Adventure before dementia

Snowflake Challenge #12

Commit an Act of Kindness (or two or three ♥)

As I am stuck at home recovering from flu, it will be some time in the future - but will do it, promise. I will update when I have done it ... so keep an eye on me!!

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Adventure before dementia

Snowflake Challenge #11

In your own space, recommend a fannish or creative resource.

I would imagine most of the links I have are ones that are popular anyway.

However I will recommend GIMP for anyone who wants to have a go at artwork, as this is a great MANIPULATION PROGRAMME. It is (apparently) very similar to Photoshop, but totally free. It is the one I use, and have done most of my icons on it. So, if you are thinking of having a go, or upgrading from a basic photo programme, this is the one for you.

A great CLIP ART programme that I use is Clickr ... another free resourse.

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Jiffy - sleepy

Just Had To Share - My Little Man

While I am getting ready for bed, I always turn back the blankets as I love to get into a cold bed.  And Jiffy gets ready for bed first, then sits and waits for his treat, and then it's bed time) ... so, here is Jiffy in his pyjamas sitting on my bed. I took to photo to post on photo_scavenger for this weeks prompt

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btw, the pyjamas were something that Mum made hi almost 10 years ago and he has worn every night for 6 months of the year since!
M&D wedding

Snowflake Challenge #10

In your own space, talk About A Creator/Someone Who Inspired You.

The people in fandom have always both inspired me, and made me panic, as I admire so many of them! However the real inspiration comes from my parents.

My Dad left school at 14, yet while I was doing my A levels he was starting his PhD ... it is what made me go straight to college, as I so loved the fact he was studying, but knew if I wanted to do it then I should go to college straight from school. And both Mum & Dad supported me through my 4 years of college training. Then 27 years later they supported me when I told them I was giving up that profession and were going to look for something new.

My Mum left school at 15, yet from then on, she never stopped learning. She tried all sorts of handcrafts, and nothing ever stumped her, icluding tatting, which I can't even beging to get my head around. In her 50's she learnt classical guitar and swimming. Dad also overcame a fear of water to learn to swim, at age 55, and he had diving lessons ... something I just can't face, as I can't get rid of my fear despite being able to swim.

The both played piano all their lives, and both got computers, that they used regularily. Dad preached at out Chapel until his late 80's. Mum made all her own clotehes (and my 2 sisters-in-law wedding dresses), made cakes every week (trying new recipes all the time).

In the last few years of his life, Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, yet (with my help), she managed to edit a book on Revelation, and at age 89, self-published. In the last couple of years of her life mum lost most of her sight ... but still kept on cooking, etc as much as she could.

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Taken just before their Diamond Anniversay (88 & 85)

So, they were very special people, and I miss them very much.

However, the question was about inspiration - despite their backgrounds, they problems, etc they kept going. They kept learning new things, facing new challenges ... and kept going. Whatever happened to knock them back, they picked themselves up ... and got going again.

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Special Memories .... Thank You "Songs Of Praise"

I usually watch Songs of Praise while having Sunday lunch - and di today. The first hymn was one I hadn't heard in ages, but as it started it brought back a very special memory.

Back when I was about 8 - 9, I went with Dad (as I always did) to the Chapel he was preaching at. Mum was at home with my younger brothers. Well all I remember was that it was a winter evening, but I don't know which town we went to. Just know it was a bit of a drive and we actually got there a bit early. So we were in the car talking before going in and I asked Dad what hymns he had picked and this was his #1. I remember saying that I loved it, but I then remember Dad asking me if I knew what all the words meant. And there were certainly some I didn't, so Dad sat and explained to me what all the long, more unusual, words meant.

So while that hymn was on TV I was back sitting in the dark in a car with Dad.

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.
To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee.
Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render, O help us to see:
’Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee.


So, It's The Classic ....

I had to go back to the doctors twice this last week, and at the second appointment, I had the classic "Good News ... Bad News"

The good news is that I am getting over the flu that has wiped me out for the last few weeks ... the bad news is that because I have had flu I am very vulnerable, so, yes you guessed it, I have caught flu.

So considering I had the jab, then this is the 3rd strain of flu I have been attacked with over the last couple of months.

So, bed rest continues!  Sadly this one has given me a "lovely" dry cough, so if that continues into next week I will be back at th docs for a cough suppressent (I had to have one when I had pneumonia some years back)

So, other than this, there is no news.  Hope everyone else's 2020 is going better than mine!
Voyager - J/C

Snowflake Challenge #9

In your own space, promote at least one canon that you adore (old, new, forever fandom).

Which one shall I talk about? I am a Spike/Buffy (Spuffy ... BtVS) fan, a Janeway/Chakotay (Voyager) fan, a Jack/Sam (SG1) fan, a Hawkeye/Margaret (M*A*S*H TV) fan... I could talk about any of them loads and loads!

I suppose I have talked a lot about my Spuffy love, so I will go Star Trek, instead

I will admit that when Voyager was announced I din't want to watch it, because I go against modern living, and didn't want to see a female boss.  However my friends watched episode 1 and then had to work on week 2 so asked me to record it for them.  So I had to watch it as there was nothing else on and I obviously couldn't watch anything on video.  And  was intrigued by Chakotay, well he is pretty cute!  So I was hooked.

A female, sent out to capture a male, and ending up having to ask him to help her.  She was so serious, so formal, so dedicated to her plans.  Whereas he was adapatable, although he committed himself to be a great second.  It was obvious that they liked and respected each other, most of the time.  Occasionally they saw things from different points of view, but worked out their differences.  Yes they balanced out each other brilliantly.

Sadly she said right from the start that as Captain she couldn't have a relationship ... if it went wrong they were both stuck on the same ship, or it could be considered that she was pushing for the relationship.  However you see the way they look at each other, the way he helps her through major problems, the way she is upset when he is injured.  He admits to having feelings for her a couple of times, but she doesn't/can't

I do love how they are together, and wish that they had been able to find a way to be together ... but there again, that's what fan-fiction is for! This was originally post on Dreamwidth

Some January Botany ... And A Sneak Peak At Jiffy

Well I said I wanted to try to push my photography. A couple of years ago I did what I called "photo-Friday", so thought I would re-start that. So, while I was out for my stroll with Jiffy (yes, still really struggling) I took some photos locally. Not great as it is windy and I am struggling to breathe, but wanted to start my own project.

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Spuffy - Mine/Champion

Snowflake Challenge #8

Rec at least three fanworks that you didn’t create.

I dare say that this post will be a bit pointless as they are all Spuffy (long) fics - and for those of us who love Spuffy I suppose they have already read them. However if you are either late into fandom, or just haven't read these for some time - Enjoy

Echoes, by Holly
A slayer barters with a demon to rescue her lover and finds herself unwittingly projected nearly three hundred years into the future with no memory of the life she left behind. (NC17)
Set in Season 2 and in 1700 ... and is Spuffy, with a few twists along the way which keep you guessing how, or if, it will work out.
96,586 words
I could rec most of her fics if you haven't already discovered her work

Hearts Breaking Even by Slaymesoftly
A very young Buffy goes through a portal and ends up spending several days in Victorian England, where she meets and befriends a young boy. A young boy who grows up to become one of world's most feared vampires. But he hasn't forgotten his savior from so very long ago, and Buffy hasn't forgotten the child she met only a year or so ago. (NC17)
Set in Season 2 and 1860's
67,837 words
Another author that I would rec for all her work - although I am sure you have already discovered her work

Fixing The Factors
Spuffy Groundhog Day - Set during The Yoko Factor, something has happened to make Buffy and Spike repeat the same day over and over. Will they figure out they're in this together or keep working against each other? Will they be able to fix the time loop or are they doomed to repeat the day for eternity? And just how many visits from a jealous Riley and Angel will Buffy be able to stand? (Adult only)
Set during Season 4
113,537 words

Replacement by Sus
After years of struggling for a life of her own, the immortal Slayer is finally free from the demands of her friends and the Council. Will she be willing to go back in time and do it all over again, just for the chance to be with the vampire that was always meant to be her other half? An enemy from the future will give her the chance, if she wants it. (NC17)
Season 1, and some point in the future
158,902 words

I hope the links work but as 3 of the 4 are adult you may need to log in, or agree to read.

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