Health, Painting

No (new) dancing animals

For those of you who were worried about my sanity because of the recent influx of dancing animals, you will be relieved to know that this post does not showcase any NEW dancing animals projects. Yellowstone Dancers – the pause before commitment I am still working through my ideas around Yellowstone Dancers. I think I’ve landed on a plan, but…

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Personal

Senseless

A week ago, one of my co-workers–Andrew Dutterer–was killed in an accident on I-5. To say that the death was senseless is an understatement. While all deaths are hard, the sheer randomness of this one hurts almost as much as any other factor. His obituary can be found here. I work at a very small state agency called the Oregon…

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Personal

Tara sighs

I’m not sure what it is about short weeks that makes them feel so intense, but work this week was “petal to the metal.” When I hit the weekend, I had a little list of chores to do. Doing stupid things like slicing open a finger (twice) and accidently getting garlic/onion/pepper on my hands and blinding myself really wasn’t part…

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Horses, Personal

Locks, docs, and barrels

I had GRAND plans for this weekend. They were awesome. However, my supervisor(s) was not up to the challenge of getting me to DO the plans. I’m not sure getting more supervisors is the answer, so maybe someone else will have a suggestion. Docs While I am getting better (or at least stabilizing), I am still taking quite a few…

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Health, Painting, Pets

Captive Ball

captive ball A pinball trapped within a small area of the playfield. The captive ball never leaves this area, and the free ball can never enter it. However, the free ball can knock into the captive ball, which in turn can knock into targets in its area. I was searching for a term to describe the last week, and nothing…

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Health, Personal

Wipeout

For this post to have the proper effect, you really need to imagine it with the song “Wipeout” by the Surfaris. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m on a bit of a “vacation.” A rest. Alright, more like a sudden layoff without any kind of severance pay. A wipeout. The Past Thing Over the years, I’ve written several…

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Health, Painting

Aftermath

I arrived home ahead of schedule on Wednesday and just sort of collapsed. I took the dog and about three absolute necessities into the house, got into the shower, and then into bed. Thursday I unloaded the car, hauled things into the house, and dealt with the tire situation. I sorted through some laundry and reassembled the toiletry/medication storage in…

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Health, Painting

Some days you gotta rest

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I am not having the best health season. Tuesday I broke down and WENT to see the doctor. While he was very sympathetic and listened to my concerns, the diagnosis is a severe asthma flare up. I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter, if it was allergies, the COVID shots, a sinus…

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Painting, Pets

Just put a happy little dog in it…

After a long week where my main focus was overcoming the stomach malady reported in my last post, I entered the weekend happily, but with a full schedule. Key was entered in two “element” trails over the weekend and between the drive over (1 hour), trial, and drive back, my afternoons were shot. Thus, between food prep, house cleaning, and…

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Painting, Personal

Crack-up (myself)

Unable to Friday psychasthenia: A sudden collapse in someone’s mental health or stability of mind After a five-day weekend last week and a mere three-day workweek, I would never have suspected that Friday would be the day that did me in. But Friday morning, by 7:15am, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to cope. Issue 1: I had…

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