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24 January 2016 @ 09:04 pm
written for DtC 2015. With all the craziness of moving, I forgot to post this Christmas story on my LJ page.

Midnight Clear

The sky was clear over Jerusalem, and the desert night had turned cold. From their vantage point on a hill overlooking the city, Napoleon and Illya drew their jackets about them, and settled in for what promised to be a very long stakeout. It was Christmas Eve, and they were far from home.

Not exactly the way I wanted to spend the holidays,” Napoleon sighed. He raised his binoculars and scanned the cobbled streets of the Old City for signs of trouble.

Illya sat beside him, peeling an orange. He bit into the sweet fruit with relish. “Alas, with THRUSH on the move in the region, I fear you must do without your usual overdose of Christmas cheer.”

Read on: Link takes you to AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5420585

23 January 2016 @ 10:30 am
Having recently migrated north from the sunny shores of Hilton Head, we are entranced by the beauty of the recent snowstorm. Here are a few pics from our condo:

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21 January 2016 @ 04:17 pm
We're settled into our new North Carolina condo at last, the mountain of boxes a distant memory. Mercifully, the simultaneous closings of our old house in Hilton Head and the condo in Asheville went off without a hitch, so all our worries were for naught. Snow is in the forecast for this weekend, but we've bought some kick-ass snow boots, and plan to be toasty warm, dozing with our Kai-kitty by the fire. Thanks for all your good wishes, dear friends. Here are a few pics from our new home base:

12 January 2016 @ 08:29 pm
The movers are coming in the morning, to load our stuff for the move from our Hilton Head Island home to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. I expect to be offline for about a week--it will take at least that long to locate my computer among all the boxes! Send good thoughts for a smooth transition to our new adventure.

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31 December 2015 @ 08:48 pm

27 December 2015 @ 06:44 pm

What’s Your Patronus?

  1. You got: A Cat

    You’re a brilliant person with a sarcastic flare and you enjoy a quiet life. You believe in equality and discourage special treatment, which makes you morally good and trustworthy. Your Patronus takes the form of a cat, the same as Minerva McGonagall. Now please continue to annoy the hell out of Umbridge; it’s such an enjoyable experience.

13 December 2015 @ 06:34 pm

You Are From the Moon

You can vibe with the steady rhythms of the Moon.
You're in touch with your emotions and intuition.
You possess a great, unmatched imagination - and an infinite memory.
Ultra-sensitive, you feel at home anywhere (or with anyone).
A total healer, you light the way in the dark for many.

14 November 2015 @ 06:23 am
31 October 2015 @ 09:13 pm
Written for Scrapbook Halloween Challenge 2015
Gen, but may be read either way.

Pub Crawl

The rain came down in buckets, in torrents, propelled nearly sideways by a savage wind that shook the trees lining the Boston Post Road, and rattled the ancient windowpanes of The Lamb and Scythe Tavern.

Napoleon and Illya tumbled through the door, blue with cold and drenched to the bone. As they stood there shivering, the wind seized the heavy oak portal from Illya's hand, slapping it open against the shingles and nearly tearing it off its hinges. Resigned to his fate, he stepped back out into the storm and wrestled it shut again.

The tavern was dark and silent, the tables empty. The only sign of life was the middle-aged bartender reading a newspaper behind the counter, and the fire popping and crackling in the ash-scarred hearth.

Sit anywhere,” the bartender said, stating the obvious.

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19 August 2015 @ 06:12 am
So, I had my second experience with benign positional vertigo last night. Woke up with the room spinning faster than the ceiling fan. Thank heavens I knew what it was from the first time (about 5 years ago). This time it's only when I turn on my right side, and I feel better when I sit up. Last time was both sides and the room went wonky no matter what position I was in. (See, I'm looking on the bright side which, apparently, is my left at the moment.) I immediately started the exercises to shift that little floating crystal in my ear back into the correct canal. Hopefully the situation will self correct quickly, as I do not do well with nausea. Or not sleeping. Rambling now. Sleep deprivation will do that. Peppermint tea helps the nausea, thankfully. Send good thought, please, cousins.
12 August 2015 @ 08:45 am
Ooh, I love being mysterious!

You Are a Purple Smoothie

You are a very deep and even mysterious person. You have so much going on that people can't really figure you out.
You live a very full life, but it's still an orderly one. You pull off a very delicate balancing act with grace.

You are zanier than you seem, and it's because you dabble in a little of everything. You are someone different to everyone.
You are big on nuance, and you don't get caught up in labels. You would always rather dissect than debate.

10 August 2015 @ 02:13 pm
I posted these manips at Scrapbook yesterday, but forgot to post them on my own LJ page. My apologies for the repeat posting.

08 August 2015 @ 10:47 am
05 August 2015 @ 10:18 am

Wishing you
the jazziest Birthday ever!

01 August 2015 @ 09:48 am
It's a dream come true!


28 July 2015 @ 03:53 pm
Have a fabulous day!

15 July 2015 @ 05:02 pm

There is a group of Japanese women living on a tiny island off the coast of Japan, an island with a population of only 600 people. The women in this group have an average age of 84, with several women over 100 years old; they are old enough to remember Hiroshima.  These women decided one day that they wanted to see the world before they died, so they formed a girl band to share their folk songs with interested audiences. Their performances went viral, and the women are now touring Japan under the name KBG84. They have become famous as far away as Russia, Italy and France, and will be embarking on a world tour in a few months. Aren't they clever women!

Here's the LINK:

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14 July 2015 @ 01:10 pm

You Are Calm

You're the type of person who simply enjoys life. You don't worry about anything - including whether you have food on your face.
You believe that there is a time for everything, and you take the good with the bad. You are very philosophical.

While you have a lot of inner peace, you still feel very deeply. You are just good at acknowledging your emotions and letting them go.
You are a strong individual, but you can blend in when you need to. You have amazing camouflage.

TBH, I would hate to be caught with food on my face or between my teeth. Yuck.
11 July 2015 @ 12:42 pm
Have a beautiful day!

09 July 2015 @ 11:40 am
Daredevil? Me??

You Are Oregano Oil

You are a wild child, but it's nothing that you get in trouble for. You are good at listening to your intuition.
You love a good adventure, but you are also a realist. You see things as they are and deal with them.

You enjoy life in a variety of ways, and while you're a daredevil, you don't need to be having a thrill to have a good time.
Even the simplest things, like a good meal with friends, bring you a lot of joy. It's all about quality, not quantity.

07 July 2015 @ 09:21 am
Hoping you and your Cloudwalker

have a splendid day together!!

05 July 2015 @ 09:02 pm
Congratulations, US Women's Soccer!

2015 World Cup Champions!