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Tracy Leppold
Interests: Art, books, quilts, knitting, cats, nature, Buddhism
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I stupidly downloaded the first chapter of a hilarious book in progress and let in something that sends us several Nigerian scam emails a day. Hopefully they aren't giving us viruses, and of course I won't click on any of the attachments. They have lots of versions of it, lots... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
I didn't like the way my latest post was so mean spirited. I was surprised to see that man watering the neighbors mostly dead lawn. His face told me a story. Later I was thinking what a heavy load that kind of daily hate is. Heavy to always be mad... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
Mildred was driving to work one morning and saw a crabby old man. He'd dragged a chair out into his front yard, pulled the hose out as far as it would go, and was sitting there spraying water on the lawn. Sensible to sit if you can't stand she thought,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
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I was going to do something else to this embroidery, but this little beetle is sitting on it. He matches it perfectly, so he can stay. My husband swears that they come right back in the house as soon as we put them outside. "There it is again, the exact... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
Mildred wished someone would hurry up and invent an inter dimensional closet. Open the door to somewhere else, and you'd have infinite space to store your junk. She could imagine people would start filling those other dimensions up quickly, especially Americans who have too many things and never throw anything... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
Here's another woman who is deeply involved with her environment. http://debbielyddon.wordpress.com/ Her ocean is different from Grace's desert, but both are inspired by their surroundings. Grace uses those nice dirt browns. This woman uses ocean grays and blues. It looks different, but their involvement is so similar. I was thinking... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
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I've been enjoying my friend Grace's blog Windthread. She lives in rural New Mexico and is completely involved with the place she lives in. It's so much fun to see all the plants and rocks and colors in detail, and hear about the wind and the rain and heat. I... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
It sounds more exciting than it was. Getting up at 5:30 to be in LA at 7:45 is no fun at all. I do park and ride to avoid getting trapped going around and around in circles on downtown L.A.'s one way streets. The express busses zoom past the stopped... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
I love this song. I sing it to the lizards I see in the spring. Of course I didn't find my favorite version until I'd posted the first one. It's my evil ambition to give you all an ear worm, or maybe teach you a new song. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
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This looks like two pictures. Love how Lelu fades out at the top, and how the crow stands out at the bottom. Bitterly tired tonight, happy Friday. Sent from my iPod Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
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It's spring already and the birds are nesting everywhere. There's a very aggressive mocking bird in the neighborhood that has it in for our cats. There's also the neighbor's cat Floyd, who hangs out on our back steps with his nose to the crack under the door singing love songs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
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He's been in my mind's eye for weeks and I've finally pulled him into the physical world. We're waiting to see The Wind Rises. It will be lovely. If this posts sideways I'll fix it when we get home. Sent from my iPod Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
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Rain, finally. It was wonderful. Sent from my iPod Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
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I stumbled over the Temple city Camellia Festival today when I was out driving around. It was a small carnival in the little central park. Everyone was having a good time. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
The cats too. Can you compare them? They're predators, but they're vulnerable to dogs, other cats, mean humans, cars. Now that I can read their ears I can see how scared they are. I never open the door to let them out without a lot of looking and smelling and deciding. Ears forward means they're confident. Ears halfway back means they're not sure. Lelu looks outside ears forward, oh I want to go out there. Then an ear goes back, is that crazy neighbor cat out there? She wavers for a long time, and a loud sudden noise will have her safe inside in a second.
You were talking about the does fighting. Pecking order, right? All mammals seem to have it. Was it because you'd seperated some and putting them together again upset the balance? Or would they do it anyway?
Which ones do you seperate and why? I know nothing about the goat realms, but it seems very tribal. Interesting about the boss goat. Is there a female boss and a male boss? Do you always keep the males away from the females unless you want to breed them?
I think of a motto type thing. There's a crow perched on top of a pine tree. The word is Vigilance. Because they see everything. A crow shaped day might be tumbling through the sky with friends for the fun of it. I needed it too.
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Crow form. It's a good thing to imagine. You can use it in a sentence, "And then the day went all crow shaped." I wonder what that would mean.
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Here, this is better. It posted upside down from my itouch. No, were weren't hanging upside down by our knees taking pictures. We might have when we were younger. We went up Highway 2 into the San Gabriel Mountains yesterday for a field trip. The weather was sunny and in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
He looks like a sweetie.
Toggle Commented Feb 17, 2014 on 351 What it Might be, at windthread
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Here, this is better. It posted upside down from my itouch. No, were weren't hanging upside down by our knees taking pictures. We might have when we were younger. We went up Highway 2 into the San Gabriel Mountains yesterday for a field trip. The weather was sunny and in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Mildred's Mess
You're in love with that horse. I can tell.
Toggle Commented Feb 16, 2014 on 351 What it Might be, at windthread
You were always able to lead the goats to their other place. You just needed the encouragement from the horse trainer, and a little knowledge. Congratulations, you'll be able to fo more and more with them. Wonderful cuff, wonderful books.