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dernwyn
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Oct 23, 12:01am

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

All right, one bad pun deserves another.

I recently got my son a T-shirt which reads: "Orion's Belt is a waist of space. (I give this pun 3 stars.)"


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dernwyn
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Oct 23, 12:06am

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When hedges get old and "woody" [In reply to] Can't Post

and just cannot look decent any longer, it's a relief to remove them. What a job that will be, I do hope you can convince the other folks to join in! What kind of fence are you all considering?

Best of luck in getting the electric bike that's best for you, I never knew either that there was more than one type! Tongue


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dernwyn
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Oct 23, 12:21am

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Piano playing is great exercise! [In reply to] Can't Post

Double congratulations are due, for the excellent check-up and for the final draft being done!

You must feel exhilarated, like a marathoner completing the final mile. And if you're well pleased with how the book turned out, then that's the best of all!


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dernwyn
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Oct 23, 12:32am

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Only 183? [In reply to] Can't Post

Ah, but you are still young, there is yet time...I just counted over 200 on the bookcase beside me here, and there are six more bookcases in this house. Filled. I swear I really do try to unload them into the hands of the local used-bookseller, a few at a time, but then some spine-bound creatures manage to creep into the empty spaces...

Your poor dad has had quite a run of bad health! Hopefully "third time's the charm", and this will be the end of ill health for a long while!

Got curtains all picked out for the new place? Shower curtains, at least?


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"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Oct 23, 6:26am

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every room in the house but two [In reply to] Can't Post

(the powder rooms)
plus books stacked on the floor

plus cartons of books in the garage and the storage units
= ?

"I shall not wholly fail if anything can still grow fair in days to come."



dernwyn
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Oct 23, 1:23pm

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And the only reason [In reply to] Can't Post

there's none in the power rooms, is because there's no space for them, right? Laugh

I think you may be the winner, Elanor (although I reserve the title of most-Tolkien-books to gramma, and a few denizens of the Reading Room)! I wonder if it's just that there's something comforting about books, that makes it hard for us to relinquish them.

*hugs* How are you doing? Heart


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Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Oct 23, 2:56pm

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I'm back. [In reply to] Can't Post

Only 3 months away this time.Wink Glad to hear you got your trip to Italy, Altaira!!!

When I was here in July, Mom had been dealing with residual inflammation problems from an ear infection. Well, she continued dealing with that until the inflammation caused Bell's Palsy (part of the facial nerve involved with Bell's Palsy runs through the ear canal) and because medication couldn't get it cleared up, she ended up seeing a specialist and having surgery in September to manually clean out the inflammation and any left over infection that might have been in there.

The surgery went well, though the specialist said it wasn't a typical case at all. The infection had created a lot of thick and "matted down" (the term he used) tissue in there, so it was no wonder there was pressure on the facial nerve. But he was able to clean it all out. There's no more infection or swelling or pressure on the nerve and mom has two titanium ear bones to replace the damaged ones. The downside is that the Palsy hasn't cleared up. Yet. They said that with cases like this there's no guarantees BUT if it clears up, it could take upwards of 6 months. Sigh. There's always hope. It is a smidgen better than it was, though. And again, at least the lingering infection and swelling is gone, so no more concern or vertigo from that.

In writing news, that flash fic I subbed out in July is... still out. It's been 109 days according to "The Submission Grinder" which lets you track such things. Average wait time for that magazine is 158-180 days. Still more waiting for me, oh joy.Tongue

At least the online writing conference I mentioned back in July happened and was super informative and fun. AND I reached the end of the first editing pass on my manuscript in September! First draft 169k words. Second draft 104k and still tightening. The goal is to get it under 100k for publishing purposes because the bigger the book, the more it costs to print, so publishers generally want debut fantasy under 100k (other genres are shorter) so it's less of a financial risk for them to take.

I did get my Jungle Book collection finished and launched last month. Linky-link should anyone want to check it out: https://www.etsy.com/...;section_id=35387509 (There is one scarf missing because it sold and I haven't had time to remake it yet, but it will go back up when I get the chance.) Other crafting news is that I hit 100 sales in my shop this Wednesday!!! *throws confetti*

It's good to "see" everyone!SmileHeart I'll try to remember to check in again before the end of the year, LOL.Wink

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


Annael
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Oct 23, 2:57pm

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yeah, I think you win [In reply to] Can't Post

having had to seriously downsize over the last several years, I was down to three tall bookcases (to the ceiling) and one short one. And the stack by the bed. And the ones above my desk.

I'm going to look at a tiny house as a interim rental for the next year or so. I suspect my storage unit will be housing most of my books during that time.

(also, hugs)

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
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Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Oct 23, 2:59pm

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Normally treats are handed out [In reply to] Can't Post

but this time the front door will be blocked off by the display (I tend to use the side door anyway), so I'll just put a cauldron of treats out and check it periodically!


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Oct 23, 3:00pm

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The spirit is willing [In reply to] Can't Post

but the tech knowledge is weak, despite clear instructions from gramma!


Annael
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Oct 23, 3:03pm

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we wanted to cut down our laurel hedge [In reply to] Can't Post

Laurels really, really want to be 30 feet tall and wide. They are NOT good choices for hedges! Ours was a pain to keep in check, we had to hire people to whack it back twice a year. We were starting to talk to the neighbors on the other side - who are not big on yard maintenance - about digging the whole thing up and fencing instead, but then Dad died and, well, it's someone else's problem now.

If people really want a hedge instead, at least in these parts, I always suggest escallonia. It's much easier to trim, doesn't get huge branches, and it blooms half the year, pretty pink blossoms. Also the leaves aren't poisonous like laurel is.https://i.pinimg.com/...2e13452014385d54.jpg

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
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Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Oct 23, 3:03pm

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It will be a change from the ghoulishness - [In reply to] Can't Post

I must check if my disco light is still working! That will put the finishing touch to it.


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Oct 23, 3:05pm

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It's not massive,about 10" diameter - [In reply to] Can't Post

it will be in proportion to the figure and not too wobbly when in position.


Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Oct 23, 3:14pm

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The saving grace of laurel [In reply to] Can't Post

is that you can really hack it back and it regenerates. I have one at the end of my garden that I keep trimmed to a sort of umbrella shape. I agree about escallonia; I saw a beautiful informal hedge once, at a coastal resort in Wales, that was of escallonia with a small-leaved variegated euonymus scrambling up through it. The combination of glossy green leaves, rich pink flowers and green and white euonymus was so attractive!


Altaira
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Oct 23, 5:26pm

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So nice to 'see' you here, as always.

Sounds like you're doing so well with the writing and the Etsy shop. Well done on all accounts. Glad to hear your mom's ear problems have been solved. FWIW, my brother had Bell's Palsy when he was in his 20s and it did clear up gradually over about 6 months. So, fingers crossed and good thoughts for your mom!

Hope to see you back soon! Heart


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Eruvandi
Tol Eressea


Oct 23, 5:50pm

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Very good to know! [In reply to] Can't Post

Dad got Bell's Palsy about ten years ago when he was 60-something and that cleared up in around a month, so Mom's has been such a different experience. That's very encouraging to hear that it can clear even after a longer time!

They can say, they can say it all sounds crazy
They can say, they can say I've lost my mind
I don't care, I don't care, so call me crazy
We can live in a world that we design
'Cause every night I lie in bed
The brightest colors fill my head
A million dreams are keeping me awake
I think of what the world could be
A vision of the one I see
A million dreams is all it's gonna take
A million dreams for the world we're gonna make
-"A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman


dernwyn
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Oct 24, 2:06am

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Well, that's good news to share! [In reply to] Can't Post

So good to know they managed to take care of your Mom's infection, and as Altaira notes, the Bell's palsy should most likely clear up!

Meanwhile you're enduring all the joys of publishing. Tongue That's the way to do it, though, times of working away at it, and times of patiently waiting!

And great to know your Etsy shop is doing well. Cool Make sure you've got plenty on hand for when the holiday shopping starts!


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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Oct 24, 6:59am

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gramma and the RRs for sure [In reply to] Can't Post

though I wonder how much NEB carries in his head

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grammaboodawg
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Oct 24, 2:40pm

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Bravo! [In reply to] Can't Post

So you have been there and back again!!!! *high five* After the nuts season you've had with all your household drama, getting this respite is such a treat! Awesome! :D

I got my booster shot Friday and am very relieved to have that done and done.


We had a weird little episode last Tuesday. My 2 Sisters and I finally got to go visit our Aunt (Mom's lil Sis and only remaining of that era) for the first time in 2 years! She said she was so excited, she hardly slept all night. I'm 2 hrs+ drive and little sister is 2.5hrs drive. We had such a great time! Big Sis brought an old portrait of our paternal G'pa at 2yo for me to take home. We all gathered around the pic fascinated because we really don't know much about him as he died at 47yo when Dad was 13 (same age lil Bro was when Dad died at 59yo). We wondered when he was born, so both Sis's got into their phones and checked. He was born on October 19, 1884. My eyes bugged out and I exclaimed... That's Today! *silent pause* then we all burst into song... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!




All-in-all we had such a wonderful time together and can't wait until we can do it again!

I'm on my way out the door to do serious damage on my daughter's shed clearing/organizing. There are always "reasons" why each day is getting put off, but I told her yesterday that this is the last week of messing with this after waiting since April! BOXES BOXES BOXES! I'm great at playing Tetris, so I'm confident I can get it done today moving everything out of shed #3 and into #2 & #1... not waiting for weeding and sorting. Gotta get it done since it's getting COLD out! gramma's got 'tude now... Get Outta My Way!

Have a great weekend everyone! And thanks for taking such great inter-continental care of us Altaira :D



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sevilodorf
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Oct 24, 4:32pm

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can I sic you on my daughter? [In reply to] Can't Post

She has so much stuff and defies anyone to organize or sort or eliminate it.

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Annael
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Oct 24, 6:27pm

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a friend [In reply to] Can't Post

was describing how the people at his new job as an assistant to the interior decorators at a big furniture store let him re-organize the samples room, which was driving him crazy. He spent all day very happily. I said, "So, it was a Sheldon-in-the-closet moment" and he said "exactly."

I'm a Sheldon when it comes to organizing as well. For me it's fun. But somehow the people I help in this way never seem to keep my shiny new system up.

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dernwyn
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Oct 25, 12:18am

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

And I hope it's not very long before you can all be together again! Heart

Heh, Tetris storage boxes! Just as long as you're careful with the very lightweight ones. Shocked

We were getting leaf-showers while driving around today. I'm pleased with the vibrant colors this year, although I fear the heavy rains due this week will bring them all down. Are your leaves at peak foliage yet, gramma?


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ElanorTX
Grey Havens


Oct 25, 8:16am

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When I lived in Gramma's neck of the woods [In reply to] Can't Post

the newspaper published daily or weekly maps of where the color was coming on, at peak, past peak ...
I suppose these young whippersnappers have something on that Web they're always talking about
ElanorTX

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Greenwood Hobbit
Tol Eressea


Oct 25, 8:54am

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My booster is due in November - bring it on! [In reply to] Can't Post

How serendipitous about your grandfather, you being together on his birthday. That looks like an adorable little jacket he's wearing in that pic. Old photographs are fascinating. Good luck with the boxes - that sounds like quite a challenge!


grammaboodawg
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Oct 25, 1:38pm

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My tree's leaves are confused [In reply to] Can't Post

With the very long warm weather (10-15 degrees higher than usual), so the trees are either just now reaching peak or have already dropped their leaves or are still green. Even the migrating birds don't know whether to go north or south! But... the cold weather has hit today. Fall has finally fallen ;)



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