Sunday, September 30, 2018


A quiet day here.  Not because Erin made that much noise, just dealing with one of this house's heartbeats being gone.

It turns out that the Jimmy Beans set talked about in the last post wasn't from them.  Well, it was from them, but it wasn't my subscription package.  It was from the truly beautiful and remarkable Camille, to be used as a Knitters' Hunk or Knitters' Chick prize.  (Honestly, if you've received some killer goodies from the contests, they've likely come from her.)  I'll set it aside until at least February, when we have KH and KC Classic.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Tough Night

Earlier tonight, I had to have my 19-year-old girl Erin put down.
She'd been deteriorating for a bit  --- wasn't eating much or grooming.  She was not the chubby girl in the picture.  When she came down to eat tonight, she sort of collapsed, and I knew it was time.  I gave her a good massage with the grooming glove, which she always liked, then took her to the emergency vet.  They were very kind.

She was always the odd cat out around here.  She preferred to be by herself, save for when our lovely Zen was alive.  Those two were sort of locked together.  Erin did not like to be picked up.  She was the chattiest cat I've ever had, often talking up a storm from other rooms, or from down the hall.  I never figured that out at all.  She wouldn't just hang out with us --- it was weird to see her come into the den for any length of time.  She was her own piece of work.  It was hard to say goodbye.

Friday, September 28, 2018


Tap has shown not even a tiny bit of residual ouchiness in his leg.  One of his favorite things to do is romp in our side yard, where the grass is thicker and there are bugs and birds to chase and shade to rest in.  I've begun using time there as a "reward" for him taking care of his bathroom business when I take him out.  And he CHARGES over to and around there. No limp, no hitch. . .  I should get a video of him tearing around.  

I belong to Jimmy Beans' monthly subscription service, and looked what they sent this time:
Ten mini-skeins of Koigu and a book with 13 patterns you could use them for.  I was flabbergasted.

I've got tired fingers and a sore throat from writing and calling Senators' offices almost non-stop lately.  We don't need to get all political, I just hope that wherever you are, whatever you believe in, you fight for it.  I hope that you get involved.

All that said, thank goodness we have knitting to ease our stresses.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Little Guy

Yesterday, Tap took a tumble, and came up yelping and favoring his back left leg.  To the veterinarian we went.  She couldn't find anything just palpating everything, and his limp had lessened, so she concluded that there wasn't a serious injury, but gave him some pain medicine just in case.

So he's fine.  What went on more than the exam was the chorus of, "He's so cute!"s that rang from the staff, doctors, and other patients' parents.  He is, without a doubt.

Dr. Jones, who saw him, asked, "What kind of dog is he?"  I had been counting on her telling me!
She said, "Some kind of terrier?"  The tech said, "Long-haired chihuahua?  Dachshund?"  I said, "He stands like a hound, with his tail up over his back.  And his coloring is a little like an Afghan."

We couldn't decide.  If I can get more, and better, photos of him, maybe one of you will be able to help.

Monday, September 24, 2018


Working with circulars is a partial answer to the Tap-attacks-my-knitting dilemma.  He still goes after the ball of yarn, but that's half the problems I had before.

Here's a photo of Justin Trudeau I longed to use in KH, but I was unable to find other nominees in a similar pose.


Sunday, September 23, 2018

#Chewy Influencer --- September, Part Two

This stumped everyone.  I wasn't quite sure about the "mousse" layer.  The cats couldn't figure out how to eat it.  Seriously.  If it was put on the plate like in the photo, they'd nibble at the top layer a bit, but really want to get to the chicken at the bottom.  The pumpkin was in their way.  If I inverted it onto their dishes, they wolfed the chicken down then walked away when they realized it was gone and they were faced with the confounded pumpkin again.

Not a big hit.  It seems my cats aren't quite this high-falutin'.

Chewy. com allows me to try two products (of my choosing) each month to try, in exchange for honest reviews of the products.  There is no exchange of money.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

#Chewy Influencer --- September, Part One

My opportunity to request products for trial from sort of overlapped with Tap's Arrival.  His arrival led to my discovery of his love for dragging his tummy along in the grass outside, which in turn led to lots of scratching on his (and, frankly, my) account.

These tablets are very small, so easily hidden in food or treats.  They are supposed to begin working within 30 minutes of ingestion, and they can be used daily if necessary.

There was no discernible decrease in Tap's scratching and chewing after the first dose, but the second one did make a noticeable difference.  So, hooray for Capstar!

Except that within a couple of days, the itching and chewing were back.  And even though the pills are supposed to be safe to give daily, Tap is so little that giving him that many chemicals within a relatively short period of time didn't appeal to me.  There are still some tablets left, so I will be trying them again. sends me products I am interested in each month.  In return, I post true and accurate reviews of my experiences with the products.  There is no monetary exchange whatsoever.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mr. Small-ish

Tap was neutered yesterday.  (And, yes, I checked with him and got his okay before sharing.)  Before I go further, let me remind you that he is 7 pounds, maybe 8" tall at the shoulder, and his slowest gait is a prance-y trot.

Okay.  I drop him off yesterday morning, pick him up yesterday afternoon.  I got the usual "no running, jumping, playing" talk, along with the standard warning about keeping him from licking or chewing the incision site.  And see, neither of these is going to happen, because he is 4 months old and all moving around.  I ask if they have a no-chew cone for him to wear, and am told, "His scrotum was so small, he probably won't get too itchy."

On the way home --- on.  the.  way.  home.--- he is chewing and licking.  To Petsmart with us, then.  I buy the smallest collar they have (which comes with a lavender-infused calming disc, even.)  When we get home and put it on him, he jumps and runs in circles trying to get out of it.  (Remember the "no running, jumping" instruction?)  He scratches at it trying to get it off, and gets his front leg stuck. More than once.

New cone collar today.  There's swelling, but no inflammation, around the incision.  He seems to be pain-free.  I called the shelter, as they told me to do if I have any questions, but they haven't returned my call.  It's wait, and keep an eye on the boy's undercarriage.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Stuff From During The Contests.

Look at these earrings!
There are some stunning photos of Lupita Nyong'o.

Here's another of her, that I wouldn't have been able to use unless she and Sir Ben wound up as winners:
(The "Jungle Book" photos of Kingsley and Elba were among my favorites this year.)

I mentioned The Mother of All Two-People-Together Photo, which --- again --- I was unable to use.  But how perfect would this have been?

When you start looking for them, there are actually a surprising number of two-in-one pictures.  Finding them is gold for me.  

This was the first year in the history of Knitters' Hunk that Mark Harmon wasn't in the field.  I don't think anyone else can claim that, unless you've been nominating from the beginning, Twinnie?

Black and white portraits are always my preference, but there weren't any to use this year.

Two of this year's winning nominators are non-knitters, which puts a little wrinkle in my preparing prize packages.  Thankfully, one of them is my cousin and the other is my best friend, so there are some handy replacement ideas.

Tap is turning out to be quite the handful --- well, sort of in general --- but particularly where my knitting is concerned.  He wants to chew on the needles.  He wants to play with the yarn balls.  And if and when I find him like this,
the instant I move to pick up a project, he has sprung into my lap.  Rupert pretty much stays like he is right there.

I hope you all had fun.  We'll get back together in February for KH and KC Classic, what do you say?

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Did You Guess?

The 2018 Knitters' Hunk is
Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex.
Or, you know, Prince Harry.

He was nominated by Kim (or, you know, Twinnie.)  She, therefore, will win the Grand Prize.  
Lorette nominated Jeffrey Leon Bridges, and will win the Second Place Prize.

The 2018 Knitters' Chick is
Joan Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

She was nominated by Lora and Shari, so they will each receive prizes.

Now, since Michelle Obama went into the draw automatically, I stepped back to the Semifinals to figure out who would win the Second Place prize.  In the Semis, Carol Creighton Burnett had more votes than Emma Thompson, so her nominator will get rewarded.  Actually, her nominators: Jorene and (again) Shari. 

Congratulations to every single one of you, and immeasurable gratitude to all who nominated and voted.  This wouldn't go anywhere without you.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Who Will Win?

Tune in tomorrow for the naming of your 2018 Knitters' Hunk, 2018 Knitters' Chick, and those who win the Grand and Second Place Prizes.

It's down to this:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Finals Just a Step Away

Let's get to four, want to?  Thanks, by the way, for breaking those ties.  Using an extra day to break them means that our timeline for crowning has shifted a bit.  We'll get there when we get there.  (Very Mom of me, I know.  What else can I say, though?)

 Also by the way, after this round, you won't be able to see the voting results in real time.  It's a good time for suspense, I find.


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hold Up

There are two ties to break before we can get to the full Quarterfinals:

As soon as there are winners here, the Quarters will be complete.  Left in the contests are
Carol Burnett
Tina Fey
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Michelle Obama
Maggie Smith
Emma Thompson
Emma Watson


Jon Bon Jovi
Jeff Bridges
Harry, Duke of Sussex
Idris Elba
Chris Hemsworth
Alexander Skarsgard
Justin Trudeau

If you nominated any of those left, you're still in the running for prizes.  Good luck!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Just a Few More

Filling out the Quarterfinals today. . .  Can you believe we're nearing the end?  Eleven years, and your enthusiasm hasn't waned --- thank you.

Into the Quarters:
Chris Hemsworth 
Michelle Obama
Jon Bon Jovi 
Emma Watson
Jeff Bridges 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Maggie Smith

Who else, you ask?  It's all in your hands.

Monday, September 10, 2018

News on the Eights

At the end of voting Wednesday, both Knitters' Hunk and Knitters' Chick will be done to the final eight contestants. Which means Quarterfinals Thursday, Semifinals Friday, Finals Saturday.  All this barring any do-overs for ties, of course.  You're getting us very close!  

Yesterday, you moved
Alan Cumming
Lily Tomlin
Harry, Duke of Sussex
Alexander Skarsgard(and is into the Quarterfinals)
Carol Burnett(and is into the Quarterfinals)

Let's get those Quarters filled up, what do you say? Oh, and break the Judi Dench / Maggie Smith tie, too.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sorry There Wasn't a Title on Yesterday's Post

And that will have to do for today.

I also apologize for not knowing right off the top of my head how many of you are still in the running for contest prizes.  I'd go check, but there's a snoring puppy atop my left leg and, trust me, you want him to sleep as long as possible.

We should be to the Quarterfinals in a couple of days.  Keeping their hopes for getting there alive are
Idris Elba
Lupita Nyong'o
Ben Kingsley
Ruth Bader Ginsburg*
Chris Evans
Rashida Jones

*You voted against a three-year-old, you know.  😊  That photo pairing was crazy.

Today, you have

Always, thanks for playing along.  See you tomorrow!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

There are some nominees who haven't even shown up yet, and, man, are some of these choices tough!  It usually doesn't get this bad until much later.

So,  how are YOU doing?

Saturday's victors:
Mississippi State

Oh, victors here.  Right.
Jeff Bridges
Judi Dench
Jon Bon Jovi
Sela Ward
James Marsden
Tina Fey
Kate McKinnon

For your voting pleasure today:

Friday, September 7, 2018

Oh Hai, Saturday

You've all got errands to run or books to read or rows to knit or football to watch, so let's get right to it, shall we?

Except for one thing.  I like finding photos of two nominees together, and use them whenever I can.  I realized today that perhaps the Mother Of All Two-In-One Pictures is possible this year, but not until very deep in the contest.  Hopefully, a few more will become available even sooner.

Carol Burnett
Ken Watanabe
Emma Watson
Justin Trudeau
Emma Thompson
Jason Momoa
moved along in the draw. Whom do you wish to send forward with them?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Current Affairs

Most current winners:
Michelle Obama
Chris Hemsworth
Catherine Cambridge
Liam Neeson (That's one former KH defeating another KH)
Lynda Carter

Most current pairings:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018


I finally have a day without (knock wood) crises.  Briton's car trouble ended with the purchase of a Prius.  And I am extremely jealous.
Like, really, really jealous.

Tap chewed through my phone's charging cord last night, so I had to get a replacement. So, hopefully, phone worries are done.  The plan is to stay home tomorrow and do NOTHING. Except keep up with KH and KC.  The latest winners are:
Henrik Lundqvist
Maggie Smith
Alexander Skarsgard
Ralph Fiennes
Angela Bassett
Alan Cumming
Tea Leoni and Kate McKinnon tied --- we'll have yet another tiebreaker later.

Here are the fresh young faces for you to ponder today.

Let me end by saying there is a match-up on the way that it has been a true delight looking through pictures for.  This is a pretty good gig, I must say.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Picking Up Speed

We've entered the second round!  If you haven't seen one --- or even more --- of your nominees yet, be strong of heart.  Lots of people got byes for the first round.  

The newest winners:
James Marsden
Sela Ward
Prince Harry
Julia Roberts

Next up:

Monday, September 3, 2018

Back At It

I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Mine was a wee bit frantic.  Aside from being out of pocket yesterday, the engine of Briton's car flat-out died at the end of last week, necessitating some shifting of money (an awful weekend to have to do that) and a trip to the Toyota dealer in town.  Not to mention all the ferrying of the one operating car between us.  Uuuugggghhhh.

Then, my wondering out loud about getting myself a dog led to viewing the site of every rescue organization nearby.  Which led to --- oh, you have this figured out already.  Here he is:
He was called "Gene Kelly" at the shelter.  Last night I finally landed on "Tap" as his name.  He's, let's say, "busy."  Run, run, run, run and then CRASH.

But you aren't here for any of that, are you? You're here to find out that
Jeremy Irons
Emma Watson
Jon Bon Jovi
Idris Elba
Emma Thompson
Jeff Bridges
and Mayim Bialik 
have moved on to the second round.

And, I suppose you're here to vote some more.

I'm going to start posting six match-ups each day for a while, to speed things along a bit.  Great good luck to all who still have someone in the contest!


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