Saturday, December 31, 2011

It Just Pours Out †

I started this blog back on November 15, 2005 as mainly a knitting and talking about what's going on in my life blog. At the end of August 2008 I began to slowly and cautiously to also blog about our new passion, guns and target shooting. After the election I began to let more of the "Right-Wing Extremist" seep into the blog, mainly in the Parting Shots. And for a long time it was shooting and life and knitting, not necessarily in that order.

And now I'm adding another element. I'm going to start posting about my Catholic Faith as it's now part of my life. No preachy stuff; that turns me off, too; just occasional Faith related posts and blogging about how I'm fitting my Faith into my life or is it that I'm fitting my life into my Faith.

I was raised in a Catholic family and went to a Catholic Parochial School from kindergarten through the eighth grade. My folks couldn't afford to send me to a Catholic High School as I had two younger sisters still in school. Because of those nine years with mostly nuns as teachers I got a very solid grounding in the Catholic Faith along with going to Mass every. single. weekday and every Sunday.

Faith has always been present in my life in one way or another but I didn't go to church or pray on any kind of a regular basis. I'd always joked that I was a collapsed or expired Catholic.

But over a year ago, October or November, 2010, I don't remember exactly when or why I decided to read the Bible — just a chapter or two every night or so. Long story short (which I'll tell in subsequent posts) on November 19 I went to Confession and took Communion for the first time in ... well ... a very long time.

I've always tried to live a Christian life but now that I'm a practicing Catholic who wants to continue to take Communion and along with no mortal sins that means going to Mass every week, usually Saturday's for me and on Holy Days. And learning how to all of a sudden fit my Catholic Faith into my everyday life. [If we go to the range on Saturday I'll get up early on Sunday and go to early Mass or we can go to the range on Sunday and I can go to Saturday afternoon Mass.]

As I've never been a practicing adult Catholic until recently and as I want to deepen my faith I'm figuring out how to say the Rosary every day. I went to a seminar at church and learned a lot. My current answer is that I don't have a set time. If I have the time, I like to say a Scriptural Rosary. I love how the Bible verses amplify the Mysteries. I also prefer to say it out loud as that tends to keep my mind from wandering too much but neither is always possible.

I'm also figuring out how to fit prayer, Bible study and my one or two Bible chapters into every day. I like to pray at the end of the day as that calms and relaxes me. I'm not very good with extemporaneous praying (making it up as I go along) so I found some prayers on line, printed them out and say those, usually either praying in a soft whisper or speaking them silently to help keep my mind from wandering. Doesn't always work but I notice it a lot quicker than if I just read them like I do a book. And I change some of the prayers and change the order around every so often.

If I haven't had a chance to say the Rosary that day, I'll say it at the end of the day. My daily Bible study and chapters I can work in anytime but it's usually at the end of the day. I start reading Ecclesiastics this evening.

blogging to: Memories 89 1

reading: Catherine of Siena, a Passionate Life by Don Brophy

Parting Shot: "The devil strains every nerve to secure the souls which belong to Christ. We should not grudge our toil in wresting them from Satan and giving them back to God. -- St. Sebastian

Thursday, December 29, 2011

We Had a Merry Little Christmas

It's been quiet here which is just how we prefer it. We had our traditional sauerbraten Christmas Eve dinner at Mr WK sister's house. The hardest part was the trip in with the smells of fresh out of the oven raspberry scones and bread wafting about the car. Everything was fantastic — roast beef, smashed potatoes with gingersnap gravy, corn and carrots and freshly baked bread with Assumption Abby Bakery fruitcake and local Strawberry Hill povitica for dessert.

I'd finished up Christmas shopping the day before. I'd stopped by our local World Market to get some fancy chocolate and maybe some teas for my SIL. While I was wandering the food aisles I saw Sticky Fingers Raspberry Scones Mix. My SIL loves raspberries so I picked up two
— one to bake and one to give to her. I made 'em just before we went over to their house so we didn't get a chance for a taste test. Once there however, we all broke off pieces of one to sample and it was really good!

Now, of course, I put my usual touches in, such as adding Penzey's Vietnamese cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves and nutmeg to the dry ingredients. I chose to pat the dough out into a circle rather than drop by spoonfuls onto the baking sheet. Before they went in I brushed them with melted butter and sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar. So, next time I'm down thataway, I'm going to pick up a package or two for us! I'm not normally a big raspberry fan but even I liked 'em.

Among her chocolate selections, I found Vosges Mo's Bacon Chocolate Bar. We sampled that too, after all the gifts had been opened. Not bad. May have to investigate further.

Wednesday, I got to shoot the monthly Women's IDPA match at Godfrey's Ranges in Junction City. After sitting at only four women for several matches this summer and fall, we had SIX again! Two of our newest shooters were unable to make it but we had one new shooter and a shooter who has been unable to come to the last several matches. I'm hopping for even more at the January match!

The new shooter is 12 years old! Her dad shoots with the Double Tap group that Mr WK. and I shoot with. One of the match directors has been coaching and practicing with her for several months. She did fairly well. She has better IDPA range manners than some of the adult new IDPA shooters I've seen. She enjoyed herself and as long as it doesn't interfere with her school work, she's going to shoot with us as often as she can. I hope that when the Corndogder Station matches start in March she'll want to shoot those too.

Two of our regular shooters are going to shoot their first IDPA classifier at the regular match in January. I plan to come out, cheer them on, take videos and help SO the match. Taking that into consideration, the entire match was combined and various stages of the classifier. For instance, for our first stage we combined the first three strings on the first stage. Our second stage was string four and five; after your took the head shots, you transferred the gun to your weak / support hand and shot string five. Stage three was string six from the first stage of the classifier and on thru. Where it was possible we combined strings so we could fit most of the classifier stages and strings into 8 separate stages.

Thank goodness I'm not classifying. I shot like crap. Just could not get my head into it. Some matches and days at the range are like that.

But I took lots of video which I'll get up sometime this weekend ... at least that's the plan.

We're hoping to hit our local outdoor range this weekend. Don't know yet what we'll take or which range we'll Occupy! but it'll be fun.

blogging to: local police scanner

reading: St Catherine of Siena, A Passionate Life by Don Brophy

Parting Shot:

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Luke 2:1-20

1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And everyone went to his own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.
5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,
7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Gift ammo, chocolate and other gifts have been purchased but not yet wrapped for SIL & BIL. For my BIL's birthday we found this Winchester.22lr ammo at Walmart. He reported at Thanksgiving that he had almost none that didn't fire in his S&W M&P 15-22. So of course, we got him TWO boxes for Christmas. We decided to put it in a spare ammo can and wrap the ammo can in some camo wrapping paper that we hear is at our local farm and home supply store. We'll check out that tomorrow morning. I got my SIL a couple of packs of those Dirty Bird multi-colored splatter targets. She likes those and if that makes her want to go to the range more I'm all for that! I love those splatter targets and I'm always thrilled when there are either unshot ones at the range or space left. But as much as we / I shoot they are way too expensive for every range trip. But wouldn't those person-sizes ones be neat for IDPA though? Put new ones up for every shooter and the shooter can keep his/her targets if they want. That would be especially cool for the Women on Target events. The women would be able to SEE right off how they're doing and take home a cool looking target to boot! Ah, it's only money! Meanwhile I've bagged all but the ammo in recycled Christmas gift bags and new tissue. I buy a few plain ones throughout the year that will work nicely either for Christmas or birthdays and I only needed to use one of those for some gift cards. All I need to do now is put some of my signature curly ribbon on the handles and that part is done. reading: The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith (an Isabel Dalhousie mystery) Parting Shot:

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On Course

Mr WK and I drove out to the lake on Saturday to check on our 23' sailboat, Spray. Still there. Kinda sad seeing all those boats, sail, power and pontoon up on the hard.

The boat was in pretty good shape. I pitched out a bunch of dry, dead leaves from the cockpit and pulled some icky guck from both cockpit drains. I also positioned a sponge I'd left there over one of the cockpit drains. Hopefully that'll keep anything else that drifts into the cockpit from blocking at least one of the drains. I don't want to come back in the spring to this ...
I will be paying for my sins, however. I'd used that blue painters tape to tape around the base of all the teak trim pieces. I was planning to get back out there and most likely put the first coat of teak sealer on it. But I didn't. Nor did we get back out there until this past Saturday. Oops! So I have yards and yards of easy-peel-off painters tape — which is now not so easy to peel off — to strip off. And the few bits I was able to get off have loads of dirt embedded under it. [sigh] Well at least I know a good product to get tape and tape residue off fiberglass.

Sunday Mr WK and I drove to the outdoor range and met one of our down the street neighbors and one of his buddies there. When Mr WK and I go by our lonesomes, we often have plans to hit more than one range, usually the hi-power and the pistol range but almost as often we only make to one range. When we meet friends there somehow it's easier to stay on a schedule. We do however, end up spending the majority of the time on the hi-power range.

We started off at the rim-fire range. I don't like iron sights and my Marlin 980 S was the only .22 with a scope on it. Our neighbor has a Ruger 10/22 with a red dot. I like the way that rifle shoots and feels but I'm not in love with the red dot. I was pretty accurate at 75 yards with the red dot but I just couldn't seem to hit anything at 100 yards even though everyone else seemed to have no problems. Of course, I was the only cross dominant rifle shooter so I was probably seeing the sights a bit differently than everyone else. So that rifle is now on my 'list'.

After an hour or so we moved up to the hi-power range. It was busy and crowded but as luck would have it, we knew two of the shooters and they made some room. Nothing says fun like six shooters and more than twice as many rifles. There's a rifle rack that holds probably 15 rifles on one side and by the time our group had unpacked all of our toys, the front rack was full and there were some on the back. This wasn't counting the ones on that went directly to a shooting bench.

We shared rifles, ammo and conversation for the next couple of hours. We were the only ones that currently reload .223s so so we lucked out and got everyone's .223 brass! Mr WK got to shoot a Mosin Nagant again. Both of our down the street neighbors have one and so does the friend that came along Sunday. The one the friend had, seemed to have a lot more recoil than the ones our neighbors have. I shot it. Once. OK, that was enough for me. I'll go back to my carbine and my .308 thankyouverymuch.

With just under an hour of daylight left the four of us packed up [again!] and headed to the pistol ranges. Shortly after we got unpacked and everything laid out, the small (narrow) free-form range next to the big range with the benches opened up. Our neighbor wanted to practice shooting at a closer range than 25 or 50 yards, which is all that one range had. I found an intact target stand with sticks and some cardboard still attached and lugged it over there. While I was looking for a target stand the neighbor was mining that small range for pistol brass. There was a USPSA match that morning and there was a lot of brass. Between the two of us we got quite a haul. I think we got back what Mr WK and I left at the several IDPA matches we shot there this year and didn't pick up our brass.

For some time my unofficial pistol coach has been using a one flag dueling tree he made. He has now got himself a three flag dueling tree so he gave us his one flag.

Granted, the flag had a serious crack which is not in this photo which was taken last summer. The flag didn't last very long.

This is what it looks like now. It's still usable but the target area is small and it swings very fast now. So we're going to have a friend who has access to some hardened steel fix us up a new flag. I can see many duels between Mr WK and myself in my future.

All in all a great afternoon. Everyone confirmed they can still hit the 200 yard gong at the hi-power range at will with irons and/or optics. And everyone got at least a few shots on the 50 yard gong at the pistol range. Much ammo was expended and much brass was gathered for a future time.

blogging to: Christmas music on CD's

reading: Tooth and Claw by Nigel McCrery (a DCI Mark Lapslie mystery)

Parting Shot:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Scary Gun Shirt is Scary.

I ordered 'some' primers and powder the other day. When the Fed-Ex guy rang the doorbell I popped out to sign. He'd actually already lugged the heavy box back to his truck as I hadn't heard the doorbell the first time. He seemed a little freaked out but I just assumed it was because he was irritated that had to haul the box back out of the truck and back to the house.

Pondering, later in the day, I realized what shirt I had on . . . my Gunwalker shirt.

So maybe miffed and scared (OMG! a picture of an EBR!) and definitely NOT a gunnie. Can you imagine a gunnie NOT saying something about it. And probably a liberal anti to boot as this is Lawrence, KS, a dot of blue in the sea of red Kansas.

I wonder when the ATF is going to show up?

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought by John Gibson

Parting Shot:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's Purple!

I've been working on some Christmas knitting. I don't normally give my knitted items away as official gifts. But this year I'm officially knitting my SIL, the recipient of many, many pairs of hand knit socks, a couple of my very first garter stitch scarves and a lacy shawl, a scarf for Christmas. They downsized recently and she can't find any of the scarves I've knit for her.

Since I'm on a time schedule here, it had to to simple and quick. And also soft and wearable. She likes this color by any name so I'm doing a bit of a do-over.
Almost the first thing I ever knit for my SIL was a fun scarf in a flame colored eyelash yarn. The second scarf I knit for her was at her request and she wanted purple mohair (photo at left). Mohair is a great yarn but I think it's scratchy. So although THIS scarf will also be purple and in garter stitch it's being knit on 6mm rosewood circs instead of 9mm straight needles. I really did try with the straights in a couple of different sizes, even some shorter ones. But I've knit with circular and double pointed needles (dpns) for so long straight needles seem too long and awkward — even the short straights!

The yarn I'm using is Cascade Alpaca Lace — 50 gr is 437 yards so it's very thin. I'm holding it double. As the yarn is thin, I decided to use smaller needles to get smaller holes which is also going to take longer to knit! The scarf is lofty and light weight but as it's 100% baby alpaca it's very soft and warm and I plan to knit it long so she can wrap it over and around several times. The colorway is called Thistle and it's a lovely royal purple, almost the same color as the mohair scarf. Even if she does find it, she's probably ready for a new scarf anyway.

So far after five days, it's around 12" long and 12" wide, unblocked. Whether or not I block it depends on how close to Christmas Eve evening I get it done.

Consequently, all the other projects are now on the back burner unless I need a stoplight knitting project. The purple scarf is not suitable for stoplight knitting as I'm holding it double I need to make sure I get both fine strands each time. Even paying attention, mostly, I have to fix at least one stitch or two every couple of rows or so.

blogging to: Pandora Radio seeded with Carol of the Bells

reading: Cypress Grove by James Sallis (a Joe Turner mystery)

Parting Shot:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Incident Command System

Not any shooting this weekend. It was cold and overcast and busy with other things — some shooting related and some not.

Early Saturday morning I trekked out to one of our 'local' indoor ranges and hour and a half away. One of the members of one of the IDPA groups I shoot with, an EMT trainer, was to give a seminar on gunshot trauma at a match. Dealing with gunshot trauma was certainly what most of us expected. What we got was much more. Yeah all of us know this stuff but for the most part none of us ever sat down and thought about what exactly to do at a match if someone is seriously injured by getting shot, or catching a serious ricochet, or if someone is having a cardiac event, a diabetic emergency, a seizure, fell & hit their head on the concrete floor, heat related issues (for you non-shooters most indoor ranges are an oven during the hot months of the summer) or even something as 'harmless' as a bee sting.

In the main, it wasn't so much a first aid lesson but an guideline on how to set up some procedures should we have a "Threshold Event".
What we learned was how to set up an Incident Command System.

For example, the SO (Safety Officer) running the timer is nominally in charge unless he/she is the one injured. #2 SO is the scorekeeper, again unless he/she is the one injured. If it's someone behind the firing line, the nearest SO takes charge.

The #1 SO's first duty is to make the only loaded firearm on the scene safe, either by the standard unload and show clear, etc commands or by having the shooter reholster the weapon, depending upon the circumstances. The #2 SO is either to call 911 or delegate a specific person to do so. Naturally, if there are any physicians, EMT's or paramedics shooting that day, their priority will be the patient. As this could be a 'Threshold Event' we need to keep everyone who was there, there until the LEO's arrive and have a chance to interview folks. We were also told that the range, the club, the Match Director and the #1 and #2 SOs may be sued.

If this is a range with multiple bays shooting will be stopped on all bays and all loaded guns made safe. The #2 SO also should delegate someone to meet the ambulance when they pull up. This person should also help the EMT / paramedics carry their gear. The person would also give some specifics to the guys on the 'bolance such as it is or isn't a gunshot wound, patient hit their head on the concrete floor, and / or cardiac event, etc so they'll know to bring a C-collar and spine board (for a fall) or not, possibly insulin for a diabetic emergency, etc and to lead the crew to the patient. We only have to be in charge for 5-10 minutes until the '
bolance gets there.

This last scenario changes a bit when we get out to the boonies. At Corndodger Station we're 20-30 minutes out by vehicle from a hospital. The volunteer 'bolance comes from the east and the nearest hospital is to the west and north so the best we can do to help (again depending upon the circumstances) is to meet the 'bolance with the patient in a private vehicle where the gravel road to the range meets the paved highway.

A lot of good information and the Match Directors and co-match directors of the two clubs Mr WK and I shoot with on a regular basis will be developing SOPs and getting the word out to all of our unofficial SO's and regular shooters.

Mr WK and I will also be putting together our own gunshot wound first aid kit to take with us every time we plan to hit the range, whether it's a match or just an afternoon of plinkin'.

One of the clubs we shoot with also has a Muzzleloading limb that's been around far longer than the IDPA twig that sprouted only four years ago. They have what they call a Frozen Butt Rendezvous in January. Well this year, one of those guys, who also shoots with us is planning what he is calling a Frozen Fingers IDPA match ... in February. February is usually the coldest, snowiest and iciest month around here. Should be interesting. They may have to run a taxi service from the nearest plowed road to get some of us up there.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: Cypress Grove by James Sallis (a Joe Turner mystery)

Parting Shot:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Shooter Ready?

Mr WK and I shot an IDPA match Sunday morning. Brrr! It was literally freezing when we started to set up! Where is Algore when you need him!? Everyone was multi-layered, hatted, booted and gloved up. It rained quite a bit on Saturday so the soggy ground was frozen solid. By the time the match was over, it was a muddy mess. Mr WK shot his M&P 9L and I stuck with my XDm 3.8 9mm.

We had six stages and 13 shooters. The first set-up did double duty. I like those — half the work and two stages! We shot it the first time free-style which for most folks is 2 hands. The second time through for the second course of fire the targets which were the same at both ends of tall cover were shot with strong hand on one end and support hand on the other. The ending shot on both sides was a 6" plate at around 15 yards. Fun stuff! I did great on the first CoF even though the SO had to remind me to shoot the plate on the first end I went to. I didn't do as well on the second one. My support hand only shooting is usually more accurate than my strong hand only. I suppose it's because I'm right handed but left eye dominant. I shoot pistols, right handed and rifles left handed. I line up the sights on my left eye which might be why my support hand shooting is better.

The third stage was WICKED Good!!! and involved a new prop. It was two threat targets on either side of a non-threat, attached to a 'car' that slid down a taut cable between two posts. It was activated by a 'bear-trap'. The shooter held a weighted bag in their right hand and at the buzzer, dropped it onto the bear-trap which released a pin holding the 'car' with the targets attached. The 'car' slid down the cable away from the shooter and ended up behind cover. The shooter had to shoot [at] it while retreating then shoot some more bad guys through a gap between 'walls' then move down a hallway and take down a short popper that was behind cover. The sliding targets worked a treat!

The round chambered in my gun didn't fire* so I racked again and it banged! But by that time the bad guys were almost behind cover. I took the shots anyway. I got the first bad guy twice on the upper part of the arm farthest away and one round in the area between the center zero zone and the upper part of the arm farthest away on the second bad guy. And ...AND... I did NOT hit the non-threat between them! Shocked everyone, even me! To top it off, I got the short popper with one shot! We hates the short poppers!

* We looked at the round when we got home and just a light primer strike. No idea why. Never had any trouble the rest of the match. I took it apart (love kinetic bullet pullers) and Yep, it had powder so Mr WK took just the case with the ... um ... live primer, put it into his 9mm and yep, the primer WAS good. And I can reuse the bullet.

The fourth course of fire in the smallest bay was IDPA standards; 2 strings
— first string was limited Vickers—the classic El Presidente drill. To the non-IDPA folks limited Vickers means if the directions call for two rounds each on each of three targets all you can shoot without penalty is six rounds. If you miss one you can't shoot it again without a penalty because that would mean you shot seven rounds, not six. So, two rounds at each of three threat targets in tactical sequence (in this case it was near to far), reload from slide-lock and shoot 'em all again the same way. This was at 15 yards. I did so-so on this one.

The second string was at 20 yards. From behind tall cover, 2 rounds each at the same three threat targets from both sides. This stage was similar to the first two strings of the third stage of the IDPA Classifier only backwards, no moving or kneeling and no tac reloads and the first string was Limited Vickers. This second string wasn't Limited Vickers but in this stage for this match you weren't allowed to top up your mags between strings. Kinda hard on the CDP guys who only had ONE extra round for this second string while the other folks had a whole three extra rounds to burn! I didn't do well on this one at all. I apparently need to practice shooting the 50 yard gong from cover.

Again for the non-IDPA folks, when you shoot from tall cover, you're not standing up straight in the Weaver or Isosceles or whatever stance. You're leaning out from behind a wall. 100% of your lower body is behind cover and 50% of your upper body is behind cover so you're all bent and tilted over sideways and maybe even a bit off balance. As the second string was also in tactical priority (slicing the pie), as you lean out a little you shoot the first threat target you see, which may or may not be the closest one but leaned out just a bit, it's the first one you see. After you address that one, you lean out a bit more, still keeping 100% of your lower body behind cover and take out the next one and so on. Sometimes, I have to shift my feet as I'm not only short but short-waisted and don't have as much upper body to lean out as some of the taller folks do. And if you're crowding cover (standing right up next to the wall), it's even worse. You have no room to do anything because the wall █isrighthere.

The fifth stage had elves rebelling against Santa
— Occupy The North Pole! The 'story' was that they did all the work and Santa got all the credit. Maybe yes. Maybe no. Maybe no-yes. Santa was a hostage, you escaped and they were coming after you.

They had a regular IDPA target spray-painted up in a Santa suit, complete with a dripping white beard and red suit with a black belt and buckle topped off with a Santa hat. We used a lot of short sticks for this one as all the targets were ... um... short, except for Santa. There were 6 threat-elves including two on either side of Santa, holding his legs at gunpoint.

As they were all equal threats, this one was shot in tactical sequence; one round to each body first then shoot 'em all again
one more to each body and one to each head. On the shooter's second pass you could do one round to the body and one to the head (or two head shots—the head is a part of the body) or one more round to each body then back across and do the head shots. Everyone on our squad did it two passes.

You started the stage sitting on the ground behind a snowbank, facing uprange and at the buzzer you had to scramble around to your knee(s) and shoot 'em over the top of the 'snowbank'. That part sucked!

The final course of fire was ... interesting. You started out, seated at your desk at work. Your loaded gun and extra mags are in the desk drawer to your right. The desk was staked to the ground so the guys wouldn't pull the empty desk over pullin' the drawer out to get to their gun. At the buzzer while seated your pulled your gun from the drawer and fired at the threat target in front of you. Behind the threat target was a large popper connected to TWO drop turn targets a couple of yards in front of and a little to each side of that first target. They were maybe 3 yards apart and they were quick! Too quick. Many got at least one shot in one. A couple of our very best shooters got hits on both—two on one and one on the other but I don't believe any of those hits were in the zero zones, -1 and -3 zones, I think. Anyway, then you grabbed whatever mags you wanted from the drawer, stowed them and hopped up to deal with more bad guys down hallways hiding behind file cabinets. It was all good.

I was very tired and sore by the time we were done. I bowed out of the putting away. My boots were hurtin' my feet and I knew I had blisters on both heels. So I sat down with a plastic ammo box full of tap ammo, my UpLula and thumbed out the rest of the competition ammo and reloaded all six mags with tap ammo.

I took videos of our squad on all six stages. It'll take me a few days to make them all into videos and upload them but eventually they'll be up here.

blogging to: a quiet house

reading: The Inferno Collection by Jacqueline Seewald (a Kim Reynolds mystery)

Parting Shot: Was THIS why the elves rebelled?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sock It To Me!

I don't know if the blogging mojo is back or it just dropped in to visit.

Anyway today it's about the knitting.

I'm currently working on two sock projects, one for myself and one for Mr WK. Both can be considered stoplight knitting as they're easy ribbed patterns — no lace and no cables.

As I mentioned in an earlier post the ones for me which are now tentatively named Spock Socks is in Austerman Step yarn in the Vulkan colorway. The built-in stripes are several rounds wide and have a bit of color blending between. The pattern for this is the Yarrow Rib from Nancy Bush's book Knitting Vintage Socks. I've got the first one done and have cast on for the mate. The cuff is done and I've knit several rounds knit on the leg.

Yeah, the top of the toe on my sock is kinda wonky but I'm just going to ignore that. By the time I'd figured out what I'd done, I really didn't feel like ripping all the toe decreases out.

The pair for Mr WK is being knit from some leftover Mountain Colors Barefoot in shades of dark blue colorway. This is the same yarn I used for his Deep Blue Something Socks. These new ones are just a simple k2, p2 ribbing under a k1, p1 cuff. The yarn is so dark that I didn't want to fight the yarn to try to see what I was knitting, particularly if I have to go back and fix something. So far no clever name for these. I'm around the same place on these as I am with mine.

In between I've been able to get in a row now and again on the White Caps Afghan, which has been trudging along now for 3½ years. I made huge progress last winter so maybe I can have it finished or mostly so by spring. I've been trying to remember to do a row (350 stitches) when I sit down to watch TV but often the siren song of a sock is stronger.

There is, however, a great advantage to working on the afghan. It's warm. It's long enough that it drapes nicely over my lap and legs as I work on it.

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