OCTOBER 27, 2014 12:21AM

Oh How the Mighty have Fallen!

My daughter in Seattle lost a wonderful mimosa tree in a storm last night. Its upper branches shaded one end of their second-story porch (which also features a terrific view of Mt. Rainier – when it isn't rainiering). It had wonderful foliage and delicate aromatic flowers.

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OCTOBER 24, 2014 5:52PM

My Baby's Back Home!

Here she is, my stolen laptop, back home and snuggling with her big sister, the giant-screen desktop.
Infant i-pad still missing.  A sacrifice to the god of thieves, who at least gave me the bigger piece of loot back.
I went off to meet the… Read full post »
OCTOBER 22, 2014 11:39AM


Nat. Post headline:  Soldier shot outside of Parliament, one gunman ‘killed,’ but ‘multiple shooters’ suspected


Well! Shooters on the roof of the Parliament Buildings!

(Tho the roof/roofs of the P. Buildings are pointy

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OCTOBER 20, 2014 2:23AM

Take a Hike? Oh, okay.

Getting old and creaky, so quite pleased at having done a (however short) hike - uphill going and oddly just as difficult coming back downhill.  Though there are stairs at one point... Here are my daughters preceding me.

The destination?  Bridal Veil Falls.  Very nice!

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“We could go to the Golden Age tea together,” my reno guy suggested. “You could meet people and I could do some politicking.”

He's running for town council and I don't think he has a hope in hell of winning. Nor do I think I have a hope in hell of… Read full post »


Not as exciting as jlsathre crossing the border to Mexico. Tho I have to say that the instant we crossed from Canada into the U.S, there was taco wagon after taqueria after Mexican restaurant after taco wagon (rinse

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 8:09PM


“I've got quite a story to tell you,” my handyman/reno guy said.

He called by this afternoon. I hadn't expected him until after tomorrow – which is Welfare Wednesday. He'd temporarily stopped work for me last weekend so as

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 5:12PM

Heaven's Gate

“I'm 77 and one step from heaven,” the old man said.

“Well, I'm 78 and a step closer than you,” I said.

“78, nearly at heaven's gate,” he suggested.

“Thanks – I'll remember that one,” I said, though of course I planned to put it out of my mind the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 12:23AM

It must be a sign...

...but of what?
This evening I took the dog around the central park in Hope and found a perfect ritual spot.  Except that it's kinda public and I think the spot is a Rotary wheel.  Anyway, it's a cement circle with a central circle and 8 pie-pieces (for the… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 1:17AM

The Elder Returns


A few weeks later the Elder returned.

It was mid-morning and I was sitting in his chair, sipping tea from his cup, leafing through one of the books from his shelf (an encyclopedia of secret societies) when I heard a car pull up in front and then someone trying the… Read full post »


My daughter and I went on a day trip today to one of the local attractions.  As she says, we live in the town of Hope, which is just down the road from Hell's Gate.  (The community of Spuzzum lies between.)

The broad Fraser River flows placidly to the sea… Read full post »

AUGUST 29, 2014 11:25PM

MF cats on the MF plane

Actually it all went smoothly. Smooth as snakeskin.

My older daughter and her husband took our dog and three cats in my mini-van across the country. But my younger daughter, who moved to B.C. with me, has a cat that cannot share its bit of the universe

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AUGUST 27, 2014 6:03PM

If this is true, then DISGUSTING

I say "if" because it's hard to imagine such nastiness.  Also, why haven't we heard about this before now?
OTOH, it's altogether too easy to believe such nastiness, sigh.

Michael Brown's Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them

"Before the riots, STL CountyRead full post »

AUGUST 27, 2014 8:08AM

Cars these days


Since I buy used cars, I'm always several years, even a decade, behind the times. I used to rent cars occasionally when I visited my sister in Alberta, and the cars were like my own back home, except shinier and cleaner.

But on my trips to Hope earlier this year… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2014 12:13AM

The Girdle of Submission...

AUGUST 11, 2014 12:08AM

My "work" station - Green's OC

Yes, the desk is an upturned piece of kitchen cabinet.  (Nice [new] floor, eh?) Also, toaster oven rack under computer cuz it gets so hot.

Yes, that's an actual desk just behind. 

But as soon as it came in, it got occupied.  Though I suppose putting a… Read full post »

JULY 21, 2014 5:07PM

Where are they supposed to go?


Talk about no escape, being shot like fish in a barrel, implacable enemy... Talk about death raining down on them, being thrown out of their homes, being robbed of their livelihood, their homes and then their very lives.

Yes, the Palestinians.

By people who suffered similarly...but in magnit

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JULY 16, 2014 11:34PM



I have furniture!

I had to go out and buy some for my new place because I'm not shipping any from the old place. Well, actually, I have none to ship. All I had, basically, was bookshelves and file cabinets. Many file cabinets. My handyman took them all. He's goingRead full post »

JULY 15, 2014 11:37PM

I don't want to be here any more...

I don't want to be here any more.

I'm not talking about OS. Tho I COULD feel that way, what with all the stupididdity and awfoolness and toxic bile spills going on.

Nor about being on the planet – I'm still into hanging in, hanging on, hanging around despite all the… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2014 7:35PM

Land Transfer Pagan Style


I'd put out info on Pagan lists, hoping that someone out there would buy my place, and take care of its *sacred sites* and all.  I'd just about given up and was ready to sell to a cowan/muggle.  A farewell afternoon was arranged and invitations sent out… Read full post »

JUNE 22, 2014 11:20PM


So, since the tenant on one side of my new (new-to-me) duplex decamped before vacate date, I went to Hope to get some stuff done.

So, since the tenant on one side of my new (new-to-me) duplex decamped before vacate date, I flew in for a week to get

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JUNE 16, 2014 11:01PM

Willow Returns!

It's been quite a while since I posted anything from my on-going novel, and quite a bit has happened in the interim...

Several days into my 'reign' Willow showed up at the front door. I was sitting in the Elder's log house, in his easy chair, sipping some… Read full post »

JUNE 12, 2014 9:44PM

I've graduated!

Just call me "doctor"!  No, wait a minute - call my doctor "doctor".
Whenever I leave the doctor's office, I feel as if I've had a reprieve – even if I just went to complain about ear-wax or heat rash.

This time I did ask to have my ears… Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2014 11:31PM

Now you see him, now you don't

Is it, oh is it too much to hope if someone puts up a personal attack post with the title "Fuck You Ben Sen and On Island Time" that they would get ejected?  That some minimal standards are being imposed?  (Or is there some other explanation?) Read full post »


If it weren't for crazy old men, I'd be stuck with a lot more stuff here to get rid of before I move.

There's F., my handyman, who's happy to take almost anything – he's a classic hoarder, with dozens of old bikes,

a mountain of old microwaves, sheds… Read full post »