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Tons to catch up on...

I've been offline most of the day because reception isn't good in my room. I moved back in here sometime this morning after my waterbed got thoroughly heated, crashed around noon or one for a nap and then couldn't get online again from in here. Now I'm online but the signal is Low so I could cut out any time. It's sometimes gone altogether. I was getting little notices of it all day coming in and out, but when it went up to Low from Very Low that seemed like the time to actually try again -- and I made it online. Whew!

My apologies to everyone who emailed me and is expecting a reply. I've got mail stacked back to the 24th and it's going to take a while getting to all of it.

The house is wonderful.

More wonders keep turning up every time I look around. Or come into the house with Kitten. She went out today and picked up curtains for every window. I now have interestingly textured white sheers on a black curtain rod with spiky black curly finials that look very Goth or Spanish, more Goth to me since they are asymmetrical and look like doodads from printers' decorations. I have a bathroom curtain too. These sheers frame my beautiful back yard pecan tree that I'm definitely going to paint more than once.

I have a wonderful view right from this window across the back yard to the shed, with an attractive fence if I want to include it to demonstrate perspective a little, some trees in the way and then a street with buildings and more trees beyond. Everything here is green and tree-lined.

There's railroad tracks not too far away and so the haunting sound of train whistles still cheers me up every now and then. I've always liked it, couldn't tell you why other than it might have been some Ray Bradbury stories making it nostalgic and sentimental.

I've also wound up passing up the giant set of Sennelier oil pastels even though I found a place that has them on sale $30 cheaper even than Blick, because... I got furniture. Kitten was ordering bookcases and stuff online so she showed me the models. I'm getting a dresser, two bookcases and a rather sumptuous Bed in a Bag that's burgundy with various textures on it. When all that arrives in a day or two and everything gets unpacked and put away, I might even manage to avoid double stacking books.

Most of my stuff isn't up here yet. I hauled up the Tote Express with Karl's help -- I wheeled it on the flat areas and he carried it up the stairs, so that's in here now and once again I've got access to Carlson's Landscape Guide. I ran out of books.

I have been in a weird state today, lot of pain but some of it is muscle aches from more activity than I'm used to. Walking a very careful balance now because I'm overexerting all over the place with the arthritis gone. It's easy to overdo it when one of my limits just got moved so drastically. Still, I got a lot done.

A lot of little inconveniences that I've just put up with because living in Kansas was so great compared to the rest of my life are just gone. I've got drawers in the bathroom. Cabinets in the bathroom. Privacy in the bathroom where I could actually store some art supplies and let the overflow go into that area. Plus there are shelves over the toilet, so I am no longer using the rickety plastic shelving Kitten had in the downstairs bathroom at the Lawrence place.

The drawers in the bathroom are just awesome to me. I've lived in too many apartments where there used to be drawers in the bathroom but the bottoms got knocked out of them or the fronts got glued on to hide the absence of drawers, or there were just ugly gaps.

The furniture is not actually here yet, it's being delivered. When it is though, I'm going to be doing a careful juggling act to try to find the right places for all of it. The printer may have to go somewhere odd instead of the obvious place right next to my table in order to have room for all the bookcases. Still, it's going to be grand.

Once it's all cleaned and everything put away I want to take pictures.

For the first time in a really long time, I think once it's all put away I will be able to get pictures and the place will look good. Like the sorts of homes that show up in movies or magazines, rather than the kind of clutter created by someone who does too many different things all in one room and has insufficient storage. Junky looking furniture is going in the closet so the new stuff can be out against the walls and more public.

I think it's going to be beautiful -- and may even have enough surfaces to keep my table from being too extremely cluttered. It'd be nice to be able to rotate what's on it!
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May. 30th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Don't worry about us so much. It sounds like you want to bond with your new location. And since you feel physically better it is natural to be out and about. It's almost like catching up with lost time from before.

May. 30th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
Purr thanks! Yes I am doing a whole lot offline, but at the same time I'm starting to feel stressed by what a huge pile of email I have to go through.

You're right that it is catching up lost time.

There are a ton of things I want to have done. They are things I can't ask someone else to do for me. The unpacking isn't going to be done right unless I do it, and I did it for myself to some extent even when I came down from MN to Kansas. I'm also itching for my scanner so that I can post some of the rather good new colored pencils drawings I've been doing.

Yesterday I did three M&Ms in colored pencils realism. The day before I had three good sketches all in Progresso woodless colored pencils for that page in my small sketchbook -- a drawing of Sascha and sketches of both cats. Then filled a corner of a page with a trilobite in one sketchbook. Just little things. But good little things.

I am enjoying my new location and definitely bonding with it. Roaming around like the cats poking into everything and getting settled in. The sooner it's all unpacked, the better.

It's a great house. The feel of it is a lot like Bilbo's house in the movie, though it hasn't got the curves to it and it's scaled to us rather than short for hobbits. The colors are like that and very relaxing. The green outside... the green and the warm are so wonderful. It also has so many little details that I love that are often left out of Northern houses and apartments, moldings and so on.
May. 30th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
It sounds gorgeous!! :)

(And I HATE the "fake decorative drawers" too. What's the fucking point? Really? If you can't put a drawer there for plumbing reasons, such as in the top of the sink cabinet... put some decorative woodworking or such in its place instead of teasing people. Grrrrrr.)
Jun. 4th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Agreed, there are lots of things you can do that don't look like drawers and tempt you to pull on them and try to put things in. I like decorative woodwork. I just don't like things that look useful and aren't. It's in a category with Food Scent Perfumes, considering that I wind up getting hungry and there's nothing real to eat.
Jun. 4th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
"considering that I wind up getting hungry and there's nothing real to eat."

Yes, people tend to object to the notion of biting chunks out of their flesh because they smell yummy... :)
Jun. 4th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
Or don't think about it before they go hiking in bear country.

I wonder how many bear maulings strawberry scented shampoos and soaps have inspired? Bears really like fruit and aren't averse to meat either.
May. 30th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Robert, it sounds absolutely grand. Welcome home! I missed the whole saga of your move, but am thrilled to hear the climate is better for your health. Resist the temptation to overdo. It's going to be there for a long time. It's so cool to hear you talking about doing things rather than surviving the day. Purrs and congrats.

I just got home from a week up north, so remote that the nearest cell phone/internet was about 30 minutes down the road. Sheer bliss. Arrived home to find the plumber still here since Wednesday. I dread to see my bill, but I have dreamy new ADA compliant faucets in the kitchen and bathroom sink (real levers rather than amorphous blobs that slip through my hands), and a new shower assembly that rains delicious water. I also have gaping huge holes in the walls, covered in cardboard and duct tape out of deference to Amber Cat. Plumbers just plumb. I need to get a plaster guy and a tile guy to fix the holes. I don't remember it being like that. My last plumber, Goddess rest his spirit, always left things whole when he was done. Rhetorical question, but why did he have to commit suicide? My pipes haven't been the same since.

Anyway, I'm so happy that you are at home in the new place. Be well!
Jun. 4th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Thanks to a new high-powered router, I now have access again! Tonight it got sorted out. Kitten had to buy a new router and it's now functioning well enough that I have stable Low signal -- enough to get online, and it was going at Very Low/No Connection so maybe when the weather sings for it, I'll get up to Average or even Good.

I've been pacing myself -- and have started the assembly of my dresser. Got it half done in fact, the frame is finished. I just need to assemble the four drawers now and then put them in. I might work on them tonight or let it go till tomorrow -- sleeping with a half finished project is much better than wiping out on rushing it.

That's sad about your plumber. It had to be someone decent too. I guess jerks aren't the ones who suicide.

Karl does the repairs on holes in walls. He repaired lots of them for Student Housing and then fixed a bunch in our old house in Lawrence rather well. So if we wound up with big holes like that he'd just patch them. I've seen him do it too, and he's right. It's not that hard.

You cut out a rectangular section to even up the edges of the hole, cut the patch to fit in the hole. Fasten the new piece to the studs with screws -- this is the part that makes it really solid. Spackle the crack. Sand and spackle and smooth it three or four times if you're a perfectionist like Karl and then it looks like it's never been mended.

So it's time consuming but it's not horribly difficult. I guess the plumber's got a tight schedule -- or he's doing you a favor by not charging for the time it takes to do the patch, seeing as plumbers charge more for the hour than general repair. Still, it's a great bit of lagniappe your old one did if he didn't charge for the time on it.
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