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      Thursday, November 27, 2014

otherstuff
07:41 AM - 11/27/2014

The topic: I’m not quite sure how to categorize this entry

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So, I'll just go with "otherstuff". Photostuff would be good, but lots of the photos I take already have categories, like foodstuff and catstuff and entertainmentstuff. So, otherstuff it is.

Last week on Facebook I was challenged to post a different black and white photo each day for five days. Some people use photos they already have, I wanted new ones. And I took a few with the black and white setting on my new camera. I was pretty happy with the way they turned out. Here are the photos and remember, clicking on a picture will take you to a bigger photo in my family album; clicking on that picture will open a larger photo. And on that larger photo if you click on the little magnifying glass at the top right of the photo, you'll get the full sized photograph. One of them is 1000 pixels high, the other four are 2000 pixels wide, so they're pretty big.


Windchimes

 


An avocado on our little avocado tree


Charlie, in a sunbeam on the grass next to a palm tree


Sunset the night before a much needed storm


A small red rose

Black and white sure looks different than color. 

 


      Tuesday, November 25, 2014

otherstuff
05:05 PM - 11/25/2014

The topic: Ever have one of those weird days?

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The kind where all sorts of strange things happen? Yeah, me neither. Oh, wait. Today was one. 

Like I got my latest Fukubukuro package from Meh. You can see what I got by going to this link. Do a search for "lisaviolet" because my unboxing is pretty far down the page. (Five bucks is all that cost me and I'm getting more.)

For lunch we had pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Anyway, I forgot to take something out for dinner. 

I got one card made. 

For dinner, we're having potato chips and ranch dip. Brian's okay with that. 

Sounds good to me!  I've been craving potato chips and ranch dip. Yum! I'll do better tomorrow. I hope. *lol*

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crafting
08:34 AM - 11/25/2014

The topic: Organization is important

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When you're working with a lot of pieces. Last month, Brian let me buy this six foot table for my crafts. I set it up in the family room, in front of the fireplace (which we never use because Brian likes wood fires, but he never cleans out the fireplace, that's left for me and I hate cleaning it, it's a dirty, dirty job; it takes longer to clean it than it does to burn a bunch of wood - besides, it really doesn't get that cold here). 

I've been working on my Christmas cards and I've gotta say having this table is making the work much easier. Before I was using a couple of two and a half foot tables, the dining room table, a tv tray table and the coffee table. Hard to keep things in order when they're that spread out. I can't believe how smoothly this is all going this time.

I have things laid out on the big table, I'm working on one of the smaller tables. If I need to run the cutter, I pull out another one of the small tables and put it behind me and put the old laptop on that to run the Silhouette, which is still on that awesome cart I got last year and in the living room so the noise it makes doesn't interfere with the television. 

I'm just amazed. It would be nice to have a dedicated work area, but that's not possible with all of these furry things that we share our lives with. 

As it is, I can't leave things laid out, I have to pull them up when I'm through for the day. But it's still way better now than it was. 

Organization. That's the key.

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      Saturday, November 22, 2014

otherstuff
03:38 PM - 11/22/2014

The topic: Been a busy week

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We had a representative from our local utility company come to the house yesterday and I had to do some basic cleaning, like clean the floors and wash the sofa covers, getting rid of the recent cat messes. Not that it's really bad, I just don't want to take any chances. The reason he was coming was to check out our appliances and maybe we'd get some free upgrades on them. Like washer/dryer, frig, microwave, a/c, furnace, water heater, windows...but the washer/dryer are brand new, don't need replacing, the frig was made in 2000 so it's an "energy saver" and we're okay with the microwave. Brian installed the best windows that were available when he redid ours (back when he was in the glass business), and the water heater was replaced earlier this year when the old one sprung a leak. A new dishwasher would have been nice, but that's not considered a necessity. *lol* 

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Since the water heater is in the garage (where there are litter boxes) I did some cleaning out there. He never left the dining room. But the garage is clean! Kinda!

So, we got some new light bulbs. And a new aerator for the faucet in the kitchen. A contractor will be contacting us in a couple of weeks to make arrangements to come put a blanket on the water heater. Oh, and he gave us three night lights. Running them 24/7 will cost about five cents a year in energy. 

Yeah, okay. We had to do this, though, because we get a break on our energy bill.

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      Tuesday, November 18, 2014

crafting
05:08 PM - 11/18/2014

The topic: I worked on cards today

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Well, the last three days. I'm going to do them in batches so I'm not working on them from sun up to sun down. It will give me time to do housework and paperwork and stuff.

I've got all the paper sorted for each batch and Sunday I cut out the paper, yesterday I organized the cardstock for each card, then I glittered the pieces that needed to be glittered. Because I wanted to make sure the glitter was completely dry, after the paper was glittered (and there's lot of glitter) I put the pieces in the extra room to dry overnight. 

Today I assembled as far as I could. And I'm really pleased with how they look. So sparkly and glittery and shiny!

I figure I'll be done in plenty of time to get them out for the holidays.

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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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