Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Anniversary Piece

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Every year I make an anniversary piece. This was my second and better idea.

Anniversary Piece

Hanger–Code for Anniversary Date
Left side is 05271983, Right side 05272020

Anniversary Piece Date Code

Block Used for Dots
Anniversary Piece Dot

Block Used for Dashes
Anniversary Piece Dash

Code Used
The first row of 3 dots and 2 dashes represents the number 3.
The second row of 2 dashes and 3 dots represents the number 7.
Yep, 37 years.

Anniversary Piece Hung

Materials List
Roofing Felt, Tree Wrap (back of piece), Hardware Cloth, Wool, Gourd Pins.


Another Shadow

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

Shadow


Anniversary Idea Sketch

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

Anniversary

Dashes are in cream yarn.
Dots are in brown yarn.
Spacers are in tan yarn.


Cool Cast Shadow

Saturday, May 16th, 2020

Shadow

Plant Shadow


Christmas Trees in October?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

Popped in Home Depot this afternoon and found this display of Christmas Trees.

Christmas Trees

Why now? Haven’t yet handed out candy to costumed kids trick or treating.


Thoughts, Words… In Progress

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Today I cut 330 plus pieces of hardware cloth for my Thoughts/Words… piece. The extra pieces are to replace blocks that are not quite right. Sometimes when trimming a block it is possible to break the joint. A broken joint can result in shredded fiber and make it difficult to bind the block. Also, the wire is sharp and can cause wounds.

Hardware Cloth

My gloves don’t appear too damaged.

Gloves

This is how I had my hand taped. I kept adding tape when areas felt a bit stingy. The clear plastic tape on my palm is a horrible product. It gets sticky and leaves a sticky residue after it is removed.

Hand Taped

The tools that I use to cut the hardware cloth and the removed tape.

Removed Tape

And a few blisters.

Hand Blisters

My palm tonight after a day working, making dinner, and washing dishes.

Hand This Evening

Not as annoying as a month after hand surgery. Apparently, when you are told to work as much as you feel up to, they really mean an hour a day, not 6-8 hours per day.

Blue Hand

The result was the inability to work for nearly two months. And certain activities are still challenging. Last week I had a steroid injection to break up the scar tissue. After the bruise and sting went away, my hand is behaving more like a healthy hand.

I really should have spread out the repetitive cutting of hardware. Funny how when you get in the zone, you just keep working.

So, tomorrow I will spend part of the day cutting and perforating 330 pieces of roofing felt. Maybe begin assembling the blocks.


Soup Making Bubbles

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Soup Making Bubbles

They bubble formation occurred when I was steaming onion and carrots in a small amount of water.

Quick Vegetable Soup
Steam chopped onion and grated carrot in small amount of water. Add frozen vegetables. When vegetables are softened, add tomato soup or Spicy V-8 or a combination with 1 or 2 vegetarian bouillon cubes.

Can be served as is or with saltines, with Matzos, toast, rice, or pasta.


Didn’t I Purchase Tofu?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Tofu

This is what happens when you misplace tofu in the car for two weeks!

Tofu


Misplaced Shoes

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

I have been thinking about compiling a series of misplaced shoes…those single shoes found in odd places.

When I was in the grocery store parking lot I saw this pair of brown shoes.

Misplaced Shoes

I like a nice oxford. The shoes look like they would be comfortable. I would definitely wear them. Wonder if the owner of the misplaced shoes attached the orange strip of plastic. But, why would someone do that and then leave them behind?

To see one misplaced shoe is odd, to see a pair is peculiar.


Squirrel Update

Thursday, June 15th, 2017
Squirrel

Squirrel Hoovering the Bird Feeder

Removed the bird feeder from the courtyard thinking that removing the food supply, well except for the garden plants, the squirrel would leave the area. Didn’t work. The squirrel wants to live under the house.

Squirrel Hole

The squirrel removed poultry netting that was to act as a deterrent.

Yesterday, I again removed the bromeliads and ferns and potted them up. The squirrel has been digging them up to access “his” space under the house.

Bromeliads

I placed a layer of rolled poultry netting in all areas previous dug up by the squirrel. Then I applied a layer of poultry netting over the entire space and covered with soil.

This morning, I inserted poultry netting into the hole, added red pepper flakes, replaced the oriningal poultry netting, and covered the lot with soil.

In the past I tried using dog fur (courtesy of our nephew’s dog) that supposedly was a deterrent. Didn’t work. The squirrel removed it and continue to dig.

Now I wait. Gardening is a lot of waiting.

Oak Leaf Hydrngea

The arrow is pointing at a start of an Oak Leaf Hydrangea. It should fill in the space nicely.

Oak Leaf Hydrngea

The Oak Leaf Hydrangea start was taken from a plant, that was a start taken from this plant..

Spending all my time working on the rock/succulent garden leaves little time for cleaning and maintaining other garden areas.

Plan to start placing the rock in the rock/succulent garden today.