Books: Shetterly, Brosh, Jemisin, and A. Brontë

Sunday, September 17th, 2017 03:33 pm
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I'm still trying to catch up on books, and as I've said before, I can no longer remember when I read some or in what order. But I remember that I read them, and I even remember what I think about them, and those are the important things!

Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures )

Allie Brosh, Hyperbole and a Half )

N.K. Jemisin, The Dreamblood duology )

Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall )

Happy birthday!

Friday, September 15th, 2017 02:52 pm
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] fignewton! I hope you're having a good one, and thank you for all you continue to do for SG-1 fandom!

Death of a tree

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 04:45 pm
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When our across-the-street neighbors cut back the big tree that arches so far over the street that it was dropping leaves and limbs on our lawn, I applauded. When I realized they weren't trimming but cutting down the whole big tree, I was sad, but I figured it was one of those that may have gotten rotten inside: we get a lot in the Tampa area. Many live oaks were planted 50–60 years ago, and they get worn away inside by rain, insects, and rodents, and people don't realize until something bad happens. When they had another tree or two removed from their backyard, again, I was sad, but I thought they were being sensible.

As the hurricane approached, I was very relieved they had removed at least the big one: no worries about that!

Irma passed through Monday in the very early hours. It's now Thursday, a little more than 72 hours—and they're cutting down another, much younger tree that looks quite healthy. I saw no signs of damage to it from the hurricane at all, though many other trees lost limbs or toppled.

I'm baffled and again sad: why would you remove a tree that withstood a hurricane and looks to have many good years ahead of it? Especially after so many trees have been lost! Are they planning for future hurricanes? Are they tired of blowing leaves? (Someone in the house blows leaves almost every day. We've seen him do it in the rain. No leaf can be allowed to lie on that driveway for more than a few hours.)

We're doing fine after the hurricane, unlike some friends, who are still without power and face big clean-ups. I seem, however, to be terribly distractible lately. . . .

Internet restored!

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 12:48 pm
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Hello, old friends (and new)!

We got through Irma just fine. We didn't even lose power. We did, however, lose Internet before the hurricane even got here, and my sad little old iPhone is so slow at doing things online that it didn't seem practical to try to get on DW and LJ for an update until we had Internet again.

We were a little west of the path, and we had lots of wind and rain. I am grateful to God that we are unhurt, and there's no real damage to our home. We had to wet-vacuum out one area, but we'd expected that and had moved everything important out or off the floor. We had a couple of drips. A lot of tree limbs fell, some onto the roof, but none did any damage. A neighbor with a chain saw helped, and we got those limbs all to the curb for pickup yesterday already. (Hey, we had no Internet; what else was there to do?)

2/3 of Florida lost power. We know many people still without power—which is bad when it's 84° (heat index 90°) before 1 pm. Many people are returning from other states unsure what they'll find at home—or even when they'll get there. Some areas aren't allowing people in because of flooding; or a lack of gas, clean water, and food. (One of those people was shouting, "I'll never leave again!" as I heard on a sound clip on NPR this morning. He might change his mind after he sees where he lived.) Others are waiting a long time for flights, or for gas to finish the drive.

So if you pray, please keep praying for all the survivors of recent hurricanes, and for those who died. We appreciate your positive energies and your prayers and feel blessed to have come through so well.

Love y'all!

Hello from the path of Irma

Sunday, September 10th, 2017 09:07 am
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Hello, all! Thanks to everyone who has inquired after us or sent a note of support. I am indeed in the Tampa Bay area, which puts us in the path of Irma. The first bands of rain started a few hours ago. We expect the center of the hurricane to pass somewhere around us—probably to the west—around 2 am Monday.

We're going to be ok. We're more than twice as high above the water as the storm surge is projected to be. We have sandbags just in case. We have gallons of water (more than the one gallon/person/day for three days).

It won't be fun. We're planning to ride out tonight on mattresses in a hallway that will barely fit the mattresses. We expect to lose power and internet, so please don't worry if you don't hear from me for a few days.

If you pray, please pray for everyone in Harvey's, Irma's, and José's path and wake. Or send positive energies.

***hugs*** to all!

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