You Don’t Like Dandelions

The year is almost at an end, and thank goodness for that, amirite? 2019 should be so… much… ummm… well, let’s enjoy the end of 2018 at least, okay?

One of the biggest events for me this year was the passing of Caine, as a(n internet) friend, as an inspiration, as a teacher, as an emotional support. Amongst all the other changes, this was huge, so it was a very emotional moment when I recently received a package from Germany, which included not only life-saving cookies, but also a very special envelope with a very special letter and a huge reminder of what we all miss so much, embodied in a perfect shiny little pendant:

Horse pendant by Giliell. Best thing ever.
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And everything was blurry for a while.

Thus, before the closing of the year, I would like to say a big thank you to my fellow bloggers, my fellow readers and commenters, and most of all, to Caine (and Rick) for being the beginning and support of this whole blogging project.

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Today’s song choice is one that always, always reminds me of Caine – strangely, the song is about a person who would, most likely, be the ultimate opposite. The chorus reads something like “You – don’t like [the taste of] dandelions, / You – don’t like me; / Where others have a raging rapid, / You have built an H[ydro] E[lectric] S[tation]”. It’s my favourite new song by a local artist this year (the video isn’t), and I hope at least some of you enjoy it, too.

Also, I want to apologize for sparse contribution lately. I’m never good with the end of the year, which is a long and melodramatic story, but I hate New Year’s even more than I don’t like Christmas, and things don’t seem to get better with time (except the idea of not attending peopled activities or large fireworks events), but I will improve with the new year and the lengthening of days. Thanks for reading!


  1. Jazzlet says

    rq I think this time of year is hard for a lot of us, and while this place is a refuge and inspiration for all of us, I think one of the great things about having a group of you doing the blog is that it can cope with any of you having a bad time when you don’t feel like communicating.I hope everyone that is feeling blue starts to feel better as the light comes back.

  2. Raucous Indignation says

    My Lovely and Delightful Partner was very excited to hand me an envelope from Germany as she speaks German fluently and has dual citizenship. And inside was this lovely small pendant and a beautiful note. I cannot thank you enough Giliell. It will go on our Holiday Tree as an ornament. (Right next to Pickle Rick.) The best ornaments are remembrances of loved ones. And this one will be on our tree every year.

    I have to go now. I think I have something in my eyes; they’re all runny for some reason.

  3. StevoR says

    I like dandelions and their seeds and their dispersal mechanism. Weeds but nice ones & cannot resist the temptation so ofetn to blow them off.

  4. Nightjar says

    Thank you, rq, for joining the blogging team. I always enjoy your contributions. I also doubt the new year is going to be any better, but I hope this community will continue. ♥

  5. voyager says

    It’s been a challenging year for this community, but the fact that we have survived as a community encourages me every day.
    I often wonder at how Caine managed it, all by herself. We’re a team of 4 and just doing my portion can be challenging. Like rq, I also have times when I feel like it isn’t enough or that I have ideas, but not energy or focus or time. I realize now how incredibly disciplined Caine was to manage it all, day after day by herself and on time even when sick.

  6. dakotagreasemonkey says

    C and I both loved Dandelions, and refused to spray for them, ever. We even grew a French domesticated variety they use as salad greens in our garden, when we could find seeds.
    I’ve made Dandelion Wine, added ground Dandelion root to coffee, and my favorite, Dandelion Bud Omelettes.
    C loved when I made those Omelettes. Very first of the Spring foods, always a treasure, and a gift from our yard to our house. no matter the the house we lived in since we were married.
    Thanks for the bright yellow, sunny, remembrance!

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