Quarantimes Part 10

I finished a scarf!

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I made this out of Miss Marja’s handspun yarn. Originally I had set out to make a Winter Wine cowl, but as I kept knitting, I realized that I had enough handspun for a full scarf. So, I just kept knitting until I ran out of yarn, that was fine for me.

My list for this week sits thus:

  1. Don’t work during off hours.
  2. Bake bread (Like really, DO THIS!)
  3. Teach Miss Butterfly how to make yogurt.
  4. Hang decorative hooks for dog leashes.
  5. Get one piece of peel and stick wallpaper hung in the kitchen in order to make a decision about it.
  6. Start plying the singles that were spun before interior painting projects began.
  7. Adding to the list, fix a cloth mask to wear to work next week.

That’s it, that’s all I’ve got for today. Tomorrow and Saturday will both be project pan posts, as it’s the beginning of a new month. I admit, there won’t be a bunch of progress anywhere with those!

 

 

Quarantimes Part 9

This is my last full work from home week I believe. I doubt we’ll get a further stay home order, so we will go back to dividing my team in half and then rotating one week on and one week work from home.

Here’s the list I was working off of last week, let’s see what I managed to accomplish.

  1. Don’t work during off hours
  2. Make dog treats
  3. Bake bread
  4. Start prepping craft room for painting. Get started if possible.
    1. I actually fully finished painting the craft room, gave it a deep clean, and put it all back together. Pics of that below.
  5. Move fridge to paint behind, finishing the kitchen.
  6. Clean fridge.
  7. Bring spring clothing upstairs, move winter clothes to basement.

So, all in all, I did pretty well even though I did not get to the bread baking.

I don’t have a finished object to show off today, though I did finish a project. I will have that up shortly. But I do have a little photo of one wall of my craft room. It looked like this with boring white walls.

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It’s fine, but I felt like I could be improved. I wanted to inject warmth and color into this room. I wanted to use the picture on the wall and the florals on the daybed to choose my color, and so I ended up with a light adobe color, or perhaps a terra cotta? I don’t think I am great about describing color. But, it is definitely warmer now.

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On Sunday I had decided I was going to fully complete the painting of this room. I moved what furniture I could out into the hall, blocking the hallway except for just being able to squeeze by everything. I got two coats of paint on the wall during the day and then woke up early Monday morning in order to be able to remove tape and get furniture back into the room before I started working from home.

Except…as I began to remove the tape, I realized that the edges weren’t looking as rich in color as the rest of the walls. So, I stopped everything and did the thing I hate the most, which is work from the living room. During my lunch hour, I grabbed my painting clothes again and did all the edges. I took an early break so that the prerequisite 4 hours drying time would be complete by the time I stopped working for the day. After I was done working I pulled the tape, cleaned the floors up again, and moved all my furniture back in. That means that today I get to have my first work from home day in this lovely newly painted warm room.

Other things from this past week, we attended an online wedding! We were supposed to be traveling to a wedding last week. The bride and groom had already been engaged for more than a year, I remember them getting engaged prior to our wedding last year. When the virus hit, they ended up postponing the wedding until next year. But, then they decided they still wanted to get married on their original wedding date. They were able to get an officiant and have a zoom wedding. We all got dressed up to attend.

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Our hair is too long and needs a cut, all of us. But really, everyone is in the same boat. The wedding went very well, there were toasts and a best man speech and tears for the couple, and much celebration. The bride even made her own little wedding cake, as none could be delivered. It might not be how they expected to start their married life, but it will absolutely be memorable for them!

Now on to this week’s list.

  1. Don’t work during off hours.
  2. Bake bread (Like really, DO THIS!)
  3. Teach Miss Butterfly how to make yogurt.
  4. Hang decorative hooks for dog leashes.
  5. Get one piece of peel and stick wallpaper hung in the kitchen in order to make a decision about it.
  6. Start plying the singles that were spun before interior painting projects began.

That’s it for me this week. It’s already Tuesday and I haven’t started any of this, so the week’s list looks doable as it currently is.

How is everyone holding up? I know it’s a weird and hard time right now. For us, it depends on the day. Some days are beginning to feel kind of….normal? Though I think that’s because I’ve insisted on being quite busy. The improvement in weather around here has been extremely good, it was a lot harder on us all when the early spring weather looked more like winter.

 

 

Quarantimes Part 8

Here’s where I am in my list:

  1. Don’t work during off hours
  2. Make dog treats
  3. Bake bread
  4. Start prepping craft room for painting. Get started if possible.
  5. Move fridge to paint behind, finishing the kitchen.
  6. Clean fridge.
  7. Bring spring clothing upstairs, move winter clothes to basement

So far, it’s been kind of a massive fail this week. But, we don’t get too upset over failure during quarantimes. We are all just trying to get along as best we can.

Mr. Ink is on vacation currently and working on some projects around the house and yard. It’s funny, I hear complaints from coworkers in how their partners think that if they are working from home, they are not actually working, and feel that they get all access to chat and do things around the house. I do not have this problem. Mr. Ink is the exact opposite, extremely respectful of the work boundaries, makes me lunch and serves it so I can keep working, generally leaves me alone, and then discusses things he overhears during dinner time. It’s quite delightful!

I have largely taken a break from painting at this point, though I really do need to get back to it. I figured my hands and my mind needed a bit of a break. I’ve still got the fridge to move, and I do want to get to it, but I think I’ll save it for the weekend.

I did finish a project though!

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This is my own handspun, and I took it in the evening fading light. It’s a lot more brown and green than it appears here. Never mind, you get the picture! This one is longer than the previous one, and I really like it!

And now I leave you with a photo of one of my coworkers.

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Sometimes she hangs on to my arm as I work. She’s awfully cute!

Quarantimes Part 7

It is now Sunday and about time I took a look at what I had intended to accomplish to see how I stayed on track. Or didn’t. To be honest, I did not look back at the list I’d made at the beginning of the week, so I am sure there are things that I didn’t bother to get to. But I think there will be other things which I managed to get done over and above what I’d listed.

My list from the beginning of the week:

  1. Don’t work on off hours. (Mostly achieved, though there were times I did need to work in the evenings. It was unavoidable in those cases. There weren’t many of them.)
  2. Bake 2 loaves of banana bread to freeze and one loaf of regular bread. (I baked one banana bread loaf. The other loaf was off the table as Miss Butterfly ate the overripe bananas. I did not get a proper bread loaf done.)
  3. Go to the hardware store, get paint for interior.
  4. Start painting! (I took Tuesday off to get a solid head start on the project.)
  5. Make more dog treats.
  6. Find yarn and a pattern for a new knitting project.
  7. Finish spinning singles on current handspun project. Begin plying. (I finished the singles but did not ply, and there’s good reason for that which I will get to below.)

So, I purchased interior paint and supplies. I decided that I would get paint for 5 rooms all at once, as we are supposed to be limiting our store visits. I took Tuesday off and on Monday evening after work, Miss Butterfly and I began our large project. We painted all day on Tuesday. On Wednesday I painted during my lunch break and after work. Miss Butterfly painted in the afternoon by herself. At that point, she completely crapped out, and the painting has been all up to me ever since.

I finished the living room, all except for a section of wall behind Mr. Ink’s fish tank. He plans to rehome the fish, and then remove the tank. Once he has removed the tank, we will fully finish that room. The hallway has one coat of paint and needs a second coat, which I will finish tonight. The dining room is going to be finished tonight. The kitchen is close to being done, but the fridge needs to be moved.

Here’s a little story to go along with the dining room and kitchen painting. I ended up choosing a very cheery peachy color for the dining room and kitchen. In the end, it needed 3 coats to fully cover the blue that was the previous color. At once point, I came around a corner to a LAN line phone jack in the house. We’ve never had one, so I decided to remove it and then fill in the holes. When I removed the fitting completely, much to my surprise, the previous owners had chosen the same color at some point! Take a look!

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This ended up putting the painting in the kitchen on pause a bit, as I needed to patch this hole and another as well. So, I had to wait to get back to a hardware store to purchase some patching materials.

On Thursday evening we ended up getting about 8 inches of snow in quite a short amount of time. It was so pretty. It started in the afternoon while I was still working from home. I could see it coming down and accumulating from where I was sitting. The backyard just filled and filled with snow. But, it was one of those spring snows where it never really accumulated on the pavement and no shoveling was required. On Friday, it melted just as fast as it had accumulated, which I also got to watch with delight from my work from home spot.

Knowing this, I figured on Saturday the dog park would be very muddy and I’d rather like to stay out of it. We talked to a friend who allowed us to use his fenced back yard to bring the dogs to. We had a lovely time sitting in the sun and fresh air allowing the dogs to play in the back yard. I wish we had that opportunity in our own yard. On the other hand, Fury proved why that won’t be possible, as she tried to dig around the base of each mature tree to sniff whatever she could find!

I chose and knit a scarf. I figured the best thing would be a project with thick yarn. I found a ruffled pattern, paired it with yarn from Miss Marja, and soon had a cool little scarf.

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This project was so delightful that I cast on another one right away out of my own handspun yarn.

I ended up skipping the plying of my handspun this week because I realized that after such an intense push to get the interior of the house painted, I’d been struggling with sore hands, hands that were falling asleep at night. That’s fairly typical for me, but my goal is to take care of them, rather than make them worse.

So, now on to this week’s list.

  1. Don’t work during off hours
  2. Make dog treats
  3. Bake bread
  4. Start prepping craft room for painting. Get started if possible.
  5. Move fridge to paint behind, finishing the kitchen.
  6. Clean fridge.
  7. Bring spring clothing upstairs, move winter clothes to basement

That seems like a more than fair list. To be honest, I was supposed to have a good portion of this week off for a trip to Lake Tahoe, obviously that’s not happening. I canceled my work vacation time, but Mr. Ink did not. I might take a day or two off to make sure I get a little extra done. It wasn’t just the painting this last week and weekend, Mr. Ink has also been madly productive. If we can keep that up, it’ll be very nice! I still have hopes and dreams of getting so far into the interior painting project that I even *gasp* paint the bedroom!

 

 

Quarantimes Part 6

As a follow up from Saturday’s post, I had anticipated a deep cleaning of the bathroom. I am pleased to say, mostly because I needed to report back here, that did get done. In doing it, I ended up giving Mr. Ink a bunch more to do. First, the showerhead hasn’t been running particularly well. I asked him if it could be fixed. He tried. It could not. So, we need to get a new one. Then I asked him when the furnace filter had last been replaced. He told me “spring.” I said “It IS spring and I KNOW you didn’t just change it, do you mean LAST SPRING?!?!”  He said, “let’s go down stairs and take a look at it.” We did so, and turns out it probably has actually been a year. In going downstairs to investigate the furnace filter, I noticed some leaking water. That turned out to be a leaky faucet on the hot water heater.

Funny part was, I’d just asked Mr. Ink if he needed to go to the hardware store, and he’d told me that he did not. But as it turns out, he did need to go, he just didn’t know it yet.

That leads me to this week’s list.

  1. Don’t work on off hours.
  2. Bake 2 loaves of banana bread to freeze and one loaf of regular bread.
  3. Go to the hardware store, get paint for interior.
  4. Start painting! (I took Tuesday off to get a solid head start on the project.)
  5. Make more dog treats.
  6. Find yarn and a pattern for a new knitting project.
  7. Finish spinning singles on current handspun project. Begin plying.

I feel like this is a fairly sufficient list. Since we are painting 3-4 rooms plus the hall, I don’t think loading up the list with a bunch of other busy work makes much sense. Should be a good week!

And why do I need to find another project? Because I finished the largest Lintilla shawl I’ve ever made.

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I prolonged this project just as long as I possibly could. I just didn’t want to finish, it was such an enjoyable knit. And that’s why I chose it, I knew it would be! Plus, I didn’t feel like trying to figure out what to knit next, nor did I feel like trying to figure out how to knit whatever pattern I chose. I am hoping I can come up with something that is as enjoyable as this over the next week.

Final March Empties

March empties with a little bit of April too.

In my March beauty balance post I ended up with 27 items out of my collection over what came in to my collection. This month I’ve got another 10 empties, so that’s 37 out over what has entered this year.

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The Shea Moisture in shower body conditioner is a definite won’t repurchase item. It just doesn’t do much at all, and I didn’t like the scent either.

The Ordinary Azelaic acid suspension I already repurchased. I do like this product and it has become a regular skincare item.

The Cerave night cream I will also repurchase when I need another. I like it a lot and it is less expensive than many moisturizers.

The Bare Minerals primer I will not repurchase. It’s a basic silicone primer and that’s not really something I need in my life. In fact, I’ve got lots of others to use up.

The tin with a little pink left in it was a lush “naked” (meaning no packaging) shower conditioner and I absolutely ADORED this. I will repurchase. I kind of want to wait until shops open back up for a lush purchase, though that could be quite some time. I could order online, but I am trying to keep all purchases low right now.

Moroccan oil hair treatment, I loved this product! If I had longer hair, I’d likely use this often. It isn’t overly necessary with short hair, though keeping my hair in good shape right now is wise since I’ve no clue when it will get cut again!

Beside that I have a Replica fragrance sample in Jazz Club. Those replica fragrances are strong and wonderful, I loved this one!

I am removing a hank and henry liquid lipstick from my collection, it’s too heavy, thick, sticky, and matte for me to want to keep. I gave this to Miss Butterfly.

I finished up The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% which is another regular in my skin care routine, now repurchased.

And I finally finished a tatcha sheet mask that has been sitting in my collection for well over a year. I used it twice as there was plenty of “sauce” in it.

A bonus item I didn’t count as entering my collection last year is a curlsmith scalp treatment. I really liked this! It smelled very….organic? earthy? But nice! Made my hair feel good. Not sure what it did for my scalp. Won’t purchase. But I did like it.

And that’s it for now. I did place an order, only two skincare items, mostly because Miss Butterfly needed a few things, so I added those in as well. I will feature them in an upcoming beauty balance post, but they aren’t here yet, so I’ll likely wait until I also gather a number of new empties too. I doubt there will be anything else incoming in April, as I am trying to keep my low buy. The next time I expect to purchase would be for haircare, but even that has changed considerably now that I am staying home until further notice. I still do my hair! But in a much more gentle fashion using different products than before.

Quarantimes Part 5

In Part 4 I spoke of items I’d like to get accomplished during the week of working from home. I will certainly list and show progress on those, but before that, I will say that a major change occurred during the week.

I worked from home as was usual on Monday and Tuesday, as it was my work from home week. My staff was split in two, and the other team was on campus.

On Tuesday evening, we got the notice that the university was shutting down. This is despite the fact that there’s no state wide shut down. Our university decided that we needed to do more than we were, and so they sent the notice that only essential personnel are to report.

What did this mean for me? It meant that ALL my staff were now to work from home. It meant working Tuesday evening to communicate that, and communicate with my boss, and get some work done to get us squared away. We activated the calling tree I’d made in the previous weeks, and then I spent the remainder of the evening answering questions as they came up.

And now we are home for at least the upcoming two weeks if not longer.

Now to the list.

    1.  Don’t work during time off.
      That didn’t really work as we had an emergency situation. I stuck to it the first day but that was it.
    2. Wash windows outside.
      Totally got this done on my lunch break on day 1. I realized that this job only takes 15 minutes, and I need to remember that in the future.
    3. Deep clean bathroom.
      Nope, but I do hope to get it done this weekend.
    4. Rearrange living room furniture.
      Got this done with the help of Miss Butterfly. We also deep cleaned in the living room. This was something that took up a full lunch break, but it was nice to accomplish it!
    5. Begin deep cleaning bedroom.
      Big fat nope here as well, but I’ll get to why on this below.
    6. Get items I need to finish painting garage window frames.
      I did this!
    7. Bake bread.
      I did this too, but it wasn’t the bread I wanted to bake. I baked banana bread. I wanted proper bread. But I didn’t get to it. I did, however, make pancakes, french toast, and a dutch baby as well this week, so my powers of cooking breakfast were strong this week.
    8. Bake dog treats.
      Yep, this was on day one as well. I made them dehydrated sweet potatoes and they LOVED them! I am hoping to make this a weekly treat as long as the weather is cooler and Mr. Ink picks up sweet potatoes from the store.

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So, one of the reasons I didn’t get started on some of the things I had anticipated working on this week is because once I realized we’d be home for weeks instead of just one week, I adjusted my thinking. I told Miss Butterfly that if she WANTED to, we’d decide on some paint colors and get the interior painted. Or at least a lot of the interior. We did go to the hardware store to pick up the items I needed for the garage trim paint job, and while there we picked up a bunch of swatches and tape as well. Miss Butterfly was well entertained that day doing her history lessons and then deciding on color swatches.

She did a great job with color swatches, she eliminated quite a few swatches and narrowed things down for me. It was another day before I got to really take a good look at them, but since she’d narrowed things down, I was able to choose very quickly. We had originally been looking to pick for the living room, dining room, kitchen, and hallway. We ended up picking for my craft room as well, as one of the swatches just looked super nice.

We don’t have the paint yet. I know that this type of paint order could really take some time, and I haven’t had the time to devote to that. Miss Butterfly is going to her dad’s home this weekend, so I am not anticipating picking up paint until this upcoming week. She has, however, taped a good portion of the house too, and that’s super helpful since I don’t have to deal with it. It has kept her well occupied and I admit that I am hoping the painting process keeps her well occupied too.

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Here’s a bonus photo of my new “coworkers” hanging out in the craft room with me. They are getting VERY comfortable with this current situation!

I am still working on knitting and spinning, but I have this aversion to finishing anything because that means I’ll have to put in the effort of thinking what I should work on next. I don’t feel like it. So I just keep switching up the crafting work and hoping I never finish anything!