speak

I found this on Elizabeth Bear's blog:

from

[info]majikshop

"If
you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now,even if we
don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory ofyou and me. It
can be anything you want — good or bad. When you'refinished, post this
little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (ormortified) about what
people remember about you."

sewing table audition


sewing table audition
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

same window, same corner – lots of stuff gone. Some is in the cellar, because I just can’t stand to let go of it, however if it gets flooded and wrecked I will only be a little sad. Five boxes are gone to people who will use it; Freecycle, a community art group, and the school. There are more boxes to look through, but I guess I am mostly resigned to putting my hand on every object I have in the room and deciding what to do with it.

The sewing table is undergoing an audition. It doesn’t feel quite right, but I may just be out of practice sewing at a shorter table.

power tools

I wrestled with a pile of power tools yesterday. I managed not to remove any fingers, which is always good.

The hedge is substantially shorter than it was, and my neighbor can now see over it when she backs out of her driveway. This maintains a peaceful relationship between us and the neighbor with lawn issues. I keep the hedge down and she keeps off my case about how ratty and kid abused out back yard is.

My work table (which closely resembles a hollow core door on six stacked shoe holders) has been removed from the workroom. I am trying to make space that is permanent; real furniture, real materials, and no casters. The table has been a stop-gap measure for years. I just decided it wasn't working. So I whacked a chuck off the end of it, and I'll see if that makes it fit better, and if I use it better. Things just stacked up on it, until I couldn't find anything. Clearly I don't need something that long, if I only pile things on the end. Unfortunately I have no clear idea what to rest it on.

I am wavering on what to put back. I had to rest my sewing machine on something, so I have a sewing table given by some friends. It feels pretty sturdy, so it is almost real furniture, although it doesn't quite meet the real materials criteria. I need a place to construct things, and I've been doing that mostly on the ironing board. I was thinking about a piece of Ikea kitchen ware with lots of drawers to store fabric and sewing machine parts, and than padding part of the top for ironing purposes. It would be nice to have enough ironing space for big square works all at once. 

DAR pond


DAR pond
Originally uploaded by Dancing Crow.

We live near the best pond.

It is small enough to swim across in times of high energy or people overboard, it is big enough to circumnavigate in an hour, it has blueberry bushes all around the shore, and a campground and a swimming beach. The swimming beach has shade all day, so you can choose how much to bake in the sun, and have a cool place to retreat to at any time.

I rashly told Aerin that if it was not raining and there were no thunderstorms on the weather radar that we could sail Sunday afternoon. So we did. There was very very little wind, but there was enough to push the two little boats around. Having ridden my bike for almost two hours earlier that day I chose to stay ashore and read (no socks. Huh.) and take pictures. This is one of my favorites.

It really is a sweet little pond.