I'm so glad you're here!

I am your host, Jill Menning, serial hobbyist, notorious plotter and schemer


These posts will self destruct


This morning I demonstrated spinning cotton on spindles and wheels for a group of middle- and high-school kids at the Eternal Gandhi museum in Sugar Land.

I say that not to brag, but to share my delight in how fascinated the kids were by the whole process. By the cotton and its seeds, by the tools themselves, by the magic of using something so simple to pull thread out of raw fiber. By the enormous range of possible uses for thread and yarn you spin with your own hands.

This kind of event just absolutely makes my day.

Now I need a nap.


Can I just tell you how much I love this damned dog? Mud up to her eyeballs and just having a blast.

A black and white, short-haired, medium size dog absolutely covered with mud, sitting in a kennel and licking her nose

Taking my dog to daycare sounds like a very pretentious thing to do, but no lie, it's one of the best non-essential things I've ever spent money on. The dog clearly loves it; she gets exercise and entertainment and comes home happy to just snuggle and nap. And it means that I don't have to wear her out on a daily basis, so our play time can be just about enjoying ourselves.


It's dark mode, baby!

This site now follows your browser's (or OS's) light/dark mode preference.


I woke up way too early this morning.

I could have, like, started my day job, but ... meh.

Instead, I set up an FTP deployment pipeline for my site, so that pushing/merging to main branch automatically redeploys the site. Because that's what everyone does when they're done with their morning routine by 7am, right?

I also updated the Info page to talk a little about my new day job project, and to show some love for this great deploy action on Github.


Over on weblog.lol they're trying to kick off a month of blog-writing (WeblogPoMo) for May.

I don't know that I'll post every day, but it did make me want to take another run at building a blog that suits my wants.

Today, I set up a quick way to post ephemera - things that vanish. It will only show the most recent posts, and then they vanish.

(Ok, they don't actually vanish, but they roll off, and without links they become inaccessible. I am really digging the ephemeral nature of that. I think I'll keep it.)