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April 2003

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Wednesday April 30, 2003 PM

It really smells like spring tonight. The locust trees and honeysuckle are in bloom. Years ago, I bought three very small honeysuckle vines and we planted them along the wire fence between the garden yard and the dog yard. Right after we planted them, the vines died back and the small sticks they had been packaged with were all we could see. We laughed all summer about how well the sticks were doing...well, now the vines form a huge mound of greenery, covering the fence and running probably  20 feet. They are truly lush! Jeffrey also got me an exotic honeysuckle with purple and magenta flowers a couple of years ago and it is blooming along the garden fence, beside the sidewalk. Meanwhile, the peonies are waist high and will probably start blooming this weekend!

I decided I needed one more Alphabet, a specialty alphabet, in the new book, so I'm working on that...along with the continuing focus on Following the Thread. However I do need to start designing my Hand Painted Canvas designs...sigh....

Have a happy First of May!
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Wednesday April 30, 2003 AM

Wow! I went to bed early last night and slept like a log for about 8+ hours. My idea of heaven! LOL

Lots to do ...and very little time...sigh....We are entering the 6 weeks before a trade show, always a hectic time. ;-(

I need to sit down and put together a master *To Do* list...with little items such as FINISH THE ALPHABET BOOK!!!!!!!! Yikes! I also need to get out my design notes and get cracking on new painted canvas designs....sigh....

So far, we've only lost 2 basil plants (I think they were damaged) and I hope to get things in the ground soon. Maybe we can take some time this weekend and prepare the garden. Hmmmm....

I'm heading out on errands today and I might check out Southern States and see if they have any interesting herbs. *VBG*

Have a happy rest of Wednesday!
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Monday April 28, 2003

Sorry for the delay publishing my Studio Notes, but my Internet connection wasn't cooperating last night, then we had a thunderstorm this AM....sigh........
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I was very amused today. I was emailing back and forth with one of my designer friends and she put a quick PS on one of them....*Go ahead and finish the Patriotic Lady! It wouldn't be taking advantage of the times* LOL Well, Ebeth is one of the people I ALWAYS listen to carefully, so I'm going to have to give it some thought. Part of the problem is that we have cut back on the number of Trade Show we are doing this year, and either I present them in June or I wait until January. It seems as though I do an awful lot of calendar juggling, although I love being the one who makes the decisions!

Jeffrey's Roast Chicken and Vegetables was WONDERFUL! I was good and didn't cheat and have it for lunch. He was gone for several days a few months ago and cooked up a large batch and I had it 2 meals each day...it was really good. I microwave it and Guido and Mam'selle guard it!

Have a happy Tuesday!
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Sunday April 27, 2003

I did Jeffrey a disservice yesterday...I neglected to mention that he spent the day binding ALL of the Alphabet books...and even got a blister! ;-(

Today, he fixed  one of my favorites for my dinner tomorrow - Roast Chicken and Vegetables. YUMMY! He does all of the cooking and shopping. I just microwave my breakfasts and lunches, and Guido and Mam'selle guard the food while it is cooking, in return for treats! LOL They also *help* when I do the dishes, for more treats!

I stayed up late tonight to finished the last of the Alphabet designs for the new book. That means that the book is about half done, and unfortunately, that was the interesting half...sigh....

I am on the horns of a dilemma regarding the June Trade Show...I need to buckle down to designing Painted Canvases. I have 2 Shady Ladies on paper. On a certain level, I'd describe these as two of the stronger designs in the series. One is a Patriotic Lady, but I've decided not to finish her, because I'm concerned about accusations of taking advantage of the times. She was designed quite a while ago, but I don't feel comfortable trying to market her. She just might remain a sketch forever. The other is a fun, dramatic dress, but I'm afraid that I have done the Shady Ladies to death...I'd be stitching her myself and need to start her soon, if I want to debut her at Columbus. I'm really waffling on this. Oh, well...Meanwhile, I have a number of Quilting friends who are nagging me to make the SLs into quilt designs! LOL

Anyway, no matter what, I need to get my painting butt in gear. *VBG*

Have a happy Monday!
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Saturday April 26, 2003 PM

It is officially Spring...Jeffrey has a construction project going on in the house. ;-)  He is building shelves in the laundry room, built into the otherwise wasted space of the knee wall, where the ceiling slopes down. Once he has that finished, Madge the Mangler (my much loved, very large and heavy vintage Iron-Rite ironer) will move around the corner from her current location in the upstairs hall and into the laundry.

I've been working on the Following the Thread project (is it just me or does this seem to be going on forever?) and making good progress.

I'm also working on the last Alphabets....sigh...

Have a happy Sunday!
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Saturday April 26, 2003 AM

Man, I can't believe that April is almost over!!!!! What happened???? I feel as though I'm in a time warp and everybody but me has figured it out and made allowances and adjustments, but I'm standing here with a silly look on my face saying *What day is it?* LOL

Jeffrey was off bright and early to bind the Alphabet books he picked up this week...and, the result of unexpected orders, I just finished placing another order with the printer....the kind of problem we all like to have! *VBG*  He is so sweet to spend his Saturday (and maybe part of Sunday) binding books for me. He has a good recorded book (one I haven't even listened to yet) and is cheerful! Who could ask for anything more? LOLOL

I have my work cut out for me today, trying to make up for the time I lost with the drunken and recently replaced trackball. I'm VERY happy to say that I much prefer the new one, anyway.

Have a happy rest of Saturday!
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Thursday April 24, 2003 PM

Many apologies for missed posts, but my trackball went on a 48 hour binge and ended up being demoted to the backup computer and a new trackball brought in for this computer. You know you've got problems when you're using 2 hands to move the cursor. We won't even discuss trying to work in my Charting software! YIKES!!! Fortunately, I'm thinking I like the new one better, so that's a good thing...meanwhile, I still haven't gotten the last Alphabets finished...sigh....

Jeffrey and I spent this evening hammering out a new floorplan for the kitchen. Every wall has a door (3) or a window (1) and it was a challenge. It is *interesting* but workable, and I think we'll be able to raise the dishwasher up on a large step, eliminating a lot of bending...one of my priorities!

So far I've been able to keep the basil and rosemary alive...if I can just keep them going until the weather is warm enough to plant them (fingers and toes crossed).
;-)

Have a happy Friday!
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Wednesday April 23, 2003 AM

Jeffrey is off to the printer to pick up the latest Alphabet book printing. Bless his heart, he does all of the binding...the result of a major crisis we had when I designed the first one (Alphabets - Elegant and Unusual, the pink one). I had spent a LOT of time creating the designs and then couldn't afford to have it printed and bound and still meet the wholesale price I had set...sigh.... YIKES! late one night, when I was about to throw in the towel and take it as a hard business lesson learned, he asked what it would cost for us (meaning him) to do the binding. I told him, but also said that I had priced binding machines earlier and we couldn't afford one at that time. He asked if I was sure, so I went and grabbed an Office Supply catalog and *mirabile dictu* , there was a sale going on, with a binding machine at 70% off and the sale ending in 4 days! Needless to say, I placed my order early the next morning. LOL

I recently asked Jeffrey if he wanted to know how many books he had bound and he just gave me one of those *husband* looks and said No! *VBG*

On that note, I am vowing to finish the last Alphabets today...no matter what!

Have a happy rest of Wednesday!
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Tuesday April 22, 2003 AM

We're having a cold snap (maybe 50ish LOL) so we decided we need to wait to put the house plants out for the summer. Meanwhile, Jeffrey discovered that the Wisteria in the back, on the fence and arch between the garden yard and the apartment yard, has a massive number of blooms (the good news) but they are hidden under the canopy of leaves (the bad news).

We've decided to have a garden this summer (we skipped last year) and bought 3 kinds of Basil, since Basil can be hard to find around here...now we just have to keep the little guys alive until it we can plant them. Rule of thumb around here is May 15, but we might try earlier and plan on covering the beds if necessary.

I'm re-working some of the *Following the Thread* paperwork, based on suggestions by Whitney, my usabilty expert. I'm having trouble looking at it with a fresh eye...sigh...although I know her suggestions are right on target! Getting it re-written is today's major task.  I also plan to work further on the eCommerce site and those last Alphabets. *VBG* 

Soooo, once more into the breech, my friend...or words to that efect! LOLOL

Have a great rest of Tuesday!
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Monday April 21, 2003 AM

I hope everyone had a safe and happy weekend.

My Mom called to tell me that my sister, the MBA, and her husband, used the turkey fryer we gave them for Christmas and fried a turkey for Easter dinner. They spend Easter with their best friends' so the other family provided a ham. I'm quite excited that the fryer was used...other than the Christmas Holidays when we were there and insisted! I guess they like it! LOLOL

One night, late last week, I was looking thru a country decorating magazine and saw a kitchen which had a sink unit made out of a big old Victorian side board. It was an electrifying moment, because I knew where to find a sideboard that was almost an exact match. Jeffrey and I had even discussed how, because it was soooo beat up (it had clearly resided in a barn for some time) one would not need feel any guilt for massively modifying it! LOL

Well, Saturday, we hightailed it over to the Peddler's Mall and had them call and get a price. $65!!!!! Less than a conventional sink cabinet! Needless to say, it is now sitting in the basement and Jeffrey has cleaned it up. It will need work, but first we have to agree on a floorplan for the kitchen! *VBG*

I'm excited about this because we need to re-do the kitchen as economically (read CHEAP) as possible and the kitchen in our 100yr old house still has the wood floor and wainscoting and will be beautiful in a funky/country/sophisticated way! I'm hoping to spend this year planning and acquiring and next summer implementing. We'll see how it goes, since Jeffrey tends to get impatient and dive right in!

Meanwhile, I'm plugging away on the eCommerce site I run and on the *Following the Thread* project. ;-) I still have to finish those last two Alphabets, as well...sigh..... This should be a busy, but constructive week, I hope!

Have a happy, rest of Monday!
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Friday April 18, 2003 PM

This is performance week for Jeffrey's current production, which means that Jeffrey has to be in his office all evening, but doesn't have a lot to do. Thus, he has been playing his silly computer game...and made it to a new level, where his character acquired a *Familiar*...a *Shadow Mastiff*!!!! He says its just like being home, every move he makes involves a large dog getting in the way. Apparently the *Shadow Mastiff* is dark like Guido, but spends a lot of time growling and showing his teeth. Guido shows his pearly whites, but usually when he is grinning, unless you are making a delivery! LOL It would seem that the *Shadow Mastiff* is not the snuggle-bunny/bed dog that Guido is!

The weather has been beautiful, but I've been inside. ;-( Somehow, this has to stop! I need to get up off of my duff and start walking...Guido could use the exercise, as well!

I'm plodding along on the last Alphabets...sigh....

Tonight was *Tremors* on the Sci-Fi Channel, my favorite non-forensic show! I almost forgot to watch! YIKES!!!!! *VBG*

Have a happy Saturday!

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Thursday April 17, 2003 PM

I only have 2 Alphabets left for the book...but of course, they are tedious. I'm going to work a bit later tonight and then try to finish them tomorrow. My new dual monitor set-up made a lot of the work much faster and efficient. The next big step is doing the graphs for the pages and the page layouts. I'm hoping the dual monitors will prove as useful for that half of the book. ;-)

Jeffrey likes to make up dog songs, and then sing them to said canines. Tonight, as we got back from a late night foray to the Great Wall (WalMart) we could see 2 large heads in the glass door, prompting  a rendition of *Two Dogs in the Doorway* warbled to the tune of *Three Coins in a Fountain*. LOLOL

I'm looking forward to getting all of my sorry houseplants out into the yard. We don't have good light for them, so they always come out of winter looking pretty bad. ;-(

We put them on the front steps and down the front walk and they summer well. Here in KY, the rule of thumb is May 15, but I might take a gamble and put them out in early May, then watch the weather and bring them in, if necessary.

Well, back to Alphabetting!

Have a happy Friday!
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Wednesday April 16, 2003 PM

More alphabets...I design and listen to my recorded book! *VBG*

If I keep this up, I should have just about everything designed and I'll be able to take break before re-evaluating the designs. I prefer to work ahead and then go back and look at things with a fresh eye. In theatre design, everything happened on a tight schedule, and I think designs are MUCH better when you can take your time and go back to them later. While I do a tremendous amount of designing in a year, for the most part, schedules are set far enough in advance that I rarely have to rush...it is one of the things I like best about designing NW.

I took a peek tonight and could see a tail, sticking out from the nest in the Wisteria. I didn't want to disturb her so I didn't look more closely, but Jeffrey thinks it is a Robin.

I've managed to get myself into a *stay up late* work mode. I'm trying to break out of it. I'd much rather get up early and get lots done early in the day. I'll just have to keep switching over my schedule.

Have a happy Thursday!
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Tuesday April 15, 2003 PM

I went into overdrive today, working on alphabets for the new book. I have about 34 alphabets designed. I'd like to finish the designing this week and then let them sit for a week or so and before going back and looking at them with a critical eye, making sure that they aren't too similar to designs in any of the other books, that there is enough variety, etc. Once the alphabets are designed, the next big task is the page layout...sigh....

Jeffrey's lilacs are beautiful this year. He is really enjoying them.

I'm working steadily on the *Following the Thread* project, trying to do at least a little bit every day. I'm also slowly recovering from the big puter melt down and organizing how to back everything up so I'm ready the next time I have a crash. I'm putting a lot of thought and effort into it. One of the big problems was losing fonts. I now have a folder within each document folder where I put copies of any of the fonts that were used in those documents. I hope this will simplify things down the road. The *Following the Thread* project will be generating massive files and I'm trying to plan ahead for that, using the same strategy.

Now that the weather is getting warmer, we've set up the dog fan in our bedroom. It is a large box fan that sits on the floor for Guido to sleep in front of, and keep cool. He starts the night on the bed but quickly moves back down to sleep in front of the fan, giving us room to stretch out! *VBG*

Have a great Wednesday!
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Monday April 14, 2003 PM

I think Spring may finally be here. The peonies (my favorites) are knee high. We have them in the side yard, many of them donations from one of Jeffrey's students several years ago. My Aunt and Uncle live in the house my Grandfather built in the 1960s. He moved many peonies from his 2 previous houses and he had originally gotten them from an old woman who died in the 1930s and had had them for may years, so I'd say there is a strong possibility that those plants are 100+ years old, easily. I find that an incredible concept. Jeffrey and I laugh because he had peonies in the yard of his first house, but didn't know what they were so he just mowed them down, for years! LOLOL Now they are cherished and appreciated!

We have birds nesting in the *Mysteria* on the front porch. Jeffrey thinks they are Robins, but we've haven't gotten a clear look yet. It is actually *Wisteria*, but acquired its nickname after many years of waiting for it to bloom. We had about decided that we had purchased some other plant, when it finally, reluctantly bloomed. Actually, I think it is a sun/shade issue since the *Wisteria* in the back yard bloomed very quickly. ;-)

I'm 26 Alphabets into the new book, but after the Alphabets are designed, I have to layout charts for each page and then design the pages in WordPerfect, a process just about as time consuming as the actual designing.

Meanwhile, I plugging away at *Following the Thread*. It is a big project, but the (many) pieces seem to be falling into place. *VBG*

I hope no one is stressing too badly about *Taxes*. I'm relieved we got ours all taken care of, and as usual, I'm resolving to try to do it sooner, next year! LOL

Have a happy Tuesday!
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Sunday April 13, 2003 PM

We have a large Flea Market/Antique Mall in town. When we have a chance, Jeffrey and I like to check it out fairly regularly. Over the past several weeks there had been a pair of lovely needlepoint side chairs in one booth. I loved them but couldn't afford them, even supposing there was room to put them....understand that the front hall of our lovely old house is a warehouse for Alphabet books, canvases, and boxes of trade show supplies....sigh....

The chairs looked as though they had been stitched in the seventies...the motif was a traditional floral but the background color was a rich chocolate brown. I'd guess that the two chairs were together for 25+ years easily. Well, last week we looked in that booth and discovered that ONE of the chairs was gone, apparently purchased. I am very upset that they were separated! I realize that it is completely irrational, but it seems as though twins have been torn asunder.

This week the second chair was also gone, so I suppose that they have each found homes, but I still find myself haunted by the thought that they were separated, after being a matched set for so long....What can I say, dolls with plastic bags over their heads bother me also....;-)

I've reached the half way mark for designing the Alphabets for the new book! YAY!!!!!! I need to just keep plugging away. I'm listening to an Alex Delaware novel now! *VBG*

Have a happy Monday!
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Saturday April 12, 2003 PM

It is so late, but I'm on a roll with Alphabets AND the last tape of Stephanie Plum...I'm not sure I'll be a good girl and go to bed...I might have to stay up and hear the rest of the book...Ranger is in this book alot....WOOF!! LOL  I don't usually go for bad boys but I might have to make an exception. Jeffrey won't mind...we're are VERY monogamous, but we have an exception for fictional characters! LOLOLOL

Meanwhile, I've got 4-6 new Alphabets.*VBG*

Have a happy Sunday!

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Friday April 11, 2003 PM

I worked a little bit on the Alphabet book today. I'm at the stage where they all look alike and uninteresting...sigh...It isn't exactly *designer's block* more like *designer's ennui* LOL

I'm listening to a Stephanie Plum mystery and will probably get inspired to try some new Alphabets this weekend...that is my usual pattern when I'm in alphabet mode!

I'm working on a major re-do for the eCommerce site I run. It is a daunting job. I have probably 500+ canvases to add to the site and others that I'll be removing. I'm trying to figure out an efficient way to handle a really big job. ;-) Tomorrow I'm going to sit down with all of the lists and just work out the logistics.

Another birdless day...I'm happy to say. Please keep your fingers crossed that it stays that way.

Jeffrey is going to spend tomorrow working around the house, which will be great. He has dress rehearsal on Sunday, so he'll be working and I always work, or so it seems. *VBG* I think it's that darn *Theatre Work Ethic* Work, work, work...I would go bonkers if I had a 9-5 job!

Have a happy Saturday!

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Thursday April 10, 2003 PM

I did a bit of work on Following the Thread today...odds and ends, including figuring out a new piece of equipment. We're trying to solve some technical problems. Meanwhile I'm getting more and more excited!

No stray birds today. I'm hoping we can get it down to just one or two a month! LOL I wish I knew how they were getting in. I have a theory, but I haven't had the intestinal fortitude to explore up in the attic and see it my theory is right. Just remember, it is all part of the charm of an old house! (Yeah, right!)

Guido spends much time sitting and looking out the front door. When he was little (and he was, relatively speaking, long, long ago) we got into the habit of calling it *Puppy TV*. Today, Jeffrey cleaned off the lower parts of the window, so that the *PuppyTV* screen was less obscured by smears of varying kinds. Guido was quite appreciative.

I worked a little bit on another Alphabet for the new Blue book. I just keep plugging away and then every now and then stop and count how many I've completed. That way, I can be pleasantly surprised! I'm about due for another flurry of work so that I can get another 4-6 ready. June is coming faaaasssssttttt!!!!!

Have a happy Friday!
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Wednesday April 9, 2003 PM

We got our taxes all dealt with yesterday...a bit later that normal...but at least they were finished before the big day! LOL

I feel as though I'm finally making headway with the technical end of *Following the Thread*. I have a lot of stuff to look at tonight, but at first glance it looked as though it might answer a lot of the questions I've had...please keep your fingers crossed.

I had to chase another bird out the front door today...I now can distinguish Guido's *there's a bird in the house* woof from some of his other woofs. I'm not sure that that's a good thing! ;-)

I have really been enjoying CourtTV, now that the cable company has everything straightened out. I don't watch a lot of TV during the day (I actually work, most of the time! LOL) but when I'm in *hurry up and wait* mode such as waiting for stuff to print, I'll turn it on.

Another Blue Book Alphabet down, actually 2, since upper and lower case are counted separately, I need to just keep plugging away, 26 letters at a time! *VBG*.

I need to get back to work on Mom's surprise. I doubt that I'll have it for Mother's Day, but I should be good for her birthday this summer. We'll see.

Have a happy Thursday.
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Monday April 7, 2003 PM

Well, I pretty much got caught up with the accounting program...sigh.... and I lived to tell about it! ;-)

A couple of local funnies...our local cable company, in it's infinite wisdom, chose April 1st to revamp the programming. I happened to be watching at 2AM when they went off the air (don't ask) and was on at 6AM (don't ask about that either...what can I say, I need a life)  when they had CNN and the Weather Channel and everything else was pretty much missing. Anyway, a local radio DJ told everybody that morning that you needed to take your old cable box and return it for a new one...and 220+ people showed up at the cable offices.

Meanwhile, Susan (of the recently painted *Light Brick, don't say Peach in front of Walt* living room) was at a Chamber of Commerce meeting and was amused to hear all of the affluent local business folks who thought they had missed paying their cable bills and had their service turned off! *VBG*

Spring has sprung here in the bluegrass and Jeffrey's beloved Lilacs are blooming nicely...with no yelling on his part!

Peg and I talked about our Krause book and realized that we needed to revise our schedule. All is well and should go fine.

I worked a little bit on the Blue Alphabet book...will do more tomorrow, while I listen to a recorded Stephanie Plum. I LOVE recorded books!

Have a happy Tuesday!

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Sunday April 6, 2003 PM

Fair warning...We're entering thunderstorm season here in KY. That means that the computer gets completely unplugged, if there is ANY danger of lightning. As a result, my postings may become erratic. Don't worry! As an example, I had everything unplugged for about 5 hours today. ;-)

Happy Daylight Savings time. Jeffrey hates it and complains loud and long so my strategy is to wait until about 10PM on the big day to remind him. That way, I only have to listen thru the *after the fact* complaining, and miss the *before the fact* griping. *VBG*

I'm still working on getting the accounting program back up to date. Since I now have a working CD-RW (part of the extravagant, new puter system) I'm a backup fiend!

We had a great time Saturday, helping Susan paint her living room and dining room. The fireplace wall and one wall in the dining room are a *light brick* (We don't say *peach* in front of Susan's husband, Walt) and the other walls are a lovely white called linen. I think it looks great! Makes me want to do something around here, but we have soooo much TB-DN stuff everywhere, it is really overwhelming. Now Susan and I are planning something for the wall behind the bed in their bedroom. Shhhhh....don't tell Walt. We could easily do it in an afternoon, so I'm suggesting that we do it one day when he is busy. *WEG*

Have a happy Monday!
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Friday April 4, 2003 PM

The Blue Alphabet book is coming along nicely. I have almost half of the Alphabets designed...which translates into about 25-30% of the work. I find all of the page layout and planning can equal almost as much time and effort as the designing, and is MUCH more tedious! ;-)

I finished the Alex Delaware novel I've been listening to and started a Stephanie Plum mystery. I enjoy listening while I do the detail work when I'm designing Alphabets.

I'm continuing work on the *Following the Thread* project. It is an incredible amount of detail and I'm trying to get it organized in a logical manner as I go along, so I don't get swamped in minutia later on.

Meanwhile my friend, Judie, another designer, has FINALLY gotten online (I've been nagging her to do it for ages). She is going nuts with all of the information and opportunities she is finding...and has become the *Queen of Online Searches*! LOL

Have a happy Saturday!
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Thursday April 3, 2003 PM

Today I spent most of the day preparing photos to go on the eCommerce site I run for a good friend. I had so many files and so much to do, it really forced me to figure out how to use the software to it's full extent! Love that *Batch Conversion* LOL

It was a gorgeous day here...I really need to start taking Guido for walks. I know that we would both enjoy it. Jeffrey has been pretty good about riding his new bike to work. I should take a leaf out of his book. ;-)

I plan to get back to the new alphabet book tomorrow. I'm listening to a great recorded book, an Alex Delaware novel, and I just need to settle down and get focused.

Our atomic clock is still on early daylight saving time...I guess that says something about the advances of modern technology.

Have a happy Friday!
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Wednesday April 2, 2003 PM

Today was pretty good. My computer guru came over and got the *other* computer (of the previously mentioned meltdown) ready to be set up as our back up computer. Jeffrey is shopping for a sound card for it...for his games. ;-)

I've gotten most of the accting stuff put back in (lost in the previously mentioned meltdown). Thank goodness for hard copies.

We got our first order for the Keepsake Needlework catalog today. *VBG* I had to laugh when they offered to send me letters of reference, since I have spent sooooo much on goodies from their Quilting catalog! I figure this order is just payback. LOL

Jeffery brought home a new TV remote and got it set up. We're leaving the Closed Captioning up, having decided we like it.

I think I finally found info I was looking for on the Microsoft site...no small task, considering the size and scope of the info available. I do, however, think they need to work on organization a bit more. *VBG*

All in all, it was a pretty good day.

Have a happy Thursday!
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Wednesday April 2, 2003 AM

Yesterday ended up having a TV theme. First, our cable went out in the middle of the night. When I was up early on Tuesday morning, it became clear that the cable folks were in the midst of a make over. I could find CNN and the Weather Channel but HGTV was AWOL!  Finally at dinner time, we set the TV to reprogram itself and HGTV reappeared, next to...Court TV! I'm thrilled. We also have a bunch more new channels, but Court TV is the one I'm most excited about. Meanwhile, we (somehow) ended up with the Close Caption enabled. We're not sure how to turn it off, but I'm discovering I rather enjoy it. One of the most interesting things is keeping track of which products seem to find Close Captioning important and which products don't bother. Things that make you go Hmmmmm.....

In keeping with the TV theme, the remote finally died. It had been in bad shape for quite a while, requiring numerous sharp taps (well, OK I confess, pretty hard bangs, actually) on the edge of the antique mission library table. Tonight, it became apparent that it has died. Jeffrey is going to try to pick one up tomorrow. Amazingly, this is the first one in a looong time that wasn't eaten. Usually, they only survive 9-10 months before becoming a snack...Mastiffs consider them nicely crunchy, and maybe salty?

Have a happy Wednesday!
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Tuesday April 1, 2003 AM

Just a reminder, today (Tuesday) is April Fool's Day and Jennifer A-S has her April Fool dragon chart up only for today. I checked it out and it is adorable! Be sure you get a copy! LOL

Peeps are in the stores now...so I guess it is officially Spring. I was reading a discussion on one of the boards...fresh or stale. Needless to say, stale was the overwhelming favorite, the main question regarding degree of staleness.

In my previous life, I jobbed in at a sign shop/convention display company and the ritual there was to nail the first peep of Spring to the paint shop wall. After a while, they seem to petrify. When I was there, the trophies extended back 5 or 6 years. Ah, sweet memories...

I have to tackle my accounting program tomorrow and recreate the records that were lost in the meltdown...sigh....I have hard copies, it's just frustrating and tedious. Oh well, it could be a LOT worse.
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Be careful and try not to fall for any tricks!

Have a happy Tuesday!
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Tuesday PM March 30, 2004

Guido is sooo cute...and has me soooo well trained! LOLOL

He helps me in the kitchen...when I do dishes, he lies on the floor stretched out behind me, when I run the microwave, he guards it carefully...when I go to get a snack, he trots down the hall behind me...and has me trained to give him a cookie each time ...sigh... we buy small dog treats so he isn't getting terribly fat, but boy, do I feel like a sucker! Just call me Pavlov!

It is cooler her today and we are entering T'storm season which will last until next winter... Because the house is so old, I unplug everything during storms, which mean that my computer use and internet access may get spotty...if there is a break in my posts, you might check Central KY on the weather channel...
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Have a safe and happy Wednesday!
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