Monday, May 23, 2016

"Yeah, Nice Lady"

It's a quote that's been running around my head now for a week. It's from a movie, can't remember which one but all I know is that when it was said, the quote was from a guy and it had absolutely NOTHING to do with the movie. The guy was beat up, drugged or something. It will come to me, but right now, it's just random garble in my head.

Which happens when I finish up a semester of school. I get random stuff stuck in my head.

I also have a severe case of ADD. It's gotten to the point where I'm CLEANING  and knitting dishcloths! DISHCLOTHS people!  There's not a thing wrong with dishcloths, really. It is just a symptom of my inability to concentrate for more than 2 seconds. I feel like a fish in Finding Nemo.

One of 2 baby blankets I've finished in the last month or so. This one is interesting in that the yarn is a super-bulky yarn from Red Heart: boutique dash.  Ok, so the yarn is like spool knitted. I found a skein in clearance and started fiddling with it to see if I could unravel it. Yep! And once I got it started, I HAD to buy it.

One skein wasn't enough and danged if this stuff is hard to find.  The 2nd skein came on Mother's day and I have this one off the needles. It's uber-soft and warm.  This one will go to my nephew and his mate on the birth of their next offspring.

If it were any bigger, I'd keep it myself since its soo soft, but it's really not big enough for my lap. Ah well.

Baby goosies have hatched and this years' Mama and Daddy are Ron and Gracie.  They're doing a wonderful job of it and have conned another female into helping. So enter.......Auntie Eleanor.

Here's Mama Gracie with the babies. Tonks is in the sled turned into a bathtub while Lupin is standing there with attitude. I find that these sleds make great baby baths for the goslings. It keeps them out of the bigger pools which is a Godsend because they can get stuck in them and drown. These little pools are set next to a big pool so Mom and Dad can bathe while keeping and eye on the little ones.

Now right now I'm only guessing we have one male and one female based on their sizes and how they walk. I worried about Tonks there for a while, she did not seem to be growing at all. Compared to her brother, she's a little smidge of a goose. But she IS growing and that's what matters. Mama Gracie and Daddy Ron are VERY protective of them and are great parents. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What's new?

What's new here? Not much really. Lent is over. Two baby blankets sit on my printer awaiting me to weave in ends and sent to the Pregnancy Resource Center. three more are on the needles.

This is actually the 2nd one made with Loops and Threads Charisma. Total cost for 4 skeins: $10.

I like the colors, though others claim it's hideous. The pattern is one used for many things. I've seen it done for dishcloths and the like, Start with a few stitches, increase with yarn overs til a certain spot, then decreases back to the same CO stitches.

It's a big fluffy blanket for a baby.

The next one is made with yarn Dave picked out at Hobby Lobby.

It's hideous.

But the stripes on it are kinda cool.

The next colorway was picked out by a random lady at Hobby Lobby, but that's going to have to wait until later for pictures.

The pattern is by Lion Brand and is called the Lion Brand Diagonal  Comfort Blanket. The pattern is free:

Well, back to homework. School is going well. Would be going better if I'd remember to study before tests, but what can ya do.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring...ah, Spring!

You can feel the change in the air. It's not as biting as it was last week. Sure, we were deceived by the mild temperatures, but I can FEEL a change in the air...more moisture, more warmth...and that means SPRING!!

Our geese have started their mating season. A lot of shagging, a lot of fighting, a lot of egg-laying. I try to stay out of the way as much as possible. Severus got me yesterday because I picked him up and his wing got me in the nose. I'm not sure if he's trying to mate with me or fight with me, but he's failing both!

An adorable picture of a goosie girl arranging her nest in the chicken coop. Normally, she'd be alerted to my presence behind her and get all cranky. She'd come at me hissing and honking with wings out to defend her eggs, but she was busy.

There's 3 gals laying in that nest, so Dave decided it was time to put up the nesting boxes in the goose pen. They're a bit smaller this year because it seemed as though the girls had too much room. We also put shorter boards up in front so baby geese can get in and out better.  It's a learning process for us.

One of our gals laid this egg the other day. Even for a goose egg, it's big! They'll lay one every other day for about a month now and our serious girls will then start brooding them. The un-serious girls will just lay their eggs in a serious girls' nest and expect her to  brood those babies. Naughty girls!

There's a couple of raccoons out there we need to get rid of as well before they realize those eggs are there. Once that happens, they will decimate a nest in minutes.  Can't have that!

Knitting wise: while reading my books for school, I'm still knitting. The stole is getting longer and I knocked out a bath mat because the one I knitted a few years ago has sprouted holes.

Interesting design on that, isn't it. It's not intentional. In the knitting trade, it's called 'pooling' when one color makes a design in the knitting of it.

The right side is where I pulled out a few rows and redid it because I was trying to end the thing too fast. It's a JoAnn fabrics big-ass ball of yarn bought on sale, held double and knitted on size 17 needles. I don't recall the amount of stitches,  I held the yarn out about a yard and a half then cast on that many. Five stitches on the left and right edge are knitted garter, the rest is stockinette. There's also garter stitch rows at the start and finish..about 6 rows. It's a standard go-to pattern for anything of practical use. The garter on the edges keeps the thing from rolling.

One of the things you do as a Medical Laboratory Technician is to take samples of someone's blood, smear it on a microscope slide properly...which isn't as easy as it sounds. You need to have a spot in that slide where you have one level of cells, not several. It takes practice.  Then after that, you use different dyes to dye the stuff different colors. What you're seeing above is my own blood properly smeared and stained.  

So the big purple squiggly thing is a neutrophil, one of the cells in your body to fight infection. The little purple dots are platelets, which clot holes in your body. The light pink stuff all over is my red blood cells. Those two things that are showing pink and purple are basophils. Usually, basophils are rare to see in blood because they are the cells known for causing allergic reactions. I'm allergic to pretty much everything, so I'm not surprised to see a few more than usual in my blood.

My platelets are a bit bigger than usual too, which means they are young platelets. Like most things, the older something gets, the smaller it is. I've had a nasty upper-respiratory virus for a few weeks now and it was really rough on my lungs. I'm pretty sure there is tissue damage from that...both from horking up a lung to whatever damage the virus did. So my body made more platelets to make up for the ones sacrificed in my illness.

It's awesome to see the delicate, yet hardy balance of the body and it's systems. It's amazing, actually...and every time I hear more and more about how our body works, I cannot help but think that it was the work of a very wise and very divine creator. Wierd, eh? People claim that the more science you know, the less you rely on a divine faith. But in my case, it's the opposite.