That post title makes me smile, 'cause in a former job, one of the other people working there subscribed to a small periodical with that title. It was made up of "quotes, quips, and inspirational stories," and he would route it to everyone. Are you surprised, that I found the quotes and inspirational stories funnier than the quips??
Anyway, I'm a little bit betwixt and between, but was in the mood to post, so you're getting my own version of Bits & Pieces. I cannot vouch for any of them being quotable, quippable (that's not a word, is it?), or inspirational. Face it, if you are irritated at the end, you're the one who kept reading - you have only yourself to blame!
Pip update - things are going extremely well with our new family member. He has made himself right at home, and he and Jetsam are already great pals. They spend a lot of time chasing each other, which is especially good for Jetsam, since he needs to lose a few pounds. A vet appointment has been made, mainly just so the vet will have a look at him, he seems fine. And hardly a morning goes by when Pip does not wake me up by rubbing his wet, cold nose on my face, and wanting to cuddle under the covers. He's quite a character, and thinks The Tim is the most amazing creature ever. So all is well on that front.
Birthday update - I had a wonderful birthday, and birthday week. The Tim gave me a Color Nook, which seems pretty cool, even though I haven't spent much time with it. Let's just say that the gift giver is busy "setting it up" so I'll "use it all the time." I'm sure I'll like it, though much like my laptop, I hadn't requested it or felt I needed it. I love my laptop though, so I'm sure the Nook and I will be friends.
St. Patrick's Day and St. Joseph's Day update - also good. I made soda bread and this year it turned out particularly well. The recipe I use makes 4 loaves, and though I could cut it in half, I usually make the whole thing. We eat one, each of us takes one to work to share, and the other usually gets given to someone. We also had plenty of Guinness. So it was a tasty day all around. Then on Saturday - zeppoles! A fun week of eating and drinking was had by all.
Health update - good, though frustrating. I don't remember if I've ever mentioned that I have osteoarthritis. Occasionally it flares up in one place or the other and bothers me, but not for long once I take something for it. And overall, the more active I am, the less it bothers me. But after having some x-rays and seeing an orthopedic doctor last Friday, I have learned that it has moved into my right hand, in particular the thumb. On top of which, my thumb bone has shifted, so it is hitting the bone below it in a particularly painful fashion. Fortunately, I am left-handed, so I can still do almost everything without a big problem, but it is often aggravated when I get carried away and knit a lot. So now I'm consciously trying to intersperse my knitting and reading in a reasonable fashion. It's the only osteoarthritis spot I have that bothers me when it flares up, even if I'm not moving it.
At the rate I'm going, I will probably be one stiff creature by the time I'm 65, and have to be moved around on one of those dolly-type things they use to move Hannibal Lecter around in the movie "Silence of the Lambs" ...
So that's it for now. Just a little update on some things rattling around in my head. I'll be back soon with some pictures of some knitting and some kitties!