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July 22, 2015

I'm going to start today to record on a daily basis whatever happens to strike my fancy. So, it is a very cool breezy day. I just posted 5 short book reviews to The Monthly Reading Challenge. I'm suppose to put away some winter wood today from the woodpile outside but I'm playing hookey from work to write so starting this blog will get done.

I'm having a daily fight with a flock of English Sparrows that are trying to take over my barn. They are making a terrible mess so they have to go. I have destroyed several nests so far they don't leave but they get out of the barn when I am around. I'm just starting the fight so I guess I don't know how far I have to go to discourage them.

I'm trying not to spread myself to thin on WDC because I find so many things that are interesting here and I am trying to work on a new story. I really enjoy sitting at my desk with a cup of tea and reading blogs on WDC.

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December 10, 2020 at 11:54am
December 10, 2020 at 11:54am
Fairy playing a flute *ExclaimV*

I had to look this up. Proclaimed for December 10 by the United Nations in 1948. https://www.un.org/en/observances/human-rights-day

This quote by Eleanor Roosevelt is the beginning of the article on www.un.org.:

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. [...] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."

The following Quote is from scripture and https://www.cartercenter.org/resources/pdfs/peace/human_rights/universal-declara...

For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”(Galatians 5:13-14

And from:
Human Right vs Christianity on Twitter

Kamala Harris: Our newly elected Vice President of the United States of America

“On Human Rights Day, @JoeBiden and I are committed to supporting and defending human rights at home and around the globe, building a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive no matter their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender identity.”

From Apondia: December 10 only reminds us human rights are a daily chore, given by God, each day every day, by each person, every person, forever
December 8, 2020 at 10:18am
December 8, 2020 at 10:18am
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8. Brownie Day
There are many types of brownies:
Fudgy, cakey, 'special', with or without nuts, etc...
Tell us something about brownies.

Quote:"A basic rule of baking is that, in general, it's almost impossible to make an inedible batch of brownies."Linda Sunshine -- https://www.bustle.com/articles/198480-national-brownie-day-quotes-that-are-basi...

Brownies are the best. I think they are yummy when they are fudgie; baked with lots of walnuts, and no frosting.

When I started cooking with my Nu-wave Ovens, the ovens came with a cook book. It has a recipe called, Best Brownies. It takes about 10 minutes to stir up a batch and pop them in the ovens. Most cookie and recipes for sweets always come out fully cooked, soft to eat with a thin crusty outside. Just right for brownies to eat with a cup of hot tea on a winter day.

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Thank you for reading and commenting in my blog for my 16th WDC anniversary! Stay safe/Stay happy/Eat brownies
December 7, 2020 at 2:01pm
December 7, 2020 at 2:01pm
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Monday December 7: Letter Writing Day
Write a letter to one of your favorite characters.
Which book and who's the author?

Anna Pigeon is the main character in a series by Nevada Barr. The series is about a female law enforcement officer. The stories are about crime mainly murder in the national parks. Nevada Barr was once a park ranger and has lots of background from her own life to draw on as she writes these stories.

Dear Anna Pigeon:

I have always wondered if your last name has anything to do with the way you suffer physical assaults in every story? Reading your life adventures in these books gives me a look at the National Parks I will probably never get to see any other way. Every time you move to a different park gives me new insight into the natural world.

I always like the way you are portrayed as adventurous and wise in the ways of nature. I’m glad you appear in so many stories. Since, I never tire reading about your adventures. You also know a lot about horses and I like the use of them in your stories.

It is uncanny how you manage to survive so many disasters. It is has always been nice to look forward to another scene in your novel life. Keep Nevada Barr at the typewriter. Building new novels around your wonderful character.


Apondia, A fan

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December 3, 2020 at 11:03am
December 3, 2020 at 11:03am
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Quote:“It was a mistake to think of houses, old houses, as being empty. They were filled with memories, with the faded echoes of voices. Drops of tears, drops of blood, the ring of laughter, the edge of tempers that had ebbed and flowed between the walls, into the walls, over the years.
Wasn't it, after all, a kind of life?
And there were houses, he knew it, that breathed. They carried in their wood and stone, their brick and mortar a kind of ego that was nearly, very nearly, human.”

Nora Roberts, Key of Knowledge --https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/old-houses

3. National Roof Over Your Head Day. Tell us about the favorite room in your home.{/c

I don't like to think of this house as an old house but it really has been here a lot of years.

There are really a lot of rooms in my house I like. I’m not sure any of them could be considered favorite over any other. This is a large house, built when there were four children growing up in it. We have rearrange rooms since then.

I always like the balconies and porches in spring, summer and fall. There is always a place to sit and enjoy the sunshine or weather from a sheltered place.

I like the main floor because the living room is there. We keep the main TV and computers there. So, that is where my window to the world sits on the East end of the house.

This fall, I have been setting up a sitting room in the family room, which is in the basement. It is where the new corn stove sits on the old fireplace hearth. So, that is the room with the most heat. If we use other rooms we have heaters that can be started when we plan to spend any time in them.

I’ve thought about it some. I could live in a smaller area if I was forced to. This is where I live and I’m satisfied to stay as long as I can. The diversity of rooms used at different times of year makes it comfortable and keeps it from getting monotonous.

When I think of the things that need done to keep an older home going I remembered this hit from a many years ago. There is a lot of base in this song.


December 2, 2020 at 12:02pm
December 2, 2020 at 12:02pm
This book is a Hoot!*snow*

There is a quote for anything. https://quotestats.com/topic/fritters-quotes/

Quotes: Gertrudis got on her horse and rode away. She wasn't riding alone
she carried her childhood beside her, in the cream fritters she had enclosed in a jar in her saddlebag
- Author: Laura Esquivel

2. Today is National Fritters Day!
Write about your fave and if you haven't had fritters, would you like to try one?

The doughnut shop I use to work in sold the largest Apple Fritters I have ever seen. Probably 1000 calories a piece? I never heard of fritters until I worked there. I’m not a fan of fritters, I prefer cake donuts, I think. They come with different types of frosting's or powders. And, if I wasn’t to lazy, I could make them at home. I have a recipe in my Amish cook book. Peanuts and pretzels will do for now. It's all apples to me. Do they come with other types of fruits? Pineapples/lemon/orange?

Keep Warm. 32 degrees here today. Dropped about a foot of snow on our farm over night. What can I expect we live in a snow belt from Lake Erie.
December 1, 2020 at 9:57am
December 1, 2020 at 9:57am
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1. Today is Eat A Red Apple Day.
Your entry should be inspired by red apples

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Quote: Doubt is a great worm in a crispy, red apple. by Sally Gardner {link:https://www.quotemaster.org/red+apple}

I didn't know there was such a thing as Eat A Red Apple Day. The apples I have presently, are Mackintosh. They have red even in the apple flesh closest to the skins. Apples are cholesterol free, fat free, and a good source of fiber.

I got up at 6:30 A.M. to replenish the corn stove. Snow everywhere outside. But warm inside. I ate half an apple as a snack. I shared my apple with the parrots. They are always happy for fruit snacks. Leaving breakfast until later in the morning.

The snow is heavy, easily packed. It’s good for snow angels, snow men, skiing, sledging, snow ball fights. Everything is just covered. All the brown trees are now covered with a blanket of white. Snow is still falling so even the air is white.

I’ve been outside to fill bird feeders. Now the winter birds are covering the bird feeder.

Apples keep well and make pies in the winter. They are a good source of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which is important to keep the human system running smoothly. Have a good day. Keep warm.

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November 29, 2020 at 10:21am
November 29, 2020 at 10:21am
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Quote: “Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.” Robbie Gas https://inkandvolt.com/blogs/articles/15-inspirational-morning-quotes-journaling...

We need your help filling the Challenge War Chest! In your entry today, write three of your own prompts and then choose one of your own to complete your entry.https://inkandvolt.com/blogs/articles/15-inspirational-morning-quotes-journaling...

1. Before Covid 19 if you were out and about what was your favorite place to stay? A camper, tent, hotel, or other accommodations? Do you like the outdoors or just prefer an outing to a ball game or concert?

2. The news media states that Dog adoptions are up since Covid started because people are staying home. Tell us what you think? Why are people adopting dogs? Will people give up the dogs if they go back to their regular schedules?

3. Have you read anything in the news or on a news program that made you laugh?

As for number 2. I will say there are more dogs going into no-kill shelters than years before. Most rescues are being aimed at saving and rehabilitating dogs, cats and horses. Covid has given people some time to sit around that they did not have before. The pace of life in this country was getting pretty brisk. There was not any time to sit around and watch the flowers grow.
November 28, 2020 at 2:40pm
November 28, 2020 at 2:40pm

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What’s on the top of your mind right now that you need to tell someone about?
What do you want for Christmas? (Or for your next birthday if you don’t celebrate Christmas)
I am writing this prompt today from the current and ancestral home of the Anishinaabe people. In your entry today, research and write about the indigenous and native peoples who lived on the land where you currently reside. If you are in the United States, take time during your Thanksgiving meal to thank your ancestors and the indigenous people of your area.

In grade school, different years, we did plays and studies about the Thanksgivings held between European settlers and Indigenous tribes. There were a lot of different tribes settled near Lake Erie and in the internal parts of what is now Pennsylvania.

The link names 10 or more peoples. http://thatpennsylvaniathing.blogspot.com/2011/09/are-several-tribes-of-indigino... .

William Penn, who was a Quaker, visited the interior of lands considered Pennsylvania. He became acquainted with many tribes settled in the area. Later he wrote about his experiences. His views were positive about them. He was accepting of them as a worthwhile people and felt they had beautiful languages. The only thing he felt lacking in their way of life was their religious views.

Lake Erie was named after the Erie Tribe. It is called the Cat Nation. They inhabited Northern Ohio, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, and Western New York.

Presently, there is a Seneca reservation located in Western New York. Lake Erie touches Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York

I celebrate Christmas but rarely my birthday. I think the corn stove in our home will have to do for both Christmas and Birthday presents.

Thanksgiving I cooked and we watched the parade and the Westminster AKC Dog show.

The day after Thanksgiving my youngest sons family showed up with more corn to get us through the winter. They also brought along their newly adopted dog and their family dog they adopted several years ago. The newest adoptee is Roxy, part bloodhound and I’m not sure what else? She is quite large. She is also very very friendly. While the men unloaded the corn I helped play with the dogs. She was once abused before the Anna Shelter acquired her. I”m glad she has a family now that will appreciate her.

I once worked in a kennel in Erie. Playing with dogs is the funnest type of work.

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Hope you have a wonderful party week! *^*Bigsmile*^*

November 24, 2020 at 12:10pm
November 24, 2020 at 12:10pm

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I seem to be moving really slow lately. We have moved some furniture around to make a better seating arrangement in the family room where the new stove in situated. Going to bed early and getting up later is causing me to get less done during the day. So here is some quick thoughts on prompts.

Movie Night?

I can’t be solely responsible for choosing a movie. I would have to take suggestions from the participants and then chose I guess. As for food. It would be chips, pretzels, popcorn, salad homemade lasagna, soft drinks or water or coffee and tea, cake and cookies. Robert Waltz can bring beer but any extreme inebriation will get the offender and early out. Before the movie everyone should be responsible to bring a funny quote to read. I think we would eat and snack during the movie. The movie would have to be something I have not seen yet.

A crucible moment in my life? My life is full of them.

My mother died. Which caused us to leave our home and live in an apartment over my Aunt and uncle’s home. A move to a new school. A different way of living. Numerous moves after that. A couple different schools until my dad settled in one place.

A new skill?

Last year I split most of the wood we used. Not a skill I wanted to learn. Since then I wondered if it would be fun to learn to throw a hatchet? I understand there are places opening where you can go to practice and maybe take a few lessons. Although with the county shutting down again. I guess it won’t be any time soon. Learning to fuel and run the new corn stove in a new skill. A lot easier than splitting wood. I like the thought of learning to throw knives. I like the NCIS agent in NCIS Los Angeles. She is the sniper and can throw knives. An interesting character for a women.

Someone is haunting the property nights again. I wish I could catch them. They let down my bird feeders one night. Not a good thing.

I’ve been keeping an eye out for a squirrel nest a couple years now. I learned they winter in large colonies to keep warm. I think I found a big one high in a cherry tree in the yard. It’s close to the house probably why so many of them raid the cat food on the balcony.

This was quick but I wanted you to know I’m still here and making trouble in an ordinary way. Keep on keep en on. Stay safe.

November 19, 2020 at 12:36pm
November 19, 2020 at 12:36pm
Share a time when an interaction with a stranger had an affect on you.

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When we start raising different inconsistent truths, life may tip into bewilderment and the brain may go haywire. The confrontation between what is, not is, and maybe is, might embed an enduring showdown, harboring an intense apprehension, and bring us sometimes unwittingly to our knees ("The hidden sides of his character" )”
― Erik Pevernagie :https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/confrontation

Almost all significant interactions with strangers have some affect on me. I am the kind of person that usually does not register an affect until later. Or the affect may go unnoticed, because it isn’t immense. I can just shake it off or scream about it hours, days, or years later. Hence my constant work on mindfulness.

I’ve had a lot of interaction with strangers. Most generally, people who come here may be strangers to me, but not necessarily strangers to K or relatives of K or my brother or some cousin's acquaintance. I’m often left wondering, who sent someone to my home without telling me? So, picking one incident or another isn’t special, because there are many.

Many years ago, I don’t really remember when this occurred. Sometime in the 1980’s maybe. I was unloading a small load of manure from cleaning horse stalls. An automobile came up the drive. An elderly man got out and approached. He was a thin and wiry type of person. Maybe he was not as elderly as I thought at first. Possibly late 50’s which today isn’t really elderly. I would have been in my 30’s. His clothes were worn work clothes. Not dungarees, a type of work pant worn in shops around the area. Dark tan with a matching shirt of the same color. Heavy work shoes as well. Not well kept up either. He said he came to talk to me about the boat I sold him. I didn’t sell him or anyone else a boat. I told him that, pretty much exactly as I stated it.

He knotted his hands at his sides into fists. His eyes were hard and nasty. And he argued. A simple argument. Yes. You did. No. I didn’t. This went back a forth between us a couple times with me staring straight into his eyes for emphasis. With each statement his agitation grew. He took a couple quick strides in my direction. I menacingly raised my pitch fork. He stopped, not really too close. About 6 feet between us. Then he just turned around got back in his vehicle and left.

At one time, I owned a boat, which I gave to one of K’s cousins, because it was not being used and the weather was depreciating it. I told K about the incident but, I never learned, who the man was or why he thought I sold him a boat. Because I never learned any more about the incident, it has become one of those unresolved memories that flies into my mind some times. The unanswered question. What was he intending to do to me? What would have happened if I had to use the pitch fork?

Not the last time I had to threaten a stranger with a pitch fork either. This was 10 or 15 years before home invasions started around this rural area. Also 15 or 20 years before the women of the area started getting license to carry permits. I have a small amount of these stranger stories stored in memory. I have several, but one is too many, I think. To me it makes me think as I age, that our country is more dangerous as the years move on? Also, younger people in the area, without a thought about aging are inclined to make fun of or threat the elderly as if we have no minds of our own. *Pthb* .

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