I’ve been chronicling changes I’ve been making for about four months. One of those changes was to finally set up my art studio in a room downstairs that has a picture window and therefore alot of light. I’m happy to report, I’ve done it. Not everything is sorted and I have a few things on my wish list still but it looks more like a studio than it did and the only things in there are art related (as long as we don’t count the huge tv from 2002 that needs a new home). So, now I am distracted. Although I love writing, and even changing, I’m putting this blog on hold until art moves into the background again. Many thanks to all who have followed my changing adventure. I move on to follow my heart (and the $100 I got for my birthday for art supplies). – Marie
Blog Pause April 27, 2014
It’s Time to Ensure You Know What to Insure April 24, 2014
Picture this: Oldest child needs a place to store a few things while he works in the wilds of British Columbia as a grizzly bear guide. He takes some stuff with him and leaves a bunch of stuff here. But said kid doesn’t live here most of the time, even though this is his permanent address, so whose insurance is supposed to cover his stuff in my basement? And if some of their stuff is with him somewhere else for six months, how is that stuff insured? Most importantly, how do I ensure his stuff will someday leave my basement again? Basements are notorious for kid seepage. It can be highly damaging to the parent-child relationship though I am fairly sure there is no insurance for that problem.
Change of the Day: Call an insurance agent to clarify when oldest child’s stuff will be leaving again. And, ask who covers what for how much in the meanwhile while hoping all the while that it isn’t me.
Bracing For the Future April 23, 2014
You know how some stars are known for their gap-toothed smile? Think of Micheal Strahan or 70s model Lauren Hutton. Looks good, hasn’t hurt their career, it’s even a trademark they’re known by. My smile is slightly different. The gaps are BESIDE my front teeth, not between them. I’m missing my lateral incisors. I blame my older brother. He had extras.
I was in for a dental check-up today and casually asked about braces. “Hmm,” said my dentist, “Easy to do but might take a long time.” This left me a little uneasy for a moment. Then I asked him if he meant a long time like an pregnant elephant who’s is overdue or a long time like waiting for your tax refund to arrive. Answer? Eight to ten months. So, no elephant involved and I may be able to use my tax refund to finance the braces.
Change of the Day: Make an appointment to at least discuss the distant possibility of maybe, perhaps, getting braces. Then, get ready for a big show business career.
The Bane of the 80s April 22, 2014
Nothing screams 80s like spiral bound photograph albums with pages made of plastic and sticky paper except maybe the photographs we put in them. “Don’t do it! My delicate pictures will be ruined!” So, once those were banished from most homes, along came scrapbooking and acid-free paper. Cute. Fun. Time-consuming. Something to do on a rainy day in May…in about 20 years.
Hey, parents are busy people. Before digital become de regueur around 2000, millions of pictures were taken and printed and left to gather dust in “photo boxes.” We promised each other we’d organize them “someday.” Someday came and went and the pictures are still waiting to be organized. In my defense, I did select a large number of my favourite photos and left them in a pile on the kitchen counter to put into date order. When I went back to sort them, they were stuck together like tar and feathers. Somebody, who shall remain nameless, spilled a glass of water on them and failed to dry the photos off. Thus ended my attempt to bring calm to the chaos of the family photos. Nameless should be lucky they didn’t end in that moment as well. Grrr.
Change of the Day: Sort the remaining photographs into chronological order. And, keep them off the counter.
Planning An Escape April 20, 2014
I have so many Airmiles that I can circle the world at least once. I may even be able to fit some stops in. However, I have a problem deciding where to go and, harder still, who will pay for the rest of the expenses.
I could always use the Airmiles differently. Perhaps spend some on airfare and the rest on a hotel. And a rental car. And tickets to things. And it looks like I am staying home and going to Victoria for the night.
I’d better not ever go to jail. Apparently, I am really bad at planning an escape.
Change of the Day: Look into what my Airmiles will actually allow me to do without spending alot of money. And then, make some more money.
The Biggest Power Tool In My House Is A Mixmaster April 19, 2014
I need a workbench for my studio. Ideally, it would be at least three feet wide and six feet long. It has to be very stable and it would be nice if it had at least one shelf. Should be workbench height and come with someone to carry it into my studio for me. Can be a basic plywood top but steel would be almost a wonderful as someone else paying for it.
I would build it myself but…I’m not going to because I lack a power tool more useful than a Mixmaster. I guess I could ask for a circular saw for my birthday but what I really want is…a workbench.
Change of the Day: Find instructions for how to build a workbench. And, when you rent the tools remember to give them to someone else to actually use.