Sunday, October 25, 2020

So Much For My Plans...

 Isn't there an old saying...if you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans?

I had grand plans for this past week.  My husband was going to be at work and I would have the house to myself.  I could write or work on minis... not have horror movies on the TV constantly.

And then...

One of my husband's employees went to a family gathering.  Guess what happened next.

Go on, guess.  I'll wait.

You got it.  She caught Covid.  And then gave it to my husband and four other employees. 

As you know, sharing is caring, so my husband gave it to me.

Luckily, because he has underlying conditions and the folks at my workplace are bad about wearing their masks, I keep my mask on constantly while I'm working.  Even six feet apart or in meetings.  It seems to have worked because no one at my workplace has caught it.  I'm relieved.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone.

So my plans...

Yeah, my husband has been home this past week.  There was no quiet time.  And even if there was I felt so lousy that I wouldn't have been able to accomplish anything.  The cats are upset because we're not letting them close enough to sniff our faces or get cuddles because we're petrified we'll give them Covid.  It's rare but apparently cats and dogs can get it.

I was able to accomplish a couple of things.  I had ordered us new phones, and got them set up and the old stuff moved from the old phones to the new ones.  Got longer charger cords so we could use the ones specific to the phones in the cars.  And cases for the phones so we don't break them.  (This is an actual concern.)

I tested the camera on the new phone.  Tali (aka The Building Inspector) was irritated that she was the test subject and I woke her up.

The other accomplishment was a new coffee maker.  The old one was on its last legs and we don't drink pots of coffee in one sitting anymore.  So we splurged on Prime day and got a Keurig.  We ordered some reusable filters for it so we don't waste all the coffee we already have.  It's smaller and fits under the cabinets so that's nice.

I'm trying to get away from drinking soda in the morning for my caffeine fix.  My doctor's been after me about it.  So the new coffee maker is our fourteen year anniversary present to ourselves.

I got a little bit of energy early in the week and organized my minis a bit more.  Moved the new shelves in place.  

I really need to do something pretty to the paper boxes. Cover them with more fabric or vinyl and put my label holders on them.  Maybe when I feel better.

And I cut out the back of one of my new laundry room boxes.  I also microwaved one of my little birdhouses and took it apart.

The other plan for the week was to goof around with the Cricut and learn more about using it from the cool videos and tutorials.  But that fell by the wayside when I wanted to sit again after walking around the house for two minutes.

I can tell you that the symptoms are not great, but we're lucky we've only been hit with them moderately. The hardest thing is thinking it'll be like the flu.  Four or five days of misery and then recovery.  Nope.  We've been feeling lousy, then we have a good day, think we're getting better and the next day we feel worse.  It feels like the flu but it doesn't progress or follow the timeline of the flu, if that makes sense?

They say fourteen days after you first show symptoms but you can only go back to work if you're symptom free.  It makes it hard to plan because you might feel fine for a day or so and then get hit with the symptoms again.

So we're taking it day to day.  He can work from home easily enough but I can't.  Even with a VPN I only have a laptop and with my lousy eyesight it's very difficult to be productive.  I'm going to talk with my boss Monday hopefully and try to figure out when I can come back.

I hope everyone else out there is staying safe and as healthy as you can.  A mask actually will work if you remember to wear it.  (I don't think they wear them during surgeries as a fashion statement.) 

Take care of yourselves.  I hope you're all having a great weekend.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Finishing Up

This weekend, despite my best intentions, I didn't get a lot really organized or cleaned.  Instead I decided to finish up a project that I've had on the backburner for a while.

I have to be in a certain mood to make furniture (meaning from scratch not a kit) and until lately I haven't been.

But I managed to make a chair, a bed, a table and lamp.

I had a hard time deciding on how to place the bed.  Ultimately I glued it down but in a position that I forgot to take a picture of.

But it still looks festive.  So I'm pretty happy with it.

I also broke out the spray on adhesive and my fine 'snow' glitter and added it to the outside.  This was the other thing I'd been meaning to do for a while.

It is much more sparkly in person I promise.

I'll try to get some better pictures soon.  But that's it for my accomplishments this weekend.  

Hope you're all staying safe and healthy and having a good week so far.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Cleaning & Organizing

I didn't do much mini-ing this weekend.  Unless you count organizing my minis.

I got a new set of cube shelves for very cheap (so cheap they squeaked 'cheep cheep') and put then together. Since my workroom doubles as the cat climbing space I didn't have enough room to put them together in one big shelf. 

Instead I have a shelf of six cubes and a shelf of five.  But that's fine. No biggie.

The tough part was going through all of the boxes I have and sorting. Then putting things away. Breaking down boxes.  Dusting and vacuuming...

Taking the vacuum apart to fix it when it got jammed.

And continuing the whole shebang on Sunday.

It was a lot of standing on a vinyl floor with a concrete foundation under it. Barefoot.

Ladies and gentlemen, I ache.

I still have a bit more to do.  One more container to go through. (I don't even know what's in this one.) And I need to clean up my table and figure out a place to put the music room until I start to work on the garden.  I promised to bring it to work to show them so first I need a box to accommodate it.

If I work on some of this stuff in the evening this week I should have pictures to show you soon.

And by that I mean pictures that don't embarrass me with the plethora of boxes and junk piled everywhere.

In the mean time, here's a picture of the cats. Before they began the ongoing attempts to destroy the couch and make me crazy.

Oh, I don't know if I mentioned, but the other project I was thinking of doing is a roombox of this:

I have the roombox with the arches at the front and with some work on the Cricut I could make more arches for the back walls.  Print pictures to go in them for background and get the map printed for the floor?

My husband is a big Game Of Thrones fan and I think he'd get a kick out of this.

And with that... 

I hope you all had a great weekend.  Stay safe, stay healthy and if we have to stay home at least we have an interesting hobby to keep us busy.

And if you're like me, you always have something to clean.