Archive for October, 2007

Holy Macro!

A friend just clued me in about the macro function on my little point and shoot camera.  I must have skipped that chapter when I was reading the manual.  Anyway, my camera is like a new toy now that I know how to shoot macro-ly!  Oh, I can’t wait to take some pictures fuzzy doggie and kitty toes.

Change of season

I cleaned up my community garden plot over the weekend and this swiss chard was the only veggie left standing.  The nights are getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and I had to put on my winter jacket this morning … sure signs that the seasons are changing.  I did see a man walking this morning with NOTHING but a pair of pajama pants and socks on though.  He was talking on his cell phone and picked up a copy of a free newspaper from a newspaper box.  It was 32 degrees out this morning.  The dude was topless.  What is wrong with this picture?

A little progress on my winterizing to-do list:

Caulk around windows

Turn down water heater temperature

Foam insulation for pipes

Foam insulation for outlets

Door sweepers and weather stripping

Turn off bathroom vents

New filters for heater

Move furniture away from heating vents

DIY window insulation

Draft stoppers

Get a humidifier

Sunday morning

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Pitcher and bowl

I picked up this vintage pyrex bowl and tupperware pitcher from the thrift store when I was looking for heavy winter curtains.  The pitcher has a lid that seals so my iced tea will stay fresh.  I heart vintage.

So since I brought 2 new (to me) pieces into my home, I will gather up some of the stuff I’ve been collecting to donate and actually donate them this weekend.  I haven’t been decluttering as much as I would like to but I’ll start up again.  Here’s a good link to some decluttering tips.

decisions

The holidays are approaching and every year around this time I think about whether or not I want to do the Show and Sale at the ceramics studio and other holiday craft shows … and then I think, wait, I should’ve started making things 2 months ago if I wanted to do the shows.  Sometimes I don’t feel like making things so I have to force myself into working when I really don’t feel like it.  It’s kinda like dragging yourself to the gym when you rather lounge on the couch … and eat potato chips.

So that got me started on thinking about making conscious decisions and I’m doing a little experiment with that.  Everytime I feel like opting out of something I know I should do but don’t feel like doing (like cleaning up my mess in the craft room), I choose to do what I should do or something that’s a compromise (like at least cleaning up the craft table).  The “I don’t feel like it” is not going to be one of the multiple choices.  I feel quite masochistic.

So, I guess that means I better start making soaps and pots and stuff soon, I mean today.

My winterizing to-do list

Winter in New England is COLD and EXPENSIVE.  This year, I’m going to do all I can to keep the heat in and save money.  Hopefully I’ll get to cross all these things off before it gets really cold.   Here’s a good link about winterizing your home.

My to-do list 

Caulk around windows

Turn down water heater temperature (I think I did this before but at the time I didn’t know that electric water heaters have TWO thermostats and you have to turn down the temperature on both of them.  My water is still scalding hot so hopefully I’ll get it right this time.)

Foam insulation for pipes

Foam insulation for outlets

Door sweepers and weather stripping

Turn off bathroom vents (they suck the hot air out of the room!)

New filters for heater

Move furniture away from heating vents

DIY window insulation (this is my secret project, if it works, I’ll post a tutorial)

Draft stoppers (like these)

Get a humidifier (moist air feels warmer)

Row, row, row your boat

I went to the Head of the Charles today to see my cousin’s team (Washington University, St. Louis) row.  She’s the third girl from the left.  I recognized her bobbing ponytail right away.  I’m pretty sure this is her team even though she did say their uniform is black with green stripes and here they’re black with red stripes.  Anyway, the weather couldn’t have been any more beautiful and I’m glad I didn’t miss her rowing. 

Steph, hope you guys had fun!!  It was great seeing you!