Mystery Squash update

Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:54 am
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We last saw the Mystery Squash Behind the Garage on May 10 (at least, that's the one I have noted):

It's probably a butternut squash that Mom dumped seeds of, or part of, or something, a year ago. It's definitely a squash. It also appears to be a male plant, as it's producing many flowers but no fruit of any kind.

This narrow "alley" behind the garage is not good for anything. There's no door in the fence so you can't get to it easily, and there's no point putting garbage cans back there because you'd have to take them around 3 sides of the garage to get them to the street. So we mostly ignore that area.

It gets limited direct sun because of the garage, fence and roof overhang. Presumably it gets plenty of water, idk. It's just as hot as anywhere else around here, atmospherically. We don't mow, water, fertilize or anything. For a while this summer we were dumping vegetable scraps back there to attempt a compost pile (which was working!).

Then when we cleaned out the corn and tomato containers, we dumped the dirt/root masses wholesale back there to try building up the soil. They'll break down eventually, right? That's the plan.

Here's the progress of the Mystery Squash )

Veggies redux

Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:56 pm
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Some of dinner...

1 yellow squash, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, also sliced thinly
3 leaves basil, frenched
some vegetable oil
some soy sauce
some ginger paste
salt and pepper

That's basically it. Cooked until onion is tender, squash slightly less so. Very vibrant and full of taste.

Pic )


Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:07 am
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I know it's not actually possible to die of high humidity, but man it sure feels like it.

Miniatures of games past

Jul. 21st, 2017 06:11 pm
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I've meant to post these for a long, long time but only now have finally gotten around to it.

Back before I had kids (i.e. at least 15+ years ago now) I really got into painting miniatures for roleplaying games. I had the paints and at the time decent eyesight and some of the lines were so thin I painted them on with a single human hair from my own head, you guys. And I did it just for the creative aspect, because it was way cool.

When I had enough of them I lucked into a big shadowbox with a glass door, and that's where they lived for some time. This year I finally got the shadowbox back on the wall after... probably 8-10 years minimum. Maybe longer than that.

Anyhoo. Then we ended up with a spare, much simpler shadowbox that I decided I could use for the last few miniatures that needed some space. And here at last are pictures.

Pix are big.
Minis. With captions )

Brown Betty

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:14 pm
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Anyone have a good recipe for Brown Betty? Doesn't matter what kind of fruit.

Handmade postcard gift

Jul. 19th, 2017 04:38 pm
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This is a handmade card I received through an exchange on Postcrossing. It's made differently from mine so I'm very interested in its construction! Also the colors are so neat. :)

The sender noted that normally she makes clothing and bags, but she's trying patchwork to use up scraps. Which makes me think, dang, I have that big bag of random scraps! I could make up sets like that!

Postcard )

Johnny Pandemic by Mintsteak

Jul. 18th, 2017 06:11 pm
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I commissioned Mintsteak on DA for some art of my original character Johnny Pandemic. It's been a while.
Read more... )

You say tomato, I say tomahto

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:57 pm
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Some pix of the last of the garden and tomatoes.

Read more... )
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Hobby Lobby smuggled 5500+ ancient Mesopotamian artifacts into the US; often these looted items are sold to fund terrorist activities.

Birth control? BAD! Stealing and lying about the stolen items? GOOD! - Hobby Lobby owners, apparently

Simsecret memories

Jul. 15th, 2017 05:19 pm
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[community profile] simsecret is having its 10th anniversary and is therefore reposting "some of the best and some of the worst" secrets over the past 10 years.

I'm browsing through because I miss Sims 2, and in case I recognize any of them (a few).

...And then I found one I'd submitted! LOL XD I'd completely forgotten about that one, too.

Smugmug trial

Jul. 14th, 2017 01:04 pm
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14 day free trial with no credit card needed.

"If more than 14 days go by and you haven’t yet made up your mind, you can extend your trial for a short time. Simply log in after your and the option to "extend your trial" will appear where your trail countdown previously appeared. Click that link and enjoy your 14 extra days!" from

After that you have to pony up, but tbh I've been paying anyway for PB and it's probably about the same. (I'd have to go look up last year's annual PB charge because I can't actually get in there right now! Haha PB you so silly!)

Available on all plans?
"Unlimited photo and video uploads" looks nice.
"Fully hosted, unlimited traffic".

The free trial is of the "full featured Business account", btw.

Not sure if this link will work for y'all:

So I took a screenshot. This is not the full page. If you want business type stuff you probably need to get to the full page. However this does give you an idea of pricing and etc.
A little big )

For me, I want the privacy controls, and it looks like every plan has those. I plan to use it as storage and 3rd party hosting, so I probably don't need the Business plan with a custom domain. I might do just fine on Basic, which would cost me about $50/year. A little more than PB, I think (I vaguely remember it being $40? could be wrong though) but still reasonable for what I need compared to PB's new extortion of $400/year.

I'll likely keep testing this over the next few days since I usually have pix to share.


Jul. 14th, 2017 12:02 pm
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So someone on Postcrossing, moving overseas, offered to give me all her postcards because the cost of shipping stuff overseas is hella high (duh) and she wouldn't need Texas cards any more.

She has an excellent collection of not just Texas cards but all kinds of weird things, some of which I'll be hard pressed to part with! (Pix below)

All told there are
- 31 Texas cards
- 23 random other cards
- 04 magazine/comic book cover cards
= 58 cards total. At $1 apiece (though often I find they're more like $1.25) this is a great deal and I'm quite grateful to her for passing them on!

I'm also testing SmugMug with these, so let me know of any issues with viewing. SM has a 14-day free trial (no credit card) so I'm testing it as a substitute/replacement for Photobucket. (Man, 2017 and both PB and LJ are crashing and burning...)
The pix )

Science shirt

Jul. 13th, 2017 05:52 pm
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This isn't one of the UFO projects because Huxrin did all of it except the buttons and buttonholes, which I did. I picked out another science fabric and she made another shirt out of it.
Two pix )

That's a very purple rainbow

Jul. 13th, 2017 06:14 am
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Your rainbow is shaded indigo.


What is says about you: You are a proud person. You appreciate cities, technology, and other great things people have created. Friends count on you for being honest and insightful.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

A true horror story

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:14 pm
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I've now made five Halloween items in less than 6 months, all because SOMEONE (you know who you are) gifted me with yards of Halloween fabric. I decided, good, I'm done, I can take a break from these.

Then Mom was cleaning out her closet and gifted me with... wait for it... a couple yards each of three different vintage fabrics. All in orange. Two are solids (but different textures/slightly different colors) and one is a rather gross fried egg concept except all in orange.

Me: tbh this works for Halloween

you will never escape


Friend: This time

This time

the fabric was coming from inside the house


A poem

Jul. 11th, 2017 04:52 pm
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You would not believe your pants
If ten million fire ants
Bit on your legs while you were asleep
And I get a thousand hugs
From a bunch of tiny bugs
As they hurt my legs the pain just goes so deeeeep

This stuff is amazing

Jul. 11th, 2017 10:50 am
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Pure Citrus air freshener "all natural" like so:

I found this recommended on a stamp collecting webpage for removing self-adhesive stamps from an envelope. I bought a can at Walmart and boy does it work. You don't need much of it either (though I would advise using in a well ventilated area because it's strong stuff, not gonna lie).

At first, the envelope paper looks like it lost a fight with a blob of grease. But within minutes the paper dries clear with a faint citrus odor. The stamp has a little residual stickiness but that can be solved with cornstarch or talcum powder.

I then tested it on a glass bottle from which I'd previously tried to soak off the label. There was still some gummy stuff on the label. Pure Citrus for 1-2 seconds, wipe off with a paper towel, DONE. Needed some extra wiping to make sure none of the lemon oil stayed behind.

We're going to try this on some other things because if we can get rid of those **&^%%$ sticker residues on things, this stuff will pay for itself very quickly.

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