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Thursday, 26 August 2010

On the Porch

Brown Widow Spider

It has been a bit of a shit week to be honest. Finding this brown widow (after a week of walking into 10ft long web strands)... I hope it's the last of it.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Thrifting Picks

A Saturday with no obligations makes for a few hours searching for house items.












My aims were: doorknobs, a tablecloth and some kind of map - and all were achieved!

I could not believe my luck when it came to the USSR-era globe - I spent at least a minute in front of it before noticing. The tablecloth we found matches the napkins in the photograph above, it's just at a poor angle on the clothesline for photograph... and maybe a little out there in pattern and colour. It will have to be seen in situ to be believed. I'm not sure I even believe in it right now. Other finds included a solid wood tray (great for tea!), a stack of CDs (Final Fantasy soundtracks!), some quality t-shirts and a bucket of sidewalk chalk. I love this particular Goodwill, so if you're in the east of San Diego county stop by.

re: the doorknobs! We also visited our local Habitat for Humanity store, whereupon I rummaged for doorknobs for the second bathroom cupboard doors, and found two for a dollar each. The outdoor rug in the background of the book photograph above was also bought there today, for a mere $25. Nice and hardwearing/scratchy for the cats.

All in all, a productive and ecofriendly afternoon of adding to the house.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Rice Sack > Plastic Bag

Rice Bag = Yarn Holder!

This afternoon has mostly been spent cleaning out our office closet - something that was very much still suffering the after effects of moving. But that was back in October, so after a bit of in and out, I'm pretty much done. Found this forgotten rice sack behind a box (we go through a lot of rice in our house), and discovered it makes a much better container for yarn than Michaels plastic bags. The way they're built, the yarn stuff them tight and keeps them upright. If I was really smart, I'd start stuffing my scrap material into one to turn into a comfortable outdoor pillow. But I think it might be a little too noisy for pillow usage.

Didn't blog this at the time, but last weekend I cut the first cucumber off the plants and ate it:

Cucumber #1

It was pretty good. Perfect size for a salad - one whole cucumber used, with no leftovers to forget about in the fridge. These might not make it to the pickling jar.