Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Birthday Gratitude

So - today I am fifty-five years old.  Go-juu-go in Japanese - which I am still learning slow but sure.

There were a lot of people who never thought I'd live this long.  One of my friends has been saving original artworks and poems by me for thirty years now, on the belief I will die young and then she will be rich.  I hope she isn't too disappointed!

There were a few people who hoped I'd never make it this far - and who actively tried to make sure I didn't.  Fuck you, Mom.  Fuck you, Ex-.  Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah.  (insert pixie laugh)

I am not actually all that surprised.  Being on the inside of my life I knew I was near indestructible by the time I was ten.  By the time I was twenty I had decided to live to be over 100, because I'm sure it will be interesting.  The first fifty-five years have been full of events and discoveries - DNA, the Internet, digital art, the Kindle.  What's next?  Teleportation?  Maybe instead of retiring to a little island in Japan, I'll retire to Mars!  Besides, there are a few states in the union I haven't been to yet.  (And a few I never want to see again!)

Meanwhile - the sunset above is outside my window every day, and a Ladderback Woodpecker visited me in the tree right over my head during my meditations today.  My DH is making me a birthday cake, and I'm planning on a nice, long bicycle ride later.

I am thankful for my health, and for being in good shape so I can enjoy all the things I love - hiking, biking, kayaking, travel.  I am thankful for this wonderful Internet, and the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing which allows me to write, and share my work and even make a buck or two.  But it is largely through the generosity of my beloved hubby that I am able to relax and write, and draw, and watch anime and all those other things I love to do.

For a pixie, of course, fifty-five years is nothing.  I'm almost an adult now.  We fey folk, however diluted the blood may be, live long lives compared to other humans.

Back when I was dancing and making mega-bucks, I followed the hobbit custom of giving gifts to all my friends on my birthday.  That isn't as easy these days - but if you can, have a little treat today and imagine it is from me :D  Thanks for being my friends.


Summer Foovay

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Window Film For the Travel Trailer (RV)

Some months ago I set out to sew up some pretty curtains for our travel trailer - The Pixie Wagon.  I thought I'd have a few days overlap between moving and I would set up my sewing machine at the empty cabin and stitch those curtains right up.  ROFLMAO.  The universe and best laid plans and God laughs and so on.

I did get the kitchen curtains done, and one panel that was planned to be over the dining table.  If you've been following along, you saw the kitchen curtains a few weeks ago.  But here we are in the trailer with no room anywhere to set up the sewing machine to finish the curtains.  Yes, yes, you guessed it - we've had throws and rugs and towels and sheets over my spekky brand new curtain rods.  *eye roll*

Having given up on being able to sew anything together - and too damn cheap (and po') to pay $20 to $50 for panels that won't really fit right anyway - we started talking about what would be a decent alternative.  Since the Pixie Wagon is an RV we've found ourselves spending a lot of time in automotive and marine sections of the store to find this and that - which inspired me to think of window film like you would put in a cars windows.

Lo and behold, it turns out window film is now available in all kinds of beautiful colors and patterns for residential use - and quite inexpensively, too.  I ordered a roll from Wal-Mart online and spent a couple of hours to do four windows.  I'm really pleased with the result.  We still get lots of light in the windows, but you cannot see in.  You also, sadly, cannot see out so I have to get off my behind and go outside to bird watch and enjoy our pretty scenery, but you can't win them all.  The film is as easy to remove and then reuse or reposition as promised, which pleases me considerably.  Here's a few photos so you can see how they came out.

As I mentioned, I got mine at Wal-mart online (ship to store) but, hey, I'm not an affiliate for them :P  Amazon has a great selection, too.  Here is a link to the selection of window films at Amazon

While I am indulging in shameless plugs, let me give Amazon a big pat on the back for adding the Amazon Prime Music library to our Prime benefits.  It's awesome.  Access to millions of songs for free, plus you can also upload your music library to their cloud and have all your music in one place, make playlists, and play on any computer or Android device with Android 4.0 or above.  I've been going crazy on finding new music and gathering up some old favorites that have escaped me one way and another over the years.  For us, living in out little town without much shopping, Amazon Prime is easily worth it for the free shipping - we buy a lot of things from Amazon.  This is just one more very nice perk.  Amazon mainly plugs Prime for the free videos which I don't use much - but I did just find out they have the whole first season of Defiance - a SyFy series I recently decided I wanted to watch.  Check into it if you like.

That's enough plugging out of me today.  Tomorrow is my birthday - yay, me - and I may indulge in tormenting you with something thoughtful.


Summer Foovay

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Surprising Little Guest

We had an amazing little visitor yesterday!  Well, maybe stowaway is a better term - or freeloader.  What do you call the sort of guest who makes himself at home, without telling you about it, but when you find out you're thrilled to see them?

That little fellow to our left is a Mexican Free-Tailed Bat.  Most places around here you can see them flying about at twilight, busy capturing and noshing on our multitudes of flying insects.  Not only do we love them for nasching up the insects - they are fun to watch.  What you may not realize from the photo is they are really tiny - smaller even than swallows.

The Pixie Wagon, as you may recall, has a tongue that hangs out in space so to speak.  Thinking it makes a nice little all weather storage space for things normally stored outside, like my kayak and bicycle, we draped some tarps over the three open sides and have been using it as a place to tuck necessary but not indoor necessary things away.  This includes the bucket with my clothes pins.

I was hanging up laundry yesterday afternoon, and ran out of pins.  I raised the tarp and ducked under for my bucket of clothes pins - and quite disturbed our little visitor.  I didn't even get a good look at him as he dived past my face, straight down and out between my legs!  His tiny wings lightly brushed the inside of each of my calves, as soft and fuzzy as butterfly kisses.  I might have been a bit more excited if I had only a light sundress on, but as luck would have it I was in shorts, so I was free to enjoy the light touch of a fellow creature as he made his escape. Apparently, our tarp draped "outdoor room" seemed like a cozy little cave to him.  I wouldn't mind a bit if he did move in - him and a few of his friends would do wonders for getting rid of the nighttime "no-see-ums" around here.  But we also have a couple of neighborhood outdoor cats who visit us, too, and I wouldn't want them to get hold of the little bats.

Speaking of a welcome no-see-um catcher - I was washing windows today to prepare them for putting on some window film (more on that later) and discovered a tiny, nearly invisible spider has been living right over the head of my bed.  In fact, I couldn't see the spider until I really looked for her - I first found her web over the top of the window because it was FULL of tiny mosquitoes and other pesky no-see-ums that flock around my light when I'm reading at night.  Sadly, I couldn't do my little job unless I tore her web down.  I thanked her profusely for catching the no-see-ums and mosquitos, told her she was welcome to stay, and I tore down much of her web.

Yes, I'm weird.  But, you know, Mr. Odon Ata wouldn't have approved...

The Weaver (Book Two of Blue Dragonfly) is still free - click here.

Now I want to rush ahead to the Bat book in Blue Dragonfly - but I was hopping to do the frogs next... *evil grin* Onlookers watch as Mexican free-tailed bats exiting Bracken Bat Cave (8006836254)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Weaver - Blue Dragonfly series book two - is out!

Yep - I managed to make my own deadline and get Book Two of the Blue Dragonfly series out before the free days were up for One Woman + One Kayak = Bliss!

The Weaver will be free starting on June 12th - but I won't be hurt if you can't wait and buy or borrow it today!

Buy The Weaver here

It's only the second day of Tom's summer vacation - and if anything it's looking worse than ever.  He finished the last level of that video game and, since his Mom seemed to be in a good mood, asked for the new expansion.  Things went downhill in a hurry and now here he sits on the front porch again...  wondering if Mr. Odon Ata is home, and if he might be persuaded to buy a boy a game extension.  On his way over, he tears down a spiders web - only find when he arrives that the spider has been there first and is apparently giving Mr. Ata an earful about a certain little boy.  Of course, Mr. Ata has been a spider...


Summer Foovay

Friday, June 6, 2014

Blue Dragonfly Gets a Ranking!

Currently Blue Dragonfly is #7,185 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
I wondered about that Sword & Sorcery until I looked at the list and saw tha almost all fantasy ends up there unless its obviously science fiction.  Because there are no swords, and no real sorcery exactly - just a mystical shape shifter who likes to talk to little boys about animals and life.  

BTW - still FREE on Kindle. Click here to "buy" Blue Dragonfly!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

No More Hippie Stripe

We've been doing some little odds and ends on the Pixie Wagon. Today I got rid of her "hippie stripe" which we both hated. Not to mention the dreaded evil eyes painted on a vent cover for some unknown reason.
I painted the bathroom side of the interior bathroom door as well because it was already painted but had a lot of damage on it. Our big thrill for the month is we ordered our new toilet!!  Woohooo!  We are really looking forward to it's arrival - and then having a properly working toilet.

Let just mention that everytime someone buys (or borrows) a full priced copy of The Fox and The Rabbit I make enough for one more can of paint ...  LOL

Summer Foovay

Living on the down low

If you are one of the few brave souls who have been with me for lo these many years of blogging and writing and webpage designing, wow, I l...