I filled 3 large trash cans with fallen leaves Saturday morning, added water to the pond, and realized I have just a bit more to do on the leaf front. I not only wasn’t really done, I wasn’t really done. We’ve had high winds all morning and afternoon 20-60mph, so that which was actually done, isn’t.
So sad, but so grateful I am able to rake. It appears it will be an endless job this fall.
The first picture is my puppers when he first came to live with us. He was about 2 at the time. Notice the size of the white spot on his nose.
This picture is from yesterday. The white spot has grown quite a bit, but he is at his lowest fighting weight since his first winter (he was 133 lbs). He weighs in at 118.3. We know this because we went to the vet yesterday. He has been scratching and pulling at his fur like last summer, but there was no hot spot. I know my limits and I hate seeing my furbabiez suffer, so we went. He has fleas. Anybody play the uke out there? You know how to tune a ukelele? I played the ukelele when I was a teenager. Oh, and I sucked at it.
So, we got some flea killer medication (no steriods, I’m against them) and some lotion for soothing and puppy anitihistamine. We’ve been out with the nit comb several times today, but I have yet to see a flea. The vet showed me a real Mr. Wizard trick, though. You take the flea dirt (get a damp piece of toweling and put it on the surface where you put the combed fur) and, in a few moments, if you rub the flecks a bit, they turn rust. That’s flea dirt. If it doesn’t turn a rust color, it’s just dirt.
Well, gotta go. Have a good one!!
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I wrote a sympathy card this past week to someone I have never met in person, but with whom I feel a bond. In other words, a friend. Anyway, when I was writing the card, I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized that with every major loss in our lives, a small seed of sorrow is planted and, even though it won’t grow without much nourishment, it still sits in your heart forever. We all need time to get through the actual grief of the loss, but eventually, we have the choice of either moving on, or fertilizing that seed. I feel truly blessed that I was able to move on from my last major loss, but I do feel bad for those who can’t get past it. I am not judging, for it isn’t my place to do so. I’m just thinking how truly blessed I have been and continue to be. Also, just remember, I’m a muser. I think all the time and this is just another one of those times. There are no names attached.
I’ve been thinking about this because we are, once again, entering the holiday season without Mom. I can feel that little seed of sorrow, but know that it cannot grow any bigger. I don’t ever want to not feel that seed in my heart. That, to me, would be so sad. But, I will always have to be vigilant not to let it grow.
And, on that note, I wish you a lovely Saturday evening. I’ll be back to chat soon. Have a good one!!!
We have finally reached the “you seriously think I can take any kind of picture right now?” time. It’s dark when we go out in the morning and it’s dark when I get home at night. My photography skills suck with the best light, so I think I might have to rethink my picture taking and do it on the sunny weekends. Of course, that is totally dependent on the sunny of sunny weekends.
I have been knitting away on Christmas stuff and finishing my fingerless mitts. The mitts are very close to being done so, of course, this morning the temperature was 20 and windy and I needed gloves. I’m sure there will be some mornings soon that I can wear my new mitts and be comfy-cozy. It just won’t be this week.
I am not going to tolerate my own complaining about the weather this winter. (I wonder if there is a flag option on WordPress?) After the Philippines got hammered the way they did, I have nothing to complain about. Remind me about this if I do, please.
So, I just participated in Ten Minutes on Tuesday. A practice that I haven’t done in ages. Have a good one!
Last Sunday, my Peanut and I (her Mom had to go out of town on business) met up and, after a very exciting trip to the Urgent Care place for a really bad migraine (Peanut’s, not mine) we went to Meyer House/Weaving Dept in NOCO. They were having their annual Open House and big sale and I might have fallen down and purchased yarn for a sweater……and, sock yarn. So help me, I’m gonna die and somebody is going to pitch a fit about how I was a yarn hoarder and should have been stopped. I’ll be dead so I won’t care.
Anyway, I purchased a sweater’s worth of a pretty gray Plymouth Galway in the descriptive 751 colorway. Who knew that Amazon carried that yarn. And, also, a skein of Blue Ridge Yarns Kaleidoscope in the Pumpkin Spice colorway. It’s the fourth one up from the bottom of the page on the far right. I don’t trust my poor photography skills.
It was fun and good to see everyone again.
I also threw away a UFO from about 20 or 25 years ago. I finally just realized it wasn’t ever gonna get done. I didn’t have the yarn to finish it and had no idea where the pattern was, so I tossed it, but not before taking a picture for posterity.
I really do intend to finish a sweater sooner than later, but it won’t be this one. For those of you who get tomorrow off, please enjoy. Have a good one!
Our Joan has committed to blogging every day in November. I applaud her, but will not sign up for the same. I can’t write the blog once in a while, much less every darned day.
I do have a quick picture to share. Grover did not have his Communion table to be anchored to on Wednesday for choir practice, so he had the opportunity to go/lay whereever he darned well chose.
He is laying at the front of the church just below the chancel. The white spot is his “poop” bag that we carry everywhere we go (to avoid the ugliness of the large dog’s poop in an inappropriate place). It’s not the best picture, but I was taking it quickly, between songs, to get the gist of his total involvement in the singing/learning/choirly process.
Have a good one!
And, that takes time. I know a couple of things. It appears, through much scientific research, that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. I know. Who’d a thought it? But, that’s what I have read. So, my time is not moving at a different speed than yours. Mine is just being used much less efficiently. Thankyou.
It’s been a busy two weeks since I last posted. I just don’t know how it was busy and with what. But, I do KNOW I have been busy. I started MK’s cardigan.
Wanna know how sharp I am? I cast on thinking I was going to knit the sleeves first, but did a mental disconnect and started knitting two backs instead. This is the surviving cardigan back. It is the Columbia Minerva Knitted Convertible Cardigan I plan on adding the ribbon to the neckline.
I have also begun a pair of the Ragtop mitts for me. I have knit 3 pair and not one for myself, but I need them right now. It was 40 yesterday morning and 46 this morning. I want my mitts.
But, this morning. The sun was shining and I had gotten a good rest and the pup and I moseyed out to the park for a saunter (at his age now, unless he’s going for a squirrel, we saunter). Our little park has black walnut trees. If you have never had a black walnut they are an aquired taste. I adore them, but our black walnut trees are dying. It’s a real problem in the entire state. Missouri is one of the few places that has black walnuts and there is a disease that is wiping them out all over the country. The black walnut wood is especially prized. I hate to think that we won’t have any of them in the future.
I found only one black walnut on our saunter this morning. Have a good one!!!
I was out running errands this morning. Very slowly because I have vertigo once again. le sigh. Anyway, I was driving to the butcher shop for Groverthewonderpup food ingredients and I was stopped at a light by a police officer in a reflective vest. At first I was worried that it was for something horrible. You know how hideous the world is these days. And, getting hideouser by the minute.
Anyway, I was sitting thinking “huh”, when the policeman closed down the intersection. Shortly thereafter I heard loud music and saw a convertible with a small girl sitting in the back waving at everyone. After the car, followed a group of teenage girls in black and orange outfits waving pompoms and I knew it was the homecoming parade.
As you can see, I am about 5 cars back, but I could see enough to enjoy their infectious excitement and just plain energy. There were two wee ones (about 3 or 4) near me jumping up and down with excitement. It lasted about 15 minutes and my spirit was lifted by it. What a treat.
Plume is 11 rows from completion. If I have miscounted, it won’t matter. I’ve decided I only have 11 rows left to finish and I’m sticking to the story. No.matter.what.
I sit in the dining room in the morning before work and knit a row or so. You know how you get when you’re near the end of a
commitment project? So over it. So sick to death of it you wanna tell it how bored you are by it now?
Well, that’s where I am. I’d shoot it and put it out of my misery, but then it would just have one more tacky hole.
I’m pretty sure I’ll be happy when it’s finally done.
Or, “Absent Without Excuse”. Mymymy. I’m really late with this post. I miss the blog, but it’s been busy here and I’ve been in no mood to share the bad mood I was in. So, here goes. I’m fine now. Not cranky (much) or anything. Just suffering from seasonal allergies with itchy eyes and running nose and dry mouth. I become a mouth breather in the fall and end up with dry mouth and scratchy throat. I know. I am so darned much fun. Everybody wants to be my friend.
So, I’ve been working on my pond. I thought I needed to reline it, but that is a dreaded nightmare of a job and I think I’m too delicate and dainty for it right now, besides not wanting to do it. So, I’ve been tweaking the edges. See?
The fish even cooperated with me. I’m pleased with it,but it’s been so dry that evaporation is still an issue. Hopefully, when the rainy season comes it will help the situation. We shall see.
I have been knitting on Plume.
This is an old picture. I am now 19 rows from completion. As anyone who has ever knit a shawl knows, the durned things keep growing, so I have a bit left to do. I’m determined to finish it in September, so I’m trying to keep at it. I only have 4 more rows in the black (which has become seriously problematic for me) and then it’s smooth sailing on the “Queen’s Tea” by Dyeabolical Yarns.
I have also been doing some Christmas knitting. I really need to take pictures this year. I forgot for the most part last year and never did get a picture from Peanut of her Tardis slouch hat. Of course, I just remembered that and it’s only September, so I suppose I ought to remind her. All I have to do is remember to remind her.
So, ya’ll have a great weekend. I gotta boogey. See you soon!