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Just a Moment – Thirty

This has been a craft week.  I’ve finished gift projects (bottom picture, they still need framing), started gift projects (top picture, center back, a poncho), picked up supplies for more gift projects (top picture, left, My Little Pony pajamas and top picture, right, a Christmas wall hanging), and worked on my own project (a counted cross stitch Santa).  All in all, it has been a good week.

Christmas craft and sewing projects.

Christmas craft and sewing projects.

Counted Cross Stitch samplers. Christmas gifts for the granddaughters.

Counted Cross Stitch samplers. Christmas gifts for the granddaughters.



2016 Update – Part One

It’s been quite some time since I posted any sort of update.  I’ll try to give some highlights from the past few months.


  • Kat, Fiona, & Fred came for a visit. Fred stayed for a week and then drove home to get back to work.  Kat & Fiona stayed the rest of the month and we had a lovely visit, doing lots of crafty projects and enjoying the pool.  Fiona and Grandma KarenThen, since Bill had a few vacation days coming, we took them back to Tallahassee, enjoying some car quality time.
  • We listed our Alabama trailer/property for sale.
  • I finished the afghan that I was making for our bedroom. Seashore Themed AfghanI love it!  It is so very soft and I smile every time I see the colors.


  • I insulated the garage doors with a couple of insulation kits.Insulated Garage Door
  • The whole family participated in the “Repair the Blown Head Gasket On the Neon” project, which took about a week.
  • We accepted an offer on the Alabama trailer/property.
  • The local water department installed a water pressure regulator for us, after we discovered our water pressure was in the 90s! High enough that when a valve failed in the downstairs toilet, it blew the lid off the toilet.  With the water pressure set at 70, we are having no issues with noisy pipes and have used substantially less water, which makes looking at the water bill a lot nicer.
  • I finished sewing a skirt that I had begun back in August 2013!Finished Batik Skirt


To be continued tomorrow….

Music Therapy

I’ve been in a bit of a funk the last week or so. I know it has to do with the four-year anniversary of living in Arizona, combined with the slow, ever-so-slow progress (lack of progress?) on the job hunting front (I really thought we’d be moved by now!). The government shutdown and concerns about Bill’s job also factor into it. Yes, he is working, and for that I am grateful, but who knows what will happen in the next week or two? All together, those have kicked up my anxiety a bit, enough so that I’ve started taking Reloraagain. Throw in the fact that the days are cooler, nights are cooler, winter is just around the corner (and the holidays!), and this month marks one full year since I’ve seen Miss Munchkin and I am just plain grumpy.

So, this morning I’m doing some music therapy. I’ve got Carpenters Gold (CD)playing, since I need something to sing along to. Music always helps improve my mood (or augment it, as the case may be), but singing will help pull me out of funk and it is something I have been trying to do more of. My standing desk is helping me some, since I also find myself bouncing and dancing to the music while standing at the computer.

On the plus side, I am keeping busy, even through the anxiety and grumpiness. I have made great progress on my Granny Hexagon afghan/bedspread and I should be posting a picture of the finished project by the end of the week. I am still not tired of the project, which is sort of amazing, since it is practically the only thing I have worked on (crocheting) since the last week of August. It will be a good thing to get it finished, though, because I really do need to work on some other upcoming gift items. And I need to get back to finishing my skirt featured on last Friday’s Just A Moment.

I have also been cooking a good bit, trying some new vegan and vegetarian dishes, since I have David here to help me eat them. My Quicken is almost up to date, or rather it was up to date two weeks ago, and some accounts are current now, but I do need to work on the major bank account/checkbook this week and get that caught up. And I’ve also been working diligently on updating content, link checking and other housekeeping with my website.

Maybe I’ll take a walk outside this noon and take my camera with me, although the way the wind is blowing, it might be a short walk! If I do, I’ll find something cool to snap a picture of and post here tomorrow.

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