The kids have no school today - probably cause of the freezing rain that fell last night. They will be coming over soon probably. It's nice that they are getting old enough to be home alone more often.
Dreaming more dreams last night of searching and trying to find people, losing them, losing things, creatures attacking other creatures and me trying to save them. I am glad that I have dedicated myself now to trying to write "morning pages" cause that gives me the time to devote myself to remembering and writing down my dreams. For a while now I haven't been able to remember my dreams - I'd just wake up and they would evaporate. Remembering dreams doesn't help me to resolve the issues but at least it gives me some insight into how I *feel* about them. I haven't written a full 3 pages of "morning pages" except for the first day, but it does give me time dedicated to write.
I got very disgusted with the old living room rug that we got in 2013 when we moved back into this house. The cats pull long threads out of it, the light colored areas are dingy and the black background shows specks of dirt so easily. So I ordered a new rug - with much more muted colors (olive green, rust, ivory and tan in an oriental pattern). We pulled the old rug up last week and cleaned the floor well in anticipation of the new rug's arrival. But I got tired of the bare floor and the day before yesterday put the old bright colored rug on the floor again. As soon as I saw it there I loved it all over again. I guess I just needed a break from it. Anyway the new rug should get here tomorrow. Maybe we will have a "winter rug" and a "summer rug". I do need to give the old rug an intense cleaning - maybe take it out into the yard and scrub it well this summer. The floors get very dirty here - the grandkids (and us) tracking dirt in everyday. I don't want to be bothered with taking our shoes off at the door so that's what we get, I guess. Here's a picture I took this morning of the old rug (and old Oo-tapo):
I'll get a photo of the new rug later for comparison when it arrives.
Other stuff -
I need to work on income taxes. I did do my 2nd half of 2014 sales taxes but I still need to tackle the business and family income taxes. Blaa. I will be going to Florida to visit my sister the end of the month (yay!) but I need to get this done before I go so the tax lady can have a chance to work on it.
Yesterday I made what I think is a cute pair of rectangular earrings for the "window" series - looking forward to getting them polished today so I can list them.
I have a challenge right now of making settings for a group of 8 antique elements that a customer wants me to make into buttons for her. She wants the settings to be made out of brass. When I first was learning metal fabrication we used brass and copper cause it is cheaper to work with but it was difficult in some ways - solder didn't seem to flow as easily and it can be "sticky" when sawing it. The more experienced people said that when I got better and started to use silver the process would be much easier. And that was true. I have enjoyed the ease of silver for so many years it is a little annoying to have to struggle with brass again. But I'm hoping as I go along it will get easier to make the button settings. I think I will anneal the brass first - that could help. Going to do that today. Maybe this will be a whole new thing I can work with if I get good with brass and really master it. Some people do like brass - they like yellow and gold looking things.