jesse_the_k: Macro photo of left eye of my mostly black border collie mutt (BELLA focused eyeball)
I've been decidedly child-free since my first period. But I do love my dog! Bella loves us back.

She brings such enthusiasm to every encounter that I can't imagine tallying her favorite. Playing that deep strategy game "stick" is high on the list. I shot this video yesterday after she'd been running around the yard for at least 15 minutes straight.

That man is MyGuy. He picks up a stick and waves it in Bella's field of view.

Bella, a medium-size black dog with floppy prick ears, drops what she's doing. She leaps for and takes control of the stick, twirling about a bit.

MyGuy picks up the other stick, holds it out until Bella realizes, OMG! a STICK. She drops what she's doing, leaps for and takes control of the stick, twirling about a bit.

Repeat until exhausted.

eta: The password is "bella"

Use the password 'bella' to watch the vid )
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  • Cross-country on US Hwy 49, two-lane highway running through the centers of many small towns. We had to pause for wide loads and very wide loads, both trailers straddling the full roadway. Fortunately, no tractors.
  • Destination at 4:30, in time for clearing skies and a lovely sunset. Our little house is delightful! <grumpy>(Except the bed. No bed is as good as my bed.) </grumpy>
  • Bella was pleased by the fenced yard, but truly astounded by not just a squirrel house, but a weathered tree providing a squirrel apartment building.
  • MyGuy magically shopped & cooked an omelette. Then we all fell into bed and slept hard.
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The US's national dress-up holiday is the last day of October, Halloween. MyGuy will be staffing our front door with terrible1treats; Bella and I will be hiding in the darkened house of a friend.

Do you dress up on a particular day? What was your favorite costume?

In recognition of the day, for my bus ride & morning swim, I wore something rather silly looking )
  1. Tootsie rolls ↩︎

jesse_the_k: Sprinter with right AK prosthetic leg, shot from neck down (prosthetic sprint)
I looked for this story in my archive but this event preceded my online journaling. I like to think it's amusing, so ... accidental injury while disabled )

The moral

Twelve years later, my ankles are definitely different. The worst sequela relates to the plates and screws. They don’t give like bone and tendon, so the right foot & ankle always hurts first (especially in very cold weather). Athletes generally have another surgery to remove any hardware; at the time, I couldn’t see the point. If I had to do it again I would go for the second surgery.

Learn the names of effective pain relief and write it on your “important things for an emergency” card. Just when I thought I understood living with a disability, something changes and there’s more to know.

Words can’t convey how wonderful MyGuy is.

jesse_the_k: White woman with glasses laughing under large straw hat (JK 52 happy hat)
during January, me and MyGuy are taking a southwestern roadtrip in the happy red van.

We'll be going through St Louis, Tulsa OK, and Amarillo TX; ultimate destination is New Mexico, staying Santa Fe for a while with day trips elsewhere.

I'd love to join you with a tasty beverage, be amazed at our in-person realities, and find some things to laugh about in the year just gone. Comments can be anonymous and all are screened (nobody can see them except you and me).
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
...we have spent altogether too many hours juggling AV boxes. Now all caption formats viewable on our HDTV )

I have discovered how to increase my glee and reduce my anxiety. free my brain by doing healthwork first )

I started a good book (or at least, its first 60 pages meet that criterion). Not on Fire But Burning )

MyGuy found a beautiful, framed 1800 print of an iris at Goodwill this morning.

More news as it happens; maybe politics next time.

What's your favorite thing right now?
jesse_the_k: White girl with braids grinning under large Russian beaver hat (JK 10 happy hat)
A few months back I began posting gratitudes. I'm still grateful a lot of the time; in fact I believe that I'm able to see the good all around me, even in the dimmest of days.

Which means I have hundreds of gratitudinal moments, not three. I don't want to let go of the hundreds, so I'm going to focus on other topics in my posts here.

Thank you for taking the trip with me. Knowing you were there improved the journey.

I'll leave you with an art object that's a continuing home for gratitude, MyGuy's birthday gift:

Five inch tall glass egg with one-fifth vertical slice cut to reveal a clear interior with one perfect bubble. Outside has peacock tail colors and pattern with matte AB surface )
jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)

Better living with upper respiratory infections


all about it )


Gluten Free Pie Crusting: An Observational Study


Last week MyGuy did apple pie SCIENCE! He bought a pack of two frozen GF crusts, nestled in artisanal aluminum foil. He then made cover crusts with two kinds of GF flour, providing ample comparison tasting opportunities.
It was definitely a struggle. )
jesse_the_k: Flannery Lake is a mirror reflecting reds violets and blues at sunset (Rosy Rhinelander sunset)
The deep blue sky soothing my eyes as I recline in the pines.

Providing "sidewalk supervision" as MyGuy and BB remove the new dock in less than two hours (knocking three hours off the last time). Their work ethic is so well matched, they're a joy to admire.

Napping, napping, napping.

BB's perspective on how I've changed over the years (since I was 17!)
jesse_the_k: John Watson regards the void looking puzzled with white puzzle piece floating above him (JW puzzled)
SO, in the long term, we're thinking of moving someplace where there is No Snow.

SO, in the short-term, we want to explore those no-snow places for two-week (or more) vacations November - March. We don't need to stay in a fancy hotel (or rental vacation zone) because we'd probably be living in a house in town, not on the beach.

We do want to be somewhere where I can swim and MyGuy can cycle/golf and we can wander around together and enjoy being outside. I like water, but can cope with inland lakes (see: current location), seashores, large rivers.

The other minimal critical specifications:
  • Good air quality

  • At least three hours of sunlight every day: no month-long monsoons

  • Sidewalks or ubiquitous bike paths or traffic so low I can go in the street

  • Public-access pool (it could be a private health club, but I can join).



  • [ETA to clarify what I need re: sunlight.]
jesse_the_k: Lucy the ACD holds a freshly dead bunny in her mouth, possesively, captioned "Down Home Cookin'" (LUCY rabbit)
Last year Lucy caught a mouse, much to my amazement.

On a walk with MyGuy two days ago, she got another. I asked him whether she tried to sneak it into the house again.

"No," he replied, "she's a hunter not a gatherer."

That, my friends, is why we've been together since 1977.

And then she caught another yesterday, and spent a pointless ten minutes burying it in a snow bank. Pointless because as she snored inside with all the sounds of the animal kingdom [from overful lion to bushed capybara], MyGuy unburied it and threw it in the sewer.
jesse_the_k: Lucy the ACD holds a freshly dead bunny in her mouth, possesively, captioned "Down Home Cookin'" (LUCY rabbit)
So my ACD Heeler Lucy girl is aging every day. Turns out the liquid Metacam which helped a lot with her pain also makes her dizzy and stumble. All her systems are less able to cope with rapid movement. Mainly in the house she's a bed potato, with one or two breaks for three minutes of enthusiastic toy play and couch zooming.

Every day Lucy & MyGuy go to the park or the service road by the golf course. MyGuy lifts her up into the car, which she resents, and she wobbles down to explore the world. As one of my neighbors said, she doesn't go for a walk so much as go for a smell. Omnivores are often carnivorous; details in cut )

Old dogs are good companions as I age. I don't know if maybe I've left some book reviews or life plan or half-made jewelry in a corner somewhere. Better go check.
jesse_the_k: ACD Lucy holds two blue racketballs in her mouth, side by side; captioned "I did it!" (LUCY absurd success surprise)
  • The basic, eternal joys of Rhinelander: the clear cold lake ringed with conifers and birches. Eagles and loons and deer and (maybe) a cougar. Excellent, copious simple food. Constant reading except when we're napping or strolling around outdoors. MyGuy takes Lucy out on the rails-to-trails, where she frantically follows new smells. Barb and I (when awake) discuss what's happened the previous year, with commentary informed by our forty-year friendship.

  • Fate sent me a remission to coincide with my vacation! One day I walked in town, swam, and still was able to make dinner. This is more than twice what I'm accustomed to accomplishing, and I was truly thrilled. Just realized there was a direct pain/fatigue tradeoff. Still worth it.

  • Five More Lovely Things )
jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)
I've had tons of fascinating and amusing things happen in the last week, but telling you involves writing and revision and thinking. As an intermediate step, here's a fun meme I gakked from [personal profile] laceblade (who got it from [personal profile] torachan)
62 Detailed Domestic Questions Answered in Stunning Detail )
jesse_the_k: Flannery Lake is a mirror reflecting reds violets and blues at sunset (Rosy Rhinelander sunset)
This place, right here:

OK close your eyes and imagine a lovely long lake surrounded by pines and birches, with a coppery tang to the water due to metals in the soil. I tried to paste in or link to a map but that was 30 minutes ago and I clearly need a vacation.

So, that's where I'm going tomorrow for two weeks. Catch you on the flip side!
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...and we're still pleased with the outcome.

What? MyGuy's an engineer, and I'm all up in the geek thought patterns.

In other words: thirty-two years of legal marriage. I needed health insurance. I felt then, and now, that the state should get out of the marriage business. I'd prefer a civil union open to everyone, and then a sanctified marriage provided by the religious institution in that institution's rules. Even if civil unions prevail, they're still the only three-way contract where two parties don't even know what they're signing up for.

Evidence of MyGuy's wonderfulness: he hypnotizes fish!
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Caption: Context is the rippling blue water of a Northern lake. On a narrow wooden pier, a slender white man is perched on knees and elbows. He's staring hard at the water, his expression somehow both purposeful and confused.

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