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Jan. 30th, 2020

Various and sundry...

People who have no business in politics, think various counties in Virginia need to secede. They want us to join *West Virginia*.

Like, how will that work? A county in the middle of Virginia is suddenly part of a state, over half a state away? And why would we join a state that can't even take care of its own people, where drug abuse is worse than it is here, where the unemployment rate is , at 4.6%, *nearly twice as high as Virginia's at 2.6%*, and ours is *dropping*, whereas their's is *climbing again*.

Apparently this all stems from West Virginia invited Frederick County to join them, *158 years ago*. Yeah. That's how ignorant this all is.

Our way of life is not under attack, by the way. Nor was our state government elected by 'federal workers'. Parts of the state that have never voted blue, went blue big time this last election. We just got fed up with the Republican led majority idiocracy.

Moving on...

Virginia ratified the Equal Rights Amendment recently and now, our AG, among others, is suing the US to get it ratify at the federal level". Hopefully more states ratify it- to date, 38 now have, with Virginia being the latest, Nevada and Illinois the most recent after the 1982 deadline, and then do the same thing. Maybe then it'll, finally, become a real Amendment and part of our Bill of Rights.

And onward... )

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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Nov. 13th, 2019

Leaves like rain...

Yesterday started out rainy and overcast. Then the winds picked up and the temps started dropping. Leaves were falling like rain.

This year, we somewhat winterized the house. It's easier to do when you don't have a third person living with you, not actively contributing but offering unsolicated advice when you're doing things to get ready for winter.

So, to that extent, the two long front windows now have plastic , double layer, over them. And I put the window inserts in the double square windows on the sides of the house myself. The chill that had been in here is now gone. Though it was disconcerting to watch the plastic 'breath' in the gusts of wind, even if I couldn't feel any cold air, thankfully.

Monday, knowing this cold snap was coming, I made an outdoor cat shelter for Barny, the barncat that seems to have semi-adopted our property.

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It consists of a plastic storage tote and a stryofoam cooler inside, with a entry hole cut in the front. It was then stuffed with dry leaves and had some catnip sprinkled in and around the front of it. I then took some brtanches that came off of Fezzik earlier and draped them over and around it, after placing it against the cattle fence where Barny usually comes trough to eat on the porch- which is also a covered feeding spot, with an old welcome mat underneath, so they aren't sitting on cold concrete while eating. Hopefully Barny uses the shelter.

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Last night was belt testing. This is the last belt before we go for our 1st degree black belt. So very proud of how far we've come since we started. All the stiffness, aches and weariness we felt last night and today, after class, is so very worth it.




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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. 23rd, 2019

'Trees are the Ambasseors of Time.'- Edwin Honig

And the trees that surround Five Oaks are gorgeous when wreathed in dense fog.

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Oct. 14th, 2019

There'll be peace when you're done...

Over did it yesterday. Of course I did.

Got up early to go do laundry, around 7am. Have to stay to use the dryers there now, since ours has decided it wants to start dying- the washer died last summer. Hope to replace both by the end of the year.

Came home, fed the dogs and then had breakfast. Watched the rest of CBS Sunday Morning, then proceeded to do things.

Vacuumed the house, all 6 rooms on the first floor. Mark had picked up the ottomans, dog bed and toys, so was able to thoroughly vacuum under everything and do an extra good job. He did the dishes while I vacuumed.

Took the leaf out of the dining table in the library. We don't actually use it and with only the two of us, don't need an extra long table. Two chairs also went upstairs, along with the window fans that won't be needed until next spring. One did get put in the far attic window to aid in circulation up there. There's a third in the upstairs sewing studio window. They help.

Mark took a break from deep cleaning the kitchen to help move plants in from outside. Some areas are expecting a first frost this coming weekend, so better to move plants now than to wait.

Moved the outdoor table we never use off the enclosed back porch and to the Murder Shed, rearranged the outdoor chairs and put a board across them for outside plants to overwinter out there on. After we wrap the screen insert in the back door with a double layer of heavy plastic sheeting, it gets pretty warm out there during the day. I've successfully overwintered plants out there the last 3 winters now.

Mark moved the nail for the kitchen wall clock for me. After wiping the wall down- it's right above the stove, while I scrubbed the clock down.

He scrubbed all the counters, the stove, the island, while I scrubbed down the front of the sink cabinet- it's a vintage farmhouse style all in one metal cabinet and sink. I wiped down the fridge and the outside of the microwave- he'd already done the inside.

Cleaned the front porch off after the plants were moved. Took the cat shelter I acquired and set it up in the far corner, for a feeding station for the Barn Kitteh that hangs out in the area. Have a storage container and styrofoam cooler to build a sleeping shelter for them as well. Porch looks so empty now without the plants on it.

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Fezzik got new finery. I finally got around to making an Autumn themed wreath for him. Have the 36" wreaths for a Spring and Summer themed ones, just haven't made them up yet. Got a few more metal sunflowers too, though, not any large ones like the one in the photo. We waited too long to hit the sales at JoAnn's where we found them last year, so only got 2 more of the smallest ones.

Cleaned the bathroom, and replaced the clear shower curtain finally, after the replacement sitting there for a month. The old one had been there since long before we moved. It was well passed time to be replaced. The new one has suction cups on the sides, so it'll help keep one end in place and water won't get all over the floor.

Finally sat down with a drink and a snack around 230-3pm. Watched the first third of Supernatural Season 10- yes, we came late to the show. Luckily TNT shows them in reruns so we were able to DVR every season through Season 13 over the last couple years and gradually work our way through them. TNT needs to show all of Season 14 in one go, rather than a few episodes here and there, interspersed with other seasons and we'll have all of them.Yes, we are DVRing Season 15, the final season as it airs.

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I lost count of how many squares I've made for pumpkins. Need to make 5 more of the dark fall multicolor, then some more for ghosts and witches, then I can start putting them all togethr. Also need to wrap our Halloween costume holsters in leather, by Friday. Dojo Halloween party is Saturday. Mark made the holsters on this passed Saturday. They hold 4 of our Nerf gun pistols. We're going as gunslingers this year.

After the pumpkins and Halloween themed stuff is made, need to make turkeys more snowmen and santas. Also need to work on this year's pin loom woven ornament. Then I need to weave some scarves and line them with fabric, make more themed gaming bags and themed charm bracelets, steampunk stuff for Mysticon next February.

Some day I'll be able to take a break. Today is not that day. Right now I'm going to go eat a locally grown Arkansas Black apple.}:P And try to work the stiffness out.

No, Fit, I am not cycling. I just type fast.



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Oct. 2nd, 2019

In which Leo is a very good dog.

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I had just let the dogs outside and was standing in the kitchen, getting something to eat.

Leo started barking, at first I ignored it. Then it registered that this was not his normal, come play with me bark.

This was more of a, there's an intruder and I don't like it, bark.

So I go out on the front porch, and see where they are. He's by the flowering quince, Caena was by the porch stairs. He was barking towards the corner of the hayfield, where the wooded area started. I didn't see anything and told him, several times, there's nothing there, buddy.

He insisted. And kept barking.

I paid closer attention to his posture and realized, maybe there *was* something I wasn't seeing that he was. He wasn't barking at something in the hayfield, he was barking at something in the grass, roughly 6ft from him and he wasn't going to move until I said it was ok or the perceived threat was gone.

It was a 4-5 ft Northern Black Racer*.

Headed rapidly away from the house and towards the fence line, it wanted nothing to do with the giant noisy thing.

And Leo had never seen one before.

But, being an intelligent Akita, he decided, it wasn't something he wanted to mess with, hey mom, come look. And started that odd bark.

I went off the porch and held his collar, telling him he was a good boy, but we were going to leave the friend snek alone, with Caena, oblivious to the snek, sitting next to us. As soon as it was gone, he immediately changed demeanor and wanted to play, sniff every inch where it had been and just try to figure out what it had been.

We came inside and my good puppers immediately go treats.



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*Northern Black Racers are a native Virginia snake and nonvenomous. They eat rodents and are generally good guys who simply want to be left alone.

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