also a priority. :)

I still have to move some yarn on cones from downstairs to upstairs, but I'm pretty sure it will all fit. When I get into the sewing/craft room, I'll tackle the built in wardrobe full of clothing for fabric. For now, at least, the doors are closed. I do have a stack of mending/dresses for skirts/etc. that I kept aside. 

I really like how it looks. 

Jennifer 8:09 PM

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

With Elsa's help, I planted garlic and potatoes today, as well as cleaned up in the big garden. I did not get the ornamental grass cut, but I have time yet to do that. It was such a nice day!

Jennifer 6:48 PM

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

It's Spring!

Jennifer 6:24 PM

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Rest in Peace, Terry Pratchett

The waters of the Lancre gushed below. No one crossed the same water twice, even on a bridge.

Ridcully dropped a pebble. It went plunk.

"It all works out," said Granny Weatherwax, "somewhere. Your young wizard knows that, he just puts daft words around it. He'd be quite bright, if only he'd look at what's in front of him." 

"He wants to stay here for a while," said Ridcully gloomily. He flicked another pebble into the depths. "Seems fascinated by the stones. I can't say no, can I? The king's all for it. He says other kings always had fools, so he'll try having a wise man around, just in case that works better." 

Granny laughed.

"And there's young Diamanda going to be up and about any day now," she said.

"What do you mean?"

"Oh, nothing. That's the thing about the future. It could turn out to be anything. And everything." 

She picked up a pebble. It hit the water at the same time as one of Ridcully's own, making a double plunk.

"Do you think," said Ridcully, "That...somewhere...it all went right?"

"Yes. Here!"

Granny softened at the sight of his sagging shoulders.

"But there, too," she said. 


"I mean that somewhere Mustrum Ridcully married Esmeralda Weatherwax and they lived--" Granny gritted her teeth "--lived happily ever after. More or less. As much as anyone does." 

"How d'you know?"

"I've been picking up bits of her memories. She seemed happy enough. And I ain't easily pleased." 

"How can you do that?"

"I try to be good at everything I do." 

"Did she say anything about--"

"She didn't say nothing! She don't know we exist! Don't ask questions! It's enough to know that everything happens somewhere, isn't it?"

Ridcully tried to grin.

"Is that the best you can tell me?" he said.

"It's the best there is. Or the next best thing." 

--Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

Jennifer 9:23 AM

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

So last night I sat down and opened my paypal account and went through every transaction to figure out how much I'd spent at Amazon over the course of 3/11/14-3/11/15. And after I'd added it all up, I goggled at the amount, because... while some of that total was actually bulk grocery stuff I can't buy anywhere nearby, the vast majority of it was impulse purchases (and there were planned purchases, as well, like a new vacuum cleaner) and when I averaged it out per month, my mouth dropped open in shock.

So far this year, I've spent $228.99 at Amazon, the last purchase on Feb. 27 for a $.99 Kindle book. And not all of that was for groceries. In fact, only $75 was for actual consumables.

Clearly, if I'm going to succeed in my savings plan, I need to cut back, and this is somewhere I can cut back with abandon. Most books I have in my cart are available from the library first--and if I find that I want to reread that book forever, then I can allow myself to buy it--at certain times of the year, like for my birthday or some other special occasion. I can keep as many books as I want in my cart (because the impulse buys are mostly books) but that doesn't mean I have to buy them. Alternately, if I really and truly want to buy them, then I'd better make darned sure they aren't available cheaply used first.

Earlier this month, I signed up for an Amazon Rewards credit card (mostly to help rebuild my credit, but the $70 in Amazon credit did not hurt, either) which will only be used at Amazon and for emergencies. I'm hoping that by using the card, and knowing I have to pay it in full every month (my rule), I will be more cautious with my purchases.

For the past few years, I've had a portion of my tax return given to me in Amazon store credit. It usually ends up being around $110. I'm not planning to do that this year, because while I have some specific items that I want to buy with that "free" $70 (a new water filter thingy for my kitchen; a shower caddy for the bathroom), that money can now go directly into my savings account instead.

Jennifer 3:54 PM

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

My little floor loom left for her new home yesterday. It wasn't as difficult as a parting as I expected. I had waffled and waffled whether or not to post her on ebay, and in the end, I'm glad I decided to do so. The new owner seemed happy to have her, and plans to use her... which I did not.

I think this is a one floor loom household. I have all that I need with the BGL (Big Green Loom) upstairs; I can weave rugs along with shawls and towels and whatever I might want to weave on it anyway, so it's silly to have two, especially if the second one doesn't really have a place.

That's not to say I won't ever buy another floor loom, especially if the price is right. But I (honestly) would probably buy it to sell, not use, unless it's very special and I have concrete plans to use it often.

Even so, with that corner of the Green Room now empty (well, not quite empty, as the treadle sewing machine base that had been sitting in the bathroom for years is now sitting there, waiting to be cleaned off and dusted) I have plans to make the Green Room the workroom--for repairs and suchlike. It will also be the place I store auction items/stuff for Burlington/yard sale stuff (in containers, of course.)

Friday evening and yesterday, I worked in the downstairs bathroom. I decided, once and for all, to embrace the pink and green color scheme... and to make my bathroom look nicer. All clutter is gone from the bathroom, most of which either ended up in the garbage or didn't belong in there in the first place. The bathroom closet has been reorganized. Extra supplies (toothpaste, lotion, vitamins, etc.) are stored in there, and all of my cleaning supplies will also have an entire shelf in the bathroom, since I've decided to keep my towels elsewhere due to mustiness and mildew inside that closet (I've tried nearly everything, and nothing works, so out they go.) I cleaned out the medicine cabinet, which now houses only a few piece of Akro Agate and my toothpaste and toothbrush, reorganized the cabinet over the toilet, removed the treadle sewing machine base from where it had been sitting for years, replacing it with a stool/chair and the laundry hamper, cleaned off the table that sits over the litterbox, took one litterbox upstairs (so there are still two, just one on each floor), wiped down everything, and went on from there.

My bathroom now looks really nice. It's not perfect, but it's good enough, and everything that I keep or need in my bathroom now has a place. And the door can open all the way, which is a great bonus! I still have to move all the cleaning supplies into the bathroom closet, which I will do today, and then there will be a "costs money" list for later on this year. The "cost money" lists will be for each room, and will include repairs or replacements that need to be purchased. In the bathroom, the "costs money" list includes repairing the ceiling, which is starting to peel, repairing one loose tile, and painting the walls. I've decided not to replace the medicine cabinet, as it actually looks pretty good now. :)

I scoured the entire house for pink or green things to put in the bathroom, and came up with quite a few... considering pink is not at all my favorite color, I found it funny that I uncovered enough to tie things together...

See Plethora for pictures.

Jennifer 10:34 AM

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Plethora is back!

Jennifer 7:32 PM

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