Friday, May 28, 2021

A Boat Ride Around

We are having a nice relaxing visit with my brother, and yesterday we took a lunch cruise in our area that we all enjoyed. Pictures!

A fancy drink? Don't mind if I do.

Watching the pelican before we set off.
A glorious day.
I can't fathom what it's like to live that way.
The bridge from the side, not the usual view.
And from underneath!

Alongside this mammoth building...
Is where we saw dolphins!


Hard to see, but lots of nesting birds along the water's edge here.
And one perched up!
Hey, look, a Bruins fan!
As we got back to the dock, we cold see a number of hopeful birds by where a man was cutting up the day's catch from a fishing charter.

And here is where I say, if this works, there will be a 30-second video of the birds watching the man cut up the fish.


Thursday, May 20, 2021

In Between

My friend left yesterday, and my brother comes in Saturday: the month of May rocks on! Busy busy! After the pandemic year-plus, it feels pretty wild and crazy. But in a good way. 

Though I am exhausted in a not so good way, as the Bruins game went to double overtime last night. At least they won! But I am going to be in bed early tonight.

And how are you?

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Burrowing Owls

Last night after dinner, my friend and I walked around the corner to the nearest burrowing owl spot to see if anyone was out and visible. Happily, one was, and we took lots of pictures. They always look so fed up. They are just over your nonsense and no mistake. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Moving On

Now that this is not the all-jury-duty-worries channel, we can go back to our previously scheduled programming (already in progress). 

Hi, Maggie.

Are you ready for house guests?

Wednesday, May 12, 2021


Oh, y'all. Look at this.

See what that says at the bottom? I'm off the hook for jury duty. 

What a RELIEF. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Day Three: Reprieve Redux


Meanwhile: If you have a little time, I highly recommend watching this video from Paris in 1900, of scenes from the Turn of the Century exhibition. I love watching really old footage like this, but especially fascinating was the part with people stepping on and off and riding the moving sidewalk, which was apparently called a travolator, in 1900! It was apparently there for the exhibition, but they're all so casual about it, like it's no big deal to have a moving walkway at that time. Wild!

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Getting Stuff Done, random bits edition

If you are a person who happily celebrates it, happy mother's day; if it's a hard day for you, for whatever reason, I'm sorry, and I hope it's passing quickly for you.

I got my mom what she wants, which is caramel corn from Garrett's, and a fun card. She doesn't want much, but what I did made her happy, so that works for me.

I've been puttering about today, getting stuff done, and while I don't feel like I did all that much, by mid-afternoon my body was pretty clear that it was time to stop, sit down, and quit it.

But I have the airbed inflated, as well as space in the room for the airbed to fit. And bedding to put on the bed. And I did other exciting things like paying my bills and cleaning the coffeemaker. And, I don't know what else, it doesn't feel like that much, but I'm tire, all right. 

Very much hoping that for the rest of the week, I will continue to say "no jury duty tomorrow."

Thank you to Angela for mentioning the BHG recipe for quiche: we're going to give it a try. Mom had a recipe that she used many years ago, but she wasn't pleased with how it came out this time, so we're trying other ways.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Day One: Reprieve

I checked the website, and there are no trials Monday! Phew, that's a relief. I hope it's the same all next week.

The waiting to find out made for a tense day (made worse by our havingwifi problems today, not yet solved), and I thought of one thing that I could do to feel in control of something. My current pair of socks-in-progress are close to being done, plus there's the black being hard to see in some lighting.

So I picked out a skein of lovely and light-colored yarn:

Wound it, and cast on. I don't know for certain that I'll be allowed to bring knitting into the courthouse, that part I can't control, but if not, I can go back to the car and leave it there. Starting this felt good anyway.

Happy Friday. 

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

A Bit Bleak

Multiple times since receiving the jury duty summons a few weeks ago, I have found myself thinking about that experience when I was 18, and getting upset all over again. 

I am trying not to dwell on it, but also I try to imagine how to explain it, this time, if it comes to that, and I start tearing up. I am just dreading everything about this.

But I am also really ready to just Get To It and Be Done With It. However awful it is. On Friday night I will find out if I have to go in Monday morning, and then next week will be whatever it is, and then it will be past and I can look at my calendar again without spiraling into the dismals. I wasn't really aware of how often I look at my calendar, either for planning or reminders or anticipation, but apparently it's a lot.

Anyway. Does anyone want to share a good, reliable quiche recipe? Mom and I are looking for one. Thanks in advance!

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Ugh and Ooh

I have cramps today. How joyful.

However, I also have this:

That's through eight of the 14 colors in the gradient set. Getting on! I think it's going to make a really nice little shawl.

(Pattern is Valente by Martina Behm [Ravelry link], casting on more stitches [107 instead of 92] to make it a bit bigger; yarn is Fiber Optic's Fractal Infinity Fade Collection)