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Jul. 24th, 2017 02:29 pm
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Between the heat and having things to do, and getting home late... the internets has been ignored.

Reynaud's is a very fussy thing, I like to refer to it as "Goldilocks Disease" because its so damn limiting. Not too hot, not too cold.. which leaves such a narrow window of comfort. With the temps here in the 80s or higher, I just cant function very well. Or its just slow and sweaty... and I dont sweat.

Friday I got errands run, and things collected. But it was late when I got home,and barely got stuff in the fridge.

Saturday, the sister creature and I picked up the Kidlet for her belated birthday trip to Powells and dinner of her choice. We had great parking karma.. in the shade even. Kidlet got some graphic novels, more Percy Jackson, Amulet, Firewings, and I tossed in a couple of books, a Pinkwater... we got a thing on the upcoming solar event with glasses... and of course, we got her book shopping done, and we did a bit for ourselves, I found more books in series for our Wicked Evil Stepmom, and we then went to dinner at Saylors. I got a great parking spot there too, without having to circle the parkinglot. My prime rib had more fat on it than I cared for, but it was still a good meal. We were to take the Kidlet to her Uncle's house in Canby, her parents were off being solo adults. We had to stop at the sisters apt on the way there, she had to use the bathroom ... lets just say, we were delayed, and when it was time to leave, due to a misscommunication between the sister and myself, she got locked out of her place. I didnt have the spare keys with me, but we would deal with it later.

Neither one of us had the address in Canby, but the Kidlet kinda remembered how to get there, and we did. I recognized the nicely groomed shrubberies first. It was her Aunt's birthday, so we hung out there until Eldest Nephew and his wife showed up. Transferred over her book loot and we went to my place where I got the spare keys and then took the sister home to her apt where i let her in.

Sunday, got up before I was completely rested, made dip for the family party, put the sprinkler on in the garden and did some serious hand watering out front.. still have a lot to do though. Picked the sister up and we went to Brothers house for our Wicked Evil Stepmom's 80th birthday party. It was just immediate family. We had a nice time visiting, telling stories, bbq dinner, and then cards presents mini bundt cakes and more. I will give a little grumble that my sister in law is hogging all the time with our stepmom while she is down here, but, I can give her that. I can always drive up to Longview to see her and do stuff. So, I wont see her before they take her back to Longview tomorrow.

Today, dont know, its going to be 90. Ick. Slept in late and really dont feel like doing squat. My sister in law made a suggestion where to find someone to do my little paver patio out front, but I am thinking that can wait for a cooler day.

Torchwood: Fanfic: Glass Hearts

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:19 pm
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Title: Glass Hearts
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Owen, Katie, Jack.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 707
Spoilers: Fragments
Summary: When he lost Katie, Owen discovered that he wasn’t as tough as he’d always thought.
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge #198: Glass.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.



Glass Hearts... )

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Jul. 21st, 2017 07:52 am
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)
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Well, I did not manage to do anything useful yesterday, or at least not before Eor got home. Okay, two loads of laundry were in process when he arrived, and I was just finishing loading the dishwasher, but that's not much for having been home at least four hours before he was. Today I want to be better. The grass is still wet, but needs to be mowed. The garden needs weeding. When it gets too hot there's a chair in the barn that my aunt started painting while she was here; she only got halfway through the primer coat, so I can keep on with that. Or I can do more dishes, because I dirtied more than I washed, yesterday.

And then there's the guy who lives in my mother's house I should call and talk with. He needs to find someone to co-sign on a loan so he can buy the house, and I suspect I'm going to have to start calling him and telling him that repeatedly. We've offered him a really good deal on it - one third less than it's assessed at for tax purposes. Honestly, this is because we know he can't afford much and we are not interested in anything besides getting rid of the place and recouping what it took in lawyer's fees to get the property line straightened out. But if anyone asks we may say that the low price is in light of the fact that he took good care of the place for my mother. (Living in it completely free - she was even still paying the taxes.)

So, yeah... while it's still cool I should not be reading my Thursday Next book. But I have been, of course. They're facing an outbreak of the mispeling vyrus at the moment. Actually, I'm sure I saw that on the loose yesterday, at work. I had an email from a customer support person telling me that this one report query requires 'enchantment.' In the context of the sentence I read it as he intended it, as 'enhancement', initially, and it was only as I was responding that I noticed that was not what he actually had written. :)

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Jul. 21st, 2017 06:27 am
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I was just looking at the inside of my kettle, and thinking that I don't know if I've ever had scale on the inside of my kettle before, when I realized that the scale has two distinct layers, a darker and a lighter. So it seems likely that it had scale from some previous place we lived and that the layer on top developed in the last four years. I guess I just never noticed or cared before.

I tried lemon juice last night, and I guess I'll do another round today. I think it took some of it off.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 02:51 am
[personal profile] martianmooncrab
I got up later than expected today, and made the decision to just get outside and start on the Fence Project. Otherwise, I wouldnt. Yesterday I had gotten all the new fence posts painted Purple. I refilled bird feeders, I spray painted flamingos...

Today I got all the tools, shovels, six foot pry bar, yard bin, containers for dirt, a bucket of assorted tools... and the 12 foot post. I started off by removing fence sections and digging up the old rose root. I made a nice pile of rose pieces, and got most of the roots. I fully expect to see roses in the future there. Then I started to digging carefully around the broken fence post. This might be the only post I have to dig up since the new one is going in the same spot, since the other fence sections will be shorter, I will just cut the old posts off at the surface. I did call and ask my sister to come help me, because I could tell this was going to take longer than I had planned. I dug down about four inches before I hit concrete.. not a good sign, and probably why the post rotted. I got a bit deeper, finding the edges of the blob. Chipping away at this was tedious. My neighbor saw what I was trying to do and came over to help me, he got the pry bar under the block and heaved it up. We put the dirt and the block into the wheelbarrow to disposes of, then measured how much deeper we would have to go. More digging ensued, but it wasnt into concrete. We went down two feet and called it good. Put in all the bits and then the post... leveled it, decided on our sweet spot... then poured three bags of quick setting concrete into the hole. Which wasnt enough, so I sent the sister to WILCO to get two more bags. Finished up again double checking if the fence section was going to fit, and then proceeded to gently water in the fresh cement.

I thanked my neighbor, and then the sister and I cleaned up most of the efforts, and I took her to eat.

After I got home, I finished doing my Trash Prep and getting all the bins to the curb.

Friday, errands, I have to get stuff for the Family party on Sunday, new brackets for the fence sections, of course the new fencing sections are just a tad bit bigger than the brackets I have plenty of, Costo run, and if it find the right bag, stuff to send to Miss Annie.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 05:56 am
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)
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Something I just noticed about DreamWidth and LiveJournal - when I first moved to DW I felt as though the default 100% size text was about the same, but now when I look at LJ I have to increase the text to 140% in order for it to look about the same. Are the folks who run LJ trying to make me feel old in order to make me move on to some other platform? :)

[Art] A parrot. A parrot. A parrot.

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:04 pm
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I'm going to be cancelling my paid account at Photobucket,
so you may notice a lot of dead image links at some point in the future here.
(Right now they're still being hosted because I have a paid account).
I've switched over to SmugMug, so everything should be hosted from here on in.
So we should be good for a little while longer anyway.
Now let's see if this works.


Orange-Bellied Parrot as Totem



Pesquet's Parrot



Pale-Headed Rosella


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Jul. 20th, 2017 03:41 pm
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My maternal granduncle Robert Elmont Sanders was born 20 Jul 1916 in Moxee, Yakima County, Washington to Canadian-born police officer Robert Neil Sanders and US-born Gladys Annette "Nette" Sanders (née Gatchell), died of cholera infantum and whooping cough 30 Jun 1918 in Yakima, Yakima County, Washington at the age of 23 months, and buried 1 Jul 1918 at Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima, Yakima County, Washington.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 03:10 pm
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)
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It is so ridiculously hot. And I have the kettle on, because I need tea so badly.

ETA:
Work sent me to a training in the next state, lodgings got messed up, I ended up doing things for work for too many hours in the last two days, and then I was told that because I was IN class and traveling for being in class (not TEACHING the class) I would get comp time instead of overtime pay. Which I think it complete and utter bullshit, because my pay grade is part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The problem with accepting Comp time is that it becomes time off that has to be used, and getting time off when you want it is almost impossible. So I was basically offered the option of go home early today or try to figure out when I would be allowed to use more time off when I can't even use my vacation time. I was so tired that I chose going home early today, and just took a nap.

Now I'm trying to revive myself with tea to see if I can get anything useful done.

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Jul. 19th, 2017 12:21 pm
[personal profile] martianmooncrab
I was terribly efficient yesterday, credit union, post office, the Hilltop stores, Wilco was having a one day sale, and we (the sister creature came with) scored a small AC window unit for the sister creature, if it does fit into her window.. we shall see how that works out.

Got New Books, got a couple of Hallmark xmas ornaments (but missed out on the Marvin one..sigh) and then headed towards Btown. Made a few stops before arriving at the Powells site. We had decided on eating before the event at Pastini, and when we walked up, there was MK Hobson, seems that David was having a small meetup before the event, so we joined in for dinner. It was kinda fun to converge.

The event had a nice turnout.

Swung by the Btown Freddys, it seems that they are all undergoing a revamping process (and yes, I think if they put more vampires in and less moving stuff about while upgrading their stores....) and we cant find things in our store here, but, I did find the bins of plastic section, and they did have some of the more portable ones with handles in the lids.

I am going to give tonights signing a miss, yes its Brenda Cooper and Nancy Kress, but I am really tired. I am going to try and paint my new posts though, its just sitting outside and applying paint. No driving or having to think, and no having to look for books, because everything is in such a jumble now.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 02:58 pm
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My maternal great-granduncle Orrin Elmont "Orrie" Gatchell was born 18 Jul 1879 in Mifflin Township, Wyandot County, Ohio to laborer Phillip Moore Gatchell and former teacher Florence Ada Gatchell (née Kelley), moved with his family to Center Township, Smith County, Kansas circa 1884--to White Salmon, Klickitat County, Washington circa 1891--and to Fruitvale, Yakima County, Washington circa 1899, married Lulu M. Henry circa 1910, had 1 son with her, divorced by 1930, died 1 Jun 1950 in Yakima, Yakima County, Washington at the age of 70, and buried at Tahoma Cemetery in Yakima. His occupations included dairyman, fruit farmer, and sheep shearer.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 11:16 am
[personal profile] martianmooncrab
Went well at the Naturopaths, my BP was normal range, and we tweeking the supplements just a bit to provide some liver protection.

Got some of the errands run, got the visor clip reinstalled on the van, where the screw had fallen out, and thus the clippie itself. Went to Williams Sonoma to use the birthday gift certificate up, I got cherry balsamic vinegar for both myself and the sister creature. Killed a bit of time at Portland Nursery, and yes, I committed plant there.

Made it to the signing, I had to park a couple blocks away, right in front of a homeless squat by Ben & Jerry's, which explains why there was a parking spot.

The sister met me for the signing, and it was a pretty good talk. Got my book signed, and I thought I wasnt going to buy anything there, but, when walking by the remainder racks, I found a couple of books I had missed out on ...sigh.

sister creature and I went to eat afterwards and then home to the cranky cat.

Today, New Book Tuesday of course! Some errands, the Post Office and then to David Levine's signing at the Beaverton Powells.

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