Thursday, March 23, 2017
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Looking Glass Falls, Pisgah National Forest, outside Brevard, NC
The lens flare from hell
White squirrel souvies
The rabbits love going up to Ranchester and have staked out ownership of the basement/garage zone, but aren’t too keen on the car ride to get there. They continue to act like they never get fed. Don’t listen to them…
Sunday, January 19, 2014
|The Mighty Mackinac Bridge|
Parental Unit #1 The big news for Bob is that last summer he started a new job that’s actually local: no more living out of town Monday thru Friday. This is looked upon as a definite lifestyle upgrade. The position is with Element Materials Technology, an independent metals testing lab in Charlotte. He'll miss his friends at Caterpillar and the great bicycling community in Sumter, SC, but not the driving back and forth. It's great to get back home again!
|Hiking near Roan Mtn, NC|
|Christmas snow in Livonia, MI|
|Hiking near Mount Mitchell, NC|
|The old harbor at Lafayette, MI|
|Ardis Furnace site, Iron Mtn, MI|
|Skippy and Zeela, not stressing it|
Monday, June 17, 2013
World Wide Knit in Public Day was indeed celebrated by the Charlotte Knitting Guild. Fiber-related art was installed at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design in uptown Charlotte. Gotta like an institution with a plus sign as part of their official name.
The installation consisted of pre-knitted yarn bits of various sizes, shapes, and colors. These are then woven in, through, and around the main hand railing leading into the museum. This process typically goes by the street term of "yarn bombing", although neither yarn or substrate is actually blown up. Dang.
My role in all this was to take pictures, make a time-lapse video, haul yarn, fetch drinks, stay out of trouble, and, as is the case with most knit-related activities, generally enable.
The Mint + Museum has some very cool exhibits going on right now. There is F.O.O.D., which features fun items relating to all things kitchen and cooking. There is also an exhibit by Columbian political artist Debora Arango. Wild, colorful, fun, and thought-provoking all around. Catch them if you can.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
We totally missed sending out our traditional Blichmann / Bond holiday letter in 2010, so let's rewind a little bit...
Bob's Bifurcated Life: Bob was out of official work for the first half of 2010, but late in the summer he found a job a Caterpillar plant making parts for big yellow digging machines. That's a good thing. The position is less pure metallurgy and more general engineering stuff, which can also be a good thing. The bad thing is that it's located in wonderful Sumter, SOUTH Carolina, which is about two hours south of our home. Sumter is in the SC midlands – essentially a big swamp. It's main claim to fame is an Air Force bombing range that is open to the public. You can go watch planes blow things up, if you like that kind of thing. Bob spends weekdays in Sumter, staying in a sort of crumby apartment we call the “Den of Squalor”. Weekends are mostly spent at home in North Carolina. Ah, the exotic double life
Bob outside the new modern
It’s an unwritten covenant in our neighborhood that each residence harbor at least two yapping dogs.
Bob and Betsy
- I think we’re all on Facebook in some way, shape, or form.
- Betsy’s knitting in chronicled on Ravelry, the big, honkin’ knitting database. www.ravelry.com. Her username is Knitbert.
- Bob’s musical stuff: www.facebook.com/RachelGarciaQuartet www.facebook.com/StevensMill
Early 2012 P.S.
- Cancer finally caught up with Bob’s dad. He passed away just after the first of the year. The Blichmann family met up in the U.P. to celebrate his long, unique, and meaningful life.
- Lorraine is out of physical rehab, and has just moved into an assisted living apartment until she can gain enough strength to go back home.
And if we can keep the bugs and viruses out of our home computer, maybe our 2012 newsletter will actually be published in 2012. Imagine that.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
- Love at first sight. Despite the reputation for romance and reproduction, this is actually rare.
- They ignore each other. This is good – they are checking each other out, trying to figure out if they can trust each other. Kind of like a first date.
- They chase each other around. This is also good. At least one of them has established some trust, and they’ve gone straight into trying to establish the pecking order. Who is going to be the alpha rabbit?
- They try to kill each other.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Skippy and Zeela are officially bonded. It took four days of the rabbits living in separate cages. I’d let them out on the back deck to hop around together in “neutral territory”. Skippy was his usual hyper-friendly self, and wanted to do no more than chase Zeela around. She, on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with this, and would tear off, stomping her feet. Of course, tearing off would just turn on crazy Skippy, and escalate the chase. The good thing was that each bunny would mellow out and lay down if you stopped to pet it. It was just a matter of coercing the rabbits into getting petted at the same time, which turned out to be pretty easy.
Once a remote degree of calmness was induced by these, umm, rabbit-human-rabbit interactions, it was more of a contest of who gets to be the alpha rabbit. They would do this by approaching each other, lowering their chins, attempting to get the other rabbit to initiate grooming. In the bizarre world of lagomorph pecking order, the bigwig rabbit gets groomed first. “Hey you, lick my head!” Skippy made the first concession, and calmly groomed Zeela. But she held out for a few days, refusing to return the favor. He didn’t think much of this one-way behavior, so he kept up the chasing. On day four, Zeela finally gave in. She walked up to a resting Skippy, and started grooming his ears. From that minute on, they‘ve behaved like they’ve been best buddies all their lives. It’s not at all clear who won the alpha rabbit contest, but now they are both living together in the big hutch, and are getting along famously.
Fortunately, they were able to have lots of deck time. I had a project that I could work on out on the back deck while the rabbits tore around underfoot, sorting all their personal stuff. It was easy for me to stop a squabble, or enforce some quiet petting time.
I am “The Rabbit Whisperer”…
After a cold, late spring, we finally started to get some warmer temps and even some rain. Lots of stuff growing.
Figs. The first batch will be ready to pick soon, and you can see the second batch set on.
The big, overgrown plant by the front door is some kind of picker bush. Its existence is justified only by the fact that new growth has somewhat interesting red foliage. Once summer hits, the leaves turn green, and I trim it back fairly aggressively – hey, now it’s just an annoying picker bush! The worst part is that it totally hides the only surviving azalea left in our yard. This azalea is actually pretty showy. But it’s only visible from inside the dining room, and completely invisible from the street. The picker bush may not be long for this world.
The kiwi vines were pruned way back this year, as they will take over the world if you let them. They are kind of like kudzu in that way. As you can see, they are growing like crazy. Looks like we will actually have kiwis this year! Yeah!!!