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Normally, I'd be cleaning for Shabbat...but now? My house is a disaster, there's NOTHING to clean (and no point - the mud on the slab (from 13 years ago!) will just turn to dust and cover everything within 10 minutes.), so......I am sitting in front of the wood stove, trying to warm up.

Himself is now cavity-free. He got the last 2 fillings yesterday; his mouth is a bit sore this AM, but nothing major. Monday, however.......:poor kid: Herself didn't sleep last night; we went to the Endocronologist yesterday, and she prescribed some sleeping meds (that we'll pick up today), so hopefully that'll get straightened out.

Poor girl - they STILL can't get her thyroid figured out. She has all the symptoms of Hashimoto's, except her blood tests come up "normal". :grrrrr: We're trying to figure out HOW to figure this out - the doctor can't officially diagnose her without the "proper" bloodwork. :sigh:

Ah, well. Such is life. We'll get it figured out eventually.

Shabbat Shalom, y'all!
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and pack up my house, right? They were good. SO good, in fact.........they actually..........

PACKED THE DIRTY DISHES THAT WERE IN THE DISHWASHER.

Yes. We discovered it shortly after they left last Tuesday evening, but I hadn't posted because........seriously? They packed my dirty dishes! (They were pre-rinsed, but still!)

I am SO ready for all this to be over with! We're waiting on the mortgage company now, then we go pay for the floors......and will have to wait about 1 week before he can start. So, IF we get the check into the bank on Friday, we *should* be able to order the floors on Monday; he'll order them and they'll be in on Wednesday, the earliest. He'll bring them out Thursday, but they have to acclimate, so he can't start on the floors until the following Monday (12/12 - Hey! Happy Birthday!)......and it'll take at least 3 days. Of course, we have to demo the cabinets first.....and order the replacements from Ikea......THEN we have to install them....so.....best case scenario? We'll be done by 12/23. I......honestly don't think that's even remotely possible. I think the mortgage company will do their normal routine, which is to delay, delay, delay.....and I'm looking at New Year's at the earliest. :sigh:

Plus, we have a Movie Date on 12/16 that takes priority over my floors. :wink:

Anyway. Need to skitter - we have school. Moving slowly today.......
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So. Yesterday Himself had 2 dental appointments; the AM one was for fillings, the PM one was the consult for his wisdom teeth extraction.

The fillings went well, but they only did half; he has apparently inherited my sensitive teeth. They had given him the max allowed novocaine before they got to the bottom teeth, so he gets to go back on Thursday to get *them* done.

The consult went very well, too - he goes in Monday to get all 4 teeth extracted. :whew!: SO glad we homeschool - I don't know how we'd be able to manage, otherwise!

We sent the Insurance check off to the mortgage company Express Mail yesterday......only they won't get it (probably) until *tomorrow*. :Sigh: Then we wait on THEM to get off their arses and get the check back to us so we can get this party started. We verified the flooring quote (and confirmed the flooring I wanted) yesterday....I am SO glad we decided to go with Ikea cabinets. There's no way the check would cover everything, otherwise (we went with a slightly more expensive vinyl plank flooring instead of laminate; it'll last longer - especially with the dogs we have.) We probably won't be done by Hanukkah - MAYBE by New Year's, but it's doubtful. We're planning on doing the cabinet install ourselves - Ikea charges $200/cabinet to install (on average).....yeah, I can DIY it myself for free. :Sigh:

My cold miraculously vanished yesterday AM - Praise God! I thought I'd be out of commission for at least a week, but He had other plans!

Gotta skitter - need to wake up the younglings and get school started. Laters!
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been fighting a sore throat and coughing since Wednesday evening. Thanksgiving went well - the bird was good and tasty, the sides were yummy, and we had enough desserts to send everyone into a sugar-coma. :heh:

Friday we made an Ikea run. Yes, Ikea is the soul-sucking 9th circle of Hell, but......they have decent cabinets at really affordable prices. We got the insurance claim breakdown Tuesday, and the flooring quote Wednesday. :sigh: After a bit of back-and-forth, we (SG and I) decided that spending more on the floors was a better idea; floors take more abuse than cabinets do. Plus, the claim is only for the bottom cabinets....by going Ikea we can do ALL the cabinets, the countertops, AND some new appliances...and still come in under budget. Plus we need to replace the kids' bathroom vanity, too - and Ikea has something for that, as well. Oh - AND the double basin farmhouse apron sink I have wanted for years. :lol: We'll see how it goes - we have set up the space in Ikea's kitchen planner, and I have a tentative shopping list, but we want to get an "official" planner out to make sure I didn't screw up anywhere.

I need to go lay down - laters!
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and damp, and my house is being emptied by people I don't know. :sigh: Yes, it needs to be done...but STILL.

The floor guy is coming out tomorrow to take a look at things. I won't be here - the kids and I will be at FIL's trying to assemble the turkey-day meal. :lol: I *think* I have everything ready to toss in the Jeep.....I hope, anyway. It's kinda hard when your house is all at sixes and sevens, y'know?

The Studio is doing well as temporary living quarters for the kids. I'm hoping the packers will get everything but the beds out of the kids' rooms so that they can at least *sleep* in there - it's getting too cold at night for bathroom runs!

Re: Politics. I have been doing a LOT of thinking lately.......all the riots and violence and whining? It's just like it was in 2008 and 2012 when the Democrat was elected. Remember? It was horrible, all the things the losing side did....oh, wait. That's right - never happened. Because *adults* know better.

Also.....why is it that everyone that voted for Trump is a racist/bigot/hater.......but those that voted Obama simply because of the color of his skin *isn't*? Because....voting for someone simply based on skin color IS racist. And voting for someone simply based on Her sex is *sexist*.........yet people don't seem to get it. :sigh:

I would like to point out that race relations in this country are worse now than they were 8 years ago......and it's not surprising. When your President, upon hearing of a police-involved shooting, says "I'm sure the police are wrong."; when he says, upon hearing of another one, "That could have been MY son!".....is it any wonder we have more race problems now? (I wanted to ask him, "So....YOUR son would have been a thug and 2-bit thief?"....but I didn't, because that would be petty.)

Anyway. I have to get ready to start school before the packers get out here.
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Because of course it is. The Studio is nice and dry.....I'm not sure if the heater in the A/C unit can take on the 30* weather that is supposed to hit tonight, but for now it's OK in here. And dry.

Yesterday was my dentist appointment. I had originally made it for Tuesday, with the kids - just a normal cleaning. The girl got both kids....and forgot to put mine in. :bangs head: Ah, well - it's probably a good thing. See, I didn't need a normal clean, no - I needed the DEEP cleaning. (I saw the x-rays; yeah, it's been a....few years.) So. 2.5 hours later, half my mouth is done; I go back 12/2 to get the other side done. :fun times: Good news - no cavities! Bad news - Himself has 7; he's getting them filled 11/28, then we go to the Oral Surgeon for a consult to get his wisdom teeth extracted. :poor kid: At least we have very good insurance - so far, $0 in copays. Only $35 for the fillings...and $0 for the wisdom teeth

Let's see...while I was out, the Adjuster came. Yup, everything is covered; we should know today or Monday what our budget is. The crew delivered 2 pods......I am laughing at their confidence. There is NO WAY *I* could fit everything into 2 pods - and I am a Tetris-Master! I might be able to fit the kid's stuff into 1......but I don't think I could get the family room/game room/dining room/kitchen/laundry room in the other. :shakes head:

I have finally stumped my boy. Calculus is actually making him *think*. :lol: It's making me think, too - which is good! (I finally *get* it - at least, a little. We're using "Life of Fred: Calculus", which is living math. Kinda.....um.......stupid, but it does get the point across. Himself hates it, but says that it at least gives him an overview. The plan is this, then the Great Courses Calculus series, THEN Khan Academy. We'll see how it goes.)

Need to get ready for school - hope y'all have a good weekend!
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in this case, I really, REALLY wish I didn't have pictures!

Living Room floor

The Family room, as they were ripping up the floor. If you look close, you can see that the pad is darker - it's wet. SOPPING wet.

hallway

Hallway between the kids' rooms......the floor is all gone. You can just see Himself's room......everything is now shoved to the middle of the room, stacked on top of itself.

fans in family room

The fans. We had 25 of them in the house.....7 in the kitchen alone. Which shares a wall with the Master Bedroom. There were also 3 dehumidifiers.......thankfully, they all got pulled out Tuesday afternoon. (The holes in the bottom of the wall? Are to help dry out the sheetrock. Fun times!)

Living room full

This is the current state of the family room.....the rest of the house is pretty much the same. NOTHING is against the walls, everything is piled in the middle of the room......the pods are supposed to be delivered tomorrow. A crew of 5 (or 7) will be here Monday to start packing and loading them...then we get to figure out what we're going to do. The Adjuster is SUPPOSED to come out today......finally.

We do know *everything* is covered. We will get new floors (I'm leaning towards linoleum, now.....) and at least bottom cabinets/countertops (because I can't see removing the bottom cabinets without damaging the countertops. I just...don't think that's possible. Maybe it is? We'll see.)

We still don't know about the Master Suite. I am HOPING the water didn't come up under the cabinet wall, but....I can smell "wet". On the one hand, no, please -NO damage! On the other....new floors! Huzzah! :sigh:

On the positive side, I bought paint for the kids' rooms yesterday, and plan on starting that this afternoon/tomorrow morning. Why not? There's no floors to worry about :sob: and there's nothing against the walls right now....so.......:small smile:

I just want my house back! The Studio is nice, but it isn't really large enough to actually LIVE in (well, not with all my weaving and sewing stuff in here, it isn't!) Plus...no bathroom. And no room for us AND the dogs......

Ah, well.....this, too, shall pass. Soon, I hope!
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Because, you see, yesterday the 3 of us decided to give Herself a gift - we cleaned and repainted the Garage Studio (to be henceforward known as "Herself's Studio". It was a mess - I've said that before - but.....:shudder:

I have a trailer-load of stuff that needs to be sorted, cleaned and put into my Studio. There is a pile of stuff along one wall in her Studio that needs to be sorted, but we all ran out of oomph before we could finish it. We DID manage to repaint most of the ceiling (ran out of paint :sigh:) and all the walls (except for about 1" at the top; we'll go back and do that after the ceiling is done. She'll have to live with green at the top of her blue.)

We have about 15 contractor bags full of trash. :shudder: But! It's clean! She can focus on her room instead of obsessing about her Studio!

I hope they will remove the fans today - I really, really, really need to sleep in my OWN bed. Even with all the dogs!

Today is FIL's doctor day; he has another appointment on Thursday, but I think I'm going to have to miss that one. Also.....SIL called last night; she's in the hospital with bloody vomit and vertigo. :bangs head: Didn't I fire 2016 already??????

Gotta get ready to hit the ground running......
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REAL disaster, not just "my candidate didn't win, oh woe is me!" :sigh: - the Lord can use it, and will. Why?

Because my house currently resembles a wind tunnel, I have NO flooring (except in the Master Suite, and part of Herself's room), and it smells of anti-microbial spray. Himself and I are happily camped out in the Studio (Loki stayed with us last night, as "protection". :snerk:......I want to cry. Seriously.

The Adjuster sent out a Disaster Recovery team Friday evening (she hasn't been out yet - she's waiting for all the fans and dehumidifiers to do their thing first). They got there around 5....and left at 12:30, only to return at 9:30 yesterday morning. I had thought that only the kitchen/laundry/family rooms would need work......oh, no. The carpet pad under the laminate was wet throughout the *entire* house. We had the dogs locked in the Master Suite - I was praying that somehow the water didn't go there. The Lord heard me - the water stopped 8" in front of our door! (Granted, the water went UNDER the kitchen cabinets along the shared wall, so there is still a chance that our room got wet......but for the moment, it was spared. I realize that *we* will probably have to pay to replace that floor - all my floors were the same - but 1 room is not that expensive, all told. :sigh:)

Herself's room was only wet 3' in, but still - the entire floor will have to be replaced. I've tried to prepare her.....I pick her up tomorrow, and she's got to start packing things up.

The crew leader told us we'll most likely get PODS to put all our stuff into. It has to go SOMEWHERE. He also said we'd probably be put up in a hotel - I nixed that idea. We have 7 dogs - there's no way any hotel will allow that; boarding honestly isn't an option for 5 out of the 6 (it would be too traumatic for them). The Studio has room for us to sleep - right now, Himself is on the pull-out bed, and I am on a twin-sized air mattress (the queen won't fit while the bed is open). When Herself gets home I'll either close up the sofa bed and set up the queen mattress, or I'll buy another twin mattress ($8, plus another 5 for a sheet). :shrug: SG refuses to move; he says it's no louder than the computer room at his plant........:whatever: (The upshot is, he gets to sleep with 6 dogs crowded in. :lol: Loki was QUITE happy to bunk with us.)

The dogs are totally confused - all the furniture is pulled to the center of the rooms (because they had to punch holes in where the baseboards used to be so that the fans can dry out the drywall there - it was ALL wet.) and squished together (as you can imagine), so there's no place for them to lay down. Our bedroom is the same....but Chloe and Riley are used to sleeping on the futon and loveseat while Bree normally sleeps on the sofa. Now, though......they are all crowded into 1 room. (We have large dogs, have I mentioned that? :lol:)

I am totally sick over this.......we have 25 fans and 3 dehumidifiers running 24/7 until tomorrow at the earliest. All my stuff has been handled by strangers - they were nice, and professional, but that's not the point. A crew will be dispatched to load up the PODS (or whatever they decide to do with our stuff - it can NOT stay in the house, no matter what else is decided). And Herself.....she's going to be an absolute basket case. I've already moved all our current and soon-to-be-utilized Homeschooling stuff out to the Studio - I don't want to lose any more time if at all possible. (Crud. I still need to move a TV and DVD player out.....or wait. I have an external CD/DVD player for the MacBook Air (which I am typing this on)....I'll get the drive this AM and we'll be set to go, once the next set of DVDs come in.) And our wi-fi reaches out here - Praise God for that! (The first thing SG did when the crew walked out the door was to plug in the router and his iMac. Techies! :shakes head: :lol:)(Himself brought his PC out here, so he's happily playing Space Engineers and Star Wars: Battlefront. It just fits on the serger desk - I'm glad I kept the desk, instead of deciding space was more important than storage!)(And the cutting table was finished Wednesday, just in time to use it to store my fine china on! The Lord really was looking out for us!)

I am trying to look on the bright side......I'll get new floors! (We're talking about either linoleum or simply painting/staining the slab. Right now, I am leaning heavily on the paint/stain, because I do NOT want to go thru this again! SG is trying to talk me off of that ledge - concrete will be colder than the vinyl (which.....we need something that will stand up to the dogs, with as few seams as possible. Laminate works, but.....seams. And if - IF - we ever get another leak......:shudder:) I'll also get new cabinets and countertops (bottom only, probably - but hey! New! And we'll only be out our deductible.......:sigh:

I do have photos, but.......they make me sick to look at them. I'll try to post something later this week, once we know what the plan is.

Thank God the Studio was finished enough we can basically live in it! It's a bit of a slog to do a bathroom run at 2 AM, but I can deal with that. :lol: (Trying to look on the bright side!)

Well....

Nov. 11th, 2016 03:26 pm
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the Lord moves in mysterious ways, y'all! SG has noticed the water bill going up the past few months. Wednesday evening, he came in and noticed a puddle near the laundry room door, in the garage studio. So, we did some investigating....and discovered a MAJOR problem. The laundry room floor had water bubbling up from under the laminate, as did the kitchen and dining room. :sigh:

Friday AM I called the plumber while SG called the insurance. Both of us were afraid of a slab leak.......but it HAS to be fixed. Plumber came out.....after a few hours of searching, we discovered that - good news! - it's not a slab leak. Bad news - it was somewhere in the wall behind/near the dishwasher.

A few more hours later, the plumber had deconstructed the cabinet next to the dishwasher. The leak? Was a tiny hole in the main line; it looks like the builders - 13 years ago! - drove a nail/screw into the copper pipe, and it finally rusted through. :sigh:

The dishwasher is/was sitting in 2" of water. The slab under the cabinets...is flooded. The family room had water sloshing up in between the laminate pieces....it's a MESS.

The adjuster has NOT been out yet. Someone is coming out soon (within the hour, supposedly) to try and dry out the floors, and remove any/all wet laminate. :snerk: I suspect I'll end up on the slab in the laundry, dining, and family rooms and kitchen, because you can feel the floor squelching under your feet....and the smell! :sigh:

The plumber said I'll get new cabinets, and should replace the dishwasher. He also said the floors will have to be replaced.......I am NOT looking forward to this, but it's got to be done.

SO not looking forward to Thanksgiving......:sigh:
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I have been watching the news......and I have NEVER seen such rampant stupidity from those who claim that they are smart/educated in my LIFE.

1. "Undocumented" people (fancy word that = Illegal, FYI) BRAGGING about their status. Um. Let's discuss this: if you are "undocumented", that means that you are here illegally, which - logically! - means that you broke the law to get here, which means (again, logically!) - you are a criminal. It doesn't matter WHY you broke the law, you are a criminal! I can, sort of, extend a bit of pity for the kids - they didn't come here on their own, BUT........if you are 18 or older, and here illegally, you need to jump through the hoops and correct this. If you don't....well, you are a law-breaker and should be dealt with accordingly. (And I think that there should be some way for them to legally become a citizen - it wasn't their idea to come here illegally, it was their parent's. Do I have any ideas on how to implement such a system? No......but surely someone can come up with one.)

America is a *law-based* country (contrary to popular belief). Our Constitution is the basis for our laws. Don't like it? You don't have to stay. Want to stay? Get legal! Yes, I have a horse in this race - my grandparents/great-grandparents immigrated LEGALLY from Austria in the late 1800's. They jumped through all the hoops.....so YOU can, too.

2. Signs that read "Impeach Trump!". Um. You can't impeach someone who a) isn't a sitting President and b) hasn't done anything illegal. (What in the world are they teaching kids in public school these days? Seriously - this is concerning!). All he has proposed (but not actually tried to DO, yet!) is uphold the laws of our country....which is something he SWEARS he'll do in the Presidential Oath of Office (which, BTW, the current President ALSO swore to do.....but has merrily ignored throughout the last 8 years.) (The Oath, BTW, says "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." I'm just going to leave it at that........)

Clinton, on the other hand......has already been accused of violating (fancy word = breaking) at least *9* federal laws:

US Code # 798 - Disclosure of classified information
US Code # 1031 - Major fraud against the United States
US Code # 371 - Conspiracy to commit a federal offense
US Code # 1924 - Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material
US Code # 2071(b) - Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally
US Code #1343 - Fraud by wire, radio or television
US Code #1505 - Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees
US Code #1519 - Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in federal investigations
US Code #793 - Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

She's already violated the Oath of Office, but hey! She hadn't sworn it, so....(Oh! The original duties of the Secretary of State included preserving the laws of the United States domestically. Guess it's a "good" thing that particular duty has been transferred elsewhere, huh?)


3. Protests. I can't even......how many protests were there when Obama was elected? Or, more to the point, how many *violent* protests were there? I'll wait......oh, yeah - None. Why? Because most of the CITIZENS who voted against him are realists. We, the People had spoken, "our" guy lost, so we got on with our lives. However, now that the shoe is on the other foot.......sore losers, much? Just stop - it makes you look like spoiled brats that got their toys taken away. :shakes head: Also........you are aware that destroying other people's property is against the law, right? So.....Clinton loses, and Clinton supporters perform criminal acts. Way to go!

And I've seen things online - people telling other sore losers like-minded folk to set up cells and work to defeat all his measures - before he's even taken office! Wow. Just...wow. If you really want to help this country - which most of the posts claim! - then you really, REALLY, need to sit back and see what he actually tries to do. It's going to be painful - change always is! - but.....give him a chance. *I* gave Obama a chance (2, actually...) and honestly? I don't like the *change* he promised. Race relations have been set back, our defenses have been gutted, our laws have been ignored....yeah, I think it's time to try someone else's change for a bit.


4. The Electoral College. I have to admit, I was leaning toward trying to abolish this, until I did some research. (And no - it's not because "my" guy won; I didn't vote FOR anyone, I voted AGAINST.) The way the Constitution is written is that the people do NOT elect the President, the STATES do. The electoral college is set up such that it equalizes the State's vote - the people vote in the state, then the STATE votes via the Electoral College. Some states are winner takes all; some split the Electoral vote. Now that I have a better understanding of the "how", I agree with the Founders - it's the most fair way to do this. Otherwise, a few states would run roughshod over the rest, and we would no longer be a nation where "we, the People" make the decisions - it would be "we, the States of California, Texas, New York....."

4.a. On the "so close" thing.......I wonder if, if all the votes from undocumented people were thrown out (because, hate to tell you this - ONLY citizens are LEGALLY allowed to vote. Which is why I am FOR Voter ID laws - it's not hard to get an ID. If you're here illegally, well then - you LEGALLY can NOT vote, and the subject should be moot.)...if the numbers would have been so close. And if you're elected only because of illegal votes......were you REALLY elected? Stuff to think about.......

5. General stuff. One thing everybody needs to remember: TANSTAAFL. Or, in English: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. NOTHING is free. I don't care what Bernie promised ("free" college. :snerk:) - NOTHING is free. SOMEONE has to pick up the tab at some point - or do you want to try and convince me that the college professors will work for free? OK.....so how will they pay for their groceries/rent/vehicle/clothing/etc? Or.....will all that be provided? By who - will they be giving away all this? How will they (the providers) survive? And.....how with the electric company be paid for the electricity to power the lights/heat/etc? Or will that simply be donated, too? Where does it stop?

Because if you think that all this should be donated......then you are saying that NO ONE should be paid for the work that they do. It's the trickle-down theory at work; if you think college should be free, then - logically! - EVERYTHING should be free. Which means that YOU will need to donate YOUR time at a job to help keep all the freebies flowing.......or else the system breaks down. And how many people would be willing to work at a fast food/retail job for no pay? And it would have to be for no pay, or....the system breaks down. How can a company afford to "donate" all it's goods to college campuses/employees and still be able to pay workers? That makes no logical sense at all.

:sigh:

Look, I don't know how things are going to shake out. I DO know it's going to get worse for a bit - change always makes things worse before it gets better! Think about it - when you are deep-cleaning your house, what happens? You start with a mess. You start pulling things out to clean behind/under them...which makes things worse, right? Then you start putting things back, rearranging them.....it takes time to get things back in order, but when you're done it was all worth it, right?

THAT'S what we're looking at. In the short-term, it's going to suck. But long-term? I really, really hope Trump follows our laws, because that's the only way America will get back on track. And it's going to take a lot of work - a lot of damage has been done over the past 8 years - some purposefully, some not.

So. Do what I 8 years ago. Pull your big-kid pants on, and do what you can to heal the wounds of the Nation. Start by acting like responsible adults - stop destroying other people's property just because your candidate lost. We're better than this........or should be.
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Looks like most of America didn't want a felon in office. :whew: We'll see if we dodged a bullet, or fired one.

I'm honestly not understanding the reaction from her supporters. This is NOT the end of the world. Yet. Do what you'd tell the other guy's supporters to do, if the situation were reversed: Pull up your big-kid pants and deal with it. Show some dignity......and don't riot. That's........not an appropriate response. (Neither is whining, but hey - whining is minor and doesn't damage innocent people's property.)

Anyway.

I am fighting a cold, now - horribly sore throat, raspy voice. :sigh: I do NOT have time for this!

The electrician came out yesterday and FINISHED the Studio! I have a fan, now! WE still have a lot of work to do, but all outside work is done. IF it quits raining soon, we'll get the top of the cutting table cut and installed, and then - Then! - I can take photos and finally share what I have. :happy dance:

On to school....we'll see how my voice holds up. I'm hoping to get back to the Studio to weave; last night I finished a towel and got half-way thru the next one. I am so happy to be weaving again! It's my zen, if you understand what I'm trying to say. It helps me center myself, slow down, and focus on what's important. (and politics? Aren't important, not really. The President isn't supposed to do stuff without Congress's approval. Executive orders aren't supposed to be used to circumvent the process....no matter what the current office holder seems to think. NO ONE is supposed to be above the law......we'll see if THAT actually happens, now.)
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:sigh: FIL was BACK in the hospital Friday evening; we brought him home yesterday afternoon. Herself is staying with him this week, but she has to come home Monday because we have dental appointments and she and Himself have ortho. appointments on Tuesday. Fun times.....

I spent most of today in bed - I am spent. Tomorrow is a post office run (THANK YOU! :wink:), but today? Today was sleep. Himself and I played a round of Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures - he kicked my butt. :lol:

No weaving since Friday. :-( Maybe tomorrow....we'll see. I don't wanna get wet if I don't have to.......
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A nice, steady rain. With bonus! Lightening! We need the rain, and it was pleasant to wake up to the pitter-patter of rain drops on the roof. Nicer when SG has decided that since HE has to be at work at 7, now, which means if he helps morning stables it has to be done at 5:30, and "that's not fair"...that HE will go out and do the chores by HIMSELF every morning. *I* got to stay nice and dry. :lol: (I'm sure weekends will be me, alone - don't care, it's OK - I would have been doing this by myself, too, but HE complained. There might be hope for him yet!)

Studio update: I am almost done with dish towel #3. I am absurdly slow right now - I am trying to make sure I am weaving correctly - it's been *3* years, after all! So, going slowly, watching my selvedges like a hawk...and revelling in the entire process.

We got both shelves installed in the cutting table (the one inside the long unit is a problem. I might have to do something else - I don't want to pull the unit apart just to drop a shelf in there.) We're going to try to drop the top on this weekend, but in the meantime it's Fabric Moving Time! ALL the denim/large rolls are stored neatly on the bottom shelf; today I'll be moving the rest of the fabric to the top shelf (hopefully. It's also Take-the-Aunt-shopping-day, so...we'll see.) Himself helped me move my sewing machine and desk out there yesterday; soon as the cutting table is cleared of all the tools I will reorganize my desk drawers and we'll be good to go. :happy dance:

Dinner's in the crock pot, and the rain has subsided - I need to shower and get the kids up so we can head out. Hope y'all have a great day!
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And I couldn't be more excited! I can WEAVE again!!!!!!!!!

No, the Studio isn't finished yet....but it is finished enough that we could get the loom moved in. Here - have a photo:

loom in pieces

This is what a Swedish Countermarch Loom looks like, when you've moved it OUT of one space, given it a bath and a wax treatment, then moved it into a new space. It breaks down into a bunch of....well, not small, but smallER pieces. :lol: (Also, see that dark wood cabinet with glass doors? That's what SG got me from his plant. It's just the right size for most of the knitting yarns! I have my eye on a slightly larger, almost matching cabinet......if it falls through, CraigsList has a few listed right now. I need 1 more nice cabinet for the rest of the knitting yarns, a few cones of weaving yarn, and my spinning tools. Or CDs. Anyway, I need 1 more storage cabinet - it'll go next to the pie safe. Yes, the back wall will be "heavy". Don't care - it's why I didn't put windows on it.)

And then, after about 30 minutes of work and foul language, you have this:

loom facing back

This is from the warp beam, or back of the loom, facing the front. Or, the back of the Studio. The pie safe is where (most of) the spinning fiber lives.


loom facing window

This is the view from my perspective, while I am weaving. The window faces the back of the house, so I have a nice view of the dogs. There's also a window to the side of me, facing SG's shop.


You can sort of get an idea of what the Studio looks like - but I'm not showing all of it, not yet. There's still a LOT of tools in here, and my sewing desk is still in the house (as is almost all of the fabric.) We have to finish the ceiling (the panels are all up, but it needs work. A....lot of work. I can live with it, but the seams need to be covered with trim boards (because...well, it looks like amateurs did it, which...we are, and did. :lol:) and the cutting table needs 2 shelves before we can drop the top on. The fabric can't be moved until that happens, and my sewing desk can't be moved until all the ladders and scaffolds and big tools are out.

But! The loom is IN, and I have confirmation that I was, in fact correct - I have PLENTY of room. Not a lot of SPACE, but plenty of room. I can work in here comfortably, there's room for Herself to sew while I am (and Himself, too, if he wants!) - and there's still room to walk around. Praise God for it, too! :happy dance:

I am taking the rest of today to warp the loom. This week I need to start shoveling out the garage studio so Herself can get set up....it's bad. We are battling a mouse invasion (33 dead, so far...and at LEAST 2 more in the house. :sigh: SG promised back in June to get an exterminator...it's now almost November, and no exterminator in sight.) so....yeah, it's bad. Hence me scrubbing down EVERYTHING after it leaves the house before it goes into my new studio......:shudder:

Gotta run - my loom is calling me!
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that have been pressing on me lately. Are you prepared for what's coming? I mean...it doesn't matter WHO wins this election, America is hosed. There are rumblings from Russia......

It has been brought to my attention that being prepared is all good, but do you have backup plans on how to USE your preps, if we are, say, somehow knocked back to WWII-era technology? I mean, yeah - I have food/critters ready to go, but what if the power grid is knocked out?

Or - and this is the BIGGIE - what if the Internet were to be taken down? Don't mock - it CAN happen (look at the DDoS attacks last weekend; that's just the beginning, I think.) One of the best ways to control the populace is to limit their access to knowledge.......how many of us turn to the 'net FIRST when we want to research/learn? (Guilty!) E-books are great....but how do you access them if the power grid is unreliable? And what if rationing is reinstated?

I'm not trying to be alarmist or conspiracy-minded, but this is something worth thinking about. I have a pretty nice little library going, and I'm trying to fill in the knowledge gaps. I don't need to know EVERYTHING, I just need to know what my 1940's-era foremother knew.

Just something to think about.....oh, and go VOTE. This election is very important.........even if the choices aren't the best. Felonia von Pantsuit, or Immature Blowhard? Someone who, had it been one of us "normal" people, would be in Federal Prison under traitor charges, or a loud-mouth business man who talks trash? :sigh: Fun times......I refuse to vote 3rd party, because that won't do anything but insure my non-chosen candidate will get elected....:sigh:
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Let's see.....ALL the fiber has been moved into the Studio. The Pie Safe was emptied, moved, scrubbed, repainted, scrubbed again, then set into place and filled. All the spinning kates have been scrubbed and waxed.....:whew:

Yesterday we went hunting for the last 3 bead board panels. Home Depot had some, but we also hit the Salvage place. They had bead board.....and we had a great idea for the top of my cutting table.

The original plan had been a table 6' x 4'. SG talked me into changing it to 5' x 6'...until yesterday. I had been going to buy 2 30" doors for the top; metal plates to screw them together, sand and paint the top. The Salvage place was too expensive, door-wise; the salesman suggested a countertop. However...a countertop the size I wanted (even mis-matched)...was going to be MORE than the cabinets were. Hmmm....SG asked about laminate, they had some.....for $15/sheet. $15 for a sheet of MDF.....and I'm back to a 6' x 4' top.

Only.....we went to Home Depot today to pick up the bead board (they were $1/sheet cheaper)....and they had a 3/4" MDF board with laminate on BOTH sides...for $35. No paint, so seams....just a lovely, slick 1 piece top. :lol: Yes, we bought it....and SG is building the shelves right now. :rofl:

I also knocked out a futon cover - 2 Queen-sized sheets and 30 minutes of sewing, and voila! A pretty, easy to remove, cover.

It was busy, but a good weekend. I'm hoping to get the loom uncovered and moved this week....the electrician is supposed to be out on Wednesday...we'll see. :lol:
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Yesterday was a PJ day - we were all tired from the State Fair. Today is a lazy day - at least we're dressed? :lol:

I managed to move my weaving shuttles and stuffed critters out to the Studio. Today I want to see if I can find some of the Command Strips hanging things so I can get some stuff on the walls. The 3rd quilted hanging is all sewn; I just need to add the embroidered details, the binding, and quilt it up.

I'm going to make a semi-permanant slipcover for the Studio couch - I was going to use painter's drop cloths, but found 10 oz duck online for LESS, so....guess what I ordered? :lol: I've figured out how to do it, I just need the fabric and the space to get it done. I'm going to leave it natural - that will go with any color. I'm also going to make a cover for the mattress.....fun stuff!

My sock drawer exploded (seriously!), so I need to figure out how to get the thing OUT of the closet so I can glue it back together. I can't figure out how to get the drawer off the metal tracks.....:sigh:

Have a great Shabbat!
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decent Fair. Good, maybe. But. :sigh:

We went today. Normal gate price is $16/each; on Wednesday if you bring 4 canned goods you get a voucher for $12/off. Guess what we did? :lol: So. $4/each - not too bad, honestly.

One of the things *I* was excited about was this year's special exhibit. It was Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel - it's the first International tour, and Dallas was the 1st stop on said tour. The news was all aflutter about it, and it *looked* wonderful. Um.....yeah.

Before anyone else gets excited, let me tell you about it. It has a separate charge from the fair entry (which, honestly, isn't too abnormal.) - here, it was $8. I do NOT think it is worth the $8! I grumbled, but paid - $32 + $0.50 fee for the 4 of us. SG paid $6 for the souvenir book. We went on in.....

It consists of SCREEN PRINTS of the frescos. SCREEN PRINTS. Set up so that the flow is broken - they've divided up the frescos and set them up...but there is a lot of space in between them, and.....well, it kinda ruins the exhibit, IMNSHO. You start out IN the exhibit...there is a semi-educational video that runs constantly; the host tries to be hip, but fails. Miserably. And he mispronounces Michelangelo's name (MIKE instead of MICK), and de Medici (Medichee) becomes Medisy. :bangs head: I quit listening at that point......he mentions La Pieta, but doesn't EXPLAIN it - which.......would have upped the educational value of the video immensely. :sigh:

i wanted to enjoy it....but I didn't. And I can't really recommend it, either. I mean......OK, it was cool to see the frescos at life-size, and close up (because they are at ground-level instead of on the ceiling), but.....it's choppy, it's cheap screen prints (the altar piece.......whoever took the photos didn't move the candlesticks from in front of the frescos.....so there are candles. With shadows. It...kind of ruins the mood, y'know?)....VERY disappointing.

If you do get to go, please - do some research on the frescos first (so you'll know what you're seeing! And how it fits, historically!), and don't get too fired up. The Great Courses "How to Look At and Understand Great Art" goes into a lot of detail on Michelangelo and his works; it would be well worth it to try and find that before you go. iTunes U has a course on the History of Architecture that has a few lessons on him and his art which is also a good resource. (The Great Courses is my first choice).

The Fair itself was OK. Herself got a jellyfish encased in resin that's kind of cool; the midway was a waste of time. So were the auto exhibits....the Arts and Crafts were kind of neat, but.......I'm glad we got in for $4. :lol:

The electrician was here when we got home, which was surprising. Hopefully he'll get a lot done...I want to move the rest of my stuff in so Herself can get HER space set up!
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Sukkot began Sunday evening; we spent it in the Studio. Um. Yeah. The air mattress sprung a leak, the dogs would NOT shut up - because the people! Were! Gone! And the A/C cycles on and off...so I got very little sleep.

Last night, we moved to the living room. New air mattress......which the dogs managed to pull the plug on. Twice. (I can laugh, now - and it'll be a hysterical story next year! - but it wasn't fun at 10:30 to have to scramble to find the pump to re-fill the rapidly collapsing mattress.) I slept better, though....

Let's see.....Sunday I started moving stuff into the Studio. SG's plant officially closed on Friday (he's there until December), so this week looks to be clean-up. He brought home a bookcase for me, and surprised me with a lovely display cabinet. He said "I'm not sure IF you can use this, but.....I've always liked it and it was slated to go to the dumpster, so.....". I said "SOCK YARN STASH!!!!" and giggled as we moved it in. :lol: God is indeed Good!

Today's goal: Fill the case with my sock yarn (and probably most/all of my knitting yarn. Contrary to popular belief, I really DO NOT have that much knitting yarn. Honest! Most of my stash is fiber........that needs to be converted to yarn. :lol: I also want to try to move the weaving/spinning books out there...and maybe the knitting books, too. That might be tomorrow's job, though. We'll see. I need to organize the books as I shelve them - which is a job in and of itself!

Yesterday was FIL's day. I went with him to do errands - we got a LOT done. I also brought home a few quilting books so I can start learning how to finish that quilt.....I'll take 'em back in the next few weeks (until he and my SIL say I can have them, I'm only borrowing them. Do I want them? Yes - they're books! But I want them honestly, not taken piecemeal. If that makes sense.) Got home to find no electrician...:sigh: He's going to have a lot to work around if he keeps putting us off. :lol:

Gotta skitter - I need to start moving yarn!

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