Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Have you ever wondered why I have pictures of tornadoes on my blog? I find them fascinating. They're God's own havoc in a tight, spiraling cone of Hell. Spawned from nothing but wind, they can destroy lives and property in seconds only to go POOF! and be gone.  Utterly fascinating.

I know they kill persons and animals. I know they destroy lives. A conversation I had once with a person living in CA went like this:
"I wouldn't live in CA, too many earthquakes. Likewise, I wouldn't live in the gulf coast. Too many hurricanes." I said.
"Well I wouldn't live in Kansas or anywhere near there, too many tornadoes." My friend replied.
"Yes, but I don't build my house on a tornado! You built your home like miles from an earthquake fault."
My response.

To live in a place where danger is imminent because of a crack on the Earth, or location that gets banged up by tropical storms is inviting destruction. Tornadoes are much more random.

So as I woke from my nap today, I remembered the forecast from the weather man stating spotty showers. I look up the radar to see a storm heading right for me, with purple in the center. Oh what fresh hell is this? I go outside and look to the Northwest. I hear rumbles but the sun is shining and all is peachy. Then I hear that annoying tornado siren from 2 miles away in Orfordville. Aw shit!  I scan and scan off the back 40. I see nothing. Trust me, I can see for at least 20 miles off the back. And then I spot it:

To me, it looked as though someone had started their burn pile on fire. But the plume of smoke kept moving towards me. Just a fine feather of smoke, but it was gaining on me from the distance.  Now see how far I can look off my back yard? That thing had to be a few miles away at least.

By the time it gets to this close to me. I decide it's time to get Alex out of his upstairs bedroom and ready to bail to the basement. We never did get to the basement. We stood there watching the storm until he got bored and went back upstairs.

About a minute after I took this picture, the tornado dissipated; while I was trying to take video. Which sucks for me, but advantageous to the neighboring town of Beloit, which was spared any damage. The only thing out a few miles from me is a few farms and lots of corn. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I will stay focused on knitting this time

Ok, one thing first: I have become the mother of a gosling. She hatched out last Friday. We've taken her everywhere this last weekend as she is very needy. I'm in negotiations with Luna, one of our gals to see if she will watch the gal outside for those times when I'm needed to be inside. So good. Luna is very shy but very taken with the baby. She'd love to be a Mom to her.

OK before my computer dies again:
 I've knitted 6 of these hats so far. Of all the yarns I've used, I like the Patons Kroy best. It's thicker yarn than the other sock yarns which makes a nice, warm hat for 3 seasons out of 4. I find myself wearing hats a lot lately to keep my hair out of my eyes when doing chores and to keep warm.  The upside to them is that they also make good pouches to keep baby goslings in. The babies like to feel as though they are under Mama's wing, so I will pop them into a hat, roll down the brim and let their noses peek out.
 Do I need 6 more hats? SURE! I mean, who doesn't right?> 

The green one turned out wonky due to the decreases being done wrong. I forgot to double decrease on the 4 decreases so it looks odd on the top. That's what happens when you don't read and comprehend the pattern fully.

Other projects on the needles:

  1. dogbone pillow that I just found...again
  2. Cabled Shawl about 2/3 done
  3. Prayer Shawl #3
  4. Baby blanket #2
  5. Another hat in Cadet Blue
  6. Queen Anne Shawl stalled on round 75
  7. Cabled sweater hibernating until fall
  8. Icarus shawl just plain hibernating
  9. socks of varying completion (at least 2 that I know of)
  10. 1 mitten out of 2 done
Yes, I have a disease and I need to complete some of these things. Some will wait until it is cooler out, the prayer shawls are ongoing and this one is about 4/5 done. I need about 5 more rows and then fringe because apparently, the recipients like fringe. 

My one baby blanket is done. I'll have photos when I weave in the ends. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014


I've been having interrupted sleep lately which is screwing up my days something fierce. It also makes me very short-tempered.  I also could not give a rat's hairy butt what I look like with 4 hours of sleep plus 2 hours of trying to sleep on a 30 year old recliner. So. Here's my not giving a crap look:

Penny hatched out one gosling. Well, there was another one but it died shortly after getting out of the shell. Chaos ensued the days after the hatching and we could not convince the uncles that they should leave Mom and Dad alone to bond with the gosling.

In the chaos of hissing, wing beating and fights, some goose stepped on the egg and on the gosling inside. I tried to help it out, but he was a goner.

Nellie is brooding in that same garage. When her babies hatch the fencing goes up around the opening to the garage that same moment and does not go off until time to put them back in. The uncles are just too violent.

These are the uncles: Sweet Pea, Gingi and Buddy with Penny in front. They pretty much take over rearing the gosling from Dad once the door to the garage is open.  I don't know why Sissysan lets them do it, but he does.

Good thing is that Sissysan and Penny and baby get alone time in the garage at night. The uncles have their own space in the goose pen.

My knitting projects have become as sporadic as my sleep. A baby blanket has been knitted and I have to get it finished up for the little one. Another 2 blankets for upcoming babies need to be made. My Godson has reproduced!

This ought to be fun. No really.

Now I should be studying calculus like my life depends on it, but evaluating integrals with 4 hours of sleep is not working. I can't even do simple algebra.

oh wow much would I love to just get some sleep....