Thursday, August 6, 2020

Just another boring day

 Hello Happy Thursday! Hopefully it will become happy. I went to bed depressed and woke up the same way. Currently listening to the neighbor sing badly and a lawn mower. Might be time to close the window already.

So I took my secret project to the place for the magical things to be done but I just had to leave it there and will get called when it is ready. Bummer, I thought it was going to be done while I was there. Oh well.

Yesterday I finished up one more patchwork square

Here are all the yellow ones I have done. I want to do one more with yellows. I played around with them a bit and they will mix in with the blue squares if I mix them all around.  IDK if that's what I'm doing with them or not still though lol.

Back to making masks since the orders are piling up. Here's the first order. I only bought a 1/2 yd of that sunflower fabric and have requests for more than that already. It's so cute, I might have to try and get some more.

Today's plan? Probably finish off that bottle of wine I started last night. I keep telling myself my job for the day is to get the kitchen table cleaned off and I want to take out the leaf since hardly anyone sits there and it is a catch all. 

Oh Lord that woman is singing louder than the lawn mower.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Following Directions

With this whole work at home thing we have to keep getting people to sign contracts. Usually I would have that all printed out at work and make them a little packet and the planner would go out and get signatures.

This time around I'm getting the papers all ready, highlighting where they need to sign and giving directions via email.

It's so amazing to me how many people cannot follow directions. I have one girl that just sent me stuff with one of the papers not signed correctly again. Now she has to go make another whole trip to go see this guy to re-sign one paper.

You'd think she'd print out the instructions and take it with her...

Having a staff meeting time. I hate staff meetings. Usually like 5 minutes of an hour long staff meeting has anything to do with me.

I saw this picture yesterday, it's real. Why is this happening? I'm so glad the health department stepped in and was like nope no school in person here. It will be different but it will be so much safer.

I woke up and rolled over and saw this. Murder cat! Just kidding she's super sweet. My Lucy.

Took me all day to get this done yesterday. I like it :)

I got the next set cut out. After this set I have to switch back to making masks again. I got a bunch of orders.

Saw this and cracked up, I have these grow in my yard sometimes. Step on those with no shoes on. So painful.

Too funny

This was my office/craft room when I went to bed last night. I should really get a sewing room chair. Such a mess. Good news is if I keep sewing I might run out of fabric at some point right? Well maybe if I didn't keep buying some too haha.

Ok off to work! Taking off early today to go do something for my secret project. Glad I only have to work for 1/2 a day-ish today.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Alll byyy myyyy selllff

Happy Tuesday!

Anyone else sing that song when they are home alone? I'm home all by myself except for the animals, who are all reminding me that I'm not home alone haha.

This morning Melissa came and picked Trevor up to go to his last school registration day. He could have went himself but she has went with him to all of them so he called her up. So sweet. I signed him up that he needs his a laptop and a hot spot for school at home since he uses my laptop and hogs it and sometimes our internet sucks. Figured it wouldn't hurt for him to have his own school device.

 Anyone else like this working at home?

Beginning of stay at home for the pandemic,
Get up at normal before work time, take a shower, get dressed, sit to work

Couple months in
Get up at time I start work, run in and get the computer started up
Take a shower or wash my hair and get dressed
Start work

Get up and get work lap top, bring back to bed
Check emails until something important comes along that I really have to concentrate on
Go back and sit at the desk and work
Shower? Maybe.
Dressed? Usually change into something comfy by noon.

Yesterday I finished my last blue block, I think they look nice together. The upper corner one stands out a bit with the brighter blue and yellow

I thought I'd make 4 yellows with some blues next. This one seems a bit funky lol

That odd ball blue one with the yellow next to it.

If I make a bunch of colors I can mix them all up maybe...

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Living Room Remodeling and Scrappy Quilt Squares

Well we had a productive weekend here!

Friday I cleaned the fridge since it was pretty much empty. Yes that really is all the food that was in there.

So here is our before picture for the living room windows (just noticed that picture on the TV)

This is how it is now! Scott got a lot done this weekend. Now he's decided that we should take the sheetrock off those 2 walls (I've been saying that all along) because there is for sure no insulation in them.  He needs to fix some wiring while he's at it (like hard wire the AC in, move the internet line and cable line). He keeps talking about moving the air conditioner but I'm like I think it's good where it is. All I know is I scraped off that damn border off those walls for nothing LMAO.

We went to Home Depot on Saturday and got trim for around the windows for inside and out but that was before he decided that the sheetrock should come down so maybe he'll just get it put up on the outside windows.

So that is what Scott did all weekend. I of course did some sewing!

I sewed up 5 masks, 4 for an order but it was the sunflower fabric I used in another post so they all look the same. Then I fixed one mask for a friend.

Did a little work for my secret project that just needs 2 more steps done now (waiting on someone else for that)

I had been looking for some ideas for doing some scrap quilting and decided I liked this idea since it was simple and free haha

So I made up a bunch with blue fabrics (after cutting all my scraps I had in a pile into the correct size pieces, that was dumb and a waste of time really) and then decided that I didn't like the big piece of color in the middle so cut it in half on the diagonal and mixed them up.

I got 2 bigger blocks finished, I kind of like them (you fancy quilters don't look at my seams lining up too closely!)

I made up enough to make 2 more blue blocks but then one of the smaller squares doesn't quite match so I need to make up one more and then sew them together. Debating on doing my other colors or just making a bunch of blue ones. I'm kind of leaning towards just doing blues now. 

Well my boss worked over the weekend so I have like 20 emails of stuff to do today. I guess I should get to it. I've already had to close the window in here since the neighbor is using a jack hammer. I guess he wanted to get done before it got too hot. 

Here is my Tubby in a tub being carried around the house, she's so cute :)

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Cat Dairy Chronicles 10/4

Cat Diary Chronicles
What are the cat diary chronicles? These are two diaries found in a storage locker by storage locker pickers. The author of the diaries is now deceased. I thought it would be fun to share them. All traceable names will be changed.

We will be starting with the Siamese Diary. The beginning of the diary does not have the year but it is added a few pages later so I'm assuming we are starting in 1987.

10/4 Skipped several months

This last months have been most traumatic. 

Got a job and started on March 31-just in time for a year end audit that lasted forever. 

Tom and Diana's marriage hit the rocks on June 20 and Tom moved home. He was so depressed-and on July 11th he died. At first we accepted that he killed himself-the Lord only knows he took enough pills and booze to sink a ship. I found an expired vial of Valium that he appeared to have injected. But the coroner's report said there were no drugs in his system.-his heart simply gave out.  It all seems such a waste- and now we struggle to put our lives back into place. He walked out of life leaving me holding the bag-as usual. The roof will still leak, the bank will still slide and now I don't have his muscle to help.  I don't know what I'll do-I sure can't do it alone and I don't know where to turn. I'm angry and I feel such a loss. He was still my brother-with all his faults-and I still loved him-but never told him. Damned dummy-the ultimate rank-but this isn't funny.  I don't think I'll ever be able to erase the memory of him sprawled in the hallway-he looked just like he was asleep. But so cold. Maybe if I had been patient-as in bit more caring-it would have made a difference, but I'll never know. All I know is that I keep hoping I'll wake up from this very bad dream and his smart-assed remarks and jokes will return.  

If its been hard for me, its been worse for mom-she was with him when he died. In a way, his going brought us closer together. Not unselfishly. I am much more aware that her life will not be forever and cannot deal with losing her. I want to spend as much time as possible making it easier for her. She's been hurt so much-and I can't deal with her being hurt by anyone anymore. 

It's been hard on Jim-I've withdrawn from him and he doesn't understand. I still love him, but my feelings for Mom are stronger. I could use his help, but I will not ask for it. He doesn't like her, nor she him. This is my problem to resolve.  He can stand on his own, she can't now.  But how can I get him to understand? I feel like I'm in a loop-between and betwixt and don't know up from down.  I don't even know if I care which is which. I do know that here is a security here that I need-and want-but I cannot divorce myself from other's needs. I don't know how long I can hang-loose without grasping for help. I know I can't do the house alone, nor can Mom stay there once the weather turns foul. Tom won't be there to help with buckets this year and I'm just tired of trying. I want to fold up in a cocoon and wait for a better time. 

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Cake For Breakfast

Woohoo you know what day it is I hope?

Along with being Friday it's time card day at work. I haven't taken any time off in forever and next pay period I will have almost 80 hours of vacation time available. That's a first for me. By the time the pandemic is over I'll probably have 1000, although you can't really have 1000. After like 240 you go into use or lose status which means like a forced vacation or you are just giving it up. Yeah I'm not going to be one of those.

Yesterday Trevor and I went for a ride to Panda Express for lunch, we have one that has a drive thru in Manteca. It's 12 miles to anything from our house so it was like a little field trip haha. Yes I hardly ever leave the house anymore.

I went to my friend Cassi's house for dinner last night. We had spaghetti and garlic bread yum! I brought a cinnamon roll cake, which I may or may not be having a piece for breakfast..

My animals were off the hook this morning. I have a large bag of yarn my friend gave me and I am going to try and sell some but Tina keeps stealing it. By the time the bags I ordered get here or my kid brings back one of my empty plastic totes I might have to keep it all.

Awww Buster jumped in the box and is now taking a nap. He's so old now he just sleeps almost all the time.

I asked my brother to order some more nose pieces for my masks. I started off with 1000 and this is what I have left. Hopefully he can get them for me or I'll be taking another mask break!

I didn't sew at all yesterday, just worked on cleaning stuff up a little bit and then of course I was busy later in the evening.

Hopefully Scott works on the new windows this weekend! 

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Lazy Bones

Good morning, I found a picture of myself 

Being a lazy bum this morning and working on my bed lol. Gotta love laptops. I am all caught up for the moment ~ Just waiting for another email with something to do.

Finished these last night, isn't the fabric gorgeous? They were for an order. I shared them and someone else asked for 4 so now I have that to do later.

I did this big order for my neighbor who had started making her own masks. She brought over a huge bag of fabric. We traded the masks for the fabric that was left over. Works for me!

I finally got my thread I bought off eBay yesterday. It sat in San Francisco for about a week before it got the rest of the way here. Already all organized. I also got 3 big spools of white from Amazon. I thought I ordered black too but I guess I didn't. I need to get some of that now.

Nothing too exciting to do today. I have an order for a bunch of gingham masks to do and then some more sunflowers. Should probably like get up and put a bra on and brush my teeth.

Once I'm done with mask orders I'm going to work on my secret project a bit (won't take too long). 

I need to clean up my sewing room it's a mess. I got a big bag of yarn from my friend and I was going to try and sell some but I have to keep taking it away from Tina (kitten). She keeps ripping the bag open and trying to steal the yarn. I ordered some big zip lock bags from Amazon so waiting for those to get here so I can organize them by type and put them up on eBay. If the darn cat doesn't ruin them all before hand!

Oh and just remembered my friend invited me over for dinner tonight. Need to see if I have the ingredients to make some corn bread to take over. She is going to make spaghetti I think. If not I'll have to come up with something else lol.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Snack Time!

Hump Day!

It's 10 am and I'm all caught up on my work until someone sends me an email lol. My boss called this morning to go over the plan for contract signing. Basically I just need to organize her emailed files and then send them to the planner for them to print and take to the customers for signature. Easy Peasy if people are smart, which they aren't, so they will probably need help.

I think Trevor needs to get out more, he's been arguing with the cats like they are siblings.

Yesterday I finished up my pile of masks I had been working on. I'm sure everyone is sick of seeing them but when I post them on my FB they sell so I'd be dumb not to post them right?

I'm pretty stocked up on Kids masks now unless I get a good boys print to make up.

Sold the fox and bunnies already

Once I got those done I started on the neighbor's order. She brought me a huge bag of fabric and said I could keep what is left. I'm about 1/2 way or more done with her order. I have two more small orders to do also. Just when you think people are going to stop asking for them everyone wants an order.

I saw this on FB and was like I don't ever remember my mom bringing me out a snack as a kid. If you wanted a snack you went in the house and got it yourself. Mom would have killed me if I left any part of the wrapper laying around too. Better wash off the scissors after you cut it also.

Love this, if you're sick why not have a hot doctor ;)

People have lost their minds on FB Covid stats. The Lodi City Hall is posting stats for the area and people are like "are they really dying from that?" and on and on. I told one guy I think he needs to look at the website he's asking all these detailed questions to and maybe go take a break. Sheesh.

Well there is one of those emails I was talking about. Off to figure that out. Sadly it's for one of the "not smart" planners so we'll see how that goes..
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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Giddy Up

Oh my gosh I'm exhausted this morning. Definitely stayed up too late. I was sewing last night and watching a live auction on You Tube (Locker Nuts). Then when I went to bed I was like blink blink blink can't sleep for awhile.

I poured my coffee and accidentally used Scott's creamer. I realized and then put some of mine in there with it. So gross. If I suck it down quick maybe I'll be more awake.

First picture is kids (red one sold)

Second picture navy blue horses & Cowboys are sold 

Can you tell I was working my way through my fabric shelf? I didn't realize I had so many horse fabrics. I have one little stack to finish out of my big pile I started with last week. Then I have an order from my neighbor friend to do. She had started off making her own masks but she was having carpel tunnel issues after working on them so she brought me her fabric and a list. She wanted to use some minky fabric for inside the masks so I have to talk her out of that still lol. I don't want to do special stuff I just want to sew them up and be done. I don't think you could breathe through that heavy fabric.

Yesterday my friend Carolyn came over to pick up some masks she had ordered. It is so nice to talk to your friends in person instead of through email and texts. Maybe some day the world will be virus free and we can have a big party.

Jessica has her doctor appointment today FINALLY.  She missed going to the doctor for the whole 2nd trimester because she didn't have insurance and was waiting on someone to push a button from Medi-Cal. She had to keep calling back and every time the woman would be like oh I'll get that done today. Finally her boyfriend called and THEN she pushed the button. Freaking ridiculous that people can't just do their job. I know they are all probably over worked but you have to do things correctly. 

Anyhow, hopefully all goes well today and she gets the right care now. It's like people are all COVID so we can't help you but uh baby is still coming no matter what. 

Ok well off to do some work, I have a bunch of payments to work on today! I had to pick my days for working as office coverage in the actual office and someone picked next Wednesday already so I down for the 12th and 26th. I'll probably have to go in to just work before then though since the people that get paid more don't think they can figure out where to put a sign here sticker on their own.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Remodeling and Rambling Monday

Well here we are, Monday again. Those weekends sure do go fast, don't they?

Friday afternoon and evening Trevor and I scraped off all the wall paper border in the living room. I paid him to help by the hour. That was a rookie move, next time it will be for the job lol. I had to start helping because I could see my bank account all being transferred over to his haha.

By the time I was done I could barely move my neck. It's still a little sore today. I still have to finish scraping it off in the kitchen. Maybe in a day or two lol. My kitchen and living room are all open to each other and share this really long wall so I have to do everything as one when I paint and decorate.

Saturday Scott and I went to Home Depot then Lowes then Home Depot again to look at windows and doors and flooring for the entry way/kitchen. We got 2 windows but didn't get a door yet since they didn't the one we think we want. They had the door but it opened to the wrong direction.  I think we will get this one, but we are also debating on 2 others.

This door will replace the big window we have in the living room. Once we have this in then I think we are going to take out the door in our bedroom. We have an old slider that won't stay closed on its own so I have to put a board in the track so the animals don't open it and let themselves out. So then we never use it lol. Plus its so incredibly hot in there when the sun is beating on that huge door. 

I know it is kind of an odd door for a back door but we don't want the window down low because the dog likes to sit and BARK at everything he sees outside. I told my friend if some day I don't have a dog I could always change it out and she just laughed at me. I guess me without a dog is just a funny thought haha. 

Hey I made it like 2 months without a dog once. It would be kind of nice to be dogless though, so much less hair and no barking. But then who would save me from all the wild kitties in the yard and the loud vehicles driving past.

We took Scott's truck to the stores and it has no air conditioner. Good God why do we posses a vehicle with no AC? Obviously I'm not the one driving that every day. No way I'd be doing that. I'd be driving into the car dealership and driving out with something else. It's 100 degrees for 1/3 of the year here. He's been commuting in this truck too, for like 3-4 hours a day. I don't understand men at all.

Saturday before and after the store and all day yesterday I worked on a big pile of masks. I have now made over 1000 masks. Crazy. It's funny how when I say I've made 1000 masks people automatically say you've made $5000. I did not SELL 1000 masks but I did sell most of them lol. 

Also I am using my fabric I paid money for and have bought more fabric for cute prints. Thread (LOTS OF THREAD), needles, rotary cutters, elastic and nose pieces. The cost of doing business. I used to do craft shows almost every weekend in the spring, fall and winter and lets face it, that's not going to happen this year. Even if they did I wouldn't feel safe being around that many people. 

I got 2 batches done (usually sew by color of thread) and probably sold half of them already. I think people are starting to coordinate them with their outfits (I've done that a little when I go to work). I have my own all over the place I need to gather them up and wash them all. I saw someone was sewing little bags to put the masks in, that's kind of a good idea too. 

Yesterday Scott woke up with palpitations again. He's on all the meds they give you for those so he just had to wait it out. I'm still 98% sure those are anxiety triggered since they only happen on the weekends (so weird). They definitely DO happen since I've seen him hooked up the machines in the ER. Probably all this house work and then having to take care of his mom and thinking about work. Weird how your body can have a mind of its own.

Well back to it I guess! Have a great day and a great week everyone!
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