Thursday, January 7, 2010


Elsa

Thursday, January 7, 2010
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Sunny and cold

Gee, we’re supposed to get all the way up to 30 degrees (F) today! Shall I put on my shorts? 😉 And then we get snow tonight and it stays in the teens for the forseeable future.

Which means I have to get off my ass and get to Target today if I expect to get enough bins ton finish packing up the decorations.

I packed decorations for 10 hours yesterday, and I’m still not done. The hallway is almost impassible with the boxes I’m going to take to storage and I need more bins to re-organized some stuff like ribbons and wrapping paper and the special fabrics that come out for the holidays. I have a bin with seasonal fabric, so I can change things out every few weeks, but during the Yutetide season pretty much everything is draped and swagged (Violet keeps moving because she’s afraid I’ll swag HER if she sits still), so that fabric needs its own bin.

One would think everything would look clean and shiny with the bulk of the decorations packed, but it looks lonely and chaotic! Well, when everything’s put away and I rearrange a few things. . .

I finished the snowflake wreath (with Elsa’s help), and hung it up, taking down the evergreen spray. Taking down the spray and the bark basket with the evergreen display on the coffee table reminded me why I switched to an artificial tree. Although the little one I’ve got (the one in storage that’s eight feet tall and eight feet wide doesn’t fit in this apartment) has just about had it. It served well for 18 years, but it is falling apart, so next year, I might have to get another one.

I spent quite a a bit of time vacuuming up needles. Everything smells great and piney and fresh, though, from it.

The little live Spruce I’ve got in the bedroom window’s doing well, though, and I hope to keep it alive so that I can plant it in my garden once I move!

Elsa’s doing better. The antibiotics are helping. She’s had this respiratory problem on and off for about a year. I’m pretty sure it’s tied in with the various projects the scumbag landlords keep doing around the place – -the stuff that’s turned a charming, 1920’s building into a place that looks like it rents by the hour, instead of doing things like giving us regular hot water and enough recycling bins. To their credit, though, during this arctic snap, they’ve given us steady heat. The hot water’s still hit and miss, but the heat’s been on.

The bloodwork results basically don’t tell them anything. Elsa’s in good shape, but with a slightly elevated white blood count, which could mean infection, allergy, or asthma. It doesn’t seem to be high enough to warrant anything scary.

Tired, tired, tired, but I’m going to spend a few hours at the page this morning, then head out. I’ve got to take a load of stuff to storage, get to Target (and maybe Home Goods, since they’re in the same direction), and then circle back and go to my friend’s place to do laundry. Or maybe I’ll just to to White Plains first and then come back to pick up the laundry and my computer, so I don’t have all that sitting in my trunk while I shop. I was too tired to do my evening yoga last night (I’m being good about the morning practice, though, every day), but I’m going to try to do my weights workout tonight. Monday’s felt really good (yes, I’m still a little sore), so I want to keep the momentum.

It’s against the law around here to text while driving, AND to talk on a cell phone while driving, but it’s not enforced nearly harshly enough.

Back to the page — I don’t want to lose the momentum with the steampunk.

Devon

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  1. Thank heaven you have had heat! I need to run around this morning too–we’re in the middle of a snow storm and I don’t want to be out in it for long!

    LOL I can see you “swagging” everything! I think it makes things lovely and homey. And my 14-year old fake tree is still hanging in there, but I know soon I’ll have to change it out. *sniff*

    Stay warm! Stay safe!

  2. Shorts weather – that’s what I’m talking about! 🙂 I’m with you. It’s balmy today. I had a conversation with the coffeehouse barrista – I told her where I come from, we don’t zip our coats until it dips to 20 degrees.

    Hope Elsa’s feeling the spring in her step soon. 🙂

  3. I hope Elsa is ok. Poor wee soul, I’m sure she’ll be back to normal in no time. She has the right person looking after her 🙂

  4. Down here, construction has to have an Indoor Air Quality program where they’re not allowed to use smelly stuff – paints, adhesives, etc. So if they don’t have the same thing up there, it could be those irrtants are causing Elsa some problems. Especially prolonged exposure. Won’t you be glad when you’re gone from that place? 🙂

    Stay warm! It’s cold here too. The high is 28 today with a 0 wind chill. BRR

  5. Your suspicions may be correct, all that construction mess could be affecting Elsa. Poor kitty. I hope she feels better soon.
    I’m bad about the heat and am now paying for it (literally) with a $200 gas bill. Ugh!

    I hope you stay warm, safe and have a pleasant day!


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