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On the way back from visiting Ben & Jerry's.  Along Route 100 north of Rochester VT.  I think this may be the most beautiful drive in the state.

Heading for Lake Champlain on Route 73 with the Adironacks in the background.

the back yard

game night

We played Crononauts and Monty Python Fluxx. For once, I won both games.


Snoring and taking up far too much of the bed.


This seemed like a good idea but it was really made for normal sized cats.  Ash is constantly demolishing it.  I put it together and she takes it apart.  Perhaps next time I'll use duck tape.


Both cats are sitting in the dark in a dark window purring. Very loudly!! I walked into the bedroom and had to figure out what was making the noise.

may 4, 1970

On April 30th Nixon announced the bombing in Cambodia and Laos.

On May 4th four students are killed by National Guard troops at Kent State in Ohio.

Killed:  Jeffrey Miller, Allison Krause, William Schroeder, and Sandra Scheuer.

Wounded: Joseph Lewis, John Cleary, Thomas Grace, Alan Michael Canfora, Dean Kahler, Douglas Wrentmore, James Russell, Robert Stamps and Donald MacKenzie.

On May 15 two students were killed by state highway patrolmen at Jackson State in Mississippi.

Killed: Phillip Gibbs and James Earl Green.

The details are from Wikipedia. It must be noted that there is little mention anywhere about the Jackson State shootings. I remember vividly each of these days. I was a junior in college and we faced armed State Police in our protests. The students killed at Kent State were white and those at Jackson State black.

Each May 4th I wake and remember.  It isn't just a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song to me. White students learned a lesson that black students already knew, the Establishment kills.


Cursed tree sex! I know it is necessary but it has been a really miserable weekend.

EtA: a pretty from the late afternoon visit to another nursery.

It did not come home with me.

the start of a fun weekend

So we went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron yesterday. We went to the 2D show in the middle of the afternoon to avoid crowds. Very much written by Whedon it didn't take itself too seriously. The trailer for Ant Man looked fun and the trailer for Batman vs Superman looked terrible (enough with the post production image processing already).

This morning Michigan experienced its second strongest earthquake, 4.2. Lucky us. The cats freaked and then the rumbling and shaking started. It felt and sounded like a garbage truck was parked in my living room. It lasted a few seconds. I checked the USGS to determine the magnitude but it wasn't the strongest quake I have experienced. Grad school was near the New Madrid Fault and we had more and a few stronger.

It was beautiful today about 80F which is an amazing change from the weather we have had. I got a bit house happy and decided to go visit my favorite nursery. I wanted some hellebores for the front yard where the day lilies have been removed. I decided to go to Arrowhead Alpines in the middle of nowhere in Fowlerville MI. I got all the other hellebores there and wanted to go while the plants still had flowers on them. The last time was fine but a bit random as I went later in the year. All that were left were doubles (I'm not complaining)and I bought some. I thought I could get around with my wheelchair the the ground is still too soft. So a crutching I went.

These are what I got but not my photographs, I swiped the photos from a brit plant info website. They are approximately what I have. Variations on a theme.

Got home and made some chocolate syrup because I wanted it and Hersey's is made with corn syrup and Nestle's is Nestle's. Mine tastes good and is cane sugar.

EtA: happy Beltane!

Apr. 20th, 2015

Damp and chilly. Gray. The wind is blowing at about 25mph but the house rattling gusts are not to be believed.