So today I count as the first official snow day this year. We've had a few flurries, but nothing that's stuck to the ground much. Today we have a good 1-2 inches. Luckily nothing's sticking to the roads though. (I think they use a different kind of asphalt up here that retains heat better - it takes a lot more for the roads to snow/freeze over than other places I've lived.) Also luckily, it's my day off, so I don't have to go out in the cold and wet!
Just a few quick updates to keep track of life:
- The knit blanket is almost done... I have one more round of the pattern left. It just gets so tedious working on the same large project for so long.
- I finished a hat! It's a pattern that I found that was actually circulated during WWII as a easy hat to knit and send abroad for soldiers. Very plain, but easy - it didn't have a gauge recommendation, so I just made a guess with what I know: picked a similar weight yarn from my stash and went up two needle sizes from the recommendations, since my tension tends to be super tight. The hat came out well, and fits my head and the hubby's head. Now I'm going to make one in a boring gray yarn for my FIL (who loves WWII and boring colors :-P).
- We got new beds for the girls - fuzzy and warm and they love them with the colder weather.
- I switched the kitty over to all wet food a couple months ago - there is some new research that indicates that it is healthier for our cats, and it is more like what they have evolved to eat. The idea being they eat whole prey in the wild (even feral cats these days, not any of this "my dog is a wolf, my cat is a lion" shit. Our animals spend more time indoors than we do, and my dog can't even tell when there is a raccoon 5 ft. away growling at her. NOT. A. WILD. ANIMAL.) Ranting aside - they've evolved to get most of their water from food intake, so they don't have a huge thirst drive. There's some thinking that wet food increases their water intake and helps them stay healthier longer. Makes sense to me, especially when you look and see how many old cats die of renal disease (still will probably be inevitable, but maybe we can push off the onset for a few years). Either way, she loves it, her hair coat looks better, and she seems sweeter/cuddlier. I can't tell if it's the food, or the cold weather that's attributing to these behaviors, but we'll see.
- Gone Girl was a fantastic book and movie. The movie adaptation was really true to the book. Very messed up, psychological thriller/drama. I recommend it!
I might come back through and elaborate and add pictures later. I mostly just wanted to get the update here so I have some continuation of this blog.