Author Archives: nysakline

About nysakline

I am one of those people who tries to do too much: Mother, Wife, Student Pilot, Fine Bookbinder, Amateur Printer, International Wine Production Manager, Avid Crafter, Compulsive Photographer, etc.
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Day 28: Good Intentions

Well, I didn’t finish what I set out to (yet!) but I have been studying. I hope to be signed off by my CFI in the next month for my private pilot checkride. Thank you all for your encouraging words

study

Day 28: Good Intentions

Well, I didn’t finish what I set out to (yet!) but I have been studying. I hope to be signed off by my CFI in the next month for my private pilot checkride. Thank you all for your encouraging words

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Day 27: Box Progress

Tonight I was able to make some progress on the box. The trays are both covered in jaconet and needed some sanding. I used the larger tray to measure the three pieces of 060 cardstock for the case (or “cover”).

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Day 27: Box Progress

Tonight I was able to make some progress on the box. The trays are both covered in jaconet and needed some sanding. I used the larger tray to measure the three pieces of 060 cardstock for the case (or “cover”).

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Day 26: Cafe Rorschach

I’d love to read what you see in the foam…. Comment here and/or on my Facebook page: Cafe Rorschach.

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Day 26: Cafe Rorschach

I’d love to read what you see in the foam…. Comment here and/or on my Facebook page: Cafe Rorschach.

Day 24: Discouraged

There are good flying lessons and then there are lessons where I feel like I’ve taken 2 steps backward. Today was one of those days.  Sometimes I feel as if I am personally changing the statistics for how long it

Day 24: Discouraged

There are good flying lessons and then there are lessons where I feel like I’ve taken 2 steps backward. Today was one of those days.  Sometimes I feel as if I am personally changing the statistics for how long it

3 little birds

Day 23: Three Little Birds

Now I have that Bob Marley song stuck in my head…

3 little birds

Day 23: Three Little Birds

Now I have that Bob Marley song stuck in my head…

study spot

Day 22: Study Spot

Why is it necessary to memorize the Chapters in the Table of Contents of the Pilot Operating Handbook? This is just one of many questions I have that make it hard for me to study for my upcoming check ride.

study spot

Day 22: Study Spot

Why is it necessary to memorize the Chapters in the Table of Contents of the Pilot Operating Handbook? This is just one of many questions I have that make it hard for me to study for my upcoming check ride.

glass beach

Day 21: Glass Beach

I’ve been wanting to visit this beach for years now, ever since my husband first told me it existed. Back in the 1920s it was a garbage dump. Despite the signs warning you not to take glass from this “archaeological

glass beach

Day 21: Glass Beach

I’ve been wanting to visit this beach for years now, ever since my husband first told me it existed. Back in the 1920s it was a garbage dump. Despite the signs warning you not to take glass from this “archaeological

roadtrip

Day 20: Roadtrip

A drive up the coast to rent a beach house with out-of-town guests.

roadtrip

Day 20: Roadtrip

A drive up the coast to rent a beach house with out-of-town guests.

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Day 19: Look ma! No plane!

Indoor skydiving!  Scary but mostly just exhilerating and hard to breathe!   I don’t think I’m ready to jump out of an airplane just yet.

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Day 19: Look ma! No plane!

Indoor skydiving!  Scary but mostly just exhilerating and hard to breathe!   I don’t think I’m ready to jump out of an airplane just yet.

Day 18: Practice makes perfect

Today’s flying lesson included lots of crosswind practice at my home airport, with some specialty landing and radio communications practice at towered Napa airport. Yesterday’s amazing warm and clear weather was all gone – most of my nearby airports were

Day 18: Practice makes perfect

Today’s flying lesson included lots of crosswind practice at my home airport, with some specialty landing and radio communications practice at towered Napa airport. Yesterday’s amazing warm and clear weather was all gone – most of my nearby airports were

teletubby room

Day 17: Academy of Sciences

Another fun family field trip. This time to Golden Gate Park. I still miss the old Academy of Sciences and the old DeYoung Museum, but I love the view of the new DeYoung from the Teletubby roof!

teletubby room

Day 17: Academy of Sciences

Another fun family field trip. This time to Golden Gate Park. I still miss the old Academy of Sciences and the old DeYoung Museum, but I love the view of the new DeYoung from the Teletubby roof!

cowlick

Day 16: The Little Farm

  I took my daughter and friend’s son to The Little Farm in Tilden Park for a little animal fix and picnic. What a magical place!  

cowlick

Day 16: The Little Farm

  I took my daughter and friend’s son to The Little Farm in Tilden Park for a little animal fix and picnic. What a magical place!  

landing

Day 15: Logbook Checklist Complete

A careful check through my logbook against the list of Private Pilot Requirements and I didn’t realize I still needed some solo time. I had completed the 3 hours of cross country dual and 5 hours of cross country solo,

landing

Day 15: Logbook Checklist Complete

A careful check through my logbook against the list of Private Pilot Requirements and I didn’t realize I still needed some solo time. I had completed the 3 hours of cross country dual and 5 hours of cross country solo,

Day 14: Field Trip to Mars

I chaperoned my daughter’s 5th grade class on a field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center where they worked inside a simulated Mars control center and space ship. They applied for and were given specific jobs – Navigation, Medical,

Day 14: Field Trip to Mars

I chaperoned my daughter’s 5th grade class on a field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center where they worked inside a simulated Mars control center and space ship. They applied for and were given specific jobs – Navigation, Medical,

box jaconette

Day 13: A Box for The Man Who Made Wine

  I started building the box for my copy of the binding (one of two copies I bound) of Yolla Bolla Press’ The Man Who Made Wine at my bookbinding teacher’s studio at my Wednesday night lesson. It will eventually

box jaconette

Day 13: A Box for The Man Who Made Wine

  I started building the box for my copy of the binding (one of two copies I bound) of Yolla Bolla Press’ The Man Who Made Wine at my bookbinding teacher’s studio at my Wednesday night lesson. It will eventually

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Day 12: Cafe Rorschach

One of the most commented on photos I’ve ever posted on my Facebook page Cafe Rorschach is this one which I posted on Day 12: What do YOU see? Come join us at Cafe Rorschach or comment here.

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Day 12: Cafe Rorschach

One of the most commented on photos I’ve ever posted on my Facebook page Cafe Rorschach is this one which I posted on Day 12: What do YOU see? Come join us at Cafe Rorschach or comment here.

cup practice bridge view

Day 11: Taildragger Flight

My first lesson in a week. Not a cloud in a sky. Wind straight down the runway (rare at Gnoss). My CFI and I had been talking about taking a ride in a taildragger – the owner had given us

cup practice bridge view

Day 11: Taildragger Flight

My first lesson in a week. Not a cloud in a sky. Wind straight down the runway (rare at Gnoss). My CFI and I had been talking about taking a ride in a taildragger – the owner had given us

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Day 10: CODEX

I spent my actual birthday with a very close friend at a fine press, bookbinding and book arts fair in Richmond. It was huge and very busy. The setting was incredible – an old warehouse on the waterfront with a

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Day 10: CODEX

I spent my actual birthday with a very close friend at a fine press, bookbinding and book arts fair in Richmond. It was huge and very busy. The setting was incredible – an old warehouse on the waterfront with a

taco guy

Day 9: Party

We were lucky to have perfect sunny winter weather for a gathering to celebrate my birthday. My goal was not to cook this year, so I could relax and enjoy time with my friends and family. The Taco Guy, Abel

taco guy

Day 9: Party

We were lucky to have perfect sunny winter weather for a gathering to celebrate my birthday. My goal was not to cook this year, so I could relax and enjoy time with my friends and family. The Taco Guy, Abel

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Day 8: Playing Hookey & Finding Inspiration

My favorite place to play hookey is the Legion of Honor. I finally got to see the French bookbinding  exhibit that my friend told me about a few months ago. Everyone else was distracted by the shiny gold objects from

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Day 8: Playing Hookey & Finding Inspiration

My favorite place to play hookey is the Legion of Honor. I finally got to see the French bookbinding  exhibit that my friend told me about a few months ago. Everyone else was distracted by the shiny gold objects from

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Day 7: Bookbinding Display

I finally made space in my studio for a set of glass front book shelves to display the books (letterpress printed editions and fine bindings) I’ve made over the past 20 years. It felt so good to unwrap them from

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Day 7: Bookbinding Display

I finally made space in my studio for a set of glass front book shelves to display the books (letterpress printed editions and fine bindings) I’ve made over the past 20 years. It felt so good to unwrap them from

bay bridge

Day 6: Time

I made time for a good friend who I hadn’t seen in a while. We met in The City for dinner and had a great talk about everything that’s been happening in our lives since the last time we saw

bay bridge

Day 6: Time

I made time for a good friend who I hadn’t seen in a while. We met in The City for dinner and had a great talk about everything that’s been happening in our lives since the last time we saw

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Day 4: IFR conditions

Due to the fog today I wasn’t able to fly. Kind of a relief actually with so much else going this month! Here is a cappucino I made this morning for Cafe Rorschach ( my Facebook page ). Tell us

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Day 4: IFR conditions

Due to the fog today I wasn’t able to fly. Kind of a relief actually with so much else going this month! Here is a cappucino I made this morning for Cafe Rorschach ( my Facebook page ). Tell us

airport road

Day 3: checkride prep

I am getting to that point where I just want to hurry up and get it over with. And yet I am terrified of the check ride, worried I won’t pass the oral exam and that the examiner won’t even

airport road

Day 3: checkride prep

I am getting to that point where I just want to hurry up and get it over with. And yet I am terrified of the check ride, worried I won’t pass the oral exam and that the examiner won’t even

lemons

Day 2: lemonade

We hosted a major garage sale with our close friends today. A crowd of early birds waited outside half an hour early, an old woman fell on her face on the sidewalk in front; a call to 911; sirens; fire

lemons

Day 2: lemonade

We hosted a major garage sale with our close friends today. A crowd of early birds waited outside half an hour early, an old woman fell on her face on the sidewalk in front; a call to 911; sirens; fire

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Day 1: solo

Did you know only 6% of all pilots are women? That is one of my biggest motivators for finishing. My goal this month is to finally get my pilot’s license. I have been a student pilot for 2 years and

takeoff 13

Day 1: solo

Did you know only 6% of all pilots are women? That is one of my biggest motivators for finishing. My goal this month is to finally get my pilot’s license. I have been a student pilot for 2 years and

squirrels completed

Day 29: Last Thing-a-Day for 2012

Well, if you’d asked me in January I would not have expected to have been doing so much embroidery and cross stitch but that is what sounded like fun this month. Earlier in the year, I had thought I would

squirrels completed

Day 29: Last Thing-a-Day for 2012

Well, if you’d asked me in January I would not have expected to have been doing so much embroidery and cross stitch but that is what sounded like fun this month. Earlier in the year, I had thought I would

squirrel bushy tail

Day 28: Brown Squirrel, Bush Your Bushy Tail

Here is the squirrel so far: I am quite pleased with him. One more day to figure out how to add the smoking cigarette to this – should it be in his mouth or in his paw? White or the

squirrel bushy tail

Day 28: Brown Squirrel, Bush Your Bushy Tail

Here is the squirrel so far: I am quite pleased with him. One more day to figure out how to add the smoking cigarette to this – should it be in his mouth or in his paw? White or the

squirrel so far

Day 27: Squirrel so far

The squirrel is coming along nicely so far. Not too hard to follow the pattern and photo in the Japanese book after all, though I’m not quite sure how to stitch the fluffy tail yet… I wish I had planned

squirrel so far

Day 27: Squirrel so far

The squirrel is coming along nicely so far. Not too hard to follow the pattern and photo in the Japanese book after all, though I’m not quite sure how to stitch the fluffy tail yet… I wish I had planned

ptarenalighthouse

Day 26: Cross-Country Flight

Today I planned a “cross-country” (more than 50 miles from my home airport) flight to Little River, CA, an airport I’d never been to before. I flew along the coast to get to the long and wide former military airport

ptarenalighthouse

Day 26: Cross-Country Flight

Today I planned a “cross-country” (more than 50 miles from my home airport) flight to Little River, CA, an airport I’d never been to before. I flew along the coast to get to the long and wide former military airport

squirrelpattern

Day 25: Deciphering the Squirrel pattern

I’m going to add a detailed cross stitched squirrel (smoking a cigarette) to the bottom of the words. I am going to try to use a Japanese book I bought at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Japantown.  

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Day 25: Deciphering the Squirrel pattern

I’m going to add a detailed cross stitched squirrel (smoking a cigarette) to the bottom of the words. I am going to try to use a Japanese book I bought at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Japantown.  

laketahoeduck

Day 23: South Lake Tahoe

Not much snow on the ground but a beautiful glassy lake with a solitary duck in South Lake Tahoe this morning.

laketahoeduck

Day 23: South Lake Tahoe

Not much snow on the ground but a beautiful glassy lake with a solitary duck in South Lake Tahoe this morning.

lightitonfire

Day 22: …and light it on fire.

Just need to stitch the top line and figure out the illustration and border. I am thinking of using either a detailed image from a Japanese embroidery book I bought at Kinokuniya Bookstore… or a simple frilly border with a

lightitonfire

Day 22: …and light it on fire.

Just need to stitch the top line and figure out the illustration and border. I am thinking of using either a detailed image from a Japanese embroidery book I bought at Kinokuniya Bookstore… or a simple frilly border with a

pattern

Day 18: Cross Stitch Pattern

Today I made a Cross Stitch Pattern using a link I found on the Subversive Crossstitch web site: http://www.StitchPoint.com I also chose the colors: charcoal grey for the words, brown and cream for the image. I haven’t designed the border

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Day 18: Cross Stitch Pattern

Today I made a Cross Stitch Pattern using a link I found on the Subversive Crossstitch web site: http://www.StitchPoint.com I also chose the colors: charcoal grey for the words, brown and cream for the image. I haven’t designed the border