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2017-09-22 12:57 pm
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Today is the Fall Equinox! Happy Days!

Although it's raining and not quite 50 degrees here today. Brr.
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2017-09-16 04:13 pm
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A Mini MINI Adventure!

Do you remember when the Dairy Queen or Tastee Freeze or whatever would close down for the season? Even in Tucson, when I was growing up, our Dairy Queen closed in the fall and reopened in the spring. We have a place like that near here.

It's actually in Chilcoot, CA which is about 30 miles or so as the crow flies. I had heard that this was the last weekend they were open this year and opined to His Lordship that it would make a nice drive. I like a drive with a destination (and treat!) in mind.

After getting home from teaching my yoga class, we ate lunch and then headed out in the MINI. The Chilcoot Frosty is an institution in these here parts. The first time we went the kids were wee and we'd been camping. Such a treat! Little did I know at the time that people really did drive in from Reno/Sparks to partake!

After a small, swirled cone we decided to drive up a bit further to Frenchman's Lake. This is where we'd been camping, lo those many years ago. We like to camp on the creek rather than the lake proper.

That lake has been lots of fun for us throughout the years from camping (our first family camp trip - it poured!) to ice fishing to now the kids going up with their friends.

Home now. Fun times, good memories.
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2017-09-15 10:12 am

And It's Friday

I haven't really been posting actual content, just meme-ing (is that a word? it should be!).

I've been trying to get His Lordship to go to bed earlier than 10pm as he has to be up at 4:45 every morning and it's starting to 'show'. Grumpy is as grumpy does. He wants (at least it's my perception) me to go get in bed with him even if it's only 9pm. That's not gonna work every night for me. I've always been a night owl, he's an early riser. It's a work in progress, but the man definitely needs more sleep. He's be perfectly content to be on the afternoon shift (2nd shift), so he'd be working from say 3pm to 11pm. I absolutely abhorred that shift when the kids were little; it was like being a single mother. No thank you. Now, he doesn't have a choice but to be on 1st shift with his new position as Tech Manager (I think that's what it's called). The hours are set at 6am to 2pm. Hmmm, maybe he needs to nap more. *ponders*

I don't have to teach this afternoon as it's the 10th anniversary of the studio being opened and there is an open house celebration. I still need to be there from 4-6pm, but just for schmoozing purposes. I'm hoping a few new people show up, that would be swell. I think things are going well, she just hired a new instructor and added two new classes. Hope springs!

It's getting cooler here (finally!) and the Chilcoot (CA) Frosty (it's a destination spot!) is getting ready to close down for the year. I think we'll head up there for lunch after I teach on Saturday. A MINI adventure!

Today I'm trying to get some stains out of the bedroom carpet (have I mentioned how much I despise carpet???) and then I'm going to work on organizing my mom's paperwork. It's exceeding the boundaries of the basket I've been using.

I'm off!
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2017-09-14 12:29 pm

I know It's Thursday

But I forgot to do this yesterday because

I've finished the first and second Mary Poppins books and I've started on the third:

Mary Poppins Opens the Door

Now, wasn't that exciting????

Nothing to see here, move on.
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2017-09-13 06:47 pm
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Monthly Diary Thing

Yesterday was the 12th and so I am late. As per usual.

12th Day )

That's it. Kinda boring, but nice.
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2017-09-11 09:11 am
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In Which I Suck

Yeah. I can't keep a posting schedule to save my life. Ah well.

I'm up and have done two loads of laundry, plan on doing more. Laundry, the joy! I also need to do some general cleaning.

I did manage to entice His Lordship to help me clean out a file cabinet so I can move my mom's stuff there. The little basket I've been using just isn't cutting it anymore and I tend to just toss everything willy-nilly in it. Not very organized and makes for more work when I'm looking for something specific. File folders for the win!

Ooo, is that the dryer? Must depart for now!
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2017-09-07 12:38 pm

Yesterday, I Read

Well, no I didn't. I've been crocheting. And until I figure out how to read (not listen to audio books, thankyewverramuch) and crochet at the same time; one or the other suffers.

This past week I read the following:
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.
Oh boy! That was a heavy (pun) book. Honestly, I thought this book was about the soccer players lost in the Andes. Don't know why. That said, I enjoyed this book immensely and I highly recommend Jon Krakauer as an author.

Next up was something very light, Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke. You'd think with 'murder' in the title it wouldn't be light, but..yeah. Formulaic, predictable yet fun. I guessed the murderer and pondered about the ending. I'll read the next one, but I would not ever read these one right after another. Bo-oooring. Every once in a while, okay.

As I've said before, I'm trying to read some of the 'classics' that I've missed. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers fits that bill. And who knew there were so many books? Not I. As my main experience with these is the Disney movie, I'm comparing and contrasting. I can also see why Disney made Mary a 'kinder, gentler Nanny'.

I'm still reading Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L. Travers as I've started to crochet again. What I'm finding is that her fantasy stuff reminds me of the "A Wrinkle in Time" books and some of Neil Gaiman's stuff. I approve!
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2017-09-05 07:57 pm

A Crafty Harvest?

It's a crafty Tuesday and a harvest day as well.

I've got so many things I need/want to do, I was struck with complete ennui earlier. I finally decided to get busy with my crafting. His Lordship does a craft show in early December at a local high school, sponsored by the high school bands. I've tried to push some of my crocheting, but it hasn't gone over too well with the high school kids. This year I'm making scarves in their school colors of navy/forest. We'll see.

The colors are a little off in this pic as I had to use a bright light to make them show up. I'm going to make 4, in different styles.

And His Lordships's garden produced a massive pepper harvest today! So very pretty!

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2017-08-30 09:51 am

Reading Wednesday

Got 4 books read this week. When last we met I was reading Karma for Beginners by Jessica Blank. I do believe I mentioned it was a little "crunchy granola". Not meant to be pejorative, but yeah. And then it took a very strange turn. I guess you could call it a 'coming of age' type book? I don't know. Some of the stuff was very 'eat, pray, love', but not in a good way.

Next up a YA book about Catherine Howard called The King’s Rose by Alisa Libby. Fiction kids, very much so. Told from Catherine's, alleged, POV. It was okay; a good introduction into the genre for the younger set. There is a book I want to read about her called Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII by Gareth Russell which is non-fiction. I'm still looking for it.

The next two books I read, well, I'd read a bit about the story when it happened but I was a young mother with very young children and just didn't want to. Both books popped up on the digital loans so I checked them both out and read them back to back. First was Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. Oh my. And this version had the added bits in about Krakauer's speculation on exactly how Chris died. This is the 2nd book I've read by Krakauer (the first being Under the Banner of Heaven about the Lafferty brothers and fundamental Mormonism), and I'm still quite impressed with his detective work. He did juxtapose Chris' story with his own a bit, which in my opinion, made Chris' story all the more poignant. I think if I had read the book when it first came out, I would have been less sympathetic to Chris and his struggles. Now I can be more objective. I seriously doubt that he was trying to commit suicide, I think he fully intended to walk out of Alaska the same way he walked in. I do think he had the whole ICBM attitude of youth. The whole story is tragic.

Which brings me to The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless. This book was written about 8 years AFTER Into the Wild. There is a foreward by Jon Krakauer and I did wonder if this book would refute any of his writings. Not so, rather it enhanced and broadened the story. There are just too many people, living what they think is the good life whilst really not. The McCandless children were not living the good life. If you are going to read about this topic I recommend that you read Krakauer's book first, then McCandless'.

As I tend to get stuck in a rut, I'm now reading Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. He really is a fine author. In my opinion.
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2017-08-27 12:39 pm
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2017-08-23 01:10 pm

Wednesday - What You Reading?

I'm feeling bleh and rather under the weather today. Not sure the problem, but yeah.

Anyway, lotsa reading this week:
First up Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill.

I’m trying to read all the stuff I can about Scientology as it just fascinates me in the same way a train wreck would, I can’t look away. I’m dutifully watching “Aftermath” and I check out Mike Rinder’s blog daily. I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to offend anyone, but…man. Just. Man.

Next up, something completely different: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I’m pretty hip to the Greek and Roman mythology, but Norse was a different story. I find I knew more than I thought, but not as much as I could. The language was a bit tough to follow and I found myself just skipping over the names/words I couldn’t pronounce. Heck, even the ones I could I probably was doing incorrectly! It was a fast, fun read about the Norse myths and I liked putting together how they are used in our culture.

I’m not a cookbook person, but I do love me some Alton Brown. When I saw this pop up on my digital list, I had to check it out: Alton Brown Everyday Cook This time, it's personal by Alton Brown. He is one dry, funny guy. I find his recipes to be a bit…cumbersome. But that’s all on me. I do use some of his recipes, but I doubt I’ll use any of these. It was just fun to read. I like a man with passion!

There are a few classics that I’m trying to read and this is one: Peter Pan by JM Barrie. I think, if you are of a certain age, we all remember the Disney cartoon version. There is “Finding Neverland” and “Hook”. Now I get it. It always amazes me, the language used in a “children’s book” . I wish books today used such language!

I’ve read The 19th Wife and I being as I live very close to SLC and there is a large Mormon community here, I’m interested in this whole plural marriage thing. Strictly academically, of course. I don’t share. Just sayin’. Sister Wife by Shelley Hrdlitschka felt as though it was written to a younger audience. YA maybe? I did like how it juxtaposed the inuksuk idea of balance with the balancing act these young (very young!) women have to go through. Worth a read.

I'm currently reading Karma for Beginners by Jessica Blank. I'm only a few chapters in, but it's very crunchy-granola in a weird way.
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2017-08-22 11:35 am
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I'm trying to look at lj. It doesn't matter what browser I use, if I close down and restart, etc. I keep getting an error message whenever I try to log in saying the site has tried to "redirect" me too many times or that I need to "delete all cookies".

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2017-08-20 06:44 pm
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Not Quite Total

What are your plans for tomorrow? I plan to take my mat out to the backyard, plug in some calming music, close my eyes and meditate.

We're supposed to get an 83% eclipse, but you know with the internet and tv....I'll see the whole thing eventually.

I plan to use my time to ponder the changes I've made and secure them.
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2017-08-15 10:39 am
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I'm trying to make myself a schedule. I do fairly well with working within (and around!)a schedule, a list, a to-do. Vacation, as it was, is over and I need to get my act together. Yesterday I cleaned the bathrooms. Yuck. As I was coming up from my knees whilst scrubbing the floor, I banged the top of my head on a very pointy towel bar. The ouch. No blood, no goose egg, but I had a headache the rest of the day. No good deed....

I went to the 4pm yoga class and that was good.

Today I'm spot cleaning the carpet, vacuuming and dusting in preparation for the new couch we are to receive sometime tomorrow. Tomorrow I guess I'll be waiting for the truck to arrive.

I'm taking one of our yoga instructors out to lunch today. She's 18 and is leaving on Monday for college in Oberlin OH. She's the "little girl" that loves to kick my butt in the cardiyoga classes. Ima miss her.

Best get on with it.
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2017-08-09 12:11 pm

Whatcha Reading Wednesday

Hello All,

This week I finished two books:

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs This is the 2nd book in the 'peculiar' series. It wasn't quite as fascinating as the first, but it did move the story along a bit, explained more about the peculiar world. I enjoyed it for what it was worth. Was hoping to dive right into the 3rd book, but alas I'm on the wait list. Oh well.

I perused what was available and say Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory. I love the Tudor period and not much has been written (or I should say that I've read) about Margaret and Scotland. The history is always fun. I usually read these digital books in my browser and open another tab with the actual history to see how she keeps up. Not bad, not exactly so, but close enough. It is fiction and I need to keep that in mind when reading these books. This was written in the first person (by Margaret) and juxtaposed her life with her sister in law, Katherine of Aragon and her little sister Mary Tudor. Margaret is not the most sympathetic of characters, but I understand the device she was using to tell her tale. Not a bad read, but if you want true history you won't find it in these books. Which the author readily acknowledges.

Next up I've got a real book to hold in my hands; Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. A friend loaned it to me and I have no idea what to expect. Kinda exciting!
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2017-08-07 11:34 am
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School Started today

And this is what I did:

Mini loaves of banana bread with mini chocolate chips

So much better and tastier!
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2017-07-26 10:03 am
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Whatcha Readin' Wednesday

I finished reading the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.
Reading Stuff Here )
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2017-07-25 01:17 pm
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Crafty Tuesday

Is mending considered a craft? It should. In this disposable society that we live in, mending is an art form.

I have three rock eggs that I display and use! For mending! Clever, eh?
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2017-07-11 02:42 pm
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Crafty Tuesday - Revisited

It's been a while since I've been crafty. I was asked to make mermaid tail otter pop holders. I guess it's a thing. I had some leftover yarn from the actual mermaid tails and since it was for those particular ya go!

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2017-07-05 08:43 am
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Sadly, we have about 5 fires going on around our community. None of them are at 50% containment yet and most are outlying so no structures are threatened...yet.

It just makes me so sad as, right now, they are predicting that all of these were human started. Either by shooting guns or fireworks out in the desert.

What is wrong with people?