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. 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 … Continue reading Hurricane Michael

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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. Continue reading A nice cup of tea

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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? Aside from a dear friend ( … Continue reading Birthday

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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 … Continue reading 60 in 2 hours

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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. Continue reading Making an Iron Throne Phone Charger || DIY

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In my mailbox: Keepers by Brenda Cooper

I 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 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 … Continue reading In my mailbox: Keepers by Brenda Cooper

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