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Dec. 17th, 2014


(Backstory- Duplex townhouse next door sold a few weeks ago. Since, it's been nonstop renovating- the driveway was graded and paved, the backhill was excavated back, the inside was gutted, and is now being put back together. New owner is a nice guy, but still, it gets old after awhile.)

Kill me now.

They're starting on the roof next door today. Before 8am. AND they're now whistling christmas carols.
*beats head on desk*

I will not kill them for throwing old shingles on my Crepe Myrtle. I will not kill them for throwing old shingles on my Crepe Myrtle. I will not kill them for throwing old shingles on my Crepe Myrtle. *pets Morrigan more*

Of course, it didn't help that I was awoken at 4am by Mark asking if I had gone and gotten Miss Sassy. Umm, no, why?

Turns out she had [finally] come upstairs and climbed on the bed on her own, wanting attention. At FOUR AM.

Then not an hour later, she's in the hall, hissing and snarling at poor Morrigan, which again, wakes me up.

Needless to say, I did not sleep well last night. So being woken up before 8am by wood being thrown against the fence and itself by the roofers getting started next door, was the icing on the cake.

It's going to be a long day.

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Dec. 1st, 2014

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Nov. 27th, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Smoker is fired up, I smell like hickory already. In a few hours, we'll be over at the In-Laws, enjoying family and good food.

Hope you get to do the same.

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Nov. 11th, 2014

[Semi] Wordless Wednesday

NYC from Ellis Island

A view of New York City, and the Freedom Tower, as seen from the Wall of Honor area of Ellis Island. Nov 2014.

Remember to thank a Vet today.

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Oct. 31st, 2014

Preparing for winter...

Today, I went out and finally dug out a 1ft x 1ft trench around the new Crepe Myrtle planted by the driveway, added good dirt and covered it back over with the hard gravel. All in an attempt to help it settle its roots in better before winter really gets going, since it's pretty hard packed where it is.

Then I moved potted plants on the porch that will overwinter there, up against the house, well sheltered with the heavy pond liner up against them. I need to get burlap or something to cover them with and then, hopefully, they'll be ok there.

Everything that needed watering, was thoroughly watered. Cut back the butterfly bush to well below the front window for the winter, it'll come back fuller and better next spring. Cleaned out the bird bath and refilled it- the sparrows are enjoying it. Added dirt to that bed and the side bed.

Moved metal edging back around front where we will build a new raised bed for vine like veggies against the fence next year. The new gate works extremely well. Swept up leaves off the front walk and against the fence where they'll mulch in.

I think I'm as prepared for the wintry weather they're calling for this weekend as I can be right now. And now I can go back to weaving a new winter scarf for listing.

Hand dyed some 100% wool yarn last weekend, let it sit for several days and got a varigated reddish brown shade to much of it, with hints of black. Lovely color, if I do say so myself. May overdeye the finished product with a dark red, to bring out the red tones more, not decided yet.

I'm about 2/3rds of the way finished with weaving the scarf. It's a straight forward, standard weave, no fancy stuff. Trying to do some simpler, less expensive, warm scarves for the winter. It's roughly 12" wide right now, but will shrink when washed, to between 10.5" and 11.5". Not sure on the length, but generally between 5.5' and 6.5', good for wrapping around the neck, head AND shoulders, I think.

Hope to get it listed by next week and several more over the course of November, with an eye towards a good sale in December (thinking 40-50% off to move some stock and catch last minute shoppers who need stocking stuffers, etc.).

Anyway. Back to work I go.

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Oct. 29th, 2014

Sometimes the ghosts demand to be heard

Last night was a bad, bad, brain night.

For some reason, as soon as I closed my eyes, all I could think about was the stray cat in Okinawa and how we treated her after she'd had her kittens in our apartment, then tried to take them away, which was second nature to her. We had named her Nomad, the kittens were Kaz, Puff and Nieko. I have photos somewhere...

As much as it may appear, 22 years ago, I was a bad, bad pet person. I think it took involuntarily losing Fritz, Eek, Niek, Lucky and Taz in the house fire 20 years ago next month to show me just how horrible I'd been to previous pets. Nothing so bad as killing her or anything other pets, but yeah, Nomad was deliberately driven away and sadly, I think, made to never trust humans again. And Kaz, little Kaz, died accidentally. They were playing and Mark had been moving the furniture and somehow managed to not only step on her, but to crush her skull. She died instantly. She was buried in the habu (jungle), which, if the maps are right, doesn't exist anymore, thanks to the base nearby expanding.

We were young and relatively inexperienced then, that's all I can really say. We seriously thought we'd be able to bring those kittens and the dog we adopted from a local shelter home to the US with us. But we didn't- we couldn't afford everything it cost, not realizing just how expensive it all would be. And they ended up in a shelter on Kadena, where I can only hope, someone adopted them and gave them excellent homes, someone who *was* able to bring them to the US.

22 years and I can still see everything so clearly as if it were just yesterday. Granted, I've learned a lot about pet ownership and myself and I like to think I"ve grown in those intervening years. But to this day, I remember clearly sometimes and still feel like I'm atoning for my actions.

Every Samhain, when I light that candle, there's a litany of names I recite, Nomad first among them and I ask their forgiveness for any wrongs I've done them. Someday, those ghosts will lay to rest and I can close that door forever.

This is not that day. This is not that year.

"We can train our bodies to forget, but not our minds." - Henry Morgan, 'Forever'

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