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Gender: Female
Home country: US
Current location: retired to MidWest
Member since: Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:15 PM
Number of posts: 6,151

About Me

Still an ardent Irish-American Catholic damnYankee Yellow Dog Democrat socialist after all these years. (cue Simon music) Army brat and wife for many years, now have been on the loose far longer than I was married. After my two red chows died, I took in a mini-beagle cross that I named Molly Maguire, thinking she might need a good Irish name like my original real one. Later she got a baby sister, a smooth-coat JRT I named Brigid after the greatest of the ancient Celtic goddesses. My great-grandfather and his son fought for Michael Collins and barely made it out of Ireland one step ahead of John Bull. They slipped over to Wales for new identities and then forward to the States for a fresh start. That makes me second generation of illegal but certainly justified immigrants. There are precious few people to whose defense I fly immediately, but the list includes Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama even when I disagree with him - it happens! - and living Irish patriots Gerry Adams and Martin \\\'Mind Your Kneecaps\\\' McGuiness. I pray earnestly for a united and free Ireland rescued from all official British occupation, with every square inch of alleged \\\'ancestral lands\\\' now held immorally and illegally by the invaders returned to the rightful owners. Irish-only rule for Ireland. No foreign masters anymore! I find it passing strange when Brits chide ME about \'interfering\' in Irish politics!

Journal Archives

Been frugal all my life. When my mother sent me out to the garden to gather something for dinner, I

always took a little jar with holes in the lid for a 'hotel' for the insects I'd gather as well. Those were my pets. Mom always told me they were gone the next morning because the bug fairy came to rescue them while I slept.

Know how I make winter bathrobes? From the fancy throws I bought the previous spring on sale for around $2-3 apiece. I fold them in half, and at the center of the fold I cut a slit through the middle third to fit over my head. The I make two tight stitches about 10" below the fold on either edge to give my arms plenty of room but keep the material from shifting around too much. $3, a pair of scissors, and a few quick hand stitches, there's your robe/poncho. I could attach a snug hood except I'm usually wearing a hoodie and sweat pants as well; what do I need with two hoods?

I could write a book. 5 years ago, several blocks from home, I was walking along and saw a 5'x5' picture window set out at the curb on trash day. It's double paned with beveled edges and has a wide, heavy wooden frame. I had to walk that thing home a few inches at a time, one corner, then the other, etc. My ambition, now that I have an affordable but expert handyman, is to do a watercolor of the Grand Canyon in opaque paints before having an opening cut for the window on the north side of the house where it really needs a window.

While I'm proud for him, to me a lot of the pleasure of thrifting lies in the search.

We have a couple small thrift shops here but the merchandise is limited and might still be there on your return visit months later. The only place that does a brisk business is the church run clothing store where everything's a dime. They used to sell shoes also but quit because of limited space. When I go there several times a year, I always come away with several bags of good stuff. There's nowhere to try things on first, so you just take 'em home and hope for the best. At 10 cents, even I can afford to do that.

I've gradually been collecting a few bold men's ties, which I plan to use for belts and to go around my straw hats for the summer. Use a fancy stick pin or flashy brooch and watch people's jaw drop. Gotta give 'em something to talk about, after all.

I once had running water at a Maine cabin, too.

It ran in the creek down the hill.

Must agree. I love 'em, and nobody challenges me with one in my hand.

Well, my kitchen table spends winter hosting my outdoor potted plants - BUT I do have several iron

skillets, and never would've thought of using them, although I certainly shall now. I thought iron skillets were only for cooking and self defense.

Glad you did.

I replied to an OP in GD and got slimed by the devotees of Saint Garth. With some it devolved into very poor deportment, let's say. They seem more riled by the fact that I refused to ask how high when they hollered jump than they did over what I said, which was true. They also made the tactical error of thinking their refusal to accept my word for something automatically made me a liar. Egocentric to the extreme. They got into such a self-righteous snit it was almost funny. Slumming may have its occasional charms, but it wears out fast. The BOG never does.

You can bet I will at some point. I'd chew rocks if they were covered in chocolate.

Good advice about small town living.

I grew up as an Army brat, married a career military man, and lived in places like NYC and Los Angeles in addition to more remote areas. I knew coming in that this place would be a tough nut to crack, but if my expectations had been at all realistic, I'd have found a way not to do it. Now I'm pretty much stuck here, although that in itself can have a good side because I know I'll never move and they'll never change; the only option left is to try to kill 'em with love since the law won't let me use faster methods.

Yes, you are helpful.

I guess I could've followed the same advice I give others when I'm mad at them - "look it up yourself on the internet!" - but after apologizing for my laziness, I must say this has been a fun run for me. Guess I was feeling a little lonesome this evening. Everyone's been very kind.

Now that's incredible. I love scented candles and already have tea lights because I have to prepare

well ahead for potential emergencies way out here. But I'm not likely to give too many away after 8 years of being beat over the head by a lot of these teabaggers. I could NOT survive here w/o the internet. Absolutely could not.

So I'll make some scented candles for myself and run some of the other beans through the blender so I can brew them.

Thanks, everyone!
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