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...or, welcome to the East Mountains! Have some weather!

The trees have mostly survived, but it was close.

2017-04-29 12.03.15

Fortunately they're good & bendy cos they're full of spring sap.

2017-04-29 12.03.20

We got a good eight inches, though.

2017-04-29 12.04.30

And Major Tom (long since recovered from his earlier excitement) has reoccupied his winter house for the duration of the blizzard.

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Of course we went to the Grand Canyon, it’s the Grand Canyon.

The boy was as impressed as usual, which is to say ‘big hole in the ground I can’t even poop in, whatevs’.

He did, however, have an opinion about the elk. & that opinion was NO.

He also had some thoughts on the wind, & being held when he didn’t want to be _in_ said wind.

Did I mention elk, though?

They were RIGHT THERE.

Also, elk butt.

Fine, mom, I’ll look at the big hole in the ground.

…it’s worth looking at.

Mom! Done now!

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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“Come buy, come buy:
Our grapes fresh from the vine,
Pomegranates full and fine,
Dates and sharp bullaces,
Rare pears and greengages,
Damsons and bilberries,
Taste them and try”
• christina rossetti • goblin market

pomegranates full & fine • plums on their twigs • bob at our cherries • citrons from the south • such fruits as these • no man can carry

no detergents • no fragrance oils • no petroleum (save it for driving with) • keep it simple with coconut oil & shea butter • straight-up, crap-free, gets-you-clean soap

ingredients • saponified coconut oil • glycerine • shea butter • water • berry extract • white oxide • organic pomegranate flavour oil • grapefruit essential oil • organic plum flavour oil • organic cherry flavour oil • frankincense essential oil • thyme essential oil • vetiver essential oil • green oxide • blue & purple ultramarines

size • 4.5 oz • 133 mL

handmade • natural • crap free • guaranteed

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and faces are high in protein • super great

$5 from this will go to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico • trans people being kinda liminal & all • seemed appropriate

materials • the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

• i picked up the steel wire from the side of the road

• the rock came from somewhere along the banks of Fountain Creek in Fountain, Colorado

size • the shark tooth-shaped rock is 1 1/4″ wide

• the steel u is 2″ across

• the whole piece is 3 1/4″ tall

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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I was hoping to do a really great Estrella post with lost of pictures, but apparently I mostly got pictures of the boys.

Boys sleeping in the van on the way there:

Boys sleeping in the tent:

Here, though, is a picture of an Excellent Dogger:

The boys sleeping on the van one cold night (yes, Chocolate is curled into an arch shape & sleeping on his face):

Also they spent a lot of time sleeping in the booth:

First thing up, last thing down:




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I'd mentioned turning my Iron Rations recipe into an algorithm over at [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's place, but I think I need a little help with ingredient substitutions & possibly the algorithm itself.

Here is the basic recipe:

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon (cocoa powder/cinnamon/poudre douce)
1 cup powdered milk
1/2-1 cup graham cracker crumbs

Mix the peanut butter & honey. (Warming them gently will help with this, but be sure to take the pot off the stove afterwards.)

Add the flavouring & stir it in good. (a Kitchenaid stand mixer is your friend).

Add the powdered milk a little at a time & keep mixing. (It'll start getting stiff here. This can be done by hand, with a spoon, but you need a bunch of hand strength. My hand & wrist always ached like hell afterwards.)

Once that's in, add graham cracker crumbs, a little at a time, until it hits the right consistency. (This is tricky -- it's somewhere between 'still gloopy' & 'starting to fall apart', & I haven't found a way to consistently hit the sweet spot yet, much less describe it to others. It also varies wildly with humidity, how long the honey's been sitting, & the state of the damn moon for all I can tell.)

Dump it out into some sort of form -- I use my silicone soap loaf mold & wash it extra-good afterwards -- & let it sit overnight. Cut it into bite-sized pieces (however you define that) & nom. Hypothetically it might want to go into the fridge eventually, but I've never had it go bad. Course then I've also never kept it around for longer than a month, & often a lot less.

It's lovely stuff, relatively inexpensive to make (except for the damn stand mixer, but there are other options), about the perfect balance of carbs to fats to protein for me (& also my roommate who's diabetic), doesn't need refridgeration, travels well, & is easy to eat even when food is the HARDEST DAMN THING.

There's a bunch of pretty common allergens in it, though, & I'd love to be able to give options.

Peanut butter can be subbed in with other nut butters, which could be fun for flavour but doesn't fix the allergy issue. I'd thought of trying tahini, but I think that also tends to be a problem for people with peanut allergies? Plus it's generally a LOT more expensive. I would LOVE to hear ideas for possible substitutions here.

Honey could be subbed with agave nectar, molasses, probably even corn syrup. They have different consistencies but that'd be dealt with in the 'mix in graham cracker crumbs' step. I'd love a savoury alternative or two here -- something with the physical properties of honey, & maybe the carbness, but with less of a sweet taste.

I've got the flavouring part down in algorithmic form pretty well already, I think. There are a zillion possibilities for flavouring here. With a savory alternative to honey, that expands even more.

Powdered milk is another pretty common allergen, or at least the lactose is. I suspect that most any sort of protein powder would work here, though again I haven't tested this.

Graham crackert crumbs can be purchased gluten-free if necessary (that's what my roommate & I do), or one could sub in oats (rough-ground or not), hemp seeds, flavoured breadcrumbs for a more savoury touch, & most anything of a sort of crumby-grainy consistency.

I came up with more ideas here than I had before, so this has already helped! I'd still love input. Especially let me know if you try making some, with substitutions or without. I'd really love to do a better job of explaining the 'add stuff until it's Done' step.
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Schwinked from Ysabetwordsmith, because April 1st is teh suck.

As April first is Saturday, I hereby pledge not to post any pranks, jokes, false links, or screamers. Nothing originating on this blog will be a prank or deliberately incorrect. If I re-post or link to other people’s pranks, which I rarely do, they will be clearly marked so you don't click on them and think they're real.

No direct links to howling horribleness, and no alternative facts baldfaced lies, will ever purposefully appear on this blog unless to be mocked as barbarism. If one does, it's a hack or something changed, or I messed up; please let me know immediately so I can fix it.

Stay safe out there, my dears! We non-pranksters have got your back
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Radical Hope: an 'Up the Witchpunks' Zine
a multimedia zine exploring radical witchcraft, and the true meaning of 'hope' in this dark time

Because the world is awful & we need not just hope, but radical hope.

I've submitted a couple things to this, no ideea if they'll be accepted, & I've also backed it, & I think it's gonna be pretty awesome.

As of this writing they only need $40 to reach their goal. They're already planning to pay contributors, & if they go above their goal, that means more pay for contributors!

(They're also looking for more contributors -- "we are really needing longer pieces, more visual art, comics, collage, recipes, rants, visions." Their update page has more info on that.)

Anyway it's really cool stuff they're doing, go take a look, back em if you can, spread the word either way.

old poem

Mar. 15th, 2017 06:30 pm
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Something I wrote a while ago & posted elsewhere, figured I'd stick it here at least for archival purposes.

living in the cracks

cracks, crevices, spaces in between
art from trash
things others don’t want
‘but there is beauty here — ‘
beauty, yes, but
things are hard; do not romanticise this

it is hard, painful, ugly
i do not fit
i must bend + contort
myself small
to fit

i do not fit
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The dream i had, i have to record at least some of it...

(TW: roundabout mention of suicide)

I was always me, always the same, aging slowly if at all, but time bent & swayed, it was always within the last hundred years but i lived through so many more years than that. ..

He was born & lived & died, & sometimes we found each other & sometimes we didn't, but we always knew, in the mon ent when eyes met eyes, we knew

I still remember the green of his eyes, so many times i saw him for the first time, again

Sometimes he was so young, barely adult to my apparent age (much less my actual age, whatever that was), but we didn't care

Sometimes he was so old, hair white or gone & the wrinkles of age but the eyes always the same, his eyes

(I remember his eyes)

Once it was so long, so long, & i slipped, i couldn't bear being alone, & i found someone else, someone whose eyes were brown...

When they laid the baby in my arms & i saw his eyes, i knew

(That was the time...i couldn't bear it...I'd thought i couldn't die; i was only wrong once)

(I was...when i came was a very long time until i was anything that could be called 'well')

(If there is such a thing as a supervillain, & there is, there is, i was, i was)

(The irony, given who he was)

I remember the first time, when we were both young ,when we were both born, when he wrnt off to fight, as e so often did, with his team, his friends, his bow in his hands, he kissed me & went

& didn't, didn't come back

I sat & waited for word, but i knew

I knew

They sent the captain to tell me & i remember as he walked up to me, bootherls crunching in the gravel, & i looked up at him & he didn't have to say a word

This is thw part of the story where i might seek out strange magics & unholy things to bargain with, but i did not! I mourned,ni cried, i went on

I did not age

Time...did odd things

I looked into a stranger's eyes & saw his, & i knew

'It's the eyes,' i whisper into his hair as he shakes in my arms, not knowing what's happened to him or how he has recognized me, how he knows me, how a stranger can suddenly mean so much, mean everything to him

'It's always the eyes.'
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Some days it's all teeth & toenails, but I'm hanging in there.
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[personal profile] alatefeline reminded me I oughta post this one...

Since you mention it, I think I will start that race war.

I could’ve swung either way? But now I’m definitely spending
the next 4 years converting your daughters to lesbianism;
I’m gonna eat all your guns. Swallow them lock stock and barrel
and spit bullet casings onto the dinner table;

go read the rest here, it's appallingly good work

Major Tom

Jan. 25th, 2017 06:54 pm
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(TL;DR he's okay, just gotta heal up)

So Major Tom our backyard not-really-very-feral-anymore tomcat has been having running battles with another large, probably male cat who wishes to move in on Tom's territory. Understandably so, cos Tom's territory is also our back yard & comes with food & water that's not frozen & also a nicely padded & sheltered warmy spot. We'd feed them both but, well, cats.

So we've been breaking it up when we hear them (& Major Tom has been grateful & actually shoved his head into my hand for a petting after the one time, which was a first) but, well, they're cats, things happen, & as of this time yesterday we hadn't seen Tom in more than two days. Not unusual over the summer but he's been at the back door for breakfast & a lil warms every morning, like unto clockwork. yeah I was terrified, & had gotten to the point of going outside several times a day to check, & went out yesterday about this time to get some sandpaper, & just sadly said 'Tom', not even really calling him, just saying his name. & he said prrrrrow! & I GASPED & looked around & he said prrrrow! again & then I found him in the _second_ padded-doghouse-warmy-spot we'd set up in the hopes that Tom would let the other cat bunk down there.

(Spoilers that aren't: Tom has claimed both & switches between them depending on his mood.)

I was SO VERY glad to see him & bent down to pet him & tell him I had missed him & he ... wasn't putting any weight on his right forepaw.

So I hauled his butt inside (he'll grumble & complain but also let me carry him) & fed him (gooshyfud with EXTRA egg) & tried, very gently, to examine his paw. Which he was pretty NO about but not in the killing me sort of way because he is VERY very patient.

Dharma got home just then & between us we managed a look. He's torn his thumbclaw toe badly, though it isn't bleeding & doesn't feel infected, but his ... wrist? ... is swollen & we're pretty sure he has a broken bone in there somewhere.

Which...yeah. Taking him to the vet would involve money we don't have, cooperation he won't give, & a cast he'll remove with Great Prejudice. He didn't even want to stay inside once he'd eaten.

So he's got a choice of warmy spots (one of which even has a heating pad in it, which is good cos it's gonna be 6F Friday night). He's got kibble we refill daily, & water in a bowl that's in the warmy spot with the heating pad -- so it stays liquid. He gets gooshyfud with egg at least once a day, & he can come in & warm up when he asks (which he did this morning).

Also? He didn't immediately shock out, which isn't uncommon in small mammals who break a bone. He didn't lair up somewhere to wait to die. Near as I can tell he spent two days limping back here which just makes me cry because. He was feral & is still, really, he's never gonna be _tame_, but he trusts us & knows that we'll take care of him so we limped all that way, however far, on three legs, to get back to here where he knows it's safe.

...okay now I _am_ crying again.

We've done what we can for him. He'll heal, or not, or as much as he can. No matter how much or little that is, we'll take care of him; if he can't hunt any more, well, there's always more gooshyfud & egg.

Here's a picture from last week I took looking out the front cat door. That's not his real warmy spot but he does like a nap on the front porch from time to time. He made blinky eyes at me several times while I was getting pictures, but he didn't want to come in just then.

I peeked out the front cat door to get Major Tom peeking out of his OTHER warmy spot. Yeah, he has two. He made blinky eyes at me! #TheVagabondTabby #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #catstagram #catsofig #bestcat #kitty #catlover #instacat #petsagram #catofthe

& here he is after I opened the door to get a different angle & he got up HUFF can't a guy SLEEP around here HUFF & before he demanded a PETTING IMMEDIATELY.

Course when I went outside to try to get a pic of Major Tom curled up in his warmy bed he got up all HUFF & wouldn't look at the camera. #TheVagabondTabby #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #catstagram #catsofig #bestcat #kitty #catlover #instacat #petsagram #ca

Pls to observe the Very Skeptical Ears. & pls to pray, light candles, send good wishes, or whatever variant of that you like for my Great Big Fierce Tomcat.


Jan. 25th, 2017 06:52 pm
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today i woke up in a horrible awful crappy mood & then read twitter which ... did not help.

so i was horrible & the world was horrible & everything was horrible but then i looked outside & the sun was out & also it was snowing?

so that was AWESOME

here is a picture!

2017-01-25 14.24.11

also a video that is not great but exists

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there is a different green.

$5 from this (& from all my jewelry) will go to the ACLU • they’ve got a lot to get done

materials • a friend made the lampworked glass beads & gave them to me

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

size • the entire piece is just about 2 1/4″ tall

• the copper u is a little under 1 1/2″ wide

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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i’ve learned so much • from women of colour, queer folk, disabled people • their knowledge is not comfortable • but it is necessary • find them & listen • & learn

$10 from this will go to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico • trans people being kinda liminal & all • seemed appropriate

materials • the jar had jelly in it once • it was really tasty jelly

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

• the beads are from an old necklace my roommate gave me to take apart

size • the lantern is 3.75″ high (not counting the handle) • & almost three inches across at the top

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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two of my favourite Nazi-punchers • together til the end of the line

$5 from this will go to the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico • trans people being kinda liminal & all • seemed appropriate

materials • i found the seaglass while mudlarking along the banks of fountain creek in colorado • technically i suppose it’s creek glass

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

size • the entire piece is just about 1.75″ tall • & 2.5″ wide

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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so there's all this stuff showing up in my feed & i'm sure y'all are all WHAT

i'm making pretty jewelries & selling them & some of the money is going to the ACLU

(it was just gonna be yesterday, & then just this weekend, & then i said fuck it, gonna leave it up, they'll need it)

ANYWAY $5 from any of this jewelry goes to the ACLU

the window jewelry & the lanterns i haven't posted yet are more so $10 from each of those

have a look

2017-01-20 15.16.01

2017-01-20 14.20.42

2017-01-20 13.47.26

$15 so far & I'd like to send them a LOT LOT more money
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red & blue • i forgot the white • close enough • Cap wouldn’t mind i think

materials • i traded soap to a friend for the beads

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

size • the entire piece is just about 1 1/2″ tall • & about 1″ wide

Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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& also forgetting to post for, like, days.

Cut wood, schlep wood. Cut wood, schlep wood. Looked at bow saws, but all of them are built for people with bigger thands than me -- & I don't have small paws. This makes me cranky.

Made a lot of soap. Got a bunch of pictures taken, & posted a couple new things to the shop -- pinon resin & juniper berries, which I'm selling as incense ingredients, though there are lots of other things you can use em for. More pictures to edit & post, little by little.

I'm getting the new set of shelves painted & put up -- I should get pictures & post all that, actually. My living space is slowly becoming nicer.

Today I pretty much sat over my roommate & said okay, do this computer thing you haven't been getting round to doing, now call this guy, now do that thing. It's not that she doesn't wanna; she's just got PTSD, three years' worth of backlog paperwork, & a brain that's intermittently made of cream cheese. I'm working on helping her dig out, & in the process figure systems of Doing the Things that work for her.

It's a slow process -- there's a LOT to dig out -- & we're different enough that a lot of the systems that work for me aren't gonna work for her, or aren't the best. But some of them are better than nothing, & I know lots of other systems to try. It turns out 'make system that works' is a specialty of mine, & a damned useful one.

Tomorrow we're gonna take on her desk. This will not involve her sitting at her desk, because her desk is still not a good headspace for her. Which is SO TOTALLY not what would work for me. But (& here is the tricky thing!) she is not me, & therefore different things will work!

(In fact, I'm thinking of advising her to get rid of the desk, or at least use it only for flat-surface things like packaging orders, & get a fancy Victorian fainting couch to use for her command center. Because she works as well in 'comfy chair with laptop on lap' as I do 'at desk with laptop on desk'.)

(Because we are not the same people.)

(Also, Victorian fainting couch, just sayin.)


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