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Well, everything's done till August....except for the Watering, Weeding, etc;>. I can enjoy the garden, at least on days when it isn't a steambath. The last of the Lilies are finishing up and the Morning Glories are beginning. The 1st to start is a weird Japanese cultivar that produces what looks like those tissue flowers you made in Primary school in Arts & Crafts. Have to admit, I'm not impressed. The various Achimenes(relatives of the Gloxinia and African Violet)are starting up. One of the species I grow, misera has delicate leaves with purple veins with purple-throated white trumpet blossoms. I think next yr I'm going to plant some in the part Shade garden instead of only in pots since they're regularly Hardy here in z8. The old hybrid 'Harry Williams' has naturalized in the front garden under the Crepe Myrtle so the signs are good it'll do well. I think it's too humid here for Mexicana. The blossoms don't hold up. Too bad, since they're large Violet ones with white throats. Very striking!
I think my Mayan Spinach has caught some disease, it hasn't done ANYTHING since Spring and normally it grows a ft a month. The Myoga's doing well but sadly hasn't shown any reverting to the Green form which I'd prefer instead of the ornamental which produces less. Hey! It took 15 yrs to get THAT. I shouldn't be ungrateful;>!
I'm giving the Persimmon till next yr. If we have no fruits by this time like this, it's GONE. No matter how pretty the Fall leaves are. As much as I want to plant an ASian Pear, I'll probably plant a dwarf Fig. Figs do well here. In fact, there's one in the hedge near my brother's house. Probably;>....
Cheers,
Pat
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Don't bother if you have no background in the whole Cthulu Mythos, you won't get the "in" jokes. That sentence alone should tell you what kind of book this is;>!
They're Here! They're Squidgy! And the gov't's in cahoots with'm! We lost and it's all over but the screaming....but most folks don't know it. Because until the Soulgate comes, Human Souls can escape, the Old Ones Children work with the gov'ts of Earth to keep things orderly so folks won't try to escape by killing themselves. This is the story of the Birmingham, UK dept trying to keep the secret, all the while dealing with budget cuts, new employees and Gang-banging hybrid Deep Ones as well as being ambivalent about their jobs;>....
If you can't see something funny in a 3 story murderous Crustacean released to get increased funding, avoid this book;>!
Cheers,
Pat

Eejits.....

Jun. 2nd, 2017 08:18 am
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I know, I shouldn't be surprised in the Era of Trump....
Our nearest city(Pensacola) is going to conduct a study of the feasibility to eliminate Public Transportation. The reason? The head of the project is a young person whose never been Poor(or even Middle Class) who feels that in the time of Uber and such there is no need for such archaic things as buses.
Uber riders almost always are the same folks who use(d) taxis. If you couldn't afford taxis, you aren't going to afford Uber fees.
Dumbarses....
Cheers,
Pat
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This horribly translated quiz show on Netflix is a response to something I personally have heard; that "Foreigners know more about Japan than Japanese". It's true, since I've beat the celebrity panel EVERY episode I've seen;>!
If you're a Japanophile or even an Anime fan you'll get a kick out of this somewhat sweet quizshow....
Cheers,
Pat
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Even though it’s not Summer, the Temps say it IS. Weather? Heavy, Hot and Humid. Summer….
Even though it’s early, I’ve two “washouts”; ‘Matsumoto’ Persimmon and ‘Phoenix’ Nasturtiums. This is the 3rd yr the former’s dropped all it’s fruits and I don’t have the space for aa fruit tree that doesn’t produce fruit, no matter how pretty in Fall. The latter was supposed to have serrated petals, like someone took pinking shears to them but only 20% are of type. I think next yr I’ll go back to the standard forms. Nasturtiums are a great combo ornamental/culinary plant here in “The Dangly Bits” for Spring and early Summer. Can’t grow Watercress at hoe but I can it’s relative;>!
The Turmeric hasn’t broken Dormancy yet but the Myoga and Galangal Gingers have been up for over a month now and looking good. Maybe this yr I’ll bet some buds from the Myoga. You can’t even get the pickled form at the local Asian groceries.
On the ornamental side I’m kind of amused that only one seedling each has germinated from both a fancy new Japanese Imperial Morning Glory I’m trying and one from 7 yr old seed that got lost and had been stored at Florida roomtemp.
Cheers,
Pat

Whew......

May. 4th, 2017 06:31 am
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Busy week. The most tiring time was Chuck's eye appt. Not good. He'd been having vision problems and we took him to our regular Optician who diagnosed him with a HUGE floater and "pre-Glaucoma". This week we went to the MD she recommended and he diagnosed both Glaucoma and Cataracts. Luckily, both are in the early stages and we started his treatment for the former(the latter might not bother him enough before he Passes).Didn't need it on the same day as a storm AND a family dinner. He at least had a good reason to pass the latter;>.
On the positive side, his vision is good enough to notice his doc. You know that business card commercial with the bearded photographer? Looked like his twin. Chuckie Liked;>......
Cheers,
Pat
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Well, it is today. For the last couple of weeks it was more like Summer with days in the 80'sF. Hardly surprising that the early Spring flowers did poorly, if at all. The mid season ones(like Daffodils and Violets) are doing much better. In fact, an 'Ice Follies' Daffodil blossom is my new phone screen;>!
All the yrly repotting's been DONE. It'd been so warm that I'd volunteer Morning Glory seedlings popping up all over so I thought it'd be fine to plant this yr's Japanese Imperial Morning Glory cultivars. Front came through yesterday, watering them in with a "gullywasher". Got up to do my AM walk and it's in the 50'sF(which is normal for this yr, not the last 3 week's mid 60's Night temps). Temps are supposed to go back to "Unseasonably" tomorrow so I don't think Mold is going to be an issue.
Only have one Hummer feeder at present since the cheap one in the back garden is too easy for the squirrels to drain dry. Ideally, I'd have a bunch of single feed ones since they are Territorial(we had one yr before last that would fly over the house repeatedly to drive other Hummers away 'cause he'd Claimed both;>)but limited space precludes that.
May have to order again a Lemon Verbena since the one I got last month was damaged by Freezing(the danger of ordering from areas still with Snow;>). My old one didn't take the move well....
There's a few plants I may move about if the weather doesn't get too Hot in the next coupe of days, other than that everything but Annuals are in for the yr!
Cheers,
Pat
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Been an Interesting day and it's not even noon. Went over to Dad's to do his daily BP. It was better than yesterday, but then again, my brother had been there and did his taxes for him, as well as gathering papers he thought should bee shredded. Now, I know Chris is right but Dad's an Alpha male. Needless to say, yesterday's BP was through the roof.
Today's was much more normal. Then again he was drunk at 0930. He used to do so in the afternoon so he had the morning's free but now? He just stays in and drinks. Hardly surprising, since up until his 70's he was still active(more than me)and now can't do much physically and the Alzheimer's is putting the reins on the mental. It's hard enough to get him to take the meds that keep him alive. He's not going for antidepressants....esp since he HAS a reason to BE Depressed.
My brother, while cynical compared to his newage wife is still hopeful he could have a few more good yrs. He's NOT and he knows it. He could be in pain forcing himself to keep "fit" to please Chris but he's not going to. After Mom Passed, he told me that he was "done". Like a lot of spouses of folks who had long, terrible chronic illnesses and deaths he had a "bounce" after all that Burden was lifted in relief but that's over and now he's looking at at best a miserable couple of yrs without his companion of 60 yrs. I Understand and actually, so does his wife. Chris?
The best we can hope for is Pain moderation and keeping him company so he knows he isn't alone. Maybe someday we'll all be on the same page....
Cheers,
Pat
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So...last week was Freezing(almost;>)and this one we've broken records. 89F is just WRONG in march!
Needless to say, pretty much everything is breaking Dormancy. Since the Crabapple and Plum are pushing their blossoms open, it was time to hang up my Sakura Furin...a Japanese windchime with Cherryblossoms on it. If you've ever watched Anime, you've seen this with their long calligraphy breezecatchers in windows to symbolize Summer. The glass ones make the sound of wineglasses clinking. Quite nice and not very loud, unlike a lot of Western Windchimes;>!
It's nice to be able to have the windows open. We generally have a week or two in Spring and in Fall when you can before it gets too Hot or too Cold.
Cheers,
Pat
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You'd think after I smashed my L big toe last yr I'd learn but NOOOOOOO. Working in the yard with flip-flops and my wheelbarrow filled with bags of soil tips back, landing the handlebar straight across both feet. Thankfully, I have large big toes so they took the weight and didn't crush the "lil piggies". Had to lay down for a bit to keep from passing out. Looks like I'll be losing two toenails this time......
I think I'll have a cup of Sake;>......
Cheers,
Pat

Sad.....

Mar. 8th, 2017 08:27 am
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I HAVE been avoiding the news in general for the last couple of months but I do watch the low-cal news for the weather and occasionally catch up on the crapfest that is the US gov't at present.Chuck was wondering about my head shaking till I told him this about the Reps' replacement for the ACA:
"These folks have never been or KNOW any Working Class (or poorer)folks because when we get a tax refund, it goes to bills and MAYBE something needed."
Sure, we're gunna look at that cheque and say, "Let's get a few months of Insurance!"....
Eejits.
Cheers,
Pat
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Over a decade ago Chuck decided he didn't want to drink anymore so we didn't. Wasn't a problem(glass of wine with dinner or liquor after),he just didn't want to. Wasn't a big deal to me, though I kept "imbibing" for Ritual reasons;>.
Then, starting last Fall I began to REASAAALLLY want one, so last month I bought a bottle of fair Sake.
Normally, there's been a correlation of my fav "tipple" and my Belief System at that time. When I was Wiccan it was Ale. When CR it was Single Malt but when I "Came Home" to Heathenry, it should have been Mead. But it wasn't. A big reason was that for the most time you couldn't find it and when you did, it was too rare to just have as an evening cocktail. It became Sake.
The main reason I believe is that I've been a Japanophile since I was a kid. Mom went to live with her mom's 2nd husband in Japan during MacArthur's Occupation and there was a lot of stuff an books brought back that I found fascinating.
No matter, like Ales and single malts before it, I was a "snob". It didn't have to be expensive, just very good. And honestly, it'd be easier if my present "fav" was one of the past one's because it's not easy finding decent Sake "run hyar". Good enough for Cooking sure, but drink?
Luckily, I found a store in the town we used to live in that carries decent domestic. Ordering online costs more than the drink itself!
So now I can sit an hr or two before bedtime with a Sake cup full of something both tasty and relaxing; allowing family and personal "trials" to be put on the backburner till the next day...
Kampaii;>!
Cheers,
Pat

Spring?!?

Feb. 17th, 2017 01:27 pm
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With the maples breaking Dormancy, I'm pretty sure no more Freezes here in "The Dangly Bits". So I was out "farting" around the garden planting seeds of stuff that grow better in cool weather but can't handle Frost. The Daffodils are just breaking surface except for a Dbl cultivar that is found in old homesteads and graveyards around the Deep South which should be Blooming fairly soon;>.
No buds yet but the 'Ugli' Mandarin tree is sprouting leaves. Hopefully later.
The Phais(Nun's Orchid) and Cymbidiums are covered in buds; a Mini Yellow has been in bloom now for almost a month.
Our Freezes weren't too deep this yr and so I have the backup AND the big Chaya(Mayan Spinach, Super food plant). I'll donate the rooted cutting to the local healthfood store. I'm sure someone'll take it;>. If I was smart I'd do the same with the Tea Tree(same species you get Tea Tree oil from)'cause it's really getting to big for my yard. I think I've got maybe another yr until it's too big to drag into the shed during Freezes.
WAAAAAY too early to assess Galangal, Turmeric and Japanese Ginger. All I can is that they aren't "squishy";>.....
Cheers,
Pat
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Usually, by the time we can afford some piece of tech it's been around forever and so no point but for Yule we got a Tap. It just took a while to get it connected(esp when your smartphone is so old and the instructions are done for the present Iphone;>).

Good Points: Voice Controlled(though you do have to push a button 1st. Much less creepier than the Echo which is listening always and uploading what you say to it and around it).
Bad Points: Voice Controlled. It can't understand Chuck at all and half the time me due to the "cottonmouth" that my meds give me.

Good Points: Mobile. Bad Point: Needs Wifi. I point this obvious fact oput because one of the complaints online about the Tap was that it wouldn't work at a picnic;>. For us, our gardens are within range of our wifi so no problems;>!

It has great sound though the volume can be a bit "fiddly". And as nice as it would be to be able to change artists or playlists without touching(and getting it dirty while in the garden)I'd rather not have "Big Sister" listening in to our lives....

Sproing!

Feb. 7th, 2017 01:18 pm
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Saw the 1st sign of Spring here; Redbud tree blossoms! Usually means around 3 weeks after they start, you don't have to worry about Freezes till next Winter....
Cheers,
Pat
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So....last week I went to call in Chuck's meds and was told it was too early for the one with 3 tabs in it. I was told to call his MD. I checked and found that they'd given us only half the pills he was supposed to. Doc didn't get back to us until this week and the Pharm gave us those they owed us. TODAY is when we were supposed to pick up this month's. Guess what I found out this time;>?
At least this time it said right on the bottle they only put in the AM dose. Called them back and it looks like a CYA dance.
They'll get back to me.....
Humans. The Other White Meat.
Cheers,
Pat
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Not a review or recommendation, since I won't be watching this one. Even if I'm a Japanophile. It was Interesting that only a couple days after finishing 'A Year In the Life of a Shinto Shrine by JK Nelson that the 1st trailers for this flick began running so I had a bit of a different "take" on the "Poor Oppressed Christians".....
The subject, like many that are Uncomfortable to Japanese was covered tangently. It began with a discrepancy the author noted about when the shrine was founded. One answer was over a millennium old. The other only a few hundred years.
The truth was that there had been a shrine there for more than a millennium. The present one was only a couple yrs old because for almost 2 hundred yrs it and all the other shrines in the area had been torched by Christians. Each attempt to rebuild had them burning the buldings down as so it reached the point that Shinto Followers had to Worship outdoors or in buildings owned by Nobles too Noble for the Christians and their Portuguese and Spanish overlords to excuse.
The practice is well-known to all members of the alt.relgious from our Histories. The Church convinced the Nobility that Converting brought a wealthier lifestyle(just as some still do, esp Mormons in Africa and S America...also why they have the poorest retention OF new converts once an American lifestyle doesn't come). They order their people to convert and crack down on the Indigenous Ways.
What happened unusually in Japan that too many high up churchmen told the truth...that it was about National Power, not Souls.
Yes, Japanese Christians were tortured and murdered. But it only happened after almost 2 centuries of abuse of the those following Shinto AND Buddhism as well as political "shenanigans"(probably what tipped the balance. Shinto and Buddhist Noble families had their own Priests and shrines. So what if the Merchant and Working Class had to worship in the ruins of their shrines? But mess with their Powerbase!?!?).
Personally? I recommend 'AYITLOASS' by JKN for ANY alt.religious to see how an intact(mostly. WW2 did a number due to both the Occupation AND the gov'ts use of Shinto to boost Nationalism)tribal Way survives in the modern age where most Japanese have got more of Shinto's theology from Anime and Manga than Shrine Instruction;>....
Cheers,
Pat
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This action Z movie IMO is one of the best in the last couple of yrs. Use it to wash the "stench" of crap like 'WWZ' out of your head;>....
A recently Separated corporate kiss-ass is "guilted" by his daughter into visiting her mother on her b-day, the morning after a biohazard accident at a biotech firm(for which kiss-arse works;>). A "Bite-ee" gets on the same train and you can guess the outcome.....
No CGI, just old fashioned makeup and stuntwork, making a flick that puts multi-million messes like 'WWZ' in the dust. You actually care about most of the characters....even the kid. In American ones you usually want to strangle them within 15 minutes of watching because they're so annoying. The little girl in this one makes you wish all child characters were like her. Esp after her father berates her for "being too good" when she gives up her seat to an old lady.....
Cheers,
Pat
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Well, it might have been easier at least for my local Spirit project if we still lived in FWB with it's local Indian museum but probably not. I'm planning to "pop" over next time I'm there to see if they have any info I haven't found already.
One big problem is one that's not just here; the tribes here moved here during Colonial times. Literally driven from their homes in the North. Those that had lived here were pretty much wiped out by the Spanish and their diseases. The few left couldn't defend themselves and were either wiped out or absorbed. Luckily, the previous folks were from the same language group as those that supplanted them so their Spirit Realms might have been similar. If not, the Mvskoke Peoples were long enough to bring THEIRS.
The two most mentioned in the material I've found(other than their God/desses)are the Tie Snakes and the Little People. Sadly, none of the sources I've found have their Mvskoke Names, just the ones the Christian Missionaries labeled them with.
Both are generally Neutral. The "Leave us alone and we'll probably leave you alone" types of Beings. The Tie/Tye Snakes(seen them spelled both ways) live in Shadow; dark pools, holes under roots, etc. Definitely of the Underworld. They generally are seen as snakes with bright stripes and horns. The odd thing is some pictograms and pottery show them with Ramshorns, an animal not generally found before Europeans in the deep Southeast. Attempts to propitiate them are iffy; one time it works, the next you're TOAST.
The Little People are just that. Standard proportioned the size of a child, dressed in "old fashioned clothing". They're generally about as friendly as a standoffish person and can attach themselves to individuals and families. Considering both were never found around(unless attached to people) in Mvskoke villages and farms, I doubt I'd run into either locally....
Cheers,
Pat

Oy!

Jan. 16th, 2017 09:30 am
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Finished clearing the Freeze killed veg out of the yard AND cleaned the gutters, including the plugged downspout on my neighbor's property(we're row houses). It's a bit annoying to have someone almost 20 yrs younger and athletic avoid cleaning it. After 4 months, I did it myself afer I tried to shame hime into doing it by going over to his house with my walker/zimmer and asking if it was OK for me to do it.
Someone's Mother forgot some stuff she was supposed to teach him or he just didn't listen. I'm up on a creaky ladder with my balance problem while he is literally cleaning his car! Didn't even say thank you.....
The 'Ugli' got a bit of Freeze damage and has lost about a quarter of it's leaves. The much hardier Yuzu....not a mark. Hope the damage doesn't mess with the Blooming next month.
Cheers,
Pat

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