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A Journal to impart knowledge and facts
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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May 31, 2023 at 10:58am
May 31, 2023 at 10:58am
Prompt: Have you ever seen a falling star? Did you make a wish? Write about this in your Blog entry today.

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I always called them shooting stars. Yes, I have seen a few in my life. Not in the last couple years because I don't actually spend much time viewing the night skies.

I don't remember ever making a wish. Or, I don't remember anyone saying you could make a wish. I made wishes at thanksgiving with the turkey wishbone. And there is the blowing out the candles on the birthday cake wish. I've participated in that idea.

The longer I live the more I see the benefit of reality. Knowledge is important to make good decisions. My life became a whole lot more relevant when the "age of information started." I can see how I actively was seeking to make life better when I pushed for our family to get computers, internet, kindles, phones, and corn burning heaters. Every modern thing that comes on the market is not what I want. I like the objects that make life easier and give us knowledge. If I ever made wishes, when I was a child, I can't say they came true. I have experienced the fulfilment of honest talents.

Mostly, other people were involved in helping get things I wanted or needed to fulfil my life. My life ambitions are not necessarily accepted by the people who I live with or worked with at any point.
May 30, 2023 at 11:21am
May 30, 2023 at 11:21am

Prompt: Your Country
What do you think is the most misunderstood thing about your home country by other people in the world: its culture, education, wealth, friendliness of people, or anything else you can think of?

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I immediately think of freedom when I read this prompt. We are not free to inflict damage on other people's rights. We are free to grow in knowledge, actionable reactions, and individuality. We have laws which control the way freedom is used improperly and to help people reassess their definition of the word freedom.

Just keeping an eye on the situation in which the word freedom is being used helps understand the definition of freedom.

We watched the Memorial Day concert in Washington D.C. We do this on Memorial Day and on July 4th. I was thinking of the Ukraine during the whole concert.

Remember the USA is a complicated country. A melting pot of ideology and sociology. Our congress, president, and legal elders have to make decisions for everyone to abide in a peaceful manner.

May 24, 2023 at 11:09am
May 24, 2023 at 11:09am
Prompt: pathological liars
Have you ever met a pathological liar? How do you think a pathological liars talk with other people? And could they have any good friendships that last?

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Yes. The one I know will lie about anything to anyone, even friends. They enjoy lying and seem to like fooling people with lies. It is narcissistic behavior.

They can get angry if you don't believe them. And seem surprised when someone corrects their lies. Refusing to accept the truth about something they lie about. Pathological liars are also very nice to their victims as long as the victim believes their lies.

Prompt about Crafts: This prompt was also marked for May 23. Maybe it was meant for May. 24.

I do different kinds of crafts. I'm pretty good at crochet. I used a pattern to make a Stetson (summer 2022) to wear when I'm out on walks with the dogs. I have done some beading for Christmas ornaments. I sew some of my own clothing and made a few dog beds as a specialty item for my dogs. 2022 I made my dogs winter coats. Other dogs I have sewed coats for are already moved on to heaven. Also, I have been a dog groomer for years and know lots of different patterns for different breeds of dogs. When my daughter was young, I made cabbage patch dolls. I could not afford the ones in the stores but was able to find a pattern for them.

Years ago, when I was going to church and was in charge of a youth program, I made large arm puppets for a show the youth program put on for the congregation.

My whole family was involved in designing and building wooden crosses with leather necklaces for sale in the store where the church camp was located. They were very popular in the area at the time.

Most of the time I just see something I want to make before I get involved in any crafty projects. I read more than I craft now.
May 24, 2023 at 10:22am
May 24, 2023 at 10:22am
Day 3746: May 24, 2023

Prompt: What is your favorite snack? Why do you like it?

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Unfortunately, I'm a snack hungry girl. I like all kinds of snacks. Cookies, especially the ones I make myself because I use less sugar in the recipes. I like peanut butter cookies the best. Or, off the grocery store shelves, fig bars with a piece of cheese. My dad used to eat these, so I learned the habit from him.

Many different kinds of nuts. I probably eat a pound of peanuts a month.

I guess my favorite is potato chips, served with cottage cheese or dip. I try to curb my intake of these. Not only are they expensive they feed my craving for salt.

I did not eat a lot when I was younger. I guess the thing I should never have learned to do is eat more. Now I try to eat less.
May 22, 2023 at 12:20pm
May 22, 2023 at 12:20pm

Prompt word to use: Peacock feathers, forest, dinner, bridge, and rope.

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A part of my pet family includes a Cockatoo:

Although peacock feathers are beautiful I don't have any. Cockatoo feathers help bridge the gap between forest birds and caged birds. Cockatoos shed feathers regularly by the day or week. They have a special powder on them that stops vermin from attacking the bird. I put my cockatoo's shed feathers outside, which the wild birds incorporate into their nests. There is a rope in my bird's cage which it uses to ring a bell to get my attention. Now it is dinner time.

Hope your day is just right. Bye.
May 22, 2023 at 11:55am
May 22, 2023 at 11:55am
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Laundry: Prompt:
What do you think about doing laundry in general? Did you have any unusual experiences with it? And what do you think the idiom "airing one's dirty laundry" came from?

In general, doing laundry is not difficult in the present century. I'm using Earth Breeze. I like the way it cleans our clothes. It's also helping alleviate the recycle problem. I'm happy to recommend it to others.

I looked up "airing the dirty laundry," It is a French proverb used by Napoleon when he returned from exile in Elba in 1815. It was normal at the time to hang out laundry to dry in the fresh air and sunshine. Hanging out dirty laundry would not have been a normal situation. The use means to tell things that are personal secrets which should probably be kept private.

In todays' world. Often people don't want to be drawn into controversy's which are alive in other people's families.

Nevertheless, sometimes secrets should be revealed in order to stop abusive actions from one person to another. I think it is a good thing that organizations have sprung up to give women and children shelter when it is needed.

If someone in a family is revealing secrets, it is necessary to get both sides of a story. Unless you are willing to do face to face confrontations that is not an easy thing to do.

Good judgment is a cultivated crop.
May 18, 2023 at 10:26am
May 18, 2023 at 10:26am
Not a dream a plan:

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Every year I learn or relearn something. When I relearn something, it is usually to upgrade my knowledge about a subject I am already familiar with, like the year people started giving worming medicines to their horses instead of calling the Veterinarian to do it.

Our minds never totally let go of the knowledge we learn. But when new knowledge becomes available on any subject, we need to upgrade just like a computer upgrade of windows or other tech.

I used to play classical guitar. This year I am upgrading my playing abilities with knowledge of musical theory for guitar. I took a course in etss (ear training and sight singing) where we learned theory as it pertains to piano about 25 years ago.

I also took courses in human biology a couple times during my lifetime so I'm going back to studying human biology this year. I have a restless mind I need to keep it actively learning.

I'm actively seeking recommendations about books read about human aging. Let me know if you have read one.
May 18, 2023 at 9:50am
May 18, 2023 at 9:50am
I'll make me a sound and an apparatus and they'll call it a Fog Horn and whoever hears it will know the sadness of eternity and the briefness of life." by Ray Bradbury

“Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form itself on the edge of consciousness.”
― Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep

References from: {link: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/fog}

For Prompt about metaphors: BCOF Insignia owl for signature use

Sometimes fog is clear enough to see through other times is is so thick it obliterates whatever it covers. People who rewrite my postings to suit themselves are not able to see the individuality of the human mind.

Hope you are having a good day. Keep on Keepin on.
May 12, 2023 at 10:15am
May 12, 2023 at 10:15am
Party to honor the Basement Guy.

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I don't as a rule build parties anymore. Maybe I should.

If I did: I realize you want to include the venue as the Banana Bar, so I arranged for an alien ship to pick up the Banana Bar and set it down in our front yard. Just for the party. Then the aliens promised to set it back in its proper spot after everyone goes home. We live in the country so no one but the bears, deer and such will notice. Hmm. Maybe the neighbors will notice. They watch us a lot.

First: we should get the Basement Guy out of the basement. So, the party would start about 5 o'clock p.m.

Second: I would have it outside in our yard. Lots of space there. It would be a scavenger hunt.

Third: We would have a scene like a figure 8: Two circles of chairs with food tables setup between the circles.

Food tables would be laden with salads, casseroles, breads, condiments, desserts, whatever we can round up or guests would like to contribute. A setup for cooking burgers, hot dogs, and vegetables will be cooking on the grill.

Guests would be handed the first search for the scavenger hunt as they arrive. They can hunt or just visit, gab, and eat. Children and pets and monkeys all are welcome. You have to keep them under control. If I can find a band with a guitarist for background music I will.

The scavenger hunt will not send everyone to the same spot to begin. Some of the things to find will be small prizes: pens, writing pads, fancy bookmarks, candy bars, whatever I can think to provide. Each beginning clue will provide a list of clues. If you find objects not on your list leave them for someone else's list. We have a lot of space so it could take a while to follow the clues. I will keep it on this side of the pond, so no one gets wet.

Any small prize wrapped in paper and marked surprise is to be given to the Basement Guy. Come to the party, Hunt, sit and gab, eat and be merry. If I can find the right band maybe, they will take requests and we can have sing along.

Maybe if the Basement Guy is not too shy, we can get him to make a speech and tell us why he is always in the basement. And more about the mysteries of the basement. Guests should bring their own stories about basement adventures, that is if you actually ever went down there.

Suggestions for more ideas for this party are welcome.

All word count on WDC: 350
May 11, 2023 at 3:51pm
May 11, 2023 at 3:51pm
Write about something you may have learned from the guy in the basement or something he's said that may have been helpful to you. P3

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For competing the full four weeks of the Non-Judgmental Blogging Event in January 2023. 

Please show your badge when entering the Banana Bar and join others in the  Banana Bloggers' Lounge .

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The basement guy says he is not aware of where all the doors out of the basement lead. He is sure they all go somewhere.

I noticed the basement guy is always around. Not necessarily when he is needed.

The basement guy reads the Blogging Bliss Newsletter first. By example reading other bloggers blogs is important. The lists in the Blogging Bliss Newsletter are especially entertaining.

Basement Guy: 1. Basements are used for storing things you cannot get rid of/ 2. tying up or locking up innocent victims / 3. drawing moisture /4. thinking yourself upward with high ideals/ 5. hiding from bill collectors.

How do you get to know the guy in the basement if you can't find him?

All word count from WDC:144

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