Monday, March 5, 2018

We're Getting There

Today we tried out the power box thing and it works.  We had to wait for the rain to go away so I could feel comfortable switching out the car batteries.  I tested it on our electric hair clippers rather than the sewing machine, just in case it did something, but it's fine.  Now I am waiting on another storage unit shelf to get more room organized so that I can get to things more easily.  I realized I could put another shelf on top of my sewing desk, and since I can't open the wings on the desk, I might as well go up. 

The next thing to do is find out how long I can run the battery before it will not start the truck.  It has an indicator for low power on the battery box, but I want to know how many hours we can get out of it.  Then I can just go to the park, sit at a picnic table in the shade and get a few hours machine work done.  The only sad thing is we still need a working laptop to make the embroidery patterns from scratch, so that comes after the truck gets past smog in July.  The exhaust is "rust held together by road dirt" LOL!  And I know with all the driving it means another 2 catalytic converters. So the faster I get the business up and working again, the better. 

So there we are, still on track for all the plans.  And still applying for "income based" housing, because we are "economically homeless".  These are the new terms for a couple of hundred thousand Californians right now.  Running into more and more people doing the same thing.  Pile everything in to storage, live in car or truck and go to work.  It is getting ridiculous.  And for a lot of people who are working, there isn't any help getting back into housing because they make too much money to qualify for any programs. 

And I have to wonder what exactly is going to happen with all these city Mayors who think they live in their own little barony, or fiefdom rather than a part of the USA.  People with any means of doing it are fleeing these cities, so who is left to pay the bills? 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

New Mailing Address!

Very long story.  We had signed up with a local church for a street mail address, because in California you can not register a car or get insurance without one.  Think of the thousands of people currently living in their cars out here right now.  Any way, I go in today to check our mail, and for the second time, I find a non-charity org person handling the mail!  A known con artist and scammer in the local homeless community.  I went ballistic!  I had told the organizers about this person before, and here he was sorting mail.  The problem with this mail thing is that after 3 weeks they throw the mail away.  He could just throw anything away and no one would question it.  Long story short, I went to the post office, canceled my PO Box to get my next 6 months payment in advance back and then went to change our address from the church mail box.  I was told at the other post office in that city that they could not reroute my mail to the new Mail Box store address. 


Because they can't stop my mail or they would have to stop everyone else's at that address.  And here is where the BS kicks in.  I have to put my name, and sign this card to have OUR mail forwarded.  By Name. 

So if you are a college kid or something sharing a house or flat, or living in a rooming house with others and you move back home, you can't have your mail forwarded?  Screw it, I mailed in the request anyway.  They are supposed to check the NAME on the mail, are they not?

So if you do not get an email with the new street address please contact me. 

The big problem is we ordered a handicap pass 2.5 months ago from California Park Services and they take 2-3 months to process it and it is either going to the PO Box, or to the old church street address so I don't know if we will ever see it in time for next month.  It will allow us to go camping for half price and we do so want to spend some time just relaxing a the beach or up at the lake on this enforced vacation!  So yeah, stress much.  But if it does not come, I now read in the tiny tiny fine print, we can apply again (and pay again) at the nearest park station (when the blasted place is open!) Because I paid with a MO thinking it would be faster than a check and yeah, kiss that 3.50 good bye.  It's a fabulous deal to get the state park camping pass, just the wait is living hell. 

In the mean time, we are still organizing the storage unit and getting rid of more stuff to make room.  Damn it, I will miss my old furniture, but yeah, what ever, we can always buy new stuff when we have a flat.  And we have solved the power problem, or will have in a month or two.  I have a converter for the truck plug in but this will stop us from having to occasionally get a jump start if I get lost in sewing and run the car battery down.  Pretty awesome.  To charge the battery, we just switch them out.  Because our truck is an 88, we can start the truck, leave it running and pop the battery out and put the drained one in to charge. 

Pure genius! 

And next week, we have 5 new places to apply for the wait lists for, but the big problem out here right now is that a lot of apartments are going up for sale, and the 'normal' ones are now using wait lists too!  It's getting like NYC out here, you practically have to haunt the obituaries for a flat.  

Saturday, December 30, 2017

End of The Year

Over all, we are much better off than we were health wise and sanity wise.  I am still fighting the battle of storage.  Lowes has a storage shelf on sale for around 26$, seven shelves, steel.  Awesome. Trouble is waiting a whole month to get it.  Worth it, though, since it will not only fit in the space I have, but the older one I have will stack on top of it.  That will get a lot of stuff up out of the way.  In the meantime, I have to rethink the pattern for the Volks 1/6 doll project, and try to find some pretty printed super thin cotton.  Polyester chiffon will not do.  Frays like hell.  

One intersting thing I noticed in the news today.  Just clicked on a link for apartments here in Upland out of morbid curiosity.  A lot of them are still at 1400 for 2 bedrooms when for a while there, they were in the 2000s.  But here is the big difference.  Whole apartment buildings are up for sale all across the board.  There are more apartment buildings/complexes for sale then there are apartments for rent!  I heard from a ex-neighbor (who helped us move) that the place we were in has been sold after all those years of being morgaged year after year.  Interesting.  I guess when they couldn't get or keep good tenants, the owners decided to pull the plug on their cash cows.

Tama has finally gotten used to riding in the camper, rather than insisting on being up front when we are driving.  Either that or he is too lazy to get out of bed!  

Here's for a happier New Year for everyone!  

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Decission Time

After months of sawing wood, cutting tile and lugging things up and down stairs, I quit!  I've been over tired, injured numerous times (hammers do not belong on ladders when not in someones hand!) and generally given the run around on jobs, purchased away half my income on take out food and replacement clothing, gas and all that, I put my foot down and quit.  Everything we needed that money for, like the camper shell and new tires and repairs has been taken care of. 

I want to get my sewing business back on track again.  I miss being artistic and creative and yes, just playing with my dollies, damn it.  So yeah, done.  And I think I have been traumatized by houses in general.  Termites, plumbing, omg the horrors!  In January, I will go ask the housing people if we are still on the wait list, just to make sure, or get us on some other lists or something.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Sort of.  If you don't count my third case of raging bronchitus this year.  I have been working cutting tiles, floor boards, support beams, lugging concrete piers, etc.  My boss does not think I can hang a mirror.  I bet I can hang one faster than an hour and a half. >.>

The thing is, I miss my dolls.  I would much rather be working on doll clothing than running up and down stairs hyper extending my miniscus, or however blogger thinks that is miss spelled.  Still, it got us new tires when we needed them and replaced a bunch of clothing that has been beaten to death in public laundrymats.
Tama is still enjoying the camping life.  He loved Doheny beach, except when I took him down to the water and showed him the huge vast expanse of "Bath".  Then he nearly dragged me back through the middle of the campgrounds straight to our spot.
One of my current increasing fears is that by the time I get back to Dolls, they will be out of fashion in more than clothing type.  Everything has become so political now, you can't take a step right or left without someone screaming and melting down.  I was discussing working on a wall for work, and some one behind my boss and I in line decided we were talking about THE WALL.  Big difference between talking about buying sections of fencing for a back yard wall, but yeah, nasty comments were made.  Everyone is minding everyone's business looking for a reason to be racist or hateful in some way.  I even got sneered at for being a 'bag buyer' at the grocery store!  Apparently we were supposed to boycott buying plastic bags until they stopped trying to make us pay for them?  Every damned little thing is offending some over sensitive person.  Honestly, I just want to not drop the damned eggs!

So  now more than ever, I am worried about making culturally inappropriate clothing choices for my dolls and having my sewing business penalized in some god awful manner.  In the mean time, my senses are offended by the constant barrage of sexist, abusive, racist rap music every time I go to the grocery store in the evening.  So yeah, maybe I don't care who I offend by putting a purple fur coat on a vampire guy doll after all.  *sigh*  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Handsewing Project: Momoko Pattern Altered for Volks 1/6

Okay, so much for the cool weather, it's heating up to hellish 110 degrees this coming weekend.  Fortunately, we are old hands at this now and have shady spots mapped out.

I decided to start with a small easily managed project first.  My Faux Momoko, Hikari, a Volks 1/6 doll, and the First Dolly Coordinate Pattern book which has patterns that fit the general size of the Momoko/Jenny Takara/ Unoa Quluts Light, and various odd ball 1/6 27 cm fashion dolls.  I had to down size the Momoko top pattern for the Volks, so far.  

This is a wonderful book for small doll sewing, lots of visuals so you don't need to know Japanese to get the full benefit of the patterns.  

I am using this jacket set, along with a blouse from another Momoko book and the shorts pattern lengthened for a pair of capris pants (because I only have enough fabric for capris, LOL *head desk*.)   The first top came out a bit awkward, with very large armholes.  My plan is a jacket, summer top, summer dress, and the capris.  And I think I might have to buy a pair of white tights for her.  Not sure if I have some and forgot about them or just did not buy them, or if Volks was out of them (which they usually are).   Worse case, I can buy some sheer stuff and make some.  But yeah, we will see how this goes.  The entire outfit has to be hand sewn, until I get my converter back from the guy who is fixing it after his vacation.  

Sept 09

The hot weather seems to be over.  I just hope we don't get another hellish heat wave in October.  I was not able to get anything done on the project except make some notes on alterations.  The blouse pattern from the Dolly-Dolly Momoko book was a bit too big, but all the other patterns for Momoko do  good, if short job of covering the Volks 1/6 doll. The only issue seems to be length, despite both dolls being 27 cm.  But there you go, dolls mimic humans after all.  I'm considering tall by height, but have to wear store bought petite clothing and alter my patterns for petite.  And a lot of the dolls in the 1/6 line have shall we say, muscular posteriors?  And I find myself making the same alteration for Volks 1/6 as I had to make for Idealean big boys with their thighs bigger around than their hips.  So, no sewing done to show, but quite a lot of minor alterations.