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Archive for October, 2004

Sunday October 31, 2004

Sunday, October 31st, 2004

Well, I did indeed put cobwebs on my garden — or the remains of it — as I threatened to do and we have the spooky shadow machine ready. #2 son and I baked a Hallowe’en cake. I put on a costume and read stories at the store Trick or Treat last night — there […]

Saturday October 30, 2004

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

This morning, I plan to write about health. Knowing that, you may choose to click the magic xanga buttons and find someone who is writing about sports, or sex, or you, but just in case you decide to stay and read on, I will make the whole thing more palatable by digressing a lot — […]

Friday October 29, 2004

Friday, October 29th, 2004

Ahhyee ( ) says it is hard to learn to knit from a book, and that is true. I have three things to say about that. The first is that there are a lot of books with beginning knitting instructions nowadays, and they are more complete than they used to be. For longtime knitters like me, […]


Thursday, October 28th, 2004

This morning I woke up to torrential rains, rolling thunder, enormous claps of thunder with concurrent cracks of lightning. I like rain, actually. Then I had to go to the doctor, to discuss my blood. Actually, to discuss cholesterol. Mine is not bad yet, but he foresees troubles. My triglycerides are not good. The doctor wants me to […]


Thursday, October 28th, 2004

Knowing that all of you rushed off to get a copy of Possession on the strength of my recommendation, I feel that I must tell you — in the interests of full disclosure — that I was alone in loving this book. Only one other member of the book club actually read it all the […]

Wednesday October 27, 2004

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

Since I am doing a second DNA scarf immediately after finishing the first, it is natural that I should compare them, isn’t it? I don’t do this with my kids, of course. I love each for his or her own special qualities, without any possibility of loving one more than another. But these scarves are […]


Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

I unpacked French baby dolls at work yesterday. They announced that they wore baby clothes size 14, which does not exist, and that they were washable at 40 degrees, which was mystifying. After all, we are not going to throw these dollies in the washer. Are they suggesting that we can hand-wash them as long […]


Tuesday, October 26th, 2004

Possession: a romanceA. S. Byatt; Vintage Books 1991WorldCat•Read Online•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder Possession is an impressive book. If it were only a novel, it would be worth reading. The characters are complex and interesting. The story is suspenseful. The settings are interesting and well-described. But the impressive thing about this book is that the author has created a world […]

Mary Alice’s Weekend

Monday, October 25th, 2004

What a busy weekend! We took Mary Alice to see the working grist mill, the lake, and the odd historic district. While I was glad that the scenery behaved itself and showed off to advantage, talking was the main entertainment. Then #2 daughter and friends arrived, and we spent the evening playing silly games and […]

Hallowe’en Cookies

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

The new DNA scarf is well into the second repeat. Cables always look their best in natural color yarn — although I do not look my best in it, so I will continue to cable in colors. This one is intended for someone else, who will I think look very nice in it. I haven’t […]

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