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Still [Aug. 7th, 2016|11:36 pm]
So I forgot one thing at the store today, and I'll regret not having it all week. So it goes. But I also managed to get some pretty good bargains, which makes me feel better about my forgetfulness. The things I did get I got cheap, which will make them taste better (except the paper towels which I will not eat.) But I do wish I'd remembered the flavored sparkling water that was on sale at half price and which would have been very nice to have on the hot days upcoming. Mandarin orange. Mmmm.

This is just about the middle of official summer, so maybe it will start getting a bit milder soon. The days are already noticeably shorter. This evening I watched the sky, it was still holding some light from the vanished sun as the waxing crescent moon emerged. There were some puffs of cloud here and there, slowly blending with the night. That sky is gone now, a different sky replacing it, the moon sunk into the pines, the clouds vanished, the stars brightened. The chirps of the crickets remain like those of any other night. All these clocks, and time remains unchecked.

Sunday Verse

When Spring Returns

by Fernando Pessoa

When Spring returns
Perhaps I will no longer be in the world.
Today I wish I could think of Spring as a person
So that I could imagine her crying for me
When she sees that she's lost her only friend.
But Spring isn't even a thing:
It's a manner of speaking.
Not even the flowers or green leaves return.
There are new flowers, new green leaves.
There are new balmy days.
Nothing returns, nothing repeats, because everything is real.


[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2016-08-09 02:48 am (UTC)
Apologies for a long absence from commenting -- I've been kind of stressed and antsy, and I've neglected LJ. My bad.

I sometimes buy Talking Rain brand flavored water (no sugar, no vitamins, just flavor and fizz), liking peach nectarine best. It hits the spot when drunk from a glass kept in the freezer.
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2016-08-09 05:02 am (UTC)
A regional water company, Alhambra, used to have seltzer in half gallon bottles that were available in the local supermarkets. They were big plastic bottles with a plastic siphon mechanism that made a noise like a goose with a bad cold honking loudly. I used to make my own soft drinks with it, but they stopped selling it a couple of years after we moved here. I've missed it ever since. Regular seltzer is much too expensive, which is why I now settle for the sparkling water. It is very nice on a hot day.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2016-08-09 12:24 pm (UTC)
Your description of the honking water jug makes me think of '30s-era movies, where the urbane Nick & Nora types would mix drinks with seltzer. Sounds so sophisticated, despite the squonking!
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2016-08-09 12:26 pm (UTC)
There's a whole subsection of "Nick and Nora Charles drinking" photos! :D

Nick and Nora on the sauce, with Asta
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2016-08-10 04:40 am (UTC)
Maybe I'll nab one of those for an LJ icon. It's time I had some new ones.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2016-08-10 06:14 pm (UTC)
Yay! They were totally charming. :D

NB: icon is not Nick & Nora Charles. *g*
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2016-08-10 11:26 pm (UTC)
Not Nick and Nora, but of about the right age to have been Nick and Nora's grandchildren. Though I think Daria (or even Jane) was a more likely candidate to have been their descendant.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2016-08-10 11:35 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the Daria shows, but it was Jane (and her brother Trent) I really fangirled for. :D
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2016-08-10 04:36 am (UTC)
When I first found the sick goose seltzer the first thing to cross my mind was Nick and Nora preparing drinks for guests and finding their suave, sophisticated seltzer bottle replaced by one of these clunky monstrosities. I found the image hilarious.
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