Visiting Jim

When I drive by a cemetery, I see the gravestones and immediately am filled with melancholy.  There are so many, hundreds and thousands of them. New and ancient, small and massive, plain and ornate. They are the last act of love we do for our lost family member and we want it to be special and unique. The stones are inscribed with names, dates and phrases that represent our feelings or say something that we most remember about the one.

Last week I traveled across Nebraska to the Omaha National Cemetary for Veterans. It is a new cemetery. 236 acres were purchased in December, 2012, and the first burials started in September, 2016.

It is difficult to say what I was feeling when I first got out of the car and looked around. Quiet, solemn, green, a bright bountiful lush green. We have had an amazing amount of snow and rains this spring. The word empty came to my mine. There are so few headstones here, only a couple hundred.  The information sheet say it will hold spaces for 112,000 veterans over the next 100 years. What an overwhelmingly sad thought. But for now it is almost empty. It could have been a park except there are only a few trees and no play ground equipment.

This flag is always flying at half mass

The few headstones are all the same. A whitish grey marble, placed in rows as if the soldiers below them are still standing at attention and marching forward. The font on each stone is the same on all the stones, linking them to a common cause. Only the alphabet varies. You know their name, their rank, the year he/she was placed on this earth and the year they left it. Some of the letters are scrambled, but I soon realize they tell of the soldiers heroic deeds. SS for Silver Star, BSM for Bronze Silver Medal, OLC for Oak Leaf Cluster. The OLC indicates this soldier received more than one of the same medal for bravery. Some soldiers had multiple clusters, once a hero, always and hero. And of course there is PH for Purple Heart recipients. Last there is a very short phrase to tell you something special about this soldier.

There are only 25 spaces to say what was amazing about this soldier, what their entire life was about, what family want others to know about their loved one. “At peace with God”, “Walks with God”, “Proud Soldier” were the most common phrases.

Only 25 spaces for families to express their feelings.

The cemetery is on the outskirts of Omaha, so there were no sounds of busy city traffic. It was a Sunday and my nephew and I came early. If he had not been with me I would have sat for hours on one of the benches by the columbaria and enjoyed the bright, warm sun, blue sky, the sounds of birds and the quiet, peaceful feeling of being close to my brother once again.

This was a journey I hoped I would not have to take for many years. Jim was nine years older then me. We have longevity in our genes, but I knew from my visit the year before that his days were numbered.  Of course I was hoping that I was wrong. But the effects war was about to claim

This was my first visit to see Jim in his new home. His story is long and interesting and I will share it with you one day. I am very proud of him. He accomplished much in his lifetime. And yes, he was a hero. For now I will just say,


It is the phrase his kids and I chose to have inscribed into the 25 spaces allowed to personalize the marble plaque that seals and protects his ashes.

I like to think that he is looking over us with that silly and special grin of his and he saying, “You done good, guys!”


Good-bye, for now, and ‘HAKUNA MATATA’, . . . . no worries!







what to blog about?


Last year I stopped blogging.

I am an addicted knitter, which gives me a lot of time to think. I felt that my blogs were mostly about me and my knitting. Kinda self-centered, huh! So I took a break and tried to think of more interesting topics. The few blogs I did write, I did not publish. By the time I got around to proofreading them, they seemed outdated. Or, I just did not finish them.  A couple, I have saved and may use in the future.

So, after many months of thinking and contemplating, I am going to make a better effort at blogging.

Have I thought up more interesting topics? No really! So, I will just blog about my favorite topic, knitting, and use my favorite subject, me! ! !

I do have a lot to share from last year, so here are a few teaser pics.

And this year has been very exciting so far.


As I write this, my ADD is kicking in and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything I want to share. The Greyt Spouse and I have had some fun trips,

then there are my boys, Toby and Vinny,

my knitting will be a HUGE subject,


and I may find time to include kids and grandkids. lol

It snowed a bit last night and this morning is a cool 9 degrees. I will now snuggle up in my favorite chair with a warm blanket and  knitted shawl, and return to my current knitting project and think about how to share my next blog.


P.S. I wrote this blog about 3 weeks ago and thought I had posted it. Just now realized that I did not.

So, yes, I am still neglecting my blogging, but have a very good excuse. I have several projects and some necessary house cleaning items that need to be completed by the end of March.  I only have two more projects to do that will only take a couple of days to complete. There is one knitting project that will take several days to complete, but I think I will make the deadline.

Me and the greyt spouse are taking a trip our second trip this year in April to visit friends and family. I will share this adventure when I return along with my recently completed projects.

Once again, HAPPY BLOGGING AND KNITTING. Let’s see if I can successfully post this time.



Hello and Happy End Of The Year to everyone.

My blogging has been a bit non-existence this year. In the spring, I started thinking that most of my blogs are a bit self-centered and felt that I should try and expand what I have to say.

As you can tell by my lack of blogging, I have not had much success expanding the world around me. However, my year has been active, so next year I will have much to say about myself. lol

I just finished putting bows on the last of the Christmas gifts and had an idea to tell you about my bow making.

I have been making bows for a few decades, back before the luxury of wired-edge ribbon and buying it in bulk from Costco. I like making bows. It is shameful how much a big loopy bow costs, and the packages of 20-30 bows are cost effective, but just lack that personal touch. After all, you most likely have spent many hours pondering what to buy, not to mention hours going from one store to the next to then find the right gift.

So,… here is what I do.

I quickly wrap the gift. Gift-wrapping does not interest me. I am okay if the paper is a bit crooked. The ribbon often times is a bit off-center, front and back, looking like I had a glass or two of wine during wrapping.


In fact, it is not uncommon for me to short-change the gift with paper. But once you loop some ribbon around the box and finish it with a hand-made bow, who is even looking at the paper. Most people are only interested in one thing, . . What’s inside!

The ribbon does not always match the bow. I consider gift giving a happy occasion and it should be festive. The more colors, the brighter and happier the gift looks.


I also try to recycle my bows, so there may be remnants of gifts past peeking through.


Once the bow is repositioned, the remnants are not really noticed.

To make gift wrapping less stressful I will spend a day or two wrapping gifts, then a few days later put the ribbons and bows on. Also, I like to make the bows in advance.

Bows should be about 4 to 6 inches across. I think bigger is better. Loop the bow so there are 6 to 8 loops on each end.  Make one small loop in the center. Turn the loops over and cut a slit on each side of the ribbon. The cuts should almost go to the center of the ribbon, but be sure to stagger the cuts or you will end up a bunch of clipped ribbon.

I then secure the bow with several inches of curling ribbon. You can be a perfectionist and use the same color, or just pick any color. Do not cut the ends off the curling ribbon, leave them long for later.  Pull the loops up one at a time and give them a gentle twist. This is where the almost dissection of the ribbon pays off, letting the bow remain full and open.


And there you go. A very pretty bow.

Now,  remember the long ends of the curling ribbon. I use them to wrap around the handles of the gift bag and tie them into a bow. The bow stays in place at the top of the gift bag. It also closes the bag a bit so it is not so easy to peek through the tissue paper.  The bow on the curling ribbon can then be untied, thus saving the the bow for future recycling.



Sometimes I just like to make a simple bow.


Finally, to give a gift that very special look, I will cut long lengths of curling ribbon, curl it using the sharp edge of  my scissors, fold it three or four times and drape it around the bow and package. I then cut the folds and position the ribbon through the loops of the bow and around the bag.





I just got caught up reading everyones’ blogs and am now feeling A bit energize to do some writing.

I have been busy. I have dozens of  finished objects and several on my needles. And I really feel the need to brag about my FOs and will do so soon.

Just finished weeding the flower beds for the ump teenth time this year and fertilized a couple of weeks ago. The leaves of my garden flowers now have a beautiful dark green color instead of a weakly green. I could kick myself for not getting pictures when everything was blooming so nicely a few week ago. Now, with this heat it is kind of in a holding pattern. So here is a pic of a beautiful butterfly bush in front of my daughter’s new home.

These bushes surround the front of her house!!!

I have a few blog ideas that have been swimming around in my ADD rattled brain, but seem to be having trouble getting them put on paper, or should I say in type.

So, while I am trying to figure out just what I want to write about, I will share some recent pics of my two of my granddaughters. The greyt spouse and I recently did an overnight with the girls so their mom and dad could get away for some adult (no kids) time.

Harper is 6 and is quite the crafty girl. I decided it was time to teach her how to knit.


I think she has a talent. She is doing amazing.

This morning she even remember how and needs very little help.


This is Lydia. In a couple of years hopefully she will be ready to take up the hobby!

Happy blogging!

Holiday Gift Making in June!

I just finished my first knitted gift for the holiday season!  Must I be an over achiever?  Well, of course, the answer is yes. I like giving hand-crafted items and love receiving them as gifts also.

I walk the hobby stores in May and June and see them getting ready for the holiday season and think, really, must they be such an over achiever. Please, I really do not want to start thinking about the holiday season yet. I am just now fully enjoying summer.  However, if making  hand-crafted gifts is part of my holiday, then I should have started in January!

Over the years there have been many nights past midnight that I am sitting in my favorite chair knitting. My eyes are so blurry and tired that I feel  like a blind person knitting. Through my sleep depraved thoughts I wonder why I feel the need to give hand-crafted items. Really, I should join the new generation and let my fingers do the walking, or scrolling, through Amazon.  I do try to start early, some years I am successful, some not. This year I am determined to be successful.

A couple of weeks ago, I picked out a couple of patterns for a couple of granddaughters. Off to my favorite yarn store and can you believe it, they are having a sale! It did not take long to find yarn that would work and I even saved some money, yeah.

When I got home and started to review one of the patterns closer, I realize that I needed a dk weight instead of fingering.

No problem, I think I can make adjustments for that. (Yeah, right) But it is not working out the way I thought it would. So, back to the drawing board. And a consult with my BKB, best knitting bud.

BKB, on the right!

After BKB leaves, I start my gauge and work several color combos from my stash. Later that night I am clicking away and realize that the original colors have become lost when mixed in with my stash yarn. I really like the original colors, so back to an almost sleepless night as I rethink.

The next morning, it is a quick walk for the dogs and then to my knitting chair with my new plan of action.

Favorite Knitting Space!

The pattern is Shade of Summer Dress, by Elena Nodel. I am sticking with my original colors, and have enough to use 2 strands for a closer fit to dk weight. And will make it a tunic length instead of dress length, so I do not end up playing yarn chicken. I researched the internet for various sizing information.

My gauge is off from the original designer. Not unexpected, why should this be an easy fix? After a couple of trail and errors, I have the right needle, number of stitches and so forth.

Although, I like making changes to a pattern, so that it has my personal touch, totally remodifying a pattern, I am not so good at. I know the number of stitches I need to obtain the correct chest measurements. But, to knit from the top down, with the correct number of stitches and rows that are then increased and them separated into front, back, right and left shoulder, . . . well, I quickly became lost in a fog. (It looks like I will have to tackle another challenge in the near future, pattern designing.)

However, back to this project.  I can do a provisional cast-on for the base of the bodice, work backwards, or in this case, upward. Then separate right and left shoulder, bind-off the center stitches, then do a three-needle bind-off when the shoulders are the length they need to be.

39d5b013-97c7-493d-a4be-4bd483e05a48.jpegNot bad, so far, uh?

Next, I pick up the provisional cast-on stitches to work the skirt. My stitch count is off from the original pattern. I am not worried, as this is a very simple modification. All I need to do is a few increased stitches so that I can divide the skirt into six sections for the A-line increases.


So now I am busily knitting in circles. Really, I am knitting circles as the skirt is knitted in the round. (Just some knitting humor) My left brain may be in control,

but my right brain, the creative side, is getting bored. Mz. Righty starts thinking way ahead to the ruffle finish. More specifically, how to finish the ruffle. The pattern has an insert of color A stripping before starting the ruffle. That’s nice, righty thinks, but a bit simple. Righty contemplates how much yarn I have left, do I want to do the ruffle as written or spice it up. Seed stitch, lace stitch, boring stitch. I start to think about a shawl that I am making. (Right brain is a touch AD.) The shawl is  Local Yarn Shawl, by Casapinka. And a couple of days ago I was just marveling about how much time Casapinka must spend thinking up new lace designs. (She must also have a very active righty-brain, like me.)


The base of the skirt has some open work added. Thanks to Casapinka’s righty-brain and my overactive one, also.

Color A is then inserted, but with a twist of my own (of course!).  I do the ruffle according to directions, but finish it with a bit more color.


I added a crochet edge around the neck and armhole per designer suggestion, but spice it up with contrast color and a bit of picot.


It is being wet blocked now. The final dimensions are right on for a size 4. (Yippie!) I was able to double check those measurements this weekend with a quick visit to see the greyt daughter, son-in-law, and greyt granddaughters. Hopefully, Mz. Lydia does not have a giant growth spurt or weight gain before the holidays?!?!


Tomorrow I am off to the hobby store to find some decorative buttons for the base of the bodice.  I must give credit to the original designer for this fun righty-brain idea. And then to meet with my knitting group for a bit of show-n-tell.

It was a quick knit, just six days, plus a few days of frogging, false starts and  thinking-gone-wild.

                                   I think the buttons add a fun touch

By the way, this is Lydia.

 Time to start my next knitted project for the holidays.

I think I will always give hand-crafted items as long as I am able. However, I am slowly  learning the benefits of finger scrolling through Amazon


A Quilted Surprise!

It has been a while, has it not? About 2 almost 3 months. Although my key board has been quiet, my fingers have not been at rest. I have lots of completed knits.

I have typed up a couple of drafts, but by the time I get back to proof-reading and refining, they seem to be outdated. I have also been doing a lot of thinking about my blogs and I seem  to mostly pat myself on the back about what has been coming off my knitting needles. I am very proud of my knitting and the challenges I have been taking on recently, but wonder if I am becoming too self-involved.

So, this post will not about me! Well, okay,  in a sense it is, and it is something I am very proud of and want to share. But it is not something I made. This was a gift to me and the greyt spouse by very good friends.

The greyt spouse and I visited these greyt friends, D & S,  this past March in Sun City and also last year while they were cooling off on their boat at Lake Powell.

With every visit I bore D & S with my awesome amateur photograhy skills, showing them hundreds of pics I have taken. S is a quilter, so she sees greyt quilt ideas in some of my better scenic photos, so I forward the ones she likes best to her.

A couple of weeks ago, we received a package form D & S. When I opened it, I saw that she had made a quilt hanging for us. Awesome, I though. When I unrolled it and saw what the she had made, I was brought to tears.


Isn’t this beautiful! Of course, I called them immediately to thank them and let them know that they made me cry and hoped they were pleased with themselves.

S already had the piece of material she explained. She accented the rays of sun with metallic thread,


and also used the metallic threads to show the reflection of the sun on the waves.


S also explained that there was a special segment on her quilting show about how to do silhouettes.  Her greyt spouse helped her find pics of palm trees on-line that they could get enlarged at their local copy store along with enlarging the silhouettes in the original pic.


I was trying to capture the detail of the palm tree in this pic, but unfortunately black on black is a difficult pic to take.

Yes, I so appreciate the numerous hours my friend put into creating this quilt for us. But there is a reason this particular design is so special to me.

This particular quilt was created from this pic I sent to S.


The pic was taken last year on my vacation to Oahu, Hawaii. The people watching the sunset are my son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, myself and my grandson. This is one of my favorite pics from that vacation and I had intended to enlarge and frame it, but time just got away from me.

Not only did S memorialize the memory of my vacation, but D & S had the original picture transferred to glass!


P.S. You may have noticed that there is an extra silhouette in the quilt that does not appear in the photo. Unfortunately the greyt spouse was not on this vacation, but S was able to get his silhouette from another pic.

Friends come and go, but greyt friends are hard to find. D and S you are truly special people and we are lucky to have your friendship. Thank you for this beautiful treasure.

the Ravelry challenge and more

Ravelry has a challenge for its’ enthusiastic members. How many projects can you complete during 2018?

At first, I was unsure of this challenge. Once, I understood how simple is was, my eyes dilated, like a druggie, as I thought of all the projects I could make this year. And, of course, me being a person who likes a challenge, jumped in head first as usual.

30, was my first guess. I like round, even numbers. So, I filled in the little box and I was set. And I had already completed 3 projects this year.



A couple days later I dropped that number to 25. I decided that maybe the thought of a challenge had made me a bit high. But, doing more thinking, (knitting gives one a LOT of time to think) I decided that 30 may actually be a bit low. If I make my little floppy animals and get a second pattern designed, I can probably surpass that number as if I am an Olympic competitor.

February has just passed and March here. I cannot believe how quickly this year is passing. I have completed 5 projects this year, and am working feverishly to try and get a few more done, along with plans to start others.

Please give me my mate, mate!?

Then, I remember my numerous projects that are in hibernation. I get them out, closely examine them; do I want to finish this project or frog it for a different one.  I decide to keep all but one.  I then set an approximate completion date for these projects. That felt good. Projects that have been collecting dust and weakly calling my name, now have gained strength knowing that soon they will be completed.

A DaVinci to decode

Wow, 6 projects in hibernation, 4 projects sitting by my knitting chair, 1 is hiding under my bed and 3 projects with yarn and a pattern, but not yet started.


Oh, and I just remembered some specialty animal fibers I bought on sale last month that need to have a project assigned to them.


Then a visit to my LYS for my weekly knitting group and I come home with more yarn and another project to start.


So the above numbers are quickly changing. I doubt that I will have trouble meeting this challenge. The nice thing about the Ravelry challenge is that you can change the number of projects to want to complete. Also, you can adjust the approximate finish date, so if it takes longer, no problem. If you are not sure of a finish date, just enter, December, 31,d 2018, and that should cover you!


Oh my gosh,  so much to do and so little time.

Am I coming across a bit ADHD?  Time for my medication, which is knitting. Better yet, add a glass of wine!

As I calmly sit, knit and sip, I think about challenges. Ravelry may be challenging me to make as many projects this year as possible, but I am also challenging myself as a knitter. So far this year I have learned the Kitchener join, twisted cable and brioche stitch. Plans for this year also include 1×1 color changes, knitting more tops, incorporating more short rows into projects. I also plan to publish my second knitted pattern!

Do you have any challenges planned for this year? Wishing you luck with whatever challenge you chose and HAPPY BLOGGING!


Advice about brioche stitch: practice on scrap yarn if you have never done brioche before, it will save you a lot of ripping out on your project and if you drop a stitch in brioche, immediately go to YOU TUBE, it will save you a lot of frustration and time!

Lost track of how many times I ripped out the first section of brioche.

I let my stubborn nature get in the way. I really wanted to figure out how to pick up a dropped brioche stitch, but failed in all my attempts. I finally went to you tube and am now kicking my behind repeatedly! ! ! It is soooo easy to fix a dropped brioche stitch.

I found the pattern a bit difficult to follow. There was at least one error and the instructions for the brioche section were confusing. I had better luck figuring out the increases, especially for the center increases, on YOU TUBE.

Here is the finished object!


The nice thing about brioche is that it is reversible. Yarn is Madelinetosh Tosh Light, colors soot and void. The pattern is Marfa by, This.Bird.Knits. Pattern notes are on Ravelry username, frazzldknitter. I also see more brioche knitting in my future.

Finished just in time to take on vacation!

My first brioche project complete and I believe there will be more brioche in my future.

I certainly have challenged my knitting skills this year with new stitches and jumping outside the circle! Looking at some of my planned projects for this year and the challenge will continue.



Blocking a finished knit item. I used to avoid it like the plague, or make projects that did not need blocking.

I don’t know what my aversion was to blocking. I think it matched with those people who do not like to work in those little bits of yarn from changing colors or adding a new skein.

I, however, like to get those bits of yarn worked in.  I do not like to wait until the end of a project to do so. I work them in as I go along. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to see my project looking clean and neat as I knit along. It also can be a real ‘pain in the butt’ if I have to rip, which is a fairly frequent occurrence for me.

Oh yea, blocking! After joining my knit group and receiving some expert advice I no longer feel the fear of blocking, but look forward to it, knowing that it gives my FOs that final, expert finishing.

Today I am blocking my third tunic top for the year!


Right now it just looks like a giant rectangle. I hope once it is blocked and I try it on, it will look better.  I knit it sideways, knitting the front and back at the same time. The pattern is appropriately called ‘Side to Side Pullover for Women’ from Patternfish. Instead of sewing the side seams closed as the pattern calls I did a three-needle bind-off, which means I did a provisional cast on.

The yarn I used is Fibra Natura, a bulky cotton/linen blend knitted on US#10.5 needles. This left the neck edge a bit rough, so I did a single crochet around the neck opening. I am okay with the bottom looking a bit rough.

I did some internet search to check out how to block this type of fiber. There are a lot of opinions out there!

I found a site by Vogue Knitting with an easy chart to follow. I would include the pic I snapped, but not sure if that would be a copyright infringement.

Basically the chart states that for a cotton or linen fiber you can either wet block or steam block.  After some thought, I decided to try a steam block for a couple of reasons. One being, that I have not tried this technique before and second, I have a very good iron that has a steam feature.

I placed a towel over my blocking board, then proceeded to carefully pin my garment down. I used the steam setting on my iron and very careful held the iron above the garment and slowly steamed small sections at a time.


I also used the handy-dandy steam button to help infuse steam through both layers. I patiently went over the garment several times.

I am hoping that the zillion little extra steam shots will be sufficient to infuse both top and bottom pieces. Now I patiently wait for it to dry, maybe a bit of fan action will help.

Blocking done, I try it on and have a very awesome dress! Damn, I need to get better at figuring out gauge. I think part of the problem may be the fiber content of this garment along with being knitted sideways changes the stretchiness. Since this was knitted sideways, there will be no ripping out.

However, a quick hem will do the trick.

Completed just in time for a trip to Phoenix in a couple of weeks.



I will not keep you in further suspense. This is the final installment of the Ujo challenge. Most of the challenges  involved was my own making. I should have listened to my gut and paid closer attention to measurements. However, it was my lack of attention that led to some creative thinking and new challenges that ended up boosting confidence in my knitting skills.

When I first imaged this top, I wanted to try and have the colors more blended so that it would be hard to tell where one yarn color ends and another begins.

I think this time around I am a bit closer to achieving that goal.


I also decided to vary my striping pattern so that it would be a bit more random.

The only problem with that idea is that I did not remember the exact measurement of the previous top, so I added a few more stripes just to be on the safe side. (Can you see a possible problem?)

FINALLY, after what felt like months but was only a long two weeks Iam ready to join the top to the bottom. I am not looking forward to this challenge. I discuss this with my knitting group. One of the ladies mentions that she found a video on You Tube about knitting a Kitchener graft instead of sewing it. That does sound intriguing to me.

Actually, I would almost pay someone to do this for me. But then I start thinking. I am not a quitter. How many times have I ripped something out until I finally got it right. How many different crafts have I done over the years because of the challenge of learning something new.

The video on You Tube was very easy to find. It is called, ‘How to Knit (not sew!) the Kitchener, aka Grafting, by ‘wipinsanity’.

My BKB (best knitting buddy) suggests that I knit up some extra yarn and practice the Kitchener before starting the real thing. I have never learned my lessons nor taken the easy way and history is about to repeat itself.  I watch the video a couple of times am ready to jump in. Why waste time on practice, I say to myself.  My BKB has started calling me the ‘fearless knitter’  because of that attitude along with ripping (or cutting)  a FO apart in the middle, not knowing whether it will have a good outcome.


Wow! Not looking to bad for a beginner. I am actually impressed how easy it is coming together. I even became faster and was able to complete the join in one afternoon.

OMG! Such a relief. I DID IT! The join looks fabulous, even if I say so myself. I absolutely love how all the colors blend together. I think I should try it on before I block it.

AND,  . . . remember I said I added a few extra stripes  to the top? Well, I also added length to the overall garment. I like my tops long so that I can wear leggings, be comfortable and not look like a ridiculous old lady who should not be wearing that outfit.

I look in the mirror, . . . not bad, I like, except that it extends to the middle of my knee. I know that after blocking I will probably have me a ‘middy dress’.

Okay, I am not ready to give up yet, and this can be an easy fix. Four inches. I ripped out four inches from the bottom. Again, an easy fix. Picked up stitches, bind off, shorten the pockets and sew down again.

That’s it! I am not doing anything else to this project. If it does not block out well and fit, . . . I’ll just burn it!

Are to ready to see how my faded/blended striped Ujo top turned out?

Sorry, lol, I couldn’t resist a bit more teasing.

Here it is.


What do you think?

I like it, a lot.  And the ladies of my knit group did the appropriate amounts of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahhhs’. I think I got a pretty good blending of colors. Can you guess how many different colors I used?

You can find the answer on Ravelry with my notes from Frazzldknitter. (I really need to learn how to insert the link, so all you have to do is click it. Maybe that should be my next challenge!)

Hope you enjoyed the suspense.


P.S.  the answer is 6. 

Animal contributions from a visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

At last, time for belly rubs, says Toby, our little Furby!