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Curried Goat in a paper cup
14 April 2018 @ 09:51 am
Photographic evidence to try to explain my last entry.

This is a random proper Federal...


This is our house...

Notice how the right hand chimney is a little far to the right and set back, you can see that the peak of the roof is in front of it?

Now here is the side of our house...
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(Ignore the horrific garage attached on the right.) Note the sort of blank-looking area where there are no windows? That's where the original Half-Colonial would have ended. On my screen it almost looks as if there's a color shift on the left, there, where it goes into the newer part, but that is not the case in real life, as it's probably been resided and certain painted a number of times since the front part was built. It's the spirit of the old part of the house exerting itself. ;)

Compare to a proper Colonial...

Eliminate the growths they've put on the ends, and consider only the left hand side of the house, make the door less grand and shove it over under the third window, and then check if that isn't the side of our house.

Colonials and Federals are not much different from each other. Federal has a flatter roof as a general rule, really bad in our climate.

The irregularity of the spacing between the windows on the second floor make me think there could even have been an older shape. ETA: Just had a conversation with Eor about this, and he points out that if the gap between the windows were even on the top floor the window above the door would be offset and that would look wrong. People would notice. Okay, that makes sense to me.

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Curried Goat in a paper cup
13 April 2018 @ 06:35 pm
14) "A Year In The Maine Woods" - Bernd Heinrich

Heinrich is a modern naturalist. Here he journalizes about a year, telling us about all the bugs and creatures and plants, as well as human interactions. There's possibly a little grumpy old man in his disappointment that things are not how they were when he was a kid, but he has a good time overall andl eventually gets to the swimming hole. :)

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12 April 2018 @ 08:36 pm
We just had a fun visit from a young couple who live down the road. She's with the Maine State Historical Society and doing a thing for the local historical society about the houses on this road, so they ran all over our house ooh-ing and ah-ing and showing us things we'd never seen or wouldn't have known what they were if we had. There are rosettes scored into the wood of the oven door and the mantle in the parlor which were apparently made with a three-tined fork. Eor and I suspect this is like kids these days putting stickers all over the furniture.

Her educated guess as to the history of our house and why it's so weird in it's underpinnings (making it difficult to shore up properly) is that the part the kitchen is in was the original house, with the door at one end and the chimney at the other, a large room and a small room downstairs and same upstairs. It's called a half-colonial, and was very popular in the town in Massachusetts from which the first settlers of this town came. Then they built a whole full colonial [ETA: Federal, sorry] at a 90 degree angle to the first house, in the process adding another set of fireplaces back to back with the first chimney.

Well, anyway, it was interesting to us... :)

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05 April 2018 @ 01:53 pm
Since I can't seem to stop reading Facebook like the cool kids, I might as well write about some things I'm encountering, there.

I'm reading this book right now, and decided to do the challenge on Facebook of trying to condense the plot into six words. Only, there is no plot.

naturalist journalizes eating bugs, watching ravens.Collapse )

[ETA: Learned a bit of old wisdom from this book, too, today: In this part of the world, check your supplies on Groundhog's Day. If you reach February and still have half your supply of firewood, hay, and root vegetables, you'll probably survive.]

One of my friends there offered up for grabs something called "Internet-connected alarm clocks". He says he has three but has decided to invite a faceless multinational near-monopoly into his home as a constant presence, so has no more need of these items. I responded that I was baffled by the concept, as I have an alarm clock that I bought at a drugstore 25 years ago. It has two switches ('alarm off/on' and 'set time/alarm') and three buttons ('hours', 'minutes' and 'snooze'). The third button is superfluous because I never use it.

Someone posted a link about how to kill stinkbugs. Weirdly, I recently realized that I can't smell stinkbugs at all. Eor has crushed them just to show me how much they stank, and I found I had to get my nose right above it to smell it at all. Then I decided it was "Slightly earthy. Not unpleasant." People on the Internet have compared the smell of stinkbugs to the aroma of a paper plant, and I grew up around so many paper plants that it's not unlikely that my nose is dead to that.

This is the first day of a three day weekend for me, which is going to be a norm for the next two months. We're trying out doing a 4-10s shift and my first week was a little exhausting. I'm feeling sort of okay with not doing much, but I really should move a little, now.

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30 March 2018 @ 11:20 am
13) "Ship of Destiny" - Robin Hobb
Why does she choose these melodramatic covers and titles? An enjoyable book, feels a bit dated. I could come up with a plethora of complaints, but then it would sound as if I didn't enjoy the book, and in fact I did. It kept me picking it up, enthralled. It was a fun yarn.

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29 March 2018 @ 02:06 pm
Yay, I found my official government pen just before throwing those uniform trousers in the wash! (It probably would have come through the wash fine, of course.)

ETA: took out the extra link and needed to add - but I did NOT find my pocket work journal with all my work passwords in it until after my trousers came out of the wash. *sad trombone* (It does seem to have come through only a little blurry.)

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29 March 2018 @ 12:52 pm
3 miles, at 3mph gives me 222 calories. I'm OCD enough to like numbers that feel somewhat symmetrical.
(It also leaves me with twanging muscles in my calves, similar to when I get leg cramps at night.)

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It's always a bit of a challenge gathering my brain back together after having been away a few days. I went to make oatmeal for breakfast, and had to pull all of my oatmeal set-ups for the week out of the cupboard to determine if there was still one with oatmeal in it. I usually just dump the dry ingredients into a pan to cook I don't usually wash the glass jars in between uses.

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And also, while I was in Rockland, I happened to run into my cousin's kids. He's as handsome and charming and musically talented as the men of my family tend to be. He's also at that stage of his life where he's young, has left home and is couch surfing. I think he's trying to live off his music. Consequently, his figure is a shadow of what it ought to be. I'm debating if I ought to send a text to his grandmother (my aunt) and suggest she invite him up for a visit. She lives only about a half-hour drive from him. I'm sure she'd be happy to feed him up a little.

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19 March 2018 @ 07:26 pm
12) "Mockingjay" - Suzanne Collins

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17 March 2018 @ 07:26 pm
11) "Catching Fire" - Suzanne Collins

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