26 March 2010

Arachnophobia always hits one minute too late

As I walked from the pub after the lecture last night, only at about 9.15 p.m.(and of course have not drank any alcohol!), I met an incredible spring wildlife collection of animals. Last few days have been very warm and seems like the little creatures noticed it even better than humans. As I walked around the hospital, I noticed a HUGE (5 cm) spider on the wall, which I must have photographed with my phone,of course, having the true scientific instincts, but as soon as I walked away I thought: "Ewwwww!!! Spider, yikes!!!" Well, arachnophobia always hits one minute too late.. Under it on the floor sat a little toad, watching me approach with very angry expression in its eyes, which turned even more angry when I tried to cuddle it a bit. The froggie bent its head down, which was probably to make its back look bigger and scarier (but still about the same size as the scary spider), so I let it be. Soon the "Albertov" stairs will be covered in toads, searching for the right partner on their way to one of the little lakes nearby. The next animals that I met were little black bugs walking across the pavement and the most suprising discovery was a SLUG on the inside of my window,which I discovered when I wanted to get a bit of fresh air into the room before I go to bed. I have no idea how it climbed to the 5th floor, but maybe we brought it in with some flowers that we have on the window (in which case I don't understand why it hasn't come out earlier). Seems to me that summer is approaching with incredible speed and I can't wait to see what other new creatures will move into our home :)

25 March 2010

Orange "Christmas" bracelet online!!

So... another very very slow day at work. I work as a photocopy service in the library. I did not have much to do today, so I tried to work on my coursework and also rediscovered "The Sims" on my PC, so now I am working on a house and career or an imaginary character as well as mine... I will have to stop soon, because it keeps distracting me too much :)
Yesterday, I listed another one of the bracelets that I started making during Christmas holiday. I finished it many days ago,but only got to photographing it last week. It is orange and bright, a perfect accessory for colourful summer clothes.

The listing is available at this address http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43393341

12 March 2010

Blanket-murderers anti-handmade rodents

Something more than a month ago I adopted a lovely rat couple, both males, who were supposed to be used as a snake food after the series of behavioural experiments were finished on them at the Science Academy. Though lovely, always curious and very interesting, we have been through all possible problems with them - from the noise they make at night to their fights over who will be the dominant one.

Because the cage they live in is a bit small, I let them walk around the room every night to get some exercise. They only walk on the armchair, play with a pillow and make a nest in a blanket that covers the chair, walk on the radiator, then return to the cage and so on. BUT! Today I woke up and had a look at them and I was terified! The edge of blanket was pulled inside and holes were bitten into it at several places in such a way, that I cannot repair it now. Apparently, after their evening games with the blanket I left it too close to the cage so they could reach it with their teeth and tried to pull it in to continue playing with it.

Well, this is what happens when a handmade item meets with pets of anti-handmade persuasion. The best idea that I got was to wash it and - after it dries - try to get as much undamaged yarn from it as possible... I know it is their nature to bite things, but I crocheted the blanket during the last year of high-school and it has taken me several months and I was really happy when I finished it and loved it... And all of that was destroyed during one night.
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