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Friday, November 24, 2017

Red, Yellow, Blue, Green

Today was a glorious day. I was inside working for all of it, but it felt good anyway. My cold is all gone and I have energy.

The morning began with quite a range of colors. Here are two pictures 17 minutes apart.



The temperature rose into the nicely comfortable range, and at least we got to enjoy the fresh air through the gate where papers go out.

This blue sky greeted me when I arrived home this afternoon.

blue sky

And the green? Nice little tree is put up. Looks weird yet because it's been bundled. Give it a day to open up.

bare Christmas tree

Soon, I'm headed back to work for the night. It's pretty strange how I can feel so good since I felt so awful yesterday, but I do. Tonight should be fine.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Low Key Thanksgiving Works for Us

Well, I have managed to take my turn with the cold that's going around work. I've done almost nothing today. Took a nap. Cooked one thing (that was the plan anyway). Wrote a little tiny bit and worked on the print book cover for Dead Mule Swamp Druggist.

With no one to have to impress or make happy other than the two of us, Omer brought home some turkey from a local restaurant and I made baked macaroni and cheese, for which I've been hankering.

turkey and macaroni and cheese

I'm going to rearrange a few things in the living room because Om wants to put up the Christmas tree this weekend. Then it's probably back to bed. The Friday/ Friday night schedule starts again at 9 tomorrow morning and I'm sure I'll be going to work no matter how I feel. Just hope the nose will have stopped leaking non-stop by then.

We did get a phone call from Phil and Nan. They are good friends who moved to Oregon some years ago. They were Maggie's previous owners. Little Suzanne (granddaughter), who always thought Maggie was still her dog even though she lived with me, turned 21 today. Wow. It was nice to get caught up.

When I was hunting up links to add below, I see that we did something similar in 2015, and the newspaper rat race was mentioned. We had all worked even more hours that week, and I was exhausted. I mention this only because there were more inserts this year, but we didn't experience as much stress this time. Things are more organized and better planned so that although it was a challenge, we weren't all just run ragged. This is a good thing.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

We Survived!

Another year of the Black Friday edition of the paper is out the door! In fact, we did it in record time, starting at 11:40 and having every paper done just a little before 2 pm. This is an hour longer than it usually takes, but is our best time for this huge, once a year, edition.

It was scheduled to have 20 inserts. This morning, the order got upped to 21. That is not good. We only have 9 stations, one for the cover and 8 for inserts, so if there are more than 8 inserts we make packets ahead of time which can then go through as if they were one thing. We had already finished all the packets. But guess what? We had to make yet another one this morning.

Here are some of the insert packets.

racks full of newspapers

Here are some more of the insert packets.

racks full of newspapers

Here is Beth, bringing in another pallet of insert packets.

racks full of newspapers

Here are pallets full of the inserts that didn't go in packets.

racks full of newspapers

One of the real challenges of papers with so many inserts is how the loose bundles of stuffed papers will stack. If there are certain sizes or types of paper next to each other they tend to jam or slide which can lead to machine stopping, or an inability to handle the bundles and get them to the strapper neatly. Some inserts have flaps which are especially nasty for the machine. So Beth did a very good job of planning the packets to alternate glossy paper with non-glossy, prevent catching flaps, etc.

Here is the inserter machine, running papers (you can see them in the track on the far right).

newspaper inserter

The semi-broken stacker did agree to accept them, and we put them in stacks of 10. (Usually it's 50.) Each paper weighed 1.6 pounds, which puts a bundle at 16 pounds. I sent close to 600 bundles out.

Actually, the challenge of doing something out of the ordinary tends to energize me. It was kind of fun to succeed, and succeed well, at pulling off a very complicated puzzle with a team of people who individually work very hard at what could be described as 'not a very satisfying job.'

After that was all over, we had to run some packets for the next publication we do (Friday). We get tomorrow off. Yippie!

In other news, I'm doing a little writing and nursing a runny nose.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I Like Bright Colors

I really light bright clear colors. Sometimes I think I'm a little confused, though, because I love Impressionistic Art, which mostly features effects of light and soft colors. But, when push comes to shove, in clothes, decor and whatnot... I like the bright primaries and secondaries.

The first picture I took while on that walk in the rain on Saturday. This was just about the only bright spot I saw- maple leaf against a sedge.

maple leaf and sedge

My kitchen windows are filled with blue glass (mostly cobalt blue).

blue glass

Today, I finally learned what the vines are that grow high in the spruce trees beside the alley at work. They are American bittersweet. Easy to tell when you can bring the fruits close with a camera lens.


Tomorrow is the biggest day at work. All those Black Friday ads go out the door. 20 inserts in the daily paper. We've been running packets all week. Stay tuned.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

The Face in the Not-Quite-a-Rock

When I was out searching for angles to photograph on Saturday, I discovered I have my very own face in the rock. OK, so concrete isn't quite a bonafide rock, but it's close. See the profile? The angles you saw the other day even make wavy hair.

With his flat top, he looks Easter Island-ish, except for the fat nose. Maybe he was only a visitor.

profile of a face

It's the week of the Black Friday editions of every newspaper. Lots of extra hours at work so don't expect anything terribly meaningful on the blog.

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