Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Monday Update 4-6-20

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Today's Smoothie
Birdfeeding
Fiction: "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Thanks for Taking Care of Me, Tiny" Part 1
Birdfeeding
Community Building Tip: Porch
Review: The Emotional Wound Thesaurus
Self-Awareness Question: Younger Self


Internet challenges continue, but we have a usable amount of connection now. Email and blogging are at near-normal levels for practical purposes, I'm just trying to minimize the superfluous stuff. I can access the net several times a day. I'm avoiding heavy-duty research, sites with audio or video, and other high-use content. Posting uses more data than browsing, so the sale responses might still run slower than average because we'll need to keep an eye on usage rates, but I should be able to post at least some things.

Based on our current observations, the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics has been expanded to run Tuesday 7-Sunday 12. That should give people a little more time to shop if needed.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present, which leaves one slot available for the half-price sale later this week.  If anyone wants to knock these off, it would give you more room to open new ones.

"To Be Something Stronger and Better" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Tolli, Shiv, and Caroline hang out in the workshop after the sculpture show.

"Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Find out what happened to Aconite.


The weather has been mild here. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of blackbirds, a flock of mourning doves, a flock of sparrows, several cardinals, several dark-eyed juncos, several house finches, a several robins, a downy woodpecker, a squirrel, and a rabbit.  I have seen a brown thrasher in the birdgift tree, and crows flying around.  Today I noticed that the blackbirds on the ground were often looking up, a behavior I haven't seen in many other birds.  It makes me wonder what they're doing differently, and what kind of behavioral tests might be interesting to try.  Several blackbirds and sparrows have figured out how to eat upside-down from the roofed suet feeder, but only one at a time, so they're not emptying it as fast.  Currently blooming: snowdrops, daffodils, forsythia, apricot, plum, violets. Tulips have buds but they are not open yet. 
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