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Greetings, and welcome to the first Fiesta Friday of 2019!
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Altaira
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Jan 4, 5:09pm

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Greetings, and welcome to the first Fiesta Friday of 2019! Can't Post

A warm welcome to everyone! The new year of 2019 has well and truly been rung in, and this is the first Fiesta of the new year.

What was your favorite thing about 2018, and what are you looking forward to in 2019? Both are the same for me: wonderful, amazing trips with B.G. - the U.K. in 2018 and New Zealand (where he has relatives) and France (where I have relatives) in 2019. How about you? There's plenty of left-over bubbly at the Fiesta bar, and a yummy breakfast buffet waiting for you, so have a bit of both and let us know!

*puts quarters on juke box* Play us something you enjoyed listening to in 2018!

Have and excellent weekend, everyone! CoolHeartSmile




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

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dernwyn
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Jan 4, 5:27pm

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A cinnamon-raisin bagel, toasted, with cream cheese would be nice, thank you, Altaira!

2018 was good both at the home front (we finally had our somewhat makeshift back porch converted into a nice 3-season room) and travel (I've taken quite a liking to both Martha's Vineyard and Nova Scotia!).

For 2019: this is the Year of the Kitchen as we replace our early-1970's falling-apart cabinetry and appliances with current-day (and more efficient) items. And we've plotted our path for a trip to NC to visit friends and family - now waiting to hear back from them as to when we can visit.

Wow, heading to both NZ and France this year? Opposite ends of the world! Will you take two separate trips, or combine into one?

*puts quarters in juke box* How about the entire Celtic Woman's Destiny album - including the Skyrim theme and "I See Fire"! Cool


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Annael
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Jan 4, 5:30pm

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(hot lemonade/orange juice with a lot of ginger chopped up and added in). Still not over this nasty cold I've now had for 10 days, although today I had the 5-minute-long sinus-clearing blow, always a sign that the cold is finally relenting!

2018 for me was mostly marked by fun trips with friends and family as well: my annual "writing retreat" to the Methow Valley where my bestie lives, so in addition to writing, I had a couple of days hiking & and hanging with her; two trips to Victoria, BC, one with my "Spring Fling" group of old college friends to celebrate 40 years of annual Flings, and the other with my brother and sister-in-law who won a week's stay at a resort. I love British Columbia; part of me wants to move there (especially these days . . .). We capped off the year with 5 days at a mountain resort with the entire family, all four generations, for Christmas.

In 2019 I'm looking forward to a long weekend in NYC with my niece; she's got me fully booked with high tea, attending "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," going to the Tolkien exhibit at the Morgan Library (hopefully with entmaiden!), and Easter services at St. John's Cathedral. Then in May I hope to take my dad to Utah to explore the red rock country; he's never been to most of the parks there, and even though I am a Northwesterner born & bred, every few years I do like to visit the desert.

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Altaira
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Jan 4, 5:36pm

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Great choice of music! [In reply to] Can't Post

..and of food. You always mention the best, most yummy foods. Smile
Your renovations sound great. It's always so rewarding to plan something special, then carry it through especially when the end result is a nicer living environment. And your trips also sound tres cool! Yes, brushing up on my French again. We'll definitely be doing two separate trips. Two l-o-o-o-n-g flights per round trip are plenty, for sure.

Have a great 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.



"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 4, 5:49pm

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Sounds amazing [In reply to] Can't Post

...your trips, not the screaming zombie and the lingering cold. Frown

British Columbia *is* wonderful, isn't it? I worked there for months off and on during my traveling consulting days and remember many a commute and/or dinner with my American co-workers day-dreaming of ways to move and live there. it's also a great place to meet up with TORnsibs, as it so happens. WinkHeart
Enjoy the weekend, and the anticipation!


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 4, 5:51pm

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*munches* [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks, Altaira! This is one of my "comfort foods", especially on cool Winter days.

A quelle region de France allez-vous voyager? Be sure to include some wine tours! Smile


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Altaira
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Jan 4, 6:30pm

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Pretty much all over [In reply to] Can't Post

My relatives live in Paris and the southwest, we're gong to the Rhone valley and Champagne regions for wine (as well as passing through other wine regions), and we want to see the Cote d'Azure and maybe even spend an hour or two in a Monaco casino, just to say we did.


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





cats16
Valinor


Jan 4, 8:13pm

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Happy New Year! [In reply to] Can't Post

Coming back from a minor hiatus, in which I spent the holidays back home with family and celebrated my birthday/NYE back in LA. I don't go back to work until Monday, so I've been catching up on 2018 movies I didn't get to before going home. Many to go, still!

Hm, 2018 had its highs and lows personally: I found myself in a relationship for (basically) the first time, and meanwhile the job search commanded far too much of my energy/stress.

2019 will hopefully bring resolution to that stress. I'd like writing to have a greater place in my life too. And hopefully maintaining/building more friendships (something I'm not good at, for some reason).

*puts in quarters* I listened to Jesus of Suburbia by Green Day a ton last year, so here goes!

Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful start to 2019!

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Starling
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Jan 4, 8:19pm

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Only the most excellent and admirable people [In reply to] Can't Post

have birthdays in January. CoolGood to see you! I hope 2019 is a fab year for you.




Kimi
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Jan 4, 8:37pm

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It's a lovely, sunny day, and after yesterday's bluster there's just a light breeze to freshen things up.

The highlight of last year was our fab European trip, exploring stunning and new-to-us places in Central and Eastern Europe and ending with a wonderful sentimental return to old haunts in England.

This year won't hold anything nearly so grand :) But we'll take some short breaks in a few spots around New Zealand, and have a winter break in lovely Vanuatu, which always feels like visiting old friends.

On the professional front, I have realistic hopes of finishing my current novel, which will make seven of them.

A musical offering: my guaranteed mood-lifter is "The Bucket" by the wonderful Wellington Ukulele Orchestra.

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend.


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cats16
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Jan 4, 8:42pm

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But I'm at the tail end of December, so you're technically a *little bit* more excellent and admirable. Happy New Year!

Angelic

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Lissuin
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Jan 4, 9:50pm

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Best wishes for 2019, nice people! [In reply to] Can't Post

My favourite thing about 2018 was New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. It immediately popped into my head when I read your question, so it must be true.Smile
And our new kitten.

Looking forward to/ hoping for in 2019? A film version of the Kiwi musical Daffodils in March (a NZ first)
https://www.stuff.co.nz/...t-up-screens-in-2019
and a really really satisfying Star Wars IX in December, please.
And world peace.

Cheers!


Starling
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Jan 4, 10:04pm

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So that went well...Laugh




Greenwood Hobbit
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Jan 4, 10:11pm

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In 2018 I enjoyed a holiday to south west Wales near Fishguard, with wonderful scenery and mostly wonderful weather. Earlier in the year I visited my cousin near Geneva and explored along the lakeside, including a medieval chateau (Chateau Chillon) which was beautiful. On this year's holiday I'll be visiting Fife in Scotland, where I've found some family links (great-great grandparents, and their parents, on my mother's side, from Dundee and Arbroath) so seeing that area will be very interesting. It's the year of the new kitchen for my daughter, so no doubt she'll be making use of my facilities during the upheaval! We're only a few miles apart, so that's easy enough.

I'll skip the leftover bubbly, thanks, being partway through a drink of Doom Bar which is an excellent amber beer. I have been tucking into the fruit and nuts though, and am trying to resist leftover cheesy nibbles! As for music, I'm not a great one for listening to new stuff, I really should try more! The cd I listened to most recently was an old one by Tom Lehrer as I'm trying to adapt a couple of his songs (The Hunting Song, Poisoning Pigeons) for ukulele so I can suggest them to the community ukulele band I play along with every week. Not all are suitable for a family audience!
Cheers all, here's hoping you receive at least some of what you wish for this year.


Aragorn the Elfstone
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Jan 5, 12:58am

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Happy New Year everyone (and an update on what's been keeping me away)... [In reply to] Can't Post

I haven't been around much in the past couple months, and I wanted to fill you guys in. I haven't done so before now for two reasons: 1) my family and I have been processing and dealing with the situation and internet surfing has been at a minimum for me, and 2) I honestly didn't feel comfortable sharing these personal developments even with the relative anonymity of the internet.

So, here goes. Many of you are aware of the various health problems my mother has gone through. She suffered from a major heart attack in 1992 (followed by many smaller heart attacks in the years that followed). She received a heart transplant in 2006, but not before also suffering from breast cancer (which put the transplant on hold).

She's been doing relatively well for a number of years, albeit with periods of exhaustion. Through it all, she's been on an obscene number of medications. As a result, she often had memory issues, bouts of forgetfulness, etc.

Well, of late she's been more forgetful than usual, so much so that we've been getting quite a bit worried. So a couple months ago, she went with my dad to have that checked out. Unfortunately, our fears were realized. She is in the beginning stages of dementia. Unsure

She's going on medication for it, which should slow the process, but...well....it is what it is.

I didn't find out until I came home from work that night. My mom said she'd had a good lengthy cry after returning from the doctor, and called her sister to talk about it. My dad seemingly didn't want to tell me until the following day, but unfortunately pulled the "we'll talk about it tomorrow" card after I realized something was wrong. Bless him, but naturally I demanded to know what the situation was immediately. It was a difficult night.

For now, she's doing well. She's still her normal self, just forgetful at times. I don't really know what the timeline is with these things (my dad has communicated that it varies), but to be honest I haven't pursued an answer to that question. Maybe I should be taking a head-on approach to this, but I found it difficult, especially in the first few days at least, to even process this. It strangely even now feels like it's not real.

I'm just trying to be there for Mom. She's been my hero so much through every trial she's had to endure, and it makes me so mad that now she has to go through this. I keep wanting to yell at the top of my lungs about how unfair it is. There's no better person in this world, and this really shouldn't be happening to her. Frown

And, of course, to top it all off, she's going through some neck pain at present. You'd think with having to deal with this, she'd at least be allowed to be physically comfortable. Mad This, at least, is not a long term affliction, but it still makes my blood boil. My dad has plans to take her on vacation as soon as she's feeling better (with many more trips to follow in the near future).

Anyway, that's the story. I hope you guys have all been well. I look forward to returning to more regular board usage in the near future. I'm at least going to try to get back to regular posting of the Watching Thread. I'm very thankful to Annael for taking it up this week (and I'll chime in post-Outlander on Sunday).

"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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Starling
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Jan 5, 2:53am

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It's not a nice thing to hear and of course that diagnosis brings a lot of anxiety about what the future holds. It's normal to need some time to process things and then move into whatever your 'new normal' as a family is going to look like.
I don't know how it works where you live but here in NZ there are a lot of good supports and resources you can access when a loved one is living with dementia. You may want to investigate some of those sorts of things when you feel ready.
My mum suffered with a multitude of health issues for years, and it was very difficult. There is a strange grief process that goes on, individual to each person and situation. It's a good thing to talk about how it feels for you. Long term of course there will need to be consideration for your Dad and what supports he will need.
While I was homeless after the earthquakes for a while I stayed with a friend whose partner had dementia. It was humbling to see how she supported him to be the best person he could be. He had a lovely memory box, which may be something worth trying in the future.But, one step at a time.Thinking of you. X




Annael
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Jan 5, 3:17pm

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I have begun to suspect that a friend I've known literally since birth (she was born three weeks after me and we grew up as much in each other's homes as our own) has early-onset dementia. I haven't talked to her partner about it yet, but my friend has mentioned that he now wants her to text him every time she goes somewhere to tell him she's arrived/is on her way back, so it sounds like he's starting to think so too. She reports incidents on Facebook as if they are funny and says "it's too early for dementia" . . . but no, some do develop it early. Hard to watch. I am trying to spend more time with her.

There are plenty of online resources and support groups out there for friends & family of people going through this; I urge you and your family to check them out. Especially the respite care services that give the family a break from time to time. (We used those when my mom was dying at home and the people were WONDERFUL . . . in fact we joked that Mom preferred them to us!).

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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Cirashala
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Jan 5, 4:26pm

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Do not worry about TORn. We are here whenever you can be. Be with your family, with your mother, and I second the memory box idea. Dementia is hard, it is taxing on the family, and it is full of grief as someone you know and love slowly begins to not know you.

We are here for you, even if you cannot always be here with us Heart Hang in there!

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grammaboodawg
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Jan 5, 9:59pm

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*geeky happy dance!* *grabs L&P*

I'm with you, Altaira! My trip to NZ last March was definitely my highlight. I'm so SO homesick for it. Strange how something can instantly become a part of you :)

My fireplace would be a close second of happy-dance inspiration... and finding my septic tank a third ;)

We've had mild weather over the past couple of weeks. Some cold, but no big storms that I've seen moving across the U.S.

Plans for this year includes un-shingling and repairing my garage roof. The wood continued it rotten decay. I replaced the membranes to protect the roofing, but didn't see the decay was hidden. So it's a new project to dismantle and then reconstruct my hobbity scene. It's okay, though. I wanted to re-do Smaug's tail and tweek the whole thing... so this will be my chance :)

I wish everyone a fantastic, safe, prosperous and very fun New Year!!! :D




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grammaboodawg
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Jan 5, 10:55pm

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That sounds so great! Are you going to put in a farm sink? I'm still working on my kitchen repairs, and the first thing I did was put in a farm sink... and I absolutely love it!!! The only regret is that I had to get a lower quality one that was on sale, but it's STILL better than the 2-tub metal one I had for 26 years! If you do get one, check first to see what cleaning supplies you can use on it. The surface of this one only handles lemon juice and baking soda... or that kind of intensity. Sinks need to be SCRUBBED! ;)

I hope you have fun with your do-over AND that your plans for you NC trip fall into place flawlessly :D

Happy New Year!




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grammaboodawg
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Jan 5, 10:58pm

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Yeah... the big blow is a good sign. AND being able to taste food again :D I think those trips you've had and those coming up are so good for the soul. I hope you have a wonderful time on this year's adventures, too!




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grammaboodawg
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Jan 5, 11:04pm

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And what a year you've had! Any one of those would be pretty stressful...but here's hoping all of them settle down and you can enjoy 2019.


Happy New Year, m'dear! It's going to be a great one!!




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grammaboodawg
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Jan 5, 11:07pm

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Take the Northern Explorer train ride from Wellington to the north! It's an incredible ride and so peaceful.

Congrats on nearing the end of #7! WOW! That's so exciting!

Have a wonderful weekend, m'dear!




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Jan 5, 11:12pm

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A new kitten!? :D [In reply to] Can't Post

Ohhhh.... they're always so precious! I hope it knows how to behave!

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern AND her new little one :D She's been such a breath of fresh air, hasn't she?

Yes... World Peace. I'm absolutely with you on that one... and Star Wars! *twitch*




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Jan 5, 11:17pm

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Now that sounds like fun! I hope you have fun converting the music for abuse! ;)

The trip to Scotland sounds great... especially to chase down family ties. Scotland & Ireland have always been a draw to me. My great-great grandparents are from Ireland mostly, but there's some Scot in there too :D

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