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*Puts out Welcome sign* It's time for Fiesta!

Altaira
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Dec 6 2019, 6:01pm

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Okay, now I know I'm, losing it. I did a Fiesta Post and now it's nowhere to be found. Must have hit the wrong button. Anyway, here it is again (or something close)!

Welcome to Fiesta!

Last week we had a ginormous snowstorm here and the street in front of our house (a side-street not plowed by the city). We got 13 inches (33 cm), but the lucky folks in Boulder got 23 inches (58 cm)! Luckily, it's warming up and the sidewalks and driveway have been clear for days (no more shoveling).

Unfortunately, my sister had to go back to the ICU yesterday and we're thinking it's just a matter of time now. Frown Positive thoughts and prayers are welcome. At this point I just want her to be comfortable which it seems like she is (she's unconscious/asleep all of the time).

On a lighter note, have you started decorating for the holidays? Shopping? My early decorating hit a bunch of snags but I'm hoping to get back to it this weekend and tackle the tree! I also found a classic Christmas tunes channel on XM (satellite) radio, so I've been singing along loudly to the surrounding traffic on my commutes and errands)

*kicks juke box* Along those lines, here's one of my all-time holiday favorite classics: Nat King Cole singing "The Christmas Song" from 1961. What a voice! What are some of your favs? Let us know.


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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





Otaku-sempai
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Dec 6 2019, 6:21pm

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Our weather has been tolerable. [In reply to] Can't Post

The worst of the cold front missed the Buffalo area, though it has strongly impacted New England. We're expecting some freezing temperatures for the next day or so, followed by some milder weather.

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Ataahua
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Dec 6 2019, 6:34pm

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I'm really sorry to hear about your sister, Altaira. She's blessed to have a loving family with her. Be sure to look after yourself, too, at this time.

It's a muggy, cloudy morning here. We're due for some needed rain this weekend; we're quite dry for the start of summer, although my vegetable plants are going gangbusters so my prep work seems to have set them up well. And, I have a new computer, so being forced to stay inside won't be all bad. Smile

I had my team's Christmas party yesterday at a local bowling club, and today is the staff Social Club Christmas party ... at the same bowling club. Crazy What are the chances?

I still have one sibling to buy for, for Christmas, and I'm still coming up with zilch ideas. I'll have to put my pondering cap on.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Smile

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

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís 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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Dec 6 2019, 6:47pm

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If you live in the Buffalo area [In reply to] Can't Post

You're used to cold weather! My brother and sister-in-law lived in Buffalo for a couple of years. She's from the south and it was her first experience with snow. Talk about inundation, lol!

It reminds me of B.G.s first year living here in Colorado. He had seen snow, but had never seen it snowing. He was fascinated and delighted with the first few light snow falls, then we had two record-setting blizzards over two weekends, and it snowed every weekend afterwards for about 6 weeks. Needless to say, his attitude towards snow was never the same. Laugh

Have an enjoyable and warm weekend!


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





(This post was edited by Altaira on Dec 6 2019, 6:50pm)


Altaira
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Dec 6 2019, 6:50pm

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It sounds like it was holiday party-central for you this week. Any other parties coming up?

How fun that you have a new computer, and how great that your veggies are doing well. Remind me what all you planted.

Enjoy your weekend.


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





Ataahua
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Dec 6 2019, 7:07pm

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kumara, pumpkin, watermelon, tomato, radishes, red onions and capsicums (bell peppers).

The pumpkin vine is threatening to take over. Laugh

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

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís 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.


My original fantasy writing

My LOTR fan-fiction


Cirashala
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Dec 6 2019, 8:12pm

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Prayers for your sister and your family [In reply to] Can't Post

I must have missed what is going on, but my prayers are with you and yours. It sounds terminal? I'm so sorry to hear that Unsure

This is officially the first year I've ever not decorated for Christmas, and its bittersweet. We don't really have the ability to decorate our travel trailer, so are having to rely on the surrounding farms for our Christmas lights this year. The girls drew a Christmas tree on paper and tried to tape it to a cabinet, but it wouldn't stick. It's all right though-we usually spend the entire Christmas day at my inlaws anyway.

I have debated on asking hubby to hang lights on the edge of the roof once the rest of the shingles are on, but it seems a little odd to put them on new construction when it isn't anywhere near being finished...but sheathing is done now (YES!!!) so as soon as we get our hurricane ties on we can schedule shear inspection. Hoping and praying that goes well so we can housewrap it, install windows and doors, and put a layer of black plastic over the housewrap to make it watertight. Unfortunately, it's WAY too cold to stain our siding now, so it may have to wait until spring unless I can figure out a venue where I can do it that's warm enough for the stain to dry.

So right now, just waiting on shear inspection (we're doing ties tomorrow. It's already nailed into blocking so it's not going anywhere but code requires ties as well), the second half of the roof (currently protected by tar paper and said plastic and a tarp on top of it-need a good weather weekend day to finish up), housewrap and plastic, and doors and windows. Once that's all done, then we can breathe a little more easily knowing that our interior and exterior is protected from the winter weather (and we can finish interior framing and get started on electrical and plumbing!).

And once we have the house watertight, I can start my farmhouse dining sets business to bring in more funds for construction Smile We had enough to get it weather-tight and get things started, but the business will pay for all finish work as was the plan. I will probably get a set a week done after we do school with the girls in the morning (they're not hard to put together per se, and sell for a good price) and am looking forward to it Smile

So today will be spent relaxing, possibly watching a condensed version of LOTR (I usually pick which group to follow- the Three Hunters, or Frodo/Sam, since it makes it easier to get through in one day that way), and working on my fan fiction while I try to feel better. We had a horrid bout with the flu last week, and now for some reason I have a lingering cough, my stomach and throat feels like it's made of lava, I'm burping sulfur and having constant severe acid reflux, stomach itself really hurts and am very nauseated and exhausted due to not sleeping well from all of the above. Has anyone else dealt with that set of symptoms immediately post-influenza? It's really bizarre and I'm really not feeling well thanks to it Unsure

So as odd as it sounds, I guess I'll ask for some strong antacid (mine at home currently is not working), and some warm apple cider and whatever else my good barkeep thinks will settle my incredibly unsettled stomach Unsure

(Fun factoid too- you mentioned Nat King Cole. My aunt works for TSA at Spokane International Airport in Spokane, WA and she once confiscated Natalie Cole's toothpaste because it was regular size and thus too big for TSA regulations. Ms. Cole threw a fit and said, "Do you know who I am?" and she said, "Yeah, and I don't care. Your toothpaste is too big. Sorry for the inconvenience." She's also met Viggo Mortensen (since he used to live in Clark Fork, ID and still has a residence there) and apparently he isn't overfond of TSA either-though to be fair who is? Anyway, thought you'd appreciate it Smile).

My writing and novels:

My Hobbit Fanfiction

My historical novel print and kindle version

My historical novels ebook version compatible with all ereaders

You can also find my novel at most major book retailers online (and for those outside the US who prefer a print book, you can find the print version at Book Depository). Search "Amazing Grace Amanda Longpre'" to find it.

Happy reading everyone!


Altaira
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Dec 6 2019, 8:24pm

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I can't imagine the odd things (and people) the TSA encounters.
A good antacid sounds like it will do the trick, and maybe try sipping some Sprite, 7-up, or something like Gator-aid for your tummy, not diet so you get some sugar to get some electrolytes. Let the soda go flat if it bothers your throat.

Get better and have a great weekend!


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





Cirashala
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Dec 6 2019, 8:27pm

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I don't drink soda [In reply to] Can't Post

Haven't had a soda since 2012, since when I was sick it tried to kill me (no joke the pain was worse than labor!). Since it's terrible for you, I didn't go back after my surgery even though I probably could.

I might try Gatorade though. I tried Mylanta (as I currently have it) with no success, so I may have to run to the store and get something else to do the trick.

Thanks!

My writing and novels:

My Hobbit Fanfiction

My historical novel print and kindle version

My historical novels ebook version compatible with all ereaders

You can also find my novel at most major book retailers online (and for those outside the US who prefer a print book, you can find the print version at Book Depository). Search "Amazing Grace Amanda Longpre'" to find it.

Happy reading everyone!


grammaboodawg
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Dec 6 2019, 8:27pm

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I'm sorry about your Sister. That she's comfortable is welcome; but this is just so sad. You both have been in my prayers and will continue to be. *warm hug*

A hard storm apparently hit as I was driving south on my journey south (one of them). Coming home I've found loads of snow that wasn't around about 20 miles south of me and there's evidence of 2 (of many) huge trees that fell across my road. Branches and trees down everywhere! Luckily, all is well in my yard and home.

I haven't started with decorating yet; but I have been listening to my all-time favourite Christmas album: Cantate Domino (Christmas Album). Most of it gives me goosebumps, but one is especially beautiful: Maria's Lullaby [Schlichte Weisen, Op. 76, Vol. 6: No. 52, Mariš Wiegenled.

Thank you for taking such great care of us, Altaira :) Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



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grammaboodawg
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Dec 6 2019, 8:29pm

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...and boy is it ever here!!! Hang in there, and have a great weekend :)



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grammaboodawg
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Dec 6 2019, 8:32pm

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Well done on the garden prep :) [In reply to] Can't Post

All that discomfort that came from spending so much time out there is paying off :) I'm also glad you have your new computer! Were they able to transfer anything from your old one, or are all your files lost? *cringe*

Enjoy your multitude of parties, and have a great weekend!



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grammaboodawg
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Dec 6 2019, 8:37pm

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I'm sorry you're still not feeling better. [In reply to] Can't Post

There's just SO MUCH going on, it's not a surprise your poor body can't recover. I'm glad the house is still coming along, though waiting for others is always a pain in the neck.

Hang in there, and here's hoping you're all better soon!



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Altaira
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Dec 6 2019, 9:11pm

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Actually, we heard from the doctors today and while she's still very weak and will be in the hospital for a while, she's expected to eventually be discharged at some point. I'm worried about what this latest bout has done to her (i.e., how *much* she'll recover), and I know she probably doesn't have a long life ahead of her, but it's something for now!
That song is absolutely lovey! So soothing. Thanks for the link, and you have a wonderful weekend too! Heart


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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Dec 6 2019, 9:16pm

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Well done! Yes, pumpkins and courgettes/zucchinis can be very aggressive. I'm assuming the pumpkin is an edible one. Do you bake it, use the seeds, or both?


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





Cirashala
Tol Eressea


Dec 6 2019, 9:55pm

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Thanks. I paid a crew that was awesome to come and wrap up the sheeting since we were so sick and the weather is so icky. I couldn't care much that it's cold- it's the precipitation getting inside I was worried about. So they finished what we were too sick to do last week thank goodness. They only charged $800 for it too and do excellent work Smile

It is, but it's life. It's more waiting for inspection outcomes that drives me crazy, because (though they've been very nice so far) a failed inspection causes delays to continue as one rectifies whatever they missed the first go-around. I always get super anxious right before inspections, especially since this is a very large part of the house. If inspection fails, rectification may be very difficult to do (depending on what it was) because disassembling anything at this stage is extremely time-consuming and difficult.

Thank you Gramma!

My writing and novels:

My Hobbit Fanfiction

My historical novel print and kindle version

My historical novels ebook version compatible with all ereaders

You can also find my novel at most major book retailers online (and for those outside the US who prefer a print book, you can find the print version at Book Depository). Search "Amazing Grace Amanda Longpre'" to find it.

Happy reading everyone!


Ataahua
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Dec 6 2019, 11:47pm

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I bake it. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've made a few soups in the past but I've never hit a recipe that I can make work.

I love *other* people's pumpkin soup, though. Tongue

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

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís 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.


My original fantasy writing

My LOTR fan-fiction


Ataahua
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Dec 6 2019, 11:48pm

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What surprised me was that Microsoft Office is discontinuing support for Word 2007. Instead, for the new programme you have to pay an annual subscription. Mad Cheeky beggars.

I went with a free programme that is Word in all but name.

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

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís 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.


My original fantasy writing

My LOTR fan-fiction


Dame Ioreth
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Dec 7 2019, 12:05am

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I'm sitting here listening to a live-stream recital [In reply to] Can't Post

Good friends of ours who have kids around the same age as ours have a son graduating this year with a degree in vocal performance and music education. I used to babysit him and here his is doing a 45 minute concert ! So far we've heard 4 different genres. Pretty impressive!

Holidays are more complicated now that the kids are scattered over 3 states and 5 different zip codes. But I just heard that I'll have 1 whole day with all of them at home!

I'm thinking of you and your family, Altaira. It sounds like the care she is receiving is keeping her comfortable and that in itself is a blessing.

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ITLs don't get enough FAS. :)

Where there's life there's hope, and need of vittles.
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings






dernwyn
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Dec 7 2019, 3:00pm

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You and your family and her medical team are taking as best care of your sister as you all possibly can! This is tough to go through at any time of year, but now especially. Sending lots of thoughts and prayers for comfort for all of you, and for you to be able to get done what needs to be done. Heart

You did get a good-sized dump of snow! The storm that came through here last week left us with 3 inches/8 cm of snow, which is not enough to bother with shoveling and most had melted by the next day; there's only little piles left, the snow-plow debris! We have the table-top tree up and decorated, and some decorations around the house, and need to pick out a wreath today to replace the autumn leaves one that's still on our front door Blush.

And time to break out the Christmas CDs and records (yes, vinyl)! I've got everything from Boston Pops to jazz to Mannheim Steamroller, but the family favorite is the soundtrack from a John Denver & Muppets show from decades ago. John and Rowlf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZSVfxk8ouM

Enjoy the it's-nearly-holiday-time weekend, everyone! Cool


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Dec 7 2019, 3:01pm

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Your area [In reply to] Can't Post

usually has snow from November to May! Laugh Is Buffalo one of those cities with underground passages between buildings?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Dec 7 2019, 3:05pm

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Kumara? [In reply to] Can't Post

Isn't that like what we call a sweet potato, or yam?

Have you ever tried growing a watermelon in a box, so that it ends up looking like a cube?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Dec 7 2019, 3:16pm

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and prayers sent for that inspection! And for the weather to "hold off" until you can get the exterior taken care of so you can work inside. Smile

It sounds like some bug from the flu is still holding on. Unsure I wonder if any place still sells coke syrup, which was supposed to settle stomach problems. Do you have chamomile tea?

Your aunt must have lots of funny or strange stories from TSA work - I hope you all pray for her during holiday travel rushes!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Dec 7 2019, 3:20pm

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Was Hobbity able to [In reply to] Can't Post

plow through the snow into the garage when you got home? That's not what one wants to find, at the end of a looong drive: a pile of snow that needs shoveling!

I'll second Altaira's description of that lullaby as being very soothing, thank you for sharing it! Smile

Do you have jingle bells for Pickle to play with? Angelic


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Dec 7 2019, 3:25pm

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They grow up too soon. [In reply to] Can't Post

A live-stream of his performance? Almost as good as being there, I'm glad you've had this chance to hear him!

And the best Christmas present: everyone managing to co-ordinate being home together for a day. Wonderful! Be sure to get lots of pictures!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Otaku-sempai
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Dec 7 2019, 3:53pm

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[Your area] usually has snow from November to May! Laugh Is Buffalo one of those cities with underground passages between buildings?


I"m not aware of too much of that. However, several structures on the U of B North Campus are connected by enclosed walkways nicknamed the 'habitrails'. Tongue My spouse & I have made use of them at the annual gaming convention that is hosted there.

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Eruvandi
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Dec 7 2019, 5:14pm

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Have I seriously not posted all this year??? [In reply to] Can't Post

*eyes user posts with disbelief* I swear I checked in on the forums sometime earlier this year. Maybe I just logged in and read stuff but didn't post??? Well, okay then. Gotta be better about that next year.


Hi, my TORn sibs! It seems I haven't shown my face here in a while but I am, in fact, still alive and doing pretty well. I actually have some Really Good News, but first...


Altaira, I'm so sorry about what's going on with your sister. *Gigantic Hugs* You and your family have my prayers during this difficult time.

We have indeed decorated for the holidays and shopping has also happened. We don't get our tree until about mid-month, though, so that still has to be done, probably next week.

As for what kept me away from the forums all year, I will chalk it up to busy life stuff and extreme focus mode on my writing and Etsy shop. It's been an interesting year, that's for sure, with some good and some bad.
My parents and I had to switch dentists this year because of insurance stuff and we discovered upon our first visit with new dentist that old dentist wasn't as competent as we'd thought and had missed cavities in all our mouths that had been there longer than the 6-month-check-ups we'd always been faithful about keeping. As a result I had to have a root canal in March, along with multiple other cavities filled. My mom also had to have a root canal and both parents also had multiple cavities. Thankfully, our teeth are all ship-shape now and new dentist is more than competent enough to help us keep them that way, but it was a major unexpected expenditure of time and money. Our extended family was also having some struggles as my dad's brother broke multiple bones and had multiple hospital visits and an extended stay in two nursing homes, one of which stole his social security check.

In better news, uncle has been back in his home for several months now and the overall situation with our extended family, while not perfect, is getting better than it was. I have also been in super-focused mode with my writing and Etsy shop and not only have not only beaten my personal record for Etsy sales made in one year, but have made major progress on my portal fantasy work in progress. (This is the one I've been working on since 2014!) In fact, I FINALLY figure out how it ends, so it's just a matter of working out how to get it onto paper at this point. *excited squealing*

As for my Really Good News: I'M FINALLY GETTING A SHORT STORY PUBLISHED! I wrote a sci-fi flash fiction and it was picked up by a paying online magazine called "Havok Publishing". They post one flash fic a day every day. The daily story is free for the general public to read for 24-hours. If you want to read any older stories, you have to get a subscription (which is only $2-$4 depending on the plan you choose.)

My story, which is titled "Filter" will be featured on "Techno Tuesday" on December 10th. This week!!! I'm so excited and if any of you want to, I'd love if you'd stop by and give it a read this Tuesday. It's just under 1,000 words, so a very quick read. This is the link to the site: https://gohavok.com/ On Tuesday, my story will appear right there on the homepage where today's story is. (My author name is E. F. Buckles) Those who are not subscribers to Havok are free to comment on the daily story if you want, just be aware that when you click "submit comment" it will take you to the page that asks you to subscribe, but your comment goes through anyway. Just click the logo at the top of the page to get back to the homepage.


That said, I plan to be better about checking in and posting here in this coming year! Not going to go another full year without posting, nope! I miss you all too much when I do that.Heart

Hoping everyone has a great weekend and holiday season!

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman

(This post was edited by Eruvandi on Dec 7 2019, 5:15pm)


Cirashala
Tol Eressea


Dec 7 2019, 5:50pm

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Thanks Dernwyn! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's looking like Monday for inspection now since we're doing hurricane ties today.

Thanks!

Must be. I don't, but I may pick some up.

We do!

My writing and novels:

My Hobbit Fanfiction

My historical novel print and kindle version

My historical novels ebook version compatible with all ereaders

You can also find my novel at most major book retailers online (and for those outside the US who prefer a print book, you can find the print version at Book Depository). Search "Amazing Grace Amanda Longpre'" to find it.

Happy reading everyone!


Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Dec 7 2019, 6:07pm

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I've seen a number of people mention having stomach issues after getting the flu this year. It's also possible you somehow got a totally separate stomach virus immediately after. Ginger in various forms can help with an acidic stomach and/or nausea. I keep some candied ginger around the house for such occasions and also give it to the dogs if they're having tummy troubles and it helps them, as well. I wonder if getting some form of probiotics in your system might help, too. After I've had any illnesses that mess with my stomach I eat Activia yogurt for a while and it helps things get balanced out a little faster.

Hope you start feeling better soon. *hugs*

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


Cirashala
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Dec 7 2019, 6:10pm

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My writing and novels:

My Hobbit Fanfiction

My historical novel print and kindle version

My historical novels ebook version compatible with all ereaders

You can also find my novel at most major book retailers online (and for those outside the US who prefer a print book, you can find the print version at Book Depository). Search "Amazing Grace Amanda Longpre'" to find it.

Happy reading everyone!


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Dec 7 2019, 6:56pm

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What a fantastic achievement. Make sure you celebrate in some way - you deserve it!

And urgh about your catch-up dental work. I've never had a root canal and I'm happy to forego the experience.

Welcome back! Smile

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

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís 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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Dec 7 2019, 6:58pm

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Isn't that like what we call a sweet potato, or yam?


As for growing a cube watermelon, the idea has never occurred to me. I guess that would make it easier to cut up into portion! Laugh

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

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís 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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Eruvandi
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Dec 7 2019, 7:18pm

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I'm so excited about it and have been brainstorming what I can do to celebrate. It will probably involve chocolate in some form Laugh and when I see Frozen II later in the week, I'll consider that part of the celebration.


Yes, definitely forego needing a root canal if you can! But if you should ever need one, it's actually not as big a deal as hearsay would have you believe. The anxiety leading up to it was the worst part for me. I actually didn't have any pain in that tooth yet since new dentist caught it before that set in (I would have been in pain later if we'd left it alone), but mom's tooth was hurting so badly they had to squeeze her in with an emergency appointment. They numbed me up so well I couldn't feel that side of my mouth all the way up to my ear and I didn't feel a thing. Neither did mom. The worst side-effect I had was some emotional fatigue and the tooth itself being sore to pressure until I was able to get the crown put on it. Mom said that any soreness she had was far less than the pain she was having beforehand so it was well worth it.

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


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Dec 7 2019, 9:51pm

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That's a fine achievement, and definitely worth celebrating.

I'm very glad for you and your family that you now have those dental issues under control.


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Kimi
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Dec 7 2019, 10:00pm

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The summer humidity has struck. [In reply to] Can't Post

When I went out running on Friday morning there was such a heavy mist that I wore my running light, which I haven't needed to for a while now sunrise is so early, and I came back with the outside of my clothes damp all over from the mist. We'd planned a Saturday night barbecue earlier in the week when the forecast was for fine weather, and ended up having an indoor version, as it *poured* down.

But the rain is very welcome, as it's been quite dry. Our water tank is now full, the ponds have been topped up, and the plants are looking lush.

We've harvested our new potatoes - we don't grow many, as we only really have them in salads over the summer. Growing spuds in containers works so well for us that this year we're trying a container of kumara (sweet potatoes). The plants are growing really well, but it'll be a few months before we see how the crop turns out.

The strawberries are coming on nicely, with enough to pick a good-sized bowl every other day. We had the first of the raspberries, which while we don't get a whole lot are always a special treat. I have bean, pea, eggplant and tomato plants coming along. The main issue now is that the humidity encourages pests and diseases.

Your sister will continue to be in my prayers, Altaira. It's good that she's being so well looked after.

Wishing everyone a pleasant (what's left of the) weekend.


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My historical novels

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Eruvandi
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Dec 7 2019, 11:04pm

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They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


grammaboodawg
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Dec 8 2019, 2:47pm

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Anything with the Muppets is so much fun! Their version of A Christmas Carol is also one of my favourites :D Can you believe they turned 50 yo on November 8th?

I'm glad you didn't have to dig out of a massive snowfall. You did a lot of that last year! Maybe this year will be merciful ;)

I missed the snow in my area while I was out of town, but I did enjoy the ice storm that came the day before I hit the road. Always so purdy how everything glistens, but seen the younger trees nearly bent in half from the weight is scary! The evidence that there was more than just that are the snowpiles lining the roads and broken (large!) trees all around my house and down the road.

I hope your kitchen is coming along quickly! Do you think you'll be able to cook your Christmas dinner there? I know it most likely won't be "done", but having it useable would be so nice. There's nothing like the smell of a holiday meal to lift your spirits :D

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Dec 8 2019, 2:52pm

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It was this time of the year when my eldest sister finally lost her cancer battle. She was in the hospital for months. I know it's hard to already see the outcome of the good fight; but the sadness is inescapable *more hugs*. She knows you're there, and I hope she can feel the prayers holding her every hour.



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Dec 8 2019, 3:12pm

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That mighty beast of an auto had me shaking my head with an incredible performance! *pats hood* Never a pause or complaint! :D

Pickle is not impressed with bells or any toys with bells in them. *scratches head* He's definitely a squeaky pacifier dog toy guy! The quicker and longer the squeaking sessions, the more doggie joy-joy that's going on!



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Dec 8 2019, 4:02pm

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I hope that all of you, your sister and your entire family, find peace and solace during this time. My own experiences of walking with someone on those last steps of the journey have included some wonderful "transcendent" moments - may you be likewise blessed.

I wasn't around yesterday because I went to visit friends and have a macaron-making party. None of us had ever done this before, so we read up, watched videos, etc. And they came out pretty well! Not as perfectly round & smooth as the people on the baking shows seem to achieve every time, but they tasted just fine! To make up for all the sugar, we got up at the crack of dawn (7:30 am in these parts, this time of year) and did a vigorous 5-mile hike before breakfast.

This week is full of holiday craziness. I have concerts today and next Saturday. We're singing holiday music interspersed with a reading of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by a locally well-known actor. Two of the songs we're singing are by young composers, both women, and they are my favorite pieces of the entire concert. You can hear my most favorite one here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvHg5NIbzQY

We've got an awesome new young baritone who is singing the solo. The concert opens with the men in the choir loft singing a version of "O Come O Come Emmanuel" that gives me goosebumps every time. It's my favorite carol, and I love it best when it's only male voices.

Lessee: then Tuesday I have the annual luncheon for the local women's club, which raises a lot of money for various charities; I'm baking my famous cranberry bread as my contribution to the bake sale, we have lots of local vendors selling crafts, and then there's the auction. I'm also staffing the bake sale table. Wednesday I am caroling at a corporate Christmas party with some of the choir (we get paid nicely for these gigs, did one last week too) and from there, going to a gingerbread house-making party where we will roll out & bake the "parts." I'm using Mary Berry's recipe! Then Thursday we will assemble the houses & decorate them, and in the evening I'm going to be my dad's date for the annual Christmas dinner of his men's debating group, "the Wranglers." Only time women are allowed, although they are now debating that . . .

in between events I will be doing more holiday baking, finishing up decorating the house, working on a book I am "ghosting," putting the finishing touches on my own book which will be going out for final edit in a couple of weeks, and starting to plan the Christmas meal, as I am the hostess this year. And keeping up with my exercise class!

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around Ö The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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dernwyn
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Dec 8 2019, 10:22pm

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LOL!

(I wonder what the favorite dorm room pet must be...)


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Dec 8 2019, 10:24pm

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Oh gosh, that must drive the cats nuts! But at least you always know where he is! Laugh


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dernwyn
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Dec 8 2019, 10:36pm

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I love when the trees have just a bit of ice or snow on them, not enough to make them bend. It's a magical feel.

Oh, Michael Caine as Scrooge! We have that on VHS tape, it is a delight. I loved the original Muppet show. And now I see (Kelly of Water's Edge posted above) that we've lost another beloved Muppet-master...Unsure

There's just an inspection of electric and plumbing (this week), and trim and baseboard covers, and it can be declared done! They did install the vent hood over the oven just before Thanksgiving, so I cooked a turkey (and a zillion other things). I'm slowly getting things hung back up on the walls! My eldest is coming for 10 days at Christmas, she'll have fun in it. Smile

Your critters must be happy to have you back home! Will you be visiting Dex again to make sure he's getting along okay?


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dernwyn
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Dec 8 2019, 10:41pm

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Triple congrats: getting a story published, having great Etsy sales, and getting a new dentist (that insurance switch was certainly fortuitous).

A year since you've been here? That doesn't seem possible! Do stop by more often! Smile


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dernwyn
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Dec 8 2019, 10:50pm

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Potted potatoes [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm fascinated by this way of growing potatoes. Can anything be done with the potato "greens"? I hope the sweet potatoes also take to that kind of environment.

I'm trying to not be jealous that you've got luscious fresh strawberries in abundance! Laugh


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Dec 8 2019, 11:04pm

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I'm exhausted [In reply to] Can't Post

just reading about all the things you've been/will be doing!

I hope you have good-sized audiences for the concerts, is this the first time there's been a story told in parts during one? That carol is lovely, thank you for the link!

So - your dad's debate team is having a debate (about allowing women debaters), that seems appropriate! How is your dad doing these days?


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Eruvandi
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Dec 8 2019, 11:06pm

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Thanks on all points, dernwyn! (It was, wasn't it? I admit to crying when I found out I needed a root canal, but I'm also grateful it was caught before I ended up in pain.)


I knoooooow. I thought so many times during the year that I needed to check in, but apparently never acted on those thoughts. Time needs to stop sneaking past me like that!

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


grammaboodawg
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Dec 8 2019, 11:24pm

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When they get all grown up and scatter. It happens so fast! I'm happy that you'll have one of them home for the Holiday :D



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Dec 8 2019, 11:25pm

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I hope the sweet potatoes also take to that kind of environment.


Pre-European Maori used to grow them in mounds - more for good drainage, I think, but it shows they can grow in a compact-ish space.

https://teara.govt.nz/en/kumara/page-2

I've never tried growing pototoes in a pot but I've heard of good results, including planting them in a tyre mound: put say three tyres on top of each other, fill in with soil and plant your seed potatoes, then when the leaves sprout, add another tyre and soil to bury them. Keep going until you have a good stack, and you'll grow a very long string of potatoes!

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

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís 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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Dec 8 2019, 11:35pm

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I hope you're happy with the work they've done :) They've stuck with their schedule pretty well, eh? Having a youngster home for a spell is so great!



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Dec 8 2019, 11:51pm

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BIG congratulations on being published AND for having such a breakthrough in your book :D That is so exciting! Well Done!

That's incredible how incompetent and nasty your old dentist was/is. Have you reported him? There's so much pain and cost you could have avoided. You wonder what he was thinking... and his hygienist. I'm assuming he had one.

I'm so happy you're doing so well :D It's amazing how time passes by, but you've definitely put yours to good use :D *high five*



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Dec 8 2019, 11:54pm

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as potato greens are poisonous :). Sweet potato greens are, on the other hand, apparently edible and actually quite nutritious, although I've never tried them. The two aren't very closely related.

The strawberries really are a delight.


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Dec 8 2019, 11:56pm

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Mist is a good thing [In reply to] Can't Post

for the plants and water tanks/systems, but really is nasty when it comes to mold and bugs. :( It wonderful how much you're already able to cultivate, though! So great! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, too! :D



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Dec 8 2019, 11:58pm

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The Passing of Mistress Rose
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Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

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Dec 9 2019, 12:53am

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All of it sounds so great, though :D You really know how to do the holiday right! I hope you stay clear of any colds going around so you can enjoy every moment. If you take a Zicam (zinc) tablet once or twice a day, you'll be more likely to avoid any of those germies floating around. When I'm around crowds, I make sure to take at least one a day and I've never gotten sick.

All the best on your book(s)! Hang in there... and have a wonderful time :D



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Dec 9 2019, 1:03am

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It's been an eventful year, that's for sure.

Thanks, gramma! I'm almost as excited about the story breakthrough as the published short story. It wasn't that long ago that I was afraid I wouldn't be able to figure out an ending! Amazing how things suddenly click into place at random times. :)

We did report her, anonymously. (Dad was concerned that if we reported her in a way that required our identities we'd have to address her directly at some point and he wasn't comfortable with that, especially since she wasn't an unkind person.) Yeah, we've wondered about the hygenists as well since then. She had more than one, but they apparently had competence issues, too. After we did the report, Dad looked at her website one day out of curiosity and it mentioned that she and her staff weren't taking new patients as they have been really busy lately taking a bunch training. I bet they are... :p

*high fives back* :D

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


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Dec 10 2019, 2:52am

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Thanks for the nice thoughts, and my oh my have you been busy! Congratulations on surviving real life and on the great writing progress. I'm definitely going to try to make it to that site to read your story. Best of luck with it, and DO stop by -- and post -- lol, more often. Heart


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Dec 10 2019, 2:56am

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.. you're getting a good amount of rain - hopefully just the right amount.

I'm always amazed at how relatively early gardens get to be so productive in NZ. Living in dry Colorado, very few things are 'pickable' before mid- to late-summer. Enjoy the early harvest, and thanks for the thoughts and prayers. Smile


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



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Dec 10 2019, 3:04am

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I'm glad you can keep track of all of that because I lost track about halfway through! Laugh Holiday craziness, indeed! But it sounds like so much fun. I hope it's all as fun and enjoyable as you make it sound.
Things are looking up a bit for my sister. I'm always concerned about 'quality of life' issues in the aftermath of things like this, but for now forward progress is a good thing and we'll take it from there.


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



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Dec 10 2019, 4:40am

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full house - fun to see! We usually do pretty well but this was extra.

Apparently they've done this a couple of times before (the actor reading the story). Not since I joined. It was a lot of fun.

Dad's great - for 95. Not a lot of energy and a bit of a cognitive deficit (doesn't recognize things readily, like the mayonnaise that's right in front of him). But in general he's in good spirits and doing okay. I gave him a research project for my next book (a historical romance based on an ancestor) and he's relishing it. Goes off on tangents, but that's okay if it entertains him.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around Ö The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

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Dec 10 2019, 4:43am

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Things are looking up a bit for my sister.


I'll keep up the prayers for a miraculous outcome.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around Ö The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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Eruvandi
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Dec 10 2019, 1:17pm

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*hugs* :) Thank you! I hope you enjoy my story! It's up on the site now. *excited squealing intensifies* I certainly will try to post more often!

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


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Dec 11 2019, 3:52am

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"Monsters"!, Eruvandi? [In reply to] Can't Post

It sounds like the survivors in Filter have more to worry about than hackers and trolls if they sign up. There is a Hitchhikers Guide feel to this that is very intriguing/amusing. Have you or are you going to write more on this story? Do let us know, and congratulations.
Nice to see you.


Eruvandi
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Dec 11 2019, 4:09am

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Ehehe... [In reply to] Can't Post

They would indeed have a lot to worry about.Wink

I'm loving all the comparisons people are telling me my story reminds them of! I stink at thinking of "comp titles" as they call them for my stories, so it's so interesting to see what other people think. I am definitely willing to take Hitchhikers Guide as one of them. :D

I have not written more on it and was not originally planning to in the future, but you're the 5th or 6th person to suggest that there could be more, so... Never say never? Wink I'll certainly keep it in the back of my mind as a potential future project. If I were to do something it would probably be to expand it into a novel or novella since I'm more inclined towards long-form stories than series of shorts.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read it, Lissuin, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman

 
 

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