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Hey, I’m really trying to get in some daily knitting time.
While it doesn’t look like I’ll be getting done in time for the contest, I might have a pair of socks by December:
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Here is my Tranisitions Yoke Cardi at the moment:Picture 360

I’ve finished the transistions and am now beginning the body – I’ve already checked to measure for fit because I was getting a little freaked out about the stitch increases – since it’s not a pattern that specifies numbers etc, this is a play by ear situation (does that illustration even work with knitting?? ah well)

I think it’s going to be ok. But I was sadly farther from being able to seperate off the sleeve stitches than I’d hoped. Curse you Zuma’s Revenge!! Glee’s not helping either, since I forgot to bring my knitting with me. Foolish! (whoah! I didn’t even know it was on Fox – when’s the last time they had a decent show?)

I would have rather been doing this today:
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This was the response to the flash:
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Cheeky number!

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I’ve seen this at a few blogs I read and thought I would try it out…let’s see if I keep it up!

this week’s theme: 10 Things You Plan For

1) Waxing — your hair has to be a certain gorilla-length to make it worthwhile

2) Vacation — though even that I leave to the last minute

3) Blog posts — I’m going to try not to over think them – HA! that should be interesting…or not

4) Gifts — I love to buy or make them — it’s the joy of the giving.

5) Projects — sometimes. Most of the time I’m pretty impulsive.

6) Reading —¬† just a necessary part of each day!

7) Work! I do the scheduling of the children AND staff. This Fall was particularly complex. Let’s not even talk about it.

8 ) Fine viewing. I am cable-less and online-less at my Little House in the Woods. So I either have to finangle some burned discs or pirate my way into a viewing … which reminds me, LOST is only how many weeks away?

9) Eating. Yeah – I should plan that. Since tonight I am likely having an apple and maybe some Kentucky Bluegrass Fudge Pie with whipping cream So you know, fruit AND dairy. As soon as I get home I am running right out the door again. Poor pets. ūüė¶

10) Sleep. I like planning a little nap during the day where I can — usually it happens on weekend afternoons — could be part of the reason there is a shortage of FO’s & project news here… Just sayin’ ;-D

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Back Home

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Home from camping on Quadra Island.
I realize that I have continued to neglect this blog. I have written so many entries in my mind…that I forget I haven’t actually published them.
I wish life were a lot slower!

I took a week and slowed down intentionally. You can’t beat camping for introspection.

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I’ve been up to a few things since my last post — sadly, I had to get new chickens. RIP Chickanzees. {these are the new ones – 4 little girls and 1 boy}

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Spent some time being a tourist close to home:

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Started quilting:

1st Quilt!

Took up canning:

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Spent time with family:

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and pets:

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How did you spend your summer?

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Whoa! Where does the time go??

I will finish reviewing Lost — this season was incredible? wasn’t it? The posts are in draft form, I’ve just been outrageously busy since like April!

Here is a glimpse of just some of the things occupying my time:

Been Awhile

Left to Right – Top to Bottom

1> I fostered 3 kittens for the local SPCA. Lots of fun, but a LOT of work. Naturally, I wound up keeping one – I’m pretty sure they know that will happen! I kept the fluffy black and white one on the end. Chaplin. One of my cousins adopted the black kitten, Poe (great name hey?). Right now I am kitten-sitting Poe while she is at ComiCon — the two boys are having a blast together.
The girl at the SPCA might need me to foster more kittens – they have 25 in the shelter! Madness!

2> I have 3 chickens! I’m hoping that at least 2 of them are hens — I would like eggs. They started out as the cutest little puffballs. This is Reepicheep in my arms.

3> Spending lots of times at the beach, the lakes, the river (freezing glacier run off!!) and the pool. This summer has been a scorcher so far.

4> I completed my RCM 1st year and received First Class Honours¬†on my Exam! Such a relief — my 1st ever piano exam. I’m really looking forward to my 2nd year this Fall. I find it a great balance between calming and challenging myself. (if that makes any sense!)

5> Been on a few roadtrips – personally and work related. We have been going on near-daily field trips and this summer’s program is turning into a great success. ūüôā

6> The chickens have grown! They are hardly recognizable as the little balls they arrived as. Last weekend I built them an enclosure. Myself! With a door that opens and closes — myself! I’m amazed. Their adorable coop was made my a family friend and they love it. Their enclosure is located outside my kitchen window — they seem to get a real kick out of peering in at me when I do the dishes/cook – which is what they are doing in this pic.

7> mmmm….Clafoutis! I adapted Alicia Paulson’s Blackberry version to use some of the abundant and delicious raspberries in my landlady’s garden. I had only made a WW’s version before and it was good. This however? This is heavenly. The tart of the raspberries contrasts nicely with the crystallized¬†raw sugar¬†the custard is poured over.

8> I started a small garden at my new place. This is it shortly after transplanting seedlings — it’s jungly these days. Even the green peppers are growing – due to the scorching summer weather I’ve mentioned earlier. The chickens love exploring the backyard and¬†I’ve discovered that, likely because they arrived on the same day, the kittens watch but don’t interfere when the chickens are out and about (not that I leave them alone!) I hope they are helping to keep the garden tick free. Ugh.¬†
In addition to the clafoutis, I’ve also been experimenting with SouleMama’s Ruby June. I tried the rhubarb syrup but found it rather tasteless – so next I made a raspberry syrup. It made a divine drink! Very nice with sparkling soda and actually alright added to ice water.

9> Seen some great movies and some not so great movies. The latter was not-so-great because it was viewed with a very sensitive child whose first words to follow the intro: “I know one thing, I’m going to have nightmares tonight.” While sparing us from potetnially gory footage there were still a lot of ominously intoned “he won’t survive for long” & “if they don’t…they will surely die” . Sheesh.

10> Lots of BBQ’s already. This is a great year for it. Loving the quick and easy recipes that lend themselves to summer weather cooking. mmmmm…the company is the best ingredient though. ;-D

11> I finished the 365 Project…not that it’s up to date yet…but the photo’s have all been taken!

12> And what is summer without reading? Getting a surprising amount of reading done depsite all the other activities AND since I have started quilting! (pics coming soon)

What have you been up to?

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Update…of sorts

I swear, I am going to start blogging again. What a difference it makes not being online at home!

Before I resume regular blogging, here is a visual of what’s been going on the last 3 months.

Update Mosaic

Centre: Loving, loving, loving living out in the woods. It may be a bit of a drive, but it is so beautiful. Calm. Restful. Quiet. I love it.

Left to Right                                                                                                                           1. Muldy loves it too. This is her favourite spot to spend an evening Рthe heat from the woodstove rises up these stairs and she is soo cozy.
2. We have had some exceptionally beautiful days this fall. Clear. Sunny. Dry. Check out that cloud I captured at work, doesn’t it look a bit like Optimus Prime?
3.  Ligsy loves the wool! Almost as much as I do.
4. I lurve this new buttonhole technique — it looks like an actual buttonhole, doesn’t it?
5. Gorgeous shawl that was on display at our Library’s Artisan Gallery in November. It was hard to choose a favourite – but I think this one was it for me. Great name too: Aura.
6.  Just look at that sunset!
7.  First freezing cold day Рiced over puddles, frost on the car. Spent the better part of the day at the river. Watching eagles soar.
8.¬† Having fun with Flickr 365 group. It can actually be kinda hard to remember to take a picture every day. It has really made me want to invest in a better camera and some photo editing software. Sigh. What hobby doesn’t cost money?
9.¬† We’ve had a few power outages lately (winter storms! yay) and Kira was particularly cold one night. 20 mins later the fire was roaring and she was all warmed up. I love the woodstove!
10. Oh, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is the most up to date picture of my dreaded Monkey socks. God those things. I still haven’t finished the ONE SOCK! I am on the toe and was way bored. What will I ever do with that cursed sock?
11.¬† Might be a little addicted to the Wii. About one year after everyone else I know! (hey! I didn’t make Kira’s avatar/Mii…but I would have)
12.¬† Saw NIN with my baby brother this month. Awesome — though I did like the last tour better.

Aside from¬†a few¬†installments of stash enhancing…you’re caught up.¬† I’m on vacation until the 30th and am planning on knitting, spending time with family, watching dvd’s and baking.

How are you spending your holidays?

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“The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have.”
Yiddish Proverb

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This is what I woke up to this morning:
March Madness

These two had the perfect response:

Scully sleeps through it.

Baby So-Cute!

(I borrowed this quote from Bella Dia.)
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

It describes perfectly what we found later on our afternoon walk:

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Leading us home to a gorgeous evening.

View on leaving

View upon returning

Next post will be knitting/fibrey related – I swear! Perhaps even a little Yarn Pr0n?

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Its Been Awhile

Even I don’t know what’s been keeping me from blogging! Ravelry? Facebook? Actually reading books? (check out the new entries on my 2008 Reads page) All of the above with a virus that just kept hanging on has kept me from blogging – but I’m back.

I will have knitting related pics, news and wips coming up but for now here are some photos from a family game night.

For a 5 and 4 yr old – these two were really good at Pictionary.

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Mouthing something yummy.

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So shy!

Drooly Dolly

Charlie was out of there about 2 seconds after this pic was taken!

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Comfort Blanket Update: Squares are starting to come in! We could still use quite a few more – squares and participants. Don’t be shy!

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Mean Kitty?

Afer the unusal happenings of the other week – a good friend sent me this video.

My hand is almost totally healed. I still have 2 more days of antibiotics to go – I’m so glad I did go to the clinic, by the next afternoon I was really sick and it took about a day and¬†a half for the antibiotics to kick in. Majeeks/Jeeksy is his old self, I’m just a little more cautious¬†when petting¬†him.

Kira went in for her teeth cleaning and during her appointment the Vet and I spoke about Jeeksy. Actually while examining Kira, the Vet said “Magic can get out of hand I hear.”

Riiiight. That Draco Malfoy is a problem.?? Sleep deprivation kept me from blurting out an inappropriate response and allowed my brain to clonk around looking for a reason behind this personal viewpoint statement and then I realized he meant Majeeks.

My Mom didn’t know how to spell his name so he is listed as Majiks on his file. It is a ridiculous name¬†when written but it is him exactly, Cheeks Majeeks.

We proceeded to have a rational conversation about cats, like Magic, the signs to watch for, what to let visitors know, how to care for my hand. Eek – he told me that cat bites result in amputations for a lot of vets — if they bite a joint and¬†it gets infected there isn’t anything else to do. I had no idea. Obviously their frequent contact with sick or injured cats jumps their stats up, but still.

Jeeksy is staying right where he is and I am just going to be much more aware of his body language — even if he is still purring. I really want to thank everyone for their input, ideas and well wishes. It was refreshing to hear from so many cat lovers – people I work with were mostly in the other camp.

Let me try and get some knitting news in here…

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I’ve been working on adding some panels to Kira’s blankie. She likes to be super cozy, hiding her head under. I will post a WIPs update Wednesday.

I’m off to watch Mansfield Park while I work on the blankie. I am loving the PBS Jane Austen – thank you Jessalu!

ETA: Knitting news?? You’re all so nice. Yeah – that’s crochet. It’s pretty bad when I made it and still call it kniting. Oops.

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**Important question at end of post!!

I am going to try and make this a regular Weds. post — past notions like this (poetry thursday for example) have lasted for a time and then…gone the way of the Dodo.
Since it is so long between FO’s though, this should help keep up the fibre content on the blog. And we can all use more fibre content!

Kira’s blankie is moving along. Two squares to go and then I can start seaming.

She is having a hard time waiting I think. She keeps digging into the wool while I am working.

Elaine’s mitt is still progressing. I have set aside 4 hrs per week to work on it so…it is going to take awhile, but you can start to see the winds in the pattern’s namesake.

Now onto the feline from the title.

I have 3 cats. All with their unique personalities, attributes and quirks.
Jeeksy – so named for his tendency to be cheeky – is a skitzy type of cat.

We attribute it to his partial Siamese background – goodness knows he has always been treated well!

He is particularly fond of me, follows me about the house when I get home from work. Sleeps with me. Purrs when I talk to him.
And….bites me. Usually he gets a look on his face not unlike the one in the picture and tenses his body. Notice I said usually.

Yesterday morning I was laying in bed, petting him, postponing rising when he suddenly bit me.

HARD!  Check out the span of his teeth marks:

I was so shocked by the suddenness and the sheer strength of his jaw.
He managed to crunch my hand in half – my baby finger was touching my thumb! The puncture nearest my thumb actually extended (the redness no longer showed by the time I took the pic) 1 1/4″ sideways beneath the skin.

He was gone before I could say anything. After a few moments of pain, I sucked it up and carried on with my day. In the afternoon I noticed my hand was increasingly stiff and swollen. I thought I would just call the vet to ask what to do about a cat that would bite that hard. The vet interrupted to ask if I had seen a doctor yet.

Apparently cat bites are the most infectious of all domesticated pets. They have a bacteria in their mouths that causes 90% of all bites to become infected. Seriously infected. She told me that if ignored people end up on IV antibiotics and I’d better get to a Walk In Clinic.

So…I drove up to the clinic after work – but it was packed in the waiting area and I kept driving. I crocheted while watching Lost – thinking I needed to just get on with things. It’s just a catbite. By bedtime I couldn’t see 2 of my knuckles anymore. I decided to go to the clinic 1st thing in the morning.

In the morning it looked and felt much better. I nearly didn’t go – but the wait area was empty so I went in. I was worried about being a bother, wasting the doctor’s time and resources for a silly bite.

Uh I was so wrong!¬†The doctor¬†was very concerned about my hand and the amount of time I’d already waited. I am on a 2 week course of super strength antibiotics. I have to check my lymph nodes 3x a day for the next 48 hrs. If the redness extends in any direction I have to go right to the hospital for IV antibiotics. It’s crazy! I need to keep my hand elevated above my heart as much as possible (which blogging doesn’t quite allow come to think of it – oops) Oh. And I’m not supposed to use my hand – it will speed the spread of infection. No crochet/knit for me!

She told me if I hadn’t come in she would have been seeing me tonight or tomorrow at the Emergency Room and that I¬†could expect to¬†get sicker before I got better.

She was so right! Around 2 this afternoon I started to have more pain and to feel fatigued and ill. By 5 I had a raging fever and the swelling had increased.

This was taken around lunchtime. Right now I am fevered, clammy, exhausted and my hand is super red.

If I hadn’t gone to the clinic I would have totally thought I was getting the flu from these symptoms and maybe iced my hand. Sheesh.

I’m sharing this story since I am a person who has had cats all my life and I had no idea catbites could be so serious.

Also I’m putting this out there because I think I don’t have a clear perspective: What would you do about a cat that bites like this? Jeeksy has never bitten this hard before but he does bite me (just me for some reason). The vet said there is no need to have him put down but I have had a few people say I should. I think he has no way of knowing how bad this bite is and he is generally a purry happy guy. Should a pet really die for making a mistake?

Please know I will accept answers of all kinds – but still make my own decision in the end. I’m not asking for a poll to decide the outcome. Just wondering where other people would stand on this issue.

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