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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tessie Helped...

Kind of... Sort of... Almost...

This is the last group of plants that I still have to dig holes for. Tessie is sitting right in the middle of the twelve plants, whining because they have not been planted yet.
She followed me around as I planted things and whined and whinged about the stuff that I hadn't done yet.

Not a word about how much I accomplished. Most irritating.
 I planted the bougainvillea that I bought yesterday and got a bit of relief. 

She played "Jack and the Beanstalk  on that for almost an hour.  That helped.

I still have the twelve little plants still to go.  I don't think that they are going in the ground today. 

I don't want to play this game anymore today.
This guy landed on the hummingbird feeder just as I was taking photos. 

I think that he wanted to be featured in the blog, so I obliged.

I think that he is an oriole, but not sure if he is one of the famous ones from Baltimore.

He was a nice end to the day of planting.

Back to rescue Tessie from the giant at the top of the bougainvillea.

 Back to the yard. 

See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Worst Movie and Best Back Yard...

We talked each other into going to see the new movie, "Annihilation" this morning.  I can't recommend it. I think it is one of the ten worst movies I have ever seen. I am sure that there are people out there that loved it... I didn't!!!

When we got home we watched a couple of episodes of "Supernatural". That made me feel better. We both like that show.

After that I went out in the back yard and dug holes. That made me feel a lot better. I planted the new rose in a hole very close to the old one.

Then, I planted the two new geraniums in the pots. Last year's crop will go in the ground. I haven't gotten to them yet.

I planted the new bougainvillea Very close to the old one.. It is lavender and the old one is dark pink. I think that they will look good together.

We shall see...The new growth on the old plant will mostly come out at the end of the long stems. I needed something to fill in the bottom.
While I was planting, five helicopters from Davis Monthan AFB flew over.  I enjoy the sound and the sight of them.  I feel well protected, being so close to the base. It is just a few miles from here.

I only got four of them in the photo, but it was really pretty with the clouds around them. 

From our vantage point, we see a lot of aircraft flying out of the base and back.  It's just kind of nice to know that they are there when we need them.

I am going back to work now.  See you tomorrow.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gardening and Tameing Tessie...

For the past two years, I have been slacking off in the gardening department.  I am having to start over on a lot of things. The Pomegranate tree and the fig are going great guns right now. I am not worried about them, but some of the other plants are shot.
I had a rose bush growing under the bedroom window... What is left of it is holding up the "Peace Rose" that I am going to plant in it's place. I remember my dad having one of those in the back yard when I was a kid in Phoenix.  If he could get them to grow there, I am sure that they will grow here.

All I have to do is plant it and water it more than I did the one that was there.

When I was recovering, I didn't have a lot of interest in digging and watering.  Now I want to get back at it.

I have some geraniums to plant against the back wall.

The purple bougainvillea is going where the stick like red one was that is back against the wall. I am actually excited about getting things going again.

Tessie went out there with me.  She investigated the Forest Fantasy Cottage and then turned up her nose and went back inside.  She wants nothing to do with it, now that it has become a place for the birds.

When I came in, she was sitting on Victor's tape bar telling him how mean I was for giving it to the birds.

I don't think that he really cares.  He just sits there looking down the end of his nose at her.  Every once in a while a little smoke escapes his right nostril. He coughs a bit and then grins at her... It is wicked grin and I do hope that she is not making the wrong impression on him. He has been known to bite heads off when he doesn't like something that is being said. I guess that I should go check on how things are going in there... So far, I haven't heard any howling from him or screaming from Tessie. I guess they are OK. 

Back to the farm. See you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Traveling Boxes Again ...

While I was on a roll, I kept going with the "to go" boxes.

The first one is a Rya Rug and coiled basket box.  It has all the thread, rolls of wire, forms and gourds for basket bottoms, needles, scissors and canvas for fake woven baskets.

Everything is ready to go.
The second one is for watchband making.  I have eight watch faces to make bands for, lots of needles, scissors(still to be put in) thread in lots of colors and a salt scoop that works well for picking up leftover beads.

All I have to do is add the tubes of beads that I want to use.

This one is easy.  It is a couple of big assortments of beads from Walmart, memory wire for bracelets wires to make dangles, and pliers to cut the wire.

The bracelets in the lid were made with this method.  They take very little time to make and are a lot of fun, when I'm not in the mood for concentrating on beadwork.

I redid the box that I usually take to Wednesday Witches.  This one can be filled with everything to make anything I want.

I am all set now to go anywhere and bead my little head off!

I wonder what other containers I can find to put to good use.

Back to the hunt. See you tomorrow.

Friday, March 16, 2018

I'm Not Going Anywhere!

Honest I'm Not! As soon as Tessie sees the travel workbox, she gets all excited.  She automatically starts packing her bags.

We were talking about being prepared for anything mini and I mentioned my travel workbox. 

I got it out this morning and straightened and added a few things that were missing.
I have done this before, but for those of you that don't go back and read the old entries I thought that it might be a good idea to do it again.

Years ago I filled a fishing tackle box from Walmart with supplies and tools that stay in that box at all times.  If I need something to do on vacation or even if I need something to take to Wednesday Witches, it is always ready to grab and take along.

I am having Witches here this week and I thought that it would  be good to have it in order. That way I can show them what I am talking about and I can show you at the same time. This idea could be used for any transportable hobby. I have one that has a lot of stuff for beadwork too.

The second, third, forth, and fifth photos have a quarter of the box.  I will go through what is in the sections one at a time. 

The second photo has stuff for making baskets in the first and second sections.  The third one has an assortment of ribbons and a small matchbox full of thread, with pins and needles on the top padded cover.
The third one has glue, toothpicks and a small set of pliers. Two of them are regular tiny pliers and the third one is a tiny pair of wire cutters. I got them at Walmart in the jewelry department. There is a small pair of scissors also.

The second section has tampex forms for purses and pillows.

The third section is for finished items.

The forth photo has glue syringe and other tools.
The back row has ribbons and trims and a section with all kinds of cardstock and paper.

The forth one has a lot of fabric in the front section and lots of leather in the back section, along with some patterns for hats, shoes and purses.

With the assortment of tools and supplies, I can make a lot of different minis.

I purchased the box at Walmart for under five dollars in the fishing department.  I much prefer these boxes for storage over the ones that they sell in the craft section.  Besides, they are much cheaper than the ones in the craft section and some of the dividers are movable so that you can make some sections larger and some smaller. 

If you want t make a smaller workbox, the one on top of my larger one is a little smaller all around.  This one is $2.88 plus Tax. I bought that one this morning and am going to make a smaller kit in this one.  Maybe just for baskets and rya rugs. Anyway, if you build one, just put in things that you know that you will use.

I am going back now and make another smaller workbox. 

See you tomorrow. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Locking Tessie in the Workroom!

My favorite bead shop is closing... I went to the clearance sale this morning.

The stuff that you see around Tessie is what I managed to buy.  Tessie seems to think that it is all hers.

No way.  No how!! Mine.  All mine!!!

There are 20 new big eyed needles in the needle case. Those are the main things that I went to purchase. I can't find any of my old ones.  I am sure that they are around somewhere, but it's hard to bead with a needle that you can't find.

Thus, new needles!

When I first started using Delica beads, I could fit all of the Delicas in the box that Tessie is sitting in... Somewhere on the list is rearrange Delica beads...

Tessie isn't going to like it, but it is at the top of the list. I put it there when I got home.  I am probably going to have to use the original box after what I bought today.  Oh well.  At least I will have enough beads to finish all of the watches and maybe even a few left over for other things. 

I am going back to the bedroom and rearrange beads now. 

Back to the beads.  See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Not Today....

This is it... This is all that I got done today.

Not a very good total. 45 beads strung and a bad mess up at the end.

I am going to have to start over. 
I grabbed a bead box to take to the Witch meeting this afternoon and thought I had several projects in it... OOPS.

I had watch faces and lots of small beads.  I saw that I had a bracelet that I started in there too.  If I didn't want to do watches, I could do the bracelet...
I got the piece finished that is in the first photo...
When I got to that point for the third time, It was a mess.  I decided that I didn't want to work on a watch. I pulled out the bracelet and then discovered that I had none of the beads for that bracelet in the box...

I refused to answer Tessie when she asked what I made her at Witches.

She was NOT happy. We both spent the rest of the afternoon pouting.

I am going to get up in the morning and start working early. This can't go on!!!

Tessie at least had a comfortable place to pout.

I don't have a giant cat that can keep me company.

No more messing around. I am going to get Tessie's list and start at the top. One hundred and three items to go... Back to work in the morning. 

See you tomorrow.