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And welcome to your regular Friday Street Prophets open thread diary. Did you know that it's Wednesday?

Well, it's dark and early on Wednesday morning when I'm writing this. In a few hours I'll be driving off in search of snow. With any luck I'll find some. It has been a warm and mostly snowless winter for the Czech Republic. Our neighbors to the south in Austria however, they're getting plenty of fresh snow. Lungau here I come! I don't know if I'll be able to get online Friday-- cheap accommodation doesn't necessarily mean free internet access. So I'm posting this to the SP group queue and hoping any visitors who boldly post comments on Friday or over the weekend will forgive me if I don't manage to make an appearance in my own diary to hand out the cookies personally.

A few thoughts and a picture below the ginger hairball--

I didn't really get any painting done this week-- not unless you call staring at my latest and still unfinished oil painting and trying to decide where all the mistakes are "painting". I'd like to put one more day of work into it and call it quits.

Here's the current state of things:

I have been getting a lot of work done on a website design for a friend of mine. I've been using a program called Flash Catalyst that came with a bundle of software I bought a few years ago. It's one of those programs that had tremendous potential but Adobe decided to stop selling it in 2012. Plenty of bugs in the works that they never bothered to correct but I still enjoy working with it. With Adobe turning their whole product line into monthly subscription deals I suppose the next time I go shopping for software I'll be looking elsewhere.

So, slowly some of the unfinished projects of yesteryear are getting done and my mind is already on different things. I want to do more writing this year and finally publish a couple of eBooks. There's an art contest or two I'd like to enter. I'm hoping to put together a proposal for a graphic novel and get it funded through a site like Kickstarter. This spring I'm planning on trying some more ambitious wheel-thrown pottery techniques and fire up my woodfire kiln once or twice over the summer.

With a bit of luck I'll be too busy for any of that.

I now have three varieties of hot pepper seedlings out in the livingroom. Tiny little things; I feel bad leaving them for a few days, but there will be somebody around to keep an eye on them. I wonder what the growing season will be like with the winter so warm. I noticed that the garlic I planted in the autumn was already sprouting when I visited our garden last weekend.

Near the garden is a nearly 17 year-old oak tree. It's a tree that I transplanted so I've got a pretty good idea of how old it is. I rescued it from the middle of a campsite almost 16 years ago in the summer of 1997. It was just a wee seedling then. I've enjoyed watching it grow. It's a year older than my #1 Son. Maybe in another year he'll be taller than me too. It doesn't seem like that many years ago the tree was shorter than I am. They grow quite slowly those oak trees. It also doesn't seem so long ago that #1 Son was easily cradled on one of my forearms. Now I think he'd have an easier time picking me up than I'd have of lifting him. Some days I think I'm almost ready for that. I hope I'll not have much need of being lifted. I'll be careful on those slopes-- try not to wrap myself around any trees.

Oak trees grow slowly, kids grow fast-- it's all relative. That tree is well over twice my height. I've still got nearly an inch on the kid. I never did catch up to my own tall father.

Is it too early to be thinking about grandkids?

So many plans for the future...

I guess that's what this diary is about: resisting, embracing and planning for the future. Which is always a bit of an uncertain prospect I think.

And here I am, posting a diary into the future. Here's hoping that even further into the future I'll be around to check and see if anyone has left a comment.

Surely you don't mind if I post a reply at you say, on Monday?

I'm thinking about the long drive into Austria later today. I'm looking forward to exploring a region of the Alps a bit to the south of my usual haunts. My thoughts keep returning to my sons and how sure and skilled they are on skis. We'll be with some friends that I've never gone skiing with before and I'm wondering who I'll be skiing with; I suspect I won't be attempting to keep up with the lads. Oh well, perhaps I'll see them at lunch. Do you think there might be Knoblauchsuppe?

That's about it for me this week. I think there's a cup of coffee and some breakfast in my immediate future and then I'll take a minute to just relax and enjoy the moment I'm in.

This has been Marko the Werelynx, writing to you from the fuzzy-headed depths of the past.

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  •  Cookie Jar (6+ / 0-)

    I keep thinking about the uncertainty of it all. I remain fairly positive or I wouldn't have bothered to sit down to write anything I suppose.

    I'm simply enjoying the challenge of being present to witness the new day with the awe each moment of it deserves.

    I hope you all are enjoying this moment.

    And that you aren't too stressed over thoughts of the future-- oy, that drive...

    This is an open thread.

  •  Friday = Old Cars (4+ / 0-)

    Even though I had some technical difficulties in getting this one posted, here is today's offering:

    Old Cars: The 1920s (Photo Diary)

    The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum in Hood River, Oregon has a collection of more than 100 automobiles. Shown in this photo diary are some photographs of cars from 1920 to 1929.

  •  For those up for some Intellectual Heavy Lifting (5+ / 0-)

    Check out Harvard's free online lecture series on Ethics.  Its entitled "Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do"

    Each hour long YouTube episode is broken into 2 half hour lectures.  I've been hitting these in the car on my commute everyday.  They are great and Micheal Sandel leads these wonderfully.

    Prof. Sandel has been teaching "Justice" for over 20 years at Harvard and it is one of the most attended courses in Harvard's history.

    Here is episode 1:

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 01:15:45 PM PST

  •  Care Giving (3+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, Ooooh, DJ Rix

    I spent all last night, all day, and probably into tomorrow caring for my brother who is sick. He is having intestinal problems. I have been getting him up and down for almost 24 hours and my ankle is killing me.

    I go Monday morning to see the people who make braces and hopefully they can get a brace on this ankle that will support it and let the torn tendon heal. The problem being a caregiver is you don't have the time to take care of yourself.

    I finally get all my stuff up on Pinterest and log in this morning to find someone tried to hack my account from Paris of all places. New password and redid the profile. Glad Pinterest got suspicious.

    I finally decided that it was time to make myself a Steampunk necklace. I love Chinese art and had several things to make jewelry with in the Chinese fashion. I decided to put them all together in one necklace.

     photo ChineseSteampunk_zpsa621fbf4.jpg

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 04:02:13 PM PST

    •  Hi, Michele-- (1+ / 0-)
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      michelewln

      Hoping for better days ahead with your brother's health. Just a temporary bug like a stomach flu perhaps?

      I suppose, unless you're up late or checking your recent replies before you head off to see someone about a brace for your ankle, that you may already have a brace-- here's hoping it's a comfortable fit!

      Hacking attempts from Paris? Why is it that nobody ever attempts to hack anything from across the street?

      My favorite attempted trouble-maker are the calls I get about once a year from some guy with a thick accent (Indian or perhaps Pakistani) who calls himself "Kevin", claims to be from Microsoft, and wants to guide me through the steps necessary to eliminate a dire problem with my Windows system software.

      I think I've told him at least twice that the person in my family that owns a computer running Windows is not available to talk to him at the moment and for him to call back later-- which he seems to take as a message to try again next year.

      I'm actually quite curious about what his scheme is that he's trying to accomplish over the telephone.

      Thanks for the photo too. Is that a piece of amethyst?

  •  I hope you're having a great time skiing (0+ / 0-)

    in Austria, Marko.  It is warm here in SE MI, I'm not feeling horribly chatty, so I'm just enjoying watching the snow melt. ;-)

    There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.--Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act I, scene 5

    by Ooooh on Sat Feb 22, 2014 at 09:30:15 AM PST

    •  Hiya, Ooooh! (0+ / 0-)

      I did have a great time-- although I did manage to fall down three times. Bit of a sore leg from that, but otherwise, despite the battering, I'm well and kinda wishing we had plans for more skiing, but it looks bad for skiing closer to home and we can't afford another trip into Austria this season.

      I'd kinda thought that I was done with falling down on skis. Oh well, a bit of grocery shopping, some cooking, a couple hours of work at the computer, but then it's the rest of the day with my leg propped up and a good book in hand.

      Not a speck of snow outside my windows to watch melt. The lower elevations in Austria were pretty bare as well. I should have some photos ready for my Friday diary this week.

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