Fiber Monday, 10/10/21.

Beware of lumberjacks and brides!

Again with the knitting! (My apologies if you don’t want to watch the entire 17-minute video. The knitting content begins at 15:30.)

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More of my life in bullet form.

  • My computer refused to boot up a few days ago.
  • I checked all the plugs — no joy.
  • I had to resort to my old MacBook Air; it is so slow that everything seems to take twice as long.
  • I mentioned my problem to Smokey.
  • He found that the power cord was not plugged in all the way.
  • I think I have mentioned before that sometimes all I need to do to solve a problem is to mention it so him.
  • He does exactly the same things as I did in my attempts to solve whatever, and PRESTO! The problem is solved.
  • ::argh::
  • I googled myself to gauge how much a spammer/hacker/BadGuy could learn about me. Protect my identity, doncha know?
  • Guess who has her own page on IBDb?
  • Gonna take a few days vacation soon.
  • Going here..
  • Why, yes, we have been there before.
  • When Smokey finds a place he likes, we go back many times.
  • It is nice to know what to expect.
  • Our county is #7 in the state for per capita cases of COVID.
  • Not a statistic that delights me.
  • Given the paucity of folks who wear masks ’round here, I am not surprised.
  • We are planning to sell the Minneapolis house.
  • To date, we have a realtor, a person lined up to stage the house when it is ready, the house has been painted inside and out, the brush has been cleared from the back yard, the hardwood floors have been refinished, there are new floors in the non-hardwood rooms, the electrical stuff has been brought up to code, and Younger Son has moved out.
  • Sheesh, that is a lot of work.
  • Smokey has been in charge of it all.
  • The job has been like herding cats.
  • I am so grateful to him.
  • I did a 3-hour shift phone banking yesterday to find volunteers to make phone calls next month.
  • The setup is computerized, so I did it from the comfort of my own chair.
  • Computerized is not perfect; one name I was supposed to call was GoToHell.
  • My team got a chuckle out of that.
  • Here’s a good TikTok.
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Post-nasal links.

As a former tax accountant, I applaud this news. (Back when I was an active tax accountant, I classified Seagate dividends as foreign income when I reviewed a particular individual’s return. My manager questioned that, so I took her to the Seagate website. Even though Seagate began its life as a U.S. company, its headquarters are now in Belfast, UK.)

It’s about damned time.

Add more dragons* is always the best course of action; scroll down and read the comments. HT to Chris for that link.

And this is why everyone should be a Packer fun.

Carl Sagan was prescient. HT to Chris, again.

The face in the mirror.

“I had forgotten the pub smells.”

The average time between billion-dollar disasters—time to help communities across the nation recover—has dropped from 82 days in the 1980s to just 18 days on average in the last five years (2016-2020).

Do you get Heather Cox Richardson‘s daily newsletter? You should if you follow the news.

If libraries were run like used car dealerships.

You don’t feel well. Is it COVID-19, the flu, a particularly nasty cold, or allergies? Which?

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* Back in the day when I volunteered at the library, a devoutly religious (husband was a Baptist minister) patron declared to me that were dragons in the bible. I guess she was right…Psalms 148, 4-7.

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Furry, etc., Friday, 10/15/21.

If you have never watched a snail drinking from a water pipe, this is your lucky day.

Aw, lawd he comin’!

Not an animal, per se, but they come from one.

Cow on the roof. Also, a farmer with a portable stool on his butt and a steeplechase cow.

Dave, the blind dog who fools nearly everyone.

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Rant on what’s happening in Wisconsin.

Rachel Maddow took on the election *audit* in Wisconsin last week. A little background: Gableman is a dyed-in-the-wool Scott Walker-esque judge. He was a judge in the next county north of us; sometime in the 2010s he became a justice on the state Supreme Court. He is currently retired.The Republican legislature decided to have him perform an *audit* of the 2020 election in the state.

  • He was widely quoted this past week saying he doesn’t understand how elections work.
  • The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is traditionally a conservative newspaper. Perhaps the shocking deeds of the past five years has caused the newspaper to reconsider. Good for them.

The Republicans just don’t give up.

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Unraveled Wednesday, 10/13/21.

Joining Kat and friends. Go see what the others are up to.

Knitting.

Instead of knitting in the evenings whilst watching TV, I am detangling this mess. This was prompted by my endeavoring to straighten the laundry/craft room. Shortly after I started the Big Red Blob, aka Boxy, I decided to overdye some of the too-pinkish tonal yarns with the darker dye, center above. The color came out fine; the problem was that I didn’t tie up the skeins in enough places. I now have three skeins that look like the one on the left. Detangling is very slow, but last night suddenly I seem to have gotten past the worst of it with this skein. One down, two to go! (There are two balls because I had to cut the yarn midway through. Detangler: lose 2 points.)

After the dyeing and the drying back in 2019 I was so discouraged by the three tangled messes that I just threw them in a basket and called it a day. But those were three that I had spent good money on (as opposed to things I spent bad money on; Smokey and I frequently chuckle over this nonsense saying) and I am not one to give up easily.

It probably will not work to use these now in Boxy, since it is well along and these yarns are darker and redder than the rest of the sweater. Last night before I fell asleep I thought about making another sweater using red fingering weight yarn, this time with each shade worked in a 1″ stripe. Perhaps I will do that — never mind the other sweater that has been languishing OTN for a couple years. Onward!

Reading.

A Dog’s Life by Peter Mayle. Mayle is also the author of A Year in Provence, so I knew this book would be light entertainment. Narrator is Boy, a largish dog of uncertain origins, and who can narrate his life with the best of memoirists. The prose style put me off initially, but I finally recognized it as resembling nineteenth-century writing. Think of Jane Austen or Conan Doyle. The book is short and utterly delightful. 4✭

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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths. I have posted about the Ruth Galloway series by this author and how I enjoyed them. They are mysteries with some blood and guts, but not much. This one is the first of the Harbinder Kaur mysteries. Kaur is a police detective of South Asian descent who still lives with her parents (happily!) I enjoy Griffiths’ writing and all of her books are entertaining reads with fully formed characters. For example, Harbinder has a partner she finds annoying, as he is Mr. Obvious. To mitigate her annoyance she thinks of him as an exuberant puppy, i.e., no deep thoughts, just enthusiasm. 3✭

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Billie Summers by Stephen King. Having read nearly every book published by Stephen King (I could not get into The Dark Tower series), of course I had to read this one. The plot differs considerably from his usual — horror, dystopia, just plain weird — in that this is more of a crime novel. Good story; we expect nothing less from King. 4✭

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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Read about it at Goodreads.com, linked above. It has a 4.10 rating on GR, but I didn’t like it that well. 3✭

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The English Assassin by Daniel Silva. #2 in the Gabriel Allon series) I liked this one a bit better than the first book in the series; maybe I am getting used to the author’s style. The plot was a bit convoluted, to the point where I sometimes couldn’t keep the characters straight. I may give this series one more chance; if I still have to keep flipping back to see who a character is or to clarify a plot point, I shall be done. 3✭

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All Our Darkest Secrets by Martyn Ford. First of all, do not read anything where the author has a twee spelling of his or her name, i.e., MartYn, above. I should have followed this advice. Protagonist, a DEA agent, firstly, helps his wife cover up her murder of her bass, and then is blackmailed into helping out a Big Pharma executive/opioid kingpin with his operations. Unrealistic plot, occasionally strange writing — what did the prologue and first few pages have to do with anything? That is what I thought while reading; when I went back after I finished, I could see the connections, sort of. 2✭

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A Day Like This by Kelley McNeill. The book directly above and this one were Amazon freebies. Secrets was worth exactly what I paid, while this one was surprisingly good. A woman wakes up in the hospital after her car is T-boned at an intersection . She suffered relatively minor injuries, but when she asks about her young daughter who was with her in the car, no one has heard of her. All traces of the life she remembers do not exist. She goes off in search of answers: why is her husband so cold, what happened to the daughter, how did she and her estranged sister become best friends, and why is she now living in NYC when all she remembers is that she and her family lived in a big house in upstate NY. 4✭

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Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong. This book about a female Marine with PTSD coming back to her Appalachian home was not great, but I learned two things I had never heard of: Irish travellers and blue-skinned people. Not enough to save the book from mediocrity, though. 2.5✭ Your mileage may vary, of course.

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The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. By sheer coincidence — or, more probably, the source from which I learned of these books — this one is also about an Appalachian blue-skinned person. And it is about the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky, the central plot of another book I listened to — The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes. Coincidence reigns supreme… (Just started, too soon to rate, but it has a 4.22 rating out of 5 on goodreads.com)

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Watching.

We continue on our Downton Abbey binge, one or two episodes most evenings. Smokey commented that watching it over a shorter period time makes it easier to keep track of all the plot lines and characters. I dread finishing it — we will have to find something else to watch, and that is always a challenge. Suggestions welcome

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Fiber Monday, 10/11/21.

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My life in bullet format. Plus stuff.

  • I had a doctor appointment last week, mainly to get an rx renewed, but also to talk about my bad knees.
  • Guess who needs a double knee replacement!?!?!
  • When I got home from the appointment I was talking over the knee replacement news; we agreed that I should go to the same ortho — Dr. Comfort — who replaced Smokey’s knees a couple-few years ago.
  • The phone rang during our conversation.
  • It was Dr. Comfort returning Smoke’s earlier phone call.
  • I laughed and told him we had just been talking about him.
  • Smoke has been having pain in his left hip. Based on recent x-rays, the lining of his hip joint is roughed up.
  • Dr. C can fix that in an outpatient appointment.
  • No knees will be replaced until he is fully mobile again.
  • Having medical issues in retirement is just like having a part-time job. Who knew?
  • Our area is almost at peak leaf color.
  • Driving anywhere is a visual treat.
  • We are going on a short vacation to the North Shore soon. Looks like we will hit roughly the same status there.
  • My computer refuses to boot yesterday. WTF?
  • I am now compelled to use my old MacBook Air, circa 2014(?) 2018 2014.Yay, blog for looking up stuff in the past.
  • This old one is definitely slower than my current one.
  • Patience is a virtue, Kat™.

And now, the other stuff as promised…

The perfect pasta shape for holding sauce.

I am considering buying a Kindle. I have the Kindle app on my iPad, but 1, the iPad is significantly heavier than a Kindle, and B, battery life of the Kindle is orders longer than the iPad. Those of you who have a Kindle, please sing out in the comments. Is the paperwhite worth the extra $? Are the ads bothersome? Does a case make it significantly heavier? Be sure to say which model you have. Thanks!

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Links, 10/9/21.

Behold, the infamous potato shed!

Next year… (Remember to hover to get the other joke.)

“The latter group argues that its defence mechanisms do a great job and have rescued the Y chromosome. But the leavers say that all they are doing is allowing the Y chromosome to cling on by its fingernails, before eventually dropping off the cliff. The debate therefore continues.”

How to *discuss* the advantages of getting [any] vaccine.

Paulina, the female gymnast.

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Furry Friday, 10/8/21.

Orangutans and otters.

480 Otis wins the Fat Bear contest for the 4th time!

Boji, the tram- ferry- bus- train-riding dog.

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