An American Highlander

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Productive Week! August 19, 2012

Filed under: ROW80 — charismaloy @ 9:11 pm

Okay, I know I promised a rant to all of the folks who follow me on FB, and that rant is still in the works as the issue to be ranted about has not changed. However, I am in an excellent mood, so I thought I would share that with you instead.

An update from last week: the quick glimpse I got into the interior of my driver side door was misleading. None of the rods were hanging free, I just couldn’t see the clips! Essentially, I owe all, or nearly all, of my problems with this door to the brilliant mind whe last dismantled it. The window track was not reinstalled before it was sold to me, which is why the window is now off track on the other side and jammed. The interior door handle was not remounted properly which is why it chose to fail on me in the Walmart parking lot. Electrical wires were not reconnected… the list goes on. Yes, if I were able to locate the putz who last explored this door, I would very much like to have a Chilton’s manual in one hand and a Haynes in the other and apply a book to each of his ears. Firmly and with force, perhaps he will learn to put things back as he found them by osmosis. Hee hee hee! I like the image anyhow!!

On the plus side, since the interior door handle only lacked proper mounting, the most difficult part of getting the door functioning was getting it open so I could see what I was doing. I no longer have to climb over the seat!! Okay, so I have to open the rear door and reach forward to open the front door, but this is a major improvement. The exterior handle is fixable, but the part is in the $40-$50 range, so it will have to wait. In the meantime, I have the opportunity to research exactly how to dislodge my window without breaking it so that I can get it back on track. I hope to be able to accomplish both goals before it gets too cold to feel small bolts. That gives me about two months. Thinking positive thoughts and remembering a small voice telling me I just might get lucky there. I am just beyond thrilled to be able to get into my driver’s seat with ease!!

 

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Round 3 Goals

1. Devote a minimum of one hour each weekday to bona fide work on each of the three both at-home jobs. This does not include FB, Blogging, Tweeting or other internet perusal, but may include improvements made to blog sites.

*Hides face* Didn’t touch them, everytime I tried, the phone rang, the doorbell went off, the computer ate my work, the internet went down at a critical point, it just wasn’t my week. OH!! Wait!! I was #editmongering with Morgan Dragonwillow earlier this week!! Got an hour done! Oh good, I feel better now.

2. Finish Fantasies this round. If CM approves it, get it published.

Nope, although¬† I did some research on this, I didn’t get a single word written.

3. Spend at least 20 minutes each weekday on housework and at least 2 hours on Saturday. Get SOMETHING accomplished in the direction of household maintenance each week.

Ummmm, would you believe that I have been doing housework, yardwork and auto repairs all week? Today was somewhat of a combination of house and auto work, as I had to sort my tools. My last two vehicles were each other’s emergency replacement, and I spent nearly every weekend tinkering with one or the other to keep it running. When the Suburban died, I dumped all of it’s contents into the Topaz. The must have supply of SAE tools in the Suburban was thrown willy-nilly into the bottom of the Topaz’s tunk. Then the Topaz bit the bullet….. All of the tools got hastily dumped into the nearest 13 Gal Rubbermaid tub. I had not considered what a truly awful idea this was until I started working on the door this week… The tools are organized now. I can find what I am looking for. ūüôā¬† Plus, I got a LOT done in my living room, and I am currently staring at the pile I want to finish sorting tonight.

4. Start eating more than one meal a day. Consistantly.

I did this. Everyday. I am shocked. Aren’t you? One day the meals were very close together, but there were two. What a concept….

Hmmm… Structure….. this could be interesting……

 

Changing perspective August 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — charismaloy @ 3:36 am

This week was…. interesting.

Wednesday, my car tried to eat me. It reminded me of the NCIS episode that featured Abby going head to head with a killer SUV. I got in the car and drove to Walmart to pick up some meds before work. I hadn’t left myself much time as I only needed to run in and back out again, then go across the street to work. When I went to open the door, there was no tension. The door was not going to open from the inside. I know what you’re thinking. Open the window, reach out for the outside handle and life is good, right? That was my first thought too. One problem. My window is off track and doesn’t go down. I was able to flag down a gentleman in the parking lot who opened my door. That’s when I noticed that the OUTSIDE handle gave up the ghost with that last use.

Okay, so mechanical me quickly loosened the door panel and looked inside the door. The three bars that connect to the latch were hanging free inside the door. Cripes, just what I needed. I couldn’t afford to not have my meds, and I really couldn’t afford to miss work for a problem that I couldn’t fix in the Walmart parking lot. So, I decided to cowboy up. I secured the door panel at the window lip and closed the door.

In the intervening days, I have nearly perfected the slide over the center console so that I don’t look like a beached whale at the apex. In the last couple of days, I have done a lot of research and it looks like I can fix this thing in about half an hour’s worth of work. I discovered that this is actually NOT an uncommon problem with this model and there are numerous “how to fix it” videos online. This means, I won’t be going to the cost of replacing the whole door or paying some shop $80 an hour for them to put in a $5 plastic clip. YAY me!!¬†Also,¬†if I am really lucky, a bit creative and terribly logical, I might even be able to fix the window!¬†So, a few more days of climbing over the console and I¬†will pick up the clip on payday.¬†

I was seriously stressing the cost of fixing this problem, but changing my question from “How can I afford to get this fixed?” to “How can I fix this affordably?” I have managed to leave that stress behind. Plus, I get to learn more about how to fix stuff. That’s also fun.

As you may have noticed in my last post, I decided to celebrate creativity this week. It was a smart move on my part as it motivated me to get back to my own creations. 

 

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Round 3 Goals

1. Devote a minimum of one hour each weekday to bona fide work on each of the three both at-home jobs. This does not include FB, Blogging, Tweeting or other internet perusal, but may include improvements made to blog sites.

I have been inordinately successful at job number one, but needed a bit of a break. Job number two got a lot of attention this week, I even got to spend several hours working on the timeline for one of my WIPs from last round that kind of fell by the wayside in all of the drama of the last months.

2. Finish Fantasies this round. If CM approves it, get it published.

Spent several hours working on the next section of this, and am quite pleased with the direction it is headed.

3. Spend at least 20 minutes each weekday on housework and at least 2 hours on Saturday. Get SOMETHING accomplished in the direction of household maintenance each week.

I got laundry washed while I was playing with my timeline, got books hauled down to the bookstore for trade, and stacked dishes for washing while the little one is napping after church tomorrow. If I have any energy after she goes home to her mother, I hope to go through my closet and thin it out.

4. Start eating more than one meal a day. Consistantly.

I do okay with this on the days that I work, and I worked five days this week so I did okay. Remembering to eat something more than popcorn when I am working is a bit of a trick on my days off. I get too wrapped up to remember to cook. That’s the OCD kicking in again…

Hmmm… Structure….. this could be interesting……

 

Celebrating Talent August 7, 2012

Filed under: ROW80 — charismaloy @ 1:29 am

ImageAnyone who has read this blog over the past few weeks has probably come to the conclusion that I am going through changes in my life that can bring me to some truly low points. You would be right in that conclusion. It has been a daily job to find something to celebrate and something to look forward to. Today, I thought I would share with you some things that bring a smile to my face.

Purple Raven Boutique (see link in the top of the right-hand margin)

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Aren’t these COOL? I love the complimentary colors!

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The Purple Raven Boutique is an Etsy store for handmade jewelry, owned by a dear, talented friend. She loves working with thread, wire and knots and look at all these bright, pretty colors. Hee hee hee!!

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I get all kinds of excited just hearing that she has been in the studio creating stuff, I love to see what comes out of her imagination! OH!! Musn’t forget to show you these two necklaces that came out of her studio recently.

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Aren’t these elegant? This is a talented and creative artist. I am proud to call her a friend and I¬†look forward to seeing her become a well known, must-have artist.

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Miss Katherine, celebrating you and your lovely talent is a joy!

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I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend much of my life in the presence of a very talented photographer. She taught me a great deal about life, about family, and most definitely, about photography. I am only posting a couple of her pictures here.

The rest, you can veiw here http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3418040?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=bookstore-share#author-bookshelf.

So far, she has three books out and they all feature pictures of wonderful, hard working ranchers that I have had the honor of calling my friends.

Here are a few samples.

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ImageThese three bum calves were so cute!!

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Of course, the good mama cows get a little frustrated when they can’t find baby.

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It’s a fast paced job at times.

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Kids learn horsemanship before they get out of diapers here. Calf wrestling doesn’t wait long after

This little gal was third generation on site that day. Her mother pulled the calf in to her and her grandfather was out sorting.

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¬†Even if all you want to do is look at some really cool pictures of ranching folks in action, be sure and checkout her books. Trust me, some of the pictures will make you say “Awwwww,” while others will make you spew coffee all over your screen. Hey, you were warned. I know the backlog of incredible shots that this woman has. She is bound to put out more books.

She does use a digital camera, but none of her pictures are photo-shopped. While some may be cropped, or had the pixels sharpened, she does nothing to her raw pictures that couldn’t be done in the dark room that she grew up in. This is pure, simple, talent and an incredible eye.

Vikki, I celebrate with you, and I hope one day to walk into a room on the other side of the world and see your picture books on somebodies coffee table!

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Now, as for my ROW80 checkin.

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Round 3 Goals

1. Devote a minimum of one hour each weekday to bona fide work on each of the three both at-home jobs. This does not include FB, Blogging, Tweeting or other internet perusal, but may include improvements made to blog sites.

I have been inordinately successful at job number one. The drama of the last few weeks has me very much out of the mood to work on the other, but since the first pays in a more immediate fashion, I have simply doubled my time on it until things settle.

2. Finish Fantasies this round. If CM approves it, get it published.

Hmmm. Would it help if I told you that this is tied heavily into job #2?

3. Spend at least 20 minutes each weekday on housework and at least 2 hours on Saturday.

Sorted through stuff, in an effort to not end up on Hoarders. So far, I think I am safe…. Also got the lawn mowed. That is a major thing as I have to fight the heat, the mosquitoes, the wasps and a sweet little garden snake that moved in two summers ago. I try my hardest not to splice the snake. So the 20 minutes a day and 2 hours on Saturday may be a little TOO regimented for me. I am actually getting more done when I just start in one spot and then have to look at it’s sparkling clean-ness next to the atrocity that is it’s neighbor. My OCD kicks in and about 8 hours later I quit. This is why I hate housework. I can’t just do a little bit….

4. Start eating more than one meal a day. Consistantly.

Massive fail.  I can tell that this is going to be an ongoing struggle.

Hmmm… Structure….. this could be interesting……