knitnana: August 2013

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The World is a Sadder Place...

Homer the Blind Wondercat is gone.

The furry little hero of Gwen Cooper's Homer's Odyssey lived a most excellent life, and is the reason The Tonk made his way into my life. After reading of Gwen's experience with a disabled kitten, I figured, "why not?" and jumped head-long into adopting and loving a Tonkinese with a brain injury.

But oh, it's hard to say good-bye to the little guy who made that possible. And if I'm hurting like this, I can't imagine how badly Gwen is hurting.

We love our furkids to distraction, and they're all so important and change lives. But this little black furkid with no ability to see where he was going wandered his way into millions of peoples' lives and we will none of us ever look at life quite the same way again.

Safe passage, Homer. There's a little Blonde Bombshell and a pint-sized Calico Curmudgeon waiting at the Bridge. They'll help you get the feel of the place and be as happy as you can be till Gwen gets there.

Purrrsss...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ten on Tuesday

Haven't been playing along lately and this week I'm behind in getting this posted, so forgive me?

Ten on Tuesday this week is my 10 Favorite Kitchen Gadgets:

1. Cuisinart food processor

2. Cuisinart slow cooker

3. Blending stick

4. Microwave

5. Wine bottle opener (I finally bought a decent one, just a regular one, but a higher quality one than the plastic one I picked up years ago in desperation. Vive la difference!

6. Apple Corer (and it's almost time again to use it!

7. Pizza wheel

8. Blender (for quick dinners of smoothies!)

9. Kitchen Scale - because weighing what you eat makes a huge difference in being able to tell portion size, so you CAN lose weight! (And I must start using it religiously again...just sayin')

10. My 4-cup Mr. Coffee - hands down the one I use most, and adore. The perfect size for two mugs of coffee.

Ok. That was quick.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

What Are The Odds?

Back in the late winter, My Sweetie and I happened to be in Michael's in HIS town, and picked up a couple of skeins of Paton's Kroy Sock for his *next pair* - after the brown ones I'm still working on...the third sock of...

On Thursday, I was sitting at home, nursing the latest of the "odd complications" of this shoulder surgery recovery and PT work, and happened to see Anne update on Facebook with her latest pattern and it SPOKE to me...in a very big way. The name probably (go ahead, check that link, then come back, I'll wait)...When I looked at the yardage required for the socks, it suddenly occurred to me I'd better check out the Patons. And of course they are 166 yards per skein. We'd picked up only 2 skeins.

Have I mentioned My Sweetie wears a size 11 shoe? Two 166 yard skeins would not cut it. Not at all...So this weekend, on a whim, we dashed into Michael's (I was there again, helping him paint, and we are much further along on this living room, but still have quite a bit to do) I really didn't expect to find the same colorway and dyelot, but OMG, people must not knit with Paton's Kroy in the summer?

Yup. Whew. I can make these socks now. :)

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

I'm NOT MIA Really...(Randomness With Some Semblance of Cohesion)

But it feels like it. SO much going on.

1. Physical Therapy goes on apace with it's typical ups and downs, and right now, I seem either to be regressing or plateauing and that's got me in a funk of a grand scale.

2. I'm helping My Sweetheart with painting his house inside (he's smart - the outside will be done by pros!) and with my limitations, that means it's slow going, and a bit of a challenge, but it also sucks up our weekends big time. Still, wow, does it look nice!

3. Work is still working, of course, so there's no space there, it's hurtling toward our fiscal year-end with all the mess of recon-ing grants and prepping for the auditors. (sigh)

4. It's raining. It's pouring. Every chance it seems to get, tho' we did have a really nice weekend (the one spent inside, painting!). As a result, the hole in my roof isn't getting addressed (or wasn't till I heard from the landlord today), and I'm still hearing a drip-drip-drip in my tub periodically (at least it's in the bathroom and in the tub, right?)

5. I have knitting but mostly it's Christmas, so no photo. The knitting is minimal, tho,' as the shoulder/arm is holding me back so it's going nowhere fast.

6. Cooking is still a major challenge. I'm doing a ton of already prepared stuff from either the Co-op or Fresh Market, and some of Amy's frozen burritos for lunches - do you know about GMOs? OY! They're everywhere, and OMG, WE are the guinea pigs to see if this stuff is SAFE for human consumption!

7. I'm trying to keep ahead of my reading (but must now renew 3 books from the library - I'm half-way thru ONE...and I really do want to read all three of them but WHEN?

8. PT exercises are twice a day at home, minimum. I try to toss in a few at work, too, on stretch breaks. Preheat the muscles, do the exercises, then ice everything down - I'll tell you, it's like a SECOND part-time job!

9. Nana Sadie Rose is still on medical leave, at present thru September 30. But I'll admit, after reading, and hearing at PT, that recovery from rotator cuff surgery takes a full YEAR? She may have to stay on medical leave even longer. And that makes me so incredibly sad, I can't tell you. I kinda wish someone had pointed this out to me when I was considering having this surgery...I might have decided to put it off, or forget it altogether.

10. Yup. A touch overloaded by it all, doncha know? (sigh)

So...here's #11 (since I'm not trying to do any Ten on Wednesday stuff what-so-ever:

A High-Five from The Tonk! My little comic.

Namaste

I honor the place in you,

which is of love, truth, light, and peace.

When you are centered in that place in you,

and I am centered in that place in me,

we are one.

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