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All About You (krissie)

26 Jun

Yuk. Wrong picture. I meant to put one up where I was chomping on something and looking ridiculous but I uploaded the wrong one. This was a second one where I was trying to look better and then realized that was ridiculous and meant to go with the first one.

OK, I’ve been busy. Drove back from Crusie’s last Monday, spent the week working on rewrites and sewing. Spent the weekend revamping my sewing room. I’ve got before and midway pictures, but it’s still mostly disaster so I’ll work on that later in the afternoon and will reveal all later this week.

Ugh. This week, however, I am going to have two teeth taken out. I haven’t had that done since I was 12 and supposed to get braces, so I’m not looking forward to it. One’s on one side, one’s on the other (both in the back, fortunately) so I don’t know what I’m going to eat (I hate Greek yogurt and there’s not much of the other kind around). Also have no idea how shitty I’ll feel. I’m hoping I won’t be out of commission for more than a day.

I’ve got an opera to go to on Saturday, a cabbage-chopping party on Friday (cole-slaw for the church’s July 4th barbecue), I’m an usher and greeter at church on Sunday … I guess that’s it. Most of the time I resent things I have to do, but right now I’m making an effort to get out and about. I desperately miss my theater – I’d be in the midst of rehearsals right now – but I’m enjoying having more time.

It’s 61 degrees with a breeze this morning. That would be lovely in November but it’s freaking cold in summer. I’m sitting by an open window and had to close it a bit and put on a sweater. Our blow-up pool is almost full, and if it ever warms up (it’s been staying in the 70’s) it’ll be lovely.

So – having teeth yanked out, revising, business planning, church stuff, working on my sewing room. Lots of things to do.

BTW, if I don’t seem like a churchly person that’s probably because the religious right has sort of co-opted Christianity, so a lot of people don’t talk about being Christian or going to church.  I’m UCC, and our front sign has a rainbow on it, welcoming every spectrum of humanity.  We’re open and forgiving.  I’ve been a (terrible) Sunday school teacher, an adequate sermon giver, a good choir member, a wise Deacon, an incompetent trustee.   I found a letter my grandmother sent to my father, saying she wasn’t going to church that Sunday because it was raining and because of the minister, and I love that there was that kind of continuity from 75 years ago.

So ha, religion right!  Jesus loves me too!

Anyway, tell me what you’re doing.  And if anyone here is part of the religious right, mea culpa.  I don’t mean to sound negative – I love when people have a solid faith.  I’m just not big on people pushing their definition of faith on others.

Enough.  What have you got going on this week?  (Damn, I’m going to have to close the window -it’s too cold).  Got plans for the big weekend?  Maybe we’ll get snow.

What’s on your agenda?

Krissie’s On the Road

19 Jun

I just hugged Krissie good-bye, so she’s on the road back to Vermont. Much happiness this week, much sadness at parting, but she’ll be back in September, so the dogs and I are coping. (She tried to steal Milton.) She’ll also be back to post here once she gets home and settled.

Since it appears that I have forgotten once more to post the Sunday post (I HAD A HOUSE GUEST), what did you do this week that made you happy? I had my best friend to stay and we went to see Wonder Woman. VERY happy.

All About You (Krissie)

12 Jun

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And now, back to our scheduled program …

Hello, my darlings. It’s steaming hot! I live in Vermont for a number of reasons, and cooler weather is one of them, but every now and then we get a scorcher. Ugh.

So, I made progress last week. And then i got to play on the weekend – finished a regency dress for the AG doll and almost finished a dress for Ali the Fierce (my granddaughter). Back to work today, then pack, and tomorrow I head down to Crusie’s. She’s got another eye doctor appointment, and we’re going to see “Wonder Woman” and crochet and sew and talk and work. It’s going to be glorious.

I get to listen to the new Ilona Andrews book – the sequel to the one last summer, which I adored. OK, it would be nice if I had names. Lemme check. ah … BURN FOR ME was the first, and fabulous, and WHITE HOT is out now. Loved BURN FOR ME so much I’ve read it twice, and there are lots and lots of new books by great writers I could have read instead. So I’ll listen to WHITE HOT while I drive (after I finish up DIRTY by Kylie … Scott? Won the Audie for best romance and it’s good.)

So – writing books, reading books, sewing, coffee on the deck, great cats around me – life is good. Easy drives, visiting Crusie, Wonder Woman – life is even better. Gotta notice when things are going well. I have some nagging anxiety about Daniel and Tim (the kids) but it won’t do any good to be anxious, so I’m not thinking about it.

I’m just going to live my rich life and enjoy things.

How about you? Name three or four glorious things in your life that you can embrace. Hell, I suppose sewing isn’t that glorious but I love it, so for me it is.

And what’s on your agenda? I’ll try to take photos in NJ. Oh, and if anyone loves Richard Thompson (brilliant, wicked British musician) anywhere near as much as I do, Sirius XM is broadcasting a newly recorded concert today at noon on The Loft (my channel of choice).

But then, no one loves Richard Thompson as much as I do.

All About You (Krissie)

5 Jun

OK, I’m wasting too much time. This is absolutely driving me crazy – my inability to get much accomplished during the day. I’ve been spending at least 25 minutes farting around on the computer, trying to get a photo up, distracted by old photos, suddenly struck by the need to have a homepage like I used to have with all the news. I have so many things I want to do and yet I get so distracted I don’t get much of what I have to do accomplished and I don’t end up with time for the stuff that’s just fun.

Growl! I’ve never had attention problems before. I guess it’s part of just wanting to relax, to wander, but it’s taking pleasure away from me, because I really really want to be in my books. Anybody got ideas about how I can focus, get more done, and then have fun? Since that’s never been an issue for me before I don’t have any wisdom or experience to fall back on.

So this week I will write and try to figure how to focus. Set a date to finish the revisions (so far) – Friday? Gotta ignore the things that distress me – there’s no really anything I can do about any of them, so I just gotta but my head down and push on.


So, what’s on your agenda? And how can you fix me? (Oh, I have that book somewhere about time management. I’ll try to find it. But not now. It’ll just delay me further.)

You see? I’m a distractible mess!

Memorial Day (Krissie)

29 May

I am so freaking tired! I was out visiting Sally, and we were on the go every day, it seems. Friday we went out for lunch, wandered around downtown Ann Arbor (me in a rented wheelchair), visited with my god-daughter’s very energetic young sons (and we’ve spent every day with them).

The next morning I got up at seven, packed, went to the airport, got on one plane, flew, got on the second plane, arrived in NH to have Richie drive me back (3 1/2 hours) to Vermont, fell into bed after midnight.

Woke up this morning at 8:00, rushed off to have breakfast with my babies (grandchildren), then we all came back to the house where I gave her the doll I got for her, then we brought all the AG dolls down and had a tea party, and generally chased around after them, having the best time in the world. (While I had tea, Richie and Alex made castles in the sand and then had a battle, until Ali went out and stomped on everything like Godzilla. By that point I was pretty exhausted, but I soldiered on and went down down to the other grandparents’ house while Alex rode his go-kart and Ali splashed in the wading pool with her cousin. She was so tired she kept falling asleep and then waking up again, and I followed (hobbling) her into the house where she played for a while, then when we went out again she asked me to pick her up.

Well, my replaced shoulder is killing me, my knees are getting worse, everything hurt from yesterday crammed into an airplane, but if my granddaughter wants me to carry her I will walk across hot coals for the chance. So I carried her back outside, took her to one bench, and then brought her back to the glider where I wrapped her in a blanket and proceeded to tell her a story of Princess Ali of Nepalistan and her magic bunny, Percival. (No false modesty – I am brilliant at making up long, involved, world-building stories for kids). She fell sound asleep, was down for the count at that point, but I stayed for dinner and then came home, exhausted.

But I’m helping someone put on a lunch today, and I promised to bring bread, and I doubted I’d find good, fresh bread at the store, so I threw the stuff for a Honey-Wheat bread into the bread machine and went to bed.  Woke up at midnight, took the loaf out, put the ingredients in for a buttermilk cornmeal bread, and went back to sleep.

Woke up this morning (far too early), started another loaf (whole wheat potato bread), then drove back down to the farm (the other grandparents) for breakfast. Ali wanted more of the princess Ali story, I gathered a new follower (Leila, Ali’s and Alex’s first cousin), so I sat and talked with all of them (and the grown-ups). I’d given Ali Kate’s old copy of The Paperbag Princess (fabulous book) and it was now her favorite book. She had to hear it every night. Yeah!
(For those who’ve never read it, the Paper Bag Princess ends up wearing a paper bag due to some misfortune, the prince comes to rescue her and says she’s smelly and dirty, and she says “I’ll rescue myself. Who needs a poopy old prince?” or words to that effect.)
Now I’m back home, the third loaf is done, and in ten minutes I go over to BJ’s house to help with a lunch for 20 people, and when that’s done I can come home and crash crash crash.

And that’s absolutely all I am going to do this week. I’m tired!!!!

So, what’s on your agenda? A nice cookout where the men do all the work? Time with grandchildren? I can’t even think about doing another thing – I’m barely hanging on as it is.

But tell me what’s going on. Anyone have any special plans for summer?

All About You

22 May

OOops I’ve been having too much fun. I’m out in Ann Arbor, having a lovely time (though I was crippled yesterday and slept all day). I’m having a great time with Sally’s grandkids (pictures to come) and we’re going to a mega quilt store, etc.
So, this week I will sleep late, do a little work if I can (Sally sleeps late) and we will sew together and maybe even write together and watch K-dramas and anime (we’ve already seen Howl’s Moving Castle) and OMG they have a Steak n Shake here!!! Just one visit and I’ll be happy!
We might get out to a movie too. They have a lovely place – set back, with only one neighbor in sight, and yet so close to shopping it’s dangerous (at least for me). But anyway, this is a week of indulgence for me.

What’s on your agenda?

All About You (Krissie)

15 May

These photos are five years apart – I just started taking my photos when we started Refab and now I’ve got this whole huge backlog. It would be really cool to put them in order of date in a slide show (run quickly) to watch the changes. I do like my longer hair (and losing weight doesn’t hurt). As for my wattle (hidden by the great Calamity cup Jenny gave me) I was whining about it 5 years ago and it hasn’t gotten any worse. Just a fact of life (and a naturally receding chin).

So – I’ve got a Danish penpal! His name is Per and he’s a young man into exercise so we don’t have a lot in common, but hey, he’s willing to talk to me so I’m happy. Little does he know the treasure he has on the other end of his emails (cackle).

I’m flailing about with my revisions. Spent the weekend playing with dolls, of course (I promise a blog post about them soon, not that any of you care but tough titties, as they used to say). We all like creativity, right? I’ve got a really busy week – tomorrow the therapist, Wednesday lunch with an actress friend, Thursday a sewing day at my Husqvarna Viking dealer (I’ve got an older Bernina and a Janome as well) and then on Friday I fly out to Detroit to visit with my BFF as in Best Friend Forever, since I’ve known her for 61 years (we met when we were 8). I only met Jenny when we were in our 40s so we’re on twenty-something years. Maybe she’s Best Friend From Now On. BFFNO?
I’ll be in Michigan (Ypsilanti, outside of Ann Arbor) for a week. Sally and I will get pedicures and sew and gossip and use her hot tub and just have a fabulous time, and it’s long overdue. In fact, I have to carefully not mention when I go to Jenny’s since I’ve been down in NJ probably more than a dozen times and I haven’t yet gone to MI. Sally had a worse childhood than I did, which is saying a lot, so it’s easy for her to feel paranoid and abandoned.

I’ve been getting great packing ideas on Pinterest of all places. They’ve got all these posts for “packing for a week in Paris” etc., usually stuff that will fit in a carry on. I hate packing, hate deciding, so I’m going to go with one of those plans and see how it goes. Of course, being in a shoulder season doesn’t help – snow in VT yesterday, close to 90 on Wednesday. (Anyone else say wed-nes-day every time they type the word?)

And here’s a goal. I’ll try to take a photo every day, at least one, to document my week. Oh, I failed to mention I’m in the midst of massive revisions too, that I have to squeeze in whenever I can.  To cheer me up I sing this song when I work.  I know it’s disrespectful to call Daniel by his childhood name, but no one will tell, right?  When Kate was little she’d put on her patent leather shoes and pretend tape on the hardwood floors while this played on the VHS machine (she was around two).

I never know if those links work.  If it doesn’t, check me on Facebook to hear my work song.

So what’s on your agenda?