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2017 appears to be starting off on the right foot at least.  I remember last year, I started by getting the flu that was going around - TWICE.  Things never quite picked up after that.

This year, I hope things are better, both in general and for personal health/ house health/ etc.


potion no. 9 especially )


i'm gonna make this house my home )


i will get things to grow, darnit! )


and i'll have a pretty yard! )


i especially want to improve arch-ing )


i'm really trying to finish old stuff before starting new stuff. really. )

i promise this year will be better! )


i expect to nail this one again... watch me fall on my face )


tum-te-tum-tum - hey, donuts! )


ah, the sweet sounds of saws! )


alms for the poor? anyone? )

So, a final note here - especially with the fannish things and trying to keep up community journals and things, I think the home PC being set up will help a lot.  I've already mentioned the advantages of the pilates up there. :)

-boogieshoes, busy as a beaver
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So, I'm not too late on round-up and to-do lists this year. I finally got around to setting up the office, and this figures into my 'done it' file. Poor Abbie (my dog) is sitting next to me wishing i was sitting on the couch, instead of said office...

Anyway, on to the listy!

household maintenance is expensive! )

*dusts off the house update list* )

This is purely the section for the partierre garden. )

$50/mo doesn't go far )

the SCA is awesome! )

look, i finished stuff! now i have to finish it, lol )

still in mag7 honeymoon... and still biting off more than i can chew here... )

i nailed this one! )

I've always said flexibility is over-rated... )

*runs away screaming* )

*sighs sorrowfully at the wishlist* )

and that's all she wrote today. my wrists have been getting pretty sore lately, probably carpal tunnel or arthritis, so the 2017 To-Done is going to have to wait for another day. Probably tomorrow, since I don't want to lose momentum. In Feb, at my normal check-up, I'm going to ask doc about my wrists, though...

I survived 2016, which turned out to be a shitty year for a lot of people. My hope for us all is that 2017 is much better. We need much better in our lives. And I'm not talking politics, I'm talking good jobs, good friends surviving, and good family of choice loving us. So 2017, take my advice: take off your pants, and slide on the ice!

-boogieshoes, wishing everyone a happy new year
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I'm finally getting around to doing this post, which is one of only 2 posts I try to make certain I do.  The other post is, of course, the yearly round-up.  So it's with mild guilt that I realize I've not posted this until nearly Feb.

Deck the halls of the house with folly... )

Mary Mary quite contrary... )

Yarding by the Garden.... )

Middle Ages Mash-ups )

Stitchy Woman... )

I swear I will be fan-active! .... someday )

bills bills bills )

Personal ADMIN:
  1) Organize household items, including
       a) disaster kit
  2) Transfer data from old laptops to PC, when i get it.
  3) Make the database for my library
  4) File rest of bills from 2012 – and now, also 2013!... and now 2014...2015...
  5) Convert VHS and audio tapes to updated platforms. (Contingent on buying platform converters)
  6) Make a list of cyclical maintenance duties and times due.
9) pay good chunk of personal CC

to my health! )

Furniture Fair (-y Tale) )

Wishlist )

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It's taken me longer than normal to do the goals post for 2015. The large part of this is that I've been sick. In fact, I'm sick again as I write this. However, this too, shall pass, and it's time to get busy.

Maintaining the Manor )

Updating the manor )

SCA Garden )

Keeping up with the Joneses )

SCA life )

Stitching Crazy )

Fanlife goals )

Administrative duties )

Health is a priority )

One day, I will finish this chair! )

My Greed List )
-boogie the busy
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The To-Do List is undergoing a lot of changes from the 2013 version, mostly based on lessons learned, and with a goal to keeping better track of all the things I *really* do, which don’t always get put on the list.  The better I know how much I actually do, the less I feel like a slacker when things on this list don’t get done.

the house that boogie built )

Rosemary's Garden... )

SCA where my heart lies )

Mmmm, counted embroidery )

This is not the canon you're looking for... )

Now serving customer #1 )

I shall have my health )

BS the Carpenter )


-bs, busy as a bee

ETA1: 22 Mar, first major update
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does anyone use garden planning software? or a home and garden designer software like the Punch! series, or the stuff by Chief Architect? anyone got a preference?

i used the old graph paper and pencil method, but i'd like to have some things automated if i could - like generating a planting calender for my zone. problem: i'm trying to do a formal garden in a sq ft garden-size plot. this works out well on paper, but i've yet to find a piece of freeware that works at all for it. and i'm hesitant to drop a bunch of money on software when it may or may not be applicable to my needs.

the freeware plant libraries tend to be too small, or the graphics don't resize, or the grid doesn't resize, or whatever. the $$-d stuff mostly seems to be aimed at home renovation, not gardening.

so basically, i'm looking for some reviews.

-bs, beginner gardener
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... that's the only explanation i can think of for the zucchini on the counter. it's a good 2.5 thick and 8 inches long. the damned thing looks like the manga entry into Capt Schlong's Long Dong contest....

-bs, slightly afraid...
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So it’s mostly good news at Chez Boogs. Abbie and I had our vet appointments recently, and health ratings are up.

Abs gained 15 lbs, I lost 2 lbs from the last visit, for a total of 10 lbs weight loss – slow and steady wins the race. I also realized I lost two pants sizes, from size 24 (US) to 20 (also US). First time I’ve enjoyed shopping in a long time.

I have a heart rate of 78 BPM; Abbie’s is ‘hey, wait, I’m not finished taking your pulse yet!’.

My Blood Pressure is 123/81, Abbie’s is ‘yeah, whatever.’ (It’s so hard being a dog).

And I don’t have heart worms, and am up on my rabies, shots, and Abbie’s had her flu shots, so that’s all good, too.

I’ve been trying to focus on sticking a little better to my low-carb high-fat diet, and I can see and feel a difference.

tmi part )

house goes and woes )

the garden giveth... surprisingly well! )

-bs, free and easy on the road I go
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so, just a general update as i go along, to keep people in the loop of my life.

the awesome: I have green things in my garden!  it's pretty cool.  as much as i tend to be unable to keep things *alive* once they've sprouted, it's always fun to watch those seedling sprout and grow.

the good: i'm going to gulf wars (SCA event), and the tent should be fine, and i'm building a bed 'kit' so i don't sleep on the ground.  i'm excited, and it's going to be fun!

the bad:  some of the roofing shingles are coming loose, and i need to get that repaired.  total cost: $130 for shingles and labor.  not so bad.

the ugly:  when the roofer came out, he told me i'd have to replace my entire roof in 6mos to a year - this is a wear and tear issue aggravated in part by the fact that there's no wind or sun blocks whatsoever out here.  now, the no trees thing is in part because there's a big advantage to having nothing around to fall into your house should a hurricane come by.  otoh, hurricane...  guesstimate - because the roofer hadn't measured the roof yet, and you can't pin down the price of shingles until you order them - is $6-7000.  I'll have to put that off a few months until i can save up for it.  i'll be getting a 'standard 20-yr roof', which as the roofer said, should last 10-15 years in Mobile.  yay local weather.  i could pay a premium for higher-grade shingles, but those will wear out earlier than they're 'supposed' to, as well.  ah, well.

at least i have a goal to save up for.  and GW after this year should be much less expensive than last year.

-bs, happy homeowner
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So I think I will end up rolling over most of the 2013 list straight to the 2014 list.  Part of that is the result of unexpected trips to Germany and Lenexa for work, and part of that is that I under-estimated how much stuff I could do on the house, regarding energy levels and actual monetary levels.

General Comments on life )

Learning to be a home-owner )
Learning to be a groundskeeper )
Affairs of the SCA heart )

My happy place... where i don't spend near enough time! )

A conversation with the canon )
Administrative privileges... )
My health is healthy )

but my furniture is stale... )

Reports on my GREED )

And that’s been my life in 2013: settling into the house, having a lot of life changes, and doing a lot of work, both fun and not.  It was a very good year overall, I felt, both at home on this personal level, and at work.


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For 2013, the To-Do List is now filled with some House-related items, which is fun.  Mostly.  When it’s not yet another learning experience. *grins*

House-hold doings this year )

Green Bein's )

Lady Brigid the lacksadaisical )

Stitching Monster Me )

Fandom Activity )

Life like a Mentos Commercial )

Wishlist )

-bs, the busy, the greedy, the just darned cool ;-)
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so a few weeks ago, i posted that i had to buy a truck, because the camry was dying a long, drawn-out death.  several of you asked that i post pictures of the truck, so here are those pics:

first, a walk-around )

let's celebrate this... uh, bounty )

i still need to post about the progress on house and garden, and abbie, and the trip to germany and portland earlier this year.  i also took some pictures of the christmas project this year - i did pater nosters for the blood family - thought they came out pretty well, and that people might like to see them.

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2012 To-Do List

A few comments on 2012 from personal memories:

2012 was dominated by achievement of HOUSE, which is awesome in several ways. 

I plan in layers when it comes to finances, you see... )

-bs, the happy home-owner
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2012 To-Do List

So, I had intended to save up enough money to buy a house by the Dec 2011/Jan 2012 time-frame.  That ended up being a bit of an aggressive goal.  I'm 2/3 of the way there, but I think I'll need another 6mos before I actually buy.  There's also some things that rolled over from last year's To-Do list.

Trying to lighten the load because of predicted Household move... )

-bs, the eternally busy... and excited about a potential house this year!
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2011 Lesson's Learned

I'm instituting a new tradition, that I sort of did last year, anyway.  Basically, at the beginning of the year, I do a To-Do List that I try to complete that year, and I decided it would be nice to do a Lesson's Learned for that list at the end of each year.  This is the first official version of that post, for the 2011 To-Do List.

2011 year in review )

-bs, noodling
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2011 To-Do List

So, as many of you know, I moved to Mobile this year for a new job.  Yay job!  With a new job comes a new place and etc, and at this job, I will be making enough to really save up for a house.  That's going to be a major goal of mine, thus, this year's To-Do List is going to be fairly short, since it's going to have a lack of stuff on it.

wow, look at that list! )

The next post will likely be a compare/contrast of the 2010 vs 2011 list, showing what things are different and why.

-bs, the busy
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Dear stinging caterpillars:

You are very cute, but please stop eating my blackberry bushes.    If you insist on assaulting Jim and Blair (yes, i name my plants...), I will insist on on picking you off the bushes and throwing you over the fence.  Your options are: stay back in the corner behind the iron climbing gate thing where I can't reach you, or suffer the Beer of Doom.  Yes, I do have the required liquid substance for the Dreaded Beer Trap, because I bought some beer for marinade the other day, and I don't otherwise drink it.  Should I be forced to resort to the Beer of Doom, though, you should die happy: I bought Guiness Stout.  Only the best to drown the masses.

Dear chives:  What the hell is up with you?  Do I have to beg to wake you up?  Will you just *grow* already?  Thanks.

Dear apple mint and chocolate mint:  You two twerps can calm down any time you want...

Onions, turnips, carrots, probable parsnips from last year:  I'm glad you're awake... please to be growing stronger and healthier all the time now, so I can have COOL STUFF (tm) to eat this fall.

Strawberries:  You have pleased me well with your berry sweetness.  And it is good.

-bs, happy puttering about the garden
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and why does 'wednesday' look like it's spelled wrong today?  i dunno.  anyway, last night, i came home from work to find the sidewalk in front of my building ripped up, and prepping in place to pour a new one.  as i pulled up to 'my' spot, i saw a little note taped to my door, and figured that they didn't want me to park in front of the building, so i found a nearby alternative spot.

so, i walked up to my door, and noticed that the guys had moved some of my containers around in order to have room to do their thing with the sidewalk.  since i deliberately made everything move-able just in case they needed to work on something, this was just fine with me.  however, when i saw the two pots that would have been closest to the sidewalk sitting (upright, not chipped) off to the side, i found myself wondering where their stands were.  i kinda looked around the area, and thought, 'i bet they moved the stands to the back, there's not a whole lot of room in front here.'

so i went into my apt, and through to the back door, and looked at the little yardlet back there.  i looked carefully, knowing that i have a tendency to miss things in plain sight at the best of times.  no plant stands.  huh.  'i wonder what they did with the stands?  well, the office is open, maybe they decided to move them there to keep an eye on them.  i could always go and ask...'

and then something occurred to me.  '^%$^$%!  those pots don't *have* plant stands, dummy - i sat them on the ground!'

i worry about myself, sometimes.

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i accomplished far less this weekend than i wanted to, due to a more painful than normal visit with aunt flow. blech.  she appears to have left the building for now (good riddance, beyotch!), so i can concentrate on more things than feeling miserable. 

sunday, i managed to do 'spring cleaning dusting', which activity probably won't happen again until fall.  but i got the whole house dusted, so that's good.  i vaccuumed the the whole upstairs and stairs, and swept, vaccuumed, and mopped the upstairs bathroom, and the entry-way.  then i went out to eat to get out of the house.  i was going to finish vaccuming, at least, but it didn't quite happen.  it will probably happen today when i get home, or tomorrow.

left to do for spring cleaning:

* vaccuum the living room, kitchen, and downstairs bath
*sweep and mop the kitchen and downstairs bath. 
* i have another sinkfull of dirty dishes
* and more clothes to put away. 
* clean the toilets

other things i was going to get to but didn't this weekend - although since this is all outside stuff, i blame the two days worth of rain for my failure here:

* return a couple items to lowe's
* pot the canna lilly coworker gave me
* add more dirt to the potato pot and the blackberry pots
* spraypaint the primer coat on the 3 'long' pots i got
* stain the four bed-raising boxes i've got. 

tonight after work, i'm going to go to lowe's and get that knocked out, and buy some spray varnish to protect the paint jobs on various pots and boxes.  part of the reason i didn't pot up the canna lilly?  i'd bought a pot for it that was fairly deep and wide, because coworker told me they get to five feet, easy.  so the pot is maybe a foot and a half tall, and the mouth is 20" diameter.  i didn't punch holes into it before this weekend, figuring i'd just do it as part of the potting up process.  then the rain came.  and more rain came.  then more rain came.  no lie, this thing was literally full to the brim with rainwater come sunday morning.  so i used the rainwater to water the plants.  recycling - gotta love it!

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tmi line is tmi )

and also, i finished all the garden chores this weekend, so i *came into work* to avoid doing housework on sunday.  how sad is that?

in other news, i've been watching x-files on dvd and scaring myself silly.  in the first season, i:

1) saw them get some facts wrong - foxglove is so dangerous that you should handle the *live* plants with heavy duty gloves, and all dosages one is likely to get from a home preparation, no matter how small, are going to be fatal.  ('Eve')
2) saw the first ep that was so scary i decided not to watch it right before bed - it's the one with the Antartic Drilling Station parasite.
3) skipped over the first ep i absolutely can't watch without nightmares - the giant tick episode.  yeah, no thanks.
4) the manitou episode - seriously, scully, how obvious does it have to be?!

of course, Mulder answers that in the first or second ep in Season 2, which i have dubbed 'the giant planarian episode' - in which he jumps into a sewer without any protection at all, when he *knows* the flatworm parasite of death is in there, looking to attack peoples.  dude.

the horror movie cliches in x-files are starting to get, well, cliche.  but it's all in good fun.  or at least, scary fun.

-bs, slightly grumpy


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