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from imjustanerd :
Thank you! I will check out FlyLady :)
from plucky4 :
Miss reading you and wonder if you are still writing. Hope all is well with you, and your family. Patty
from mahvalicious :
That's SO exciting. I hope you'll be able to get pictures of the babies.
from kitchenlogic :
that kangaroo paw flower is gorgeous. almost makes me want to garden. almost.
from mahvalicious :
Thanks for the bit of advice on Rosie. She's due for a good cleaning now. I send her out to the shop with Ole and he takes her apart, cleans all the wheels and anything else that should go around and then blows out all the built-up hair/fur with the air compressor that I can't get at. She's almost as good as having a maid, don't you think?
from grouse :
If there is such a thing as Hell, I suspect it is a place where we review our lives looking at all the things we could have done differently, ad infinitum, and how much better things would be if we had. 'Course, that being the case, why put yourself through it now, unless you're using the process to change what you do in the future. In which case, it might be better to try to make it a positive thing, rather than a sleepless guilt trip.
from cosmicrayola :
Glad your Christmas was a Merry one!
from mahvalicious :
GREAT attitude adjustment - keep up the good work. More of us gals need to feel like that.
from grouse :
Wow. I'd never heard of the Club. Looks wonderful. Enjoy!
from grouse :
Wonderful image.
from grouse :
Sorry about your mother. Here's hoping you can get her the care she needs, and a speedy recovery.
from mahvalicious :
I'm so sorry about your Mother. It seems good medical care these days is almost nonexistent. You almost have to be your own doctor/nurse, etc. Good luck to you, your Dad and your Mom.
from cosmicrayola :
I am so sorry about your mom. I work at a housing authority and we have elderly housing. Call the Department of elderly affairs in your area. They will guide to as to where you can send your mom for the best rehab and can help you with reccommendations for the ambulatory arrangements.
from mahvalicious :
I happen to stumble across your blog and wanted to let you know that your photography is absolute gorgeous! I'm so impressed. What kind of a camera do you use? I dabble in photography also, but the way your colors come out is magnificent.
from onewndrmuse :
Thank you for your kind words. It's nice to know that my entries have some sort of substance to appreciate (most of the time, it is just a rant-fest). Thanks again.
from grouse :
Your cosmic light could, of course, be any of thousands of objects, but I'm told the International Space Station makes a fast diagonal track across the sky, and is brightest the hours after sunset. Don't have the url, but there's at least one website out that tells you where it is.
from golfwidow :
Hi ... thanks for stopping in. And, no, I hadn't seen that article. That is amazingly awesome - now I can't wait.
from cosmicrayola :
I bet the last part of that conversation was "to be a sponsor?" Answer: "No, you have to have at least a year of sobriety."
from zonoria :
Hi! I'm over here!
from cosmicrayola :
At my (government) office, we exchange gifts. There are only 4 of us. Thank God or it would bankrupt me! We had a nice lunch last Monday and did the exchange. It was nice but 15? Hell, no!
from beltwaybelle :
That's amore!
from treedreams :
Great news!
from strangerlucy :
glad to hear your cat found its way back home to you. mine has disappeared for a day or two at most, rarely, but we figure she's been stuck in someone's garage or up a tree. it's such a relief when she reappears. i know you're feeling some joy :)
from marn :
Huzzah!
from grouse :
Happy happy days!! Once again, we know _exactly_ how you feel. The wife left our notices up for a day or two extra, with "Found!" handwritten across the face. She thought folks would want to know. Had only one Scrooge take one down in our community.
from treedreams :
Terrible news about Ash - I hope you find her soon!
from grouse :
We know exactly how you feel, and are hoping for the best. May yours have the same happy endings as ours.
from marn :
I'm so sorry to hear this. It's a terrible thing to have a pet disappear and not know what has happened. Fingers crossed that someone mistook Ash for a stray and Ash was adopted by mistake.
from cosmicrayola :
No, I haven't ever seen one. Is it to serve chips? Seems a bowl woud be easier. Then again, what do I know? Pretty, though.
from cosmicrayola :
Great news about your mom! Yay!! I had the angioplasty, but not the stent. She will feel like a new woman now. I am happy for her.
from grouse :
For recognizing an honest Scout... not knowing his troop number, your best bet might be a letter to a local newspaper, thanking him and the organization. Good PR is always welcome. Perhaps with a copy to the local Council that oversees the local troops. Glad you had a good experience with the outfit, and that your Mom is doing better.
from marn :
What a cutie pie. Bob was a lucky cat to come into a home where he would be so loved.
from grouse :
Sorry about Bob. They leave big holes in our lives, don't they?
from treedreams :
I'm so sorry to hear about Bob. I know how your dad must be feeling as I lost my sweet elderly cat Smokey on June 1. It's hard, but with the distance of time he'll be comforted by his many sweet memories of Bob, and perhaps by a new furry companion.
from strangerlucy :
it's so hard to say goodbye to the beloved pets who make our lives brighter. sorry to hear that it was bob's time to go, and hope your dad isn't lonely for too long without him. nudge.
from enchancea :
Gorgeous!
from invisibledon :
Thanks for adding me to your favorite list
from grouse :
Pretty flower. Nice shot, too. Weren't those blue skies filled with clouds not so long ago?
from marn :
So gorgeous!
from grouse :
You caught the magical effect of the wings perfectly. Wonderful shot!
from treedreams :
Delicately gorgeous!
from strangerlucy :
i've missed your photos- and the golden dragonfly is really fabulous, wow. I hadn't seen one before.
from grouse :
"This is the best possible outcome I could have hoped for." I agree! Mom is almost always the better provider. Well done!
from marn :
Thank you for your kind note. I don't think of it as inspiration so much as a cautionary tale. I wouldn't have to work so much at yanking my aged carcass towards fitness if I had just bothered to bestir myself when I was younger. Skin cancer because I wasn't careful about the sun ... and the list goes on. Always wonderful to know there's non-zygotes out here in the virtual world. It's interesting how many of us, as we hit middle age, find so much pleasure and challenge in gardening, and extended families.
from anniesmeadow :
glad your mum is feeling better. what city are you working for? I work for city government too!
from july28 :
I'm SO pleased your Mum is feeling better. Good luck settling in at the new job!
from strangerlucy :
i'm so pleased for your family that your mom is doing well - and is shopping with you! I found your thoughts and words to her very touching, and oh so true. many more healthy years to you all :)
from cosmicrayola :
It's been awhile. Just hoping you're ok.
from grouse :
As difficult as it may be to know, what Lucy said is right. Does her Dr know?
from strangerlucy :
share with them, really. especially the docs, because my mom had chf for quite awhile, and the medication dosages and management can be quite effective in managing the situation- and the importance of monitoring fluid intake and activity is very important. if it is indeed chf, than know that it is a cyclical situation, and diuretics are key in getting off the excess fluid. there will be ups and downs, not just downs, with careful attention and diet being things to be cognizant of. daily weighing is very important, too- as a key to making sure kidneys are working adequately. the kidney docs told us to be on guard for things like an overnight weight gain of >2 lbs, stuff like that. so, share your observations and know there is medical help. hugs to you.
from felibhat :
Ash is gorgeous! But why do you have to confine him/her? Are you near a busy road or something? I live with three cats in the middle of a smallish city and only Daisy has ever been hit by a car, and she survived, thank goodness. They're free to come and go as they please, not least because I've never been able to think of a way of stopping a cat doing something it really wants to do. Plus it never occurred to me to confine them. (Quite a lot of English people keep their cats exclusively indoors, which I find unnecessarily cruel. Even people with gardens.) Regards, Feli
from july28 :
That has to be one of the nicest pictures I've seen on diaryland! Just wanted to let you know I've added you to my buddy list xx
from cosmicrayola :
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
from treedreams :
What a lovely drawing! Don't doubt your talent; continue to nurture it. Also, great photo of the clouds.
from cosmicrayola :
Beautiful!! Wow, that is amazing!
from cosmicrayola :
I want to see the drawing!!
from july28 :
Some of us still do! Just wanted to say Hi, I found your page via Treedreams and I'm finding both the writing and your layout so lovely. All the best!
from cosmicrayola :
I hope they straighten out the meds. That is scarey.
from grouse :
Sorry about your Mom. Hope things get straightened out quickly. But on a lighter note, if that isn't too rude, did your sister happen to wear white to the Academy Awards? Noticed a small Asian woman in white walking along the "non-interview" portion of the Red Carpet in the background behind a Joan Rivers interview of Emmy Rossum, and had to wonder.
from cosmicrayola :
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Let us know.
from treedreams :
Scary! I hope your test is negative.
from strangerlucy :
you must be so worried, and I think you're wise to get tested quick for some peace of mind. I'd read that exposure to it on a more chronic basis in closed quarters constitutes a bigger chance of transmission, so I'm betting you're going to get an all clear from the test. easy for me to say, but try not to worry too much in the meanwhile.
from enchancea :
I love the cat garden in the wagon, brilliant idea! And your other cat reminds me of some Egyptian Goddess
from treedreams :
Your Blanket of Leaves is gorgeous! And love those photos of your cats. Ash poses so elegantly. My, but you've had an amazingly wet winter down there.
from anniesmeadow :
hi! i ran across your diary at treedreams. love the photos, gonna ass you to my favorites "k"? you can read me, if you want, at www.my-meadow.com...... annie
from treedreams :
I don't recall how I ran across your diary, but I love your photos and garden theme and so I have added you to my favorites. Love that cat in the pot!
from enchancea :
Im not a cat person but that just might be the most beautiful cat I have ever seen
from ravynespeaks :
Just want to wish you a very Happy New Year. May 2005 be your best year ever!
from cosmicrayola :
Happy New Year to you too!!
from cosmicrayola :
Oh, those poor plants. They look about how I feel right now.
from grouse :
Well, don't wear yourself out when you're feeling down, but some of us are waiting for those pictures...
from catinasnit :
Must be a rare breed of "crane" Jet lag is the pits, isn't it?
from catinasnit :
Gosh, I just happened to notice you were back! I don't know where I've been, but I've got to get to reading about China. Glad you're back.
from cosmicrayola :
Welcome home! Can't wait for the pics!
from catinasnit :
My husband and I just got back from a so called vacation (I wrote a bit about it today) and I feel the same way about leaving my spoiled cats for my mother-in-law to take care of, too. They ALWAYS make us pay dearly whenever we return. Have a safe journey.
from grouse :
I'm excited, too, and I'm not even going anywhere. Here's hoping for good travels!
from catinasnit :
I've had to go back and read your older entries. The one about anything warm and fuzzy hit a "note" in me. I have a perfectly lovely bath robe but choose instead to grab one of my hoodies. Then there was your post about the refrigerator - I'm kind of anal about cleaning mine. Wouldn't it be nice if refrigerators had lights that blinked when something inside "expired?"
from catinasnit :
I guess I'm not all the wierd because I, too, love to watch the butterflies light, warm themselves on rocks and drink from the puddles. -Megan-
from grouse :
Hmmm. You folks got West Nile showing up there, yet?
from absinthesigh :
Belated Happy Birthday!! with love, ophelia
from catinasnit :
I read your diary yesterday, the one about carnivorous plants. Let me tell you, if I were a snail, I wouldn't go near a carnivorous plant. Your water lily is stunning! It took me the longest time to figure out what was in one of your pots -- A CAT! Such a beautiful cat, too. Is he/she a special breed? Continuing to love your posts, by the way. -Megan-
from absinthesigh :
What a *gorgeous* diary you have!! Breathtaking! Thank you *so* much for the note and WOOHOO to both (taking back our country and another Firefly fan - hey! I have a Firefly diaryring if you want to join.. I think I am the only member %-) ). with love, ophelia
from yarnsmith :
Got turned onto your lovely site by catinasnit. What gorgeous pictures you take. Will be back for more of those pictures from heaven and your excellent diary. Yarnsmith.
from catinasnit :
OH, YEA! I accidently found your diary posts by snooping through cosmicrayola's favorite reads. Such a fantactic picture of the spider and his web. I'll be reading your posts from now on, that's for sure. -Megan-
from catinasnit :
OH, YEA! I accidently found your diary posts by snooping through cosmicrayola's favorite reads. Such a fantactic picture of the spider and his web. I'll be reading your posts from now on, that's for sure. -Megan-
from grouse :
Ummmm, I'm pretty sure that if it had a web, he's a she and that's a "gal" and not a "fellow." Nice shot, just the same.
from enchancea :
LOVE the new look
from grouse :
Wow. "Flame" cosmos would be a better name.
from grouse :
Okay, neat shot of your diminutive herd, but I got *no idea* what those critters are.
from grouse :
What I really want to ask is how much you paid for it, because I suspect it was a steal. Looks like a professional cleaning job, too.
from grouse :
Wow. Neat effect, nice shot. (And hope you have a good weekend!)
from grouse :
Great photo, and incredible flower. If it wasn't for the ladybug, I would think they were fake, so much colour in one flower.
from cosmicrayola :
Yup, I'm glad I added you. What a pretty picture to look at on such a dreary, drizzley day.
from cosmicrayola :
I have added you also to my buddy list. What beatutiful photos! And I read a few (so far) of your entries and profile. Hey, Anyone that lists Princess Bride as a favorite is ok in my book!
from grouse :
Quite a hummer shot. Here's hoping she isn't lonely too long.
from strangerlucy :
((hugs)); it seems that i meet increasing numbers of women who remain childless, for one reason or another, but i know today can make it seem like everyone else is a mom.
from grouse :
They doing any extra spraying for mosquitoes around your country for West Nile virus? That might explain a bee shortage.
from grouse :
Nice photo of the parsley (think we would call that Queen Anne's lace in the wild). Not the angle you would normally look at it, and great depth of field.
from dicentrah :
Mmm. Garden queen, eh? Saw you in strangerlucy's guestbook. Thought I'd hop over to see what garden goodies were going on. Did you take the photos yourself?
from warmleftover :
banners?? I have banners running? Hmm, the answer is I have no idea. I am not paying for them anyway.
from grouse :
Ash is pretty incredible. Is that the normal look for her eyes, or just squinting from the sun?
from strangerlucy :
happy anniversary- and may you have many more decades together :)
from grouse :
Just wanted to mention I'm glad your Dad's home and responding so well. Hoping for the best, and thinking of you.
from strangerlucy :
i'd almost forgotten to hope myself- but just a few weeks ago the docs thought my mom wouldn't be able to walk around at all- just chair to bed. i'm happy to tell you she was released last night, is staying with me temporarily, but so far has been able to walk up stairs on her own power when necessary. so, i hope china is in the future for you and your father.
from grouse :
Glad the treatments have gone so easily. Hope all goes well from here.
from strangerlucy :
i like the way you view your parents. i feel lucky to regard my own in the same way; i can forgive any of the 'mistakes', because i know in my heart that they were doing their best, too. the fact that i saw things differently, didn't make them bad, or even wrong. they gave of themselves. for us. what else is there? hoping for the best for you and yours.
from grouse :
Here's hoping your Dad's tests and treatments all go as smoothly as possible. And while you are cherishing your parents, don't forget to let them enjoy *you*. I'm sure you're one of the greatest pleasures in their lives.
from strangerlucy :
you are a marvelous photographer. if you don't do it professionally yet- i hope you recognize that you could. i always enjoy seeing your photos here, thanks for posting them.
from grouse :
Okay, wishing for boredom for you...
from strangerlucy :
quiet and calm is good, yes- last month was like that for me regarding my mother, and while all came out alright, the interim was terribly stressful. thinking of you.
from grouse :
Congratulations on the new job. Always nice to be appreciated...
from strangerlucy :
that's awful. so much stress, so many questions that may never be answered. I wonder to this day about my dad's cancer- since it was such a very rare type, a liposarcoma, and he worked in a steel mill for 40 years, in an area with many noxious chemicals as I learned from a couple of his coworkers. i'm glad you don't wait to see doctors for tests.
from grouse :
Yes , my Mom prepares that kind of dinner almost every Sunday. Miss it, sometimes a lot. And on the crescent wrench, you didn't mention. Is it a Craftsman or Snap-On brand? That would knock the value up.
from strangerlucy :
you go on to bed and don't worry that we'll be warming anytime too soon. my driveway/walkway has been an ice rink for days! the worrying can be put off till morning.
from grouse :
Actually, some climatologists have predicted exactly that... that global warming will mean rapid and extreme fluctuations in temp and precip. Which a lot of plants and critters will have a harder time adapting to than just a general warming.
from grouse :
I hear lyrics from The Talking Heads: "Burn the house down..."
from grouse :
Ooohh, bottom one looks like a penstemon! Love penstemons.
from grouse :
Looks like some sort of assassin bug... probably wouldn't have moved, unless you looked like a fly or bee. Still a nice shot.
from strangerlucy :
you probably won't believe that my vacuum cleaner belt broke yesterday, too- but it did. if breaking v.c.belts are an omen, what could it mean (beside linty carpets, I mean...)
from strangerlucy :
the quilt is gorgeous- I absolutely love it. great job.
from strangerlucy :
kitty sure has her eyes on the prize! happy co-birthdays, too!
from strangerlucy :
that's good news! I am glad that your family is close knit and that your dad has you there rooting for him.
from strangerlucy :
working part time is probably wise right now- enough to keep busy but making sure to leave yourself that flexibility so you will have time to yourself. I'm glad that the managers there appreciated your dedication to the job.
from grouse :
Sorry to hear about your Dad. Don't know many swear words, and the ones I've got seem wore out. Here's hoping the next month is a month of calm waters and recovery.
from strangerlucy :
I can't even think of what words would be right; I know there really aren't any. Swear words I can provide, though- and you may need this list, and it's versatile, and it definitely is time to give you the link. http://scritch.freeshell.org/swear.html
from strangerlucy :
thinking of you today- and I think making a list was a wise thing to do, because it's so easy to forget something we wantto say when we're emotional.
from strangerlucy :
ah, damn- I didn't read you yesterday so I'm sorry about being so slow in telling you that i'm sorry your grandmother died. original gardening queen is a fitting way to be remembered, as she nurtured many things and people to grow during her lifetime- and that's not a bad legacy at all.
from grouse :
While you lost your grandmother years ago, her death has a finality to it, like finally uprooting an old vine, and for that I am sorry.
from grouse :
Especially like the spider on the cheek. Quite some talent there, especially on a living, moving canvas.
from strangerlucy :
great job on the faces!
from rift :
wow, what a wednesday you had. Glad your trip to the ER wasn't too painful. I hope you're feeling better.
from strangerlucy :
whoa, so glad you're feeling better- and thankfully it all happened when you were around people who could get you help instead of while you were in your car, or at home alone. Embarrassment, bah!
from invernal :
Ah... if only I had the credit for a Japanese car. Trust me, my #1 choice for a car is a Honda (they're so efficient and stylish), followed closely by a Mini (they're so cute!). But yeah, as a whole American autos are a waste of metal (or plastic). Thanks for the note!
from strangerlucy :
what a gorgeous bloom- I'm glad you posted it. as for the plastic drawers- if you must keep them in view, you might find a neat fabric and attach it with spray adhesive to make them more palatable...
from grouse :
Regarding your harsh words... I suspect I'm sorry I missed them. But well said.
from grouse :
Sorry about Penny. My wonderful wife taught me your "that she still had some enjoyment of life" criterion with our first heeler. The time was right, as was your decision. While difficult, it may be the greatest kindness we show our pets, other than adopting them in the first place.
from journ-proj :
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from rift :
I'm so sorry for your loss. {{{Hugs}}}
from strangerlucy :
I'm so sorry that you lost your Penny; there is that point when their suffering lets us know that it is their time, I know, but it makes the heart ache so.
from the-baglady :
Ahhhhh...Dog in a Cat Suit....Great entry, and the pic of the sweetheart is mesmerizing...just a look at the pic you can see the energy~! The Bag Lady
from grouse :
Thanks for the update. Glad you're okay.
from grouse :
Thanks for sharing the gorgeous vacation photos. Guess I'll have to go west some time, the landscape looked almost alien. (And I suspect the heelers would see an abbysinian as just another feline. 'Course, if it didn't run away and wanted to snuggle, that might throw them for a loop. (A tabby did that to out first heeler.)
from strangerlucy :
so beautiful ( and the quality of the light, sigh...)
from grouse :
Neat shot of the Bridge. Does it do that often?
from strangerlucy :
fantastic photo of the bridge; you have such a keen eye for a great shot.
from grouse :
Congrats of the new job! And the new cat.
from the-baglady :
.....indeed one of the most interesting diaries that I have come across...wonderful, in depth writing...will take me a while to 'catch up' on your world...(S*).....love your pics, too...nice all around....thank you for sharing....
from the-baglady :
.....indeed one of the most interesting diaries that I have come across...wonderful, in depth writing...will take me a while to 'catch up' on your world...(S*).....love your pics, too...nice all around....thank you for sharing....
from ind2006 :
Happy 4th of July!!!
from grouse :
Brother has been scanning parents' decades worth of slides. And has been for _years_. Have fun!
from grouse :
Incredibly expressive face on that feline, but I have no suggestions for a name. What's the point of naming something if it won't come when you call it? (Also like the new layout.)
from the-musical :
A name for this skinny little beast? How about Pickles The Ninja Cat? Or just Pickles perhaps? You could always name it Jim, if all else fails. I think i'd like a cat named Jim and his skinny friend Pickles...
from strangerlucy :
I like your diary redesign- (however I will miss that gorgeous photo of your patio!) Cute kitten - I will try to think of a suggestion
from strangerlucy :
I'm glad you bothered, too. fantastic butterfly, and photo, as usual.
from strangerlucy :
good to read that Penny is still enjoying some things- especially her turkey. If the itching drives you nuts, try taking an antihistamine like Benadryl- that should help a litle, too.
from ravynemyst :
Thanks for adding me to your buddy list :) I will also add you to mine, but it will have to be under my Ravynespeaks diary because this one is full. I got quite a chuckle out of reading your entry about your cat. I have one of those too. I call it "jumping in my grave" because she will take my place no matter where I have been sitting and refuse to move when I get back.
from grouse :
"Iím starting to feel like I might actually have something valuable to offer." Always nice to be appreciated, huh? Congratulations. (Now, if someone would just turn that appreciation into a good job, with good salary, close to home. Good luck!)
from grouse :
incredible shot on the dragonfly...
from grouse :
Gingers crossed on the 'family' job... and you're right. The flower looks like it was made with coloured chalk. Nice shot.
from strangerlucy :
that flower is so vibrant! Is it some sort of an ipomea (like a morning glory?)
from melieann :
i was just surfing and came across your page. you have the most beautiful layout i've seen in ages. you'd have a field day with MY yard!! i'll send you the ticket to new orleans. melanie http://melieann.diaryland.com
from keeds :
hi. write back.
from grouse :
Saddened. Hope the end is peaceful, and quick.
from strangerlucy :
I'm sorry- that's exactly how my own cat's last months were. Of course, mine was much older (14) and so it wasn't quite as unfair as your much younger cat's situation. I know that it is hard to watch them suffering and to be helpless to make them more comfortable.
from strangerlucy :
aw, poor kitty. You're very good to do whatever to make her comfortable, even if you can't work miracles. One thing that helped when I had to give my late cat her twice daily thyroid pills was to stick it into either a gob of paste liversausage or into a dab of that flavored cat hairball gel (femalt? I forget the name). That reduced some of the times (and trauma) I'd have to pry open her mouth and toss it in.
from grouse :
She's a pretty cat. Here's hoping your vet can prove your instincts wrong. In either case, I have no doubt she couldn't have asked for a better home.
from strangerlucy :
she's adorable, and your (yet another!) fab photo shows that. I hope your instincts are wrong in her case and that she'll hang around for many years to come.
from scifimagpie :
I hope your kitty friend will pull through. What's the vet say? Sending healthy, happy energies her way, and hopeful ones yours.~Mere
from strangerlucy :
that's quite eerie- especially since it wasn't visible to the naked eye when you took it.
from strangerlucy :
is that the arboretum in Arcadia? If so,my sister lives up the road - I remember those peacocks trying to swipe my sandwich when we visited about a year and a half ago. Pretty, but a little presumptuous!
from grouse :
More nice photos. Digital _is_ addictive, isn't it?
from strangerlucy :
don't know how serious you were yesterday about a photography career, but I'd imagine you'd do well to look into freelancing some photos; another beauty today
from marn :
You'd think after all these years I'd be bilingual, eh? Oh, well, it does give the spousal unit lots to tease me about :)
from strangerlucy :
stunning photo- great job!
from grouse :
Don't know if you've ever been close enough to tell, but Penny's shoulder and back fur is almost the same colour and texture as our mountain lions'.
from strangerlucy :
cool- what is that- looks like a small plum! Thanks for the good idea of what I can do with the small coil of copper tubing I have stored in my basement, too.
from grouse :
Congrats on the new job (I think). Butterfly guards and butterfly afterbirth... interesting garden you have there.
from strangerlucy :
ahh, your yard and weather sound wonderful right now, especially since we're having yet another night of sleety freezing snowy weather. Thanks for taking me away from it for a paragraph or two :)
from bluering :
hiya. would you mind emailing me? i have a question. (bluering@diaryland.com)
from grouse :
Mmmmm. Sunday family dinners of roast beast. Do miss them.
from bluering :
i just wanted to say thank you for the words you've left as of late...i truly appreciate them, and you, for leaving them.
from autumnflower :
It doesn't sound like a great workplace, you're better out of it. Best of luck finding something a lot better.
from marn :
Yes. You do care less but the paradox is that even though your body ages, deep, deep in your heart you're convinced that you're uh *young* for want of a better word. Yep, the body ages but the spirit doesn't age unless you let it. Being ma'am-ed out of the blue reminded me of the huge gap between how I see myself and how I appear to someone of my daughter's generation. It was one of those, "But, but, but that's not *me* yet" moments." If I'm lucky, I will live to be a ma'am, still be going to the gym, and cheerfully wearing a retina-burning pink warm-up ensemble.
from marn :
Heeeeeee. One of the great things about getting older is that you come to care less and less about what people *think* you should do and how they think you should be. Oh, and you'll find lots and lots of other people who share your passion for growing things, too. It seems to come with the territory.
from grouse :
Gorgeous photo. Didn't even know there was such a thing as a blue thistle. From some *cold* Scottish isle? And do we get to learn what camera you bought?
from bluering :
that is the most amazing looking plant. excellent image of it!
from strangerlucy :
..and gorgeous photo of the thistle! I assume that's taken with the new camera (nice!)
from strangerlucy :
many congrats on the new job- I'm glad the people there are welcoming you, too. Oh creep value can be so interesting! I'll be looking for some curious entries in the future! Funny thing about memory sticks- I just bought a dvd player that has progressive scan (and I don't have a digital tv) and a plug- in port on the front face for a memory stick from a digital camera- and I don't have a digital camera. Go figure. I wasn't thinking too carefully- but I guess I'm ready for the future.
from strangerlucy :
funny description of the human floor show- I almost saw Gloria Swanson staring at me from the monitor screen. I love (odd) people watching.
from strangerlucy :
now that sounds very positive! Keeping fingers crossed for you, though it sounds like you're there.
from grouse :
Good to have you back. Was starting to worry... (Oh, and do you put your starships in fleets, or scatter them around?).
from strangerlucy :
those sprinkler bottles are such a childhood memory for me- since we had to iron practically everything back in the early 60's. I still remember my mom's sprinkler, and that of my pseudo-grandma who rented the apartment above us for awhile- hers was all dented. Pretty neat that your mom kept hers.
from strangerlucy :
blanket of leaves sounds like it is going to be lovely, and well worth all the trouble you go through to get it 'right'.
from marn :
Oh, now, you can't pretend you don't do the same thing -- speculate about people based on what's in their grocery cart. I think we all do, eh?
from grouse :
Wow. I upgrade my browser and find I can once again sign your guestbook. 'Course I've got nothing to say now, naturally. Did enjoy your description of the "Golden Hour." Will probably think of that name whenever I realize I'm in one, now. And since I didn't mention it before (yes, I know, there is always email), sorry about your job situation.
from strangerlucy :
hehe, you just may have that right- of course, any life span gain I may contribute, I probably eliminate with my bitching. It's sort of like capital punishment- I want him healthy so that I can drive him nuts.
from strangerlucy :
no, you don't want to zap the turtles; a friend of mine left her office cactus next to an outlet and one day somehow it got electrocuted. I guess its capacity to store water helped fry it. She gave up on plants and we didn't dissuade her, because after all if she could electrocute a cactus, well she wasn't meant to garden.
from strangerlucy :
what a cute visitor!
from strangerlucy :
I'm so sorry that you got laid off. Sometimes you just have to do what you're doing for awhile (cleaning, gaming, avoiding, etc) to adjust to the reality before you get up and move again. Job hunting sucks, no doubt about it. From your writing in the past, you strike me as someone who cares a lot about doing a good job, so I'll bet you'll find a new job soon.
from strangerlucy :
ouch- sorry to hear that things are worse; I agree, it's hard to witness the impact on others, especially when you're being impacted at the same time.
from strangerlucy :
Have you ever noticed captainron's diary? He's on my friend's list so you can access him through it- He's a sailor who races in the Newport on the other coast- perhaps you can sail vicariously through his diary :)
from strangerlucy :
hey, thanks for joining the garden ring! Life and I needed some company there.
from strangerlucy :
I'm too "sensible" to own a motorcycle, but I do have some very fond memories of riding on the back of a high school boyfriend's motorcycle, and then again in college when a coworker would take me riding the backroads through southern Indiana. Good memories- I can see why you want one again.
from kitchenlogic :
What a great site! The prices are very competitive. Thank you so much!
from strangerlucy :
heeh- and if you see Charlton Heston, drop everything and run- run- run away!
from grouse :
I'm betting treefrog. But would there be any reason for them to call this time of year?
from dietcokegirl :
mmm wow .. i can't believe i haven't answered this before now .. the stars have gone away just now and so too have much of the interpersonal rambling .. I find it's harder to get intouch with that sort of thing when you're happy - why is that?
from strangerlucy :
you weren't kidding- talk about a rock and a hard place! Well, you might just want to consider toughing it out and doing that quiet job search while you wait for them to decide to either put you in the right department or decide to cut you- then if it's awful, you might get a nice severance package? I imagine quitting outright would eliminate that possibility. (Sorry, I just tend to think out loud in the guestbooks of my favorite reads much too often). Yes, I agree about Blackbird, it is such a beautiful song in its simplicity.
from strangerlucy :
the uncertainty in your workplace definitely sounds very stressful right now. Maybe the worst is over now.
from grouse :
Impressive history you have been through. Thanks for sharing. One of the post-grads I played volleyball with 26 years ago was doing his research on lupus treatments, inspired by the desire to help his sister with the disease. He was also later diagnosed with it. Would like to think some of your meds came from his work.
from dietcokegirl :
awwwwwwww you're so sweet :) You made me smile so much - thanks for your kindness
from strangerlucy :
Amazing story you just told. Truly. My family is also the kind that stands close in a crisis, and I'm glad you are similarly blessed. Here's to life,then, with all of its beauty and warts, and may we live to celebrate many more.
from strangerlucy :
definitely a cool picture of a very cool cat. (she said sounding like Sammy Davis Jr.) Thanks for adding my diary, by the way- and yes, it is refreshing to find people who care about quality- I suppose it flows naturally when you're doing something you enjoy.
from strangerlucy :
I have the same guilt and accumulation of Martha magazines- the magazines seem to nice to pitch...and I'm not in the cult of MS either....
from grouse :
Wow. Nice mix of colors with the bromiliad. Thanks.
from strangerlucy :
pretty cat- er, handsome! As for your ant invasion, I got tired of sweet ant invasions a few years ago and used this poison called Terro (which is a liquid that you leave on a little cardboard square); the ants eat it, and take it back to the nest and over a few weeks, well- no more ants. You'd have to put it in a place where you cat couldn't find it ,of course. My cats never did find it, and the ants haven't come back. I found it at Ace hardware for about $2.
from starhawk1327 :
Hello. I love your layout - thought you might like to know.
from grouse :
Just curious, but which digital camera did you settle on? Any regrets? And were you serious about having one of the anthropomorphically modified rocks?
from grouse :
Happy Belated B-day. Glad you enjoyed it. Understand the appeal of Magic cards without playing. Like to claim I'm in them for the art (with RK Post that is true), but the wife says it is just the thrill of opening them to see what you've got. Mini-pinatas. Hope you got a good rare or two...
from bluepixie :
Oh, wow, what a beautiful picture! And what a beautiful newt! What blows my mind is that people think it's okay to pick things up and bring them home from the woods (especially in protected areas...) I mean, how would you feel if someone picked you up and transported you to Alaska? Pretty darn wierd, that's what...
from grouse :
Another cute little amphib, and an excellent pic. How do you get them to hold for you? On releasing said fellow, I'll bet Calif has one or several wildlife rescue groups that may have an idea where to go. Failing that, might try a herpetology professor (although a community college instructor might be more willing to help) to ID the specific subspecies and preferred habitats. Must be nice to live where amphibians still roam the earth. Years since I've seen anything other than a tiger salamander.
from grouse :
Cute little amphib... impressive that you would notice. And yes, nice pic. But believe the little critter is actually a frog, specifically a gray treefrog. The white patch below the eye appears to be diagnostic. Neat factoids at this site http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/narcam/idguide/hylavers.htm. Apparently two species living together, but one is a tetraploid version evolved from the other, so they don't interbreed. Have absolutely no advice on working with your tranny. Think I'll stick to frogs. Them, I know.
from marn :
I'm wistful when I read folks who can do a tropical garden. It's always a pleasure to meet another person who can't be trusted in a plant nursery without adult supervision, eh ;-)
from strangerlucy :
Pleased to find your journal! I enjoyed you lovely pictures, and I enjoy gardening myself.
from bluering :
the necklace is amazing!
from bluering :
Thank you, for your words...
from bluering :
I'm sorry to hear about the cats. :-(
from grouse :
Better give those froglets a place to crawl out of the water... they're ready.
from augustdreams :
Hey! It's great to know there are other MSTies out there in d*land. :) I'm working on some more mst3k junk mail fun. Also...WOO-HOO!!! I love RPG, Fantasy and all that wonderful, whimsy too! Who says adults aren't allowed to play??? ;) Your new fan, ~Nicole
from bluering :
wonderful entry! (3 May 2002)
from grouse :
After our heavy snow in 2000-01, a lot of my favorite frog ponds again had water, after nigh on 15 years. Stomped and waded, but no frogs. I miss frogs, and toads even more.
from bluepixie :
Newts are wonderful, wonderful creatures. If I had a pond, I would have newts... they always remind me of damp dragons.
from bluering :
Paypal. Sucks. They did that to me too, kept it because of something about how I don't use it to pay utilities with. I so totally feel for you...give them hell!
from bluepixie :
What beautiful cats! Sigh... I'm almost jealous, our roommate being allergic. But next year, there is tiny grey Frances-cat to live with us. Incidentally, if the grass ever stops working and they move on to other plants, give spiderplants a shot. Frances loves ours... :/
from grouse :
Alpine strawberries... now there's a lot of memories. And yes, it takes a lot of work to pick even a handful. But, ohhh, the flavor concentrated into those little red berries. Odd, but we never bothered to clean them...
from bluering :
what a beautiful layout!
from frenchpress :
hello! nice diary~frenchpress
from lizziep :
Hi! Just wanted to say, you and I are the only people on this whole site who like Baka Beyond! *hugs*
from kittykat202 :
Hi my name is kitty. I'm really bored right now ^^ hehe so if ur immature and like mashed potatoes come talk to me okay? lmao! okay well u can email me at Katscrazy4u@msn.com. I'm looking for some email pals coz at school i get so hella bored! I usually have my work done anyways (mom ya know) love kittykat

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