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20 October 2018 @ 05:33 pm
Yesterday, Eor dropped two smaller ash trees (5 inches and maybe 7 inches diameter), bucked them up, and got the branches and wood moved to appropriate places. He cut down quite a lot of large honeysuckle bush and a buckthorn tree. He harvested potatoes and got the garden leveled back out, and brought the potato grow boxes (you stack them and fill them with dirt as the plants grow) down to the barn for winter storage.

I'm trying to think what I did... I know I cooked us a huge breakfast, went for a blood test in the morning, and stopped at the grocery store (where I let a random elderly lady who'd lost her husband use my phone to try and find him). Then I spread compost around to a bunch of holes in the lawn, and mowed some of the lawn. Cleaned the previous bunch of potatoes off so Eor could have the potato baskets to harvest into.

Today, Eor cut up the buckthorn and honeysuckle, and I ran them to the dump. I planted garlic. Eor dropped a staghorn sumac and half a large double ash tree (probably 16 inch diameter), bucked both of them, and started to split the ash, while I brought up a lot of the cut and split wood.

As always it can be summed up that he does the hard work and the dishes, and I pick up after his work, do a bunch of driving around, keep us fed and do laundry.

We did finally decide where we are going to build a woodshed. That only took five years, so it'll probably only take another 20 to finish it.

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12 October 2018 @ 10:07 am
Last night I started reading my grandmother's last journals, when she was declining with dementia. This is fascinating, seeing the good days and bad days, the things she hung onto and the things she was losing. She mentioned my cousin/her granddaughter Di several times, and clearly appreciated her help and seeing her. :) Also, don't think Meals On Wheels and even simply Christmas caroling or otherwise visiting the elderly is not appreciated and enjoyed! And never underestimate how very important pets are for their companionship - she obviously adored her little dog, who alerted her to anything going on, including the neighbor's farm burning down, and she wrote several times about how they had acquired her.

And she was conscientious about noting how people are related - maybe that was a habit formed from having read her grandmother's journals. Mostly before Grammy the women in my family were briefly reporting the weather, some movements ("went down town"), things baked, unusual items bought (like bananas), the fact that they received a letter from someone (but not what was said in it), and they don't contextualize any of it.

Incidentally, I started to transcribe one of my great-grandmotherl's journals some months ago, and did quite a few pages, but now I can't find it. *weeps* It was hard work, I don't want to do that over.

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11 October 2018 @ 03:06 pm
I've spent my day having a cold, meandering around doing laundry, eating and reading. And then I read one of my grandmother's journals from when she was maybe 16/17, and on the first day I read she was doing the same thing. "I slept late, I had cinnamon toast and hot chocolate for breakfast, I read "St. Michael's Gold"."

"C-" (who she would later marry, my grandfather) figures largely in every entry. He apparently worked for her father in the store at that point, although he was also puttying and painting the windows, and taking her for drives and picnics and long rambling walks. This diary has 14 pages for the entire year - I suspect she was usually too busy to write. Or she pulled all the pages out and burned them because she had no privacy.

My cousin (from that side of the family) is sending me Facebook messages about "Fake News". I'm not even going to engage in this, I do not have the energy, today.

I did not have cinnamon toast and hot chocolate. I fancy I should know how to eat better, being 52, not 16. I had a soup with chicken, rice and spinach, flavored with scriracha and beef bullion, for breakfast, and toast with garlic butter, made with raw garlic. It's supposed to be good for colds. And for lunch, more toast with garlic butter, then zucchnni with garlic butter and soy sauce. And I read "The Tin Woodman of Oz". I need to make a journal entry about the last three Oz books I've read, plus... what was it? damn, I don't recall. See, that's what happens when you don't make your book entries on time.

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22 September 2018 @ 08:58 pm
43) "The Scarecrow of Oz" - Baum

This was another one where Baum took characters - Trot and Cap'n Bill - from other books of his ("The Sea Fairies" and "Sky Island") and brought them to Oz. He seems to have forgotten about Glinda having made Oz completely invisible to the outside world and they manage to get there by being carried across the desert by big birds. I guess that spell must have worn off.

This was much more of a story than many of the Oz books, with evil kings and star-crossed lovers and such, but then there was another long denuement where they have to get brought to Oz proper and meet everyone important.

It's odd how often his humor has people being rude and often callous to each other. Button Bright at one point walks up to a young man who's crying and just says, "Who cares, anyway?" Is that because men are not supposed to cry, therefor we should shame them? I don't know. Well, I still laughed, even though I did think it was mean.

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44) "The Poacher's Son" - Paul Doiron

This was a really good mystery and a good story with a lot of realistic Maine background, and kept me really hooked throughout. There were unfortunately some tropes he used that I was kind of annoyed about. A shame, really, as I would have preferred to have recommended this book without reservations.

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21 September 2018 @ 05:43 am
After falling asleep all day yesterday every time I tried to write anything, I go to bed and lay there, listening to Eor snore, until midnight. Or, well, it felt as if I was just laying there, because when I got up at midnight and took an Advil PM I was surprised it was that late, so I suppose it's possible I was actually asleep and dreaming I was lying awake. I hope it's not that my brain has become trained to put me to sleep every time I write. That's about the worst possible fate I can imagine for myself.

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20 September 2018 @ 09:44 pm
42) "Tom O'Bedlam" by Robert Silverberg

It escaped my notice, when I said in my last post that there was a very 70s feel to this book, that in fact it came out in the mid 80s. I don't know if he did the 70s feel on purpose or if he was just old enough that it came out that way. Probably the latter, because there seemed to be a certain... cultural / racial insensitivity? I think it won't be too spoilery to say that a lot of people die, but that it felt to me as though most of them were not considered important because they're non-white people. The main female character does hook up with a light-skinned black guy near the end of the book, and there were a few very specifically ethnic background characters, but this felt like a clunky effort. "Here, let me go out of my way to give you some non-whites." And the 'saintly' guy mentions having lived in an area with a lot of 'immigrants' and having moved on because he didn't like their company. It felt so... non-saintly, to my sensibilities.

And I can't get started on the whole business of 'bitch' being equated with 'slut'. For one thing because it just gets too long and complicated and I have to tell half the story to make it make sense. The story would have been better off without that character.

. . .

This whole writing thing is really not working, today. Every time I've tried to write I've gotten so sleepy it's ridic. I should really get to bed, I want to be up fairly early to go help with the Historical Society Pie Bake tomorrow. (It's the yearly fund raiser.)

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1) I busted my ass last week giving a class for one person. Six hours in the room with one person.

I get back from my days off to find out he quit.

2) Some confusions the boss and I had months ago came back to bite us in the ass.

3) And, in much lesser annoyances, I discovered that arugula, microwaved, smells like skunk.

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14 September 2018 @ 10:51 am
I know I'll finish "Tom O'Bedlam" by Robert Silverberg, and I should probably wait until I'm done to comment on it, but often I forget things, later. I get into the next book.

Something I really notice in this book is the ridiculously 70s focus on making sure there's a woman in every scene showing at least somewhat sexy. Wait, no, I lie. There are no women around Tom, he's travelling with an all-male group, and he's so far about the only person who's not much of an asshole. So I guess that women and sex go with assholes?

There's a huge cast of asshole (to one degree or another) characters - a scam artist who's in an asylum and trying to juggle having a wife and a girlfriend come visit him while he also has a thing with a synthetic woman who's also a patient in the asylum and occasionally screws another female patient just to get information out of her. There's a guy who was an anthropologist who's now joined a cult and is writing a book about it at the behest of the cult leader, and he has a young woman who was in one of his classes who hooked onto him because she thought he was brilliant. There's the woman who works at the asylum, who seems to be the only one who's not a doctor and attends staff meetings. She has no special paramour at the moment, so all her sexy moments have to be either inside her head or her stripping because she likes being naked. It all has this pathetic vibe of trying to live up to the 70s ideal that everyone wants an orgy all the time. And then there's Tom, the wandering holy madman from the desert, with no women around him. What will happen when he encounters a woman? Will he fall?

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14 September 2018 @ 10:32 am
41) "Tik Tok of Oz" - Baum

It seems that he's just reaching for a title, here, as Tik Tok doesn't actually get that huge a role. This is really about Betsy Bobbin, but she can't be "of Oz" because Oz has officially been closed off to allowing any more people from the outside world in. I strongly suspect Betsy Bobbin of being a crossover character from another book which didn't do well.

The Shaggy Man gets a big role in this book, too, as he's out wandering around yet again, and has left Oz to look for his brother. Shaggy (as he is called throughout this book - I don't think we've seen that before) gets to be noble at the end, as he adopts Betsy, accepting exile from Oz as the result of doing so.

His love magnet is working differently, now, as he has to actually show it to people, but when he does they're literally falling-at-his-feet in adoration - one young woman even rushes to him and hugs him, which makes him a little uncomfortable. I almost for a minute thought he was going to have a Romantic Interest. There ARE romantic interests in this book, the first time I've seen that in an Oz book, though discreetly brushed off into the corners. The Rose Princess, Ozga, and a young man named Jo Files are always off by themselves, talking.

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07 September 2018 @ 08:57 pm
39) "Carpe Jugulum" - Pratchett

One of my all-time favorite books. I had been rereading the witch books mainly to get to this one, because I was desirous of experiencing again the way he moved everyone up in the pecking order of Maid, Mother and Crone. And the development of Mightily Oats.

40) "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" - Baum

Can I just say that having Ozma have a magic picture in which she can see things happening, and Glinda have a magic book which which she can read about things happening... kind of makes them too powerful? I mean, he could say that Ozma doesn't happen to be looking at the right thing at the right time, or Glinda can't keep up with reading everything that happens. And then Glinda can always fix everything, anyway. The quest is going great and then the main character (Ojo) runs up against the Tin Woodman going "you're not ripping a wing off one of my butterflies, that's cruel!" (Ojo needs it for a magic potion to turn his uncle back from being a marble statue.) and instead of finding a way around that (why not find a butterfly that's just been killed by a spider?), Ozma just brings in Glinda to fix everything. Magic wand!

I don't think I'd read this one, before, not sure why not. I thought I had the whole set when I was a kid, but must have been missing a couple. The Shaggy Man is a really useful character, isn't he? He can just be tramping around for the heck of it, because that's what he likes to do, and find people. Probably because I missed this book before, I had not realized how useful he was.

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