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Ice! Ice! Baby;>!

So, when I took the garbage out this am it was SLEETING. Now, in most places such a thing wouldn't be unusual but this is Florida, even if it's NW Florida. Freeze, yes but last night we had sleet and Crestview, 15 miles N of us had SNOW. It'll be gone by noon but still....
Of course, the eejits like my older brother will make the usual "so much for your Global Warming" comments but they don't "get" that it's more unstable weather than just HOT with Climate Change.
I have a Feeling this Summer's going to be BRUTAL.....
Cheers,
Pat

Hawaii....

2 things that were missed yesterday in all the whining were:
Piss Poor Performance-In a real attack most folks would end up DEAD
Not all Media broadcast the Warning. A number of cell providers didn't. Again, in a real attack......DEAD.
Cheers,
Pat

Series Recommendation, 'Cheo-Yong'.....

I admit that I watch a lot more K-tv than A-tv nowadays(though B-tv is still 1st;>). Truthfully, I like J-tv better but outside of Seattle and San Francisco it's hard to find but K-tv is a close 2nd. Probably because I'm more attuned to Japanese culture than Korean so sometimes I'm either confused or irritated by a non-compatible cultural product. I admit the most irritating thing about K-tv is that women under 30 are pretty much "plug-n-play", that is, the actress or the part is replaced with another pretty much indistinguishable one...a lot like American tv in the 70's and early 80's.
Oddly, one genre where those parts and actresses get more substantial is in their Supernatural dramas like 'Cheo-Yong'. There, women can be smart, attractive and take care of themselves, not just as an assessory to the male characters and actors.....
'Cheo-Yong' is a series about a police detective that can see and communicate with the spirits that were Human at one time, assisting him in solving his cases. CY is not the most sympathetic person. Arrogant, Macho and making Clint Eastwood's characters seem verbose he spends most of his cases avoiding his coworkers(which usually gets them in hot water because they have no clue what's really going on). In season one he's partnered up with a detective who's best friend had been killed by a Possessed man that CY had been hunting. Also, the station is haunted by the ghost of a highschool girl who has a "crush" on the youngest detective and can't leave the bldg. The 2nd starts with the unit disbanded after the final battle at the station....
Lot's of fun and thoughtful as well. One point brought up by the ghost in the station and a number of episodes is "are Evil Spirits dead bad people or can good people be twisted by the circumstances to become Evil?". At the beginning of the series CY's definitely in the Evil=Evil but when discovering that his Exorcising a spirit beating a man lead to the man's wife and unborn child dying; his anger killing both those responsible for his and her deaths but ANYONE in the way.....by the end of season one he's not so sure.
Still a bit of a prick though;>
Cheers,
Pat

Frost Giant's Breath......

Well, if the paper mache-looking sculptures(it rained last night before it froze)and steamed spinach like foliage of a lot of normally Hardy(here in z8)plants, it definitely fell a bit below Freezing last night. And is to remain so for the next week.
I've decided not to morn(well not too much;>) the Dead but see it as spots for new plants. I'd be very surprised if the 'Ugli' Mandarin survived last night, let alone the rest of the Winter. We're holding off on our usual putting away the Yule décor on New Yr's Day till day Temps at least reach 40F since they go in the other side of the same shed that I'd put the plants I wished to keep(and could fit;>)and I'm not even going to check on them until the same.
We'll see what the rest of Winter brings....
Cheers,
Pat

Holy Eskimo Kisses Batman!!!!!!

So, it looks like we're going to get a Freeze worse than any since we moved here to BWB. I cleaned up the shed and since the side I have for plant oriented stuff doesn't have an outlet, I had to run a heavy duty cord from the other side so I can plug in our old radiant heater that used to be in the old house's bathroom in Winter. Runs fine, since I only need it barely warm to bring the Temps up above Freezing for the (sub)tropical. Supposedly it's not supposed to hit here till Saturday night but the weather weenies are NEVER to be fully trusted;>....
Cheers,
Pat

Projects 2018.....

Normally, I'd have come up with my next yr's projects by Thanksgiving but this yr;>.......
Since I didn't even finish most of last yr's, I've decided to cut back. For Spiritual I'm going to work through the Elder Futhark and attendant stave poems. For the Mundane I've decided that one of them will be reverse engineering my Mom's fav recipes. Her faves were in her head, even though they may have originally come from a cookbook(or magazine which is HARDER to reconstruct). For some, the original form will be fairly easy. Mom couldn't Cook when she married and her 1st cookbook was Betty Crocker and she had a lifetime subscription to Better Homes and Gardens(I have her original BH&G's). For many I'll have a place to start; the pre 1960 editions. Others, like her Jalopeno Crm Cheese dip I know all the ingredients from watching her but since she NEVER measured I've yet to "get" it. All forms have been good but....
Another Mundane is that I'm getting back into Hybridizing. I've already begun with Crossing Sinningia helleri with a Red margined and spotted Sinningia speciosa(the Florist Gloxinia). Right now it's a race between seedpods maturing and plant going Dormant. We'll see.
Cheers,
Pat
I like to support the work of my co-religionists but usually it's material that I've known about for decades. And while Wayland's book didn't surprise me with new Lore, it DID have a number of insights I hadn't. It also comes with a great "Clif Notes' version of pretty much every bit of Lore presently published in the English speaking world;>!
This is NOT a "101" book and if you don't have at least a "101" level understanding of Heathenry, you'll be often LOST. Modern Pagan/Wiccan background will NOT help. An incredible book for the newish Heathen which covers both the religious AND the cultural variations of Modern Heathenry. I greatly suggest buying it!
Cheers,
Pat

Arrrgh!

I'm annoyed. The fact that I'm not furious is due to a habit my family has had all my life of discounting or ignoring my Words. Doesn't matter what subject, They always have the last word.
Since we moved here and ended up in so much debt(not a lot of assistance medically or pretty much anything here in Gawd's Kuntree)I TOLD my folks when they mentioned the subject of Inheritance to leave it all to my brother. He was already giving us what we'd have wanted anyway, rent help and there for emergencies. For more than 15 YRS.
So, both are Passed and as usual my wishes were ignored. So, instead of my debts going the way of the President's and many of the 1%, it's been payed off. 2/3 of what my folks left instead of ALL of it going to my brother to repay him for his help.
And now, to add insult to injury, I'll NOT be using an EZ form for my taxes this yr;>......
Cheers,
Pat

Winter is coming!

The last order of bulbs arrived and are now planted. The Persimmon's leaves are not only fully coloured but now falling themselves. The Salvias and Pentas are still going gangbusters, giving the migrating Butterflies fuel for their travels.
The Maypop has escaped it's container and a wandering runner has popped up in one of the beds. I'll transplant it tomorrow. Now I'll have one for both front and back gardens! Not only are the blossoms lovely and sweet scented(and are the rare White form as well), they are the nurse plant for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. The Passionflowers at our old house provided enough that folks would drive by just to see the clouds of "Knock-off monarchs";>. Can't provide THAT much brose but at least enough to give the local population a boost.
Many of the early Spring bulbs are already breaking Dormancy; Freesias, Paperwhites, and a couple I can't remember their latin names;>. Come January I should begin to see some blossoms....
Cheers,
Pat

Report!

Well, just like a toothache when you go to the Dentist my sore L breast was improved when I went to the MD. She thinks it's a bit of Cellulitis(not Cellulite;>!)in the scar tissue from the previous abscesses and since it seems to be resolving, no need to subscribe antibiotics. Of course, if it gets worse again, make an appt. The Stress reaction that made me go from sore in breast to CANCER is much relieved.
She thought that the jump in A1Cwas probably due to the infection but thought me working a sliding scale on my Insulin starting at 66U x2 daily wouldn't hurt. So far it hasn't gone below the mid 120's so I'll up it to 67 tomorrow.
I was a bit disappointed today 'cause I planned to start riding the trke again but found the wheels flat and my compressor only has a blowout nozzle. I'll check with my brother if he has one tomorrow and if not, I've got to go over to FWB Tuesday for Chuck's MD apt so I'll just spin by Home Depot and see if they have one to fit.
On the Yule subject, the last ordered gift arrived so everyone is done!
Cheers,
Pat