Saturday, April 18, 2020

Overachiever... And A Rant



So Today I was a total Overachiever... I did some housekeeping, skimmed the Pool of Leaf debris, pulled Weeds, swept the Back Patio, unpacked more Boxes, worked some more on finishing up the Edging on this Black newly Painted Wall in the Guest Bedroom, paid some Bills, worked on Organizing some Art Studio Supplies, caught up with Friends and Family on Facebook Messenger, purged some Old Paperwork to shred and make into Hamster litter.  All before 1:00 PM!!!  That was the most Amazing thing, not just how much I got done, but how fast I got it all done when I put my Heart and Mind to it!  *Whew!*  So now I intend to do Nothing and Be Still for the rest of the Day... except that I'm on here Blogging, so I guess that's not exactly doing Nothing or Being Still... but it always feels like it is to me.  *LOL*




I found some more Pecans in the Grass while I was pulling Weeds.  But the Pecan Trees are now beginning to Bud into Leaf so it's likely there won't be much more of a Pecan Harvest this Season.  This is all I kept, the rest we Shared with Family and Friends.  They are some of the best Pecans I've ever had, perhaps because they were so Fresh, or mebbe it's just Psychological because they were grown here and were Free... I dunno!?  *LOL*  No, I think it IS the former and not the latter, because the Citrus grown on my Neighbors Trees were some of the best I ever had too and everyone I Shared them with was in Agreement.  Especially those Grapefruit of Omar's... OMG, so Sweet and not at all Tart like Grapefruit typically are!




Really, since I'm trying not to HAVE to leave Home EVER right now... and only doing Grocery Shopping when I completely run out of Options, like once a Month... it's a Big Deal to get anything Fresh and Free from our own Property and what Neighbors Share!  I'm taking Lock Down as Serious as a Heart Attack, because Honestly, The Man and I would have better Odds at Surviving a Heart Attack than Surviving this Virus, given the grim Statistics!  The Man did have a Double Bypass many Years ago and bounced back from that and much more, including a near Fatal catastrophic Accident that damaged both sides of his Brain... this Virus, I really wouldn't have a Peace about him contracting and Surviving!?  I'm keepin' it 100%, folks like us aren't faring Well if they get it.




The Hamster Litter being shredded is from my Inspiration Books, which I have about 60+ of them gleaned from Magazines over the past couple Decades.  I'm Purging whatever isn't Inspiring to me anymore and just Keeping what still is. This reveals to me what has been Abiding in Attracting me over the past Decades, a Pattern is already emerging of Abiding Loves in Decor and Style.  A Certain Aesthetic has drawn me for well over 20 Years, now I'm sticking with THAT and letting the rest fall away.   I'll eventually be doing the same Purge to my vast Library of Decor Books again... Yes, did it before the Move, but will probably be more ruthless in Curating what is Kept and still Inspires me. 




I'm not much into TV watching, but I so do Love the Music Channels our Cable Network has a vast array of.  My Fav is "Soundscapes", which has a lot of Beautiful Meditation Music coupled with Photography of Nature, info about the Artists and Inspirational Quotes.  Whenever I'm doing Work it is my backdrop Music and brings me into a Peaceful State of Being and Serenity, in spite of it being a Time of Pandemic.  Princess T and Miss Priss the Cat will instantly fall asleep on the Sectional when this Music is playing, even if my Granddaughter has been plagued with Anxiety and Insomnia it Calms her Spirit enough to Relax and drift away.  Otherwise, Princess T will have it on Cartoons, so sometimes I'm Working with "Sponge Bob Square Pants" or "South Park" as my backdrop.  *LOL* 




I will Channel Surf the various News Networks to get brief Updates on the Pandemic, but I limit my Exposure because it's all such heavy News, coupled with that Sociopath in the White House saying and doing what he just always does *Heavy Sigh coupled with Outrage and Anger*... and I just can't stay Calm and Centered thru any of that!  Bernie dropped out of the Race Today and I know that The Young Prince and all his Friends will be disappointed.  They don't really feel that the Establishment Types are Inclusive of them or their Generation, so Uncle Joe wouldn't be their First Choice.  Tho' God knows 45 wouldn't even be their Last Choice... so they'll have to decide what they will now do to make their Voices heard and be recognized?  My Heart is heavy for this next Election, but I'll Vote Blue no matter Who this time around!




So my large Tretchikoff Print Canvas arrived from Great Britain the other Day, I think she is Lovely, tho' I do like most of his Art and his Aesthetic, this is my first one.   Mostly becoz you rarely ever find his Work here in the U.S. and I don't know Why?  Even Online Orders will almost always come from Europe.  This was my one single Indulgence in Purchasing what wasn't a Necessity during this Pandemic!  The rest has only been outlaying for Necessities and only when absolutely necessary.  Losing my Income from the Antique Mall did squeeze the Budget of Retirement all the more... and Purchasing an expensive New Home right before Pandemic went Full On makes me Careful and Cautious about Finances right now.  I think Globally the Economic Recovery is gonna be difficult and long.




It made me absolutely cringe AGAIN when 45 did his Economy Update and said he's gonna Open the Economy with a Bang and his lame everything will be Beautiful Speech!  Gak and F U C K ... I wanted to knock his fucking Rose Colored Glasses right off that White Ringed Eye pouty Orange Face!  And his Tiny Little Hands gestures he makes, to make a Point of what he says that actually has none remind me of a very Bad Magician whose not Fooling many!  Does he really Believe the Bullshit he constantly says I Wonder... or is he such a Hopeless Conman that he's hoping everyone else falls for it and throwing any shit against the Wall to see if it'll stick and take some Pressure off him and deflect accountability?  




His new Scapegoats being the World Health Organization that warned him to quit it and stop Politicizing this Pandemic... and the various Governors of hurting States who he's trying to blame for anything he possibly can so that he can pretend he's not done everything from calling this Pandemic a Hoax, to withholding adequate Aide to States.   Most average Americans ARE Living Paycheck to Paycheck and he shouldn't be making Light of and B.S.-ing how he's gonna make everything Beautiful in a hurry, with a BANG in fact.  Please people listen to and place your Trust in the Expert Economists, Expert Infectious Disease Scholars, Respected Doctors and those who are Credible for such important information during this Time of Pandemic!!! 




  Not this Bullshit Artist that somehow managed to Con enough People to become President.  Whose shown time and time again that he's not up to the Job and is unraveling.  Because he refuses to Trust or Listen to his own Panel of Experts, since he is convinced he knows more than all of them, is vindictive, always has to be 'Right', and needs to be incessantly Praised to prop up his enormous Ego and is a self professed Stable Genius!   Just the last part alone... WHO Says that?!?!?!?  Definitely not a Stable person... and if you think he's a Genius and at all Credible, after all the Lies he's been proven to have told and proof he's anything but that... then your own IQ or discernment is seriously Questionable.  You've likely bought into a Cult Of Personality.  Well it has been said, "There's a Sucker Born every Minute!"




  I think his Staff probably has to Dumb Down a lot of what they tell him in Hopes he will actually have any grasp or understanding of it?!  And his Handlers certainly can't Control his reckless actions, words and Tweets... so they're constantly having to run Damage Control behind his impulsivity and lack of Facts... or just making shit up as he goes along.  If all our Lives and the Country's entire Economy weren't at stake I wouldn't be as Alarmed, but this is no time for a Sideshow Performance my Friends.  No time for a Man to be Leading that everyone has to coddle and constantly tell how Wonderful he is, lest he throw a Temper Tantrum and start Firing everyone like he's still on some titillating Reality Show that was neither Real nor all that Entertaining.  When a Leader is more excited about his Pandemic coverage 'Ratings' beating out the Ratings of a Mindless Show called 'The Bachelor'... Seriously... Houston, we have a Problem!




And there are too many still hanging on his every Word... that are going to break Ranks prematurely the moment he ignorantly suggests there's no Trouble in Paradise, and pretend that everything is back as it was Pre-Pandemic!  That part Scares me the most, because if we EVER Hope to have this Killer Virus contained and under control, we can't listen to Bullshit as if it's remotely Credible or based on any Facts!   We can't be dragged down with this Man's Fantasies and deep into his Rabbit Hole where he's so out of Touch with Reality that he really needs Serious Mental Evaluation!  His over-use of words like Beautiful, Best, Wonderful to describe everything he does, Egotistical Exaggerations and his frequent repetition of False Claims has been a distinctive Business and Political identity of disinformation!




 It's a Pattern that is well documented and can't be refuted, even tho' he often does try to refute what he said, did, when it comes back to bite him in the Ass... even when confronted with the Hard Evidence, Yeah you DID!   Then of coarse, he'll Blame someone else, any handy Scapegoat he can pass the Buck with.  Tho', honestly, by the time you've become President, the Bucks stops with YOU, you're supposed to be in Charge.   When I was a Corporate Executive, the Buck stopped with me anytime anything went Wrong in my Departments.  Regardless of how much Staff might have done or not done, because... I was in Charge and therefore held the utmost Accountability for it ALL.  That's what they paid me the Big Bucks for... not to dump it on whoever was unfortunate and Handy to make into a Scapegoat and deflect Pressure off of me, so I could pretend I had a Free Pass when things didn't Line Up or went Sideways. 




He doesn't want to be Accountable for anything and actually said, "I don't take Responsibility at all...", well then, Who the Fuck does Mr. President, if not you?!?!  If you don't want to take Responsibility then relinquish it, step aside and let someone who has the Ability and Integrity to Lead and be Responsible take over!  And this is Why I have to mostly just go about my Business at Home or listen to "Soundscapes" instead my Friends... because having to Endure even a few Moments of that Orange Menace makes me feel too Upset and in Need of Venting!   My Lamp Baby is indicative of how it makes me Feel!  *LOL*  I do Wish ALL of the Media just covered the Experts so we could obtain Accurate Information and no Politicizing of a Pandemic... or having to sit thru a Sideshow Act where his 3-Ring Circus is just Too Fucking Unbelievably Much!!! 




There, I Feel Better!  *LMAO*  And I'll end this Post not with my Rant... but with my Overachiever last Act... I installed the Paper Towel Holder... Ta-Da!  Yep, we still have Paper Towels AND TP... and I'll refrain from Showing Off all that I have that is in Rationed Supply or can't be had at any of the Shops.  *Smiles*  Tho' some are doing that on FB as a Lark and it is absolutely hilarious, I ain't gonna Lie!  It's like Hunter's Trophy Shots of their Kill to me... when someone is panning across their Grocery Scores of the Day, with Bragging Rights... Yeah, I got it... Toilet Paper, Rice, Milk, Pasta, Bread, Paper Towels AND Eggs... Drops the Mic... Booyah!  *Bwahahahahahahahaha!*



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Peace, Be Well and Stay Safe, Six Feet Away or at Home my Friends...  Dawn... The Bohemian

Friday, April 17, 2020

So Many Irons In The Fire



I had so many Irons in the Fire Today and it was Okay, the randomness of our Days and flitting from doing one thing to another, to doing Nothing at all, has been Liberating.  There's no Schedule, no Time Line, no Deadline, actually no particular Time of the Day or Night we can't just do whatever we Please right now!  I can't remember the last time I could say that!   This Morning Princess T and I hung some Taxidermy to get at least some of it off the Dining Room Floor... well, Two of it anyway!  I'm Pacing myself, what can I say?! *LOL*




'Lil Dik-Dik has always hung on a Black Wall so I wasn't certain I was gonna like her on a Taupe Wall, but I really do!   These Walls are sturdy like our Historic Home's Walls were, so the Taxidermy hangs solidly.  *Whew!*  Those of you who've been following my Blog any length of time know that 'Lil Dik-Dik had a terrible accident at Villa Boheme' due to flimsy Modern Day Walls and any vibration shaking anything hanging on them.  She bounced off the Wall, crashing to the Floor, broke both Horns and an Ear, the first time the Kiddos let a Door slam shut! *Gasp and Sob!*




 I was so distraught and had to do some E-6000 Emergency Surgery on her!  It was like putting Humpty-Dumpty back together again, a real Amateur Taxidermy Repair Job!  It's given her some Character, but it did make me Paranoid about hanging Taxidermy after that, I kinda overdo it to secure shit on the Walls really solidly now.  The Man busts my Chops constantly about the size of Hardware I insist upon now!  *LOL*  Princess T is a better Minion when I'm hanging anything than he is, she could Care Less how I'm going about it!  Her only Concern is ensuring I don't fall off the Ladder of Death and safely handing me up whatever is Needed to get the Job Done without a Casualty! *Smiles*




For the really heavy Taxidermy like the African Goat Mount, that The Young Prince used to hang for me, she said her Bestie Gay Timmy could assist us with it.  Social Distancing of coarse, he's being Raised by his Grandparents too, who are being as vigilant as we are about Safety during Times of Pandemic.  Sometimes he comes over to visit her and sits in the Yard about 15 Feet from Princess T, who is sitting on my Truck's Tailgate.  I throw Snacks and Refreshments to them like a Quarterback during Super Bowl... it's comical... we all Laugh nervously, this is so hard on the Kiddos to try to Maintain their Relationships with Friends and Extended Family. 




It's difficult right now to even Imagine what the Future might look like Socially for any of us anymore?!  I'm Thankful that Princess T isn't Dating Age, keeping Young Lovesick Teens apart would be a Beast right now, wouldn't it?!  Kiddos being Raised by their Grandparents probably take this Pandemic Risk a LOT more Seriously than their Peers, which is a Good thing, their Guardians being super High Risk and all.  I've had absolutely no Push Back from Princess T about our Restrictions.  She said she's always been worried about our Mortality, we're Old and haven't been the Healthiest bunch on the Planet you see.  Now she's all the more vigilant about our Well Being and Risk Factors.




Onwards to Taxidermy No. 2 that we hung Today... she wasn't our First Choice for this Placement, but she was facing in the right direction and the other Deer Mount wasn't, that had been First Choice.  And Yes, I know 'technically' they are not Girls and it drives The Man and his Taxidermy Younger Brother Mad that I have Pimped out my Male Deer to be Gals... whatever!   I have been Transgendering my Taxidermy for Years, I don't Care what's PC about it with Hunters and Purists or not!  *Bwahahaha!*   Sure I couldda put an Antique Beaver Top Hat, Monocle and Bow Tie, to be a Pimped Out Dude... but this Dude looks like a Lady... Deal with it!




He-She doesn't Care, totally Rockin' that Tiara, Flowers behind the Ear and Predator Wrap with Bling!  *LOL*  Yes, I have Intentionally sought out Antique and Vintage Wraps made of Predator Furs, for the Prey they would normally Hunt to wear, as Sweet Revenge... the Irony of it makes me Smile.  And Please, no PETA Comments, all my Mounts and Wraps were Sourced from Nature before any of us was even Born!  They've been Immortalized in their Afterlives beaucoup Years ago, this Mount is Dated 1932, so it's as Old as my Mom would have been.  I Preserve and Rescue Old Taxidermy that is dog-eared and might have been discarded otherwise and end up in a Landfill.




Here's her Corner, they're looking mighty Fine against that Taupe Wall I must say!  I Love the Color Scheme of this Home, with the exception of the Two Children's Bedrooms it was Perfect for us.  Princess T immediately Painted over those Two hideous Hot Pink Walls in her Bedroom with Taupe Paint on one and Black Chalkboard Paint on the other.  I'm currently Painting over the Two hideous Grass Green and Yellow Striped Walls in the Guest Bedroom with Black Paint on one and Kabuki Red Paint on the other... the rest of those Rooms Walls had Taupe which we'll leave As Is. 




 The Black Wall I've been finishing up Today in here, the Edging takes time since the Texture on these Old Walls is very prominent so my Edging Tool doesn't Work... dammit!  I've had to use a Child's Paintbrush to do the Edging, it's like Painting the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel it's so Tedious a Project, so I Work it in Stages.  So that was one of the other Irons in the Fire, Painting off and on for the past few Days.  I happen to abhor Painting Walls, and this time around, with the Pandemic, I didn't have a Host of Minions to assist me, just Princess T.  With the jacked up Left Shoulder I can't switch off and use both Hands either, so I'm limited to also Painting with just my Right Hand... dammit!  Yeah, I use both Hands equally, always have.




Today we brought one of the Vintage Mannequin Gals in and sat her on the Antique Wood Pedestal in the Entryway.  Originally an Antique Religious Statue sat on it, but The Man has been unsteady on his Feet again lately, so I didn't wanna risk him crashing into a Beloved Statue and breaking another one.  Yes, ANOTHER one... before we Moved he broke a Huge Antique Madonna and Child that I had to do another Amateur E-6000 Restoration Surgery on.  *Le Sigh*  His Mobility Issues off and on, since the Brain Injury, have been significant... so I almost have to Childproof the Home because of him.  *LOL*




She's Vintage, but the Old Department Store Mannequins were built pretty sturdy for Commercial Use, so if she happened to take a tumble if he fell into her, she might fare better than Antique Statuary!   She looks Okay up there, I don't Mind the Change.  And she's heavy, so she's not easy to tip over.  Princess T brought her in from the RV Garage this Morning and did the Placement, she likes to help with Styling and Organizing things, she's good at it so I can let her Run with it.  Sometimes her Ideas and Eye are better than mine, she's got a Good Eye and a Great Sense of Style.  And I might add... a whole lot more Restraint than her Gramma Dawn!  *Winks*  She often tells me when to Dial it Back... and go more Tasteful... or I'd go Over-The-Top always!  *Smiles* 




Shit, I know, hard to BELIEVE that Moi would go, or be, Over-The-Top, huh?!  *Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!*  I considered, if I was doing a Podcast from Home with MY Home's Backdrop, how much Gossip Fodder it would Generate?!?!??   You know, since we now know we're all developing the Past Time during Times of Pandemic, of Critiquing the Homes of everyone Working from Home and getting those Peeks into their most Intimate Personal Spaces that normally not many get privy to!  *LMAO*  I mean, we ALL have our Opinions of what is Stylish, Cool, Tasteful, Tacky, Hideous, Lovely, Weird or Wonderful... or Weird AND Wonderful to Decorate with.




  I KNOW that I would Intentionally seek out the Weirdest of my shit to park my Ass in front of, just to get a Reaction from Viewers!  I need Attention like that sometimes and just to spark Controversy within the Normal People Population and make them clutch their Pearls.  *Winks*  The Young Prince used to joke that our Tribe made the Fundies nervous particularly and said that some were quite sure I was a Witch.  I'm not certain if they thought me to be a Good Witch or a Bad Witch tho'?  *LMAO*  I recall my Mom was often accused of that too, but then again, Mom 'Read' People and Tea Leaves, would tell them shit about themselves or the Future that made folks real nervous since it would be Spot On.  *Smiles*




Princess T got all Dolled Up for us to take our random Drive Today and toss out some more Cardboard Broken Down Boxes in the Commercial Dumpster.  I went in my Grateful Dead Pajamas.  *LOL*  The Man was waffling on whether or not to change into something more presentable, 'til I reminded him the only time he'd be getting out of the vehicle would be to toss the Boxes in a Dumpster behind a Building.  *Smiles*  We've taken to at least one Short Drive a Week just for Scenery beyond these Walls and to get Fresh Air blowing thru our Hair as we take the Mini Road Trip.  Sometimes we drive around fav Neighborhoods to Admire the Homes, people are doing a lot of Work on their Homes now they're all on Lock Down.




I was very Saddened to see that a Historic Home on Acreage that I had tried to Buy when we were looking for a Home, which got bought by a Commercial Developer instead, had now been razed... dammit!  It was a 1930's Rural Tudor on about 3/4 of an Acre with a stand alone Garage with Apartment above that and a small Glass Conservatory.  They also destroyed the Mature Date Palm Grove behind the Home and basically ALL of the Mature Trees around the Lot had been removed, it was now a Vacant ugly Lot.  They'll likely build high density Housing on the Lot, obliterating History for Profit.  The real tragedy is... there is an enormous Vacant Lot beside it that they could have bought to do that instead and let a Preservationist buy the Historic Home on Land.  *Le Sigh*




You can almost never outbid the greedy Developers and Investors who can pay Cash and Close before you can get Funding to try to Preserve any Historic Property up for grabs.  So Sadly, many are Lost Forever to Greed and Profiteering, they never stood a chance.   Those of us who would try to Save and Rescue some, rarely get the Opportunity to once an Investor or Developer is involved as competition.  This is Why I Sold my Historic Homestead for less than those Greedy Bastards were offering and then Intended to Raze it and put up High Density Low Income Housing where it stands.  My Preservationist Buyer could pay Cash, so I Sold it to him for less, to Save it and it's Rich History for Future Generations.  It is part of a Community and it's History, not just a Commodity!




Princess T brought in some of the Metal Eggs and put Candy in them for her Easter Egg Hunt, we haven't found the Plastic ones yet.  I know since I'm Post Dating these Blog Posts it's impossible to know what Real Time Date I Wrote them, it's not Easter yet in Real Time.  I Wish I had been able to find and unpack all my Easter Vintage Decor to Style the House with to make it seem more like Spring and Easter Time.  But I didn't and it's unlikely to happen now, tho' The Man and I did unpack some more Boxes and break them down Today too, another Iron in the Fire.  We also arranged Patio Furniture around the Pool and set up the Stone Tiered Fountain by the Pool {not operational} and hung the Lion Head Antique Metal Font on the RV Garage exterior facing the Pool.




This is my only Nod to Easter in the House right now, since it's all I could locate thus far in the unpacking Process.  I'll probably find the rest just after Easter, you know how that goes?  *LOL*  I Love those Vintage or Antique Commercial Chocolate Molds, but now they're getting so expensive that they're outside of my Price Point.  But I did Score a couple when they used to be more reasonably priced and this is the Easter one of a Quartet of Eggs.  The Vendor that Sold this to me had a huge Collection and in hindsight I do Wish I'd bought more of them at the time, it would have been a Wise Investment.  Hindsight is always 20-20 isn't it?!   Those Vintage and Antique Paper Mache' Easter or Halloween Decorations are also something I Collect when the Price is Right.  




My Favorite one is the other one I have... I like how Macabre it looks even tho' as a Chocolate Mold it was never meant to be Sinister looking.  It's a Vintage Kewpie Doll Chocolate Mold, but because they always put the Mold Forms in these Cage Like Structures around it... so Kewpie looks more like a Silence Of The Lambs Type Halloween Prop Victim and that's what I LOVED about it!  *LOL*  I bought this one from a Biker Friend who usually was a Vendor of Transportation and Biker or Hunter Clientele Merchandise, but he'd got this for precisely the reason I thought it was hilariously Cool!  He also gave me one of those First Cousin Deals on it, since he knew I Collect The Weird And Wonderful shit and Appreciate Odd Treasures.  *Winks*



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And now, to Enjoy doing Nothing... Dawn... The Bohemian


Thursday, April 16, 2020

Broadcasting From Home Voyeurism



Confession, I was Secretly doing something during these Times of Pandemic that I didn't realize everyone else was probably doing and now I don't feel so Bad about my penchant for Voyeurism!  I'm talking about all of the TV Personalities and Experts now Broadcasting from Home.  I can't even Concentrate on what they're saying, because I'm too busy peeking past them into their Apartments and Homes, that is the new Backdrop behind their Broadcasts, giving you a Personal Glimpse into a very Private Space you'd never otherwise be privy to!  I'm so apparently Shallow that I'm Critiquing their sense of Style, Furnishings and Personal Aesthetic as if I'm an Expert Home Interior Decorator Critic!  So many of my Favs I had Delusions their Homes and Taste would be Fabulous and Cool, like they are... clearly I was Wrong!  *LMAO*  I Love Trevor Noah, but is he Broadcasting from the Set of an Old Star Trek Episode?!  Those fucking Orbs now have me way too Distracted by what they potentially ARE and might be Holding?!  So I have no Idea what he might be saying and he's Hilarious, so I would probably not have wanted to miss it, I NEED Pandemic Levity right now!





Lord have Mercy, some are just Sad or Trippy .. or hideous, this Wallpaper had me actually getting a Headache!  I've got some Quirky Taste my Friends... but DAMN!!!  So many need some Professional Help with a Stylist or Interior Home Decorator guiding them, choosing shit and Placement!  Some are in Rooms so claustrophobically Small that I'm Wondering if they're Broadcasting from a Closet Space?!  Some do have Cool Homes, there's one Broadcasting Female that has a Loft Space with Brick Wall to Die for and Fab Botanical Style!  I'm too distracted by either what is Wrong with what's in the Room... or what is SO RIGHT with what they have, that I'm having a Lustfest over it!  *LMAO*  The latter is the Worst, especially if they have something Important to say that I Tuned In for and I couldn't tell you a Word of it because the Kilim Pillow on their Sofa was Fabulous and I'm too preoccupied wondering where they Sourced it?!?  Yes, I actually did that during something I was watching where the Psychologist had the most Amazing Kilim and I couldn't take my Eyes off it!  I have no Idea now what she said, it was probably Profound, but I don't know... except at least I can tell you she has Great Taste in Pillows and I WANT that one on her Sofa, I was Obsessed with it!  *LOL*   




I have lingering Questions now... like what's with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel's hideous Wallpapers?!  Fallon's was the Worst for me, what IS that, fucking Tree Bark, I was squinting while trying to figure it out!?  Does he live in a Tree House made of Birch Bark... did he buy a BAD 1970's stuck in a Time Warp Pad and forget to Update it?!  Is that the BEST Room of the House, now I'm Wondering about how hideous the rest is?!  Is it INTENTIONALLY Tacky and overly Kitsch... is that a Weird Trend in some Famous Circles now?!?!?!! WTF?!  I know that Howard Johnson's 1960's Sofa, I think I sat on it once in 1969 when we were Travelling Cross Country and spent the Night at a HJ's!  





They were Famous for their Tacky Turquoise and Orange Mid-Century Furnishings!  Mebbe he bought an Old Howard Johnson's Motel and is Living in it?!   Even the Paneling would have looked better than that Wallpaper tho'! *LOL and Gak!!!*




 Now, on to Kimmel's, is that perhaps his Gramma's House he's Broadcasting from, because that is mos def some Old Lady Wallpaper going on right there my Friends!  Is there a Rooster Pattern Wallpaper Border in the Kitchen and Sponge Painted Walls in the other Rooms?  I'm actually ranking the At-Home Backdrops I'm seeing behind TV Personalities and Actors I've watched for Years! 





 When the Governator, Arnold, gave a Public Service Announcement from Home to stay at Home he was feeding some Pony and Donkey he has in his Kitchen, and I thought I was a Weirdo!  I was peering past Ponyfest and Arnie to get a better Vantage Point of what the Kitchen looked like, I mean, perhaps when Maria left she took all the Taste, Hygiene and Boundaries with her and he reverted back to Bachelor Mode, with Farm Animals in the Kitchen... I dunno?  All I know is that this has become a new Past-time for me and I thought I was the only one doing it... apparently... you could be doing it too!?   And who knew it would bring out the Judgmental Snarky Bitch in me?!  *Winks*




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Some Pandemic Levity and the Strange things we now do and Habits we've now developed to Entertain ourselves in the Arizona Desert while in Lock Down... Dawn... The Bohemian

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Harmonious And Reinventing Ourselves



I'm just now over a Week of Pre-Dated Blog Posts into the Future, I feel like such a Blog Overachiever!  *Winks*  I woke up this Morning to the Surprise that Princess T had Voluntarily come in to the Guest Bedroom here and Painted the upper portion of that Black Wall I was working on.  So that now I don't have to go up the Step Stool of Death and risk another Senior Fall, Bless her!  She knows with the Vertigo I'm terrified of Heights and get dizzy, even if it is only being Six Inches off the Ground on a Ladder!  *Bwahahaha!*  My recent Senior Fall and injury had scared the crap out of her and The Man.  Especially since you can't get Medical Treatment right now unless you're a COVID-19 related Case or a Life and Death Emergency.  I'm still favoring that jacked up Left Shoulder!




  I also cleaned up the Paint you dribbled down the Hallway when you brought the dirty Paintbrush into the Kitchen Gramma!  What a Sport and having Eyes like a Rat, how Sweet that she'd noticed and been The Golden Child by cleaning it up!  I didn't even notice I'd dribbled Paint all down the Hallway... at least with these faux Plank Tile it cleans up like a charm when you spill anything on 'em.   Ahhhh, we're so Harmonious around here and it's times like this I'm glad we didn't kill each other during Lock Down!   Of coarse she'd be Mortified and wanna kill me if she knew I was taking pixs of her Sleeping and Sharing 'em all over The Land of Blog, she has that Image to Protect you know!  {Yeah, she actually said she has an Image!}  *LMAO*  But she looked so Angelic in her Hoodie Sleeping... warming up after her chilly Swim in the Pool that day!  *LOL*




She just waltzed in and saw the pixs and acted Mortified, but since she looked Cute... well... you know... it's all about THAT!  Look how Long my Eyelashes are, she gushed with Vanity and Pride!  Yeah, she's her Mother's Daughter alright... her Mama is probably the most Fashionable looking Vain Homeless Person you ever laid Eyes upon! *LOL*  I'd checked your Phone to see if you snuck any pixs of me Sleeping, Gramma, I didn't realize you'd taken some with your Old School Camera!  Yeah, I'm Sly like that!  *Winks*  That's an invasion of my Privacy ya know, I bantered, what if I had Texts to my Boyfriend and you tipped off Grandpa?  She rolled her Eyes dramatically and couldn't wait to tell Grandpa that Gramma implied she's Cheating on you!  Well, I Hope he has Money, he says... we've got Expenses!  You Guys are Weirdos she said... Yeah, we knew that already... tell us something we don't already know!  *Winks*




Besides, you didn't make me Breakfast this Morning Honey, so I'm Trading your Ass in and trawling the Dating sites, I says... he headed straight for the Kitchen, Bless him, so he's not replaced by some Domesticated Stud Muffin!  *LOL*  Yeah, he's always been the Culinary Jedi in the Family and lemme tell ya, for the Five Years after his Catastrophic Accident when you couldn't let him near a Stove or in a Kitchen unsupervised, it was brutal!  It is said there isn't a Man Alive to tell about my Cooking!  *LMAO*  Princess T can make a mean Cup O'Noodles now tho', she has great Survival Skills in a crunch!  *Winks*  The Young Prince would watch the Food Network incessantly and Imagine he was an Iron Chef afterwards... Bipolar Mania and SMI Psychosis can be like that you know!  *Ha ha ha*  Actually, his Food was edible and at least it meant I didn't hafta Cook!  *Whew!*  If it wasn't a Fear Factor Food Episode I could even tell what I was eating that he'd replicated!  *Winks*




I have Sad News... some of my Entomology Butterfly Specimens were carnage when I unpacked them!  *Sob!*  My fav Red one here and my Huge Moth one got munched by some kind of Dermested Beetle Larvae... as did a Bat Specimen.  They, the Butterflies, are Sealed but sometimes this happens and tho' you can own the Specimens for Years with no incident, they'll turn an Exhibit to Dust if they were trapped in the Display when it was professionally mounted or somehow manage to get inside.  It's insidious and Heartbreaking, but what are ya gonna do?  Thankfully most of my Specimens are still Fine, there are some Expensive Displays that I'd be Mortified if they got destroyed by Insects making a Buffet of them!




Nature does what it just Naturally does tho'... prevention isn't always possible with Human intervention to stop that Process.  I sure do Wish it hadn't been my Fav Butterflies tho', the most Jazzy Specimens!  *Sob!!!*  The Red one was a Gift so that's kinda Sentimental... enough of it remains to keep it, and I stuck 'em in the Freezer for a few Hours to kill off the 'Lil Bastards having a Picnic of them!  Luckily my Irish Horn Rosaries, only one got damaged by Beetle Larvae, being the Beads are made of Horn they're susceptible.  Curating Natural Collections take vigilance for Natural deterioration to be halted or at least slowed down enough to enjoy them for as long as possible.




That's why I also have to be Selective about what comes into the Climate Control of the Main House for Displaying.  My Irish Horn Rosaries, if left in either the RV Garage or Double Car Garage Studio {which has Air Conditioning separate from the House but which isn't on all of the time}, would surely deteriorate if Displayed in either of those Spaces, and now they would be expensive to replace!  So as I'm locating each one I'm layering them on the one Antique Dress Form I've brought into the Dining Room to Display.  I'm Enjoying slowly Styling our New Home, I've still got lots to do and if I'm not having a Bad Pandemic Day Emotionally, I'm getting so much accomplished.  I want to utilize this time in Lock Down to both be more Still... and to complete Projects... a Healthy Balance of each thing that normally I wouldn't be inclined to devote as much time to doing.




Organizing Art Supplies, so that if this drags on longer, I can get Creative too, is something I'm also working on right now.  I had fully Intended to devote more Time and Energy to Creating again even if things hadn't gone Sideways Worldwide.  I Love being Creative, it Feeds the Soul and I get Lost in the Process of it to where Time doesn't matter.  I used to do a lot of Fabric Art before The Man required Extreme Caregiving and when The G-Kid Force were so Young they required a lot more Time and Energy to Raise too.  Now that The Force are Grown into Young Adults... and The Man has rehabilitated enough, I can get back to it.  I can more fully follow my Bliss and devote Time and Energy to whatever I'm Passionate about again.  A lot of Artisans that make a Living from it are naturally concerned the Economic fallout will be harmful to the Sale of Non-Essentials.




So I do Hope that we all remember to Support the Small Businesses and Artisans that will be hurting most as Recovery of the Economy takes place eventually.   I was watching Interviews with Bill Gates and I so do Wish that Man would run for President!  There's so much his Foundations have been involved with that are Crucial... and he was warning about this Pandemic for over Five Years now but few listened and prepared.  Anyway, he was Guardedly Optimistic, but is a Straight Shooter about what can be expected... both from the Medical aspect and impact of what we're facing Globally... and from the Economical aspect and impact of it as well.  I don't think people have yet to focus on the Economical since we simply MUST make the Medical Containment of the Virus and Public Safety a Priority, which does greatly impact how quickly we can then focus on the Economical carnage too.  Being too Premature would be a mistake that would Negatively impact both.




Many Countries will not have the Economic Resources to Recover without aide... other Countries will see this as an Opportunity to exploit their Advantages.  China for example was the Catalyst for the Outbreak of the Virus but Managed Containment well enough to be back Online in Production.  So many Countries now are having to buy necessary Resources from China because they are the primary Producers of so much of it, including Medicines and Medical Supplies.  If you have to purchase Surgical Gloves and Meds, chances are, it's going to be Made in China and Imported from there right now... they're not really making it Locally elsewhere all that much, if at all.  China has replaced the U.S. as an engine to the Global Economy and playing a dominant role for Economic growth.  The shifting balance of Economic Power has a lot at Play and a lot at Stake.




The Retired Banker in me just always tries to keep my Finger on the Pulse about what is happening or could be happening Economically and Worldwide.   I know it affects all of us since every single Human on the Planet uses some type of Currency.  And yet, we don't really Teach Finances and Economics properly in our Educational System, so a lot of people's Financial I.Q. is appalling, as is their ability to manage their assets and recognize their liabilities.  Or to be Good Stewards of what they have and a level of preparedness that would get them thru a Minor Crisis, let alone a Major one!  I Debt Counseled folks for Years... what you make is hardly ever the problem... what you Keep of it almost always is!   And everyone makes errors in Judgment, I have too... nobody is infallible, yet, how or if you Recover will be dependent upon Habits and your ability to change the ones that aren't Working FOR you.  Or adaptation when shit Shifts.




Shit is Shifting people... in a MAJOR way and Worldwide.  Things will never be what they WERE, so get over that Delusion if you still have it and are desperately trying to hang on to it.  The most Creative and Inventive will likely go back to prospering and Recovering at least some of what was Lost during this Time of Pandemic and how long it extends into the Future.  Are you Up to the Challenge of Reinventing yourselves?   I know I'll have to Reinvent my Strategy going Forward, the Old Strategy will either need a complete overhaul or be ditched altogether and start afresh.  I've had to do that before, numerous times in fact, Life happens, shit happens... Adapt and Improvise or Circle the Drain, your Choice.  I'm a Fighter and Survivor by Nature... if I can't get in the Front Door I'll go around to the Back Door, thru the Roof, the damned Window, or Tunnel in!  I don't Care which Entry Point I take since I'm an Opportunist.  I've never seen myself as a Victim or Powerless... how you View yourself IS Important.




If you're expecting someone to Rescue you riding in on a White Horse or some Government Angel of Mercy, wake up... unless you have Cultivated the Right Contacts and Connections {Wink and a Nod}, ain't gonna happen my Friend, you won't Rate.  If you don't have someone's Personal Phone Number who can grease the Track or your Palms, take a Number and stand in the long line that stretches out to infinity and beyond desperately waiting for Help!  I don't Care who you Voted for or will Vote for... no Politician is so Interested in YOU Personally that they are likely to be your Personal Savior my Friend!  Shit... most of them aren't even able to get the necessary critical Supplies to those Health Professionals that ARE trying to Save us... so that's very Telling!!!  




The fact something that used to cost Seventy Cents that is vitally necessary to our Medical Community is now being Bid Up and costing them Seven Dollars or more and nobody is doing anything about it is also very Telling!!! WTF you might be thinking... I don't Wonder Why at all... Profiteering during Crisis pays Dividends my Friends!  And some will be Allowed to get away with it.  Not you if you're hawking TP on the Street Corner for several Bucks a Roll... they'll come down on you and after you, so it appears they're Protecting da Public from Scoundrels.  While turning a Blind Eye to and allowing Big Business and their Investors to Price Gouge and Sell to the Highest Bidder and Source Out whatever we Need right HERE and right NOW!   If we're short on shit, Why would we then be Exporting the very same shit???  Things that make ya go Humnnnn!   Yeah, Sharing IS Caring, when you have enough for your own and can be then Philanthropic and exceedingly Generous.




 I'm also highly Suspicious of anyone touting and incessantly Promoting anything Big Pharma makes, especially before it's proven and Tested as effective... follow the Money or the Favors and it likely leads right to them... just sayin'!  Try it, you'll like it, I'd take it, whaddya have to Lose... even spouted from a Highest Platform of Govt., sounds like a Carnie Style Sales Pitch for Modern Snake Oil Peddling to me.  Don't be Naive and Conned while most Vulnerable and in Desperation, you make too easy a Mark.   Not to mention, now there will be a Run on those Meds that some people actually do Need for seriously Ailments it has been Tested and Proven to be Helpful for!  So they won't be able to get it... at their own Peril and becoz of you and the Hawker of Miracle Cures causing a Bum Rush for it!  It will become as scarce as TP as Panic Buyers try to get theirs while there's still some left... and certain People Profit mightily from the Hook when you took the Bait. 




I am still an Incurable Optimist in spite of what I see and hear that isn't Right.  To see Wrong and say or do Nothing would be complicit, so I will always be a part of a Resistance to that kind of shit going down and Speak Truth to Power.  Yeah, in many ways I'm still an Old Hippie dissident that thinks The Establishment could sure still use a lot of Work to do Right by The People.  I'm not one to blindly Believe propaganda just because a person in a position of Power says over and over again the same things that just don't line up and tell you what a Great job they're doing and what a Great person they are!  Let us be the Judge of that shall we... History will play that out and be the Legacy of those that were Great and did Great things... and those that weren't and didn't, Failing us all.  Though I certainly Wish they hadn't...



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Blessings, Love, Light and Eternal Hope... remain Up by Faith and Know that it Will Hold my Friends... Dawn... The Bohemian
A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl