Thursday, April 10, 2008

It's a Panther! Run!

I had this really long post about how my new regimen of teaching myself to run in high heels will aid me running away from any freed panthers in Newark when my office relocates there in the fall.

But it wasn't very witty and didn't have much appeal.

So here's some pictures instead.

The sock I started for Chunky in some tiger yarn gifted by Mags.

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Oh god, what if a tiger gets loose in Newark?

And a picture of Chunky climbing the apple tree in our yard.

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I blame the landlord's son for this one. His son offhandedly mentioned to Chunky one day that there used to be cherry trees on the property and he used to climb them as a kid to pick the cherries.

Chunky's already informed me he's ready now that he's learned to climb the tree to pick apples in the fall.

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32 Comments:

Blogger Elizabeth said...

Kids and trees are a great combination. I climbed every tree I could as a kid. Scared the daylights out of my mom. Neither of my kids have the tree climbing gene: I'm not sure where I failed.

9:09 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

I sense an apple pie post in your future.

9:43 PM  
OpenID bonne-amie said...

The panther is like a leopard,
Except it hasn't been peppered.
Should you behold a panther crouch,
Prepare to say Ouch.
Better yet, if called by a panther,
Don't anther. --Ogden Nash

9:56 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

He looks pretty happy up there! Good luck getting him down :)

Socks looking good too!

10:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy Kathy Kathy said...

Thanks for the terrific Ogden Nash, bonne-amie. I will definitely collect it for my students for National Poem in Your Pocket day on April 17th. Link:www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406 That's a terrific picture of chunky and I don't long for spring (I don't?) but the buds on that tree are the epitome of spring and they are calling.

11:08 PM  
Blogger janna said...

We had a cherry tree when I was a kid. It was a race every summer to get the ripe cherries picked before the birds got them. It was a good tree for climbing, though.

And there are big cats roaming Jersey?

11:09 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

What a terrific sock (love the colors, so boyish!) and a great picture of Chunky! I never climbed trees as a kid - I was the type who would rather sit in the house with a book. My youngest sister would get so mad at me, because she would want me to go outside and play with her, LOL!

Newark, huh? Former home of Campbell's Soup. I read a great book about Newark once, and its various urban problems, but the title is eluding me... Hopefully it'll result in a shorter drive for you. I can't imagine what you must be spending on gas with driving 90 minutes round trip 5 days a week. Yikes!

11:12 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

I miss the apple trees of my youth!! I had one I called the four tree, it was shaped like the number 4 and I would sit in it and read for hours...sigh..thanks for the memories! ;) Neat looking Chunky sock!

11:21 PM  
Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

Tree climbing in my opinion is an essential part of childhood! It's great that you guys have a tree that is good for climbing on the property! I see some nice apple pies in your future.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Poops said...

Excuse me, but who is that giant kid in your tree? I think he ate Chunky...

6:45 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

My grandfather had apple trees. All the pies and desserts were great. Applesauce is a good idea too!

7:10 AM  
Blogger Ina said...

Nice tiger sock! I don't know about panthers, but a few years back the Tiger Lady of Jackson Township did have an escape, which had to be shot. Her private tiger preserve was eventually shut down.

7:41 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

love the tiger sock. i have the same yarn in my stash. the cutest application of that yarn i've ever seen is someone made a tiger toy out of the tiger yarn. it was adorable.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

That's one happy kid.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

oh yeah, I just gave my 5 yr old some tree climbing tips, as he is already trying to scale the ones in our yard. I made him rub the bark with his face, and told him to imagine falling on this and scraping his chin... trees are rough... carry on. That is why I took classes to become an EMT...

8:41 AM  
Blogger Tactless Wonder said...

We had one climbable tree in my dad's yard...it grew miniature plums or something...they were yummy. I spent lots of time up there...it's good for the soul, or something. And no, can you believe it!?! I never fell out of it...I think my clumsy gene flowered during puberty.

But um, you must live in some town if the trees need armor plating :).

9:17 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

I used to be able to climb a tree^, walk miles, run, ride a bike and dance all night in platform shoes and disco heels. This is another one of the skills lost with age. Enjoy it now! Heh!

That Chunky does look ready to pick apples, he's already got those cute little apple cheeks. He's a cutie pie.

^When I first started smoking pot at age 12!, we used to climb a tree and smoke up there. Really. In our childish ignorance we thought it was a good hiding place and that the leaves would diffuse and mask the smoke. Hah!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

tell him that his Tony the Tiger socks are GRRRRRRRRREAT!

9:28 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I must have gotten that same clumsy gene as tactless wonder...I climbed trees as a kid and never fell out either. Puberty did a number on me!

All boys should climb trees. I should go looking for one for Dan to climb. :)

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Chunkie looks like he is having fun in that tree! His sock looks like something that he will love to wear and never take off!!! I hope that you know of a way to wash socks while on a little boy's feet! Love, Mom

10:20 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

You've got your own apple-picking sweatshop! Cool!

11:22 AM  
Blogger maryannlucy said...

Fab photo of Chunky!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Chunky will look ferocious in those tiger socks. They are beautiful. And kids should climb trees. At least that's what my Katie kept telling me when she was little and wanted to climb the trees in the back yard.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

A boy and his tree, nothing is more fun!

5:25 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Uh oh. Better get some Tiger repellent.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Freed panthers? Did I miss something on the news?

6:52 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Wow, a tree climbing monkey with tiger socks! That's a great combo! I never learned to climb trees...I wish I had.

Why is your office going to Newark?

6:53 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

Look at those apple cheeks on that cute kid! Can't wait for the Bezzie Apple pie edition.

Lucky kid to have hand knit socks. Back in my day we had to, shudder, wear store bought socks.

8:35 PM  
Blogger Linnea said...

Oooh, tree-climbing! I still want to live in a tree house.

As for the panthers, at least it amused you, right? Like my unposted muppet guts idea.

4:51 AM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

Cute post for a cute kid :)

6:25 AM  
OpenID bufanditas said...

Oh, the things you could make with them apples: apple pie, apple crisp, baked apples, caramel apples, apple dumplings....

3:57 PM  
Blogger lisa said...

excellent socks!

i love the tiger yarn! and i had a lot of tiger yarn leftover from my opal tiger socks. i used the leftovers with some black (knitpicks) 3 rows stripe/3 rows black, black cuff, black heels and black toes, and got another groovy pair of tiger socks out of the skein. (i can get cheapass too, ya know)

9:10 AM  

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