April 11th, 2020


Community Building Tip: Depave

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

19. Don’t despair; depave. Working under the banner "free your soil," the Portland, Oregon-based group Depave has been kicking asphalt for a decades, turning unused parking and abandoned lots into community gardens and parks. If you discover an opportunity to literally reclaim your streets, the group has a guide on its website to help get started.

Poetry Fishbowl Update

The pool is closed and I have the donation in hand.  I've started posting stuff from Mom & Dad's batch too.  Normally I do theirs later, but in this case some of theirs were chronologically linked with others.  I'm going to close out "To Be Something Stronger and Better."  After that, I'll start posting the Broken Angels poems in serial order, since those have all been sponsored.

The general fund currently has $8, in case anyone else wants to throw random money in there.

If you're still planning to buy stuff, there are plenty of poems left in Shiv's thread.  You've got today and tomorrow to shop in, as the sale will end Sunday night.

Internet Update

I lost the whole morning to yet another power outage, so I'm running behind today.  >_<  I will get on the posting of fishbowl poems next.

This is way above the usual rate of outages, but I thought of something to do about it.  Previously I have ignored cooperative elections because I didn't care who was involved.  I have decided that in the next election, I will try to determine who is currently in office, and vote against all of them.  I still don't care who wins.  I just want the current incompetents to lose.

Anyhow, sorry for the continued delays and interruptions.  We have determined that posting runs up the rate of data usage, but is not untenable, so I'll continue posting and we'll keep an eye on it.


Today is cloudy, windy, and cool.  It feels like it might rain again.

I fed the birds.

I have done two rounds of trimming around the cherry grove in the savannah, and the preliminary trim is now done.  I still need to do some touch-up trimming, rake up all the cut branches, and spray weed killer where I don't want things to grow back.  But it's progress.


It's hailing among the rain, but just a little bit, and normal-sized hail, not the deluge of larger pieces we had recently.  What is unusual is having it hail twice that close together.  :/

Today's Smoothie

Today we made a smoothie with:

1 cup pear nectar
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 orange
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
a splash of coconut milk
1/2 cup ice

This one is a pale, cheerful yellow and has a nice tropical flavor.  It would make a great breakfast smoothie.

Poem: "Their Wings Too Heavy"

This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] readera, and [personal profile] wispfox. It also fills the "sweet potatoes" square in my 3-1-20 card for the Food Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv and Broken Angel threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Poem: "The Highest-Paid Professional Women"

This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah, [personal profile] erulisse, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "Nothing To Eat" square in my 3-1-20 card for the Food Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, and [personal profile] edorfaus. It belongs to the Broken Angels thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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