Although it's now approaching mid-morning, I am relatively accomplished for a Sunday. Jack and I took an aborted walk (more on that in a paragraph or so), and I came home and had breakfast, then read some excellent Labyrinth fanfic (the posits, among other things, that Sarah's eating of the peach in the Labyrinth tied her to the Underground like Persephone's pomegranate, and another that crossed Labyrinth with The Avengers to good effect). And then I started cookies, which are nearly finished. That doesn't, however, mean that I am ambitious today, because it's Sunday, and I'm not. I have all sorts of vague ambitions for craft projects in my head, but none of them are likely to come to fruition. Though I do have to take a few more TeenyTinyTARDIS photos -- but I am nearly to the end of the stated aim of that project, which was to post 365 photos -- one a day, more or less. I got started 1 March 2014, and it's nearly the end of February....
As I posted on FB a little while ago, this morning's walk with Jack was a disaster. It was plenty warm enough, at 19° -- and with the vicious temperatures we have had lately, it felt downright balmy -- but we had snow yesterday and while the roads had been plowed, they were still snow-covered and sloppy. I elected to wear my boots, but they always bother my feet, and after half a block, I could feel the strain in both tendons. It did not help matters at all that Jack pulled like a crazy pulling thing. The deer had been all over the neighborhood again -- right up to the house, in fact -- and I could see much smaller tracks that looked like kitty prints, so I imagine the entire clan of black cats was roaming the neighborhood as well. Plus, the air smelled vaguely skunky, so that critter is probably also still about. We walked as far as up the block and around the corner, but Jack yanked one yank too many, and I turned us around and brought us home. Maybe later we'll try again. Maybe later I'll wear my sneakers and damn the snow in my socks.
I did dig out the Haltis (head collars -- not muzzles). They were right where I thought they would be. One was marked with a "D" for Deuce, and that is probably the one that will fit Jack. (Deuce was part border collie, part Aussie shepherd). The other may have been Garion's (mostly black lab), or it may have been Sheila's. I recall that we only tried the Halti once with Sheila, because she went down in the middle of the street and was trying to rub the thing off on the asphalt. One thing on a deserted country road, but kind of awkward in the middle of a residential neighborhood like this one. Anyway, both are grimier than I expected, so I will try to clean Deuce's with dish soap and hot water, though they're not particularly expensive, so it might be simpler to just order a new one.
One thing that annoyed me; I found them at Amazon; I searched there first for comparison, because I intended to order one from PetSmart or Drs. Foster & Smith. Neither of the latter places carry them. They carry alternate types, but not the Halti. So if I do order one, it'll be from Amazon.... I suppose I could stop by the tractor place near work or drive out to the pet shop east of town, but the latter place is a warren. It wouldn't hurt to try the tractor place, though, I suppose.
Last tray of cookies just came out of the oven. Tomorrow is the last day for one of my work friends before she goes off for medical leave, and we're putting together a basket of things for her to do during her recuperation -- she's a very active person, and she's having bunion surgery, which means six weeks off her feet. She kept complaining that My Partner came back to work in a cast and on crutches, and I had to disabuse her of the notion that she could do that. "Oh, no," I said, "that was because after she recovered from her surgery, she broke her foot." Though she did have bunions in both feet and after one or the other of her surgeries, she did come back a little early, but in a wheelchair. I remember helping her to rearrange her cubicle so that she could get the wheelchair in there. B is so tall, though, that I'm not certain that would work for her, unless they gave her a laptop to work on. (Because her long legs wouldn't fit under the desk if she was trying to keep her feet up. Given that she's in Data Entry, I don't think that would work out for anyone.) Anyway, my contribution to the basket is a puzzle book and chocolate chip cookies. It occurs to me that maybe I should lend her my cheap little Cobo tablet; I could download some games onto it for her. (I bought it on clearance three years ago, and it served its purpose, which was to give me somewhere to put Italy pics to show off to people.)
This coming week is supposed to be my 9-5 week, but since another worker is working 9-5 on certain days, I don't need to work 9-5 all week (though I'm not certain which days are which). I will probably go in at 8:00 every morning, anyway, just to try to get some work done. Tomorrow, though, I will leave at 4:00 so I can go see Grama, since I didn't stop to see her last week.
There is enough snow that I could haul the snowblower out and make a mess, but there's not quite enough that I couldn't just drive out of the driveway, so I will probably not bother. Today's high temperature is supposed to be quite near freezing, so I think some of the snow might melt. Or maybe sublimate. As long as some of it goes away, I don't care which way it does it. After today, though, it's supposed to get vicious again, with temps in the single digits and wind chills below 0°. Surely it's time for winter to end? Surely?
I have come up with a new idea for my SCA device: thirteen stars (well compass roses, because I don't like the heraldic etoiles) on a blue field. Heh. I may draw it later. I'll have to look, but someone probably already did something like that. I also need to renew my paid membership, because my term as seneschal continues for another year. Well, actually, for another ten months. I have been contacted by someone who is moving into town and wants to join the shire. She says that she is an A&S person, though, not a fighter. Maybe with some new blood, we can get some A&S stuff going. Or not....
I gained back, this week, the two pounds that I had lost the week before. I was not careful this week, though, and that is the result. I must be more careful this week, then. More fruits. More veggies (ugh -- why are fruits so easy and veggies so hard?). I did buy some asparagus, so I will have roast asparagus for two dinners. No more ham and cheese omelettes, though. Or, at least, no more than one a week, since they're apparently not as good for me as they are good.
Right. Time to clean up the kitchen and...I dunno, wash my hair or something. Oh, that's right. Wash a Halti.