Hello, May

May. 1st, 2017 06:12 pm
nightdog_barks: Illustration close-up of an owl's face (Owl Face)
Yesterday was my birthday. Just as I get the hang of being 58, I have to start working on 59.

Weather was beautiful today, and I saw a pair of scissor-tailed flycatchers perched on a telephone line while I was out. :D
nightdog_barks: (Dorothy)
Literally, it was a blur. I had my annual eye exam, which involves doing the pupil-dilation thing so the doc can peer into the depths of your skull eyeball. It's not a fun activity, and I actually skipped it last year because I am a big wuss. Anyway, my life was a bit fuzzy around the edges most of the day. It's all good, though -- no diabetic damage, and the "little cataract" (doc's term) in my left eye ... is remaining little. :D

Started reading Sebastian Barry's The Secret Scripture, and so far, despite some very long sentences, I am enjoying it. *g*
nightdog_barks: (Burning Book)
I forgot to do this earlier!

From Taiga and Topaz Eyes -- Grab the book nearest you, turn to page 117, and the second sentence is what your life will be in 2017.

Well, I actually have three books, all of them equally near. Let's see what they say ...

Read more... )
nightdog_barks: Mark Gatiss as Mycroft Holmes, looking thoughtful (Mycroft Thoughtful)
From [personal profile] topaz_eyes a week or so ago. :D

Rules: list the first lines of your last 20 stories. See if there are any patterns.

1) "What are you doing?" House says, although it's pretty obvious what Wilson is doing with that silvery tri-fold contraption. (Heat Wave)

2) The man in the northwest corner bed has two names on his chart, each followed by a question mark. (The Heart Could Wish)

3) "Rev'rend," the voice whispers, low and urgent in House's ear. (Kingdom Come)

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nightdog_barks: Illuminated manuscript head and forequarters of a small blue dragon (Blue dragon)
Okay, this should have been yesterday, but oh well.

1) Vacuumed downstairs.

2) Folded and put away two loads of laundry.

3) Washed dishes that had been lingering in the kitchen sink.


4) Wrote more on Down to the Sea in Ships.

5) Read more about ocean-going cargo vessels than I will EVER NEED TO KNOW kthxbai.

So, anyway, I think this meme was a useful exercise, and I may start doing it once a week. :D
nightdog_barks: (Bison)
1) Vacuumed upstairs.

2) Did two loads of laundry.

3) There is a little baby tomato on one of the tomato plants, and it's not the Hot Spell or Hot Spot or whatever those plants are. I think it's an Early Girl. O_o


4) I took Chango for a short walk, which made her so happy she stole one of my shoes.
nightdog_barks: (Looking West)
1) Got out today and went to Home Depot. Found two wooden pots with good drainage holes -- one for our little fig tree and one for our little sapodilla tree. For some reason pots with real drainage holes have become difficult to find, so I was glad to get these.

2) I am reading Things the Grandchildren Should Know, which is a nonfiction memoir by Mark Oliver Everett, who grew up to become the frontman for an indie rock group called The Eels. But I'm reading it because Everett is the son of Hugh Everett III, founder of the Many Worlds Interpretation of modern physics, also known as the multiverse. So it's an interesting and strange (and heartfelt) read, but I love following trails of breadcrumbs to new things.

3) L'shana tova to all who are celebrating. :D
nightdog_barks: Illustration close-up of an owl's face (Owl Face)
1) I watched the movie Nebraska, and while I'm still not sure if I really liked it (I loved a few small parts of it but absolutely hated others), it reminded me very much of an older David Lynch film from 1999 called The Straight Story. Which is a terrific little movie, and a pleasure to remember.

2) I rescued a katydid from our front porch, where it had somehow gotten itself half-trapped under our doormat. IDEK, bug. But I gently lifted it free and set it in the grass.

3) It felt really good to stretch my mind and write that little Roosevelt thing. :D
nightdog_barks: (Baby Barnum)
Because [livejournal.com profile] yarroway. :D

1) My thick woolly socks came today! I bought a new pair of boots a couple of weeks ago (Ariat Fatbabies), and, while they fit, they needed some thicker socks to fit perfectly. So the socks came today and they feel so soft and comfy on my feet. I can't wait for cooler weather.

2) Are we allowed to report events from the day before? Yesterday Mister Nightdog and I went to an "artisan and fibre faire" (honestly, that's what it was called) in Denison, Texas, which is about 70 miles north of us. It was a lot of fun, even though the faire was more fibre than we had expected (lots of skeins of natural and dyed wool, LOTS).

3) I have been writing on a Housefic that I started in ... 2010, I think. It's called Down to the Sea in Ships.

... editing to tag [personal profile] blackmare. Heh.


Apr. 30th, 2014 04:16 pm
nightdog_barks: Illustrated close-up of a bird's head grasping a red berry in its beak (Bird with Berry)
Oh my god so, so tired due to screwed-up sleep cycle. Moving around makes me feel a little better, though, so have been doing small housely things. Also it appears to be my birthday, which is certainly a good deal, all things considered. Heh.

Started reading Nicola Griffith's Hild last night and am liking it so far.

My TV shows (Elementary, Cosmos, Person of Interest) are annoying me. Cut for possible spoilers ...  )

There. All minor, the lack of sleep isn't helping. Ha.


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