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      Saturday, February 17, 2018

02:55 PM - 02/17/2018

The topic: This and that


Well, I got the first Heirloom Christmas tree finished. Just put the star on this morning. It was the only thing I didn't cut out earlier this week.

When I was doing the cutting for the tree, once again I was not happy with my workspace. I had two Cameos running and I figured there had to be a better way. Here on my work table, there was a lot of unused room behind the Cameo and I never did figure out how to make use of it. I'll probably use it to keep the paper I've chosen and the leftover paper I peel off of the mats until I'm ready to deal with that. You know, keep the pieces that are big enough to use for scrap, toss the rest.

I did figure out a way to stack the Cameos here on my desk. I got one of these. It's not quite tall enough to open the bottom Cameo all the way, but I found a piece of styrofoam that Brian uses when he packs cylinders in his trash and the size is perfect to use under the legs of the little table. I had to wrap the cut up foam pieces in press and seal stuff because little foam balls were falling off and it was pretty messy. They're not pretty, but they get the job done.

And now I'll be able to use the other table as a workspace for putting the paper on the mats and taking it off.

I took pictures and tomorrow I hope to take photos of the cards I've never shared and get all of those uploaded and posted here.

You know that CostCo stock I bought last week? It was up $14 as of yesterday.  Not bad. I wish the other stocks we've gotten over the years would do the same thing.

Brian was gone Monday night, Tuesday and until Wednesday afternoon. I stayed up late on Monday cutting paper, had a horrible night's sleep. I didn't do much the rest of the time. I did take naps, that was nice.

But I do that anyway.

And that's about it. Things have been pretty quiet around here, not a lot going on. If it was a little warmer, I'd be washing floors again (since my new Floormate got here) and I really need to wash the windows and sliding glass doors. But I want warmth earlier than it gets here.

We started this Time of Use thing with our energy company, it started on the 9th. The cheapest energy time is from nine at night until six in the morning on the weekdays and until two on the weekends. The middle tier is until four in the afternoon, then the highest rate for usage is between four in the afternoon and nine at night. I'm doing laundry on the weekends. I could do a load a night, put it on the timer thing and have it done by six. But this is only the second weekend and so far, it's working okay.

This is a good plan for us because the bulk of our usage comes during the day. That's when Brian's out running his machinery. I'm hoping this saves us some money.

And I've been doing a pretty good job of keeping on top of paperwork.

organization    craftstuff    card   

      Friday, February 09, 2018

10:36 AM - 02/09/2018

The topic: About that stock market


We have an account with TDAmeritrade. Our dividends get reinvested or something, whatever they do, they build up in a money market account. This account is what I used when I bought fifteen shares of Costco stock a few years ago. It was $87.50 at the time. I knew there was a fair amount in the money market, last time I looked it was around $800.00. So, the market is falling. I check the cost of Costco. The money market account is close to a thousand. I figure I could buy five more shares for under $900.00.

Brian's on the phone. I wish he'd get off. I hear him ending the conversation. I walk back into the office, putting on my "I did something bad and you're not going to like it" face.

Him: what's wrong?

Me: I just spent close to nine hundred dollars.

Him: mouth drops open

Him: On what?

Me: Well, it's not like it's money we were going to use or anything...

Him: Oh what?

Me: I just bought five shares of CostCo.

Him: Thumbs up!

Him: Maybe you should have waited and it would have dropped more.

Me: Maybe it wouldn't.

Him: concedes.

An hour later, he's in his shop.

Me: The market is down almost four hundred points.

Me: Maybe I should have waited.

Him: laughs out loud


stock market    conversations    brian   

      Thursday, February 08, 2018

06:59 AM - 02/08/2018

The topic: This past week has been dull


Tired of looking at the nasty ass floor, I decided it was time to do something about it. Monday, I did the family room, dining room, kitchen and laundry room. I was using the Floormate, the SpinScrubber model. And it sounded horrible. It didn't get better two days later when I did the bedroom and the hallways. Yeah, I could smell it getting hot and it wasn't picking up the dirty water.

So, I got out the other Floormate, the deluxe model. Awesome at putting the water down, really bad at sucking it up. I'm pretty sure part of that is the tile floors. The machine can't keep a solid connection to the floor because of the grout. At least that's what I tell myself. Maybe if I'd kept on top of keeping the floors clean, it wouldn't really be all that noticeable. It did suck up some of the dirty water, it was in the tank.

So, I did what I always do. I ordered a new machine from Amazon. And then I used microfiber towels and went over the hallways again. I'll most likely rewash the floors with the machine this weekend.

And I also added a three year warranty. Yeah, I beat these machines up.

Yesterday, we went to the radiation clinic where Brian had to go in for the simulation. Where they do a CATSCAN of the area where the cancer is and they'll know where to aim the beam. And he got tattooed! Three of them! So, they'll know where to aim, I guess. I haven't seen the tattoos. I guess they're just the size of a pin. lol!

It only took a half hour to get there, the simulation was supposed to be an hour, but I waited almost two hours for Brian to get done. Note to anyone who may have to deal with this in the future....bladder full, bowels empty. No one told Brian about that. Well, the doctor did mention the full bladder thing.....

And that's why it took longer than it was scheduled for. This will most likely be the last time I go with him. The next thirty-nine times it will just be him.

I'm really happy with myself, I'm keeping up with paperwork! No backlog of invoices or new customer setups. I get those done in the morning before I actually start the day, and it's easier to do that way. So far.

Oh, and I ordered a thing to wash windows from Amazon. It's a squeegee on one side and a washable cover on the other. I also ordered a five foot pole to go with it. The windows really need to be washed, I haven't done it in over a year. The inside isn't such a big deal, but the outside, well, I'm just not in the best shape to be climbing up and down on a stool. Looking forward to clean windows, for sure.

I have a bunch of cardstock to cut and I didn't start because I really wanted to do some cleaning. Well, I did some cleaning! Guess what I'm doing today?

floormate    cancer    brian   

      Friday, February 02, 2018

06:30 AM - 02/02/2018

The topic: Brian’s cancer


The plan is external beam radiation. He decided to go that way, even though it will be thirty-nine treatments over eight weeks. He gets weekends off.

I think he was afraid of pain with the brachytherapy. And the fact that it's invasive. And that those radioactive seeds would be in him for life. And the cats couldn't lay on him, which is something he has no control over when he's asleep. I was kind of surprised he went this way, but it's his cancer, his choice.

And where it will be done will be around an hour drivetime, total, each day. Part of the drive was on a tollway and we got hit for $2.50. On the way home, we didn't have correct change, the machine didn't give change, so I paid by plate when we got home. It was $4.50.  Yowza. He can take another route, which will add maybe five minutes onto to the drive. Fortunately, the practice (UCSD) offers a transponder for people who live in certain zip codes. We do. So, on his first treatment visit, he'll give them the filled out form and get a transponder. It will only be good for treatment days, which is fine with us, that's the only reason he'd be on that road to begin with.

He goes in for the measurement stuff next week (I'll go with him) and from then on, I won't need to go. The total time once he's there is a half hour. After that is when he sets up the appointments for treatment.

So, hopefully, he'll be finished with this treatment by the end of April.


      Tuesday, January 30, 2018

10:53 AM - 01/30/2018

The topic: The last of mom’s things has been taken care of


Last year when Brian set up the new Kobalt storage cabinet, I had to move the Sterlite chests that were there. I emptied them out, saved or tossed things as I found them. (My stuff, they were empty when I brought them home, she had clothes in them and those were all donated.)

One chest still had mom's stuff in it. I just moved it to a differerent area of the garage. I had started looking through what was in it, but nothing was really interesting. Just little tchotchkes she'd gathered over the years, little knick knacks she'd been given or gotten for herself because they made her smile. I have no place for them. I have the curio cabinet we got decades ago where I put my cat things so they're safe from the real thing, and the cabinet is full. Not much room left.

I told Brian last weekend, to just throw the whole thing out. I was tired of it taking up room. Today is trash day and he was going to take it out, but decided to go through it first. Just in case there was something of value.

Brian thought maybe some of the things were silver, but they weren't. But he unwrapped each and every one of what was in the drawer. There were some adorable little blown glass elephants, a set of three and not a trunk to be found - broken off at some point. Little things that had no value, monetary or emotional. Out they went.

But, as he unwrapped one small piece, my face lit up. Gimme!  I held it in my hand, grinning from ear to ear.

Have you guessed what it is yet?  It's an ashtray (my mom smoked)!  My very first craft project!  I made it in elementary school. I'm pretty sure we lived in Salt Lake City at the time (dad was in the USAF).

And she'd kept it all of those years. Through all of our moves, she kept it. And now, it's back with me.

I told Brian "just imagine, I started crafting when you were only three." And I'm still hooked.

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