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22 February 2013 @ 01:42 am

This is a Russian campaign against Article 6.13.1 (of the Code of Administrative Offences of the Russian Federation), the federal bill which is to ban the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”. You can enjoy the full insanity of the bill in English here. It was already approved by their Parliament in its first reading, and has two more readings to pass.

So the Love is Legal site is where people’s photos and accompanying messages opposing the bill and supporting the Russian LGBT community are posted. I asked one of the Russian activists if I could join the campaign, and he gladly gave me his permission. I sent my photo and my message to the campaign’s email address, and this is the end result:

My message is in Russian (thanks to ilupin for the editing), so I’m translating it into English for you.

I am a volunteer who works with gay teenagers. I know from experience what it’s like to talk an underage boy out of killing himself over the Internet.

For such teenagers, the information that they are perfectly normal and no worse than the others can be literally life-saving. They need information and educational resources, and not protection from the “propaganda” of what is absurd to propagandize. They need to know that they are not alone on this planet. I am against Article 6.13.1.

Darina Ivanova

ETA: I'm making this post "sticky" for some time because I think it's important.

19 February 2017 @ 03:21 am
I gave it that name because the pattern was in Russian this time, which was a bit of a challenge for me. :) The designer goes by jelena03; her real name is Elena Dorsh (Елена Дорш).

Putting the frog together involved learning some basic needle sculpting, for which I'm very grateful to the ladies in one of my Bulgarian charity craft groups; one of her even took step-by-step photos of doing that on the crochet toy that she was putting together. It turned out that it works somewhat different on knitted fabric, but I managed it after some trail and error.

And when I finally finished the frog, it didn't even make it to the charity's fundraising page because one of our crocheters liked it so much that her fiance both it for her for Valentine's Day, so it got reserved right off our working group on Facebook and I sun sent it off to its new home. :)

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A big smile:
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19 February 2017 @ 02:57 am
Oops, guess who's behind on showing off her knitting again. So, meet Helga. :)

From this pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/helga-12

In case you are wondering, it is possible to get most of Stana D. Sortor's toy patterns for free during the first month of their existence if you are a member of her Ravelry group, but they are still a "mystery" at that time, and you get some part of the new pattern each week to knit along with the other members of that group. I managed to get started on this knit-along on time, so I honestly didn't know what I was knitting. :)

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The back side:
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I've saved this owl for my English chosen son, and I'm stilldebating with myself whether to try to knit a pair of legs for it, or maybe even crochet them if I ever when I become better at crochet..
15 February 2017 @ 06:55 pm
Slowly, very slowly, our cyclamen plants have been growing their buds. It seems to me that they may be a little late this year, which I attribute to the cold weather (they grow in the kitchen that at most get heated for an hour a day).

Oops, the windows have become dirty for all those rains, and I don't feel enthusiastic about washing them in the middle of winter, but I may brave it on some afternoon with a temperature noticeably above freezing.

8 February
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14 February
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I haven’t photographed the third plant yet; its buds are smaller.

I can’t wait for at least one bud to open. :)

And ouch, I have a craving for a cyclamen with red flowers. All we need is one more plant in our “jungle”. :P
13 February 2017 @ 01:51 am
25 January. Some unexpectedly good photos I managed of Flower #1 (I wanted specifically to capture those white spots on the petals):
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Unfortunately, bud #2 turned out to be defective and had trouble opening and it fell off when I tried to help it. :(

Bud #3
25 January:
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6 February:
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(It has looked more or less the same in the next days, so I’m just posting the best photos.)

Bud #4
25 January (that’s a corner of #1 below it):
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4 February:
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6 February:
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The whole plant was incredibly difficult to photograph with all three flowers in view, so this is the best I managed (10 February):
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And I only discovered this evening that Bud #5 was half-opened because it’s hidden behind the leaves. I need to remember to see how far it’s gone tomorrow.
13 February 2017 @ 12:37 am
So, my regular readers probably remember that we got Real Winter this year, much heavier than what is typical of my climate. I was very determined to enjoy the January snow while it lasted because I didn't expect it to last more than a week - and then the snow malted and got rained on and it snowed again, but the ice on the ground lasted for a whole month, so the uncleared areas weren't safe to walk on. Ouch!

And then early next week we finally got warmer weather, but the ice in the shadier areas was melting so slowly that I was afraid it would take it a whole week (or even more) to melt completely - until it started to rain.

And so it took two or three rainy days for that most stubborn ice disappear, as you can see in the second photo.

2 February, the view from my balcony (yes, I have already posted this photo once before)
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10 February, after the rain from the night before transitioned into snow - and that new snow was already melting in the late afternoon.
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I went out in the early evening and discovered that there were still occasional remnants of that show here and there, so I could leave my footprints on those snowy places, and it felt somehow strange. And then it was all gone on the next day, although the weather had become colder again.

And it was even colder today, but guess what - I saw a frog early this evening! Unfortunately, I didn't have mu camera with me. I specially went to look at one of those bus stop signs, and it said 1C, which is just a little bit above freezing. I wonder if that's why that frog was walking so slowly, or it was just its idea of being cautious. :)

I still feel very relieved that I can walk safely on ice-free ground everywhere now. :)
08 February 2017 @ 04:17 am
On 5 February, the first snowdrop in bloom (and the buds too) surprised me in one of those alien gardens that get more sun than anything else around.

Snowdrops aren't really spring flowers here, mind you, so it's normal for them to go into bloom in February and they are tough survivors, but it had been a heavy winter and there was still plenty of solid ice on the ground, that's why I was so surprised to see any of them - or even just an ice-free garden.

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5 February: There were more snowdrops in those gardens now.
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They were bursting out of the ground:
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Current Mood: happyhappy
07 February 2017 @ 12:36 am
That's why you can't see my photos - or at least I can't see them. And of course I can't upload any new photos.

The last time this happened, there was a "maintenance issues" message. Now I just can't get there (tried Firefox in addition to Chrome).
06 February 2017 @ 01:51 am
Look, I’m learning to crochet! I finally changed my perspective from “afraid to try” to “enjoying the challenge” and that helps a lot. :)

This photo features my first clumsy single crochet* sample, and of course I managed to lose a few stitches along the way. LOL

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*US terminology because that's what people use in the Facebook group where I'm learning, or in the video tutorials that I watch to learn, or in the patterns from which I want to crochet.
05 February 2017 @ 03:30 am
It's been a slow process that is still going on. Here are some photos from late January and early February, in almost chronological order:

26 January. I sat on one of these benches in the new park for a few minutes to catch my breat after al ot of walking:
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Silver linden (yes, Tilia tomentosa) seeds in the snow:
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25 January: one of my favourite outdoor knitting spots:
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28 January:
The same bench as in the photo above:
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Snow on the lavender plants in that same garden:
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Walking in the deirection of the town centre. The melting snow had formed these interesting shapes here and there:
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