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Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:13 pm
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We drove out to Terre Haute today.  I found a whole armload of stuff at Books-a-Million.  \o/  I was pleased to see that they had the books right in front, instead of electronics in front, which makes it feel like an actual bookstore.  They also still have their new releases sorted out.  The main drawback is, this chain isn't really a new-release chain.  Their mainstay is remainders.  So it's a fabulous place to shop for bargains.  I crapped out on the first several sections I tried, then hit the New Age/self-care stuff and just loaded up.  Doug didn't find anything this trip, though.  :/

Then we met up with [personal profile] callibr8 and [personal profile] we_are_spc.  We had a lot of fun talking about filk, science, Terramagne, yarn, and all kinds of other stuff.  I made most of a ball of yarn while we talked, and would've finished it had we thought of doing that sooner.  Haven't done that in over 30 years, but it's a permed skill.  Thing is, it takes forever to build up the core so that you can get into the fast-wrapping where you throw several loops in the same place before rotating the ball.  (It's a lot easier to knit from a ball than a skein unless someone is willing to hold the skein for you.)  So that was fun too.

Mostly we hung out at Hokkaido, a rather nice Asian buffet with a sushi bar and downright trippy decoration.  Like the fake tree with glowing pink flowers.  :D  The food was interesting.  They had some favorites, like frog legs and crawfish, and some pretty good dim sum dumplings.  I also tried the seaweed salad.  It was weird -- stringy, salty, fishy, kind of slimy.  I probably would've liked it better in summer when I crave salty things.  Today was rainy and downright cold.  But it's still something I have wanted to try and the vivid green flavor was eye-catching.  I might also like it better as a garnish on something, like slivered beef.
[personal profile] dragonlady7
So. Took down the yurt today.

I had planned on taking it down Friday or so. Had blocked out time, and had mentally organized myself how I was going to empty the thing, pack my stuff neatly, categorize it into various types, work out what to leave here and what to take home. All of it, I was going to work out and it was going to be fine.

Come the weather report: massive front moving in Monday night into Tuesday, bringing strong winds, and epic rain, for days and days. Clearing up late Thursday.

Y’all the yurt is canvas. The roof weighs about 20-30 pounds dry. The walls are like 40 pounds. Wet? I don’t want to think about it. And where would I dry it? When would I dry it? How??

Alternative is to leave the yurt up until I come back out in late November for turkey processing, but. I can’t. There wouldn’t be time to take it down, turkey processing is the most time-intensive thing ever and those several days are just hell on earth.


Today it was. But we decided this Saturday evening, and Sunday, I spent the entire day in Rhinebeck. 

I spent several hours last night tidying, and trying to organize, but I just– didn’t know where to put things, and in the dark I couldn’t exactly, like, stack things outdoors, or anything. Not comfortably. (Also last night something was growling for hours, and I’m like 99% sure it was one of the cats, but it was unnerving as fuck and I was Not Going Out There.)

So, anyway. I hoed everything out in a frantic hurry today, and my mother and father, and then later sister and brother-in-law, helped me load it up into the attic of the granary, where it’s now an unholy mess, but I will organize it sometime this week, because I have to.

I don’t know what to do with my goddamn mattress. It’s enormous and unwieldy and I don’t know what I was thinking. Well, I do. I bought it and said “I’ll figure it out,” and sure enough, here I am figuring it out by, um, huh. I don’t know, it might get wrecked here, but at least it’s indoors.

I gotta find a place to put it. But I have to put a lot of other things away first. 

And the wind is howling out there, so I’m glad I’m inside now. It’s going to bucket down tomorrow like nobody’s business but now I don’t have to think about it. 

I’m just sad, because it was my cozy blanket fort and I finally, finally had it set up just how I liked it.

oh god why

Oct. 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm
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The continuing education tax course I took today needed so much copy-editing.


Like seriously, I spent as much time unraveling terrible sentences as I did translating legalese into either English or math, and there is no universe in which I should be able to truthfully make that statement.

*headdesks ad infinitum*

csevet replied to your

Oct. 23rd, 2017 11:42 pm
[personal profile] dragonlady7
csevet replied to your post “unicornduke replied to your post “So— Rhinebeck!! My two little…”

there’s a whole knitty series about an animal-allergic spinner learning all the “difficult” plant fibers first i could link if you’re interested. idk if she ever made it to flax specifically. her thesis is that people who only work with wool for years confuse “different” for “difficult”, the way lifelong knitters think crochet is “just inherently harder” and vice versa.

yesss please tell me more please!!!! i want to spin nettles and flax! There was someone at Rhinebeck who had mint and bean and other yarn but they were like, cellulose– powdered and then extruded, so it wasn’t like they’d actually spun the fibers of those plants. But it was neato… 

But I want nettles and flax and such, it’s important to me.

csevet replied to your post “unicornduke replied to your post “So— Rhinebeck!! My two little…”

ANYWAY i used drop spindles exclusively for like… five years? before i got my wheel so if you want me to yell about wool at you more lmk

I am super down to get yelled at about wool. I have to get these fleeces washed, and then I’m going to try to card some of them back in Buffalo, and then when I next come out to Troy I’ll have one sister or the other or both teach me how to use the drop spindle I own– actually I have three of them? maybe? and one was beautifully hand-turned by my Southern brother-in-law who is Into Woodworking and stuff. And I have never used it because I don’t know how and also don’t have any roving. BUT NOW I DO. Once I’ve mastered carding.

galadhir replied to your post “unicornduke replied to your post “So— Rhinebeck!! My two little…”

That’s a good plan. From my experience, once you can make a decent thread on a spindle, the wheel is SO easy by comparison you’ll already be fluent. I found a spindle with a large diameter whorl is easiest to learn on, because it’s got more momentum, so it doesn’t start unwinding while you’re fiddling at the top end.

Oh good, the one my b-i-l made for me has a good big heavy whorl on the end. Apparently he made it after consultation from Middle-Little, who has studied such things. I also have a shitty one that was basically free at Pennsic I think– they were kind of handing them out free with purchase somewhere and I was like, What Kind Of Person Doesn’t Have A Drop Spindle Yes Please Thanks! And I think I bought one somewhere too. Now, do I know where any of them are?

The true test.

I’m hoping to have that happen– make enough with the drop spindle to be okayish at it, and then get a large project started and buy a wheel so I can do a whole bunch.

torrilin reblogged your post and added:

Augh. Historically, everything was spun on spindles, ok? Wheels are modern, and kind of a hiccup in the path from spindle to industrial production. I don’t know why they became the magic historic symbol, they just are and it’s weird. (reply continues here)

I get that, but I want to learn to weave, and to weave something you need a lot of thread, like a whole bunch more than you need to knit something, and I don’t actually live in olden times where spinning was understood to be part of my duties so it wouldn’t be weird for me to have a drop spindle with me at literally all times. That’s not how I live. And yes, I could just go buy some fucking thread at the store, but that’s also not what I want. So I want a spinning wheel, not because it would be Ye Olde Historicke, but because I want to spin a bunch of thread. (Although, for the record, the historical period in which I am interested, namely the era I was talking about when this region was known for textile work, would have been the era of the spinning wheel.)

But I’m not going to buy one until I have mastered the spindle and also have a project in mind. 
[personal profile] dragonlady7
Farmbaby, not wanting to go to bed, turned violent and started hitting her father. He picked her up and held her in his arms, holding her hands between his so she couldn’t hit him anymore (she’ll keep hitting, this is a thing she does). 

“Let go, it’s hurting my hands to hold them so tight,” she shrieked.

“Well, it hurts me when you hit me,” he answered her, firm but gentle. 

“But it matters when it hurts me,” she wailed.

God damn if that don’t sum up so goddamn many of my interactions. Only she’s too little to a) really know better and, crucially, b) lie about it yet. 

I promise nothing

Oct. 23rd, 2017 07:19 pm
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Okay, so… I’m not promising anything, here, but the bunnies for today, my day off, have been tugging me back to my Tenipuri Nationals re-write. And I think I know why I stalled so hard on this one. It was trying too hard to keep the relatively decent parts of Nationals canon. Which, to be honest, /don’t fit/ after you’ve fixed all the howling moments of WTF.  So, now I’m doing another editing sweep to refamiliarize myself which what I actually did, and contemplating the possibility of, um, Seigaku losing. I mean, everything else I could fit in reasonably well! But let’s face it, Konomi did not make a good narrative case for Seigaku being able to actually win against Rikkai, not with Yukimura at even half-strength. *frowns at the story* If they do win, the momentum to that point nearly demands that it be, essentially, by luck. Which is fine, but /that/ demands a follow-up, and oh god I don’t know if I’m up to re-writing the Invitational arc. 

Eh, for now, let’s just look at the next bit. Which is Atobe’s arc! And Atobe is /always/ fun to write, especially when he gets into it with Sanada. 

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seramarias replied to your post “if anyone was wondering if you combine a bunch of surplus tomatoes…”

Neat! Does the distillation strip the flavor out, or are you still getting some of the original tastes?

Whoo. I mean. Yes, but. 

When you put a bunch of stuff in a fermenter, and pitch yeast, and let it go, what you wind up with tastes a lot different than what you started with. (I’m not being condescending, I’m just explaining a thing that kind of startled me too.) Like, you’d think, mead– you start with honey and water and sometimes fruit or lemon juice or tea or whatever, you’d think you’d end up with something sweet and fruity and vaguely floral maybe depending on your honey, and, well. You sort of do? And you sort of wind up with something sour and tangy and sort of bread-like depending on some things, and it’s almost definitely not at all sweet, and it might taste like whatever fruit you put in it but it might taste like socks or bananas instead, for no real reason you could have predicted. (It can depend on things like the temperature it fermented at, which of these strange flavors you get and how strongly.)

So then you ferment that, and well. What goes into your fermenter is usually sort of vaguely gross, it turns out– recipes for wort, which is what you call the fermented thing you’re going to distill, tend to create things that in their fermented state are frankly kind of gross. The “starter” recipe that came with my still involved potatoes, white sugar, and tomato paste as a yeast nutrient, and it fermented out looking and smelling exactly like vomit. Really yes. It was repulsive. Sour and stinky and alcohol-tangy and weird.

After distilling, it was, well. It tasted strong, and harsh, and well, like booze, a lot. It depends, with pot stills, but I usually can get around 100 proof my first time through. And a pot still doesn’t really strip out all your aromatics and weird off-tastes and such; it’s basically the most primitive kind of still, and it’s going to give you a very primitive product. Modern stills are usually fractionating or column stills, which as far as I can tell just means they’re fancy and have a bunch of surfaces that catch the steam and condense it so it drips back into the wort and gets evaporated a second, third, tenth time, so that by the time it comes out the end, it’s basically been distilled several times and is much purer, with more of the weird exotic taste molecules left behind in the spent wort.

But, and this is probably the most salient point, when you distill, you strip out everything but alcohol and aromatics. There’s no residual sugar, there’s no sourness or breadiness or maltiness or any of that, it’s all gone. It will never taste sweet or sour or tangy or anything. It will only taste like alcohol, and like whatever aromatic molecules hung on through the steam and condensing. There is no color, and no mouthfeel to speak of. It looks like water. It tastes like fire.

So… tomato-and-apple wine distilled in a copper pot still tastes not in the slightest like tomatoes or apples, but if you were an experienced taster you could probably identify those components. The wort still had like, whole tomato chunks floating in it (I didn’t process them very efficiently), and was pretty clear on what it really was, but the distillate comes out perfectly clear. This one is within tolerance. 

It just smells strange, and the smell imparts a flavor. I feel like this one’s pretty harsh, but I can’t tell in what direction. I’ll let it settle down a bit; it’s very very different from the last one I did, which was honey-based. 

et lux perpetua luceat ea

Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:56 pm
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My grandmother, Hedwig, died this morning after a long illness. Please keep her and her children in your prayers.

[personal profile] dragonlady7
Saddest day of the year: gotta take the yurt down. Wet weather coming up, then turkey season will be too busy. I just got it all snuggly like I like it. :( oh well, cruel autumn.


Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:49 pm
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1. Being able to take a personal day today when I needed one.

2. Having sufficient supplies on hand to make food without having to go to a grocery store. (Slow cooker chicken curry with potatoes and carrots; later I will make my favorite baked rice with cinnamon and curry leaves and lemon peel.)

3. Laundry, clean and folded and put away.

4. My cat, curled up on my desk beside the laptop.

5. Autumn sunshine and leaves spiraling lazily down through the air.

How are y'all?

Monday Update 10-23-17

Oct. 23rd, 2017 11:22 am
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Feel the Might of Creation"
Lunar Tunnels
Poem: "Capable of Stretching"
Saturday Yardening
Poem: "Death Whispers at the Tip"
Today's Adventures
Poem: "To Protect the Most Vulnerable"
Thursday Yardening
What to Do About Kneeling
How to Accommodate Special Needs While Attending an Event
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things

The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is now over. I sold six poems outright, with one in microfunding and two more in a pool that should get squared up later today. Most of the sold poems have been posted, I just have one left to do.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Stylet comes out of the shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  "TERF Wars" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Antimatter & Stalwart Stan.  At school, Stan walks into an unexpected argument about gender issues.

It has been raining here since yesterday afternoon, off and on, and that's expected to continue through the early part of this week.  We can use the rain.  The weather had been warmer for a few days but is now chilly again. Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, firecracker plant, morning glories, frost asters, goldenrod.  Very few fields remain to be harvested.

Fic rec

Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:13 pm
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[personal profile] kass
Deep thanks to [personal profile] shoshanna for sending this to me -- holy wow, it is gorgeous.


The Name in the Mouth (20796 words) by Rave
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Jewish Bucky Barnes, War, Bucky Barnes in Bucharest, Non-Linear Narrative, Golems, Epistolary, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD

He was determining his own protocols. It was an ongoing process, and kind of a mess.

[personal profile] dragonlady7
via replied to your post “So— Rhinebeck!! My two little sisters, my mother and I all met up…”

ahhhhhh this is great. the md sheep and wool festival is pretty great. I picked up spinning this year and got the hang of it on a drop spindle that was 12 dollars and some cheap roving. I think if I’m going to spin more I’ll get a spinning wheel because I find the drop spindle hard to use on all of the seats we have in the house for some reason. This is a lovely story!

I own two or three drop spindles, and two of my three sisters claim to be fluent in drop spindle, but none of them have ever taken the time to teach me so far. I assume now they will. (Farmsister has actually raised sheep, for meat and wool, at various points in her career, and Middle-Little took an intensive class on fiber arts in college that had them do a sheep-to-sweater project.) (I don’t know if they got to shear the sheep, now that I think of it.)

I want a spinning wheel but here’s the secret. One of the things I really really really want to do on the farm is to grow flax, and process it into linen. I think this would be amazing to do, and I would enjoy it a lot. We know flax was a huge product of this area at the time the farm was founded, and for decades after. (There are a few leftover flax-processing tools here and there, shoved into rafters and such– I think there’s a hackle by the fuel tank, I noticed the other day, tucked up on the beam there like the world’s most vicious decoration.) And basically nobody does it, so it would be really cool to do, and really different.


It’s incredibly labor-intensive and literally nobody would be able to buy the end product for any amount that would come close to paying any of us for working on it. So I’m aware that would have to be a hobby. 

But I really really want to do it. 

And flax spinning wheels are not usually dual-purpose with wool spinning wheels, but… flax is extremely difficult to work with for a newb, and it’s not suitable to learn on, so I feel like I’d have to get fluent in wool first. And if I had a reason to be fluent in wool, that’s the kind of thing there’s a market for selling, and I could more gracefully transition into flax as a side gig and have a few people appreciate it.

So I want to get a spinning wheel, but I figure I should master the drop spindle first.

Something on Sunday: Catching Up

Oct. 23rd, 2017 08:51 am
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I wrote this last night and then walked away from the computer without hitting post. Oops.

Somehow I have managed to go over a week without posting here and that's bad, and I've already missed one Sunday of this project, so let's remedy that, "Five Things Make a Post" style.

1. I finally finished The Stone Sky this week. It took over a month to read, mostly because I haven't been reading all that much lately. It's a brilliant ending to this amazing trilogy, and everyone who's been telling you to read this series is absolutely correct. Now I've moved on to Trever Noah's memoir about growing up in South Africa, which is very different and yet feels appropriate to be the thing I picked up next.

2. Part of the reason I haven't read all that much lately is because I've been watching TV instead. In the last month or so, I mainlined the first two seasons of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (fun, a little hard to watch sometimes because of Rebecca's Bad Decision Theater, but I love the music and the friendships_, re-watched Season One of The Good Place and caught up with the current season (probably my favorite show on TV right now), started watching Person of Interest on SE's recommendation, and then took a break from it to watch The Shannara Chronicles (I've seen the first three episodes and like it better than I'd expected. If this sounds like a lot of TV, you're right. But it's very much my speed right now, and so far I've enjoyed all of it.

3. Yesterday was pedicure day, and my toes are all sparkly and green. Also it was a beautiful morning, and T and I took advantage of the sunshine to walk around and catch up with the various new construction projects in our neighborhood.

4. Today was brunch with friends, and that was also pretty excellent. I have such excellent friends. I'm really lucky.

5. Now I'm relaxing with my kitty, who is sleeping on a box beside me, and I'm about to wrap up the weekend with a few more hours of Shannara, as I prep for a busy work week.

So in this little corner, things are pretty good. For now. And sometimes for now is all you need.

Music Monday Meme

Oct. 23rd, 2017 05:37 pm
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16. One of your favorite classical songs
Gustav Holst - Mars, the Bringer of War (The rest of the planets suite is pretty nice, too.)

What can I say? I'm boring and also I don't listen to much any classical music. Mars is a rare example of a classical music where even I can admit something happens. Also, I like planets.

(In other news: it's snowing!)
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The Bonds That We Save
DCU/MCU; Peggy Carter, Etta Candy, Diana of Themyscira; g; 1,040 words
In which Peggy Carter meets Etta Candy.

Slightly cleaned up from the version I posted on tumblr last night. Or read it on AO3.

This could be the start of a beautiful friendship. )


Feedback is always welcome.


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Oct. 23rd, 2017 08:00 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Devyn was hit with a series of emergencies and medical bills in the last month, and is fundraising to help pay a large vet bill, her own MRI bill, and multiple urgent-care trips as well as a car repair. You can read more, see some cute kitty pictures, and support the YouCaring here.

[ profile] silversouledcat is raising money to stay in college and still be able to feed herself; she depends on her status as a college student for her meds, and on her independence to keep her sanity and distance from her parents. You can read more, find her paypal email, and reblog her post here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[ profile] roguewrld linked to a Planned Parenthood fundraiser -- buy a nerdy Klingon shirt and support Planned Parenthood! I...don't actually know what the shirt says but I understand it's a form of play on MAGA. You can read more and buy a shirt here!

Help for Free:

Anon linked to a petition regarding -- the Malaysian government has blocked FFN due to the "lewd and explicit nature of its erotic stories" and the petition is to unblock the site. If you guys aren't following this story, it's something everyone in fandom should be aware of; it looks to me like a test run before they go up against AO3 next. You can read and sign the petition here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
[personal profile] dragonlady7

they will not write about us because darling
we’re not in love
and we both know that poems ought to be about lovers
or brothers
not best friends halfway in the middle
god, i’d never kiss you
but our hands fit like puzzle pieces and your smile makes my heart sing and you cried when you said you love me
voice thick with fear and awe and i knew then i could break you and that terrifies me because you deserve better but i would die for you

when i was thirteen my bedroom window looked out on the big dipper every summer and it made me feel safe but if every star in that constellation went out i’d still have your hands smoothing a brush through my hair (your eyes shine brighter than those distant suns anyway)

we are not the stuff of legends in this world where it’s only love if you fuck the stories people want to hear end in a kiss not a high five or a fistbump but if i’ve got you i don’t need to make history

and while you do not kiss away my tears you let them seep into your shirt and to me, that is just as good

- not every beautiful thing has to be a love story (g.c.r.)


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