Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Still Feeling the End of the Weekend

I had what even I would admit was an overly ambitious to-do list for the weekend, so it isn't surprising that I didn't get to everything, but I didn't get as much done as I had hoped I would. Part of that is thanks to the time I spent reading a book that I wasn't fully enjoying, but wanted to know what was going to happen, only to have it end by, rather than explaining even part of the "why" behind the concept, just making it more opaque. Argh! Not going to read more of that series, so there. I mean, I can deal with cliffhangers, if reluctantly (for instance, when waiting for the third book in a really good trilogy to come out, I can be a little crabby), but literally not resolving one thing? Making the core mystery more mysterious? Gee, thanks but no thanks.

Anyway, Sunday night I somewhat abruptly decided I was Olympic-ed out, and rather than watching the closing ceremonies, I started watching Sherlock instead (which I got from the library on DVD [season 1], though really I could just watch it on Netflix, and will for the rest). It's good, isn't it? Have you watched it? I am not on the bandwagon that thinks Benedict Cumberbatch is is super-handsome, but he's certainly doing interesting things with this role. Watching on...

Sunday, August 21, 2016

End of Weekend Random

Time for a random list of things!
  • Carlos was asleep this afternoon when I went out for some groceries, and clearly only woke up when I returned. He came into the kitchen, blinking, and tried to summon his usual disapproval of my having gone out, but it was unconvincing. "How dare you leave me? Um, you were out, right? Were you gone long? Um, how could you?"
  • Last night I watched the Olympics and knit on the second half of the lace shawl, finally getting it past the patterned part, to where it's social knitting again. I plan to finish up the rainbow stripe shawl first, since I just have to get through the rest of the blue stripe and the last of the grey, then it's onward with the lace. Woo-hoo!
  • I don't think I've ever seen a horizontal lightning bolt, but it's pretty cool! (It also cracks me up that it apparently happened in Tampa, home of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning.)
  • It's fun to check on an author whose book I liked, and find out there's another one out by her.
  • Finally, I found this video about the true size of the world versus the Mercator map very interesting. I did know that Greenland is very misleading, but a lot of the other stuff, like Japan next to the East Coast of the US, was startling.

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Tale of Two Kitties

Hey, it's the weekend! High six!
But that's not the cat you were looking for today, is it? Here we go.

Little Miss Coco. Cocoa? I don't know how they're spelling it, and they mostly call her the little one anyway.
The photos don't give an accurate idea of how absolutely tiny she is.
She was two pounds when they got her, and now she's three. Basically, it's all fluff.
Lovely blue eyes.
And here is big sister, aka Kitty, the one they got last Christmas.
She was napping on the chair most of the time I was there.
Or if not napping, resting.
Seriously cute.
Right?
Meanwhile, Little Miss took a break under the couch. I don't understand how her skull fit in that tiny space.
When she came out, I tried to get her to play, and found that the camera strap was a toy she could not resist.
She also attacked a paper towel roll with gusto.
 It kept getting away from her.
"Why, yes, I am adorable. Thank you for noticing."
"Don't hate me because I'm beautiful." (Remember that commercial?)
I don't think she was actually anxious here--but I can't help reading into her expression.
I squatted down to get closer to her level, and she immediately came over and curled up between my feet. Oh...kay?
I mean, I would have thought that being under the scary-big person (which, to her, I have to be) would be scarier than being across the room, but apparently that's not how she rolls.
My friend took my camera when kitty put her chin on my foot, but of course kitty moved to see what she was doing. Still cute.
I think I could have stayed there for a long time, and she would have been fine with that.
She came into the dining room with us, though, and napped there instead.
Big kitty was still on her chair. Fortunately there were more chairs than people, so she didn't have to move.
Honestly, how cute?
 They weren't really interacting when I was there, but clearly not fighting either.
 Another size comparison.
She goes a little too well with the couch, right?
I have to look at this one twice before I can tell what's kitty and what's pillow.

And thus endeth the tale of the first visit to the kitties.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

TBT: Kitten Edition

No, I don't have any kitten pictures of Carlos; that's one of the downsides to adopting an adult cat (another is not knowing for sure how old he is, but really, overall I'm not trying to discourage anyone; obviously you can really lucky out with an adult cat, I did!). But it's how I can explain what I did last night, when I wasn't here.

Remember back in January, when I went to visit the kitten my friends gave their kids for Christmas? And then in April, I got to visit her again?

Well, they decided to get another one, to keep the first one company (she's so social, they were hating to leave her alone, like, ever).

She is wee, this new one. The photo doesn't fully convey how teeny.
Her bigger sister is, of course, bigger, but more than that, there's solid under her fluff! I mean, I don't know how much larger she looks than she did a few months ago, but when you pick her up, wow.
They aren't identical, but they're not easy to tell apart in photos at a glance. This is the best shot I got for a size comparison.
Anyway, I took tons of pictures, but they'll have to wait for the weekend, I have a busy schedule of swimming and then collapsing in exhaustion tonight.

Almost Friday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A Small Dose of Perspective

I went to swimming tonight hoping that my pool shoe wouldn't rub against the bug bite on my ankle, and expecting to come out the usual amount of tired and sore. Instead, about two-thirds of the way in, I got an awful, awful foot cramp and it didn't want to go away, and I spent probably ten minutes trying to stretch it out, hanging at the side of the pool instead of exercising, as it got better-worse-better-WORSE and finally receded enough for me to (gently) finish the class and hobble on out.

It feels like it's 98% gone, but the ghost of it is hanging there, waiting for me to move the wrong way. And I'm as tired as if the class ran long.

Tell me again why I'm doing this?

Ow, ow, ow.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Knit Progress

Tonight at stitch and bitch, I got to the blue stripe on the striped shawl, so it's that much farther than this photo:
Which means it won't be too much longer to finish it, yay. I've also been working on the second half of the Puncia shawl, and in the foreseeable future, it will be social knitting again. I don't have a current photo of it, but it's not quite this far along.
So, progress!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fiber Revival Time

One again, today was the annual Fiber Revival in Newbury MA. (I went last year, and in 2014.) For some reason, although the temperature yesterday was close to 100 (and the "feels like" temp I'm sure was over), and tomorrow is supposed to be the same, today was mostly overcast and about 75. Weather, man, I will never understand. But it did mean that being outside was bearable for longer than it would otherwise have been. We had a very pleasant time, shopping and then sitting and knitting.

Most of my pictures are of the animals on the farm, though I don't remember seeing a cat there before.
The horse, yes.
And donkey, and one of several sheep.
This goat felt strongly that the grass was greener on the other side of the fence. Can you argue?
Then the sheep...
...was approached by the goat...
...who did an amazing hop into the air, just before I got my camera up. Then they went back to eating as though nothing had happened. Okay!
Two giant pigs, snoozing.
Goat, chilling.
The Pinestar Studio booth had some weaving, as well as yarn and fiber. Pretty cool!
I got a skein there, this lovely multicolored skein of Linda's Car Socks, which is merino with cashmere and nylon.



And at Mad Color Fiber Arts, I got a skein of self-striping yarn, Whim, in Bruins colors.
The colorway is named Helga, after Helga Hufflepuff.

If you're thinking that it looks a lot like the socks I'm currently knitting, you're not far wrong, and you have been paying attention, haven't you?
But this one is supposed to knit into wider stripes, and I couldn't resist.

I also couldn't resist this greeting card (which I will probably frame, rather than send to anyone), from Mulberry Marsh Designs. She said his name is Machu, and she takes more pictures of him than of Pichu, who is black and harder to get good photos of.
You can see that the card got a little curved in my bag; it's currently under a book, getting all nice and flat again.