Monday, December 31, 2007


Yesterday I cut my finger. Right on the very end. I tried to wash it off, but it was bleeding too much, so I told Dave it needed stitches.
He said
"Let's wait and see if it stops bleeding."
I said
"It needs stitches."
He said
"Lets wait and see if it stops bleeding."
I said
"It needs stitches."
He didn't want to drive to the emergency room. I didn't want to put it off. He was going to put it off as long as possible. I knew we'd have to go.
He said
"It might stop bleeding by itself."
I said,
"Even if it does, it still needs stitches."
I have three stitches in my left nose picking finger.
I call it that because it will bother my Mom. I want everyone to know, especially my Mom, that even at 47 years old, it's still OK to bother your mom on purpose. If you didn't care about her, you wouldn't make the effort.

Happy Day Diane

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Guinea Brocade

I just received several yards of this fabric from Nigeria. I'm trying to find out about it. Most of the web sites I have found are not informative. They assume I already know. This is exciting!

If anyone has experience with it, please tell me about it!

This site is the most informative one I have found:
African Fabric Lady

Friday, December 28, 2007

Wood By DeRaud

Every once in a while, you find something really exciting! This week I found THIS!

Look at these bowls. Wow. They are beautiful.

Just looking at the pictures make me want to pick them up. I can imagine how solid and warm they would be.

The man who makes these is Lee DeRaud in southern California, which is almost the same state as me, except southern California is always another state altogether. Not like here in Silicon Valley.

They are for sale, as are others. Lee has a store on ETSY, and a web site that should be up soon. Go and look at these bowls!

Today may not be a good day to buy a bowl, but bookmark his ETSY store in your favorites file.
For the future.

Just in case.

These 4 bowls range in price from $100 to $165. Very good prices for high quality collectable art!

Click here for: Wood By DeRaud

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boxing Day

We did it! The big day we had been working toward for months! Now we can relax.

We got good stuff. My best gift was that Dave cooked everything! And cleaned up. He did and excellent job.

I had a great time at the barn with Janow, knowing I did not have to rush home and cook. The sun was out, the wind was not. I was expecting loads of non-horsey extneded families of boarders there, but there were not many. That was nice. Too many non-horse people are unpredictable. With horses, unpredicatable can be dangerous.

Chenille socks
Fleece slippers
A remote that is hard to lose, or blame it's loss on someone who didn't touch it!
A prediction for the warmest boyscout on the camp out.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Today is the day! Christmas spirit wears me out, so I wait until the last minute. Right now, at 4:45 am, I feel it!

I took these pictures of Janow yesterday. Wearing a stupid hat and having his picture taken was not on his wish list, especially with bits of hay laying around.

From the look on his face, spreading Christmas cheer was not a priority. Actually, when I though about it, Christmas cheer was NOT what he was spreading, it was something else.

On third thought, he wasn't even spreading it, he was leaving it in piles.

When it comes right down to it, finding food is most important for horses, (some more than others, but not much more)and the search for food is a majorly satisfying task, so much so that often they simply eat what they find, even if it's icky. You can always jettison that bite if you find something better.

So that's Janow's Christmas wish for everyone, that you have enough to eat(and all the other things you need)so that you have the time to pursue pleasurable activities.

Like reading, for my friend, and eating, for his horse.

Monday, December 24, 2007

ad libidum

We three played Scrabble. Joseph wanted to play Monopoly but neither of us other two wanted to start something that was long and open ended. Scrabble ends when you run out of tiles and board.

We won on the game pick, so when Joseph wanted to not keep score and just go for using all the tiles, we agreed right away. In the end, we had to pool all the remianing tiles and just go for it. The last tile was the V in IV, which probably wouldn't be allowed, but it was the last tile!!!

Teck Deck is the lastest rage in the 6th grade at Pomeroy school. Joseph is teaching Dave how to do it. He thought the beanie might help.

And Mary Shelley, who usually can't remain in anybody's good graces long enough to get the camera out. She can't help it, she just gets so jealous!

Tomorrow is the big day that we have all been anticipating. We will compound our exaustion and high expectations with eating whatever we want, whenever we want, no rules. If there are any problems, we will blame it on each other, not suspecting the combination of fatigue and poor food choices. And we will look forward to next Christmas. Easy when Dec 25th '08 is so far away that it will never get here.

Friday, December 21, 2007

It's mine!

I finished this sweatshirt. Here it is after the final wash and "haircut." Click on the picture to see the details.

All the primitive edges fray and fringe, then I trim off the really long threads. The stitches I use to sew everything on are so small that it won't fray beyond them.

I really liked it, so I decided to take it to my little impromtue sale at Indian Hill Ranch. If I sold it, good! If I didn't sell it, it was MINE to wear.

It's mine! I would have been happy either way. I love it when you can only have a happy ending, even if it's only a sweatshirt.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Here we are, deocrating the tree. We did this the day after we got it out of it's storage box. We only put unbreakables on it, though MaryShelley seems happy just to be near the tree, not actually in the tree. Dog birth control can do that, I guess.

No family occasion is complete without a posed "candid shot."
I'm working on this sweatshirt more. Bob told me it was OK to set up a little sale table near the indoor ring on Saturday. I was making this for me to wear, but if it is done by then, I will take it to sell. If I still have it by the end of the day, I will wear it

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Finally feels started!

I had already dyed the sweatshirt, three times as I remember, before I felt the color was right! I had made the text, which takes a long time, rather tedious, but handwork can be soothing. You must wait not only to need soothing but to have time to be soothed before you can get it done. Now I have started the collage/applique process on a new primitive sweatshirt and it is finally exciting.

So here is the first part sewn to the shirt. I used some 20 wt sulky cotton in variegated reds. If you click on the photo, it will enlarge and you might be able to see it.

Whiskers had to sit on it, of course.

I opened silver's cage this morning and took her out. She explored but stayed near the cage. She ate a romaine leaf in no time flat, while I cut a piece of plastic tubing to fit over the cord to my computer to make it chew proof. She has returned to her cage by herself. I will let her stay there until she feels more comfortable coming out.

I have done more work on my website, thanks to Ruben who gave me another idea to make it easier to use. He was at Peete's, complaining to Bob about having to use stores' web sites and scrolling forever to find what you want. Each page of my website has a thumbnail photo that is a link if you click it. You can go directly to the description of that thing with more photos. Now I have added links to go 'back to top' for each item. I think this is a big improvement. Thanks Ruben.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Welcome Silver

Well, we miss the rabbit that was with us over Thanksgiving, and we learned so much about rabbits at that time. We decided to get a rabbit of our own. So we did more learning and visited Oakland Animal Shelter, where we met Ladybug.

Ladybug was the right rabbit for us, so I hurred up and got all of what we would need to make her comfortable. Hoping all the time that she would remain available for adoption. It all worked out and we went up and got her today after school.

Ladybug movie

Joseph decided her name should be Silver. I didn't think Ladybug really fit. That was her shelter name anyway.

Now I'll have to make rabbit stuff to put on, the website.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

WIP Again

Here is my WIP, Work In Progress. I have been doing other stuff too, so it is progressing slowly. I plan on putting it on a sweathsirt that I have hand-dyed.

Yesterday we went to Oakland Animal Shelter to visit rabbits. We met one we all like. It was heartbreaking to have to leave without her, but we are not ready for a rabbit in our house. We have more learning and equipment to aquire.

Go take a Pill

I found these on ETSY yesterday. I laughed so hard! The scrooge in me is not hiding very deeply. Often not hiding at all. Here's a link to go and see more pictues and a descripton, and perhaps buy one if they are not all sold already.
link to pills

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Key Search

I have added new photos of the quilt Key Search to my website. I realize that the dimensions aren't given, so I have to look it up on the label, or unfold it and measure it! It's huge, so I hope I find the label!

Packages are coming in and going out for both Christmas and many birthdays. It gets hard to keep track of what is ordered and coming, and what has been ordered for someone here, or perhaps shipped in a box they got from ordering something else. I can't really complain, but it IS confusing!

Joseph and Dave got out the tree and set it up last night. Decorations are still to come. Mary Shelley, of course, was overwhelmed. She LOVES Christmas and is a veteran Christmas tree climber. Dave tries to foil her, which, of course, makes it even more attractive. I remember the year he put it on the coffee table thinking it would be harder to climb! She not only tipped it over, but it fell off the table! We don't use breakable ornaments, but I don't even have to say that!

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click on this sign to see the new pictures of Key Search in action, and to see the new Blazing Star saddlepad on the Horses page.

Friday, December 07, 2007

No Picture Available

Janow and I saw a bald eagle near Ed Levin Park. That's all I have to say.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Floss Your Drains Out

I told you there was a Dave story to go with my bathroom picture. There is. We had a little water damage that Dave repaired. That means we had to get new flooring. That means Dave had to take the toilet out. So he made a cardboard sled and slid it out into the bedroom.

When it was ready to go back in, he told me he hadn't looked on the underside, he was afraid. Afraid of what? Afraid of the unknown. Yup, the underside of a toilet is definitely pioneer territory.

He looked. Up in the very edge of the drain, at the toilet-floor interface, he found wads and wads of dental floss.

"Who's been putting floss in the toilet?!" he asked.

I said "You."

"I have not!"

"Well, I use a hummingbird flosser(that has little plastic dispo attachments with teeny pieces of floss) and you won't let Joseph do his teeth in your bathroom. That leaves you."

"I don't put my floss in here!"

I didn't even have to think how to respond to that one!
"You've been putting your floss in the toilet ever since Bab(previous cat) ate a piece of floss from the waste basket and only passed one end in the litter box. The passed end had a poop stuck to it and it followed him on the end of the floss that was still stuck up inside. Remember how he raced around the apartment with the poop on the end of the piece of floss chasing him?"

I told you there was a story.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

If it works for you.....

Today was almost fun. I was going to use it to re-group after a week that went smoothly only because our run-away sled did not hit a tree...a big one anyway. It tured out to be a re-goop instead.

The washer doesn't make a smell when it washes, which is good, but not. If it totally was NG, I would have to get a new one.

Then, again, United States Postal Service website works well for them. All the cancelled transactions I got when trying to mail the birthday present on Thursday? The post office didn't know they were cancelled and my credit card paid for them all. Even the one that worked. Of course, they report the website is fine, I should delete my cookies. Reminding you, one more time, that they are Government. Some things are constant, like Whisker's hunger.

This is my bathroom. There is another Dave story in here....tomorrow.