Mercury Retrograde and Being a Pain

Hemp Cotton Knit Dyed Fabric

I like doing this stuff, you know. Messing with colors, sprinkling on dyes and saturating the cloth with soda ash …………….. waiting FOREVER to see what it looks like – I love it.

Then I like actually DOING something with the fabric. I’ve been on a garment sewing kick since 2008 when I bought my Bernina – then sold my Bernina for food in 2014 – then bought another Bernina in 2021 ………………. after I bought a Bernette, which was good, but ………………….. not a Bernina.

Unfortunately, I am easily distracted from spending a day in the sewing room. I’m a farm wife – did I tell you that? And being a farm wife, to a farmer who needs a teensy bit more attention than I’ve ever been used to giving ANYONE except maybe my son when he was a newborn, LOL, you get the picture here.

My days involve an hour or two on the computer, fix breakfast, make the bed, do the dishes, start the wash if the laundry room floor is covered with clothes ……………….. I forgot. First thing I do is feed the cat and make my coffee, and believe me the cat gets annoyed if she has to wait. Sort of like her Dad ……………………

The look I get when I try to read my pattern, underneath her fuzzy butt

She’s a sweetie and a half, but she has this horrible habit of walking on The Shepherd all night long while he’s trying to sleep. There’s an open window right by his head and Imogene thinks being in the window is cool, but then it is cool so she walks back down to the foot of the bed to take a rest. Unfortunately, she walks on Dad’s head ……………….

He’s not a pet in the house kind of person anyway and he only agreed to let me get a kitty because I was so sad when Lionel and Archie had to be put to sleep. They were outdoor cats that were dumped on The Shepherd by an in-law. Nothing wrong with that, I guess, but The Shepherd didn’t love having them in the house ……………… so out they went. And it’s blinking cold up here in the winter! I felt awful for them. So I told him he was going to have to put up with my cat INSIDE all the time. I’m not going to let a coyote or fox get my kitty.

I finally got a couple hours and got this started the other day.

Style Arc May Shirt

I like it so far. I’m going to do something about the floppy neckline. I don’t know what, maybe tack it or put some kind of rosette or something. Not sure I can see an ornament on my cleavage …………… we’ll see. Next time I will use interfacing in the neckline. Why I didn’t think of that before, I don’t know. I may still do it ………………. rip rip rip.

I still have two more pieces of fabric I dyed to play with. One is going to be wide legged pants …………………. I’m loving those. And the other? Maybe a maxi dress which I will wear as a nightgown/lounge kind of thing.

And I have a reading to do ……………….. one of my old clients from Detroit needs an astrology reading, which I don’t mind doing at all – except Mercury is retrograde now until June 22 …………. I won’t do it until the 25th or so ………………. giving pesky old Mercury a chance to station and go direct …….

Typically, Mercury decided to hit the farm during the retrograde. You should have heard The Shepherd waxing hysterical about why he should never have bought this place, about how much money he wasted raising sheep, how he wanted a piece of land with a new barn but somebody got it before he did ………………… how he wants to get the hell out of here because everything costs an arm and a leg …………………… See, the mower broke. And the floodgates opened up and all hell broke loose. Probably because it’s taken a week to get the spindle that split while going over a rock, then the blades which were all bent out of shape and Amazon’s idea of prime is 2 to 4 weeks now …………. Seriously, who can put up with that?????????????????? I’m way sick of it myself. I pay way too much money to them so that I can get stuff in a week to ten days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So anyway, he got it fixed and he’s been mowing for a couple of hours. There’s places here where it’s 18″ high and I’m sure he’s having a blast with that!

And what am I doing besides going to town and getting paint for the sitting room so we can 1) paint 2) put in a hardwood floor 3) stain said floor 4) put in a new wood stove and 5) relax.

He was going to have a friend help him with planing the wood but said friend didn’t seem too excited about the whole thing so he’s nominated someone else to help him haul the boards around and guess who that is??????????????????????? Yep, that would be ME – the ME that won’t get into the sewing room to do anything until those damned boards are planed …………….. and then what will he decide I can use my time on? God knows.

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