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Happy Memorial Day Fiesta!



Altaira
Superuser / Moderator


May 28 2010, 4:05pm


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Happy Memorial Day Fiesta!

Yes, it's a 3-day weekend for U.S. TORnadoes (we actually had a few tornadoes touch down here in Colorado on Thursday - so hopefully they'll stay away over the weekend Shocked). So, the barbeques, camping gear and picnic items will be dusted off (if they haven't been already) and put to good use again.

BG and I have a really nice picnic backpack we got as a wedding gift, so we're hoping to fill it full of sarnies, soda and maybe even a little bubbly and find a nice place to picnic on a trail somewhere. Other than that, my own weekend will be packed with work as a client deadline is looming. So, this will be a drive-by Fiesta for moi. Frown But, work now means days off later in June - so it's all good!

Tell us what your weekend plans are, no matter where you live or what you're doing. And, most of all, have a good one!!!

*kicks juke box* "Riders on the Storm" by The Doors starts to play.

Happy, fun weekend, all!




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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 28 2010, 4:11pm


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*pops in with to-go mug*

I'll just fill this with some coffee, Altaira, I've got to rush off also.

Memorial Day celebrations at the school here; we just finished herding groups of kids into the Library to Skype with servicemen in Iraq, now we're setting up for a luncheon for the town's senior citizens and servicepeople. Lots of different uniforms walking around here!

But the kids are asking great questions, and those abroad seem to be really enjoying this as well.

A picnic on a trail in the Rockies - now that is romantic! Heart Have a wonderful time, you two, and try to not work too hard, Altaira! Wink


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Eventides
Tol Eressea

May 28 2010, 4:12pm


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Happy Memorial Day! :)

Yikes about the tornadoes and the work-weekend, Altaira Unimpressed -- glad you're safe, and hope the work goes well (and quickly, so you can enjoy the picnic! :) ).

As for me, if anyone's interested, the review I was speaking of last week did get posted, and it's of the excellent little video game Portal. :)

*gets Spring/Summer Usual* Hope everyone has a great weekend!! :)

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"Under a light in Bethlehem, I was sifting through the sand; the saline burned my eyes, I was looking for Your hand. I gave up on myself, and left my pride disarmed; I cried out 'I'm alone!' and found myself in Your arms. 'Rest in Me, oh, My love; I have loved you before the world began. Rest in Me, oh, My love; you'll never wander too far to reach My hand.'"
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Hengist
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May 28 2010, 4:14pm


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It's a long weekend here too!

Spring Bank Holiday! Smile

So I'll just help myself to my special mug of beer before finishing off the last bit of work before going home.

Hopefully the nice weather will hold over the weekend.

Cheers all


" So let me get this straight. You want to fly on a magic carpet to see the King of the Potato People and plead with him for your freedom, and you're telling me you're completely sane? "

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:14pm


Views: 1228
perfect blue sky now

let's hope it stays that way for the weekend

I moved out of my dorm and into one of the campus theme houses for the summer

I've started my internship, though my adviser has been gone all week
so I'm learning fortran, actually I just finished reading the book on it that my prof lent me
It doesn't seem too hard, but we'll see what I think once I start working with actual programs for the research

My family is coming to visit me this weekend, which is exciting Smile


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Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:15pm


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Happy Fiesta, all!

Don't work too hard, Altaira, and have a nice hike and picnic!

Just iced tea for OhioHobbit and me. He is working at spraying poison ivy and I am just laying around hoping the shingles leaves soonest.

I had hoped to start planting my garden this weekend, but . . .

We are supposed to get rain today, but they keep downgrading the chances, so maybe it will miss us.

Everyone have a nice weekend and U.S. sibs have a nice holiday weekend!




Legalize_Athelas
Lorien


May 28 2010, 4:17pm


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What's sarnies, precious?

Whatever it is, it sounds delicious. Between picnics, cookies and bacon I must be hungry.

Side note: at the wedding I was at last weekend, a guest there had the name "Hobbit." He was born in Minnesota, grew up in the jungles of Peru, and is attending seminary on some mountain top. Quite the character! He had a big bushy beard, though, which was a bit out of place for a hobbit Smile

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grammaboodawg
Immortal


May 28 2010, 4:17pm


Views: 1213
Three Days Off! Woohoo!! :D

That sounds like a great way to spend a piece of it, Altaira :) I hope the weather stays amicable for you guys.

I'm bonding with my Mom and helping with LOTS of cleaning and repairs around the house... which is going to be a wonderful relief!

I hope everyone has a GREAT weekend (whether it's 3 or 2 days long) and remembers to stay safe!

HUGGLES TO ALL!


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:18pm


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that's a neat idea

I'm sure the servicemen really appreciate it


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Jazmine
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:19pm


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Woo! It's a 3 day weekend here too!

Oooh Altaira, I've been eyeing up those picnic backpacks for quite some time, I think this may be the year I buy one!

Mostly house-job plans this weekend, though hopefully we will have time for a good hike or bike ride. Work has been busy, I could do with a break, but the kitchen isn't going to remodel itself!

We've had lots of fun with our chiminea/BBQ this week, and have some friends coming over for dinner tomorrow night. My Dad is home alone for a week or so, so I'm trying to get him to come here for dinner, but it's proving difficult! He thinks he's being a burden, which just isn't the case, I just like having him round for dinner!

Oh, and I got a cake order in this week! Which is very exciting, I love baking cakes, but it's even better when I get paid to do it!

Happy long weekend all!



Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:19pm


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Gee . . .

Fortran? I learned fortran about 24 years ago and didn't know anyone was still using it.




Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:23pm


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sounds a bit adventurous for a hobbit

must have some Took blood in him Tongue


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grammaboodawg
Immortal


May 28 2010, 4:25pm


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Campus life always seems to be

moving around like a chess piece. No where to just let the dust collect and not worry about new surroundings. BUT, hopefully, you're one of those who enjoys the action!

Have a great holiday, Oiotari :D


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Hengist
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May 28 2010, 4:26pm


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Sandwiches

Sounds like BG's britisms er sorry kiwi-isms are rubbing off.


" So let me get this straight. You want to fly on a magic carpet to see the King of the Potato People and plead with him for your freedom, and you're telling me you're completely sane? "


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 4:26pm


Views: 1218
News of the World...

Great album cover for Queen back in 1977. That over-played sports anthem combination of "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions was on this album.
No sad news this week only because today is my birthday so I'm not gonna dwell on any of what's currently going on. Safe journey to hikers, safe eating to grillers, and STUPENDOUSLY HAPPY weekend to all! I'll be posting birthday mathoms as I come up with them throughout the day but to honour the holiday (which I know is a U.S. Holiday only, but most every country around the world has a version) a little history:

Originally thought to have been observed May 1, 1865 under the name of "Decoration Day" at what is now Hampton Park, South Carolina. The park had been used as a temporary POW camp for Union soldiers and also as a mass grave for those who died there. After the end of the Civil War, former slaves exhumed the bodies in the mass grave and gave them all a proper individual burial and built a fence around the graveyard with an arched entryway and called it a Union cemetary. The work was completed in only 10 days. On May 1, 1865, the Charleston newspaper reported that a crowd of up to ten thousand, mainly black residents, including 2800 children, proceeded to the location for included sermons, singing, and a picnic on the grounds, thereby creating the first Decoration Day. In 1866 the day was set as May 30th because that was NOT the anniversary of a particular battle. The name "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882, but that name did not become popular until after WWII and it did not become a Federal Holiday until 1967.

There is never a good war or a bad peace, but may all those who have served be remembered with kindness and honored for their service to others.

Hmmm. I'll have a double-tall mug of what Hengist is having, please-and-thank-you?

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Legalize_Athelas
Lorien


May 28 2010, 4:27pm


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See, I knew they sounded delicious. //

 

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grammaboodawg
Immortal


May 28 2010, 4:28pm


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I hope you feel better, Alcarcalime!

You finally get to play in the garden and this happens. :(

You'll have to let me know how the poison ivy battle goes. I have quite a crop waiting for me in the back yard. I was hoping to tackle it just after the Spring thaw before it started filling out again... but couldn't get to it in time.

I hope you two have a wonderful weekend!!


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Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:32pm


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Better living through chemistry!

OhioHobbit likes Weed-be-gone broadleaf weed killer. It does a nifty job! Our biggest problem is that all our neighbors seem to think it is an ornamental plant -- they never try to get rid of it and the birds spread it to our property.




Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:35pm


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I hope you have a very happy birthday //

 


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:37pm


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do your neighbors realize what plant it is?

Crazy


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Eventides
Tol Eressea

May 28 2010, 4:39pm


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Thank you...

...for the history, GAndyalf-- and for your own military service, as well!

And as I mentioned in your Birthday thread, I hope you have a great Birthday, and that everything really does work out well!

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"I stepped out of my body to let God slide in; although I'm still dressed in flesh that I spiritually died in. Alive in Christ a new creation started breathin', Life exists and through this came completion. ... I'm not that person anymore (more!)! That's what blood was shed for! No longer a failure, livin' life more abundantly, therefore you'll never see me livin' less than victory."
John Reuben.

"Desperation, needing You; every last breath I scream for You. Shatter me into a million pieces, make me new. ... Break me, mold me, make me what You want me to be; I am Yours, for You to use, so take and replace me with You."
Family Force 5.

"Under a light in Bethlehem, I was sifting through the sand; the saline burned my eyes, I was looking for Your hand. I gave up on myself, and left my pride disarmed; I cried out 'I'm alone!' and found myself in Your arms. 'Rest in Me, oh, My love; I have loved you before the world began. Rest in Me, oh, My love; you'll never wander too far to reach My hand.'"
Showbread.


Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:39pm


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Around here,

it seems if you aren't allergic to poison ivy, you don't worry about getting rid of it.




GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 4:40pm


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Fortran and Cobol are still alive and well and living in ancient mainframes...

And a few and sundry other systems. Kind of the Warren Buffet way. He's known to be very frugal.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:42pm


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It a pain to have to pack everything up

But my dad came and helped me, so that made it a lot easier

The action can be nice, except for when your completely lost as to what's going on and what the housing office, etc. want you to do Crazy

the house is nice though, and big, there's 15 people living here, or there will be, once they all move in
for instance, my roommate for the summer dropped her stuff off on Monday (but at a different time than I moved in), but I haven't actually seen her yet.


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Compa_Mighty
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:45pm


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Happy Memorial Day to our American TORnsibs!

I missed the Fiesta last week, since it was my last day at work and school. I have officially finished University (only 3 pending exams next week are left) and I left work to have a couple months of rest before starting gradate school in September, so these are exciting times!

This weekend will be familiar, I guess. My two cousins will celebrate their Confirmation (a Catholic sacrament in which the person, now consciously, confirms the Christian vows and promises their parents and godparents made for them during their baptism) and we will go celebrate that a cousin of mine has just been informed he no longer has cancer, which he has been fighting for 6 or 7 months now (he didn't know about it before).

So I guess its a good week. Smile Hope you all have fun, and all the best wishes for yor weekend!

Here's to Del Toro becoming the Irvin Kershner of Middle Earth!

Essay winner of the Show us your Hobbit Pride Giveway!



Patty
Immortal


May 28 2010, 4:46pm


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Ah, a very chilled Bailey's will go down nicely today.

But I'm going to substitute some lowfat chocolate milk instead. Must lower this cholestrol and get off the statin medicines--they are starting to scare me.

No plans for the holiday, except to take my car to get the ac fixed on Saturday. Just resting sounds great.

Have a wonderful holiday, all.

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 4:52pm


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The secret to sane and relatively smooth moves...

Is once you get a box properly packed, when you move KEEP that box, preferably labelled and order your boxes in a logical fashion so you can find the right box to pack up again. Then, when you "acquire" new STUFF, buy some boxes and begin when you open your new mathom of finding a box for it for when it too will have to be packed and shipped. By doing a little work once to get organized, moving becomes a snap - except storage for all those boxes! <chuckle>

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 4:58pm


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luckily this kind of moving

is much simpler than moving a whole house's worth of stuff

but even so, you think you don't have that much stuff, it just one room right?
then you start packing everything up and you realize how much there really is


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 4:58pm


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Or Brandybuck! ;-P //

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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macfalk
Valinor


May 28 2010, 4:59pm


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Memorial Day

Never heard of it - what's it about, and how do you celebrate it?


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 5:00pm


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I've got the same question about Bank Holiday

but for your answer you can see GAndy's original post to the thread


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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 28 2010, 5:01pm


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...is Exlax. -- I was expecting something like that when I clicked! =) //



GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:01pm


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You DO realise...

That the Brownies come out and make sure to put more things that you haven't seen in years out in the Light again for you to find to move so that they have something to play with in their new home? Laugh

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:02pm


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I remember that joke! "Smooth move, Ex-Lax!" BWA! HAHAHAHA! //

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:06pm


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Huggles bak to gramma...

And I get FOUR days off (the general in charge of AFSPC - Air Force Space Command - designated today my birth--- hehehe I mean a "Family Day" in conjunction with the holiday weekend. We normally get around six of those a year, usually Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day we get an extra day off.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{gramma}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

(The Mad Hugger strikes again!)

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 5:08pm


Views: 736
That explains everything!

and when things go missing it's just the gremlins


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:09pm


Views: 737
Great news old chap!

Splendid! Especially your cousin! HOORAY! Try to rest. I know you'll study for exams, but try to rest as well. Well done!

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:12pm


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{{{{{{{Patty}}}}}}}

I wish you ALL the best on getting off of the statins. That's what scared me into becoming MUCH more active and radically altering my diet was I did NOT want on statins because the side effects are a mile long and some of them are as dangerous as the cholesterol itself! (At least it sounded that way to me).

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:15pm


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Read my entry in this thread macfalk

I put in a brief history of Memorial Day. It's most closely associated with Veteran's Day in the U.K.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:16pm


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Bank Holiday is roughly equivalent to Federal Holiday here in the 'States//

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:17pm


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Thank'ee kindly!//

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:20pm


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{{{{{{{Evey}}}}}}}

Thank you again! It's been my pleasure and honour to serve. Wish I had a not-so-dangerous magic invisibility ring for my retirement ceremony year-after-next.

March 7, 2012 I'll finally hang up my "battle togs" for good. Seems surreal to be talking about that.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 5:22pm


Views: 744
*is still confused*

what is the purpose of the holiday?
(other than getting a day off of work)


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 5:23pm


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you don't get that until your 111th birthday //

 


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Patty
Immortal


May 28 2010, 5:26pm


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"The side effects..."

yeah, they are. I already have some neuropathy and my focus and memory have begun to suffer. I've been on them about 6 years. I just made an appointment with my doctor for Tuesday. I'm going off whether he likes it or not.

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:35pm


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Good luck Miss Patty!

Only advice I can give you for such a brave step is to step up your game in exercise and getting as close as you can to vegetarian (THAT one REALLY rankles THIS old carnivore!) *SIGH!* But the price is very small when placed against possible extra years with my son.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:38pm


Views: 748
It's not a singular holiday...

A "bank holiday" can be any of several throughout the year with the only correlation between them is that the banks (and most other institutions) are closed that day and in many cases other businesses follow suit. If memory serves it came to be called bank holidays because if the banks closed to observe the holiday in question then it usually ended up being a national holiday. Did I get that right or close British TORnfolk?

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 5:40pm


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ah, okay

I guess I was just confused because I'm not used to calling our federal holidays "federal holidays"


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Darkstone
Immortal


May 28 2010, 5:43pm


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A bitter kitten.

Hold everything but the vodka.

Just had a three day five year audit at work. They found three deficiencies, two of which I think we'll be able to erase with some documentation. Life is good.

There's also some recommendations where they told us to do the exact oppostie of what previous inspectors said. Same old same old.

We're going to stay home this weekend and watch movies with friends.

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:50pm


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All it really means is that everybody celebrates them instead of local-type things//

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:52pm


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Whatcha gonna watch...

an' why is the drink called a "bitter kitten"?

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Donry
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 5:53pm


Views: 808
Happy Memorial Day and Spring Bank Day...

to all of you....hope you all have a great long weekend........us Canadians celebrated ours last weekend. Victoria is May 24th, celebrating the birthday of Queen Victoria. More commonly known up here as May Two-Four weekend. Usually means cottages and two-fours of beer. Its the first long weekend of the summer up here. Luckily enough, I had a five day weekend last weekend. Weather was fantastic. Best May Two-Four weather-wise we've had in a good five years. We were at our cottage on Buck Lake, which is about 20 minutes north of Kingston, Ontario and about an hour forty-five minutes south of Ottawa. My family is coming from just outside of Toronto, which means its about a 2 hour drive east for us along the Trans-Canada Highway......Just a gorgeous weekend on the water. We had 20 people up there at one point for a night or two. And yes, there were several two-fours consumed over the weekend! Eucre tournament also. A bit of texas hold-em, some trivia, some monopoly all outside. Fire pit was in use all weekend...tons of fishing and swimming. Company wasn't bad either.

Anyway, this weekend is a normal weekend for us. One of my gf's nephews has his fifth birthday party on Saturday, and then off to the big smoke of Toronto on Sunday for a Blue Jays - Baltimore Orioles baseball game in the afternoon. Hopefully the dome is open and we can bask in the sun, have a $12 beer or two and watch the young-gun Jays defeat a divisional rival.

Again, to all you having a long weekend this weekend, have a good one, have a safe one.

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 5:58pm


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I understand the Orioles are REALLY BAD this year...

So hopefully your entertainment won't slip-the-script, as it were. Happy weekend and yikes! Your gf's NEPHEW turns five-oh tomorrow (or is celebrating it then)??!

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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ShyElf
Lorien


May 28 2010, 6:01pm


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Made it!

I think this is the first time I'm not late! Just a nice cold ice water for me today.

I wanted to quickly drop in and let everyone know I'm still here -- this has been one CRAZY week!

Happy Memorial Day to all of you US TORnadoes! Up here in the Great White North, we had our long weekend (Victoria Day) last weekend. I spent it sewing with my daughter (again!)

My daughter has her big Cosplay convention this weekend, so I'll have a bunch of her friends over all weekend - they should all be here in about 2 hours. My job is to feed them, help them with their costumes, drive them to the convention, pick them up from the convention, listen to all their great stories/adventures, feed them some more, provide them with a place to sleep, feed them more, help them with their costumes, drive them to the convention, pick them up from the convention, listen to all their great stories/adventures, feed them some more, provide them with a place to sleep, feed them some more, help them with their costumes, drive them to the convention, pick them up from the convention, listen to all their great stories/adventures, and then take them all to their respective homes. Phew! Cosplay Mom is a busy girl!

Somewhere in there, I plan to spend some quality time with my comical side kick and partner in crime - maybe we might even go on a date! How exciting! I might get some gardening done as well. One can only hope!

Have a great one!

Cheers!



Advising Elf
Rohan


May 28 2010, 6:05pm


Views: 815
An Orc-liquor 151 on the rocks, barkeep.

 My 18-year-old daughter has raduated from high school (home schooled), prepped to go off to college in August, and goe to California to work at the inlaw family business to sock away some cash, and learn about working for a living.

Man (and Wo-man to those that are easily offended by meaningless verbalizations), do I feel old.


Donry
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 6:05pm


Views: 785
No...! lol

not five-oh...fifth...just 5....he's just a wee little guy and can't hold his booze....I'll probably buy him a beer, hand him a stogie and push him in the pool.
The O's aren't doing that well....last in the division, but that is a division with the Yankees and Red Sox. And the Tampa Bay Rays who are off to a huge start, and of course the Blue Jays. Who are having a really hot start as well. So the O's are probably not a bad team in the end, just having to compete with Evil Empire #1a (Yankees), Evil Empire #1b (Red Sox), and two teams that are smoking hot right now is tough to do.


I'm kidding by the way, about the five year old drinking and smoking....not so much about the pushing him in the pool thing though. He deserves it...never, ever shares his G.I. Joe toys with me. Yep, pool it is. He won't even see it coming.....bwahahahahahahahahahhahahaAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAA....heh.

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"


Patty
Immortal


May 28 2010, 6:06pm


Views: 796
hey hey, Hi, A. E. !

Good to see ya.

Permanent address: Into the West

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Advising Elf
Rohan


May 28 2010, 6:12pm


Views: 791
Good to "see" you, too, Patty.

What's happening, man?
¿Como está?
Waaasssup?

Enough is enough.

;o)



Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 28 2010, 6:13pm


Views: 798
Time to decorate graves :-)

That's what Uncle Baggins' grandparents taught him to do as a boy on Memorial Day. We may not go on the actual day, but we generally take one day to drive all over northern Colorado and leave flowers on the graves of our ancestors. There are several of them in various towns around here. Then we take another day to go up to Rocky Mountain National Park and scatter flower petals in the Big Thompson River, from a place we call Grandfather Bridge, where we've scattered the ashes of my ancestors for generations. The ashes of my great-grandparents, grandparents, uncle and mother are there. It's a sweet family tradition.

Here's a photo of my mom and me scattering flower petals on Memorial Day a few years ago. Last year we scattered her ashes there.

Hope you and BG have a wonderful picnic!


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 28 2010, 6:33pm


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I'm glad my kids are old enough

to make their own cosplay costumes. They're in their upper twenties, so they can handle it :-) They go to NanDesuKan every year and have a great time.


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leleni at hotmail dot com
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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 6:33pm


Views: 789
Goodness! You've tired me out just READING about your weekend!

Hope you get that date! Smile It's been TOO long since I've had a date. Unsure

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 6:38pm


Views: 780
Happy Happy Birthday GAndyalf!!!!

I'll have a soda - still supposed to be be *ahem!* working - it will end up a little more festive in about 2 1/2 hours for me! Three days off to visit the in-laws on the big lake for sun and fun and a lot of doing very little if I can get away with it! Sunday is the only day I have to do anything - Church - and then I may also find a little time to putter amongst my flowers!


Happy Memorial Day to everyone and don't forget to hug a service member to thank them for their sacrifice!


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 6:42pm


Views: 788
OOOFFF! I've been HUGGED! Thank you!

Flowers? Got any snapdragons?? (My favourite along with daisies and there's a story behind daisies)

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 6:46pm


Views: 786
I'll have to make a pilgrimmage back to RMNP expressly to think of your ancestors, Auntie...

I used to go to my dad's grave every year. Sometimes on the 24th, the anniversary of his passing, sometimes on my b-day, the anniversary of his internment, sometimes on Memorial Day. I've missed that since moving here so far from any relatives. Gives one a nuance to the perspective of immigrants.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 6:46pm


Views: 779
working is highly overrated ;) //

 


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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 6:48pm


Views: 793
no snapdragons, but

I'd love to hear about the daisies! It's a very genteel man who likes daisies - I think they tend to be underappreciated!

My roses are trying to take over my tiny yard - they vy with the mints of all kind - cat mint, peppermint, kentucky mint, spearmint (I got into mint not realizing it was so vigorous!) and a single peony I doubt will actually ever bloom - carnations as they are my birtthday month flower (Jan) and lilies of the valley and geraniums. I have to plant east things because I have kind of a black thumb Frown but still love all things planty!

Hens and Chicks too, a succelent with a variety called legolas/legolis!

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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 6:50pm


Views: 771
I'm going to agree with you this very moment,

though I am grateful to be employed - and overemployed at this time as well; vs being underemployed. I know I'm blessed!

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 6:53pm


Views: 792
It's weird

employers actually expect you to WORK if you want to keep your job Tongue


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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 6:56pm


Views: 784
Grrrrrrrrr!

How am I ever supposed to catch up with GAndylaf if I keep having to work ???????

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 6:59pm


Views: 775
instead of sleeping just stay up all night posting

and you might have a chance of catching him


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 7:01pm


Views: 807
<chuckles> Well, not so genteel but thanks for the thought!

My reason for loving daisies is this:
http://www.youtube.com/...ynext=1&index=29

"I WUUV you dwa-gon!" hehehe

My mum loves peonies (poenys?)

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 7:07pm


Views: 772
Glad I'm such good humour entertainment!

(In your post you typed "Gandylaf") hehehe Laugh

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
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weaver
Half-elven

May 28 2010, 7:07pm


Views: 797
waves hi from under big pile of papers...

Report due by May 31 and not done yet...so I'll just help myself to coffee and a candy bar to get me through to the end of the day...

Cheers, all -- enjoy the three-day weekend, US folks...and what the heck, the rest of you enjoy yourselves too!

(And I just got the Tornadoes joke -- I guess I need that coffee!)

Weaver

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 28 2010, 7:08pm


Views: 801
If you do, let me know.

Maybe we could have a mini-moot with some of the other Colorado sibs.

There was a letter to Dear Abby or some such several years ago from a woman who was offered a job in another state but didn't want to leave her daughter's grave. Abby suggested putting up a memorial in the new place.

Our next door neighbors planted a tree in their yard in memorial of the woman's mother. Maybe you could do something like that for your dad.

Sometimes it makes me a little sad that my ancestors don't have any gravestones. But I did buy bricks for them at the flood memorial in Big Thompson canyon, since I wanted to support the memorial and it was an opportunity to have some kind of marker. We often stop there on Memorial Day too, partly to honor the two policemen who gave their lives to save so many people the night of the flood (my parents were flood survivors.)


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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 7:09pm


Views: 797
Silly Olio!

(isn't that a margarine? Sorry!) All yinz have to do to catch up to me is wait until my son is with me again. I'll still post when that day comes, but nowhere near the gramma-level stuff I've been doing the past few months!

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 7:11pm


Views: 772
the peonies are blooming here

I think they're kind of funny, how heavy their flowers are
they look so sad all drooped to the ground


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 7:15pm


Views: 773
hmm... never heard of it

and somehow I think you'll still be posting, while not as fast, still fast enough to prevent anyone from catching up


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 7:16pm


Views: 769
I will!

As soon as I have a safe vehicle again (clutch is gone on mine but I haven't the $1100 it will take to replace it) and a few spongelinks to rub together (my older sister didn't invent the term "spongelinks" for money, but she did use it a lot, her being fond of obscure things from sources she'd read as she was a voracious reader all her life).

I was always amused after I finally found out that Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers weren't the same woman writing under different noms de plume as I'd thought but twins.

Thank you! I especially adore trees and planted them with Anne at the two places we owned when we were together! I'll even plant one for our marriage and my 1st marriage the next place I end up. What a GRAND idea!

I've seen the Memorial there and the one in Lyons, CO at the park there.

Off the top of my head I'd say Labour Day weekend? I lose my job Aug 31st and planned on taking a short 'vacation' to Vancouver, WA to see my mom at HER place for the 1st time in a dozen years now so on the trip back that would be a good thing.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 7:17pm


Views: 763
good luck

TORn makes a good break, just as long as the break doesn't become longer than you intended (which is an easy thing to do)


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 7:18pm


Views: 767
<smile> Oh, you'd catch up easily. I'm VERY into everything my son is doing...

Whether it's learning or hiking or biking or just talking, he's my multiverse.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 7:20pm


Views: 772
<raises eyebrow ala Mr Spock>

You have a report due ON Memorial Day?!

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 7:20pm


Views: 776
be that as it may

you are very chatty Wink

It's wonderful that you have such a good relationship with your son


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 7:24pm


Views: 774
wait, there was a joke?

opens new tab a re-reads
hehe... funny... I should have caught onto that sooner....


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Patty
Immortal


May 28 2010, 7:26pm


Views: 766
You are so right!

Unless it's something you LOVE.

Permanent address: Into the West

Must. Have. The Precious! Give us the Blu-ray Ultimate Box Set!



Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 7:26pm


Views: 774
I saw that - too late to edit it now!

*secretly resolves to spell better . . . must spell better . . . *

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 7:29pm


Views: 783
Whatever for??

This way was MUCH more funner! You would not be as dear to me as you are if you spelt everything correctly each and every time. Trick is to ENJOY your mistakes instead of being ashamed of them. Be accountable, yes, but there is not one person who hasn't made lots of mistakes (theology aside). One of the brightest spots of my life was my Mommy taught me how to laugh at myself along WITH everyone else. MOST of the time! Evil

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 7:30pm


Views: 762
chocolate as much as coffee!

sorry your deadline is a holiday - but at least it't not due on Labor Day . . .

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 7:30pm


Views: 769
that's the key, isn't it

I sure hope that when the time comes for me to find a "real" job, I'll find something I love

but that will be a while
I still have to finish college, then go to grad school... yeah, luckily I like school


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 7:32pm


Views: 778
<Unofficial *mods up* for most EXCELLENT irony!>//

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
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weaver
Half-elven

May 28 2010, 7:39pm


Views: 756
yes, TORn has been my companion on my many dangerous reports...

My work often involves working long hours on reports or grants...having nice TORn-folks to talk to, and a topic other than health care to talk about, has helped me many, many times!

Weaver

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Alassëa Eruvande
Valinor


May 28 2010, 7:40pm


Views: 767
Drive-by post for me!

We're off to South Texas to celebrate my mother's 85th birthday. It's officially today, but we're having a big semi-surprise party tomorrow. It's semi-surprise, because she kinows we're all coming for her birthday, but she doesn't know about the party. It will be an open house type of thing and I've invited about 75 people to drop by and eat some birthday cake with her. We did the same thing for her 75 th, and a smaller version for her 80th. We're very blessed that my mom is in great physical and mental health. On her 80th birthday, after not realizing all these people dropping by were for her *birthday party*, she joked that the first sign of old age is not knowing what's going on around you. Laugh So her sense of humor is fully functional as well.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day, everyone!



And suddenly the Ainur saw afar off a light, as it were a cloud with a living heart of flame.




weaver
Half-elven

May 28 2010, 7:40pm


Views: 765
due the end of the month...

Well, actually it was due the end of "last" month -- but I got some extra time. No one thought about Memorial Day I guess when the set the new date!

Weaver

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 7:42pm


Views: 759
you should have invited 85 people

that's got to be a big cake to feed that many people Shocked .... can I have some?


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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 7:46pm


Views: 746
75 people? maybe we should

SEND cake! or cookies - I hear there are elves aplenty here who live in trees and bake cookies and lembas and such . . .

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 7:49pm


Views: 775
but if we SEND the cake then we can't EAT it

I guess we'll just have to make some extra, for, umm, personal provisions

now where are those elves...


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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 7:49pm


Views: 758
does it take a long time for them

to bloom? I planted mine two springs ago - the first year i was a sad little stick I watered faithfully.

Last spring I was rewarded with actual leaves of green!

This year I foolishly hope for a blossom!

They do look precarioulsy perched on such spindly stalks! Like bumblebees - they seem areodynamically/structurally unlikely!

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 7:52pm


Views: 753
the plant at my house

doesn't bloom until later in the year
and it didn't start blooming until just a few years ago, though I don't remember how long we've had it for

the peonies on campus bloom REALLY early though
but I don't know if it's because campus is a bit farther south than my home, or because it might be an older plant


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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 7:59pm


Views: 760
I hear some of them offer

foot rubs or back rubs - I'd definitely spring for that over cookies!

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 8:01pm


Views: 740
what about

eating cookies WHILE getting a back rub?


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 28 2010, 8:18pm


Views: 771
Holy Oleo, Batman!

That was my favorite line from the old Batman TV show. Catwoman had tied up Batman and Robin under two big magnifying glasses and was going to cook them (they were saved by a handy eclipse.)

Catwoman's response was "I didn't know you could yodel.'" :-D

Yep, oleo was short for oleomargarine. We always called it "Oley" in my house growing up. Pass the Oley, please.


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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 8:18pm


Views: 836
I'm fairly certain my heart

couldn't withstand both simultaneously! Though the idea does have it's attractions!

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 8:28pm


Views: 845
well, the cookies are elven-made

 


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weaver
Half-elven

May 28 2010, 8:32pm


Views: 864
raises mug to Lothlorian...

Ha! I needed a laugh -- thanks!

Weaver

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 28 2010, 8:35pm


Views: 849
The cake is a lie!

Geeky Son has been after me for a looong time to play that - one of these days, when I've nothing else to do (hah!), I suppose I'll have to give in! Laugh

Have a fun weekend, Evey! Smile


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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 8:36pm


Views: 841
I imagine you would -

- health care reports - you do work dangerously!

Oiotari - I fear the effects of the Elven interaction far more than the cookies regareding the state of my heart! I hope Figwit's available

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 8:37pm


Views: 826
where is that quote from anyway? //

 


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 8:38pm


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well, of course, the cookies are to calm you down ;) //

 


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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 8:41pm


Views: 872
ohmmmm . .. ohmm . . . mmmmm . . .

do I smell cookies?

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 8:46pm


Views: 835
here they are



now we just need to find those elves


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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 8:53pm


Views: 819
Thank you! If we don't find any Elves today

we'll still have cookies! With Chocolate! Yowza!

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 8:53pm


Views: 831
now I'm hungry

and without any (real) chocolate chip cookies .... grumble


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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 28 2010, 8:58pm


Views: 840
Portal.

GLaDOS (the computer) keeps promising cake if you finish the game, and scribbled on a wall somewhere in it is that phrase. Over and over and over again.

Trust me, you do not want to know about the cake...

Evil


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 8:59pm


Views: 837
which one do you think gives better back-rubs?

or


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 9:00pm


Views: 836
thanks, I had been wondering about that for a while //

 


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Lothlorian
Lorien


May 28 2010, 9:02pm


Views: 861
Elfkind shortpants had better have baked

a whole tree full of cookies to be as in-demand as Figwit! Such a cutie patootie!

A kindly, avuncular elf with cookies vs a pretty pretty elf like Figwit. Sounds like one heck of a cagefight!

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Darkstone
Immortal


May 28 2010, 9:11pm


Views: 859
Well

It's sort of a potluck. I'm contributing Man With A Movie Camera, a 1929 silent Russian film, and the first disc of Sapphire and Steel, a late 1970/early 1980 British TV scifi/horror series. Wifey is contributing New Moon. But the feature will be Kamikaze Girls.

"Bitter kitten" is how Americans (mis)pronounce the Japanese name for the drink. It means something like "idiot challenge". It's sort of a potluck. I'm contributing Man With A Movie Camera, a 1929 silent Russian film, and the first disc of Sapphire and Steel, a late 1970/early 1980 British TV scifi/horror series. Wifey is contributing New Moon. But the feature will be Kamikaze Girls.

"Bitter kitten" is how Americans (mis)pronounce the Japanese name for the drink. It means something like "idiot challenge". If you say "bitter kitten, hold everything but the vodka" the drink is survivable.

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 28 2010, 9:33pm


Views: 858
Already?

She's 18 already, and leaving the "nest"? Congratulations to her, and I wish her well in her future studies! Does she know what she wants to major in?

So how are sister and little brother doing these days? And did you ever get the interior of your house fully finished? Smile


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Lossefalme
Gondor


May 28 2010, 9:48pm


Views: 850
His name is kingly...

Meet Brego! He is our new 88 lb. baby. He is a great big, beautiful greyhound that we have had for three weeks (as of tomorrow). He is playful and sweet and a total Mama's boy. He's about 4 1/2 yrs old and had only been off the track about a week when we got him. He is VERY relaxed and has settled into our home as if he's always been here. I wanted to share right away, but it has taken awhile to get pics ready, etc. We knew he was "Brego" as soon as we saw him. It fits him perfectly! Even people who don't know where the name comes from think it fits him.



Just one more...



Our early spring was just awful, so this has been really great for our family. We'll be seeing family and friends this weekend, which I'm looking forward to. I am hoping to make some serious headway on my report cards and finish planning for the rest of the year, too. My 4th graders have already pretty much checked out, but we aren't done until the 17th of June and I have to have something for them to do! Crazy

I hope this finds you all well! Enjoy the weekend and *cheers* to one and all!

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Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. “Elendil!” he cried. “I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” TTT, Book III, Chapter 2
And Éomer answered: “Since the day when you rose before me out of the green grass of the downs I have loved you, and that love shall not fail.” RotK, Book VI, Chapter 5


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 28 2010, 10:02pm


Views: 851
aww, he's cute

and apparently likes to sleep in very odd positions Tongue
though he looks plenty comfortable

I hope you find something for your 4th graders
that's a late end-date


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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 28 2010, 10:08pm


Views: 829
Oh, Losse!

You adopted another sweetie! *gives Brego virtual ear scritchies* Greyhounds do like to "spread themselves out", don't they! Laugh

What a lovely fur-color, and happy eyes!

I'm going to have to find some time to meet him, y'know! Smile

Best of luck with the grades, yeah, the students are starting to go on "vacation"...Crazy


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Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 28 2010, 10:08pm


Views: 847
I once had a move where

guys from our church were willing to do the whole kit and kaboodle (does anyone know what those are and where to get one? ; ]). Because of that, I did not want to complain. But I had labeled every box as a to what, and just as importantly WHERE: kitchen, baby's room, parents room, living room . . . figuring it would all go like clockwork. I didn't bank on what I guess was New York Guy Practicality. As they passed me in the hall with box after box, every single man asked rhetoriclally "Down cellar, right?"Wink


Lossefalme
Gondor


May 28 2010, 10:21pm


Views: 815
You don't know the half of it!

We have a ton of pictures of him sleeping because it's hilarious, but it's "puppy porn." He lets it all hang out, that's for sure. He is, shall we say, very comfortable with his body! It's the funniest thing ever to see such a great big dog sleeping that way.

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Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. “Elendil!” he cried. “I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” TTT, Book III, Chapter 2
And Éomer answered: “Since the day when you rose before me out of the green grass of the downs I have loved you, and that love shall not fail.” RotK, Book VI, Chapter 5


ShyElf
Lorien


May 28 2010, 10:23pm


Views: 822
Don't know when she'll always make costumes on her own...

...she doesn't really LIKE sewing. She'd much rather I make them and she wears them. However, when she enters a competition, she has to make them on her own. I just provide guidance and problem solving. But, if it's a general hall costume and a style I like, she knows she can talk me into sewing it for her. I started making her costumes when she was 3 years old.

I love sewing costumes, but I have never much cared for cutting - so now she does all my cutting for me which is a help.

The kids had a ball getting organized for the convention this afternoon - my living room was a hive of activity/costumes/wigs/shoes/props - you name it! And the costumes I saw at the convention when I dropped them off looked great! I'm sure they will have many stories to share with me tonight when I pick them up.

Cheers!



Lossefalme
Gondor


May 28 2010, 10:25pm


Views: 825
Any time, Dernwyn!

He thinks he's a lap dog. He is the snuggliest thing ever. I have fallen asleep with him on the floor twice! He definitely loves his "peeps."

When are you guys done for the summer? This is such a tough time of year with older kids. Last year in first grade was a breeze because they have no concept of time. The last day of school they were still expecting to see me again the next day. The older kids know that their end-of-year exams are done, etc. and are pretty much "done." I have the computer lab reserved a lot the next few weeks!

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Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. “Elendil!” he cried. “I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” TTT, Book III, Chapter 2
And Éomer answered: “Since the day when you rose before me out of the green grass of the downs I have loved you, and that love shall not fail.” RotK, Book VI, Chapter 5


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 28 2010, 10:28pm


Views: 850
Oh my goodness, I had no idea!

That was one summer we didn't go out there--but we drove through the Big Thomson Canyon almost every single time we went. I couldn't help visualizing over and over how impossible escape would be in there, and trying to figure out in my head if there could have been any way, or anyone who could have managed to climb those impossible fractured cliffs in time. How did anybody survive--how did your parents??!!


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 28 2010, 10:33pm


Views: 914
It's spelled "Oleo" margarine, and the doctor

made my dad switch to it sometime in the mid-late 1960's for health reasons. Of course, now we know it's worse than butter!Tongue


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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 28 2010, 10:35pm


Views: 953
Heh, he'd be

all long body and limbs tangled up in a lap! Laugh I knew that Greyhounds were gentle and friendly, but he's got a double dose of those!

Did you name him, or did he have the name already?

School ends on the 21st for me...then I have that whole Library to myself for inventory and other maintenance stuff, what fun...Tongue Yes, unfortunately, the older kids get, the "wiser" they become.

Are you taking a family vacation anywhere this year?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

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Lossefalme
Gondor


May 28 2010, 10:58pm


Views: 900
His racing name was too goofy...

it was Craigey Dusty. We named him Brego because he's very regal.

We're headed for RI and NH at different times over the summer. How about yourself?

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Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. “Elendil!” he cried. “I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” TTT, Book III, Chapter 2
And Éomer answered: “Since the day when you rose before me out of the green grass of the downs I have loved you, and that love shall not fail.” RotK, Book VI, Chapter 5


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 28 2010, 10:59pm


Views: 906
A couple of links

I thought I remembered Aunt Dora mentioning her parents and the Big Thompson flood a couple of time previously - here's links to how they escaped, and to how they were rescued.

Do you have that photograph online anywhere, Aunt Dora?


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-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Lossefalme
Gondor


May 28 2010, 11:03pm


Views: 905
Cool idea!

We have adopted some servicemen, but I think getting the kis on Skype is a terrific idea! Mind if I snatch it and bring it to the attention of someone up here? It may be something to look into for the fall.

We have an ongoing program at the school in order to promote good manners and have people come in every Thursday to eat lunch with the kids. They use place settings, etc. and really practice eating properly. Everybody loves it.

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Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. “Elendil!” he cried. “I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” TTT, Book III, Chapter 2
And Éomer answered: “Since the day when you rose before me out of the green grass of the downs I have loved you, and that love shall not fail.” RotK, Book VI, Chapter 5


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 11:05pm


Views: 912
"Then let them eat cake"?//

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 28 2010, 11:07pm


Views: 900
Yep, that's strange.

I bet even he prefers his new name!

No plans yet - we're trying to get the kids' schedules in line, those three are going to be in and out all summer, away for chunks of time and doing lots of things while here. Our youngest now has her own small apartment out in Chicago, so she'll only be back for two weeks! Unsure

Rhode Island? Whereabouts? Smile


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 11:08pm


Views: 915
Oh.... my.... STARS!...

Sorry Miss Ethel, but that IS funny! Laugh

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 11:11pm


Views: 897
But NYC lead the way in banning trans fats!

Who knew indeed! saccharine linked to cancer. aspertame linked to memory loss.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 28 2010, 11:13pm


Views: 917
We'd set up a laptop with Skype

because one Board of Ed member got deployed to Iraq for a year! This is how he attends meetings. He's also the dad of two boys at the school, and all the kids and he had a wonderful time with the questions-and-answers.

We put the little "eyeball" computer camera up on a mic stand and elevated it, so he could see the whole group. And we projected him from the laptop onto a large screen.

Formal luncheons! Now that is classy! Smile


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 11:14pm


Views: 906
Campy as it was, I LOVED that old series!

Adam West and Burt Ward. Special pop quiz: one of the occasional guest stars in a good-guy (girl) role was also in ST TOS, who was she and which parts did she play?

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 11:18pm


Views: 907
Sounds like an eclectic mix...

of movies and alcohol. Man With a Movie Camera in particular sounds intriguing.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 11:22pm


Views: 904
In Russia, they have saying...

BOSCHE moi!

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 11:27pm


Views: 899
Neither of those...

THIS one! http://www.google.com/...&ved=0CBgQ9QEwAA

(Still haven't figgured out how to get a pic to TORn-spec size so it's easier to give url's where I don't have to think about it)

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 11:30pm


Views: 916
Happy BIRTHday gramma-Eruvande!

A truly AWESOME woman to share my b-day with! Cool

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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weaver
Half-elven

May 28 2010, 11:42pm


Views: 897
right now I'm saying a lot of words in Polish...

I learned them from my mother -- I don't know what they mean, but she used them when she was really really mad about something! They sure come in handy when you are working on a Friday night on a holiday weekend!

Weaver

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 28 2010, 11:45pm


Views: 902
<laughs> I KNOW what you mean!

My Italian great-grandmother only spoke Italian but you knew a) when she was mad and b) a really close proximate to WHAT she was mad about!

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 28 2010, 11:56pm


Views: 948
A young man on a motorcycle told them to get out of the car.

They climbed up the hillside in blinding rain, and a minute later their car went down the river. They were airlifted out the next day by helicopter. Twenty-five years later I got to meet that man and thank him. Here's a poem I wrote about him:

Butch

"Next time there's a flood,
I'm calling in sick."

Big strong hand shakes mine,
Eyes crinkle over a graying beard.

"It was no big deal.
Lucky I was there, that's all.
If I hadn't stopped for that beer in Estes
I'd a' been caught in the Narrows.
Funny how a little thing,
One tiny moment
Can change the next thirty years.

"The water roared up under the road behind me
Like a movie monster,
Buckling the blacktop as I ran down the canyon.
Rain so hard you could drown
Just breathing it.
Put my head down
And it made a tunnel of air to breathe.

"In the dark I passed a car.
Dang! There's people inside!
That can't be good.
I wasn't gentle—
Pushed 'em up the mountain.
Wouldn't let 'em get their coats.
Car washed away soon as they got out.

"Scene in the cabin was worse 'n any horror movie.
Little girl with big eyes
Shining in the dark.
Pink streaks on her face:
Tears through the blood.

"Her mama--I've seen better color on a corpse.
Arm was broke almost all the way off.
I put on a tourniquet,
Got her to the helicopter.
I was sure she was a goner.




"Didn't read the obituaries--
Didn't want to know.
That's why I didn't come to the ten-year.
Afraid I'd find out--
Afraid I could a' done more.

"But at the twenty-year reunion,
Something pulled me,
Made me decide to come.
Got out of the car, and there she was!
I couldn't believe it.

"There she is now.
Still got her arm, and it works too.
Miracles do happen.

"Still don't like the rain, much.
Don't even like my water glass too full.
When it sprinkled tonight,
I was ready to climb the mountain.
But I'm glad about your folks.
It was no big deal."

We shake his hand, my sister and I.
Mom sits smiling up at him, remembering.
It was a big deal, Butch.
One tiny moment thirty years ago,
A young man banging on a car window,
And grandchildren growing up
Loving grandparents they might never have known.

"Yep," he says, "Lucky.
You might a' been lighting candles tonight,
And instead, here we are.
But next time there's a flood,
I'm calling in sick.
Still don't like the rain."


August 1, 2006

[based on a conversation with Butch Hutchins
Big Thompson Flood memorial service
Drake, Colorado, July 31, 2006]


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 12:07am


Views: 906
<daubs moist eyes, says VERY quietly> Thank you, Aunt Dora for the beautiful poem//

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 29 2010, 12:19am


Views: 907
My daughter won a costume contest at one of the cons

but she hired a friend to make her costume. I think she won because she was showing a *lot* of skin ;-)


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 29 2010, 12:51am


Views: 921
Put it on my tab.

And another, if you need it. =)

I've trained my kindergarten cousin to say that I'm 25. And will be again next year. I think she likes it.

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White-socks my little lad


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 29 2010, 1:15am


Views: 934
*mixes self a TGIALHW*

That's a "Thank God It's A Low Humidity Weekend!"

Got the fish pond cleaned out and refilled, the air-conditioner repositioned in the window, more heirloom tomato plants at the Master Gardeners' sale, a new AIO printer to install, another load of horse cr*p...and probably a camper floor to replace tomorrow. Lots of planting to be done, too.

The wild roses are almost over, but I've got some tucked in my pocket to scent the air everytime I move. It'll be just honeysuckle on the night air now...lovely honeysuckle...

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White-socks my little lad


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


May 29 2010, 1:34am


Views: 915
I'll have a screaming black rider,

hold the horses.

What a heinous, heinous work week it's been. However today I can actually see some blue sky (woo-hoo!) and tonight is the series finale of LOST! The phone will be going off the hook at 9.30 tonight - can't wait. :)

Now off to dig up the last of the potatoes and first of the yams.

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

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


Ataahua's stories


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 2:02am


Views: 902
wow, just wow //

 


Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 2:03am


Views: 899
hardly qualifies as a puppy anymore

but he probably thinks he is


Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 2:25am


Views: 785
the link in the post that your first link links to

is kind-of disconcerting
the little icon on the browser tab is a smiley face CrazyUnimpressed


Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 2:30am


Views: 793
Ya still gotta fill it out...

skin only works if the people wanna see it.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Arwen's daughter
Half-elven


May 29 2010, 2:30am


Views: 794
I had a very long drive today

On Monday we got word that my 89-year-old granny took a nasty fall and my sister and I drove the 8 hours to Evansville, Indiana today to visit her in the hospital. I had a few minutes with her just a short while ago, but she was pretty tired and kicked us out of the room.

So, it's been a long day for me. I'll just sneak behind the bar and mix myself something fruity and alcoholic.

I'm told that she looks better today, but she still looks like she lost a prize fight. I was shocked when they turned on the lights in her room and I was able to see the bruising on her face.



My LiveJournal
My Costuming Site
TORn's Costume Discussions Archive
The Screencap of the Day Schedule for May


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 2:32am


Views: 801
<shocked> You're NOT??!

When I was a kid my Mom was 23 (happens to be the year BEFORE she bore me!) until I was nine or ten when her brother said, "Oh no! If I have to be 42 then you have to be 33!" Not sure when mom forgave him for that one!

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 2:34am


Views: 795
"She named the child Leonard James Akaar?"

The "she" being Julie Newmar as "Eleen" in "Friday's Child", aka Catwoman (the second incarnation of that character).

Not exactly a favorite episode of mine, but it did have some great Kirk-Spock-McCoy moments!

But I don't recall her being in any other episodes...


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

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-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 29 2010, 2:34am


Views: 795
What a sweetie!

Good on you for adopting a greyhound. He looks calm and happy. Does he like to run when he gets a chance or is he perfectly happy being a couch potato? I think it's great that those dogs can make the switch with such apparent ease from being racers to being house dogs. Give him a pat for me!


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 2:37am


Views: 811
my high school spanish teacher

had us say she was 18, if I'm remembering correctly, which I think I am


Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 2:39am


Views: 776
Wow! There were TWO!

I was thinking of Yvonne Craig who was Batgirl (your answer wasn't one of the "good guys" even if Julie was the most amorous of the 3 Catwoman actresses towards Batman). Yvonne was also the Orion Marta in the ST TOS episode "Whom Gods Destroy"

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 2:40am


Views: 774
I'm sorry, I hope everything turns out well

I'm glad she's looking better

put on some (a lot) of good music for the drive back
at least you have your sis for company


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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 29 2010, 2:41am


Views: 802
Well, I was 22 or 23 when I announced

that 25 would be the last birthday, so I'm stuck with it! =)

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White-socks my little lad


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 29 2010, 2:43am


Views: 817
Okay, I have to ask...

my American sensibilities have yet to discover the point of eating yams. NZS insists on boiling them, and I think they taste like pureed cardboard. Is there something better to do to them, or are they supposed to taste like pureed cardboard?

Lucky you to see blue sky. I saw the merest hint of it a couple days ago, then the skies closed over again and the deluge continued. Have you been having as much rain as we've had?

Enjoy Lost tonight!


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 2:45am


Views: 763
I hope your grandmother does as well as mine did a year ago...

In January of 2009 my then-97 year-old grandmother had a "mini-stroke" and fell and broke her hip. The docs said she might not live and would never walk again. Seven months later grandma was walking and BACK IN HER OWN HOUSE - the only difference being she lives with 24/7 nursing care. Next month she'll be 99 and from the reports I get she might well become the 1st family centenarian next year.
I hope your grandmother does as well and my thought and good wishes go with her, you, and your family. <busily lights all the candles he can find for AD and family>

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 29 2010, 2:46am


Views: 783
Ro! All yams should be "candied", IMO.

Even if it's not Thanksgiving. No marshmallows required, either.

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White-socks my little lad


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 2:53am


Views: 778
"No big deal"

True heroes are those who act in an instant, following their instinct and heart.

And there are times one must wonder, if certain things were meant to happen the way they did..."if I had, if I hadn't..."

I am glad that you were able to meet Butch...and most glad that your parents did, earlier...


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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 2:56am


Views: 780
I never knew

that Yvonne Craig was also a Catwoman!

Holy guest aliens, Batman! Laugh


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 2:59am


Views: 786
No, Yvonne Craig was Batgirl

The three Catwoman actresses were Lee Meriweather, Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 3:06am


Views: 788
A touch of maple syrup

and a few pats of butter, with some crumbles of brown sugar, now that's the way to serve yams!

Great to see you again, Ro! A couple of days ago I was looking through some printouts I'd made of certain TORn posts from days gone by, and came across some of your logic puzzles - if it's okay with you, I'm thinking of re-posting them? (Giving you the credit, or notoriety, of course!)


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-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 29 2010, 3:07am


Views: 769
I'm more than speechless. Thank you.//

 


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 3:10am


Views: 779
That does not make

for a pleasant drive!Unsure It sounds like your granny is doing a bit better than she looks - here's hoping she recuperates well!

(Evanston Indiana? I had an aunt and uncle who lived there, but they both passed on a few years back.)


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 3:12am


Views: 791
Batgirl? Catwoman?

Don't know why I keep getting them mixed up - but then, it's been quite a while since I last saw the series. Angelic


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

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Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 29 2010, 3:12am


Views: 793
Urgh!

I don't think you'd want to candy *these* yams! They're not the nice sweet, sweet-potato-like yams like in the U.S. They're more like...hmmm...swollen, orange, almost transparent, nubbly roots, shaped and sized a bit like a large ginger root. Okay, that's not a very helpful description, but they're an entirely different thing than the yams of the U.S., and I sure haven't yet discovered the point of eating them.

Cute horse, that White-socks! Is he yours?


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 29 2010, 3:20am


Views: 805
Well, that begs the question...

Why even grow the dang things?! =)

That's Laddie with the white socks, and he's a gentleman boarder. I have a stronger bond with him than with the resident equine heathens, but he does bring out the Bombadil in me. ;)

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White-socks my little lad


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 29 2010, 3:25am


Views: 772
I will send them to help you. >:]

And maybe I can get some help spelling, rhetoric-lally (here down in the valley). Blush


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 29 2010, 3:28am


Views: 766
Thank you much, Dernwyn. What a set of stories, Aunt Dora! Someone seems to be watching over you and yours.//

 


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 29 2010, 3:37am


Views: 808
*paddles up in a canoe, looking for a bit of sunshine*

Okay, really, whoever asked for an end to the drought, you got your wish, but this is enough already! We have had SIX straight days of RAIN, and I'm not talkin' your indecisive drizzly bits of rain followed by some dark clouds. The only variation has been whether it's raining hard, or outright downpouring, with a bit of hail mixed in a few times for good measure. And there's no end in sight yet. Everything is muddy, saturated, waterlogged, or just plain underwater. Enough already!

And to top off my week, two nights ago I came home from work feeling lousy and achey and discovered I had a high fever. I crawled in bed. My sick dog, who's been going downhill fast, for the first time refused his dinner. Later, I dragged myself out of bed to send an overdue work email. As I was working on that, NZ Toddler (age 2 1/2) was discovered completing an extensive art project -- involving himself, the carpet, his favorite snuggly (without which he can't sleep), a few toys, and the contents of his dirty diaper. After a major cleaning project, NZ Toddler was put in bed, where he howled for about 20 minutes because he didn't have his beloved Lambkins. What a night.

I'm feeling better today, but I sure could use some sunshine!

Enjoy your picnic, Altaira, and I do hope everyone else's weekends are off to better starts than mine!


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 29 2010, 3:40am


Views: 806
Well, that was in Nebraska . . .

where I grew up. NY was college and beyond (limiited infinity available, lightyears not included, or so goes the buzz . . . Wink).


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 3:46am


Views: 834
*puts quarter in juke box*

which do you want:
Walking on Sunshine
Here Comes the Sun
or
Waitin' on a Sunny Day ?


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ShyElf
Lorien


May 29 2010, 4:03am


Views: 814
Well.....

....when I used to chaperone all the kids at the cons, I noticed that many of the costumes show a lot of skin. But, still - the costumes are great! And - if you're comfortable in you skin, well I say - go for it!

My daughter and her friend won for their costumes at a convention last summer - for "cleanest craftmanship" for these anime characters they worked on for about 6 months. They were delighted! I remember the excited phone call that Sunday morning when they got their results. So the two of them started on another team project - a very difficult project I must say. They're not ready for this weekends convention, but they are hoping to have them ready for the one they go to in the summer.

They did get into a great photo shoot at another convention last March for a new cosplay magazine that was just released today at the convention they're at this weekend - and they are over the moon tonight because their pictures are in it. It's a great picture! Their excitement is delightful to watch. "I'm keeping this forever and I'm going to show it to my grandchildren!" Adorable.

Just about got everyone settled down for the night - best get some sleep so I can face the busy morning!

Cheers!



Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 29 2010, 4:20am


Views: 833
My husband's Polish grandmother

used to call him "Mr. Kapusta" ("Mr. cabbage," he said. Meaning stinker?), or "Tak a schveenya" (not the real spelling, I know), "What a pig." Any of these sound familiar?Smile


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


May 29 2010, 4:26am


Views: 810
I roast them,

especially with a beef roast, because - as you say - boiling them removes any flavour whatsoever. Tip: The smaller ones are the sweetest.

And thanks for you note below about yams in the US - I had an inkling that US and NZ yams were different vegetables so it's good to get confirmation. :)

By the way how do you 'candy' a vegetable? And why would you want to?

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

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


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Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


May 29 2010, 4:28am


Views: 861
Oh crikey Ro,

you really are getting punched from all directions, aren't you?

I've wondered how you're going down there with all the rain. Everything is saturated up here but nothing like what the South Island has been getting. And now you've got snow coming in. Ain't winter grand?

I hope you're feeling better today.

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

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


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 5:21am


Views: 794
Yes, but to my knowledge NYC was the 1st in the nation to ban trans fat in restaurants//

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 5:22am


Views: 813
couldn't a' been those clingy outfits and masks, could it? ;-D //

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 5:24am


Views: 808
for a second there I thought you were calling NYC a nation

I read "1st nation"
instead of "1st in the nation"

perhaps I should get some sleep...


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 5:28am


Views: 823
I should too (get some sleep). But in 34 more minutes...

my b-day will be over and I will perforce have to return to my drab, wretched "life" (paraphrasing Tom Lehrer) Besides, I want to come up with one more mathom to give before it's over.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 5:33am


Views: 829
ROFLMTFBO!!!

<wipes tears from eyes> Oh my GOODness Eowyn! The image of you with a hat and yellow boots astride Laddie singing Bombadillian silliness is PRICELESS! BWA! HAHAHAHAHA!!! I can just IMAGINE that for a caption contest for what Laddie is thinking in that scene! Oh my! hee hee hee hee hee!

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 5:37am


Views: 794
well, I can't miss that then

plus I was thinking about going to sleep at about the next hour

tomorrow you can have a very happy unbirthday Tongue

eh, I can sleep in tomorrow...


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 5:39am


Views: 791
Still more...

You Are My Sunshine

Sunshine On My Shoulder

Good Day Sunshine

You Are the Sunshine of My Life

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 5:41am


Views: 796
Well, I'd best get to work then as I've "only" got 19 minutes left! ;-D //

 

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 5:52am


Views: 808
tick tock

though you could claim a different time zone Wink


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 6:09am


Views: 788
Last one is posted in Fan Art

Though I'm not a poet I used to TRY to write some. Anyway it's posted and I do believe it's time for bed!

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 6:12am


Views: 793
yeah, that would probably be a good idea

zzzzzz.........


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 6:13am


Views: 804
hey, that put me in Rohan

now I've just got to find a horse

on that note, I should actually go to bed instead of just talking about it Angelic


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 6:15am


Views: 789
<shouts so he can hear all the way back in the Mark>

Watch out for the Rohirrim women! They can.....

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 6:16am


Views: 793
you going to finish that sentence?

Wink


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 6:19am


Views: 807
Since I'm now too far away for you to hear...

It was intended as an invite for others to fill it in humourously. By the bye, welcome to Rohan! Congrats on making it there! You'll get tired of hearing "The Old Grey Mare" after awhile! Tongue

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 6:26am


Views: 823
so if you're too far away for me to hear you

how come you're still talking to me? Tongue


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Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 29 2010, 8:49am


Views: 816
US yams

are very like orange kumara, only perhaps even sweeter. US sweet potatoes are a bit like the lighter-colored kumara, whichever-color-you-call-them, the ones that come out more yellowy-golden when cooked. But some people call US yams sweet potatoes, just to make things more confusing. But as far as I've ever seen, there's nothing in the US like the NZ yam!

Candying US yams is a traditional Thanksgiving-style way to cook them. The way I know how to do it is to cook them first (boil or bake), then mash them up with a bunch of brown sugar, add pineapple (crushed or in chunks), spread in baking dish, and then top with a good pile of marshmallows (which I've found called Mallow Bakes here -- do you call them marshmallows too?). Decadently sweet -- at least it's low fat!


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 29 2010, 9:01am


Views: 797
I'm done with winter already

and it hasn't even really started yet. Sigh. We're too close to the beach usually to get much in the way of snow, but that's not much comfort since if I have to put up with wet miserably cold weather, I'd rather have snow to play in than mudpuddles. The last week has reminded me of the worst of midwinters that we used to have back in Tacoma, Washington in the US (a region notorious for heavy, incessant winter rains). I sure was happy to leave those winters behind!

I'm better today, thanks. And NZ Toddler has promised not to investigate his nappy again that closely. But his memory for promises lasts about 30 seconds, so I'm not holding my breath. Meanwhile, I'm dressing him in overalls.


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 29 2010, 9:15am


Views: 807
Ah, maple syrup.

Forgot that ingredient. Yes, that adds some nice flavor.

Sure, feel free to post some of those logic puzzles. I'd have too much trouble trying to dig them up on my nearly-defunct old computer, anyways. Feel free to give me whatever notoriety (or credit) seems appropriate. Oddly, just a couple of days ago while doing a sudoku puzzle, I contemplated the fact that sudoku puzzles are really just a simple exercise in logic, and that I really missed proper logic puzzles (which I don't think I'd thought about in several years). Anyways, I'd be pleased that those ones get some more use! :-)


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 29 2010, 9:17am


Views: 783
Huggles back atcha, gramma.

How nice that you get to spend a bit of time with your mom -- even if she is putting you to work! Hope you have some good weather for your weekend with her.


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 11:19am


Views: 730
The masks! That's gotta be it.

Or maybe just the age of this (then-)young female viewer, who only saw Batman and Robin, and all the others were just a blur...Laugh!


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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 11:28am


Views: 795
Thank you!

I know that many of the currently active 'sibbies have never seen these, so I'll post one every now and then for a bit of fun! Cool


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




entmaiden
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 1:05pm


Views: 754
Hey, Ro! Nice to see you!

Hope all is well with you and the family!

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grammaboodawg
Immortal


May 29 2010, 1:16pm


Views: 727
*flying tackle-hug* Oh... HI!

I miss you!! I hope your boys and you are doing FABULOUS!!!

Thanks, m'dear :)


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grammaboodawg
Immortal


May 29 2010, 1:21pm


Views: 749
Oh geez, Ro...

I had to race down the page to find you when I saw your response to my post... and I'm so sorry to hear you've been sick. Your hard weather is hitting, so feeling miserable on top of that can make for a long day.

NZ Toddler sounds very passionate and creative ;) Not exactly the expression you needed right now, though.

*warm hug* It's so great to see you! I've still got the pic of NZS, Eldarion and you on my wall at work along-side lumpkins and Scout's princelings. You are missed :)


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macfalk
Valinor


May 29 2010, 1:33pm


Views: 736
hey gandy

read your report! interesting. we dont have a holiday like that where I live Shocked


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 29 2010, 2:01pm


Views: 740
The photo

Here it is.

I wouldn't have had a copy except for a small one in a book called "Reflection on the River", but last summer my sister scanned a bunch of photos for my mom's memorial service, and this was one of them. The black smudge on my mom's smile is actually a stain on the photo.

As you can see, they're in their square dance clothes, complete with name badges. They never made it to the square dance that night. But they went the next week, taking the long way up to Estes Park since the canyon was, of course, closed.


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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 29 2010, 2:04pm


Views: 734
Huggles to you, gramma!

What a good daughter you are--as well as being a good mom and a good gramma!


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leleni at hotmail dot com
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Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 29 2010, 2:06pm


Views: 761
Oh yes, they are--

thank goodness. They over-regulate, but this is a good one. (I just thought that you thought [that I thought that you thought that I thought that you . . .Evil] that I lived in NY as a kid.)


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 2:23pm


Views: 725
I can't HEAR you! LA! LALALALA!

Cool

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 2:29pm


Views: 769
If trans fats really are a danger...

Then how is this over-regulation? <Tries hard NOT to go on a rant> Nope. Don't recall 'zactly where you grew up, (they tell me my memory should return when I'm not under the stress I am right now - I hope so 'cause this is scary having had a great mem'ry all my life and now seeming to be prepping for Alzheimer's!). I do remember it was a place with a backyard big enough for two enormous soup vats! Evil

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 2:35pm


Views: 743
We actually have several...

Memorial Day and Veteran's Day (anciently Armistice Day, in Europe often called Remembrance Day) which is the Monday in November closest to the 11th, and to a large extent Flag Day (June 14th) is celebrated as an honor to veterans. We here in the States are long on parade-style "honours" but short on healthcare for vets (along with everyone else). In some ways, I think your system (Sweden, right?) is better.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Jazmine
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 3:34pm


Views: 745
Brego is a handsome chap!

We are getting a puppy soon, and Brego is on my list of potential names, though it certainly suits your guy very well!



Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 4:13pm


Views: 743
What's he holding in his hand? //

 


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Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 4:20pm


Views: 773
my family doesn't do yams for Thanksgiving

but we do have sweet potatoes
we bake them first them mash them with a bit of butter and some brown sugar, it's delicious

I'm not sure I've had a yam before


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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 29 2010, 4:50pm


Views: 743
What?

You've never even tried this?!:


I thought every American (and seasonal visitor) was forced to try Bruce's canned yams at least once! Reheated as is or candied to make a dentist faint. =)

We grew our own white sweet potatoes last year. Maybe some yellow ones this year, too, but no orange yams.

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White-socks my little lad

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Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 29 2010, 5:06pm


Views: 739
*ahem* If you think you're man enough

to lash Dad's giant yellow boots onto my wee feet and legs, and make me sing that cr*p... ;)

And Filly has the mind you'd probably rather read. She's the nearest thing to a smart-arse talking pony I've seen.

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White-socks my little lad

(This post was edited by Eowyn of Penns Woods on May 29 2010, 5:08pm)


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


May 29 2010, 5:10pm


Views: 742
Nope

never even heard of them... *hides*


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Altaira
Superuser / Moderator


May 29 2010, 5:30pm


Views: 779
*Laughs and cries*

Wow, is it ever nice to see you here, Ro!

What little characters your two boys are, lol. I wonder where they get *that* trait from? (she asks, knowing full well it's handed down from both mommy and daddy). Laugh

But, how horrible to have that happen when you're already sick. I guess you're probably used to it by now, but not while you're mommy's sick boys!

It worries me that you're not feeling well, of course, but it brought tears to my eyes to hear about Beren. I was hoping he was all better by now. Here's to making him feel as comfortable and loved as possible (which I know you're doing on both counts).

*hugs* and hang in there!


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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 6:29pm


Views: 727
My family had 'em at Thanksgiving, tried 'em once as a kid...

but not since then. Though I've learnt to like spinach and several other veggies I would eat as a child I've never bothered to give yams another try. After all I yam what I yam! <runs away laughing>

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 29 2010, 6:39pm


Views: 755
<laughs> I've learnt a LONG time ago...

That when a woman utters a challenge like that one of two things can happen: either she wants a strong brute that *can* "make her" (i.e. one that is worthy of her own inner strength by not being intimidated by a strong woman) or that there is no power on earth that can (one that if she is overpowered resents it and holds an emotional grudge). I lose either way on that one because I'm a gentle person. It was a funny image though. Apologies to you if it honestly offended (doubt it given your winking smile) and if not rest assured that I would never make you nor any other woman do anything against her will at least as long as she clearly communicates to me what her will actually is on a matter and doesn't resort to *femine-speak* Evil

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 29 2010, 9:02pm


Views: 717
And that's all they escaped with

Literally, the clothes on their backs! Thank you - do you know who took the picture, and where?

I wonder if their friends at the square dance were freaking out, wondering what had happened to them...


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


May 29 2010, 9:32pm


Views: 732
We've got a white mountain this morning.

The snow is a month or two late, but I'm quite happy that we had a warmer than usual autumn! The southerly's coming off the mountain so I'll be bundling up today - BUT, no rain! :D

The candied yams sound ... interesting. It makes me wonder how each nationality comes up with these dishes that sound a little odd to other ears - or how anyone thought that Marmite, for instance, would be a seller. "I know it looks like tar and smells a bit ripe, but try it! It's only a *tiny* bit revolting."

Glad you're feeling better today Ro. :)

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

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


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Advising Elf
Rohan


May 29 2010, 10:28pm


Views: 719
She wants to be a film maker.

She'll be going to a school with a good film department. It's only 3 hours away, instead of the 3 days away she is now.

Little sis and little bro miss her, but little sis is having more trouble with it. She's not devastated, just realizing how much time they spent together.

Finished? You are kidding, right?


Advising Elf
Rohan


May 29 2010, 10:29pm


Views: 789
Much grass, EoPW! //

 


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 29 2010, 10:37pm


Views: 806
Uhh-mmm (and I quote):

"Oh yes, they are--

thank goodness. They over-regulate, but this is a good one."

I meant, regulating trans-fats is a good regulation, and thanks goodness they have done so; but that they tend to over-regulate in some other areas (but not being civic minded enough, exactly what I have objected to in the past escapes me right now. It tends to be a common complaint around here, so I guess I mostly have picked up on that . . .Blush).

If memory lapses are an indication of Alzheimers, then I think I have had it since age 10!Unsure I am famously forgetful, and one time (in a sense) I sort of forgot my own name! (I'll tell ya sometime, when my self esteem levels have risen to a safe elevation.WinkSmile)


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 29 2010, 11:50pm


Views: 811
*shakes fist*

Ma Nature, you fickle ol' biddy! *pours lemonade* I'm gonna crank up the A/C, and spin up a cold front using my latest homemade spindle, you kennel queen!

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White-socks my little lad


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 30 2010, 12:21am


Views: 794
If I smacked you around, I'd have to smack Advising Elf around, too.

I wouldn't want him to feel left out since he came back out of lurkdom again. *waves to AE*

You're welcome to laugh at me. That mental image isn't going to develop into a real photo posted on TORn any time soon, but you can laugh about it, I promise. =)

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White-socks my little lad


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 30 2010, 12:24am


Views: 820
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silneldor
Half-elven


May 30 2010, 1:24am


Views: 797
It so happens that i have it.

I was digging holes for plantings on the ugly lot property line and i was moving dirt without gloves and apparently there was PI in root form i did not not realize and my right hand is swollen and have itchies here and there.

I forgot i had 'tecnu' poison oak-n-ivy cleaner for removal of those oils that cause havoc (here at the camp) but i put it on anyway. It helped. Yes some people are lucky not to get it, but not me (either).

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''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo













silneldor
Half-elven


May 30 2010, 1:37am


Views: 824
Sorry that things are helter skelter lately.

Here is hoping that things come about soon and the wind is at your back again with the sun on your brow. I wish i could send you a sunny picture but i can't get into my pictures tonight. Get well...and just don't lose your paddle:).

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''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo













silneldor
Half-elven


May 30 2010, 1:52am


Views: 769
Feisty she is,

and at 89:) appears to have a bit of life left bless her. I thoughts are with you.

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''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo













dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 30 2010, 1:55am


Views: 801
Just wondering!

About the house, that is! Laugh But as long as the kitchen and bath are usable - those are the most important!

Film-making is a skill that will always be in demand, there are so many ways it's used! My youngest is currently studying for a degree in acoustic arts (sound engineering), and already she's done the sound editing for a Civil War documentary.

I can well imagine that little sis is feeling lonely for her big sis at times, this is such a big change in their lives! Fortunately with email and things like Facebook (my kids keep in touch with their cousins, aunts, and uncles that way), those two can still have a communication closeness which was lacking back in our day.


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




silneldor
Half-elven


May 30 2010, 1:58am


Views: 793
Pretty pup

yous got there lady:).

A happy new family member is always wonderful thing.

We all are thinking of you and hope things are fine.

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''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo













entmaiden
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 30 2010, 2:00am


Views: 801
Miss you all so much

It's just starting summer here, but know you all are in the midst of winter. Doesn't stop us all for missing you and NZ Strider from TORN. I MUST get my trip to NZ scheduled SOON.

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silneldor
Half-elven


May 30 2010, 2:05am


Views: 790
A picnic backback?

That sounds cool.

I hope you two had a lovely escape into the wild for a needed respite. And here is to a fine weekend to allSmile.

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''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo













silneldor
Half-elven


May 30 2010, 2:16am


Views: 784
Goodly daughter

that you are, i hope you have a fine weekend and a lovely bike and/or hikeSmile

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''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo













silneldor
Half-elven


May 30 2010, 2:21am


Views: 797
Here is another goodly daughter i see.

Cheers to you too gramma:)

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''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

May the grace of Manwë let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manwë Súlimo













GAndyalf
Valinor

May 30 2010, 2:59am


Views: 787
I think that regulation isn't the problem as much as enforcement is...

And enforcement doesn't happen because government can never pay a salary that hopes to compete with bribes, though here in capitalism-land they call it "gifts". <gets offa soapbox> Anyway, you need to read more Aunt Erma if your self-esteem keeps you from sharing about forgetting your name - "I wore my PJs inside out once and my mom, thinking it was a nametag, called me 'Dr Denton' for a week."

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 30 2010, 3:14am


Views: 781
I don't know...

I guess I'd better ask him. Some of the folks who were stranded had picnic lunches they shared, so it may be part of someone's lunch basket.


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leleni at hotmail dot com
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GAndyalf
Valinor

May 30 2010, 3:16am


Views: 780
I would never laugh at you...

I laughed at the image because it is so unlike you. No worries. As to "being smacked around" being gentle does not mean being run over, however strong the woman.
Smile

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 30 2010, 3:16am


Views: 765
I don't know that either.

I do know that their kids were freaking out a bit, though we managed to convince ourselves that they'd made it to the dance and were stranded there.


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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 30 2010, 3:38am


Views: 783
Now that is scary!

Of course - you would have been hearing accounts of the rains, then the floods, and would have had no idea! Were you living at home at the time?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 30 2010, 3:49am


Views: 802
Yes, we were living at home.

Dad had said, earlier that evening, "We'll be home about midnight, Lord willing and the creek don't rise." :-D But they didn't get home until the following afternoon. I was 19, and my two siblings were younger. Uncle Baggins, who was my boyfriend at the time, was with us. Our aunt came over with her CB the next day to try to get information, but couldn't find out anything. These days we take communication for granted, but the phones were out for a week.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Ethel Duath
Half-elven


May 30 2010, 4:15am


Views: 830
"Glad to be alive" say their faces.

What beautiful, spirited parents you have!


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 5:08am


Views: 891
Lovely!

Snow on the mountains makes for such a picturesque view. I hope you stayed warm today! We have a nice view of the Southern Alps from...well, not quite from our house unless you were standing on the roof, but from points nearby, and I just love seeing them covered in snow.

We actually finally had some sun this morning -- such a welcome change! But then it was decided we needed a family outing, and the only place to head -- into town -- was straight back under the surly grey clouds. So much for the sun! We spent a cold afternoon watching the boys play in the sand on the beach, and now there's no clear sky to be seen.

Speaking of marmite, though, and variations in food preferences between countries, I have a question for you. I was reading a kids' book by a Kiwi author about a young girl and her Gran. They had picnics on a beach and ate marmite and potato crisp sandwichs. Marmite's bad enough, but adding potato chips in with it? Is this a closet Kiwi favorite that I hadn't yet run across, or something odd that the author made up?


Elizabeth
Half-elven


May 30 2010, 7:46am


Views: 821
So great to hear from you!

Sounds like you got the rain faucet turned off at least temporarily, and NZ Toddler at least temporarily straightened out... but what about your poor doggie? I hope he's better as well!

Just want to echo what everyone else is saying about being so happy to hear from you, and missing you and NZS around here!






Elizabeth is the TORnsib formerly known as 'erather'


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 11:20am


Views: 804
So was "Hobbit"

his first name or his last name? Too funny. I hope he appreciated the name.

I've had a student this semester (at university) by the name of Tom Cotton. I finally remarked to him that he had a wonderfully hobbity name, and all I got was a blank stare. He'd never heard of hobbits. Sigh!


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 11:35am


Views: 791
What a nice welcome!

Wish I had more time to spend here. I really do miss my old friends!

Nice to see you too, Elizabeth. I like to think of what gorgeous weather you must be enjoying when this dismal dreary stuff starts getting old. I know you must get rain sometimes, but at least in the pictures Hawaii's always sunny. :-) I hope you're doing well.

NZ Toddler is MUCH less of a handful than his elder brother, and is generally cooperative and well-behaved. So whenever he does come up with some egregious misdeed, it always takes us by surprise! With Eldarion, we just expect it...

And my dear dog, unfortunately, won't be getting better. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer not quite 6 months ago, and there wasn't much we could do. He's close to refusing all food, so he doesn't have many days left. He's only 8 years old, so it's hard having him go so early. His sister is going to miss him tremendously.


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 30 2010, 11:41am


Views: 695
Omigosh! He really said that?

That's a common phrase - "Lord willin' and the creek don't rise" - and I've use it myself, never expecting, of course, that it would come true in a literal sense! That adds another amazing element into their already hair-raising story.

Oh, gosh, that must have been one of the worst days of your life, not knowing where they were...Unsure


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 11:54am


Views: 664
Thanks, Altaira. :-)

I'm recovered now, and NZ Toddler hasn't yet produced a repeat masterpiece -- though he was caught yesterday trying to get his pants down. Must put overalls on him tomorrow...

Beren's tumor, the vets finally decided, was inoperable after all. So he got to keep his leg, but the tumor as well. It's a pretty aggressive one, unfortunately. He's been in good spirits up until about a week ago, when he discovered himself unable to run with his sister because it made him violently cough too much. Now anything faster than a slow walk is too much for him. He's eating people-food with extreme encouragement (buttered bread, cheese, and roast chicken with gravy), but I don't think even that bit of appetite is going to last for more than a couple more days. So he doesn't have much longer to go. We're just giving him all the love and indulgences we can right now.

Did you know Beren (and the other two dogs) once spent the night on the bed with a certain person who stayed at my house who shares a first name with BG? I still laugh about that one. They always abandoned me at the first sign of company.


grammaboodawg
Immortal


May 30 2010, 11:55am


Views: 679
ohhhh...

I'm sorry about your pup. I was so happy to see you, I forgot to ask about him. He is so lucky to have you, but why did this have to happen? This is the worst part of having pets. I had to intervene for my friend last week to help her understand he dog had reached his time. I've lost many myself... and it's never... you know...

*warm hug* I'm so sorry, Ro. I know how much your furry kids mean to you.


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Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 12:03pm


Views: 698
Likewise!

It's so nice to be able to drop in and get a chance to reconnect a bit. :-)

My seasons are still cross-wired, so I get the usual dejected about the onset of winter (and it's like Narnia in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe": it's always winter without Christmas!), then double-dejected about the onset of winter-like weather in May, just when the spring lambs and bunnies should be out frolicking and the earth should be smelling warm again. Then I can't figure out what to make of January, when I should be wearing wool sweaters and drinking hot chocolate but instead I've got the air conditioning on! Some people have said you get used to it after 5 years, but I haven't got there yet. I think the worst part is winter without Christmas.

Get your bags packed and come on down this way! Sure would love to see you. We've had a dearth of visitors lately, and you've been promising to come for too long now. Our sleepout (or "outhouse", as my mother calls it) is waiting!


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 12:11pm


Views: 673
Thanks, gramma. :-)

Fingers crossed that NZ Toddler doesn't go in for more passion and creativity any time soon. Oddly, Eldarion, who is by far the bigger troublemaker, never engaged in that particular misdeed. NZ Toddler is usually so mild-mannered and well-behaved (he even always says "thank-you" without any prompting, something Eldarion still won't do) that it sure catches us by surprise when he does something scoldable. I think Eldarion at this age was getting several time-outs a day; NZ Toddler probably gets less than one a week -- and not because we've just gotten more indulgent!

I hope your weekend with your mom is going well. I also hope she knows what a gem of a daughter she has. :-)


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 12:18pm


Views: 686
You know, gramma...

I remember way back in my TORn newbie days when your beloved dog Squid passed away. I remember doing my best to write a poem in Elvish for you about him. Not sure I could even translate it now if I happened to find it again!

Must have been hard to help your friend see what needed to be seen. You're such a dear. But I know this is the price we have to pay for all the love we share with them...doesn't really make it easier, though.


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 12:22pm


Views: 686
Note to self:

Don't lose paddle. :-) Thanks for the laugh, silneldor. Wouldn't want to find myself up...somewhere...without one of those.


Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 12:29pm


Views: 708
Oh, thanks!

And to GAndyalf too. :-) All of the above (and below) would be fine, though I think "Sunshine on my Shoulder" might be my favorite.

*goes off humming "Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy..."*


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 30 2010, 3:23pm


Views: 722
My deepest sympathies for the loss of your Beren...

I admit double-taking when I first read it in this thread because my son's name is Beren. Not long into my divorce proceedings (pending as I type) I lost my golden retriever. She had been steadily losing her appetite for about four weeks or so and when my wife snatched my son and filed charges against me (I filed for the divorce so what she did was solely out of spite) poor Lucky just stopped eating altogether. I finally got her to the vet two weeks later and all the tests came back normal. Faced with the cruel choice of spending another $400 on tests or using that money for a completely unnecessary legal battle or opting for palliative care that might extend her life another 2 weeks or so I opted for her to rest. I had her for 12 of her 13 years and she'd had a good life but losing your first-ever pet is always hard.
I hope your family takes it's ease in that Beren had a fine eight years with you as you're obviously a loving and caring family.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


May 30 2010, 7:33pm


Views: 666
Heh, I had forgotten that particular delight.

Yes, marmite and pototo chip sandwiches do exist, as do just plain ol' chip sandwiches. I would put it down to the oddities of children's tastes but I clearly remember one of my brother scarfing chip sandwiches when he was in his mid-teens. You had to eat them immediately after making them though, or the butter on the bread would make the chips go soft, and that was just gross.

I remember that honey and hundreds-and-thousands sandwiches was a treat when I was in primary school. The idea of that mixture now is faintly nauseating.

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

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


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Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


May 30 2010, 7:38pm


Views: 670
I had never thought of it that way.


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it's always winter without Christmas!



Maybe you could start a family tradition of having a special dinner at home in mid-winter, to give you a celebration to build up to? Think of the personalisation you could give it!

I never considered the oddity of Easter and new life (represented by eggs) occuring in autumn until I thought about its origins in the northern hemisphere, during spring.

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

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


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Roheryn
Grey Havens

May 30 2010, 8:26pm


Views: 687
Well, actually, he's not quite lost yet...

Though it's just a matter of days now. But thank you. My condolences on the loss of your Lucky. Losing pets is heart-wrenching, even when you know you've given them a good life. And neat that your son is named Beren!


Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


May 30 2010, 10:55pm


Views: 669
I don't know where it comes from, either

but putting potato chips in sandwiches can't be just a Kiwi thing, because it's still done in my neck of the woods. Seltzer's Lebanon or Sweet Lebanon Bologna, with ketchup and Utz potato chips on buttered bread is a regional favorite. Mom thought it was hilarious when she found out Dad's family did the same thing. (My mother started adding mustard to hers in my teen years, but I know she didn't always behave so oddly.) It's still common in other families, too, so when you see somebody get a packed lunch out and can smell the Lebanon bologna...you discretely look for the little bag of chips and watch to see if the sandwich gets opened. Then you know you're among your own kind.

*** I have nothing but pity for the rare unfortunate local lacking the palate for any kind of Lebanon bologna. Visitors on business trips would have it shipped back home. College kids have it sent in care packages.

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White-socks my little lad


Lossefalme
Gondor


May 31 2010, 12:22am


Views: 665
He's our second grey...

and they are just the sweetest breed. Mr. Losse and I always say we'll never have another breed of dog after having our first grey. We had a female before and wanted a great big male this time. Boy, did we ever get one! He is an absolute love. They generally are couch potatoes. He goes on two walks a day, but doesn't run at all. He usually doesn't even run at the dog park. He is very playful in the house, though, and loves to chase after his toys.

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Aragorn threw back his cloak. The elven-sheath glittered as he grasped it, and the bright blade of Andúril shone like a sudden flame as he swept it out. “Elendil!” he cried. “I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadan, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the Sword that was Broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!” TTT, Book III, Chapter 2
And Éomer answered: “Since the day when you rose before me out of the green grass of the downs I have loved you, and that love shall not fail.” RotK, Book VI, Chapter 5


GAndyalf
Valinor

May 31 2010, 12:22am


Views: 659
I'm sorry! I guess I should have taken a cue from Legolas...

and remained quiet, as it's obvious that for me the grief is still too near.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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Woodyend
Gondor


May 31 2010, 2:09am


Views: 643
To quote Faramir……

War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.
Return of the King.
Thank you to all service men and women on this Memorial Day.

May your beer be laid under an enchantment of surpassing excellence for seven years!
~~~~~~~~Gandalf~~~~~~~

Listen. Strange women lying in ponds, distributing swords, is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!


Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


May 31 2010, 2:46am


Views: 683
Oh, yes :-) By the way,

parts of chapters 10 and 11 of my novel are about the Big Thompson flood, and are based on stories I heard from my parents and Butch, and at the memorial reunions I've gone to. I also used one of the reunions as the basis for chapters 43 and 44. It just occurred to me, and given the topic of this subthread I thought I'd mention it. Thanks for your sweet thoughts, and thanks to dernwyn too :-)


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


May 31 2010, 3:09am


Views: 713
Popping in rather belatedly

To wish everyone a happy memorial day tomorrow.

And to wish everyone farewell in case the servers explode from the traffic XD

My LiveJournal ~ My artwork and photography

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
NARF since age 8, when I refused to read the Hobbit because the cover looked boring and icky.


dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


May 31 2010, 12:10pm


Views: 651
I'm looking forward

to reading about it! Wink

(*eagerly checks mailbox*)


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915




Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


May 31 2010, 1:09pm


Views: 696
Oh, I am sorry to hear that!

Did you know that the benzol peroxide in zit cream really dries up the blisters in a hurry. OhioHobbit and I use it when we get poison ivy. Even though we are a BIT past acne stage, we always keep some in the medicine cabinet!




Advising Elf
Rohan


Jun 1 2010, 7:24pm


Views: 643
You're a goofus!

That's one of the things I like about you.

(Yes, I noticed the "Amanda" instead of "Miranda")


GAndyalf
Valinor

Jun 1 2010, 10:52pm


Views: 655
While I haven't the eloquent LotR qvote to respond...

It remains my honour to serve and defend until 7 March 2012 when I will pass on to younger hands and minds than mine the care that some of us share for a few years and others for a lifetime. Thank you for your support of myself and all who wear the uniform.

"Be good, be careful, have fun, don't get arrested!"
---Marcia Michelle Alexander Hamilton, 7 Nov 1955 - 19 Nov 2009

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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Jun 2 2010, 10:43am


Views: 660
Figwit, hands down! *blushes* //

 

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


ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Jun 2 2010, 10:46am


Views: 648
Wishing you some athelas, dear Sil. //

 

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


ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Jun 2 2010, 11:04am


Views: 675
Hey, who are you calling ancient? Better watch out, newbie! //

*smiles sweetly* Angelic

BTW, sorry we haven't met, GA. I've been under the weather and off the boards for a while. Looks as if you're galloping past quite a few folks here.

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

(This post was edited by ElanorTX on Jun 2 2010, 11:06am)


macfalk
Valinor


Jun 2 2010, 11:07am


Views: 739
One does not simply walk into Rohan

I just did!


Oiotári
Tol Eressea


Jun 2 2010, 5:12pm


Views: 764
here have a horse




Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens


macfalk
Valinor


Jun 2 2010, 5:17pm


Views: 845
haha thanks