For All The Women Tomorrow, and their Allies

For all the women, and their allies

For all the women, and their allies

Best Laid Plans of Mice and Lesbians

I’ve probably used that line as the title of a post before and I’m pretty sure I put 2017 down somewhere and forgot about it.

I forgot mah purzz

I forgot mah purzz

I had planned to get a post up before this but the Dreaded Lurgy decided to smack me around, and then smack me around some more. Coughing one’s toes up is not a fun activity!

So I thought I’d just do a bit of a catch-up-ish post instead.

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Mrs Widds and I started doing swim classes at our local leisure center last Autumn.  (they have a heated indoor pool and a ginormous hot tub) We were having a blast, and then we started to get the itches. Did you know that chlorine and human skin cannot co-exist in the same universe? Neither did I.

Enter the Interwebz! … The trick is to oil up your skin before you go in the water, to inhibit the chlorine from bonding with your skin. It turns out chlorine can be neutralized by good old ascorbic acid or vitamin C. So we use a solution of 1 tablespoon of VC to 4 cups of water, and lightly rub it into our skin after we swim and before we shower.

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We’ve had snow on the ground here on Widder Island since the beginning of December. I look out my window as I work and all I see is this …

Widder Lake with a snow fort in the foreground

Widder Lake with a snow fort in the foreground

Makes my little snow-loving heart go all gooey!

That’s about it. Regular scheduling will retur …. oh let’s face it, I never had a schedule to begin with.

See ya next time.

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Bonus, through-the-study-window-at-night, shot …

Poor little Rosemary is somewhere underneath all that sticky snow

Poor little Rosemary is somewhere underneath all that sticky snow

 

 

Bon Voyage, Debbie Reynolds

Heart. Broken. Again.

Heart. Broken. Again.

The first time I saw Debbie …

Bon Voyage Carrie

Of all the artists who have died this year this is the hardest.

I’m still going with, ‘fuck you 2016’ …

If nothing else, perhaps 2016’s message for us all is that if we desire to make art, in whatever shape or form, then make it now. If we want to become something more than we are today, then get our feet on that path now.

Waiting for tomorrow, for the ‘right moment’, for someone else to give us ‘permission’, only means we have one day less to accomplish our dream.

Perform that play.

Carve that statue.

Start that business.

Write that book.

Enter that race.

Sing that song.

... YOU CAN'T HAVE HER

Is this the face of someone you want to disappoint?

 

Fuck you, 2016 – You Can’t have her too!

NO! ...

NO! …

... YOU CAN'T HAVE HER

…YOU CAN’T HAVE HER

Got a candle on the altar for you, Carrie.

The Solstice Tree

It starts with a corner of our tiny house, cleared for action …

As with all things I gotta have a strong foundation

As with all things I gotta have a strong foundation

Mrs Widds and I would love to have a living tree, but we have nowhere to plant it after the Season, so we ‘grow’ our very own …

OK, it’s not much but I gotta start somewhere

OK, it’s not much but I gotta start somewhere

Usually we put it up on Christmas Eve and take it down on new years day. This year the Solstice called us …

This is fun

This is fun

Each year on Christmas Day the Widder-kin would gather in our house and food and laughter and games and stories would be shared …

Ooooh, I’m feeling kinda stretch-y

Ooooh, I’m feeling kinda stretch-y

But this year we’re having our first ‘just-the-two-of-us’ Christmas since moving here to Widder Island …

EMEGHERD! Lights! I’m glowing!

EMEGHERD! Lights! I’m glowing!

Well, not quite. Around midday we’ll pack up the presents and goodie baskets (Mrs Widds bakes some mean goodies!) and trundle off to a Widder-kin house and have (more) food and laughter and games and stories there …

This is some serious light-age

This is some serious light-age

This year we have time to just potter … and call in the new year when the night is longest … (so glad to see the tail of the old one!)

I’m all shiny and sparkly for the new year

I’m all shiny and sparkly for the new year

And finish off our celebration with some rather scrumptious chocolates …

Now that you mention it, quite a few have gone missing since this picture was taken

Now that you mention it, quite a few have gone missing since this picture was taken

May the Turn of the Seasons bring you the changes you have wished for.

See you in 2017

Revenge of the Snow Shoveler

Anyone who’s spent a couple of winters with me on this blog knows I go a little squirrely when it snows. This year is no exception.

Day 1 … Keep an eye on our poor rosemary bush

About 20 centimeters deep

About 20 centimeters deep

Day 2 … This is after digging poor Rosemary out twice

Upwards of 40 centimeters

Upwards of 40 centimeters

Day 3 … More snow

This was a few days ago. Now it looks like a skating riink

This was a few days ago. Now it looks like a skating riink

Day 4 … Rhodo snowcones

I don't think they appreciated my glee at their predicament

I don’t think they appreciated my glee at their predicament

 

Finally … Just so you know, I would never do this … really …