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A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

Super Moon January 31, 2018

Filed under: Moon,Seasons — Janet @ 5:23 pm

IMG_5110                 IMG_5114  Early evening in Ballard Seattle January 30 2018


Will It Ever Stop Raining? January 30, 2018

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Weather — Janet @ 12:15 am



Katerina doesn’t think so.  And I’m beginning to wonder…….


Where Is The Sun? January 28, 2018

Nothing but rain here in Seattle.  January is proving to be a long month.  My “garden” is a soggy mess.  ………  But I do have a lot of birds.  Hundreds, well let’s say many, little brown birds of delicate variations in size and pattern of coloring.  Nature is amazing.  However there is no problem in identifying the Northern Flicker – 2 of them visited my deck yesterday morning.

IMG_5100  Lone picture of a greedy squirrel.  The good thing is that he loosens the suet for the little brown birds who come along after he leaves.

The cat is in position for constant bird watching.

IMG_5103  Katerina aka Kat


The Art of Propaganda Posters January 27, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 8:01 pm

The Müscleheaded Blog


I have always been fascinated by the visual art of propaganda.

It is one of the oldest forms of visual communication —

…… older, even, than language itself.

From the earliest times, propagandists understood that the idiom of symbolism is a very effective way to provoke strong emotions.

The Pharoahs of ancient Egypt certainly used this principle–

What was the Sphinx, or the Great Pyramid,

…but a symbolic statement of their great wealth and strength?

Fear me” , they say–

Invade my lands at your own peril “.

And, a Maya skull rack —

skull rack…… a visitor from another village, friend or foe alike, would have no trouble interpreting it for what it is, and what it means.

All strong emotions like fear, pity, anger, hate, and love can all be manipulated through the use of some simple symbolic language.

And in no other medium, I believe, does the richness…

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Exciting Times

Filed under: Cheerleading,Family Photos,Memories,Nostalgia,Sports — Janet @ 5:20 pm

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IMG_5095      My granddaughter is among the Ballard High School Cheerleaders going to Vancouver Washington to participate in the State Championships.  I don’t know who was more excited, the cheerleaders themselves or the assembled parents and grandparent (me) to wave them goodby.  Many of the parents are going down to Vancouver today to continue their cheers.  Great fun.  Wish them luck!


Another Edward Hopper Painting

Filed under: Art,Art works,Artists,Edward Hopper,Jigsaw Puzzles — Janet @ 3:32 am

edward_hopper_gas  Wouldn’t this make a wonderful jigsaw puzzle?  I wish.


Live Cham 2 January 26, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:10 am

This is fascinating.

A Bushsnob in Africa

As promised, I had followed the evolution of the gravid chameleon throughout the day. These are the observations so far from this morning:

09:00 Still in the same bush but its colour changed.

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12:00 Started to rain quite heavily. Cham still in the same bush when rain started.

12:30 Rain stopped. Found again. I had moved to another smaller flower bush about 1m apart:

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12:30 to 1515 Observer’s lunch and siesta. No data!

15:35 Moved another metre to a Poinsettia bush (Euphorbia pulcherrima) and climbed about 150cm high. Colour changed again. It appears that coloration is more a reflection of the animal condition than its surroundings!

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1600 to 16:20 hs Shower.

1627 The chameleon is still a the same spot but head down and green in colour.

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It is now 17:10 hs and I will have a last look before night fall.

Hope to find it tomorrow…

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Reading Plan January 25, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Great Migration Study — Janet @ 11:58 pm


Genealogy reading – I’ve already read Mobility & Migration, now the other 2 books by Roger Thompson.  I am forging ahead with my identification and study of my early immigrant ancestors.  Most of them came to Massachusetts and Connecticut as part of The Great Migration, 1620-1640.  An exciting time in English and American history.

IMG_5078  I have this book to help.




IMG_5088  This man, Patrick J Kennedy, dominated U.S. history in a more recent era.  I just finished reading this weighty biography of him.  Almost 800 pages.  Our family were not fans of the man – I wanted to find out why.  It was compulsive reading.


Coats of Arms

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I seem to be fascinated by these – works of art.  Here are 2 more I found recently in my genealogy research.


Books and a Cat January 21, 2018

Filed under: Book stores,Books,Cats — Janet @ 6:59 pm

26962194_2006148942746355_579432745000458838_o  Ophelia’s Books in Fremont, Seattle

Needless to say this is one of my favorite bookstores.