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      Saturday, April 08, 2017

12:36 PM - 04/08/2017

The topic: Stuff that makes me crazy (this and that)


So, it's been a week since my last entry. Life progresses at less than warp speed. Well, some of it anyway.

The pain in my lower back is slowly subsiding. That's good. Brian has been putting the TENS on me for most of the week and that may be what's helping immensely. I wish it was quicker, but I've been dealing with the pain for over a month now, so any improvement is welcome. Earlier this week as I sat at my desk, I was in tears because I was losing hope that it would ever get better. Advil helps, but I really don't want to live the rest of my life taking a couple of Advil every day.

Last Sunday I was able to get paper cut out for sixteen cards. I only planned on making three of each, I wanted extra in case of problems. I had two Cameos going all day. The problem was I pushed too hard and my upper back started giving me grief. The same place that has stopped me from making hundreds of cookies for the end of the year holidays. Just too hard to recover. And this pain, in addition to my lower back, butt and leg pain, was probably why I was in tears last week. I had so much to do and I could barely walk. Very frustrating. Thoughts flashed by "is this what the rest of my life will be like? This chronic pain? Nooooooo!"

Anyway, that was the low spot and things have been getting better since.

Thursday morning, I was able to unbox a couple of "drawer beds' for the cats and get them put together (they look like drawers, except with legs). With those boxes out of the living room, I started to move the cat trees around. Only four of the old ones had made the cut, the rest are gone. One of the four is out on the patio now. Three were still okay.  Need cleaning and a little bit of trimming, but had been situated so that the cats couldn't really get a grip on scratching them.

The living room is more open now. I like it. The cats like the cat trees. So, that's pretty cool. The drawers I put in the garage on the bench under the window. It took a couple of days before anyone would go near them, but this morning Rocky and Spot each had a drawer and were fast asleep in it.


I've been working on card assembly and so far, I was able to get three of two of the designs put together and all four of a third. This morning I started on the last set and the crazy started.

I started making piles of each piece. Four in a pile.

This card has eight different leaves. I had cut out four of each, which would give me thirty-two. I was short one. Just one. One stinking leaf. No idea what happened. May have fallen on the floor and gotten swept up. Stuck to another piece of paper. It's just gone. Need to cut another.

Then there was the piece I'd made with flocked stock. I vaguely remember taking the pieces from the sheet when done, but had forgotten one split (that flocked stuff is weird to work with). So, there was another piece that needed to be done. I mean, I had to do it. Only two pieces preventing that fourth card? I just couldn't let it go.

I found the leftover paper from the leaves and the flocked piece. I started with the flocked. I figured I'd cut out three, just in case. The came out beautifully. Except.

Except I have to cut this stock from the back, because flock. I neglected to mirror the image. I figured there was enough of the paper left to cut another set of three from this piece. And I tried cutting from the flocked side of the card. Mistake. Huge mistake. Messy. Not cut all the way through. Clogged blade housing. That flocking is kind of messy.

I knew I should have at least one more piece of this color flocked stock, so I found it and cut three more pieces out, properly oriented and from the back. Success!

Then on to the leaf. I looked at the file. There is one big piece and the eight leaves. I notice that there are lines in the leaves. Hmmm. Interesting. I wonder if they cut? And what they'd look like?

I got rid the big piece and the seven I didn't need and saved the one. I checked to see if those inner lines would cut. Hey, it looks like the would! Cool. So, instead of doing just the one leaf, I did all thirty-two. Two ways. With just the outside and with the outside and the inner lines. Sixty-four leaves. And I liked them with the lines, not that they're really obvious, but when turned at the right angle, you can see the lines. I like it. I'll use those.

All pieces are now cut and ready for assemble.

I use an old Cutterbee cutting knife. My first one broke and I'd gotten a replacement since I had replacement blades. No longer "Cutterbee", but EK Tools. It came with five extra blades. Should last a while. Well, I checked on a set of replacement blades this morning. Guess what? Not in stock. Anywhere that I usually buy my supples. That sucks.

Then I looked for the refill bottle of Shimmer spray that I heart so much (yeah, I know I made my own, but it doesn't spray right; I think it's a bottle thing). The bottles are two ounces. I check on the Shimmer spray that comes in the spray bottle. Two ounces. And two bucks cheaper. Really? The same amount of spray, a better bottle and it's cheaper?

That kind of thing makes me crazy.

I got some more little pop dots (I heart those things).  There was one flavor that was pretty cheap, an add-on. But it would take over a month to get here. Uh, nope. Deleted from the order. Why is it "Prime" and takes a month to ship? Makes me crazy.

Anyway, things are quiet here, not really a lot going on.

(Just looking a a leaf with lines...I wonder if I could do the McGill thing on them and make them curve like real leaves?)

Well, that's it for now, I have some testing to do....

Update: The McGilled leaf, with a little ink on the edge of the leaf? Looks awesome. Thirty-one to go.

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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.

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