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2017-04-25 08:44 am

My official last LJ post*





* until and unless something happens, of course.
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2017-04-24 11:32 am
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What I did this weekend

Or Sunday, rather. We bought an upright planter thingy and Toby painted it with water sealant and then put it together for me yesterday. Then Sunday morning we hit the shops and bought a couple of extra tall pots, plus dirt, rocks for drainage, and seedlings, then I spent the day getting that all set up.

cut for pic )
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2017-04-23 09:18 pm

I think...

...that we have baby woodpeckers because I spent several hours outside
today (pics in a bit) and Lord and Lady Downey kept trading off shifts. One
would fly off for a while, then come back and call, at which time the other
one would emerge from the hole and fly off. The first one would then go
down in the hole. I couldn't quite tell if the arriving one was carrying an
insect or not.

The internet tells me fledglings leave the nest in about a month, so we're
planning on taking off some of the dead limbs that look like they might
fall in the future at that time. Leaving the one with the nest hole, of
course.
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2017-04-19 01:08 pm

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There's a dove sitting on the chimney, cooing. The chimney is amplifying
the coos and making them sound rather apocalyptic.
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2017-04-17 12:47 pm

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This video is short (15 sec) and interesting and appropriate for non-gamers as well as gamers. And does not contain any Mass Effect: Andromeda spoilers.



We finished ME:A last night, after having not been able to play for 4 days due to friends and family over for the Easter weekend. This was the most memorable moment.
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2017-04-11 10:59 am
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What we did this weekend

We mostly worked on the patio/deck/back yard this weekend, putting together patio furniture we'd bought and doing a few things here and there.

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2017-04-09 08:40 am

Potential new neighbor

We've got a possible new neighbor. He's small and industrious, but I'm not sure he approves of Toby and me. He was out working on his house site yesterday, at the same time as Toby and I were out back putting our patio furniture together, and he kept coming out of the door and eyeing us suspiciously.

He may decide that living next to us is not worth the risk.

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2017-04-05 10:37 am
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Aaaand yesterday was inexplicably a slow day in LJ land as my breakup post made it to the top 25 of posts on LJ, was #5 the last time I looked this morning, and is gathering comments from people I'm not familiar with! Not complaining, just wondering why *my* post hit the big time and not any of the other million posts I've seen on the subject.
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2017-04-04 09:44 am

Well, they finally did it.

It's been a good 15ish years, but this new agreement LJ wants me to sign has done it. I'm stopping crossposting to LJ and moving over to Dreamwidth. You can find me there at [personal profile] telophase, same as LJ, and if you don't want to get a DW you can use OpenID to comment with your LJ, Facebook, or other creds. A warning: if I don't log in to LJ for 6 months, they can now delete my account and free up the user name, so I may vanish if I forget to do that.

The bits of the agreement I'm eyeing sideways under the cut:

Read more... )
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2017-03-29 03:47 pm

So what arrived?

In a previous entry I said we'd bought patio furniture, which was scheduled to be delivered by FedEx today, bu that FedEx claimed the shipment consisted of one box a foot square and 9" deep, with a weight of three pounds.

Toby was convinced that we'd somehow bought expensive dollhouse furniture. I was convinced that what we were going to get was a box with the warranty and some cleaning fluid in it (that's happened before when we bought furniture).

On the way home from dropping documents by our tax lady, we got a notification from FedEx that our shipment had been delivered, so the drive home was a bit tense as we wondered what awaited us.

So what arrived...?

Read more... )
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2017-03-29 08:47 am

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so the patio furniture we ordered is theoretically on a FedEx truck to be delivered today...the FedEx website says we're getting a single package 12" x 12" x 9" that weighs 3 pounds.

Hmmm.
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2017-03-29 07:26 am

Ugh

Everyone at work is going to be cranky tomorrow--there's a big storm that
just passed over and in addition to the tornado sirens that went off (they
go off for warnings, which means conditions are likely, not necessarily
that one's been spotted), the university sent out an alert on their info
line so everyone got a text AND a phone call.

There's also a lot of cranky parents right now who are getting the alert
because their phones are registered as the main contact but who don't live
in the area.
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2017-03-27 12:15 pm

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Does anyone know what search terms I can use to find the sort of outdoor rug/mat that I can just hose off when it's dirty, and can be left outside in sun, rain, and whatnot? "Outdoor rug" keeps getting me indoor/outdoor nicely woven rugs that I'd hesitate to hose down, when what I want is, I think, some sort of large plastic-ish mat that looks vaguely like a rug. The main purpose being mostly to protect the feet from deck splinters.

Context: after six years in this house we've finally splurged on patio furniture and therefore might actually start going outside occasionally. Naturally we've done so at the time of year when patio furniture is the most expensive.
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2017-03-21 09:04 am

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BTW, a Finnish animation studio is creating a new series of The Moomins, and is running an Indiegogo campaign to fund the visual development. They're working with Tove Jansson's niece.
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2017-03-20 05:06 pm

Also...

...we have a downy woodpecker hammering the part-dead tree in our backyard.
Between that, the cats, the great horned owl I heard the other night, and
the possum we caught on camera, it's a downright menagerie around here.
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2017-03-20 09:57 am

WOULD ANYONE LIKE A KITTEN?

Well, anyone in North Texas that is.

Part of the reason I've been scarce around here lately is that I've been occupied with a family of feral cats that took up residence in our back yard.

cut for kitten saga AND PICTURES )
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2017-03-10 12:54 pm

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Figures from Renaissance paintings photoshopped into present-day photos.

Been quiet online here, mostly due to hanging out on a couple of private Slack channels instead of my normal haunts. :)

Quick rundown of the eventful couple of weeks: Read more... )
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2017-02-28 07:44 pm

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Just got tickets for us for Circus 1903 in a few months. GIANT ELEPHANT PUPPETS. How could we not?

Other than that, not a vast amount happening around here.