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Welcome to the first Fiesta of 2018!
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Altaira
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Jan 5, 5:01pm

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Happy New Year to all of you, and welcome to the first Fiesta of the new year! Special thanks to dernwyn Heart who took the bar last week when I was waylaid by an unplanned meeting at work.

What did you do to celebrate, and how are those new year resolutions going so far? Wink We spent a quiet evening together on the 31st putting finishing touches on our Christmas village and watching movies, then hosted our annual New Year's Day brunch for family where we rang in the new year a second time. A great time was had by all!

Do tell how your celebrations went and what plans you may have for the weekend.

*puts quarters on juke box* play us a favorite!

Happy, wonderful weekend, everyone! 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





dernwyn
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Jan 5, 5:35pm

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We lucked out! Only 8 inches of snow here! [In reply to] Can't Post

Greetings from the blizzard-whacked east coast, Altaira! The snow-depths ranged from 6 to 13 inches, according to my men-folk (who just got in from shovelling walkways and driveway). Lots of wind yesterday, but amazingly no power outage!

It was a pleasure to tend the bar last week, I figured you'd had some kind of "unexpected party". Laugh What movies did you watch on New Year's Eve?

Hubby and I spent that time planning a trip to Nova Scotia and Cape Breton for this summer. Even made B&B reservations onine, or sent inquiry emails. By Wednesday all reservations were set, except for the ferry home from NS (we'll be driving out through Maine and New Brunswick). Now I'll have to "indoctrinate" hubby with lots of Loreena McKennitt music! Angelic

*makes jukebox selection* How about some music for Springtime! Here's Loreena's Mummers' Dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxTpvA-pUG0


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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 5, 6:18pm

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Ironically, the East Coast weather is benefiting us. [In reply to] Can't Post

Around Buffalo, NY we are relatively snow-free at present, though the temperatures are quite cold with sub-zero wind chill.

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dernwyn
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Jan 5, 6:25pm

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What? [In reply to] Can't Post

I cannot imagine Buffalo as being snow-free! Typically you're socked in with snow-depths measured in feet!

The sub-zero (F) temps, on the other hand, are gracing us all...Tongue


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Eowyn of Penns Woods
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Jan 5, 6:55pm

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No mystery there. [In reply to] Can't Post

Pretty sure Erie has been hoarding it! ;)

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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 5, 7:23pm

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Relatively snow-free. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm only talking about the past few days where lake-effect has been limited to the North Towns and South Towns. And the more northerly winds we are seeing right now have brought bad weather to Niagara and Orleans Counties (though we still get the cold!). And they are right next to Lake Ontario.

Metro Buffalo is in a pocket that often gets left alone by lake-effect snow. If/when the surface of Lake Erie freezes over, we will see the end of that for a while.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock

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dernwyn
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Jan 5, 7:25pm

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And when she's ready to blow... [In reply to] Can't Post

Are you often affected by the lake-effect snows?


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dernwyn
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Jan 5, 7:27pm

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I've seen incredible videos [In reply to] Can't Post

of contained storms rising up out of the lake and hitting land, as if someone were dumping a bucket over one area and leaving the adjoining area dry!


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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 5, 7:30pm

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We can get that. [In reply to] Can't Post


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Are you often affected by the lake-effect snows?


Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I have to drive a bit south for work, so sometimes I'm driving into worse weather than we have at home. Snow bands can be tricky to predict. But a strong lake-effect snow will catch everything nearby east of Lake Erie.

"I may be on the side of the angels, but do not think for one second that I am one of them." - Sherlock


Ataahua
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Jan 5, 7:33pm

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We've been celebrating [In reply to] Can't Post

the recent rainfall that has eased the effects of drought. A storm has swept through the country with people in the north and east getting the brunt of it, but where I am has only been on the storm's fringes so we got decent rain but no flooding or high winds.

However, one of the places where the rain is heaviest today is where my niece is camping with several hundred rangers (!) in their early teens, so I doubt she's feeling very happy right now! Evil

It's sunny today so I'll be heading to the local park to watch a T20 cricket game. (It's not real cricket but I'll take what I can get.)

Monday is back to work. Unimpressed It's going to be a demanding couple of months and I'm not looking forward to it.

So perhaps a breakfast margarita for a wee pep-up, dear barkeeper?

Happy end of the week, everyone! Smile

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

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


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Ataahua
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Jan 5, 7:35pm

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Can you describe what that lake-effect is? [In reply to] Can't Post

I haven't heard the term before.

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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Otaku-sempai
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Jan 5, 7:49pm

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Lake-effect precipitation (both rain and snow). [In reply to] Can't Post

Cold air passes over a warmer body of water (such as the Great Lakes) and absorbs moisture that gets dumped on nearby communities. Visualize winds from the east passing over the Sea of RhŻn, picking up moisture, and dumping it as rain on the woodland on the north-western shore.



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Ataahua
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Jan 5, 8:05pm

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Something similar has happened here [In reply to] Can't Post

with the storm we got in the last couple of days. La Nina has made the sea temps higher than usual between Australia and NZ, which gave more oomph to the low that passed overhead.

I don't think of lakes being warm but I guess that's relative when air is as cold as you've been experiencing lately!

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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Altaira
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Jan 5, 8:14pm

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Let it snow! [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh my gosh, that's right. I forgot about the blizzard and cold snap. Luckily, we're *just* to the west of line of cold weather and storms that's dividing the U.S. right down the middle.

I bet your trip is going to be amazing. Nice to have it almost all planned out. We watched Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. I'd say it was okay. It could have been much better if they'd cast a stronger lead actor, but it was fun to watch.

Stay warm and let those men-folk keep shoveling. Wink


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 5, 8:25pm

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Let it rain! [In reply to] Can't Post

...but not too much. Laugh

Brett feels the same about T20 cricket, but like you he tunes in anyway! He'll be watching the 50 over game between NZ and Pakistan in a few hours - over the internet, of course. I enjoy cricket quite a bit, but this year with the help of one of ESPN's sports channels I've become a pretty rabid rugby fan. I was more disappointed when the All Black's season ended than our local Denver Broncos U.S. football team (although the Broncos' season was pretty pathetic this year).

Enjoy the game and stay dry! SmileHeart


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





entmaiden
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Jan 5, 8:53pm

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Relatively warmer and full of water [In reply to] Can't Post

There are several snow belts at different spots around the Great Lakes. Buffalo NY is probably the best well-known because they get a LOT of snow. But over Christmas, Erie, Pennsylvania got over five feet (1.5 m) of snow in about 24 hours. Erie is about 95 miles/153km west of Buffalo, but also on the eastern half of Lake Erie.

Here in Chicago, we get on average 28 inches/.92m of snow each year. We're on the western edge of Lake Michigan. Across the lake in Benton Harbor, Michigan, a snowbelt, they get an average of 84 inches/215 cm each year. That difference is all lake effect.


Ataahua
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Jan 5, 9:48pm

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Do you know [In reply to] Can't Post

how populated these areas were before European migration?

The original inhabitants must have been both tough and ingenious to survive such extreme weather.

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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Ataahua
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Jan 5, 9:53pm

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He has good taste. [In reply to] Can't Post

Cool


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Brett feels the same about T20 cricket, but like you he tunes in anyway! He'll be watching the 50 over game between NZ and Pakistan in a few hours


Thanks for the reminder! The first game of each series gets played on free TV so that's what I'll be doing for the next few hours! :)


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I've become a pretty rabid rugby fan.


:D

The next world cup is in Japan next year and the US Eagles have already qualified. It'll be interesting to see how the team does without Clever in it.

https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/

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

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


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Kimi
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Jan 5, 9:54pm

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Feeling grateful for electricity [In reply to] Can't Post

after losing it for most of yesterday, courtesy of the storm Ataahua mentioned. The little towns around us were hit by power cuts, too, so we couldn't even slip out to civilisation. Fortunately in the late afternoon one of the towns had power restored (ours didn't come back till late at night), so we scored an espresso and a charging-up of phones. Fingers crossed that it stays on today! And much sympathy for the hardworking power crews out in this weather.

The rain will be very good for the garden, though - things have been getting parched.

We had a quiet New Year's Eve, watching DVDs and feasting, and I'll confess I was asleep by midnight :).

I don't do resolutions as such, but I do have a few aspirations for this year. One is to finish the novel I'm currently working on, which is going quite well, am glad to say. Another is to study Te Reo Maori - I know some words and phrases, as most Kiwis do, but it feels like high time I applied myself to learning properly. So far so good! I've been working on it most days, thanks to a really good course, and am very much enjoying it.


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Ataahua
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Jan 5, 10:18pm

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Which te reo course are you using, Kimi? / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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.


Ataahua's stories


Altaira
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Jan 5, 10:20pm

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No electricity = no good [In reply to] Can't Post

Every time the power goes out here (which, thankfully, isn't often), the subject always comes up of what exactly people *did* before electricity, and especially before the internet! Lol. Then, we either get some cleaning or gardening done, or break out a board game.

Glad to hear your book is coming along! 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





Darkstone
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Jan 5, 10:26pm

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Vanilla rum [In reply to] Can't Post

Cruzan if you have it.

The cold has been getting in my bones. When you get old your body starts reminding you ďHey, remember when you broke this bone way back when you was a kid?Ē Luckily itís supposed to be warmer this weekend so I can finish putting up the hand rails for the front porch steps.

My optometrist says a lot of the drusen (pimples) on my right retina have vanished over the past six-months, so my ďage-related macular degenerationĒ (AMD) seems to be in regression, which he says rarely happens. So my taking eye vitamins and wearing sunglasses apparently helped. (Also that I donít smoke. Anymore.) He says I only have to visit him yearly now.

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The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.Ē




Kimi
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Jan 5, 10:44pm

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Scotty Morrison's "Maori Made Easy". [In reply to] Can't Post

It's just 30 minutes a day, and has a website to accompany the book, which really helps with checking pronunciation.


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Kimi
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Jan 5, 10:47pm

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In daylight it's not *too* bad [In reply to] Can't Post

as you suggest, we can always get some cleaning or gardening done - though for us there's the added complication that no electricity means no running water (really channeling my inner Victorian then).

We were certainly glad when the lights came back on last night!


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Greenwood Hobbit
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Jan 5, 10:54pm

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No fierce weather here... [In reply to] Can't Post

phew! Some people are really going through it at the moment. I've been taking down the Christmas decorations this evening and packing away baubles etc. I have far too many baubles.. Tomorrow the outside lights will be taken down. It's sad to see the fairy lights go, as I love the colourful twinkle on the dark evenings, but if they were left up longer they'd lose their novelty. I do have a set of white lights on trellis that stay on for a few hours each evening and help to light the area round the back door, so they are useful as well as decorative. Casting my mind forward to summer, my juke box choice would be 'Pack up the Louie' by Caro Emerald - a frisky bit of fun! I already awarded myself a glass of pinot grigio and a packet of crisps for getting the baubles packed away. Cheers, folks!

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