Work thing: Finding artists for Mediocritee, scheduling stuff out, and trying to create social content.
After work craft things: I’ve been making signs for my mom. Got a Cricut for Christmas and I’m finally putting it to use. She’s started turning wood and it’s taking off, so I’m getting her some signs for when she’s at craft tables and stuff. Need to make her some shirts next but that’s a different day.
The black vinyl is chalkboard (yet to be tested with actual chalk, but in theory, it should work?)
Also playing around with stickers and different papers for a new printer–been having fun with that lately.
@riskybryzness I would love to hear a sticker recommendation from you when you find one you like, as I am about to begin the same type of project. And are you laminating them after you print them?
Also, if you don’t mind me asking, what are you planning on doing with the artists you find?
@EwingKlipspring I’ll take some pictures of stuff tonight and get the brand names for you. I’m still figuring it out myself but I’ve tried a few different kinds that I’m a fan of so far.
As far as the artists–I am the scheduler person for Mediocritee so I work on getting stuff on the calendar for upcoming events. (If you have anything, let me know, would love to see any current art you’re working on, I know it’s been a while!)
So right now I’m still new at this, but my favorite paper is currently Koala, it’s a white matte vinyl. I’ve been using Canva for the time being until I can work on my own stuff to print.
The colors seem to pop the best on this one. Still trying to figure out the glossy paper, I think my favorite has been from Zicoto but I could be mistaken on that, I lost the label. For the holographic paper, I used Stampcolour and that turned out surprisingly well all things considered.
As far as laminating–yes, I have some–but no I haven’t tried it yet (that’s this weekend.) I am still on the hunt for an easy to apply matte laminate–not a huge fan of gloss.
I’ll try and come up with a better display of everything I’ve been attempting lately. I still need to try cutting the paper with the cricut–it’s been a very slow project.
For the printer, I’m running an Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and it’s been pretty great so far. But I have been finding that each paper has it’s own perks or is stronger with certain colors. Blacks on one may look good but tans or reds are a bit faded on another, so it’s really interesting to see the outcome.
I’d love to see what your mom is doing, the wood turning, and what she’s got to sell at the craft fair. I miss going to the craft fairs, these days I just have to troll Etsy to see what’s out there. There’s some really amazing artists out there!
I made my first outfit at 6 years old! It was a kimono top with matching shorts done in a wonderful purple hippie like flower material. It was 1971 after all, I bet my mom has pictures of it somewhere!
Your little girl must love picking out patterns and material! Her dress is cute as heck!!
Working on some mitzvah knitting projects. A friend’s daughter passed away suddenly late last year. The daughter was a fellow string wrangler and did knitting and crochet. Friend gave me all of her stash which included several unfinished projects. Currently working on a scarf that she had gotten about a foot into starting. She had also started a sweater which I think is beyond my capability but that panel she did get done, I am going to incorporate it into a log cabin pattern blanket.
Work: finishing up my week in the ER on Sunday (6/5). where I work 1445 to 2315 (7on/7off)
Home: in the mornings this week (before work) I:
went next door to Mom’s house (90 yr old) each morning to check on her at breakfast and have coffee with her while she finished up.
fed her lunch and played a couple of games of Rummicub with her each day (she is getting a bit fanciful with the rules but WTH … she’s 90!)
took her shopping and to the library on Thursday.
worked on the gardens (flower and veggie) and our ‘nursery’ where we have a bunch of plants that are in various stages of being re-potted, rooted, etc.
spray painted several of the plastic Adirondack chairs that live around the pool. Rustoleum makes a great paint for that which holds up well. We have several in 3 different colors (coral, bright blue and turquoise) that the sun had faded that now look like new…
harvested a bunch of zucchini, yellow squash, cukes and okra and collected 2-3 eggs a day from the 4 chickens that are laying currently. (the 5th one is setting (6 eggs) in a nesting box I built last week to isolate her from the others). Tomatoes should be ripening in the next few days as well as the peppers (jalapenos and bell peppers)
mowed the yard (about an acre) Monday.
converted a fixture in our guest bath from CFL to accept an LED bulb. Also added a valve to the shower head so you can regulate the pressure. Grandson thinks it is too hard and he is coming to the house next week.
researched and ordered new handheld and robotic vacuums for the pool.
processed/inspected several copies of the ACT prep book SWMBO will be using next week for the ACT prep bootcamp she will be teaching. (“like new” copies aren’t supposed to have any markings on the pages. One of seven was marked up/had answers marked and will go back for credit. Wife uses the tests in the books during her class, and we don’t feel right just photocopying/printing our own copies so we try to buy them “like new” and cut the books up for the tests.)
changed out the NiMH batteries in a couple of the solar lights we have that weren’t working any more.
put up the wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons and bows we sorted out from the guest room closet. Bought 2 new plastic boxes to keep it all organized.
picked some of the blackberries that are getting ripe finally. Blueberries still have a bit before they will be ready.
spent 10-15 minutes in the pool each day around 1400 so I could cool off from working outside before going in to shower and dress for work (I live about 7 minutes from the hospital)
Next week the grandkids (2) and a couple of step/half
(?) great nieces (F-I-L’s second wife’s great grand kids…) will be here. The older ones are taking the aforementioned ACT bootcamp, the younger ones (10ish) and a labradoodle will be mine to keep entertained during the daytime from Mon to Thurs.
Other than that… not much going on around here.
Wife is out of town, visiting Boston with our daughter, (the artist/teacher from Nashville) this week. They are doing a bunch of museums and vegan eateries as an early b-day present to her.*
Turns out I had a lot of “free time” on my hands as a result. Hopefully I will get the chance to travel more when Mom goes to live with my sister next year.
*our daughter, not my wife
They have. They keep sending amazing food shots and a bunch of cool art/museum/concert pics. Crazy that the high has been 60ish and rainy up there, 90+ here! They are due back tomorrow then SHMBO will drive down from Nashville to central AL with the grands in anticipation of next week’s adventures!
@chienfou Can I come to your house to pick eat blackberries? A certain relative sprayed the huge bunch of them we had at the farm with roundup and we are all sad about that. What I have bought in the store isn’t even close to tasting as good.
@chienfou All that in one week‽ I could probably manage picking the blackberries and blueberries (because I would have a selfish/vested interest in them not being “wasted” on the kids…) but I can barely pretend to keep a garden going. Not to mention the unlimited list of other things I should or want to do.
Most of it, I think, is my job keeping me down. And/or “mental health” in general. But I’m working on getting past that, and maybe finding balance in my life again. Or something reasonably close to that.
In any case, you have an impressive list of productivity, on top of working at a hospital! Bravo!
Thanks… I think being “alone” at the house probably had a large impact on my productivity. I didn’t have to worry about putting stuff away until tomorrow when my wife actually comes home! For instance, the load of whites that I washed earlier in the week is still in the laundry basket waiting to be put away…
On the other hand, I haven’t even turned on the tablet to look at the local paper that I am subscribed to. I’m sure nothing too important has happened…
I’m still trying to sort that all out.
I tried a Paxcess/Aiper unit I really liked, but … it kept getting stuck on the bottom drains in the deep end. They are curved (stupid safety feature so you can’t get stuck onto the bottom if you sit on them. Since I generally only have < half the flow from those 2 drains (and the rest from the skimmers) they don’t have nearly enough power to do that…). The unit would get stuck on the middle of the drain cover with the wheels too high to make contact and then sit there until the battery died. It would also occasionally get stuck on the ledge for the seating area and/or steps. But it did a great job climbing the walls and covering the entire pool if I babysat it and kept from getting hung up… of course that defeats the purpose of a robotic cleaner. I even tried the add-on “obstacle wheel kit” to no avail. Unit did a pretty good job of climbing the walls to the water line and scrubbing it all.
I am currently using an Ofuzzi cordless that again, would be great but… it doesn’t climb the transition from my deep to shallow ends. This one is propelled by water pressure. As it sucks up and pushes out water thru the filter area it diverts it from one exit jet to another on the opposite side. This pushes the unit instead of having a motor that propels the wheels. The result is it doesn’t get stuck on my drain covers (yeah), but it doesn’t have enough ‘oomph’ to push it all the way up the ramp (instructions say good for <15 degree slope… but shit, I had no idea what the angle was on mine. Now I know it is evidently MORE than 15 degrees). It is also not capable of climbing the walls (obviously) but neither was my old Polaris so /Shrug.
So far Amazon has been good about taking them back within the 30 day window.
My next attempt will be something with tracks (like a tank) as I think that would solve the drain cover issue. Hoping I can find one that is cordless with tracks to try out in the coming weeks. I’ll keep you posted!
TL:DR Still trying to figure it out!
@chienfou Thank you! I’d looked at an aiper a little while back but hadn’t bitten yet. I have a domed drain too so I’m glad to learn from your experience.
FYI don’t buy the Ryobi cordless pool hand vacuum. I got one and it leaked badly into the battery compartment. I tried to fix it by making my own silicone seals for it and wound up destroying it (and the leak took out a battery pack along the way). It was a waste.
That weekend I learned coconut oil destroys lots of plastics. I was trying to use something mild and non-petroleum based as a release agent to essentially cast silicone seals in the lip of the vacuum parts themselves. Should have gotten a proper release agent but I don’t know how well it would have worked anyway. Since my stupidity caused it to crumble, it was a pricy lesson in chemistry and doing my homework before trying out cockamamie schemes.
Bummer about the Ryobi. I had looked at those a while back but never could find one in stock anyplace. Now I know why. (I am a big Ryobi fan, so it sucks that the pool vac is crap)
I have had a couple of pool blasters over the past 10 yrs,. Liked them pretty well. Doheny sells a ‘home brand’ knock-off that looks pretty good. I am currently using an Aiper which I kind of like. Charge holds well, and comes with a short handle that allows you to use it like a Dustbuster (great for the stairs) as well as on a pole for deeper areas.
BTW coconut oil is my go to substance for removing the gummy parts of labels when I take them off of bottles/jars. Just put it on and let it soak a few minutes and then either scrape it off with your nail or just use a paper towel to get it off.
@Thumperchick This is at a weekend place we inherited. I told my husband I was going to caulk the tubs. He said don’t fuck it up. Maybe we should get a professional to do it. I said fine you gonna do that? He said no, just don’t fuck it up. I paraphrase.
So I got started removing the old caulk. Except it’s not caulk it’s grout. I looked up how to fix it. Half the posts said you should use caulk if there isn’t caulk your contractor is a fucking lazy asshole who should be arrested. Your walls are gonna rot if you don’t use caulk.
The other half said no don’t use caulk it causes mold to grow behind the walls. Only a dumb ass bastard would use caulk you need to remove the old grout and replace it. Caulk is going to make your walls rot. Again I paraphrase.
Now I’m paralyzed with fear. And if I don’t do anything the walls are definitely gonna rot.
@sammydog01 Have you watched any of the “This Old House”-type videos? IIRC, they always use caulk & one tip i remember is you want to get in the tub when applying it so there’s enough weight in there to be sure that it doesn’t pull away from the wall the first time someone uses it after it’s cured.
I’m not very handy myself, so i understand the hesitation, but it seems pretty simple when they demonstrate it, as long as you use a sufficiently- sized bead & make sure you use your finger or a tool to smooth it evenly so it has good contact with both the tub & the wall. And, if it turns out really badly, it’s easy enough to remove (as long as it’s not straight silicone) & start over if necessary. Good luck!
@sammydog01@Thumperchick Tbh, I’ve never heard of using grout for anything but laying/mounting tile, & i don’t even see how it could work, considering it’s hard & brittle. I think they use caulk for tubs because you’re trying to get a watertight seal on a moving joint, & caulk has some “give” to it.
Again, I’m no expert, but when researching stuff on the interwebs, i always stick with reputable sources (like the tile association) & avoid randos with no credentials, cuz you never know who’s just trying to dupe people for their own amusement! I would just be sure to double check the caulking label to make sure it’s the right stuff for the intended application.
@sammydog01@Thumperchick Btw, i remembered a segment i saw on ATOH that gave a lot of great tips on the basics & found the video. If this looks like the same situation you have, i would def go with this method. Tommy is a real pro & has been around for a long time! (I think he went to high school with Moses. )
Helping my sister put her nursery together and rerun all the extra stuff she got at her baby shower bc somehow target screwed up her registry royally. (she can only do so much per day bc she’s very prego). She’s an hour each way so money is just flying out the window as I drive while gas goes up.
@callow thank you!
The bottle wraps are made of embroidery vinyl. I had the fleur de leis specially printed for these. I cheated and used blackboard vinyl on the back – much less expensive and since I made the same design over and over, they could write names on the blackboard vinyl. There are snaps that hold the strap together. That picture doesn’t show the completed project. The eagle is made of marine vinyl too. I cut those on my silhouette and then stitched the details onto the cream vinyl. Original design was for a baseball Working on my first hoop worth of them now. Found here: https://www.nosypepperpatterns.com/products/baseball-bottle-band-digital-download?_pos=1&_sid=34c61f341&_ss=r
Recovering a backup that turned into a system transfer. Sent in a laptop for repair (cracked screen, thank you Costco/Allstate/SquareTrade warranty) and it was deemed unrepairable and sent a full refund.
They also sent the disk drive (SSD) back. However, true to their “not responsible for data, make a backup before you send it in” warning, the drive we got back had gone through a complete OS “reset” which wipes everything. It was the drive from the laptop, so that “extra” 1TB NVMe SSD paid for the warranty.
Then, it turns out my son (who had the laptop) only did a “system backup”, and not a full disk partitions backup, meaning the critical hidden partition with the Windows Pro Bitlocker encryption keys that are needed to boot Windows Pro and encrypt critical user info were missing from the “system” backup he made.
I have a disk backup from just before I gave it to him, so I’m going to restore that. Then I am restoring his “system” backup to an empty drive, and then backup that drive as a disk partitions backup. Then, restore the original backup (all partitions, including the Bitlocker partition) to another empty drive, followed by restoring just the boot and main partitions that were backed up in the “system” backup.
Then, make a new, fresh “disk partitions” backup (of the original, with the overlaid last backup partitions).
Then fingers crossed it works the first time popping the drive into the brand new never turned on laptop of exactly the same model (good thing the new replacement models haven’t discontinued this one).
If everything goes perfectly, it should boot up, notice it’s in a different laptop (the CPU and motherboard serial numbers will be different), adjust things and be working perfectly, just like it was before he mailed it off to Allstate for warranty repair.
@phendrick My son loses all his school work that he had on it and all the licenses of software he’s installed. I’m appreciative that so much of everything is now hostage in someone’s cloud and we merely rent our own personal information and memories back from our keepers.
That said, it was odd that we tried a straight up restore of the two partitions from the system backup and sure as shit, it fired up, adjusted and then once he logged in (the Windows Hello PIN was invalid - probably because that’s tied to the TPM chip, while his BitLocker keys are backed up in his Windows account), everything was back like it was.
Glad it worked out for you (and your son).
And, thanks for the info. Twenty years ago, I thought I knew enough about PCs, but other than mail and personal commerce, have been mostly away from them for a variety of reasons, both work and personal. Back then, I used to do the web pages for our department, but lately can barely spell HTML. Now my twenty-something son is my go-to, especially for anything hardware related.
Haven’t forgotten all the math I retired from a decade ago nor the math software I used, but I keep trying.
Incidentally, as far as drives go, I remember paying about $200 for my first hard drive, a 5 Mega byte affair for a TRS-80. Used. And I think it weighed around 20 pounds. They have come a long way since then.
Just put the grandkids back on the road to nashville. Getting things together to take to the Alex City jazz fest this evening. Waiting for the next couple to come visit overnight and join us for the festival. Thought I’d pick a few flowers to decorate the pool house where they’ll be staying. Veggie garden is also going ballistic and I’ve been making all kinds of things with zucchini lately
Thanks. Sitting on the hillside overlooking lake Martin watching Jocelyn and the sweet compressions put on a show. Weather is perfect. Good friends, good food, lots of beer. Life is good!
At work, I’m working on getting another promotion. I had one interview a couple weeks ago and then crickets. BUT I did have a conversation with one of the VPs and confirmed it was just because of vacations/availability and I’m still in the running.
At home I decided to buy this cabinet.
It’s bigger than I realized but I think will still fit in the space I want to put it. I’ve taken off the ugly trim and painted it white. I need to replace the back because not only does it have the “media hole” it’s also cracked. There was a swivel shelf at the bottom that didn’t work very well anyway, so I removed it.
There are still some other things I think I want to do it, like add shelf paper. and the front does look odd with that pattern cut in it without the trim, so I may have to add some quarter round onto it or even just put some decorative wall paper on the doors to make it fun.
I’ll see if it works the way I was hoping. Because of its size, it’s going to make the space (My bathroom) feel MUCH smaller, but at this point, it’s a bit of wasted space right now anyway.
@Kyeh i am NOT detailed oriented when it comes to projects like these… especially when I don’t have the right tools. But here it is… i forgot to take photos before I filled the thing up.
The front I’m still not sure what I’m doing with. I don’t like the lines as-is. I was going to put some wall paper or something on it… maybe some of the shelf paper. Then I thiught about cutting out family photos in squares and putting them in every other square and letting my kids put handprints around the edges of the doors.
It’s also huge and hard to get a good photo in my small bathroom
I did take the backing off and replaced it with new hardboard… so it’s not just shelf liner covering the hole. I just didn’t like the dark on the back so I covered it with the liner.
@mbersiam Great job - it looks a lot better than it did! Those bathroom cabinets are expensive - and often they’re not very sturdy.
If you decide the photos project is too time-consuming, maybe you could use spackling putty to fill in those grooves and then paint over the whole thing?
@Kyeh@Thumperchick HAHAHA just wait until she can sew. Mom made most of our clothes and would have us “help” (pin things, cut fabric under supervision, not using the sewing machine on real clothes - just scraps, sewed on buttons and snaps…). I was in, 4th or 5th grade (so 9 or 10) when the choir I was in was supposed to have a green skirt for Saint Patrick’s day. I had forgotten to tell mom and then was afraid to tell her the night before - especially since she was going somewhere (I was the babysitter as the church was just next door). Oops.
The night before she was at some church function. I took a wrap around skirt pattern she had used to make a skirt with for me, found some green fabric in her extensive stash, made the skirt, finished well past my bed time, and put it on the dining room table with a note.
I had used the sewing machine to do the hem which I knew I wasn’t supposed to do but I was tired and it was faster. LOL. Anyway apparently she was up late redoing most of what I had done. With kids number 3 & 4 she taught them more than I had known at the same age. I guess I had given her an incentive. Your kid will have an advantage.
Those machines look so cool! I’m NOT good at sewing clothes but I do some patchwork piecing and I have a Singer Featherweight. I’ve seen the kid’s machine on the Featherweight Shop site and they seem like they’d be great to learn on.
@Kyeh@Thumperchick careful… Now none of your fabric is safe!! (Ask me how I know!!!) My hubby was over the moom when my daughter started sewing with me. Kinda sexist, but he thought it was cute that his “girls” were sewing masks for him/his work during the early days of the pandemic. He was trying to be sweet…
She starting a scrunchie selling business will all the scraps!
@Kyeh@mikibell@Thumperchick Mom discovered the same thing about fabric (eg my green skirt story). When she downsized she had two dressers full of fabric we went through (some from the 60’s and incredibly out of style and in my opinion ugly - how did we think that looked good back then? LOL). She told me the story of each piece, what she was going to make from it, income cases it had the pattern, zipper and thread folded in it. Bags and bags of it. Sort of sad she didn’t get to all her projects.
On the sexist issue mom said she was a failure as a mom as none of her girls liked to cook, clean, do laundry or sew (I sew from necessity but not because I like doing so and the rest I do from necessity as well). I told her she wasn’t a failure, she was a success as she taught us we didn’t have to like to do these things just because we were girls - we just needed to know how to do them as they were life skills.
Although retirement and move has been postponed by current economics, we’re still continuing a slow purge and pack on the house in preparation. That’s the main overall project. Once we clear enough space and at least one room we’re going to try starting the remodel/cleanup (assuming we’ll be able to someday sell the place…)
One can sure acquire a lot of stuff living in one place for 30+ years. We mostly packed our library after purging and donating a ton of books to the local friends of the library and still have over 80 boxes of books. and there’s still 30 or so shelf-feet of books we delayed packing because we might want them in the nearer future.
We’re also using our old ebay and craigslist accounts to start selling items again that have enough value to be worth the effort.
Long way to go. Lots of work on top of too much work work (as usual).