Hey, It Works for Sculptures!

FOR SALE

Invisible hand-crocheted plaid afghan.

Lovingly created with the finest invisible yarn.

Guaranteed to match any decor.

Lighter than a feather – you won’t even feel it wrapped around you!

Never needs washing or dry-cleaning.

Safe for pets (even those heavy chewers!).

Comes with a clear zippered plastic storage bag.*

In stock and available for immediate delivery.

$1,800.00 (U.S.), includes shipping.

 

* WARNING:  Although the afghan is indestructible, the bag is not.  Please keep plastic away from pets and children.

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(ok, folks, do I need to include the sarcasm disclaimer?  I would assume that most of my readers are savvy enough not to fall for something like this, but who knows?  Someone did, in fact, purchase that “invisible” sculpture.)

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

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Whispers

Yes, I skipped a week.  Did you miss me?

Nothing much to report here.  It’s been raining, sometimes torrentially, for the last couple of days.  We needed the rain, and it brought the air temperature down significantly.  Don’t even need the AC today, and it’s much more comfortable for my crocheting.

(Pictured is the “Rainy Day Afghan” in ocean blue, azure, and medium gray.  I think it’s one of my favorites so far.)

The only drawback to the much-needed rain is that now I’ll have to go out and trim the bushes in front of the house again.  I’m not particularly fussy about my yard, but those bushes are beginning to look like they’re attacking the house.

Speaking of houses (and may I not be jinxing anyone by writing this), our house-hunting family members finally succeeded on their 6th bid.  In hindsight, it doesn’t seem so bad; they managed to find a house in just under two months – a 6 bedroom/ 2 bath in a good suburban neighborhood with excellent schools, with a decent-sized fully fenced lot, and at a price they can afford.  Even in this crazy market, they were able to win a bid at $50,000 less than what they originally thought they would have to pay.  It’s an estate sale and needs some updating (the decedent was the original owner and the house was built in the 1950s), but the purchase feels right.  They did a home inspection, and nothing major was found – yay.  We’re all very excited about it.

Meanwhile, at my own house, it turns out that we are not, in fact, done with our upgrades, repairs and improvements.  Our electricity failed last week and required an emergency fix.  The electrician was able to replace the main circuit box, but to be safe we may decide to replace the entire panel along with the outside wire coming into the house.  Water has been pooling along that wire and into the box for the 70 years since the house was built and everything is rusted.  Sure, we could simply replace circuit breakers one by one as they fail, but we’ve never been people to do things half-assed.  Considering that upgraded electric is a selling point, and considering that we’ll probably only be in this house another 5 to 10 years, it makes sense to do it all now if we can afford to.

I can’t think of anything else in this house that can possibly need doing, but I’m sure something will pop up.  That’s the curse of home ownership.  Thank heavens it’s offset when there are good neighbors around you and plenty of room for the dog to run.

We may not be rolling in dough, but on nice days Puppy Cody can roll in clover:

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

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Slow and Twisted

A teeny, tiny land snail.

You’d think since the snail was sitting still, I’d be able to get a nice clear photo – but you’d be wrong.  I bent as low as possible and couldn’t keep the camera from jiggling slightly.  I used the non-shake setting on the camera.  I used both the macro and non-macro modes.  I tried putting the camera on the ground but then the angle was too low to get a good view of the snail’s head.  Nothing worked to my satisfaction.

sigh

Part of the problem is that my left leg no longer bends the way I want it to, and if I try to force it, it locks.  When not bent, it simply hurts.

I told all this to my prior family doctor, and his response was that I’m just too fat and should join a gym.  I told him I can’t afford a gym.  His reply was perhaps I could hire a personal trainer.  Really?  And he wonders why I changed physicians.

My new doctor listened, examined my very swollen leg, and sent me for a dopplar study, which showed some circulatory issues.  An ultrasound which had been done previously showed arthritis in the knee.  Combined, these problems make it difficult, and painful, to go out walking with my camera like I did not all that long ago.  I suspect any underlying problems increased when I was rear-ended at a stop light a few years ago.

It’s a bit of a Catch 22 – walking would help with the weight gain and mobility issues, but the pain keeps me from walking more than a very short distance.

Fortunately, my new doctor understands, without making snide comments.  He recommended compression stockings.  When I explained that I had tried those before and found them extremely uncomfortable and difficult to put on and off, he suggested zippered compression stockings.  I didn’t know there was such a thing!

The stockings work!  I’m still not out jogging, but at least I can move around a bit more.  It’s amazing how much the pain has been reduced in that left leg.

Now if only that doctor can find a way to help me take better photos of tiny outdoor critters.

By the way, I “boosted” this photo on YouPic, and it has now become my highest “liked” photo, even beating out my deer pictures:

That little turtle was only about an inch in diameter and was sitting on a branch about six feet from the bank of the pond.  I always thought that shot turned out well, despite the lighting problem on the shell.  I especially love the reflection in the water.  It’s good to know others think so, too.

For those of you who prefer “pretty” pictures, I offer a new shot of Lathyrus (Perennial Sweet Pea) that I found hanging near the snail:

If the weather is nice wherever you are, get out and enjoy it.  I intend to.

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Because It’s Nice Out and You’re Probably Tired of Crochet Photos

Living next to a church has its advantages.  I call this photo “Hope.”  Even though I’m as non-religious as can be, I find this view from my yard comforting.

And then, of course, there are the usual wildflowers:

Creeping Charlie

Buttercups

Happy Weekend, Everyone!

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