My Current Hyperfixation

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So, I’m making a blanket. I found all my old crochet materials and decided I’d pick it up again. I’m not very good at it, but I enjoy it, and I can actually see the progress I’m making which helps my ADHD with consistent dopamine hits.

Stole this picture from my dad

I decided, I think it was my last year of high school, that I was going to learn to crochet because my grandma knit a lot and I wanted to hang out with her doing something similar. It was all mostly just to prove that I could. We would spend hours watching The Waltons and just making stuff. I remember lying to her about if I had a spare block just so I could come home early to get some episodes in before my dad got home from work.

Fun fact about this hobby, I can’t read crochet patterns, so I watch YouTube videos to learn stitches. I know how to do all the different stitches, and I know their names, but I just can’t read them and understand. That’s amusing to think about actually. I’ve made blankets, bows for Christmas presents, a bag once, and so many other things now, but I can’t follow a written pattern at all.

I think I’m going to put this blanket on my couch. It’s rather large as I was using my bed to measure width. Work today is slow, so I’m making more “knots” as my dad likes to say while waiting to go home this evening. I don’t mind waiting like this though, it’s supposed to hit almost 40° today and I get to spend that inside in air conditioning. If I wasn’t doing this, I’d probably be farming today. I’m almost done Year 2 in Story of Seasons now. Am I a boring person? Sometimes...

My Instagram will have updates on my blanket if you’d like to see it. Low key too, I’m using that app more, so if you want to see what I do in my spare time, go check it out! Shameless plug? Yep! Anyway, I’m struggling to focus, all I want to do is work on this blanket, so I’m leaving this post here. Thanks for stopping by today! Stay safe out there!
— Deryn

Garden Expansions

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The other end of town has an amazing nursery that I occasionally give ungodly amounts of money to. Dad and I went recently and I bought some new additions to my vegetable problem. Lettuce, onions, tomatoes and some herbs again are all in need of homes around my property. Although I have a feeling I’m going to plant most of them in pots so I can bring them when I move.

So, it’s been a couple days and I’m worried I have become addicted to attempting to garden. I’ve bought in the past couple days way too many plants. Here’s the list;

A beautiful couple of flowers, left to right are a mini rose in a stunning soft purple, a petunia in a “starry night” pattern, a dahlia which is officially my favourite flower holy gosh, and this… Leaf? I don’t remember what he is and I lost his tag but frick what an awesome pattern!

Flowers!

Onto the herbs, I’ve got a mint, a dill and a bay leaf. They’re sweethearts and I’m excited!! I don’t eat bay leaf much, but it’s just cute. Mint and dill are always useful.

Like the dollar store pots?

Veggies are fun too! Lettuce, full yellow onions, tomatoes and cucumbers! I’m excited to have food of my own this year.

I’ve never grown cucumber before
Needed two pots for this dick
I love home grown lettuce!

I’m planning on growing the lettuce inside just because we eat a lot of it, and it’s not difficult. The cucumber can do what it likes outside, same with the tomato. But the onion I’m still not 100% what I’m doing with it yet. I know they grow downward, just like potatoes, so I may just leave it outside too, we’ll see.

Theoretically dahlias and mini roses can live inside with proper care all year long. Guess who’s going to attempt that? It’s me, I’m going to try, aren’t you excited? Although planting them together may not have been the best idea, we’ll see. Now that I know about the dahlia though, I’m going to decorate everything that needs flowers in dahlia’s.

The herbs are going to be in sunlight but hopefully not too much heat, they burn pretty easy and I’d feel bad if they died. Mint and dill are weeds, so they get to stay outside and isolated. I may even move them onto my deck so they can’t invade anything.

Everything looks so cute all planted and ready to live long happy lives! I’m slowly selling my soul to the idea of being a farmer more and more every day. But you know, there are worst things in the world. One day hopefully I get a full greenhouse, have too many plants, sell some home grown stuff at a farmers market, and be that person.

Almost everything I bought is here

Anyway, that’s all I have fore today. I know this post is long but I figured since I have nothing going on this weekend besides work that I’d leave you with some real content to read. Thanks for stopping by today! You’re awesome!
— Deryn

Po-ta-Hoe if You Will

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Did I ever talk about the little garden area in my backyard? I just went and looked and apparently I did not, oops. So, I have a little garden area in my backyard that I used for growing herbs and peppers last year. The rosemary and sage lived, and the bay leaf is well, still standing. Otherwise everything else froze over the winter.

Clearing out all of the pine needles and ripping up all the dead plants really reminded me how much I love gardening. And I planted them at the perfect time because now it’s raining, so I don’t have to water them myself. I don’t plan on growing a lot this year just in case I buy a house and leave: I don’t want to invest money into food I won’t get to eat.

Pardon the pine needles

I know they’ve only been in the ground for a couple of days, but I don’t see any sprouts yet and it’s making me sad. I blame games like Harvest Moon for my love of farming. I’ve grown different things over the years, and some stuff grows really easy. Potatoes, lettuce and flowers are some of the easier ones I’ve grown. Although me lettuce grew straight up and was like four feet high but whatever. Herbs I find are just harder to grow. Sometimes they thrive, other times, I can look at them for too long and they die. I don’t get it totally yet, but I am still trying and always researching to see what grows nice in my part of the world.

It’s been a week and a bit now, and I’m so sad. They haven’t sprouted yet. Which honestly makes sense, but I’m an eager beaver. I’ve also now planted a lavender plant, so hopefully that thrives. When I started gardening years ago, I made my own fertilizer. Dried banana peels, non-bleached eggs shells and if I ever had any, some coffee grounds are literally all it is.

I finally found a picture of everything I planted last year! I was definitely over ambitious considering the amount of space and my knowledge on plants as a whole. And honestly I don’t think that was the final picture of everything planted. That year it was filled with everything from peppers and lettuce, to sage and catnip. Some plants had to be put into pots due to their whole “growing like a weed” thing that they did.

It just came up in my Facebook Memories

My dad got more and more into his garden as the years went by, which helps me a lot when I forget to water or maintain anything growing. Because of his hobby, I’ve decided to grow as a person, I’m so sorry but I really thought that was funny, and really invest into my attempt. Plants don’t usually grow overnight, so I’ll have to update everyone when harvest season comes around.

Which means that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks as always! Have an awesome day!
— Deryn

Late Night Paints

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More renovations on my closet are happening, which is super freaking exciting! You can tell my trailer is… unique, by some of its quirks. The walls in the closet are paneling, and that paneling is starting to almost pull apart in a sense from one another. To fix this I’m using drywall mud and just patching these spots. Two layers should be enough right?

Apparently not. I’ve done like four layers now and it’s just so UGH! There’s one wall that has like, one stud. Every time I accidentally push on the wall, or the nice mirror gets moved, it cracks and splits. I swear I’m going to snap if I do anymore this week!

It’s like, day six of just applying drywall mud and sanding the walls, and I think I’m finally okay enough to wash the walls one final time, and then start prepping for painting. Impatience is something I totally suffer from. This room has five walls just due to where the furnace for the house lives, and because of this, there are not as many supports in the walls as there should be. I’ve dubbed each wall by the colour they currently are; blue, brown and white. The blue wall is just dirty, pop stains and double sided sticky tape all over it has made prep work difficult. The white wall was the wall I painted like, last year. And then the brown wall, it has never had paint on it. Literally just a sheet of paneling is what is giving me so much dang trouble. And yes, there are two other walls, but they’re fine so I don’t care.
This wall, I have spent a good couple hours of my life just swearing at it. The wall is about six or seven feet in length, and has a stud on each end, and one right in the middle of it. I leaned up against the wall too hard while sanding the drywall and it cracked all the way down.

Finally started painting! Painting is super boring though, I hate having to wait. Good thing the roommate is here to keep me company. I’ve put her on paintbrush duty, while I have the paint roller.

Layer one looks so nice! We’ve done a pretty okay job at not getting paint on the floor too. I’ve definitely got a decent amount of paint of the plastic covering my floor… I’ve stepped in too much paint. The best part is that I’m finally doing something with this room. I’ve been wanting to for a couple years now. Painting everything has been a good bonding experience too. My two (human) roommates are the best!

Layer two is really bringing this room together. You almost can’t tell what colour the walls used to be. The paint also fills in the lines in the paneling. I’m starting to struggle having to wait for the paint to dry. I can already imagine where we’re going to put different tables and clothing racks. The bits that look like cracks are just where each piece of paneling connects to each other and locks into place. Some of those spots I filled with drywall mud, others are just being painted. That’s why the roommate is on paintbrush duty.

Layer three guys! We’re here! It looks so good! I’m honestly happy with where we’re at with the walls. I’ve just got the odd touch up here and there, then we should be good to go. I’m starting to not want to do baseboards now. I may just cut them and add them later since you just hammer them into place. I’m so eager to have the closet functioning and stocked.And if I lean on the wall, it doesn’t ruin everything anymore!

Final touch ups are done! We painting another room! Over half of my trailer has been rebuilt now, and that’s really exciting! I’m so pumped to be making real progress! This is going to look so good when it’s full of stuff. I know we want to put in a cat tree because the window has a decent view for the cats. I say that, but they’re going to be in there when one of us are in there. Our boys are the best.

I don’t have a wide angle shot of the room since it’s built funny, but I’ll be filling it with stuff soon. I’ll make sure to update everyone with a finished product when I get to it. So in the mean time, here’s a picture of Shadow.

Thanks as always for being awesome! Stay safe, and I’ll see you all again soon!
— Deryn

Building a Closet

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I am the best handyman ever. Straight up, godlike powers. My ego is so large, I don’t fit through doors! I’m also so full of shit, but at the same time, I’m getting good at these renovation things. Now, I have one bonus room in my place and it used to be my brothers room. It’s not the smallest room ever, but it’s definitely not big enough for much. The roommate had a brilliant idea of making a walk in closet. We can share a lot of clothes, and my boyfriend has a lot of coats and such so why not optimize the space I have available, right?

This room started off an absolute mess, bits of the floor were rotted and I have a wall and a half painted. First thing I had to do was rip out baseboards that were half missing or so damaged they dissolved when I pulled them off.
At the time, we had stuff just piled in there for storage too, so trying to maneuver boxes and ripping out boards was unnecessarily difficult.

Look at this mess!
Like, gross!

Step two, flooring. Now we couldn’t just move boxes around, we had actually cut and lay boards down. I am by no means an expert, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to pay someone to do it for me. I’m new to this, but I’m also a broke human so…

Cutting boards became a huge mess. Guess who forgot sawdust is a thing? And we made a few mistakes while cutting boards. The boyfriend was helping for awhile, then the roommate chipped in, so we got a lot done on day one!

We spent most of day on just cutting and laying boards. Not sticking anything to the floor, we were making sure all of our measurements lined up and did our best to have no gaps between them.
Spoiler, that didn’t work.
About halfway through we started getting a tad lazy and more just trying to have fun while doing a chore. Worked our way all down to having to make a couple more cuts, and it got late. Trying to be considerate of the neighbours, we quit for the night.

I got to use the saw too, but he made it look easy
Check out the gaps!
No one was harmed in the capture of this shot
Day two!

Day two came around and I was not willing to leave the floor alone. After placing all of our boards and making them look at least almost okay, I noticed some massive gaps.
Off to Home Depot!
Now, when I’m by myself, I hate the place. People always ask if I’m lost, or pretend that since I’m female, I have zero idea on what I’m doing. I make sure going into a project I know at least like twenty percent of what I need. I was there for specific things.
Number one, grout. Before I get into why, please remember I am not a professional and I literally just tried something and hoped it worked. Okay, with that out of the way, I got grout for putting between the boards. My logic, it holds tile together, why not hold laminate too? So far, it’s working. I’m just going to let it do it’s thing.
Number two, baseboards! I bought thick white boards to match the new ones in my bedroom too.
Installing them is for another day.

Day three
Swept and sorted

Day three, the roommate finished filling the final gaps in the laminate while I was at work. So now I have to do the baseboards and then paint! We’re so close! Well, actual order of events, lay plastic down, paint, and then put baseboards in. Today I’m going to get some plastic to cover my floor, then paint. I have like two and a half cans of paint which should be enough friggen paint. Paint and grout need maybe a couple full weeks to dry completely. After all of that, up go the standing closet bits and that’s really it. We’re so close!!

In three days I was more productive than I have been in a long time, and it’s turned out FANTASTIC! Painting, decorating and filling the closet will also be a post. I’ll keep y’all updated on what I’m doing with that room. But that’s it for today, so thanks for reading! Catch ya next time!
— Deryn