May 13 We have blue sky today, but it's still windy...
Finished my morning glory panel yesterday! But the highlight of the day
was when G deleted the last 6 months of my emails he was trying to
clean up the computer and deleted them instead of moving them, (and he
deletes by using shift delete it avoids the trash and is gone
immediately...) this included 12 that had come in yesterday that I
hadn't even seen! So I'm not really ignoring you, I might never have
got it! I also spend two hours on the phone trying to figure out why
the email on this computer doesn't work on high speed... we've gone
through Netscape, Thunderbird and Outlook Express, they all get the
same error! Still works fine on dial up though, and none of the online
computer techs got anywhere!
May 12 Still Ucky weather... I felt like I was
sleeping in a washing machine last night, with the sheets of rain
hitting the house and the wind, G was saying today was suppose to be
nice.... but he listenes to a Canadian radio station and I think they
only have weather stations in Canada in Saint Johns Nfld and
Winnipeg... so Canadian weather forcasts are highly
suspect! Spent quite awhile yesterday afternoon selling some of
my orphan beads, they have taken up residence on the dining room
table... She moved enough of them that I felt obliged to dust the table
after she had left.... Unfortunately the orphan population is
always increasing as 30-70% of all my beads end up in the orphanage!
May 11... The weather is now UCKY!!!! Rocky
wasn't in residence when we got there on Tuesday so his ladder (a
trelis) was removed and his hole was boarded over, so no excitement in
the rain at 11pm Tuesday night! However, I'm sure Rocky is
currently plotting revenge! We went to the Willie Nelson concert
om Tuesday night, The Dirt Band was the intro, they were good....
Willie didn't wake up until he'd been playing for an hour a lot of
people had left by then! The last 40 minutes of his show was good
... Yesterday we went to Calais and Eastport, in the rain and
May 9 Still sunny.... Off to SJ today... G thinks Rocky is being evicted tonight, Rocky may not agree! I
got an email yesterday from an art appraiser.... she's appraising an
art collection wich includes a 3 panel folding screen of mine "Agony in three Parts" It's about the 4th item from the top on that page, not a very good image sorry. The screen was called agony in 3 parts... the
real story on the name G did the wood work with his leg in a cast from
ankle to hip (he fell on the ice and split his knee cap
Valentine's Day), I did most of the glass with my left arm in a cast
from finger tip (including my thumb... skiing accident!) to
elbow.. the only way I could cut large sheets of glass was to kneel on
the concrete floor, and hold the glass down with my left elbow...
Anyway the apraiser wants to know how much I would charge to
remake the screen if it was stolen.(I didn't realize that that was how
appraisers worked!) I pointed out to G last night that in
order to remake it properly I would have to resmash his knee cap and
break my scaffoid bone... (He's declining!) Still haven't decided on a
number to send her!
May 8 Still sunny.. actually thought the forcast was for rain... G
is depressed Money-Pit isn't being launched this week, now they are
saying next Wednesday, the tides aren't going to be at the right times
next week to get the boat home ..... Didn't do anything exciting
yesterday except putty my window, needs more cleaning, (so that will be
today's excitement!) actually I have started using one of those
battery operated tooth brushes for the corners and small areas..
it works really well.... Discovered when I was playing
around yesterday that if you clicked on any of
the links for more info or to buy on my site
you got a page not found error... It's fixed now, so I guess I'm going to have to start letting my beads go to new homes.....
May 7... The sun is back out... I
puttied my window this morning, now just hours of cleaning
left.... (I wanted to do the puttying when there was someone else in
the house....) G wants to take the sails etc out to Money-Pit today and
make sure the engined works when the boat is launched next wed... might
be a long paddle home otherwise! Not sure when the mast is
getting put back on... I believe I might have been fired as winch
operator last fall.... I guess it depends on how desperate he is
for help! I made a bunch more shells and beach glass yesterday...
The high-speed connection has completly screwed up my email on
the gallery computer... even the computer geeks on the help line
couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work, it works on dial up but not
high-speed I did discover that if you type aliant (The Maritime
Phone Co) with an 'e' (ie alient) you get an oriental electronics
company, I couldn't figure out why I was getting the bit about
installing the Japanese Characters when I opened the aliant
site! Remember Rocky the racoon on my home page... well he
acted on his threat... He has moved into the roof above the bathroom in
the main house! G woke up Friday night at 5 and heard
someone walking around... turned out it was Rocky inching along the
edge of the roof to the hole that G had conveniently left
for him... G also moved a trelis into place for him to use as a
ladder to get onto the roof.... I have heard that the poor Racoon
is going to be getting his eviction notice Tuesday night... Wonder who
really will win round two?
May 6 Very foggy here this morning.... I
did get a right answer yesterday... The phone didn't exactly ring
off the hook, but... I tried my first glass bead dog bone
yesterday, they are the current hot item on ebay... Not sure why...
Mine actually started life as a bunny, but I mucked up the leaf on the
flower .... so the poor bunny became a dog bone! Speaking of
ebay....I'm not sure about all the multi thousand $$$ sets of beads
that keep being sold on ebay now... What would you do with beads
that you paid $1800- $3400??? The current set is pretty but $1600
++ $ pretty ... OK I admit I'm jealous..., but will it cause me
to start selling on ebay, doubt it.... I just checked,
there is currently 13,413 listings on ebay under handmade
lampworked.... (wonder if the Japanese motorcycles are still
there???)...... G used to have dreams about seeing my fused pieces in
antique stores being sold for lots of money....
May 5 Since I am extremly Considerate and Beneficient!!! I
have given you an entire word this morning! Only because a bunch
of people got it! It's clouded over here since I got up
.... and I didn't putty my window yesterday because I
couldn't wash my hair for 24 hours... I had it cut and turned
myself back into a red head. stay tuned for tomorrows excuse! Why
couldn't I wash it....I had it cut and turned myself back into a
red head. Today hopefully the phone will be ringing off the hook
as it is open house day at the college in SJ and we're trying to
rent the apartment there for next fall! G is there to show
May 4 Yesterday turned into a really nice day and today looks great... sorry about the snow in Alberta and SK....
I actually didn't putty my window yesterday as the weeds were calling.
I tried using a bigger mandrel for the implosion beads yesterday
4,5mm or something and don't like them at all! (NO picture to
follow!) Also made some bunny heads, needed two but made 4....
After all you can't just have one rabbit, if I leave two together for
the summer will I have a whole flock by next Easter???? Speaking
of rabbits, Canmore AB which is sort of an out of the National Park
bedroom community to Banff has been overrun with rabbits.. Someone let
some tame ones loose and the rabbits have taken over the town.... I
suppose the tourists think that they are cute and feed them... One of
the last times we were there it was overrun with ducks... they had
taken over the entire sidewalk beside the pond and weren't moving!
May 3 Gloomy and warm.... Yesterday's excitement... I
soldered my window, so today is puttying day, so my hands and fingers
will look like your basic mechanic's, so much for my work to get
them presentable for their manicure, oh well they'll have almost three
weeks to recover... I've been trying to make implosion beads
again.... a tutorial for them showed up last Sept and I tried
them then... didn't really like what I was getting, but decided
it was time to try again, this weeks version are much nicer!
Picture later.. (basic method is a large disc of glass,
which you put dots on... then heat the bead so that the heat
collapses the disc with the dots on the inside of the bead... You end
up with pseudo petals radiating from the base... the base of the
bead is the outside ring of dots.....) When they work
they are really pretty! (These are much nicer than the scan would
indicate!) I also tried to make a bunch of tiny beads to fit some
rings that I bought (... and don't have yet!!!) The rings
hold 9.8 mm beads... man are those tiny, I had an aluminium knitting
needle gauge sitting beside the torch and was stucking the
beads through the 10mm needle hold.... as a size test...
May 2.. Rainy and gloomy here today! The
lawn mower got as far as the driveway yesterday but G couldn't
get it started so it got put back, I know I always had a really hard
time starting it every spring! The Morning Glory panel is done..
(this is the second of 5) well all the glass and lead is done...
today I solder tomorrow I putty, and then I clean for 10
days....! NHL Hockey, my husband is a Montreal Canadians
fan.. (he's sort of alone out here... anyway at the rate they are going
looks like they will be on the golf course tomorrow!) My family
live in Edmonton so they are Oiler's fans, well the Oiler's
won last night so they move on to round two,... but in order for them
to still be live and background noise for the 60th anniversary
party at the end of the month they will have to win round two as
well... My bead and jewellery links are all upgrade on my
home page, due to the missing originals some of the pictures do
not look very good in the enlarged formate!
May 1 New month.... It's cloudy this morning, looks like it might rain...? G
spent yesterday working on Money-pit trying to get it seaworthy... the
tentative launch date is May10... I made beads and dug weeds... After
supper last night I was playing with a telescoping magnet.... and there
was a necklace sitting beside me on the table, that I'd taken to show a
store... sterling Silver, Onyx and black & white scribble beads....
The magnet passed over it and bam the necklace was attached to the
magnet... G said 'humph all those beads your buying must be plate'....
me 'they better not be'... But just to check I went and got my almost
sorted container of silver balls, (I no sooner get it sorted and it
gets dumped on the floor again... so new logic if I don't sort it I
won't dump it!) Balls show no interest in the magnet.... Next thought
maybe I used the links from a toggle set.... maybe those aren't silver
(I find that they are so soft that I usually pitch them into my silver
scrap bucket, but maybe I actually did use a couple????)... After 10
minutes of what ifs etc... It finally dawns on me that the cable that
most jewellery is strung on is steel and the magnet was picking up the
knots on the two ends.... (I was contemplating having to check all my
silver suppliers drawers with my magnet next time I bought silver....