Thursday, February 11, 2016

Still here...

Somehow it's almost Friday & I never did a Monday post! This is what happens when you relax & decide to go with the flow... The flow has been busy crocheting and playing with my new iPad (now that's a story!).

But, no time for stories today. Here are some pictures to tide you over until I can do a proper post. Plus, check out Dr. M's hawk here!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday Miscellany

First of all, shingles update: No nerve pain to speak of, the ugly rash on my leg feels similar to a bad sunburn. So, really, no big deal. I'm so thankful & amazed! That antiviral medicine really really works! Thanks to L & J (a couple of nurse friends) for "making" me go to urgent care last Sunday!!

Next, here's my week, as told in Facebook posts...

Tuesday: Experimenting with coasters.

Saturday: Spent the afternoon at a baby shower & made a friend.

(From Dr. M's Facebook page): Red-bellied woodpecker, 1/30/16


Just had a serious conversation with Dr. M while wearing this (hat on the left). He didn't seem to notice. ‪#‎crochetspouse‬ (Finished hat on the right)

Temperature blanket update: the month of January is 8.5 inches long, had a little bit of snow, some really cold temps, and some really warm ones (I wasn't expecting to use green until March!). The blanket is 56" wide. I'm hoping the non-snow months won't be quite as long (adding the white yarn makes that row a little taller). After much soul searching I decided to use gray to mark the end of the month.

Did anything interesting happen in your life this past week?

Thursday, January 28, 2016


I wrote this four years ago, but it keeps popping back into my mind these days, so I'm sharing it again :)


January is my mother
with her hand on my head
gently holding me in place.
I won’t be running out
into the road on her watch!
She is humming some
somnolent tune and
although I am awake
I feel my eyes slide shut,
feel them slide sideways 
looking for that aproned lap.
I’ll just rest a while
here in the womb
of the year.

The Bug 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday Miscellaney

Last Monday night the pain in my left leg was such that I could NOT get comfortable. Tossed & turned, just knew that I'd done something terrible to my hip (you know, the one that was mostly replaced 4 1/2 years ago), cursed myself for not losing weight... It was pretty bad. The next day I realized that I didn't have any trouble walking or standing - but whenever I sat down or tried to sleep it was pretty painful. Very weird. That gradually faded mostly away & I put it down to the cold temps. But it turns out it was the opening salvo in getting shingles. After I saw all the spots on my left leg I had my suspicions, and confirmed it with a visit to urgent care this morning. Sigh. But, you know, my hip is fine, so that's good!

This is actually my second bout with shingles. I had it on one hip in high school. Peering back into the murky depths of time what I remember mostly is that I had to keep some sort of salve on it & when I went back to school it was itchy & goopy under my jeans (why did I wear jeans??? because 1980?). I don't remember the horrible pain that everyone talks about. And I don't really have horrible pain right now. Let's hope it stays that way!

So, moving on to my other obsession (other than my health), here are the first squares for the two blankets I'm making this year. As usual, my pictures don't really show the true colors, so I'm including some screen shots I grabbed from the internet. I'm not too sure about my choices this year, but I pre-bought all the yarn, so let's just hope I get a better feeling later. Ha!

In other crafty news, I made this very orange hat (to match the fingerless gloves I made before Christmas). I couldn't resist getting a picture before I braided the long chains - ha! I'm not all that sure about this hat either (the buttons are really too big) - but I already have someone who wants it if the intended recipient isn't interested.

Finally, the kind of pictures that you really want to see - Dr. M did his usual moon thing.

And he saw were-squirrels!

We didn't get even a snowflake from this latest storm - I hope all of those who were buried in snow are successfully digging out now!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Friday Folderol

While the rest of the nation is being blanketed in white (I know, I know, not everyone is getting a blizzard - it just feels that way!), we here in the middle of Ohio are anticipating somewhat warmer temperatures (in the 30s with maybe even some Sun on Sunday!). I'm slightly sad about missing all that snow, but on the other hand it's nice to not have to worry about clearing off the walkways for church on Sunday.

I'm still planning on posting some pictures on Monday, but I wanted to go ahead & share a few today. Yesterday was Squirrel Appreciation Day. You know that we here at the Bug Household LOVE our squirrels, so I thought I'd go out yesterday morning & give them an extra corn cob as a treat. 

Then I waited & waited to see a squirrel in its little chair.  I looked out in the afternoon & was all excited! 

Wait - you're not a squirrel!

Silly starling.
Finally in the late afternoon, we had some squirrel action. Aww - isn't he cute?

Sorry guy - it's all gone!

And now, here's a bonus shot of Papa Cardinal & his harem :)

If you're in the snowpocalypse zone, stay safe! And if you're not, don't be too smug. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016


So, at work yesterday, I opened a drawer that I apparently never open and found this:

I thought to myself, "Ooh - now THIS is a lovely surprise! I vaguely remember buying this treat, but I can't believe I didn't eat all of the brownies right away!" Then I thought to myself, "Hmm - there seem to be conversation-type hearts all over the label." Then I thought to myself, "Self, when exactly did you buy these brownies?"

In case you can't tell - that says February 16, 2015. Yes indeed - these brownies are now almost a year old, and yet they appear to be in fine condition.

I left them in the drawer. I'm thinking I might try to eat one.

Monday, January 11, 2016

10 on 10

Look! I remembered to do this! Sort of, as usual...

1. I feel like this sign might be telling me something, but I'm just not exactly sure what.

2. The highlighted part of the confession at the end of the Prayers of the People always gets me. I'm often convinced that I'm not nearly enough of an activist.

3. We had our monthly vestry meeting. As usual, we ran longer than we could have because we are all very chatty. We like each other!

4. This is Paula, one of our shelter staff members, going over with us all of the systems they have in place to help our homeless guests. Applying for birth certificates, social security cards, food stamps, housing, jobs... It's a lot of work! And our staff also tries to work with each person to get any help with addiction or mental health assistance they might need. I included part of a thank you letter from one guest - we're known as the Red Door Shelter because of our Episcopal red door :)

5. After church I took a few pictures of our first significant snowfall of the year. And I startled the neighbor's cat who likes to hang out in our yard. Ha!

6. At the grocery store. I think I might need this. What do you think?

7. From one of my daily walks. Now that I'm trying to get 2.5 miles in per day I have to take at least two walks. I'm proud to say that since starting the initiative I've gotten over 10,000 steps on two days - a big deal for me because I usually am in the 6,000 - 8,000 range.

8. & 9. Remember this? I decided to break it out again :)

10. Temperature blanket progress. I was excited to use a new color since the temp was so low. I'm mixing in a strand of white when we get snow. It looks pretty weird right now, but it's fun!