Visiting [personal profile] lbilover

Sep. 26th, 2017 07:32 am
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I've been so busy, I'm late posting about the visit Shiremom, Pippin, and I made to [personal profile] lbilover a few days ago. She lives less than a half-hour drive of me now, what a joy! We were feasted with a delicious lunch, including home-baked 'pupcakes' for Pippin and the three large, lovely, loving doggies that greeted us at the door -- Pippin and Clementine, both whippets, and Gandalf/Gandy, a Scottish deerhound. My Pippin handled herself surprisingly well with all the attention from the much-larger pups, who were very well behaved. We even got to meet Fred the Tortoise (who loves being scritched on the head)!

We had a great time, but I was incredibly remiss in not taking lots of pictures. Next time we visit I'll do a better job.

This is far from a great shot, but here's Shiremom, Pippin, and [personal profile] lbilover's gentle giant, Gandy.

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The Good Place

Sep. 24th, 2017 04:57 pm
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I've been watching this really clever sitcom while doing the exercise bike. Sadly, I only have a couple of episodes to go for the first season. Why couldn't it be longer?

It is so rare that I like a sitcom, but this one is smart and funny, and the actors terrific.

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Sep. 24th, 2017 07:58 am
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I just ran into this pic I took of part of my work area the other day after the Flower Fairy left me some. Are these zinnias?



More GoT season 7 thoughts.

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New Activities

Sep. 24th, 2017 01:01 am
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On the first of August I signed up for a four-week poetry course that focuses on writing haiku and tanka. I've completed the assignments (haiku) for the first two weeks of the workshop, and on Saturday received the instruction sheet for the first week of what tanka are and how to write them. I think that I will do much better on the tanka than I have with the haiku. I have a lot of trouble staying in the moment. After I signed up for the workshop, I ordered two of Naomi Wakan's books, one on haiku and the other, of course, on tanka. The first is, it seems, out of print, but I ordered a copy from an independent used book dealer through Barnes & Noble. I am saving both books for after the workshop has ended. She has been helpful in pointing out where and how I have missed the idea or strayed from the narrow path of the haiku.

On an encouraging note, she said that my haiku images "have all been interesting". Now that we have finished siding the woodworking shop (I get dizzy at the top of the ladder, holding siding in place while Al sets the nails), I expect to spend much less time helping with the work, aside from helping to measure distances relating to underground pipes, cables, and such. I really want to concentrate on the poetry workshop activities.

On Friday I had another appointment with my doctor to go over the results of the lab tests on Monday. I've dropped 37 pounds in the past nine months and my A1C is down 5.5%. The next step will be to decide when and how much to reduce my medication. Ideally, I would be able to handle manage through monitoring, proper diet, and adequate exercise, like my father did for over 50 years.

I am enjoying Introduction to Japanese Poetry, and I enjoy concentrating on learning a new skill. I may look for another such opportunity for study that begins after the winter holidays.

Recovering

Sep. 24th, 2017 12:21 am
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 We had one more funeral to get through, but it brought about some positive opportunities. My aunt Marion died on September 5th, and her funeral was held on Monday, the 11th. The small, rural church is one where I and my brother and sister next in age to me provided background music for their occasional family nights; we did that for several churches on our father's rural mail route, and I have no idea how many times we might have played at one church or another. I finally was able to meet, once again, her oldest son, her daughter, and for the first time, the widow and sons of the middle child, who died in a work-related plane crash in 2001 in Alaska, where they made their home. I did not remember to ask for contact information, but I am now a FB friend with one of the Seattle contingent, daughter of one of my father's recently deceased brothers, who had been an email correspondent with my mother. I am hopeful that my connections with those families will expand over time.
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Happy belated Birthday to [profile] ibilover!!! Here is your promised spam. A collection of some of the fauna I saw this year around Greenbelt Lake:


A pair of wood ducks in the early spring.

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Dental Work Endurance, Cats, and Cake

Sep. 23rd, 2017 03:12 pm
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I had 2 wisdom teeth pulled this morning due to an abscess that developed a couple of weeks ago in the lower tooth. The top one had to go, too, just for balance, or some semblance thereof. I had lovely nitrous oxide while their broadcast played the Moonlight Sonata, which was perfect, but all that did not manage to dull the pain of the roof of the mouth novocaine shot when it came--I involuntarily eeped high, followed by a growl, but fell back into the nitrous oxide calm in a few minutes. The dental surgeon was nice and quick and I was surprised when he told me both teeth were out. Now I'm on antibiotics. It's been 4 hours and the novocaine isn't completely worn off, but I suspect I won't need the percoset they gave me. I am slightly head achy.

I am in particular solidarity with Tuxie because the poor baby had 2 teeth pulled on Monday and a dental cleaning, and he was given a shot of bupronephrine (narcotic) for pain and covenia (antibiotic), and I gave him onsinor anti-inflammatory pills for 3 days and he was in bad shape for those 3 days. I don't want him in pain, but I suspect he was over medicated and that may have been as bad as dealing with pain for him. He was restless, and probably didn't get a wink of sleep for at least a day, constipated and not eating well, and alternately head-butty affectionate and terrified hiding from me--I suspect fearing I would take him to the vet again. It was very sad-making. Since I don't seem to need the narcotic, I'm wondering if he would have been better off without it. I don't know if he would have had that reaction anyway to the drugs he was put out with for the procedure. He is thankfully all back to normal now. We're in it together, little boy!

I am now sitting comfortably on the sofa with Tuxie curled against my left side, and Moo with her head on my lap on the right side. For my reward I get this wonderful company, I will do nothing this afternoon but read my book--I'm in the middle of the second book in Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow duology: it's excellent--and, alternately nap when ready. It's sunny through the trees out my pretty window, but the world outside will have to carry on without me. As soon as I finish typing this, I get to have cake. I deserve cake for surviving those needles. If I feel up to it this evening, I will finish the eclipse post.

Awwww, Tuxie's little hot pink paw beans! And Moo's little fuzzy head! (-:

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 07:35 am
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I stayed home yesterday and watched season 7 of Game of Thrones straight through. Oh my heart that was glorious. And for some reason I thought it was the last season so I was surprised by the ending coz it seemed like a cliffhanger to a subsequent season rather than a finale.

But oh my heart watching those full grown dragons was glorious. And now one of them's got special powers.

squeeing with spoilers )

Have a great Caturday!

The World of Robin Hood at Age Eleven

Sep. 23rd, 2017 05:27 am
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Sometimes I really need to escape from the news, which seems more horrific every day. And my escape needs a dose of blithe fun.

So I trundle out photocopies of student papers, missing chapters from Robin Hood, as gleefully penned by eleven year olds.

Happy Bagginses' Birthday!

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:02 am
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Pickles the Hobbit Cat celebrates the Bagginses birthday in typical cat fashion. Party on, you crazy cat!



Here are pre-quest Bagginses bonding by Atariel on DeviantArt.

Happy Bagginses Birthday to all the hobbit-hearted here! Yes, you!!!! <3

Story update: "Small Hands"

Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:39 am
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As my offering for the Baggins Birthdays today... here is chapter 4 of my fluffy Cormallen story. I hope you enjoy it! Only one more chapter is planned.

"Small Hands"
Chapter 4: "Wax On, Wax Off"

http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7551

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12572274/4/Small-Hands

L'Shana Tovah

Sep. 21st, 2017 04:54 am
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L'Shana Tovah, all. L'Shana Tovah.

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