Feb 29 2024

Day 20,115 First day of physical therapy, my guide (trainer? Nurse?) Was a guy named Jake and he had arms like a blacksmith. Very good at teaching safety and fundamentals, I have homework before I go back next week. Pearl was very happy when I got home, she’s not used to me taking off right after giving her breakfast. When I finally sat down on the couch after my shower, she ran up my lap and gave a hearty pile of headbutted and was very appreciative of ear rubs. Looking forward to some pain relief and some more flexibility. #doodle #physicaltherapy #misspearl #catsofinstagram #tabbycatsofinstagram #stripedcatsofinstagram #roanokeva #feb202024 #leapday https://www.instagram.com/p/C38r0cUu3Kj/?igsh=eWp0aXB2anN1dDNj

Hibernation season is over

Well, winter has certainly taken a bit of a toll…I certainly indulged and now with march here, it’s time to work off some of the extra padding I’ve gained over halloween/tg/xmas/birthday season.

Physical therapy is a good start, but it is time to get on my regimen of daily exercise and cut down on the excess munchies.  Already cut out one bad habit of late night snacks.

I’ve exaggerated more than a little bit in my doodle, thank goodness, but it is how I feel today. Good inspiration to do something and have a reminder to act on it.

#doodle #bear #weight #roanokeva

Feb 28, 2024 pt2

Day 20,114

Was roaming out this morning, and the weather was lovely, practically balmy. Only human out there was caught up with fly fishing, and he seemed to be having a wonderful time, alongside the Canadian geese and mallard ducks.

The rain had just stopped and it had that pleasant ozone and dirt scent, and I got a fair amount of walking in, though I am paying for it now, even though I was trying to keep it pretty light.

#doodle #nature #greenway #walkies #flyfishing #ducks #geese #feb282024 https://www.instagram.com/p/C36GIYdudOt/?igsh=eHFsaHdzMW9ucjFt

Feb 28 2024, pt 1

Day 20,114

@maximillian_deersteak got us a rice cooker, so for the first use, I am making teriyaki stir fry with broccoli, carrots, pseudo-chicken strips and a little sesame. I’ll know in about a half hour if the brown rice turned out ok.

(If not, i think we have some nuke in a bag minute rice to save the day. )

Feeling really rough today, but hopefully I can cook up a little bit of yum for the family and me. So far, so good! #doodle #dinner #feb282024 https://www.instagram.com/p/C36Eiy1OLV7/?igsh=MTE0M3Z5bjJ5b2JreA==

Feb 27 2024

Day 20,113

Roamed in the forest of memories a lot today while I did chores and ran errands. Funny how much I remember,  and how much that I don’t. I can still envision some the faces of folks I haven’t seen in years, the laughter of some, the distinct scent of places, what the ridge on Newton’s head between his ears would feel like when I gave him a little lovey kitty rub… and then there are huge gaps of time that are just a blank. I can’t remember certain teacher’s names or faces, short of the most basic details. I’m sure some things have completely evaporated,  like my English teacher in the tenth grade. I read a ton of books that year, and I recall the plots and character names, but the teacher is a total void.

I wonder if talking to folks I knew both then and now, if they would spark even a little recall? My old gaming groups… I remember those that I hung out with for years, but then there are others that I remember only the name of , like Tony and Elaine who are just bookmarks for events. I don’t even remember any of Elaine’s characters,  and I only remember Tony’s Silver Hammer guy because the name has a Beatles hook.

I remember a only a couple of  things from the first 10 years of life, more from the second, and a bit more from the third, fourth and fifth, though some things blur and are colored by time and brain.

I’m glad that I have a lot more photos and am able to reach out more through social media now, but some things are gone forever. I don’t know if many photos from my teenage years exist…thankfully I have some from my 20s and onward,  and I’ve inherited a few from when I was little from family and friends sharing. I’d like to have a photo of my brother and some of my pals from every year… I think kids these days are really fortunate that every phone has a camera now, and that everyone has a phone. (However much that might be a double edged sword otherwise)

I’m glad that I’ve kept a journal online with public and private entries that I can go back to every now and then, but that really only starts in 1998. I’ve got paper notebooks from earlier, but not a lot of photos.

#doodle #memory #brainfog #ramble #memorypalaces

Feb 25 2024

Little girl making sure my goldfish crackers don’t contain any actual fish. She is very helpful when I unpack groceries. #misspearl #catsofinstagram #tabbycatsofinstagram #stripedcatsofinstagram #roanokeva https://www.instagram.com/p/C30ZmZ7u6N1/?igsh=MW92Nmo4cjdjcGkyMA==

Feb 26 2024

Day 20,112

Every day, spring grows closer. Grass, phlox, and assorted little wildflowers are starting to appear, even as the trees are still pretty leafless.

Most notably, birds seem to be more apparent- maybe because the grasses are seeding? They look to be bouncing on lawns and the ground more this last week or so.

I’ve been playing with doodling in hot pink and green lately, mostly because I’m having a little trouble getting under the hood of the 3d printer, but now I wonder if I could produce some neat filament to print a black light poster kind of thing? I wonder how printed PLA would do under UV for an extended period, if I made some kind of wall hanging with a black light bulb pointed at it? Ah well, time to get out and about. Until later, doodle journal.

#doodle #weather #3dprinting https://www.instagram.com/p/C30Had-uFbo/?igsh=ZjV1bTFpanZqaGpr

Feb 25 2024

Day 20,111 @maximillian_deersteak and I had a leisurely day today, some light chores and a little drive about, stopped at a local mexican ice cream place she had a mangonada. Did a light tour of the area, and came back home to relax in the cozy room. Saw a large number of robins, blue birds, squirrels, and a couple of crows – seems like spring is warming up nicely. #doodle #duckdate #feb252024 https://www.instagram.com/p/C3ymG3TMNU9/?igsh=emkyNXMxYmgxMmpy

Feb 25 2024

12 years ago today, I bumped into Slicey at Piece A Pizza in Catonsville. Less haunting than the Cluck U chicken. I hope he is back with his 7 siblings. #mascot #pizza #slicey #pieceapizza #catonsvillemd https://www.instagram.com/p/C3x1jfgOpau/?igsh=MTF1OGlnN2M4NGs5YQ==

Weird Virginia school color change history.

VT colors

HEX COLOR: #630031;
RGB: (99, 0, 49)
CMYK: (41, 100, 56, 48)

RGB: (207, 69, 32)
CMYK: (13, 87, 100, 3)

Roanoke’s official colors are blue and gold, but as Maroon athletics kicked off more than 100 years ago, blue and gold uniforms were hard to find. As a result, the teams had to compete in the uniforms that were available – which were maroon.

Orange and blue were adopted as the University of Virginia’s official athletic colors at a mass student meeting in 1888. UVA athletic teams had previously worn silver gray and cardinal red, but those colors did not stand out on muddy football fields, prompting a student movement to change them.

In 1896, a committee at Virginia Tech selected burnt orange and Chicago maroon as the school’s official colors. The committee’s goal was to replace the original black and gray colors, which some say made athletic uniforms look like prison garb. The committee’s choice of colors was unique because no other college was using the combination of burnt orange and Chicago maroon at the time. The new colors were first worn in a football game against Roanoke College on October 26, 1896. 

In the 1970s, Radford adopted the nickname “Highlanders” for the athletic teams in celebration of the Scottish heritage of Southwest Virginia. In keeping with the Scottish theme, school colors were changed from purple and gray to the tartan plaid colors of red, white, blue, and green

Feb 23 2024

Day 20,109

Asemic writing: “Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic /eɪˈsiːmɪk/ means “having no specific semantic content”, or “without the smallest unit of meaning”. With the non-specificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning, which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret.” Sometimes a journal or a doodle can be asemic, too. Oftentimes they aren’t, though. #doodle #greenman #forest #feb232024 #roanokeva https://www.instagram.com/p/C3tHePtOftG/?igsh=Z2lwODR0ZXp0eWo1