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Woe is Me

This was one of those Mondays when nothing was going right. I know you want to hear all my woes, right?

Number one. My laptop died on Saturday. I thought it was caused be a dead battery and a power cord with a short. Turns out, there was a problem worse than that. Anyway, I got a pretty good deal on a trade-in and a new open box Mac I-book. Open box means that it was purchased and returned and I got it for a discount. I get the new Mac warranty. I also get a new carrying bag and a Lacie external back-up drive. I was hoping to pick it up this morning, after they had copied all my files to the new computer. But they called and said that it kept freezing up and so they had to try another method. Tonight, they called and I can pick it up tomorrow. Woohoo! Can’t wait.

Number two. This morning I packed up my nice clothes that are too big and took them to the nearest consignment shop. They only took about 1/4 of the things I took in. They said they were not “their” style. I said, Oh, that is why I can never find anything here. You don’t carry “my” style!! So tomorrow, I am going to call the Savvy Plus consignment store to see if they are interested. I find it amusing that they want items purchased in the past year to year and a half. And yet, when you look around the store, she see all this stuff that you know is older than that. Sigh. It is so much easier to go to the Good Will and forget about cash!!

Number three. Two weeks ago, I ordered 3 rolls of fabric prepared for printing on a large format computer. the company is ColorPlus, in Las Vegas. Last Tuesday, I called to find out where my stuff was. She said it had not been sent because the organza was not in. I said, just send the silk and the cotton – I needed it yesterday. She said she would send it priority mail. You guessed it. No fabric has arrived. I called again. I was told that they would call back in half an hour to let me know if it had been shipped. No phone call. I will try again and tell them I have 500 fiber artists reading my blog, and they will hear about my problem!! (Sometimes a little exaggeration works!)

Otherwise, it has been very pleasant around here. Olivier left at 4:30 this morning. I never got to take a photo of him in his cool coat, but I found one on the Internet. He is on the right. He found some wonderful vintage German-made opera glasses at an antique store on Saturday. We had a great lunch at Papa Haydn’s. The Bach Christmas Oratorio was absolutely divine. It includes 6 cantatas and is 3 hours long, but very worth it. It was followed by Wassail and cookies.

My latest project, while I wait for my fabric, is a collage titled “Pilgrimage”. I have printed a photo of our group on organza and also have a photo of footprints on silk. I have made thermofax screens of the religious symbols in the background. The orange linen will be the base for this. I am going to try writing on it with a syringe or tjanting tool.

Lastly, I was talking to Mr C in his office and looked out and saw this wonderful sight of water droplets on the strange flowers that bloom in the fall on the plant outside his window. I tried to get a clear photo of it using the close-up button. If you click on the photo, you can see the droplets a little better.

Here is another shot of the flowers.

My friend, Diane, takes incredibly beautiful macro shots of flowers. My camera cannot compete with hers, but I love trying!!

8 Responses to “Woe is Me”

  1. Diane says:

    Thanks for the nice mention of my humble flower photography! I sure have fun with my camera. I’m sorry to hear about your computer and fabric woes — I guess there are just periods of time where things go awry and we’re in one of them. (Is it a full moon?)
    Hope you get your fabric soon… I admire (and envy) your ability to get into the studio and get stuff done each day. Good for you!

  2. jenclair says:

    Hope Tuesday was better than Monday! So many discouraging things in one day.

    Thanks for including the picture of Olivier!

  3. Reva says:

    Thanks for posting the photo of Olivier. He looks adorable! Papa Haydn sounds (no pun intended) like the perfect spot for lunch.

    Sorry about all the frustrations, though.

  4. karoda says:

    My first thought on the fabric delay was “yet another struggling business”. Just unsettling…

    Congratulations to Lisa on her exhibit…the name of it is clever!

  5. teri says:

    I am sorry (but not surprised) to hear about your problems with ColorPlus. I ordered fabric from them 15 November. It didn’t come. Two weeks later I am still waiting (they DID confirm the order via email on the 15th so I know they got it). I emailed on the 25th. No answer. I called. Woman answered and said everyone had been ill (oh great, I’m thinking, norovirus??)and they had computer issues and were trying to get through 1200+ emails. Said she would check on my order and call me back that day before 11pm my time (eastern). No call. Called her back the 28th. “You PROMISED you would call me back.” “Oh, didn’t Lori (the owner) call you?” “No.” “Well, your fabric was sent out today Priority Mail.” Ah, yeah. Well, it DID show up Monday via Priority. Ya gotta remember, Priority means 3-5 days, MAYBE sooner.

    I don’t know what’s going on with them but I’m going to place another order after the holidays and see what happens. I get the impression they are a very small operation and I know I have given their name out frequently and so does Lura (Swartz-Smith) so maybe they have had an increase in business that they didn’t expect.

    The blog threat DOES usually work but these guys are the only game in town for photo-ready fabric in bulk…..sigh.



  6. dee says:

    Sorry about the laptop. Isn’t that a fairly new purchase or am I thinking of someone else?
    The concert sounds like it was wonderful. Love the costumes.

  7. francoise says:

    Beautiful picture of the flowers.
    Hope yout fabric arrives soon.

  8. Kristin L says:

    Aw man, I am so sorry to hear about your laptop and the lost fabric. It will all work out though, I’m sure. And anything that ends in wassail and cookies has got to be OK!