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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

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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