Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

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A Day Late

Filed under: Blogfriends,Daily Life — folkcat at 3:53 pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2008

But I have good reason. I spent yesterday afternoon visiting with my friend Liz at her home. We had a lovely lunch – grilled cheese on homemade bread with creamy tomato bisque. Then we sat and talked for several hours over knitting and lucet braiding, before returning to the dining table for cheesecake and tea.

Liz has a very friendly dog, Max, and an equally friendly cat, Burt. As a renter who can’t have a cat or dog, it was almost as nice to visit with her pets as it was to spend time with Liz – and it was absolutely wonderful spending time with Liz!

There were a couple of pictures I had to take while I was there. First of all, as I was leaving, Burt jumped up on the windowsill to watch me go.

Burt at the window

Then there were the first blooming flowers I’ve spotted this spring, purple crocuses in her front yard…

Purple Crocuses

…and white ones in the back.

White Crocuses

A marvelous time was had by all, and we plan to do it again. Thanks so much, Liz, for inviting me! It was a very special afternoon!

Copping Out Friday

Filed under: Daily Life — folkcat at 11:58 am on Friday, April 4, 2008

Not having a good day, something has me congested and coughing. So I’m taking the easy way out with this quiz I found at Knit Kninja:

I am Elizabeth Bennet!

Take the Quiz here!

You are Elizabeth Bennet of Pride & Prejudice! You are intelligent, witty, and tremendously attractive. You have a good head on your shoulders, and oftentimes find yourself the lone beacon of reason in a sea of ridiculousness. You take great pleasure in many things. You are proficient in nearly all of them, though you will never own it. Lest you seem too perfect, you have a tendency toward prejudgement that serves you very ill indeed.

Decreasing and Betrayals, Finely Chopped

Filed under: Cooking - Folkcat in the Kitchen,Games,Knitting — folkcat at 12:51 pm on Wednesday, April 2, 2008

No progress on the Adult Surprise Jacket the last couple days. I’ve been mindlessly knitting away at the Ruffled Rat’s Nest instead:

Ruffled Rat's Nest - Into the Purple

I continue to work K8, K2Tog. Even though I’ve done many rounds of this – decreasing about 10% of the stitch total with each round – the stitches still bunch up on a 60″ cable needle.

I don’t think I want to decrease any faster, and this is turning out to be a decent stash-buster project. So I’m going to keep going until something tells me it’s enough. I may decided to join the edges together at one or two points when I bind off, to make more of a pocket. We’ll see.


My Ratonga assassin, Lolah, reached tenth level in EverQuest 2 last night. She’s of an age where she can now, having questions about the values of the city she lives in and about her own career as an assassin, work towards improving her life. This will begin by betraying the city of Freeport, her current home, and eventually trying to convince Qeynos that she’s turned her back on her old life and would be a decent citizen of that good city.

While she works on this, I’m going to continue luceteering during the natural pauses of the game cycle. Here’s the current cord in progress:

Rainbow Sockotta Lucet

Yes, I’m unraveling a sock. One of the early prototypes of my Barefoot Diva socks (the ones with no toes or heels). This was a version that didn’t fit well, but taught me much that refined my ultimate pattern.

Since knitting it, I’ve also decided that I don’t care for the feel of the Sockotta yarn on my feet. On the other hand, a yarn that is almost 50% cotton is perfect for a nice, sturdy, colorful braided cord. I should get a good length of braid from this, too.

Kitchen Notes:

Yesterday I bought the ingredients to make Spanish Rice from scratch. The recipe came from a food supplement that appears in our local newspaper. There will be much chopping of onions, peppers, and celery, then time spent stirring it all as it cooks. Fingers crossed that it comes out tasty!

Today I’ll also be baking the next loaf of our basic, daily-use white bread. Tomorrow, another attempt at the Honey Oatmeal loaf for a friend.

ETA: Oh, yes…I also made a nice dinner for myself last night. Steelhead trout and sauted vegetables. Heat a non-stick pan on medium, add a bit of vegetable oil (I use peanut). One clove’s worth of minced garlic (I have the pre-minced jar) goes into the pan. On one side, place the trout filet; on the other, I put a large serving of frozen stir-fry vegetables. Put the lid on the pan, and walk away for a couple minutes.

Come back, turn over the filet, stir the vegetables. Cover the pan and walk away again. (I have sudoku on the computer that normally takes me about two minutes to play a game.)

Check the fish – the thicker parts of the filet are likely not cooked through yet. Move the vegetables into the middle of the pan to make a bed, place the filet on top. Cover the pan, turn off the heat, and go play another sudoku game.

When you come back this time, the fish is probably cooked through. This is when I put the coins of frozen lemon-dill butter on top of the filet, then re-lid the pan while I get out my plate and fork and such. When I serve up my dinner, the butter has started to melt all over the fish and vegetables alike.


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