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Adventures in Knitting: the 1898 Hat

I count myself among the good knitters, and I make so many stupid mistakes now. I chalk it up to the stroke, but I dunno.

Latest: I'm knitting an 1898 cap from the Seaman's Church Institute--free, everyone on Ravelry's knit it, etc etc. This is my first one. I got a skein of Briggs & Little from Maritime Family Fiber as part of a mystery set, which consisted of one skein of worsted in a lovely heather gray...and one skein of a blaring bright orange--"Hunter Orange."

A Year In

I keep meaning to post an update here on how we're doing, for the three people who might read this. It's been a year--not half as long as I feared. John and I are double-vaccinated, considered fully vaccinated on April 21st; the kids will be vaccinated some time after the 19th.

Now We Are Six

This is a photo of me, taken the morning of December 5, 2014 in the bedroom of our temporary house. It's the last in a series of self-portraits I took every morning to document my life since a fire took our home three weeks before, and it's the last photo I have of my first 53 years.

Stewart and Blackberry: The Current Situation

Hey dog what up

i said hey dog what up

dog you got ears what up

OH HELLO KITTY I AM BUSY WATCHING MY BOSS

...ok well imma lay down next to you perhaps you will like to pet my butt

NOT NOW KITTY I AM STILL BUSY WATCHING THE BOSS SHE IS EATING SOMETHING

...so you not interested in petting my butt

GO AWAY

A quick note on these times

I'm sitting here at home, waiting for the all-clear from the novel coronavirus incursion, almost sheltering-in-place but not quite; the mayor and the governor haven't made that call yet. I don't know what's going to happen. If ever I wondered what it felt like when the Great Depression hit, I know now, because we are shearing suddenly down that path.

Adventures in Recovery: The Fifth Anniversary

Friday was the fifth anniversary of the stroke that nearly killed me. I didn’t forget the day, I just ran out of time to write down my thoughts. I am wearing, for a couple of hours a day, a temporary prism on my right eye, an occlusion on my left, and no eye patch; they’ve set me back to where I was three years ago. I’m also using a keyboard, which used to be a part of my body and which hasn’t been touched in some months. Forgive me if I’m even more fragmented than usual.

Stewart and Blackberry: It Begins

Here is how it probably went between Stewart Dog, an extremely friendly little guy, and Blackberry Kitty, our very aloof cat:

HI MY NAME IS STEWART I AM A DOG I AM A GOOD DOG HELLO KITTY YOU MUST BE THE ONE THE BOSS CALLS BLACKBERRY OH HELP OH YOU HIT ME HOW COME OH HELP I WILL STAND WAY WAY OVER HERE OH DEAR

dont come anywhere near me unless i say its ok and im not saying anything in fact im pissed as hell wtf

I AM NOT LOOKING AT YOU I AM LOOKING OVER HERE INSTEAD OH DEAR

you damn straight youre not looking at me you damn dog

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Adventures in Recovery: Yet More Walking

I've had difficulty walking since the stroke, unsurprisingly. (My gods, I'm happy to be walking at all.) When I walk, I walk lower to the ground on my right; it gives me a sort of rolling gait. It's bothered me for some time, but its cause seemed to be inherent to the stroke.

I was walking back from the credit union this morning when I made a realization: it's not that my leg is shorter, my hip is lower.

Adventures in Recovery: Walking

It's been three and a half years since the stroke. In that time, I have gone from lying prone unable even to pee by myself, to a wheelchair, to dragging myself along with a walker, to a four-pronged cane, finally to a single cane.

Forum of Dogs: How to Sit on the Lap of Your Boss

HI MY NAME IS OLAF I AM A DOG I WANT TO SIT ON THE LAP OF MY BOSS HOW DO I DO THAT

HI MY NAME IS STEWART I AM A DOG I AM A GOOD DOG I SIT ON THE LAP OF MY BOSS ALL THE TIME I DO NOT SIT ANYWHERE ELSE I GUESS WHERE DO YOU SIT I CANNOT IMAGINE SITTING ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THEN THE BOSS SAYS I DO NOT HAVE A GOOD IMAGINATION I DO NOT KNOW WHAT AN IMAGINATION IS OH WELL ANYWAY

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