I have a bunch of random and unrelated things to post about, so I’m just going to write it out as a list and it hopefully it will come out to about 8 things (and appease Madeline who tagged me for the “8 things” meme :-p) In accordance with my contrary nature, I won’t be passing it on, but I couldn’t think of 8 bloggers even if I was playing along.
1.Today is our 13th anniversary. We got married on our 4th anniversary, so it is also the 17th anniversary of when we met. I was 17 on June 25th in 1990, so that means that sometime in the next couple months I’ll have known Scott for more of my life than I didn’t know him. Ask Scott to tell you about how we met sometime. . .
2. We both forgot about our anniversary until I looked at the calendar this morning. I like to celebrate birthdays (a cake and a few presents) but pretty much any other holiday/event celebration I prefer to do without. Bah humbug!
3. I’ve been making these frogs from this pattern, but the directions say to fill them with lentils or mung beans. Obviously these people don’t live in the South, because all I could think of is grain moths - just imagine a frog with bugs flying out of it - or the beans sprouting in the humidity. So today I got some plastic bean substitutes (poly pellets) and I can start stuffing.
4. I had a frog like the ones above when I was a kid. It was navy blue corduroy with a funky patterned belly. Scott says he had one too - but brown corduroy and it was a lot bigger.
5. We went to goodwill on the way home from the craft store and I scored big time. A container with some crazy trims - those beads are yards of fringe. Two stacks of cotton fabric that turned out to be all of the fabric you see hanging from the deck railing - a quilter’s stash it looks like, 1/4 yards of dozens of prints and some bigger pieces. My favorite is the next picture - embroidered cotton or it might be linen. And the last picture - the yellow is 8 yards of what I suspected to be silk and was right - “100% silk” is woven into the selvage, and the pink/silver I don’t quite know what it is, but it is incredible.
6. I have a method for dealing with the fabric I get from thrift stores. It has an odor, and it isn’t urine as some people would have you believe (but you can believe that if it keeps you away from my fabric!) I think it is a combination of fabric softeners and cigarette smoke. Some things have a stronger smell, but all things have at least some of the smell. So even if you donate totally non-smelly stuff I think it will pick up some of the funk just being in close proximity to the funk sources.
I usually un-tape and un-tag the fabric on the deck and unfold it into a laundry basket. Because it is folded and taped you can’t tell if it has been cut or has holes or has other fabric hiding inside until this point. Then I sort it according to fabric type and color (which I don’t even do for regular laundry, btw) Then it goes into the washing machine with detergent, a squirt of Dr. Bronner’s lavender, and a shake from the borax box. I hang it to dry on the deck rail, which gets the last remaining funk out and makes it flat and easy to fold. Getting rained on is an anti-funk bonus.
7. We went back to goodwill again because Scott wanted some Nintendo NES games he saw there. He looked them up online after our first visit, and he kept saying, “I should have just gotten them.” Hazel was grouchy because she needed a nap and couldn’t settle down, so it was good excuse to get her in the car seat - she fell asleep instantly.
8. I’m going to the dentist tomorrow and I’m not even freaking out. I’ve had a dentist phobia for a long time and the tooth that I’m getting fixed tomorrow is the one that started it all for me. It is a baby tooth that has no adult tooth underneath. The dentist I’m seeing is really nice and after my cleaning with her I just wasn’t freaked out about having anything done anymore.