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May. 15th, 2020

So it begins...

Virginia has entered phase one of reopening.

As for us, we're still going to be minimizing our exposure as much as we can. Which means, groceries and class and not much else.

Martial arts and C.O.B.R.A. classes start back, in person on Monday, outside only, limited to 10 people, 10 feet apart. We have to sign up the Friday before, for the next week's classes, to be able to do them. We can't simply show up. We can still do the Zoom classes too.

And we get to start working with the Bo staff.

Because it's mainly hands off and you practically *need* that 10 ft spacing. Heh.

It's up to us as to whether we want to wear a mask for the outside classes- for us that will be a yes, emphatically, because better safe than sorry.

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The lettuce and spinach are finally taking off, so we harvested a sinkful last night. It was tasty on tuna fish sandwiches, and I had more than enough for a big lunch salad for Mark, and will have one myself in a bit.

The rest of the garden is settling in. A couple tomatoes have too much frost damage, despite being covered, one at least I know isn't going to make it. Still watching the other. Can't remember which hill was what for the cucumbers, zucchini and butternut squash, but 2 hills have done nothing. I suspect its the zucchini, so need to find either seeds or seedlings if we can. Otherwise, I'll plant more cucumbers. Leviathan will eat those as well as zucchini.

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The irises are going nuts with blooms this year. Ones that haven't bloomed since we moved here, are now blooming. Of course, I fed them this year too. Can't wait to see what the others turn out to be. So far, all along the porch has been shades of purples. Which plays nicely with the fuschia azaleas and the orange azalea.



Today is my dad's birthday. He's 82.


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Apr. 27th, 2020

Updates...

Dad is home. They diagnosed him with ischemic colitis. So, kept him a week to see if he improved and sent him home when he did. Now we play the waiting game to make sure he didn't catch the novel coronavirus while in the hospital.

I got to talk to him on Sat. He said it was good to hear my voice. I don't get to talk to him often these days, it's hard to understand him because he tends to mumble or slur his words, or he's napping.

He mentioned his antique guns again, and wanting me to have them. We have this conversation nearly every time we do talk. I finally told him to have mom tape notes to the ones he wanted me to have, saying they were going to me.

Went over and cut my brother's lawn on Sat as well. Helped him get his small garden started. Hopefully he listened and got his seeds in before it rained that afternoon. He was going to plant sugar snap peas, green beans and zucchini. He's got a good spot for it, full sun through to early aftenoon, then light shade through to full shade in the evening. Hopefully it does well for him.

Our garden is really starting to get going. the peas are up, the lettuce and spinach are doing well now that we've fenced them to keep the squirrels and chipmunks from digging in the soft soil. The potatoes are sending up new sprouts, so hopefully we'll get quite a few pounds this fall. The radishes planted over the top are going crazy too. The carrots have just started sprouting. Never grew carrots before, so this will be interesting.

Was out there, in the rain, well the start of it , on Sat, putting in zuchinni, cucumbers, butternut squash, tomatillo seeds (purple!), and beans. Dan would not stop talking after I took over another bag of garden soil for him to use, as we told him he definitely did not have enough, and confirmed it after he put what he had in his bed and sent us photos, especially after I told him , rain is coming in, get your seeds in, I gotta go get mine in, several times, as the wind picked up and you could smell the rain coming.

Sunday we put in the tomatoes and peppers. So far, wildlife is leaving most stuff alone now. We put cages over the tomatillo row and the cucurbit seed mounds, to help protect them. Also put out a lot of pollinator plants in the center bed. These will stay permanently- Liatris, Phlox, Coppertips, all were sprouted and growing well in the soil medium I started them in. The 2 Echinecea that came with them, not so much. But I put them out anyway, maybe if they're in the ground, they'll wake up. If not, I do have seeds in cold storage I can start and transplant.

Te swamp milkweed finally started coming back up, as has some of the Anise Hyssop. Need to collect seeds from that this year and scatter it through the wooded area some. Bees and butterflies adore it and it usually grows well here. It'll look good against the biennial black eyed susans that grow in the wooded area too.

I have noticed, toilet paper is starting to get easier to find, as well as paper towel. I suspect, fresh produce and fresh meat will now become scarce, as people start overstocking their freezers on that, with all the doom and gloom news about meat packing shutting down and farmers dumping crops. Much of whats being destroyed was never meant for the grocery store systems, but people don't care. Good thing we already have plenty in the freezer.

Trying to wake up my King Arthur Flour sourdough starter. I suspect it's been in the freezer too long. Haven't given up on it yet, but it's really sluggish to get going. Also trying to start a wild yeast starter as well. That'll be a first for us, so hopefully it works. Its been a long time since I've bake with sourdough (5 years), so will be nice to get back to it.

Apparently *indoor gun ranges* have been deemed essential services by a Lynchburg judge. How exactly going to shooting at targets, indoors, practically shoulder to shoulder (certainly well below the 6ft spacing) is an essential need, is beyond me. So fucking stupid.

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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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Sep. 24th, 2019

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Gaming weekend this past Saturday. Which meant friends came over.

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And when the youngest niece is here, no one else matters for Leo. He literally follows her around, lays where he can see her and waits for her to wake up in the morning. He even whined at the guest room door because she wasn't up yet. Goofy dog.

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We got further than I thought they would. One more session and this book (1 of 6) should, finally, be finished. It's only taken a little over a year. Not a long time in the world of tabletop gaming. Heh.

Now back to finishing up pumpkins, jack o lanterns and ornaments for Big Otter Mill Memorial Harvest Festival in Bedford, Va, in 1.5 weeks.



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Aug. 14th, 2019

Pertinent things...

Until I have more time available to me...

My brother finally moved out, after a year of living with us. After telling him, repeatedly, to save money for deposits that he may or may not have, he still ended up 500.00 short for electric and water deposits. And now has a loan out with our mother.

Like clockwork, 2 weeks after he moved out, he made himself sick. *Every month*, he'd get sick for a week. He'd claim it was his stomach, we think it was deliberate. *Every. Month.*

We lost Miss Sassy, suddenly, in December 2018. She's buried out back, as will all our pets from now on. Morrigan, Caena and Leo are doing well.

My mother in law is in the final stages of Alzheimer's. WE expect by the end of the year, she'll be gone. Of course, she could fool all of us and hang on for another few years.

My dad had a new pacemaker put in, it deals with *both* D-fib and A-fib, since, he's contrary and has both. He's doing much better now.

My second oldest niece is expecting her first, a boy, this Christmas.
My oldest niece apparently is going by 'Owen' now. I have no idea if that means they are deciding to transition or what, as we do not actually communicate.

My youngest niece graduated high school, will be attending community college for a few years, then transferring to a university.

We are now black/green belts in martial arts, and green belts in C.O.B.R.A. self defense fighting systems. We test for black/blue belt in martial arts next month. After that, it's black/red, then full black belt, 1st degree.

Garden did exceedingly well this year. Lots of beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, some zucchini, some potatoes. Pulling the sweet potatoes this weekend, hoping for lots of those too.

Still weaving, took the summer off, have a show the end of next month, then one a month for the next three. Have a whole list of things to create between now and then, so back to work I go.


Apparently my Galaxy Fit thinks I'm cycling... Fool thing.



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Aug. 7th, 2019

Home again, Home again, jiggity jig...

Ok, so *I* haven't left home.

But finally, after a year, my brother *has* left my home and moved into his own.

Which means, that I once again can get on my computer, uninterrupted, without feeling like there's someone watching over my shoulder, questioning my every move.

Let me tell you, it gets old fast.

So, over the next week or so, expect a few blog posts, randomly, catching you up on everything that's happened since my last post.

Until then, I have painting to finish in the living room.



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Aug. 31st, 2016

Final day of the #CTMonthINTheLIfe challenge...

Day 31 has a prompt of "support"...

The final #prompt for the #ctmonthinthelife  #igchallenge  by @createandthrive  is #support...   I'm lucky that I have an extremely supportive husband and supportive extended family, like my niece here with my husband, in the backyard, messing around with

I'm lucky that I have an extremely supportive husband and supportive extended family, like my niece here with my husband, in the backyard, messing around with the telescope.
Other than my husband, my mom is my biggest fan and wants something of mine pretty much every month, which, sorry, mom, isn't going to happen. :p



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Jun. 15th, 2016

Eight years...

Eight Year ago today, a very special litter of puppies was born and they and their mother were rescued by Heart of Dixie Akita Rescue.

Eight years ago today, Dante sent us our next Akita, born exactly 10 days after she left us. Had to go prepare the new pupper after all, for the crazy family she'd be living with 3.5 months later.

Eight years ago today, Caena Kamikaze Ryu was born.



Happy Birthday, Caena! Here's to many more silly birthdays with you.}:)

Feb. 9th, 2016

Breakthroughs, works finished and in progress...

A few years ago, through a distant cousin, I learned that an uncle who may have known my dad's birth father had died. At the time, I took a chance and looked his kids up on Facebook, then sent a couple of them (there are 6) a message of condolance, explaining who I was and saying I was sorry to have never gotten the chance to meet the uncle.

Well.

Friday, I got, out of the blue, a Facebook message from one of them. She hadn't known about the 'other' folder on Facebook and so, completely missed my message from 4 years ago. Through her, I 'met' another cousin. We've been exchanging a touch of information the entire weekend and Sat, she sent me certain photos. Photos that I literally sat and cried over.

I finally got to 'meet' my dad's birth dad, my paternal grandfather. And the first thing I saw *was* not only my dad, but my brother in him. Very clearly, very distinctly. Even Mark was rather shocked at the resemblance. My dad is most definitely his child. We are most definitely descended from him. It's uncanny.

The neat thing is, they want to meet my dad and us. So, hopefully, the next time we're home for vacation, we can arrange a family reunion 70+ years in the making.

Meanwhile, I've been working hard trying to get caught up on my mental list of things I want finished by Mysticon. To that end, I've finished 5 steampunk/clockwork necklaces, several steampunk/clockwork charm style bracelets and chainmaille bracelets and 4 beaded steampunk/clockwork brooches-

Clockwork charm bracelet, finished.  #nofilter #clockwork #steampunk #bracelet #handmade #jewelry #charmbracelet #dantesspirit

One of two, the other is copper based.

Time in a bottle necklace  #handmade #steampunk #clockwork #necklace #handmadejewelry #dantesspirit

The dull work begins- putting price tags on everything.   #nofilter #handmade #handmadejewelry #steampunk #chainmaille #bracelet #bracelets #dantesspirit

Work in progress. The left one will become a steampunk charm bracelet.  Both out of solid copper as a base.  #chainmaille #handmadejewelry #handmade #copper #Japanese6-2 #mobiusknot  #steampunk #dantesspirit

Still beading. Current piece will be turned into a pendant. Four clockwork/steampunk brooches, five to go...  #nofilter #beadwork #steampunk #clockwork #brooch #brooches #handmade #handbeaded #seedbeads #dantesspirit

Simple can be elegant.  #handmade #handbeaded #beadwork #seedbeads #copper #clockwork #steampunk #pendant #necklace #dantesspirit


That is by no means all of the pieces that have been finished, but the majority at least. I plan to bead at least 5 more brooches, them try to finish at least one clockwork style embroidered silk scarf and have another in progress to work on at the Con.

In other news, my Hellebores, aka Lenten Rose is blooming and man is it beautiful.

My Hellebore, aka Lenten Rose, is blooming.  #nofilter #garden #hellebore  #lentenrose #hellebores #lentenroses #flowers #dantesspirit


And now, I have a Diva Kitty that demands attention.


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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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Sep. 8th, 2014

Catching up...

Last weekend we went up to the cabin for a nice get away.



While there, I worked on the most recent project, getting past the halfway point at the very least. It was fun, nice, serene and not too hot.

The bear had been back since the last time we were there. Fresh scratches on the pole out back, with hairs stuck in it and Mark found bear scat on the trail- it wasn't fresh, but was at least a week old. Lots of frogs in the pond and baby fish. Lots of raccoon and deer tracks too.

A couple of the maples up there had hints of color, so I expect by the end of this month when we go up again, more will have color on them.

This last week, we got the materials to finally start on the patio out back- the landscaping cloth, the metal edging, and a couple bags of pea gravel to start. Also picked up a can of Kilz to prime the gate sections and get them painted. Picked up a good sized watering trough for next year's tomatoes. 2ft deep x4ft long x1 ft wide, it'll be large enough for 4 plants and give them excellent root room and such.

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And I finished the wrap. It's lovely, very sunset color like, and although it's not exactly how I planned, still very lovely. All that's left is the fringe which is in progress. Mark says it's so not my colors, but it is definitely very warm.}:P It'll be listed in the shop by the end of the week.

Found another Black Diamond crepe myrtle- the kind with the purple-black leaves and deep red flowers. Potted it up in a deep navy blue pot, 3 times it's size- it'll sit out on the patio when it's built as a nice plant grouping along with the 2 red barberries I picked up and need to get blue pots for as well. 3 more barberries were planted today in front of the 2 dwarf Alberta spruces and white crepe myrtle in the next bed over. That fills out that bed nicely and gives it a variety of colors and textures. Behind everything, the daylilies will fill in too.

Mark had his last- for now- major dental appointment. He's still getting used to his new teeth now and is very selfconscious about them because he's still having issues with speaking (and he's still very tender).

His mom is doing about as well as can be expected. No worse, but obviously, no better.

Today, I also trimmed up the big crepe myrtle again- it's on it's second blooming, moved bricks to make room for the gate when it's put up and finished the raised bed by the garbage can where the clematis is, trimmed dead flowers from the geranium, pulled all the dead leaves and stems from the daylilies, picked a half dozen banana peppers- lost one to critters, picked one anaheim pepper and several pequito peppers. Trimmed the tomato plant- when the tomatoes left on it are ripe, it'll get pulled.

Now, I'm going to sit around and be lazy for a bit before I go do last night's dishes.


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Mar. 6th, 2014

Learnings and Hypotheticals

The learning-

Yesterday I learned that a certain forum actually triggers an anxiety attack.

I hadn't visited said forum for nearly a month. I posted in in twice yesterday and almost immediately after, had a mild anxiety attack. I realized yesterday, just how badly that forum had been affecting me for the last 4-5 months, that I get way too stressed over it, that it makes me way too tense and unhappy. That Mark was right all along. So. That will be the end of that.

Lesson learned- that forum is not worth stressing myself out over, just by visiting and/or reading.


I also learned, over the last month or so, that even though people can act like they're your friends online, in truth, the majority are not. That when people say they are going to do certain things, chances are they will never, in fact, do those things. Now, I have friends online that I've known and still talk to on a semi regular basis from the very early days of my internet presence. THOSE people are definitely friends- several I've even had the fortune to meet in person and thus, strengthen our friendship.

But there are those, who seem like friends, say all the things a friend would and then suddenly, just stop communicating with you. Or use the same excuse multiple times as to why they weren't talking to you. To me, that's not a friend. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. So. That's enough of that.

Lesson learned- Business type communications with said people from now on.


The hypothetical-
Mark came home from work yesterday and asked me a hypothetical question. If he had the chance to move to *hypothetical place* in regards to the company he works for, would I be willing to move? My response was yes, of course. BUT, if we did move, we would buy a house in said place, not rent. Even if finding the right house took 2, 3, even 6 months, we would find a way to buy a house. He agreed.

It seems there is a small chance that the company will be consolidating his position to one place within the company, ie, *hypothetical place*. In my opinion, there are a couple advantages to said hypothetical move-

1- it'd technically mean a pay increase and possible promotion within the company, which would be good for his career, assuming he stays in said career(which quite frankly, I'm sure he will at this point).

2- It'd be closer to his parents. Which, with his mom's health issues, would be a good thing. We'd be a lot closer and better able to help out.

3- We'd spend a whole lot of time with our youngest niece every summer, instead of a few hours every on weekends when we get together to game.

4- We'd be a lot closer to the places/markets/etc that we thoroughly enjoy visiting when we're at his parents'.

However, there are also several downsides to said hypothetical move-

1- No mountains. Well, none as near as we have here anyway.

2- Snow. And cold. Way more than we get here. It would also mean a shorter growing season.

3- It'd mean a longer drive to my parents, ie, 2 days instead of one.

4- The few real life/meatspace friends (we can actually count on one hand the real life friends we have here, that are not family. Yes, really.) we actually have outside the internet are here. We know no one in said hypothetical place and neither of us makes friends easily.

5- We'd spend a whole lot of time with our youngest niece every summer, instead of a few hours every on weekends when we get together to game. Ok, so that's not really a downside. Heh.

But right now, it's all hypothetical and we honestly don't know that it would even ever happen. But if it did, well, the pros and cons are about even either way.

And now, I'm off to photograph a couple new handwoven scarves before the weather turns on me.


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Dec. 30th, 2013

Random from the last week.

Tuesday of last week (Christmas Eve) we headed up to New Jersey. Had chinese for dinner that night. Very good food at the Fortune Cookie in Medford Lakes.

Spent a nice Christmas with Mark's family, his uncle and aunt from California cooked a great dinner for us, Mark's parents and his Grandpop. We ate too much, as per usual.

Thursday, trekked over to Cherry Hill to visit a Wegman's grocery store (well, Marketplace they call it) for the first time ever. Discovered two things- we don't like Cherry Hill people- rude, snobby types, and we don't care for Wegman's either. We liked the deli side where the cafe and seafood was, but the rest we don't care for. Also went by Woolbearer's in Mt Holly, to see about a tabletop loom. They didn't have what I wanted on hand and I wasn't comfortable leaving my credit card number and not knowing the exact cost (they couldn't/wouldn't tell me shipping), so we left empty handed- I don't need more yarn after all. I know, it shocked Mark too.) and came home, whereupon, after a snack of meats and cheeses with the Parents In Law, I found one on sale online and ordered it, for cheaper than it would have been through Woolbearer's- even with shipping, it was still less than full price. Yeah. It should be here this Friday and I'll get to spend the weekend cursing it as I try to learn to set it up.}:P

Friday, Mark and I went to Philly and visited the Italian Market (again), where we went to DiBruno Bros (again), got cheeses - Mark got a wedge of Gorgonzola Piccante- all his, I hate blue cheese, I got a wedge of Capricho Cabra Plain- sooo good, and we'll share the half log of Homemade Sweet Soppressata. I also got a slab of Italian Noughet. We also went to the Spice Corner (again), and picked up at least half dozen more herbs and spice mixes. Then we found the Fante's store, where Mark got a 1lb of coffee (that I promptly forgot to put in the cooler yesterday morning and that his sister will be bringing back for us, along with my bookmark, since I finished my book and it fell to the floor when I got up to put my book in my bag. Yeah.) and I got a manual ravioli mold for overstuffed 2" ravioli. On the way back, we stopped in one of the butcher's there and picked up a whole rabbit, which I had quartered and Wednesday, I'll braise half of it for dinner. Wandered South Street for a little bit after that.

Friday night, the SiL, BiL, and niece arrived with their dog, Ashe. That night the FiL grilled out some very tasty ribs. Caena and Ashe could not get enough of playing and chasing each other in the backyard.

Saturday, we had Grandpop's 100th birthday party. Yes, 100th. The man is an android. He'll likely outlive us all. Heh. Crown Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill- so posh and elegant. I have photos, I just need to upload them. 100+ people at this party, almost all related to each other in some way. We knew maybe 15. Yeah. Mark got to catch up with a couple cousins he hasn't seen since they were all teenagers and grew up together- roughly 30 years. They moved out to California and lost touch. It was nice putting faces to the names, finally. All in all, it was a very nice birthday party. Lots of awards and letters from various officials and organizations for Grandpop.

Sunday, we came home. In the pouring rain. Yup. Apparently, Aries decided to go on a semi- hunger strike and didn't want to eat for Alex while we were gone. He did eat though, as he hasn't lost weight and has no mouth issues. It appears, he did not approve of the dry food we left for them, in addition to the raw. So we got a bag of the regular dry food and he chowed it right down. He was also typical very clingy kitty last night. Morrigan was Morrigan. She hacked up a hairball on my desk while we were gone in retaliation for leaving them. Yup. Typical Morrigan.

Ok, that's the good stuff.

Tuesday, we got news straight from Mark's parents that his mom has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's. They've known for a few months but wanted to tell us all in person. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest, for severity, she's currently a 2. They have her on meds to hopefully slow it down some. But they realize, there is NO cure. There is NO miracle drug that can stop this. It will, eventually, kill her. Hopefully, it's in another 20 years or so.

Called my mom last night tolet her know we made it home safely and found out my dad had another A-Fib episode yesterday. He is currently in the hospital for observation, as they could not find a cause yesterday and wanted to run more tests, as well as check out his defibrillator for malfunctions. Mom will be calling later this evening, hopefully with updates.


And that was my week. How was yours?



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Nov. 26th, 2013

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My grandfather's old deer blind. My dad built it for him after his heart bypass surgery so he could still deer hunt. Now, my dad plans to use it himself. Oct 2013



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Aug. 24th, 2013

Caturday- Shadow

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This is Shadow, my MiL's cat. She's roughly 8-9 yrs old and was adopted from a local shelter. She's a fussy old lady who won't let anyone but the MiL and FiL pet her. Until we went up in May. I actually was able to not only pet her, but get her to purr.

She's actually a really sweet kitteh. May 2013



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Jul. 9th, 2013

Update of sorts

Grandma's doing fine. She'll be there for much of the rest of the week, working her way back up to semi solid foods. She has to poop before they'll discharge her.}:P

Dad's heart is still out of sync. They still don't know why. His (kidney?) doc hasn't signed off on the Coumadin yet, so they've been giving him shots of something else that he can have right now, to thin the blood.

They want to check his defibullator tomorrow, make sure nothing's going on there (it's happened before). So he's still there.

And that's where we are.

Tomorrow(today) we may know more.

May. 29th, 2013

New yarns!

So last week we went on vacation up to New Jersey to see Mark's parents. Before hand, I had done some researching and found several local shops in the areas we would be, to visit and hopefully pick up some either handspun and hand dyed yarns, or at the least, hand dyed yarns.

I think I succeeded quite well.

First up is Hooked in Haddonfield, NJ. I will admit, I went a bit overboard. But in my defense, Mark kept telling me to get the yarn, and 3 skeins HE liked all together, colorwise, so those I'll blame on him.}:P

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Blue Heron Yarns Rayon Metallic in Blue Violet. Silky soft and absolutely wonderful to work with as kumihimo. I actually started and finished a 16 strand cord in 3 days while in New Jersey. It'll be listed in cuff form by next week- needed to get some beads that color coordinated.

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Shalimar Breathless, hand dyed. Gorgeous and soft, the color varies from rich butter yellow to a softer, pale yellow.

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Plucky Knitter, also hand dyed. Also very soft. Are you sensing a theme? Most of the yarns I got are silk blends or cashmere/merino blends, or straight alpaca in the case of at least one.


The next three are Mark's picks. All are raw silk blends, Shibui Heichi- Spore(green), Column(cream) and Hydrant(red-orange)-

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Cascade Eco Alpaca, all natural, 100% alpaca. I needed some browns and this on definitely fit the bill perfectly. And it's squishy.

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Both are Manos del Uruguay Silk blends. Hand spun and kettle dyed in Uruguay. Lovely, lovely yarn. The darker one I have a cord nearly finished with, 12 strand and it's quite lovely.


And that was just at Hooked!

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Apr. 17th, 2013

My grandmother died today.

This was my paternal grandmother, the last grandparent on my dad's side. Seems the dementia had gotten really bad the last few months, and it was to the point where she'd forgotten how to even swallow.

She didn't know anyone anymore- didn't remember me 2 years ago when I last saw her in fact.

They had her on morphine towards the last few hours and called my cousin Kimberly in to be with her. Around noon/1pm, she just slipped away.

They brought her back to Battle Creek from Grand Rapids (in Michigan), to the funeral home where her arrangements had been made awhile ago, and had a small family service. She's likely being cremated as I type this.

I have a lot of fun memories growing up and spending summers at their cabin. And that's the best way to remember her.


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Jul. 22nd, 2012

Dear So and So-

When I say that this particular branch is not my main family, I mean it.

When I say that the information I have comes from research other family members directly related to that line and what I could find in a casual search, I mean it.

When I say that I'll do more research into that line when I get the time, I especially mean it.

Sending me links and the like, demanding to know where I got my info- on people that aren't even directly related to you, no less, that you even admit you haven't been able to connect in your tree, as well as things I've already seen and filed away for future research and even told you as much- is extremely annoying after the 6th email.

Take a hint- that family name is NOT my direct lineage. Nor is it even a secondary lineage. In fact, other than by marriage, that line isn't even related to me. Therefor, it's not a priority to do the research on at this time. That line gets added to when I hit roadblocks in my main family lines.

And if you're trying to use my research to figure out where this particular person fits in your tree, instead of trying to do that yourself- being lazy, in other words- well, that just pisses me off. I don't mind sharing information, but you really need to make some sort of effort on your own as well.

In the mean time, your emails will go unanswered for now, because I do not have the time to do the research into that family name right now.


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Apr. 9th, 2012

The 1940 Census

Has been basically absorbing all my attention in the last week since it went live for searching. Well, it and Skyrim. But mostly the 1940 Census.

I need to finish up The Kitchen Project posts, need to edit photos and blog about the gardens, need to edit and plot out my Daring Cooks Challenge post- and it's going to be a long one, so I better get started soon- and work on things for my shops. (Actually have 2 kumihimo cuffs in varying stages of completion, one will be hand dyed by me from bamboo cotton, the other should be finished by tomorrow for listing on Weds.)

In the week since the Census went live for searching by enumeration district, I've found Mark's maternal grandmother, his paternal grandfather, his paternal grandmother, my grandmother, my grandfather, my great grandparents on Bonnie's side, Bonnie's mother, my dad's adoptive parents, his birth grandparents... yeah.

Last night at 946pm, I found my dad.

And the problem is, finding him and where he was has raised more questions. Some of which may never be answered.

He wasn't living with his birth parents- I've yet to find them. He was with his birth mother's parents. Which means sometime between May of 1939 and April of 1940, he and his birth mother left his birth father and he was left with his grandparents. Why? Where did she go after that? Where was his father?

The problem with finding those answers is that the people who would know the reasons why, are no longer living. So they may never be answered.

But I'll be darned if I don't try.


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