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Thursday, November 16, 2017


I have been holding back on this bit of news until it actually materialized in payment: In October, my Fine Art America gallery sold two photos, the same image to two different buyers, of Stonyhurst College. They had 30 days to change their minds, and didn't, so today I received $170 total! Maybe I should start paying more attention to the Fine Art America site! Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday morning...

Sunny and cold, not likely to get very close to warm today... Embers' new meds are finally working: she is eating again and clearly feeling better. I just replaced the water dish in the parakeets' house, and observed one of them immersing himself in it, having a nice little bathe. So I have initiated the dish bought for the purpose, and they are now considering this pond on the floor of their house. I have never seen them bathing before, so there is much waiting and watching on all our parts, to... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Up before dawn again, and hungry

Only a couple of days ago, it was too overcast and I slept too late anyway... But Venus and Jupiter were due to meet up very close together in the heavens. This morning's clear sky just before dawn let me see them together in the sky, not so close, but still not so far apart. And another, just below the crescent moon, I suspect was Mercurly. I have been experimenting with breakfast. I have discovered that an egg can be nicely poachefried in oil in the wok, so today I tried poaching them in soup:... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The new batch!

We finally ran another freeze-dry cycle: strawberries, pineapple, apple, ground pork, ground bison, and turkey burgers. Most came out quite well, but there are notes to remember. First, pineapple has to be cut small or the outside dries before the inside, and ends up insulating the inside of the larger pieces so that after 28 hours cycling through freezing and drying, the inside is still wet. Second, same note regarding larger chunks of ground meat. Next time, smaller, flatter pieces or even... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Snow like powdered sugar

It won't last out the day, wth temperatures expected to be well above freezing, though not much above cold. Charlie applied for a simple little part time job at the storage place where we keep our Other Stuff, and interviewed yesterday, and got the job! It is ideal for his needs, leaving him plenty of time for his greater interests, paying enough to keep bills current and groceries on the shelf. It is within walking distance, and he has always liked walking. A big bonus is that he already is... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 6, 2017

A useful Sunday...

Charlie and I went to a soup and bread party yesterday. It was the kick-off party for a local charity effort that supports, among other recipients, the local theaters. This party was at the Springs Ensemble Theater which lately presented AFTERLIFE, the show that used the big black bird puppet that Charlie constructed for them. The folks at SET have produced several award-winning shows in the past few years. They have high and professional standards, and have used Charlie's talents several time.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday morning sky and Time

When I got up this morning, Venus graced the eastern sky like a gem on dark blue velvet, and the huge bright full moon was descending the western side of the sky. This happens regardless of what clocks tell us is 'correct' time. Suddenly today, several of my clocks are telling 'correct' time, even as several others have suddenly become 'incorrect' and will probably remain so until spring. Time is real to the physical world, marking the movements of stars and planets and moons through space; the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Internet is back!

It was down for about 24 hours, for no reason that was our faults. Bill has been paid, router works, just no connection. Very exasperating! And a sad reminder how easy it is to be too dependent on onlineness. Embers is troubled by her teeth again... This time the vet has recommended a topical, transdermal cream so we don't have to do the shot again so soon, and so we don't have to attempt to get it in her mouth. This is to be massaged into the inside of the ear, in the outer ear, not the inner.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Watching again, my favorite "Pride and Prejudice"

It is usually referred to as the Colin Firth version, but in fact, he shares the top billing honors with Jennifer Ehle who is the most charming Elizabeth Bennet ever, and the actress has the most subtly expressive eyebrows! The 'odious Mr. Collins' is played with delightfully smarmy unctuousness by David Bamber. I've seen him as Cicero in the series, ROME, and in other character roles especially in British productions. Alison Steadman is a stridently near-hysteric Mrs. Bennet, and Benjamin... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! I remember chilly Halloweens in childhood, deeply disappointed at having to wear a warm coat over my costume. Nowadays, kids' costumes are more clever, more thorough, like full-body dinosaurs and medieval cloaks--not just a cheap taffeta one-piece item. The evening grows dark... where are the kiddies? This year I have little party favor things instead of candies to hand out. Once again this year, Charlie has advised against bic lighters or other... Sign in to see full entry.

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