Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Well, Happy Thanksgiving! A little late since this is being posted the next day. I made a ham and some mashed sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving and I will be eating ham for days. There is only two of us and Mom won't eat leftovers more than one time.

The radio and television are full of stories of traffic conditions and shopping area crowds since it is "black Friday" the day of early store openings and special sales for the earliest hours. I will NEVER go anywhere near the shopping areas on this peak shopping day.

Secret of the Stole Progress: Since I finished clue 4 I am 50% done with the stole. As of last night I am about 1/4 done with Clue 5. Of course the final clue(clue 8) was posted this morning. *sigh*
I am definitely one of the tortoises with this project but at least I am making some progress on it.

A scary incident happened on Wednesday in my neighborhood in Queens, New York City. A gas explosion where 8 people were hospitalized and the elderly woman who was the primary victim passed away in the hospital later that night.
Story on news radio site
The story on the ABC local news site.

I live a few blocks away and when I called my Mom she did not remember hearing any explosion but her memory varies and it was about 3 hours afterwards. When I got into the area after work I didn't go close to the site but I could see emergency vehicle flashing lights in the distance. I did take a walk over there yesterday and the main house involved had all of the front windows boarded up with caution tape across the door and the door of the house on it's right. However, there did not seem to be any obvious damage to the house to the right or the other houses nearby.

I also found out that an elderly neighbor from the floor above is in rehab due to another fall the other day. His wife said he was also rushed to the hospital while at rehab when he exhibited signs of a heart attack (which was confirmed at the hospital).

Sending good thoughts to those in need during this time and of course to my neighbor who is always in good spirits and active despite all of his health issues.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

What Has Been Going On?

Hmmm.. I forgot to mention that my birthday occurred at the end of October, along with some other of my friends within a week of mine. Didn't do anything special and it passed without incident. Got some neat gifts though!

There was also a battle of stomach upsets in my household. Mom was having some intestinal upset and so was my cat. I think the cat had a touch of the flu. I couldn't take her to the vet right away and by the time I was trying to schedule it she seemed to be better. She is fine now. I do have to schedule her main checkup of the year (vet wants 2 visits a year since she is geriatric). I am fighting to get her to eat her food with the supplements needed to help with her arthritis and therefore with painful litter box use. She has been suffering with hairballs which also makes it worse.

Mom had another incident yesterday but that could have been due to too much fiber for her system. Making more plain stuff for dinner and lunch. Will keep an eye on the situation.

I saw the Concert Venue Cat the other week, it was a warmer day and when I was passing she was sitting outside. When I talked to her she came over and wanted some attention (which she got). But she didn't go voyaging again so I thought she wanted to go back inside. The usual process, press the intercom button, opened the door when they buzzed and told them I was letting the cat in when I opened the door. Of course, now that the door was open she wasn't too eager to enter, so I helped her by nudging her and quickly closed the door.

The Daylight Savings Time Change happened and got everyone confused as usual. Mom actually remembered but didn't mention anything until the middle of the day after the clocks had been changed.

The weather is finally showing that winter is coming and we have had some cold temps, some rain as well on occaision and a rumored sighting of snow in one of the more northern areas. But we may be having some warmer temps again this week and more rain showers.

I have been listening to a really funny podcast called "MunchCast" that Leo Laporte and Cammy Blackstone do. I get it by subscribing to Radio Leo on iTunes. It can be extremely hysterical and always interesting. It is about snacks/candy and all things related to yummy goodness.

Well better get more of my errands done so I can work on the Secret of the Stole Clue 4 tonight.

Secret of the Stole - Clue 3 Finished!

Finally finished Clue 3 last night. Of course Clue 6 was just posted on Friday. *sigh*

This is after completing clue 3 on blocking wire for the sides and bottom but not stretched completely.


Here is a closeup of part of the design showing the beads:


I was getting better at it with less mistakes and able to correct mistakes more often without unknitting more than a small amount if at all.

Will attempt to start on Clue 4 after getting all my household errands done. Perhaps tonight.