Friday, January 3, 2014

7 Quick Takes (Vol 241)


I know! I am late! I forgot!

When you are done reading you need to click on the picture above to be whisked, at the speed of Kim Kardashian’s fading from fame (PLEASE!) over to Conversion Diary to see what is happening.

It is blather o’clock somewhere.

I completely forgot it was Friday.

I completely forgot that I needed to write some Quick Takes.

I was toodling along, doing my errands, listening to The Diane Rehm show on NPR when they announced that next hour was the International News Roundup. And it struck me as funny because it was Thursday and they were doing the Friday show line up.

And then I realized that it was Friday.


The sun came out today. It was nice to see her, in between the bands of snow. The “Snowpocalypse” has come and gone and we are down to just Lake Effect bands of snow to add a “dusting” on top of the 10+ inches that we got yesterday. Oh yes, it snowed and snowed and snowed. And the wind blew. And the temperature upon arising this morning was a balmy 9F.

Welcome to Winter.

Global Warming? What Global Warming?

One of the things about living at Chez Knit that is different from OCK is that I don’t have any control over when the snowplow guy shows up. Jason, our old snowplow guy, always knew that we needed our driveway plowed by 6a. And he was awesome about getting it done. Here at Chez Knit most of our neighbors are older and perhaps the snow plow guy just figures that they aren’t going to go anywhere when it snows. So our driveway doesn’t get plowed with any great swiftness. He was here once yesterday, which was nice. But then we got another 5 inches after he plowed and HHBL had a heck of a time getting up the short but inclined driveway. You sort of have to “sling shot” yourself up it. Just think of Apollo 13 sling shotting around the moon to get home.

I have to fight my OCD tendencies to want to go out and shovel that dang driveway so that the snow doesn’t get all mashed down.

And while we are talking about snow. Can someone explain to me the idioticness of “naming” a big winter storm? Does the National Weather Service have nothing better to do? Is there an intern that needs work?

It is winter. There are storms. They don’t need to be named.

Getting down off of my soap box now and going to make a cup of cocoa.

And while we are on the theme of winter and cold. Have you been introduced to the concept of the Corn Bags that you put in the microwave, heat for two minutes and then enjoy blessed warmth for an hour?

Oh be still my palpitating cardiac organ.

For some reason I had not been introduced to my new best toasty buddy until a friend mentioned making them. She described what they were and I thought,

What an interesting but useless idea. Why would you want one of those?

Insert Dope slap here.

But I made one, just to see what they were like. The whole story about getting loosed field corn is for another day. But suffice it to say that I met a very nice, local garden center owner who looked at me strangely when I explained what I wanted and then gave me 10 POUNDS of loose field corn that he was going to “throw away anyways”.

But I digress.

So I made one. I heated it up in our ancient microwave. I sat down and put it up against my back, which happened to be a bit sore that day……….

And the angels sang. Oh. My. Gosh. The thing stays hot for an HOUR. I used it on my toes yesterday when they got a bit chilled. And then I heated it up right before bed and slipped it down where my toes were going to reside.

Hot Corn Bag + Flannel Sheets = Bedtime bliss

I am so going to make more of these.

In order to keep myself on track with the 365 in 2014 project I am going to use the monthly prompts that I find on WhimpulsiveWhimpulsive. I won’t always use them but sometimes I just need a bit of an inspiration.

Day 3- My Town
Today’s prompt was “My Town”. This is what I get to see each and every day. Can you say LOVE.

Because I am an over-organizing nutcase, I have decided that I need to “label” where all of the every growing and never shrinking yarn stash comes from. It isn’t like I don’t know how most of the stuff comes into the house. It is just that I want to make sure that I remember.

And we will not talk about the 950 yards of Madelintosh Tosh Lace that is going into the cupboard today.

HEY! I had a coupon!

I have spent WAY too much time trying to embed this video. But Live Writer isn’t playing nice at the moment. And that is also a reason why I am looking for a new blogging platform. But that is a post for another day.

SO, click on the link below to go to the most fabulous video. A photographer/videographer by the name of Will Burrad-Lucas attached a GoPro (I WANT ONE) onto a multirotor copter and then took the most stunning video in the Serengeti. I have watched this thing a boat load of times. Put it on full screen and enjoy.

Beetlecopter in the Seregeti

And because I am all out of things to say.


Here are all the blog headers from last year. January’s header should be up some time today…I hope.
January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013


  1. The whole naming of winter storms isn't actually the National Weather Service, it's The Weather Channel. Clearly they have nothing better to do.

    1. Ah HA! I know the storm is bad. I don't need to have to call it by name. Thanks for the clarification.

  2. I have a friend who makes and sells corn bags for $10 each. She then has loads of themed pillowcases for $5. Her sales profits are what she uses for gifts for the grandkids and great grandkids for the year!

  3. Thank you. The named storms are really bugging me. I'm just waiting for the naming of tornadoes. And also, would someone please decide which way cancelled/canceled should be spelled on all the airport flight monitors and winter closings of schools, hair salons, churches, galas and marathons, to name a few.


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