Friday, October 31, 2003

Critter Lover

Just want to record this url. Looks like a great place to read. I have to absolutely and positively go to will read more of it later. But a lovely poem, great look and lots of links...makes me think I want to spend time.....


Thursday, October 30, 2003

Homeschool Spin: A Look at the Dark Side

Had to had to had to. Now, go read it.

I'm going to post this in my other tea site, too. Don't want anyone to miss.... and prob'ly in my upsaid site. Why not? The world needs to know these things!

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Fat Woman Squeeze

This is in the same area, although we haven't visited yet. I want to go there! Doesn't it look great?
Hocking Hills - Photo

This is where my family likes best to hike. It is full of fairy tale settings and always keeps its matter how often we go.

Monday, October 27, 2003

Passages: "'Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.'
-Cyril Connolly "

Is this quote good or not?

I enjoyed by visit at this blog. Highly recommended.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Bloginality: the INTP personality

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

I am sure you want to know this: I think I just ate one of those horrid asian ladybugs in my Thai Rice. They have a distinctive 'aroma' when squashed you know? Ick ick ick. I ate the rest of the rice anyway... I am like that, hate to waste;)

The world needed to know this today.

I have a thing for Thai food right now. And I have always liked curries. I want to go to an Indian restaurant. Only my oldest daughter likes Indian food enough to go to the restaurant with me. Maybe on the weekend. It is hard to wait that long, though. By that time I will get caught up in something else and not go.:(
I am sloganizing myself:

Fresh. Spicey. Different. Today.

Saturday, October 18, 2003

I love trees. I am one of the tree-hugger persons; in fact, I highly identify with the Ents in the Tolkien stories.
Here's a few bits of info on Ents:

According to Tom Shippey, Tolkien got the word from Anglo-Saxon/Old English: "ent" is an early form of our word "giant."

Pippin: "One felt as if there was an enormous well behind them, filled up with ages of memory and long, slow, steady thinking; but their surface was sparkling with the present; like sun shimmering on the outer leaves of a vast tree, or on the ripples of a very deep lake. I don't know, but it felt as if something that grew in the ground--asleep, you might say, or just feeling itself as something between root-tip and leaf-tip, between deep earth and sky had suddenly waken up, and was considering you and with the same slow care that it had given to its own inside affairs for endless years."

I have been developing the same wrinkled bark-like appearance, as well;) But I am young for an Ent. Give me another twenty years or so.....
Oh, and then there's the description of their language:

Entish, their language, is long-winded and difficult to catch by other people. They are the only people that use this language, and they use it only among themselves.It is sonorous, slow and has such a quality that no one has ever tried to reproduce in writing. Their likings for languages, especially the high elven-tongue, are great, They use a long time so say simple things, and names are up to many lines long.

They used a couple of days to talk about everything that needed to be talked about. Fortunately, most of them also master the common languange.
( from

Ents, MiddleEarth Tour

Thursday, October 16, 2003

The Journey
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
"Mend my life!"
each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life you could save.

~Mary Oliver

Making Things Pretty

This is such a sweet page. I liked looking at it.

This Much I do Remember

There are so many beautiful things in the world. So much that comes from people's hearts and inventions. It really is amazing. Truly amazing.

Even so. How it can all pale when faced with the perfect sunset, the light of first sun through the blue of the unfurling morning glories, the incredible little face of a newborn baby.

But when thinking of these things, I actually would be tempted to say "it's all good". Just for a moment, I might say that.

I have mostly been blogging serious opinions and things like that. Trying to get used to what *I think* is my setup on these things. But so far I really like the look of this blog. It took me forever to position the tables and that means it could look awful in something like Opera. I am presently oblivious. I think I will check out the Netscape browser on this site.

It beats me why they can't get cross platform harmony. Leftovers from commercial competition, maybe? But I almost think intellectual competition is more cut-throat. Probably it was some evil interbreeding of the two.

Ah well, i f you have newer browsers you will see that it is somewhat mollified. I suppose the money and the prestige is now in something else.

What do tech-dorks like me know? yes. I am a tech-dork....those with precious little tech ability who insist on using the internet for my own plebian purposes. yay me yay tech-dorks...yayyyyyyyyyyy.

tech-dorks arise .
[I checked the 4.7 Netscape. Bad news. The blog part of the site does not show up at all. Only the sidebar and the header. blah] more like some far off week or so from now I might play with it. Or I might not.

For anyone who chances on this post: this tech-dork HATES those mousechasing javascript graphics and words. HATES them we does. ( I do Gollum impressions when no one is looking). The only one I liked was a sparkler thing and I can't get it to work with all the other javascripts here. Other wise I would.

But the only thing I hate worse than those cursor chasers are the jumpy gifs and flash ads. I can't think and I just want to escape the page-anywhere but to the tormentors who pay for those distracting and annoying ads.

They were thought of by twelve year old boys. I am relatively sure of that.

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

I have had to listen to my kids teeny/gooey movie today. Well, they deserved it, since they were good about doing all the school stuff today.

They tell me they don't like Bach. Well, too bad.... they will get more exposure later this week, although they don't know it yet. A little surprise.

If we only went with what we think we like at ages 8-16 we would stay in a state of peer induced mediocrity.


On another note. Since I got the imood thing I have not had a decent mood. That is depressing;)
And the internet mood has been an unchanging "tired" EVERY DAY.

Why don't people get sleep? Why don't they slow down if they are so tired? People are really crazy if you think about it. It is very normal to be in a state of circular motion -running running while saying they are so weary and why don't they have time to ...blah blah. Hamsters on a run.

We drive ourselves, and we do it for reasons we have accepted as necessary. And here is the news flash.... it won't change until we change it volitionally. Different thinking, different priorities and goals. And independence from the demands of surrounding society's full court press.

Thursday, October 09, 2003 What's My Pirate Name? (3/3)

Red Anne Flint
Passion is a big part of your life, which makes sense for a pirate.
Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Lean's Country Blinkie Page

These are really cute blinkies. I downloaded a tea one ( of course!) that I hope to use on this site.

I don't know why I like blinkies. They are just cute or something... or maybe because miniature things always fascinate me.
Anyway, this lady does one very nice job.

And no one will direct link...right? It isn't fair to individuals who don't have resources to spare, and just like giving you things.

Tuesday, October 07, 2003

It is Ilona again.... this time with a blog appropriate to the subject at hand. Someone else had the url I wanted, but this one is just as good. I think this will turn out to be a better blog theme for me. Love tea! Love spice!

I like coffee better...but that has been overdone. Not that the tea is not predictable, but cutting edge catchy sound-bite is not my forte.

No.... tea and oranges on the deck at sunset.... that is what this is about. Leisurely ruminations overlaid with scent and looked at through steaming curls of escaping vaporous dreams.

That is in the poetic moments, but look for strong and bracing every once in while, as well. There is likely more of that coming.

Next..... change the look of the layout here.... it definitely needs tea-room atmosphere or something.... and [gasp] get rid of overly large font sizes!