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IrishAyes

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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: 5,885

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

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.

Thanks. Bookmarked for ASAP.

I might have trouble affording a lot of other things, but I can usually squeeze out enough for another book. First I'll have to see if the library can get it for me, though. SOP. They're hoping in another 6 months or so to be able to get Piketty's 'Capital in the 21st Century' for me. Wish us luck.

The other book really sounds up my alley, too. Maybe I should be embarrassed to admit such nerdy reading tastes, but I also have one book on 16th Century clothing styles and another on various nun's habits through the years. Yes, I'll really sit there and read about different designs and materials used for buttons after they arrived on the scene. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Yes. Please see #7.

I certainly do value my precious percolators. That's the kind of coffee I prefer, damn near espresso and you won't get it from a dripolator. Can't afford a French press! Can't afford the new electric percs either, so I snap up every used one I find. Currently have 3 others waiting in the wings in addition to the gorgeous Art Deco I bought off eBay. Cotton covered cord and everything. If President Obama ever drops by for coffee, I'll take it down off the top of the frig and use it, but otherwise it stays put where it is. Beautiful thing. Carved wood handle, too.

Sometimes these old ones I find for $5 max will still last for years and years. I think impatient people buy them because they do make better coffee than a damn drip, but then most people aren't willing to wait 10-12 minutes either. That's probably one reason they ditch the percs.

Since you're one of my favorite thrifters, I'll share what I found curbside the last couple weeks. A like-new Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner, and farther on, a giant mahogany office desk where someone had vacated the premises. Must've run out of room on the truck. I took out all the drawers so maybe nobody else would snatch it up before I could return with a truck and help. By evening it was in a far corner of my porch, well hidden from the street by tall spirea and 1/2" lattice. It now serves as a stand for all my potted shade plants, the restored drawers hold various tools etc, and the knee well would make a fine shelter if the dogs ever needed it in an emergency. Of course I covered the top with several layers of newspapers and a tarp, then pieces of leftover tub surround. Thing weighed way over 100 lbs before I put the drawers back and loaded it down with plants; hope the porch boards hold!

Especially since I don't know the technological expertise of the writer who

recommended the motor oil, I think now that I'd rather listen to your electrical engineer! Please relay my thanks. I wouldn't be heating the bathroom over half an hour anyway. Thanks again.
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