Friday, November 8, 2019

Post Under Construction


Things did not go according to plans today.
My post is still under construction.


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I am not going to tempt the universe to derail me,
by saying anything about when it will appear.
Or what and where it is about.

Have a great Friday!





Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

On Chad and Sisters Two
On the Bay of Fundy
Long Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 31, 2014
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

IWSG Day: Wednesday, November 5, 2019 ~ A Surprising Find






It's the first Wednesday of the month,
the day that members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.






To visit the IWSG website, click here.

To become a member of the IWSG, click here.

Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG founder Alex Cavanaugh are:
Sadira Stone,  Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie.

I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.
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Every month the IWSG announces a question that members can answer
with advice, insight, a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.

Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.

Remember the question is optional.
This month's featured question is:

What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

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Hi, Everyone!
I can't believe it's already IWSG Day again!
I hope that you've all had a great October
and made progress with your writing goals.

At first glance, this month's question seemed easy, 
until I actually tried to think of the strangest thing
I've googled while doing research for a story.

I have literally googled thousands and thousands of things
since I discovered the wonders of Google Search,
amazing to someone who grew up information-starved in isolated places. 


When Information Was Hard to Find
Donnie, Me, and Roy
Atholville, New Brunswick, Canada
Fall, 1956
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Most of this research has been prompted by my writing:
from how to knap a flint knife and butcher meat,
to the formation of elements in dying stars,
to Roman bridge construction in ancient Italy, 
to what happens to a person's body when cut by a chainsaw,
to French coins and Miꞌkmaq names from 1600.


Nucleosynthesis


Finally I gave up and went with a recent search
that prompted a lot of discussion among my family and friends.
I haven't used it in a story yet, but I'll work it in somewhere.
It was something I had never thought of before
and didn't expect to find anything about.

I was cleaning the freezer one Sunday morning while listening to Fareed Zakaria,
when I pulled out a bag of freezer-burned hotdog buns,
leftovers from our July 4th celebration.
I tried to throw them into the garbage, but I just couldn't do it ~
Too many frugal great aunts in my lineage.

What to do?  What to do? I thought, tossing the bag back and forth in my hands.
And then it hit me, Maybe I can use the hotdog buns to make bread pudding!

I never for a second believed I'd find a recipe,
but I entered a search in Google and one popped up instantly:
justapinch.com

I had more buns than the recipe called for,
so I played around with the ingredients and proportions,
chose butter over margarine, and substituted half and half for much of the milk.
That leftover hotdog bun bread pudding was scrumptious!

Ample butter, cream, and sugar makes most things mouthwatering!
And when you top a concoction with homemade whipped cream, it's even better!

In no time we were out of whipped cream
and down to the last half bun each.

The Last Bit
Way Better Than It Looks!
October , 2019
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Over the next few days I described my creation to family and friends,
joking about channeling my inner Newfoundlander.
No one was impressed.  Everyone was aghast.
You made What?!

Oh well ~ No imagination.  Their loss.  My win. 
Well, until I climbed on my scale!

I didn't write much in the past two or three weeks.
Cataract surgery slowed me down.
But I have my last post-surgery appointment this morning,
and I can't wait to get back to my regular schedule!

Happy writing in November!


Chilling After My Surgery
Aurora, Colorado, USA
October 21, 2019
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Friday, November 1, 2019

Bubbles Over Brighton


Have you ever gone through a pile of photographs you've taken
and come across a few that seem a little odd?


Two Bubbles and a Pole
September 3, 2018
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I experienced that today when looking at some photos
I had taken in Brighton, England in the U.K in 2018.

I was actually looking for a specific photo along I-70 in Utah,
but I was distracted by these.

At the time I took these,
I thought I was capturing some artistic pictures.
Now they strike me as a little strange.


Bubbles and the West Pier
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Bubbles Over King's Road #1
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Bubbles Over King's Road #2
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Chasing Bubbles
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Making Bubbles #1
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Bubble in Blue
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Bubbles Over the Beach
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Other Photographers Capturing Bubbles #1
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Other Photographers Capturing Bubbles #2
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Bubbles at Sunset
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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I never did find that photograph I was looking for,
but then I was searching through over 112,000 photos.
Maybe I'll find it by next week!





Back to Reality!
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

Donnie and I
On the Margaret's Justice Ferry
Between Westport and Freeport
Grand Passage, Bay of Fundy
Nova Scotia, Canada
July 31, 2018

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For Map Lovers Like Me:

Location of the UK
Google Maps 2019
google



Location of Brighton
Google Maps 2019
google



The Beach at Brighton
Google Maps 2019
google





Making Bubbles #2
Brighton, UK
September 3, 2018
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Friday, October 25, 2019

Milking It!


Monday I had cataract surgery,
and it has gone very well.




Terry took great care of me,
as did my ophthalmologist Dr. Burcham
and the caring staff at the Surgery Center of the Rockies.

It was sheer bliss to lie on the couch downstairs after my surgery,
binge listening to multiple episodes of The Young and the Restless
and napping until late into the evening.
Terry kept me well-supplied with coffee, water, pizza (for dinner)
and reminders to use three different kinds of eyedrops every two hours.


You Bet, Terry!



I plan to start visiting blogging buddies today (Friday),
as I ease back into using a computer.

I'll be back with a regular post next Friday!
Wishing you all well!



Enjoying a Welcome Cup of Coffee
after Surgery on Monday
October 21, 2019
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Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

On Chad and Sisters Two
On the Bay of Fundy
Long Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 31, 2014
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Friday, October 18, 2019

Fighting for Tickety-Boo


I wish I could say I'm Ms Tickety-Boo today, 
but I'm decidedly not.
I'm feeling discouraged and overwhelmed,
sitting here drinking my first cup of morning coffee,
much later than normal for me.

Let me tell you right up front that this post
is not going to be a pity party for me.
I am fighting for Ms Tickety-Boo.
I'm going to own where I'm at and do something about it.


Tickety-Boo #1
Carefree ~ Barbie, Donnie, Unknown Dog, and Me
Margaretsville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Early Summer 1959
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I had trouble sleeping last night worrying about what I could post for tomorrow.
I have dozens of ideas, none of which I can pull off in a day.
I'm a slow writer, and things worked against me this week.

I was also thrashing about over this persistent cold,
which may interfere with my cataract surgery on Monday.

And I was skewering myself for ever thinking I was a writer,
after reading two fabulous books and starting a third 
breathtakingly-beautifully-written one this week. 


Tickety-Boo #2
Grumpy Cat never fails to make me smile!



So I'm half listening to the news on CNBC
when my ears perk up at the words "rare earths."
Now, I know that most peoples' hearts don't start beating faster
at the words "rare earths," but my geologist's heart does.

CNBC's Brian Sullivan was reporting on the role
of rare earths in the US-China trade fight,
how important that role is,
and how many Americans don't know about it.

Perhaps they should because their iPhones, Teslas, and MRI images,
among other things, depend on neodymium magnets
manufactured with the rare-earth element neodymium, boron, and iron.
(Neodymium is pronounced nee·ow·di·mee·uhm.)

As a nation we have rare-earth element ores.
What we lack is the capacity to refine it.
Guess who has the bulk of the world's refining capacity for neodymium?
China!  Something to think about.  cnbc.com

But what really got my heart racing was the 

at the end of the newsclip!  clipart



It was a huge explosion at the bottom of the 400-foot-deep open-pit
of the Mountain Pass Rare Earth Mine in California.

"Well, at least I've gotten to blow up dynamite,"
I said to Terry, looking glumly over the top of my coffee mug.

"What?" he exclaims as he looks up from his iPhone.
He hadn't heard the rare earth story on tv,
and he doesn't remember my telling him
about my glory days on the Burin Peninsula:
those exciting days in Newfoundland
when I rode in a jeep with dynamite,
drilled holes with an auger in the barrens,
stuffed them with dynamite,
and blew it all up with glee:  Kaboom! 

The memories were already lifting my spirits!

Tickety-Boo #3
Where things went kaboom!
The Barrens between St. Lawrence and Lawn, Newfoundland, Canada
Early Summer 1972
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This immediately reminded me of the Oil Patch in Kansas
where I got to do so many way-cool things as a wellsite geologist ~
after I spent some of my most desperate hours contemplating suicide.

What saved me was the fact that an S.O.B. of a driller
pissed me off so badly that I postponed killing myself
until I could rub in his face that I was a capable geologist.
By the time I did that, we had become friends, and I'm alive today because of him.

I'll never forget stomping into the main doghouse
and catching him searching through a duplicate set of my drill samples
looking for pieces of the Heebner Shale,
a critical marker that would indicate where we were in the subsurface rocks.

"You did good, girl" he said gruffly.
"I agree with the depth you picked."
That was high praise from someone who had wanted to run me off his rig.

Tickety-Boo #4
Don, who saved my life
Hodgeman County, Kansas, USA
February, 1981
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Tickety-Boo #5
A roughneck rides the traveling block to the top of the derricks. 
Hodgeman County, Kansas, USA
February, 1981
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Tickety-Boo #6
Me on the monkeyboard near the top of the derricks
 ~ hanging on for dear life after riding the traveling block up
determined to be a real wellsite geologist.
Hodgeman County, Kansas, USA
February, 1981
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Thinking of the Kansas Oil Patch and its good and bad memories
reminded me of two fabulous men in my life who have always had my back:


Tickety-Boo #7
My brother consoling me during a devastating, fragile time in my life
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Fall, 1980
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Tickety-Boo #8
Terry (the best thing that ever happened to me) and me
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Christmas Morning 2016
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Ms Tickety-Boo is back!
Sometimes all it takes is thinking about
a few people and experiences for which I am grateful.

What lifts you up when you are down?





Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

Roy and I
Beautiful Cove
On the Bay of Fundy
Long Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
July, 2018
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Under the Weather


Hi Everyone!
No real post today.  
I'm still down with a cold/flu that refuses to quit.
Likewise Terry.
We both tired of paying the piper for all the fun we had in Vegas!

So I pulled a few funnies from the internet to cheer myself up
and to share with you.
May you NOT catch the crud going around,
and I hope you have a chuckle or two.