Welcome to this weeks Musings!
As many of you are aware I am a domestic victim. Despite this I bear no grudges against She Who Must Be Obeyed, so much so that I thought I would give her a shout out in this article.
Now I recently made an eBay purchase. Nothing unusual in that but I bought something for modelling. Nothing unusual in that either, except that what I acquired was 20 wooden cotton reels.
The inspiration for this was none other than SWMBO when she very recently said to me – “Would this be any good for your modelling?”. What she held out to me was a plastic cotton reel minus the cotton which she had just used up. “Might be I said” and duly placed it on my work desk where it sat while I continued to search through my forgotten pile in the hope of finding something for Azazel’s (February) monthly challenge.
During my search I came across my set of Dad’s Army figures comprising 18 miniatures which I bought several months ago. The figures aren’t really neglected as they have there position on the to do list but I have been putting them off until I could identify suitable bases. What I’ve been looking out for but so far without success are small wooden plinths (for a reason that will become known when I get around to doing the first figure and posting details of it at some point in the future) identically sized and suitably priced. Some wooden bases can be very, very expensive for what they are.
Then, thanks to SWMBO, I had a light bulb moment!
The cotton reel provided by SWMBO was perfect in height and size but unfortunately made of plastic. Wood can be sanded, stained and varnished and looks so much better. “Do they do these exactly the same but in wood?” I asked. “Yes” she said “but you’ll probably have to buy old fashioned ones like your mother would have had. “Check eBay”. So I did and there I found lots of classic wooden cotton reels for sale in different sized lots. A lot of 20 identical wooden cotton reels fitted the bill perfectly and were duly bought. I can’t believe I got excited about winning an auction for cotton reels!
Now if that wasn’t enough good news there was an added bonus to be had. All 20 of the cotton reels when they arrived had a considerable amount of cotton left on them. The next step is to transfer the cotton to plastic bobbin’s and give them to SWMBO as a nice little surprise wedding anniversary present. What more could she possibly want? Yes, you’re quite right, I do indeed spoil that women.
So there we have it. Twenty wooden plinths and the wife’s wedding anniversary present for under fifteen quid. Happy days!
Having placed a couple of orders for a few new items I was reminded at the online check out that Christmas is over. In the lead up to Christmas the majority of retailers I now typically use were offering free postage albeit geared to a minimum spend. Alas the festive period is over and once again it is possible to find myself doubling the cost of an item thanks to the cost of having it mailed.
When possible I try to make the order financially worthwhile but sometimes I simply do not want more than a single item and I’m not prepared to wait until Christmas comes around once again. Sadly it’s just the way it goes. It did however remind that – “Despite the high cost of living it remains popular!”
This week TIM has been listening to …
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of War of the Worlds.
Nice bit of background while doing some painting and I’d forgotten just how good this was.
This week TIM has been watching …
For one reason or another the last couple of series passed me. Not entirely sure why but these days, thanks to various recording devices and the likes of BBC iPlayer, I prefer to watch a series once its finished so I can binge watch it. The idea of waiting a week in between doesn’t cut if for me any more. So I sat down whilst modelling and got myself up to date.
As with the previous series’ I enjoyed the villains getting their comeuppance although I was struck by just how weird and perverted the various purveyors of the dastardly crimes were. Then I got to reminding myself that I was watching fiction which in turn made me question the mind of the guy who wrote it. In the end I was left wondering if the writer was a creative genius or some one who perhaps ought to be locked up just to be on the safe side!
In the darkest hours when modelling and painting aren’t going your way just remind yourself of the old saying …
“If at first you don’t succeed then perhaps skydiving is not for you!”
Until next time.