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And where have I been? [Apr. 2nd, 2016|05:49 pm]
e_moon60
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Working on the revisions of Cold Welcome.  Rehearsals and services for Holy Week.   Getting sick on Holy Saturday and thus unable to sing Easter Sunday.   A little knitting (presently close to the end of the cuffs on a pair of royal blue socks, which will be the 4th pair of the year.)  A little (in the past two weeks) taking walks on the springtime land and taking pictures.  A little cooking (including making up a new dish that is good but needs adjustment.)   Watching (with continued and increasing dismay and disgust) the self-destruction of the Republican Party by its various candidates for the Presidency and their entourages and overwhelming inability to figure out what they're doing wrong.

Not that I'm 100% agreement with anyone else, but the GOP began heading for this cliff decades ago and steadfastly refused to change course.

Soime photos of spring in late March, early April, below the cut

Bird-behavior-cardinal-finch-3-19-16 Cardinal and House Finch ignoring each other

       Bullfrog-03-08-2016 Bullfrog

Indian-Paintbrush-3-08-2016

Lg-adj-red-bellied-woodpecker Red-bellied Woodpecker, male

Bluebonnets-near-dry-woods
Bluebonnets & other native forbs--once covered with Ashe juniper

Swale-3-31-16
This was once bare, compacted ground, now covered w/native grasses & forbs.
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From: (Anonymous)
2016-04-02 11:54 pm (UTC)

March and April landscape

It looks as though you are well into spring in TX. I'm in Virginia and I'll be darned but we keep flirting with frosty weather so I am holding off with putting out any annuals or tender veggies. This is on the southern coastal area of the state and even with the El Nino.

I'm glad to know others get into knitting socks, I also tend to knit smaller objects such as socks, gloves, mitten and hats. I can do larger objects such as shawls, but haven't done the infamous sweater. For me what has held me back is that as a plus size lady a.) the discouragement of seeing what size it would be to knit, and b.) for style it's recommended that DK weight yarn be used to keep down bulk. Yippee, yahoo, knit forever to make a big sweater in tiny yarn! Since 2003 when I finished my Ph.D. I've learned to knit again and have progressed to cables, lace and now color work, so maybe that sweater will come. Enjoying your socks and other stuff!

Thanks for your patience in reading my drivel.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-04-03 12:35 am (UTC)

Re: March and April landscape

Lots of others are into socks. Are you on Ravelry? There are several groups of sock-knitters. I went for a casual one.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-04-03 12:36 am (UTC)
MUCH joy at feeling better on my part, too.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2016-04-03 11:26 am (UTC)
Love seeing the photos of the land.

I got the new loom warped yesterday. Dish towel is now in progress.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-04-04 02:37 am (UTC)
I saw that image on Twitter...very impressive. When we first moved here, a weaver had one of the stores downtown and produced beautiful stuff. I believe she's in south Austin now.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2016-04-04 10:43 am (UTC)
I'm hoping it isn't too steep a learning curve from where I am now to "beautiful."
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From: (Anonymous)
2016-04-03 12:05 pm (UTC)

Green

It's nice to see some green. Got my motorcycle out of storage but it has been raining all week. This morning there is snow - enjoy the summer up here in New Hampshire.

There is an article on NY Times.com concerning a southern lady who is the queen of socks.

Jonathan
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-04-04 02:13 am (UTC)

Re: Green

You should have real summer by June, shouldn't you? We will be in the furnace by then.

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[User Picture]From: mevennen
2016-04-03 05:02 pm (UTC)
Great photos! I hope you're feeling better: it is rotten to have to put off plans because of illness, especially, somehow, in spring.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-04-04 02:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for the sympathy. I am not a patient patient. Apparently, as one gets moderately older, one must admit that the recovery takes longer. I'm not feeling patient about that, either. Today was lovely, but after singing at two services this morning in church, I came home and face-planted in the bed, unable to go out for a walk. Still not completely well. OTOH--alive, can see flowers from my window, and am back to a normal diet and not coughing all the time. Improvement will occur on its own schedule.
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From: sheff_dogs
2016-04-04 10:43 am (UTC)
Sorry you missed singing in the Easter service, I guess singing in that service with the rest of the choir is a wonderful feeling. I'm glad you were able to sing yesterday.

The lack of resilience with all of it's implications is one of the things I find frustrating with a chronic illness. Knowing it is never going to 'get better' is rather more than frustrating.

In my part of the UK we have the under storey flowers in bloom, the ones that flower and seed before the trees are in full leaf. So primroses, celandine, wood anenomes, daffodils, irises. The earliests ones, snowdrops, aconite, crocuses are completely over. The earliest flowering cherries are done too

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From: (Anonymous)
2016-04-03 11:24 pm (UTC)

Great Photos

You have some really nice images there. I love the bull frog and REALLY love the woodpecker. FYI, photojournalist for 34 years and now just a commercial photographer (victim of shrinking market). I hope you are feeling better and I can't wait for the release of Cold Welcome.

Ed Bunyan
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-04-04 02:18 am (UTC)

Re: Great Photos

I had thoughts of going into photography seriously at one point, but first came kid and writing books (both time sinks) and then came digital photography and its effect on the market for images. So now I document what lives on our place, and take whatever other pictures I want for my own pleasure. The woodpecker picture was a gift...I looked out the window in late afternoon, a shaft of sunlight between the clouds caught him right on the red. Grabbed the camera and caught it. Overall a bit dark; I confess to letting Paint Shop bring it up a bit brighter.
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From: (Anonymous)
2016-04-04 05:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Great Photos

All great images are a gift. The light, the moment, having the right equipment and the talent to see the image ready to be captured. The rest is just artistic magic. Don't worry about admitting to having to correct an image. ALL images need to be corrected somewhat, whether it is sharpening (all images need this), color correcting to make the image what you saw in your minds eye or cropping to help the viewer focus on the main elements of the image. I personally am glad you followed the writing track or else we would not of enjoyed the great worlds you created.

Ed
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