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I am over the stomach bug and morphine effects, still a little drippy from the cold though, thanks McCaffery! And we did get to go out the last day we were there and saw the new Robin Hood with my Love's sister and her husband. I loved that movie even more than I thought I would.
Toggle Commented May 21, 2010 on Morphine is not my friend. at Butterfly on the Wall
Thanks John - I can always count on you to do the research! ;-)
Toggle Commented May 21, 2010 on Morphine is not my friend. at Butterfly on the Wall
Is that the same Sod of "Sod off!" fame? And who is he? Sounds Norse. Here he is known as "Murphy." It isn't fair! But then I'm unemployed and tried to go on vacation. Maybe it was punishment. Sod's vengeance? Ick? :-)
Toggle Commented May 19, 2010 on Morphine is not my friend. at Butterfly on the Wall
Florida was a wonderful, sun-drenched 90 degrees and I wore sundresses and cute sandals and reveled in it -- for approximately one day. Because then? Then, people got sick. With a stomach virus that was conveniently going around. And some of us had to go to the Emergency Room because she has a very low tolerance for discomfort and when the entire abdomen of this person is pulsating with excruciating pain and she is dehydrated because everything is coming out and nothing is going in, then she will say good-bye to her dog in case the pain is actually her... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
So if I'm not writing or reading, what have I been doing? 1. Dog/housesitting in a little village near my home and they had a porch with a hammock and a nest of wrens in a gourd and it was like vacation. Yes, vacation. From my frenzied life of unemployment. And since I had so much time, I watched a few things on Netflix. Like North and South. (The UK one, not the US one. Class war, not Civil War.) Which brings me to my greatest accomplishment of the last two weeks: 2. I discovered Richard Armitage. Oh my. Of... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
Looking at one's garden is amazing! I don't have one exactly this year (except for the volunteer plants, bless 'em) but in years past almost every evening my Love and I would just go walk through it and look at things. And, since we were organic, we'd always find and have to kill (nonbeneficial) bugs. Very romantic, that.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2010 on I'm not a reader, either. at Butterfly on the Wall
Vexstasy - :-) McCaffery - Thank you - I feel honored that you feel honored!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2010 on I'm not a reader, either. at Butterfly on the Wall
I used to be a voracious reader. Voracious. I was the kid who always had a book - actually two or three, so that I could pick up whatever I was in the mood for - to fill the empty spaces of life. It helped with school, though not so much with social situations. I got teased for using "big words," though I didn't do it to be pretentious. It's just that I picked them up from reading so much, and one tends to incorporate what they have learned into their life. Once, at a friend's slumber party, I told... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
I'm glad you liked it, but sorry too, because of why. It's an icky mess, and though it doesn't help much, for what its worth I know how much it sucks to be in the place you're in right now. Though I don't always comment, I do always read and it's rare that I don't come away with something from your posts, just so you know. Thanks to you too.
Or "grotty" as I have learned they say over in The Land I Want To Visit So Much It Hurts, aka the UK. No, not that. It's just that I feel like I'm dying. And I got two moles removed last week that I'm waiting to hear if they are cancer and the very day that I got back from the dermatologist CUTTING me, I look in the mirror and see a brand new dark brown pinprick mole of death right below my eye that I have never seen before and why couldn't I have noticed that BEFORE driving an... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
Thanks as always V - I needed to hear that. I often take things WAY too seriously. And thanks also Kate - it's always nice to hear that someone enjoys my view of things! I hope you do return, and I'll do my best to get back on track here.
Everytime I try to write out something coherent about what is going on in my head, it just comes out an icky rambling mess, and I don't want to share. I'm not liking my tone. I.e., I feel like this blog started in one place and helped me process some stuff, and now when I come here it keeps me stuck in those old attitudes and I want to move on. It's that thing about physical location change helping me with emotional change. Also the computer? It hypnotizes me. And balance I'm not so good at. Grammar, either. We'll see.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
Thanks! I have not tried Picasa - I switched this to black and white totally by luck with Photoshop. I have no idea yet what I'm doing with that program, though I am determined to learn. I like that process -> progress. Sort of like "breakdown" vs. "breakthrough"! Your last post was very touching by the way. I didn't comment because anything I said would have just messed it up. But one of my first thoughts was what another commented mentioned about grieving for what was and what might have been. I do hope it gets easier for you.
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2010 on Processing at Butterfly on the Wall
I am processing right now and don't feel like writing it all out just yet. So here's a picture. When I was little I spent hours upon hours in the woods. Sometimes with friends, sometimes alone, sitting in a tree reading or wading in the stream. I don't go to the woods nearly enough nowadays, if at all, and it is a damn shame. We're very worried about ticks and Lyme's disease these days, with good reason I suppose. We had plenty of ticks 30 years ago too, of course, but maybe they weren't as toxic? All I know is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
i vaguely remember the sheep, but I am bad with names and can't recall at the moment. I never watched that one as it wasn't on WTBS - the station that ran all the old shows before Nick at Night and TVLand - so I missed it. wait--sherry was her name I think. My Love and I have been gorging on British shows lately - Monarch of the Glen, Ballykissangel, Hamish MacBeth (love me some Robert Carlyle). I have trouble with that accents sometimes, but love them!
That is too cute! Do you still use those words with him, as a good-natured tease? Because I have a few that my brother still brings up from time to time. To be fair, I am definitely not an aural learner. Can't remember a thing unless I write it down. And if my Love and I are having an informal Spanish lesson and he breaks out a new word, the first thing I say is "spell it." It's like I can't get it until I can picture it in my head.
As we have established, my Love was born and raised in Cuba. When he came to the U.S. 12 years ago, he did not speak English. He is now fluent, but of course he speaks with an accent (which, by the way, I love and would not change for anything in the world.) I often feel like Lucy to my Love's Ricky. (Note: When I first told him about I Love Lucy, he informed me with some disdain that Ricky Ricardo is an absolutely ridiculous and un-Cuban name.) He has never seen the show so my humorous references to it... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
I love this - it was exactly what I needed today! Thanks!
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2010 on No More To-Do Lists? at Knot Sew Crafty
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Thank you! Abby is much more photogenic than me. ;-)
Last year we grew four rows of potatoes. A little ambitious perhaps, considering there are only two of us. But we wanted to grow white, red and gold varieties, and that started to add up. Actually this sums up our whole garden philosophy which is how it got completely out of hand and made me not want one this year, but when spring comes around I just can't help myself, especially when things pop up without any work like this chard, a gift from a failed planting last fall: and the raspberries: and the strawberries that we thought drowned while... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
Thanks for the tip(s)! Your post was great - it's good to read tips from someone who's actually done it, especially since I don't do much hiking and the one overnighter I did was not a fun time. And therapeutic is exactly what I envisioned too, so I'm glad to know it worked out that way for you. I don't know where my peeps hail from. That's something I wanted to look into more before I went over there. I'll probably have time as I think it will be at least a couple of years.......
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2010 on The New Life Plan! at Butterfly on the Wall
Wow! Thanks so much! It's always nice to know that people are reading and getting something out of what I have to say. Rereading this again now, I think it really was mostly a purging of perfectionism and shoulds, two things that I constantly wrestle with, and my struggle to find a voice that feels like mine. Still working on it, but feedback like this helps me keep going, so really. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Apr 9, 2010 on I am not a writer. at Butterfly on the Wall
...and so am I! I am so happy to be back home with my Love and my dog where everything is suddenly so green, green, green and to top it all off, the barn swallows are back from Cuba. Well, I don't know if our particular swallows go to Cuba, but since my Love says that the birds overwinter there, I'd like to think so. For me, it's another connection to that beautiful country. Also? Someone got a little too comfortable sleeping alone as I found out last night when I woke in the middle of the night clinging to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
I have a new assignment for the next week or so as home-based nurse while my mom recovers from a knee replacement. This is a house with *choke* no internet. GAH! Luckily I don't have to deal with open wounds or anything, because I have a very low tolerance for bodily fluid ewww. I can't even pick ticks off my dog. One of a long string of reasons why I intend to remain childless. In the hospital this week they had her hooked up to a little machine that would beep madly if her she forgot to breathe. I'm going... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall
He's been known to carry my purse on occasion, too, if necessary. And HE IS OK WITH THAT. One of my oldest and dearest friends is coming for dinner tonight with her husband. Though we only live about 35 minutes apart, we don't get to see each other as often as we would like. With two kids and her own business, she is very busy. Unlike me, who just sits at home and whines a lot. Back in high school, she taught me horseback riding and gave me emotional ownership of one of her horses since me having my own... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Butterfly on the Wall