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Welcome to the first Fiesta of 2018!

Altaira
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Jan 5, 5:01pm

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Welcome to the first Fiesta of 2018! Can't Post

Happy New Year to all of you, and welcome to the first Fiesta of the new year! Special thanks to dernwyn Heart who took the bar last week when I was waylaid by an unplanned meeting at work.

What did you do to celebrate, and how are those new year resolutions going so far? Wink We spent a quiet evening together on the 31st putting finishing touches on our Christmas village and watching movies, then hosted our annual New Year's Day brunch for family where we rang in the new year a second time. A great time was had by all!

Do tell how your celebrations went and what plans you may have for the weekend.

*puts quarters on juke box* play us a favorite!

Happy, wonderful weekend, everyone! SmileHeartCool




Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





dernwyn
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Jan 5, 5:35pm

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We lucked out! Only 8 inches of snow here! [In reply to] Can't Post

Greetings from the blizzard-whacked east coast, Altaira! The snow-depths ranged from 6 to 13 inches, according to my men-folk (who just got in from shovelling walkways and driveway). Lots of wind yesterday, but amazingly no power outage!

It was a pleasure to tend the bar last week, I figured you'd had some kind of "unexpected party". Laugh What movies did you watch on New Year's Eve?

Hubby and I spent that time planning a trip to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton for this summer. Even made B&B reservations onine, or sent inquiry emails. By Wednesday all reservations were set, except for the ferry home from NS (we'll be driving out through Maine and New Brunswick). Now I'll have to "indoctrinate" hubby with lots of Loreena McKennitt music! Angelic

*makes jukebox selection* How about some music for Springtime! Here's Loreena's Mummers' Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxTpvA-pUG0


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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 5, 6:18pm

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Ironically, the East Coast weather is benefiting us. [In reply to] Can't Post

Around Buffalo, NY we are relatively snow-free at present, though the temperatures are quite cold with sub-zero wind chill.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


dernwyn
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Jan 5, 6:25pm

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What? [In reply to] Can't Post

I cannot imagine Buffalo as being snow-free! Typically you're socked in with snow-depths measured in feet!

The sub-zero (F) temps, on the other hand, are gracing us all...Tongue


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Eowyn of Penns Woods
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Jan 5, 6:55pm

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No mystery there. [In reply to] Can't Post

Pretty sure Erie has been hoarding it! ;)

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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 5, 7:23pm

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Relatively snow-free. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm only talking about the past few days where lake-effect has been limited to the North Towns and South Towns. And the more northerly winds we are seeing right now have brought bad weather to Niagara and Orleans Counties (though we still get the cold!). And they are right next to Lake Ontario.

Metro Buffalo is in a pocket that often gets left alone by lake-effect snow. If/when the surface of Lake Erie freezes over, we will see the end of that for a while.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

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dernwyn
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Jan 5, 7:25pm

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And when she's ready to blow... [In reply to] Can't Post

Are you often affected by the lake-effect snows?


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dernwyn
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Jan 5, 7:27pm

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I've seen incredible videos [In reply to] Can't Post

of contained storms rising up out of the lake and hitting land, as if someone were dumping a bucket over one area and leaving the adjoining area dry!


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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 5, 7:30pm

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We can get that. [In reply to] Can't Post


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Are you often affected by the lake-effect snows?


Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I have to drive a bit south for work, so sometimes I'm driving into worse weather than we have at home. Snow bands can be tricky to predict. But a strong lake-effect snow will catch everything nearby east of Lake Erie.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


Ataahua
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Jan 5, 7:33pm

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We've been celebrating [In reply to] Can't Post

the recent rainfall that has eased the effects of drought. A storm has swept through the country with people in the north and east getting the brunt of it, but where I am has only been on the storm's fringes so we got decent rain but no flooding or high winds.

However, one of the places where the rain is heaviest today is where my niece is camping with several hundred rangers (!) in their early teens, so I doubt she's feeling very happy right now! Evil

It's sunny today so I'll be heading to the local park to watch a T20 cricket game. (It's not real cricket but I'll take what I can get.)

Monday is back to work. Unimpressed It's going to be a demanding couple of months and I'm not looking forward to it.

So perhaps a breakfast margarita for a wee pep-up, dear barkeeper?

Happy end of the week, everyone! Smile

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

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Ataahua
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Jan 5, 7:35pm

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Can you describe what that lake-effect is? [In reply to] Can't Post

I haven't heard the term before.

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Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 5, 7:49pm

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Lake-effect precipitation (both rain and snow). [In reply to] Can't Post

Cold air passes over a warmer body of water (such as the Great Lakes) and absorbs moisture that gets dumped on nearby communities. Visualize winds from the east passing over the Sea of Rhûn, picking up moisture, and dumping it as rain on the woodland on the north-western shore.



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Ataahua
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Jan 5, 8:05pm

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Something similar has happened here [In reply to] Can't Post

with the storm we got in the last couple of days. La Nina has made the sea temps higher than usual between Australia and NZ, which gave more oomph to the low that passed overhead.

I don't think of lakes being warm but I guess that's relative when air is as cold as you've been experiencing lately!

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Altaira
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Jan 5, 8:14pm

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Let it snow! [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh my gosh, that's right. I forgot about the blizzard and cold snap. Luckily, we're *just* to the west of line of cold weather and storms that's dividing the U.S. right down the middle.

I bet your trip is going to be amazing. Nice to have it almost all planned out. We watched Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. I'd say it was okay. It could have been much better if they'd cast a stronger lead actor, but it was fun to watch.

Stay warm and let those men-folk keep shoveling. Wink


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Altaira
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Jan 5, 8:25pm

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Let it rain! [In reply to] Can't Post

...but not too much. Laugh

Brett feels the same about T20 cricket, but like you he tunes in anyway! He'll be watching the 50 over game between NZ and Pakistan in a few hours - over the internet, of course. I enjoy cricket quite a bit, but this year with the help of one of ESPN's sports channels I've become a pretty rabid rugby fan. I was more disappointed when the All Black's season ended than our local Denver Broncos U.S. football team (although the Broncos' season was pretty pathetic this year).

Enjoy the game and stay dry! SmileHeart


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





entmaiden
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Jan 5, 8:53pm

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Relatively warmer and full of water [In reply to] Can't Post

There are several snow belts at different spots around the Great Lakes. Buffalo NY is probably the best well-known because they get a LOT of snow. But over Christmas, Erie, Pennsylvania got over five feet (1.5 m) of snow in about 24 hours. Erie is about 95 miles/153km west of Buffalo, but also on the eastern half of Lake Erie.

Here in Chicago, we get on average 28 inches/.92m of snow each year. We're on the western edge of Lake Michigan. Across the lake in Benton Harbor, Michigan, a snowbelt, they get an average of 84 inches/215 cm each year. That difference is all lake effect.


Ataahua
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Jan 5, 9:48pm

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Do you know [In reply to] Can't Post

how populated these areas were before European migration?

The original inhabitants must have been both tough and ingenious to survive such extreme weather.

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Ataahua
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Jan 5, 9:53pm

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He has good taste. [In reply to] Can't Post

Cool


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Brett feels the same about T20 cricket, but like you he tunes in anyway! He'll be watching the 50 over game between NZ and Pakistan in a few hours


Thanks for the reminder! The first game of each series gets played on free TV so that's what I'll be doing for the next few hours! :)


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I've become a pretty rabid rugby fan.


:D

The next world cup is in Japan next year and the US Eagles have already qualified. It'll be interesting to see how the team does without Clever in it.

https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Kimi
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Jan 5, 9:54pm

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Feeling grateful for electricity [In reply to] Can't Post

after losing it for most of yesterday, courtesy of the storm Ataahua mentioned. The little towns around us were hit by power cuts, too, so we couldn't even slip out to civilisation. Fortunately in the late afternoon one of the towns had power restored (ours didn't come back till late at night), so we scored an espresso and a charging-up of phones. Fingers crossed that it stays on today! And much sympathy for the hardworking power crews out in this weather.

The rain will be very good for the garden, though - things have been getting parched.

We had a quiet New Year's Eve, watching DVDs and feasting, and I'll confess I was asleep by midnight :).

I don't do resolutions as such, but I do have a few aspirations for this year. One is to finish the novel I'm currently working on, which is going quite well, am glad to say. Another is to study Te Reo Maori - I know some words and phrases, as most Kiwis do, but it feels like high time I applied myself to learning properly. So far so good! I've been working on it most days, thanks to a really good course, and am very much enjoying it.


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Ataahua
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Jan 5, 10:18pm

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Which te reo course are you using, Kimi? / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


Ataahua's stories


Altaira
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Jan 5, 10:20pm

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No electricity = no good [In reply to] Can't Post

Every time the power goes out here (which, thankfully, isn't often), the subject always comes up of what exactly people *did* before electricity, and especially before the internet! Lol. Then, we either get some cleaning or gardening done, or break out a board game.

Glad to hear your book is coming along! Smile


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





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Jan 5, 10:26pm

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Vanilla rum [In reply to] Can't Post

Cruzan if you have it.

The cold has been getting in my bones. When you get old your body starts reminding you “Hey, remember when you broke this bone way back when you was a kid?” Luckily it’s supposed to be warmer this weekend so I can finish putting up the hand rails for the front porch steps.

My optometrist says a lot of the drusen (pimples) on my right retina have vanished over the past six-months, so my “age-related macular degeneration” (AMD) seems to be in regression, which he says rarely happens. So my taking eye vitamins and wearing sunglasses apparently helped. (Also that I don’t smoke. Anymore.) He says I only have to visit him yearly now.

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Kimi
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Jan 5, 10:44pm

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Scotty Morrison's "Maori Made Easy". [In reply to] Can't Post

It's just 30 minutes a day, and has a website to accompany the book, which really helps with checking pronunciation.


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Kimi
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Jan 5, 10:47pm

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In daylight it's not *too* bad [In reply to] Can't Post

as you suggest, we can always get some cleaning or gardening done - though for us there's the added complication that no electricity means no running water (really channeling my inner Victorian then).

We were certainly glad when the lights came back on last night!


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Greenwood Hobbit
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Jan 5, 10:54pm

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No fierce weather here... [In reply to] Can't Post

phew! Some people are really going through it at the moment. I've been taking down the Christmas decorations this evening and packing away baubles etc. I have far too many baubles.. Tomorrow the outside lights will be taken down. It's sad to see the fairy lights go, as I love the colourful twinkle on the dark evenings, but if they were left up longer they'd lose their novelty. I do have a set of white lights on trellis that stay on for a few hours each evening and help to light the area round the back door, so they are useful as well as decorative. Casting my mind forward to summer, my juke box choice would be 'Pack up the Louie' by Caro Emerald - a frisky bit of fun! I already awarded myself a glass of pinot grigio and a packet of crisps for getting the baubles packed away. Cheers, folks!


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Jan 5, 10:55pm

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That sounds good [In reply to] Can't Post

I might check it out. A lot of the staff at my school have been doing the distance courses through the Wananga. I haven't managed to commit myself to it yet. It provides great resources, but you also have to form a study group and meet with a tutor regularly, and none of this has fitted in very well with my work hours.




Ataahua
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Jan 5, 10:58pm

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I didn't realise the book had a web component. [In reply to] Can't Post

I have the book but - heh - haven't cracked it open yet. Blush

Perhaps that could be *my* New Year aspiration. Smile

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Starling
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Jan 5, 11:02pm

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A Midgey update [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't believe it is only 15 days ago that Midgey was mauled. He is recovering really well - still a little bit tired and sore but otherwise his usual, sunny self. The photo is from two days ago, after he had his stitches taken out. He is adjusting with ease to being a little pirate dog. Heart





Kimi
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Kimi
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Jan 5, 11:05pm

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Yes, I felt similarly. [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't really make that commitment right now, but working purely at home suits me well - especially as Mr Kimi is keen to learn, too. :) If it goes well and I feel up to going further, I'll investigate options that might require turning up in person.


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entmaiden
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Jan 5, 11:20pm

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I don't, but [In reply to] Can't Post

there are a number of maps available that show where the different Native American tribes lived. They all have differing levels of detail, but here's one.

Obviously, there were far fewer people, but those parts of the US were definitely populated. As children, many of us read the "Little House" series of books, which told the story of the Ingalls family who migrated from Wisconsin to Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota and the Dakotas during the 1870s. The books are much loved by many, and they are mostly true stories of living in difficult winters with lots and lots of snow.

Although the series of books is US-centric, they are great stories. There was a US television series called Little House on the Prairie in the 1970s that was fairly close to the books.

We don't have much written history of pre-European people, but there were certainly thriving populations. They found some ingenious ways to survive the winters - the Inuits (in Alaska) built igloos out of snow to stay warm.


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Jan 5, 11:34pm

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Imagine going without electricity for eight months. [In reply to] Can't Post

Which is apparently how long it's going to take for some people in Puerto Rico. It boggles the mind.

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Jan 5, 11:44pm

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It does indeed [In reply to] Can't Post

boggle the mind. If you're not set up for electricity-free living, even 48 hours (the longest power cut I've experienced, at least that I remember) is a struggle, let alone months on end.


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Jan 6, 2:14am

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Cheers, Darkstone! [In reply to] Can't Post

*clink*

Here's a toast of vanilla Cruzan rum to the good news about your eyes! I'm a firm believer in taking vitamins - not like 20 pills, 3x day. But, a good multivitamin and a few supplements (like calcium for women) help 'fill in the corners' so to speak for things we don't always include in our diets on a regular basis. Congrats! Smile


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Altaira
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Jan 6, 2:18am

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Strangely [In reply to] Can't Post

I also feel a need to start packing away the Xmass decorations. I usually like to keep the indoor lights on at night for a few weeks, which I may do, but I'll begin to put the other baubles away this weekend (at least, that's the plan).

Glad to hear the weather is behaving! Smile


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Altaira
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Jan 6, 2:25am

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He's continues to be the most adorable thing, ever! [In reply to] Can't Post

How...CUTE...is...he!! Heart

Bless his little heart, he still has a bit of the ham in him too, doesn't he: "wait, wait, give me time to get into a cute pose." I'm so glad to hear he's bouncing back so nicely. I'd tell you to give him plenty of hugs for us, but I suspect that's already taken care of. WinkHeart


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Starling
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Jan 6, 5:59am

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There is no such thing as too many hugs. Heart




Greenwood Hobbit
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Jan 6, 9:42am

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There's a tradition [In reply to] Can't Post

that the decorations should come down by Twelfth Night (5/6 Jan) or it's bad luck. Not sure where that came from. Once New Year has arrived, people get into 'back to work' frame of mind and want to clear up. Some people do seem to put the domestic decorations up earlier and earlier though! A month before Christmas is not unusual in some areas. Most of the people I know put them up a fortnight or so before.


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Jan 6, 12:56pm

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I always try to enter the new year very quietly ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

I like to sneak in and lay low. Usually the weather is so iffy in mid-Michigan that a quiet New Years after a hectic Chrismas is my treat to myself. HOWEVER... when LotR films were being released in 2001/02, 2002/03, and 2003/04... I spent each New Year at midnight in the theatre watching FotR/TT/Rotk. *sigh* ;)

Yet, I do (and did) watch a New Year's themed movie at home and raise a glass at the stroke of midnight! And I toast my TORn family and our magnificent home right here :D



HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!



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grammaboodawg
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Jan 6, 1:38pm

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We've had about 4" since just before Christmas, but nothing has accumulated since. Instead, we've had temps just above and below zero. Friday (yesterday) we had -35 windchill. The only good thing about the killer-cold temps is that is doesn't usually snow. Warmer weather brings on the snow... which is promised for this coming week. THANKFULLY... we've had no power outages! I'm so grateful for that!

My 2 outdoor kitties have a spot in the garage at one of the windows where I've built a fortress of straw bales, 2 large outdoor heating pads, blankets and a heat lamp above all. I've tried giving them an insulated, large cat/dog house, but they won't use it. They like being a bit more open and able to see out the window. They also have a heated water bowl.

You picked the PERFECT way to pass the cold attack at your home! Planning a yummy trip for the warm summer was a great escape! I'm SO glad you didn't get those terrible snow and storms that have been hitting so much of the Northeast! Scary, terrible stuff with so much damage. Burst pipes are always a threat.


Happy New Year, m'dear! *shares some hot chocolate* :D *hugs*



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Jan 6, 1:46pm

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I'm so glad you're getting some relief... but your poor niece will have some stories to tell, I'm sure ;)

Happy New Year, m'dear! I hope you're have a GREAT one, and two, and so on and so on to infinity!



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grammaboodawg
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Jan 6, 1:53pm

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It's one of those things I tend to take for granted until it's threatened or gone... which is usually during a storm ;) I'm glad you fared the adventure intact!


Happy New Year, m'dear! Here's to lots of sleep, finished books, and no weeds growing with the freshly-watered plants ;)



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grammaboodawg
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Jan 6, 2:09pm

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That your eyes are healing so well... I'm SO HAPPY for you! I've been thinking about that all the time. Thank you so much for letting us know :D

I hear ya on the bone-chilling cold weather getting to you. I'm doing the same thing *teeth chatter*

Have fun finishing your railing project... and a very Happy New Year!!!



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grammaboodawg
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Jan 6, 2:16pm

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I completely agree. The holiday lights up and down the road really brighten everything up... but is so sad to see gone :(

I hope you have a wonderful New Year... followed by countless awesome years!



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Immortal


Jan 6, 2:30pm

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This picture you sent us after the earthquake, for me, always symbolized rebirth, resilience, and hope. This makes me think of Midgey, too.

He looks great! You've been through so much... and I love this happy ending; but it's still a sad, sad, unnecessary episode in your life together.

Happy New Year, Starling :) Here's to more healing and a peaceful, safe, and fun New Year! Followed my many many more!



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dernwyn
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Jan 6, 2:32pm

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Thank you for the hot chocolate on a single-digit (F) morning, gramma!

I like the setup you've made for the outside kitties. (Years ago a stray adopted us, but stayed outside, so I made up a box with blankets and a bit of insulation for him right by our back door.) The heat lamp and heated water bowl are great ideas!

My brother in Austin, Texas called last night to check up on us. Apparently they had a couple days of never getting above freezing - and one day there was some precipitation just before rush hour, which coated all the roads and bridges in ice, creating tons of accidents and fender-benders. Unsure

Maybe you'll get enough snow to make Hobbit-snowmen this week! Laugh


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dernwyn
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Jan 6, 2:41pm

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Putting handrails along the front steps. I think about that on icy mornings.

It's amazing what all the eye guys can see on our retinas. What a relief about the drusen! I'm hearing more often about protecting the eyes from sunlight, especially as they age. That is such a relief about the macular degeneration, keep up the good work! Cool


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dernwyn
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Jan 6, 2:44pm

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Oh, look at him, he's ready to take the world by storm! Laugh

I bet he knows he's got admirers world-wide who have been sending him tons of well-wishes and virtual snuggles. Heart


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dernwyn
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Jan 6, 2:46pm

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And may all the dreams you have for this coming year come true, in wonderful ways! Smile


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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Jan 6, 4:22pm

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It was only afterward that I realized I had spent New Year's Eve with the men in my life: Uncle Baggins and I went with our son to visit my dad, which is our usual tradition, and my brother was visiting.

It's been our tradition for years to play Fictionary on New Year's Eve. But lately my dad has been getting a bit confused and deaf, so that hasn't gone so well. But he had an issue of The Economist on hand that had a quiz in it, and enjoyed quizzing everyone, so I had the idea of getting out the Trivial Pursuit cards and continuing the game. Our son read the questions, carefully selecting the questions my dad might know (even with some dementia, my dad's still a whiz at history and geography.)

We played without the board and without keeping score. We just all chimed in with guesses, and had some fun discussions. My brother is a history professor with a masters in linguistics, so he had some fun details to add. He told us that Genghis Khan's original name was a Turkish word that means "smith", so he was "originally just a guy named Smith."

It was a lovely evening. We came home at ten to avoid the drunks and lit a couple of fountains before doing to bed.

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Jan 6, 4:25pm

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I don’t think you could find a more adorable, inspirational story this year than of ‘Midgey the Pirate Dog!’

But I have to ask, what does he eat when he can’t get Hobbit?

Yip, yip, arrrhhh

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cats16
Valinor


Jan 6, 6:32pm

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A short week at work, yet somehow I feel just as exhausted as I did before winter break. How did that happen? Shocked

Last night was a quick dinner and movie (Phantom Thread, recommend seeing it). Tonight I have another dinner with a buddy who got an interview with our company next week, which I hope he nails. But, as always, I'm starting off the weekend in bed being as lazy as I possible can for a few hours.

For New Year's Eve, I went to a karaoke bar with some friends. The people-watching was quite entertaining!

I've resolved to see more movies, read more books, write a screenplay and at least a poem a day in 2018. So far, so good!

Happy weekend, everyone!

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Jan 6, 8:08pm

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Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Jan 6, 9:48pm

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Both my parents smoked and had AMD and so since I was thirty I have taken AREDS supplements and worn cataract-type sunglasses. (I never smoked.) Although I've had cataract surgery in each eye, at least the AMD is holding off. Thanks for sharing your encouraging experience.

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Jan 6, 10:39pm

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that put me in hospital for 4 days. The cat had come into my house and bit me when I was trying to put it into a carrier. Fortunately Animal Service caught it to observe for rabies for 10 days and released it when it appeared healthy. Wouldn't you know -- the cat has already found its way back to our house!

Otherwise Christmas and New Year's were quiet and reflective days of churchgoing and good food. Mr. TX surprised me with the big Falconer book; he had hidden it in his car so I wouldn't guess.

For New Year's resolutions I am finishing my parents' estate and celebrating by taking Mr. TX on a trip to England and Scotland this spring. There are also the usual ones about diet and exercise Unsure and keeping up with e-mail Wink

Merry Day 12th of Christmas, New Year's, and Epiphany or whatever you celebrate to all my TORnsibs!

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



Starling
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Jan 7, 3:19am

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Starling
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Jan 7, 3:20am

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He is becoming [In reply to] Can't Post

even more full of his own cuteness now than he ever was.
Today we went back to our favourite park, and he got even more meet and greets than usual, with lots of people fussing over him. Laugh




Starling
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Jan 7, 3:23am

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Well, [In reply to] Can't Post

his favourite snack is a carefully dismembered dead bumble bee.
Make of this what you will. Laugh




Starling
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Jan 7, 3:36am

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You two can write, illustrate, and publish it.
Once it is a bestseller, we shall remunerate you each not even half as much as you deserve, which is far less than half as much as you would like: Eleventy-one percent of one eleventy eleventh of .1 of -1.5 percent of eleventy percent of pirate loot. Angelic




Starling
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Jan 7, 3:38am

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of watching the LOTR films each New Year in succession.Heart




Starling
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Jan 7, 3:40am

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Well done you. Cool




Starling
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Jan 7, 3:50am

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Happy 2018! Smile




Ataahua
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Jan 7, 3:57am

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We're rich! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey, wait...

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Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Starling
Half-elven


Jan 7, 3:58am

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Glad you are getting better. I remember when my Mum was bitten by a feral cat (also trying to catch it). It made her very sick too.




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Jan 7, 5:13am

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What a wonderful memory and fun night you all had! It's so great how well your Dad hung in there and taught you youngsters some lessons ;)

Happy New Year, m'dear!



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Jan 7, 5:21am

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Especially the sleeping part ;) I hope your friend gets the job. It's always nice to see a friendly face in the crowd where you spend most of your waking hours.

I hope you have a GREAT New Year with plenty of poetry and a winning screenplay :D *high five*



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grammaboodawg
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Jan 7, 5:27am

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I'm so glad you're doing well and that the cat wasn't sick... but geez! Being in the hospital was not your first choice for passing the time, I'm sure! Cat bites and scratches are definitely not something to mess with.

That trip sounds wonderful! Adventures are always a great thing to share :D

Happy New Year, to you both! And tell that kitty to move along ;)



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Valinor


Jan 7, 5:53am

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Agreed! Making new friends is so tough, anyway. Angelic

Thank you, and hope you have a fabulous 2018 too. Heart

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N.E. Brigand
Half-elven


Jan 7, 6:08am

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Same thing happened to me about three years ago.

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dernwyn
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Jan 8, 4:55pm

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Fortunately it's not rabid, but what a thing to go through! It's back already? Tongue

Taking a trip in the Springtime sounds lovely! Are you going with a tour group, or making your own way around?


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dernwyn
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Jan 8, 4:59pm

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Best of luck with the writing! Do you find that your job is helping you with that? (Or hindering?)


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dernwyn
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Jan 8, 5:04pm

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Having a fun time with your three generations of guys! I imagine your Dad must still remember tons of stuff from 'way back when. Heart


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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Jan 8, 10:31pm

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although we are joining some small groups for day trips, e.g. from our London base to Canterbury. Thanks for the good wishes.

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



cats16
Valinor


Jan 9, 6:54am

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I'm 8 for 8 so far, in terms of poems. Cool

That's an interesting question! I think the long, sometimes tiresome hours make it more difficult to find time to simply sit down and write anything (let alone something creative). On the other hand, this business is crazy in many ways, and there are moments when it all washes over you in some kind of Kafkaesque ooze that gets the creative juices flowing. Probably not a coincidence that a lot of my poetry during the week is surrealist, sometimes nonsensical and/or is done via automatic writing. The hard part can be not knowing what to do with it and lacking the confidence to put it out there into the world.

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