Five Years

Oct. 19th, 2017 12:42 pm

(no subject)

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:17 am
elainegrey: Inspired by Grypping/gripping beast styles from Nordic cultures (Default)
[personal profile] elainegrey
http://www.electoral-vote.com/ has not updated today! So, why might they not have updated:

1) Usually they post up to the election and then stop. They have finally figured the election is over?

2) Ah, but in a post i can not find they said they would post through inauguration....

3) And then i think they planned to stay posting through the appointments....

So maybe they've decided the appointments will never be filled?

4) Or maybe there was no new news yesterday?

Which is my theory. Not once, yesterday, did i look at the NYTimes front page and think, "Wait, what? Now what?!" Which is nice.

Meanwhile, Mount Agung in Bali is gonna blow any day. My sister in law is headed to Singapore on Friday for work, and Bali for bucket list on the 25th-ish. What with fires, floods, hurricanes and hurricanes and hurricanes in Ireland, plus earthquakes -- we are definitely missing volcanic eruptions. And blizzards.
elainegrey: Inspired by Grypping/gripping beast styles from Nordic cultures (Default)
[personal profile] elainegrey
Monday headache enough to stop work and take a nap. minor complaints )

Carrie's chewing over the weekend included my nice leather wallet from Levenger and my neice's Garmin Vivio (a fitbit type thing).

Also discovered the cats had been relieving themselves in an Ikea bag that contained my photography vest, some unwashed hiking socks, and other miscellaneous hiking and photography bits from August that i had not unpacked. So far the enzyme cleaners seem to be making a good difference.

My pets are going to teach me to Put Stuff Up. Sigh.

Weather is spectacular today! Dew point is in the mid 50s and the sky is an incredible blue ("California blue" is how i think of it since moving from the SF Bay Area). I am a little bummed that we went from humid to crisp without much mild in between. Tonight is dinner with my sister in law before she heads to Asia for a few weeks, so i won't be able to use this lovliness to work in the yard tonight. This Saturday, though, will be a bonfire day.

My sister is back from Germany today. O Travel -- i don't envy them at all.

I bravely told a correspondent from the local county mailing list that i'd be happy to meet up with him for coffee. Social. Eep. But probably good for me. We were corresponding about county politics and history.

As a side note, for an insignificant southern county, there are a handful of nonfiction books about the area. The naturalist book has a strong thread of economic/entrepreneurial content, that i _assume_ complements the slow money thread. Neither is technically about the county, but i believe both have a strong sense of the place. I wonder if there are other books, and whether this is unusual.

Estill, Lyle. Industrial Evolution: Local Solutions for a Low Carbon Future. New York: New Society Publishers, 2011. http://www.deslibris.ca/ID/436551.

Hewitt, Carol Peppe. Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2013.

Kaufman, Wallace. Coming Out Of The Woods: The Solitary Life Of A Maverick Naturalist. First Printing edition. Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2000.


(To be clear, i'm not talking about the infinite number of local histories and genealogical references that i'm sure most counties have produced.)

Going To Texas

Oct. 17th, 2017 02:04 pm
wcg: (Default)
[personal profile] wcg
I'm going to be in Richmond TX from November 5th through 12th, working with All Hands Volunteers to repair some flood damaged homes. If anyone reading this might want to join in, or donate to the effort, you can find out about it here.

Randomness

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:41 am
elainegrey: Inspired by Grypping/gripping beast styles from Nordic cultures (Default)
[personal profile] elainegrey
I listened to American Icons: One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest as i drove home from Charlotte yesterday evening. I was unfamiliar with the novel & movie: i'm glad to have picked up a bit of American culture by listening. The interview with the actress who played Nurse Ratched was interesting. I felt certain i recognized her voice, especially as she spoke of her interpretation of the character, a woman with power, doing what she believes is the right thing (and apparently doing something horrible). It turns out she's the actress who played Kai Winn / Vedek Winn on Deep Space Nine.

An interesting reprise, i should think, then.

--== ∞ ==--

Carrie watching the Crufts 125th Dog Agility Championship


Last night, after deciding that a second episode of Dirk Gently (2010) (of the Holistic Detective Agency) would bring no joy, i decided i'd put on something Carrie would like. So, here's Carrie watching the Crufts 125th Dog Agility Championship from youtube. She was riveted while the dogs were on the course. She'd lay down her head after the competitor left the field, but when the next one took the course, she was back at full attention. Watching the dogs weave through the slalom poles was amazing. Carrie definitely has a deep streak of border collie in her.

With respect to Dirk Gently i feel like it's "Sherlock was a big hit, let's try to do something else." I am wrong about this, apparently, as it came out the same year as Sherlock began. Something about the visual language of the deductive process seems so similar. Now that i think about it, there's a little bit of overlap, too, with the portrayal of the second detective in Death in Paradise. Perhaps there's a limit to how many British produced mysteries one can consume.

--== ∞ ==--

This week i trusted in the worship process and i trusted that it isn't my job to make sure an hour is filled. Having a half hour for waiting worship is just fine: that's just me. I gave the message yesterday, and was well supported after. The most flattering and sweet thing was someone telling me they were surprised i'd only been attending for a year and a few months. It's lovely to know i've fit in so well.

I do need to write a letter to transfer my membership.
noelfigart: (Default)
[personal profile] noelfigart




So, last week, I thought I'd try something with apples and leeks with pork in rosemary and red wine. Sounds great, right?

Well, that dish on top was what I did. I asked The Prince how he liked it and he shrugged. Since I'm making these meals at least in part because I want to post articles on my blog about them, I asked him what was wrong. His comment, "The pasta is okay and all, but you know that apples, onions and sweet potato dish you do in the Fall? I think that's what this dish is really calling for."

He was right.

The dish I do every fall? I slice apples, sweet potatoes, and onions, layer them in a dish with a bit of butter on top, cover, and bake. Delicious, and if you have an oven, I encourage you to try it. A friend of mine back over a decade ago brought it to a family meal once, and it really is very, very good.

Using The Prince's inspiration, I adapted this to a one-skillet meal you'll be sure to love. The pasta version is okay. The sweet potato version is All That's Good About Fall is and like angels singing.

Equipment you'll need:

  • Deep Skillet with a cover.

  • A source of heat that's reliably even

  • A sharp knife

  • A Cutting board


Pork Chops Graced with Autumn Goodness



  • 1 pork chop for each person you're serving. They should be reasonably thick.

  • 1 Medium apple, diced. I prefer the tartness of a Granny Smith to contrast with the sweetness of the sweet potato, but a firm, sweet apple would also be okay.

  • 2 cups sliced leeks

  • 2 cups sweet potato, cut into 2-inch cubes

  • 3 T olive oil

  • ¼ c red wine

  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary, or 2 T ground rosemary

  • Salt and pepper to taste




Heat olive oil in a pan on medium. Add sweet potatoes and cook ~10 minutes, covered.



They should start to be softer around the edges but still firm. Add leeks and apple with rosemary and cook another 5-7 minutes covered until leeks become tender.



Add red wine and pork chops, sprinkling with salt and pepper. Cook about 3 minutes on a side until cooked through.



Serve.

(The Prince insists that I must add the caution that one should not count on leftovers)

To do, ta da

Oct. 14th, 2017 12:33 am
ailbhe: (Default)
[personal profile] ailbhe
 Ta da
On Friday I...
- Got out of bed to eat dinner, which is EVERY DAY THIS WEEK
- Played a tabletop game with the children
- Started planning how to have a stash of sensible food in the house in case of floods, snow, Brexit etc
- Supervised children through housework including making them understand that this is a necessary contribution to the well-being of the family
- Ate and drank properly all day
- Remembered morning and evening meds/supplements

To do
This weekend we must:
- Get bedding to laundry service
- Collect co-op food order
- Clean house (subtasks to be determined)
- Print Autism talk for Thursday
- Make meal plan and shopping list
- Shower and hair washing for everyone
- Paint or draw

This week I hope to:
- Paint or draw or write or sew
- Finish elasticating the hem on a rain cover for my mobility scooter
- Help Rob and a professional declutter in the attic cupboards
julian: Picture of Julian Street. (Default)
[personal profile] julian
My very own own Senator Ed Markey, along with California Congressman Ted Lieu, has created a bill that would require authorization from Congress (either as a declaration of war or the more-common- of-late authorization of force) before a nuclear strike.

This is a wonderful bill, as it both addresses certain Trumpian problems, /and also/ reinforces that Congress is, actually, the branch that was given the power to declare war in the Constitution. This is a thing that has been taken out of their hands for a long time, which is a problem, separation of powers-wise. (The last declared war? 1942, against some Axis allies.)

I mean, also, I really truly don't think that our current president is the best person to have that kind of unalloyed power in the hands of, but that's only one reason for being so glad about this bill. (It is probably many other people's reason.)

Anyway, it's HR 699/S 200. (House/Senate version. House text.)

If you are so inclined, call your Senators and Congressfolk to urge them to pass it. (202) 224-3121, or use Resistbot. (Text the word "resist" to 50409 to begin.)

Rachelmanijia (who is spearheading this) has more info, a script, and other ideas here, and the campaign is hashtagging it up at #PullTheFootball, if you're Twitter-inclined.

If you're not American, feel free to share the info around anyway; the more folks who get this info, the better.
kayre: (Default)
[personal profile] kayre
Saturday- after a busy week, I am feeling pressure. I have chosen a hymn to use as a quick anthem, but I like to do at least a simple arrangement-- selection of verses to be sung by men, women or all, dynamics, maybe a simple harmony.... and I haven't done that yet. I go the the piano and sing it, all six verses, and it sings back. In minutes I've chosen four verses, rearranged the order, and written a tiny tag ending. What a relief!

Sunday-- Pastor and I say hello, and admit that we are both feeling low-energy, and promise to prop one another up as we can. Within the first few minutes of worship it's evident that this is one of the special days, when everything syncs and draws the congregation in, and our energy surges. The quickie anthem is magical. I also tell "Stone Soup" as the children's story, and manage to get them all interested.

Monday-- Five minutes before my Bible study class starts, the fire alarm goes off. Class evacuates mostly because of noise while I race to answer the phone when the alarm company calls. Panel indicates it's the room my class was in; humidity seems like likely culprit. Comedy of errors as maintenance guy and I try to check building, talk to alarm company, find alarm passcode, and then talk to police and fire. When furor subsides, great class. Today's lesson gives a marvelous explanation of how some Christians can consider the Bible sacred without considering it historical or scientific fact, inerrant, infallible, or any other such straightjackety term.

Tuesday-- on Tuesdays I select hymns and organ music for the coming service, and meet with Pastor. This week I do hymns for two weeks, and also have to deal with fallout from the false alarm, so I ed up actually playing music for only a few minutes.

Wednesday-- a little calmer, and I actually get to play for nearly 2 hours. I'm doing a series of Reformation chorales and prelude settings, and have chosen a lovely setting that is new to me, plus two alternate harmonizations for hymns this week. In the evening I attend Simchat Torah service at the synagogue with which my church partners in ministry and social activities.

Thursday-- Once per quarter my church hosts a mobile travelling shelter for a limited number of families; they rotate among 13 locations, one week each. This week we are 'on', with the help of the synagogue. Tonight my daughter and I are evening hosts; we serve dinner buffet style and eat with our guests, and hang out for the evening. At 9 she goes home, and another church member tags in with me for overnight security. I sleep in the library and wake up at 2 a.m. with leg cramps. Forage for orange juice and peanut butter crackers; it's 2 freakin' a.m. so I don't read the label.

Friday-- Wake up ill; belatedly read the label. Keebler "toast and peanut butter crackers" turn out to be little dairy bombs. Endure while guests get breakfast, pack up and leave in their bus, and then come home for more sleep. Go back to church to help kid install an art project (pics soon) but can't cope, so head back home again. Will have to make up missed practice tomorrow but choir plans are reasonably ready.

*the end*

Slack Channels

Oct. 13th, 2017 07:29 am
elainegrey: Inspired by Grypping/gripping beast styles from Nordic cultures (Default)
[personal profile] elainegrey
SLACK: i have to use Slack for a standards committee i'm on, and so i'm interested to know if there are slack channels folks find useful. The easily found lists of "best slack channels" don't match my interests.

Any suggestions?

https://slack.com/features

(no subject)

Oct. 12th, 2017 09:02 am
elainegrey: Inspired by Grypping/gripping beast styles from Nordic cultures (Default)
[personal profile] elainegrey
Somewhere between sauteed and seared green tomatoes are just delicious. As the season draws to a close, i feel the need to be thrifty with bug-beset tomato fruits. I've suspected the critters hide in chewed up fruit and so i've been dumping them in the woods. But the nibbled on tomatoes i've been cutting them up (generally, for the grape tomatoes, simply a half that is good and a half that's been nibbled) and cooking them in the cast iron pan. Sure, really really ripe tomatoes are divine, but these are pretty good.

The greens are just beginning to be big enough to care about and not be too fussy when thinning. And the second planting of yellow squash is putting forth tiny little yellow fruit. It's hard to decide whether to pick them or not. Some i've picked and they've still been a bit green, others seem like they could have grown more.

We also have had some lovely rain: that should help gardening all around. I've planted some more beets and carrots to see if i can get them going before the first frost. I've seedlings of lettuce and particular brassicas in the green house that i should get out in the garden.

--== ∞ ==--
This morning i am reading [personal profile] sonia's writing about healing around the edges as part of getting back into the habit of following my self-help reading schedule. I put the items in the reading list over the past few years, but in Nov of last year i stopped using my to-do list software (emacs org file, for the curious). I am trying to get back into the list habit, but as i restart i find EVERYTHING is overdue. Anyhow, i will truncate this digression to just say, yay me, i'm getting a self care habit back.

So, at some point, i noted that there are two "traumas" i want to work through (1) the awful years at work when VP Z was in charge and was keeping the then New Director at his side, and (2) the effect of Christine's elephants.

I was working with my somatic experiencing therapist during the Z-hell to cope through it. Just thinking about that time brings tears and the need to go through a cycle of feeling and then distancing myself from the feelings. I'm impressed by how quickly i found that distress lingering. It's clear i may need to be somewhat intentional about resolving those feelings.

--== ∞ ==--

The spiders have mostly learned to stay clear of paths, it seems. They're still about: almost every window has a creature with a body at least the size of a quarter spinning a classic spoked web. Up above the front sidewalk a couple of spiders create their large webs. I suppose i'm going through some sort of exposure therapy, slowly reducing my aversion to the creatures. Maybe. If i think about them i find myself stressed. Breathe in, out, in, out.

After skimming through some resources, i think what has happened is that the spring baby orb weavers are finally big enough to make the massive webs by late August, creating spider web season. The females are probably getting as much food as they can for reproduction, and then, with the first frost, they'll be out of here.

It helps a little to understand why they aren't around all year.

http://www.martinsvillebulletin.com/news/weaving-a-web-fall-brings-unique-spiders-to-area/article_9e8ff0b0-77c5-54d3-b28d-e882ddfc5d48.html
https://www.thoughtco.com/orb-weaver-spiders-1968560
https://www.livescience.com/41550-garden-spiders.html
kshandra: The Sacred Chao from the Principia Discordia, in gold, superimposed on a Bisexual Pride flag (Bi Chao)
[personal profile] kshandra
  • If you're not ready to come out today, THAT'S OKAY. At your own pace, in your own time.
  • If you're not ready to come out to EVERYONE, but want to test the waters with someone who won't judge you, my inbox is open.
  • If you *can't* come out for whatever reason, THAT'S OKAY TOO. Here's hoping that everyone who wants to can eventually do so safely.
  • If you know someone else is LGBTQIA, IT IS NEVER OKAY TO OUT THEM WITHOUT PERMISSION. Not today, not ever.

May 2015

S M T W T F S
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24 252627282930
31      

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags