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Fall on the lake
Fall on the lake

Still in the middle of remodeling my son's home. Exhausted. Not eating well. The house is cluttered due to shifting furniture around to lay the new flooring. Took me half a day to find my socks. My bed is being stored in the barn and I am sleeping on the sofa. My neck is killing me. I happened to glance out the widow to see the leaves floating on the water.

Yesterday as I made these photos the sun was shining and it was lightly raining. Crazy weather.

Fall on the lake

Fall on the lake

Fall on the lake

Fall on the lake

Fall on the lake

Fall on the lake

So what is going on with you? Stiff neck? Nose out of joint?

What is for dinner?

Let's hear it!

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A very Special Meet Up is taking place for all ChiTown Peeps!

Northern IL Kossacks Dinner and a Show This Saturday

Starring our very own NormAl1792:

"With this wonderful cast, I am playing Henry II in a local production of The Lion in Winter.  I thought it might be a good excuse for a Kossack Meet-Up in DeKalb, IL (@ 60 miles due west of Chicago) for the Saturday, September 21 show at 7:30 PM, preceded by dinner at a nearby restaurant."



Set during Christmas 1183 at Henry II of England's castle in Chinon, Anjou, Angevin Empire, the play opens with the arrival of Henry's wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he has had imprisoned since 1173. The story concerns the gamesmanship between Henry, Eleanor, their three surviving sons Richard, Geoffrey, and John, and their Christmas Court guest, the King of France, Philip II Augustus (French: Philippe Auguste), who was the son of Eleanor's ex-husband, Louis VII of France (by his third wife, Adelaide). Also involved is Philip's half-sister Alais, who has been at court since she was betrothed to Richard at age eight, but has since become Henry's mistress.
Standing, L-R:  King Phillippe II of France, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Princess Alais, Duke Geoffrey, and Prince John.  Seated:  Eleanor of Aquitaine and King Henry II
Bonus photo:

EPIC Glacier Meet Up Day 1

EPIC Glacier Meet Up of 2013!


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The Astrology of Today - All Signs

Full Moon

September 18, 2013

The Moon is in dreamy Pisces all day, and will reach Full tomorrow morning, so that emotions, however confusing at times, are heightening. Even so, we are influenced by Venus aligning with practical, realistic Saturn as well as the North Node of the Moon, and harmonizing with determined Pluto, and these bring a stronger sense of purpose, or a need for one.

Circumstances occurring now, and especially surrounding money and relationship matters, have a fated quality to them. There can be a new sense of realism and perhaps heaviness in our personal relationships, possibly in the form of relationship or love "tests", sobering moments, or facing realities.

Ultimately, we are offered opportunities to enhance our romantic relationships. This can be a powerful and uplifting time for romantic/sexual relationships, as we receive new insights into relationships and love, or our financial state.

Strategies can be developed quite successfully now. Commitments can be strengthened or broken if need be. We can see our relationships and their purpose more clearly.

This is an excellent time to cultivate patience as well as to weed out the unnecessary in order to focus on what truly matters to us. Commitments might be made today or tomorrow, or changes of game plans are necessary due to new revelations, a stronger sense of reality, and more accountability, revolving around a relationship, financial matters, or a social affair. We are searching for meaning and purpose through our connections.

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Do a Self Breast Exam and #KickCancer!

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Originally posted to Street Prophets on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Pink Clubhouse, PacNW Kossacks, Daily Kos Oregon, and Koscadia.

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  •  Tips for strategies, ranting and (16+ / 0-)

    Fall Flowers

    seeing more clearly!

    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 09:35:26 AM PDT

  •  I'm not normally one to promote my own (10+ / 0-)

    diaries, but I had fun putting this one on Sukkot together for the dvar Torah series ;-) Would love to have people stop by....

    The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

    by mayim on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:25:56 AM PDT

  •  Some more peeps (10+ / 0-)

    Lake McDonald

    Lake McDonald, Apgar

    that I miss.

    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:26:43 AM PDT

  •  How do we upload youtube vids? (9+ / 0-)

    "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

    by BlueJessamine on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:30:59 AM PDT

  •  My world is in disarray. (12+ / 0-)

    I made a mistake, and the responsibility for that mistake is falling upon someone else. I can't accept that situation. In the formal sense, it is upon this person that responsibility falls, but it was I that this person trusted to make the call, and I made a mistake.

    I am not sure what to do. Apologies are one thing, and so easy, but I feel there should be some repercussions that fall on me. I am going to work this evening and going to ask my supervisor for some remediation. The mistake I made is being paid by someone else and that is just not right.

    To tweet or not to tweet. I tweet therefore I am.

    by RadicalParrot on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:32:37 AM PDT

  •  Miss you, too! (8+ / 0-)

    Sorry to post and run but I've got something I must attend to...

    josh and jes 103

    Lub loo!

    Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

    by figbash on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:34:25 AM PDT

  •  Aches and pains. (10+ / 0-)

    I had hoped that by splitting wood with my splitter instead of with a maul, my wrists would become pain free. I'm guessing that rolling 250# rounds to the splitter not to mention putting them in the tractor bucket to move them to the splitter is taking a toll. Plus I'm no spring chicken any more. Motrin.

    Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

    by side pocket on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:34:27 AM PDT

  •  That is a Meerjungfrau (6+ / 0-)

    Was not Melusine a mermaid too? Wasnt she not a tragic figure, a highly gifted woman? Who came to nothing? People (meaning me) really should keep up their classical education more.

    so this is related to the "virgin" astrological sign?

    Rant? Well .. were I not tired beyond good or evil I could give you one about the House of Oranje, the one currently ruling over the Netherlands. They have a long tradition of being with the most illiberal rightwing aristocracy imaginable. Prince Bernhard with his prewar pronazi leanings. With his syn and postwar military-political corruption (Lockheed). Largely covered up under silence. Their harsh family relationships, with the popular Prins Claus, the import-German, as the one exception who endeared himself to the common people when he became depressive (Is it a wonder?). The weird, in a bad sense, choices of affiliations of the Beatrix era, leading to our now-King, W-A, being married to the daughter of an Argentinian General implicated in their desaparecido´s fate. The daughter didnt choose her family, but the Oranjes did choose who they affiliate with. And now Willem Alexander has held his first official throne speech as a King, at the opening of the new parliamentary season, and whats he says: The Social Welfare State is no longer timely and according to the needs of modernity, and it must be taken down, to be replaced by a society in which individuals are responsible for their own fate.

    And Holland prostrates itself before The King, since he is a Symbol of an imaginary national unity that the actual people fight tooth and nail against because it would mean supporting moochers as they see it.  

    oh well escuses. U wanted to know what happens here ...

    •  Art (6+ / 0-)

      Found the art on photobucket as I searched for full moon.

      No info was provided.

      The horoscope provided is for all signs.

      Wow. I had no idea. You still reside in Holland? For some reason I thought you had relocated.

      "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

      by BlueJessamine on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:51:01 AM PDT

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      •  Dream of. (4+ / 0-)

        Yeah I´m still here. Dont like it much admittedly. I made some attempts to grow roots here but they failed and I am now more than ever on an "inner emigration" expat life. I was dreaming of moving to Brasil (for good) but as one ages ones heart gets smaller and I fear I won´t gather the courage for one last jump. Though now is the time I could still make one.

        So in reality I may just as likely end my days here, as one of the unnumerable isolated window lookers that todays growing retired class is full of. My apartment condo has plenty of them and more than a few are aged and aging men waiting out their days alone here, without family. One was down at the level floor, always sat on the bank when I came form work and I liked his manners, and had just gotten the resolve to plunk down there one evening and ask How´s It, when he died. I saw the ambulance going from up here and I grieved abit for him though I never actually spoke a word with him. Another lives next door, alone with cat, and dog, and the bottle. I respect the guy, he walks in the mornings up to the bar on the beach, and in the evenings comes home, rather unsteadily. I like these people, they are more straight than the pensionado couples that complain that my window isnt neat enough. I guess if I stay, and end like one of these men, that is grounds enough to not complain.  

        One put up SP (Socialist Party) signs in the condo opposite, at the last elections when many were hanging flags. that made my day back then :)

        •  Make your dream come true (3+ / 0-)

          Brasil sounds lovely. I have dreamed of living in Costa Rica.

          We live in a retirement area. Everyone is older than us. Ambulances take turns visiting our neighbors. It is said. Mortality. Death.

          Live life to the fullest!

          Make your dream of Brasil a reality if you can.

          Don't be afraid. I and others are here.

          Having friends here helped me to make the big leap to the west coast.

          "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

          by BlueJessamine on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 11:30:10 AM PDT

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    •  Speaking of mermaids (5+ / 0-)

      There was a so called documentary on the other night about mermaids.

      Videos of supposed mermaids spear fishing and placing a hand on the windshield of a small sub. At first I thought it was a spoof. No, three men sitting at a round table discussing the possibilities of mermaids. Gotta stop watching tv. ;)

      "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

      by BlueJessamine on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:54:28 AM PDT

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    •  speaking of good and evil (4+ / 0-)

      Reading an interesting book on the history of the concept of free will, which covers ground in the fields of philosophy and psychology...and reveals, through an analysis of numerous psychological studies... that human beings, in essence, are driven by our brain wiring, not our "free will" which doesn't exist as such, because we don't get to choose our brains. The way the brain functions is through a constant interplay between the environment (social group) and habit. As a result of which, who you hang around with, the information and attitudes you are exposed to, and what you do with your time and your mind are all extremely influential. In other words, people are more sponge-like and mutable than we tend to believe. The group determines behavior to a large extent. And people are notoriously adept at rationalization, prone to hypocrisy and myopia, and chronic revisionism. It's not about guilt or blame, but about hard-wired human limitations - the inchoate mass of sensory information filtered through a will to survive makes everyone...well, just sort of clueless. We invent reasons for our behavior after we do the behavior, not before - there is a kind of retroactive fabrication of our own version of "truthiness."

      When you see a bureaucracy doing things that obviously run counter to the needs of the population that bureaucracy is meant to serve...that's a framing issue. People are driven by emotion not by reason (there's current AlterNet article on this phenomenon also).

      I guess the author is attempting to suggest that if we could see ourselves as a species more objectively, we would be able to be more selective about the kinds of environments we put ourselves in. Or at least be cognizant of how people actually work vs. how we think they should work. (The Self Beyond Itself: An Alternative History of Ethics, the New Brain Science, and the Myth of Free Will, Heidi Ravven.) It's not that we don't have choices, but that we don't have quite the range of options we think we have. We are truly interdependent.

      •  I agree with most (3+ / 0-)

        if not all.


        We invent reasons for our behavior after we do the behavior, not before - there is a kind of retroactive fabrication of our own version of "truthiness."
        I have seen this many times over.

        Very interesting.

        "the Devil made me buy this dress!" Flip Wilson as Geraldine Jones

        by BlueJessamine on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 11:54:08 AM PDT

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        •  I think we all have - ? (2+ / 0-)
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          BlueJessamine, NormAl1792

          But what's interesting is that these observable eye-roll inducing behaviors...have been demonstrated to be pretty universal. According to some of the studies she writes about, people who suffer from depression are better able to observe these kinds of traits in themselves than those who do not. But we all have them.

          Most interesting (and disturbing) were accounts of studies that showed the group dynamic influenced behavior to such an extent that seemingly "normal" people from "nice middle class families" would become vicious abusers in a closed setting where that role was encouraged (the Stanford prison experiment is one example)...and what they learned was that a closed environment breeds a narrow point of view (not surprisingly) but it can be quite dangerous - as in Abu Ghraib or Nazi Germany - it takes the perspective of outsiders to disrupt the dynamic of a closed social system. Usually there would be a hierarchical authoritarian structure where people were punished for non-conformity and given status for compliance. Another experiment designed by Stanley Milgram at around the same time Philip Zimbardo ran the Stanford prison experiment showed that test subjects were willing to be urged - and could successfully be urged - to administer what they believed were electric shocks to other people (test collaborators not known to subjects as such) - to the highest level of pain allowed by the test - just because an authority in a white coat told them to do it. That this happened from a pool of average people off the street, repeatedly, was pretty chilling. The tone of a group is very much determined from the top down.

          I read in another book that when people were asked to review information and make decisions about it, they scored much higher on accuracy when they worked alone than when they worked in a group. It was something like...the brain activates social centers in group decision making that wouldn't be used if a person were alone. So in a very real sense, people are smarter when they're by themselves.

  •  spectacular pix (7+ / 0-)

    Those are great photos.

    I want to bitch, vent, and rant, three things I am skilled at.

    Do you ever lie awake at night unable to sleep because you are so freaked out? I'm so freaked out.

    1.) I'm working a part-time job that doesn't cover our expenses.

    2.) Can't find another job because there's nothing out there (case in point - office support job advertised one day, the next day message says they're no longer accepting applicants, like half the town applied for it)

    3.) Have to sell my house, have two kids in high school, don't want to move them, if I sell the house, where will we live? Can't afford to stay here.

    4.) Need to find financial information, but it's overwhelming, have never kept records, have ADHD, no one but those who have ADHD can be expected to understand how difficult it is to handle the most rudimentary daily tasks, my life is chaos.

    5.) Need to find a way to pay for kid to go to college.

    I guess that's all for now, other than a chronic sense of horror and looming disaster. But I can't feel paralyzed or terrified all the time - delusions of security would be welcome.

  •  Glacier Park (6+ / 0-)

    The nice weather folks tells us that 2" to 4" of snow will be falling today. We can't tell from here because of the low clouds and the wet stuff that is leaking from them. I suspect when the clouds clear that we will have snow capped mountains to look at.

  •  .. & goodnight (3+ / 0-)

    need to sleep now. Until another time.

  •  Hugs, {{{BlueJay}}}! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Thanks for promoting the Meet-Up this Saturday!  This is the only lead role I have ever really wanted for a long time, so I am thrilled to finally have it (and not because I have a "serenely beautiful" young mistress in it).  

    Henry & Alais photo LIW-1_zps0d97cd4d.jpg

    Thanks also for sharing your wonderful photos, you truly have an eye for beauty (as well as beautiful eyes)!

  •  Juggling (4+ / 0-)

    Right now I feel as if I'm juggling everything. Reid had twice as much as we planned for. Costing me an arm and a leg until we get home and he can write a check so I can pay off the credit cards again.

    The hardest thing is that I was so looking forward to San Francisco but can't go. The movers came yesterday instead of Monday. When cleaning his truck out I slipped and cracked my shin really hard. Still swollen and discolored and beginning to think I might have cracked a bone. Can't do anything about it until I get home and see my Doctor. I can't afford the co-pays for here in California. Then yesterday someone spilled something on the steps at his place and I slipped and missed the last step. Now I have a swollen left shin and a sprained right ankle. Sigh!

    Miss my little Pixie like crazy  and can hardly wait to see my baby again. The family says she is really droopy and obviously misses her Mommy.

     photo PixiesQuilt_zps9025f593.jpg

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 01:37:35 PM PDT

  •  Felt very disjointed all day. (4+ / 0-)

    After the nap it shaded into a bad case of general "Idonwanna" at everything.

    Dinner will probably be good, especially if I get off my ass in fifteen minutes and go make the side dishes.

    I know part of it is that Bear is stressed due to his mom having eye surgery, and so he's not doing the things he normally does, and coming off my period I'm dealing with piles of mess. But I would like to please have my brain work with me on this. Enough works against me.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 02:46:27 PM PDT

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