Of Rats and Jen

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Ruffles, Ratongas, and Multi-tasking

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Games,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 12:35 pm on Monday, March 31, 2008

It was an odd weekend for knitting. I didn’t work much on the Adult Surprise Jacket because my hands needed a rest.

The Ruffled Rat’s Nest, on the other hand, grew nicely.

Bigger Rat's Nest

I’ve actually started decreasing the number of stitches slowly, by working K8 K2Tog. I don’t know how many I had at the maximum, but this is on a 60″ Options needle, and even after two rounds of decreases (which reduce about 10% of the stitches each round), the needle is pretty crowded.

I also played a fair bit of EverQuest 2. Gryphon got me suckered in to this one when he played the free trial a few weeks ago. Now, I am so hooked that I even cancelled my EverQuest 1 account altogether. I just never wanted to go into the old game anymore.

I have several characters at the moment: a half-elf Guardian named Honneur (a re-imagining of my main character on EQ1); a Kerran Guardian named Kureyon (had to play a kitty!); a halfling Fury named Clover; and her brother, a halfling Troubador named Dijon.

I’m still feeling my way around the game, really. None of these characters is beyond 10th level yet. They’re all exploring tradeskills of one kind or another. Honneur will be a woodworker, Kureyon an alchemist. Clover is training to be a tailor, and Dijon, a chef.

EQ2, unlike EQ1, has a playable race based on rats. The Ratonga are an evil-aligned race, which made me hesitant about playing one. After all, I know rats to be good, loving creatures.

On the other hand, every good or evil city has lengthy quests you can perform that make it possible to change your alignment and defect to the other side. This means you’re not stuck with your starting alignment, even if it’s the only option offered to your race.

Obviously, I wanted to play a rat – er, a Ratonga. How could I not? So I decided to create one last night, with the intention that, as soon as I’m able, I’ll have her forsake her starting alignment and prove allegiance to Qeynos, the good city.

Her name is Lolah. I couldn’t get Lola without the “h”, but Lolah works for me. She’s a gray Ratonga, with large ears placed low on her head. That she’s something of a rebel is demonstrated by the lip ring she wears.

Her class, for the time being, is Assassin. She’s proven herself a kick-ass killing machine so far.

Her trade, in the long run, will be Harvester. Most people would consider that only half a trade, since it’s normally done to obtain the materials to use in tradeskills. But this is Lolah, after all, and she’s modeled on a real life Rattie who’s dearest wish is to take anything edible or useful she finds, and drag it back to the nest.

Lolah will probably sell most of what she finds. Or pass it on to others among Gryphon’s and my characters to use. Unlike Lola, who would hide the goodies away for her own use and then go hunting for more.

I discovered while playing Lolah last night that I can do a lot of luceteering while playing EQ2. Every time I had her harvesting something, I picked up the lucet and some leftover sock yarn. Three stitches, then click the mouse button to start the next harvesting round. By the time the evening was over, I’d done all this:

Luceted Sock Yarn

The finished length of braid at the front is a full yard long. The piece on the lucet is about six inches. All accomplished while playing the game.

I think I’m going to be making a lot of cords. They’re simple, and luceteering is obviously a good companion for other activities. If there’s a market for them, I may put them up on etsy. Or make drawstring bags. Or something.

We’ll see where my whims take me!

Kitchen Notes, March 31, 2008:

  • Baked a loaf of honey oatmeal bread last Thursday that came out badly – I accidentally set the machine to “Medium” when it should have been “Light”.
  • Made a batch of bread pudding in the crockpot Friday from half the loaf of failed honey oatmeal. Over-measured the bread – the pudding came out extra thick and dry. Still edible, but less than ideal.
  • Made a new batch of bread pudding yesterday (Sunday), measuring the bread more carefully. Creamy, custardy, tasty.
  • Baked white bread yesterday for general use.

Not an Inspiring Day

Filed under: Daily Life,Movies,Rats! — folkcat at 12:35 pm on Friday, March 28, 2008

Snowstorm, March 28, 2008

For some reason, I’m just not feeling motivated at all. So I’m going to skip my plans to go to the nursery for some herb plants for the kitchen, and stay home and knit.

Enchanted (Widescreen Edition)Maybe I’ll watch Enchanted again. Have you seen this movie? If not, and you’re at all a fan of Disney’s classic fairy tale movies, do whatever you must to get a copy of Enchanted into the house. It’s funny, and romantic, and heartwarming, and all that. Plus, loaded with subtle and not-so-subtle references to every Disney fairy tale movie ever made. Definitely worth multiple viewings.

Me, I’m inclined to play the apartment cleaning scene (the song is Happy Working Song) over and over again for the Ratties. “See,” I’ll tell them, “pay attention to how those rats scrub the toilet! And there they are washing dishes! Okay, now watch that tail-action as they clean the microwave!”

Sleepy Lola
Lola: “Yeah, sure, Mom. I’ll get right on that as soon as I wake up. Maybe next week sometime…”

Hey, I can dream, can’t I? *wink*

Have a great weekend, everyone!

A White Bread, Luceteering, Knit-Twit…ter

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting — folkcat at 2:01 pm on Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Commercially packaged and sliced white bread from the supermarket is usually pretty blah.

White bread baked at home where you can select the ingredients and control the process is pretty durned tasty.

White Bread in the Breadbox

That’s the medium sized loaf of White Bread from The Bread Machine Cookbook, which arrived in the mail yesterday. This is a loaf of more “normal” dimensions than the monstrous Honey Oatmeal bread I had been making. And the taste! Rich flavor, good texture. This is going to be a regular for sandwiches.

The loaf is sitting inside the new bread keeper we got. That white thing is a slicing guide, to help us get good, even pieces. Admittedly, I’d been getting better at slicing evenly by eye, but this will help. And the keeper will mean we don’t have to struggle with trying to squeeze a loaf into a gallon-sized zipper bag anymore.

I still have a chunk of the last Honey Oatmeal loaf sitting around. Time for bread pudding in the crockpot, I think!

Fiber Craft Updates

The Adult Surprise Jacket continues to re-grow. I’m still not quite to where I was when I ripped so much out. That’s okay, I have no deadline on this project.

The Ruffled Rat’s Nest that I’m knitting grows slowly.

Ruffled Rat's Nest

This is going to be really hard to get a good sense of, even when it’s bound off and free of the needles.

I started with a nest bag that I was already knitting for the rats. Similar to a sock toe, it was probably 40 stitches across. When I converted it to hyperbolic knitting, I wanted a lot of ruffling to happen quickly. So I picked a pattern of “K3, YO”.

The project gained stitches quickly. I started on size 7 dpns, and had to switch up to Options circulars early on. Only thing is, because I started with a roughly rectangular shape, I have a narrow dimension at either end that is a tight squeeze to get the Options tips around. So the knitting at those points is hard on the hands.

Then, there’s the sheer rapid growth of stitches. They became so crowded on the needles that I moved up to, I think I’m using the 40″ cables already, and switched over to using the two circulars method, just to fit the stitches.

But because this many stitches were created over a fairly small number of rows, they simply can’t spread out on the needles, no matter how much I want them to. Knitting stayed tight, even along the straightaways on the long sides.

A row or two back – about where the red yarn ran out and I added in the green – I switched over to straight knitting, no increases. The goal is simply to get some distance from the center line, some length of fabric from the cast on edge, so that the stitches have room to spread. The nest should be easier to knit then, and I may go back to increases. Maybe not as frequent, though.

I dabbled a little with another thread on the lucet. This time, the fiber choice is a Size 8 perle cotton.

Size 8 Perle Cotton Lucet Sample

This is a graphic demonstration of how the lucet can be used with any size thread or yarn. Because the yarn itself determines the gauge of your stitches, you can use the same tool.

I wanted to expeiment with the size 8 perle cotton because, along with size 11/o seed beads, that’s what’s used to knit a bead knitted amulet bag. (On size 0000 steel dpns, for the curious.) I’ve never found a method for making a neck cord for those bags that pleased me. Working on the lucet could do the trick.

I’ve been carefully studying how the stitches form, too, to see if I can figure out a method for working beads into the cord as I go.

Online

For what it may be worth, I’ve signed up at Twitter. I haven’t added my Twitter to the public feed, I just don’t think the whole world needs to know what I’m doing at any given moment. I have picked up the application Twitbin as a Firefox add-in that lets me constantly monitor my Twitter feeds, as well as pop in my own update easily whenever I want.

Feel free to look me up there, and follow along. You’ll get to see all the boring details of my life as I go through the day – what I’m watching on TV, what I’m eating, if the Ratties do anything cute. If you’re on Twitter, too, let me know and I’ll follow you!

Rattie Ruffles

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 3:39 pm on Monday, March 24, 2008

Is this not the most beautiful pizza?

Bread Machine Pizza

The dough was made in the bread machine, with this recipe: Eazy Peezy Pizza Dough (bread machine pizza dough). I put the ingredients in and set the programming on the machine for the Dough cycle. When it was done, Gryphon, who several decades ago worked in the comissary for a small chain of pizza shops in New Jersey, took over and formed the final pie.

Our toppings are basic pizza sauce (one of the bottled types from the supermarket), packaged shredded pizza cheese, pineapple chunks, chunks of ham (purchased as deli-ends), and green pepper.

Tastiest pizza I ever ate! I am positive I’ve never had as good from the best pizzeria, even.

We also baked a utilitarian loaf of the Honey Oatmeal Bread on Saturday, just to keep our supplies up.

The Bread Machine CookbookFor future baking, sometime this week I’m expecting Donna German’s Bread Machine Cookbook to arrive in the mail. This is one of the classics, and I own a copy – somewhere in the depths of the storage locker. But mine would be a couple of decades old, and according to the reviews at Amazon, the recipes in the latest edition have been revised and updated significantly. Which makes it worth buying again.

Recovery

The Adult Surprise Jacket is getting back on track. The re-do on the portions I ripped out is still short of complete, but I’m making good progress. And the areas I had issues with before are much better now.

ASJ - 3/24/08

Hyperbolic Rat’s Nest

Knitting such a large object can wear on the hands, so I’ve picked up a new, small project. Today at Craftzine there was a story about a knitter who has taken the concept of hyperbolic crochet, and converted it to knitting. You can read about it here – it includes a picture of two hyperbolic pieces he created.

Whether crochet or knitting, the concept is simple – you work in the round, and you make regular increases at regular intervals. The closer those increases are, the more ruffled your piece will be.

I looked at the very ruffled piece in the back of the photo on the article, and my immediate thought was that the Ratties would really love digging in it. And that’s why I’m now knitting a Hyperbolic Rat’s Nest.

Hyperbolic Rat's Nest

I started with an experimental rat nest bag that I was already knitting. Looked a bit like the toe of a very large sock. The yarn is Twilley’s Freedom Spirit left over from the Noragi jacket – the Ratties have already shown how much they love that by spending lots of time nesting in my sleeves. I’m working on size 7 needles – dpns at first, but now I’m onto a 24″ cable with my size 7 Harmony tips from KnitPicks.

It doesn’t look much ruffled yet, but that will get easier to see the more I do. I’m eagerly anticipating the end result here – I can just imagine the Ratties poking through a pile of ruffled nooks and crannies in their favorite yarn!*

*Yes, I will make sure there are pictures!

No Fighting, You Two*

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Daily Life,Knitting — folkcat at 1:36 pm on Friday, March 21, 2008

Baking News:

Wednesday, Gryphon and I assessed the bread supply, and determined the next loaf would be needed for Friday’s (today’s) sandwiches.

Thursday is a big errand day, and of course, there’s knitting at Panera on Thursday night. When would I have time to run the bread machine?

The answer was: Wednesday night!

I got to try the 15-hour timer on the bread machine. I loaded the ingredients on Wednesday night about 10:30 p.m. By the time Gryphon and I got home from errands on Thursday afternoon, the bread was ready to remove from the machine.

Hooray for technology!

The recipe this time was, once again, the Honey Oatmeal Bread from Recipezaar.com. The one change I made – I reduced the yeast called for down to 2 teaspoons. This resulted in a perfect, fluffy loaf, yet one that didn’t rise so much it baked to the dome lid. The new yeast quantity will be a permanent change in the recipe for me.

Anticipated baking: Gryphon and I plan to use the DOUGH cycle on the machine this weekend to make pizza dough! I’ve also made promises to a friend to bake her a loaf of the Honey Oatmeal Bread (without sunflowers) for her birthday, and to another friend to bring a loaf of bread for a shared lunch at her home.

Wilton, We Have a Problem

Folks, you’ll be glad to know that my Adult Surprise Jacket looks different enough today to justify a photograph.

As a reminder, here’s what it looked like on Monday:

ASJ - 3-17-08

And here’s today’s photo:

ASJ - 3-21-08

What’s that you say? The brown is missing?

Yeah, you’d be right about that. After knitting the variegated brown section for, oh, 6 inches or more, I found a problem that required massive frogging.

The Hole In The Browns

I suddenly noticed that hole about 5 inches down from where I was working. It’s along one of the lines of increases in this section of the jacket. I studied it carefully, and determined that what happened was I worked an increase properly, but then dropped it before knitting the next row. As a result, the excess yarn from the dropped stitch simply sat there, making a big hole.

This isn’t something that you can just grab a crochet hook and run back up to the needle. There isn’t enough slack in subsequent rows to make that work. So frog I did.

And as long as I had to go that far back, I decided to fix something I had let slide, but didn’t like.

Loosey-Goosey in the Purple

This is the purple yarn I had worked at the point where the decrease section transitioned to an increase section. If you look carefully up the center of the photo, that’s where the decrease/increase line is. Towards the top, you’ll see my stitches got a little loosey-goosey. I think the problem was the yarn used here – it’s a softer acrylic than some of the other yarns in the jacket so far, and didn’t hold as good a stitch definition in the increases as I’d have liked.

I didn’t like the look, but it wasn’t a deal killer. That part would be in the underarm area of the jacket when it was finished, not very visible, and the holes weren’t large enough to really be a problem.

If I was ripping all the brown back, though, I figured I might as well rip out this purple. So I did.

That was Wednesday night. Last night, I started re-doing all I’d undone. I changed out the purple yarn that hadn’t held the increases well for a slightly stiffer one. Then I got as far as working one row of the brown variegated before knitting time was done.

I know a lot of people would be upset at having to rip that much. I’m not. I want this to be a wearable jacket, something that will be on my body a lot. I don’t want to be looking at it thinking, “gee, I wish that hadn’t come out so sloppy” or “darn, that hole drives me nuts!”

Far better to expend a little extra effort, and have a garment I’d be much happier with. The return on investment here is incalculable.

Final Notes:

To those who celebrate it – have a Happy Easter on Sunday! To my Jewish friends – a very Joyous Purim to you! To everyone else – may you find the joy and blessings in the season, appropriate to your respective beliefs.

To Mother Nature: Now that spring is here, you might want to supervise your boys in the transition phase.

Snow has had a good run, and shouldn’t be allowed to continue hogging the world beyond his due.

Snow Miser

It’s Heat’s turn, and he deserves his fair share.

Heat Miser

Just don’t let him go overboard in his zeal, please? KTHXBAI!

*Mrs. Claus to the two Misers in the 1974 Rankin-Bass production of The Year Without a Santa Claus.

And It Is Good

Filed under: Blog Admin,Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting — folkcat at 2:31 pm on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The latest loaf of bread, that is! The recipe that I linked to on Friday – Honey Oatmeal Bread – 2 lb. – turned out be be not only huge, but absolutely delicious, with a light, fluffy texture. This one’s a keeper!

Honey Oatmeal Loaf

It’s a big, big loaf. The recipe says it’s making a 2-lb. loaf. Mine rose enough – in spite of using 1/4 teaspoon less yeast than called for – that it touched the glass dome of the bread machine lid.

Honey Oatmeal Bread - Cut Open

Cut it open, and it’s got a nice, light texture. I added 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds to the recipe when the bread machine beeped for mix-ins. From the distribution I can see, it’s just the right amount. The sunflower seeds added a nice flavor note, as well as a little extra crunch.

Honey Oatmeal Bread - Close-up

This stuff is amazing just eating a plain piece out of hand. Or toasted, with butter. Makes an incredible sandwich, too!

I’ll be making this bread again, often enough, I’m sure, to justify buying the large jars of honey.

Next baking will probably be Friday. Tomorrow’s Panera day, so I’ll be out of the house. Hmm…maybe I’ll test the delayed baking feature, and put the ingredients in tomorrow night for Friday morning!

Knitting

Not much to report here. I’ve been working steadily on the Adult Surprise Jacket. It just doesn’t look much different at the moment. I’m still knitting with the brown variegated yarn, and I’m still working increases. Whcih is probably a reason why it doesn’t look much different for now – the rows are getting longer, and taking more time to complete.

Blog Stuff

As promised, I’ve updated the 105 Things About Folkcat page. Now called 105 Things About Folkcat (Now More Things!), it includes corrections to family history as offered by my mother, and some updated information about Things that had gone stale or were obsolete. Enjoy!

Knitting, the Moors, and Watching Company Alone

Filed under: Books,Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting — folkcat at 1:31 pm on Monday, March 17, 2008

A weekend of knitting and watching interesting television. I’d saved several of the Masterpiece productions of Jane Austen novels, as well as the two-part Jane Eyre, since they were broadcast back in the fall. This weekend, I went through Jane Eyre, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park in fairly short order, all while working on my Adult Surprise Jacket. (ETA – Persuasion! I also saw Persuasion. Thank you, Elspeth, for reminding me!)

Adult Surprise Jacket - 03/17/08

Yes, that’s a brown-based variegated yarn that’s been added in. This is a stash-busting project, and while I’m a huge fan of purples and other bright colors, I don’t have enough of them in my stash to do the whole jacket in those hues.

I added the brown at the point where you start increasing at the underarms. So it will be placed closer in to the body. I think it works, it helps to offset the bright colors and makes them pop even better.

I have one skein (I think it’s a 3 1/2-oz. Red Heart) of the brown, and I’m going to knit it until it’s gone. Then it’ll be back to the brights.

I’d never read Jane Eyre, nor any of Jane Austen’s works. I loved the A&E broadcast of Pride and Prejudice as much as anyone, however, and had seen Emma Thompson’s version of Sense and Sensibility, and I think it was Gwyneth Paltrow who did Emma?

I was impressed with all the programs I watched this weekend. Jane Eyre is an epic, classic tale. I can see why it endures. It has a tragic hero and heroine, a happy ending. But not without Rochester getting his karmic payback for his sins, even as he lives happily-ever-after with Jane.

Northanger Abbey is now my favorite Jane Austen, I think. I found the tale of a young girl who was enamored of romance novels to be very relevant, even modern for its age. Mansfield Park was all right, but I was continually distracted by the presence of Billie Piper as the heroine, Fanny Price. I kept expecting the Tardis to turn up in the garden! Billie was memorable as Rose in Doctor Who, but somehow just doesn’t seem like a Jane Austen heroine to me. Although, maybe that was part of the point – she wasn’t meant to be a typical heroine, because she was the poor relation who depended on the kindness of her uncle and personally had no expectations of love or fortune.

Perhaps the most notable result of my mini marathon of the Janes – Eyre and Austen – was that I now want to go and read the actual books. Especially Northanger Abbey.

The other interesting show I watched was the Great Performances presentation of the Broadway revival of Sondheim’s Company. This was a show I’d never seen, but I’m a huge Sondheim fan. It seemed both strange, and somehow oddly appropriate, that I watched this almost abstract musical about relationships and commitment while sitting alone, knitting. (Gryphon was at his computer playing EverQuest II.)

Luceteering

My lucet arrived on Saturday. Handmade of purpleheart wood by Lynn the Weaver, up in the Pacific Northwest, this is a beautiful fibercraft tool. While my makeshift wire lucet was good to get me started, I find my speed is way up with the proper equipment. Plus, there’s that supreme satisfaction that comes from working with a well-crafted tool.

Purpleheart Lucet

If you want your own, just visit Lynn’s website at http://www.lucets.com/. In addition to the lucets, Lynn makes a number of other fiberart tools, including kumihimo stands, looms, and more.

Baking

The first batch of bread in the machine on Friday came out great. I used a basic sourdough recipe – the same I’d been using for hand baking the bread, actually. I did oops and add a bit too much flour, but it came out all right. There was just a tiny bit in the corners that didn’t bake in completely.

Gryphon’s eating more sandwiches, what with good bread to make them on, so I’m baking again today.

Honey Oatmeal Sunflower Bread

The recipe this time is Honey Oatmeal Bread – 2 lb. Loaf. I found it at Recipezaar.com, which has become one of my favorite online sources for recipes of all sorts. This particular recipe was well reviewed by other users who had baked it.

I made two changes when I put this together. The recipe calls for 2 1/2 teaspoons of yeast. I had the Fleischmann’s packets, which each contain 2 1/4 teaspoon. I decided to just go with the quantity of yeast in one packet, especially after reading one reviewer’s comment that their loaf rose so high it overflowed the pan.

Then, to add a little texture to the bread, when the machine beeped to add mix-in ingredients I used a little over 1/3 cup of sunflower seeds. Not sure if that was really enough for this big a loaf, but it’s a start. If it seems a bit light on sunflower when it’s done, we can always add more next time.

Hot Dang!

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen — folkcat at 2:07 pm on Friday, March 14, 2008

I guess I’ll be baking bread today! The USPS and Amazon outdid themselves – the bread machine wasn’t expected until Monday, and it was at the Post Office today!

Gotta love it!

Rattie Luceteers

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting,Rats! — folkcat at 12:57 pm on Friday, March 14, 2008

Homemade Sourdough

Tuna on Homemade Sourdough

Tuna Salad on my own homemade sourdough bread. We’ve got the taste and texture down now. Next up is the shape – I’ll be baking in loaf pans next time. Unless the bread machine surprises us and arrives early!

Surprise Jacket

ASJ: March 14, 2008

It grows. I’m about 18 rows away from where I stop decreasing, and start increasing.

This is a fun project so far, and I’m loving the way the colors work together!

Rattie Luceteers

The Rattie Siblings have taken an interest in that new fiber craft of mine. Especially in my homemade lucet.

At least, I’m going to pretend that they’re more interested in participating in Mom’s hobbies than that they like the smell of the latex-based adhesive in the grip tape I used in the lucet.

Lola and Leo with the Lucet
Lola and Leo Check It Out

Leo Steals the Lucet First
Leo Tries to Take it Home (I took it back immediately)

Yuri Has a Go
Yuri Has a Sniff and a Nibble

Lola Makes a Run For It
Before Lola Makes Her Own Escape Attempt

Thwarted at the Lucet, Lola Steals the Yarn
Thwarted in Stealing the Lucet, Lola Tries for the Ball of Yarn Instead

The current project on the lucet is a cord made from Sockotta sock yarn. It’s coming out very nicely. I’d say it’s about shoelace weight, which leads to the interesting concept of matching your shoelaces to your socks!

Family Matters

Filed under: Blog Admin,Blogfriends,Brother,Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Knitting,Mom — folkcat at 4:58 pm on Wednesday, March 12, 2008

First things first. I made some progress on the Adult Surprise Jacket yesterday, though not all of it knitting. The tower of blue/green variegated yarn, once upon a time, was my Clapotis. I never wear it, even though I love the Red Heart yarn that it was knit from. (I just wasn’t as delighted with the finished Clapotis as everyone else seems to be. And no, I don’t think it’s the yarn – I actually didn’t like the look of what, to me, was a fairly boring piece of fabric with lots of drop stitch runs. *yawn*)

ASJ: March 12, 2008

I had incorporated the small bit of yarn leftover from knitting the Clapotis in the ASJ, and really liked how the color worked with the purples. I wanted more. Being a stash-buster project, I determined I wasn’t going to buy it, however. So I decided the Clapotis counted as stash, and spent a chunk of time yesterday frogging it.

Those nice cakes, btw, are center pull balls wound by hand, not on a yarn winder. I was pretty pleased at how nicely they came out!

Baking

We’re making another attempt at bread today. Same recipe as last time, but this time I’m letting the starter proof longer, using olive oil instead of shortening, kneading longer, and letting it rise more. Fingers crossed!

Fan Collector Geek

That’s the name of my brother’s new blog! We grew up with collecting parents, and he, like me, came honestly by his habit of gathering all sorts of interesting stuff. He started this blog last week as a place to showcase his collections, and to reflect on the nature of collecting and collectors. Check it out, and if you like what you see, drop him a comment!

Your Mother Should Know

For a long time, (this blog will be three years old on April 23rd), I’ve been writing here without my family much looking at what I have to say. My brother was always too busy to peek, and my mother simply didn’t have a computer.

All that’s changed! This past Christmas, my brother actually went through my blog to get gift ideas, and came up with an amazing one. He also, for my mom’s birthday in November, gave her a MacBook computer.

Mom has been taking lessons at the Apple store near her, and she’s been exploring the web. She even takes pictures with the camera built into the laptop, and e-mails them to family! It’s been great to be more in touch with the family in Syracuse this way, we just don’t seem to be the type that phones much.

Until this past weekend, though, I never got a clue that she might be looking at the blog yet. Then, she e-mailed me Sunday night, saying she’d been looking around here, and she had a few things to nitpick about in regards to my “105 Things About Folkcat” over on the sidebar! Mostly some details about family history that I, having “learned” them as a child, hadn’t quite gotten right.

I doubt I’ll change how I post here just because my mom may be looking over my shoulder. I’ve always hoped the family would do so, actually, and could thus understand more about what life is like for Gryphon and I here in New Hampshire. Mom, if you’re reading this, welcome, and do stick around, please!

105 Things Redux (Soon)

I was prompted by Mom’s e-mail to read through my 105 Things again, and realized it’s actually quite outdated! There are facts that have changed (I comment at one point that “spinning never clicked for me”, for instance). Lists of favorites that could be updated, desires I express that have been fulfilled. And of course, now, corrections to family history to post, courtesy of my mom!

I’ll be working on a new and improved version of “105 Things” to post Real Soon Now. And in that vein, I will point out that I was recently tagged by Crafty Christina for the Seven Random Things meme. Normally, I don’t do memes, and technically, I won’t be doing this one. But I think I can claim a pass anyway, because the 105 Things will be, well, 105 random things about myself. I hope that works for you, Christina!

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