aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfpark)
( Apr. 30th, 2020 11:56 am)
Welcome to my Dreamwidth journal!

I started this so that I could read friends' entries on DW. I kept LJ as my main journal until late May, 2017; I'm aelfgyfu_mead over there as well. Now I'm trying to crosspost because I have many friends in both places. If you've recently moved from LJ to DW, please feel free to subscribe and let me know if I haven't given you access!
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aelfgyfu_mead: SG-1 in the infirmary (Team-infirmary)
( Sep. 14th, 2017 04:45 pm)
When our across-the-street neighbors cut back the big tree that arches so far over the street that it was dropping leaves and limbs on our lawn, I applauded. When I realized they weren't trimming but cutting down the whole big tree, I was sad, but I figured it was one of those that may have gotten rotten inside: we get a lot in the Tampa area. Many live oaks were planted 50–60 years ago, and they get worn away inside by rain, insects, and rodents, and people don't realize until something bad happens. When they had another tree or two removed from their backyard, again, I was sad, but I thought they were being sensible.

As the hurricane approached, I was very relieved they had removed at least the big one: no worries about that!

Irma passed through Monday in the very early hours. It's now Thursday, a little more than 72 hours—and they're cutting down another, much younger tree that looks quite healthy. I saw no signs of damage to it from the hurricane at all, though many other trees lost limbs or toppled.

I'm baffled and again sad: why would you remove a tree that withstood a hurricane and looks to have many good years ahead of it? Especially after so many trees have been lost! Are they planning for future hurricanes? Are they tired of blowing leaves? (Someone in the house blows leaves almost every day. We've seen him do it in the rain. No leaf can be allowed to lie on that driveway for more than a few hours.)

We're doing fine after the hurricane, unlike some friends, who are still without power and face big clean-ups. I seem, however, to be terribly distractible lately. . . .
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aelfgyfu_mead: (Pushing Daisies)
( Sep. 12th, 2017 12:48 pm)
Hello, old friends (and new)!

We got through Irma just fine. We didn't even lose power. We did, however, lose Internet before the hurricane even got here, and my sad little old iPhone is so slow at doing things online that it didn't seem practical to try to get on DW and LJ for an update until we had Internet again.

We were a little west of the path, and we had lots of wind and rain. I am grateful to God that we are unhurt, and there's no real damage to our home. We had to wet-vacuum out one area, but we'd expected that and had moved everything important out or off the floor. We had a couple of drips. A lot of tree limbs fell, some onto the roof, but none did any damage. A neighbor with a chain saw helped, and we got those limbs all to the curb for pickup yesterday already. (Hey, we had no Internet; what else was there to do?)

2/3 of Florida lost power. We know many people still without power—which is bad when it's 84° (heat index 90°) before 1 pm. Many people are returning from other states unsure what they'll find at home—or even when they'll get there. Some areas aren't allowing people in because of flooding; or a lack of gas, clean water, and food. (One of those people was shouting, "I'll never leave again!" as I heard on a sound clip on NPR this morning. He might change his mind after he sees where he lived.) Others are waiting a long time for flights, or for gas to finish the drive.

So if you pray, please keep praying for all the survivors of recent hurricanes, and for those who died. We appreciate your positive energies and your prayers and feel blessed to have come through so well.

Love y'all!
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Hello, all! Thanks to everyone who has inquired after us or sent a note of support. I am indeed in the Tampa Bay area, which puts us in the path of Irma. The first bands of rain started a few hours ago. We expect the center of the hurricane to pass somewhere around us—probably to the west—around 2 am Monday.

We're going to be ok. We're more than twice as high above the water as the storm surge is projected to be. We have sandbags just in case. We have gallons of water (more than the one gallon/person/day for three days).

It won't be fun. We're planning to ride out tonight on mattresses in a hallway that will barely fit the mattresses. We expect to lose power and internet, so please don't worry if you don't hear from me for a few days.

If you pray, please pray for everyone in Harvey's, Irma's, and José's path and wake. Or send positive energies.

***hugs*** to all!
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You have heard before of Doofus the cat, our very large Cowardly Lion. The other day, he had an adventure of sorts!

Brilliant Husband and I were finishing dinner; Daughter had already left. I remarked that Doofus had marched into the kitchen with purpose, because purpose is something he frequently lacks, and before I had even finished speaking, I realized what his purpose was. He had gone straight for one of the cabinets under the counter, opened it (one of the few things at which he is very good)—and gone straight in. I ran over to grab him, and he was already well into the cabinet; he seemed to be farther back than should be possible for a cat of his magnitude! I pulled him out with some difficulty. It felt as though he'd been farther in than the cabinet actually extended, I told Brilliant Husband.

"I think he was looking for Narnia," I said. "He almost made it there, too!"

BH dropped his voice into his Michael Keaton imitation. "I'm Aslan!" he said.


After I washed the stack of bowls he had crossed to get to the other side, I put a towel over them. Doofus kept trying to get back in for days, but I think he has finally stopped. (fingers crossed)
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfpark)
( Aug. 17th, 2013 04:44 pm)
I have been informed by the Daughter that she does not like "the Progeny." I asked if she had any suggestions. "Daughter? . . . The obvious?" Just a wee bit of sarcasm.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfpark)
( Feb. 17th, 2013 03:40 pm)
As I told one of you just a couple of days ago, I am still here. I just looked to see when I last posted anything. Months. It has been months and months since I posted anything more than a link, an actor sighting, or birthday wishes. I guess it's time to break that streak )
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aelfgyfu_mead: (Harriet Jones)
( Jun. 20th, 2012 12:55 pm)
So after I decided that I couldn't comfortably read my friends' page in my new style, I looked at every style several times and tried a few of them. I think I can read things now, and I found something close to the style I used to have, which apparently isn't available any longer. (Perhaps it was s1?)

I hope this is better—for me and for all of you. Thanks for responding to my last post. I had a very frustrating time going through styles. Many of them don't show the journal subtitle! I like my quotation from Julian of Norwich very much and want it to show! Some had bad kerning so the title showed, but it was broken over two lines, with letters overlapping hideously. Some styles removed the links at the top of the page. How do you get to User Info if you don't see a link? (That's rhetorical. I know, actually, but it's less convenient to add "profile" on the end of the URL than click a link.) I was surprised at how many styles were missing elements that I consider important.

At some point I will put up an actual post with content.

There will definitely be an SG-1 story, probably before said post.

I have not forgotten Primeval, [livejournal.com profile] kristen_mara; I'm hoping eventually to get back to Story 3 in my Epic Arc. I've just had a very busy year.

We've recently gotten into Downton Abbey, which I'm really enjoying.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Yellow car)
( Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:05 pm)
On the highway yesterday, I found myself behind a car with the license plate "Ottery"! I had a moment of OMG ANOTHER CABIN PRESSURE FAN! before I realized that with "Ottery St. Mary" just airing in July, it was unlikely anyone would have a vanity plate based on it in the States already. Brilliant Husband and I are surely not the only people in Florida who have heard it, but I don't imagine there are many.

Sadly, it was a blue car, not a yellow one. That was what BH immediately asked when I told him about the plate.

Still, that license plate made me all warm and happy inside.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Yellow car)
( Nov. 23rd, 2011 01:05 pm)
On the highway yesterday, I found myself behind a car with the license plate "Ottery"! I had a moment of OMG ANOTHER CABIN PRESSURE FAN! before I realized that with "Ottery St. Mary" just airing in July, it was unlikely anyone would have a vanity plate based on it in the States already. Brilliant Husband and I are surely not the only people in Florida who have heard it, but I don't imagine there are many.

Sadly, it was a blue car, not a yellow one. That was what BH immediately asked when I told him about the plate.

Still, that license plate made me all warm and happy inside.
Those who don't want to read about politics may want to skip this. I'm not trying to be partisan, but each party has already staked out its own position on the matters I'm about to discuss.

Every time I turn on the news or read the newspaper, I am confronted by politicians in several states (including mine) saying that government employees get pensions to which they contribute not a cent—that my friends, colleagues, and I are freeloaders living it up at the expense of taxpayers. Less a rant than an appeal for understanding )
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Those who don't want to read about politics may want to skip this. I'm not trying to be partisan, but each party has already staked out its own position on the matters I'm about to discuss.

Every time I turn on the news or read the newspaper, I am confronted by politicians in several states (including mine) saying that government employees get pensions to which they contribute not a cent—that my friends, colleagues, and I are freeloaders living it up at the expense of taxpayers. Less a rant than an appeal for understanding )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfgyfu and Cnut)
( May. 23rd, 2010 08:37 pm)
Happy Pentecost for those who celebrate!

My parish had its annual International Pentecost Celebration. Parishioners from twenty to thirty different countries had tables representing their heritage or place of birth; most made food. We had representatives from Australia and the Cherokee Nation (just info at those tables, no food), and then food from, among others: Italy, Cuba, France, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Puerto Rico (technically a territory of the US, as Brilliant Husband just reminded me), Haiti, the Philippines, Korea, Ireland, Great Britain, the US, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Switzerland, Mexico, Wales, and I think Germany. I'm pretty sure I've forgotten some. We sang a Pentecost song, we welcomed refugees from Haiti who were brought to the Tampa area for medical treatment after the earthquake, and we ate (a lot).

My parish can be awesome.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Aelfgyfu and Cnut)
( May. 23rd, 2010 08:37 pm)
Happy Pentecost for those who celebrate!

My parish had its annual International Pentecost Celebration. Parishioners from twenty to thirty different countries had tables representing their heritage or place of birth; most made food. We had representatives from Australia and the Cherokee Nation (just info at those tables, no food), and then food from, among others: Italy, Cuba, France, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Democratic Republic of Congo, Puerto Rico (technically a territory of the US, as Brilliant Husband just reminded me), Haiti, the Philippines, Korea, Ireland, Great Britain, the US, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Switzerland, Mexico, Wales, and I think Germany. I'm pretty sure I've forgotten some. We sang a Pentecost song, we welcomed refugees from Haiti who were brought to the Tampa area for medical treatment after the earthquake, and we ate (a lot).

My parish can be awesome.
aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (books)
( May. 5th, 2010 09:15 pm)
It's not the book that failed. I failed at the book. I was sitting in the library today with a very impressive work of scholarship that shall remain nameless (it's not the book's fault!). I was really tired. I fell asleep, in a public library no less, sitting up. My head didn't slump, as it usually does when these things happen. I didn't move. I woke up, not quite suddenly, and realized that my eyes had been closed, and I didn't know how long. It might have been a very short time; it can't have been more than ten or fifteen minutes, I think. The guy who'd been sitting at my table when my eyes closed wasn't there when they opened, but his computer was, and he came back soon.

That's not the fail. These things happen; I can fall asleep over virtually any book sometimes.

The fail is that I immediately went back to my book, put my left index finger on the page, and attempted to scroll. I ran my finger down because I was at the end of the page. After a moment, I realized I had to move my eyes to the top of the next page. Uh. . . .

The scrolling might work on an iPhone, but I don't have an iPhone and have virtually never used an iPhone (I used my father-in-law's briefly many months ago, but I didn't scroll so well on it). The only thing I own that scrolls like that is an iPod that I hardly ever use; I just turn on iTunes on my laptop, because both earbuds and earphones hurt my ears. I scroll quite a lot with the button on my mouse, but that's with my right hand (and usually my middle finger), and not on the screen. I scroll on my trackpad when, as today, I have my laptop without my external keyboard and mouse, but again, invariably with my right hand. It's not as if it was a habitual action I performed on that book.

I wonder if I was having some interesting dream? Maybe I dreamed that I was actually reading the book instead of sleeping, and in my dream scrolling worked!

(I have begun to dream of e-mail, which is really frustrating: I can see the e-mails in my sleep, but I can't click on them, no matter how hard I try, so I can't read them.)
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (books)
( May. 5th, 2010 09:15 pm)
It's not the book that failed. I failed at the book. I was sitting in the library today with a very impressive work of scholarship that shall remain nameless (it's not the book's fault!). I was really tired. I fell asleep, in a public library no less, sitting up. My head didn't slump, as it usually does when these things happen. I didn't move. I woke up, not quite suddenly, and realized that my eyes had been closed, and I didn't know how long. It might have been a very short time; it can't have been more than ten or fifteen minutes, I think. The guy who'd been sitting at my table when my eyes closed wasn't there when they opened, but his computer was, and he came back soon.

That's not the fail. These things happen; I can fall asleep over virtually any book sometimes.

The fail is that I immediately went back to my book, put my left index finger on the page, and attempted to scroll. I ran my finger down because I was at the end of the page. After a moment, I realized I had to move my eyes to the top of the next page. Uh. . . .

The scrolling might work on an iPhone, but I don't have an iPhone and have virtually never used an iPhone (I used my father-in-law's briefly many months ago, but I didn't scroll so well on it). The only thing I own that scrolls like that is an iPod that I hardly ever use; I just turn on iTunes on my laptop, because both earbuds and earphones hurt my ears. I scroll quite a lot with the button on my mouse, but that's with my right hand (and usually my middle finger), and not on the screen. I scroll on my trackpad when, as today, I have my laptop without my external keyboard and mouse, but again, invariably with my right hand. It's not as if it was a habitual action I performed on that book.

I wonder if I was having some interesting dream? Maybe I dreamed that I was actually reading the book instead of sleeping, and in my dream scrolling worked!

(I have begun to dream of e-mail, which is really frustrating: I can see the e-mails in my sleep, but I can't click on them, no matter how hard I try, so I can't read them.)
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( Sep. 30th, 2009 08:37 pm)
I had a good day today. Not a lot of news, really; work went well, the weather finally cooled off enough to open up the house, I got to talk to an old friend and maybe make a new one. Life is good.

I complain so much, I thought maybe I'd share a happy today.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Default)
( Sep. 30th, 2009 08:37 pm)
I had a good day today. Not a lot of news, really; work went well, the weather finally cooled off enough to open up the house, I got to talk to an old friend and maybe make a new one. Life is good.

I complain so much, I thought maybe I'd share a happy today.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew)
( Sep. 11th, 2009 06:02 pm)
Thanks to everyone who offered advice! Sorry I didn't respond to each of you. I waited to see if what I did worked, which meant waiting for the dress to air-dry--and then I found two spots I'd missed and started the whole process over. By the time I was done with these stages, three days had passed, and I was going out of my mind with other things (busy week). The saga of the dress )
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aelfgyfu_mead: Aelfgyfu as a South Park-style cartoon (Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honeydew)
( Sep. 11th, 2009 06:02 pm)
Thanks to everyone who offered advice! Sorry I didn't respond to each of you. I waited to see if what I did worked, which meant waiting for the dress to air-dry--and then I found two spots I'd missed and started the whole process over. By the time I was done with these stages, three days had passed, and I was going out of my mind with other things (busy week). The saga of the dress )
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