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03 July 2017 @ 02:27 pm
Tomorrow is July 4th  
Fireworks have already been going off the last few days here for the 4th. I love it but not so great when you're trying to sleep. Also I find it ironic how the majority go off at midnight when that's July the 5th. It's not quite the same as sleeping through a thunderstorm. Well we have no plans for tomorrow. Chris is working the first part of the day. I will go with him on a job if he gets it in a nice neighborhood. Then he's going to get the rest of it off so we can spend time together. I'm very happy to have decorated and put out some nice things. It was easy since the house was already half done because nothing's changed here since last July when life took a very bad turn for me. I'm happy to put out some more things and get back into decorating for each holiday again. I am happy that things are almost back to normal for me. I appreciate those of you that have been there for me and understood that these things take time. I am very proud of myself for having come through a very bad situation so well.

On that note I'm focusing now on fixing and emptying our house of junk. Today I worked on our master closet and filled five small garbage bags of clothes to give to donations. Nothing compared to the junk I dealt with at my mother's house but I was never as bad as she was. I'm happy and proud to be able to see the walls of my closet as I just don't need a lot of clothes. I am throwing out some of Chris's stuff too. Best to just start all over and try to keep what we get to last as long as possible. Or do what Cope does. If we find something we like to stock up as much as we can afford, nowhere near what he can, that way we never have to buy it again and it protects against things getting discontinued.

Remember the yellow "jacaranda" tree I was so happy about that finally bloomed. Here's a photo and the story I posted on DA about it.

This tree was sold to me as a "yellow jacaranda". I'd never heard of a yellow Jacaranda. They are purple but I was very happy and took it. Actually it was free with a purchase I made from another plant breeder. I've had it for about six years and it's finally bloomed. The leaves look very similar to a Jacaranda and I planted it next to my Jacaranda. But when I saw the flowers they were nothing like that. I did some research and found the common name is Yellow Poinicina but it is not a poinciana either as they are not in the same genus. The scientific name of this plant is Peltophorum pterocarpum. Royal Poincianas are red and their scientific name is Delonix regia. This is a different genus. The leaves are similar but fatter on each actual leaf than Peltophorum and well they are two totally different genus. The flowers are nothing alike so the common name is not a good one.

I had a comment from someone on youtube that I'm starting to become friends with. He mentioned he did not know about the eclipse and thanked me for the video I posted yesterday. I hadn't thought that some of my watchers might not know so perhaps I'll make a post about it just talking a bit about it. We'll see as videos take time to make and I'm having issues with my Sony Vegas crashing and taking way longer than it used to. Used to be I could render a video in twice the time of the length. So if I had 2 minutes of footage it would take four minutes to render. A four minute video now takes 45 minutes if it doesn't crash and I have to have all programs closed and the computer restarted. This really sucks just when I want to get into serious editing again. I'm afraid I may need a new computer which sucks because I don't want to give up my awesome windows 7. Anyway this friend and I might meet since he might be moving down to Tampa for a job and we have similar Jeeps. That would be cool. I think this year has been amazing and is still going to be amazing for meeting so many online friends.

I have photoshop open right now but don't feel like inking Thag. Perhaps I should scan the pic of Fear by the river and start that. I was looking through my files and totally forgot about the shoe billed stork. so it might be good to work on three at once and take turns. When I work on multiple drawings at once it's always fun to see which one will end first. It's not always the one that's more advanced or furthest ahead.
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Des: Pirate Parrotthagirion on July 3rd, 2017 08:09 pm (UTC)
Being that we are in Florida nothing her is normal like the rest of the US. It is storming right now. It ALWAYS rains on the 4th of July. In all my life it has not been sunny. Sometimes fireworks are canceled. Sometimes the rain stops but it always rains at some point on the 4th. It's never failed. If it rains at night then we get fireworks at night on the 5th. Very annoying.
Ha by that reasoning it's nice so many other countries can join in on the fun. Ha Aliens. Funny enough it's kind of a tradition for us to watch ID4 every year on the 4th. I may do so again this year. Aliens attacking are so American anyway as they are our unique mythology.

I'm glad this tree finally bloomed and because of that I can finally ID it properly.

I forget how to check the specs on my computer.
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Des: 4th of Julythagirion on July 3rd, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah I think it will be a nice 4th for me. I like taking the holidays slow.
Yeah it was very nice of the guy to just give me the tree when I had bought other plants from him. Yeah the common name is very strange. I'll have to try to find out how it's related to the royal poinciana.
I hate windows 10 and don't want it so I want this computer to last as long as possible.
Yeah I hope I can finish them all. I'm currently inking Fear next to the river.
gamma_wings on July 4th, 2017 03:01 am (UTC)
I hope you have a good July the 4th, ah I have taken notice that people in the states seem to celebrate the 4th basically everyday in July... or at least until the 4th I'm unsure. It's funny but here in Canada I saw fireworks out my window even today and it's past Canada day. Your Yellow Poinicina looks quite lovely, I do think the flowers are pretty but that's annoying the English name is so confusing. I'm looking forward to seeing your future artworks finished, especially the ones with Thag and the stork.
Des: 4th of Julythagirion on July 4th, 2017 06:41 pm (UTC)
It's been good and very adventurous for sure. I will post about it tonight as I have done some insane things. Yeah the fireworks will be going off for days for sure. So was Canada Day the big party you thought it would be?
Thanks. Yes the English names are not quite right and misleading. So it is good to know the scientific name. I'll see when I can get to them. I am very much in the mood to make art so that's always good. But today and tomorrow are days off so I may not have time.
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Des: 4th of Julythagirion on July 4th, 2017 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Happy 4th to you too. By AudeS's joke so many people can celebrate the 4th too then. Yes Aliens are so American. Chris and I will watch ID4 1 and 2 today. That should be fun.

I'm so happy this tree finally bloomed. Yes the common names are so messed up. I try to learn the scientific names of plants when I can and most plants I like I know by these names. Though I hate how there is no creativity among botanists. Every plant seems to have repeating names like an alata or macrophylla in every genus. I can't think of others but I have noticed too many of the same species names. This does not happen in the other kingdoms and it bugs me.

I love youtube. ACTipton and CVersailles are my youtube friends that I originally met there and now I have met them in real life. I have two others now that I hope to meet one day in real life. It's too bad I wasn't able to meet Blackedoutjeepwrangler in Toronto but that was just too much driving. Next time and I will go with Chris because I think Toronto is a city he has to see. I want to do the tower walk with him and then take him to Niagara. So one day in the future.

Windows 7 is great. I never want to use anything else. 10 is terrible. WE have it on the laptop and I hate how I can't watch DVD's on it.
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Desthagirion on July 5th, 2017 10:57 am (UTC)
My day was crazy yesterday but good. I will post about it soon. Serene had nothing to do with it.

I hated that about vultures being called buzzards once I found out buzzards were European hawks. I blame that on cartoons.