The Things We Tell Ourself

I’ve convinced myself that it is much more important that I finish my Loopy Academy TAG projects. They have to be done by the end of May. Everything else (ie cleaning) can be put on hold until I’ve finished this project and decided on and started the next. I’ve got the yarn so that is set.

So that being said, I’ve reached the end of the body of the cowl. I’ve just got the end (a folded hem that will be sewn) to do. A few more days and I should be done.

How are your projects going? Are you telling yourself things to get them done?

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I’ve Found The Secret

I’ve found the secret for caring for this plant: neglect. If I baby it the leaves drop off but if I just give it a drink of water with a wee bit of fertilizer every week it continues to bloom. Who knew plant care could be so easy.

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Choose Your Own Adventure: Saturday Edition

I’ve got a bit of a busy day today. There is the usual stuff, a socially distanced track meet and a Pokemon Go event. I’m going to try to fit in as much as I can. I’ve got things rattling through my head at the same time. It’s been a weird week, again. I’ll swing back and leave some comments in the comments as time permits.

  • There is a large container ship blocking the Suez Canal. How crazy is that! The photos, of which I’ve seen a few, show a massive ship and a teeny tiny front end loader trying to dig it free. I’m thinking it’s going to take some time to fix this. All the while other ships are having to take the long way around. This must be costing every company (and by extension all people buying these goods) a fortune. Amazing how one seeming small inconvenience can cause ripples all around the world.
  • President Biden conducted his first press conference. I watched it and then read the news reports and Twitter comments. I didn’t think he did too bad. He answered more questions than I expected. I would have liked to see more diverse questions. I would have liked to see more diverse press called on. I’ll be interested to see when he conducts another. I hope it’s before June.
  • We’ve had two mass shooter incidents, Atlanta and Boulder. Both are tragic events. Both were used by the media initially for the narrative they wanted to push until it didn’t. No one seems to discuss the regular shootings that take place in Chicago and Baltimore. If a discussion on shootings and gun laws is going to take place a full study of the use and misuse of guns should be undertaken.
  • Vice President Kamala Harris and President Bill Clinton conducted a webcast to discuss empowering women. I can’t even imagine a worse choice. Well, maybe Jeffrey Epstein if he was alive or Harvey Weinstein. How about a panel of women who are top in their field talking about how they got where they are?
  • Have you seen the photos/videos by the senators who visited the border? Go look. The photo of the toddlers is particularly heartbreaking. We need to do better. We need to fix this. Now.
  • Volcano eruption in Iceland. Drone footage is amazing and scary.
  • Flooding in Australia with a side of spiders. H was particularly freaked out about the spiders. She is very anti spider.

Feel free to start some discussions in the comments. Go off the board and talk about the news item that’s got your attention this week. I’ll swing by later with my comments.

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One Of Those Days

Do you ever have one of those days were it seems like everything just gets in the way? Where you even get in your own way? That’s how my yesterday and today have been.

You can see by looking at the photo two obvious things: I got a bunch of knitting in yesterday and my assistant is assisting in unhelpful ways.

Yesterday when nothing else was going along easily I decided to just sit my behind on the couch and knit. I was really productive but then I noticed I’d dropped a stitch and had to hunt up a crochet hook to wrangle the stitch back up to where it belonged. It took longer to find the crochet hook (it was in a bag with the sock project I’m ignoring- the yarn is cursed. I accept that. I’ve got to rip it out and come up with another plan.) than it did to fix the stitch. But once the stitch was where it belonged I powered through another bunch of rounds.

Myles knows it’s spring. There is more sunlight during the day. It has been warmer. There are squirrels and so many birds. He’s taken to standing on anything that will let him see outside. He’s sure there are exciting things going on out there. There are more people walking by and so many dogs. Not helpful when he stands on my knitting.

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Goals

Let’s talk about goals as a way to achieve what we want.

The thing about goals is they can be whatever you want them to be and they can apply to whatever parts of your life that you’d like. You can have huge massive goals like earning a million dollars and having a lavish lifestyle. Or you can have small goals like getting through today with all your small children still breathing. Your goals just have to be important to you. It doesn’t matter what my goals are or what goals the Jones’s have.

I like to have multiple goals for different parts of my life. I have goals for my knitting. I have goals for my parenting. I have goals for my life. Depending on the day I have other little goals.

Currently my goals involve at least 14 rounds on the cowl every day, raising civilized human beings who contribute to society and cleaning one thing in my house.

Some days I do really well and hit all my small goals. Other days not so great. But I keep working on it and really isn’t that the key.

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WIP Wednesday: Past Half

I’ve passed the halfway point in the Diminishing Colors Cowl. It’s pretty obvious now in the photo that we are getting a dark to light sort of thing going on. It’s still my mindless while watching TV or listening to podcasts knitting.

As I do when I get beyond halfway I’ve been thinking about what project I’d like to do next. I have one more for Loopy Academy TAG. I’ve moved on from the original pattern I was considering and have a different one in mind. I’ve got 5 I’m considering. The decision will be made once I’m done with the cowl.

Funny but typical story for my life. I picked out black and gray yarn for the cowl because my winter jacket is black with white accents. I noticed the other day that the sleeves are starting to fray. So yes, I’ve knit a cowl for a jacket that I’ll have relegated to snow shoveling next winter. That’s just how my life works I suppose.

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A Suggestion

As I’ve said in the past I read a number of news sources. I appreciate real investigative journalism. Remember way back (I’m talking way way back) when Geraldo Rivera did his investigation on state hospital’s treatment of patients. It was a horrific story and exposed the incredibly bad treatment these innocent patients received. That kind of reporting is pretty much a thing of the past. It seems the media is more interesting in telling a story via narrative than exposing the truth.

I’ve been reading the Project Veritas reports on their website for the past 6 months or so. They have insiders who supply video and they show the video. They currently have photos from the Donna Texas detention center. I don’t care what side of the fence you sit on. These are people warehoused in close contact during a pandemic. Whether they should be coming or not isn’t the point. This is not being reported by mainstream media. It should be. The current administration isn’t allowing the media in. Why is the mainstream media not investigating this? How can we believe anything if we aren’t being told about this. Media is supposed to report the facts and let the viewer make the decision on how they feel about it. But they are silent.

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Happy Place

The Crown of Thorns I inherited from my mother seems happier in it’s new location based on the fact that it has finally flowered again. Now if I could just figure out why the leaves are spotty and solve that issue.

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A Book Review: Rabbitskin

I have finished reading the book I got and I want to give you a review. I don’t want to give away any of the story because it will be more enjoyable if you know nothing about it before you start.

Rabbitskin by Catturd is a self-published book I heard about on Twitter. Over the course of months I read review after review talking about this book. I finally decided that I had to see what it was about. All the reviews were stellar.

The story is science fiction and has the best qualities of that genre. The writing is pleasant to read. I found myself reading just one more chapter because I wanted to see what happened next. Overall it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the ride and I must say the writer has a fantastic imagination. From what I’ve read there are two sequels in the pipeline and I plan to read them both.

The book is only available on ilovecatturd.com. It is available in paperback or as a digital download. If you read it let me know what you think.

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Doubling The Effort

Happy Spring!

I have consciously made sure that I spend sitting down time with my knitting in my hands and I think it’s making a difference. Can you see the stripes changing? I’m enjoying knitting this quite a bit. It’s super mindless which is just what I need. I’m nearly to the half way point so of course my mind has begun to think about my next project. I’d had one planned but now I’m not sure. I’ll have to do some more research before I commit.

The plan for today includes a couple of errands and knitting. But first I’ve got bills to pay. Enjoy your Saturday!

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