Thursday, April 17, 2014

A New Type of Bird Call

This past Monday was very nice here.  The temperature was in the middle seventies.  The next day didn't start out as nice and it was cold when I left work that evening.  It snowed overnight.

I had to scrape my car off, but I didn't mind because the sky was clear and the sun was shining.  It also seemed like there were several birds in the area:  a robin, a cardinal and a chickadee.  Then I saw a Northern Mockingbird laid on the electrical line.  It was just one bird.  Blogger will not let me add a link to a photo of the bird.  Here's a link to its page at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  The bird sang his songs again as I worked at the ice and snow:  a robin, a cardinal, a chickadee, a blue jay, a car alarm.  A car alarm?  I guess the bird liked the sound.

Coming home that night I passed a young man wearing a kilt in a green dress plaid running along the side of the road.  That is not a common sight in upstate New York.  I didn't recognize it as a local band tartan.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Stash-Less Knitting

I've been trying to knit from my stash since losing my most well-paid job in 2009.  It doesn't seem to be working for the project below.

This is Greta by Christina Wall.  I have a lovely knit batik dress that I need a vest to wear with it.  I thought this vest would look very nice with it.  I thought I'd be able to use my teal worsted wool with it.  No, the green in the leaf pattern is not teal.  I think I unearthed a hank of yarn that was called spruce green when I bought it.  It sort of looked like teal, though.  It didn't go with the dress, either.  The only yarn I know is spruce green is in the cedar chest that's currently covered up with boxes.  Finding it will have to wait for a little while.  I think of the other color in the pattern as purple, but I'm pretty sure that's not what it is.  It might be sort of a plum.  I might have a hank near to it in color to use as a guide.   *Sigh*

All I've been able to do is think about knitting.  I'm allergic to dust and off my partial allergy shot  treatment for 3 years.  My body was not very happy with the heating season this year.  I was too muddle-headed to want to knit.  I knew I'd probably mess something up.  I'm feeling a little better now. 

While I haven't been able to knit, I used my thoughts to pursue my other avocation of genealogy.  I recently bought a month's subscription on Genealogybank.  Even though it's the same old story that a site is only as good as the resources it has on your family (as in none for the Indiana relatives),  I am finding information for paternal relatives in Massachusetts.  I hope I find some information for a cousin's family in New York.

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Spring Flowers

I recently saw on DYI Village 50 spring wreath ideas.  Not very many of them celebrated spring flowers, like this arrangement I created:

Some day I might be able to do something creative again.  I don't have much energy left when I get home from work.  I know it has had something to do with Emily waking me up at 4 am in the morning many times recently.  I've begun shutting her out of the bedroom she's been retreating to at night, to mourn I think.  Then she wants attention at 4 am.  This seems to help.  She's stayed in the living room with me and her sister, where she's played and gotten attention.  She seems happier, and quieter, now.

I thought I had something of a digital camera in my $9.95 Tracfone cell phone I recently bought.  However the phone (or is that fone) died before I could figure out how to get the photos off it.  I had a couple cute cat selfies of Molly and my mother's cat Susie.  I think I can get them to pose again.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Best Reason to Knit a Cowl

Kitten hammock.  Photo found on

Vigil for Midnight

The cats held another vigil for Midnight Friday morning.  Emily climbed to the top of the cat tree and surveyed the area.  She looked at me very sad and confused.  She went over to the sofa and laid down in loaf position on the arm.  Molly came and laid down on the plaid throw that Midnight was partial to.  They laid there together being quiet.  This is clearly a demonstration of social ties, emotions and memory in domesticated felines, and it upsets me every time I see them do this.  I so wish I could bring their sister back well and happy to them.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

My Kittens and How They Grew

Someone shared with me a blog post in which there were photos of pets and how they grew.  I thought the photos were neat and decided to do it myself.

Saturday, March 1, 2014


Congratulations, Ravelry!  The 4,000,000th user just created an account.  I've been on Ravelry since 2008 at least.  I remember using Ravelry as an example for something to my boss in applications development.

I do find Ravelry very useful as a Knitter.  First and foremost is the availability of inexpensive or free patterns, since the economy has hit me very hard.  I do enjoy seeing what is being designed overall, though.  When I need yardage for a particular yarn, yarn browsing is very useful.  I've taken good advantage of the groups.   I find the genealogy the most interesting.  Since I can no longer attend a knitting group, it's nice to know that I can find someone on Ravelry to help me with a project if need be.

My favorite statistic from Ravelry is that 4 out of 10 avatars are cats.  I've used my cats as avatars