neyronrose (neyronrose) wrote,
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Monday so far

I had called our neighbor R.W. a while ago to ask if he knew of volunteer opportunities to help out for the upcoming election.  I've seen R. at our polling place, and I think he's pretty involved.  Someone called to see if I wanted to be at the polling place, and we established that I'd probably be better off doing clerical work.  She gave me the number for the Democratic headquarters in [county].  I kind of thought R. would be a Democrat.  I called, and spoke to a woman named A.B., and established that I wanted to do clerical work.  She asked if I could do data entry, and I said I could.  That and word processing, I said.

R.'s wife F. stopped by a few days later with information about the Democratic headquarters, too.  I thanked her.  This morning A.B. called me back to see if I wanted to put stickers and stamps on cards and mail them out.  I said yes.  She said she'd tell me when the cards came in.  It sounded good.  It seems like it's something I can do on my own time, my own time being midnight or whatever.  I can work as fast as my motor skills allow, and my fine motor skills aren't that bad.

I don't know terribly much about the issues, aside from GLBT issues.  I need to get up to speed.  But I did want to participate somehow.  People are usually quite pleased with my clerical skills when they see what I can do.  It's a heavily Republican county, so my vote will only cancel out S.M.'s, or probably any other of the garden club ladies' votes.

Earlier in the day: I got a call about a nutrition counseling appointment at 9:30 a.m. or so.  I was already more-or-less conscious because I'd conked out last night a bit after 2:00 a.m.  I think I spoke relatively coherently.  I lay back down again after that call, but didn't go back to sleep, and officially got up a little after 10 a.m.  I must have gotten the call from the headquarters something like half an hour after that.

Back to the present: I'm still interested in the discussion about American television and racism.  Biyuti -- if I understood this right -- thinks that Blaine is structurally positioned in the Glee narrative as a person of color.  They think that means that Blaine won't get his own story, but I think he will.  Yes, he's part of Kurt's story, but I think it will be more than that for Blaine this year.  It looks like Blaine's own story could be about racism.  I hope they keep up with the storyline about racism.  Blaine is very popular, and it could get more of his fans thinking about racism.  Glee seems to me to drop storylines and then sometimes pick up with them later.  I hope Blaine's story doesn't get dropped.

It's pretty nice out.  I went out to look at the roses.  The mystery pink rose has some flowers going by, a couple just opened, and several buds.  It's got a very nice fragrance.  I like the scent of the damask rose 'Mme. Zoetmans' the best out of any of the roses I have, but some of the others are pleasant, too.  I looked at the bud of 'Prairie Star'.  It was balled from the rain.  I worked the flower open.  I'll cut the flower off in a couple of days and see if it makes another bud before frost.  We'll probably have a frost in a couple of weeks, at the latest by the end of the month.

I looked at the lantana.  A largish butterfly stopped briefly at the goldenrod that's mixed in with 'Mme. Zoetmans', then made a few big loops, and went to the lantana for a few moments before flying away.  I think it was a spicebush swallowtail.  If I remember right, they like sassafras, and we have a few sassafras trees.  I've been wanting to get a spicebush for a few years.  Maybe in the spring, if I find one.  I'll have to look at the native plant sales in the area.  I didn't get a picture of the butterfly.  It was moving very fast.  The skippers love the lantana.  I should research what the caterpillars eat.  If it's weeds and brush, we've got plenty of them.

Later: I watered the jasmines, pinks and clivia.  The sambac jasmine has a couple of buds.  The other jasmine has branches with green leaves, which is a good sign.  I think it's Jasmine humile 'Revolutum'.  If it flowers and has yellow flowers, I'll be sure.

I have beta reading to do, and I asked for some editing, which I will hopefully get tonight.

 
Tags: flowers, garden, rambling, reading, tv
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