Little Touch Of Last Year

It dawned on me the other day that this is the first year in at least a few that we have no leaves on our front maple tree when it was time to put up our holiday decorations. The last couple of years, we still had a lot of this going on making it incredibly hard to put any lights in that tree. This year, it is absolutely bare.

Yesterday, my motivation way outstripped my energy levels. I had fully intended to get the outside done completely, but I only managed about a quarter before my body wasn’t having it.

It is one of those odd things with my bronchitis that hits every once in a while. I’ll be feeling pretty much normal other than the occasional coughing fit and then out of nowhere, I feel week and have zero energy. I’m talking doing even the slightest thing feels hard and exhausting and I feel weak as a newborn kitten.

That feeling hit right about the time Hubby got all my bins upstairs and I’d started organizing stuff to put out. I pushed through enough to get my garland up and that was all I could do. My poor nutcrackers didn’t even make it upstairs yesterday.

Now I have to try and work on getting the rest out throughout this week in between working on all the stuff I’m making for Thanksgiving, which is interesting this year as I’m having to do two rounds. One for my FIL that we are taking out and dropping off with him on Wednesday. And one for us on the day of. Working out the logistics of splitting that meal up has been fun (NOT).

I’m hoping the low energy thing was just yesterday because I’d had a couple of nights of not sleeping well. I’d run low on my cough meds and couldn’t get it refilled right away so had to ration it out which left me coughing more than normal. Now that I’m back on schedule with my meds, I’m hoping the sleep gets back to normal along with my energy.

I have way too much I need and want to do this week for my energy to decide to take a vacation.

Evening Glow (From Last Year)

I decided to repost this one today because I had a night of weird dreams. Strange and annoying dreams where I’d catch a glimpse of a perfect shot from a window, one with incredible light hitting the landscape just right, and by the time I got to my camera equipment and back (because of course in the dream it wasn’t easy to get to and get the right lens), the lighting had changed and it was just an ordinary, boring shot.

Needless to say, I woke up frustrated and disappointed, so I found a photo that would satisfy some of that perfect lighting craving (though this still isn’t as good as what I’d dreamed).

Hmm… wonder if my subconscious is telling me something? Like get off my butt and go play with my camera?

Tiny Rainbows In Fall Leaves

Covid test is done. I’d rather not have to do a repeat, but it wasn’t horrible. It wasn’t awesome, but it wasn’t horrible. Now I have to wait 24 hours for results.

I’d hoped to start the cough medicine and the antibiotics today and wait until I got my results tomorrow before starting the steroid, but when Hubby went to pick up my prescriptions, they were out of the cough meds (one of the most important pieces to getting this under control) and wouldn’t get more in until later today.

So, I’m still in wait mode and probably won’t be seeing any kind of relief for at least another day or two. Blech!

And my nose is still tingling and I feel like I need to sneeze, but can’t.

Can I just take a nap?

Golden Orange

My next stage in the craft room project is to get that space cleared out completely so it is ready to go for when the contractor starts.

This is one of those easier said than done projects because that means I have to find space to put everything. Space that still allows for the contractor to work, doesn’t block any access to our storage (I have to do all my holiday decorating around the time this is getting started, SO fun! Not) and, as I’ve been so clearly informed, I don’t block BG’s practice floor. A floor that takes up a considerable amount of space. Space I’m not allowed to use.

I have so far figured out where to put the majority of the larger pieces and have gotten them moved. All I have left is to empty out the two cabinets I have and get those moved. I’m not looking forward to those as they are both crammed full and are heavy and awkward to try and move.

Once I have all of that out of the space, I’m going to start drawing on the walls.

Okay, that isn’t going to be as fun as it sounds as I’m just going to try and draw the basic layout I have planned for my cabinets on the two existing walls so I can mark where I need my outlets and to make sure my layout is going to work the way I’ve gotten it drawn.

I’m hoping that exercise will also help me to plan out the finer details I need to work on the interior designs of those cabinets.

Just to give  you an idea of what I’m working with here, these are my before pictures.

Craft Room: Before #2
Craft Room: Before #2
Craft Room: Before #1
Craft Room: Before #1

The storage area stuff isn’t going to be dealt with until I’m pulling out the holiday decorations. Then I have to make sure that everything that is there is still under the stairs section so it can get enclosed. Every single thing else has to come out and I’m down to just the white and gray cabinets. And waiting for the contractor to start around Thanksgiving.

Baby steps of progress.

Chunky Snowflake

This snowflake was a little different than the typical ones you see in detail that are intricate and delicate. It has that distinct outer shape, but lacks the inner delicacies. It hadn’t melted, so it wasn’t that it had lost it shape that way. It was probably because this was a more wet, sticky snow, but I thought it was interesting. Normally when you can pick out the snowflakes individually, there are always the tiny details.

Yesterday, my goal was to get started on some of the pre-projects I needed to get done before anything happens on the craft room. The big one being getting a comfortably usable workspace set up in the garage for me to be able to work on the cabinets.

The plan there was to add wheels to a couple of smaller cabinets I already have in the garage and attach my current workbench top to them both creating a movable, sturdy workbench. So far, I’ve got the wheels on, which was much easier and also much harder than I anticipated, but it is done. Today, I have to work on setting the top and figuring out how to secure it.

The other piece I needed to get done yesterday was getting my HVAC people out to do the ventilation in the new space. The plan for them is to add new vents and a return to where that room is going, creating a new zone and then to add an exhaust fan.

I call my guy to let him know we were ready to move forward and I find out he is sick. With THE sick, apparently. Of course, I scrambled to double and triple check my calendar to see when he was out to give me my bid. Thankfully, it was out of the danger time frame, but it still made me pause and really think about all of this.

I know that doing this adds another risk point for us. That piece really concerns me. My bronchitis is settling in nice and nasty already, so the idea of getting hit with ANYTHING else is kind of terrifying, let alone getting Covid-19. It is why we still pretty much keep things to Hubby taking care of the essential only, with the very rare other (even then it is very low risk/low contact) when I go out.

For a long time, it has sort of felt like we are living in a bubble because the numbers around us where I live have stayed really low. In comparison, we are still extremely low. Areas around us are much higher, but not quite to the point where hospitals are getting overwhelmed, though they are being watched closely as we are starting to see those numbers climb.

I know I fall into the extremely cautious category of personalities, but this concerns me. I have no way of ensuring that the people coming into my house are practicing safe measures outside of my house and that bothers me. Yes, they will be wearing masks or they can leave. I will be wearing a mask at all times when anyone else is in my house even if they aren’t in the same space. Both Hubby and BG will be around, but work in their own office or room and I’ll make sure they don’t come out without a mask on as well. Same goes for MC if he is home.

That is my current plan anyway. We do have an air scrubber (UV light) as part of our HVAC system which, theoretically, should help. I also plan to be ridiculous on cleaning surfaces. I just wonder if this is the best move right now.

I’m already worried about BG getting exposed through dance because of the number of different school districts represented in the students. I’m less worried about MC at college because almost all of his stuff is online and he is only out of his room for classes maybe a couple of hours a week.

Right now, I’m going to cautiously move forward, but I will be keeping a close eye on everything. Especially if this isn’t getting started until after Thanksgiving.

Snowy Rose

It feels like we should be getting ready to put up (or already have up) Christmas decorations, not that we are only a couple of days away from Halloween.

Not only did we get snow the other day (just enough to coat everything), but it stayed cold enough for it to hang around. Now we are supposed to get a mix of nasty today. Depending on how quickly we warm up, that mix may actually mean ice.

And with this oh, so wonderful blast of winter, came my equally wonderful annual bronchitis. This is going to be such a lovely winter! It is going to be epically entertaining to see how well I can operate power tools while in the middle of a coughing fit.

At least I’ll have a project to work on during the nasty. I confirmed the go ahead on the bid from this contractor to start on the craft room project. I’m sure I’ll have a contract to sign and other little side things before they can start work, but just being able to say “Let’s do this” made me giddy.

I have a smallish project in the garage to get that space more usable for a workspace while I’m doing the cabinets that I have to get done soon. Once that is done, I’m back to playing and honing my tool skills so I’m ready to go.

Hubby is going to be mad at me when I steal his little space heater so I can actually work in that cold garage. Poor guy is just going to have to layer up in the one room in our house that is surrounded by exterior walls and has a crappy window that doesn’t do squat for the insulation in that room.

See what happens when you steal my office? I get a new room and you get to be cold. Ha!