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I'm excited to tell you that I finished the back of my son in law's sweater - today I'll work on the other front and then sleeves!  Yes, I'm one of the few people in the knitting world who likes to knit sleeves, I know that I'm near the end of the project and sleeves go so quickly for me.  In the evenings, we've been watching something from Netflix and I knit away, stitch by stitch.

January so far has been wonderful for knitting.


The Holly/Frodo saga continues to evolve and progress.  Little Miss Holly comes out of her room ever so cautiously (totally nosy) and then retreats like a ghost chases her.  Yesterday, she sidled up to my husband on his left while Frodo was sitting on his right.  I don't think either pet knew the other was there but then maybe they did.  Once Frodo figured she was there, he did his sniff - retreat behavior.  Over and over and over until eventually he does a bark.  Holly stands her ground and hisses. 

Both are doing quite well.  My husband and I sit on the edge of our seats, watching and watching and watching.  Holly is very BRAVE.  And dear sweet Frodo, his world is upside down but so exciting for him.



simple plain socks for my daughter

In other news, a bear (yes a BEAR) busted through our fence and ripped the pool cover open to try to get a drink from the frozen pool unsuccessfully.  How do I know it was a bear?  Well, we've been guessing on previous mysterious fence incidents but on Tuesday morning, he left many foot prints and a big 'present' pile. 

Oh and while coming home from dinner out last week, he walked in front of our car.

I called the PA State Game Commissioner warden who came out to the house.  I don't know if they will trap our bear or not.  I hope so but he would not commit to a 'yes' even though there are other incidents in the surrounding area.  Can you believe I say 'our bear'.  gah.  Anyways, there isn't a food source or anything else for him here.  So say some prayers he goes off and bugs someone else.

Since the bear incident - I dread waking up and looking out the window, so I don't.  My husband covered the pool holes with a tarp and we are waiting on repairing the fence since the chances of him coming around again to torture us are quite high. 



Besides all the wild kingdom news, I've been mulling over what to cast on when the sweater is down.  I owe my sister a sweater but I'm leaning towards something for me in between the sweater knitting.  I do love to daydream about what to knit.  It's nearly as much fun as knitting in real life.


bear not using the gate
 Well I need to get going, I'm going to the gym this morning and run some much needed errands.


Comments

  1. Oh Wow! I would love to see a bear...but not on my property - lol. I hope they do trap him and take him off somewhere far away. That sweater is so pretty (handsome I guess might be a better word) and knitting dreaming - I do it all the time! Pretty Christmas cactus too. Mine is healthy and with new growth, but hasn't bloomed in many years.

    And see? I do believe Holly and Frodo are coming to an understanding.

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  2. Your bear incident doesn't sound like fun at all. I do hope they trap him, especially because I wonder if there might be something wrong with him. He should be hibernating in January, unless maybe warm weather made him venture out. Sending you plenty of "bear be gone" thoughts along with loads of happy knitting thoughts!

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  3. I remember having bear problems when I lived in NY State...they make such a mess of things like fences, lawn furniture, and any thing else outside. Our animal control officer used to ride through the neighborhoods warning people to bring their pets in if a bear had been spotted...good luck with keeping the bear away!

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  4. Frodo is letting Holly know he thinks he's boss, but in the non-threatening schnauzer way. So funny. The sweater is looking great! Hope your bear moves on and no longer bothers you. What a worry! Take care!

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    1. I wish Holly would get that when Frodo barks he's being friendly...

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  5. Maybe someone wants to go with you there? She is adorable.

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  6. Oh, my goodness! A bear breaking down the fence and tearing up the pool cover to get a drink. Interesting that he could figure that out. Scary that he is in your back yard!! I will whisper a prayer that he move on. You are whizzing along on that sweater! It is going to be so beautiful. I get ahead of myself plotting on the next project! I have all the needed items (except a set of needles) to do three more projects... and I ventured off on this Flat Rib Popover and a MKAL of mitts! The rabbit holes entice! LOL! Be safe. blessings ~ tanna

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  7. Wow, a bear not sure how I would feel about that, scared probably. Well done on finishing the back of the sweater and chilling out with Frodo and Holly. Your patience is starting to be rewarded. Have a great weekend.

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  8. Oh bother as Winnie the Pooh says . YIKES I say. I know you are very careful. Holly and Frodo will be pals someday soon. All the signs are there. Be safe.And I too enjoy thinking about my knititng as much as knitting my knitting!

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  9. Wow! I'm surprised your bear is up and moving this time of year. We've been in our current house for about 10 years & this past summer was the first one when we didn't see our bear (or bears since some years it's been a mama and her baby.) Knowing they are out there, so close to civilization amazes me, freaks me out and excites me all at the same time. Maybe to protect your fence & pool, you could put some big buckets of water around the property line - assuming you don't mind helping out your neighbor. Also, keep in mind that bear enjoy eating out of bird feeders.

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  10. Wow, we have bears in our area, too, but none as destructive as "yours". Your DH is brave also to be in between those two pets although it does sound like they are slowing getting used to one another. Nice work on the sweater! It's a beauty!

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  11. I am so surprised that you have a bear roaming around! Aren't they supposed to hibernate in the winter? It's pretty scary to see how aggressive he was with your fence. Thank goodness Frodo wasn't outside! Love the sweater, and so happy to read that Holly and Frodo are slowly becoming friends.

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    1. He wasn't aggressive, he just walked through the fence. Bears like the shortest path!

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  12. And pet TV continues. What fun it must be to watch the two. OMgoodness, a bear? That is something. I'm glad you and everyone were safe at least. Sorry about the damage.

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  13. Oh my. Mr. Bear sure put a hurt on the poor fence. Hope he finds a new place to take himself soon. We had bears in Florida too. The one in our neighborhood wasn't very large, but he managed to damage quite a few fences.

    Little Miss Holly is so sweet. What an adorable face. I can see why you are smitten with this kitten.

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  14. My goodness, Holly is just so precious, Karen, and it sounds like she and Frodo are coming to some kind of "agreement." I am guessing that over time, they are going to become the bestest buddies. :-) You son-in-law's sweater looks like it coming along beautifully. I love the color of the yarn you're using for it.

    We had a bear last year. Big fella, and a little too close to the house for my comfort. Never saw him again though.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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  15. I think having a bear in my yard would be terrifying. I wonder why they aren't just trapping and re-releasing him somewhere with fewer people. He really did a number on your fence!
    I love the photo of Holly behind the books. What a sweetheart!

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  16. That Miss Holly is so endearing. And you are so patient and gentle with your pets. No wonder they love you. A bear - oh my. Aren't they suppose to hibernate during the winter? This guy sounds confused. Stay safe.

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  17. Oh WOW, Karen! We have bear around here, too,. As a matter of fact, one spring day about five years ago I looked out the front door and saw one padding up the hill in the middle of our road. But I've not seen anything where they've done damage like this one did to your fence...and then to see him walk in front of your car! Yikes! I'll be happy to pray about that bear.

    Take care, my friend. xx

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