Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today, a pair of otters herald your weekend. These were taken at the Cincinnati Zoo by Mark Dumont, who shared his photos on flickr.

A damp river otter looks very pleased with herself. Closeup of her smiling face with logs and greenery in the background.

A River Otter, paws up on a log, is looking over her shoulder with her mouth wide open as if in shock.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. These otters look decidedly cheesy!
    I think May 16 has it in for me (or maybe just wants to give me presents!)… this year I am starting a new job (day after finishing the old one), and the same day my Tiny Tyrant turns 5.

  2. Absolutely knackered after today’s garage-sale monitoring, and I missed the first few hours! Apparently it was like a zombie invasion, waves of punters coming in through the garage doors before they’d even opened all the way up.
    Some of them took advantage of the mob to steal stuff too, the festering gits. Lesson for garage-sale newbies: all the little trinkets should be on a table near the cash desk, not in the other corner of the space just because that’s where the old dressing table ended up and they looked nice on it.

  3. That always happens. People advertise start times, but the professional “pickers” ALWAYS ignore them.

  4. Resting the leg as usual this weekend, and knitting a shawl-cum-shrug* to go with my Secret Lentil dress.Alas, I don’t knit fast enough to get it all done today, but hopefully it’ll be done this week.
    *Meaning two rectangles of stocking stitch that’ll be sewn together and form faux sleeves. (Patterns? What are they?)

  5. I ate some manky old cheese yesterday. It didn’t taste/smell manky and old obviously, but it seems like the most probably candidate for the mild case of food poisoning I now seem to have.
    Also I got a 3000 piece jigsaw puzzle for Mother’s Day (it is going to take up most of the kitchen table I think), so I may be somewhat occupied in the next few days…

  6. I’m in the process of making smelly foot cheese at my house. May or may not work: but the idea is simple, you spray the cheese at the start of the maturation with brevibacterium, the same bacteria you find on the mildly odorous cheeses of Europe and on the mildly malodorous feet of people who haven’t washed between their toes. (The cheese is Munster. Umlaut over the ‘U’, I think.)
    Manky? Old? Cheese? Maybe that could be my next project 🙂

  7. PS I said may or may not work – but signs are good at the moment. The ‘red’ blush is spreading over my cheeses, a sign that the brevibacterium is at work; meanwhile I just have to cut out the pieces of unwanted mould if and when they do occur. (And, in my house, they will).

  8. Bloody hell, Tim, be careful with those bacteria.

  9. I finished my shrug!
    Had to get creative with the needles, though. Biggest ones I have are 15mm and even that made the knit too dense and heavy. I put bubble wrap around them and voila, it worked! 🙂

  10. Ooh lovely! What sort of wool did you use, looks heavy but soft.

  11. Thank you, Mindy!
    It’s Panda B.I.G. You’re right, it’s very soft and heavy – 50% wool, 50% acrylic. Very warm, too; I didn’t need a coat over it this morning, and it was about 13C, I think.
    I bought it at Clegg’s in Melbourne, $9.95 a ball, I think (36 m per ball). It took four to make the shrug. Funny thing is, their pattern books suggest using 10 or 12 mm needles for scarves and things – knitted that dense, it’d be like armour! 😛

  12. Yo, Tim, at a groovy little hippy shop in Footscray there are funky little boxes containing cheese-making kits in mozzarella, feta, camembert and gorgonzola varieties. If you live yonder Footsway, go check them out. And I don’t know if it will work for cheese, but I’ve had great success making yoghurt and sour cream with the probiotic pills you can buy at the chemist.

    Did anyone else know that writing is hard? They really should warn us about these things.

  13. Thanks for the suggestions Kim. Here near us there’s cheesemaking supplies at Cellar Plus down the road in Epping and also at Home Make It in Reservoir – both kits and individual supplies. I like the idea about making yoghurt with pills from the chemist; if they’ll do yoghurt there’s a good chance you could get cheese culture out of them too. Then again you could probably get culture from buttermilk or yoghurt or sour cream in the supermarket too – haven’t experimented too much on that front.

  14. Will be careful Helen. I’ll know I’ve done a good job when the cheeses stink like a sweaty old foot 🙂

  15. @The Amazing Kim- “Did anyone else know that writing is hard? They really should warn us about these things.”
    Writing anything longer than a blog post sure is! When I run out of steam, I really run out of steam.

  16. >> from Racebending thread
    If I did get “I’m Sorry” tattooed on my head to apologise for each time a white person did something crap and then some other white person defended them for it I could be one of the “old tattooed women running around in 40 years” Bettina A is so afeared of. Because that is really something to be concerned about. Tattooed older women. FFS.

  17. Bettina Arndt gets in a tizz about older tattooed women? Why doesn’t she, y’know, get a life?
    … Should I tell her my mum got her one and only tattoo when she was in her seventies, and I got my two when I was in my forties? It might make her head assplode.

  18. Starting to think I could get the same effect by getting some metal type spelling out ‘Sorry’ backwards, placing it on my desk then headdesking repeatedly.

  19. Because tattooed men never grow old?

  20. Anyone else catch the Delta Goodrem/blackface controversy?
    TL;DR: A fan dressed up as Delta’s fellow ‘Voice’ judge Seal, complete with blackface make-up. Delta tweeted “OMG, that is hilarious!”, received very mild backlash, and removed her tweet. A tsunami of Nine MSN commenters then proceeded to whine about the PC police and how no-one in Australia has a sense of humour anymore because these silly oversensitive black people take “offence” at everything just need to “bloody get over it already.”
    ahref=>This is an excellent response to the idiotic reaction above.

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