Friday, July 22, 2011

7 Quick Takes (Vol 125)


Well here we are. Another week gone by. The heat index in the stratosphere. And it is time for Quick Takes. So, after you wade your way through my blatherings remember to click on the picture above to be whisked, at the speed of my rapidly sweating armpits (sorry) over to Conversion Diary.

And now on to the blather.

Guess what?

Max the Wonder dog is back on antibiotics and prednisone. Yup, barely two weeks after completing his last round of antibiotics he started sniffling and then sneezing and then flooding my floors with dog snot.

So back to the vet he went on Wednesday so that Dr. Jeremy could look at him. We have taken the next step which is to have the secretions cultured to see what is growing and to find out what it is most sensitive to. Great.

But this time Dr. Jeremy wrote me the prescription for the antibiotic and I took it to Wally Mart to have it filled… about 1/4 the price that they charged me at the vet last time. And the pharmacist didn’t even blink a eye when I told her it was for the dog.

Ah Wally Mart how I love you.

It has been a week of finishing knitting projects. I had a bunch of things that were here and there on completion so I decided just to get them done.


The top and bottom projects are not for me. The scarf will go towards Tri-County Knitaholics charity project. The bottom pair of socks will be going to a soldier in Afghanistan.

The middle two pair of socks will be on my feet if it every gets cool enough.

And immediately after I finished all these projects…..

I cast on two new ones. Another pair of socks, you aren’t surprised at that are you? And also a shawlette. Of course I didn’t remember one of my cardinal lace knitting rules. Never cast on later in the evening. It is sure to bring heart ache and swearing and much frogging. But I forgot that little caveat and so I cast on in the evening, knit a few rows, realized a gigantic mistake, frogged back the next morning, re-cast on (241 stitches I might add), knit a few rows, couldn’t get the stitch count to work out, frogged back AGAIN, re-cast on AGAIN and then realized my mistake and all has been rosy since.

I love knitting lace.

No really, I DO love knitting lace.

As of this morning there have not been any more hornworms in the garden. Or at least none that I could find. And the overwhelming damage to the tomato plants seems to have stopped.

I don’t think I can emotionally, existentially, physically, spiritually take finding another one of these…..

I have been struggling most of the week with what I have begun to refer to as “blueberry thumb”.

It is similar to Blackberry thumb only not. I picked blueberries on Monday morning and it seems that all the reach in, stabilize the berries and then flick them into my hand with my right thumb aggravated something in the joint at the base of my thumb and it has been sore!

Of course it hasn’t kept me from knitting or weeding. But it just is sore and opening jars of things is pretty challenging as I can’t get a really good and non-screamingly painful grip on the lid.

Ibuprophen and hot compresses will be my friend for a while.

Sometimes you just have to take one for the blueberry team.

I continue to be obsessed with Pinterest. Just what I need, something else to keep me tied to the computer.

Actually I have begun to limit my time in front of the screen. I have so many other things that I need to get done that I can’t just sit down and surf for hours. And it does become hours if I am not mindful of the clock.

I am not yet to the point where I have to lock myself out of my computer for specific periods of time………

Is it hot where you are? Well it is here. The temp gauge hit 100F yesterday and it will be in the mid 90’s today so they tell us. There is not a breath of wind and it seems as if everything is just too hot to move. Even the birds are all crabby. The cardinals just finished having a knock down rag out bird fight in the grass in the front yard.

And we need some rain. We had a boat load on Monday night but that didn’t last too long and the garden was a bit parched this morning when I went out to water.

It just doesn’t seem right to be longing for mid winter but I am at the moment. Of course come February I will be moaning because it is cold and we have a boat load of snow.

I am just never satisfied.

I have been indulging in some movies this week in honor of John Glenn’s 90th birthday and the last flight of the Space Shuttle. Wednesday it was The Right Stuff and yesterday it was Apollo 13. Oh I love those movies.

Ok, FINE! I love movies in general and I tend to watch certain ones over and over and over again.

The Hunt For Red October? I can to all the dialogue.

Independence Day? Same thing

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang? Know all the words to all the songs…..

Your my little chu chi face. My coo chi, coo chi, woo chi little chu chi face. Every time I look at you I sigh…..

Ummm, sorry I digressed.

It is HOT outside so what better time to fire up the DVD player and watch a movie.

I believe I know what I will be doing this afternoon.

And just as a last little thing relating to movies. If you are a movie lover do you know about IMDB? If you don’t you should because it is a fabulous resource. Cartoon Girl showed me the way on this. AND they have an iphone/ipod/ipad app that is my constant companion when I watch a movie. HHBL or I will go, “I know that actor’s face. What other movies has he been in?” Zip. Presto. The answer is at our fingertips.

Man I love technology.


  1. As always, I love your Friday posts. I'm phobic about worms so the photo of the caterpillar monster just about did me in! lol

    Hope your blueberry thumb gets better soon!

  2. Oh, I also meant to say how much I like seeing your knitting projects too. I tried to learn knitting when I was a teenager but didn't have the patience for it then. I should give it another try.

  3. That hornworm is amazing. I've never seen anything like that. I got grossed out by little worms in my corn. This is way worse.

    I LOVE that scarf. I've never seen one woven like that. Gorgeous.


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