Suggestions needed for motto

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:37 pm
watervole: (knitting)
[personal profile] watervole
 I'm nearing the end of a piece of cross-stitch that I've been working on for about a decade.  It isn't that big a project, but I had detours into knitting another other embroideries.  This used to be my 'travel' embroidery, in a case ready to go and easy to take anywhere knowing that I had all the necessary bits to do it.

It had a border of poppies and cornflowers and space for my own text in the middle.

But I can't decide what words to put in the centre.  It can't be too lengthy, a dozen words at most, and fewer might be better.

I'm hunting for something that says we don't need loads of possessions to be happy; that a garden is a great source of contentment; that life is to be enjoyed while you have it and maybe something ecological as well.

Now, clearly one can't manage all of that....


Random ideas have included:


Gardeners live longer

To be content is the key to happiness

We only have one world, treat it gently


Toss ideas at me.  Anything that sounds good.


Party-ready garden

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:18 am
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On Friday afternoon I hosted my fellow designers at a garden party. I'm quite proud of how good the garden looked when the guests arrived. A lot of work went into it. Here's my car trunk full of mulch and soil amendments.
My 🚗 was a bit back heavy yesterday.

I bought decorations like this string light that I put up on the fence.
The new LED light string is "warm white ".

many more garden photos under the cut )

I think it does look inviting. My coworkers all said that it was inspiring to see such a nice garden. So, while it was a lot of work to get it to this point, I think it was worth it. Particularly as I'm the one who gets to enjoy it the most.
Morning light 2.

Steaming ahead

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:14 am
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Don't usually get up early on Sundays, but today I was making breakfast at nine, looked out of the kitchen window and saw this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LNER_Class_A4_4488_Union_of_South_Africa

Needless to say I did not have a camera handy... It was hauling several carriages and for some reason there was a diesel engine at the tail end of the train, I suspect to provide a backup if it broke down or ran out of coal or something. I'm guessing that the summer steam excursions in and out of Paddington have started again - and it turns out to be The Cathedrals Express, on the route Paddington-Westbury-Yeovil Pen Mill, Weymouth-Southampton-Paddington

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t17/t0723d.htm

Unfortunately it's £100+ per seat, I suppose worth it if you're a steam enthusiast but I made enough long steam journeys in my childhood to satisfy me, I think.

Weekend todo: Party edition

Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:50 am
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[personal profile] apel
Friday
Prepare for party
2 pm First guests arrive



Saturday
Meditation
Laundry
Dishes
Clean up after party: Put B's chairs in my car, freeze left-overs, ...? 
Weekly prayer
Incoming snail mail
Fill medication organizers
Painting: Finish sanding downstairs space saver, fill in cracks 
Work: See Evernote


Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Pick up kitchen and living room
Gardening: Replace petunia with 1 lantana
Painting: Paint downstairs space saver, daub blue paint on screws outside

Monday
...

A bit wet

Jul. 22nd, 2017 10:17 am
vilakins: Vila in cold-weather clothes looking unhappy (weather)
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One of the many reasons we moved to Oamaru was the weather. It's a lot drier here than wet, humid Auckland.

The latest storm hit the whole country, but especially the east coast of the South Island, this area particularly badly. Oamaru got over three months of rain in 26 hours. The infrastructure couldn't take it, rivers have flooded their banks, State Highway 1 is closed in many places including downhill from us where it crossed the river, and houses in the North End, a flat coastal area, are flooded, and steep Don Street, one we considered, is now a river with water running under houses.

At first I was pleased to live on a hill - and so far we're all right as the rain continues - but we woke up to see a slip on the hill opposite. There aren't houses on the slope (another reason for picking this place - nice view) but I suspect there are on the flat under it.

We have to go to Christchurch next week, so I hope the roads are open by then.

Runner beans

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:34 pm
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 I only used to eat runner beans when cooked, but many years ago now, I observed my mother-in-law's tortoise eating raw runner beans with great enthusiasm.   So I tried one and found that I liked it.

Oswin does too.  Really likes them.  Can eat several in a day.

Today, she was eating a slice of cake.  Grandad came in with fresh supply of runner beans from the allotment and gave her half of a runner bean.

She took it with great delight, ate it at once, and only then went back to the cake.

I love a three year old who appreciates allotment veg!

The Great Repeal Bill...

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:24 am
ffutures: (Default)
[personal profile] ffutures
 ...seems to be an attempt to weaken most of Britain's human rights protection. There's a petition against it here:

https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/save-our-rights

spread the word.

gacked from [personal profile] history_monk 


Yongnuo 50mm f1.8

Jul. 19th, 2017 12:23 am
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[personal profile] ffutures
Picked up one of these lenses for my Canon a few days ago, took it out to the park and took some test photos on Tuesday. I think it's actually pretty good, and considering I got it for £30 I'm very pleased. One picture of berries is a bit out of focus, I think I simply got closer than the minimum for the lens without noticing, the rest are OK. Gallery here:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskZyx37y

I'm beginning to think more seriously about switching to Canon as my main system, but I'd want a better camera body, say 12 megapixels or better. The other thing I'd want to add is a longer zoom with some macro capability, the only other lens I've currently got is an 18-55. Whereas my most used Nikon lens is a 28-300 Tamron with macro capability. Any recommendations?

Another RPG bundle offer - Rifts

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:34 pm
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[personal profile] ffutures
This is one I'm fairly sure I'm not interested in, but it's supporting Doctors Without Borders and tastes do differ:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Rifts

Kevin Siembieda's Rifts® is set on a future Earth shattered by countless otherworldly invasions. This all-new collection, the debut of Palladium Books in the Bundle of Holding, is a well-rounded set of complete .PDF ebooks that give players and Game Masters everything they need for a campaign of mind-blowing, dimension-spanning adventure across a transformed North America.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$82.50. Customers who pay just US$17.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $38.50) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 384-page Rifts® Ultimate Edition™ (retail price $20), plus the Rifts® Primer (retail $3), Rifts® Sourcebook One™ Revised Edition (retail $10.50), and the Game Master Kit with useful play aids and pregenerated characters (retail $5).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more supplements worth an additional $44, including three World Books -- Juicer Uprising™ (retail $10.50), Psyscape™ (retail $10.50), and New West™ (retail $12.50) -- and the location supplement MercTown™ (retail $10.50).

At least one more title will be added after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.


I'll be honest - I own some of this system in dead tree format but I was never really that interested in the setting, and found it a bit rules-heavy. Having said that, it's one of the first true multi-genre RPG systems, and its take on putting the genres together is unusual, although not one I'd really want to run. As usual your mileage may vary.
 


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Jul. 18th, 2017 08:14 am
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"The rain was warm and dribbling, as though millions of incontinent hamsters had been suspended over the city."

--Chandland Raymer
Rodent Dick (1943)

10 JULY - 17 JULY

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:23 pm
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Posted by kidmarathon

{American Gods}
{fic}
- run right back to her by doctorkaitlyn -Audrey/Laura .

{DC Universe}
{fic}
- Time to Regrow by katleept -Batgirl/Ivy (Batman and Robin).
{drabble}
- got those pretty little straps around your ankles by templefugate -Barbara Gordon/Dinah Lance (Birds of Prey).

{Golden Girls}
{drabble}
- Those Who Matter by katleept -Blanche/Dorothy .

{Harry Potter}
{drabble}
- Slither by swan_secrets -Hermione/Pansy .
{fic}
- Midsummer's Night Magic by kiertorata -Lavender Brown/Parvati Patil .
{art}
- I happen to like nice girls by digthewriter -Fleur/Tonks .

{Joss verse}
{fic}
- The Greatest Thing by katleept -Willow/Kennedy .
- We'll always Have Minsk by brutti_ma_buoni -Anya/Dawn .
{art}
It's Magic - One More Collab With My Good Friendhenartorinos -Willow/Tara .
{drabble}
- Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast by <[personal profile] beer_good_foamy> -Faith/Buffy .

{Law and Order SVU}
{fic}
- "The 4th of July" by women_in_kevlar -Alex/Olivia .
- Gone by girlslash -Alex/Olivia .
- Hope by women_in_kevlar -Alex/Olivia .

{Power Rangers}
{drabble}
- Something Special With You by katleept -Trini/Kim .

{Spy}
{drabble}
- Sugar and Spice by reinadefuego -Rayna Boyanov/Susan Cooper .

{Teen Wolf}
{drabble}
- Five Times Malia Wants to Propose to Kira by doctorkaitlyn -Kira/Malia .
- Predictability by doctorkaitlyn -Kali/Violet .

{True Blood}
{fic}
- Show Me by dexstarr -Jessica Hamby/Pam Swynford De Beaufort .

{misc}
{challenge}
- femslash100 - Down

13th Doctor is Jodie Whittaker

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:11 pm
ffutures: (Default)
[personal profile] ffutures
Well, count nobody entirely surprised by this, after the Master = Missy thing of the last couple of series - The next Doctor will be Jodie Whittaker, an actress I know little about:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40624288

Let's hope the plots improve a little.

nvm

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:01 pm
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[personal profile] netgirl_y2k
Disregard everything I said last night about no longer caring about Doctor Who, I care so much I've just had a little cry from how much I care.

Petroglyph: Dancing teapot

Jul. 15th, 2017 04:44 pm
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[personal profile] apel
With some 12-step friends I went to paint ceramics at Petroglyph in San Jose. It was a lot of fun, but it's also kind of expensive.

Here are the colors I used.
Gradient colors: Mellow, Sun, Gold, Goldfish, Pumpkin.

Here's my dancing teapot after I finished painting it.
I painted a teapot at Petroglyph.

And the fired teapot.
My dancing teapot.  #petroglyph

Next time I want to paint a little Goddess statue for my garden. Isn't she cute?
I want to paint this gnome at #petroglyph.

Oral surgery

Jul. 15th, 2017 04:28 pm
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[personal profile] apel
The gums around my lower jaw canines have been receding badly for years. On Friday I had surgery for that. The periodontist took a graft from the left side palate and applied it to the lower jaw. The cost after insurance was about $2,200. This surgery was a necessary preparation for getting veneers. At the rate I'm going, I'll have presentable teeth by the time I turn 60. :-/

graphic images )

Weekend todo: Post-surgery edition

Jul. 15th, 2017 11:35 am
apel: What's the next action? (gtd)
[personal profile] apel
Friday
9.30 pm Periodontist
Fill prescriptions



Saturday
Meditation
Laundry
Weekly prayer
Incoming snail mail
Fill medication organizers
Painting: Paint downstairs space saver, upstairs bathroom shelf


Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Pick up kitchen and living room
Gardening: Replace catnip plant with lantanas
Daub paint on screws etc.

Monday
PTO

Things Come in Threes

Jul. 15th, 2017 11:06 pm
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1. I have a guest dog this weekend. An acquaintance from the park had to go down south all of a sudden because of a death in the family, and as she had enough to deal without trying to wrangle a dog sitter I offered to take him.

Barnaby is an Australian Labradoodle, and so cute that I've been googling pictures of puppies from breeders, or at least I was until I saw the price tags attached to them, at which point I remembered that one of the reasons I got Freya in the first place is that I was offered her for the low, low price of free to a good home.

The other reason I've only got one dog, despite the fact that ever since I switched from split shifts at work I've thought that it might be nice for her to have a friend, is that Freya is a jealous wee besom. She's been sharing her toys and treats fine, they've been drinking out of the same water bowl, but every time I go to pet Barnaby she'll walk between us and shoulder him out of the way. Earlier he got brave enough to come up on the couch with me and Freya jumped up and bowled the poor little guy off as though he was a skittle.

This is why, despite Barnaby feeling like a literal cloud, I've barely gotten to pet him.

Barnaby is currently curled up on Freya's dogbed, and Freya is up next to me snoring like a freight train. I guess guarding me 24/7 from other dogs I might like to pet is tiring work.

2. They're announcing the actor for the Thirteenth Doctor after the tennis tomorrow, and I will be tuned in despite the fact that I haven't actually watched very much of this last season. I watched the first two or three episodes, and I've liked Capaldi as the Doctor, and Bill seemed cute, but I have harboured a dislike of Matt Lucas ever since Little Britain was fucking everywhere, and I couldn't get over them making fucking Nardol a backdoor companion.

Anyway, if they announce Pheobe Waller-Bridge (or, really, anyone who isn't a white guy) I will gladly jump back in, and if they announce Kris Marshall I can close the door on this part of my fannish life with nary a look back. I actually think Marshall is a better actor than a lot of people do (he's been serviceable tilting into good in Death in Paradise) but the casting of another tall, goofy looking white guy would represent such a failure of imagination on the part of the showrunners that it'd make it really hard for me to care.

3. For those of us who missed Remix, [community profile] remixrevival is here. Yay!
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