Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wild Times

Lots of fun around here...with spring being here and all. The goosie gals have been laying eggs constantly, so I've resorted to putting a few dozen on Craigslist to allow others to incubate and start their own flock. I tried something in the goose pen that turned out to be a failure: I had Dave take down the partition between Percy's flock and Molly's flock. Fights ensued between Percy and Albus, Adele was frantic and Molly was having none of it. After 2 nights, I put the stupid thing back up.

I'm knitting basic stocking caps while studying. So far, I've knocked out 3 of them within 2 weeks. The last one was thrown at my Professor who was surprised. I asked him if he was allergic to wool. His confused answer was, "I don't think so, why?" because you're getting a hat there skippy....

I was screwing up the decreases horrendously. Instead of a double decrease using SSK,then K2Tog, I was doing just the screwed it up a lot. They are handy hats to have though; light enough to wear for spring and good for keeping your hair out of the way. I'm using up odd bits of sock yarn to make them.

I mean, they're easy...k2p2 for 4" then stockinette for another 7" or so depending on if you want slouchy or not. Then the ssk/k2tog decrease until 16 stitches left.  I can knit them without looking at what I am doing. It helps me focus on my studies.

There's other projects on the needles to be sure, but as I've got an exam next Monday, I'll focus on this until after it is done.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lent is almost over

This is Holy Week, the last week of the Lenten Season culminating in Easter. So what was my sacrifice? Well, I didn't give myself one. I did pray about it and apparently God gave me a good one. Over the last month I've had to deal with people who have wronged me seriously. These are people whom I've distanced myself from because of their actions. In each case I was put in a situation where I encountered them again. The encounters were enough to tell me that I can be civil to someone but I don't have to go all mushy with them also.

The Grebe that we rescued from the frozen pond was transferred to the Milwaukee Humane Society rescue center as they have more experience with water birds. After a month of hanging out in a deep pool diving for minnows, the Grebe was rehabilitated enough to be let go. The Humane Society has had 2 Grebes as rescues this year which is a record for them. Grebes are endangered here in Wisconsin (well, they ARE migratory..they may just not migrate here any more) and to rescue two of them is good and bad.

It's just been a very cold winter. Lake Superior froze completely over. Lake Michigan almost did. Its no wonder so many water birds had issues this year.

Nothing's cuter than a man and his pet goose. Here he and Sissy are exchanging Good Morning greetings. Sissy's whole family have gotten themselves moved into the garage for breeding/laying season. Buddy's been fiesty with them all.

I finished up the green hat. I made a mistake and kept on knitting it on the size 3 circs, but that's OK. The biggest issue is that I made the cast on too big: 132 stitches is too much. I'm wearing it now because it's like 32°F outside and it's very windy. The gusts are sneaking into the house.

Molly has been sitting on her nest now for over a week. We get hissed at when we enter the pen, but that's just her being a good Mama. I told Dave that Molly brooded her babies in June last year. This year she's going to get it done early. I'm already thinking of things that we'll need to do when the babies hatch.

The biggest obstacle will be the fact that there is a 4" step down into the goose pen. The babies will need some sort of ramp for about 2 weeks. They grow fast so after that it will be OK.

And for the last fun of this week, it's Dave and Sweet Pea. Sweet Pea is a gander who is gentle, mellow and very friendly. He likes to give kisses to us. He'll come up and nibble on your bottom lip. He's the only goose we have that will do this.

So here he is giving Dave kisses. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The color of the Month: Green

It's a good color after all that white/gray of the last 6 months. The grass is greening up. I see shoots of the daffodils beside the house, and buds are starting on the trees.

I'm knitting a green hat from the leftover Knit Picks sock yarn from the shawl. The stupid yarn was just hollering at me to be used, so I found a nice hat pattern from Pattons: Basic beanie that will use up the rest of it and make something that I will actually use.

You see, I've decided to forgo an actual gym membership, not because I don't like working out, but because it takes 1/2 an hour to get TO the gym and 1/2 an hour to go back spend an hour working out.

I've decided on using that time to work out here. I'm calling it the 'Rocky IV' workout. Unfortunately, I've seen all the Rocky movies. Rocky IV was when Rocky goes to Russia to fight Dolph Lungren. Dolph gets the state-of-the-art facilities while Rocky gets a barn with a tree stump. High Tech meets Old School. I'm doing Old School: A walk down and up the path with more walks down and up the hill. Like an eliptical, but with geese spectators. So I need the hat to keep my head warm from the continuous wind that whips up the back 40 here.

Oh, and I tried Yoga for 2 days, pulled a butt muscle. It's not as funny as it sounds.

Dave bought another van with our refund so the Jeep is up for sale. He was sorely missing the old caravan and bought one just like it except this one has bucket seats in the back as well as the front. Oh and it was in much better shape than ours.

Molly, our Toulouse gal is the first one to go broody on us. She is sitting on 13 eggs of indeterminate parentage. I think her daughter laid a few in there as well. This is the first time I've seen her and our Male Toulouse, Buddy shagging, so there might be a few true Toulouse this year!! I'm excited. Toulouse geese are so pretty.

Not to say that the Africans aren't pretty. They have their own good looks, but DANG they're noisy! Buddy can be noisy too, and he's a buttinski quite a bit of the time. He likes to break up fights.

Molly, she's pretty laid back for a goose, and a decent Mom. This will be her 2nd clutch, so I'm guessing more will survive this one. Out of 6 from last year, only 2 survived: Albus and Adele. Albus has healed from his injury and is walking fine. Adele is doing well on her own.