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Nov. 26th, 2015

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer

B. and I have been playing Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer since the release date of September 25th and are loving it!

However after about 2 weeks of game play, I lost everything to a Corrupt Save Data thing. Amazon refunded my money, I bought a new cartridge at GameStop, and I started the game again on October 12th.

Here are screenshots (an ongoing project!) of all the homes and facilities I have designed/created/landscaped! If you are playing the game also, please come visit and rate any you like. Let me know if you'd like me to visit your places and rate them too!

My Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer Homes & Facilities

Nov. 25th, 2015

All the places

Trying to remember all the addresses (street numbers included) where I've lived back through the years. And then looking at the houses on Google maps, street view. That can be upsetting, so much has changed.

It's 11 addresses. The longest I have ever lived anywhere was from 1980-2012. The only street number I was iffy on was the last place Mama and I lived together, before she moved down to Florida, getting back together with Daddy, and me marrying B. in 1980.

Google maps is a time machine...

(ETA: Bwahahaha! Then add in trying to remember all your town layouts in every Animal Crossing game you've ever played. Keep in mind I had 4 (still have 1) different towns in the original GameCube AC: LarkRise, Happy, Tempus, and NeatTown. I have two AC: Wild World towns: Candlefd and Luisvill. B. and I had only one town in AC: City Folk: New_Hope. And I have only one town in AC: New Leaf: Fordlow. I am calling my town in AC: Happy Home Designer Maustown. Animal Crossing: Amiibo Festival is a town/board game. I guess we'll have to name it at some point.)

(cross-posted several places)

Sep. 18th, 2015

Medical update

Update on B.: he got through the parathyroid surgery just fine on Tuesday. He has some hoarseness, though, because of the intubation. I have a photo of the stitches; but I'm not going to post it, as it might weird some folks out. It's not bad. He'll be seeing the surgeon next Wednesday for the post-op follow-up visit. Please continue to do healing thoughts and prayers! Thank you, everyone!

[cross-posted from/to Facebook, CountryMouse's LiveJournal, CountryMouse's Diary, etc.]

Sep. 10th, 2015

Requesting thoughts and prayers

Serious time: I would like your thoughts and prayers for B., my DH. He is having parathyroid surgery (which is removal of some/part of the tiny glands behind the thyroid gland, in your neck) on Tuesday, the 15th, at 9:30am. It is general anesthesia, but same-day surgery. I am hoping there will not be any excessive bleeding or anything untoward during and after. Also peaceful thoughts for us all, now and on beyond the surgery. Thank you, everyone!

[cross-posted from/to Facebook, CountryMouse's LiveJournal, CountryMouse's Diary, etc.]

Jul. 6th, 2015


A little review and some pictures when Cat'r and I went to see Morrissey in concert Tuesday, June 30th!

(cross-posted to CountryMouse's LiveJournal)

Writing permanence online

Trying to decide where is the best place to post, where things will be the most permanent as anything can be online. Cat'r says he'll keep B.'s and my web pages up forever (as long as *he* can)--and that's where my CountryMouse's Diary is. Then I have a permanent account at InsaneJournal. LiveJournal has a thing that if a loved one lets them know you've passed on, they lock your blog up and keep it forever. Twitter is totally ephemeral, and I'm wasting way too much time there. No one goes *back* to see what you've said. And there's here [Facebook], but it's not bloggy. So I'm thinking of spending more time on my own website again soon. Oh yeah, and I have to check on the permanence of YouTube, Flickr, and Instagram.

(cross-posted from/to Facebook, CM's Diary, and CM's LiveJournal)

Jul. 4th, 2015

Tamagotchi and Other Virtual Pets

I used to have soooo many virtual pets. I have a section of my website devoted to Tamagotchi and other VPs. I just looked to see what I have left: hardly anything! I feel so disappointed now, having given them away/sold them. I don't even remember what I did with them all. I now have a Tam1 and Tam2 (NA and Japanese--4 Tams), a Devilgotchi, a Santaclautch, an Osutchi and Mesutchi, a Mori no Tamagotchi, 2 Wave UFOs, a Yasashii Tam, a GigaPet (Oreo the mouse), and two MicroPets. That's ALL. My site:

(cross-posting to CountryMouse's LiveJournal)

Dec. 17th, 2014

Pens and inks!

Sorry no posts here, but I've been playing with fountain pens and writing in my paper diary, my gratitude journal, my fountain pen diary, my tarot journal, etc.

(cross-posted to CountryMouse's LiveJournal)

Oct. 12th, 2014

Why Keep A Paper Journal?

Why am I keeping a paper journal? After I'm gone, what will happen to it/them? I enjoy nice paper and fountain pens and good ink. But what will that matter afterwards?

The weirdest thing is that I think my online journals might last longer. And be more permanent. And, well, be read by more people.

In times past, one's journal was probably never read by anyone else after one's death unless one happened to be famous or relatively so. Now, with online blogging/journaling, anyone's journal is out there, for anyone to read.

Is that good or bad? Probably good, if you want to feel remembered/not invisible/that your life meant *something*. And no matter what you say, however inane, you have an audience ... or one hopes so. You get feedback *now*.

So why keep a paper journal at all then? Just for the *now* enjoyment of ink-on-paper but not necessarily for any legacy or historical value?

I guess that even extends to: why do we do anything? We hope to be remembered, we hope to have made our mark before we leave. If you have children, you have a lot better chance of doing that. Or if you have a company or enterprise that will go on after you are gone. But for ordinary people, why keep track of the days? Why write things down? Who will see them later on anyway?

Some of this is rhetorical, but seriously, I am asking others' thoughts on this. Why do *you* keep a paper journal?

(x-posted to CountryMouse's LiveJournal)

Oct. 6th, 2014

To make a difference

Everyone hopes s/he does some good in the world. I received this entry in my guestbook, on my website, this morning. I am posting this because I don't ever want to forget this. Included is my reply:

From my Bravenet Guestbook:
October 6th 2014 01:07:18 AM
What is your name? Shaylyn
Where are you from? Canada
Please enter your comments:


I am a 19 year old Canadian girl who found your website by accident when I was first learning to use the internet as a child.

At the time I was a big fan of the Animal Crossing series (I still am) and somehow stumbled upon your Animal Crossing diaries. Your website quickly became a favourite of mine, and as a little girl, I greatly enjoyed reading about your adventures with stuffed animals and travelling and video games as those were things that I enjoyed as well. Knowing that there existed adults in the world who could freely collect fuzzy friends and play video games without worrying about being seen as childish had a huge influence on me growing up, and I became much more open about my interests in such things as a result. Yet somehow I lost track of your page as I got older, despite the lingering influence it had.

I am now a university student who proudly collects toys and plays Animal Crossing: New Leaf almost daily. Tonight I unexpectedly began to feel nostalgic for your journal, but after a bit of searching I once again managed to find you. I am happy to say that your website is just as sweet and comforting as I remember from my childhood. :)

I hope this doesn't seem too strange or creepy. I've refrained from including my email or blog - I don't want you to feel as though you are required to respond in any way. All the same, I wanted to thank you. I suppose you probably never expected your musings and photos to affect anyone, as most people don't, but this is me saying that you've definitely improved the life of at least one young girl out there.

You may not even read this, I suppose, as you now seem to use other social networking platforms instead. It seemed like the easiest way to possibly reach out to you though as I don't use many of the other sites you're on.

In short, thank you for your lovely website and I hope you continue to lead a lovely life.

CountryMouse (Joanna) says:

Thank you so much for leaving me this entry. You won't believe how much you have warmed my heart! I wish that you *had* left your email address or something, but I hope you see this instead. I still do collect stuffed animals and play video games and all those things. Sometimes they get sidelined by other hobbies, but never forgotten. Thank you again. One always hopes to make a difference in the world, even if in a minute way. You've made me very happy.

(x-posted from CountryMouse's LiveJournal)

Aug. 14th, 2014

The joys of cleaning fountain pens

Actually, the joys of cleaning the nibs of pens that are cartridge/converter pens. What if you had a cartridge in that pen...for at least a year and let it sit and dry out! EEEEEK! Instead of soaking the nib forever in a cup of water, use a little ear syringe or an ink syringe (whichever works best for the pen you're working with). This is what I learned from Brian Goulet, and I've been working on several pens this evening!

More to do in a couple more days (when I have free counter space for more.

(cross-posted from CountryMouse's LiveJournal)

Jul. 9th, 2014

Religious scariness

I have been doing fine as a Pagan for over 20 years. And I thought that I had finally "gotten over" the fears and awfulness that were a part of my experience of Christianity. That religion may be a comfort to many, but all it did for me was make me fearful, anxious, and upset all the time. I finally left in 1990. I moved through phases of relief, anger, and other emotions; but eventually I thought I had reached a place of "live and let live".

Then two things happened in the last couple weeks. And I hate using this terminology (it seems to be all over the Internet), but I think this one thread I was reading on a tarot forum should have had a "trigger warning". People were being polite and giving various views about whether a Christian could "safely" read the tarot. Then there came the Bible quotes (mostly Old Testament). And somehow I found myself snapped back into thinking, "But what if they're right?" and feeling very afraid. Which is what tormented me for so long, both when I was inside that religion and after I had escaped. It doesn't help that I'm obsessive/compulsive.

The other thing that happened was that we watched the first two episodes of the new series, "The Leftovers". I did find an article online that helped me to understand that "the rapture concept is relatively new. It started with an Anglo-Irish theologian, who in the 1830s invented the concept...before John Nelson Darby imagined this scenario in the clouds, no Christian had ever heard of the rapture." The word "rapture" doesn't even appear in the Bible.

But why am I even concerned about what's in the Bible at ALL?? I had come to understand that the Bible was A holy book, not THE holy book.

So how do I regain my equanimity? How do I put aside what is not part of the belief system I had moved into and felt fairly at ease with? "What if they're right?" That is the awful phrase that can haunt you if you do not have absolute spiritual certainty. But really, NO one can have *spiritual* certainty. Religious certainty, yes. I had that when I was a born-again Christian and was terrified of what would happen to my family and friends if they did not convert. Now I am not certain about much of anything spiritual...except this:

"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." -- The Dalai Lama

I need to hold onto that as my lifeline. That is the Golden Rule in a nutshell. And that is really all any of us can actually know for certain.

::deep breath:: Stay away from toxic things. Stay with what is good and kind. If anyone else has some good, peaceful ideas, I am open to them.

Jun. 30th, 2014

Rider Waite Smith Tarot Decks

I tweeted last night: "Found out where my old(er) RWS tarot deck went: thot it went 2 Goodwill but was in w/Cat’r’s things. He said I could have it back."


This is more important than it seems, as the newest editions of the Rider-Waite Smith tarot deck have a high gloss finish, and the hand-written words are replaced with computer fonts. I went out of my way to buy a used vintage RWS deck from someone on eBay recently because of this. The older decks were printed in Switzerland, the new ones in Italy. Now I have two older decks! Well, those and the Universal Waite, the Radiant Rider-Waite, the Original Rider Waite Tarot, the Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck. Waiting on Giant Rider-Waite Tarot and a used vintage Pocket Rider-Waite Tarot.

Jun. 29th, 2014

Nice grey drizzly shopping trip

I love grey drizzly weather. If I have to go out in summer, I prefer grey cooler days. It was cooler, but really muggy. But still, nice.

Cat'r, B., and I started our trek down to Hyde Park (our old stomping grounds) about 10:30am. First we went to Pier 1 Imports at Rookwood Commons so I could look for odds and ends for my altars. I found some nice things!

Then over to Hyde Park Plaza where Cat'r went to Penzeys Spices and stocked up on things we needed while B. and I went to Michaels for scrapbook stacks, silk flowers, and other things.

After that we all walked to First Wok for lunch. Not very busy, nice and relaxed.

Then back home through somewhat heavier rain. We got home about 2:30pm. We were supposed to get heavy thunderstorms around 4pm or so, but somehow they missed us. Nuts. The lawn would be happier with some rain!

The rest of the day was nice and lazy, with naps for all. :-)

Jun. 24th, 2014

Testing cross-posting to CM's Refuge

This is a test about footers. Trying to set things up on Dreamwidth.

(cross-post from Mouse Dreams)

Oh look what I found!

I forgot I even had a journal here! Now I'm thinking about if I should post here AND on my InsaneJournal AND on my LiveJournal! Eeeeek!

(x-posted from my Dreamwidth Journal)

Jun. 22nd, 2014

Not so super

I put Aquila Super Nylgut strings on my new Woodi plastic ukulele and Aquila New Nylguts on B.'s Woodi. His is sounding good, mine was sounding muddy. Tonight I broke down and changed mine out for New Nylguts too. Better already, even though the strings are still settling and going out of tune fast.

I saved the Super Nylguts--I might try them on some other ukulele in the future.

Jun. 19th, 2014

What Facebook is, etc.

Yep, I think I've figured out what Facebook is: it's a long-winded Twitter. It's just about as ephemeral as Twitter is (except you can't get out of Facebook no matter what you do). It's not a substitute for blogging or any kind of daybook. It seems to be a way to connect with people you used to know, know now, wish you didn't know, etc. So weird. I like better on Twitter that you just "follow" people--there are no weird attachments of friending people that aren't remotely even your acquaintances. So if you want to stop following someone, it doesn't need to carry any emotional baggage (or shouldn't). But I still like LiveJournal and its clones. It's blogging/diary-like, yet a community too. WITH communities (groups).

(x-posted from Facebook)


(x-posted from my LiveJournal)

We have a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 7am. I do not like "scary weather". I haven't decided whether to just stay up and see what that big line of storms is going to do; or go to bed and be awakened (possibly) by the weather radio going off. :-/

Jun. 17th, 2014

The Tudors

(x-posted from LiveJournal)

We are watching this series a little after the time it aired via Netflix. I know what happened, but we're almost at the end of Season 2 and it's pretty upsetting. When you think about it, these horrible things--torture, public-spectacle-executions, etc.--really did happen. I wonder how people dealt with the constant life-is-cheap thing...

On the other hand, I'm totally enjoying following the outrageous Tudorlicious @KngHnryVIII on Twitter. And I bought his e-book and read through it in a day or so. No, no affiliation, but I loved it!

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