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Altaira
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Jan 11, 5:11pm

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Welcome to Fiesta, everyone! Can't Post

Hello, Tornsibs, and welcome to Fiesta Friday!

We currently have a snow storm moving through:winter storm Gia (I didn't realize they named winter storms). It which will eventually make it's way across the middle of the U.S. over the weekend leaving up to 3-5 inches from Missouri to Virginia. So, get those snow shovels handy! Other than some light shoveling, my weekend plans are to do a little work catch-up and to continue taking down Christmas decorations. We take them down at what you might call a 'leisurely pace,' lol, as I like to enjoy the magic of interior lights in a dark house well into January. Outdoor decorations, however, are put away until next year.


How about you? Anything exciting happen this week? Any fun plans for the weekend? Order up a warm drink and wander by the warm soup assortment at the buffet and let us know!

*Kicks juke box* "Adventure of a Lifetime" by Coldplay starts to play.

Stay warm and have a great weekend, everyone! LaughHeartCool




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



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

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





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dernwyn
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Jan 11, 5:18pm

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*hands out alpaca scarves* [In reply to] Can't Post

There's an alpaca farm on the Vineyard, we visited it this past summer! I picked up long, wide scarves for the family - my girls out in Chicago are going to need them (and us in the Northeast as well; we're not supposed to get the snow, but it sure is cold and blustery!).

We'll start some decorations take-down this weekend as well. You're so right about having the colorful lights at night during the January darkness!

Do you have the hot cocoa on the stove-top back there, Altaira? I'd love a mugfull, with mini-marshmallows of course! Smile


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Altaira
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Jan 11, 5:32pm

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Hot cocoa with marshmallows, coming up! [In reply to] Can't Post

Good call on the scarves! I bet they're beautiful. I guess one can't complain about winter being winter, so let it snow!
Have a wonderful 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





dernwyn
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Jan 11, 5:56pm

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*sips* Thanks, Altaira! [In reply to] Can't Post

You, too - and stay warm!


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grammaboodawg
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Jan 11, 6:20pm

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Hang in there, Altaira! [In reply to] Can't Post

and everyone in the path of that huge storm moving over so much of the mid and eastern U.S. I'm surprised my weather forecast shows we'll be missing pretty-much all of that storm here in mid-Michigan; but I'm still keeping an eye on it. My g'son is going by bus from Baltimore back to college in Iowa (via Chicago, Pittsburg, Cleveland), and the route will be on the north end of that storm the whole way.

I'm going to grab some hot chocolate and hunker down just the same. If the bus gets into trouble, I'm doing a road trip to grab the kid!

Now... I'm also grabbing some ketsup, salt and pepper to eat some of my words from last summer. There were some wind turbines being planted all around my home (flat farmland) -- I can see about 20 of the 29 put in our township. The closest one is 1/2 mile out my front door. I was amazing at my righteous indignation! Very upset that my view would be littered with these monsters all around me.



Well. They're all in, lit up, and running. And they're really pretty! I always appreciated how elegant they looked...not like a cellphone tower. And now that the props actually spin and they move to face the wind... they are very graceful and have given the landscape movement. So I'm eating all of my vexed words and take back the nasty looks I had for those sentinels as I enjoy watching them interact with the wind.


"...there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."

Have a great weekend everyone!




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grammaboodawg
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Jan 11, 6:26pm

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Toasty warm :D [In reply to] Can't Post

There are some alpaca farms in Michigan, too. One is about an hour away from me, and it's so fun to drive by and see them wandering around the fields. I also saw a herd of bison in northern Michigan as I drove to the Mackinac Bridge last year!

Have fun taking down your decorations. :D It's a time for heavy sighs and happy memories.

Have a great weekend!




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Rosie-with-the-ribbons
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Jan 11, 6:33pm

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Am I on time for a fiesta [In reply to] Can't Post

Wow, that has been too long since I dropped in for a Fiesta Friday! How is everybody doing?

I had my first workweek after the Christmas holidays. It feels like a month.... Next week a fun event, but it needs quite some preparation.

So Iím going to enjoy this quiet evening. Could I have a hot chocolate with marshmellows (virtual calories donít count Wink)


Altaira
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Jan 11, 6:55pm

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Thanks, gramma! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hunkering down in winter can be cozy and fun even if it's not snowing outside.

Enjoy the weekend! Smile


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



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

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





Altaira
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Jan 11, 6:58pm

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Nice to see you, Rosie! [In reply to] Can't Post

So glad you stopped by!
*pours extra-large mug of hot chocolate and adds a generous topping of marshmallows*
Good luck on the upcoming event, and belated happy birthday! (facebook let me know, but I felt it was too late to post anything there).


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



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

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





Ataahua
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Jan 11, 7:19pm

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I'm recovering [In reply to] Can't Post

from a quick three-day trip away (two of those days were for driving). I ticked two things off my 'must visit' list: Kapiti Island (https://www.kapitiisland.com/) and the National Army Museum (https://www.armymuseum.co.nz/).

Kaptiti Island is one of the many offshore island where pests have been eradicated so that native birds have the chance to rebuild their populations. The little spotted kiwi has its home here (I didn't see it as the birds are nocturnal and I was on a day-trip) as are other rarities. I got to see quite a few species, including the whitehead and bellbird for the first time, plus close encounters with kaka who know where people stop for lunch. Laugh It was a stinking hot day and all the walking nearly did me in, but it was so worth it. Smile

The museum was fascinating. I could have spent more time there but I had a long drive home ahead of me - on challenging roads with the occasional dingbat driver and more than a few road works. Crazy All in all, it's good to be home again.

Happy end of the week to one and all! :)

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 11, 7:57pm

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That looks fascinating! [In reply to] Can't Post

Did you do the drive just to tick those things off your list, or did you tick them off your list driving to do something else? Kapiti island looks amazing. All the birds! Did you see any of the wildlife?

Have a great rest of your weekend recovering! 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





Lissuin
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Jan 11, 9:02pm

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Kapiti! Yay you! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's great how those rare birds are so unfussed by the well-behaved humans who come to visit them on their island. Big brown parrots swoop close by, owls sleep on a branch at eye level, weka and piwakaka follow you along the trail, bell birds and tiny NI robins and tui make a racket. I was flying high for days after (pun intended), so I'm glad you got there, too - in spite of the drive...and the heat. Ah, summer! Wink

We're still training our kitten and enjoying variable weather. I'm still writing 2018. Time to move on.

Cheerio, all!


Kimi
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Jan 11, 9:20pm

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What a great trip! [In reply to] Can't Post

I've never been to Kapiti Island - maybe some day! It might be a bit like Tiritirimatangi, which is a wonderful island sanctuary more accessible for us.

Isn't the army museum great? We went there a few years ago when staying in National Park, and ended up spending most of the day there. Really fascinating, and so well presented.


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dernwyn
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Jan 11, 9:44pm

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They move to face the wind? [In reply to] Can't Post

Of course they'd have to - I never thought about it, before! Do they make any sound, like a "whooshing"?

I still think they should let you run a looong extension cord out to them! Laugh


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dernwyn
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Jan 11, 9:55pm

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They're sort of funny-looking [In reply to] Can't Post

but very pet-able (and of course, so soft).

I'm glad that the bison are being nurtured, we almost lost that noble animal. Unsure

I really should take down my little tree on the table in my front window, my plants that are crowded together on a spare table want to return to their rightful spot! Laugh


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dernwyn
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Jan 11, 9:56pm

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Hi, Rosie! [In reply to] Can't Post

So nice to see you! How are you weathering the snowstorms in your area?


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Ataahua
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Jan 11, 10:01pm

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I could have spent a more time at the museum. [In reply to] Can't Post

I was there for 90 minutes but I took in some sections as a once-over-lightly. The exhibits were engaging and thought-provoking, and I admit that I teared-up at the temporary exhibition about the return of the unknown soldier (but I'm a bit of a wuss). The museum's done a great job depicting our war history and explaining those conflicts in the context of the time.

It turns out that Kapiti Island is managed by a family trust. What a magnificent legacy they've built for NZ. :) I intend to go back some day but on the overnight stay package so that I can go on a kiwi-spotting tour. (I'm amost certain that I heard a kiwi while I was there - their call is pretty distinctive - but that would mean the bird was possibly in distress, as it was bright daylight at the time, so I hope I'm wrong.)

BTW it turns out that when there's no fear of predators, tui and kereru like to sunbathe on the ground. Who knew??

I hadn't thought about visiting Tiritirimatangi. I must keep it in mind when I'm next in Auckland. :)

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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Greenwood Hobbit
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Jan 11, 10:59pm

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Snow? No chance of that around here... [In reply to] Can't Post

we seem to be specialising in damp, grey days at the moment. Today was around 8C and clammy with it. The ceanothus at the back of my house has flowers on it - that's just mad for January. I daresay in February or March we might see some harder weather, just when the snowdrops and daffodils are getting going! I saw on tv that parts of Europe are being hammered by snow - over 2m has fallen in parts of Austria and they've brought troops in to help clear it from rooftops before they cave in under the weight. They have also been flying helicopters over snow-laden trees to blow the snow off them before they fall on roads. I would like to see a little snow before spring, as around here it's a huge novelty and the children go crazy in it on the rare occasions it falls - but that's way beyond picturesque!
I'm on my way to bed now, so hot chocolate is my drink of choice tonight - cheers, everyone! Coldplay, haha - well in that case, something by Arctic Monkeys would be good to follow it - or Snow Patrol, maybe?


entmaiden
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Jan 12, 2:30am

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I think the storm is going south of me [In reply to] Can't Post

We got about a foot of snow in November, but almost nothing since. January and February are our big snow months, so there's lots of time for us to get snow.
I'm in that in-between time - after the holidays, but before spring. In a couple weeks, I start volunteering on Saturdays to help low-income folks prepare their taxes. It's hard to give up my Saturdays, but it's so rewarding to help people, especially with something that can be intimidating such as taxes. It will be interesting this year because the US made a lot of changes to our tax laws. Fortunately we have software to do the calculations - we just have to input the information!
One great thing about winter is that it's the season for a nice scotch - neat! I can pour my own. Smile.
Happy weekend everyone!


cats16
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Jan 12, 2:44am

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I thought you'd take back your words [In reply to] Can't Post

We had a bunch put in near us back 'home' home. Everyone grumbled at the idea of turbines coming in, but gradually they quieted down and it's become an accepted part of the landscape.

Have a good weekend!

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Altaira
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Jan 12, 2:46am

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Haha! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, indeed, Arctic Monkeys and Snow Patrol would be perfect choices.

I remember working in North Carolina one winter during my traveling consulting days. It rarely snows there, but that year there was at least 1/2 foot of snow on the ground and every 5th or so house had a snowman in their front yard - completely decked out with hats, scarves, and various vegetables for their faces. It was definitely picturesque!.
Keep warm during the clamminess and enjoy the weekend! 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





cats16
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Jan 12, 2:51am

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Stay warm! [In reply to] Can't Post

My folks are prepping for the upper end of that 3-5 inches (I think). LA's supposed to get some rain overnight. Angelic But hey, they're forecasting 4 days of rain next week. Four! I'm gobsmacked. Aside from the terrible drivers who can't handle it, I'll actually be awaiting it with open arms.

First week back from the holidays for me. Slowesst weeek everrr. Ready to kick my feet up, read and relax.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Altaira
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Jan 12, 2:59am

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I just might join you! [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh heck, I'll *definitely* join you! *pours a second scotch with just a whisper of ice*

Of all the things to help people with, helping them do their taxes is a true high calling! Lol. Laugh I usually do my own, but have been known to take them for review by an expert after-the-fact in particularly complicated years, such as when B.G. and I got married. There's a 'mild' El Nino this year which usually cause warmer and drier winters here in Colorado. But, like Chicago, our snowiest month (March) is yet to come, and anything goes then! I'm sure the ski areas would welcome more snow.

*clink* Cheers! Heart


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



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

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





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Altaira
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Jan 12, 3:02am

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Thanks, cats! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, this storm is unusual in that it's keeping more to the middle of the U.S. than slamming the usual northern states.

Have a wonderful weekend, and good luck braving the rain. WinkCool


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





Eowyn of Penns Woods
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Jan 12, 4:14am

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If they were only *sort* of funny-looking... [In reply to] Can't Post

they must have been the more common huacaya variety, because the suri alpacas are wayyy funny-looking. I see both kinds very frequently, but the ones within reasonable walking distance are the "woolly" huacayas Mom's friend owns. I've spun only a small portion of the bags and bags of fleece from her farm, and none of the prepped suri fiber I ordered.

I never managed to collect enough shed bison down along the fence of the nearest herd. Going inside wasn't recommended. ;)

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