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Altaira
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May 8, 4:10pm


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*Sets pots of tulps outside door* Welcome to Fiesta Friday!

Greetings, everyone! Another Friday is upon us and, thus, another Fiesta Friday celebration!

We're having a glorious, sunny Spring here in Colorado. My only disappointment is that our last snowstorm froze the blossom buds on all the ornamental crab apple trees in our neighborhood, so no splashes of color up and down the streets. The buds all fell off the trees onto the ground, which the birds loved, so at least someone enjoyed them, lol.

How are all of you doing with the virus protocols? Many states in the U.S. are in various stages of re-opening which is very welcome. Of course, it will take time, but the first baby steps are a good sign!

For today's smile, what better way to spend a bit of time than checking out this post on TORn's home page: Andy Serkis is doing a "Hobbit-a-thon", spending 12 hours straight reading The Hobbit. He just finished the Barrels Out of Bond chapter. I had forgotten what a wonderful, deep voice he has!

Enjoy!

*puts quarters on juke box* play us something Hobbity!

Have a wonderful, happy weekend, everyone!




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"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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May 8, 4:27pm


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They've just reached the Lonely Mountain!

Greetings, Altaira! I found out about this yesterday morning, and posted on Main about it, so hopefully folks will read about it in one of those two places! I turned it on when I arrived at work this morning, in time to hear "Riddles in the Dark" with the genuine Gollum. Simply wonderful! Heart

That's too bad about the tree buds, late frosts can do some nasty damage. We may have snow flurries here, in the early morning - and they're expecting a couple inches of wet snow inland!

Our schools, sadly, will be closed through the end of the school year, so the distance learning continues. But some shops, like hairdressers, may start opening again in a couple of weeks.

No juke box for me, today - I'm listening to an Adventure!

The thrush! The key! Now is the time for our esteemed Mr. Baggins...

Watch out, Bilbo, there's a dragon down there!


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Altaira
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May 8, 4:51pm


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Greetings back, dernwyn!

I heard about the storm and snow headed to the east. We're not out of the woods yet in Colorado, as it's very common for it to snow in May, but so far the forecast is for nothing more than rain showers.

Too bad about the schools. I know my nice and nephew were struggling with the remote learning thing. It was too easy to procrastinate, then have to rush to get their assignments done before they were due. I asked them about missing out on senior activities and they said they 'see' their friends all the time on social networking and gaming sites. My niece said there were over 100 kids at a time on one big chat-fest. So, they're not missing out on that aspect, at least.

Enjoy the weekend and stay warm! 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





Tampa Phil
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May 8, 5:04pm


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Greetings from sunny Florida

where the skies are blue, the white sand beaches are reopening, the gulf waters are sparkling, the gentle breezes sway the palms and carry the distant cries of pastors getting arrested for not obeying social distancing ordinances, the professional wrestlers are wrestling (because they are an ESSENTIAL business), the coroners arenít reporting COVID fatalities, the theme parks (the ENTIRITY of the stateís economic engine) are still closed, the tourists arenít here (and so arenít getting fleeced), and #FloridaMorons is trending on Twitter in a futile attempt to shame those flocking to public spaces.

Iíll have a hydroxychloroquine slingshot please (one part bleach, one part sunlight, two parts humidity, no parts sanity). In a tall glass, or a vial for injecting. Either way is fine. coke please.

TP.


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grammaboodawg
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May 8, 5:23pm


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A budless day?

To lose your wonderful tree colours is so mean! I saw that cold front coming down from Canada on the weather yesterday. We're going to be hit starting later today, but especially over the weekend. This is one of the times I'm glad I was distracted with other outdoor projects and didn't get around to planting my flowers.

I'm sorry about your crab apple trees. Our colours are just now getting started.

I tried to get into Andy's reading, but my laptop can't handle the hookup! GO FIGURE! I'm hoping they'll put this onto a disc and make sales to add to their fundraiser. Andy is a treasure!

I've been focused on yard work, and the weather has been perfect... at least until this cold comes in ;) I'm scraping sod/grass up from the front of the house where I'm going to fill in and raise the elevation with the load of topsoil I just got. I'm carrying the sod back to the area I just cleaned up and left bare. It's waaaaay back on the far corner of the property, so the thought of seeding, laying straw and watering every day for 2 weeks just does not appeal to me. I'll be doing that for this topsoil addition. So this sod will ultimately be a better option. It's like putting together a live puzzle fitting the various pieces together. My shovel scooping is definitely sporadic leaving a variety of chunkiness, shapes and sizes ;)

Michigan is being very guarded and baby-stepping with opening up. Needing the jobs/stores to open again is definitely a priority; but the spread is still very active here... so I'm in no hurry.

We've just cancelled our planned family reunion (first one for Dad's side of the family) at the remote family farm/homestead in Ohio. The farm where my cousins now live is 200 years old on June 6th. It sat empty since my Uncle passed away in the mid-60s. It was a working farm until then; but sat empty until the cousins took total possession and started restoring it in the late-90s. They added a bathroom (outhouse before w/woodstove heat) and have really been at it. The farm was a part of the underground railroad and once had an Indian tribe (I can't remember which one) living there way before the house was built. I remember the remains of the log cabin just inside the treeline about a quarter of a mile from the house. All the bedrooms had HUGE feather beds... like giant feather pillows. I prefer to remember the farmhouse as it was... so not seeing the modernization is kinda okay with me in the long run. I'll still honour this huge part of our upbringing and life experiences here at my home.


Have a GREAT weekend everyone... and thanks for taking such great care of us Altaira! :D




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Altaira
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May 8, 5:30pm


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Hey there TP!!

Good to see you stopping by to share the joys of living through COVID-19 in sunny Florida. We passed through Ft. Lauderdale on our way home from a long cruise just as the first COVID policies were being put into action. I can still see the eyes of the hotel restaurant manager when he was talking to us about the impact it would have on the hotel and restaurant. His face was smiling but his eyes were so sad. I often wonder how they're doing, as well as all the crew we came to know so well on the cruise.

On a lighter note, we *do* serve Coke here, lol, and did I mention it's really, really, really good to see you!?

Have a great weekend!! Smile

(I did clip a few words out of your post that mentioned politics/politicians)


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grammaboodawg
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May 8, 5:31pm


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Hey T-Phil! :D

It's so great to see you! *still giggling* Florida is always such a haven! I lived in Tampa for 2 years (ex at MacDill during Vietnam), so I have many memories of the flow of life in that neck of the woods. I miss the ozone alerts!

This is all a head-scratcher, fersher. I hope you're faring well, though!!! Staying safe? Wondering what the next day will bring? T'is a curious time we live in.

I hope you have a great weekend and are keeping entertained! *high five* Hang in there!




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Tampa Phil
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May 8, 5:34pm


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Well

I'll have you know that (CLIP) and more importantly (CLIP) and moreover (CLIP) and sufficed to say both of us can do the clipping thing.

TP.


Altaira
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May 8, 5:36pm


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It turned out okay

As an avid bird-watcher I enjoyed seeing them hopping around looking so happy to find a food bonanza.

Wow, the family farmhouse sounds amazing! What a wonderful thing to have in your family history. I guess the flip side of having it renovated and losing some of the old charm is that without the renovations it might not last another 200 years.

As usual, you are a busy-bee!! I always get tired just reading about all of your projects. I admire your energy and ability to hone in on things that will really make improvements. Keep up the great work and have a fabulous weekend! Laugh


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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May 8, 5:40pm


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Get the warm woolies out!

With this cold blast coming, it is indeed a good thing you did have all that soil-pushing to do and couldn't get to the flowers! I've put out some pansies, but they should survive.

200 years old! Have they been doing a thorough modernization, the type where the interior is gutted an re-wired and all new appliances and cabinets? Your mention of the feather beds is making me think of the John Denver song (with the Muppets' help)! Laugh

It looks like Lissuin and I both have YouTube links to Andy's narration, will one of those work for you? This is amazing, he's been going at it for over 8 hours now and he's still as exuberant as ever!


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grammaboodawg
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May 8, 5:40pm


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*sob* I want in!!!

Andy's voice and his telling is such a perfect pairing!!! But I can't get at it. *shakes head*

Will you be getting a rush of returns of all the school supplies at the end of the semester? That's going to be interesting.

Our schools are closed for the year, too. My g'son (youngest) has come to terms with his senior year and all the graduation/prom/activities that would normally be going on this month are not going to happen. They're still doing remote classes; but he was really ready to graduate last January. He decided to stay for the last semester so he could continue with his audio/visual work. It helps that he's ready to go and has his first year of college all lined up for the fall. I hope things calm down by then.

Are you doing anything special for Mother's Day!? Maybe with mom-in-law, too? I know the logistics might make that more difficult... but I hope you do something very fun and special... you SO deserve it!!!

Have a great weekend!




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Annael
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May 8, 5:45pm


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as I share a home with a man pushing 96

we will be sheltering in place for a long time, regardless of how "opened up" the state is. We seem to be at a steady state here with an infection rate of 1:1 (each infected person infects one other). I expect to see spikes in cases following each "opening up" for a while yet. I am resigning myself to dealing with things as they are now, not as I would like them to be. I am aware that I'm among the lucky ones in that my income is not affected by the pandemic while my outgo has been significantly reduced . . . I'm trying to offset that a bit by contributions to those businesses and people I used to patronize, as well as worthy organizations.

We expect unseasonably warm weather for a few days, so I'll be planting some stuff today. Also going for a walk of 2.23 miles as part of the #Irunwithmaud movement protesting the deliberate and unprovoked murder of a young black man who was out jogging. Glad to hear that after two months, the public outcry has led finally to the arrest of the two killers.

A tall glass of lemonade please!

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Tampa Phil
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May 8, 5:50pm


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The acceptable ways to leave Florida:

- Fly to Hawaii to escape hurricane barrelling down on Atlantic coast, end up in the path of hurricane barrelling down on Hawaii.

- shot dead in movie theater for throwing popcorn at retired cop

- hunting Burmese pythons for bounty payment in the Everglades, but get hunted by them instead

- nursing home empties your savings account, then assign you Nurse Ratched

- disappear into sinkhole, never to re-emerge.

- mauled by zoo tiger, or mauled by hitman hired by rival zoo owner

- er

- that's it.

TP


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dernwyn
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May 8, 5:59pm


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Dang.

Gramma, we gotta somehow get you better internet out there!

The year will still end as planned in June, and we'll make arrangements for parents to drop off items. We always get a rush on books being returned at the end of the year, anyway! Laugh

Your grandson is quite a trooper - he's going to do well! I was talking outside a store with a friend yesterday, she said her senior daughter is not really upset about having no graduation ceremony. But they are planning something special. They got her a prom gown, and her boyfriend's parents got him a tux, and on a warm evening next month they're going to set up a "dinner on the beach" for them in their prom clothes. Heart

For Mothers' Day, hubby is getting take-out from the excellent local fish restaurant! One of his sisters will be visiting Mom, she's visited her before and has been keeping herself virus-free, and we may see about doing a Zoom with her. Do your kids have any plans (that you know of)?


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Altaira
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May 8, 6:11pm


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Lemonade, coming up!



Definitely understand sheltering in-place to protect your dad! B.G. has some pre-existing conditions too, so if either of us ventures out, it's usually me. I'm lucky too in that it hasn't affected my income, and we're also donating and getting lots of takeout. A friend of mine and I call it the COVID diet - gaining weight instead of losing it. Laugh Could I offset it by getting more exercise? Yes! But, lets not go there. Blush

Your stay at the writer's cabin is coming up, isn't it? I bet you can't wait. Til then, enjoy the warmth of the weekend! Heart


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



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grammaboodawg
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May 8, 6:47pm


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I just ran and tried

Firefox, Chrome, Squirrel-on-a-wheel... nothing works. If the library was open, I race over and plant myself; but they're shut, too. It's ok. I can't believe something this unique and for such a great cause will only have this one shot.

1940s (Great Grandma on porch), then in the late 1980s, and progress as of 2007.
You're right on the rewiring, wood cooking stove, etc. all changed out. My younger brother and I went down to help (6-hrs away) when they were first tackling the cleanup; and we still had the outhouse. A year later, they installed the bathroom in a corner of the kitchen area and painted it robin's-egg blue. They've kept at it! I'm so grateful they saved the farm ;) I can't believe it lasted so long without being completely vandalized or burned down. People were hanging out there, but it had angels watching over it. We haven't always been welcome there... so this would have been a big step.




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Greenwood Hobbit
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May 8, 7:49pm


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Greetings to you all

in this most unpredictable of springs (driest April on record here, and there was no snow at all through winter where I live) and on a special day - the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The planned celebrations could not take place of course, but a lot of people have been having socially distanced 'front garden/street' parties this afternoon and for most, the weather has been more like summer. Maybe I'll have something red, white and blue from the buffet - hmm, raspberry pavlova with blueberries maybe?~slurp~ and a nice cup of tea to wash it down. How very English. Cheers, folks! Chins up, best foot forward, etc.


Altaira
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May 8, 8:07pm


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Yummy!

Pavlova! I can't believe I didn't know about it, or trifle, until I met B.G. They're two of my favorite desserts now after ice cream, of course




Sounds like a lovely way to celebrate VE Day: out in the sun waving at neighbors. Enjoy the celebration and the weekend, GH! 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





Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


May 8, 8:23pm


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Ooh, don't get me started on trifle...

My Mum used to make a special trifle in a big glass bowl every Christmas, with little silver balls on top. Took days to assemble. Double cream too, none of your lightweight healthy stuff; when you dug the serving spoon in, it fought back! I can still hear that soft 'schlup'. Wonderful stuff.


Ataahua
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May 8, 9:49pm


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Two *months*?

Even though it was caught on video?

Words fail me. Frown

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

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


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


Ataahua
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May 8, 9:51pm


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Ha!


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when you dug the serving spoon in, it fought back!


Now that sounds like a good trifle!

When my mum made her first trifle after many, many years, she overdid it with the sherry - not that an elderly relative minded. He returned to the bowl more than once to scoop out the liquid at the bottom. Tongue

Although I think my sister takes the cake when it comes to nuclear trifles; she who thought 'brandy' and 'brandy liqueur' were the same thing...

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

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


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


dernwyn
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May 8, 9:56pm


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That porch roof

was nigh to collapsing! It's interesting, it looks like it started out as the two-story main section, then had the "ell" added on. Did they put in a clawfoot tub, or shower stall?

And it seems like there's been some "mending" going on in your family...I hope that reunion can be rescheduled to healthier times!

I wish your computer had behaved! Its YouTube link is marked "private" now; I hope they'll make it available at a later date, or at least his "Riddles in the Dark" chapter.


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Ataahua
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May 8, 9:58pm


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We got a dose of winter this week

thanks to a front from Australia (cheers, guys) that brought snow with it. Had to happen sometime, I guess!

Our Covid numbers are steadily dropping and twice this week NZ recorded no new cases, which was a huge boost given business owners and the newly unemployed are doing it hard. Cabinet decides on Monday if we'll drop from alert level three to two, which will allow a lot more leeway for business, travel and public gatherings (up to 100 people). I expect that when we finally get to level two, we'll stay there for at least a month as the economic pressure will be significantly reduced and daily life will be a pale shade of normal - something we can live with while keeping a handle on infections (hopefully).

Anyway, cheers to everyone! And may we eventually look back on the first half of 2020 as the time when we broke the back of the pandemic.

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

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


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


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Kimi
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May 8, 11:29pm


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A golden day here.

A high of 19C (66F), which is mild for May, sunny and calm. We finished pruning the stonefruit, and I'm thinking up pulling up the last of the tomato plants, which have been the gift that keeps giving this year. I need to clear them out and get the broad beans sown while it's still warm enough for them to germinate - usually by May the toms are long gone.

Our crab apples have been looking very pretty with their load of scarlet fruit (I picked plenty for jelly, but they were still laden), but this week the birds cleaned them out. I don't begrudge them, as we've had months of apples now.

As Ataahua said, things are going quite well here, with our new case numbers now very low. On Thursday we heard the details of what will be allowed when we go to Level 2, and I'm feeling good about that. It all seems carefully thought out, and will allow a return to what's being called a "safe normal". I've been very impressed at how positive the vast majority of business owners seem to be, with a "we can make this work" attitude. I'm really looking forward to some domestic travel when the weather permits! My guess is that the Monday announcement will say one more week of Level 3, but we shall see.

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy weekend.

Edited to add: how could I have forgotten? The biggest event for me personally this week was that I started running again, for the first time since I broke my foot. It feels so good to be out pounding the... well, not pavement, just our dirt road. :)


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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:16am


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You've been doing an excellent job

of keeping yourself - and him - safe!

Has anything been said, about how or when they think they can get the choruses together again? Or small groups? Has your chorus been doing okay?

Two months...considering the state where that happened, why is that not surprising...Unsure

Supposed to get flurries before dawn here!


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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:20am


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Pavlova?

That would be a lovely celebratory treat!

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


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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:28am


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You've all been doing quite well.

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

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


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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:32am


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Congratulations!

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

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


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Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


May 9, 9:47am


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Brandy in a trifle? That's hard core!

 


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


May 9, 9:52am


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There will be an announcement tomorrow

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


grammaboodawg
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May 9, 12:08pm


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You're right!

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




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Annael
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May 9, 1:44pm


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choirs are a long way off

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

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

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grammaboodawg
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May 9, 2:17pm


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*snicker*

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




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grammaboodawg
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May 9, 2:25pm


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It's good to stay put

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


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




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May 9, 2:36pm


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Scary how there's no rain

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

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

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!




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May 9, 2:57pm


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Hear, hear!

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




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May 9, 3:27pm


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Running!?! Bravo!!!! :D

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

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

Have a wonderful weekend, m'dear!!!




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May 9, 3:52pm


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What a vision!

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

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

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


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dernwyn
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May 9, 3:54pm


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Good point about the breathing during singing.

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


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May 9, 7:29pm


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My three water butts are emptied as of today -

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


Ataahua
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May 9, 8:52pm


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I think one of our great benefits

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


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


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

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

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

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


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My LOTR fan-fiction


Kimi
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May 9, 9:27pm


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No dramas so far

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

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


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Kimi
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May 9, 9:29pm


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Thanks, Gramma.

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


The Passing of Mistress Rose
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May 10, 1:49pm


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The main house was built in 1872

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

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

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

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

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

Grandma's Farm painting 1940s
Farmhouse painting closeup




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May 10, 1:55pm


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Golly

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




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dernwyn
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May 10, 9:27pm


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That painting is a treasure!

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

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


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May 11, 4:52am


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Woohoo!

We start moving into level 2 from Thursday. Smile

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

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

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

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


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


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May 11, 7:58am


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We were in hysterics at school when Jacinda

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




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May 11, 9:09am


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Haha, she didn't did she?!

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


grammaboodawg
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May 11, 12:29pm


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*squeeeeeee!*


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




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May 12, 6:20am


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Here you go:

Level 2 a stoner's dream.




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May 12, 8:51am


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That's classic. I can't help wondering...

might she have done that on purpose? Going viral is a great way of getting a message out. If she did it on purpose she has a good poker face, I don't think I could have kept my face straight!