weekend update

As you may have guessed – no Friday list – it was tax day. I was in Milbridge, and had a busy day – all good!

Friday night I went to a fundraiser for a local non-profit. It was a GREAT way for an introvert like me to help out. For two $20 tickets, we each got a handmade pottery bowl and a take out cup of homemade soup. I basically bought the tickets, chose the bowls from those available from local potters, and picked out two to go containers of soup. I chatted for a few minutes with a few ladies I know, and came home, heated up the soup and had supper. It accomplished a few good things – supported a local non-profit, did a bit of networking, got a yummy supper AND we now have two pretty blue bowls from one of my favorite local potters.

Saturday was a funny kind of day – we had to stop at the bank and sign a few papers for our refinance – YEAH!!!, then we went over to EBS so I could show A the tiles I would like to use for our backsplash, and we puttered around the store looking at things. I got a few seed packets, always optimistic that spring will arrive.

We went to Martha’s cafe for brunch, and then to Home Depot for more aisle wandering. Still looking for the perfect lights for our headboard which exists only in my head. A found something she has wanted for a while – battery operated skill saw, and some kind of sealer for the table saw deck. From there, we went to Marden’s, and wandered a bit. I found a few spools of ribbon, but not much else. I really have a hard time with salvage style stores. It just all looks like junk to me sometimes. Other times, I am full of creativity about what I can do with these things in the wrong colors and shapes. Saturday was not one of those days.

All of this shopping was a way to kill some time, until I met up with one of my coworkers, to go to the local farmers market annual meeting. They had asked us to come and talk about ways to raise funds to support their “double SNAP” program. We were glad to do that, as we have worked with them for years to offer the program with grant funding. That funding is nearly through, and we want the program to go on. So, we did that, and then she dropped me back of to meet up with A, who, although I thought she would be shopping without me, actually was taking a nap in the sun in the parking lot. Not a bad way to spend a beautiful late winter afternoon.

Today is a low-key home day. A did some work up in that big closet of hers, getting the insulation in right. I finished reading a suspense novel – a Lisa Gardner, titled Catch Me – that I could NOT put down, even though, it turns out, I had figured out who did it, and even why, before the end. It still was really good. This afternoon, after I get offline heeheehee I will head up to clean up the craft room. Two reasons. I do need to start making the easter cards for the family, and think about the April birthday cards. But also, next weekend, I want to get painting the loft, and so there needs to be a place to put the things that are there. I think that will be the craft room. I am getting excited about getting that room done – and the books unpacked. I will get to see my old favorites, and maybe some I have forgotten I have… it’s weeks away, but in the foreseeable future.
new pattern idea
Somewhere in there, I finished another hat. I have a vision of a new hat in my head. This isn’t it, although it has some of the elements I want in it. Same basic shape I always do, but I want to figure a way to make it a little more feminine, without going overboard. So the roll brim is supposed to be more like a ruffle – I will work on that – and the cable cuff is supposed to show more. That it doesn’t is my fault, I didn’t worry too much about what yarn I used, and the tweedy combination made by a thread each of gray and green wools makes details hard to see. I plan to work on this pattern again in some plainer yarn, and see how it comes out. I’ll keep you posted, and if it ever is worth sharing, you will be the first to know.

I am almost done with the sweater I am working on for a coworker. I will need her to try it on to make sure I have the lengths of things right, but I might get it done, other than that, today, which would be great! After that, it is on to leg warmers for niece C. Then, I think socks for me, or maybe back to the big red sweater. Also for me. With hats in between. Not for me. And somewhere in there is the blue-green cowl with last weeks yarn. For me. ūüôā

So. Tomorrow is Monday, start of another long work week. Next Friday it’s taxes in SW Harbor again – so no fun Friday list. But I hope to remember to get before and after pictures of the painting project to share with you.

In the Midst of a Really Nice, LONG Weekend

boxes and drawers awaiting trim and beadboard fronts
A “posing” happily… which changed when I said it was going on my blog!
this geranium is at least 20 years old, and still blooms happily for me after a summer on the deck
With no frost this fall, the morning glories are able to go to town – best year ever for them, although that isn’t saying much as I never had ANY luck with them before.


cheerful marigolds look lush this year


Autumn colors surround the front deck

That list from Friday?¬† Well, I didn’t do too badly.¬† It didn’t actually get sunny out until after lunch, so in the a.m., I did the errands – PO, grocery store, hardware store.¬† Then I did some more draining of the pool, but not all.¬† I did, however, cover it so that no more leaves and water will go in.¬† I think this will be a long process.¬† I wonder what will happen if I never actually get it done and in the cellar?¬† Will that make next spring harder or easier?

I DID get the plants from the deck all cleaned up, re-potted where necessary, and into the house.  That was a lot of work, a lot of heavy lifting and carrying.  And Allie Cat followed my every move, watching from inside the living room door.

I carted a wagon load of chairs, empty pots, and general summer flotsam down to the cellar and got it put away.¬† I also attacked the railing on the deck off the bedroom – got the two pieces that were ready in place and attached.¬† Then I cut the final piece, and was going to stain it, but realized it was too wet.¬† So that sits in our nice dry cellar, and should be good to stain tonight or tomorrow.¬† Or next week…although I would like to get it complete before it gets much colder.¬† After all, it has been a year in the making!

I set the cedar planter.¬† Now to fill it with dirt.¬† I used all that we had (6 bags) and it didn’t make a dent, so I ordered as many as they can get their hands on at EBS.¬† We will see how many that is.¬† I got a bale of peat moss to mix in as well, so that should help with some good bulk. I was busy busy busy, and by the end of the day, I was exhausted.¬† Did I mention I also did laundry and cleaned the bathroom?¬† No? Well I did.

I was outside wrapping up things when I realized it was 4:55, and if I wanted to catch A before she left work, I should hurry.¬† So, I called and told her we were going out to dinner, I didn’t care where, but I wasn’t in a mood to think about dinner.¬† She took it amazingly well (as I suspected she would, since weigh in was done¬†for¬†the week).¬† We went to the Angler is Searsport – had wonderful food, which of course, I am still eating, and¬†will be for a few more days.¬† I even got bread pudding, which I love.¬† It has been my treat ever since, and I think I have one more serving left. I can’t worry about the calories that come when we eat out, when the whole meal comes home and lasts me three or four days.¬† That is the wonderful part about the gastric by-pass.¬† You really can just have a taste of something and be satisfied.

I also took lots of photos throughout the day – the colors of things seemed so vibrant in the cool foggy morning, I couldn’t resist.¬† How nice that digital is free – and instant.¬† I can see that nothing came out as I thought it would right away, instead of waiting for film – and paying for it, too!

Anyway, that was my Friday!¬† Full of work.¬† Saturday wasn’t much different – but it was different kind of work.¬†A and I went for a longer than usual walk in the morning – after we stayed in bed reading later than normal.¬†¬†I went to the hardware store, etc in the morning, and to the book store – had to get the book club reads for next month, and they had the next several months in stock, so I got a whole pile of books.¬† Is there anything more delicious for a rainy weekend?

Trouble is, it never rained. So I kept puttering away.¬† Got the guest room ready for next week’s company, cooked a chicken for supper for A, and made chicken soup for the freezer. Did more laundry. Helped A in the workshop – she is really ALMOST FINISHED with the bed.¬† I know¬†I keep saying that, but really, she is so close!¬† How close?¬† Well, it consists of three boxes, each with two drawers.¬† She has one box and drawers completely done and ready for me to paint.¬† She has the second box done and just needs to give it the final sanding.¬† The third box is all done except for the trim and beadboard¬†drawer front.¬† Since she will be left alone all day next saturday while I am at Husson doing parent weekend things with L and the girls, I think she will finish her part of that box as well.¬† I will try to get the finished ones painted this week, so that we can move them into place next weekend, while we have young, strong backs here to help move them around upstairs.¬† I even remembered to take photos.

One funny thing – remember how I said Allie Cat supervised me all day Friday?¬† Well, we did not see a sign of her on Friday night or¬†Saturday – she was passed¬†out all evening, and then went upstairs to snuggle on the futon, where she stayed ALL day Saturday.¬† I told you I walked a lot.¬† And for a little 7 month old kitten to walk the same without her usual midday naps was pretty¬†exhausting, apparently.¬† She was more alert today, and ready to play “hockey” in the kitchen this morning with her ice-cube.

Tomorrow is sailing – for real!¬† It is supposed to be cold but clear.¬† Can’t wait to get out on the ocean.¬† I know it will be months before we can do it again.