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where have you been hiding? did you get buried under your craft piles?
how's the family?
Almost ... the piles couldn't go where intended when we moved because we had to replace the furnace/air-conditioner unit the day after we moved in (expected and reflected in price of condo but we had hoped to have 6-12 months vs less than a week) so everything that had already been put in the basement had to be moved into a far corner or elsewhere (garage or dining room). Then about 2 weeks later we had to move many things from the garage into the basement (without having a designated spot for them) so an automatic door opener could be installed. So I am (yet again) working around boxes instead of having the space set-up and then unpacking. But it's really nice to not rent and we have plancs for updating the kitchen/living room/dining room and half-bath (all on the main floor). Eventually we'll update the master bath and bedroom and maybe the office but FIL's room was decorated very nicely (Pergo-type flooring and two-toned painted walls) for the former owner's young son.
My work hours increased (temporarily) just as this was happening so I had little time/energy to deal with it. But progress is being made (slowly) as to how my tables and cubes and shelving will be set-up. The little bit of crafting I do is on a desk in the living room while watching tv as the "piles" in the basement are too many to clear (the piles change but there are always piles).
Family is doing well. DH now works less than ten minutes from home and comes home at lunchtime almost every day. FIL knows how to get where he needs to go and seems to like it (he has the largest bathroom and the nicest bedroom - it was too small for our stuff).
Our neighbors on both sides are nice, friendly and helpful.
NVR all cut out and will start punching and possibly assembling at lunch. My walking buddy can't make it today so I decided to work on swaps instead of shopping. I have an hour so here's hoping getting a bit done.
Why can't every day be a crafty day?
We had a couple of "hiccups" with the move and very little time off so I had little energy to do more than lurk. At least once in the weeks following the move (mid-July) I actually fell asleep on the keyboard!
Taking a mental health day today to get caught up around here. I'm a little stressed over a whole bunch of small things that need to get done, outside and inside. I hope to tackle many of them today.
I have a looonnng TO DO list for sure.
Dinner is already in the crockpot!! So, I'm off to a good start.
And, if you see me hanging out here ... Slap me!@!
I'm off to check off item number 2 ... my morning workout!!
WISH ME LUCK.
NVRs completed and packed. Absolutely no idea what to do for my shoebox. Hope I get inspired soon. Nice weather tomorrow means try to cross things from my work outside to do list that is far from completed ........And hubby is thinking we should go camping for the weekend. Wonder when I am supposed to find time to stamp?! good thing I am retired. Could be some busy stamping days ahead next week!
Hope you all are making progress and checking things off the to do list!
I have my idea, my cutting guide all figured out, and my stamp set picked out. Now if I could just carve out the time to get it done.... I have a few minutes this weekend I think if I can just get done with tax class asap on Saturday.
A southern girl being held captive in the frozen north.
Location: CNY but I'd rather be in Bonaire snorkeling!
I've played with a couple of ideas tonight for the NVR and shoebox. I need to decide so I can take things with me to work on tomorrow on the drive to a party in Rochester. DH's niece is home from TN and we haven't seen her in over 6 years.
Arlene, The Snorkeler
Stamp with us: Binghamton Aug. 15, Rochester Sept. 19, Oct. 10 Towanda/Wysox, PA, Oct. 17 Buffalo, Ilion Oct. 24!
I haven't "published" the schedule in the past but I thought I'd try that this time. I will also include the info on Page 1 so you can find it again easily. Here's what the day looks like in general. Please understand that adjustments will be made as needed.
10-10:30 Check in, get your table assignment, leave any door prize donations with me. Drop off food. Pin one of your completed shoebox projects to the board, leave two other completed shoebox projects in the two containers near board, the last completed one goes with you to your table. Put one each of your swaps out and check your name off the list(s) as you do that. Place your wrapped gift swap on back table (participation optional) and be sure to get a playing card for that. Chat with friends. Head back to your table.
10:30 Intros with your table head; she'll also let you know what to expect in terms of making the projects. Expect to describe your project, especially anything that's not obvious. Remember that some basic written directions should also be there for those who will make your project later.
10:45-12:15 Morning shoebox projects.
If you're hungry at all (morning or afternoon), please feel free to take a break and graze any time.
Please neaten up your spot before you get started with lunch. We don't want any spills on the projects and we also need room to eat lunch. Thanks.
Projects stay behind and people will will switch tables after lunch. Please don't try switching before it's time although you certainly may move to have lunch with your friends.
12:15-1:30 Lunch, garage sale and swapping. Swapping will be in this order: NVR, ATC, Recipe, DQ, Tag, Bookmark.
1:30-3:15 Afternoon shoebox projects
3:15-5:00 Door prizes and gift swap. Gift swap will be last so that those not participating can depart early if desired.
5:00 Clean up. So helpful!
6:30 Williams for dinner. You are welcome to stop at my house for the break between. We typically just sit and chat and everyone takes a breather.
Goodie bags will be delivered to you personally at the table where you're stamping in the morning. You will also have a chance to purchase 50/50 tickets. Proceeds go towards buying door prizes for next time and of course the winner takes home the other half.
You can see there's a lot going on at check in time so it really helps if you can arrive closer to 10 rather than much earlier. Thanks for understanding.
I couldn't stand my craft room any longer. I did some sorting and putting away. Time I should have used to do my swaps. But ... I'm so glad I did it. I now feel I can BREATHE!!
OK, now back to your regular scheduled swap cards.