Mudcat Café message #4050652 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4050652
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
05-May-20 - 12:06 PM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Ironing the form-fitting masks is difficult on a regular ironing board and the craft stores are closed, so I made a small stuffed "ham" out of a bit of jeans leg denim and stuffed with scraps of fabric. Much easier and the price was right. Must be careful to keep it off the floor or the dogs will discover and demolish it. I think I prefer making the rectangular pleated masks, but I cut out a few of these for a change and to see if I can streamline the process. Figuring out what pieces to sew in what order makes a difference in finishing time.

Elsewhere around the property, I'm to the last post needing removal in the back yard; a couple of nights ago I dragged the hose over and soaked each hole and did more digging yesterday. We're due some rain so I'll leave the last excavation till when the digging is easier.

I made my first batch of jelly this year yesterday, though the juice came from the freezer. Had the landowner across the street left the grape-covered tree alone I would be harvesting in June or July, but I think they chopped the grapes and left the poison ivy. Idiots! I'll pick up more Sure-Jell and make a couple of more batches soon. I have a lot of frozen juice from the last three years.

The last of the ordered sewing machine bits arrived yesterday and I pronounce my $10 White Rotary from Goodwill a total success. I'm keeping this and using it now as my main machine. (It was $35 but I had a big discount based on redeemed shopping points). I have a couple of other machines here, really old cast iron bound for eBay, that I need to start working on. It's a rather pleasant activity, and a lot less messy than rebuilding automobile engines or restoring old tractors. ;-)