Tuesday, December 24, 2013

I'm suddenly struck with my own mortality.  Officially a senior citizen, I think of all the people I feel close to on the internet - people I've never seen in person, but have corresponded with for over 20 years.  Over 20 Years, Maybe 30!  If I die, how will they know I've gone?  If I am the parent/owner of my internet presence, then it needs a god parent.

I am not surrounded by people as taken with online pen pals as I am, and the tech saviness of those closest to me leaves my internet presence without a god parent.

I'll have to think about this.

Merry Christmas?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Joseph's Coat


20131006 Joseph's Coat
Originally uploaded by DFNoJunk

When the roses bloom and show such beauty, it's hard to imaging that anything could be wrong around here. But there are things wrong...

I'm old and colds knock me for a loop. I remember taking a decongestant and carrying on as if nothing was wrong. Now, taking high blood pressure medicines, there are many effective cold remedies of which I am warned off. I didn't read the labels too carefully, but I think I can take DayQuil and NyQuil, which taste so bad they make you want to avoid them.

My House representative, Doug LaMalfa, is a faithful spouter of the GOP party line, accusing Democrats and Obama of reluctance to negotiate. The Republicans are hung up on the Affordable Health Care Act. Dubbing it Obamacare, the Republicans have insisted partially dismantling or delaying the Affordable Care Act as part of their budget talks, which Democrats have resisted. In the meantime, while the boys and girls in the US government are shutting down, real people are being laid off, albeit temporarily, and one of my favorite parts of the USA, national parks system, is closed. And, let's not even talk about my retirement nest egg losing value daily.

Holiday gift knitting is progressing slowly.

Enough grumpiness for today. Hope you are having a better day than I.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

20130825 Hydrangea


20130825 Hydrangea
Originally uploaded by DFNoJunk

I love having a nice garden - really love it. But I really don't enjoy gardening. That's where Miguette Chapin comes in. If you are looking for a creative and thoughtful gardener, she's your woman.

20130825 Rose Hips


20130825 Rose Hips
Originally uploaded by DFNoJunk

Master Gardener Miggy has been growing and shapping this rose bush for a few years. In the Spring it has tiny little pink roses. Now and in the Fall the Rose Hips are the show.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Tap, tap. Is this thing on?

Here we are in Chico, which has cooled off somewhat with cool nights.  That makes the mornings delightful.  Okay, I've covered the weather.  Politics, both local, state, and national are not enjoyable to talk about.  We saw a good movie:  The Way, Way Back, which is hard to describe... about a boy in early teens with family problems, chock full of good acting (4 out of 5 stars).  I finished a good book, which I recommend:  A Delicate Truth, by John LeCarrè.

Current work in progress

I have spent a long time - weeks - knitting a sweatshirt for me out of this yarn.  That's weeks and weeks of stockinette with a few purls thrown in every 10 rows or so.  Today I discovered I had knit a couple of rounds too many, so I made negative progress tonight.

Ella Rae, Lace Merino DK, Charcoal #101

At least I'm up to the arm pits, so I should be done by fall. This sweatshirt is driving me to other projects.  I have socks on the needles, finished a sample for a class, and there is lace yarn from knitivity calling my name.  I will persevere with the sweatshirt, or it will never get done.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

20130403 Spring!


20130403 Spring!
Originally uploaded by DFNoJunk

There can't be a better time of year. It renews your faith in Mother Nature's ability to put on it's annual show.

Ps: this collage was made on the phone using an app called Pic Stitch.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Longtime Companion

Ruso is fifteen, and hasn't grown up yet. He's a heat-seeking loudmouth.