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Winterfest in July Bingo Card 7-1-20

Here is my card for the Winterfest in July Bingo fest. It runs from July 1-30. Celebrate all the holidays and traditions of winter! (See all my 2020 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


WINTERFEST IN JULY

Human Rights Day - December 10BlanketsActs of KindnessBeach GetawayDeer
Winter SoldierSnuggling by the FireAggressively Festive Holiday SweaterKwanzaaAntlers
FeastPieWILD CARDLightsSnowflakes
Just FriendsWise MenChristmasDie HardStrings of Popcorn
Boxing Day - December 26CandyFishPretty PaperSilver and Gold

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Hard Things

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? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your hard things a little easier?
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Birdfeeding

Today is cloudy, humid, and warm.

I fed the birds.

We cut a lot of dead wood away from the back path into the orchard, under the mulberry tree. 

EDIT 6/30/20 -- I picked up sticks in the cleared area and the rest of the yard by the house.

EDIT 6/30/20 -- I trimmed grass around the septic tank.

EDIT 6/30/20 -- I cut weeds in the septic garden.

Fireflies are coming out.  :D

EDIT 6/30/20 -- I went back out to look at fireflies.  Not many visible now, though this is usually the peak.  I saw a bat, though.
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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 7

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Yeah, we have those too."  I'll be soliciting ideas for abusers, victims, bigots, zealots, troublemakers, rebels, tyrants, saboteurs, resistance cells, social engineers, leaders, followers, equals, young elders, ethicists, activists, conservatives, charismatic people, superheroes, supervillains, outcasts, loners, conscientious objectors, other people who reflect on each other, mirroring, criticizing, rescuing, supporting, rebelling, undermining, infiltrating, deceiving, social engineering, working on the car together, clearing out the bad apples, making changes, leading, following, cooperating, negotiating, mediating, bartering, speaking, listening, reading, writing, discovering yourself, testing boundaries, creating connections, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, changing the world, accomplishing the impossible, recovering from setbacks, returning home, homes, counseling offices, churches, temples, meeting halls, capitals, cities, government offices, back rooms, schools, rural areas, farms, supervillain lairs, alien planets, fantasy worlds, other places of reflection, unpleasant revelations, civil unrest, sea change, teamwork, teamfamily, complementary strengths and weaknesses, dominance fights, leadership, followship, etiquette, bigotry, confusion, independence, cooperation, virtues, values conflict, loyalty, betrayal, alienation, rebellion, the heroic journey, personal growth, imprint vulnerability, rites of passage, and poetic forms in particular.

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

An Army of One constructs a society from outcasts.

Fledgling Grace reveals hidden connections.

Monster House brings together people from different backgrounds to form a family.

The Moon Door is about chronic illnesses and lycathropy.

The Ocracies is about all different types of government, but people find common ground anyway.

One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis features the God of Drunks and his followers.

Polychrome Heroics has many different organizations and groups, and quite a lot of reflection.

Walking the Beat is lesbian romance with a community focus.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem, "Two Ends of a Spectrum" (6 verses, standalone).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 7

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Yeah, we have those too."  I'll be soliciting ideas for assholes, abusers, victims, bigots, zealots, troublemakers, rebels, tyrants, saboteurs, resistance cells, social engineers, leaders, followers, equals, young elders, ethicists, activists, conservatives, charismatic people, superheroes, supervillains, outcasts, loners, conscientious objectors, other people who reflect on each other, mirroring, criticizing, rescuing, supporting, rebelling, undermining, infiltrating, deceiving, social engineering, working on the car together, clearing out the bad apples, making changes, leading, following, cooperating, negotiating, mediating, bartering, speaking, listening, reading, writing, discovering yourself, testing boundaries, creating connections, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, changing the world, accomplishing the impossible, recovering from setbacks, returning home, homes, counseling offices, churches, temples, meeting halls, capitals, cities, government offices, back rooms, schools, rural areas, farms, supervillain lairs, alien planets, fantasy worlds, other places of reflection, unpleasant revelations, civil unrest, sea change, pesky objects, planned obsolescence, teamwork, teamfamily, complementary strengths and weaknesses, dominance fights, leadership, followship, etiquette, bigotry, confusion, independence, cooperation, virtues, values conflict, loyalty, betrayal, alienation, rebellion, the heroic journey, personal growth, imprint vulnerability, rites of passage, and poetic forms in particular.

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

An Army of One constructs a society from outcasts.

Fledgling Grace reveals hidden connections.

Monster House brings together people from different backgrounds to form a family.

The Moon Door is about chronic illnesses and lycathropy.

The Ocracies is about all different types of government, but people find common ground anyway.

One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis features the God of Drunks and his followers.

Polychrome Heroics has many different organizations and groups, and quite a lot of reflection.

Walking the Beat is lesbian romance with a community focus.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem, "Two Ends of a Spectrum" (6 verses, standalone).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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Bingo

I have made bingo down the B and G columns of my 6-1-20 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo Fest. I made a total of 19 fills on this card, which is above average for me.


B1 (teaching / learning) -- "The Map and the Menu" (standalone)
B2 (change) -- "Révolution tranquille" (Polychrome Heroics)
B3 (opposites) -- "The Wolf of the Galleries" (standalone)
B4 (naked / vulnerable) -- "Vulnerable and Bound" (Polychrome Heroics: Rutledge)
B5 (worth it) -- "A Gentle Whisper" (Arts and Crafts America)

G1 (lead / follow) -- "Hope and Faith in Their Abilities" (Polychrome Heroics: Rutledge)
G2 (question / request) -- "The Evolution of Society as a Whole" (Polychrome Heroics: Aquariana)
G3 (body language) -- "Bee Happy Embroidery" (Arts and Crafts America)
G4 (sad / upset) -- "Whatever Is Left Within" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)
G5 (protect) -- "Tada Gan Iarracht" (Polychrome Heroics: Finn Family)

I1 (food) -- "Satisfied, Calm, Cared For, and Carefree" (Polychrome Heroics: Mallory)
I2 (victory / success) -- "The Evolution of Fuel Cells" (standalone)

N1 (improvise) -- "No Idea What's Going to Happen" (Polychrome Heroics: Rutledge)
N2 (knitting / sewing / crochet / etc.) -- "A Velvet Revolution" (Arts and Crafts America)
N3 (WILD CARD: summer) -- "Summer Haiku" (500 kigo haiku series)
N4 (helping) -- "Ethical Rebels" (Polychrome Heroics: Kraken)

O3 (acceptance) -- "When Someone Else Believes in You" (Polychrome Heroics: Finn Family)
O4 (early) -- "Give Back Grace and Delight" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels)
O5 (running out of time) -- "In the Main Movements" (An Army of One)
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Today's Smoothie

Today we made a smoothie with:

3/4 cup Ceres guava juice 
1/2 cup Brown Cow vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup almond milk
1 banana
1/2 cup Great Value tropical fruit blend (pineapple, strawberries, mango, peach)
1 1/2 teaspoons acai berry powder
1/2 cup ice

The color is an odd lavender and the flavor vaguely tropical.  It's okay, but not spectacular.

 
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Birdfeeding

Today is hot and steamy.  Ugh.

I fed the birds.

The first snapdragon is blooming in the barrel garden, dark red.

EDIT 6/29/20 -- I started trimming weeds around the barrel garden.

EDIT 6/29/20 -- I trimmed more weeds around the barrel garden.

EDIT 6/29/20 -- I finished trimming around the barrel garden.

EDIT 6/29/20 -- I went out after dark to watch fireflies.  They're mostly over the fields tonight, although I saw plenty in the yard at dusk.  There are thunderheads all around us, at least half a dozen.  The lightning is all pink.
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Monday Update 6-29-20

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Today's Smoothie (banana mango goji berry)
Birdfeeding
Poem: "A Feeling of Being at Home"
Holiday: Tiny Box Tim Day
Community Building Tip: Parking Lot Diary
Birdfeeding
Birdfeeding
Birdfeeding
Poem: "The Wings of Transformation"
Self-Awareness Question: Best Advice
Today's Smoothie (banana strawberry goji berry)
Poem: "Scraps"
Birdfeeding
Poem: "True Security to Be Found"
Good News


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"Protect the Forests" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and has 4 new verses. The Iron Horses talk about hunting and gathering.

"Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. The autograph tables are impressive.


The weather has been warm and humid, with a few spates of rain.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of mourning doves, a flock of sparrows, a flock of house finches, several cardinals, a gray catbird, and a squirrel.   Currently blooming: comfrey, pinks, violas, butterfly weed, alyssum, petunia, Asiatic lilies, daylilies, Queen Anne's lace, Shasta daisies, red bergamot.  Snapdragons have buds.  Mulberries have pink fruit. Raspberries have pink fruit. Blackberries have green fruit. I haven't seen any fruit ripening -- the birds may be eating it all this year. :/