Thursday, May 28, 2015

Year 16, Week 17, Day One (week 753)

  Year 16, Week 17, Day One (week 753)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
05-16-15 Saturday
    Mostly blue skies early morning with some towers on the horizon, leaving us. Sky filled up with small clouds to almost be unbroken in the afternoon. Nice breeze, 78 early morning, 88 in the afternoon. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach Department of Tourism.
    The sky was light all the way across this morning while I drove up to Mom’s house. I would say it is nearing summer just from that.
    After Breakfast, Mom headed in a round-about way to an advertized moving sale. It was in a neighborhood I had never been into. These are a community of very expensive homes built around a golf course, club houses, and tennis courts, and so on. The house was really nice. The people were moving closer to the ocean (just a few miles) and into a smaller house so they had to get rid of stuff. From the looks of it, they completely changed their decorations each season, and they had some very expensive items on display from other cultures. My big problem is that I don’t decorate, entertain, and have enough of my stuff, much from family and also accumulated books so I have nowhere to put anything. The one thing I considered, was picked up before I got around to asking a question about it.
    Another moving sale was in a low priced neighborhood. They had a wooden music stand that I gave a long thought for. Again, I have no place for it, I doubt I would ever use it, and what made it worse, I have no idea who I could pass it on to. I did spend a quarter there for something I will give my brother.
    One of the later yard sales we visited, they had a sign on their stuff “yard sale, not trash”. I picked up a cast iron corn-muffin maker, where it makes it to look like cobs of corn. It had surface rust, but that is easy to clean up. I have seen these in the store, but it is not something I would ever pay full price for. I am not totally sure if I will ever use it either. The price was right so I got it.
    After we got back, I had to take a quick run to the bank. Stores don’t like the hundreds that some cash machines give out. On the way back, I stopped at a yard sale that had opened after we had headed out in the morning. I got some trowel tools used in brick laying. I was after the garden trowel that was in the set.
    A year or two ago, I stuck a dollar store garden trowel into one of my pots on the porch. This week, I took it to scoop something and it broke, The metal had rusted into layers, totally rotted. This find solves that.
    After a good rest and lunch, I dug out the carvings and turnings kept at my mom’s house. I’ve wanted to do this since last year. I wanted a record of what I had. Between that, petting the cat, and drilling a couple quick holes in a pot for Mom, that finished my day.
    Between all the times, I finished another handle sock for fry-pan handles.  I forgot all about the ornament I was carving.
    I have a friend who wanted a cast iron pan so I had made sure it was well seasoned and clean. I printed up instructions on care and use of the pan, and included two handle socks, one on the handle itself so she would know what it is. I then gave her verbal instructions after I handed it to her. One TV chef had the saying, “Hot pan, cold oil, food no stick.” That was the key I told her to use the pans. That and just brushing it under water (never use soap) to clean.
    I won’t be going to Mom’s tomorrow. I have some home projects tomorrow. I don’t know if I will have a post for tomorrow. If I do, it won’t be much.
    I will see what I do tomorrow, Or even next weekend.

Year 16, Week 17, Day Two (week 753)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
05-17-15 Sunday
    Some showers, some blue sky, some clouds. Some towers. I forgot to read the temps. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Sunrise Department of Tourism.
    I had to do some running around. I had some stuff in the back of the truck that I did not want to get wet. There was a thunder tower to the north, but it seemed to be moving as fast south as it was to the west, which was the direction of most of the weather.  I stopped and got groceries that I was missing, and there was a light mist. I got home, and ten minutes after I got inside, and was settling in, we got a nice downpour. Radar showed it was a thin light front passing to the west. Nice timing.
    One project that has been looking at me was to clean up my porch. (I forgot to take "before" pictures) Many of my plants have not had great maintenance in a while. I also needed to get the pots ready for hurricane season. They all have to come inside should there be a storm.
    Leaf and twigs that accumulated, and trimming while I was at it, filled a big lawn-trash bag. Cacti don’t fit into the bag too well. The stickers don’t make them easy to handle. One plant had loads of roots sticking out the bottom of the pot. There are three plants that I might have killed because of what I did to them, but was worth doing. If they survive, great.  I also swept up half of a five-gallon pot of sand and dirt that has escaped the pots. I filled two pots that were real low. They are a couple of the plants that might not survive.
    The porch looks nicer. Still needs work. I have two of what used to be good chairs, but time has done them in. Next bulk garbage day, they will have to go. One advantage of working at home is it is more comfortable to rest and recover after the work is done.
    I seasoned the corn muffin pan on the stove. It looks good. I was disappointed that the flanges on the ends are about half an inch too wide to fit in my toaster oven. Unless it is on the stove, I don’t think I can use it since my stove’s oven does not work. I will have to find someone to pass it on to.
    Next weekend is a long weekend. I might stay home Monday and do home stuff again.
    I will see what I actually do next weekend.

    corn muffin pan showing light surface rust.

brick laying tolls, some will be used for gardening.

one end of my porch to show it somewhat clean.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Year 16, Week 16, Day One (week 752)

Year 16, Week 16, Day One (week 752)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
05-09-15 Saturday
    69 early morning, 80 right when we got back from breakfast, 94 most of the day.  Hazy blue skies, brisk breeze, a few puffs on the horizon, some towers grew over the edge of the Everglades, only to run away to the west like frightened children. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach department Of Tourism.
    Mom saw a couple yard sales in the paper and we visited them first. They were both in the wealthy section of town. At one, the young couple were talking to someone else about being up North. Not much was interesting, but there was a Cast Iron Pan. Out of curiosity, I asked how much it would cost. The money appeared instantly in my hand out of nowhere so I had to bring it home.  She said her mother gave it to her, and she tried it a couple times and burned the food. She gave up on it. What happened was she had no idea how to use a cast iron pan, how to season it, how to clean it. That is typical with people I’ve talk to.
    Later in the evening, I found someone to donate a cast iron pan to. I will have to come up with instructions for how she can maintain and use the pan successfully.
    * * *
    I decided that since I have gotten two pans the past two weeks, I should describe how to season a pan. There are many methods and most will work for most people. Here is the easiest method I use for my pans. The pan I got last week had a tiny bit of surface rust so I will use that pan as my example of how to season a pan from scratch to where you can fix eggs without them sticking.
    If there is a bit of rust on it, I scrub the pan, even with stainless steel scrubbers or steel wool. One usually don’t have to do much, just make sure everything lose is gone. This is the ONLY time you should  EVER use soap and water on the pan. Soap destroys the non-stick surface you are trying to create.  I will wipe the whole pan, inside and out even on the bottom, with a tiny bit of oil. Shiny but not wet.
    I set the burner on high, and then set the pan on it. It might smoke all over;. That is minor and not a problem.
    When the pan starts smoking, I take the pan off the burner and using a brush, scrub the pan inside and out. Then set the pan on the hot burner and let it get hot again. You can watch the water dry, receding to the edge. Once all the water is gone from the inside, put a little oil (shortning or animal fat is actually better, but oil will work). On a paper towel and carefully wipe the whole inside so it is shiny. Let it set and smoke a moment, then wash it again and set it on the hot burner again. I have an electric range and the burners cool down slowly, something that professional chefs don’t like. I let the burner and the pan cool down . It now has the basic seasoning.
    What is happening is that the oil burns into the tiny pits in the metal. The burnt carbon itself is non-stick surface. A well cared for and well seasoned pan will give a life-time of non-stick cooking.
    Now you may start using your pan. With general frying, just let the pan get up to cooking temperature, and then add oil, and then start cooking. One TV chef always said “Hot pan, cold oil, pan won’t stick.” Keep that in mind when you use your pan. Animal fat or deep frying really helps season a pan.
    Now for cooking eggs without oil (some people love that. I usually use oil and don’t care about the results), wipe the hot pan with paper towel and a little bit of your choice oil, especially on the sides but also on the flat. Glossy but not wet. Then add eggs and start cooking. The eggs should not stick at all.
    After every use, run the pan under water with a brush, then set it on the hot burner, turning the burner off and let the pan dry and cool.
    One should note that acidic foods like Tomato sauce, will have a color change in these pans. Tomato sauce will turn darker in color as it leaches something out of the pans.
    So my method is to clean the pan when you get it, Heat the pan and wipe it with oil, then clean with water and a brush. Heat, oil and clean two more times. Then use the pan by heating it, adding oil and cook. Brush under water when finish and dry on hot burner.
    Note, for large pans and pots, placing them in the oven to get them hot all over is the best way to do it.
    * * *
    At another yard sale, I picked up a CASSIOPEIA device. It is a Personal Data Assistant (PDA) made by Casio. To know how old this is, it is to be used with Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows 2000. It was still in the sealed package. The included batteries corroded but were safe from damaging anything else.
    After some later testing, I found that there is a dark area on the touch screen (most likely just from age) that makes it tough to see some items there, but works. I have not included the CD to link it with the computer yet. I broke the bank by paying a dollar for it. I figured it was worth the chance to give it a try. The dark spot might make it effectively unusable. I will have to see.
    At the last yard sale we visited, there were not many along our drive, the guy had some interesting things. I gave them strong consideration but did not get anything. He had a mini donut maker. He said that his kids have one and use it all the time. From the picture on the box, you add batter to one end. It squirts the dough to make the donut, fries it and passes it out the other end.  It dawned on me that I don’t eat donuts so it was not something I would ever use.
    I thought it was interesting anyway. He also had a “stuffed” hamburger maker. The way this works is that you press some of the burger meat in the form and it puts a dimple into the meat. You add your filler in the dimple. Then you add another bit of burger over top, and seal it shut. I thought about this a bit also, but decided that I would actually never use it so I walked away. He had a few other really interesting items but I cannot remember what they are now. This is one of those sales where I would have gotten those things a lot of years ago, but I have no use for them now.
    I rested while Mom make lunch. After lunch, we went outside. Mom had a project for me. She implied it was big. She had a tree that needed to be topped because it was not growing the way it was supposed to.
    I considered writing about sawing through the tree and having it fall and damage things, but it was an inch in diameter and the entire top I removed weighed about four pounds at absolute maximum, likely less. I carried it with two fingers. It was too big in diameter for the loppers to cut it off. It was also really too small for the handsaw.
    This is a Clerodendrum tree that mom successfully kept in a pot. Her other one escaped and is now trying every chance it can to become a real tree. The pot keeps it from growing much. It became tall and spindly, not branching out into a canape. Luckily it is hard to kill one of these trees. Mom gave me one where we cut to a short stump. It has spouted since leaves and is growing strongly after a period of time where it just sat there looking almost dead stick in the pot. Branches will grow from where the leaves come out.
    With the tree I topped, I cut through the trunk. Because it was fresh wood, it grabbed the course blades of the saw and did not want to let go. I essentially hand to bend the tree over to keep the cut open so the blade could work. I did a better job of cutting it than it seemed from all the false starts I ended up making, especially when the blade jumped.
    We stripped the branches off the remains trunk I removed simply by pulling down. The branches popped off, leaving the stick of the trunk, which forked, and set it to the side to play with. Clerodendrum is a really soft, weak wood.  I tried to cut a piece off with the loppers and it was just a little too thick to cut through it. It actually split the piece in half. Getting smart, I then used the bandsaw to cut that piece off, then another piece that looked useable.
    I sat down with my knife, pealed the bark off, then shaped the piece. Finally, I started cutting spirals into the piece top to bottom. I decided it would be three spirals around the diameter, both because it was big enough for them and also because it would look a whole lot more impressive.
    Many years ago, I made two, two-inch diameter candlesticks where I carved a double groove into it to where both grooves went all the way through to meet in the center of the piece. I was really proud of my results. At the time the turning club was meeting at a WOODCRAFTS store. There was also a carving club that met there the same night. The leader of the carving club was carving a Christmas Ornament that was like four or five spirals and was really carefully carved. Her ornament made my candle sticks look like they were carved by a Neanderthal in comparison (If the description fits, use it).
    I decided this was going to be a Christmas ornament and I would use multiple spirals like what she did. From right off, my design was not as elegant. Hers was larger at one end, then tapered to a point on the other.  I was more playing around than anything.
    Once I had the grooves established with the knife, I put the wood in the vice and used the saw to follow the straight part of the groove to cut them a lot deeper. This did not remove a whole lot of wood, but made it easier to get the knife in to cut into the wood and deepen the grooves.
    After about an hour, I had something to show for my work and decided it was time to stop. I want to go deep enough to where all three grooves meet in the center, “day-lighting” the interior. I have more work to do.
    Tomorrow is Mother’s day. I figure I might stop at the nursery to see what I can find to give Mom.
    I will see what else I do tomorrow.

Year 16, Week 16, Day Two (week 752)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
05-10-15 Sunday
    92 degrees, strong breeze, but only strong enough to hold flags half out, before they droop. A blue sky hazy enough to hide barely seen puffs closer to the horizon. The lack of humidity kept the air feeling cool. This weather report is brought to you by the City Of Pompano Beach Department of Tourism.
    I stopped at the nursery to see what would make a good Mother’s day present.  It was hard to choose. I saw some plants I want on my porch. A couple I had killed years earlier when I had them (cocoplum and Wild Coffee), but now that I am taking a bit better care of my plants, they might survive. I tease about not picking up a plant as I did not want to kill it.
    When I first moved into my place, I could not keep any plant alive. It was not until a sand spur started growing that my luck changed. A sand spur is a grass like plant that has seeds  that have sharp hooks all over. They catch on you clothing and is carried long distances before other grasses and shrubs pull them off or you pull them off when they hurt you. I removed the seed heads before they fully developed and ended up with some 96 seed heads when the plant finally passed. After that, I was able to keep a few plants alive. They still struggled for years, with many different ones not surviving, until I finally started watering regularly. By then, I had plants that you really could not kill. That is why I say I did not think certain plants were worth killing.
    There is the joke where the guy says, “On my first day of school, my parents got a little confused and lost and dropped me at the wrong place. There I was, at the nursery, surrounded by trees and shrubs......
    I saw several flowering plants that Mom might like. We seem to have similar tastes in flowers, and I know what she already has. I swore off Orchids as she has so many of them. I figured I would get some form of evergreen just for me. I have a tendency to prefer trees if I can get them. I usually don’t.
    This nursery is small compared to many I have seen It might be one or two acres, but the back half is large trees and stuff, which I did not want to deal with.  I found the evergreen I wanted, a juniper. There are many different kinds, some stand up high, others stay low and close to the ground. I think these might be the latter as the branches go out the side and nothing going up, though they could have been trimmed for that.
    Since Dad’s truck was borrowed by his step-son from a previous marriage, I know he was not going to be able to go out and get flowers for mom. I found a purple-blue flower that was pretty. Lisianthus, I think it might be. They had bright yellow stamens. I decided to get them in case my dad wanted to give them to Mom.
    I got to Mom’s house and my brother was already there. We sat and talked. I took the ornament I was carving and worked on that, actually cutting some grooves down to the pith in the center of the wood. When I started, I was basically using the natural surface under the bark. I took it to the disk sander and cleaned up the outer surfaces and shaping it a little bit.
    I was making good headway when a piece of one spiral cracked. I guess I pried too hard. It is not a strong wood and the spirals actually run across the grain rather than with it, so they are not strong.
    When I got the glue out, I had a hard time finding where it cracked. There are two ends and many places where the crack could be. My first attempt to glue it did not work, so I changed to a different glue, about an hour later, and added a clamp to hold it in place. I will try to finish this next week, I think.
    My brother gave mom a Tomato plant. He figured that she would have to do extra work to maintain it. My dad gave Mom the flowering plant. I gave one of the two Junipers I got. She also got a bouquet of cut flowers. She was really happy with everything
    The juniper had two stems. When I got home, I separated them and put them in separate, larger, pots. Now I will see how quickly they die, or how long they live.
    During the week, I finished another teddy bear crochet. This one was in Aqua yarn. The yarn demanded to me that it had to be a teddy bear. I had no choice. I now have three teddy bears that need faces and to be stuffed.
    I think I will be making sleeves that fit over the handles of pans. They are quick and easy and I have found they are quite useful with my own pans. I know they would be useful for everybody else too. These fit over the metal handles of pans and keep your hands away from the hot metal. They stay with the handle at all times so one never grabs hot metal. They are especially good if you had the pan in the oven and want to protect from accidental touching of hot metal.
    I will see what I do next weekend.

 Lisianthus flowers. I loved how they looked and so does Mom.
 Personal Data Device - PDA in unopened package.
Cast iron Fry pan
 Massive Clerodendrum tree I cut down, which made the carving below.
Spiral ornament from Clerodendrum tree. Looks like a cocoon now..

Juniper plant from me.
Mom's Bouquet  of cut flowers

Tomato Plant from My Brother

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Year 16, Week 15, Day One (week 751)

Year 16, Week 15, Day One (week 751)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
05-01-15 Saturday
    69 degrees before sunrise, 85 late afternoon after things clouded up. I forgot to check the temps at the heat of the day. Early morning were some towers over the ocean that blocked the sunrise, but they moved off very soon after sunrise. There were a few spots of mist heading south, but they were gone by the time we finished breakfast. The wind was strong, with a few good gusts. One pulled my hat off, but I caught it before it reached the ground. This weather report is brought to you by the City of Pompano Beach Department of tourism.
    Mom was in the mood to yard sale. She combined several of our favorite pathways to make it a whole morning thing. I quickly lost count of the places we stopped. Most had nothing, but we had to look.

    At one yard sale, the guy was selling some things he got from his grandfather. I was able to explain to him about the key thing he had, which he had no clue what it was.
    A drill has a chuck that you rotate the ring and the jaws close down onto the drill bit to hold it. When you buy Dremmels or other motor tools, they have a collet system where there are jaws with specific sized holes. You choose a jaw that has a hole just a tiny big bigger than the bit you are going to hold, and when you tighten the ring, it squeezes the jaw onto the shaft. If the shaft is smaller, you choose a smaller jaw. These motor tools are using what is referred to as a collet system.
    What the guy had was a collet system for machining. He was missing the sleeve part of the system, but he had a lot of the collets.
    In machining on the metal lathe, one is working with round rod stock. Usually, one uses a three-jaw chuck. The collet system is another jaw system for holding work. This collet set went from a chuck that could hold an eighth inch rod, stepping up to nearly an inch in diameter. There was likely a dozen of them. This set would have held most any size project one normally would have worked with.
    I explained the best I could what they were and a little about how they were used. I considered strongly about getting them, but I remembered I have a collet set at home that I have not used. My brother used them and had a poor experience with them. I think he was using them wrong, but since he had a better system for holding work, He gave them to me. I have not used them nor have given thought to use them. If I got the jaw set this guy had, I would have to manufacture a holding system for it. I am not up to that right now.
    I showed the guy what to look for on the packages of the collets and he said he would go on line to research them later. He was happy I helped him.
    I picked up a tiny vice that I am sure is for tying flies.
    At one place, a woman had some electronic devices. I did not realize what they were when I glanced at them. A man tried to talk the woman to go half price on a Palm Pilot. I had one, but it was a much older model. He worked hard to get her to go down, but she stood firm and he ended up buying it. Mom got one of those turn by turn guidance devices. It is the same model as what she has. I left empty handed. There are times when asking what things are, helps, but I am leery of getting second hand electronics.
    One woman had nothing interesting. I then noticed a cast iron fry pan that had seen better days. I asked, out of curiosity, how much. I grabbed it up instantly. I have learned how to clean and season cast iron. I have more pans than I need, but I have an idea on who to pass one of my pans off to. This was a cheap pan, no name brand, thinner metal than my better ones, but I know it will clean up well.
    I picked up a tiny ceramic Chinese Dragon at a yard sale. I happen to have a coin in my pocket to get it.  I happen to love dragons.
    At the last yard sale we stopped at. A woman had a box with baggies of jewelry. I asked the price. And it was per baggy. I saw a few things I could use. I asked for the whole box and I snatched it up. She said she had sold most of her jewelry before. This was what was left. When we got back, I told Mom to pick out what she wanted or needed.  I am not totally sure what I will do with the rest of them, but I will figure something out.
    At home, I relaxed and recovered for half an hour, then we went out for lunch. We like to talk during meals so we that took us deep into the afternoon.
    I went out to the fence in the back yard and accidentally flushed out a wounded pigeon. Momma kitty saw it and rushed up stopped and watched, then zipped out of view. I heard rustling of the leaves. I finished what I was doing and then did a quick search. I found Momma kitty smugly lounging next to the bird, who was on its side. I went inside, and a bit later, went back out. The bird was gone, other than some fine feathers scattered around. I have no idea where Momma kitty took the bird.
    This is not the first time she has caught these pigeons. The pigeons will walk around several feet away from me when they don’t see the cat around. Before we got Momma cat, they would even come under the awning and raid the cat dish. I figure once in a while, one would miss seeing momma cat and get caught. We would usually see feathers, and sometimes a piece of wing.
    I do not know if this bird was injured by the cat in the first place. I thought I saw a bloody spot on the wing that was on the back.
    The wheel of my basket came off. With out closely examining the axle when I had slipped the wheel back on to get it to Mom’s,  I considered many ways to I could use to repair it. There was a groove in the axle and I figured it took a spring clip to hold the wheel on. I thought I could drill it and put in a while as a cotter pin to hold it in place. I had a bunch of stuff in the basket so I emptied the basket (way too much yarn), and turned it upside down. Examining the axle, I saw a hole in the axle just before the groove. I looked at the other wheel and realized it used a cotter pin. The pin had disappeared and the wheel came off. It looked like everything was there, so the job suddenly become easy. Those spring clips are a royal pain and I figured I would have to buy four, to make sure I would have enough spares for when they went flying.
    I quickly found a wire about the right size. I cut a piece off about the right length, and bent it over. The two wires side by side was slightly too big to fit into the hole. I straightened the wire to 90 degrees.
    Holding the wire on the vice so one end went straight down, I tapped each leg of the wire with a hammer, slightly flattening them. When I put the two ends back together, they slipped into the hole nicely.
    I added lithium grease to each wheel since I figured they needed some extra lubrication.
    While I had a load of projects I could work on, the desire to relax and recover from my day came over me.  I decided it was late enough to call it a day.
    Tomorrow, I have a number of projects to work on, which includes making a new post for my second food processor.
    I will see what I actually do tomorrow.

Year 16, Week 15, Day One (week 751)
(January 17, 2000 was my first carving day.)
05-02-15 Sunday   
    85 Degrees, A breeze good enough to take individual hairs loose and tickle your face with them. Mostly sunny but lots of puffs everywhere. This weather report is brought to you by the City of Pompano Beach department of Tourism.
    I started seasoning the fry pan. It is not all that hard, and I am learning little tricks and techniques to make it easier as I go. I am wiping the hot pan with shortening, using a paper towel, then letting the pan get really hot. It already has a good coating on it after three applications. Now the pan needs to be used for a while to really set in the seasoning. I tend to use a smaller pan as I am the only one eating. I will just have to use the bigger pan to give it a good workout.
    On the way to Mom’s, I stopped at the Dollar Tree store for two items. This is almost like yard sailing, but with new things. Everything in the store is a dollar. I got some ideas for projects I would love to do but don’t have time for. They did not have the two things I was after in the store. If they had those items, I likely would have picked up other items also. I left empty handed. I did have a nice comfortable walk, though.
    My brother was already at Mom’s house when I arrived. While we talked, I took some sea grape wood and split some pieces off as stock for the food processor shaft I want to make. Each time you make something, you learn how to do it better. I tried to split a little more off the piece I was working on, and the split took off a piece of wood it was not supposed to remove, making the piece un-square. I kept working with it, shaving with the knife, then using the disk sander. I got it about square, except for the missing corner on one end. I need to use the disk sander some more to reduce it to the right size to fit into the square hole. After I do that, then I can work on rounding the other end. I am thinking I will take another piece, which is bigger and start over and get the piece nice. I had split off far more than I needed so I can do other projects with the wood pieces.
    Splitting the wood gives me the strongest grain. When you simply saw wood, you don’t always follow the grain exactly as the grain can wander in the wood. Since I am trying to replace a piece of plastic, I figured that having the grain straight will reduce the chances of breaking.
    My brother and I started talking about some expected repairs on my truck. I put away my wood project and dug out the repair book for my truck and my brother went through the book, then looked at my truck to see what it had. He said that he had to repair his truck the same way and there was no room to do it, everything was so tight. My truck is wide open. He even figured out that he can avoid disconnecting one tricky part just by how he jacks it up. I now have to get parts. That may take a while.
    Other than the feathers where the cat caught the bird, I have not seen any sign of the bird. I barely saw the cat. Because my brother was near the food, she stayed in hiding.
    Mom had gone through the box of jewelry last night and I took the box home. A quick glance through several of the bags, is interesting.  My guess is that she made jewelry as there were decorations in some of the baggies that were still in their store display packages.  I have a gallon baggy of just Mardi Gras necklaces. Along with that gallon baggy of necklaces, I have eleven other baggies of jewelry and pieces. It will take me a while to go through all of them, and even longer to sort them out as to type. There are things I have plans of using, but I have no clue what to do with the rest of them. They likely will end up being gifts. If I can figure out how to make something quickly and use up the excess, it would be really nice. I am beginning to think that Jewelry is going end up a new type of hobby for me. I have plenty of beads to add to the projects too. The big problem is that  I don’t have time for my other hobbies as it is.....
    I hope to finish the food processor post next weekend. Beyond that, I have no idea what is planned for next weekend.
    I will see what happens next weekend.


 Fly fishing vice, closed


 Fly fishing vice, open


Cast iron fry pan


 Repaired basket wheel.