Crafting Hiatus

Due to my impending return to truck driving over the next few months there will not be any new posts to this blog.

If you want to keep track of me while I’m on the road you can follow me on my other blog.  Foolishness and Mayhem.  To start things off I’ve got a $25 American Express Gift Card give-away going on.  Check out the post I put up today and leave your comment to be eligible for the drawing.

All of your entries will need to be posted on my Foolishness and Mayhem blog and in the comments section of today’s post.  The time frame to get in on this drawing is from now until Monday, May 2, 2011 at 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Everyone have a fantastic weekend.  Do a bit of crafting for me in the upcoming months.  I will be checking in on you at your blogs and your YouTube videos when I can.

Leslie

Sweating The Details

Jann’s wooden frame piece is coming together and I’m making some progress on it.  Here is what I’ve done so far.

If you are just joining in and want to know how I covered the wooden blocks, check out my previous post “The Frame Job” to see a quasi tutorial on what I did with the blocks from wood mounted stamps.

So Jann will know that I truly do know who she is and what her last name is (for more on that bit of confusion see this post) I am going to modify a Spanish stamp from Stampin’ Up!

Gracias wood mounted stamp

Gracias wood mounted stamp

I like the look of the filigreed “G”.

Heat embossing prep

Heat embossing prep

I misplaced my Very Vanilla card stock, not so easy to do in this small room but I did it.  So I’ll be using Whisper White.  I used the Embossing Buddy to rub on an area of the paper before I inked the Gracias stamp with VersaMark.

Black emobssing powder

Black embossing powder

Covered the entire stamped area with black embossing powder, tapped off the excess and heated it up with my heat tool.

Heat embossed image

Heat embossed image

Look how shiny this is, and the raised texture from the heat embossing.  Love it.

Cut the image out

Cut the image out

I, very carefully, cut the image from the paper and found it to be just way too WHITE and looked odd on the block.  Antique Lace Distress Ink from Ranger Industries will take care of that.  At least I hope it will.

Mod Podge to the block

Mod Podge to the block

I’m using Mod Podge to adhere the “G” to one of the smaller blocks.

Mounted to the block

Mounted to the block

If I were a bit more comfortable with fussy cutting I probably would have cut away the rest of the white but since I’m ham fisted I knew I’d just destroy the beautiful image.  I still think it looks quite lovely on the block.  More especially so since the stark white of the paper doesn’t require “shades” to keep from blinding you.

Joe "interruptus"

Joe "interruptus"

Joe was in the middle of some serious thinking and planning.  See the paper pad below the blocks I took into his room.  I thought his brain would appreciate a few minutes to get itself untwisted from the “knotty” mess Joe was putting it in 🙂

That clamp

That clamp

Joe read my post of when he was working on Maureen’s frames.  He did say that I could take his clamp if I wanted it.  He is so generous to me.  But I think it is only because he knows I’ll go and take it anyway if I should decide it would come in handy 🙂

Precision is what counts

Precision is what counts

I love it when he takes pride in his work.  Sometimes makes me (the slap dash and put it together person) kind of crazy when he gets so caught up in the details.  But I do love the way the man works.

Maureen's blocks

Maureen's blocks

A slight change in his appearance has occured.

Jann's blocks

Jann's blocks

He gave me  his sad face and meekly begged for a haircut.

More measuring

More measuring

A bit more measuring and fiddling.

More measuring

More measuring

A bit more measuring…..okay get that hinge put on sometime today will ya’!

A tap with his hammer

A tap with his hammer

After he marked the hinge screw areas he gave them a whack with his cute little gold hammer and a punch.  This is totally exhausting work and he has worked up a powerful sweat.

Torturing Lynn

Torturing Lynn

Lynn expressed an interest in this drill and mighty skinny drill bit.  She said this would be just the right thing for drilling holes in her dominoes.  Doing my part to help others with tools and such. 🙂

A bit of chin action

A bit of chin action

What are you doing?!  I had to ask and he would not answer until he was done.  It was to help steady the drill and keep it lined up with the hole so the drill bit would not go in crooked.

Closer look

Closer look

I thought I’d get a bit “artsy” in my documenting the process and change the angle of the camera of my iPhone.

I wore him out

I wore him out

This process had caused him to break out in beads of sweat.  He’s done and can finally rest from all the rigorous work he had to do 🙂

Joe's part is finished

Joe's part is finished

Joe is finished with his handy work and he did a fantastic job I must admit.  Now he can go take a nap, or get his brain twisted back in knots with that schematic drawing he was doing, or go to his recliner and read, or….whatever.  He’s earned it 🙂

I’m A Dolt, I Admit It

Jann, I have finally figured out what your name is.  It has only taken a year, but I did figure it out.

For some reason I thought your married name was Saulsbury and your “professional” name was Gray.  And I literally mean “professional name”.  Our Jann is the star of several infomercials for Provo Craft and she has been on television.  I’m so lucky to have a television star as my friend.  I even got to meet her and hug her last year.  🙂

When Joe and I met you last year I continued under the delusion of Saulsbury as being Royce’s name.  Having been to your Facebook page and trying to keep up with all of your flittering around the countryside, girl you are travelin’ 🙂  I did see the light and now I know you are Jann Gray.  So please forgive me for getting you all mixed up.

Wooden photo frames

Wooden photo frames

This is the beginning stages of Jann’s thank you gift from me.  I’m toying with the idea of getting this mostly finished then sending along a packet of embellishments and stuff to adhere after she has attached photos of her Royce and her Weston.

Now isn’t that the most “friend”ship thing to do.  Here Jann.  Now fix it yourself.

I’m still in the first stages of getting this put together before I hand it off to Joe to put the hinges on for me.  By then I should have a better idea of where I want Jann to dig around for proper photos and have her attach them, and only attach the photos.  Nothing else.  I won’t force her to “fix” this.

Antique White acrylic paint

Antique White acrylic paint

Once again, this bottle of paint is circa 1994 and I don’t know if it is still available.  I’ve put on two coats of the paint, let it dry between coats.  I covered both the front back and sides of the wooden pieces but left the bottom bare.

K&Company paper

K&Company paper

This is from the same pad of paper I used for Maureen.  This paper screamed JANN because she likes to have printed words in her creations.  This paper helped me to be able to fulfill that need of Jann’s, plus it was alright with me since no books were torn and mangled in the making of this item 🙂

K&Company

K&Company

Isn’t this paper just beautiful with the delicate floral pattern and the sort of scroll work?  This paper will be used on the back of Jann’s photo frame thing so she can look at it and enjoy the bits of printed words that peep out.

Back side of the wooden frames

Back side of the wooden frames

Isn’t this lovely?  I really like the small bit of Antique White acrylic paint that peeks around the edges of this paper.  I’ve inked the edges with Chocolate Chip Classic Ink from Stampin’ Up! and I really like the dark edges.

Close up of the printed words

Close up of the printed words

This is so pretty.  I think I may have to make one of these for myself.   Or at least use this paper on something.

Front side of wooden frame

Front side of wooden frame

More of the K&Company paper from the pack.  These little tulips, or whatever they are, in the pattern bring a smile to  my face.  So ordered and in such neat rows.  Makes my heart happy to look at them.

Closeup of the front

Closeup of the front

Lynn, since you are the guru of all flora I’ll let you tell me what this flower is.  I really don’t think it is a tulip but I don’t know what “genus” it could be.  I’m sure that Lynn will be the one to go to for that bit of erudition, now how’s that for a big word 🙂

Okay, I think I’ve left these to dry long enough and can now hand them off to Joe.  I’ve put more of the Grecian Gold Rub & Buff on the sides and top of the wood, as I had done with Maureen’s.  So it is off to my power tool Scrubby to leave his mark on this gift.

The Frame Job

Sorry, couldn’t think of a proper title to this post.  Still it fits, sort of.

In an attempt to be a “tutorial” in making something similar to what I’m doing…just in case there is someone who might like to attempt this but doesn’t know what to do….I’m about to bore you with the details.

Mod  Podge.  I really like this stuff and have used so much of it over the past couple of months that I have to make a trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby to buy more of the stuff.  I wonder if they make this stuff in gallon jugs?

Mod Podge over acrylic paint

Mod Podge over acrylic paint

First, the paper you will use to cover the surface of the wood.  Draw around the block on the paper and then cut it out.  Test fit it, make any snips of excess paper until there are no areas of overhang.  Ink the edges and then get ready to mount the paper.

Apply to both surfaces

Apply to both surfaces

Apply the Mod Podge to both surfaces, the wood and the back of the paper.  This will allow for a “slippery” bit when you are positioning the paper.  This allows you to move the paper around into position without tearing it.  Otherwise, just putting the Mod Podge only to the wood and not the paper (or to the paper and not the wood) is almost instant adhesion which is a bad thing.  No wiggle room.  You get what you get and can’t change it without much damage and a few bad words.  Trust me, I know what I’m speaking of…bad words and all.

Apply pressure

Apply pressure

You have to smooth the paper over the wood first before you apply the use of the brayer.  The paper will tend to move around under the brayer as you apply pressure if you don’t take the first step in applying hand pressure.  Move the brayer all across the surface and make sure to go both diagonal from corner to corner and across from left to right.  Make sure  you get the corners good so they don’t come up later.

Wipe up excess glue

Wipe up excess glue

The glue will squeeze out as you use the brayer.  Just wipe up the excess and continue on with the application of pressure until no more glue oozes out.

Same process to all blocks

Same process to all blocks

Isn’t that “beautimous”?!  I love the look of this paper.  It is gracing the back of the blocks instead of being hidden beneath the delightful photos on the front.  No, it is not embossed and bumpy.  It just looks like that and I love the look of it.

Rub and Buff

Rub and Buff

This is a small tube.  Don’t be fooled by the size because this stuff is like the old Brylcream “A little dab ‘l do ‘ya”.  Oh and it has a fairly strong smell of turpentine or one of those chemicals.  You don’t need to fling open the windows and use this in a well ventilated area.  Only if  you are of the unfortunate few that get slamming bad headaches from noxious smells.

Just a dab

Just a dab

This might even be too much for the small area to cover.  Just remember a small dab will work great.

Ohhhh, shiny gold

Ohhhh, shiny gold

If you want a more pronounced golden shimmer then you can use more.  I just want to have a light touch of it.

Isn't that pretty?

Isn't that pretty?

After this dries it will continue to have this beautiful shiny glow.  Love this stuff and am so glad I learned of this stuff.

Ooops, too much

Ooops, too much

My phone rang and startled me as I was applying a light touch with the Rub and Buff.  This one gets a full schmear instead of a light touch.  If you find that you have this kind of an “accident” use a paper towel to rub, and rub, and rub, and rub (you get what I’m saying) until most of the Rub and Buff is wiped off.  Then apply it again with the light touch.

Okay, my job is over for right now.  It is now time for my Scrubby to take over.  I just love it that he helps me when I ask and drops all that he is doing just be help.  Gotta love that man of mine, and I surely do.

Bear paw in a small package

Bear paw in a small package

I had to laugh a little watching him struggle with the small package of hinges and screws.  His big old bear paws fumbling around in the little space with the tiny sized pieces.  “Oh, shut up” is what I earned from my laughter 🙂

Do the job right the first time

Do the job right the first time

I knew I had the right person on this task.  He’s getting the pieces just right before he puts them in the clamp to hold them in place.

Clamped and ready

Clamped and ready

My Scrubby has lots of toys at his disposal.  This clamp has a swivel head so he can get the clamped object in the right spot to work on.

Marking the spot

Marking the spot

He has both hands free to hold the hinge in place and mark the holes.  That clamp thing is quite handy.  Hmmmm, wonder how I can appropriate it and take it to my room?  After all…”What’s mine is mine and what’s his is mine”.  Right?

Ooops.  Electric eraser time

Oooops. Electric eraser time

He has an electric eraser.  Can you believe it?!  Well it sure works after he slipped the hinge just a smidge and had to remark the area.

Drilling pilot holes

Drilling pilot holes

This wood is hard, really hard.  Scrubby was afraid he’d split the wood if he just tried to “Power” through with the screws.  Something I would have attempted to do had it been up to me.  So glad I have him to rely on with this many talents.

Attaching the screws

Attaching the screws

Another electric tool.  He’s got a few of them and they are “Designated” for certain things.  I’ve been warned about his power tools and so I stay away from them.  Well, not really.  I have been known to sneak in when he is hundreds of miles away and can’t do anything about it to use his tools.

Other side

Other side

One side down, now on to the other side.  He makes this look so easy.

Head shot

Head shot

I couldn’t resist.  It was there, what can I say.

Marking the holes

Marking the holes

He’s taken care to not have the same thing happen as with the other side.  He’s got a better grip on the hinge this time.  No more electric eraser 😦

Pilot holes

Pilot holes

Yes, I know you saw this before but I can’t help myself when my Scrubby has his power tools and is using them.  I just love to watch this man work and you are subjected to what I like.

Hinge installed

Hinge installed

Now aren’t you glad you sat through all of this.  Look at that hinge!  Beautiful isn’t it 🙂  Or not.

Done with the first part

Done with the first part

I love this paper, and it looks so good now that it is hinged.  I think I’ve come unhinged.

One last block

One last block

This is the block that will be at the top.  Held with two L Brackets.

Give it a Whack

Give it a Whack

The wood proved to be a little recalcitrant when he tried to first drill the pilot hole.  His bit would not bite into the wood.  So he had to resort to whacking it with a punch.  Look at the photo.  You can see the arc of his hammer as he hit the punch.  The ghosting of the hammer is way too cool.

Taa Daa

Taa Daa

Maureen had sent me photos of her Christmas gathering with her Mom and children last year.

Charlie's spot

Charlie's spot

Patients just don’t consider a doctor’s family on the holidays and poor Charlie had to miss the festivities.  I did make sure to have a spot for him.  At the head of the family.  I used my ATG gun to adhere the photos to the blocks and you can do the same when you select a photo for your Honey Bunny, Stud Muffin, Sugar Plum, or whatever you call him.

Thank you Maureen for being a customer of mine.  I appreciate you in many, many ways.  Mostly as a good friend and as my Big Sis….even though you are considerably younger than me 🙂

An Announcement And A New Project

First the announcement:

As of today, April 22, 2011, I am no longer a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  This has been a very hard decision to make and it means I will have to set to work on my website and delete all references to my Stampin’ Up! website.  That is going to be fun.  NOT.

My reasons for this decision are:

  1. I am not able to give my full attention to anyone that needs a good “Demo” that is available 24/7.  More especially so since I will be going back to my truck driving job and be totally out of the loop of everything.
  2. I’m a terrible sales person and have no business being in an area that I flounder in.  I don’t like chasing people down and cramming stuff down their throats just to get them to purchase from my website.
  3. I’m a “Non Conformist” at heart and have been chafing at being pigeon holed into only using Stampin’ Up! products.  If I grouse about the products, even secretly, that does nothing for sales.
  4. This year has been very hard for me to be excited about being creative because of…well see #3 above.
  5. I get totally excited and my creativity kicks in when I enter my local scrapbook store (LSS), Whole Lotta Scrap, and feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven and just want to roll around in all the stuff Leslie has in her store and purchase most of what she has.
  6. The guilt and self loathing I feel from making the purchases only leads to massive purchases from Stampin’ Up! to soothe the feelings of being a traitor.  Then I become rebellious and grumpy.
  7. This downward spiral takes me back to my teen years when I was, literally, forced to attend my foster parents church twice on Sunday, once a month on Monday, and every Wednesday night.  The older parishioners would tell me at every chance they got that I needed to be SAVED OR I WAS GOING TO HELL.  That only served to bring on more rebellion and I stood with my feet planted more firmly in the “Pagan” realm of spirituality.
  8. Being 56 years old, wait let me get a calculator and make sure of that.  Yes 56 is correct.  I still have not grown up yet and still harbor that rebellious teen in my heart.

As far as the people that have purchased from me in the past.  How will they feel about being evicted?  I’m sorry for dumping you and forcing you to look elsewhere for a Stampin’ Up! Demo.  I just can’t be the very best when I’m truly the very worst.

If you are still with me and have not gone off to some other website to get your dose of creativity and upbeat banter, I thank you for hanging in there.  I do have a project that I’m working on that you might find interesting.

BUT FIRST:

My "Crap Room"

My "Crap Room"

What a mess.  I have to clean this up before I can begin a new project.  I think I’m the only person that has the “Gotta have it close because I may need it” itis.

Hotel/Motel room keys

Hotel/Motel room keys

I have a plastic bin chock full of hotel/motel room keys that we keep.  I did say once before, a long time ago, that we stay in hotel rooms every night when we are out on the road.  Just so you can get a proper visual in your head as to the size of this bin, it is a 1-1/2 gallon plastic bucket with lid that can be purchased from Sam’s Club and filled with licorice sticks.  I bought this bin for 50 cents on a trip to Wichita, Kansas a few years ago and it was empty of all licorice sticks.  Bummer 😦

There were hotel keys on my work table hiding beneath all the stuff.  So they needed to be put away since I was in “clean up” mode.

The tiny bits

The tiny bits

Yes, I do use that crazy trash bin I made last month and it has come in quite handy for these small bits and pieces.

The hanging trash bin

The hanging trash bin

See 🙂  I do use it.  It is still hanging there after I used some heavy duty tape on the velcro straps I adhered to the underside of the table.  Works great.

A full deep breath

A full deep breath

Oh I can take a full deep breath now that the table is cleared off and I can actually see the surface.  Wonder of wonder how clearing the clutter brings the birdies out singing and the flowers bloom.  Well, at least I feel better upon seeing the vast expanse of open table.

Vacuum marks

Vacuum marks

I even was finally able to bring the vacauum sweeper in to make the cleaning up official.

Collapsable bin

Collapsable bin

Usually I have all these pads of paper or the plastic protectors filled with paper propped against the wall storage units behind my chair.  I run over them with the wheels of my chair, knock them over when I need to open the cupboard doors, step on them as I walk around in my room.

Now they are contained in a basket, similar to the little baskets in stores when you don’t need a shopping cart.  The only difference with these baskets are the sides fold in and the basket collapses when not in use.  I purchased two of these way back in 2007 at the Container Store in Denver when we went there for Thanksgiving with our kids.

Wooden blocks

Wooden blocks

Remember that massive Stampin’ Up! purchase I made last month?  The wooden blocks from the stamp sets I purchased have been taken from the stamp container and will not be used as they are originally intended for.  Have I said before that I don’t like wooden stamps?

The project

The project

I am making one of these photo frame things for Jann Gray and one for Maureen Mathis because these two wonderful ladies have looked past my rebellious ways and have been the mainstay of my Stampin’ Up! business over the past two, almost three, years.

Hinges and L Brackets

Hinges and L Brackets

My Scrubby will be my Assistant in the creation of these.  He will be attaching the hinges to the two outer “wings” and attaching the L Bracket to secure the top wooden block.  I think My Scrubby is on the mend enough to take this task on.  Besides, he can do this from a seated position and not have to strain his dislocated rib.

K and Company paper

K and Company paper

The first one I’m working on (and I won’t spill the beans much further) is going to be clad in K&Company papers.

The paper choice

The paper choice

These papers to be exact.  I love this piece that looks like an old tin ceiling tile.  Love this one.  And the floral pattern paper I like also.

Dolphin Gray acrylic paint

Dolphin Gray acrylic paint

I don’t know if this color is still available.  This particular bottle of acrylic paint is circa 1994 when I had an obsession with plaster houses and villages.

First coat of paint

First coat of paint

I’ve painted all of the blocks with the Dolphin Gray acrylic paint.  Front, back, and sides.  I have left the bottom free of paint because I will be attaching felt so I will not be the cause of scratching the paint surface of the designated area they choose to display this item.

Kind of defeats the purpose of showing the paper

Kind of defeats the purpose of showing the paper

Distressing the edges of the paper is something I have to work on.  I got a bit carried away with it this time trying that technique of putting the paper on the Teflon mat and working the ink inward.  Oh well.  If it looks really badly I can just cover the entire thing up with embellishments or adhere another piece of paper over the top of it.

Photo corner punch

Photo corner punch

I’m using the Photo Corner Punch from Stampin’ Up! on a scrap piece from DCWV along with the K&Company paper.

Photo corners

Photo corners

I really like these colors together.  I was less heavy handed with the ink edging on these than I was with the base paper.

Okay, now this might just make you toss your cookies and I’m sorry if that does happen.  The rest of the photo frame project will have to wait until I get a bit further on to show you how it is coming together.  I have an update on My Scrubby and it isn’t pretty.

I think I'm killing My Scrubby

I think I'm killing My Scrubby

Those burns he got from the heat wrap episode.  I covered the blisters so he would not be stuck permanently to the recliner as they ooze.  I noticed this morning that the bandages from last night were not looking very promising as far as healing goes.

Okay, things are going to get pretty gross from here on out.  You’ve been warned.

They look worse than ever

They look worse than ever

His blisters looks horrible.  He says they don’t hurt but itch something fierce.  I’d leave them to the open air, were they on my back, but with the meds making him sleepy that is not an option.  So I’ve cleaned these blisters best as I dare to, left them to air out while I drove to the drug store to get more gauze bandages.

I think my poor Scrubby is being tortured by me instead of being nursed 😦

Handing Over The Mini

Before I get to that part….you know how it goes.  Excited to give your creation to the intended person and hope with all your heart that they like what you’ve done.  Sing your praises to the world, excited utterances gush from their mouths.  All the while you are excited about giving your work of “heart” the nagging feelings of ineptitude begin worming their way from the pit of your stomach and gather cloyingly around your heart and lungs constricting your chest.

Wishing for all the world that the gift could have been dropped off at the door step, ring the doorbell, and run like a fool before the door opens.  Only problem with that scenario is Hugh has a dog that resides on his porch.  This dog loves paper items.  This dog delights in sinking its teeth in and shaking the tarnation out of the paper until it succumbs to  the thrashing and  teeth chomping by flinging itself all over the porch in its dismembered attempt at freedom from the teeth.

Tim Holtz spider web stamp

Tim Holts spider web stamp

This page needed a bit of something in the upper right quadrant, how about that word :-).  The “spider” is another one of those “chips” I wrenched from the computer  and left its “legs” firmly attached to the circuit board.

Another butterfly

Another butterfly

I had one remaining butterfly die cut and several of the diodes left.  This poor unsuspecting butterfly is headed right into a trap.

Approaching menace

Approaching menace

That nasty centipede and the spider are both looking hungrily at the butterfly.  Okay, I’ve got carried away with myself.  Don’t let my ramblings distract you from the fact that I put a SCREW and a WASHER in the hole of the tag 🙂  Have to  keep the “manly” part going in all this.

Upsy Daisy stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Upsy Daisy stamp set by Stampin' Up!

In desperation I thought I’d use the Upsy Daisy stamp on a tag I purchased from Michaels.  The Crushed Velvet Flock from Hobby Lobby is being used on the daisies.

Flocked and fuzzy

Flocked and fuzzy

I liked the way this Upsy Daisy thing turned out.  The flocking stuff adds color and texture to the image.  I did find one teensy tiny butterfly hiding on the top of my table from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and had to put it on the tag, along with a sentiment from a Thanksgiving stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

I’ve added a flower that has been glittered and has a huge metal brad in the center, and of course I had to add one of the charms I’ve made.  Attached the charm to the ribbon on the tag.

Last page of the mini

Last page of the mini

A file folder I’ve cut from a piece of manila file folder, black grosgrain ribbon from Stampin’ Up!, Notes and Details stamp set from Stampin’ Up!, and a “Blessings” thing from Club Scrap, along with a photo corner holder thing to keep the folder closed…also from Club Scrap.

A Gratitude List

A Gratitude List

Using one of the old time cards I purchased at Office Depot has been used as the “Gratitude Journal” that is placed within the file folder.

Talk about Dimension

Talk about Dimension

This mini is just chock full of dimensional items, although most of them are from the guts of a computer along with some floral bits and what not.  Thankfully I had the foresight to make it out of chipboard or the whole thing would come crashing down from all the weight.

Back of the mini

Back of the mini

The back of the mini is covered with a piece of scrap paper I had left over from Curtis’ birthday gift I made last month.

Forcing Joe to add his bit of thanks

Forcing Joe to add his bit of thanks

A bit of arm twisting –  not really – but a fair amount of whining on my part and Joe wrote a few words of thanks to Hugh.  Now this mini is officially from the both of us 🙂

Hugh, the recipient

Hugh, the recipient

Joe called Hugh this morning, totally excited about handing this over, and invited him for coffee and a bit of conversation.  Hugh, appropriately oohed and aaahed over the master work.  He stated that “This will go in a special box I have that will go with me in the event of having to flee from my home with my treasured possessions”.  Okay, that made me smile.  He appreciates it and that is all I care about.

Okay, now you might want to stop reading at this point.  If  you go any further the whining could cause your ears to bleed, spots form before your eyes, have a strong desire to show up on my doorstep and whack me up side the head.

My Day Job is encroaching on my life

My Day Job is encroaching on my life

I have the application for Triple G Driveway on my desk.  At least five times a day the following conversation goes on in my house.

JOE:  “Have you filled it out yet?”

ME:  “No, not yet.”

JOE:  “When are you going to do it?”

ME:  “I don’t know.  Later today.”

JOE:  “That has to be filled out before we leave.”

ME:  “Yes, I know.”

JOE:  “I really need you to fill that out and do it today.  Would you please do it today?”

ME:  “Do I really have to do it today?  I’ve got a ton of things to do before I have to leave.”

JOE:  “You get it done now and it will be done with.”

ME:  “Go away.  I’ll fill it out and get it sent off.”

Well, as you can see, it is still not filled out.  I really don’t want to do it because that REALLY means that the time to go back to my Day Job is actually going to happen again.

A Word Of Caution And A Centipede

THIS IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR THERMA CARE HEAT WRAPS.  I am not being paid to endorse this product.

In our “Day Jobs” we get a lot of muscle pulls and general body aches that need a bit of comforting sometimes.  The heat wraps come in so handy because no electric outlet or plug is  needed.  There are many different products available along this line but this brand works the very best for Joe and I.

He broke his back in 1976 while attempting to “fly” his pickup truck.  According to Joe he was one wild thing in his younger days and there were no limits to anything in his daily life except for the chemicals he used in his crop dusting business.  He did take those limits seriously.  Driving on highways and dirt roads, the speed limit signs were not for him but the other drivers on the roads.

One night, in 1976, he was heading home from a “parts run”, as he calls it, from Wichita, Kansas back to his home in Abilene, Kansas.  Parts to repair one of his airplanes so he could dust the fields the next morning.

Dusk had fallen and he needed to be home before total dark.  He sped down the highway, passing other motorists as if they were standing still.  This road he had traveled so many times he knew all the twists, turns, and hills and could almost drive it with his eyes closed.  And maybe he did because he ended up going off the road at a curve and literally flying through the air in his pickup until it landed in a crushed up heap in a farmers field.

He spent several days in the hospital with his lumbar section broken.  He can tell you which of the vertebrae he broke but I won’t wake him to ask.  Over the years he has taken to using a heating pad at night to ease the pain in his lower back.

Heat wrap for the back

Heat wrap for the back

We use an assortment of these heat wraps in our work.  This one comes in real handy for Joe when his back begins to hurt worse than normal.

The stuff that works

The stuff that works

These disks of stuff, embedded in the fabric, heat up when applied to the sore area and allowed to stay against the skin.  The moisture in a person’s body is what activates the heat sources for up to eight hours.

Here’s the cautionary bit.

You will get burns

You will get burns

I feel horrible about this.  I totally forgot we had put this on him Monday morning before we went to the doctor.  It was on him from about 7 a.m. until nearly 9 p.m. when he began complaining of having a stinging sensation on his back.

As he slept in his recliner, and sweated, those heat disks did their job as they were intended to do.  We’ve used this product for several years, and will continue to use it even after this mishap.  Just please know that should you use these heat wraps they will get hot enough to burn you if they are used improperly.

Joe says he is not experiencing pain from the burns.  I’ve put gauze pads over the blisters to keep them from oozing onto his clothing and sticking as they leak and dry.  Man, when he’s down with an ailment between the two of us we can make his malady worse.

Yesterday, with the heat wrap off and the blisters covered, he rested most of the day in his recliner.  About 2 in the afternoon  he got up and went into his room to play a few games of computer solitaire.

So while he was otherwise occupied and it was still a few hours before the next dose of meds I left him to his own devices and tried to play in my room for a bit.

Another Doo-Whop-It

Another Doo-Whop-It

This piece from the computer motherboard was pulled out of the slot it resided in.  I have no idea what this gizzy does when it works, but it reminded me of a centipede.  Although it is not exactly truncated like a centipede is, it still looks like one…without a head and the feet are not just right.

The Doo-Whop-It and a Thingy

The Doo-Whop-It and a Thingy

I bent the “feet” out and was in search of a head.

A small head

A small head

Well, this doesn’t work.  At least not to my way of thinking anyway.  The head is too small for the body.  I’ll try something else.

The Doo-Whop-It and a Whatz-It

The Doo-Whop-It and a Whatz-It

This looks a bit more promising as a head.

Now that's a head

Now that's a head

Okay, that looks really good as a head.  I think I’ve found my centipede.

Menacing Centipede

Menacing Centipede

Okay, now that just looks plain scary as it sits there waiting to dig its fangs in.

I think I’ll keep it just as it is.  Find a spot on this page to put it.  This is the right side to the “lawn mower” page.  There are bugs of all kinds that scurry across my feet when I’m running the lawn mower myself.  Or they run off to the side as I near them and being a squealer I have to hop around and watch where these buggers go so they don’t attack me.

Joe is getting better and I can leave him from time to time and go mess about in  my room.  So I’ll work some more on this mini today and hopefully get it finished by this weekend.

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