Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thursday Thirteen

It's Thanksgiving here in the U.S.A. It would be natural to do a "things I'm thankful for," but I'm a bit abbynormal, so now I have to think of something else! Hmm. But what?

How about . . . stuff in my office. For which, actually, I am thankful, now that I think of it. Ha. Fooled myself! So Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for reading! (I love my readers.)

Taylor on the left, Takamine on the right.
1. A Taylor and a Takamine guitar.

2. A Nikon camera sitting on a tripod, ready for action.

3. Nasal saline spray.

4. The Four Elements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. It's summed up easily: be impeccable with your Word; don't take anything personally, don't make assumptions, and always do your best. The first is the most important.

5. Bits and pieces of a letter to the editor I'm working on about our (idiotic) county's plan to relocate some of the most historic structures in our part of Virginia.

6. My diploma from Hollins College (now Hollins University).

7. A picture of Gandalf the White from the movie The Two Towers.

8. A plate hanging on the wall that says Friends are the family we choose for ourselves.

9. A photo of my nephew, arm back, football in hand, as he makes a throw when he was a quarterback in high school.

10. A hot cup of tea.

11. Two fudge stripe cookies (yes, this is breakfast).

12. A candle shaped like a pyramid.

13. The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition).


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list
here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 422nd time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Deer Porn

I have seen deer do just about everything up here on the farm. Give birth, nurse, chase each other, stomp a cat, stamp their feet, huff and snort, eat and drink.

But until this morning, I don't recall seeing them go at it during the rut.

The pictures would have been better if it hadn't been (a) so dark and (b) I wasn't shooting through the window and the screen.

Beware - this is sexy stuff!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Found Film

Last week, as I sifted through a drawer, I ran across a roll of undeveloped film. I knew it was old because I haven't used a film camera in many years. I am sure I've stumbled over it before but for some reason, this time I picked it up and took it to CVS to have it developed.

After I looked at the pictures when I picked them up Saturday, I determined the photos were taken around the time of my mother's funeral, which would have been late August, 2000.

I don't think I took them - I know I didn't take all of them, because I am in some of them. I doubt I would have been in the frame of mind to take pictures that day. Somehow I ended up with this film. Maybe someone was using my camera.

Unfortunately, apparently the film had a light leak and most (but not all) of the pictures had a big green streak through them. The film was also old and I suspect that had something to do with the quality. By transferring them to black and white on the computer, I was able to get the pictures to come out a little better. They're still pretty grainy, though.

Based on this experience, any other rolls of film I come across I shall have developed immediately. Time does not seem to be kind to this medium.

My great-aunt, Neva, and my grandmother, Melba.
From left: Uncle Butch, Uncle Jerry, Uncle Junior, Aunt Carolyn, Uncle Peanut (Melvin); bottom, Aunt Neva and Grandma.
From left: Aunt Neva, Cousin Leann, Cousin Michelle, Me, Michelle's daughter Ashleigh (I think), my grandmother, and Michelle's daughter Kelsey (I think).
Aunt Neva, Aunt Sherry, Uncle Jerry, their daughter Sara, Grandma.
Aunt Neva, Cousin Michelle, Cousin Leanne, Cousin Michelle's husband whose name escapes me at the moment, Aunt Jennifer, Uncle Peanut, Grandma, and Kelsey (I think).
Aunt Neva, Aunt Pam, Uncle Junior, and Grandma.
Uncle Jerry, Uncle Junior, Uncle Peanut, Uncle Butch.
Uncle Butch, Uncle Peanut, Uncle Junior, Uncle Jerry.
Aunt Neva, Me, my husband, and Grandma.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Patio Project

A good 15 or 20 years ago, my husband and his cousin put down a deck outside the back of our house. Over the years it turned into an ugly, hideous looking thing that I was so ashamed of that I couldn't find a picture of the rear of the house in the last seven years or so.

I did find some partial photos that will give you an idea of how bad it looked:

The boards were coming up.

The stain was coming off.

Squirrels were eating the wood!

It was definitely time to do something about this. So this week the deck went out of here and a building contractor poured us a concrete patio to replace the wood.

The building contractor cutting rebar (?).

The patio formed up.

Just because I really like this picture. :-)

Ha. Men at work. Ain't that the way they do it?

Cement truck.

Pouring cement.

Raking the cement into place.

Forming it up and pouring and stuff.

Looks like playing in the mud, doesn't it?

It was fascinating to watch, really.

Troweling the cement to make it smooth.

More troweling.

Now it is taking shape!

Looking even better!

Almost done!

Ta da! Here it is. Not quite finished but almost.

Doesn't that look better?

We have to remove the boards after the cement has hardened. We still need to clean up and replant grass.

All in all, I think this will be a great fix to an ugly mess. The sidewalk is wide enough for a wheelchair, so now we're ready to get even older. I am looking forward to obtaining some nice planters in the spring and maybe a bench or two to place out here.

Job well done!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday Stealing: Would You Rather

From Sunday Stealing

Would You Rather Meme

Would you rather . . .

 1. be stuck on an island alone or with someone who talks incessantly? Alone. Very alone.

 2. be too hot or too cold? Too cold.

 3. have a cook or a maid? Maid.

 4. be the youngest or the oldest sibling? I'm the oldest; I'll stick with that.

 5. get rich through hard work or through winning the lottery? Lottery.

 6. have a 10-hour dinner with a headstrong politician from an opposing party, or attend a 10-hour concert for a music group you detest?  Concert.

 7. be an Olympic gold medalist or a Nobel Peace Prize winner? Nobel Peace Price winner.

 8. have a desk job or an outdoor job? Desk job.

 9. live at the top of a tall NYC apartment building or at the top of a mountain?  Mountain top.

10. have Rambo or The Terminator on your side? Terminator.

11. be proposed to in private or in front of family and friends? Private.

12. have to sew all your clothes or grow your own food? Grow food.

13.  hear the good news or the bad news first? Good news.

14. be your own boss or work for someone else? Own boss.

15. have nosy neighbors or noisy neighbors? Nosy neighbors.

16. be on a survival reality show or dating game show? Reality show.

17. too busy or be bored? Too busy.

18. watch the big game at home or live at the stadium? At home.

19. spend the day with your favorite athlete or you favorite movie star? Movie star.

20. live where it is constantly winter or where it is constantly summer? Summer.


I encourage you to visit other participants in
Sunday Stealing posts and leave a comment. Cheers to all us thieves who love memes, however we come by them.