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Zoomed with my dementia patient mom today. She was SO. EXCITED. that she remembered how to log on all by herself. And she was able to switch from “gallery view” to “speaker view” when  I gave her a video tour of our house (we’ve lived here 6 years and she hasn’t been able to visit since she lives across the country). At the end of the hour, she blew us (my sister was also on) a kiss and said “I do so love both you girls. Can we do this again next week?” Yes, mom, we can. 

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Today is a good day because it’s starting to feel a little bit like autumn. Still 33C, but some trees have started shedding their leaves, there’s a fresh breezing bringing along the new season, I have a crate of pears right next to me waiting to be turned into preserve. Autumn is overall in the air and for some inexplicable reason that always makes me feel light, hopeful and happy (even if the realistic expectation of this autumn is another quarantine). It feels so tranquil to just sit on the terrace, listen to the rustling of the leaves, the chirping of the birds and the lack of traffic and people. I want to have a freshly brewed cup of coffee and collect the hazelnut and walnut and ignore my problems for another 40 hours. 

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I went paddle boarding yesterday to take advantage of the good weather for the end of summer. Went out around Kingswear near Dartmouth. The coastline was phenomenal, and I found a gorgeous little secluded beach only accessible from the water. And to top it off, got followed by a trio of inquisitive seals. I could almost have reached out and petted them (not that I would have). A wonderful end to what has otherwise been a, let's say sub-par, summer.

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7 minutes ago, Liffguard said:

I went paddle boarding yesterday to take advantage of the good weather for the end of summer. Went out around Kingswear near Dartmouth. The coastline was phenomenal, and I found a gorgeous little secluded beach only accessible from the water. And to top it off, got followed by a trio of inquisitive seals. I could almost have reached out and petted them (not that I would have). A wonderful end to what has otherwise been a, let's say sub-par, summer.

That's sounds amazing.  I lived at the beach for a few years, and I think I miss paddling around and visiting with the seals and porpoises most of all.  

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40 minutes ago, larrytheimp said:

That's sounds amazing.  I lived at the beach for a few years, and I think I miss paddling around and visiting with the seals and porpoises most of all.  

I haven't had the good fortune to see porpoises yet (not sure if they live around here). Seals are not exactly common, but I've seen them a few times. Dolphins as well. One of my fondest memories is sailing across the channel from Camaret Sur Mer and having a pod of dolphins playing in our bow wave.

I'm super jealous of my uncle in Newfoundland though. He gets to watch humpbacks breaching from his living room.

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I'm really trying to commit to quitting smoking again. I quit for about a year, and then went back for no reason. But this is in the positivity thread because I proved that I could do it before. Why not try again? I got down in the dumps about things left, and right. But my life is looking up one day at a time, and don't ya know it all is shining out the clearer. Still making jokes like I used to though, so I need to change that. 

Self-examination is getting to be a useful tool. I see my life heading for the stars if I quit right now, right now, right now. I can always start again because I don't see the use in making my life difficult. This stance can make it alright for me in the world: make the most out of anything handed to you. When I see that I made a mistake, I know that I can make up for it. 

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Today is a good day because I’m making tiny steps to drag myself out of this weeks-long rut. I’ve written a little and I’m reading in the park and visiting the rabbit that lives in the park. I called my grandmother on the phone and had a nice chat with her, and later I might go to H&M and pick up a couple things I’ve had an eye on for several months but didn’t get because I didn’t consider myself deserving of them enough. And now I’ve decided to shit on whether I deserve them or not and just get them because I want and I can. That’ll be nice. And I also mean to repot an aloe plant that’s dying for reasons I can’t figure out and try to salvage it. 

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Today is a good day because usually this time of year it's hot as hell, but we're experiencing almost fall-like weather. 

I also got the results of my MRIs on my brain yesterday and everything was all clear. No tumors, bleeds, or evidence of mini-strokes. 

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6 hours ago, The Great Unwashed said:

I also got the results of my MRIs on my brain yesterday and everything was all clear. No tumors, bleeds, or evidence of mini-strokes. 

That is terrific! Ya!  Good day for sure!

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So, another one...I've been struggling with writing my book for literal decades. I had a middle, but didn't know how to start or finish it. 

But inexplicably, it all fell into place yesterday. I've started polishing up chapters to shop to agents/publishers.

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1 minute ago, The Great Unwashed said:

So, another one...I've been struggling with writing my book for literal decades. I had a middle, but didn't know how to start or finish it. 

But inexplicably, it all fell into place yesterday. I've started polishing up chapters to shop to agents/publishers.

Keep them good days piling up. :thumbsup:

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I thought of @Hereward today when we randomly stumbled into an ABA Code 4 (that means the bird is only very very rarely found in North America) twitch of a Little Stint. Even better, we happened to be just standing next to these other birders when they found the bird, so we got to enjoy our observations and chatting with the other birders before literally dozens of people rolled up in a panic. All told we ended up with 70 or so species on the day and one very unanticipated lifer! 

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9 hours ago, The Great Unwashed said:

So, another one...I've been struggling with writing my book for literal decades. I had a middle, but didn't know how to start or finish it. 

But inexplicably, it all fell into place yesterday. I've started polishing up chapters to shop to agents/publishers.

Here's the critical question, midway through your bank robbery story did it turn into a vampire thriller? 

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7 hours ago, Xray the Enforcer said:

I thought of @Hereward today when we randomly stumbled into an ABA Code 4 (that means the bird is only very very rarely found in North America) twitch of a Little Stint. Even better, we happened to be just standing next to these other birders when they found the bird, so we got to enjoy our observations and chatting with the other birders before literally dozens of people rolled up in a panic. All told we ended up with 70 or so species on the day and one very unanticipated lifer! 

So cool! I’ve never seen one. 

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3 hours ago, Hereward said:

So cool! I’ve never seen one. 

I would have never in a million years found that bird by myself and probably would have written it off as some weird-variant Semipalmated Sandpiper. I mean, when I saw it in person next to all of those Semipalms, it was obviously different (especially the way it moved), but I swear to god people have been posting photos of the bird and it's nearly impossible for me to grok the difference in photos. 

Does UK get Little Stint during both migrations, or just Fall migration? 

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56 minutes ago, Xray the Enforcer said:

I would have never in a million years found that bird by myself and probably would have written it off as some weird-variant Semipalmated Sandpiper. I mean, when I saw it in person next to all of those Semipalms, it was obviously different (especially the way it moved), but I swear to god people have been posting photos of the bird and it's nearly impossible for me to grok the difference in photos. 

Does UK get Little Stint during both migrations, or just Fall migration? 

it’s good to have some help sometimes. Though some kindly experts had to put me right on Saturday that the bird I’d found wasn’t a Wheatear, but a female Redstart. Bit embarrassing! My Increasingly outspoken daughter claims this is evidence I’m a sexist who only recognises male birds. :(


As for the Little Stint, just the autumn migration generally. Only a handful of sightings in the spring. 
 

PS Did get one Lifer at the weekend, though, a Honey Buzzard.

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9 hours ago, Hereward said:

it’s good to have some help sometimes. Though some kindly experts had to put me right on Saturday that the bird I’d found wasn’t a Wheatear, but a female Redstart. Bit embarrassing! My Increasingly outspoken daughter claims this is evidence I’m a sexist who only recognises male birds. :(


As for the Little Stint, just the autumn migration generally. Only a handful of sightings in the spring. 
 

PS Did get one Lifer at the weekend, though, a Honey Buzzard.

Congratulations on the lifer!!!! That's so rad. :love:

Regarding the Redstart -- I'm going to continue this convo in the birding thread (which I had forgotten existed). Confusing fall birds is nothing to be ashamed of! Also I'm going to entice you and E to join a project I helped start that is focused just on this issue!

 

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'Tis the anniversary of our second date mumblty years ago.  The date began when Partner picked me up in the Labor Day weekend Friday, and took us to dinner.  The date concluded when Partner drove me back home so I could finally get back to prep for the classes I was to teach, as my first semester as a grad assistant on Monday night.  So I warn you all -- be very careful with sex! It can lead to multiple years of marriage to the same person!  Yikes!

We're trying together to make dinner be a little special.  It's a beautiful day -- outside is packed.  We had thought of making an order to a Basque restaurant for their paella, to take out.  We decided to not to.  But I did have a particularly nice bottle of wine stashed away.  I think we can share that with our dinner -- a Greek lentil dish with home made Farmer's Market Greek cheese, a Spanish tortilla and a apple tart, from some really nice upstate little apples already ripe.

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