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Don’t have much

Sorry I don’t have much for you at the moment. Been a weird week. When not feeling inert (probably lack of sleep + gray weather) I’ve been busy beginning or resuming long-delayed spring projects.

Picked up another 75 pounds or so of broken glass and rusted metal from the lot across the street. Scrubbed stale cigarette scuzz out of Old Blue. Am gradually de-nailing, cleaning, and sanding 150 pieces of beadboard for my ceiling project.

It feels good coming to life again.

If I do too much my ankle reminds me to slow back down. And unfortunately the ankle’s idea of “too much” is still way less than the rest of me is ready to handle. (I’m ready to tackle that complicated ceiling; the ankle says it’s not getting on any kurflussed ladder for hours a day.) But we compromise.

My brain and body are full of summer.


  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 24, 2015 7:13 am

    I hear you. πŸ™‚ The spirit is willing, but the body doesn’t always cooperate. I bought new, good quality thermal drapes for the main room windows recently. After shortening them (my windows are weird sizes), I hung the first pair and really love them. I used the parts I’d cut off to make a new kitchen curtain, and am already enjoying that. But the main windows over the staircase will have to wait until someone tall comes and will put up the new brackets. There isn’t any way for someone as short and wobbly as I am to get anywhere near them, even if I could figure out a way to use a ladder on the stairs. πŸ™‚

    And yes, the whole house is a little weird that way… built by a guy who was 6 ft. 3 – and evidently never gave a thought to the idea that not everyone is that tall! Oh, and there are no “building codes” out here either. πŸ™‚

  2. Laird
    Laird July 24, 2015 8:52 am

    MamaLiberty, FWIW I have one of those folding, telescoping “A-frame” ladders (like this: which allows you to make one side longer than the other. I find that it works well on stairs (as well as on sloping ground). Not cheap, but I bought mine abut 25 years ago and it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.

  3. Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger
    Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger July 24, 2015 9:04 am

    Claire, maybe you should consider moving into glass artwork. [grin]

  4. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty July 24, 2015 12:48 pm

    That looks terrific, Laird – how soon can you get here with it. LOL At my age, I’ll pass trying to climb on any ladders, especially any that would be tall enough to get this job done. One of my “Wyoming sons” will come along any day now and I’ll be good. They fix things for me, and I cook… a winning combination. πŸ™‚

    OOh, glass artwork. I love looking at that. And it goes far beyond “stained glass” windows and stuff. I once saw the most fab terrarium made from salvaged pieces of an old window… the hand blown wavy glass. The possibilities are almost endless.

  5. jed
    jed July 24, 2015 3:11 pm

    Well ya know, Claire, it isn’t a requirement that you crank up the free ice cream machine every day.

    I don’t envy the job of cleaning up that little blue motorized skateboard. But then, I hate cleaning anyway. Years of built-up tar? Ugh, that must be extra-special bad.

  6. jed
    jed July 24, 2015 3:19 pm

    Have to mention this while it’s on my mind. Did I ever mention Paul J. McAuley?

    He’s an author I’ve always meant to read more of. I’ve read Fairyland, and Pasquale’s Angel – both very good.

    I hope you’re finding time, in between tasks, to try out a few books. You know, like when you’re resting the ankle?

  7. Karen
    Karen July 24, 2015 3:25 pm

    All that sounds very productive even if it’s not going as quickly as you’d like, Claire. I’m so glad to hear that the ankle continues to improve!

  8. LarryA
    LarryA July 25, 2015 3:54 pm

    Yeah, right. Me neither.

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