Time for another "Where is this?"

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:00 am
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Let's start the week with another "Where is this?" quiz. Regular site visitors know that the first one to identify this Tucson location wins a "fabulous" TDP t-shirt!.  Previous winners please sit on your hands for a day and give others a shot at glory!  (:
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Reveling in how tall my corn has gotten. It hasn’t even started to grow ears yet! 📷: jktm #nativeseedsearch #diadesanjuanmaize #dentcorn #milpainthecity #threesistersplanting #fatshion #jardindemicorazon

weekend uncluttering

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:27 am
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How did everyone's weekend uncluttering go? I know I'm writing this a bit late (for me), but it is still Sunday for some of you, so I'm hoping that counts...

Saturday for me was a bit of a write off, with the first ballet class (for me) of term, and then going to an exhibition ice-hockey match in the evening, but I started a project that I'm hoping will lead to uncluttering the yarn stash -- I'm making multi coloured knit strips (30 stitches wide, 85cm long) which will be sewn together to make blankets to be donated to a local cat shelter. I'm very deliberately not thinking about colour order, or much in the way of yarn weight (I'm pretty sure most of it is 8ply, but at least one of them would have been 12 ply), and just grabbing everything out of the Basket Where Left Over Yarn Goes to Rot* that is a tiny ball of 'urgh, whatever will I do with that'. I've gone for the strips idea because the materials and tools for one strip will fit in a tiny carry bag (which I made from fabric I've been hoarding for years because I knew it was useful, but didn't have a specific task -- like soft tulle). Strip one is about 50cm, so I'm pretty happy with that!

And then I spent Sunday working on finishing existing craft projects, so that at least I can get those out of the work space, and know what is 'left overs'.

(Today, I'm going to take the big box of random Stuff from the front hall, and drop it in at an op-shop, on the way to do the school pickup. Not quite in the right direction, which is why I've managed to put so much Stuff in it).



* Sadly, not quite hyperbole -- one ball had weaknesses where it split about every 30cm, so in the end it was just pulled to pieces and shoved in the 'stuffing' jar.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:19 pm
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Old and New, New and Old

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:00 am
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In the foreground is a very old Saguaro Cactus Skeleton and in the background another tall and stately Tucson sight - a cell tower. These cactus skeletons are used in lots of imaginative ways as house decor. I have seen these cactus spines/ribs turned into lamps, furniture, and even fences! I caught this image just as another storm was rolling in. Hello, Monsoon Season! 

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:13 pm
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The local community theater guild is hosting a yard sale. I pay the guild $10, I get a space to sell my stuff.

Suddenly my "departing the living space for keeps" pile has grown by a dozen books and about three dozen DVD/Blu-ray cases.

Funny how that works. XD

(Whatever I don't sell will just go to the library book sale or the Goodwill as appropriate.)

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:04 pm
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Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:48 pm
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The first secret from this batch will be posted on July 29th.



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The Air Conditioner Has Landed!

Jul. 22nd, 2017 07:00 am
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Exciting stuff! The condenser for the new air conditioner was too big to fit through the gate so a crane had to be summoned to drop it down. The box swung over the house and touched down on the patio as light as a butterfly! It was amazing to watch! Crane drivers have awesome skills!!

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Jul. 21st, 2017 06:25 pm
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Friday achievements

Jul. 21st, 2017 03:59 pm
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I have not done any big uncluttering, but a lot of little things. We have been knocking over a batch of paper bags storied near our utility room door for months. It finally got to both of us. About 35 small white handled bags went into recycling, and 6 big Barnes and Noble bags went to B2P to use at our fall book sale. Both these kinds of bags keep coming into the house, and they look so possibly helpful they get kept. At least for a while we will not knock bags to the floor when carrying baskets to the washer.

I also finally got to cleaning up my email account on the Snow Leopard laptop. My email comes to 2 different laptops and my iPad. I don't sync these because I do not want to sync other things, so email deleted in one place stays in another. Someday I hope to figure a way around this. Anyway, since I am going to clone the Snow Leopard laptop in preparation to getting a new iMac with Sierra, I though I should try to clean up my account on that laptop before the cloning. I have deleted over 1000 emails, mostly from places I shop on line who keep sending me ads every day. I also had a lot of political emails from various organizations, especially pre and post the election. I deleted them on my iPad, but they are now gone from the SL computer. This also means that when I do the data migration all that will not transfer to the new iMac. Managing computer data is a huge chore, and I am not done yet. I still have to look at the documents I kept on this laptop, and see what I do not want any more.

Paying attention to all this is important. When I stop watching what I save, or forget that I have other email records, or save webarchives that I never look at again is when stuff accumulates and gets in the way. I need to keep reminding myself of that.
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Coming to a theater soon: La Gordita en el País de las Maravillas. 📷: jktm #beforeInearlyfelldown #fatshion #insertsapphicjoke #butreallyialmosttwistedmyankle (at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve)

Welcome to the Wild West!

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:00 am
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Although it is a bit hard to see at this distance, YES, those are cows crossing the road ahead. And a few over to the right are strolling around also. This was taken on the bike path - or should I now call it the Cow Path? - that is part of Harrison Green Way.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 07:01 pm
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20 July 2014

I'm talking really serious downsizing! 

UPDATE 2017: I wonder if this person has moved into even smaller quarters by now....
 
ORIGINAL POST: Lots of people talk about downsizing their lives. Well, here's someone who lives in a milk truck! Wow!
Photo courtesy of Carol Tretiakoff

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Jul. 19th, 2017 07:09 pm
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Decluttering!

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:38 pm
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What's an exciting way to spend an evening? Decluttering doesn't necessarily spring to mind (or at least for me it doesn't). Often it's fraught with emotions like guilt and frustration so not exciting or something to look forward to in my book.

By contrast though, how does relaxing in a clutter-free, clean and tidy room that you can look on with a sense of pride and the knowledge that it's done and you were the one who got it there. Better, right? So that's what I'm trying to hang on to at the moment - the goal, rather than the getting there. I've got an image in my head of what I want it to be like and now I'm determinedly trying to hang on to it while I get there. It doesn't get rid of the guilt and frustration, but maybe they last a little less each time or I can balance them a little.

A little bit of that pride is achievable in the moment, by rather than imagining the whole room complete, I try imagining the little bit I'm going to be working on - be it a shelf, a box, a pile of filing or whatever. I take a look and I imagine what's it's going to look like when I've finished 'today' because every little helps.

What about you? What helps you declutter emotionally or maybe that should be unemotionally? How do you stay focussed on the goal and what is your goal? And how's your decluttering been going so far this week?

she-wolf

Jul. 19th, 2017 03:35 pm
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IF I WERE A JOURNALIST

First, if you’re the type of journalist who goes to press conferences and gets to yell out questions, and you’re not walking around 24/7 in a hat with paper “PRESS” credentials sticking out of the band, I don’t know what you are doing with your journalist life.

Second, I would not be able to resist attempting to trap spokespersons into DEEZ NUTS jokes. Mimi Smartypants from Nutsack News, thank you for taking my question. Senator, what do you think will be the effect of the BOFA regulations on our trade relationship with Canada? Hey Bono, what do you think of Imagine Dragons well Imagine DEEZ NUTS draggin’ across your stupid face HEY LET GO OF ME *gets dragged out by U2’s jackbooted thugs*

I am not a journalist but I am a valued member of the media! I know this because I keep getting emails at my work account from U-Haul’s corporate headquarters that announce the opening of a new U-Haul rental location. These come from Corey Decker, “External Communications Intern.” (If that’s not a title to make one weep, I don’t know what is.) They ask me to please consider posting or publishing the attached press release, which “includes all of the necessary business details” and “U-Haul photos for [my] convenience.” I’m supposed to let Corey know if I need anything else, because he or she can send me additional photos or even arrange an interview with the location’s owner or a local U-Haul representative BE STILL MY HEART. When I contact Corey for those additional photos, I should probably also include some sensitive and motherly words of comfort about the now is not the forever, keeping one’s chin up, and how “External Communications Intern” is only the first step in what will no doubt eventually be a long and fulfilling life and career. Courage, Corey Decker. It gets better.

I THREATENED IT ON TWITTER, AND THEN I WENT AND DID IT IN REAL LIFE

I did a weird thing, recently, a first for me. I got fed up with my dry bumpy back and arm skin and booked something called a “lime and ginger salt scrub treatment” at a spa. I fully expected this to be awkward and weird, but it was actually really chill and nice. You’re never more naked than one limb at a time, there are candles and warmed towels, and you get oiled and massaged and scrubbed with salt just like a chicken getting ready for the roasting pan. (Put some rosemary between my skin and my fat layer! Tuck my wings under! Put a lemon in my cavity no wait don’t do that part.)

After all that you get to take a shower of sorts, only you are LYING DOWN (my favorite position) and someone else is doing all the work (my favorite way of accomplishing things). My only complaint was the vocal-heavy easy-listening music in the treatment room—I would have preferred either classic whooshy tinkly relaxation music or regular old smooooooth jazz, but overall the whole experience was wicked nice. And it was a good scared-white-lady baby step toward my ultimate goal, which is to get brave enough to go to one of those wacky Korean centers where burly grandmas scrub all your dead skin off right there in a public space. Someday.

FROG PANTS

You should know about my (genetic haplogroup) countryman, Lazzaro Spallanzani, who did a many good experiments but is probably most famous for putting cute little taffeta pants on some male frogs and observing that the pants stop them from jizzing on the frog eggs. You can read a more direct source here. I like this sentence:

I moreover observed, that an obtuse tumid point, that I suspected to be the penis, was elongated…but I could not perceive any emission from this supposed penis.

Sick burn on that frog penis! “Supposed,” indeed. FROG SEZ STFU

HOW CAN YOU NOT REALIZE THIS

Although now I can take or leave (and mostly leave) the Beatles, as a kid, I really liked the Rubber Soul album. I used to borrow my dad’s vinyl copy and was very fond of belting out “You Won’t See Me” in my room with stuffed animals providing imaginary harmony. I also liked “Norwegian Wood” and got a dark little proto-goth chuckle about its ending, where the singer clearly burns down the girl’s house.

What? That wasn’t your interpretation of that last line about lighting a fire? I always pictured the rejected-for-sex arsonist snickering, “Isn’t it good” as flames engulfed the building. Then I mentioned that to someone, in a “everyone knows this” kind of way and he thought I was nuts. If it’s not true, then the song REALLY sucks because that was pretty much its main redeeming quality in my mind.

—mimi smartypants is non-venomous and harmless to humans.