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and then she found nature.......

So I went for a walk early this morning to Humboldt Park. The air was cool and crisp and the gulls were flying around making a ruckus and I needed the sounds and sights of nature to calm me down. I hate to admit it but I have lived in this neighborhood for a year now and I have never been inside the park itself, shameful! I first came to a little wetland pond and watched the birds pecking around in the mud for worms and watched the skeeter bugs walking on the water. I was standing on a little bridge lost in thought when I saw two young raccoons playing in the water on the other side of the pond. I was amazed that they were out in the open and completely unconcerned about my presence. They play fought with each other and swam in the water and one of them flushed out a rabbit and chased it, he reminded me of a dog he looked so happy! Then they disappeared under the bridge and I moved on. I crossed Division and went through the rose garden which has a formal flower garden in the middle and climbing roses on trellis' on the sides. On the other side of that I saw one of the long arms of the big lagoon (edit to add: it's the prairie river) and walked along it for a while under oaks, weeping willows, maples, and all sorts of huge old trees until I came to another bridge. I stopped on that bridge and admired the sunrise, it was all rosy peach on the little puff clouds and it was perfectly reflected in the still waters of the lagoon. All of a sudden something big in the water splashed up and I could see it's wake as it swam. It looked too big to be a fish, or a turtle and it stayed under too long to be a duck. I never surfaced enough for me to figure out what it was but I thought it might be an otter. I don't know if they have otters in Humboldt Park but I aim to find out. I kept walking around towards the Field house admiring the reclaimed prairie that has been planted around the water's edge and was thoroughly scolded by a red wing blackbird! I saw what I thought was a wind sculpture at first but then realized that it was actually a wind turbine with solar panels below and it probably generates electricity for the park. (edit to add: I found out that the alt energy is used to cycle the water in the prairie river, instead of constantly using city water) It was very pretty and actually added to the beauty of the park so I was glad to see it there for it's form and function. I then went under the Humboldt Blvd bridge to the main part of the lagoon and walked along the waters edge enjoying the water lilies, rushes, cattails and arrowhead plants. I found three young ducks that headed straight for me and waited expectantly presumably for food of which I had none but they were so calm and tame they came almost right up to me! Then figuring they weren't getting breakfast from me they started sticking their heads down in the water and their little duck butts in the air one after another, eating weeds from the bottom. It was so cute! Then they got bored of me and left. So I headed to the boathouse in search of a restroom, and finding none open, went and looked off the balcony down at the lagoon and the still very beautiful sunrise and some species of flycatchers or swallows skimming the water in search of bugs. I'm not sure exactly what kind they were but next time I take a walk down there I am bringing my bird guide! I then headed to Dunkin Donuts, where I bought an egg sandwich for breakfast and started for home. On the way home I saw an eastern gray squirrel with a surprisingly red tail and as I turned onto my street I saw two American Goldfinches flying over my head chasing each other. The next time I go, I am bringing my camera!! I think early morning is the best time to go, it's cool, quiet, and the animals are all still around :) (edited to add: I found an audio tour of Humboldt Park that talks about the history and nature, woot! I smell a Grove activity) :)

Well that didn't go as planned

Well so much for staying up, I took one look at my bed with the cat snoozing away and decided to "nap" for a couple of hours......woke up at 2 to J calling to  tell me our ghost investigation is tonight not tomorrow, which I actually do have on the calendar correctly  for some reason we became convinced that it was on Sat. So actually it worked out okay I will have enough sleep to stay up and now I can go to the unity ritual with my grove as we are supposed to be participating in some way which should be interesting. drubear says that most CAW rituals are pretty generic Pagan so there will be quarter calling and all that, I don't remember the last time I did a Wiccan/pan-Pagan ritual but I think it was when I was still at U of A. So almost 10 years.

Oh son of a bitch, I just checked the weather and yes it is planning on snowing tomorrow night 1 - 3 inches. That is just wrong. Wrong Wrong Wrong!  Oh well it won't last long the temp is going to go up to 50 by Monday.  Wow okay I just saw the forecast for the rest of the country, I'm not going to complain about 1 - 3 inches, apparently in Kansas Oklahoma, Colorado and part of Texas, they are having blizzards with 1 - 2 feet of snow expected. And it seems Minnesota and N Dakota are flooding, as may the deep south as they are having major thunderstorms. Yeah so no complaints about the weather here nope not me......love the weather....go Chicago!.... heh heh heh ......

Random thoughts

Flair Roman is my new favoritest font ever http://www.uomoesocieta.it/Download/downloads.htm

Last night I ate vegan fast food that was delivered to my door. That's right Veggie Bite now delivers! Oh that's so dangerous.......but so awesome! I got my usual, the buffalo "chicken" on rye and cheese fries. I also wasn't having the greatest day so I also got a chocolate shake which was all kinds of awesome. I did hear that the one on the south side might be closing for good which sucks.

I need to make my way out into the world today, I have to find some way of patina-ing those damn earrings so I can get them sent off and I never ever have to worry about them again. I also need to get some tiny brushes so I can make more cats eyes in various custom colors. And I need to see how much a shovel is gonna cost so I can start preparing the garden. and recycling bins.  Oh and we need more sugar free pudding, I ate the rest.

I haven't been to bed yet but seeing as I slept almost all day yesterday, I'll see if I can force myself into a decent sleeping pattern by staying up, I think that's part of whats making irritable and depressed lately. Or being irritable and depressed are messing up my sleep patterns, I dunno. I just know that I keep blowing stuff off that  I ought to be doing because I just don't feel like going anywhere or doing anything. I don't want to become one of those people that only lives on the internet, that's just sad.

I made Wild Onion (our grove) a new Ning site . So if anyone wants to check it out feedback is encouraged and appreciated :) I've made it open for anyone too join to if you are so moved. Thanks!

My New Blog

So I finally set up my Wordpress blog In Vinculis Etiam Audax I'll still post stuff here, I might try and export that blog here, if that's even possible.

ETA: I just found out that it's not possible to export that blog here, not with the setup I have. Oh well :)

I maded new thingys

Barrettes, I borrowed Mona's eyes, she won't need them ;)


*no animals were actually harmed in the making of these barrettes*

New Stuff!

I posted some new stuff to my Etsy store Land Under Wave Lemme know what you think :)


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They can't even run a *Whorehouse*!!!

Heh heh my dad just sent this to me, even if it isn't factually accurate it pretty much sums it all up doesn't it?

Back in 1990, the Government seized the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada for tax evasion and, as required by law, tried to run it.

They failed and it closed. Now, we are trusting the economy of our country and 850+ Billion Dollars to a pack of nit-wits who couldn't make money running a whore house and selling booze.

Now if that doesn't make you nervous, what does???

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