81 posts categorized "Susan's gratuitous cat picture"

on hiatus

I'm busy, busy, busy with real-life-size house goings on.

The new windows and doors are being installed next week.

The week after that new flooring is going in every room except my studio and the bathroom.

Next month, I think, or maybe in October, the new roof goes on.

Sometime in the next few weeks the tree guys are coming to remove a large pine and trim all the other trees.  I'd like to have that done before the roofers come.

This past weekend I got all the garden art picked up and put away for the winter, and removed the glass bottle and rusty gears border from my shade garden, as it was under four pines that are getting trimmed.   I don't want the tree guys to get hurt.

Next on my to-do list is to pack up everything in all the rooms of my house except large furniture and the contents of my kitchen cupboards, to stow away in my studio and the garage, so that the flooring guys can do their thing.  I also need to take down all the window treatments for the window guys.

Busy, busy, busy.  I'll see you guys again in a few weeks.

A gratuitous cat picture, to tide you over.  This is Milo, my daughter's newest; I'll tell you his story later.

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Ester update

It looked, last Friday and Saturday, as if Ester were getting over her cold.  Sunday she was worse, yesterday she was absolutely miserable....so much snot she was gagging on it every time she had a sneezing fit.  We took her to her doctor, who diagnosed an upper respiratory infection and prescribed an antibiotic.


All she wants to do is lay on me and rest.  Every time I shift she meows in complaint and gives me the evil eye.  She's very cranky when she's sick. 

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She is still eating and drinking as usual; she isn't running a fever, and isn't dehydrated.  The doctor says she should be back to her purry self in a week.


painting

I finished the niche shelves and added some trim to the big bookcase.  Now I need to prime and paint.

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I didn't think to take a before picture of my bedroom until I was in middle of emptying it out.

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After...

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Honestly, the blue looks better in photographs, but in person the blue was almost blinding and the cookie color is warm and relaxing.

I do have to move the Audubon print back out to the hallway though, I don't like it against the new walls.  I'm not sure about the curtains, either.  Maybe I'll turn the flat sheet that won't stay on my bed into curtains.  Also, the brackets for the houses need to be painted the same color as the walls so they're not so obvious.

Benedict Cumberbeetle looks right smart, though.

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all the things I screwed up today

I screwed up the coffee bar.  First, I glued the paper backsplash to the wall crooked; thankfully that's easily fixable, I can glue another piece over it.  Then I cut the hole for the sink without dry fitting the countertop on the cupboards, so cut it too far forward.  I decided this wasn't too big a deal, since the coffee bar won't be seen head on, so put a black piece of paper on the bottom on the counter instead of a bowl for a proper sink.  I glued the countertop in place, but was so distracted by the sink hole that I didn't notice, until after the glue dried, that I don't like the sink where it is, that it would look better over the other cupboard door.  That's fixable too, maybe, if I haven't screwed up the chance (read on).

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You noticed the crooked wall.  As I said, read on.

I papered the ceiling of the main room.  That was difficult, because the roll of wallpaper didn't want to lie flat.  I managed it okay, it's not perfect, but it's only imperfect in a couple of spots that will be noticeable only to myself.

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Then I attempted to slide the flat roof piece into place, which I've done successfully since I glued the top wall piece into place, but not in the last few weeks.  I've kept trying it, daily, thinking it may be humidity, but finally accepted it wasn't going to work.  I spent over an hour sanding it thinner, trying to fit it, sanding, fitting, sanding, fitting, sanding, fitting, sanding fitting...

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When it was almost there I got frustrated and whacked it into place with a mallet.

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This impatience cost me, of course. I screwed up the wallpaper and knocked a wall askew.

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Now I have to decide if I want to whack the flat roof back out again, so I can fit my drill in to boar a new sink hole, or if I should leave well enough alone, live with the sink as it is, and not risk damaging things further.

I should have listened to Ester this morning when she asked me not to leave the recliner.

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Nancy's journals done

I took the last journal in a different direction than the others.  It's the one with the coffee dribbled pages...also I miscounted the bifolia and had to create more.

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The little black book stuffed with receipts is where I document all the minis I buy, so I can keep track of which artist made what, and so that when I die my daughter has some idea of how much the stuff is worth.  The receipts are from the 2016 Chicago shows, I'm a bit behind.

I like how the mini version turned out.  I used 1/8" elastic, which is the smallest I could easily find locally.  I added in a few more scraps of paper once I assembled it.

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Here are the dozen, all done.  Well, maybe all done, I want to see how small the cricut can cut the word ATLAS from white vinyl.

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Gratuitous kitten nom, nom, nom...

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I'm home

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I'm back from St. Louis.  I came home from the company meeting to a sick husband and an empty refrigerator.  I also came home as head of a month long research group.   I'll talk to you all again in a month.

View from the top of the Gateway Arch...

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...and inside the caves at the City Museum (which is not a museum)...

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I did go visit my mother today, before I start my research.  She has a fluffy, snuggly kitten named Jack.

 

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random cell phone pictures

I've been very busy the past couple of weeks, so have not had time for minis.  We're having some repairs and remodeling done on our life size house this year.  In the last couple of weeks I've met with a banker, a window guy, a roofer, and a contractor.  We have the windows, doors, and shingles picked out; thankfully, Husband and I immediately liked the same styles and colors.  The financing and the quote from the contractor have not come in yet.  I need to remember to take 'before pictures' of the house.

My inexpensive jewelry armoire arrived.  I had to screw the legs and top on...

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I'm taking my time loading it up, hoping if I store sensibly it will be easier to locate items later.  (The heart is so the reflection of the flash in the mirror doesn't blind you.  You're welcome.)

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Spring is here.  It's still not very warm though.  The yard is blooming with violets and dandelions...

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the cherry tree is in full bloom....you are looking at future deliciousness right here...these will be cherries by the time Susan comes to visit....

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The birds are back.  I filled the bird baths and feeders, and put a pile of seed on the ground for the mourning doves....

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I've been playing a bit with my cricut.  I made a few cards, for practice, then cut out a bunch of spiders, because, well, SPIDERS!

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I put this guy in a window...I call him Harry.

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My assistant has been out all week because her son, Mr. Smoochy Face, is sick, so I've been very busy at the office and will likely work this weekend too.  Next week I'll be in St. Louis for a company meeting, so you won't see another post for a bit.

 

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it's wallpapering day

A couple of months ago I gave up on finding paper for the walls, so bought fabric.  I was in JoAnn's last weekend to buy a glue stick, and unexpectedly found the perfect paper in a clearance bin.  Yes!  It's the exact color I wanted, it's textured, and it's in large sheets, so I don't have to piece the tall section of wall with a vertical seam.  Best of all, I don't have to monkey with fabric.  Happy day!

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We have a dresser just inside the front door of our house; it's full of hats, gloves and scarves, mostly.  Every time we open a drawer Ester jumps in, she is fascinated by the empty space behind them.  Last night Husband gave her a treat.

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Hmmm, the art is interesting from this perspective.

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I know I'm not supposed to be up here, but clearly you offered an invitation.  I'm going to sit right here.  What are you going to do about it?

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open window day

Installing the wallpaper with double stick tape was remarkably easy.  I'm suspect.  I'm going to leave it alone for a few days to make sure it's going to stay stuck before I continue on with the room, or go crazy and use it on the big, main, room.

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I'm playing around with ideas for the closet door.  Do I want it shut, or open a bit, with some cleaning supplies visible?

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The bathroom will be a closed off room, only visible through the bathroom window, and a wee bit through a side window in the main room.  But, if one is going to peek through the bathroom window, shouldn't one have something to peek at?

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It was finally warm enough outside to open my window, so I painted the toilet and sink with stinky enamel paint.  Ester LOVES open windows....all the convenience of being next to Mom while she works, but still able to smell, hear, and see outside.  I gave up on shooing her and cleared her a path instead.

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Here's the toilet after the first coat of paint.  The second is still drying.  I wanted to paint them white, but am either out, or didn't put it away in the proper place.  I used ivory paint instead.

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I did have to spend some time sanding smooth the back, cut, edge before I started painting, but considerably less time than I've spent sanding 3D plastic printed toilets.  Certainly, the price is right for a toilet that will only be seen in glimpses.