~❤️~ May you Walk with Beauty All Around You~❤️~
A Navajo Blessing

~❤️~ "The Heart Hath it's Own Memory.."~❤️~
William Wadsworth Longfellow

~❤️~ "There are men too gentle to Live among wolves."~❤️~
James Kavanaugh

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Unknown Author Questions

I need a Nap!

Sunday Stealing: The Unknown Author Questions 

Apologies.. this is late because I can't see well.
But thank you Bud for posting a Sunday Stealing each week.  

1. if someone wanted to really understand you, what would they read, watch, and listen to?
Read: The Book of Hopi
Watch: I can't think of anything for this one.
Listen to:  is answered in # 29

2. have you ever found a blogger who thinks just like you? if so, who?
First of all let me say that I've taken you all into my heart.
Philosophically speaking, I'm more of a radical than anyone, but CountryDew comes the closest to thinking as I do. And, I also would pick Bev and Kwizgiver for that, though they, like CountryDew,  are much more "demure".  I'm notoriously reckless.

3. list your fandoms and one character from each that you identify with.
If this is about TV, I'm lost.  I would like to be like Pollyanna without her more annoying characteristics.  

4. do you like your name?  is there another name you think would fit you better?
Generally speaking, I do, though I really wish my mother, who named me, would have given me 
her second name.

5. do you think of yourself as a human being or a human doing? do you identify yourself by the things you do?
Human Being because I was born to be an artist, and that never happened.

6. are you religious/spiritual?
I am a believer in avatars and in Christ's message.  I can't abide "Christianity, as it is now practiced, however. 

7. do you care about your ethnicity?
Since I keep no "customs" of either Europeans or Native Americans, that would be a "no".  I do identify most with my French, Welsh, Irish, and Native American ancestors.  

8. what musical artists have you most felt connected to over your lifetime?
The Romero Brothers, Julian Bream, and Chet Adkins.  Anyway, there's also a lot of Guitarists.

9. are you an artist?
I create jewelry, and can sketch, paint and carve very well so yes.

10. do you have a creed?
"Just Love Them"  That was one of the instructions and/or duties given the Dalai Lama when he was a child. 

11. describe your ideal day.
I would step out of the RV, Mr.Z would hand me a cuppa.  The kids would arrive and we'd eat breakfast.  I would take out my knitting, and they would go on a hike.

12. dog person or cat person?
I love them both, but will never have another cat.  Milo was our last cat and losing him was heart breaking.

13. inside or outdoors?
I love the great outdoors.  I am a nomad at heart and could happily travel around seeing America for the rest of my life. But there will be no more tent camping, sadly, which is the best of all worlds.

14. are you a musician?
No, but I can play the guitar.

15.five most influential books over your lifetime.
Well, one masterpiece has six volumes.  I'll count it as one. History of Western Civilization, by Will and Ariel Durant.
Jules Verne's book, Mysterious  Island
The Tao de Ching

16.   if you’d grown up in a different environment, do you think you’d have turned out the same?
no

17. would you say your tumblr is a fair representation of the “real you”?
If it's anything like Facebook, I wouldn't touch Tumblr with a ten foot pole.

18.   what’s your patron-us?
I don't have one, but three.  So, I'll say it's St Theresa of Avila. I've read all her writings and feel closest to her and her gentleness. 

19. which Harry Potter house would you be in? or are you a muggle?
The House with Gandolf in it, if he actually lived in a house.  And, no, I'm definitely not a Muggle.

20. would you rather be in Middle Earth, Narnia, Hogwarts, or somewhere else?
Without a doubt I want to live with the Elves.  Middle Earth. I could gaze upon the delicious and  fair Legolas.

21. do you love easily?
Spiritually? Yes.  In corporeal life?  I possess a guarded heart.

22. list the top five things you spend the most time doing, in order.
(a) sleeping
(b) reading
(c) cleaning and laundry
(d) computers
(e) eating

23. how often would you want to see your family every year?
My kids? Every day they'd want to see me.  No one needs a parent living in their back pocket, but now, I want, more than ever, to live close to them.  They live in a much closer community, and much more humanitarian as well.

24.   have you ever felt like you had a “mind-meld” with someone?
Mr.Z and I have a very connected consciousness, and this is over great distance.  Their are a few others, too.

25.could you live as a hermit?
As someone has said, as long as I had the internet, yes.  

26. how would you describe your gender/sexuality?
I'll always be a cowboy at heart.  

27. do you feel like your outside appearance is a fair representation of the “real you”?
No.  I'm 25 in my mind, riding horses every day.

28. on a scale from 1 to 10, how hard is it for someone to get under your skin?
That would be a 10.  I don't let others steal my inner peace anymore, though there are a couple of them trying to do just that.

29. three songs that you connect with right now.

1. Into The Mystic, done by Joe Cocker:



2. Jason Becker's "The End of the Beginning"



3. Aliison Kruass, "Down To the River to Pray"



30.   pick one of your favorite quotes.
It's in the side bar of this blog...


"Justice without force is powerless. Force without justice is tyrannical."

~Blaise Pascal~

Friday, April 28, 2017

I won't last a day without you... Carpenters. Saturday 9





Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it HERE

1) This song makes reference to rainbows. Have you seen one lately?
This is the last one that I saw, maybe mid March?.  It hasn't really rained very much since then.  It cheered me up quite a lot, and the rain made the air so fresh and sweet. Mr.Z had just sent me a text including a photo of the rainbow he'd just seen at the Lake, and so I noticed that it started raining pretty hard here with bright sun lower in the sky,That just portends a rainbow.  I dashed outside in the rain and caught this one.
Make it big
2) When Sam heard this song, it occurred to her that she wouldn't last a day without a game of online Yahtzee. What little commonplace pleasure reliably brightens your day?
I like to play free cell, and solitaire but they aren't on line. But  I'm spending more time in our online game as life takes a turn down a very long, darkm and dangerous alley.

3) Richard Carpenter was emphatic that his group's name was "Carpenters," NO "the." Whenever he hears the group referred to as "The Carpenters," it gets on his nerves. What little commonplace annoyance reliably sets you off?
Commonplace annoyance?  That would be when someone gets on a high horse just asking to be knocked off.  A host on a show can hardly say, "And here they are, I give you, Carpenters!"  What's that wee snit all about?

4) Karen Carpenter said she drank iced tea all day long. What beverage do you think you'll have with your next meal?
I'm about to have lemon ginger tea with honey and a splash of vinegar.  It's rather yummy.

5) "I Won't Last a Day without You" was written by Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams. He also tried his hand at acting, most notably appearing with Burt Reynolds in Smokey and the Bandit. Back in the 1970s, the three movies in the Smokey series were very popular. Have you seen any of them? 
No, sorry. I'll watch them now if they are any good, because I did like Burt in the  few films we saw, as an actor, but as a man?  Idon'tthinkso.  Not a very romantic lead at ALL! lol

6) This song was recorded in 1973 by Diana Ross. Now in her 70s, Miss Ross is still going strong with a busy calendar of appearances in 2017. What's your favorite Diana Ross song?
THIS one,  It can't be embedded but it is a very Powerful and Beautiful song...

7) In 1972, the year this song was popular, the United States and the United Kingdom joined forces and launched the Copernicus satellite. Today it's remembered for the discovery of long-period pulsars. Crazy Sam got bored writing this question. Do you enjoy reading about science?
I LOVE reading about science. Even that late 20th century faux science of Economics.

8) Before Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz was American's premier Olympic swimmer. In 1972 he won seven Gold Medals. After making millions in endorsements and TV appearances, he settled into a career as a realtor in Los Angeles. Are you contemplating a change in residence any time soon? If you move, will you be consulting a realtor?
*Tap dances around the question*  No.  We have no plan to move.  And I remember Mark Spitz so very well.  His swimming competitions were things of grace and beauty.
 
9) Random question: Which of these is completely, 100% UNTRUE of you -- boring, lazy or stupid? 
 Being at the very least 10% of all of the above, I don't DARE make such a bold claim.



Thank you Sam, for the fun meme every Saturday!  

NOTE:  If any reader wants to see other entries, or even toss an offering into the mix, go HERE to the Saturday 9 page for this week.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

All about Animals: Humans are animals too; remember this, always. The Tails, and Tongues, of the Borg are forked....pass it on

Do you like these little beetles?
Our children's Brains?

Past EPA Actions taken for the poison Chlorpyrifos

This is an excerpt from the above article:

"To address health and environmental risks from chlorpyrifos exposure, the following restrictions have been placed on pesticide products containing chlorpyrifos:
  • In June 2000, we eliminated all homeowner uses, except ant and roach baits in child resistant packaging and fire ant mound treatments. In addition, termiticide uses were phased out.
  • In 2000, we required that all uses of chlorpyrifos products in the U.S. be discontinued on tomatoes. Use on apples was restricted to pre-bloom and dormant application. The grape tolerance (maximum residue level) was lowered to reflect the labeled dormant application.
  • In 2002, we limited the use of chlorpyrifos on citrus and tree nuts as well other crops.
  • In 2012, we further limited the use of chlorpyrifos by significantly lowering pesticide application rates and creating “no-spray” buffer zones around public spaces, including recreational areas and homes.

Over the past several years, we have conducted several risk assessments and taken regulatory action in response to a petition from the Pesticide Action Network of North America and Natural Resources Defense Council. In March 2017, we denied that petition, which asked us to revoke all pesticide tolerances (maximum residue levels in food) for chlorpyrifos and cancel all chlorpyrifos registrations. As a part of the ongoing registration review, we will continue to review the science addressing neurodevelopmental effects of chlorpyrifos. Read the Federal Register notice announcing our response to the petition."

The following is a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity:

"For Immediate Release, April 21, 2017

Contact: Brett Hartl, (202) 817-8121, bhartl@biologicaldiversity.org

Public Records Sought on Dow’s Efforts to Pressure Trump Administration Over Pesticides, Endangered Species

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted Freedom of Information Act requests this week seeking public records from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Commerce to illuminate reports about how Dow Chemical is pressuring the Trump administration to abandon efforts to protect endangered species from pesticides.

Last week Dow asked the Trump administration to scrap a nearly completed four-year effort to protect endangered species from Dow’s insecticide chlorpyrifos. In January the EPA announced that its scientists had determined the highly toxic pesticide is likely to harm 97 percent of the approximately 1,800 listed threatened and endangered animals and plants found in the United States. (Italic's are mine.)

“American taxpayers have a right to know exactly how Dow Chemical is profiting from the ever-deepening corporate swamp in our nation’s capital,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center. “It’s detestable that Dow and the Trump administration have so little respect for the health of our children and environment.”

Over the past six years, Dow has donated $11 million to congressional campaigns and political action committees, and has spent an additional $75 million lobbying Congress. In January 2017 Dow was one of three companies that donated $1 million to the Trump inauguration. President Trump named Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris as the head of the American Manufacturing Council in his administration. Liveris praised Trump by stating that Trump is making the United States “not a red-tape country, but a red-carpet country for America’s businesses.”

 Trump, who referred to Liveris as “my friend Andrew,” gave Liveris his pen after signing the executive order mandating that agencies create so-called “regulatory reform task forces.” Several weeks ago, the EPA shocked public health advocates by abruptly scrapping a proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, which is known to cause brain damage in children.

“Dow spent millions on congressional campaigns, the president’s coronation and lobbying Congress and now it’s looking for its payback,” said Hartl. “The disgusting backroom efforts to sidestep the Endangered Species Act are the latest proof of just how hostile Trump’s closest industry buddies are toward common-sense protections for our environment.”

In December 2016 Liveris criticized the EPA’s ground-level ozone pollution and renewable standards for utilities, while agreeing with a climate-change-denier that carbon dioxide is “an inert compound” and should not be regulated by the EPA.

During his tenure as the CEO of Dow, his company was assessed $6.5 million in fines by the EPA since 2010, including serious violations of the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Over the same time period, Dow AgroSciences — the division that manufactures pesticides — has been assessed four separate penalties for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.


The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.2 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Home schoolers, here is an article for you. And, Apricot Nectar Rose Roars back to life.....

Wendy Bradshaw's Facebook page goes Viral.. in part because she sees what the standardized testing is doing to children. An Excerpt and HERE'S A LINK to the page at Daily Kos.

An Excerpt:
"Their brains aren't ready for some of the things they do. And Bradshaw says that with confidence because she has studied and researched early childhood development, with the degrees to prove it.
“It makes zero sense,” she said, and is not necessary. We got to the moon and back without learning how to read in kindergarten.”
To this I can only say, "AMEN!"

The Rose:
Though still not displaying the deep green of leaf that it normally possesses, our Apricot Nectar's got an incredible amount of bloom.  This is a big relief.  What was killing it was a fungus that was half masquerading as a drought problem.

Neither of our roses are on the "resistant" list from this Oregon Nursery.  So, they both got the sniffles last summer.  Apricot Nectar looked like mere sticks after awhile and it missed the November/December bloom cycle.

Here is is today, this morning in fact

Make it Bigger if you like.
During the Dry last year, I looked on the web for simple solution, like my mother used to make.  I found this one,  Sodium Acetate solution.  I am in love with that page because it's one of the few that isn't loaded down with a TON of ADS!  Unfortunately, it is no longer being updated.

Sodium Acetate Solution

Mix together:
1 Gallon of water
2 tablespoons Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 drops of Dish-washing Detergent (Hand washing)
Then stir in 1 Tablespoon Distilled Vinegar

Clean up all fallen leaves, cut away any yellow leaves from the plant itself.
Then spray the plant. Do not compost any of the litter or the leaves.
Vinegar and Baking Soda forms an Acetate, and this is why this works.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Washington Post wins a Webbie!

They have done such a great job.  Huzzah you guys!

The Daily 202 for today

In all likelihood, Trump's Folly will not be built.

Well, Yippie!!!

Left image Source
Middle image Source
Right image Source

Tuesday Tails.. Birds in the Anza Borrego Desert tune up for Spring. And meet Fern...

Fern was in a filthy cage in a dog meat farm in Korea. I quote:
"It was a freezing cold day in January when we first met Fern. Despite her suffering, she was so sweet and patient. Fern was the last dog we removed from a dog meat farm in Wonju, South Korea. Her eyes were trusting and she went along quietly when our rescuers pulled her from her rusty cage."

The Rescuers were captivated by her gentleness

Trainers at The Pet Experts gave her a certificate of Goodness.
She now has a wonderful forever home where she has a kittah pal named Nova.
Thanks to all the rescue workers who do this Kind and Compassionate Service on behalf of the Sum of Us.

This sweet shot of a Costa's Male comes from HERE at Bird's-Friends.com

This is how our little tyrant of the feeders looked when he rested on the wire of
The Christmas lights stung under the patio cover, lying in wait for his next target to harass.

For decades, at least 20 years we had a Costa's Hummingbird around the feeders.

Page about the Costa's from Audubon

This Page is from Birdnote.org

This site a wonderful site for people who know our area birds and even for those who just want to see some gorgeous things about the terrain, the birds and Native American history.   Lake Murray, where the first Costa's picture is taken,  is in San Diego's Mission Trails Regional Park.

Happy Birding around and about San Diego.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sunday Stealing: The Time and Money Questions.



We found this gem from a site called MommyeTime. It's not clear if she wrote or stole the questions. From the site's set up, it appears the blogs purpose was to help raise children and saving (or better phrased as "helping") your marriage. The picture here is from the blog, but we're pretty sure it's not the author. And to add to our confusion of not finding a picture of the site's writer(s), we couldn't even find a name.  


Want to play or see other entries in the Sunday Stealing meme?  Go HERE

And now Stealing!  Cheers to all of us thieves!


Sunday Stealing: The Money Time Questions

1. What are five passions that you have? (If you have less than five, tell us what you do have interests.)
My Family, Art, Music, and dogs and cats. That's five, right?  I'm pretty passionate about them all.

2. List up to ten random facts about yourself. 
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My ten random facts about myself:

1. I love Udon noodles.  I want to eat them every day but now seldom do.

2. I used  to go outside at 3 am and listen for the little foxes calling each other on the mountain.  They no longer are around.  Probably they lost out to urban development and Coyotes.
3. I enjoy the calls of Wolves and of Coyotes, howling to each other in the wilds.
4. I could live all winter in the Desert. I love everything about it.
5. My favorite taste is salt.
6.  My hearing is very sharp.
7.  I have two broken toes.
8.  I'm often hyper focused but am not ADHD.
9.  I'm thought to have a condition called Tetrachromacy.  My sister also has it.  I think it's the Native American in us.  The problem I'm now having is that I've got cataracts forming. So, Lol! So long, vibrant color vision!
10. I like spiders, though I'm allergic to their little, wee bites.  I have to be very careful in handling them. Last night there was one crawling along the ceiling over our bed, and I got out the feather duster, kept swirling it around as he raced for the edge to jump, and escorted him out the front door.  Unfortunately, at that same time, I let IN a mosquito, who entertained us for a good long while.  We didn't escort HER out.  Out of this "Vale of Tears", perhaps, but not outside to freedom.
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3. List five people (personal, historic, living or dead) who have had a major impact on your life or the way you think.
My mother, the original Zen Master in my life, my amazing, brainy husband, and my 4 highly analytic daughters. I know; that's Six. I don't care, twins cannot be separated.  How's that for an excuse?

4. List 5 things you'd tell your 15 year-olds self, if you could.
(1)You will live through this; (2)you will find happiness; (3)your brain is fine but it's just different; (4)you want four children and even though you end up not wanting four, you are going to have four and will be very happy about it;(5) don't let the Muggles you will meet get you down.

5. What is a major strength that you have? (You can list more than one. Staying with our no rules approach.)
I have, and am lucky to have, a rock solid reason for knowing that this place is not the "real" world.

6. What is a major weakness that you have? (You can list more than one. STILL staying with our no rules approach.)
I believe in a Human Being's right to have liberty and justice.  However, in a world that worships money and power, no matter how brutal,  this leads to angst and broken hearts.  This makes me feel helpless and powerless.

7. Describe the family dynamic of your childhood versus your family dynamic now.
My childhood was very rough?  Terrible actually.  Part of it was, I'm sure, due to the way my father, a decorated war hero, was treated when he came home.  The family I married into?  Some were xenophobic.  A few were outright Bigots.  So, our own family dynamic?  We raised our children to be Color Blind. It was the only way either of us could think of to make sure that they escaped those other "dynamics".

8. What popular notion do you feel that the world has most wrong?
I find it hard to believe that there is ANYONE, ANYWHERE who still believes that the Humans on the Planet are not ALL rather closely related.  Come on, it's only about 300 thousand years people.
This arcane attitude is totally mind boggling to me.

9. Name three things that always cheers you up when you are down.
Being on line with our friends; holding hands or joking around with Mr. Z., and knowing that we are going to be seeing the kids soon.

10. Name three things would you like to be remembered for?
Kindness, Forthrightness, and Compassion. Yes, yes, obviously, I'm still working on them...

Saturday 9...Don't Sleep on the Subway, under buses, or even in the emergency room.


Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!

~*~Please go HERE to play along or to see links to other participants' posts.  It's very fun!~*~

Saturday 9: Don't Sleep in the Subway (1967)

 Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) Subways can be bright and noisy. Do you need it dark and quiet before you can fall asleep?  
Many hospital stays have convinced me that I need quiet and dark to sleep.  Having said that, I can fall asleep in the recliner if I'm exhausted and with Netflix blaring away.

2) In this song, Petula encourages her lover to talk it out instead of walking out. Do you usually remain reasonable during a disagreement? 
Define reasonable, please.  I will just fall silent, and recently I should have done,  if I'm being interrupted or ignored as if I wasn't even there.  I also leave the area as soon as is possible.   It's a case of only possessing ONE last nerve and having someone trample on it one too many times.

3) Petula was a child star in England during WWII. Her BBC broadcasts were very popular with the British troops, who nicknamed her The Singing Sweetheart. Soldiers pasted her photo onto their tanks for luck as they went into battle. Do you have any little rituals or good luck charms that calm/comfort you when you're afraid?
I'm not very superstitious.  Though I recently bought a little Amethyst ring because of it's "powers".  I don't actually believe in that either but it makes me think about a Loving Universe out there when I look at it.

4) Now 84, she recently told London's Daily Mail that she's surprised and thrilled to have found love again with a new man. Do you believe you'll ever be too old for romance?
I'd never marry again.  I was lucky in love and that is what I want to muse upon if it comes to that. I'll just get two more dogs and some kittahs.  And a hot tub!

5) Her family is far flung. She lives in London, her middle daughter is in Paris, her son is in Los Angeles and her oldest daughter lives in New York with Petula's two grandchildren. Who is your nearest friend or relative? Which one is farthest away?
My nearest friend is across the street.  We had a nice little chin wag and "tea and Sympathy" chat, just last week.  My sister, the nearest relative, lives here in this county.  My beloved DDs and DSonILs live 500 miles away.

6) In 1967, when this song was popular, Rolling Stone published its first issue. John Lennon was on the cover. Publisher Jann Wenner reports that, either individually or as a group, the members of The Beatles have appeared on the most Rolling Stone covers. What's the first Beatle song that comes to mind?  
It was, and always will be, George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord".  I love this song the best of all.
  




From THIS fabulous Trekkie Page
7) In 1967, Star Trek was in its second season on NBC. Who is your favorite Star Trek character? 
Worf. He was a Klingon Warrior, and fierce.

But he also had a gentler side.

From this Trekkie page, a must see!

8) RANDOM QUESTION: When you slip into jeans or slacks, which foot do you put in first?
My right foot.

9) As you considered #8, did you mime pulling on your pants?
No I did not. lol.  That's an easy way to fall on one's backside.



Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, April 21, 2017

From the book, Hemingway Didn't Say That.

" 'Bud Crew says that a month ago he wrote this on the warehouse wall at Bud’s Tool Cribs in Richardson: “‘The way to do is to be.’ —Leo-tzu [sic], Chinese philosopher.”
A few days later, a salesman wrote under that: “‘The way to be is to do.’—Dale Carnegie.
Recently, says Crew, an anonymous sage has added still another axiom: “‘Do be, do be, do.’ —Frank Sinatra.”

Paul Crume’s Big D, Dallas Morning News, January 29, 1968, A1. Accessed in GenealogyBank.


Friday Frogging: The Manly Beastly sweater

Yes, it's finally coming together.  But I've gotten that restlessness again.  Easter Sunday was pleasant with the in laws but it was also very enlightening.  From now on, I will take my knitting and put on my Zen "Cloak of Inscrutability".  I'm not fit to be in Human Company.  It's very tiresome.

The Manly-Beastly Aran Sweater.  Gorgeous, eh?

I've decided to frog back to the baseline and start again with these instructions. This should be in quotes but I couldn't find the original resource page again.  The next poster, a Guru of chart knitting, pronounced it correct.

Make this BIGGER

This is one of the comments on a web page about knitting from charts.  I think one thing is left out, namely this fact below:

The instructions should include that the chart be read from RIGHT to LEFT on the ODD numbered rows, and LEFT to RIGHT on EVEN numbered  rows.  Or else it's some other kind of Hocus Pocus.  

Wish me luck, please, because I'm going to need it!  I've used charts many a time but mostly never a sweater pattern where one must knit in the round for sanity, and then leap over into the flat into insanity.  ⇜😕⇝

I now need:
A. a nap
B. a new brain cell to rub against the one I've got left, or....
C. some chocolate.   *thinks about it*

Friday will be all about the knitting.  I'm saying this now to save you a trip or two into the dreaded "Knit Nut Zone".