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2017-07-16 08:35 pm
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Roadkill Redemption, and then some

Something sent to me from my youngest-

I returned the favor by sending the video of Wolf and Sheep, posted by sabotlours :o)

I've been feeling quite feral today, primal even. I finally got some new headphones to replace my old crumbling ones. I noticed right off how much more pronounced the bass is with these and so went on a quest for some music with deep, rolling percussion (the kind that goes right through you and you can feel down below!). I listened to Glass Animals' "Life Itself," Paul Simon's "Obvious Child," and Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk," The Cure, Echo And The Bunnymen, and some Blues Travelers, among others. Naturally this has got my damned tinnitus screaming to be heard above the melodies... but I do love the music.

[I really need to get my hearing checked. I was told in the eighties that I was missing different ranges in both ears, but to me this compensated for itself unless I actually covered one ear. Like, I can hear crickets only on side :D I discovered that when I turned over in bed one night and wondered why it got so silent outside. Since then I have developed obnoxious whistling/ringing in my head, mostly on the left side. I miss words in conversations and find myself asking people to please repeat themselves. *sigh* I'll add this to my list of "what I need to do about my health" this year.]

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2017-07-15 07:08 pm
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Down among the briars

"...but please, Br'er Fox, don't fling me in dat briar-patch!"

I was out back yesterday with The Huntress when I realized she was quite interested in a patch of briars near the fence. She's sniffed around in here before, or near here as it is all thorns and vines, but she was truly on the scent of something today. She did her little 'pointer' thing when not just playing snuffing-beagle, and I finally saw what she didn't: a baby bunny among the foliage. Wish I had the camera with me, but alas. I coaxed her away and she reluctantly moved on to another thicket where the rabbits have been known to hide.

Pictures, all safe )

I knew there had been wee ones among the ground cover because it has been harder and harder to get the dog to come away from these hidey places. I even saw the poison ivy and low strawberry plants moving in line as one critter ran off from the pup (she missed that, too). I just hope these fellows get the hell out of the yard or at least into secure places before they become play toys!
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2017-07-11 08:19 pm

Prime Defective

I love Amazon Prime and purchase lots of stuff online using it, however, Amazon Prime Day is as useless as Black Friday to me when it comes to anything I might be interested in.

Poking around for plush critters I came across this little gem in 'Prime Deals.'

Beyond the ten cent savings, pay special attention to the delivery information ;o)
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2017-07-08 07:04 am
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deer snaps

Where rabbits roam

the deer also call home!

The rabbit pic was from last night. Another rabbit appeared with her at dusk: full moon, eh?

The deer was a lucky capture. The dog was growling softly and I looked outside to see two bucks in the yard. I sat on the couch with The Huntress and soothed her while the bucks grazed their way across the front yard, and she never set up barking at them. About 20 minutes later the two came back into the yard and I was able to grab the camera: I was ticked that the pics looked blurry in the viewfinder and realized after the deer left that I had my 'distance' glasses on instead of my progressive lens ones. I was lucky the shots came out at all! A couple more are here on my google photos, including this one:

Damn you, auto-focus! :D
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2017-07-04 11:13 am

A link to recall

This is more a bookmark than a post. I've been I intrigued with the Three Hares motif since first seeing it many years ago, and today I stumbled upon a lovely posting by someone else-

I've used this motif as an icon, and even painted a large-scale mock up for a stained glass version that never came to be.

From my Flickr account, 2013.
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2017-06-28 05:54 am
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Rock Dog

Got Rock Dog through the Library yesterday: I vaguely remember this movie mentioned who-knows-where but had forgotten it until seeing another patron received one via ILL. Regardless of the usual critical, whiny reviews, this was a fun little flick! You can get the background from the iMDb link though it will contain spoilers. I had absolutely no idea what the movie was about  beforehand other than it had a furry cast. Bodi (the rock dog) was fantastic on so many levels, and I would have liked to have seen them develop Dharma's (vixen) character.

I recognized only one critter's voice from the movie, that of Fleetwood Yak, and waited until I finished with it before checking it out (be sure to watch the 'behind the mic' special feature).

Have a most misleading trailer! It contains the signature song of the movie (crank it up!) and the usual composite of disjointed scenes (like all music videos).

And apparently this is loosely, very loosely, based on a book. Did I say loosely? I only say that because of the book review's synopsis. Neither the Library, nor Amazon, have this item.
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2017-06-23 07:23 pm
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Summer Rabbit

My friend returned early out front today, and much to The Huntress' indignation, several times. She's an Eastern Cottontail judging by the characteristic white forehead dot.

When one lets the lawn go all manner of pests appear ;o)

A couple of more pics can be found in my google photos, here. These were taken with the Fujifilm bridge camera and not the phone, so they are a bit bigger and nicer. I'm very happy with the colors, too. The last time I used the camera from within the house to shoot photos outdoors the greens shifted to an insipid yellowy hue.

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2017-06-23 07:01 am
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Another side road, or Trivial Pursuit

I'm aware of the concept of "Race Suicide" but don't ever recall the term used. There's a typically long-winded appeal from 1905, by Teddy Roosevelt, here, or you can cut to the chase and read the quick synopsis, here ;o) Or you can research this on your own and spend an afternoon musing over the political turmoils of the early 1900's.

My inquiry into this topic began with a trivia line in a post by Austin_Dern, more because of my curiosity concerning his mention of the Teddy Bear Moral Panic (at the end of his post, here on LJ) than any actual researching of the movement. What did the author of his referenced article mean by teddy bears replacing the affections of little girls to actual dolls The inference was that the girls would lose their mothering instincs if given 'beasts' to coddle instead of 'babies.'  I mean, who would ever think that? My only take is that because Teddy Roosevelt was a proponent of this Motherhood over Race Suicide ideal that his critics were using his iconic bear against him.

Like in this cartoon from one of the links-

A world gone mad.

Finally, beneath the cut, an actual Teddy uprising that I've posted before :D
uprising )
(edited to clear things up a bit)
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2017-06-06 08:00 pm
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2017-06-04 09:19 pm
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Tiger Sale

Normally $60, Wild Republic's Cuddlekins 30" Tiger is currently $22.30 on Amazon. These won't stay at this price for long (this is the cheapest I've seen them since December when I posted them in my plush journal (and had no responses).

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2017-05-27 04:09 pm
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It's A Fox Life

My son sent me this pic of a condo advertisement from downtown today. The condos are actually in a town south of here.

I wonder what they were thinking when they chose this image and slogan? Certainly not yiffing... but then, who would ever think that ;o)

I ran a google search of the image to see if the artwork showed up anywhere else and got stupid results


but at least the artwork didn't show up 'stolen' per se (I assume they paid someone for this and that person didn't take the work from another without permission).
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2017-05-18 08:00 pm

Again Again!

Someone erased my drawing yesterday from the whiteboard (understandable) so of course I had to redo it today :D Pictures are here, three of the new one, the last being the final product. The first pic looked just fine, except every time I went by it I thought about how his right antler looked. *tweak tweak* Then it and other things needed more alterations *tweak tweak* Finally I decided enough was too much and walked away (begrudgingly... you know that stupid song: Know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em, know when to walk away?).

I should mention this all started with the 'professionally done' logo looking a lot like a PBS logo for Odd Squad. l showed what I thought was the TV one to the Children's Librarian but I think what I saw was another person's mash up (damn Pinterest). Anyway, Odd Squad uses this logo

Official PBS drawing/logo

and our Librarian wasn't familiar with the show. *sigh* it's been a week of jackalopes, but I don't think I'll re-draw tomorrow.

And this isn't what I do at work all morning, either ;o) I've been doing backups of and updates on various computers this week to assure we can survive a hack-attack like WannaCrypt. Microsoft has some info here, and I used it to update our remaining XP machine. Our Vista wouldn't update but I have copies copies copies of it around.

Now it's off to watch Them! on TCM :D

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2017-05-17 08:02 pm
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Summer reading at the Library

With the theme being mystical/mythical creatures, it looks like our Summer Reading mascot will be a jackalope this year! Actually, the State advocated for "Build a Better World" but we wanted this to be a fun program and went our own way.Perhaps "Make the World Great Again!" was seen lurking in that program ;o)

I had to scribble this on the whiteboard this morning after seeing the professionally done critter.

I'm trying to talk the Children's Librarian into buying this plush for her desk as well

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2017-05-14 09:18 pm
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1040X time

Seems I screwed up my taxes, and my youngest's, by claiming him as a dependent when I should not have. I will have to pay more but he'll get a little back from this. PitA! I have two 1040X submittals and two RI1040X's on top of these.

Damn tax program let me down by not querying me on his student status: I think it should have done so based on age/income variables. I caught this before the IRS, but I only checked because the State flagged my forms: the State did not notify me, they put a cryptic note on their "Where's my refund?" web check page... I hate these people.

So, one 1040X ready for final entries and then I'll figure out how soon to mail each follow-on! Instructions are clear as mud. And no efile allowed- must paper mail with check in my instance.
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2017-05-13 08:50 pm
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Happy Mother's Day!

Yep-yep, it's back again this Sunday. As I did last year, I baked a cake for my wife (a 5X mom!).

These old pans are great! I cheated this year and used a boxed mix, but I did improvise and sub lemon juice for half the water.

Homemade buttercream frosting! I love my Wilton decorating kit though I only do the most basic piping.

This year my two youngest sons are taking mom to see the new Guardians' movie as a treat. I'll have to wait for the disc to see Rocket again.

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2017-05-10 09:56 pm
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Picture Pages

I've used almost 14% of my allotted 500 MB of photos on Dreamwidth... since February! It's taken me 7+ years to use only 53% of whatever the quota is on LJ.

Just because I feel I must post the like of these :D

So true! Especially in terrible weather.

This could have been done with a guy just as easily. Poor pup!
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2017-05-10 08:36 pm
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Lost in thought- random

A fraternity brother from two classes after mine died last week. I didn't visit him in hospice, or attend the viewing Sunday or funeral Monday. Truth be said, I hadn't seen this kid in nearly 40 years and even when he was in the house he and I did not chat it up too much.

Eddie was a great guy, though. He was always upbeat and had an infectious smile. Our paths rarely crossed other than meals or house events, particularly because I was two or three years older than he and we had different majors, and pledge classes tend to hang out among themselves. Regardless, I don't do funerals if I can avoid them now.

Heh, I saw a picture of the brothers from various classes who attended the send off, taken at a local restaurant. What a scary bunch of old men! I had to really rack my brains to figure out who some of them were, as again I had not seen most of these since graduation in 1978. Glad I don't look like that... ;o)

I need to write this all down because I want to remember last night- a dream I dreamt. Even now it is fading more and more. The colors were spot on, the scenery accurate...

I was at the Library, at the side entrance to the Circulation Desk, and I was approached by Eddie, but I could not rationalize what was happening because he was as I recalled him looking in college, young and smiling and easy going, but in the back of my mind I knew otherwise. I kept thinking this is someone else, but he spoke to me by name and all I could stammer was "Eddie?" and he smiled and said he had to be going now. He hugged me as he said this, still smiling, then shouldered a backpack, turned, and was gone.

A visitation? I do not feel guilt over not attending, but maybe he wanted to see me, or have me see him, one more time. Which is why I write this down so it doesn't just vanish like so many other dreams.
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2017-05-02 07:57 pm
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They Call Me Mister Tibbs!

This past weekend I watched In the Heat of the Night, 1967, for maybe the fifth time over the years. There's something that catches me with this flick. There's not an actor I don't like, not a scene that doesn't work, and not a line out of place. I don't know, call me nostalgic, this movie is just a good watch for me.
some spoilers )

This movie is currently available (unitl May 4) on if you subscribe to a provider that includes the TCM channel in its line up.
moonhare: (little bear)
2017-04-26 08:20 pm
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Born in the USA

Among some papers I came across yesterday when rummaging about here were the original bill of sale for my old truck, and even the card of the salesman who sold it to my mom.

pics, safe )

A quick look online using the VIN gave me insight to the truck's origin. This site decoded the numbers sufficiently enough to tell me where my old friend started his life: the Mahwah Ford Assembly Plant in New Jersey. The plant closed just six years after my truck was created, but there are of course photos here and there online of it. *sigh* What's happened to this country? This page wasn't too bad for imagery.

And Birthers be damned! ;o)
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2017-04-21 07:55 pm

Compliments of the US Government

The Food and Drug Administration wing:

It's fairly recent but I never saw this one before. My wolf fursona son, the smoker, had seen it: no  impact there :o( I love the whole city with its pig inhabitants that they invented for the ad.

Myself I had my first cigarette when I was 4 or 5. Stupid kid, I asked my mom for matches because my bother had raided a house ashtray and we ran out in our experimentation. We would smoke off and on for years. I remember I liked Parliaments with those recessed tips when I was around 9 or 10.

My favorite brand was Winston. I tried them all, but it was the red and white box that got me in the end. Can I blame Hanna-Barbera for this?

I used to watch this show a lot, even in New York (so that was when the show first came out).

I stopped smoking in 1984.

One for the road...

This song
This guy