Yesterday turned out pretty much as I expected – sort of. With all the running around we had to do, I knew I wouldn’t even be able to touch the saw, and I didn’t. By the time we got back from the gym, we thought we would get an early head start and do as many errands as possible prior to our 2pm appointment to get the new wheels put on the car, so we left shortly afterword.
Ironically, it snowed off and on while driving up. It ranged anywhere from a few flurries floating down to some serious blowing snow. Fortunately, it didn’t stick and in between squalls, the sun peeked out and dried everything up. I suppose it is typical for this time of year, but it whether it sticks or not, it is sometimes unnerving to see any snow at all when driving that car – especially on worn tires. We too the scenic route that went along the shore and took it slow and easy. I am happy to say it was uneventful.
We stopped for lunch at our favorite cafe and had a bite to eat. This place is really nice and inexpensive and has great burgers, which Keith loves. It was a little after lunchtime when we arrived (around 1pm) and there were only four other tables of people. We did notice something though – of the nine other people in the room, seven of them had their ‘I-phones’ out and were texting away during their meal. It was kind of odd. It was funny because I noticed it and didn’t say anything but when we went back in the car, Keith said something to me about it. I suppose that is the way of the world and I am getting old, but ‘when I was growing up’ and cell phones were ‘new’ it used to be considered somewhat rude to talk on the phone when in a setting with other people such as dinner or lunch. At least I considered it such. Now it just seems that it is so commonplace that everywhere you go no matter what the setting, people are typing away. How the heck did I get through my teens in the 70’s without that type of communication?? I just don’t know.
I am proud to say that i still don’t own a cell phone and I don’t see getting one any time in the future. We had Keith’s until a couple of months ago when he accidentally put it through the washer and dryer. Even at that point his contract was up and he was only using it on a pay-as-you-go basis. It just wasn’t worth the $50 or so a month for the maybe two calls he made on it. When it was killed in the washer, we decided to see what it would be like to not have one at all and you know – we are surviving fine. While there may come a time in the future when we will need a cell phone, for now we don’t feel it is necessary. It is one of those few times in my life that I feel that if the need ever comes up, there will be someone else around who will have one. I know that is a bad attitude, but when my daughter was living with me she talked me into getting one with her as a ‘package’ and again – I paid about $50 a month for something that I never used. I was also receiving these goofy text messages from some promotion company that got my number and I was really angry because just by RECEIVING these messages, which I could not control, I was being charged an additional $2 per message! They didn’t have the option to block the number and like it or not, a couple of times a week I would have these messages charged to my phone. I got rid of the phone as soon as I could.
The only other thing of note was that I did something that I never in my wildest dreams thought I would do. I spent $32 on a stapler.
It is a Swingline Optima and uses their special Optima staples and it boasts that it can go through 40 sheets of paper.
It comes empty and the box of staples is another $5. (YES – for Staples!!!)
I had looked at it several months ago when we were stapling our 10 page catalogs and the dollar store stapler was failing us. Since we use thicker paper on the catalog so we can print on both sides, it was really a chore to get it stapled nicely together. At that time, I thought that anyone who spent $32 on a stapler would need their head examined and opted for the $10 one next to it.
Well, here I am several weeks later, plopping down the 32 bucks for this puppy. All I say is it had better razzle and dazzle me and be the best darn stapler on the planet!
The $10 ‘new’ one was a terrible failure on the 16 to 18 sheet patterns. After painstakingly printing them out where they looked nice and professional, the other night I began the process of stapling them together while I was watching a movie. I thought it would be a relaxing task at the end of a long day and it was nothing but frustration.
More so than not, the stapler was unable to go through the pattern. This meant me trying to neatly pry out the staples which were bent all askew without tearing out the corners of the patterns. It was so aggravating and also taxing on my hands trying to push it closed in order to work. Suddenly the $32 stapler didn’t seen so ridiculous anymore. After all, it was ‘guaranteed’ that if you used the Optimal staples, it wouldn’t jam. Besides – what was my time worth anyway? After a couple of hours of picking out bent staples and being annoyed and also having to reprint a couple of cover pages, I thought perhaps it was time for me to invest in a good stapler and hope for the best.
I kept all the packaging and of course I kept the receipt and while paying for it, I made sure that if I wasn’t satisfied with it I can bring it back. To me, it would be worth the $32 to get the job done properly and without fuss. In trying it out last night, I will say that I am “impressed.” (I know – what a dismal life I must have if a stapler ‘impresses’ me!) But it has this kind of spring action where you can go through the 18 pages by pushing with two fingers if you want. YAY! :D I suppose it is like with any tool – you can always find good ones if you are willing to pay enough.
So that was the day pretty much. We didn’t return home until dinner time and by the time all was unpacked, all I felt like doing was trying out the new stapler and I was pretty much done for the night.
The new wheels are on and the car is ready for the road again. It is sunny out today and bright and even though I am not going anywhere, I am happy that if I want to, I can.
Today is going to be a day where I will be chained to the saw. I want to make a big dent in this cutting and I am ready to spend the day cutting. I am sure I will do fine.
I hope your weekend is a good one. Have fun and enjoy your time!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"