22 November 2015 @ 02:24 pm
How'd It Get To Be Thanksgiving?  
Picked the last of the Anaheims yesterday, then bro got a wood fire going in the bbq grill. Charred them all up really nice, then did some onions so as not to waste the fire. Wish I'd had some hot dogs or burgers! Also got my sourdough started going. Today, I'm baking the sugar pumpkin for pie, and I planted the seeds from it all over the property--will be SURPRISE! come spring :D

We're getting a produce/dairy basket this year from Red Acre Farm CSA​ this year. It's got so many goodies it'll last till near Xmas. I have to keep reminding myself to cut down on the food this Thanksgiving, since my father ate like two people, and he's gone now. I have a hard time cooking small, I've discovered.

I contacted LJ last week and had Tammy's journal set to memorial status. I cried a lot sending that email.

From Thanksgiving, we go straight into Nin;s birthday week -- yeah, she gets a week :) We're going to, where else, Disneyland, and Jen's joining us. Really looking forward to it.
30 September 2015 @ 05:45 pm
What's happening in DW/LJ land? Can't believe it's autumn already -- though it's still in the high 90s here. I wish I had tons to report, but alas....

Still not writing, still working, still fussing over kitties and chickens and dog. I dunno, maybe I should start a new story instead of nagging at the WIPs. I know Charlotte had some definite ideas after Age of Ultron. Bah!

I do, however, now have a real desk! After seven years in this house, and using a haphazard collection of stands and shelves, I finally got a real desk with a shelf credenza and everything. Love it! And of course, cats think the shelf unit s for them.,

We did go see Ant Man finally, and boy I liked it so much better than GotG! Definitely want to get it on DVD.

Only new fall shows I've seen so far is Blind Spot, mostly because I adore Jamie Alexander, and Quantico. Anything out there I should catch?

My brother is building me a new computer, thankfully, because my current tower is HUGE and is relegated to behind my hew desk, where the cats use it as a stepping stone and keep powering it off.

Nin ad I are popping down to SoCal this weekend, and I'm afraid I'm catching my assistant's cold :(

They held our corporate meeting in Park City this year, which was a nice change from Ogden! Met up later with Jen and Dave, and we spent the afternoon at Sundance, where I went on my very first ever chair lift. We went to the top of one mountain, then switched and went up to an even taller mountain! It was gorgeous! Robert Redford has excellent taste in mountains :D The weather was in the 80s, and by the next weekend, it was snowing!

That's it for now.....
11 August 2015 @ 05:25 pm
Family Tree  
So one of the things I've been doing to keep myself distracted is genealogy. I've been working on my family tree on and off for 15 odd years, not really getting anywhere, and not paying for an membership, just using the free version. For my birthday last year, I think it was, Nin got me the DNA test thru Ancestry, and after I got the results, I figured it was time to pony up for a paid subscription. I pay for a few months, stop for a few, start up again. When I pretty much stopped writing, spending the time on filled the void. I wish I'd done the paid version so much sooner! Finally, I was getting somewhere. I come to discover I'm related to all the royalty :D on my paternal grandmother's side. Wrong side of War of the Roses, and mostly the female line, but I was surprised as heck. Now I know why my great grandmother was, reportedly, such a snob. It was kind of cool discovering Eleanor of Aquitaine was my umpteenth times great grandmother. On the down side, evil King John is my umpteenth great grandfather. The amusing discovery was Rollo aka the first Duke of Normandy, from Vikings, is also a great grandfather. So when we were in SoCal, and we were in Hot Topic, and saw the Rollo bobblehead, I had to have it.

So through all this, my mum keeps asking, what about my side of the family? Unfortunately, her parents died when she was a child, and she was adopted. So her side of the family was a bitch to even get back a few generations. However, Ancestry has been adding a lot of new records from Scotland, so when I wet back to her line this month, I was able to push much farther back, and tada! Robert the Bruce! Now mum is happy :D And I'll never watch Braveheart the same way again. And I've found the same Scots princess on both my father and mother's side. I haven't even figured out how to chart that on Ancestry. Apparently there's a way to merge occurrences, but I'm afraid I'll blow up my tree. I probably need to buy the actual tree creator software they have. I think it would be easier to keep track of.

So that's some of how I've been spending my time. I told Nin it's like playing a video game--you never know what's around the corner. I'm also trying to match my tree with the people Ancestry says are DNA match cousins, but haven't had a whole lot of luck. I've been in contact with a few of the people I'm cousins with, and we're going to try and see if we can meet in the middle somewhere.

Look, a real post!
08 August 2015 @ 03:00 pm
Hey, look, it's August already....  
Hope everyone is well in LJ land. I seem to have fallen off the edge of the internet, but I can just see it from down here. Will try and check in again before Autumn :)
01 June 2015 @ 06:31 pm
Checking In  
Just popping in to let you know I'm around, just not very 'present' online these days. It's hard to believe it has been six weeks sine my father died. I still go to take him down a cup of tea in the morning, before stopping myself. The Disneyland 60th Anniversary adverts are probably the thing that get to me. One of the last conversations I had with him, was about him and his family going to Disneyland the year it opened. And he told me I could have the photo. I realized after that he died almost a year to the day Tammy died. And it was the day before Nin and I were going to Disneyland. So Disneyland seems to be racking up connections to death. Yes, these are the place my brain goes to these days. Wish it would go towards writing, but I'm still without any signs of my muse. That makes me sad, even though I can't do anything about it.

Summer has finally arrived. It hit 100 today after a very unusually mild May. My garden is growing, I actually spend a lot of time out there. And the apricots are ripe, so will probably spend next weekend making jam.

Nin and I have started watching The Mindy Project, this after starting -- and finishing -- six seasons of The Good Wife in marathon fashion. We've also been rewatching Buffy, and Ugly Betty. We watch a Mindy, a Betty, and a Buffy. Last night, I got to wondering about Mindy and Betty being slayers....
05 May 2015 @ 07:47 pm
This, That, and Age of Ultron  
First off, thank you to everyone who left condolences -- I truly appreciate it. It's been a little over two weeks since my father died, and it only started to seem 'real' over the last few days.

So I did go on my planned vacation, and I'm glad I did. Being with friends really helped. We went on a sailing trip -- a three hour tour, for real -- went to the San Diego Zoo, and, of course, went to the midnight showing of Age of Ultron.

Spoilery bits.... )

I think I just did my first real post in a long time. Maybe writing will follow??
22 April 2015 @ 05:57 pm
2015 can go away now....  
As some of you were aware, my father had been nearly an invalid for several years, our lives revolving around him not being able to be left alone, planning vacations in shifts, not even all of us able to go out to dinner together, etc.. About six weeks ago, he ended up in hospital, from there to a rehab facility, and then 4 short days under hospice care. He died on Sunday.

I'm taking the next two days as bereavement leave from work, and as chance would have it, my vacation was already scheduled to start Monday. Good chance, I think having a week to spend with friends is probably exactly the best thing.
17 February 2015 @ 06:28 pm
We've lost control of our domain. Today, couldn't get email, out website was gone. t appears the company that always registered our domain for us is no more, after 18 odd years. When I did a whois, it says the registrar is some company I've never heard of. I've emailed that company to see what I need to do to get access back. But they're in Barcelona, so it'll be awhile till I hear, I'm sure. In the meantime, I've been switching notification emails to other addresses. But Dreamwidth, it appears, I've forgotten my password to, which means I can't change my email address. I've opened a support request, and hope I'll be able to prove I'm me. Keep your fingers crossed that this is resolved and I can have my domain back.
17 February 2015 @ 06:07 pm
Long time, no see  
I know, I suck. I think about posting, bet never get around to it. What's new with you? I still read my f'list, and even attempt to comment occasionally.

Let's see.... haven't seen any movies lately, so that's out. TV? Anyone else looking at the Amazon pilots? We've watched a bunch, and some are quite good. We really liked Man In a High Castle -- excellent! Watched the first ep ob Bosche last night, and I think I'll watch more, but then, I've always had a fondness for Titus Welliver.

Survived the Disneyland Measles Outbreak 2014. Spent 21 days hoping I wasn't one of 3% who had vaccine failure. I wasn't!

Vala, our puppy, is very large now, and is going to be way more Border Collie than Black Lab.

Just downloaded the new Mavericks album, Mono. Can't wait to listen to it.

Still in writers block land.

Bought a bunch of seeds from Seed Savers Exchange and have been reading books on companion gardening. It's a project! Turning my yard into a couple raised beds as I've given up on grass until I can afford decent sod.

The apricot trees are in bloom. Smells wonderful outside.

Till later....
06 January 2015 @ 07:42 pm
That didn't take long.....  
2015, off to a great start. My little Wolf, barely six months old, was diagnosed with FIP (I had to look it up)today, after not getting better from a respiratory infection he had. The vet said he might slip away in his sleep tonight, but if he doesn't, we have to bring him to have him put to sleep in the morning. I just spent two hours sitting on the floor, talking to him and stroking him. Then my brother got home and I had to break the news to him. I was there when he was born, cut his umbilical cord when mama was too worn out to do it herself. He's still so tiny.
02 January 2015 @ 07:10 pm
Holidays are hard  
This was the year we were going to bring Tammy out for Xmas. I couldn't stop thinking of that. What ifs, and what might have beens. New Year's Eve was particularly difficult. And I very much missed being near enough to friends in California so as not to feel so alone. I haven't really made friends here, and really, most of my friends have been internet born and bred, which doesn't make for close proximity. All in all, 2014 wasn't a great year. You always hope the new year will be better, but who knows?
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31 December 2014 @ 02:38 pm
'It's Been A Long, Long Time' Part 5  
I've finally, after a nearly 7 month hiatus, posted Part Five of It's Been A Long, Long Time, to AO3. I'll try and do better in 2015.
25 December 2014 @ 02:48 pm
Fic of winter's past...  
Have not, as of yet, written my usual holiday inspired fic, and pretty sure at this point, it isn't happening. But here's a perennial favourite, the first story I ever posted, back in 1996, which also happened to be a Christmas tale. So please join Methos and is 'Uncle' LaCroix as they remember, A Ghost of Winter's Past

And for something more modern, last year's You May Not Pass This Way Again, featuring the Starks, Tony and Howard, along with Walt Disney and Clark Gable.
21 December 2014 @ 02:26 pm
Winter Check In  
Hope everyone is well!

I had that one writing spurt in November, then silence fell. Since then, we went to Disneyland for Nin's birthday, meeting up with Roberta, Casey, Jen and Dave. Fun was had and matching shirts were worn :D

Photographic Evidence )

What else is new? I have a new phone - my last one got zapped while I was recharging it -- it's a Motorola Droid Turbo, the only one available form Verizon on early edge since my contract isn't up till May.

Vala is growing like a weed, and definitely is more Border Collie that Lab as she grows.

Nin got me an DNA test for my birthday, which was utterly fascinating when I got the results back. I finally did a paid Ancestry membership as well, after years of just the free one. Should have done it years ago! So much easier and so much information as you can look at other family trees and use that they've discovered already. I was zipping along, working on my paternal great grandmother and was flabbergasted to discover a direct line to the Plantagenets, and the Dukes of Burgundy. Till then, I'd been quite satisfied to discover an aunt who was a lady in waiting to Ann Boleyn :D On that line, I've made it back to 1000. I'm stuck on my mum's, both mother and father, not making it back much past 1700.

Saw Battle of the Five Armies, and while I did enjoy it, it seemed weaker than the first two, and several things aggravated me. But I will go see it again.

Our dryer broke, so we're back to putting things outside to dry. But I'd prefer that to the washer breaking [knocks wood]

Been very slowly preparing for Xmas, and I'm sure there's things I should be doing, but mostly just want to sit here. I did manage to make the filling for my Winter Fruit Tarts yesterday, and shelled nearly 3 lbs of pecans for Nin's Spiced Pecans.

Oh, finally saw the Racoon movie aka Guardians of the Galaxy. Rented it form Amazon. It was entertaining, though I fell asleep part way through. I woke in time for the end though. At least I know what the dancing tree thing is all about now. At some point I'll have to rerent it and try and stay awake through the whole thing.

Everyone have a great holiday season!
12 November 2014 @ 05:46 pm
A little ficlet  
Attempting to start writing again, and this is the result:

Strange Women Lying in Ponds (and other things they never taught you in school)

It's set during the teaser scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron, that was released a few weeks back.

It's a start :)
26 October 2014 @ 04:42 pm
Hunger Games  
Read the Hunger Games books this week. I'd rented the movies, though I fell asleep part way through two - twice. Books weren't bad, though definitely not a cheery read. By the time you get to the end, you have the urge to get totally drunk and sing Disney tunes. Should make for a movie where you'll just want to cling to your friends after it's all over.

Speaking of Disney tunes -- the rendition of the song from Pinocchio on the Age of Ultron trailer is exquisitely creepy.
05 October 2014 @ 05:50 pm
As the year stumbles to its end.....  
The icon is a nice snapshot of how I feel these days.

But let's try for something cheerful first.

We got a puppy. We adopted her three weeks ago, from Best Friends. Her name, now, is Vala, and she's a Black Lab/Border Collie mix. We went to an event in Hurricane, Dog Spectacular, and lots of rescues had dogs for adoption. We'd wanted a small to medium adult, but ended up with a large breed puppy. Go figure! Last week, there was an article at BFAS about her and her siblings. She's adorable, and way too smart. We're definitely going to have our hands full!

Photo at the cut...

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I see it's time for Highlander Shortcuts again. I'd planned on participating this year again, but seeing as I haven;t written a word since Tammy died, I probably should refrain from signing up.

Tired of the constant feeling of anxiety, like I'm waiting for something terrible to happen. Throw in the news of the world, and I'm feeling in full doomsday mode. I wish my friends weren't all so far away. Would love to be able to actually touch them, you know?

Only new show I've watched this fall is Outlander, and it's already off till spring. Now that I don't have TV service anymore, I'm terribly unaware of what's supposed to be new and awesome. Probably just as well, it all gets canceled anyway!

Will try and not let it be another month before I post again.
11 September 2014 @ 08:05 pm
It's Been a While  
Still here. But I'm still trying to recapture the art of putting words together, both in posts and in writing. I think about what I might write, like fog drifting in from the ocean, but fog can't be captured, it would seem, and the words never make it past my brain.

Love you all, and I miss you, though that's my fault, not yours.