I want a cake just like Ellie’s!

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Bright yarns FTW.

hanging skeins


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The rant store is open for business.



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I want to leave you with something positive, and what could be more positive than #44?


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Radioactive links.

chain radioactive

A video meditation.

Back on my bullshit.

This could apply to so many things.

Frothy masterpieces.

Dude, where’s my shark?

The feel-good story of the week.

A better version of drump’s Axios interview.

Want to see some amazing photos? Here ya go!

Green = hover text.

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Furry Friday.

Dogs and leaves.

Things to know about horses.

“My harp session turned into a Disney movie.

A very territorial lemming.

Someone explain the rules of this game.

good boi anatomy


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Stuff on a Thursday. And some rants. But rants in a different key.


  1. Younger Son is all signed up to be a poll worker in Minneapolis at the August 11 primary, plus the November 3 general election. I am not signed up to be a poll worker, unlike pretty much every election since 2014. Being at higher risk myself (age, obesity) and living with someone at much higher risk (age, obesity, male, type 2 diabetic, stage 4 kidney disease) I am not willing to risk sitting at our polling place for 13 hours no matter what safety measures are in place.
  2. The Wisconsin primary — but not its presidential primary — is next Tuesday. (Non-binding presidential primary was in April.) Smokey and I mailed in our ballots over a week ago. Mail service has been rather unreliable over the past few months, which I blamed on low morale at the USPS. For example, we got no mail delivery on Monday, even though the email of scanned envelopes I get every morning showed that we had mail. Now I find that it is all the fault of the new Postmaster General, who put in directives bound to screw up mail delivery. ::fuming::
  3. I filed all my July state and federal campaign finance reports on time, well before the due date on some. I am proud.

And now, rants in a somewhat different key than usual.



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Unraveled Wednesday, 8/5/20.

Joining Kat and friends today to talk about knitting and reading.



Bootie #1 to go with the BSJ; the i-cord tie is still to come. It took me at least a week to knit this wee thing because it was not enjoyable. I had to flog myself to pick it up every evening.


This is why it was not fun — it was like knitting with a porcupine. I chose to use DPNs because the foot was rectangular and switch to Magic Loop for the ankle. Bootie #2 is being done entirely with Magic Loop. It still is not as much fun as knitting usually is, being so small and fiddly. Percy was not sympathetic.


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The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths. One of you mentioned reading the Ruth Galloway series. I remembered reading the first one, pictured left, a couple years ago and liked it. So I requested the first three books in the series, and finished the first one (again) last week. Much of the plot had fallen out of memory, although I did remember there was something bad about one of the characters. Looking forward to the next books in the series. 3★


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The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths. Book two in the series. Sadly, it is largely a replay of book one with a different plot. The author uses the same suspense devices — protagonist alone in a spooky/dangerous place, ominous footsteps, mysterious breathing. Maybe if I hadn’t just finished the first book it wouldn’t have seemed so repetitive, but I had so it did. Since I already have book three I will read it; if the author doesn’t change it up, the rest of the series will be dead to me. 2★


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The House at Sea’s End by Elly Griffiths. Happily, book three in the series was better. New perils, although the same kind of red herrings and surprise villain. I may continue the series. 3★








We finished season 3 — final season — of Jessica Jones. Smokey figured out why I like the series: it’s essentially a detective story with a strong female lead. Yep, that’s it. 4★





movie radioactive


Radioactive on Amazon Prime. A movie of the story of Marie Curie, written and directed by Marjane Satrapi, author of the Persepolis graphic novels. Interesting, some stuff I didn’t know about Curie. 3★

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Ranting my life away.


Job responsibilities now 100% optional in Wisconsin.

Stalin said that he who counts the votes wins. In the US it may be he who runs the postal service.

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Crochet, one of the Dark Arts.


First photo: “Paint me like one of your French girls.” 
Second photo: “Yeah, it’s MY couch. What’s your point?”
Third photo: The cushions! the teeny afghan!

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Available here. $10 for the set of four.

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Oh, the rants…


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