Saturday, March 31, 2007

All Fixed Up Again

Hi! Welcome back to my blog!

It's been a terrible 3 weeks; about 500 hours ago, while taking the first steps to set up the new Blogger/Picasa feature, I accidentally deleted CatBookMom's Yarns and went slightly nuts. After umpty-'leven pleading emails to the Blogger Gods, they restored my blog Tuesday afternoon. In the same 'Murphy's Law Corollary' way that waiters finally deliver dinner the moment you go to the bathroom, I had spent lots of Sunday and Monday creating a new blog. So I spent Wednesday deleting and creating and creating and deleting email addys and links to blogs. The nasty culprit that was my email address but misspelled and which 'caused' all the problems is now defunct.

I have a new email address that will get comments from all my wonderful readers. If everything works right, you should be able to email me directly from the link on the right, above Midnight's cute picture.

As soon as I figure out how to do it, there will be buttons and all those other new-fangled doodads that this old-fashioned blog should have. Since I had all sorts of pictures and knittery news included in them, I've copied my two posts from the 'new' blog over to here; they're just below, marked 'Redux'.

There hasn't been much in the way of knitting since Wednesday. Knitdevil Madge has bravely asked me to teach her how to knit socks. We started with worsted yarn on size 4 needles, and in kidlet size, so that we can work through the process quickly. We had a lot of fun Tuesday, and, having done hats on dpns, she immediately 'got' the fiddly cast-on for top-down socks. On Monday we're going to move along to heels, which IMO are the tough part of sock knitting.

Thursday I spent some hours at the hospital with a friend from my seniors' charity knitting group. She's had surgery for colon cancer, but there were some complications, so she will need chemo. Thursday she had a shunt?/ Stent?/ whatever put in her upper chest for the chemo, and as usual she had to be there hours before the surgery. Her niece couldn't get there till after the procedure, so I sat and knitted and tried to help the time pass.

Yesterday I had my usual Friday fun, with both my seniors' charity knitting group and the SnB-with-wine at my LYS. And it was my mother's birthday. Last year I went all out with little bits of decorations and a cake for all the residents at the nursing home, but Mom wasn't really comfortable with all that. So this year just the two of us celebrated, with a little balloon, a little bunny to hold it, and chocolate ice cream from Baskin-Robbins. Yum! Mom managed quite a bit before she got tired.

And I hope none of you worried. Yesterday there was indeed a fast-moving and very smoky fire in the hills just south of Burbank. There's a short-stay apartment complex between Burbank and Hollywood, near Griffith Park and the Hollywood sign; business people and actors, including famous ones, often stay there. A couple of boys staying at the complex set off some (illegal) fireworks and set the brush on fire. We've had less than 3 inches of rain this year, a new low, and the brush is perfect tinder for fire. No one was hurt, but there was a LOT of smoke. About 160 acres burned, but the fire didn't get near the Hollywood sign or Griffith Observatory, which is the domed structure on the right of the picture. The seniors' center is closer to the area than our house, and when we all came out at 3pm there was ash on the cars and a nasty smoky smell. It was really tough for people with respiratory problems.


And finally for a bit of eye candy. Outside the window next to my computer is an arbor, which is steadily becoming covered by a lovely purple wisteria vine. DH took these pictures on Monday, before the flower panicles were beaten up by 35mph winds. If the winds had been as strong yesterday as they were on Tuesday, the fire would have been a real danger to the Oakwood apartments and the Observatory.

15 comments:

SK said...

I found you!

jayne said...

You just like messing with our heads, don't you?

Bad news about the fire, but I'm really glad it wasn't worse.

Have fun knitting socks with Madge!

Lisa W. said...

you've been a busy lady! Your wisteria is so beautiful. long long ago, when i lived in alabama, i had a humongous wisteria along the back fenceline and up into the trees. in fact, when i held an open house prior to selling that home, i had crystal vases full of droopy wisteria in the living room and dining room. looked lovely, smelled heavenly. glad you are back in blogland :)

Grace Yaskovic said...

i miss my wisteria from the last house I had it grew everywhere and we trained it to trellis in the back yard, I really miss it!!

Having a Knit Fitt said...

The fragrance of wisteria - aaaahhh!
And, sorry you had to do all that extra blog work.
Cate

benne said...

Welcome back, again, Barbara! I heard about that fire and wondered if it was near you. Jeez, who sets off fireworks in the middle of a drought??? Your wisteria is so beautiful. I had one at our previous house, loved the scent and the buzzing of bees. Wisteria is one of those blooms that gets all your senses going. :-}

smariek said...

Welcome back!!! Sorry to hear about all the work (and knitting hours lost) you put into fixing your blog. Lovely Wisteria.

Marta said...

Good to know your prodigal blog is back - hopefully repentant and determined never to misbehave again. So, only fun from now on...

jillian said...

Beautiful wisteria!!

That fire was crazy...we were driving on the 101 when we saw it (Madge, Patty and I). We managed to get a couple snaps from the car.

Lucky Canuck said...

I'd been wondering what'd happened to your link. Here you are!

As for that rain...you could take some of the downpour we're getting today. I think more than enough has washed the roads off for now.

Madge said...

Welcome back! Again! I'm sooo glad it all worked out, and your new/old blog has been restored to its former self. Yay!

I'm so looking forward to heel turning with you tomorrow. :)

And your wisteria - gorgeous! Between it and the jasmine and the citrus and the mock orange blooming now, the air's so sweet you can almost eat it.

Sandra said...

I'd be glad to send you some of our rain - it's been a dreary two days...
Your wisteria is beyond beautiful! I took a quick walk around the house yesterday - my Rhododendron is healthy and hearty, and I have some crocuses up. Lots of bulbs are showing their tips, and even my peonies are starting to break through!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by. I've been a lurker of your site for a while and I guess its about time for me to say hello. The wisteria is beautiful. One of my absolute favorites along side of Lilac. Take care and Happy Knitting.

mehitabel said...

Beautiful wisteria! And there's a picture of the smoke from the fire on my blog, too--my daughter works in Burbank. What your friend got for her chemo was probably a "port" and it will make the whole process of treatment much much easier. My husband had one, and it provided easy access for blood draws, as well as for chemo and other infusions. I'll be thinking good thoughts for her!

Svetlana said...

Good to have you back full time! Beautiful wisteria!