Greetings from Spockgirl Musings, where logic rules, but the frailties of
human nature, genetic inadequacies and hormonal imbalances wreak havoc.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

And then...

Watching a movie tonight, fraught with action, this line caught my attention. “We can be anyone. We can do anything. It’s only a matter of going.“ Funny considering my previous post.

Someday...


When you look at a picture or watch a video of some beautiful, far-off place, does it stir within you a desire to visit that place? To see if for yourself? Or are you content to have seen the image or video, and wonder, in awe of such beauty, from the comfort of your own chair. Now think.... Have you always been this way? When, as a child you read a book, or watched tv and imagined or saw something that drew you in. Did you want to be there? Did you think of being there... going there?
 
What are you going to be when you grow up?
 
I'm going to do that someday.
 
I'm going to go there someday.
 
I'm going to see that for myself someday.
 
I am saddened today by these thoughts as they come from my mind to my fingers. Why? Because today I have come to the realization of my use of the words, "lost", "empty" and "nothing". In retrospect, do I want to type any one of these words in the Search Box on this blog? I may, someday, but I don't want to go there today. I'm already there. My silent tears fill up the well of my soul, for I am, and always have been, complacent in this existence. Someday and all its trappings doesn't exist.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Fine...

Woke up this morning and had a shower. Getting dressed started off well. Underwear, turtleneck... I stopped there. Who was I fooling? I donned an old set of clean red plaid flannel pjs, socks, and then the new tender tootsie bootie slippers that I had received for Christmas. I guess it worked out fine as I ended up taking a nap... or two...

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Peace...

The only constant in my life is this deafening silence and ringing in my ears. I feel a weight holding my limbs to the earth. I bow my head as if to pray, but find that it is merely gravity pulling me to the floor.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

Fifteen years...

Hard to believe she's been gone that long.

Holiday cheer...


"You could see the bright side of a plague."
from

Monday, December 7, 2015

Pretty cool, but hot dang...


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Just an odd thought...

If Japan had not attacked Pearl Harbour, and the chain of events that followed had not taken place, would my parents still have met.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fleurs et bougies...

...powerful...

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Friday, November 13, 2015

11-13-15

I've always had Paris in my heart, but today, my heart is in Paris.
C 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

To honour and remember...



(I had posted this before, but can't find the original video now.)

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Beef with zing...


On Sunday night, I decided to make beef stew. I googled recipes and watched several videos, mostly various versions of beef bourgignon. I figured I would start it late so that it could cook on low in the crockpot overnight. I already had onion and carrots chopped up, so it should have been fine. Well.... I found myself browning beef in batches at 1am. I also found that the red wine that I chose, although having been perched at an angle for many years, had a dead, dry cork, which broke apart when I was opening the bottle. Glad that there was a big enough chunk of cork left in so that I could have another go at it, and that it came out fairly clean. I poured a bit into a small wine glass to have a boo, and it was a beautiful deep garnet red. I did not particularly care for the taste, but then, I'm not much of a wine drinker, unless it is on the sweeter side. I ended up not following any recipe in particular, so I had no idea how this would turn out. When I was done, and after cleaning up most of the aftermath, I showered and went to bed, but found that I couldn't sleep. The last time I looked at the clock was 4:33. Crazy.

When I did a taste test Monday morning, it was ... not bad... There was a very unique flavour to it however, that I couldn't place. I hadn't used much salt, had only put in a touch of sage, a little more pepper, but mostly thyme. Today when I heated some up to have with mashed potatoes, the flavour burst out with a zesty zing of some sort. It may well be the best beef stew I've had. I'm guessing the wine had a little something to do with it.
 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

That stupid face...


 
Speaking of stupid faces, if anyone happened to visit the blog on Halloween, for just the one day, I had posted my portrait from last year.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sadness for a smile...


A few weeks ago a boy I went to school with since kindergarten passed away. We were not close friends, but when you grow up in a small town, there are certain things that just are the way they are. A few days later, his father followed him. I have had a song in my head for about a week now and have found myself quietly singing it. Today it almost knocked me sideways when I received word that a boy from high school died yesterday. One thing I remember clearly is his smile.  
 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Music for housecleaning by...


Hadn't been listening to music that much, even though I had loaded five CDs a few weeks ago. So today, with the intent of doing some housecleaning, which is a very rare thing indeed, I turned the player on. A few tracks in... perfect. 


I couldn't remember the name of the song, so I had to take a look. I knew I'd heard a different version somewhere before.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

It is odd...

... the things that pop into my head...
 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall

 
Crisp, sunny days of blue skies, brisk walks with sweaters, jeans and boots, chilly nights with wool socks, hot cocoa and toasted marshmallows... 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Left of Centre


Had some lyrics pop in my head today so had to go searching. I didn't realize it was from that long ago. Found this song first, but this is the one I was thinking of.
 
 


Funny that I always considered myself to be...

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Spudnik...

... a big boy toy...

 
So  once again FB yields inspiration. This time... spuds... I call them potatoes. Dad would call them spuds.

I had seen this brilliance... and then next up for my viewing pleasure was ... Spudnik... streamlining the art of the potato harvest... What do I like more... potatoes or efficiency? Um...
 

Well, it's a beautiful thing to behold regardless...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

"It was like death...

... but in a good way."

(Read more here.)

Monday, September 7, 2015

Hopefully things hold up...


Further to the last batch of movies I watched, I have been awaiting the chance to see a few new ones that came out this year, a sequel, a prequel and a remix. I have a feeling that my tv, a state of the art 20 inch Sony Wega I've had for probably about 16 years, might be nearing its demise and may not be around much longer. It has had a good life, moving with me to my new home 13 years ago, and outliving two VCRs and coming close to two home theatre systems. My current DVD player, about 8 years old now, can still play CDs, but now struggles, and more often than not, fails to read DVDs, even following a cleaning. I have, as of late, been watching old VHS tapes (Nothing to Lose, IQ, While You Were Sleeping, You've Got Mail, Fools Rush In, Sleepless in Seattle, Rush Hour, Three to Tango, Joe vs the Volcano), to tide me over, and the latest DVD, the aforementioned remix, I had to play on my laptop instead of the tv. The only thing is that you just don't get the same effect from laptop speakers, especially for a movie of that high octane level. I was just thinking though, that I've had my laptop since Christmas of 2009, so it is getting up there too. All I can do is cross my fingers and hope that things hold up. Ain't that the truth.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

To cursive or not to cursive...


To have a talent and passion for a craft, as well as the dedication, drive and work ethic with which to follow it through to its glorious conclusion, or perhaps, put simply, to find one's calling. For some, like myself, it is but a non-existent dream. For others, like this young man, it is reality with a bold flourish. May he continue to inspire others with his beautiful work.



“By doing the different tactile movements of forming the individual letters, and linking those letters one to another, and then putting those words into a context of a sentence, you are actually engraining the information in your brain.”  Jake Weidmann

And then watching it again, I came across this...
 

 
"It is not technology that is the direct enemy of the pen... it is our dependency on technology... And the greater we grow our dependency on technology, what we may soon find is that we have created the most technologically advanced way of creating illiteracy." Jake Weidmann

I may have touched on a similar subject a few years ago.
 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The drought revisited...


Once again, living off of one's credit card and line of credit, as well as borrowing money to pay for a mortgage, isn't exactly the best way to go about life, but I am no stranger to it, as I had to make due when going through my own personal drought a few years ago. Not a whole heck of a lot of options in a small town previously supported by resource based industry that no longer exists in the area. I made a go of my own business which I thoroughly enjoyed and after that, worked for a non-profit, but had to make the difficult decision to leave. As I mentioned before, I'm in the same place I was fresh out of high school, the only difference being the major debt load I'm now carrying. It would be nice to start fresh, but life doesn't work that way when you're almost fifty with no prospects of any sort.

I wonder about the "before", when music and movies, sports, or pretty pictures and creativity, could help make life flow. Where did that all go? Depression the demon whispers. Losing interest in your interests. Withdrawing from society. Feeling lost. Bouts of sadness for no reason. Now that I think about it, perhaps working at a job and keeping busy at that job for over twenty years, such that I didn't have to participate in or pursue a life, was just prolonging the inevitable. If the job had ended sooner, this would have come crashing down sooner. But... could there have ever been a cosmic plan for this speck of dust? I think not.



So I buy food. So I splurged on a few movies to watch. That's about it, but it will do for now. I am glad of my choices. Of movies that is. Three I chose. And three I enjoyed greatly. (I had a feeling I would though.)

 



 

Heatwave...

 
Once again I'd fallen into the pit of nothingness in my head. No music, no movies, no walking. Barely going out. Granted the three month heatwave did have something to do with it, or perhaps just made it worse. 30 Celsius INside the house was countered only by one fan in the kitchen and one desk fan in the bedroom, with no windows to open in order to push the warm air around. I pretty much stayed immobile within the bubble of the fan, being that upon rising, one was enveloped by the slow crush of hot air. Then rain to end the drought. Then finally the temperature at night started to cool. Then the days were not so hot, but due to the humidity, it didn't seem to have changed much at all. And now the province-wide campfire ban seems to have been lifted.
 
During the hottest weeks, as the house heated up gradually throughout the day, which ended in an almost suffocating closeness in the evening, a stroke of brilliance hit me, wherein I determined the best course of action was to lie down on the kitchen floor, under the fan, watching movies on the laptop. It was also during this time that I discovered how lucky guys are to be able to go shirtless in the summer. What a wondrous thing it is to make pancakes in your underwear and to drink cold milk straight from the jug.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Demand a plan...

 
Saw this video on Facebook (a little behind the times).  The campaign is called "Demand a Plan" and it is a bunch of celebrities saying "enough", and demanding a plan to end gun violence. To that, all I can say is ... then stop glorifying it... (Warning: Sweary bits.)

Tactile Human Contact revisited...

Part deux.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Unreal...


I'm just shaking my head after seeing this... I think to myself, why, why would you do that to yourself? And then I realize that I answered my own question.
 
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Crying to your soul...


This came up today in Facebook, and I couldn't not post it. Yes, I still remembered the words, but not too funny that I do, considering this 


 
The rather funny thing is that I had gone over to the old house a few weeks ago and loaded up more of my crap to bring home, amongst which I had two boxes of my mix-tapes and miscellaneous cassettes, including Bronski Beat.

"The answers you seek will never be found at home."
 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The things that come out of my fingers...

"I feel like that little piece of laundry that fell on the floor and never got picked up. Haven't figured out yet if I am the errant underwear or lone sock." (Part of a message I typed earlier today.)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dead end...

It s rather sad that I am pretty much at the same place in life as I was exactly thirty years ago, except that this time there is no job to go into until I figure out what to do with my life.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

If a geek smiles...

... how much money can be raised?

Was scrolling through the FB feed and watched a video posted on George Takei's page. I had heard mention of this fundraiser before, but hadn't looked into it any further until today. Then as I continued on my way watching "suggested videos", there was this... You can't help but smile...
 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cuteness overload...

... except for the beard and stache... I don't wike it.
 
Another one to sit on a couch with and have a conversation. You can't help but smile. He's infectious.

Lose Yourself


Not a big fan of Eminem, but this gives his "music" some more dimension...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The blank stare...

 
I catch myself falling into that blank stare state of mindlessness that sucks life into the black hole of nothingness. It is rather unsettling in the middle of the day when consciousness is the key to existence and presence the heart of living. Worrisome to say the least as it becomes so effortless to fade into oblivion.
 
(Written whilst sitting at McDonalds. June 1, 2015)

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Nice bow-tie...




See a little more about this project here and here.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A swing and a miss...


I made a rather astonishingly bold move after trying to hold on for a few months at work, and am without employment. It is funny after having such a routine life for over two decades that so much changed within the seven year period that followed. It seems rather fitting that the namesake for this blog passed away a few days before the fifth anniversary of its creation and that it coincided with this upcoming, new chapter to my life. What can I say? I don't know what to do. Can I reinvent myself for the third time in seven years? I look at job postings daily, even entertaining online jobs, and found that the most appealing and suitable, were those entry level positions for students of an age that I am well past.. I am not surprised, all things considered

So how have I been spending my time? Definitely not blogging. Not travelling. Other than the expected, feeling guilty for not doing more and spending too much time online, I have been working out in the yard. Fifteen bundles of cherry tree branches, six bags of yardwaste and several piles of proposed bonfire wood, as well as one small tree unearthed, a few evergreen younglings pulled up and transplanted to pots temporarily, three new plantings and some seed thrown in for moonflowers and poppies. Also handwashed another section of the house exterior, but have been woefully neglecting the interior.

You know.... all this "do what you love" or "love what you do" or "find your passion"... crap? It is wonderful. It is lovely. But life throws you curveballs. The universe chanting "hey batter, batter"... "ooooooh, and it's a swing and a miss". The thing is... I've had three strikes already. I know I'm not out of the game, but it still sucks.

What next?

In the past few days, I have been considering the idea of trying to get my poetry published. This isn't an income generating idea, nor is it intended as such. Just yesterday, I spent about four hours going through a list of mission statements and submission guidelines for over one hundred publishers with "poetry" in their repertoire. Out of all that and the "not accepting unsolicited manuscripts", I shortened the list to thirty. If you take away the "only those who have been published....", "edgy", and "high quality", there really aren't that many choices for what I have to offer. Self-publishing is the only other route. A fundraising campaign would be an option, but in the back of my mind, there's always that niggling "what if it sucks?" and "who would read it?"

I don't know. I guess I'm throwing my pitch out to the universe.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sometimes this is how I dream...


The short version here.

It is much different seeing this in colour, but no less haunting.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Heart Test...


No... not THAT heart... but being that Valentine's Day fast approaches, we're talking chocolate. Chocolate covered marshmallow hearts to be more precise. Now usually I don't get special Valentine's Day chocolates unless I splurge and purchase them on sale a day or two after the fact. However, if... and I say if... I DO get some special chocolate treats before or on the day, it will be individually packaged chocolate covered marshmallow hearts. So today, even though I went into the store to buy one thing, I came out of the store with a bag of other things, not realizing until I was almost out the door that I had forgotten the one thing that I had gone in the store to buy in the first place. Alcohol swabs. Cheese Puffs and BBQ Corn Chips were on sale... I got sidetracked. Anyhoooo... I never used to fancy chocolate covered marshmallows much when I was younger, but for a special once in a while treat, it seems they are now the go to nibble. I have before thought of doing a taste comparison between the two that are readily available here, but up until today, I never pushed myself to eat two of them at the same time. So here goes nothing...
 
Love is a battlefield...
 
(Apologies, I didn't think of taking a picture until the evidence was gone...)
 
On the left... Hershey's, weighing in at 31 grams with a price point of $0.99. On the right... Russell Stover (hereinafter referred to as RS) weighing in at 28 grams with a price point of ... $0.59... Now you would think at first glance that the Hershey's package is larger, therefore explaining the higher price. In fact, the chocolate IS heavier, but, there is also a cardboard protective backing in the package, so the heart itself is about the same size or perhaps even a bit smaller than the RS heart.
 
As for taste, the Hershey's heart has a very thick dark chocolate coating that has a lovely chocolate aroma and a rather rich dark chocolate flavour, but for a coating, it is a little too thick, and the marshmallow is surprisingly heavy. The RS heart in contrast, has a much lighter-textured milk chocolate coating that breaks almost seamlessly with the light fluffy marshmallow filling.
 
I am, by nature, a dark, bittersweet chocolate person, but in this particular instance, the Russell Stover chocolate covered marshmallow heart won me over.
 
Oh, and speaking of chocolate... I did try something new the other day... I have mixed feelings about them... 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Well, I thought it was pretty funny...

but it makes me wonder if the people who actually comment on these things have no sense of humour or they simply take things way too seriously.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

In a nutshell...

 
Over 25 years of work experience in one/two areas, no certification at all, no reference letters, no transferable skills, no life, no children, holes in my clothes, a mortgaged house that is falling apart and broken trees. But I have bacon.

Thursday, January 1, 2015