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Sep. 20th, 2017 02:42 pm
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There are sunbreaks out there again, I will see how outside is doing and then get back to inside stuff. I need to deep clean out the fridge for sure.

It was nice to hear that the Eagle Creek Fire was close to fifty percent contained, and that the freezing level on the mountain was causing it to snow at Timberline, they have over a foot of snow!

I still would have liked to have that bit of summer between HOT and RAIN though, I hate going from having the AC on to having the furnace on in a day.

Stubborn

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:15 pm
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Our small white yard-asters are doing the bloom-under-mower-height thing again. They'd like to grow a few feet tall, but an inch will do.

Icky sticky

Sep. 20th, 2017 07:57 am
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Air temperature 67 F, dew point 65, wind north about 5 mph, scattered fog. The world is not complying with my demands.

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Sep. 20th, 2017 03:14 am
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It was a good thing yesterday that I cleaned two of my house gutters out. I did that between the rains, and I got a few more things picked up outside and put away. Cuz, yanno.. rains.

I awoke this morning to rolling thunder, which sounded like it was running a fast track by my house, followed by heavy lashing rains, which came from all directions, and it sounded like they power washed my windows while at it.

I waited until the rains stopped and set out on my New Book Tuesday rounds.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 08:24 pm
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Hello darkness, my old friend.

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Sep. 19th, 2017 03:02 pm
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And yet another reminder that I don't understand people . . .

Tuesday Morning Coming Down

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:57 am
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It's probably not a good sign when popping up on Facebook or Twitter feels more like a drug fix than like curiosity in what friends are up to.  Maybe it's time for me to take another extended vacation from those two platforms for a bit and detox.

I'll still be here and at my Wordpress blogs, of course.  I'll just be spending far less time on FaceTwit for a few weeks, probably at least until mid-October when we return from our New England trip.

It'll of course give me more time to focus on actual productivity. :)

Tuesday floral report

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:36 pm
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Small white asters making snowdrifts beside the road. First milkweed pods splitting open. Oak trees dropping their nasty ball-bearings all over the road.

Little change on the foliage front -- more ash leaves down, more red maples starting to turn, and the wild cucumber vines have started to go yellow in the trees.

Roadkill consisted of another garter snake that has become one with the asphalt.

Damp, still air, got out on the bike. Did not die.

15.26 miles, 1:12:55

Notes from the edge

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:03 am
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No local hurricanes. Jose may brush past us tonight into tomorrow, with high surf and minor coastal flooding but little wind and maybe a bit of rain. Air temperature 62 F and dew point 61, overcast, near calm, some fog. Bike ride after the roads dry off?

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Sep. 18th, 2017 02:38 pm
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The sister creature and I set off adventuring yesterday, in the rain. What a nice thought. Made a few stops had dinner and came home.

Ttoday, I have to get outside and clean some of my gutters, I had kept putting that off all summer long, and now I need to do it.

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Sep. 18th, 2017 11:31 am
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If it works, don't fuck with it . . .

(remember the mouse-over)

https://xkcd.com/1891/

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Sep. 18th, 2017 11:16 am
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How do you solve a problem like Maria? She has gone major on the Leeward Islands . . .

Random Monday Writing Thinks

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:47 am
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One of the interesting joys of the current story-series is that I'm NOT writing a broken or restricted character - I'm writing a character who has gotten his shit together & is taking on a new, out-of-comfort-zone challenge because he chooses to.

Because the story doesn't end when the broken bits of a POV character are repaired/justified.  Interesting stuff happens after, too. And we don't have to break them a second or third time to make it interesting.

Kintsugi is about the repaired form as a whole, not just the golden seams.

This post possibly brought to you by reading too damn many "hero/ine is broken in order to BE the hero/ine" story.  Which are good and necessary stories, but not the only ones we should be telling.

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Sep. 18th, 2017 08:22 am
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Apparently there was an award show last night that has some people upset. Maybe if you ignore it, it will become irrelevant?

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Sep. 18th, 2017 08:08 am
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Recent projections show Hurricane Jose making a button-hook turn and heading back south. Which makes me wonder, how many of you youngsters have ever seen a button hook?

Gray (one in a continuing series)

Sep. 18th, 2017 08:04 am
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Air temperature 58 F, dew point 57, wind south about 5 mph, patchy fog.

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Sep. 17th, 2017 01:53 pm
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Got a tad bit more done outside yesterday, I have no more bags of dirt and poo left, but I do have buckets of dirt to put in the flowerbed. Potted up all the new pots and triaged the unplanted things. Cleaned up a bit as the rains should return today, which will be nice, except I would have liked to have those few days between hotter than I can stand and rain..

Debating what to do today, I have to pay a couple of bills since they are due and I dont have time to mail them, and I need to drop off my tuesday ballot. We only had one measure on it, and I didnt see the little explaination insert until I sat down to clear space on the table.

Much of the same ol' same ol'

Sep. 17th, 2017 12:14 pm
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 Life has been doing it’s usual puttering along at it’s zoomie speed. Daily routines and everyday usuals have been the norm for a while.

I find that when days vastly resembled each other I forget to come here and write. To be fair, during the same ol’ same ol’ weeks it probably would seem like someone just went wacky and hit the re-post button over and over if I did. No one wants that.

So I will attempt to catch you all up in my daily ho-hums in this post….

Let’s see (I’ll just skip past the usual household chore rambles for this, shall I):

  • Oh! I can’t recall if I mentioned in older posts or not, but my car is totally paid off now (as of July 14th). So no more monthly car payments for us. Aaron’s car was paid off the year prior, so…  now we just need to figure out the best way to smush the mortgage with out lots of penalties …. smush smush
  • Aaron’s mom was supposed to be over for a two week visit at the beginning of September because she had time scheduled off at work, but caught a nasty flu and couldn’t make it. And so she’ll be over mid October for a weeks visit instead.
  • So far the deer are staying out of the fenced area I made. So I actually have a few tall Canna plants growing in there right now, as well as gladiolus and mini roses!! In a last ditch effort to get ‘something’ to grow a while back (when the fence bits first went up) I had scattered some left over tomato and pepper seeds any where/every where. One pepper seed seems to have germinated next to the big Canna, and has flowers on it. I am staggered. That, to me, is amazingly cool.
  • I seem to have killed off my poor iceland poppy plant. But I think the seeds from it have sprouted in a few spots, so maybe all is not lost?
  • This year has been pretty smokey and miserable outside due to all of the fires around the US and here, and so for once I can honestly say I am looking forward to the rainy days of Fall.

 

  • Inside the house I have been continuing the downsize of useless clutter.
  • It’s going well, although I’ve pretty much given up on the donation place I used to use. They have been a no-show at least four times (Probably more than that, but I am feeling generous). And so now I just post things to the local FB group when I want to get rid of it. More of a hassle, as things take several days (or more) to be gone, and not everyone who says they will show up does. But hey, it get’s the stuff gone sooner than that donation truck, so at this point I’ll take it.
  • We upgraded the TV in the bedroom to a 55″ one.  I’m the only one that really watches TV in the house, so no beaking about how TV’s shouldn’t be in the bedroom because blah blah blah please. Aaron’s not a big TV watching person, period.  We generally don’t watch TV when we are hanging out together, unless we have decided to watch a film, and so there is no intimacy issue there. =P
  • The old TV from our bedroom has been moved to the guestroom now, and the old guestroom TV will be donated some time soon.
  • I’ve also been rearranging most of the rooms in the house. Aaron’s office and the exercise room still need a bit of a reorganize. But the rabbits live down there with him, and we don’t want to really change their space just yet. So that will be left alone for the time being.
  • I’ve been taking various barely used shelves and stands, ones where the sole use seemed to be as a clutter catcher, and tried to find them a more useful spot in the house. If I couldn’t find a spot where they were more than a clutter catcher, then I posted them on the FB group to get rid of.  I also went through the damn clutter piles and got rid of what was just a waste of space.
  • I got a few small profile comfy chairs for the downstairs front room, moved around a couple of the larger comfy chairs so that there is seating in Aaron’s office, and one more place to sit in the upstairs livingroom now. It’s funny, we had lots of shelves/bookcases scattered about the house .. but very few places to actually sit and read. I don’t know what that was about, but it’s been remedied now.
  • I downsized my nail polish collection, and made some local ladies on FB very happy in the process. My collection is now half the size, which is still quite massive. I also went through all of the makeup and passed most of those on to them as well.
  • I’m winding down a bit more on the whole go crazy and decorate everything outside on holidays thing, too. We’re at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, most of the neighbors before us don’t decorate, and so decorating to the nines is just too much for too few views. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ll still do it. The people across the street do enjoy it. But I won’t be going as crazy as I would have if we still lived on a busier road.  I will be going through the boxes of that stuff and getting rid of what ever has not been used in years of holidays (I’m looking at you ‘skinnier me’ halloween costumes.. time to go bye bye.)

 

  • Bongo kitty is still reacting well to the pills that keep him alive. One and a half pills every day. So he may see another couple years through with us. Knock wood. He’s more of a cuddle bug these days. He will play with his toys for a bit, but it wears him out pretty fast, and so he doesn’t bother most times. As the weather changes his joints get a bit more creaky, and so there are some failed jump attempts here and there. We just lift him up to whatever chair he was trying for, and he happily nestles down for a nap.
  • Our lop rabbits have become slobs of sorts. And so they keep us on their toes more than a few times daily as they potty wherever they please and proceed to lay in it if we are not quick enough to catch it. Bunny baths are becoming a regular thing. Cocoa Banana is still a sweet gentleman dwarf bunny, and we have no such troubles with him.

 

  • Since moving here we’ve gotten at least six new families moving into the neighborhood. So far we’ve been lucky and they’ve been pretty nice people (even the bear ignorant ones are nice, they just are not used to living near wildlife yet is all). Just recently a house a few doors down just sold, but we have no idea who has purchased it yet. Fingers crossed it’s more good people.
  • Oh, The people who purchased the empty lot beside us have been visiting there and spending the day there every now and again. Trying to get a feel for the space as they plan their new home setup, I assume. They recently brought their camp trailer and set it up, and so we’re getting a mini preview of what it’ll be like with neighbors there. Still have lots of deer that go through there, even when the new neighbors are hanging out, and so at least for now that isn’t changing.

I can’t think of anything else at the moment to add, and so I best post this. I can always continue on page 2, as it were, if I think of more.

Sunday foliage report

Sep. 17th, 2017 12:20 pm
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Upland trees starting to turn. Nowhere near "color" yet, though. Some of the ash trees are doing their "Turn one day, drop the next" routine.

Asters and goldenrod dominate the roadside. More of the really showy purples every day, with two tones.

No fresh roadkill to report.

Fog lifted a bit, got out on the bike and rode across town to the airport and back. Still damp enough that my glasses fogged up at a couple of traffic light stops.

Minor oddity -- while I was stopped out at the airport, a four-engine turbo-prop landed, identified by sound as a C-130. But it had a civilian paint job. Bit of Google shows that some civvy cargo carriers use them . . .

16.45 miles, 1:21: 03

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