Thursday, August 4, 2011

Priority Lists....P'shaw....

Sometimes you can make all the lists you want, sometimes the list is made for you...

I was going to do it!  Really I was!  "I'm going to fix the steps and sidewalk 'Some time this Summer'"

  "Sometime this Summer" was decided for me when I got a note in the mail - - 

"Dear Person who lives in this really old house (Ok, I'm using my own words ... but...),

Your sidewalk and the steps to your house are ugly and I don't want to walk on them any more, they make me sad."

Nahhhh... not really LOL  Actually, it was more like this -

"Your steps and sidewalk are a hazard and are dangerous to my job.  Please fix them within two weeks or I will be unable to deliver your mail.  Signed, your Postal Carrier"

Reasonable.  And he was right.  ***Sigh***  I kinda wanted to find him and say - I was gonna do it, really I was!  Sometime this Summer!  F'reals!  But I decided I needed to find my validation in other places besides the wandering letter bearer so I left him alone.  I'm sure he would thank me.

So, I'm pretty sure I got the note about 1 week and 5 days ago :)  Last night was cement repair night!  Woot!  I've decided that I'm going to step things up and, if I do a repair, make it fun and my own!  Well, at least as much as reasonably possible considering time and money constraints.  I decided not to embellish the steps since I wasn't sure if it was a good idea to be too decorative with something that needed to be sturdy and safe so there are no pictures of the repaired steps - they would just be boring :)

But - here are the patches in the sidewalk!!!

Cool, huh???  I'm pretty pleased.  I wanted to do more on the big spot but I bought quick drying cement....'nuff said....

I have had these scrap pieces of stained glass hanging around my garage for at least 5 years!!  I couldn't figure out what to do with them but I knew someday they'd come in handy :)

So, I get to cross this off my "Some time this Summer" List!  Woot!

If you have a "Some time this Summer" List, there's not much Summer left ya know :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Time is an interesting thing - the concept of time, the passing of time, being short on time, having too much time.  All very interesting.

I'm becoming more and more aware of my lack of understanding of how much time it really takes to do anything - like chores or crafts.  I'm attempting to estimate how much time something takes to accomplish and then see how close to my estimate I can come.  Sometimes - ok, most of the time :) I'm way off.
I'm not sure where this comes from but I think it has to do with the way my brain is wired.  But that doesn't mean it's a deficiency, it just means different.  So, my plan is to acknowledge it, factor it in to the mix and modify what I do to fit my particular brain :)

So, the other day I was finding something fun to wear and found my really cool "Hippie" necklace 
Then I realized - heyyyy - I have no cool Hippie Earrings to go with this!!  I pouted for half a second then decided to stop whinin' and solve my problem!  I started to make a list of options in my head and decided I wanted to make some.  I was trying to get some errands done so I wanted to get out the door but my girlie side was saying "Earrings! Must have cute Earrings!"  heehee.  So, I realized this could be a good opportunity to work on my time issue.  So, I thought - hm... let's see how long it would take me to make some earrings - I already had all the pieces and parts and tools needed sitting on my work table because I had just made some Wine Bottle Candelabras (See previous post).  So, less than half an hour later (Yea, only half an hour!!), I had myself a pair of Hippie earrings made from an old pair of hoops and some beads from my stash!!!

Half an hour!  Coolness!  If I knew it was only going to take half an hour, I woulda made them long ago!

I think it'll be working on this 'problem'.  Who knows all of the fun things I'll make while practicing estimating time :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

*** Hic ***

I'm at it again :)

I am having a blast - friends are giving me things that they may have otherwise thrown away because they know I'll be able to make something out of nothing!

So.... if life gives me wine bottles...
....make Candlabras!!  :)