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The Persisters of Milwaukee.

$70k minimum wage.

PSA: How to minimize the release of microfibers into your wash water.

I need to do this. Maybe we all do.

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Fotography Friday.


Glacier National Park; July 2010.

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The best of Instagram.

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Chains Links hold us together.

chains hold us together

“If you want to know what fascist propaganda is…this is it. Stop looking for other signs.”

Fig. 1 and Fig. 2

On ducks and rows.

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Fotography Friday.

Driveway, garage

It is coming. Sometime in a past winter.

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The rusty links of autumn.

rusty chains

What to do with your pussyhat if you don’t wear it anymore.

Who else loved Miss Fisher? Related: Murder. Regret. Tennis..


Asking for help is the first thing we do.

This is for all you tea-drinkers out there. Well done!

The skies are emptying out.

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Fotography Friday.


Younger Son pulling weeds from the cracks in the sidewalk; September 2019.

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Unraveled Wednesday, 9/18/19.


I am having the best time knitting this Boxy. The garter stitch border took roughly forever, but now that I am in the acres-of-stockinette portion, it is nothing but mindless relaxing fun. After arranging all the cakes of red fingering weight on my tv table I realized that I have a bit more solid red than tonal or variegated, which means I need to take that into account when choosing the next cake. I am using helical stripes to blend the color–

Ooh, ooh, I just figured out how to apportion the colors! Four helical stripes of a solid, three helical stripes of a tonal/variegated! That should use up the yarns at roughly the same rate.


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Rough Treatment by John Harvey. I finished this, the second book in the Charlie Resnick series. Writing was engaging, plot was a bit weak although better than book one in the series. 3★




bk nighttown.jpgNighttown by Timothy Hallinan. Another newly-discovered series! This is number seven in the Junior Bender series. The protagonist is a burglar (!) so it is roughly the opposite of a police procedural. Engaging, dry humor, reasonable although not fabulous plot line. Good enough that I might just read more of them. 3★



bk stashbuster knits.jpgStashbuster Knits by Melissa Leapman. Nothing here that grabbed me… except for the page where she lays out what weight/gauge one would end up with when holding two strands of yarn together. I am quite fond of that technique, so I shall scan that page of the book for future reference. As to patterns or inspiration, YMMV.


bk stash knitting.pngStash Knitting: 25 Quick and Easy Projects to Make by Emma Osmand. Ditto the above stashbuster book, except this one lacked that one useful page. As to patterns or inspiration, YMMV.





Not a book, but something I highly recommend: Home Fires, a British series available on Amazon Prime (we are watching the DVDs, which I got from the library). Smokey happened to catch one episode on our PBS affiliate in the middle of the night and said that he thought we would enjoy it. The acting, plots, cinematography, and even the background music are all excellent. (I liked the music so well I just ordered the soundtrack CD.) The series is set in Britain at the beginning of WWII and focuses on the women on the home front. Tragically, there are only two seasons.  Highly recommend!


Go check out the other linked posts on Kat’s blog!

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More yarn, please.




“Honey, I can do this one-handed.”   Related.

One badass knitter.

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Last parade of the season!


The unit in front of us. Lots of blondes in the Swedish Club.


Getting our float set up. Members of the local clown club are visible behind us. We had great fun joshing with them during the line-up.


What’s over there? Who knows, but it was definitely interesting.


One of the clowns joined us for a photo op.

Remember back in January 2018 when there was a special election for a state senate seat in Wisconsin? And remember how when the Democrat candidate won, it made the national news and started the murmurs about a Blue Wave? The woman in the center, Patty Schachtner, was that candidate. We are proud to call her our state senator! She is one hell of a woman — raised six kids, was the county medical examiner, organized community-support agencies, and basically never stops helping. She also rides a Harley and is a hunter.


A couple members of the clown club. The criminal kept hiding behind trees or sneaking up behind people to startle them. He (she?) was having as much fun as anyone.

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