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I was so good yesterday.

It rained, which meant a lot of the work I needed to do couldn't be done, as it involved schlepping bins from house to shed.

So my daughter and I went to garden nurseries instead.  I agreed to go halves with her in purchasing some seeds (calliope carrots, Italian flat green beans, microgreens, radishes, snowpeas, kale, mixed baby lettuces), and that's it. I have tomatoes already going - kept them going from last year.  I side dressed them with epsom salts and egg shells and they've taken on new vigor.

Today is supposed to be sunny.

We'll see how far I get with the packing.

Since it's been all over DKos, I'm sure those of you who live where Daylight Saving Time occurs have already set your clocks ahead one hour. I didn't have to since I never set them back last fall.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 09:13:08 PM PST

  •  Don't get me started on Daylight "Savings" time (9+ / 0-)

    I hate it! This is the Worst Day of the Year for me ... and I've already ranted about it all over the social media, so you'll just have to look at my comment history if you wanna see what I really think about it.

    So there.

    In other news - I don't mind too much being broke and and between clients, as long as I have food and art supplies (and cat food, for the pootie). I have spent most of the past week being arty. One thing I produced this week, which kind of took me by surprise, is my first "space painting." It turned out well enough that I'm making a Zazzle products out of it, and they look great, imo. Here's the first one:

    "Imagined Worlds" poster

    And with that ... good night!

    You should sit & mediate 20 minutes each day. Unless you don't have the time. Then you should sit for an hour.

    by jan4insight on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 10:20:39 PM PST

    •  home show tomorrow, scouting ductless heaters. (8+ / 0-)

      got the new boxes for the fabric cupboard painted inside and the outside of sides but not bottoms on Fri; sanded bottoms & brought them back in today (Sat), but then got side-tracked. picking up every blooming thing in the garage & shop-vac'ing the sawdust from the last couple months' labors! so now all work surfaces are covered with tools & stuff that came up off the floor!

      so I woke up Saturday, stiff & sore from hunching around the workmate painting boxes for 4-5 hrs on Fri; and will probably wake up tomorrow (Sun) stiff & sore from helping vacuum & when not doing that, doing extensive soggy-season weeding in front yard! pop-weed, "the other weed", dandelions and weed violets

      back yard is growing enough to need mowing, so DH spent a half hour figuring out what wasn't working on the electric mower, and fixing it. he also spent some time yesterday trying to stymie the ant invasion, can't tell yet if it's working or not.

      the fabric cupboard boxes HAVE used up a lot of wood scrap, that's good! everything he can use up, means we don't have to move raw materials, but rather, finished goods. ah for the days of youth, when all we had to move was pots-n-pans & books! now there's SCA-bilia, tools, raw materials for handy-man-ing & blacksmithing, tools, did I say tools? of course, there are still books, books & more books, even though we're converting as much as possible to e-format to get paper out of the house...

      anyway, I'm starting to babble, 8-); need to get myself off the machinery here, so we CAN get up & go home-showing tomorrow.

      hope you're all having good weather or are well set for the other kind.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 12:35:18 AM PST

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  •  I will whine and resent the lost hour (6+ / 0-)

    until we "fall back" in November.  I have enough difficulty with sleep without monkeying with the clocks!

    Yesterday's funeral was a success.  (I know that sounds strange, but it's what I do.)  The widow and children were well pleased with it.  I shouldn't have sweat it, but I always do.  

    Now, all I have to do is get through two more Masses this morning.  In the time between them, I'm hoping for some inspiration.  I have one psalm left to compose for the Holy Saturday service and it's got me stuck.  I could give in and just not do it, but that's not in my nature.... :-)  Besides, it would be weird to have six psalms sung and one read.

    Hope everyone has a great day!

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 04:08:53 AM PDT

    •  I resent the switch in November (4+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, weck, bumbi, luckylizard

      and am quite OK with the summer hours.  If we kept to the summer hours in winter, we'd have more daylight after work. That means that on the days when we have unpleasant driving weather (ice or snow), I'd have daylight to see to drive in it on the way home.

      For some reason I'm not as concerned with driving in bad driving weather before sunrise - perhaps it's because there are fewer drivers on the road and fewer "ruts" to contend with even if the plows and sanding trucks (such as we have them) haven't been out yet.

      They claim it's for the children so they have daylight during the trip to and from school, but that's not true - it's still dark when they go, so why not just keep the summer hours all year long and have more daylight after school and after work?

      That's my take, anyway.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 07:50:11 AM PDT

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      •  There are a few weeks (2+ / 0-)
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        Noddy, chimene

        when it's dark-ish when the kids go to school.  I wouldn't put my kids out on the corner waiting for a bus in the dark all winter long, though.  Of course, I don't have kids.  ;-)  

        I do know that the time would be a disaster for jr. high and high school kids.  If anything, they should go to school later than they do. There have been studies* that show that they do better if they don't get up so early.  It has something to do with the switch from child to adult.  In their teens, kids are sort of programmed to go to bed later (an adult thing), but they still need more sleep than adults (a kid thing).  I never really liked trying to teach them before 3rd or 4th period.  They're pretty much unconscious before that.  :-)

        * There was a whole PBS thing on this some years back.  I have it archived on a flash drive somewhere or other...

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 10:14:39 AM PDT

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        •  would appreciate any more info on this, our (0+ / 0-)

          20yo (still at home) drives us crazy with his sleep cycle! he needs to be living on a 30-hour planet, apparently... (12 hrs down, 18 hrs up)

          "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

          by chimene on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 12:21:15 PM PDT

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  •  g'day all; awake again though the gods alone (6+ / 0-)

    know for how long.  current bout has lasted a week and I hope it is playing itself out as currently I am afraid to drive or cook or undertake any task which could be dangerous should I nod off again

  •  Good morning everyone! (5+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, FloridaSNMOM, weck, bumbi, old wobbly

    Beautiful day today. 74 and sunny.

    We are going to a farmer's market today. Hope to get some good fruit, veggies, and maybe fresh fish.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 06:35:23 AM PDT

  •  Good morning! (4+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, weck, bumbi, old wobbly

    11 am and already 68 degrees out. High today 78. Maybe I'll actually be able to get warm? I'll probably go sit outside with the dogs later this afternoon, or take Bit to the park for a bit. Caedy is getting ready for work. Need to get the kids' school work together for this week as well.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 08:07:36 AM PDT

  •  We may have a one day "heat wave" above 60! (3+ / 0-)
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    bumbi, old wobbly, Noddy

    I am helping to install wainscoting in the living room and have a lesson/practice session with the steel drum band today.  Enjoy the 23 hour day, folks!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:00:38 AM PDT

  •  Good morning everybody, actually over 4o! (2+ / 0-)
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    old wobbly, Noddy

    May get out for a walk with the kitty cats!

    "The devil laughs when the poor give to the rich," Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith, sculptor 1500-1571

    by bumbi on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 09:24:02 AM PDT

  •  Snow! (1+ / 0-)
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    Granted, it's not sticking at all. but we have snow when we were supposed to have partly sunny and 60's.

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sun Mar 10, 2013 at 11:58:30 AM PDT

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