Last week at the Crafting Cottage, I was surprised to find several construction vehicles parked on the driveway and in the parking lot. To my delight - I found out that the gas company was moving everyone's indoor meters to the outside of the buildings so that they can more easily read them instead of trying to coordinate with those that live in the buildings. I was thrilled - no more filling out those cards or receiving those passive/aggressive notes...."We tried reading your meter today. Please call to make an appointment at your earliest convenience..."!!!!
Tara, Brianna and I are enjoying our quarantine together although I am still keeping a healthy distance from Tara and masks are mandatory whenever we are near each other.
The girls have been decorating the house for Halloween and when my hubby comes home at the end of the week - he will be happily surprised at all the wonderful changes they've done.
I am just so happy having both girls home. Next week, October 14th, the movers will arrive at Brianna's apartment in Camillus to move her on to the next chapter of her journey. Brianna wrapped up her Masters and will be working on a new novel that she is writing. Additionally, she opened up her own Etsy shop - which was a surprise to me. She is having a blast designing t-shirts, posters and more. She is an Alice-in-Wonderland fan so a lot of her designs reflect that. I am now requesting designs for her to create (think crafting, books....). The name of her shop is A Wishful Whimsy.
I love it! Creativity abounds. For those who wish to check out her shop - CLICK HERE!
I see most towns have cancelled Trick or Treating. Once again, I'll have to take care of all those extra Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that I already purchased.....:)))))))))
I wish I had more news to share about my son, Patrick. However, when his ship is out on deployment - we don't hear a word or even receive a text (for obvious reasons). We know the Navy is crazy busy trying to keep all our sailors safe at sea and they cannot take any chances with one sailor getting Covid-19. Period. To all my fellow crafters out there with children/spouses/any family member serving in any branch of our military - I send you extra strong hugs.
In addition to moving our Brianna into her new digs - I must soon devote time to getting the rest of my crafting STUFF out of the sunroom and down into the basement room that I was working on several weeks ago, I have begun to bond with the space again. It's a bit dark down there - but nothing a few lamps won't cure.
A long, long, long time ago - back when things were "normal", my hubby and I hired Tony Ferrito to custom design and build shelves and cabinets for our living room. He did and he moved the various individual pieces into the house with the help of his lovely assistant, Susan Ferrito! Unfortunately, we had to reschedule Tony actually installing the shelves and cabinets until we could safely have him in the house for a long time. Fortunately, with Tara now home - we have been able to slowly move things out of the way so that (hopefully before Christmas) Tony can install the units while my hubby is at work and (dare I say it) there will be order vs. chaos in my home!!!!
I have always found that it is much easier to clean and organize someone else's home/office/studio....etc.. I used to own a cleaning company back when we first moved to Corning in 1985. I was my only employee. I called it "The Cleaning Elf". I would schedule my clients in the evenings or on a Saturday and the deal was they had to be out of the house while I cleaned. I had several clients that would go out for dinner or shopping when I arrived. I always felt a sense of accomplishment when they would come home and be thrilled at how clean and spruced up their place was.
To clean my own house??????? Not the same.
One of the best parts of the cleaning business was when I was hired to be the exclusive cleaner for a local real estate agency. They were the biggest ones at the time. They gave me a Master Key to be able to unlock the lock boxes to all the homes they had on the market. These homes were all empty and needed to be continuously dusted and checked on as well as completely cleaned for Open Houses. The best part for me was that since the homes were empty - I could bring my three children with me which meant I was able to clean anytime vs. waiting till my husband got home. The kids and I had a blast as some of these homes were mansions and fun to explore.
There were some interesting adventures with these empty homes, too. One time when I had brought Patrick, Tara and Brianna with me, as they were playing hide-and-go-seek, I heard cabinet doors being opened and closed on the second floor. I went to the bottom of the stairs and yelled up, "Guys - remember - don't slam doors please." They replied right away - but standing directly behind me, "We didn't!"
I had to clean that same house a few more times and was alone each time. Sure enough, one night as I was cleaning the kitchen, I distinctly heard noises from upstairs. I decided to go up and have a chat with the noisy spirit. When I reached the second floor landing, I saw that the doors and even the drawers of the linen pantry were all open. I went over to check and be sure nothing was in them. Empty. In a joking voice (more to make myself feel better than anything else), I declared out loud as I headed back down the stairs, "OK, my friend - those doors and drawers had better all be closed before I come back up!"
When I got to the bottom of the stairway, "boom, boom, boom, BOOM!" was heard. I yelled up, "Thank you!" Sure enough, when I went back up later - everything was shut.
Was I afraid? No - because I felt the spirit was a bit lonely and just wanted to have some fun. I do believe in these things - always have. I spotted the sign pictured below a long time ago and am always tempted to post it in the Crafting Cottage!
To you all I say - be well. Stay safe. And, as always - Stay Crafty My Friends!!!!