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dernwyn
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Sep 24, 1:34pm

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One of THOSE cats. [In reply to] Can't Post

For whom humans are wonderful pincushions. Tongue Be sure to wear heavily quilted long-sleeve shirts around him...

It's going to seem strange with that hedge and all gone! Do you have any thoughts on what kind of fencing you'd like to have in place? Not the kind that vines would grow up and around, I assume! Laugh


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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Sep 24, 1:49pm

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Molasses eh? That sounds nice - [In reply to] Can't Post

*scans heath, hill, and high valley heavy with goldenrod and asters, hoping for a glimpse of a banner returning*


(This post was edited by SirDennisC on Sep 24, 1:59pm)


Annael
Immortal


Sep 24, 2:45pm

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I shared those words on Facebook [In reply to] Can't Post

"autobiographical, but not a museum" and it hit a chord with a lot of people. I was getting comments like "I needed to hear this right now!"

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard

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Aunt Dora Baggins
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Sep 24, 5:36pm

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

I've become something of a hermit, but I enjoy hiking and biking on local trails. Uncle Baggins is slowing down so I usually go by myself. The national park is getting really crowded and you have to get reservations to get in now, so we've only been a handful of times this summer.

The harp is still frustrating since my stroke so I don't get it out much, but I did join my church choir and am loving it. It's a lot less anxiety producing performing with 50 other people than it was being up there all by myself.

I recently finished writing a fanfic based on the Wizard of Oz, Pastoria's Daughter . And I've been playing a lot of solo boardgames and perusing facebook. I guess that's about it. How are you doing?

Edit: I clearly don't remember how to do links anymore :-D

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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(This post was edited by dernwyn on Sep 24, 7:12pm)


Ataahua
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Sep 24, 7:04pm

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The new owner has selected a dark-coloured metal fence. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's not what I would have gone for but she's paying half and has got the other neighbour onside, so I went with it.

A neighbour to the side wants to get rid of our shared wooden fence as it's falling apart, but wants an open ironwork fence to replace it. I did push back on that (I like privacy) and I'm waiting on him to drop off a pamphlet of options to choose from.

I think back to when I was a bright-eyed newbie in the home-ownership stakes. I had noooo idea how expensive maintenance would be! Crazy

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

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s 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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dernwyn
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 24, 7:29pm

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Still working [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm still enjoying doing library and tech work at my small pre-K to 8 school, it's nice to have a variety of things to do each day. But I'm seriously considering making next year my last, as I'll be turning 70 during the year, and the thought of having to crawl out of a warm bed to face icy winter roads is becoming less appealing! Laugh

Good to know you're still getting outdoors! The national parks really are getting crowded, you even have to make reservations to drive up Cadillac Mt. in Acadia to see the sunrise.

But choirs are fun places to "hide in plain sight" in!

I've edited your link, looks like it works now, and glad that you're still writing! Cool


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Altaira
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Sep 24, 7:43pm

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Welcome back!! [In reply to] Can't Post

You've been missed. Heart

Adding to what dernwyn said, the board software is set up to take payments if we were a business, so the 'not secure' message is related to that function. We're completely secure for what we use the boards for. It's a little frustrating that it gives that message, but there you go.

Glad to hear you're still getting out and about a bit. Say hello to Uncle Baggins, and hope to see you here more often!


Altaira
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Sep 24, 7:46pm

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Haha! Yes, meat pies! [In reply to] Can't Post

That place sounds good. It reminds me of when B.G. and I were visiting Bath and around every other corner was a store advertising 'the best Cornish pasties in the world,' lol.

Take care of that cold and have a great rest of your weekend!


Altaira
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Sep 24, 7:57pm

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Nice that you get a long weekend [In reply to] Can't Post

Bummer that the cat is one of 'those.' I got my cats out of that phase by saying 'no' then walking away and ignoring them, but you're probably not going to be around him long enough for it to sink in that it's not acceptable behaviour.

Ha! Boston fern is an invasive species there? They're indoor house plants here. I adopted one from a plant arrangement sent to my sister's funeral a few years back, and have learned that they propagate by sending out thin 'feelers' that take root. I just snip them off when I find them but I can see how they could take over if they were planted in the soil outdoors.

I have a ground cover of voluntary vinca that grew from a container I put out long ago. I've come to terms with it on one side of my garden and it doesn't seem to want to spread further (probably too sunny in other areas), so we have an uneasy truce at this point.

Good luck with it!


Altaira
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Sep 24, 8:00pm

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Scary [In reply to] Can't Post

That's scary that the building fell down on its own. Shocked Definitely time for a new one!

We were going to go to a nearby air show this weekend, but B.G. is a bit under the weather. Still, I'm hoping to see a few of the planes as they circle around during their displays. Other than that, no plans for any Fall trips.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and the reunion!


Aunt Dora Baggins
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Sep 25, 3:50am

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Commuting in winter [In reply to] Can't Post

was one of my main driving forces in deciding to retire. And then having to teach online sealed it.

Thanks for editing my link!

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GNU Terry Pratchett
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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Aunt Dora Baggins
Immortal


Sep 25, 3:52am

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Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

The new series got me wanting to chat :-) I was relieved and gratified to find that if I just typed theonering, google would give me a link to the front page and from there I could follow a link here. Whew!

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GNU Terry Pratchett
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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Annael
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Sep 25, 4:20pm

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don't get me started on home maintenance [In reply to] Can't Post

My aging oil tank leaked about 200 gallons of heating oil into the ground, and I was lucky from all accounts - I only ended up paying out $15,000 to get it remediated, which involved digging up my back yard to a depth of about 10 feet. I heard horror stories of people paying in excess of $100K if the oil got into groundwater. We didn't get it all out of the soil (the hole was starting to threaten my foundations) but we dumped a bunch of oil-eating organisms in and the state dept of Ecology called it good. While digging the guys pulled out a large granite rock, about 6 feet across, and put it in my garden. I got compliments on the great rock, and I would say "yeah, only cost me $15,000!"

That was after completely replumbing (including replacing the greywater system), rewiring, insulating, replacing all the single-pane windows, and completely redoing the funky bathroom. And fencing. And building a back deck. I can't begin to calculate how many hours and dollars I poured into my garden. Oh, and repainting. I managed to move before replacing the roof became critical.

Oops, I guess I did get started!

Don't get me wrong: I loved my house. I had a lot of fun making it exactly the home I'd longed for. But I'm happy now to be in a condo.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard

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Annael
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Sep 25, 4:25pm

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

I kept meaning to enquire.

My antivirus program is a bit overenthusiastic, but that's not a bad thing.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
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grammaboodawg
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Sep 26, 1:00pm

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*flying tackle hug!* HI!!!!!! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

I was worried that the world had gone flat when I wasn't looking and that you might have fallen off! FIRST, I'm relieved you're OK and are Here!!! And, I'm also relieved the world isn't flat. *whew*


I'm so happy to see you :D Now the Party is complete!



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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Sep 29, 3:52am

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Basic Buttery Banana Breads [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, finding ourselves short of pumpkin pie spice after baking (and devouring) back to back batches of the pumpkin muffins I shared here, but having lots of very ripe bananas on hand, I whipped up a dozen of these:

Sird’s basic buttery banana breads (erm, muffins)

The recipe is adapted from a banana bread recipe I found at Simply Recipes. Because I find muffins so much more convenient, I made them instead by adjusting the temp and relative baking time. These little beauties are so dense and moist I just know they’ll travel well on a long walk to Rivendell (or beyond ;) ). Mind you, these are not fancy—rather they are basic, satisfying and hobbity (though I’m quite sure our Holbytla friends never heard of bananas).

For 12 muffins

All in one bowl combine in order, mixing at each step
5 very ripe 6 inch bananas, mushed
3/4 cup melted butter
2 eggs beaten
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cup fine brown sugar
3 cups all purpose flour

Mix until well and thoroughly blended then scoop into 12 muffin cups in a muffin pan using a 60ml scoop. Muffin cups should be brimming.
Bake at 375F for 25-27 minutes (until a toothpick comes out clean when plunged into a muffin’s top).
Transfer to a cooling rack as soon as possible.
Eat, repeat!


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Greenwood Hobbit
Valinor


Sep 29, 8:46pm

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Simple can indeed be delicious - [In reply to] Can't Post

I've no patience for creating fancy dishes that take forever to prepare and use every piece of kitchen equipment I possess - never been keen on that! Good, heartening food can be made far more easily and at much lower cost.


Greenwood Hobbit
Valinor


Sep 29, 8:47pm

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The cheese was a late addition [In reply to] Can't Post

and really worked well. Only needs stirring in very briefly though, to soften it, or it all sticks to the pan! I won't make that mistake again.


Greenwood Hobbit
Valinor


Sep 29, 8:50pm

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Ha - that reminds me of those adverts [In reply to] Can't Post

telling you a product is 'new and improved'. I think, sooo... you've been getting away with selling me old and inferior all this time? Really? I must admit I find proper big Cornish pasties a bit too much to tackle these days. About half of one would be fine for me.


dernwyn
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Sep 29, 11:29pm

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A banner recipe? [In reply to] Can't Post

LOL, I nearly forgot about this! Here it is, it's found on the can of One-Pie Pumpkin.

First, make a pie crust for a 9-inch pie pan. (If anyone's interested in making their own: mix 1 cup flour and 1/2 tsp salt, cut in 1/3 cup Crisco or lard or other lard substitute until the mixture is fine crumbs, then with a fork stir in 1 Tbsp. orange juice followed by enough iced water, 1 Tbsp. at a time, to make a firm dough. Roll out, lay in pan, and flute the edges.)

For the pie:
Sift together 1 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. cornstarch, and a half teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
Mix in the can of pumpkin.
Add 2 beaten eggs, a 12-oz can of evaporated milk, 1 1/2 Tbsp. melted butter, and 1/8 cup molasses.
Pour into the pie crust.
Bake at 450F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350F and bake another 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted partway in comes out clean.
Let cool before cutting!


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SirDennisC
Half-elven


Sep 30, 3:13am

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It felt like - [In reply to] Can't Post

I wrote that soon after your post; it started to feel like a self-fulfilling prophecy after a day or two. I'm so glad you remembered, and am honoured that you shared your recipe, crust and all. My lady will thank you too, I’m sure, when I bake this for her. Pumpkin pie is her favourite!

You’re the best dernwyn Smile


Greenwood Hobbit
Valinor


Sep 30, 8:52am

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It's intriguing to discover [In reply to] Can't Post

what a thug an apparently well-mannered houseplant can be, in a different environment! The main scourge of my flowerbeds is couch grass - a coarse grass that spreads by trailing roots, with the same problem - leave a bit behind and off it goes again. That, and a sweet little thing called viola labradorica (cute little violet flower with purplish leaves, very decorative) which I inflicted on myself! Mea culpa... I nicked some seeds from a public garden ages ago and since then it has been making itself at home everywhere. serves me right!


Annael
Immortal


Sep 30, 2:50pm

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oh those violets do love to take over! [In reply to] Can't Post

my brother and sister-in-law ended up digging up their backyard and putting down new sod to get rid of them! Granted, it was a smallish lawn, but it had been totally invaded. SIL could dig them out of the garden border but not the lawn itself and finally cried uncle.

We had them too at the parental home. I notice that the new owners have dug up and replaced that lawn as well.

I am a dreamer of words, of written words.
-- Gaston Bachelard

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NARF and member of Deplorable Cultus since 1967


Ethel Duath
Half-elven


Oct 5, 2:07am

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Hey there! [In reply to] Can't Post

So great to see you here!
Say "hi" to Uncle Baggins for me, and give a wave at Longs while you're at it. Smile


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