Mercury Retrograde, and Scarlett O'Hara

Has anyone figured out how to invent the 28 hour day?  That's all I want is that extra 4 hours. Between getting back into the serious business of making New York Beauties, and the other serious business of hand dyeing yarn, and life in general, it feels like I've been running behind schedule for days weeks!  Here's a sample of how it's been going . . . 

Step 1:  Mow lawn.  Simple, right?  Wrong.  

Step 1 in reality: Try to start riding mower.  Dead battery.  Run down to major town down the road and buy battery.  Try to start mower.  Yay!  Only . . . .  two flat tires.  Find can of spray tire sealant.  Try to start mower again.  Realize new battery is almost dead.  Locate charger and connect.  

Day Two:  Try to start mower.  Give up.  

Day 3: Decide I'm not going through this all summer every time lawn needs mowing.  Drive to local hardware store.  Ask about mower advertised in flyer.  They can't find it.  Wait around while they look.  Yay, they find it.  But its not assembled.  Wait while they assemble.  Search floor for part broken off  by employee during assembly process.  Agree to  interim fix for broken part (duct tape).  Wait while they try to assemble.  (And duct tape.)  Wait while they read assembly manual - if all else fails. . .  well, you know!  Yay, it's assembled, but sales clerk doesn't want to load it into car.  Agree to walk it home. Be thankful I don't live far away. Sales clerk holds onto bagger attachment until I return - can't remember why - maybe she didn't want to have to read further instructions.  Take mower home.  Walk back to get car.  Go into store to get bagger assembly.  Drive home.  Put gas in new mower.  Mow lawn.  Done, and it took only 3 days.  Anybody want a good deal on a riding mower that doesn't start and has 2 flat tires?  Much like Scarlett O'Hara, "I'll think about that tomorrow", and also, at this point, "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn".

From the used car dealer with the wrong battery, to the cell phone that didn't appreciate falling on the basement floor, to the cat who went for a walk and forgot to come back (until 4:30 AM this morning), life has certainly had its delays lately.  One step forward and two steps back.  So I'm hiding here in my studio this afternoon, playing with fabric, and petting yarn. Or maybe I'll just go have a nap.

But, believe it or not, there is a reason for all of this.  I checked to see if Mercury is in retrograde (and the stars really are aligned against me), and found that indeed, it is:

Mercury Retrograde occurs when it is moving backwards, into its shadow, and thus communication, scheduling, transportation and judgment becomes cloudy or error prone. 

And will be until May 27th.  Boy that feels like a long ways off!

Anyways, here's a picture of the New York Beauty that I'm working on.   Hope your days are more . . . . . . . user friendly. 

- Make Stuff.  Be Happy



You got to mow your lawn? I'm

You got to mow your lawn? I'm still waiting for it to dry out enough. It's pouring again even as I type this and drink my tea. Like the colours on the new top.

Yup - there was that one day

Yup - there was that one day before the Great Rains began again . . . . .

We hired a young buck to mow

We hired a young buck to mow lawn....forget gasoline, repairs & buying new mower. We watch out window!

Excellent plan! I rather

Excellent plan! I rather like mowing, but that's wearing thinner with each passing year. Maybe when this mower croaks.

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