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Sorry for the silence, it's just been really busy around here. I had some contract work, I have 6 (!) does due any moment (I think it's 6 - judging by the udder formation and size of belly, it's 6. There's 2 more that I'm not sure about....if you consider that goats usually twin, and I have 6 due......:ulp:).....plus the 2 boys in the bathroom....yeah, busy.

Poe and Finn :lol: are doing great! I need to get photos...I keep forgetting my phone when we take them outside to play. :sigh: Zoe is doing well; it looks like we're currently getting 2 liters from her right now. Give or take......

I have another shirtdress cut out (cotton lawn! It's so light and airy!), but haven't found the time to actually sew it up yet. Maybe Sunday...that's the plan, anyway.

Oh! I got a response from John Deere (I sent an email)....basically they're sorry we have a bum dealer, and if there's anything they can do for us, let them know. :sigh: Yeah....come pick up the stupid mower and hand us the cash, please - we're going Orange now! :bangs head: I guess Customer Satisfaction isn't a big deal any more. :sad:

Well, it's time to check the does again - later!
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as regards to Lawn Tractors. #johndeerefail And SERIOUS lack of customer service. #agpowersucks #agpowerfail

Let's see: husband decided to spend some of his retirement settlement on a fancy lawn tractor. I, of course, pointed him to Kubota - that's what my tractor is, I've ALWAYS gotten good service from them #kubotalove , and thought a matched set would be nice. But no, husband wants a GREEN lawn tractor. I told him I'd buy a couple cans of green spray paint, but no - it was John Deere or nothing. #johndeerecustomerservicesucks

So. In late January, husband paid cash for a John Deere lawn tractor from the local dealer #agpowersucks. He got the tractor, the plow (basically a discount front-end loader) and the canopy. Again, he paid CASH for a NEW set-up.

Problem #1: Ag Power sold him a USED canopy at FULL price #agpowersucks . He reported it; the customer service rep said "Oh, well.... we'll give you a 10 or 15 percent discount on your next purchase #agpowersucks

Problem #2: Last month, he finally tried out the plow. He moved 1/2 bucket of mulch, and the plow died #johndeerefail . He called Ag Power #agpowerfail ; they said, yes, OF COURSE it's under warranty, and it won't cost you anything to get it fixed! Give us your CC# - it's just formality, we WILL NOT CHARGE YOU. #agpowerlies (I think you see where this is going, right??)

They sent a guy out (UNDER WARRANTY); turns out it was just a fuse. The guy again said NO CHARGE, and left. #agpowerlies

Problem #3: Husband was reconciling his bank account yesterday, and low and behold there's a charge for *$140* from Ag power #agpowerlies . He called and has gotten NOTHING but run-around.

This morning he was told the manager would call him - he has NOT gotten a call. He was told that NO, it was NOT under warranty #agpowerlies , and of COURSE he was responsible for the service call #agpowerlies .

The call ended with husband requesting the return policy - if they want his $140 so badly, then HE wants his $5,138.00 back. In CASH, just as he paid. They can keep the $140, but he'll keep the fuse. #agpowerfail

The guy said, oh, but we'll have to charge you a fee to return it......SERIOUSLY?????? #johndeeresucks #johndeerefail #agpowersucks #agpowerlies

(Why all the hashtags? Because LJ just rolled out something that allows hashtags to show up...where ever. I figure, why not add them this time? Maybe someone with a bit of customer-service smarts will see this and get how absolutely STUPID this has been handled on THEIR end. #agpowerlies )

Anyway. He's scoping out Kubota, because we're both pretty sure Ag Power is going to continue the stupidity and refuse to refund the $140 - even though THEY lied to us about the charge. OK, so if electrical isn't covered, why didn't the service rep ON THE PHONE ask husband to check the fuse before they sent anyone out??? #agpowerfail # agpowersucks

Let me recap:

1. Ag Power sold a USED part at NEW PART pricing #agpowerlies

2. Ag Power said No Charge, then charged $140 #agpowerlies

3. Ag Power wants to charge a fee to return said tractor package; the return is directly caused by THEIR lies and policies #agpowersucks #agpowerlies

If you are in the market for a lawn tractor/mower, STAY AWAY from Ag Power - they are willing to lie to get your business, and they won't honor their word. #agpowerlies

I'm not sure how much of this is John Deere's policies, but it wouldn't surprise me to find out it is #johndeeresucks #johndeerefail Pity - the green looks nice in the shed next to my orange tractor. Oh, well - looks like we'll end up with a matched set after all. (The local Kubota dealer goes above and beyond to make sure their customers are happy. Ag Power? Not at ALL. #agpowersucks
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but it's been BUSY here.

1. Sunday, about 10:15, Zoe presented me with 2 absolutely GORGEOUS.....boys. :sigh: They are both slated for sale. Maybe - one of them is the most gorgeous goat I've ever seen - he's gray with white, black, and brown on him.

2. Also Sunday, evening, FIL went back to the hospital. :sigh:

3. Yesterday SG brought home 5 more chicks (we've lost 5 of the older ones THIS WEEK. :grrrr: I think we've stopped the predator, but now I have 20 chicks in the Garage Studio. Fun times!

Gotta skitter - we've got errands to run. More - with pictures! - later!
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So, after a few HOURS of begging, pleading, and muttering under my breath, LJ finally loaded all the pictures. So...I'd like to share what we've been doing the past few weeks. Please note, NOTHING is finished, yet. It's done enough that we can actually USE the space, but there's still a bit to be done...and let's not mention the rest of the house, OK? Because...there are boxes everywhere, and I'm going a little batty because of it.

Anyway. Without further ado, let me show the shower stall first:




Green marble, with a funky, kinda fun trim that has metal bits, glass, and ceramic tiles. It actually works with the floors, which are a dark, slate-looking vinyl. At the point this photo was taken, we hadn't installed the fixtures; they are now installed, as are the 2 vanities and sinks. Still waiting on the baseboards, and we have to attach the storage cabinet to the wall and install the medicine cabinets. :shrug: At least we have a semi-working bathroom!

Now, the bedroom:



This is the bed and (sort of) the nightstand. LOVE the bed! Cherry sleigh bed, in a King - just large enough for the 2 of us and 2 or 3 dogs. Or 1 of us, and 4 or 5 dogs - depends on which dogs decide they need the bed. :lol:



The pair of painted Ikea dressers. The paint is the same that is on the bathroom walls; it looks FANTASTIC next to the green bedroom walls. I've since put my earring tree on top of my dresser....and some dresser scarves that we got from an Antique store. It's looking pretty cozy in here, now!

This, though - this is what MAKES the room. I give you the Art Deco dressers we scored back in February:



This one's mine. It has 2 selves on either side, running front to back, and 3 rows of hanging rods. Tall enough to hang dresses and pants! LOVE it!





This is SG's. The door is off, because we discovered that it was missing some screws in the door hinges. I did get a close-up of the door; it matches the larger one. Pretty sure this was sold as a set - the pattern and hardware is the same. They are beautiful, and in remarkably good condition considering their age. I'm thinking 1940's.....maybe '30's, but not sure. They are LOVELY!



Here's a close-up of the door hardware. Both are identical, and, again, look original.

Now, WHY did we spring for armoires, when we have a closet? Because...the closet is 5' x 5'. It's barely large enough for 1, forget about 2 people. The closet is now the "overflow" - mostly SG's stuff. We tore out the built-in system, shoved the gun cabinet in there, and the 2 shoe cabinets. It's tight, but....it works. All my garb is in bins on the shelves (or in the cedar chest) - the armoires were actually needed to fit all our clothes in. And they add to the retro vibe I wanted in the room. (House, actually - I'm working on it. The kitchen is sort of retro-modern farm. :lol:)

So, that's what we've been up to lately. I have a LOT of cleaning and reorganizing to do! And....I'll be throwing out a LOT of stuff. Living without it for the past 5 months has shown me that I don't NEED all the crap I have....so, I guess that's a good thing. :lol:

Enjoy your day!

ETA: H, I know wool is water-resistant, but...it's New! And I don't wanna get it messed up! :lol:

Also, thanks for reminding me to look at Fabric Mart - I am a member of their swatch club, but I didn't think to go there. And then....they are currently having a 60% off wool suiting sale....I fell down. Himself found a gray that was "close enough"...so I grabbed 15 yards. :oops: :lol:
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but LJ is being slow as molasses this morning. It took *30* minutes to upload 2.....and I have 6 or 7 more. :sigh: I guess you get to see the new dress only, instead of the house. Which is NOT finished, but is much, much closer!

Anyway.

Dress! This is the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress:

2017 SOI Shirtdress front

2017 SOI Shirtdress side

It was very windy yesterday, so the photos aren't the best, but you can at least get an idea of the dress. I did NOT wear the jacket - it was threatening rain, and I will not risk that! :lol:

So, house. Monday the last of the new floors went in. Yesterday the plumbers came in and did the Master Bath, and repaired the pipe SG put a hole in, and re-installed the water filter (they removed it to repair the garage leak) - when SG hit the pipe, he flooded the (NEW!) bathroom. I told them to cut the water, they did - at the house, which re-routed the water into the (missing) water filter. Which flooded the garage. :sigh: It's all sorted, now. Still not DONE, of course - my NSDH has problems prioritizing things. Which is why the pasture got mowed, but the baseboards didn't get painted until 10 minutes before the plumbers showed up. They had to wait on HIM.....never mind. Suffice to say things still aren't done, but the pasture looks good.

Oh! One of the other pictures was of 8 new chicks - we have 2 broody hens. 1 is a nasty banty hen, so Herself pulled all the chicks. The other is sweet, but batty stole her hatchlings....so they're in the Garage Studio, as well.

I will try to upload again later - I'm not sure if it's on my end (storms right now) or LJ's. I'm pleased with the way things are looking; the armoires fit and look really, really good.

Gotta go get school sorted - later!
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Our floors were dropped off Saturday, so yesterday was spent emptying the bedroom. The installers will be here between 9:00 and 9:30 this AM; all that's left to move is the bed, the nightstands, the cedar chest, the small file cabinet, and a few misc. small boxes. :whew:

Himself was busy, too - he assembled the last of the Ikea stuff - the 2nd bathroom vanity, SG's shoe cabinet, and 1 of the medicine cabinets (the other one he'll do today.)

We've left a message for the plumber - hopefully he'll show up tomorrow to install all the bathroom fixtures. :happy dance:

Of course, THEN I have to get the rest of the house unpacked - but hey! ALL the floors will be done!!!!!!

Haven't worn the new dress yet - it was too cold and wet Saturday, and yesterday and today are moving days. So.....maybe tomorrow. :fingers crossed:

Gotta skitter- got stuff to move!!
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which is nothing new, right? :lol: Let's see:

1. Sewing: Have the Sew Over It's Vintage Shirt Dress almost done! After staring at the muslin for a bit, I decided I *did*, in fact, like it, so I pulled out the $1/yard cotton I had slated for a shirtwaist dress and went to town. I'm near the end; it needs buttons, button-holes, bias binding at the arms, and a hem. Pics when it's done.

1a. H. sent me a BEAUTIFUL hand sewn - I should say, hand TAILORED - coat. In red. That goes with the new shirt dress perfectly. It's just GORGEOUS!!! It made me slow down on the the dress, so it would be worthy of being worn with it. I am humbled - and happy!

1b. Himself wants an Imperial Officer Uniform, to wear in December. I have scored the pattern for the pants and the coat (and the hat!), just need to score the fabric. Does anyone have ANY idea where I can look for a gray-green, suiting-weight? Wool is OK - and probably film-accurate. Budget-priced preferred - Herself has said she'd kinda like a uniform, too. :bangs head: (The TIE pilot flight suit is still on the table, but he wants the Uniform FIRST. :sigh:) I'm thinking 2 yards for the pants, and 3 yards for the coat (because I am paranoid of mistakes) per Uniform....so 10+ yards. I...can't afford $20/yard fabric in that amount. Black is a possibility, but he REALLY wants the gray-green - something to do with which branch he is. (Krennic's uniform has also been broached; black pants with white coat. Or Thrawn's - all white. :sigh: White and Black are relatively easy to find - the Gray-green is eluding me.)

I can't get into the Imperial Officer Forum (part of the 501st) without signing up - and I don't want to do that. He doesn't want to join; *I* want these to be film accurate in case he changes his mind later. :sigh:

2. School: Started lesson planning for next year - my last. Himself will be a Senior next year. This is hard - not because it's his last, but because he's galloped ahead, and I'm trying to figure out WHAT to do. I mean, he's already done more Science and History than Texas requires (or that he'd have gotten in Public School), he's doing Calculus (slowly. Thankfully! And Thank GOD for Khan Academy!!!!).

One of the things we're implementing is a linguistics "course" based on Asimov's book "Words on the Map". See, back when we started Homeschooling, I bought a Great Courses DVD set called "The History of the English Language"....linguistics. *I* LOVE linguistics; I love following the rabbit trail of where words came from. Turns out, so does Himself! So, when I was on an Asimov kick last year, I bought a bunch of books - mostly Science (we've been using them to finish out this year; some of the info is dated, but we talk about the new discoveries. Most of it's basic, so still valid.) One of the books I ran across was "Words on the Map"...which is basically a book of city names, and the history behind them. (I also bought "Words from the Myths", which I'm going to try to squeeze in, too.) We're excited - we're starting "Maps" next week!

3. Blather: My bruises are just about gone. Back still hurts, as does my cheek bone, but they are healing. The critters are doing well - the chicks are just about ready to go outside; good thing, since we're slated to get some day-old guineas next Thursday. :sigh: The goats are due to freshen in the next few weeks - I have a feeling the first kids will arrive the day the floors are going in. What a way to christen the new floors, huh? :lol:
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And we seemed to handle it easily, this year. Probably because we're still at 6's and 7's over here; the lack of bread didn't really register.

The tub surround is DONE. Looks good! I also managed to (finally!) grout the backsplash in the kitchen (where the micro-hood was); it doesn't match the rest, but it actually fits and looks good. Pics later.

We went to the Floor Store yesterday; we are next on the list, but it might be a bit. The owner has family problems (totally understandable!), so.....we told him it was OK, we could wait if necessary. Not sure if that's why he - wait, let me back up a bit.

So. Herself's Studio is the former garage. 18' x 22', or approx. 400 square feet. I had stained the concrete a while back, but.....I ordered terra-cotta, what I got was yellow-orange. :ick: I covered it with rugs. She? Really can't - she's going to be flame-soldering, and chemically altering metals. Add the heat from the kiln, and you can see we're limited on what we do in there.

We had discussed paint, peel-n-stick tiles, rugs......none of which were perfect, and all of which had drawbacks. We priced tile when we bought the stuff for the bathroom.....$2K. For the CHEAPEST stuff she liked.

Anyway. We were at the store yesterday, chatting. He took us to the warehouse to see our floor (looks good!); while he and SG were chatting about life, I was looking around. He had the displays of discontinued tile in there, so I asked him what he did with them. He said "Get rid of 'em." I said "OH! How much?" and he said, puzzled, "No - Get Rid of Them. I Throw Them Away." :blink: "Erm. Um. I'd like them, if you don't mind!"

He said, sure! And then......."How much you need? 400 sf? Hmm...that's a lot..." "I doesn't have to match - I can do something random with it and make it look OK. We just need to cover the floor, with something that won't be affected by the chemicals and heat. And I don't mind doing it over time - piecemeal. Really - we can do it one portion at a time!" "Well." he said. "I need to clean this up - in a month or so - and I think I have some boxes that didn't get used on jobs. WE don't need 'em, and the people didn't keep 'em - stupid, but what do you do? - let me see what I got. You can have it!"

:happy dance: Looks like we'll get Herself the tile floor she really wants, in "sea" colors (because most of the demo tiles are white/beige/tan/gray), for just the cost of the thin-set and grout. Thank God for it!

I bought donuts for breakfast, and need to go run off the sugar before we start school back. Laters!
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The tub surround is almost finished! Just needs grout - which SG is supposedly doing right now. :happy dance: It took all weekend, but it's DONE.

And it's MARBLE. I didn't realize that when we bought the tile - I just saw some pretty, pretty greenish tiles. It was about $200 more than the kids' bathroom; I figured it was because we went with the over-sized subway tiles (rectangular; I think they're 6" x 12". ) The green looks good with the burgundy walls.

Now we wait on the floor guys to come and install the flooring.....

I also finished the edges of my cutting table - I used 2 cans of the spray-on plastic dip (normally used for tools). It smelled, but I now have a nice finish.

It's overcast here, and slightly cool. I need to get to the Studio to do some sewing, but I am unmotivated at the moment. I need to get some new work out pants made up.........:sigh:

Ah, well - onward! There's a lot of grumbling coming from the bathroom.....I'm avoiding it. :lol:
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let me count the ways....:lol:

My over-the-top, absolutely, most favorite treat is Baklava. LOVE it! Unfortunately, over the past decade or so, I've become allergic to honey....which is a MAJOR ingredient in Baklava. Whenever we go to a Greek/Middle-Eastern restaurant, I have to make a choice: Is the Baklava worth the itching?

Mostly, it's NOT. So I have to settle for something else - usually good, but not Baklava. (Sometimes, I decide that it is....and I usually spend the next 8 hours or so itching and miserable. :sigh:)

So. Last year, my darling boy discovered Yakan Root Syrup - supposedly a good substitute for honey. For the past year, we've tried to acquire some - usually, when I had the money, we forgot about it.

Until last month. I found the syrup, on a day I had the funds, and it was LOCAL. Yesterday, he asked if we could see if the local Wally-world had Fillo dough...it did. I read the box - it's leavening-free!

Guess what my darling boy did for me yesterday? He made me a batch of oozy-gooey, sticky, absolutely YUMMY, honey-free Baklava. Mostly by himself! :huggles:

Next time, he wants to reduce the water to try and make it less soggy. I want to try crushed pecans instead of walnuts - BUT. This stuff is awesome. And yummy. And true to the "real" Baklava taste. :mmmmmmmm:

So. Mom's a very happy camper right now - and my diet is out the window, because I have a pan full of Baklava to devour. :lol:

Ugh...

Apr. 10th, 2017 05:57 am
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Let's see:

1. Healing. The bruises are fading, and the cuts and scrapes are, too. I am still sore, but it's livable now. Mostly.

2. House. I don't want to talk about it. The bathroom STILL isn't ready to tile. I have junk piled EVERYWHERE (and except for the boxes, it isn't mine.)

3. Sewing. Finished the new cushions for the breakfast area (they were yellow with cherries and olive ruffles; they are now blue with white lattice pattern and burgundy ruffles.) - they fit the room much better. I'm eyeing the windows now - I have 8 yards of the blue fabric; not sure it's enough. I'm thinking - I want new curtains, but am thinking I might need more fabric.

I cut and sewed a muslin of the bodice of Sew Over It's "Vintage Shirtdress". I cut a straight 16 out of some green and yellow fabric (I really shouldn't wear that fabric - it's NOT flattering!). I am on the fence. It....seems to fit, but I'm not sure if I like it. Might be that fabric....right now, it's sitting on Kat. I have a Cashmerette "Harrison" shirtdress kit that I might switch to....we'll see. The Harrison has no collar, while the Vintage does.....decisions, decisions.

4. House, part 2. I have some old iron skillets that I never use (glass cooktops + cast iron =/= good idea). I've been wanting to display them for years; when I put the bookcase over in the breakfast area I thought I could use the wall above it (that bookcase is all cookbooks. It makes sense!) Yesterday, Himself had an idea of how to do it - run a decorative board down the wall, and hang the (heavy) skillets from that. So. I now have a board on the wall, held by 1 screw. :bangs head: This WILL be finished this week - Himself has offered to take over.

5. Pesach begins tonight! I have de-leavened the house, and cleaned what I can. It'll have to do.

Think that's it for now. Hag Samech Pesach!
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then I took a HORSE to the face. :sigh:

Let me explain......about 2-3 months ago, we noticed a growth on Boots' left hind leg. It was...about the size of a grapefruit, and it was grainy. I tried to NOT assume tumor; I assumed proud-flesh on a wound, so got SG to dump lime on it every morning. Only, he isn't so good at daily follow-up; this Monday he told me it was getting bigger. :sigh:

He finally called the vet yesterday (what? She's HIS horse - he should be on top of this!); Dr. A came out yesterday afternoon. I met him at the gate; I told him, "Good news - we have a halter and rope on her. Bad news - she won't lead." (An aside: these horses are basically pasture maggots/lawn ornaments. I am getting too old to risk myself with silly, stupid horse-antics.) He said, "Hm. OK, let's see what we got."

Turns out, it was NOT a tumor (Thank God!) - it was fly strike. DO NOT GOOGLE. Basically, she got a cut, a fly found it, then invited all it's friends for an orgy. Trust me - don't look it up. It's nasty. NOT life-threatening, really, but if it gets big enough, it could become so. This one? Not the largest he'd seen, but up there.

Anyway. He went back to his truck to get the meds - he said he could do field surgery on it - and SG and I tried to get her thru the gate, onto the grass.

Here's the scene: SG is in front, holding the lead rope and belly band rope (another quick explanation: a belly band is usually soft cotton, about 1" in diameter, with a fixed loop on one end. You run the loop-end over the back, about where a saddle would sit, with the loop on the belly. The free end goes thru the loop, in between the front legs, and thru the halter ring to your hand/solid-set post. It's a lever-system; when the horse fights the rope, their head gets pulled to their chest. They quickly learn that they are fighting themselves, and quit.) I, being an experienced horse-person, was on her left side, tapping her to get her to move forward.

She wasn't budging, so I decided to reconfigure the belly-band into a come-along; I pulled it off of her, ran a large loop behind her rump in between her tail and knees (OK, her hocks - trying to keep this understandable to non-horse people). Both ends of the rope (which was actually a flat nylon lunge-line - it was the longest strap/rope I could find) were in my hands, and I was still on her left side, at her shoulder.

At this point, I should tell you that she was about 3' from the fence - on her LEFT side. I am so accustomed to working horses on the left (it's Tradition!) that I didn't stop to consider the situation.......

So. SG starts tugging on her head, I am pulling on the come-along. She takes 2 steps forward (:huzzah!:), then realized her head was no longer tied to her chest, and decided to pitch a fit.......only, because no one told me she was about to throw herself backwards (to get away from the head-pulling), I kept pulling the come-along....and tipped her over sideways.

On top of me.

Into the fence.

Thank God she only hit my face with her left eye-socket. She knocked my glasses off and me into the ground. We ended up with me sprawled on my right hip/shoulder, with a horse head in my chest and my left shoulder/hip squished into the fence post. Also, Thank God that barbed wire is NOT used on horse fences! :shudder:

It took a few seconds for me to figure out how to get myself extracted; her legs were on top of mine, with her head curved around into my chest and her shoulder/back sort of....on top of but not touching me. My glasses were - again, Thank God! - not broken.

We got ourselves sorted before Dr. A came back (again, Thank God! I've had this vet for over 30 years....and I really didn't want him to see me under a horse. :sigh:)

Long story, shorter: The "happy shot" knocked her flat out, so we saved money not needing the "knock out" shot. Dr. A whacked off the growth and got her bandaged up. We were able to get her into the breeding pen (with her buddy, Leah), where she will remain for...a while. The wound is about the size of a silver-dollar; she has to have it wrapped until it's smaller than a quarter.

Me? I have a nasty bruise on my right cheekbone. I'm pretty sure it's not broken - it hurts, but doesn't make me nauseous. I have a bad laceration in my left armpit, where the arm meets the shoulder. Hurts to move, and sleeves are Right Out. My back.....looks like road rash. From about my 3rd rib down to my waist, it's all scraped, and cut, and bruised. I am bruised from my shoulder to my knees, the worst being where my left side scraped down the fence post. Moving is quite painful, but do-able.

I'm glad I don't feel worse; trying to explain what happened to a concerned ER staff would be fun, but I think they'd not believe me - especially with the facial bruising (small, but obvious. You can tell my glasses were shoved into my face; not sure "took a horse to the face" would be believed.)

I am going to try to take this time to actually get her ridable. Why not - she's contained, she's going to be slow...and Himself really, really wants to work with a horse. I'm not going to complain - and he's not going to argue with my safety rules. He can see the damage a horse can do accidentally - I don't think he wants to see what they can do deliberately.

Y'all have a Happy Shabbat - I'm going to be on the couch with ice packs. Pesach is going to be FUN this year.....:sigh:
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because I am apparently introspective right now. :lol: Re: Living a Vintage Lifestyle

One gal I read did a post recently where she says that living Vintage saved her marriage....and I have say that I get it. Adopting the ways for the 50's housewife gives both parties a frame to hang their expectations on, and actually makes life easier. Bear with me, here.

In the workplace, every worker KNOWS what he is supposed to do, and when. You don't get a job and then get free reign to do whatever you want; you get a job with a defined list - written or not - of things that MUST be done. Usually, you even get a flow chart saying WHEN something has to be done. Everyone knows their place; things run smoothly (I'm going to ignore those slackers that look for ways to get out of work. There's one/a few in every bunch.) You know what your boss's expectations are, you know what you need to do, and you know what your co-workers are supposed to do. Sure, sometimes you have to help out your co-worker - and vice/versa - but on the whole, you have your job, and everyone else has theirs.

In marriage today, that's been broken down. Thanks to Women's Lib, women are supposed to do/have it all. They are expected to work a full-time job, keep house, cook the meals, take care of the kids, take care of the husband, AND stay in shape. The husband? His duties haven't changed - he goes to work, then comes home and sits. :sigh:

Now. This doesn't work - there's simply not time for a woman to do it all, so....most modern women don't. And a lot of men are feeling the stress - they come home to a messy house, out-of-control kids, harried wife....it's a mess. (Yes, me too - it's why I'm trying to get a handle on things myself. I'm better than I was when I was working, but I still have a ways to go.I DO have a routine, now, thanks to the total house makeover; things should flow smoothly once I get everything put back together.)

I'm not advocating that EVERY woman adopt a vintage lifestyle. Some women do have to work full-time. I just think that society would be better IF, somehow, people knew their place. Which sounds horrible, but I can't think of a better way to say it. There's no "one size fits all" solution here.

I think, if maybe new marrieds were encouraged to make a....a chore chart, for lack of a better term, that both could live with, that specified who does what, and approximately when, I think we'd see a reduction in the divorce rate, stress levels would go down, and most people would be happier. I know, that sounds so corny......but honestly? People ARE happier and stress-free when they know what is expected of them. No one can have it all.......and to think that you can, but aren't achieving it, adds stress, raises unhappiness levels, and messes with your head.

I'm still mulling this over in my head, so this may not make a lot of sense.

OH!!! On our walk last night, we went to the City Park. Guess what we saw????? *2* Bald Eagles!!!!!!!! They flew too fast for me to catch them on my phone, but - *2* Bald Eagles!!!!!!! That was SO COOL!!!!
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1. Looks like LiveJournal might be near the end. :sigh: Went on last night, and had to agree to a new EUA; only it was in Russian (the Russians bought LJ...oh, years ago.) and the English translation "is not binding". Um. OK. I'm staying, at least, the way I am doing things now - posting on Dreamwidth (same user name) and cross-posting to LJ. I refuse to panic; if someone takes offense at my blathering, well.....:shrug:

2. LOTS of people in my "circles" are posting about living a "vintage" lifestyle: i.e.: roles defined in 1940/1950s thoughts. I....have to admit, I have leaned that way for YEARS - I think, honestly, that the Women's Lib movement damaged society. Women are, mostly, hard-wired to take care of children, keep house......you know, the things that Women's Lib said were limiting. Granted, I'm not going total vintage - I don't dress in vintage/retro clothes only (yes, I lean that way in my sewing, because I LOVE the look. I *wear* the look, but not every day. I am NOT a dresses-only gal, I like my capris/jeans, thank you very much. ) - but I am trying to "up my game" in the wardrobe department. Sweats are just.....sloppy, and I need to change my outlook.

I'm not sure exactly WHAT I'm trying to say here, except society is screwed up, and I think forcing Women to move outside the family-oriented sphere she occupied for...well, ever was a bad move. Do I think Women should NOT work outside the home? No - I think, IF it's in the best interest of the family, then Yes, she should be encouraged to work - BUT. If she wants to stay home, then she should not only be allowed to, she should be encouraged and supported. Looking down on someone who is "only a housewife/stay at home Mom"....that's......that's kind of stupid. I mean, without Mothers, there would be NO MORE people, you know?

3. House. Oh my goodness, my HOUSE. Pesach/Passover is NEXT MONDAY NIGHT - and my house is still a total disaster. Granted, there is very little crumb-hunting needed; we haven't had the kitchen back long enough to have a bunch of crumbs scattered around. (That's a plus, I guess! :lol:) But......I am SO TIRED of boxes!

Yesterday I painted the bathroom, and got most of our 2 new dressers painted. Normally, I hate painted wood - I love the natural woodgrain! - but in this case......We purchased 2 Ikea Tarva 5-drawer dressers with part of our kitchen refund. They are unfinished pine; I had planned on oil finishing them, like the countertops. Only......the drawer fronts on my dresser were UGLY. The grain is all over the place, there were 3 knotholes on 1 drawer front........it was bad. The 2nd dresser looked like it was made of totally different wood - it was almost pretty. I.....couldn't stand it. So, we decided to paint the dressers in the bathroom color (a pretty wine). I still have 9 drawer fronts to paint, but I think this was definitely the right idea - the dressers are PRETTY. And look great against the green bedroom walls. (I am SO TIRED of painting! This is IT for now - almost the entire house has been repainted since January. I am SICK OF PAINTING.)

4. Sewing. I have new chair cushions for the breakfast area cut out, the ruffles pinned, and ready to sew up. I'm hoping to do that this week. I've also decided to start a swatch book - not only of fabrics I've purchased, but of stuff I'd LIKE to purchase. See, I either order online, or get my fabric from Walmart or the outlet stores (money. I have to budget.) I....am not familiar with stuff not "basic" - some patterns call for ponte, and I have no idea, for example.

So. I bought some Educational Fabric Swatch packs from Fabric Mart (if you want some, get them now - they are discontinuing them), and joined their monthly swatch club. I figure, I'll get the swatches, set up a notebook, and have my own learning tool - all for less than the "official" swatch books are going for on eBay. Then, when I go shopping, I'll have a better idea of what a quality fabric feels like. In theory, anyway. :lol:

I am going to keep swatches from my projects, along with notes on how it sewed up, how it wore, how long it lasted...that way, I know, for example, that quilting cotton is OK, but won't last more than x years in use as clothing. And that XX store's denim is nice, but too heavy for "every day" clothes; it should be used for outdoor/work clothing. Etc.

Sorry for the rambles - I think the paint fumes got to me. :lol:
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one I've had since 1977. May, 1977. :squee!:

You see, this weekend was Dallas Fan Expo........and the Special Guest was Mark Hamill. A few months ago, the very day I got the email, SG came home with a Propel X-Wing drone for me.....and my reaction? "Ohhhh! I could get Mark to SIGN IT!". And I did. :lol:

Herself made him a little Luke out of polyclay, and was brave enough to walk with me to hand it to him. He said "Freebies! I like Freebies!", she said "I made it!"...and he was surprised. He said it will go on his shelf, and the dogs for a 10 mile radius all cocked their heads in wonder at the super-sonic squeeing going on. :lol:

Here, have some photos:

Little Luke front

Little Luke sitting

Little Luke back

Little Luke sitting 2

It was worth the 2 hours we spent standing in line.

I am tired and footsore, but we had fun......and I got to meet my childhood crush! :rofl:
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I was able to get my hands on the Betty add-on pack (my bank automatically rejects any overseas purchases; I called them and got them to lift the ban for today. :huzzah!:), so I printed it out and ran it down to the Studio. I traced off the scoop-neck bodice, doing a 16 for the neck and shoulders, and blending to an 18 at the bust, then back to a 16 for the waist. I had some already washed cotton (in a shamrock print!) ready to go, so I cut out the bodice......somehow, 4 yards wasn't enough for the bodice and skirt pieces. I have the front skirt pattern pinned to the fabric, but had to wash another *1.5* yards to fit the back pieces on. :scratches head: Ah, well - it's another $1/yard fabric, so no biggie. It won't take long to sew up the bodice to check the fit - but I probably won't get to that today or tomorrow....or next week, even. :lol:

The plumbers have the water lines moved, but need to rough-in the tub and set it in place. Tomorrow, SG is supposed to go pick up the Hardie board so he can put it up, then we get to tile. However......one of my favorite fabric outlets is having a 25% off sale today/tomorrow/Saturday, so I think Herself, Mom and I may head over there tomorrow and see what they have. I'd like some linen/rayon/cotton lawn for the upcoming Hot season. :lol: (It does actually get cold here - below freezing, even! It's just....Summer is a little slice of Hell, usually - and this year? Looks to be BAD - we didn't have a Winter to speak of. I was in SHORTS just the other day, and sweating already. :shakes head: Dresses really are cooler in the heat, so I need to get my act together. :sigh:

Anyway. The plumbers just brought the tub in, and it's starting to smell like pipe cement. I think I need to head back down to the Studio to get away from it...:lol:
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We went to visit FIL yesterday; not only did he love my Betty, I got complimented by a total stranger, too! I had Herself take some photos while we were at FIL's, so I guess I'll do a proper review:

The pattern is Sew Over It's "Betty" Dress, based on a 1950's design. I sewed a straight 18, even though my measurements put me in a 16 (more on that in a minute). Because they are a UK company, I had to get the pdf version and print it at home (then use 2 full tape dispensers to assemble it.)

I had a few issues with the print out. The first few rows went together perfectly; the last few.....not so much. Since I trace off my size, it was no big deal - I simply moved the tracing paper to ensure everything was lined up. The sizes are well marked, and easy to trace/cut.

The instructions were clear. No photos, but good line drawings of the steps. I had a few problems - I can't do under stitching very well - need practice), and turning the facing and bodice right side out and sewing up the seams....was difficult. I ended up ripping and hand-sewing the small openings left for turning right-side out. MY problems - not the pattern's!

Anyway. I first traced off the 16, then pin-fit it to Kate. It didn't fit - the front was about 0.5" off center, and the back seam was about 1" off...making it approx. 3" too narrow. :scratches head: So, I went back, traced off the 18, and whipped up a muslin.

The muslin - which I sewed up in a thin muslin - still appeared to be a bit tight, but I just couldn't see going up 1 more size, so I soldiered on. You saw the almost finished dress on Kate, but now - I give you the finished dress:

Betty Dress front

Betty Dress Side

Betty dress back

It's a little too loose - the pattern description says it's supposed to be close-fitting, and nip in the waist. Mine.....is loose. I can pinch a good 2" out of the waist (should have trusted the measurements!), and about 1" - 2" out of the bust. The shoulders are a bit broad - I pinned them to my bra straps to both hide the straps AND help hold them up.

All that being said, I LOVE this dress! It's comfy, it's cool, and it's perfect for the upcoming summer heat. And the skirt is all twirly-whirly! :lol:

I have a few more planned. I'm trying to get my hands on the add-on pack (sleeves and different necklines) so I can change it up, but the original is hard to beat. I *think* I'm going to retrace the bodice; do the 16 for the neck and shoulders, blending to an 18 under the arm, then blending back to the 16 from the bust dart to the waist. I'll sew up the fashion fabric, to see how it fits - that way I'm only out maybe 1 yard if it doesn't fit right. :lol:

The plumber AND the concrete guys showed up today. The hole is GONE! And the Master Bath has been demolished. Tomorrow AM the new tub will be set in place, and the water pipes moved...then I get to paint and tile. Fun times!!
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I've promised photos for.....well, quite some time now. So, it's high time I actually DELIVERED, right? Right. :lol: There's a lot, so I'll put them behind a cut.

Click here for photos! )
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1. Leak is fixed! We have a big hole in the slab, now - they are supposed to - SUPPOSED TO - come out tomorrow to fix it. The plumber isn't for sure - he has to get ahold of his concrete guys, and we have to work on their schedule - but he's hoping. So am I - Herself is in knots over this. HER studio has a hole in it! :sigh:

2. Betty dress is a go - it looks like I am a slightly small size 18. Please note: It's just a number - I am a 40 in Decades of Style patterns, a 16 in Closet Case Patterns, and....I really don't know in the Big 4. It's taken me a bit to get "OK" with the size number....but, honestly - it's JUST an arbitrary number. And - in most cases, I have to do a bunch of tweaks to get ANY pattern to fit - this one? Just happens to fit almost perfect outside the box. I guess I am closer to the British ideal than I am to the American. :lol: (We'll see if that holds true with the shirtwaist pattern I'll be sewing up next. If so....well, Sew Over It may be getting a LOT of my money in the future. Why? Because a pattern that FITS with very little tweaks is worth it's weight in gold!) Anyway - the bodice muslin looked good (well, as good as it can look in sheer muslin), so I washed my fashion fabric this AM and will be getting to work on it shortly.

3. Chicks! I currently have 12 chicks in my Studio. They're cute, but....annoying. I was working on SG's overalls on Friday, and I put some music on. They.....HATED "Singing in the Rain", tolerated "Fiddler on the Roof", and DETESTED "Tarzan". I am slightly amused.....today I have more musical soundtracks ready to go; wonder how much they'll complain? :rofl:

4. Overalls - yup, they are FINISHED. I.....really didn't like the pattern. It's not really "overall" overalls - it's more overall Coveralls. The bib, as drafted, is split up the middle and requires snaps. The straps have elastic on the back, and use the plastic safety buckles...and the legs zip up from the hem to the knee. I ditched the zips and snaps (sewed the bib right up the middle), closed the slits in the side (so you could reach in and access your pants pockets), and added a zip on the right side. Oh - and used actual overall buckles, and ditched the elastic. They fit! I'll have to re-do the buttons - somehow, SG has lost my dies for my grommet setter, so I had to improvise. The tack backs are bent....but *I* do not care. The overalls are DONE.

Think that's it for the moment......I need to do a photo post soonish.
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and found the leak. Good news: It's on the hot water line, so we at least have running water!

Slightly good news: It's a slow leak, so we can turn the hot water on for laundry/showers, and it doesn't flood too badly.

Bad news: It IS in the slab. Close to the front wall, in the ledge that stops your car from going thru the wall. :sigh:

Insurance is covering this....but....it's claim #3. I am a bit concerned, but honestly? This might be a good thing - we've had Farm Bureau since 2003/4, and we might be able to get a cheaper rate from someone else. (I am TRYING to look on the bright side here.)

IT's also Chick Season! Herself bought 12 chicks today: 6 Silver-laced Wyandottes, 4 Buff Orgs, and 2 Americunas (aka Easter-eggers). Normally, they'd be in the garage Studio, but due to the fans and work tomorrow, they are currently in my Studio chillin'. Fun times!

SG's overalls are SOCLOSE to being finished! I need to get the straps turned right-side out, then they need to be attached and the hardware installed, then I need to hem the legs and they are DONE. I've already started tracing off my next project - Sew Over It's "Betty" dress. I.....well. I'm not sure how this is going to work out. I have the bodice almost all traced off - I'll tissue fit it to Kate to see if it'll work or not. They say it fits closely - we'll see. I *really* want it to work out - it has a floofy, full-circle skirt that is so, so twirly! :giggle: I have fabric for 2 versions ready to go......

I need to clean up dinner. Tomorrow is going to be a noisy, busy day.

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