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May 9, 2012

WOYWW 153

Julia Dunnit's brilliant What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday site was the first blog challenge I linked to when I tip-toed into this good and gracious world of cyberfriendly stamping sites.  I've grown to look forward to this Wednesday ritual of reconnecting with folks from all around the world as we peek into each other's craft areas.  So I really missed all of you last Wednesday as I lay in the hospital (see past posts), feeling better and maddeningly unable to visit and comment because the hospital wi-fi was on the fridge, I mean fritz.  One more day in that nuthouse and I would have partook of an archy.

That was then, this is now, and how have you all been?  I've a story for my show and tell this week, as usual.  I'm a talker and it doesn't bother me if most of you don't have time to read it.  Excuse a second, some tears fell into my keyboard.  I was saying, I have fun writing it anyway.  But for those who want a quick-peek-just-inside-can't-come-in-my-shoes-are-dirty-I'll-stay-out-here-gotta-dash-anyway, I wanted to show you two of the adorable cards I received from friends:

From Donna:
From Kathy:


Aren't they great?  If you're clicking off, have a great week!  BTW, having said how much I missed you last week, I should note here that I am leaving next Tuesday on vacation to reunion with my sisters in the great state of Iowa, God willing and the creek don't rise.

Actually, my post should be entitled "What's Above Your Workdesk? Wednesday."  When I moved out of the uninsulated garage, which ran to extremely uncomfortable hot/cold knicker extremes, and into the playhouse, Mister and I splurged on a little wall air conditioner for me.  Aside from being noisy, it's been a joy to behold.


Cept for one little thing.  I do hate to complain amongst (amidst?) all these blessings, Lord knows, but it turns out that when I am sitting in my chair, the top of my head and the bottom of the air flow shooting frigid air straight into the room just perfectly match up.  Picture wasps of my hair flapping in the breeze.  Turns out I have a thing for cold air blowing directly onto my thinning bean.  It's a hate thing.

Mister thought and thought.  He nodded off occasionaly, but to his credit, he mostly thought.  We brainstormed.  It was just really a light sprinkle.  Then he very cleverly decided to buy some plastic acrylic sheets and have them cut, just so, this x that, two at an angle, and he would glue sides A and B to side C and be done with my bagging about it.

Only trouble was, he told the nice lady at the home supply the wrong measurements.  (As a public service, and to save you the trouble, you should know that when that happens, there is apparently a law limiting each household to a specific foot measure of acrylic and you are not allowed to go back to the store and buy the correctly measured product.)  Mister also had trouble finding a glue that would work on Polly Filene Hydrochlorinoid. 

I said, oh, honey, never mind.  How about we buy one of those furnace vent plastic sleeves that direct the air flow into the room?  They are adjustable and I have this strip of magnetic tape, and if we . . . what's that?  Oh, well, sure if you'd rather try and make your pieces that are too small work, stretch and bend unbendable acrylic, and glue your fingers together with this glue that isn't really meant for . . . no, no, you go ahead.  You betcha.

He can be stubborn like that.  He was gonna die trying, I'll give him that, but by Godfrey Daniel, he made it work!  That thin bead (not!) of yellow you see is the glue.  Oh wait, I remember now.  He squeezed every last drop from that tube of glue, lips pulled back in an angry sneer, teeth glenched, eyes wide, as layer upon layer, glue globule upon glue globule, were laid down in such a way that even our pet elephant would not be able to unsunder the seams. 

(I think broken cookies don't have calories, he thinks we have a pet elephant.  I don't judge.)

(And wasn't that mean of me to make you say 'glue globule' twice? It feels like you've got peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth, huh?)



Bless his heart.  And it does work, too.  Now those of you who have clicked on my playhouse picture and come on inside know that I have a Organized Crafting Disease or Ocute Cleanliness Disorder.  So you'll know that my love for Mister runs deep for me to allow this globby schmeary unsightly, but highly effective, invention in my precius space.  It's being patented, too, so don't even think about stealing the idea.

In case you noticed it, here's a closeup of the little sign I have hanging on that wall.  I plan someday to use it as inspiration for a black and white card with lady bugs and hearts (and crazy ladies?).


The twins, before they could read, would ask me every time, what does that say, Bama?  I would read it to them.  Ever have four identical eyeballs stare at you with confusion?  They're older now and I think they are beginning to understand where I'm coming from.

Have a great week!  As always, thank you for stopping by to visit.  Special thanks to you if you take the time to join as a follower or leave a comment!

35 comments:

Karen said...

I hope you are feeling better and continuing to improve [[hugs]]. I love the cards, they are gorgeous and a fab quote on the wall hanging :)

Have a fab WOYWW and a lovely week, Hugs, Karen xx #49

BumbleVee said...

hahah.... thanks so much for a great laugh....pet elephant ...and oh, man...I could just see him squeezing that silly tube for all he was worth... I've seen the same sort of thing around here many a time... while building speaker boxes...hahahah..... I know it well....

Hazel said...

Hope you feel better - and also enjoy the time away next week - just what you need - thanks for sharing - (Hazel, WOYWW #95) x

Victoria said...

Love the tale of the Mister's diligent efforts to wrestle the air con! I'm sure you'll come up with a way of prettifying it! Love that hanging by the way.

Lynne said...

Another super hilarious post Darnell.Enjoy your vacation, it`ll do you the world of good.
Lynne xxx

Kara Lynne said...

Ha! Ice cream for you for putting your hubby's feelings first. "People are more important than things," that's what we tell our kids.

Bonnie said...

Oh, my! I would have had a time not saying anything sarcastic or laughing, but it works and your Mister is so proud of himself. Hey, I have a friend that would just tape some fake ivy to hide the glue. I LOVE the sign. I think we all need one of those.

Jacqueline said...

Had to laugh at the "cookies" and "pet Elephant" quip! lol

Thanks for making me smile after some heavy paperwork! Feel like I've just been interrogated!! lol

Take care and Happy WOYWW!

p.s. I co9uldn't be THAT tidy if my life depended on it! I've tried and failed abysmally! LOVE your "little playhouse"!! It's beautiful! And some clever organising too!

Jackie #102

Laura said...

I love stopping by yours on Wednesdays!
'Ever have four identical eyeballs stare at you with confusion?' - Love it!
Laura 82

Redanne said...

Really hope you are feeling much better now, that was an awful experience you had. The cards your friends did are gorgeous and I love the little sign at the end of your post, sums a few of us I think!
Anne #2

Erika said...

Darnell great post love your little plaque at the bottom and your friends sent lovely cards. Hope you are on the mend and happy Wednesday, hugs Erika.

Jeanne said...

I, (and many others, I am sure) laughed out loud at your blog today. Thanks so much for bringing laughter into my home. Have a great vacation. Sending hugs.

Helen said...

Hi Darnell thanks for popping in to see me. Thank you for you kind comments about my crating haven. I have saved your site to have a good look around your place tomorrow. The outside looks beautiful. I love your chatty post so I am going to bed on a smile WOYWW Hugs from Helen 50

StampinCarol said...

I have really enjoyed reading your blog! Oh my gosh! You had me cracking up as I went back in time here. Your playhouse is absolutely fabulous! And I'm glad you're feeling better. God bless you!
And thanks for visiting my blog.
Carol #130

Shoshi said...

Ha ha ha Darnel, what a brilliant post! Made me laugh!

Sorry to hear you've had such health problems too, and I do hope you are now feeling better after your hospital stay. I had a scare last week unrelated to my ongoing condition (M.E.) and it set me back quite a bit - I had to have a biopsy but fortunately all is well. Just got 'orrible payback as a result of all the stress and hospital visit etc. Not been a good week but fortunatley I was able to get some of my Art Journal done!! Thanks for your lovely message.

Shoshi #85

Lisa Richards said...

Clicked on your playhouse photo and saw your actual desk! :D
Hope you're on the mend and enjoying that wonderful space you have!
Thanks for visiting my desk!
Lisa

Queen Lightwell said...

You are so hilarious! You will cover it with some fabulous paper, though, right? It's so sweet(of the DH) but simply too hideous for your gorgeous space! And the brain sprinkle...I have an image in my head that is just making me rotflol. :) So glad you are back with us this week and thanks for stopping by my blog and checking my mess out and admiring my wonderful pup!
#62~Deeyll

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...beautifully crafted cards you have there, everytime I see your craft place I just smile it's so amazing...wishing you a safe journey & oodles of fun with your Family...thanks for sharing & dropping by...Mel :)

CraftygasheadZo said...

Fantastic post, hope things are better for you love seeing your pics and hearing about your week. Take care and enjoy WOYWW snooping! Zo xx 73

Keren Howell said...

Loved the account of How The Acrylic Was Made To Fit - made me laugh! Thanks for sharing!

JoZart said...

Hi Darnell, What a fun post.. .I loved reading your quirky way of looking at life and it's happenings. I too hate draught directly into my face and hair and understand your trials over the cooler.
Love that sign too!
I do hope you are feeling 100% now. Take care,
Love joZarty x

Tammy said...

Gorgeous cards. I love that dark blue! Hope you had a very productive Wednesday. I'm so late getting around to more desks but try to get to as many as I can. Thanks for stopping by my desk! Tammy #122

Ardyth said...

I'm happy to see that you are clearly back to your 'normal' (lol) self - thanks for the giggle!

carol (krillsister) said...

Glad you are recovering. Must say, those are 2 beautiful cards you received. Love your commmentary. A great humorous writer you are.

May said...

I have tears dropping on to MY keyboard from laughing... I love your posts!!!I do hope you are feeling better... great cards too!! Hugs May x x x#31

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Darnell,

You definitely know how to tell a great story! hee hee

I hope you are feeling better. Hospital stays are NEVER fun.....

Thanks for visiting me a leaving your sweet comment - although I feel comfortable as a doodler!

Hugs,
Kay #127

Est xxx said...

Thank you so much for making me giggle...that wall hanging...I understand it completely ;-) have a great week xxx

SuziesImaginarium said...

Hooray for visiting with sisters!! I hope you have a wonderful, safe trip. Glad you are feeling better and your hubby is a wonderful guy! Thanks for visiting me earlier #159..oh, btw...I adore the cards you received...they are soooo cute!

Lisa-Jane said...

Oh you did make me chuckle! I love that quote and I am glad that you are back to "normality" after your hospital stay. LOVE your playhouse! #53

Sherry said...

Oh my goodness, I don't often actually LOL, but couldn't help myself here when reading about your Mister's endeavours to do his fix it job on your AC unit - sooooo funny! He does sound a bit like my hubby - they just won't listen, but they get the job done in the end! Thanks for the laugh. Also funny about those four little confused eyeballs and your sign!!

I just had to go and take another look into your playhouse from the link at the top - still super impressed by it all!

Thanks for already coming to see my desk this week x
WoYwW # 142

Anne said...

Hi there what a funny post quite cheered me up. Hope you are better. Love those cards especially the blue one. Thanks for visiting me. Annex

DottyA Cards & Things said...

First I'd like to thank you for stopping by my place and visiting! I so enjoy reading your comments and encouragement too!
OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I just LOVE you Play House!!! I have to click on the picture and take the tourer... what a wonderful idea that is...
Great fix for the cood air too, I had air blowing on me like that too!

Miriam said...

Gorgeous cards - thanks for sharing.
#97

Liz Black said...

Sorry for the late visit but I do hope you're feeling better. Thanks for the lovely tales, I also have a hubby who is very handy and secretly loves doing creative diy fixes, although he may grumble at the time! The only problem is that he is the one for whom it has to be 'perfect' and he won't rest until it is! Bless 'im! Thanks for sharing : ) Liz at 138 x ps love your sign ... : )

Amy E said...

I'm getting around late this week...but better late than never!?!?


I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. It's so sweet that you got all the sweet cards from your friends...I love the bloggy world for that!!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Amy E. #3
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