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Sunday, May 12, 2019

This time, no snow on Mother's Day!

My Mother's Day gift is sitting in the front yard. For some time, I have wanted a long little garden box--maybe 8 inches tall, and 6 inches out from the concrete wall of the steps and porch where our front doors are. The base of that structure is about 16 feet long, but we didn't need to fill the whole length. After a nice and tasty brunch we went to the home fixins store and bought a couple of cinder blocks for the ends and a slab of siding, 8 inchs high, 10 feet long for the front. Charlie... Sign in to see full entry.

it's the Day of the Mothers!

Just as in every male of any age, there is always a little boy--In every female, whatever the age, there is always a mother. Happy Mother's Day! Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Not again!

The white lilac buds are growing pale, ready soon to burst into bloom among the green leaves. Next door the big maple is littering the ground with its tiny yellow blooms, and the leaves are spreading out... Everywhere that green mist of spring is in the treetops... And we are expecting snow tonight. Probably not a lot, probably big, warm flakes that stack high but melt soon as the sun rises. But geeze! It's May, and ought to be full of flowers and warm breezes... Well, we did have the warm... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Faith and Debate

I realized this past week that I am not interested in engaging in debate, I am not charged up to state my case for the science of climate change, for instance. Stephen Jay Gould once said the same about discussing the evidence for evolution: The science is in, it is established no matter what some people want to believe, and argue. The age of the Earth is likewise a known thing, not up for practical debate. The dynamics of climate, of the interactions of air, sea, and land are complex, seem... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 29, 2019

A long and satisfying day

After a bad night's (lack of) sleep, the day began with getting online to sort some photos of Italy and England. The reason for this sorting was to select a handful to show to the curators at Academy Art and Framing. They'd contacted me over the weekend asking if I had any shots of Europe that they might use in their upcoming gallery of tribute to WWII veterans. AA&F is where I have some of my 'Rubble' collection currently hanging: Only two now, as one has sold! She handed me a check for that... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Star Fest Sunday

All weekend we have been at Denver's biggest sci-fi/fantasy fan convention. How big is it...? This one's guest celebrities are Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner. There is an art show and silent auction in which Charlie has his post-apocalyptic teddy bears and other art, and I have a few needle-felted planets there, too. Peri Charlifu, my favorite hobbity potter has a great selection displayed, and I have my name on a few pieces. (Peri, by the way, has been invited by the Nebula Awards people... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 22, 2019

I think it's spring...

Not that we have not had snow in May around here, but just maybe spring has edged out winter now. Outside the kitchen window, there is the green of the lilac leaves spreading open, and the maple in the front is in full flower right now. We have had some 70s+ in the daytime, though today the forecast high is 51F. Wednesday will be in the 70s again despite clouds and maybe some drizzle over the next two days. Sadly, it fared ill, those last very cold days and snows, for the doves. The nest was... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Best laid plans... part 2

And waking up a good 7 hours later... It is noon-thirty, I feel refreshed, dreamed-out, and Charlie wisely caught a bus to work at 10, when I usually drive him. I dreamed of video-hiking all the roads of the Shire and beyond... Had a leg cramp at a crossroads in Hobbiton... Waking, found residual pain in the leg suggesting that was an overlap with real life, though it didn't wake me. This reminds me of a study my Dad talked about, that started with a question: Why do we sleep? After some time in... Sign in to see full entry.

Best laid plans...

Still trying to get back on Mountain Time, I didn't go to bed last night at all, stayed up all day. After drowsing a few times in the chair in front of the tv, I finally got up and went to bed around 8pm. Then I woke up three times before getting up again 4 hours later. Rats. So, I had some soup, watched some more tv and wrote here, and will try to sleep again, maybe get in another 3-4 hours before having to be functional tomorrow. Well, I guess that is pretty much the pre-trip pattern. But I... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Good to be home... but...

Is all this sneezing a cold coming on? Or did I forget to take my daily allergy pill? Guts are unsettled, too--so glad that didn't occur last week! The clock within is still really confused, as I find myself waking up at odd moments in front of the tv or dropping the book from my hands... this is why I don't read big heavy books in bed. Photos are getting processed up onto flickr, there are still a couple of batches to clean up and post. This has been good to do since my writing brain has not... Sign in to see full entry.

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