Tomfoolery

April is finally here!

And as a bit of April Foolery, the wind is literally roaring through the trees this morning, driving the fresh falling snow in sheets across the sky. We have jingle bells and dashing through the snow, instead of robins, bunnies and daffodils.

I know it is the universe’s idea of a funny joke, so I’ve decided to laugh along.

We had a quiet weekend at home, as Attila worked on Saturday. We are well into planning our next project at the little house in the city. Building a front porch is the priority this year, then the bathroom renovation. I doubt we will actually finish the bathroom renovation in 2013. Attila will tackle the front porch project, and I will work on gutting the bathroom in preparation. The bathroom is so tiny, about 5 x 7 feet, that we can purchase remnants and end-of-line materials in small quantities to to do the job. We often shop for materials at the ReStore, which sells used and end-of-line building materials. Another project that will probably be accomplished this year is sewing the curtains for the kitchen; we already have the material which was purchased at Value Village, which sells recycled used goods. All that will be quite enough to accomplish on occasional overnight visits, and our two two-day weekends for the summer.

We had a lovely dinner of roast pork with a lot of vegetables yesterday. Also, over the “weekend”, I made a large batch of baked beans. They are so easy, and so good for us. We also did a bit of “freezer shopping” (I love this phrase Sarah!). A few pieces of “mystery meat” were thawed, cooked and cubed for casseroles. Since we have run out of fresh fruit, I stewed some frozen rhubarb and strawberries, oh so good.

Attila, bless his heart, finished our income tax returns over the “weekend” and they will be mailed today! Quite a bit owed by me this year, as very little was deducted from my sporadic on-call income. Some years you win, some years you lose!

I continue to struggle with the very last government agency over that mistake made by my former employer. What a pain in the patootie that is!

The genealogy source edits continue, slowly but surely.

Whatever else is going on in the universe, Mist does not miss her naps. Right now she is snoring in her kitty bed basket, such a contented sound.

Not sure what I will do with the day today. I did not sleep well last night. Actually I did not sleep at all. This happens to me occasionally. The best way to deal with it, in my case, is to stay awake all day. I have even done a full days work successfully after being awake all night. At bedtime tonight I will crash into bed, and pass out for the night. Staying awake all day is a bit of a challenge, but it can be done. I just have to keep moving.

I keep forgetting to mention to myself how very much I like having a shower door on the bathtub, instead of a shower curtain. It makes such a difference, particularly in the winter when the old shower curtain used to icily cling to my body as I tried to shower. That Christmas gift from us to us, installed by Attila, is something that brings a smile to my face all the time.

Tomfoolery

I committed an uncharming act on Facebook. Not deliberately, oh no, I blundered into this one.

First, one of my Friends on Facebook posted this, “If it has ever died in you may this idea be resurrected “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

I commented thus: “If people are following this, a lot of them are astoundingly self-destructive.”

What happened next was I read a blog entry by a young woman that I thought made a lot of sense. She began her entry with a quote, which I used to begin my post on Facebook. The topic of the her blog entry was basically, follow your dreams no matter what anyone else says, particularly if it is negative. So, first I’ll give you the quote, which I put first on the Facebook entry, then the link, which I posted with the quote.

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”
Steven Winterburn

http://www.fearfuladventurer.com/archives/5057

What happened next was that Friend, who had just finished “liking” my comment as described above, deleted my comment immediately after I posted the quote and link to the fearful adventurer blog entry. Then my Friend posted a poem about how to tell if you’re a fool, and a line about fools wearing their hats on their ass…

Goodness, I guess it is possible he thought the quote referred to HIM! Or perhaps he thought that I am depressed, with low self-esteem, and angry enough to boldly call my friends assholes, out of the blue. That would be uncharming of me to have posted an insulting comment about my Friends on Facebook, and if my Friend interpreted my posting as a personal insult and responded obliquely with the poem about fools, well that too would be uncharming.

My posting would have gone better if I had thought it through.

Uncharming!

Or maybe, just maybe, it is an extremely convoluted April Fool’s Joke.

Worldly Distractions

Weather

-6 °C
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 100.8 kPa
Visibility: 1 km
Temperature: -5.6°C
Dewpoint: -8.3°
Humidity: 82 %
Wind: WNW 22 gust 37 km/h
Wind Chill: -13

Quote

“Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.”
Henri-Fredric Amiel

“He who lives without folly isn’t so wise as he thinks.”
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
1613 – 1680

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4 Responses to Tomfoolery

  1. Sarah says:

    There’s no accounting for taste–or misunderstandings. I’ve had a couple of “incidents” online wherein my comments or blog entries were taken personally, in a negative light. And trying to explain seems to make it worse.

    I have long wished I could find an expert in geneology, who could do some tracking on my family trees. I would be willing to pay whatever the going amount. My mother separated me from her brothers and my cousins (a long story) and refused to discuss our family. It would be nice to learn about my roots (and I’m not talking about gray hair!).

  2. Kate says:

    I’ve offered to pay for ancestry.ca so that my cousin, who’s just been in a bad traffic accident and will be laid up for some time, will have something to help her keep occupied. Do you think ancestry.ca is good value for the money?

  3. Maggie says:

    Kate, I think the ancestry.ca is worth every penny, if you have it. It gives you access to original copies of documents. It has its weaknesses, mostly from human error in transcription, spelling a name wrong, like Frail instead of Trail can make finding a record a misery. It can be done though.
    A family tree can be created on ancestry.ca. Fair warning though, if she creates it there most people will have to buy an account to actually see it. I think it is better to transcribe information to your own computer and database. Familysearch.org provides free software for windows. Just my two cents worth.

    Wishing your cousin a speedy recovery!!!!

  4. Maggie says:

    Sarah, the first step is to get a family worksheet and write down what you do know. You can find a worksheet here. Once you have that information, you can go forward with hiring someone to work with going forward. I would be happy to help, just send me an email and we can chat.

    Worksheets can be downloaded here:

    http://www.byub.org/ancestors/charts/pdf/pedigree.pdf

    https://familysearch.org/sites/all/themes/frankie/documents/Step-2-Family-Group-Record.pdf