Another Surprise

Wow. Another package arrived for me yesterday, completely unexpected, with absolutely delightful content that included

two boxes of chocolate fudge poptarts (which I haven’t had in about four years as you can’t get them here), a box of Quaker Instant Oats in my FAVORITE flavor of apple & cinnamon (a nostalgic leftover from my childhood, I love the stuff) and a wonderful T-shirt with a black lab on the front of it.

You know who you are – thank you. 🙂🎂👏

On a side note, I put the oatmeal and the poptarts on the kitchen counter yesterday evening. Everytime I walked past them, my mouth watered.  But, I waited until this morning to treat myself to one.

A Wonderful Surprise

It’s those rays of sunshine that drop into your life now and then that are the true spice of life.

Imagine my surprise, when I received this early birthday gift in the mail:

This is not only a really good italian prosecco, it is a “prosecco superiore” with a D.O.C.G. heritage.

I’ll definitely be popping that cork on Friday with a toast to you, dear Jen.

Thank you!!!!!

A few recommendations

There’s been quite an influenza wave here, the kind that keeps you down for three weeks, and luckily, I’ve managed to escape it thus far. It’s coming to an end, so I consider myself lucky.

On the other hand, I’ve been positively exhausted for a myriad of reasons, but things are still fine, or as fine as they can be.

I stumbled across a few very good podcasts that I want to share with you. I will just link to their pages, where you can discover more about them, and then listen to them if you so desire, from wherever you get your podcasts.

First of all, the NYT Daily. It’s become an essential, at least to me.

Then there’s Pod Save America, and Pod Save The World, both of which offer in depth analysis about current and past politics – very interesting stuff and a beacon of light in all of the madness.

On a lighter side, I’d recommend Missing Richard Simmons. I hadn’t realized that Richard Simmons was missing until I stumbled upon the podcast, which I found interesting. At this stage, it appears he might be being held captive and housebound by his long-time maid, but who knows. If you listen to it, make sure you listen to the oldest episodes first (there are three at this writing).

That is all.

Got inspired

…by the knitting calendar yet again. While I am still in the midst of the dark blue version of this alpaca sweater, I was presented with a pink version of “fingerless mittens” (which I choose to call wrist warmers. Later in the kalender there was an egg-shell colored version of these, albeit without a thumb, so I combined and extracted from the two patterns to make the prettier eggshell version with a thumb:

The second one is about half way done. I just have to remember to place the thumb on the other side instead of going completely mindless while knitting away.

The beautiful pattern on these was designed by Clara Masessa (link to her on Ravelry.



A Touch of Spring

Mine are nowhere close to this, so brazenly without even asking permission, I’m sharing these from my friend Jen (pictures by Emma).

There is a small knitting project interrupting the sweater, but I’ll post about that tomorrow.

I’ve gotten so incredibly boring. Yawn.

Whilst being glued….

…to the news and to Twitter, Spring seems to have come and I almost didn’t notice.

Our temperatures are going mild for at least the next ten days and by then, we’ll be in to March which at this latitude, often has nice, sunny and mild days in store for us. It will be time to get back out and get the garden in shape and “dust off” the moats left by winter.

In March I also get to get my new “teeth”. I fought with the molar nerve for a week, my primary weapons being ibuprofen and vitamin B – and I won. It stopped throbbing on Monday and has been fine since. No root canal for this gal, no sir.

I’m Awarding A Huge Big Gold Star…

…to myself for having made it through the 4-hour dental appointment yesterday. I’m very glad to have it behind me.

Bad enough the appointment started at 8.30 a.m., I ended up going there without having any coffee, as coffee seems to be one of the triggers of my hot flashes and I didn’t want be in that dental chair breaking into a glistening sweat every 15 minutes. (Plus, it might have frightened the dentist).

Before he got started, I told him about that odd dream I had some time ago where he wanted to pull out all of my teeth so that they would fit better when put back in, and he really had a good chuckle about it. (Now, there’s probably a remark in my dental records referrring to my mental health.)

When he finally finished getting those four (adjacent) teeth ready by removing old fillings and the last of my gold crowns, that side of the mouth, at least to my tongue, hat an eerie resemblence to pictures I’ve seen of Aleppo.

Either way, I’ve made it through the worst of it and if the nerve he got a bit too close to with the drill settles down again, muting the point of a root canal, I’m a happy camper.

Just not sure why the appointment in March to get the final caps put in place is also a 3 1/2 hour shingding.

Not thinking about it.

Possible Projects

That Knitting Calendar I got for Christmas – well, I think there is another sweater in my future. It’s a take on the “boyfriend” sweater, and I think I want it. Go ahead and have a look over here on ravelry and let me know what you think.

I’m thinking of using a slightly darker blue and a very light gray for the edging though.

Still Here

No, I haven’t dropped off of the face of the earth (though at times, I wish I could have). I’ve spent a lot of time being glued to Twitter lately, watching the horror unfold in real time, whilst admiring the amount of #Resistance that is forming.

A shoutout over to Zippi for making me aware of the @RoguePOTUSStaff account, which as of this writing has over 700,000 followers. It’s an account whose tweets are sometimes disconcerting, sometimes funny.

I’ve also discovered some very high quality, informative podcasts by The Intercept (that’s an online investigative journalist magazine).

The podcasts can be found here. The podcast from January 20th, (“The Clock Strikes Thirteen”) contains a conversation between Jeremy Scahill and Seymour Hersh, some of which is chilling, to say the least. (It’s about the last 20 minutes of the postcast).

Go there.
And be vigilant and stay informed.

My Weird Subconscious

The last weeks have been quite the ride, in political terms. So, I’m not really surprised that apparently, my subconscious has decided to go completely rogue at night.

My father has a rather genial dental prosthesis (the chemo all but ruined his teeth) and his dentist called him in to check how it is fitting these days. He came back from the dentist without his “teeth”, and was told to come back at lunchtime after the lab had had a chance to do some refitting. It is now seated very well according to him.

Coming up very soon, I have a four-hour dental appointment because three adjacent teeth need capping. Yes, I’m dreading it. I hate dental work, because I’ve had too much of it in my life.

Anyhow, the night after my father’s dental adventures, I dreamt that in advance of my dental appointment, my dentist was planning to pull out all of my teeth in order to refit them, so that they would fit better when re-inserted with the new dental work. In my dream, I went to the dentist’s office to confront him about not wanting to do this and in the dream (as in real life) he was very accommodating and said that we can adjust the treatment plan for him to just pull the three teeth that are affected, before capping and re-inserting them.
I agreed only after he confirmed that I would be put completely under for the procedure.

I’m not even going to mention the very detailed, HD quality dream I had THE SAME NIGHT about the aliens that came to “soothe and take over” our minds – it was awful.

Yes, apparently, I’m now really deranged.

Ravings of a Sane Lunatic


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