April 11th, 2018

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Read "The Catch"

I first encountered this story years ago in an anthology, and loved it instantly.  I've been looking for an online reference ever since, and finally found the whole thing.  This is the only story you'll ever need to explain why introducing exotic species is a Bad Thing.  If someone doesn't get it after reading this, they probably never will.  This is what science fiction is all about.
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Cuddle Party

Everyone needs contact comfort sometimes.  Not everyone has ample opportunities for this in facetime.  So here is a chance for a cuddle party in cyberspace.  Virtual cuddling can help people feel better.

We have a
cuddle room that comes with fort cushions, fort frames, sheets for draping, and a weighted blanket.  It has a basket of grooming brushes, hairbrushes, and styling combs.  A bin holds textured pillows. There is a big basket of craft supplies along with art markers, coloring pages, and blank paper.  The kitchen has a popcorn machine. Labels are available to mark dietary needs, recipe ingredients, and level of spiciness. Here is the bathroom, open to everyone.  There is a lawn tent and an outdoor hot tub. Bathers should post a sign for nude or clothed activity.  Come snuggle up!
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Wednesday Yardening

Today is sunny, breezy, and warm.  I fed the birds.  I saw a house finch and a blackbird at the feeder today.

We picked up sticks from the area between the house and the driveway.  That will later need to be brush-trimmed, raked, and sown with grass seed.  But it looks much better now.  We filled a whole dumpster with sticks.  We also spent 15-20 minutes digging out an iron stake that was poking up a couple inches above the ground.  Good thing we found that before the mower did.  

We accomplished a lot more than usual for a first yardening day of the year -- probably about twice our typical amount, because of the Iron Stake of Doom.  I am exhausted.  But I feel very accomplished!  Yay.  Yay.  Go us!