May. 2nd, 2011 05:25 pm
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I don't know where Bubbles is. She was her normal bubbly self on Saturday night, playing around the living room with the other kittens.

I got up and went straight to the basement to do some turning on Sunday, so I didn't see her in the morning. I stopped for lunch and lounged around a bit, planning my next project, then I went back down for more turning. I came upstairs and started laundry, and cleaned things up a bit. I noticed I hadn't seen Bubbles in a while and Brent suggested she was probably downstairs sleeping on a chair. She does that a lot. I still wasn't worried.

By the time we got some dinner and came back home, it was raining and I was worried. I drug her favorite toy through all three floors of the house. I ended up with 3 other cats following the toy, but no bubbles. I checked the first floor bathroom. Brent checked the basement and outside. No Bubbles. This morning again, I checked the basement and outside all around the house. Still no kitten.

Neither of us saw her trying to go outside or to the basement with us. It is possible she got shut outside on the side porch in the middle of the night, but by the time I shut the door, it was already pouring, so I really don't think she would have been out there. I didn't specifically look when i shut the door, so that's a possibility. If she was shut out there, it's likely she would have jumped to the tree next to the balcony and clawed her way down.

Right now, she's either stuck outside somewhere, hiding from the rain. Or, she's inside the house somewhere, either stuck or sick. I can't imagine she wouldn't be meowing her head off if she were stuck, so that's unlikely. I don't know about if she's sick. I checked a lot of likely hiding spots and didn't see her in any of them.

I am very worried.

not bad

Apr. 15th, 2011 10:45 pm
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Dad and Dannye came by late this afternoon. I had a couple of calls with Sephora so I wasn't the best host, but at least I had wine for Dad, and they got to see the guest bedroom. They were really impressed. I think they're always quite surprised when we get done with painting and such since it's hard to imagine what the rooms will look like when they're done.

Since they were headed back out to Eureka again, I made a quick call to my sister and found out we could join them for dinner tonight instead of tomorrow night. That helped out a lot with the busy plans for tomorrow. JR got to pick what was for dinner, so we all had pizza and cookies. He caught on to how the scooter works right away. Everyone at the Drewes household was ready to go to bed by 8, so we headed home. As we left, Melinda came out to tell us JR had just looked at her and said "They left the scooter!". What a cutie.

When we got home, I sharpened our tools in preparation for turning day tomorrow, and packed up a bag full of tools, safety gear, and my turning smock. Then I made a pan of Scotcheroos. They're cooling now.

Whew, it's not 11 yet and I'm feeling in good shape for tomorrow. Now to shower and get some sleep I think.
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Yesterday was our second woodturning club meeting in Festus. Poor Brent really isn't into them, but I think once he has more time to do some fun turning and can participate more, maybe he'll have more fun. The people are super-nice. I won one of the attendance prizes, a log :). The president asked me if I'd be willing to do a demo on lidded boxes later this year.

I have a goodly number of "to do" items to get ready for tomorrow. Busy day tomorrow! We have our class at the craft alliance in the morning (Yay!), then woodturning day near Hillsboro, then dinner with the family for JR's 3rd birthday.

I need to find a bow or ribbon or something, to put on what I'm dubbing the BEST 3rd Birthday present ever..., aka a scooter. I can totally see JR zipping around their cul-de-sac on this. They say it will last until he's 5 or 6, size-wise too, so I hope he likes it!

To prepare for class I just have to pick out a few pieces to take and show the teacher. That's easy enough.

For turning day, I have to go down to the basement and sharpen most of our tools, and mark them with a name so we can make sure they don't get mixed up with someone else's. That shouldn't take too long. I don't mind sharpening, and I have 4 colors of sharpies to make the marking part fun :). I also need to pick out a couple of pieces of wood to take.

I also need to make a dish for the potluck. I'm thinking maybe scotcharoos. I was going to buy a fruit/cheese plate, but I'm feeling like making something now.

Today we just delivered a huge amount of work to Sephora so I'm feeling a lot better about my work levels at work. This should be my last 55+ hour week for a while. Oh, except maybe if I do some side work for Build a Bear soon. I have a meeting with them next week to talk about their scheduling.


Apr. 14th, 2011 03:19 pm
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It's that time of year again. Eye exam time. This means I also get to shop for the only accessory besides earrings that I wear every day.

Here's what I ended up with: http://www.go-optic.com/framelarge.asp?id=42625&cat=DFRAMES&div=2

They're cute and bright while being neutral, and a shape that's quite a departure from what I've recently had.


Apr. 6th, 2011 11:24 am
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I think Minneapolis makes me sick. I go for weeks without a headache and now I've had one since Monday. Ugh. I wonder if there's something in my office that induces it.


Apr. 3rd, 2011 09:55 am
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Well, today had better be the day to finish up all the guest room efforts, along with cleaning the house up, and doing laundry. It has occurred to me I have to get it all done today because I'm gone Mon-Thurs. Blah.

At least I had a purry kitten alarm clock this morning. That makes the day go better automatically.

Off to paint now.

so tired

Apr. 2nd, 2011 06:30 pm
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I'm almost done with the curtains. I have the 4 panels for the guest room done, along with 2 more throw pillows for a total of 5 pillow shams. I also made new curtains for the bathroom since the kitten puffs had shredded the curtains in there when they were locked in the bathroom 24/7. We now have yellow toile in there. It's quite bright compared to the old striped ones.

Curtain rods aren't done upstairs, since we still have trim to paint, so I haven't hemmed those panels yet.

The ceiling medallion arrived, so Brent put a coat of ivory paint on it to prepare for installing it and the chandelier. My photo prints of a couple things from Scotland also arrived, so I've framed them and they're ready to hang up once the painting is all done.

Right now I'm thinking very fondly of my bed. I don't feel like going upstairs to paint, as I should be doing. Maybe just a quick little nap...
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1. Up at 7:30, but lounging in bed reading on iphone and petting kitties for a while.
2. Trip to Lowes to get chain saw oil and maybe a couple shutters for a craft project.
3. Chain Saw Time! Cutting up 4 logs into bowl blanks. Everyone I know might get a mulberry bowl in a couple years when these are dry.
4. Curtain Factory Commences.
5. Paint Paint Paint until done upstairs.

Last night we got 2 coats of paint on the walls, and the first coat of paint on some of the woodwork. Lots more woodwork to paint today, and probably some touchups on the walls now that we'll have sunlight in there to expose any thin spots.

I also made 3 pillow shams yesterday, so I just need to do two more today along with the curtains. The curtain rods are purchased. I also got a mirror for above the mantle. I have the frames for the prints I've ordered and I'm hoping the prints arrive today since mpix shipped them two days ago and mail from Columbia is usually quick.

Time for Lowes now.

ETA: It's almost noon and only 1 log is done. Alas, the switch broke on the new chain saw so we're returning it for a replacement. It's a pretty cool tool though. Very powerful!

Guest Room

Mar. 29th, 2011 03:18 pm
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There's really nothing like a deadline to help get things done around the house. Sariah is coming to visit next weekend. It's been a couple years since she's been here, but sadly, the guest room has not changed in that time. We decided to make an effort to get it into better shape, if not completely done by the time she gets here.

So far, we've spent quite a bit of time filling holes in the woodwork and priming it. The third floor gets to have painted woodwork as opposed to the rest of the house. That should have made things a lot easier, but someone had decided at some point to use a couple of the doors as a dart board, and there are all sorts of nail holes everywhere, so it's taking quite a bit of time to get it ready for paint even.

Brent found a chandelier on craigslist today for #75 so he's picking that up this evening. I ordered a ceiling medallion to go along with it. That takes care of the main lighting issues.

Here's the list of things to do, just so I can get it all down.

  1. Finish filling holes and priming woodwork.

  2. Prime bare drywall on ceiling.

  3. Install chandelier and ceiling medallion.

  4. Paint woodwork and walls.

  5. Make and hem curtains (three windows).

  6. Make new throw pillows to match.

  7. Venture out to Bed Bath and Beyond for a good tension curtain rod.

  8. Install curtain rods.

  9. Make shelves inside the small closet.

  10. Reproduce the missing floral motifs for the mantle (yay bandsaw work).

  11. Make some prints from vacation photos and frame them for the walls.

  12. Obtain and assemble a new small bookcase to replace the existing one that is falling apart.

  13. Find a small lamp and clock, or even better, a clock/lamp combination from the antique mall.

  14. Install crown moulding.

  15. Paint Ceiling.

I'm not sure how many of these items will actually get done. I'm hoping for all the painting ones, the chandelier, and the curtains at least. That will make a big difference up there.


Mar. 2nd, 2011 11:09 am
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Yesterday was really quite a good day. It was productive. I did not finish as many things as I had hoped but I found some key defects that prevented me from finishing, so someone was able to work on them and get a couple resolved overnight so I can have another good day today.

I did have a headache nearly all day yesterday so I just kept up with the advil. Then last night I slept poorly and woke up with a swollen sore throat, vague chest congestion, and feeling feverish. Yuck. I decided not to share with my coworkers since I didn't have any meetings anyway so I'm working from my hotel room. I only have advil to take so far and I haven't felt like leaving my room to get anything else, but at least the advil helps the throat soreness.

So I've snoozed and worked on and off, and now I think I'm ready to sit down and do some serious work.

I'm bummed that I had to reschedule plans with scentedwoods for tonight, but really, no one wants to get sick.

la la

Feb. 27th, 2011 10:52 pm
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Any girl who wants to feel like the youngest and prettiest girl in the room should go to a wood turners association meeting.

That is all.
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I just demolished a bowl-in-progress. It should go in the kindling pile but I'm not sure I want to see it again. Stupid bowl. I started it last weekend but just now got to working on it again, and it had gone quite a bit out of round. Apparently I didn't leave enough material in the sides to fully support it while rounding it out again, and it broke violently while I was trying to re-round it.

I'm particularly irritated because it was a pretty piece of wood and I was liking the shape I was getting.

I also have an experimental project going on where I'm trying to turn a flower out of wood. I have the flower partially done but now I'm trying to find a good cutting instrument for defining the petals. I have the leaves partway done but in a totally weird experimental way so I have no idea how those are going to come out. I'll see tomorrow when I can work on the blank again. Currently it's downstairs clamped together so the glue can dry.

The Powerpuff kittens all got spayed today. They're pretty pissed off about that, and they're even more irritated that I've locked them in the bathroom tonight. They're not supposed to go up or down stairs until tomorrow at least, so that's the only way I can prevent them. I think they're also mad the bathroom has been totally cleaned of their scent while they were gone. Of course, they might just be hungry and in pain too. They get dinner and meds around 9:00.

Dad and Dannye came into town this weekend. Saturday they were here at the house and Melinda and Jim brought the boys over. JR was scared of Mack and Lola because they both kept coming up to him, but eventually he warmed up to them and started chasing them around instead. Melinda said he's going through a phase of being scared of things like cats and dogs, so I'm not taking it personally. Harrison tried to catch Mack while crawling, but he's just not very good at it yet and wasn't quite fast enough. We all had dinner at Cusanellis which was a hit, and worked out great since we got the upstairs pretty much to ourselves. Brent and I had never even been upstairs before.

I took some decent pictures of my latest wood turnings and posted them in an online gallery today. You can see them here (i think--lemme know if the link doesn't work): http://www.woodturnersresource.com/wrphotopost/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=4392

My cousin is getting married in a few weeks and I'm hoping to make her a nice salad bowl, but I don't know if I'll be able to find a piece of wood that will work for it.

Oh, speaking of wood, Beth tipped us off to an estate sale in webster that had woodturning stock. We went over and ended up getting a handful of pieces. Nothing extraordinary but some decent stuff. Several pieces of Sassafras and Pear. The Sassafras has some cracks, but I still made a cute little bowl out of one piece.

Tonight was weavers' guild but I forgot to go. Oh well.
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It's been a while since I've updated. Oops. It has been incredibly cold. Brrrrrr. I've been doing a little bit of wood turning almost every day that I've been home. I'm very entertained by it. I'll post some pictures.

A couple days ago I decided to open the bathroom door and let the kitten puffs have free run of the house. The last time we tried that, buttercup got herself upstairs and was meowing sad kitten meows because she didn't know where her sisters were.

This time it's been, I think, a success. The big cats aren't entirely thrilled, but there's not a lot of confrontation either. There is, however, a fair amount of running around as the little kittens chase Mimi. They're spending most of their time in the yarn room, but exploring throughout the house too. They hide sometimes but not all the time, and Blossom thinks she owns the whole house. She has taken over the cat-shaped cat bed, leaving Lola quite displeased.

This weekend we have wood turning class on Saturday, then kitten trivia with Ben and Laura Saturday night. Not much else going on, but I hear that it's going to be warmer, so I'm thrilled about that.

And I shall leave off with a few wood turning photos.

Some little goblets:


A large shallow bowl:


And a pair of retro-inspired candlesticks:


Jan. 30th, 2011 06:44 pm
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Today was woodturning homework day. In the morning while Brent was at church, I made a goblet:

Bernhard had only challenged me to make a goblet, but as an extra challenge to myself, I put a captured ring on it. Fun! I'm pretty pleased except I think I could have rounded the bowl of the goblet a bit more to have a better shape.

The second part of my homework was another box. I had a few issues with the box while I was making it, but I thought I had gotten past them all when I was working on the finial at the top and I knocked it off the chuck and cracked the lid straight down the middle. Sigh. I glued it back and finished it, but it's not great. The proportions are also off. It's a little lid heavy, due to some of the issues I had. Oh well--learning experiences and all :)

I need to spend some time drawing out some shapes for boxes so I'm not just trying to "design" at the lathe when I make them.

Now I've washed all the dust off and am on the sofa with three cats. I should probably go make dinner soon.
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We had class today. I had a great time shaping my big piece of elm into a bowl shape. Earplugs make an amazing difference. It's like I'm in my own little quiet world when I have them in.

Apparently one of the new students, Larry, said he was going to quit today, in his 3rd class ever, because he thought he had ruined the bowl he was making. I think Bernhard convinced him to keep going but that got him down as a teacher because he tries to make sure his students know that failure is a perfectly good way to learn. Brent and I are going to bring in some of our "learning experience" pieces to class next week so they can see.

Also, I hear the new folks are trying to finish each project in a single class, so they keep hurrying through things. That frustrates the teacher also. I'm in no hurry. I enjoy myself :)

He said we're "almost intermediate". Heh. He gave me some homework -- making decorated boxes and a goblet. Brent's homework is to work on his grinding/sharpening skills.

I have a hunk of maple that I got for $1.50 last week, so I'm going to try to make that into a goblet. I'll work on the decorated box next. I have some exotic egg blanks left and I'm sure I can use one of them for a box like he was talking about.

After class we went out for tea at the London Tea Room. It's so pleasant to enjoy a pot of Tea with Brent while we discuss class and what we've learned and what we're planning.
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Whew, it's stinky in here. Brent and I are finishing some of the weekend's wood projects. At class on Saturday, we finished the lidded boxes we started last week. Both of ours have very nice fitting lids. Ok, mine's a little tight, but tight is better than too loose!. Then I made a tiny box yesterday afternoon, and this morning before spinning group, I made a small walnut bowl out of a 4" square block of wood.

We got a band saw on Friday at an estate sale in Florissant, and I got to use it today on the walnut blank. it works great so far.

I think we're going to sign up for the next session of classes at the craft alliance also, since Bernhard has told us that he'll teach us all about sharpening then, and he keeps coming up with really cool projects for us in class. Next up, we're doing undercut shaped bowls (where the hole in the top is smaller than the bowl, so you have to cut under the lip). Brent has a big chunk of cherry for his bowl, and I have a huge piece of elm. And he's mentioned teaching us to make an oval platter (off center turning!). One other reason we're thinking the cost of the class is worth it, is that we get all the wood in class as part of the class fee, and he gives us a lot of nice large pieces.

Today I braved the cold and snow for my spinning group at Knitorious. Not many people came, but it was still fun. I thought Brent was going to be at an organ recital but he didn't brave it because the truck doesn't handle well in snow.

Now I need to think of something to have for dinner. Sigh.
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I read a lot of books. Some of them are not edited very well, and they always make me groan. This one made me giggle after I groaned.

"He watched, proud that his sister had become such a gentile lady."

A post

Jan. 10th, 2011 10:16 am
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Since no one has posted on my LJ friends list in the past 24 hours, I give you a post.

It was a weekend with few plans and a lot of wood turning. The lathe entertains me immensely. My new safety equipment (face shield and dust mask) make it a lot more pleasant to work with very dusty woods. I have put my purpleheart bowl on hold as I got a nasty catch in it and cracked the rim. It may or may not be salvageable.

We made another trip out to the woodworking stores and I picked up a couple pieces of board stock to use for spindle whorls, so I finally figured out how to make my drop spindle. Yay!

Here's my first attempt (100% cherry)

Cherry Spindle 1

And a closeup of it:

Cherry Spindle 1

After the first one, I knew what I was doing so the second one took me about an hour and a half to make. It's from Padouk (the whorl) and walnut (the shaft).

The second one also spins a lot better than the first because I learned more about how to center the shaft while the glue dries.

spindle #2

I also picked up a figured maple bowl blank so I might go mess around with that after work today. The spindle supplies we got will make several spindles, so I might end up with quite a large collection! I'm considering hanging a wire or line across the yarn room to suspend them from. Might be pretty and it would be up above my head so I wouldn't garrote myself.

The bathroom kittens are adorable. Blossom is the purriest kitten i know, and bubbles still hisses but she loves to play. Buttercup is very timid. We need to keep working on her.


Dec. 16th, 2010 10:28 pm
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One more day in Greenville. It's a beautiful town. The city is lovely and walkable and has lots of interesting restaurants and bars. Casey and I essentially made our own pub crawl tonight. This has been the first relaxing night of the week.

The training class was super-intense. I'm sure I mentioned the fact that I had to watch 13 online presentations as prep work. Then the class, mostly, was 3.5 days of intense lectures on those same topics. Each day we had quizzes on things so we had homework to memorize processes and formulas. Then today, for the afternoon, we took a mock exam. It's 200 questions and has a time limit of 4 hours but I only used 2 of them.

Apparently there are usually only a couple people out of each class who pass on the first try, but our class had at least 4 pass--Casey and I were two of those four--thus our own personal pub crawl this evening.

Tomorrow is a half day full of test taking tips and strategies, then off to the airport at noon for my 2pm flight.(Brent, I'm on DL 1237, arriving at 6:11)

Oh, and I think my hard drive is goign to die soon. two bsods today, and an odd clicking noise.


Dec. 12th, 2010 11:40 am
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I got lots of purrs this morning from Stripes and a few from Fluffy. Gray let me pick her up but was very displeased once I did.

I'm going to miss the little fluffballs this week. Brent should set up a kitten cam for me.


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