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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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Well, the Freeze was deeper than the Weather-dweebs said it was. Today I took out the plants I'd stored in the shed and many had freeze damage. Luckily, none were killed. Sadly, most of the Nun's Orchid flowerstalks were. The others are later blooming so they should throw off the leaf damage and do ok later. Those outside? It won't be until a week or two(just for this Freeze and we should get at least one more good one this Winter)to tell whether they've been killed to the roots or just leaf and stem/branch damage(older parts usually do better).
It was a nice surprise, however that a couple of the holiday cacti decided to bloom. Gives you Hope;>....
Cheers,
Pat
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I usually don't review or recommend non-Heathen Spiritual books but this collection of stories of the Shinto Saint Kurozumi Munetada is so, well uplifting(esp after the last couple of weeks;>).
Kurozumi was considered a living Kami during his lifetime and today has shrines dedicated to him about Japan. A devotee of Amaterazu Ohmikami, their Sun Goddess, he spent his life lecturing people how to live a Good, Respectful and Happy life by making deep connections with the Kami. Many(if not most) show a wonderfully dry sense of humor(like when he convinces a hyperchondriachal society matron with a persistent "headache" to keep watch for the symptoms of a new disease which "cured" her "headaches";>)....
Uplifting and funny. What more can you ask for to put your Mind into a Good space before bed;>!
Cheers,
Pat
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Occasionally, a book series comes along that is like the finest junkfood....once you start, you can't until it's finished;>. The Kurtherian Gambit books are just that.
The books start with the central character Bethany Anne going from a black ops operative with a couple months to life to her becoming the Empress of the Etheric Empire;>.
The universe of this Urban Fantasy/Military Sci Fi series is one of actively competing species all fearful of the godlike Kutherians. They are divided into two philosophies; The Five Clans who ORIGINALLY had a "Prime Directive" attitude toward other species and The Seven who are pretty much the Shadows from Babylon 5;>. The 7 genetically uplift species and pit them together as Bethany Anne quaintly(and accurately)describes as "interplanetary cockfights". The "combat" them, the 5 seek out species in the 7's way and do the same(for their protection". The 7 have had a base on Earth for more than a millennia. The 5 sent a scout ship about the Viking Period which is shot down. The pilot captured a peasant and attempted to "upgrade" him. It didn't go well or get finished and the escaped and contagious(the nanites hadn't been programed to remain with their host)and thus was born our Vampires. You can guess where our Shapeshifters came from;>.
Fun, Funny and an easy read(the main characters keep reminding the scientists that:
They're "just" Grunts
Can kill them with a single finger

The saddest thing about the series is that it's pretty sure close to how our planet's gov'ts would respond to a group that's keeping tech from them because they're prepping for an invasion by the galaxies....
Cheers,
Pat
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Well, we THOUGHT this had been the best family Xmas in many yrs.....until we found my brother's and his wife's gifts from us stuffed under the wipers of the car the next day. No warning at all there was a problem.
So, Chuck and I had a talk and we've decided no matter what, after Dad dies, we're moving to the nearest city with decent public transportation that we could afford a small 1BR or loft that allows cats.
16 yrs putting up with Passive-Aggressive BS for the sake of family is more than doing one's duty.
DONE.
Cheers,
Pat
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For a number of yr's I've been switching up Alfablot and Disablot on Winter's Night and Yule. Probably those yr's in Wicca and CR making me think of Samhain as "Female";>. This yr Alfablot was 1st and Mother's Night was just held. I think I'm going to "stick" with this since it's certainly more "Nordic" and while I'm not the "Lore Nazi" I used to be, it's always sort of Bugged me when I did Alfablot in December....
Anywho, I was Bloting on ACTUAL Winter Solstice, one of maybe 3 times I've done that in 3 and a half decades! I'm at the Ancestors portion and I "EEEP!" when something bumps the back of my leg. I SWEAR that I "Heard" giggles;>. One of our cats had pushed the door open and wanted to check out what I was up to. I put him back in and as I began agan I stated "Some of you probably had cats....so you Understand."....
Cheers,
Pat
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It's how I label that conversation that all couples reaching, as a British Comic once put, "That Tender Lady Time of Life" should have....what happens when.
Ours is more complicated with Chuck's Head Injury. Not that he doesn't Understand, it's that until recently the problems with my family instigated unintentionally by my mother made the consequences of me Passing 1st twist my stomach.
Now that my SIL knows that what Mom told her about Chuck SUPPOSEDLY to make them more likely to help get me to move back here wasn't true(well, about HIM;>)and Chuck knows that she knows, much of the BS between them is gone. For her anyways. Chuck sadly still has scars so he still has Trust Issues with her, which is understandable.
If He Passes 1st there's no problems, other than my Sadness. If I do, My family will take care of the Cremation and I really don't want a funeral. Just take my down to the beach and sprinkle. Then the "fun" begins"....
Until yesterday, he had it in his mind that they were going to "lock him up". I had talked to them and their plan is to find him a retirement or group home. When I explained that it was "More like 'Waiting for God' than 'One Flies' over the Coo Coo's nest" he calmed down. I even told him if he wished they'd find him a place back in his hometown of Philly. Both he and I feel better now.
It's been one of my biggest stresses and now that, at least at the moment everything's going well I don't have to be.
About THIS. January's only a couple week's away;>
Cheers,
Pat
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One thing that yesterday's semi-rant did was focus my thoughts. I've been "In Service" most of my life. As a kid, helping with my grandparents(Grand Duffys and Grandma Jefferson)and as an adult as a Nurse. Then, of course being a child of Nun-run Catholic school Guilt trips I got involved with Environmental, Social Justice and Health Movements. I taught what I'd learned Spiritually to those Interested and up to 5 yrs ago I was on the local health dept's Patient Advisory Board. Then came last month.
Now, I'm finally admitting it: I'm a tired old Queen with Health Issues on Disability. It's OK to let folks Do or Not Do the Work not completed. I've Done Enough.
So, 2017 is going to be the Yr of Me. I'm going to take care of myself and my loved ones and leave the rest of the World up to, well the rest of the World;>.
I'm finally Retiring;>.....
Cheers,
Pat
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A couple days ago I realized that I was Feeling an Unusual Emotion for someone whose pic is under the Ares section of Astrology books;>. The events esp of the last two months an those that even has made it through my "Cold Turkey" on News should have sent my on at least a rant....but hasn't.
Maybe the books I've been reading lately had something to do with it; those on Saints of Daoism and Shinto. Could be anything but probably the "last straw" was finding out that LITERALLY our votes(for at least President here in the States) doesn't count. At that moment I Agreed with the Trumpers,"Let It Burn".
I hadn't realized until a couple days ago that that Feeling had such an effect. Part of it is that for the majority of my Life, I've been Living it in "Service"....usually fighting just to do that. I had to fight my folks to go to Nursing School. Fought: aids, Inequality Issues, Environmental Issues, etc. That Moment of Illumination showed me that The Old Man was Right....AGAIN;>. Once before while wailing on my "Pity Pot" He asked me if I'd done "it all" Unconditionally. When I said I had He told me, "Well, there you go.". With this I'm oddly in a very Buddhist state of Mind. The "World" is no longer my business. As St Stan of 'South Park' once said, "Don't Care. Don't Care. DON'T CARE!";>. From now on my Energy goes to our little family, esp to ME for a change;>!
The PTB wanted the World to be this way. So Mote It Be.
Cheers,
Pat
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"Winter Is Coming";>! Bout frikk'n time. Tomorrow(unless the front moves faster than expected) I'll be "dragg'n" in all the (sub)tropical into the shedto protect them from Freezing. It's only supposed to be Freezing for a couple days which means I'll be "dragg'n" them back out by the 1st of next week. BLAUGH!
My Persimmon has finished dropping it's Apricot-coloured leaves...always a good sign of Fall LITERALLY ending;>! My Spring bulbs are all planted as are the Hardy Annuals that'll germinate and grow slowly during the warmer days to burst into flower in Spring or early Summer.
Discovered much to my disgust that I was right about the source of the gutter "waterfall"...the downspout for that section is in my neighbor's yard and is PLUGGED. I can reach from the to[p of a ladder to it's gutter drain but it's too packed for me to get much out AND using a dryer duct cleaning tool couldn't either. I'm going to have to ask him to either do it himself or let me go into his yard and dismantle the "s" section where the majority of the plug probably IS. I HATE dealing with neighbors about such things. So many take it as accusation of poor maintenance instead of just crap that just happens. Oh well.
Cheers,
Pat

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