Super Moon

Youngest and I made an unplanned trip out last night to get a few shots of the Super Moon.

This is when the moon is full and closest to the Earth.

Our trip was poorly planned and we ended up at Wayside Park.  Not the best place to be at night. The area is a teen hangout and I’m sure there are some drug dealings going on.  Youngest kept an eye out for me while we were there.  We didn’t stay long.  Just long enough to take some pics and get the “H” out of Dodge.

I only had a couple of pics come out not blurred by other lights.  So I will share this one with you.

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There will be 1 more Super Moon this year.  Hopefully, we will plan our trip better next time.

A Little History Lesson from My Son

A few days ago, my son called for transportation as he had to put his car in the shop for repairs.

As I was taking him home, I asked him what it was he called the man-made land areas between Pensacola and Pace, where he lives.  He said it is called the Fill.

There are sections of land (filled in areas) connected by bridges that join Pensacola with Pace, Florida.

Once we crossed “the Fill”, he asked if I wanted a to take a little detour and learn a little history.  Of course, I said yes.

We took a right off Hwy 90 and went down to a little known park in Pace.  There he showed me the remnants of a dock where a ferry (actually a barge) would land to transport folks to and from the other side at $0.25 a person.   This was done only twice a day and handled by two crews as it was very tiring work.  This ferry went from the Pace side to the Pensacola side and landed in a small section of Pensacola called Ferry Pass.

The area is still called Ferry Pass. It has a volunteer fire department and a large hospital, along with multiple churches, stores and homes.

For you history buffs, check this out:

Here is a couple of photos on the Pace side of the remnants, still visible, of the old dock area.

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My Swallowtail Lace Shawl

I found this free pattern on Ravelry and it looked interesting.  Enough changes are in the pattern to keep it from becoming boring.

It does require one to pay attention to what you are doing.  It is not mindless knitting by any stretch of the imagination.   I did read many of the notes left by others and the one complaint, if you will, were the nupps.  I found them not to be a problem, but I attributed that to my ChiaoGoo Red Lace circular needles.  The points are very sharp on these needles which allows you to make the nupps without much difficulty.  I also created the nupps and then knitted them together through the back loop before continuing on with the row.  It was just easier for me to do it that way, than to purl 5 stitches together on the wrong side row.  But there are several YouTube videos on how to execute a nupp.

For this project I used Chroma Worsted in New Leaf and size US 9 needles.

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ETA:  I would suggest using a lifeline through out the knitting of this shawl as it is a royal pain in the ass to tink back when you make a mistake.  And, believe me, you will make a mistake, everyone does.  It is so much easier to frog back to a certain point (the lifeline)  than it is to tink back a row or two to correct a mistake.

Planning for Cold Weather

When you tell folks you live in Florida, they think beaches and constant sunshine.  They don’t think about rainy days, thunder, lightening or even cold weather.

Yes, in the northern part of Florida, we have cold weather.  It’s a different kind of cold, though.  It’s damp and seeps into your bones.  The chill just never goes away.

Anyway, I am preparing for that cold weather when I walk my dog this winter.  I made a wool hat, wool mittens and wool cowl.  I may make my dog a sweater or maybe just get a sweatshirt from the Goodwill and “adjust” it to fit her.

B 1a This photo shows the completed mittens and the hat in progress.

B 2a And this shows the cowl, hat and mittens completed; all made with wool.

These should help with the cold and chill this winter.

ETA:  OMG!  How could I forget!?!?!?!  For those of you who knit, this Baa-ble Hat is a free pattern on Ravelry.  I used the graph to add the sheep to the mittens and the cowl.  The mittens are basic mittens (c/o of 40 sts; US 4 needles) and the cowl uses the same number of stitches as the hat, after the increase (120 sts); only it is knit on larger needles (US 9).

Animal Attack!

Yesterday evening, youngest and I (and Bella, my dog) took a 2 mile walk around our neighborhood.

While out on the road Bella kept turning around looking at something behind us. She is very protective of us.

Son spotted what it was and went to investigate.  This little thing tried to climb his pants leg.  We checked with houses around there to see if they owned him. But were told “No”.

I remembered seeing a “Free Kittens” sign the other day, but it was gone last evening.

Anyway, this little guy followed him home.  Son did try to leave him, but he would have none of that.

I feared for his safety. He is so little and we have quite a few hawks in this area.

Here is a couple of pictures of this little guy.

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That is my oldest cat, Momma Kitty. She is 18 years old.

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This is him trying to climb up my pants leg.

Age is Relative

The other day hubby and I went to Krystal to get lunch.  He wore his Vietnam Vet baseball cap, like he does most of the time when we are out.

We ordered our food and I took out my wallet to pay, while hubby got us a table.  The young lady behind the counter asked me to tell hubby “Thanks for his service to our country.”  Then she asked if I knew him while he was serving in Vietnam.  I told her I met him AFTER he returned.

It wasn’t until later that day that I realized how she perceived us….that little “old” couple who came in for lunch.

I laughed a bit at that thought because I don’t see myself or hubby as “old”.  I’m 64 and he is 66.  I am active.  I walk my dog daily.  I go on short hikes with my sons.  We visit historical sites and wander all over those places.  We visit zoos and state parks. We work in the yard.

So what I’m trying to say is Age is Relative.  Granted I don’t see or hear as well as I did when I was younger.  I also have Asthma and high cholesterol, but I’m not going to let those minor annoyances stop me from doing what I want to do when I want to do it.

So here’s to age, perception and relativity.


Pollen, Humidity, Allergies, Asthma and Determination

I slacked off this past winter on my walking.  So started back in on the treadmill in March, but really not exerting myself.  Found out rather quickly when I took a couple of outside hikes that this year is going to be a little tough on me.

The pollen count is way higher than it has been in the past couple of years and the humidity drains your energy.  My allergies are over active and I’ve had a few minor asthma flare ups.

So on one of my routine visits to my doc, he suggested I use my inhaler PRIOR to hiking and take an antihistamine. Just have to find one that doesn’t knock me out.

Anyway, I’ve been doing more walking outside, through my neighborhood.  My normal walk is 1.2 miles and takes me about 30 minutes with my dog.

Today, I tried a different route.  It is longer (1.6 miles and 43 minutes) and a good portion of it is uphill.  WOOHOO!  I made it around.  I did use my inhaler prior to the walk and was only huffing and puffing on the uphill part.

Now the kicker will be to do this walk on a regular basis.  Wish me luck.


5/22/2015 UPDATE:  I am managing to do this walk at least 4 x a week.  Already planning a new, longer route for the future.

5/28/2015 UPDATE:  Walked 1.9 miles today in 39.03 minutes. WooHoo! Getting a little better.