Maybe that title should have been: Not My Usual Chores. Today I did a bunch of stuff that I don't normally do. Okay, have NEVER done. Last week my rock tumbler sort of exploded:
That rubber ring (see arrow left) popped off of the barrel (see arrow right). While the thing was spinning. All that grey stuff? Well it's supposed to be INSIDE the barrel not all over the place. I called my online supply place and talked to a guy and we decided I needed a new barrel. Each barrel has a rubber lip that keeps the rubber ring in place, which keeps the lid sealed, which keeps the grey sludge inside the barrel instead of spewing it all over the place. And although this all happened a week ago, I did not clean it all up until today. Because I am very lazy. The new barrel arrived on Tuesday, so I was ready to get it all going today.
Just after that, my daughter stopped by for a visit and I told her the chimney cleaners were coming at 5:00 and I asked her if I should clean out the fireplace. Half of my brain thought maybe that's like cleaning up before the maid comes and the other half kept saying, "They are CHIMNEY cleaners, not fireplace cleaners." Anyway, I couldn't decide but my daughter said we should not only clean the fireplace, but also take all the stuff off the hearth. So we did that. I've never had my chimney cleaned and forgot to ask the guy, so I didn't know. Oh, and the guy forgot and won't be here until 3:00 this afternoon and I didn't think to ask when he called, so I still don't know. I'll try to remember to ask him.
After she left, I began my dye experiments:
I have two different types of dyes going on. On the left is food coloring and on the right is some tie-dye stuff from an old kit that was my daughter's a million years ago and was never touched. I have test cloths in each bucket The color on the left is not true. The flash missed it and it is shadowed somehow. Anyway, I am leaving the test cloth in there for 24 hours to see which one looks the best because I have to dye some socks. Yes, I can even dye my socks to match my gown, jolly old town!