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Nov. 15th, 2017

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Nov. 14th, 2017

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Rhododendrons in the Smoky Mtns
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travels this year


This year we've been to Biloxi, Pigeon Forge and Branson.
I finally got to see Bellingrath and rhododendrons in bloom in the Smoky Mountains. in three trips to Branson, we saw about six inches of snow in March, I rode a rollercoaster with my sister in May, and we toured Top of the Rock in October.
It's been a busy year.

Nov. 13th, 2017

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the impermanence of time


I heard a discussion on NPR about the creative process and how we perceive the results. Some types of creative products are set in stone as they happen. Things like a typewritten letter, a live recorded performance, a stage performance may only be experienced as they happen, or as the results are received. the viewer's experience can only happen once and never be the same again. Even a live recording must be unedited and raw to truly capture the unique time and place.
Other artistic endeavors are curated and edited, both as they happen, and into a new shape as a final creation. the editing and re-arrangement of the piece is linked to the final result.
I've decided I am most comfortable in an edited version of my life.
I write by back-tracking, correcting spelling and thought as I go, rather than spilling out a rough and ready draft of life. I practice conversations and how I will move through new situations in life, a constant rehearsal for the main event. Spontaneity is not who I am.
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Nov. 12th, 2017

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Pull up another cat

Saturday night I had leg cramps again,so pulled out the replacement I purchased last week, which was an electric throw blanket. I folded it over and tucked it between the sheets, so it covered me from hips down, on top and bottom. Certainly easier than trying to wrap a pad around one cramp at a time. However, both kittens snuggled on my legs, plus one older cat at the foot of the bed on it. Made it difficult to move, and really annoyed the one who was left out.
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Weekend

Saturday we went to see mom, took her out to eat then a short visit.
We had a discussion about moving things out and about. She now has a better idea of what areas she wants cleaned up. She was pretty perky, as she'd had Spencer take her grocery shopping. I brought her taffy and some coloring books. She'd said she wanted some that were actual pictures, not just designs, and I found some nice ones. One was a set of botanical prints complete with finished pictures. Just down our alley.
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Nov. 10th, 2017

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Friday

For some reason, I'm more energetic today. I actually am committing myself to work until we can get medicare at age 65 at least. I've long wanted to retire as soon as I'm eligible for Social Security at 62.5, but with the necessity of insurance, I have no confidence in being able to get any insurance outside of work in that period.
If I have to work that long, I'm determined to work it out.
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Nov. 9th, 2017

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Testing

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I'm trying to get the hang of uploading and linking images in this platform. Part of the develop new skills plan.
It's not like I don't have pictures to use, it's sorting them. Invariably when selecting a picture from thumbnails, I will choose the slightly out of focus one to upload.

Ps. Still not working
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Nov. 8th, 2017

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Kitty cat adventures

This morning as I was heading out the back door to do chores, Tallulah rushed past me to freedom and the great outdoors.
It was cool and damp, but she stayed out of reach in the back yard until I was headed back up the hill from the barn. Then she very vocally made her way down the hill to complain about the poor weather conditions.
Her dissatisfaction was not sufficient to get her back in the house.She rolled around on the front drive while we ate breakfast. I had to hide behind the front door to open it before she would stroll in. It's the first time in months she's been outside, and for some reason she's calmed down some.
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Nov. 7th, 2017

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Posting challenges

I'm having a problem with images, and I need to spend time sorting and uploading to the Dreamwidth account, so I can share them across channels.
I sat down to work on them last night, and got sucked into the photo dimension. It's kind of like the twilight zone, only with pictures. After an hour I gave up and chose one for a jigsaw puzzle. End of productivity for the day.
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Nov. 6th, 2017

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Come to roost

Once upon a time, when we first moved to the country,we believed the advice to get guineas to eat ticks.
We learned a lot, which is why now whenever we hear that advice, we laugh at whoever believes it.
Guineas are feral, loud & not bright.
We had a chicken pen on the east side of the barn we built. Because we had raised them there, they continued to roost on top of it after they were turned out to do the tick thing.
At whatever point in the afternoon the sun created a shadow over the pen and one of the guineas happened into the shade, it would immediately assume night had fallen, and call all the others to come roost for the night.
Once this started, it didn't stop until all the guineas were roosted. Occasionally one would stick its head out into the sun, declare a new day, and wander off, starting a panic in all the others until they either all followed it out into the "new" day, or it came back to roost.

This story is for everyone who is startled by the fact that the time change results in sunset happening at the time it's supposed to happen, but has been delayed by DST.
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Nov. 5th, 2017

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Weekend it seemed busy

Saturday involved the weekly shopping that felt quite accomplished. Had coupons that resulted in going through housewares and finding appliances DH wanted. Tried them out on Sunday.
The heating pad I use for leg cramps died, and I replaced with an electric lap blanket.
Got most of monthly bill paying done.

Nov. 3rd, 2017

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#100words rants and fics

I need to improve my writing so I'm going to try something. Each day I will try to post at least 100 new words. It may be a rant on the topic of the day, it may be a piece of "creative" writing, it might be something that happened in my world. It might even be food-related.
Just as long as I get something down.
I expect the fiction to be pieces and parts that have been floating around in my head, with no particular order or plan. I don't think I'll ever be a novelist, and this isn't associated with anyone else's project, because I'm not capable of joining in groups. But I am becoming a better editor.
My current setup lets me post in Dreamwidth, and automatically post to Livejournal, which posts to Twitter. I have not figured out how to integrate photos in Dreamwidth yet, nor how I want to link to Facebook. This may come later, as my other goal for the year will be building website skills. I need new skills for my sixties.

Nov. 2nd, 2017

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