Saturday, February 02, 2013

Ceiling Joists Up

Laundry done, electrical stuff for shed purchased, dinner at Chuy's ...and tonight I fall into bed exhausted. At 8:45. LoL!

I would surely never have dreamed that dance-till-the-bars-closed-down Janee would be crashing into bed before 9...  on a Saturday night, no less.

Location : Maricopa, Tucson, AZ 85710,

Friday, February 01, 2013

More Building

We got the walls erected today, and put in 3 of the ceiling joists. It doesn't sound like much, but we worked hard on it all day.

Just now I was playing with some art, trying still to recreate that piece I did a few days ago. I ended up with another variation, which I like even better, I think!
This time, I've carefully labeled my layers and saved the layered file! Of course, it can't be recreated exactly, which is part of the beauty of this sort of art. No one else can do your art. Or mine, for that matter. :P

Thursday, January 31, 2013


Today Jack and I got the walls of his shed built. They are not entirely vertical yet, but that will come. The excitement came when we had to figure out the length of the sloping roof support piece. It is the hypotenuse of a right triangle whose base measures 107" and whose height is 10". The answer surprised us!

Other than a committee meeting for me and an errand for Jack while I did my newspaper puzzles, we built most of the day.

I also spent some time trying to recreate a piece of art I did a few days ago. I learned a lesson I used to teach my students: label your layers with what you did to them. And...SAVE your work with labeled layers. <eyeroll> Can't believe I needed a refresher on that.

Location : Maricopa, Tucson, AZ 85710,

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Life Hacks

I just got this list from a Facebook friend. There's some really neat stuff in here!

Today Jack and I worked together to get his foundation and floor done for his new shed! Woo hoo! It's underway. Aside from a break for lunch, that's all we did after our exercising (Wii Zumba and Greg's Strength class).

The day is lovely and sunny, but still too cold for my tastes. It didn't keep the regulars out of the pool, however!

Last evening, I went to try on clothes for my church's fashion show. She looked at me and said, "Are you about a 10?" I said, "Golly, I hope not!" It turns out that she's just a bad judge of sizes. Or maybe I just look like a FAT size 4?? LOL I don't know, but I do know that I fit great into the size 4's. Everyone else has cuter stuff than I do for the show, but.. oh well. I suppose that people do buy things like navy blue pants suits.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wood has arrived

Yes! The wood came this morning for the construction of Jack's new storage shed. It will be 12x10 and will house his tools, Christmas decor, bikes, and anything else he sees fit to put in there. We worked at moving all the wood back out of the street, where it was delivered, onto his driveway, beyond where he parks his car. I'm very hopeful that this is not a very long project. I want to get his stuff out of my 2nd shed, get that torn down, get a new one built for me, and move my things into it. That new shed of mine will serve to store a few things of mine and will also serve as a tiny guest quarters.

Once we get the sheds done, we will be set to start landscaping our backyards. :) Always fun projects to do here!

Today we're experiencing a little return to winter, with some below-average temps and a stiff breeze. The sun is out, though, and it is warm, offering a promise of spring returning soon.

I got my logo work done, or mostly done, today. The thing that most people don't understand about graphic design work is that most of the real *work* is just trying to figure out what the client wants in the art, and then what sort of file format they need. Emails back and forth are the most time-consuming thing.

I played with some more art today, making this:

And it was fun! Only fun! :) I did it with layers of Gradients in Difference Mode, these Layers put into different Blending Modes, and then a filter applied to the result. Zow, I think this is pretty. 

Monday, January 28, 2013


Tonight's ballroom dance class was on the Swing. We did well and the class was fun. Jack and I are getting very good at beginning ballroom.

I played cards with Jan and Jane today. How's that for a group: Jan, Jane, and Janee? Jan had a good lunch for us and we had plenty of laughs.

Cold and rain returned today, but it is not supposed to last. But it was mightily unpleasant with the wet wind whipping. Brrr!

Location : Cinco, Tucson, AZ 85710,

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Good dinner

Tonight we enjoyed a really good dinner of smoked turkey! Jack made mashed potatoes, I made mixed veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, Roman tomatoes, onion and garlic), and we had strawberry pie and grilled apples and pears. To celebrate our feast we had some friends over. A fine time was enjoyed by all!

I enjoyed an otherwise relaxing day, doing puzzles and nearly napping. The rain seems to have stopped for the time being. Chance of rain tomorrow: 0%. :-)

Location : Cinco, Tucson, AZ 85710,