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Ruby Tuesday — The Craft Edition

22 Jan

Ruby likes to help me knit

Ruby firmly believes that she would be a remarkable crafter if only I’d give her the chance. Cat-like, she wants to jump in your lap and help you knit or crochet or glue buttons down to a wreath with hot melt glue. Poor silly girl . . . that whole no thumbs thing really gets in the way.

This is also a sneaky way for me to write about my crafting on Ruby Tuesday. Ruby and I consulted and decided that my “tangerine dream” was an ugly orange nightmare. Soooooooo, I moved on to bigger and better things. Above is the knitting that I did with some amazing alpaca yarn. Totally yummy! Alpaca yarn is amazingly soft and easy to work with. Everything that Julie Zickefoose has been saying about Alpacas must be true!  I am utterly in love with alpaca fiber.

Liza's crocheting

But then, we had Crafty Chix on Saturday and I learned how to crochet.   And, I was — if you’ll pardon the pun — hooked!  I am seriously thinking about ripping out the knitting and crocheting it instead.  And, that is even though my scarf did not turn out — although, I think it’s still wearable.  I’m thinking about ripping it out too and starting over but I’m not sure I can really do that — it was a lot of work!  We’ll see — I would really like it to lie flat the way it’s supposed to.  Decisions, decisions!

Ruby's new doggy door

This was a big home improvement project this weekend (hmmm, note to self, get out the shop vac and clean up that debris!).  Greg put in a dog door for Ruby.  It is supposed to be electronic so that Ruby can go in and out but her little squirrel/raccoon/skunky friends can’t decide to follow her in.   So far that is proving a little bit problematic.   We had fun training Ruby to use it and still have to remind her about it but it has greatly cut down on my door monitoring hours.  Yay!  You can’t tell but it’s in my laundry room (the most awkward room known to womankind).  The way the room is set up, there is a ludicrous angle that we have to sort of ignore.  I’ve always shoved boxes into this corner to at least fill the space with ‘storage’ (aka, out-of-my-sight-clutter).  That’s going to have to change now because I’m already tired of moving boxes to make sure the path is clear for Ruby!  🙂 For more on our home improvement projects, go see my house blog.  We got a lot done this weekend!

IKEA on a Sale Day = Insanity!

22 Jan

IKEA on a sale day

When I suggested we go, it sounded so innocent. But there was a sale on and so

  • we couldn’t find a parking spot — thankfully, one opened up on the very top level of the parking structure
  • the store was insanely crowded — thankfully, my children are old enough to not cry at IKEA anymore
  • it was hard to find someone to ask a question of — thankfully, when we did, they had the answer we needed
  • the line to check-out was really long — thankfully, my husband took the kids to get frozen yogurt
  • the 10 minute wait to pick up the drawer we ordered took 35 minutes — thankfully, that gave me time to get myself a frozen yogurt, too.

So, it was something of an exercise in madness to go on that day. If we didn’t drive an hour to get there, we would have turned around and come another day but we needed to finish what we started.

We got the trashcan that we want to put in our cabinets for trash and recycling. We have to decide if it will work for us or not. We also discovered that the drawers (see the picture above) will work for our drawers. We have like 8 drawers that need fixing — the hardware has disintegrated. Greg has been struggling to come up with a solution. But, IKEA to the rescue — he’s going to use their drawers and put our fronts back on them. It’s almost like I’m getting new drawers entirely and I’m thrilled. Between the new drawers and the hardware to make the cabinets function better, I’m almost enthused about this project now.

We also got most of the dining room cleaned out today — packed up have of my hutch and cleared out the excess furniture. We’ll cover the dining room table next (after protecting it with cardboard) and then we’ll be ready to start working. It’s nearly go time — shudder!

Oh, and we ordered our countertop — laminate-baby!  Very excited about it!