CountryMouse's Diary

Part 64

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 7:50am:  Today is Lammas/Lughnassad, the first harvest! For more about this Pagan Sabbat, look here and here.



I finished reading A Light in the Window last night and started on the next novel in the Mitford series, These High, Green Hills. These books are addictive. :-) 

Okay, Serious Stuff: Mama is having surgery this afternoon, to lessen the pressure on her brain, to evacuate the blood that's pooled up in there. All good thoughts and energies and prayers requested, please. More info here.


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8:26pm: Mama's surgery didn't take long, and she came through it well. Now it's a matter of seeing how much her brain can get back to where it was and how long that will take. It's going to be a day-to-day thing...

A few new photos up in the Canon section, including one from today's little Lughnassad ritual.

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Thursday, August 3, 2006, 4:06pm: I can't believe we're having yet another 90oF.+ day! Grrrr. Storms coming sometime today/tonight ahead of a cool front. I wish it would hurry!

I've updated my Poetry of Other Writers section, if you would care to take a look.

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Saturday, August 5, 2006, 5:28am: Woohoo! I am now a qualified fighter for the town/team of Merredin at Web Town Website Competition! (here is my Web Town Spirit Page)

My Voting Page

Please vote for me Monday-Thursday every week by clicking the above button (and hitting the Refresh button in your browser!), then clicking the first two buttons you get to when you reach that page! Thanks so much!  [EDIT Sept. 19, 2007: I have quit competing as of today, so the Voting Page is no longer there--thanks for all your support!]

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006, 2:21am: First, read this update. Then:

Monday afternoon/evening my mother was discharged from the hospital (brain surgery following a head injury--subdural hematoma--resulting from a fall at home). She is now in a very nice nursing center that specializes in short-stay rehabilitation. We think she will be there about ten days to two weeks. Yesterday (Tuesday) she had physical therapy. She will also be getting occupational therapy, speech therapy, and cognitive therapy. Please keep those good thoughts, energies, and prayers going! And also for my sister, who is doing a yeoman's work on all the financial, medical, legal, and everything-else arrangements! She is on-call constantly in addition to continuing her job plus running a household. Thanks!



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Thursday, August 10, 2006, 2:35am: I just finished reading These High, Green Hills which I started a little over a week ago. Now I'm on the fourth book of the Mitford series, Out to Canaan. ::sigh:: I was saddened by an event that occurred in the latter part of the last book; but I won't give it away for those of you who want to read these books. On the whole, the book had a satisfying ending, as did the others before it. These books are so homey, but not stodgy. A lot happens in a small mountain town!

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Friday, August 11, 2006, 1:09am: Wow, I just LOVE being a part of Web Town!! It's so much more than a Web competition! They always have so many things going on, so much fun! The people are nice and friendly. If you've ever even *thought* about being in a Web competition, you should try Web Town! If you don't want to hassle with begging for votes and all that (which I didn't want to do anyway), you can join the Non-Vote Exchange part of it. It's fun and relaxed and, well, you just gotta TRY it!! Go look at all the prizes and adoptions and gifts I have gotten so far! Go to my Web Town Spirit Page and you'll find links to my other pages of that section. GO! LOOK!  :-p

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Monday, August 14, 2006, 5:03pm:  I have been adopting pretty things again! I have a page full of just beautiful bottles! I also have a few new items on the Mélange page. And I hope you noticed the windchimes/"animated danglers" on the main index/site map page. ::grin:: They are so pretty! How could I resist? No, please don't tell me they look tacky. I like them. I have always wanted to keep my main front page to some degree the same as it was when I started almost 10 years ago. I hope to always keep the picture of me (da mouse) writing letters there. I might add things to the page or spice it up, but I want it to be still recognizable as The Mouse House as it always was. I don't care (well, sometimes I do) that it might looked "dated". Yes, sometimes I do think it would be cool to have a very sophisticated front page. But I have my splash page/entrance page to play around with for that. In fact, I am contemplating changing that to another webset sometime soon. But in any case I want to keep my main main index page still *me*.

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Thursday, August 17, 2006, 6:45pm:  Yeehaw, cowboy! I got Bingo! today in the 3d game at Web Town! Got lotsa town points too! Wow, that was lucky! :-)

I have a new page up. I have gotten some Spirit Flowers and Bloomin' Baskets (from The Site Fights) over the years as gifts. I recently had seen a couple Spirit Flower Gardens and thought, "Wow, I wanna do that!" So here is my Spirit Flower Garden. I hope you enjoy strolling through it.  :-)

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Monday, August 21, 2006, 7:42am: I have something serious to bring to your attention. If you or someone you know is pregnant and doesn't know what to do when the baby comes...and is thinking of just abandoning the infant, there is hope for all concerned:

Safely Surrender Your Baby - No Shame, No Blame, No Names - Safely Surrender Baby Law - You and Your Baby Have a Chance

In California it's called the Safely Surrendered Baby Law. In Ohio it's called Safe Havens for Newborns. Google to find out if your state has such a law. Pass the word about this positive law!

1:28pm: I finished reading Out to Canaan a night or so ago. I thought I needed a break from the Mitford series, so I am currently reading a book called Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones. My sister has fond memories of it, so I decided I'd give it a try. It's good so far. :-)

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006, 3:23am: Eek, my little Woobie, has moved over to my Spirit Flower Garden! And I adopted a CUTE little hamster tonight, named cynthia. Go see them both! cynthia likes to eat strawberries--feed her one (hint: clickety-click)!  :-)

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Wednesday, August 23, 2006, 12:48am:  Sunday I got a new desktop computer! I was getting so tired of my slow Dell, that old? 4 or so years? And I had almost totally filled up the whopping-big 40GB hard drive it had in it. :-/   So I had been saving up for a while, knowing I wanted to get a new one probably this year. I got an Acer Aspire. It came with everything you see at right, minus the monitor. I already had a nice flat-screen Samsung monitor, so that was not a problem. :-)  Anyway, the computer is FAST and quiet! It has a 250GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM. I forget how fast the processor is; but, well, it's FAST. Things load BOOM! Nice to have up-to-date USB ports too. :-)  I still have quite a few programs to download and reinstall, but Cat'r had me up and running with Thunderbird (email) and Firefox and FrontPage within two hours! Yay!

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Thursday, August 24, 2006, 5:11pm: I made one change on My 9/11 Memorial Quilt page. I added a special butterfly (which is a symbol of hope and rebirth) from Angel Bug.

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Saturday, August 26, 2006, 9:33am: I finished Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones a night or so ago. It seemed to be heading in a direction I was not going to be happy with, but I was pleasantly surprised in the end. :-) 

Now I have gotten back into the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, that I started reading last October. I started with the fifth book in the series then, then backtracked and read the first four books, all in a row. After that, I decided I'd better switch to something else so I wouldn't get tired of the characters, etc. So now, after a decent interval has passed, I am reading In the Company of Cheerful Ladies; and I am falling back into the comfort of these people that feel so real to me. :-)

Mama is back in the hospital. Mostly for observation, I think. She has fallen three times in the last two weeks in the rehab/nursing home. The first time she only fell to her knees. But the second and third times she hit her head (after that second fall, she was taken the very same day for a CT scan of her brain--all looked okay). Yesterday she fell and hit her head again, so her doctor ordered a complete evaluation. She was taken to the emergency room last evening and was admitted to the regular hospital part later on. I guess they'll keep her over the weekend. We'll find out more later. For the entire story, start here.

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Sunday, August 27, 2006, 11:11am: I am in the midst of a somewhat daunting task of fixing code for my pages that have music. Apparently the new Media Player is wider than the older one, so that my having set the width of the controller bar now chops off the part of the bar that lets you adjust the volume, if you are using Internet Explorer as your browser (my Mozilla uses QuickTime to listen to music, with a totally different/smaller control bar). So please be patient as I get these pages corrected for IE. I am working on it!

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Monday, August 28, 2006, 1:32pm: Okay! I think I have found all my pages with music and corrected the code so that you-all that use Internet Explorer will be able to adjust the volume now (see entry above).    Sorry I didn't notice sooner, as I use Mozilla Firefox myself. If you are still seeing a chopped-off music controller bar in IE, just refresh the page. And enjoy the music!

2:18pm: I've found and added a few new links/references to Kent's page.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 11:07am: I have a new page up in the My Treasures section--do go see!   ;-)

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006, 6:53pm: New photos up! Including one of my new computer.  :-)

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Thursday, August 31, 2006, 2:20am: Hooray! Today is the last day of August! And all this week we are due to have high temperatures only in the mid-to-upper 70's (F.)! Yay! My least favourite season is summer, and this has been a fair-to-middling hot summer. No temps. in the 100's, thank goodness! But still long, hot, and humid. My favourite season is autumn; my second favourite: winter.  :-)  I don't mind springtime as long as it's nice and cool and rainy.

This weekend will be Labor Day Weekend here in the U.S.A.  Labor Day has become the "unofficial end of summer". Here in Cincinnati we have Riverfest every Labor Day Weekend. From Fodor's online: "Cincinnati bids farewell to summer with this Labor Day weekend blowout on the banks of the Ohio River. Hundreds of thousands of people come to see the waterskiing, sky diving, and air shows. The party, and the summer, ends with a spectacular 30-minute fireworks display over the river. Hanging flowers of light and waterfalls of sparks are choreographed to music broadcast live on a local radio station." Here is that local radio station, WEBN. Here is the (current) local TV station that broadcasts it, WKRC. And here is who does the fireworks: Rozzi's Famous Fireworks! <<go see clips of their beautiful work!

Well, that's not what I got online to talk about at this hour. Actually, yesterday (or was it a night or so ago?) I finished reading In The Company of Cheerful Ladies (see above). Very satisfying ending, as usual.  :-)  I did wonder how/when the children felt better about things, though...Anyway, now I am reading the latest addition to this series, Blue Shoes and Happiness. This just came out this year!


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