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Something simple

Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind
~ John Everett Millai, 1892

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The winter comes early and stays long, up high

spin wool and keep it close

stroke fires of desire

poke into empty places

open cans preserved for time

go slow and easy in drifts

Don't slip, be kind

The winter comes early and stays long, up high.

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~:)~

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thank you for giving us a way
to start another Saturday
winds are wailing here today

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

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@QMS

Coffee's brewing, just added a morning poem; going to be a good day.

Cheers!

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Saw a deer grousing when opening the shade in the office this morning. Good sign. May be a good day. Muscling thru records of yesterday's ventures. Heading out to do more repairman stuff. Demands never end. Guess that's why we are alive? Fix what's broken.

Hope your day finds positive energy. And thanks for being here.

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May we be united and strong -- laurel

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@QMS
the mountain, what i got to lose? It's all downhill anyway. Thanks to you for being here.

Have a great day.

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It was a chilly stroll through trade day. Thin on traders with the wind whipping. Bought some nice looking avocados and did my grocery shopping while in town.

The color has faded and most of the leaves fell this week. Still some more to go. Raked the yard twice this week and it needs it again. We plant winter ryegrass to keep a bit of green all winter.

My old buddy the judge passed this week. Died of pancreatic cancer. Seems to be a very virulent form of cancer. I've only known one person to eek out a year with it. The judge lasted a few month. I'll miss our political discussions/debates we had when we met a trade day.

The cycle rolls on and it is our ride...make of it what you can...there's only one trip.

Thanks for the poem and OT smiley. Wishing all of you a lovely fulfilling day!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

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And:
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@lotlizard
wonderful weekend in Europe.

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I zipped through your OT last week without stopping to say hello...there were a number of things demanding my attention...so I had to rush off. Because of that though, I did end up with Sharon Olds on my reading list and a butternut squash in my larder. So thank you and a belated hello.

We finally have some soup weather here, it dipped down into freezing temperatures a couple of times last week and was cold and rainy. It's a sparkling day today though and roasted butternut squash soup is on the menu.

Hope you have a beautiful simple day, I am looking forward to the same.

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@randtntx

Hum, making me hungry, just returned home from a good day, skied for two hours on easy street, a gentle, long, intermediate slope, the first step up the mountain after folks learn to turn and control speed. Loved it, hope the back and hip hold, going to take this very slowly and thank goodness my friend, the director, understands.

Cooking calf's liver, turnip greens, and two potatoes, one sweet, one Idaho. Can't wait, need food. Smile

Thanks, as always for being here. Stay warm and listen to the good music you enjoy.

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running well.

My week to cook, and farmers' market is today so off for veggies. Its been cool to cold (for us) and is that time of year, so I'm gonna take it easy and make some soups a chicken mole and do some grilling with an arrabiata tossed in. Last week they had some great leeks, so I'm hoping for a repeat so I can make a nice leek and potato soup as well as some sort of veggie medley soup.

Have a good one, stay safe and enjoy.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@enhydra lutris @enhydra lutris

Sounds wonderful, the soup, and all. A c99 cookbook may sell of the shelves.

Hoping you've a wonderful weekend.

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You included. It makes me want to walk inside, sit down and listen to the wind blow. Maybe we can arrange that? I'll bring the snacks and you bring the wine?

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There is always Music amongst the trees in the Garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it. ~ Minnie Aumonier

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@Anja Geitz

date, the when and where to be decided. Smile

Have a lovely California weekend.

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I hope you made it to the mountain and enjoyed the pleasure you have always found there.

I love your poem. It’s so simple, yet so full. Each brief line generates a deeply affecting feeling, and all together is reflective of the sense of introspection winter brings. I especially like this line …

open cans preserved for time

All the best to you and all

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@janis b

I did make it, skied two hours with a break in between, beautiful day and great to see ski buddies.

Forgot to hat-tip you for the music; thanks for today's music.

Talk soon, dinner time and off to bed.

Hugs.

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All is well on the western front. No rain in the foreseeable future. Pulled some curries out of the freezer for dinner so that's off the list. Chopped yet another bit of limb off the willow so the squirrels cannot get at the birdfeeder. I hope. Went to another recall meeting this Saturday morning. Politics never sleeps. Rocky roads go thither. Money loves power loves money.

Lovely poem. Thank you. "Don't slip, be kind"

Be well...

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@magiamma

Bookmarking Maya for later, thank you, never seen that work of hers.

Good day for me and hoping for you as well.

Enjoy the beauty.

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sorry about your losing a friend; happens way too often.

We missed the winds and rain up here by about 100 miles, been a bluebird day on the mountain.

Would love to stroll down trade-day street with you someday.

Onward ...

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on Thanksgiving. If I stay, I will work. And I will do all the cooking. If I go, I might just have fun.
I have booked a 3 night stay in Guatemala City.
I love the hotel, have been there twice before.
I wanted somewhere fun to go with short flight, flirted with Trinidad, but settled on my tried and true Guatemala.
I knew you could bundle air/hotel/car with the discount sites, such as Expedia and KAYAK, but didn't realize you could book airport shuttle to and from the airport/hotel, or that you could book guided tours with tour agencies, as opposed to local, independent guides. I have had some bad experience with independent local guides.
I will go to Antigua, Iximche Mayan ruins, market at Chichicastenanga, Lake Atitlan,for $707.00, which includes "cancel for any reason" insurance.
I have been to all those places twice, but did not purchase Che Guevara tees when I had the chance.
I will this time!
I will be alone on transit, and in my fave hotel room, but virtually every time I step outside the property, I will have the safety of a group, a tour company guide, so I feel pretty safe about it all.
The flight is 3 hours. From Houston, which sucks, to Guatemala, which is one of the most wonderful places I have ever been.

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@on the cusp
I spent a month in Antigua studying Spanish and went to all those places. Loved all of it. The market in Chichicastenanga is magical. You are sure to have fun.

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@magiamma in Chichicastenanga and the shop owner remembered me After 2 years! I have been there twice, and yes, it is magical!
We hugged!
So fun, so wonderful.
God, I love that country.
They have now gotten locals who speak English to take you around the markets for a couple of bucks. They help you bargain. And get back to your bus.
Or, I could stay home. Go to the office and work. And cook the Thanksgiving Feast.
Nope.
I imagine you enjoyed your stay there immensely.
Good that you got to go.

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@on the cusp

A second to your executive decision, traveling with you in spirit. Never been to Guatemala, looking forward to a trip report.

Aren't those special places to stay we are acquainted and enjoyed a jewel. Sometimes i find their draw almost irresistible in planning a new trip. So many i'd love to return to.

Wishing you fantastic travels, will be thinking of you.

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@smiley7 country and culture. I just find a bench in a plaza and just people watch.
Of course, like so many central and south American countries nowadays, it is not as safe as you would wish. I may be travelling alone, but while there, I will always be accompanied by professional tour guides. I will not be going around on a solitary exploration.
I hope to purchase some interesting gifts, art objects for my office, and Gallo beer just rocks!

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@on the cusp

playing gigs along the way for the Partners of the Americas. Lake Atitlan is killer!

That was before the day of digital or I would post a pic. Happy travels!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”