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      Friday, August 18, 2017

10:01 AM - 08/18/2017

The topic: Organize


The before picture. At the far right are the litter boxes. The black thing in the front is the heat press. (I want to find a different way of covering that and protecting it from kitty cats.)  The covered thing behind that is the hat press. I got it pretty cheap on eBay a few years ago. Because you just never know when you might need one.

After. A lot neater.

There are a lot more pictures, but I don't want to slow down this page. Click on "more" to see the rest. Oh, and clicking on a photo will take you to the photo gallery where you can see the photos full sized.


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      Monday, August 14, 2017

06:06 PM - 08/14/2017

The topic: And Rocky will be on medicine for a year


Probably. Brian noticed a lump on his back a few months ago. I thought "lipoma" but it grew. I'm not used to them growing.

Then, last week, I noticed one of his back toes was swollen. There was a little bloody spot at the base of the claw. It didn't seem to bother him.

But it bothered us. So, I called last Thursday and the first appointment available was for this afternoon. We both went.

The vet checked Rocky over, wasn't really pleased with the toe and the lump. He said he'd like to take x-rays. One of the possibilities was some sort of lung cancer that metastasized to other areas of the body. He aspirated the back lump (put a needle in it and pulled out some cells). Both he and the cat went into the back of the clinic. Rocky had two x-rays taken, one of his chest and one of his paw. Nothing bad showed on either of them, so it was a soft tissue problem with the toe.

After he looked at the aspirate under the microscope, he knew what it was. Remember Chandler had that fungus that ate away at his nose? The fungus that finally won the battle and we had to say goodbye to Chandler? Well, it's the same sort of fungus (cryptococcus). Except it isn't in his nasal cavity or lungs, it's presenting differently that Chandler's did. Thank goodness.

So, he's on meds twice a day for a month to start with and the lump on his back should start getting smaller and the toe problem should resolve. But this fungus is a tricky one for the immune system to beat, which is why it will take so long to get rid of. Rocky is only twelve, so we've got the time. He said there's a titer test for a definitive diagnosis, but what he saw on the slide leaves no doubt in his mind what we're dealing with. If this had been like Chandler's, he would have advised the test. But it's expensive and if medicating him as we will be doing helps, there will be no need.

He doesn't like the taste of his meds.



      Sunday, August 13, 2017

09:40 AM - 08/13/2017

The topic: I thought I worked hard yesterday


I got stuff moved and rearranged and I was pretty happy with how it all fell into place.

Except I ran out of room. Geez, how much stuff do I have, anyway?

I'm disappointed that I won't be able to leave the table empty liked I had hoped to do. I need the space. I won't have to use all of it, and that's good. I have more paper that needs to go in the paper storage and I have to move the brads and cords out (which should be with the ribbon in the new storage area, anyway).

Brian is going to reinforce the paper storage shelves today and I had to move everything out. Everything. That paper is heavy. And the container door kept getting in my way. There isn't enough room for me to get by if it's propped open, so I just dealt with it each time I walked around it. And I walked around it a lot.

I had no idea I had that much paper. If it was stacked one on top of the other, it would be at least twelve feet high. That's a lot of paper. Brian said "well, you shouldn't need paper for a while".

My fellow crafters, you know that's not how this works.  jesterA  Sometimes, no matter how much you have, there's nothing that is exactly what you have in mind. You can dig and dig and dig, and darn it, you just have to buy something else.

And that's how stacks of paper grow to twelve feet high.

Anyway, the thing is emptied out and some of the stuff that was in there got tossed. (A really nice trimmer is in the trash because the guide broke and it doesn't work without the guide. And the company who made it is no longer in business.)

Remember that Brian was going to make my paper roll dispenser? Well, we were back in the office, both on our computers and I pointed out some of the ones available. has one for $24.00, plus shipping and tax. Brian said "that's all they cost? Why don't you just get one from there? I don't know when I'll be able to make one and I had no idea they were so cheap." So, I ordered one Friday, it ships from Los Angeles and with UPS running on Saturdays now, it got here yesterday. And it will be a great one because it folds up. I can hang it from the back of one of the storage containers with bungee cords to use as needed.

This was another reason why I'm not really upset that I won't be using the table as a work table. The depth of the table. It's exactly 24". I had planned (in my mind) to move the shelves to a different table since it would be empty (what had been there would now be behind doors). But I didn't realize that the table was only 18" deep. The shelves wouldn't work the way I wanted to place them. I could only put one down.

And the dispenser is a little wider than 24" and would be awkward to use. I'll be using it on my main work table, out here in the family room. It's plenty deep to accommodate the dispenser.

Man, my arms are starting to get tired. And I still have work to do, but not until Brian has done what he needs to do. Then I can start loading it back up. And be finished with my storage area. It's gonna be so nice once everything is put away and organized! No more digging for supplies.

Yanno, this wouldn't be a problem for someone without so many cats. It all comes back to cats.

Gotta love 'em.


      Friday, August 11, 2017

08:17 AM - 08/11/2017

The topic: Still excited!


All of these ideas running through my head for organizing my supplies tomorrow.

One of the things I hope to do is move the shelves off of one table to (not as easily accessible) another table. Things I don't use often.

I'd like to move my paper rolls (that I got earlier this year) to the accessible table. "What paper rolls?" you may ask. Well, for my friends with wide format printers (you know who you are), you may get an idea or two here.

This paper which is heavy enough to be used as cardstock. And this paper for envelopes that I can make with my punch (see the link in the next paragraph) or cut out with a Cameo and an older mat (I've discovered that you don't use regular weight paper with a new, sticky mat, it won't come off). Since I like the inside of the envelopes to compliment the cards I make. Of course, these are both two feet wide and my printer only takes thirteen inches. Cutting the paper in one foot lengths will give me two pieces of 12" x 12" paper.  I've tried using just regular white cardstock for this, the colors are okay, but not vibrant. I want vibrant. I don't want washed out. This paper is photo paper and prints up really nicely.

Brian said he would make a roller for me to put the paper roll that I'm using on, to pull it out more easily (it's awkward to work with, really awkward) for cutting. And I've got a couple of paper cutters that work with paper that's two feet wide. One (same model as mine) I got on eBay, the other on Amazon (link to blog post about the cutter).

I have a couple of projects in mind that will be much more exciting with custom paper and I can hardly wait to get started on them.

But first, the garage. And all of my supplies.




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lisaviolet is sixty something, married with no kids, takes care of lots of cats, likes taking photographs, loves Southern California weather and spends altogether too much time avoiding her responsibilities.

In her spare time, she makes pretty things to sell in her store.

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