Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Mishmash

Thank you for all of the comments on my 8 year blogiversary post - I loved hearing from my regular commenters as well as the invisible readers.  I know more people read than comment, but whenever I do get a comment from someone who I've not heard from before (or very often), it reminds me of how far reaching this blog really is, and that's a wonderment to me.  You guys made me feel good.


I was surprised with a flower delivery yesterday:
I had a better shot, but knew y'all would appreciate Paco nosing his way into this one..."dese flowerz smell gud" 

Allie sent the flowers with an apology note for making me sick - she was getting sick when we were visiting her over Mother's Day weekend (so much so that on the day we left, I made a quick trip to the store to leave her with soup and crackers and drinks and medicine).  Jeff got what she had, and then on Monday, I started feeling bad and by Tuesday I was diagnosed with bronchitis.  I was feeling really bad on Wednesday, but while I sounded terrible yesterday, I started feeling a little less like death.  I stayed home from my gift shop job, which I hated to miss, but there's no way I needed to be spreading these germs around at the hospital, that's for sure.  


I've mentioned a time or two that our cats, who we adopted together from the same cage, don't get along.  Much hissing and spitting is heard whenever they pass each other, usually from Kip (the tiger-striped one), so they mostly avoid each other.  It's like they are divorced but still share the same house - the master bedroom belongs to Henry, Jeff's office belongs to Kip, and they take turns in the laundry room, where their food is located.  So you can imagine that whenever they are willingly spending time together, SOMETHING BIG is happening.  The other morning, I noticed that both cats were in the same spot:
A little lizard/gecko/critter...which was fascinating enough for both of the cats to get along while they observed it.

I have no idea what happened to the critter...but this was behind my knitting chair, so I'm dearly hoping I won't open a project bag and have a heart attack when said critter runs out!


Because I don't have enough knitting projects going on, I joined a sock KAL (knit-a-long) with the Mason-Dixon knitters.  I am using a skein of yarn that I bought last fall at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Fest; this KAL was helpful in prompting me to stop staring at how pretty the yarn is and instead, actually knit with it.  I've been making good progress on the sock, which probably has a lot to do with me being home sick all week - I'm either knitting or napping!  Here's what I have so far:
I like how the slip stitch pattern highlights the individual colors.  Yarn is Thoroughly Thwacked Stalwart Stock, colorway is Pastry Bandit.  Pattern is Slip Stitch Lines.


Have a great weekend!


  1. So sweet of Allie!

    The critter would have scared the you know what out of me. We don't have them here in Holland but there were plenty of them in Sardinia. They are so fast, they always scare me. But I have the same with the frogs in my pond. They always get out of the water and when I'm gardening and they suddenly jump back in the pond. Well let's just say I've been lucky so far I didn't fall in the pond too :)

    Awwww Kip and Henry are so cute together.

  2. You couldn't just get a regular cold, you had to go and get bronchitis? That is the one thing that will stop me from running. I hope you rested from that, even though I know you hate to miss your runs.

    I don't think I've seen a gecko since I left Zambia in 1982. Who knew they lived behind knitting chairs in TX lol.

    Love that sock. It's the kind that would make you happy when you look down at your feet.

    Feel better!

    1. Behind knitting chairs and also inside the covered keypad that opens our garage door, where they give you a heart attack at 6:00 am!

  3. Gorgeous flowers! I was thinking about you all day yesterday. Glad to hear the cold turned a corner! The socks are so pretty--love how the slip stitch makes the colors stand out!

    I like lizards in the yard, but in the house? No thanks!!

  4. Pretty flowers and socks!

    I hope you feel better soon.

  5. That yarn is incredible! Love it. Hope you're feeling better - how sweet of Allie to send you flowers.

  6. That was so nice of Allie to send you flowers!

  7. How sweet of your daughter to send flowers! I hope you are feeling better. I've never had bronchitis, but I know it's a bitch to clear up.

  8. I'll have to forward this to Hubby the next time he gives me a cold - Allie sent Shelley flowers - hint, hint!

    Funny that the cats can tolerate each other if the entertainment value is high enough. Cats...'nuff said.

  9. I'm glad you are on the mend!!!!! Oh kitties!

  10. I'm loving your newest sock pattern! They are too nice to wear!

  11. You've got an awesome kiddo!!! :-)

    Id me more freaked out about a dead gecko in the bottom of a project bag!!!

  12. I am getting to this late so I hope you are feeling better! You poor thing!

    Ha! That poor lizard! I hope if you do find it... it's alive. LOL.

    I love that yarn! I really go for the colorful skeins!


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