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It's incerdibly weird, being back after a week where we're basically free of anything except house building.

Or garage building, if you want to get somewhat technical.  Bob did most of the work, with help on Monday from[info]cathgrace, and Friday from[info]theblueleader, and I helped, mostly by wielding T-bar braces and fetching and carrying.  I still managed to hurt myself, but that's kind of par for the course.  It's a good thing we didn't build the house together, since I am somewhat clumsy and accident-prone, even without Bob helping by accidentally bouncing the hammer off my foot (my toe is still quite painful), and dropping a piece of drywall on my head at one point.

Of course, I unintentionally retaliated, by managing to drop the T-bar on him, slicing his wrist, and knocking him in the head a couple of times as I maneuvered the damn brace.

I hate that brace.  Yes, it does a good job of lifting insulation and drywall, but it's a damn weapon of death, I tell you!  D-E-T-H.  At least, it is in my hands.

But the upstairs room in the garage is drywalled - it will be closed off from the garage downstairs, insulated and heated, and become a studio for me, and an overflow guestroom (and the guestroom for people with pets, since cats and dogs are not allowed in the main house, but are welcome to play on the land).

We also attended the Gardiner's Yule event last Saturday - pictures of that this evening - and had an awesome time.  Apprenticeminion[info]lisettelaroux came to stay, and came with us, and I dressed her up and made her play Master Bedingfield's niece - a part she played with great aplomb.  It was a fantastic time overall.

Argh.  I hate leaving the farm - if I had an internet connection down there, it would be perfect.  It's pretty perfect as it is, and I want to stay there forever.  Where's that winning lottery ticket, dammit?  It was a wonderful week, with visits from friends, antique and house shopping (I bought two carpets, and some embroidered cushions, because I have a total weakness for needlepoint cushions), doing crosswords left-handed (just because), making the garage look more done, and just enjoying the house.

...and deep-frying chicken, which is how Bob burned his finger (he was trying to mop up the cooking oil I spilled, and got a little bit too close to the pan), proving that even when we're not building, I am dangerous to be around.

Oh - in completely unrelated thoughts, I need to start putting my A&S50 Stash challenge items up - in the blog, and I'm also going to build a section for it on my web site, with links to the original challenge site and a credit to[info]marymont  (and, if you wish, marymont, a link to your blog post - let me know).  I plan to do a series of pages with items numbered - 1-10, or some such.  On the pages, I'll have photos of the item, and a discussion of how I made them, and what item from my stash was used (materials list, basically).  The first three items were the supporter, the collar and cuffs (they're sort of a set, so I count them as one item), and my knitted socks.  I'm working on a drawn-work falling band that will be number four, and a falling band and cuffs set for Bob that will be number five (I hope).

I have plans.  I do, I do.  Not least because Bob really needs pants.


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Jan. 26th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Are you this dangerous outdoors, too?

Yay for more pictures of more clothes on the website!! I am looking forward to seeing them! Maybe you could just photograph every item of clothing in your SCA and Gardiner's wardrobes. You know, so we can all be educated!
Jan. 26th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Apparently, I am dangerous everywhere. We plan to have an extreme fighting weekend sometime, with airsoft guns. I plan to go up on the roof and be a sniper. :)
Jan. 26th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Love airsoft. We have one that J's brother sent us after he couldn't use it on the Air Force Base in Okinawa anymore. It looked too real for the locals... :)
Jan. 26th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
This T-bar brace: is it used to hold dry wall or other paneling in place, in lieu of another living body, or to extend the reach of an actual living body without said body having to climb a ladder? Six to eight feet in length on the upright, usually, and perhaps four feet on the cross piece, usually with additional supports for the cross piece at a 45-degree angle?
If so, that thing is also called a "dead man."
Jan. 26th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
An appropriate title. :)
Jan. 26th, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
Jan. 26th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Um, may I suggest a hardhat? Or a couple hardhats?
Be careful - it doesn't sound like anyone took lasting injuries, but there is good reason to wear hardhats, gloves, and steel-toed boots on most construction work sites. Hardhats are much, much cheaper than emergency room visits for concussions.

Best wishes on working and cooking safe to you, and the farm does indeed sound like a slice of heaven.
Jan. 26th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Um, may I suggest a hardhat? Or a couple hardhats?
Safety equipment? I can hardly get Bob to wear gloves.

I always just forget, though at one point Bob made me put on the Laser Tag glasses (we lack safety glasses that aren't broken) because the insulation was getting frisky.

Otherwise, we take it as it comes. And the button on the baseball cap absorbed most of the impact.
Jan. 26th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
A link to the A&S 50 site on your esteemed site? ::swoon::

(Unless you meant somewhere else? I'm *pretty* sure the concept for the stash project started on the A&S 50 forums, but Marymount may have evolved the same concept simulataneoulsy. If so, Hurray! - concept saturation achieved! >;)

BTW - can you use cell phone internet connection from the farm? (If you win the lottery, that is?)
Jan. 26th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Bulleted reply! :)

- Yes, your site. :) I love the 50 stash challenge; can you tell me who originated it? I got it from Marymont, and refined it to mean absolutely nothing that was not in my stash (including interfacing, which made one project interesting!). I am so impressed by how the A&S 50 challenge has permeated the intarwebs.

- We have satellite TV at the farm, so our internets will be through that. At the moment, my only intarweb connection there is through Bob's Blackberry, and I mostly use it to imdb people I see on TV. :)

- Must win lottery. It is on my to-do list.
Jan. 26th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
RE the Stash variation on A&S 50: I don't know, but I'll dig through our archives and try to find out! (Although I have the sneaking suspicion that it, like most of our ideas on A&S 50, evolved through the contributions of many people.)

I'm GOBSMACKED at how A&S 50 has gotten out and about. I had a little idea, just to keep myself involved in the SCA while home raising little kids, and now we're *literally* world wide, with nearly 400 folks *officially* participating. Thinking of our unofficial participation makes my head spin.
Jan. 26th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
It's awesome. And you are cool for thinking of it. :)
Jan. 26th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
What's that saying? "Desperation is the Mother of Invention?" In my case it was more "Desperation and Motherhood are the Mothers of Invention!"

I knew that I'd be able to make fewer events than ever (and that's saying something), and was looking for a way to keep involved. I invited others to join me, and voila! Lots of other folks are looking to be involved from home too, which I think is lots of the appeal; first due to gas prices, and now the economy in general. I just had the idea - the community has taken it the rest of the way. :)
Jan. 26th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
If others developed the idea independently, I don't know about it. The official A&S 50 challenge is something entirely different. This one has to do with making stuff primarily, if not completely, from stuff you already have. I had not seen if on any other fora before I proposed it.

I'd be flattered if you linked to the post, attack_laurel. It developed into an lj community (stash_challenge) that isn't huge, but chugs along quite happily.
Jan. 26th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
I know that something along the lines of making stuff with stuff we already had as a challenge project came up on the A&S 50 forum, but, like I said, ideas DO evolve independantly.

If you want 'credit' for the idea, I'm sure none of the rest of the A&S 50 crew would mind, especially since you are the one running with it. :)
Jan. 27th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm a little confused. Is the farm the place you will eventually live at or is it just a place to visit?
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