The Knitting Nurse

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Deer/Slugs/and stink that’s totally worth it

My gosh I haven’t posted in almost a month.

Posts delayed:  a piece on barnacles with fascinating photos, a few hikes with much new flora to learn of, a trip to see family in MN, a road trip to the south west corner of Vancouver Island, a couple knitting projects (one a Christmas gift so no spoiler pics of that), and my fledgling garden.

I haven’t had a real veggie garden since I was in college.  The first time.  20 years ago.  I’ve dabbled in potted flowers and herbs. This is the real thing folks.  My beau (he’s new too, and what a trajectory we are on) built the compound and a lovely arbor.  I call the fenced enclosure a compound because the deer are eating my yard to pieces.  Nothing’s safe.  Even “deer-proof” plants are nibbled on.  I’m running out of new expletives.  There’s a test to a new relationship, eh?  How well does a guy handle sudden shouts of agony from my finding another mowed-down pansy or marigold?  Tonight I thumbed my nose at em’ all.  My arsenal includes: deer spray (a sulfur-based potion), slug-luring pellets (minerals, magnesium?) and beer in cat food cans in the garden (works well).    I also applied worm tea tonight to the plants.   I caught a whiff of myself before changing out of my grubby clothes. Ew!

But it’s a good ew.

A couple weeks from solstice, it’s light until almost 9:30 PM. Incredible.  Was it light so late when I grew up in MN?  I don’t remember that.  Weather’s been absolutely lovely.  Some nights I stagger in after nine famished, tired, realizing I forgot to eat.

Blogging’s still on the to-do list.  I hope to share some photos with you this week.

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Whoa – Moving.

Hey out there.  I haven’t fallen off the Earth though it feel like my head’s spinning.

Yesterday I accepted a job offer in Port Townsend, WA.  A gift it is.   Much about CA I’ll miss.  Some things I won’t. A bit bittersweet this is.  I’ve made some true friends and will miss them.

I LOVE it up there.  I’ve blogged about it before and just had a return trip.

Work starts mid-November. Am headed up next week in search of housing.  Move-out is in just under three weeks.  Those days are flying by.

So excited, so nervous, scared, happy, a mix of emotions bubble through my maxed-out brain.

I’ve loads of knitting and traveling to blog about but time is scarce right now.

So bear with me!  Thanks!


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PC to Mac-Gah!

Laptop got funky last week, crashing constantly. I’ve been looking for an excuse to change to a Mac for years.  Sure, I could have brought it in to the shop, had its ailment diagnosed and a repair quoted.  But…

They say Virgos ruminate and live in their heads.  They also say we process info and thoroughly examine all options.  Sometimes that’s the way I roll. Other times I saunter to the Apple store to research laptops.

Hah!  I knew I’d walk out with one. Who was I kidding?

A sleek and sexy glowing, silver machine on my lap, I type feeling like I did the first time I learned to use a mouse – awkward as hell.

I have SO MUCH to learn! Just tried previewing then uploading pics and it didn’t go well.  I’m going to need many of those one on one appts I paid extra for.   I should use some of those online tutorial videos they tout.  But I’m not really a read the full directions kind of gal.

Guess I’ll need to be.

Some random ketchup kind of stuff:

  • I also replaced my broken camera with a new Fuji point and shoot 20X. I really wanted a dust (erm…beach sand) proof one but after researching the options, they just don’t take good photos.  A goal I have of learning how to use its manual settings.  Community ED has a  class I may register for.
  • Been nursing an irritated, old lower back injury to the tune of two months, now.  Been a slow, long haul. I was enjoying 9 mile hikes before the Fourth of July. Now I’m tired and sore after 4. Sigh…starting over sucks.
  • I turn 39 next Wednesday.
  • A two week road trip begins in two weeks.  So excited, need to start some planning.  PNW and British Columbia here I come!
  • Been selfish knitting, not making Christmas gifts this year.  I’m on an accessory kick and loving it.
  • Continuing the Preserves learning curve with apricot-ginger jam and apple butter added to my pantry.
  • Looking forward to fall, cooler temps, rain, and green hills.

No pics though I have material from months ago I’d love to share.

Working on it!

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Ketchup! ?Catsup?

Does anyone use the word catsup?

So diligent I used to be at keeping up with this blog.  Looking at my 2013 photo folders, there are four road trips and more than half a dozen hikes I’ve photos from to share. Slacking…add another road trip from this past weekend. Oof!

Goals – I need to set some ketchup goals.

Random thoughts:

  • Niece Lillian’s now a week shy of two months and beautiful.  Look at that auburn hair!  Can’t wait to meet her in July. 

  • Mom and Pop visited in May. More on that later.  
  • Rent-a-goats were recently in the ‘hood clearing brush and grass off the steep hillsides.  The bleats, cries, bahhhs, human-like sounds and wee little kids bouncing across the hill entertained me to no end.   I’m’ easily amused.  


  • Sis Karen and her hubby Wes just visited and we had a ball.  More on that later.
  • Traveling to CO next week to visit old friends, do some climbing and get above treeline.
  • Pop retires in July so headed to MN then.
  • Looking for a new rental, something with a yard for gardening, trees, some peace and quiet.  Checking out a potential place tomorrow.  Fingers crossed.
  • Walked my longest hike ever last weekend, completely by accident, and still feeling it.  But in a good way.  Sorta.
  • Knitting lots, reading just a little, experimenting with cheese-making and have homemade yogurt dialed. I’ll share a recipe. It’s easy!


That’s about it.  Summer’s here and the weather’s glorious.  I don’t spend much time indoors. That must be why I’ve neglected blogging.





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Potato Joke – Caution: Do not read if you do not enjoy laughing.

A joke was emailed to me this AM. I have a nasty habit of peeking at my email, via phone, before I crawl out of bed.

Shouldn’t be the way to wake up.  This joke had me smiling before my feet hit the floor and I thought I’d pass it on:


Well, A Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other.

And finally they got married, and had a little sweet Potato, which they Called ‘Yam.’
Of course, they wanted the best for Yam.
When it was time, they told her about the facts Of life.
They warned her about going Out and getting Half-baked, so she wouldn’t get accidentally mashed,and get a bad name for herself like ‘Hot Potato,’ and end up with a bunch of tater tots.

Yam said not to worry, no Spud would get Her into the sack and make a rotten potato out of her!
But on the other hand she wouldn’t stay home and become a Couch Potato either.
She would get plenty of exercise so as not to be skinny like her shoestring cousins.

When she went off to Europe , Mr. And Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for the hard-boiled guys from Ireland and the greasy guys from France called the French Fries.

And When she went out West, to watch out for the Indians so she wouldn’t get scalloped…

Yam said she would stay on the straight and narrow and wouldn’t associate with those high class Yukon Golds, or the ones from the other side of the tracks who advertise their trade on all the trucks that say, ‘Frito Lay.’

Mr. And Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that’s Potato University ) so that when she graduated she’d really be in the chips.

But in spite of all they did for her, one-day Yam came home and announced she was Going to marry Tom Brokaw.

Tom Brokaw!

Mr. And Mrs. Potato were very upset.

They told Yam she couldn’t possibly marry Tom Brokaw because he’s just…….

Are you
Ready for this?

Are You sure?

OK! Here it is!



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Daily Musings – Spinning in My Shoes

Geez.  I haven’t posted since May 8.  This month’s whirling by so quickly I’m spinning in my shoes.

Quick thoughts:

  • Mom and Pop just paid me a visit. We had a ball. I miss them already. 
  • I’ll be spending time in MN, with the fam, in July.
  • Did you know cat’s get colds?  Jane’s been sneezing, including all over me in the AM when she visits my pillow.
  • Sis Karen and her hubby Wes are due to arrive in a week.  We’ll play, play, play!
  • Niece Lily is keeping sis Rachel and my BIL Tyler busy.  She’s already been fishing with them at under one month old. Now that’s awesome!
  • Almost done with sweater number one for Afghans for Afghans.  Just stash-dove for the fixings for #2.
  • Work…that’s a source of exceptional stress, lately. Trying to diffuse and channel that energy into something positive.
  • Summer’s here.  Deck pots are re-planted.  I can’t get enough of hiking among the local wildflowers.  Pics to come.
  • Two weeks off in September I’m  planning.  Thinking of Scotland. Heh.

News for now, more interesting stuff later.



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Daily Musing – Just some thoughts.

Seems I’ve been neglecting blogging. Here’s a  bit of a brain dump today:

  • It’s warming up.  New magnolia blooms and buds on trees make me wonder if this is a true or false spring. 
  • Still need flannel sheets and both comforters, though.  Which means my flannel PJ’s stick to the sheets.  Hee!
  • Nasturtiums, pansies and a hardy hibiscus bloom on my deck. Pinch me!  It’s January and I have flowers outside!
  • Speaking of pansies, why is “pansy” used as a derogatory name when pansies are incredibly hardy and persistent?
  • Had a delightful overnight-er  this week.  It involved narrow back roads, an overnight at a lighthouse, the best fish n’ chips I’ve had and getting quite close to thousands of Elephant Seals.
  • My youngest and VERY pregnant sis visits in a couple weeks.  :  )
  • I’m hooked on Downton Abbey.
  • Knitting quite a bit, on an accessory kick. Pics later.
  • Reading guidebooks on Scotland. Heh…
  • Can’t get enough of roasted beets, carrots, and potatoes from the farmers market.
  • Jane’s started walking over the top of my pillow first thing in the AM. Grrrr…Why?  Why?