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Welcome to Fiesta, everyone!

Altaira
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Mar 27, 4:09pm

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Welcome to another Fiesta gathering! Here's hoping everyone is healthy and keeping safe.

B.G and I are 10 days into our 2-week post-cruise isolation period and feel great. Colorado has a state-wide stay-at-home order until April 10, but after our two weeks ends we can at least see friends and family. Smile

I was musing the other day as to whether there was a phobia about running out of toilet paper, lol. When I googled it and it was the second suggested link, I figured: Bingo! it turns out it's Endrollphobia. Get it? Laugh

So, to cheer us all up during these trying times, I'm posting a link to a site listing funny phobias. For example, did you know that Turophobia is a fear of cheese? (I definitely don't have that one Cool). A few more good ones:

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia Ė fear of long words

Metrophobia - fear of poetry (seems like that one was mis-named)

Aulophobia - fear of flutes

Anatidaephobia Ė fear of being watched by A duck

Enjoy the rest of the list at the link of the 32 Funniest Phobias and Fears, or better yet, make up your own! As always, the buffet and bar are open and ready for perusing and ordering!

*kicks jukebox* "Don't worry be happy" by Bobby McFerrin starts to play.

Enjoy a healthy, happy weekend, everyone! CoolHeartSmile




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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dernwyn
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Mar 27, 4:39pm

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Good heavens! Shocked Thanks for the laugh, Altaira!

Might I have a cappuccino, please? I'm still working at the school, in my lonely library, taking requests for loaner laptops for families that are finding their own computers over-taxed by their kids having to use them, or unable to properly use the online software the teachers are assigning the kids. Got my disinfectant wipes and spray bottle handy!

The silneldors send their love to everyone, they've been able to get out for walks in this lovely weather. He sent me a pic of the core of a toilet-paper roll, suspended in water like a seed, with a little "roll" sprouting out of it, a "grow-you-own-paper"! Laugh

I do believe your cruise ship treated everyone the best they could, so you could all arrive home safe and sound! Any tidbits from your escapade that you could share with us, Altaira? Smile


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Altaira
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Mar 27, 4:56pm

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Cappucino, coming up! [In reply to] Can't Post




Mmmm, that sounds so good I think I'll join you! Do you work a full day or are there designated hours people know they can call in or come by? It's great that you're doing that, plus it gets you out of the house.

I've had a bit of follow-up work to do that will probably go through early next week - no deadline but I want to get it done. Plus, we've been putting together another March Madness tournament for the Home Page - this year's will be Best Movie Scenes in various categories. Should be fun! Anyway, soon I hope to start a regular-type thread about TORnsibs' travels and will post about our trips during those. 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





grammaboodawg
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Mar 27, 5:04pm

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Ferrin! Be Happy!! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

GREAT CHOICE! Phobias are SO FUNNY! I have Ablutophobia!!! A fear of cleaning!!! I should have named Pickle "Bluto"... which was one of my considerations at the time ;) The Fickle Finger of Fate strikes again!

I'm SO happy B.G. and you are doing so well with your isolation and especially that you're feeling good :D Most excellent!

All is well here, too. Although, my county had its first 2 cases show up earlier this week. 2 college students came home from Spring Break with the virus. One returned to their room in the dorms on campus and the other returned to a private home. *sigh* Spring Break. There hasn't been any testing around here at all, so there's no way of telling if we have some dangerous areas.

I'm a week into my home isolation. I started a few days before Michigan joined the ranks. Just before that my only trips were to the store to stock up. It's hitting the worst down where the majority of my family lives in Oakland County (near Detroit).

I think I'll grab a chocolate milkshake and toast you all as we forge on together! Thanks for taking just great care of us, Altaira! STAY SAFE!




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grammaboodawg
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Mar 27, 5:08pm

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Howdy to the sils and to you! [In reply to] Can't Post

How great to hear from them! *waves fondly*

You're still at work, but I'm sure the quiet is very welcome. You're going to get spoiled with all that peacefulness ;) How wonderful, though, that you're able to help the students access their classwork. Good Job!

I hope you have a very quiet and relaxing weekend. The weather looks like it should improve for your walks and gardening :) Take Care!




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Altaira
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Mar 27, 5:44pm

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Hi, gramma! [In reply to] Can't Post

I think that a fear of cleaning may be more common than we think. I know I definitely have it too. Angelic

You and Blut... I mean Pickle... 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





dernwyn
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Mar 27, 5:47pm

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I saw that [In reply to] Can't Post

people were wondering about whether there would be March Madness this year. That will be fun, we need more distractions like that! Smile

*sips* Thanks! I'm in for full-day, when I'm not taking care of computers or other problems (like making sure student login accounts are accurate and re-setting those pesky forgotten passwords) there's plenty of library book maintenance to be done.

TORnsib Travels! That will be very interesting! Cool


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dernwyn
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Mar 27, 5:50pm

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Yes, this weekend [In reply to] Can't Post

is supposed to be cool-ish (40's), but sunny, the kind of weather I don't mind at all for nice walks. We've got plenty of trails around here.

Do you ever miss your book-work, gramma?

Edited: rats, the sunny day was today and tomorrow, then rain on Sunday! Ah, well, I've got bookcases and closets to clean out, and a stack of reading! Laugh


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(This post was edited by dernwyn on Mar 27, 9:01pm)


dernwyn
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Mar 27, 5:59pm

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Sure glad you did NOT name him that! [In reply to] Can't Post

Laugh!

Prayers that your family stays healthy! So how many times have you re-watched the movies (and the full appendices) during your sequestering, gramma? Smile


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Greenwood Hobbit
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Mar 27, 7:32pm

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Good evening! [In reply to] Can't Post

I join you at the end of a gloriously sunny (but slightly nippy) spring day; I'm going out into the garden shortly to watch the International Space Station pass overhead - now there's a classic example of social distancing! I do hope you all stay well, wherever you are; this juggernaut of a virus seems to be rolling unstoppably over every part of the world. In the UK, the peak is reckoned to be mid-April; I'm being very careful about hand-washing etc and we have all been instructed to keep trips out to the shops for esentials to an absolute minimum. My grandsons seem to have adapted quite well to lessons at home; the good weather has helped, as they can go and run round the garden, kick a football, bounce on the trampoliine etc to let off steam. Also - when they're not arguing! - they're company for each other. If the weather changes they might not be as comfortable with it all. None of us will be, but we just have to deal with it.

Forgot to mention the phobias - good grief! There are some strange ones there. I thik mine would be afabricopobia - fear of not having enough patchwork fabric!

Coffee at this time of night would keep me from my sleep, so I'll stick with tea! (and later a scotch, maybe - I have a half bottle of Highland Park in the cupboard. Yum...)Cheers, folks - stay safe! Sending a wave to silneldor and family too.


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Eowyn of Penns Woods
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Mar 27, 7:41pm

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We're surrounded... [In reply to] Can't Post

by colleges and/or universities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon Line. Add in the military sites in the region and all the commuting government employees, and it's no surprise that even with the little bit of testing done outside of the major cities there are positive cases on both sides of the Mason-Dixon. I'm sure it's actually worse than the map reflects, but from the official report as of lunchtime today, with contrast adjusted and Gettysburg added as a reference point :

this represents Pennsylvania's known 2,218 positive cases spread across 50 of our 67 counties.

And this is why the rangers are trying to force the teeming hordes of panic-driven ill-prepared hikers off the Appalachian Trail, and make them go home. Because crowding like sardines into trail shelters at night with all the other fools who had the same idea, and going into nearby towns for food by day is a terrible, terrible plan.

We've been staying home since before they closed the schools two weeks ago, unless we have to go out in public. People here have been taking it seriously, but are still as polite and friendly as we can be from a safe distance. Even the young kids on bikes in the park were spacing themselves appropriately when we drove by. More dogs are getting to enjoy new walking routes, based on the foot traffic on our road.

Ice cream is harder to find than toilet paper, so a virtual milkshake sounds like a great idea on this warm day! =)

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Altaira
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Mar 27, 7:47pm

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Good evening to you, GH! [In reply to] Can't Post

Our weather has been nice here too - typical Spring blue skies and slightly cooler temps - perfect!

A fellow scotch fan! I don't think I've ever had Highland Park. Shame on me! I'll have to give it a try. I'm currently on a Glengoyne kick. Yummy stuff.

Enjoy watching the space station overhead, and enjoy the weekend! 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





dernwyn
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Mar 27, 9:11pm

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Glad to know [In reply to] Can't Post

that the grandsons are doing well, having to be apart from their classmates and teachers! Do you get to see them often now?

I'll pass your wave along to the silneldors - they've been sending me pictures of the places they've been taking walks, they're in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains so the views are amazing!

Oh yes, afabricophobia seems perfect for you! Laugh


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Kimi
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Mar 27, 9:30pm

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*Waving to everyone from our locked down haven* [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi everyone. New Zealand went into lockdown just before midnight on Wednesday. Lockdown seems to mean different things in different parts of the world, let me elaborate a little: we don't leave our homes other than for medical care or a brief grocery shop (one person only; limited numbers at a time in store, with distances observed), or for exercise, when you don't stop and talk to anyone but a housemate. The only businesses still open to the general public are grocery stores, pharmacies, some banking services, and animal supplies - no takeaway food, for example. Everyone is working from home except those in essential services (transport, food production and supply, medical services, animal care, couriers, and no doubt a few others I've forgotten) where working from home is not possible - and there are strict rules about safety for those workers.

The Mr and I are better off than most people. We live in the countryside, with lots of open space; no kids and no elderly parents (that would have been such a worry if we were still watching over them); we already work from home most (Mr)/all (me) of the time.

There's overwhelming support for this lockdown that's generally transcending politics and philosophies in a very refreshing way. Of course there's a long road to travel, but I think most of us are feeling hopeful for our country - I know I am. Some times living on an island at the end of the world has its advantages.

Apart from that: we're well and happy, it's a sunny day, the grass is growing and the sheep are happy, and I've made orange and ginger scones for our morning tea.

And one last thing: I watched this video this morning and smiled *so* hard. Absolutely joyful.

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


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Kimi
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Mar 27, 9:33pm

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Lovely to hear from the Sils! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for passing that on, Dernwyn.


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Kimi
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Mar 27, 9:35pm

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I share that phobia, Gramma :) [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm glad you have Pickle for company! No risk of getting lonely.

*Sigh* how disappointing about the students bringing the virus home to your county. Stay safe in your haven, my dear.


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- A Room With a View


Ataahua
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Mar 27, 9:40pm

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A breakfast margarita seems about perfect right now. [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, I've had my first week of working from home and it went pretty smoothly, although I had to work off the tiny screen of the work laptop as it doesn't have enough ports for me to connect it to my personal large screen. But given the bigger situation going on, that's a tiny issue!

We ended the work week with drinks via Zoom, which was lovely. We also have a team meeting each morning, and being able to see the people you're talking to has proved to be really important for combating the negatives of isolation. In fact, I've heard more from my friends and family in this last week than I usually do! It's been great - and a reminder that I need to be more mindful (when life gets back to normal) about making time for the people who are important to me.

Autumn is taking hold here. The mountain even had some light snow this week so the temperatures dropped sharply, but it's warm as long as the sun is out. I'm still picking green and orange capsicums and my Brandywine tomato plant has given me two fruit so far, with two more on the way - exactly double my previous record number of fruit from this variety. Laugh

I hope everyone's staying sane and healthy! Kia kaha (stay strong).

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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My LOTR fan-fiction


Ataahua
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Mar 27, 9:47pm

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That video is delightful! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the kids' energy - and their playing is spot-on. Thanks for sharing it, Kimi. :)

This is another one that's doing the rounds. (There's so much enviable talent out there. In the face of extreme circumstances, people are responding with art.) Smile
https://www.facebook.com/...s/10218376613741012/

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.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


dernwyn
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Mar 27, 10:02pm

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Orange and ginger scones! [In reply to] Can't Post

I can imagine the aroma! That's one of the suggested activities: do more baking.

Thanks for the video link, what a couple of great (and talented) kids!


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Kimi
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Mar 27, 10:03pm

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Greetings to you, GH! [In reply to] Can't Post

Good to hear how well your grandsons have adapted so far. I hope your good weather lingers - it'll make things quite a lot easier for everyone.


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My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


dernwyn
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Mar 27, 10:04pm

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Omigosh. That video hits the spot. [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you for this, now I've gotta share it with others...the song fits so perfectly!


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Kimi
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Mar 27, 10:06pm

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Having just come inside from morning tea, [In reply to] Can't Post

I can report that they're very nice indeed :)

Yes, baking has taken off hugely around here. Flour, baking soda, etc are among the items the supermarkets are struggling to keep up with demand for. People are [re-]discovering their skills!

Aren't those kids just great?


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My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


dernwyn
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Mar 27, 10:10pm

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One of the positive things to come out of this [In reply to] Can't Post

has been more friends and family communicating via email or phone or snail mail, even to just ask "how are you doing".

Er, has that Brandywine tomato plant always been so, um, stingy?


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Kimi
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Mar 27, 10:10pm

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

A great way to keep up human contact while staying home. Mr Kimi's been using Zoom for work meetings, and is talking about setting it up to connect with friends - the most tech-friendly ones, anyway. A bit too hard to help the others set it up when we can't be there in person.

We still have tomatoes doing well, and for the first time ever, I've successfully grown aubergines (eggplants)! We're planning to make moussaka tonight with a couple.


The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


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Ataahua
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Mar 27, 10:15pm

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Yeah, it's not a prolific variety at all. [In reply to] Can't Post

But because it's a heritage variety (i.e. old), it's very tasty - quite meaty, actually. I'm not a big fan of tomatoes so the low yield suits me.Cool

Yesterday I was video-chatting with my sister while she was walking on the coastal walkway, when a relative walked past so I had a shouty-chat with her (standing 2m away) via the phone as well! One of the stranger catch-ups so far. 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.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


Ataahua
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Mar 27, 10:20pm

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Well done on the aubergines! [In reply to] Can't Post

I have a couple of home-grown pumpkins still sitting in the kitchen. I'd like to get them chopped up and frozen but my tiny freezer is currently chokka with meals I pre-cooked before the lockdown, so hopefully they'll stay good for another month-ish.

I've planted silverbeet this week and I've got kumara growing away happily in a couple of spots. Surprisingly, the watermelon plant is flowering again - I'll be surprised if there's enough time for melons to grow and ripen before the cold comes (even if the plant is in a sunny, warm spot).

My plan this weekend is to turn an oldish broccoli into soup and do some baking with my very small supply of flour. I hope supermarkets can get it back on the shelves soon.

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.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


Kimi
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Mar 27, 10:27pm

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Yes, the flour is [In reply to] Can't Post

a limiting factor just now. I have a huge bag of wholemeal, thank goodness, but only a small amount of white flour left. Hoping for better results when we (or rather one of us) next does a supermarket run.

Home-grown pumpkin would be very welcome just now! As would capsicums. Still, any garden-produced fruit and vegetables are welcome.


The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


Kimi
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Mar 27, 10:30pm

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The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Mar 27, 11:11pm

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Highland Park's from Orkney - [In reply to] Can't Post

tasting notes state: natural colour; heather honey sweetness; rich fruit cake; aromatic smoky peat. It also comes in a rather ornately decorated bottle! Slainte!


Greenwood Hobbit
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Mar 27, 11:15pm

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Saw them very briefly [In reply to] Can't Post

in their garden yesterday, when I dropped off my son-in-law's birthday gift - bit naughty really, but just for a couple of minutes and all at a very safe distance! Sil sent me a postcard of the Blue Ridge Mountains in a Christmas card - glad they're enjoying life there. We've exchanged Christmas cards ever since he was my Secret Samwise when TORn did that thing years ago.


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Mar 27, 11:19pm

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I think we'll be back in winter woollies by Sunday - [In reply to] Can't Post

the wind's swinging round to the frozen north! There's a predicted 'feels like' temperature of 3C for Sunday. Sorry, have forgotten what that is in Fahrenheit. Still, this week has been a treat and we rarely have more than a few days the same anyway, being mostly subject to Atlantic weather systems here in the west. Good old England!


Kimi
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Mar 27, 11:29pm

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We don't do [In reply to] Can't Post

Fahrenheit - haven't since the 1970s - so C is just fine. Or in the case of 3 degrees, rather chilly!

We're in a land of very changeable weather (and I lived in England for a couple of years), so I do know the feeling! This lockdown will get more challenging here when the weather gets colder. For now, I'm enjoying the autumn sunshine.


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My historical novels

Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


Starling
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Mar 28, 1:23am

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Just had to share this one! [In reply to] Can't Post

Someone on my local Facebook page put up 83 photos of all the lovely teddy bears that people have left in their windows, so families on their daily walk can go on a 'bear hunt'.
There are so many lovely teddies, all positioned beautifully.
And amongst the teddies...was this...Laugh






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Mar 28, 1:34am

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Update on the Lumpkins [In reply to] Can't Post

A mere two weeks ago (I can hardly believe it was so recently - my time perception is thoroughly distorted just now) I was posting about our wonderful catch-up with these old friends. With everything that's happened since, they had to curtail their visit, and then had the nerve-wracking task of booking one of the dwindling number of flights still running, and hoping it would actually take off. Well, a few minutes ago I heard from Lumpkin that they're home safe and sound. I'm so relieved for them.


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- A Room With a View


ElanorTX
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Mar 28, 8:20am

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Another funny yet cynical site [In reply to] Can't Post

(in USA, anyway) is called something like #RichPeopleFirstWorld

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



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Greenwood Hobbit
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Mar 28, 10:01am

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Yes, everything's more bearable in the sun - except sunburn...! [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Mar 28, 1:28pm

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1993 to 2016 I was fixing records representing each book and other formats (DVD/CD/Periodicals/etc.) so that people doing a keyword search could find what they were looking for and assigning call numbers so items sat in the proper spot on a shelf so browsers could come across it at a glance... it really was fun. Especially if I got a book that had no information except a title and abbreviated author. No subject headings. No call number. I'd go on a hunt and read through the book to figure out subject headings (where it would place on the shelves), search the Library of Congress database and build a bib record from scratch.

I would also add subject headings that connected related titles... like adding subject headings to each record to pull together "greenhouse effect" "el nino/la nina" "global warming" etc. I found out later that the University of Michigan and Michigan State University would search our database if they had trouble with a book because they knew we'd have a full record if we had the book. A shocker and very humbling.

Since I retired, they don't do this authority/cataloging work anymore. The Unit is gone. They just dump the records from the publishers (typos/incomplete and all) straight into the database. *shudder* First thing to go is quality.

You should see what I did to any Tolkien-related records ;) LOTS of subject headings!


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Wow! That's so scary!! And kinda cool :D


I have to admit I haven't had ice cream for a long, long time (always dieting), but recently I did discover Ben & Jerry's Americone! OMG! Vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl. SO YUMMY! Needless to say, I gained a pound that week ;)

With all of that surrounding you, it's inevitable that you'd have a lot of virus threatening you. I wish they could keep track so you'd be armed with information and what you're really dealing with. I'm so sorry. Glad you're able to lay low. *hugs* Hang in there!!




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Mar 28, 2:39pm

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What I do for the school library here is not nearly as extensive as what's required for college materials! (And typos from publishers always surprise me, you'd think they'd have better control.)

It angers me that those in charge don't care about quality anymore, or the needs of those seeking books. Mad

Yes, people probably look at us strangely, but when you love books, this kind of work really IS fun! Oh, I can just imagine your Tolkien-related subject headings...Laugh


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Mar 28, 2:54pm

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Survival Essentials!!! The fabric of life!!! And sanity ;)

I'm so glad you doing well. There's something very comforting about keeping our hands busy with crafts and projects. You should make a bed cover or wall hanging that you add at least a row for every week you're home. You could have a serious piece by the time we're done with all of this :D

I LOVE watching for the International Space Station! I went running out last night only to find the cloud cover once again blocked the sky. CURSES! *shakes fist in NNW direction* Isn't it incredible to see how fast that little golden speck sails through the stars? I can't keep from waving HI!

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Mine is that, too. I really do feel for the people who are still at their jobs, but SO SO SO grateful! The risk for themselves and their families is so insidious.


I love that video! They're amazing!!! Hang in there and stay safe :D




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I'll bet it will be surprising how normal it will become; and that you might get more accomplished with such a focused approach. I hear you on the screens. I have 2 going with my personal computer and the laptop (internet connected) cranking alongside... which is my lifeline out into RL. If I ever disappear... the old laptop finally kicked ;) Working with 2 screens is so efficient and makes projects easier.

Fall is so beautiful and is my favourite time of year. Don't get me wrong, watching the outdoors wake up after a long winter sleep is great; but fall is the best :)

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I was singing right along! And yes... I can hit that high note ;) THANKS FOR THIS!




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Mar 28, 4:24pm

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but I'm saving that until I start to feel restless and edgy. As for 'lockdown projects', every other year my quilting group (suspended at present of course) runs an exhibition (in November hopefully - surely things will be improving by then?!*) and we have a 'bag tombola' stall with all sorts of different tote bags, drawstring bags, make-up bags etc for prizes. I'm going to make a start on some of those so we have a good stock and can raise lots of funds to support the group. It's the ideal time for nice self-contained little projects, not too complicated!
I've been lucky enough to see the ISS twice this week, but the weather's changed now and it's cloudy. What must they be thinking up there, with all this going on? They must all have family and friends to worry about.


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Under cloud and under star
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
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I seem to have become the local Zoom meeting coordinator. We're now doing our WW meetings virtually, and several of the women in my "breakfast club" were having trouble getting on/getting their audio & video going the first week, so I set up a separate meeting for everyone to practice. It was so nice to see each other that we agreed to have our own meeting after the WW meeting each week (honestly, we get more out of that time anyway, sharing advice & ideas). And now I'm setting one up for my choir at our usual rehearsal time because we miss each other so much. (The joke is that our person-in-charge has to make announcements at the halfway point!)

I just heard a very fun idea I want to share (and make happen for myself). One of the choir folk got invited to take part in a Zoom "table read" of The Princess Bride. They didn't have assigned parts, they just read paragraphs in turn. Apparently it was a blast. I used to host parties where we read Shakespeare plays, and while many people were hesitant at first it was amazing to see how into it they got - after a while people were bringing costumes!

I'm thinking of proposing a "table read" of "Airplane" if I can find the script online, among my family.

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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I've been wondering about using Zoom for choir rehearsals - would there be a problem with lag time? We'd have to pause often for a couple of our guys to make snarky remarks. Laugh


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I've been thinking the same thing. I'd love to hear their perspective. What a great incentive on your projects! *bows deeply* Way cool!




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I have a friend who makes a truckload of marmalade every year and there's a recipe online that uses marmalade, which I've passed on to him.


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I've never seen such beautiful blue skies in Los Angeles. Now I really know what the pollution does to us. Crazy They've closed beaches and hiking trails here due to people not being responsible. One can dream, though!

Love the phobia list--and I have to say, "Fear of the Navel" sounds something like a wonderful as-yet unpublished Thomas Hardy novel. Angelic

Everyone in my world is safe and sound thus far. I've gone on a couple of long walks in the neighborhood while on the phone with family/friends. I did my first Zoom with my parents, whom I usually just call by phone, so we'll probably do that more moving forward.

I've been keeping all of the doctors and nurses in my thoughts. Lots of sad stories out there already, but so many heroes as well.

Wishing everyone a safe week ahead!

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Wink

Back when the 1984 Olympics were in Los Angeles, we traveled out there and stayed with relatives in San Gabriel for a week. One morning when I walked out onto their deck, I was shocked to see mountains in the distance - they had not been there before! It was my first time dealing with that level of pollution.

I'm glad you're still able to walk around your neighborhood. Stay healthy!


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for The Return of the One Party and wondering what the brown smudge was on the horizon, which got darker and thicker the closer we got to LA.

I was shocked when I finally twigged it was air pollution.

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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What a very cool idea!!! Airplane is a HOOT! They're so lucky you know how to get around ZOOM and all that online stuff. ;) Isn't it amazing how this huge inconvenience has spawned so many great ways to get together!? :D GOOD LUCK!


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We're all moving around in one way or another! I'm so glad you and yours are doing good. One day at a time while prayers are out for our first responders, medicals, drivers, stores, etc. All of those who are still at work hour after hour in contact with a potential infection from each person they help.

Clear blue skies are a wonder! I'm amazed (but really not) that it's so visible now that the pollution is down.

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Mr. E was tested Tuesday for COVID-19. Results expected in 4-5 days. We don't think he has it, but he does have a high number of risk factors and so his doctors wanted him tested.
I seem to be fine, just suffering from cabin fever. We have been sheltering at home under strict directions from the mayor. Our two cats are delighted with the extra attention.
Thoughts and prayers for everyone affected medically or economically from the pandemic,ElanorTX

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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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Apr 1, 9:08pm

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Prayers for YOU, TOO!! It's incredible that you have to wait so long for results. Keep extra busy to make the time pass faster. Get a REALLY hard jigsaw puzzle! :D 3 days gone just like *snap* that!


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Apr 2, 6:48pm

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A neighbor gave us two cloth masks for going out.
Mr. E called for his COVID results Tuesday and was told that it might take another week to receive them. At this rate we'll complete the 14-day quarantine first.

One of our outside feral cats has gone missing; we hope a coyote didn't get her.
Otherwise good weather and plenty of TP. Best wishes to all TORNsibs.

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Another week!!!!??? It's almost useless when it takes so long. Even if you didn't have it when you took the test, you could have caught it by the time you get the results! I hope you both are doing well. Is he any worse?


I'm glad you have masks. What great neighbours :) I've just finished making a couple. Hang in there!!!




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