snowmelt contest winner! and lots of miscellaneous blathering

snowmelt contest winner!

It’s Kat! She’s on vacation now, but hopefully she’ll find an internets connection out in the wilderness to get the good news.

The snowpile disappeared totally sometime between June 22 and 24, and Kat’s was the closest guess at June 24. We must’ve had more snow last year, because the smaller pile melted away July 9 or so.

snail antennae
I’m still curious about the snails. I’ll send the picture to Phillip, and if he has anything interesting to say about them, I’ll let you know.

There were a lot of slugs and snails intermingling. Very weird. They’re cute over at Mochi Mochi though.

Hey, look, on last year’s contest winner post there was a creature feature too!

Maplewing progress

I’m on section B, having decreased some 100 or so stitches. It should go more quickly, but I haven’t been working on it much.

I’m about 20 stitches into the third row of the section (some 43 rows altogether?), which action was much interrupted at knit night last week by this,
Fifteen year old Brazilian rum. Yowza! Smooth, and lively. We ended up hooting at old Vogue Knitting magazines more than knitting.

other obsessions

I am not the only one in the household with an obsession. You’ve seen hints of this before, but it’s the reishi season.
reishi fresh

This is only a small portion of what has come home lately. It gets sliced and dried and then stored in glass jars. Eventually it gets made into tea.
reishi ovendrying

It smells horrible while it’s drying, and it doesn’t taste a whole lot better. I don’t drink it.

The chaga is way better, but there isn’t so much of it around. If we ever get a lot like we have of the reishi, I’ll use it as a base for lotion. I saw cream made with this for sale for over $40 for a 2 ounce jar! Will let you know how that works out.


I’ve been cleaning and organizing. One of the girls left very stinky and very wet presents on the rug, so that got cleaned and pulled (and needs to be professionally cleaned). Last week one of their “houses” (which live in our bedroom) really STUNK, so the whole bedroom got scrubbed. Yesterday I got the guest bedroom cleaned out and ready for company.

Hoping today to attend to this,
cords 002

But I might knit instead. Anybody have any ideas about coping with all the cords that need to be near the computer but not always attached to it?

The computer sits in the kitchen/dining area, and it is a clutter magnet.

dreary days

It has been very wet and dreary here. I think the sun shone for maybe 5 days in June, maybe less. Got out with the stinky girls early this morning before it started raining.

Subtle, but I think beautiful. These are the anthers on a grass, I think it’s Bromus inermis.
grass flowers

10 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Brenda said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 12:05 pm

    About the cord issue: We use a Power Squid (you can goolge it, I’m too lazy to link). We have it in a big drawer in the kitchen where we snake the cord out the back, and all the power adapters are plugged into it, with just their ends visible for easy plugging in. That’s about all I have for you on the cord issue. Other than wondering: Do you think they will come up with a universal charger so we can all have just one?

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    Brenda said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

    Oh yeah, I saw the Power Squids at Marden’s a few weeks ago and my husband bought us a spare just cause he didn’t want to sing that song.

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    Tanya said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

    hubby and daughter got new cell phones the other day, so i made them go through all the old cords and ditch everything without a purpose, much cleaner drawers now! (too bad none of the places that accept cell phones fro recycling take the cords) Love the drying pictures and the shawl looks great! I doubled stitches on my knitting alst night and now have 620 per row. Yummy rum! Prob a good thing you didn;t get to much knitting done while consuming it!

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    Chris said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 1:22 pm

    Congrats to kmkat! Lifehacker’s had some good stuff on cord control and charging stations. I picked up a charging station from Amazon a month or so ago and really like it. The most challenging part is finding a power strip short enough to fit into the charging station!

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    Emily said,

    June 28, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

    Sorry, no ideas on the cords – our computers have their own desks and the cords live in a drawer.

    It’s been so crazy hot here, it’s hard to imagine snow lasting until the 23rd.

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    kmkat said,

    June 29, 2009 @ 3:11 pm

    What Chris said about Lifehacker — I have been fascinated with all the clever charging stations that people come up with. Also, I saw Martha Stewart’s solution once; she attached a wire basket to the underside of the desktop, coiled all the cords in it, and attached identifying hang tags to each. Not really the best solution, but sooooo Martha/anal.

    Yay for me! I picked that date b/c it is Smokey’s birthday. I’ll have to tell him that it won me a prize :-)

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    Miss T said,

    June 30, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    OMG, that cachaca. It must have been fabulous.

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    Blogless Carrie said,

    July 2, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

    Ooooh – cleaning up the dogs and the attendant mess now makes even *more* sense. Yick!! Definitely time for a lie-down.

    And with that, I am back to vacuuming…

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    Molly Bee said,

    July 2, 2009 @ 9:56 pm

    Hey! Don’t be callin’ my girls stinkey!

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    Gramily said,

    July 3, 2009 @ 11:31 am

    Did I miss ANOTHER knitting night, and one with great old rum??? When is the next one?

    Love the mochi mochi slug critters. Best way to use up fingering scraps that I have seen yet – I’m making some today.

    My daughter drilled a hole in the back of a big breadbox and stuck a power surge strip inside for the family’s collections of phone, cameras and other misc. equipment chargers. It lives on the kitchen counter, where she and her husband seem automatically to head when they arrive home. Not quite the same issue as yours, but related.

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