harena: (Ferret Hgugles)
It's DarlySor's birthday todaaaaaaaaaay!

HappyHippoHippityBippityBirdday!!! With extra Bangs!!!! And ice cream! And Dancing! And Cheese! Have so much fun that there's enough leftover for me to feel all the way down here! i love you dearly! *hugglebugglewuggles!*
harena: (Soap!)
Today i made soap with the new set-up in the laundry room... and of course i had to make a documentary of it!

Click image for a wee ferret's photo-essay:


Jun. 6th, 2011 09:29 pm
harena: (Rainbow Signature)
Well, the Transition Ceremony went fabulously, Benjamin survived, and many many pictures were taken, but this is by far my favorite. I might get around to uploading the rest of them but this one i had to share straightaway ^_^

And sure, that's an adorable picture, but it's especially sweet because for the past few years Z has never readily allowed B to hug him and it had turned into a rather intricate game of cat and mouse between the two of them: B trying to get hugs and Z thwarting him. But this evening, when everyone was giving B his congratulatory hugs, Z spontaneously came up to B and gave the above bear hug. It was the Best Present anyone could have given B. And you can just see the joy on his face. ♥ :'D

. o O(and also my mom begged off ostensibly because of the heat, so we were free of her negativity :D)
harena: (Tree Frog)
So, there’s this nandina bush outside next to the window where my desk is.. and the other day I saw a male cardinal showing Extreme Interest in it & at first I thought he was just pondering the last remaning berries on the bush, but then I saw he had twigs in his beak and I thought to myself, NEST! And sure enough, the female showed up soon after and in a couple of days they had a loverly nest all made up and today I spied the eggs in there by a series of climbing gymnastics! :D

Ended up having W take the picture, though, ‘cause I’m terrible at such things (and my back is still a bit wonky) so that’s where the credit for the photograph goes! ^_^

harena: (Ferret Hgugles)
In light of all the strife, sorrow, & loss in the world today, i offer a flower to cheer you all up.

harena: (Optimistic Ferret)
We just got word: Josh was accepted into a RHA Howell home in Oxford! We go to sign papers tomorrow morning and they will be moving him on Friday!!

. o O (it may not be the Perfect Place for him long term, but it's a start and these people have extensive resources and several other facilities so if this one doesn't seem to be working out for him, they will almost certainly find another one that will!)(and oh, shucks, darn, he'll be moving into another LME which means we'll be losing his all but useless case manager of the past few years)

harena: (Rainbow Signature)
There. Totally got that jinx out of the way in my subject! i keep trying to avoid saying things like, "I hope 2011 goes better than 2010 did. It couldn't possibly be worse" to avoid the Universe feeling obliged to show me just how worse it could be.

And along those lines, i'd like to post here what the leader of my String Thing group started over on Ravelry: An Anti-Resolution List. Basically, instead of making a bunch of resolutions that most likely won't get kept, she made a list of things she already does well and is proud of and to quit fussing. i also agree with notion of being aware that of course there always is room for improvement but the days are already filled with lists of things that ought to be done and how about starting the year differently. i am all for that.

Here's what i stuck onto that thread:

1. I complete crocheted/knitted Xmas gifts for teachers and family on time every year.

2. I make my own lip balm and soap (which also go in the giftys in #1) and haven't bought any commercially for almost 2 decades.

3. I use open source software (and support Creative Commons) whenever possible and am Mostly successful at this.

Hippo Gnu Deer, Everybody!
harena: (Ferret with Yarn; Xmas)
Best. Christmas. Decoration. Ever.

. o O (The green plushies were a pre-existing condition, 2/3's of which were brought to me by Rtizy ^_^)(Quiz Time! Which Two????)
harena: (Ferret with Yarn; Xmas)
So, the day was weary but i got all my present wrapping done and am pretty much ready for the day.. i even got the way late packages i wanted to send to people into the mailbox before the mailperson came by...

...and when i went to collect said mail having seen the packages safely off, what should i find but this loverly card waiting for me from [personal profile] futuresoon!

On the outside!

Edward Gorey! However did she know??? ♥♥♥

And on the inside after a loverly wee note, i really fell into a heap of ferret glee for i found this:

. o O (and she said she was having creative burn-out, hah!)

Thankee againgain, Talia, it made my day :D
harena: (Ferret with Yarn; Xmas)
And so, B&Z are merrily decorating the tree and singing....

They Might Be Giants! Thermostat to be precise at this moment.

i love my kids ;D
harena: (Ferret Hgugles)
There isn't all that much overlap between this the Dreamwidth/Live Journal Universe and my Durham String Thing/Ravelry Universe so feel obliged to let all you people who read my thing here know what a wonderful thing one of my String-Thingers made for me:

A Cheer Harena Up Gifty, In Fact: )

When she gave them to me at our meet up on Sunday, i nearly cried, it was such a sweet thing to do! i am totally in love with them and have worn them every day since! i can even knit & crochet wearing them! :D
harena: Age Is Not Important Unless You're a Cheese (Aged Cheese)
But it might as well be, ' cause this morning what should i find on my doorstep1 but a big flat package! And what was in there? Why this! Along with a Michael's card to get it framed!! :D

And then W checked the mailbox and there was another box which contained some of the Strawberry Kiwi tea that i loved by celestial seasons but can't buy around here any more and Mooooar Chocklit Covered Gummy Bears (as described here! :D :D

Thank you sooo much Foolie & Mandy! ♥

1: About which, i have to say, i'm pretty irritated at our mailperson, 'cause the mail came late2 and they did not ring the bell to let us know it was there, so it sat there all night and got rained on; but it was okay in spite ofthis, yayay

2: After 5pm, i think; it was post-mediation and picking up kids from grandparents', so i know it was pretty late; i was mush-brained, but not so mush-brained that i would have missed a package sitting by the door :P
harena: Age Is Not Important Unless You're a Cheese (Aged Cheese)
[personal profile] lyrwen sent me a map! it is not shiny??? Click on the image for the super-duper-sized version for a close up view! :D

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