Saturday, May 21, 2011


I whipped up Mango in about a week. Yes, making a stuff animal is fiddly and involves a lot of attaching. That part would've gone better with a yarn needle, but I couldn't find it. I used a crochet hook.

Mango and Dave.

My relationship with Mango has caused a bit of concern with Dave and Alex who think I've totally lost it. Maybe I have, but not without good reason: The wrist is inflamed and that means doctor visits. I can't knit, sew or do anything else with a bum wrist. I can however, play with Mango:

Mango is planking on the roof of the car.

On the bird feeder.

Sitting for his glamour shot.

I talk to Mango, and I tote him everywhere. At least I'm not sleeping with him....

Saturday, May 14, 2011


My right hand/wrist has been swollen and achy now for over a week. It's an aggrivation of an old injury that won't get better until I stop using the stupid hand as much as I do.

So...distraction will come in the guise of a giraffe.
"Mango the Giraffe from Knitting"

Go get a copy of your pattern today. I'm working on Mango's head right now..slowly.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Mystery of the Big Damned Bird

Every day we drive down the same road to our home. This road goes up and over hills, through fields of hay and corn and soybeans and then into a stand of trees. For the last month or so, I've seen these large nests way up high in the trees about 200 yards back from the road.

Now screaming down the country road at 60 miles per hour, there's not a whole lot of time to get a real good look at these birds. From the passenger side of the van, I knew they were big, with long legs and neck and were dark. The nests looked huge and were perched on the top of what looked like ancient oaks.

Today I decided to walk the 1/2 mile over to this stand of trees to take a picture of this mysterious bird. It's been nagging me; what in the heck is this bird? I took along my husband's expensive, but so worth it Nikon camera and the telephoto lens. Hey, he spent some of his retirement on the gear, so who am I to argue? It's still so worth the $ he spent!

The big damned birds are Herons. Great Blue Herons if Wiki is correct. Not a real sparse bird, but not real common here in WI. I did capture some very nice hi-res stills of males, females and infants. It's a hot day here in Wisconsin, so I really should've taken some water with, but it was worth it.

The mystery is solved!