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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, 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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Friday, February 20, 2015

We've had the entire season of winter in one week. 10" of snow, record-breaking lows, more snow tonight and tomorrow... and because of this, I didn't get a whole lot done this week other than mail auction stuff and be very happy I was off work so I didn't have to deal with the commute in such nasty weather. 

Auction-wise, I'm within $100 of my goal, which is very nice! 

Weather-wise, this is the first night in a few that I won't have to get up to babysit my boiler to make sure nothing went wrong. With the system down a key radiator, it just could not cope with low single digits and minus zero weather. I will be working towards getting something for the kitchen for next year; possibly a pellet stove. 

I did make jam-- cherry and blueberry lime. I did clean up the kitchen. I did not get into the craft room or finish the library/office... yet. I did not get as much writing done as I wanted to, and I haven't even started typing in A Glint of Silver. That will have to happen when I'm not so worried about the weather. 

I did spin. I wove a bit. I did relax. I did watch Season 1 of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. I did drink a lot of hot tea to keep warm. 

I did discover that mittens are warmer than gloves. 

I wish I had another week off, but alas. I'll have to be happy with what I did get done, and I'm definitely happy that everything survived the record cold temperatures intact... so far.  

Jennifer 8:15 PM

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

So, right. Last weekend, I wanted to post auctions, since I am off work this week. I figured if I did that, I would have plenty of time to pack things and take them to the post office without having to rush. I'm actually planning to do this before every vacation I take during the year, and try to hold off on ebay auctions until those times.

But, what should have taken me a couple of hours at the most took me ALL DAY SUNDAY to accomplish, and that wasn't even all of them. I posted some Saturday night, with intermittent mobile internet issues, and then on Sunday, well, that was kind of the last straw.

AT&T, in their infinite wisdom, closes off my 'speed' when my data use is nearing the limit. It makes no difference to them that I would have been perfectly OK to pay extra for another gigabyte of data, or, even more annoyingly, that I paid for 5GB of data, and I'm darn well entitled to use it. They call it a 'bandwidth' issue. I think they are lying, and that they do this to everyone.

So basically, on Sunday, it took me all day (on and off) to post auctions. Which was ridiculous. So I decided that since I had just freed up $175/month by paying off a credit card, I couldn't say that I couldn't afford to have home internet again. So I called Frontier, and had it turned back on.

I don't see this changing my internet usage all that much, however. There are things I can only do with my desktop computer (programs that are only on this computer) and things that I can do with my mobile hotspot. But the cons of mobile-only outweighed the pros, at least for now. And since I don't have a contract, I can always cancel it if I find I'm not using it, or if I find I'm using it too much for comfort.

And the auctions? Well, after major waffling, I posted my small floor loom on ebay last Sunday. While I really like the look of the loom, I really don't care to use it, and warping it is a pain in my back, basically. With the BGL, at least, I can take off the beater and stand inside it to warp it; I can't do that with the small floor loom. So there she sat, unused, stuck in a corner... but I had major second thoughts about posting her. And then... at the last minute, she sold. And I find myself surprised, but also pleased, because I really think I'm a one floor loom weaver.

The second big ticket item was the cast iron cigar press that I dug out of the Craft Room when I started cleaning it up in October. I'd taken it to Burlington, but no one bought it. It sold on ebay for $193.50, which was phenomenal! And I'm really happy I decided to finally post it.

The third was a pretty Birdseye Maple and some other exotic wood boat shuttle.

The rest of the auctions haven't ended yet, but I'm almost halfway to my goal to pay off the very last credit card. And I'm actually surprised that I've made it this far with the auctions! We'll see how close I get. :)

Jennifer 9:18 PM

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Well, after a year and a half of mobile-only Internet, I have home Internet again. There are things I can't really do with just my phone, so it was time. 

Jennifer 8:03 PM

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

This weekend's goal was to clean off the table in the library/ office so that I could have a dedicated editing/rewriting spot. I have one corner of the table left, but it's looking good so far!

I also found some beeswax candles on eBay that fit into my candleholder...

And made a few spindles...

And Oliver found a warm spot to sleep. 

Jennifer 6:21 AM

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Monday, January 12, 2015

My sister Jess is expecting. We are having a baby shower on Sunday. In March, I will have another nephew! And she is really into chevrons. :)

(Not posting this on Facebook yet because I don't want her to see, although she knows I made it.)

Jennifer 5:40 PM

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