Nine reasons I love Wyn

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:07 pm
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From [ profile] dimity_blue's journal prompt: 10 reasons why you love something/someone/someplace.

"Wyn" is a nickname for the local area where I currently live. (Referring to the land itself, not the neighborhood.)

1. It's a lovely place for walks.

2. There are convenient places to sit on the grass and read.

3. It's close to a major airport, so I get to watch the planes going by. (I love planes!)

4. I see a variety of interesting plants.

5. Some of those plants are also useful to me, and I'm grateful to have them nearby.

6. The local wildlife seems to like it, and I like seeing them.

7. It's right at the edge of the city, so it's not busy or crowded.

8. It has a certain feel to it that I love: I find it both peaceful and energizing.

9. The energy of the place not only feels nice to me, but has also helped me to feel better on many occasions when I wasn't feeling well, and I really appreciate that.

I couldn't come up with 10 things, so it's been sitting as a draft for a while. I think I'm happy with the nine.

Four reasons to smile today

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:28 pm
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1. Today I am trying to actively work on recuperating, and I am starting to feel better/stronger.

2. I am having sausages for supper. My roommate decided that he's also going to have sausages for supper. It is going to be a sausage fest! Hah! I am easily amused.

3. There is a bird outside my window singing very prettily. It is 20:15; not the usual time for songbirds. I wonder what kind of bird it is. It was very nice to listen to. *smiles*

4. A little while ago I posted a photo of some pretty yellow flowers I had seen nearby. I thought I might try google and see if I can find out what they are. I searched for "little yellow flowers with five heart-shaped petals" and immediately found it! It is a sulphur cinquefoil. Here is a better pic from the internet:

Photo of some sulphur cinquefoil.

I also learned that it has some medicinal properties, but I have no designs to harvest any. First of all, there are not enough of them around here for that to be sustainable, and anyway, I feel no need to have this particular plant on hand. But I like to know and understand my plant-neighbors, so I am happy to have their acquaintance. *g*

[personal profile] spikesgirl58, I think I remember you being interested in this flower, so there you go!

I'm sick, but here's a happy memory

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:20 pm
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1. Yesterday afternoon I suddenly started feeling weak and nauseated, and so tired that I couldn't stay awake, so I took a nap and slept for approx 16 hours. Now the tremors are back, so I was not able to do much today. I'm also still very tired / weak / heart is beating too fast even though I'm relaxed.

I didn't want to say until I knew for sure, but there was a good chance I would have some work next week. I was going to follow up with them since I haven't heard back yet, but as my health has suddenly taken a nosedive, I would not be able to work, so I did not follow up after all, and I'm hoping they don't call me back either, even though I really wanted this job. I hate my body right now. And I hate that I don't even know why this happens.

2. One thing I like about facebook is the "memories" feature, which shows you things you posted on this date a year ago, or however many years ago. Here's a photo of a deer, from 2015, which I don't think I ever shared on my journal,

blurry photo )

I know it's not a great photo (taken with an old cell phone) but it still makes for a happy memory!

what i saw July 19, 2017 at 09:58PM

Jul. 20th, 2017 04:58 am
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Four goals, four players. CUT OFF ONE HEAD, TWO MORE WILL RISE something i saw


Jul. 18th, 2017 08:12 pm
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I am not a zombie fan. But I do like a good political thriller. And Feed is a post-zombie political thriller.

the ebook is on sale right now.

findthatbook, laundry, fun quiz

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:59 pm
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1. If you like to read, check out [community profile] findthatbook! It's still fairly new, but it's also fairly active, with around 90 members already. (Every time I look, there's a dozen more. *g*)

2. I wanted to do laundry, but the machine has been constantly in use since Saturday, so today was the first day I could get to it, and by now I'm out of clean clothes. But as long as I could do it today, it wouldn't be a problem. However, when I turned the machine on, I got an error message. Firefly is trying to figure out what the problem is, but we may need to hassle the landlord to get it repaired. Which means I'll need to take my clothes down to the laundromat about a mile away. I'm happy to walk down if I'm going to the library, but I'm not lugging my laundry that far, so I talked to Firefly and he will drive me down, since he also needs to do laundry.

3. To end on a more positive note, I got this fun quiz from [personal profile] laridian :)

Your rainbow is shaded white and yellow.


What is says about you: You are a joyful person. You appreciate quiet moments. You're good at getting people to like you. People depend on you to make them feel secure.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Hm. I would have added something about persistence, but this is accurate, too. I was especially pleased (and surprised) by "People depend on you to make them feel secure." - I know it doesn't mean much coming from an internet quiz, but I'm glad for the acknowledgement. That's a big part of who I am, but it's been a long time since I've been in that sort of role, and I miss it.

I didn't know how much I wanted this

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:45 am
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official announcement of the next Doctor


Jul. 16th, 2017 12:49 am
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Earlier, I saw some new photos of T on facebook, and I thought, do you know how beautiful you are?

I didn't say it to her. I thought about it, but I got awkward and just told her I love her. *hides face behind a pillow*

Finally feeling well again

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:07 am
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I'm sorry I haven't been answering messages and stuff. I was sick for a few days, July 9-11, then the next few days, July 12-14, I was panicky about work, so it's been a bad week all the way through, and I just couldn't deal with anything.

But today I'm really happy! Last night I was still feeling very frustrated, then this morning while I was listening to an interview about volunteering, all of that stress just went away, and I'm even feeling optimistic now!

I hope I can get a lot done today, after such an unproductive week. I want to do some cooking, laundry, catch up on DW/LJ, and about a dozen other things. ALL the things!

Friday Five

Jul. 14th, 2017 05:51 pm
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via [community profile] thefridayfive

1) Do you want to get married?
no. i am already married. i would not like to change that.

did i want to get married? not for the sake of "being married", no. but certainly at the time i thought it was the natural thing to do to express our commitment and it continues to have financial and legal advantages that i consider very important. (it was also useful to get our families to treat us like full adults.) i know people who have been shut out of making medical decisions for their partner and that set of rights is very important to me.

2) Where would you like to get married?
if i could do it again, i'm kind of obsessed with this place, which remains mysterious but seems like it should be a private club. since i probably don't have the connections for that dreamy view, The Ruins would be nice. (it's hard to tell from the website, but that swanky eccentric inside is nested inside what looks like a rotting warehouse with trees growing through the broken roof.) or maybe i would make everyone go out to Kalaloch or Doe Bay. My one regret about my actual wedding and reception was that we didn’t have a pig roast.*

3) If you were getting married in a week, who would be in your wedding party?
is that a logistical question? there were no attendants when we got married, because to be honest neither of us had wedding-party-worthy friends living nearby. [personal profile] mimerki and [personal profile] scarlettina, I guess?

...I've never been in a wedding party. There's only one person I wish had asked me and we're no longer friends.

4) What would your wedding colours be?
at the actual event i had red roses, green ivy, and heather in my bouquet; my dress and my hair were trimmed with ribbon roses in a variety of colors. nothing matched. i suppose if i had to make things match they would be green.

5) Does marriage mean to you 'til death do us part?'
well, it's working out that way so far and i hope that it continues so, but i'd be lying if i said that i never had times of doubt. i feel lucky that we've been able to work that out.

so no, i don't think it can be "til death", at least not legally or religiously. i think everyone who gets married for love thinks that it's going to last. but i think that people grow and change over their lifetimes and maybe you were really perfect together in the moment, but you don't grow in complementary ways. when that happens, you should be able to go. unhappy marriage is the worst.

*in PA there was this dude who would bring the equipment to your house. He had a rotisserie smoker he towed behind his truck and he would cook, carve, and serve a whole hog.

what i saw July 13, 2017 at 09:52PM

Jul. 14th, 2017 04:52 am
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Witness to unboxing Bears vs Babies something i saw

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I went to Weaving Works to roll the body* today. I was hoping it would be more picked over, for their sakes. I got a couple books and a skein of Arne and Carlos yarn.

anyhoo, one of them is Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose and Knickerbocker Stockings. It is so charmingly half-assed. Originally it was self-published in Scotland in 1978, and the author was about 78 at the time. It assumes that the reader is intimately familiar with kilt hose, and the concept of cuffs hiding a garter, and calf decreases.

she doesn't bother with a legend for her stitch abbreviations** until there's a section she lifted from antique pattern books. THEN there's a legend and the untranslated patterns for a couple pages.

the best part? The section on argyle where she admits that she was never able to finish an argyle sock!

I will be able to make good use of it, but a few years ago it would have been impossible for me to decipher.

*they made some poor choices when they relocated a few years ago, and they exhausted all their resources. the storefront closes this month.
**w.o. stands for wool over, which folks in the US call a yarnover.
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