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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.

24 March 2015 @ 03:24 am
It's been a long battle between winter and spring since... some time in late February. We had only two days of real spring weather after the last return of winter, and then it was cloudy and windy again, but the cherry plum trees have been stubbornly going into bloom in spite of everything, and even survived a nigh of wet snow.

And guess what, the swallows returned last Saturday, or at least that's when I first saw them and heard them. :) Just when I finally began to see insects around, so the swallows aren't going to starve. :) I haven't seen bats yet though.

And I finally saw a what looked like a big fat bumble bee the next way, so at least some pollinators must be around.

In other news, I finished a huge knitting project (photos to follow tomorrow), I'm struggling to fill in my tax return (ugh, they changed the form beyond recognition this year), and I may finally return properly to LJ in one of the next days.

And here are some photos from my neighbourhood I took on 21 March:

Cherry plum trees:
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An outdoor daffodil (so much later than the one we had at home):
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One of the last almond trees to go into bloom, with some martenitsi tied to it.
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14 March 2015 @ 04:30 am
My poor old computer suddenly needed some fixin' again... I got it back in a couple of days this time, and it didn't have any parts replaced this time. It seems to work fine for now, but I'll never know when it will just "refuse" to start again in spite of the Maintenance Guy's tricks to try to get everything inside to work together.

Somebody buy me a new computer, please. :P
09 March 2015 @ 02:15 am
It spent some time on the balcony when the weather was warmer, but went back to the kitchen when the winter returned. It's cold enough for an outdoor flower there, but not too cold for one that is a little "spoiled". The bud opened last night. :)

7 March:
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8 March:
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27 February 2015 @ 01:13 am
Well, he wasn't meant to be a pumpkin, but I happened to have orange yarn at home when it was suddenly all (toy-making) hands on desk in my charity knitting and crocheting group. And now he's officially nicknamed Pumpkin in that group. :)

He' s going to be given to some child in an oncology ward at a Bulgarian hospital on Sunday.

Free pattern here: Blobb by Stana D. Sortor.

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Work in progress photo:
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Notes for the knitters: I tried to knit him upside down first, but it looked terrible. So I started from the bottom up, and then I thought that he wasn’t tall enough, so I knitted 6 more rounds from the pick-up edge, and then dded a purl round before decreasing from the bottom. I wrapped the fiberfill in some batting inside to prevent tiny pieces getting out of those little holes that formed on the bottom in spite of my best efforts.
24 February 2015 @ 03:27 am

Another gift for another teenager, the only girl among my "children".

Alas, poor kitty is now waiting for her new owner to recover from the flu at her town's post office. :(

From this free pattern, with some modifications and additions (not only by me this time): Tabitha the Destash Kitty by Oliver Boliver. With a bonus ribbon from my mother. :)

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Work-in-progress photos and information for knittersCollapse )

Current Mood: accomplished
21 February 2015 @ 02:19 am
Photos from 13 January to 3 February. There was one last solitary flower later than that, but it was small and ruffled-looking, and I never got around to photographing it. It was a much more successful year for our camellia than last year. :)

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These buds became the flowers below
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The difference lighting makes (it was all natural daylight in both photos).
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07 February 2015 @ 09:34 pm realize that it's easier for you to write the first draft of an important email on paper? Shall I feel pleased that I'm now confident enough to try to write in Russian without a spell check, or upset with how old I am? :D

The problem with handwriting is that you have to write much more slowly than you think though, so I kept starting the next letter before I had finished the previous one (that Cyrillic cursive isn't for the impatient).
Current Mood: amusedamused
05 February 2015 @ 02:26 am

This was a test of a new pattern, the Man with the Yellow Hat by Stana D. Sortor. It's free on Ravelry.

He was originally meant to be The Man with the Yellow Hat from Curious George, but he got a little "lost in translation" and I gave him darker skin on a whim (because I didn't have any yarn that wasn't too pink or orange). On top of all my mother nnicknamed him "The Mexican" to complete the confusion. LOL And then I had to google his background when I realized that I had no clue what the designer was talking about with one of the other test knitters.

Anyway, he became a bithdsay gift (yet to be received) to one of my boys who has now grown into a young man, but still loves Aunt Dari's knitted toys. :)

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05 February 2015 @ 02:09 am
I found some in full bloom yesterday: :)

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But alas, the solitary one I specially wanted to photograph had disappeared. I don't like it when people pick flowers from public gardens. :(