dear blog

dear blog,
another apology about neglecting you. I guess you aren’t that important to me. However I will endeavor in the near year of 2015 to write in you every week. If not, by the spring equinox i will put you out of your misery.
Today is Sunday January 4, 2015. It is very wet here, and raining, NOT snowy and cold. Yet it will get that way later this week. I wanted to go for a walk to the foot bridge in Genesee Valley Park over the Genesee River, and I started out in my raincoat, but it was raining so hard I only walked around the block. Hence, more time to write in this.
I will say I may have been enjoying the darkness of this dark time of year during the holidays. My Christmas tree is still standing. I started taking it down yesterday but then thought if the needles are still intact enough I am still enjoying it. I took some ornaments off. I am getting rid of some of the ornaments, even very pretty ones. De-stuff the awful mess that is my home.
I don’t believe in new year’s resolutions. Make resolutions at any and every time of year. Often most people don’t keep them for long.
perhaps I have been depressed for awhile. Or maybe it’s just that I don’t care about things I used to anymore. But what do I care about?

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Neglected

I have neglected my blog. I do apologize.

Too Much Information. Too much computer time. I have a new job (yeah!) but i am just sitting on the computer alll ALL day – today it was literally nonstop. I feel my coworkers think this is normal – but I am older than them. This is not good nor healthy. I wonder if we will all be blind from all the computer stuff in the future. very very tiny teeny text. In a weird mood lately. Gin helps. but this is not something that should become a habit. oy.

Oldest Thing

In response to the Daily Prompt, I am writing about the oldest thing I own. That would probably be old photos of ancient ancestors from the early 1800s. I also have 1 piece of china from long dead maternal relatives: great-great-grandmothers, great-grandmothers. Not sure if they got them as wedding presents or not, or when they were bought but some date to mid-1800s. I might try to add a picture of them.

The photos of the ancestors are my great-grandmother’s grandparents or something, Clark Young and his wife. I believe Clark was born in Scotland, not sure about the wife. There are about 5-6 of these plates, with the name of the woman on the back. Those are probably the oldest things I have.

 

Mama Mia

Curious about the lack of older female characters in fiction and literature or indeed in the culture at all. Where are they? Even when they exist, they may not be so flattering. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice features Elizabeth’s mom as being over the top, desperate to get her daughters married into a good situation. Yet who can blame her? Because the alternative for being a poor spinster in England at that time was dismal at best. She has 5 daughters and no sons who will take care of an unmarried sister. The young women have only their looks and charm and intelligence to help, no fortune.

In fairy tales the mother is just part of the parentage or worse, such as Disney’s version of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. There are older women in the Greek tales and plays: Penelope has alot of action and story given to her in the Odyssey, which is quite beautiful to consider how a wife copes when her husband goes off to war for 15 years or so. When is enough enough?

We saw some really good movies come out of the 1960s and the 1970s that featured real women’s stories, not just “who will I marry” or such. Hollywood has had some good gems despite all the bad examples. Norma Rae is about a woman who helps unionize millworkers and has to cope with raising her children on her own.

women and men

Last time I checked, every single person on this planet gets 2 cells to start out life with: 1 from mom and 1 from dad. Therefore each and everyone of us is a mixture of male and female. Yes men have XY and women have XX but these are just metaphors.
The Alpha Male is simply a myth at least for humans. To me, the true alpha males were Jesus and Ghandi and Maya Angelou and really truly brave brave souls who cannot stay restricted to what is defined for him or her. Buddha. Thomas Jefferson. Aristotle.
For some to think it means a muscly Superman or Batman type person/ man who gets all the babes he wants any and all the time, you are misled. Look within. That which you seek is within you. It is not in some hot sorority babe woman or in being CEO or President or having 250 children. (by the way, Osama Bin Laden’s father sired over 200 children and had upteem wives. look how his son turned out!)

I think technology and the Internetzation of life has made us more isolated and lonely. GO out and hike in the woods or fields or beach. Nature heals. The greater segregation of genders is troubling. We need to each understand others, of both genders. We need to know ourselves.

If I Had a Hammer

From dailyblog: If I Had a Hammer

If you could learn a trade — say carpentry, electrical work, roofing, landscaping, plumbing, flooring, drywall — you name it — what skill(s) would you love to have in your back pocket?

    Want to learn carpentry, electrical, plumbing and landscape work. I do some of this myself in my home and yard, but would love to become a pro. I would love to learn from a master journeywoman because I think I would learn better from a woman than a man, without any sexual tension that might arise (why do I automatically assume that?).

  I like the exactness of electrical and plumbing and I love the ability to really make things with carpentry. I can certainly handle a hammer, saw and screwdriver myself to hang a picture etc. However real stuff like home renovation or building a garden shed would be alot unless I was a helper to a carpenter for example.

  I love working outside in my yard and garden. I subscribe to This Old House and love to watch that show.

 

Daily Prompt: Lookin’ Out My Back Door

My backyard still has about 4″ of snow or so, slowly melting. The yard behind mine has standing water. Pond of the Back I call it. We have robins now and I’m sure they are just impatient for the snow to be gone so they can dig up all those juicy worms etc. Yet the ground is still pretty hard for them to get into. I prefer winter really to hot humid August days of summer. yech.
I will be glad to have the robins (and other birds and squirrels) have free access to the grass and roots, so they can aerate my lawn.
The shed in the back is a reminder that as soon as it gets warmer, I will be tearing that thing down. It is all wood and has stood there for 50+ years but due to carpenter ant invasion needs to come down. The walls are still sound and I may salvage them (see if they are cedar??). This shed now has a blue tarp I put up over it in fall.
We’ve had such a cold and strange winter. Started early with a snow storm at Thanksgiving. Then off and on cold and warm. Then very cold. well I really do like winter. Yet I’m not an outdoor winter sports fan or anything.
Due to breaking my ankle 30 years ago this past March I get tendonitis and swelling in my ankle which means I just need to be circumspect about how hard I “play.”

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