Saturday, November 17, 2007

ISO: MS LIVING June 2007

Being a tightwad, I never, ever buy magazines from the newstands or stores. I'm just not a magazine girl that much. However, I am searching for a used copy of Martha Stewart Living from June 2007. I browsed through a copy while waiting on my nephew at the dentist's earlier in the week and damn! there were several articles I thought were usefull. Magazine need not be in perfect condition, shelf wear, dog-earred pages are ok. Have one you are going to pitch? Let me know what you'd like in exchange.

ETA: Found a withdrawn copy at the library the other day. Just happened to be there the very day one of my favorite librarians was pulling back issues to pitch. I offered to buy it from the library but she insisted I just take it since it was bound for the circular file. Sometimes it really pays to ask!


Thursday, November 15, 2007

250th Post ~Ravelry

I tend to think of myself as a non-joiner. I'm usually the last knitter to jump on a pattern bandwagon, I rarely join KALs and I do not belong to a guild or attend SnB. When Ravelry came out, I thought just what we need, another knitter thing to tell us the same sh*t we've already heard. Boy, was I wrong! My invite came today and every possible spare minute has been spent exploring it today. My Ravelry name is: JACTTD (the ancroynm for this blog!). My adding things will be slow with the LG now toddling about much of my time is spent chasing him. That is when I'm not teaching lessons.

Since when do 2nd graders need to know Order of Operations in a modified format? Seriously, am I that old already that "math in my day" is the same as my father's "I walked 17 miles to school in 4 feet of snow with only one shoe"?

Babbling is only good if you are a bubbling brook winding through the mountains so I am going to bed now. Good-night all!

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Found Treasures

One of the things on Hubster's Honey-Do List was to make room in the garage for both vehicles before the first heavy snow. I'm so glad I made him do that because he found 2 huge boxes of jars I'd stored out there and forgotten about. Am guessing that's about 4 dozen more jars I do not have to buy before the next harvest. So that's found treasure #1.

During the garage clean-out that took place earlier in the summer, we came across some lumber suitable for shelving so I sent it home with Dad to be plained (sp?), run through the joiner and the router with a round-over bit for a nice smooth shelf with a round front face. He brought me a sample over the weekend and WOW! Beautiful poplar wood once he put it through the plainer and joiner. If I remember right, we found enough to almost double my pantry shelf space. Found treasure #2.

Found treasures 3-25 came from the thrift stores along the adventures of the past few weeks. I won't list them all but the biggies were: a Scot drop spreader for the yard ($10), a stroller for the LG ($4), a 3 piece mix-match church outfit for E ($3) and a long, classy black winter wool coat for me ($10). All things on my list to find. Oh, and E found a pair of winter boots ($2.50) which she needed in the worst way along with a pair of Spongebob Squarepants canvas sneakers ($.55) like brand new. Even with the cost of gas for one trip to the GOOD thrift store (again, info from Denice. Thanks!), these were bargains. The wool coat alone would have run upwards of $80.

Oh, and I finally found a dressmaker's ruler with a french curve ($1.99) and a 1" bias tape maker for the same price...both brand spanking new! I've used the ruler already to help steady the lines on a traced well spent.

Next trip to the GOOD thrift store, I hope to only take one dd instead of all three. One does not enjoy thrifting at all and while she tries very hard to be patient and all that, sometimes it interfears with my mission. Either way, I cannot wait to go again. E needs some dress shoes for church. Hubster and I both need pants, R needs more pants too. Never ending, I swear.

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