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Sun Dec 2nd, 2018


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08:32 pm - Wet weekend, as ever
A December thunderstorm. How charming. -_-

Possibly not surprising after the October temps today- 10 or 12C, into the 50sF. Wore a tshirt under the winter jacket, because until the sun came out mid-afternoon it was a grey and dank 10C. Also wore the Mystery Trousers, which are the only non-elasticized waistband pants I own, and which I now fit into after the recent 10 lb loss. But. I bought-- and more importantly, wore-- them in 2007 when I was thirty pounds heavier than now. Thirty pounds is a lot of me: you'd think they'd hang on me now. But no: fit nicely, no more. I can only assume that, post-menopause, my weight redistributed itself again, putting it where ten pounds ago made the pants fit tight.

Finished The Furthest Station, which is another lost text. Lost because my mind retained the impression of pages and pages about High And Over which required me to google the real building to see what it looked like. That description isn't in the book. What *is* in the book is the unexplained (AFAICT) fox slaughter. OK, maybe the neighbours did it; but why include it at all?

Got Moriarty as an ebook from the library, and well enough, but the constant misuse of 'shall' is driving me batty. Yes I had to look it up to find out why it struck me as wrong, but turns out my ear had it right. As a future tense, 'shall' can only be used with first person. You can't say 'It shall be very enjoyable.' Has to be 'will'.

If solitary, be not idle: so to combat accidia I did the weekend laundry and dishes (bare minimum achievement, though why must this single person do so much laundry? I did two washes during the week as well.) (Answer: in winter I wear long-sleeved tops that sticky-fingered infings grab hold of, so one top = one day. Thus: extra dark washes.) Then vacuumed the downstairs and kitchen, mended my one remaining nightshirt, and darned a sock that's been sitting waiting for me to do it this last month. Might even write a few more Christmas cards to crown the day.

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From:heliopausa
Date:December 7th, 2018 03:19 am (UTC)
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:D I suppose someone could say "It shall be very enjoyable", but it would sound extremely bossy! The duchess addresses the village picnic committee, perhaps.
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From:flemmings
Date:December 7th, 2018 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Exactly. Under the old dispensation, future was always I shall, you will, he etc will. 'I will, you shall, he she they shall' expressed a firm purpose or dictated action. Thus 'you shall go to the ball tonight' didn't mean, yes you're going, it meant 'I have decided and decreed that you will go.' Will took over the future usage for I/ we, with firm intent now being expressed by emphasis. I *will* go tomorrow! vs I will go tomorrow. You can still say I shall go if you like, but most people don't.

But the only person who can say 'It shall rain tomorrow' is God.

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