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4th-Nov-2018 03:30 pm - Will We or Won't We
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Sadness is continuing *sigh*
Last Saturday I went to the wonderful Halloween party I've been attending for the last 7 years. It was fun but I heard that one of my fellow atheists who has become demented lost her father recently and half the time forgets he passed away. Today I learned that my best friend, who lives in Fargo, had to have her dog put down yesterday as he was suffering badly from cancer. This year (and a bit of last year) has truly been dreadful not only in people and animals passing away that I know but of many others dying here and all over the world due to killers feeling they can get away with it. I now am truly worried about what will happen on Tuesday. Will the sane, decent people vote and vote blue and win or will the Gross Obscene Party become stronger than ever?
17th-Oct-2018 09:10 pm - Ailurophile
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Came across these two websites today:

The 25 Best Cats in Sci-Fi & Fantasy - I haven't read about that many of them but I do recall Pete in "The Door Into Summer" by Robert A. Heinlein, Crookshanks in the "Harry Potter" series by J.K. Rowling, The Hani from "Pride of Chanur" by C.J. Cherryh, Bagheera in "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling and I may have read about Chessie in the Barque Cats series by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough but I'm not sure.

15 Cat Books in Sci-Fi and Fantasy for You to Read Right Meow - I have read "Catseye" by Andre Norton, "The Pride of Chanur" by C.J. Cherryh, and I may have read "Catalyst" by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (one of the Barque books).

The first webpage did not list cat books by Andre Norton like "Breed to Come", "Catseye", "Plague Ship", "Star Ka'at" and several others and the second one only listed "Catseye". She was one of my favorite authors.

BTW Monday, October 29 will be National Cat Day!
7th-Oct-2018 10:23 pm - Whovian C'est Moi
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Well I've seen the first episode featuring the new Doctor Who played by Jodie Whittaker titled "The Woman Who Fell to Earth" and I liked the episode and the new Doctor. I guess there were hints that this transference might happen one day. Years ago the fourth Doctor had a companion who was a Time Lady named Romana aka Romanadvoratrelundar (I wonder if she could now be male or had been one earlier? I also wonder if she is still in E-Space and was safe from the disaster that happened to Gallifrey). Also the villain the Master became Missy in the eighth series. And in a Doctor Who charity special the Doctor did become a woman way back in 2009. Does becoming a woman make the Doctor the ultimate transexual?

She is called the 13th Doctor but there is a War Doctor who existed between Doctors number 8 & 9 so in a way she is the 14th Doctor.

I also saw the show "The Ultimate Watch Party" featuring people looking forward to seeing the new Doctor before the episode premiered where one of the people there said, "Boy is she the hero we need now" (another person said that "feminism is about making the world a better place" which is so true and may we able to do this soon). I am very pleased by this hero and I am looking forward to see what the Doctor will be doing this season.
1st-Sep-2018 08:26 pm - What a Dreadful Year
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Today Ken, the father of Emma, Greta's granddaughter passed away. Poor Emma - in less than 6 months she's lost her grandfather, her grandmother and now her father. 2018 has been a truly awful year *sigh*

Requiescat in pace Ken.
31st-Aug-2018 09:18 pm - Next Weekend
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On September 8th there will be a memorial service for my departed relative and I will speak there so I'm off to Needham next Friday. Here is her obituary from the Needham Times.

This time of the year is being a bit hard for more reasons as today is the first anniversary of the death of a friend and sometime on Labor Day weekend my mother had a severe stroke 55 years ago and never really recovered *sigh*
11th-Aug-2018 08:40 pm - My Gretelchen
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If anyone is curious about my relative the late Greta Merchant here is on a YouTube starring her when Needham honored her five years ago.
10th-Aug-2018 10:24 pm - 2018 *sigh*
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This has been a difficult year. On March 18 John Merchant, the husband and father of relatives of mine, died. On June 9th Emma, my friend's dog was put to sleep. Today the wife of John Merchant passed on. I will so miss Greta as in a way she was my second mother being so motherly when my own mother passed away when I was 15 and of course her 3 daughters and other descendants are heartbroken. She was 97 and had been demented for several years *sigh* Requiescat in pace Gretelchen.

Then I went on FB and found someone else had also passed on. My late aunt Ruth had a step-granddaughter Sigrid who had known the man she married for some 45 years having met him in high school and today she lost him. RIP David.

We still have over 4 months left in this year so I wonder if more sad things will happen especially on November 6th.
25th-Jul-2018 11:21 pm - Fargo, ND
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I returned yesterday from spending 2 weeks in Fargo to visit my best friend and her husband. It was 20 years ago this time of year when I first visited them and I've been doing it most years since then.

On the 2 Wednesdays and Fridays my friend and I were volunteering at MinnKota PAAWs and assisted the vet spay cats and kittens. I helped him and others and even gave some cats their rabies and distemper shots. I've been doing this for several years and it really is so worthwhile as theoretically a cat can be the ancestor of a million cats in 10 years so we are preventing countless cats from being born as there already are far too many cats, many of whom are feral and live brief and dangerous lives.

Every day we walked a couple of times around the corner of the street they live on to go to look up a tree with a nest of Cooper's Hawks. From what we can tell there are a mother, a father and three or four young ones who have yet to learn how to fly though it might have happened the day I left or today *sigh*. Also a couple of times we drove to a cemetery to look at the turkeys and deer that reside there. There are also other birds and squirrels and rabbits all over Fargo.

The first Monday we drove to Lake Itasca and walked down the tiny river in the water for a bit, the tiny river that later becomes the Mississippi River!


On the second Sunday we drove over to Moorhead, MN to go to the MB Johnson Park, a 110 acre natural resource-based regional park and walked quite a while seeing both the Red River which separates ND from Minnesota and the Snakey Creek. We certainly got our exercise but didn't see any animals we were sure were somewhere in the park.

We had some wonderful dinners including my favorite Chicken, Asparagus and Artichoke Pasta, Ham-Potatoes Au Gratin and Calico Beans. The sad thing was their apple tree fell down last winter so we didn't make any apple pies.

On the night before I left we think we saw the ISS soaring up above us. If it wasn't the ISS then it was a UFO! Anyway I had a wonderful time there and I look forward to going there next year and once again as I boarded the plane I felt like I had just gotten off it - time truly does fly.

8th-Jul-2018 03:20 pm - Tempus Fugit
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Today I watched "Bye Bye Birdie" for the umpteenth time. I hadn't seen it in several years and so now it struck me - do teenagers still go steady with each other?

The other thing that happened was I saw Lee Aaker briefly in the movie. He had been one of my favorite actors when I was a little girl and starred in "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin". I googled him to see what happened to him and saw a recent photo of him and found it so hard to believe how old he looked but then he now is 75 *sigh*

On Tuesday I'm heading once again to Fargo. To post or not to post that is the question.
5th-Jul-2018 12:21 pm - Sad Day
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Currently I am a bit depressed as 50 years ago today my mother died having heart surgery. Sometimes I can't help wondering what my life would have been like if she hadn't had a stroke and later passed on when I was so young *sigh*
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