Saturday I took Volkmar's tote to sewing day and got his two linen gambesons cut out and the batting layers hand stitched at the shoulders. Back at home I started the machine sewing and got well along in the assembly and quilting of the first one. Leofwyna got put on call so she started painting the trim for her room and ordered pizza for supper.
Friday when Ingaborg picked up the bears I broached the subject of the massages and we agreed I still had two coming, plus one for these bears so now I can look forward to three more. Yeah!!!
Today at the computer I started the 10th Century in my genealogy process. I've got the leaves down around 500 now.
Ingaborg said today's massage completed the commitment. I'm thinking that's off one or two but won't press the issue. She left another bag of bears with me; I'll try get them ready for Kris Kinder next weekend but she acknowledged it was kind of late giving me an 'out' if they're not done.
I might also mention that while at JG's playing with the dogs put the notion of dogsitting into Chris' head. I told her about the shar-pei's and I'm hoping something might come of that eventually.
Monday I called to get the car in. I'll drive it over tonight when Leofwyna can bring me back and they'll look into it tomorrow. Made a quick run for lunch and picked up a pork roast to put in the crock pot with an Apple Butter BBQ sauce for supper. I put 10 hours on the transcription, talking to JG on the phone four times and late this afternoon he brought over the final updated hard-copy. One portion down and one to go; I finished with it about 1am.
I'm certainly learning a lot about John Steinbeck, author, that I didn't get in school. I don't think I ever read any of the books but I've heard about them and seen some of the movie adaptations. I've always learned a lot doing the various production transcriptions so I'm glad to be able to keep my hand in this way.
I got the things done Friday that I needed to have ready for Saturday and we spent that day at 12th Night. We didn't get onto the feast list so a bunch of us went to Katie's Greek Restaurant for supper afterward. Leofwyna accidently locked the keys in the van at Katie's so the whole group waited with us in the parking lot for the locksmith to come and open it.
Sunday I'd only just gotten up when a call rang in from JG about the transcription; I headed over to his place to pick up a hard-copy so I won't be limited to city library time schedule. I'm back to keying on his wife's number 3 laptop and I'll sit up late working on this... and finish up sometime late Monday, hopefully.
During the drive up and back Saturday, Leofwyna expanded on her summer camping plans this year. I had to rein in some of her ideas to leave room for my rummage sale in July. Gotta hang on to some time for prepping and to keep up in the garden. Sounded like she was thinking about half a dozen short trips in addition to my time at Lilies. I held her back to three I think; one in late May, one during the summer and one in mid September. Of course, all this is subject to change if I find work.
I got the first third of the fowl pastries made up Thursday evening for the JAV privey tent. I'd asked Leofwyna to make up the pastry for me again; it definitely turns out better when we do it this way. This time I didn't bother with the little tool and they went considerably more quickly and smoothly. They also turned out to be somewhat smaller, a true bite size. This batch turned out particularly well with the lavender flavor being subtle but definitely there. I'll make up the other two-thirds next week to turn in Thursday at the last pre-cook.
JG called this week. Apprently he's been let go, too. One has to wonder are there any producers at NET any longer. Anyway, he sounded me out for some work in September but he wanted bargain rates. Since I haven't had any transcription in more than a year and he is just getting started I conceded. I just won't be quit as thorough as I normally would be and I told him this would be the case. Part of my decision is the subject is Jun Kineko again and I'm interested in the art world discussions that will be involved.
JAV this weekend turned out well for a wonder. It rained Thursday and Friday so we were forced to do our set up Saturday morning before the event. I got there earlier than I normally would so we could set up my sunshade for the steel fighters. There was a good turn out of help and set up of the other canvas was going well. I ended up resting on the baronial sunshade matting after 10am for awhile. Near noon I helped their excellencies with their dress, lacing and tying points and pinning on ruffs. Once I'd gone up the hill to change I settled in as lady in waiting most of the afternoon, with intermitant asides doing storytelling with random kids and catching the occasional cat nap while sitting quietly on my bench. The day stayed clear with cool breezes; a late afternoon storm passed west and north of us which kept the temperatures nice for us. I'd successfully husbanded my energy as I was able to help take down the steelfighters' sunshade and get myself loaded up. Fortunately the ground had dried enough we could drive in for the load up.
And yes, a great deal of time is still being spent in genealogy minutia.
This afternoon I sat down to get Halftroll's tunic done, thinking it would take 2-3 hours. Six hours later It was done but for a little hand sewing to control the tucks on the border trim around the hem. I keep forgetting how long those seams are on his oversized tunics and since they're all french finished that doubles everything. It does look good though, esp. with the narrow trim finishing the neckline trim. To bad there wasn't enough of it to put on the armband borders too, but oh well.
I was late getting out for the A&S moot; got there just in time to join in the last bit of chatter before the library closed. In hindsight, since Halftroll wasn't there, I could have skipped it. I guess I'll just deliver it all to Gyda next week at moot.
Back at home we watched the Survivor we'd taped... huzzah, they voted Russel out. Too bad he'll probably make a comeback. There's not very many who'll be able to defeat him at Resurrection Isle.
I'm still seriously involved in dealving through the Ancestry.com site following my leads. There's still lots of this to be done.
I spent a quiet day Sunday thinking Leofwyna would want to do something this evening. Turned out she was on an add shift so I had a quiet evening too. Spent a great deal of time on the computer... more genealogy mostly, some job serches. Got the totes sorted and stacked in my bedroom; there's still lots in the living room to be sorted and priced for a rummage sale or put back (somewhere, somehow) in my room.
Sewed up Halftroll's linen pants and cut out his tunic during the afternoon. Delivered the pants at the social moot and loaded the loom for another piece of narrow trim.
It snowed all afternoon so we didn't go out at all; we got four inches. After "beanies and weins" for supper Leofwyna suggested doing another jigsaw puzzle together.
I got the drive and walks blown out this noon and swept off both vehicles. While I was out there I thought I saw a large bird chasing a little one but I'd just caught it out of the corner of my eye so I wasn't sure what I'd seen. Just a little later I saw the large hawk cruising around over the street and knew that was what I'd seen. Probably the little bird was a sparrow; I'd heard some 'chip, chip, chipping' in the brush. Perhaps the hawk has taken up residence in the area and that's why I haven't seen or heard any cardinals this year.
Later when I went out to get supper I had to sweep off the car again; good thing I'd pulled the van into the garage. Coming out of KFC I discovered I'd locked my keys in the car so I used my insurance call-in benefit for the first time, less than an hour later I was heading for the grocery store and home. I found both beef shanks and some boneless pork with manager's special stickers and I'm planning on pulling both crock pots out tomorrow.