1. A blog which you think people have not discovered.
Just a few, new to me and maybe to you, by no means a complete list: if we shadows, Oiyi's Crafts (bonus: one of the cutest pup pics I've ever come across), Po Mo Golightly -- my list is always changing!
2. A blog whose author lives close to you physically. Just get as close as you can, it's all relative.
Amy Lu! I was lucky enough to meet her last April at the Midwest Masters Seminar (no, I haven't signed up for this year's and yes, I'll probably be kicking myself next month), and I played "Where in WI is Amy Lu?" last September -- that was a really fun day, by the way. ; )
3. An unusual or weird animal picture.
Surely there's something at Ann's... Pug on a Rug? It's not a weird or unusual picture, but the title makes me giggle.
4. An entry that made you laugh and got strange looks from family or co-workers.
JenLa Jenifleur's Stash Wars -- That was a challenging morning at work! I laughed 'til I cried -- in a very business-like way, of course. So funny.
5. An idea you wish you'd thought of.
Bagged salad. Or Post-its.
6. Something you'd like to knit.
That darn Rogue, some blasted Latvian Mittens
7. A picture of something you consider beautiful.
Katie has shared only a fraction of the pictures she's taken in the U.K. -- and a quick tour of the continent (France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany) is still ahead -- and I am so looking forward to seeing them all. I am preparing to be verklempt. This is a favorite among favorites so far: Tintern Abbey in Wales.
8. A blog whose author you would like to someday meet in person.
Celia, Margene, Stephanie -- and 792 others. ; )
9. A blog of someone you have already met in person.
So lucky to have met so many already.
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When I arrived at the hospital last night, my brother Michael was in a wheelchair, all his stuff was on a cart or in someone's hand, my SIL and uncle were there, various nurses and aides... they were movin' on up -- to a de-luxe apartment in the sky! Heh, pretty darn close -- a 6th floor room with a westerly view (and a private bath) of the river, the teensy city skyline, sunsets, and lots of activity! He was being moved out of Neuro and into Rehab! Yahoo!!!
The #1 really huge thing that I noticed new yesterday was that he was asking questions and initiating conversation (okay, maybe that's TWO!) -- "Hey Vick, whatcha doin' here?" He is wondering about the brace and collar (and when some of that can come off), and how things work. He is still mighty confused and befuddled -- he answered "June" when asked which month it is, and he didn't know the name of the hospital, even though he's been asked and told these things 10,000 times. But get this... My SIL had explained to him that he'd be moving to Rehab and that they'd be working with him in different ways, asking him questions to get him thinking more, and he smiled and said, "Yeah, like what day it is?" HILARIOUS!! He's asked that question 50,000 times a day! He may not remember what frickin' day it is, but he remembers being asked and that's HUGE (at least to my reasoning)!
Having finished the gusset and made progress on the foot of the sock yesterday, I celebrated Michael's progress by casting on Trellis last night. This is a sleeve, one repeat -- LOVE the School Products wool-cotton yarn from NYC that I mentioned a few days ago. I am so happy, I might even cast on something else tonight. ; )
Thank you all, again and again and again and again, for your amazing support, words of wisdom and kindness and encouragement these past few weeks. I've really sucked at writing back, and I'm sorry about that. Please know that every single word has been a huge help.