Friday, September 25, 2015

The last of the pumpkins

I kept myself busy most of the day yesterday. I finished up the wooden reversible pumpkins, tried my hand at the fall leaf bowl, put up some shelves in the shed, finally finished the paper plate holder pumpkins, and hauled out the last of my horseshoes and am experimenting on how to hold them together. I want to make the horseshoe xmas tree, but I don’t weld or braise, so I don’t know if I can pull it off. I used some JB Weld and some copper to see if I could get it to hold together. If it does, I will flip it over and use a different type of JB Weld on the front to add some extra support, then it will get painted and decorated. I will need to find a way to stand it up unless I decide to hang it on the shed, that is an option.

This is what I did yesterday….


I am officially done with pumpkins (although there were a few more I wanted to try). The snowmen are waiting for their holly leaves. The faces on the wood creations are all free hand, so they aren’t perfect since I can’t draw a straight line, let alone paint one.

The leaf bowl is giving me trouble and I think I am going to take it apart and soak the leaves to get the modge podge off it so I can reuse the leaves in something else. It isn’t doing what it is supposed to do, and after doing some reading, a lot of people are having trouble with it. It was supposed to be an easy, quick craft, and it is turning out to be more trouble than it is worth. I don’t really have a spot for a new bowl anyway. I’m already forming a plan to reuse the leaves, I need a picture frame...

I had gotten some pegboard shelf hooks from eBay a week or so ago and the little cart Lois gave me had four wire shelves. I used the shelves and the pegboard hooks and put up some shelves in the shed. Made a huge difference. I think I am going to get another four sets so I can add another row of shelves. I am getting closer to cleaning and organizing the shed, the mornings are cooler for the most part. We are finally loosing some of the humidity which helps too. But the shed is already looking better.

I have to go to the hardware store this morning and get some more sandpaper and emery cloth for Ody. I need to hit the post office and might do a couple other stops too. My fridge is literally empty. I would also like to get Ody’s new mattress off the patio and in place, and a few other things I have collected for her. The new head for my vacuum is at the post office, and my turmeric capsules are there too.

Talked with Howard last night. Barb has finally turned a corner and is starting to feel better. She starts her chemo soon. It isn’t going to be as aggressive as Jake’s and they say she shouldn’t loose her hair. They are planning on coming to Q to see me some time in the next couple of weeks. I haven’t seen Barb since I left their place in November. I still haven’t made it down to Yuma, but I will when it gets closer to new furniture time. Howard says the Hospice thrift shop has some nice stuff, so I will check that out first. I could keep my current chair as the second chair and just find a recliner. I would need to do some work on it and make a cover for it, but we will see what is available when the time comes.

I think one of the reasons I have been avoiding Yuma is because Kali Cat was such a big part of it when I was there. Plus, it is an hour and a half away, so I just haven’t gotten it scheduled.

I’m hoping to get back to my basket this weekend. I haven’t worked on it in a week. I have a couple more I want to get done before Christmas and I will have a lot less time to work on them. 

I have been thinking about this, and have decided I probably shouldn’t walk on days that I work. At least initially. My feet and legs are going to be taking a beating and that would be added stress I don’t need. This means I will have to walk on Sunday and Tuesday when I don’t normally walk, and I will still be loosing a day. I’m hoping I have Saturdays off as that is yard sale day. Plus, once a month the tailgater at the rock club where I can sell my stuff. 

Well, I guess that is about it for me this morning. Almost time to get my walk in. It is about 78 degrees, and there seems to be less humidity this morning. I hope so. Humidity makes it much harder to walk. The days are back up in the triple digits. Yesterday was 104. It is going to be hot on Monday as there is no AC at Herbs.


  1. Just a thought about the horseshoe xmas tree, perhaps you could just hang the horseshoes individually on the shop wall. That way no welding, just a bunch of tiny nails.:)

  2. Well, there isn't any space on the wall in the shop, and I want to be able to move it around. The JB Weld seems to be working. I got the ornament hooks on it yesterday and today's goal is to figure out how to make it stand up since I didn't have enough shoes to make a base. Then I get to clean it up a little and paint it. I think the hard part is done. :)

  3. I'm curious, did the jb weld work?

    1. So far, so good! I try to pick it up by the bottom when I have to move the tree so I don't stress the joins.