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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:20am

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Pavlova? [In reply to] Can't Post

That would be a lovely celebratory treat!

How's it going in your area - any sign of restrictions being loosened? I may finally be able to see my massage therapist on the 21st, then get a haircut, if numbers here keep dropping!


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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:28am

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You've all been doing quite well. [In reply to] Can't Post

May the numbers continue to drop, especially so that those most affected can get back to some kind of normalcy in their lives!

Things can never be quite the same, can they, it looks like this will make us all a lot more careful and health-cautious.


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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:32am

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Congratulations! [In reply to] Can't Post

I can imagine how good it must have felt to get up to speed again! So how did the foot feel afterward?

You've had quite an abundance of fruit this year, it seems - you're going to be busy for hours with the canning! Laugh


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Greenwood Hobbit
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May 9, 9:47am

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Brandy in a trifle? That's hard core! [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Greenwood Hobbit
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May 9, 9:52am

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There will be an announcement tomorrow [In reply to] Can't Post

and some of the restrictions might change on Monday, but we don't know what yet. It's unlikely to be much, to be honest. The govt. is ultra-cautious in some ways, but I was flabbergasted to hear yesterday that they are ONLY NOW thinking of bringing in 14 day self-quarantining for anyone flying into the country. People - not many, admittedly - have been flying in for weeks! Argh...


grammaboodawg
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May 9, 12:08pm

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You're right! [In reply to] Can't Post

That section was added and is/was the kitchen area. It had a hand pump for water with a larger pump just outside the back door. I don't think they did a claw-foot tub. They were on a tight budget, so a lot of minimal investment was being made. The family did splinter when my Dad's brother passed away. His wife was always... one of those... and the farm has a couple of oil wells. So she quickly seized control of the property. Three of the 4 children had the same attitude; but one was always very loving, open, inclusive and untouched by any negativity. She literally saved the farm when her Mom tried to sell the property outright. She's the one who has always worked to help us feel invited to come down; but the one sibling who is living there won't have it. *sigh* We're hoping to reschedule, too.
The farmland is 200 yo with the log cabin as the homestead on it. The house was built in 1872 and was quite the mansion for the very remote (now Amish) area. There was a secret room in the cellar used by the underground railroad. The cemetery where Uncle Bob's marker is placed on his father's headstone is about 3 miles down the road. So many incredible memories. Now I can appreciate what Uncle Virgil went through living there alone tending the crops and cattle and having an invasion of 5 kids and Mom & Dad suddenly filling the house. His bed was in the parlor with the small cast-iron woodstove off the kitchen... the only heat source for the whole 4-bedroom house! Great Grandma would sit in her rocker at the kitchen window smoking her corncob pipe.




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Annael
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May 9, 1:44pm

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choirs are a long way off [In reply to] Can't Post

probably not until we get a vaccine. Singers are "super-broadcasters" of the virus because of our breath training - we can shoot it way beyond 6 feet. Which is why that one choir had a 75% infection rate after one rehearsal.

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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grammaboodawg
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May 9, 2:17pm

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*snicker* [In reply to] Can't Post

or lash yourself to a rocket! That's how I escaped! ;)




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grammaboodawg
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May 9, 2:25pm

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It's good to stay put [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm really glad you're able to hunker down and ride this out. I'm in the same situation... and so grateful to be able to do it. That's a great rate (1.1) after what your state has been through; but I am so afraid the current trend will reverse all of the progress made. Taking care of our own homes and deciding what to do about this is important now. I hope you're still going to the retreat later on!


Over in the Walk to Rivendell, the "walk" is also being done. Have a great weekend, m'dear!




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grammaboodawg
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May 9, 2:36pm

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Scary how there's no rain [In reply to] Can't Post

And no real snow measurement all winter! Same here in Michigan. I'm concerned about a hot, dry summer. Athough, this weekend is going to go from warm Spring temps dropping overnight to freezing temps. All the budding trees and plants already placed in gardens are going to take a hit. I was working outside yesterday, and late in the afternoon I felt the temp drop BIG TIME!

Those quiet celebrations of VE Day's 75th Anniv is wonderful! It's too bad that incredible milestone couldn't be properly celebrated; but the magnitude and appreciation of it is in our hearts.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!




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grammaboodawg
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May 9, 2:57pm

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Hear, hear! [In reply to] Can't Post

KUDOS on NZ for taking such incredible control of this virus. It's so scary what's going on here; but NZ gives me lots of hope :) Taking solid steps and everyone cooperating is the only way to really attack this... at least until they finally find a vaccine. Even that will take time to refine.
So your winter is trying to sneak in, eh? Yeah... even when you know it's coming, you can feel bummed when it finally gets here ;) I hope you have a wonderful weekend, m'dear! Stay Safe, Stay Warm! *hugs*




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grammaboodawg
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May 9, 3:27pm

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Running!?! Bravo!!!! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

Now THAT is freedom!!! :D I'm so happy for you! What a long race you've already been in. Congratulations!

You know the winter weather is moving in if the birds and critters are cleaning up all the food-stuff within their reach. I'm glad you go your jelly-makings beforehand. LET THE CANNING BEGIN!!! But I'll bet you're already way ahead on that :D

Have a wonderful weekend, m'dear!!!




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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:52pm

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What a vision! [In reply to] Can't Post

Granny in her rocker, smoking a corncob pipe! In the very old houses in our area, there was no set-aside "bedroom", the beds really were in the parlors, near the "central heat" Laugh. Bedrooms in the upstairs areas came later!

So yeah, that house would have been like a mansion compared to everything around! Does any part of the log cabin still remain? Was the house itself built in 1872, since that was after the Civil War, or was that when the kitchen was added on?

Family dynamics...sigh...*hugs*!


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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:54pm

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Good point about the breathing during singing. [In reply to] Can't Post

We've been making jokes about singing with masks on, and how that would sound. Tongue


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Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


May 9, 7:29pm

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My three water butts are emptied as of today - [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll have to resort to watering with metered tapwater now, which I resent when we usually have more of the real stuff than we can store! Our traditional April showers must have gone somewhere else this year. Mother Nature is probably saving the rain for when lockdown eases and everyone wants to spend time going out and about! Such is life...


Ataahua
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May 9, 8:52pm

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I think one of our great benefits [In reply to] Can't Post

was that we saw what was happening in other countries - especially Italy - before we recorded our first case so we knew what was coming if we didn't act fast. Also, we've had really clear communications about what steps will be taken and why, and that's helped with the public buy-in.


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KUDOS on NZ for taking such incredible control of this virus.


It also helps that, as an island nation with no land borders, we could shut-off and control access. There have been miss-steps along the way but overall the actions have been pretty decisive.

Now we just need the general public to not screw it up as the regulations loosen.

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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May 9, 9:27pm

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No dramas so far [In reply to] Can't Post

with the foot. A bit of aching, but it feels like "good" aching, from muscles being worked. I got anxious one day when my foot was hurting a bit, then I realised it was actually the other foot. :)

It's been interesting: we've been walking regularly, and longer distances than I'm currently running, but after the first run I had a whole new set of muscles aches in thighs and shoulders! Running obviously does not use the exact same set of muscles as walking does.


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?

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Kimi
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May 9, 9:29pm

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Thanks, Gramma. [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, the birds are stocking up for winter! It's nice to think we're helping them out through the lean times.


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


grammaboodawg
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May 10, 1:49pm

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The main house was built in 1872 [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't know (yet) when the kitchen was added on. It was the only place where there was plumbing... a drain pipe from the sink to the outside. It would freeze up in the winter, so back to bucket use then ;)

I remember when I was about 12 my sisters and I (15, 14, me, 10 yo) ventured across the cornfield in front of the house and into the treeline to the right (south). At that age it seemed like we were deep into the instantly dark forest making for the deep gully where the cabin was perched. All that was left then were the bottom 2-3 courses of logs. The rest had collapsed in on itself and was covered with growth and molds. But when we investigated the very scary edge of that bottomless (it seemed then) gully, we could instantly see discarded jars, can, metal pieces that were obviously left over from self-made items. Our early relatives who lived there were suddenly very real and we could easily imagine them living there. I wish I had a camera then.

My younger sister and I ventured back when I took the run-down house pics, but there was no sign left of the cabin or the discards. We could still find arrowheads as we walked across that old cornfield still in use by the Amish neighbours. They helped keep an eye on the property... which is probably why the house made it through those empty years.

I have a few artifacts from the house. A cow's horn used to carry gunpowder; a small piece of barnwood after it collapsed. Some of great-Grandma's canning jars, and some of the old silverware.

Here are some links to a painting my Grandma (Dad's Mom) did of the farm. It hung in my family's home my whole life, and now hangs in my sister's home. We're taking turns with it :)

Grandma's Farm painting 1940s
Farmhouse painting closeup




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grammaboodawg
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May 10, 1:55pm

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Golly [In reply to] Can't Post

Foresight and forewarned... for preparation ;) What a great concept! Making a plan and sticking to it is the best defense right now. *sigh*




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dernwyn
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May 10, 9:27pm

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That painting is a treasure! [In reply to] Can't Post

An incredible "snapshot" into the past, it makes you want to walk into it and hear and smell the life of the old farm.

Has much of the original acreage been sold to the neighbors?


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Ataahua
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May 11, 4:52am

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Woohoo! [In reply to] Can't Post

We start moving into level 2 from Thursday. Smile

https://www.stuff.co.nz/...-level-2-on-thursday

I'm going to celebrate on Thursday by going into a supermarket *myself* and buying ice cream. Cool

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


Starling
Half-elven


May 11, 7:58am

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We were in hysterics at school when Jacinda [In reply to] Can't Post

kept saying we were going to be 'spaced out' in social situations. Yeah baby!It was like waiting for exam results all day.Fingers crossed people manage to behave.




Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


May 11, 9:09am

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Haha, she didn't did she?! [In reply to] Can't Post

I thought people had done very well to avoid that phrase for so long.


grammaboodawg
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May 11, 12:29pm

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*squeeeeeee!* [In reply to] Can't Post


WELL DONE! Jacinda ROCKS! :D
ONWARD TO ICE CREAM!!!




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