Monday, July 13, 2020

My desire is bigger than my energy levels or my time constraints...


I've got all these things I want to do, from yard and house projects to plain old housekeeping tasks, but the heat and humidity makes it a challenge to muster up the lasting energy levels to get anything done.

Of course, housework is done inside where it's a chilly (?) 72*... But who wants to do housework? I mean, I keep up with the general, daily stuff. Dishes and sweeping and whatnot. The problem is, I need to do the major cleaning--removing the cobwebs from the corners, dusting all the knick knacks, wiping off the baseboards, and then moving furniture to do a thorough sweeping and mopping. In every room. *sigh*

Time is also a factor because, on the weekends, I also want to do other stuff like cross stitch and read. But I've also got to get the general chores like laundry, cooking, and grocery shopping done too.

I'd also like to repaint a room or too. And finish off the garage as a home gym. (Remember that project?)

And...

And...

And...

Well. You get the picture.

And I still haven't finished the bird feeder bed... I was going to do it this past weekend until I looked at the weather. It hit at least 100* on Saturday and then we had no power on Sunday for seven hours.

We lost power again this morning, so no writing for two days in a row when I really need to get back on track.

But maybe the universe is trying to tell me something. I don't know.

Hope you had a lovely and cool weekend...





Friday, July 10, 2020

Well, what do you think...?


...about the new blog theme?


I'm trying to polish my image a little bit and so here we are. :0)

A few more tweaks might be needed, but we'll get there.

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I finally finished one of the hockey samplers I'd been working on for forever and now it's finally listed on my Etsy shop, much to my pleasure. That inspired me to poke around the pattern archives and see what else I have in progress and what needs doing.

So, in my spare time, I've been working on additional hockey jerseys, mostly for teams that don't even have one listed for sale at this point. But also planning what the next project to stitch and list will be. Actually, I do have another project that's in some percentage of progress. I just need to dig it out and work on it now.

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Fireworks season was a literal sell out across the region. And I don't ever use that word lightly, as you well know. We were the last store standing for miles and miles and had a line that wrapped around the building for hours. We had product to sell, but because we were so busy without ANY lulls--and I'm not kidding here--the best we could do was open a box of something and put the box with its side cut off on the shelf. Were we out of some stuff? Yes.

Sparklers? Gone. Roman candles? Gone. Assortment packs, from the $10 variety to the $300 variety? ALL GONE.

The season really was the perfect storm, but I think it put us on the metaphorical map. We had product all the way until the end--which has always been a point of pride for DH.

I don't know how long the wait was from the time a customer arrived until the time they left--as I said, line around the building--but surely no one will hold that against us... We couldn't have fit any more salespeople behind the counter and all I did was take people's money. Thank goodness. I'm not a fan of dealing with customers directly.

But we survived to tell the tale and earned a tidy profit to finally repair a few things around the place. :0)

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Take care and stay safe.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Do You Listen to Podcasts...?


You know I do. :0)

My favorite podcast, for which I will drop everything else to listen to the new episode when it drops, is...


Mostly I listen to podcasts of the hockey variety, but I've branched out of late and have found some interesting podcasts in the subject of history. I've always loved history and it was good place to start.

It actually started with a commercial for a podcast called Hope Through History, which was nothing more than a five or six episode series that offered a bit of insight and hope as we Americans faced a new large-scale crisis by looking back at large crises we've faced in the past, such as the Great Depression and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

I checked it out and found it interesting, though not all that hopeful. (But that's probably just me.)

I also listen to History This Week which is just what it sounds like--a story from some point in history of whatever week it is. I mentioned this just over a month ago, but I learned that our building codes came about as a result of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 and that Beethoven wrote his finest piece of work, Ode to Joy, while completely deaf.

I used to get an email with the Ted Talk of the Day linked to it, but these days, I just get the podcast instead. I curate those and only listen to the ones that sound interesting.

The latest addition to my podcast play list is The Last Archive and it's current series, Who Killed Truth?, which has also been instructive.

They're good for those road trips, short or long, but also for sitting and cross stitching. That's about as multi-tasky as I can get these days.

Do you listen to podcasts? Any recommendations?


Monday, July 6, 2020

Road Trip Phenomena


A field of sunflowers on the way south to the fireworks store.

I used to hate the drive down to the fireworks store. Now, while I don't always want to go and be at the store, I do love the drive. The sight of the farmed fields, no matter what is growing, feeds my soul.

One of my dreams is to live out on a hillock somewhere in farm country. I don't want to farm--I'll leave that to the experts, but I'd love to be surrounded by fields and to watch the seasons from that perspective. I want to be up high enough so I have a the view to watch the planting, the growing, and then the harvest and to be able to watch the weather roll across when it comes.

As for the road trip phenomena... I tend to set my cruise control for four miles over the speed limit and then I let car do its thing, enjoying the views and passing cars and trucks as I come upon them. Now, we can all tell when we're closing the distance on the car in front of us and I tend to get over to pass before my car's radar kicks in and puts on the brakes.

Now I get that not every driver uses cruise control if indeed they have it, but they can definitely tell that they're catching up to another car. I always have to wonder about the driver who gets all the way up on your behind and then drives there for a few miles before whipping around you...

I mean, I'm in the slow lane going a bit over the speed limit and it's quite clear they're driving faster than me--so they were what? Expecting me to suddenly speed up? I don't even know, lol...

Anyway, I'm still recuperating from a crazy fireworks selling season.

I hope your Fourth of July was safe and fun.


Friday, July 3, 2020

Happy Treason Day




Have a wonderful, fun, safe day, whatever you're doing tomorrow.

Y'all know what I'm doing today and tomorrow...

Catch you on Monday.