everything and snuggles

I keep meaning to write and have found it difficult to restart doing so here. The internet, the world, and I have changed so much in the past twenty years since I first had a site like this. I’d built home pages during undergrad.

I’m unsure what to write here anymore. But I’m not yet ready to close it up and set it on a shelf. There’s a few ideas brewing and we’ll see if anything comes of them.

Right I’m typo this on my phone in my house in the suburbs of NYC with a cat on my lap after I set aside some knitting. When I pause to think it’s mind boggling.

Here’s a pic of Dot on my lap with the knitting swatch I was working on when I realised I should just write something. The yarn is Artyarns Rhapsody Light, a strand of their silk mohair (70% mohair 30% silk) lightly twisted with a strand of cashmere.

Tuxedo cat asleep on a blanket lap. Knitting in progress is being held up near her.

book reviews as compilation or single titles?

As I begin to dip my toes back into the world that has kept turning while mine went topsy turvy with grief and caregiving, I’m trying to figure out the balance between writing here and posting to various social media sites. My reading has been documented here since the site’s very beginnings.

That was (gasp) nearly twenty years ago! While I believe the fundamentals of a review won’t change, the overall format can and perhaps should.

For a few Fridays now, I have posted a stack of books (and a current yarn project) to instagram (here’s last weeks). That’s it, just a stack and a caption stating I plan to read some of the books over the weekend.

Would you prefer that I share my thoughts about one book at a time (as I did back in 2003) or post a summary here with individual titles linked to a review site (as I’ve done for the past several years).

Then there’s the question of what about all the books I’ve read, since say January? That’s 70 titles! I haven’t thought much about what I was reading in those extremely challenging days last year.

A precarious stack of books, notebook with yarn on top and two projects to the left. On a wooden table in front of a blue wall.

I posted the above image two weeks ago. That list included:

  • Artyarns sandstone striations cardi in mohair ombre 2ply (colorway golden hour, June 2022 inspirations; pattern available as part of the Mohair Ombre 2 Compilation [free w/purchase of yarn. talk to your LYS for details!]) 
  • Artyarns silky twist and silky twist duos a little acorn creations tunisian crochet design sample that’s almost finished.
  • my notebook and sketchbook. 
  • Le jardin secret by Frances Hodgson Brunett (translated de l’anglais par Carole Gratis)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 
  • Redesigning Work by Lynda Gratton // this is an ARC, as it’s already out in the world I also borrowed an ecopy from the library 
  • Come up for Air by Nick Sonnenberg
  • The Ten Percent Thief by Lavanya Lakshminarayan
  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman // yes I’m still reading it. 
  • A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker // looking for some stitch inspiration in one of my favorite volumes
  • 1000 Japanese Knit and Crochet Stitches // looking for stitch inspiration
  • Knitting Patterns Book 250 // looking for stitch inspiration
  • (not pictured) a new review book via netgalley.

I’m curious if there will be any comments or if everyone is tangled up in the newest social media app.

good numbers, good nap

Shadow had very good blood work numbers when he was tested on Monday. His oncologist is pleased, as are we.

While he still isn’t in love with going in the carrier and the car, it’s gotten much less stressful for him. He now takes medication an hour before we leave for his appointments and it’s made it much better for him and … for us. Talk to your veterinarian to see if it makes sense for your felines.

Black Cat Napping on a windowsill. His fur is growing back.
Sunny windowsill is the best windowsill for a nap

He’s starting to look a bit more like himself too, even if I struggle to capture it in a photograph.

recent writing

This quarter I focused on Deep Work, it was an experiment in writing. With fewer distractions from social media I was able to concentrate on what I find important. Three places I’ve written more are at my other sites, little acorn creations (Tuesdays), PennyWise Consulting (Wednesdays), and pen at work (Fridays). If that’s too much to keep track of, I created a page that summarizes recent blog posts. Are you interested in a newsletter that once a week aggregates all my writing for you in one email? If so, please let me know. Each site has its own monthly newsletter that includes recent posts and some unique content.

Other Writing

Earlier this month, I wrote for Quo Vadis and Rhodia Drive, How Penny uses her Quo Vadis planner along with her Rhodia Goalbook.

I’m also writing for Anzula. Exploring how all their yarns work in crochet. Jill‘s been writing about them from a knitter’s perspective for almost a year, I’m catching up! You can see my thoughts on For Better or Worsted and Milky Way now. Squishy will appear next week and I’m finishing up Meridian. This is a fun project as I’ve not thought about the yarns I choose for crochet in this organized a manner before.

What’s in the works?

PG enjoys her chai

There’s a lot more getting scribbled daily in my notebooks.

There are knit and crochet designs in progress for several companies in addition to swatching my way through all of Anzula’s yarns.

I also have some additional products for pen at work in the (groan) planning stage and hope to offer something soon.

PennyWise Consulting shouldn’t feel left out. I’m creating some worksheets to help small businesses with technology planning and management.

kittens and questions

Two reasons for kitten photos again this week:
1. Everyone from the tiniest kitten to Shadow upped the cute factor.
2. Passover occurred during the week this year. It’s resulted in fewer hours available to write.

(click the image for a larger version of the photo)

I don’t plan to post all kittens all the time. Everyone has their own social media accounts.
Shadow: Instagram
Buddy: Instagram
Foster Kittens: Instagram & Facebook

Questions for you

I’ve written “here” in one form or another since 2003. I think this has become a habit I’m not yet ready to stop, even if I’m only writing about what I want to read and write. However, some days the blank page feels overwhelming and I figured now is a great time to ask my readers for some feedback.

Please answer this quick 10 question survey (also embedded below). Thank you!

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