MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Friday, July 31, 2020

A finish!

Well folks, I can check off another landscape project from my list!  What do you think?....


FOR SALE!

Here is the original photo for you
to compare...


Used with the always-kind
permission of 
Dale Stewart


- There are all sorts of bag patterns for pretty much anything you can think of HERE.  Better pour yourself a cuppa before you go though!

- The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) has a new challenge entitled 'Choices' and you may read more about it HERE.  

- Have a look through the portfolio of......................

ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's been one of THOSE days.  You know the ones - the ones where you start the day off badly and then it goes pretty much down the pooper even more as the day goes on?

Well, to explain further - I normally try to get my blog post ready to go the day before I am planning to publish so yesterday was THE DAY.  It all began, as days sometimes do here at Chez Magpie, with the dead-asleep-bolt-out-of-bed-at-the-inhumane-hour-of-6:23am telephone call.  A near-death experience let me tell you - on BOTH sides of the phone!  Telemarketers should face the firing squad if they call at that hour of the morning.

Just after breakfast a knock at the door which yielded a contractor, here to look at the long-awaited (over two years!) need for paint on our very peeling balcony.  Good news.   
We were told (by a very in-your-face but masked individual) that they would be back in less than two hours and could we move everything off the balcony before then.  So....Resident Chef and I, being the obedient (and gullible) sorts that we are, undertook the Grande Removal caper and hauled all the furniture and heavy pots of vegetables into the living room.  And we waited.  After supper we hauled them all back out again.   The astute of you will have noticed there has been nothing said about any painting having been done.  It's Friday now and common sense dictates that they won't be here today either - after all it's Friday and reason enough for them not to show but they're also, we suspect, coming from the city so they won't want to bother.  But....just in case....we have to be here, poised to do the heavy lifting....again.  

Fast forward to this morning (Friday) and my smug thoughts of being able to simply go to my blog, push the publish button and all would be well.  Hmmm.  Somehow a gremlin got into my computer and removed over half of my post - including all but one of the links I had for you.  I could, if I were a good blogger, have gone and found you more but instead I chose to rant. 

And what, I wonder, does that tell you about me?

I went searching for a good quote about frustration and found this instead....





28 comments:

  1. Oh yes, My Momma told me there's be days like that!!
    I love your new landscape--you did a beautiful job on it...nice work
    Stay calm (or try to ;000) Stay safe hugs from afar julierose

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    1. Yep, my momma told me the same thing! She often said she had days when she should have stood in bed because she would have accomplished a lot more.
      Thank you for your kind words about the landscape.

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  2. Ooh yes, Murphy's law!

    Who'd be a renter in an apartment building.. it's all delay, promises, more delay. Then you go out for the day and that's when they come and say they couldn't do the work because there was one item left on the deck..and you weren't there to move it!

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    1. Murphy resides pretty much permanently in our place. Yes, being an apartment dweller does have challenges. We've been waiting over two years to have the balcony redone and this was the first sign that they even acknowledge the fact. Now, of course, it's a long weekend and there will be no further sign of them until at least Tuesday and by then they will have forgotten again.

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  3. Yes, indeed, what is the normal that we are all so anxious to rush back to. Makes you think, doesn't it. I went to the SNAD site and had a look around. What a neat organization; thanks for that link!

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    1. Yes SNAD is a great organization. I did one of their challenges a couple of years ago and really should do another at some point.

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  4. Your latest landscape is amazing. Such good work I'm sorry you are having to deal with irresponsible painters who don't understand the meaning of doing what you say you will do. But hopefully the fact that they showed up in the first place means it will get done??? Eventually???

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    1. Thank you! As for the painters - we've been waiting for two years now so I expect we'll be waiting awhile longer. It's a long weekend here now and the earliest we might see them will be Tuesday but we rather expect they will forget about it by then. Or they'll wait until we're out and then be miffed because we didn't move all the stuff inside again. Can't win!

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  5. OMG, Mary Anne, I love how this one turned out! It’s one of my very favorites! Of course I say that almost every time, LOL. But you know it to be true! xo

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    1. Glad you like it Cathy - it's one of my favourites too but that might change when I do the next one (as a matter of fact it probably will!).

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  6. Nothing like having a bummer day. Who doesn't like wasting an entire day for a no show repair person? Congratulations on finishing your recent art project. It is amazing!

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    1. We've been hearing promises of it being done for a long time now so it's nothing new. This time we were hopeful though because they actually wanted us to clear the balcony to make way for them to do the work. One step forward, two steps back!
      Thank you for your kind words about the landscape!

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  7. Your truck is fantastic. You are on a roll and every new scene just gets better and better. I hope the Painter checks out your barrier for rust at the bottom.

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    1. I guess being on a roll is a good thing! As for the painter and the rust issue - if past history is any indication they'll just paint over it, warts and all.

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  8. Your truck art is awesome! For sale too, I've forwarded your blog post to a couple of car enthusiasts who redo old cars. Thanks for the link to SNAD. I've entered the first part and will begin a new piece design on paper today.

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    1. Yay - I'm so glad you're entering something in the SNAD challenge - they're great to work with, at least from my limited experience. Thank you for the kind words about my landscape (and for sharing it onwards).

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  9. Great job on this landscape. The truck is wonderful!
    Good luck on getting the painters back!

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    1. Thank you Judy! I rather like this one myself but I know that will only last until I do another one no doubt.

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  10. Congratulations on your finish. This old rusty truck looks fantastic in your fabric landscape. Gremlins seem to be a part of Blogger no matter what day it is. Sorry you lost so much content. As for the balcony painters...AARGH! Rude and inconsiderate seems to be the way of so many who do not think of others. I shall hope they come soon and actually paint your balcony! Yes, our little Minion has it right.

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    1. Thank you Sherry! I rather like this latest landscape but I know that feeling will likely change with the next one I do. As for the painting - we're used to a long wait for repairs here so it's not unexpected.

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  11. Your new piece is fabulous :)

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  12. Wonderful work of art, love it!

    Whoever took the photo shows some promise.

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    1. He certainly does - he's generous too!

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  13. Your finished landscape is beautiful, Mary Ann! And I love how you finished up the border. Perfect. I'm both not surprised and completely indignant for you that the painters have done this to you. What a week!

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    1. Thank you Becki. I like this landscape too....definitely one of my favourites. It's currently Tues. night here and no sign of the painters today. Another two years maybe?

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