the election results have put me in a deep funk

Seriously, America? A racist, lying, woman-hating bully who doesn’t believe in climate change. A man beloved by white supremacists & the KKK. Awesome. I am glad this coming Friday is a Federal holiday. I am looking forward to immersing myself in stained glass art & painting art. Creating is always good for the soul.

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10 Annoying Projects, Part 1

even señor cat had a cobweb wrapped around his face [while birdie looks on]

You know those little projects on the perpetual “to do” list that never seem to get done? Because they’re small, annoying, or both? Yeah. I have 10 of those that have been on my list for months. I decided I’ll do one a day for the next 10 days. I figure each one will take between 30 & 60 minutes. Originally I planned to post this all in one post, but it got too long, so I’m breaking it in half.

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Fixing the Dryer, Part 2: Tearing it Apart

testing the voltage of our samsung dv350aep/xaa dryer after it stopped getting hot

For the past week the dryer has been dead. We cleared out the lint but it still didn’t work. We checked the manual which suggested we test the thermistor, the high limit thermostat, the regular thermostat, the cycling thermostat, & the heating coil. Um, what??? We attempted to set up a service call but the tech never showed. That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands!

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Fixing the Dryer, Part 1: Checking for Lint

the dust in the laundry room after cleaning the lint out of the dryer was amazing

Last Friday our dryer stopped heating. Hubby [who’s in charge of laundry] had to bring a dryer full of damp clothes up the street to the laundromat. Our first thought was maybe the lint had clogged up the vents. I climbed behind the dryer and detached the vent from both the back of the dryer and from the wall. But when I looked in, it was empty except for a few tiny clumps which I removed with my fingers.

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Southern Germany, Day 4

castle sigmaringen on the danube river in the swabian alps of germany

On our 4th day in Germany, we drove to see the Triberg Waterfalls which are one of the highest waterfalls in Germany. Triberg is in the Black Forest and is famous for it’s handmade cuckoo clocks. I would have loved to buy one but they were super expensive. We also toured Castle Sigmaringen on the Danube River, which was spectacular!

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Southern Germany, Day 3 & a Penny Video!

jim trying to lift carlos - unsuccessfully

OMG we did SO MUCH on our 3rd day in Germany!!! I narrowed down my photos for this day and still had 125! I worked really hard to narrow them down even further to a more reasonable 40 50. We started the day in Nürtingen, then had lunch with our extended German family, then toured Castle Hohenneuffen again, and also an open-air museum.

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