• spatz
    spatz Doing 7 cheers 2017-06-21 19:21:14


    • A summery day to start the summer, warm and bright

    • Storks in the meadows we pass on our way to work

    • Cicadas and birdsong outside on a summer evening

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    spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-20 19:05:02


    • Getting back to work after 5 days off - well, it certainly made me feel needed.

    • It's over 30C for the first time this year - almost perfect timing for the summer to start tomorrow

    • The ribs slowly might start to feel a tiny bit better.

    • The decluttering and tossing continues

    • Led lights

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    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-19 20:17:33


    • A day off and no work worries

    • Getting things and a bit of decluttering done

    • The things that show up in drawers and corners

    • And there's vacation planning

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    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-19 20:15:10


    • A Sunday full of sunshine and summer-to-be

    • Walking the city "mountain" - more of a hill with parks all over

    • There was iced tea with berries

    • And no pain in the foot. The ribs make up for it.

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    spatz Doing 6 cheers 2017-05-01 07:23:40

    Following the good doctor's advise, I'm to train my breathing. It will hopefully help the hypotension, too.
    So, I've been using my Hear and Now app a bit to get a start. First effect: I'm dizzy.
    Oh well.

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    spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-21 17:31:32

    Off to the garbage - a set of Windows 98 and Windows XP CDs. The handbooks that came with them are in the recycling bin. And off to the recycling bin with a book that didn't stand up great to the test of time. It's beyond saving. And so off they go.

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    spatz Doing 5 cheers 2017-06-19 15:46:37

    Off to the recycling - about 50 envelopes of Christmas cards and such that were stored with the cards. Off they go. Warning to the cards: you'll be sorted next :)
    And off to the garbage - another six CDs that hid in a shelf. The computers they belonged to are long history. Off we go.

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    spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-18 18:49:31

    Off to the recycling - a set of pill bottles. 8 of them, and all of them have been sitting at the exact spot I put them half a year ago. Off we go.

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    spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-18 17:45:52

    Off to the donation pile - two scarves that weren't used for way too long. They never seem to fit in with a thing. And they're both brand new. So, off to let someone else enjoy them.

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    spatz Doing 6 cheers 2017-06-17 17:41:35

    With a heavy heart off to the garbage - the plush teddy bear I was given when he was larger than me. I kept it all those years, but it has not aged well. Insects have gotten to it. Bye bye teddy bear.

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    • tazzell
      tazzell 1 cheers 2017-06-18 17:09:24

      @spatz he served his time well ☹️

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    • ahorrasi
      ahorrasi 1 cheers 2017-06-18 20:37:23

      @spatz oh that is tough

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    • beequeen
      beequeen 1 cheers 2017-06-19 20:24:15

      @spatz

      Oh no!!!! So sorry......what about just a decent burial???

      I have stuff in storage that I fear the worst for (storage unit with no climate control.....oy....) contents including stuff from childhood. Gulp.

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      • spatz
        spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-20 19:25:35

        @beequeen I'm afraid it's too large for that. But we packed him up nicely.
        Oh, do check up on your childhood stuff. Teddy was filled with sawdust, and that seems to attract all kind of pests. I hope your things are all right and safe!

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      • ahorrasi
        ahorrasi 1 cheers 2017-06-22 04:06:25

        @beequeen i recently threw away - as, unceremoniously and in the dump - 8 or 9 diaries/journals I had from 10th grade on. Some covered some pretty good years too. But 1/2 of them were unreadable/mouldy due to water damage in 2009 (leaving the bin with them out in the rain... doink!!!!) and even if that were not the case, the ideas/identity/personality in them was mouldy as all getout and in a sense more than i could stand to carry around

        still was not super easy though let me tell you

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    spatz Doing 12 cheers 2017-05-19 19:16:05

    I tried to grow my hair out a bit. It was just over shoulder length and looked terrible.

    Made an appointment at a new stylist and now it's over 2 inches shorter again. Short neck, longer in the front.

    I'm not doing to great at the growing out it seems, but I like the new style :-)

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    • ahorrasi
      ahorrasi 2 cheers 2017-05-19 22:11:15

      @spatz that's funny i'm the opposite i HAVE to have long hair or else i can't stand to look at myself!

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        spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-21 05:13:22

        @ahorrasi I had hair down over the shoulders for most of my life, too - but lately it's just getting on my nerves. Do you enjoy your long hair?

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          ahorrasi 0 cheers 2017-05-24 07:44:57

          @spatz definitely much better than i would short! The only time it's ever a real prblem is when i lapse on grooming (frighteningly often for a woman my age) and thenit gets matted - I would consider going the dreds route before cutting it, though, that's for sure!

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          • spatz
            spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-05-25 07:27:23

            @ahorrasi An acquaintance that had dreads claimed they were even more maintenance than "normal" hair. Ouch. I've had matting, too, it's just my babyfine hair. Putting it up or back helped 🤔

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    spatz Doing 10 cheers 2017-03-24 20:17:10

    There was some doinkery around today and I admit I let it get to me and became mad. I said a some unkind things.
    That's not exactly where I want to be. Somehow, it's still getting to me.
    I'll have to think about a new plan to shrugs those things off.

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    spatz Doing 8 cheers 2017-03-21 19:49:22

    Another checkup at the dentist and nothing bad showed up. Teeth are clean and the wisdom tooth doesn't look too bad.
    Next checkup - 6 month to go.

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    spatz Doing 12 cheers 2017-04-23 09:45:24

    Somehow, I lost another kg over Easter. Admittedly, I still have most of the candy around - but the loss is a bit unexpected.
    Well, the journey continues, it seems.

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    spatz Doing 15 cheers 2017-02-23 06:15:26

    Another milestone covered on the way to feeling better - I'm down another kg. Not dieting, still. It's been a journey of more than a year now and so far, it works well.
    Let's see where the journey takes me.

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    spatz Doing 4 cheers 2017-05-23 18:43:43

    Loan Nr 88 Grupo Las Hermanas Panquiney Group from Guatemala

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1300336

    Marta is a woman who works very hard to get ahead with her family. She says she is very happy for the advances she has made with her previous loan, which allowed her to improve her living conditions and to better serve her clients.
    With the goal of continuing to prosper with her business, she is now requesting a new loan to invest in the purchase of more merchandise for her business where she sells traditional clothing. She sells products such as güipiles, corsets, and skirts.
    Her greatest desire is to improve her family's living conditions.

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    spatz Doing 15 cheers 2017-04-23 11:04:06

    Loan Nr 87 - Rudi from Indonesia

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1277846

    A loan of $4,000 helps to buy 250 water filters to provide 1250 people with safe drinking water in Indonesia.

    Rudi's story

    Rudi lives in Lepadi village on the island of Sumbawa, a relatively poor island in eastern Indonesia. He is a father of three and is the owner of a building materials store in his home village. Rudi became the head of the village’s municipal organization of sanitation entrepreneurs, which was founded with the help of the NGOs Simawi and Plan International.

    As in any other part of Indonesia, one cannot drink the water from the tap in Sumbawa. Therefore, many households boil their water using ever more expensive LGP or wood. Boiling water is time-consuming, and it is not effective in treating turbid water.

    Nazava water filters turn dirty water into water that is ready to drink without the need for boiling it first. Rudi learned about Nazava water filters at a training session in November, 2016, and he is convinced this is a great solution for the drinking water issues in his area.

    Rudi has applied for a 52,856,250 IDR loan through Kiva's field partner Nazava to buy 250 filters to sell through a network of entrepreneurs within his organization. The products will supply safe drinking water to 1,250 people.

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    spatz Doing 8 cheers 2017-03-19 08:22:14

    Loan Nr 86 - Miguel in Nicaragua

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1247299

    Miguel is married and has seven children. Miguel now works growing peanuts, raising cattle and pigs and running a small welding workshop.



    The community where Miguel lives has no electric power, and he has to go to a fairly distant area from his home for access to water. He is therefore requesting a loan to buy a water pump for better access to water for his crops, animals, grazing and home use.

    Miguel would be very grateful for the opportunity this loan provides to purchase the water pumping system.

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    spatz Doing 13 cheers 2017-02-18 20:11:01

    85th loan

    New month, new loan:

    http://www.kiva.org/lend/1235384 
    Adela from Nicaragua

    Adlea is a pleasant woman. She lives in the town of Waspam. She is married with five children. The eldest, 16 years old, is in secondary school, and the four younger ones are in primary school. She and her husband work as teachers.

    Because their income would not cover the replacement of the wood in her stilt house, which is somewhat deteriorated, she requests her first loan to improve her home - buying wood and nails, and covering the cost of labor. This would give her a home that is pretty and secure.

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    spatz Doing 7 cheers 2017-05-20 07:04:25

    So, with the new feature for new users, I'm suddenly having over 300 followers. What a strange feeling.
    I hope they'll get to stay around a bit here and be active - new friends perhaps? Hi!

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    • sashasteedly
      sashasteedly Doing 4 cheers 2017-06-09 13:04:47

      I am new here so I've been doing a lot of poking around. Your posts do stand out with honesty and I can relate to them.

      You have a big personality. So shine superstar and enjoy the love

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        spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-09 15:37:40

        @sashasteedly Welcome! I hope you stay around - and thank you for your kind words. I'm just a small person like all of us. And I'm happy to meet new friends!

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    spatz Doing 6 cheers 2017-06-14 05:30:52

    While most of my photos are stored on Flickr, it's a huge mess. I'll have to sort through the last three years photos and cull and make folders. Plus, there's the old photos that need to be scanned and stored. And then there's a backup copy to be made.

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    • cia007
      cia007 1 cheers 2017-06-14 13:20:44

      @spatz I can fully relate to this challenge- I wish you persistence and success with this goal, and I hope you can create something meaningful from it!! I've been tempted myself to just order a bunch of those online photo books and have them printed....will maybe do that for my Italy trip.....

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        spatz Doing 1 cheers 2017-06-14 19:32:40

        @cia007 Thank you! I hope it will work out. And I hope your Italy trip book comes out great! I've ordered a few of those online books for travels and they were very nice.

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    • ahorrasi
      ahorrasi 1 cheers 2017-06-14 15:56:20

      @spatz this is a constant challnge, all right, amazing how files duplicate, too

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