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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003

Date:2003-12-23 22:56
Subject:No longer too busy to think
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Mood:accomplished

I've finally (nearly) finished the chessboard I've been making (almost entirely with hand tools, with the exception of one bit that needed a dremel routering) for Rachel for Holidays. All that's left to do is a bit of wood putty in the gaps (needs to be bought tomorrow), and a coat or more of varnish/stain. I may let her pick whether it wants a darker stain, or clear varnish, since that may not (practically speaking) get done by tomorrow night to be wrappable.

Squares of cherry and black walnut, set into a pale basswood frame with a 1/4" brass inlay strip around the border.

It's come out quite well, and now that it's done (LJ-update managed to eat my midway progress post a few days back), I'm rather happy with it.

Birthday goal: Chess pieces. =)

- Meej

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Date:2003-12-23 23:14
Subject:Oh, and in other news...
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Mood:Anticipatory

So my mother (since the sites in question told her they couldn't guarantee shipping by Giftmas) had two of my gifts sent to me at my apartment. When I called to ask whether I should bring them home unopened with me tomorrow for her to wrap and put under the tree, she said that wasn't worth the trouble with, and I should just open them then, while on the phone with her. So I did.

I now have my very own copy of Michael Dirr's A Manual of Woody Landscape Plants, which is basically the landscape architect's tree- and shrub- reference.

And I also am now the proud owner of a good book and a Hard Cheese Starter Kit from www.cheesemaking.com. komos, that means once I find appropriate milk, I'll let you (and whoever else is interested) know. From what I'm told, though, making beer or other yeasties on the same day as cheese is not the best of ideas.

Trees and Cheese. Who could ask for more?

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