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It's almost time for me to watch my Woodstock DVD again but I can't wait until August 15th so what better time than now? There's only so much time I can waste watching the GOP convention no matter how fascinating it is to see a political machine self destruct.

One of my favourite performers from Woodstock 1969 was Richie Havens. I cannot express how much I love this singer and the way he expresses the words of a song. This isn't from Woodstock but I do love how he interprets Cat Stevens' 'Peace Train'. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


Jul. 15th, 2016 07:14 am
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We've started hiking again despite the overly hot weather. But I need to get rid of the fat roll around my middle ASAP and for me this is the best way to do it. These are pics from our local Heydenshore park in Whitby and the trail that runs east into Oshawa. We only did 2 miles for starters and I managed to twist my knee but not too badly.

Photos below the cut:

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I've been gone from here for so long it's ridiculous but let's forget all that for now.

I'M FREE!!!! My retirement from work took place a week ago and true to my word I slept for the first week. Now I'm ready to do all the things I enjoy most, including immersing myself once more into LJ and my fandoms.

It was very busy during June. It wasn't the best time to retire. The stress was almost unbearable.

First was Sean's graduation from his public school. I can't believe that high school is only two months away!

Pictures from his grad and my leaving do are below.

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[Error: unknown template qotd]I don't swear a lot so I tend to use words like 'frigging' or 'shoot' rather than the real thing. Sometimes I do swear though and my favourite word is 'mf'. See, I didn't actually say it!
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Fascinating! I saw this at [ profile] lindahoyland. No wonder! Tom is my favourite character for a reason.

You Are Tom

You are very passionate, and you care deeply about the world. You can't stand to see injustices.
You will stand up for what is right, even if it will get you in trouble. You have to speak up sometimes.

While you have the heart of a fiery revolutionary, you know there there is a time and a place for such behavior.
You try to work within the system sometimes if it's effective. And while you always fight for what's right, your friends and family matter dearly to you too.

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I missed Olivia and the little kids so very much this Christmas. I think that and the weather being so unseasonably warm with no snow has served to take me right out of the Christmas spirit. I also feel bad for not being able to send most of my cards out on time, which means a lot of you will not be receiving them until at least next week. Here are some of the pictures we took this year, with only Jamie, Sean, Eddie and myself (and the two cats) on view. Do they look as lonely as I feel they do? Thanks to some wonderful carol videos posted by the lovely [ profile] heartofoshun I realized that I had taken all my Christmas CDs to work and left them there, so I downloaded two albums from iTunes: Michael Buble's and Boney M's. Boney M's Christmas album is fantastic and was half the price of Buble's. Isn't that the way it usually goes?

So here are a few of the photos we took. Eddie would not let me take his picture and I respected that, so it's just me, Jamie, Sean and the cats for your viewing pleasure.

First up: Sean.

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Ok this is just a test to see if the post goes in. I'm trying to find another way to get on LJ without using my l laptop until I can give Sean his own laptop for his birthday next month because he keeps taking mine. Next I'm going to see if I can read my list and leave comments.
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Thanks to all the problems with LJ lately I am behind on reading all your posts. If you've been able to make any.) I'll be catching up with everyone soon. There are lots of stories and things I want to read. :)

Off to work soon and hope everyone has a good day! :)
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Title: From The Ruins: Chapter Twenty-six: Only Once in a Lifetime
Characters: Chase-lee, Amaranto, Havard, Gastan, Teo, Tall Men
Rating: R

The unconscious tall men lay on the ground under a tree where Havard and the others had dragged them en masse. Havard looked down at them, a frown on his face.

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Have just finished working two double-shift days because we are on skeleton staff at the office and it fell to me to be there since I was the only one not taking any extra time off during the holidays. To add to all the extra work three bad things happened at the same time. Don't these things all happen in threes?

1. Our heating system broke down (at work, not at home). Our digs run in a north-south direction, with two heating units, one controlling the west side, the other the east. The east side was the one that shut down completely, and is also the one we work in! (The washrooms and storerooms are on the other side--it figures--but at least our butts were warm when we had to use the washroom, which was often because of the cold). On Thursday we almost died from frostbite. Kept having to run to the washroom to run our hands under the hot water to thaw them out as well as numerous trips to the coffee shop downstairs to fill ourselves with as many hot beverages as possible. Then the physiotherapist lent us some heating pads to put on our chairs to warm us when we were sitting down. That felt like heaven although my butt almost got burnt when I turned the heating pad up too high. On Friday the repair man came and put in a new 'ignition board' which fixed the problem.

2. Our telephone system broke down. Anyone calling could not leave messages, because the system kept saying the mailbox was full when it wasn't. We could answer only one call at a time (which actually made it easier in some ways). The phone repair guy got it fixed yesterday afternoon (just like the heating guy) but then the calls just started to pour in like mad and drove us crazy.

3. I broke my 'new' (it was actually used but new to me) laptop which we had bought to replace the desktop that I had broken back in the summer (I think--it could have been spring). Never having done music downloads before in my life, I got Jamie to show me how so I could download some tunes to Sean's new iPod for him. I guess there was a virus attached to one of the songs. I don't know much about these things, to tell the truth. My husband is terribly annoyed with me. Can't say I blame him as I really should have known better.

Anyway, on a more pleasant note, it has snowed here! Finally quite a bit of snow of the long-lasting variety, which is rather nice for a change. I'm supposed to be going to see 'The Hobbit' today with my sister and Olivia, but we are also supposed to be in for a snowstorm, so it remains to be seen if the outing will be cancelled or not. We may have to put it off another week or so.

And I've been immersing myself in watching 'Downton Abbey' which I received as a Christmas gift. From myself. The first two seasons. It's quite wonderful. I'm really enjoying it, so if I don't get to see 'The Hobbit' today I'll continue to watch the TV series. And read. I've got many books to get through. Those I received as gifts last year as well as the three I got this year. :)

I may not be able to spend as much time as usual on the comp. I'm currently using the tiny laptop I got for Christmas two years ago for use when traveling. It's fine except I cannot use it for large downloads or graphics. But I can use it for writing (thank goodness) and I have a fair bit of catching up to do there as well, after my exhaustion wears off. :)

Happy New Year to everyone! I've got to pull another double shift on Monday (New Year's Eve) so I probably won't be around very much until everything gets back to normal.
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A friend and I were discussing writing and the use of beautiful words. Not in the sense of what they mean but how they sound, how they roll off the tongue and perhaps invoke some feeling that goes beyond their meaning. We were talking about the English language specifically. She mentioned a quote from JRR Tolkien in which he had stated that the word 'cellar door' (which is actually two words) was the most beautiful word in the English language. My first reaction was "Huh?"

LJ problem

Sep. 23rd, 2012 12:40 pm
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Recently I've had a problem with comments showing up on ONE old post I made to one of my neglected comms almost a year ago. It seems that every day for the past few weeks I've been receiving some really strange comments, some in foreign languages and some clearly advertising different things. I thought it very odd that they would ALL be on the one post. I'd get the usual messages in my e-mail inbox showing 'Livejournal Comment' and only ONE of them was a legitimate and very nice comment. I've had no choice but to delete the post entirely. That was a shame because it was full of nice pictures and things, but I just cannot stand getting any more of these weird comments in my inbox. When I went to the post to check it out, LJ had marked 4 regular comments and 82 'suspicious' comments but didn't do anything about it--I guess there isn't much they can do--and so I felt I had no choice but to delete the whole post.

This kind of stuff makes me feel bad, but I suppose it's rather normal for the internet. I'm going to friends-lock all my posts from now on, though. :(
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This was taken from [ profile] arancione.

Name? Jennifer or Jenni for short.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being able to do what I want whenever I want.
What is your greatest fear? Not being able to be alone.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? When I was a child of about ten I read a story about Emmeline Pankhurst, who was a pioneer who worked to get women the vote. Her slogan was 'Deeds not words.' I've always admired her and always wanted to be like her. I always try to speak my mind.

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I don't know when I've been more excited. My favourite National Team, Colombia, was magnificent yesterday in defeating the Uruguayan team, who is one of the best in the world, by a score of 4-0.

Here are some beautiful photos from the match.


Goalscorer Teofilo Gutierrez hugs playmaker James Rodriguez.

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Title: FROM THE RUINS: Chapter Eight: Immortalia

Characters: Aramel, Havard, Geo, Teo

Rating: R

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While I never look forward to another birthday anymore, yesterday my family showed me a wonderful time at my husband's golf club. First we took some carts around the practice areas on the course, then we went inside the dining room for dinner.

Here are photos:


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Title: FROM THE RUINS: Chapter Four: Goodbye
Rating: NC-17
Characters: Aramel, Amaranto, Chase-lee
Summary: Disaster finally befalls the friends.

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Diana Matheson scores in final minute of extra time vs France:



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I've never written about this, and I'll keep it short.

Last Thursday I got a bad scare when I learned that my co-worker of many years had been rushed to hospital with abdominal pains and was awaiting the result of a CT scan. We were on tenterhooks at work, all of us worried as hell. On Firday morning the results came in. They didn't look good. While not knowing exactly what they meant in terms of prognosis, I can tell you that they involved the pancreas, a possible aneurysm and some other stuff that may or may not be important. The past weekend was a long one for us, to celebrate Simcoe Day here in Ontario. We worked only half a day on Friday so I was not able to find out until yesterday when I went back to work how my colleague was feeling. She came in late in the day, and said she felt much better, although she still had some reduced abdo pain and was very tired. She's going to take next week off work. I went home before she could speak to the doctor about her result, and she clearly didn't know anything yet. Today is my day off, so I won't find out until tomorrow what the doctor told her. :(

This is bad enough, but my sister recently had a hip replacement that didn't go too well. She had been suffering from a genetic hip disorder that my mother had, my brother has also, but somehow I escaped. My sister's operation was in the middle of June. During the course of the surgery, while her 'old' hip was being removed, the surgeon managed to fracture the large bone in the same leg - the femur. As a result, she suffered trauma while she was under anesthetic, which resulted in her vomiting in the middle of the surgery but luckily didn't aspirate it, and her blood pressure went sky high. They had to stop the operation halfway through, wire her fractured femur together, try to stablize her blood pressure and some other things, and then continue to replace her hip.

Since then she's had a long recovery time, she cannot bear weight yet on that side of her body, and it's going to be awhile until she can walk again. She's not even an old woman, for crying out loud.

And to make a long story short, I've had very bad luck with friends. Six of my close girlfriends have passed away much too young. The first one was a schoolmate of mine who died in a sky diving accident while in university. She was only 19. The next one died of breast cancer at 25 years of age. After that, another was killed by a truck on her way to work, two had heart attacks and the final one passed away suddenly from an aneurysm.

Seriously, I am glad to be healthy and to have escaped any accident at all so far, but I do not want to lose my sister, my co-worker or any of the friends I have left. Or any of my online friends, who are all very important to me because I really don't have very secure feelings about making new friends in real life.

You know what it really means to be a survivor? It means that you lose everyone that you have loved and it means that you are left alone to carry on.
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Besides the usual 'too busy in RL' excuse, sometimes something else will happen to make me go silent for a few days. On Friday I received some bad news about my co-worker of many years. We have been very close and this news came out of the blue.

I'm feeling rather shattered and quite unable to do anything at all of a creative nature. I'm sorry. When I feel able to come back for some fun I will do so with great enthusiasm, I'm sure. But right now I just can't concentrate.

Love you all. Please don't leave me. :(


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