nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)

Since I've been asked, and as a matter of record, here is a link to the song (with an audio clip) that Byron and I are soloing in for the Impressions choir.  It's a pretty crazy novelty song - about coffee!  *g*

http://www.jwpepper.com/10049196.item

And no, the rest of the program isn't like that. We're doing fairly simple things like "It's a Wonderful World," "Try to Remember," and "It's a Most Unusual Day," as well as a challenging Sound of Music suite arranged by Mark Hayes, "The Impossible Dream" as I mentioned earlier, and "Sunrise, Sunset/Sabbath Prayer" from Fiddler.

I did speak too soon about being already done with the heat; Sunday got up to 101º.  And then the storms came in!  We got precisely 1.00" between 7 and 8 pm.  Today?  Very cloudy, temperature 78º, and a grand 0.08".  Most of the rain in these clouds has been north of us.

It doesn't look like the chances of rain will clear out until the weekend, and even then we're scarcely above 95º.  Still, I need to record yesterday's high.
 

  • YTD Days over 100º:            21
  • Current 100º Streak:               2
  • Longest 100º Streak:              9
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

     
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)

Since I've been asked, and as a matter of record, here is a link to the song (with an audio clip) that Byron and I are soloing in for the Impressions choir.  It's a pretty crazy novelty song - about coffee!  *g*

http://www.jwpepper.com/10049196.item

And no, the rest of the program isn't like that. We're doing fairly simple things like "It's a Wonderful World," "Try to Remember," and "It's a Most Unusual Day," as well as a challenging Sound of Music suite arranged by Mark Hayes, "The Impossible Dream" as I mentioned earlier, and "Sunrise, Sunset/Sabbath Prayer" from Fiddler.

I did speak too soon about being already done with the heat; Sunday got up to 101º.  And then the storms came in!  We got precisely 1.00" between 7 and 8 pm.  Today?  Very cloudy, temperature 78º, and a grand 0.08".  Most of the rain in these clouds has been north of us.

It doesn't look like the chances of rain will clear out until the weekend, and even then we're scarcely above 95º.  Still, I need to record yesterday's high.
 

  • YTD Days over 100º:            21
  • Current 100º Streak:               2
  • Longest 100º Streak:              9
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

     
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Sewing Bunny)
Well, we've had a very pleasant break from intense heat for just over a week.  We've gotten only a little rain, but there have been enough clouds to keep the temperatures definitely below 100º.  Mid- to upper-90s is *much* better than the 100s, especially when there's some shade.  Yesterday got up to 102º, but it's only 93º now and cloudy.  The next week shows continued 20-30% chances of thunderstorms every day and highs only in the low 90s.  This may mean that we've had an early hot summer, and it won't get hot for extended periods again; or it may mean we'll have a second bout once August gets established.  Honestly, the second seems very probable.  We had some real hot years when I was in high school, and I distinctly remember sweltering in class in late August.  It was not fun.  But for now, we're enjoying all we can get.

  • YTD Days over 100º:            20
  • Current 100º Streak:               1
  • Longest 100º Streak:              9
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

    I've been a little absent, since sewing didn't go as well as I'd liked last weekend and I was frustrated.  My first Vogue pattern turned out a little stickier than I had expected, but because of the sizing, not the construction.  I think it's all taken care of now. I'm currently waiting on my black linen to dry so I can cut out the McCall skirt in it.  That pattern was ridiculously easy to trace off, being printed.  The Vogue was a Royal Pain; there must have been 60 dots I had to transfer and connect and interpret.

    I have a solo in one of the Impressions songs!  It's pretty fun, and I was very surprised to get it.  And the big ending for "The Impossible Dream" goes up to a high C.  I *can* hit that, although I don't think I've ever done it in concert.  But I'm the only one who can hit it in Impressions, and it's pretty necessary for completing that last chord.  I ran through it with Miss D after rehearsal on Thursday, and Mr. A was impressed.  (He's apparently not gotten over me singing baritone in part of H.M.S. Pinafore.) He pointed out that that does indeed give me a three-octave range. Me and Julie Andrews, indeed! Yeah, I've got the range, but it's not all pretty!  :p  It was very nice of him to say so, though, and it made me feel good. :)

    Oh, and the pea green wrapper is this close *holds up two fingers* to being completely, absolutely finished.  Last night we watched "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," and I almost completed the belt.  (One strip of fabric, interfaced with a strip of domestic cotton organdy.)  All I have left is one thread bar for the second hook, and possibly a second set of thread bars so I can belt it a little looser.  Whee!

    More later - I need to look up my notes so I can finalize my tracing of the overalls pattern.  If all goes well, I can cut out the black linen McCall skirt and the denim overalls. Then I can do a lot of sewing before having to change serger thread.  Matter of fact, I'm going to try to avoid serging on the overalls at all; felled seams are much more appropriate anyway.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Sewing Bunny)
Well, we've had a very pleasant break from intense heat for just over a week.  We've gotten only a little rain, but there have been enough clouds to keep the temperatures definitely below 100º.  Mid- to upper-90s is *much* better than the 100s, especially when there's some shade.  Yesterday got up to 102º, but it's only 93º now and cloudy.  The next week shows continued 20-30% chances of thunderstorms every day and highs only in the low 90s.  This may mean that we've had an early hot summer, and it won't get hot for extended periods again; or it may mean we'll have a second bout once August gets established.  Honestly, the second seems very probable.  We had some real hot years when I was in high school, and I distinctly remember sweltering in class in late August.  It was not fun.  But for now, we're enjoying all we can get.

  • YTD Days over 100º:            20
  • Current 100º Streak:               1
  • Longest 100º Streak:              9
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

    I've been a little absent, since sewing didn't go as well as I'd liked last weekend and I was frustrated.  My first Vogue pattern turned out a little stickier than I had expected, but because of the sizing, not the construction.  I think it's all taken care of now. I'm currently waiting on my black linen to dry so I can cut out the McCall skirt in it.  That pattern was ridiculously easy to trace off, being printed.  The Vogue was a Royal Pain; there must have been 60 dots I had to transfer and connect and interpret.

    I have a solo in one of the Impressions songs!  It's pretty fun, and I was very surprised to get it.  And the big ending for "The Impossible Dream" goes up to a high C.  I *can* hit that, although I don't think I've ever done it in concert.  But I'm the only one who can hit it in Impressions, and it's pretty necessary for completing that last chord.  I ran through it with Miss D after rehearsal on Thursday, and Mr. A was impressed.  (He's apparently not gotten over me singing baritone in part of H.M.S. Pinafore.) He pointed out that that does indeed give me a three-octave range. Me and Julie Andrews, indeed! Yeah, I've got the range, but it's not all pretty!  :p  It was very nice of him to say so, though, and it made me feel good. :)

    Oh, and the pea green wrapper is this close *holds up two fingers* to being completely, absolutely finished.  Last night we watched "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," and I almost completed the belt.  (One strip of fabric, interfaced with a strip of domestic cotton organdy.)  All I have left is one thread bar for the second hook, and possibly a second set of thread bars so I can belt it a little looser.  Whee!

    More later - I need to look up my notes so I can finalize my tracing of the overalls pattern.  If all goes well, I can cut out the black linen McCall skirt and the denim overalls. Then I can do a lot of sewing before having to change serger thread.  Matter of fact, I'm going to try to avoid serging on the overalls at all; felled seams are much more appropriate anyway.
nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
But not together. Someone asked how I survive the heat. Survive? Just try to avoid being out in it.


The buttonholes on the green wrapper took a loooong time.  Seventeen (17) of them!!!  Sheesh, I didn't know I was that incompetent. It's not like I've never done them before.  Next on that project?  Seventeen (17) buttons to sew on!!!  Yay.  At least they're cute, caramel-colored vegetable ivory whistle buttons.

I've also been doing some vintage sewing.  Thanks to the gorgeous-and-talented [livejournal.com profile] fancyfrocks, I haz a playsuit pattern! I've been wanting to try some circa 1940 shorts for a while, so that was terrific.  Unfortunately after I traced everything off and modified it, I discovered I didn't have enough fabric. Those things take a lot of material.  Hmph.  But I ended up in Lewisville, waiting on Bubbles for an hour, last Friday, so I spent some time at the Hancock's and came away with some linen-cotton stuff in a good weight.  (Sheer shorts? No thanks.)  It's a very weird neutral color, too gray to be khaki but too green to be gray. I had a hard time finding thread.  But I cut them out Saturday and assembled Sunday and a little last night. I just have to finish up the hem and do buttons tonight. And fix the placket somehow. Does anyone have any tips for getting them smooth? They always give me such a time.

Also at Hancock's I got denim for my circa 1940 overalls.  It's good dark indigo, not blue-black, in a sturdy but not crazy-heavy weight.  The felled seams worked extremely well on the shorts, so I'm going to do them.  I also tested the halter top of my pattern to make sure it fits. It does, even the crossed straps!  Question: What thread should I use?  How traditional is the gold-colored thread? I think I'd like it, but I'm not sure if it's the right look for these.  And what about buttons?  There are seven or eight fastening the overalls up under the left arm, and two in back fasten the straps.  They'll be quite visible.  Dark blue, to hide on the denim, or metal? What type?

And further at Hancock's I got a lighter, smoother linen-cotton in a good light khaki; and at Joann, where I got thread, I came away with a black linen blend with a woven stripe, and an awesome brightish leaf/pea green linen blend.  The khaki skirt I need because my other khaki skirts (1) don't fit right because I didn't bother to draft my pattern right, (2) are obviously vintage/too full for everyday summer wear, and/or (3) too modern or casual for when I do want to be a bit vintage.  The black skirt will be fairly simple; I just need another black skirt, and I'm not waiting time on details for black fabric.  The khaki and the green, though, I'm not sure about.  I need to look through my pattern stash for some designs with interesting seams or cut and is flowy without being hip-enhancing. *g*  And not very pleated, at least for the khaki skirt, because linen-cotton does a terrible job of holding pleats.  The green might do better.  I do like that green color!


The heat continues, no surprise.  Yesterday? 105º.  Yep, new high for the year.  Today's high isn't finalized yet, but we've stood at 103º for the 4, 5, and 6 pm hourly recordings. Also a new 100+ streak, which should continue through Thursday.  We've got some chances for rain scheduled for the weekend, so that should drop us into the low 90s.

Edit: Yep, today was 104º.

  • YTD Days over 100º:            17
  • Current 100º Streak:               7
  • Longest 100º Streak:              7
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

    I was thinking longingly last week of such things as soft sweaters, cozy flannel skirts, and warm tights. *g*  There's always a point, usually a couple weeks after either warm or cool weather has become firmly established, that I earnestly desire the opposite!  Then I just go on with what I'm stuck with.  ;)
  • nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
    But not together. Someone asked how I survive the heat. Survive? Just try to avoid being out in it.


    The buttonholes on the green wrapper took a loooong time.  Seventeen (17) of them!!!  Sheesh, I didn't know I was that incompetent. It's not like I've never done them before.  Next on that project?  Seventeen (17) buttons to sew on!!!  Yay.  At least they're cute, caramel-colored vegetable ivory whistle buttons.

    I've also been doing some vintage sewing.  Thanks to the gorgeous-and-talented [livejournal.com profile] fancyfrocks, I haz a playsuit pattern! I've been wanting to try some circa 1940 shorts for a while, so that was terrific.  Unfortunately after I traced everything off and modified it, I discovered I didn't have enough fabric. Those things take a lot of material.  Hmph.  But I ended up in Lewisville, waiting on Bubbles for an hour, last Friday, so I spent some time at the Hancock's and came away with some linen-cotton stuff in a good weight.  (Sheer shorts? No thanks.)  It's a very weird neutral color, too gray to be khaki but too green to be gray. I had a hard time finding thread.  But I cut them out Saturday and assembled Sunday and a little last night. I just have to finish up the hem and do buttons tonight. And fix the placket somehow. Does anyone have any tips for getting them smooth? They always give me such a time.

    Also at Hancock's I got denim for my circa 1940 overalls.  It's good dark indigo, not blue-black, in a sturdy but not crazy-heavy weight.  The felled seams worked extremely well on the shorts, so I'm going to do them.  I also tested the halter top of my pattern to make sure it fits. It does, even the crossed straps!  Question: What thread should I use?  How traditional is the gold-colored thread? I think I'd like it, but I'm not sure if it's the right look for these.  And what about buttons?  There are seven or eight fastening the overalls up under the left arm, and two in back fasten the straps.  They'll be quite visible.  Dark blue, to hide on the denim, or metal? What type?

    And further at Hancock's I got a lighter, smoother linen-cotton in a good light khaki; and at Joann, where I got thread, I came away with a black linen blend with a woven stripe, and an awesome brightish leaf/pea green linen blend.  The khaki skirt I need because my other khaki skirts (1) don't fit right because I didn't bother to draft my pattern right, (2) are obviously vintage/too full for everyday summer wear, and/or (3) too modern or casual for when I do want to be a bit vintage.  The black skirt will be fairly simple; I just need another black skirt, and I'm not waiting time on details for black fabric.  The khaki and the green, though, I'm not sure about.  I need to look through my pattern stash for some designs with interesting seams or cut and is flowy without being hip-enhancing. *g*  And not very pleated, at least for the khaki skirt, because linen-cotton does a terrible job of holding pleats.  The green might do better.  I do like that green color!


    The heat continues, no surprise.  Yesterday? 105º.  Yep, new high for the year.  Today's high isn't finalized yet, but we've stood at 103º for the 4, 5, and 6 pm hourly recordings. Also a new 100+ streak, which should continue through Thursday.  We've got some chances for rain scheduled for the weekend, so that should drop us into the low 90s.

    Edit: Yep, today was 104º.

  • YTD Days over 100º:            17
  • Current 100º Streak:               7
  • Longest 100º Streak:              7
  • YTD High Temperature:    105º

    I was thinking longingly last week of such things as soft sweaters, cozy flannel skirts, and warm tights. *g*  There's always a point, usually a couple weeks after either warm or cool weather has become firmly established, that I earnestly desire the opposite!  Then I just go on with what I'm stuck with.  ;)
  • nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Daybreakers)
    Keeping pretty busy with sewing stuff and errands so far this weekend, but I need to keep this up to date or I'll lose track.  It's been quite hot all weekend; we're only clocking low 100s in my city, but several spots in Fort Worth keep hitting 105º.

    Let's see... the last update was July 9.  That makes July 8 the first day of the current streak.  And we did hit 103º on the 9th, tying for the high temp so far.

    • YTD Days over 100º:           14
    • Current 100º Streak:              4
    • Longest 100º Streak:              6
    • YTD High Temperature:    103º  (2x)
      The forecast for the rest of the week?  Long-term, Saturday may drop us down to 99º.
      <tr></tr><td> </td>
       Last Update: 12:14 pm CDT Jul 12, 2009
      Forecast Valid: 1pm CDT Jul 12, 2009-6pm CDT Jul 18, 2009
        
      Forecast at a Glance
      <tr></tr><td> </td>
      This
      Afternoon

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 103 °F
      Tonight

      Clear
      Clear

      Lo 79 °F
      Monday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 103 °F
      Monday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 77 °F
      Tuesday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 102 °F
      Tuesday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 77 °F
      Wednesday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 100 °F
      Wednesday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 80 °F
      Thursday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 100 °F


      I like the heat far more than I like cold.  But heat like this is peculiarly exhausting, even when I'm not really out in it. And nothing says Summer to me like the buzz of cicadas.  All I have to do is think of that loud, abrasive rasp and I can feel the shimmer of heat, the dry breath, the sun so bright I can't see.
    nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Daybreakers)
    Keeping pretty busy with sewing stuff and errands so far this weekend, but I need to keep this up to date or I'll lose track.  It's been quite hot all weekend; we're only clocking low 100s in my city, but several spots in Fort Worth keep hitting 105º.

    Let's see... the last update was July 9.  That makes July 8 the first day of the current streak.  And we did hit 103º on the 9th, tying for the high temp so far.

    • YTD Days over 100º:           14
    • Current 100º Streak:              4
    • Longest 100º Streak:              6
    • YTD High Temperature:    103º  (2x)
      The forecast for the rest of the week?  Long-term, Saturday may drop us down to 99º.
      <tr></tr><td> </td>
       Last Update: 12:14 pm CDT Jul 12, 2009
      Forecast Valid: 1pm CDT Jul 12, 2009-6pm CDT Jul 18, 2009
        
      Forecast at a Glance
      <tr></tr><td> </td>
      This
      Afternoon

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 103 °F
      Tonight

      Clear
      Clear

      Lo 79 °F
      Monday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 103 °F
      Monday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 77 °F
      Tuesday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 102 °F
      Tuesday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 77 °F
      Wednesday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 100 °F
      Wednesday
      Night

      Mostly Clear
      Mostly
      Clear
      Lo 80 °F
      Thursday

      Hot
      Hot

      Hi 100 °F


      I like the heat far more than I like cold.  But heat like this is peculiarly exhausting, even when I'm not really out in it. And nothing says Summer to me like the buzz of cicadas.  All I have to do is think of that loud, abrasive rasp and I can feel the shimmer of heat, the dry breath, the sun so bright I can't see.
    nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
    The problem with not making time to update one's blog is that when one does make time, one has enough words for a round dozen entries. And who wants to read that? *sigh*

    Weather first!

    This is going to be a hot summer.

    Cue lots of rambling about weather. Told you I don't know when to stop. )
    nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Default)
    The problem with not making time to update one's blog is that when one does make time, one has enough words for a round dozen entries. And who wants to read that? *sigh*

    Weather first!

    This is going to be a hot summer.

    Cue lots of rambling about weather. Told you I don't know when to stop. )
    nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)
    It's 94 degrees outside.

    Guys, it froze two weeks ago.  It froze so decisively there are tiny blackened leaves on our holly bushes. I don't even remember seeing things actually killed by late frosts before.  Ever.  And for the last 10 years it's scarcely gotten above 90 before Memorial Day.  Some years before Independence Day.

    This is already a weird weather year.  And "weird" for North Texas is really weird.
    nuranar: Hortense Bonaparte. La reine Hortense sous une tonnelle à Aix-les-Bains (1813) by Antoine Jean Duclaux. (Chill...)
    It's 94 degrees outside.

    Guys, it froze two weeks ago.  It froze so decisively there are tiny blackened leaves on our holly bushes. I don't even remember seeing things actually killed by late frosts before.  Ever.  And for the last 10 years it's scarcely gotten above 90 before Memorial Day.  Some years before Independence Day.

    This is already a weird weather year.  And "weird" for North Texas is really weird.

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