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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.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v391/WolfSilverOak/Handwoven/IMAG1423.jpg~original


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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