Riding the Bike with One Pedal.

Bustle, bustle!

Yep, it’s bizzy ’round here. Big client meeting yesterday. Off to NYC tomorrow, back home on Thursday, then keep dog-paddling because there’s a big meeting/presentation next week to boot. woo-hoo! In the midst of all that, got to keep getting the ‘regular’ work done, and then handle the curve balls on top of it all. Because boy howdy, there was a curve ball, and I seriously wanted to remove heads from bodies with a croquet mallet. Yes, I was channeling my inner Red Queen, and all I can say is, good thing I read the emails at  home so I had time to explode and then calm the hell down by the time I could actually address it. GAH! Life is hard enough, when things are going well, it’s in everyone’s interests to make! things! work!

OMG Tripper is going to start marketing his weapons-grade gas to the government. That’ll help pay the dog food bills ’round here. He is seriously, seriously toxic with his farts. I keep a bottle of Febreze ‘Air Effects’ right by my chair, and it’s almost comical – he gets royally offended when I counter-attack with one puff of “Linens-n-Sky”. Sometimes he even gets up and moves. It’s the only weapon I have, and I have to use it!

Speaking of crazy dog stories – last Saturday night I met up with some of the LSG folks on Ravelry, which was great fun – and when James got home from his banquet duties (MWA banquet in Oregon, MO), I headed for bed & left him to take care of the dogs for the night. Good thing. Polly apparently dashed in the door, and he only caught a glimpse out of the corner of his eye, and knew she had something in her mouth. Uh, yeah. “Something” turned out to be an enormous full-grown rabbit that was in dire straits. At least I have a husband who can calmly handle these things, humanely. I’d just shriek and run into doors.  Just a regular Mutual of Omaha around here, I tell ya…..

Speaking of wild kingdoms, the seed-planting is well underway, as the gardener of the house starts getting excited for planting and gardens and spring. Since he’d gotten me a Christmas present when we’d agreed not to exchange gifts, I decided Valentine’s Day would be my turn to surprise-treat. I took the rest of the money I’d left in my PayPal account from my Loopy Ewe DPN holders, and with just a smidge extra, I bought him a set of Texas Tomato Cages. After all, tomatoes are the “Love Apple”….and he grows them so extraordinarily well, with all kinds of fantastic varieties, knowing how much I love love love fresh tomatoes. Apparently these things are THE support system for growing tomatoes, so we’re just going to start investing in them and add to the pile as we go.

Let’s see… working furiously on some more knits, including a couple of fun projects for classes I’ll be teaching, and really, just trying to not let too much slip through the cracks.  It feels kind of crazy that tomorrow is already Ash Wednesday, that next week is -yikes- March! and pretty soon we’ll see Spring really settling in, bursting through the ground and in the trees, welcoming us to a new season and another chapter. Despite being agitated about dunderheads, and feeling like I’m burning the candle at both ends, I’m really excited about what’s on the horizon this year – both with work and my life outside of work. (For instance? The Wo and I are going to take a vacation! YES! Where? Dunno! But it’s going to happen, and that’s all there is to it. The pool will be there for later in the summer, yes, but staycation be damned!)  And yes, eventually I’ll be able to throw all the nice facts up about the zombie, proving once and for all, the dead truly can live comfortably in California.


  1. Emma Dog

    Wowzer. I don’t know that I could handle the bizzy-bizzy-bizzy rhythm of your life at this age! Or ever, really! How do you stay young enough to keep the coal fires burning so constantly???

  2. Teri

    Tomatoes! Last year’s were awesome and I will need them again this year. I will sell my soul for the yellow pears. Just sayin’ is all.

  3. sue

    You’ll have to let us know how those cages work out… always open to good ideas. I’m trying to catch up. Still fighting my own version of the plague. Seems there has been a lot of it around this year (I see you had it, too). I liked your 25 things. Saw many of them that we shared. 🙂 Go figure.

  4. Organic PA Farmer

    Hey there….
    Have you tried the Texas Tomato cages yet? Ive not… but not had great experiences with any metal tomato cage, ever. Ive tried a few varieties (the $3 cheapies from home depot and even the $15 stronger gauge metal ones from Park)… This will be my second year using The Tomato Stake. http://www.thetomatostake.com So easy, so simple…. just a plastic stake that you put into the ground and the twist tie supports are already on the stake. You dont have to worry about re-routing the tomato branches to fit into the metal cage… just tie it up as it grows.

    Happy Gardening!

  5. Katy Ryan

    Where do you teach classes? I need to expand my knitting repertoire beyond the basic knit stitch … I can’t even purl yet! But I can cast off, so my first scarf is nearing completion. Hurray!

  6. Becky

    Ugh — that rabbit would’ve had me screaming and running too 🙂 Reese is the farter of our household, but fortunately it’s not that often, but it’s not always the best timing when we have company over too.

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