Friday, June 30, 2017

Morning

Yesterday was an odd day--I think it is always a bit odd when Tim goes away but it was just a weird day with unexpected emails and phone calls.

My mom called to let me know that my Aunt Mary Jane died. It wasn't a surprise, really--she was 96 and had a fall about a year and a half ago and had been quite confused since then. She was a great friend to me during my 20s and 30s and welcomed Tim wholeheartedly into the family.  I'll miss her.

I bounced among a bunch of work projects yesterday and did some knitting on this thing:

It isn't going very fast. It does look bigger though.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Piece of Cake

The cake shawl has been growing (or should I say baking?):
I was working on the top part (lace section) last night during Grantchester and I think I messed up the pattern but oh well. No one will notice it, I don't think.

Yesterday I went and bought some plants for the front yard: some larger pots of Shasta Daisies, Yarrow, and Delphinium. It was still cloudy yesterday for much of the day so I got them in the ground and now if I can remember to water them, they should do OK. They were all looking a bit dejected last night but this morning they're all looking a bit perky.

Sad news from the farm--Ann had to put down two of the older girls--one had leukemia and the other had a stroke. She's sad but the thought of the upcoming arrival of little Shadow/Tiger/Lily is boosting her spirits a bit.  I'll go out there this weekend and say hello and check on Tink (and get some photos for Kathy!).


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Spider Socks

Sometimes you just have to put your head down and think "I may be bored with that but whatever, just focus and finish them."

Well, in regards to knitting. And I think books sometimes?

So the Spider Socks are (almost) done:


It is hard to see, but I did a mirror-image on the little spiders on the foot. Wow, these need a good blocking. Plus, I have lots of weaving in to do on these (little spiders on the foot) and I got a bad kitchener on the toes so I have to reinforce.

I finished "The Identicals" by Elin Hildenbrand (sp?) and it was good but went on too long (see above).

Tim leaves tomorrow for a week in St. Louis. I don't have too many plans other than buying and planting plants, doing some felting on the rocks, cleaning out the closet, visiting Tink, and knitting and reading. And work (although I'm not very  motivated, what a surprise). Yesterday I had to re-do the reference formatting in the Hello Kitty paper and had some catching up to do on the journal that I deputy edit. So that's all done.


Monday, June 26, 2017

Monday Quora

Happy Monday--I guess it is 'officially' my second Monday of summer break but last Monday I still had a graduation hangover. I accomplished several things on my summer list last week---both professional stuff and around-the-house stuff. Today I already had a long morning walk and washed out the cat crate and it is barely 8.

Yes, we have a cat that sleeps in a crate. She is brain damaged and it manifests in different ways--a few years ago she started pacing the house all night and forgetting where the litter box was. Our vet suggested we crate her at night and we thought she would be miserable. She actually is good with it and often will go in there on her own at night (it is a large dog crate with her own litter box in it).

On to questions from Kathy!


*Do you remember where you were on July 20th, 1969 when Man first walked on the MOON? I'm pretty sure I was asleep and my mom woke me up. I was not that excited.
*Have you knitted with any of these? : Blue Moon Fibers, Lantern Moon yarns or Juniper Moon yarns? I've definitely knit with Blue Moon (love). I have a Lantern Moon purse. :-) It is really cute. I'm not sure I've knit with the latter two.
*When is the last time you won something? Probably something from my twinnie Kim.
*Would you rather knit with 3 interesting skeins or one gradient yarn for a shawl? Both are good choices! The latter though--only one skein needs winding, which is a win.
*Have you dropped something in a lake? Oh I'm sure I have. I have definitely dumped water bottles out of the kayak.
*Years ago: Cartwheels? Headstands? or Handstands? Nope  nope nope.
*Favorite Breakfast order? Eggs benedict, with spinach.
*Leave for a road trip: Early in the a.m. or head out at night? We've done it both ways--but probably the morning.
*Tubing, banana boating or water skiiing? I guess tubing because I don't know what a banana boat is (off to google). Googled. Tube.
*Do you change purses in summer? Yep. I used to carry a large woven 'kenya bag' in the summer and it always got filled with crap. This summer I'm trying a teeny tiny purse. It won't even hold my wallet--I have a little holder with my license and cash card and a few dollars. I'll let you know how it goes.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunny Sunday!

We have had a bit of a mini-heat wave this weekend--yesterday it got up to almost 100, today it 91 and I think that is as hot as it will get. Before you feel too bad for us--the humidity is really low (maybe 30%) so it is quite nice in the shade. But we have adjusted our lives accordingly.

Yesterday we took the dogs for a long walk--probably about 3 1/2 miles--as soon as we got up and were home by about 8:30. We could already feel the heat starting to intense. We had breakfast on the patio (first time this summer!) and then worked in the yard til about 10 or 10:30. We did go out for brunch later and then hunkered down. It cooled off enough to open the windows last night, and sleeping was actually nice.

Today we got up and had breakfast and then loaded up the kayaks for a paddle around a reservoir about 20 minutes outside of town. We got to the reservoir by 9:30, but there were already quite a few boats out (we park 'outside' the county park around the reservoir so we don't have to pay the $6 parking--as do most people who paddle there regularly). We got there in prime bird viewing time--we saw a bald eagle, several herons, a whole flock of red wing black birds, a hawk, and random other birds. There was no wind (another reason to head out early) so it was actually a perfect paddling day (although the temps did rise ten degrees during the 90 minutes we were out). We grabbed lunch on the way home and now we're hanging out til we meet some friends for dinner.

OH there's knitting! I posted this and forgot. Doh! Anyway:

This is a mindless sock in one of the Pairfect colors--


And this is the start of a 'cake' shawl (every 'layer' is a different pattern) and I'd share the name of the pattern but it is riddled with errors so I won't.


I finished "The Unconquered" and while I enjoyed it, I wouldn't recommend it to a lot of people. Actually, if Rachel is reading this (HI RACHEL!) she might like it, but she might not.

I read an academic cozy (mystery) called "The Semester of our  Discontent" by Cynthia Kuhn. I like cozies, but I get weary of the cupcake/vintage clothing/yarn store ones---this one is cute and captures academic life rather well. Plus I had no idea who the murderer was. Then I read a very cute and fast little story told in texts and emails--"Read Bottom Up" which I zipped through in about an hour. Very fast and cute.

In other news: our neighborhood has a Facebook page. In any given day, the posts are about lost dogs, stuff someone wants to get rid of, and sketchy people in the neighborhood. All kind of useful, but occasionally things go off the rails (don't get me started on the awful posts about the guy who used to feed the wild turkeys). It was most helpful when the power and cable went out during the ice storms: people shared updates they received from the electric company and Comcast, and also there was a DVD swap/share going on for people (as we all got elec back long before cable).

Well, yesterday morning was a flurry of posts about people getting their cars broke into on the street behind ours. People had purses, wallets, earphones, all kinds of things stolen out of cars. But as the posts got a bit more detailed, it turned out NONE OF THESE PEOPLE LOCKED THEIR CARS. I'm astounded. Who doesn't lock their car? Granted, sometimes you forget, but an ENTIRE STREET DOES NOT FORGET! Now don't get me wrong, I'm sorry their stuff got jacked, but honestly. Who is really to blame here? Anyway---there are calls to shut down the Motel 6 about half a mile from the neighborhood (BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE THEY STAY!) and other nutty ideas.

Some of my neighbors--they're nuts.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Black Sheep Gathering

I popped by the Black Sheep Gathering as I am a woman on a mission. The mission: to get more wool to felt to make our Rock rug (here is a picture I stole of one from the Viva Terra Website):
Tim has been needle felting the rocks, but at the workshop I learned you could put little balls of wool in the toe of a pair of tights and wash it in the machine to felt. We're going to try this with a bunch of balls in a pair of tights and see what happens. Stay tuned!

I got quite a selection of wool roving for the rocks:

Although they all look kind of black and tan here. Believe me, there's a good mix of, um, rock colored stuff here.

And some non-rock colored stuff was also purchased:


From the top: a turquoise gradient set, a grey-to-black gradient set, and big hunk of blue yarn.
Here's a closer look at the gradient:


This one (the blues) came from a dyer in Utah, the greys from a dyer in Portland.

Also--I didn't get a picture of the six month old Suri cria but she was gorgeous. I can't wait to show you all pictures of Tiger/Lily/Shadow.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cuteness

Well, my sheep was a bit more like a pig, but it is cute.
And I worked very hard!Look at that concentration!

Plus I was having an excellent hair day.

Tink looks good! She was laying in the sun so I couldn't see much happening with her belly but she seemed fine if a bit big. Her daughter, Georgia, came by to say hi as soon as I got to the farm.

Today I got the Hello Kitty manuscript out to a journal--and I had an idea about how to do the study using Europeans to see if there is a difference in responses among Europeans, so there's another paper right there.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Let it bleed

Well, I finished this bad boy, gave it a soak, and it bled.
Hard to see in this picture, but the red stripes have bled a bit into the white stripes. I've ordered some color catchers to see if I can fix this. Otherwise, I'll still wear it, bleeds and all.

Yesterday I worked on a book project, and ran a few errands. I'm reading a really good book--it is a non fiction book that came out a few years ago called "The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes" by Scott Wallace. Those who know me know that one of my favorite books is "State of Wonder" and this is sort of a real-life story similar to that. Anyway, the title pretty much describes the book--a group of people go out into the Amazon to find an 'uncontacted' tribe. It's good. It's long and it's a bit 'over detailed' but it's good.

I'm off to a needle felting workshop this afternoon, so hopefully there will be cuteness to show tomorrow!
 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Post Grad Q?A

It was a busy weekend--we went on a hike Saturday morning (anniversary hike!), ate pizza, went to a grad party Saturday night, and then I had graduation all day yesterday (9am honors reception, 12 noon graduation). I 'worked' the graduation in that I delivered diploma covers to the people doing the diploma handing out so at least I had something to do during the ceremony.

And I had the honor of hooding two people.

But enough of that (it always takes me a while to process the end of the term). Kathy has very very important questions to be answered.

*Have you seen the price of a Yeti cooler?
So, I had to google this.I haven't heard of yeti coolers. But yes, now I have seen the price of them. Yowza. I hope they're worth it.
*What’s the worse tip you ever got for your garden?
Oh my, I don't really get garden tips! So I can't answer.
*Have you tried the new Philadelphia Cheesecake cups?
I haven't but I might see if they have them at the store.
*Are you a Cascade 220 fan?
Love it! The Kildalton I'm working on is Cascade 220 and I have some more for the Oa sweater.
*What’s the last magazine you’ve read?
I read the U of Tennessee alumni magazine the other day!
*Did you ever let your family  have dessert before dinner?
I'm not sure how to answer this. Sometimes we have dessert for dinner!
*Have you looked at the knitting and crochet patterns on line at Canadian Living Magazine?
No but now I have to go do that, don't I?
*What’s the age of your oldest knit or crochet item in the house?
I have an aran vest my mom made for me a while ago. We also have Aunt Ola's afghan that Tim brought to the marriage with him, I think that's probably old too (at least 25 years and probably a lot more)
*Is there a fashion trend you’d love to come back?
Hmm. That's a good question. I think those high tops reeboks.
*What’s your ideal days temperature?
70 or 72 I think.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Anniversary updates

Today is our 22nd anniversary!

This was to be a 'no gifts' anniversary (because Coast House) but Tim surprised me with flowers yesterday. We did go to dinner last night to celebrate because it is graduation weekend and tonight will be kind of nuts.

Which is fine. We had a great dinner of tapas at Novo Latin Table--we had black bean fritters, something with potatoes and salmon and cheese,  and fancy tacos and chile rellenos. And mole crema for dessert. I had some type of cocktail with rum and a hint of mole and it was great.

Did a bit more knitting on this top that will never be finished:

Happy weekend!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Finishing Up


As of about 7am this morning, I clicked on the 'submit grade roster' buttons for my classes, and grades are in. It is a bit too early to start getting the whining emails (although HA--I did check the Honors class and so far more than 25% have checked their grades--and it isn't even 7:30). I also submitted a recommendation letter for a student to get a Thesis award through the library ($1500--I hope he gets it but it is a long shot) and I also ran a statistical analysis for my Hello Kitty Project.

TL:DR for the next paragraph: Statistics can be confusing.
I'm not sure I shared this here--I'm evaluating how different 'celebrity spokescharacters' perform for make up targeted to adults. There's a phenomenon now where make up companies are using all types of childish imagery---Hello Kitty, Disney Princesses, Unicorns--to sell make up to adult women (some call this tactic 'peterpandemonium' or 'adultescene'). An interesting article in New York magazine questioned whether this tactic would backfire as the purpose of makeup is generally to empower via confidence in one's appearance. So I looked at reactions to three ads: one featuring Hello Kitty, one featuring Miss Piggy, and one featuring Wonder Woman, and compared them to a 'control ad (no celebrity spokescharacter) and I found yes, exactly that--the celebrity spokescharacters do not perform as well (in terms of purchase intentions) as a traditional model. So I just figured out the best statistical analysis after trying to come to grips with the differences between ANCOVA and MANCOVA and MANOVA but now I don't have to because I did a regression.

Anyway--in other news, I picked up Kildalton--I haven't worked on this for a while, and it took a few minutes to get back into the Kildalton groove.

It's not really this purple--there is a lot more blue in it. But I can't seem to figure out how to work the filter correctly. Anyway--There's a lot of cabling in this sucker so it will take a while. This is pretty much the entire body of the sweater,  so that's a good thing, but it takes about 20 minutes to do a single row so it isn't going to speed along. I like it though.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Second Spider

I'm almost done withe the leg of the second spider and then will just have the foot. This goes pretty quickly, and sometimes it is nice to have a pattern where every row is the same. I have to say, though, I'm not using the chart--I'm using the written instructions, just so I don't have to count because when every row is different, I don't like charts as well.

If that makes sense. Which it might not because my brain is tired. Yesterday was spent grading and waiting for things to get turned in so I could grade them. My grading for my two classes is done and I have the grades entered but have not submitted them yet. Students have access to grades about as soon as I hit the 'submit' button and sometimes I just want to have a bit of peace before the grubbing begins.

I still have the final drafts of a thesis and a dissertation to read but I need to let me head rest a wee bit before I do that.

Sunday is graduation for the j-school (the 'all school' graduation is Monday). There are only a few indoor places that can hold the bigger schools (us, and business, and I guess architecture) and so we have to go the day before the big one. It is kind of OK, since getting to campus on Big Graduation day is a pain and it is nicer to get it done without all the traffic, but giving up a Sunday is kind of a pain. I'm not, frankly, a big fan of graduation---it has turned into a very long (400+ students walk across the stage and each has their name read---7 seconds each!) and that is just not very interesting (sorry 400+ students and their families). I'll be transporting diploma covers so at least I have a 'chore'.  This will be my 19th graduation at UO, and I think I'm just over it.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The waiting game

Final papers are due in one hour and 40 minutes and I'm sitting on the sofa, playing computer games and watching the Sessions testimony. It is another cool and grey day so it is fine to be cozied up with the dogs and a bunch of congresspeople.

The morning rays shawl blocked out nicely--


It gained about 50% in size and the dropped stitches look good. The picot bind off seems pretty good---I didn't do any specific blocking for the picot but the beads, I believe, weighted it down while it was hanging over the shower shawl (yep, some fancy pants blocking for me) and I like it a lot.

As I'm very close to the end of the term, I've started thinking about summer stuff! I have a book to finish up as well as a book chapter to write, and two or three research projects to wrap up. I want to focus on doing a lot of decluttering around the house. And of course, thinking about the new house and some of the details that will happen there.

And the knitting! I have a cable sweater (Kildalton) that I started a long time ago that I want to get back to. I also want to knit The Oa and I have the yarn for that too---I just have to decide whether to do a black background or a white background. There will also be socks knit.

I'm taking a needle felting class next week and it is also the Black Sheep Gathering and I'm looking forward to that too.

But now, I just want to finish grading!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Finals Week Quora

  1.  Click on this to see Kathleen's (see what I did there?) stash: https://compassionknit.wordpress.com/  Would you say your stash is small, medium, large or plus sized? If Kathy's is small (I would call it non-existent), mine is humongous.
  2. What’s a favorite summer movie? Hmm. Not sure. Ghostbusters?
  3. When was the last time you broke a sweat ? Probably yesterday walking the dogs up a hill
  4. When was the last time you wore a uniform? Arguably, my cap and gown is my uniform--on graduation day! Other than that, the only time I wore a uniform was girl scouts and working at the ST. Louis zoo in high schoo.
  5. What do you prefer: Fingerless, Mittens or Gloves?Definitely fingerless.
  6. What is your favorite way to eat graham crackers?Dunked in milk.
  7. What is the Last bird you saw or heard? Turkeys. Wild turkeys have taken over my neighborhood
  8. Do you like to fish? Not really.
  9. Have you had a lipstick mistake purchase?  Most of them.
  10. Do you like your name? I like it fine. I recently discovered the name Zenobia and sort of wish it was my name. But then---no. Plus, Twinster would have to change her name too.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Summer? What Summer?

Our weather in the PNW is always a bit--well--different from the rest of the US. For example, most of the US is experiencing something called 'summer' that is characterized by clear skies, warm temperatures, and opportunities for outside activities.

Here is the back yard last night:


For the past few days it has been grey and rainy and cool---barely above 60. Yesterday evening, in between the rain showers, we had a huge hail storm--it went on so long and was so loud we had to pause the movie we were watching til it passed. There was thunder and lightning as well. 

And so that makes this knit fairly appropriate:

I finished the drop stitch shawl and am about to block it (although I guess I'll block it inside as opposed to outside). Right now it is 15" in depth but I'm hoping it blocks out a lot bigger.

The edging was not fun. I think I spent about seven hours binding off with the beads. IT do like a picot bind off though. It is just time consuming.

Anyway, on to other projects now!

In other updates:
  • the movie we had to pause was "The Founder" about Ray Kroc and McDonald's.  It was somewhat slow but I enjoyed it--I worked on the McDonald's account when I worked in the ad industry and attended Hamburger U so I knew most of the story but it was fun to see it. Michael Keaton was really good in it. 
  • Read a book called "According to a Source" which was OK but not great. People called it "Delicious". It wasn't.
  • But at least I got a square for my book bingo.



Friday, June 09, 2017

Proof of Life

It is Friday of week 10 and that means classes are done and I'm almost done!

This has been a tough week. A bunch of defenses, final project presentations and grading of same in both classes, all the last minute 'you need to do this before summer' crap, and on top of that, I've had major insomnia this week. I either wake at 2:00 am for two hours or I wake up at 4:30 and don't go back to sleep. In summary, it has been a week of 5 or 6 hours of sleep each night and I can do that for maybe two nights maximum before all perspective is lost.

But the good thing is---no more classes! Just 18 papers to grade (and there's a creative aspect to those), one more thesis to read and attend to, and then that's it.

And I've been knitting: warning: it won't look  like much:
 It is the drop stitch shawl--the knitting is done and I'm just doing the fancy bind off. It is taking a while.

 It is a picot bind of with beads! Here is how you do it--you cast on two stitches with a cable cast on, place a bead, then bind off five. Repeat. The challenge I have is that I bought the recommended bead size and shape, but the yarn I'm using is a bit thicker than the recommended yarn. Oops! So I have to manhandle the bead on to the yarn.

 Here you can kind of--but not really--see the beads.

I'm using the crochet hook technique, where you put the beads on using a teeny tiny crochet hook, so there's lot of starting and stopping this way.

Hope your week ended well!


Monday, June 05, 2017

First Quora of June!

It just wouldn't be Monday without a Quora from Kathy!

*1. Who or what  inspired your last Knit?  (Details below)
I'm trying to even think of the last thing I finished--I don't think there was a specific inspiration, I probably just liked the pattern.
*2. When was the last time you saw someone pray in public?
Hmm--probably a group of guys praying at the end of the football game.
*3. Do you have a favorite fountain?
We have a fountain I love on campus, the Columnar Basalt Column fountain, but I can't find a picture.
*4. What is the price of a gallon of gas, by you?
I think about $2.43 here in Oregon.
*5. Wave pool or Ferris Wheel?
Neither appeals, but if forced, wave pool.
*6. What is the softest wool blend you know?
Cashmere/merino. Or Cashmere/silk.
*7. Name a favorite singer who has passed away-?
Oh so many. Prince and Freddie Mercury come to mind.
*8.  What blog pal’s skills, or superpowers do you envy?
I envy that Kathy can come up with these each week!
*9. How you avoid sun damage?
Sunblock, and hats if we're out on the water.
*10. In a word, describe your lawn chair…
Stretchy-outy (it is a chaise longue).
(Yes that is how you spell it).
(Really? Look it up). 

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Sunday Catch Up

I had a busy couple of days--long day on Friday (horrific faculty meeting) and just a busy day yesterday with errands and catch up on work and stuff like that. NEXT WEEK IS THE LAST WEEK OF CLASSES. Then comes the long long long break until things start up again in late September.

Quarters are challenging for most professors (and a lot of students) but the long break when the weather finally gets nice in Oregon is worth it.

The news is full of Oregon's popularity for the solar eclipse on August 21. A wide swath of Oregon is in the Path of Totality where there will be complete darkness at 10 in the morning! Oregon is also the first place in North America to experience the Path of Totality.

Eugene is about 30 miles or so south of the southern edge of the Path of Totality--we'll have a 99.1% blackout but we do want to experience the whole thing. The news is now saying that 1. half a million people will come to Corvallis (a town about 45 minutes from here where we WERE going to go) to experience the eclipse and 2. you should get to your preferred viewing place 24 hours in advance! I'm guessing we'll find a place on the very edge of the Path of Totality and hope we can get there without too much fanfare. It is just fascinating how this is becoming a Thing.

I have to admit, I'm kind of excited. But then I'm a nerd.

I've been working on the By the Seashore top:

I"m done with the stripes and the rest is solid with tiny cables on the sides. The sleeves are a bit differently constructed--not a traditional raglan but  a little more styled. I like it. I'm making it out of Rowan Calmer. There are three colors and I really like how it looks--primarily tan, with red and then white. And the stripes are closer together at the shoulder than in the body--it's a Design Feature!

That means I made a booboo and didn't want to tink so I just made it part of the design.

Last night we went to "SymFest" at the symphony.  It is kind of "pops" concert with extras---the ticket price included a pre-concert party with beer and wine tastings, a marimba band outside and a bluegrass band inside (it was a cloudy and kind of cool but nice evening). Then the concert and then there was an after party with a DJ and a jazz lounge (we didn't stay for that). The concert itself featured a really fun trio called "Time for Three" which does mashups of classical and modern music--they were high energy and fun to watch. There was also a local cabaret singer who sang Edith Piaf songs and a few Kurt Weill songs (not my favorite). And some lively pieces from the Orchestra. It was a fun evening, a bit more relaxed and younger crowd than the regular symphony, so that was interesting (in a good way) to experience.

Enjoy Sunday!

Friday, June 02, 2017

Row row row

This post is about rows!

First, Tim got a new rowing machine (to replace the one I gave him years and years ago) and I tried it out today (well, I tried it out yesterday and it seemed to go fine). Today after I finished I feel sick to my stomach, and I'm wondering if I'm sea sick? I googled it and it appears that it can be a Thing. I need to focus my gaze and not let me head wander around.

I worry this will not bode well for my future on the rowing machine.

I'm also wondering if I tried the machine before and gave up for the same problem.

We'll give it another try next week and see what happens.

Next, I'm doing well on the drop stitch shawl, as another tier of rows with dropped stitches has been added.
 

These all don't fit on the needle now--there's about 310 stitches and there's one more set of increases which will add another 150 or so and that will be tight.

But it continues to be a fun knit.

So I need a third row so this post matches my title. Maybe I'll just mention that the dogs and I are sitting in a row on the sofa as I write this: Comet, Me, Pilot.


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Rabbit rabbit! Alpaca alpaca!

It's the first day of June--and (perhaps unsurprisingly) it is drizzly and grey here (although quite warm--just got back from my 2 mile walk with the dogs, it is not even 8am, and it almost 60 degrees here).

Yesterday was a ten hour day, with nonstop meetings starting at about 10:30. It all went well and had some good news about approval a program that we've proposed (although the approval itself was a cluster) and there's only one more week of school before finals week and summer, so I feel like I can deal with it all. Had a whiney snowflake who doesn't listen and I'm on his Honors committee, but we got his defense scheduled for next Thursday and then I'll be done with the biggest problem I have.

Ann at Aragon Alpacas sent this picture:

A pretty pregnant Tinkerbell. She is due sometime in August and she has quite the 'TinkerBelly" as Ann called it. It is somewhat more pronounced because she was sheared a onth or so ago. So far so good with Tink!