Category Archives: Random thoughts on life

The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ~ Wallace Stevens (1879 – 1955)

Thank you to the ladies who answered my question about the Rush license plate in my last post. Obviously, I am not at all familiar with the band. If I was, the freakin’ names of the band members on the license plate holder would have tipped me off. :)

In the good news department (and really, it’s about time, it’s been a rough year)…a couple of nights ago I took the dogs for their first walk since April! I probably could have walked them a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to make sure I was healed enough to handle anything that might happen. And, I’m glad I did because Kishka flushed a rabbit and took off running. When she reached the end of her leash, I was able to stop her without causing any pain to my back or hip. Once the weather cooperates (it’s been too hot and stormy to walk the past two days), I plan to get back in the routine of a daily walk with the girls. That will make all three of us very happy.

The newest project on the needles is coming along nicely:

I’ve also been knitting on the felted bag, but there’s not enough progress to really show in a picture.

I’ve owned Kishka for 4.5 years and last night she did something she’s never done before:

She slept on her back. I apologize for the completely undignified and unladylike angle of this photo. I knew that if I stood up and moved she would flip off her back.

Today was a gorgeous day here so the girls and I hit the open road:

Both of the girls love car rides. Samantha sits at attention the whole time:

Kishka enjoys the ride for a bit:

And then she starts looking bored:

Today the sky was bright blue and there were plenty of puffy clouds:

Warm The World is currently looking ahead to winter and our commitments totaling almost 3000 hats and scarves. Can you help us reach our goal? Full details can be found here.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus

 

I’ve been a picture taking fool lately.

 

Clouds…..

 

 

 

Clouds at sunset……

 

 

The girls playing Follow The Leader:

 

Samantha keeping watch over her territory:

 

Kishka enjoying a nap:

 

Kishka watching me take pictures:

 

 

 

A license plate I saw today has me wondering….

 

 

Rush the band? Rush the nearby town? Rush the hypocritical bigot? Or is this person just in a hurry?

 

And finally, knitting!

 

Another FO:

 

Warm The World Hat #2

 

 

What: Warm The World Hat #2

Yarn: Unknown from Warm The World stash
Needles: size 8 dpn’s

Pattern: Seamans’ Cap, kind of*

Date started: 7/29/07

Date finished: 7/30/07

Dimensions: 9″ diameter and 7″ high

Lesson Learned: None

Destination: Warm The World

 

* I used this pattern as a guide and used the following modifications:

  • Used size 8 dpn’s
  • Did not change needle size after the ribbing
  • Worked from the top down and cast on 6 stitches
  • Used K2P2 ribbing

And, a new project:

Potpourri

The blogging, it’s been sparse. The knitting has also been sparse. It’s just too damn hot to knit. I have been knitting a felted bag, but (of course) I keep forgetting to take a picture of it.

So, what have I been doing?

I’ve been uploading my whole stash to Ravelry.

I’ve been finding dog toys posed in weird positions:

This past Saturday I was barbecuing with the Warm The World folks.

When I arrived home from the barbecue, my date, Harry, was waiting for me:

I finished the book in about 24 hours (with a couple breaks for sleeping) and I think it was just perfect. It was worth the wait and it lived up to the hype (which I did not expect it to do).

This afternoon, I did something I’ve never done before:

I bought the beading supplies at a 50% off sale last year and just got around to using them. I’m not really interested in beading, but I wear a medic alert bracelet and I’m cheap frugal. The batch of bracelets I bought years ago are showing their age and are not holding up very well. So, I decided to make them myself.

I have to say, I’m very happy with the results. I had no clue what I was doing. I just kind of operated on instinct and before I knew it, I had finished eleven bracelets. I didn’t enjoy the beading enough to do it on a regular basis (I also don’t wear jewelry), but I’m glad I can make my own medic alert bracelets now.

Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people. ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

 

231 years ago, a group of men decided to take a stand against England and declare America’s independence. If they were alive today, I wonder what they would think of the current American government. I have a feeling they would be ashamed.

Today, I celebrate the group of men who took that stand in the sweltering summer of ’76. May the men in power today change their ways and stop making a mockery of everything America stands for.

I’ve been spending an obscene amount of time on Ravelry, but I have managed to do some knitting.

The Summer of Scraps blanket is coming along nicely:

One of the Pink Clouds sock has a partial heel flap:

The Tropical Monkey Socks have turned their heels:

Finally, the storm at sunset last night:

 

 

Edited later in the day……….

A tornado touched down about 10 miles from my house.  I managed to get a picture of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer afternoon – Summer afternoon… the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~ Henry James

This afternoon I had a great session of PT. I’m healing a little bit every day and I’m able to actually do the exercises now. It does hurt, but I have come so far in just a month. I was so happy as I drove home that I took the scenic route and snapped some pictures.

The wide open plains:

A windmill:

Grazing cattle:

A curious group:

Well, hello there, Ms. Cow. (She and I studied each other for a few minutes.)

This fence line stretches for miles:

When I was almost home, I passed a pair of antelope:

The picture taking continued when I arrived home. Here’s Sam in the yard I haven’t been able to mow all year (yikes!):

Kishka was hogging the water dish:

It’s been a stormy week here and a few nights ago I snapped my first picture of a lightning bolt. And not only that, but I snapped three more:

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
How many pieces of jewelry do you wear most days?
Two: necklace and bracelet

Soup
What is your favorite instrumental song?
Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

Salad
Who has a last name that you like?
I like my own name, thankyouverymuch. :)

Main Course
Name a popular movie you’ve never seen.
The Lord of the Rings movies.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: Nothing makes me ___________ like ____________.
Nothing makes me laugh like my dogs.

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pine

After what seems like forever, I can finally say I’m on the mend. I’m up and around a little bit these days, but am still taking it easy (I’m scared to death of relapsing). I’m amazed at how out of shape I am after the past few weeks on the couch. Just running the vacuum cleaner is exhausting. The important thing is that I’m finally feeling human again and can imagine a day when I’ll be able to live a normal life. My PT is concerned about some pain that I am having so I go back to my doctor tomorrow for her opinion.

I have been knitting. The Pink Clouds socks are moving along and are ready for their heels:

I’ve also been knitting squares:

Please excuse the crappy color in this picture. I forgot to take pictures before the sun went down.

The squares were inspired by last Saturday’s Warm The World monthly meeting. We have a lot of scrap yarn in the warehouse, so June and July have been designated as the months of scraps. I brought home a bag full of scrap yarn so I can make squares.

Warm The World has a warehouse manager now and all I can say is ‘wow!!’. Our warehouse has been totally reorganized and it’s inspiring just to stand and look at all of the yarn and projects.

Here are the finished items (blankets, hats, scarves) that are ready to be delivered:

We have had the good fortune of receiving several large donations of yarn lately. Here is the wall of yarn (isn’t it pretty?):

The wool and wool blends:

More yarn:

The wall of pattern booklets and inspiring projects:

All of these blankets arrived on Saturday:

Here are 100 blankets in the back of Felicia‘s truck:

These blankets are going to be delivered to Fort Carson later this week. All babies born to deployed soldiers are going to receive a blanket. At this point, we have 400+ babies projected to be born this year. This first batch of 100 should give us a good start. We have more blankets at the warehouse that are reserved for soldiers’ babies.

Felicia and I are working on another project for Warm The World and we hope to be unveiling that within the next couple of weeks. To facilitate this project, I am teaching myself CSS. It’s not as tough as I expected, but I still have a long way to go.

The heat has returned to my corner of the world and I’m not enjoying it. However, it does make gorgeous clouds:

Since I’ve spent so much time on the couch, the dogs have been missing out on their usual napping spot. Kishka snagged some sleep time on the couch earlier today:

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Well, the good news is that my twisted pelvis is no longer twisted. The bad news is that I also have a disc problem, so my restrictions continue.

This is how I spend the majority of my time:


The Pink Clouds socks are making progress:

A thunderstorm passed to the north of me a few days ago:

Here’s my girls:

Miss Kish:

Here’s Samantha with her poor stuffed bunny. The bunny spent almost a week outside before she brought it back inside:

Parker (the porker):

And, last but not least, shy Romeo:

Today’s Feast:

Appetizer
Fill in the blank: The best thing about where I live is _________________…

The best thing about where I live is the wide open spaces, the bright blue sky and sunshine nearly every day.

Soup
Create a new name for a deodorant (like “Flower Fresh” or “Shower Scent”).

What the hell kind of question is this? Like many things, the names of deodorant are just silly. So, I’d go in the other direction and name a deodorant Public Jackass.

Salad
What was the last piece of software you installed onto your computer?

QIF to Excel to OFX Converter.

Main Course

If you were to receive a superlative award today beginning with the words ”Most likely to…”, what would the rest of the phrase say?

That’s easy. Most likely to have spent the most time on her couch in the last month.

Dessert
What two colors do you like to wear together?

Pink and grey. Yes, I’m still stuck in the 80’s.

If you’ve made it through this long post, you are rewarded with a most undignified picture of Kishka:

If you shoot at mimes, should you use a silencer? ~ Steven Wright

My restrictions continue. I have managed to find a way to knit while lying flat on my back. However, it’s not very fast and my wrists tend to go numb so I usually only knit a row or two at a time. Still, it’s nice to be able to knit just a little bit.

Besides being bored out of my skull because I can’t do anything, I’m also bored with TV. I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to XM Classics. (It’s channel 864 on DirecTV.) The unfortunate (or maybe it’s fortunate) side effect of lying down and listening to this station is that I usually fall asleep. However, I suppose sleeping a lot is good for me right now since it does allow the body time to heal. And believe me, it’s time for me to be healed!

Kishka has been dragging her food dish into the living room and then flipping it before she dines.

Instead of bugging her with my cane (which, I admit, was fun), I’ve been giving her belly rubs with it:

Friday’s Feast:

Appetizer
What do you consider to be the ultimate snack food?
Ritz crackers spread with peanut butter.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 as highest), about how popular is your last name?
I’d say a 3 or 4.

Salad
Who is your all-time favorite sitcom character, and why?
I would say it’s a tie between BJ Hunnicutt and Niles Crane. I can’t really pinpoint why I like BJ so much. I’ve just always loved the character and prefer the BJ years of MASH to the Trapper John years. As for Niles, I think he’s the funniest character on the show.

Main Course
Do you shop online? If so, name some sites you like to browse for goodies.
I do most of my shopping online (including window shopping). My regular stops are: Overstock, Target, Knit Picks, Loopy Ewe, Amazon, LL Bean, Lands End, Etsy and Ebay.

Dessert
Fill in the blank: I think ___________ should be ___________.

I think the media in this country should be reporting on real news and not entertainment fluff.

One step up and two steps back.

Just when I’d gotten into my knitting groove again…*poof!*…it’s over.

I had PT today and there may be something else going on in addition to the twisted pelvis. My home therapy has changed: I’m now walking (or rather, gimping), stretching my back and lying on my stomach and back. I’m supposed to sit as little as possible. So, no more knitting.

I’m trying not to be too bummed out. My main goal in life right now is to get better and get my life back. Still, it’s disappointing that knitting is now off the table (since there’s no way I can knit while flat on my back; believe me, I tried). On the up side, it’s nice to be ordered to walk, instead of being told not to walk. That’s progress.

I did take some cool cloud pics on my way home today:

And the always adorable Miss Kish:

Hopefully the knitting pics will return soon. Cross your needles for me!

It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes And pleasant scents the noses. ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis

I know a lot of bloggers say this, but I have the best readers. Thank you for all of the comments and emails I received after my last post. You were all so kind and encouraging. I was also so grateful to hear from people who have had this injury and have recovered. That’s just what I needed to hear. Thank you.

I’m able to sit up for short periods of time now and I’ve been using that time to work on my Tropical Monkey Socks.  I absolutely love this pattern.  It’s interesting enough to ward off boredom, but easy enough to knit while watching TV.   They are both ready for their heels:

Here’s a closeup of the pattern:

I’ve discovered the fun part of having a cane. I can lie on the couch and bug the dogs:

I wish I would have snapped a picture of the look on Kishka’s face after I did this. She seemed to be saying, “Listen, lady. If I had opposable thumbs I’d take that cane and beat you with it.”

The feast:

Appetizer
Name something you think is “the best.”
What? Are we in third grade or something? Silly question.

Soup
On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 highest), how stressed are you today?
Well, that depends. If I really think about everything going on in my life right now, it would be a 9. However, I’ve been avoiding reality so I’d say a 2.

Salad
What kind of cleanser do you use to wash your face?
Neutrogena Facial Bar. My former sister-in-law introduced me to this wonderful product many moons ago (1993?) and it’s all I use now.

Main Course
Tonight is a blue moon! What is something that you believe only happens “once in a blue moon.”
Once in a blue moon . . . I have good luck. Not to be pessimistic, but 2007 is not a banner year for me so far.

Dessert
When was the last time it rained where you live?

Last week sometime.

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