Wordy Wednesday, Almost Thursday

I promised some random thoughts, and finally have a few minutes to jot them down.

A Black Swallowtail Butterfly that overwintered in the shed emerged from its chrysalis this past week.

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I parted with my camera for a couple of weeks, leaving it for repair. I hope no new birds show up in the yard during this time. I’m trying not to look! Thankful phones have cameras now, but mine isn’t much good for bird photography.

Now that my hands are empty, I’m purging more clutter from the house. I donated fabric to a local quilting group. There’s still plenty left should the sewing machine beckon; though, when trying to alter a top, the bobbin refused to bob bob bob along. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.) 

Strathmore (artist paper) hosts three free online workshops each year. March featured Jess Park with Brush Lettering and Watercolor. The video lessons are available throughout 2017. The link at the beginning of the paragraph introduces each of this year’s artists and gives examples of their work and medium. Someone once told me to be willing to learn anything someone was willing to teach me, so I’m always trying new things.

Another recent fixation is making jewelry. I had a couple pieces that needed repair. Then I found a kit at Hobby Lobby

I opened the package, found the kit component list. I’d seen hubby assemble enough things that I knew to sort everything out and make sure it was all there: 50 of these, 220 of those, 15 of another, 32, 20, 140… (to infinity). All was accounted for.

Tools needed? Have them.

I made the earrings according to the directions, then moved on to the bracelet. “Form a loop on one end of the wire and begin randomly stringing beads on to fill up the wire.” 12 different types of beads, 754 pieces. All sorted out–then put on randomly?

I’m a bookkeeper. I don’t take numbers and do “random!” I’m pretty sure something short-circuited in my neural network at that point. I took a deep breath and began. 

Now I’m hooked! Here’s the bracelet and earrings I made. (My loops need more practice).

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It is now officially Thursday. I rambled on quite a bit, I hope you were able to stay awake to the end. What are you working on this week? Have you tried anything new lately? How did it turn out? 

Have a blessed rest of your week!
Love ya!

 

 

Just Ducky

Just Ducky

Cee’s a bit under the weather this week, so there’s no Share Your World post. I’ll still be sharing my world with you, though, random as it might be. 

A pair of Mallard ducks stop by for dinner, a little wading, a bit of a snooze, and then they’re off again until the next evening. DSCN4964

We hoped to visit “the kids” this past weekend, but our grandson tested positive for the flu earlier in the week. By Saturday, Z and Suzanne weren’t feeling well, and the number of patients in “quarantine” increases almost daily. 

I finally got Suzanne’s birthday present made, and I’d love to share it with you–but I don’t want her to see it here first. 

Hubby took his first-ever personal day off from work today. Too bad he had to work on a plumbing issue! Suzanne says he really knows how to enjoy a personal day.

Today was near 70F (21C). I filled feeders and put fresh water in the birdbaths (much needed after the ducks visited). Then I saw the pile of leaves I’d raked off one of the beds last week, so I bagged those. Container plants needed water. A lovely specimen of Spiny Sow Thistle sprung up next to the HVAC unit–nearly a foot tall, so I took that out before it multiplied. The Loropetalum and Spirea needed light pruning where the frost bit them. It’s amazing how many things one can find to do outside on a pretty day. 

What have you been up to?

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I Should Be…

I Should Be…

…looking for my to-do list, because I’m lost without it. Maybe I’m done? 

…sleeping, with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head.

…writing a Share Your World post, but Cee gave us the week off.

…hearing the phone ring with an estimate to repair my camera on the other end. Tracking shows it was received Friday morning. Does anyone have experience to share as to how long until that call comes? 

…making pizzelles. 

…wrapping presents. Could the “elf” be waiting until the last minute? 

…working on two gifts that aren’t finished. 

…creating blog posts, but I think I’m going to take this week off.

…wishing you all the best in this season of celebrations. 

…back Monday, Dec. 28, and will visit you this week as time allows. 

Here’s a shot of the project hubby and his brother have been working on. A huge tree on their dad’s property split and fell, crushing one of his sheds.

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Photo courtesy of my brother-in-law

 

 

 

Monday Randomness

Monday Randomness

1. The world looks a little brighter this morning. Still very cloudy, but brighter. A squirrel ventured from its safe place in search of food. It should find lots on the ground. Thursday I shared the fallen tree limbs; Friday I arrived home to find this:

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This was our original feeder pole, hubby staked it when it started to lean. It eventually rusted at ground level and Friday it came down with the wind. 

2. Saturday he determined the parts needed and off we went to Wild Birds Unlimited to procure them. That afternoon he set the new pole. We had plans to move it closer to the kitchen window, and now it is. Good things come in unexpected ways.

3. His sister called to tell us a large, old tree fell at their dad’s house. Thankfully, not on the house. 

4. Sunday night I scrolled through viewers photos of their areas on weather.com. I hadn’t realized how much water covered such a vast area. My heart and prayers go out to all affected by the recent flooding. This storm was the driving force that sent Joaquin further east. 

5. I had three writing projects/deadlines last week, so once again, I apologize for not getting over to visit your blogs as much as I’d like. 

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Friday Randomness

Friday Randomness

Sharing a few random thoughts from this week. 

1. Our pretty yellow Goldfinch is losing his brilliant feathers already. 

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Someone needs to clean the birdbath…

2. I learned a shadier spot will decrease algae growth in the birdbath. Looks like we’ll need to move it.

3. I walked around the lake at Mt. Trashmore this afternoon, and around the neighborhood with hubby this evening. Nothing but blue sky this afternoon.

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4. Lots of company at the park on a beautiful day.

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5. I liked the Great Blue Heron‘s reflection earlier this week.

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That’s it for my randomness. What have you been up to?
I’m having trouble staying awake, hope to catch up with your blogs this weekend. Have a great one!

Friday’s Randomness

Friday’s Randomness

1. I got a surprise this morning! Hubby called, he was unable to work in his office and was on his way home. 

2. It was 82F degrees, with a light breeze, so we spent the afternoon at the botanical garden. 

3. I learned that the large circular sculpture with strings and leaves (in previous post) is in the Reflection Garden. This garden was added in fall 2013 during the 75th anniversary. I’ll continue research for more answers. 

4. I’m having trouble with my browser and unable to add photos to my post. 😦

5. I’m calling it a day, maybe everything will work in the morning! LOL All life’s problems should be solvable by a good night’s sleep, don’t you think? Have a great weekend! I hope to catch up on visiting you, too.