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Ciao, and welcome to Fiesta!

Altaira
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Oct 22 2021, 4:34pm

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*runs in late* I figure I have a pretty good excuse for being late - I'm 8 hours ahead of my regular time zone in beautiful Venice, Italy! Yes, B.G. and I had this planned for a while and, unlike a few other of our vacation plans, this trip didn't get cancelled. Of course, there are much bigger problems in the world than a few cancelled trips, but we're still very glad this trip happened.

So, what in the world are you up to wherever in the world you are? Have a pass at the buffet which is piled high with focaccia bread, handmade gnocchi, delicious gelato, and Venetian pizza if you dare (marinara sauce, mozzarella, sardines, onions and pine nuts), yum! At the bar, we're featuring spritz aperols and a number of Italian wines. So, enjoy!

Aperol spritz: 1 1/4 oz Aperol, 2 oz Prosecco, Splash of Soda water



*kicks juke box* That's Amore by Dean Martin begins to play.

Have a great 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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Oct 22 2021, 4:50pm

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Ooh, I'd love one of those spritzes! [In reply to] Can't Post

And would it be okay if I removed the sardines from the pizza slice? Blush

Thank you, Altaira, what a surprise, is this your first visit? Is it really all canals like in the pictures? What have you visited so far?

It's general mayhem here, our PTO Book Fair and Basket Raffle is in its third and final day, and my library is home to all the activity! Nonstop kids and adults - in addition to the usual classes coming in for story and book checkout. Whew! The classrooms put together themed baskets (coffees & teas, outdoor sports, crafts, kitty items, ice cream maker, etc.) for the raffles. I've just come from pulling nearly $1,000 worth of books at the Book Fair for our library - our PTO is awesomely generous!

*sips* Okay, back into the fray! Laugh


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Altaira
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Oct 22 2021, 5:08pm

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It sounds crazy there, in a good way - and to have the library as the center of it all, let me make that TWO spritzes, lol.

Yes, first visit for both B.G. and I. After seeing it, I think of Venice as the 8th man made wonder of the world. The center of the city is literally built on water with front doors opening up to canals. We got to our hotel via water taxi from the airport and went into the lobby of the hotel right off the boat. Between the canals are lovely, winding streets and alleyways with any number of cafes, shops, churches, and little bridges connecting it all between canals. Narry a car for miles.

Have a great weekend recovering from the craziness! 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





Greenwood Hobbit
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Oct 22 2021, 6:22pm

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I've never been to Venice, though my daughter has; she brought back some beautiful photos. Enjoy your trip! I've never tasted aperol spritz either - might have to try that at some point! Yum... Although I haven't drunk any alcohol for weeks; it wouldn't take much to knock me over at the moment! I have a quieter than usual week coming up because daughter and family are away - it's school half-term break. They're off to a dog-friendly cottage in SW Wales.

I'll be decorating my porch for Hallowe'en straight after the weekend.There's an official local 'pumpkin trail' set up this year and I'm part of it. I'm steering clear of ghoulish and aiming for a Hallowe'en party atmosphere with my display - a gold glitter curtain and whizzy disco light (on a timer) will be a change from all the zombies, werewolves etc! I'm using an led camping light with orange tissue paper over it instead of tealights in the pumpkin, to last longer and minimise handling, as it's all a bit involved and likely to be rather precarious.
Have a good weekend, folks - cheers!


Annael
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Oct 22 2021, 6:49pm

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we love an Aperol spritz in my family! [In reply to] Can't Post

I dress it up for the holidays with pomegranate arils and a sprig of rosemary.

Now that things are just about over as far as executing my dad's estate (we hit a bit of a road bump with the reverse mortgage people - NEVER GET A REVERSE MORTGAGE! THEY ARE PREDATORS! - but that seems to be over, fingers crossed), I am WRITING AGAIN! Back researching my historical novel, seriously thinking of expanding a 10,000-word essay I wrote on magic to become a book(let), and today I posted this article on LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/...aolZnHh41s1YmFOQwNcA

The monsoons have arrived here in the PNW. Fortunately California, which desperately needs rain, is also getting some of it. I'm making an effort to get in a good walk every day regardless ("there is no bad weather only the wrong clothing") and working on my "pre-hab" for my surgery in 3 weeks.

Have a fabulous time in Venice!

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967


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Altaira
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Oct 22 2021, 7:58pm

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A pumpkin trail! [In reply to] Can't Post

That sounds like so much fun and I love your ideas. Does being part of the pumpkin trail just entail decorating or is cany-handing-out part of the duties too?

I'll post some pictures soon. In the meantime enjoy your weekend of non-scary decorating!


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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Oct 22 2021, 8:09pm

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Your article, that is (okay, aperol spritzes too).

I like this part:

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what they look like is less important than the goal they are trying to reach and how they go about reaching it. We all benefit from their courage, and any one of us can strive to be like them.


If you think about all the heroes in all the stories, weak or strong, male or female or even human or animal, it's so true. Very well said!

Back to the spritz, pomegranate sounds perfect! We'll have to try that.


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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Oct 22 2021, 8:45pm

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It's a long weekend here [In reply to] Can't Post

and the weather looks to be warm but wet from tomorrow. Ah well - more time for reading. Smile

I'm slowly getting the garden in shape for summer. Last week was edging the lawns (I didn't realise just how far the lawn had crept over the concrete until I cut off the excess!) and such a simple tidy-up makes a big difference to how a garden looks. I still have to cut the blasted hedge but I had good news on that: the person who bought the subdivided empty section behind me wants to replace it with a fence. Yussss! I've been wanting this for ages! My half of the cost is substantial but it'll be worth it to get rid of the weed-infested thing. We just need to get the property owners next door to also buy in (they've been reluctant) and the entire stretch of hedge can go.

I've been looking into buying an electric bike (for exercise, and to enjoy our Coastal Walkway when it's extended from 13km to 20km in a few years' time) and by crikey they're expensive! But the biggest stumbling block is putting on my big-girl pants and actually going into a shop to talk with a knowledgeable staff member. I'm not the most confident when it comes to fronting up to people, especially when I'm in a space where I don't know what's what. (It doesn't help that the only bike I've been on in the last 30 years is an exercycle.) Bah. Too many options; not enough brain-space to make sense of them all.

Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely weekend wherever you are. (Although that wouldn't be difficult in VENICE!) Tongue Cheers, ALL!

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


Annael
Immortal


Oct 22 2021, 9:05pm

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I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967


ElanorTX
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Oct 22 2021, 9:41pm

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For Christmas I received an adult tricycle (because I have balance issues). It carries a lot in the rear basket and is a pleasant street ride. Human-powered and definitely *not* designed for off-terrain or mountain biking.
ElanorTX

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



Kimi
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Oct 22 2021, 9:50pm

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We're lucky enough to have had several visits to Venice - quite a few years since the last one, but it's not a place that changes much :) The cliche that it's a pleasure to get lost among the winding ways is very true, along with the claim that almost every campo has a church with some piece of art worth seeing. And there's the Accademia, one of my very favourite galleries. And that blessed absence of cars you refer to - magic. Most especially at night, when 95% of the visitors seem to have faded away.

Much quieter here :) The weather has turned yucky again, which means it's no hardship to stay home. Mr Kimi chopped a lot of firewood this morning, always a pleasant sight :) - then made scones, which we had with homemade lemon curd.

I had my second follow-up visit with the orthopaedic surgeon, and he was very pleased with progress (sample conv: "Can you move it like this? Oh, you can move it *that* much*? That's great!"). I can now do weight-bearing and strengthening exercises. I've also started playing piano again, albeit haltingly and not for long at a time - nothing like those octaves for a good stretch. My hand physio said she's never had a patient with a similar injury be doing so well at this stage of recovery. So that all felt good, and partly made up for the surgeon saying it's likely to be a year before full recovery.

The other reason for celebration in the Kimi household is that I've *finished* the final draft of my new book. There's formatting, etc, to do, but the end is well and truly in sight. We're now planning the (online) launch, which is a lot of fun.

I'll raise a glass of prosecco today in honour of your vacation, as well as our own celebrations!

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend.


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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Kimi
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Oct 22 2021, 10:10pm

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sounds such fun! And I love your cheerful theme ideas. Very clever!


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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Oct 22 2021, 10:16pm

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I imagine it must have been very difficult to summon any creative energy with so much else going on - I know I wouldn't have been able to. Such a wonderful feeling to get back into it, I'm sure.

There's been so much rain here recently that my nearest city has declared their two-year long water restrictions over! (That didn't apply to us, as we have our own supply). I wouldn't mind a bit of sunshine now.


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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Oct 22 2021, 10:17pm

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That sounds simultaneously exhausting and satisfying :)


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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Oct 22 2021, 10:21pm

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Not much use where we are, but I imagine it being great on that wonderful coastal walkway - I had one or two whir up behind and past me when running along there last time (and goodness knows when "next time" will be) we were down. But yes, scarily pricey, too - not something you want to make a wrong choice over.

Do you have access to "Consumer" magazine (maybe through your library)? They've done some good articles and tests of various models.


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


cats16
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Oct 22 2021, 10:44pm

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Everyone I know who has gone to Venice - or anywhere in Italy, really - has had a fabulous time. Glad you were able to get away and enjoy yourselves!

We've got one more weekend (meaning this weekend) before we move out of our apartment. So it's a bit of a "calm before the storm" feeling. We visited the new place a couple of days ago (without the landlord present), which was a nice moment to be able to really visualize it as our place - without the immediate stress of having X couch to find a spot for or Y recliner. Out of curiosity, I counted the number of books I've now got in my room...I believe the final number was 183, depending on whether you'd like to count each volume of LOTR as its own 'book' for the sake of putting things into boxes. I'd love to be a "he had 10,000 books in the house when he passed" type of person, so I guess I'm 10% of the way there! Angelic

About a week ago I found out my dad got poison ivy. So he's hit the trifecta of random one-off health issues for 2021: shingles, Covid and poison ivy! Thankfully none resulted in anything other than basic primary care doctor mediation, so we feel fortunate. But oof, the guy can't catch a break!

Tonight we'll be checking out the newest episode of GBBO, which will be a bit less exciting after my personal favorite was eliminated last week (even though her baking style clearly wasn't going to get her very far on the show).

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Join us every weekend in the Hobbit movie forum for this week's CHOW (Chapter of the Week) discussion!




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Altaira
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Oct 22 2021, 10:58pm

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That garden is going to be amazing once you get done with it - if one ever really gets 'done' with a garden. Good luck convincing the other neighbor to go for the fence.

Regarding the electric bike, have you tried googling 'best electric bikes' and/or 'best electric bikes for women' etc? You should get lots of articles to read, most of which will have lists that include things like 'best bike on a budget,' 'best bike for long rides on coastal walkways,' etc. That strategy works well for me. In fact, reading through some very dry articles on sump pumps (ha, dry articles on sump water pumps - get it? Right, moving on), saved me when I realized the supervisor was describing work that was different from the plans they had given me based on how that sort of drainage system should work. I didn't even know I knew those details. lol, but it saved them from drilling a very ugly hole in the front of our house instead of on the side.

In any case, good luck with it! Sounds like a lot of fun which will be well worth it. Smile


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



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

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





Altaira
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Oct 22 2021, 11:03pm

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*clinks glass of prosecco* Congrats on the book and hand progress! [In reply to] Can't Post

Wow! Well done on both counts. It sounds like all that diligent exercise and therapy has really paid off, as well as being able to get back to typing. Have fun with the final tweaks and the launch!


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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Oct 22 2021, 11:08pm

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Love the book ownership ambitions. LaughLaugh

Yikes! Your dad really has been through the wars as my Kiwi better-half would say. Good that he came out of it none too much the worse. Enjoy watching your shows while you're packing, and good luck with it!


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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Oct 22 2021, 11:20pm

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Yep, Consumer has a great in-depth article on bike options [In reply to] Can't Post

and what the various bits of e-bikes can do. I'm at the point where I'm in information overload and want to forget that I ever had this idea! Crazy 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


dernwyn
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Oct 22 2021, 11:20pm

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Anything to keep me going! Laugh

Oh, Venice sounds so delightfully old-worldly, like it's never succumbed to modernization! With no cars, the air must be much cleaner than in a modern city. Any idea how deep the canals tend to be?

This weekend I intend to spend a proper amount of time putting my feet up and relaxing and...well, reading!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Ataahua
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Oct 22 2021, 11:21pm

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For both the physio progress and the book! Definitely time to tuck into a celebratory scone fresh from the oven. 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.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


dernwyn
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Oct 22 2021, 11:26pm

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There's something energizing about groups of kids happily poring over stacks of books. What's amazing to me is the increase in graphic novels. And old standards, such as the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne, are being reincarnated in that form. Reluctant readers love them, so I'm snatching them up. They remind me so much of the the Classics Illustrated comics I loved as a kid.


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Oct 22 2021, 11:29pm

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That sounds like such fun, your dazzle display! How large a pumpkin are you using?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Oct 22 2021, 11:55pm

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Not one of those reverse mortgages! Shocked I earnestly hope that ended in your favor!

Oh dear, I was reading your article and nearly spit out my tea when I came to "...But if all the images of the Hero that we see are tall, blond, blue-eyed white menópossibly all named Chris..."! (I still can't get their surnames straight.) Pleasantly insightful, by the way!

So is Charlie still getting along well with his new huge furball friends?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Oct 23 2021, 12:01am

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All right, one bad pun deserves another.

I recently got my son a T-shirt which reads: "Orion's Belt is a waist of space. (I give this pun 3 stars.)"


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Oct 23 2021, 12:06am

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and just cannot look decent any longer, it's a relief to remove them. What a job that will be, I do hope you can convince the other folks to join in! What kind of fence are you all considering?

Best of luck in getting the electric bike that's best for you, I never knew either that there was more than one type! Tongue


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Oct 23 2021, 12:21am

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Double congratulations are due, for the excellent check-up and for the final draft being done!

You must feel exhilarated, like a marathoner completing the final mile. And if you're well pleased with how the book turned out, then that's the best of all!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


dernwyn
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Oct 23 2021, 12:32am

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Ah, but you are still young, there is yet time...I just counted over 200 on the bookcase beside me here, and there are six more bookcases in this house. Filled. I swear I really do try to unload them into the hands of the local used-bookseller, a few at a time, but then some spine-bound creatures manage to creep into the empty spaces...

Your poor dad has had quite a run of bad health! Hopefully "third time's the charm", and this will be the end of ill health for a long while!

Got curtains all picked out for the new place? Shower curtains, at least?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


ElanorTX
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Oct 23 2021, 6:26am

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every room in the house but two [In reply to] Can't Post

(the powder rooms)
plus books stacked on the floor

plus cartons of books in the garage and the storage units
= ?

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



dernwyn
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Oct 23 2021, 1:23pm

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there's none in the power rooms, is because there's no space for them, right? Laugh

I think you may be the winner, Elanor (although I reserve the title of most-Tolkien-books to gramma, and a few denizens of the Reading Room)! I wonder if it's just that there's something comforting about books, that makes it hard for us to relinquish them.

*hugs* How are you doing? Heart


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Eruvandi
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Oct 23 2021, 2:56pm

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Only 3 months away this time.Wink Glad to hear you got your trip to Italy, Altaira!!!

When I was here in July, Mom had been dealing with residual inflammation problems from an ear infection. Well, she continued dealing with that until the inflammation caused Bell's Palsy (part of the facial nerve involved with Bell's Palsy runs through the ear canal) and because medication couldn't get it cleared up, she ended up seeing a specialist and having surgery in September to manually clean out the inflammation and any left over infection that might have been in there.

The surgery went well, though the specialist said it wasn't a typical case at all. The infection had created a lot of thick and "matted down" (the term he used) tissue in there, so it was no wonder there was pressure on the facial nerve. But he was able to clean it all out. There's no more infection or swelling or pressure on the nerve and mom has two titanium ear bones to replace the damaged ones. The downside is that the Palsy hasn't cleared up. Yet. They said that with cases like this there's no guarantees BUT if it clears up, it could take upwards of 6 months. Sigh. There's always hope. It is a smidgen better than it was, though. And again, at least the lingering infection and swelling is gone, so no more concern or vertigo from that.

In writing news, that flash fic I subbed out in July is... still out. It's been 109 days according to "The Submission Grinder" which lets you track such things. Average wait time for that magazine is 158-180 days. Still more waiting for me, oh joy.Tongue

At least the online writing conference I mentioned back in July happened and was super informative and fun. AND I reached the end of the first editing pass on my manuscript in September! First draft 169k words. Second draft 104k and still tightening. The goal is to get it under 100k for publishing purposes because the bigger the book, the more it costs to print, so publishers generally want debut fantasy under 100k (other genres are shorter) so it's less of a financial risk for them to take.

I did get my Jungle Book collection finished and launched last month. Linky-link should anyone want to check it out: https://www.etsy.com/...;section_id=35387509 (There is one scarf missing because it sold and I haven't had time to remake it yet, but it will go back up when I get the chance.) Other crafting news is that I hit 100 sales in my shop this Wednesday!!! *throws confetti*

It's good to "see" everyone!SmileHeart I'll try to remember to check in again before the end of the year, LOL.Wink

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Oct 23 2021, 2:57pm

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having had to seriously downsize over the last several years, I was down to three tall bookcases (to the ceiling) and one short one. And the stack by the bed. And the ones above my desk.

I'm going to look at a tiny house as a interim rental for the next year or so. I suspect my storage unit will be housing most of my books during that time.

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Oct 23 2021, 2:59pm

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but this time the front door will be blocked off by the display (I tend to use the side door anyway), so I'll just put a cauldron of treats out and check it periodically!


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Oct 23 2021, 3:00pm

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Oct 23 2021, 3:03pm

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Laurels really, really want to be 30 feet tall and wide. They are NOT good choices for hedges! Ours was a pain to keep in check, we had to hire people to whack it back twice a year. We were starting to talk to the neighbors on the other side - who are not big on yard maintenance - about digging the whole thing up and fencing instead, but then Dad died and, well, it's someone else's problem now.

If people really want a hedge instead, at least in these parts, I always suggest escallonia. It's much easier to trim, doesn't get huge branches, and it blooms half the year, pretty pink blossoms. Also the leaves aren't poisonous like laurel is.https://i.pinimg.com/...2e13452014385d54.jpg

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Oct 23 2021, 3:03pm

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I must check if my disco light is still working! That will put the finishing touch to it.


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Oct 23 2021, 3:05pm

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it will be in proportion to the figure and not too wobbly when in position.


Greenwood Hobbit
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Oct 23 2021, 3:14pm

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The saving grace of laurel [In reply to] Can't Post

is that you can really hack it back and it regenerates. I have one at the end of my garden that I keep trimmed to a sort of umbrella shape. I agree about escallonia; I saw a beautiful informal hedge once, at a coastal resort in Wales, that was of escallonia with a small-leaved variegated euonymus scrambling up through it. The combination of glossy green leaves, rich pink flowers and green and white euonymus was so attractive!


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Oct 23 2021, 5:26pm

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So nice to 'see' you here, as always.

Sounds like you're doing so well with the writing and the Etsy shop. Well done on all accounts. Glad to hear your mom's ear problems have been solved. FWIW, my brother had Bell's Palsy when he was in his 20s and it did clear up gradually over about 6 months. So, fingers crossed and good thoughts for your mom!

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Oct 23 2021, 5:50pm

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Very good to know! [In reply to] Can't Post

Dad got Bell's Palsy about ten years ago when he was 60-something and that cleared up in around a month, so Mom's has been such a different experience. That's very encouraging to hear that it can clear even after a longer time!

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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
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Oct 24 2021, 2:06am

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So good to know they managed to take care of your Mom's infection, and as Altaira notes, the Bell's palsy should most likely clear up!

Meanwhile you're enduring all the joys of publishing. Tongue That's the way to do it, though, times of working away at it, and times of patiently waiting!

And great to know your Etsy shop is doing well. Cool Make sure you've got plenty on hand for when the holiday shopping starts!


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Oct 24 2021, 6:59am

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though I wonder how much NEB carries in his head

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Oct 24 2021, 2:40pm

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So you have been there and back again!!!! *high five* After the nuts season you've had with all your household drama, getting this respite is such a treat! Awesome! :D

I got my booster shot Friday and am very relieved to have that done and done.


We had a weird little episode last Tuesday. My 2 Sisters and I finally got to go visit our Aunt (Mom's lil Sis and only remaining of that era) for the first time in 2 years! She said she was so excited, she hardly slept all night. I'm 2 hrs+ drive and little sister is 2.5hrs drive. We had such a great time! Big Sis brought an old portrait of our paternal G'pa at 2yo for me to take home. We all gathered around the pic fascinated because we really don't know much about him as he died at 47yo when Dad was 13 (same age lil Bro was when Dad died at 59yo). We wondered when he was born, so both Sis's got into their phones and checked. He was born on October 19, 1884. My eyes bugged out and I exclaimed... That's Today! *silent pause* then we all burst into song... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!




All-in-all we had such a wonderful time together and can't wait until we can do it again!

I'm on my way out the door to do serious damage on my daughter's shed clearing/organizing. There are always "reasons" why each day is getting put off, but I told her yesterday that this is the last week of messing with this after waiting since April! BOXES BOXES BOXES! I'm great at playing Tetris, so I'm confident I can get it done today moving everything out of shed #3 and into #2 & #1... not waiting for weeding and sorting. Gotta get it done since it's getting COLD out! gramma's got 'tude now... Get Outta My Way!

Have a great weekend everyone! And thanks for taking such great inter-continental care of us Altaira :D



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Oct 24 2021, 4:32pm

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She has so much stuff and defies anyone to organize or sort or eliminate it.

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Oct 24 2021, 6:27pm

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was describing how the people at his new job as an assistant to the interior decorators at a big furniture store let him re-organize the samples room, which was driving him crazy. He spent all day very happily. I said, "So, it was a Sheldon-in-the-closet moment" and he said "exactly."

I'm a Sheldon when it comes to organizing as well. For me it's fun. But somehow the people I help in this way never seem to keep my shiny new system up.

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Oct 25 2021, 12:18am

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And I hope it's not very long before you can all be together again! Heart

Heh, Tetris storage boxes! Just as long as you're careful with the very lightweight ones. Shocked

We were getting leaf-showers while driving around today. I'm pleased with the vibrant colors this year, although I fear the heavy rains due this week will bring them all down. Are your leaves at peak foliage yet, gramma?


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Oct 25 2021, 8:16am

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When I lived in Gramma's neck of the woods [In reply to] Can't Post

the newspaper published daily or weekly maps of where the color was coming on, at peak, past peak ...
I suppose these young whippersnappers have something on that Web they're always talking about
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Oct 25 2021, 8:54am

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My booster is due in November - bring it on! [In reply to] Can't Post

How serendipitous about your grandfather, you being together on his birthday. That looks like an adorable little jacket he's wearing in that pic. Old photographs are fascinating. Good luck with the boxes - that sounds like quite a challenge!


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Oct 25 2021, 1:38pm

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With the very long warm weather (10-15 degrees higher than usual), so the trees are either just now reaching peak or have already dropped their leaves or are still green. Even the migrating birds don't know whether to go north or south! But... the cold weather has hit today. Fall has finally fallen ;)



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Oct 25 2021, 1:42pm

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The rails are a mile across the farm field out my front window, so I can see the train when it goes by on its Fall colour tours. They didn't run last year because of the pandemic, and I haven't heard them yet this year. *sigh* I love the sound of that old steam whistle and the chuff of the engine.



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Oct 27 2021, 4:53am

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Indeed! [In reply to] Can't Post

And thanks for ignoring my laughably bad math - 1% of the way there with the book goal. Angelic

Thanks! Trying to get a few boxes of things here and there throughout the week so the laundry list of things to do is ever so slightly smaller this weekend when the craziness begins.

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Oct 27 2021, 4:58am

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For someone who assumes they're moving every year or two into a tiny apartment, 183 feels like a lot more sometimes. [cool} I just picked up two more: the annoying roommate is getting rid of some Great British Bake Off cookbooks. I realized I don't own any cookbooks and those would be a fun way to start off.

Ha! No shower curtains - it's one of those little walk-in ones with the glass door. Which is too bad, as I actually like buying shower curtains to give the bathroom some easy bright colors. But I think we'll make a trip to Ikea later in the week to fill in the gaps of whatever little things one tends to need at a new place.

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Oct 27 2021, 12:25pm

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All of the bedlam, activity, noise, liveliness for you all week long only to be handed an incredible trip with a shopping cart! How much fun is that!? :D I hope you found everything you were looking for :D


Good luck with the storms. I hope you're ok!



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Oct 27 2021, 4:32pm

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Our area didn't get too much damage from the rainy Nor'easter, or many power outages. A tree fell across Rte. 1 near me, but it was cleared quickly. Other areas got dumped on, though - I've been reading reports of 5 inches of rain, and wind gusts close to 90 mph.

LOL, I have a bookcart full to work on now! I love it when the kids see the cart and ask me to reserve books from it for them. I'm working through donations of older books, also - the kids still read "classics" like the Boxcar Children and Nancy Drew series!


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Oct 27 2021, 11:12pm

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Barely know about that storm! [In reply to] Can't Post

Usually the east coast storms dominate the news coverage, but it seems this time the big rains upstate here got more attention than the Nor-easter. Good to hear you avoided the worst, though.

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Oct 28 2021, 12:29am

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And that whole area needs the rain - but not the flooding! How was it, where you are?


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Oct 28 2021, 4:33am

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A light but steady rain [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't think most of the city even got half an inch, though the extremities/suburbs got more. The figure I saw from the NY Times was 8 trillion gallons of water across the state fell in those two days. And yet even that wasn't enough to end the drought in most places!

But the mountains got a good amount of snow, which is really good. And by all accounts flooding wasn't as bad as expected upstate, so overall the deluge was worth it, it seems.

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