April 6, 2019:

Hola!

The income taxes are finished and were taken to the Post Office yesterday to send out via certified mail, which now costs nearly $16 for two 8 1/2 11 envelopes with return receipt. Yikes! But worth it because I have proof positive once I get the little green cards back that the returns were delivered and received. And just in case, there are tracking numbers that I can also tap the U.S. Post Office for to verify that delivery was made. In these times, it's better to be safe than sorry

I have been working in little bits and pieces outdoors whenever a window in our crappy weather has presented itself. Today, however, was the first day where I was able to spend an extended period of time outside. First, I cleaned up areas on the sidewalk and driveway along the edges where pine cones and branches tiny branches blown off during the seemingly wind storms we endured over fall and winter 2018-2019. After resting for a bit, and removing the winter hat, gloves and jacket, I moved to the back yard because I'm sick of feeling sick to my stomach every time I look at it through the patio doors in the dining room and window above the kitchen sink. This winter left it a true disaster zone. I worked steadily raking small areas and filled two trash can size black trash bags full of debris blown down from my arborvitaes and neighboring trees over the winter, in addition to about half a ton of nut shells. The nut shells are my fault because I feed all the neighborhood squirrels. They are so entertaining, and very smart! I also made a small dent in starting clean-up of the flower beds, where the "mild" (ahem) weather and thawed earth has encourages perennials to start popping through, whether I'm ready for them or not!

All in all, a somewhat decent start to making a larger dent in clean-up operations. I worked outdoors about 4 hours off and on. I didn't want to overdo it, and truth be told, I'm pooped! It's humbling to not be able to work as long or as hard as I used to. I can get it done, but I have to take lots of rest breaks so it takes quite a bit longer now. Good thing I'm retired

Jan

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Content Thieves!

Unrelated to Maison Newton, I've been involved in a website of an entirely different type for 13 years now - Goddesschess.  During our time online, we've had things stolen from us without either suitable credit to or a link back to the original source.  It's very difficult to track thieves down, if you can, and it takes a lot of time -- and that was back in the "early" days of the internet when people weren't as "sophisticated" as they are now about copying your work and covering their trails.  Ultimately, there isn't much one can do, particularly with content thieves from another country.  You can email, you can write, you can complain to hosts.  And usually nothing is ever done.

So, now, whenever something of ours (original written content by us or our contributors, original artwork and graphics) is hijacked, if we find out about it (and we usually do, sooner or later), we publicize the theft.  Thieves usually don't like that very much.

Anyway, I am writing about this because of a post I came across at Addicted 2 Decorating blog -- it was at (I think) one of the recent parties I visited at one of the decorating blogs I visit regularly, but for the life of me now I cannot remember which one.  Ach, been trying to track down where I saw it but now I can't find it, only the link to the actual post itself that I emailed to myself because I intended to write about it here.  Doh, Jan.  Here's the link to the original post from Addicted 2 Decorating.  It's enough to make your eyeballs boil! 

The post has generated lots of comments and sympathy from around the web.  I hope that Pinterest acts quickly to take down the page (or whatever it is called) with the stolen images and Kristi Linauer's incredible idea to make a fantastic wreath (it is stunning - take a look at the original post for her actual copyrighted photos and instructions).  I don't have anything here worth stealing, thank Goddess! 

We all need to speak out against this sort of thing when it happens to us and to others when we find out about it.  And I hope holy hell is breaking lose on Pinterest right now against the THIEF OR THIEVES!

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