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Altaira
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Jan 10, 5:11pm


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Greetings, everyone, and welcome to Fiesta!

What do you know? Friday and Fiesta are upon us again!

How is the first month of the year shaping up for you? For me, it's work, work, work as usual which should wind down a bit after mid-February.

Did you know that tonight's first full moon of January is known as the 'wolf moon' so named because it's the time of year wolves are likely to be hungry and howling. There's also a partial eclipse of the moon tonight that apparently won't be visible in much of North America. Here's a link to the space.com article about how you can watch it online.




What will you be doing this weekend? The bar and buffet are well-stocked with all your favs, so what are you waiting for? Let's Fiesta!

*kicks juke box* Here's something fun. Linda Ronstadt sings a Fiesta song with the Muppets!

Enjoy and have a happy weekend! SmileHeartCool




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



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

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





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dernwyn
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Jan 10, 5:31pm


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Ah-woooo!

I wonder if our local coyotes will set up a moonlight howl? But we've had very little snow, and the turkeys are abundant, so they've plenty of food sources! Laugh

Might I have a mocha cappuccino, please, Altaira? You've got tons of tax forms to prepare right now, don't you - may you have no issues with any of that stuff! We may be taking a trip to my in-laws, my 90-year-old dad-in-law is hospitalized with a breathing issue, so prayers and well-wishes for him (and mom-in-law), please.

Ah, Linda Ronstadt - magnificent voice! Smile


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Altaira
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Jan 10, 5:45pm


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Mocha Cappucino and well-wishes on their way

I'm sending good thoughts to you and your father-in-law. With breathing issues, it's good he's in a hospital where he can get good round-the-clock care. Safe travels if you decide to make the trip.
No taxes for me, thank goodness; well, except for my own in a few months. I help my clients navigate some of the things they need to do in order to file their annual 10-K reports which involves working with them and their outside auditors. It's just more intense this time of year because there are very real legal deadlines involved that can't be pushed back.

Enjoy the weekend, and continued good thoughts for your father-in-law. Heart


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



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

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





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Aessere Lot


Jan 10, 6:49pm


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Evening all - SO glad I don't have to fill in tax returns!

After a lovely clear day, there is light cloud so all I can see is a furtive, fuzzy blob of a wolf moon! I don't think we're in the right place to see the eclipse anyway. No wolves round here either, though there is a fox doing the rounds each night and barking for a mate - not quite the same! Still, at least it's dry and a good few degrees above freezing; it felt so much like spring today that I tidied the garden shed ~yuk~ and cut the grass, which is not something you'd expect to be doing on 10th January. I'd make plans for the weekend, only it'll probably be doing something completely different tomorrow - that's English weather for you! It'll probably snap at us a bit before spring arrives; the tail end of the winter often seems to have a sting even here. whatever the weather I intend to have a pleasant weekend - if it's horrible out, I'll bake and sew - and maybe tackle sorting out the cupboard under the stairs, where the camping stuff is stored... ~yuk again~. Happy weekend, folks - cheers!


Altaira
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Jan 10, 6:59pm


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So many choices of what to do!

Personally, I'd go with baking and sewing no matter what the weather, especially if there's any of that 'snapping' and 'stinging' going on. Wink

It *looks* beautiful and sunny and warm out my window right now, but it's only just above freezing, so I'm happy sitting here enjoying looking at the the blue sky from indoors. But, good on you for tackling some of the outdoor chores. I hope the rest of your weekend is enjoyable and productive whether you spend it with camping gear or at the oven.


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



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

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





Ataahua
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Jan 10, 8:49pm


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Our 'wolf moon' was quite gorgeous last night

as it appeared behind a veil of thin cloud, so was misty and ethereal - less wolfish and more faerie. Smile

I have one more week of leave before I get back to work. That'll be a shock to the system. I had planned to visit friends outside the region after New Year but with our cool and windy weather, I haven't felt the urge, so it's been a proper staycation. It would be nice to get some proper summer weather before I go back to work.

The last few years I've been trying to replace my lounge suite but I haven't found anything small enough (and comfortable enough) to fit the living room of my 1960s Spanish bungalow. I've also seen how poorly modern fabrics last (at least on furniture that I can afford). So I've decided to reupholster instead. I like my lounge suite, except for the very '70s brown flower fabric. The firm I've gone with has a showroom of fabrics and I'll be relying on them to help me pick a good one - because if there's a gene for good design, I missed out!

I've also been a bit naughty and started walking sooner than my surgeon wanted me to - and I feel better for it! I live right next to a woodland park, and getting out into the forest trails again (just for short walks) has been a marvel. I'd forgotten that forests have a scent. Smile

I'm still trying to kick this cold but I've started on a new medicine that I'm confident will do me good, purely because it is disgusting. It tastes like I've drunk a moth-ball. Unimpressed

So a cheeky drink of something delicious would be lovely, madam barkeep!

Happy weekend, everyone. Smile

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

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Ronilav


Jan 10, 9:04pm


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Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a great holiday season and is off to a good start in 2020. I took a surprise trip home for a couple of days and got the flu, which had me trying to sleep for most of my there (had a bad reaction to the flu medicine on my flight back to LA, which was not fun). Better now, thankfully.

Like you Altaira, it's work, work, work here too. We've got the film festival in a couple of weeks and it's all hands on deck to get everything in order before everyone travels. I found a cheap winter jacket (I've ditched winter gear since moving to the west coast) and need some boots and gloves--but I'm almost ready, I think! Going to be more sleepless nights through the end of the month, but I'm ready to just get it over with and be on the ground managing the chaos.

We hosted a small party for NYE. I only had 2 friends in town, so I spent a fair bit of the night in my room with them, while my roommates had 25 strangers downstairs until 3am. Angelic My favorite moment was at 11:57pm, when I told one inebriated roommate "3 more minutes, get the champagne!" and he replied with "3 minutes til what...?" Needless to say, everyone had their fun. Cool

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Annael
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Jan 11, 3:35am


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late as usual!

I'm sitting in a mountain cabin where I have gone for a writing retreat. I arrive just ahead of the big storm that's supposed to dump a lot of snow over the weekend. Fortunately, I don't have to leave until Monday, and the resort is just off a major road that gets plowed regularly. I've got a fire in the woodstove, a cup of hot tea, and [intermittent] Internet; my plan is to write, nap, and occasionally go for a trudge through the snowy woods. Oh, and stream more episodes of "The Mandalorian" which I am totally hooked on.

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Latrommi


Jan 11, 2:54pm


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Hooooowwwwdy everyone!

I just got my g'son (R) that pic as a t-shirt!! He loves wolves (his spirit guide)! He turns 21 today, so he's getting that shirt and another plus some $. R is my younger daughter's eldest son... and my older daughter's (Baltimore) younger son turns 21 in March! Mercy!

So this weekend is celebrating R's special day; but it looks like I might miss the party since that ice storm moving across the NE US is outside my window right now. They're predicting up to 1/2 inch of ice accumulating on tree branches and power wires, so I think I'll be staying put to avoid the icy roads, high winds (up to 45mph) and downed trees. This is when I'm so glad I have my fireplace :D Wood is already stacked beside the hearth.

LOVE Linda Ronstadt. I just got her Greatest Hits v.1 & v.2 on CD (have the LPs)

Thanks for taking such great care of us, Altaira. I'm still gonna howl at the moon :D Have great weekend everyone!



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Latrommi


Jan 11, 3:00pm


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I'm sorry your dad-in-law isn't well

Does he have a history of breathing issues? At 90yo and your mom-in-law also of the same-ish age, it's always scary when any health issues come up. I'll definitely hold them both in my prayers *hugs*

It looks like you have some serious weather going on... so stay safe and warm... especially if you're traveling :)



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Latrommi


Jan 11, 3:24pm


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Sounds like a great weekend :D

Lots of homey nesting stuff that really appeals to me. Actually, I think it leave one with more of a feeling of accomplishment than going out on some activities!

We've been having a much MUCH warmer winter so far here in Michigan, too. Most days, temps are 10-20 degrees higher than normal this time of the year. NOT A COMPLAINT! Just a curious observation.

I hope you have a great weekend, m'dear! ENJOY!



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Latrommi


Jan 11, 3:33pm


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GREAT that you're getting out and walking!

Walking on the trails is definitely soul-restoring! I'm so happy you're feeling well enough to give it a go. Doctors are always cautious... but you know how you're feeling and when you're ready! Well Done! :D

I think reupholstering is a very smart move. Especially if you like your suite already. I would be just as lost as you trying to pick out new stuff and feeling hopeless about the cost vs quality. I'm glad you're getting input on what to choose. I'd have to do the same thing there, too. My taste tends to end up being early yard sale ;)

I preferred to stay home for vacations, too; but it seldom turned out that way. I'm glad you chose to recharge your internal battery and just enjoy your last week.

I love your description of the moon you had. *sigh* Wonderful! Have a great weekend!



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Latrommi


Jan 11, 3:49pm


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I'm glad you made it home

But so bummed for you that you had the flu. With all the traveling and exposure you had over the holidays, it's not too surprising. I've heard this year is going to be brutal! I'm glad you're feeling better... and glad you had so much fun for the New Year :D That's my kind of party. Simple and festive.


Good luck on the film festival prep! I hope it all goes smooooooth as silk :D Have a great weekend!



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Latrommi


Jan 11, 3:51pm


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You made it to the cabin! :D

Oh geez... that retreat sounds perfect. I'm glad you made it before the weather hit, and am glad it sounds like you shouldn't have too much trouble when it comes time to leave. *high five* Good luck on your progress and your respite!



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Altaira
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Jan 11, 8:46pm


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Mothballs?

 


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



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

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





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Altaira
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Jan 11, 8:51pm


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LOL!

'3 minutes to what?' must have been a good party. Wink

How exciting that you get to go to the film festival (I'm assuming Utah?). Take care of yourself and try to get at least a little rest to get rid of that flu. Maybe do every *other* night as a sleepless one.

Happy (and restful) weekend!


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



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

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





Ataahua
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Jan 11, 8:53pm


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I have some goals.


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Walking on the trails is definitely soul-restoring! I'm so happy you're feeling well enough to give it a go.


One of them was to do the Whakaari/White Island tour, but that's not happening anymore. But I've got my eye on walking to the summit of Rangitoto and a couple of two-hour nature trails around the North Island. It'll be a year or two before I can contemplate doing them, but one must have goals. :)

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 beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Altaira
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Jan 11, 8:54pm


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Pretty good excuse to be late!

Not that you need it for Fiesta, of course.

Wow, the ambiance of the cabin, the surroundings, and the whole experience sounds amazing. No wonder writers go on retreats! Here's wishing you inspiration and lots of beautiful snowfall that magically clears up in time for the trip home. Smile


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



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

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





Altaira
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Jan 11, 8:59pm


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What great gifts!

Sounds like (R) is a spoiled, and very loved, grandson. Smile

Too bad you weren't able to make the party, but it sounds like a VERY good decision not to try to go. He'll love those presents (and gramma) just as much a few days late.

Safe, warm and happy weekend!


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



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

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





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grammaboodawg
Latrommi


Jan 12, 1:55am


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Ohhh... White Island

That's so sad what happened there. Do you remember when the US late-night host Stephen Colbert came to NZ last fall? One of the things they looked at flying by chopper was White Island just before it erupted. I'm glad you weren't there... but I hope your plans come together Rangitoto. It sounds great!



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Latrommi


Jan 12, 1:58am


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He was happy :)

When I saw that the storm was coming, I left the gifts with his Mom on Friday... so he had them with the rest of the action! :D



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Nevle-flah


Jan 12, 7:18am


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I loved Rangitoto

I walked to the top of there on my 40th birthday, which is *cough* some time ago now.The view from the top is fabulous, and gave me a whole new perspective on the Auckland harbour and bays. Smile




dernwyn
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Jan 13, 1:43am


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"Well, I'm back", she said.

Thank you for your prayers and well-wishes...they helped sustain us.

As soon as I got home from work Friday, one of my husband's sisters called, Dad had taken a turn for the worse, we needed to get there as soon as possible. We threw stuff in suitcases and headed out on the 2 1/2 hour trip.

The hospital, realizing there was nothing more they could do, had placed Dad in a large private room so his wife, 5 children and their spouses could all be with him. This gentle, loving man passed on peacefully that evening.

So it's been a couple days of being there for each other and Mom, and starting to make arrangements. We'll have the memorial service in two weeks, and it will be crowded - the number of extended family, and all family friends, is huge.

*raises mug of full-caffein coffee, extra sweet, lots of milk* To a wonderful Dad. We miss you so much. Heart


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dernwyn
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Jan 13, 1:54am


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So you had a fox moon!

I wonder if he's related to the fox the Hobbits see? Smile

Did you bake or sew? Much more pleasant activities than sorting stuff!


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dernwyn
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Jan 13, 1:59am


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"I used to spend a week just breathing."

The wonderful fragrance of forests must have healing properties, don't you think?

Have fun with the fabric selection, I hope it won't be too mind-boggling!


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dernwyn
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Jan 13, 2:02am


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Bummer about the flu!

But was the family glad to have you there, anyway? Smile

Remember to get a wooly had and scarf for the trip to Sundance! This is going to be so exciting!


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Ataahua
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Jan 13, 2:03am


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I'm glad you were all together

for mutual support, and for your Dad's sake as well. My best wishes to you and your family, dernwyn. Heart

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 beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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dernwyn
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Jan 13, 2:04am


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Wood fire, hot tea, snug in a cabin -

- that sounds so perfect for concentrating on writing! Did you get much snow?


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dernwyn
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Jan 13, 2:06am


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Perfect!

Kids - no matter how old - love t-shirts with their fav stuff on them! Heart

How did you fare in the storm? I'm imaging you and the furry folks snug in front of the fire!


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dernwyn
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Jan 13, 2:13am


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Thank you.

This family is great at working things out together. Heart


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Annael
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Jan 13, 3:41am


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about 6 inches so far looks like

there were a couple of inches when I arrived. Supposed to get some more tonight.

I've worked through all the edits on my book from my editor so far - she's gotten about 3/4 of the way - and I've put together the first draft of a presentation I'll be giving in July, so it's been a productive weekend.

Plus I binged all of "The Mandalorian," which I loved! Jon Favreau has created something beautiful here.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.

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Kimi
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Jan 13, 5:29am


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A blessing that you could all be together.

With five adult children and their spouses, that's a small miracle in itself!

I'm sorry for your loss, Dernwyn, but so glad that it was peaceful and surrounded by love.


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Kimi
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Jan 13, 8:06am


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It's great to have goals!

We came *so* close to taking a White Island tour a couple of years ago: booked and paid for, and we were staying in Whakatane the night before. But the weather packed up overnight, and our tour was cancelled.

Rangitoto makes a great outing - lots to see, and not overly challenging as long as one doesn't try to break any speed records. We went there once *decades* ago, and then again more recently (hmm, "more recently" was actually six years ago, I find now that I've looked it up). The vegetation has increased hugely in those decades - the crater was quite barren on our earlier visit.

Description and some pictures of our Rangitoto outing here.


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dernwyn
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Jan 13, 12:27pm


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Thank you.

We all live between a 2-hour and 6-hour drive from their house, and those furthest away were already there to visit him. It really was a blessing! Heart


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dernwyn
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Jan 13, 12:31pm


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I've never seen the show

but my eldest, a Star Wars geek, raves about it, so it must be an excellent production!

Will you be staying the week in the cabin?


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Latrommi


Jan 13, 3:48pm


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*tears* I'm so sorry

Thank Goodness you were there together. Knowing he and you mother-in-law weren't alone helps... but it's so so sad. *warm hug* I'll still hold her in my prayers... and all of you.



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Latrommi


Jan 13, 3:51pm


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Thankfully, it was uneventful... for me

Schools were closed, trees are down with some power outages; but I only had a few flickers. I was very lucky :)



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Jan 14, 9:11am


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Condolences

on the passing of your father-in-law. Thank goodness it was peaceful.
As an early widow, I hope that your mother-in-law has nearby family and friends to console her, especially a few months down the road after the initial flurry subsides.

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



dernwyn
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Jan 14, 1:20pm


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She does.

Thank you, I know you've been down this road! Heart

The family is very close, and she has a dear friend also recently-widowed. We'll all be keeping good eyes on her.


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dernwyn
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Jan 14, 1:38pm


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Thank you.

And it really was amazing to have all of us there...the ones who lived furthest away were already visiting! We were together...and that was so important for mom-in-law. Heart

*hugs*!


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Ronilav


Jan 14, 5:14pm


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Hehe

He didn't remember much of it, but later I told him he had a good time. Angelic

Yes, correct! Feeling okay now, though I'm told half of the LA folks get sick coming back from the festival every year--hoping I avoid it! I have to drive around a lot while there, which I'm a bit nervous for since it could be really snowy.

Thank you!

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Ronilav


Jan 14, 5:18pm


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Thinking of you

I'm so sorry to hear that--my condolences to you all. As others said, very glad you were all able to be there in those final moments.

Keeping you in my thoughts, dernwyn! Heart

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Ronilav


Jan 14, 5:21pm


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Oh yes!

Wanted to surprise my mom but ended up telling her a couple of days before leaving. My grandparents were very surprised and happy to see me (I wish I had filmed the moments they saw me).

Oof yeah...still need to buy that stuff, plus gloves. I'm deciding between some boots now. Oy! :)

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dernwyn
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Jan 14, 5:49pm


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Thanks, cats!

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Aragorn the Elfstone
Aessere Lot


Jan 15, 1:56am


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Huulllloooo, my friends!

I am SO sorry that my visits to the boards have been so infrequent. I've been very busy of late. Crazy

Some big news! I've joined (as a co-host) a YouTube channel called Here Be Dragons. I met my co-hosts through our shared love of Game of Thrones, but we do livestreams about all kinds of different things! We just finished covering Season 4 of The Expanse and we're also in the midst of talking about The Mandalorian (we're talking about the last four episodes this Sunday).

I've been meeting and befriending SO many new people through the channel and our larger Twitter community. It's been a roller coaster ride the past few months! Smile

I'll be doing my panels at Con of Thrones (that I told you all about previously) with my co-hosts. So now we'll be giving those talks as an official team! Heart

I hope you guys are all doing great. I assume you all saw the casting announcements today for Amazon's LotR series. So exciting!!! Smile

"The danger with any movie that does as well as this one does is that the amount of money it's making and the number of awards that it's got becomes almost more important than the movie itself in people's minds. I look at that as, in a sense, being very much like the Ring, and its effect on people. You know, you can kind of forget what we were doing, if you get too wrapped up in that." - Viggo Mortensen

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Altaira
Superuser / Moderator


Jan 15, 5:12am


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So sorry to hear that, dernwyn

Bless his heart. It's wonderful that you were all there with him. I'm sure it was a great comfort. It sounds like he was an amazing person who touched a lot of lives in a positive way. Now you'll all carry those positive and wonderful memories of him in your hearts.

*Hugs* HeartHeart


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Altaira
Superuser / Moderator


Jan 15, 5:25am


Views: 148
Welcome back, and congratulations!

I just found and watched a few minutes of your recent show and it looks great! How exciting for you and how fun to be able to the the Con as a team of friends. Keep up the good work, and do drop by more often and let us know how things are progressing. Smile


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"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





Aragorn the Elfstone
Aessere Lot


Jan 15, 6:09am


Views: 146
Oh yay!

Smile

Thank you so much for seeking it out (and for the kind words! Heart).

I admit, I was quiet this week for the first 15-20 minutes, before I came out of my shell. Blush I'm getting used to talking on the livestream, but I still have a little bit of trouble letting go of my shyness at times. My new friends are helping me in that regard.

Also got to get out of the habit of using filler words, lol. I've caught myself saying "um" and "you know" alot. Tongue But I'll get better.

Honestly, it's just been so much fun expanding my social circle and being surrounded by so many wonderfully supportive people. Smile

I still can't believe I'm going to be doing panels at the Con later this year. I never would have believed that this time last year. It would have terrified me. But now (nervous as I admittedly still am), I can't wait! Cool

"The danger with any movie that does as well as this one does is that the amount of money it's making and the number of awards that it's got becomes almost more important than the movie itself in people's minds. I look at that as, in a sense, being very much like the Ring, and its effect on people. You know, you can kind of forget what we were doing, if you get too wrapped up in that." - Viggo Mortensen

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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jan 15, 1:31pm


Views: 123
He was.

Looking back at his life now, he was amazing, putting five kids through college on an industrial plumber's pay, and doing tons of volunteer work (his retirement "job" was helping build Habitat for Humanity homes). What a blessing he was to so many. Heart

*hugs back* Smile


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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Jan 15, 5:14pm


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That's exciting!

Like Tolkien wrote: once you step outside your door, you never know where your feet will travel. What a learning experience you're having, and expanding your circle of friends as well! Smile


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Ronilav


Jan 15, 5:53pm


Views: 245
That's great!

Glad you're finding your crew. :)

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Aragorn the Elfstone
Aessere Lot


Jan 16, 12:55am


Views: 223
It's definitely been a ride!

It's true that sometimes all that's required is to take one little step. I started off by forcing myself to introduce myself to just 3 or 4 people on the last night of the Con last year, and it blossomed into getting to know all these wonderful people over the past few months. And now I'm going to be a full fledged member of the fan community this year! Shocked

It's so exciting to think of all the fun I'm going to have. I've never known so many people going into one of these things before, and I already feel so close to them. It's thrilling. Smile

"The danger with any movie that does as well as this one does is that the amount of money it's making and the number of awards that it's got becomes almost more important than the movie itself in people's minds. I look at that as, in a sense, being very much like the Ring, and its effect on people. You know, you can kind of forget what we were doing, if you get too wrapped up in that." - Viggo Mortensen

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Aragorn the Elfstone
Aessere Lot


Jan 16, 12:57am


Views: 223
Thanks!

Me too! Smile

"The danger with any movie that does as well as this one does is that the amount of money it's making and the number of awards that it's got becomes almost more important than the movie itself in people's minds. I look at that as, in a sense, being very much like the Ring, and its effect on people. You know, you can kind of forget what we were doing, if you get too wrapped up in that." - Viggo Mortensen

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Latrommi


Jan 16, 1:55pm


Views: 180
Sweeeeet! :D

BANG! I'm so glad you went to that convention ;) AND I'm so happy for you and all the great contacts your making and creativity coming from it!! *high five* How cool is that!?



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Aragorn the Elfstone
Aessere Lot


Jan 16, 5:04pm


Views: 167
It's very cool!

Cool

Thank you, gramma! It's amazing what an impact all of this has had on me. I find myself smiling every day. Smile

"The danger with any movie that does as well as this one does is that the amount of money it's making and the number of awards that it's got becomes almost more important than the movie itself in people's minds. I look at that as, in a sense, being very much like the Ring, and its effect on people. You know, you can kind of forget what we were doing, if you get too wrapped up in that." - Viggo Mortensen

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