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At least it's pretty.
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I am always startled at how early the leopard frogs show up.

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Kid got inspired, and turned an annoying garden into a lovely spot-- all in about 2 days.

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Apr. 10th, 2014 10:10 pm
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Crocuses, yay!

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Apr. 7th, 2014 09:51 pm
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I love all the tags.. especially the 1/2!

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As usual, spring thaw means a pond where our backyard usually is; but today that meant a pair of hooded mergansers in the back yard, along with Canada geese and mallards.
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Spaghetti sauce moustache. (No meat, even-- both boycats love tomato sauce.)

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Egret, if this works. (looks like it did!)

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I lost a button from my coat; it's a rather cool coat but with boring buttons, so I decided to change them all rather than trying to find a single replacement. I couldn't find a design I love-- and suddenly thought of deliberately mismatching them. I did the sewing tonight, and I totally love the effect.

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Mar. 13th, 2014 10:49 am
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Can't figure out how to post pics here any more. There are 5 new up on Flickr:

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I owe [personal profile] tendyl an apology. I was sure we were going to have to live in a dense suburb in the Albany area. Instead, today we found a house in one of those pockets that remains undeveloped as the city grows around it-- not rural, but SO much more open than what I expected.

It's unexpected in other ways, too. Not a conventional apartment-- it's the second floor of a 100 year old house. (If it were the first floor, or the whole house, I'd be dancing with joy.) It's in beautiful shape, new appliances, and the landlords are a charming Irish couple. They had no concerns at all about our cats, and it's far less expensive than the other option we had in mind. And we get half of a BIG garage, which may mean no storage unit, or only a small one. We can even have a little garden.

And it's about a mile from the Mohawk river, and a nice little park and a long bike trail along the river.

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Jan. 18th, 2014 04:39 pm
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Hubby's interview went amazingly well. It's very nearly a dream job for him. There are no other candidates at this time, and parting words sounded like we can expect an offer this coming week. The salary that was discussed is beyond our hopes, and the benefits package is impressive.

The fly in the ointment is the location, and that's not terrible. It's in Albany. First and foremost, of course, it's not HERE, and that's a sadness. It's not much closer to family in Ohio, and that's another sadness. It's also a very big metro area, and the plant is fairly far in. I don't like city living, but I've said for a long time that I could find ways to be happy in a city; looks like it's time to do that.

On the good side, it's close enough to maintain friendships here, and to help out occasionally at the church. A big metro area means lots of opportunity for me, musically. And while Albany is big, it's not huge, really.

If we get the offer, only a few things would keep us from saying yes. If we had action on a job in a better location, we'd ask for time to play that out. And of course if the salary isn't enough after all, that'd be a deal-breaker.

I am simultaneously hopeful, excited, sad, and scared.
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Apparently links still don't work... one new pic here, more tomorrow:

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Dec. 25th, 2013 10:00 pm
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Something seems to be preventing posting more than one pic from Flicker into DW and LJ, so here's a teaser; click through to see more on Flicker.

Okay.... Flickr is just not playing nice with other sites. Here's a link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kayre/
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The current schedule at the church, begun last year, is that Christmas Eve services are at 4 and 8 p.m. This leaves me entirely alone at dinner time, much too far away to get home to family; or at best eating microwave meals with them, just the three of us, at the church. Is it really odd of me to be a bit sad about this?

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Dec. 23rd, 2013 08:33 am
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Iced crabapple.

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Dec. 18th, 2013 09:40 pm
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Last night Luther, my co-organist, asked if we could swap practice times because his wife had medical appointments. So I headed off a bit earlier than usual, to practice in the morning and finish up by 1:00. I did so, and after a late lunch I headed off to do some shopping. About 3:00 I missed a phone call on my cell phone, unknown number but local area code. I had a bad feeling so I returned the call. It was Luther. This morning his wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. It is a terrible diagnosis, and my heart is breaking for them.

The immediate issue was that Luther was scheduled to play for our evening service tonight, so of course I told him I'd fill in (and this Sunday as well). That left me with a small dilemma-- dinner! The church holds soup suppers before the Advent services, but with the current state of my allergies, I really can't eat anything I don't cook. So I dashed into a grocery store and came out with: 3/4 lbs of stew beef, 2 quarts of (safe) beef broth, 2 cans of white beans, and veggies from the salad bar: carrots, peas, celery and onion. Happens I had already stopped at a natural food store for a safe butter substitute. Also grabbed a bag of safe tortilla chips so I could have something cracker-like.

I arrived at the church intending to start soup, and interrupt my practice every 15 minutes to stir it, but met my friend Wayne on the doorstep. Wayne's an excellent cook, and was planning to just hang out and tend his own soup for the next two hours, so I begged him to make mine, and quickly filled him in on what I planned. He was kind enough to take over for me, and it really came out quite well! I'm doubly glad I made the effort, since the other church member with similar allergies was also present.

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Dec. 11th, 2013 09:39 pm
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Part of my walk today, at Button Bay State Park.


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Christmas at my place. Santa will just have to deal with the AeroGarden!
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