Archive for January, 2012

A Fancy Scarf

I like to knit. Which is not to say I knit particularly well. And I love scarves. So far I’ve had quite good luck with them. So when I ran across (thanks to a friend) a very easy and cool scarf pattern I was not able to resist.

I was a little confused when I read the instructions. Ok, I was really confused when I tried to read the instructions as they were in Italian, Spanish, German and something else I was not able to identify. Eventually I came across the English directions.  That only managed to confuse me further. So I got online and watched a video. Still slightly incredulous that it only involved 8 knit stiches. So I stretched out the yarn a bit and plunged on it. After all, it’s not like I’ve never frogged a project before.

I was quite pleased with the speed of the project. A good thing for me since I tend to lose focus or joy when working on a project that takes too long.

The colors really are quite lovely and my favorite. I can’t imagine why I was shocked to find that I had a scarf in similar colors.

The photos really do not do the yarn or the final project justice, which is a true shame.

Having yellow walls and being too lazy to get out the proper lighting equipment does have disadvantages.


chris on January 24th 2012 in Creativity

week 3 – still going strong

Three weeks in to the Photo A Day project and I’m still interested. That may be a record in and of itself. I have a very short attention span. I tried to work in a little bit of a theme this week. I decided to use the Retro Camera app – the Xolaroid 2000 setting –  as much as I could. It seemed like a good idea, until I started also using my Canon S90. Oh well, the best laid plans of mice and men and all that nonsense.

January 16, 2012

We keep our porch lights up quite some time past Christmas. Coming home and seeing the house looking so festive well into the Winter gloom makes me feel a little better about the crappiest time of the year. But only a little.

January 17, 2012

This is a close up of one of my Renaissance hats. It’s a lovely green velvet number with plenty of trim and ostrich plume. And since it was sitting in the foyer – well to be more accurate it was on Gramps’ bust which is in the foyer – I was struck anew by how cool the detail work was on it. At any rate, I was giddily happy with how this came out. It looks so artsy fartsy.

January 18, 2012

It amazes me that amidst so much gloom and greyness that is Morgantown, a sky as such can suddenly appear. I took this shot from our attic window. I should print it out really big so it covers our windows. I’ll look out the covered window and think….”Ah, look at the lovely sky” when of course it is wicked outside.

January 19, 2012

Remember that blue sky from yesterday? Yeah, it snowed today. I really hate Winter. But I liked the ways the lights streaked.

January 20, 2012

We’ve been worrying over Orlando since finding she has insulinoma. After a new round of meds she has been back to her normal ferrety self. Which is to say, she likes to eat the cats’ food. Not a great photo, but that’s no shock. At least she was mostly still.

January 21, 2012

I had a cranky pants meltdown when I tried to go to the gym and found my car frozen shut due to an ice storm. De-icer didn’t work. Warm water didn’t work. So instead I decided to go for a walk. It was icy out but I did manage to make it to the cemetery without any mishap. Even on a bad day it is a lovely place to stroll. The monuments are amazing.

January 22, 2012

So one day it was brilliantly sunny. Then we had snow. And ice. And then today, the weather turned yet again and the sun came out and Winter dissipated and I (shockingly) went geocaching. Cabin fever hit the caching community pretty hard since I had a goodly number of company.



chris on January 24th 2012 in Daily Photo

It makes no sense

I have noticed, and then apparently forgotten judging by today’s episode, that when I eat raw broccoli I get a wicked case of the hiccups. (Also referred to as bups, if you happen to be a ferret or a cat. But I digress and the thought or my ferret or cats chopping up a head of broccoli into crudite size bites is alarming. They are not allowed to use knives.)

At any rate, I thought some broccoli would be a great thing to enjoy at lunch today. Especially since we have a lot  A LOT of it in our refrigerator. What I did not factor into my decision was that I was manning the phones today.

I’ve now been hiccupping for 15 minutes. And quite loudly at that. I’ve received one phone call in which I both answered and said goodby with a hiccup.

Thanks Broccoli, I thought we were pals.

chris on January 20th 2012 in Blogroll

week 2 – wherein I remain focused

Surprisingly enough I’ve managed to remain focused on this take a photo every single day thing. At least for the second week running. And no crazy last minute “holy crap I’m going to bed and I haven’t taken a photo yet” episodes.  I like to think of that as a good omen. Nothing spectacular in this bunch. Mostly I’m just playing around taking photos. I’m sure this comes as a shock to no one but myself, but it’s a pretty good way to nudge my memory regarding what was going on during the week. And trust me, my memory needs all the nudging it can get.

January 9, 2012

So I was filling in for one of my coworkers when lo and behold the cake fairy delivered seven, yes SEVEN pieces of cake. Normally there are 3 or 4 of us in the office at one time.  Today it happened to be just three. And since I was manning the gate, all the cake was deposited in front of me. Right there…for me to smell in all its homemade cake goodness. Be still my heart! Will someone come and eat this scrumptiouness for before I NOM all seven pieces myself? Someone? Please? (You may notice there are only 6 pieces in this photo. One of my co-workers answered my plea.)

January 10, 2012

Little Orlando has not been feeling well as of late. She was diagnosed in November with insulinoma, which is not that uncommon in ferrets unfortunately.  She was doing pretty well until this week when she just seemed not quite herself.  After a visit to the vet, we found out her blood sugar was WAY low. So hopefully a change of meds will get her back to her little ferrety self. I snapped this while Orlando was uncharacteristically nearly asleep in Chad’s hands.

January 11, 2012

Today was the last remaining calendar day on which I had not found a geocache (standard disclaimer: Discounting Leap Day). And I was resolved to change that, come rain or shine – it was rain, of course.  I picked a puzzle multi cache which required me to visit two cemeteries and this one random marker in memory of Rev. Pool & Family. This is a medallion on the marker itself. I thought the blue fuzziness of this shot really went with the feeling of the day. And yes, it got colder and wetter before I found the cache.

January 12, 2012

On December 21, 2011 I brought home a lovely flower arrangement from a Christmas party. This cut orchid was in the arrangement. Yes, it is in fact a live cut flower. And it is still in pretty darn good shape. The rest of the arrangement fell apart, but this little guy keeps going. Currently it’s in an empty gin bottle from Smooth Ambler Distillery.

January 13, 2012

I told you to expect photos of cats. After all we have four and they do some ridiculously cute things. This is Kimi and she is terrible happy with herself most all the time. And she stays still, so taking her photo is much easier than doing so with the other three. Although it being Friday the 13th it probably would have been more appropriate to take a photo of Seti, our black cat.  (You can see the static is hitting us pretty hard, poor Kimi has stray hairs stuck to her face.)

January 14, 2012

I took this with an app called Retro Camera on my Android phone (it was free and as you will see, I really like it). Reminds me off all those negatives I have laying around from my good old Pentax K1000.  This “C” is sitting in the window of the staircase to the attic. I pass it every day and most times I forget it’s even there.

January 15, 2012

Chad and I were killing time (before going to see Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol) in Bed Bath & Beyond as we were too efficient in our errand running and thus had time to kill.  I was feeling a little disoriented which is often the case in BB&B. It was about that time that I noticed these really sparkly and entrancing tissue holders. I probably need to get out more.

chris on January 17th 2012 in Daily Photo