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 Sorry for the long silence, everyone.

My mental health decided to give me fits all of a sudden and the stress of . . . everything . . . did not help. My emotions have been very up and down and all over. And anxiety makes it difficult for me sleep at the best of times. So  I just have not had the spoons to interact all that much.

I feel better now. I could be better but I think this is about as good I'm going to get while Agent Orange and others like him are running this much of the globe.

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Florida, or at least the section of it I live in, is usually ranges from warm to hot, often with high humidity for added flavor. But during the winter time, it does what I like to call our Winter Week. Just a week - sometimes shorter, sometimes longer, in the winter months were it gets cold. Actually cold. Most people here consider it cold if the outside temperature drops below 80 or 70. But this morning when I got up it was 46 degrees F. Which is actually cold. It's supposed to warm back up over the course of the week.

Because it is cold and I like it, I making chili in the crockpot. Chili is good for cold days. And hot days.

People living in Florida aren't used to cold and most of them don't have the clothes for it. They have to layer. I kept some of my winter clothes from Colorado because I'm often cold so I do okay. But I've seen people having to double and triple layer light jackets. To be fair to those people, it's not like they need a thicker coat most of the time. Not in this section of Florida. Northern Florida gets colder more regularly - it's winter can actually be called a winter. The rest of the Florida, winter generally gets means its drier.

Note for anyone who comes to Central Florida during the months between May and September, remember that while that is where it is nice and hot here, it also when it rains. Afternoon thunderstorms are an almost everyday occurrence. And hurricanes, even if they don't directly hit the area you are in, can still dump a lot of water in the surrounding areas. So be prepared for rain.

September and October might be better times to come in terms of weather. It isn't quite as hot and humid and it isn't usually raining every day. Of course, that's when most people can't come. Because the little ones have school. But still and since not everyone has kids, something to think about.

Well, ta-ta for now.
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Today, my family lost one of ours. Lancelot was one of the four-footed members of the family but none the less loved.

He was a cat of four years of age. He lived up to his name, being a bold, adventurous sort from the day he was born.

Unfortunately today he was attacked by two stranger dogs. I don't know how they came to be in our yard. I just know the end result was a badly injured cat. Care was given but his injuries were too severe and Lancelot crossed the rainbow bridge at 7: 48 PM. I am sad to see him go - I would have liked many more years with him - but happy that it means he is no longer in pain.

Lancelot is survived by his brother Gallahad and his mother Boot along with the rest of the family. 

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Squirt, my sick feline friend, is continuing to improve. She is already a lot more energetic and alert than she was. Of course, this also means she is energetic enough to make giving her the medicine interesting. I think it is mostly the messing with her mouth that she doesn't like.

A heartfelt and grateful thank you to everyone who donated toward her vet bill and expressed well-wishes and prayers. They were all very much appreciated. Thank you.

Just in case anyone was curious, Squirt is an 11-year-old domestic shorthair. She is black and white in patches, like a Holstein dairy cow. I adopted her as a kitten when my dad found her after her mother had either abandoned her or had died.

She was tiny so I started calling her a little squirt and it soon stuck. She apparently likes that name because any attempt to change it has meant with abject failure.

Squirt is an indoor kitty and seems to prefer seeing the great outdoors from the window to experiencing it directly.

Once again, thank you everyone for your help.


Aug. 4th, 2016 08:48 pm
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Last night my feline friend Squirt start getting sick and today we had to take her to the vet. They gave her some antibiotics and some fluids but are also running some blood work to make sure it isn't something more serious. She is perking right up so fingers crossed.

But as most of you know, the vet isn't cheap and unfortunately we don't have a lot of money. We paid the current bill but that does leave us flat broke until payday and w
e are tapping the relatives to get through until then. But if she needs anything further, I won't be able to pay for it.

I would be extremely grateful for anything you all could kick my way. If all you've got are well-wishes for Squirt, that's cool.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

UPDATE 8/5/2016: Squirt is continuing to perk up and her lab work came back all good. So looks like she needs is this course of antibiotics. So yay!

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 Goals for 2016


I saw something similar on Ysabetwordsmith's blog here on DW and thought it was good idea. Without further ado, I present (in no particular order) my goals for 2016:


  1. Actually look at this list of goals more than now and at the end of the year so I might have snowball's chance of accomplishing some of it. I have shamelessly stolen/borrowed (delete as you see fit) this goal from the Wordsmith on the grounds it is a sensible idea.

  2. Make a website for original writing work.

  3. Make practice quilt. Accept that as my first quilt that it will not be the best.

  4. Finish butterfly quilt for Mom.

  5. Finish embroidery on the rose quilt squares.

  6. Finish rose quilt for Aunt Nene.

  7. Finish rose throw pillows for Aunt Nene.

  8. Finish lavender flower pillow thing.

  9. Consider other small fiber-craft projects such as making bookmarks, etc.

  10. Complete one piece of writing, either one poem, one chapter, one episode script, etc per original series idea. Post said pieces to see which get nibbles and otherwise generate interest from audience.

  11. Create basic supporting materials for series, such as basic character sheets, cast lists, etc.

  12. Make writing Twitter account. Remember to actually login and use it.

  13. Continue Berettaflies pieces. Finish making character sheets for my already created characters in that thread.

  14. Experiment with writing – try something new like a structured poem that isn't a haiku.

  15. Continue to improve writing and look for opportunities to increase skills and knowledge.

  16. Participate in at least one bingo fest.

  17. Start regular prompt session similar to Poetry Fishbowl or Magpie Monday.

  18. Re-obtain some form of regular employment to help support self while building writing career.

  19. Continue to volunteer at local library.

  20. Go through closet to remove clothes that no longer fit, and take them to a charity.

  21. Work on getting degree out whatever institution nonsense is keeping it in limbo.

  22. Fill in the blank: __________. Again, something I have again stolen / borrow from the Wordsmith. Because one is right that sometimes you pick up surprise goals that you didn't see coming but deserve credit for.


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