I was noting, in the middle of the Hudson Antique Mall in the middle of a weekend trip this past weekend, that it seemed like we — T and I and our Troy friends the McPivins — end up spending a lot of our visits looking at other people’s old junk. Continue reading
We had a storm this weekend!
I think it’s possible that, even if you didn’t live in the region hit by Harper, you’ve heard of the storm that hit this weekend.
It was one of those “the snow just keeps coming” sorts, and then, when the snow had settled down, then came the wind. Huge gusts.
We were lucky: we didn’t lose power, we didn’t need to leave the house. We were warm and cozy, or at least tolerably warm (Depending on which end of the house we were at).
I had an Eseme visiting last weekend!
I hadn’t seen Eseme in five or six years (she’ll know the specifics; I just know it had been ~forever~). So this was a very special occasion, and not just because she drove 8+ hours each way to see me (and the kitties).
(Not that it won’t be awesome if I manage to see her once a year, like we discussed!)
We greeted her on arrival Thursday night with homemade pizza and equally homemade ginger ice cream, both of which I’m rather proud of.
Friday we let other people do the cooking — my favorite diner for breakfast/brunch, my favorite Thai place for dinner — and in between, because I live in the Finger Lakes, we went out and tasted at a winery, a distillery, and a cidery. (She drinks a whiskey drink, she drinks a winey drink; they skip the lager drink, she drinks a cider drink….)
Oh, and my favorite ice cream place.
Saturday, we spent approximately all afternoon shopping, most of that at Hobby Lobby (there’s only one in the whole state of Maine!) and then at our local ReUse center, which is similar to the Habitat for Humanity Restores ( https://www.habitat.org/restores ). Between the two, I ended up getting, notably:
* Some Washi Tape.
(This is my new thing. It’s endless)
(I mean… After we bought washi tape at Hobby Lobby, I went online and bought us both some at Ali Express. Which, being Ali Express, won’t get here for like 5-30 weeks (yes weeks) so it will be a surprise when it gets here).
(for those of you going “what is this thing?” – https://www.cutetape.com/creative/blog/2012/6/what-is-washi-tape – Although at this point, many people call anything narrow-ish and decorative and adhesive washi tape. For instance, one of the ones I bought was a zebra-printed very thin duct tape. Definitely not of the same origins as Japanese paper.)
* Some clearance yarn (of course) and knitting needles.
* a frame for a mini I bought from @Fax
And then from the ReUse Center, another frame (later spray-painted black for my postcard from Antartica), a Holly Hobby plate for Merit (long story, but that’s a cat), and some more knitting needles.
So all in all I’d call that a win for a shopping trip..
We hit the Commons – this is something Ithaca is known for, an area of two blocks long that has been blocked off to car traffic and is just for walking and shopping. We had a blast there, too (I believe Eseme got a tiny dragon or two and I got some vinegar) and then bac home for dinner and s’mores. (With a pipe torch!)
All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful trip! I sent Eseme home Sunday morning with a good breakfast, and I hope I get to see her again soon.
In the meantime, I can always mail her more washi tape…
So, I had a nice 4-day weekend, what about you?
We saw Deadpool 2 (not quite as good as Deadpool 1, but a lot of fun, and Domino was absolutely awesome).
We planted: 7 tomatoes (2 varieties) 5 peppers (3 varieties), 1 eggplant, 6 kale, a tarragon and a parsley (having planted three roses before the weekend). We cleared out 4 bags of drywall and insulation from the attic. I cleaned the house. We shopped for cars…
Oh, yeah. So I uh. My car and I had a small disagreement with a large truck (someone turned in front of him, he stopped fast. I stopped…. less fast). My car is — was — a 2008 Yaris. The truck got way the better end of the deal.
So now we’re looking for a fuel-efficient Japanese or Korean car tall enough inside for my 6’4” husband and comfortable for my arthritic bones.
We’ve got it narrowed down to about 8 models…
Anyway! We went to the farmer’s market, grilled outside (asparagus from our own garden!), chilled out a bit and generally had a good time.
How was your weekend?
This morning, around 6 a.m., I woke up to a silent house, a blank display on my alarm clock, and a cold nose.
Last night, while we were making dinner, I got the robo-call telling me that my university job (which “never closes” and has closed twice in the two winters I’ve worked there) was closed today.
I got out of bed, encouraged the fire, grabbed my phone, made sure it was on airplane (we don’t get cell service here in the boonies and it just kills the batteries), and went back to bed.
It’s noon now, and the power is still out. So’s the landline, so I can’t – without walking out into the middle of the street and praying – call NYSEG to find out how long they assume the power will be out.
I made House Thorne oatmeal on the wood stove, and T. made drip?? coffee with a filter stand. We had toast – I finished a loaf of bread last night – at noon, and we’ve got water for tea heating up on the stove. It’s 74F in the living room, 69F in the next room over, and probably 65,64F in the kitchen (we don’t have a thermometer in there). So we’re in pretty good shape.
Of course, we’re in The Rather Rural, so we don’t have running water, which is a bit of a pain. I “took a bath” by heating water (on the wood stove again) and sitting in front of the stove to shave and such things. It helped, but it’s no proper shower. And we might be out of gallons of water sitting around by the time the power comes back on – but that’s what they’re for, so hey.
It’s kind of nice, in a “I miss my internet people and I can’t play with my dragons and what happens when my laptop loses power” sort of way. It’s quiet – “too quiet” – since there’s no fans, no furnace, no traffic, nothing but the wind and the water heating on the stove, T. talking to himself and reading the book out loud on occasion.
It’s the weird feeling, of “we’ve got this” combined with “but…” Mostly “but” being that “I miss my people and I really want a shower” sort of way.
Also, I’m not 100% sure what we’ll have for dinner, but I have a feeling it will involve rice, be cooked on the wood stove, and hopefully not involve opening the fridge or freezer.
Well, at least work is closed and I don’t have to worry about calling in. 😊
Well! I haven’t done a what’s-Lyn-Doing blog post in quite a while! Boring life, ey?
(I suppose after a summer of MRIs, spinal taps, blood draws, funerals, babies (other people’s) and major home renovation, anything would seem a little boring).
So, what have I been up to? What have YOU been up to?
Knitting, knitting, knitting. I knit my mom and dad each scarflets for Christmas, knit a sleeveless jacket and a hat for Eclipse Viking Baby Capriox. I joined a knit-a-long and am working very slowly on a large asymmetrical triangular shawl, and I am almost done with Secret Project One and about to start on Secret Project Two. Winter is good for knitting!
We were 1/2 of the way through installing new under-cabinet/over-sink LED motion-activated-switch lights 2 weekends ago – and then we realized we had no 1/2″ drill bit. *facepalm* So now we have a bit and it’s too cold to go out to the garage. Soon! Then the dishes and our new sink and awesome new faucet – and dishwasher! (it was a busy summer)- will be illuminated.
Oh, and we got a door and a front wall of sorts on the bathroom before we had company overnight back in the beginning of December. And half the ceiling. Maybe we’ll get the other half of the ceiling done tomorrow!
I live! I have new drugs which are jabbity once every two weeks and sort of make me feel like crap for a little bit afterwards. But they should, ah, stop a repeat of this summer, hopefully! (The bad part with the big needles, not the good part with the home renovations).
I think the weather is trying to kill us.
I mean, I live on the North Coast; that’s kind of a given.
Yesterday it dropped /twenty degrees F/ in /two hours/. And then is continuing to drop steadily an average of 1 degree an hour from 5 pm yesterday until about sunrise tomorrow.
Thursday and Friday the high was in the fifties F. Today it’s 11.
How about you?
Keeping warm? Crafting? Writing? Arting? Healthy? Homed? Continue reading
Our router gave up the ghost last week, leaving us with considerably less interwebs than we are used to, and, due to an Amazon misunderstanding (did you know Prime ever meant not-quick-shipping? We didn’t!), this situation persisted through the weekend.
I (re-)read all of the Sandman graphic novels and Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice.
I also started thinking about the time before we had two computers, and the time when we didn’t spend so much time on the internet that having one connection was a hardship. Continue reading
This weekend was busy! In the fun way, albeit not the productive way
Friday night, I had dinner with kelkyag and sauergeek, who happened to be “passing through” (within an hour of me), at one of my favorite Finger Lakes restaurants, Stone Cat. We plotted and talked fiction and families and many other things, and then, oops, it was 10, so we departed.
Saturday, T. and I went to the Canandaigua Craft festival, where T> bought me an amber necklace and earrings and I bought me two more pairs of earrings from my new favorite local craft show earring vendor.
Then we took longer than planned to finish the drive, which ended at Capriox’s & Talkian’s house for a baby! shower! Baby shower! That was the chillest, most comfy pool-party/picnic/baby shower I have ever been to, and I have dozens of geeky baby onesie ideas in case another one of my geek friends has a baby.
(My contribution, along with some knitted burp cloths ‘cause nothing else got finished, was a John Deere onesie and slipper-socks.)
THEN T & I went to a tile store, because we could not find a kitchen & bath place that was open, and looked at almost every tile layout in the place (Kitchen semi-redo and bathroom redo are on our to-do list for the next year). We asked the nice tile people for a recommendation for dinner, and ended up at a neat Korean place hidden in the Regional Market. Whee!
Drive drive drive, home home home, sleep sleep sleep… WINE FEST!
The Finger Lakes Wine Festival is held every year at the Watkins Glen raceway, and we have been meaning to go for years. We pretty much know every winery on the two lakes closest to us — but the Watkins Festival pulls from the Erie trail and the Niagara escarpment, the 1000 Islands and the Hudson Valley (I just described a line encircling the sides and top of the state, for those unfamiliar).
We drank so much wine. And whisky. And cider. And gin. And wine, wine, wine. We were there from about 10-3, bought 11 bottles of wine, and have tons of notes — all of it about wineries we’ve never been to before!
AND we got to talk to two vintners. That was pretty awesome. Asking questions about how Erie and Niagara Rieslings taste different from Seneca ones did the trick! (It almost always does).
Then we went home and napped for two hours.
My pinboards for kitchen and bath are getting full of ideas. I am super excited about all of that.
And I have So Much Wine.
Also, everything baby-related is adorable.
How was YOUR weekend?
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I have this very vague memory of being a very small child and playing something like Wonder Woman (we almost never did make-believe straight from the shows), and opening up a box (an imaginary box) my character had buried, in which she kept her golden bracelets.
Pat might have had a pair too. We were pretty equal-opportunity.
All that’s left of my very-young make-believe are flashes like that: bracelets. rolling off both sides of a cot to indicate born at the same time (okay, we were weird kids. That surprises whom?). Tiny ball-bearing prisons we pretending to shrink people into.
(My interest in bondage goes back way far, too).
Buried Wonder Woman bracelets.
I really, really, really liked seeing Diana, Princess of Themyscira, bouncing bullets of her bracelets. I have to admit, that might have been my absolutely favorite part of the movie.
It was a fun move, I really enjoyed it, and it was easily the best DC comics movie I have ever seen in the theatre.
That’s daming it with faint praise, but it was fun.
But now I’m thinking about digging in dirt, and make-believe, (And never stopping playing make-believe) and gardening.
Which I did again this weekend, of course. All of our raised beds have now been bolted sufficiently that they will not fall apart this year!
Everything except one last-minute impulse purchase of bok choi is planted.
Well, and the corn seeds and the sunflower seeds….
We’re getting there!
We’ve got some squash planted in mounds, garlic and purple potatoes, asparagus and broccoli and muskmellon in the ground, seeds in pots for habanada and shiso and cilantro…
We’re doing really well, and it’s exciting.
Not quite as exciting as bouncing bullets off of one’s bracelets, but more humanly do-able.
And almost on the level of my make-believe characters who garden, so go me!
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