April 18th, 2018


I have storage cabinets at either end of my terrace. They are hidden behind curtains. The last time I updated the curtains, I used painters cloth. 9x12. The 9 feet was just a little short of what I needed but it worked. Over the course of time and weather, the curtains have shrunk. Now they look like the pants of a 12 year old boy after a growth spurt.

Changing them out is not something I can do easily by myself which is one of the reasons I haven't done anything about it. Lazy is another. But I'm on it now. I got out my pencil and paper last night and did some massive arithmetic to nail down exactly what length and width I needed and how best/cheapest to get that done.

Bigger painters cloth would cost about $100 for the terrace. Buying the muslin and doing the hemming myself would cost about $70.

The rod to floor measurement is 109 inches. The side to side is a little over 5 feet (60") so I need about 80 inches or so. What's up there now is about 8 feet (96") by 11+ feet (132").

So... for those of you (everyone, I'm sure) brighter than me, can easily see that the trick is to just rotate the current curtains. Unhang them, rotate one turn and rehang.

Cost would be $0. Doh to the max. Time to break out the ladder and get to work. They also need to be washed. Project!

On the same day I was being a curtain idiot, I may have, accidently, turned into a pants genius.

I used my regular pattern but tweaked it so that I could cut out one pair of pants from a yard of fabric instead of the two yards my pattern uses. The result was a perfectly fitting and comfortable pair of pants that are nicely slim without being leggings. I love them! And they cost me half the fabric. I'm wearing them today to make sure they are as flawless as I think they are. If they test well, I'm going to churn out a bunch.

Today is house cleaner day. So while she's here making my house sparkle, I'll be out getting gas, Diet Dr. Pepper, maybe checking out Goodwill and doing a grocery run. I have a list. Now, if I can only remember to check it.

done done and it's barely noon

My house cleaner has been bringing me food - sometimes a sandwich and sometimes little casseroles. Sometimes they are pretty good but mostly not my thing. But today, she brought me a dozen eggs from her chickens. Blue and brown and white and beautiful. I was so excited she decided she would start doing this every time. "You no buy eggs ever again, ok?" OK!!!

I didn't go to Goodwill. I needed gas and a car wash so I went to Costco and got gas and a car wash and then thought... hmmm before I go to the grocery, I should get something to eat. So I went in and got a hot dog. $1.50 plus $125 that I bought in other stuff. Note to self. Lunch is cheaper at McD's.

So back home, I hauled all the stuff up here. I divided up the chicken soup into 5 individual containers and put it in the freezer. I cut the steaks up into 8 dinner sized pieces and put them in the freezer. I put everything else away. I have a load of trash waiting to go down to the recycle bin when I go to get the mail.

Before all that I got a jacket mostly made - my favorite pattern, different fabric. And ordered up drugs for the next quarter. Oh and sent an email to fabrics.com about the wrong fabric they sent me.

Oh and I ran into whacko next door neighbor and his husband in the elevator this morning. They have a new puppy. I mean brand new - like 6 weeks old - a pug. Named Winston (or wilson? I need to ask). And he is the cutest thing in the entire world. I mean just so cute it hurts. I may become a dog napper.