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Altaira
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Oct 5, 3:58pm


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Greetings, and Welcome to Fiesta Friday!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to this week's Fiesta Friday celebration!
How has this beautiful Fall (or Spring) week been treating you? Any fun plans for the weekend? The weather is absolutely gorgeous here - perfect for getting outside and doing Fall-ish walks and errands.

Order up a Fall favorite drinkie, and help yourself to the buffet which is stocked today with crock-pot stews and chili, and sweet apple and peach pies.
*puts quarters on juke box* play us a good Autumn-y tune and have a wonderful weekend!
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cats16
Valinor


Oct 5, 4:04pm


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Perfect timing

Looks like I nearly knocked over the barkeep on my way in this morning. Cool

Seems like LA is having a real Fall this year! It's been cool the past month, and some areas even got a little rain on Wednesday. Weird, I know...last year we had a 105 degree day in October. I'll take a hot chocolate in celebration, please!

Hoping for a low-key weekend full of naps and relaxation.

Have a great weekend, all!

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




Altaira
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Oct 5, 4:09pm


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Sounds wonderful!

Cool days... naps and relaxation. What more could one ask for from a weekend? Laugh
*pours steaming hot chocolate into large mug*

Enjoy low-keying it!


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



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

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





dernwyn
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Oct 5, 4:43pm


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*runs in* May I have fresh apple cider?

In my to-go mug...workshops today, just taking a quick break for lunch.

Looks to be a good weekend for opening the windows wide and doing some fresh-air cleaning! And taking a stroll in the woods.

I've put a leaf-wreath on the front door. Have you put up any Halloween decorations yet, Altaira?


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Altaira
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Oct 5, 5:17pm


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Pumpkins on the porch

An arrangement of a few various-sized pumpkins on the porch is all so far. Sounds like you're busy-busy today, but have a nice productive weekend planned. Isn't it great to open the windows when all the good fall smells are in the air!?
Enjoy! Smile


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



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

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





grammaboodawg
Immortal


Oct 5, 8:35pm


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mmmm... stew sounds great :D

We're nearly at full FALL mode here in Michigan. The trees are lighting up with colour and the temps are taking a dive. The GOOD thing is the mosquitoes do not like cooler weather! :D *happy dance* I'm still working on outside projects, so no mosquitoes is a treat!

Now I'm digging a cistern and 40 ft trench from the house to said cistern. The hole I just finished is 4 ft deep and about 3 ft wide to hold a 50 gallon plastic drum and I'm burying 40 ft+ of 3" pvc pipe from corner of my house where the sump pump is located. This will put gravity to work carrying the water from my sump well to the cistern/barrel during heavy rains... or mid-winter thaws. This should solve my flooding basement problem. IT BETTER!

I'm really getting tired of digging holes in my yard ;) But it's great exercise! And those mosquitoes did need feeding... right?

So a bowl of stew and some warm cafe vienna would really hit the spot!

I'm so glad you're enjoying some wonderful weather and equally wonderful walks. This is the greatest time of the year, imho ;)

Thanks for taking such great care of us, Altaira! Have a great weekend All!



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Kimi
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Oct 5, 8:36pm


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Gorgeous spring weather here!

This sight greeted me when I went out on my run yesterday. Crisp and cool, with tendrils of mist. Just lovely. And this is from our front yard: flowering cherries with native forest in the background.

In a spring-cleaning spirit, we made a pass through the larder looking for things too old to be allowed shelf space. I did one not all that long ago, but I must have missed a few, as I found some things there that I think are older than some TORn members! (In my slight defence, we do have quite a large larder - it's an entire room). The compost heap scored some exotic ingredients out of that exercise.

It's been quite a good week. A solid amount of writing done, the garden's looking good, and we're eating our own beans and asparagus (and loquats from the orchard). My seedlings are coming along nicely. Sourdough is rising, and about to go in the oven. Hoping for another productive week ahead!

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend.


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Ataahua
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Oct 5, 9:01pm


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Beautiful sights. :)

I love seeing ground-hogging mist or low clouds in valleys below. Just gorgeous.

I'm about to put out a couple of plants but first I have to de-bug them - the garden centre wasn't quite onto their pest maintenance, evidently. Unimpressed

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

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Ataahua
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Oct 5, 9:05pm


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Something numbing, thank'ee barkeep.

I had my first acupuncture yesterday for this stubborn hip of mine, in an effort to nudge the healing process along - and it HURT. A lot. I can only compare it to the worst of the pain I had with endometriosis. And joy of joys, I've got another session tomorrow morning. This had better be worth it.

On the up-side, the day is sunny and has some warmth to it. :) (Or at least it will when the sun rises a bit higher.) Blossoms are bursting, flowers are blooming and bright-green young leaves are starting to peep out of deciduous trees. I love this time of year. Smile

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

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


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Kimi
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Oct 5, 9:44pm


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The bugs seem to love this time of year.

Not too cold, not too hot, and not too dry.

We bought a kakabeak this week, which I'm quite excited about. I've had a few failed attempts in the past, then we got two established nicely and a neighbour's cow got in and ate them both :( This one will be watched closely (and the cow has long since gone into the neighbours' freezer).


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Ataahua
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Oct 5, 9:55pm


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I had a kakabeak for a while

and it flowered spectacularly. Unfortunately it died after I pruned it so my recommendation is to leave it alone as much as you can. And have good fences. Tongue

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

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


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Kimi
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Oct 5, 10:13pm


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Thanks for the advice!

Not pruning it sounds a good idea. With natives, leaving them alone often seems to be the best policy - they're inclined to take offence at being fertilised, for instance, as they've evolved for our soils.

We do have good fences, but unfortunately at the time the neighbouring property didn't! The cow got out of its paddock and into their patch of bush, which links up with ours (the sections of bush aren't fenced off from one another - it shouldn't be necessary, as there shouldn't be browsing animals in there at all).


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

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Kimi
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Oct 5, 10:16pm


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Ouch!

I thought it wasn't supposed to hurt! Or at least not *that* much. Fingers crossed that it works, after putting yourself through all that.


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My historical novels

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

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Ataahua
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Oct 6, 12:04am


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I talked with my physio about it yesterday.

He says in Chinese acupuncture some of the treatments are pretty painless, for instance when it's used for relaxation or to promote the body's healing processes; but when it's used to unlock stuck muscles, like with me, there is pain. I've booked my next session for first thing in the morning so I can get it over and done with.

BTW thanks for that tip about not fertilising natives - I hadn't known that.

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

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


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grammaboodawg
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Oct 6, 10:19am


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Sounds like a great weekend :)

Cool outside, rain to help the lands, and a quiet couple of days. Ahhhhhh... sounds great to me!

Have a great one! :D



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grammaboodawg
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Oct 6, 10:21am


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zooommmm!

One of THOSE days, eh? I hope you can enjoy your new room this weekend and sip some more cider :) Sounds perfect!

CHEERS!



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grammaboodawg
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Oct 6, 10:25am


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*sigh* A wonderful week :D

Oh geez, Kimi... what a gorgeous world you do live in :) And this is one of those weeks that make you sigh and enjoy the season. Great weather, crops are growin, some purging of the shelves, and satisfying progress on your writing. Fantastic!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!! :D



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grammaboodawg
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Oct 6, 10:28am


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Spring is doing a good job!

But the acupuncture sounds... challenging. I guess acupuncture works because the pain of IT helps you ignore your hip. I hope this session is better. Your hip is the target for relief, not to add to your discomfort... and stress!

*massive hug* Hang in there!



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AlassŽa Eruvande
Valinor


Oct 6, 1:35pm


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Ground-hogging mist...

My kids call that "zombie fog". Laugh



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Greenwood Hobbit
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Oct 6, 2:39pm


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Oh dear - skimming over these posts

I got the impression a kakabeak was some sort of exotic bird pet, until I reached the bit where a cow ate them! Googled and found a gorgeous-looking plant. You learn something every day...


Greenwood Hobbit
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Oct 6, 2:44pm


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Just taken my grandsons home

after a sleepover, and am about to flop with the weekend newspaper and a cup of tea. Lovely boys, but tiring! A grey drizzly morning has blossomed into a fresh sunny day with the autumn colours starting to glow. In the car park of our local supermarket there's some kind of fancy sorbus that has amazing burgundy autumn colour - very striking against a pale blue sky. Too large to be considered for my little garden, sadly.


Kimi
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Oct 6, 6:46pm


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We have a similar issue

when hearing kiwifruit spoken of as "kiwi", with people putting them in fruit salads! To us kiwi are birds (or people).

Kaka are one of our native parrots, and the plant's named after the bird. But I expect you know that from your googling :). Yes, a gorgeous plant, and one Ive wanted for ages. Fingers crossed that we rear the new one successfully.


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Starling
Half-elven


Oct 6, 7:41pm


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I had a lovely white kakabeak

It is also now deceased. Before ceasing to exist it grew through my fence and bits of it still remain. Crazy




Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens


Oct 6, 8:56pm


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Haha - yes of course! Oh dear...

Hadn't thought of that. What would you call the fruit?


Kimi
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Oct 6, 9:31pm


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Kiwifruit :) //

 


The Passing of Mistress Rose
My historical novels

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

- A Room With a View


dernwyn
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Oct 6, 10:27pm


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Did you get hit

with that hailstorm-turned-to-snowstorm, or was that further in the mountains? The Rockies have amazing weather at times!


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dernwyn
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Oct 6, 10:35pm


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It's slowly getting populated!

I've been sitting out there, in the old chair from my parents' house where I'd sit and read LotR regularly, back in my teen years. Ahh. I'm putting some old toys out there, Tinker Toys and Legos and Duplos, and a Felicity doll with her own rocker.

I saw a T-shirt for us, for when we're just a few years older: "I Survived the '60s - Twice!" Laugh


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dernwyn
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Oct 6, 10:40pm


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How will that work?

The cistern overflow tank: is it open somewhere to allow slow drainage, once the plastic drum fills up? Will it drain the sump when there's no power for the pump?


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grammaboodawg
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Oct 7, 2:44pm


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The chairs! :D

They're as important as the story for a complete circle. I love it! AND I want that shirt!!!



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grammaboodawg
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Oct 7, 3:01pm


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Ah...

I put drainage holes in the bottom of the barrel with gravel below AND slits here and there on the higher sides of the barrel (not holes) so dirt doesn't get through and fill the bottom of the barrel. And sadly, no. If there's no power for the pump, the basement floor will, once again, be the tank ;) HOWEVER, I'm looking at a backup battery for the sump pump. It's quite costly and means the work I just paid a plumber to hook up the sump would have to be redone to install it. I do have a generator that can power the pump if I'm home when the drama unfolds ;)

I've got a second 50 gal barrel I will plant next to this one (a bit lower for gravity) and link them together. I just ran out of time and muscle to do it now. Gotta get the septic tank fixed and filled in yet... this week fersher! :}



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grammaboodawg
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Oct 7, 3:10pm


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There's something about Fall

that makes those moments of comfort... warm drink, quietly sitting... with a good book/movie... are so lovely :) I'm glad you've given yourself that moment after being such a great Mom! Have a wonderful weekend!



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