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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,102

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

They have now.

I'm really proud of how well President Obama has handled so many crises, this week especially. It's been a horrible time in too many ways to count. But at least among all my other concerns, I don't have to worry about some doofus in the WH making things worse. We'd be in deep guacamole w/o him.

People are going to remember Ferguson for a lonnnnng time.

All that unwarranted police violence. Not good PR to be locking up legislators and journalists and ministers! Not good to be locking up American citizens at all for exercising their rights either. Big mistake.

Well, the desk has to stay outside (covered) because it's too big to fit through the narrow doors

in this house. I have a certain Art Deco wardrobe downstairs too, because nobody could fit it up the steep and narrow cattle chute stairs. Not complaining - several people told me they would've fought me at auction for this house except for those stairs, so I have reason to love them. Who needs a gym here?

Like you, I love experimenting. Necessity being the mother of invention, and all. Another fortunate double find one trash day was a crappy Art Deco desk with great hardware (I'm never w/o a screwdriver) that I took off, and on the other side of town miraculously the exact same desk in great shape except no hardware. I'm good at simple math.

I forgot to tell you about the set of 5 big deep wooden drawers from a missing chest that I also found last week. Three of them will go under the elevated bed upstairs and 2 will stay downstairs for dog beds. I'm tired of blankets scattered all over the living room floor.

Happy bargain hunting!

Well, dammit, I forgot to ask for some cake and ale.

Did you save me any?

I really enjoy my own bike although I understand why many wouldn't.

It's an old lady's bike with wide tires and coaster brakes, the kind I grew up with. 24" tires. Handlebars set so I can sit upright when pedaling. Heavy duty wire saddlebag baskets on back, big wire basket on front. You don't want to know how much cargo I can haul on that thing. I've even hung shopping bags from the handlebars. It's definitely the glue factory reject of the bike world. If I'm really lucky, I might be able to get an electric motor on it before I get too feeble to pedal, and some adult-size training wheels for stability.

Just thought I'd post that for comparison so real bike enthusiasts could feel fortunate by comparison.

So little time, so many books!

As it should be. I'd rather run out of time than books, w/o which the time would hang too heavy.

Thanks, they're on my want list.

One of those I bought at the last library sale (5 hardbacks per dollar even I can afford) is a collection of CS Lewis' letters. Seems he was quite intent on getting books at the library too when he could, in order to save $ for more books he wanted that they didn't have. It's really quite a lovely collection of letters.

Well, at least I was forewarned for this one and set down my coffee cup before indulging.

That's a real keeper. I trust you won't mind if I share it around, with due credit of course. Most people could use a good hysterical fit, depending on the type they choose.

You and Rug both can lift my spirits as few others do.

I use those myself. Not the oil. Just because

a stuffed chair or sofa doesn't look quite right to me w/o one.

Of course my grandparents had them and kept their furniture, which was old when they bought it. A great deal of it has been hauled hither and yon during my travels, too. Not everything I own is curbside vintage!

But absolutely the most beautiful house (to me) I was ever in belonged to the great grandmother of a childhood friend. This grand old lady never even succumbed to electricity of any kind although she did have gas lights on the walls to supplement her oil lamps. Some of her stuff predated the Civil War.

The one person who drove me to fleeting homicidal fantasy was a guy I met immediately after moving to an extremely rural area in California right after leaving L.A. He had just moved too and was having an estate sale after inheriting the place from his own great grandmother. I said I'd be there first call and asked if by any chance he had floor lamps for sale. He puffed out his chest and bragged that he'd already thrown out a lot of that 'old junk' in the trash, and there'd been several floor lamps but damnit none of them were even electric! All too quickly I realized trash day had already come and gone, and I wanted to leap for his philistine throat.

You owe me a new keyboard for that one!

Thanks just the same. I almost fell off the chair laughing.

I never tire of reminding fundies that Jesus didn't turn that water at the wedding into soda pop. And the Pharisees called Jesus a winebibber. The usual fundie excuse, IF indeed it can be called that, is to claim that liquor was needed in those days to purify bad water. Well, besides the other problems with that idea, their deep wells were probably less polluted than our water today because they didn't have tons of industrial waste or artificial fertilizers from factory farms.

Now I do understand that Rome's municipal water delivery system probably put more lead than advisable into the water, but so far as I know most of the Mideastern systems were based on underground tunnels cut through rock or at least lined with stones, weren't they? I'm sure YOU know.

Thanks. I'll certainly buy a new bathroom heater and

despite a bit of decision whiplash, be extremely alert to UNPLUG the heater after every use. Maybe even start setting a timer downstairs so when it goes off, I'll be reminded. So long as I don't get so ditsy I forget what the timer's supposed to remind me about.

Until that happy day when I actually have a working (improved) outlet for the new heater, I'll have to do one or the other about the percolator contents. At least a percolator won't create enough heat to evaporate the water very soon at all, especially with the lid on. Someone I know left a full 12-cup perc on for almost a week when they left on vacation. On return they had a slightly lowered level of sludge but no fire. As for motor oil, extra safety's one reason high-performance motor oil was recommended - the greater heat tolerance.

Thankfully I don't need to create too much extra heat. The downstairs plus the steam from an extra deep, extra hot tub already make the room almost tolerable. I only need another 5-10 degrees at most, and that in safe proximity.
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