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Um...is this thing on? Oct. 18th, 2018 @ 04:52 pm
:whew: It's been a whirlwind, but I think I can finally breathe again. The contract work is done for the moment, my cosplay is finished, the etsy shop is current-ish, and Duncan is sleeping. For now. :lol:

Where to begin........

1. Comic-con is this weekend! I am going Sunday as Uraraka from My Hero Academia. Fabric.com SUCKS, but it got the job done. I....don't want to think about cosplay again for a while.....

2. The shop has tons of earrings. I have 1 purse to list, but want to get a few more done first. I have another cut out ready to sew; today was spent sewing a new purse for me for the Con. In My Hero Academia fabric, to hopefully create some interest in our wares. (The one waiting for sewing is ALSO MHA......I'm hoping the buzz will help.

3. We subscribe to Great Courses Plus - streaming service for most of their classes. (If you're not familiar....get thee to Great Courses and start browsing. College courses, videoed. Don't buy them at full price - they go on sale All The Time. Or hit eBay. OR.....subscribe to Great Courses Plus, and stream them. It's.....on sale, $120/year. If you pay month-to-month, it's $20/month. WELL worth it! ) Right now, I'm printing the guide to "Biblical Hebrew"......I have been trying to learn Hebrew for 6 years now - it hasn't gone well. I'm hoping having an actual *course* will help. A lot of their catalog is streamed, now......seriously, check it out!

4. Ankle is NO better. :sigh:

Not much else to report - I need to head back to the house before it starts raining again.

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SO Sorry for the radio silence! Sep. 26th, 2018 @ 03:39 pm
I have some good excuses, though....

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Seriously, can you blame me? :lol:

Let's see.....


1. Duncan came home 9/16, and had his first vet visit on 9/17. He's healthy and happy, and so are we. He's figured out the pet door....but hasn't quite figured out that poopies are OUTside, not Inside. He's also figured out how to climb up on the couch...puppy snuggles are great!

2. Herself and I opened an Etsy shop - I can't figure out how to link here, but the shop name is thatdamnfangirl . Herself's idea - it's a riff on something Kacchan from MHA says ("You damn nerd!") She thought it was hysterical, so......there ya go. Not much there right now except earrings, but I'll be uploading bags as soon as I finish my cosplay. (Uraraka from MHA, in her UA uniform, with a Deku doll. We have the wig, and I've finished the blouse. Just need to do the jacket and skirt....I have until 10/19.....wish me luck!)

3. The Lord sent a contract job my way - it has been a HUGE blessing. I've earned enough so far to buy a new, improved rice cooker (Himself's request. This thing.....it's a Zojirushi, it has multiple rice type settings, and....well. I haven't figured it all out yet, but Himself has.), and new tires for the Jeep (soon as that check comes in, we're off to Firestone. :huzzah!: Next up is some more storage for my studio (Ikea lack and kallax, both in white), and a new sofa and loveseat for the living room. (Ikea. The Evil Empire has me in thrall. :lol:)

4. Ankle......yeah. Moving on.....:sigh:

Happy Sukkot, y'all!

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Have some Photos! Aug. 23rd, 2018 @ 09:51 am
We didn't get to visit the breeder this weekend (more on that in a moment), but she sent me some lovely pictures yesterday. He's gotten Big!

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We're planning on going out this weekend, since all our necessary chores are done (as of today - right now, in fact.) See......last August, when we got our septic tank pumped, they informed me that the tank (fiberglass) was collapsing, and gave me anywhere from a few months to a year.

It lasted just at 1 year. Last month, the alarm went off - so we called. They sent out an inspector.....long story short, the tank has totally collapsed and needed replacing STAT. Gave me an estimate of 6 weeks......2 days later the planner came out, did a drawing, and gave me an estimate of, still, 6 weeks.

3 days later, he called and said they'd install the new CONCRETE tank, in *3* weeks. Or, today. :gulp:

So. I went into work mode. No one else did. :sigh: Last weekend, SG finally realized that Oh, S**t! Tank install is THIS THURSDAY oh dear! :sigh:

The back fence has been moved to behind my Studio (FINALLY! 2 years I've been waiting......) We put up a temporary side fence, and yesterday (yup. YESTERDAY. Why do I even....?) the old back fence was removed (well....most of it. There's still 16' that needs to come down....but at least MOST of it's down, right?)

This AM, SG removed the temporary side fence so that they could get the equipment in. I have 5 very upset dogs in the house right now - don't I understand that there are THINGS that need barking at? Outside? Now???? :lol:

We also got Himself's Studio and the "sweat shop" (what? It's better than "torture chamber", yes?)(home gym) painted, all the lights/fans installed, and measured for carpet. The carpet has been ordered and paid for, and the floor store ordered it Tuesday. Should be here in 2 weeks or so.....

Herself and I have "opened" an easy store. There's only 1 thing in it right now (Pokemon cards), but soon it'll be stocked with geeky jewelry and bags. I'll post a link once it's open - and then I will try not to mention it much again. I don't want this to devolve into an advertisement channel. :lol:

ETA: well....I am a klutz. While the guys were getting ready to remove the electrical box for the old system, they told me they needed to cut the power. I said OK, then realized that they didn’t know to also cut the solar box. I ran outside and got them safe, watched them remove the box, tie off the wires, and restart both boxes. I turned to walk back to the door, and found a hole Chloe had dug....and felt - and heard - something in my left ankle POP. Sigh. I have an orange-sized ankle now, turning a lovely shade of black - down from the softball-sized ankle of yesterday. Hurts......but I’ve survived worse. I e is my friend.......

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Your sorta-weekly Duncan update! Aug. 12th, 2018 @ 08:11 am
Sorry about last week - we had to skip the visit due to working on the new building...but this week! We spent a good hour with him yesterday. He's looking more and more like a *real* Wolfie now!

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I got PUPPY KISSES!!!!!!!! Lots of them - he's a snuggler!

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Sleepy baby....

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VERY sleepy - you can see how big he's gotten!

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He's got a nice profile.

SG wants to show........oi vey! I've never shown dogs....but horses. Horse shows I know. Political to the max. Expensive. The breeder says dog shows aren't very expensive, but they ARE political. Fun.......well, it may be. We'll see. SG wants to breed.......again, we'll see. *I* just want a Wolfie around the house. :lol:

Gotta skitter - rain is moving in, and I need to be in the Studio.

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It's Photo day! Jul. 30th, 2018 @ 10:54 am
We ran out and saw wee Duncan on Friday - the breeder was taking one of her Danes to a show over the weekend, so...if we wanted snuggles, it had to be Friday. No biggie - the kids and I wanted to hit Ikea, which is in between us and the breeder, so it all worked out.

On Friday, he had 1 eye open! You can see just how much bigger he is now - it takes more than 1 hand to hold him!


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By Saturday evening, he had both eyes open. He's SO CUTE!!!

We spent an hour with him - me snuggling, Himself snapping photos, and Herself cooing at him and the Dane puppies. :lol: We then hit the comic store (Himself scored the new Thrawn novel - it's good. We both read it over the weekend - couldn't put it down. ), then Ikea. I spent Saturday assembling 3 Billys for my Studio, and yesterday tidying up. Then I assembled Herself's new craft desk. Today we started tidying HER studio......the desk in in place and already full. (What can I say - FIL had a bunch of stained glass tools. That are now ON her desk. Eventually we'll get them sorted and in the drawers....for now, we have a path into the house that doesn't involve gymnastics. :rofl:

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» Weekly Update...
Looks like I'll be updating weekly, for a while anyway. :lol: Puppy pictures are IMPORTANT STUFF, y'all! I need to share the cuteness!

Duncan at 1 week old. He's now 2 lbs, 9 oz - so he's doubled his weight!

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We didn't visit this week - too much going on here. We are going THIS weekend, though - so you'll have photos that we took (these are from the breeder.)

The boys have been working on the new Studio/gym. Himself is learning how to wire up a house - good experience! He's done all the plugs on his side, and most of the plugs on the gym side. Today he has a few more to do; tonight he and SG are starting on building the panel.

Meanwhile, I've been in the Studio myself. I have another project bag completed - this one is the Swoon Harriet tote bag.

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This is the last of my MHA fabric; I got 2 complete bags out of 1 yard (plus a very, very little left over. Maybe enough to do a coin purse....) Once again, Swoon patterns show how well-written and designed they are; no major problems (well, I did sew the top inside panels in upside down, because the pattern doesn't show which way the pattern should run. No biggie - this is my new knitting bag - but next time I know which way to orient those panels. :lol:). The bag went together nicely - it only took me about 5 hours from printing the pattern to turning off the sewing machine; I did differ in my clasp. The pattern calls for a magnetic clasp; I used a turn lock instead.

The cool thing about the Harriet is the expandable sides. The bag, closed, holds an 8.5" x 11" laminated pattern, my current 2-ball sock project, the completed sock, my darning egg, and a bunch of misc. tools easily. I think I could fit a sweater project in there if I unzipped the sides.

Herself thinks she wants one of these. :lol: We'll see - today I am making a Brooklyn bag. She might just change her mind.........:rofl: (Why, yes - I am knocking out bags recently. I *need* new project bags, and a couple more purses. Plus......Mom wants a bag, and I want to give her few choices of style. Can't really do that without examples, can I? :lol:)

Gotta skitter!

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» I give you.....PHOTOS!!!
So. We are all giggly-happy over Duncan's arrival. *We* won't get him until mid-September, of course, but the breeder has been happily sharing her photos with us. Since I know y'all are only here for puppy pictures, let's start with him:

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This was the first picture she sent me. Let's all say "Daawwwwwwww...." :lol: Then came these:

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Then we made a trip to visit.....and Herself snapped this one of me and Duncan:

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There is another photo, but I am making a very silly face (I was cooing at him, all right?) so it will NOT be posted. :lol:

After we got home, this appeared in my text messages:

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Moving on before we all succumb to cuteness overload.......I spent most of yesterday in my Studio (finally!) and managed to knock out another purse:

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It's the Swoon Patterns Blanche bag. The fabric is from Spoonflower - expensive, but the ONLY place I could find My Hero Academia themed fabric. I accidentally grabbed an invisible zipper (it was the correct color!), so Uraraka is helping me with the pull. :lol:

And, finally - Herself has a new friend:

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His name is Griff; he's a Joltean (Pokemon) made by an Etsy.com artist named CrypticEnigma. He's AWESOME. Very well made, the fabric is lush and soft and nice, and the artist couldn't be nicer. (Herself has ordered 4 custom plushes from her now......:heh: She's sending up progress shots - she is SO TALENTED!)

Himself and I played a new outdoor game this AM - Recoil. Basically, laser-tag. With air strikes. He beat me handily, but it was fun.

Gotta skitter - Himself has a doc appointment, and he wants to take us out to lunch. Laters!

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» We are with Wolfhound.....
Duncan (working name) was born early early this morning. He and his 4 sisters are doing well, as is Mom. We ran out to peek this morning - oh my goodness is he the tiniest bit of Wolfhound I’ve ever seen! I did get to cuddle him - youngest puppy I’ve ever snuggled.

The breeder thinks he’ll look like Dad (who looks like Bree).....so, I have another blonde. But a BOY!!

Pics will be forthcoming - I have a couple on my phone. He’s the biggest of the 5, and the only non-brindle.

Mom demanded some pats, then ignored us. :lol: so did Dad - I got leaned on. And licked.

Hope your day is going as well as ours!

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» Happy July!
Not much going on here. It's Hot, it's dry.....except it's about to rain right now. :lol:

Haven't done anything in the Studio in...about a month and a half. There are 2 window A/C units in front of my ironing board, so pressing is out, and there's no reason to sew if I can't press as I go. Can't weave, because there is a lot of stuff that needs rehoming in front of my bench......so I've been in the house, doing not much of anything.

Himself's studio/home gym is supposed to be built this week. We hit Ikea yesterday to get ideas on furniture for Himself's side, and a TV stand for the gym. We purchased our workout equipment over the 4th, so we will be ready to go soon. I hope. :lol:

Wolfhound update - 5 puppies, due 7/14. I am hopefully looking forward to this......IF there's a boy, he's coming home with me. We have a short-list of names; Duncan and Connor are at the top. So far. (I do have a list of girls names, as well, just in case....but I want a boy this time.)

Not much else to report - I'll check back in later!

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» I think we'll survive....
First off, thank you EVERYONE that has kept us in your thoughts/prayers. It's been.....tough. Thank you for helping us.

Let me see....

Families can be...tough. We had some drama....but I am trying to ignore it. The Estate was to be split 3 ways, with the kids splitting 1 share (their dad's, basically. 3 kids in the family. I was honestly surprised that the kids were included, even though SG told me I shouldn't be. :shrug: I am VERY grateful!) BIL said we could all go thru and take what we wanted, with the understanding that Herself got ALL the stained glass components (not the finished stuff, but the glass/tools/etc. Apparently, I was the only one that didn't know she got the glass as well as the tools.....Surprise! :lol:) Ended up that 1 family member basically stripped the house of everything worth something.......including a couple of first edition books. :sigh: It's only stuff.....the only thing that hurt was 1 of the beds - it had been left to Herself, and EVERYONE knew it. We talked it over - we have NO room - and SHE decided it should be included in the Estate Sale, and everyone could get a piece of it. It.....got taken. Oh, well......I think I have Herself accepting it now, but it has been hard. Himself didn't want anything, but I got him some of FIL's things from Lockheed - like the tie tacks representing all the planes he worked on. :lol: And FIL's Navy yearbook.

Anyway - *7* full Jeep loads later (and 1 truck load!), we have all (or, almost all) of the glass and tools here. FIL....well. He'd been doing stained glass since the '90's.....and he had a bit of a....well.....stash problem. AND he was an Engineer.....so he had ALL the THINGS. And now we have all the things......Oy Vey.....We had spent the Tuesday evening after the funeral emptying out Herself's studio, cleaning it up, and painting the floor. Everything was outside, because it's JUNE, and that means HOT and Dry. Only......at 4:00 Wednesday AM, I was awoken by the distant rumblings of thunder. At 5 AM, SG was awoken by a HUGE clap of thunder, and we spent the next 45 minutes frantically hauling stuff back inside, trying to keep it dry. We.....failed, but the kilns and my soap was safely inside before the rain hit. Nothing got ruined, but...what a way to wake up! (The plan had been to bring everything inside Wed. morning, carefully putting it where it belonged, then taking Himself to his therapy appointment. That was a fail!) At least we had room for the glass storage......I thought. :lol: I didn't realize how MUCH glass he had....let's just say that *I* no longer think I have a yarn problem. :rofl: (It got SO bad, that I was yelling at the kids to QUIT opening boxes in FIL's garage. Seriously - every single time we opened a box, there was more glass. Or patterns. Or tools. We now have....8 soldering irons. The man had backups for his backups! :lol: And I'm sure we left some stuff......I have asked that the Estate Sale guy put any glass stuff aside for us, but if he doesn't, oh well. I think we can afford to buy any tools we may have missed. :nods:)

I have been trying to organize.....we have a large filing cabinet full of patterns. We will NEVER need to purchase a pattern...ever. We have tools I don't know what they do. And....I need to learn, because Herself only wanted the scraps for jewelry making, and we have panels. And panels. And large scraps. And did I mention patterns? Because.......yeah. :lol: Guess I have a new hobby.....I have plans. I want to eventually do a panel for our back door.....and transom-type panels for the top of each window in the house. I've been reading - this doesn't look like a difficult hobby. You trace your pattern on the glass, cut it (either with the hand wheel, or a saw - we have both), grind it (have 2 grinders), then foil it, tin it, and solder it. Add a frame (of lead - we have....quite a bit) and hangers, and voila! Done! We're going to start with mosaic stepping stones, so we can learn to cut and grind on pieces that don't...matter so much, then move to sun catchers. Then panels. We just have to get her studio fully organized...which will take some time. And some new furniture - she needs a larger desk to hold the workspace - the table FIL used will be where the saw and grinders live. (He had a HUGE workbench where they lived, but we have no room for that. We can squeeze in a desk, though, along with the table.) He also had a microwave and a microwave kiln for slumping glass.....:whee!:

And.....I think we are with puppy. I found a breeder not too far away that has a litter of Wolfhounds due 7/10. The sire....is closely related to Bree. :sob: and :lol: We visited them Sunday, and he is a HUGE love bug. The mom-to-be was a little more aloof than other Wolfies I've met, but I figure it's due to the pregnancy. She's got the more classic, bulkier/chunkier build than Bree (and the sire) had - which is actually what I want this time. And I want a boy. I told the breeder I'd be there the day after the litter arrives to put the deposit down; I didn't want to put down a non-refundable deposit and then not get a boy. :sigh: IF this works out, we'll be bringing the laddie home on or about Sept. 18......:fingers crossed: I miss my Wolfie......

Think that brings us almost up to date.

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