Cyn Update

2 months since surgery. Range of motion much improved but I could be more diligent. I can get clothes on over my head so I’m happy with progress rate. Adjusting to a flat chest. Sure I miss some aspects but I’m finding peace with it little by little. There will probably always be a faint lingering ache the rest of my life but I’m moving on.

Best day since infusion, the nausea has finally backed off 90% and I have a couple days before the next one.

Tried on all questionnable clothing and most of them look pretty darned good considering. I was surprised, thought I’d have more alterations. Less work, whew.

What a dork, didn’t realize I could get Pandora through my Roku box. Got it now. How frikking cool is that!!!! Less tv, more music…

Life is good. One day at a time. Today I really was able to visualize my future. Big step there actually. Visualization changes everything.

7 months to go… so glad to see spring arriving, I need that clean air everything is new and full of hope feeling… spring *sigh*

I have a couple projects that are keeping me interested when I’m not tired out and sitting like a bump on a log. I try to get out of the house every day but it doesn’t take much to wear me out. I plod through my days trying to do some decluttering, cleaning, airing out my life, hearth, and home. Sleep. And eat! Not losing any weight so far. Good and yet…

The best way to see the newest photos and short updates is for you to bite the bullet and “like” the blog on Facebook (see button in the right column of blog) as I’m rarely on the laptop and all updates and photos are mostly happening on my “phone.” 

My new pretty from Red Moon Designs. Made by a very cool healer up in B.C. She used hand dyed elk skin and a maple frame, this one also red, with a black suede beater. I don’t exactly know what to do with her yet but soon. I’m working on a flute bag for the maker of the drum and it’s coming along. Healing blessings!

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Slipping

I have a list. A list of things to do. Some of these things are daily or weekly chores like garbage, kitty litter, dishes, laundry. Some things on the list are seasonal like updating the altar decor and tools, decorating for either a holiday or autumn, that kind of thing.  Some list items are creative in nature like getting the pouches ready for the etsy store.  All of these I do manage to find time for.  I don’t have a cluttered home, I tidy up every evening before bed most nights, the fridge could stand a sponge down, vacumming and bathroom I do stay on top of.

But what about the list that has those extra projects that do require a block of time and budgeting for the time spent and materials needed? It can be challenging.  I’ve had the fabric for covering my sofa for about 9 months (thank goodness for Joanne’s coupons!) but for one reason or another I just didn’t find time to get that slipcover started not to mention finished.

My very first piece of brand new from the store furniture was my sofa.  I’ve had this sofa for over 20 years and it’s still in darn fine shape. It was a good investment and will last me many more years to come.  You know there’s a catch right?

The fabric is terribly dated.  A Pacific Northwest Girl, I grew up going to a lovely little cabin in the woods until about 3 years ago when the property was sold and the ceiling caved in on the living room thanks to carpenter ants. You would think carpenter means they build things and perhaps they do else where but these big buggers should be called demolition ants. Anyway…  I have a great love of the cabin and camping. I love the smell of wood smoke in my clothes and hair. I love the cozy toasty fire in the fireplace.  And in the late 80’s Lodge Decor was everywhere.   Including my couch.  I loved it.  Not so much now…

The second thing is that my dearly departed Miniature Schnauzer Isis had an affinity for making nests.  She would dig and dig and dig in little tiny foot pawings and she turned in a circle until it was juuuuust right.  It could take her 10 minutes to get it just right. And, well, she wore out the fabric on the sofa cushions in record time.  The black warp is still there (tough as nails man made fiber) but the cotton weft was obliterated.  Black spots smack in the center of both cushions, both sides, top and bottom.

Combine the two and I had a sofa that I didn’t care for much any more even though it is a very cozy napping couch and quite supportive.  For several years now I’ve had store bought slipcovers on it. They are nice enough in their way, the colors are okay but the love wasn’t really flowing. Store bought, one piece slip covers, slip. All over the place.  I was constantly tucking things in and adjusting and fluffing and tugging and and and gah!!!!  Drove me crazy.

Time to make a fitted slip cover as a new sofa is currently of the question.  I wanted a color that was neutral. I wanted to able to put new covers on the throw pillows et voila! a new seasonal look with little effort or money.  I chose a denim in un-dyed cotton. It’s not white but it’s not tan or beige either. Tough, sturdy, washable, and bright. And easily found if I need to re-do the seat cushions.

So I made a plan. Four days off at Thanksgiving, which was very nice and low key, would be enough time. And it was.  A few hours each day and I have something that makes me very happy.  Zippers in the cushions even! I just love it.  What a DIFFERENCE.

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Yes there are a few wrinkles but you must have “ease” or you won’t be able to get it on or off.  I’m so proud of myself.

The green chair to the right has a corduroy slipcover I made well over 12 years ago and the cats have had their way with it.  It is next.  For now though, I can breath, knit all the things I must knit for Yule, and try to relax.

Harvest Blessings

Mr. Furnace and I had a lovely day.  Sometimes you just don’t have time to make the bed. We had a nice long drive up north then through the mountain loop highway, oysters for lunch, harvest farms and goaty goodness (always appropriate for Samhain), deception pass, ferries and home…  A nice little vacation from the staycation. And yes, all my “christmas” cactus are in bloom right now…  MY cactii are Samhain Cactii….  Of course they are!

Golden Hours

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I had a lovely ploddy sort of weekend.  Got lots of domestic cleaning done, some fun organizing the garage, and decorating for Samhain.  The only ding in an otherwise gorgeous weekend is that there is a new stinky place from Miss Mitty and it is pretty darned strong from where I sit and write this.  So, nose to the carpet again while I suss out that little bit of unpleasantness.

A bit of cozy dinner and the first of the new BBC Sherlock episodes will nicely round out the last night of September….

Mabon

Beautiful half summer half autumn days.  Beginnings, endings, topsy turvy.

We had a lovely day at the river last Sunday.  The weather was exceptionally fine.  Today I am plodding along, decorating for Mabon, starting to nest a bit.  Made a delicious loaf of pumpkin bread last night to top off a dinner of portobella mushroom ravioli with blue cheese alfredo, salad with tomatoes from the garden, and we ate it all too fast for photos…

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Yummy Two

I have a studio. Do I use it? Not that much! I sit in the living room and stitch and burn and the coffee table is my true studio.  I have a new coffee table, earned with the proceeds from our recent yard sale…  It is part of The Exciting Plan in the works for when I move to my own place in a year’s time.  I am working on a design plan and it revolves around a few key pieces of furniture. I’m selling off several pieces that have been with me my entire adult life.  Liberating?  LIBERATING!  I’m pretty excited. Meet, Isala, from Ikea.

I read Posie Gets Cozy, my favorite blog, and this post inspired the heck out of me and I fell in love with the cabinets. These will be going in my new dining/living area when I move.  I haven’t decided on the configuration yet but this is the inspiration.  It will hold some dining type stuff, some witchy type stuff, and some art type stuff.

It also means that I have a lot of work before me.  I’m working on slip covers for the sofa and chair that are very neutral.  I will be using pillow covers and the like to highlight the seasons, leaving the foundations as is.  This will enable me to make dramatic changes without a lot of expense or work and minimal storage of said pieces.

For years I’ve been storing my grandmother’s ancient kitchen queen with the intention of renovating the old gal and using her to store my herbs and witchy tools, books, and the like. The pull out porcelain enamel bread worktop would have been great for mixing potions. Potions I NEVER make.

She has great bones but this is a sad state of affairs. When my grandmother moved into a nursing home we moved the queen to my parent’s garage. The rope used to secure the doors is still there, 35 years later.  The breadbox has an articulated sliding door which is cool and the original menu for holiday feasts is still inside the left door. I have loved her long but also neglected her. I cleaned the top half last summer to get a handle on the damage and it cleaned up better than I thought.  Sadly, she was full of mold, which I can’t be around unless it’s Brie, and fixing that drawer was going to be hell.  The original drawer front was inside with glass knobs in tact.  I had lots of dreams for us.  And in one look at Posie’s lovely study, I betrayed my old gal and a new dream began.

I am tired of the smell old wood furniture gives to textiles, a kind of sour, musty odor that I don’t like. I want drawers and doors that open and close properly and my time has become my most elusive and valuable commodity.  So off she went with an aging biker couple to a new life and I’m free and so is she. And the coffee table became the first in a series of new pieces.  I am planning on a new dresser soon and then at least one cabinet and the tall narrow cabinet. We shall see if a second cabinet is in the plan as the year unfolds.

I saw this yummy printed linen/rayon fabric at Joann’s about six weeks ago and I knew it was perfect for the autumn pillow covers. I had some unbleached linen that would go great on the back (I’m a total fan of being able to use the backs as art too) and this project was born.  Thank goodness I have a year!!  I have made a vow that all my pillow covers will have zippers from now on too, instead of whip stitching them closed.  Goodness that made a quick clean challenging.

I have plans for winter and spring/summer covers as well and new curtains.  I’m purging a lot from my life that I’ve been carting around and that has included old ideas too.  It’s been quite a busy summer as I work my tail off at work and home and while Mr. Furnace and I continue to work on things, mostly old concepts of what a relationship should or could be. I’m exhausted as I’ve mentioned more than once but excited and inspired.  plod plod plod

So, here is another teaser for items to come in the Etsy shop. I gotta come up with the money for all this, right?  You can see here another unmentioned project, my Samhain quilt top… Probably not ready until next Samhain, just in time to move to my new digs where ever they may be.  The pouches, Miss Mitty in her felted bed, a wooden box that will be the recipient of the recipe design on the sketch pad, and finally, one of the new pouches, both in fabric WIP and in sketch…  Life is good.  Now if only the small staph infection that is on the END OF MY NOSE would heal, things would be perfect.  Must have caught that from one of the unclean, unwashed masses at the yard sale.  Jeesh.

I’m Alive

Man, life!  I thought August would be slooowww.  And while it is in some ways in others it is not.  Work offered truly excellent incentive to launch as many sites as we can and I’m in the over 20 sites 5 months running.  A record. Sooo Tired.  *headdesk*

We are having a yard sale so I’ve spent weeks pulling stuff out of storage, sorting, and now pricing as the yard sale is this Saturday. God. *bodybed*

I joined a gym and got a personal trainer.  Yesterday I did 6 sets of 10 girl pushups.  If you had told I could do even ONE I would have laughed in your face.  holy crap.  I am going to lose this weight damn it and have finally accepted fully that the only way to eat the foods I like to eat, I need to work my ass off. Low Carb works for me but I can’t sustain it because I tend to miss pasta and breads now and then and don’t get me started on potato chips. I can never eat just one.  My shoulders are KILLING me today but tonight Mr. Furnace comes over (we are adding him to my gym membership today because they have a Friends and Family half price sale right now) and he’s going to give a super duper Mr. F. massage.  He’s pretty darned good I must say. *sigh* and *yay*

I need to remember to have him take a Before photo in all my pudgy glory.  Not that I look bad but in my mind I don’t look like ME.  or feel like me.  Did you know I made the front page of the sports section in my city because my hurdle relay team broke the record?  I used to be BUFF and no lie. Ran 5 miles a day and then did calisthenics, gymnastics, stretching, and walked/biked/skiied/danced.  Not using my body is not a new thing but I’ve neglected my bod for at least 17 years.  I starting taking diuretics for my high blood pressure two years ago, the fibromyalgia isn’t bad but it’s not good, and I want to live a loooooong time. It’s time.  Feels great.  But did I mention my shoulders are killing me?

But here is the best part!  I’m a CRONE!!!! my years of peri and menopause are over.  Yeah, sure, still some hot flashes but the migraines that debilitated me for decades have been gone for an entire year now.  No more agonizing cramps.  No more mood swings (well they have diminished significantly).  My energy levels are rising and I’m starting to feel really great.  My trainer guessed my age at 12 years younger than I am which Made My Day.  So here’s to being a youthful looking crone.

Not sure of the artist, anyone know?

So, I have 5 launches in 2 days to get out the door so I can’t stay.  I haven’t dropped off the face of the earth. Not yet any way. Autumn is coming and I’m excited about some the projects I’ve got going on.

Ooooh and watch for a new post soon on the new circle I’m forming with some friends. Oh wow oh boy, I haven’t been THIS excited in over 20 years.