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March 15, 2010

Cat Bullet

Monday Morning

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life,Rocky Mountain Arsenal — Cat @ 10:14 am

“Hmph” Jordan, 2005

There should be a Country Western song with the theme: “First Monday of Daylight Savings Time, still dark outside, and my blue jeans aren’t dry…”

(or should that be Ain’t dry? CW grammar is confusing sometimes.)

What to report…

Last week was fairly uneventful. Had my annual physical (OH what fun), wherein the Doctor scolded me for various topics and did rather intrusive things. Had to go back on Friday to get my blood tests done (Yes, the blood tests that I tried to have done the week before). Results aren’t back for the most part, but my cholesterol looks good.

Spent Saturday reading books and starting three different socks. All with the same yarn. I don’t know what to do. I have this stunning “Delphinium” colored sock yarn that I got last summer in Alaska but it doesn’t look good with any pattern that I try. Also I swatched it and it seems to run small (high number of stitches per inch), but when I knit it, it seems to be normal, so if I use my gauge swatch to determine the stitches to cast on, it just looks HUGE.

Of course we all know that gauge swatches lie through their little purly teeth, right?

Right now, the sock is 72 stitches, K2P2 ribbing. It is looking decent, color wise. I am currently holding at about one inch, which is my usual “ribbing” depth, but I have to be honest… I may just do the whole sock in K2P2 ribbing. I thought about inventing some sort of lacy pattern, but frankly, I could use a “brainless” sock right now. In my opinion, the yarn looks better in K2P2 than it does in any of the “fancy” patterns that I tried…

Sunday, I woke up, already an hour behind.

Stupid Daylight Savings Time

Conceptually, I knew that I was due out at the Arsenal at 10am, but then I poked around the house for a while and all of a sudden it was 9am and I hadn’t showered yet!!! YIKES!! Never fear, I made it out there with ten minutes to spare, but it was touch and go there for a while…

The tour went well. Lots of Mule deer wandering around (most looking rather scraggly because we are nearing the end of winter), lots of BOPs (Birds of Prey) hanging around in the trees because there was no sun and therefore no thermals to ride.

We saw a beautiful Bald Eagle, perched on a telephone pole. He wasn’t quite full adult (still looked a little muddy around the edges), but he was still very nice looking.

The bison herd is up to 44 individuals (including 6 babies from last summer and more adults brought in from the Bison Refuge over the winter).

Mama Great Horned Owl is back on her nest again this year. I can’t wait to see her babies again.

After the tour, tried to purchase a couple of wedding presents, new pillows and replace my watch band, but was unsuccessful at locating any of the above. That’s what I get for trying to shop outside of my usual comfort zone. Then it started snowing and raining, so I just went home.

More books, and (concurrently) some laundry.

Don’t I have just the most exciting life?

What did everyone else do over the weekend??

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April 21, 2009

Cat Bullet

Tuesday Musings

Taffy, thinking about things
Taffy, trying to decide on exactly the best time to start the “Spring Shed”

So, here it is, Tuesday morning already. The Denver area had some wild and wacky weather over the end of last week through the weekend. Thursday, Friday and Saturday were mostly a rain/snow mix. I didn’t personally get a lot of accumulation, but some areas got quite a bit. Sunday, on the other hand, was bright and shiny and beautiful. At any rate, the snow brought an abundance of much needed moisture to our parched area.

This week is supposed to be really nice (highs in the 60′s to 80′s), and with our typical Colorado Sunshine, the grass and leaves are almost visibly growing. Aaah Spring. Or should that be “AAAAA-CHOO” Spring?

I have been intently focusing on finishing up knitting projects. I’m about 3/4 along on the I-cord edging on the Taos stole, and I am almost exclusively working on that project alone. It is fairly easy, but is taking a lot longer than I anticipated. I really need the emotional boost of getting a big project done and off of the needles.

On Friday, I helped a neighboring department with their “Chemistry Day” activities – I spent the day entering contest data/results for a bunch of high school students who visit Metro State every year for the festivities. In between data entry projects, I worked on a bulky weight hat – I really like how it came out, and since it was bulky weight, I finished it that evening. I should have worked on the stole, but it is beyond the “carry around easily” stage.

Saturday, I puttered around the house. Seriously, I know I did things, but I can’t for the life of me come up with one constructive thing that got done. In the evening, I went over to a friend of mine’s house and we had a knitting party. She is working on a beautiful mohair lace project and I worked on the Taos edging.

Sunday, I didn’t get any knitting done, but I did take Terrie and her family on a private tour of the Arsenal. It was incredible – we saw so many things!!! Including a fluffy baby Great Horned Owl (and his mama), a raccoon, a muskrat, tons of birds and deer. Even the bison were obligingly close to the fence. No pictures of course, because I didn’t have my camera. I say “of course”, because if I had taken my camera, we would not have seen a single thing. That’s just the way it works. I did really love that little baby owl, though.

So, I guess that it was a decent weekend, though I don’t have much to show for it. Now it is time to focus on another work week with meetings, meetings, meetings.

Everybody have a great day!!

P.S. Does anyone have experience with a Roomba? I’m giving serious consideration to buying one to deal with the cat hair accumulation in my house…

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August 20, 2008

Cat Bullet

Funny Thing Happened Yesterday…

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life,Rocky Mountain Arsenal — Cat @ 11:05 am

Swainson's Hawk

Well, a funny thing happened to me on the bus home yesterday.

The bus was packed – we were literally standing nose to armpit (no, that isn’t the funny part).

There was an accident on the highway that really slowed down our progress (no, that isn’t the funny part, either. What kind of person do you think I am, anyway??)

So, after dangling from my fingertips from the overhead bar for about 45 minutes, I was understandably tired when we pulled into the park and ride for the majority of people to get off the bus (I continue on for a little bit, so was looking forward to finally getting to sit down).

There, on the grassy bank that edges the park and ride was a beautiful Swainson’s Hawk. Probably had caught a mouse or something… Anyway, he caught my attention and I made a noise of some sort. People asked me what I saw and I started explaining.

Those same people got a really weird look on their face, and then quickly exited when the time came. I didn’t think much about it and figured that they just weren’t “in” to animals as much as I am.

About four or five minutes later, I just started laughing.

I had slipped into “Rocky Mountain Arsenal Tour Guide” mode and started talking about the migratory and breeding habits of those particular hawks….

Apparently standing in the front of a crowded bus (not to mention hanging on for dear life) brings out the Tour Gude in me.

Who knew???

Swainson's Hawk

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June 24, 2008

Cat Bullet

My Weekend

Filed under: Rocky Mountain Arsenal — Cat @ 9:42 am

My weekend dawned Saturday morning. Not too early, but not too late to start planning to get things done.

I hauled load after load of laundry down to the basement and started sorting. Just after the first load went in, the phone rang.

It was the Mountain Purl (the other Kathy), and she was inviting me to that evening’s Rockies game. I was so excited. I love going to baseball games.

As I pulled out my old (very old) Rockies shirt, I just got sad. It is so old and so stained and had a couple of holes. I couldn’t possibly be seen in that, right? So Mom and I went to Kohl’s. She needed socks. I needed a Rockies shirt.

Needles to say, neither of us walked out with ONLY what we went in for. But it was fun. And I am now the proud owner of a MLB Replica Jersey with Matt Holliday’s name and number.

Back at home, I pushed through the rest of the loads of laundry, then jumped into the car and went to the library to pick up some requested books, then went to the Park and Ride to catch the Rockies Ride. The game was incredible – very high action, and we won!!!

Sunday morning dawned (a little later) and I finally got to go back to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal to give a tour. They have been closed for so long (September?? October?? I can’t remember). We missed all of the fall and winter, my favorite times out there.

There were old friends to see:
Old Friend, newly dusted

And new friends to meet (a new art exhibit is in the lobby):
New Friends
(which is very nice, but we don’t have foxes out at the Arsenal…)

We went out on the tour route. Being very hot, we didn’t see much at first. When we pulled up outside of the bison enclosure, there were a couple of burrowing owls across the street.
Burrowing owls
(honest, there are two very blurry owls in this picture)

The bison were barely visible – way on the other side of the enclosure. Luckily, we were allowed to go into the enclosure. When we got to one of the cross streets, we had a slightly better view.
Bison Herd

They were way off in the field. They didn’t seem to be worried by our presence. On the contrary, they slowly began ambling towards us.

Coming closer

We were the objects of some curiosity…
Bison cow

Two of this year’s calves were out and playing around together…

See the orange calves?

Many of the bison were still working on shedding their winter down – boy do I want some of that…
Bison, shedding

The bison walked just behind our tram, no more than six feet away. It was incredible.

Again, we were the object of curiosity, this time by one of the calves.
Calf curiosity

As the cows and calves wandered by, the bulls finally figured out that they were getting left behind. Slowly, they got up and followed the rest of the group. Boy, have they really GROWN!!!

Bison bull

They are HUGE!!

Bison bull

It was really an amazing sight. I’ve never been so close to the bison before, at least not without a fence in between us. The bison were not alarmed or irritated by our presence, it was almost as if they came over to say HI and then went along with their day.

It was particularly special because we had one man in a wheelchair. He couldn’t see out really well, because the wheelchair lift was blocking his view. I kept taking pictures and running to the back of the bus to show him. But then, the bison crossed right behind the bus, so he was able to turn around and get the best view of everyone. He and his wife were so happy and thrilled, it just made my day.

Everyone was really quiet on the way back to the visitors center – there just wasn’t much to say after that.

It was cool.

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November 2, 2007

Cat Bullet


It’s Friday! Happy Happy Happy Friday!!

That is my Friday song. You have to imagine me singing and bouncing up and down.

(On second thought, don’t imagine that. It is kind of a silly tradition.)

Plans for weekend.

Hmmmm. Just slightly changed, since they have apparently closed the Arsenal for visitation “Until Further Notice”. Apparently they “found something” during the cleanup. Haven’t had time to read the press release yet. So, no Sunday Tour or working in the bookstore.

Saturday: Am going to baby shower for baby who’s blanket I am currently knitting. Thankfully, I’ve communicated frequently with the mom-to-be, so she won’t be disappointed that it isn’t finished. I will take the work in progress with me so that she can see it. I think the last deadline that I promised was “it will be done any time between now and when the boy graduates from college.”

It is important to set achievable goals.

So,with the exception of the baby shower, no huge plans for the weekend. Maybe clean some more in the house. Maybe do the yard.

Definately knit. Definately study.

Definately do not get the flu. Am not feeling at tip top shape today. If I feel the same tomorrow morning, I will not go to the party, just so that I don’t infect people. Especially Mom-to-be.

Have a great weekend. Find someone to snuggle with.


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August 2, 2007

Cat Bullet


Filed under: It's a Cat's Life,Rocky Mountain Arsenal — Cat @ 11:22 am

Wow. Nothing to report today.

I think that I managed a whole whopping 6 rows on the Mystery Stole last night – I got home from work late and then had to gather up and run some laundry and then run the dishwasher (I don’t trust my plumbing enough to run both at once).

I watered plants. I made a grocery list.

Someone had an accident on a throw rug that needed to be dealt with. (no, it wasn’t me).

I’ll have to distract you from the overwhelming dullness of today’s post with a random Arsenal picture.

This is the shed where we keep our Mule Deer Bucks when we aren’t using them (look at the figure outlined against the back opening).

Storage of Unused Deer

Just kidding.

But the bucks have figured out that this is a nice cool shady place to hang out in the heat we had this summer. Every time we drove by, we can see the outline of four or five bucks and their rapidly growing antlers.

Now see? If you would come out to one of my Arsenal Tours, you can have up to two hours of bad jokes just like this…

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June 14, 2007

Cat Bullet

Bison Update

Filed under: Rocky Mountain Arsenal — Cat @ 6:00 am

Well, since I’m sure you were all wondering, I thought that I would give you an update on the Bison out at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.

If you remember, 16 bison were released at the Arsenal on St. Patrick’s day of this year.

13 females of various ages, and three males.

All have settled in to their new “Roaming” range. One of the bulls has been a loner, typically hanging out by himself, but we are assured that this is natural behavior.

About a month ago, three of the cows had calves, so our herd is up to 19.

Bison calf

Pastoral Scene

I just love how their little bitty horns are growing in. I guess the mothers are greatful that the horns start to grow AFTER the birth process…

Due to the time of day when we normally see them, they are usually laying down, “Bagging some Rays.” But occasionally they are getting lunch:

MMmmmmmm ...  Mother's Milk

Sometimes they hang out with their elders:
Just Hanging with my Peeps

Although the biologists haven’t wanted to tangle with the mommas to find out what the sexes of the babies are, I have clear photographic evidence that at least one of them is a boy:

Its a BOY!

It is hard to believe that this little guy (probably around 60 pounds now) will grow up to be one of these:

Bison Bull

It has been a lot of fun leading tours out to visit the bison. It is gratifying to see the interest that people have in this topic. I’m looking forward to seeing how our herd develops over the upcoming years.

Another Bison Calf

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March 21, 2007

Cat Bullet

What’s Going ON?

Filed under: Rocky Mountain Arsenal — Cat @ 11:59 am

Saturday morning dawned.

Bright and Early.

Early is bad on a Saturday.

But I managed to drag myself out of bed and out to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. There was something special going on.

I’ll give you a hint:
What could this be?

And another hint:
Could I knit this?


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February 15, 2007

Cat Bullet

I am proud of this picture

Filed under: Hobbies and Obsessions,Rocky Mountain Arsenal — Cat @ 10:51 am

Hi All,

Another picture from the Arsenal.

Coyotes at the Arsenal

Even small it is very pretty, but it is hard to see the coyotes at the base of the tree.

Click here to see the full size picture. WARNING: THIS IS A HUGE PICTURE and will take a long time to load if you are accessing this blog through dialup.

I think this is one of the better pictures that I’ve taken out at the Arsenal.

Knitting News: Last night I focused on the sleeves for the purple sweater. I think they are at least 2/3 (if not 3/4 done). I only have eight more rows before I start the decreases that form the “cap” (or rounded part) of the sleeve. Today is KnitLunch (TM), so I’m hoping to get those eight rows done then.

Everyone have a happy Thursday.

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January 15, 2007

Cat Bullet

2 degrees

Filed under: It's a Cat's Life,Rocky Mountain Arsenal — Cat @ 10:10 am

Well, it was COLD this morning as I walked from the bus station into work. When I turned on my computer, the local news station said the temperature was 2 degrees.

I guess that is justification for feeling a bit chilly.

It is supposed to get up to a balmy 19 degrees today, and in the 30′s tomorrow.

But guess what…. MORE snow is coming towards the end of this week.

What can I say? It is always fun around here.

This weekend was fairly quiet. Saturday, I worked on laundry, tidying the house and finished watching the Forever Knight DVD’s. (Thanks David! ) I also finished off a library book and another book, so all in all, it was a productive day. All day Sunday, I spent at the Arsenal doing tours. It was very cold there, but we took the van so we were insulated from the cold. We saw a couple of eagles, several coyotes and a whole bunch of deer.

The deer, unfortunately, seem to be having a hard time with the snow. They are looking very very thin. But I guess that is nature. Enough of them will survive to make it through for the next generation.

Have a Happy Monday!

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