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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signs of spring?

I refuse to look out my window today. Almost everything is white. Yes, the sun is finally shining and the sky is blue, but the ground isn’t green like it was last week. It’s white. The storm that blew through here on Tuesday wasn’t as extensive as initially forecast. However, it wasn’t fun either, there were high winds, nine inches of snow, and several hours of sleet. Yuck.

In a desire to remember that some day it will be warmer, the snow will melt, and there will be colour outside, here are two photos I took two weeks ago before winter finally arrived. I tried to capture some daffodils that decided to bloom too, but they just look like bright yellow blobs.

my pen at work

Here are a few links to find other words I’ve recently written in places beyond Penguin Girl. Periodically I’ll post about them here.

pennywise consulting logoAt PennyWise Consulting you’ll find practical technology solutions for your small business. This past month I began a series on Creating a Disaster Preparedness Plan, I shared a tip about formatting WordPress posts, wrote about how I use coffee breaks, and more. I send out a newsletter on the third Thursday of each month, enjoy the October issue and subscribe.

little acorn creations logoAt little acorn creations, I post interviews with designers, this month I chatted with Beth Graham. I caught up on three more book reviews, and offered tips for attending a sheep and wool festival. As with PennyWise, I send out a monthly newsletter. This one appears on the last Thursday of each month. Please enjoy the October issue and subscribe.