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Due to the rain during July, we have practically floated into August.... the rivers are still uncomfortably high,  but going down (very slowly).  And once again, the mosquitoes are finding little ol' me to be a tasty treat, especially when I'm trying to sleep.  I have such ghastly bite welts and what  I suspect is scratch-irritated heat rash -- I've tried aloe gel, witch hazel, calamine lotion, Absorbine Jr., generic anti-itching spray, and antihistamines.  Oh, and over the weekend at home, cold compresses. Very temporary relief with most on these; the anti-itch spray and the antihistamines have had the longest lasting effects, but I can't use them together, and I don't want to take the antihistamines too often because I don't like throwing OTC drugs into the HBP / Diabetes / High Cholesterol pharmaceutical mix too often. Any ideas that are practical to a working schedule?

Nephew's college blanket was finished, and mailed to Texas --- where it was received with much delight.  Now I have to think about birthday prezzies for the Niece.  A wall poster of the 'Game of Thrones' world was suggested.... 

Beldandy had her yearly trip to the vet for shots, and was discovered to have infections in BOTH ears; daily ear washes and antibiotic ear drops for the next two weeks ensued -- not much hilarity, however.  Fortunately, at the follow-up visit yesterday, she was declared 'all better' but with the recommendation that I continue cleaning the ears on a regular basis. Bel was not amused.

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And because I don't have FaceBook or Twitter, I'll post here:  [personal profile] apollymi  and her roommate [personal profile] katsuko  have a financial emergency due to some shenanigans involving short paychecks, the IRS and an unexpected veterinarian bill.  They have a fundraising link on www.youcaring.com/daeandkat-887919 . Thanks to my shortened work hours (and decreased pay) this year, plus almost monthly unexpected expenditures (mostly car related), my budget has been tight, so I couldn't donate as much as I wanted to, but even $10 would help.... it adds up.  So if all you can do is spread the word via FB or Twitter, that would help too.....

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Books read: "Seventy-Seven Clocks" and "The Water Room" by Christopher Fowler. 

Knitting projects: trying to use up leftovers from Nephew's blanket, and a scarf using the 'One Row' pattern




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 Well, the Raccoon has apparently vacated our tree.  I'm a little sad -- it was mildly entertaining to peek through the knothole  and spy a ball of grey fur, or a pair of beady little eyes, or even on occasion, fur plus small foot sticking out of the knothole ....  At a guess, I'd say that the Raccoon decided that our neighborhood was a bit too noisy for its liking, what with the hippie neighbors (NOT US!!!) playing Neil Young and Oak Ridge Boys well into the night on the weekends, barking Jethro, lawn mowers, ambulances and police cars  next door (again, NOT US!!!).    The river, I might mention, is still very close to Flood Stage, despite it not raining locally for almost two weeks.

Nephew's afghan/blanket is most likely close to 2/3rds done. I have 16 inches to go, before I knit the end border, and then add borders to the long sides.  The total size, according to the directions, is 50" x 58".  

Confession Time: when I said in the last entry that I didn't have time to read, due to the knitting, it wasn't quite true.  When my fingers get tired and start cramping, I set the knitting aside and pick up a book for a while.  I have read "Song of the Lion", by Anne Hillerman,  and Season of the Hyena, by Paul Doherty, and re-read Chapel Noir by Carole Nelson Douglas.  My Husband is on a Dan Brown kick, and has been nagging at me to read The Lost Symbol.   Ummm, sorry, I really have no interest in reading about conspiracies involving the Masons.   Also, since Crunchyroll has been running Series 6 of "Natsume's Book of Friends", I've been re-reading the manga as I locate them (scattered throughout the house).  

Wretchedly hot weather.  Of course, it COULD be wretchedly hot and HUMID weather.... and probably will be soon.
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Got into work early today, and got 10 minutes of walking in before any one else showed up. It's easier to walk when no one else is around to ask, 'Mary, what are you doing?', or 'Mary, can you do THIS for me since you're here?' I generally walk up and down the halls and around the sanctuary -- I figure the Omnipotent One won't mind, since I'm making an effort to be healthy. I actually started doing this and the BG monitoring back in December -- I had to get creative with the walking while the sanctuary was decorated for Christmas, but it was all good. I wanted my doctor to be proud of me instead of mildly disappointed next time I saw him -- which unfortunately will be never, since he retired unexpectedly mid-December.

Cue the scramble to find New Doctor! especially since I was almost out of refills on three of my four medications. New doctor is young, so hopefully won't be retiring soon - Plus! on the Minus side, I will have to break her in; AND she's part of a Health Group, which could lead to switch board miscommunication -- has actually already happened: I called to give New Doctor a 'heads up' that my pharmacy would be calling about Prescription Refills, and when Pharmacy called, the switchboard told them 'No Such Patient in our Files'.... fortunately, I'd rather expected some such difficulty occurring and had allowed a few days of leeway before I was actually in dire need. Got it straightened out, and New Doctor wrote two of the prescriptions for an 90 day supply -- I'm surprised the Insurance let her do that.... maybe because she's in an Approved Health Care Group, whereas Old Doctor was an independent GP.

I miss my Old Doctor -- he had a great sense of humor and a practical attitude towards health care.

Efforts to get healthy include Eating Health(ier) -- My new Mantra is "More Salad, Fewer Fries", or as I told Daughter and Husband -- "French Fries are the Enemy!" Baked potatoes and baked sweet potato fries are okay, in moderation, because 'Fiber is Good.' Not making any headway on the 'Eat More Fish' campaign, however. Can't really complain, though; I'm not that fond of fish myself.


Being Thrifty: The rule about not buying more yarn, dvds or books does not apply in the following instances:

1) I need the yarn to finish a current project and am unable to find an adequate substitute in my stash;

2) my four current manga series - 'The Ancient Magus's Bride', 'Kaze Hikaru', 'Master Keaton', and
'Natsume's Book of Friends';

3) the remaining two live action 'Rurouni Kenshin' movies, the "Yuri! On Ice" anime, and 5th series 'Natsume' anime.

4) the OST to "Yuri! On Ice" if it becomes available -- absolutely captivating music, all of it produced for the anime, in multiple styles.

5) The books I have 'on request' at the Used Book Store: "The Captain's Dog" by Roland Smith, and the "Leviathan" series by Scott Westerfield. I placed this order before New Years, so I consider myself obligated to follow through. Actually, I have so much credit at UBS, anything I find there I consider fair game.


I currently have a prayer shawl, and a stocking cap on the needles; plus another two shawls that need additional finishing (crocheted borders, which I have been putting off since I will need to re-teach myself Crochet -- unless I can get someone from the ministry to volunteer?). Last fall I bought a book of knitted hat patterns; I've decided to knit at least one of each in due time.  I've made two so far; one went on the church's Mitten/Hat Tree, and the other I gave to the church's music director for Christmas.  Several I have my eye on for the children of a friend. Various hats have various difficulty ratings, so hopefully I will learn new techniques.

Writing and Fan Fiction:  I am making plans to send the faulty hard drive from three (?) years ago to a friend in Montana, who may be able to retrieve the data.  If The Moffett succeeds, I will have my lost stories back.  Am also continuing to research SteamPunk/Victoriam/Edwardian backgrounds for my FemRyou Bakura Egyptologist cosplay. 

No plans at this time for Conventions, other than the local one in July.  This may change once I get a few  Reduced Paychecks into the bank and work out a budget.

Sigh....







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Thank you, Lucidscreamer, for reminding me.....

Um.   Because I tend to spend my evenings knitting instead of reading these days, I don't seem to read as much as I used to.  However, I do get an hour for lunch, and I've gotten into the habit of setting a timer and reading for 20 minutes during my lunch hour (this of course depends on how much time gets eaten up with errands and fixing up something to actually eat). This seems to work best with anthologies and books that I've read before.  In this fashion I've re-read the first four (and in my opinion, the best) of Lillian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who -- " books, several of Charlotte MacLeod's 'Inspector Rhys',  'Peter Shandy' and 'Sarah Kelling' mysteries,  several of Laurie King's 'Mary Russell's,  a number of manga (Food Wars & Natsume's Book of Friends) and  the first three 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' light novels.

Also, a book I borrowed from my Mom -- "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Anne Shaffer and Anne Barrows.  The novel is written in the epistolary style, which made it both easier and harder to put down at the end of 20 minutes.... It deals with the experiences of the Channel Islanders (between England and France) during the German occupation of WW2.  According to Mom, she's tracked some distant cousins from her father's (English) side of the family to the Channel islands, which made the novel feel somewhat personal.
 I will have to see if I can find a copy for my own. 

On  the knitting side, I finally finished a Sideways-knit Ruffled edge Shawl which I mistakenly thought would be a fairly quick knit - HAH!   I am almost finished with the Very Berry triangular shawl, despite running out of the yarn -- I have a partial skein of a heavier double weight in very similar shades which I am carefully de-twisting because I REFUSE to buy another whole skein when all I need  are another five - seven rows worth to finish! 

A sad note: Our local yarn Shop, 'The Naked Sheep Yarn Barn' went out of business last month.  It was only operational for seven months; I'm not certain exactly what happened, but I suspect that Cindy and Kelly tried to do too much too quickly (and Kelly being in the hospital for a month certainly didn't help).  I am now not allowed to buy any more yarn for at least six months (I managed to pick up at LOT of skeins during the GOoB sale) unless I absolutely need it to finish a current project.

Can anyone recommend a good Steampunk novel?  I've tried the series by Pip Ballantine, and didn't care for main characters at all (too stereotypical); also a series set in a Victorian era w/ magic which offered up Sherlock Holmes' long-lost niece from his mother's side of the family, but found the magic system too intrusive...  I guess what I'm looking for is something that reads like a cross between the Robert Downey Jr.. 'Sherlock Holmes' movies and 'King Solomon's Mines'   --- 


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Hey, all.....

Haven't really been in the mood to post lately;

Took Husband out to see "John Carter" for his birthday -- we both thought it was well-done and had a shared chuckle when Tars Tarkas 'Gibbs-slapped' Carter. It's a shame the movie hasn't done better at the box office.

Daughter is signed up for an Intro course for Veterinary Assistants' Training at our local community college; starts this week, Tuesdays at the college for class work, then the practical/lab at the local animal shelter on Thursdays.

My sister *oddyssia* introduced me to Ilona Andrews' EDGE series, after I gave her one of the MAGIC books by the same author; I was surprised to find that I like the EDGE books, possibly because they are more adventure/supernatural/romance than supernatural/paranormal/adventure...
I've discovered that I have a low tolerance for what I sometimes refer to as Anita Blake Syndrome -- tough-as-nails female paranormal investigator with a SPECIAL TALENT who all the guys (vampire/lycanthrope/were/necromancers, etc.) either want to kiss or kill (sometimes both). Ugh.

Anyway, part of what I like about "On the Edge" is the way the main character is developed -- yes, she's tough as nails with a special talent, but the author takes the time to show why. And the 'special talent' isn't unique, just very strong and the character worked hard to build that strength -- and it turns out to be a really bad idea.... The second book focuses on one of the supporting characters, and from what I can tell the third book features a secondary character from Book Two (haven't read it yet).

I saw somewhere that supposedly the anime of 'Natsume's Book of Friends" has an American distributor and will supposedly be available sometime this year.... I've seen some of the subtitled version on CrunchyRoll, and I REALLY hope that "Natsume" gets a dubbed distribution because I love the manga -- but I can't find any more information on who and when. *sigh*

Anyway.... ANIME-Zing! 2012 looks like same-old, same-old; new location, same guests as last year. They need more variety in the guest line-up. Kind of the reason I stopped going to I-CON and Demi-Con.... same local Sci-Fi authors, year after year....
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Whooo.

Last night it was storm sirens and wind, rivers running through the streets, a light show to rival July Fourth fireworks, and a 12-hour power outage.

Last weekend it was the Hepatitis A outbreak which has spawned at least two lawsuits so far, 20 confirmed cases and at least one false alarm, and nearly 4,000 free inoculations.

The weekend before? Torrential rain, rivers in the streets, a broken water main just down the street from us, and almost being evacuated due to a clumsy backhoe and a nicked gas line....

We've also had a nice crop of pole beans from the windmill, a handful of delicious little golden cherry tomatoes from the patio plant, and a nice purple bell pepper from the main garden.

I've re-read several of Elizabeth Peter's 'Jacqueline Kirby' mysteries (wish she'd write more!), four or five of the late Charlotte MacLeod's 'Kelling' series (wish there were more...waaaah!), a couple of Charlaine Harris's NON-'Sookie Stackhouse' books(acceptable, tho' I didn't care for the ending plot twist of 'A Fool and His Honey') and tried Carolyn Hanes' 'Them Bones' -- think I'll pass on the rest; the ghost of a former family slave being a supporting character was a bit off-putting.

Next week the Daughter gets to sign up for Fall Classes at the local community college. I can't wait.... (HUGE MAJOR SARCASM)
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Whooo.

Last night it was storm sirens and wind, rivers running through the streets, a light show to rival July Fourth fireworks, and a 12-hour power outage.

Last weekend it was the Hepatitis A outbreak which has spawned at least two lawsuits so far, 20 confirmed cases and at least one false alarm, and nearly 4,000 free inoculations.

The weekend before? Torrential rain, rivers in the streets, a broken water main just down the street from us, and almost being evacuated due to a clumsy backhoe and a nicked gas line....

We've also had a nice crop of pole beans from the windmill, a handful of delicious little golden cherry tomatoes from the patio plant, and a nice purple bell pepper from the main garden.

I've re-read several of Elizabeth Peter's 'Jacqueline Kirby' mysteries (wish she'd write more!), four or five of the late Charlotte MacLeod's 'Kelling' series (wish there were more...waaaah!), a couple of Charlaine Harris's NON-'Sookie Stackhouse' books(acceptable, tho' I didn't care for the ending plot twist of 'A Fool and His Honey') and tried Carolyn Hanes' 'Them Bones' -- think I'll pass on the rest; the ghost of a former family slave being a supporting character was a bit off-putting.

Next week the Daughter gets to sign up for Fall Classes at the local community college. I can't wait.... (HUGE MAJOR SARCASM)
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I have found/located approximately 90% of the books this family owns, including some I don't remember us owning. But the three books I really want to find - because they could help the Daughter with her English Literature project which is due this coming Friday? NO WHERE to be found!!!!

And what is driving me BONKERS is I keep finding books that had been in the same bookcases, and logically they SHOULD have been in one of those same boxes.... so WHY can't I find "Folktales of the British Isles", "Myths and Epics of the Middle Ages", and "Rabbit Kicked That Blood Clot Around and Other Stories of the Native Americans"????

*Beats head against bookcase*
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I have found/located approximately 90% of the books this family owns, including some I don't remember us owning. But the three books I really want to find - because they could help the Daughter with her English Literature project which is due this coming Friday? NO WHERE to be found!!!!

And what is driving me BONKERS is I keep finding books that had been in the same bookcases, and logically they SHOULD have been in one of those same boxes.... so WHY can't I find "Folktales of the British Isles", "Myths and Epics of the Middle Ages", and "Rabbit Kicked That Blood Clot Around and Other Stories of the Native Americans"????

*Beats head against bookcase*
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You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?

1. The Riverside Shakespeare (honking HUGE volume that includes every play written or thought to be written by the Bard of Avon)

2. The complete annotated Sherlock Holmes (preferably the one w/the illustrations from The Strand Magazine)

3. The (illustrated by Kaja Foglio) Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox - Barry Hughart

4. "The Borders of Infinity" by Lois McMasters Bujold (actually, any of the Vorkosigan Saga trade paperback editions, which tend to include two or more of the novels; my preference would be 'Borders' or 'A Civil Campaign')

5. A 3-in-1 edition of "The Lord of the Rings"

(alternate picks: The Bible (King James Version), and The Chronicles of Narnia)
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You're packing your bag for that other desert island—the one with no electricity—what 5 books do you take with you?

1. The Riverside Shakespeare (honking HUGE volume that includes every play written or thought to be written by the Bard of Avon)

2. The complete annotated Sherlock Holmes (preferably the one w/the illustrations from The Strand Magazine)

3. The (illustrated by Kaja Foglio) Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox - Barry Hughart

4. "The Borders of Infinity" by Lois McMasters Bujold (actually, any of the Vorkosigan Saga trade paperback editions, which tend to include two or more of the novels; my preference would be 'Borders' or 'A Civil Campaign')

5. A 3-in-1 edition of "The Lord of the Rings"

(alternate picks: The Bible (King James Version), and The Chronicles of Narnia)

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