Hurricane Michael

Gas stations and grocery stores are clogged with people. The business are ready, there are orange cones setup directing traffic. People seem to be getting ready.

stormy-lamp They have announced mandatory evacuations for some areas and my sister, who works for the health department, has been called up to help in a local shelter.

I suspect that we will lose power for a while so you may not hear from me for a couple of days. That being said, I may schedule a few posts for Thursday and Friday.

Hang on to your mardi gras beads y’all — this looks like a frog strangler.

A nice cup of tea

Yesterday was my birthday which means that I have received some unusual items. One of the most unusual items was some tea, not unusual in the normal sense I enjoy tea, however this tea is called Yaupon ( Ilex vomitoria ) or sometimes vomit tea. That being said, the latin name is misleading, you won’t vomit. I’ll let you know what I think after a few cups … until then enjoy this video on a proper cup of tea.

Birthday

Mom made a cake. Yes, my 80-something-year-old ( I wont say exactly ) Mother baked me a Birthday cake. I suppose I should stop squawking about sharing my childhood Birthday cakes with my sibling — but where’s the fun in that? I’m 60, I should be allowed to squawk about whatever I want to squawk about.

Having said that, my nephews suggested putting candles on the cake and my dear sweet Mother said, “no, the cake is a little overcooked as it is”. Now wait a minute, was that a comment about my age?

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Aside from a dear friend ( Sharon Day ) giving me Dale the Doll, I suppose the best gift was a t-shirt that read, “I wanted to go jogging but Proverbs 28:1.” Trust me, I laughed.

Willy cleaned up my old study. He helped by taking home a big box of electronics and games — ha ha. Oddly enough, he didn’t want any of my books.

I don’t know what life after 60 will bring, but it started with cake.

60 in 2 hours

In less than two hours I will be sixty. It’s a nice round number. If I can say anything positive about turning 60, it would be that I love that people my age are called sexagenarians. The word sounds a little dirty and I almost expect a rebuke for using it.

Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

As time rolls by, I am made more and more aware of Blake’s tiger. I usually shake him off after my second cup of coffee but in my quiet moments I am still aware that I am being stalked.

Happy Birthday to me … Happy Birthday to me …

Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for making it this far. I am also thankful for good friends and family, a soft cushion, a good book, and plenty of sweet tea.

… and bubble bath.

Making an Iron Throne Phone Charger || DIY

I’m always looking for something to serve as a holder for my Kindle. My last Kindle died when I plugged it in to recharge ( shortly after the warranty had expired — of course ) and I’m always a little concerned when I plug in this Kindle. Sometimes I use a holder for displaying plates but that’s an accident waiting to happen.

I’m interested in this little project. The build looks inexpensive and it appeals to my nerdy side.

In my mailbox: Keepers by Brenda Cooper

Picture 30I want to thank the folks at Pyr  for the free review copy. It’s always nice to find something in the mailbox other than bills.

“Keepers” by Brenda Cooper

51ei7qvujcl-_sy346_Two sisters, one from a megacity and one from the wilderness, work together to protect the wilderness and the reintroduction of wolves from a group more interested in private property than public good.

In a future Earth that’s run by brilliant green cities separated by open land held in common for the good of wild things, two sisters must work together across and between the vastly different environments to root out dangers to both. They must protect the cities and the wild from the Returners, who prefer the toxic past to the difficult present. The older sister, Lou, her protector Shuska, and biologist friend Matchiko have reputations as successful rugged environmentalists. They must stay safe, listen, work, and sleuth out hidden nests of Returners. Oh, and save a few wolves along the way. In the meantime, Lou’s younger sister, Coryn, is learning that working for the most powerful woman behind the scenes in a megacity is far harder than it looks. When the Returners threaten the city, the sisters must find a way to preserve both their ways of life.

Keepers asks, Do humans have enough creativity, responsibility, and generosity to survive?

Amazon mouse followup

Last Christmas my sister and nephew gave me a new mouse. I don’t know why computer mouses die in my hands but they do. Sadly, this mouse has died as well. The left click button doesn’t work.

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Currently, I am using one of my nephews second-hand mouses. Does this mean that Amazon products fail? In this case, I think it’s me… I’m left handed so maybe that has something to do with it.

Awww … Well have a great weekend everyone.

AnreaNet let go two writers after Social Media squabble

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As many of you know, I am a big fan of Guild Wars. That being said, some people, including AnreaNet employees, can’t play well with others. In this case, Jessica Price and Peter Fries ( writers ) responded inapporpriately to some criticism.

As you might imagine, Social Media was aflame with egos, harassment, and outrage. The result, Jessica and Peter are looking for jobs.

Something I learned a long time ago … the customer is always right.