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Altaira
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Aug 9, 4:00pm

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Greetings, everyone, and welcome to Fiesta! Can't Post

Well, what do you know? Another Friday and another Fiesta!

Last week I forgot to mention that last Saturday B.G. and I went to a presentation on owls of northern Colorado. It was put on by the person who runs the bird rehab center that sponsors some of the bird cams I watch. The little owl I posted a picture of a few weeks ago has gone out into the world, but in another box, mom and dad are raising six owlets. In addition to the presentation, it was owlet banding day (the six will start fledging in a few weeks). I was stunned and delighted that, because the owlets were extremely docile that day, they let some of us hold them! This is me holding a little boy who just got banded. He was light as a feather and kept looking up at me like: are you my new mom? Do you have a mouse for me? I was in heaven. SmileHeart




What have you been doing for excitement? For relaxation? Grab some delicious treats from the buffet and let us know!

*puts quarters on juke box* Play us one of your summer favs!
Happy, wonderful weekend everyone! CoolHeartLaugh




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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Aug 9, 4:22pm

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*gasps* You got to HOLD one! [In reply to] Can't Post

That's a big baby - and so calm! He must have been so soft, what a treat to actually have an owl in your hands! Heart

If you've got the blender plugged in, I'd like a mocha smoothie, please, Altaira! Last Satuday hubby and I went on a steam train/riverboat trip: the old train chugs you to a landing, where you board a two-deck tour boat and take a leisurely trip down to the mouth of the Connecticut River and back again. Very calm evening, slight breeze, and many of the islands are wildlife refuges. A bald eagle was sitting on the shore of one, gazing at us as we passed. A nice way to relax and unwind.

We've got our kids all coming home in a little over a week, so I suppose I should start making sure their rooms are in order - we tend to store stuff in them! Laugh

*puts quarter in jukebox* How about MacArthur Park? I wonder if anyone remembers that gem.


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Altaira
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Aug 9, 4:48pm

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How fun! [In reply to] Can't Post

That little train ride/cruise sounds wonderful. You mentioned it was in the evening. Was it a dinner cruise?
Are the kids coming home for a special occasion? We have a 'put the boxes in it' room too, only no one stays in it so they tend to keep building up, lol.

Enjoy your mocha smoothie and enjoy your weekend! CoolHeart


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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Aug 9, 5:03pm

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the ride and the cruise, with a snack/drink bar. They do have dinner train rides, though, on old-time Pullman porter dinner cars - that would be another fun thing to do sometime.

Yes, there's a park across the street from my in-laws' house, and in a couple weeks we're going to get as many of the family there as possible to give Dad a belated 90th birthday party. At last count they have over 50 descendants - kids, grandkids, great-grandkids - and we'll cater most of the food so we don't make a mess in their kitchen. Laugh

Their house is only a day trip away, so it makes it easy to have the kids all come stay with us for a few days! Smile


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Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens


Aug 9, 8:16pm

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Oh, owls are so amazing! [In reply to] Can't Post

My grandsons had a barn owl sit on their (gloved!) wrists at a Medieval day last week when they were on a camping holiday and visited a castle in North Wales. ( http://www.beaumaris.com ) Knights, jesters, archers - what's not to like for two small boys? Having come home yesterday, just ahead of some wet and windy weather, they are staying with me tonight as Mummy and Daddy have been invited to a 40th birthday party. Having a grandma living just a few miles away is good news for all concerned! I'm taking the boys to see Toy Story 4 in the morning. I only ever saw the first one, so I've probably missed a lot! Once I've handed them back in the afternoon, the weekend's my own. If the weather forecast's anything to go by, I'll probably be spending time propping up the garden fence! Ah well, that's definitely a 'first world problem' - could be worse. Have a good weekend, all. Cheers!


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cats16
Valinor


Aug 10, 5:13am

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A Quiet Fiesta [In reply to] Can't Post

Aka late summer! I splurged and had a rare non-virtual lemonade this week, but I will be greedy now and ask for a virtual pink lemonade, please.

Aw, so cute! And he's bigger than I would have guessed an owelet to be (I have no knowledge of owls, can you tell?). Do you know how much bigger his species gets when fully grown? (And do you know which species, just so I can Google him!)

Work was crazy this week. I did get tipped off by my boss on Tuesday that "the next 48 hours are gonna be a little wild," so I can't say it caught me off guard.

Thankfully, to break up the pace, I'll be going to Las Vegas with my girlfriend for Labor Day weekend. We had been dragging our feet for weeks, but finally got it all booked last weekend. Only 3 nights, but hey, I haven't taken a trip since last September--I'll take this! I'm going to be nervously practicing online poker until then, hoping I can at least hold my own in a casino. Yes, this is my first time going to Vegas.Angelic Anyone have any off-the-beaten-path recommendations for when we're there, or even general recommendations? I'd like to take her to a Cirque show, but I'm not sure that's in our budget unless I win big at Blackjack!

No plans for this weekend aside from more work. But I'll take it, in this wild world we're in.

Have a great (safe) weekend, everyone!

Join us every weekend in the Hobbit movie forum for this week's CHOW (Chapter of the Week) discussion!




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cats16
Valinor


Aug 10, 5:21am

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Boats [In reply to] Can't Post

That sounds really fun! I swear, you New Englanders have a monopoly on quaint, peaceful activities. Someday I'm going to find a cabin out there, rent it for a month and relax like I never have before.

Do they get a lot of traffic on that river, or does it stay pretty wide open?

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dernwyn
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Aug 10, 12:46pm

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What fun! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the old castles, and am pleased that so many of them are being taken care of, no matter what condition they're in nowadays. There's something exciting about being able to pretend you're back in Medieval times (even though it's a "sanitized" version - you wouldn't want the real thing!).

And going with gramma is even better. Heart

I have not seen Toy Story 4 yet, but I've heard rave reviews about it - I know you'll all enjoy it! Cool


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dernwyn
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Aug 10, 12:53pm

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What happens in Vegas... [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, here's hoping your money doesn't end up all staying in Vegas! Laugh

I've heard the Cirque du Soleil shows are fantastic, I do hope you can get to see one! But I've never been there, the closest I came was back in '84 when hubby and 2-year-old and I were driving cross-county to the Olympic games in LA. We were supposed to camp out near the Hoover Dam, but rain was predicted, so we took a hotel room south of that city. Good thing, as we found out the next morning there had been flooding in the area where we would have camped.

So we've seen its lights, but not its glitter! Wishing you luck at the tables!


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dernwyn
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Aug 10, 1:11pm

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There's no large boats [In reply to] Can't Post

on the CT River, apparently some sand bars at its mouth, and spots where it gets narrow, make it useful for only the smaller craft. There were few sailboats plying its waters when we were there (you'll find lots of those on Long Island Sound), but there were many small motorboats, and lots of folks on Ski-Do's. And everyone waves as you pass.

We do have many quiet areas in New England! Come in the off-season, find a cabin on a remote lake, take day-hikes or kayak or sit on a porch and read a book with a drink at hand. Bring a bike and ride one of the old railways that's been converted to a trail. We're thinking of returning to Acadia next summer (we camped there a lot with the kids), getting a room at a B&B and walking the old carriage roads (if you go in July, bring a container for blueberry-picking).

How about a canoe trip down one of the rivers in Maine? You're definitely away from it all for several days!


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Aragorn the Elfstone
Tol Eressea


Aug 10, 4:32pm

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Began a new site... [In reply to] Can't Post

(Some OJ please!)

As part of my new efforts to reach out to other people online and become more outgoing, and maybe set myself up to be more comfortable giving my panel at next year's Con of Thrones, I've set up a Wordpress Site. I'll be talking movies, tv, books and musical scores.

The set-up is rather modest (I'm not terribly well versed in web design), but I think it serves for a beginning. Smile

If you guys would like to see....http://www.concerningfantasy.com

"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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cats16
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Aug 10, 5:42pm

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Discipline is key, right? Angelic It would be better off if I lose a couple of times right away to discourage anymore play.

Ah, that was good instinct on your part! And you just reminded me we have an Olympics in...just under 9 years, now! Maybe you'll get to finally stay in Vegas if you do a road trip for that one. Wink

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Greenwood Hobbit
Grey Havens


Aug 10, 5:44pm

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Quite right - [In reply to] Can't Post

pretending is one thing, and is great fun, but I'll skip the harsh realities of the period, thanks all the same! Toy Story 4 was very entertaining. What I find most fascinating is the incredibly high quality of the animation these days, the detail and richness of it. Story apart, there are some antique emporium and fairground scenes that are wonderful. Just don't get me started on the ventriloquists' dummies... ~shudder~


cats16
Valinor


Aug 10, 5:48pm

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That's good [In reply to] Can't Post

I was hoping they wouldn't let on large boats.

Don't tempt me! A canoe trip in Maine sounds heavenly. You would recommend going over the summer, though? And those bike trails sound great.

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Annael
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Aug 10, 10:18pm

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isn't it an amazing experience when a bird will let us touch them? [In reply to] Can't Post

we discovered that if we put our hands across most of the holes in a hummingbird feeder, the hummingbirds will sit on our hands to feed at the remaining holes. It's a special experience to have a hummer sit calmly on your hand. I would say almost a spiritual experience.

I had cockatiels for a while and they are a laugh riot. I hadn't realized until then just how much personalities birds have. A friend is always posting videos of her cockatiel on Instagram and they delight me.

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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dernwyn
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Aug 11, 2:33am

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It's pleasant in the summer [In reply to] Can't Post

And into early Fall, usually not too hot in interior Maine. My Dad-in-law and a brother-in-law have taken the Allagash canoe trip, and survived - with many stories to tell! Here's an overview: https://www.allagashcanoetrips.com

So...how adventurous are you? Angelic

The bike trails can make great day trips, they're in every New England state. Some of the islands, like Block Island, prefer it if you ferry over on foot and rent a bike to travel around.


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dernwyn
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Aug 11, 2:39am

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The 2028 Olympics! [In reply to] Can't Post

That's not too far off - I'd better start planning now! Laugh

What we do, is get the inexpensive tickets for the preliminary events. That way we can watch both the best athletes, and those who are trying their best. We'll never forget the diving in LA, there was one guy who did nearly a belly-flop, and the entire crowd boo'd the decision when the judges gave him a score that was almost zero. These kids have done well just to be competing there.


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dernwyn
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Aug 11, 2:42am

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The hummingbirds would actually sit [In reply to] Can't Post

on your hands? You must have been very, very still for a long while! Were their wings still beating when they were sitting?


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dernwyn
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Aug 11, 2:48am

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I like the setup! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's simple, and states your purpose clearly. If you'd like, you can put that link in your footer. Smile


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Annael
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Aug 11, 3:20am

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they got used to it very fast [In reply to] Can't Post

you just had to stand still for a few minutes before they'd come around. Sometimes they'd hover, but often they would actually settle and fold their wings (and you could feel their little hearts beating).

Hummingbirds are actually quite fearless. They can fly faster than anything else out there, so . . .. I've seen them harassing hawks. What they fear is wasps & hornets, as the sting from one can kill them.

When I'm out in my garden they often come and hover in front of me, about 2 feet away, as if they're making sure it's the same person they're used to seeing.

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.

-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967
my blog: https://jodybower.com/myths-archetypes-in-film/


Aragorn the Elfstone
Tol Eressea


Aug 12, 12:29am

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For the compliment AND the go ahead! I'll do that. Smile

Read my reviews and thoughts on cinema, television and books here at Concerning Fantasy.

"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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Aragorn the Elfstone
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Aug 12, 6:39am

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I've been once... [In reply to] Can't Post

...with my dad. It was quite a lot of fun, except for all the smoking in the casinos (is smoking still allowed? I'm unsure if its changed in recent years). I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I get lung cancer one day just from the couple days of walking around in there. Crazy

I wasn't crazy about the heat either. Here in FL, it can be really hot, but it's humid. Vegas is a dry heat. I likened it to what sticking your head in the oven must feel like. Cool

But everything else was fun! Smile My dad and I took in a magic show, went to the Grand Canyon and did lots of other fun stuff. And, despite the unpleasant air in the Casinos, I did have a great time at the slot machines.

As I recall, I came back with some winnings (as to whether it was more than what I went with, I could tell you....). My dad, on the other hand, didn't quite know when to quit, so....yeah. Laugh

"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

Come join me in discussing all things cinema, television and literature at ConcerningFantasy.com.

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Altaira
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Aug 14, 3:33am

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That is so cool! [In reply to] Can't Post

I also didn't think hummingbirds perched to eat. How wonderful that you (and they) figured out how to make that happen. That truly must have been magical.

They're fairly common in higher elevations here in Colorado in the summer, but we only see them in our garden when they're migrating through. A few years ago we spent a weekend in Vail and while visiting the Betty Ford Gardens (below) there were delighted that hummingbirds were everywhere. Cornell labs 'All About Birds' site used to have a few hummingbird cams but not in the past few years. I miss them. How lucky that you get to see them fairly regularly. 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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Aug 14, 3:43am

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Almost full-grown barn owl [In reply to] Can't Post

He's almost as big as he'll be fully-grown. At this age (8-10 weeks or so) they're mostly waiting for their adult feathers to come in - especially the tail. Since birds use their tails as a rudder, they can't really fledge and fly well until they've grown into their tail feathers.
Barn owls are amazing in that they fly completely silently. If you can find it, there's a documentary that shows several examples of how quiet they are. They show an experiment where they release a pigeon to fly over a bunch of loose down-like feathers, and the feathers fly everywhere. Next, a falcon flies over them and they're ever-so-slightly disturbed. The barn owl - nothing!
Aren't you glad you asked? AngelicWink


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





CuriousG
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Aug 15, 1:37pm

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