Archive for March, 2009

Sewing projects

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Last weekend, I mean March 21-22, I started a short sleeve shirt out of some of the least expensive yardage I’ve bought off the bolt in years, indigo cotton called “homespun” from the Windham Wal-Mart. We bought four yards of it when we bought four yards of black “Cotton Club” there for Arlene’s discharge printing […]


Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Saturday night we went to see the Windham Community Stage Theatre production of the musical 1776. At the cost of being patronizing, I need to say that I was impressed by how much better it was than several community theatre productions we’ve seen in Needham and Newton. Maybe it’s because they have a professional as […]

Rests in Finale

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

All this time I’ve been using Finale, I’ve been going to the simple entry rest palette every time I needed to enter a rest. I finally (as opposed to Finale) found that all I have to do is hit the 0 (zero) on the numeric keypad to enter a single rest of the same duration […]

About that discharge printing class…

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Arlene asked me to come over to the JCC this evening to help out with a class she was teaching for a group of special needs teenagers. The project was to make matzah covers by discharge printing on some black fabric we had bought at Walmart last weekend. We’ll sew those printed blocks onto black […]

Weekend Recaps

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

So in between, let’s see, I never mentioned that two weekends ago we stopped at Cabela’s in Scarborough to get some fly tying supplies. For some reason I was early leaving work, we were at exit 42 earlier than usual, and it was getting close enough to fishing season (open water fishing, that is, not […]

MRI Backstory

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

The reason for the MRI is that for about three years I’ve had some problems with my left hand. I thought it was carpal tunnel syndrome, which would make sense with all the keyboarding I do as a software engineer. It was really bad three years ago, and my primary care physician sent me for […]


Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Well, I had an MRI of my neck done at the West Suburban MRI Center, or words to that effect, in Wellesley, yesterday. Mostly it was noisy and boring. The technician’s main concern before doing it, other than making sure there was no stray metal in my body (like pins from surgery, or artificial joints, […]

Paper shirt for one dollar

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Any other origami fans out there? Find a dollar bill and visit this site to make a beautiful (thanks in good part to the work of our friends at the bureau of printing and engraving) little shirt. I stumbled upon that site yesterday. Stumble Upon takes you to a random website recommended by some other […]

Brass report

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

There’s that old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice, practice, practice.” It really does seem that practicing helps. I’ve still been playing trumpet for five or ten minutes each morning, and I do keep getting a little better and better. The section of Carnival of Venice that sounded blat, blat, blat a […]

And, catch up from this weekend

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Besides going to the movies Saturday night (and going shopping in Bridgton in the late afternoon) we mostly just hung out at our place watching the birds come and go. There were lots of redpolls, still a couple of pine siskins, and excellent views of the red-bellied woodpeckers. Redpoll and chickadee at the same feeder: […]