Halfmoon's journal

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saving-10-years
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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by saving-10-years » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:34 pm

+1 awesome. Have pointed out to my DH what your DH was up to in his 60s and also that I am not the only person who has bright ideas that get us into uncharted territory (and your ideas are brighter and bolder than mine IMO).

Wondering whether you thought that by building a vast 'shed' at the bottom of the very tall and massive tower that you might draw further attention to how tall and massive the tower is. If so you definitely succeeded.

Is the term you are looking for 'wall plate'? (I too have a barn story to tell at some stage but this one is brick and restoration rather than creation).

Enjoying the storytelling (and education) as usual. Thanks.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by saving-10-years » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:35 pm

+1 badass (totally agree).

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:28 pm

MDFIRE2024 wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:58 pm
Awesome!
Thanks! I see that you're from (or at least live in) south Germany. DH is from Munich, and he says that in Bavaria every day of the year is some sort of saint's day and reason to celebrate. :D

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:33 pm

Jason wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:00 pm
The picture of him perched on the beam between sky and earth should be sent to Meriam Webster to be placed under "badass".
Jason, this made DH very happy. Agreed: he was a serious badass.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:40 pm

saving-10-years wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:34 pm
+1 awesome. Have pointed out to my DH what your DH was up to in his 60s and also that I am not the only person who has bright ideas that get us into uncharted territory
I wrote this somewhere else, but it's a privilege of old age to repeat myself: a neighbor used to say that DH was put on this earth to make the rest of us feel lazy.
saving-10-years wrote:
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:34 pm
Is the term you are looking for 'wall plate'? (I too have a barn story to tell at some stage but this one is brick and restoration rather than creation).
Wall plate...that's it! Now I REALLY need the barn story. No fair to tease. :lol:

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by DutchGirl » Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:47 am

I'm amazed, too. And inspired. This is what humans are capable of, if they try. Wonderful.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:35 am

DutchGirl, thank you! This journal is partly your fault because you encouraged me back when I first joined the forum. :)

Also: I edited the shop-building post to include a photo I'd forgotten to upload of the Inspector General (me), also known as Mrs. Badass. :mrgreen:

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:10 am

((Halfmoon)),

When you wind it up, be sure to bind it up. Classic.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by Jason » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:15 pm

Is that a dog in the blurry photo? Nothing like a dog to take your mind off of things. Although, not knowing the dates of these pictures, I guess that dog could be dead and if he/she is I'm sorry for that. Damn, I'm tearing up over a possibly dead dog I never met. Sometimes I think I should just return my balls and give them to someone who would actually use them.

This blog is now bittersweet to me in that its a retrospective and as we are aware of sad news but are finding joy in the details of a life well lived as it progresses to the present. Sometimes I you tube the final scene in Six Feet Under with that Sia song and cry like a bitch. Christ, I have no fucking idea how to think about things anymore.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:06 pm

7Wannabe5 wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:10 am
When you wind it up, be sure to bind it up. Classic.
Okay; I give up! I've pondered this and googled it, but I just come up with advice on fixing a Yo-Yo. :?
Jason wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:15 pm
Is that a dog in the blurry photo? Nothing like a dog to take your mind off of things.
Very true. That is Joey the Rottweiler, a wonderful dog who died of bone cancer. He was so loyal to DH that once, when I fell and dislocated my shoulder and was screaming with pain as DH tried to pull it back into place, Joey BIT ME IN THE ASS. Talk about adding insult to injury.
Jason wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:15 pm
This blog is now bittersweet to me in that its a retrospective and as we are aware of sad news but are finding joy in the details of a life well lived as it progresses to the present.
Excellent and poignant description of my current state of mind.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by ffj » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:08 pm

Finally caught up on your journal, specifically the tower build. That was impressive, especially the fact that one of you didn't die. :D

Is it still standing? I really hope so. You two have led an interesting life together.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:25 pm

Well, FINALLY, ffj! You asked for that story way back at the beginning, and I started thinking of writing it when I saw your treehouse project.

The tower is still standing and holding the solar panels that power the house. One of my life fantasies was to spend the summer in a fire lookout tower. I never got to do that (and may not have enjoyed the reality), but somehow our tower has always reminded me of a mini fire tower.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by ffj » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:53 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkArlRbA9VM

I would love to live in something like this! I bet there is an airBNB out there similar to this. Don't give up on your dream just yet. And if you choose to get back up your tower I have a better way than a truck with a faulty clutch. haha

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by Jason » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:54 am

When we were in Vermont, we stayed in an Inn that was high up and looked over the mountains with windows on only two sides, as opposed to four sides. After watching that video, I realized how that one room never felt like one room. I also liked how one of the guys said (I am paraphrasing) that "home" is something that he thought about his whole life.

But my God, did you see that blueberry pie? I almost ate my computer looking at that thing.

I just don't know if I could live that high up. I don't believe in life outside of earth, but if by chance I'm wrong, you know that's the type of place those fuckers will focus on. One minute you're cooking up a kick ass omelette overlooking your personal ponderosa and before you know it, you're sprawled out on a table with a bunch of outer space assholes probing your butt with weird devices all because you chose to live in a tree house. That's enough to regret that type of lifestyle choice even if they do let you go back home.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by DutchGirl » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:46 am

halfmoon wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:35 am
DutchGirl, thank you! This journal is partly your fault because you encouraged me back when I first joined the forum. :)
I'm very glad I encouraged you back then, because I'm enjoying it so much!

And to me it is a sad thing that life is like that, that people grow older and deteriorate (fast, or slow). It's a sad thing, but still, "that's life". And I'm very glad to read that the both of you had some really truly wonderful and badass years, lived how you wanted to live, et cetera. I hope you'll always be able to cherish those memories. Plus I hope you'll get to make some more, even with some limitations perhaps.

(And comparing it to others, for example that small baby Charlie Gard who suffered and suffered until he died, you and I got the good side of the bargain).

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:19 pm

ffj wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:53 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkArlRbA9VM
ffj, this stole my breath. WOW.

Jason, apparently the alien anal probing shouldn't be your only concern. They also might make you slow dance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxOfk0NpgfY

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:37 pm

DutchGirl, you and saving-10-years have been such an inspiration to me with your positive take on life and your reminders of how lucky DH and I were to get together and lead an adventurous life. A friend of ours just said it was divine intervention that 'two such wonderful oddballs found each other'. A bartender we used to work with said that we were keeping two other people from a life of misery. :lol:

I do truly cherish the memories, probably more so now than ever. I have more stories to tell, and comments like yours keep me going.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by McTrex » Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:58 am

Wow...so impressive! Keep it coming, but taking care of your husband has priority of course. We'll be here waiting for you.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by Jason » Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:47 pm

halfmoon wrote:
Wed Aug 02, 2017 9:19 pm
ffj wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:53 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkArlRbA9VM
ffj, this stole my breath. WOW.

Jason, apparently the alien anal probing shouldn't be your only concern. They also might make you slow dance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxOfk0NpgfY
LOL

Man what a violation.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:00 pm

McTrex wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:58 am
Wow...so impressive! Keep it coming, but taking care of your husband has priority of course. We'll be here waiting for you.
McTrex, what a sweet message. :) I fully intend to keep the story going, though as you say there are other things to attend to meanwhile.
Jason wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:47 pm
Man what a violation.
I know, right? I slow danced with an alien back in high school, and it was a serious violation! :lol: :evil:

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by Jason » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:26 am

Its been almost two weeks. I hope everything is alright.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:47 pm

Jason, I truly appreciate your asking. It's been an exhausting time, but things are looking up. I'm planning an update very soon.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by Jason » Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:19 am

Good to hear. I'm sure many are looking for an update on both your past and present.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by halfmoon » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:40 pm

THE PRESENT IS A GIFT

A CURRENT LIFE UPDATE:

Jason has given me permission to share what's going on now, which means some boring medical detail and a certain measure of whining. For those who find this tedious...I don't blame you! Go on over to Jason's journal, which is always entertaining! :D

The pretty great news: DH probably doesn't have a new tumor. What the doctors thought was cancer recurrence was revealed on biopsy to be an aggressive infection in the radiation-damaged soft tissue and bone of his skull. After two months of intense pain, nausea and several hospital stays, he's on heavy antibiotics and will be for another 2 weeks. At that point, he'll have an MRI that will determine whether the infection is cured, is progressing further into his skull, or something in between.

Meanwhile, eating enough to stay alive is a daily chore. He dropped from 135 pounds to 118 and fights to get enough calories between complete loss of taste and difficulty swallowing. About 2 weeks ago, he really committed to the fight after wavering a bit. To celebrate, we've been planting lots of flowers; DH loves flowers. :) I also bought him an AWESOME new beehive for his cherished little babies. A few evenings ago, he transferred the bees from the old hive to the new one while I took photos from the living room window.

Transfer of the first super (with the brood frames) was easier because the frames had pre-made foundation and were therefore more orderly. We built the stand out of cedar and pressure-treated posts, then smeared a band of tanglefoot halfway up the posts to discourage ants.

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The next super was new frames and foundations. DH wanted the bees to travel through this one to get to their disorderly top super of honeycomb. He figured that would make them acclimate to the new frames and start laying down comb on them.

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Then came the frames without foundation. We'd done this as an experiment because there's a school of thought that bees will draw comb more resistant to varroa mites if they can size it themselves. It's an interesting idea, but it makes transfer to a new hive much more difficult.

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The bees seem happy in their new home. We initially removed the old one and then put it back just in case there's another swarm. The bees are completely docile. DH calls them sweethearts. They're right outside our living room window, and they're a joy to watch.

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Re: Halfmoon's journal

Post by Jason » Wed Aug 23, 2017 5:07 am

Well that's the bee's knees right there.

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