Busy, busy, busy!
Posted Jun 23, 2018
Those of you that have known me for a while (which, to be honest, is likely everyone that's bothered to be subscribed to this journal) know that late June/early July is normally a busy time of year for the Paperclan, since we (the adults, anyway) sell fireworks to support the nonprofit that Tom is director of, which means from June 23-July 5th, Tom is selling fireworks from a big tent in Brookings, which is just on the other side of the Oregon/California border, while from June 28-July 5th, I'm selling fireworks from a 16'x8' plywood box (and am technically the boss over another plywood box here in town, but L, my partner in crime, is a very competent manager). The weeks before the selling time are for preparations, and the days after are for counting the leftover inventory, returning the returnable inventory, and running around planning PaperKid's birthday celebration and what on earth are we going to do for our anniversary, anyway? Then things generally calm down, though the last couple of years I've been making and selling fudge at the local farmers' market, and some of you may have heard of a little trip I took last year
This year's a little different.
We're selling fireworks, as usual (got the tent up in Brookings all stocked up for start of selling at noon tomorrow), and I still need to get my staff down here sorted (I've got the people--I've just got to figure out schedules for the majority that *aren't* available at all hours for all the days, and work B into the slots that are left). We're *not* bothering with fudge this year, because we're not going able to be around for enough Saturdays to bother, because of the next item...
We are moving to Tennessee. Our house is in escrow, and, all things going well, will be no longer ours around July 15 (we had to change the original escrow end date, because it would've fallen midway through fireworks selling season!) The house is very empty--the only furniture left is the 3 whole pieces of living room furniture that we're taking with us, PaperKid's loft bed frame (should break down nicely to flat panels), folding chairs and a card table, and a couple of pieces that will be going to the dump, as they aren't good enough to donate, and not worth the trouble for anyone to take anywhere. We've been using air mattresses, and most of our clothes are packed away. A couple of days after the house changes hands, we will be flying to Tennessee for a couple of weeks to go house hunting, then coming back here to use up some of *that* escrow time. (We will be staying in an RV.) There will be a long roadtrip starting in late August/early September (PaperKid is planning to vlog about it on her channel, since she will be getting a decent camera for her 15th birthday). We are going to take our time crossing the majority of the continent--I know that we're definitely going to see the Grand Canyon, for example, and, once I know when we're going to start the roadtrip, I'm going to try to arrange some micromeets along the way.
I am *not* promising Dmitri anything for out of all this, though I suppose it *could* be decent fodder for NaJoPoMo 2018
Posted May 24, 2018
Woodpigeon is making a tour of the northwestern US, and sharing pics about it on FB. I came across one, popped over to his profile to suss out his route thus far, and came to the conclusion that I'd lost the chance to meet him--not that I'd been on his route anyway. Sometimes, it's good to be wrong! Turns out he was going to be coming back down the coast (reversing Tom's and my honeymoon routing, actually) and we're meeting up tomorrow. Even better, the rain forecasted earlier this week to be starting tomorrow has been pushed back to the next day. It's going to be more of an early/midafternoon whistlestop more than anything else, but I'll have a chance to show someone one of Crescent City's lighthouses (the other being 6 miles offshore instead of being walk-to-able at low tide).
Had to tell the girls today...
Posted Apr 25, 2018
...that their grandfather died last night
I'm actually doing OK--though I'll admit that it didn't seem really real until we told the girls. Tom didn't get home from the hospital until I-don't-know-when-but-2am-at-the-absolute-earliest (last call on my phone was 1:19am) and wanted to wait until after school to tell the girls so that they would actually be awake.
PaperKid has a YouTube channel...
Posted Feb 10, 2018
...and she said I could share it with h2g2 folks (and anyone else not-local that I wanted to) http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCioqTi0nocfh__o35JOgMgg/featured
Posted Jan 8, 2018
Things I have learned this weekend:
How to remove the drainage hose from the washing machine (and that I can actually move the washer enough to get back there)
That using the sink declogger wire thing on the pipe that the washer drain hose goes in sounds like a great idea, until the thing gets stuck... (no sign of a clog, either, so pointlessly stuck)
How to remove the back from the washer--and put it back again
That there *is* room to lay the washer on its front to access the stuff underneath (and that that was what I needed to do to access the pump instead of taking the back off )
How to remove (and replace) the internal drain hoses
That none of the hoses were clogged
Neither was the pump
That I can lay a washer down, tilt it back up, and maneuver it all by myself
That when doing a test run to see if it drains, things just might work better if you turn the water back on
That I could've avoided the majority, if not all, of those lessons by doing a test run with an empty washer and something to hold the lid switch down to learn that the washer isn't spinning at all, and it has nothing to do with how the clothing is distributed (still no clue why there was a tiny bit of standing water in the bottom of the washer the other night) *headdesk*
In other news, I had no problem removing the P trap in the bathroom sink and rescuing a tiny toy (and discarding a *lot* of hair )