beyond the 49th
usa (un)patriot act
who am i?
Wed 15 Mar 2006
i like rainbows. iím not sure exactly why i like them, but i periodically take pictures of rainbows that intrigue me. iíve seen double rainbows, triple rainbows, rainbow clouds, halos, and sun dogs, and though iíve not been able to take pictures of all of these phenomena i plan on doing so when the next opportunity presents itself.
all this being said, i was driving in town yesterday and saw a rainbow the likes of which iíd never seen before. there was nowhere i could stop and still see it to take the picture. i made sure there was enough distance between my truck and the car in front of me, grabbed my camera, stabilized it on my steering wheel, and took a picture. the arc of this rainbow was very shallowóiíve never seen a rainbow with such a low arc, and it stretched across the entire visible horizon. it was in the mid-afternoon, and i didnít think that the sun was low enough at my back to cause this rainbow, but obviously it was. my experience with the rainbows in this region is with very steep arcs so this one was quite unique to me.
on the way home, i had to drive over the mountain where there is still snow on the ground. it was about 21.30 when i came over the pass, and the full moon lit up the landscape from high in the clear sky. normally thereís nothing to see on the forest floor no matter how much light the moon emits, but with the white snow.... well, thereís nothing quite so striking as seeing snow on the forest floor illuminated by the light of a full worm moon. i wish that i had my tripod with me because i would have attempted a photo of it, but youíll just have to take my word for it.
knitting: thanks a million to michele from fiber nooks and crannys for helping me finally figure out the provisional crochet cast on! (sheís the owner of the store, by the way, and sheís always happy to help figure something out.) i have the toes done for my sisís new orange cotton blend socks. now i just need to decide what pattern i want to use on the body of the socks. iím considering a modified basket weave pattern or something lacy, but iíve not decided yet. iíll have to look at a few more stitch patterns before i finally decide.
in other news, mum loves playing with her sewing machine. i just wish i could afford to buy her a high-end new machine, but in the meantime, sheís making cool quilts, hanging fabric pouches, and various pillow cases. she bought me this fabric when she was visiting my sis in volcano, hawaiíi last year, and she just brought this great pillow case over. iím almost afraid to use it lest it get dirty. can a turtle have a more perfect pillow case?
Sun 12 Mar 2006
our crazy dog
my mum and i tend to go shopping together when we get the chance, and by shopping i mean grocery shopping or shopping for kitchen gadgets and books rather than something mundane like clothes shopping. last week we went to town with plans to give dog a bath at one of those self service dog wash places. we had several other errands to run, so we left dogís bath for the end of the day.
first, i had to swap out some knitting needles at my local yarn shop so i can work on the socks i hope to make for my sister. of course i havenít yet started the socks, but theyíre high on my list of projects. thereís a knit night on tuesday at the yarn shop (anyone in the immediate area is welcome to come along).
later, i had to get some groceries. while at the grocery store, mum took dog for a walk to the pet store near the grocery store. my shopping trip was very quickói was in and out of the store within about ten minutes. mum had my keys, so i put my groceries in the canopy of my truck and waited for a while. it was windy and freezing, so i walked to the pet store to find themÖ to no avail. i went back to the truck and waited for a bit, but it was prohibitively cold. i went back to the pet store, and there was mum with dog coming out of the store. when dog saw me, he dropped a ball heíd picked up in the store. he hadnít paid for the ballówe have a shoplifting dog!
we put the ball back and laughed at him for picking out the ball he wanted. we usually let him pick out a squeaky ball, but this time there were none in the store. he wasnít too disappointed, and iím sure he wasnít looking forward to getting a bath. as it turned out, he didnít have to worry because, apparently, both the self service dog wash places in the local towns are closed on mondays. so we came back home with our stinky, ball-less, suitably relieved and suitably chastised dog. as you can tell by his picture in this entry, heís feeling pretty good about things now. you canít smell him, but he still stinks.
Thu 09 Mar 2006
winter's last stab
winterís not quite over yet. in one last attempt at a true winter, the snow started falling last night, so now we have about an inch of snow on everything. even though you can't see it in this photo, the snow was falling in huge flakes over the creek. i love the sound of heavy snowfall, but i'm grateful that we donít generally get much snow around here. pretty much any amount we get always seems like a big deal; however, itís a little isolating because now iím stuck in our little valley because our only 4-wheel drive is broken down. iíve consistently neglected to buy chains the last few years, and i canít afford studded tires. itís so pretty with the snow blanketing everything. at least itís not raining any more! the creek came back up a few inches yesterday after a torrential downpour. thankfully itís not even close to how high it was in december, but itís possible that weíll have more flooding this spring.
in the meantime, iíve been working on some knitting projects. iíve got enough sock yarn to last me for a good long time, and iíve currently got two pairs of socks in the works. iíve also been working on using up some of my old wool making little hand-warmer creatures. i found the pattern for this one on the web at knitty.com, and i really like it! i plan on making a couple more of these little creatures to use up some more of my old wool. i also have plans to buy some non-wool bulky yarn to make myself a sweater. iím leaning toward lion brand yarn because itís affordable and only part wool. i really love the burley spun yarn from brown sheep, but alas iím so terribly allergic to wool i canít wear it at all.
right, i really donít have much else to say. i may be getting a job soon, but itís still up in the air. iíve got my fingers crossed because if it works out itíll be the best paying job iíve ever had. itís about time i get a decent opportunity after over twelve years out of graduate school. if youíre out there and you happen to care, wish me luck!
quote of the moment:
The graceful pride of truth knows no extremes, and preserves, in every latitude of life, the right-angled character of man.
-Thomas Paine, 1737-1809
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