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Secondhand Wardrobe Day

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Vinnie's has opened a third store. I didn't know they had two already but that is what the article said. I know the building they have set up in, it used to be a funeral home. I am looking forward to going to check it out next month.

Why next month because currently I have two cents to my name and I know if I go there I'm going to spend money. It is very seldom that I go there and don't buy at least one thing. But why am I mentioning that here?

Well it turns out that there is a special day called Secondhand Wardrobe Day. I did a search on google cause I wanted to see if there was much about it online. I should have known better. I got over four million hits. A lot of them were advertisements for various stores but I did find a couple of articles that looked promising.

The first one talks about a "Zero Waste Wardrobe" which I thought was a really good way to look at it. We all want to save money and help the environment and anything Zero Waste is good for that. 

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What's Next?

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With the bat houses done I'm looking for a new project to take me into the winter. I have lots of options as I found out as I was doing the inventory of my 5 x 5 shelf which is almost finished thank goodness only 3 more cubes to go, that one of them holds my yarn and knitting needles means that it won't be quick but still ... unless I plan to make inventory my project for the Fall. That would not be a bad idea come to think of it but it would hardly be creative.

I need to keep my hands busy else I would probably just sleep all day and that most certainly is not good for me! Keeping my hands busy is what keeps my depression at a manageable level.

As I was going through the boxes I discovered a lot of unfinished sewing projects which I think I need to make my first priority. I have the makings of three or four quilts and I have wanted a handmade quilt for my bed for a while now. Instead of buying one I'll just finish the ones I have that way all it costs me is time and maybe…

About the bat houses

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I've been talking about bat houses all summer without really explaining what & why. At the beginning of the summer I was bored and wanted to make something challenging. I mentioned it to my landlady who said that they wanted bat houses for the garden. It is exactly what it sounds like a home for bats. Bats eat bugs and we have a lot of mosquitos around the building but we don't want bats living inside the building so ... bat houses.

Once I found the design I asked my son to come by so I could get access to the tools and materials I needed. He surprised me by saying he would build them for me. So a few days later I had four bat houses. They looked like this:



The second request by my landlady had been for them to be painted to represent the Hogwarts houses. The basic colours were simple enough but the animal significant to each houses shield was much more difficult and is what took me the longest time. What do you think about how they turned out?



I didn't add the house n…

Just Talking

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So far so good, I'm not 100 % yet but I am back to 75% of my norm in terms of pain and energy, as usual I just needed a few days rest

Are their nerves in the breasts? I guess there must be but I never noticed any sensation there. Anyway I woke up this morning with the queerest pain in my right breast. Even the slightest contact sent a sharp pain from the top to the nipple. Entirely new pain for me. It is beyond annoying to find out just how many ways my body can hurt. I miss the days when I was basically numb everywhere.

Onward into the day. My morning walk is complete, the gate is open and I am enjoying my morning coffee. I like having a donation box nearby, I can give away stuff much easier and I have found a couple of things I've been wanting including some decent chairs. Today I found a couple of those hangers that you can store more than one thing on. I've been wanting to try one of these for awhile.

I think the weather is changing again as my sinuses are acting up, m…

Fun Day!

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This is GD #4 She is 3 years old. The Professor and I take the 5 young ones out every summer on a day trip but this is her first year and since she is the youngest of them I wanted to share my impressions of the day.

The first thing I noticed is that she is very independent so even if she is small you just can't treat her like a baby. She will not allow it.

The second thing I noticed is that her hand in mine felt tiny. I kept being scared I would hold on too tight and end up hurting her.


The third thing I noticed is that she seemed very quiet much like GD#1 was at that age. The Professor commented on the similarity which he has never done before. I think this one is also going to steal his heart. :)

We took her to Woodbine Centre which has a Fantasy Fair inside it year-round. If you have some little ones you want to entertain check out this place. The play all day wristband was only $18 and it allows her to get on any ride she wanted to as many times as she wanted to. They also h…

What a mess Part 2

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I have gone through 6 out of 25 shelves and can not believe what a packrat I am. Right now there are several categories of items on the shelves.

Books: All kinds from learning to dance to the study of Psalmistry. I have only sorted one shelf of books so far, I have five. Ideally, I'd like to get that down to two but I have several antique books that though they have limited use I am reluctant to give away. There are several subject areas as well, some of them are from old hobbies and some are for new ones. I am reluctant to
give up my doll making books for example because I still want to make dolls it has just been delayed for a bit as I become more proficient at sewing.

Quilt patches: both knitted and sewn blocks that are waiting to be pieced together into blankets

Knitting: I gave away a lot of yarn at the yard sale but I still have a lot and some looms I want to use them on as well as several hand knits I want to do and a few scrap yarn projects like a summer wreath

Kits: From …

Oh my God, What a mess.

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GD#1 came over yesterday to work on a t-shirt quilt that she is making which kinda lead to me beginning an inventory so I know not only what I have but where it is.

We had to search several shelves just to find the unfinished quilt, then we had to look for the thread ripper so she could fix the mistake she had made, then she needed the rotary cutter to cut the patch she needed, (never did find that), but she ended up using scissors cause I could not remember where I had last seen it.

As she was leaving I apologized for not being more organized, she suggested that I do an inventory. Sounded like a good idea to me. I could find out what I have, where it is and cull what I don't want to keep. After I know what I have I'll put them in some sort of order that is what I have that 5 x 5 shelf for.

The last bat house needs a couple of more layers and the clearcoat then it is ready to go. The landlady has found a Welcome sign she likes so I do not need to make one. I may anyway just to…