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Jan. 13th, 2020

That light at the end of your tunnel...

Turned out to be a freight train, and you decided not to move, this time.

Dammit, CJ.


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To be quite honest, we were not surprised to hear about his passing. Allegedly, he overdosed on fentanyl. Allegedly, his father found him. I say allegedly because all and any information I have regarding how he died has been secondhand.

But, again, not surprised. He, like Charlie, had mental health issues. He, also like Charlie, had drug issues and a drinking issue. Unlike Charlie though, CJ had a daughter that, one would think, would have helped him try to stay around longer. But life doesn't work that way.

So long, CJ. Say hi to Charlie for us and give Puped, that sweet dog of yours a big hug for me.

We'll miss you.



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Jan. 10th, 2020

So long, won't miss you.

I was unfriended on Facebook last night.

No big deal, I don't post there anymore and only commented a total of 6 times this month along. Well, 4 times now, since 2 comments disappeared when I was unfriended.

Anyway.

This person had posted a video of a group of guys- most of whom appeared to be black, or able to pass as such, problematic for other, sad reasons- who apparently used their *religion* (Christianity, to be precise) to "convert/cure themselves of being gay to being straight".

I replied that that was not how it worked. That wasn't how any of it worked. That I pitied them for having deluded themselves so badly.

She replied that they likely knew better than I.

I said, yes, they likely did know better than I. They likely knew better that they were deluding themselves into believing there was something wrong with them that needed to be fixed. Because that *was not how it worked*. That I still pitied them for having deluded themselves.

Whatever she replied with, I have no idea, as she unfriended me before I could see it and that post was, ironically, friends only.

Now, we'd been friends, well, distantly, for some years now. And I once followed her on Instagram. She still followed me. So I sent her a message there, saying that since she unfriended me over a difference of opinion on Facebook, she might as well unfriend me here as well.

And I learned something last night! I didn't need to wait for *her* to unfollow me! I could remove her as a follower myself! Which I did. And good riddance to such a closed mind, honestly.

If your religion, which pretty much says your god does not make mistakes, tells you , you can't be LGBTQ+, then maybe you need to reexamine your religion. Because if your god , who you say doesn't make mistakes, who created you in their image, created you to be LGBTQ+, then who are you to decide they did in fact, make a mistake and that you must be cured of said mistake?

Because obviously it's not your god telling you something is wrong with you, it's *your fellow mankind*.

Yeah.


In other news, went to let the dogs outside last night and while standing on the back porch, distinctly and loudly, heard an owl hooting. It was either in the peach tree or the mimosa, it was close.

I literally stood outside in the cold, jacketless, just to hear it again. Which I did, further away.

And I was reminded how *lucky* I was to live in such a place, where the deer wander through the back yard, opossums come on the porch, looking for cat food, an occasional fox wanders through the hayfield, a rafter of turkeys sometimes passes by, a hawk flies off down the driveway, clearly having been perched moments before in a tree in the front yard...

Yeah.

Pretty damn lucky.



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Jan. 1st, 2020

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Dec. 13th, 2019

Catch up post of sorts...

So, back on Dec 4th, I became a great aunt again. My second oldest niece had her first child that night.

Being gamer geeks and all around nerds like us, they named the baby after a Magic the Gathering Planeswalker.

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So, I'm making a special gift for the nursery centered around this Planeswalker. And thankfully, she recognized them right off. Heh.

I told her it'd likely be more of a Twelfth Night gift than a Yule gift at the rate I'm going, but she's ok with that. Family goodie boxes aren't going out until after the 25th anyway, I just ran out of time and energy.

Mark is off the week of the 25th, so he can help make cookies and treats for local friends and neighbors. That'll help immensely. Dojo is closed that week too, so no martial arts classes. We're not going to know what to do with our evenings. I expect we'll run through katas and practice ou weapons forms to keep up.

family and a few friends are coming over on Sunday for Mark's birthday, so back to straigtening the house I go.



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Nov. 5th, 2019

No, he will not get my vote...

No matter how persuasive you try to seem at the entrance to the polls, or how helpful you want to be, by handing out *selective* sample poll sheets. And verbally telling us so and so would appreciate our vote, less than 40 ft from the front entrance.

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So, yes, we voted this morning. Despite the clear attempt at electioneering, which is illegal here in Virginia.

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During the times the polls are open and ballots are being counted, it shall be unlawful for any person (i) to loiter or congregate within 40 feet of any entrance of any polling place; (ii) within such distance to give, tender, or exhibit any ballot, ticket, or other campaign material to any person or to solicit or in any manner attempt to influence any person in casting his vote; or (iii) to hinder or delay a qualified voter in entering or leaving a polling place. (Va. Code Ann. ยง 24.2-604(A)) ( State Laws on Electioneering )



Working feverishly on Christmas ornaments and inexpensive scarves for the next, now 3, events, coming up over the next month. I'm going to bee sick of Santas, Snowmen, Xmas candy ornaments, etc.


Neighbors are officially moving. They found a house they like. While we're sad to see them go- all in all, they are some of the best neighbors we've ever had- it makes sense to move to your own house and not be subject to the whims of someone else. Especially when mold is involved.

Back to work I go...


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Oct. 30th, 2019

Ratchet the stress...

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I was up before the dawn yesterday. We were finally getting a new dryer, after deciding that we really wanted a dryer over a washer. That we were ok with continuing to go to the laundromat to wash clothes, but a dryer would be more useful right now.

The old dryer had started dying. Sounding like the bearings were going, not heating thoroughly. That sort of thing.

We had been trying to save to get a full set at the same time, but things kept happening and we kept not being able to get the full amount needed.

So we got a dryer on Monday and will get a washer in a few months, now having an actual total price needed for it.

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It was delivered yesterday. It's so quiet.

Tomorrow I'll rearrange the bookcases. We had to move one so the dryers could be swapped, and I rather like the more openness in the library/laundry now. We don't actually *need* the wardrobe we're using as linen storage, so I'll empty the little that's in it and remove it, leaving space for a bookcase to be placed there instead.

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Worked on this piece on the loom yesterday. It'll be finished and off the loom today. Then I can rewarp and start on a few inexpensive scarves for the next show on the 16th. Inexpensive stuff sells better at that show than my more expensive stuff does.

Then I have 4 turkeys to put together and need to finish santa and snowman ornaments. AS well as a few last large pumpkins for this season.

My last show for the year is at the end of November, and typically, the small stuff, such as ornaments should do well there. Especially this time of year.

Then I'll have all of December, January and much of February to prep for Mysticon. I have plans for things for that 3 day event and will need the intervening months between the end of November and the end of February.

Here's hoping I get it all finished. But first, I need to practice for our last belt testing before full black belt. This time next year, is when we hope to go for our full, 1st degree black.

Hence, the elevated stress levels.


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Oct. 29th, 2019

Tuesday feels like Monday

Up stupid early for the 4th day in a row.

Lowe's is supposed to be delivering our new dryer sometime, hopefully this morning, but we neglected to pin down an actual *time*. Whoops.

Old dryer started dying a few weeks ago. Washer had already died last year. Decided we'd rather have a dryer first and foremost than try to save up for both at the same time and went ahead and bought a new Maytag yesterday.

We'll go back and get the matching washer in a few months.

No idea how old the old set is, except they aren't matching, so definitely different ages. The old washer is a front load too, which we don't particularly care for, so the new one will be top load.

Meanwhile I need to finish this clasped warp wrap on the loom so I can get some inexpensive scarves made up for the next show in 3 weeks.


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