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One of the MANY reasons I left FB was being attacked for my POV by folks that I'd reconnected with since we moved here to "The Dangly Bits". One that hurt alot was someone I considered a friend and had been very involved with our wedding. I hadn't known in the time we'd moved he'd gone all SJW. A couple days after being told that "I knew better" I left FB.
Flash forward to yesterday. I'd ordered a collection of Heathen-oriented papers of a generally Tribalist/Folkish leaning. Well, guess who is now a godhi in AFA and praises the same man I got Flamed for imply saying I'd had a pleasant and intelligent online conversation with?
Humans....the Other White Meat.
Cheers,
Pat
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I've decided that I'm tired of sounding like a paranoid old man and so I'm no longer going to council Metaphysical Safety Precautions here or on my communities.
Cheers,
Patrick

Focus....

Apr. 15th, 2019 01:34 pm
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One of the many "Good Things" that come from a project like this yr's Meditations on the Greater Beings of the Heathen Pantheon is Deepening and Expanding you Understanding and Communication WITH these Beings. IMO this is a greater Use than using Meditation just to "Center". Each time I do it I learn more. Part through the Meditating but also from the studying because you NEED decent info to get "where" you want to "go". One of the reasons I don't post stuff like this anymore on my various groups/communities/etc is the vocal minority that feel there is no need for ANYTHING more than an "earnest heart". After all, only physical Beings can do Evil. Spirit is Always Good....Right?
INfo IS important because there ARE a lot of Beings out there that may not be actually Woeful but have no problem(in fact find it a laugh) to mess with Humans. And that's just the "real", not the personal "Glamour" that one's Ego and Subconscious can make up. Info/Lore are like maps to an address. Well, as long as They haven't moved in a millennium or so;>. Lore/info can't guarantee that They ARE who They ARE(or even IF THEY are;>) but it helps. The rest takes practice, practice, practice.
Since this time it was EVERYONE(except Laufey's Childe) I dealt with Beings I'd never had before and in a few cases...DIDN'T. Some Meditations there was little Connection and what was was faint and distant. A couple of them in some books the author's didn't believe They WERE, that they were translation or folklorist mistakes which could explain the lack of There there. In other cases the Beings Themselves may be Dormant, like Cthulu in Ryliah;>
Learning about and Deepening your connection(s) to the Beings of the Pantheon you fallow is never a waste...
Cheers,
Pat
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Meh. Let's cover the DECENT bits:
The 1st episode- The POV camera style works well and if had continued at the level of the 1st episode it would have helped. Also, the main characters for at least the 1st couple of episodes. These were probably the most "authentic" characters you'd find at the beginning of a ZA. Clueless, expecting and swallowing the gov't line and avoiding "dealing" with the problem themselves. Can't blame the characters too much though, apparently after 3 weeks(or 3 months, another problem with the series) after the outbrake even solders haven't learned or been told only headshots work. The central characters act as real people would in such a scenario, including hiding a bite and endangering your family and others to stay with them(main character's husband).
Now the BAD- A BIG pet peeve of mine in these sort of shows is the Utilities still working. Even in the 3 weeks post scenario the Power would be off(well maybe not if they were near a hydroelectric plant). Grocery store with working fridges?! Pleeez! Also, 3 weeks is time enough for Humans to slough off their "civilization". Soldiers turning into "rapey" warlords, kids going all "Lord of the Flies, etc. As cynical as I am, I'd give Humans much longer before turning Feral.
The ending gives the impression they want to make this an ongoing series but there's really no point. The only Interesting bits were two characters, a Deaf man and a Korean woman with limited English. Their stories would have been a new bit for the genre but the guy died by feral kid, though the Korean woman was one of the 3 who made it to the end so....
Cheers,
Pat
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Things have been Interesting the last couple of weeks. Went to the Dermatologist for a recurring sore along the surgery line from a previous cancer which took so long to get that it had resolved...for now. It'll be back in a couple weeks if history...). Butch finally got to his Cleaning and instead of 1-2 teeth needing removal had 6. Good thing I got some money for my B-day;>! Oddly, he's had a worse time than Rocky, who had to have ALL of his teeth pulled. The only levity at the moment is the looks Rocky gives Butch when it's time for meds. Rocky was sick when we adopted him and made the connection of Meds=Feeling Better. Add in the last meds was kitty morphine and he doesn't see the point of "fussing". The looks of disgust he give Butch are so funny!
Chuck is Chuck. No real Good Days anymore but no Awful ones. He has usually problems with multi stage chores like Laundry but not one stage like Vacuuming. Other than that, he's doing ok.
Started moving the Summer plants out of the house till Winter. This includes my collection of Hardy(but not Frost tolerant) Orchids. I've hardened off my 'Okinawan' Sweet Potato slips and plan to plant them Sunday.
Cheers,
Pat

Done.....

Apr. 2nd, 2019 02:01 pm
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Last Fall we took our cats to my family's vet to get them a basic health check and caught up on their vaccinations. The reason we're doing that was so they could have their teeth cleaned. After $700< the vet tells us that Rocky will require all his teeth puled and "SHE doesn't have the time" and gave us a vet in our old town, FWB. They did a great job with Rocky and repeatedly checked on him. The 1st vet never did.
In Jan I wanted to switch diets for on that had a smaller diameter kibble for Rocky. REPEATEDLY I left messages, stopped at the office etc and finally got a call LAST month from the vet basically telling me that what she told us Butch needed(our "barfy" cat) was "misunderstood". At this point I decided to have Butch's Cleaning go to the other vet.
Well, today I had to "deal" with the cable company and the original vet was just down the street so I decided to pick up a bag of the new kibble. Voices in the back, no one in front other than a friendly cat. After playing with the cat, getting my own bag and STILL calling for someone I gave up and left the bag on the desk so they know someone HAD been there.
Except for emergencies(and I doubt that...) the vet that did Rocky's surgery is our primary vet now.....
Cheeers,
Pat
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If you're a SciFi-Fantasy, MIB, X Files fan, you'll love the SCP Foundation. A sciFi/Fantasy Creepypasta site, members write in a shared universe,generally in the form of a gov't report. These run from the Scary to the most humorous to just plain unsettling(Builder Bear is one of the latter).
Not our universe so our Beings aren't allowed so folks have to be creative, though a lot are at least Inspired by those in ours...esp those in literature.
The hardest thing for me is that files are labelled by #'s and very seldom is there a common name attached, which makes at least for me easier to remember.
SCP has a proper name but it is mostly known as Secure, Contain and Protect. The latter for the greater Good since they use "redshirts" from usually condemned prisoners from exploring dangerous phenomenon to whole 'Cabin in the Woods'.
The sadly funny thing about the site is how many times they point out that it is a CREATION, not Reality. I can only hope my SIL never discovers it....she'd be one of those that thinks the site is Real, hiding behind a simpe Creepypasta;>.....
I esp like the idea of the ideas of infectious Ideas and that members who work with them a required to take a mimetic to erase the memories of their time with the Anomalies.
Cheers,
Pat

Stuff....

Mar. 26th, 2019 02:01 pm
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It's been a busy and revealing couple of weeks. Chuck unsurprisingly is slowly getting worse. He can take care of his daily needs but he has no retention of memory and he's now losing what's gone into Long Term. Today I found out he can't remember how to use his remote. In fairness, it's a Tivo remote so it's not "Intuitive". I've started to leave notes on his whiteboard if I go out for shopping or MD visit so when he can't find me in the house he doesn't panic.
My SIL's at a Health Retreat for a week so my brother has been able to "vent" more than normal and a few things now make sense. Back in 2016 she got involved with an alt med group from which she's developed a pretty strong Pot habit. And apparently she's one of those it makes PARANOID. Not too long after she left the group and started watching Fox News....then R Wing net sites. Since the election(of which she thinks Trump was brought there by God/Goddess/All that IS "Pull Back The Wizard's Curtain". Oh, and she's involved with the "Q", an online far Right conspiracy group. Chris admits that his job is what's keeping them together(he really Loves her) because he's only home (most)weekends. If she doesn't change I certainly don't seeing them last after he Retires. Sadly, he's so non-confrontational that if she didn't Proselytize he's ignore it for domestic harmony.
I've learned over the last couple of decades that trying to get Sandi to see a family member's POV is impossible; She'll support a Flat Earther stranger but family, nope. We need to be "Saved".....
Cheers,
Pat
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Think an unholy cross of 'Hairspray' and 'Shaun of the Dead';>. Yes, it's a ZA Musical!!!!!!! Surprisingly good and most of the tunes are catchy.
Anna and her best friend John(not Gay, just in the friends zone by her) have to work Xmas Eve while their friends and families are at the school for a show. The next morning, the world has changed and like 'SOTD', they don't catch on immediately.
Silly, fun and sad all together. As the 2nd song and the last says,'There's no such Thing as a Hollywood Ending'......
Cheers,
Pat
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Done with one and almost done with the other. I think this is the 1st time I'm completed my New Year's Spiritual Projects before May.
The one just completed yesterday was my Runic Rosary. I'd wanted to make one for yrs but never found the right material to Rist(carve) them into. Last Fall I found a vendor on Etsy selling Runic Beads for hair using the Elder Futhark, which is the one I use most. Finding the spacer beads was a pain though. I wanted originally to have wooden beads of either Oak or Yew and all I could find was Oak-dyed. So I decided to make the whole thing metal. However, vendors weren't as clear labeling so the 1st 2 were too small. The 3rd was big enough. I'd preferred larger but I was getting impatient so I went with them.
It's very smple with the separation of Othala and Fehu done with a Silver Hammer a friend back in the Bay Area made(his 1st effort in casting Silver actually;>).
They're bound loosely enough to "tell" the beads in proper Rosary fashion. Had them Hallowed yesterday(appropriately on Woden's Day;>) and are presently coiled up on a soapstone disk Risted with the Elder Futhark in Red Ochre....
Cheers,
Pat
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Sadly, this great animated short series is a Netflix exclusive but if you DO have it, you should check it out if you like SciFi. Each episode is done by a different company with a different style of Animation. This makes some of them esp beautiful visually.
The stories themselves are extremely varied from Robots on a touring vacation of the ruins of a Human city to WWII USSR soldiers fighting monsters and anything in between. Of the Comedy episodes my favs were the one about the garbage dump and the aforementioned Robot tourists. Of the straight out Horror it'd be the one of the lost starship. There's a couple "meh" episodes but what series doesn't;>!
Check it out if you have Netflix(or if you don't, there's s thing on Youtube that pretty much goes through each episode).....
Cheers,
Pat
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This micro series(episodes less than 15 min) is easiest found on Youtube and for those, like me with a REALLY twisted sense of humour. I'm down with a bug so I'm trying to distract myself and this had Chuck asking "WTF?!" from my combo of laughing and coughing...
'FF' is a parody/satire of the eco kid cartoons, esp prevalent in the 90's. 4 kids transform into their "Fursonas" to fight Victor Vivisection and his gang who wish to chop down all the forests and put up parking lots;>. Extremely sexualized anthropomorphic animal forms being VERY sexual. Basically, they win battles by either grossing out or making the villains VERY uncomfortable;>. Truly sick and twisted. Just what I needed today....
Cheers,
Pat

Nice;>.....

Mar. 5th, 2019 01:56 pm
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to have a success after a couple of, if not failures then mediocre results in Sourdough Baking. Tried a variant of the Plain Flour Sourdough recipe replacing 1 cup of it with Spelt Flour. While there wasn't as great of a raise(as expected; Spelt has less Gluten) the loaf had a good crumb and color. And the TASTE! I think Adding Spelt to my Plain Flour recipes will be a regular occurrence from now on!
I think I'll order a couple bags of other Ancient Wheat Flours and see what the results will be...
Cheers,
Pat
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Almost finished with 2019's Spiritual Project. I've Meditated on all of the Nordic Pantheons Wealful with the exception of Frigg's Handmaidens which is what I'm doing now. One thing is pretty clear....my Skills have gone to pot over the last couple of yrs! I used to stay under for an hr and even a pet jumping onto me wouldn't break concentration and now I'm lucky if I stay down 15 min. That's unless one of the cats meows in my ear or hops on me. Seems even metaphysical abilities are affected with age......
Got all the materials for my other SP; a "Runic Rosary". I discovered these neat Runestave beads on Etsy. I wanted to separate them with Oak or Yew beads but couldn't find any so I went with Stainless Steel. I figure once I finish with the Handmaidens I'll start.
Cheers,
Pat
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To paraphrase Stan March in the Towely episode. I hav really reached the end of my last nerve with the world in it's present political state. It's up to those with more than perhaps a decade more of Incarnation to do so....after all, they'll be the one's who'll have to live in and through it.
My opinions on "The Tangerine Troll" are quite clear but he's just the funhouse mirror magnifying what was already there. It doesn't matter where you live in the world, the Corrupt run things. Capitalist, Socialist, Communist; all full of folks in it for the money and the power.
Some of it came about with good intentions; like fast forwarding Meds which ended up giving Big Pharma few controls and much power. Or supporting politicians that helped your community(s) by taking from others. Doesn't matter. It's not my problem anymore.
This doesn't mean I'm going to stop doing what I think is Right, just not letting the Eejits get my goat anymore. Funny, I never liked entertainment that stimulated your Endocrine Glands. Never "got" melodrama. A lot of our politics nowadays is just that; getting folks whipped up emotionally. Literally makes me nauseous.
So, when EITHER side tries to get me worked up I jut say, "Don't. Care. Don't. Care. Don't. Care.".
I'm Tapping Out.....
Cheers,
Pat
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Well, the results are pretty much 50/50. The Sourdough bread made with White Flour is generally a big success(better than regular yeast) but that of Whole Wheat has been poor. No disasters(though today's came close with it sticking majorly and rising poorly) but nothing better than the worst of the White. I had, before using adapted it to use Whole Wheat flour and the starter's vigor is no different so it just seems to be a condition of the flour.
From now on I'll try mixed instead of 100% Whole Wheat to see if that helps.
Cheers,
Pat

?????

Feb. 18th, 2019 08:49 am
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I don't "do" proselyting well. I tolerate it from family and friends up to a point then, if friends they're no longer so. Family? You're kinda stuck with them.....
I've known my SIL for almost 30 yrs. When we 1st met she was of the most shallow of newage beliefs yet tried to "show me the light". Over the decades she's hopped from Way to Way, each time trying to convince me that THIS ONE really was the "One True and Only"(and usually Reframing the past so she reeeaaalllly didn't believe the previous Trues). She started in the Flakey bits of the Left and now is in the Right's bits....followers of the Persimmon Messiah.
So, we had a lovely family lunch yesterday and this AM I get an email from her with a YouTube addy. It was from one of those sites that had "proof" that Obama was Gay, Michelle was a Transwoman and the kids were adopted.....hence the ??????
One, I don't believe it but even if it was true it wouldn't have mattered to me one bit. The really sad thing was that she thought, after all these yrs that accusing someone of being Gay or Trans was supposed to make me hate that/those person(s). She obviously never knew me at all.....
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So, Spring is here in "The Dangley Bits". The car is covered with Oak Pollen, the Crab-apples and Bradford Pears are starting to bloom though early by a few eeeks. The weird thing is that the Redbuds haven't and they're usually the 1st ones on. This weird Winter fkked everything up;>!
Starting to see Daffodil buds and the wild Violets in the garden and yard are in full bloom. Most things haven't broken Dormancy but it's just a matter of time. Once the Maples bloom, we'll know that Frost Danger is over and usually they bloom after the Redbuds and before the Crabs and Pears.
After yesterday's MD trip(most of mine are in our old town 40 miles away) I'm pretty much toast and so no big projects. Did a little Pruning and went through the potting shed for some pots that can be used to pot up some of my Orchids in the near future. The trick with them is potting them up JUST as they start growing becaus the shoot and roots are so brittle you can lose a whole yr's growth with a gentle bump. My Nun's Orchids(Phais species and hybrids) have buds and in the case of a cross between it and a Calanthe Orchid Blossoms. In the house most of the Moth Orchids and Dendrobiums are blooming as well as something I've NEVER been able to get to bloom before(in over 40 yrs of trying), A Cattleya Orchid(Corsage orchid). Got a White form of one of the compact species and it BLOOMED! Lovely scent too, like Gardenia.
Next week I'll borrow my brother's dolly so to move some containerized trees that are just a BIT too heavy for this old queen to move without assistance;>.
Cheers,
Pat
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comes a lot of krap;>! One of the few"good Things" is that you tend not to feel the need to "Justify" yourself to the world as much. I've spent most of my life "justifying" my Sexuality, Spirituality, etc and just don't have the Energy anymore. Don't really give a fk anymore both how people see me AND if they're just plain being "eejits".
Even 15 yrs ago I wouldn't but today I just let folks be folks.....Stupidity and all. Part of it is realizing that you did what you could for _____(fill in the worthwhile cause of your choice;>) and it's now the turn of others to "step up". The big problem is dealing with the realization that your Work was not near enough AND being ok with it....instead of "wallowing" in Despair. And most days I'm OK, though a good "wallow" sometimes is kinda therapeutic;>.
Cheers,
Pat
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In most of the USA it's Midwinter but here in "The Dangly Bits" It's late. In 4-6 weeks the last Frost date will hit and now is the time to plant or divide Dormant plants.
Since I'm pretty sure this is the Persimmon's last yr I ordered a multi cultivar dwarf Asian pear tree. Unfortunately, the nursery didn't secure it in the box and it had 3 of 4 grafted branches broken. Only one is worrisome, since it's got only one viable node. Potted it up but all the local pots available were a bit small so next time this month I'm in Destin or FWB I'll stop at a Home Depot and pick one up. Also planted Cyclamen bulbs, Fern rhisomes and some Nasturtium seeds in hanging pots. Repotted the Nun's Orchids too.
Got everything Pruned and fertilized with Organic. Tomorrow(because I'm pooped;>!) I'll be removing two ugly Azalea bushes and replace them with a nice dbl White Hydrangea. Then I can start the clearing of Winterkilled veg and Weed.....
Cheers,
Pat

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