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Oct. 12th, 2016

This post is the first one written on my new laptop, a late birthday/early xmas present from my husband who is in all ways awesome. :-) The old machine (which I had had since 2010) was starting to have its casing around the keyboard get a bit warped, which made it hard to close.

The new one is an Asus. Things like version numbers, how many gigs, etc. don't stick in my head, so I can't say much more than that, except I'm calling her Sophie. :-)

I have a Chromebook, but you can't save anything to it; it just browses. I have a phone and a tablet, but to write more than a few words I need a keyboard. I'm mainly writing this post to help myself get more used to this keyboard.

I've also got a new robe and slippers from the Animal Rescue Site. The robe has big purple and gray paw prints all over it, and it's nice and fleecy. The slippers are a clog-type with knitted lining and cuffs, and they have buttons with purple paw prints on them. Very tasteful. Plus thanks to my crocheting I have more shawls, scarves, and gloves than I know what to do with (and I've made a big cardigan that I still need to add buttons to), so I'm good for fall and winter. :-)

Sep. 23rd, 2016

My birthday present to myself: a just-finished crocheted pullover sweater! It's my first garment as opposed to shawls, scarves, and so on.

It's a very thin yarn but quite warm (as far as I can tell without having cool weather to test it in).

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Aug. 28th, 2016

The power fairy has finally come to our street, waved her wand, and POOF! We haz power!


Aug. 27th, 2016

Well, we are one of perhaps 2 (?) houses on our little street with power, thanks to our generator. The power company still hasn't restored service here after over 24 hours since it went out in a storm yesterday morning. So, both :-( and :-).

We had eight tornadoes in the area two days ago, including Kokomo where a Starbucks was flattened but everyone survived because the manager hustled everyone into the restrooms just in time (he is being called a hero and there is a crowdfund site set up to get him a new bike to replace his which was destroyed in the tornado).

There was apparently at least a funnel cloud in Indy yesterday which prompted a tornado warning siren without the weather service putting out a notice first.

But we are OK here and our house is OK and our critters are OK, and I am able to post this, so, could be way worse. :-)
Since it's been a while, here is one of a pair of fingerless gloves I made yesterday. The wool is very soft though it's hard to work with because it's all kinky (Not that kind of kinky! :-)). My arm tendons were aching by the time I was done! But I think the gloves came out OK.

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Speed's new nickname is Bambi. (See my post about him being mistaken for a deer.) He's got a couple of other nicknames as well: Mr. Pointy and Torpedo Head.

Of course, if he's Bambi, Sky has to be Thumper. Which fits her anyway because she thumps her tail on the floor when you come into the room while she's lying on her side. :-)

Also, Electra is The Princess, Kismet (Kizzy) is Eeper (she had a high-pitched meow as a kitten, that sounded sort of like "eep"), Bijou is Jelly Baby (she nurses like a baby and has a jelly belly), and River is Foof (she's big and foofy). Elton is Weeble (he wobbles *and* falls down). Freddie and Serena haven't really inspired nicknames, though, which they're probably not unhappy about.

Anyone else here have goofy nicknames for their pets?

Jul. 20th, 2016

Speed got his stitches out yesterday, then my husband took him to his workplace, the state police post, to run in the K9 field a bit. (K9 field: the fenced field where police dogs are trained.)

The amusing part: A while ago, a neighbor told us he had to look twice at Speed in our yard because he thought he looked like a deer. (To refresh memories: Speed is a greyhound. He's very slender and graceful-looking, with long thin legs, and is about hip height to me -- I'm 5'2". His coat is red brindle, with white chest and paws.)

Then while they were there yesterday, a worker at the post asked my husband if he'd brought Speed there before, and on getting confirmation of this, said that people had been saying they thought they'd occasionally seen a deer in the field. But now he can tell them the mystery is solved. LOL.
I guess you know you're really into a new hobby when you find yourself trying out variations of it.

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Jul. 6th, 2016

Poor Speed has had a week. The Fourth wasn't too bad, thanks to his Thundershirt, but yesterday he went to the vet for a teeth cleaning and some minor surgery. They cut out a small lump on his back that we thought was a sebaceous cyst but was actually possibly a (benign, non-growing) tumor. It was about the size of my pinky tip, and he had had it since we got him.

Fortunately he's taking it easy and not bothering his stitches, even with the e-collar off. The pain pills help.

He's such a good torpedo-head. :-)

Another fanfic!

I put a new fanfic up at AO3 a few days ago.

It's another 12th Doctor one. I guess he's grown on me or something.

Title: Still Crazy
Author: Sue DeNimme
Rating: General Audiences
Archive Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Category: Gen
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Characters: Sarah Jane Smith, Twelfth Doctor
Summary: Sadly, we will never get to see Twelve and Sarah Jane together, but here's a conversation they might have had. (Takes place between Hell Bent and The Husbands of River Song for the Doctor, and after The Man Who Never Was for Sarah Jane.)

Spoilers for the end of Series 9 of New Who.