Ever Vigilant With A Side Of Q & A

Myles is really enjoying his life these days. He’s got his people home nearly every minute. This makes for extra petting and treats. What more could a dog ask for you wonder? Well he particularly loves the parade of people who pass by our house. We aren’t the normal walking route and with just about everyone getting out of their house there are people passing by most of the day. Myles keeps his eye on them to see if they’re social distancing or coming to the door. He’s very proud when he tells the mailman to back away and every day he does.

I’ve been wondering how everyone is passing their time at home. I thought maybe a quiz would be fun. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or a link to your blog so we can all read them. As we know we are all in this together!

  • How are you filling your time at home? Are you cleaning out your closets? Crafting? Maybe trying out new recipes?
  • Have you discovered anything worth watching? My local cable company is offering up free channels, is yours? Have you trying anything you’d like to recommend?
  • Have you found a silver lining to this whole stay at home thing?
  • Have you found a blog post that’s been particularly inspiring to you? Please share. It doesn’t have to be coronavirus related, inspirational is the only requirement.

Here are my answers.

  • To be honest I’ve hit a slump. I felt pretty gung-ho that first week. I knit, cleaned, caught up on laundry, walked a couple of miles every day. Now I’m sitting on the couch. Not good for me or my mood. I bought extra flour and sugar when I shopped thinking I’d do some baking. Maybe I’ll set a goal for the weekend to bake something.
  • We watched The Celts on CuriosityStream. It was so good. Then we watched Tiger King on Netflix. It’s like a car accident, you don’t want to look but you can’t stop yourself. What a wild (pun intended) tale. It won’t gain you any IQ points but it will show you a slice of society you may never have known about. We are getting DogTV for free currently so I turned it on for Myles. He wasn’t impressed. While he did go crazy at one point when a squeaky toy was squeaking nonstop, the rest was dull. He much prefers the view out the window.
  • Silver lining? Well, not quite. I have connected with a couple people who I hadn’t heard from in a while. I’ve added a few new to me blogs to my daily reading queue.
  • I’ve been reading Marilyn’s blog for quite a while. She always has great knitting projects and the speed with which she knits them is amazing. I particularly enjoyed this post. It’s how I plan to move forward. I’ve got my lists already started. Thanks for the tips.

Remember you can leave your answers in the comments or leave a link to your blog post.

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The New Schedule

I don’t know that the new schedule is working so well for Myles. The Husband gets up early and takes Myles out. I sleep a bit later and this is what I find when I get downstairs: Myles out cold catching up on his beauty sleep. N is staying up later in the evening and sleeping later in the morning. I’m wondering if us all being on different schedules is throwing Myles all off.

There was no knitting again yesterday. Between the headache (it’s the lingering variety) and the lack of knitting mojo I may never finish the socks.

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My View From The Couch

Ignore the dust.

Normally I write my post in the evening but I’ve had a headache the last couple of days. My sleep is off again too. I’m not sure if I’ve reached my stress limit or my sitting on the couch limit.

I’ve got some caffeine (Pepsi this morning instead of iced coffee- I’m cutting back on caffeine) and a big pot of water boiling on the stove hoping that some moisture in the air will help.

So what is the view like where you’re sitting? How are you getting through?

Today I have some recipes for you. Bon Appétit magazine has a collection of recipes for cooking in the time of Coronavirus. It’s a great time to try some new recipes. I’m looking through those 5 ingredient or less ones to speed up my cooking time and get me back to knitting.

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The Fight Continues

Yes. The fight for the couch and blanket. Someone (Myles!) has been getting way to used to having us here all the time. He’s been taking over my usual knitting spot the moment I get up. He’s also been surfing the dining room table looking for snacks or napkins. He doesn’t care just as long as he can grab it. I wonder if maybe he’s just trying to entertain us.

I’ve got another zoo for you today. This is the National Zoo in Washington DC. They’ve got webcams that let you see the pandas! If you watch at night you can see them sleeping. They also have lions, elephants and YES! naked mole rats! Enjoy!

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A Stay At Home Advisory

It has been suggested by our governor that we stay home. Nothing different there for us. We’ve been hanging home for days. Yesterday involved a trip to the grocery store for a two week supply, snow, rain, a return to schooling and lots of knitting time.

I’ve gone off script with the sock. The pattern calls for ribbing on the leg. I wasn’t feeling it. I’m just going with plain soothing knitting round and round and round until I get the urge to knit the ribbing. I’m shooting for a 6 inch leg give or take.

Today I want to share a personal favorite place with you. While we are all on lockdown The New England Aquarium in Boston is offering presentations online. There are a bunch available on their web site and they do a live one on their Facebook daily. My favorite is the penguins! Though feeding the octopus is pretty cool too.

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Sock It To Me Monday: Socks and Sharing Edition

I am pleased to say I picked up the sock yesterday. I spent a couple of hours finishing the toe, unpicking the crocheted cast on and picking up the stitches and starting up the leg. Undoing that cast on and picking up the stitches took a lot longer than I expected. It wasn’t bad though.

The next section has some decreases and then just straight up the leg to the cuff. Mostly mindless knitting which I need since the next sock will be starting at the crazy heel again. I’ve got to get mentally prepared for that.

I’ve got a little something to share that I got from H. She shared this link to the Winchester Mystery House. They are offering an online tour for free until April 7. When H visited the house a few years ago she said the tour was fantastic. I hope you’ll enjoy it if you have time to take a look. Have you come across any free online entertainment that you’d like to share? Please leave a link in the comments or if you’ll be blogging about it leave a link to your post. We’ve all got time and this is a great opportunity to learn something new or share something you’ve enjoyed with others.

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Physical Distancing On Saturday Night

There is no distancing when Myles is around. He spent his Saturday night napping on my leg. Unfortunately my knitting was across the room and I hated to disturb him. Yes, he’s got me very well trained.

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