Sunday, September 28, 2014

Well, it was an almost perfect day....

...'cept I couldn't outrun the effing mosquitoes. I must have looked like a spaz to anyone who saw me running, I was constantly swinging my arms around in an effort to swat the bugs. I lost the battle. 
 

Nearly There

After a year of work the basement is nearly done. Carpet is on order and the finishing details are few! Dennis won't know what to do with his free time!

Love & Hate Up Close

*shiver*

Bustin' Out the Christmas Presents...

Knitting a pair of socks for my dad. This time using a wool/nylon blend. It's a barfy feeling yarn, but hopefully it will wear better for him. Last night I ventured to the Crescent Moon for Oktoberfest. Met up with good friends(and even our old instructor showed) from A & P, as well as my old friend Traci. As painful as it is to be in the middle of those drunkfests it was good to hang with friends, even if it was brief... Headed to the Wabash for a short run. Lovin' these fall days….

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Soon They Will Be Gone…..

I have enjoyed these sweet hummingbirds for the last few months. I will miss the action at the feeder. I sense they will be migrating very soon, as there has been much more of a feeding frenzy than normal.I suspect they are taking in the travel calories. They are so hilarious to watch, the dive bombing and air attacks are pretty funny. I miss summer already, dreading the doldrums of winter.
Sunday we went to the Wabash, I never get sick of that place. I walked with Den and the dogs for a bit then I ran back to the trailhead. I think I'll try to get a few more trails runs in before the snow flies, there isn't anything better than the Wabash in the fall. Did I mention I'm dreading winter?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Starry Starry Night Socks & Knit Circus Yarn

Yeah! These are finally done. I took a few hours to finish these yesterday, so glad I did. This was a long project, longer than it should have been, but hey, I was busy. I'm busy again, with UNO. I hate it, it's all bullshit. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit, rules, rules, rules. Enough lame-
ass rules already. Today's rule: "You can't renew that library book, it's non-renewable, it has to sit for 24 hours before you check it out again." Said the library dude. Does the look on my face say, "Are you fucking kidding me?" I sure hope so. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings….

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Minnesota

A few pictures and comments from my Minnesota trip. I was accompanied by Gina, who has now deemed the Minnesota vacation "annual"! She loved it so much the first time she wants to make it a yearly event, fine with me. The weather held up better than we expected and we were able to canoe and swim most days. I can't handled swimming in 70 degree weather, so I was only able to swim one day. Eagles were everywhere, as well as a few undetermined large birds, one of which may have been a golden eagle, whatever he was he was very impressive. This year our cabin was bat free, but we can never quite escape some sort of snafu. This year the toilet and spiders dominated our cabin woes. Spiders were plentiful and, well, the toilet just wasn't very flushy. So it goes, we had a good time anyway. My little cabin is still there, waiting to be mine. We visited with old friends (Dick & Phyliss) and made another trek to Phelps Mill. This year we discovered a farmer just outside of Old Towne who raises Scottish Highlander cattle, were they ever cool. We made several trips over there to photograph and moo at them, as well as to chat with the farmer guy. An interesting factoid about the Scottish Highlander: The bull's horns go straight out, and the female's horns curve upward. I'm not sure why I thought that was interesting….. On the way back to Omaha we stopped to check out the Carmelites, an order of nuns just outside of Wahpeton, ND. I'm not sure what we were hoping to see, because they are busy with prayer pretty much 'round the clock. They do other things as well, such as weaving and gardening, which they refer to as "manual labor", huh? That hardly sounds like manual labor to me, maybe I should have been a nun. Now there's a laugh… Right as we were leaving their compound Gina spotted a nun pushing a wheel barrow, of course Gina was mesmerized by the nun in her grey habit. Kind of fascinating that people are able to live such simple lives in today's world. Although, there are only a handful of Carmelites living in Wahpeton, kinda speaks volumes. I doubt there are too many women beating down the doors to be a Carmelite of Wahpeton….. Lastly, I started school at UNO yesterday. I just don't seem to belong there, and my gut is telling me it's all wrong…

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Snazzy New Belt Buckle

If you want one of these fantastic little, light-up gizmos, you can find it here. Made by one of my very favorite, and brilliant friends, Jacob. Check them out, wait, just buy one, they're great gifts and cool as hell.