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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

Saturday, September 27, 2014

I seem to have neglected to mention that I bought a new vacuum cleaner, too. This stemmed from having to use three different sweeping implements to sweep the cat hair off one rug the other day. I was completely fed up. 

I've had an upright vacuum cleaner since I moved here. I've never liked it, because it is really heavy and awkward. I've added a stick vacuum and a couple of others to the mix, but they weren't good on rugs. Eventually, I just used a plastic bristled broom on the worst rug to sweep. 

A few weeks ago, I decided that I needed to buy a new vacuum cleaner, because the brooms were not cutting the amount of cat hair around here. My budget was under $100. I ended up with a Bissel Zing and also bought the extra pet hair attachments. 

It is great! I am sending all of my other sweepers to the rummage sale except the non-electric one. 

I've been cleaning today. I sorted through the stuff on the shelves in the laundry room, and made enough space for the mountain of boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, and those air-filled cushion things that had overwhelmed a corner of the Green Room. 

I also gathered quite a large pile of stuff; everything in front of the hutch (plus a few unpictured boxes) is headed to the rummage sale tomorrow (and already in my car.) I even sorted through four bins of notgarbage in the basement, and consolidated what I kept into 3/4ths of one bin. 

Picture this corner completely piled with boxes:

Two large garbage bags later, and I feel like I actually accomplished something today!

Jennifer 8:18 PM

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Friday, September 26, 2014


Jennifer 9:47 PM

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Well, September Savings was a good idea (on paper, at least.) and I have been more aware of what I am purchasing. But strict budgets, along with an unexpected auction don't really go hand-in-hand. 

Saturday morning, I went to an auction with Dad, right up the road from my house. And brought home a library table, a Kitchenaid, and a copper tea kettle. 

Finding a spot for the library table was not as difficult as I anticipated. 

It is in great shape. And I have always wanted a library table; every other one I've seen has gone for way too much. 

And then, Sunday was the second-to-last Burlington. I had only spent $10 on some buttons and thought I was doing really good. There was a CPW there, with no flyer (the seller left it at home) and I really had no intention of buying it. But... when the seller lowered the price, it came home with me. (And she's supposed to mail me the flyer and the missing spoke or bring it to the next Burlington.)

It was really dirty. 

However, I actually had a flyer here and when I measured, I was pretty sure it would fit, and it did. 

So yesterday afternoon, I cleaned up the new wheel and got her spinning:

I also made bread using the Kitchenaid:

And dusted off Gloriana and Sophia as well. 

And spun on both. Which made me rework the idea of the downstairs weaving room a bit. Because I really need to use my wheels as well. So they will be staying in this room. 

All in all, I'm not disappointed about my purchases this weekend. I can always sell the new CPW (which was made by Charles Vezina, although the mark's not very clear. You can see ZINA on the mark, however, so that's her name) if I need to. Right now, however, Zina will be spinning the rather boring white wool I have pounds of, in preparation for dyeing. :)

Jennifer 9:27 AM

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

And, of course I've been weaving, as well. 

Plus, the morning glories in the garden look particularly nice. 

And I'm still picking stuff out of the garden (the tomatoes were all slow-roasted today.)

Jennifer 8:13 PM

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I worked in the entry room and part of the kitchen today. 

Eliminated a lot of clutter, made it easier to sweep the rugs and floor, sorted through everything, and swept up a ton of cat hair. 

I will be moving onward. 

Jennifer 8:08 PM

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Friday, September 12, 2014

It still amazes me that I can cut a few lengths of string and end up with something like this. 

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Jennifer 9:12 PM

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Monday, September 08, 2014

One dragon picture frame that Dad found in a box plus one small metal rigid heddle I got somewhere equals a very cool rigid heddle. 

Jennifer 9:01 PM

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Sunday, September 07, 2014

I spent some time yesterday afternoon warping my scarf-sized looms. There are four now, and four is probably one too many. 

This morning, I beat the cats to the Big Green Loom and wove a bit on my rug, as well:

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Jennifer 11:39 AM

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