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#A to Z Challenge–Q


Quitting Quest (momentarily) for

QUAIL

Yes, my favorite Q word is quail. They gather around our porches a couple times a day. Many of them. One could say a covey! They kept the snow from building up next to the back porch as they scratched it all down looking for the food we scatter for them. They look something like this:

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Even though they are here, I did see some on my trip to Reno. Just not as many all together. They are such interesting birds. My brother is in charge of feeding them. The quail know when he will be throwing the seeds for them. They gather at the end of the driveway to watch for his car. Then they run up the driveway into the back to be in position for seed. There must be four families out there. They don’t fly much, just run. They build their nests on or below the ground. We saw them stretching up out of the snow in the winter. Amazing quitters–critters.

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Pals

Once or twice a week in a normal week, my pals from Reno and I get on Google Hangout and chat. It is a way we can see each other and just enjoy our time together, even if it isn’t in person.

Thanks to my son and daughter I was able to see my pals this past week. One of those pals came to see me at my daughter’s and sometimes took me places. Even took me to the next city to see our other pal. We were too busy visiting and knitting to take a picture so I substitute this. The other pictures were of women around tables. We weren’t around tables. We were on the sofa (I like sitting on the floor.) And I believe there should be more guys who knit, feminist that I am.

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Even so, knitting with my pals while visiting was the best of fun, I think for all three of us!

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Yep, still behind, but still Plugging away. Check out the #AtoZChallenge to learn more.


Other Entertainments

I think it was around day three in Reno that I ran out of things I wanted to watch on Netflix. I wasn’t in a reading mood. I just wanted to work on my knitting and watch things when I was there alone, or even when I was able to be with my Pal (that will be my next entry). Since Daughter didn’t have cable, as I said before, I watched her Netflix or Hulu. So on to Hulu.

One of the first shows I ran across was Doris:

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I loved how her friends were there for her, how she wasn’t afraid to try even though she was scared to death! Great cast!

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Though the Age of Adaline had an interesting take about immortality, it merely points out how little the life of a woman has changed in the last few decades. Good for watching without analyzing, though.

The next time you want to have a good cry watch:

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OMG!!!! My daughter’s cat and Kali were on either side of me as I loudly cried. I had to stop the movie and reassure them that I was okay. If you have had cancer or friends/family who have experienced this awful disease in their lives, use your own judgment as to whether or not you can handle this bittersweet film.

The trips to and from home were packed with music and podcasts. But maybe I should share that later.

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Though I am still behind, I am still taking the #AtoZChallenge. To see how it is supposed to be done go here.

 

#A to Z Challenge–N


Now ‘N’

Which stands for Netflix. Which is what I did when I wasn’t visiting with friends or family. Here are some of the shows I watched:

 

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BFG (Big Friendly Giant) Held up to the book quite well. My Review Here.

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Oh, this was delightful! I loved how they treated the mental disability as a special ability. I LOVED the octopus!!!

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After two children’s shows, I thought I’d go serious with this one. It ends in a rather triggery manner so if suicide is difficult for you to watch fast forward that part. The rest is a good reminder to be good to others and not jump to our own conclusions. Though delicate in nature, it would be good to watch with your teens so as to discuss relationships and how we each see things differently.

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I love this show. I had wanted to be a midwife at one time in my life. I gave birth to my last two at home and found the experience far superior to hospital birth. Since I was only a season behind I found this newest, of the fifties and sixties interesting. The move from the healthier home birth to the overmedicated hospital births and the result of medication that caused birth defects very sad, though a truism in our history. I love how it follows the history of women!

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I was surprised to see this on Netflix. It, too, followed the book. Though I didn’t read the first one I read The World According to Bob. My Review Here. Which prompts me now to go look up more by the author.

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Helped me fall asleep. It was cute but the narrator made the show seem immature.

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One of the shows I looked at and didn’t follow through was 3%. I kinds of found it boring. Maybe I’ll try again later.

Next, there were others I tried and didn’t stay with are Life in Pieces, MST3000 (Actually watched it with family. One of many shows we watched that caused us all to laugh together.)

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Missed Messages

My sincerest apologies. For the past few days, to those who read these, I have been MIA. It is Mostly because I have been in Motion. We Motored to Reno where I stayed at my daughter’s while she stayed with her friends. It was as if I had my own apartment for a week.

I never had that. I went from my parents’ home to my husband’s home. After four kids and divorce, I was in charge of my own place but shared it with my children who were becoming teens. After children left the nest I married again. Another husband’s home. Most of my children have had the chance to live in their own places and learn who they are. I am proud that they have had that chance. Well, my oldest lives with his dad, but at this point, Dad needs the company. So oldest still needs that time. But the other three have had that experience and come out quite nicely.

So for this past week, Kali and I had the place to ourselves and enjoyed the quiet time thoroughly. Most of the time I found myself watching Netflix or Hulu. Daughter doesn’t have cable. So it was good to catch up on my watch lists.

Apartment living wasn’t as nice as living in the country. Every time Kali needed to go outside she had to have on her harness and leash. I had to remember poop-bags. Daughter’s apartment complex supplies the bags at certain grassy areas but I tried to remember ours. It was good to have them in my pocket. The time or two I forgot, it was nice they were still handy. It was irritating that others didn’t avail themselves of the bags. I assumed they were more into cell-phone gazing than connecting with their dogs. So I didn’t walk in the grass. I stayed on the cement nearby and Kali walked the length of her leash.

Meanwhile, this is Merely ‘M’! I nneed to Move on to the nnext letter in the #AtoZChallenge. Must Move on!!!

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#A to Z Challenge–L


I have to most amazing offspring. I love sitting around with any one of them and chatting. This week I get to do a lot of this. The Last adult-offspring came to visit me yesterday and will be taking me back to her place this coming week to visit with family and friends there.

The best thing in life, besides my awesome offspring, is Long road trips with Loved ones. Here is a picture of what we saw on our way home. That one cloud looked almost like a tornado or hurricane. Huge and all the way to the ground. Yet, as you can see blue skies all around us.

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Yet the ground was semi-dry and Hubby said that the weather had been rather nice at home. Wierd! More road-tripping tomorrow, YAY!!!

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This is part of the #AtoZChallenge. Brought to you by the letter ‘L’!

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And of course K means:

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This little sweet Kali who has a visitor–her MommaLaura, my daughter! So we are both happy. Kali can’t decide who she is going to sleep with tonight. Tomorrow she get to see the vet to get updates on shots and get her nails clipped. Then we will go looking for a doggy run for her so that when days are nicer weather she can stay outside safely sometimes.

Oh. K is also for Knit.

Here is the latest hat finished.

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The hat has a sun brim. Next is the sock I am STILL working on. knitting with thread on a small gauge loom takes forever! The next is another hat with the Andalusian stitch, another fine gauge that is taking forever. The doll needs a hat and a face but nearly finished.

Busy days ahead. Hope to be able to hit here. Looking forward to fun times with family and friends!

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Just Coloring

Thanks to Linda G Hill for reminding me that I like to color. Here’s what I’ve done on my two coloring books I got for Christmas a couple years ago. Yeah, I don’t do it very often.

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One-Liner Wednesday is brought to you by Linda G Hill.

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Cleverly, (not so much, really) I have combined #AtoZChallenge with One-liner Wednesday! Check them out and come and play–and color!


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Once again, sorry I’m late. Crazy computer problems.

If anyone wants to join in the #ShareYourWorld fun, check out Cee’s Photograph. Her site is wonderful to look at and she has many fun prompts to play along with, whether writing or photography.

 

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.

No. I haven’t done that. I would love to be in good enough shape to do it. On the other hand, I have been known to walk the 8-mile round trip to get my mail. Not very often, and VERY slow.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

I used to be a Shirley Temple fan. I knew all her songs and even tried to dress like her, curl my hair like her. Okay, it was sixth grade. What do you want? At the same time, she became a diplomat. She was a pretty good role model for a young girl.

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What is your favorite flower?

There are two. Hyacinths

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and Hydrangeas.

 

The first for the wonderful scent of spring. The second for memories of playing bride with my grandmother’s forbidden bouquets. I can still hear her yelling at me for picking them. That was in my Annie Oakley days.

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Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, bookcases, big screen tv etc)

Though I like to paint and look at paintings, I have never had much desire to add to my confusion but hanging things on the walls. I have a bunch of pictures I think about doing this with but can’t bring myself to mess us a perfectly good blank space.

I’d love to have a hot tub and a never ending pool. I love being in the water, I love swimming!

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One can never have enough shelves or books! Even with my eye issues, I want a lot of books around me and the best way to organize books is shelves.

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Nowadays we are all watching our own things. A big screen TV seems like overkill.

I’d like my dishwasher to work, but we are doing fine with all of us keeping that up. I wish I had a built-in vacuum system because we are all bad at doing that chore right now.

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Hubby and I need new beds (he needs a reclining type). Our bedroom shower needs to be usable as getting in and out of my life-dream of an antique claw-foot tub is dangerous for us now. 😦

Mostly what we need is more outside storage, a shed to keep our tools in. A chicken coop that can be moved. A dog-run for Kali to be outside more–with a house and protection from predators.

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While doing this dreaming, a few more windows need to be doubled for the weather. A working self-sufficient system for water and power, and heating. A swamp cooler might be nice.

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A wrap-a-round porch me and a cat-io for my felines. And a lot fewer weeds as I know the three of us will never get this house protected by fire on our own power with hoes and rakes.

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I don’t want much. 😉

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

At this point last week is so long ago. I guess that in itself is something to be grateful for. Getting the double recliner into the living room. Life is coming together for us. I still love it here and am so grateful for the wonderful people we have met here.

I’m looking forward to seeing my offspring as they tell me they are coming up soon! Yay! I’m so glad the weather is getting better so I can see family and friends from elsewhere.


Improvements… I Have Living Room Furniture!!!

I have been waiting a long time but now I have a sofa and a double recline. Bring on the company! This isn’t House Beautiful, but it is certainly Living Room Comfortable!

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Sorry this is late. I had to photoshop vacuum the floor. With fibro and hubby’s bad shoulders, and brother working nearly all the time the real task doesn’t get done like it used to.

I didn’t find a place on my computer that I could crop photos. I messed with trying to get this out last night at midnight but the computer was frozen and I couldn’t do anything on my phone or tablet to fix the photo. Remember when everything was on these gadgets and if not you knew how to find them? I HATE windows 10!!!! Bring back files _I_ make! Organization was so much easier back in the day. Remember Commadore 64, and right around then before they made all these “Improvements”? Gosh, I miss those earlier processors that I could control!

I’m so sorry this turned into a rant but it is better than throwing my computer through a window!

But I am grateful for Living Room Improvements!

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This was part of the #AtoZChallenge Brought to you by the letter I.a3113-i

A built-in prompt (letter of the day) every day for a month!

 

 

 

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