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Old 08-24-2021, 07:47 PM   #381
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Sorry, I've been AWOL for a while. Apparently, if you're sick and out of town, you stay in the hotel $$$$, have people bring in your meals. My latest goal - start tweeting. Yes, I've said that before. And it still feels like foreign territory. And I may not ever figure it out, but my plan is to write up a word document with a bunch of possible tweets and then start tweeting. Just the thought of it makes me nervous. I'm going to read your posts and then reply to them.

Good luck to everyone reading this.
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Old 08-24-2021, 07:52 PM   #382
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HI, Little Earthquakes. I love your logon.
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Old 08-24-2021, 07:59 PM   #383
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Of course the other thing to do if you're sick and out of town is to not tell anyone. I would have to be very desperate to do that. I have strong feelings about keeping my germs to myself. But of course the thought crossed my mind. Another possibility is to rent a car, sleep in the car, at campgrounds, and then tell the car company to do a thorough cleaning job. I think that's probably what I would have done if I'd tested positive.

I'm glad you were able to make contact with your condo resident's kids. I think it lifted your spirits because we humans want to be heard. At least that's a strong issue for me.
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Old 08-27-2021, 02:27 PM   #384
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Yes, greetings Little Earthquakes.

My 11 year saga to get our siding replaced has finally reached "The End" of the saga. Today, on our own deck, we had the long delayed (supply chain issues) screen installed. Nothing else to be done. Checkmate.

Where the action is: a random walk around SF led me to several other similar threads.

Looking for accountability partners (task check in) #2

What is the next thing you're looking forward to #2?

Something you're proud of

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Old 08-27-2021, 04:14 PM   #385
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I remember the siding saga and all it's setbacks and challenges. Big congratulations that it's finished.
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Old 08-31-2021, 07:33 PM   #386
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Hi,

My latest challenge - my teeth are rotting out of my mouth. Oy, Vey!

My next challenge, getting three quotes to replace the lateral line in front of my house connecting to the sewer system. $$$$$ I'm applying for a grant which will help with the cost. Fingers crossed.

My writing - I have some fun parts that I'm working on. (Jody has gone to the dark side.) and I have some more boring things to write - necessary but not all that interesting so it's my job to somehow make them interesting.

My tooth really hurts right now. I'm actually looking forward to the day when the dentist pulls it.

I've given myself a challenge - no solitaire for a week. As you probably remember, I'm a solitaire junkie. Anyway, the plan to is to exchange writing for solitaire. It's working. I'm getting a lot done.

I found a peace garden in a Tibetan Buddhist temple close to my house. Besides being a place of healing and peace - I need both - there were some great quotes that I copied to use when I start my Twittering. Don't worry, they're quotes from people like Martin Luther King, Jr. Mother Teresa, and Gandhi, so I'm not plagiarizing. In writing this post, I realized that I didn't know how to spell Gandhi and Buddhist. Well, now I do.

Wishing you good things.

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Old 08-31-2021, 10:27 PM   #387
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Oh boy, this will be a very tiring month. Lots to crunch through and all before Sept 30. Plus, or minus?a much anticipated and planned/paid for 3-day celebration of my Dear Partner's birthday with a weekend trip out of town. Had a hard time recalling the last time I packed for an overnight voyage.

Just happens that my regular assistant is ready to help and my regular partner for co-counseling sessions intuited to email me this morning. Water for a thirsty me.

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Ah, D, 2 yucks and a plus. Very good idea to swap in writing and take a break from solitaire.

Positive healing vibes for your aching tooth and the sewer connection. May your Grant be granted ...
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Old 09-06-2021, 12:19 PM   #389
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Hi, R.
Thanks for the healing vibes. Tooth is MUCH better. Enjoy your celebration. You've earned it. My writing - Jody's gone over to the dark side. It's a lot more fun writing about dark than light. Believe it or not, one of the hardest things to write is a love scene. There's the head-over-heels, crazy kind of love, and there's the stand-by-me kind of love. I spent a good part of yesterday listening to love songs. (Songs do it better than poems IMHO.)
Off to the metaphorical races.
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Old 09-08-2021, 01:12 AM   #390
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Not sure why sin is more fun than virtue. One of the strongest messages I had to offer 6th graders was on this very issue. I told them the course of their lives weren't likely to be horrible the first time they try one of the many many offers to come during their teenage years. Maybe not the second time either. It issue was the 9th, 20th and 50th times. They had to know their stops beforehand because if they didn't those around them might not supply any for them because they didn't have stops themselves.

I'm getting ready for a short vacation out of town. The research is one of the fun parts, and off to do more of that now.
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Old 09-15-2021, 11:00 PM   #391
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Back from vacation with several delightful memories and yet another reminder. The reminder is I live in the NW part of WA state, it's often cooler and rainier than the forecasts. Dress with layers for warmth and take an umbrella.

My latest grant project enters the turbulent stages. First, my client is going to be offline much of next week dealing with an audit. I'll have to pick up her sections. Yuck. Second, my assist had to drop out because of fatigue. Yikes. Asked a couple of friends for their help. One has accepted and I await the other.

Meanwhile, we had our window "dressing" upgraded on 6 windows today which meant dragging a lot of stuff away from the windows. Took maybe a full hour for the tech to put them in, now it's putting things back. Also have to start filling the coin jars again.

LIke in soccer (I've been enthralled by the footwork of Ronaldinho and Messi on youtube), to make the goal requires fancy footwork.

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Hi, R,

I didn't know you taught sixth grade. What you said reminded me of a sermon I heard a long time ago. People don't usually decide, "I'm going to be a horrible person. Like lost sheep, they nibble their way into lostness. I guess it takes baby steps to get somewhere bad as well as to get somewhere good.
Good luck with your grant project. Sounds challenging.

Me - On the fun side, I'm meeting with my book club today, and they are wonderful people. Also, there's a Buddhist monastery (I hope I didn't already tell you this.) near our house and they've planted a peace garden. Wonderful place to spend ten minutes or two hours.

On the work side, I have a good first draft of the love story, and the first half of the love scene written. (Hard stuff for me.)

Good wishes on everything.
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Hello thread. Got to musing on sacrifices and swaps. Like D. swapping in writing and out playing solitaire. During this intensive run I'm sacrificing playing cards in person or online (which I don't enjoy as much) and possibly my reading for pleasure. Also, I play through 4 bridge hands a day and that might have to go.

So far, holding up well with the listening to New Grub Street on Librivox (with the Gutenberg Project open in case I want to copy out a line or two). Also the 4 hands of bridge, which I'll get to next.

Footwork on the grant has been my once reliable assistant dropped off due to overwork, and one of the two friends I invited to rush on field dropped off due to an uptick in responsibilities. Still have one person left.

The goal is to have someone I can co-edit with together to catch odd phrases, correct spelling and grammar, and spiffy up the organization.

Sort of rainy chilly days, just ideal for hunkering down without regrets I can't be outside.

D: A decent set of friend, a pleasant garden for contemplation, writing going well, is that not happiness?
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Crossing 2/3 of a very busy and crazy month. Two complicated projects on line, plus assorted orders falling do, machines to repair, and the random threats to peace and wellbeing of being alive.

So, today, I've worked 3 hours already on my grant. I'm behind about half a day because I meant to add new stuff but ended up working on corrections to a couple of pieces of work. Did find a co-proof reader, so that's a great thing.

Having a bit of burst of energy, so here my question: do I score the last 5 grant proposals I'm committed to review for my volunteer work? Or do I do 2 maybe and then continue with keeping the daily chain alive? I do know there's an energy gift when something is finished. This is balanced by the energy drain of doing 5 in a day.

Consulting the magic oracle: my energy will be replenished if I take good care.

What do I make of that?
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Hi, R,
Good wishes with your energy management.
Me - more bad stuff. Don't want to talk about it. Feeling very depressed.
I have two more plot pieces to work out, and then I'll have my first draft finished. I'm having fun scrapbooking, gardening, and making wall hangings. That's the good stuff.
Take care,
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