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grammaboodawg
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Mar 1, 5:02pm

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Welcome! I hope you're thirsty!!! Our lovely Altaira is still off on a great adventure, so I will be delighted to serve you whatever will quench your thirst. I've also got a table of very tasty goodies of everything from a bowl of M&Ms to soups & sandwiches to pastries, pies, and pizza!

Yesterday was February 29th… LEAP YEAR DAY! :D On that day 20 years ago, we were crazy for The Return of the King's 11-Oscar Sweep at the 76th Academy Awards! It was also held on Leap Year Day (and Night ;) on Sunday, February 29, 2004. But was it really 20 years ago? If Leap Year Day only happens every 4 years, then the Oscars actually happened just 5 years ago! *does math on fingers & toes* hmmmmmmm…..


So do tell on your plans for the weekend and how this past week has treated you! *throws bar-towel over arm* What would you like to drink?


PS!!!! The latest sign of Spring returning in my yard was the flock of Herons circling overhead on Wednesday! *risks looking up*


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dernwyn
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Mar 1, 5:18pm

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LOL, there's never been an Oscars like that since! Laugh AND the Winners all loved you Tornsibs!

I'd like a mug of hot chocolate with plenty of marshmallows, please, gramma! The school had a Fire Drill this morning - it was sunny outside, but the temp was just below the freezing point! Fortunately it was a quick in and out for the kids. We were supposed to have the drill a couple of weeks ago, then last week, but the weather was not cooperating - even colder, or rain, or snow...

I've got my crazy 6:30 a.m. Digital Divas keyboard gals group in the morning, and Sunday afternoon is another Historical Society program, this one about 300 years of history at a local place that no longer exists...this should be poignant, and maybe spooky!

How's the weather out there? You just had storms go through! My Chicago daughters let me know that the tornadoes missed their area.


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Annael
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Mar 1, 5:22pm

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one of the biggest regrets of my life [In reply to] Can't Post

that I didn't put out the money to go to LA and attend that party! I could have! Yes, I was a bit strapped but I wish I'd just said "I don't care, I'm going!"

20/20 hindsight, alas.

Winter has returned here in force. We are not complaining because we need the FEET of snow it's dumped in our mountains . . . even when some of that shows up on our lawns in the mornings. Looks like we're in for at least another week of chilly temps and "rain and snow showers" in the forecast. Yet the crocuses and snowdrops are in bloom, my sweet peas are poking their little tendrils above the soil and the tulips and daffodils are shooting up. And the frogs in the marsh below are tuning up. Spring is about to sproing!

I'm packing the car & heading to the Olympic Peninsula in about an hour. Friends have bought a condo on the north coast there that they hope to retire to eventually, but for now are using as a weekend getaway. We're going to a concert tonight that benefits a local conservation organization, and tomorrow we'll find a nice deep woods trail to hike (it's going to be rainy and snowy!). I enjoy the drive there - from here I head west and travel across two islands by bridge, take a ferry over to the town I lived in for many years where I will take a for-old-times'-sake stroll down the main street, then the north coast road west for another hour.
https://www.anacorteskayaktours.com/...on_Pass_Bridge-2.jpg
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I'll take a mocha (plenty of whip!) and a scone to go . . .

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grammaboodawg
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Mar 1, 5:42pm

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Fire drills at this time of year? I know they're necessary... but still!!! Thankfully it went fast; but that "fast" was at LEAST 20 mins outside! You need a couple of donuts to wash down that hot chocolate!

That Digital Divas group is such a great idea, but an even better idea at 9am! Though... everyone's weekends are busy UNTIL THERE'S RETIREMENT!!!!!!! :D
Now that Historical Society program is something I could eat up with both hands! I love this stuff!

We actually missed the "bad" weather. High winds and rain overnight on Wednesday; but we also missed any of the damaging stuff. The worse part was basking in 67degrees on Tuesday and waking to the mid-20s with a windchill in the minuses. Hence, the TORnadoes!

Have a great weekend, m'dear :)


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dernwyn
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Mar 1, 5:43pm

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That is an astoundingly beautiful area. [In reply to] Can't Post

And I'm always amazed at how many islands there are, and at the height of the mountains so close to the sea - although they must be a considerable distance away!

I'll hope for a light snow for your woods walk, I always prefer that to rain. And hope that everyone up in the mountains has the sense to stay put for the next couple of days while the storm does its thing.

Have a wonderful trip!


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dernwyn
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Mar 1, 5:46pm

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Donuts are pure energy food, of course! Wink

Yeah, the temperature changes are not pleasant. But TORnadoes? Now THOSE are the folks who blew in to the Oscars! Laugh

You have a pleasant weekend too, gramma, and please give Pickle some scritchies from me!


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grammaboodawg
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Mar 1, 5:51pm

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I've put your whipped cream Mocha into a travel mug. It's built to hold the heat even during long walks in the cold :)


That lost moment (like the Oscars) is truly a deep regret. The miracle for me is that I was also broke at the time, but went ahead and made all flight/room arrangements and went to buy the tickets when they went on sale... but it was sold out before I could get in! I had dial-up internet, and the very few minutes before the tickets sold out caught me. I was devastated! But the miracle was that a dear TORnsib that did get a ticket sold hers to me. Rocked my world with her selfless generosity. It still does. How do you every thank someone properly for that?

Geez that sounds like a great getaway! There's something about bundling up and heading out in any kind of weather that is so soothing. Charges my batteries, fersher! I hope you have a GREAT time. But you're right, just the drive is a big part of the special time. Beautiful!

Take care!


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Otaku-sempai
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Mar 1, 6:34pm

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Free League has made the alpha PFD for Moria - Through the Doors of Durin available to backers of the Kickstarter campaign. Moria is an expansion for The One Ring Roleplaying Game. I like what I see, though typos are being identified even as I type. I already want a framable poster-map of Moria.

“Hell hath no fury like that of the uninvolved.” - Tony Isabella


grammaboodawg
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Mar 1, 7:03pm

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I mean... that you can see these new Roleplaying Games and recognize the locations and characters. My daughter and her sons are big-time gamers... though I can't tell you what games! All I know is that they're big believers! I hope that make that Moria map into a poster! They'd be very smart to do it!

Flame on! I mean, Game On! :D


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dernwyn
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Mar 1, 9:27pm

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Is it [In reply to] Can't Post

like an overhead map of Moria, from door to gate?


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cats16
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Mar 1, 10:42pm

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I say "already," but to me February actually dragged on and on, so I'm excited for the new month and the hints of spring. California is set for another storm this weekend - upwards of 10-12 feet in some of the mountains - but down here it'll just be some smaller showers for the next 24 hours. Very good timing as the snowpack has been underwhelming this winter. I'm sure the ski crowd will be thrilled, too!

We've had a busy week, which has been good as a distraction from work (which has been...not fun). We babysat some nieces last night and have a 1 year old's birthday party to attend tonight. Tomorrow morning we're seeing Dune Part 2, which we're excited for. Otherwise, I plan to relax and get some reading in this weekend!

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy March weekend!

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grammaboodawg
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Mar 1, 11:21pm

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That's going to be a challenge; but filling the reservoirs before the summer heats hit is a good thing.

Work is still working on your patience, eh? I hope something breaks loose for you SOON!

And have fun with the kids :D I miss those days of toddlers and their energy... and the gift of handing them back to Mom & Dad when my time's up! But first I'd give them some sugary foods and the loudest toy I could find :) Payback can be fun! Have a great time!


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cats16
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Mar 2, 12:10am

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it won't be much rain at all, so by Sunday it should look like it never even happened. Smile

Thank you! I'm sending out job applications like a madman, but no bites yet.

Have a good weekend yourself, and enjoy Dune!

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Otaku-sempai
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Mar 2, 2:09am

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In the book, at least, the map is two pages and includes both an overhead view and a profile view from west to east. I don't know if I can post an image of it here (it might be too large).

Link to the cloth map: https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/...061dca9e882373e634e4



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dernwyn
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Mar 2, 2:20am

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to NOT go travelling anywhere, especially if it's east of your area! I hope everyone has the sense to stay off the mountain roads. But that snow is greatly appreciated!

Babysitting the younger ones is a good way to work off energy! How many were at the little one's party? Are they starting to walk yet?

Relaxing is good! Keeping the fingers crossed for a job nibble.


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dernwyn
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Mar 2, 2:23am

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That is astonishing! What a work of artistry and detailing, never mind research!


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grammaboodawg
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Mar 2, 3:46pm

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Moria has become more real! :D




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Greenwood Hobbit
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Mar 2, 7:30pm

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A nice cup of tea will go very well with those. I'm so late this weekend; I was child-minding last night - you can't really call it baby-sitting when he's 12! - and it slipped my mind. My oldest friend lives a couple of hours away, but her daughter and family are only a couple of minutes walk from me and I help out when her partner's family aren't available. There's also a wire-haired Vizsla to look after. I swear that dog is half-Wookie; he's so very hairy! Big, too. The big event was a quiz night, the last run by a well-liked teacher at the junior school. I've never been to one, but apparently he runs quizes unlike any other and, last night, as he's leaving at Easter, apparently it was even 'friskier' than usual! They presented him with a golden trowel in honour of all the times he's spent digging himself into and out of trouble. He would always dress up for the children's history topics; I saw him clanking round school as a Roman centurion once with the children marching after him, chanting 'Sin, dex, sin, dex' (left right left right, for those unfamilar with Latin). I think he's a thwarted actor!


Otherwise, life is very routine; I'm catching up with jobs like cleaning insides of the windows (whoopee...) fitting a boltn the front door, buying a new padlock for teh shed which has had a new door frame, all that sort of tedious but necessary stuff. Rather more enjoyably I 've started off some seeds in a windowsill propagator; so far, two kinds of tomato, basil and mesembryanthemums (half-hardy trailing annual, daisy-like flowers, very cheery) have popped through; flat-leaved parsley hasn't made an appearance yet. I have salad greens and other flowers to plant in the greenhouse but it's still a bit cold out there. When things warm up I'll be in proper Samwise mode again!


Cheer to you all, enjoy your weekends!


Greenwood Hobbit
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Mar 2, 7:34pm

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but I heard all about it from Cheshire Cat, with whom I socialised quite a bit at the time. We've drifted somewhat over the years but I still keep up with her on Facebook. You've reminded me, I haven't planted any sweet peas! A summer without sweet peas is definitely lacking something. I'll be nipping down to the garden centre tomorrow!


dernwyn
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Mar 2, 8:42pm

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Is the boy friends with your grandboys? And you're becoming an expert at handling large dogs - I hope this one was not fond of mud (or water)!

The school will miss that teacher! Is he retiring?

Good heavens, that trailing daisy flower has a tongue-twister of a name. What kinds of tomatoes are coming up?


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Greenwood Hobbit
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Mar 2, 9:30pm

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two years younger than my older grandson and a year older than my younger grandson who is in his last year at junior school. They're not friends precisely, but he and my older grandson chat a bit as they're both at high school. They're both into rock-style drumming at the moment; ear plugs at the ready! I didn't have to take their dog out, thankfully, as he's a very boisterous mud magnet.

The teacher is retiring early and going into freelance local gardening, something for which there's always a demand. The tomatoes I'm growing are good old Gardener's Delight, a cherry tomato which I grow every year (this year's are from saved seed), and a heritage variety, Black Russian, a beefsteak-style tomato with a luscious favour when lightly grilled. A more spellable name for those flowers is Livingstone Daisies. They only open out in the sun but they're very cute, like little plastic parasols.


cats16
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Mar 3, 1:19am

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We have calmer skies again, so hopefully Sunday can still be salvaged as an outdoorsy day, even if just walking around the neighborhood.

Only about 8 or 9 of us, and the birthday boy was the only child there, so he was main source of entertainment. Smile He's crawling around but no walking yet - he was born premature so has some catching up to do.

Thanks! Hope the Divas session was fun!

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grammaboodawg
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Mar 3, 2:57am

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You've definitely earned this quiet cup of tea :D I love your description of that teacher that gives so much of himself to the delight of so many! I've always thought of teachers as a sort of actor as they perform each day for the students. It's hard to keep their attention AND pass along knowledge... and hopefully, in this case, a joy of life and sharing that makes the day a little better :D

All of those busy chores you've conquered are so satisfying to get out of the way and off your "to do" list! I've gotten as far as making a list ;)

I hope the rest of your weekend is quiet and relaxing :D




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Annael
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Mar 3, 10:53pm

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not far at all, as you can see from this map.
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dernwyn
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Mar 4, 5:12pm

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from the Canadian border. Have you visited Vancouver much?


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