New Ukulele (from a DIY kit)

I know, do I need a new ukulele when technically I can’t play the one I have yet? Probably not, but when I saw this DIY kit I had to order it. Its not full on build it yourself- the uke body is already together and really you just pin/glue/screw a few pieces in place and bob’s yer uncle. It took about 30 minutes to assemble and another ten minutes to string and tune, once I realized I had done some of the assembly wrong.

Anyway, I started out with a nice plain paint job and it quickly turned into this.

This is the hardware I used that after going to Michael’s, Lowe’s, and Walmart, I finally found at Home Depot of all places. Its a rubber coated hook that I found in the hardware section- aisle 36 I think it was. I might swap out the brackets I made for my other stand for these as well. Their only a buck a piece.

After I took those photos, I added the word “HELP” to the lower corner on the front. I also built another stand, using mostly stuff I had on hand for a cost of about $4. I painted it bright green, the same color as some of the paint splatters on  the uke, and did a few splatters on it as well.

Now the ukulele itself, it’s loud, but honestly it doesn’t sound as nice as my tenor does. There’s a big difference in price though between them, and quality. But it was still a super fun little project and I’d say worth the $40!

 

 

Meeting the Ukulele Club!

This afternoon I met up with the High Desert Ukulele Club for the first time. I was nervous, and my stomach was doing flip flops because I am really bad at meeting new people. I got there at 4pm and found out the first hour or so is typically used for visiting, eating dinner, and just general socializing. The group is pretty much all retirees, and I only saw one other tenor ukulele there, but there were two really cool cigar box ukes made by someone’s uncle.

At 5:30, the meeting started, with announcements, and then solos for people who wanted to play them. Someone (Birdie) suggested the group have a theme song and she played and sang it for us. Everyone agreed that was a good idea.

I learned that there is a mailing list where they send out the month’s music choices ahead of time (I signed up for it) and the group plays through the list of songs together. A few of the songs no one knew well enough to play so they got booted back to the next meeting. I only know like 3 chords, so I just played the ones I knew and faked the rest. I’ll be working on learning a few new chords before I go back in two weeks.

The group was really nice though, super friendly, and it couldn’t have been any better. Really fun!

Pictures & Words :p

I’ve got lots of photos and plenty of words for you this time. This month is crazy busy with appointments because I got my surgery date (finally!) and will be getting my tubal ligation on the 20th. That means I’ve had to drive all over the damn place for my pre-surgical tests but I’ve just finished my last one. Of course the day before its clear liquids only and I have to drink some icky stuff to flush me out, which I am hoping won’t interfere with the fact I see my psych doctor that same day.

I think adding the Zoloft to my daily regimen has helped. My manic episodes have tapered off for the most part to just low level hypo-manic, which is good because I feel mostly in control through those. I will discuss it with my doctor and we’ll decide whether to bump up my Geodon a bit or not.

 

img_20160403_220508447_hdr.jpgI crocheted this basket for my craft room, using one strand each of Jade and Burgundy (Red heart super saver). It was pretty quick but larger hooks hurt my hands so I was glad when it was finished.

This cute little daikon radish was super fast and easy to make! I loved doing his greenery afterwards and figured he could use a bit of a face so stitched his eyes on as well. As stated in the pattern, you could also use it to make a carrot. 🙂 You can find the pattern on Ravelry.

I made two baby blankets as well, one of which (not pictured) I gave to Dee next door for Miranda, and one of which I am giving to a girl from the pool hall who is pregnant (below). This one is just a granny pentagon- super easy and quick to make. I think I spent a few hours over two days on this one.

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I made this super cute dinosaur stuffie for Tracy, and even gave him a smirk to match hers, though it was entirely accidental. His pattern is also located through Ravelry. I did shorten his neck and tail a bit because I was running short on yarn, but otherwise he’s pretty much like the pattern indicates.

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Last Wednesday I drove to Burbank and picked up Mattie at the airport and on the way home we stopped at Creative Ewe. So many gorgeous yarns, really nice store, and wonderful people staffing it. I am looking forward to going back when I can actually shop.

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Thursday we had a craft day (Tracy, Jami, and I) and we made these tasty sandwiches for lunch along with salad and of course lots of tasty snacks. She even got a lemon tart which was so good!

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I finally knit my Wurm hat, or as I am calling it, the beehive hat, complete with many many bees! It’s silly but I love it and I can’t stop wearing it.

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My yarn order that UPS failed to deliver, and then a few days later delivered to the wrong house. Finally arrived.

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Our last photos for today are two of my favorite face in the world. 🙂 She finally got over being mad at Mattie after he came home from his trip and decided she wanted to spend some time snuggling with him. A bad, blurry photo I know but she was so cute sitting in his lap in his chair!

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She’s also been spending a lot of time in silly positions lately. The weather is getting warmer so its all about exposing her belly!

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I also finally tracked down the High Desert Ukulele Club completely by accident. Tom and I were at dinner at the Greenhouse Cafe yesterday and I saw they were meeting in the next room, so maybe in a few weeks I will join them and actually learn to play it.

Lazy Day

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Our dogs in this photo pretty much personify how my day has gone so far. I took some photos of them, I vacuumed (they are shedding so much hair right now I feel like the house is actually growing its own hair too), I read a lot of random blog posts and commented on most of them, and I thought a lot about working on my current crochet project. I also thought about starting a cross stitch project which I want to do for Mattie’s nerd cave, and I got tired of Sashi begging all day long for treats, snacks, and handouts. We never hand feed our dogs anything but all day today she has begged as if its a regular occurrence. Nope. Not happening dog. That’s her hopeful “please give me all the things” face, BTW.

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I did practice my ukulele some this afternoon though and will hopefully practice it again this evening before bed. Tomorrow I will check my finances again and see about calling a local music store to get in for a lesson this week if I can. I’m trying a different strumming method than I had been using and while it’s a bit slow to sink in (I’ve been using the other method for 3 whole weeks- an eternity! LOL), I think I’m getting it and it does sound fuller and louder. I also feel like I’m hitting all the strings better as well.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking Mattie’s dad around for a few errands in the afternoon, and then we’ve got pool in the evening. The season is almost over and pretty soon we’ll be getting our payouts for our wins. I don’t have as many wins as I had hoped to have this season but I’ll take what I’ve got!

We finally caught the mouse that was in the bedroom, though I’m not quite sure when. It was starting to get a little stinky when we remembered to check the mousetrap today and of course Sashi is obsessed with the idea of getting into the trashcan to get the nasty old thing. I swear the worse something smells the more that dog wants it. Yuck! I reset the trap in case he had a friend hanging around but I really think there was just the one.

I’m also feeling almost back to normal. I haven’t sneezed in two days and while I’m still blowing my nose, its been like once every few hours and not once every fifteen minutes. Tonight I’m hoping to finish my current book and maybe start another one before I knock out for the night, but don’t want to be up too late as tomorrow will be a busy day.

Kinda Disappointed

Mattie and I had planned to go to Bark at the Park today but we had to take his dad shopping too, and since I’m still not feeling 100%, I didn’t want to do both in one day. I suggested we go to the Bark tomorrow but he said no, so no Bark at all this year. That made me sad and a little upset because I was really looking forward to going.

We took his dad shopping and we went out to dinner (I had a Cajun chicken pasta that the menu proclaimed was “hot” but it was barely spicy), and afterwards did some shopping of our own. We came home with drinkable stuff, too much wine, some meat that was priced too low to pass up, and some household stuff. I bought two tins of sardines which I love, but Mattie finds disgusting. :p I made us dessert (orange cranberry bread and blueberry bread) and we watched some comedies. The new Muppets show is pretty good- they did a nice job of modernizing it, and Gabriel Iglesias is always a good laugh.

I practiced my ukulele some after that, trying out some new strumming methods, and I think I found one I like better then what I was doing before. I made an audio recording to share with you, but I warn you its pretty bad. I’ve been playing for three weeks, and at the time of the recording, I’d been using this strumming method for all of five minutes so I was really struggling with bringing it all together. The file format is .3gpp, and is under 2 megabytes, which is playable in Windows Media Player, amongst other things.

Click here to download from DropBox.

Like I said, its awful, but I feel like recording myself periodically will help me to get better because I can hear what I’m doing right and wrong better. I’m really eager to get better and be able to play actual music instead of these vague little tunes of sadness. hehe

It looks like we’re spending the rest of our evening watching TV so nothing too exciting there. Maybe if he puts on something boring I’ll practice my ukulele a bit more tonight. Monday I want to call about seeing about taking a lesson.

Feeling So Much Better

I woke up today feeling so much better than yesterday. Yesterday I honestly felt like roadkill. I did make myself go back to the book sale yesterday though and found 5 more books I wanted- 2 crafting books, 2 cook books, and one art book called Gnomes that I bought for my friend Tracy who later I learned was actually looking for that book. That made me happy because I know she’ll be happy to have it. My 2 crafting books were both crochet patterns, which I seem to be collecting a lot of.

My cold is hopefully on the way out because I don’t think I can stand to be sick like this much longer!

I took the magazine we got by mistake several days ago to the house where it should have gone (our mail lady sucks and gives us everyone else’s mail all the time) with a note of apology attached about its delay in getting to her.

Mattie surprised me when he got home by taking me out to dinner at a little hole in the wall Mexican place and we both ate too much. Afterwards we came home to watch some TV, to catch up on a few of our shows.

DSCF1193Tomorrow is Saturday and is the start of Bark at the Park. We look forward to taking the girls to this every year because its a lot of fun. I donated a few doggie items to their raffle this year. I like to think the dogs have a good time too but who knows. I think Sashi finds it a bit overwhelming but exciting to be honest and Lucy is old and tired and doesn’t care about anything. But we take them every year and encourage them to play the doggie-friendly games and they always come home with new treats and toys, which they do really enjoy.

I ordered my Halloween costume today too after some deliberation and finally went with what I did because it was on clearance and I honestly don’t have a Halloween budget this year. It was a toss-up between a few things but the *_______* costume finally won out. I think it will be a little tight in the chest but I’m not too worried about it and it will be here in plenty of time to make sure it fits before Halloween.

I still need to practice my ukulele (it’s been days!) and to take the trash out and a few other little chores tonight. I’m hoping for another early night because I really could use the sleep since I am still sick.