The 21st night of September? (I finally remembered on the actual day!)
Have a good one!
Maybe I'm the only person wondering about this, but do children have any chores they are expected to do these days? The reason I'm wondering is because of a commercial I keep seeing for a grocery store chain that has online selection and pick up/delivery available. The woman in the commercial is extolling the virtues of being able to have someone else do her shopping for her, and all she has to do is pick up the bags of groceries and put them in her car on her way home from work. Later in the commercial, she is seen eating dinner with her husband and children, and mentions how the "grocery fairies" made her life so much easier. Then she says "If only there were dishwasher faires."
Ahem, dumbass - you have a husband and kids. Also, you have a DISHWASHER, which ostensibly means that none of those delicate flowers seated with you at the table would have to put their perfect hands into actual dishwater. Is your husband unable to determine the complicated configuration of a dishwasher? Are your children - who do not appear to be babies or toddlers - too precious for any type of household labor? Or, are you - and I know so many people like this - a victim of your own self, because no one else knows how to do it "the right way," so only you can get things accomplished?
I did a Google Images search for "children's chores" and hundreds of images resulted - from chore charts, to templates for said charts, and of course the ever popular clipart examples like below, which shows these poor enslaved young people happily doing their assigned chores. Clearly they have been brainwashed.
I thought I'd write a post for Unraveled Wednesday before I left for a dr appt. I think I have *just* enough time.
So I have been reading a lot lately, and for the most part enjoying it. I recently gave up on a book that so many others have liked, but hey that happens. My current book is this one:
Remember when life just went along, and sometimes you would think to yourself that it was all just kind of boring, and how come nothing interesting or exciting ever happened?
I learned a while ago that a lot of the time, boring is good. Because at least in my case, "interesting" or "exciting" was not what I had been talking about. I mean, if one day you are just living your life, and you find out that you won a million dollars somehow - that's exciting! But when you are just living your life and then you find out that, say, you need to have a dental implant that costs thousands of dollars - well, OK, no one asks for THAT kind of intersting or exciting.
And this week was good example of that, both locally and globally, if you ask me. I mean:
To quote The Tim: "Looks like we won't be riding our bikes there this weekend."
And then, this image, which many of you may have seen on the news. This is the Vine Street Expressway, which cuts across the city from east to west, and is a major link. But yesterday it was more like the Vine Street Canal:
I know that we are moving into two weeks past the end of Christmas in July, but as promised, I did choose a winner for the Grande Finale Prize earlier today. I'm not going to post a photo of it here - I decided to wait until she has received it, and then I can show photos and tell you about it.
You may or may not recall that to be eligible for said prize, the only thing you needed to do was to comment on any of the Christmas in July posts - so if you commented once, you had once chance; if you commented 4 times, you had four times the chance to win. I took all of the names each time, wrote then on a piece of paper, and put them in a bowl. I mixed them around, and put them on the floor, where Pip happened to be the one around, so he chose the winner. And so, the person whose name was on the piece of paper that Pip first started to chew is:
Congratulations!! Please send your name and mailing address to me at thekittyknitterATverizonDOTnet. I'll get the package ready, and let you know when it's on the way.
Again, thanks to everyone who commented and participated. This morning I was thinking it was so long ago, but then realized that we are only talking a little bit of time since the end of July - time does indeed not wait for us. 😊
I did in fact survive my walk back and forth to the SEPTA headquarters yesterday to get my Senior Pass so I can ride for free on public transportation going forward. But it did knock me out for the rest of the day, and when I got home, I was drenched with sweat.
Fortunately, I had a little wait once I got there which allowed me to both cool down and dry off a bit. In the end, even though I had made an effort to pull myself together so the photo had a better chance to get a decent photo, it didn't matter. The woman who took the photo didn't tell me where to sit ("I thought you'd know") and also took the photo off-center. So the photo looks like it was taken from about 5 miles away. Oh well, I have the card now that's what matters.
Not much else to report. Today is even hotter than yesterday (how that is possible, I don't know, but there you go), and so inside is the place to be.
Tomorrow I will be at work all day because it is the first day of BugFest, and this year the Library and Archives will be doing tours for those in attendance who are interested. Hopefully we'll get some takers, but in any case, it will be an extra reason to be happy that it's Friday!
So now you're all caught up. If you are also baking somewhere in the heat, I hope you can manage to keep cool. Take care.
I'm sure you saw that title and thought, "And so why is that different than any other time?" and you would be correct. But if you are still reading, that's on you.
Here is the specific thing I am annoyed about today. Patreon.
Let me say from the get-go that I have no opposition to creative people making money and being paid for their work, and I also know that only a very few, elite types can make a living through the things they design, sell, license, etc. For example, the knitwear designers and/or yarn dyers that I know who are even doing well at all are fortunate to have either another full-time job to keep them going, or a partner who earns enough to allow them to pursue their work full-time. I get it.
Do I appreciate free knitting patterns? You bet I do, and I make A LOT of things from free patterns. But I also purchase a lot of patterns, as well as buy books of patterns from time to time. Because I know that everything isn't free, nor should it be. Yes, sometimes I use a coupon code or a discount, but I completely understand the idea of monetary compensation for work.
But frankly, I'm getting annoyed by people starting Patreon accounts for access to "special" patterns, "additional" content, etc.
For example, there is a knitting designer whose designs I usually really like, and I have purchased as well as made a few of their patterns. But they have decided to offer Patreon as an option for people. You pay a monthly subscription fee (there are different levels of membership) and you receive a "special" pattern monthly not available to others, as well as a look into their design processes, their personal lives, etc.
There are also a lot of knitting podcasters who have also set up Patreon programs, providing more access to them, their patterns/yarns/dogs/whatever.
I'm not saying they have no right to do so. I'm just saying it annoys the spit out of me. First of all, if you want to "monetize" your work, then just do so outright. If you feel that you put all kinds of effort and work into what you do, and that you are not getting the rewards from it you would like, then yeah, change it somehow. But for myself, I don't like the feeling that I am paying a monthly subscription for something that is basically what you were doing anyway, but now costs something.
From what I can tell, the monthly subscription costs can be as low as $3.00, all the way up to $10.00 per month. OK sure, but unless there is only a single person that you love so much that you decide to support them this way, I don't have even $3.00 a month for ten different people. Obviously plenty of people do/can provide support this way, but I'm betting most of us don't have unlimited discretional funds. And frankly, I'm not sure that even if I did, I would want to support anyone this way.
The world is already too divided among the haves and have nots to drill down even more into those who can pay $3.00 a month and those who cannot.
And if you are a podcaster, and still providing something online for free, I also don't want to always hear about what you offered to "my Patreon supporters" and not the the rest of us. In this case, as far as I'm concerned, ignorance *is* bliss. And personally I just think it's rude to keep mentioning all of the amazing things that they receive that the rest of us mere mortals do not.
Does this greatly change my life or my daily functioning? No. Does it have an effect on my crafting or the things I make. No. It's just to me more about the principle of the thing. It completely turns me off when I hear about yet another person deciding to start a Patreon group and how wonderful it will be for those who support them.
It's a free country. Spend your money the way you like, do things in a way that makes you happy and helps you to feel you are valued. I get it. It doesn't mean I have to like it, or even give it my own personal approval.
Now. Aren't you glad you kept reading? Feel free to write your own blog post about how it annoys you when bloggers complain about things they don't need to buy/participate in/do. I'll get that too. 😏
Anyway, regardless of how you feel about any of this - or about anything at all, for that matter - I hope you have a good weekend. I am getting my hair cut tomorrow afternoon, which I'm excited about. Awful summer weather is due to return and continue though, and I'm less excited about that.
But on the plus side, I figure that's why iced tea was invented, right?
Happy August! Seems weird to say "August" but time marches on, even if I am confused about it.
There were so many good answers to my question for Week 4 of Christmas in July - I loved reading them, and they also made me very hungry! There were a few things that were completely new to me, and others that I've never tried, even though I know people who enjoy them, and then of course the tried and true favorites. I also found a few things that I completely forgot could be special holiday goodies, so thanks for the reminders!
When I asked the random number generator to choose a winner, it rolled around for a bit (OK, maybe the Internet connection lapsed briefly) but finally landed on:
Here is what she said in response to the question of about a favorite food that you make for a holiday and *could* make other times of year, but just do not:
"I'll be right behind you scooping up the dressing/stuffing/filling ... only made at Thanksgiving. I think that way it tastes extra good because it is rare.
I make it just the way my mom did. Nothing else would do. Funny thing is, it is the exact way Steve's mom made it too. So no huffin' and fussin' at Thanksgiving over whos dressing to make."
This made me laugh, because the first time we made stuffing for Thanksgiving after we were married, The Tim and I also realized that our moms made stuffing 99% the same too! My mother-in-law added one different ingredient, and it is not something that makes the overall recipe vastly different. If nothing else, it adds a bit of extra, complementary flavor, so it's all good.
Dee, I know I have your address with my Christmas card stuff, but just so that I don't have to dig it out, please send me your mailing address when you have the chance, so I can get things going. I'm hoping to send all of the packages out by the end of this week. I'll let everyone know when they are on their way.
And remember, there is still one prize available, so if you have added a comment on ANY of the posts for the giveaways, you are eligible - no further action is necessary! I'll announce that winner in the next couple of days.
I really want to say another huge thank you to everyone who has participated this year! I can say that I really and truly enjoy doing this, and I have made some new blog friends and acquaintances every year, which makes me very happy. I do wish I had enough prizes for everyone, but I hope you know that the drawings really are random, and I am never involved directly other than telling the random number generator the number ranges to use.
The weekend was freakin' lovely here! I mean pretty, comfortable days and nights with the windows open, and a sheet pulled over you by morning. Just the best. We did nothing special, but enjoyed some nice walks, and cleaning up a bit outside since we could do that without being ready to pass out from the heat and humidity. It was a nice, calm, enjoyable two days, and for once the weekend felt longer than just those days, which at least for me, I can't say happens that often.
I got some knitting done, some reading done, and organized some other things to plan ahead. I also actuallly cleaned the house, which wasn't too bad - because since I've kept up with it more than usual, there wasn't a whole lot to do. I wish I could keep that up, but like most other things, it goes in spurts. So I'll enjoy it while I can.
I hope this week will be kind to all of us. Take care.
I had a different post in mind for today, but it can wait. I wanted to ask you to please keep a good thought and if you are the praying type, a prayer for some friends of ours.
Yesterday, Hamlet's fellow guide dog and partner, Karma, headed to doggie heaven. They lived together for 9 years, and guided their people Sharon and Jeff for all of that time. Sharon and Jeff of course, loved them both as their dogs, not just as their guides, and Karma was one of the happiest pups ever. She was a black Lab mix, slightly smaller than Hammy, but with the biggest puppy personality! She was all wiggles and kisses. Shortly after Hamlet retired and came to live with us, Karma was retired and went to live with a friend of Sharon and Jeff's named Karen. That was another match of epic love, and Karma had a happy retirement filled with another family of love, fun, and adventures.
My favorite Karma memory was of the couple of times we visited Sharon and Jeff to see if adopting Hamlet might work out. Karma immediately fell in love with The Tim. Whenever we would sit down, she would actively push me off of the couch, so she could cuddle up next to him! She would give him about a thousand kisses and demand constant pets (and of course he loved it too). She was one of the sweetest pups I've ever met or been around, and I know that today, Sharon, Jeff, and Karen and her family feel bereft that she is no longer around to give them cuddles, comfort, and kisses.
Here is a photo from a few years ago, when we all converged on Jeff and Sharon's house to have a reunion, as well as meet their new guide dogs. This is Karma and Hamlet giving nose kisses (after which they both went crazy realizing who each other were!), while Sharon is in the background with her new guide dog, Oakley, who clearly wants in on the fun.
I wanted to post for Three on Thursday today, but couldn't think of three particular things to talk about. Then I started thinking about things grouped into threes.
If this were Double Jeopardy, I would say that this is when the scores double, and anything can happen - but it's not, and we are not keeping score (well, at least I'm not), but I guess anything could still happen ...
In this week's drawing, the giveaway prize definitely NOT be a year's worth of Rice-a-Roni. (When I was a kid, it seemed that a lot game shows had the consolation prize of a year's worth of Rice-a-Roni, "The San Franciso Treat" - I found this intriguing, because a) I had never ever had Rice-a-Roni, and b) it was always shown with a stock image of a cablecar, and that seemed incredibly exotic to me!)
Anyway, moving away from game shows, let's see what the prize is for this week:
Though the project bag is Christmas-themed, the book is most definitely not!
This is a project bag that is definitely a good size for a sock project, or any other smaller types of things you may be knitting. I purchased it from Sugar Tots a few years ago, but I have so many holiday-themed project bags, I have never ever used it. It's so cute, I wanted it to have a happy home with a knitter who would use it and appreciate it.
As for the book, the Goodreads summary is here, and my review of it is here. It does take place in Philadelphia, but you don't have to be familiar with the city to enjoy it. It's a good story, and is as much about families and relationships as it is about opioids and those who are suffering addiction. (But it has nothing to do with Christmastime or the holiday season as a setting to the story.) I won my copy in a Goodreads giveaway, so it seemed only fair to pass it along in another kind of giveaway.
Here's your question for this week:
What is a word or phrase/expression that you first encountered in print, and mentally pronounced one way, only to then actually hear it, and you'd missed the right pronunciation altogether?
Let me know in the comments on this post only. You have until 12 noon (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time) on Sunday, July 25, 2021. I'll once again call on the random number generator, and announce the winner in a post on Monday. And don't forget - any comments will also give you an entry into the final prize for this year!
My answer - well, I have two that came to mind. I used to love Nancy Drew mysteries, and sh would be referred to often as a "girl sleuth." I understood what it meant from the context, but in my head I thought it was pronounced as SLEE-UTH. I was amazed to learn that "sloth" was correct.
The other was the expression "C'mon," which for who knows what reason I thought was short for "See you on Monday." It didn't necessarily make a lot of sense when someone in a book would say, "See you on Monday, let's go to the store," but I would just move along. Then one time I heard someone reading aloud say it, and then it made a lot more sense ... 😂