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2024 - Week 24

Arts & Crafts The problem with my Perler bead crafting may be that I have been using Hama beads. They melt differently than the Perler ones do. Due to an event at the location, there was no craft group this week. I decided a good alternative was to clean up the beads and put them away for now because I'm not having enough fun with them for the amount of mess they cause. Concerts & Plays Saturday held an adventure as I needed to pick up a special pin at Arts Court before seeing a play that a friend was performing in at La Nouvelle Scène. It wouldn't be all that far from where I parked at City Hall if not for the absolutely wrong shoes to wear. My feet were quite sore by the time I got there. I debated taking a bus to my car after. I walked and stopped in at Steve's Music . More on that below. The play was Murder She Read  and it was quite a silly spin on a murder mystery. An avid reader of mystery novels attempts to solve the crime with a "spirited" butler
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2024 - Week 23

Arts & Crafts I had hoped to enjoy Perler beading more than I do. They just don't melt well. I'm sure there is some key to it that I'm missing or my iron is terrible. The smaller items tend to turn out better for me. Wow, I hadn't noticed I used a dark pink one in my heart. Oops! On the opposite side, one can see that they aren't melting evenly. I read I should have parchment paper with holes in it. I'm wondering if it's as simple as that and if I can buy some that already has holes in it. That darn pink one! Maybe I can paint it... Decluttering & Minimalism I haven't done much on the decluttering this week since I'm not allowed to be all that physical while my mouth is healing. I've been focusing on smaller efforts instead. Gaming & Streaming I'm taking a break from streaming for now while I heal. I can talk, but it hurts.  On Sunday, we continued our Pathfinder  campaign. When last we met, we had defeated an angry enchanted caul

2024 - Week 22

Arts & Crafts Lately, I'm playing around with Perler Beads. They're not too hard on my arm and it's rather fun playing with all the design possibilities. It's also fun just organizing all the different colours. I'm still crocheting, but only a little bit at a time, so I don't upset my elbow. Decluttering & Minimalism As you can probably imagine, it's not easy to do much with an angry shoulder. The shoulder is annoyingly important for almost everything.  Still, I've been focusing on the smaller things rather than the big projects. Things I CAN do, rather than what I can't.  Like shredding old papers and organizing lightweight items. I tweaked a tag on the blog, so movies and TV shows are under one label now. I combined a couple of other ones as well. Gaming & Streaming This week was the start of a Pathfinder  campaign with friends. I'm a gnome bard who has some martial arts related cantrips and spells. The main goal for the first eveni

2024 - Week 21

Arts & Crafts I missed craft group this week since it was on the holiday Monday and I had softball practice. I got some craft supplies organized, but mostly took a break. I think I've been needing one as I've been getting pain in my elbow and bicep area. That might be from crochet. Crochet may be faster than knitting for some things, but since what is made is double thick, it's actually harder on the joints, especially given that it mainly uses one arm. I guess it will take me longer than I'd like to finish my entrance table runner. I never thought crafting could be keeping my arm hurt because it didn't usually cause me pain. I guess I get to focus on reading for a bit instead and do some machine sewing. I have some sewing projects on the to-do list. I also have a Wonder Woman diamond painting kit. Decluttering & Minimalism I'm taking it easy, but also slowing plugging away at the battle against entropy. I can't tell which of us is winning yet. Hopef

2024 - Week 20

Arts & Crafts This week I worked on a thin sash style scarf in a colour that matches my floral buttondown for the wedding I attended on Friday. I skipped the weekly craft group as I was in a lot of pain that day. I decided self care was the best idea. The outfit actually on me: Of course, by the end of the night, I was just wearing the floral buttondown. I should alter that as it's a bit too long for my arms, but I really didn't have time with everything that has been going on lately. The vest also doesn't fit quite right. It's hard being short and chubby. Decluttering & Minimalism My goal for this week was to get my craft area set back up for streaming.  I got none of that done. The first thing I took care of was pinning this cable to the wall as it had been bothering me quite a lot. Such a small thing, but it's another thing off of the neverending to-do list and I no longer have to think about it. I did some paperwork on Monday. I have a huge bin in my clo

2024 - Week 19

I can't believe we're already almost at the May long weekend. The Tulip Festival is half over. As of this week, I've been here over a decade and I still haven't been to the Tulip Festival. I'm always so busy this time of the year, so making it there is difficult. Arts & Crafts Craft night was on a new day and at a new location. It was cozy and I enjoyed chatting with some new folx. I brought a crochet table runner that I'm currently working on as it was more portable that day than my fairy cross-stitch. At the pitching clinic, I crocheted while softball friends learned to pitch. My piece definitely has some flaws, but I think it's going OK for my experience level. It's navy blue, but doesn't look like it in the photo for whatever reason. Probably lighting. Decluttering & Minimalism I was surrounded by clutter as I rearranged my streaming spaces for hopefully the last time. I didn't have enough space behind me and that part of the floor i

2024 - Week 18

Arts & Crafts No craft group this week, but I continued along with my table runner. It was a frustrating endevour as the plastic stitch counters kept breaking. I counted the moments until my metal replacements would come. There were 72. No, there weren't. Well, maybe there were, but I didn't actually count them because counting is an irksome activity for me. It's one of the things that makes my brain very unhappy.  Decluttering & Minimalism I've cleared the junk from my entrance table. Next up this week was to clear the junk from the rest of the entrance way. Someday, I hope to change the flooring out to something better suited to wet, winter boots. Gaming & Streaming On Monday, I found myself with nothing left to do but the main campaign in Diablo IV . I killed Duriel this time then met up with my allies and entered Hell.  Thursday also held the completion of  Diablo IV . The battle with Lilith, the cutscenes, and the credits were all epic. Overall, at time