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 ... is bad and getting worse.

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I posted a tidbit about our Litha ritual.

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 Today is beautiful, cool and breezy.  I took some pictures.  We are planning a Midsummer ritual later today so I don't know if I'll get much else done.

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 [personal profile] bairnsidhe has been writing a setting called Super-Queers.  Check out "Questions" and "Under the Hood."  If you like Polychrome Heroics, you'll probably love this.

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 Tonight is moist and mild.  There are fireflies everywhere!  :D  Also some fireworks to the west of us.

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 Also girl-powered.  \o/

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 Some very nice snapshots.

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These are more pictures from Thursday.

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I took these pictures on Thursday.

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These are more pictures from Monday that wouldn't fit in the previous post.

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These pictures are from Monday, June 19.

Echinacea is beginning to bloom beside the barrel garden.
Echinacea is beginning to bloom beside the barrel garden.

This is the barrel garden.
Here is the barrel garden.

This pepper is beginning to ripen.
This pepper is starting to ripen.

Moss rose is blooming.
Moss rose is blooming.

So is gazania.
Gazania is blooming.

Million bells are blooming on the patio.
Million bells in bloom.

Here is the septic garden.
This is the septic garden.

Cleome is blooming in the white garden.
Cleome is blooming.

Yucca is almost done blooming.  I was out in the evening and surprised to discover that they are more fragrant at night.  Since they are pollinated by moths, this makes sense, but I had not noticed it before.
Yucca is winding down.

Some of its flowers are setting seed.  This also surprised me, because I didn't think yucca moths came this far north and also I've never seen their little holes (made by exiting caterpillars) on the pods.  But perhaps their range is expanding, or some other moths may have done the duty.
Yucca is setting seeds.

Most of the morning glories have been eaten.
The morning glories have been munched.

This is the cardinal nest in the hazelnut bush.
This is a cardinal egg.

Here is the wildflower garden.
The wildflower garden is blooming.

Echinacea is just putting out petals.
Echinacea is beginning to bloom in the wildflower garden.

Prairie onions have heads.
Prairie onions have heads.

Asters are blooming.
Asters are blooming in the wildflower garden.

These black raspberries are in the blackberry patch.
Black raspberries are ripe.

The blackberries aren't ripe yet.
Blackberries have green fruit.

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Today is cloudy, cool, and breezy.  Earlier I took pictures.

I planted two lemon thyme plants in the Goddess Garden, and watered potted plants. 

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, there are 15 new verses in "A Hope and a Promise."   Mrs. Ozenne and Aidan talk about school and play options.  Saraphina talks about her terrible past.  (Toddler phrasing, but graphic description of witnessed violence.)

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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Farce" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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 ... is gaining ground.

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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

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Some companies are improving how their ads portray the genders.

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 Orkney pictures.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] technoshaman, there are 11 new verses in "Essential for Human Survival."  Cassandra and Groundhog find one of the monks a bit bemusing.

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[personal profile] ng_moonmoth is interested in hosting a pool for the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.

I'm interested in sponsoring "The Place Where the Journey Begins" and
"We Are All Related". These two together would be half of $464=$232. I'm
ready to go in for half of that ($116) if there are enough people
interested in covering the other half.

Please let me know if you are interested in participating, and how much
you wish to put it. I have a PayPal account which I am willing to use as
the collection point if we can get this pool going, but don't want any
money until I know I can pass it along.

I'm also interested in "Uncertain Miracles", so if anyone wants to buy
in there at the 1/4-price rate, they could.

Any interest?


If you want to get in on this, contact [personal profile] ng_moonmoth to discuss details.

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