46 thoughts on “Still here

    1. TB reported in the invasive swarm from Haiti. Welcome to America, bring all your third world diseases! (Who financed getting =them= here?? it’s been pointed out they’re very well dressed compared to how folks live in Haiti…)

      1. What is getting reported is that they are “Haitians” who fled Haiti 10+ years ago to other Central American countries, settled there, and decided to come here and claim Haitian status because of a special refugee status for Haitians who flee the country without intermediate settlement.

        1. Suuuuure they are… And they all decided to come here ALL AT ONCE just like that, right??

          I did wonder how many are from somewhere else entirely… perhaps with shiny new documentation so they may best benefit.

          It’s reached the point where the border states are on their own, and it’s either ignore the feds and do whatever needs to be done, or get overrun.

          1. Here’s some photos:


            “While speaking with the immigrants at the makeshift camp under the international bridge in Del Rio, we noticed they could speak Spanish. Most Haitians who live in Haiti speak Haitian Creole or French. One man said he had been living in Chile the past few years before recently making his way up towards the United States, another said he was living in Brazil. The evidence the majority of Haitians not coming directly from Haiti is due to discarded identification documents having been found on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande.”

  1. Once, and only once, did I try to help someone hang wallpaper. It had a pattern that had to be matched perfectly.

    I’d rather sheetrock a ceiling, or work with fiberglass insulation, in 100 F heat than do that again.

    1. *nodnodnod*

      I am very anti- wallpaper. Having done it before. And doing it for an ever so slightly picky person. I have sheetrocked non-traditional ceilings rather than do wallpaper (ten corners, not four).

      1. “Busier than a wooden-legged pin boy on league bowling night.”

        Of course you’re not hanging paper; I’m sure all your checks clear.

    2. I did wallpaper in a couple of houses, but was very glad to see that the wall treatment on our current place is not compatible with wallpaper. I am *not* undoing the treatment.

      OTOH, I’m lousy at taping sheetrock, but don’t have to do any place that needs a decent finish. Not any more.

      1. I actually like hanging paper. Its a shame it’s so out of fashion. It’s one of the few things I’m really good at. The only thing that used to bug me was matching patterns on paper coming up only part way on the wall. Too much waste.

        I can also do a good job plastering, but I’m very slow. If had to do it for a living I’d starve.

        1. I love beautiful wallpaper. I’m glad someone is still doing it.

          One of the charms of my present abode is a textured ceiling treatment, real plaster complete with elegantly rounded outlines and corners. I’m told the guys who did it were locally famous for their work, but that was a long time ago.

          My kitchen has vinyl wallpaper on the stove wall, and even tho it’s nothing special (brown and yellow floral in broad stripes… in a pattern made so the seams do not need to match), it adds color and interest that the room would otherwise lack. And someone cleverly found curtains that fit in theme and tone, if not pattern.

          Plain white walls, ugh. The Romans had the right idea… surfaces are for decorating!!

          Oh, and I also love baroque Russian interior decorating. Everywhere you look, there’s something pleasing to look at.

          1. One of my very earliest memories is me standing on the sofa cushions in a neighbor’s house, staring enraptured at their wallpaper. I do not remember the pattern, but it was fine white motifs on a Wedgewood Blue ground and I have LOVED Wedgewood Blue ever since.

            Our house in WA had rough-surfaced Western Red Cedar planks lining the walls in the living room, the family room below, and the stairwell between them. Some of those boards had to be at least18 ft long. You could not lean back against them or run your fingers across because splinters, but the ambience was wonderful.

            On the other hand, my preferred paint color for walls is light cream to just off-white. I need all the light I can get in my life. Repainting at least some of the walls in our new house will top the to-do-someday-when-I-can-afford-it-and-have-the-energy list. 😉

        2. I do too, but only higher end paper. Schumacher makes excellent, heavyweight paper. Long, long ago they had a design called Radio City Music Hall. It was a beautiful Art Deco series of designs based on – you guessed it! The paper didn’t tear easily when wet and lined up easily. Yes. patterns produce waste, but the look was worth it. Put a border of dancing girls in the bar. The people who bought the house changed everything but the border.

        3. I do too, but only higher end paper. Schumacher makes excellent, heavyweight paper. Long, long ago they had a design called Radio City Music Hall. It was a beautiful Art Deco series of designs based on – you guessed it! The paper didn’t tear easily when wet and lined up easily. Yes. patterns produce waste, but the look was worth it. Put a border of dancing girls in the bar. The people who bought the house changed everything but the border.

    3. Wallpaper SUUUUUUUUUCKS. When we bought it, our first house had wallpaper in EVERY ROOM except the 1-car garage. Paisley – multiple paisley designs. Maybe two edges in the whole house matched. They didn’t apply ANY PRIMER to the drywall. Getting all that off was a cast-iron bitch.

      Let’s just say…I’m not a fan. I grew up with wooden walls, cut from pines grown on the property. Drywall is the devil, and wallpaper is his illegitimate spawn.

      1. Wooden walls are ideal, wonderful, perfect. But if I can’t have wood… I HATE DRYWALL. If I’m building it, I’ll take sanded plywood over drywall. Or planed pallet wood. Or gimme the wallpaper and a prayer for the patience to pattern-match it…. Once lived in a house where they’d finished the kitchen in OSB and varnished it, and it looked pretty good. (That house is still owned by the same people. If I ever get over that way again I should stop by and see if they’ve changed it. I still covet that wonderful old gas stove.)

        Oh, the wonderful stove. Four-burner gas range with a built-in room heater, best oven ever, and an extra-low mini-burner. Never seen another like it.

  2. Hebrews 13:5-6 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)

    Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

    So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

    1. I would go crazy reading that edition. Pick a translation and go for it. Leave the alternatives for an appendix or a special edition. I think I prefer “I will not fear”. “seized with alarm” is a better visual, though. I note that half are passive (“be seized”, “be terrified”) and the other two active. That’s a lot of translation “slippage”.

      1. Yeah Amplified Bible is not really meant to be read directly. It’s trying to show the variety of translation possibilities without your having to spend 3-6 semesters on Koine Greek and Hebrew. It did OK but I think it’s just too darned confusing in places with many possible variants. I think the NET (with the full notes) does a better job. They choose what they consider the best translation and put reasons in translation notes (tn) on why they translated something the way the did. Where there are textual issues they provide details on what texts they are using and why (Text Critical notes tc). There are also limited Study notes (sn) which reference things like non obvious 1st century Judaic customs etc. There are also study bibles that do a similar service.

  3. Moving a household is never easy. And while the true lords and masters of the family might appear to cooperate you can tell by the expressions on their furry faces that they are really not amused.
    All shall not be right with the world until mommy is back pounding away at that keyboard thingy that despite its looks is rather comfortable to take a nap on.

  4. Or a three-legged cat in a litterbox?

    Best wishes on getting it all done and completing your escape!

  5. Weeeeeird dream yesterday. It was a scene of a person (human) going about a simple delivery in a non-descript neighborhood. Somehow, I “knew” this was somewhere in Goldport and the person was supposed to be.. me? Only he looked nothing like me. (more fit, less hair, fwiw) And then something happened that triggered a *change* and the change was… also NOT me – no horns, but WOW those ears! But then, a video/film adaptation _of today_ would get things wrong, wouldn’t it?

    1. Oooh, those are a pain to get up, but you only have the pain ONCE, you can fix mistakes as you go, and they look SO GOOD!

      (See also, window film– which I adore, both the mirrored-from-the-outside and this wonderful throws-rainbows-everywhere “frosted” pattern I found.)

  6. Feeling your pain. In a mad dash to finish all I said I would before closing on the old place.

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