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IN the meantime …

I didn’t spend the week doing nothing, have you MET me. (Although I did take several naps, go me.)

I spent a lot of time flopped on the couch, reading, & also got some sewing done. As witness!


[ A pair of thick socks, mottled in shades of dark pink. Blue stitching is visible at the balls & heels of the soles. ]

… okay, yes, strictly speaking this is darning, not sewing. Continue reading IN the meantime …

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[ clip art of a green dumpster, with red & yellow flames pouring out of the top & ‘2020’ in big letters on the side ]


you know how it goes, mortals make plans & the gods laugh

overpowered overdramatic bastards were extra bastard this year tho

BUT HEY 2020 is almost over & I AM STILL HERE

lot of us are still here (too many aren’t)

I’m grateful for every one of y’all who’s still here

we’ve been getting each other through this

there’s a long road yet to go but the end is in sight!

ANYWAY wash ya hands, wear ya masks, stay home if ya can, & get the vaccine (if ya can) when your number comes up!

be well & I’ll see y’all in 2021!


also here is a cat picture

[ Loiosh, an orange tabby wearing a green harness, stands on a large rock, facing off to the left. His tail is held low, but his ears & whiskers are perked forward. Behind him is a wood fence & beyond that, tall ponderosa pines. ]

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look it’s just been like this is all


here we are, it’s getting on towards black friday where I am but I know I’m not staying up til midnight, so I figured I’d start it a lil early, you can shop while you digest, or something like that.

So I set up the sale, after checking the note I made last year, because I’m kinda tired & otherwise I’d be staring at my website going ‘huh I’m sure it’s here somewhere’, which is amusing but not really useful.

So now everything at The Vagabond Tabby is 20% off, now until probably Tuesdayish, I’m not sure, depends on when I get up that morning, on account of ‘morning’ is a relative term, especially these days, yikes.

ANYWAY go buy stuff, I’m going to bed.
also here’s a cat picture

[ A half-grown Loiosh, curled up in a ball. He’s wearing wings made of thin sheets of blue foam, & a santa hat that was drawn on, poorly, in a cheap knockoff of photoshop. ]

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stress woodworking!

(This was written on Monday but scheduled for Wednesday; who knows what’ll happen between now & then!)

So I got this new shipping label printer a couple months back, & it’s really been making shipping go a LOT more smoothly. I stuck it in the top drawer of my printer file cabinet, & it fits just fine, but the labels, when they come out, kind of curl up against the front of the drawer & I have to keep an eye on them.

[ A small label printer, about 4x4x6″, sits in an open drawer, with 4×6 labels stacked behind it. There’s a small space between the front of the printer, where the labels come out, & the front of the drawer. ]

So I decided to fix that. With power tools.

[ The front of the drawer, once black, is now grey, with some of the colour sanded away. There’s a horizontal slot cut in the drawer, pretty unevenly. ]

It doesn’t look great, but it works, & it gave me something to think about other than the possibly-impending death of democracy. Anyway once I paint it it’ll look better.

I’ve been meaning to do this one for a while, really, but wanting to NOT be at the computer, doomscrolling, made this a perfect time to finally get round to it.

I’ve also been meaning to make a proper book stand for my herbal recipes book, & putting it off because all of the ‘easy’ DIY things I found wanted me to cut wood at an angle, which I do NOT have the tools to do in any useful manner. No, not even with a mitre block, look, I can mess up a straight line when I’ve got the guide clamped in eight places, I’m TALENTED is what.

I need a table saw.

In the meantime, I faked it with mostly-straight lines, using detailed plans that involved ‘bring the book outside & hold wood up against it until something works’.

[ My book of herbal recipes sits open on a table, outside, with my hand holding a couple of short lengths of wood along the bottom edge. ]

The finished product! Or at least ‘done enough to test’.

[ The back is made from a roughly sanded piece of scrap wood, maybe an inch wider than the book on each side but shorter than the book is tall. A thin length of wood has been screwed along the bottom for the book to rest on, & an even smaller length of wood is attached to the top front of the bottom piece to hold the book in place. ]

As I’d suspected would happen, the bit at the bottom wasn’t high enough to hold the book in on its own, so I added another bit for tilting purposes.

[ There’s now another small piece of wood running along the bottom front of the book stand, causing it to tilt backwards. ]

Of course, that bit of tilt was enough to make it fall over backwards, & while I could have left it that way & depended on the wall to hold it up, I knew better.

[ A larger piece of wood, maybe an inch by an inch & running most of the width of the stand, has been attached to the back piece, but just a bit up from the bottom, so that it supports the book stand at an angle. ]

Success! Here’s a side view so you can see how it all goes together.

[ Side cross section! The tall back piece tilts slightly to the left, held in place by the piece behind it; in front, a short horizontal piece sticks out at the bottom, with matching small lengths of wood on top & on the bottom at the outer edge. ]

& it even holds the book in place! Like it’s supposed to! Seriously, this is gonna make things a LOT easier.

[ My recipe book, in place in my work table, neatly held on the book stand. It’s not falling off or anything! ]

I finished the day up by adding a couple more boards to Tyrava’s inside walls. I’m gonna run out of denim insulation soon; the stuff had better come back into stock someday.

[ One section of one of Tyrava’s inside walls; short lengths of wood fastened horizontally cover it from the bottom to a little more than halfway up, & from behind the top piece, blue denim insulation is visible. ]

I also spent some time cleaning up out front — I brought in the show shelves & stuff, which are in DESPERATE need of another coat or two of linseed oil after spending the summer out in the sun, & I’ve been slowly picking up wood & sorting it out. Anything still big enough to be used goes into Tyrava, & everything else gets stacked up for firewood.

Little steps. Plus, bonus, I didn’t have to think about huge existential things for a couple hours!

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Tyrava — door stops & more wall

[ Tyrava’s front door frame, which is painted purple; a length of unpainted wood maybe an inch wide & half an inch deep runs along the inside of the frame, right where the door will stop when it’s closed properly. ]

Last Saturday & today I got a bunch done on Tyrava, including the door stops all the way around the front door. Since I’m not terribly good at cutting things precisely & there were big gaps around the door, this is a VERY good thing.

It was easy where the door frame is straight, of course, but the curved parts were trickier. Continue reading Tyrava — door stops & more wall

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I made a thing!

It’s been far, FAR too long since I’ve made a BIG piece for Trickster’s Trash. I knew more-or-less what this piece was going to be when I picked up the already-twisted bucket handle that frames it, so using this as a place to dip my toes back in was kinda perfect.

On a wood table: five pieces of green sea glass, a metal bucket handle with the two ends that would go into the top of the bucket twined together, & two buncldes of different thicknesses of copper wire, one enclosed in a teal-blue coating.

This is where I started. It’s rare that I have this much of an idea of where I’m going to wind up this early, & even rarer that I stick this close to what I’d envisioned. I’m not sure what, if anything, that means — but I’m happy with the results! Continue reading I made a thing!