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¿What do I do all day? has been online since October 22, 2007. My very first post, Great Plans and Ambitions was a bit short. In it I announced my idea of creating an online plant encyclopedia. I never made the plant encyclopedia,my interests changed. In the six years that I’ve been blogging I’ve posted 884 times and received 5711 comments. I don’t count spam but I do count my own replies. I believe it’s important to answer comments, I even blogged about it. That post resonated with my fellow bloggers so much that I immediately followed it up with The Great Comment Debate. Husband and I have lived in Merida for close to a decade now, and while where I live influences many of the things that I do, it has become less of a focus for this blog. I’ve come to the realization that where I live my life is not as important as how I live my ...

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Somebody please explain it to me

As a procrastinator on a professional level,I do a lot of web surfing. I like to blame it on Pinterest, but pinning just makes it seem more like I am accomplishing something. I have ways to justify my habits, I am doing research, I am refining my tastes, and I am learning new things. Mostly, I just lose track of time, my sense of time is not good. I can be on time, I can stick to a schedule but I have no way of judging how long something will take or did take unless I use a watch. Back to my theme. I keep seeing blog posts and pins that I don’t understand. The bleach pen phenomena for instance. There seems to be a trend to stencil or draw on clothing with a bleach pen. Admittedly, it is a cool looking effect. But, here is my problem, it’s BLEACH. You know the stuff that rots fabric even burns holes if ...

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A Long Doggie Tale

We saved Mr. Dog’s life by adopting him when we did. Two days after bringing him home,he had a gran mal epileptic seizure. We had just moved into our Santa Rosa home a week prior and I still had unpacking to do. Mr. Dog started acting oddly, blindly staggering into boxes, walking in circles, finally falling down into a full fledged gran mal. Fortunately for him, I knew what I was looking at. If the seizure had happened when he was incarcerated in the pound, they never would have put him up for adoption. Our vet prescribed phenobarbital and eventually we had his seizures under control. Then he started getting hot spots and losing hair! Serendipitously, one of the patients at the clinic I worked for, breeds Tibetan Terriers. She said that TTs are notoriously allergic to wheat and suggested a lamb and rice dog food for him. The office manager fed her prize Yorkies a raw diet, but I ...

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The sad decline of Mr. Dog

I’m distracted by Mr. Dog and his rapid decline, but I can’t do anything about it. He was up all night, rearranging our service porch. He managed to knock a sheet of plywood down and then tracked poop all through the house. I can’t get mad, it just makes me incredibly sad. There is nothing that can be done. He is at least 16 years old and has lived a wonderful and interesting life. I can only guess what his life was like before we adopted him, but I can’t imagine him having been mistreated, his personality is too sweet. Thirteen years ago, I wanted a dog, Husband grudgingly agreed. My rounds of shelters and city pounds began, as I searched for a dog that fit my criteria. After the first couple of rounds, Husband took to waiting in the car, he couldn’t face all those  sad dogs, cats and puppies without wanting to take them home. Several candidate canines ...

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Not an everyday walk in the park

My friend, Cherie Pettillo, sent me this video link. It made me smile, especially the eyes glowing in the dark. I hope it makes you smile too! The music is cheery too. Also if you aren’t already reading her weekly column in the Yucatan Times, you really should check it out! This week’s column can be read here. In addition to Cherie,I am very fortunate to be able to count among my friends some absolutely awesome and inspiring women. Two of which just had books published recently! Dr. B, Lorraine Baillie Bowie,Ph.D., just released a new book, the first in a series,The Science of Finding Love That Lasts! It is so insightful that I wish I could buy everyone I know a copy. Maryetta Ackenbom, who has had many short stories published, just came out with her first full length novel, Georgia’s Hope. Writing like Maryetta’s doesn’t happen by accident, she is a master of her craft and this novel is fabulous!  After ...

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Five kilos of onions

When the call went out from the IWC for people to chop onions for the I emailed and volunteered. I like projects with a concrete goal. Plus I have some experience in the onion chopping department, and more importantly, I own a Cuisinart food processor. I chopped 3 kilos of onions for the MEL chili cook off earlier this year. I won’t have to do it alone, one of my friends called last night and offered to help. The plan? Meet on Monday afternoon and chop 4 kilos of white onions, put them in gallon baggies. Slice one kilo of red onions. I also have a mandolin. I don’t think we’ll drink anything stronger than tea, but we will have fun.I am a fan of activity based socializing. Last year’s picnic was great fun. The location is perfect. The music is good. Joanna and Debi both have more information on their blog. I was going to include photos from last ...

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Random tutorial generator

In case you get really bored, I thought I would share a new link, The Random Tutorial Generator. Husband and I were having a great time inventing random tutorials. Here is a partial list. How to bath a camel Learn COBOL programing Make your own dried spices Esperanto for you You and your elephant Weaving a dog hair blanket How to fake narcolepsy and get out of boring meetings Orthographic projection for dummies Klingon  for travelers Just some random nerdyness to brighten your morning…

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Clearing the deck for action

Five black tank tops! I had five black tank tops! BK came over and I modeled my wardrobe for her. Some of my favorites ended up in the discard pile, too big or unflattering, victims of my unwillingness to invest the time and energy to completely remake them. Even if they no longer serve me I have a hard time letting go of things. The alterations pile was plenty deep, fortunately most of it was quickly dispatched. Elastic was replaced in one pair of pants and three skirts,while another pair of pants and a dress were combined to make a skirt, several tops received either shoulder darts or seaming up the back. The waistband of pair of dress shorts was taken in too. The last time I wore the shorts, the weight of my  house keys, cellphone, and overladen change purse combined to drag the pants lower on my body than I was comfortable with. When I discovered that I ...

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Lies, insinuations, and innocence in the Yucatan

We all create our own reality. We see things through our own filters. I believe that. My Mexican experience is totally colored by my perceptions and attitude. I like to think of myself as friendly and helpful so of course I believe that most people are friendly and helpful.It doesn’t hurt that I have grey hair and look like your mother. Case in point, Sunday, BK, another girl friend, and I decided to check out the crafts fair at the Siglo 21. BK greeted me by saying,“There’s a noise under the hood because a piece of plastic has come loose and is flapping in the wind. I’ll have the mechanic check it on Monday”. In March, the Honda had been a victim of a hit and run accident while parked on an otherwise empty street. The bumper had suffered some damage along with the undercarriage. The dealership was supposed to have replaced the plastic housing, apparently they hadn’t fastened it ...

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Somebody please explain it to me.

As a procrastinator on a professional level,I do a lot of web surfing. I like to blame it on Pinterest, but pinning just makes it seem more like I am accomplishing something. I have ways to justify my habits, I am doing research, I am refining my tastes, and I am learning new things. Mostly, I just lose track of time, my sense of time is not good. I can be on time, I can stick to a schedule but I have no way of judging how long something will take or did take unless I use a watch. Back to my theme. I keep seeing blog posts and pins that I don’t understand. The bleach pen phenomena for instance. There seems to be a trend to stencil or draw on clothing with a bleach pen. Admittedly, it is a cool looking effect. But, here is my problem, it’s BLEACH. You know the stuff that rots fabric even burns holes ...

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