Web Reflection

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:22 pm
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Web Reflection

Meh. Some days are just meh.

Thistle Hair

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:26 pm
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Thistle Hair

One of my all time favorite dogs - a googley-eyed Beagle mix named Riley - was adopted out over a year ago. He got returned because, despite knowing his issue with cats, his people moved into a house with cats. *le sigh*

Anyway, he's a love. Super smart, obedient, the works. The only other real issue besides the cats is that he pulls. In fact, he's got a harness for walking. Well, a harness is only as good as the people who bother putting it on him. Twice in as many days, volunteers ignored the harness and put him on a lead only, and he choked himself nearly into unconsciousness both times. What. People, man. They gotta not mess with my main pup!

Come Hither

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:50 pm
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Come Hither

*sigh* Today, I realized Pickle's gums are bleeding and the length of time it takes to eat her smaller portions of food finally made sense to me. Poor P, I feel like a bad guardian for not putting it together. Not sure it's a vet-worthy problem, as this one is prone to gum issues. I have to be better at brushing her teeth. Such a wonderful chore, brushing a cat's teeth.

And this morning I put my earrings back in, having taken them out while I hennaed and clean them at the same time. By the time I got to work, I was down one earring. Phooey. I only have one pair of earrings that I wear, really. You watch, I'll find myself a new pair and then I'll find the missing one. I lost an earring backer for a solid two months, then found it on the floor by a colleague's desk. Hmm.

Getting my mojo back

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:47 am
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Apologies to anyone who followed me expecting fannish stuff - it'll happen, as sure as eggs is eggs, but at the moment I just seem to have more to say about fencing than anything else. *shrugs*

The pointy end goes in your opponent... )

How I See

Jul. 17th, 2017 03:00 pm

Queen West

Jul. 16th, 2017 03:16 pm
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Nice day for a stroll, though mine was with a purpose; a trip to the local hardware store that did not yield what I'd hoped. I will, sigh, have to go to the big box store instead tomorrow. I much prefer to shop local when I can.

Ran into a colleague and her daughter, who had found three painted rocks. It's apparently a thing, these painted rocks. The only one I've seen is the one I spotted at the very first part of the year. If you find one, you're supposed to then paint your own and leave it somewhere. I think it's fun, though sometimes it makes me wonder if it's good to get kids concentrating on looking down instead of up. *shrug*

When I was little, we used to paint rocks and give them to my mom as gifts. I wonder what she did with all of them.

West Coast Lady

Jul. 15th, 2017 03:47 pm
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Today I decided to stop being lazy and start clearing out the atrocity that is my back yard landscaping. I can only manage about two hours before my back says it's time to stop, but in that two hours I got a quarter of the way done. I call that a success. The remaining three quarters will take more time, as I'm just getting to the worst of it. Unfortunately, the yanking will not be a permanent victory. What I've been calling morning glory is actually bindweed - so awful. It is literally creeping closer and closer to my house, and if feels like if I let it, it would eventually absorb my home. Ugh. And I thought the blackberries were bad (they are!). At this point the only reason I hate the blackberries is that they make it painful to clear other stuff out. I didn't get punctured too badly.

I solemnly swear to be better at staying on top of the bindweed, ivy and blackberries. I would like to nuke it all. Maybe burn it.

The Imposter

Jul. 14th, 2017 06:34 pm
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One of these things...

The well is beginning to dry on photos. Maybe I should take requests. Hah.

This week was crazymaking for so many reasons. Today, it was the jerks plowing under trees behind the office - the diesel fumes wafted right into our HVAC, which was gross and gave me a headache. I found out that they are not building directly behind us as it appears, but simply knocked down trees in order to pile the dirt from the actual excavation. This angers me, in some ways more than if they were filling it to put houses there. There's nowhere else to dump dirt? Uh huh. Grrr.

Hosta

Jul. 13th, 2017 06:35 pm

Shaded Frog

Jul. 12th, 2017 07:14 pm
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Shaded Frog

This week has turned into "fun with homemade filters". Today, using my sunglasses in front of the lens. No idea why it turned so purple; I wouldn't call my sunglasses purple. Hmm.

Hydrangea

Jul. 11th, 2017 07:06 pm

Big Skeeter

Jul. 10th, 2017 06:17 pm

Rainier Cherry Curd

Jul. 9th, 2017 12:27 pm
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Rainier Cherry Curd

I think I overdid it yesterday. I am bone tired today, and just vacuuming and mopping the floors had me ready to collapse. So, no venturing out today, I don't think.

I made this vegan curd, though, using rainier cherries and mayyyyybe a hint of kirschwasser. Maybe too much kirshwasser, as the curd isn't thickening as much as it should. Oh well, it tastes good! The cherries alone weren't standing out compared to the lemon juice in the recipe, so the kirsch was a last minute addition. I might still try for some cherry lemonade cupcakes. But not today.

Decidedly not what I was promised!

Jul. 9th, 2017 07:31 pm
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Anyway, today was competition day and I came last.

At the time it was quite frustrating to see how much better than me the other folks were, and it was definitely that, embarrassingly so at times, though I guess I should have realised something was up when people arriving for the 'nice little competition' I was promised started putting on breeches with the fencing world's equivalent of go-faster stripes and stuff with GBR on the back!

Now I'm home, I can see that three of the people I fenced were in the UK top 20 for that weapon and their age-group - one of them is the no 1 in the country at the moment. Unfortunately, she wasn't the one who handed me my arse in the elimination fight, but that's a minor detail in the greater scheme of things.

Anyway, I now think it's quite funny - I definitely hope I do better when I fight my first epee competition in a couple of months.

Filing Cabinet

Jul. 8th, 2017 04:24 pm
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Filing Cabinet

The last time I went to the grocery store, some oblivious old white dude did not see the line of people waiting to use the self-check and just waltzed on ahead. Today, I went to the store and was standing back, waiting with a few other people so as not to block the flow of traffic and another oblivious old white dude didn't even bat an eyelash or spare a glance - he walked up and ushered himself to the station that just opened up.

It's not the end of the world, of course, but what the shit is up with that, anyway? It would be highly ironic if these oblivious old white dudes also held the belief that they are the most put-upon, discriminated-against segment of society.

Clip Show

Jul. 7th, 2017 06:25 pm
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Clip Show

Every season has one, right?

TGIF! Got home and found neighbor had mowed the part of my lawn between sidewalk and street. It's not much, but I'll take it! I'm afraid my general lack of energy has allowed me to laze rather than mow, and it was starting to show.

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