Sunday, May 23, 2010

Useful Projects

One of the (few) things that has annoyed me about our trailer is that there is no nightstand on my side of the bed. So, some five years later I have remedied that shortcoming. I knitted this last fall, but only put it to use last weekend when we pulled the trailer out of its winter respite.

Pockets for cellphone, glasses, current reading material, and even holds earrings and other personal decor. And I had yarn in my stash that coordinated well with the blue-and-beige trailer decor. Proof that sometimes you don't need a pattern to accomplish something. Just hold it in your mind's eye and do it. I'm hoping to start taking the trailer on our winter vacation as well.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Where have all the turtles gone

Long time passing,

Where have all the shrimpers gone

Long time ago.

Where have all the fishes gone?

Gone to oil slicks every one.

When will we ever learn?

When will we ever learn?

Answer: perhaps when we have killed all of the life in the oceans.

In a WTF moment this morning, I saw one of my FB "friends" had "liked" 1,000,000 strong for offshore drilling! On a positive note, when I went to the page I noted that there were only 396 people who had liked it.   Ah, I get it: it's like  Fox News reporting, where 396 attendees can swell to a million. For those who have missed the videos from

I'm debating which is the best course of action: to continue to "unfriend" some people, or to keep them in a probably futile effort to make them stop and think.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Dog Show Respite

Saturday afternoon I begged off stewarding puppy groups so that I could "go play with my husband."  We took a short drive down to the Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge for a little birding and photography.  Credit Tom and his Nikon for the shots: my contribution was driving the truck.  Note: the Prius is a much better (i.e. quieter) vehicle for birding than is the Nissan Titan.   Vroom.

 I wish that I had video of the terns as they dove straight down into the water.