deb's web

...not to be confused with Charlotte's Web

Thursday, October 02, 2008

cob web

OK, how sad is it that I haven't posted in well over a year? More soon.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Summer Hair Cut

This is Njucka's summer hair cut, which looks much cooler. Is he handsome or what?

Handsome Njucka

Sunday, May 28, 2006

In my Neighborhood, There Be Giants

Ummm, we ran into a fairly small young man with two giant dogs on our morning walk. Sometimes I exaggerate. This is not one of those times. They were English Mastiffs. Fortunately, they were very calm and friendly. They were curious about Njucka. He was not curious about them.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

WHO Doesn't Like Kids?

OK, when I picked up my darling little Njucka, it was mentioned that he doesn't like kids. I think they must be growing on him or wearing him down or something. This is my nephew, who is almost two, feeding Njucka a treat. Njucka is very gentle and patient with all of my nieces and nephews. He took a particular liking to my 8-year-old niece. I'm trying to expose him to many different kinds of people. I am introverted, too, so I don't expect him to jump for joy when he encounters strangers. But, I don't want him to dislike people, either. Today, he also met my neighbor's 6-month-old daughter, who seems to love everyone. I made him "sit" at first, but eventually allowed him to get closer. He sniffed her gently, much to her delight. He is such a good boy.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Going to the Country

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Well, I can't believe it is almost the end of Njucka's second week with me. We are still having a good time and getting to know each other. He is still a delightful little fella, very laid back and relaxed most of the time. He loves his daily walks and behaves well on them.

Njucka is slowly making friends around here. He met my family last weekend, which included my sister's three wild children. He was gentle with them and didn't mind being around them once he got over the initial shock of their presence (honestly, I sometimes don't get over the shock of being around them until they are gone for a few hours). Today, my friend brought her four-year-old daughter over to meet Njucka. He was hesitant at first and growled at both of them. He calmed down, though, and ended up loving the little girl. He even snuggled up next to her on the sofa -- could it have been the treats she gave him? ;-)

Now we are headed out to the country. We're picking up my mom and taking her to an open studio and sale at a friend's husband's pottery studio. I'm taking the long leash so Njucka can run around out there on her land. She has a couple of Border Collies, so we'll see how the doggies get along. The photo above is my friend's lovely house, which has a name I can't recall.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Bunnies & Kiddies

click for larger image of pretty dogThis morning we saw a bunny on our walk. He ran across the road in front of us and off into the trees. Njucka was interested but kept on walking with me. He's such a good boy. Since I've gotten Njucka, I've been impressed with the neighborhood kids. On two different occasions, little kids in the street have asked if they could pet him, instead of just going ahead and approaching him. I asked them to wait until he's more used to his new home. I was impressed that they asked, though.

Evening Update

OK, the dog busted me tonight. Today was my birthday and I had the day off. I had a couple of glasses of Chianti with lunch, which I rarely ever do, so I was sleepy in the evening and took a nap. Every other day this week, Njucka and I have gone for two walks, one in the morning and one in the evening. Tonight, I tried to skip the evening walk. I thought he looked like he needed to go outside again, so I took him out around 10:00. Well, he headed straight for the street. I was busted. He was not going to let me get away with that. Good for him. :-) So, we went for our evening walk.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Dog Day Number 5

Here's a photo of Njucka looking for his squeaky bone, which fell on the floor. Click the photo to see a larger version.

Njucka is doing so well. He loves Heather and me and gives doggies kisses whenever he can get close enough to our faces. I got him to "sit" on command 5 or 6 times in a row yesterday and today by using tiny liver biscotti treats. I was so proud of him and of myself. Yes, I bought all-natural dog treats. The package says "Bone Appetite." Ha ha.

I can't believe how well-behaved he is, like a little gentleman. He walks politely on the leash with me twice a day, rarely ever pulling or stopping unless I stop. He doesn't bark at neighborhood dogs, even when they bark at him (or at nothing, as they often seem to do). Everyone says things will change once he is more used to his new home. Still, I'm amazed at what a good boy he is. And, I don't know if I've ever seen anything cuter than Njucka playing with his squeaky 'gator toy.

I'll try to get some more photos today. He is so dark, it is hard to capture his face as it looks in real life. Everything sort of blends together in photos. I know I'm biased, but he is quite handsome.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Two Pretty Babies

I'm going to get in big trouble for this, but here is my pretty baby sister with my pretty doggie. My other sister said Njucka looked like a large dog in the previous photo. He is actually a Miniature Poodle; he stands about as high as the bottom of my knees. He doesn't have demon eyes in real life. ;-)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Doggie Blog

OK, I finally got a doggie, and he is so beautiful. Not much time to write, now, but here is a photo of Njucka (say "Nooka"). Isn't he beautiful? Details soon.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

OK, almost a cobweb

Elijah's sweaterWell, my blog is almost a cobweb, but not quite. I have actually been knitting, just haven't posted anything. So here's the sweater I made for my beautiful nephew. It is my first sweater and it was quite, umm..., challenging for me. The second photo is a close-up of the cute little doggie buttons. I hope the sweater still fits by the time I get it to him!

close-up of buttons

Monday, June 20, 2005

Knitting: binario

OK, after much math trauma figuring out how and where to "increase 18 stitches evenly across," this is my progress on the tank in Lana Grossa's lovely binario yarn:

And, this is what it will look like when it's done. I hope.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Birds Are Strange

I had a bad sinus headache today and my little cockatiel, Alfalfa, just sat on my shoulder while I laid on the sofa and waited for the medicine to kick in. His flight feathers are fully grown in, so he could easily have flown away and gotten into mischief in the house, but I knew he wouldn't. He was sort of guarding me, and perfectly happy to do that. Birds are soooo strange.

Here he is, in all his spoiled, yellow/orange/gray glory:

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Reading: Updates

I need to find a way to have a separate part of the blog for reading, so the books all end up listed together. Any suggestions? Below, I've linked to the author's official web site, when I can find it and the info is good. Otherwise, I've linked to an expert site (like Knitter's Review) or Amazon.

Don't know when exactly, but I recently finished the following fiction:

Just starting:

I'm always reading/skimming several non-fiction books. Currently:

Monday, May 09, 2005

Knitting: chickami update

Here's the progress on my chickami tank, which is the first thing I've made for myself, and my first knitting project bigger than a scarf or hat.

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Deep Thoughts

OK, I think I swore there would be no deep thoughts on here, but I can't help it. I have a friend who adopted a gorgeous little girl from Guatemala. I'm reading a book now that is set in Guatemala, so I started doing some research about the country and found some disturbing things about U.S. involvement there. And I've thought a lot and been confused a lot about our involvement in the Middle East, where we are supposedly bringing freedom and democracy. So, here is my question: does it make sense to spread freedom and democracy by violence? To go into a place and say, democracy is better than your form of government, so please get with the program? I don't know. I love this country. I just feel naive about what has been done by our government in the past and what is being done now.

I am certain that countries need to choose democracy on their own, though. That's what we did, right?

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Knitting: chickami trauma

I haven't mentioned this yet, but I've been working on my very first knitted object for myself: a "chickami" tank top in a gorgeous pink, mercerized cotton (#2625, but it looks brighter and shinier than in the photo). Today, I will spend part of the day FROGGING (a.k.a. "rippit" "rippit" out!) at least four inches (in the round). I counted the number of stitches that were supposed to be on the needles last night and realized I'd misread the directions and hadn't done enough decreasing. It is definitely fixable, and I know this is how we learn, but....

Friday, April 15, 2005

Reading: finished Fatal Voyage

I finished reading Fatal Voyage and wanted to record my impressions to jog my memory in the future. I like Reichs' books a lot. They are fairly fast paced, with a good balance between description and action. You don't get slowed down by long, detailed descriptions of scenery or even scientific processes. You get enough information for a sense of place, but nothing flowery. Personally, I don't mind detailed description, but some people don't like it. Her books are a nice, fast read, but definitely not "fluff." Oh, also, the main characters are well developed and I care about what happens to them. That is important for me.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Reading: Fatal Voyage

Right now I'm reading Kathy Reichs' book Fatal Voyage, published in 2001. It's part of her series about a Forensic Anthropologist name Temperance Brennan, who solves crimes. I just realized, I think I skipped one. I read Death Du Jour and Deja Dead; I think I missed Deadly Decisions. I need to go back and read that one. I like these. They are fairly fast-paced, with enough forensic detail to be interesting, but not so much that I get totally confused by all the science. I also like knowing that Reichs is a real Forensic Anthropologist herself, so she knows what she's writing about.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Knitting update

This is my most recent, completed knitting project, a watch cap for Dad. The pattern is from a cool book called Knit Hats, ed. by Gwen Steege. I used one skein of Patons Classic Wool Merino in the color Natural Marl. I made the adult large size, but it was very large; next time I'd knit the medium. I forgot to record needle size. This was an easy project, which I'd highly recommend for beginners (like me!). This yarn is easy to knit.

This is a little "preemie" hat I knitted for a friend's grand-baby. The pattern is by Debbie Bliss, in her book Baby Knits for Beginners. I used Classic Elite Provence yarn in #2633, Sundrenched Yellow. It is a wonderful, mercerized cotton. Again, I forgot to record the needle size. I've made 3 or 4 of these little hats. They are quick and easy, great for beginners. They are knitted flat and seamed up the back, even the little top piece. And, I can't say enough good things about Provence. Oh, this pattern isn't a preemie pattern, but it was easy to make it smaller based on the instructions.

And this is the first hat I ever made. The pattern is from the book Knitting for Dummies, which helped me learn a lot of things. It is super easy. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in the color Red Sprinkles. I've made a couple of these too, and had requests for more. I'm trying to remember to record needles sizes, but... not doing too well so far.