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Wow. . . the road home has changed! LOL! [Mar. 16th, 2019|12:49 pm]
[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]

I had a terrible time finding my way back here again, it's been awhile. I don't even remember which computer I was on so auto log-in was long gone and moving and misplacing old papers with passwords. . . I couldn't even find the page here to look at as a guest even! I realllly need to remember to drop in now and then so I don't lose it all that bad again.
LOL! SO much has changed, not sure if I even know how to post and it looks like all my old background and formatting might be gone as well.
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Check! [Jan. 24th, 2016|08:20 pm]
Last Spring I put a chalkboard up on the fridge and wrote our "shopping list" for a house on it.  Every time we found places that fulfilled the list there was still one problem or another.  LOL!  Price most often of course.  :-D 

You can see now though that every item is checked off!  Except one but we can't have *everything* can we?  LOL!!!!  
(ugh, trying to post a photo is a challenge.  This client is letting me post to LJ but that's about it, I can't log in or read the comments or check my friend feeds or anything.)

shopping list photo chalkboard_zps4rfkfa9n.jpg
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Just a little background. . . [Jan. 24th, 2016|02:57 pm]

We reached the point where we honestly *had* to do something.  This old tin box is very literally falling apart.  The electrical systems have been failing for years and getting worse all the time, the structural issues are getting beyond fixing. 

We had a couple choices.  We could move out and gut the place and rebuild on the frame.  That was a thought until we started pricing the process.  We thought maybe we could find another used tin box and move it in but that brought another set of site set-up problems we couldn't get past.  I really tried hard for that as I have HUGE issues about leaving here.  Huge ones. 

Anyway, the last option was to try to find a house that would cost less than either of other options which would take an absolute miracle.  It would have been easy if we were ready to move to town.  Local towns have some pretty incredible places for seriously cheap.  I saw a lot of places I would give my eye teeth to air lift to the country.  LOL!!!   Nope, I still need to be in the country and have privacy, I'm not a "neighborhood" type of person at all so the next criteria was not having people too close or too many.   I don't like wandering around and around on a postage stamp either so needed a few acres and an outbuilding or two was preferred because I also have a colony of feral cats I take care of that I can't abandon.  Of course I also have my geese and I need a place for some chickens, etc.   I was hoping for a somewhat larger house so I have space for spinning and a couple looms and lots of bookshelves and a sewing area and room for my caged birds and of course studio space for the glass and metalwork and-and-and.  LOL!!!  I know at my age most people are downsizing but we've been crowded for so long that we both really want some elbow room.  A nice garage, attic and basement would be perfect.... 

So, those were the things I was wishing for on a sugar-shack budget.  LOL!!! 
We spent the better part of 2015 looking.  That was pretty much ALL we did all year...  look for a house we could afford.  It was a very strange year and since me heart wasn't in much of anything else nothing got done around here. 

We had a few "almosts" that didn't work out.  I took those SUPER hard. . .   harder than I can describe without sounding like a fruitcake.  A few good friends and family pulled me out but the disappointments hit me hard.   Of course they kept saying it happened because "the right one is still out there waiting to find you".   I got to the point where I really didn't believe that and knew I would just have to settle for something because we HAVE to get out of here. 

Well, that's just a little background. . .   chapter two will be along in awhile. 

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Here I am again... [Jan. 24th, 2016|02:09 pm]
I don't know if I can make this work well enough to use it again.  It just got worse and worse on dial-up until I gave up but I really could use this format again. 
I would like to talk about finding a house and moving and have a place to post photos that *isn't Facebook*!   I have a lot to ponder on and babble on about, ideas and to turn over, emotional issues to vent now and then.  Facebook just isn't the place for it all, people get bored, they don't want to read more than three lines and frankly many will quickly tire of seeing something from me every time they check their feed.   LOL!!!   LJ has always been a safer place and at least people can make the choice to come and read if and only if they actually want to follow what I'm up to.
Okay this is a test to see if I can get the offline posting thingy to work again.  :-) 
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Clean slate... [Jan. 26th, 2014|08:43 pm]
I realized the other day that on a subconscious level I must still be clinging to the routine of the last couple decades. Up in the truck are my work gloves and there is my "work survival " tote bag with my tools, my favorite pruning shears, markers, pens, pencils,extra tubes of chap stick and hand lotion. Extra dry, warm socks and spare earbuds for the tiny MP3 player that is my "work only" player. My uniform fleece is on the back of the seat with the little ball of wool yarn I always kept in the pocket to hold when I needed grounding. My work khakis are hanging on hangers in front of the closet and my shirts are hanging on the back of the bathroom door. In the top drawer with my name tags and "years of service" pins, my sturdy work watch and jewelry and such are all my little notes and papers and stuff that wind up in my pockets every day. It's all ready for me to return to work in a few weeks. LOL! 'Cept I won't be... so I just wonder why I have things still all out like they would usually be. I wonder why I didn't put everything away and integrate it into my "general junk"as soon as I knew for sure... and why I'm still procrastinating. It's not like I even liked the job anymore or will miss it much (tho there are people I will miss).... it's just that dang habit and routine. I think if I don't acknowledge it, I won't have to deal with the changes and starting something different. I need to shake it off and wipe it down and make a clean slate. Now that I've talked about it some I can start at some of it. I really need to clean the clothes off the back of the bathroom door anyway.
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really?!?!? [Jan. 25th, 2014|10:00 am]
Anyone else just see the Saturday Today segment on that "new industry that has risen up over the past year called Crafting"?   I have never seen anything so condescending and clueless in my entire life....  the references and remarks like "now even adults are getting in on it" and "oh, flashback to Summer camp!"" were just sad and...  I dunno.... annoying.
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Just stuff.... [Jan. 22nd, 2014|09:16 pm]
[mood |pensivepensive]

I can't remember exactly what year I started work with the Agway farm store.  Maybe it was 1997ish.  I could go look it up if I really wanted to know but it doesn't matter.  It's enough that is was a long time ago.  It was back when it was all really a farm store and there were still a lot of farms to keep it going.  I took the job to just hold me over while I looked for work in my trade.  After awhile I realized I liked what I was doing just fine.  I turned down jobs in my trade and stayed.... and stayed...  Agway went bankrupt and our DM bought our store. It was still Agway but then privately owned.  We had a lot of fun, I worked with great people and I really loved the customers I worked with.  A few more years, a few other opportunities I passed on and then a chain of events led to Glen selling our store to Aubuchon Hardware.  Things changed a lot.  Some changes happened quickly and others so slowly that it took a long time to realize just what it was that was missing.   Funny, I always kept thinking things "have to get better" there and I was holding onto fun memories thinking that kind of work atmosphere would have to come back at some point when everything settled in.  It never did. 

It was a comfortable rut though after awhile and at my age I'm not ready for any major career changes...  SO the whole point of that long ramble is that I don't have a job to go back to in the Spring.   I have very mixed feelings and I'll be babbling a lot here to help my brain sort them out.  I'm glad LJ stll feels like a cozy, safe, home kinda place for me even after being gone for so long. 

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Hopefully.... [Jan. 22nd, 2014|12:01 am]
I'm hoping this will work. I'm finding it nearly impossible to post on the web site. I couldn't do it from Firefox, finally got Opera to let me post last night but today that wouldn't work either. I went to the help section and I guess this is a common new issue... the post button is greyed out. I turned Java back on, double checked it all that stuff but it doesn't work. Soooo..... I used to use the Semagic client and just managed to get that downloaded after two days of trying. YAY! If it works anyway... gonna try posting this now and see....
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Wow, it's been even longer than I thought [Jan. 20th, 2014|08:50 pm]
[mood |frustrated with slow internet...]

I thought that once I got a better computer it would be easier to get on here but that really hasn't been the case. Nightmare prehistoric dial-up is the main problem... i knew that but still hoped. I've been trying to get in here and get the "New Entry" page to open for weeks and all of a sudden tonight it did! I hope it keeps working. I need this at the moment. I had a hard time deciding if I should just start a new blog some place or come back here. After a lot of thought this is still "home" and I've always liked the format better. I wonder how many of my old friends are still here? I'll go looking around after this if more pages will load.

I've desperately been needing to do some "stream of consciousness" babbling and pondering. I'm on Facebook but that really isn't the place for rambling thoughts and brain purging. I've had an uneasy truce with it as most of the people in my life are on there and use it keep in touch but I've never gotten used to the superficial nature of it.

It's funny, for weeks I've had random thoughts running through my mind that I would have written here if I could have gotten in... now that I'm here my mind has gone blank.

Well I guess this is enough to make that ever so difficult re-entry after being gone a long time... I'll be back later when I settle in with a pot of tea....

Uh oh.... all this and now I don't see that any send or post button has loaded... *sigh*

Geesh... three browsers and a half dozen page reloads and I finally got this window back WITH a post button! :-D Yay! But the post button isn't working. LOL!!! This is why I've been gone so long. :-) I'll wait a bit longer. What happens if I check the repost to facebook box? Does it just send a link or does it post the whole thing. I'll have to test that out when I can.
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Babe spinning wheel mod... [Apr. 14th, 2012|07:57 pm]
LJ just will NOT let me add photos... I've tried and tried... every browser, rebooting, reloading. I can't figure it out. Oh well. Here's a link to the pix of the modifications i made to the Basic "Babe" spinning wheel....


guess I can try one of the pix here with code and see if anything happens...


Cora, Babe mod
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