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The Tale of Two Kiddies

Often when I am out and about, I am a magnet for old folks, odd folks and small children. For whatever reason, they overlook the curmudgeonly, essence of pure evil that is 'me' and actively seek out conversation.  I don't know why...but I like it. I was at the grocer's recently when a young lad (just turned three according to his mother) who was in the seat of the cart ahead of mine in line said, "Can I tell you something?"

I always say 'yes' even though it's a crap shoot with the little ones as to what will be revealed. It's often something benignly obvious like, 'you have a purse', or embarrassingly obvious 'you have a boogie in your nose'.  Sometimes it's worse...'You're a doody head' is one of my all time favorites. But I steeled myself, said 'sure' and this little guy said, and I quote, "Did you know that tapirs are pachyderms, same as elephants?"

Huh? Thud! That was the sound of my jaw hi…

Sun Ain't Nevah Gonna Shine Agin!

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Last week... This week.
ME.
In an effort to not lose my ever-loving mind, there has been lots of knitting and drawing going on at Chez B for the last several days. Lack of sunshine and Vitamin D deficiency leads one to do many unusual things...like knit wee sweaters that won't fit anyone. 

Then look at it and think..."I can make a smaller one!"  So you do...just to make sure it really doesn't fit anyone...except maybe a hamster or a gerbil. And you know that if you had one, maybe a gerbil named Stewie, you would try it on him and if it fit, you'd make him a large wardrobe of knitted goods. You contemplate obtaining a gerbil. This is the only time when impassible roads are a good thing. If not for them, you would have 75 Stewies by now. 
Then you think that maybe it's not healthy to knit tiny things that won't fit anyone except maybe a gerbil named Stewie who you can't get to the store to buy, and decide to just doodle instead. You let the pen wander.…

Adventures in Sturgeon Bay

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I took a three and a half hour drive up to Sturgeon Bay in Door County yesterday to see Doug Mancheski in Gray's Anatomy, a monologue by the late Spaulding Gray. Doug is an amazingly talented actor and this was one of Gray's works that I wasn't already familiar with, so it was a real treat. Having only seen Doug previously is musical comedies, I was blown away by his range, which was really displayed in this one: wry humor, cynicism, love, fear, desperation, the terror of facing aging, illness and death. His delivery made me forget that I was listening to Spaulding's story. It just sounded like Doug was telling his story for the first time, not lines rehearsed and rote...truly masterful! I enjoyed it so much. If I lived closer I'd go again. For my friends in that area...run, don't walk to the Third Avenue Playhouse.
Viewing it superficially in the moment as a performance observer, my emotions were pulled everywhere-in the best possible way.  Pondering it all i…

Diva Challenge #359 String Theory: Finger Stringer

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I liked doing this week's Diva Challenge but as I looked at it when I was finished, I realized it would have looked a lot better if I hadn't extended the pattern in the index finger clear to the wrist. But my policy has always been to post the first attempt, not matter how lousy, because 'there are no mistakes in Zentangle'. I'm just thankful that it was the index, and not the middle! :-)

Thanks for the great tangle challenge, Laura!

The Winter of Our Discontent

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It has been a long winter in Wisconsin. Around Christmas and the New Year, I long for the quiet, dark days between January and the end of March. But then by April, I am so sick of my own company and the craft projects I was once so excited to work on when things finally slowed down, that I'm ready to climb a bell tower with a Nerf gun. I am so. over. winter. I feel kind of guilty about it since I have friends and family back home in Maine that MAY get summer on July 7th from 2:00-4:00 PM this year...IF they are  very, very lucky and the finorkin' snow. would. just. stop. But none-the-less, we (the royal we, doncha know) are neck deep in The Season of Grumpiness and Feeling Sorry for Ourselves.

I thought it was over a couple of weeks ago when the temps SOARED into the 50s, my crocuses woke up, the neighbors were out running around in their shorts and flip flops. In the spirit of true disclosure, most of them wear shorts all year round, but I digress.  The dreaded snow and cold …

Diva Challenge-Paradox

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I was going through a particularly un-arty period lately. To get the ball rolling again, I got a poster sized piece of paper, divided it into random spaces and...well...I 'Paradoxed' the heck out of that bad boy! No thinking, no planning, just lines, lines lines! Very soothing, even if it's not very beautiful. It gave me the kick start I needed to continue on with more inspired projects. This week's Diva Challenge is a mono-tangle using  'Paradox' so I'm submitting it.
Equinox Paradox
It was recently (yesterday) brought to my attention (thanks, Mum) that I haven't updated my blog 'in forever'. I'll try to remedy that. It's actually a good thing when I'm too busy living life to document it!

Molly Bee Mammoth Wrangler

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Last week, I packed one of my kids off to a science conference in San Diego. While he was there, he messaged that he attended a fabulous talk about woolly mammoths. Being a huge natural-science geek, and lover of all things animal..including extinct ones, I immediately sent him a reply. Something polite and respectful I'm sure, to the effect that he should 'bring me a baby woolly mammoth or not come home at all'.  Actually that may have been the exact directive. Being a scientist, he was quick to explain that technology was not quite there yet.  Scientists aren't yet able to actually clone a mammoth and that I would have to be patient. Yeah. Right. Have you met me?

I responded that be that as it may, he should just bring home a little one...one that would fit under the seat in front of him. Yes, that would be just fine. I mean, I'm nothing if not practical and thrifty.  No need to pay another bag fee for a non-existent-at-this-point-in-time mammoth for little old m…

Super Supper Soups

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Tis the season for soup!!! I found the basic recipe for this soup online and tinkered with it a bit. It's delish!

Steak Supper Soup

3 C chopped  potatoes (I used fingerlings and pretty much just halved them. I left the skins on. You could use any potatoes.)1.5 # good quality stew meat (not too fatty) chopped bite sized1 sm. onion chopped1 sm bag of frozen corn (not in original recipe-I added it.  It would be good with beans , peas or one of those bags of all three. Fresh chopped carrots would also work-I'm trying that next time.)3 sm cans of beef broth1 c thick brown steak sauce (not BBQ or Worcestershire sauce)1 TBS chili powder1 tsp cumin. 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper if desired (I didn't)Dry parsley if desired (I didn't) Throw 'er all in the crock pot and let 'er rip for 8-10 hours on low. Doesn't get easier than that and Oh-My-Yum! Plus I forgot I made it so when I came home and smelled supper ready it was a pleasant surprise. I sprinkled a bit of shredded ched…

Not So Artsy Lately

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With the busy holidays and the inevitable crash after, I've not felt very 'arty' lately. While Mum was here, I framed up some completed pieces that I had done for the art show at my company.

Green Mandala


Orange Mandala
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                               Weird Science

Mostly I've been knitting. Mum and I both knit up a storm while she was here. The frigid weather just called for it! My new year's resolution was to completely use up the skein of sock yarn when I make a pair, so the first skein of the season yielded a pair of women's medium socks, a pair of toddler socks (given to the toddler next door) and three pairs of mitten ornaments (the two not pictured were given to friends before I could take the picture). There is a small ball left over that will go with the socks for darning if needed. Actually I knit another pair of toddler socks but didn't have enough to complete the second p…

The Holidays

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Haven't posted in a while. Mum was out visiting us over the holidays so we were busy having a good time, although my butt is still sore from having in consistently handed to me playing Phase Ten!
She got here on the 19th and Kevin came up from Paris,IL to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with us. It's the first time we've been together for the actual day in 20 years or more. Mum was surprised and we had a great time with Bubber Kev. We ate good food, watched movies, played games and laughed a lot. We just enjoyed one another's company-very low key.

Nice memories were made. 
While she was here, we went to see the play Guys On Ice and got to visit with the cast. We went to see three movies: Father Figures, Downsized and All The Money In The World. Enjoyed them all. Shopped, went out to eat,  played eat the Casino (went in with $40 each and came out with almost $600 between us) and drove to Sauk Prairie to see the bald eagles.  Only saw one but saw lots of Bufflehead…