Monday, January 30, 2006
I think I am going to try to make anise seed cookies this week. I bought the ingredients today, but have to decide which recipe I want to make. I've found some that have butter, and some without... some that have eggs, and some without! I have some 'vegan baking butter', so the no-egg recipe might win.
**back from dentist** 2.5 hours in the chair :o( but actually, I didn't feel a thing. We have a very good dentist! They had to pull on my mouth (think fishhook) so much, I feel like my cheek is one big bruise.
Still reading Beekeeper's Apprentice... just haven't had a lot of time these past few days.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
I won't go into long gruesome details, but my cold might have mutated, or not. It might have been the headache that made me nauseous+++, to say the very least, I was extremely unhappy.
But - on to less depressing things. Luckily my migraines, rare though they are, gift me briefly with an overly 'sensitive' sense of smell. This is not always a lucky talent -- but today I took advantage of it. After the worst of the headache had subsided I had J take me to the produce section at the grocery store. **evil grin** I can't explain the sensation of everything coming at me at once, but it was deliciously good. Several ripe plums won out, along with some garlic and pineapple (odd combinations.. you would think I was pregnant, not sick!)
The other thing migraines are good for, I found out today, is working on the puzzle. Some subconscious part of my brain understood where things went a lot better than the rest of me did! You would never think a person with a headache could make that kind of progress on a red/yellow/brown puzzle! Finally, I fell asleep. This was before the grocery store excursion.
J also got his hands on a copy of 'Omohide poro poro', or translated -- Memories of Yesterday. This was an extremely sweet Japanese movie. J said it 'warmed his soul'... not a lot of movies can do that.
And now - at least for now - I feel better. So I am thinking it was probably just a really bad headache case. Time will tell. It's time for bed.
Hope your day went better!
Saturday, January 28, 2006
We did do some hard work today as well. J and I went out to the office (on a Saturday) and placed 6 cedar posts for the new garden plot. Working together, and having the use of the office Kubota tractor, it wasn't too large of a job. Poor J was sneezing the whole time though :o( I think I need to give him a couple more doses of that tea.
And now, to get to that book!
Friday, January 27, 2006
I'm just about to start the heel, 30 stitches out of 64, my pattern suggests. So, these may be the last pictures of this sock you ever see ;o) j/k! Click to enlarge the pictures.
And now, I have to thank Chris! She gave me a link to a great tea. I worked with the idea and made my own recipe, as seen below. I am feeling much better today (after about four doses of this). It wasn't a cure-all, of course, but I know it helped! As always, be careful(sparing) with licorice.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
I finally got up to wander in to work with him, because I really didn't want to explain how to do some technical stuff that needed to be done today. Luckily, it is all typing. I am sitting here in the new building drinking licorice&ginger tea (just one cup!) and trying to get the work done.
Thanks for all the suggestions, Rhiannon and Chris! I'm trying a lot of things -- hopefully one or the other of them will work.
I brought the sock to work today but I'm not sure if I'll work on it, or take a nap.
On the good news front - Abby is doing much better. They think they found the nail she stepped on in the yard. I really hope none of the puppies finds anything else out there. The kittens stayed at home again today. They were really confused :o( They hardly ever stay home at all and it has been two days in a row, now.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Here is Sally admiring the purple sock.
I spent twenty minutes calling for the girls at the office today. I even looked up in the ceiling with the ladder. While I was standing up there, I said to myself:
'I'm calling but you're just not here.... err... You're not here... Ah! They're at home today! **silly me**We left them home today and I spent all that time worried looking for them ;o)
One of our boss' dogs cut her foot on something in the yard today. She bled alot :o( :o( J and our boss took her to the vet. It took both of them to carry her back into the house afterwards. She is a big (heavy) Great Dane! Poor Abby :o( She got three stitches between her toes.
And to boot, I think I'm getting a cold :o( Chicken noodle soup time!
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
|We were watching Count Duckula when Willow crashed in my arms on the futon. Salamander was crashed on J's coat in the chair. We've borrowed a different camera than usual, and were trying it out. I also grabbed a great picture of Willow confused by J's new DVD-computer drive.|
|Technically, the camera isn't as nice as the other one. But - it may be available for us to take home more often - to get shots we otherwise would miss! Sometime this year, we will buy our own digital camera. J is still exploring options there.|
Which is a large, ranty piece that goes everywhere and nowhere at once.
My philosophy for art is:
It doesn't really have to go anywhere - but if it does come together in the end - I'll sit back and declare a miracle. Then I'll grab another piece of paper and start another one.
Willow jumped out of the car today, as J was getting in, and ran into a neighbor's yard. She went through a hole in their fence, so I had to run around to the other side. I thought I was going to lose an ear, or a piece of neck, walking her back around the fence and into the car, because someone was running a circular saw down the street.
I'm making fried rice and veggies for lunch. We are going to try to make homemade hummus (with garlic, lemon juice, chickpeas and tahini) later on, if I can get the blender clean.
OK - back to work! BTW, check out Alina's Blog, she has great drawings!
Monday, January 23, 2006
J and I found this little guy hiding out in the garage at our office. J carried him out on the handle of a hoe(alive of course!), then borrowed a camera and took a few pictures, while the mouse hid in the clover. I'm really glad our kittens (or other cats around here) didn't find him/her!
My comment : It's cute, as long as it isn't in the house,
and hasn't bitten anyone!
J's response to that : 'That's a pretty cute disease vector.'
EDIT : Our boss says the tail is too long to be a mouse, so it must be a shrew. The picture doesn't show the tail, but it's about 2 inches long. I guess shrews look different in Tennessee than in Minnesota. Our farm cat in MN used to bring us shrews, they were small, thin, with tiny eyes and had extremely pointy noses. Our specimen is pretty round for a shrew! Because it is 'round', and the fact that it didn't run like the wind when J picked it up on the hoe handle, made our boss say she(the mouse/shrew) was probably going to have little shrews (in the garage). What a funny thing ;o)
My personal opinion : Deer Mouse, they come in gray too ;o)
Sunday, January 22, 2006
We had pizza last night! We rarely order out, except for Lucky Dragon Chinese. I got my own medium black olive and mushroom pizza, which lasted through breakfast.
J, who is 6'4", finished off a large vegan pizza by himself.
Willow is organizing a delegation in support of opening a can of tuna early. She claims (loudly, mind you) to be hungry while her bowl is full. She then rushes to the kitchen when I get up from the desk. These cats are spoiled... they get a half-can of tuna about once a week.
Actual work done, (not a waste!)
I've cut out all of the pieces for this patchwork to back Miss I's gift. It may actually be prettier than the original patchwork for the front. In plain geometry, however, it might hurt the eyes! All of the fabrics are scrap pieces. The pattern in red is a friendship star. I don't remember if the pattern the white pieces are making is called 'Broken Dishes', 'Whirligig', or something else altogether.--I take it back, it looks like a variation on either Lincoln's Platform or Churn Dash, with the friendship star added into it.
I have to sew it together later.
We made big progress on the puzzle, but it isn't finished yet.
J says his brain was injured somewhere between the jigsaw-puzzle and Sudoku ;o)
The purple sock is now cast on +5 rounds.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Weekend Goals :
- Miss I's birthday present.. again
- Finish our puzzle!
- One book read.
- Part of a sock made.
- Clean house, fold laundry *ick*
Friday, January 20, 2006
J pulled out an old electric fence today, and painted and installed shelves in the new building. He also cleaned a humongous fish-tank that had been sitting outside for years! When the fish-tank was bleached, rinsed and dry, J and our boss moved it inside the building.
Our boss picked up a set of superballs specifically for Willow and Sally! The girls make awesome leaping catches. I wish I could get some action-shots of those jumps. It is humorous to see Willow (usually a slug) jump-chase after the ball. She just gets ready to grab it with both paws, and it bounces away again.
We dropped a superball into the fish-tank, and introduced the kittens to the 'glass box.' This was a frustrating experiment for them. I have concluded that Willow is smart. However, she is usually too lazy to show it off!
Willow understood that the ball was inside the box after a few bounces.. eventually climbing up on top of the edge, and then into the box. Sally kept thinking the ball would magically get out and continue going in the direction it was headed. Poor Salamander! I really thought she would catch on to this, seeing her monkey-like ability to open doors, cupboards and turn on faucets.
Chris - I showed Miss I. at work the picture of Chaos 'looking innocent.' She said he looks like a little sweetheart ;o)
Thursday, January 19, 2006
I tried to sketch Willowpede from a photograph (not the cartoon style from before), and ended up with this.
I drew this at work, while waiting for a co-worker to show me a new editing job to take over. Compare it to this picture from 'Picture Day', and you will see my problem. The left side of the drawing is messed up. I might need to get my glasses renewed again, as this looks ALOT like my drawings from college before I started wearing my glasses. I am officially far-sighted in one eye, and 'almost normal' in the other. At least, I was two years ago! ;oP It makes for a wacky effect! Some kind-eyed(kindhearted) co-workers can't see the difference... but again, that is being kind.
I'll try again tonight (with a print-out to help me with proportion grids) and see what I get.
BTW - I've ripped out a sock made with 'Palette' yarn three times now! Anybody have a starting point for how many stitches to put onto size 2 or 4 dpns? I've narrowed it down to somewhere between 48 and 65 but I'm getting nowhere fast! Would appreciate any advice...
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
He has been getting up, like 'clockwork', every morning since Sunday. But, I'm not responding well to this experiment. In fact, he describes it as a 'hostile reaction.'
We have been getting to work every morning around 9 am. I keep forgetting things and not getting tasks done before we leave the house. This makes me upset, mostly at myself. I used to get up three hours before he did, around 8 am, and get all my work done. Now, I don't have that time. I'm trying my best; maybe things will get better?
It is also between 51° and 55° in the house every morning. (heating bills$$$) I just want to hide under the blankets until it is at least 60°. *Sigh*
Anyway... Right now, this is what I want to be doing, as illustrated by Sally.
We have to make a light-box for taking product photographs today. I hope I'll make it! Hope you have a great, and alert, day!
Oh! And it snowed yesterday! Not real Minnesota snow, but the closest thing Tennessee has to it. Big flakes that stayed on the ground all the way till today!
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
Wow, Chris tagged me! I haven't done this before, so .. here goes *thanks*!
Four Jobs you've had (just four?):
- Computer networking intern for Itasca County, MN
- Greenhouse/plot-assistant for U of M Experiment Station
- Michael's store associate/ordering/bookkeeper, Fargo, ND
- Webmistress and assistant-in-editing for a property-rights magazine, Hollow Rock, TN
- Any Indiana Jones
- Any of the Back to the Future series
- The Princess Bride
- And yes, Amelie (I love that movie!)
- Grand Rapids, MN
- on Amen Lake, MN
- Fargo, ND
- Paris, TN
We don't get TV anymore, here in our little town, so... I'll join Chris and go with ones I once watched...
- CSI (the las vegas one)
- NOVA on PBS
- Stargate SG-1 at 11 pm on Saturday night
- Andre Norton (I have 50+ of her books)
- Agatha Christie
- Piers Anthony
- Larry Niven
- the Crooked and Chain lakes, MN
- Bighorn Mountains, WY
- Atlanta, GA (Fernbank museum)
- Paris, TN (before we moved here)
- Does coffee count? with cream?
- Cheese pizza with black olives and mushrooms
- Cream-cheese wontons from the Lucky Dragon (local shop)
- Fuji apples
- My old drawing studio (with classical music playing)
- A yarn shop, oogling the wares
- In a private hot tub or lake
- At the library, with no time-limits.
My first attempt for the Memphis showpiece :
Waterproof ink on bristol.
I feel a link between Anna Marie Pavlik's work and my own - also a printmaker, and born in Minnesota.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
We went to Jackson today to try to find J a new wedding ring. He lost his ring just before we left for Minnesota. The store didn't have his size, so we have to order it out of a catalog. It is so hard to find plain gold bands! The lady at the counter acted very strange, as if we were too young or she really didn't think we were married at all.
Salamander just tried to jump into my lap and slammed into my elbow instead. She is rubbing her head and looking up at me pitifully. Poor little cat! I hardly ever know exactly when she is going to 'lapland' soon enough to be ready for it. Of course, like a little kid, I have to pick her up and comfort her.. then see if she walks straight~!
I'm knitting a few dishcloths again, but have to focus on the artwork if I want to have something to enter. With the amount of time that has gone by since I picked up my pens --- you would never guess I have an degree in printmaking and drawing. :o( I'll scan in some of my attempts tomorrow.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Sun and Moon data
Garrison Keillor rocked today on PHC -- with a hyperbolic story of mushing pet dogs and a flexible-flyer sled rigged with clothesline downriver to the University of Minnesota to deliver a term paper in a blizzard.... I was ROFL. I was born and raised in Minnesota (and moved to TN last year). The mental image of mushing a cocker-spaniel is just too much ;o)
J and I played Scrabble. The kittens helped. Willow attempted to remove tasty tiles from the board as they were played, while Sally batted the (luckily closed) tile bag around the living room.
J is listening to podcasts from StevePavlina.com The message is interesting but the guy's voice (for some reason) is annoying me. I picked up 'Murder on the Orient Express' at the library and put 'The Beekeeper's Apprentice' on I.L.L (Thanks Chris, I hope they can get it!)
Friday, January 13, 2006
I made another little softie the past few days... and it wasn't the Puss'n'Boots. I am hopeless ;o) :o( I'm not sure how to finish it though... or even if it should be a 'he' or a 'she.' Is it a mouse, a cat, a weird-eared rabbit or a dog or lamb(without the whiskers)? Here is a quick GIMP sketch, lacking a scanner here at home. Any ideas what I can do with her/him?
Punctuating Quotation Marks
Kanji-land : Japanese 'kuro'=='black'
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Too funny -- Year of the dog pictures
This mommy-cat has her paws full!
A news article on how to make stuffed-animals from sketches.
Monday, January 09, 2006
Sunday, January 08, 2006
I like this guy --> Michel Deguy, poet
Diddle has finished his alphabet series
Another great blog (with better illustrations than mine *grin*) and cute crafts!
J and I walked uptown, got apple pies and hoarded the local newspaper at the restaurant. Its the little pleasures, isn't it? We got back just as the sun had set. The sky was a purple-blue over the courthouse, which was aglow in soft lamplight. It was at that moment just before it gets 'dark'... and the light was perfect. Our street actually looked pretty, even though nothing was really out of the ordinary. We agreed we need to start scouting for our own digital camera to catch things like this.
After getting back, we put up our third bookcase in the front room. We still have more in storage. Even so, we could give the local library a run for its money on non-fiction ;o)
Cast onto my size 1 bamboo needles with two colours of Knitpicks Palette. This isn't large enough to be a sock -- maybe my Puss 'n' Boots will be knit.
I guess it is time to get up and fold laundry (:o( I hate folding laundry. In unrelated news, the second chicken is now a goose. No genetic-engineering was involved, just bad draftsmanship.
Willow keeps staring at the bathroom like there is a monster in there -- I can't figure it out. She wants me to protect her, but I dont know what from! Maybe the shower dropped water on her head or the wind rattled the window...
Saturday, January 07, 2006
I'm not the only one making chickens! here too!
cute cat zippercase
I think I posted these girl kitties before... maybe, but too cute.
Some great nuigurumi photos, Candlemomo's blog led me to.
To round it off, some knit kitty dolls as well.
Friday, January 06, 2006
A discussion about Japanese 'zakka' and 'kawaii'.
A cute sock monkey bright colours!
A stuffed elephant playing the piano
A cute bunny in somewhat Japanese style
red kitty and friends in crochet
A sweet herringbone kitty over at Hop Skip Jump blog.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Or maybe these cubs are ;o)
Our kittens caused several big smiles at the gas station today. The first lady just looked in and laughed(good laugh), then got into her car. The second lady couldn't stop looking, she asked if they liked riding. J said -- 'Well, both of them used to.. then we took them on an 18 hour ride up north. Now, only one of them likes it.' EEP She stood, smiling and watching the kittens look out at her until we pulled away. Then she went inside and talked animately with the lady behind the counter who looked and also happily laughed and waved.
Cute black kitties dressed up for a wedding!
A crochet turtle
Happy Cats in aprons
Set of photos of vintage animal-making patterns.
Definition of 'nuigurumi' - Japanese
still looking for a GOOD definition of 'Japanese-zakka'
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
I'm hearing a LOT of chicken jokes working on this at the office. I'm not sure if I can stand it long enough to make two more ;o)
The first one is going well -- need to thrift for some red and white striped fabric. The landlord didn't come yesterday or today -- now he says Wednesday morning. Hmm.... we'll see. J has already added onto the list of stuff-to-be-done(that'll teach him to procrastinate!).
Sally is meowing at our vents and doors -- I think she misses J's mom's big fluffy cat. I caught them 'talking' sometimes when we were staying there. She doesn't understand that the car ride took us far away from the 'new cat downstairs'. There is also a new black and white cat in the house across our parking space. The girls can see it while sitting in our kitchen window... and are VERY interested.
Monday, January 02, 2006
I need to get some striped fabric for the next chicken! I really wanted striped legs :o( All of this fabric is from my stash. Putting the comb on the chicken from the inside was difficult, as it had to round over the head and be right-side out.
The little dog will have a zipper in its back between head and tail - and a blue pocket inside. After that is finished, I will carefully stuff him through his feet.
Links : Loobylu, a beautiful inspiring blog (with softies!)
Morphe - look at the little kitten/lion girl!
Tamer baby foxes bred <-- remember this news story?
King Kong's kernel of scientific truth, article. Take a look at the comments on this article.
Sunday, January 01, 2006
I cut out some pieces for one of those chickens (book in French), but Willow won't let me sew it together. She says the lap is hers today, no chickens allowed. She will have to be disappointed though :o( All of this stalling, partially self-induced, helped along by kittens... isn't cleaning my house.
We finished Lone Gunmen about one in the morning -- too bad that series was cancelled. I think it had merit. Anyway there are a lot of worse shows that ran for more than one season.
Okay I guess I'll get cleaning. At least the laundry is already folded and put away.
these fish look cute too... and an owl! And a kitty doll! :o( I need willpower!
I REALLY need willpower --> flash puzzles! There is a cute one of a panda in the back-issues. I warn you, it's tough! ;o)