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9/17/2019 · 2:03 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
sometimes waiting and watching is all you can do. The weather has been oscillating quite a bit this... | Read More

9/1/2019 · 1:30 pm· Jaime · Good Bye Blue Sky
It's summer. We don't adventure much in the summer. It's too hot & buggy. We hibernate and wait... | Read More

9/1/2019 · 2:25 am· Trouble · Good Bye Blue Sky
So how goes the summer of adventure? Inquiring minds want to know.... | Read More

6/6/2018 · 12:46 am· Michael (Net2007) · My friend, my friend, (s)he’s got a knife
I've often felt this way, it's strange and divisive times in many ways. As far as this goes, I... | Read More

7/12/2017 · 4:22 pm· Trouble · Half of Us Are Wrong or in the Alternative, Half of Us Are Right
I've been following the saga and cataloging links of interest that contain more than mere rhetoric.... | Read More


Recovery Part I of II

Filed under: — Jaime @ 10:29 pm

I made it through osseous gum surgery #1 (top jaw) without much incident. Certainly it was, and is, painful, but there has been relatively little bleeding, which is reassuring.

I find myself thankful to a whole number of you who have helped me through so far. Topping the list, of course, has been the amazing care provided by my husband, Mike. He has a great knack for visualizing what needs to be done with all sorts of various projects – be it a major home repair or creating/enhancing music-related items or in this case – caring for me. Prior to the surgery, he went and bought all sorts of foods that I would be able to eat, filled my Rx, and got the house in a general working order. Since the surgery, he has been so attentive and helpful. Thank you so much, Mike. I would have never gotten through this without you.

I also owe a load of thanks to my periodontist W. Lee Young, DMD and his accommodating staff. Dr. Young utilizes top technology and has a ton of experience. I felt safe in his hands, and am a lot less nervous about my eventual bottom-jaw surgery.

A bit of sarcastic thanks to Mom for dumping her periodontal genes on me. Truly, thanks for being an inspiration to go through with this surgery, Mom.

Of course, my sister, Jen, has been a sweetie-pie with all of her texts and offers to help. I particularly enjoyed your visit the night before. Also thanks to Mark for being kind enough to share his chocolate covered strawberries with me. Leading up to this surgery, I ate like a queen (again, more thanks to Mike for his kick-ass cooking abilities).

Thanks to my friend, Trouble, for his super-kind message the other day. Thanks to my friend, Lindsey, for making time to have lunch with me leading up to this as well. I don’t know when I will be able to have a nice, greasy, diner burger again, but I am looking forward to it.

Mucho gracias to all the folks at work. If this were a year ago or even two, I doubt I would have been able to get through this with the ease I have. I am coming up on my year anniversary with the ‘new’ place, and can’t imagine working anywhere else. I am beyond grateful to have such a good team I know I can lean on when needed.

I can only guess I’ve forgotten to thank someone or something, and for that I apologize. For convenience, I will blame the meds.

For the rest of this weekend, I’m taking it easy. My big plans are to catch up on old sci-fi (ie mags from the 50s-70s), some genealogy research, watching lots of hockey, and eating mushy food. I hope I can contain my excitement!


Spring is Springing or Traveling by Doglsled

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:59 pm

We have had record rainfalls this week in Savannah. It already nearly being mid-February, these rains mean spring must be here. We’re already seeing the early bloomers bloom – daffodils, redbuds, carolina jessamine. Even the azaleas have made an early appearance.

All of this spring time makes me appreciate even more an old family story I came across very recently. It was a dispatch sent by my 3rd great-grandfather to the St. Cloud Journal, dated January 18, 1872. At the time, he was living at or near Lower Fort Garry, Manitoba. He was a steamboat engineer for the Hudson’s Bay Company. Based on other writings I’ve found from him, I can presume he mostly had winters off due to the Red River freezing over entirely (thus, no steamboating). Having winters off might explain why he chose to embark on a months long journey to remote places like the Saskatchewan River and Lake of the Woods, apparently by dog sled. It’s almost hard to believe he and my delicate southern-by-choice self are related.

From The St. Cloud Journal, January 18, 1872, 2nd column, lower third:
From RED RIVER—A private letter from
Mr. E. R. Abell, at Fort Garry, Manitoba,
gives an account of the mode of traveling
most in use in that hyperborean region.
He says:
“I have had some experience this winter
in traveling by dog sleds, having spent
some two months on an exploring expedition
to the Saskatchewan river north, and
to the Lake of Woods east of this settlement.
The covering was the blue canopy
of heaven and the bedding the downy snow,
improved a little by pine boughs when they
could be had. With the exception of one
night I had a rousing fire, which made even
the wild forest look cheerful. At one time on
the Little Saskatchewan river I was for
four days with little or nothing to eat,
when I luckily came upon an Indian village
on the banks of Martin’s Lake. The Indians
gave me two large white fish and sixteen
potatoes, the whole of which I ate at
one meal.”


Before the Law

Filed under: — Jaime @ 11:13 pm

Regulars to the Gull Reef Club know me to be a political junkie, currently on hiatus. Try as I might, I can’t figure out when, or even if, I want to return. I can’t stomach it right now. When I try, I get mean and jaded and am left wondering if it’s: i) the politics and politicians, ii) the media delivering the news, iii) society getting stupider, iv) me turning into Grandpa Simpson or v) all of the above.

I re-read Franz Kafka’s Before the Law this evening. It seemed to suit my day of excruciatingly long hold times and unread email to numerous government agencies.

You have no recourse to the law anymore!


Awful Good Advice

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:34 pm

Exactly a year ago today, I was given some poignant advice on what had developed into a very crappy job situation. Keep in mind, I had held this position for ten years (to the date!). I was a hard working and loyal employee, who was facing removed benefits not based on merit. In this regard, I was told by a mean-spirited person in a very rude way that, “If you don’t like it, find a new job.”

I took that advice to heart, and within two weeks I had already accepted a position with the wonderful firm I am now with. I would never look back. I am thankful everyday since that I left that old place.

Thank you, mean-spirited man, for your awful advice. It was some of the best I’ve ever received.

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