January 13th, 2021

Counting my electric blessings

Yesterday about mid day, our power went out. I was eating lunch and reading off my dining table tablet which, of course, just kicked into battery. I tried to think of something that needed immediate attention and came to nothing so kept eating and reading. In about 5 minutes, the juice flowed again and only the microwave and oven wanted their clocks reset. Painless.

But, now I'm learning that last night we had a wind storm that knocked out electricity all over town and most of it is not back on yet. Happily we here in downtown, were left out of that party. Whew. I really like having electricity. I mean really really really like it.

Yesterday I finished going through all the yarn in this house and putting it in its place or in the donation bin. Done. I have three projects in progress. And I'm hope hope hoping I can keep it to three and not start another one until I finish one. That's the goal.

That said, I am all caught up on chores. The last of the big bills have been paid and cleared. The next one is in mid February and I'm ready. I spend a lot of time focused on my finances because 1. I have the time and 2. I spent most of my 70+ years assuming I would be a bag lady living on the streets when I got this age and I still have incentive to make sure that does not happen. So my finances have become my hobby.

My other hobby is this darned cat. A while back, dtomdtom suggested that I put food in Biggie's ping pong ball puzzle box. His regular "food bowl" is actually a puzzle tree. He has to paw out the kibble so initially I thought putting food in the puzzle toy was mean but... the other night, he was bugging me so I got one treat and tossed it into the box. Problem solved! He did get it out but it wasn't easy. Since then, we've done it a few times. I missed the whole corn hole craze but now I have my own going. I've actually only missed once. Go me!

His fur is slowly growing back from his surgery and is now at the stage where it looks like he went to a groomer who had a funky sense of humor. I worry constantly about his swallowing something else lethal but I'm really clueless how to prevent it. He's very inventive and creative and constantly on the prowl for things to get him into trouble.

I have no reason to leave the condo today. So it will be crochet and TV. Oh, I did find a new book - White Ivy by Susie Yang. I'm 1.5 hours in and so far it's a nice read.

Bonus of Biggie watching the sunrise.

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Why I'm still on Livejournal

Seems like "state of livejournal" entries are so common around here. I've written them before, so maybe this is repetitive, but it never hurts to re-cap where I'm at. I think I will write this one in a frequently asked questions format.

Spacefem, why are you still on livejournal?
I've maintained this blog since 2001. Blogging helps me process my thoughts, set goals, get advice, and document what's happened in my life.

But everyone is leaving.
Not everyone. I betcha I'll get comments on this entry.

But it's owned by Russians
Oh sorry, I didn't know we only trusted good American companies like Facebook.

But there are 260 million twitter users!
I don't need 260 million people to have a network. I need, like, 12.

And anyway I'm pretty sure everybody on twitter is just there to follow pete davidson or j.lo or whoever.

Don't you wish there were floods of new people joining all the time?
If they want.

What about new cool social networks? Don't you ever go out looking for something better?
I kinda tried that once... Like there was this one a few years back called Ello, and everybody was like OOH LET'S JOIN ELLO! But after like three months everybody was like UGH ELLO IS SO DEAD NOW. They sure wanted to bail early. I realized that anywhere you go, even on a three month old site, somebody will be saying that place is on the downhill. Those people are everywhere. I also realized I'm not one of those people. I don't care if my social network is trending up or down. It just has to work. So I might as well stick to what I know.

I am this way with most things in life. I like avocado toast, bootcut jeans, zip up hoodies, vintage office supplies, actual books, my iphone, bota box wine. Some of these things are popular, some are not. I do not care.

What do you do when your friends go inactive and stop updating their journals?
I go find new friends. That's another thing I noticed about cool new social networks: if I join a new site, I put a bunch of effort into browsing and building my community. I could do that on livejournal too every year to refresh my friends list. Same effect, less effort.

Is there anything you DON'T like about livejournal?
Honestly if there's one thing I'd change, it'd be about other social networks! Drop the integration. Do not auto-import tweets, or post to facebook or twitter - I basically hate all robots who flood social networks, everywhere. If you're on a network you need to be on it, don't try to duplicate yourself across the internet. I don't even like dreamwidth cross-posts.

What are your favorite things about livejournal?
I like using bookblogger to make myself a book of my livejournal posts every year. I like checking out the main page. Now that I've got emails working again I like their "most interesting to you" emails that tell me about new users across the network who I might like reading. And finally, I like that I can leave the default editor in HTML and just write in code.

Spacefem you're brilliant. Will you be my friend?
Sure. Nice to have you. Please wipe your feet, leave a comment, and pour yourself a beverage, you can hang out for quite a while.

Why I'm still on Livejournal

I wrote my first journal entry on March 26, 2002. I think I've missed a day here or there but many days have more than one entry. I worry now and again about something happening to cut me off. LiveJournal locking me out for some reason or LiveJournal just dropping dead. I keep an archive but it's not automatic. I have to hit the sync button so it's usually missing the last two or three entries.

I just shared an entry posted this morning by spacefem that I agree with on every point. LiveJournal and the people here have made my life so much richer and better than it would be without. I'm very grateful and glad to be here and don't plan to leave.