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Jun. 9th, 2021

Still here.

Went to the InLaws' for the weekend, first time in 2 years.

Leo's anxiety was on high all weekend, because the FiL could not get it through his head that THIS DOG does not like you, LEAVE HIM ALONE. And yes, Leo snapped at him several times. He still didn't learn. (Thank gods for muzzles.)

Brought back an antique china set from Mark's grandparents'. There's another set that's supposed to go to his sister, but we both know, she'll never go get it. She'll make up excuses as to why. Need to look up our pattern on Replacements.com and see what it's called. We plan to use ours from now on, whenever we have company, instead of leaving it packed away. I'll have to get photos.

Also brought back 75% of a collection from his dad. He kept calling it 'a burden'. If it's such a burden, why keep it? Why keep collecting it? anyway. I'll use it to fill out my collection and figure out what to do with the rest. It's not like I'll get any of my dad's collection, after all, it was supposed to go to my brother, though Mom has said she was going to split it between us and the grandkids. It's not that large, Mom, just give it to Dan.

Cooked and froze at least 3 months worth of meals for the InLaws', since MiL is completely bedridden and mostly non verbal now (damn Alzheimer's). It'll make things easier on the FiL, who is her primary caregiver, when it comes to meals.

Mom is moved out to my brother's. She never told me she was moving that quickly. Last I was told, she wouldn't be until the middle of this month. Still deciding how I feel about that.

Trying to get back into the groove of going to the dojo, and trying to find motivation for it again. Caena's 13th birthday would have been tomorrow, so I know that's influencing things.

Voted yesterday in the Democratic Primary. At least one person I voted for won. So that's something. The other two who won (that I did not vote for) were honestly , well, why bother type of wins. Because both have been in their positions before, so both were essentially shoo-ins. and unfortunately, older White Guys. Again. But our new Dem Lt Governor candidate is a Woman of Color, which is a first for Virginia. So hopefully that opens the floodgates from here on out.

Got a KickStarter reward on Monday, themed dice that we plan to use as Yule gifts for our gaming group. They're really adorable. Need to photograph them as well.

Anyway, that's the bare bones. More after I ruminate on it a bit longer.


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Apr. 27th, 2021

We really need better internet options.

My computer downloads an update- generally during the day, because that's when I'm on it and when it's running- and wipes out the 'allotted' data for the month.

Well, instead of simply slowing it down, Dish has started in with putting a banner across the top of my webpages that tells me I have to log in to the network to use the internet. Annoying, but can be closed.

On top of that though, they've now, after about an hour, started hijacking webpages and redirecting to *their* website. Even typing in an address doesn't work. Closing the browser and reopening it, redirects directly to the Dish website.

Asking them about why they are doing this, gets the standard 'we're not doing anything, it must be on your end' spiel.

With Win10, you can no longer simply turn off updates, but only delay them up to 35 days, then you absolutely *have* to update before you can delay again. And metering the data usage doesn't stop the downloading of updates either, only makes it so they download a lot slower- it still uses up the internet data allotment.

Unfortunately, our internet options where we are are slim and none. We're pretty much stuck with what we have because the local cable companies won't expand to our 'neighborhood', and the local phone company (Verizon) claims they do not service our location, despite there being a junction box directly behind the house, on the other side of the cattle fence and the prior owners having had internet through them (dial up, but still).

So. Yeah. Fun times. And why I'm not around much right now. No internet data.


Mowed half the property this passed weekend. First mowing of the year. It rained all day Saturday, so we mowed on Sunday and boy was that fun.

The grass is extra everything this year- extra long, extra heavy, extra thick. It took 3 hours for the two of us to do what we did. We were beat after. Hoping it doesn't rain tomorrow or this weekend so we can get the rest done.

Then it won't be so bad when we do it once a month (we like the slightly meadow look).

The kittens have more or less settled in. Mischief plays more now, but still really wants to simply be where her humans are. She'll meow her head off until you call her. She's all about sleeping with you when she can. She also likes the kitchen sink, and sitting in it calling for you.

Mayhem is all kitten, and has now managed to escape the house twice. We really do think he was born feral. The big outdoors doesn't scare him much. He talks *a lot*. If you don't open the back door in the morning when he wants it open, you get yelled at. The birds get chattered at. Right now, he's on the back porch, yeowling out the door.

Morrigan, well, she's a grumpy old lady. 'Get off my lawn!' type. Mayhem wants nothing more than to play with her, and she wants nothing more than to be left alone, oh my gods, go away now. Mischief likes to anatognize her though. She';ll deliberately walk into the room and just stand there staring at Morrigan until Morrigan gets fed up. They've gotten into it twice now. Not blood and fur flying, but bad enough that they both hide after. *sigh*

I have to remind myself it's only been 2 weeks, despite feeling like it's been longer.

Leo is gradually learning that cats, particularly young ones, are noisy and like to play. That that is ok and he doesn't need to whine at them because he's 'concerned'. He's learning to walk away when Mayhem stands his ground and hisses at him. He's allowed Mischief to not only sniff his nose, but to rub against his face. While he's wearing the muzzle, but still, progress. He still really wants to chase them when they run from him though. We're still working on that part. That's going to take longer.

2 weeks to belt testing. Still need to tighten up some things, so we've been trying to practice nightly. Don't always succeed- the motivation sometimes just isn't there. Kama certification is next week though, so that's first. Then belt testing the weekend after. Fingers crossed. At this point, we just want it over with.

We won't talk about all the damn police shootings since the Floyd verdict. Because it's too anger inducing. None of them should have happened. There are better ways. ACAB. All of them.



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Apr. 15th, 2021

Random noises from the next room...

Of a 10 month old kitten having an absolute ball.

With what, who knows. But Mayhem is definitely enjoying himself. Mischief is in the office with me, up in a window, cat tv watching.

I should really investigate...



Ah, he found a rattle ball and was chasing it under the table. Heh.

Mayhem is all about Mark. He loves to curl up next to him on the daybed and just sleep. He's not so in to me. Mischief is all about greeting you at the door, then content to just be in the room with you. She'll also sleep on your head or shoulder and chest for about 5 minutes, if you lay on the daybed, purring madly. She's very people oriented.

Leo wants nothing more than to sniff the hell out of them. But Mayhem still throws a fit when Leo is too close- as in on the other side of a screen door or the baby gate. Mischief, on the other hand, sniffs noses with Leo, then tries to rub all over his face. Again, through the baby gates. No, still not letting them be in a room together quite yet. Too soon.

They've met Morrigan, who wants nothing to do with them, because they hiss at her. So we keep areas just for her, even when the duo are allowed to roam the rest of the house while Leo is either outside or in his kennel eating (bedroom, upstairs).

It's not been quite a week, but they both have opened up a lot, regardless. They don't want to be cooped up, they want to explore. He plays and plays and plays, then crashes hard, like a typical 10 month old kitten. She actually had the zoomies today, racing from kitchen through the office into the library and back again. There's flashes of the kitten she may never have gotten to be when she spontaneously randomly plays.

Got them some calming treats to help with Leo and Morrigan. They won't eat them. (Of course.) Got Mayhem some hairball treats because he has medium to long fur, especially on his tail. He won't eat them. I even crumbled one over their food- he tried to bury it. Guess they don't like salmon right now.

Bought the three of them a new cat tree. Tonight we'll put it together and set it in place. Plenty of space for each to have a perch , so hopefully they take to it.

They're really not going to like me when I do their flea treatment tonight. All of them.

Now if we could just get Leo to stop barking at Mayhem when he hisses at him...


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Mar. 27th, 2020

Ow and Yum!

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Took Caena and Leo for a really long walk yesterday, 1.27 miles. Leo was literally leaning against me as we walked up the driveway to the house. I think I broke them.

We had martial arts class online using the Zoom app last night. So stiff today. Hard wood floors are not conducive to proper workouts. We are biting the bullet and making a quick trip to get mats for next time, after we go and mow my brother's front yard for him, on Sat.

So, yesterday I said I would post the recipe of the Slow Cooker Citrus Salmon with Melted Leeks if it turned out good.

It turned out amazing. Here's the recipe-

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Slow Cooker Citrus Salmon with Melted Leeks

active: 10 mins
total: 3 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 4


Ingredients

Cooking spray
3 cups sliced leeks (from 2 leeks) {I used 3}
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme {dried works too}
1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage {Oregano works as well as dried}
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
4 (6 ounce) skinless salmon fillets
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil


Directions

Step 1

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Coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the leeks in a bowl; toss with the thyme, sage or oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper, and spread in an even layer in the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour the wine over the leeks and dot with the butter. Cover and cook on LOW until the leeks are tender, about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Step 2

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Place the salmon on top of the leeks in the slow cooker. Sprinkle the salmon with the remaining salt and; top with the lemon slices, and drizzle with the oil. Cover and cook on LOW until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of the salmon registers 140 degrees F, about 1 hour to 1hour 15 minutes. Transfer the salmon to a platter, and serve with the leeks.



Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 fillet, 1/2 cup leeks

Per Serving:
369 calories; 20 g total fat; 6 g saturated fat; 569 mg sodium. 10 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 35 g protein

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I served it with oven roasted asparagus seasoned with lemon juice and slices, salt pepper and olive oil. If you get a chance, and like salmon, make this. You won't regret it.


Virginia numbers-

7337 tested
604 positive
83 hospitalized
14 dead

3 in my County (no change)




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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. 10th, 2019

Goofy dog is goofy

Was laying on the floor, doing to some stretches, trying to work the stiffness out and Leo decided it's play time!

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Leo's help doing crunches and cobra stretches is decidedly not actually helpful at all.

We started learning the nunchaku in martial arts class this week. I have hit my elbows countless times already. This maybe our hardest weapon to learn to date.

Went through the Sai kata, with Leo's help, of course, and remember it fairly well. Mark has issues with it. But he's good at the Escrima kata, whereas I have issues with it, so he can help with that one this weekend.

We're learning a new kata in class, the advanced kata. And having a mild concussion last week put me behind everyone else, but I got the first 13 moves pretty well, out of roughly 25-30 that we went over in class on Tuesday. There's a total of 70 moves in this kata. Yeah. I'll have Mark show me passed number 13, maybe it'll help jog my memory before class tonight. Still can't do head rotations in warmups without getting dizzy, and my shoulders hate pushups after a set number.}:/

Meanwhile, back to making lots of squares for more pumpkins, then on to squares for turkeys, santas and snowmen. Next show is in 2 weeks. I'm going to be so sick of pumpkins.



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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.

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. 27th, 2019

Monday disguised as a Tuesday

I had a whole blog post planned and then Flickr took a shit on those plans by sending me into an infinite login loop.

So, have a Leo photo instead. Tomorrow I'll do a real blog post.

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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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May. 18th, 2017

Adventures in home ownership.

Dear Leo-

When I flip back the rug to reveal the cellar door, since I need to go down into i and check a breaker, I realise it's a new, unexplored patch of floor, but really buddy, I don't need you standing on said door.

There's a reason you were babygated with Caena into the kitchen. And that's because the cellar really is no place you need to investigate.

Sorry, buddy, but its not happening.

*sigh*

Note to self- don't run the hose to water the garden *and* the washer at the same time. The well pump doesn't like it and will quit, requiring an apparent breaker reset to get it to start up again.


I'm thinking we really need a higher horsepower pump, honestly. Water pressure isn't the best, and we have no idea how old it is- note to self, look into the paperwork on that, so we know.

Yeah, that was fun.


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May. 15th, 2017

Dammit.

Last night, we heard a gunshot. Fairly close to the property. Given that the nearest neighbor we can see, has told us before that they do pistol training/target practice in their backyard, we didn't think too much of it, other than being really close. (And yes, we looked around and didn't see anything.)

Just now, on my way to the mailbox and back again, I had to fight* with both dogs to get them to keep walking past a certain area along the edge of the driveway, where the hayfield meets it.

They shot the damn fox last night and it died there. They mowed the hayfield around him, so I couldn't see it until the dogs beelined for it. (Which makes sense or the resulting mess could mess up the cutter *and* the hay.)

I get trying to keep wildlife from your chickens, what have you. But dammit, you *knew* we walk our dogs along the driveway. Why couldn't you have killed the fox at the pine tree line or something instead.

Now, we get to bury said fox tonight and hope it rains soon to wash away the scent, otherwise, *everytime* we walk the dogs through there until it does, it's going to be a battle with them.

* I literally had to take both by the collars and march them well passed the area, on the opposite side of the driveway.

May. 10th, 2017

Dear Leo-

If you're standing in front of my chair, I can't sit down to put my boots on.

If you're trying to lick my toes, I can't put my socks on, and I can't put my boots on.

If you're sniffing the crap out of said boots, trying to stick your head in them, again, I can't put them on.

If you're trying to lick my hands, I can't tie the laces on my boots that I finally got on.

If I can't tie the laces on the boots, I can't take you outside to play.


We've been through this, buddy. Daily. Sometimes several times a day.



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Mar. 13th, 2017

Leo's derp face.

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