30 April 2021
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26 April 2021
I hope you had a good weekend, whatever you did or did not do. Ours was quiet, but with some smallish things done around the house, so it was not all laziness!
As I mentioned in a post last week, I was hoping that by the end of the week, I could get the sleeves knit on the sweater I've been making. BTW, I was amused by some comments about my "purple" sweater - I know it looked purple in the photos, but that is my lack of photographic ability. It's actually a dark navy blue, which is incredibly difficult to capture when you are a point and shoot impatient person like me.
Anyway, I had worked on the second sleeve and got to the point where I was so close to finishing, that I told myself I couldn't work on any other project until the sleeve was an entire sleeve, including being bound off. So Saturday morning I got started, and by Saturday afternoon (there were several interruptions and breaks), I had accomplished my goal.
23 April 2021
21 April 2021
I know it's Wednesday, but for whatever reason, I wasn't expecting it to be Wednesday. You know, like I have any control over time ...
I thought I'd join Kat and everyone else for Unraveled Wednesday today, since I have a book underway and have been working on a project that is getting closer to being finished.
First up, this book, which I am really enjoying. It's interesting, and a little bit creepy.
19 April 2021
This past weekend was a big one in our house. First of all, The Tim was able to get his first vaccine shot on Saturday morning, which was a big deal for all of us! Vaccine eligibility opens up today to everyone in the city 18 years older and above, but he got a notice at the end of last week from the Dept. of Public Health site that his turn had come up. So he made an appt for early on Saturday, and now in two weeks he'll get his second, and by the end of May we will both be safe for public consumption! (Well, vaccine-wise at least.)
Also, on Saturday, Hamlet and I walked over to Washington Square here in the city so that the woman who raised Hammy as a puppy could see him. Her name is Robin, and we have been friends on Facebook for a while, but had never met in person. She was going to be in the city for a tour of Independence Hall with a group of other puppy raisers (and puppies!), and wondered if we could meet during the lunch break, since it has been years since she has seen our boy.
As it turns out, Hammy's dad, Spike, was her dog. He sired A LOT of puppies for the Seeing Eye Foundation, and Robin has been a puppy raiser for a long time, and she happened to get Hamlet as her 7th puppy to raise for them. The way it works is that the puppies are given to preapproved raisers, who bring them up until they are about 18 months old; then they go the Seeing Eye headquarters in Morristown, NJ, to see if they can make the cut as service dogs before being matched with someone. Those who don't make the cut are returned and or adopted out as pets, so everyone has a happy ending.
Well, as we entered the park, I heard someone say "Hi Hammy," and he went NUTS with excitement! I really think he remembered her voice. He was so thrilled and so excited. We sat and talked and visited for almost the entire hour, Hamlet got treats (I'm sure the highlight for him!), and I got to hear lots of puppy stories and stories about Spike.
This is a photo that Robin took when we first sat down and Hamlet was with her.
16 April 2021
This has been a tough week in the U.S. A tiring week. A frustrating week. I was reading an article in a magazine last weekend, and this poem was included. I thought I'd share it today, and maybe it would give us all a little bit of something to lift our souls.
15 April 2021
I had another post in my head to share today, but I'm going to put that off until another time. Because today on my way to work, I saw something that not only amused me, but also made me think of a good thing for Three on Thursday.
As you may have guessed by the post's title, I am thinking of three particular pieces of art that have amused me greatly. I'm not making any commentary as to what is or is not actual "art," because I have no real ability to speak to that. But I do know the kinds of things that amuse me.
1. What started it all: On my way to work I pass a store that sells framed art and that will also do framing. They always have a variety of things in the window. Today there was a large black and white photograph that got my whole brain going on this topic. It showed Nelson Mandela sitting in chair, smiling, with his hands held out as if he was speaking to a crowd of people. To his right on a small couch, there was Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali (back when he was known as Cassius Clay), Malcolm X, and Barack Obama - all leaning forward with serious expressions, as if they are listening to every word. Now, let me say that I get this - these are all men who all made a huge difference in the world, particularly in their respective areas, and they are all icons. But I am amused these days by photos that you know are Photoshopped, but look completely convincing.
And that reminded me of two other art pieces that have always made me laugh when I remember them.
2. A friend of mine in high school brought in a picture drawn by her younger sister who was in first grade. It was depicting the Holy Family's Flight to Egypt. It showed Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus in a plane! Apparently the friend's mother asked why they were in a plane, and the little girl said it was supposed to be a flight. OK. Then they asked who was flying the plane, and she said, 'Pontius Pilot' (of course meaning "Pilate"), and every year around Easter I think to myself what would have happened if in fact they had all left Egypt on a plane in the beginning of the whole story ...
3. And now one of my all-time favorites. When we lived in DC, one of the places I worked was in the library at George Washington University. Our department had one wall that was all windows, and looked out on a plaza where people came up from the Metro. There were all kinds of street vendors located there, but my favorite was the guy who sold paintings on velvet. Of course, he had the usual suspects: Elvis, Jesus, and The Beatles, as well as some scenic views. But for me the best one will always be a triptych he had in place of honor and clearly felt was his masterpiece. It depicted JFK on one end, Martin Luther King, Jr. on the other end - and then in the middle:
14 April 2021
So far this year, I have only had 3 FOs, including this one. This is a combination of working on two big projects - a sweater and a blanket - and only one small one, and less knitting time, both due to inspiration and my elbow issues. Not that I am complaining, I mean I'm not doing this for a living nor am I on a deadline, but there's just less progress at this point in the year.
But I do have a finish to show you. You may remember that about a month ago I showed you the first sock of a pair:
09 April 2021
07 April 2021
04 April 2021
01 April 2021
Today is of course, the first day of April (where did March go? Why does it always go so fast for me?), and as you all know, April Fool's Day. I think it's fun to do silly things to fool someone, but will admit that I do not enjoy mean-spirited things or pranks, so I guess I fall somewhere in the middle. When I worked at the University of Pennsylvania, the student paper there used to do an April Fool's issue - but not on April Fool's Day. It was always brilliant, because the stories were *just* real enough that you would be going along, somewhat surprised or shocked by what was being reported, and then there would be some teeny tiny little fact or quote that would make you realize it was that edition. Never on the same day, but always within a week of April Fool's Day. I loved it.
Anyhoo, I was thinking about the various things that have amused me over the years, and decided to share three of my favorite April Fool's things for Three on Thursday.