Equality

Nov. 7th, 2012 04:01 pm
forest_choir: (green goddess - happiness)
So very proud of my home state.
Last night, Maryland became the first state to approve an equal marriage law by popular vote.

Maine and Washington state also approved equal marriage laws.

Maryland victory

forest_choir: (Maggie & Hobbes)
On Monday, I voluntarily evacuated myself and our cats ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
Hobbes woke me up at 10:30am, looking incredibly worried.  As he is usually Mr Cool, this rattled me.  I looked outside and saw the water was making its way steadily up the yard.  I estimated it was within hours of covering the driveway and cutting off my only escape route. 

As I left around noon, I noticed that the water on my street was almost up to the edges of the road.
I later learned that high tide was at 3:30pm.

We stayed at W's for three days (bless her!) and got to hang out in relative safety.  Maggie and Hobbes weren't too pleased at having to share quarters with W's elderly cat, but no fights broke out.

Maggie ended up claiming one chair as "hers".

Maggie

Hobbes, tired of my late-night internet surfing, fell asleep next to my keyboard every night.

sleepy Hobbie

We finally got to go home last night and it’s a bizarre feeling – the landscape is subtly different.  All the colours are muted, dusty.  The whole yard smells faintly of saltwater.  There’s debris everywhere – downed trees, branches…things have floated in from everywhere.  Bits of cornstalks all over the yard.  I can tell the direction the water flowed through the grass near the steps when the tide receded.  It looks like the yard got about a foot of water.  A few larger things floated away, but odd little things stayed...

And our semi-feral outdoor cat is okay. 
She showed up at 2am yesterday, hungry, but otherwise well.  :)

Three Years

Sep. 5th, 2012 12:35 pm
forest_choir: (beach torches)
Three years ago today, my sisters and I survived an encounter with a rip current on an unguarded Atlantic beach.

I'm so glad we're still on this planet.

forest_choir: (Shadow - portrait)
A total stranger just made my day.

I was walking down the pavement when a middle-aged woman crossed the street near me.  Looking over, she smiled and shouted across to me, "Redheads are the most beautiful people in the world!"

Then she grinned and added, "I'm not just sayin' that because I have one and because I love one...They really are the most beautiful people."

Lady, I don't know who you are, but I love you so much for that. 

forest_choir: (fruit of thine - Heather Alexander/AJA)

...breakfast on Sunday morning: gluten-free bacon and cheese sandwich and cheesy hashbrowns.

yummy brekkie!
 


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