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Last night, I accidentally splashed some water while I was doing dishes, which landed at Guppy's feet as she was playing by the fridge (magnets are one of her recent favorite things). She stared at the little puddles for a long moment, then knelt down. I fully expected her to start splashing in them, but there wasn't quite enough water there to worry about - and besides, we were headed for a bath and then bed in short order. But she didn't play with it at all! She pulled down the dishtowel hanging on the fridge handle, and very carefully, very deliberately wiped up the entire spill, then tried to hang the dishtowel back up!! Jake and I gaped at her for a moment, then praised her exuberantly and helped her hang the dishtowel. She was enormously pleased with herself. It was adorable. Seriously.

Speaking of helping... I was sorting out her clothing this weekend and she decided it would be helpful to crawl into the drawer and start inspecting everything in it:



I did finally get that ironing done. I hate ironing. Another load of laundry is ready to move to the dryer now, and I need to make bread today. Also, I want to buy some ladybugs; my delphiniums have aphids. RARRR!

New Torn World story up! Three To Go South

I've got half an outline for the next section - by popular opinion, I need one more segment before I pass off the torch for a bit, and I agree that it will be a good bit to show. I also have half an outline for a speech I have been roped into making on my Kickstarter experience for the Alaska Writers Guild. Their request had good synchronicity, because I've been toying with the idea of doing something like Toastmasters for a while now - I need more practice giving talks. I will polish it up into an article when I'm done and maybe shop it around for publication somewhere. (First time rights only - ideally, it will go up for free on my site once their exclusive period is finished.)

I've made some art progress for Fanastrix, but very little. I did also have to doodle some fanart for Three Jaguars:



I had to!

ETA: And for those of you on fire-watch - the Stuart Creek Fire is not a threat to us personally (we live 30-odd miles away), but some areas at the other side of town are being evacuated. Keep those people in your thoughts! http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/stuart-creek-fire-at-acres-two-rivers-evacuates/article_c80adcf6-e747-11e2-92b4-001a4bcf6878.html

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jenny_evergreen
Jul. 8th, 2013 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, Guppy, you are SO AWESOME!
ellenmillion
Jul. 9th, 2013 06:27 am (UTC)
Isn't she?!
pers1stence
Jul. 8th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
what a good helper-fish.... :)
ellenmillion
Jul. 9th, 2013 06:27 am (UTC)
Definitely something I want to encourage. :)
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siege
Jul. 8th, 2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
Guppy's growing up! She's not just exploring "stuff", she's emulating.

... watch what you say while working with difficult clients, right? ;)
ellenmillion
Jul. 9th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
And coming to her own conclusions! I've seen her directly imitate me before, but this is the first time she's figured out to do something like this all by herself.

Definitely having to watch myself! I'm catching all sorts of little bad habits that I don't want her to inherit.
laylalawlor
Jul. 8th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
Awwwww. :)

The aphids have got into my peppers. It's very annoying. Soapy water seems to be doing the trick for now, but I had aphid problems last year too -- I might invest in some ladybugs next spring.
ellenmillion
Jul. 9th, 2013 06:31 am (UTC)
I found ladybugs at Holmtown ($17), and they are MARVELOUS so far. Of course, I put them out right before we got a GIANT downpour and thunderstorm, so I was pretty sure I'd killed them all, but went out afterward, and they are all trundling around merrily snacking on aphids and crawling up and down my delphiniums. I have no idea if they will stick around or vanish in a few days, but at least it seems to be doing some immediate good.
browngirl
Jul. 8th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
I sympathize on ironing.

Go, helpful Guppy!
ellenmillion
Jul. 9th, 2013 06:32 am (UTC)
Mostly, my solution is to buy clothing that doesn't need ironed.

Go, Guppy!
ariestess
Jul. 11th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Get her started young on doing housework. LOL!
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