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2017-07-26 10:45 am

Series Recommendation, 'Flying Witch'.....

You know life is returning to normal when I both have time to watch and to report on Anime;>.....
In this Universe witches go off to live on their own on their 15th b-day. Makoto, however, has "helicopter parents" and so has been moved to relatives in the country....delivering shocks to them and their neighbors(all the while supposedly keeping her "witchiness" undercover. Sort of a much sweeter 'Sabrina, the teen-aged Witch' using Japanese mythology. The most amusing bits in the earliest episodes are those with her youngest relation who DEFITELY is not blasé about the odd beings showing up at their front door;>...
A good series for me at present.
Cheers,
Pat
BTW: I must warn you that the themesong is pretty much an automatic "earworm";>
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2017-07-23 01:55 pm

Mostly Normal.....

soon. This weekend we spent basically trading our old furniture with that the folks had that was in better shape. What's now left in the house the Estate folks will go through and pull that which they can sell and the rest goes to Goodwill. Then all will be left is the Cleaning and Painting.
Hopefully, starting tomorrow we can begin to get things back into some sense of Order. Tuesday I go in for my labs and one of the 1st things I'll have to do is remind my MD of what happened because Stress is BAD for folks with both hiv/aids and Diabetes so any negative labs should be seen through those lenses;>.
Other than some of the furniture all we wanted were some things of sentimental value; some family dinnerwear and some stuff Mom and Grandma Jefferson picked up during MacArthur's Occupation of Japan. Stuff that, quite honestly would not be that interesting to locals.
Cheers,
Patrick
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2017-07-13 09:37 am

Oy!

To add to the craziness my SIL's decided an Evil Spirit has moved into Dad's house(I've been in it for a week before Dawn and haven't Felt a thing)and is having some newage "shaman" do an Exorcism. She wanted us to be smudged but I told her we didn't "do" other people's tech. Even if there was something, our usual Protections could take care of it....if there was anything. She's blaming this spirit for my brother's Stress, not his OCD and Atheism(he basically feels the folks no longer exist ANYWHERE and of course two weeks of "Not Routine" activities for an OCD patient couldn't possibly acct for stressing him out).
As if I weren't already running on empty. Yesterday on the way home from Dad's I left the lights on and the car has a dead battery. Luckily, Chris'll be home tomorrow and can give me a jump then....
Cheers,
Pat
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2017-07-08 08:58 am

Update.....

Dad's military funeral went well and was quite Moving. I've got his flag and the spent rounds from the salute under my Stall. The rest of the day had a symmetry to the 4th. 1st, we got a flat on a brand new tire 20 mins into the drive to the cemetery. Then my brother's vehicle assistance company NEVER got back with an ETA of help. So, Chris had "fun" changing a tire(something he hasn't done in more than 30 yrs on a car that both he and his wife had no idea where and how. I finally suggested the Owner's Manual. I was surprised these two techies hadn't just "googled" the model;>.
Got there 5 min before funeral on base but since this time Dad wasn't will us we all had to go through Homeland Security. Luckily, funerals get to the front of the line.
On the way home it took 2 hrs to get the new tire fixed.
Oh, and today I noticed an odd noise in the car I'm presently driving. Who knows if Dad had it Serviced recently.....
Today, other than emptying the last freezer and putting out the cans we're taking the rest of the day off;>!
Cheers,
Pat
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2017-07-03 01:39 pm

I Hate Mondays.......

So, I'm waiting for Chuck to get done "primping" to leave for his md apt and my brother calls to tell me Dad died. If we'd been n time I'd have got the call in the middle of rush hr traffic. I won't complain about the amt of time it takes him to get ready ever again.....
It's not like it's a surprise. He's in his late 80's with massive cardiac and CNS problems. Lately, I'd had the odd combo of Knowing his body was good for only a few more months but the Feeling he wasn't going to last that long. Since he fell last night, that explains it.
He had a better life than most; travelling the world, surviving both Korea and 'Nam(and a heli crash in the latter)and having more than half a century with Mom. He passed in his own home still taking care of himself; no nursing needed.
I'm sad but also glad he isn't in pain anymore....both physical and mental.
And I'm sure Mom gave him an "earful" about his stubbornness not using her "handicapable" bathroom for his regular tub/shower one;>
Cheers,
Pat
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2017-06-23 10:32 am

The Summer Garden....

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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2017-06-20 01:43 pm

Book Recommendation:'Oddjobs'-Goody and Grant....

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
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2017-06-02 08:18 am

Eejits.....

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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2017-05-20 01:24 pm

Series Recommendation, 'Japanese Style Originator'....

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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2017-05-13 08:37 am

Late-Late Spring Garden...

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
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2017-05-04 06:31 am

Whew......

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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2017-04-24 10:20 am

Spring in the Panhandle Garden.....

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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2017-04-10 10:37 am

Ho Boy;>........

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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2017-03-24 10:55 am

Summer Breeze;>.......

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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2017-03-09 01:09 pm

Fade to Black;>.....

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
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2017-03-08 08:27 am

Sad.....

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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2017-02-24 09:54 am

Drinky Pooh;>!

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
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2017-02-17 01:27 pm

Spring?!?

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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2017-02-15 10:45 am

Tech Review: Amazon Tap....

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....
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2017-02-07 01:18 pm

Sproing!

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