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cobalt

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This is my Instance home for now - maybe a change soon.
Has rocks in my head. My house too. social action, #Progressive, #disability advocate, #caregiver, technology, humor, science, #photography, art, rock collector, #geology, history, reading, #SciFi, Terry Pratchett, #Discworld, #Pterry etc. #Phoenix #Arizona
Now featuring #TipOfDay so I might be a bit grandmothery at times except for enjoying Gogol Bordello and some metal.

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cobalt, to random
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Oh really. Friend I mentioned deep into conspiracy theories just tried to get me to read and take seriously Corey’s Digs. Yikes. Ever come across her site? Investigative journalism she calls it. Pseudoscience much? Vast global conspiracies and decades of human mind enslavement strategy assumed. Oh. Dear.

cobalt, to random
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Yay, still May and arbors finished in time for a light roof over to shade the cactus and succulent plants against the wall. The large pots are for the star jasmine vines that are supposed to grow up into the arbors. Shade cloth is clamped to the arbor roof and draped over racks so it doesn’t lay on the plants. Lots of clamps for the shade cloth because we get wild wind gusts in Phoenix. I’m hoping for one more bloom of the flowers before the vines are in survival mode for the heat wave coming.

cobalt, to random
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Home Econ.
Anyone heard of this? And for bonus points, participated?
I’ve thought since I was a young adult that those experiences absolutely helped me out in running a household. And I am sure most young adults now have very little experience to help them out in even basic tasks.
Here’s an example: not one of the caregivers I’ve had under the age of 30 knew how to use a can opener.

cobalt,
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@quoidian yay for that much, at least! I had a young male caregiver this year that opened cans by repeatedly jamming a knife along the rim. I shrieked for him to stop. When I showed him how to use the can opener he was astonished and very excited. I have been teaching common home skills to most caregivers my son has had.

cobalt, to random
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Boosted and shared. One simply must know of My Lai, a horrific event of the US Vietnam War. Decades later it can’t be forgotten. Yet now in Gaza there have been so many similar horrors, also officially silenced. There will be no Lieutenant Thompson to bear witness. https://mastodon.me.uk/@garius/110033106139765776

cobalt, to random
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Halp! I realized yesterday that it’s now so hot and sunny in Phoenix that I have to complete my plan to get a light roof over the arbors where the jasmine vines are growing. Hoping tomorrow my son will help me a fix the fiberglass panels up top. Meanwhile, I’m trying 40% sun shade cloth clamped on. The supports in front of the 3 giant pots are cheap clothes racks. I need help to raise the other 2 up high like on the left. So my ? is: any other ideas on potted plants surviving heat waves.

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cobalt,
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@Vai @jadevol This guy! I never read up on his history, but Jimmy Page has one of the most interesting histories and has worked with an amazing number of artists as a session musician. The Wikipedia entry is well worth the read. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Page?wprov=sfti1#

cobalt, to chicago
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My oldest son is in Chicago for a trade show and just got this from his cellphone up in his hotel at the Marriott. #Chicago #Night #City #BlackAndWhite #Monochrome

cobalt,
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Renaissance Chicago Downtown
Hotel on the Riverwalk

I imagine the weather is perfect there right now.

Caiotekit, to random
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I just finished reading this book which was recommended to me by @cobalt. Thanks for the recommendation! I learned a lot about the brain and why we do and say things, the way we do. It was published in 2023, so recently. A good read and a keeper.
#Alzheimer's #bookstodon

cobalt,
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@Caiotekit I have thought of small anecdotes from this book over and over. When you are the caregiver it’s hard to see how you are being lead into some feelings, confusion and upset just by how your own brain reacts to another’s dysfunction. I’m so glad you wrote about your reaction to this book! I can think of a few folks I know of who I hope will try it out. @caregivers #Caregiver #Alzheimer #AlzheimersSucks #Dementia

cobalt, to Candy
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Finally after many years of searching I found my favorite little peppermint candy. This is quite similar to the kind often at the hostess desk for a mint and a toothpick to go after the meal. Or at a doctor’s office or any small shop. The best thing is that it is a soft puff of peppermint flavor and not a hard candy. Red Bird has made it since 1890! Big Lots buy. 4 grins at home.

cobalt, to random
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Today, ta-da! Everyone was looking forward to this day for my son Drew- so important he have a success going into the pool for the first time this year. He surprised us all and did more physical activity at one time than ever, since October 7 when he was hospitalized with serious seizures. That day he became unable to use his walker anymore. He’s been weak and weaker. He barely can help himself lift up to stand and can’t hold his weight standing. Yet, look at him go in the water today!

billyjoebowers, to random
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30 years. I used to tell people "Pretty Hate Machine" was 15-20 years old just to freak them out. And it did.

Now "Closer" is 30 years old.

cobalt,
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@billyjoebowers aha! This afternoon while driving home, we heard Head Like a Hole and neither my son or his caregiver ever heard it. So I cranked it way loud. I think it’s maybe 30+ years old now.

cobalt, to Phoenix
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Mom
At least someone's Mom. On Mothers' Day 2024 I found gardens of sculptures and decorations filling 3 home lots in central Phoenix, AZ. Earlier I shared an iPhone shot of a side yard and this is one of the sculptures I was able to see inside the side yard. By Don Russell, an extraordinary Outsider Artist who doesn't sell his work. He just buys more homes there to be able to work on them and store them while his renters enjoy the atmosphere.

Found object sculpture of a woman made from wire, metal, tools, washers, emblems, and decorative metal pieces, detail view of sculpture about 9 feet tall. She looks like she has wild long hair and an ornate gown of wire patterns with dark brown skin showing. Her eyes look startled, round and wide.

cobalt, to Phoenix
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Truly a nice Mothers’ Day going for me since my youngest worked overnight till late enough I could go out with my cameras at 5:30 am. I enjoy driving around areas of Phoenix unknown to me and planning on finding subject matter that is a joy to see. Hit jackpot around 7 am in a seedy old neighborhood near old downtown. 3 homes with sculpture and outsider area that was terrific! Here’s a cellphone shot of one, so you can imagine my thrill when a renter let me in the side yard.

cobalt, to random
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Under creative construction here. I got 20 bollards going and have to decide how to use them. Likely to make simple square bases to keep them from tipping when the dog comes by. These first solar lights were charged up and I had to get a photo of the shadow play. There are 4 heavy wall mount lanterns but I think too heavy to mount easily on stucco.

BenCisco, to random
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She put down the shovel and hopped in the backhoe

https://www.rawstory.com/katie-britt-shredded-register-women/

cobalt,
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@BenCisco @thepoliticalcat Shannon Watt notes the perfect contrast for Katie Britt.

kcarruthers, to random
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Keeping it all in the family: Barron Trump picked to serve as a Florida delegate at Republican National Convention

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/barron-trump-picked-serve-florida-delegate-republican-national/story?id=110049809

cobalt,
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@kcarruthers Truly appalling so many family members are delegates. The GOP has no class.

cobalt, to Arizona
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Hard to imagine the Stones on tour in 2024 and they play the stadium in Glendale AZ tonight just a mile or so from my home. Saw them 3 times, starting 1969. DECADES ago! Not one ounce of interest for me now but for a good 45 years they really were the world’s best rock ‘n roll band. In honor of their history, here is a favorite early song.

https://youtu.be/DEseb6-hssc?si=22n-ycnWX9qfctbW

cobalt, to Flowers
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Palo Verde flowers on a bench - these trees on Phoenix are full of tiny yellow flowers. I was sitting on a light aqua-colored bench at the Banner hospital downtown as a tree was “snowing” flowers. Too bad I’m allergic to this pollen! It was a short break during a procedure my son is getting.
#Flowers #Yellow #Phoenix

cobalt, to Phoenix
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Last summer in Phoenix I was just sure the record-breaking heat wave killed off the many decades’ old rose bushes out front of my home. Despite my aggressive pruning and spray treatment for a fungicide for thrips, Voilá they are doing fine! Never saw 6 full blooms at once in a giant cluster. #Phoenix #Bloomscrolling #Roses #Red

cobalt, to austin
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An image of Texas troopers currently dragging off peaceful protestors from encampment. Troopers surrounded small circle of tents. Then protesters have encircled the troopers. Looking pretty grim there. Fearful of deaths coming in this assault. Follow @oconnell as he posts from there.

cobalt,
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In order to get a Sheriff bus of arrestees out, the cops had to leave their positions to escort it away. And now students have retaken the encampment area and are continuing the actions.

https://partyon.xyz/@nullagent/112356967919724317

cobalt, to food
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My English cucumber problem. Soooo I have about 20 of these, ripe/organic/wrapped. Need to know ideas on how to eat/cook/freeze. All I can think of are vague canapés and quiche. I also have a lot of bell peppers, onions, squash, green beans and grape tomatoes. Hmmmm.

cobalt,
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@Lizette603_23 Phoenix! If I were to grow it the right tine of year would be February and March.

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