Friday, April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011

8am
Damn! Over 300 dead and counting from this week's tornado. So sad.

I'm staying home again. I'm going to have a really small check next week ...

9am
I am freezing. I can't warm up. I had my little heater on, but it flipped the damn fuse. Then I realized it was because my mom had her little heater on, too. If they are both on the same line, the fuse flips ... so, now I'm freezing again. The cord's not long enough to plug into another line. And, I won't use an extension cord on a space heater. Too dangerous.

My neck still hurts and my back hurts. And, the damn North wind will not let up! Allergies were killing me already when I got up.

I really need to get an Art doll made today. Mail deadline is tomorrow!

Nikky is starting to do a bit better with the potty-training finally. She's been trying to tell when she needs to go. Real good this morning.

The migraine is finally hitting today, I think.

Maybe if I could warm up I'd feel like making something or listing something.

1pm
I finished my art doll. She turned out pretty good. Batteries on my camera died again after I took pics, so having to pull the images off the disk another way.

Had to toss my oldest battery charger. It's not charging the batteries right anymore. It only charged 2 of the 4 batteries I had in it last week. It is about 20 years old. Luckily I have a newer one and it is working right. So, the next charges should hold longer.

Had to go out and fix one of my gates. It had some loose boards, but this wind finally pushed them out of place.

2:30pm
Pink ATC.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011

8am
So sad to wake up to over 200 dead from the tornadoes yesterday!

I still feel like crap ...

In better news ... Wow! I just won this for free, JEWLERY DESIGNER "DARISE" steel bar pins

 9am
 So, as I said, I still feel like crap. But, a bit better than the past few days. Going to do my Thurs. errands, but not work. Should take about an hour and they are just down the street.

Hope I can at least work tomorrow!

9:30am
I'm back! That was very quick. Spent almost all the money I made this week already. Sucks. At least gas hasn't gone up since last week. Still $4.15/gal.

Time to start listing things ...

11:30am
Wow! It took me all this time to go through a couple of sites with Chinese maker's marks to find the one for my tea set. It's Jingdezhen porcelain c. 1970! I found the exact mark that's on the teacups.

Took a bunch of pics, so have to go through them all for the best ones.

2pm
Took forever to get all the pictures taken, edited and loaded. Couldn't put them all in the listing, so had to put them up on my Picasa album and link it. Tea Set album.

Vintage Jingdezhen Porcelain Tea Set c. 1970 - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/lv6vb7

Damn. That was an all-day thing getting that set listed!

9:30pm
I really should work tomorrow ... but I don't think I will. I'm not behind in my stores yet. My back has started hurting and my allergies are killing me.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April 27, 2011

8am
Still not feeling right ... damn. Staying home again. There is this weird little feeling 'right there' behind my eye. But, it's not the pain of a migraine ... yet. This is one of the longest auras I've ever had ...

10am
Did not work again today. I did walk Nikky to the mailbox, though. I got a bunch of tea from a tea swap. Yum.

OK. I am kind of pissed off. Now, I don't check all of my stores every day or even every week unless I get a sale. I just went to my Etsy store and ALL of my stuff has expired. I have nothing in there. I never got an email or anything letting me know as they each expired like I do at some of my other stores! I am moving it all over to Bonanza. Grrr.

Vintage 1939 Buick Owner's Manual - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/l8mC9j

11am

Vintage Faberge Savon Straw Hat soap in case - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/lATnoe

Wow! I just got a $60 payment from my greeting card shop! Cool. Now, I can get some ink for my printer! Need to transfer it to my bank now.

Vintage Emeraude Dusting Powder by Coty - Never Opened - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/kEgZC2

noon
Vintage 1970s Cotton Tie - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/lE8eBx

Vintage Usner Gold-tone Brooch - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/jIcU0f

Vintage Rhinestone Brooch - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/if2xZ2

Vintage Acrylic Key Chain - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/lbpRFZ

1pm
Vintage Silver Cross Keyring - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/lXD4rM

Hourglass 3-Minute Egg Timer - New - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/jCTLSq

Vintage Cornwall Koffee Kit - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/l4eSC0

The Wreath Book by Rob Pulleyn (1988, Hardcover) - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/kR2KsE

2pm
I feel like crap. But, tomorrow I have to get gas, work, go to the PO, the bank, go to Walmart to pick up another Rx for my mom and also pay on the Walmart CC (I am tired of the online payments taking way too long to go through, so going to pay in person from now on) and probably get some groceries.

Wish I could find some information on the old tea set I found at the SPCA thrift store. I guess I will just list it and take a chance on getting what I want for it. I like to average things like that from research I do on the items, but won't really be able to on this one. I've searched eBay and all the other auction sites, tea collector sites, etc. And, there is nothing really similar. It's very unique!
But, I am done listing for today. Will probably get that one online this weekend.

3pm
My neck is killing me. It's an old injury (from when I was 15) that bothers me at times. Feels like it is bruised on the inside, but it is just joint pain. Very bad joint pain probably irritating the synovitis I have in all my joints ...

Wow. Folks in the midwest and midsouth aren't catching a break with the damn tornadoes this week. Tuscaloosa is getting hit hard right now.

Brown's Ferry Nuclear Power plant has had its power cut due to the tornadoes ... much of northern Alabama has lost power due to that ...

Swap-bot site seems very slow today.

6:30pm
I just joined a new swap site. It seems to work by credits, almost like Listia. It is for crafts, vintage and art supplies. Check it out and if you join put in my ID QuinGem as your referral: http://www.swapworkshop.com/

Damn. It feels so hot in here and it is only 72F outside. I hate how this room always gets so hot.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

April 26, 2011

7am
Great. I woke up feeling like I've got vertigo ... everything feels like it's going sideways. But, I don't have a migraine yet, so that's a plus. But, I have to get a store serviced today, go to the PO and pick up an Rx for my mom ... somehow ...

11am
I've been home for an hour. Got the things above done. Got a pretty vintage photo and an ATC in the mail. Been reading fic. Still kind of dizzy ... very annoying. Going to eat an early lunch and then start listing things online. Need to accomplish something!


1pm
I am not getting anything done ...

This blog needs emoticons ...

I'm giving away: Vintage-look Button Bag. Check it out -

I'm giving away: Crystal Sticker - NIP. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/roktt/174106

2:30pm
The Pleasures of Cross-Stitch - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop:

Two-Hour Country Cross-Stitch - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop:

Three-Dimensional Decoupage - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/fj7e0P

Patchwork & Quilting - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/h5VrKF

75 Merry Christmas Projects in Plastic Canvas - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/eg8Wrs

3pm
Spay Reminder Cards - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/hjWYZS

TV Guide Stargate SG-1 2003 Cover - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/fl5I36

TV Guide Reba Cover 2005 - Last Ever Small-size Issue - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/hD0eJM

4pm
TV Guide Beatles/Ringo Starr Cover 2005 - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/hyQ32Z

TV Guide 25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends Cover 2004 - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/fOPOgL

TV Guide Elvis Cover 2004 - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/hoH3O6

Apple Address Labels - QuinGem's Creations Bonanza shop: http://bit.ly/ez98IU

I now have 50 listings at Bonanza. More to add still, but that's enough for the day.

Monday, April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011

9am
I don't feel good. Trying not to get a migraine. Kind of fuzzy. Not working.
It's sprinkling a bit. Cloudy.
Going to be listing a bunch of stuff online.

I'm giving away: 3 Fairy Postcards - New. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/ro35d/174106

I'm giving away: Flower Head Pins - NIP. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/ro3eo/174106

I'm giving away: Chain Bracelet - NIP. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/ro3l7/174106

I'm giving away: Ball-head Straight Pins. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/ro3oq/174106

I'm giving away: Fancy Beaded Stick Pin. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/ro3s4/174106

I'm giving away: Portable Beach Safety Kit. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/ro3vm/174106

I'm giving away: Terracotta Sunflower. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/ro3y1/174106

I'm giving away: New Papermate Eagle Pens . Check it out - http://www.listia.com/ro40o/174106

noon

I'm giving away: Ty Beanie Babies 'Nook' the Husky - with tag. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/ro4sa/174106

2pm
The other day I got a tea swap with the tea bags tucked into this cute homemade card. I made one today to send a tea swap. I'm going to be making more of them. They are cute and easy. Could be used to tuck other things besides teabags, too! I really should make some ATCs and cards now, but don't feel like it. I need to get some books and magazines listed on my Bonanza site ...

3pm
I'm closing my Webstore account. That site doesn't do a good business for me. I'm moving most of the items to the Bonanza site. I like how it is set up. Probably won't get everything moved over there today, though.

5pm
I got quite a few magazines added to Bonanza - several are collector issues. http://www.bonanza.com/booths/quingem
Going to add more after dinner. I have several craft books and magazines to add.

6:30pm
OK. Everything is off of my Webstore except address labels and TVGuides. Working on removing things from the Zibbet store now.

7:30pm
OK. Just have some jewelry and a couple of card sets left on Zibbet. I'm done for the day.

9pm
Time for Make It Or Break It.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

April 24, 2011

7:30am
Looks like it really might rain some time today. I may not get any more yard work done today, after all.

9am
Not much in yesterday's mail, other than a cute sunflower art doll from an ATC group swap. Art dolls are like a paper doll. I still need to make one and send by Friday ...

Time to go out and kill some weeds.

11am
I took Nikky out on the big lunge line (it's the kind you can use on horses) and clipped it to her harness and tied her to the shed while I chopped down and pulled all the weeds along the carport and driveway again. Those suckers grow fast. She was a very good girl and only panicked near the end when she couldn't see me at the front of the house. She has a very shrill yip! It's only about the third time I've heard her say anything. She's a very quiet dog, for a Chihuahua!

noon
I made this for a swap. It was very quick and easy, but sure took a lot of beads!


2pm
So much for the rain we were supposed to get. It's 70F now ...

4:30pm
Yeah, yeah. I made 3 ATCs and forgot to scan all of them. Jeesh.

5pm
Wow! I just won this for free, UNIQUE SILVER-LINED CRANBERRY GLASS TRIANGLE BEADS-TIERED AUCTION!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

April 23, 2011

9am
Nikky and I walked to the mailbox. Got another Easter card and some beads and postcards that I can use for crafts.

We're going out to the garden now to do some things.

11am
I am wore out! I cut back all the lemon geraniums again. They sure do grow fast and we have about a 20 foot section of them ... They look nice, but they are a chore.

1pm
I really should be doing something besides reading Mag7 fanfic ... but those darn blooming geraniums did me in. My eyes are still itching and my asthma is bothering me ...

Friday, April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011

9am
Just about ready to go out the door ... so much for my idea earlier in the week of having 5 days off ... ha! I should know better than to plan something like that.
There is a wreck on I-5 in Sacramento, so I'll have to take another route today. Probably the Old River Road since they opened it back up the other day after having flooded it a few weeks ago when we had so much rain.

2pm
Got some good stuff in yesterday's mail. 8 fat quarters of pretty vintage-looking fabric and 3 books in the Detective Strachey series by Richard Stevenson.

Nikky and I went out and leveled 2 big stepping stones and totaled an ants' nest. We came in after that!! If it doesn't rain tomorrow, I'll be hack-sawing 2 pipe pieces that stick too far above the ground where I need to put more stepping stones by the wall of the trailer.

Must get a couple of things listed online now.

Posted another CD on CDswap. I need to go through all of mine to see what else I can list. http://bit.ly/gvNo6y

3pm
Aw, hell. I did it again. I made an ATC and forgot to scan it before I packaged it. It was cute with a little owl and leaves on it.

4pm
Can't decide what to make for a craft swap ... I think I want to do something plastic canvas. It's due next Wed. to be mailed. Need to look through all my plastic canvas files for something quick and easy and nice-looking.

I also need to figure out how to get more ink for my printer. I'm almost out of address labels and business cards ... and have some work papers I need to print out, too.

7pm
Hahahaha! I got my last bill from AT&T. They owe me .27c! You know what always bugs me about this sort of thing. Whatever happened to the $100 deposit we made when we re-opened the account 11 years ago ... hmmmm. Or was that for the PG&E ... now, I can't remember! I know it was one of them.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 21, 2011

8am
Well, Nikky pottied in her bed for the first time in 2 nights. But, this morning she has asked and gone out and pottied twice. Good girl!

3pm
Stopped at Trader Joe's to shop on the way home from work. I realized the one I went to today doesn't seem to have as good of a selection as the newer Davis store.
No good stuff in yesterday's mail ... bummer.

Gave Nikky a bath when I got home. She sure loves rolling on the carpet to dry! She keeps bugging me to get in my lap, but she is still damp. So, no!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011

10am
Well, I left at 9 this morning to work and stop at the PO & Walmart to pick up some Rx for my mom. My stomach started bothering me by the time I got to Walmart. Then had to wait 15 min. for the pharmacy to open because the pharmacist was late. Got home, went through yesterday's mail (I got a cute Butterfly dotee and a gorgeous Victorian ATC) and no sooner cleaned up from that and my mom is coming through the door crying. She fell again outside. Scratched up her knee on the bricks and has a bruise on her arm. I don't know why she went out to water. It's going to rain (did a bit earlier already.) So, I patched up her knee and iced her arm. She's sulking now. I guess it's good I didn't go to work after all.

So, since I'm home instead of working I'm going to try to get some things listed online. Need to get some of this clutter gone!

11am
I'm giving away: Kitchen Towel - New. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmahx/174106

12:30pm
I'm giving away: Clear Mini Stamp - NIP. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmbri/174106

I'm giving away: Lemon Lip Balm - NIP. Check it out -

I'm giving away: Butterfly Memo Pad - NIP. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmc9u/174106

I'm giving away: Wet n Wild Ultimate Minerals Powder Foundation - New. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmcjr/174106

I'm giving away: Cute Felt Star Pin. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmcm0/174106

I'm giving away: Adorable Snowman Ornament. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmcq7/174106

I'm giving away: Christmas Tree Ornament. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmcso/174106

I'm giving away: Enrique Iglesias Fan Club Pen - NIP. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmcv1/174106

I'm giving away: Jeweled Accessory. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmd5y/174106

I'm giving away: Cute Decorated Box. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rmd8k/174106

3pm
OK. That sucks. I was on a roll listing things. My rechargable batteries in the camera just died ... I don't have any other batteries that work in the camera. They are recharging now, but will be overnight ... I had more I wanted to list ... Wish the camera would work just plugging it into the computer ... I have an old webcam, but it takes really crappy still pics. I think I still have it and didn't recycle it last month with the old computer ... hmmm. Oh, well. I'll list more stuff tomorrow.

Wow! We earned a 20% bonus credit on next month's utility bill! It's for the Winter Gas Savings program. That was a nice surprise!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

April 19, 2011

7am
Another day started arguing with Nikky.

I hope I can get the three stores done today. I'm getting exhausted getting up in the middle of the night to take a whiny Nikky out and for her not to even do anything ...

It's very overcast this morning. Looks like it wants to rain again. Had a little rain yesterday morning, but not much.

I have to get a couple of dotees made this afternoon as they are due to be mailed tomorrow! I am very behind on those. I actually have about 5 to make by the end of the month.

2pm
I'm feeling so depressed and angry today ...

Dog still won't potty outside ...

Only got one store done today. No mood to do anything without killing someone.

I'm giving away: Dream Catcher - NIP. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rlzdb/174106

3pm
Nikky went potty outside!!!

3:30pm

I must say that Hyland's Nerve Tonic and Nikky going potty has relieved much of my tense anger of earlier today.

Monday, April 18, 2011

April 18, 2011

1pm
Got 2 stores done here in Woodland. Came home and argued with Nikky - she still won't potty outside. Then tossed more car parts and junk in the garbage and took it out to the street. I need to find some lunch now.

Actually got today's mail today instead of tomorrow morning. The mail lady was putting mail in the boxes when I got home - early. Will see what I got after I eat.

2pm

I'm giving away: 10 Various Used Stamps. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rll8z/174106

I got 2 cute dotee dolls & supplies for making more, an ATC and supplies for making more, and a huge fancy stick pin in the mail.

4pm
I'm so frustrated. I've had literally dozens of dogs over the years - adopted, rescued, from my breeding, etc. All ages from birth to very old. And, I have never had any problems potty-training them in a matter of days. I am baffled by Nikky ...

Bummer. Chaos has been pulled from the tv schedule.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

7:30am
I think me and Nikky will be having battles in the coming weeks. She will not potty train, especially first thing in the morning and at bedtime. She's screaming in her room right now. I've spent over an hour outside already this morning and she won't go.

8am
Have you heard of a new show on TLC called Extreme Couponing? It apparently started on April 6. I need to find the first couple of eps and catch up on it.

9am
Time to walk Nikky to the mailbox. Hope there's good stuff in there! Will start working on a bunch of ATCs when we get back.

Got some nice tea & card-making supplies; also freebies from Wellness pet food for Nikky and Candace.

11am
Just finished this altered vintage photo for a swap. It's going to Australia!


I'm giving away: Napoleon Memorial Stamp Set. Check it out - http://www.listia.com/rl4yn/174106

2:30pm
I've finished several ATCs for swaps:


They are all 2.5x3.5 inches.

3pm
There are 2 more ATCs I'd like to get done today. Two hours before dinner. Might just make it!

4pm
Only got one more made, oh well. Don't feel like making more today.


6pm
Just went through my schedule and if I'm lucky I will have 5 days off. I should only have to work tomorrow and Tues. and not work again until Monday! Yay! Two stores here in town tomorrow and 3 in Sac. on Tues. That will really save me on gas this week!

I got all the excess files off of my desktop and put where they belong. Looks so neat now! Tomorrow I hope to start burning a lot of the excess music and tv shows that I've had saved for years.

Nikky has pottied inside 6 times and outside none today ... grrr.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

April 16, 2011

7am
Nikky had a restless night, so I didn't get much sleep. Took her out at 2:30am and she didn't do anything. Continued to be restless. Woke up and found she pottied in her bed! Potty-training schedule is not sticking yet. But, she is starting to eat regularly.

We let Candace out of the bathroom today. The swelling is nearly gone. Hopefully the thin skin won't open up again. I'd love to give her a bath, but that will have to wait until I'm sure she is done bleeding.

9:30am
Took Nikky on her first walk to the mailbox. She's worn out. That was a long walk for her. But, as she gets stronger, she'll do better. She loved the lawn by the office.

11am
Finally got the weedpatch in back cleared and can start on leveling the walkways again. Have to hacksaw a couple of old pipe ends tomorrow so I can lay the stepping stones level along the trailer wall.

3pm
Got my taxes done and e-filed. Getting less than $300 back from Federal this year and nothing from state. But, at least I don't owe them!

4pm
I'm going to get one of these this month for the carport door as we can't fit a regular screen door there. We had one years ago at a place we lived.

10pm
Wow. It's time for bed! I've been sorting, organizing & deleting a ton of craft files. Still have a few left to go through on my desktop. I quit the craft file sharing group I was in. I have enough crafts to last me a lifetime now.

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011

noon
Lots of good stuff in yesterday's mail. Tea; vintage buttons; beautiful ATC; card supplies; coupons; decorated tin.

3pm
Spent about an hour outside weeding. Nikky helped - she fell asleep in the shade beside the fence! Had to stop because of my allergies. If it doesn't rain I'll finish tomorrow.

Cleaned Candace's belly when I got home earlier. Put ointment on it. She's bleeding again ... figures. Not much, though, as there is not much left of the hematoma, so that's good. Still has a good appetite. But, she is bored in the bathroom.

Caught up on all my surveys again.

5pm
I signed up to make an art doll (like a paper doll) swap in the ATC group I am in. Have no idea what to make ... well, I do have ideas, just not sure how to go about it! Will think on it some more. I really need to get some ATCs made for swap-bot swaps, too.

6pm
Just confirmed wishes on 3 books from PaperbackSwap. Can't wait to get them! They are Donald Strachey mysteries. I haven't got Book 1 yet, though. And, still reading Dresden Files. But, not too many books left to get in that series.

7pm
Watching Chaos.
Got Easter cards ready to mail tomorrow. Only sending 6 this year unless someone I didn't send to sends me one.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 14, 2011

8am
I can't believe the bitch in England that said my swap wasn't good enough last month is now saying she never got my resend. I've never had to deal with someone like her. Her ID on swap-bot is sosiejude. Avoid her like the plague. I'm going to have to stop doing international swaps just so I don't have to deal with her anymore. Very upsetting. I spent more money on her one swap than on any other 5 that I have done.

2:30pm
Damn. My mom's appt. was for 12:45. We got there 15 minutes early. We JUST got home. I read nearly 3 chapters in the Dresden Files book I took. Nikky was a very good girl. She came with us and waited in the car with me. She was very excited and watched all the people through the windows.

I'm tired. Should have eaten before we left. Having TJ's Strawberry soy yogurt and Go Raw Trek Mix to tide me over until dinner.

Nikky is definitely feeling better. She getting into things! Tried to eat the leaves on the ponytail plant.

9pm
Candace has stopped bleeding. Going to keep her in the bathroom for another day, though.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

April 13, 2011

8am
I've not had a fun morning. Candace burst the hematoma she's had on her belly. Blood everywhere and my mom not doing anything ... So, I've been cleaning all morning and stopping the blood flow. She's fine, but she's a big bruise now. I've been expecting it. Good I got the Green Machine. I'll be cleaning the spots off the carpet when I get home from work. Luckily most of it was on the kitchen floor and got that all cleaned. She's locked in my mom's bathroom for the day until I'm sure she's done bleeding. Will have to shave her belly when I get home and put salve on it.

12:30pm
I haven't even been home an hour. I've cleaned the blood stains off the carpet. I'm getting a migraine from my mom's complaining about every freakin' thing!

3pm
Spent over an hour shaving Candace. Damn dull blades on a crappy clipper ... She looks moth-eaten now. But, at least I can see her wound.

Yay! Puppy Nikky is eating kibble! My mom and I have both noticed that she is a bit perkier today and hasn't been sleeping non-stop as she had been. Good!

6:30pm
Nikky ate a chicken wing! Appetite is back. Yay! She still has the snotty sniffles, but her eyes have cleared and she's no longer coughing.

9:30pm
Have to take my mom to a dr. appt. after lunch tomorrow. Need to get one of my local stores done in the morning, though.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011

noon
I got done early today. I went to my second store and they were doing inventory, so I couldn't service it. Will go back tomorrow. I found the SPCA thrift store in Davis and found part of a vintage tea set (missing 1 cup) in a nice fabric-covered box for only $3.50. There was an old tag inside that says $300! I am going to research it later and see what I might be able to sell it for. I also found a set of used stamps with a Napoleon theme for $1. Will research that, too.

I need to get something to eat and find something to tempt Nikky.

2pm
Finally cancelled the AT&T service. Will just have one more bill from them.

Got some nice stuff in the mail yesterday. A set of embroidered napkins; beads; ATC and a dotee.

Going outside to pull some weeds. Taking Nikky out with me.

I'm going to do some research on my thrift store buys when I come back in and also have 2 or 3 ATCs to make for swaps.

3:30pm
I was outside longer than I thought. I think one more day and I will have that weedpatch done. Then I will start levelling the walkway again. I may get it done some time this year!

My eyes are itching so bad I can't concentrate on making anything yet ...

6:30pm
Damn. Wish Nikky felt better (she did eat some chicken and scrambled egg earlier!) The doggie Easter egg hunt is on Sunday in Sacramento. I doubt she will be up to going ...

I am sure having trouble finding anything out about the tea set I got. The makers' mark is in Chinese ...

I did find that the stamps are from the 1970s.

Monday, April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011

7am
Nikky is testing me with the potty training, I think ...

2pm
Stopped at WalMart this morning and got a Bissell Green Machine and a new water jug. After work, I stopped at Trader Joe's across the street from my CVS store and got some groceries, then went next door to the Pet shop and got a tube of vitamin gel for Nikky. I looked at the birds there and they had some gorgeous Zebra Finches I was tempted to get a couple of males. But, I didn't.

It is a nice day out and I want to go pull some weeds, but someone is mowing their lawn ...

4pm
Poor Nikky is stopped up with congestion. She has kennel cough, which I knew the day before we brought her home. When we went Thurs., her eyes were runny. She was coughing and sneezing when we brought her home Friday and had a fever on Saturday. That's why I bought the vitamin paste today. Wish I wasn't out of antibiotics. I'm going to order some tonight. I've dealt with kennel cough many times in the past with adopted and rescued dogs. She'll be fine. She has no real appetite, so going to see if she will eat some rotisseried chicken tonight. We're having chicken quesadillas. Yum!

I got a really good nut mix at Trader Joe's today. It is raw nuts and raisins. There's filberts in it! Haven't had those in years! It is their Go Raw Trek Mix. Yum.

5:30pm
My mom is determined to start a fire. She continues to set things on top of the rotisserie! She melted the oven gloves a few years ago on it. Tonight, she nearly caused the small wooden cutting board to burn on it! She's melted several things on it. I gave up cleaning the top of it years ago.

6pm
I got Nikky to eat the chicken! And, she drank water 3 times today. She loves the vitamin paste, too. Much better intake than the past weekend.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

April 10, 2011

noon
Have I said recently how much I loathe my mother. No? I loathe my mother. If I didn't need her SS check right now ... I reallly want to scream.

2:30pm
Just finished making a mug rug for a swap. It was not easy. It's been many years since I made edging.

It's a very nice day outside. Just wish I was in the mood to do something out there ...

5pm
Betty just stopped by for a few minutes and dropped off some paper bags for me and a couple of amaryllis bulbs for my mom. That was nice.

Finished making a couple of bookmarks for a swap.

7pm
Gah! I don't want to go to work tomorrow ... But, I will. I have to go out anyway and put my oil check in the bank and also go to WalMart and get a Bissell Green Machine.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

April 9, 2011

7am
Poor little Nikky got sick in the night, throwing up. She needs a bath again this morning. She did go pee outside this morning! Yay! No poo yet. I was sick in the night, too ... but not throwing up ...

8am
Well, had an annoying discovery. There was some algae or bacteria growing in the bottom of one of our water jugs!!! I think that has been the cause of my stomach problems!!! Possible dysentery - wonderful! If so, and I am going to wait a week to be sure, it was not milk causing it!! I made my mom throw that jug away. Need to buy another one this week. As much water as we drink, we need 2 big jugs. We filter the water in a pitcher and then fill the jugs up.
Nikky got her partial bath and loves rolling on the carpet to dry off.

10am
Nikky has decided she likes my office chair as much as I do! She claimed it while I had her closed in the living room to let the doves fly around. Didn't feel up to supervising that interaction yet. My stomach is still bothering me. It probably will be for at least a few more days if it really was the water causing the problem. Although, that wouldn't explain my rash ...

5pm
Nikky was very good for her rabies shot and visit to the pet shop. She got 2 new toys. She went pee outside right away when we got home ... then pooed inside ...

8pm
I can't seem to accomplish anything. Nikky is a chair and lap hog. Love it!

Friday, April 8, 2011

April 8, 2011

6am
Well, I got some sleep last night! Going to try again for the dog. It is very cold today! Only 34F right now. Think I may take another blanket to put in the back seat for her.

10:30am
I got her!!! She's a cutie. She's drying from her bath right now. She rode in the car great; didn't mind having a seat belt on and fell asleep. I'll take pics in a bit. Of course, my mom seems to have won with the name ... So, she is Nikky. I decided not to spell it Niqui as it looks too much like Niquil ... but, I like unusual spellings. It seems like we were destined to get her as she was found on George Washington Blvd. I think Jorgy guided us to her ...

4:30pm
Nikky has finally gotten a drink of water and eaten a cookie. She's slept most of the day. She's exhausted.

8pm
Just finished watching the second ep of Chaos. I watched the pilot online last night. It is not the best show, but Eric Close is good as always.

Nikky just barked once. I had just brought her in. She still hasn't gone potty outside. We'll be working on that all weekend. She's only peed once inside. I think she's a bit dehydrated from not being able to compete with the bigger dogs at the shelter. I think she may have been outside a lot where she lived before as she wants out a lot and balks at coming in through the door.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

April 7, 2011

1:30am
Can't sleep. My stomach is really bothering me.

7:30am
Still feel sick. But, off we go to hopefully adopt the dog. I want to make sure we're there when they open the door at 9 and it is over an hour drive up there.

11am
I am incredibly disappointed. When we were at the shelter last week, we were given the wrong ID # and adoption date for the dog!!!!!!!!! She can not be adopted until tomorrow. Wasted trip. Have to go back in the morning.

I leave for a couple of hours and Mexico & Japan have more major earthquakes. Getting out of hand.

1pm
It was supposed to rain today. Where is it?!

2pm
I just have no energy today. I hope I can sleep tonight.

8:30pm
Watching a new CSI and then I'm watching the first episode of Chaos that I missed last Friday.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011

11am
I was stuck in this for over an hour. Was finally able to back up to the off-ramp to the Garden Highway and came home. Got a headache from all the exhaust/truck fumes!

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noon
Yay! I just sold another Breyer on my Bonanza site!

Just heard on the news that the traffic I was stuck in was caused by a 5-car pile up. Luckily, no one badly hurt.

2:30pm
The sliding door slides!! Yay, me! Let's see how long it lasts! I got wounded, though. I bumped the tip of my finger and you'd think I'd cut it off the way it bled! I think I separated part of the nail. I'm typing one-handed and have my finger laying on an ice pack. Freezing! It's already swelling.

Damn! I can't pull weeds with my finger messed up!  Owww! It's bleeding again ...

I need to finish cleaning my car out. I stopped on the way home and got all the recycling out of the trunk. Just need to clear out my work stuff from the back seat so the dog will have a spot to lay down. 

3:30pm
Car is all ready for the dog now. I had never taken Jorgy's seatbelt out and it will fit the new dog fine. I put a fresh blanket down in the back seat. And, put all my work stuff in the trunk. Will be calling the shelter in about an hour.

Ah, good I checked their website. They close at 4. So, I just called and she is still there. Hopefully, she won't get claimed in the next half hour! We will be there by 9 in the morning and hopefully will get her!!

7pm
The wind has sure come up and brought in the clouds that are supposed to give us rain in the morning.

9pm
Going to bed early. Have to get up early to get to Yuba City before 9.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 5, 2011

7am
Have to meet Viola today to prove I am not an illegal alien! Grrr. She has to make copies of my driver's license and SS card. She's going to help me with a couple of my stores, too.

1pm
It's a nice day! Got a good book (one of the Richard Stevenson detective novels I am collecting) and a handmade mug rug with tea and extra fabric in the mail.
Now to move the rest of the big bins down to the fence that we had on the deck. My mom wants to put the daylily bulbs I bought last year in them.

I need to buy some fusible web for some of my crafts. Will check on that tomorrow, I think.

Time to go out and start on that pile of parts ...

2pm
Got rid of lots of gaskets, a plastic grill and some other parts. Also found the overhead light, extension cords, old car horns and a rosary that I'll keep for now. Made a little headway. Our garbage can only holds so much though.

I got a big sliver. Must dig it out ... damn. There were 2.

It's getting windy again and bringing some clouds in. Guess I won't be doing any weeding today. I need to sneeze ...

3pm
I just have one store I'm going to service tomorrow. Have to stop at the bank and pull some cash to hopefully adopt the dog on Thursday. I'm going to call the shelter tomorrow afternoon to make sure she's still there.

They finally have 'my' dog listed on Pet Harbor. There's no picture, though. If you go to http://www.petharbor.com/ and enter the number A088738 that is her. Kind of glad there is no picture as more people might want her if they see her! But, it is sad seeing so many others that don't have a picture, too. Hard to be found when you are not seen.

Monday, April 4, 2011

April 4, 2011

7am
Have to take my mom to a dr. appt. early this morning. Then, have to go to work at a Davis store. So tired and still not feeling good from pollen. Luckily, not much wind or even a breeze this morning to stir more up.

3pm
Work wasn't too bad today. Stopped at the co-op after and got a couple of heirloom tomato plants. A purple and a red striped. Moved 2 of the bins off the porch and dragged them to the back fence. It will be easier to tie the tomatoes up as they grow.

Tomorrow after work, I will start going through the pile of car parts and such under the tarp and start tossing stuff and see if there is anything I will be keeping. I know there is a good work light under there that is older than me that still works. Might be a heavy-duty electric cord, too ...

4:30pm
I can't believe this. We have to fill out freakin' I-9 forms for Homeland Security to prove we are citizens! Ridiculous. Borders suck! We live on the same damn planet!

I have an allergy headache that is pissing me off.

6:30pm
Luckily I don't have any swaps due until Saturday. Just not in the mood to put any together. Have several ATCs, bookmarks and dotees to get done.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April 3, 2011

8am
Woke up 30 minutes later than usual, and I am still tired. And, I went to bed very early last night ... It's this damn wind stirring up the pollens, I think.

Fiji has been having a lot of earthquakes over 6.0 this past week. Two more this morning.

9am
I need to stop refreshing the Craigslist page. Too many I want, but agreed to wait on the shelter dog for Thursday ...

It's not Thursday, yet ...

It is way too windy for me to do anything outside today. I'm already wheezing and I only went out to fill the bird feeders. And, my eyes are itching. It's a cold North wind, too.

I really need to finish working on that door ...

I feel like crap. But, my stomach is doing much better. The rashes aren't itching too much this morning.

My mom wants me to fix the hems on some pillowcases now.

10am
ARRGGHH! The neighbor is mowing the lawn ... in this wind! I put out a jug to make sun tea this morning. I will have to get my mom to bring it in later. I am not going out today. Not even to the mailbox. Just can't breathe today.

10:30am
I'm giving away: Ponytail Wraps - New!. Check it out -

Saturday, April 2, 2011

April 2, 2011

7am


SpoilerTV
Torchwood: Miracle Day - First Teaser
John is singing!
8am
I need to find something to eat. Have a lot to do this morning before we go to the Pet event. Have a load of wash started. After I eat, I have to do the doves' cage and let them out a bit. Top off the aquariums. Then, take the sliding door off and remove the old rollers and go to Home Depot and hope they have the right replacements. And, go to the PO.

1pm
Tired. This pollen is killing me. No interesting dogs at the Pet Event. Seem to have brought all male dogs. The smallest was a black Chinese Crested. I about died when I saw the fawn Greyhound there. Looked like my Sully ... So, we left. Stopped at the little flea market they have at the fairgrounds and got a pot full of different succulent plants my mom wanted and a flat of home-raised eggs and a weird little yellow mango from Mexico my mom wanted to try.

Didn't get the sliding door done earlier. Can't get the old rollers off without taking the bottom part of the frame off and I didn't want to ruin the rubber strip and have to replace that, too! So, I replaced three of the screws. I can't get the stripped one out. It is stuck! So, one roller works, the other still drags! Will work on it again tomorrow to get that screw out. I am getting so tired of messing with that heavy door. I'm lucky I haven't broken the glass yet! I'd love to replace the whole unit. But, that is $350 minimum. Plus, I'd have to borrow the truck from Martin to haul the old door to the dump. Maybe in a few months. We'll see.

I should work on my taxes, but don't feel like it. 

Went out to the shed and finally dumped the rest of the old car radios in the garbage. Next week, I start on the pile of car parts and other odds and ends under the tarp. I want it all gone through and eliminated by the end of this month. I want to park my bike where that stuff is. I think I will list the rims on Craigslist. Have no idea what they go to ... Might do those next weekend. Need to measure them, at least and take pics.

2pm
I've been 3 days without cow milk and my stomach seems a bit better. Still have the rashes, though. Still using butter and some cheese, but not like I was. 

3:30pm
Damn! I just made a really cute Peter Rabbit ATC and I forgot to scan it before I packaged it! I don't want to ruin the envelope, so I will just have to forget about keeping a record of it. Oh, well ...

4:30pm
I made this desktop wallpaper for a digital swap.

5:15pm
Pizza smells goooood. I am so hungry. We're having a chicken pizza we bought at BelAir yesterday. Made in their deli. We are adding olives.

6pm
I am stuffed. Had blackberries with whipped cream for dessert.

We've kind of decided just to wait until Thursday and make sure about that dog up at Sutter Shelter. So, I'm not really looking now. But, I am still refreshing the Craigslist pet page. My mom wants to name the new dog (when we get one) Nicky (if we do, it will be spelled Niqui) and I want to use Shiloh or Cheyenne ...

7pm
Trying not to fall asleep ... it's too early! But, my allergies are exhausting me ...

8pm
Blush, my angelfish died tonight.

Watching Bye, Bye Birdie on Free OnDemand.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011

Damn. It's April now ...
Going dog-hunting today. Going up to the Yuba and Sutter county shelters. Need to find the map of where they are. Going to the Sacramento shelters, too, I guess.

1pm
I am exhausted. I'm not used to driving that much. Could not find the Yuba shelter! Did get to the Sutter shelter. Found a dog I want, but she is not available until next Thursday!! I was very disappointed. They have the strays mixed with the adoptables as they are a very small shelter. She is about 2 years old, mostly black with white paws. Chihuahua or possible mix. Very timid in the kennel as the other dogs are bigger. Not a barker. Indifferent to the cats as I took her into the cattery and she ignored them. Good on leash. Even my mom liked her. So, if I don't find a dog by Thurs. and she is still there, we'll get her. Maybe tomorrow she will be posted on their found dogs site. I couldn't find her on there right now or I'd share a link so you could see her. She's pretty. Did not go to the Sacramento shelters.

I'm still going to the Pet event tomorrow at the Tractor Supply down the road. And, still refreshing the Craigslist pet page! One good thing about hanging out and surfing around Craigslist - I found 3 local egg farmers I am going to check out to get eggs direct! No middle man! Told my mom to save the cartons we have right now.

4pm
It is such a pretty day. Spent about an hour weeding. It is 76F right now. Nice. Have an allergy headache, though.
Going to have lamb chops and sweet potatoes for dinner. Yum.

Is it Thursday, yet? I really want that dog. I have a feeling someone else will get her before we get up there Thursday morning, though. Will have to leave here early! It is over an hour drive from here. I have to make sure not to spend all my money this week. Will have to locate a low-cost spay clinic, too.

7:30pm
Damn. Chaos started at 7! Of course my mom is watching NCIS rerun for the millionth time! Will have to catch it on rerun ... sucks. I can't believe I missed it! I've been looking forward to it for ages!