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I know, I know... I owe a zillion entries on the 365 meme. And I'll catch up, honest! But this just blew my mind:

Adjective Order

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Oi! I haven't been very active lately, have I?

Seems like the week just sped on past, filled with little errands that took more time than I thought they would - and before I knew it, the day was done and I hadn't even poked my head up in here. The next week promises much the same. Monday I take Hubby to blood tests and take another trip to Social Services (we won't bother to rant about how invasive their questions are.) Tuesday I spend with my new Russian friend - and I've finally figured out another pretty place along the coast to take her. Wednesday will be a "normal" day, I think... Thursday afternoon will start early with me taking my other Russian friend to yet another medical test - this time a barium swallow test. She's elderly, and I'm her "interpreter" (meaning me and Google Translate, that is...) And Thursday is when it's supposed to start raining again...

Progress report from the dam up in the hills: it's now at almost 45% capacity. This means that while we might just have enough water to get us through our "Dry" season, we still aren't completely out of the woods yet. We'll need another year or two at least before we can wipe our brows and declare our current drought "over". The good news otherwise is that other dams in the area are also filling - with one actually going over the spillway. The snow-pack in the Sierras is above normal, which means recharging the water table in the Central Valley. This has been a GOOD year for us, water-wise. Please, Mother Nature, keep up the good work!!!

In other news...

JJ has his new aquarium - the old one sprang a leak, we think... One way or the other, it was losing water WAY too fast. Anyhoo, we have the old tank out in the backyard (thinking about possibly making it into a terrarium to grow maybe some celery and/or green onions on the back porch in it) and the new tank in its place. Tomorrow we'll add the water & chemicals and get the filters running, and then let it go for a few days and take the water for testing before putting the two survivors of the last tank back into the newer, bigger home. JJ will be doing the running back and forth when it comes to filling the tanks, I swear. It's his aquarium, after all; he needs to be doing the work. :-p

And now, without further ado, I have eight days' worth of 365 Meme to catch up on, so bear with me. Gonna put it behind a cut, so as not to take up so much screen-space (and/or for those who aren't interested...)

365 Day Meme Entries under the cut )

See y'all next time...
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Yesterday was not quite but almost a lost day. I wanted to get my fasting blood test done right away - but a trip to the kitchen while still half-asleep netted me a quick drink of cranberry juice at 4:45AM, which blew that out of the water. I still went to the lab tho - Hubby needed to get his bloodwork done. Then later, went shopping and generally tinkered with IDD Chapter 24 and hung out on Facebook. Crashed into bed early.

Today was Saturday, and my normal 8AM appointment with friends for coffee and conversation. Have decided I need to learn how to filter Facebook to take out all of the political crud mentioning, ridiculing or otherwise discussing our current federal leadership. I do spend time reading a couple of news sites, and I do so at length, so it isn't as if I don't know what's going on - but I'm tired of going to FB to relax and coming away depressed and half-angry. That's a good part of the reason I love coming here!!! There is so little of that, and it's SOOOOOOO refreshing!!!

Okay... On with the meme. Today's a catch-up day, with two prompts:

34: Where you’d like to be in ten years.

I'm at the age that, ten years from now, I'd like to be alive and well and still functional. Maybe even still writing either fanfic or O-fic. I want to still live in the same house I'm in now, in the same area I live now - hopefully with no water shortage issues.

35: Your views on drugs and alcohol.

When it comes to alcohol, I'm not a teetotaller, but I do believe in imbibing with moderation - and seeking help if one has trouble knowing when to stop.

I also am a proponent of legalized marijuana, and of doing the research into medical cannabis' potentials. I make and use my own cannabis ointment for topical use to help with the arthritis pain. I do NOT believe marijuana to be a "gateway drug" anymore than I believe it about alcohol. I believe the research demonstrates that marijuana is far less physically addictive than either alcohol or many other so-called "legal" substances.

My views on drugs, however, are a different story.

I have lived my life - and taught my kids - that "Drugs are for sick people only." In other words, if you haven't got a physical condition that demands that pill, you shouldn't be taking it. That said, I recognize that there are a lot of facets to drug addiction other than poor self-control. I have friends who are part of the 12-Step programs available, and seen the good they can do. I believe that rehab should be the recourse given to those convicted of drug crimes (along with any restitution that should realistically fall to them) and not prison time (unless the crime committed was one that included violence.) Prison doesn't make the problem better or go away; it often exacerbates some of the other issues of which the drug use is only a symptom.

I think that the way the pharmaceutical industry has flooded the airwaves with commercials for pills to cure just about anything that ails us - with a zillion and one side-effects that will, in turn, require even more pills - are a major contributor to the problem at hand, and I would like to see ALL advertisement of prescription medications banned, period, end of statement (except in publications aimed at medical professionals who would know what the heck they're about.) I advocate self-education in the many naturopathic remedies, and use of the same up to or until one finds them inadequate - and only then consider artificial (as in man-concocted) remedies.

More than you wanted to know, right?

Okay. Until tomorrow, folks. Have a nice rest of the weekend.
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Well, today started out very suddenly, when my Russian friend Nina called me to remind me I was taking her to an ear, nose & throat specialist appointment. Luckily, she called in time for me to hurry up, get dressed and out the door and over to her house in good time to get her there ON time. Spent most of the rest of the day with her, ending on a political discussion of American politics. We both agree that Тромп сумошедший!! (Trump's crazy!) This is a change for her, because she thought he might do better coming from a business standpoint. Then again, she thought all the candidates were lacking, and so simply didn't vote - even though I tried to interest her in participating in the propositions on the CA ballot. We have playfully argued the pros and cons of marijuana legalization many times...

It rained a bit again today - mostly in the early morning hours. When last I checked, our reservoir lake sits at 34.8% full, and the graph line measuring content continues to inkle upwards. This is a good thing, because we get none of the lovely snowfall run-off from the Sierras - so this is all stuff that actually fell as rain on our now-green hills. I think I will be satisfied if we can top 45% this year, and I'll be even happier if next year's precipitation brings us a lot closer to full. It was a "One Hundred-Year Storm" back in 1969 that filled that lake from empty to overflowing the very year the dam was finished, thus preventing one heckuva flood here. Don't want that kind of rain again - just the steady up-tick in the lake levels...

Okay. Enough of that. Today's meme prompt is:

33: Your relationship status and how you feel about it.

I am married. I am happily married. I feel very lucky that I found a man that is kind and gentle and a good father and provider, who loves me as much (I hope) as I love him. And I think that's about as much schmaltz as I want to drizzle into this little entry. I'm happy, I guess is the best answer to "how do I feel about it."

Until tomorrow, F-List friends.
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A very quiet day, interrupted by our cable/internet suddenly just... dying. When I called, I was told the tech would be out - wouldn't you know it - right about the time [livejournal.com profile] engarian and I normally have our weekly phone conversation scheduled. So I texted and cancelled - not knowing how much of my time and/or attention said tech would need. Turned out we had a faulty splitter on the line outside - odd that it would just suddenly give out like that tho... Hubby got his cable box replaced because of reception issues. All in all, things went well. I did miss talking to Erulisse tho.

And now for today's meme offering:

32: What stresses you?

I suppose, like many, I have a list of things that will do it...

1. Hubby's health - and/or his inability to heal up the chronic open wounds on the backs of his legs, which is where the infection gets in and raises hell.

2. Finances - we're not rich, by any stretch. And now with Trump in office, I feel my security very much threatened. Thank the Universe the house is paid for, and that our property taxes (thanks to Prop 13 many MANY years ago) are so reasonable. We won't lose the roof over our heads. Anything else is fair game, and if Social Security is nixed, we'll probably starve; but we'll have our home.

3. Housekeeping issues - my arthritis makes it really hard for me to do much cleaning, and our finances aren't flush enough for a cleaning lady even once every other week. So, I have a not suitable for visiting house at the moment - altho I don't know how much longer I can stand it before I start seeing how hard I can push shoulders and knees. It truly would help if JJ and Hubby wouldn't drop their crud all over the place and NEVER pick up after themselves... That stuff doesn't take itself to the trash, ya know?

4. Political folderol. Trump and his constant fascist circus. 'Nuff said.

That's pretty much it. I guess I don't stress out over very much over anything that I really have a whole lot of control over. Oh. Yeah.

5. Whether or not I intend - or will see my way clear to - take a week off and visit my brother in Arizona in time to see the RenFaire there. That decision will be ultimately made a whole lot closer to departure date, and is entirely dependent on Hubby's health and/or perceived ability to be left on his lonesome for most of that time.

There. I think the last is what stresses me most at the moment.

G'nite all - talk to you sometime tomorrow after I've spent another afternoon trying to function half in Russian and half in English. Tomorrow, however, there will be coffee. Coffee, when one's brain is tired, is a good thing...
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Today was an interesting, if tiring day. Spent it with another Russian lady who is desperate to better her English while she's still in the country. It's amazing how I got used to how Nina speaks and expresses herself, to the point that it was a stretch to understand Zina. Still, I'm going to be seeing her on a weekly basis too now; so I'm hoping my Russian conversational skills will receive a fair boost too. But I came home after spending over 3 hours working very hard at bilingual communications, and I'm wiped. I remember being wiped when I'd come home after long days that first year of university, when I'd spend every hour on-campus functioning in Spanish. It did wonders for my fluency, but I could finally understand how and why our Thai exchange student a few years earlier needed a nap after over six hours functioning in only English!

Anyhoo, here's today's meme offering:

31: What would have made today perfect?

Frankly, what would have made today any better than it already was would be my having a slightly better command of Russian vocabulary. I learned a bucketload of new words today - the challenge now is not to let my mental fatigue help me forget everything I learned. Thank heavens Google Translate for Android saves the words I look up. With luck, I won't need a whole lot of prompting; and maybe Nina will enjoy it that I understand her just a little bit better too.

That's my day, folks...

And now, I have a request from any of my old Lizard Council droogs who might remember my monster fic that I was working on. I've finished (finally!!! yay!!!) the next chapter of the thing, and would really appreciate anybody willing to look it over. Considering the number of OCs in it, breaking in a new beta really wouldn't be optimal - altho I'm willing to send a copy of the rest of it if somebody really wants to read & beta for me.

Please???
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It's been a busy weekend, and I was a bad girl to miss my postings. So...

28:Whose life did you make a difference in today?

I dunno. My day on Saturday was fairly quiet and normal. I had early morning coffee & yakking with friends at the coffee shop as I usually do on Saturdays. Went home & crocheted, then played LOTRO. I did answer some questions in-game for a newer player, tho - so maybe that was it.

29: What is your super power?

I don't know that I would necessarily call it a "super power", but I have been known to sit down with a song running either in YouTube or in a media player and, with some work, I am able to render it into sheet music true to the original. When I was directing a small choir, it came in pretty handy; when I'm putting together music for the little performing group in Halcyon, it can be downright handy; and when it comes to music I want to do for myself, it's a joy. Thank you, Mrs Marquardt (my violin teacher - I'll have to tell you folks about her one of these days) for taking the time to teach me how to listen inside the music and follow each individual part. It's a skill that not many have, and one I've found use for all too often in my life.

With everything else, however, I'm boringly normal - I promise. :-D

30: What is annoying you?

The US political donnybrook. It promises to be an on-going and growing annoyance too, from all appearances. 'Nuff said.

YAY!!! All caught up again. See y'all tomorrow, with any luck...
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Been a quiet day. Worked on my crocheted scarf (learning Tunisian crochet - VERY interesting!) and then played LOTRO. My Muse has been sleeping, I think...

On to the Question of the Day:

27: Today I felt really secure knowing ______

Today I felt really secure knowing that everybody I care about is finally over The Crud. No more coughing, no more fevers. Maybe a bit of "The Droops" because energy levels still aren't up to par (I know mine aren't yet), but nothing to worry about. JJ and Vanna (twins, first one mildly learning disabled, the other a transgendered daughter now) never got it. Hubby is finally not needing cough drops to sleep at night, daughter Súl's cough is gone and her energy levels are back up to the point she's considering going on a mild hike tomorrow morning. I'm no ball of fire, but I putter along. And none of my local friends are sick now either.

So all is good in my world today.

Talk to you all tomorrow.
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For some reason, this presented to me as a saved draft, so I'm gonna post it again. Sorry if it's a repeat...

It's been an interesting day: a potluck "tea" to celebrate a friend's family's 75th anniversary for having moved to Halcyon followed by going on a quick shopping trip with my Russian friend. I do enjoy spending time in Halcyon - a very quiet, spiritually-minded community. I'll have to post pictures one of these days. It really is gorgeous over there. Altho, I have to admit, strong windstorms always seem to wreak havoc over there. Plenty of trees blew over in the last on a few days ago... Still, the vibes and energies there are something to be experienced.

On to today's entry in the meme:

26: List your pets.

As a small child in Minnesota, I had a parakeet named Dicky and a kitten named Boots (who didn't last long with us before being sent back to the farm.) Then, once we settled out here in California, we had a fox terrier-small French poodle named Ginger. She was stone deaf when we got her from the pound, and someone had kicked in ribs in at one time. She was a sweetheart - very intelligent and wanting to please - and she lived to the ripe old age of 16. Along the way, we had more parakeets, whose names I have sadly forgotten.

While I was a student at Fresno State University, I had a little dog named Sweetie I got from the pound. Once I was married and we moved from Fresno to the Central Coast, I found a lady who desperately needed a little companion, and Sweetie went to live with her. For about six months, we had a cockatiel that we found underneath my mom's car. His name was Pepe, and he talked up a storm - but the time outside wasn't kind to him and he passed away. We tried another cockatiel, but all that little critter did was scream - Hubby hated the thing. We got rid of him post-haste.

When daughter Súl was a toddler, we got Inky, our first cat. Black as night, he was one of a litter of black kitties born in the industrial laundry where my dad was maintenance. He was quite the character, and I loved him dearly. He lived to about 12. After that, we had a parakeet named Sparky - and then a friend told us of a mama kitty who raised her kittens not to chase caged birds, and we ended up with Mischief. She was a tortoise-shell kitty, very lovely. When we first got her, the parakeet was bigger than she was, and was VERY curious about this little creature. Sparky pulled her whiskers and bit her ear... and sang to her. Once she was all grown up, anytime Mischief got upset or felt insecure, she go huddle next to the bird cage, and Sparky would once more sing to her and pull on her fur. When Sparky died, Mischief jumped up and sniffed at the cage - then sat down next to it for about two hours. Once she got down again, she wanted nothing to do with the cage - until the new parakeet (Ziggy) finally learned to sing the little parakeet song. Then, once more, she'd jump up and sleep by the bird cage; but, of course, Ziggy wasn't her "friend" and didn't pull fur or sing to her.

We've had our current kitty - a Bengal named Sadie - for nearly ten years now. She's been quite the experience, and I've learned NEVER to recommend a Bengal (or any other exotic) to anybody who's never owned a cat before. Bengals are NOT "beginner" kitties!!! I'll end here with the best picture we ever took of her.

Sadie

Until tomorrow...
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It's been an interesting day: a potluck "tea" to celebrate a friend's family's 75th anniversary for having moved to Halcyon followed by going on a quick shopping trip with my Russian friend. I do enjoy spending time in Halcyon - a very quiet, spiritually-minded community. I'll have to post pictures one of these days. It really is gorgeous over there. Altho, I have to admit, strong windstorms always seem to wreak havoc over there. Plenty of trees blew over in the last on a few days ago... Still, the vibes and energies there are something to be experienced.

On to today's entry in the meme:

26: List your pets.

As a small child in Minnesota, I had a parakeet named Dicky and a kitten named Boots (who didn't last long with us before being sent back to the farm.) Then, once we settled out here in California, we had a fox terrier-small French poodle named Ginger. She was stone deaf when we got her from the pound, and someone had kicked in ribs in at one time. She was a sweetheart - very intelligent and wanting to please - and she lived to the ripe old age of 16. Along the way, we had more parakeets, whose names I have sadly forgotten.

While I was a student at Fresno State University, I had a little dog named Sweetie I got from the pound. Once I was married and we moved from Fresno to the Central Coast, I found a lady who desperately needed a little companion, and Sweetie went to live with her. For about six months, we had a cockatiel that we found underneath my mom's car. His name was Pepe, and he talked up a storm - but the time outside wasn't kind to him and he passed away. We tried another cockatiel, but all that little critter did was scream - Hubby hated the thing. We got rid of him post-haste.

When daughter Súl was a toddler, we got Inky, our first cat. Black as night, he was one of a litter of black kitties born in the industrial laundry where my dad was maintenance. He was quite the character, and I loved him dearly. He lived to about 12. After that, we had a parakeet named Sparky - and then a friend told us of a mama kitty who raised her kittens not to chase caged birds, and we ended up with Mischief. She was a tortoise-shell kitty, very lovely. When we first got her, the parakeet was bigger than she was, and was VERY curious about this little creature. Sparky pulled her whiskers and bit her ear... and sang to her. Once she was all grown up, anytime Mischief got upset or felt insecure, she go huddle next to the bird cage, and Sparky would once more sing to her and pull on her fur. When Sparky died, Mischief jumped up and sniffed at the cage - then sat down next to it for about two hours. Once she got down again, she wanted nothing to do with the cage - until the new parakeet (Ziggy) finally learned to sing the little parakeet song. Then, once more, she'd jump up and sleep by the bird cage; but, of course, Ziggy wasn't her "friend" and didn't pull fur or sing to her.

We've had our current kitty - a Bengal named Sadie - for nearly ten years now. She's been quite the experience, and I've learned NEVER to recommend a Bengal (or any other exotic) to anybody who's never owned a cat before. Bengals are NOT "beginner" kitties!!! I'll end here with the best picture we ever took of her.

Sadie

Until tomorrow...
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I'm beginning to realize something about myself: there are days when I really just don't feel like sitting at the computer. And now that I've started this meme, it means that my respites put me behind. REALLY behind.

As a result of this realization, I figured that today I would simply catch up - ALL the way up - up to and including day/meme #25. Then my catch-up days won't be quite so daunting and contribute to a reluctance to turn on the silly computer in the first place.

So here goes:

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YAY!!! I'm caught up!!! Now we'll see if I'm more enthusiastic about popping in tomorrow sometime, eh?
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Well, it only took less than a week for me to completely and utterly miss a day's posting to the meme - and a doubled-up day at that!

My excuse - and a lousy one - is that it was a pretty full day. Hubby needed to get to a lab for a blood draw, so we'd scheduled about 10 AM. What time did the hardest part of the first storm system to dump on us start to dump on us? You got it - about 10:15, just about the time we were coming out of the lab. And dump it did!!! We got, all told, 1/2 an inch in a little under an hour.

Needless to say, neither Hubby nor I were really keen to climb out of the car in the middle of a deluge like that, so we decided to drive around a bit. Hubby, being house-bound, doesn't get to see how the area is "developing" (if you want to call it that, grrrr!!) so we tried first to go watch the ocean. Nope - traffic issues related to a mudslide on the freeway made that impossible. Okay, so we turned around and started driving Hwy 1 home - but nope. In one little town, a 20 yard-long section of Hwy 1 was under probably about 2 feet of water. Goodie, we get to use the residential streets.

We finally maneuver around the flooded part and get back on Hwy 1 - only to come up to a police car blocking the way and a telephone/power pole sitting skitty-wonkus at about a 60% angle. Okay... *sigh* back onto residential streets we go. By this time, Hubby needs to get out of the car, so we head home as quickly as traffic and the rain will allow - and both of us get soaked getting in the house. Hubby was more soaked than I was, because he needs a walked and simply can't walk fast at all.

Then, that afternoon, I had a meeting - and in trying to get out of that meeting, ran up against the traffic issues of Hwy 1 traffic being re-routed past where I wanted to turn left. *another deep sigh* Thank you to the kind-hearted soul who took pity on me and simply waited so I could slip in front of him, or I'd possibly still be sitting there.

Today, it's been fairly quiet - but I suddenly realized I hadn't posted yesterday at all, and not today yet either. So...

BAD AEARWEN!!!!!

Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.

So...

On with the questions - all four of them today.

13: What are you looking for from life?

Experiences. A little enlightenment. Lessons to be learned. "Life is its own answer."

14: Who is the last people to tell you they loved you?

My brother, over the phone, a little over an hour ago. My family has never been shy about telling each other that - and I'm very glad of it.

15: What is your favorite piece of art you own?

I collect Oriental artwork, and my favorite piece is a scroll about 4 feet high that is a brush painting of a sky dragon, done in blacks and gold accents, except for the flaming pearl in red. Lovely piece. Second favorite: a dragon worked in mother of pearl on a black, lacquered background.

Did I ever mention I love, and I collect, dragons?

16: Whats the last thing you apologized for?

For slacking off and not finishing plugging in the lyrics into the songs I wrote for a small production so I can print off a copy for the author/director/producer. And now that we've decided we're going to make it a video rather than a stage-play, I need to get off my cast-iron keester and get that done so that we can get our performers and at least get the audio of the music taped.

YAY!!! I'm caught up again!!!

See you all tomorrow...
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Well, the first day (evening, night and morning, really) of our 5-day storm set netted us 1.5 inches in the rain gauge on the back porch. That's not bad at all. I figure around next Monday, I'll check in again at the webpage for our county's reservoir lakes and see how the percentage full business is doing. I can say, in all sincerity, that we've had more rain already this season than we've had in the last two years combined. I feel like a sponge that's finally found a pan of water, and I'm just happy soaking it all up!

And now for the day's 2 questions - still working on catching up with myself here...

11: Today I wish I had more _____

Hmmmmmm...

Today I'm having a nice, slooooooow morning, and then I'll be spending the afternoon with my Russian friend. On today's docket is our normal one hour a week exercise in memorizing Russian/English vocabulary, followed by at least another hour or two drinking coffee and yakking and hanging out. I do know that one thing I need to help her with is to make a medical appointment for a barium swallow/x-ray procedure, but that I do over the phone.

So I guess the thing I wish I had were more time this morning to ponder where I'm going next in IDD. I got over 1000 words written yesterday, and I'd really like to keep going at that rate a whole lot more often. I might actually finish that monster, if I could keep going at that speed; but I know that if I push myself into absolutely having to crank out that many words minimum per day, I'd burn myself out eventually - and I REALLY don't want to do that. I like the Tolkien fandom, and my IDD!verse, too much to risk it.

12: What made today unusual?

I'd like to say the rain, but we're getting enough of it this rainy season that it's not so unusual. We did get thunder and lightning this morning, however, which we don't get all that often - which is fine by me. I hate worrying about lightning hitting the lines and frying appliances, computers, etc. Had it hit the telephone line once and burn out my modem and printer port many years ago, and it was no fun having to tear my machine apart to fix it.

Okay folks, until next time...
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While I was having my weekly phone call with [livejournal.com profile] engarian, it started to rain. YAY!!!! Not much more than about 1/10th of an inch so far, but supposedly it's gonna rain through Saturday. So hopefully we'll get another couple of inches to drain into our lake. After this storm, I'll have to go check out the %age again - last time I looked, the lake sat at 25%, which isn't much but is a heckuva lot better than it was.

So... Time for today's pair of questions for the meme:

9: The best part of today was______

Bantering with my daughter as she did my nails this afternoon. When we're both feeling pretty good - and we're both pretty much on the mend from The Crud that took us both down about New Year's time - we both give as good as we get. What's really fun is when someone who may know each of us separately gets the opportunity to play fly-on-the-wall while we give each other a bad time. Makes us both laugh.

My nails look pretty good now too, I have to say... Daughter Súl is the best manicurist in the area, FWIW, and is constantly booked up to six months in advance. I get her services because I let her use me as guinea pig for new products or processes, so she isn't trying them out on paying customers. It's a pretty decent trade-off.

10: What’s the hardest thing you’re dealing with?

Watching my hubby suffer from the consequences of too many years of uncontrolled diabetes, years of deliberately under-estimating just how horrible and dangerous diabetes is. Hubby was a very hale and strong man "back in the day", who is now forced to use a walker to get around because diabetes has stolen the feeling in his feet and his equilibrium (altho that's as much the fault of his med as anything else), and now has MRSA as the result of too many hospital visits. In many ways, I sometimes feel I'm living on borrowed time with him, which makes me want to protect him and cherish him all that much more.

Getting old sucks, big-time!!!

That's it for today. See you all tomorrow - same place, same meme... :D
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Got a lot going on today: gonna have to call and see about some of the questions on my MediCal renewal form that I'm not sure about, and then I'll be spending a good portion of the afternoon with my Russian friend. We'll be going shopping, hitting the banks, and just generally "hanging out" - which gives Nina a chance to practice with her English, me a chance to practice my Russian, and Google Translate on my Android phone yet another healthy workout. I'm looking forward to the afternoon, needless to say.

So I thought I'd answer the next couple of questions before I get too busy and forget them utterly...

#7: Who last called you on the phone?

To be honest, I've no idea. The number isn't recognized by my phone - which is probably the reason I didn't answer it (on top of the fact that I didn't hear it ring and they didn't leave a message.) The last person to call that I recognized was my son, JJ. He was at a dance on Friday night and wanted to make sure I'd left the porch light on for him and left the front door unlocked.

#8: Who are you in love with?

That's an easy one: my hubby. We've been together for 38 1/2 years now, and still like to hold hands when we're out and about. I'd be lost without him, lemme tell ya!! He's been a good husband, a good father, a good provider, a great companion, an excellent co-conspirator, and just generally the neatest, sweetest, most stubborn and frustrating - but loveable - man on the face of the planet. I'm lucky I found him, or he found me - whichever.

Fun fact: when I first met him, he was my roommate's boss, and technically wasn't supposed to even step foot in our apartment because of fraternization rules between management & employees. When his boss found out about our relationship, he tried to manipulate me into snitching on my roomie - and failed miserably. He turned vindictive and, when we announced our wedding day, immediately cancelled all days-off and vacations so as to ruin any plans we had for a honeymoon. Hubby got him back, tho - we returned from our weekend wedding/honeymoon and hubby turned in his 2 week notice. We moved over here where we are now, and never looked back.

Ah well. His loss, eh? :-D

See 'ya all tomorrow, folks...
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
As long as I'm posting to LJ, I should go ahead and get my day's questions out of the way so I don't forget. So, that said...

#5: Can people change?

Boy, howdy, can they!!!

This past election cycle in the US was SO toxic that I'm sure I'm not the only one who saw a life-long friendship go up in flames because of disagreement over which candidate to vote for. Mine fell apart in Facebook.

Someone who was my best friend in high school over 50 yrs ago - who lives in a Deep Red state and votes solid blue, and who essentially went into hysterics the moment the results started to come in - announced that "if you voted for anybody but [nope, not gonna say] you might as well unfriend me now." This person used to be level-headed and compassionate, and this election turned them into reactionary and quite hateful. I miss my friend, but I am most sad that it was she who kicked me to the curb because I didn't vote the way she wanted - and yet she very vociferously defends the "democratic process." Can we say cognitive dissonance?

On the other hand, sometimes the person who changes is ME.

Another person I know was one with whom I had a very difficult time connecting. Something was just "off", ya know? Well, I don't know when or how it happened, because I don't feel that I changed myself all that much and certainly this other friend didn't change at all; but suddenly I have no problem whatsoever smiling at this person, greeting them whenever I run across them, and holding long and deep conversations with them.

So yeah. People change. Including me. I think it's called "Life™" what does it, too.

#6: What made you smile today?

Snuggling with my kitty Sadie.

Mind, she's fallen deeply in love with the Sherpa blanket a friend gave me for New Years, so she sleeps with me whenever I'm covered up with it. This morning, however, I was late waking; and she came up for her morning snuggles and was a little more loving than usual. She loves to have her belly kneaded (ala a cat's "making bread" gesture) and will settle down on me for as long as I'm willing to sit there. Today, she snuggled herself so close, she went from being a "boob cat" to being a "shoulder cat", purring up a storm the whole time.

Yup. Can't resist that, and had to smile. Great way to wake up, to be honest.

That's it for today. See 'ya all mañana.
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
Somehow, when I copied the original list, there were a number of questions left off the bottom. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] engarian's notice, I went back to the original list that [livejournal.com profile] lifefailsme "borrowed" from, and I've now edited my list of questions to include the ones that had been missing. It sucks that when I cut & paste, the numbers ahead of the questions do not also copy, but I checked and my list is now complete.

Sorry about that, folks...
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
It's a new day, and time to answer a couple of questions...

#3: Are you content?

For the most part, yes. Could things be "better?" Of course! But I have a roof over my head (of a house I dearly love), enough food in my belly, enough money to pay the bills and purchase what is truly needed, family around me that gets along pretty good most of the time, good friends to enjoy good times with, and I live in Paradise (as anybody who knows me on Facebook will know as I post about that constantly - including pictures of my local area.) My needs are few, really: less arthritis pain, better health for my hubby, and good lives for my kids. So yeah, pretty much, I'm fairly content.

We'll see how that goes after the 20th, though. :-p

#4:What is your best memory of last year?

My best memory from last year is from the hour or so after I finally was able to get my hubby out of the convalescent facility that he was in for over three weeks after yet another hospital stay. We drove over to our favorite place to look out over the ocean and watch the waves break over the rocks, and then drove all over town taking a gander at all the changes. Hubby had been (and still is) pretty house-bound before that, and then an in-patient for almost a month. Breathing fresh, ocean air and seeing something beside the same four walls was a big deal. Watching the joy on his face was an upper for me. Even better is knowing that he's been out of hospital since then.

Hokay, folks. Until tomorrow...
aearwen2: (Sm Sindarin Lady)
By my shaky math skills, I figure I have 2 weeks of posting two questions a day before I'm caught up. So today...

#1: What is your number one goal this year?

I have a few, depending on what activity I'm talking about:

1. I'd like to have my shoulders working better, so I could actually try to play my little cross-strung harp a bit.
2. I need to spend more time practicing piano.
3. I need to finish "I Dhaerlend Dadui".
4. I need to finish all my crochet projects (currently standing at 2 blankets (afghans, really), 1 bedspread, 1 pair of slipper/boots.)

If I had to choose just one goal, however, I'd go with #3: finishing "I Dhaerlend Dadui" - and actually starting to post it publically. So many of my LOTR fics take place during and/or after the events of that story, that it really is vital to get it done and out.

#2: What are you most grateful for?

I'm most grateful for the fact that my hubby hasn't needed to be hospitalized since this past August - and after a year and a half of being in hospital for 5 - 7 days and then out for on average 6 weeks before getting sick and needing to go back in again, over 5 months with no hospital visits is fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

See y'all tomorrow...

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