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2017-09-20 10:10 am

WWDE.....

...comes from Michael Anderle's 'Kurtherian Gambit' series. And while it's like the best chips so you can't stop snacking on, this post isn't about the series but about the major Event on Earth.
WWDE stands for World's Worst Day Ever. The Apocalypse. One that is probably the most probable, though Anderle's the 1st writer I've seen to use the method, though I've actually seen the Event's causation mentioned off-n-on online and hardcopy news that tend toward hard sciences.
On Anderle's Earth, various powers had written into the chips they put into their products containing software that would, given the right signal "kill" the product. In one of the "Queen Bitch" books, reporters question a "Green" politico that got kickbacks from one of those powers. The reporters pointed out that replacing an American power plant with Solar from this country meant they could shut off that Power....or even Blackmail by simply threatening. And just like our world, the subject was too "Science-y" and was ignored. As to be expected, everyone who had written this kind of software also had written so that the moment a signal that someone else started, they'd activate THEIRS. In this world, our present civilization was over in MINUTES.
I'm not worried about Global Nuclear War. The PRESENT skirmishes are in Cyberspace as will be the next WW. At least it'll be easier on the environment....
Cheers,
Pat
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2017-09-15 01:22 pm

Demilitarized Zone;>....

When Dad died, we got his car. Much nicer than our old one with one exception. He was a proud Army Pilot Vet and the car declared that from front to back. Unlike my older brother, I'm not "tickled" when someone salutes me or thanks me for my Service. So, I ordered a few things to personalize and while waiting for them to arrive...I stripped it of all it's military stickers and such.
Compared to what was there before there's not much but I'm a bit more quiet than my Dad. On the rear window where 3 stickers were a single Heathen Fish is attached. Where once a Proud Army Pilot vanity plate stood a Celtic Tree of Life does. Add in the Rune Ring I hung from the mirror before I drove it and it's now fully OURS.
Cheers,
Pat
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2017-09-05 10:21 am

DVD Review: 'Hidden'.....

This flick is the Z version of 'The Sixth Sense'. It's not bad, just gets a bit tedious the 1st half with the family cowering in the old fallout shelter from any noise from the surface. The end was the best part....
Cheers,
Pat
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2017-08-18 08:40 am

Late Summer Garden.....

...is pretty much what you expect if you left it in the bathroom with the shower running for a month and a half;>! My Brugmansia versicolor, Antique Pentas and Achimenes(relatives of the Gloxinia)however are doing quite well. My Dbl White hybrid Brug, not so much.
The last of the lilies, an Oriental just finished bringing the season to an end. I'm going to order a Japanese species that blooms later than any other giving me some for early Fall.
Lost the Lemon Verbena to the weather. Poor thing got root rot from all the rain. The various Gingers however are doing quite well. I'm actually quite surprised how well my Rosemary has done. Must have got the soil VERY well draining;>!
Haven't seen a Hummingbird for over a month so I stopped filling them. In this heat you have to clean them a couple times weekly...too much work!
They FINALLY cut down the two dead Pines in the front yard two weeks ago. Even dead they provided a lot of Shade. The Moss lawn is dying and Grass is now growing slowly into it. Personally, I liked it better the old way.....
Cheers,
Pat
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2017-07-31 09:50 am

Eejit.....

I shouldn't have been surprised that if I have problems getting off the floor I'd have problems going up and down ladders. On the side, I managed to get the gutters in the front cleaned and the protectors(Dad had 3 boxes of them in the garage)installed.
Poop-ed;>
Cheers,
Pat
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2017-07-28 09:26 am

Sad.....

Went over to my brother's to help give meds to Dad's cats. Apparently, all the yrs they said that they were taking the cats "to the vet" they meant to get their "Lion Cut". Bella had a sinus infection and Molly has Diabetes. And they're both morbidly obese(which is why they had to have their Lion cuts....they couldn't reach to clean). We're hoping that it's just due to Stress and will be checked in a week. If so, she'll have to be put to sleep. I'm not up to taking care of another being with Health Issues.
We originally thought about taking the cats in but they're declawed and ours aren't. Ours are males as well.
Bella will be easy(or as easy as it is to rehome an adult cat)due to her being a Ragdoll with papers. If they can't Chris and his wife said they'd keep her(or them if Molly's Diabetes turns out to be Stress-related, but I doubt).
Cheers,
Pat
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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