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10:58 pm: last post for awhile
Well, I've watched episode 4 of Robin Hood; it's only the second I've seen.  It's ok, but not like what we watched in the 80s w/ Michael Whattzits.  I'm sure Cabell remembers his name.  He was replaced by Jason Connery, who was not overly impressive in the role.

Tomorrow I take a plane to Baltimore.  My ex-sister-in-law will meet me and take me back to her mother's house in PA, and the following day we will drive down to Princess Anne, MD.  The plan is to meet my sister & her family (& my brother), who are renting a house there.  I couldn't afford to fly my entire family out plus pay the $900 for a house for us for 4 days, so June & I are staying in a Ramada Inn in Salisbury, about 14 miles away.  This will give us some privacy.  At some point we will scatter my mother's ashes, or at least some of them.  I may keep some here in the ceramic box that my friend Julie made for me, which is decorated with lilacs, a flower Mummy was very fond of.  I was originally going to take the box w/ me but It's very heavy and I wouldn't want to put it in my checked bag in case it broke.  So it will just stay here.

I'm less than excited about this trip.  I would rather stay put and sew.  I'll only be gone 6 days, but then the week after I get back I have to report to 2 weeks of work , revising/re-writing the district Foreign Language curriculum.  And then it's off to New Orleans and possibly the Alabama beach and then to St. Paul to visit Sophie.  All very nice, but too busy for my taste.  At least I shouldn't have to get up at 5am until mid-August.  And then I'll have to get up at 5 for 9 solid months (weekends barely count they go by so fast).  Maybe I'll retire.

I did finish my skirt; got it hemmed and ironed last night.  I plan to wear it for the Scattering (Look, Mum, I actually made a presentable garment!).  My 2-hour skirt only took a week to make.  Of course, my machine was at Sally's house the whole time, and we only really had 3 sessions of sewing (or was it two?).  My next project is a top for which Sally & I (mostly Sally) designed a pattern, but I don't think I'll get it cut out before I leave tomorrow.  We have to leave here between 9:30 & 10:00.  I should get up around 7 to pack, shower, trim the fringe of the scarf I knit my sister-in-law last fall but didn't send her because I hadn't fringed it yet.  Now I have, but it's a tad uneven.  A quick fix, however, what with a rotary cutter and a ruled cutting pad.  Ah, the glories of modern sewing!

Tonight we had a few  people over for dinner.  I thought it up and Chef Eddie (aka Allen) executed it beautifully:  Pseudo Yucatan Pork w/ orange slices, 2 kinds of tortillas, a green salad & a bean salad (both brought by guests), and strawberries for dessert.   All well lubricated w/ red wine & beer.  It was a pleasant time.  Preparation in hot humidity, the muggy best of Swampeast Missouri, was not so pleasant:  After pouring pine cleaner on the bathroom floor I had to improvise, because the mop proceeded to decompose in the act of mopping.  It doesn't help that sections of the bathroom floor also seem to be decomposing.

And now I think I'll knit a bit on Sophie's thingie and maybe read a bit before going to sleep.  Have started Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen; pretty good so far.  See you in a week (even though the motel has free wireless Internet, i am one of the few members of my family not to have a laptop.  And, frankly, though I wouldn't mind having one, there are other things I want more.)

TTFN

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From:travspence
Date:June 26th, 2007 06:17 am (UTC)
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Take care and have a safe trip.
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From:cabell
Date:June 26th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
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It was Michael Praed on Robin of Sherwood, and I hate the new Robin Hood, especially Maid Marian. It is my least favorite Robin Hood ever. It's just BORING.
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From:binnielula
Date:July 1st, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
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I don't like Maid Marian either, but it's not utterly terrible.
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From:kicking_k
Date:June 29th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Now, what is a rotary cutter? I only have sewing shears...

Finishing my first ever skirt is on the plan for this weekend, but we'll see.
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From:binnielula
Date:July 1st, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)

rotary cutters

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A rotary cutter is a round VERY SHARP blade housed in a grippable handle. The blade is retractable, and everyone I've met who has talked to me about them says to ALWAYS be sure to retract the blade after making a cut. They are good for cutting straight lines (curves are much more difficult apparently) and you can cut through layers of material. I discovered that cutting through recycled silk yarn is fairly problematic, but I have cut other scarf trims very efficiently w/ the rotary cutter.
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