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A few months ago, I found a Hermit Thrush sitting on a stoop in front of a doorway. There is a tall, thin window and it is shady (no sun reflections on the window) so I figure that it probably ran into it as it looked perfectly clear and the people in that office are overly fastidious when it comes to window cleaning. :S I have only ever heard them before, hence the "hermit" in their name. They have some of the most beautiful song! Walt Whitman was moved to write about them.



It was a rather perilous place to be and it looked freaked out so I endeavored to collect it and set it someplace out of the way where nobody would accidentally run into it. It perked up when I gathered it up, started making noises, and looking around curiously which was encouraging since it had been rather quiet on the stoop. But once I set it down it looked a bit anxious again and was breathing heavily so I sat with it for awhile and gently stroked the back of its neck til it relaxed a bit. This seems to work with owls and parrots so I thought it was a worth a try. It rested for a bit before flying off, hopefully avoiding future windows.

More photos )

Aside from that I've been spending my weekend so far reading, mostly about Celtic culture/myths and the Fairy Faith.
It was supposed to be HOT so I took advantage of the cooler morning to sit outside with my tea, a book, and a hand written journal. I saw big, black Carpenter bees, three types of butterfly/moth, and a few dragon flies flitting about. And a possum. Don't usually see them in broad daylight! There were also some juvenile crows around. The students have Finals next week so it was very, very still apart from the critters.

There are supposed to be more thunder showers around this evening. Ooh! There were thunderclaps last night and some flashes. I always get unreasonably excited at the prospect of rain storms. My weather app has this silly little rhyme tucked in the middle of their Special Weather Statement which I have never heard of:

When thunder roars, go indoors!

o_O

Really? I used to do the opposite when I was a kid (where it thundered all the time). It's not like I was running about in an open field clutching a five iron, mind you. I would be some place sheltered if it was right overhead but I loved the smell and the sounds and the flashes. I could never understand why the children in The Sound of Music were frightened of thunderstorms. Even our cat was like "whatever", but he was sort of unusual. I suppose if you're born some place where it regularly occurs, you don't view it as terribly scary. Then again, we never had the threat of tornadoes. A black sky would definitely put me off then.

Pictures of the evening sky resembling a painting )

It's June!!

Jun. 1st, 2015 09:53 am
star_swan: (Fire)
An update and then I am going to go read journals/reply to comments as I get some other reading/work done.

This weekend was quite a bit warmer than it has been!
I am excited that it is June. Though I am usually excited at the beginning of a new month. It feels like an opportunity. I was not so productive in May in many ways while also figuring out a few things. Was more in absorption mode.

I somehow managed to tweak my back when I was in the laundry.I am not even sure how! I was in the laundry and after moving or bending in a particularly ordinary way, I felt this series of shocks up my spine like I was being struck with something. After that it was difficult to walk properly and bend any which way. So I sat carefully upon the ground and on top of one of the washers, crossed my legs and twisted to pop my back which took the pressure off and righted things. I was able to walk and move fine, but that area is tender now. It will take another day or two to feel less sore. Lying on my side is not fun unless I have a pillow in between my legs. It's been a lot worse though. I haven't had any problems in over a year. But I've had recurring lower back "issues" as my chiropractor called it since I was 16, so I need to be careful. It isn't weight or movement usually but just moving in a very particular way for just an instant that knocks things out. It might be related to an accident I had on my bicycle when I was 15. I was riding a racing bike when someone came out of an alleyway and hit me and I was thrown several feet. I caught a lot of air and after I landed I slid a few feet on the asphalt. On my face. I luckily was wearing a helmet. I remember limping home which was about another block. :OOO

Oddly, my back feels better than it did before I tweaked it. I am standing up straighter and feel taller.

Another reason that June is rather nice is that the university lets out and we are bathed in relative peace and quiet. Quite a few people leave to go on their annual trip to Europe or wherever and most students go back home. Summer session is pretty intense and all around is the soft buzzing of people focusing on their tasks (or else!) The warmer weather has a way of mollifying folks or causing them to slacken their pace a bit and to not rise up to meet every possible, perceived offense or slight to their person. I am not a fan of HOT weather, but I do appreciate the season. Perhaps when it gets ridiculously hot, I will go swimming. <3


Here are a couple of photos of Percy, Bill's brother, who passed away a little over a year ago. I had meant to post them before but I lost them in my bucket! Things that I've uploaded are out of order.

Percypuss )

Also, the birds are getting super loud in the mornings! It's great! Around the Solstice, the dawn chorus gets louder and louder. Sometime after the Solstice, the tweeting is noticeably less enthusiastic.
star_swan: (Fuck.)
…I more than made up for getting up late by putting in my time (around four hours??) today. I should probably take closer note of how much time I am spending on practice. I was feeling it in my left thumb pad and right wrist a little so I thought it would be prudent to knock off for the evening.

So the birds. At one point this afternoon they were rolling on the asphalt, no joke. I watched them tumble under a car in dismay. But they seemed no worse for wear seated at the feeder together. I changed it out as they watched from the tree. Complete nutters. They tussle every damn day.

I am concerned about Angela. She is receding, putting up walls. I texted her about getting lunch and she sort of brushed it off though she did mention wanting to…sometime. Sent her another text today inviting her to dinner tomorrow, but nothing. Her living situation is becoming untenable, apparently. But she spurns my advances, my attempts to be an ear or to help. I am trying to be the friend I have always wanted, basically. It's like, Allie was here and in some ways we scarcely connected. I feel very connected overall to the wide world even sitting in my room, but to certain people in my life, there are barriers. I can hear/feel/see/sense what they are about. I can't not. But they do not always acknowledge it themselves and you can't make people talk or open up even when you can already see them.

At any rate, I am so so tired at this moment. I woke up late and you know how even getting adequate sleep doesn't quite reverse the fact that you had a very long day prior? I woke up at seven yesterday and did not get to bed until after one in the morning. :S
I am putting in some serious hours, learning a lot in a short period of time, which is amazing. I love it! Though by "quitting time", I am super knackered. I had to force myself to stop earlier. I was unwittingly analyzing the Blue Danube. It's effing brilliant in its simplicity. Strauss switches from consonant intervals to perfect intervals and from more dissonant ones to more consonant ones leading back perfectly and elegantly to the tonic (C). And it's so pretty! Like he'll have the harmony be a second and a third, then two thirds, or a tritone and a third, then a fifth and a third. It just floats up and down the same few notes not deviating beyond the E above Middle C and the B just below that, but it's sublime. Brahms apparently was a huge fan of it and wished that he had thought of it.

And now to bed, for we rise at 9:30, ish. (Not really, more like seven thirty).

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I'm a mad translator with a degree in Comp Lit and assorted languages. Writing a novel and studying violin. (The story has been flailing along for the past couple of years. I think that the Scrivener research file is larger than the actual text.)

I live with a rather naughty ginger cat. Is there any other kind?

I love tea, loose leaf teas, teas in sachets, all sorts of teas and COFFEE. The more legally, addictive stimulants, the merrier!

Music and books are my life. I basically live in a closet-sized library with a container garden. I occasionally sleep. <3

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