I have an unusual mid-week day off because someone wanted to trade days off so she can go to her cousin's wedding on the weekend, so I was able to Skype with my brother Hawk and niece! :) He works four ten-hour days and has weekends and Wednesdays off, so he gets to be full on Daddy on Wednesdays, which he loves. :)

I was just scanning back through my entries trying to see if I've assigned my niece a nickname. She doesn't really need one since she's the only niece I have, but it seems right. And as I was looking back I found that I had mentioned in July that Hawk, his Mate Minx, and the child can all TALK. This holds true for today as well - I barely got a word in edgewise. :) Her diction isn't perfect, and she's still working on sentences, but she's fine with three syllable words. She found Daddy's pill minder and made him eat his 'supplements.' The very first thing she told me was "I use potty!" Not even "hello," first. She's very proud of herself. :) Not out of the diapers yet, but starting. "Someone put the tree in the bag!" actually referred to a good sized stick, with which she showed me her cool staff-fighting moves, and almost nailed Daddy a few times with her 'tree.' :)

Proper nicks are difficult. Hawk got that name from an actual shaman he studied with, but his Mate calls him "Monkey" and herself "Minx." I considered calling her Chick, because she is the child of Hawk. A baby hawk can also be called an 'eyas', I find. At one point when she was eating her breakfast and continually requesting more blueberries, Hawk said, "You eat so many blueberries we'll have to call you Sal," a reference to "Blueberries for Sal," a book every kid from Maine reads. :) She doesn't have a copy, yet, so I'll send it to her. :) I don't know, maybe a proper nick will wait a bit longer.

Eventually I left them to clean up and get ready to go to dance class. I hope the blueberry stain comes off her face, not to mention out of her pink shirt. :)
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derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Oct. 17th, 2016 04:36 pm)
My niece is growing up so fast, on the other side of the country, and I'm not getting to interact with her as much as I would like. Can one recommend me a reputable site to download a Facetime app that will run on a Windows PC, with no input from any Apple devices (which I don't have)? I found a site, ( https:\/\/facetimeforwindowspc.org\/facetime-for-pc\ ) but I'm not sure I trust it. (Tried Skype, but apparently that's too outdated for my brother to handle.)
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( Sep. 11th, 2016 08:50 am)
I just realized I haven't posted in almost a month. Have been ridiculously busy, tired all the time, but nothing much to talk about.
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( Aug. 12th, 2016 07:20 am)
Yesterday, my 50th birthday - my Golden Jubilee as Butonquail characterized it - shall be known as The Birthday On Which I Shingled A Roof. Not a house roof, just a gently sloped shed roof, but given the heat, the biting insects and working until we needed headlamps it was all in all An Experience.

When we finally had enough fun for the evening we didn't really have the energy for a complicated dinner, so I ended up with two pancakes, two fried eggs, and half a bottle of wine.

Today I have a dental cleaning, need to pick up two more bundles of shingles, and otherwise it's dishes and laundry and hiding the mess on my desk. When Eor gets home from work we have to finish the last few courses of shingles, or at least get as much done as we can before 7pm, when our company shows up. It's Reading Night yet again, and as per tradition I have not chosen anything to read. The current book I'm reading (re-reading) is Pratchett, "Night Watch," and I'm loving the heck out of it once again, but not finding anything particular that sticks out as a good passage to read aloud.

I obviously do not have time to read fanfiction today, so I'm leaving a link here to remind myself to check out a collection of links Copperbadge posted: http://copperbadge.livejournal.com/3803337.html?mode=reply#add_comment Usually I take Copperbadge's recommendations and download them all onto my Nook to read during lunch at work, though a full lunch period with nobody interrupting me is rare these days.

I just realized that the lunch I packed yesterday is still in my bag. I guess I'll have to throw that away. And it was quite good chicken tikka masala, even if it was only from a jar. Shame. I did eat, but a microwave was not available since I was driving all day, so I grabbed a quick hot dog at a stand in Rockland which my family always traditionally frequented, Wasses. So that was my birthday treat. ;)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Aug. 6th, 2016 09:38 pm)
Eor pulled the shingles off the shed, and the whole overhang roof because the plywood was all rotten, and I carted the shingles to the dump, and made a couple runs to Lowe's for more shingles and drip edge, and we got tar paper and drip edge back on. And I am beat and going to take a shower, now, and some Advil, I expect to sleep like a log.
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( Aug. 4th, 2016 05:04 am)
Some mornings you get up and hop on the treadmill and do twenty minutes, then stretch, and all goes clickety-clack. Other mornings you try to turn over the calendar, but drop the nail it hangs in, then spend several minutes crawling around the dirty floor with a flashlight hoping to find it before it finds your foot. I hope my bad luck washes off in the shower.
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( Jul. 31st, 2016 08:34 pm)
I should record for posterity that we accomplished a nasty job, yesterday. Or, mostly Eor did, I just assisted where I could. :) We knew there were carpenter ants in the shed, so he pulled out most of the wall boards on the internal 'finished' walls, discovering that the entire back wall of the building was in fact one huge ant nest. Yes, ants raining down, he was sweeping them back with a push broom. They're still dying. However, we got it cleaned up and the door and shutter (it used to be a bar) back on in one day. :) Also, the radio he found to use while we were doing this would only get one station... playing classic rock.

At one point he said "I'm having a sense of deja vu. Or maybe it's just similar to a lot of nasty jobs I've had to do in the past."

"Most of them scored to classic rock?" I asked.
For two weeks my Aunt S was here, and she can talk, for a week my brother and his wife and child were here, and they can all talk, and for two or three hours my cousins Di and Pen and Uncle Jimcito and Aunt Nun were here, and ALL of them can REALLY talk. I've never thought of myself as much of a talker, and maybe this is why - I don't need to ever talk when I'm with my family. :) Silence is nice when I'm alone, but if I have to socialize it's restful for me to be with people who keep the conversation going, since I never had that skill. :)

As I'm typing this Eor is telling me about someone who is trying to find a way to use aggregate data of social media to predict terrorist attacks.

ETA: It's really interesting watching my little niece acquire language. She's 21 months old and can make simple sentences, like "I hear sound!" with hand cupped by ear to reinforce the concept in case we don't understand her diction.
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I'm not going to subject you to reading a click-bait article, but wanted to post this as a reminder to myself, and because Eor might find it interesting.

Dick York’s Real Reason for Leaving: His departure was never explained on the show, but Dick York had a good reason for it. York tore most of the muscles on the right side of his back while filming Cordura, and never recovered completely. Doctors gave him pain medication, but that wasn’t really a long-term solution.

Enter Dick Sargent: During Season Five of “Bewitched,” a replacement doctor gave York some B-12 when he went in during a lunch break from filming. York had a seizure on set and was rushed to the hospital. He never returned and the show went Darrin-less for a few episodes until Dick Sargent stepped in.


Around a year ago there was a story in "Asimov's" which I would call a fanfic of "Bewitched" in which it is revealed that Darrin was actually a golem of sorts, a created creature given a false set of memories and back pain to give him depth of character, but then he couldn't handle the pain and became intollerable, so Samantha switched him out with another golem.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jun. 24th, 2016 08:58 am)
It's my usual day off, and I'm trying to get a few things done (dishes, laundry) while waiting for this car to be delivered from Vermont. A new 2015 Fiat 500, in blue, which had 23 miles on it's odometer before they started their four hour drive. They will probably arrive around noon, and Eor hopes to be home by 11:30 so he can be present when they get here.

I hope his knee is okay. We guess it's bursitis, but it's extremely painful - started the day after he planted twenty peppers out to the garden. He's getting over it, but was unable to climb Katahdin (one reason we came home from Baxter early) and me needing to drive him to work because we only had one car for the past few weeks has actually been a really good thing, since for at least a week he has been unable to drive. Today is pushing it, and I hope it doesn't set his recovery back, but he wanted me to be here in case he couldn't get home or they arrived early.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jun. 22nd, 2016 08:42 pm)
I'm really fucking disgusted by my country right now. If this is the shit "democracy" gives us, this system is fatally flawed.

ETA: I forgot I had this tag. Seems to be an ongoing theme with me.
The old car (Aveo) was picked up last night. I was kind of sorry to see it go, in a sentimental sort of way, but decided to watch from my bed because for whatever reason the guy had to come at 10pm. This wrecker driver is probably donating his time to National Public Radio, and had to come by when he was done with paying customers for the day.

Eor went down in his stocking feet, and met the wrecker driver's daughter; perhaps seven years old, long braids, and Dad had said she could come along if she would operate the winch for him. She also got to 'steer' the car up onto the truck while it was being pulled up by the winch. After climbing out, while Dad was making all secure she told Eor that her dog likes her Dad so much that he jumps THIS high when he comes home, and then took off chasing moths around the driveway. Eor was quite charmed by her. :)

So there's that chapter done. New car in a few days! I have a check for $14,697 sitting on my desk awaiting the delivery of the new car. Yes, Eor found a place in Vermont who would drive the car over to us. Not sure exactly how much that's costing us, since all fees were lumped together on the bill as a lump sum of $600. They keep it simple in Vermont. They don't even have titles, there.* Thank goodness we did financing through the Credit Union and the woman I dealt with knew that we needed to apply for title in Maine, and took care of doing that for me.
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*I have been corrected. They do have titles, there, but a Vermont dealer won't have a Maine title.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jun. 20th, 2016 09:10 pm)
The cat came back. Thought he wasn't gonna? I expected it, actually. I had a little bit of a conversation with his person over the phone this time. She's actually in DC and left Neko with her sister, and she wondered if I had any insight into why he's ending up at our house. I said I thought he'd just found his way here by accident the first time, but came back because he liked us - I had a dog who did that when I was a kid. He found some neighbors he liked to visit and we could depend on him being there whenever he was missing. She thinks he doesn't like the dogs at her sister's house, and is afraid she'll need to get him down to DC and have him be an indoor cat, again.

,,,

ETA: Oh, and business at the Credit Union went off without a hitch, so I should have a new car in a few days. :) The old car is going to be picked up at around 10pm this evening, I don't know why. That will probably disturb my sleep. I hope they don't get lost and need to call for directions.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Jun. 17th, 2016 06:08 pm)
Katahdin trip did not quite go as planned, but we had a good time. Home a day early, luckily, as it allowed us to return a lost cat to some neighbors. He was hanging around in our yard when we came in, and awfully glad to see humans. Thankfully his humans had put a tag on him with their phone number and his name (Neko). So for an hour we had a cat. ;) What a sweet and affectionate little guy he was. :)
In consideration of the trip we were planning to Baxter State Park, E.B. posted to me...

You might find this amusing - just the possibility that we might be taking my car next week got me to finally (!) vacuum out the pine needles from my Christmas tree (or most of them).

Two years worth of pine needles. :) As Eor commented, you don't have to pay for pine-scented air fresheners if you have real pine needles. :)

My response to her...

I actually debated vacuuming my car because I'm embarassed to have the Vehicle Donation people see it in the state it's in!

Two years worth of treating my car like a truck, hauling topsoil and compost and garbage to the dump, including the chunks of metal from the pool.

So, I'm thinking it's time to give up on my car. VIP says they won't touch it, so I'm filling out the NPR Vehicle Donation form right now and just had to type all that VIP had written down for me. Therefore, you get to see, too, since I need to copy this somewhere in case I lose the form and need to start over.

"Clutch failing, left front wheel bearing bad, both front strut mounts bad, right front strut tower rusted through, rocker right rear rusted through, exhaust leak and exhaust hanger broken, EGR valve bolt broken off and drilled out off-center, coolant leak, and wrong length windshield wipers."

Somehow the 'wrong length windshield wipers' makes me chuckle.

derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( May. 14th, 2016 09:08 am)
I really like having friends visit my place at least once a month. The socializing is important, but also, we need to do this when I've had the day off to clean. It's so nice to wake up the next day to a reasonably clean house, and I rarely get enough motivation if I don't expect other people to see it.
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( May. 13th, 2016 02:08 pm)
I feel kind of stupid. We've been being plagued by black flies every time we step outside to do yard work, but it took doing a google on 'repel black flies' to be reminded that we DO have bug veils. They were packed away in our hiking stuff, and I hadn't thought of them. It would not be convenient to wear them while you're pulling roses, because the roses would rip them full of holes, but they're fine for hanging out washing.

And while I was hanging out washing, two new cow neighbors wandered up to the fence and mooed at me. "Why are you not feeding us, two-legs?" Actually, one was a restless mooer, the other was a follower. David, the youngest cow farmer around here, recently ripped out a lot of the wild rose which was on the other side of the fence beyond our septic field so that he could repair said fence, and has begun moving the cows into their summer pasture, so these two may be lonely, their buddies not yet having moved, and they're investigating their new space.

I'm not sure it makes much sense to be hanging the washing out, today. It's supposed to rain around 2pm, but I would not be surprised if the rain doesn't know that and came ahead of schedule.

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Does anyone want me to send them some of my kefir grains? My gem has grown so large that it's breaking up.

I read an article today (which was probably five years old) that argued against boosting the immune system because the result can be things like auto-immune disease and Crohn's, and arguing against yogurt and kefir on this basis. Now, there's a certain logical-sounding lure to the idea that your immune system can get too 'boosted' and start attacking your own body, but... I've never heard it claimed that kefir boosted the immune system. The digestive system, yes. And Crohn's also attacks the digestive system, but is it an immune system problem? I'm a large grain of salt girl, I think.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Apr. 22nd, 2016 10:13 am)
I keep making forays outside to do yard work, but I move a bag or two of mulch or compost to where it will need to be used and either it starts raining or the black flies swarm my face so badly that I have to run back in.
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( Apr. 18th, 2016 08:59 pm)
I heard the other day that someone who used to work at our facility as a supervisor, and was considered by most to have surpassed the level of his incompetence in that position, has moved to another facility and been made a manager.

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