Thursday, August 25, 2016

Humourous

Or maybe not so much.

I just took the time to look back to see when I last checked in on my little old blog.

Apparently it was right before I had carpel tunnel surgery on my left hand.

Well... That went as planned.  Went back to work while waiting on the house to sell.




Since then, all I've pretty much done is go to work and do the day to day little chores to keep the house somewhat show worthy, and keep myself in clean laundry and food.

I'm pretty much in a holding pattern.

EXCEPT!

I just had another surgery!  This time my right wrist.  This is a workmans comp claim.

I will never go the workman comp route again.  Just. Saying.


I'm trying to see the humor in things.

Want to sell my house ---- not happening as fast as I'd like.

Repetitive motion injuries --- from a job that I am so over with :)

Wanting to move on --- but just not yet according to the fates.

While I have been bored here at home, I have done a little bit of rug strip sewing.  That's a light enough job it's doable with the recovering hand.

I don't have a loom warped.  The old blue loom is still unfinished from the rehab.  And I just didn't dare put any pictures of my weaving projects on line, since the work comp people thought it was my hobby that has caused my injury.   Seriously!   There was no way it was caused by the 50 + hours I've worked at my job the last 5 years???   Sarcasm intended....

I would take any any all positive thoughts in regards to my house sale, and even for my poor worn out body :)

All for now,
JULIE

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Much Better!

So I decided to take the last 4 work days before my surgery as PTO  (time off).   I decided I needed to do some of the things that drive me crazy that don't get done.  I didn't want to look at those things while I couldn't do them...

My 5$ loom has received most of my attention -- here she is!

  Just a little better than she was....

I do still need to get a thread guide board constructed and attached to replace the broken bendy wire version that was there before.  And she never did have a crank on the beam, so I'm cogitating on that, too.

I suppose she now deserves some new heddles and I will research where to get those.  The old rusty ones have been failing on me lately, so it's time.

She's way more sturdy than she was, I think she's pretty square, but will reserve judgement until I get a warp on and get to weaving.  There may be a few adjustments yet to make. 

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out - especially since I didn't take a whole lot of time and didn't try to be perfect with the refinish.  It was the first time I've used a colored stain, so that was a learning experience- Not sure I'm a fan, but I wouldn't do it differently.

Wish it was this easy to rehab me!  LOL

All for now,
JULIE


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Waiting....

Waiting.
Waiting.
Waiting.

Last fall the house went on the market - bad timing for South Dakota.  Seasons, ya know.  Winter, cold, snow....

Now that spring is in sight, there has been some interest, so it's all good. :)

While I've been waiting life goes on. 

Both looms are naked.  No warp, and I'm putting off putting one on!  If I did, I would be too tempted to weave instead of doing the rehab on my 5$ loom.  

Blue is getting a facelift...

Here is the before picture.  When she's done, I'll show you  her after picture.  I'm going for a tighten up, spitshine type of deal.  I didn't strip all the blue paint off, just scraping the loose stuff off, sanding and overstaining her.  I'm all for letting the history show.

Mostly what I need to get is a good tighten and square up for this loom.  I tried to get my ex to do it for me, but his current wife said no - LOL.

While I'm waiting for the house to sell, I've been working lots of hours... As usual!  I am so tired of overtime.  Five years of close to 50 hours a week average and I am worn out.  Tomorrow I have testing and a consult for my left hand for carpel tunnel symptoms, and on my right arm, I have another appointment for a repetitive injury claim from work.  My right arm went on strike last week.  We'll see what they say is wrong with it.

I am so tired, last fall I asked my father to do me a huge favor.  My ponies went to live with my parents.  First time since before I was married that I didn't have my horses out my kitchen window.  I miss them, but I just couldn't bear the thought of the effort it was going to take to give minimum care to the girls this winter.  My dad ( or my brother ) is out every day caring for his cows and calves, and he had an empty lot, so they went 45 miles away. 

No more worrying about frozen water fountains, hauling hay, and protecting them from the weather. 

Here's a picture of Miss Buzz.  She is, as they say, 'prosperous'.



So basically I'm in a holding pattern.  Hard to start new projects, hard to get excited, but I'm keepin' on keepin' on.

All for now,
JULIE


Saturday, September 12, 2015

Good Company

My supper date tonite!

Thought I'd share this funny photo I took tonite.  Just me, my 'date' and a good steak.  Added my favorite cheap wine and woohoo!  Saturday night at my house.  LOL

I am slogging away at prepping the house to list.  I think it's almost there.

If not this week, then next.  

Then we'll see how fast - or slow- the market is here.  

All for now,

JULIE

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ouchies



We had an eventful afternoon yesterday.  Yes, that is hail. 



Oh Goody!  I have a broken window.








Ugh.  I feel awful my pony girls had to ride this one out.  The little shed I have for them was scarier (loud) than being pummeled I guess.





And then there is this.

Dimples are cute, right?

The horse trailer roof is the same.


Insurance has been contacted and appointments scheduled.







It will be interesting to find out about the roof of my house. :)

Horses seem OK.  No obvious contusions or wounds, but I bet they are sore.

This was the backside of the storm with the hail.

Another almost as scary storm followed of heavy rain and lightening.  No wind for either storm.  Just straight down water and ice.




And then this...

A friend described this as 'sky blue pink'.  Appropriate I think.

I am thankful the horses came through ok and the window glass on the truck survived.  Windshield vehicle glass around me was hit hard.  5 friends that I'm aware of had the glass shattered - many more cracked.  Body shops will be busy.

All for now.  Since we got some precipitation, I need to go mow my lawn now.

JULIE

Sunday, July 12, 2015

In Shock

My looms are, that is!  LOL

I haven't been weaving - I've been working construction this summer...

That's in addition to my day job, of course.

Major strides on my finish project - Pictured is my basement/lower level.

Much more pleasant!

I'm not quite finished - I'm currently waiting on a contractor to come and put in the doors - I don't feel up to that task.

I hired out the framing, electrical, the plumbing and sheetrock hanging.  I've done everything else - with some help from my son for the suspended ceiling and laminate flooring.  I added about 1100 square feet of living space - Two bedrooms and bathroom and the living area I have pictured.  That's a lot of area to work by yourself. 

I'm pooped - HAHA

Hoping for rain so that said contractor can take a day off from roofing in the area - he's busy with that all summer - and come do the doors and trim work.  It's hard to find someone willing to do these small jobs.  They all want to build a whole house....

Then I get to stage, clean, and declutter.  Real estate agent has been here and is working on coming up with asking price and as soon as I can get this place company ready, it goes on the market!

Still don't have plans for where to go and what to do.

I'll figure that out later!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

This plan that I speak of...

The "plan" is to FINISH THIS D*#%  HOUSE.

I pulled off the 1960's paneling, had an electrician come and wire in some ceiling lights - there had never been any, and add a couple of outlets while the wall was open.

I lucked into a crew that is hanging sheetrock as we speak.  No lifting for me!!!!!   Now it's ready to be taped and mudded and textured and painted.  Then the trim and this room will be finished-----

Downstairs: 

I tried to find a before picture - twas hard!  I was kind of ashamed of the state of my life down there! 

Check out the background of this picture, the whole space was like this.  Piles of totes and other assorted unfinished projects.   This loom has since found a new home.  It needed a major restoration, and since it wouldn't have ended up being a good rug loom, I let it go.

Here's the basement right now!





I have rooms! 

The looms are covered and I have pared down to things I love and use.  I am excited to get this finished. 

As soon as that is accomplished,

this house is going on the market.

If and when it sells...

Who knows what I will do and where I will go. 

I will decide then.

All for now,
JULIE