Day 1595

Jul. 21st, 2011 07:10 am
wren08: (Autumn Witch)
On the agenda today-

    Take Emily to the doctor and have them check for strep. Take me to the doctor and have me checked for strep.
    Take the recycling in.
    Sweep the house.
    Wash my bottom sheet again because Pixel had an accident on the sheet after I put it back on last night (I washed them yesterday).
    Call back supervisor at my insurance company to complain about their handling of Eliz's case. Apparently she doesn't seem to understand the 'I work until 4' part of my message.


I also might stop and get an oil change and clean the bathroom today- it depends on how much time I have and how I feel after we get done at the doctor's. Dinner will likely be pizza and ice cream because I don't feel much like making anything else.

In quilting news, I have finished the star on Don't Go Out A-Lone Star and am starting on the spiderwebs. Emily had a great idea for a way to sign it in the quilting design. She mentioned Charlotte's Web and that I could sign it in one of the lower squares in the spiderweb which I think is a fabulous idea! She's so smart.

In bookbinding news, I got tired of waiting for Brazen Device on etsy to message me back or relist the book press I was interested in. He said it would be up by the end of the weekend two weeks ago and I still haven't heard back. So alrighty then- obviously my money is not wanted there. Instead I bought this one from Phyllisann:



It's not as pretty but I am sure it will work at least as well (maybe better) and I know that she will send it to me- I'd be dubious about ordering from Brazen Device anyway since he's been so slow to answer messages. I'd be worried he wouldn't ship it for weeks and weeks. Plus this one is less expensive and has free shipping- saving me about $100. Phyllisann doesn't have a lot of feedback on etsy but she lists the same things on ebay where she has over 2000 feedback- 98% positive.

Also? I finished all the signatures except the title page and contents so I'll start sewing as soon as I read it through and make sure there are no glaring errors and I'll need a press pretty soon.

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80s called last night and was badgering me to say that he's smarter than I am (oh please, you seriously think that?) and kept after me (calling and calling even though I was letting it go to the answering machine) until I was thoroughly put out with him. I was sick last night too and let him know it- my mistake. I wonder how long, if I never pick up the phone when it is him, it will take for him to get the message I'm not speaking to him and stop calling?

The funny thing about that is that I don't actually think I am the smartest person- I can think of six people I think are smarter than I am off the top of my head (that I know- I'm not counting people like Steven Hawking) and not one of them has ever called me stupid. He just isn't one of them.

One of the best things about being a grown up? You can have ice cream for breakfast if you want to!

Day 1606

Jul. 10th, 2011 08:22 pm
wren08: (Default)
Count correction because somewhere back there I messed up... or at least it had better be a mess up!

I just had the rather unhappy experience of two men fighting loudly (so loudly I could hear every word clearly) just under the railroad track in a fashion that is much more common in the inner city than here. I have never actually had strangers fighting where I could hear them before out here. I find I dislike it intensely.

I'm working on a little list of wishes for products I'd like to see on the store shelves- by Christmas would be nice.
    Children's Chewable Valium
    Frontline for Kids
    TalkOff for Teens
    People Chow


On that last, I want something that with three servings provides the optimum balance of carbs, protein and fat for daily living as well as 100% of the vitamins and minerals needed. I want it all natural, no additives, no preservatives, no filler and able to be kept on a shelf for up to three years. It should be something one could eat with no utensils, should not be messy (can be eaten while driving), should be adequate to survive on with only water for an indefinite period of time and should be tasty enough that the kids want to eat it. I think it should be based on lentils instead of soy to avoid the soy allergy and probably rice to make it gluten free.

Book progress pictures )

Day 7936

Jul. 8th, 2011 06:29 am
wren08: (love books)
I had yesterday off so you would think I would be well rested today.

If that's true, you don't know me very well!

I got the edit done on my book but while I was printing it out I ran out of ink, ran out of paper and ran out of ink again. This caused Emily and I to have to make a paper and ink run... which ended up taking three hours because Art Creations has it's new store open (oh, my!) and while we were in there, one of the employees mentioned that their other location downtown has book binding supplies.

Of course we ran down there. It was a bust. In a dark corner they have a few supplies but not as many as I already have at my house and no tools at all. No lifting knives, no hammers, no brass edged boards (which is what I needed/wanted)and no presses- not even one. They had a couple of pieces of Davey board and a lot of book kits prepackaged.

I really need to go wander around the North Shore sometime... preferably with lots of money! There's GreenLife and New Moon Gallery and the aforementioned Art Creations (lacking in bookbinding supplies but bursting with fabulous art supplies!) and Mud Pie and the Stone Cup and I don't even know what else- which is why I need to take a walking tour down there.

So when we got home, I finished the printing and got started on making up signatures. Once I get done with that, I'll scan them in and then clean up the pasting lines, remove page numbers and add page numbers and print them onto archival paper to be stitched. I goofed on my first set of signatures- I was going by my original book and I should not have- they made so many printing mistakes it's not funny! I now have a plan for signatures that is right and not an unholy mess.

So, um, yeah- I was up too late again. I never learn.

On the good side of the ledger, back to school shopping is nearly done. I had to stop by Walmart to get the kind of paper I needed to finish the printing and they have already started their back to school sales so we picked up 44 black spiral bound notebooks at 20ยข each and will pick up more when we go back for the not-school-supplies part of the list. (I didn't have the list with me and couldn't remember the things like band-aids and hand sanitizer because I don't think of them as school supplies) With me making daily lists and Emily's writing, cheap notebooks are something to stock up on! Since I have the supply closet in the library, storage for this kind of thing is not a problem. I also picked up a box of 36 black pens and a box of 72 wooden pencils which should hold us awhile.

Day 7949

Jun. 25th, 2011 08:01 am
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In re New York's recent change in law: Personally, I like it. Civil union and marriage are not the same thing. One is a legal institution and one is spiritual.

In collage, my young man of the moment and I jumped over a broom together. We didn't apply for a licence or anything but techically we were "married". It was only for a year and a day with an option for extension and when the option came up, we opted out by mutual agreement.(We actually jumped backwards over the broom...)

Were we "married"? Well, yes. That traditional ceremony is just as valid as any big church wedding. Was there a legal union? No. We hadn't decided if we wanted to go that route yet and, as it turned out, we didn't. Now, 30 years later, we're still friends. There was no big legal battle, no big division of 'stuff' (we were college kids- we didn't actually own anything!) and no reason to fight.

My ebay auctions did not yield me as much as I had hoped (I still want that nice new book press!) and I am considering going through my Bpal collection and destashing a lot of my rarer backup bottles. Storyville in particular- I don't wear it often but I wore it yesterday and while it's nice and I like it, there are things I like a lot more. I won't be selling any of the Dublin, October or Shivering Boy but there are some others that are not often seen that I could let go and let someone else have a chance at. Thoughts?

I did make enough money to get the leather and sewing supplies I need for The Flying Yorkshireman and a hardbound (and signed!) copy of Shards of Honor- I'm not sure what colour I want to bind it in. Perhaps Betan Survey tan? or would Barayarian black be more apropo? And I put in a bid for a hardbound copy of Beauty. That one I want to bind in rose leather, I already know and somehow bind Robin McKinley's letter to me (under my pen name) into it. I'm debating binding Rose Daughter as well as a matched set. And then there are all those Oz books... and green leather for me to bind them in which will be a pretty penny in and of itself!

In all events, I really do need another book press!

Day 7955

Jun. 19th, 2011 09:21 am
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How I am up so early, I'm not sure. Ok, it's not really early in the grand scheme of things... and it's not really early for me... but I stayed up late last night talking on the phone. Until 4 am. And I drank wine.

While I was on the phone, I finished decorating the binding for Stardust, took pictures, posted them and cleaned up all the mess. And then commenced ripping apart The Flying Yorkshireman. At no point was I lectured for inattention or making too much noise.

Obviously I was not on the phone with 80s.

He did call and I excused myself for 20 minutes... he wanted to pick a fight because he had called me earlier in the day and I had not called him back. Do what? Wow, dude- I hate arguments so I don't call you back when you're in fight mode and this gives you the right to call me names? Um, no. He hung up on me three times and when he called back after the third time, I let it go to the answering machine, picked it up and hung up as soon as he started speaking. He didn't try back until this morning and then it was to apologize. Took less than 10 minutes. I don't think he yet has the message that I'm done with the bullshit, the co-dependency attempts and all the rest of it. If he wants to call and talk to me nicely, great. If not, there are several other people I can talk to that are more pleasant conversationalists even when he is behaving himself.

Shredder is doing well- healing up nicely etc. I haven't seen her eating yet but she is purring when petted and I managed to get the first two doses of pain medicine in her with a minimum of stress on her part. She jumped up and ran off when she tasted it... I think it tastes nasty... but I didn't have to fight with her. I prefer that since I don't want to disturb her incision any more than necessary.

As I said earlier, I have torn apart The Flying Yorkshireman. It was more difficult than it had a right to be because the pages are so fragile they kept tearing in my hands. I am also going to have to figure out a numbering system to keep things straight in my head as I am not going to be able to just copy them- I am going to have to scan them, clean them up and then print them off on the archival paper I have now. So I don't waste paper, I need to remember which pages go on the back of which other pages and that will take some organization.

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Stardust!

Jun. 17th, 2011 10:16 pm
wren08: (love books)
I still have the back and the spine to do... but I wanted to show the front cover! The new technique works better than I had hoped....

starcover

Progress pictures )

I'll have to wait until tomorrow for the spine and the back- this takes awhile! Also? Sheepskin is very stretchy.

Day 7958

Jun. 16th, 2011 10:06 am
wren08: (Default)
This is the first of a four day weekend for me- yay!

Today I'm going to try and get all the chores done (except the cooking- that has to be done every day). Shredder has to go to Wally's Friends tomorrow morning and get picked up tomorrow afternoon.

Around the rest of it, I am planning to title A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and finish casing, title and decorate Stardust. I think I have the alternative gilding worked out- it works on the white kid leather but not too well on the blue sheepskin. I expect I need to prep the sheepskin in some way that I didn't have to for the kid- and I have to figure out what that way is. Maybe glair? It's used in tanning as well as gilding so it seems the obvious choice.

I'm also going to work on my quilt :D

Just some thoughts on bookbinding- I never realized how many different materials go into binding a book nor how many of them are subject to being eaten by insects. There's leather, linen or cotton cloth, linen string and paper and the adhesives are (typically) hide glue, flour paste and egg whites. It's amazing that any old books have survived with that kind of appetizing buffet!

Day 7961

Jun. 13th, 2011 05:40 pm
wren08: (love books)
This weekend was fun but tiring. I spent most of it talking on the phone with five different people, all of whom I tend to stay on the phone for hours with when I talk to because I love conversing with them. The only downside is that I was having to manage who I talked to, when and for how long without shorting anyone.

Tonight I am planning to clean out a work space in my work room for book binding and organize it and go to bed early. There is no plan to be on the telephone at any point in this plan. ("Well, what you plan and what takes place ain't ever exactly been similar...")

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At this point I looked at the clock, realized I was still in my bathrobe and it was time to walk out the door five minutes ago. Um, oops? I was still only 4 minutes late to work and only because I got behind a tree service vehicle.

I'm going to babble about books and binding now- ignore freely )

Day 7965

Jun. 9th, 2011 04:12 am
wren08: (Default)
Why am I up at 3am? I wish I had a good answer for that. I woke up about half an hour ago and was so rumpled up in my mind that I couldn't go back to sleep. My failing is that I trust people to do what they say they are going to do and then when they don't, I get upset. I was expecting a call from someone and, because they didn't, I'm disappointed and I think that's what's messing with my sleep.

I know it's juvenile to let someone's actions affect me so much but I just don't seem to be able to grow up and get over it. Grown up behaviour in general seems to escape me. That it seems to escape most of the rest of the world, doesn't help either.

Topic switch (or maybe not): This seems to be a bad year for relationships. I have had two people get back in touch with me that I have not talked to in a very long time- I think partly because they are both going through divorces. And then they vanished again. This gives me a couple of huge WTF? I'm beginning to get seriously annoyed at being the person that people call when horrible things happen and ignore when everything is going well. (Although I must not be nearly as much of a bitch as I've been accused of being recently if these people are calling me for comfort and advice when things are bad.)

With practice my edge gilding is getting better- I have discovered that the best cutting edge in the house for gilt is one of my good knives. Kids know this kind of thing instinctively- the 'good silver' serving spoon is always the very best sand shovel. I'm using the bamboo brush from the book repair kit that strangemodegirl generously sent me as a gilder's tip... I should dig in there and see if there is something that might work as a cutting edge too!

I hope that, if I ever get Neil Gaiman to sign this, he doesn't mind that it was an early attempt. I know I will be better with practice.

Day 7966

Jun. 8th, 2011 07:04 am
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I'm having some little trouble with gilding my page edges for Stardust. I think I used too much Armenian Bole and did not let it dry sufficiently before applying the glair. Fortunately, the only thing that this means is that I will have to reapply the glair and the silver this evening. Unfortunately, it cost me an entire leaf of silver and that stuff is not cheap. (Lots cheaper than gold... but still.)

I spent the rest of the night talking to Charles Summers. Since we haven't talked in the last decade, we've got a lot of catching up to do! His writing has really matured since last we spoke and he's done a lot more with the music as well. I have an appointment to talk with him more tonight that I'm really looking forward to.

Monday, I had a long talk with 80s which went well. I corrected his misconception that my mom was the one who made him move out and we are still talking, apparently. Previously he had told me that if I kicked him out of my house, he would not speak to me ever again but that does not seem to be the case. I find it worth of note that even discussing such a hot topic (and politics- upon which we do NOT agree) that we did not argue. This is a distinct improvement.

However, good conversation tends to keep me up too late and I foresee a pair of five hour energy drinks in my immediate future.

Day 7969

Jun. 5th, 2011 09:38 pm
wren08: (coffee)
46 - 51.


This really ought to count as five books.... so I will. I can't convince Goodreads of that, however.

I've had a lovely day- reading interspersed with exercises and a few leftover chores- all of which got done- and then cooking dinner. Poached chicken and a rice dish with broccoli, portabello mushrooms and cheddar cheese. Emily categorically refused to eat the rice dish so I made her a 5 minute chocolate cake so she wouldn't be going to bed with only chicken in her tum.

Yes, I spoil her. I spoil the animals too and it's just as well I don't have a mate as I would spoil one of those as well. She tells me that the cake is quite good.

After dinner I took apart my ARC copy of Stardust in preparation to binding it in a blue leather- by way of a dessert. It gave me a bit of problem as I am attempting to bind the covers into the book as part of it and they are peskily slippery. I'm also adding an illustration from Bpal's website simply because I love it to death. Next up will be tipping in the end papers. These will be in two pieces as the paper I want is just barely not wide enough. For that, I want a paper printed with a brick wall. (If you need an explanation of why I want that particular end paper, you need to read the book. Go and do so now.) I may actually get that done tonight... and then I'll be up to gilding the pages. Eek!

Day 7974

May. 31st, 2011 06:25 am
wren08: (Default)
I need to stop thinking about bookbinding- not so much the binding part of it as the tooling on the cover. There has got to be a simpler way to do what I want to do but I'm driving myself crazy thinking about it. Combined with the other current stresses in my life, it's just not good.

So for the next few weeks I'm going to quilt and read and try to get back to working out in the mornings. I'll let my subconscious work on this one for awhile.

Upon thinking about it, I think I will work on my Halloween Advent calender tonight- it shouldn't take me more than a night or two to finish and then that will be off my plate. I don't need any more mornings where I wake up at 4am and can't get back to sleep because I can't turn my mind off.

New Book!

May. 24th, 2011 08:23 pm
wren08: (love books)
Or at least new binding- made by me. Please remember that this is my very first practice binding and I know it isn't perfect... that takes more practice... but it is better!

Pictures! Because without pictures, it didn't happen... )

Day 7981

May. 23rd, 2011 05:44 am
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I forgot to eat yesterday. I don't mean I had nothing (there was pie!) but I forgot to make myself anything resembling a meal. This is a bit ridiculous, I am far too old for anyone to need to see to it that I get adequate food or adequate rest.

I did get my book press built. On the downside, the man who wrote the book gave adequate instructions... but they were wrong. On the up side, I managed to fix the inherent design flaws and make it work with a little help from 80s. I'm going to note the changes I would make in the instruction before I loan the book out. This does mean that I can move forward slowly on my binding projects- yay! I'll try to post a picture tonight.

Today is Emily's last day of school this year. She has to go back Wednesday to pick up her report card but that will be a pick up and come home. So, of course, she doesn't want to get out of bed. I'd be all ready to go see my friends one last time before summer, myself.

Day 7982

May. 22nd, 2011 10:43 am
wren08: (love books)
For most of the past week I've been a zombie- I don't know what's going on with me much. I feel like I have been plenty active... and chores and everything have gotten done... but mentally I feel like I've been vacant.

Part of this, I'm sure, comes from being a little obsessed with getting into rebinding books. I've been zoning out on the internet looking for the things I will need to do the projects I am envisioning. I also can't seem to pull it together with materials.
Babbling about books )

On the hairsticks, I have discovered that I need a larger bead cap to wrap around the bottom of the otter stone. Grumble.

Today I have planned to finish my book press and make pies. Specifically, a strawberry pie and a blueberry dream pie- owing to the fact that I bought several cups of strawberries and blueberries Friday for $2. (Working in a grocery has distinct advantages!)

Day 7692

May. 12th, 2011 05:15 am
wren08: (love books)
Wow- I got to bed last night a little before 10 and I feel so much better! I was up again by 4:30am because I knew if I tried to go back to sleep for that last half an hour, I would just lay there and stress about how I only had x many minutes before I had to get up. But I feel really quite well and rested which is a nice change!

Last night I watched the rest of the BBS's Study in Pink with Emily. I like their new take on Sherlock Holmes... but then I've never met a Holmes I didn't like at least somewhat. His self description of 'high-functioning sociopath' is as delightful as it is accurate and Watson is lovely.

At the moment, I am considering taking up bookbinding as a new hobby. Many of the books I would like to have in leather will never be put out in a fine edition but it would be simple enough, I think, to rebind or recover hardcover editions. The text block would already be worked up, I would just have to carefully remove the cover and recover the boards with a nice leather- and then add decoration- title and author on the spine, at least and possibly more. Does anyone have any experience with bookbinding? Is this a bad idea for reasons I'm not seeing? Other than the "I have more projects than time" issue, of course.

Scary!

May. 9th, 2011 10:04 pm
wren08: (hides)
Ringgold Tornado

This is the tornado that came so close to us as it was going through Ringgold.

In better news, I found the Chaucer I have been wanting. It's bound in leatherette instead of leather but considering that it's still a fascimile edition and at a price I can actually afford, I'm happy. I'll be even happier when it gets here!

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