WAC 2016- February and March

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WAC stands for Women’s Adventure Club, but maybe it should be called “Women’s Airing-out Club”. It’s not like we do mountain climbing or sky diving or the like. We just like to get out and try something new with our sisters and sister-friends.

Remember in January, when I forgot to bring a camera? In February, I brought a camera, and forgot to take a single picture.

I planned the February outing and surprised the women with a Psychic and Healing Symposium. Did you know you can have your toes read by a psychic? Yes, yes you can.

None of us had our toes read, but my BFF “C” had her tattoo read. She has a dragonfly on her ankle, and just got a lot of yadda, yadda. It was a free reading. I guess you get what you pay for.

No.2 Sis got a free energy reading, though, and she felt the woman was quite insightful. No.1 Sis also got a free reading that she thought was right on.

I paid big bucks for an aura reading and the reader told me I had a golden aura. She told me over and over how happy I was, until she finally convinced me.

I don’t want to be too mocking, since I’ve had some really good readings over the years, and offer tarot readings for friends and family. Of course, I’m the real deal!

No.1 Sis planned our March outing and we went to the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. I brought and used a camera!

NO.2 SIS, NO.1 SIS, "C" THRESHER

NO.2 SIS, NO.1 SIS, “C”
THRESHER

Minneapolis used to be nicknamed The Mill City because it had the biggest flour mill in the country. We toured the self-guided museum, had a sample of  tasty baked goods in the test kitchen, and took the Flour Tower guided tour.

The Flour Tower had us seated in bleachers in the freight elevator. The elevator went up and down the eight floors of the mill, stopping for short films on the mill’s history, often narrated by actual mill workers.

 

ME, IN FRONT OF WHAT MAY BE THE WORLD'S LARGEST BOX OF BISQUICK

ME, IN FRONT OF WHAT MAY BE THE WORLD’S LARGEST BOX OF BISQUICK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mill exploded in the 1800’s. Apparently, flour dust in the air is highly combustible. Who knew?

It was rebuilt a couple of years later, and finally closed down in the late 1960’s.

Below is a view from the eighth floor of the mill. The bridge is Stone Arch Bridge, a Minneapolis landmark.

No.2 Sis is planning is April’s “airing-out”. It’s sure to be fun!

Stay tuned…

p.s. I can’t figure out why there’s such a huge gap between the Bisquick photo and the text. Harrumph!

STONE ARCH BRIDGE

 

I Digress

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When I was growing up, Mom had the great idea to move all of the 5 girls that remained at home into 1 bedroom. I know I’ve told parts of this story before, but please bear with me. There’s a point to this.

The upstairs was unevenly divided in size between 2 bedrooms. The small bedroom had 2 built-in bunks under the eaves, and Dad built an additional triple-bunk along the wall.

The room had a half-height “closet” carved out from under the eaves.

The large bedroom was turned into a play-study-dressing room and held our 5 dressers, 5 desks, a love seat, and a record player. The room also had a tiny closet, but at least it was full height, and had 2 hanging rods.

Both rooms were stuffed to overflowing, but I loved to lounge on the love seat and play the 1 record we had over and over. The record was “The Best of Hank Williams (Senior)” and had many uplifting ditties, such as “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”, “Lost Highway”, “Why Don’t You Love Me”, and “I Heard  That Lonesome Whistle”.

My point is, I was programmed from a young age to try to fit 10 pounds of shit into a 5 pound bag. And be depressed. Very depressed.

Back to March, 2016.

I needed to clean the house for a Stampin’ Up party being held at my house last weekend. I had 3 months to do all the work in, so I worked on clearing out the art studio (because, priorities). Meanwhile, the living room, dining room and kitchen got worse and worse.

The day before the party, No.2 Sis came over and helped me bag and box all the junk from the public part of the house and load it into the private areas. We tried to stuff 10 pounds of shit into 5 pound bags and then hide it from sight. Instead of making progress on the house, I made digress…congress?…regress? I made regress.

Now the laundry room, Queen bedroom and Studio look like this.

messy room digression

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I’m depressed. Very depressed.

Stay tuned…

p.s. I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator after the party. I know it helps depression if you can make decisions, any decisions, and take action, any actions. But sweet pickled Jesus, what have I done?

 

 

4 Card Designs From 1 Stamp – Medallion

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I decided to challenge myself with my card-making by picking out a random stamp and making 4 different cards with it. Of course, I got LOTS of help from Pinterest.

I chose the “Medallion” stamp.

The first card was tweaked from a design by Tina White. I changed the colors slightly, used washi tape instead of ribbon, and added some rhinestone bling to “Dasher”.

The “noel” sentiment is from “Many Merry Messages”.

Medallion, Dasher, Christmas card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hmm, I can see I need some ink refills or new ink pads!

My second card design came from Mamaxsix at Split Coast Stampers. The flowers and the sentiment came from the “Asian Artistry” stamp set. Again, I added some bling, this time to the middle of the medallion.

Medallion, Aisan Artistry card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used triple-time stamping for the third card. There are a ton of tutorials for this technique on Pinterest and YouTube, so I just picked a random site to link to, Stamp With Brian.

The “happy” sentiment is from “Define Your Life”.

Medallion triple-time stamping

 

I got my fourth card idea from Inking Out of the Box. They made a Medallion Wedding card, but I turned it into a Christmas card. I should have stamped the white medallion after sponging the cherry cobbler ink, though. I thought the cherry ink would wipe off of the embossed medallion better.

The “silent night” sentiment is from “Jingle All The Way”.

Medallion, silent night card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the stamps, paper, ink and accessories are from Stampin’ Up.

I made 4 each of the Christmas cards and 2 each of the others. And no, I didn’t do it in one day; it took me four weekends!

Stay tuned…

p.s. I know the first words of some of the paragraphs are beside the picture instead of beneath it. I can’t figure that out. Grrrr.

Miss Hiss, or 324

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I had to take Bella to the vet yesterday, and let me tell you, she was VERY unhappy about it. She was shrieking, SHRIEKING, in her loudest Siamesy voice.

The vet took her into a back room to sedate her so she could be examined and, from the exam room, I could hear Bella shrieking and growling for what seemed like forever. By the time the vet got back to me, I was bawling my eyes out. I’m getting teary just writing this.

Bella got her exam and her shots, and they kept her for a couple of hours until the sedative starting wearing off. I picked her up and brought her home, where she hissed loudly at me every time she saw me.

At bedtime, I found Bella under my blankets. I s l o w l y got into bed beside her as she hissed at me. Then I turned off the light and laid down.

You do not know terror until you’re lying in the dark while a fully-clawed cat circles your head, growling in a very menacing manner.

Today, Bella has been letting me pet her for a few seconds before she turns and hisses at me. Progress.

FURTHER PROGRESS. BELLA NOT SPEAKING TO ME AT ALL.

FURTHER PROGRESS. BELLA NOT SPEAKING TO ME AT ALL.

The really bad news? She has to go back to the vet in 2 weeks for dental work. Goddess help me.

I had to hide in the Studio to get away from the dear, wee kitty. While I was in there, I filled one bag of recycling and pulled out a little television set to drop off at Best Buy. They recycle them for free.

That brings me up to 324 bags, boxes, and small pieces of furniture removed from my cottage since January, 2014.

Stay tuned…

I shared this frightening story at Chic On a Shoestring.

 

2016 Resolution Update, February

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My No.1 financial tip: If you’ve put yourself on a strict budget, and find yourself thinking, “This isn’t so bad; I have plenty of money,” PANIC! Panic immediately, because something has gone horribly wrong.

That’s what I learned in February when I got two credit card bills that I wasn’t expecting. Apparently I hadn’t changed my blog expenses and my on-line grocery orders to my cash card. They went on credit cards instead.

Of course I’d already spent that “extra” money in my checking account.

I switched the accounts to my cash card and paid off the credit cards immediately. I had to withdraw $354 from my Cush Fund to do it.

Sigh. Two steps forward, one step back.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, 2016:

  1. CANCEL ALL CREDIT CARDS EXCEPT NEW 0% AND MY BANK VISA. I paid off all my credit cards except the new 0%, but I haven’t cancelled them yet. Must do!
  2. BUILD UP $1200 EMERGENCY  CUSH FUND. I have $832 in the Cush Fund. I started February with $847, withdrew $354, and added $340 (overtime pay and medical reimbursements).
  3. PAY CASH FOR EVERYTHING. (No new charges). As I mentioned above, I kind of screwed this one up in February, but I paid everything off right away (after I belatedly panicked).

I have a little more overtime pay coming in March, and I’ll see if I can scrounge up some money elsewhere, too.

piggy bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned…