Thursday, January 29, 2009

More Mittens!

It's another HelloYarn design, using (my choice, not the recommended Dale of Norway) Malabrigo. Toasty *and* cheerfully festive!

This isn't wonderful.

Today has brought nausea, a leak in the foyer ceiling, and a series of leaks running off the support beam between the kitchen and the breakfast nook. All in that order.

I don't have any solutions. Not for any of them.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

The King on His Throne

Mirth has his elegant moments.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Icy Spikes



A little dangerous.

Beutiful winter.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Time for a multple choice pop quiz!

These cats are:

A. Miles beyond hissy-fit stage.

B. Conjoined twins with a twist: only ONE is actually Siamese.

C. Reimagining the plot of the book, A Farewell to Arms.

D. Showing off their new pouty collagen lips. Sek-SAY!!!

E. Seriously, they're mad cats. Maybe the maddest ever. But whether 'mad' equals 'angry' or 'insane' is up for grabs.

Got an answer? A clue? A better suggestion? Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you!

BTW, the long-haired crabby cat with Siamese markings is Morgan, our little 8 1/2 lb. fluff-chick. She's got the attitude and personality of your average spoiled cheerleading captain with a trust fund. The other crab, a white British Short-hair, is Bert, a snuggly little girl who purrs on contact. She's purring on my lap this very moment, all curled up in a furry ball of comfort.

I love our pets.

Saturday, January 17, 2009


Nearly ready to knit!

Yarn-ing to be mittens...

Some Malabrigo yarn I'm winding so I can finish my squirrel and leaf woollen mittens. I sure could've used them the past few days of sub-zero temps!

Friday, January 16, 2009

This is what we made...'s called Kaiserschmarrn.

I know, right? I've never heard of it either.

I'm so glad I made it, though! IT IS EXCEPTIONAL. Quite a good flavor and texture.

Iron Chef Season Sixish, Starts TONIGHT!

No, not the TV version. Our friendly, beat-the-winter competition and gathering begins today!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Another Beaut from Lava...

Truth Serum and Ye Olde Spider Venom... More lovelies from our feve spot Lava. They're not actuall drinks, though. Just stickers on the beer taps. ...Must work on that...


Originally uploaded by sunspotting.


Pirate Mittens, designed by HelloYarn.

A late Christmas present for Rick, I knitted these mittens pretty quickly once I got the hang of the pattern. I *LOVE* Adrian Bizilla's designs! She's awesome, and they're SO MUCH fun to knit! Her site is and is entirely worth several visits.

I'm already working on my next pattern of hers. It's another pair of mittens. One hand has an oak leaf on it, the other has a squirrel and acorns.

This pair will be for ME.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Biohazardous sci-fi horror served here..

...In addition to Hoegarden, Hennepin, Circus Boy, New Holland, ...

Trustworthy, as always...

As seen on one of the taps at Lava.

Interestingly, they provide an ingredient list:
ammonia nitrate
citric acid
yellow no. 5
Dimethyl ether
beef gravy
high fructose corn syrup
whale oil
and other natural flavors.

Sad thing: I can't ever try this concoction. I can't have high fructose corn syrup...

Pirate Mittens!

They're finally DONE, delivered, and deemed delightful. I just want to keep my husband warm and stylin'.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Cleo can't resist the strange new smells of the physical therapist in the other room. So drastic measures have been taken...

Monday, January 05, 2009

End of the skein!

Morgan helps me knit Rick's pirate mittens.

Sew Solemn.

Mirth is the self-appointed guardian of my sewing machines. What a hero.

Except he knows he's NOT supposed to be up there...

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ooh! Shiny!!

Three Olives Vodka neon mural on the side of 806 in Tremont. VE-RY KEWL.

Friday, January 02, 2009

57 Moods, Too?

Mood-lit ketchup at Lava Lounge, as we celebrate Dan ('Grandpa Dan') turning 39..

Out with the old!

Good to see the back side (as it were) of this beyond-foul ancient carpeting. Having fresh flooring in Sandy's room will go a long way towards maintaining her health, once she starts chemo.

And that will be any day now.

Like Father...

Rick and Jun reassemble Sandy's daybed. Yesterday we gave Sandy's dayroom (the daytime refuge/nap room on the main floor) an 'Extreme Makeover', and today the new carpeting was installed. Now it's time to put all the furniture back in.
It's neat to see Rick and his dad with a project they can share.