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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Happy birthday, Cal!
 

Today my youngest son turns 13. He's one of the youngest in his class but has for several years now looked like one of the oldest. Sometimes that's a good thing and other times it's a pain.

He has a great weekend lined up. He'll be attending PAX Prime with his dad and brother.

Tonight we head out for dinner to Black Angus (Cal's request).

Tamara


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Not Sure I Want to Live on This Planet Any More
 

What the hell is wrong with people?? If you lose your job the proper reaction is to find another one.

It is not to grab a gun and shoot a couple of former colleagues - and a member of the public...

What with the archaeologically important - irreplaceable - temple at Palmyra being destroyed by a bunch of evil thugs, who also manage to twist the words of their holy book to justify the rape of children.

And then the right-wing press (and vast numbers of our politicians) foaming at the mouth about the desperate refugees, who are fleeing war, civil war, and oppression - these are human beings for crying out loud!! They could be any one of us. Refugees whose desperation is exploited by scum making a fat profit from their misery. Frequently abandoning them to their fate - or worse.

I'm really not sure this planet is worth saving.

Some days the world is a magic place, full of wonder. Some days it's not.

Stay safe people. Good night and may your God/s go with you


Ze

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Eventful Weekends
 

Been a bit busy over the last couple of weekends.

A fortnight ago I went down to see Barbara. She was pleased to see me. We all (Barbara, her mother, her new step-father, and me) went to the aquarium for the day. It was pretty interesting, though I'm always a little uneasy about keeping living things, used to roaming across vast oceans, in captivity in small tanks.

Barbara loved it. And though she's a little older now, doesn't skip along, doesn't want to hold her mother's hand - she still talks nineteen to the dozen when she's excited.

The weather wasn't the best, but we had a good day.

This past weekend I went to an airshow.

There are dozens of airshows in the UK. At least one a week through the summer. Sometimes two or three. They have stunning displays by The Red Arrows, or The Battle of Britain Flight. They might have wing-walkers, or displays by vintage jets, WW1 replicas or WW2 museum pieces.

They are, as a rule, safe. You get accidents from time to time, but usually no-one is hurt. Sometimes unfortunately the pilot doesn't make it, but the spectators are safe.

This past weekend it all went wrong for one of these shows.

A Hawker Hunter jet didn't pull out of its dive in time. It crashed onto a busy A road (major highway but not a motorway/freeway) and burst into flames. The pilot is critical in hospital.

And eleven people who were driving along that road are dead.

Not a good day.

Ze

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Monday, August 24, 2015

T's Turn
 

Tamara was doing some dishes and washing our new sharp knife. Her knuckle is going to take some time. No doctor (probably should have) but we did use those nifty butterfly strips and some lovely gauze and tape. Which needed to be replaced today. However the stubborn woman just put a band-aid on after her shower. So today while cleaning it's gotten bumped a few times and broke open and bled a bit more. So the next time Ze or I get hurt T should be really really quiet.

Enjoy your updates.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa


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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Two More Weeks
 

Not many links for you. Quiet weekend here. The kids and I are getting ourselves squared away for the start of school.

I'll let you get to reading.

Tamara

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Slow Saturday
 

It feels like lately that go go go is what we do. Today was a nice slow one. Or, at least, it felt that way to me. Slept in, shopped for some jean for our daughter and then a nice lunch with all the kids and Mike. Dog got a bath and we are doing a lot of laundry continuing our path of flea destruction. When I write all this down it doesn't seem like a slow day but at least it felt that way to me.

Here is hoping all in your land is well. That hope includes our very dear third grunt who went to see an air show in the UK, but we read all did not go well. Ze, we are thinking of you.

Also I have one serious hope that the firefighters that endanger their lives to save our forests and homes be safe and well. I think all of us send much hope and best wishes to those families that have lost their loved ones. May the fires come to an end soon.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Driving
 

Duncan came home Monday and my week has been filled with hanging out with him and running errands. Lots and lots of errands.

I've been trying to get him into cooking a few meals a week at his dad's house. For Christmas my mother gave him a recipe book and we both put some of his favorite recipes in it. This activity, of course, has necessitated many trips to the grocery store.

Grocery store trips and errands I needed to run meant we drove a lot. Being together helped both of us. He's adjusting to the meds and has periods where he needs to be out and moving. I know our errands managed to tire him out. I've enjoyed spending time with him.

Today he met with a social worker to begin the process of meeting with a counselor. His Peer Bridger met us at the clinic and helped him through the interview process.

Afterward we stopped at Archie McPhee to look around. Of course we bought a few things.

Then we made it back to his apartment to put on the soup Duncan wanted to know how to cook. Now I'm home and happy to be out of the car. I know my weekend will involve a lot less driving.

Tamara

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Old Pets
 

We love our dog and cats and so do the vets. As our pets are now solidly in their golden years they have become fragile and expensive. I continue to hope we catch a break, instead we are making sure the fairly new emergency vet can continue for years to come.

Back to the updates, tiny so got any thing let us know. Also have some words to share? Again let us know.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa


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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Updates Galore
 

Masses to read these past couple of days, so I'll let you get on with it.

Goodnight and may your God/s go with you

Ze

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Can't Think
 

Can't think of much to say tonight.

Feeling a bit drained.

A teenaged girl is stabbed to death in Israel, by a religious zealot, simply because she was watching a Pride parade.

A bunch of religious zealots seem to think their God approves of rape. I can't find anything in the Qu'an to suggest this but apparently they can.

Another bunch of religious zealots have bombed a market in Syria - the death toll looks set to be more than 100. A similar bunch are killing indiscriminately in Yemen, Iraq, Nigeria, Mali, Somalia, Sudan...

All three monotheistic world religions use the same basic commandments. So what part of "thou shalt not kill" is ambiguous??

A whole load of religious zealots feel that they have the right to say what their God approves or disapproves of - whilst completely ignoring other things in the list - and not paying attention to the commandment "thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain".

Those same zealots - of all three branches - really seem to hate women if their ever-more- restrictive statements are anything to go by.

Whatever happened to love?? Love thy neighbour as thyself. Faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.

Ze

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Home
 

Duncan is back home. He's tired but happy to be out of the hospital. Right now he's ready to do what it takes to stay on track.

I'm cautiously optimistic.

Tamara

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Easy Sunday
 

Work tomorrow and I will be dragging Tamara along with me. She will get dropped off at a courthouse reviewing her son's progress.

Hoping you all have a good week.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Comics
 

For the past three days I've been involved with my twice yearly project of inputting new comics into my comic book database. Our living room has quite a few piles of comics lying around. Now I just need the short boxes I ordered to arrive and I can take a few more boxes to storage.

I know E will be happy to see a reduction in the comic boxes next to my side of the bed. The only drawback to fewer boxes is now I won't have any place to sit my stuffed sheep. Oh well...I can always count on new boxes of comics appearing as the weeks go by.

Tamara

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Rain Rain Rain
 

We needed it and I am happy to see it. It brought lots of thunder and lightning with it. Here is hoping those features are not creating more fire hazards in our mountains. The dry conditions up there really do not need any lightning. However, the mountains could happily use some of that rain. While nature is at it, share with California and give the UK a break.

Enjoy the updates y'all.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa


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