Thursday, March 21, 2013

*tap tap tap* Is This Thing On?

Hello, blog. Long time, no see. Just thought I'd stop by and share a few things.
First, Girl (who is now an old married lady!) and I went to the local butterfly museum with friends recently. We saw some lovely things, and spent some time in the delicious 85 degree air. Mmmm! An excellent break from winter!
They have a lovely koi pond...
brilliant hibiscus...
and of course...butterflies!

It was wonderful to just walk and sit and stretch in the warmth. Made me wish I was a butterfly. Although in a manner of speaking, I am!

Second, Yoshi has been unmanned. Sad but true.

He took it like a trooper, and survived very well. His stitches are out, and the cone of shame has been removed, and he's back to his regular old self. On the first night he convinced me that his buster collar was too big, so I cut a couple of inches off. In the middle of the night I caught him licking places he should not have been able to lick, so I taped the cut-away section of collar back on.

Stylin', right? Who wouldn't want to wear a cone adorned with purple tie-dye duct tape? I really just grabbed the first tape that came to hand, and this was it. I still am in awe of how well he handled the whole process, especially the cone. I really expected him to freak out, but he came out of surgery with it on and just accepted it as part of life. He was very relived when it came off, though - lots of scratching and rolling and licking went on.

I've been knitting madly on the contents of Kristen Rengren's Vintage Baby Knits book. I took this on a couple of years ago, but haven't applied a lot of time to it until suddenly, lately, when I felt compelled to go into attack mode.

I love this book. I cannot say how much I truly LOVE this book! From the top left, here's Betty Lou Cardigan, Audrey Hoodie, Pearl Shrug, Milo Soakers, Floyd Pullover, and Louise Cardigan, with the Billie Beret in the center. I am currently finishing up the Rufus Textured Cardigan. You don't need babies in the offing. Just start knitting, that way if one pops up, you're prepared!

It's been a busy winter - I even learned how to swim! It's kind of a big deal for me because I am very afraid of the water and had never been able to learn before. I think it helps that the pool is always around 84 degrees. It makes it easier to be less scared when you're running away from winter!


Bonnie said...

Congratulations on learning to swim! That's a huge accomplishment. I also really, really love the hibiscus photo. It's just the thing I needed on this cold day!

Angela Jenkins said...

I am so impressed with you learning to swim. I'm not a swimmer and detest putting my face in the water! I'd likely not be a good student. Glad to have an update on what you've been doing.

Cathy E said...

Good to see you has been a long time! What is it about knitting baby things that makes one happy?? They are my favorite thing to knit, but I've been on mission of improving my sock skills using your book, so I haven't done much baby knitting recently.

Happy Knitting!

Kristi C. said...

So nice to see you back online! So glad to hear you are enjoying the swimming and everything else is going okay.

noallatin said...

Welcome back! Congratulations on learning to swim . My mom decided she needed to learn when she was in her early forties. It's a good thing to learn.

DrChopSuey said...

Welcome back an congrats on learning how to swim! 80+ degree weather sounds so nice right now - nice to hear someone is enjoying that kind of weather somewhere!