Project Linus – Blanket #5

It had been a while since I worked on a blanket for Project Linus. I spent the spring crocheting Prayer Shawls so when we were getting ready to head south for vacation I decided to get the yarn together for another blanket.

Project Linus - Carolina Dirt

 I am calling this one ‘Carolina Dirt’ because not only did I work on it (and get most of it done) on our vacation to North Carolina, but it has all of the shades that you’ll find in the Carolina dirt. It’s a 10 hour drive so I had a LOT of time to crochet.

Project Linus Carolina Dirt Detail

Hopefully some little boy really enjoys this blanket.

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Interesting Craigslist Ads

Previously on my blog I’ve shared some Craigslist postings for sewing machines that make me giggle. I’ve been told that I need to do this for non-sewing stuff so I decided to take the challenge. Just as an FYI… whenever I pull ads from Craigslist I try to protect the poster. I never include their location and I take these from all over the country. I will post the original text from the ad in regular text, and my comments will be italicized. Ready? Let’s go!

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Eliptical (no picture)

The neighbors have put an elliptical machine on the sidewalk for someone to take home for Free. I’m getting tired of seeing it, so I thought I’d post it here for someone to grap.

 

I call that being a good neighbor! Not that he’s disgusted to see that machine there for a while and it’s making the neighborhood look trashy. Nope. He’s helping his neighbor!

 

Craftsman 28 degree framing nailer (2 to 3 1/2 clipped head)

Nailer

I purchased this nail gun new 15 years ago.
We used it to put a fence up.
It’s been in the garage since.
We got it out to do some repair work on a deck.
It fired 2 nails and stopped shooting nails.
It sounded like it was but no nail come out.
So it’s NOT working as it should.
It may be a easy or a pain to fix, never worked on a nail gun.
We paid way to much for it not to last any better and hate to toss it.
Will trade or let go for 40 cash

 

This could be either a really great deal or the biggest rip-off. The tool isn’t working, you don’t know if it ever will work, but for $40 somebody else can mess with it. Shouldn’t this be under the ‘free’ category instead of ‘barter’? Wait.. I have this level that I’m not quite sure is accurate… wanna trade?

 

Trade one-of-a-kind jewelry

Jems

Looking to trade some or all of my high-end and one-of-a-kind jewelry for highend Vehicle, Motorhome or Real Estate.

 

What a deal! This guy is such a giver that instead of taking his “one-of-a-kind jewelry” to a reputable jeweler or somewhere that he could really get the kind of money that it’s worth, he is offering it up to anybody who stumbles across it on Craigslist! He’s serious! And no, you don’t just get this one piece… you could possibly get ALL of his jewelry for that $90,000 motor home that’s just been sitting behind your house.

 

Wheel chair

wheelchair

Needs a good cleaning …will consider all offers and trades..

A good cleaning?? That’s an understatement! How does it even get that dirty? The picture is a bit blurry and I wonder if that’s to hide the possible rust spots. Also, they’ll consider all offers and trades… how about if I trade you a bucket of soap and a rag because obviously you don’t own one. Let me give potential Craigslist ad posters a hint… if you clean it up BEFORE posting it you’re more likely to get more interest. It will take you all of 10 minutes and the payoff would be way better. Just sayin’…

 

Tiny House on wheels 21′ x8′ 13 ‘ tall

Tiny House

Hi , my name is Jesse and I have been working on my tiny home for a year off and on . Need to move to help family in Florida, and so I am selling my tiny home it has all electrical is complete … comes with new tub , toilet , sink , medicine cabinet , all light fixtures exterior and interior, log siding prestaind , two holding tank’ s ect , $12,000

 

I’ll admit that I don’t know this person’s situation, so I could be completely off base with this, but he’s moving to Florida and this house has wheels… Umm, isn’t that why you put it on wheels? So that it’s mobile and can be moved? I’ve seen the tiny house shows on TV and that’s what they like most about these dwellings is that if they decide to move they can with very little trouble. Perhaps the money is the motivation for selling, but if it’s just because he’s relocating… he’s doing it wrong.

 

1965 Crown coach fire truck

Fire Truck

1965 Crown coach extended platform fire truck. Quite a rare find. I would like to trade for land or a nice 4×4 extended or quad cab. Maybe cash and trade as well. Tell me what you got.

 

I had to include this because for all of my ‘window shopping’ that I’ve done on Craigslist I’ve never seen a fire truck listed. I’m trying to figure out what makes you look at this and think, “This is what I’ve been looking for! Finally I’ve found one!” What do you do with a fire truck? Well, except for using it as a big red sign post for your No Trespassing sign. If you have land or a nice pickup to trade for it… you’re going to trade it for a fire truck? I can promise you that the guy who does that is definitely NOT married.

 

* * * School Bus Seat * * * – $25

Bus Seat

Used school bus seat in very good condition for sale.

It has seat belts for three. It could be easily bolted down in the back of pickup truck for additional passengers!

 

When I saw the listing (before actually reading the ad) I was amused because at one point we had half a school bus load of bus seats to get rid of and we couldn’t give them away! So, this guy is really being optimistic that he’s going to be able to sell it for $25. Although, it’s in good condition so the chewed gum stuck underneath is really helping to hold it all together. When I got to his second line my eyebrows spiked up and off of my forehead. Bolt it down in the back of a truck for passengers???!! Call me silly, but I would think that is HIGHLY illegal in most states. However, it DOES have seat belts, so maybe it’s not as illegal as I thought. I don’t think I would be riding in the back of that truck, though.

 

4 Ft X 4 Ft Handmade Mermaid Paper Flower Wall – $120

Mermaid Wall

4 Ft x 4 Ft Handmade Paper Flower Wall – folds in half for easy transport

 

I left the picture fairly large so that you can appreciate the beauty of this paper flower wall. And this isn’t just any old flower paper wall… no, this is a MERMAID flower paper wall! Who hasn’t thought to themself, “You know, the decor in this house is missing something. I just don’t know what it could be.” Then they see this and the light bulb goes off. Yes! A 4×4′ wall of paper flowers. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s also easy to transport!! It folds in half! What innovation! Picture this, you’re packing to go on vacation, but you feel despondent because you won’t be able to see your beautiful paper flower wall for a week. There is no reason to despair! Just fold it in half and away you go! Easy as pie! And for only $120 this could all be yours!

 

 

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Autumn Cross Update – 8-12-17

The last time I posted a picture of my progress was in May. Wow. I thought I was doing better than that! Here is what it looked like back then:

Autumn Cross 5-18-17

To show you how much pre-writing research that I do, I was shocked to find that in May I had finished the right hand side of the cross. Apparently I didn’t take any progress pictures between then and now because this is where it stood on August 3rd:

Autumn Cross 8-3-17

I managed to get all of the actual cross stitching done on the left side of the cross. I kind of like the contrast that you can see here between the parts that have been outlined and the ones that are waiting for it. On the left you can kind of make out the heads of wheat that are in the cross, but wait until they pop like the ones on the right. Before I can do the outlining, though, I need to put the background words in.

Autumn Cross 8-12-17

It only took me 10 days to get them in. Typically what happens is I get to the words and then I slack off because it’s a bit tedious. I really want to get this one done so that I can start the Spring Cross, so I had some motivation. Once the outlining is done I will add another update.

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Sewing – More Baby Items

First off, I apologize for not having updated my blog in a while. My computer where I keep all of my pictures is not behaving so I haven’t been able to download anything lately. Out of desperation I’m using another computer to write this, but it doesn’t have adequate photo editing software (no cropping feature!!), so please excuse the less-than-neat appearance of the pictures in the next several posts.

Okay, so do you remember the post that I did when I attempted to sew a cloth diaper? And I wasn’t happy because I wasn’t sure if my attempt was a good one or not?

First Cloth Diaper - Newborn 7-16-17

Well, it is my pleasure to introduce you to the first Brandon in my life…

Brandon in Diaper

He is my anatomically correct newborn baby doll that I received for Christmas in 1988. I remember that I was in third grade and another girl in my class, Lindsay, also received a newborn baby, but hers was a girl. Anyway, my parents dragged Brandon out of the attic for me. After a little bath and some airing out he was ready to make his debut appearance on my blog.

I don’t know why people say that photographing babies is hard. I had no troubles! He sat right where I placed him and not once did I get a picture of him with his eyes closed!

Brandon in Diaper - Side

I was pleasantly surprised to see how well the diaper fit him. As you can see there’s a little bit of a gap at the top, but newborns grow so quickly that this should give the little one room to grow into it. I also felt that the elastic around the legs wasn’t too loose or too restricting.

Brandon with All Diapers

I had the material so I made three more diapers.

And burp cloths.

Brandon with Burp Rags

I still had a lot of material left so I made two bibs.

Bibs

The father is into hockey, so one is for him to put on his son. I was a bit worried that the clouds might be a bit too feminine, but then I reminded myself that it’s going to be spit on and drooled all over. I stopped worrying after that.

I used the same material for the back of the bibs as what I had used for the outside of the diapers. Hockey and denim, and clouds and blue stripes with dogs.

Back of Bibs

Apparently Brandon takes after his mama because he was soon trying to get back into the pictures I was taking. So, I let him model for me one more time.

Brandon in a Bib

I’m not sure if I’m done making baby things. I am finishing the diapering supplies box that we are making to go along with these gifts, so I still have a little time left. The burp cloths are super easy to make and always needed. If I get the urge perhaps I’ll make a few more of them. We’ll see…

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Patty Paints

Yesterday I had lunch with a good friend. She is one of the kindest, gentlest, and most gracious people I’ve ever met. If I was allowed to nominate a person for sainthood she would be the one who comes to mind. My friend, Patty.

Dave and Patty

Patty sings alto with me in the church choir. Not only does she have a nice voice and a kind heart, but she also has talent oozing out of her fingertips.

Yesterday, despite the fact that I brought my lunch because of my gluten-free diet, she made homemade chicken soup, salad, and a wonderful blueberry yogurt dessert. She didn’t have to do any of it. I was just glad to be able to run around the corner and visit for about 50 minutes (though I realized that it definitely wasn’t long enough!). Patty reminds me a lot of Melanie from “Gone With the Wind.” She’s very sweet, gentle, kind, and everybody loves her. She won’t sing her praises, so since I am in the choir I’m going to do it for her.

*clears throat*

Okay, I won’t sing, but let me show you what her fingers are able to do.

First, she gifted me with this bird house that matches the purple in my library:

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How cute is that? (You knew that I would sneak in something Civil War related once you read my comparison to Melanie, didn’t you?)

Then she went to a craft day at church where she made the cutest stepping stone for her garden:

Patty's Stepping Stone

It’s even lovelier in person!

Since she’s retired she decided to participate in the free art class that is given at the church during the week.

This was her picture she worked from:

Sunflowers

Look at all of the detail in that picture. She is far braver than I would be! I would be looking for a picture of the sun… or a polar bear in a snow storm. Not Patty.

Patty's Sunflowers

No, she didn’t copy every detail, but she got the important parts! The city is quite good and I like the sunflowers. If Jackson Pollock can splatter paint on a canvas and be revered for his “talent” then I think Patty’s picture needs to go up in one of the art museums. It looks nothing like the Tiger Lily that I did in high school, which turned into an orange banana peel. *sigh*

Remember that Patty is taking an art class, and practice is an important thing. This is my favorite that she’s done so far:

Patty's Tulips

How pretty are those tulips?!

I am impressed with anybody who can draw or paint something that actually looks like the subject on which it was based. I can definitely appreciate the talent and skill that is required.

The latest painting project that she’s been working on are these:

Patty's Painted Rocks

I’m going to leave these pictures bigger so that you can see the details. Look at that shark! And aren’t the bees adorable?

Apparently this summer the thing to do is paint rocks, hide them around the area, and then go look for other painted rocks. Some people post clues on Facebook regarding the hiding spots, and others just let people stumble upon them. So Patty has been painting rocks and leaving them around town.

Patty's Garden Rocks

I love the orangey-red flowers on the left. And the yellow daffodil-looking ones at the top. And who wouldn’t chuckle to find that giant smile peeking out at them from under some pansies? I wish that I had taken a picture of the ones she had painted for her grandkids. She did worms and spiders and other creepy-crawly things that were all completely adorable! And you know that I don’t like spiders!

Finally, I will leave you with the last picture that I have of her rocks. I think that these really say it all…

 

Patty's Happy Rocks

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North Carolina Sun

Jay and I hadn’t been on a vacation since my sister got married.

Me and Jay

That was two years ago.

Doesn’t he look so handsome?! This picture is why I wanted him to wear a suit in the 90 degree heat!

Since this picture was taken my sister has moved to a house that has a pool. So when I told Jay that I wanted to visit her in July he reminded me of how hot it had been in June the last time. I reminded him that she had a pool… and so we headed down there on July 4th.

There was only one thing that I wanted to do when we were down there… visit the Biltmore (again). I LOVE that place! I can’t remember a single time that I’ve been told we were allowed to take pictures in the house. To be fair, you could only take pictures if you didn’t use the flash. I decided not to take pictures inside because my camera is temperamental and sometimes will flash even after I tell it not to. So I just took outside pictures, but I managed to get quite a few!

Apparently the day we decided to visit was a busy one and you had a ‘reservation time’ listed on your ticket. You weren’t allowed into the house until at least 5 minutes before your assigned time. We had about 20 minutes to kill before we had to meet for the ‘Roof Top’ tour that we had decided to take so I was able to finally see the rose garden. I was NOT disappointed!

The Rose Garden - Biltmore 7-6-17

 It was laid out so nicely! The brick paths took you all the way around each section of rose bushes. I told Jay that I wanted to turn our backyard into a miniature Biltmore Rose garden. He was fine with it as long as it meant he only had to mow those little tiny swaths of grass.

More Roses - Biltmore 7-6-17

There were so many different varieties and colors! Some of them were so fragrant that you could smell them as you walked by. Others you had to stick your nose right into them (which I did). There were some really pretty ones, too.

Pink Roses - Biltmore - Edited 7-6-17

There were light pink ones…

Boogart Roses - Biltmore 7-6-17

Bright pink ones…

Purple Roses - Biltmore 7-6-17

And even some mauvey-purple ones! This color really struck me because I’d never seen a rose this color before. I would have loved to walk around there for a while longer, but…

Plane Spotting - Biltmore 7-6-17

Jay was there just to indulge me. What do you do when you’re surrounded by gorgeous roses in the Biltmore garden? You spot planes overhead!

I think my favorite picture from this visit is this one:

The Biltmore Rose Garden 7-6-17

You’ve got the beauty of the garden on full display with just a bit of the house sticking up in the background.

Our roof top tour was very interesting! The last time we went on the Upstairs-Downstairs tour where you get to see areas of the house that aren’t on the regular admission tour. To keep Jay’s interest I thought he might enjoy one where they talk about the actual structure of the house.

Looking Up - Biltmore 7-6-17

This is the front of the house. Do you see the flag pole at the top, on the left side? That’s one of the places where we went. The first place, though, was to the right… Up above where you see the roof. There’s a little bit of a pathway to walk around.

Narrow Passage - Biltmore 7-6-17

Once you got out there it was very narrow and the edge of the roof was right behind your neck. There was one spot that I thought would have been a problem to fit through if I’d been any bigger around.

View from the Roof - Biltmore 7-6-17

The view was pretty spectacular, though.

Looking Down - Biltmore 7-6-17

This is the front courtyard of the house. We must have been about five stories up.

Winter Garden Roof - Biltmore 7-6-17

We were over-looking the glass dome of the Winter Garden.

New vs Old Copper - Biltmore 7-6-17

The Biltmore is constantly being maintained. If you look at this picture you can see on the right peak that the copper is fairly new as it is blending into the slate roof, unlike the other copper that has the green patina on it due to weather. And supposedly it was good luck to rub this gargoyle’s butt.

Now, my dad is afraid of heights and so I know that he would NEVER go on this tour. We had an up-close look at the roof, though, and as soon as I saw it I thought of him. He thinks that his house has a steep roof on it. Well, take a look at this:

Slate Roof - Biltmore 7-6-17

That roof is definitely not collecting any snow!

These are slate shingles from Pennsylvania. There was another part of the house where we could see how they were actually attached to the house. Each shingle has a set of holes drilled in at the top where copper wire is fed through in order to tie them onto a piece of wood. Each row of shingles was placed on that wood in Pennsylvania and then shipped to the building site where they were installed.

We left that side of the roof and crossed over to where the flag stands that you saw in the earlier picture.

Chandelier Support - Biltmore 7-6-17

That’s where we saw the alien spaceship.

Hmmm… or it is the support for the huge chandelier that hangs down with the grand staircase winding around it. I tried looking for some pictures online that I could post without worrying about copyrights, but I couldn’t find any quickly. Remember, this was the first time I’ve ever been told that I’m allowed to take pictures! I didn’t want to press my luck. If you do a quick image search online you’ll find tons of interior pictures. You should take a look. It’s very impressive!

This dome is gray because they had just recently painted it with what appeared to be an epoxy coating of some sort that will help to keep the water out. When you go inside and look you can see all of the damage that has been done by water leaking in from this area.

Towards the Rose Garden - Biltmore 7-6-17

Yet again, the view was quite spectacular from this perch. Here we are looking down towards the rose garden where we had explored earlier.

The Promenade - Biltmore 7-6-17

And of course there is the infamous promenade that leads up to the house. At the very back of the picture, at the end of the strip of mowed grass, there is an area where quite a few weddings take place. You can find pictures online from these various wedding and engagement shoots. I can’t even begin to imagine how much that would cost!

Gold Leafed Crest - Biltmore 7-6-17

Speaking of cost, here is a feature that you can find all along the roof line of the house. It is the symbol that George Vanderbilt used for himself. What you can’t really see is that all of the raised design used to be covered with gold leafing. Can you imagine? When it was brand new it must have blinded anybody who looked at it from just the right angle. What is the saying about more money than brains…

Front Roof - Biltmore 7-6-17

So, pretty much that’s how our tour of the Biltmore ended. It was very interesting and I enjoyed the gardens immensely. I suppose we’ll have to wait a few more years before we go back so that the tour will hopefully be changed up a bit. I believe that every so often they change the tours and what is shown based on what is being renovated or repaired.

Other than visiting the Biltmore we just lounged around my sister’s pool.

Reading by the Pool 7-8-17

I had purchased a book for Jay and he read the entire thing while we were there. It was a decent size book, too.

In the Pool 7-5-17

It was a very relaxing get away that Jay and I both needed. I can’t wait to go back.

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Sewing – My Attempt at a Cloth Diaper

About a month ago I received an invitation in the mail for Jay’s cousin’s baby shower. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to attend the party, but I still wanted to get her something. She is registered at Babies ‘R’ Us and Amazon.com. This should be easy, right? Well, when I looked at her lists I saw a lot of bibs, burp rags, and CLOTH DIAPERS. What?! Seriously?

First off, I don’t know how many diapers she has changed, but I don’t think that it’s been many. I honestly don’t know her reasons for using cloth diapers (though I have my suspicions), but I would LOVE to see her face the first time she has to stick her hands into a bucket of wet, dirty diapers and get them ready to go into the washing machine. Believe me, I know what is required to  be done when you use cloth diapers. I’ve heard numerous stories from my mom about what it was like when my sisters and I were in diapers. She had to use cloth because my parents couldn’t afford the disposable kind. Plus, I’ve had to change a few diapers in my life and I would like to handle the contents of a diaper as few times as possible!

Now, when you think of cloth diapers, I bet that you think of these (at least, I do):

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Thank you, Amazon, for providing a lovely picture for me. These are the kind that my mom used on us. They required those giant diaper pins that had chicks and rabbits on the heads. Imagine my surprise when I saw that this is what constitutes a cloth diaper now:

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This is just one style. Apparently there are a bunch of these, but they aren’t cheap! The one diaper that the cousin had on her list was $15!! Not per pack, EACH! Knowing how many diapers a baby can go through my head started whirling with the cost of it. There’s no way my mom would be able to afford cloth diapers now! She had three girls in them all at the same time… That’s $45 just for each of us to have ONE. Do you know how many packs of disposable diapers this could buy? At least one and a half packs. That would get you through one day. Maybe.

So, after I resuscitated myself I decided there was no way I was going to buy stuff that I could easily make. Now, if you know me well enough you realize that this same thought gets me in a lot of trouble all of the time. After all, I don’t have nearly the hours in a day that are required for all of the projects I figure I can do myself instead of buying. If you don’t believe me I can show you my sewing room mess… it’s shudder-worthy.

I figured burp rags, bibs and baby mittens would be easy. Those are relatively simple projects. What I really wanted to do, though, was to try my hand at making a cloth diaper. Just like the one on the cousin’s list. My thought is that if she likes them well enough, and actually sticks with the cloth diapers, there might be an opportunity for me to make some money. On the other hand, if she hates all of the hand made gifts then I won’t have to worry about being invited to another shower of any sort.

So I went shopping for some flannel fabric and had to resuscitate myself yet again when I saw the price of flannel by the yard. Have I mentioned that I’m a bit cheap? Jo-Ann’s was supposedly having a sale, but I don’t think that 30% off of $9/yd is a great deal. So I went over to Hobby Lobby. Their flannel was also 30% off, but at $6/yd it was slightly more doable. I was only going to buy one yard so I was trying to decide between puppy dogs and clouds. I know that it’s going to be a boy, so I was trying to pick some cuter boy patterns. I went with the dogs, which was the right choice.

Flannel Fabric

Wait, there’s cloud fabric there, too! Yes, let me tell you how this came to be… So after I was horrified with the price of fabric I decided to head over to Salvation Army to see what I could find there. What did I happen upon but a KING SIZE flat bed sheet for $4! It was almost the EXACT SAME pattern as the clouds at Hobby Lobby. I figure it will work for some cute burp rags. You can see the dogs that I picked up. Then the other night I had to run back over to Jo-Ann’s and found the hockey guys and Star Wars on clearance. And my mom had the duckies and light blue piece on the right.

The dark blue fabric in the background, though, is the PUL fabric that is used for the outside of a diaper. Yes, I went and bought materials for that through a website called diapersewingsupplies.com. I had read about PUL a year ago or so, but it was used for a backpack. I’ve been intrigued and have wanted to get some, but I never really had a good reason. Until now. So, keep in mind that this is my first attempt at a cloth diaper.

First Cloth Diaper - Newborn 7-16-17

I think that it sucks and I’m not happy with it at all. You can tell that it’s home made. Also, it just doesn’t seem like it would fit well. I wish that Brandon was here so that I could at least try it on him. I made that comment earlier to Jay and he looked at me like I was insane. Jay thought I meant the choir director at church. LOL. Apparently I’d never mentioned my newborn baby doll that I had growing up who was anatomically correct. His name was Brandon and he’s currently packed away in my parents’ attic. Brandon is the same size as a newborn baby and so it would be nice to try it on him to see what it looks like. I’m tempted to run up there and grab him later this week. We’ll have to see…

First Cloth Diaper - Snap Front 7-16-17

The directions seemed really complicated at first, but I took a few hours the other night to sit and pour over them. Once I had broken them down into tiny little pieces and re-read them a million times, it didn’t seem so hard. And really, it wasn’t. The biggest issue that I found was my stupid walking foot on my sewing machine. It’s supposed to help guide the top layer of cloth so that it doesn’t stretch as you sew. Except, the top layer STRETCHED!!! I’m wondering if I should try a teflon foot.

The other issue I had was trying to get everything cut out perfectly. I had large pieces of fabric and a limited work space and wrists that don’t rotate around 360 degrees. So my pieces weren’t perfectly cut out and thus I had to fudge it a little as I pieced them together. It doesn’t help that my sewing room is a sauna so it was exhausting just standing over the cutting table, trying not to sweet or pass out.

First Cloth Diaper - Inside 7-16-17

The absorbent part of this diaper is the lining made of three layers of bamboo terry. The top layer, which sits against the baby’s rump, is a microfleece terry. It is so soft that Jay wants me to make a pair of underwear for him! The inner piece was where I really cursed my walking foot. *sigh* It probably would have helped if I hadn’t had a certain gray cat insisting to be fed at 3:30 when he knows that supper time isn’t until 5! I love Bob to pieces, but there are times when he needs a time out!

Actually, I think that I need a time out. A time out here…

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