early daffodils

These daffodils are always the first to open. This particular line of flowers came from bulbs that were dug up on the western side of the property when they built the horse yards several years ago. Originally those bulbs were planted by my late husband Bob a couple of decades ago on the perimeters of our property… (Photos ©Sometimes 2021)

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    1. Thanks. Yes, all of a sudden this week the daffodils came out in force, the forsythia started to bloom, and the little red parrot tulips bloomed. Today its raining, so we’ll see what that element contributes.

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      1. The Offspring has planted some pretty flowering succulents, but we probably won’t see them until next summer. Oddly enough it’s raining here too. 🙂

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      2. I just finished The Godsend, and about to move on to the third book in the trilogy. Fascinating. I must have skimmed a lot when I read the kindle versions, the plot is familiar although details filling in now. I’ll send an email….

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      3. Oh my god…you’re re-reading them? -huge hugs- And I’m thrilled that you’re discovering things you missed first time around. I take that as the most enormous compliment. 😀

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      4. I read them on the kindle long ago, then ordered the paperbacks when they were available…I love “real” books. I have concentration issues at times, and tend to skim, especially on the tablet…which will get away from ya and lose your place.

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      5. Gah, tell me about it. That’s the one thing I dislike about my Fire. And if the author hasn’t included descriptive chapter headings you can spend hours trying to find your place again.

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      6. I love my Fire, it does everything my main frame does, and I can carry it around. It’s small though, which is ok for reading but not for composing. I use it at night to play games and check email or just browse. I’ve had this one for a long time, having been a replacement for its predecessor, which had been in turn a Nook that I bought originally. The Fires were free in that they were replacements for the Nook when it stopped working…actually the connector failed, so it wasn’t the tablet. The one I have now has a badly cracked front, having slipped off my lap when I fell asleep with it in my hands. It has a case that is rather heavy, but the slick case would slip out of my hands.

        The small screen is not sufficient for me to do any extended project. It is too small even for correspondence, let alone any serious writing. I also have a pencil and notebook present for any brainstorms that occur. For serious work I use the main frame. I have a couple of laptops, I should dedicate one of them to be the designated “armchair ‘puter.”

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      7. I’ve had my Fire for a very long time too. It is heavy, and chews through battery life rather quickly, but it’s nice being able to read in ‘colour’. lol It also helps me for my non-fiction writing because I can upload to it and see how my screenshots look on the small screen.

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      8. Scott has a 10″ Fire, mine is an 8″. His case is so heavy though, and not as comfortable for me to hold. I just do email and play games anyway, I do serious writing on my mainframe, and if I feel the need to fire up one of my laptops I will. I should dedicate one to writing, they have WordPerfect 11 loaded in.

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      9. My old Dell laptop was dead, but when I bought the new mainframe BestBuy had a deal where they would fix two old computers for free. So I took the Dell in. My other laptop is bigger, and not as handy. I don’t know how many computers I’ve had since my old Kaypro II back in 1983.

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      10. I don’t think I got my ‘own’ pc until the late 80’s. Even then I might not have been given one except I was doing tech manuals for the ex [the keeper of the hardware, lol] and needed one of my own. I’ve been using pc’s though since the old dual drive machines with the operating system on one floppy and the ability to save onto the other. No hard drives at all. We’ve come a loooooong way. 😀

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      11. I love my computers as well as I did back in the day when I quoted Jessica Simpson (model) as saying “I totally don’t know what it is, but I want it.” She was selling beer on a Super Bowl commercial.
        Bob (the late, not the cat) was mildly interested in the Kaypro II, but he never fell for it…which was good, I would have had to buy an additional one for me. Once he asked me…”how do you turn the dam thing on?” I taught myself to operate the thing, with only the CP/M manual to help, and that was all tech stuff no instructions.

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      12. My little Fire screen is badly cracked from dropping it, like when I fall asleep and the Fire slips off my lap onto the floor. One false move and its going to dissolve into ???

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      13. lol – ‘fade to black’? I’m amazed it’s still working. I suspect along with the weight there’s a fair bit of oomph as well.

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      14. I don’t see any effects except the cracked screen. The cracks are widening, though. I don’t know what the screens are made of, and my brain is not providing any suggestions right now.
        I have photos of my oldest granddaughter at 5 years old, sitting at the KayPro key-boarding words or sentences. She’s 40+ now and very much computer literate.

        Now all the kids, at least in this area, know their way around the internet, play games, and in fact are each issued a tablet at the beginning of the school year. These don’t actually access the interne.

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      15. In this era of planned obsolescence, we have to celebrate a device that keeps on working. lol.
        Yes, todays kids are very proficient at some things, but I’m not sure they’re actually computer literate. Then again, who knows what kind of devices we’ll have by the time this latest generation leave school.

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      16. The tablets the kids have issued from the schools don’t have internet access, but many kids do have regular computers at home. I didn’t mean to suggest that they are actually computer literate, but they at least have learned basic operation and search capabilities.

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      17. I guess it’s no different to how we learned to read and write. Some of us never got past the basics, others got the writing bug and jumped all in.

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      18. So many think computers are some great mystery…which they are, don’t get me wrong. If the desire to use the thing isn’t there they will never learn. All the terror and anguish of getting the mainframes and the periferals…and the printers becomes like a challenge after awhile…. crying helps some times, and so does plugging in the cord. 🙂

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      19. Exactly. What I discovered in the 5 years I spent helping teach computer skills to adults was that even those who had some skills only really understood one specific program. Most had no idea about the operating system itself. 😦

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      20. The two women I know well who would “never” have a computer because “what would they do with it?” are people that would both have gotten tremendous good out of it…not only in personal photos and correspondence, but in researching information.

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      21. I got my hair cut today. Yay! Our beauty shop person is back taking clients again. My hair was almost at the crisis point. lol Scott had his beard trimmed and he looks great.

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      22. lol – congratulations! I haven’t been game and have settled for the Offspring wielding the scissors. Not a bad job at all.
        Glad to see you and Scott are both well. 🙂

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      23. Scott and I have had both shots, Dau1 had one and is due for her second. The others are too young for the first tier. The availability has blossomed though, and soon will be open to everyone. My understanding is that once we are fully vaccinated (two shots) we can be around others who have not been vaccinated yet…but we should still wear a mask. They (CDC) says that a vaccinated person can still get covid, but if they do it should be mild and they won’t die.

        I read on the ‘net that Melbourne is now covid-free…is that true?

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      24. That’s excellent news, Pat. I’m so glad you, Scott and Dau1 [almost] are now out of danger. And yes, I’ve read that the vaccines turn covid into the equivalent of the ‘common cold’, which would be fine by me. My only worry is that there’s little data yet as to whether the vaccines actually stop people from spreading the virus to others.

        Re Melbourne, yes we’ve eliminated the virus and the state authorities have beefed up hotel quarantine to try to stop it escaping again but…our vaccination program is currently a joke thanks to our Federal govt. No one knows quite what they did or didn’t do, but supply of the vaccine is the problem. We have a local company making AstraZeneca but there’s little mention of the other vaccines.
        Did our govt hope to get away with only the cheap vaccine? Who knows. All we know is that at last count there had been only 800,000 vaccinations in all of Australia. At this rate it will be at least a /year/ before all those who must be vaccinated receive their 1st jab.
        We’re all getting a wee bit annoyed.

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      25. ?? That’s weird. Is he suggesting that the virus doesn’t spread by contact, only breath? I find that kind of hard to believe.

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      26. She…I think she was talking about the big show of having hand sanitizer available but not requiring masks or social distancing. Every little momnpop store has bottles of sanitizer sitting around.

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      27. I still plan on wearing my mask. Dau1 pointed out that since the covid thing and the mask wearing and all, we have all seemed less sickly with flu and sinus infections, and even colds.

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    1. I don’t know where these daffodil bulbs came from originally, they were around long before I was. Over the years Bob would plant some here and there, and one time he and one of the kids went around the perimeter of the property and planted them…then when they prepared for the horse pastures next door the bulldozer scraped the top soil with the daffodil bulbs in piles along the line, then they were given to us. We planted them around our lots.

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