August 9, 2023

I woke up on the couch at 4:00 am and made my way to bed. At 7:00 the cats wanted breakfast. I tried going back to sleep. I almost started missing the days when I would sleep clean through the morning and into the middle of the afternoon.

I started working on a yarn bowl yesterday for my sister. My lathe felt insufficient as I was turning. I could hear the motor giving up when I’d set my chisel against the wood. The blank, too, would slow down, nearly coming to a stop. It needed to rest regularly. The last time I pushed the motor too hard it burnt out. Soon after I installed the replacement, the drive belt broke.

Because I couldn’t sleep, I eventually got out of bed, after playing Wordle, completing the NYT mini-crossword, and solving the medium-level sudoku. I have the NYT Games app. I was outside and working on the bowl just before 10:00 am. By 10:30, I had the lathe on its side and was unscrewing the headstock. I was cursing a fair bit as I checked that the pulley was set in the right position, the bolts were all tightened, and the motor was seated nicely. It took me a while to get going this morning.

I didn’t film this project because I wanted to enjoy the process of turning without all the fuss.

We’re heading to Calgary tomorrow, so I’ll bring the bowl with me to give to my sister. I’ll have to pack in the morning, but I did manage to get my laundry done. I just put everything in together. I prefer having the laundry divided into categories: whites, which includes all colours of socks, underwear, and t-shirts; jeans, which occasionally includes towels; sweaters; and button-up shirts, all colours are washed together and then hung to dry on individual hangers.

When I woke up on the couch from my evening nap, I was tired enough to go back to bed. Now, though, I’m more awake than I’d like to be. The cats have turned in for the night. I’ve left enough food in their bowls to get them through ‘til the morning.


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