5 am, do you know where your knitting is?

I do!

…still in progress…

Carnaby Skirt more than half done,
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I’m still thinking to overdye this a chocolate brown. And maybe use the skull buttons up the side.

Elf Slippers for mom…
She wanted pink, so I started with this, but the pattern got lost,
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(the color is correct on the left)

And then I found something spahkly
slippers sparkly white acrylic
OK, so it’s almost 5:30, but at 5 when I took the photos, the light was crappy. It’s a gray and drizzly morning and very light out now. Here it was 45 minutes ago…
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I’ll make the second and then add cuffs to them both. I’m thinking to alter the toe to add a small buttonhole, so bells can be attached to a button and easily removed for washing.

Other goings on

The snow pile is still there, and still very large…
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On Saturday, I made the trek to Nordstrom’s for the long desired (and long needed) bra shopping. Happily, mom had recently arrived in New England, and I picked her up on the way. The store is 2.5 or so hours to the south of me. It was great fun to spend the day with mom!

And here we delve into possibly TMI.

Here we are, pre-fitting,
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Let’s just say that the former chair of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee (mom) has not belonged to that club in some years. Age and medication have changed her body, but she was fairly quickly and happily fitted and came home with a couple of nice bras.


I was two hours with the fitter, trying to find a single bra that fit. Remember how we learned to add inches to our rib measurement? Well, that was for the Nurse Ratchet days when the fabric didn’t give at all.

~80% of women are in the wrong size bra! Here’s a great video showing ways they can fit badly and how they should fit. Here’s a pretty good bra size calculator. It’ll at least get you ball-park. Consider that clothing makers cannot make an 8 an 8 an 8… it’s the same with bras. And consider that a “cone” (aka your breast) of 3 inches height may have flat sides, concave sides, convex sides, different sides, and the volume of them all will be different.

I know I’m tall and mostly thin and booby. It’s been difficult all of my life to find a bra (in a size that is relatively findable, though not at WalMart, TJMaxx, etc.), and I have been in a style (from Wacoal) for several years that I’ve liked. But they’re old and need replacement, and after spending literally thousands of dollars having bras shipped here (and returning them), I decided to trek to Nordstrom’s. They are hugely recommended for their selection, wide variety of sizes, and excellent fitters.

I’m still a little bit in shock (who knew they made such sizes?).

Bras are frequently a topic of discussion in the locker room, and a few weeks ago I was saying how I couldn’t find any DDs to fit, and I thought I had to go down a band size or two and up to an F or G. I had a woman get mad at me! She declared (she’s German, and I have known others like her, she knows better than everybody else…) that there was no way I could be a DD. SHE was and I could not be. Um, can you say b1tch?

I’m waiting for two more to be sent, as they didn’t have them in my size (the sizes just on either side almost fit) in the store that day. I like the one I came home with (Panache Andorra), but I’m hoping at least one of the other two will work too. Previously I wore a minimizer, which changes your shape (in that it squishes things flat and a bit sideways). Now?

I own a shelf that I walk around with.

This may be something that some women desire. Me? Not so much. Especially because it’s a bouncy shelf. So, nothing fragile can get put there.

The “girls” clearly arrive before I do. I’ve been thinking of naming them. Gavinia Gayle and Galatea Gay. But if one of the other bras fits, it’ll be Heloise and Harriet. Heloise is the left one, because she’s always more helpful.

See, TMI.

and the itty bathrooom is done!

or is it?

Mostly it is… here’s pics of progress (many of these are fuzzy, so no real need to embiggen)…
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  • OMG, you mean there’s aNOTHER vanity below the counter?
  • Plywood floor over the ick, moved the toilet drain so it’s centered
  • El cheapo floor INSTALLED! Can you believe that PANELING (that dark line) on the wall? I pulled off a foot of sheetrock, and a length of quarter round (because this is such an attractive item in the middle of a wall), and underneath was this paneling…
  • whooooo eeeee, that burnt sienna mixed in with that can of off-white? WAY too pink! (it’s sort of pink in the Sedona way, but pinker than I was after)

…and then…
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  • two coats of paint (barefoot beach in the toilet closet, zenful outside to match the other space), including the trim
  • pictures hung
  • baseboard installed, nailholes puttied, primed, painted
  • what you don’t see… light fixture replaced in the toilet closet, found it in the barn
  • all the trim in the family room also puttied, primed, and repainted
  • ceiling in the dining room sealed with Killz and painted (to paint over the stain from the leak upstairs that was repaired a while ago, but still leaked, and then fixed again)

Uh-oh… still need to do the trim under where that paneling was…
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And since I had the paint out, and it was relatively warm this past weekend… I went after that entry door. The one to the family room (that I painted a couple years ago, but never did the door). Which meant taking out the glass, scraping off all the paint, and putting it all back together,
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… and someplace along the way I got frustrated about trying to find things in the barn, and organized/cleaned out all the little cubbies. Still loads to do (like that pile of scrap wood), but things are at least more organized, such that a type of item isn’t in 7 places anymore…
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Found this out in the front bank,
I emailed Enterprise Foundries in Lewiston, but they’ve never made anything like this. Turns out there are about eleventy million Enterprise Foundries.

Trimmed Gracie, except for her head, and she was looking like a crazy lion head girl. It was hard to trim her fur so it would be spinnable, and avoid snipping her. So I have a small bag, maybe 4 ounces or so. Then I trimmed them both. No pics of that… but they look better. Both got their odd wacko trims tamed.
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leaping lionhead girl

I must stop looking around at things. I keep eye-ing (eying?) up that front storm door. It’s tongue and groove ~4 inch boards that are all coming apart. The window has no trim on the bottom section, and the glass moves off the boards. And the bottom hinge is missing. We don’t use the door much, but I worry somebody will get hurt. I’m thinking making a door out of shiplap. It’s narrower than most standard storms, plus the ones I’ve seen are rather unattractive.
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51 bottles!
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Slowly knitting on the Carnaby Skirt; it’s about half done. All this house work has irritated the tendinitis. I’m about to start elf slippers for mom. In pink. And with bells. Of course!

still here

but such a bad blogger…

pics soon of the completed little bathroom… and several other small things that happened along the way.

and a bit of knitting.