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Staying busy

September 19th, 2018 at 03:38 pm

September is half over, and I continue to stay busy.

I feel really blessed to be retired. It enables me to have time to do a lot of things I wouldn't have had time to do.

We are still getting some tomatoes and bell peppers. I made and canned some more spaghetti sauce. I had given some to a friend for her pantry earlier.

Last year when I was making hats for our church group, I had leftover yarn that there wasn't enough to make another hat from, so I crocheted dish cloths. I have donated them to our church rummage sale. I know this may sound petty, but it kind of hurt my feelings when they only put a quarter each on them. I don't think they are worth tons, but at least 50 cents. But a quarter? The local thrift stores sell smaller ones that are just a mish mash of colors for $1 and I at least try to make mine pretty. Well, I decided this year I'm just going to make them for friends. That way I don't get my feelings hurt. I asked a couple of friends who like them if they would like some for stocking stuffers and they were grateful. So, I feel like I'm using up the yarn and it still does some good.

I have a bunch of rubber stamps. I decided to get them out and start using them again. I bought a blank ink pad and then stamped a design and then colored it with colored pencils. I can say I don't care for the stamp pad. It didn't really ink the stamp very well. Anyone have some suggestions?

We did spend some money, but hopefully it will benefit us in the long run. We paid a guy who does guttering to replace our downspouts with larger ones and to put gutter guards to hopefully keep leaves and debris out of the gutters. We had the money saved so it wasn't a debt inducing project. I called a company to come out and give us a quote on mending the ceiling in the family room where we had a leak a couple of months ago. They will have to patch it. We have popcorn ceilings and there is a small hole so it just isn't painting.

7 Responses to “Staying busy”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    I don't blame you for being hurt! Something that is handmade is worth more than a quarter. Probably the person who did the pricing didn't have any idea how to do it.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Thank you for the validation, CB!

  3. shiela Says:

    I need to learn some basic skills like canning and crocheting, I've tried knitting but it looked terrible and I can only make a scarf. These are skills that are dying unfortunately, less and less people are doing it these days.

  4. Wink Says:

    I'm sorry Rob, I think my feelings would have been hurt too. Unfortunately we seem to live in such a "throw away" society these days. True craftmanship just isn't valued like it used to be.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I can see why your feelings were hurt. Giving them to friends probably is a good idea.

    How much are you paying for the gutter project? This is something we really need to do ...

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, everyone, for the kind words. You are right, Wink, people don't value craftsmanship. Sheila, find someone who would be willing to teach you. Most crafters love to show others. You are right, for so many, it is a dying art.

    Frugaltexan75, the gutter guy charged $800. That was replacing all the downspouts and putting in gutter guards. He said the kind he put in didn't damage the shingles because it didn't go under them.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks Rob

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