Otterday! And Open Thread

Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by these young otter best friends. [Photographer: MikeBura.]

two otters lying on grass, seen from above. They have their tails curled around, touching each other.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. Happy Winter Solstice to everyone. I have plans to stay awake for the full 24 hours from 6.55am (local time) today until at least 6.55am local time tomorrow. So, I need inspiration, luck and coffee, possibly in that order.

  2. We are lamb sitting today. Soon there will be all the excitement of feeding the lamb her bottle. Then the long wait until the lamb can have her evening bottle. Then a bit of excitement we put her to bed in the garage. We were going to put her in the bathroom but her owner pointed out that she would spend the night baaaaaaaing and no one would get any sleep. So the garage it is (she usually sleeps outside). Then the morning bottle, lunchtime bottle then picked up to go home. Then no doubt tears because everyone wanted to keep her.

  3. Aw, tigtog :/ I hope you’re better soon. Missing singing is doubleplusungood.
    We managed to make the local primary school farmers’ market ahead of the oncoming storm. Got vegies, rogan josh paste, goat, local yoghurt (guess what’s on the menu?), baked goods, and some fresh farm-pasteurised unhomogenised milk for cheesemaking. The interminable accordion music was a bit like a Monty Python sketch, but the atmosphere was otherwise lovely.

  4. Note for future reference: 5 cups of tea in the space of about four hours makes me jittery. Adding a cup of coffee (well, hazelnut mocha made with milk) on top of that may not have been a smart move. However, I am pretty likely to remain awake past my bedtime…

  5. Just put an FB “friend” on my restricted list. It’s one of the people I only know through comedy circles, and I’m not up for the drama of unfriending xe, but two links to American Enterprise Institute videos this morning means I just can’t be bothered having another episode of xe commenting on one of my social justice statuses.

  6. Sorry to hear that, tigtog. It’s awful when bad politics happens to friends. I had an fb link from a friend I haven’t seen in ages, stating that most of the poor are poor because of their choices, namely purchasing beer, tattoos and cigarettes. I wanted to point out that the wealthy purchase those things too, but aren’t criticized for it. “Yes, but the wealthy can afford their beer, cigarettes and tattoos. ” Indeed. Why do you suppose that is? Because that might actually answer the question of why the poor are poor.

  7. Apparently swimming in icy water is all the go for the Solstice.
    I hope Megpie is giving that the grand go-bye. It can’t really be good for you.
    Article in the news about how mothers receive only 30c per dollar in their wages when they return to work. Ordinarily, I’d be pleased someone is drawing attention to the low wages many women receive. But then the article started blaming the cost of childcare and whenever they do that, someone always wants to lower wages and conditions.

  8. Bronchitis – receding. Rhinitis – receding. Laryngitis – holding.
    Two out of three ain’t bad. Thank you, broad spectrum antibiotics.

  9. Laryngitis can be a real tough one to get rid of I discovered. I hope that your antibiotics knock it over quickly for you TT. Glad to hear that they have already done for two of your ailments. Three at a time is a bit full on!

  10. Spent the solstice in Portland Oregon, which is a bit surreal. Sunset in Sydney is just before 5pm, but it’s just after 9pm here. I may have broken the baby’s sleep routine just an eensy weensy bit by hauling her halfway around the world at the solstice.

  11. tigtog, glad the bronchitis is receding, especially. Laryngitis – no fun, but a good reason not to answer the phone? Make others do it for you? Sip lots of soothing drinks?
    Well, we’re having a really truly winter at the moment in Melbourne. Blasts of cold air and lots of rain the last couple of days. Not as severe as in Adelaide, though.

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