Wednesday, May 20, 2015

George Has Been Safely Caught And Relocated

Did I sound at all freaked out that there was a mouse under the bed?  Well, it got worse--he got into my closet!
I am not a bold or exhibitionist sort of person, but if it came down to getting clothes out of a closet containing a mouse or going naked, going naked would win--believe me.  I made an unsuccessful dive (which will NOT be mentioned to the physical therapist) to head him off, but I am not the mouser I once was.  Andy stopped what he was doing and we went ON THE HUNT.

Armed with a cardboard box and a plastic lid to slide under it, we found he had taken refuge by one of my old tennis shoes, so Andy slammed the box down over the shoe, slid the lid underneath it, and we hustled downstairs and outside only to find that we'd captured a sheepish-looking old nylon.  Gathering up the shoe and the old nylon, we tried again.  He darted into another part of the closet, where we caught an old hanger.  And the petticoat to my wedding dress got a lovely airing out on the front lawn.  Finally we changed tactics and boxes:
and finally captured George, who is obviously an Olympic athlete of the rodent set.  We opted to skip the fanfare, but it took us so long to catch him that Andy and I both walked out into the nearby field to introduce George into a new vole colony.  I'm sure I'll be spending subsequent years trying to drive George's offspring out of my garden, but at least the house is rodent-free...........for now.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Prabook.org - Identity Theft R Us

So Sunday night I discovered a new "social media" website called prabook.org, and the WAY I discovered it was to find out that someone had created a profile for ME--without my permission or knowledge--INCLUDING date and location of birth, who my parents are (including my mother's maiden name), and they even had a copy of an old resume and had uploaded all the details from that. I immediately contacted them to tell them to take it down, which they did, but they said that since anyone can add information, it could be restored, they would do nothing about it, and they assumed no responsibility for anything about their website.

I know there's a lot of information and public records available online, but the resume they got hold of was from around 1997, so it would have been printed on actual paper and mailed to companies.  It was never emailed or uploaded to anything.  So the copy they have, if not obtained illegally, was certainly obtained in an unauthorized manner via old company files or dumpster-diving.   So aside from supplying more than enough information for someone to have swiped my identity, they're doing it through unauthorized--perhaps illegal--methods.

So, make sure to do a web search on your own name on a regular basis. I had no idea anyone could be quite so clueless, but prabook.org is a real site and their policies are dangerous and inexcusable.

Monday, May 18, 2015

REALLY Early Monday Morning

4:30 AM: squeaking mouse wake-up call.

4:31 AM: cat drops mouse, which promptly runs under the bed

4:31-4:35 AM: join cat-human task force work on finding mouse

4:36 AM: cat gets bored and leaves

4:37 AM: sleep-deprived human decides a mouse is likely to stay where it thinks it is safe for at least a little while

4:38 AM: sleep-deprived human decides that the idea of a mouse roaming the bedroom is NOT conducive to going back to sleep

Which is why there are two peanut-butter laced mousetraps under the bed and humans and cats are not currently on speaking terms.

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Good News Is.....

.....I found approximately 20 yards of white cotton in my stash:
The bad news  (besides not knowing that I had 20 yards of something squirreled away) is that this is what 20 yards of fabric looks like.  To date, I've used up just over 26 yards of fabric--mostly in cotton--so this is just about exactly the physical stash reduction so far this year.  EKE!  Fleece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I need to sew with fleece!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The other good news is:  I have graduated to 6 weeks between physical therapy appointments!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  That would be even MORE exciting if my backside didn't still ache from yesterday.  To be fair, the spot that has hurt at almost all previous appointments didn't hurt at all, and I had just relaxed and was starting to even enjoy the backside massage until she got to the two unexpected sore spots.  Once she peeled me off the ceiling it did probably help, but that little flicker of hope was cruel, just cruel......

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Dodged A Bullet This Time!

I have my monthly physical therapy appointment this morning, and while by now I have grown used to the idea that I pay another human to rub my backside, I still rather dread the appointments because they generally hurt.  So I make conditional plans, such as "If I can still move, I'm going to go to the grocery store."  Sometimes it works fine, and other times I have to walk around for a bit before I can drive home.  Did I mention that I pay money for this?

Today I had 3 potential stops lined up, because we need groceries, I want to go to the library, and I realized the final spicy spiral runner's backing was going to take up most of the piece of white cotton I've been using, and there was a distinct possibility that I'd be braving Joanns for some extra fabric.  But,
see that white up there?  I think it's cotton!  And, even though I generally try not to do such things before I see the therapist, I'm going to run and grab the stepladder to make sure.  Fingers crossed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Help! I'm Being Attacked By Table Runners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, maybe it just feels like that. Though they don't call that one the "spicy" spiral runner for nothing......

In a rare feat of being ON TIME, I finished a gift for this weekend,
and after 4 hours spent machine embroidering that center block, I have found that piecing is NOT the slowest method for a table runner ever.  That would be 3 guitars.  It does have a few issues, but don't we all?

In my little episode with the credit card and some clearance embroideries, I actually did display SOME sense, and found a "magic" set,
which we thought would work for our niece and nephew who are into the game called "Magic."  We did briefly debate whether or not a table runner was appropriate for those in their 20s, but they generally don't thank us for anything ANYWAY, so we wouldn't know if they have liked ANYTHING we've given them.

LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The third and final (of this color scheme) spicy spiral runner is cut out and underway!!!!!!!!!!!  After a reasonable break--which will probably involve the cutting out of large, space-consuming pieces of fabric and the attempted sewing of clothing--I think I'll try some in fall colors.  I love the Christmas colors, but it's May and I am planting flowers!!!!!!!!  It's just a bit difficult to get excited about holly and snowflakes.

And my heating pad project the socks are moving along at lightning speed,
or at least lightning speed for something on itty-bitty needles.  WHEW!  I won't know what to do with all the room freed up by that one ball of sock yarn.  Oh my!

Sarcasm is such an ugly thing first thing in the morning........................

Friday, May 8, 2015

Are You Sitting Down??????

In deference to my back, I have made the decision that I shouldn't garden on the days I go to the gym!

Moderation!!!!!!!!  Maturity!!!!!  I know--two words which generally have NOTHING to do with me, and certainly nothing to do with my back/hip issues.  It probably helps that after two rounds through the weight machines, my arms are really tired, but lets not even pretend that such a thing has stopped me before.  Or last Wednesday, for that matter.........

So, rather than being out gardening, I am working on the music table runner and rummaging through the sewing room for fabric for a new summer dress--or ANYTHING not resembling a table runner or even remotely rectangular.  And that will use up stash fabric in greater than 1/2 and 1-yard increments.......