May 9th, 2018


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?

Review: Trader Joe's The Milk Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar

Trader Joe's The Milk Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Bar is a bit of a misnomer.  It's a dark milk chocolate, with sour notes and a little bitterness.  At 45% cacao it's really midrange between milk and dark.  It does have a fairly smooth texture, though.  This is single origin from the Tumaco region of Colombia, a nice choice if you're touring the world of chocolate.  The total weight is 3.5 oz but it's divided into two large, flat bars of 1.75 oz each.  That makes it very convenient for sharing.  While not a favorite, I wouldn't mind having this again. 

Wednesday Yardening

Today is partly sunny, warm, and breezy.  We picked up several piles of grass and weed stems. 

EDIT 5/9/18: I trimmed most of the grass and weeds around the cistern garden.  I still have a bit of the edge to finish, a lot more to do inside it.

EDIT 5/9/18: I finished trimming around the septic garden.  Next I will need to weed it.

EDIT 5/9/18: I cut the burdock out of the septic garden and removed some other weeds. There's more left to do, but at least now I can see  the garden.  Quite a lot has returned from last year!  There are pink chives, wild chives, rhubarb, at least one of the carnations, sedum, sweet mint, chocolate mint, and lamb's ear.  :D

General Fund Poll for the May 1, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl

The general fund contains $15. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Thursday afternoon. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

There are three open epics:

"Marks of Devotion" belongs to Kande's Quest and needs $51 to be fully funded.

"Energy, Made Visible" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and needs $388 to be fully funded.

"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and needs $484 to be fully funded.


Poem: "Sweetly Breathing, Vernal Air"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "smells" square in my 4-1-18 card for the Spring Fest Bingo. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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