Tuesday, July 7, 2020


Scott took today off to take his mom to the doctor at 2:45. It's been a long morning already. Currently he's banging on the ceiling in the living room (remember it was falling down) and talking to himself. He does this whisper muttering thing that is super annoying. Oh now he's doing deep sighing because his boss is texting him.

I need to figure out how I want to decorate the living room. Everything in there is old and falling apart. I would like to replace the windows in there so we can actually open them. We have 4 original windows in the house, 3 in the living room and one in the kitchen. They are metal framed and go off the track when you open them and sometimes you can't get them closed without a melt down (Scott) so they mostly stay closed.

We were going to put a back door where one of them is but it's taking so long to get anyone moving to do anything I'd just be happy with new windows so I can paint and hang up new curtains. I am leaning towards doing a nice cool beachy type theme in there. Sounds nice and relaxing. I think just an off white paint and then I can decorate for the colors.

Yesterday my work connection died for most of the day. I thought it was my internet but eventually found it was a nation wide outage. Sweet. Jessica had come over to hang out and ended up staying almost all day. We went for a ride and got some lunch and hung out until after 7. My friend Cassi stopped by and brought her some clothes too so that was nice. Being pregnant during the summer and a pandemic kind of sucks.

I cooked my chicken in the crock pot yesterday and it turned out great. Maybe I'll just use that for awhile and save myself some money on an oven. Just kidding I really want to bake some stuff! I still need to order an oven. I should do that today.

My friend gave me a ton of apples and I want to make some apple stuff! Apple bread, apple cake, apple strudel. They will probably go bad by the time I get an oven.

I need to make a menu and a grocery list. My plan is to do a big grocery shop tomorrow after going in to work. I'm just about out of everything. Instacart is ok for some fill in but every once in awhile I need to just go.

We'll see how tomorrow goes at work. I need to work on making packets again. My boss asked me to sit in another area since the other department got some kind of waiver to have more people in the office. I usually sit in the big common area but she wants me to sit in the area I can close off and be away from everyone. Works for me. Well except when I'll need to do postage and labels. Hopefully there won't be a lot of people while I'm there.Pin It

Monday, July 6, 2020

4th of July Mellow Style

Hello happy Monday! Is there is such a thing? haha

I hope everyone had a nice relaxing 4th of July. I'm really loving not having to go anywhere (for the most part) or host or work on parties. Don't tell my mom though, she's super sad that we aren't getting together for all our usual holiday gatherings. I was thinking the other day how this sure was a weird way of getting out of working on all the club parties. I don't even have to feel guilty!

We did end up having a little bbq with the kids and Jessica's boyfriend's siblings and parents (they are pretty much all our circle at this point). The only picture I took was of my food ha.

The rest of the weekend I just did some mask sewing and I slept in a lot. I think my body's nature times are like 9-midnight lol. Too bad I have to get up earlier during the week for work.

Wednesday I have to go into the office to work all day for my "turn". Trying to put off anything I need from town for that day. I have some stuff to donate too but wondering if they will even accept any donations. I should call and find out first before I make some more bags up. I really need to clean out my closet I have so much stuff that is too small. I should just box that stuff up though since I usually lose weight after I get rid of all my clothes (or gain it haha)

I keep telling myself I should just go back on my diet since there are hardly any things to mess with me other than in my own house right now. Just DO IT Julie!

I still need to order a stove/oven. I should do that today. I almost did it the other day and then it said do you need a cord? I was like do we need a cord? And that's where it didn't get finished. Last night I had chips and corn on the cob for dinner since the only way to cook the chicken I had was on the stove. I thought Scott was going to do it but he didn't and at some point you just give up. I think I will throw it in the crock pot today. We let the kids borrow our propane tank so we can't even BBQ unless we go take it back.

I'm working on making some kids masks since I was down to two. I think once I finish those I will put whatever I have left up on Etsy and call it good unless people start asking for them again. It seems to have finally settled down a bit again.

I think I might make a little baby project for the grandbaby. That will be fun :)

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Vacation to Nowhere

Happy Thursday! It's my Friday since I have tomorrow off. I didn't even realize that until a couple days ago but it doesn't really matter. Can't go anywhere or do anything. The fourth of July is cancelled for the most part. They've closed the beaches back down again so can't even go for a ride to the coast. I have the most vacation time banked EVER. I get 6 hours every two weeks. For the first time I have over 60 hours on the books.

I'm out of coffee this morning. How does that even happen. Noele my Instashopper is shopping for me right now. She hasn't even responded to my chat to please read the special instructions so she can find my house so I'm not feeling hopeful lol. I wish I could just special request Ronald again!

I can't remember if I posted that my oven died. It's stuck in clean mode. The lock isn't stuck but if I turn it on it just wants to go to clean temp. We tried unplugging it and that didn't work. I'm ready for a new stove anyways since the burners are all jacked up on the one we have. We got new drip trays and one new burner awhile back ago ($30 for ONE burner) and none of them fit right.

I was just going to buy one from Lowe's online but now I need to go pull it out and see what kind of outlet we have. All the new stoves are either flat or the burners are backwards (small right on the front right corner). I know my family and we'd break that flat glass top in no time. I mostly cook with cast iron so it would only take one little drop and that would be toast. I wonder why they thought the need to reverse the order of the burners?

Scott is really going to have to go to the dumps after we get the new stove. We have an appliance graveyard going on. I'm sure the fridge will croak next. ALL the drawers are broken in it. They just don't make things like they used to.

In septic news the neighbor lot owners still hasn't called the club office back. I sent her a friend request on Facebook but so far she hasn't accepted. If she won't call back soon I'm going to have to wait another whole month for the NEXT board meeting. Also have not heard back from the septic guy so I think I'm going to have to call him too.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time putting fabric on boards. I got my one pack order of boards and then the double pack I ordered awhile back showed up so I had a lot to work with. I still have some so I can keep going. I got everything I had stuffed in the dresser done. I have A LOT of pink fabric. Goal today is the blue box since it's only 1/2 full. I might be able to fit them on the small wood bookcase but that's probably it for that. It will be full. As I was going through them I was like ooo this is so pretty. Ooo this is nice haha. Had a few of I'm never going to use these so I put them in a donation bag. Going to attempt to drop stuff off on Wednesday when I have to work in the office. I can go over to the thrift store drop off on my lunch.

Left to do:
 2 dresser drawers,
  big box of blues, 
big box of reds, 
big box of greens,
big box of whites,
big box of yellow,
small box of misc prints

added: box of remnants/small pieces

I went over to my brother's work yesterday to pick up some more elastic. He brought it out to the car and we chatted for about an hour. So nice to see him and talk to him. We haven't got to hang out in forever. I miss the days when he lived down the street and we used to hang out on his porch almost every night.

I also finally made it to the bank. I got there at 3:59 and they close at 4:00 (I just don't understand why the bank has to close so early!) I had a huge wad of cash to deposit from selling masks. I'm so glad to get that in the bank finally.

After the bank I drove by Raleys but there was a ton of cars in the parking lot so I didn't go in, thus the out of coffee and Instacart order this morning lol.  

Last night I worked on my pile of black print masks some more. Getting closer! 

I had someone order some masks through my Facebook Business Page and now she's not answering when I'm like hey they are done. Yesterday I was like so if I don't hear from you by Friday I'm going to sell these to someone else. I know she read it but she isn't responding. People are so weird. Like if you changed your mind just say so, it's ok! I also have a couple on my porch that haven't been picked up. If they are still there when I get done with this next batch I'm going to just put them back in my available pictures. Snooze you lose! 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Plugging Along

Happy Wednesday. I just realized I have Friday off. Maybe I'll take tomorrow off and make it a long weekend. But then again I can just be logged into work and do a few things and save my vacation time for SOMEDAY when we can all go somewhere.

This comic cracked me up. 

Yesterday I worked on cutting 2 masks out of all the black prints I had that weren't character (except 2 Star Wars since I had an order for 1).  So I'm about 1/3 of the way done with 40 black print masks. Made a little dent in my fabric stash too since some of them that was all I had of the prints. I think if they continue to sell I will do this with some of the other colors too. 

I have some more boards coming today so I can continue working on organizing my fabric. 

Left to do:
 2 dresser drawers,
  big box of blues, 
big box of reds, 
big box of greens,
big box of whites,
big box of yellow,
and then a small box of misc prints to do.

So quite a bit still but it does seem like I got a lot done lol

Someone posted this picture and I love the corner piece. I asked where she got it but she hasn't answered yet. Probably IKEA. 

If I keep making masks I won't need that many book cases, but I could also put all my other craft stuff on them too. I have a bit of paper craft stuff still that I'm not giving up on yet!

Then I have the whole work from home thing, I will still need to have a set up for that if we continue, which it looks like we will. Kind of thinking I could try and set up a desk on the short wall to make a continuing desk type look. I'll figure it out eventually! I just want to be big tote box free!

Still haven't got a new stove/oven. I am out of meat to cook so I need to either go to the store or order Instacart. I don't really like ordering meat through there since you have to estimate the pounds on stuff. One time I got a pack of chicken that said $20 on it! Something I'd usually pay half that price for. So I might drag myself to the store to get some meat and a few other things. The driver I had for Instacart made it without needing any additional directions last time. I told him congratulations, you're the first to get here without getting lost. Someone who could actually follow directions, amazing. 

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Perfect Sized

Good morning happy Tuesday! It is warm outside already. I opened the windows for the kitties but it makes this room hot in the morning.  Had my older two enjoying the sunshine for a minute.

Yesterday I had 0 mask orders (but sold a lot of the ones I made up) so I worked on cleaning up my fabric some more. I went through over 100 of the boards so now I have to wait until some more get here in a couple days.  I'm down to one shelf on the big book case to put them but will have to move my scrapbook albums first. I think I am going to put all the paper stuff in the closet area so I can move those but it will take some rearranging since that is a mess too.

I have 1 mask order to make up today. Trying to decide if I should just work on sewing up some more or just work on other things. I think I might do a bunch of black fabric ones.

I also cleaned my box fan (so so gross) and vacuumed my sewing room. What are the chances of getting the perfect sized button stuck in the vacuum? 100% for me. Took me forever to get it unstuck.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Weekend Hangover

I have a hangover from the weekend. Probably because I stayed up so late every night. Now back to getting up blah.

Friday was interesting, look at what was in the news. What they actually posted was that if the rioters came to rob their farm and mess with the school they'd be ready for them. BUT look at this picture.

This guy was the principal when Jessica was in K-8 (or part of those years anyways, he was a teacher during that time too). Jessica got bullied a lot in that school and at one point this asshat made her do a handwriting analysis to prove that she didn't write "Jessica is a bitch" on the wall in the girls bathroom.

Yeah lost all respect for him after that. It will be interesting to see what happens. I'm glad my kids don't go to school there anymore. They went from a nice country school to this huge charter school system with a regular K-8 kind of in the background.

I just read through a bunch of posts from 2008 looking to see if I blogged about that but couldn't find it. I did find some funny stuff though.

I spent all weekend sewing. LOTS of masks. I finally finished sewing up ALL the ones I had cut out to offer up. They sell much better made up haha. So now I'm trying to decide if I should just continue sewing them up to add to my stock or just do orders and work on other stuff in between. Maybe a bit of both.

I've now made 861 masks. Pretty crazy since I was adamant that I wasn't going to make them haha.

Oh and I'm pretty sure we killed our oven this weekend. I was making some little frozen pizzas my friend gave me and the house got all smokey. There was some crap on fire in the bottom of the oven so I was like guess it's time to clean it! I ran the cleaning cycle and now when we turn the oven on it just wants to be in clean mode (minus locking the door). Sigh. Always something. I kind of just want to get a new stove/oven though since the burners on ours are all jacked up and the new one we bought doesn't sit right.

One of my neighbors is grinding something. SIGH. I can't ever have the flipping window open because they are making so much noise. Yesterday it was a chainsaw and then I think they broke their water line and every one in the club was over there fixing it. Just looked out the window and there is a crew over there working on that again. One of the guys that was helping yesterday lets his dog roam all over. It roamed over to my yard so I yelled at it to get. Jesus why can't people keep their dogs with them or on a leash.  I'm about ready to fence in my whole yard. So tired of people's dogs wandering into it.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Motivational Wrappers

Woohoo we made it to Friday!

I don't have a whole lot to talk about since yesterday. Mother in law got discharged from the visiting nurse (they only get so many visits) . So I'm done running over there for those visits for now.

This morning I realized I have no milk or creamer so I am going to attempt another Instacart order, lets all pray they can find my house this time.

I did a lot of sewing last night, I decided to just assembly line all the stuff I needed to do and then decided I'd just do all the stuff I had cut out since I had already prepped it all. So I only got 2 orders completed while I worked with the "white thread" group lol.

This group is almost done, just need to add the elastic and tack it down

Yesterday when I was sewing I was cracking up at the neighbor. He has this tiny little Yorkie he walks down the street. Next thing I know he's walking back (with no shoes on) holding the leash and no dog. Then he gets in the car and goes by but the Yorkie met him in front of my yard and hopped in the car. Dogs always have to pull things when you don't have your shoes on haha.

I noticed this for the first time last night. WTF Always? How about putting things like "it's ok, eat the chocolate" and "this too shall pass" or Aunt Flo is a Bitch. Keep Playing, how about you keep playing.

Did anyone else platform go back to the old blogger? I just noticed mine is.

Here is today's stats for my county. 136 new cases since yesterday. Thankfully my brother and nephew's tests came back negative.

Well here's to a productive weekend. I'm closing in on 800 masks!

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Working All Day Is Hard

Happy Thursday! We're almost there!

So when I left off I was going to go down to the office to find out what I need to do for the septic.

  1. Get the woman who has the lot next to mine change to another lot (the lot just goes with her membership to the Club since she doesn't have a house out here)
  2. Write a letter to the board requesting 1/3 of the lot next to mine and hope it gets approved
  3. Get the plan back from the septic guy to put with my "building permit" for the Club (he will take care of county permits)
  4. Once 1-3 happens hopefully it will be approved and then we can get it going
  5. I'm a little excited about having 1/3 more lot that I can fence in after we get this done since it will give me more room in the back yard to put up another shed (and of course just more yard!)

Hopefully all that will be happening by next month. The next board meeting is the 3rd Saturday in July so it isn't going to happen very quickly.

I went to work for the full day yesterday. Unfortunately so did the gal in the other department that I don't care for. She spent all day huffing and puffing with all the stuff she couldn't figure out or did wrong or wouldn't work. God she's annoying. I need to remember some headphones the next time I go in. I was pretty busy all day so that was nice. I need to go in for a big next week to work on packets again since I never got to that yesterday.

This is me with real pants on yesterday
I'm just going to rename this road "Garbage Road". This is what happens in areas where we don't have "bulk pick up" like they do back East.

My morning faucet drinkers

After work I went to the bank, which was closed. I don't understand why banks have to close early because of Covid. I mean, yes, limit the people inside by why do you have to close at 4pm? Makes no sense to me.

Then I decided to brave the thrift store. There were no uncut sewing patterns but there was a bunch of holiday soft doll and a few quilt patterns. I got this big pile for $5 and the little fabric pack goes with the pattern on top. The fabric has a $30 price sticker on it! Crazy someone paid that much and then didn't even use it. Just happy to have some new stock for my Etsy store, I haven't listed anything new on there in forever.

Check out this lamp! I didn't have to imagine how much dust that lamp shade would hold because I could see it.

After I got home I laid down for a little bit and took a nap. I had WAY too much lunch and today I'm still not quite right from it. Maybe some day I'll learn. I swear it expanded like 5x after I ate it. 

I think I maybe slept a half hour when it because apparent that was all I was going to get. I spent some time working on my fabric organization some more. I have all but one shelf in the big bookcase with fabric on it now. I emptied a small box of fabric and filled it with some paper stuff for my 3rd Etsy shop that I need to list some day when I get in the mood. Lots of stickers and stuff that I tried on Ebay but they aren't selling much. I think they will do better on Etsy.

Finally I made Melissa two more masks for work

Then I stayed up til after midnight getting the rest of my orders cut out. I need to cut 2 more for my sister law who was forced to buy a mask to go into a store the other day. I was wondering when she'd need one.

Here is my COUNTY Covid cases. They are exploding.  I fear that death toll is going to go up quite a bit in the next couple weeks.

 And here is my Rusty dog wanting to go out for the THIRD time before noon today.  He sure is getting gray.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Septic Masks

So today in the life and times of Julie Tuesday edition

The guy that does leach lines came yesterday. Nice and chill guy which is nice for something that's super stressful haha. Of course Scott wasn't home from work yet so I had to go out and talk to him about it. My next job is to go down to the club office and find out how I can get part of the lot next to me so we can run the lines over there. But first I need to take a shower.

After work  yesterday I finished up one order for masks and did another order for 10. I only need to make about 750 more to have enough money to pay for the septic (kidding kind of haha). As annoying as it is that we have this pandemic it's been nice to continue making some side hustle money.

I got a few more orders yesterday so not anymore caught up but that's ok!

Tomorrow I have to go into work for the entire day. That's probably going to feel like a really long day. I don't have a lot to work on but I'm sure I can find some stuff to scan and folders to organize.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Father's Day Sunday

Saturday morning I did an Instacart order and got the worst delivery person yet. She got SO Lost before she even got to the complex where I live. I've never had anyone get lost on the 6 mile straight road before. Holy cow that takes an extra special person. She was acting like it was my fault too. I thought about leaving her a bad review but then remembered she knows where I live lol. I always tip extra well for Instacart since it's a 12 mile ride from town and I really appreciate people doing it for me but man I kind of wish I didn't give her so much after all her drama.

I spent all of Saturday sewing, except for when Jess came over to make some Father's Day T shirts and needed some help with the printer/computer not talking to each other. I'm not quite sure how it happens but she always has problems with whatever printer I have not working for her. Works just fine for me though lol

Sunday morning Scott was like "it looks like the ceiling in the living room is falling down". Well hello, that's exciting. The ceiling and the two outside walls in the living room are the only sheet rock we have not removed and replaced. Scott seems terrified of the blow in insulation that is in the attic area and just does not want to deal with it. To me it seems like it would be like a good idea to remove that and put in something that actually might help our house but what do I know. He came up with a plan to use some 2x4's to hold up the ceiling so he could screw it in. Apparently it just had tiny nails holding it up. Here is Trevor making sure the 2x4's don't fall while Scott goes outside to find his screwdriver and extension cord. He never puts anything away, I don't know how I'm married to him for so long. 

Yes the room is a mess, I've given up temporarily. I shall take it back at some point.

So then he made the ceiling look like it just went through an allergy test. Guess we'll be painting the living room soon. It's ok though it really did need to be redone anyways so this will just get things moving.

In the morning while he was thinking about how he was going to fix that I made him pancakes and bacon for breakfast (he usually makes us breakfast every weekend), then made potato salad, mac salad and fruit salad for dinner later.

We went over to my mom's cabin where Jess is staying and had dinner with all my kids plus Daniel (Jess' boyfriend) and his dad, his dad's girlfriend and their other kids. I know, we had a get together, during a pandemic. But the kids are always going to both of our houses so I'm sure we are getting our germs spread back and forth on a regular basis.

It was a nice evening. We were maybe going to do s'mores but we were all too tired and just came home. Sucks having to get up to work the next day. Wednesday I have to actually GO to work since it's my once every 2 weeks to help out to cover the office. We'll see how that goes. I have to go pick up the mail for the office at the post office. I don't know why they don't just get it delivered again since we have someone there every day.

Here's Tubby napping in front of the fan, so funny how they do that. Must feel good to them too.

I saw someone post this and I'm like TRUTH! This will be Scott's siblings when his mom is gone, with their hands out.

Plans for Monday include work, than more mask sewing. The septic guy is coming to look at our septic situation. I hope he has better ideas than the last guy that came out a couple years ago.
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