Tuesday, April 20, 2021

At Least, This Much

When I heard that Derek Chauvin had been found guilty of murdering George Floyd, I was, sadly, grateful for just that little bit of accountability. It isn't much, but better than the alternative.

I also thought of Doonesbury. Growing up, my brother and I read the cartoon collections over and over, including a great many that went way over my head, but it means that I make these associations sometimes.

And tonight, in my head, is the voice of Mark Slackmeyer:

Thank god for that much, at least.

Monday, April 19, 2021

I Don’t Wanna

Guess what came in the mail today? A summons to jury duty.

I don’t know how to link to it on the tablet, which I am using because of cat on lap, but I wrote in 2011 about being called to it then, and why it freaked me out, and I am feeling much the same way now. I just feel so deeply uneasy at the thought.

I also got to go to the dentist today, to have a crown re-cemented. It really has been a Monday.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Updates of This and That

A week ago, I wrote about the grass I grow for Maggie to nibble on, and wanted to show you how it grows in a week.

This morning:

Last Sunday:
Isn't that something? Maggie approves.

Pretty soon it will be time to recycle out the oldest and plant some more; we like to have a good crop going.

Then there's knitting. I showed you the little shawl with three colors done, and here it is with four done:

And here I am today, almost done with number five:
I tried to lay it out on Maggie yesterday while she napped on my lap, and she was not too enamored of that idea.
Uncooperative models, I tell you.

I got a bunch done on it today while the Bruins played; they are now 4-0 since the trade deadline, which shows how well they did there, for once! I mean, it's early days yet, but so far, so good with the new players. Which makes ccr a happy Bruins fan!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

A Blog-Name Day

Earlier today I was reading; then just now, I'm knitting while watching hockey with a cat on my lap.

Thereby unlocking my blog's name. Woo!

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

That Says It

I saw this on Instagram the other day.


I wasn't familiar with the account the daily don before, but wow, nail on the head here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Have a Cat (photographically speaking)

I didn't get enough sleep last night, I stepped on the cat's paw this morning (she's fine), and in the afternoon I bashed my little toe against the desk so hard it made me cry. Was that karma? I don't know, but what a day. 

 So I hereby present to you some Maggie photos from the last week, which is all I'm up to right now.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Grass. Not That Kind.

Cat grass! Any other cat people grow grass for their cats to nibble?

I had read about it somewhere, as something that cats enjoy, and that can be good for their digestion. Since Maggie sometimes throws up, I decided to try her on it. See if she liked it, see if it helped. While I can't say it's helped much, she does seem to enjoy it, so I keep planting more for her.

The first time, I bought a kit at Petsmart, and then once she gave it the okay, I bought another, and more seed, as well as a pot to grow it in.

I rotate between pots, and try to keep up with it, so she doesn't have to go without (yes, she is very spoiled, I know). Here is just-planted, planted last week, and growing fine (and slightly chewed on).

They don't look that appealing to me, personally.

But then, I'm not the target audience. 
She ignores it.
She poses near it.
Demonstrating that the original instructions to let them sprout in the dark bring some yellow grass, compared to not hiding it in the closet.
But it still tastes good!
Any of it, all of it!
She's a fan.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Knitting Away

As I mentioned last week, I've started a new knitting project. And I'm having such fun! 

I wanted to use the Infinity Fade gradient set from Fiber Optic in a pattern that would really show off the progression. It's 14 colors! And I don't want to waste a bit of it. In poking around on Ravelry, I came across Valente by Martina Behm, which is described as a "cape-cowl-hybrid" and can be made to button up or not. Since it's done sideways, using short rows, it seemed like a good match to the yarn. I cast on more stitches, so it would be a bit longer than designed, and do not plan to add a button band. It's a simple pattern, which is suiting me just fine.

Just to get the negatives out of the way, I am finding that the yarn bleeds a bit; I don't notice it too badly on my hands, but see the needles? The one on the left used to be about the color as the one I out next to it.

The set came with instructions on rinsing with vinegar to help set the colors, and I will certainly do that.

The other things is, I had a terrible time winding the yarn! Something about the way each mini was wound and tied off, I don't know, but there was much cussing done. However, even in the midst of it, I knew it would be worth it, and it is.


The Bruins play this afternoon, and I'll be knitting and watching. I'm into the third color, so over one-seventh done!

Friday, April 09, 2021

Doing Better, Knock Wood

An awful day and a couple of non-normal days, but the period seems to be winding down again, thankfully. Ready to be done with it all, any time now!

Meanwhile, look!

I ordered a custom 3D-printed yarn box from String Theory Colorworks, and it arrived yesterday.

She'll put what you want on the sides; I got one with my initials on it, of course.

As well as the yarn ball with crossed knitting needles, which I love.

The top slides open, and has a hidden magnet closure.

I've always been hesitant to get a yarn bowl, figuring that the way I yank the yarn, the ball would go flying out the top, so I like the idea of a closure better. And it's miles better than nothing at all, which always ends with the yarn either rolling off the couch, or flying up in the air. Yay!

Wednesday, April 07, 2021


I got my damned period again. I feel like crap.

Ugh, ugh, ugh.