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Out on the Limb


Sunday, July 31, 2005

Originally uploaded by sand dragon.

Tile UP!
no grout allowed for 24 hours, but it sure is nice seeing tile instead of a bare beam. Actually, I tiled 2 beams and a decorative 1.5' x 2' square.

On to more important things. I have been talking and promising that I would get those bumper stickers on the car, and I'm very anxious to do so. But I'm finding it more difficult that I thought to piss in the wind.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, right? I work for some very rabid and religious Bush lovers. When I roll into the packing lot with 18 anti-Bush etc. bumper stickers, I will be igniting the powers that be. Which is OK by me, except that I need my job for just a few more weeks. And so I ask myself...is it wise to tempt fate when I can, instead, wait until I give my 2 week's notice to broadcast my attitude and opinions? I'll not be able to blog from work once I tip my hand, either.

No harm done if I wait a few weeks.
Plenty of harm done if I get fired for being impatient. Yes, I know they can't fire me for the bumper stickers. But employers have ways.

I detest this waiting game. No hope for it.
posted by Deb, 8:58 PM | link | 1 comments |

Rolling up the sleeves

My internal coffee-meter tells me it is time to roll up the old shirt sleeves and dig in to today's work. Correction...it is too warm to have shirt sleeves.

Today I will be setting tile in the bathroom. The floor tile was finished long ago (um...last year?). But I never got around to decorating the wall divider by the commode. I'll post a picture at day's end today...I promise. The project will remain unfinished today as well, because I won't be able to grout same day as I set.

Yesterday I took a turpentine sponge bath. I was happily painting the house eave, not really too concerned about blobs of paint on my body, except I wonder about toxicity. Anyway, when I tried to wash my hands, the paint would NOT come off. That's when I realized that my husband had purchased oil based paint. I had paint spots here, there and everywhere. It is a good thing we had turpentine on hand, or I would still be glued to the bed sheets right now.

Back to the tiling topic. If things go well, I hope to get those bumper stickers on the car this afternoon. What am I thinking? I should know by now things don't go according to plan. Well. Let the adventures begin.
posted by Deb, 7:55 AM | link | 0 comments |

Smitty - Up for Adoption

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Beautiful neutered long-haired male needs home YESTERDAY. No health problems. Friendly and loving (but hates dogs). He's a very good lap cat and loves to be petted. SMITTY has striking eyes (don't they all?), and has long white fur with black tail & ears. I LOVE this cat; but can't take with us on our fulltime on-the-road journey.

Adoption Fee $20
Pleeeeze help. No-Kill shelter is full.
I have tried to place this ad in Petfinder's classifieds, but I'm not sure it took; and quite frankly Petfinder's search feature leaves a lot to be desired.

posted by Deb, 10:22 AM | link | 2 comments |

Prozac Nation

Friday, July 29, 2005

First, read the post titled "blue" below.

OK.....I'm not depressed any more, but I sure am angry. That whole damn movie about Lizzie's torment....and it ends with her saying "I didn't stay on Prozac, but it gave me breathing room so I could write again".

posted by Deb, 8:59 PM | link | 0 comments |


I'm feeling blue tonight. depression blue...slight case. I've decided to take some time out from the Daily Grind and treat myself to a movie (DVD) tonight.
I got "Prozac Nation" The cover reads:
"...what starts out so promising leads to self-destructive behavior and paralyzing depression that reflects and entire generation's struggle to navigate the effects of divorce, drugs, sex and high expectations."
Here is my plan:
a negative (my mood) plus a negative (the movie) = a positive (new mood)

Another way to look at this is that the woman in the movie is bound to have a worse case of depression than me, so that might make me feel better. Anyway....I'll let you know.

PS...I linked to my blog buddy at the Daily Grind because he helped me a lot when I first started blogging. Thanks, Phil!
posted by Deb, 6:59 PM | link | 0 comments |

Target Date

Thursday, July 28, 2005

OK.....August 22nd sounds like a feasible goal for listing the house.

That gives us 4 whole weekends to work on THE LIST. Whatever isn't done by then...screw it.

Please visualize my husband and I on the road doing good in and for the world.
Plans? Well, we have plans....several in fact....on how to earn our keep. But then there is always the unknown. Because, really, the goal is to help, and helping WHO and HOW depends, in part, on WHO and WHAT we run across, both online and on the road.

I'm very anxious to get started. I feel emotionally pregnant...ready to explode with energies. Office work is so very dead. The global poverty, nuclear disarmament, the health of Earth and its poor battered animals are calling my name. We are needed. All of us are needed, and that's a good thing (unless we ignore the calling).

Geez, I never was any good at picking one thing at the expense of another. Well, we will see what happens.
posted by Deb, 12:34 PM | link | 0 comments |

Bumper Stickers

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

I finally found a stash of bumper stickers. The owner of Red Snapper Gifts in Anacortes, WA, was excited to learn that I will be plastering my not-so-white car with a multitude of colorful dissent. She gave me a generous discount for my willingness to "make a statement" as she put it.

Here's the list. Please let me know your favorite! (My fave is in bold)

  1. We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness - Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. Guns Don't Kill People / Religions Do
  4. Spiritual People Inspire Me / Religious People Frighten Me
  6. Conservatives have gone so far RIGHT, they're WRONG
  7. Peace is Patriotic
  8. What good is a strong leader if he's going in the wrong direction?
  10. I'm for the Separation of Church & Hate
  11. Bush for President of Iraq
  12. He's NOT my President!
  13. You Cannot Simultaneously Prevent And Prepare For War - Albert Einstein
  14. Liberals treat dogs like people while conservatives treat people like dogs.
  16. Minds are like parachutes...they only function when open!
  17. Civil Liberties / Don't Leave Home Without Them
  18. In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act

Wow! I'm anxious to tastefully arrange these on my car....and, yes, I will blog the resulting picture. I have reservations about the "Bush for Pres of Iraq" though. It is just not fair to others to export him.

OK, on to other stuff. I've been in a rut with blogging here because each day I think...same old mess in the house; still more work to do before listing the house for sale; still organizing, packing, planning. YAWN. How boring!

But the grunt work isn't the point. The real point is that we are TAKING CONTROL of our lives and are on the cusp (still) of a better, simpler way of living. still. sigh

The mosquitoes have been a nuisance lately.
That is all.
posted by Deb, 8:06 PM | link | 3 comments |

Dear Egypt

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Your pain is my pain. To you, Egypt, and others caught up in this latest nightmare, my heart goes out to you.
posted by Deb, 2:31 PM | link | 1 comments |

Social Experiments

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

I just noticed that Sustainable Today has linked Out on the Limb in their "Bagel Blog Roll". I'm honored to be listed. Thank you.

And this is how it works. This is how it was always meant to work.......people linking up, exchanging ideas and inspiration......all for the common good with our common goals and needs to live healthy lives. Computers help us link up, sure! But even without computers, we are stronger together. People need people. We are a social animal. Of course, that means we must actively participate....eh? And so, please take note that the stated purpose of Sustainable Today is a daily discussion. /lecture
Our first house sale ad went into the papers today. We had 2 calls; and we are expecting the majority of visitors and calls this weekend.

Our dog is growing accustomed to the chaos; and the most common phrase heard around our house now is...."Honey, have you seen ________?" or "Do you know where _______ is?"

State of Flux meter reads 7 on a scale of 10.
I have decided to get as many anti-Bush bumper stickers as I can and plaster them all over my old beater car.

Call it a social experiment.
Or call it outrage.
Call it what you want.
It is time for a change in more ways than one.
posted by Deb, 9:02 PM | link | 0 comments |


Monday, July 18, 2005

Originally uploaded by sand dragon.

Today's view
from the kitchen window...
posted by Deb, 1:06 PM | link | 2 comments |

Flurry of Activity

Sunday, July 17, 2005

flurry of activity
Originally uploaded by sand dragon.
I have spent the last several days monitoring my emotions, as they have run the gamut. Tension built throughout the week and our youngest prepared to travel to distant lands. His plane left on Saturday. Of course, I've known for months this day would arrive. Actually, I've known this day would come since all three sons were born.

And now....and now it is also time for my husband and I to be moving in new directions. Regular readers know of our plans to sell our home and travel this great country in an RV. Fortunately, biodiesel will make this morally feasible for us.

Updates since I last blogged:
Our moving ad was submitted today; and we will get calls beginning Wednesday. This is the first of two sales. Our house is not listed yet, so we must hang on to the necessities a bit longer.

Whisper (our Blue Heeler) is very curious as to what we are up to. She is not taking her eyes off us.

Here's the current plan:
  • The house sells
  • We buy the diesel truck (Chevy medium C4500?)
  • and get the hitch put on
  • We look for our favorite 5th wheel, a Mountaineer bunkhouse
  • and drive it to Spokane for installation of the Datastorm satellite receiver
  • then we head south to continue to adventure.
  • Installation of the solar panels will not be until arrival in Scottsdale, AZ
We look forward to meeting people and selling our wares. As summer closes, fleamarkets will be our primary market. Eventually, our products will be displayed online as well as on the sidewalk.

That is all.
posted by Deb, 9:16 PM | link | 0 comments |


Monday, July 11, 2005

It's blueberry season already! Every year when I see the 1st blueberry it occurs to me that summer is about 1/2 over.

And I have so much more I want to do with those beautiful sunny warm summer days.

Seconds after taken this picture, the blueberry vanished.
And I'm not sure....but do you see a spider hiding in there?

Originally uploaded by sand dragon.
posted by Deb, 8:35 PM | link | 7 comments |

Friday Cat Blogging

Friday, July 08, 2005

picture taken when I first got my photo software...
playing with the warp feature.

Sorry, Butcher. You were my favorite cat.
I miss you. RIP
posted by Deb, 7:53 PM | link | 0 comments |

Days Gone By

Mood: tired and grumpy
waiting for a burst of energy....from somewhere

You can't really see in this picture, but the rock is surrounded by the cool, clear glacier water of the surrounding mountains. Since this is not a recent picture, I'm not as relaxed right now as I was then....but we are heading in the direction of a simpler way of life, and I hope you join us.
BTW: For the Londoners who wonder how I found your blog: I searched for City Hippy knowing he is Londoner. Of course, I could have just come to this blog and clicked the link. Nevertheless, the City Hippy search yielded London Bloggers. And there you have it.
posted by Deb, 5:58 AM | link | 0 comments |

With Sympathy

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Dear London,

I am very sorry to hear of your pain.
My thoughts are with you.
posted by Deb, 4:34 AM | link | 6 comments |

patriotic salute

Monday, July 04, 2005

posted by Deb, 7:14 AM | link | 0 comments |

Diesel Trucks

Yesterday, we went shopping for THE truck. We are narrowing down our choices within the framework of our needs, budget, and desires.

#1 in the running is a 2005 Chevrolet C4500.


Unfortunately, Buy Blue was not able to help with this planned purchase because the "Blue" manufacturers don't make large diesels. Toyota has plans for year 2008.
posted by Deb, 6:56 AM | link | 3 comments |

Frog Omens

After the little frog hopped past the keyboard, I began wondering about frog omens.
I discovered frogs are
"a positive omen in all ways. Whether you saw them, held them, heard them, or ate them, they signify happiness, success in your profession, and true friends."
That's good! I'll take it. If the omen had been disagreeable, I would have just kept moving on....

P.S. Please don't eat the little froggies. That can't be good for either them or us.
Fate of amphibians may be telling.
posted by Deb, 6:42 AM | link | 8 comments |

keyboard frog

Friday, July 01, 2005

keyboard frog
Originally uploaded by sand dragon.

My son woke me up last night to show me this little guy, about the size of a quarter, sitting next to the keyboard.

Beats me! I wonder how long he had been hopping around our house...and how many close calls he had with the dog and cat. Anyway, he seemed happy to have his pads meet the grass again.
posted by Deb, 6:47 PM | link | 0 comments |