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Post  Lady Arabella on Mon Aug 20, 2018 5:13 pm

Catherine - Oct 1, 2007 3:18 am (#2518 of 2984)

Hubby said we could move into an apartment while they work on the house - yeah right! An apartment that will hold all of the "stuff" we think we need, 5 people, and two cats. He is delusional - sweet, but delusional! –Sheila

Three words: Just say no!

We underwent an 18 month home renovation. We do indeed have our dream home, but we endured unspeakable nightmares in the process. Count on it costing 30-40% more than you anticipate. Realize that someone will do something incredibly boneheaded (like order the wrong windows) and act like it is your fault (it wasn't my mistake, but it set our timeline back by another six weeks). Even after you move back in, count on having workmen in the house all the time.

Our neighbor hated us because we had a Port-O-Potty in our yard during most of this (as the plumbing was being redone, so there was no working bathroom facilities).

If you do it even after I wrote this, remember...I told ya so!


Accio Sirius - Oct 1, 2007 3:57 am (#2519 of 2984)

Catherine! I feel for you. I fear remodeling as much as I fear moving! My hats off to you expert movers. A few years ago we re did the kitchen and two bathrooms. They were great at tile--everything else, especially painting--not so much. I ordered this big, really cool bathroom mirror with trim and I was complaining to the manufacturer that they didn't include the trim until we realized our "contractor" cut it up and glued it to the wall as the back splash!&@#$!

I'm so excited about the swaps! We'll be watching the skies for the owls!


megfox* - Oct 1, 2007 5:22 am (#2520 of 2984)

Argh... I am home today with a very ill toddler. She started throwing up on Saturday and continued all yesterday... Now she is ravenous, since we wouldn't let her eat anything yesterday, and she doesn't want saltines. She is extremely peeved with me. At least she doesn't mind watching her movies for the 300th time. I also left my classroom in complete disarray, and had to email in sub plans. I hope everything goes well today - at least today are my 2 smaller, more well behaved classes. If it was tomorrow, I teach all day and the classes are big and well, let's call it, rambunctious.

Our heat has been on at night, but it has been, until this week, in the 70's and 80's during the day. Wednesday (I think) of last week it was even mid-90's and humid. That is unusual except for about 2 weeks in July, so I am glad to not have to turn on my heat yet! This week is still unseasonable, upper 60's - it should be in the 50's at least. And I pay for my own heat, my landlord only cares that the pipes don't freeze. That is very common around here - in college, I had a landlord that paid for either heat or electricity. In some of his apartments, it was more cost efficient for him to pay electricity, because they were less well insulated. My friends who lived there just used electric heaters all winter, but had to hide them when he came over. We paid for electricity in our apartment and he paid for our heat, and we kept it at 72 all winter. It was wonderful!

I am looking forward to the SWAPS arriving! Have a good day everyone!


Herm oh ninny - Oct 1, 2007 6:51 am (#2521 of 2984)

Hi all!

Heat....I like it on during the day but at night I like it COLD! I open my windows in the middle of winter to let in the freezing air. I'm a little strange

Has anyone read the "His Dark Materials series"? (I think that's what they are called.) I saw the preview for The Golden Compass and it looked very interesting, so I'm thinking about getting the book.

Megfox- Thanks for the info & link about the avatar changes. And to answer your stupid question of the day "Them Yankees is going to the play-offs!!!" LOL! It looks as if we are both on cloud nine but on opposite sides

We have all decided that Lou (our parrot) must be a male.(we haven't had a blood test done yet to check for his sex) Whenever a female walks by, he fluffs up all his feathers, spreads out his wings, and struts back and forth while whistling and saying "Hello" & "Cracker?". He is very reminiscent of a construction worker!


Solitaire - Oct 1, 2007 7:07 am (#2522 of 2984)

I also left my classroom in complete disarray, and had to email in sub plans.

Meg, I rarely leave my room a mess, just like I refuse to leave on Friday afternoon without complete lesson plans, syllabus run off for the kids, handouts for the week, etc. On the rare occasion that I neglect a mess or some other "must," I can almost COUNT on having an emergency that will require a sub to navigate said mess. I think it must be part of some Murphy's Laws for Teachers, or something.

The house-seller's equivalent is probably going to happen to me today: my house is less than spotless, as I didn't feel up to a major cleaning over the weekend. Consequently, I will probably have a procession of "looky-loos" all day long. That's usually how it runs.

Our neighbor hated us because we had a Port-O-Potty in our yard

It's obvious to me that you were only doing it to spite your neighbor, too. Duh! Some people just don't think. BTW, did the complaining neighbor ever offer you the use of his showers or bathrooms?

Okay ... have a nice Monday, everyone!



painting sheila - Oct 1, 2007 7:14 am (#2523 of 2984)

I will pay for your plane ticket if any of you with horror stories of living in a house during remodeling will come and scare the idea out of my husband.

Anyone want to sponsor my oldest kids in a walk-a-thon (Just kidding - sorta) Hubby and i finally laid down the law last night about the trip to England. They have done nothing (no - really - NOTHING) to raise money for the trip. We have had fund raiser after fund raiser. I think they thought their dad and I would just pay the money and be done with it. So last night, we made it crystal clear ( had them repeat what we said) they they had to pay for half of the trip. They don't have to have it before the trip - but by June 1st. If they don't have it by June 1st, we start cutting off appendages.


azi - Oct 1, 2007 7:36 am (#2524 of 2984)

Oh landlords pay some of the bills in the US? Here the tenants pay the bills, although in very few cases bills will be factored into the rent. Our landlord pays for house improvements, boiler breakdown and house insurance. Other than that it's up to us!

Hope your kids start working for their trip, Shelia! Is it the end of this year you are visiting?

I tried reading 'His Dark Materials' when I was 10 and hated it so much I stopped after a few pages. A lot of people love it though, so I think it could be a good read. I keep meaning to try it again. A little fact - the first book is actually called Northern Lights in the UK, instead of The Golden Compass. That change makes less sense to me than the PS/SS change.

**waves to everyone**


Denise P. - Oct 1, 2007 7:56 am (#2525 of 2984)

I read His Dark Materials based on people here recommending them. I hated them. I found them dull, boring and I had to force myself to finish them. I know people love them, just like they love HP, but I think there is no comparison at all.

Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1609556105

Today is the 5 year anniversary of the Lexicon Forum opening its doors. Thank you Lexicon Steve for giving us this place to meet friends, discuss Harry and enjoy the books.


megfox* - Oct 1, 2007 8:07 am (#2526 of 2984)

Well, no frantic emails from school, so I guess everything is working out. Soli, I almost never leave my room a mess either, but I had to work Friday night and it was so hot in my classroom, and I had taught all four blocks, and I was beat. Everything needed for class today was already run off, but it was not in a very obvious place, and kids had passed in projects on Thursday and Friday, which just added to the confusion, as they were all over the back of the room (which is also where I keep all of my handouts stacked until I am ready to use them). Thankfully, my best friend's classroom is right next to mine, and she was able to print off my sub notes and find everything for me. My biggest concern was that they would get me someone competent, as I decided to have the kids go ahead with my regular plans. I designated two students from each class (who hopefully won't be absent) to lead the discussion and go over the homework. I hope I have been too ambitious in my trust and expectations from those students! I think they can handle it, but you never know with Freshman!

Azi, I think that when landlords pay utilities, it is always factored into the rent. Usually it is something that is not easily split between the tenants, like if there is only one propane tank at the building or one meter for electricity for multiple apartments, etc. My landlord doesn't pay any of our utilities at my current house, but our rent is reasonable for York.

Maddy must be taking lessons on being sick from her father. She has been lying on the couch, demanding that I get everything for her, even her sippy cup that she just threw onto the floor. She had some cheerios and a few preztels, and both seem to be staying down, so we might move onto chicken soup for lunch. But when I ask her to sit up and take some medicine, or to pick up her own sippy, she gives me this hang-dog, I'm-gonna-die-I'm-so-sick look, and flops herself back onto the pillow. What an actress!

I really want to see the Golden Compass movie. One of my students (the one whose Mom is my daycarer) loves fantasy books and told me he would lend me the books when I was ready to read them. He is also going to lend me Eragon, and the second book in the Looking Glass Wars series, as soon as he is done reading it. I told him I needed to finish my re-read of the HP series first. He just nodded his head knowingly.


journeymom - Oct 1, 2007 8:12 am (#2527 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum!

This place has provided me a lot of pleasure and I think I got a lot more out of the HP stories from all of your insights.

Azi, would you take a cruise across the pond to the US? You'd be in good company. Apparently David Bowie simply does not fly, he takes cruise ships. Sounds very romantic, actually.

Stupid question: Am I too old for pig tails in my hair? I asked Mr Journeymom that, as I was messing around with my hair last night and put it in pig tails. He returned promptly, "No." I looked at him and he said, "What if I'd said, 'Yes, you're too old??'"

For the record, I decided that, yes, I am a bit too, uh, grown up for pig tails.

Mr. Puck had decided that in order to have proper surround sound, the tv belonged where the fireplace is. –Puck

Mr Journeymom decided the same thing! Only he didn't block the fire place. But now the tv is set up (plug specially installed, tv hanging on the wall) and the speakers are in the ceiling, that's the only place the sofa can go. The sofa can never face any other direction.

Herm Oh Ninny, about His Dark Materials- I couldn't get past the first book, the first time I read it. A few years later I was looking for something to read to dd, so I read the whole series to her. I got a lot more out of it the second time. The first book is the strongest of the three. Aspects of it strongly remind me of the HP series. Interesting, since it was published before PS was published.


Holly T. - Oct 1, 2007 9:26 am (#2528 of 2984)

Happy anniversary to the Forum!

My daughter loves the His Dark Materials series and the Eragon books and the Looking Glass Wars books. She had her best friend also really like the Maximum Ride books. I have not read any of these. She chose Looking Glass Wars for her summer reading project (they get a list of about 5 books and have to select one). Of course she finished the book right away so I bought her Alice in Wonderland to compare it with. So she read it too. Then she wanted the second Looking Glass Wars book so I bought that for her and she read it too.

Dh was out of town and my friend's son had a baseball tournament all weekend so two of my friends and I ended up playing trade children all day yesterday. By 9 p.m. everyone had their own kids back. The best part was when my friend called to say she was on the way to pick up her daughter and I told her that her daughter and my daughter were playing with my daughter's dolls. It was so cute. They took the Red Cross babysitting class yesterday afternoon so when they got home they were practicing what they had learned--how to hold a baby, how to treat choking, etc.--on my daughter's American Girl dolls.


Steve Newton - Oct 1, 2007 9:41 am (#2529 of 2984)

Maybe its the anniversary talk but I did some scouting around and the earliest post that I can find, mine that is, is in early June 2004. I could be missing some and I certainly read a while before joining but that is the earliest that I can document. I can't even, right now, remember which thread. I found late June posts in a Snape thread.


Good Evans - Oct 1, 2007 10:18 am (#2530 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to the forum, just an opportunity to say thanks so much to Steve for starting it and Kip and all the mods and hosts for keeping it going. Thanks to each and everyone of the posters, regular or otherwise for such wonderful contributions and caring ***big group hug to everyone***.

Still stuck in court, I am on my third case now, all good fun!!!! Waves and hugs to all (welcome back T Brightwater! )


azi - Oct 1, 2007 10:23 am (#2531 of 2984)

Hmm, a cruise...problem is they're super-expensive with a high chance of stomach viruses. At least that's what TV's taught me. If I was super-rich I'd be taking a ship to Norway and train-ing/boating my way across Scandinavia rather than flying. Alas, I think the US is slightly too far to cruise.

Oh yes, Happy anniversary Forum!


Solitaire - Oct 1, 2007 11:01 am (#2532 of 2984)

Meg, I have one seventh grade class who could probably get through the lesson by themselves with just a "babysitter" sub to make it legal. They can take roll and do what is necessary, because the entire class is very mature. Two of the girls could probably teach the lesson! LOL Fortunately, they are after lunch and provide a nice break from my very low "before-lunch" class and my last two periods of the day (electives which drive me crazy). My first period might be able to get on okay, because of a few really responsible (and slightly bossy) girls. They would have to send one of the whiney GATE boys to the office, though ... and then things would be fine.

My students this year are pretty good overall. The very few annoying kids are kind of spread out, so that I do not have two killer classes back-to-back. My last period elective is a bit whiney, and wouldn't you know that the biggest whiner is the same one from my first period!



HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 1, 2007 11:03 am (#2533 of 2984)

I finally finish reading the posts and it's time to go again.

Healing charms to megfox's little one and to all those who need them.

**waves to azi, GE and all around**

Happy anniversary to the Lex and a big thanks to all those who keep it going so smoothly.


PeskyPixie - Oct 1, 2007 11:27 am (#2534 of 2984)

I had yet to use the chat thread and figured today is a wonderful day to begin.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Elanor - Oct 1, 2007 11:30 am (#2535 of 2984)

Joyeux anniversaire, happy anniversary to the lex!

Many, many thanks to all who make the forum what it is, that is the best place on the internet: Steve, Kip, the mods and all the wonderful people who post here. We should all have a family party, don't you think?

Have a good Monday everybody! (and Healing Charm's to Megfox's daughter).



painting sheila - Oct 1, 2007 12:40 pm (#2536 of 2984)

Welcome to the chat thread PeskyPixie!!

and . . . . . .

Happy Anniversary to the Forum!!!!!

Thank you Kip for creating such a wonderful  for all of HP fanatics!!

You are appreciated!



Lina - Oct 1, 2007 1:49 pm (#2537 of 2984)

Happy birthday, Lexicon Forum!

Healing charms to your toddler, Meg!


Snuffles - Oct 1, 2007 1:49 pm (#2538 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to the Forum. May we have many more to celebrate

**Healing Charms** to Megfox's daughter. I hope she is better soon.

I know there was much more I wanted to say but alas, I cannot remember. I think I will sit quietly in the corner drinking some Butterbeer and enjoy the party!

*waves to everyone*



Pigwidgeon - Oct 1, 2007 2:29 pm (#2539 of 2984)

Wow, the Lexicon Forum has been around five years now?!? Time flies when you are having fun -- but boy do I feel old!

Happy anniversary!


Tazzygirl - Oct 1, 2007 2:55 pm (#2540 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to the Lexicon and Forum!

I've skimmed the last several days’ worth of posts, so I am sorry if I missed things to say! **healing charms** **good luck charms** **birthday charms** and everything else sent to those that need them!

Today is my first official day off from school and work (and I'm not sick!!). It's Fall break in the public schools, and I don't work until Wednesday. I have tomorrow off too, but then school Wednesday and Thursday. Next week I am taking Monday and Tuesday off as well- my friend from the mainland is coming in to visit for a week starting this Thursday.

As it is my first day off, I am celebrating it by doing laundry, scrubbing my apartment, watching Father Goose in the background, and hammering through about 3 weeks’ worth of homework (to try and get ahead of everything). w00t! Then tonight I am going with a couple of friends to see The Game Plan. Not entirely sure what it is about, all I know is that it has The Rock in it. (I can't stand The Rock. I just really want to see a movie, and all the other movie selections don't sound as good. LOL)

Have a great Week everyone!


Oh- if anyone here watches Grey's Anatomy, several HP members and I created a Forum for it almost a year ago. It's under my homepage link in my profile. Just thought I'd throw it out there again!


T Brightwater - Oct 1, 2007 3:25 pm (#2541 of 2984)

I read His Dark Materials and enjoyed it, but haven't felt compelled to re-read it. Some interesting ideas, but no characters I really cared strongly about, unlike HP.

One series I've been enjoying a lot (and re-reading!) is the "Ring of Fire," which begins with 1632 - Eric Flint is the general editor, and one interesting thing about it is that fan fiction can become part of the canon! The research is very good, the characters are three-dimensional, and, like HP, it uses the whole emotional range from hilarious to tragic.


megfox* - Oct 1, 2007 3:48 pm (#2542 of 2984)

Thanks for the healing charms, they seemed to have worked. She has been chatterboxing away for about an hour straight now, and asked for hotdogs and tater tots for dinner. Now she is trying to convince us to let her take the dog outside.

I can't believe that it was 5 years ago that I first came to this wonderful place. I am so glad to have met and virtually hung out with all of you! Long Live the HP Lexicon forum!!


Kip Carter - Oct 1, 2007 4:17 pm (#2543 of 2984)
Edited Oct 1, 2007 4:50 pm

Five years ago today, Lexicon Steve (Steve Vander Ark) created the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum on World Crossing, but was not immediately available because of the needs of setting everything up and notifying those visitors to the Harry Potter Lexicon.

The following day (Wednesday 2 October 2002 at 9:07 am PDT {UTC/GMC-7 hours}), he created the Forum's first thread with the following message, "Well, here we go. Let's give this one a try. It doesn't throw pop-up windows at us, which is nice. Comments?"

One hour and nineteen minutes later (Oct 2, 2002 10:26 am), Denise P. made the first reply, "Thanks for setting this up Steve, I think it will be much easier to follow than the Bravenet board." And the Forum was off and running.

The reference to Bravenet board was due to an earlier attempt to establish a forum there and most did not like the way Bravenet worked. Both Denise and I remember another attempt was made on another server; however Steve does not remember it. I could not find in my notes the name of the other forum server, but maybe someone will remember and let me know in the future.

We had, and still have, a great group of dedicated members who have put up with many problems during the last five years with the biggest and most damaging happening in the late spring of 2003 when World Crossing basically crashed.

We spent some time when the crash started on a quickly created St. Mungo's Fallout Shelter, created by Carina on Thursday 29 May 2003 while I was trying to save some of the files as our Forum started dying. At that time, both the Lexicon Forum and the Harry Potter Lexicon FanFiction Forum were on World Crossing's wc1 server; whereas St. Mungo's was on the wc3 server, which was a little more stable; however it started having problems when the sysops, technicians, and engineers began correcting the problems.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released during this turmoil on 21 June 2003.

With World Crossing being unreliable, Denise P. established a Harry Potter Lexicon Forum on EZBoard and notified everyone of this with a Jul 8, 2003 7:12 pm post. EZBoard was free for only one month; so a second Forum was established on EZBoard to tie us together until we were able to return to World Crossing on Friday 29 August 2003.

And all of this happened during our first year! We lost a lot of threads and a lot of good members; however there was always a core group that kept us going and there was the Harry Potter Lexicon and Jo Rowling's wonderful books which gave up purpose.

Remember some of the other happenings during that first year. Warner Brothers released the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the month following the creation of the Lexicon Forum (November 2002). The FanFiction Forum was created in early January 2003. Denise P. joined the staff as a Host shortly afterwards and just before she gave birth to her youngest daughter and found that one of her sons had a setback that would occupy a huge amount of her time. I was fortunate to gain the support of the "Pink Ladies" (and they were not all ladies) to help with the operation of the Forums.

Yes, that first year was quite a challenge, but we made it and now we are looking at a new era to begin. I talked with Steve earlier and he said the Lexicon will definitely be here for at least another ten or more years and our Forums will also follow suit. I am looking forward to the future and have a few wrinkles still to add. Please do not ask for details. I will share them as time is available and the circumstances start happening.

With that I say, "Happy Anniversary to the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum!" and "Thanks you, Hosts and members for making the last five one of the most enjoyable times of my sixty-seven years!" I look forward to the future!

Added Note to Steve Newton: There are many threads and posts still available on the Forum; however they are in the archives area. Scan through some of the folder at the bottom of the main page.

Another Note: The oldest working discussion thread on the main page is # Discussions about the Cast of any HP movie., which was created on Sunday 27 October 2002 by timrew, then known as scrambledeggs.

And: The oldest thread on the main page is ** Philosophy of this Forum, the guidelines for our still being here! It's always good to read it again every so often.


Chemyst - Oct 1, 2007 5:57 pm (#2544 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to the Forum! (You will all have to pretend that there is a little birthday candle burning in my avatar today.)

Thanks for giving the expanded timeline, Kip. I thought I'd remembered the day, 02, matching the year, '02, and was beginning to wonder how I could have been so wrong– but it is both the first and the second!


Betty Boop - Oct 1, 2007 5:59 pm (#2545 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary Lexicon Forum!!! A Big Thank you to Steve, Kip, Denise and the rest of the mods.

Meg, healing charms to your daughter.

I hope everyone has a good week.

hugs always



Choices - Oct 1, 2007 6:00 pm (#2546 of 2984)

Wow, so much history in five short years. Congratulations to the HP Lexicon Forum and many thanks to all those who make it what it is. Charms to everyone for strength and staying power, so we can look forward to many more years of wonderful discussions. Love and {{{hugs}}} to you all.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 1, 2007 6:22 pm (#2547 of 2984)

Well, it's hard to add to what has already been said, but I think each individual member ought to give themselves a pat on the back in celebration, for without each of us, there would be no forum.

Happy Anniversary to the HP Lexicon Forum!


Puck - Oct 1, 2007 7:48 pm (#2548 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary!

Healing charm's to Meg's little one!

I had to extricate a one of Son's toys (a Playmobile canball) from Toddler's nose this morning. Fortunately, it wasn't smooth, but had a few groves so I could grab it with the tweezers.

The driveway is paved and the new stone retaining wall looks great. No more worries about the old wall giving way and the driveway collapsing with it.

Off to bed. Things fairly organized for the class at church tomorrow. Just have to get some things photocopied.

Happy RotD!



T Brightwater - Oct 1, 2007 7:58 pm (#2549 of 2984)

(waves to TBE and Chemyst - has anyone seen Timrew lately?)

Happy Birthday to the Forum, and many happy returns!


Potteraholic - Oct 1, 2007 8:43 pm (#2550 of 2984)
Edited Oct 1, 2007 9:19 pm

For it's a jolly good forum,
For it's a jolly good forum,
For it's a jolly good for-or-rum,
And so say all of us!!!

Happy 5th Anniversary, HPLF!

I've said this before, but it's still true today. When I read the threads here, I feel like Dumbledore when he tells Harry, "I am not worried, Harry,"... "I am with you." Thanks to Steve, Kip, and all the moderators for making this forum the wonderful place it is to just kick back and relax with all things Potter!
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jose043 - Oct 2, 2007 1:32 am (#2551 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to Lexicon Forum. Thank you Steve, Kip, Denise and all the other moderators for making this forum a wonderful place to have a good laugh and make some wonderful friends, through the Chat and Greeting Thread.

Healing charms to Meg's little girl.

Josephine and Anne

Little Werewolves of London

The Moon made me do it.


Tazzygirl - Oct 2, 2007 3:42 am (#2552 of 2984)

Just got back from seeing Dragon Wars. Did anyone here see it? IMO- it ranks worse than The Village. I think I lost brain cells. The plot was inconsistent (you never find out what happens to half the cast), and the acting was horrible. Serves me right for agreeing to see a movie I knew absolutely nothing about. I wish we had kept to the original idea of watching The Game Plan... Oh well. I think I shall go to bed and try and regrow some of the lost brain cells back. LOL



Accio Sirius - Oct 2, 2007 3:46 am (#2553 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to the forum! I plan to chat loads today to celebrate!

Thanks for the explanation Kip. Is there a history of the forum thread anywhere? Where you talk about how you first found each other without the thread--the birth of the forum if you will? That would be fun to read. Thanks to everyone who has kept it going all along.


Eponine - Oct 2, 2007 6:28 am (#2554 of 2984)

Okay, I just skimmed about 100 posts.

Sheila, unfortunately, we did not get to go to Les Mis. I really wanted to, but I had to take Mr. Eponine to the emergency room the day before, and he was not well enough to drive all the way to Raleigh on Friday. He's okay now, he just had a kidney attack. Lovely way to spend the day. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059  We sat on a bed in the emergency room hallway for about 6 hours. Thankfully, they did have wi-fi, and I brought my laptop, so we were both able to get some work done. I would like to meet up sometime, though if it's possible.

I hope everyone has had a less eventful week than I have.


The giant squid - Oct 2, 2007 6:35 am (#2555 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to the Forum! I'm not sure exactly when I joined, but I think it was shortly after the return from EZBoard. Marie E. might be able to narrow it down as she's the one who harassed me into joining. It's been a blast since then thanks to Steve, Kip, Denise & all the hosts going above & beyond to make sure this place stays troll-free and topic-smart.

Tazzy, I wish I'd gotten to you sooner--I could have warned you about Dragon Wars... As for The Game Plan, the plot is: The Rock plays a big-shot NFL quarterback who suddenly discovers he has a daughter. Hilarity supposedly ensues. I'm kind out of the loop right now as to what's playing & what's coming soon--we're in the home stretch of a new theater install so I haven't been looking at the release schedule much. I can tell you that the print of The Hills Have Eyes 2 they sent us to test the projectors with still sucks...



Steve Newton - Oct 2, 2007 6:40 am (#2556 of 2984)

Thanks, Kip. Will do.


Solitaire - Oct 2, 2007 7:11 am (#2557 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to the Forum! I will never forget how excited I was when I first discovered that such a place existed! It was a dream spot for a language arts teacher who loved to discuss literature ... especially FUN literature! I lurked for a day or so ... and then joined! I am so thankful for all of the wonderful online friends I've made here ... some of whom I've talked to on the phone and a few of whom I've met face to face. Many, many thanks to Kip and all of the others who work so hard to keep the Forum a nice place to visit.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 2, 2007 7:38 am (#2558 of 2984)

Waves back to T Brightwater!

Mike, if you'd just grab an HP reel, you'd have a more test worthy film , in my not so humble opinion, LOL!

I didn't mean to short the mods or Steve or Kip in my last post, I was just trying to give credit to the members, in case my post came across the wrong way. (Thinks to self, the mods, Kip, and Steve are members also?) ROFL!

Anyhoo, 'tis a great place to call my home away from home within a home. A big heart felt thanks to all for some really wonderful years.


Orion - Oct 2, 2007 8:11 am (#2559 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary, forum! Hopefully it will continue to exist and there will always be people around who like to discuss until their ears fall off. BTW, are there many teachers on the forum? What subjects do you teach?


TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 25, 2007 1:43 pm (#2560 of 2984)

there will always be people around who like to discuss until their ears fall off

Claps hands over ears! I may not be happy with them, but they are the only ears I have!


megfox* - Oct 2, 2007 9:24 am (#2561 of 2984)

There certainly seem to be a few teachers - I am one of them, and I teach 9th and 10th grade Social Studies (specifically, American and World History, with a smattering of geography, economics, anthropology, sociology, etc, etc...).


Puck - Oct 2, 2007 9:25 am (#2562 of 2984)

Just checked. Ears still firmly attached. *whew*

More good news -no foreign objects in Toddler's nose this morning.

Healing charms to Eponine's hubby. (Tossing a few more to TBE's as well.)

As I do not have self-cleaning bathrooms, I must go.

Cheers, Kathy

ps- I was a teacher in my days B.C. (That's "Before Children")


Denise P. - Oct 2, 2007 9:35 am (#2563 of 2984)

I have a degree in education, I was certified to teach K-8 in TN, K-3 in KY. I was all set to go into the school system as a teacher after graduation (had all my paperwork done, pretty much a given I would be hired since they were so short on teachers) when I found out that Mr. Skateboarder, my almost 15 year old, would be making his journey to join the family in a few months. I made the choice to not get a job because I lucky enough to be able to stay home with my little guy. Since then, I have stayed at home with the kidlets. I know if I ever went back into the class, I would not want K, I would want 2, 3 or 4th grade. After this long out, I am not sure I would want to go back into the classroom. I have at least another 3 years before I could even think of getting a job anyway.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 2, 2007 9:37 am (#2564 of 2984)

(snickers at Denise), like you have time for a job?


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 2, 2007 10:00 am (#2565 of 2984)

Healing charms to Mr. Eponine! Was it a stone? I've had several of those-not fun.


I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner, but I found a note last night that was passed between Percy and her friend "Lily". Tomorrow morning they set off for their 5th Grade camping trip. Wouldn't you know, these two are pretending they are off to Hogwarts. I am off to buy them chocolate frog cards and jelly slugs for their lunch bags. I also found 2 cute sets of earrings that look like the sorting hat.

I would love to toss in a note telling them what house they've been sorted into, etc. Can anyone suggest a site or something that will help me get a realistic looking HW printout? Any other ideas for these two little witches is greatly appreciated.

I do have a HS meeting tonight but will probably cut it early to make sure Percy has what she needs.



Mediwitch - Oct 2, 2007 10:14 am (#2566 of 2984)

Just skimmed through about 120 posts...I wish I could find the time to pop in more often! I haven't even been to the rest of the threads in weeks...but we're settling in to the house pretty well now. We still have an unfinished bathroom and the mudroom is pretty messy, but I can wash and dry clothes, and I've actually unpacked all of our clothes so we aren't wearing the same five outfits to work each week!

I have also been taking an EMS Instructor course (to teach EMT classes) - it's OK, but it's hard to take a course in really basic teaching skills when you already teach. Bloom's Taxonomy and lesson plans, all over again! In CT, unfortunately, you have to take this course to teach EMT classes, even if you already have a teaching certificate. It was lousy timing for me, what with moving and all, but it's the first time the class has been offered in quite a while anywhere reasonably close to me.

Happy Birthday to the Forum, and thanks to all who keep it going!!


Orion - Oct 2, 2007 10:16 am (#2567 of 2984)

Oh come on TwinklingBlueEyes, we all have to let our ear down sometimes. What is K-8, and K in general, Denise P.? I learnt about the american school system at school, but you know how it is. I was staunchly sitting in the last row.


Holly T. - Oct 2, 2007 10:26 am (#2568 of 2984)

Healing charms to Mr. Eponine and continued charms to the TBE family!

Healing charms also to Meg's daughter and I am sure there is a charm to get things out of noses Puck. (btdt, with a Lego in my son's nose--when I say he breathes Legos, that's not what I meant)

Spent yesterday afternoon at the doctor's with my son. He's been complaining that he pulled his groin muscle at tae kwon do, then he told me he has a lump on his leg. Which he did, way up on his thigh. So we went to the doctor and they were able to say it wasn't a hernia, then we had to go to the hospital for an ultrasound, which led to them saying it was an enlarged lymph node and prescribing antibiotics--they're thinking it might be cat scratch disease, from his grandparents' new kitten, which he played with all the time for a week about a month ago. Of course one of my friends had to tell me about all kinds of bone diseases and such that this could also be a symptom of. Anyway, he's on antibiotics for 10 days and we're keeping an eye on it. After he finishes the meds the doctor wants to see him again. Note that I had no gray hair before I had this boy.

After that long and stressful afternoon, dh took daughter to her band concert and son and I went to see Al Gore give his "An Inconvenient Truth " presentation. Son did his math homework while we were waiting for it to start. We really enjoyed it but it wasn't over until 9:45, then there was horrible traffic on the way home (why is there traffic at 10 p.m. on a Monday night?), so he went to bed late. I hope he does ok at school today.

I am annoyed with son's teacher again, though. Yesterday since his leg was hurting I sent him a note to get him out of PE. But when his classroom teacher thought her students were being lazy she made them get up and do jumping jacks. Son said he had a pulled muscle and sore leg and a note to not do PE. The teacher said if you whined you had to do twice as many jumping jacks. I asked him what he did and he said he did the jumping jacks without jumping because jumping is what makes his leg hurt more. So when we were at the doctor's office I got a note from them saying no PE or recess (which I hope she will realize also applies to miscellaneous jumping jacks) for the rest of the week. And I told my son if she tries that again to tell her he needs to go to the nurse. I was telling dh and he said that's one more thing for our list for the parent-teacher conference (coming up soon).

I have a deadline at work so I need to make myself concentrate and get the work done. There is also a work event tonight at the museum so I'll be out late again.

Editing to add that I meant to say that I'm not a teacher--but my parents are retired teachers, my in-laws are retired teachers, my sister and my SIL are teachers, you get the drift. Dh does school law. I was in school for a very long time, LOL.


Herm oh ninny - Oct 2, 2007 11:18 am (#2569 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary to the Lex!

Thanks for all the advice about the Dark Materials series. Maybe I should watch the movie first and then decide about the book. Or, maybe I'll just visit Barnes and Nobles and start to read it there and see how I like it

I just graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education and I received two New Jersey teaching certificates. One is K-5 and the other is Pre K-3.

Orion- K stands for kindergarten. Most children in the US start school at age 5, and that's the grade they start in. However, many public schools are now offering free Pre K classes, which start at age 4. Most elementary schools include grades K-5 (or 6) then they have middle school, sometimes called junior high, which has 6-8, and then high school which includes grades 9-12. These vary from place to place. In NJ, you have to have a specific teaching certificate for where you want to teach. My certificates allow me to teach Pre K up to 5th grade. Hope that helps!


journeymom - Oct 2, 2007 1:32 pm (#2570 of 2984)

Healing charms to your son, Holly. I understand about too-much-information induced anxiety. The same sort of thing happened with my son a few years ago. Pain in his hip, got progressively worse. It turned out to be unusual enough, if not life threatening -Perthes disease. Of course, I read up on all sorts of deadly bone diseases, and my girlfriend had to tell me all about her brother's childhood bout with bone cancer. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059

The nifty school issued planner/agenda thing doesn't work very well if you enter erroneous and incomplete homework instructions. So I'm reminding myself that it's better for dd to make these mistakes now, in seventh grade, and hopefully learn from them. So hopefully she will be more diligent in upper grades, where the teachers aren't as forgiving.


Tazzygirl - Oct 2, 2007 1:50 pm (#2571 of 2984)

**healing charms** to your little Death Eater, Holly!

Squid Mike- it's okay. LOL! Kind of serves me right for not keeping up with what movies are out. Although, one friend decided to share with us after we got out of the movie that one of the regular customers at work told him it sucked. Couldn't he have shared that with us before we went in?? As for The Game Plan, I really don't like The Rock, so not sure if I would have liked that movie either. I'll take your word on The Hills Have Eyes 2. Not a fan of those type movies. LOL

Tried to wake up early today but that didn't happen. So now I am off to run a bunch of errands as fast as I can so then I can come home and spend the remainder of the day getting homework done that I really should have started several days ago.

Oh, Orion- I'm almost a teacher. I'm graduating from uni in May with a dual credential in Special Education and Regular Education K-6 grade.

Off I go!



kabloink! - Oct 2, 2007 2:24 pm (#2572 of 2984)

Azi, here it completely depends on your landlord and the situation. In the past we've had apartments where we were responsible for all the bills (electricity, gas, water, trash removal, and obviously cable and phone), and others where trash removal and water were paid. I've also heard of some people who haven't had to pay gas, as it was also included in their rent. We have never been so lucky. We do, however, have complete control over our thermostat, so I guess that is nice. We currently have to pay everything but water and trash removal (we live in a condo complex)-this is an improvement since at our old house we had to pay everything. The electric bill earlier this summer more than made up for lack of a water bill, though. Almost $300 for just June for a 900 or so sq foot townhome. Everyone kept telling me it was because I was running my central air constantly-I still thought it was awfully high, as it was never that high when I ran my massive window AC unit, which should take more electricity. Well, it was the central air, but only because the unit was fried.

Wouldn't a good, strong, Summoning Charm work to remove foreign objects from noses (or ears...)?

Orion, I was going to school to be a secondary teacher (6-12, typically), but ended up just settling for my BA in history. Eventually, I will go back and finish my certification, but with baby #2 due in December and baby #1 just turning 1...it will be a few years.

So yesterday was terrible. It was a day off, sort of. Hubby had his ankle surgery (he's fine, btw) at 9:15 am, but worked the overnight the night before...SO, I had to pick him up at 6am, then drive 2hrs to Port Huron (well, with a stop at another restaurant to report his numbers for the week), which means I was up at 5am with the baby. Then, with all the driving after the surgery, the baby slept, so needless to say no nap when we got home, and daddy is sleeping, so mommy's exhausted and baby just want to play with daddy because daddy is home and he doesn't understand why he can't play with daddy (let alone whack the injured ankle with his plastic putter...). Is it bad I was happy to come to work today, rather than stay home with an invalid AND a 1-year-old who won't nap when daddy's home (for the afore mentioned reason). Now I just have the one year old at work...and my dad...but I shouldn't go there...

Hope everyone has a great day!


I Am Used Vlad - Oct 2, 2007 4:45 pm (#2573 of 2984)

Happy Anniversary, Lex. I'd like to thank Steve, Kip, Denise and all the hosts for all their hard work. It's been fun.

Oh, yeah, I'm a pig, not a rat.


Betty Boop - Oct 2, 2007 5:17 pm (#2574 of 2984)

Healing charms to all that need them.

House is on tonight, great show.

Waves to everyone!!

hugs always



Denise P. - Oct 2, 2007 7:29 pm (#2575 of 2984)

Devin switched over to the trumpet today. We traded in a used trombone and walked away with a new trumpet. He likes it a lot better and tomorrow he has class. Millicent learned 3 notes today, she is thrilled LOL

Tomorrow is going to be the hectic day. I need to make sure I have all my hotel, flight and passport info. I need to pack, I need to drive 5 boys to the stake center for a merit badge clinic. Oh yeah, Millicent also has an activity at church at the same time. Fun! I can get almost everything done in the morning except for the driving in the evening.

I also need to make a list of things for Mr. Denise to do since he doesn't normally do them...like check spelling homework, sign folders, make lunches, check bookbags, what time the various buses come to pick up and drop off, what to feed the dog, the birds and when....all those little things moms do daily but are essential. Of course picture day is the two days this week that I am not going to be here. Iain is growing out a mowhawk so that is going to be a lovely photo. Mr. Denise has a 10 mile race this weekend too. I am not sure how he is going to work that out.

Oh, I also need to drop by the library to pick up a few books to read. I am bring HBP as well. Maybe since I will be trapped on a plane I will get involved in reading it.


megfox* - Oct 2, 2007 7:32 pm (#2576 of 2984)

LOL Denise - and I am stressed with just a department meeting after school tomorrow afternoon, bringing Maddy home to Andy, and working tomorrow night! I found that the easiest way to get myself to read HBP again was to force myself into it. I have left all my other books at school - the only one I can read at home is HBP. It is better now that I know the ending...

Good luck and have a safe trip!


kabloink! - Oct 2, 2007 8:22 pm (#2577 of 2984)

Woohoo! I finally found it! My forum start date was February 5, 2003! (well, I found an old post from '05 celebrating my 2 year forum anniversary) I thought I had joined a bit earlier, perhaps I was simply reading before then. Oh Well-Happy Anniversary Forum! I'm so glad to have you guys to hang out with. You keep me sane some days!


journeymom - Oct 2, 2007 9:06 pm (#2578 of 2984)

I'm such a noob. The oldest post of mine that I can find is from April 10, 2006. On the Snape thread, go figure. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059


Tazzygirl - Oct 2, 2007 11:53 pm (#2579 of 2984)

I think my two year 'forumversary' is November 2nd. That is the date I posted my first post on the Introduce yourself thread.

I have to laugh- Sheila, remember when you told us about the Mom video on youtube a while ago? It is now just hitting the internet mainstream. LOL

It is 9 pm, and I have not done a single piece of homework. I am soooo going to pay for it starting tomorrow!



Puck - Oct 3, 2007 6:18 am (#2580 of 2984)

Hello all!

Just popping in on my way to the grocery store.

Class at the church went okay. At least it's done. No I can concentrate on Scouts and Halloween costumes for a bit.

Holly, my son had a gland on his neck get infected last winter. Sounds similar, a hard lump that suddenly appears. Antibiotics did the trick, but it didn't go away completely until the end of the 10 days. Healing charms to Draco!

Denise, enjoy your trip. (LOL at the idea of Mr. Puck trying to cope with all the Mom things I do on a daily basis. I'd have to write him a survival manual!) It's good for the men to be in charge of the kids now and then. It makes them appreciate you a bit more.



Holly T. - Oct 3, 2007 8:09 am (#2581 of 2984)

Good luck getting everything done Denise! LOL about having to make your husband a list. BTDT--and he still forgets things! He says I should have written everything down for him, which I did. Apparently I should be writing things down right in front of his face. Not sure how to go about doing that.

Puck, thanks for the info about your son's swollen gland. Dh talked to the doctor's office yesterday and they think son may have cat scratch disease. In-laws have two kittens that son played with a lot for a week about a month ago. They want to see him again next week.

Draco is feeling well enough to continue to talk too much at school. I got to work today to find a voice mail from the teacher from earlier this morning. She wanted him to talk to me about what he'd done. I asked him if he was talking back and mouthing off or just talking when he wasn't supposed to. He said he was talking when he wasn't supposed to. The tea leaves are telling me to expect another D in conduct for this week.

Editing--my first post on the Forum was Feb. 17, 2006.


Steve Newton - Oct 3, 2007 9:31 am (#2582 of 2984)

I checked the archived threads and still cannot beat my earliest post early in 2004. I started a thread on June 20, I think, and I would be surprised if I had started a thread so soon after joining.

I checked. I started the Who Will Die thread on June 20, 2004. My unreliable memory tells me that I had been a member for more than 2 weeks when I did this.

I think that I am obsessing, but, I have found a post of mine in the Neville thread from May 28, 2004.


Puck - Oct 3, 2007 9:58 am (#2583 of 2984)

Personally, I think young Draco should get a free pass on talking out of turn, as yesterday teacher made him do jumping jacks against doctors’ orders.

Never heard of cat scratch disease.

Ah, Steve has been working like a house-elf to find his original post.


azi - Oct 3, 2007 10:54 am (#2584 of 2984)

I still have the original 'Welcome to World Crossing' email dated 29th Dec 2002. I feel old, which is ironic considering I'll rank towards the younger end in the spectrum of members.

Healing charms to Draco, Holly! My brother got in a lot of trouble for talking and disrupting the class in school, but he calmed down eventually. Hopefully this will happen for you! Draco doesn't sound as bad as my cousin anyway - he bit off part of another kids ear when he was in nursery (about 4 years old).

Have fun on your trip, Denise! Hope you come home to find a spotless house and perfect school pictures.

I went to a sleepover at a friend's house last night. I got my hair put in ringlets, which looked fantastic when it flattened a bit and looked less like Goldilocks. Was unusually girly and tried on my friend's dresses, including one that cost £500 (US$1000) from Harvey Nichols. I looked great, especially when wearing a tiara. Feeling much more self-confident than usual now - I was complemented frequently on my fantastic waistline. Given that most of my friends are male, I rarely get complemented on anything.

**waves to everyone**


Solitaire - Oct 3, 2007 11:00 am (#2585 of 2984)

As I do not have self-cleaning bathrooms, I must go

My idea of bliss would be a self-cleaning house. It would never need to be dusted or vacuumed. Baths/showers would have automatic sensors that cleaned every 5-7 days (or more often, if needed). Toilets would self-clean as needed. Of course, we would still need to pick up and put away our stuff ... but wouldn't that be fabulous?

Holly, didn't your son's teacher read the note? I think I might consider having him transferred, if I were you. His teacher seems to have taken Snape for her role model. BTW, my mom had a bad case of "cat-scratch fever" (that is what her doc called it) and was on antibiotics for some time, as she had difficulty conquering it. Her lower leg swelled and turned many shades of red, blue, purple and green. It looked horrible, and we were quite worried. Although most cases are fairly benign, it can be serious. **healing charms**

I believe my first post was in June or July 2004.



Steve Newton - Oct 3, 2007 11:11 am (#2586 of 2984)
Edited Oct 3, 2007 11:44 am

I found a slightly earlier one. May 27, 2004 in the Arthur Weasley thread. I suspect that I was around for a few weeks before this.

AHA! May 13, 2004 in the Dumbledore's Army thread.


Eponine - Oct 3, 2007 11:22 am (#2587 of 2984)

I don't know when my Forumversary is, but I do know I started reading the forum about 4 years ago. I'd gotten married and moved away from everyone I knew, so I ended up spending a lot of time on the internet, and I discovered the Lexicon. I know I lurked for quite a while before I ever posted anything.

Thanks for all the healing charms for Mr. Eponine. It was indeed a kidney stone, and it was not pleasant. He has a doctor's appointment today to follow up on it.

Does anyone on here have raspberry bushes? I planted a bush this summer, and I don't know if I should prune it or anything for the winter.


Kip Carter - Oct 3, 2007 11:41 am (#2588 of 2984)

Steve Newton, you were given Participant status on Monday evening 22 March 2004. Even though the suggestion was in that email granting you posting rights, you never did add anything it on the # Tell About Yourself (new) thread.

In fact, you waited until Christmas day 2004 before you made your first post on the Chat and Greeting Thread for Members.

According to my records, you started your first thread, Literary Themes, on 12 May 2004 and it was automatically deleted on 19 November 2004 after receiving 98 posts, with the message added thirty-one days earlier on 19 October 2004.

Your oldest thread, still available, is -- Who will die in books 6/7?,b (here) began on 20 June 2004 and was closed down with 1,296 messages when Book Seven was released; however one additional post was added on 9 August 2007 when I opened it up accidentally while moving some threads around.

One this Forum, you have started two additional threads:

1. The Voice Inside on 11 August 2005, which was automatically deleted 20 October 2005 after receiving 45 messages, the last added on 19 September 2005.

2. + Chess-Reflection or Projection? on 9 July 2005, currently has 129 messages with the last added on 13 December 2006 and presently located in the Theories Group Section Folder. here

And that's all I have to say about that. - Forrest Gump

I just felt like providing Steve with this now because I had the time and it was something to do for a few minutes as a change of pace between some projects. Please do not ask me to do the same thing for you. I just ran out of free time.


Steve Newton - Oct 3, 2007 11:48 am (#2589 of 2984)

Thanks Kip, again. You have saved me many hours of scouting around.

I think that the Voice thread was my most important. Early evidence of a Harryhorcurx I think. I copied all of it and saved it somewhere that I can't find. I do have all of my references, though, and posted them early this year in one of the read-a-long threads.

Chess could have been better if I had had stronger opinions. I started it to find out stuff and I did but it could have gone better.

Again, Thanks, Kip.


Holly T. - Oct 3, 2007 12:10 pm (#2590 of 2984)

Solitaire, as it turned out my son hadn't given the note to his classroom teacher--he thought it was just for him to get out of PE (of course, he wasn't expecting to have to do jumping jacks in class, which normally he wouldn't mind at all--people at our church like to tell the story about him, at age 4 or 5, doing push-ups in one of the pews during the service). Then when he claimed an injury, of course she thought he was just making excuses. Teacher conferences are next week. Transferring would mean he would be in a class with the boy who pestered him all last year.

Anybody else's mom already guilt-tripping them about the holidays? My mom is on IM trying to plan Thanksgiving. She never plans ahead, so I have no idea what she's up to.

Apparently there's not always a fever with cat scratch fever, so now they call it cat scratch disease (I just learned that yesterday).


Solitaire - Oct 3, 2007 12:28 pm (#2591 of 2984)

Just need a quick cyber-scream ... Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! *sigh* There ... now I feel better. Sort of.

I just finished attempting to teach a lesson in the computer lab to the two most technologically illiterate groups of seventh graders on the planet. It's amazing how a bunch of kids who've had the same curriculum and teachers can have such wildly different skill levels. All sixth graders in our school are generally computer literate--with 5-10 exceptions scattered through the grade level--so two entire classes of clueless seventh graders are unusual to the point of being bizarre! I've never encountered more than a handful of kids who do not even know how to turn on the computer and log in.



journeymom - Oct 3, 2007 1:10 pm (#2592 of 2984)

Soothing charms your direction, Soli. Bizarre is right!

Family induced holiday guilt: a couple of years ago I announced to His family and mine that we would hence forth spend Thanksgiving with my family and Christmas with his family. No more agonizing about how to visit both families, separated by a 2-hour drive. I think it's our (my) turn to host Christmas dinner this year, so we'll be hosting almost the entirety of His family. This would be 30 people, but his littlest sister is getting married three days before Christmas, and they're honeymooning in Australia. Lucky.


painting sheila - Oct 3, 2007 1:17 pm (#2593 of 2984)


You people are so darn clever!! Every single one I took out of the bag was an "Oh my! This one is my favorite!!"They are so fun!!

When do we do another one? I'm game. Anyone else in?

Tazzy - Yes. I am way ahead of the curve - or crowd - or what ever you call it. Ha! It's still funny every time I see it. I think another one of my friends sent it to me last week.

Let's see how long it take the sneezing panda video to get around.

Warning! Rant Coming!! My kid's high school's honor choir ordered new dresses for the girls since the old ones were being discontinued. They have a concert on Tuesday and I have received 5 (yes!! 5 ) calls from girls and moms wanting me to take in their dresses. The manufacturer must have sizes that run two and three sizes too big. These dresses are enormous on these girls. I have to take out the neck facing and the sleeves in order to make them fit! ARRGG!! They have had their dresses for at least a month and they are just now calling me!! Some people's children! :mad:

On a happier note - Did I mention my SWAPS came? bounce  :cheer:


Denise P. - Oct 3, 2007 1:40 pm (#2594 of 2984)

Oh man, I am going to be computer less (maybe) for a few days and will miss everyone getting their swaps! Ah crum, I wasn't going to lug my laptop but I may have to do it now. Let me see what the internet status is at the host hotel. Argh, site doesn't say but one of my roommates asked me about my laptop so I guess I will bring it along. Ah ha! Went to the main page...it has wireless access in all public areas and wired in the rooms. Woo hoo! I will be able to sneak on a few times to check on everything.

Sheila, aren't they fun?!! I had so much fun getting each of them and then seeing all 240 in one spot...wowie! I don't know if I could pick a single favorite because there are so many neat ones and I like them all.


Lavandula - Oct 3, 2007 1:44 pm (#2595 of 2984)

My Swaps just came! My Swaps just came! My Swaps just came! My Swaps just came! My Swaps just came! My Swaps just came! My Swaps just came!  bounce cheers

I am sooooooo excited. They are all magnificent!!! All arrived in good shape. I see that my postage was just about right, Denise. Thank you so very much for organizing this. Let's do it again. Hopefully more friends will give it a try. When you see what we did, you'll know that you don't have to be super with a glue gun or paint brush to participate.

Edit to Add: Denise, where are you going on your trip? I can tell it is overseas but that is all without a full search. Sorry that I haven't been around at all since August, but with school back in and the eldest now in high school soccer my days are so packed. Once the weather turns chilly and outdoor activities and gardening are done, I'll be back more. I sure miss all of you so much! I feel like part of my family has gone away for awhile.

Oh, did I forget to tell you... My Swaps just came! bounce My Swaps just came bounce  My Swaps just came!  bounce My Swaps just came! bounce My Swaps just came! bounce My Swaps just came! bounce  My Swaps just came! bounce  cheers



kabloink! - Oct 3, 2007 1:49 pm (#2596 of 2984)

Hmm we had made the very firm decision that we weren't going anywhere for Christmas. In theory, I will still be recovering from having a baby (due Dec 24th but I doubt I'll go that long), and our theory was that we could do dinner at our place, probably more informal than normal, but I can handle a turkey if others bring side dishes to pass. Or, we offered to have dessert at our house. Now, however, his Royal Highness (hubby's brother) will be home from UAE, and thus him, his wife, and two kids will most likely be here for Christmas. Hmm, apparently we are now expected to cart ourselves to wherever they are for the holiday...

I guess I shouldn't be so bitter, I do have a lot more respect for the traveling that Cyndi did with her 4-year-old by herself over the past few years while her hubby was overseas, but still.

Oh! Other sister-in-law (hubby's sister) is expecting now, too! I get to be pregnant with both of my sisters-in-law, two years in a row. Its pretty cool, she's due sometime in late May. I'm very excited for her, she's been trying to convince her hubby to have a baby for awhile now. I just hope she has a boy, her and her daughter are far too girly-girly for her poor hubby (who is an athletic trainer, and thus very much a sports guy) a boy should balance things, I think.

Ok, I'm off to close up. Then I have tomorrow off-yay!

EDIT: This whole swap thing sounds fun. Perhaps next time I will try, but I'm still trying to get together my wedding album (we've been married since Feb of 04), so it might not be a great idea...


PeskyPixie - Oct 3, 2007 2:03 pm (#2597 of 2984)

Best wishes for healthy happy babies for all expecting parents. That's the most important thing ... although I am partial to little girls.


Holly T. - Oct 3, 2007 5:03 pm (#2598 of 2984)

My swaps are here!!! The kids and I had a blast looking at them.

Kabloink, my son's baby book is a box of miscellaneous items. He's 9. You don't need to finish the wedding album before you make swaps.

Monday night I went to hear Al Gore speak. Last night I went to a lecture by former Ambassador Bob Krueger and his wife, Kathleen, plus Paul R.--the guy from Hotel Rwanda. Not the guy from the movie. The man from Rwanda. Tonight--my Girl Scout meeting!


Betty Boop - Oct 3, 2007 6:34 pm (#2599 of 2984)

Denise, have a safe fun trip.

I went to see The Game Plan, cute movie.

Healing charms to whom needs them.

hugs always



painting sheila - Oct 3, 2007 6:55 pm (#2600 of 2984)

The big kids and I went to swing dance lessons tonight. Hubby had the day from "the hot place" at work so he begged off. It was fun.

I am so ready for bed - but my house is a mess and more dresses to alter are coming tomorrow. I really should be sewing.

I think I am going to take a shower and go to bed. Maybe tomorrow will look better from the bright side of the morning. (sigh)

Edit: Tazzy - I just got the mom thing in another email. Ha!!
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Solitaire - Oct 3, 2007 8:11 pm (#2601 of 2984)

Thanks, Journeymom. My first period did a fair job of things, so I was stunned by the ineptitude of periods 2 & 4. Thankfully, period 5 kids were pretty savvy. I had a few who were brand new to tech, but they were smart enough to catch on quickly.

Last year, most of my 7th graders entered the year with a pretty good working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, Netiquette, etc. More than half my students carried flash-drives and used them competently. Parents checked assignments on my class webpage, tracked online grades, and some stayed in touch each week via email to track behavior and progress of their at-risk kids. Many kids who were out sick or on vacation sent their assignments via email. This year has been a HUGE contrast. It will take a while to acclimate.

Sheila, just look up the numbers of some local seamstresses and have them ready. Tell the parents you are SOOOOO sorry--if only they'd called a week or two ago --but you will be away for the weekend ... and then GO! Even though the kids are in high school, I wouldn't blame them too quickly. Shouldn't their parents have thought to have the kids try on the dresses when they brought them home?

Sheila! You need to start using the "N" word ... NO ... as in "I'm so sorry, but no ... I won't be able to help out this time." Unless, of course, they are paying you REALLY well.



Holly T. - Oct 3, 2007 8:25 pm (#2602 of 2984)

The lady from the Girl Scout council called yesterday to ask me to please teach a training class this Saturday. I said no. I was so proud of myself. Not that I've been sitting around bored, LOL.

Did I mention that I love the swaps?


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 3, 2007 10:45 pm (#2603 of 2984)

Never heard of cat scratch disease. Puck

Ever heard of “Cat Scratch Fever" by Ted Nugent?

Soli, my husband always waxes on about the self-cleaning toilets on the streets in Paris. After you are done, the door closes and disinfectant sprays all the surfaces and rinses clean. Every person entering has a freshly cleaned bathroom. He wants a house like that. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059

Kenneth Branaugh is on Conan O’Brian, he looks really different!

I am on the PTO’s Cultural Arts Committee at my kids’ school. We worked hard all summer to find great stuff to bring in. I worked on bringing in a salt water touch tank. I talked with the maritime education facility, then with the teachers, principal and back to maritime folks. I thought we were all on board and understood what was going on. Between the new block schedule at the school and the low tides (yes!) the prearranged time for installing the tank changed. I conferred with the teachers and the principal arranged for new times.

Well don’t you know it, the teachers were upset that the time wasn’t good for them, the students couldn't be there because they had specials and the teachers think the tank is a good idea could we bring it back in the spring when they can work it into the curriculum. Ughhh! We wanted the tank in the spring but we told it couldn't get it then! The kids do seem to love it though.

My girls joined the Girls Scouts for the first time ever. It wasn't love at first sight. But then even our troops leader wasn't happy and said she's never doing this again.

Lol Soli!


Puck - Oct 4, 2007 3:43 am (#2604 of 2984)

Lovely attitude for a Scout Leader. One thing if she says it at home, but to voice it in front of girls and parents?!

My first Daisy meeting is the 12th, and I'm quite excited about it. Reminds me, must get my home study answer sheets in the mail. (I did leader training at home.)

I always expect kids to get technology better than I do. I was at a woman's house for First Aide/CPR last week. I was shocked that neither she nor either of her two teenagers could work the DVD player so we could watch. (In their own house.)

Azi, is the song "I feel Pretty" from West Side Story floating around your head? Glad you had so much fun. I still love playing dress-up.

I can't believe I missed the whole SWAPs thing. I can't take anymore forum vacations, as I don't want to miss the next one. Glad the rest of you are enjoying them.

Sorry the tank has caused you so much trouble, Mrs. Sirius.

Time to wake the kidlets up for school.



Accio Sirius - Oct 4, 2007 4:38 am (#2605 of 2984)

I'm in SWAP heaven!!! They were waiting for us last night when we got home (very late) from the circus! We opened them this morning and Little Miss Sirius almost missed her bus because we kept poring over them! They are soooo cute!! I love each and every one of them. Now, I just have to think of proper and cute way to display them. Kudos to Denise for arranging everything! I'm also up for another round whenever as we already have at least three viable ideas floating around!

The Big Apple Circus was fun, although I wouldn't recommend it on a school night. It was a long drive for us, but the stuff people can do is just amazing. This was my first circus. I've always avoided them because I don't like the ones that use animals. This one is mostly freakishly nimble humans, a few really cute dogs and some horses. They have a whole policy on the use of animals, which at least seems like a step in the right direction. Very fun.


painting sheila - Oct 4, 2007 4:45 am (#2606 of 2984)

Soli - They had offered to pay but I told them to just give a donation to the arts program at school. I am now second guessing myself. With all that is needed to do on the dresses the money I would have made could buy me the house in my avatar!!

Off to fold laundry.

Have a great day every one!



Puck - Oct 4, 2007 5:48 am (#2607 of 2984)

Sheila, somehow I knew you weren't accepting money for all that work.


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 4, 2007 6:12 am (#2608 of 2984)

Lovely attitude for a Scout Leader. One thing if she says it at home, but to voice it in front of girls and parents?! Puck

Whoooops, that should have read the scout leaders daughter said she hates it and wasn't going to do it again. Our leader is a lovely gracious lady who wouldn't say such a thing.

I Feel Pretty or Princess Diaries, azi!

Yes Soli, people with are ADD (now called Executive function ADD) should not schedule things.

Oh yes Kim, scheduling Christmas and other holidays is difficult. When my mother was around she always insisted we be with her for every holiday. Since she has died, we only have my mother-in-law, and she really doesn't care one way or the other come for the holiday or don't. It's actually kind of lonely not having family around for the kids.


Marie E. - Oct 4, 2007 7:52 am (#2609 of 2984)

My SWAPS came in yesterday!!! I thought ours were pretty cute until I saw all the others. Shayla is already brainstorming ideas for the next SWAP exchange. Lexi thinks they're cute, but she's not as in to it as Shay and I. I can't wait until everyone has theirs so we show them off.

Lovely fall weather holding out so far. I'm trying not to say or even think the "s" word (snow)

I want to be a pirate for Halloween, but I may have to buy a men's costume. The women's costumes are...er...let's say risque. Probably not appropriate attire for a daycare center.


Holly T. - Oct 4, 2007 8:18 am (#2610 of 2984)

Azi, I think everyone should feel self-confident while wearing a tiara. Sounds like fun! My daughter took a tiara with her to Girl Scout camp--she said that even if you are covered in mud you can still be a princess. Since she did Survivor camp she spent most of the week filthy. At the end of the week campfire she wore her tiara on top of her tribe bandana. One of the other camps was "spa" camp--they do yoga and make lip gloss--my daughter says "that's not camp." At the end of the week they were all still nice and clean and looking askance at the Survivor girls. But, my daughter said, none of them had a tiara.

I had a professor who couldn't work a cassette player. He had a Pulitzer Prize in history, but he couldn't work a tape player.

Mrs. Sirius--sometimes leader's daughters have issues with Girl Scouts because they don't like their mom paying attention to the other girls.

Draco's leg is still sore. I guess we shouldn't expect to see a change in the lump so soon. He's taking his meds. We turned in the paper with our requests for teacher conference times.

My mom doesn't really care about who goes where on the holidays. Her main motivation is to guilt trip me. At some point in the past 10 years or so I quit letting her guilt trip me and accepted that one of her main goals in life is for me to be miserable, but that doesn't mean that her guilt trip attempts aren't annoying. Especially since, unlike her, I am actually trying to NOT be rude.

Sheila, sending sewing charms your way!


journeymom - Oct 4, 2007 9:01 am (#2611 of 2984)

--sometimes leader's daughters have issues with Girl Scouts because they don't like their mom paying attention to the other girls. Holly T.

Huh. That's something to think about.

Who mentioned the guy portrayed in Hotel Rwanda? His name is Paul Rusesabagina. What a mouthful! That's another movie to add to my list of movies I'd like to see but don't have the fortitude to do so.

Edited to say, That was you as well, Holly, right? Didn't you show An Inconvenient Truth to your girls? I suggested that in passing to my co-leader. She said, 'How interesting!' and dropped it. Laughing She's probably right to nix the idea, as our parents might not appreciate us 'agendizing' their daughters.


Puck - Oct 4, 2007 10:03 am (#2612 of 2984)

Hotel Rwanda is saved on my TiVo, so I can watch it someday.

Mrs. Sirus, that puts a different spin on things. Hoping my Diva will love it.

Holly, your daughter has true class. Very well rounded!

Took the kids costume shopping last night. Son is an Alien, Diva is Sharpee from High School Musical. I'm making a purple people eater costume for toddler, which means I get to be a purple person.

Off to do some chores.



Choices - Oct 4, 2007 11:07 am (#2613 of 2984)

OK, my curiosity is going into over-drive. I want to know about these "swaps" - what are they, what do they look like and what do you do with them once you get them? Are they collectibles or do you just keep them a few days and then chunk them. Are they all HP related? Please post if you did a swap item and tell us what you made and describe how it looks. :-)


Holly T. - Oct 4, 2007 11:48 am (#2614 of 2984)

Journeymom, I got to go hear Paul Ruesabagina speak Tuesday night. I showed An Inconvenient Truth to my Girl Scouts last year, not Hotel Rwanda. When I showed them AIT I told the parents ahead of time and no one had a problem with it. We took three meetings to watch it and stopped it periodically to talk about it. We found it an excellent springboard into the topic and watching it met at least one requirement for the Eco-Action IP. One thing I have noticed about kids watching AIT is that they are looking at it from a science/environmental viewpoint and don't really get anything political out of it.

Choices, I think when everyone gets their swaps and Denise is back home that there will be many pictures, etc. available of our fabulous swaps.


Accio Sirius - Oct 4, 2007 11:57 am (#2615 of 2984)

Choices, Swaps is usually Girl Scout related in that your troop makes a bunch of them (according to a theme) so that when they come across other scouts, they can trade them. They usually have a tag with your troop number and location and then you where them on a hat, shirt or bandana. I believe Denise still has some cool links behind her avatar so you can check out traditional types.

All of ours are Harry Potter themed of course and judging from the creativity and quality, no one will be chucking them in the trash anytime soon. Denise has taken pictures of all of ours and will post them when everyone has received them. We'll definitely have to do this again because once people see the pictures, they'll definitely want to join in the fun!


Madam Pince - Oct 4, 2007 1:03 pm (#2616 of 2984)

Hi all! Back from a somewhat self-imposed Forum break (just to see how long I'd last -- ha! Only about 20 days, which was still way too long!) But I found it pretty easy to catch up on the 300+ chat posts, so woo-hoo!

Let's see -- I took notes, so here we go: Denise, your Indiana owl swap was adorable. Even without seeing these new ones, (which I am dying to see) I can tell already that I will not be able to join in. My creativity and artistic ability is in the negative numbers. I would be too embarrassed. Also, hope you have a great time on your trip! I was going to come on here and post that I'd read in the Times that they have gotten "caught up" on all the backlog of passports and that they are proceeding at the normal speed now, but of course you know that already now.

Mediwitch, yay and yahoo on getting into the new house! How about a virtual crock-pot full of BBQ ribs for your housewarming present? I'll throw in some cornbread and red-eye gravy to boot! (Soli, don't knock it 'til you've tried it -- it's great! But not as good as my mom's squirrel gravy... *waves at Finn*)

TBE, I'm so sorry to hear about your hubby's health issues but I'm glad they have gotten them straightened out now hopefully! And here's hoping you stay healthy, too! Healing charms and lots of niacin to you!

Eponine, sorry too about hubby's kidney stones. We know all about those here; Mr. Pince has had about six or so since I've known him. They are not fun at all. Oh, and you asked about raspberry bushes? Now would be a good time to prune them I think, and you can prune them hard. Get rid of any dead ones altogether (ie: trim to the ground) and you can trim all the rest so they're just a foot-long stick sticking up out of the ground. You'll feel terrible doing it, but don't worry, they'll be fine. There's lots of Google sites to tell you where to cut -- it's easier if you have a picture in front of you.

Kabloink, hope things are going better now with hubby's job and all, and that he's doing better after surgery.

Azi, hope things are more cheery your way, too -- it sounds like they are from your description of your "girly day." Remember that episode of Friends where all the girls tried on wedding dresses and then sat around the apartment drinking beers? LOL! Some of my girlfriends and I tried on these ridiculously expensive formal dresses at Macy's or Saks or something like that when we went to New York a couple years ago -- they were thousands of dollars. It was remarkably therapeutic. I was very impressed with how the expensive dresses have all the corsets and such-like already sewn into the dress, and it made me feel better thinking "No wonder all the starlets look so great on the red carpets; even I can look great with all this support!"

Sheila, how did the toilet flappers escapade go? It is remarkable to me how many different varieties of them there are, and how we always manage to buy the wrong one every single time. I'm with you; I'd almost just rather get a whole new thing.

Kay, congrats on the new van! Woo-hoo!

Lina, I'm with you on the movie The Natural -- I just don't get it. It's one of Mr. Pince's favorite movies, but I just don't understand. And it's not because it's a sports movie, because I understand sports and normally love sports movies.

Holly, that is sooooooo cool that your local school was used for Friday Night Lights!!!! That is one of my favorite shows! Ooooooo, maybe you'll get to catch a glimpse of Kyle Chandler (aka Coach Eric or Bomb-Squad Guy...)! I am still scratching my head over why the network scheduled that show for Friday nights, though. TV Guide said they did it because of the name being too confusing for some people. However, hellloooooo??? Friday nights is exactly when a large portion of the fan base will be where? Attending a high-school football game! Duh! Oh well. Also, glad Daughter Hermione is getting A's in school, and tell Son Draco that even if he gets D behaviors, he's giving everyone in Forum-verse a daily chuckle! (Our school doesn't do weekly behavior reports -- I wish they did. We've had some... ummm... "issues" I guess? I don't know how reliable the 5-year-old reports that I am getting are, either. And his teacher told us that she "doesn't do" e-mail, which I found surprising because she seems very communicative. She was the only one to hold a K open-house. Oh well. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing and hope for the best. No news is good news, right?)

I can't believe I forgot "Talk Like A Pirate Day." Bad, bad me.

Someone asked about favorite new TV shows -- my first random observation is that it's quite a change going from summer fare (which was practically NO shows at all that I wanted to see) to now there are competing shows on at the same time and also coinciding with bedtime which is forcing lots of VCR recording and is trying my patience. Anyway, I've only gotten to see half of the first Survivor and I definitely cannot stand the waitress from NYC -- is she Courtney? Yech. I have very much enjoyed the new shows Chuck and also Pushing Daisies which premiered last night. Jim Dale narrating -- woo-hoo! It makes me jump every time an ad comes on because I think it's something Potter-related. I was bummed though because they killed off a dog in literally the first ten seconds of the show, and I hate it when shows kill the animal. But, ... well... you have to watch.

I read that Lost won't be starting up again until February, but it sounds like there is some debate and it might actually end up being late January. Either way... Season Three DVDs aren't out until 12/11/07. Arrrrghhhh.... I'm already forgetting the thread of what was going on...

Oh, my "birthday song" was I Want To Hold Your Hand by the Beatles. I never did like the Beatles, but probably everyone else would say this is a classic, so I guess it's OK.

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


azi - Oct 4, 2007 1:49 pm (#2617 of 2984)

Madam Pince, that was some post! I hope Little P doesn't get into any more trouble! I know exactly what you mean about corsets - I tried one at my friends house and WOW! I'm sure you look great without needing to go to celebrity lengths (I find they generally look ill, just my opinion though). Welcome back as well.

I hope everyone will have received their swaps soon so we can see pictures!

Our old neighbours moved out today. Finally! No idea who the new ones are as no one has moved in yet (house doesn't actually say sold either...). **finger's crossed** they're nice! I think they were visiting around tea time, just when we were embroiled in our daily dinnertime row. Great first impression...

Lovely day to all!


Madam Pince - Oct 4, 2007 2:33 pm (#2618 of 2984)

Yeah, it dragged on... didn't seem so long while I was writing it. That's what I get for being gone so long and wanting to respond to so many people...

I have a meeting tonight at 6:00. Reckon I'll get back to do dinner/bath/bedtime and all this in time for Survivor? I say no chance, what say you guys? I think I'll be searching for a bit of blank tape for the VCR again...


painting sheila - Oct 4, 2007 2:48 pm (#2619 of 2984)

(mumble mumble mumble ) I have 7 dresses to alter!!! Help!! I'm drowning!!

Yes. Puck I am a crazy sewing fool!

Madame Pince - the toilet flappers worked like a dream!! Getting the whole kit together in one box and replacing everything at the same time was the ticket I think.

Got wig, beard and bushey eye brows for hubby. He is a part of a scavenger hunt tonight. Kids from church are going to the mall looking for members of our church in disguise, I hope he fools 'em.

Car died this morning and it's in the shop. We haven' t heard from them all day. Is that a good sign or a bad sign?


Lina - Oct 4, 2007 3:16 pm (#2620 of 2984)

Healing charms to Holly's son and so many other people that obviously need it!

As Azi, I still keep my welcoming e-mail and its date is July 9, 2004 as my first post at the "Tell about yourself thread". It was fun to search some old posts and conversations. I remember thinking that Soli was a member for years at that time...

Felix Felicis to Azi for the new neighbors! I hope they will be some pleasant ones.

Those are nice posts, after you are absent for a while, Madam Pince, they can remind us skimmers if we forget something.

Strengthening charms to you, Sheila. I think you should really take Soli's advice. Watch my lips and repeat after me: "N O". When you finish the dresses, take a quill and a parchment and write down "No" a hundred times. Reparo charms to your car too!

Kate tells me it is a Teacher's Day tomorrow. I don't know if it is worldwide or not, but I will take the opportunity to say THANKS to all the teachers!


Puck - Oct 4, 2007 4:22 pm (#2621 of 2984)

Ahh, dance class down. Hubby is doing a dinner meeting thing in the city and won't be home until late. Since there is no school tomorrow (teacher work day), I took the kids out to dinner, and now they are watching a Winnie the Pooh Halloween video.

Son had his first real spelling test today. He got 80%, so not bad. It seems as if letter grading and test taking starts in second grade around here.

Kitchen to clean. I keep getting part way through, then have to go on to something else. By the time I get back to it, more mess has accumulated, and it's worse than before I started cleaning.

Perhaps if I tell myself I cannot watch survivor until it's done, I'll make it through the whole thing tonight.

Welcome back Madame Pince! Diva and Little Pince seem cut from a similar mold. She's mentioned having a few time outs -always along with a particular friend. I haven't gotten a note from the teacher, however, so I assume she's not that out of hand.



Chemyst - Oct 4, 2007 5:18 pm (#2622 of 2984)

Sheila, would you do me a favor?

*holds out a dress needing altering*  Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042

 **waves back to Brightwater**

. . .my son's baby book is a box of miscellaneous items. He is 9.
Holly, mine too! The baby book being a box, that is; my oldest is in his early 20's now. After the first 10 years I told myself that a box is really better than a book after all because it can hold a rattle and his first matchbox car. We are indeed innovative geniuses, aren't we?. (I did buy a nicer box to replace the shirt box, that ought to count for something.)


Choices - Oct 4, 2007 5:26 pm (#2623 of 2984)

Thanks to all who gave info on the swaps. Now I am looking forward to seeing the pictures. :-)

Tomorrow is Friday - hope everyone has a good day and a great weekend to follow. Love and {{{hugs}}} to all.


painting sheila - Oct 4, 2007 7:11 pm (#2624 of 2984)

Chemyst - :pdpb:  Avada Kedavra


Madam Pince - Oct 4, 2007 9:25 pm (#2625 of 2984)

Did Sheila just cast the Dark Mark?  Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 793915934


journeymom - Oct 4, 2007 10:17 pm (#2626 of 2984)

No, she just caved. Again! Lol!


painting sheila - Oct 5, 2007 5:19 am (#2627 of 2984)

Let's not think of it as "caving" per se, let's think of it as extending myself to help someone in need . . .? Okay. You're right. I caved.(sigh) I think it's an illness.

On another note, How do you find your first post? I thought it was on Chat and greeting for me but can only go back as far as July of this year.


kaykay1970 - Oct 5, 2007 5:54 am (#2628 of 2984)

Yay! It's Friday! My kids are out of school all next week for Fall Break! Tonight kicks off our town Appreciation Days weekend. My band boys will be playing tonight. Eldest son and his friends are playing an extra piece that they practiced in their free time. One pianist, two percussionists and my trumpeter will be playing "One Winged Angel", the main boss battle music from Final Fantasy VII. I've listened to the very high pitched trumpet portions of the song many times! I can hardly wait to hear the whole song with the other musicians bits added in!

Next Thursday, my college girl will be home for a 4 day weekend! Yay! On Saturday the 13th my niece is getting married, so it's nice that my whole family will get to attend the wedding! WooHoo!

My first post was Aug 9, 2005 on the Tell About Yourself thread.

Sending out all the appropriate charms where needed...

I'll be waiting to see pictures of all the swaps!


Madam Pince - Oct 5, 2007 6:42 am (#2629 of 2984)

We could just say Sheila is like Harry and has a "saving-people thing."

Today is a mess. It was supposed to be school field trip day to the pumpkin farm from 9-11:30. Then I found out my relatives are selling part of the family home place (long story; don't want to know) and they decided to hold a big auction to get rid of all the "junk" that's in the place, some of which I undoubtedly will want because it's my grandparents' stuff. Sale is tomorrow at 10:00 am, in a place 5 hours away. OK, so short-notice trip planned down there -- it's all good because we'll just take Little P out of school right after the field trip and leave then. (Mr. P refuses to drive the DC Beltway anytime after 2:00pm.) So far, so good. Except last night Little P starts coming down with either cold or allergies, not sure which. Then this morning school has a 90-minute fog delay, which according to the field trip permission slip means the pumpkin farm thing is cancelled and will be re-scheduled next week sometime. OK, so still good. Maybe we'll just skip school altogether and he won't miss anything -- yay. So just now the phone rings and it's the room mom saying "Good news! We've managed to re-schedule the pumpkin farm trip; they'll go this afternoon after lunch! Isn't that great?" Probably for everyone else, yes; for us, not so much. His cold/allergy is not too bad this morning, so I would've probably let him go, but now I think it's not really worth it -- school won't start until 10:30 and Mr. P wants to pick him up at 11:30. No refunds on the field trip money if you're absent, too. Aaaaaargh! And he'll miss soccer pictures tomorrow, too. I don't know who I'm more irritated with -- my relatives for scheduling this sale at such an inconvenient time, or Mr. P for not being willing to just let me drive down there by myself while he stays here with Little P and does the school / soccer picture thing. Sigh...

OK, so that was a totally selfish rant. I'm done now.

I forgot one other TV show thing -- I am soooooo upset about last week's Meerkat Manor. I could never be one of those nature photographers -- how they can just stand by and photograph when awful things are happening is more than I can grasp. I'd never make it...

Have a great weekend everyone! Friday Night Lights premieres tonight! Also, the Pushing Daisies pilot with Jim Dale is airing again tonight in the U.S. if you missed it the other day -- it's worth a look! And Tom Selleck is on Las Vegas now (I show I've never watched), but hey, he's always worth a look, too! Enjoy the RotD!


Herm oh ninny - Oct 5, 2007 8:09 am (#2630 of 2984)

Hi all! I also still have my welcome e-mail and it says I joined the forum August 28, 2004. Wow! It doesn't feel like it's been that long!

Sheila- It's times like this when a nice house elf would come in handy. (a well treated and paid one that is )

Madam Pince- I had a similar rant about Meekrat Manor a few weeks ago! I was soo mad that they just let the poor pups die! I was like "someone please pick him up and put him back in his nest!!" I could never work on that show.

After work tonight (at Huntington learning center) we are having a party for the kids who participated in the summer reading adventure program. My supervisor sent me an e-mail today reminding me about it and also to let me know that I read 12 books this summer which means I beat out all the other staff!


Accio Sirius - Oct 5, 2007 8:49 am (#2631 of 2984)

I saw that episode of Meerkat Manor too. I told my daughter that if I were the filmmakers, I would have taken poor Squiggy to a zoo. I mean aren't they already being evasive by sticking giant collars on them and shoving cameras into their homes? If the pack leaves the pups behind, what's the point of walking away while they die? Wouldn't you as a caring human at least take them to a zoo? Sorry. I still have the latest episode in my TiVo play list. Thanks for the heads up. Little Miss Sirius takes it all to heart too.

Madame Pince, sorry for your troubles. As they say, all the best planning. My daughter is home sick today too, a slight fever, sore throat, etc. Isn't the Beltway maddening. There is no thing as rush hour. It's rush day every day.

We've been recording shows like crazy too. After a summer TV drought, our TiVo is full. As for the new stuff, I like Chuck and Pushing Daisies. I thought Bionic Woman was disappointing--I like the bad fembot much better. Dirty Sexy Money didn't do much for me either. Nothing I love love love yet.

Tomorrow's our neighborhood Arts festival: Art on the Avenue. It's always a good time, I just hope the weather cooperates! If could only display the SWAPS, I know they would be a hit.


Puck - Oct 5, 2007 11:52 am (#2632 of 2984)

**hands a calming draught to Madame Pince***

Mr. Puck would be happy to skip the 5 hour drive and dealing with my relatives.

Kaykay, have a great time! Sounds like fun!

We went hiking with some neighbors this morning. Now, all the kids are watching a movie. (Toddler is napping.)

Off to work on the Purple People Eater costume.



Holly T. - Oct 5, 2007 12:04 pm (#2633 of 2984)

Nice to see you back Madam Pince! How's this--some day we can meet in person, then we can watch an episode of Friday Night Lights and I can show you all the places that are near my house. Hey, I know--we can meet at Sheila's house! She won't mind. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 464751818

Have fun Kaykay!

My daughter has been kind of raspy voiced from allergy drainage all week and now she has completely lost her voice. She can't even whisper. She called me when she got to school this morning so I wouldn't worry about her and I talked and she coughed once for yes and two for no. She isn't running a fever or anything and there's no way I could get her into the doctor this afternoon. She just can't talk. It's kind of like when she was 3 and used to pretend that the sea witch stole her voice. They are rehearsing for a scene in her drama class that they are going to film next week and she is concerned about how she is going to do this not being able to talk. I told her that in a real production they would go to an understudy, but, since they don't have one, simply rewrite part of the script (her group wrote the script themselves) to explain that her character has lost her voice, or that her friends made a bet with her to not talk for the entire day, whatever, and that she will actually have to act more being unable to talk. We'll see how this goes.

In other news, the fourth Percy Jackson book is titled The Battle of the Labyrinth and a picture of its cover is on the Publishers Weekly web site and Rick Riordan's blog. My son is super excited and can't wait for the book to come out on May 6. This is as exciting to him as the HP books are for us. Because, in addition to being an aspiring Death Eater, young Draco is also a half-blood, a son of Apollo. He has a pretty convincing argument that his science teacher is one of the Furies sent to spy on him.


PeskyPixie - Oct 5, 2007 12:34 pm (#2634 of 2984)



Accio Sirius - Oct 5, 2007 12:39 pm (#2635 of 2984)

By the way, I meant invasive in my last post. Oops. Holly, I wonder if allergies are part of my daughter's problems. She's lost her voice too. We're doing the ginger ale, soup and movies on the couch thing.

Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends.


journeymom - Oct 5, 2007 1:09 pm (#2636 of 2984)

Happy Thanksgiving, Neighbors!


Steve Newton - Oct 5, 2007 1:49 pm (#2637 of 2984)

painting sheila, I found that lots of whining worked fine for finding my first post. Kip showed great mercy but said, "No more."


megfox* - Oct 5, 2007 3:33 pm (#2638 of 2984)

Yay, I got my SWAPS! There were probably there yesterday, but we didn't check the mail. I was too tired to walk all the way down there. They are super-cute! Maddy also loves them. A little too much... I had to put them away after a few minutes!

We got new laptops from school today. The state of Maine gave a 14 inch MacBook to every high school teacher in the state. I had been using an 11 inch iBook, and this SO MUCH COOLER. And it has a ton of cool software and it is shiny and brand spanking new, whereas my old laptop was a refurbished Middle School version. One of the coolest things about teaching in Maine is how much value the state holds for teaching students to use technology, and therefore, how much support they give the teachers to do this. Every Middle Schooler gets a laptop to use, and our High School has over 200 laptops (for 1100 students) on carts that we can request to use in our classrooms.

The only bad part of this whole thing is the keyboard keys are different, and I keep missing letters... In that sentence alone, I had to go back and add in 3 letters. Its like the keys are not as sensitive as my old one... So if my posts look weird, that's why. I am especially having a difficult time with vowels.

Holly and Accio, seeing as how your healing charms worked so well on my daughter, I am sending some your ways for your daughters...

I had more to write, but dinner is ready, so I have to go...

Have a nice night everyone!


Denise P. - Oct 5, 2007 7:57 pm (#2639 of 2984)

Hi all! Marking my spot from Vancouver. It has been great seeing friends I have known for 11+ years, meeting new ones, reliving wonderful memories and just having fun. We had a lot of panels today, including a 2 hour hand to hand knife class. That was great fun but I would throw the knife, scream and flee rather than attempt anything LOL Tomorrow is another fun filled day as is Sunday and then back home.

I will post pictures of all swaps once Lizzy in Australia gets hers. Marie, you and your girls *did* make cute swaps. I loved them and they were not anything that I would have thought of. Everyone did a fantastic job.

Okay, a group is behind me yelling for me to get off the internet and come have more fun. See you all later!


John Bumbledore - Oct 5, 2007 8:45 pm (#2640 of 2984)

Okay, a group is behind me yelling for me to get off the Internet and come have more fun. — Denise P.

Said the woman who lives with a group of her own.

Does that make her and Mr. P. the GROUPIES? or the GROUPERS?

I'd also say what's more fun than sharing your fun with us?

I'm sure there was more that I wanted to say but now I can't remember. Too tired I guess. I suppose I need some help remembering; Sheila, have a moment?

Waves (((hugs))) and charms every which way they're needed.

Dearest Beloved Wife volunteered me to be a soccer coach. Then decided to run a test and "let me" make all the dinners for about two solid weeks. She is so proud that I turned out to be a more accomplished cook then "I thought."

As for me, I'm tired. And much less regretful of those bad things I thought about her when she was reading in the bedroom while I was hustling my [BEEP] off in the kitchen and all across town to be the soccer coach.

Tired now. Good night. Wanted to spend more time here, sorry. It's another three or four week of soccer games every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. I'll have to search the pool tomorrow for leaks, glad the 90 degree highs have returned.

Oh, and we got a bit of rain today! Hooray! Hooray!

Sad part is we need so much more it would require a tropical storm to come inland and sit over us for a day or three.

Happy RotD to all, my bed is calling me.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 5, 2007 10:42 pm (#2641 of 2984)

Wee, I am going to New York City with my kids this weekend. We'll stay at my cousins, she lives in Brooklyn, but close enough. Originally we were going to the city for my XX college class reunion. But my husband the recluse, doesn't want to go. But I am so happy to finally take the kids to New York that I will forgive him that. I may still drop by on campus when we visit his mother on Long Island.

Oh, a quick update for those of you who tolerated my kvetching about my various pains. I thought this summer that I may have contracted Lyme disease. I kept going back to my doctor, and the chiropractor and but the test was negative. Well, it seems that I had Fifth disease. It's a childhood disease harmless in kids. In adults it can result in continuing joint pain but otherwise harmless.

Today there was no school. It was a professional day for the teacher so this is a four day weekend. At this point the 5 day school week is the rarity.


Puck - Oct 6, 2007 4:36 am (#2642 of 2984)


Just a quick pop in, as I have to leave soon for dance class.

I feel quite informed because you people. Last night we were watching 5th grader. The contestant was 18 years old, and top of her recently graduated class. They stated that her SAT scores had been 2100. Hubby remarked about the high scores, as most contestants had been 1000 points lower. Thanks to you, I knew that the reason was that the system had changed, 1600 no longer being a perfect score. Always good to feel smart around the hubby.

John, ahhh. I understand. That's how I feel when Mr. Puck is playing video games while I'm trying to clean up from dinner, bathe 3 kids, and get them all into bed so I can fold a mountain of laundry.




painting sheila - Oct 6, 2007 5:41 am (#2643 of 2984)

Let's see . . .

Yes! Please do come over and watch Friday Might Lights and John, you're invited too. I will cook dinner for you, and finish any purple people eating costume that isn't done. Throw the kids in the car and I will give them baths and make sure they don't drown one another while you all sit a recline and play video games on your lap tops while enjoying the show. I can't go on a hike for you since I have 5 more choir dresses to alter plus modify a dress for a young lady at church who would like to be more modest tonight at Homecoming!

Whew! I can't believe I just volunteered myself for all of that!!!!! Excuse me while I go slam by hands in the oven door. (Isn't that what good little house elves do when they need to punish themselves?) (snort)

No, really. Let me know if I can help any of you today . . no really!

Yeah John and Eponine! We finally got rain!!! Just 2 feet more to go and we will be out of this extreme drought!

(I think I use to many exclamation points in my writing. Hmm - How else and I going to show enthusiasm and energy!? Jeez!)


jose043 - Oct 6, 2007 6:01 am (#2644 of 2984)

Hi All

Healing Charms to all that Need them Happy birthday to any we have missed.

I have my three grandkids Teegan, Mitchell & Lachlan from Monday morning till Wednesday afternoon when their Dad will pick them up after work. They are Anne's Niece & two Nephews. It is their second week of school holidays, that we have them.

Josephine & Anne.

Little Werewolves of London


Solitaire - Oct 6, 2007 8:42 am (#2645 of 2984)

The state of Maine gave a 14 inch MacBook to every high school teacher in the state.

Meg, I have a MacBook Pro here at home--I'm on it at this moment--and I LOVE it! I wish our school would go Mac! Our tech has gone Mac in his office and at home, and we do have an Apple Cart of 10 smaller MacBooks ... so perhaps it is a matter of time! **fingers crossed**

You will soon get used to the slightly different "feel" of the keyboard. I did ... and now the school's Tecra and all of the PC keyboards feel weird to me. I have to work harder on them, too. My Mac has a much softer touch, which is welcome to my arthritic fingers and wrist.

I am so excited! I actually left the lightweight bedspread on my bed last night! It's the first time since about April, I think. Even with the a/c on 78 and the fan over my bed, I never use more than a sheet. I would love to believe that fall has really arrived, but I know it is going to zoom back up into the high 80s next week. Meanwhile, I am savouring the delights of cooler weather, if only for a few days. I only wish I didn't have so much grading and paperwork. I'd love to be outside all weekend.

Well, time to get ready for my niece's baby shower!! Have a great Saturday, everyone!


PS Happy belated Canadian Thanksgiving!


PeskyPixie - Oct 6, 2007 9:16 am (#2646 of 2984)

Solitaire, not belated, you're right on time! Since Thanksgiving was first established in Canada in 1578 the date has shifted around a bit (Nov. 6 and Oct. 3 are both dates which were used). On January 31st, 1957, Parliament proclaimed, "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed ... to be observed on the second Monday in October." This day (well, long weekend really) has been maintained as Thanksgiving in Canada ever since ... about a month and a half prior to the fourth Thursday in November when Americans celebrate the day.

Speaking of which, I was supposed to bake the pumpkin pie for tonight, but I think I'll head off to a Farmer's Market and buy one instead!

P.S. Have fun at the baby shower.


Puck - Oct 6, 2007 10:12 am (#2647 of 2984)

Ahh, so Canadian Thanksgiving is the same day as Columbus day. Convenient for those of us on this side of the pond to have a long weekend at the same time.

No major tears from my little dancers today.

Don't worry, Sheila. I plan to get the purple people eater done myself. I'm loving this pattern. Simpler casings and a velcro closure -so I don't have to do a zipper.



HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 6, 2007 10:43 am (#2648 of 2984)

YAY! WE GOT OUR SWAPS, TOO! Wow, they are so cool! I know what you mean by liking them all so much! We really enjoyed opening the package and looking at each one. I suppose my ignorance is showing - now I know what you mean by tags. I just thought it needed something saying it was from us but I overlooked the fact that it was going in 15 different directions. Duh. Sorry about that. Anyway, I'm so glad you arranged it, Denise!

Now I'm confused but Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Columbus Day!

My friend said they played the 5th Grader game. I didn't know there was one. Has anyone tried it?

Kathy and Madam P., Trevor seems to have a problem keeping his hands to himself. He's not punching or hurting - he's more the huggy type. I'm trying to impress upon him that it is not appropriate in school. He is getting better.

Enjoy your week with the grandkids, Josephine!

Sending you a good working wand, Sheila.

Enjoy NYC, Mrs. Sirius - you're in my neck of the woods!

Percy returned home with zero ticks and only a few bruises more than she left with. She said she was trying to reach me because she was homesick, though she didn't want to come home. Poor thing. She was a bit teary-eyed when I picked her up. It sure is nice to have her home again. We all missed her. And now, it's time to go tackle the tremendous amount of laundry she brought back so I can find my kitchen floor.

If you can, please remember my neighbor/friend in your prayers. She just found out her mother has two brain tumors. They are unsure of her prognosis. They just lost her MIL about 2 weeks ago. Her son is in class with Percy.

I know I've forgotten a lot - that happens to me often - but prayers, healing charms, and Felix Felicis to those in need.



PeskyPixie - Oct 6, 2007 10:52 am (#2649 of 2984)

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadians! Happy Columbus Day, Americans!


journeymom - Oct 6, 2007 11:00 am (#2650 of 2984)

I remember when we got Columbus day off from school. We don't anymore, but now the schools in the City of Sacramento proper get Caesar Chavez day off. Mr Journeymom the Viking rolls his eyes at Columbus Day. He says we should be celebrating Leif Ericson day. To which I point out that this continent wasn't exactly unpeopled even when Leif Ericson got here.

Speaking of pumpkin pie (Pesky Pixie, I think), we went to our friends' Oktoberfest party last night. They served this really yummy pumpkin dip with Anna's ginger snaps. It was like concentrated pumpkin pie. Too good, with all the sausages, sauerkraut and beer.

Let the Holiday eating commence! (Ugh. I'm never going to lose this weight.)
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HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 6, 2007 12:37 pm (#2651 of 2984)

LOL, journeymom!

Oh, and I owe Denise a big THANK YOU for providing the tags that I neglected to provide.


geauxtigers - Oct 6, 2007 2:34 pm (#2652 of 2984)

**lurks back into real world**

Hey everyone! It's been a while! LOL Haven't read anything here, magic button, I've been super busy this past week. Million pounds of homework, swimming, this and that, football game, homecoming stuff ect. So I hope everything is fine in the forum world. Question, can we change our avatars or anything yet? I hate to pester Kip with the question since I've been out of it, there's no telling how many times its been asked...

We played our rival school in football last night, and of course, we lost. That makes 13 straight losses, so as long as the class of 08' has been at our school, we've never beaten then. Oh well, we had more fans than them, and they made some really rude and mean shirts, so we threw it back at them. I'm sure we'll all be getting a talking to come Monday, but it was worth it. :evil grin:

Let's see, tonight is the big game against Florida. They showed someone on ESPN Gameday this morning with an entire alligator- a real one by the looks of it- on a rotisery (can't spell) cooking. Lots of Gator Gumbo too. Should be a good game! Record crowd expected, apparently the interstate in BR was stopped with people trying to get on campus. I wish I could go, but I don't feel like being in the car for 2+ hours trying to get there! Geaux Tigers!

So I hope everyone is doing well! And I hope y'all have a great weekend!


Eponine - Oct 6, 2007 3:59 pm (#2653 of 2984)

We went to the UNC/Miami game today. You know, I really do try to enjoy football, but I have such a hard time! I did get some really yummy ice cream while we were there. My mother-in-law actually came with us today. Apparently, that's the first game she's been to in about 7 years or so, and they've had the tickets for about 20 years.

So, all these swaps that you guys did, are you all in Scouts? Or was this a special Lexicon swap?

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


Choices - Oct 6, 2007 5:46 pm (#2654 of 2984)

Welcome to our newest forum members - Victoire and Kasey. Hope you have a wonderful time here. Kasey, would love to hear more about your life as a vet in Africa. That sounds so interesting.

Prayers and healing charms to all who need them. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Love and {{{hugs}}} to all. :-)


kaykay1970 - Oct 6, 2007 6:38 pm (#2655 of 2984)

I'll definitely keep your friend and her family in my prayers, Maria!

I am so tired. My Little Guy has run me all over the city park today! Hubby and 16 year old won trophies for second place in the corn toss. The next door neighbors brought home first prize. My elder sister made a bundle for the football team. She supervises the in school detention at the high school, so kids were lining up at the dunking booth to get even. LOL The highlight of my day was being the first to send her into the water.


journeymom - Oct 6, 2007 7:59 pm (#2656 of 2984) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Oct 6, 2007 8:30 pm

About a week ago I discovered this big, lovely spiral spider web stretched across a walkway, between two bushes. It was shoulder high. The very busy spider was sitting in the center, looking smug. Just your basic brown, stripy spider.

Today, while walking down that path, I walked into the web.

I literally ran screaming, slapping at my head and shoulders, any part of my back I could reach. I went running to Mr Journeymom, and I tried, I really tried to hold it together. But I was terrified that the spider was on me and it was upset and about to dig into to my jugular. I couldn't even explain what happened for a moment, I was blubbering so hard.

The fear was atavistic, primal, straight out of my worst nightmare. And spiders really are what my worst nightmares are about! I've had a few nightmares about being stuck in close quarters with spiders, just beyond the periphery of my vision. *shudders* Ugh. I'm getting the creepy crawlies just writing it out. That poor spider! It really was a nice web. My higher brain knows spiders are a necessary part of life, God's creation and all that. My hind brain just wants them dead.

Enough of that! I'm off to make Snickerdoodles.

 Edit: I changed one portion of one sentence to keep this post Forum friendly. – Kip


virginiaelizabeth - Oct 6, 2007 10:31 pm (#2657 of 2984)


It's been quite a while, but as Tori said, it's been busy around here!

journeymom, I know exactly how you feel! I would probably have had a heart attack if I did that because I know exactly what kind of spider you are talking about! Now I have the creepy crawlies too! **shudders**

Speaking of heart attacks... I nearly had one watching the LSU game! Man that was a tough one, but in the end we WON!! And on an even happier note, USC lost to Stanford!!! Now the polls can't ignore this one and give USC another rating that they don't deserve! WooHoo! They announced it in Tiger Stadium and we almost had another earthquake game! I wish I could've been there! Just been a great night for football!!!

Now it's time for me to go to bed! Night everyone!


Puck - Oct 7, 2007 5:40 am (#2658 of 2984)

*passes a calming draught to Ron -I mean Journeymom* (Is it mean to admit I chuckled as I imagined this scene?)

I was thinking of you the other morning, Tori! They were talking about the LSU game on the news. Apparently, they have a real tiger caged where the opposing team will have to walk past it on their way into the stadium.


Accio Sirius - Oct 7, 2007 5:53 am (#2659 of 2984)

Journeymom, Calming draughts to you! I'm the same way with spiders that are any where near me. I don't mind them in theory, just not on me!

There was a very industrious spider that built a web from our house to the flag pole just outside the kitchen window and under the front door light. Lots of bugs gather there and she was taking in a huge haul every night. We would turn on the light when it got dark, watch her fix her web, then sit and wait and eventually strike. It was very cool, except, we all noted, she was a fairly large spider and after one particularly busy night, she was HUGE just the next evening. We're talking 2 1/2 inches with a big brown body and striped brown legs. We could watch her so closely through the window, you could see her fangs! Mr. Sirius had to change the flag, and she never rebuilt. I feel bad and relieved at the same time. She could have easily jumped us at the door!

Off to the movies today--daughter is feeling better (thanks for the healing charms!) Then it's football and laundry.


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 7, 2007 7:06 am (#2660 of 2984)

Mr. Sirius had to change the flag, and she never rebuilt. She could have easily jumped us at the door! ~ Accio Sirius

So now, where is she? **evil grin**

I don't mind them all that much outside. But sometimes, that's not where they stay, is it? BTW, Trevor loves spiders. I can't count how many spider books I've read him, how many spiders he's saved from our house and how many we've watched outside.

Hooray for kaykay that oldest daughter is coming home for a visit!

Thanks, kaykay, for the prayers. And w00t to your men for 2nd place! (What is a corn toss, anyway? Is it still stupid question day? ) It sounds like you've had some fun lately.

Our Raiders are on a Bye-week. We get a break.

Last night I went into the kitchen and was met by a lake of water where it meets the dining room. It turns out the hose on our filter (reverse-osmosis) was spewing out water like a sprinkler head. Percy and I hastened to get some towels and large pots in an attempt to sop up some of the lake and get the spraying under control. It was like the Keystone Cops. I laid a hand towel over it to direct the water downward and tried to close up the hole. After about 10 minutes or so, I managed to get it to stop leaking. I proceeded to dry up the floor and told Percy to stay away from the water dispenser on the fridge (it is hooked up to the filter) until hubby arrived home. Not 1 minute later, she pressed a cup against the dispenser for water. So it started all over again, but this time I knew what to do. Hubby came home within 20 minutes and luckily, he had an extra length of hose to replace it with. And now my floors are really clean.

I am staying home from church today to try and catch up a bit. I feel like a heretic. Hopefully, though, it will enable me to hook up with my lovely HP friends on the Chat Thread?


EDIT: Trevor brought his Oogie Boogie stuffed doll in to K for Show and Tell. His favorite part is telling everyone O.B. is made of bugs.

Ginny & Tori, that was a great game! Wasn't the earthquake game like 20 years ago?


Puck - Oct 7, 2007 7:41 am (#2661 of 2984)

Maria, so is that what it takes to get you to wash floors? Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042

Glad Percy is home safe and sound. We know how you worry. (And I'm sure you were still glad to have her back, even when water was spraying around the kitchen for a second time.)

Oh, I'm home from church to catch up today, too. Don't feel bad.

Purple People Eater suit is about done. I just need to make the hood. Toddler loves it! I tried it on her this morning, and she didn't want to take it off.

Off to do that cleaning.... (House has fallen apart while I sewed costume.)



Denise P. - Oct 7, 2007 8:36 am (#2662 of 2984)

Back yet again! Still having a grand time in Vancouver. We went to a concert last night and a cabaret with various people involved in Highlander: The Series Today is the big event, the charity auction. Those are always a load of fun although prices are insane, I have better luck with the silent auction. I am running on excitement since we are staying up until 2-3 am (which is like 5-6 am for me) and then back up by 7 am. I will have a load of sleeping to do. I fly out tomorrow morning, catching a ride to the airport with a friend of mine.

We have actually had many HP related conversations so it has just been a grand time all around. It has been some time since I have been to one of these events and had forgotten how much fun they actually are.

I will see everyone on Tuesday when I get back, at midnight and then back up by 5:45 am to start the day with Millicent and the rest of the gang.

::::waves to all::::


kaykay1970 - Oct 7, 2007 8:47 am (#2663 of 2984)

What is a corn toss, anyway? Is it still stupid question day?-Maria

Nope! Not a stupid question at all! I had to ask the same when they showed me the trophy! (LOL) It is sort of like a bean bag tossing game. The bags are full of corn kernels instead of beans. You have to toss the bag through a hole in a board for 3 points, 1 point if it lands on the board. Something like that.

They set up a game of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" last night. My 5th grader got to be one of the classmates. She had fun and she was given a McDonald's gift certificate for her participation.


painting sheila - Oct 7, 2007 11:33 am (#2664 of 2984)

We won!! We won!!! In a stroke of luck (bad or good? I haven't decided yet) we won Dead Eye Drake the Pirate Skeleton at Littlest Guy's school carnival on Friday. He is about 7 feet tall with a sword and goblet. He comes with a microphone and the capability to hook him up to a sound system and make him talk. He is animated and his blue eyes glow when he is speaking.

I have no idea where we are going to put him. At this moment he is in the family room safely in a box. Several kids at the school gave me glaring looks when we won. I found out later they were the children of the lady running the raffle at the carnival and they had become extremely attached to him. Littlest Guy ran around wielding the skeleton hand grasping the sword until one of the teachers said it was against school policy to play with swords. HA!

We were hoping for the Hurricanes tickets but will settle for Dead Eye Drake.

I have 1 1/2 dresses left!!Woohoo!! I am not sewing today and think I can finish them both tomorrow afternoon. (One of them is my own daughter's so if I have to duck tape her's together - no biggie!)

Eponine - How is your hubby?

Twinkling Blue Eyes - how are you all doing?

Took Littlest Guy to see The Seeker last night. It was pretty good but smacked of Harry Potter through out. The young man has twin brothers who give him a sock for his birthday and tell him he will get the other at Christmas. They finish one anothers sentences and everything. They were just missing the red hair and the accent. There were lots of others similarities and it was a little abstract in the filming sequences, but all in all we enjoyed it. We almost left at one point, but Littlest Guy said he wasn't scared and wanted to stay.

Oldest Son and Hubby went to priesthood meeting last night and Lovely Daughter went out with friends. It was Homecoming weekend and she and some of her friends didn't get asked to the dance. They dressed up anyway and went out to eat and playing putt putt. I was so proud that they didn't sit around and feel sorry for themselves!! I would post a picture of them but fear the "Don't Change Your Avatar or Anything Like Unto It" gods!!

It's good to see the twins back and posting!


Solitaire - Oct 7, 2007 12:06 pm (#2665 of 2984)

Maria, **healing charms** to your neighbor's mom. Oh ... **drying charms** to you!! My mom didn't have your problem, exactly ... but once the ice maker line broke and flooded her kitchen. No fun at all.

Journeymom, we do not get Columbus Day off, either. I don't really care ... except that I could use an extra day to catch up on my grading. This past week I've had appointments every single night, and I have been too tired to grade by the time I got home. It doesn't take many nights like that to fall seriously behind. Now, I must work today, as I was gone much of yesterday for a family event. **sigh**

Good to see you, Ginny & Tori!! Have a great Sunday, everyone!



geauxtigers - Oct 7, 2007 12:39 pm (#2666 of 2984)

I was thinking of you the other morning, Tori! They were talking about the LSU game on the news. Apparently, they have a real tiger caged where the opposing team will have to walk past it on their way into the stadium. Yep that's Mike! He before every game, he does a loop of the field and they park right where the visiting team runs out. Supposed to intimidate them. LOL Last night was his debut, he reign as Mike VI officially began. He is so cute too, he plays so much! I just want to snuggle with him every time they show him!

Earthquake game was in 88'. 3.3 on the scale on campus.

Glad yall figured out the water leak, Maria!

Well, there is laundry to fold! Best be off! Have a good weekend!


Puck - Oct 7, 2007 2:02 pm (#2667 of 2984)

Okay, I'm getting close to having a people eater. Hood is pinned. Took me a while, as I had to modify the dragon pattern to add a horn and one big eyeball to it. I think it'll look cute once it's one, but getting the eye right was harder than I thought.

I bought fairy wings, just trying to decide if I should cover them with the costume fabric or leave them as is....

Soli. good luck getting the grades done!

I have to finish the costume and organize my scout stuff by Friday, and hopefully sew a baby quilt sometime between now and next Sunday. My best childhood friend is having a shower.



HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 7, 2007 2:22 pm (#2668 of 2984)

w00t to Littlest Guy!! How exciting and what a great welcome into the school system!

Thanks, Solitaire and you're right, it's not fun!

Kathy, I tip my hat to you and sheila. I do sew but very little and only when necessary. The last time I had to make a costume, I didn't have a pattern. Olivia wanted a Mudkip costume (Pokemon), so I made it using a 2" figure as my "pattern". It turned out cute but the rest of the house sort of went to pot while I did it.

I had just come in from helping hubby close and cover the pool. I sat down to check the threads and was called into the kitchen. Olivia was making fresh cinnamon rolls. Well, she didn't realize that if you shoot the mixing stand power from 0 to 5 with liquid in it, it will splatter. So, this time, melted butter and milk greeted me at the dining room entrance to the kitchen. Trevor bear stepped in it, so I had to wash his feet and then I proceeded to try and de-grease my kitchen floors. I was about 10 minutes into cleaning it when I looked up and saw it all over the cabinets, stove, refrigerator, sink, clean dishes in the sink - well, you get the picture. It took me over 1 1/2 hours to get off the grease from the butter which hardened after a while, so I had to scrape it first. Olivia had to shower, there was so much on her clothes and in her hair. Eww, I feel greasy and am heading into the shower in a moment. Don't they say it comes in threes?



painting sheila - Oct 7, 2007 5:51 pm (#2669 of 2984)

Hey everyone!

HH - EWW!!! Use a dish soap to wash every thing. That is supposed to cut grease better than anything.

I cooked a turkey breast today - and if you have turkey you have gravy. Which means you have to have mashed potatoes, and then you think "potatoes"!! Gotta have sweet potatoes, and then of course rolls, and "Shoot!" we need a green veggie in there somewhere. The while looking for something green in the cabinet, I spied a can of pumpkin so of course I had to make pumpkin pies. My kitchen is a mess! The older kids are cleaning it up but there is no guarantee that I won't have to redo it all tomorrow.

Yeah on the purple people eater!! What did you use for the eye?

Littlest Guy saw an advertisement that had a Whoopee Cushion costume. How proud I will be , "Please meet my son, the whoopee cushion." It's just another excuse for him to go around making gross noises all night!

I am off to bed. I am slipping into a food induced coma -

Have a great day tomorrow everyone!



Madam Pince - Oct 7, 2007 10:21 pm (#2670 of 2984)

It's probably the tryptophan...

Maria, so much for the nice clean floor from the first mishap! Oh well... ***strengthening charms***....

Puck, thank you so much for the calming draught! It helped tremendously! "Best-laid plans" is right, whoever said that! You know how you feel kind of triumphant when you manage to make a decent plan out of a lot of complicated variables, and then when one little glitch messes it all up? grrrrrrrr....! Anyway, the weekend was quick, but turned out fine. I got the main item that I wanted in the sale -- three times the price it should've been, but hey. That's par for the course for me and auctions. I also got a few other things that I wasn't aware were being offered so I am pleased overall. Now I'm just hoping we have another fog delay tomorrow morning so we can all sleep an extra hour after our trip...

Mrs. Sirius, sorry to hear about the Fifth's Disease! I hope you're feeling better soon. I don't know a lot about Fifth's but I know enough to know it's not fun. ***healing charms***

Megfox, congrats on the new computer -- it sounds wonderful! And the most wonderful part is the "free" part! Woo-hoo! I think all teachers should get one -- you guys deserve it.

Holly, that is a very clever and inventive solution to the "no voice" play. Hope it all works out for your daughter! I don't think Little P's is allergy -- seems to have been a cold. But I have to say that while I was giving him Airborne, it held off and didn't get too bad. When we were away for the weekend, I forgot to take the Airborne, and he got worse. So maybe it was just a natural-progression kind of thing, or maybe that stuff really works, who knows.

Denise, sounds like you're having (err.. had?) a great time!

John Bumbledore, sounds like you are a terrific hubby! Condolences on all the work, but how about a big pat on the back, will that help any?

Welcome to new Forumers! Can't wait for you guys to pop in and chat!

Journeymom, your spider story had me on the floor laughing! Please forgive me! It so reminded me of one of the vignettes in one of the Robert Fulghum books (you know, the "All I Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten" guy?) He told your experience, but then turned it around so it was from the spider's point of view. Too funny! (Oh, one of our moms is making that pumpkin-dip thing you were talking about for the Kindergarten Fall Festival party -- it was so good!)

Tori, no, Kip has not lifted the ban on changing things with your avatar or adding pictures or links behind your avatar or basically touching anything that has anything to do with your avatar / preferences page. So don't do it, because then we'd have all this blood and gore to clean up all over the Forum pages after Kip got done with you, and that would be such a drag, although probably we could get Sheila or John B. to do it... LOL!

I'm kidding. Kip hasn't murdered anybody. Yet.


Snuffles - Oct 8, 2007 2:30 am (#2671 of 2984)

Phew, so many posts to read!

Wow Madame P. 20 days! that is some self restraint you have got I'm glad you managed to get some things you wanted at the auction. Hope Little P. is feeling better too.

Sheila, more *Strengthening charms* for you, just in case you are getting low. Also, if you have a spare 5 minutes or so, could you rustle Olivia a little Halloween costume for me?

Kaykay, hope you have fun at the wedding. Woo hoo on your daughter coming home for a few days too

Maria, I know how you feel, Olivia loves to hug people too. I keep trying to remind her that not everyone loves to have a bear hug as soon as she sees them

Welcome back Tori and Ginny. Hope your school work isn't too much.

*Calming drought* to Journeymom. I hope you have recovered from your spider ordeal. I'm sorry but you made me chuckle too. It sounds like the kind of thing I would have done. The other week when I was doing the grocery shopping, a HUGE moth landed on my shoulder It was like a bird was sitting there. Everyone looked at me as I tried to stay calm and brush this gigantic thing off me. All I really wanted to do was scream for hubby to get it off and run around like a raving madwoman!! A woman came up to me after it had gone and said "Thank goodness that wasn't me, I would have screamed the place down". I smiled and said "Well you know, it was only a moth!"

The fair is in town this week. Woo hoo. We took Olivia on Saturday night and spent a small fortune I am so glad it is only here once a year! I'm just waiting now for my Brandy Snap to go soft and gooey before eating it

Hope everyone had a good weekend and apologies to anyone I have missed. *Healing charms and Felix Felicis* to all those in need.

**Waves to Lina** Haven't had a cup of tea with you for a while, hopefully I will be in Chat tonight



Puck - Oct 8, 2007 4:28 am (#2672 of 2984)

Oh, Maria! I shudder to think how you'll get rid of the tar that gets all over your kitchen tomorrow.

Sheila, I used felt to make the eye -basic white with a black pupil. I sewed a tab into the back, and will sew the tab in the center seam of the hood. Used felt covered with shimmery touling for the horn. Sewing that into the center seam as well. For the suit I used a dragon pattern. It did go together fairy quickly.

Madame Pince, you had to buy the items you wanted? I figured they would let family take what they wanted, and then sell the rest.

There's no school and it's raining. Everyone seems to be sleeping late. I really want them up so I can go to kick-boxing, but don't want to be the mean one that makes everyone get out of bed.

Oh, now that it's Monday...

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!



azi - Oct 8, 2007 5:17 am (#2673 of 2984)

Ooo, Snuffles, when is the fair there til? I knew it was Nottingham Goose Fair last week, but didn't know about yours! I may see if I can persuade my housemate to drive me there. I really want brandy snaps now...

**Relaxing charms** to Shelia and all other busy sewing people! I can't sew a button, let alone a costume! Same charms to John as well (I'm impressed you're doing all that - if it had been my father my mother would still be doing all the housework regardless).

Hmm, I can't remember when I last wrote on here. On Friday I got my Christmas (yes, Christmas!) present. It's a proper winter coat. I figured there's no point getting one in December when it'll be cold a long time before then. It cost a small fortune - £89, that's about US$180. Hopefully it'll last a few years!

Lovely days to all!


Snuffles - Oct 8, 2007 6:19 am (#2674 of 2984)

azi, the fair is there until Saturday. It opens every day at 2pm until 11pm. It is worth the trip. Lots of rides and food! It is the largest travelling fair in Europe!

I need a new Winter coat. Might try and persuade hubby to buy me one for Christmas, and hope he has forgotten that Poppy the pup is supposed to be my present



azi - Oct 8, 2007 6:59 am (#2675 of 2984)

The puppy is the family's present for Christmas.

I remember going to the fair as a child. Quite pointless, since my brother was afraid of fairground rides, my mother can't ride on them and my father has a habit of looking at everything but never actually going on them. Maybe without them I'll have fun? Lol!


Solitaire - Oct 8, 2007 7:00 am (#2676 of 2984)

Nottingham Goose Fair? There is a special fair for geese? Hm ... interesting.


John Bumbledore - Oct 8, 2007 8:05 am (#2677 of 2984)
Edited Oct 8, 2007 9:33 am

What do you do at a Nottingham Goose Fair? Sounds like a Giant Squid could get his tentacles slapped! Tie knots in pig tails? Get your goose cooked? ROFL

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


journeymom - Oct 8, 2007 8:43 am (#2678 of 2984)

John- *groan* :rollseyes:

Yes, I'm so glad my traumatic event provided you all with some entertainment. Sheesh. Lol!

Truly, even while I was standing there sobbing on my husband's shoulder I was trying to laugh about it. I know I probably looked pretty darned silly.


Puck - Oct 8, 2007 9:02 am (#2679 of 2984)

I won't tell you about the prehistoric spider I was reading about in sons library book last night. You don't need to imagine them being two feet in diameter. :evilgrin:

Never got to kick boxing. I let the kids sleep. Toddler was in bed until after 9am. I finally had to get her up, as her swim lesson was at 10am. She was loaded with energy at the pool!

Oh, I found french vanilla tea. Yummy! I highly recommend trying some.

Sheila, I forgot to mention the eye is stuffed with fiberfill. Perhaps I can e-mail you a picture once it's done.

Time to do the dishes.



Potteraholic - Oct 8, 2007 9:06 am (#2680 of 2984)

To all those who live in the land of the maple leaf, Happy Thanksgiving!

Whew, read lots and lots of posts - no magic button for me - and enjoyed hearing about everyone's happy moments and successes! But sorry to hear about all the trials and tribulations; hope those stay away for a long, long time.

All that talk around the Forumversary time about when people first posted go me curious. According to my search, my first post was: # Discussions about the Cast of any HP movie. #264 - Potter-aholic Dec 3, 2002 04:06 pm, under my slightly different name of Potter-aholic. I wish I had posted on a storyline thread first, but I guess I felt more comfortable to dive into the world of posting by writing about one of the movies back then. Not that I'm much of a poster on the storyline threads now, mind you.


John Bumbledore - Oct 8, 2007 9:30 am (#2681 of 2984)

The fear was atavistic, primal, straight out of my worst nightmare. — journeymom

Would it cheer you up to think of the man in the picture (or in profile if I ever get to change my member portrait) doing about the same as you (except substitute the Stop-Drop-and-Roll technique for running to a spouse)?

Like Hitchcock, I feel the fear of the unseen is greater than anything that is first seen.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


painting sheila - Oct 8, 2007 9:32 am (#2682 of 2984)

Puck - I would love to see a picture! I am sure it looks fabulous - especially with a shiny horn. Woohoo!!

snuffles - send me measurements and I will get right on it! (oh. I guess you need to tell me what she would like to be.)

Fair time!! I love the fair!! The State Fair starts this weekend and runs until the 21st. I am so excited!!The rides, the people. the smells, the food - what's not to love?

journeymom - I would say that you handled yourself properly when faced with the prospect of the spider sitting on your head and sucking your brains out. I would have done the same thing! (did you ever find the spider? It could still be lurking you know . . .  )

We are supposed to record heat today. 96 degrees with high humidity. Jeez!!I am still getting tomatoes from my garden so no complaints there, but 96 seems to be a bit extreme.

Off to sew. I have 1 1/2 dresses left to do. Yeay!!!


John Bumbledore - Oct 8, 2007 9:43 am (#2683 of 2984)

She, does the one girl know she will be wearing just a half dress? LOL

I spent all afternoon yesterday in our green-water pool diving to find the leak. No luck, so we will try draining it for the winter. It is so sad to see the pool more than half empty with today's high forecast at 92 and tomorrow at 94. When does Autumn start?

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


painting sheila - Oct 8, 2007 9:48 am (#2684 of 2984)

I am afraid Autumn for us is just a picture in a book John.

Ha. Ha. Ha. I meant I have the dress half-finished and it will be whole by the time I get it to her. Jeez. You book people are so literal!

I hope the drought doesn't keep you from being able to fill it again next year. Or do you get your water brought in by some one? Don't laugh! I hear there is a company that does that and they make big bucks delivering for pools. Where they get their water I have no idea. Welcome Victiore Weasley and Kasey!!

Get posting so we can get to know you more!!


kabloink! - Oct 8, 2007 10:08 am (#2685 of 2984)

It has been in the 90's here the past few days. Call me melodramatic, but I am DYING when not in air conditioning. I didn't sign up for an extra month of summer during this pregnancy, thank you. Please take it away! Oh well, it is supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow and drop to the high 70's tomorrow and the low 60's the next day-YAY!!!

Sheila, they probably take it from the Great Lakes-darn thieves, stealing our water! Just kidding, although the Lakes are low enough as it is, we don't really need to be sharing much.

Ok, I'm at work by myself so I should probably sign off. Kudos to everyone who is already working on Halloween costumes-we still haven't decided what we're going to be. We were going to go as James, Harry and Lily, but being 8 months pregnant puts a damper on that for me. I still say we wear our medieval (well, renaissance) garb, its already made and designed for my belly.


kaykay1970 - Oct 8, 2007 10:21 am (#2686 of 2984)

The drought kept them from being allowed to fill the dunking booth. So the fire department stepped in and brought in water from a private pond and then they put all the proper chemicals in it to clean it up. I am surprised that someone has a pond that still has water it in!

We're still having highs in the 90's here too. But I must say I love my new van! We drove it to Jackson yesterday to pick up a trumpet. Ordinarily the kids will be in the back seat complaining that it is hot while I freeze in the front seat! But yesterday they actually complained about being too cold. I said "Why don't you turn down your a/c then?" After that I heard no more complaints. Yay!

We found the trumpet on E-Bay. It was a very nice looking new Bach. But once we got to the man's house he showed son an Olds trumpet. It was made in 1973! It looked kind of rough as alot of the silver plating is gone, but it sounded 3 times better than the Bach when he played it! So my son threw a fit for the old trumpet and we actually paid more for it than he was asking for the Bach! I definitely have to get a new case for it though as it looks worse than the horn does! My daughter just started the clarinet last week. She keeps saying she might be happier with flute. So this guy had a flute for $35 and we ended up buying that too.

I always end up buying Halloween costumes last minute. The problem is we never know if it will be hot or cold on that night! That makes it hard to decide between say, a ballerina costume or a big thick bunny suit! LOL


Puck - Oct 8, 2007 10:43 am (#2687 of 2984)

We need costumes by Friday night for Kids Night Out at the school, or else I wouldn't have started yet, trust me.

Kabloink, I understand. My last was a September baby, and it was a very hot and humid summer. I survived by way of air conditioning and outings to town beach. (It's in a cool shady spot with a lovely lake breeze.)

Fall arrived here over the weekend. We have a forecast for rain and temps in the 50's and 60's.

Costume done except for wings, and I'm thinking on how I want to do those. Time to get started on the second project of the week -organizing my G.S. stuff.



Elanor - Oct 8, 2007 12:07 pm (#2688 of 2984)

Happy Thanksgiving to the Canadian forumers!

It's good to see the forum is working again (it seemed to be down for me for the last hour).

Not much going on here, except lots of work, even more work, and still three weeks to go before Fall break. **counting the days**

I'm not sure the event has crossed the Atlantic but here, these days, THE topic of conversation is the Rugby World Cup, especially after the crazy day that was last Saturday on which the English and French teams respectively sent back home the rubgy equivalent of the Himalaya for mountaineers, that is the Australian (sorry Lizzie! ) and New Zealand teams in quarter finals after amazing matches!

To give you an idea of the importance of the event: I have never seen so many French people being so happy because of an English team victory and, from what I've read online, the reverse is true too! I kid you not!! Next Saturday's semifinal (England-France) should be great.

Strengthening and Cheering Charms to all!



Puck - Oct 8, 2007 12:12 pm (#2689 of 2984)

Nope, haven't heard about it Audrey. It's the playoffs for baseball, so Red Sox fever abounds in my neck of the woods.


Choices - Oct 8, 2007 4:59 pm (#2690 of 2984)

Goodness Puck, for a minute there I thought you were talking about me. I guess it was seeing "red" and "neck" in the same sentence. ROFL


Potteraholic - Oct 8, 2007 5:05 pm (#2691 of 2984)

In my neck of the woods, it's "Mets Misery" and "Yankees Anxiety" (they're 2 games behind Cleveland and need to win Game 3).


megfox* - Oct 8, 2007 6:30 pm (#2692 of 2984)

:stage-whispers to Potteraholic: Actually, they won game 3 last night, but need to win game 4 tonight... not that they will! It's 6 - 1 Indians in the 4th. :evilgrin:

Puck, where are you in New England, if you don't mind me asking? Maybe we could hang out sometime!

I feel your pain, journeymom - I would say that your reaction is the appropriate one given the situation. My most traumatic spider experience was in my downstairs bathroom. We have a small 1/2 bath between our kitchen and living room, and I was in there one evening as Andy was making dinner. I reached for the doorknob, and there was a big, brown, hairy spider, of the same stripey variety I think you were referring to, sitting there. It ran up my arm and I screamed, slammed the door, and started flinging my hand everywhere. It landed back on the door, and I sat on the commode, quivering with fear, tears streaming down my face, now flinging both hands wildly, screaming for Andy to come open the door. Trouble was in order for him to open the door, he had to move the door closer to me, which meant the spider had to come closer, too. I know it was plotting how to jump on me and bury itself in my hair before sinking it's fangs into me... I always check doorknobs now. :shudder:

Kim, I hope that it cools down a bit for you. I am glad I was pregnant in the fall and winter. Maddy was born the first day of spring, and it was like having my own personal space heater all through the cold winter months! The only winter I wasn't freezing every day. I will send you some of our cold rainy weather, and you can send me warm weather in January, okay?

All this talk of sewing costumes is making me feel like a Slacker Mom. I haven't even figured out what Maddy is going to be yet, never mind started sewing! I was thinking maybe Tinkerbell, as she always freaks out at the beginning of Disney movies when she flys across the screen, or maybe a penguin from Happy Feet...


Potteraholic - Oct 8, 2007 6:49 pm (#2693 of 2984)

megfox*, Oops! I'm not actually a baseball fan; so that's what I get for trying to "talk baseball" and join in on the sports chat. Anyway, I always root for the underdog, and with 26(?) championships, the Yankees are hardly underdog material. But since they haven't won in a while (I'm not even going to try and guess how many years), some might say they would qualify for underdog status. Just clicked on to the game. Things don't look too good for the Bronx Bombers, do they? It looks like the Red Sox and the Indians in the ALC.


Puck - Oct 8, 2007 7:10 pm (#2694 of 2984)

It looks like the Red Sox and the Indians in the ALC.


LOL, Choices, you know you're a red neck when...

Meg, thanks for the chuckle. Spiders don't usually bother me. I think they're beautiful. I grew up seeing only Daddy long legs, but we have many colors in my backyard now. Oh, I'm in southern Mass, so many hours of driving to get to Maine. (And don't worry, spiders haven't stolen my van to head north. )

Happy RotD!



journeymom - Oct 8, 2007 9:04 pm (#2695 of 2984)
Edited Oct 8, 2007 9:43 pm

Oh. My word. Meg, I laughed until I got tears in my eyes. It ran up your arm?!

I usually agree with John, that the unseen is more frightening than the seen. But I think Meg's spider on the arm trumps that.

Stop, drop and roll? I'd pay good money to see that.


Denise P. - Oct 8, 2007 9:13 pm (#2696 of 2984)

I am back, my flight was delayed 45 min so I had to dash across a huge terminal, caught my connecting flight with about 3 minutes to spare. I am going to sleep, will come back and read tomorrow but it was a grand time!


journeymom - Oct 8, 2007 9:56 pm (#2697 of 2984)

ONE more post, and then I'll quit for the evening.

JKR has a new dog. http://www.hpana.com/news.20213.html She rescued a grey hound. How stinkin' cute!


painting sheila - Oct 8, 2007 10:02 pm (#2698 of 2984)

How cool is that!!

My high school mascot was a Greyhound!!

See Jo - we are meant to be friends!

(drum roll please. . . . . . drrrrrrrrrrrr!zing!) I am finished with all the dresses!! Even the half dresses!! WOohooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am now going to bed.

'nite. 'nite. Don't let the bed bugs (or spiders) bite.



megfox* - Oct 9, 2007 4:54 am (#2699 of 2984)

Yes, it was halfway to my elbow when my spastic flailings dislodged it. Highly traumatic. Puck, I am even terrified of daddy long-legs. They are unnatural looking, IMO. I try to be a good environmentalist tree-hugger and rationalize that spiders are better than chemicals, they are a necessary part of the ecosystem, blah, blah, but I just can't. They have to be squashed.

So I stayed up to watch the end of both the Yankees' and the Bills' losses. I am going to be useless at school today. Blech. But I am excited for the Red Sox - Indians. And don't worry, Potteraholic, I am usually the one making a fool of myself by trying to talk about things I only think I know about.

Welcome back Denise! I hope you don't read this until well after 10 am and get some rest!


Puck - Oct 9, 2007 5:27 am (#2700 of 2984)

wOOt Sheila! Now that you're done, want to help me with the quilt I need done by Sunday? I plan to buy the fabric this morning. (I must be insane.)

Journeymom, that's a great link. I'm not sure I would have been able to cash the check. (Though I would donate my paychecks to the charity until I made up the amount. JKR's autograph is totally worth it.)

If you're wondering what the cutest thing in the world is, it's my 2-year-old singing "Baby Beluga." Say it with me now, "Aaaawwww."
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painting sheila - Oct 9, 2007 7:33 am (#2701 of 2984)

Sure Puck!! Are we tying it or doing some fantastic quilting pattern on the top? I have loads of free time between now and Sunday!

John Bumblebore and Eponine - I am looking for a small grocery store for a NC Wanted shoot. Do you all know where any are around your area? It can't be a chain - too much red tape to get the go ahead. It needs to be some sort of MOm and Pop place. Just thought I would ask.

Went to the gym this morning and worked out!! That is twice in one month! I am on a roll. (That, you see, is the problem. I am one big roll! and I have to go to the gym to be ready for London!)


Denise P. - Oct 9, 2007 8:41 am (#2702 of 2984)

Ha! I wish I could have slept until after 10 am but as it was, I was up at 5:40 am to take my newly blonde 14 year old to class. Over the weekend, his hair color changed. It was also discovered that Rhys gets a rash from either scallops or shrimp, I can't seem to quite get "make sure to have them turn in their homework in on Friday" understood the way it was written. Maybe I didn't leave it in English since both sets of homework were still sitting on the counter this morning. Overall, everyone survived the few days without me here with no long term effects. I had a lot of fun, laughing with friends, staying up until the wee hours of the morning to get back up and going again after 4 hours of sleep. I can't wait to do it again.

On the swaps - I think everyone except Lizzy has gotten theirs. I want to give Lizzy a chance to get hers before I make the page public that has the pictures. The packet should get to her this week so probably Friday I will give the address so everyone can see (and envy) the creativity of everyone. Trust me, you don't have to be a master at crafts, just use your imagination and make it come about. I just went into the craft store, looked at what they had and went from there. My swap got more involved than I originally planned because as I was doing my initial prep, I thought of something that would be really neat to go with it. Don't believe anyone on here who thinks they didn't make a good swap because all of them were so cute, nifty and fun to have.

I am in the middle of making fall fairies for a different swap, these have been fun and turning out soo much better than I anticipated. You can see a picture of one at http : // i58.photobucket.com/ albums/ g241/ hilandveil/ fallfairy.jpg Take the spaces out. This was the first one I did, they have changed a bit since then. I am doing the wings differently, the hair is fuller. I do them in stages, make the body, cut the dress, sew the dress and glue the leaf, do the head, fluff the hair and then glue head to body so if I had to guess, it would probably take me 40 min start to finish if I was making one all the way at a time. Since I do them in stages, once I have all the pieces, I can assemble them pretty fast.

I have been reading HBP along with a book about the HBP and it is not nearly as dreadful this time around. I still will never view this one as a favorite and it will probably always be last in my stack to be picked up but I will admit that I am seeing some things that I missed the other times around.


Puck - Oct 9, 2007 10:54 am (#2703 of 2984)

Machine quilting, Sheila. Log cabin blocks, arranged to look like a butterfly flying in a sunny sky. I must go and sew. Girl Scout stuff is almost all set for Friday, so that's good. I've written my parent letter. I just need to make copies of some forms at staples, and then to Target to get ingredients for a First Aide kit. That's tomorrow morning. Also need poster board to make a Daisy sign and to write the promise on (not that many of them can read yet).

So, did anyone know your child was going blonde, Denise, or was this a surprise?



Denise P. - Oct 9, 2007 12:48 pm (#2704 of 2984)

Nicholas knew, as did the friend who did it. Did Mr. Denise know? Only after the fact. I knew before I actually saw him this morning. We have had a chat about ASKING before you do stuff like this. I would have said okay and blonde will grow out okay, it is more streaks done badly than a full on blonde dye. At least he didn't go black....possible to grow out, looks gross and has to be pretty much cut out.

I have 16 Tiger cubs and parents coming over tonight for a den meeting. While I was gone, Mr. Denise moved the stuff I needed for the meeting so now I have to go hunt it down or replan what I was going to do.


Madam Pince - Oct 9, 2007 2:18 pm (#2705 of 2984)

LOL, Denise! Coming back home is definitely the un-fun part, isn't it?

...you had to buy the items you wanted? I figured they would let family take what they wanted, and then sell the rest. -- Puck

Yes, one would think so, wouldn't one? (she said, without unclenching her teeth...) Don't even get me started...


Marie E. - Oct 9, 2007 4:08 pm (#2706 of 2984)

Well, I won graceful points yesterday for stepping wrong out of my front door and spraining my right ankle. I was on my way to a professional development day training so I had my arms full of chart boards and handouts. Usually when I hurt an ankle, it feels better in about an hour. This time my ankle started swelling and the pain was still there two hours later. My boss went across the street to a Walgreen's and bought an elastic bandage. One of my coworkers used to be a massage therapist and she examined my ankle, said that I strained a ligament and pulled a tendon, and wrapped it up for me. The good thing was that I got out of my second training because my boss told me to go home. It still hurts today, but not as bad. It hurts to brake while driving so I got out of all bus driving as well. I also skinned my left knee and I swear sometimes that knee hurts more than the ankle.

All the third graders are taking a cognitive skills test this week. Those that do well will be invited to attend a class just for gifted children next year at a different school. I am almost afraid that Lexi will do well because Shayla's on this "Lexi gets everything" kick-typical sibling stuff. I keep telling her not to compare herself to her sister, that she excels in different areas, like art and history. Lex is just a total Hermione and there's nothing I can do about it.

We are still enjoying beautiful fall weather-70's-though the nights are getting colder. I had to scrape frost off my car window yesterday. Actually Mr. E scraped it, as I had just fallen out of my house and could barely hobble to the car.

It is Chik-Fil-A spirit day, which means if we mention the girls' school name while ordering, a percentage of the money goes to their school. For me it's just an excuse to eat waffle fries and get sweet tea.


dizzy lizzy - Oct 9, 2007 4:15 pm (#2707 of 2984)


I haven't got my swaps yet....I'm hoping to get them in Today's or Tomorrow's mail.

But on the positive side, I have finally found enough time to come back to the forum. It is a cold blustery spring day. Plenty of snow still falling on the high peaks, but I'm too close to the coast to get snow.

I have been busy sewing and tidying the sewing room up since my Mum is coming to stay for a week next Tuesday and she really would appreciate a clean room to sleep in....

I did have to hit the magic buttton....1183 messages on the chat thread alone is a bit much to read.

Lucy and I are fine. Lucy had what is known as the 5 in 1 Vaccine two days ago. She has finally stopped squealing whenever someone pats her too hard. This is the first time she has had a bad reaction to her vaccines, it is also the first time she has had a 5 in 1.

Have I missed anyone's birthday??? If so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

((hugs)) to all those who need them.



Eponine - Oct 9, 2007 4:41 pm (#2708 of 2984)

Sheila, there's a local meat market here, but I can't think of any locally owned grocery stores. I asked Mr. Eponine (who's lived here all his life) and he couldn't think of any either. Sorry! I hope you find something, though.


Choices - Oct 9, 2007 5:15 pm (#2709 of 2984)

Oh Marie, I am so sorry your day got off to such a terrible start. Healing charms to your ankle and your knee. Hope you are feeling much better soon!!


dizzy lizzy - Oct 9, 2007 5:24 pm (#2710 of 2984)

I've got my Swaps. Oh they are sooooo nice!!!!!




painting sheila - Oct 9, 2007 5:33 pm (#2711 of 2984)

yeah!! Lizzy got her SWAPS!! Can we talk about them now?

Thanks Eponine. I found one in downtown Raleigh. The first store I asked was gung-ho about the idea. Easiest commission I have ever made!!Woohoo!!

Went house hunting today. The pits. Hubby asked if we could look in the next price range down. Everything was so dated and in such bad shape. We would spend the difference between the two price ranges making things livable that we should just go to the next price range! Right?


Betty Boop - Oct 9, 2007 5:35 pm (#2712 of 2984)

Healing Charms to you Marie. I hope you heal fast.

I am going to visit Cleveland Ohio this weekend. I can't wait going to see mischa fan( Jim).

I went to the movies and saw In The Valley of Elah. It was a good movie, but sad. It is about a Father who goes looking for his son. The son was in the service and was killed after he got home.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.

Hugs Always



Denise P. - Oct 9, 2007 5:46 pm (#2713 of 2984)

Yes! Lizzy has her swaps! You can talk about them now. Here is where the rest of you lot can see pictures. The pictures do not do them justice, really. Put http colon backslash backslash in front of this to see them. I could not pick a favorite if I had to, they are all so neat.


Marie, that is a bummer

I had my first Tiger den meeting this evening, rather intimidating only because the Cubmaster is one of the parents. It went well though.


Eponine - Oct 9, 2007 5:52 pm (#2714 of 2984)

The swaps are awesome! Are you going to do anything like that again? (and is it limited to only Scouts?)


Denise P. - Oct 9, 2007 5:56 pm (#2715 of 2984)

Lizzy is not a scout When we do it again, it is open to anyone on the forum. We had people not on the forum who took part. Probably after the holidays we can do it again unless there is a lot of interest to do one before. I don't know...

Emily, who made one that made me laugh when I saw it, is not on the Forum, her aunt is.


dizzy lizzy - Oct 9, 2007 7:18 pm (#2716 of 2984)

Lizzy was a Scout many years ago....I was what Australians call a Venturer. This is scouting for boys and girls aged 14-18 years and I worked for and recieved my Queen's Scout Award.



kaykay1970 - Oct 9, 2007 7:59 pm (#2717 of 2984)

Wow! The swaps are so cool! 50 points to each of your houses!


Denise P. - Oct 9, 2007 9:10 pm (#2718 of 2984)

We have Venture Scouts here as well. They are part of the Boy Scouts but do allow girls. They wear a green uniform. We have quite a few Venture Crews. We also have Sea Scouts that fall under Boy Scouts. My neice and nephews were all involved in Sea Scouts, my brother is usually out on a boat with the Sea Scouts most weekends. You don't hear as much about Venture Crews or Sea Scouts though.


Solitaire - Oct 9, 2007 9:12 pm (#2719 of 2984)

Marie, **healing charms** to your ankle and knee. I've been there ... it's no fun.

I've really been scarce around here, mainly popping in to keep up on posts and say hi. The last two weeks have been hard ... and I am not expecting anything any better for at least two more weeks. I was at work until 7:15 p.m. tonight ... boo-hoo! That's what I get for having meetings or appointments every night last week ... and being too tired to plan or grade by the time I got home. I am now playing catch-up, and it is not a fast game.

I hope everyone has a great Friday tomorrow. What? It's not Friday tomorrow? Hm ... it FEELS like it should be Friday! Oh, well ...



Catherine - Oct 10, 2007 3:28 am (#2720 of 2984)

I love the SWAPS! They were all wonderful, but I really liked the Mandrake one and the Monster Book of Monsters.

What talented members we have on the Forum!


Accio Sirius - Oct 10, 2007 4:19 am (#2721 of 2984)

Denise, fabulous page for the SWAPS! I'll have to show our troop the pictures! Half of the girls want to do Harry Potter swaps, the others will certainly be convinced after this!


Madam Pince - Oct 10, 2007 4:36 am (#2722 of 2984)

Marie, so sorry to hear about your tumble! Hope your knee and ankle feel better soon! Good job on the grace points, though! And mmmmmmmmmm.... Chick-Fil-A! I love that place. The chicken is "real," the lemonade and lemon pie are great, the tea is great, and the coleslaw is great. What more could you want?

***waves to Lizzy*** Welcome back, you! I'm so jealous that you are having spring and getting ready to look forward to summer, while we here are (well, at least I am) looking wistfully back at it. I love summer. I want to be warm! Thus, the unseasonably warm weather we've been having here lately has been great for me! Last night we had a thunderstorm and a little tiny drizzle of rain, and today is the "last hurrah" of being in the 80's, I think. 60's and 70's from tomorrow on until frost, probably.

Boop, say "hi" to Jim for us, and have a good trip to Ohio!

Sheila, funny that you mention "dated"-looking houses. I never thought much about our house, because honestly I'm just not very "up" on things like decorating trends, etc. I'm always being practical and just trying to make the carpet last another five years or looking at curtains and saying "these look perfectly new" without regard to style or anything. However, now that Little P is in school and making new friends and has had some playdates with them so that I've seen other people's houses, I'm beginning to realize that our house definitely falls in the "dated" category. If some extra money falls into my lap (HA! - fat chance!) I really want to replace the blue living room carpet and the blue patterned kitchen linoleum. Apparently blue is sooooo... long-time-ago. And the patterned linoleum is so "busy" that when you drop things on it, you really have to look to find them. (Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes it's a bad thing...)

Off to check out the SWAPS...

Edit: Wow, they are great! So creative! Denise, how did you get the artwork for the Marauder's Map???? Surely you didn't hand-draw that? Also, what is written around the edge of the World Cup tickets? I couldn't read it because it was so small, although I could read the "Wand Use Prohibited During Match" part. Too funny!


Denise P. - Oct 10, 2007 5:22 am (#2723 of 2984)
Edited Oct 10, 2007 6:41 am

The Map I found online. It does fold open to show the castle, the grounds etc. It was originally sized for an entire sheet of paper (and you can see all the details nicely) but I put 4 on one sheet of paper. It was originally drawn by a lady who used them as invitations to a Book Release Party. It is actually her house but it was the best looking map I found to use.

On the World Cup ticket, it says at the bottom - Wand Use Prohibited During Match On the side where it has the date (right as you look at it) it says: 224th Annual Quidditch World Cup Sponsored by these fine merchants Across the bottom are the merchants: The Bluebottle: A Broom for All the Family - safe, reliable, and with Built In Anti-Burglar Buzzer Mrs. Skower's All-Purpose Magical Mess Remover: No Pain, No Stain Gladrags Wizardwear - London, Paris, Hogsmeade The other side, by Admit One, it says Thanks to the Ministy of Magic for coordinating transportation and security for this event I had to find the file to read it since the text is pretty small but it was the only way to get it on there. The ticket was all I had planned to do but then thought of the omnioculars to go with it. The gold was a last minute addition after I found it at a fabric store.


Puck - Oct 10, 2007 6:41 am (#2724 of 2984)

16 Tiger Cubs? That's a big den! Ours has 5. (Wolves)

Healing Charms to Marie's ankle.

Fabulous SWAPS!

I think fall is finally here. I wish this wasn't such a busy week, because I'd love to remove summer clothes from the dressers. Guess I'll have to live with two seasons of clothes crammed in for another week.

Purple People Eater is complete!

Now, I have 4 days to sew a baby quilt. The fabric is cut, so I start sewing this afternoon while Toddler naps. I need the squares done by the end of today if I have any hope of finishing on time.

Must go run my errands. Making copies and getting first aide kit together for Scouts.



T Brightwater - Oct 10, 2007 6:46 am (#2725 of 2984)

Healing Charms to Marie, and Felix Felicis to Sheila!

Eponine, about those raspberries - black or red? They're pruned differently. In either case, you should remove all the canes that bore fruit this year if they haven't died already.

Today is my fiftieth birthday. Yikes!!!! I get to celebrate by teaching a new student. Brand new. Never touched a lute in her life, didn't even play guitar first - well, not so many bad habits to undo, anyway!

Er, what were the Swaps about? This happened while I was away from the Forum.

I notice my avatar has reappeared - did they change the rules or did someone donate a premium membership for me? If so, thank you, whoever you are!

Well, the Chudley Cannons...er, Chicago Cubs, got knocked out in the first round of playoffs. Wait Till Next Year! (The official motto of Cubs fandom.) I'm rooting for Cleveland now - I went to college not far from there and they have the second-longest "drought" in the major leagues - after ours, of course.

After a week of weather more appropriate to August than October, it's finally cooled off. Phew!

Anybody know any Deer-Repelling Charms? Or have a wolf I can borrow?


Denise P. - Oct 10, 2007 6:50 am (#2726 of 2984)

I only have 8 Tigers but they come complete with an adult...giving me at least 16 at every meeting (if they are all there) I only have 3 boys that don't have older siblings that are Scouts so that makes it really easy...parents are already trained. Because they are, they shot down snacks at every meeting. Good!

Brightwater - if you go to this page, after you put http colon backslash backslash on it - you can see the swaps and read what they are.


kaykay1970 - Oct 10, 2007 7:14 am (#2727 of 2984)

Happy Birthday T Brightwater! Well, Puck has 5 wolves and Denise 8 tigers. That should definitely be enough to repel the deer, if only they will let you borrow them.


painting sheila - Oct 10, 2007 8:45 am (#2728 of 2984)

Happy Birthday T Brightwater!!

I have heard that putting human hair in areas you don't want deer works. Do you have a hair salon or a barber shop some where close by you good get sweepings from?

We are Cubbies in this house too!! I found a funny cartoon once that had the hot place frozen over and one devil was talking to another devil and said, "I guess the cubs won the world series".

I am all for doing more swaps before or after the holidays. Just say when.

I went to the gym again today - 3 in one week!! Yeah me!!


journeymom - Oct 10, 2007 8:46 am (#2729 of 2984)


OK, I checked out the SWAPS, and Sheila, your niece's swap is just adorable. The way Hermione's hair is spilling over and blocking Ron and Harry is too cute! All the swaps are so clever.

Healing charms for you, Marie.


The giant squid - Oct 10, 2007 8:53 am (#2730 of 2984)

For me it's just an excuse to eat waffle fries and get sweet tea.--Marie E.

Any excuse is a good excuse for Chik-Fil-A! I wish they had some out here...

Hope your ankle is feeling better. Now we know where Shay gets her clumsiness from. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042



Holly T. - Oct 10, 2007 9:03 am (#2731 of 2984)

Happy Birthday T. Brightwater!

My husband has 7 or 9 first-year Webelos. They move too fast and I can't count them. He added some new guys this year so I don't know them. I'm sure they'd frighten deer. When they're moving in a pack they frighten me (the Cub Scouts, not deer). Tonight they are working on their Whittlin' Chip. Which means they will be using knives. I will make sure to take my first aid kit to Girl Scouts with me (we meet at the same place, just different rooms). Last week we had both groups together to practice knots. Surprisingly, the Cub Scouts did not tie the Girl Scouts to chairs.

I have at least two more people who want to be in on our next HP swap. One is a girl in my troop and one is another troop leader. And my daughter wants to make her own swap. She and her friend have all sorts of ideas, including one that I was very surprised no one made this time.

Daughter has bronchitis but she hasn't missed any school. She's not running a fever, just kind of dragging. I suggested a day to rest and she was appalled. I pulled her out of school to go to the doctor and she complained. She missed lunch (I brought her something to eat), band, and drama. And she'd had band practice before school because there was a pep rally and had band after school because there was a football game so I figured she could miss it during the school day. Son is going back to the doctor Thursday for a followup visit to look at the lump on his leg, which is getting smaller but is still there. I am taking advantage of them going to the doctor to have them get the Flu Mist. Son doesn't want the Flu Mist, he wants a shot. I told him he can ask the doctor about it on Thursday.

Report cards come home on Thursday plus we have a conference with son's teacher. Rather, dh is going to the conference while I take Draco to the doctor. I think this is best as I am concerned that the teacher may think I am coming across as snippy and will get defensive. I will go to the 504 meeting later. Basically dh says at this conference he's going to just suggest that we set up a 504 meeting so the teacher can find out more about what she is supposed to be doing. Like he's in the top reading group since he reads at a fairly high level, in spite of the dyslexia. But he misses reading group time since that's when he goes to the reading teacher. So he has to catch up on that reading at home. Well, he may read at a high level, but he reads very slowly, like 10 pages in an hour, and either she a) doesn't realize that or b) doesn't care.

Sheila, I was worried about the girl who got half a dress. Glad you explained.

Madam Pince, we have (at least 13-year-old) blue sofas in our living room and blue patterned curtains in there and in the kitchen. The new brown sofas are arriving on Friday (we bought them over Labor Day weekend after dh came home from work with a bonus check).

Oh--update--you know I got a Scooba for my birthday last month--I finally used it over the weekend. It is great! I have been planning which part of the floor I want to clean next. The cat is completely freaked out by it, though, LOL.

Editing to add healing charms for Marie!


DJ Evans - Oct 10, 2007 9:15 am (#2732 of 2984)

***waves to everyone*** Coming out of my lurking mode here to say "WOW." on the nifty SWAPS! Each & everyone that participated should be very proud of the great job they did. I had thought about joining in, now I wish I had. Maybe if you do another one, I'll get in on it this time.

Marie E.: Sending quick healing charms your way....hope the ankle is better soon.

I'm doing fine, finally enjoying the great fall temperatures. I was so tired of the 98+ temperatures, needless to say the mid 80's is a nice change.

We're all doing pretty good around here. My brother did have a wreck that totaled our only vehicle though. It wasn't his fault, some guy did an illegal U-turn right in front of him. The main thing is Bill is OK, he was just uber sore from the seatbelt. After several days of searching, we were able to find a truck close to what he had. I'm still taking care of Mom. She has her good days & not so good days, but on the whole she is doing pretty good.

Madam P: You know what will happen, don't you? If you go to all of the expense of replacing your blue carpet/flooring....it will come back in style! Or that would be my luck.

Happy Birthday to Brightwater!

***waves to Shelia*** Good luck on the house hunting. I've been meaning to tell you, that I love your dream house in your avatar. Did it have big rooms? And lots & lots of closets?

Later, Deb


Puck - Oct 10, 2007 9:23 am (#2733 of 2984)

Happy Birthday T. Brightwater!

Sheila, Hooray for you! I think you've earned a hot fudge sundae with all that gym time.

I wish our Scouts would stop the snacks. My Daisies will have them, as it's right after school, so they will need a healthy pick-up. But Son has meetings after dinner, and snack is the last thing. It would be so much better to send them home without loading them with sugar. (The snacks always seem to be some kind of sweet or chips.)

SWAPs after the holidays please.

Healing charms to Holly's Hermione! (And why does Draco prefer to get a shot? )

I just went to Staples and Target, and between that and the pins and Daisy petals I bought at the G.S. store last month I have already spent all but $30 of the dues I planned to collect for the year. (I was doing a one-time collection, but may need to collect again after the new year. The dues I request turned out to be under $2 per meeting.)

Happy RotD!



Holly T. - Oct 10, 2007 9:39 am (#2734 of 2984)

Kathy, I recommend that Daisy leaders collect about $30 dues in the fall and another $30 in the spring. Once you start multiplying the cost of patches by the number of girls the money goes quickly. Usually parents are more than happy to pay the dues since they don't have to sell cookies or do other fundraisers.

Draco prefers a fly shot to the Flu Mist because he has a horrible gag reflex and the Flu Mist drips down in the back of his throat after they squirt it in his nose. The past two years he's had to have the Flu Mist though since that was all that was available. He keeps asking for a shot instead, saying he'd rather be poked with a needle then have the nasty vaccine stuff drip into his throat.

**waving back at Deb**  Sorry about your car!


PeskyPixie - Oct 10, 2007 9:55 am (#2735 of 2984)

Happy Birthday T. Brightwater! Best wishes and many happy returns of the day!

I don't usually get around to posting on this thread, but I just felt I had to recommend a film I saw over the weekend. Eastern Promises, starring Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts (AKA potential Narcissa Malfoy ) and Vincent Cassel is simply unbelievable. It is on limited release in the U.S. at present, but should get wide release pretty soon.


Choices - Oct 10, 2007 11:04 am (#2736 of 2984)

Happy Birthday and many more to T Brightwater!

Denise - Thanks for displaying all the wonderful swaps and congratulations to everyone who made such adorable and innovative items. Great job!


Elanor - Oct 10, 2007 11:40 am (#2737 of 2984)

Joyeux Anniversaire! Happy Birthday T Brightwater!

Ohhh Viggo... Ohhh Vincent... **Vacant expression and dreaming smile on my face** This can't be a bad movie PeskyPixie!

Congratulations to all who made the SWAPS, they are really amazing, all of them! As I was looking at them, I was thinking they would look great in a kind of miniature Hogwarts trunk that would be like a jewelery box for keeping these little treasures. It would make a nice display open too.

Have a great day everybody!



Madam Pince - Oct 10, 2007 12:01 pm (#2738 of 2984)

Happy Birthday, T Brightwater! Hope you have a fantastic day and another good half-century ahead of you! (About the avatar thing -- read the first thread on the Forum -- I think it's called "WorldCrossing Problems" or something similar... it's just a wonky thing that WX is going through for awhile lately...)

Deer repellant -- I've heard the hair thing, and I've also heard to put a bar of Irish Spring soap in a cheesecloth bag or net of some type and hang it on the tree limbs or amongst your plants. Don't know how successful it would be from personal experience, though. Sounds to me like Cub Scouts are your best bet.

Denise, how did you make the omnioculars? Are they different shapes of beads strung together? Way cool.

Holly, you crack me up! Lucky duck on the new sofas! Our sofa is fairly new, and it has blues and sage greens and taupes and beiges in it. I'd like to paint the walls a sage green and get a beige or taupe-y carpet. But, as DJ Evans said, undoubtedly then blue will come back "in." (***waves to DJ Evans, by the way!***)

Talking about cats freaking out, Little P went fishing this past weekend and caught a couple which were put into a ziplock bag on the riverbank until they'd finished fishing. The cat totally freaked out over the bag's occasional "flops" -- she was sooooo trying to figure out how to get inside that bag!

Squid Mike, don't be so mean! (said in a "GoF Ginny" voice...)

I've been debating on whether or not to try to get Little P to take a flu shot this year. Every time he has to get a shot, you'd think we were yanking out fingernails. It's horrible. When he was only two it took a couple nurses plus me to hold him down. Bleah... Of course, it's practically the same reaction when I'm putting sunscreen on him as well. He's a bit of a touch-me-not.

I still can't get over how creative those SWAPS were. You guys are great!


PeskyPixie - Oct 10, 2007 1:01 pm (#2739 of 2984)

Yes, Elanor, Viggo and Vincent do make for a yummy film! (even though the subject matter is quite serious)

Also, thank you for including 'Joyeux Anniversaire!' in T Brightwater's birthday greeting. As a Canadian how could I have forgotten?


Denise P. - Oct 10, 2007 1:02 pm (#2740 of 2984)

The omnioculars were pretty simple to make. I used mini wooden spools, painted bronze. A pony bead was between the spools with pony beads on the end for eyepieces. A mini jewel was on the other end for lenses and then I used jewelery bits and crystals for the various knobs. A piece of plastic cord was the strap. Starting with just the pieces and a glue gun...it would take about 10 minutes to make, including painting the spools. Easy peasy.

I don't do flu shots. While Mr. Denise was in the military, it was a requirement that he get one and he seemed to be the only one in the family to usually get the flu.


Puck - Oct 10, 2007 2:39 pm (#2741 of 2984)

I've never had flu mist. If that's what it feels like, I'm with Draco.

I teach dance to kids age 2 through 6, have a Daisy troop, plus whatever my own kids trot home with. I'm getting a flu shot.

I had to totally pull apart an almost completed quilt square, as I put it together backwards. Rookie mistake.


Madam Pince - Oct 10, 2007 3:32 pm (#2742 of 2984)

Easy peasy to make, she says. Yeah, right.   Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059  Speaking as someone who can't even make a bed, I am appropriately awed.


Choices - Oct 10, 2007 4:51 pm (#2743 of 2984)

Handy hint to those getting the flu shot (I always do) - take a dose of Ibuprofen 30 minutes before you get the shot and you'll never know you had it. Wards off the soreness or achy feeling, then while everyone else is suffering and miserable with the flu, you'll be feeling fine and dandy! :-)


T Brightwater - Oct 10, 2007 5:38 pm (#2744 of 2984)

Thanks for all the birthday greetings!

Turns out my new lute student has been playing classical guitar for several years. This is good in that she knows how to read music and co-ordinate both hands, but she'll have to unlearn a few technical things. She's very enthusiastic though, and that counts for a lot.

Off to see what's happening on Planet Mom. I wonder where she thinks she is today...


Madam Pince - Oct 10, 2007 6:10 pm (#2745 of 2984)

I had a great idea for the next SWAPS. I'm going to make the Invisible Book of Invisibility. I actually already made them for this round, but Denise must not have seen them in the box.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 10, 2007 6:35 pm (#2746 of 2984)

Happy Birthday and many more to T Brightwater! The 50th is a great year! Trust me.

...waves to everyone as I toddle out the door to work...


Betty Boop - Oct 10, 2007 6:43 pm (#2747 of 2984)

Happy Birthday T Brightwater!! I hope you are having a great day!

Deb, Good to see you around. You have been missed.

Madam Pince, Jim says Hi back.

Healing charms to whom need them.

Have a great Thursday everyone!

hugs always



painting sheila - Oct 10, 2007 7:43 pm (#2748 of 2984)

Madame Pince - You crack me up!! I painted a mural once for our HP workshop/musical thingie. I painted a large bookcase with hundreds of books. I painted a suit of armor on one side and. . . .I can't remember what on the other. (jeez!!) Lame story so far . . ) Anyway, I used all the titles found in the series and then I started making up books with the cast members names as the authors. One of the books I painted was the Invisible Book of Invisibility. I used glitter to outline it and write the title and such. You had to stand just right in the light to see it. So fun! There was great debate on whether it was really there or not! I hate that we had to paint over it for the next show.

One of these days I Will post it so you all can see. I feel like I need to change my name to usedtopaintsheila

Went to dance class again tonight. I love dancing with Oldest Son! He makes me laugh by getting this serious look on his face and then doing these outlandish steps with just his legs and feet moving every which away. I have no idea how he keeps his head and shoulders straight. Funny kid!

Hubby brought me a present today. (awww!) It was a key to our shed that (drum roll please. .ddddrrrrrrrrrr-ching!) actually works! How cool is that? What year anniversary is the Year of the Key?

We are in for a cold snap tonight. Brrr. Good sleeping weather.


Potteraholic - Oct 10, 2007 9:23 pm (#2749 of 2984)

Hey folks! Hope everyone is doing well in their neck of the woods.

Just saw a new movie tonight, 'Across the Universe', the Beatles music-inspired movie directed by Julie Taymoor. Absolutely loved it! I happen to be a huge fan of the Fab Four, but even non-fans wll enjoy this film. It's very cleverly shot and the visual presentation is just amazing. Not to mention, a really well-crafted story.


jose043 - Oct 11, 2007 1:07 am (#2750 of 2984)

Hi All

Happy Birthday T Brightwater many more to come hope you have a wonderful 50th.

Maire E hope your knee & ankle better soon. Anne & I both know how you feel as we have both done it at different times.

Healing charms & get well charms to all who need them.

Had the 3 grandkids took them to see Ratatouille on Tuesday evening was enjoyed by all, Rob went to an Auction instead of the film. We all went to Sizzlers on Wednesday except Anne

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Tazzygirl - Oct 12, 2007 12:12 am (#2751 of 2984)

There were many, many new posts, so I had to push the magic button.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRIGHTWATER! Hope you have/had a great day!

**healing charms** to those that need them.

The SWAPS were so cute!! Very creative!

My mom fell today (slipped on a piece of peach in the school yard) and managed to break her ankle and fracture her foot. Tomorrow she goes in to see if she needs pins in it or not, and then the full cast comes on for 8 weeks. :sad:

I had a friend (also my former boss) come out to visit for a week. She left yesterday. Talk about stress- fifty thousand things to do for school, and I was staying at the hotel with her and her friend. My friend is in a wheelchair, and can't walk at all. Since she needs help doing pretty much everything, I had to put all of my stuff on hold. While I enjoyed seeing her (somewhat the entire time) I was incredibly grateful when they boarded the plane. I'm so exhausted- came home from the airport yesterday and immediately fell asleep for three hours.

Hope everyone is well! Have a great weekend!!



Accio Sirius - Oct 12, 2007 3:52 am (#2752 of 2984)

Tazzygirl, how awful for your mom! I hope Madame Pomfrey can fix her right up. Healing charms are coming your way.

Happy belated Birthday T Brightwater--and many more.

Madame Pince--you crack me up!!

I had trouble getting on the forum yesterday, so I'm off to catch up on anything I've missed. TGIF!!


Kip Carter - Oct 12, 2007 4:10 am (#2753 of 2984)
Edited Oct 12, 2007 6:07 pm

Some of you may find my two posts starting with the first at Oct 12, 2007 12:50 am interesting.

And yes, the Lexicon Forum is still somewhat "iffy" and could be down for an undetermined periods of time. Your guess is as good as mind as to when the sync problem will be fixed and the other associate problems that have been caused with trying to getting everything working right. I wish I could say more.


Denise P. - Oct 12, 2007 5:26 am (#2754 of 2984)

Yay, we are back up (for now, anyway) I see that Kip is going to allow us to change info as well. Now, I need to figure out what I would like to change it to for a bit.

I posted over on FanFicForum that I have been attempting to order the graphic novel, Maus I have placed the order on half.com several times, had it confirmed only to get a refund notice a few hours after that. I finally got a shipping notice that a seller has actually still got the book and it is in the mail to me. Woo hoo!


painting sheila - Oct 12, 2007 5:52 am (#2755 of 2984)

Did I miss something Denise. I thought Kip's post said not to change anything.



Denise P. - Oct 12, 2007 6:00 am (#2756 of 2984)

Tsk, tsk...now we know who reads Kip's links and who doesn't. If you follow his links up to the thread "World Crossing Problems - Please Read!" Kip gives some information on changing your avatar or other information in post #22.


Puck - Oct 12, 2007 9:37 am (#2757 of 2984)

Don't worry, Sheila. I went to Kip's link and saw posts about not changing information as well.

Okay, I just followed the link again, and still don't see where it says it's okay to make changes. I find two posts saying why it's not okay to make changes.


journeymom - Oct 12, 2007 10:15 am (#2758 of 2984)

See below:

For a short definite period of time, I will lift this ban in the hopes that each of you will have the opportunity to make the necessary changes. Use only following period to accomplish what you feel is necessary and then refrain from making any further changes until the sync problem is corrected: 12:01 am PDT (Forum time) Saturday 13 October 2007 through 11:59 pm PDT (Forum time) Saturday 13 October 2007! ~~ Kip

So decide if there's anything you want to change about your avatar, and make the change tomorrow. Right?


Herm oh ninny - Oct 12, 2007 10:38 am (#2759 of 2984)

Hi all!

It's so weird...the forum (for me) keeps switching on and off. Oh well.

Potteraholic-- I really want to see Across the Universe, but my sister thinks that the preview looks depressing and she won't go with me until I find out whether or not it has a "happy ending" Could you (or anyone else) email me whether or not it's a happy ending? I'm afraid to look it up online because it will probably give away too much information and spoil the whole movie for me.

I am so glad it's Friday! I'm thinking Chinese take out and What Not to Wear mixed in with parts of Meercat Manor


Elanor - Oct 12, 2007 11:08 am (#2760 of 2984)

The forum is still acting up a bit for me too, keeping switching on and off, but still, it's good to have it back, even if not completely yet.

Have a good Friday everybody and happy weekend to all who have reached Friday evening already, I bet you must be as relieved as I am.



Holly T. - Oct 12, 2007 12:03 pm (#2761 of 2984)

Happy Friday everyone!

I have been really busy with work and Girl Scouts, then every time I've checked the Forum it's been down.

The weekend is going to be horribly busy, not with anything big but with a bunch of little things, like I'm taking CPR class, daughter has ballet rehearsal, we're helping fix dinner for the youth group on Sunday night, things like that. Next week should be better--at least I don't have as many things written on the calendar for next week.

I hope I have time tomorrow to change my avatar!

Draco and Hermione both got all A's on their report cards. In spite of his weekly conduct grades, Draco ended up with an S in citizenship, which is what he usually gets. He also had a higher average in math than his sister--94 as opposed to her 92. They both have 100 averages in science and she has a 100 average in social studies.

Draco got his flu mist the other day when we were at the doctor's office. He wasn't happy, but he handled it ok. The lymph node in his leg is still slightly swollen and the doctor wants him to do another 10 days of antibiotics.

Hugs to all!


kaykay1970 - Oct 12, 2007 12:27 pm (#2762 of 2984)

More healing charms to Draco and some for Tazzy's Mom too!

I must say it is great having my daughter home for the weekend. The Little Guy doesn't want to let her out of his sight! Poor girl can't sit down without him plopping himself down in her lap!

Earlier she asked me permission to go to her friend's house for a while this evening. I thought it was really sweet considering she's an adult and has been doing everything these last two months without anyone's permission!

Oh and she thinks it really cool that Neil Gaiman may come to Finn's school (he brought it up on the temporary chat thread at FF). I remember a while back when she practically forced me to read Neverwhere! Fingers crossed that he accepts the invitation!


Tazzygirl - Oct 12, 2007 12:58 pm (#2763 of 2984)

When I posted last night, I remember thinking "Wow! No one posted at all today, except Jose really early this morning." I was able to get on this forum every once in a while yesterday- if the 'page cannot be displayed' message came up, all I had to do was refresh the page. Weird.

Thanks for the healing charms to my mom! Haven't talked to her today yet, so I don't know if she has to get the pins in or not.

Kay- when I go home I lapse into asking permission to go to my friends' houses and everywhere (nevermind that I've been on my own for 4 years.). My friends think it's hilarious, but I can't help it.

Off to get some homework done, and then off to work I go!



painting sheila - Oct 12, 2007 2:20 pm (#2764 of 2984)

Thanks for clearing up the mystery about changing avatars and the like!! I promise I did read it!

Busy day!! Went to the temple first thing this morning then took my friend Agnes shopping and running errands. She wanted to drop by the fur dealer and pick up her fur coat for the season. I am not a fur wearing person but as I touched some coats that were hanging inside the shop - I could see where a person might could be swayed! Agnes wanted to go out to eat, pick up her fur, and go to the grocery store.

Add into that mix me needing to pick Littlest Guy up from school, drop him off at the house, get the big kids where they needed to be and figure out dinner. The day has flown!

Tomorrow we are heading to the beach to see William Ivey Long's collection of costumes at the art museum in Wilmington. I am so excited!! I hope we can get close to them so I can see how they are built. We may even get to walk on the beach some if it's not too cold. I plan on taking a coat just in case. Seashell any one?

OKay. I am done being Chatty Cathy - Have you all seen the Gieco commercials with the Chatty Cathy dolls? Funny!

Healing Charms ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ being sent to Tazzy's mother and to Draco ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~!!!


John Bumbledore - Oct 12, 2007 2:32 pm (#2765 of 2984)

Now, I can't seem to get to wc1 and the FanFiction forum.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 12, 2007 2:33 pm (#2766 of 2984)

Happy Belated Birthday, T. Brightwater! (And many more!)

Ouch, Kristina! Healing charms and some Skele-grow, too for your mom.

and I've also heard to put a bar of Irish Spring soap in a cheesecloth bag or net of some type and hang it on the tree limbs or amongst your plants ~ Madam Pince

Yeah. That'd do it for me, too.

w00t to Holly's "Hermiones"!

Awww kay, that's sooo sweet!

Felix Felicis to Finn & school so Gaiman does make an appearance.



Madam Pince - Oct 12, 2007 3:53 pm (#2767 of 2984)

Awwwww, really? I think Irish Spring smells kinda good! I wouldn't want to eat it, though. (Soap...poisoning... and blindness and all that, you know. Or is that only with red Lifebuoy?)

Tazzy, so sorry to hear about your mom's accident! That must be very painful. And I'm sure just what a busy teacher needs -- hope it heals quickly and doesn't slow her down for too long.

Herm-oh-ninny, I want to come to your house! Takeout Chinese food and TV sounds good to me (but I have to see Friday Night Lights in the mix there somewhere.) I watched a re-run of What Not to Wear this afternoon while I was ironing and it was such a stitch -- this lady who was "stuck in the '80's" with the big pouffy hair and all. Sad thing is, I have some of her '80's clothes in my closet still I think. But at least I don't wear them -- I'm just a packrat!

At school, Little P is working on terms such as more/less, first/second/third/last, soft/softer/softest, etc., and we've been asked to practice with them. So I showed him the picture of the equally lovely lady dancers on the cover of this week's TV Guide, and asked him which one was the prettier of the two. He studied them for a while, and then pointed at me and said "You, Mom!" Awwwww... If I didn't know better I'd swear he was angling for something...

Everyone have a great weekend! Can't wait to see all the new avatars tomorrow!


painting sheila - Oct 12, 2007 4:07 pm (#2768 of 2984)

How sweet is he!! Way to go Little Pince - or should we change his name to Little Prince!!

Heading over to some friends house to play games.


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 12, 2007 4:42 pm (#2769 of 2984)

I agree with Madame Pince - Chinese take out and tv sounds great, especially since it's chilled down so much outside. I think it will soon be time for the fireplace.

Poor Herm oh Ninny! I'd go with you to see Across the Universe. Of course, I'd go to see just about anything. Mind you, the last movie I saw was HP5.

Okay, I'm officially cold. Now I have to go posture for heating rights. What was that date for turning on heat?


megfox* - Oct 12, 2007 4:55 pm (#2770 of 2984)

Oi! I have had quite the week. I haven't been on since Tuesday! I had to work Wednesday night; we had 2 busses, plus 65 people for regular service, and only 5 waiters on. Then we had to set for 2 more busses for the next day and I didn't get home until 11:45. Yesterday, we had Open House from 6 to 8, and of course, I saw a total of 14 parental units (out of 92 students). So I wasn't home until 9 last night. I am beat! At least the forum was mostly down for the past few days and I didn't miss much!

I hope everyone who is under the weather or in pain is feeling better! Gotta go watch the Red Sox!


Denise P. - Oct 12, 2007 5:02 pm (#2771 of 2984)

My dryer is not working!!

I have a mountain of laundry and no way to do it all. Good thing I discovered this right off before I had a few loads of wet clothes to dry. Naturally this happened on a friday evening so even though I put in a service call, probably won't hear anything until Monday. This is covered under warranty but now I need to figure out how to get this laundry done. I may have to dig through and pull out crucial items that just can't wait and find a laundromat


Tazzygirl - Oct 12, 2007 5:13 pm (#2772 of 2984)

Heard from mom- she doesn't need any pins in her foot, but she is wearing a 'boot' for 6 weeks, and then if it seems better by then, she has to wear a brace for up to 6 months. I think I'd take that over pins any day...

**healing charms** to Draco and **reparo charms** to Denise's dryer.

Went and picked up new work shoes, and ended up buying a shirt, skirt, and jacket (Old Navy is having an awesome sale- I got all three things for under $15! w00t!).

Okay, time to get ready for work.

Have a great RotD/N everyone!



Solitaire - Oct 12, 2007 9:00 pm (#2773 of 2984)

Chik-Fil-A ... I've heard of it but have never tried it. It's actually good?

Brightwater! Didn't you know that 50 is the new 30? Rock out!!!!

Holly, what is "flu mist"? I have never heard of this. Is it like having a sick person sneeze in your face?

DJ Evans, I second your feelings about the cooler temps. The last two days have been wonderfully cooler. I hope we are in a definite trend ... I am tired of hot weather.

Pesky, isn't Viggo's new movie rather violent? I've gotten that impression from the trailers. Just wondering ...

Oh, I see what the flu mist is. I am with Draco ... I'd prefer a shot to the yuck factor. Then again, I do not plan to get the flu shot, unless my doctor insists. I have bad luck with vaccines.

Tazzy, **healing charms** to your mom!

Holly, is the doc giving a strong enough dose of antibiotics? A friend of mine had her son on them for ages for a simple infection, and yet it refused to heal. The doc was reluctant to increase the dose on a child, but once he did, the infection cleared up almost immediately. Just a thought ...

LOL KayKay and Tazzy! I lived down in southern California, 3 hours away from my mom, for ten years. I came and went as I pleased, and I often went away for the day or the whole weekend and didn't tell her. Now that I am back in town, if she calls at night and I am not home, I get a message to call her when I return. She called about ten days ago, and I was apparently sleeping so soundly, I didn't hear the phone. She called several times, but I was dead to the world, I guess. The one around 11:30 p.m. must have awakened me, because I got up and came out to get a drink. About 5 minutes later, the phone rang again, and I heard and answered it. I won't tell you what a scolding I got!!!

Okay ... I am now worn out from reading nearly 50 posts!! Buona notte, i miei amici!



Puck - Oct 13, 2007 4:48 am (#2774 of 2984)

Holly, what is "flu mist"? I have never heard of this. Is it like having a sick person sneeze in your face?

ROTFL Too funny, Solitaire!

wOOt! For Herminone and Draco!

I'll add to that that son got 100% on his spelling test. He must not have known, because when I pulled it out of the folder and showed him his eyes widened in excitement. Then he ran to show Dad. (Now I know that my "say the word, spell it, say it again" twice each night works.)

More heeling charms to Tazzy's mom...

which reminds me, I dreamt I went to Hawaii, and was visiting the school where Tazzy is doing her teaching. In my dream it had fancy shaped pool, bike paths, mini golf areas, etc... I was like a luxury resort. I was only there for a short visit and had to go right home, so I said my husband would have to take me back someday. I was there with Toddler and a couple ladies from my church. Weird.

Girl Scout meeting went fine. (Girl Scouts much quieter than Boy Scouts.) Then we had kids night out at the school. Basically a big Halloween party fundraiser. I had to leave the Laser show early, because I had to work the ticket table. Turns out I missed the part with all the HP characters. The song in the background was "People are Strange" by -I believe- Van Morrison.



Denise P. - Oct 13, 2007 5:06 am (#2775 of 2984)

People are Strange is The Doors.

I am out the door to the Homecoming parade. I will check back in later. I have to drop off Hippie Millicent with the Girl Scouts, march with the cub scouts, pick up Millicent, bring them back here, pick up Tinsel and race to dog class. And I have other kidlets who want to come to the parade but can't seem to grasp "I can't watch you while I march, ask your dad"


Potteraholic - Oct 13, 2007 5:25 am (#2776 of 2984)
Edited Oct 13, 2007 6:42 am

Herm oh ninny,

Tell your sister that you have it on good authority that 'Across the Universe' definitely has a happy ending!

Edited to add: I'm a huge fan of Andy Goldsworthy's art, so my new avatar is one of his creations. It seemed very 'Potteresque' to me.


Elanor - Oct 13, 2007 5:44 am (#2777 of 2984)

I've just changed my avatar since we're allowed to today. This is a picture I took in California, on a glorious summer morning: the footprints are mine, made on the concrete after walking barefoot on the lawn. I've thought that a happy summer thought would be good to face Fall weather here.

The news of the day here is of course the Rugby World Cup semi-finals (France-England). It should be a great moment! **waving to Julie G.E.** and allez les Bleus!!!

Have a great weekend everybody!



The giant squid - Oct 13, 2007 8:25 am (#2778 of 2984)

Didn't you know that 50 is the new 30?—Solitaire

That would mean 35 is the new 15. Cool!


Puck - Oct 13, 2007 10:00 am (#2779 of 2984)

Yup, I guess we're teenagers again, Mike. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042

Okay, I have tons of work to do on my quilt, and the dishes are climbing out of the sink -again. I can't wait until tomorrow night. I'll have an evening or two to relax and fold laundry before starting in on the next group of projects.



Solitaire - Oct 13, 2007 10:53 am (#2780 of 2984)

I'm serious, Mike. Take a look at some of the 50-year-olds you know. If I covered the faces (both sexes) of some of my 50+ friends, well, their bodies are in as good shape as my nieces, who are in their 20s and very healthy and toned. Uncover the faces, and I still see some who could pass for 35. I'm willing to bet that things are not much different in Vegas. After all, looking good is part of the culture there, isn't it?

When my mom had surgery for breast cancer last spring, she was told by the doc that if her test results and physical records alone had been consulted, she would have been given the aggressive treatment given to those in their 40s, because her "body age" is about what one would expect of a healthy 45-year old. My mom is 79!!!



Puck - Oct 13, 2007 11:32 am (#2781 of 2984)

Solitaire, have you ever visited Real Age dot com? You fill in a bunch of information about lifestyle and health history, and they calculate your true age. Sadly, my real age is about 29 years old if I leave off the family history of breast cancer, but when I include the family history, my real age almost 40.


Tazzygirl - Oct 13, 2007 12:08 pm (#2782 of 2984)

Thanks again for all the healing charms for my mom!

LOL Puck! The private schools here have the pools (but no golf courses). Public schools (like mine) do not. They lack in a lot of things. But still, that dream sounds fun!

I want to see what my real age is! Puck- I'm probably up there in my 40's if I add in breast cancer to the family history.

I've been reading The Princess Bride lately- it's pretty good, but I like the movie better. A guy at work (who I happen to have a crush on) was asking if anyone had read it, as he just finished it and was dying to talk about it with someone, so I saw it as a great opportunity to get to know him more. The book is funny!

I think I'll change my avatar to the sunset during the luau I went to with my friends. It was spectacular!

I love all the new avatars!

I went and bought new work shoes yesterday. I am now trying to see if I can return them. They are 100% non-slip resistant. Last night at work I was doing everything in my power to stay upright. Just a tiny bit of water and I would lose my footing.

So now I am off to see if I can find a slip resistant pair of shoes. yeay!

Have a fantastic RotD/N everyone!



megfox* - Oct 13, 2007 12:17 pm (#2783 of 2984)

Tazzy, I don't remember what you do for work, but in restaurants you need slip-resistant shoes, and I wear Danskos. They are clogs, have great support, and are non-skid. We have an extremely slippery kitchen floor, and I have never slipped even once in them! The only drawback is they are expensive, but they also last a really long time. You can find them at almost any uniform shop. Make sure that you get them fitted by someone who works at the shop and knows what they are doing, because if you buy them too small, they are not the kind of shoe that you can break in so they "feel better". They are also supposed to be good for your back (that's why I wear them, mostly - I even bought myself another pair in dark red so I can wear them at school because they are so comfy).


Tazzygirl - Oct 13, 2007 12:24 pm (#2784 of 2984)

Thanks, Meg. I work in the cafe for Barnes and Noble. Lots of slippery stuff. When I head to the mall I'll look around to see if I can find them. (I've got a bad back too, so shoes that help my back would be awesome!)



megfox* - Oct 13, 2007 12:33 pm (#2785 of 2984)

Oh, I remember now! When I was reading your last post, I kept thinking, "I thought she worked at Borders or Barnes and Noble - why would she need non-skid shoes?"

I went to Real Age dot com, but I haven't gotten my results yet. I think last time I took it (way long time ago, before Maddy) I was a year younger than reality...


Tazzygirl - Oct 13, 2007 12:47 pm (#2786 of 2984)

Tehe. I just took the real age test. The results are being sent now. From what the site said, the first check said I was actually 22.3 years old. Then the last time before the email was sent said I was 31.3 years old.

Okay, now I am really leaving.



Holly T. - Oct 13, 2007 1:08 pm (#2787 of 2984)

Kristina, healing charms for your mom! And you can sometimes find Danskos on sale at Sierra Trading Post dot com.

Solitaire, Chik-Fil-A is yummy;  and flu mist is kind of like having someone sneeze in your face as they squirt live flu virus up your nose. (I know, ick.)

Off to change my avatar!


PeskyPixie - Oct 13, 2007 1:34 pm (#2788 of 2984)

Solitaire, there is some violent content in Eastern Promises (hey, it's David Cronenberg ) as it deals with the Russian mob in England. The film brings attention to many sensitive issues which are, unfortunately, a reality in the world.

Personally, I respect Cronenberg's approach to violence in films as he never glamourizes it. There is actually not much 'disturbing content' in his films (in comparison with films in the same genre), but the few scenes are so realistically depicted that they are quite memorable. He really shows the audience the true consequences of violence.

Viggo Mortensen's performance in Eastern Promises is sheer perfection ... the best I've ever seen him, and definitely one of the finest performances I've seen recently. Gosh, they should pay me for shamelessly plugging this film!!!

Well, I must get going now. Best wishes to everyone. I rarely get around to posting here, but I do love reading what everyone's up to. Have a great weekend, guys.


journeymom - Oct 13, 2007 1:48 pm (#2789 of 2984)

Viggo Mortensen's performance in Eastern Promises is sheer perfection ...

Well, and he's nekkid, isn't he?


PeskyPixie - Oct 13, 2007 1:50 pm (#2790 of 2984)

I didn't know we could allude to that on this forum journeymom (that's why I stuck to discussing the violence), but yes, he is in his birthday suit briefly.

He's also great fully clothed. I was blown away by his performance. And if I don't get going now I'll be late for my date. (I expect some G rated conversation when I return to this thread!)


azi - Oct 13, 2007 2:08 pm (#2791 of 2984)

My real age is 16.1, although I could poke holes in their methods of testing. I didn't know a lot of things they wanted though, like cholesterol levels. I disagree with their reasoning that you can only be getting enough folic acid and other vitamins by taking supplements - my folic acid levels are actually above the 'normal' levels and I don't take any!

Love the avatar, Tazzy!

I've actually been busy the past few days, but since the forum was down I didn't miss much!

I went to Alton Towers on Friday. It was brilliant - the queues were so short I got 16 rides, one for each pound I spent. For those who don't know, Alton Towers is the best theme park in the UK for thrill rides. I went on all the major rides at least twice - Air (flying sensation, you're turned horizontal so you're looking down), Nemesis (my favourite), Oblivion (vertical rollercoaster) and Rita (60mph speed in 2.5 seconds, 4.7 G-force). Oblivion and Rita were WOW rides, definitely.

Lovely days for all!


journeymom - Oct 13, 2007 2:14 pm (#2792 of 2984)

Yay! I have a new avatar! I'll get sick of it, too, but hopefully not too soon.

It depicts how the fan girly part of me wanted Deathly Hallows to end.


Puck - Oct 13, 2007 2:37 pm (#2793 of 2984)

Hmm, wish I had time to figure out how to change my avatar. (Honestly, I managed to get the last one there quite by accident. Everything I try is "too big".)

I've been to Alton Towers! Granted, it was back when my "real age" was much younger -back in 1992.

Time to make dinner. I've been working on the quilt all afternoon, and will be up until 2am finishing I'm guessing. I almost decided to cheat and machine stitch the binding, but I'll spend the hours on the handwork so it's done properly. (The shower is for my best childhood friend. I didn't think she was going to have kids, especially after her divorce. But in the past year, she met a great guy, got re-married, and is expecting a baby.)

Time to feed the troops!



Denise P. - Oct 13, 2007 2:46 pm (#2794 of 2984)
Edited Oct 13, 2007 3:44 pm

***ahem***   Curb the clothing or lack thereof discussion please Family friendly, family friendly!

I had 4 of my Tigers march in the parade this morning. Our pack carried a 20' x 30' American flag. Once we were in front of the reviewing stand, we stopped and had the crowd say the pledge with us. We got done pretty quickly and I had to wait for Millicent's girl scouts, who were much further back in the parade.

I dropped kids off at home, picked up the dog and dashed to class. Terry, our instructor, is always telling us to talk to our dog. I don't and she got on me today about it (again) Tinsel totally lost what little mind she has left so Terry took her leash. After working her a few moments, she said "Don't talk to Tinsel" LOL The whole reason I don't talk to her is because when I do, it just winds her up and makes her overly excited. When I don't say anything, she pays attention. It is just funny, I can't talk to Tinsel yet others in the class have to talk in the happy, excited, silly voice to get their dog to respond.

We made a quick trip to the library to get books. Millicent and Devin both have a project due on a mystery book this month. I picked up Looking Glass Wars to give it a shot.

Still no dryer, now no phone line...pass the Calgon please.

Edit: We discovered the problem with the phone. Tinsel pulled the phone box off the house, chewed numerous wires in half and then gnawed on the box cover. I have no clue how she got up high enough to be able to pull it down to begin with.


Tazzygirl - Oct 13, 2007 4:31 pm (#2795 of 2984)

I found a pair of shoes! Actually, they are just like my old pair. So I know they will work.

Thanks Azi! Glad you had fun at the theme park. **is scared of thrill rides**

Denise- wow! **reparo charms** to your phone box and to the dryer!!

Off to work I go!



Chemyst - Oct 13, 2007 5:29 pm (#2796 of 2984)

Belated Birthday greetings to Brightwater, healing charms to Tazzy's mother, quilting quickness charms to Puck, kit and caboodle charms to all as needed.

Chick-fil-A is wonderful! The carrot raisin salad is like dessert! Truett Cathy, the founder, is also philanthropist who started a summer camp for kids. All of mine attended and my daughter was even a counselor there one summer. For years now the ads have featured cows with spelling problems, example: "Eat mor chikin." The subtle humor, which I'm sure Madam Pince would get, is that the spokes-cows are Holsteins who are not in any danger of becoming hamburgers.


Choices - Oct 13, 2007 5:59 pm (#2797 of 2984)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Tinsel is obviously finding new and inventive ways to entertain him/her self. I imagine that replacing chewed up wires doesn't come cheap.

We have talked so much about cabbage on the Cabbage thread that I went out and bought a head of cabbage this afternoon. I am going to make some boiled cabbage tomorrow and by golly, I'm going to eat it with catchup on it. LOL

Healing and cheering charms to all who need them. Love and {{{hugs}}} to all. :-)


Solitaire - Oct 13, 2007 7:49 pm (#2798 of 2984)

Pixie, I know that violence is real. I just have a hard time watching it on the screen. That's one reason I wait for movies to come to cable. I can flip the channel if things grow too intense for me. Frankly, though, I do not watch too many movies that contain much violence. HP films are about as violent as I am willing to watch. When I turn on a movie, I want to be entertained ... not sickened and scared to death. I guess I'm a sissy.

I do not want to think about my real age ... my chronological one is bad enough! LOL

Tazzy, I do not own any Danskos, but friends swear by them. As to expense ... if you are a teacher, you are on your feet all day and need good, supportive shoes. Most well-constructed shoes are not cheap. I have a very wide, flat left foot, and my shoes usually run between $75 and $150/pair.

LOL Choices! I like coleslaw ... but I am NOT a fan of cooked cabbage. I hope you enjoy yours!! Happy Saturday night!



PeskyPixie - Oct 13, 2007 8:12 pm (#2799 of 2984)

Solitaire, to be honest, I watch scary/gruesome scenes through my fingers! That's the only way I got through The Exorcist. Shh, don't pass that around!

But Eastern Promises is still a thought-provoking film that needs to be seen. (Gosh, the producers really need to pay me!)


Puck - Oct 13, 2007 10:46 pm (#2800 of 2984)

Quilt is finished! And it only took until 1:30, not 2am. :eyeroll. I'm not sure why it takes me so long to do the binding. If I sew an inch a minute (which seems reasonable) I should be able to finish in under 3 hours, yet it takes me 5.

Sorry about the phone, but glad Tinsel didn't get sick. I used to teach in a classroom that was having printer trouble. Turned out the pet bunny had chewed threw the wire that connected it to the computer. (I had checked that the ends were plugged into their respective places, but hadn't thought to check that wire was still whole.)

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Off to bed. I must get up to wrap the gift for the shower (which is 2 hours away), my niece’s birthday gift, which I will drop off after the shower, and one for Diva to take to her friends birthday. I need to drop Diva with another friend to bring her to the party, as I'll be out of state and Mr. Puck has to take Son to his religious education class and attend the parent meeting. Take out Thai food for dinner tomorrow, I think.
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Snuffles - Oct 14, 2007 12:51 am (#2801 of 2984)

Wouldn't you know it! I missed the time line for changing avatars! Oh well, hopefully I will be able to do it next time!

The Swaps looked fantastic. How clever are you guys? I am hopeless at those types of things.

Marie, *healing charms* to your knee and ankle are feeling better.

Kristina, *Healing charms* to your mum too.

*Reparo* to your dryer Denise.

Woo hoo on finishing your quilt Kathy.

Congrats to England on winning the Rugby. It was a very close match. Lets hope we can win the final next week

I have one more week before Olivia is on her first half term holiday , we have also taken the week off from work and we get Poppy next Sunday .

Off to check the threads before getting dressed!

Hope everyone has a good Sunday



Madam Pince - Oct 14, 2007 6:41 am (#2802 of 2984)

Don't worry Snuffles -- we love looking at cute little Olivia for your avatar anyway! I forgot about the deadline, too, although I wouldn't have changed my picture, but maybe the second line. But then again, maybe not. Oh well.

Denise, I never would've pegged you for a Doors fan. Sorry about the dryer -- that is a shame for one so new! And bummer about the phone lines, too. So Tinsel likes raw food and raw electrical equipment, too, eh? Silly girl!

Puck, I bet the quilt is lovely. Congrats on finishing!

I guess we won't see much of the twins today -- they're probably in mourning. Condolences on LSU's loss yesterday! Triple overtime, too -- wow that is a heartbreaker. UVA has been nothing but pure-D lucky lately, we've been squeaking by.

We had a fun day yesterday. The soccer game was at 8:00 in the morning which is way too early for my metabolism, plus it was downright cold that early. But it went well. Then in the afternoon we had a birthday party at a bowling alley which was loads of fun! I haven't been bowling in years. (You know, duckpins are really not at all like the regular ones... ) This was Little P's best friend's party, and they were the only two boys so they had a blast. I was very impressed with one of the birthday gifts -- he got a kid-sized violin! A real one, not a toy one, but just miniature size. It looked so neat. Today we are going to a pumpkin patch / farm with a corn maze, since Little P missed going to it with his class last week because we had to go to that sale. Should be a good time. (I am going to pay for this fun weekend, though, because Laundry Mountain is growing...)

Yes, Soli, if you have to do a fast-food meal, I don't see how you can beat Chik-Fil-A. The food is really good, and apparently it's healthy, too (well, insofar as fast food goes...) And they stick to their guns about being closed on Sundays, despite the fact that they undoubtedly lose lots of revenue. I respect that decision and it gives their employees a well-deserved rest, too.

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Good Evans - Oct 14, 2007 7:10 am (#2803 of 2984)

I'm back! did you miss me?? I have been away at our annual conference for the past week, and am now absolutely exhausted! I feel like I could sleep for a week - but that is not going to happen.

I am now the senior vice president of my professional institute and have a very heavy medallion to wear for official functions. This time next year I should be president! It still does not seem possible, and I am counting no chickens at all!!!!

Happy belated birthday T Brigthwater, and I hope that your new neighbours are an improvement Azi! Glad you have had enjoyable outings and you are all safe and well!!!

Welcome to the new forummers.

I missed the chance to change my avatar, so we are stuck with the Forum a bit longer, hopefully we cna change them more regularly soon, but I would rather wait to be told we are safe before landing in trouble with Kip

We were sidesmen this morning at church and there was a baptism, the most adorable little christening gown was used and the baby was so sweet, slept pretty much through the service. Lovely!

ah well, off to check threads....

Julie X

PS - looking forward to seeing a picture of Poppy, Julie!!!


Denise P. - Oct 14, 2007 7:16 am (#2804 of 2984)

I think INXS did a version of People are Strange for the movie, Lost Boys. I know I had it on a tape. I am a selective Doors fan, I only like some of their music, not all of it.

We have been picking through laundry and washing crucial items. They are hung out on our deck drying. The service call should be answered tomorrow. Thank goodness for warranty.

I have a Chik-Fil-A coupon here for a free sandwich and soda. I got it off a website some months back. My 14 yr old keeps trying to snatch it off my desk to use it.

Don't get me started on the dog that shall not be named. That silly thing will chew everything I don't want her to, but will bury her acceptable chewing alternatives (bones, bully sticks...) Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059


kaykay1970 - Oct 14, 2007 7:30 am (#2805 of 2984)

Wow! Congratulations Julie!

The wedding was really nice. My niece looked so lovely. The flower girl (my great niece) reminded me so much of my own wedding. Her Mom (which she looks very much like) carried the train of my dress at my wedding. Her aunt was my flower girl. I really didn't care for the vows at all. If I understood the preacher correctly, my niece can no longer possess ANYTHING! All that she owns is now the property of her husband! I think my vows were something more along the lines of "what is mine is his and what is his is mine", not quite so one sided.... Of course considering the preacher was the groom's aunt maybe she chose those vows special for them.

My daughter is getting ready to head back to school! She wasn't home nearly long enough! I am in big trouble with Hubby's grandmother, as we didn't quite make it over for a visit. When we show up later without college girl, I expect a major chewing out!


Good Evans - Oct 14, 2007 7:43 am (#2806 of 2984)

I forgot to say how nice the wedding sounded Kay - glad you had such a good time. I agree on the vows, I said no such thing, nor would I!!!

Denise - wasn't it Echo and the Bunnymen in the Lost Boys???? anyhow, it is a great version.


Marie E. - Oct 14, 2007 8:04 am (#2807 of 2984)

All those healing charms must have worked since I woke up Thursday morning feeling great. I'm barely limping at all.

I don't know if Mike has spoken to our little sister or not, but I'm dying to tell...she's expecting again!! I was in the middle of congratulating her when she said, "What do you think of the name Lulu?" AHHHHHHHHHH!! (For those who don't know, my sister has an 18 month old son named Cobain and I gave her a hard time about the name. She's determined to use unusual names.) I told her that we call Lexi Lulu sometimes and now she's gone off it. She still likes Irene Adelle, for two of the grandmas. Irene Adelle. I'm speechless.

It snowed in the mountains last night and we got rain and thunder. It's supposed to rainy and cold all day. The Diamondbacks are going to FREEZE in Denver. Muwhahahahaha! (Sorry to any Arizona fans, but the Rockies haven't been to the playoffs since '95.)

It was Echo and the Bunnymen, but INXS did quite a few songs for the soundtrack also. Sadly, I still have the cassette and was able to check.  Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1437562208


The giant squid - Oct 14, 2007 8:05 am (#2808 of 2984)

The Lost Boys version of People Are Strange was by Echo & the Bunnymen. This, I remember...important things, not so much.

According to realage.com, I was averaging about 2 years younger than my actual age up until the last section. Of course, that's where I revealed that I eat red meat, don't eat fruits & veggies and rarely exercise, so I may have lost my advantage.


EDIT: Once again, I rely on the Lexicon Forum for my family news. Irene Adele? Really??


Denise P. - Oct 14, 2007 9:26 am (#2809 of 2984)

My tape of Lost Boys soundtrack is long gone but I knew the song was on there and that INXS did quite a few songs. See what happens when you assume things? I should have checked it. I liked the soundtrack and the movie had a young Kiefer Sutherland in it, as a vampire. I do have The Doors version on LP in the garage although we may have sold all our LP's in our last garage sale.

Irene Adelle is a nice name, if you are about 80. I would have liked to have used family names but I was not going to saddle a girl with: Lottie Viola, Daisy Alice, Goldie Pearl, Alice or Dorothy. Ugh!! The closest to a family name is Kaitlyn, a form of Kathleen (my mother) A good friend of mine just had a baby and named her Amelia. Ohhhkay. Of course, I have no room to say anything because I am sure people think - Kierynn? Kierynn? What kind of name is Kierynn? And how do you say it?? (Keer-in)


kaykay1970 - Oct 14, 2007 9:37 am (#2810 of 2984)

My real age is 43. A lot of conditions that were covered in the "about you" section were not covered in the family history section as well. If I'd included my Dad's heart disease, glaucoma, type 2 diabetes and lymphoma my age would have been much higher I would think! The bad part is that so many of his health problems were the direct result of exposure to agent orange and I have no idea how this will affect the second generation, or even the third. It does make me worry for my kids more so than for myself (I think that is typical of most Moms).

Congratulations to Marie, Mike and family on the upcoming new family member!

Edit: After reading Choices’ post I was reminded of a pet story of my own. We had a pet skunk for a while (descented and all that). She chewed a hole in the upstairs paneling and fell to the floor below. She ended up being stuck inside the downstairs wall! Dad had to tear out all the home made bookshelves in his library and take down the paneling to retrieve her!


Choices - Oct 14, 2007 9:40 am (#2811 of 2984)

I have to relate my dog chewing story. I have had all sorts of dogs, but had never had a terrier before. We bought a Silky Terrier, named her Muffin and she was just adorable. I used to enclose her in the kitchen area at night to keep her from chewing up anything important. One night I put her to bed, slept soundly all night and got up to find a huge hole chewed in my kitchen wall and three dead baby squirrels on the floor. For about a week she had been sniffing around that area, but it never crossed my mind that a squirrel had built a nest in my wall and had babies. It had not escaped Muffin however and in the dark of night she chewed through the wall and got them. Mama squirrel escaped, but the babies were history. Muffin was so proud of herself and I was in shock. She went on to an illustrious career as a "critter getter" - she killed snakes, rabbits, rats, baby possums and one raccoon that was bigger than she was. She was true to her terrier heritage - cute as she could be and tough as nails.


The giant squid - Oct 14, 2007 10:40 am (#2812 of 2984)

So my actual age is 35.7. According to realage.com, my RealAge is...35.9. woo. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059

Denise, you're right--Irene Adele is an old lady's name. Heck, I thought Adele sounds too old for my mom (it's her middle name), and she's in her 60's now. Your kids' names may be a little off the beaten path, but at least when you read them you don't think "someone's grandmother".



journeymom - Oct 14, 2007 10:52 am (#2813 of 2984)

Congratulations, Julie!

Wedding vows- I don't remember ours at all. We seem to be managing. We had to find our own way through the tough times anyway, regardless of what the vows said.

Congratulations to Aunt Marie and Uncle Mike! Lulu is a sweet name, though it reminds me of a comic strip. Irene Adele is absolutely lovely. Definitely old fashioned. I like it a lot (as if that matters). I'm partial to old-fashioned. My daughter's middle name is Josephine, after my grandmother.


My calendar age is 39.5, and my RealAge is 39.6. I guess I'm doing ok. Though, yes, I can see holes in their logic. It implies that I don't get enough omega-3 fatty acids, because I only eat fish once a week. But in the vitamin index it does not have an omega-3 supplement check-off, and I take 1200 mg fish oil capsule daily. I don't know how much difference it would make, though! I still drive too fast (and don't get enough exercise and eat enough fruit and veggies).


Solitaire - Oct 14, 2007 11:24 am (#2814 of 2984)

Don't feel bad, Pesky ... I didn't even bother to watch The Exorcist.

Denise, have you tried Bitter Apple? I had a dog who liked to snack on my rattan sofa legs. Needless to say, I was not thrilled with her choice. Some wise soul told me about Bitter Apple, and I put it all over her favorite spots. The chewing stopped. When she began to do the "hot spot" thing, I put it on those, too, and the self-chewing stopped, as well. Tinsel may be tougher than the taste of Bitter Apple, but may be worth a try, if you haven't already made the attempt.

Congratulations, Julie!

I'm glad your ankle is better, Marie. Continued healing charms to you! As to the names ... I think Adele is a pretty name, and I've seen it make a few appearances in the last few years ... although I would not pair it with Irene. That combo really is sort of "vintage." I always hated my name growing up, and wouldn't you know my parents didn't even give me a middle name as a fall-back! I've begun to like my name better as an adult ... How did you like it growing up, Journeymom?

BTW, I agree that Lulu sounds like a comic strip character. Also, it reminds me of a song my mom used to sing, called "Don't Bring Lulu!" Still, I suppose it's better than a lot of the "made-up" names I see as a teacher. I also dislike weird spellings of traditional names, but that's just a personal quirk, I guess. I've had parents who are determined that all of their kids' names must start with the same letter, and you'd be surprised by some of the weird spellings and strange names they create!

Choices, aren't terriers traditionally used to ferret out small animals from holes and tunnels? It doesn't surprise me a bit that yours chewed through the wall! It sounds like terrier behavior, to me!

Okay ... time to get ready for lunch!! Have a great Sunday, everyone!



Holly T. - Oct 14, 2007 1:20 pm (#2815 of 2984)

Congratulations to Aunt Marie and Uncle Mike!

You have not seen strange names until you sign over 200 girls up for Girl Scouts. I guess it's the same when you are a teacher. Let me see, just from the registrations on my desk I have a Jazznara, Ja'alah, Chezni, Maharlika, and Sykora. That and about 20 different variations each of Kaitlyn/Kaylynn and Michaela/Mackenzie. Hmmm, I could send some suggestions to your sister.

Congrats to Julie!

Naughty Tinsel!

Reparo charms to Denise's dryer and phone.

We're cooking dinner for the youth group at church tonight so I need to get ready to take everything over there.

Congrats on finishing the quilt, Kathy.

I don't like scary movies or scary theme park rides.

Have a great rest of the day everyone!


Denise P. - Oct 14, 2007 2:11 pm (#2816 of 2984)

My calendar age and my RealAge are the same.

Yes, we have tried bitter apple, three different kinds including what her trainer calls "the big gun of bitter apple" I just took her on a 2 mile walk and she did really well. She knows what I want her to do, she is just getting overloaded with sight, sound and smells all around her.

Holly, when I had Devin, I thought I was picking a unique name. After I had him, boys named Devin came out of the woodwork. When I had Kaitlyn, there were plenty of Caitlins but not many Kaitlyns. Now, there are a load of Kaitlyns but not many who are called Kaity. I find a bunch of Ian's but not Iain. I have yet to see another Kierynn or Rhys.


journeymom - Oct 14, 2007 2:43 pm (#2817 of 2984)

Lol! Solitaire, I hated it! I've only gotten comfortable with it in the past few years. That's why I gave my daughter a relatively common first name and put the old fashioned name in the middle.

Denise, Mr Journeymom and I watched an Adrian Paul movie last night, on SciFi: Wraiths of Roanoke. Maybe because I had NO expectations for it, and had just watched a very weak SciFi version of Beowulf, I thought this movie wasn't half bad. It was better than that last Highlander. (I still wouldn't have chosen it. It was Mr Journeymom's turn to choose.)


Denise P. - Oct 14, 2007 3:00 pm (#2818 of 2984)

Yes, compared to that other movie Wraiths was Oscar worthy. Adrian Paul did well although I found his accents distracting. Pick an accent and stick with it for crying out loud. He is currently filming a movie about Captain Drake. He works quite a bit, he just picks crummy movies.

It never rains, it pours. The dryer went out, Tinsel chewed the house phone line and then we discovered that I could call out on my cell phone but no one could call in. I spent 20 minutes on Mr. Denise's cell phone with tech support to get it fixed which is good. Tomorrow the house phone people would have called my cell to confirm the appt and if they did not get through, they would not have shown up.


The giant squid - Oct 14, 2007 4:06 pm (#2819 of 2984)

Speaking of weird names, I saw an episode of MTV's "Pimp My Ride" (I know, I know...) that had a girl named Spechele. She pronounced it "special".


painting sheila - Oct 14, 2007 4:10 pm (#2820 of 2984)

OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had No time yesterday to get on the computer. I left in the wee hours of the morning and didn't get home until midnight - I missed changing my avatar!!!!!!!!!!!

Kip - I am first in line in the "When Will There Be Another Chance to Change My Avatar" line. Jeez!!!!

Yesterday was so dang busy!! We drove to Wilmington with a bunch of the drama geeks from school to look at William Ivey Long's showing of a few of his costumes at the Cameron Art Museum. Amazing!! So fun.

We then went out to eat at a place called Sweet and Savory - very good, and then took a walk on the beach. We were under a time crunch and had it all planned out with a 45 minute cushion. Well, the kids didn't get back in time from their walk, and when we stopped for gas they all had to use the bathroom! Problem was that it was just a one hole stop if you know what I mean. Between them being late getting back from the walk and the gas station potty break - we were late by about 30 minutes getting back into town. I ran home after dropping the kids off and quick changed clothes and ran back out the door for Man of La Mancha. Hubby and I were greeting and were 15 minutes late. Watched Man of La Mancha, helped with souvenir sales after the show, helped clean it all up, ran to the grocery store and stopped at Cookout for something to eat - walked in the door after midnight to find Lovely Daughter and Littlest Guy still awake!

We put them to bed and had to wait up for Oldest Son to get home from the State Fair. I have been worn out all day today . . . anyway, I said all that to apologize to Kip for not changing my avatar when the time was right and beg him for another window of time.



Edit - (snort) Spechele? Really?


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 14, 2007 5:03 pm (#2821 of 2984)

Kathy, just wanted to let you (and the others on this site) know the practices the Age website you referred keeps:
We use technological means to collect Personal Data from you, including the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) you just came from, the URL you go to next, your browser type, and your Internet Protocol (IP) address. We also use cookies or clear GIFs to collect Personal Data from you about your use of our site or e-mails we send you. You expressly consent to our use of cookies and clear GIFs when you use our services.

Apparently, even visiting their site seems to launch a trace of some sort-unless your cookies is off.

Wow, lots to congratulate! Congratulations to GEJulie, you little ladder-climber, you! And congratulations to Marie E. and GiantSquid!

kaykay, the wedding sounds as though it was lovely (minus the slave vows)-so glad it brought back nice memories from your wedding!

We had a Siberian Husky named Kristie who chewed the cabinets and walls in our condo. Good thing hubby is good at construction. Her pack instincts made her a forever wanderer. She chewed her way out of a steel cage. (It looked as though a Tasmanian Devil had been through it - the Bugs Bunny kind.) Needless to say, we returned the cage the next day. They couldn't believe a Husky puppy did that kind of damage.

Congratulations to Snuffles and Happy Poppy Day, early! Enjoy the vacation time with Olivia.

Condolences to LSU fans-triple OT-that's amazing.

Double Reparo charms to Denise's home. (You know, once they start school, they pick up all kinds of habits from the "naughty" puppies. )

My friend has a cat named LuLu.

Solitaire, I love your name.

We have a Michael Jackson in our school.



PeskyPixie - Oct 14, 2007 5:08 pm (#2822 of 2984)

We had a Lisa Simpson at my university and a James Potter for mayor (or some political office) back in the day.


Solitaire - Oct 14, 2007 5:12 pm (#2823 of 2984)

Thanks Maria ... I am used to it, obviously, and I like it a little better than I did when I was younger. Still, I always felt that my sister, Colleen, had the prettier name. She even got a middle name! The diminutive form of my name--joined with my mundane, boring last name--has always sounded so dull and plain. Of course, I always planned to marry someone with an exotic, difficult-to-pronounce last name. Alas, it never happened. I guess that's why I chose an interesting Internet name ... and have kept it since 1996.



Choices - Oct 14, 2007 5:27 pm (#2824 of 2984)

Soli, yes it was typical terrier behavior. That's why I couldn't bring myself to fuss at her - she was just doing what comes naturally. LOL


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 14, 2007 5:28 pm (#2825 of 2984)

I always felt that my sister, Colleen, had the prettier name. ~ Solitaire

That must be a sister thing, because I think you got the better name.


geauxtigers - Oct 14, 2007 9:40 pm (#2826 of 2984)

Tigers lost as I'm sure everyone knows. There goes our national championship hopes down the toilet because I can bet Ohio State, South Florida and co will go undefeated as they don't have the competition we've had to face. It was a heart breaker game too, but at least we weren't demolished or anything. We still have Auburn and Bama, and Arkansas left. All three of which have the potential to be ranked as well. We've already faced 4 top 25 teams this year. Ah well, just gotta pick up the peices and come back. I just had this feeling this would be our year. Kentucky is a really good team. At least we only dropped to 4th in the BCS...

So we spent the day at Cabela's. They built a new one here and so we joined all the other rednecks and spent 2 hours in there. LOL It was huge, they had just about everything under the sun that you could imagine! Huge fish tank, these amazing boats (we want a boat so badly!), the camping stuff was so cool too! Over half the bottom floor was hunting stuff and camo, the other half fishing. There was a restaurant and they had things like Buffalo Burgers, and sliced deli meats in the forms of Elk, ostrich, and bison. We would've eaten there but they line was really long. In the end, we got some fudge of all things. Its really good!

We are on fall break right now, so we don't have school tomorrow. Seniors don't have to go Wednesday because Freshman have CPR and Sopo. and jrs have PSAT. So we go the day off! WOO! I love being a Senior! We were both accepted to LSU by the way, so I think that's where I'm going to go. Haven't really looked anywhere else though. I can't wait until I can be in Tiger Stadium every game! (Got my priorities sorted out now don't I? LOL)

Let's see, Congrats to everyone! Hope everyone is having a nice October! It's finally cooled down here. I can wear my jeans and a long sleeve shirt without dying. The highs have been in the mid-to low 80s, lows in the mid to upper 50s, so it's been very nice!

Off to stay up late because I can! LOL!


Snuffles - Oct 15, 2007 1:59 am (#2827 of 2984)

Welcome back Julie and a big woo hoo to you too Well done you. *sends virtual Butterbeer*

Congrats to Auntie Marie and Uncle Mike.

Glad the wedding went ok Kay.

I read somewhere that they are supposed to be filming a Lost Boys 2. Mike, can you help?

My friend has a step daughter called Kierynn. (not sure if it is spelt like that though!)

Sending some *Felix Felicis* to Tori and Ginny.

Hope everyone has a good Monday



Tazzygirl - Oct 15, 2007 2:27 am (#2828 of 2984)

Congrats on getting into LSU, Ginny and Tori!! (Definitely have priorities straight! LOL)

School is starting to give me a headache again. I have so much stuff to do, and it is all blending together and making a mass pile of confusion. I'm thinking I'll be talking to a couple of my professors on Wednesday to get things clarified.

Anyone know when Pirates of the Caribbean 3 comes to video?! I'm starting to get impatient (partly because I am listening to the soundtrack right now...)! lol

Off to bed. School tomorrow, which means I'm out the door at 6:30 am (9:30 forum time. Man, I wish that really was the time I had to leave!)

Good night everyone!



HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 15, 2007 4:35 am (#2829 of 2984)

w00t to Ginny & Tori for getting in to LSU! I agree with Kristina-you definitely have your priorities straight!

Hang in there, Kristina! You're just around the corner from finishing. Every day gets you one step closer.

Happy Monday everyone!

***waves to Lina because I've missed her in the chat room lately***



Good Evans - Oct 15, 2007 4:47 am (#2830 of 2984)

LSU? I am guessing this is a University? Well done Twins anyway, I am sure that you will be great successes.

Lulu? that is the shortened version for Luna (yes I know there are the same number of syllables) in our house. I like Adele but not the Irene part (sorry any Irene's out there). Still congratulations to Marie and Mike on the anticipation of a new neice (I assume it is a neice??)

I've just been asked to go to Brazil for a conference - shame its not a HP conference! anyone know anything about Brazil?

Soli - I like your name too, I also like your sister’s, hate mine though!!!! if it had an "et" or "a" on the end it would be better, and as for middle names I am named after an aunt, could have been worse, my father’s favourite aunt is named Gertrude!!!

Rhys is quite popular here Denise - isnt Rhys Ifans (the actor)spelt that way?

I haven't done the real age thing yet, maybe a bit later....


Madam Pince - Oct 15, 2007 5:47 am (#2831 of 2984)

anyone know anything about Brazil?

I hear they have some really big snakes there...

Congratulations to Ginny and Tori on getting accepted at LSU (Louisiana State University, for Good Evans...) Woo-hoo! That's great news!


Steve Newton - Oct 15, 2007 7:18 am (#2832 of 2984)

Good Evans, LSU is the shorthand way of saying Louisiana State University. Their football team is doing reasonably well this season. By reasonably well I mean that they are kicking serious butt.


Denise P. - Oct 15, 2007 7:35 am (#2833 of 2984)

I heard, unofficially, that my Cubs won first place in the civics category at the Homecoming Parade. Woo hoo! Now I need to order the Tigers a patch and make them their brag vest. I am considering stitching their names on the vest on a blue oval, using gold thread (blue and gold are Cub Scout colors) When I made Devin his vest, I put snaps on it so it didn't keep falling off his shoulders. These vests last until they are 11 so they are pretty big on a 6 year old.

Still waiting on the phone people.....

I am almost done with my re-read of HBP. I am taking a break to read Looking Glass Wars I am hoping Maus and some DVDs I ordered are in today as well. MI-5 (Spooks in the UK) is about to start season 6 there and I am almost finished with season 4. I have all of S5 here to watch so hopefully I will be caught up before the second episode.


kaykay1970 - Oct 15, 2007 7:45 am (#2834 of 2984)

Congratulations to Ginny and Tori! WooHoo!

Congratulations to Denise's Cubs as well!

Is anyone planning to watch the new show "The Next Great American Band" on Fox Friday nights? Hubby's cousin will be competing! He plays trumpet for Denver and the Mile High Orchestra.


journeymom - Oct 15, 2007 7:59 am (#2835 of 2984)

MI-5: Mr Journeymom and I almost stopped watching it after the second episode. Helen the assistant dies a rather gruesome death, and Mr Journeymom was pretty shaken. He doesn't bat an eye at fantasy violence, but some realistic violence just really turns his stomach.


Marie E. - Oct 15, 2007 8:00 am (#2836 of 2984)

We don't know if my sister is having a boy or a girl yet, so any worries about grandma-named kids are probably premature. She's not due until May, 2008. I completely understand my brother-in-law's motives for honoring his grandmother. The rest of his family, parents and sister included, have either done some bad things or made some poor choices so that Grandma Irene is the only family member left that he keeps in touch with. I agree that Irene would make a lovely middle name. I suggested Lola, but was shot down. Hard.

Anyone watch the Rockies last night? It looked cold out there. I bet baseball players aren't used to playing in freezing rain.


Holly T. - Oct 15, 2007 9:58 am (#2837 of 2984)

Marie, if they go with Irene they could spell it Eiyreen and people would think it was cool and trendy.

LOL about the snakes in Brazil!

I could get a lot more work done if I wasn't freezing all the time. Pompous jerk in the next office controls the thermostat and he is a big guy. He says I am too whiny and that his office is hot. I say he is leaving in a month and perhaps whoever gets that office then will adjust the thermostat. Or I might move offices. No one is sure yet. Something about the structural support of the building, moving doors and walls, etc. I am just waiting for them to tell me. If I do move, I want to move toward the warm end of the hall.


painting sheila - Oct 15, 2007 10:01 am (#2838 of 2984)

Hi everyone!

Names are funny things - you don't hear Sheila very often, but I like it as a name. You wouldn't believe how many different ways there are to spell it. People mess up my last name a lot also - which really floors me. It's common and only three letters. How much damage would you think a person could do?

Went to the gym this morning!! woohoo! I am on a roll now!

I went to two paint stores this morning and almost walked out of the second one and went to a third. Hubby - while trying to replace knobs in the shower - made the ceiling leak - BAD!!!! We had to call a plumber who in the process of fixing said knobs had to remove some of the tile. The guy who is going to repair the tile and the ceiling needed one more tile than what was salvagable. (sp?) I went a bought the tile to paint and took an original tile to the paint store. The first place (a major do it yourself chain) told me they didn't sell paint that would work on tile. (What?!) The second place had a guy that sneered when I asked him about it and said, "YOu know that it just isn't as easy as you think." (What?!) Yes. I know - I need a primer, the paint with a de-glosser added and possibly an sealant for the finished tile since it will be getting wet. Maybe I was just grouchy this morning - but they really ticked me off! Whew. I feel better now. Thank you for letting me complain!

Hungarian Horntail - May I just say that you are one of the nicest people I know. You are always so positive and thoughtful in your post. ((((hugs)))) Thank you for being such a great example!!



kaykay1970 - Oct 15, 2007 10:27 am (#2839 of 2984)

My youngest sister is named Sheila. She was named after my Dad's cousin. I've always loved her name. Incidentally, baby sister is also a painting Sheila. She sometimes paints murals on kids bedroom walls for extra money!

Oh, and I totally agree with you about Maria! She's just always so sweet!


Puck - Oct 15, 2007 10:34 am (#2840 of 2984)

Thanks for the info, Maria!

Congrats to Ginny and Tori!

Congrats to Julie for the fancy new title!

Diva came into my room a few minutes after I got into bed after finishing the quilt. She'd had an accident, so I was right back up again. Needless to say, I was quite tired by the time I got home from the shower. It was nice, though, to see my old friend.

pssst, Denise, did you know you can buy those vests for about what it costs to buy the fabric? I admit, I copped out and got a premade one. All patches will be attached via sewing machine, not by hand.


I always thought my name was too common, and my hubby thought the same of his. We tried to find names for the kids that aren't super popular, but aren't completely off the wall, either.


painting sheila - Oct 15, 2007 10:36 am (#2841 of 2984)

kaykay1970 - (read following in your best Darth Vadar voice) "kaykay, I am your sister!" Ha! Just kidding - but how fun is that!? there are two of us out there floating around.

I found out yesterday that some people I quoted a price for a mural in their son's room lost my number and THAT's why they didn't call me back. I had been feeling like the price I quoted them was to high - but then I knew I had given them a good deal because they are friends of friends. Yeah!! I may have a painting job!! Woohoo!


azi - Oct 15, 2007 10:53 am (#2842 of 2984)

Congrats Ginny and Tori!

Hope your day got better, Shelia! Rude salespeople are horrible encounters.

Brazil? That's a long way to go for a conference!

My grandma's name is Irene Prudence. She hates it and wouldn't wish it on anyone. I always feel my name is too common, but it's not a bad name as far as names go. I actually go by Azi or Lozra Bozra with most of my friends. I never have a problem with my last name either. Can't get more common than 'Smith'.

I had a good day until I received an email from my landlord saying I owe them two rents. What? I paid both, on time, and have statements to prove it! The account it was sent to is definitely the same as the one she put in her email. **Is very peeved**


John Bumbledore - Oct 15, 2007 11:33 am (#2843 of 2984)
Edited Oct 15, 2007 12:29 pm

I found I am about +.5 years older according to Realage.com's survey. I really think they must be pro vegan to some extent except they promote eggs, milk and fish/seafood.

just wanted to let you the t practices of(Realage.com): You expressly consent to our use of cookies and clear GIFs when you use our services. Apparently, even visiting their site seems to launch a trace of some sort-unless your cookies is off. — (Maria) HungarianHorntail11

Yikes! I missed that. I just set my browser to block all cookies for realage.com and will now run Ad-aware to remove the cookies (that way I will not loose my WorldCrossing cookie vs. using Explorer to delete all cookies). **why can't a browser help me while I am viewing a website by offering a button or icon click to list any cookies or clear GIFs (i.e. possible spy-ware tools) used/installed by the current site?**

Edited to add...

Solitaire, I love your name. — HH11 (Maria)

Maria, what prompts you to say that? Was it Laura Branigan or Ms. Stefani? Enough said? LOL

Names are funny things... [and] ... I went a [sic] bought the tile to paint and took an original tile to the paint store. — Sheila

She, I guess naming one of your children "Game" wasn't even considered?
All joking aside, I knew at least three Sheila's in my high school, a few at university, and work with at least two now.

About the tile though, is it ceramic tile? Then paint is the wrong thing entirely. Try a ceramic studio and look for glazes. Yes that will be exceedingly difficult to match or even come close. Alternative is to get a nice contrast or accent color/pattern and then remove randomly placed tiles to be replaced by the accent tiles. Depending on the size of the tiled area, you might only need a few accent tiles. Ceramics was a long time hobby of my youth. (uh! I'm beginning to sound older than my "RealAge" age.)

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Holly T. - Oct 15, 2007 11:33 am (#2844 of 2984)

Ooh, Azi, what a pain. Good thing you have proof you paid.

I always thought I should have had a more boring name but I guess mine is one of those common enough to not confuse people but unique enough to where there aren't three in every class. My kids' names are pretty much in the same category, in that they're not unusual but not common either. And I am just still so happy that I got to change my last name when I got married--I guess most of my friends expected me to be the kind to keep my name--but I was thrilled at the chance to have a last name that people could spell (other than the girl at the dry cleaners, who always messes it up) as I grew up with a last name that started with a Z. No matter how easy the name to pronounce, the Z always throws people off and they get confused.

Sorry about the rude people Sheila!

You know how my Girl Scouts meet at the same time as my husband's Cub Scouts since we have siblings in both groups. Well, my unreliable assistant leader, whose son in ostensibly in my husband's pack (he has been to one meeting this year and maybe 5 all last year) contacted our cubmaster--went over my husband's head--and complained about how my husband treats her son unfairly, based completely on her son's word, and, to be honest, her son has no clue what they do in scouts anyway because he is never there. And what she's really upset about is not that he didn't get to do the activity at the meeting but that when she called to see if either me or my husband could drive her kids to scouts we both said no since we had other stuff to do before the meeting and she was in a snit because we wouldn't help her out. I am so annoyed with her, and ready for her to completely blow up at me when she finds out (from the cubmaster) that my husband wants her son to join another den. He says he can't trust that she isn't going to make up something about him or his asst den leader and wants her and her son out of his den. Which is exactly the advice I would give a Girl Scout leader who was having trouble with a parent like this. But she is not going to take this well.


Denise P. - Oct 15, 2007 11:59 am (#2845 of 2984)
Edited Oct 15, 2007 1:06 pm

The last time I made the red vests, it cost me under $5 for the material vs $13 premade. I got my felt at Wal-Mart, I have not looked to see if they have it here but with Christmas coming, they probably do.

Edit: The dryer repair people said "The earliest we can get to your town is on Thursday, is that okay?" Well, does it make much difference if it ISN'T okay since that is the earliest?? I said it was fine but if someone cancels and they can be out sooner, that would be nice since our pile of unwashed clothes is growing larger by the day. At least the house phone is working and my cell phone is working as well. If I could only get a working dryer now.....


journeymom - Oct 15, 2007 2:15 pm (#2846 of 2984)

Oh my word, I can't watch! (And yet, I do.)

I'm watching "You Are What You Eat" on BBC America. I really am torn. I mean, Jillian the dietician just presented this guy with a bucket of several pounds of beef fat, saying this is how much fat he consumes in a month. It's -DISGUSTING! He is soooo unhealthy! On the other hand, this woman is getting on my last nerve. I've noticed that she is full of advice and plans, but what I've seen so far is really unrealistic.

My complaint: people cannot maintain these sudden drastic changes for the rest of their lives. As soon as Jillian is out of their lives, they're going to gain the weight back. Argh! I can't even explain all my objections. I mean, this guy needs to make changes FAST, so maybe he just needs to put up with her harsh measures. But she's asking this guy to change his diet entirely, immediately, which goes against everything I've learned about how to live a healthy life. Maybe that's the difference. She's putting him on a crash diet, while I'm thinking she should show him how to make really gradual changes that will last him the rest of his life.

I suppose it's the limitations of the show. It's a lot more entertaining when this woman berates people for being weak. And it was pretty dramatic when this guy today lost a bunch of weight (3 stones?). But I wish we could see a follow up, 3 months later, and see how well this guy has kept up.

Slow and steady does it. (Like I'm one to talk!!!!)
editor’s note;  1 stone = 14 pounds; 3 stones = 42 pounds


Snuffles - Oct 15, 2007 2:27 pm (#2847 of 2984)

Lol Journeymom. I cannot watch that programme anymore either! In my opinion, if eating all the kind of food she tells you to makes you look like her, then no thanks!!! 3 stones is about 21kg I think.

That kind of programme always seems to be on when I'm diving into a packet of Jaffa cakes! , or maybe I just eat too many Jaffa cakes.......

*Bat Bogey Hex* to your landlord azi. Hope you get it sorted out soon.



Madam Pince - Oct 15, 2007 6:01 pm (#2848 of 2984)

Congratulations Good Evans, on the promotion! GE is a VP! Woo-hoo!

Yay, Marie, glad your ankle is feeling better! Also congrats to you and SquidMike on your impending aunt/unclehood. Sooo... I'm just hearing this in my head "Hi! I'd like you to meet our children, Cobain and Lulu." Nah. Not happening. We had a girl in our office that nobody liked much, and someone nicknamed her Lulu (I think it had something to do with being a bit of an airhead.) Irene Adelle does sound a bit, uh, "vintage." But then if Little Pince had been a girl (which I fully expected him to be) then he would've been Hannah Lillian, both grandma names. I do like the name Amelia, and I also like the Lola Irene. If I'd been a boy, apparently my dad favored Floyd Cameron. (Cameron is OK, but Floyd?) And Spechele? Please...

There's a band called Echo and the Bunnymen? Really? Wow.

I could never understand how to use Bitter Apple. If it's something you don't want chewed, it's also probably something you don't want to spray some liquid chemical on (ie: nice fabric, mahogany wood, etc.) Fortunately we never had to use it.

Tori, we have a Bass Pro Shop near us and it sounds basically same as your new Cabelas. Super fun place to spend the afternoon! Little P loves the big fish tank, and at Christmas they have all the deer for Santa's sled!

I just saw the description for Wraiths of Roanoke the other night and I had missed all but the last few minutes. I hope it's on again soon because I thought it looked good. I think the whole Roanoke / Lost Colony thing is fascinating -- America's oldest mystery -- still unsolved! There's a cold case for ya...

Holly, I empathize with you on the cold office. I always hated that. How do they expect you to use a keyboard if you can't feel your fingers??!! Bummer about the cub scouts thing, too -- hope it works out OK. She won't be fun to work with for awhile, eh?

Azi, hope you get the rent thing all sorted out soon -- good thing you have your records!

Sheila, Mr. P is a painter (well, obviously you are too... ) and he said you could do the tiles as you said (prime, paint, seal) but he's never painted tiles in a bathtub or shower before. He said it should work OK, especially if it's only one tile you're trying to match. It might scratch if it gets hit, obviously, but it should be OK.

Time for beddie-bye... I'm exhausted. Closet-cleaning today... Bleah...

Edit: Uh-oh. Forum is verrrrrry slow to refresh. Methinks me smell a WX blowup approaching..


Denise P. - Oct 15, 2007 6:38 pm (#2849 of 2984)

I don't spray bitter apple on things, I catch Tinsel red handed (or red mouthed as it were) and spray a couple of good squirts in her mouth. She pulls a face and leaves it alone. I carry a small bottle of it and usually, just seeing the bottle makes her stop but not always. She has been good since she destroyed the phone line.

Wraiths is not that good. I find the story, of the Lost Colony, very interesting but this movie was just not good. Another cast member of Highlander did a year on a BBC show called Holby City, I will have to find his episodes.


painting sheila - Oct 15, 2007 8:19 pm (#2850 of 2984)

I just typed the most amazing post and the lost it! How do I do that? Jeez!

I think I said,. .

Thanks Madame Pince (and your husband too.) It's nice to hear what you think will work is what some one else thinks will work also! I primed and painted the tiles today but they have a few buggies that stuck to them, so I need to sand and repeat tomorrow.

We had a great Family Night tonight! We couldn't decide where to eat so we ended up at the food court at the mall. The best part was the ride over. Kids like to talk when you are driving in a car.

When I was in college we liked to talk in the bathroom. If one of the girls on the floor was having a problem we would all meet in the bathroom to sort it all out.

If any of you could spare some good thoughts and prayers the young lady that used to live with us could use some. She was asked to leave the last house she lived in. That makes 5 homes since May. She is just making poor choices. Her friends just keep patting her on the back and say, "You're messing up big time. Stop it!"

Hubby and Littlest Guy and I are going to the State Fair tomorrow. Fried Snickers anyone?
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Tazzygirl - Oct 15, 2007 10:03 pm (#2851 of 2984)

Thanks for the encouragement! I'm trying to get myself motivated!

Congrats to Marie and Squid Mike! Add me to the group that doesn't like 'Lulu'. I don't know what my parents were going to call me if I had been born a boy. I think when I eventually get home, I'll take a look through the baby book. Haven't done that in years, and it has a list of all the possible names they thought of. While I think my name is pretty common, the spelling really isn't. I lost track of how many times people automatically spell my name with a "Ch" and not a "K".

Sheila- congrats on the painting job! I've never had a fried snickers before...

How do I erase the Real Age cookies from my computer? (My brother took the test, and his age is about 15 years old. I need to get my act together...)

I thought I was coming down with something today- I could barely keep my eyes open at school, and on my way home my throat felt tight and I had a blinding headache. Came home, then mustered up the strength to go for a walk, and now I feel much better. Even feel up to doing homework. Yeay!

When I went for the walk tonight, there was a section of Waikiki blocked off. Apparently two Hawaiian Monk Seals (endangered) decided to visit the tourists and were sleeping on the beach. It was so cool!!

Okay, I've put it off long enough. Time to get cracking on the homework. **healing charms** **good luck charms** and various others being sent to those that need them!



journeymom - Oct 15, 2007 10:37 pm (#2852 of 2984)

How cool to see seals! We've got California Barking Sea Lions in the Bay, and they're pretty fun. Wouldn't want to try to take a nap on the beach with them, though. They're pretty darned noisy.

Now I know what causes my back to 'give out'. It happens when I sit at the piano for long stretches. Which I did this evening (about an hour), then vacuumed dd's room, then unloaded and loaded the dishwasher. My back already hurts, and if I don't take some ibuprophen before bed I won't be able to move tomorrow.

wish me luck!


Tazzygirl - Oct 15, 2007 11:30 pm (#2853 of 2984)

**Healing charms** to your back, Journeymom! LOL on the barking sea lions. These seals were pretty much content sleeping. They didn't give the crowd a second glance.



painting sheila - Oct 16, 2007 5:18 am (#2854 of 2984)

Tazzy - Maybe it's allergies that is causing you not to feel well. Hang in there!

I did the real age test and was about a year younger than I really am. It never sent me my confirmation email though. I guess I can just say it said I was . . .hmmm. . . . .28? Yeah! That was a good age.

journeymom- ouch! I hope your back is okay today. When my back is tight, I bend over and just let my upper body weight stretch out my lower back. It hurts at first but as I just hang there is feels better. Do you think that would help you?

Azi - did you get your rent thing all cleared up? How are your roomies doing? Any slobs this time around?

I dreamed about Fired Snickers last night. Yumo!! I will eat one for you Tazzy.


Puck - Oct 16, 2007 5:25 am (#2855 of 2984)

Healing charms to Journeymom's back! (Personally, I think you should play the piano if you wish, but then skip the housework and opt for a heating pad or a soak in the tub instead.

Sheila, I'm so sorry to hear that about that girl. I hope she figures things out soon. (Does she take responsibility, or just blame things on everyone else?)

If I was a boy my name would have been Adam Herbert. (Dad's idea. Mom was glad I was a girl.)

Lulu would be a cute name for a puppy.....

I'm torn... I should run errands today, but I'd love a day to just stay home and get stuff done here.

Have a great RotD!



Denise P. - Oct 16, 2007 6:02 am (#2856 of 2984)

After spending the morning yesterday waiting around for the phone guy, I have to go run errands this morning. I started the day well by forgetting Millicent had chorus this morning so we got up too late to get her there. Ooops. I normally have it written down so I see it numerous times but this week was blank so I blanked on it.

Tomorrow both the middle school and the high school get out early for the PSAT. Yay.

I finally caved, I have to get laundry done so I am washing specific items and then hanging them on the deck to dry out. The temps today and tomorrow should support getting a few loads finished. Hopefully the repair guy can get the dryer working on Thursday and not have to send off for some part. If he does, I think we are going to have to look at renting a dryer until ours is repaired. We have way too much laundry to drag it all to a laundromat. Not to mention, I am not fond of the idea of sitting in a laundromat with 2 kids watching my clothes tumble dry and feeding quarters into the machine.


Puck - Oct 16, 2007 6:09 am (#2857 of 2984)

Gee, Denise, you say that as if you have a lot of people living in your house. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042


Madam Pince - Oct 16, 2007 6:29 am (#2858 of 2984)

Puck, it sounds like your dad and my dad would've gotten along great -- the same horrible taste in names. Floyd and Herbert. Hmmmm. Unfortunate.

Denise, yet again I wish so much we were living in my aunt's old house -- if so you could come use our machines right around the corner! LOL! As it is, since the guy living there isn't home during the day I don't see how it could work. Alas earwax... Hope there's a cancellation in the repair schedule and they can get by there earlier. There used to be a laundromat right there at the corner of Monroe and Elden, across from where Anita's is, but I don't know if it's still there... That wouldn't be too far, but then again you'd still have to lug laundry and have quarters and watch kidlets...

Well, Marie, it seems like Diamondbacks don't like the cold weather -- you know, I'd always heard that about snakes. LOL! Congrats to the Rockies!


painting sheila - Oct 16, 2007 6:37 am (#2859 of 2984)

Puck - Everything is always someone else’s fault. All 5 of the homes had different dynamics, mother and a father, single moms with rules, single moms without rules, single moms who don't care, etc. She thought that all of the rules anywhere were too restrictive. The last house she was asked to leave asked her to leave because she skipped school and went to another High School! How the other High School let her in is a mystery to me. I thought security was tight enough you couldn't school hop - but I guess not. It's all very sad. There is yet another friends that is thinking about letting her stay with him, his sister and her new husband. He says they have no rules at their house so she should be fine! This kid has made some bad choices in his life. He has turned out okay but he has never finished anything, doesn't have to work for money, doesn't have to go to school - you get the picture. (sigh)


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 16, 2007 7:33 am (#2860 of 2984)

uggggh! This morning we went for our walk in the state forest behind my house. Afterwards, we sat in the car talking (well, we drove to get to the access which is at the end of the road) my friend looked at her knee and it was covered in TICKS! ughh.

They were on her knee and crawling on her leg, the dog had some too. We ran out of the car and stood in the middle of the street looking for and pulling ticks of one another. The few cars that passed wanted to know what we were doing. I was afraid of bring ticks to the cat so I left all my clothes and shoes out on the deck.

Going back some posts, I do not intend to take the flu shot any more. The naturepath gave me called muco occinum which I took when I was sick this summer it was brilliant. You Can take it when you are sick or suspect that something is starting. I have taken it twice and my husband has taken it once.

Denise those swaps are incredible. This is my girls first year in scouts, I hope the site is staying up so we can refer to it.

Deer repellant, hmm. Our friend the organic farmer recommends all natural repellants. So human smells, hair, urine. Hair may require a little planning but the urine does not.

It seems their was a spate of feet and ankle injuries. Healing charms.


Holly T. - Oct 16, 2007 7:50 am (#2861 of 2984)

Sheila, positive thoughts toward your young friend.

Madame Pince, one thing about working in a library is that when it gets really, really cold (like the one winter when the vents were messed up and instead of having the heat work there was cold air from outside blowing in to my office) is that you have those thin white archival gloves in your desk and it is possible to type while wearing those. I used to have a space heater, as did some of my co-workers, but we were busted by the fire department and had to take them home.

Mrs. Sirius--yikes about the ticks. Ick.

Sea lions--I thought it was cool at Legoland in the mini version of San Francisco where they had a Lego model of Pier 39 complete with sea lions and a recording of the real sea lions from the real Pier 39. And I got to see both versions within about 6 weeks of each other.

Have a great day everyone!


Denise P. - Oct 16, 2007 8:01 am (#2862 of 2984)

I will leave the swap page up. If you like, I can also put up pictures on a different page of the swaps Kaity and I have made for girl scout swaps and swaps that she has gotten in return. The swaps girls make to trade are a lot less ...polished looking and are very, very simple. I would not make something like I did for a girl scout swap, I would have gone much, much more simple.

I got through with my errands and as I was loading my van, a strange man approached me. I initially ignored him, hoping he would take the hint but he didn't. He immediately asked me how Devin was and I finally placed him as the dad of Devin's friends, Tarik and Ashraf. Without Tarik and Ashraf, I had no clue who he was. After he left, I discovered my keys were missing. Rhys has been really good about not tossing them out of the cart so I immediately suspected him. He readily confessed "Giant" when I asked him where my keys were. Luckily, I had only been to a few places in the store but they were not there. Then I remembered I had changed carts when I left the Dollar store and went to Giant. Sure enough, I had left my keys in the dollar store cart.

Madam Pince, I found one in Sterling as well although I will check Monroe/Elden first. I really don't like Sterling. I may have to break down and go there this evening with a few rolls of quarters and a book after Mr. Denise gets home. I have one load out on the deck drying now and hopefully I can get another load out there. Our deck is not that big and I can't hang them in the yard since Tinsel will help herself to them as soon as she is out there.


John Bumbledore - Oct 16, 2007 8:43 am (#2863 of 2984)
Edited Oct 16, 2007 10:13 am

I guess nobody liked the idea of using accent tiles. I read it in a home repair book I picked up at Lowes Home Improvement. It looked real nice in the pictures. ( Just found a similar example, small blurry image, on "do it yourself" network www.diynetwork.com/diy/ba_faucets_fixtures/article/0,2037,DIY_13710_2276667,00.html ) Okay, really, I'm not a sales person (is it that obvious?) and I'm not trying to sell. I guess I just wanted an acknowledgment that you read it.

**oh, does that sound pitiful**

Any who!

So, Marie E. how the weather? I heard there was snow somewhere near you...

Edit to answer Tazzy's question:

How do I erase the Real Age cookies from my computer? — Tazzygirl

Two part answer: (How I did it, there may be different or better methods also)

First, I went to the Internet Explorer (version 6.0.29 etc.) menu bar select |Tools > Internet Options...|

     In Internet Options, I clicked the tab named Security and then selected restricted sites and then clicked the [Sites...] button.
     This lets you designate site(s) you wish to make "untouchable" type www.realage.com in the "Add this web site to the zone:" edit box and then click the [Add] button and then the [OK] button.
     Back at the Internet Options, select the Privacy tab. Again click the [Sites...] button and type www.realage.com into the "Address of Web site:" edit box and then click the [Block] and then [OK] buttons. Back at the Internet Options again and click [OK] button one last time.

Second, I used Lavasoft's Ad-Aware SE Personal to manually scan for ad-ware and spy-ware. It is a free download for personal use ( www.lavasoftusa.com/products/ad_aware_free.php ).

     It finds all data tracking cookies and give you the option to archive them before you delete them. That way if you find that some friendly site you used often needed a cookie that is now missing you can hunt it down in the archive and restore it. World Crossing does use cookies (if you selected that option) for an automatic login.

**I hope I didn't sound like Snape or some other nasty know-it-all head-master.**

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Puck - Oct 16, 2007 10:32 am (#2864 of 2984)

Oh, Sheila, that is so sad. It's so hard to help people who didn't have structure when they were young. I have second cousins who had almost no rules as kids. (They were permitted to do things like write their names on the furniture.) The oldest is doing okay, but the other two... One is about ten years younger than I am, but looks much older than the rest of us. She has the look of someone who has been doing some serious drugs. So sad. (And still, no one giving her the much needed kick in the backside to get her motivated about her life. Late twenties and living in her parents’ basement.)

I had a headache this morning. It must have been the dementors, because I ate a couple of squares of chocolate and it went away. (I may need another piece, to keep the pain from returning.)

I have never like ordering school pictures sight unseen, but as they have always come out well, I ordered one of the bigger packages. Diva's -who always wears a light-up-the-room kind of smile, featured an odd smirk, nothing like her normal expression. I was debating a retake, until son got his back yesterday. Wouldn't you know, he is wearing the exact same smirk. Hubby and I have laughed it off saying at least they would match each other up on the mantle.

I have 11 Daisies. Anyone interested in doing SWAPs with us this spring? I think it would be a cute way of earning our "Sister to every G.S." petal.

Self imposed lunch break is over. Time to get cleaning!


edit : John, I remember my Mom using accent tiles to replace broken ones, and they looked very nice.


Madam Pince - Oct 16, 2007 10:59 am (#2865 of 2984)

Poor John! I think your idea of accent tiles sounded lovely. I've always wanted to do delft-looking tiles in a kitchen or around a fireplace. I guess it won't happen, though, since blue is "out" nowadays...

Holly, I used to have a space heater in my office, too, until my office-mate went home and left hers running all night one time. Our V-P discovered it and was furious (as he well should've been) and issued an edict "No more space heaters period." I could've killed her. Anyway, the gloves sound like a good second choice!

Puck, here - have a slice of German chocolate cake. Mr. P brought it home from work. It's from a bakery rather than homemade, but still, hey, chocolate is chocolate.


Puck - Oct 16, 2007 11:54 am (#2866 of 2984)

Mmmmm, thanks Madame P.! Hey, it was homemade at the bakery, right?


azi - Oct 16, 2007 1:12 pm (#2867 of 2984)

Hi everyone!

I got the rent problem sorted. The landlord received all the payments due of that amount so she's assuming mine is in there somewhere. It's odd that the bank doesn't put people's names with the transfer, but I'm glad that's over! She's also sending someone to deal with the damp I found in my room (she is good for that sort of thing, even if she gets mixed up with rent).

German chocolate cake....oh yummy!

Oh, I know the need to wear gloves well. Hope things get warmer soon, Holly!

Shelia - I really hope that girl sorts things out soon! It's a shame when people are like that. My adopted cousin went off the rails at a very young age (i.e. long before 10) and unfortunately has never rectified his mistakes. He has a 'psychopathical personality disorder' which means he will never change. It's interesting the parallels you can draw between him and Voldemort, although thankfully he has never tried to take over the world. Hopefully this girl will grow up and realise rules are there for a reason and that she is acting immature!

Phew, I'm tired! Long day, although the lectures were humourous. All 3 had technical problems, with computers and lights. It was hilarious when we discovered that one lecturer was actually turning on/off the lights in the next room instead of his own. He ordered us all, at the beginning of the lecture, to turn our phones on, because there's so much paranoia about phones going off in lectures and he doesn't think it's as likely as people think it is.

Lovely days to all!


Madam Pince - Oct 16, 2007 3:02 pm (#2868 of 2984)

Ooooo! Oooooo! The Noble Collection catalog came in the mail today! ***jumps up and down with excitement*** I'm worse than Little Pince with the Toys-R-Us catalog -- "I want that! And I want that! And oooo, look at that -- I want that! Get me that!" LOL! Seriously, it has some verrrrry cool stuff in there! (But some things make me cry -- there's a Dobby doorstop *sniff* and for the first time I think they have Fred and George wands. Dobby looks kind of odd in the doorstop, though. But I still want it. )

Azi, your story about classes today reminds me of one of my favorite TV commercials here in the U.S. This guy is asking his wife "What does this switch do?" and she's reading her newspaper and says "I don't know; I never use it." So he's flipping it off and on and off and on and nothing's happening. Then the scene changes and here's their elderly neighbor trying to back her car out of her garage, and the garage door keeps going up and down and banging onto the roof of her car. It's for car insurance and the tagline is something like "We're there for you no matter how unbelievable the story is."

Oh, and here's a slice of cake for you, too, azi, since you like it so much. Heck, cake all around for everyone! Life's short -- eat dessert first! Woo-hoo!


azi - Oct 16, 2007 3:08 pm (#2869 of 2984)

A Dobby doorstop? That's seems a little disrespectful does it not? LOL! It's not real life...not real life...

(Thanks for the cake! )


Madam Pince - Oct 16, 2007 3:12 pm (#2870 of 2984)

Well, house-elf holding the door open for you and all that... but I admit, it should probably be Kreacher. After all, Dobby is a free elf...


geauxtigers - Oct 16, 2007 4:00 pm (#2871 of 2984)

I love that commercial, Madame P! LOL

I like my name, you don't hear it too often, but it's not unheard of. Ginny always brags that she was named after a state. I just tell her I'm named after a city and more importantly, a queen! LOL If we'd have been boys we'd have been Benjamin Andrew and Robert Gregory. Nice names, just common names. LOL

I don't have school tomorrow! **happy dance** So I'll be sleeping in.

Okay, speaking of dance, I got get going to dance! Hope everyone is well!


Marie E. - Oct 16, 2007 4:26 pm (#2872 of 2984)

No snow here yet, John, but the mountains have got some. Pikes Peak has a dusting of snow on it. I've had to scrape ice off my windows twice, so I know the cold is coming.

We have two staff members gone this week and one gone next week. We're just barely staffed as it is, so I can sense headaches and long hours in our future.

I got the girls' school pictures yesterday. They're pretty good, not great. I only ordered small packages. The pictures we had done at Kiddie Kandids this summer are much better. I put those in my profile once the ban is lifted.


Choices - Oct 16, 2007 4:59 pm (#2873 of 2984)

Oh, a new Noble Collection catalog - I can't wait. I got an offer from the Hamilton Collection in the mail yesterday - a cool red dragon holding a crystal - I put my order in right away. I love dragons.

Hope everyone is having a good week. Healing charms and cheering charms to all who need them. Love and {{{hugs}}} to all. :-)


journeymom - Oct 16, 2007 5:00 pm (#2874 of 2984)

Victoria, what is your sister Ginny's name short for (aside from Ginevra)?

If it's Virginia, then yes, she was named for a queen as well. And a saint, I suppose.


painting sheila - Oct 16, 2007 7:13 pm (#2875 of 2984)

John - I will keep your tile idea in kind in case we have to redo the whole thing. I painted a tile and it is darn close. I just have to spray matt finish on it. I don't remember reading that post. I am sure it was one of the days I couldn't get on!! Thanks for bringing it up again. I am sure the idea will come in handy as we redo things around here. Have you laid tile before yourself?

School Pictures - Littlest Guys came back. His hair was nice and neat. the dark blue shirt with the lighter blue background made his eyes pop out at you. His smile was sweet .. . and then, you looked again and saw it. He has a piece of white paper/plastic sticking out of his teeth! I asked him about it and he said, "It's my braces mom. I had to have braces in my picture." I am not doing the redo. I figure it will just give us a laugh in 20 years when I show them to his wife.

Well, I ate my way through the State Fair today. Hubby and I went while the kids were still in school. As soon as everyone got out of school, we picked them up and headed back to the fair!

I had (this is like a confessional where the guilt is taken away by the telling):

A barbecue sandwich with cole slaw, hush puppies, and fries with a diet Pepsi; a handful of peanuts since they were handing them out for free; dippin' dots; roasted corn on the cob dipped in butter; a few fries from Littlest Guy; cotton candy from Littlest Guy; a diet coke and water through out the day/night; a Bucket O' Fries shared with everyone and . . .(drum roll please!) a deep friend Snickers!! Ta da!!

I will not be on the forum tomorrow as I will be in the gym working all of this off.

edit: Update on Young Lady that used to live with us. Her mom got a call today from one of her teachers telling her that her grade is close to failing because she isn't turning in her homework. She is already a grade behind. I hope this doesn't put her further back.(sigh)


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 16, 2007 10:32 pm (#2876 of 2984)

It's for car insurance and the tag line is something like "We're there for you no matter how unbelievable the story is." Madame Pince

It's funny Madame, because we get that same commercial, but I think the tag line was "Life comes at you fast (I can't remember the rest but it's something like -that's why we got you covered-)"

pheww what a day! We started it with the attack of the ticks in the woods. Then I called our life insurance company. They said our insurance lapsed for non payment. I asked for reinstatement forms thinking "fine one more bill I screwed up". They said they would reinstate for about 1/3 the price higher. I was definitely not happy about that so I went and checked when I actually paid the bill. Sure enough I had sent it with plenty of time. The woman checked the file they, THEY had gotten it on time! ughh. If I had gone ahead and paid it, it would have been hundreds of dollars more a year, for years to come!

I found a loaf of Dark German bread in the freezer today. I love Dark German bread, can't wait till it defrosts. I'll pass you a slice to go with the German chocolate cake.

PPT first thing in the morning with the teacher who suggested my parenting skills lacked follow through. (This teacher had my son, and now in 4th grade get the triplets as they have the block periods, lucky me!)

Sheila, good luck with that young lady. That is such a difficult to be in. (When my mother died, I took her foster care kids and it was a disaster)

Happy ROTD!


The giant squid - Oct 17, 2007 4:27 am (#2877 of 2984)

Victoria, what is your sister Ginny's name short for (aside from Ginevra)?—Journeymom

Well, since her username is VirginiaElizabeth, I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess... So actually, Ginny is named for two queens, which trumps Tori's one. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042

I'm up at 4 AM to take my cousin to the airport. I'm now debating whether or not I'll have time for a nap before I have to "get up" for work...



Madam Pince - Oct 17, 2007 4:53 am (#2878 of 2984)
Edited Oct 17, 2007 5:49 am

Boy, Sheila, it's a good thing you had that diet Coke and that diet Pepsi to counter-act all the rest! Whew! Otherwise you might've been overdoing it! LOL! Sounds like everyone had fun! (Too funny about the braces!)

Mrs. Sirius, you're right I think -- what you said is the actual tagline. What I wrote is just how my brain filled in and interpreted the ad-men's line.

It must be the day for school pictures. Little P got his back yesterday also. They turned out very nice, and I almost wish I'd ordered more. He looks so grown-up, though! I'm not sure I'm ready for that yet...

Well, must say "ta-ta" for a couple days. Little P has a half-day off today and is off the rest of the week, so we're heading down to Grandma's house and going to stay up at the cabin and look at the leaves (if there are any, after the summer drought. They may be all brown.) Anyway, see you Sunday I suppose! Everyone have a good RotW!

Edit: OK, re-reading my posts I just realized what a bad mom I am. I was more excited yesterday over the arrival of the Noble Collection catalog than I was over my son's first "real" school pictures. How sad is that... Oops. ("Yeah, yeah, you're cute, I see, I see. But just look at this marvelous Dobby doorstop!" )


Puck - Oct 17, 2007 5:38 am (#2879 of 2984)

LOL, I was thinking that about the diet soda as well!

Have a nice trip, Madame P.!

Mrs. Sirius, thanks for the warning. I thought tick season was well past.

He has a piece of white paper/plastic sticking out of his teeth! I asked him about it and he said, "It's my braces mom. I had to have braces in my picture."
You win!

So each week the kids take a spelling pretest at the start of the week. They give them the words cold, no chance to study, to see how they do. Well, this week my son got 100% on the pretest, and received this weeks "challenge list." He was quite proud. (I'm prouder.)



Denise P. - Oct 17, 2007 6:06 am (#2880 of 2984)

My kids are kinda miffed that this year, all teachers in the county are posting homework assignments online. I can log on to any of their classes and find out what is due, when there are quizzes etc. This old "I don't have my spelling words" doesn't fly anymore. My 2 in 5th grade also can't get away with much since I know if one has a major project due, the other does as well even though they are in different classes.

We have our first pack camp out this weekend and Iain is pinging off the walls with excitement. He is going to get his Bobcat rank. I also have to bring some pumpkins for my den to carve. Out of 8 boys, I still have 2 who have not told me if they are just coming out for the day or if they are spending the night. I kinda have to spend the night but I had planned to do it anyway. A lot of my boys are not since they have never been away from home. Iain is an old hand at this, he had just turned 5 when he spent a week at a sleep over camp away from home and loved it.

Puck - there are a lot of yahoo groups devoted to swaps. You could also check there to see if you could find a troop to swap with your Daisys. I would ask Millicent's troop but their leader is ....less involved than I would like. Still, I will ask her if the girls would be interested. There are about 11 in the troop.

Millicent goes to the meetings but has already asked me to take over as leader "because you would do things right" Since the current leader has had the troop forever, I really can't.

She also wants to do her bronze project separate from the troop since she has everything she needs and the rest of the troop doesn't even have a sign completed. Coming from a really with it leader, this is hard to sit back and not say anything. I asked at Council about the troops before we joined and I was told this one was the motivated, working towards goals, together troop. The other troop has since folded and the 3 remaining girls merged into Millicent's troop.

Next year, when I have a Daisy troop with Kierynn, I plan to start them right and actually have a meeting (you know, an opening, something planned, a closing) Juniors should have an active hand in taking part in the planning and this troop, they don't. I don't think they even say the pledge or the GS Promise. Heck, they don't even ask them to wear their vest! That is one nice thing about having younger siblings in my Tiger den, the parents have already been trained by the previous good den leaders.


Solitaire - Oct 17, 2007 7:19 am (#2881 of 2984)

Believe it or not, Julie GE ... Elizabeth is my favorite name (since reading Pride & Prejudice when I was 12), and Claire is another fave.

Congratulations to Ginny and Tori!

Marie, my youngest niece is due around Thanksgiving, and they opted NOT to know the baby's gender. I was really surprised! But we have all been very forthcoming with appropriate names. hehe

I had 2 Sheilas in my class when I was in grammar school. One was a Sheila, one a Sheilah. I rarely hear the name today. I haven't had a Sheila as a student in 20 years. Perhaps names are regional, as well as cyclical.

Oops! Just saw the time. Guess I won't get to all 54 posts. Have a great day, everyone!!



PeskyPixie - Oct 17, 2007 7:43 am (#2882 of 2984)

Confession: my introduction to the Roman emperors (about three months prior to reading HP in 2001) led me to choose the name 'Severus' for any son I might have in the far-off future! It's just the prettiest name, IMO.

Now, post-HP, I think I may just scar the child! Then again, maybe the whole HP thing will die down in fifteen years or so (when I plan to have kids, if I do indeed choose to go down the family path!)?


painting sheila - Oct 17, 2007 8:03 am (#2883 of 2984)

PeskyPixie - What are the odds of him having a hooked nose and stringy black hair? If you have those traits in your gene pool - I might go with another name.

If one Snickers candy bar has 300 calories and the diet coke has 0 calories they even out to be 150 calories each. That's not bad is it?

You be proud of me that I only ate what I ate over a 9 hour period. YOu should have seen all the tempting things that I opted NOT to eat!


Denise P. - Oct 17, 2007 8:18 am (#2884 of 2984)

PeskyPixie, I found spouses are the biggest problem in agreeing to a name.   I had my heart set on my first girl being named Siana since I was about 12. Likewise, I just knew I would have a boy named Shane and then later Rory. Nine kids later, not a Shane, Rory or Siana in the bunch. I almost got Shane Tristan but instead, we got Kaitlyn. I fought for Rory as a middle name on every single boy and was shot down. Siana was likewise shot down as soon as I brought it up. I did prevail on Rhys though...rather than Reese. Woo me!

I had to go to 3 different stores before I found the correct cartridge for my printer. I think next time I will just order online.


journeymom - Oct 17, 2007 9:27 am (#2885 of 2984)

I know of two, maybe three women on another forum who are either named after Lord of the Rings characters or have named their daughters after LotR characters. Fortunately Arwen, Galadriel, Lorien, Luthien and Elanor are pleasant enough names And Elanor is not so unusual.


Elanor - Oct 17, 2007 9:47 am (#2886 of 2984)

Definitely not unusual, Journeymom! Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 2752390508

I don't know if I will ever have a daughter but I would certainly consider Elanor if it ever happens.

Very tough and busy week here, but I just wanted to pop in and wish a good week to all. Congratulations and Cheering Charms to all needing some!



Choices - Oct 17, 2007 9:57 am (#2887 of 2984)

I love names. My youngest daughter is Ellen Arwen - we were reading LotR when she was born.


PeskyPixie - Oct 17, 2007 10:19 am (#2888 of 2984)
Edited Oct 17, 2007 11:14 am

Ellen Arwen is just beautiful, Choices. Those two names go so well together. We had identical twins at my high school named John and Aragorn!

I do have black hair, so little Severus would probably inherit that (it's supposed to be a dominant gene, right?) but it's thick and wavy, not stringy, though it does tend to get greasy if I don't stay on top of it.

I have big eyes, big lips and small nose (I've been told I look like a Bratz doll which I didn't take too kindly as I find them vile-looking!), so I don't think my kid would resemble HP Severus too much, although the hook nose does run in my dad's family. Character quizzes have so far matched me with ol' Sev every single time, so it might be likely that a son of mine would be a rather Snapey Severus . Anywho, I want a daughter more than a son anyway (ETA: I know, I know, a healthy baby is the most important thing). I'm constantly changing her name around; right now it's Mina (It's my favourite aunt's name and also has the Dracula connection which I love).

I had completely forgotten that a husband (and his opinions) is part of the 'family picture' ! LOL ... up to now I'd just been concentrating on cool names for the kids! Ah, I'll just stick to developing my career right now, I don't think I'm the wife/mother type anyway.

Have a great day, all.


Puck - Oct 17, 2007 11:23 am (#2889 of 2984)

Arwen, very pretty.

Evan, Jonah and Elizabeth were all shot down by hubby. Actually, two out of three kids have names he came up with. (Well, the littlest has a first name he picked, but the middle name was my idea.)

I just spent the early part of the afternoon picking out costumes for the dance recital for my girls. You should see some of the outfits in the books! I told the owner of the studio that my daughter is never to have such outfits. Luckily, she has a daughter, too, and agrees whole-heartedly.

Okay, I have 30 minutes to do 2 hours of work. Ready, set, GO!



journeymom - Oct 17, 2007 11:41 am (#2890 of 2984)

I had completely forgotten that a husband (and his opinions) is part of the 'family picture'

Lol! I completely understand! When I was 15 I'd already decided how many kids I'd have and what their names were. I don't think guys do that. They don't plan their weddings years in advance, either.

Girlfriend will be here in 20 minutes, and we're going to plan out our Girl Scout year. I need to get cracking.

Have a wonderful day, All!


Holly T. - Oct 17, 2007 12:36 pm (#2891 of 2984)

I wonder if there is going to be a trend in Harry Potter names like the LotR names. I guess you really couldn't tell with Harry and Ron but if some Hermiones and Albuses and Siriuses start showing up in kindergarten classes then you would know it is a trend.

Speaking of Hermione, my daughter and her friend are working on an extra credit project for social studies. They had an idea and asked the teacher if they could work on this for extra credit and the teacher said sure. I asked my daughter why she needs extra credit when she already has a 100 average. She said extra credit is always good to have.

Meanwhile, Draco's conduct grade for the week is a D again. He is talking too much, apparently. I told him as long as he is being respectful and not fighting (problems he has had at school in the past) then I am not too worried about his conduct grade.

He thinks the teacher doesn't like him. :sad: He also thinks the science teacher doesn't like him but he is convinced that is because she is a Fury (from the Lightning Thief, a Kindly One).

Congrats to Puck for her son's excellent spelling!

PeskyPixie, I'd be annoyed too if someone told me I looked like a Bratz doll!

Sheila, your post made me hungry.

My kids' school pictures: Hermione put her hair in a scraggly ponytail in spite of me suggesting that she wear it down for the picture and she was wearing a layered shirt that kind of bunched up. She's very cute and this is possibly the worst picture she's ever had made (I did not tell her that, of course). Draco is smirking in his. I never managed to get a Christmas portrait taken of them last year so now I have incentive to try and get one made this year in the hopes of having something better than these school pictures to give to people.


painting sheila - Oct 17, 2007 1:31 pm (#2892 of 2984)

Yeah!! Oldest Son got his braces off!! Woohoo!!!! His teeth look so pretty. I would proudly show you a picture if I could change my avatar (hint hint)

Oldest two children are sick. Oldest Daughter is in bed already and they both didn't want to go to dance class tonight. I hope it's not catching!


Children names - Our daughter was going to be Rebecca Marie - both hubby and I agreed on this name. When she was born however, we both took one look at her and said - "She isn't Rebecca!" We changed her name - Kaitlin Brooke - and moved Rebecca Marie to the next child. 'Lo and behold "she" was a "he" so we had to scramble and find a name for him - it was going to be Aston Martin (like the car) but we changed it to reflect one of his grandpas - Austin Hiatt. Since Little guy was such a surprise - we had to know what he was in order to figure out sleeping arrangements. He has been Dallin Robert since we saw the ultrasound. I still miss Rebecca Marie - but maybe she will be a daughter in law!

She (again)


journeymom - Oct 17, 2007 2:31 pm (#2893 of 2984)

Girl Scout Silver Award- holy cow! There's a 40-hour volunteer time requirement. And that's on top of the 15 hours required for the Leadership Award. But I think they've got three years to complete it. Still, the Bronze Award required only 15 hours.

We're letting the girls choose whether or not they want to go for the award (of course). But I kind of hope they choose to. I really appreciated the structure the Bronze Award provided. Still, that means they can't do other fun stuff. My word, they just get busier and busier.

My friend's son is in Boy Scouts, and she says the badge system is much simpler than in Girl Scouts. A lot fewer choices, a lot less ambiguous. Denise, I think you said something similar.

Gah! I'm late to pick dd up from school!


Denise P. - Oct 17, 2007 2:44 pm (#2894 of 2984)

I do think the BSA requirements are more simple, a lot easier to follow. The hour requirement is kinda misleading because you can and should count in your planning. For Millicent, this means she gets to count the time spent on making up a sign up sheet, calling places, pricing things and a bunch of stuff before she actually starts the project. The Silver requires more work and the Gold even more than the Silver. My oldest daughter's troop tied quilts for a battered women's shelter for their Silver project.


PeskyPixie - Oct 17, 2007 2:47 pm (#2895 of 2984)

When I was 15 I'd already decided how many kids I'd have and what their names were. I don't think guys do that. They don't plan their weddings years in advance, either.

A boy in my high school was actually the exception to this. He wanted a little girl of his own (aww), and had picked out the name, get ready for it, Starburst!


I Am Used Vlad - Oct 17, 2007 2:49 pm (#2896 of 2984)

If I ever have a kid, I'm going to name it Scorpius.


PeskyPixie - Oct 17, 2007 3:09 pm (#2897 of 2984)

Maybe little Scorpius will be friends with my Severus.


journeymom - Oct 17, 2007 3:40 pm (#2898 of 2984)



Vlad, your name got me messing around with an anagram generator.

Severus Snape = Suave Serpens Lol!

I think 'Persues Evans' was already discovered.


Solitaire - Oct 17, 2007 6:55 pm (#2899 of 2984)

My kids are kinda miffed that this year, all teachers in the county are posting homework assignments online. I can log on to any of their classes and find out what is due, when there are quizzes etc.

LOL Denise! I got that same reaction from fellow teachers when I first went online back in the late 90s. Parents began calling the school and asking why all of the teachers could not put their weekly class agendas and homework online like the three at my school who were doing so. We were perceived as show-offs by some, unfortunately.

Good for you for checking things. I wish all of my online parents would check the weekly syllabus and grades ... not to mention links to handouts, helpful websites, etc. Many who ARE online and DO have email do not bother to check assignments OR online grades and act shocked when they learn their kids are missing numerous assignments. *sigh* Sometimes the apple doesn't fall far from the tree ...

Ellen Arwen ... beautiful!

Holly, I'll be surprised to see Harrys. It has not been a popular name for a few generations ... well, not around here, anyway. I occasionally have a Ronald or two. Hermione is probably too hard for some people to spell, so I won't expect too many. Personally, I believe Sirius, Albus and Severus are names that will cause kids to punish their parents, and I dare anyone to name a daughter Bellatrix, Narcissa, or Nymphadora! ROTFL I think Remus is kind of cool, though. JM2K ...



PeskyPixie - Oct 17, 2007 7:22 pm (#2900 of 2984)

Narcissa is a very pretty name and quite common in some cultures. Personally, I have a lot of diversity in my background so I'm okay with different sounding names. Some of my favourite HP names (i.e. I would consider naming my child) are Minerva, Narcissa, Hermione, Ginevra, Bellatrix (oh yes!), Sirius, James (it's one of the few common names I actually like), Regulus, Lucius, and of course, Severus. I'm kind of iffy on whether I like Rubeus and Pomona or not, but all of these names have quite a bit of historical or other significance to them.

I really had my heart set on Severus the first time I encountered it in Roman history class. Hopefully HP fever will have died down a bit by the time I have a child. Then again, I could always buy a hamster and call him Sev!
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Solitaire - Oct 17, 2007 9:49 pm (#2901 of 2984)

I didn't like my name as a child. If I had been named Bellatrix, I'd probably have EARNED that one by now! **evil laugh** I'm sure "Trixie" would have been the nickname on that one, and I do not like it any better than "Bella." Narcissa? I would be afraid she would turn out to BE narcissistic. Severus? No way.



painting sheila - Oct 18, 2007 4:50 am (#2902 of 2984)

Wolfric? Brian? Oliver? or use some of the last names as first names - Granger?

Lovely Daughter is home from school sick. She has a check up today - so good timing on her part. I don't think they will let her get the flu shot when she is sick though.

Busy day ahead. I hope everyone has a good one!



Puck - Oct 18, 2007 5:53 am (#2903 of 2984)

If I get a male puppy or kitten he'll be Neville.

My friend's son is in Boy Scouts, and she says the badge system is much simpler than in Girl Scouts.

Really? I find the GS system much simpler. Maybe it's different once you get to the higher awards, but the boys seem to have so much going on. You need this patch be that patch, but you need to get these beads. Somethings earn you a belt loop, others get you a pin....I can't get it straight. Son has a bunch of beads, and I have no idea what he did to earn them. GS, it's do these tasks, earn this badge. Simple.

My Silver Award was earned spending the summer volunteer at a preschool for children with special needs.

Son is home "sick". He didn't feel well last night. (ie, he was a crying mess) His eyes were still a bit glassy this morning. Thursday tend to be a busy day with gym and such, so I thought letting him rest is best. He seems fine down there reading to his sister and watch Dora. Diva was upset that she had to go to school.

Holly, your daughter cracks me up! Has she written her graduation speech yet, as she seems keen to be the one to make it.



Solitaire - Oct 18, 2007 7:07 am (#2904 of 2984)

Sheila, last week I graded an essay one of my students wrote about his brother "Brain." I'm assuming he can't spell it ... since I know his brother, and I doubt it is a nickname.

BTW, do any other teachers see older kids who have always spelled John as Jhon ... and never deviate from that, no matter how many times we work on it? Just wondering ... because I've seen several over the years, and I have a couple more this year.



Holly T. - Oct 18, 2007 8:23 am (#2905 of 2984)

Well, my son spells his sister's nickname Tiore and that is not how she spells it. He can spell it out loud, just can't write it.

I can see my daughter naming a daughter of hers Hermione.

I think the Girl Scout requirements are easier to follow than the Cub Scout ones, but maybe it's because I've taken the Girl Scout classes and not the Cub Scout ones.

Journeymom, some of my girls are almost done with or halfway through their 15 hours of leadership already. I let them count things they do at school, plus, since I am troop organizer for our service unit, they have had lots of opportunities to work with younger girls at recruitment events and leading activities for new troops. They'll come and ask me if something is leadership or community service and I write it down. We are spending this year trying to get all of the prerequisites out of the way, including those lame Studio 2B focus books ( I wouldn't let them write down that their goal for finishing the book was "because Ms. Holly told us we had to").

For the IPs, did you know that you can earn them according to the new way similar to the IPs they have online only? It doesn't require as many activities but still enough to get the point across. I think it is that you do two Skill Builders, then any other two activities, your own activity (can be one of the ones from the IP book), and a reflection about how the IP relates to the Girl Scout law. It's 6 activities instead of 7 and without the crazy formula of how many from each category, so it allows you a little more flexibility.

Hope your son feels better Kathy!


Marie E. - Oct 18, 2007 8:25 am (#2906 of 2984)

My husband vetoed Rylie Catherine when I was pregnant with Lexi. I'm sort of glad now because Riley/Reilly/Rylie is such a common name. Then again, Alexis isn't exactly unusual either. I was just glad to find a name he agreed to. Before we got to Lexi I suggested: Julia, Kendall, Kameryn, Molly, and Jillian. Those are just the names I can remember. If she'd been a boy, Lexi would have been Logan Thomas.

RE: Lord of the Rings names-I know a Girl Scout leader here in town named Galadriel. She's in her late twenties, so well before the movies.


kabloink! - Oct 18, 2007 8:37 am (#2907 of 2984)

Hmm, I danced with a family of 6, 5 girls. Four of their names were: Arwen, Branwen, Muriel, Tyrrienne. I can't remember the 5th girl-I don't think I danced with her at all, and the boy's name was Branden, I think.

Our main choices for Ian were Ian and Alexander. We had also tossed around Andrew, Lucas, and Kevin, Jr. I had always wanted to name a girl Elizabeth Ann-Kev vetoed that one, as he has a fairly close cousin named Elizabeth. It was a good thing that Ian was a boy, as at the time, we couldn't decide on a girl's name. Now, however, if this one surprises us and comes out a girls after all, she will be Brianna Elizabeth. (Elizabeth is my all time favorite name for a girl-a great queen and my favorite grandmother's middle name. It's also Kevin's grandmother's middle name. I got Brianna from Diana Gabaldon's series...also where I found Ian. Hush, though, hubby doesn't want to know that I got it from one of my "crappy romance novels." To be fair, I read a lot of crappy romance novels-hubby just hasn't acknowledged that the "Outlander" series does not fall into that category.) We're still a bit up in the air on the new baby's name, but we're leaning very, very strongly to Alexander William. Ok, I'm off to work! Have a great day everyone!


azi - Oct 18, 2007 8:45 am (#2908 of 2984)

Wow, so much talk about names! I suppose my favourite girls names are Elanor and Rosie, but Rosie has now been completely ruined by the 'Rose' thing in DH. Every time I think of it 'Hugo' pops into my head. I really don't like Rose or Hugo as a name (sorry any Rose/Hugo's!). I'll go with the ever common 'James' as my favourite boy's name.

I agree that Ellen Arwen is a lovely name! It flows beautifully. My favourite name from LOTR is Nimrodel. Shame the story surrounding her name is so sad.

There are 'Trixie's' in my family tree, but their names were 'Teresa'. There is also a 'Sissy'. I think her real name was Sarah. I like Narcissa as a name though, as I tend to imagine daffodils rather than the story.

The top 2 Chief Scout badges and the Queen's Scout badge in the UK are interlinked with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award (Bronze, Silver and Gold levels), so to achieve them you do their requirements (a set amount of time undertaking a skill, physical activity, sevice and an expedition) plus a few badges/activities on top. Younger Scouts just do badges and activities, I think. I have the Diamond Chief Scouts badge and that's equivalent to the DoE Silver Award. Natuarally, I never filled in the paperwork to get the DoE.

Anyway, I think my point was going to be that the requirements are pretty well structured and understandable here, and leave time for you to do other things as well. All activities I did for my award I did outside of the weekly meetings.

I'd better stop procrastinating now. Good days to all!


PeskyPixie - Oct 18, 2007 8:47 am (#2909 of 2984)

Actually, in cultures where it is used the name Narcissa refers to the flower not the myth.

After Solitaire's comments I'm certainly not leaking my real name on this forum! My first name was picked by my father from an archaic language; it's a lot to live up to but I've done it (I have his genes after all). My middle name was picked by my mom out of the night sky ... and that's all I'm going to say about that!

(BTW, I love my name. It really fits me well)

My mom is a teacher and during school set-up week she met some 'new-to-the-area' parents who were registering their children. One woman's baby was named Hermione. Mom's also encountered a Finneus (changed spelling to be shortened to Finn), Lily (in memory of Harry's mom!) and another Hermione. Miss Granger is the ultimate intelligent girl power poster girl du jour, so we can expect to see a few more of them

Hey, idea: I can name my daughter Minerva and use Mina (my 'chosen' name of the moment!) as the nickname. Feel free to shoot it down like Severus .


kabloink! - Oct 18, 2007 8:57 am (#2910 of 2984)

We had thought for awhile to call a little girl Eowyn Elizabeth, or vice-versa Elizabeth Eowyn. Alas, I don't want to give teachers (esp substitute teachers) a hard time with pronounciation.


Denise P. - Oct 18, 2007 9:11 am (#2911 of 2984)
Edited Oct 18, 2007 10:28 am

Puck, what color are the beads? If they are yellow, they are for working towards Wolf rank. Once he has 4 of them, he earned his rank. If they are red, they are towards his Bear rank. Again, 4 means he earned them. Tigers have white, orange and black beads (white is family activity, orange is den activity and black is field trip with the den) Once a Tiger gets 5 of each color, he has earned the Tiger rank. The beads are just motivation to show them they are working on something. Belt Loops have to be earned before you can get the Pin for it. Pins are more complicated to earn than Belt Loops.

I finished all 34 of my autumn fairies I was making for a fall swap (and only 3 days late!) If you want to sneak a peek, you can go to i58.photobucket.com /albums /g241 /hilandveil /fallfairys.jpg just be sure to take out the spaces and add http colon backslash backslash To see a closeup of the three varieties I made, the address is the same except it is fairytrio.jpg

I am waiting on the dryer repair guy today.....he still has 2 hours before he is late

Pesky, now you have me curious about your name. I went to college with a girl whose given name was Pebbles. In high school, there were sisters named Swiss and Cheddar (and I have a yearbook to prove it!)


journeymom - Oct 18, 2007 9:20 am (#2912 of 2984)

one of my students ..... his brother "Brain."

Soli, is your student's name 'Pinky'? Narf! (Sorry, had to be done.)

Baby names- one choice we considered for a daughter was Karina. Of course, he turned out to be Jakob. Mr Journeymom chose the spelling. If I've learned anything from hanging around parenting forums, it's that baby names are incredibly personal.

Silver Award- I'm taking notes!


Holly T. - Oct 18, 2007 9:42 am (#2913 of 2984)

Oh! I have been meaning to tell you, Kathy, that we will do swaps with your Daisies in the spring.

I never understood the Tiger beads.


painting sheila - Oct 18, 2007 10:24 am (#2914 of 2984)

Did I spell it "brain" instead of "Brian"? Silly me.

I have no idea who I was named after. My mother passed away when I was just a little thing and Daddy has no idea. I think an aunt told me once it was after some movie star - but I have never heard of a movie star named Sheila. Oh well. I like it and have offered it to my kids to name their children. All I get is eye rolling. I think that means "no".

Not much else going on here except . . . . It RAINED Woohoo!!!!!!

We are in the middle of a terrible drought. I think they said we had less than 35% of our water supply left. We really need rain!!(Now I am off to wash clothes and feel guilty about it!)


Denise P. - Oct 18, 2007 11:43 am (#2915 of 2984)

Woo hoo!!! I have a working dryer again! The drum belt was loose so he was able to fix it. I have a load out on the deck, one in the dryer, one in the washer and probably 10 in the basement but at least it is all sorted so I can dispatch a kid down to bring up a basket of dirty laundry.

I was named because my mother wanted a "D" name. If I had been a boy, I would have been David. I am very thankful she went with Denise rather than Darcy.


Choices - Oct 18, 2007 12:00 pm (#2916 of 2984)

Sheila, there was an old time singer named Gordon MacRae (I hope I'm spelling the last name correctly) and his wife was an actress named Sheila MacRae. I think that is the only actress named Sheila that I have heard of.


Puck - Oct 18, 2007 4:36 pm (#2917 of 2984)

Denise, they are the orange, white, and black beads that helped earn him his Tiger. We are just starting Wolves.

Thanks Holly! I think it will be fun for them to get them from another part of the country. At the moment we are working on learning the Promise. I say it with Diva each night before bed. Then we say all the prayers Son has to learn for his First Communion this year.

Three Cheers for RAIN!

I must have done something good. Apparently I've earned lots of stickers. Toddler is covering me in them. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 2752390508



Denise P. - Oct 18, 2007 4:52 pm (#2918 of 2984)

Okay, then he got them for completing the various Tiger achievements. He should have 5 of each color and a white plastic tiger paw to hang on a pocket. Of course, if you are starting Wolves, then he would not have that on his uniform any more. He would have a Progress Towards Rank thingy to hang on his pocket. He will get a yellow bead each time he completes 3 achievements. When he has 4 beads, he has completed his Wolf Rank. I have complete uniforms for each of my boys, including their Tiger paws. When we have their Eagle Court of Honor, it will be fun to bring out the shirt and see where they started. I have seen some really neat shadow boxes done with the shirts/rank too.

The laundry train continues on....


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 18, 2007 5:27 pm (#2919 of 2984)

the Outlander" series does not fall into that category"

No, it sure does not! After HP, that is my fav!

Am so glad the laundry is progressing, lol, sorry, couldn't resist.

Health and healing charms to all who need them. Cheering charms to everyone else.

...toddles off elsewhere...


painting sheila - Oct 18, 2007 5:43 pm (#2920 of 2984)

Ode to Denise:

Ode to Denise Two:

Ode to Denise Three:


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 18, 2007 5:47 pm (#2921 of 2984)

Ode to Denise Three! Now that I can second!

...toddles off elsewhere...


kaykay1970 - Oct 18, 2007 7:11 pm (#2922 of 2984)

My 5th grader just got her first pair of prescription glasses. Although I wouldn't have picked purple frames for myself, I must say they look rather nice on her! See keeps peeking over the lenses to compare her normal vision with what she sees through the glasses.

Ugh! We have tornado watches out until 11:00. I hate having my daughter on the other end of the state, because once the nasty weather gets clear of us, it will be headed in her direction!


painting sheila - Oct 18, 2007 8:02 pm (#2923 of 2984)

~~~~~~~~~Safety Charms ~~~~~~~~~~~~ to kaykay and family!


Solitaire - Oct 18, 2007 8:44 pm (#2924 of 2984)

Pesky, I think it's neat that you love your name. I have a few friends with unusual names who really love theirs, as well. BTW, I was named after a girl on whom my dad and his two older brothers had boyhood crushes. I was simply the first girl of the bunch of cousins, so I got the name. Lucky me! As I understand it, my dad's oldest brother was quite put out that I was named after this "goddess," since he'd been planning to name his daughter after her. Never mind that he had three boys! LOL

Journeymom ... hehe I had to restrain myself from making a similar comment on his paper. Sometimes students present us with golden opportunities to really zing them ... and it takes considerable self-control not to do it!

Sheila, I think you (or whoever it was) said Brian. I just saw it, and it reminded me of the paper I'd read just a few days before ... in which my student referred to his brother as "Brain," not once but repeatedly.

Prayers for the safety of you and your family, Kaykay ... and anyone else in harm's way.



Mrs. Sirius - Oct 18, 2007 9:51 pm (#2925 of 2984)

BTW, do any other teachers see older kids who have always spelled John as Jhon ... Solitaire

Soli, is this student Hispanic? It is very common for native Spanish speaker to spell that name that way. Jhon - Jhonnie

After Solitaire's comments I'm certainly not leaking my real name on this forum! Pesky

he he he, My first name which I n-e-v-e-r use is Santa, as in Saint, as in Santa Claus, so no, I never use it. Today I was talking to a lady who asked about my triplets, she kept saying, "oh you must be a Saint". That's funny because I have always said "I am no saint".


Solitaire - Oct 18, 2007 10:59 pm (#2926 of 2984)

Mrs. Sirius, one of my "Jhon" spellers spoke Spanish as his first language ... but the majority have been English-only.

One year I had a student named Santana ... doesn't it also mean saint? She is one of the most well-rounded students I've ever had. This girl had (and hopefully still has) it all, even at the age of 12-13--academic excellence, positive attitude, self-motivation, outstanding athletic ability, respect of her fellow students. Your name reminded me of her.



Tazzygirl - Oct 18, 2007 11:09 pm (#2927 of 2984)

Thanks John!

Since I was little I've always wanted three kids. Two girls and One boy (because I have one sister and one brother). Girls would be named Danae Rae and Ava June. The boy would be Brendan Michael. Danae- name out of a David Eddings book; Rae is a family name; Ava is just a pretty name; June was my Grandmother's middle name; Brendan because I've always liked it; and Michael is my dad's name and my brother's middle name. Now hopefully whoever I marry goes along with it!

Interesting name, Mrs Sirius! My sister's middle name is 'Deedlebop'. Brother named her, parents thought it was kinda funny and put it on her birth certificate. When sister graduated high school, I think my parents took it off her birth certificate and sister got really mad. Yeah- I've got a strange family.

Ellen Arwen is a beautiful name!

**healing charms** to your son, Kathy!

**safety charms** to you and your family, Kay!

I have six weeks left of school, and I am so behind. I so can't WAIT until December!

Probably should hammer out a couple reflections (I think I've written at least 50 since school started. My opinion of reflections has not changed since the last time I wrote about them. )

Have a great weekend everyone!



jose043 - Oct 18, 2007 11:47 pm (#2928 of 2984)

Hi All

Healing charms, get well charms to all the kids of Forum that need them safety charms to those that are having storms or Tornados.

Anne shares my middle name as her first name & her Dad's name Robert with an A on it she doesn't like it at all. My son was named after a brother of Rob's who drowned Rob's middle name & Rob's Dad's middle name & my brothers & Dads middle name (Ross Gordon John). Anne's full name is Anne Roberta. Mine of course is Josephine Anne what put my maiden name to this.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Puck - Oct 19, 2007 5:38 am (#2929 of 2984)

Solitaire, so your Mom had no problem naming you after the "goddess" of your Dad's childhood? That's one very secure woman!  Mr. Puck had trouble with the middle name I pick for Diva. It's a feminine form of my Dad’s name, who passed away when I was a child. Trouble is, Mr. Puck was once engaged to a woman of that name. I figure, it's the middle name, not the first, I've never met the woman, and if I can handle it, so can he.

I always wanted an Elizabeth, but hubby wasn't keen on that one. It's a family name (Two grandmothers had it as first names, myself, an aunt, and a cousin have it as middle names.) Brother stepped up and carried on the tradition by giving the name to his daughter.

I found the Bones of Fred McFee -  I'm mystery reader in Son's class today, and wanted to read it. Of course, right after I found it, I got all sad thinking about Fred.

Son is doing better. Wasn't overly impressed that I asked if Diva could bring some work home for him.

Anyone else unable to get to the FFF? The page comes up blank with an "e1" in the corner.

Thanks for the info, Denise. Unfortunately, we didn't get those things until the very end of the year, so not much chance to wear them as Tigers. A nice keepsake though.



Denise P. - Oct 19, 2007 5:54 am (#2930 of 2984)

There is apparently a statewide burning ban, which will make things interesting at our campfire tomorrow night. It is sprinkling a little bit right now. We are also supposed to be carving pumpkins so I need to get something to put in them. I just bought a bunch of glo-sticks so I will give those to my boys.

Christmas is coming! Christmas is coming! I got notice yesterday that the boxed edition of the HP books was shipped. This is the one in a trunk. It is a christmas present from Mr. Denise so I can't open it before it gets here. I did get him a 31 piece tool set yesterday, for free! The kids are forever running off with his tools, which is really irritating when you go to get something. I think I may also get him a lock for the toolbox. We let fear and common sense be our guide growing up, we never touched my dad's tools. I ordered two itty bitty flying helicopters (RC) for Nicholas and they came in. My hiding spot for gifts that I buy as I see them is getting pretty full now.

Tinsel is set to take her Canine Good Citizen test tomorrow. I am going to ask that it not count since I think she won't pass. Maybe I will be stunned and she will pass. She is still very young and very much a puppy so I don't really expect her to be able to pass. Meeting a friendly dog, she will lose her mind and want to go say hello.

Mr. Denise was told yesterday that everyone would be getting a year end bonus. Woo hoo! We are planning to use it to finish off the basement, put a room down there and a bathroom. The basement is already half finished. One half is carpeted and has lighting. We want to knock out part of a wall to put a door back to the unfinished section, make it into a room and also put a bathroom there. We are planning to keep a good section unfinished to use as storage space, that is where the heating/cooling system is.


Solitaire - Oct 19, 2007 6:36 am (#2931 of 2984)

Yikes, Tazzy , Brendan? I have one this year (had him last year, too) in 2 classes, and he is making me nuts! Actually, he is very bright and a cute kid ... but he is incredibly noisy and "squirrelly." He is always stirring up something.

Puck, my mom is the most secure woman in the world! My dad was always a ladies' man ... although he left no doubt who was his favorite lady. In fact, Mom always teased him about all of his "girlfriends." At church, the ladies--whether 4 or 94--loved Dad and always came up to greet him. During the last year, when he was sometimes in a wheelchair, little kids would crawl up onto his lap. The young married women especially liked him because, over the years, he acted as a kind of mentor/counselor to a lot of young husbands who apparently needed it. Many of them talked about that at his memorial service. Actually, everyone loved Dad. He loved people, and it just showed all over him. I sure miss him.

Denise, we really have to pay attention to burning restrictions around here, or we can be fined. I love to use my fireplace in the winter, as it cuts down on heating costs. I like the front area of the house warm and the bedrooms cool; the fireplace lets me do that without requiring the heater. Last year I burned occasionally; the year before I didn't burn a single time. I hope we have more burn days this year.



kaykay1970 - Oct 19, 2007 6:39 am (#2932 of 2984)

Thanks for the safe weather charms. We saw just a bit of lightning and rain, but not much more. The really nasty storms went through well north of here.

Kathy, FFF does the same for me when I try to load it, so you are not alone.

Your Dad sounds like he was a wonderful man, Soli! Thanks for sharing.

Daddy never tried to keep us out of his toolbox. He was more like "Grab that 3/4" wrench and come give me a hand would ya?" But we also knew that the tool had to be put back into the box in the exact spot we had taken it from!


John Bumbledore - Oct 19, 2007 7:14 am (#2933 of 2984)

**Toddles off elsewhere** — TBE

As I was reading TBE's posts I began to think of her as a Tee-toddler...

A Name I want to see:

Mockingbird Tequila (And Yoda would say, "Drink T------- M----------, you do." LOL)

Should we use Ste. Sirius or Mrs. Ste. Sirius?

Or just Sirius Saint? Ever notice Saint contains the word "Ain't!" LOL

My wife always says I have better wit when I am very tired.
Since I have had little sleep the past few days, I thought I'd throw out a few thoughts.


Are they a bit random? I prefer Eclectic!

Happy RotD(A/E/N) to all!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


The giant squid - Oct 19, 2007 8:18 am (#2934 of 2984)

My opinion of reflections has not changed since the last time I wrote about them.—Tazzygirl

Perhaps you should write a reflection on the topic of reflections...

John, your eclecticity is refreshing. It's good to know that at least one other person out there has neurons that misfire as often as mine!



Denise P. - Oct 19, 2007 8:38 am (#2935 of 2984)

For those of you with Cub Scouts who have considered getting the red felt vest, there is a pattern online. This vest only has 2 straight lines, about 3" long each, that have to be sewn. Since it is felt, it does not have to be hemmed at all. This means you can easily do this by hand in a short period of time. I just got felt to make vests for my boys. The felt is $3.77 a yard, each yard makes 2 vests (34"x24" piece of material needed)...meaning total for materials per vest is under $2 with thread. That is a lot better than paying the $12-14 per vest already made. If you are interested, I can send a link to the pattern.


journeymom - Oct 19, 2007 9:10 am (#2936 of 2984)

Lol, John! Does this mean when you've had a good night's sleep you won't be as entertaining? Bummer!

Soli, I love that story about your name. And it sounds like your father was very special.

My oldest sister's name is Elaine. Recently I wondered if my parents purposefully named two of their kids after Arthurian characters, or was it just coincidence.


Now I remember what I meant to mention. My daughter, 12 years old, read Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, and I'm about half way through it. I can't recommend it enough. It is so creative, funny, sweet, intriguing. Pratchett is such a good story teller.


PeskyPixie - Oct 19, 2007 10:13 am (#2937 of 2984)

I know of twin sisters named Nova and Scotia (for those who are not familiar, Nova Scotia is a Canadian maritime province). I thought that was pretty original until I heard of Swiss and Cheddar!


Puck - Oct 19, 2007 10:20 am (#2938 of 2984)

Darn! I already have the vest! Oh, well! I knew that it would simple to make, but had "sew" many projects already, I just ordered one when I got the rest of his Wolf stuff.

Soli, thanks for sharing about your Dad. He sounds amazing!

I know a family with 2 sons named Finn and Sawyer. I expected the daughter to be introduced as Becky, but was surprised to hear she called Delilah.

The kids enjoyed the stories at school this morning. Son was surprised to see me. I read Fred McFee, a selection from the deathday party in CoS, and a couple of Halloween poems by Silverstein. Toddler sat very nicely with the big kids, and then helped run a bunch of errands. Now, she's in bed and I have an hour to do some work before my friend arrives to drop off her son so she can go to Girl Scouts. (We swap Fridays with our troops so we can watch each others younger kids.)

Cheers! Kathy

wOOt! I got the FFF back!


Herm oh ninny - Oct 19, 2007 10:47 am (#2939 of 2984)

Hi all!

I love all the name info! I am Greek so, of course, I was named after my grandmother Kaliopi. My sister got my other grandmother's name- Zinovia. My parents' names are Anna and Haralambos, so I foresee at least one of my future children being named one of those.

I am soo glad it's Friday! My sister's and I are going out to dinner and then we are going to go watch The Nightmare Before Christmas in 3D!


PeskyPixie - Oct 19, 2007 10:53 am (#2940 of 2984)

Kaliopi and Zinovia are such lovely names. It's the first time I've heard either.


Holly T. - Oct 19, 2007 11:31 am (#2941 of 2984)

All of my son's stuffed zebras have names that start with Z's so I am going to suggest Zinovia for his next one! Lest you think I am being disrespectful of your grandmother, Herm oh ninny, you should know that one of his zebras is named after my great-grandmother, Zama. He has something like 30 zebras so I am always excited when I find a new zebra name.

Soli, nice story about your dad.

I bought son's red vest on eBay. Pack meeting was last night and my assistant Girl Scout leader (not the crazy one) has her other troop--of Brownies--with her younger daughter meeting at the same place (different room) as the pack meeting. Of course my son had to go in an show off his Cub Scout uniform to her daughter, who is his friend. She hugged him and made a fuss about all of his patches and when he went in with the Cub Scouts she whispered (loudly) to the other Brownies (second grade): "He's my boyfriend."

My dad was in graduate school working on his master's in biology when my sister was born. He wanted her middle name to be the genus name of some insect. I can't remember what right now, but he thought it sounded pretty. My mom overruled him.

I have had several people ask me what Holly is short for.

I am having a Partylite candle show at my house tomorrow night and need to find time to clean before then. And put up my Halloween decorations!

Oh--I have the perfect thing for John to ponder in his sleep-deprived state. Tomorrow morning my husband is in charge of the pumpkin delivery to our church's pumpkin patch as the youth director who would normally be in charge is out of town. My husband has a nice bright orange hat with his hunting gear. So--what should I paint on the hat in black letters before tomorrow morning--"Great Pumpkin" or "Pumpkin Head"?

Any of the rest of you are welcome to ponder that too! And yes I am going to take the time to make a silly hat when I should be cleaning my house. I have my priorities sorted out, after all.


Choices - Oct 19, 2007 12:32 pm (#2942 of 2984)

I saw a young lady on Jeopardy the other night (kid's competition) and her name was Bethlehem. I love unusual names and love to hear the stories behind the unusual name.


Marie E. - Oct 19, 2007 12:56 pm (#2943 of 2984)

In my business-daycare-I hear a lot of unusual names. Here's a short list: Manhattan (nicknamed Mattie), Cannon, Amythest, Genesis, Tenley, Temple, Ayslin, Kellin, Israel and Isis (siblings), Zayden, Zayne, Libby, Annabella, Hallie, Violet, Slade, Salem, Dane. Some common names: Jacob, Kiley, Aiden, Kaden, Katelyn, Alexis/Alexa, Kai, Emma, Serenity, Ava, Ella.

There is a staph infection going around out here and one little girl at our center has one. We're in major cleaning mode at work.

They're predicting snow for Sunday. We're actually overdue our first snow so I can't complain. Much. (But I will.)

We're going to an Air Force Academy women's volleyball game tonight. Lexi's class has a member of the team as a penpal and the whole class gets to meet her after the game. To say Lexi is excited is an understatement. If she was a dog, she'd be doing that "wag your whole body" thing.


Tazzygirl - Oct 19, 2007 1:28 pm (#2944 of 2984)

LOL Soli! I've known several Brendans, and they've all been super sweet and nice.

Squid Mike: Perhaps you should write a reflection on the topic of reflections...

But then that would be another reflection added to the pile.

Puck- the FFF has been down (for me) since Wednesday. **just got to your next post** It's back!! w00t!

Marie- I thought Hawaii was the one with uncommon names. I can't remember them right now, but they ranked up there with yours. I remember when we lived in Mississippi there were twins Lemonjello and Orangejello (pronounce it with an Italian accent and you have it) and another name that was pronounced way different from how it is spelled. I won't put it here, as the way it is spelled is not Forum-friendly. (I think I might have mentioned Lemonjello and Orangejello a looooong time ago. Not sure.)

I work at 3 today, so I have 4 hours to write a lesson plan up and two reflections (grrrr). I at least have to get the lesson plan done, as it is due tonight.

Have a great weekend everyone!



Puck - Oct 19, 2007 2:31 pm (#2945 of 2984)

Mike, I just saw your Seasame Street debut! Elmo wanted to be a "bookaneer" like the "pirates of the ChartersBe Readin' ", so he had to take a test. One part was he had to say the alphabet with the Giant Squid.

I had an Acadia in my class, once. She went by "Cadie".

Time to make dinner before bringing Son to Scouts.



Eponine - Oct 19, 2007 3:44 pm (#2946 of 2984)

I've just skimmed 150something posts.

Sheila, I'm so glad it finally rained! I was surprised to wake up and find everything wet this morning.

Names. I see some very interesting ones at the library. One of my favorites is Innocent Prosper (first and middle). There's a lot of extremely odd spellings too.

We don't have children yet, but when we do we're going to have a hard time finding names because I have very strong opinions on names, and I tend to relate names to people I've known. Mr. Eponine can completely separate names from people, but I can't. We do know we're going to saddle our first boy (if we ever have one) with 3 names because we both have names we want to use. I'm insisting on Douglas (my dad's name) and he's insisting on Malone (family tradition), but I don't want to use either of those for a first name.

When I was younger I didn't like my name (Rebekah), but I like it now. People always spell it wrong, but I'm used to that.

Anyway, I hope everyone is well.


Victoire Weasley - Oct 19, 2007 5:00 pm (#2947 of 2984)

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Nicole. I live in Northern California, we have a lot of rain here too. Actually, we have mostly rain here.

On the subject of names, I have a daughter named Ivy. We just picked the name because we liked it, it never really had any special meaning or connotation for me. But when she was little an elderly man asked me if I knew the song that goes something like "Mares eat oats and does eat oats, but little lambs eat ivy..." Now I always think of that song when I think of the name, even though I've never heard it. Kind of funny...

I look forward to conversing with you all more often. Smile


Puck - Oct 19, 2007 5:35 pm (#2948 of 2984)

Welcome Victoire! Hope you enjoy this forum family!

We had such a great den meeting! Our leader has a workshop in an old barn on his property. The boys got to hammer nails, use a hand drill and a power drill, and screw wheels onto wooden car cut-outs.

Rain? We needed it, and boy are we getting it! It's really looking like fall! The leaves are hitting peak about now. It's beautiful when the skies clear.

Time to go relax, maybe make a cup of tea. (Did I mention French Vanilla is super yum?)



Choices - Oct 19, 2007 5:40 pm (#2949 of 2984)

Mercy, I have heard that song all my life and just now see what the words actually are - LOL All this time I thought it said, "Maresy dotes and doesy dotes, and little lambsey diveys." I thought it was just a nonsense rhyme. By golly, you learn something every blooming day. :-)


kaykay1970 - Oct 19, 2007 7:03 pm (#2950 of 2984)

“A kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you? And if the words sound queer and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey, sing mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat iiiivey...” Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 2752390508

Yay! Denver and the Mile High Orchestra made it through the auditions and are going to be on the show! WooHoo! The competition is gonna be pretty tough though! Lots of great bands tried out. They sent home one of my favorites...
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Solitaire - Oct 19, 2007 7:55 pm (#2951 of 2984)

Thanks for letting me share about Dad. Yes, he was special to me, but he had a lasting impact on the lives of many people. After I wrote that comment this morning, I got kind of teary, because it reminded me of how very much I loved him and miss him--his wisdom and especially his humor.

Wow, I haven't heard "Maresy doats and doesy doats ..." in years!! Thanks for the memory.



geauxtigers - Oct 20, 2007 12:11 am (#2952 of 2984)

So actually, Ginny is named for two queens, which trumps Tori's one.   Yeah well,  Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 2775603007  at Mike! LOL My name is latin for 'the winner', so no matter what, I'll always be the winner!

My mom has an interesting name that is always mispronounced. Her middle name is weird too. My dad has a normal name, just not heard very often. Generational thing, me thinks.

So since we are talking about it, I want 2 kids. The boy would be have to be older because it's more fun to have an older brother, right? LOL Then and younger girl. I have a cousin named Owen, and I love that name, but I really can't name my kid after my cousin. I like James, and Luke as well. For a girl, I think she'll get my name as a middle name. I dunno what I'd name her though! I have too many names I can't name my kids because of people I know.

It's supposed to get down to 48F tonight! WOOO! Time for a fire in the fireplace! Well I'm off to bed, its after 2 am here and my sheets just got out the dryer!


Kip Carter - Oct 20, 2007 1:05 am (#2953 of 2984)

I enjoyed the short discussion on "Mairzy Doats" and felt a little more insight into the lyrics should be offered; however due to the lack of time right now, I suggest that you visit Mairzy Doats page on Wikipedia for a brief history of the song.

Normally links to site that have not been approved are not allowed on our Forums; however I have checked out this page out and I feel that it would cause no problems according to our guidelines.

I hope you enjoy the jump back into the past. I was three years old when the song was composed; however I remember it very well from my childhood. Yes, I realize that only dirt is older than I am . . .


painting sheila - Oct 20, 2007 6:15 am (#2954 of 2984)

Kip- It gives me a great feeling of security knowing you are there - lurking, ever lurkin - and keeping this forum safe and sound!

You are loved -



megfox* - Oct 20, 2007 6:20 am (#2955 of 2984)

Go get 'em, Kip!


Puck - Oct 20, 2007 10:41 am (#2956 of 2984)

LoL on the song! Thanks for the slightly illegal link.

Driving to dance class was beautiful. I drive there along a tree lined road. The sky was cloudy, so there was no glare. The leaves were brilliant.

Time to finally put up those Halloween decorations. Plus, the kids want to go swimming.



megfox* - Oct 20, 2007 10:56 am (#2957 of 2984)

I am taking a break from writing my narrative progress reports. Thank goodness for copy and paste! I write about 3 paragraphs for each student, and I have 87 of them. I write about 15 pages of text when doing one set of progress reports. I am so glad I only have to do these 4 times a year!

I love the discussion of baby names. It was such an important decision, and I love to think about all the beautiful, wonderful, meaningful names that we came up with and know that Maddy's name was chosen literally after she was born. Her full name is Madeline Guinevere, but she was going to be Guinevere Madeline. We spent hours and hours on both boy and girl names because we didn't know what she was going to be, and we finally settled on Guinevere Madeline and Oliver Miles. Well, Madeline was the name of my best friend who died in a car crash when I was 16, and I wanted it to be the middle name, as I thought it would be too painful for it to be the first name. But then, she got "stuck" when I was in labor, and my doctor had to call in another doctor to assist. When she walked in the room, my mother and I both did a double take because she looked exactly like Madeline's mother. They could have been twin sisters. And Andy and I were hoping for a girl, and when she was finally born, I turned to him and said, "She has to be Madeline." And so she is. The other funny part of the story is that Madeline was a model (she had just been signed by Ford models and was supposed to be leaving for New York the weekend after she died) and I cannot count the number of people who have told us that our Maddy should model. I always joke that it's the name.

I also love the name Arwen, but Andy told me "No LOTR and no HP names!" flat out, even though he is also a fan. He tells me I am enough of a dork, and Guinevere was as far as he would go. I tried to name Tessie, our cat, Eowyn, but that was also a no-go. So she's named after a song about the Red Sox. I guess I can live with that!


PeskyPixie - Oct 20, 2007 11:47 am (#2958 of 2984)
Edited Oct 20, 2007 1:01 pm

You guys are so wonderful, taking your husbands' opinions into consideration. I shudder to think what I'll be like when I reach that stage of my life! I'll probably be the one doing the nixing.


Puck - Oct 20, 2007 1:36 pm (#2959 of 2984)

Meg, what a touching story. I'm sure at least two people on this forum are finding her middle name interesting. I wanted to name my last baby Sharon, after an aunt would had passed away from cancer a couple of months before I found out the baby was on her way. In the end we decided it was too soon, and that my mother would never be able to say my child's name without crying for her sister.

Luke was never allowed into the discussion, as hubby thought people would think us Star wars geeks. (Not that he isn't.)

LOL, Pixie. I rejected things I didn't dislike, just as payback for him rejecting my ideas.



PeskyPixie - Oct 20, 2007 4:30 pm (#2960 of 2984)

It can be hard naming a baby for a loved one who's passed on. I lost my look-alike aunt to cancer almost three years ago and still haven't been able to watch family videos of her, so I completely feel for your mother, Puck. At the same time, megfox, congratulations to you for being brave enough to name your daughter after your best friend.

Guinevere is a lovely name. Its Italian form is Ginevra, is it not? It's pretty either way; this name can do no wrong!

I do like Puck's baby-naming tactics! I recently found out my mom isn't a huge fan of my first name, but let dad choose it so she'd have a free reign on my middle name.

And Solitaire, what about Parvati and Padma if I have twin girls ?


journeymom - Oct 20, 2007 5:38 pm (#2961 of 2984)

Madeline Guinevere- that's just lovely!


Solitaire - Oct 20, 2007 6:04 pm (#2962 of 2984)

Pesky, I like Parvati and Padma okay. I also like Lily and Hannah.


Holly T. - Oct 20, 2007 9:03 pm (#2963 of 2984)

If my son had been a girl he was going to be Madeleine Eleanor.

I am exhausted and just got online to check my e-mail to see if someone had sent me anything saying "make sure you bring this to church in the morning." We're teaching the 3-year-olds in Sunday school tomorrow. Should be interesting.

Off to bed for me!


geauxtigers - Oct 20, 2007 10:51 pm (#2964 of 2984)

Today, is probably the best day of my life. No lie! Les Miles (LSU head coach) is giving me weekly heart attacks, and I've survived yet another one! LOL That was an amazing game if anyone was watching it!!! I'm so excited, I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight!

To make things even better, we have a new governer, Bobby Jindal won! I'm excited about that too, I wished I could've voted, but it looks like he didn't need my vote! LOL WOOO!

Good luck with the 3 year olds tomorrow, Holly! Sounds like when me and Ginny had to do Pre-school games for VBS. Do you know how hard it is to play orginized games with 3 year olds? We came up with musical dots, musical chairs but with 'happy faces'. It worked okay, but only because we gave them stickers! LOL


Accio Sirius - Oct 21, 2007 5:03 am (#2965 of 2984)

Megfox, beautiful story, beautiful name. I think you have to meet the person first and then you just know! Our daughter is Emma Margaret, the Margaret in honor of Mr. Sirius' sister. The real kicker, however, was to come home with the new baby to our cat named Emmett! We didn't even consider how similar they were. Emma, Emmett. Now he's just kitty. When our son was born, it was between Brian and Dylan, but hubby ran out of the room and called everyone and told them his name was Brian. He was firmly against Dylan, but it turned out for the best. He was definitely a Brian. Now Mr. Sirius' step sister is pregnant with a boy and she wants Brian as a middle name. We would be very touched by such a tribute!

Keep your fingers crossed. We have a home visit scheduled today because it looks like we will be adopting a dog!! We have had a variety of pets in my adult married life, but never a dog. Hubby is allergic, but he loves our cat and the smaller animals (beta fish, guinea pig, etc.) haven't bother him. But we met this woman fostering an Italian Greyhound named Bella and we just fell in love. She's a big snuggle bunny, odorless, hypoallergenic and rings a bell when she has to go outside!!

The foster mom brought her over last night and she's the perfect size--not too big, really sweet and she just loves my daughter (and vise versa). She loves to sleep with someone and burrows under covers. She's also very athletic, loves to play ball and everything, which is good since Mr. Sirius was concerned she was going to be a toy/purse dog. So, keep your fingers crossed this works out. This is just the kind of thing I think we need in our house! Sorry. Just had to tell someone!!


Catherine - Oct 21, 2007 5:29 am (#2966 of 2984)

Bella sounds lovely, Laura! I've got my fingers crossed for your family.


Puck - Oct 21, 2007 7:37 am (#2967 of 2984)

Good luck with the new pup! (And how did you convince hubby? I so want a pup, but Mr. Puck is set against it. He likes dogs, just thinks they are too much work.)

Have fun with the tots, Holly!

In the paper there was a thing about magic in the comics section. It said that wand waving magic where flying snakes emerge from the toilet is imaginary. Really! The Basilisk could not fly and used the sink pipes, not the toilet. Get things straight before you put it in the paper!


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 21, 2007 8:22 am (#2968 of 2984)

Quick kudos to Lexicon staff and members. Thumper may be about but it is so nice to remain civil. Elections are in a couple of weeks, in my town week have a big vote the week before elections. Civility is appreciated on all questions.


Solitaire - Oct 21, 2007 9:11 am (#2969 of 2984)

Oh, Puck! I am so sorry you can't have a furry baby! I love mine. Dogs are like kids ... some are a lot of work and expense, but others are easy! Do you have a home with a yard? If so, unless you get a dog who likes to dig or chew in a big way, the biggest job would be picking up the tootsie rolls!

If you work with a breed rescue agent (so you can get the breed of dog you like) and get a dog that is 3-4 years old, you will usually get a better temperament match for your household. With a small puppy, you just have to take your chances and hope the line has a good temperament that has been passed down to your pup. Rescue agencies put rescued dogs in foster homes for several weeks or months before they are adopted out, so that they can observe how they behave with kids, other dogs, cats, etc. Most of a dog's "quirks" are known by the time you get him. I hope hubby changes his mind. Perhaps he will when your kids are a bit older???

BTW, congratulations and good luck, Accio!



Denise P. - Oct 21, 2007 9:25 am (#2970 of 2984)

She did it! Tinsel did it! She is now officially a Canine Good Citizen and can use the CGC title after her name. She started to get antsy during "walk through a crowd" but I circled, got her attention back and she passed.

We had a Pack Camp Out last night, my air mattress got a hole and I think I was laying on a rock patch all night.


Choices - Oct 21, 2007 9:37 am (#2971 of 2984)

Ah Denise, congratulations to Tinsel - I know she is a wonderful girl. Well done to you both.

And I agree with Soli - adopting a dog from the ASPCA or private rescue organization is so worthwhile. They make wonderful, loving pets and they are so grateful to have a good home. I have had dogs all my life - mostly registered dogs I bought, but in the last few years I have had rescued dogs and will never have any other kind from now on. Next time I will go in and say, "Give me the biggest, ugliest, most unadoptable dog and I will take it home and love it. It breaks my heart to see what some of these animals have endured and they so deserve to be loved and safe and cared for. Their love and devotion to you will pay you back a thousand fold.


journeymom - Oct 21, 2007 10:04 am (#2972 of 2984)

Congratulations, Tinsel! Good job, Doggie! (And Denise!)

I agree, Choices. Our dog is from a rescue. He fits perfectly in our family.

And didn't JKR just a week ago adopt a grey hound?

Mrs. Sirius, I'm not sure who Thumper is, aside from Bambi's rabbit friend. But, yes, I really appreciate this forum. For example, I gave up on IMDb's forums. You can't have an intelligent conversation there, as they inevitably descend into name-calling and obnoxious behavior.

Have a wonderful day, all of you.


megfox* - Oct 21, 2007 10:12 am (#2973 of 2984)

Thumper is Bambi's friend, who is famous for saying "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Sometimes a Host would use a Thumper graphic to remind people to be nice to each other, otherwise known as being "Thumped". I think if you did a search, you might be able to find one of them.

Edit: Denise recently posted Thumper on the Snape thread...


PeskyPixie - Oct 21, 2007 11:22 am (#2974 of 2984)

I've been searching for Thumper (I just want to see it ... I'm the curious type), but alas, have up to now been unsuccessful ... returning to search some more!


megfox* - Oct 21, 2007 11:25 am (#2975 of 2984)

If you enter Thumper into the search, the 5th result has a picture. It is also post 230 on Severus Snape.


PeskyPixie - Oct 21, 2007 11:36 am (#2976 of 2984)

Thanks, just saw him and he's as cute as ever!

My best friend had a rabbit that used to thump through the night (whenever the furnace went on)!


Puck - Oct 21, 2007 12:15 pm (#2977 of 2984)

Congrats to Tinsel the wonder dog!


Denise P. - Oct 21, 2007 12:22 pm (#2978 of 2984)

If you can't say nothin' nice, don't say nothin' at all

Thumper made his debut long ago when the forum was still sparkling and squeaky. PrefectMarcus quoted him and I found a picture to use. Since then, Thumper comes out occasionally but after initially getting a workout, Thumper seems to have retired. He rarely comes out to dispense his wisdom since most people already seem to have learned it well.

I just found out one of my email groups made Tinsel their coverdog. The picture was taken yesterday before we went to class, we had been asked to be in costume. The comment is because she is well known for submissive urinating. Don't forget to add the http colon backslash backslash AND take out the spaces to this to see it pets.groups.yahoo.com / group/ RAW-Lighter/


Loopy Lupin - Oct 21, 2007 12:41 pm (#2979 of 2984)

Hi everybody! Just thought I'd flit in and say "Howdy!"


PeskyPixie - Oct 21, 2007 12:46 pm (#2980 of 2984)

Loopy Lupin, I love your avatar (just get me started on the origin of the term 'avatar' and I'll be off on another tangent ... I do ramble so!).

Anywho, this is definitely one of my favourite Bart moments!


The giant squid - Oct 21, 2007 1:10 pm (#2981 of 2984)

Loopy! Good to see Your Flitness.

My name is latin for 'the winner', so no matter what, I'll always be the winner!—geauxtigers

I see your “winner” and raise you another. My name means "one who is like God."

Congrats to Tinsel. Looks like even the furry kids can surprise their parents sometimes.

Yes, I realize that only dirt is older than I am.--Kip Carter

Kip, I can picture you on the porch in full-on curmudgeon mode: "Why you whippersnappers! When I was your age we didn't even have dirt. We had boulders, and we liked 'em!"



journeymom - Oct 21, 2007 1:47 pm (#2982 of 2984)

Ha! Figures that Thumper was invoked on the Snape thread.

Tinsel is looking cuter than ever.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 21, 2007 3:31 pm (#2983 of 2984)

Loopy! Good to see Your Flitness.—Mike

Yes, for some reason, I'm feeling quite flitty at the moment.


Kip Carter - Oct 21, 2007 4:41 pm (#2984 of 2984)

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Kip Carter - Oct 21, 2007 4:39 pm
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This thread is established for each of you so inclined to chat on the main discussion threads. With this thread, I hope that all chat-type posts will no longer disrupt the other threads.

Please Read the Following Four Paragraphs

The four paragraphs below were initially part of the initial post to start the thread that began July 27, 2006; however I have also included them at the beginning of this new chat thread for those who visit this thread for the first time or for those who failed to read this when it was initially posted. - Kip

A lot has changed since this series of threads began. This thread has cemented numerous friendships and has fostered my belief that we are a true, loving, and interesting Forum Family. I read every post on this thread because I feel it conveys really what is happening in our Harry Potter World and it provides priceless information as to where we are heading and what is really important to our Forum Family.

Being that we have new members coming on board on a regular basis, modifications of some of our guidelines are necessary. Remember we have a worldwide membership from many different cultures and backgrounds, many of whom English (whether it is American, the Queen's, or other variants from around the world) is not their primary, or even secondary, language. Often in our friendly chats, words or abbreviations are used that many have no idea of their meanings. Some of us enjoy being a sleuth and searching to figure out what is the true definitions of what is posted; however many are turned off and skip the post or even quit reading the thread altogether.

I am sure that many of you know what I am relating. On 11 July 2006 I established a thread, # Controversy Originating from "Tell About Yourself" Posts, which later opened up a discussion on abbreviations with the fourth part of Vulture's Jul 15, 2006 9:02 am message. I strongly suggest that you read and understand what is produced in this thread.

The thread, ** Commonly Used Abbreviations for the Lexicon Forums, is reviewed often and sometimes modified; therefore I suggest you read it as well. Check back often to see how the updates affect you. I do not want any guidelines to destroy the family atmosphere; however I also do not want the use of unknowns to keep those away from enjoying our comradery. Our Hosts can only do so much and we leave the rest up to you as Participants. Always remember you can use the thirty minutes following your post to edit the content. Try to consider how your post appears to others.

This is the sixteenth thread provided for chat-type posts since September 25, 2003.
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Eponine - Oct 21, 2007 4:52 pm (#1 of 2988)

New chat thread!

How is everyone?


Tazzygirl - Oct 21, 2007 5:06 pm (#2 of 2988)

OOOh! I wanna be number 2!!

I'm currently enjoying the lovely smell of some sort of dead rodent. (I hope you all can tell I'm being super sarcastic! ) I can't find it, I think it's in the walls of my bathroom, as that is where the smell is the worst... It's slowly making it's way into the other areas of my studio... Anyone have any ideas to curb the smell for the next week??? (I thought I had gotten lucky when I set poison out for the little buggers. Months go by, and no smell. Darn.)

I might be finding other places to hang out this week to do homework. Maybe I can spend the night at a friend's house too. ick.



Loopy Lupin - Oct 21, 2007 5:18 pm (#3 of 2988)

Number 3 is ok to be too.

(And, Mike, I'm still feeling quite flitty. )


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 21, 2007 7:04 pm (#4 of 2988)

I have been playing catch-up with the posts. A few days ago, Sheila, I read your Post # 2838 and though I think it's not deserved, thank you and ((hugs)) for such a lovely sentiment. You are so sweet! I think it is the great example set by those here and the kind people I'm blessed to be surrounded by. It has been a bumpy road the last couple of weeks and it looks as though things will get harder before they get better, so it was nice to see your post and yours, kay. Thanks a bunch.

Back to the real me:

Don't worry, Kip, you're not older than . . . . . . dinosaur bones. (Well, you didn't think I'd let that one go by, did you? **evilgrin**)

Mike, FWIW, your name means “who is like God?” not 'one who is like God'. My brother's name is Michael.

Kristina, you would have to locate the furry creature and remove it. That or time will take care of it. PS, be on the lookout for maggots. Not trying to gross you out - just letting you know the order of things. Anti dung-bomb charms!

Welcome back, Loopy!

Madam Pince, I tried your recipe with the pork chops tonight and they were a hit! We all enjoyed them. Thanks for that!

Congrats to Tinsel!

I know I've missed a lot but I've got a lot of catching up to do. Healing charms and reparo charms where needed.



Steve Newton - Oct 21, 2007 7:21 pm (#5 of 2988)

I've not been around much lately and just wanted to say, "Hi!"


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 21, 2007 7:37 pm (#6 of 2988)

The comment is because she is well known for submissive urinating.---Denise P.

I hate it when that happens.


painting sheila - Oct 21, 2007 7:38 pm (#7 of 2988)

6 - 6! is a good number!

HH - I hope things are okay i n your neck of the woods. I do not mean to pry - but if you need to unload I'm here for you.

Tense weekend at our house. Lovely Daughter wanted to go to the State Fair with a couple of friends that we are okay with. All (daughter included) are good girls that make good choices. The plans changed and the two original friends could not go so daughter wanted to go with other friends. One of which was the young lady that used to live with us - and the rest were strangers. In light of recent choices by the young lady that used to live with us - skipping school, forging notes - we think she may not be the best of people to have as an influence on our Lovely Daughter, so, we said no. This was construed as "mom said no" not "Mom and Dad said no" so I have been the bad guy all weekend. I hate it when that happens. (sigh)It has been very quiet at our house with Lovely Daughter only talking to hubby. (sigh again) Maybe tomorrow will be better . . . ?

There was an upside though! Since Oldest Son buzzed his hair AND got his braces off, his head shots didn't look like him any more. (This REALLY makes casting directors upset) so we took advantage of our favorite photographer being in town and had some pictures made. They are so cute!! He is smiling and everything!. . . . .gee. I wish I could show one to you. . . . .in an avatar or something.

Kip - please know that I am kidding and it is just my embarrassment at my current avatar that keeps me pushing that button. I will stop now. I promise.


Edit: 7 . . .7 is a good number!

Edit #2: Okay. I will be the dumb one. What is submissive urinating?

Edit #3: Kip, I can picture you on the porch in full-on curmudgeon mode: "Why you whippersnappers! When I was your age we didn't even have dirt. We had boulders, and we liked 'em!"   Squid Mike - You crack me up!


Denise P. - Oct 21, 2007 8:19 pm (#8 of 2988)

Submissive dogs (and other animals) pee as a sign of submission to dominant animals. Tinsel is a submissive pee-er. It is an involuntary thing she does when she is excited, upset or unsure. When we say hello and make her too happy ....puddle. If she is near by when one of the kids yells....puddle. If she is unsure about sometime, she will roll over and ...puddle. A lot of it is also an age thing. She is better about it but we also take pains to not look at her when we first let her out in the morning, don't say hello to her for about 10 minutes after we get home, ignore her totally when we get her from the groomer, just take the leash and not say anything...that kind of thing. It is a very common thing in young puppies and very submissive dogs. Tinsel is not only a puppy, she is submissive so we have a double dose. We hope she will outgrow it although she will always be likely to do it if she feels specifically threatened.

This is also why her passing her CGC is a major issue. Dogs are disqualified if they foul the course, for any reason. "Being petted by a polite stranger" is one test and one where we usually get a puddle. All you ever wanted to know about it LOL


kaykay1970 - Oct 21, 2007 9:32 pm (#9 of 2988)

My kids had so much fun tonight! They got to play spooks on the haunted trail fundraiser for the high school. They needed my 10 year old to play Samara from The Ring. She would sit inside her little well and climb out and scare the tar out of people. She had a blast!


Mrs. Sirius - Oct 21, 2007 10:57 pm (#10 of 2988)

When I was your age we didn't even have dirt. We had boulders, and we liked 'em!"


And we rolled them up hill, both ways..in the rain...and the snow. LOL Mike, that made my night.

Elections are in a couple of weeks, in my town week have a big vote the week before elections.

My apologies for the nearly incoherent post. It should have read "in my town we have a big vote before elections." While in Connecticut we don't have the salt water leaching problems that Rhode island to out east, Long Island to our south and Massachusetts to our north have, the current town government wants us to vote on a town sewer proposal that will send our water waste to the next big town. This will lower the water in our water table and invite that previously unknown problem to our area.

ohh, we have fleas! Our cute little 2 1/2 month old kitten, who has never been out of this house has fleas! yuck. How she got them, I don't know. She must have brought them with her. Of course she sleeps in my daughter's bed, under the covers with her. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059

Congratulations to Tinsel, sorry about her incontinence. Every morning I take my neighbor's dogs for a walk. On the way we stop at another neighbor's, whose dog who is sooo submissive I don't understand how she manages to not involuntarily urinate.


Tazzygirl - Oct 22, 2007 1:20 am (#11 of 2988)

I walked in from work tonight expecting a worse smell than earlier, but it seems somewhat the same. Thanks for the advice, Maria. I'd remove the little furry mess, but I can't get to him (or exactly know where he is. Old house means lots of nooks and cranies. ). I bought a bunch of industrial strength air freshener. So far so good!

Off to watch Desperate Housewives before falling asleep. Oh- my mentor teacher won't be in school tomorrow (or today, depending on what time zone you are in. LOL) or Tuesday, she's getting a substitute, but told me that I am to run things. Since I am not a full-fledged teacher yet, I can't be teaching a class without some sort of professional in there. Oh well. Still excited!

Have a good week everyone!



Puck - Oct 22, 2007 3:57 am (#12 of 2988)

IS that a new rule? I -and plenty of my friends- taught while our mentor teachers were out during student teaching.

Tazzy, removing part of the wall would be necessary to remove the creature, most likely. And you may want to consider it, for reasons Maria stated.



HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 22, 2007 4:14 am (#13 of 2988)

Just checking in for my dose of sanity.

Returned a short while ago from dropping Olivia off at school. Hubby is working early hours this week because of a longer-distance job.

Hi Steve!

SPEW, Denise! (Uh oh, another mess to clean up.)

Thanks She! Not prying, but I'm not going to bore anyone with details until I see what we're up against.

Cheering charms to Sheila's oldest daughter. FWIW, I'm always the bad guy.

kaykay, that sounds like a lot of fun!

Happy Monday everyone!



painting sheila - Oct 22, 2007 4:51 am (#14 of 2988)

Good morning everyone!

Not much happening here today - or at least I can't think of anything that is happening. (that could mean a lot more is happening when I realize what I have forgotten and scurry around trying to make up for lost time)

Tazzy - Could you call your landlord? I would think that having a dead animal in your wall can not be healthy! Eww! Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org


Marie E. - Oct 22, 2007 5:25 am (#15 of 2988)

Just peeking in to say Hi and look at the spanking new thread. My director is in Vegas (Hi Mike!) until Thursday so I will be completely in charge. I've had nightmares already about all the things that could go wrong.

We got our first snow yesterday, about three inches. None of it stuck to the roads, so I have to break it to the girls that there's no snow day for them. It is cold, of course, so they will be allowed to go straight into school without waiting for the bells to ring.

Have a lovely week everyone!

Congratulations to Tinsel!


The giant squid - Oct 22, 2007 6:24 am (#16 of 2988)

Mike, FWIW, your name means “who is like God?” not 'one who is like God'.--HungarianHorntail11

But...that's not a meaning, it's a question. I always thought it was in reference to the archangel Michael's status-highest rank, close to God, etc.

That's why I don't worry too much about name meanings: there are at least 3 different ones for each name, and they rarely have any influence on the kids. I'm sure Marie will agree that I'm far from godly most of the time.

Loopy: Now I'm picturing you in a black wig dancing around the house singing "I feel flitty...oh so flitty...I feel flitty and witty and bright!"



Solitaire - Oct 22, 2007 6:47 am (#17 of 2988)

Kim, is that a Maine Coon cat? Just wondering ... I remember there was a discussion about them some months ago, and I thought you had or were getting one.

Puck, even when the student teacher is fabulous and has been in the classroom for months, it is the law that a teacher with a full credential (or at least a provisional) be present. I know it sounds stupid, especially when the student teacher may be more competent than the sub.

I think we need some raining charms on George and the areas burning in CA. I just heard from my mom that Ramona, CA, had been wiped out by a fire. Does anyone living near San Diego have details on this? I know our field trip to UCSB and the Santa Barbara mission, scheduled for today, has been cancelled, due to fires in that area. My principal called me at 6:30, just as I was getting ready to leave.

Aguamenti! I think that's the right one!



journeymom - Oct 22, 2007 7:58 am (#18 of 2988)

Hey, Solitaire, our Governator* declared a state of emergency for five counties.

*Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Terminator


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 22, 2007 8:20 am (#19 of 2988)

Solitaire, that is a picture of our first cat who passed away at about a year and a half. We got her from a shelter but yes, she was definitely part Maine Coon. That's why we were determined to get a Maine Coon when we went looking for new kitties. She had such a wonderful personality. Now we have *cough*three*cough* kittens who are quite lovely but in all honestly aren't a patch on our Sally. However, the biggest one (and he is quite enormous) plays fetch. Lives to play fetch. Cries if we won't play fetch. And who will, if he can't find one of his balls, go up to our daughter's bed and steal one of her small stuffed animals and bring that down for us to throw. There's no end to the cuteness when an enormous cat comes walking into the room with a wee stuffed horse in it's mouth. (Our daughter has taken to putting the little stuffed toys in her pillowcase to keep them safe. )

But they all have very laid back personalities and are very people oriented. I hadn't realized World Crossing had made us all premium members until a few weeks ago and I was quite startled to see Sally pop up on the screen. I should update the photo with our new kitties but I'm not very motivated to take her down.

Last week we went on a hike with our homeschooling group and one very organized mother filled her pockets, and our hands, with birdseed. All the children enjoyed the thrill of black-capped chickadees landing on and eating out of their hands. What a treat!

I was inordinately proud when everyone else blindly walked past a beaver lodge (it does look just like a mass of sticks) but my son, who's very nature-driven, said casually to me as he passed it, "Nice beaver lodge, eh Mom?" He later correctly identified a cork tree and heard and located a mouse peeking out at us from under a log. I admit, I would have kept walking if he hadn't told me to stop and listen for a rustle. I have no idea how he heard it.


Loopy Lupin - Oct 22, 2007 8:26 am (#20 of 2988)

Loopy: Now I'm picturing you in a black wig dancing around the house singing "I feel flitty...oh so flitty...I feel flitty and witty and bright!" – Mike

Actually, I did that just this morning before work, except my wig is long and white, not black. Black is apparently Bart's wig choice.


Puck - Oct 22, 2007 8:40 am (#21 of 2988)

Actually, Kim, at the present you're not allowed to change photos anyway.

I got an offer for a kitty today. Male, about a year old. Has had all his shots, and they will neuter him if I wish. He's friendly and playful, but not into marking territory. The woman's son moved back home and brought his cat. His mom is allergic and can't keep it in her house, so he needs a new home. I will talk to hubby tonight. Diva is really missing having a pet to cuddle. (The kitty we have is old and barely allows me to touch her. The kids barely know they have a pet.) He's not going to do the puppy thing, but perhaps I can convince him this kitty needs to come home. The woman has said she'll arrange a visit, but if I visit, I'll want it.

Kim, you have a bright and observant child.

Solitaire, either our laws are different or the schools where my friends and I did our student teaching didn't follow them.

What's FWIW mean?



Denise P. - Oct 22, 2007 9:02 am (#22 of 2988)

FWIW = For What It's Worth

Way to go Amazon. Mr. Denise ordered me the box set of all 7 books as a Christmas present. I know this, I am the one who pointed it out. It was just delivered. I also know that Mr. Denise opted for gift wrap only because that is his way. So, how does this item, which is gift wrapped so marked as a gift, arrive? In a huge box that says on two sides, in HP font "HARRY POTTER BOX SET 1-7 National On Sale Date October 16, 2007 Do not display before October 16, 2007" Nice....I think Mr. Denise should write back to amazon and complain and ask for a refund of the gift wrap price.


Holly T. - Oct 22, 2007 9:20 am (#23 of 2988)

*picturing Loopy in a Lucius Malfoy wig*

Congrats to Tinsel! Our now-deceased much beloved kitty, Tasha, did the submissive peeing thing. Everything scared her.

Hugs to Maria and the HH's!

Yesterday the high here was 91. Today the high is supposed to be maybe 60. I know those of you Up North consider that balmy, but here we are cold. And wet, as it is raining again.

Journeymom and Solitaire (and anyone else in southern California) hope you are out of the way of the fires.

~~~sending you some of our rain~~~~


painting sheila - Oct 22, 2007 9:23 am (#24 of 2988)

Hi everyone!

Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - What an observant son you have. I would love to go on a hike with him. Just imagine all the things we miss because we aren't looking. How in the world did he hear the mouse?!

I went and worked out this morning - YEAH! I am starting on my third week. I haven't lost any weight - but I do feel better.

I realized the bathroom tiles I painted didn't turn out the way I had hoped. The paint just scratches off with out the slightest bit of effort. I am going to scratch/peel the rest of the paint off and see if I can't sand down the finish just a bit before I prime and paint again. The kids bathroom still has a big plastic bag covering the hole. Jeez!! and I still have a hole in my ceiling.

Not much else is going on . . . but I do want to say . . SNOW!! Holy cow!! It's 81 here today and the temperature is supposed to go up by the end of the week.

I do hope everyone is safe in California. Is this normal for tis time of the year or are you having more fires than usual?


Denise P. - Oct 22, 2007 11:20 am (#25 of 2988)

Sheila, this is good to know regarding the tiles. The house we moved into has 3 white tiled showers. I was considering painting accent tiles in each bathroom but now I may not.

How weird, I called the Boy Scout shop to see if they had the plastic rank holder that buttons to the pocket. They told me it was not an official BSA item. The Scout Shop in TN carried so I always thought it was. No matter, I just ordered one off ebay. Now I am looking to find 2 leather Tiger belt totems from 1998. I know where Ryan's is but I want to replace the one Nicholas had (and lost) I had to do some serious hunting to even find a picture of one since they were only used for a few years.


Puck - Oct 22, 2007 11:45 am (#26 of 2988)

wOOt to Sheila! Going to the gym becomes addicting. I'm going to have to change Toddler's swim lesson time, as my favorite kickbox class is moving time slots, and will soon conflict with swimming. *sigh* It was all working out so perfectly, too. (Toddlers swim class started 30 minutes after my class ended, giving me time to stretch and change before picking her up from the playroom.)

Why do I never seem to get all done that I mean to do during her nap? Perhaps because I keep checking the forum.  Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1437562208



PeskyPixie - Oct 22, 2007 11:50 am (#27 of 2988)

An alpha male grey squirrel lives in our backyard. This species is not supposed to be territorial or aggressive, but this one is! He's been in a temper these past few days, chasing away anything that moves within his territory. Honestly, if this continues much longer we'll have to hose him down (that usually cools him off).


Caius Iulius - Oct 22, 2007 11:58 am (#28 of 2988)

Just stopping by to say hello. I have been busy working and training to become a dive master. Haven't forgotten you all though!


Madam Pince - Oct 22, 2007 1:04 pm (#29 of 2988)

Sheesh! Go away for a couple of days and get away from the news media, and then come back to find The Great Dumbledore Kerfluffle and also apparently California is on fire! Hope any and all Forum-members living nearby are staying safe!

We had a great weekend -- the leaves were absolutely magnificent! I really didn't expect much due to the dry summer, but I think they were the prettiest I have ever seen them, and between you and me, that's saying something. Gorgeous weather, too, for almost the entire trip. It was very nice and relaxing. The only thing marring it was that on our return trip we passed by a motorcycle accident with a fatality, which is always sad and serves to reinforce my resolve to never ride on one of those things.

Denise, I can't believe how much Tinsel has grown! She sure doesn't look like the roly-poly little puppy that I remember! Congratulations on her CGC award! (By the way, how did you end up with a free tool-kit for Mr. Denise? The dryer-repairman isn't running around tool-less, is he? )

Maria, glad you enjoyed the pork chops! We made those this past weekend at my Mom's also! Always a favorite for us...

OK, now that I've caught up on my threads, it's time to go to the bus-stop... Everyone enjoy the RotD! (***Waves*** at Finn and fellow Agatha Christie fans on another thread...)


Denise P. - Oct 22, 2007 1:47 pm (#30 of 2988)

Madam P, I belong to a site that lists deals every day. This deal was a 31 piece set for $10 and if you used google check out for the first time, it was $10 off. There was a Tivo deal last week that made a $30 profit. You can see them at refundcents.com, they list a lot of free stuff.


Madam Pince - Oct 22, 2007 2:30 pm (#31 of 2988)

I have often wondered how you stretch a dollar with the large family you have -- now I know! LOL! Thanks for the tip and I will check it out! (Glad to know the repairman escaped unscathed.)


John Bumbledore - Oct 22, 2007 2:42 pm (#32 of 2988)

Soli, if it isn't fire, it would be mud slides, yes?

She, I am beginning to think we should start welcoming visitors by saying, "Welcome to the New Desert Southeast in North Carolina (Alternate text: link to US Drought Monitor hosted at University of Nebraska-Lincoln is drought.unl.edu/dm/monitor.html ), opening soon; unless..."
**stopping there so I don't tread into Taboo topic**

Kind of reminds me of the Lorax and the Once-ler. (Alternate text: link to wikipedia entry for Dr. Seuss's The Lorax is en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lorax )
I checked and think both links would be "Thumper Approved" as family friendly content.

I shake my head at the simple minded "water-saving" practices/tips that our local newspaper has published. Some suggest re-plumbing your bath tub/shower and kitchen sink to capture this water for reuse in irrigation of shrubs, potted plants, and flower beds. The simple-minded comment was "With the two of us taking daily showers, we are able to catch 30 gallons (114 liters) a day … to give all our shrubs, azaleas and our outdoor plants water every single day." [Emphasis is mine] That is a Ghastly waste of water! I have not seen any mention of sponge or sink baths nor of practicing Navy showers (Water on and immediately get wet. Water off while soaping and scrubbing. Water on for a quick rinse.)

I hold my head high since we have been conserving water since 2000. So, it was with sardonic humor that I was going to write in a "prank" suggestion that our latest conservation effort was that the boys in our house would follow the dog's example and pee in the yard, thus saving 1.5 gallons for each eliminated flush. DW was encouraging (though I think this was sarcasm).

Maybe I should write in to tell the News and Observer how unobservant they were not to see the wastefulness of the 15 gallons per shower. I've placed closed water bottles in our toilette (commode) tanks to reduce flushes by a full liter; our family uses Navy showers and low flow shower heads, so 30 gallons is nearly enough for all six family member to have a daily shower; we don't bother to irrigate the lawn or shrubs; they are drought tolerant; and we use left over water from drinking glasses and the dog's water bowl to water the few potted plants and flower beds we have. The grass hasn't grown much, so I have also used much less gasoline in my push mower. With four children in the house, using the left over drinking water for plans has both kept the potted plants alive and reduced the number of spills.

the plastic rank holder that buttons to the pocket…

Funny, maybe it was all in the name? Or the recall:

The "Cub Scout Immediate Recognition Kit" (i.e. Cub Scouts Totem Badges) is subject of a safety recall for lead in the paint. (I spotted it at www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/info.aspx?page=cskit ) I have one but I will not sell it to you. It isn't buttoned on a pocket at the moment, we are still debating what risk it might pose. Our scout doesn't stick it in his mouth or have much contact with it.

US Consumer Product Safty Commision Link: www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08018.html

The general impression I get for the leaders and parents of scouts is one of a low perceived risk.
**start count down to see how long it takes Chemyst to respond.**

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Denise P. - Oct 22, 2007 3:02 pm (#33 of 2988)

Not the same thing. The rank holder is clear plastic and goes on the pocket under the World Scouting Symbol....where rank would be sewn. Cub Scout Immediate Recognition goes on the opposite pocket and is only worn as a Wolf and Bear.


dizzy lizzy - Oct 22, 2007 3:40 pm (#34 of 2988)

Hi Everyone! It has been a while since I posted...

I'm currently sitting at my computer printing out songbooks for our community. For those who are new...I live in a religious community and given the guidelines of the forum...enough said...

I bought a duplexing Laser Printer a couple of weeks ago when I went to Launceston. I have finally managed to format the different sections of the book. It wasn't easy and I really do not like trying to reformat headers with page numbers. I have Windows Vista and the new version of word likes to get creative and won't listen to you sometimes lol.

We are printing 30 books to cope with the expanded numbers in our community and I am soooo glad this printer does back to back copying (duplexing).

I have 7000 sheets of paper next to my desk, I'll use about 1500-2000 sheets on the songbooks, 30 folders and 1500 plastic sleeves.

One thing I have learnt about living in a community, is everything you do is in large quantities. And it is very orgainsed. There is a roster for nearly everything related to cooking, cleaning and laundry. Something I am sure Denise (and those with large families) would be very familiar with.

My mother visited last week and we had a very pleasant time and played tourist. We did get to see some Tazzy Devils up at Cradle Mountain and when the ban on Avatars is lifted I will place a cute little critter on my Avatar to replace the current cute little critter!

I'm going into Burnie in about 40 mins to have a Hearing Test (I'm sure I've lost more hearing) and to have my hearing aids recalibrated for the 3rd time in a year. I'm sure the little computer chip inside them is losing the settings.

A cheery wave to everyone



Chemyst - Oct 22, 2007 5:30 pm (#35 of 2988)

Extra, (although probably unnecessary) Competency Charms for Tazzy! Sometimes well-intentioned rules do turn out to be silly in practice, don't they? We had such a substitute teacher shortage around here last year that they were taking anyone with as little as two years of college who could pass a background check and a one-day training course. I briefly considered applying but classroom cop really isn't for me. In the end I followed in Herm oh ninny's footsteps and started tutoring at a Learning Center. It has been fun and I was already familiar with some of the curriculum from home schooling.

Denise, if you don't like the all-white tiles, they do make tile decals. If the tiles are scrupulously free from soap scum when applied and you don’t use abrasives in cleaning, then they should last about three years.

The general impression I get for the leaders and parents of scouts is one of a low perceived risk.
**start count down to see how long it takes Chemyst to respond.**

Ah, John, the scouting-related story I came across today was much more exciting! You can find it at ExtremePumpkins.com   It seems some boy scout, (and I highly doubt this was an official activity,) discovered that by soaking a roll of toilet paper in kerosene, placing it at the bottom of a large carved pumpkin, and lighting it carefully with one of those long barbeque lighters, you can send 3-foot flames out of old Jack O'Lantern's brain for a half hour. They have some really amazing pumpkin carvings on that site and the site itself is family friendly (that is, if you consider puking pumpkins friendly) but a note of caution: they do have links off another page (not the picture link) that I decided not to check out because they were labeled for adults. I'm old enough to know I'll never be that old.

 **waves to Lizzy** I hope your hearing test goes well.


Denise P. - Oct 22, 2007 5:46 pm (#36 of 2988)

I will have you know that my Tigers requested that puking pumpkin at our campout. It won first place as most original!

My kids all want to do that one as well, they find it hysterically funny.


Holly T. - Oct 22, 2007 6:58 pm (#37 of 2988)

Hi Lizzy!

Son and I have been cracking up over the extreme pumpkins. In the contest winners for 2006 there is--yes!--a giant squid pumpkin.


megfox* - Oct 22, 2007 7:11 pm (#38 of 2988)

I love puking pumpkins. When I was in college, I was friends with bunch of guys from Keene, NH, where they have Pumpkin Festival every October (they hold the Guinness Record for most jack-o-lanterns - I think they still do anyway). The last time I went, there were a bunch of pumpkins carved by a "fraternity" house from Keene State College, and let's just say that, I love puking pumpkins.

I just got home from seeing Ken Burns speaking at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. For those of you who don't know, Ken Burns is a very famous historical documentary filmmaker. He is most famous for his 11 1/2 hour documentary on the American Civil War, and has also chronicled Baseball, Jazz, and other quintessentially American topics. He just finished a new documentary on World War II, and he was speaking about it tonight. It was just incredible. He is one of the people that I really look up to in the field of History, and my friend at school invited me to go with her (she thought her husband would be terribly bored). We had front row seats off to the side, so no craning necks, just a straight shot and room to stretch our legs. He was fabulous. He speaks so melodically (is that a word - it looks weird) and with such passion and I just want to go out and start working on a ridiculously difficult research project so that I can feel accomplished. He shared some startling statistics (well, for a History teacher). The first is that we lose one thousand WWII veterans every day, and so it is incredibly important for historians to speak with them and let them share their stories before they are all gone. The second, and this was embarrassing, is that a high percentage (he didn't give an exact number, but said that it was staggering enough) of high school seniors in America think that we fought with the Germans, against the Russians, in World War II. Yikes.

Thanks for that very cool link, John, about the drought. I might actually use that map on a test soon.

Kristina, do you eventually get to sub? At my school, they basically will take you if you have a pulse and a Driver's license (after you pay the state $75 to get fingerprinted, of course). My intern (same thing as what you are doing) could sub starting November 1st if both her uni sup and I agreed that she was ready. No matter, good luck and remember, it is all good practice!


Tazzygirl - Oct 22, 2007 7:15 pm (#39 of 2988)

Puck: Tazzy, removing part of the wall would be necessary to remove the creature, most likely. And you may want to consider it, for reasons Maria stated.

I was trying to forget about that part. LOL On the student teaching bit- yeah, it kind of stinks. Although today when I went in I pretty much ran the show. The substitute was paid to just sit there.

She: Could you call your landlord?

That would be my aunt and uncle. They kind of slack on the landlord department (I've been the one to change/fix various things in my apartment. Uncle isn't a fix-it guy, and Aunt is just there...) I've been waiting for a new air conditioner for about a year now. And new carpet. I did tell them about the smell, and they came down to take a look, but when they couldn't find anything, they said 'oh well.'

I so overslept this morning! My alarm went off at 5:45- I evidently turned it off and fell completely back to sleep until 7 am. I was supposed to have left the house by at the most 6:30... Needless to say, I arrived at school right when the bell rang, so I didn't miss anything. I've NEVER overslept before. Hope to never ever do it again!

Thanks, Chemyst, on the charms! The day went really well- kids literally were looking at me as the head teacher. The substitute was really okay with it- she was probably about my age. A couple regular teachers at the school kept popping in thinking I was having a solo teaching day.

**waves frantically at Lizzy** HI!!!

Off to mail two packages, pick up a pumpkin or two (I just realized Halloween is around the corner and I have no decorations up! ), and possibly some dinner.

Oh- Denise- did you get Maus yet? If you didn't, I can get it from work and mail it to you if you want. I don't know how much it is, but let me know.

I've been hearing about the fires in California from my parents. **water charms** and **anti-Santa Ana wind** charms going out!


EDIT: Meg- I think the requirements are a little different here. I haven't heard of sub-ing at this level. I am taking like fifty different teacher tests in November and January for my licensure (okay, okay, I'm only taking 5. :sillygin:), so I think when I get those done, I qualify. I don't know. I probably won't be sub-ing at all once I get out of school- since I've got the special education tag, I'll pretty much be hired at the mass recruiting event sometime during the summer.


kabloink! - Oct 22, 2007 7:29 pm (#40 of 2988)

Hmmm, names and Star Wars...I have already told my husband that if by some twist of fate we end up with fraternal twins, Luke and Leia will be in their names somehow. Probably something like Lucas Joseph and Alexis Leia (or Leia Alexis). We have mentioned it to hubby's sister-in-law and her jaw dropped and she said something like "you wouldn't do that." Well, the sad fact is that we would. Later in that same conversation, same sister-in-law was trying to kindly convince me that I was not a geek, like its a bad thing. Geesh! For our first date hubby and I went to see Star Wars Episode I, and we have not missed a midnight release together since (granted, there were only 2 more...) We love Star Wars, and the truth is, we do like the names, if they were names that we didn't like to begin with, we would never think about it.

Accio Sirius, going back to post 2964, my hubby says that you probably just don't remember giving him the OK on Brian. Hubby said it not me!

Wow! Congrats to Tinsel (and Denise!).

Tazzy, that was the case in Michigan. Student teachers were often able to obtain their temporary permit to substitute, though. It wasn't encouraged, though. Why I'm not sure-I'm sure the student teacher is far more capable of maintaining order in a classroom than a sub who very likely has only a 90 credit hours (what's required in most districts in Michigan) and has taken a one-day training course. I always looked forward to subbing for teachers with student teachers. I got to do a lot of reading on those days...

Soli, hubby’was searching all over tonight for QB1 for Monday Night Football, but nobody seems to have it (remember, we're still pretty new to our area, we only know of one location for this for sure). Turns out it was cancelled tonight because the Buzztime Trivia (formerly NTN) Headquarters is in Malibu, and with the fires they cancelled it. Now I don't feel so bad about discouraging him from going...bad wifey.

Our submissive kitty just hides in our bedroom closet upstairs if anyone comes over. Perhaps she is not really submissive, but just very VERY anti-social. She is such a scaredy cat. Makes me miss our old cat, Austin, who would come out to meet everyone who came over.

Puck, my weakness is Civilization II during nap time. Its always so easy to sit down-just for a minute, and end up spending all 2 hours playing...

We took Ian to a pumpkin patch and apple orchard yesterday. It was a lot of fun. We went with hubby's parents and sister and her family. Devyn, our 8-year-old niece, is quite the helper with the baby when she wants to be. Ian couldn't get enough of the pumpkins. It was so cute. I have some good pics, but I haven't posted them yet. I should have them up by Thursday, if anyone wants to check my myspace. Okay, off to acutally pay attention to my Civ game...

Have a great ROTD/N everyone!


kaykay1970 - Oct 22, 2007 9:42 pm (#41 of 2988)

Prayers to those in California affected by the fires! I wish I could send ya'll some of our rain. It's been going strong all day and is supposed to continue through the week. It looks like Spring here. The trees shed their leaves during the summer because it was so dry, now they are growing back just at the time when they should be falling away!


dizzy lizzy - Oct 22, 2007 9:56 pm (#42 of 2988)

*Waves to Chemyst and Tazzy*

I just came back from my hearing test. I have lost about 10 decibels of hearing right across all frequencies over the past 2 years. This means I can't hear, unaided, anything below 75-80 decibels across all frequencies. No wonder my hearing aids sounded kind of dead.

So I'm now on the border of Severe Hearing loss. The audiometrist re programmed my hearing aids and they now "sound" much more normal. If the hearing loss keeps going at this speed, I'll have to invest in sign language courses LOL.

Still printing songbook pages and nearly onto my 3rd ream of paper!!!!

* *waves to everyone**



Solitaire - Oct 22, 2007 10:43 pm (#43 of 2988)

Holly, I would say I am not in wildfire territory ... but I suppose anything is possible. There is no forestation around here, though--just houses, highways, and shopping centers. It's horrible down south, though. I can't help thinking that this would be a pretty good way to cripple the state, if anyone wanted to do that.

Sheila, there are fires every year at this time, although some years are worse than others. The timing on all of these fires is interesting. I heard a spokesperson from OC say that they suspect arson in the two Orange County fires. The Santa Ana winds aren't helping. They really whip things along into disastrous proportions.

Kim, I really would love a Maine Coon. I think they are just gorgeous. I read that Pebbles, the cat who portrays Mrs. Norris in the movies, is a Maine Coon ... and she is a beauty.

Fortunately, John, I live in flat ol' Kern County. There are areas where fires burn and mudslides happen ... but not in my area. Actually, the fires in the hills along the coast usually contribute to the mudslides. Since the brush that helps hold the dirt in place is gone, there is nothing to hold the mud in place in the rain ... and away it flows, down the mountainside ... or so I understand.

Tazzy, you may need to do what I do--turn the alarm on as loud as you can and put the clock clear across the room, so that you must get out of bed to turn it off. It works for me!

Healing charms to Lizzy's ears! My dad suffered from hearing loss in the last ten years of his life--mainly caused by loud farm equipment noises over his lifetime--and it bothered him terribly. He eventually gave up teaching Sunday School because his hearing was so terrible ... and the hearing aids just did not do the job. I hope you have better luck.

Safety charms to all who are in the paths of fires, storms, etc.



Tazzygirl - Oct 22, 2007 11:12 pm (#44 of 2988)

LOL Soli. I normally don't have a problem waking up in the morning. I usually turn the TV on as soon as the alarm goes off, but I didn't make it this morning. I also usually turn the A/C off, but I had turned it off several hours before because it was making a very annoying ticking sound. Just one of those really off days. Tomorrow will be better- I'm going to go to bed here in about 20 minutes (it's 8:10 right now for me).



Denise P. - Oct 23, 2007 2:58 am (#45 of 2988)

Yes, I got Maus in last week, Tazzy. Thanks for the offer. It is currently in my "to read" stack of books


Catherine - Oct 23, 2007 3:36 am (#46 of 2988)

IS that a new rule? I -and plenty of my friends- taught while our mentor teachers were out during student teaching. –Puck

I did too, although I had a college degree (I did my student teaching in graduate school) and had taken the Effecting Teaching course (required for all subs). It was great--I got paid when my mentor was out!

It's great to see so many folks flitting in to say hello   **waves to Wayne and Kim**


Madam Pince - Oct 23, 2007 4:38 am (#47 of 2988)

Lizzy, sorry about the accelerated hearing loss, but I'm glad they could re-adjust your hearing aids so that you're back up to speed. Here's hoping things level off and you don't have any further loss. (I just have to say, I love looking at your avatar! Such a cute little pup-pup! I like to put my cursor over the picture so it turns into the little hand and scratch under her (I think it's a her?) chin on those adorable whiskers! OK, so I'm weird...)

I like the puking pumpkins, too. Again... weird, but hey. I think whoever came up with the idea first was just really clever.

Tazzy, I had a friend who had a studio office in a very old building, and apparently some rodent died somewhere in the walls or flooring. It was really awful, and he just had to wait until the "mummification" process completed. Unless you know exactly where it is, it's hard to go tearing into walls or floors because you'd end up ripping the whole place apart before you find it maybe. I feel for you! There are extra heavy-duty deodorizers / air fresheners at Home Depot-type stores, but I'm thinking even they won't help much... Anyway, good luck!

Interesting about the background checks for substitute teachers. I attended a very brief training session for parent volunteers at the school (possible jobs include library shelving, tutoring kids with reading, helping do bulletin boards, etc.) and one lady started raising a big stink in the middle of the session about how she had a problem with the fact that volunteers don't have to undergo background checks. (There is a box to check on the form that says you agree to undergo one if you are asked, but they don't actually do it, for cost reasons, unless there's a question.) Apparently the question had never come up before because the teachers and people leading the session were floored, although they responded that she should bring it up with the principal and the school board at their next meeting. Actually, sadly enough, it seems that in today's world we have to be aware of those things, so I see her point and I technically agree with her. The bad thing was, she wouldn't let it go and kept harping on about it, which was accomplishing nothing except shutting down our training session which we had limited time to do anyway. She wasn't going to get anything done at that particular meeting, so it was just kind of frustrating that she kept on about it. I haven't heard anything or gotten any letters for volunteers to come in yet, so maybe she managed to shut down the whole program -- who knows.

Rain charms to California, and drying charms to New Orleans (again.) Hope everyone has a good RotD!


painting sheila - Oct 23, 2007 5:10 am (#48 of 2988)

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all have a good day.

Tazzy - All I can say is "yuck!" I hope the smell goes away soon.

Lizzy - Sorry about your hearing. Thankfully they were able to adjust your hearing aids! I hear they are expensive.

I haven't looked at the puking pumpkins yet. It's on my "must do" list for the day.

We are off to Wilmington today for an audition for Lovely Daughter. We may take a walk on the beach afterwards. Yeah!


Loopy Lupin - Oct 23, 2007 6:14 am (#49 of 2988)

It's great to see so many folks flitting in to say hello   **waves to Wayne and Kim** -- Catherine

Good to see you too Catherine. Those little monsters must be keeping you busy!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 23, 2007 6:16 am (#50 of 2988)

Good to see you too Catherine. Those little monsters must be keeping you busy!---Loopy Lupin

Her students must keep her hopping as well.
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The giant squid - Oct 23, 2007 6:25 am (#51 of 2988)

In the contest winners for 2006 there is--yes!--a giant squid pumpkin.--Holly T.

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Solitaire - Oct 23, 2007 6:48 am (#52 of 2988)

Madame Pince, at our school, any parent who volunteers to work in the classroom with kids on a regular basis (not a one-time thing) has to undergo a background check, attend an orientation, and be fingerprinted ... just like the teachers do.

About the student teacher subbing ... I think I may have subbed, as well, back when I was a student teacher (of course, that was in the last century Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042). I know that at my current school--I've taught here since 1994--a "qualified" sub is required. I use quotes, because some of the "qualified" subs I've seen at school have not been very good, and we have asked that they be removed from our approved sub list. A good sub is worth his or her weight in gold around here, and most good ones can work every day in 2-3 districts, if they wish. We have so many new homes--and, of course, schools, too--going up around here that our favorite subs are getting full time jobs. It's hard to hang on to them for very long.

Aguamenti charms to the fires in the CA area ... as well as to those suffering in Georgia under the drought.



Eponine - Oct 23, 2007 7:07 am (#53 of 2988)

When I did my student teaching, the supervising teachers would often leave the room to work on other things. I don't know if they were supposed to, but they did!

John and Sheila, we might get some rain this week. I really hope we do. The pond in my in-laws neighborhood is the smallest I've ever seen it. You could probably walk across it if you wanted to, and it's a pretty big pond.


kaykay1970 - Oct 23, 2007 7:15 am (#54 of 2988)

We are getting quite a bit of rain here. It's supposed to continue all week. Fingers crossed that it doesn't play out before it reaches our eastern neighbors in NC. The pond near my Mom's house was so dry it just looked like a large mud puddle. Just last week there was a big black lab standing right smack dab in the center of it! Today I seem to have my own pond in the front yard!


Holly T. - Oct 23, 2007 7:25 am (#55 of 2988)

Madame Pince, we had a Girl Scout volunteer go on and on and disrupt our service unit meeting because she objected to having to put her Social Security number on the background check form (all Girl Scout leaders and volunteers have to have a background check done). After being told that we would have to check with council to see if they really needed the number she still kept on and on about invasion of privacy, etc. Of course, this lady and her husband have also each explained to me on different occasions that the government is microchipping people to keep track of them.

I've been background checked so many times--for Girl Scouts every few years, by the church conference when I was a confirmation mentor, by the church so I could be a Sunday school teacher.

Off to a meeting!


Orion - Oct 23, 2007 8:22 am (#56 of 2988)

That was a great post, John DD, about saving water. So I know now that I have been practising Navy showers all my life. There is an even quicker way of having a shower when you are really really in a hurry: Put on shower foam on dry skin, wash off - nearly no water wasted and it takes only 30 seconds.

If you brush your teeth like that: Make toothbrush wet, switch off water, brush, switch on water again to rinse toothbrush and mouth, is it called Navy toothbrushing? Hope it rains soon upon all dried-up forumers.


painting sheila - Oct 23, 2007 8:33 am (#57 of 2988)

Navy Tooth brushing (snort!) Isn't that how everyone does it?

The governor of our fair state is asking everyone to cut back on water use, with that in mind, I saw a lady down the street watering her lawn! A police officer was driving by and he backed up to her yard and said something. When I drove back by her house on the way home, she was no longer watering. Jeez! Some people!

John and Eponine - Keep your fingers crossed for rain. To bad the Santa Anna winds can't blow what's in New Orleans this way. It seems to be feast or famine every where!

I would gladly use rain water to water plants and such - but isn't that the problem? We haven't had any rain?

Does anyone know if you use more water with a dishwasher or washing by hand?

Holly T - There is a guy some where doing an experiment with a chip implant. It is in his hand in the fleshy part behind the thumb. He uses it to unlock doors in his house, to start his car, and it has all his medical information on it. No more lost keys! I guess if he can keep up with his thumb he's doing okay!

My dad swears "they" are keeping track of all of my sisters and my health records - along with our children's. He watched some "neat" experiments in the desert of New Mexico when he was in the Army. Their job was to stand out side and watch bombs go off. After a few months of this, the higher ups "invited" their wives to come and watch too. He was never told what kind of bombs they were but he has his suspensions. My sister and I are healthy people and my dad will out live us all! My kids have had just normal health issues with ear aches and stuff. Nothing to write home about. I guess any file on us is pretty boring. I like it that way!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 23, 2007 8:41 am (#58 of 2988)

I just got the strangest phone call. Some company, I have no idea who they are, called to speak with me about a prescription. They had my doctor's name (although they didn't know how to pronounce it). The woman then said she needed to confirm some information starting with my birthdate. There was this tremendous pause where she waited for me to tell her what it was. I asked her if she had my birthdate and she said yes but she didn't offer it. I said to her, "Well, I'm certainly not going to give you any information. I have no idea who you are." To which she said she'd contact my doctor.

The thing is, I think the woman was legitimate. But does she honestly think that I'm going to give her my information to confirm who I am when I'm not the one who called her?


painting sheila - Oct 23, 2007 8:44 am (#59 of 2988)

Scary Lupin. I would call my doctor if I were you - and the District Attorney. There may be some scam going on that they know about. Do you have caller id?


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 23, 2007 8:47 am (#60 of 2988)

I do. It was from Florida but that's all the information available. I'm not too worried. I will call my doctor's office but I think it was poor training rather than a scam.


painting sheila - Oct 23, 2007 9:02 am (#61 of 2988)

I hope so!


Puck - Oct 23, 2007 9:04 am (#62 of 2988)

Lizzy, sorry to hear about the trouble with your hearing.

Madame Pince, all volunteers at our school get a background check which needs to be updated every 3 years. This includes parents who want to do volunteer work for the teacher. Pretty much every Mom I know has a CORI checked filed at the school. Separate ones are done by Scouts, churches, etc.... I have at least 4 with different places in town.

Kim, my credit card company has done that. They call to confirm some activity on the card, but then want me to give them information. I always hang up and call the number on the back of my card.

John, love the idea about how male family members conserve water.

I'm a bit sore. I talked myself into getting up for a run this morning, which it's hard to do, as it's still dark at 6am. Well, a construction site had taped off a ditch, however said ditch extended several feet beyond marked area into the road. Again it was dark. I have road rash on my arm and a sore knee. I went to the site to tell the workers what happened, and they immediately did a better job of marking the area. Luckily I caught the edge of the hole, or my injuires would have been much worse, as it was at least 3 feet deep and surrounded by gravel. I happened to have a dentist appointment this morning, and he prescribed some anti-inflammatories, much will as helpful to my knee as my tooth.

Off to make lunch. Talking advantage of sore knee to avoid housework. (For those keeping track, I was in almost the same spot when I pulled a muscle running this summer. Perhaps I'm not meant to be jogging. )



painting sheila - Oct 23, 2007 9:06 am (#63 of 2988)

Kathy - I would take the hint and stop running if I were you.

Off to eat some more cookies . . .. . ..


journeymom - Oct 23, 2007 9:16 am (#64 of 2988)

John, I'm taking notes. We already save water with our lawn. The irrigation is broken and we haven't fixed it. I'm sure our neighbors just love our "xeriscaping".

by soaking a roll of toilet paper in kerosene, placing it at the bottom of a large carved pumpkin, and lighting it carefully with one of those long barbeque lighters, you can send 3-foot flames out of old Jack O'Lantern's brain for a half hour. Chemyst

:rotflmbo! Ahh, that's beautiful! *Sniff* [wipes a tear away]

Dd tells me a couple of boys in her class coated tennis balls with that Axe brand deodorant, set them on fire and used them for batting practice. While I feel really bad for those parents, I still laughed really hard.

~*~*~~~Amplified hearing charms~~~*~*~ to Dizzy Lizzy!

I was about to say something similar to Soli, in that we live in a pretty safe place. Earthquakes are very rare. No forrest fires, no snow storms, no floods, no hurricanes. (No alligators, no brown recluse.) But I live in a hilly neighborhood, and I suppose if we had enough unrelenting rain we could have some land slides. Our driveway has already settled and therefore cracked across one corner.

Sheila, my uncle was in the army and stood out in the desert to watch the bombs go off. Years later he wrote about it. It's pretty interesting.

A couple of months ago dd read "The Green Glass Sea", by Ellen Klages. Dd loved it. A 'sea' of green glass was created where a nuclear bomb was tested.

Lupin, that's pretty disconcerting! Keep an eye on your credit report, too. I don't know if that's how identity theft works, but it's certainly weird.


Edited to add:

Mid the sagebrush and the cactus, I'll watch the fellas practice Droppin' bombs through the clean desert breeze. I'll have on my sombrero, And of course I'll wear a pair o' Levis over my lead B.V.D.'s.

-Tom Lehrer


Victoire Weasley - Oct 23, 2007 10:23 am (#65 of 2988)

Wow, these threads fill up fast. I had a lot of catching up to do.

I know it was a while ago, but thanks for the info on "Mairzy Doats" Kip.

I have two dogs that were adopted from our local humane society and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for an animal. They will not let you take it home unless it's "fixed", which is so important.

I live in California and am a teacher (currently stay at home mom) and I have had several background checks and fingerprinting done. From classroom observation to working as a camp counselor everyone asks for a background check, it seems.


Puck - Oct 23, 2007 10:45 am (#66 of 2988)

Sheila, the gym does seem safer. Plus, I bought some Dove cookies. They seem to be helping my knee. Hey, they told me not to take the meds on an empty stomach.


Caius Iulius - Oct 23, 2007 12:21 pm (#67 of 2988)

Could someone please explain what a puking pumpkin is? Something to do with alcohol perhaps?

Washing dishes by hand definitively saves water.


Madam Pince - Oct 23, 2007 12:22 pm (#68 of 2988)

Caius, see the link in Chemyst's post #35...

Good thinking, Puck. It's so very important to follow medicinal instructions. Sorry about your spill!

I am 100% on board with the background check thing -- it should definitely be done. The leader of our training session said that she knew without doubt that the reason it has not been typically done here is because of the cost issue. This particular mom (the one with the vocal objections) apparently works for some sort of security company, and she was volunteering to do the background checks herself, at no charge, and so since she was going to do this would everyone please go ahead and put their Social Security number on the forms so it would save her trouble later? Well, that's all well and good, but it was still waaaaay premature because nobody even knew who this lady was, and she seemed to be taking over the meeting, and she hadn't even spoken to the principal or anybody yet. It was nice of her to volunteer, but she was preaching to the wrong choir.

Holly, too funny about the idea that "they" are micro-chipping everyone! I bet that couple is fun to have around at parties! LOL!

Sheila, I'm not sure which uses more water -- the dishwasher sales people say that dishwashers use less, but then they would say that. I do know that the way my mom does it isn't right -- she insists on practically washing them completely clean in the sink before loading them in the dishwasher. Sigh.... She also has another name for the Navy bath that isn't forum-friendly... Mom can be a lot of fun sometimes!

Odd thing just happened -- the UPS man left a package at the front door, but he "tried" the doorknob (just gently, not a big rattle) before he rang the doorbell. Why would he do that? Surely he didn't think he was just going to walk in? I'm glad I keep everything locked even when I'm home.

I want a giant squid pumpkin...

I spent about an hour this morning deadheading my mums trying to coax a few more blooms out of them. I planted a couple flats of winter pansies last week amongst my tulip/daffodil beds, and if you've ever done that you know it's a bit like walking through a minefield as you try to avoid "chopping" your existing bulbs. Anyway, I managed to "chop" only two bulbs -- woo-hoo for me! They (and the mums) are not too happy with the lack of water, though. We are supposed to get rain this evening but I'll believe it when I see it.

Sigh... opened the UPS package and the pair of pants I ordered for Little P were in a size 5 bag, but the tag in the pants says size 6. Grrrrrr... A couple weeks ago the dishwasher repair place sent me two top replacement racks instead of one each top and bottom. It's just not my month for customer service, I guess...

All right, I suppose I've avoided laundry long enough. I came in here to get on the computer and check out the return policy for the wrong-sized pants, and now look what I've done...


Denise P. - Oct 23, 2007 12:26 pm (#69 of 2988)

A puking pumpkin is a pumpkin that has been carved into a face that is vomiting (puking) like this one my Tiger cubs requested over the weekend:

Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 Puking10
Tonight, we are going over the food pyramid. Where have I been? I had no idea until a few days ago that it had been changed in the last few years.


Madam Pince - Oct 23, 2007 12:28 pm (#70 of 2988)

It's also good if you can carve another pumpkin to set beside it that has a "surprised / disgusted" look on its face...


Puck - Oct 23, 2007 12:46 pm (#71 of 2988)

I'm having the Wolf Scouts all with a few of Son's other friends here Friday night to carve pumpkins. I'm sure these will be a hit.


azi - Oct 23, 2007 1:22 pm (#72 of 2988)

The puking pumpkins look great! I grossed out my friends with them.

Hope the smell goes away, Tazzy!

It depends how you wash the dishes as to whether it's better to use a dishwasher. If you rinse everything first/after or use more than one bowl of water it probably isn't. Then again, there may be super-efficient dishwashers around these days!

Background checks are fine, until it means you have to have one to hang around with your friends at Scouts. Yes, that happened to me when I turned 18. I would draw the line at fingerprints though, I'm funny about that.

Healing charms, Puck! Enjoy the cookies!

Nice to see you around, Lizzy! I hope your hearing doesn't get worse!

Hope the rain goes where needed soon!

I haven't had the best day. I missed a two hour lecture because I didn't realise I had it, dropped/knocked many sheets of paper and pens on the floor numerous times, had electric sparks sent at me when I switched off a housemate's coffee maker at the plug (because a box I put down hit another box which hit the on button - I had no idea how to turn it off and didn't want to break it) and then my computer crashed. I feel like Tonks!

Lovely days to all!


I Am Used Vlad - Oct 23, 2007 1:41 pm (#73 of 2988)

Why is Loopy wearing a wig when there's still eight more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween. Eight more days...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! Not the Silver Shamrock song again. Why? Why? Why?


Puck - Oct 23, 2007 1:54 pm (#74 of 2988)

And speaking of Loopy....

I saw an commercial that The Village is showing Thursday night on ABC family channel. Thought you might want to set your TiVo.

**ducks out of the way of dungbombs**


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 23, 2007 2:08 pm (#75 of 2988)

I saw an commercial that The Village is showing Thursday night on ABC family channel. Thought you might want to set your TiVo.---Puck

That means I can watch Joaquin Phoenix again. ***sighs dreamily***


Loopy Lupin - Oct 23, 2007 3:07 pm (#76 of 2988)

That means I can watch Joaquin Phoenix again. ***sighs dreamily*** --Kim

You could take Joaquin, reanimate River, and throw in Jake Gyllenhaal and it would not be enough to justify sitting through this movie.

And, if I might ask, what the heck kinda "family" is ABC running over there? I'd be concerned that they intend to show a film that might tend to scare children, but the only thing scary here was the script. Perhaps they intend to teach the children a life lesson by illustrating to them that they will have just lost 2-3 hours of their lives that can never be recovered.


PeskyPixie - Oct 23, 2007 3:12 pm (#77 of 2988)

I went to see The Village at the theatre when it came out. I will never get those hours back again!


The giant squid - Oct 23, 2007 3:24 pm (#78 of 2988)

Pesky-I got paid to watch The Village and I still want a refund!

Loopy, remember that this is the same ABCFamily that runs "Who's Line Is It Anyway?", or as I like to call it, "Things You Almost Can't Say on Television." I love the show but it's a far cry from family-friendly most of the time.



journeymom - Oct 23, 2007 3:43 pm (#79 of 2988)

I laugh until my sides hurt when watching Whose Line Is It Anyway, but invariably the Boy walks in the tv room at the most inappropriate moments. So we gave up trying to watch it. That show kills me. Wayne Brady is utterly brilliant.


I Am Used Vlad - Oct 23, 2007 3:49 pm (#80 of 2988)

I went to see The Village with one of my nephews. He pointed out when we were leaving that the only suspense was whether or not the guy would be able to steal the medicine without getting caught at the end. I think it has the second easiest to figure out surprise ending ever, trailing only a book called The Day After Tomorrow, which has nothing to do with global warming, by the way.


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 23, 2007 4:11 pm (#81 of 2988)

Hi all, yesterday, I spent the day conducting the first round of observations required to complete my teaching certificate at the high school where my father is an administrator.

While, at the school I received a compliment from one of his students. This student told me that I was scarier and more frightening than my father.

All I need (not) is a great electric blue revolving eye.


PeskyPixie - Oct 23, 2007 4:14 pm (#82 of 2988)

I haven't seen our squirrely squirrel today, but all other small animals are passing rather quickly and alertly through our yard, so I'm sure the coast is not yet clear!

ETA: Constant Vigilance! Congrats on the compliment, Nathan.


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 23, 2007 5:30 pm (#83 of 2988)

Loopy, remember that this is the same ABCFamily that runs "Who's Line Is It Anyway?", or as I like to call it, "Things You Almost Can't Say on Television." I love the show but it's a far cry from family-friendly most of the time.---the giant squid

Where I live, that show doesn't come on until 10pm, which is family friendly in my house. I love when they play 'props'. They gave Ryan and I think, Colin, traffic cones once. Ryan put them on the ground, he and Colin looked somber, and Ryan said, "Today we bury Madonna." (Gee, I hope I didn't go all family unfriendly there.)


Denise P. - Oct 23, 2007 6:24 pm (#84 of 2988)

There are a few shows that are on ABC Family that I would not rate as particularly friendly. I know we watched Kyle XY and several things came up that had me yelping and then talking to the kids about why they won't be allowed to do similar things. This is why I usually screen movies before they see them. I made the mistake, eons ago, when I first had kids. I put in a movie that everyone assured me was funny and okay. I about died in the first little bit of the movie. Ever since then, we watch first.


Eponine - Oct 23, 2007 6:48 pm (#85 of 2988)

Sheila and John, it's RAINING here! If it's not raining where you are yet, it should be soon.

And though I don't have kids, there are definitely things I see advertised on ABC Family that don't seem that family friendly to me.


painting sheila - Oct 23, 2007 7:06 pm (#86 of 2988)

It's not raining here!! But there is lightning! I will keep my fingers crossed. Perhaps if I were to go outside and roll down my car windows that would help?

Not much happening here. the drive to Wilmington was very pleasant - great weather - but we didn't get to go to the beach. (sigh) I had to get back for a meeting at 7:00 plus create and print out some things for said meeting. (Procrastinators unite . . . . tomorrow!)

Is everyone in California okay? New Orleans?

Lupin is Lupin - I saw that one and about choked! I laughed so hard!! Wayne Brady can just stand there and I crack up. The songs! The songs that man can create!

Puck - I am going to the gym tomorrow. If you eat a cookie for me I will work it off for you.


Puck - Oct 23, 2007 7:21 pm (#87 of 2988)

Sheila, can you also work off a chocolate marshmello pumpkin?

Way to go Mad-Eye Zimmerman!

I'm careful about older movies. Usually current PG rating are okay, but they ones in the days before they added the PG-13 rating are different. Back then PG ratings contained words I'd rather my kids not repeat, nudity and other unfriendly content. I previewed Ghostbusters, and still haven't let the kids watch. Even E.T. has words I'd rather my young ones not be exposed too.



Tazzygirl - Oct 23, 2007 7:47 pm (#88 of 2988)

You are welcome, Denise. I saw Maus at work the other day and thought it would be an interesting read. I think I'll put it on my 'to read' list too.

Madam P- the smell is only really bad during certain times of the day. Like right now I can kind of smell it. I also haven't opened the bathroom door since this morning, so it is probably all just contained in that one room. I invested in four air fresheners from Renuzit- they help with the smell, but not a lot.

Yeay, Nathan!

There was something I watched the other day, and it reminded me strongly of The Village. Don't remember what it was called though.

Second day of running the show in my placement has ended. I kind of liked having all the power! The sub today said that he had received a message from my mentor telling him that I was going to be there, and to just assist me in whatever way he could. It went pretty well! I wanted to clobber a couple kids towards the end- nonstop talking and acting up (which they normally don't do. grrr.).

My two 'official solo' days are coming up soon- my supervisor will be observing me teach, and my mentor teacher will be sitting at her desk or doing various other tasks. Definitely different from a while ago! Personally, I think I'd do a little better job teaching if I didn't have people scrutinizing every little thing I did.

I grew up in a house that had every single tv show and movie screened. We could only stick to certain shows on certain channels. I think that is probably one of the reasons I steer clear of any version of a cartoon now. Can't stand them. Disney channel too. My parents were real sticklers on movies- I don't think I was allowed to see anything PG-13 until I was a sophomore in high school, and R rated movies weren't really happening until I moved out (or they had screened them first and said it was okay.) I did see bits and pieces of some shows on ABC family and the Disney channel dealing with junior high/ high school stuff recently, and I was shocked. Some topics are not meant for that age group...

Massive amount of homework due tomorrow (2 lesson plans, 2 reflections, and a 'response' aka another reflection. Should probably also work on some math, and draw a couple pictures for art class.) Yippee fun!



painting sheila - Oct 23, 2007 8:41 pm (#89 of 2988)

Nathan - I forgot to say congrats on the compliment. (I am assuming you want to be scarey.)

Still no rain. I think Eponine took it all. Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

This is Tazzy opening the door to her bathroom - Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 23, 2007 9:20 pm (#90 of 2988)

Being scary has some advantages when interacting high school students because, if one can cause them to be awed then they are more inclined to work.


Tazzygirl - Oct 23, 2007 10:31 pm (#91 of 2988)

ROFL, Sheila! You got me down pat!

To the teachers of the Forum- anyone have a really good lesson plan or idea I could use for a Social Studies lesson on Interactions between Colonists and Native Americans (5th grade level)? I have to teach a lesson on Tuesday, my lesson plan is due soon, and I am having a really hard time writing something up. If anyone has any suggestions, can you please email me or something? My email is in my profile. Thanks!



jose043 - Oct 23, 2007 11:57 pm (#92 of 2988)

Hi All

Healing charms, get well charms to all that need them.

Congratulation to Nathan on your complement about being scary than your Dad.

Can I ask for help from some of the forum family?  I have a Brother knitting machine & for quite some time now have been trying to get a Garter Carriage model numbers KG 93 or KG 95 I know that they are around $400 to $500 Australian would be willing to pay for shipping over here. Have been told they are like hens teeth, as they are no longer being made.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Puck - Oct 24, 2007 12:36 am (#93 of 2988)

That's how they get you to buy new machines -stop making parts for the old ones Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059. We've had to replace printers because of being unable to get new ink cartridges. Good luck on your search, Josephine!

It's 3:30am here. (Where's Finnn? He'd be proud.) The meds the dentist put me on have taken away some pains, but are now playing games with my stomach. I was feeling ill earlier, and now I had to get up for a sandwich, as I was so hungry I couldn't sleep. It's like being pregnant again. (Which I assure you, I am not.)

Back to bed. I still have a few hours before I need to be up.



Potteraholic - Oct 24, 2007 3:08 am (#94 of 2988)

Greetings everyone!

Have been reading all the posts religiously, but have been too tuckered out to post anything. (Speedy typing is not my forté. )

Really hope that the fires in Southern California die down soon. The footage of the devastation is so alarming, esp. the fire tornadoes that are happening everywhere.

Am taking my class of 9 and 10 year olds on a tour of our neighborhood junior high school. It's a case of the biggest fish in our little pond getting a taste of being the littlest fish in a (bit) bigger pond. Can't wait to see their faces when they see the bigger kids, some of whom are alumni and their former class/school mates.

Off to school, now. Have a great day everyone!


painting sheila - Oct 24, 2007 5:04 am (#95 of 2988)

Have fun Potteraholic! I hope your visit goes well.

I saw the 20/20 broadcast last night about the fires in California. The fire tornadoes were very scary. It made me think of fiend fire!

Puck! Ouch! If it's not one thing, it's a molar!Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org


Puck - Oct 24, 2007 5:10 am (#96 of 2988)

Sheila, the tooth is fine -the filling was just not filed to the proper biting, which was causing some bruising or whatever. It's been fixed, but I'm on anti inflammatories for a few days to help it heal. It's been good for my bruised knee as well, just my stomach that doesn't like it much. A few more days and all will be fine.

oh, and GO SOX!!!!!



Denise P. - Oct 24, 2007 5:31 am (#97 of 2988)

Yikes, I picked up Devin from school yesterday since his eye was a bit swollen and I thought it was just a stye in his eye. He did warm compresses and it looked a bit better. This morning, it is swollen almost shut so we are off to the doctor. I told him it was too bad this didn't happen next week, we could just gloves on him and he could have gone out trick or treating as a boxer.

It is raining here.


John Bumbledore - Oct 24, 2007 7:37 am (#98 of 2988)

Drought and Water Conservation
That was a great post, John DD, about saving water. — Orion

The governor of our fair state is asking everyone to cutback on water use (by half, now). — She (of the green yard avatar, Is that why you are embarrassed by your member portrait? )

John, I'm taking notes. We already save water with our lawn. The irrigation is broken. — Journeymom

Drat, I was hoping someone here could offer other suggestions. I didn't expect to be taken as a "model" water conservationist.
The irony (if I have used the right word) is our back yard is getting tall and dark green since we drained our pool to find the leak (still not located or patched)
And we fear a fine for watering because of the appearance of our back yard. The quandary is the water was green and had to go because the leak meant we couldn't keep it properly treated and filtered, but we need at least two feet of water in the pool to maintain structural strength or something (according to the assembly instructions/manual) or the side might fall in.

Sheila, I'm not sure which uses more water -- the dishwasher sales people say that dishwashers use less. — Madam Pince

Remember Bob Vila? He has a website on it I found this, "Remember that dishwashers use less water than washing dishes by hand, about 6 gallons less per load; dishwashers also use hotter water than you would use if you were washing the dishes by hand, so they can do a better job of killing germs."

We scrape but don't rinse before loading the dishwasher. You only need remove the solids that would otherwise clog the drain. Right? I know the detergent is slightly corrosive and the water is hotter than human hands can withstand. With six in the family, we have a full load every day, usually. Our dishwasher manual said it was about ten gallons or less (I think) for a full1 load versus about ten or more gallons (each time) if you were hand washing (after each meal) and then rinse using running water (and really, who wants to use a basin or sink of standing "rinse" water... where the soap (and anything else) just "hangs around" in the water. Just my two Knuts (oh should I have used JM2K ?)

We do hand wash the pot and pans (and other big items) as they don't fit in the dish washer or would get rusty from it.

Carved pumpkins

Could someone please explain what a puking pumpkin is? — Caius Iulius

Sound like the work of a puking pasty from Weasley Wizard Wheezes. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042
An empty wrapper with such a label would be the perfect touch only an HP fan could give.

This lady and her husband have also each explained to me on different occasions that the government is microchipping people to keep track of them. — Holly T.

I remember that as a "sign" of the end-times popular in Seventies Christian culture, a very formative time of my youth. It was predicted then that we would be using plastic cards instead of cash and all our purchases would (not just could) be tracked. So I cringed when "CSI Miami" featured the RFID credit card chips under the skin of club going young ladies in one episode. It was the latest fad.

Keeping religion aside, the RFID chips in use now (such as in the "touch-pass" or similar) in credit cards and such have absolutely no security restrictions. Someone, can get a card scanner for a few thousand dollars and only need to pass within a few inches of a card to read all the needed credit data from the card. (Sources: Articles from eWeek, a computer and information technology weekly and other similar trade journals.)

It would be simple enough to put a memory chip in the card that could record merchant and retail location and transaction codes on the card. Then the customer could take there card to their home PC and load this into a money of finance software to update their own checkbook software and be able to immediately see and verify any transactions. Online banking already provides download formats for Quicken and MS Money; such a reciprocal data capture on the card would empower the consumer to protect themselves from fraud.

Well, that's just my rambling thoughts. I'm not an electrical engineer or chip designer. Battery and chip size requirements could be too costly or otherwise impractical to implement. Still, I won't knowingly use or accept RFID in my credit cards. I'm not to the point of boycotting a store for using RFID in inventory tracking so long as it doesn't remain in the product once I have purchased it.

Pumpkins and Scouts

We have a family camp out this weekend with my son's Cub Scout pack. We have be told to bring pumpkins to carve. Good thing there is a bath house in the campground and our pack campsite is both near the parking area and near the bath house. (Bath house in this instance means both loo and showers inside a building.) Still it is at a campground so who knows what "fungus" might be growing on the floor/walls/surfaces. Not to mention the bugs and spiders that indicate it doesn't often received a "thorough" cleaning.

Carving pumpkins is messy and I prefer to use power tools or at least a hand saw (keyhole or jigsaw blade) instead of a clumsy knife blade.


My team had their first win of the season. We have had two games end in a tie, but have only scored points in the last half of the season. This was big for them. One large boy (these are co-ed teams) on the other team did knock down two of our players during the game. The first was a clear pushing incident with using crossed forearms like a (American) football block! It was our keeper and he was injured, wind knocked out of him and sore ribs from the contact. Later it there was an incidental contact (no pushing) but it knocked down my son (who is slight of build) right in front of the team benches. My son popped right up and didn't appear to be hurt then or later. I'm glad all parents were calm and restrained. It's tuff being a coach.

Well I'd better end now. I think I've already made this post too long.

Edited for some word/phrase changes.

Happy RotD/M/A/E/N (that would be: day, morning, afternoon, evening, night as is fitting your location on the globe Tee Hee we could anagram that to RotMAiDEN or not. )

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


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Puck - Oct 24, 2007 8:12 am (#101 of 2988)

Healing charms to Devin's eye!

John, pick up a pumpkin carving kit at Target. Those tiny saw blades are perfect, and a proper size to hand Cub Scouts. (As opposed to power tools or larger hand saws.)

I haven't seen anything about the credit card implants, but Mythbusters did an episode featuring implants that contain medical information.


Holly T. - Oct 24, 2007 8:36 am (#102 of 2988)

Healing charms to Devin's eye! Best warm compress for an eye infection--microwave a new potato until it's warm. Wrap it in a wet cloth. Put on eye. I learned that from my eye doctor the same time I learned it is possible to have a strep infecton in the soft tissue around your eye.

Waving to Orion's niece!

I know they put microchips in pets and that some people have them put in their kids but I really am not sure what these people I know were talking about. They're like that about a lot of things. They probably think I have some wacko ideas too.

Drama night last night at our house. Daughter lost the folder with her band music and blamed me for misplacing it (I was not helping by pointing out that I didn't know what it looked like and asking her logical questions like when did she last have it, etc., which of course indicated to daughter that I was not concerned about the whole situation). Meanwhile, son was at drum lessons and I was late to pick him up so while daughter was crying I called and asked if he could wait in the lobby for a while and I would be there to pick him up as soon as I could. Got daughter calmed down enough to change clothes. She's outgrown her black shoes so she took mine, literally off my feet, another example of my failings as a mom, in that I was wearing the shoes she needed to wear to band. Took her up to school and dropped her off for the football game. Whereupon the 8th-graders who are band officers who she knows from student council and from her section took her under their wings and got her a new folder and new copies of the music and said she could pay for them tomorrow (even though I had given her money--they thought it was her dinner money). So she cheered up, then came home and son threw a pencil at her. She didn't react, thank goodness, because I quickly explained that the whole time she'd been up at the football game, band, etc. that he'd been doing three pages of spelling homework and three pages of science homework and was not happy. Meanwhile dh was at a school district meeting for parents of students with dyslexia and came home with all sort of new info for us to discuss at the 504 meeting about busywork. Whew.

I was exhausted by bedtime. I think my priority today should be to order some new black shoes and give my daughter my old ones.

Ok, and I need someone who is better at math to figure this out for me. Daughter had $5 last night to buy dinner at the football game. I gave her $17, all that I had in my wallet, to pay for a new folder and music because she had no idea how much they were. So she had $22 total, and presumably spent the $5 for dinner. New setup is $5. So last night after the game when she told me all of this she said she was keeping the $5 to pay for the materials today and gave the rest back to me. This morning she said she hadn't kept the money and needed another $5. I only have $1 in my wallet. Is my daughter misplacing money, getting confused, or adding to her DS fund?


journeymom - Oct 24, 2007 9:00 am (#103 of 2988)

You gave her $22

Dinner = $5

Band materials = $5

New setup is $5 Is the 'set up' different from the band materials, above?

She should have had either $7 or $12 left over, depending on whether the 'setup' is different from the band materials.

She ... gave the rest back to me. How much did she give back to you?

Plus, somehow $1 ended up in your wallet, after you gave her $17 which was all that you had in your wallet.

Whew! My head hurts. I should probably go walk the dog.


Holly T. - Oct 24, 2007 9:13 am (#104 of 2988)

Journeymom--new setup is the stuff for band. She should have given me back $17 last night, but all I had in my purse was $6 (before I gave her $5). It's either still in the pocket of the pants she wore last night or on the floor of my car if she tried to stick the money in the side pocket of my purse. Or she kept it. Or is taking advantage of my poor math skills. I'm confused. Dh says she swindled me.


painting sheila - Oct 24, 2007 9:42 am (#105 of 2988)

Holly T - Get used to it. Both of my older children are great at creative finances!

John - ACKK!! This is why I am dying to change my avatar!! The house in my avatar is a house I looked at to buy - but it was out of my price range - we do not own it! It was perfect for our family with a nice big green yard with a sprinkler system and a wooded natural green way in the back. (sigh) They took it off the market soon after we looked. All the other houses I have looked at since then have been judged against my "perfect" house.


John Bumbledore - Oct 24, 2007 10:03 am (#106 of 2988)

Math I like, but I hate word problems. More often than not they exercise logic and I have often found the one who wrote the question didn't exercise theirs long enough and what you get is all bent out of shape.

But that has nothing to do with Holly T's daughter and how she "swindled" her mom out of five dollars. (BTW is Dh for Deathly Hallows or Dear Husband? I would agree with him on this unless the money was misplaced). Edited to clarify my meaning.

Get the shoes for yourself and have your daughter pay for them. As a lesson in taking care of money and items that cost money (the band setup—a.k.a. music and folder).

Oh, and get some chocolate too.

Puck, I believe we have just such a carving kit or at least some surviving pieces. (Kathy, When I use your member name, I still think first that you are a fan of hockey before thinking of the mischievous nature spirit such as that written of by Bill-the-Bard. )

She, I did remember that. I still had to say it.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Herm oh ninny - Oct 24, 2007 10:15 am (#107 of 2988)

Hi all! It has been raining non-stop since last night. Is there any kind of weird rain dance that we can do to send it over to people who really need it?

For the past 2 weeks my dog (a 17yr old chihuahua) has been trying to eat rocks!! Is this normal? Is it a phase? He keeps trying to bring them back into the house w/ him and bury them in his bed!

I am going to a tricky tray tonight. I never win anything but I'm still looking forward to it. Maybe tonight will be my lucky night!


azi - Oct 24, 2007 10:16 am (#108 of 2988)

Chatty chatty!

Cute niece, Orion! I hope you are gearing up to make her a Harry Potter fan!

The maths thing confused me, but I figure you should have some money left over, Holly!

My cousins are terrible for taking my uncle's money without asking. One day my uncle had withdrawn over £100 (c. $200) to pay my brother for some work, only to find his kids had been in his wallet and taken it all! They also have a tendency to take his card without asking and use it for buying things on the Internet. I was brought up to never take other people's money. I would never dream of rooting around my mother's handbag, let alone going in her purse! I don't even like doing so when she asks me. Guess I'm just weird like that.

I have yet to do anything really productive with my day. I do find I'm at my most productive in late afternoon/early evening though, so maybe I'll manage something before Ugly Betty.

Lovely days to all!


painting sheila - Oct 24, 2007 10:24 am (#109 of 2988)

Dang you John! I got all embarrassed again for nothing!Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

Herm oh ninny - How cute! Maybe it's some sort of nesting phase or something - but he's a guy so maybe not. I remember when the kids were younger the doctor's would ask if they ate anything unusual like rocks or dirt. I think it is indicative of a mineral deficiency

When I was a little girl I would take potato chips and dip them in dirt and eat them just to watch my sister turn inside out with disgust. MMMWWWWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I think it was meanness popping out on me that caused that particular behavior - not a mineral deficiency.

Azi - Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org That is jaw dropping! Please tell me you are kidding me! My husband doesn't even get money out of my wallet nor do I get it out of his! Holy Cow! I shudder to think what my dad would have said or done if I had pulled a trick like that. Jeez!! I am so glad to hear you are not cut from the same cloth.

Speaking of cloth. I blew it. Littlest Guy wanted to be Optimus Prime for Halloween and I can't find a costume any where. It look like I am going to have to make one after all. (sigh)


Holly T. - Oct 24, 2007 10:31 am (#110 of 2988)

We spent the past few years in a drought only to more than make up for it this year. More rain in July alone than in all of last year. More rain this year than in the past three years combined. Meaning, all of the drought-resistant plants in everyone's yard are now drowning and rotting from too much water.

Herm oh ninny--what is a tricky tray?

We are trying to schedule son's 504 conference. We have learned that there are no official accommodations for writing on the 4th grade standardized test, which they take in the spring. They have to write an essay. Son's handwriting and spelling impede one’s ability to comprehend what he has written, and the scorers mark down for that (I used to score these and other essay tests). His reading teacher is looking into it, and the classroom teacher, who apparently has yet to understand that son is dyslexic, says he just needs to practice more. I am really fed up with his classroom teacher, who also doesn't realize that he is a GT student since his spelling and writing are so bad. On his science homework last night this is how he spelled "weather," in spite of the fact that "weather" was written on the worksheet several times: wtheh. Unless you know what he's talking about you can't figure out what he's written. Even then you sometimes have to just guess. At least he puts spaces between words now.

Perhaps the next time my daughter wants me to buy her something I can mention that I don't have any money since she took it all. I paid her library fine the other day too and she never paid me back.

I do need some chocolate. Good idea, John!

Only thing is--I only have $1! Everything in the vending machine costs more than that. Talk about swindling people ...

Editing: Must have Azi give lessons to my daughter.


azi - Oct 24, 2007 10:53 am (#111 of 2988)

Alas, Shelia, they actually gain that habit from their mother! She is not good at managing money.

**blushes at Holly's comment** I like your idea. Is there an allowance you could take the money out of? Maybe if she has a lesser allowance to allow for you to be paid back she will learn a lesson? Good luck with your son's conference! I find it odd that the teacher hasn't noticed that something is wrong.


Puck - Oct 24, 2007 10:56 am (#112 of 2988)

Technically Hermione didn't go into your purse- you handed it to her. No doubt she has her own shoe fund.

John, I remember that conversation about whether or not I like hockey.

Holly, is dyslexia different from a tracking problem? It is suspected one of Son's friends has this problem. He never gets the same homework as the other students and doesn't take spelling tests.

Hmm, time to take meds. Not on an empty stomach, so a cookie or two with some tea may be called for.



Accio Sirius - Oct 24, 2007 11:06 am (#113 of 2988)

It's raining now, but I hope it stops long enough Saturday for our chili cook off. Forum members in the DC area (or anyone willing to travel) are most welcome. You can look us up under delraychilicookoff. I would send the rain to my brother in California. He and his family are okay for now, but have a bag packed just in case. Besides his wife and daughter, all he plans to take is his guitar and his corvette! For me, it would be people, pets and photo albums. Anyway, my thoughts are with everyone in California.

We've had a couple of crazy days. We did get Bella on Sunday. Thanks for all of the well wishes. They didn't even do a home inspection because the meet and greet went so well, but we were kind of stunned that it all happened so fast. Suddenly, we had a dog after only having cats. Our kitty was not/is not happy, but he is curious. No blood shed so far. Bella is most non-invasive kind of dog you can have. Of course, second day, I let her chase some squirrels and she temporarily dislocated her knee cap. It was like watching Barbaro all over again. She suddenly started limping and whining. It was awful, but we had an appointment at the vet anyway, and by then she seemed fine. Apparently it can happen with the breed. Still, my heart just about stopped. She's really fun. She gets excited and will jump in your arms! Little Ms. Sirius is just over the moon. It's nice to be able to make your kids that happy.

Happy over the hump day to everyone.


Herm oh ninny - Oct 24, 2007 11:44 am (#114 of 2988)

Holly T- a tricky tray is a fund raiser usually held by schools or churches. Basically outside sources donate all kinds of things (gift certificates, toys, kitchen supplies, anything goes) and they are made up into baskets. Then everyone buys a ticket to the event (the one I'm going to is at a reception hall w/ dinner included) and they buy raffle tickets. Then they go around looking at all the different baskets and put their tickets into the ones they like. At the end of the night they pull a ticket out of the bag for each basket and the winner gets it. As I said, I have horrible luck and never win anything. LOL!


Lilly P - Oct 24, 2007 2:54 pm (#115 of 2988)

Hey all! Just checking in after a long hiatus. Just busy busy life getting in the way, but hopefully I'll have some more free time soon. We are putting in a bid on a new house and it will be wonderful if we can get it. We are home today because Annemarie has an infection in the bones of her foot! I didn't know such a thing was possible! But after many x rays and blood tests, she is on antibiotics and doing much better! Hope this all finds you well!



Denise P. - Oct 24, 2007 5:20 pm (#116 of 2988)

It looks like Devin got bitten by a spider or bug and is having an allergic reaction to it. We have some cream to put in his eye a few times a day and if it is not significantly better by Friday, back we go.

I just realized that Thanksgiving is coming up fast. I need to come up with what we are going to have. I also have to come up with a decorated cake idea that Iain can do to enter into the pack bake off. I am thinking a pirate chest cake is something right up his alley. It is in November so I can't really do a Halloween theme. I will be searching google this evening for inspiration.

Yay! I just saw a commercial for The Amazing Race!


Betty Boop - Oct 24, 2007 5:52 pm (#117 of 2988)

Hi Everyone!!

Healing charms to anyone that need them.

I had a nice visit in Cleveland, Ohio. I have been busy with doctor appointments. I have one more appointment, and hopefully will come out ok so I will be clear for the year.

Hugs always



Puck - Oct 24, 2007 7:00 pm (#118 of 2988)

Healing charms to Annemarie and a few more to Devin as well. I remember waking up once with my eye like that do to being bit by something during the night. As I recall it healed quickly.

Went to the party at Mr. Puck's office this evening. In past years people decorated various conference rooms/cubicles, and the kids did trick-or-treating and then went to the cafeteria for games, crafts and sweets. This year they had just a few costumed people handing out candy, a "haunted house" room (which my kids would not enter) and some coloring in the cafeteria with a small snack. There was a magic show, which was cool. Still, I prefer the old way. You had more time to walk around and socialize.

I have opted to stop taking the meds the dentist prescribed. I'll call in the morning and ask if regular ibuprophen is okay, not this heavy duty stuff. I have a GS meeting to organize for Friday, as well as 2 parties at my house this weekend (having separate Halloween parties for the kids). I'm way too far behind because of feeling sick from the meds. I have cookies to bake and a house to clean. Can't play supermom with a queasy stomach!

Off to bed a bit early. Need my sleep to power through tomorrow to make up for all I haven't done the last 2 days.



Viola Intonada - Oct 24, 2007 7:10 pm (#119 of 2988)

John, I asked Hubby about RFID chips (he is an electrical engineer) he said that you are right, the memory chip is cost prohibitive right now. Eventually credit card companies may have no choice but to include a memory chip for security purposes. Also, congrats on your soccer team! How long is your season? Hubby coaches two soccer teams. One team's season ended on Sunday, the other ends this Sunday.

I have to thank the forum for introducing me to Girl Scout Swaps. My troop will have to be making them for Thinking Day this year.

Ow to Devin. I hope his eye gets better soon.

Betty, glad you had a pleasant trip to Cleveland. Our leaves are finally turning colors!

I'm still suffering from jet lag. Hubby had a conference in Japan last week and I got to go with him. I bought PS/SS in japanese for a souvenir, though I have no hope of ever reading it. I have to wonder if I am allergic to something in my house. I feel great whenever I am traveling, but can barely drag myself off the couch when I'm at home.

Herm oh ninny, we have those. We call them Chinese Auctions.


Holly T. - Oct 24, 2007 8:22 pm (#120 of 2988)

Quick update--daughter paid $6 for her dinner last night and the band stuff was $10, not $5, and she paid them $5 last night and $5 today. So I only have $5 unaccounted for instead of $11. I think. This is why dh does the checkbook.

Welcome back Viola!

Healing charms to Devin and Annemarie!

Herm oh ninny we have those too but we usually just call them something like a basket auction or something. There is one at the school carnival that I'm not going to next weekend--because we're super busy, not because I'm boycotting the carnival or anything.


Solitaire - Oct 24, 2007 11:19 pm (#121 of 2988)

Puck, both of my credit card companies have called me before when I've charged something unusually expensive. In 2005 I charged my washer/dryer, and in 2006 I charged my MacBook. I had calls from both card companies just to make sure that I had indeed authorized the charges, since I usually charge things like gasoline and dinner! I'm always relieved, on the one hand, that they are paying attention ... and a little startled, on the other hand, at how closely they must monitor my spending patterns!

Holly, too funny about the idea that "they" are micro-chipping everyone! I seriously doubt that anyone has yet been micro-chipped--and it sounds totally creepy, to me--but the technology is in place to do exactly that. I have seen a couple of National Geographic-type documentaries on it, and the technology is already being used to keep track of animals. One of my colleagues works in the Navy and does intelligence work for the government during summers and several weeks out of the year. She assures me that this technology is very real. I can only say that I do not plan to be "chipped."

Madam Pince ... that is a little weird about the UPS guy rattling the doorknob. I find that disconcerting.

The Village ... I just read the Wikipedia "Cliff Notes" on the plot, and certain elements sound quite a bit like two Lois Lowry novels, Gathering Blue and Messenger. Hm ... and here I always thought The Village was related in some way to that cinematic masterpiece, Children of the Corn. I have no idea why I thought that. Go figure ...

Holly, you need to watch the old movie Life With Father, which stars William Powell and Irene Dunne. I think your daughter has been watching Irene and is using some of her financial strategies. Unlike The Village, it is quite charming! Regarding the writing test for your son ... can he dictate his essay and have someone transcribe it? What about using an Alphasmart or computer?

Healing charms to Annemarie and Devin. Both are in my prayers. I've been there with the eyes ... completely unable to open both eyes, due to an allergic reaction. It took about a week before I could even see well enough to drive. Poor kid!

Well, I can hardly hold my eyes open. Sweet dreams, everyone!



Tazzygirl - Oct 24, 2007 11:30 pm (#122 of 2988)

Denise- when does The Amazing Race start?? I didn't see any previews tonight.

**healing charms** to Annemarie and Devin!


EDIT: Nevermind, Denise! Looked it up, scheduled to be premiering November 4th! w00t!!!


Catherine - Oct 25, 2007 3:44 am (#123 of 2988)

The Village ... I just read the Wikipedia "Cliff Notes" on the plot, and certain elements sound quite a bit like two Lois Lowry novels, Gathering Blue and Messenger. Hm ... and here I always thought The Village was related in some way to that cinematic masterpiece, Children of the Corn. I have no idea why I thought that. Go figure ...—Solitaire

My students agree--they are the ones who brought up the connection to me last year when we read The Giver in class and some of them read the sequels on their own. I taught them to call M Night Shyamalan "Shamalamadingdong." They were amused by this.


Good Evans - Oct 25, 2007 4:31 am (#124 of 2988)

Just popped in to say hello.... can't believe that you are still talking about "the Village" - is it one of those topics that just can't stay away for very long ?????? I have never seen it and judging by the comments on here - I never shall bother!!!

Anyway happy days to all, charms who need them and rain to those who really need it - it is drizzly here today, cold and almost November-ish!

ah well - keep smiling - it gives your face something to do..

Julie x


painting sheila - Oct 25, 2007 5:06 am (#125 of 2988)

HI everyone! and good morning.

Oldest kids have mid terms today and tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for them.

Oldest Son asked me to help him study for his French mid term. I do not speak french and butchered every word! I am not sure if I was of help or not. I think I was more of a comic relief type help.

Off to get Littlest Guy up and ready for school.



Denise P. - Oct 25, 2007 5:13 am (#126 of 2988)

Nope, The Village is one of those topics that just keeps coming around.

Just for giggles - soda or pop? Do you put the TP roll so it goes over or under? garland or tinsel? colored lights or white on a christmas tree?

Devin still looks like he lost a prizewinning bout of boxing but since he is not contagious and there is no reason to stay home, he is off to school today.


Puck - Oct 25, 2007 5:37 am (#127 of 2988)

Brainiac charms to Sheila's kids!

Oops! I meant to have Hubby fix Son's glasses. They lost a screw and the lens popped out. I was going to drop them at the school once they were fixed, but as hubby has left for work and I don't know where the tiny screwdriver is -and no hope of finding it in the messy workshop- he'll have to wait until tomorrow for his glasses. (He's not going to bump into walls or anything. Just may have a bit of a headache from reading without them.)

I feel much better! I called and the dentist said taking regular motrin is fine. Good, because I already skipped the meds last night. (Which is why I feel so good this morning.)

Soda (though I grew up calling it "tonic"), TP goes over, prefer tinsel and white lights but always have garland and colored, as that's what Mr. Puck had as a kid and he's sentimental about that kind of thing. (I had garland and colored lights, too, but would be willing to try something new.)

Wonder what story Devin is going to use to explain his eye to his friends? There was this massive spider, and it was about to bite my sister, so I....


John Bumbledore - Oct 25, 2007 6:01 am (#128 of 2988)
Edited Oct 25, 2007 6:37 am

Wonder what story Devin is going to use to explain his eye to his friends? There was this massive spider... — Puck

Devin, you scared Aragog! You should know better, he's just a baby! — Hagrid


Healing charms to Devin and all who need them.

Edit to add (thanks to Eponine): Yay! We got rain, we have rain, and expect more rain.. but the news says the expected total of three inches (7.8 cm) just isn't enought to break the drought. But it is so nice to get wet... Isn't it just glorious to feel water drip from the skies!
**Just singing in the rain!**

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Eponine - Oct 25, 2007 6:20 am (#129 of 2988)

I've never seen The Village (and I don't intend to), but I do remember reading that M. Night Shamamamamamalan was accused of stealing some of the ideas from a YA/children's novel called Running out of Time.

Sheila, I know you guys had to get some rain yesterday! Last night, we were getting ready to close up the library, and at 5 minutes til, it wasn't raining at all. Then, when we went to walk out to the parking lot, it had started pouring. I'm glad it's been raining, but couldn't it have waited two minutes?


Loopy Lupin - Oct 25, 2007 7:51 am (#130 of 2988)

I taught them to call M Night Shyamalan "Shamalamadingdong." They were amused by this. – Catherine

Is that all you taught them to call him? That was very gracious of you.


painting sheila - Oct 25, 2007 7:52 am (#131 of 2988)

Eponine and John - :cheer:  Yes!! We got some. The creek behind my house is flowing again and sounds so pretty!! Woohoo!!It feels so nice outside!

Littlest Guy's kindergarten teacher said the kids were very active yesterday. Every time it thundered the kids would jump and squeal. She said it's like they have ever seen rain before. . . . .well, They haven't in a LOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG time!

Went to the gym again today. Yeah me. I am too tired to put an exclamation point after that last sentence.

I am meeting a friend for lunch today at Jason's Deli. They have the best Irish Potato Soup. (there goes the work out)

Not soda or pop - but "Coke". Growing up everything was coke. "I am going into the kitchen to get a coke. You want some?" "Yeah sure." "What kind" "Sprite" "Okay"

TP - Under! It looks neater!

Garland – (The cats eat tinsel and throw up tinsel balls on top of the presents.)

White lights inside.

Colored lights outside.

Do you iron your t-shirts? How do you fold your towels - quarters or thirds?


Holly T. - Oct 25, 2007 7:56 am (#132 of 2988)

Puck, I read in one of the Disney guidebooks that a pressed penny is the right size for fixing an eyeglass screw, so if you have any pressed pennies around you could give it a try.

We keep forgetting to give son his antibiotics. He's been on them all month, you think we'd be in the habit by now.

I've never seen The Village but I did read Running out of Time based on the discussion here.

Solitaire, so far the answer we have received about dictating is that he could dictate but would have to spell out every word as he dictates, which would be a complete disaster. We're supposed to have a 504 meeting soon to discuss such things. If he could even use a speller during the writing test that would help. And, of course, it would help if his teacher had half a clue ...

Eponine, it always seems to be pouring down rain right when I get to work, leaving me with damp shoes for the rest of the day. At least you got some rain!


PeskyPixie - Oct 25, 2007 8:07 am (#133 of 2988)

If you like The Village you'll absolutely adore Lady in the Water!

I think the problem with Shyamalan rests not so much with him but with the audience. After The Sixth Sense we wanted fast-paced spooky movies. His aims have been different and alas(!) not a happy relationship at all!


John Bumbledore - Oct 25, 2007 8:18 am (#134 of 2988)

Holly T., I am curious because of what I have read or heard here or elsewhere. Has your son ever tried the Rubik's cube? This might be a mis-remembered idea, but I was under the impression that people with dyslexia or dysgraphia high higher ability in three dimensional visualization.

Carbonated beverage: Pop; TP is over (that way designs appear right side up) unless that cat can get to it, then it must be under so as not to be found fully unrolled!; Garland and Tinsel (but I call them ice sickles) on the tree with colored lights; white lights outside (though, my wife prefers colored lights outside), we don't iron T-shirts, and towels are folded in thirds (well it would be 12th really) on the shelf then hung in thirds on the towel rods (or more often crumpled on the floor — we have four children, you know).

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Steve Newton - Oct 25, 2007 8:44 am (#135 of 2988)

Betty Boop used the words 'nice trip' and Cleveland in the same sentence. Who knew?


kabloink! - Oct 25, 2007 9:07 am (#136 of 2988)
Edited Oct 25, 2007 10:02 am

Hmm was always Pop, though lately I've been using the two interchangeably. TP under. Garland (I like the appearance of tinsel, but it is way too messy-hubby prefers tinsel), and colored lights. Christmas should be colorful! I don't iron T-shirts unless they are really bad and I am going out and want to look nice. Towels are in thirds for bath towels, quarters for dish/hand towels. Coffee or tea-both, except while pregnant, then they both give me heartburn. In which case-hot chocolate!

Edited to answer the latest of the questions.


PeskyPixie - Oct 25, 2007 9:30 am (#137 of 2988)

Pop. Garland. Coloured lights. What's TP?


Denise P. - Oct 25, 2007 9:35 am (#138 of 2988)

TP= toilet paper, bathroom tissue...

I got in my Fantasy swaps today from a group I belong to. I had to laugh when I got to a piece of thin dowel rod painted brown with gold sparkles loose in the bag. "Holly and phoenix feather, 11 inches, nice and supple" Another Harry Potter fan! It will be interesting to get our fall and Halloween swaps (I did fall, Millicent did Halloween) I just signed up for Thinking Day, I am going to do Saudi Arabia. I plan to make a little Saudi girl out of femo clay holding a book that had info about Saudi Arabia (flag, map, money..that kind of thing) Since Mr. Denise is an arabic linguist, I am going to enlist his aid in writing some simple words, like girl, apple etc in arabic and then in english. I have until February, the hardest thing will be the girl.


John Bumbledore - Oct 25, 2007 9:51 am (#139 of 2988)

We could add Coffee or Tea?

I drink both. Coffee from home (as we make and prefer it weak by all standards) but mostly it is tea (esp. while I am at work).

Denise answered what is TP before I had the chance.. I would also add Loo Paper or what ever it may be called across the waters.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Tazzygirl - Oct 25, 2007 9:55 am (#140 of 2988)

Just because I couldn't resist-

I grew up calling it 'soda pop'. I don't pay attention to how the TP goes on the roll- so either way. Garlands. And we use both colored lights and white lights on the Christmas tree, but use white lights on the outside of the house. EDIT to add: I am a picky tea drinker. No coffee whatsoever!

Off to get ready for school. Today is an interesting day- no class until 11 am, but have to be there within the next hour to get parking. Math class is from 11-1:30, and then we are all driving to the Honolulu Acadamy of Arts for our Art class.



PeskyPixie - Oct 25, 2007 10:10 am (#141 of 2988)

Thanks guys.

Pop. TP under (rest of family prefers it over and drives me crazy as I'm marginally obsessive-compulsive). Garlands. Coloured lights. Water.


Puck - Oct 25, 2007 10:15 am (#142 of 2988)

Are "ice sickles" different from "icicles"?

I don't iron T-shirts, or much of anything else. (Except fabric when I sew.) Towels are in thirds unless the kids help, in which case I happily put them in the closet in any state they are given to me. Tea at home, coffee out, always decaf for either. Oh, I forgot. Hubby has taken to wrapping white lights around the inside of the tree, and then putting the colored lights on the branches. It's a pretty effect.

Lovely sounding SWAPs, Denise.

My assistant leader finally called me back. I was getting worried, because I thought she said she was bringing a project for tomorrow, and I would bring the game (pumpkin bowling -water bottle pins and a pumpkin for the ball). I hadn't spoken to her in over a week and wanted to confirm that she was brining a craft. She is. Whew!

Time to clean like mad! I have dance today, Scouts tomorrow, and a people coming tomorrow night to carve pumpkins! Must tidy now so I can bake tonight!

Way to go Sheila on your continued trips to the gym.



journeymom - Oct 25, 2007 10:17 am (#143 of 2988)

We have learned that there are no official accommodations for writing on the 4th grade standardized test, which they take in the spring. They have to write an essay. Son's handwriting and spelling impede your ability to comprehend what he has written, and the scorers mark down for that (I used to score these and other essay tests).

Holly, does the 4th grade standardized test have any bearing on his final class grade? Or does it simply go toward his school's report card, or the district's report card or the state's report card or whomever? If they want his score on this test to reflect well on their academic performance index, then they need to accommodate his needs. He'll do as well as he's able, period. I hope you don't stress about their test, and I hope he doesn't, either.

Healing charms to Annemarie!

A curse upon which ever beastie bit Devin.

Credit cards- We live in California. Mr Journeymom had a business trip to NYC recently and bought himself a leather jacket. Before the day ended AmEx was on the phone asking if he knew his card was in NYC. He assured them, yes, he and his card were both in NYC, and he'd made a large purchase.

Soda. TP, over. I worked for Merry Maids and that's what they insisted on. I don't bother with garland or tinsel. Clear lights both inside and out. Iron t-shirts?? Towels folded in quarters. Tea and coffee, thankyouverymuch.

Milk chocolate or dark? (I'll take dark, thank you. After all, it's good for you. )

If I had broccoli in my teeth would you tell me?


Thom Matheson - Oct 25, 2007 10:28 am (#144 of 2988)

Gone for a month and we have digressed to TP preferences. My kind of folks. TP over, equally compulsive. Family doesn't care, and in fact would just as soon leave it off the roller altogether. Pop is all pop. Soda is club soda only. White lights and no garland or ice cicles. All ornaments are hand made. Very traditional stuff.


John Bumbledore - Oct 25, 2007 10:35 am (#145 of 2988)

Are "ice sickles" different from "icicles?" — Puck

I knew icesicles wasn't right and spell check and thesaurus in MS word didn't help me one bit, did it? I have always called tinsel, icicles. That is indeed what I meant to write.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


azi - Oct 25, 2007 11:20 am (#146 of 2988)

Oooo, interesting topics. Loo roll over, although in my current house it's sideways! I don't like it like that at all. Hmm, generally fizzy pop/drinks, tinsel, coloured lights if wanting prettiness, white if you want to look stylish, milk chocolate (I saw a 5kg bar of Cadbury's today ), oh and towels folded into quarters. I've never got the hang of thirds.

I wish there was a way to ban my account being used on certain Internet sites, such as gambling sites. I think if I could tick an option to say it could never be used on such a site, I would feel better. As it stands, I check off every single purchase I make with my card to make sure nothing's gone unexpectedly. Here, the money tends to leave your account and the bank don't question it - it seems to be up to you to query something.

I'm ill with a cold and feel rubbish. Bleh! Time for a lemon drink methinks.


PeskyPixie - Oct 25, 2007 11:28 am (#147 of 2988)

Pop. TP under (rest of family prefers it over and drives me crazy as I'm marginally obsessive-compulsive). Garlands. Coloured lights. Water.

ETA: White chocolate (although it's technically not chocolate!). Towels in thirds.

I haven't missed anything else, have I?

Squirrely squirrel has calmed down a bit today, but that may have to do with the fact that today it is closer to typical Canadian Fall weather (it's 5 degrees Celsius today) than we've been having recently.


kabloink! - Oct 25, 2007 11:35 am (#148 of 2988)

Thom! Good to see you-I was just thinking about you last night, actually. I think you're my only fellow east-Michigander around, so I was thinking that you hadn't been around in a bit.

Milk chocolate, only some brands of dark (Trader Joe's is fabulous!), love White!


painting sheila - Oct 25, 2007 12:23 pm (#149 of 2988)

No coffee or tea - but I do drink Diet Pepsi!! or water.

Yes!! journeymom - If you had broccoli in your teeth I would tell you - in a gentle way. I would also fix your tag hanging out the back of your clothes and tell you if your pants were unzipped.

Funny story - We were in Panera Bread the other day having a quick dinner when this guy walks past. He had been sitting at the table across from ours and had gotten up to go to the bathroom. As he walks back by our table we notice he has toilet paper sticking out of the waist band of his pants. (At least 5 or 6 squares!) His wife was at the table with him so we figured she would tell him about his little situation. Well, they get up, clean off the table, gather their belongings and she still doesn't tell him!! I am feeling terrible for him and almost climb over the other 2 couples to get to him and tell him!! His wife finally tells him when they are out side. The man contorts his body, sees the toilet paper, laughs about it and starts to walk off - only then!! does he pull it out and throw it on the ground! EW!! All compassion flew out the window at that point. He threw it on the ground!!! Yuck!!

I am off to finish making an Optimus Prime costume. I am making the wheels out of shin guards and 4 sink drainer/plugs. I hope to share a picture when we get it all done.



Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2007 1:01 pm (#150 of 2988)

...cats eat tinsel and throw up tinsel balls on top of the presents.

Ahhhhh... it's the little things about holiday memories that make you all warm and fuzzy inside, isn't it? I always chose to think of it as the cat decorating his litter box.

How do you fold your towels - quarters or thirds? Fold towels? What is this of which you speak? Actually I fold them however they will go the smallest so that I can cram them onto the closet shelves.

I'm like Sheila -- it's "Coke" no matter what it is, not soda or pop. Soda is half of the word for club soda or else it's what you put in your bread when baking, and Pop is Mr. Pince's dad. TP goes over the top, and yes I will take it off and turn it around. I like both white and colored lights for Christmas, so we alternate. I usually prefer white outside but Mr. P prefers colored, so it depends on who does the stringing. (After last year's fiasco with the electrocuted squirrel, we may just skip the outside lights altogether from here on out.) And I am hoping that the inside tree is actually green this year instead of the "nostalgic" silver aluminum one, because that means NO lights (the color wheel simply does not count) and I think you must have lights. Sometimes tinsel, sometimes garland, depending on the tree. Ummmm... what else was there? Tea and coffee and hot chocolate; milk or dark it matters not; ummmmmm... and you put your oatmeal in the water after it reaches full boil and not before. Oh, and I would never remotely consider taking money out of my mother's purse when I was a kid (and I am still appalled that Mr. P's nephew wasn't punished when he blatantly stole some cash Mr. P left at the house for his brother); and I love Whose Line Is It Anyway?; and I agree that you have to be so careful about family-friendly TV programming after 6pm. Also animated stuff -- someone recommended The Brave Little Toaster and I showed it without previewing it first, and I was very sorry, as there are some words / actions / themes that I didn't want to see repeated around my house. Jon Lovitz is hysterical but not a good role model for a 3-year-old.

Holly, I can't believe that your son's teacher is still so clueless about his problems. You have the patience of a saint.

Sorry about Devin's eye but glad it is nothing more serious. Also, I'm sure I missed some post along the way, but how did Kaitlyn become Millicent? (It is Kaity, isn't it?)

Nathan, I think it's so funny that your students find you scary! Congratulations (I guess!) -- that must mean you're doing something right!

Surest way to guarantee rain is to take the dog to get a bath at the groomers. I should've taken her earlier and we might've saved the corn crop. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042  It's been raining off and on for two days now, so that's good news. The bad news is it's still warm enough for this to perk up the mosquito population. It's almost November, for crying out loud! I'm DONE with the mosquito thing already!

Betty, glad you had a good time on your trip and glad that your doctor feels you're doing well. Woo-hoo!

Viola, I saw on another thread where you'd gotten a HP book in Japanese and I wondered how/why -- now I see! Jaunting off on quick international trips, you jet-setter, you! Glad you had fun!

a pressed penny is the right size for fixing an eyeglass screw -Holly Now that is really handy to know! *is impressed* So now I can feel OK about the many souvenirs that Mr. and Little Pince love to collect that I grumble about being "totally useless."

Azi, now you know why you were feeling "Tonks-ish" the other day -- you were coming down with something! So sorry you're feeling rough and I hope you improve soon!

Remember the motorcycle fatality I mentioned a couple days ago? Turns out that the sister of a friend of mine was being a good citizen and taking care of her "adopted" section of highway by picking up trash that afternoon. When this cyclist drove by, she waved at him just as a normal friendly gesture, and it was right after that that he lost control and crashed. Now she feels terrible and is blaming herself because she feels like if she hadn't waved or distracted him that he wouldn't have wrecked. I feel so sorry for her -- of course she has no blame but how awful for her to feel that burden. I hope she can come to terms with it soon.

Everyone have a good RotD!
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Denise P. - Oct 25, 2007 1:09 pm (#151 of 2988)

Kaity became Millicent over the summer while at Camp Hogwarts. She had to go as a HP Character one day and wanted to be a Slytherin girl but not Pansy. She decided to go as the Slytherin who had a cat. Hermione found that out while using the polyjuice potion. Millicent Bulstrode.


The giant squid - Oct 25, 2007 1:15 pm (#152 of 2988)

I used to say "pop" and then it was all "Coke". Nowdays, with the folks working the counters being barely able to speak English in the first place, I usually ask for a "soft drink". And they still look at me blankly... It's a no-win situation.

This morning I finally got an e-mail from "She Who Has Not Read The Books" announcing that she's expecting, a mere 2 or 3 weeks after Marie announced it here. Apparently it's not that big of a deal.

Welcome back, Thom. It's good to know that we'll always be talking about something you can jump right in on, isn't it?



Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2007 1:40 pm (#153 of 2988)

So how'd you reply to "She-Who-Has-Not-Read-The-Books", Mike? Did you just say "Yeah, I know. I read it on the Internet. We've already named the kid, by the way." Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042


painting sheila - Oct 25, 2007 2:22 pm (#154 of 2988)

I can see the headlines now - "Woman, aka Madame Pince of Harry Potter Lexicon Fame, is Reason for Nation’s Failed Corn Crop"

Off to Trunk or Treat!

Have a great rest of the day peoples!


Catherine - Oct 25, 2007 2:24 pm (#155 of 2988)

Is that all you taught them to call him? That was very gracious of you. --Loopy Lupin

Indeed, Loopy, indeed.


Denise P. - Oct 25, 2007 2:25 pm (#156 of 2988)

Have fun Sheila, we do our trunk or treat next Tuesday. I still need to get candy for that and for the house on Wednesday. Gosh, I guess I better find all the costumes too. Millicent is showing her Slytherin colors, she wants to go as a Dementor.

Catherine - the epitome of graciousness


Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2007 3:34 pm (#157 of 2988)

What is trunk or treat?


Denise P. - Oct 25, 2007 3:54 pm (#158 of 2988)

It is just trick or treat around the parking lot at church, out of the trunks of the cars. Trunk or Treat Some people decorate the trunk/tailgate/back of van, some don't. We bring candy, that is enough. Some have games inside, dinner, snacks....just depends.


painting sheila - Oct 25, 2007 6:03 pm (#159 of 2988)

It was raining tonight so we did our Trunk or Treat inside the church. We decorated doors instead of the trunks of our car. Lot's of fun! Lots of candy! I guess we should call it Door or Treat? or Gauntlet of Talking Ladies or Treat

My house is a mess and I am too tired to clean it. I am going on a field trip to the Farmer's Market tomorrow with Littlest Guy's class. (sigh) I wish I could stay home in my jammies and clean.


kaykay1970 - Oct 25, 2007 6:29 pm (#160 of 2988)

Healing charms to Devin and Anne Marie!

Soda, TP-who cares?, tea, I hate coffee but I love red-eye gravy, garland and white lights.

Yay! Glad ya'll are getting some needed rain!


Solitaire - Oct 25, 2007 7:18 pm (#161 of 2988)

Holly, at our school, parents can opt out of the STAR/CAT for their kids. District administration doesn't like it, and we do not publicize the fact ... but it's true. Perhaps your family could take a little holiday that week. Actually, the writing test is only about a 70-minute thing. Could you schedule a dental appointment during that time? It would give you three more years to consider how to handle that particular hurdle (It comes up again in 7th grade). Just a thought ...

Please feel free to email me, if you want. I can ask our SPED/RSP coordinator how she handles things like this, because I know we have them crop up every year. There ARE guidelines, and our coordinator is awesome and creative ... and she may know of a few angles you can explore.

BTW, I am a coke girl ... whether it is Coke or Pepsi! It's all coke to me! LOL

Now, for all you "sutherners" ... what's the best way to cook and serve grits? There has to be a better way than the IHOP served them--plain! Just wondering ...



PeskyPixie - Oct 25, 2007 7:29 pm (#162 of 2988)

I'm Canadian (as if you didn't know ), but I still remember the first time I had grits. It was in Georgia and it was unbelievable! Grits is pretty rare up here, but we have made it a few times at home. It's good, but not the same as the diner in Georgia.

Anywho, just dropped in to let everyone know that I've just taken out my 'Dumbledore hat'. It's purple satin and covered in silver stars and half-moons ... shall decorate the house for Hallowe'en tomorrow.

Good night, all!


Eponine - Oct 25, 2007 7:37 pm (#163 of 2988)

It's all Coke to us. What kind of Coke you drink is something else entirely.

Tinsel or garland? Is this about what we call it or what we put on our tree? I use Victorian tinsel on my tree. I'm a mostly white lights girl with just a string or two of red lights.

Toilet paper goes over, and I will turn it around if I need to.

Mr. Eponine has decided we're going to the hockey game tomorrow night. I think I'd rather stay home, but he really wants to go. It should be fun, though.

I hope everyone has a great RotD!


painting sheila - Oct 25, 2007 7:42 pm (#164 of 2988)

Put http back slash back slash colon in front of this southernfood.about.com/od/gritsrecipes/Grits_Recipes_and_Information.htm and you will find some good recipes for grits - with cheese - with salt and pepper and lots of butter - a grit cake - anyway! Yumo!!

How is Devin's eye? and how is Ann Marie feeling?

I can't sleep so I am going to see how much house work I can get done.

Edit: Eponine - Go Hurricanes!


Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2007 8:12 pm (#165 of 2988)

Sheila, I was just thinking that I can't get any housework done so I'm going to see how much sleep I can get. LOL!


Caius Iulius - Oct 25, 2007 8:19 pm (#166 of 2988)


Thanks for the puking pumpkin photo. It looks great!


Puck - Oct 25, 2007 9:48 pm (#167 of 2988)

Well, cookie dough is in the fridge and popcorn balls are made. Hopefully I can find time to roll and bake cookies and do a quick tidy around before people come over tomorrow night. If I skip going to the gym I can easily fit it in, but I don't want to skip my class. So, just going to go full tilt all day and try to squeeze it all in.

Indeed, Loopy, indeed. Do you happen to be a fan of Stargate SG-1? "Indeed" is a bit of a catch phrase for one of the characters.

Dark chocolate, up to 85%.

Healing charms to Azi!

Off to sleep for a bit before I have to get up again.



Loopy Lupin - Oct 26, 2007 5:55 am (#168 of 2988)

Mike, why don't you try this phrase when ordering "Coke":

Quiero un refresco por favor, una Coca-Cola

That should do it for you!

LOL Puck. No, I don't watch Stargate, but I have, indeed, long thrown the word "indeed" around so that I sound all scholarly. Not to give away my secrets, but it is also often a precursor for some sarcasm that's about to spew forth.


The giant squid - Oct 26, 2007 6:28 am (#169 of 2988)

LOL, Loopy.

So how'd you reply to "She-Who-Has-Not-Read-The-Books", Mike?--Madame Pince

I actually haven't responded to the e-mail yet (busy busy busy). I figure if she can let me wait a couple weeks for the announcement, I can make her wait for the congratulations.



Thom Matheson - Oct 26, 2007 6:45 am (#170 of 2988)

The best way to cook Grits is not at all. I'd sooner eat tripe.


John Bumbledore - Oct 26, 2007 6:57 am (#171 of 2988)

This morning I finally got an e-mail from "She Who Has Not Read The Books" announcing that she's expecting, a mere 2 or 3 weeks after Marie announced it here. — Mike (The giant squid)
Did you just say "Yeah, I know. I read it on the Internet. We've already named the kid, by the way. — Madam Pince

I really LOL to that! I had to cover my mouth to stifle my laughter; I could hear it echoing down the halls at work.
Mike, Perhaps you could ask her if her Internet Service Provider is called Erol?

Is that all you taught them to call him? — Loopy Lupin
Indeed, Loopy, indeed. — Catherine

Should we now speak of him as the director-who-must-not-be-named?
Oh! If we make his name and his films Taboo, then the next time someone slips up and mentions one of the Taboo word we could all post dark marks or something!
Kind of like the word of the day is ...

Wow, I suddenly have the feeling I just jumped back 30 years in time to my childhood. Better move on to a new topic, quick.

I'm Canadian (as if you didn't know ). Grits is [sic] pretty rare up here. — PeskyPixie
Well we do know now! And you just introduced another question to "the list."

Is Grits singular or plural?
I like grits when they are flavored well. Plain grits are just lumpy paste, I out grew that taste in grade-school!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


PeskyPixie - Oct 26, 2007 7:34 am (#172 of 2988)

Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny: "Sure, I heard of grits. I just never seen a grit before."


Herm oh ninny - Oct 26, 2007 8:47 am (#173 of 2988)

Hi all!

Let's see....TP goes over, it's soda for me, coffee (preferably iced), as of last year we now do bows instead of tinsel or garland (I bought a Bow Dabra and some nice ribbon from AC Moore last year and had a field day!), white lights on the tree and both colored & white outside. I'm also definitely a milk chocolate girl!

Mike-- Have you by any chance "previewed" the new Steve Carell movie that's out today? I think we might go see it tomorrow.

I have never had grits, but they sound interesting.

I found a couple more rocks in Spike's (my chihuahua) bed today! I don't get it....he only has 5 teeth left (he's 17 and through the years the doggie dentist has pulled most of his teeth)what does he want with rocks?


journeymom - Oct 26, 2007 9:07 am (#174 of 2988)

The-Director-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named is producing and directing a live-action version of this family's favorite animated tv show, Avatar. It darn well better be good.


Holly T. - Oct 26, 2007 9:07 am (#175 of 2988)
Edited Oct 26, 2007 10:02 am

Solitaire, thanks for the info. After talking to my sister last night I have more info, and it looks like the 504 conference is going to be week after next. My sister said when she was teaching 4th grade in Texas one of her students was allowed to take the writing test by typing it. She said that dictating letter by letter modification was for someone who broke an arm and couldn't write because of that. She also said I shouldn't stress about it because he can still pass 4th grade even if he fails that part of the test. So I got to thinking about it and I guess it isn't the actual test that concerns me so much as it is that every part of 4th grade, every subject, has a high writing component all designed to get the students ready for this test. I think I am most concerned about his teacher being clueless. Will wait for the conference.

TP over because my husband insists, cokes are anything, prefer Diet Coke over coffee or tea, no tinsel or bows, just zillions of ornaments. Colored lights on the tree and outside (if I can convince my husband to put up the outside lights) although practically everyone else in our neighborhood uses white outside to the extent that we wondered if they'd all made a plan and left us out of the loop--found out later they just all used the same decorating service--we refuse to pay someone several hundred dollars to put up Christmas lights.

Dark chocolate! And I don't like grits. ;-)

Daughter wanted me to take her shopping for shoes last night. Only she made the mistake of yelling and talking back to her dad whereupon she got sent to her room and told that she can wear the shoes she already has. Middle school dance is tonight. I don't know what shoes she is wearing. Probably some of mine.

Whenever his sister is in trouble Draco turns into a model child. He helped with the laundry, helped take out the trash, etc.

Spike the rock-eating chihuahua sounds like a character in one of the comic books my son draws. The last one he showed me featured Larry the dancing peanut. The funniest part, though, was the Macadamia family. You know, like the Mafia. They were all thugs. His drawings aren't the easiest to follow but the story is a hoot.

John, my son hasn't really tried the Rubik's Cube but he does have good visual spatial skills. He's been building with the ages 8 and up Legos since he was 3 and he can build all sorts of things out of Legos (including, once, his spelling words).


painting sheila - Oct 26, 2007 9:49 am (#176 of 2988)

Holly T- I think I would like to sit in your house one day and just watch. I love you guys!

I survived!! I survived the field trip to the Farmer's Market! 24 kindergartners all wearing BRIGHT orange shirts and running in a million directions (Yes. 24 small people CAN run in a million directions all at once!) and in the pouring rain! We ate apples, ice cream, and honey sticks. I bought a pie pumpkin, cream of potato soup and some Pumpkin Butter. (It looks a lot like Apple Butter- yumo!)

I have put on some dry clothes, and am going to sit and eat soup while I wait for the older kids to get home.

(big sigh) I love peace and quiet!


Elanor - Oct 26, 2007 11:07 am (#177 of 2988)

Fall Break Has Started!!!!!

At last! These last days, even weeks, have been so busy that I've almost not have had the time to post here anymore but I've been reading the thread. **Congratulations and Healing Charms to all deserving/needing some**

As for me, it is tea, diet coke, milk chocolate (my favorite has raisins in it ) and I put some ribbons on my tree with some nice baubles and precious family made decorations. No lights! But I put some home made little bows made of lurex (my mom used to work in a silk factory and she was bringing home some lurex skeins - some kind of metallic yarn - I still have lots of them, in many colors), they're really nice looking and catch light very well.

Congrats on surviving Sheila!

Have a great day/weekend everybody!


painting sheila - Oct 26, 2007 11:29 am (#178 of 2988)

Yeah! Elanor!! Enjoy your fall break!! Do you have fun things planned?


PeskyPixie - Oct 26, 2007 11:34 am (#179 of 2988)

Does anyone here watch Ugly Betty or am I the only one?


painting sheila - Oct 26, 2007 11:35 am (#180 of 2988)

I do!!

I was SO glad to see Betty and Henry together at the end!


PeskyPixie - Oct 26, 2007 11:40 am (#181 of 2988)

Yeah, me too. These two actors have great chemistry.


Elanor - Oct 26, 2007 11:41 am (#182 of 2988)

Thanks Sheila! Fall break lasts a week and a half here (school starts again on Thursday, Nov. Cool and I'm planning some really needed rest/relaxation and quite a lot of reading and posts writing (IMO, the alchemy thread has been moving way too slowly lately! ). Should be great!

I've never watched Ugly Betty, actually I'm not watching TV a lot except for the news and, lately, the Rugby World Cup: I've had lots of fun watching the matches.


painting sheila - Oct 26, 2007 11:44 am (#183 of 2988)

Have fun Elanor!

I think the guy that plays Henry is adorable. I missed the end of last season so I don't know how the situation he is in developed. Is it really his?


PeskyPixie - Oct 26, 2007 11:49 am (#184 of 2988)

It may not be. She said it was his to get him back from Betty, but Betty finds out that it may be the dentist's. Betty's friend at Mode tells Henry it may not be his, but apparently now he knows it's his! I missed the beginning of last week's episode, so I'm not sure how this last bit happened.

And yes, Henry is just adorable! Absolutely the perfect guy.


azi - Oct 26, 2007 12:05 pm (#185 of 2988)

Argh, I hope you guys didn't inadvertently ruin Ugly Betty for me! We've just started the second season here. I think it's episode 4 tonight. Looking forward to it though. I don't think you're ahead of us, looking at what you've said.

Enjoy your holiday, Elanor!

I'm hungry! Better go get some food. Thankyou for the healing charms - I'm now coughing, but my nose isn't as bad!


PeskyPixie - Oct 26, 2007 12:11 pm (#186 of 2988)

Argh, I hope you guys didn't inadvertently ruin Ugly Betty for me! –azi

Whoops! We'll shut up now.


John Bumbledore - Oct 26, 2007 12:29 pm (#187 of 2988)

Gee, anybody have a GIF of braces to use as a Spoiler alert! for Ugly Betty? Hey, wasn't this once a Harry Potter chat thread on the premier Harry Potter forum?

Um, I'm sure I had something Pottery to say but I've forgotten. Now see what you all have done!

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


PeskyPixie - Oct 26, 2007 12:33 pm (#188 of 2988)

I thought we weren't supposed to discuss Harry Potter on this thread! That's why I shut up quick after informing everyone of my 'Dumbledore hat'!


Holly T. - Oct 26, 2007 1:00 pm (#189 of 2988)

No, it's a discussion thread for The Village!

(I only said that to set off the alarm at Loopy's)


Good Evans - Oct 26, 2007 1:07 pm (#190 of 2988)

ha ha haha ha ha ha Holly ......

hello folks.. I am winding down with a glass of wine after quite a traumatic day driving a big van in to London and back. I had the offer of a bed for our spare room. so we hired a van and I drove it. just 100 miles but that was enough.

Have a good weekend all


PeskyPixie - Oct 26, 2007 1:17 pm (#191 of 2988)

Confession: I also watch America's Next Top Model (and am teased mercilessly for it!).


kabloink! - Oct 26, 2007 2:13 pm (#192 of 2988)

Pesky, I do too, although it is most often when VH1 or MTV has a whole season on in one day. I don't like it QUITE enough to follow from week to week, but having attempted the modeling thing back in high school, I find it very amusing to watch the show.

I also like Ugly Betty, but have not yet seen this week’s episode. I have it DVR'ed and waiting for me, though.


Catherine - Oct 26, 2007 2:28 pm (#193 of 2988)

So I got to thinking about it and I guess it isn't the actual test that concerns me so much as it is that every part of 4th grade, every subject, has a high writing component all designed to get the students ready for this test. I think I am most concerned about his teacher being clueless. Will wait for the conference. --Holly T

I get to experience IEP meetings, also. As both a teacher and as a parent. In general, they are about as much fun as tap dancing on broken glass.

Our school has a digital learning environment that is a godsend to bright students who have the same issues as your son. My dyslexic kids are doing really well, thanks to their laptop. Writing by hand is a real struggle for them, although I try to encourage some assignments like that because so far, the SAT does not accommodate the writing section via laptop.

Our school takes the ERBs, including the writing test (this is an achievement test taken by wealthy suburban schools and independent schools) and we are allowed to use our laptops as long as we disable the AutoCorrect functions and Spell-Check. Of course, it is precisely these two options that help my dyslexic darlings function so well, but hey--what can one do. If you can swing it, I would definitely look into having Draco use a laptop for writing at school.

We have the "Howl-a-Ween" dance today. Many of my eight-graders are too grown-up to wear costumes any more. **insert roll-eyes here**  What's hilarious is that the school counselor is going as Glenda the Good Witch and her intern is going as Elphaba the Wicked Witch. The intern's husband is coming as a munchkin, and our 7th grade Humanities teacher is coming as a winged monkey. Mr. Catherine has a fundraising dinner tonight, and I couldn't get a babysitter, so I hope someone takes good pics of this event!

Enjoy the weekend!


Tazzygirl - Oct 26, 2007 2:33 pm (#194 of 2988)

I loooove milk chocolate.

I am not a grits person. I'm also not a Cream of Wheat person (or cereal person). Or Oatmeal.

I also watch Ugly Betty! I'm actually watching it right now.



The giant squid - Oct 26, 2007 3:15 pm (#195 of 2988)

Mike-- Have you by any chance "previewed" the new Steve Carell movie that's out today?--Herm oh ninny

No, I haven't. The last movie I got a chance to pre-screen was OoTP. My new schedule is an early morning thing, so staying up until 3AM or later doesn't have the same appeal it used to. Heck, I think I've only seen 2 or 3 movies since then. I missed the entire summer...



painting sheila - Oct 26, 2007 6:18 pm (#196 of 2988)

Well, Ugly Betty has some very Harry Potter-esque aspects to it . . . over achiever girl that everyone makes fun of is great at everything (except matching clothes) and there is a dorky guy that you love to love and everyone misunderstands and he is noble, and good, and true . . . So there John Bumblebore! Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 2775603007

Just kidding! Sorry if we ruined the plot for anyone. We will use white out from now on. . . .

and here to you John - I love you - I really was just joking!



Eponine - Oct 26, 2007 7:26 pm (#197 of 2988)

Well, the hockey game was...not great. The Hurricanes lost. Badly. Our seats were in the next to the last row in the tippy top section, but they were much more enjoyable than the last game we went to where we had fabulous seats because the people behind us last time were obnoxious and annoying.

I forgot to say that I'm a dark chocolate fanatic. I'd always loved milk chocolate, but over the past couple years, I've become hooked on really good dark chocolate. Milk chocolate just doesn't do it for me any more.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great night.


Solitaire - Oct 26, 2007 7:47 pm (#198 of 2988)

Actually, I can't eat grits ... but it used to stir up quite a discussion in my last chatroom among those who love them!

To paraphrase Will Rogers ... I've never met a piece of chocolate I didn't like!

Holly, our coordinator said they put a 4th grader on the computer and let him type his test last year. The state accepted it. Bearing that in mind, you might want to let him do some typing practice. One of my class links has some links to sites where kids can play typing games to improve their keyboarding skills. You could also get Mavis Beacon. My students really improved when we used the Mavis software. JM2K ...



Denise P. - Oct 26, 2007 8:13 pm (#199 of 2988)

Note to self: Don't read the Forum when you are not really paying attention.

Elanor said she liked milk chocolate...with raisins. I read it as she liked chocolate milk with raisins and wondered why in the world anyone would put raisins in their chocolate milk! I had to read it a few times before it sunk in that I was reading it wrong.

I say soda now, I grew up calling it all Coke (like all tissue is Kleenex, I still go to Xerox things and all pain relievers are Tylenol) TP goes over although no one cares. I prefer milk chocolate, Mr. Denise prefers dark. I like Nestle chocolate over Hershey chocolate. We put tinsel on the tree but not the dog We put garland on the mantle of the fireplace and on the railing of the stairs. We put colored lights outside.

I have never heard of paying someone to come decorate for you though. We have 2 huge trees in one part of the yard (one is a pine, one is a cedar) that Mr. Denise wants to decorate. Since these trees are huge and I don't have a handy firetruck ladder to do it, I have the feeling that the trees will remain bare.

We are on day three of nonstop rain. We needed the rain but this is getting old. The kids are going buggy inside, the dog is going buggy being inside her crate to dry out (she gets drenched when she is let out) and I am going buggy with all of them being buggy. To top it off, my dad is coming for a visit, not something I really look forward to. Luckily, I now live about 3 miles from my uncle so my dad will go play golf with him rather than pester me all day. I have no idea when he will get here but he said he would call a day out and have no idea how long he is planning to stay. Joy. My dad is much easier to deal with when he is several thousand miles away in CA.


journeymom - Oct 26, 2007 9:41 pm (#200 of 2988)

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Solitaire - Oct 27, 2007 12:36 am (#201 of 2988)

. . . wondered why in the world anyone would put raisins in their chocolate milk!

Perhaps it is like that quaint little custom I found up in Bakersfield when I returned after ten years away--people were putting salted peanuts in their Coke ... or Dr. Pepper ... or Pepsi! I like the sweet-salty thing, but I'm not really into soggy peanuts! Has anyone else ever heard of this?

BTW, Elanor ... do you like only raisins in your chocolate, or do you like both raisins and nuts?



Tazzygirl - Oct 27, 2007 2:50 am (#202 of 2988)

Soli, have you heard of boiled peanuts? They are hugely popular here.

I like chocolate covered raisins!

There was something else I was going to say. Don't remember. Guess that is a sign for me to go to bed.

Have a great weekend everyone!



Phelim Mcintyre - Oct 27, 2007 2:52 am (#203 of 2988)

Does anyone else on here from the UK watch the X-Factor? If so what do you think of the Welsh guy? Not as a person (no character assassination on the Forum) but concerning his looks. He has a more of a hint of plastic surgery about him and looks very similar to Michael Jackson. I won't say Voldemort as he isn't that evil, but you may see what I mean. A lot of my family find his looks creepy so maybe the LV connection is not so bad.


jose043 - Oct 27, 2007 4:50 am (#204 of 2988)

Hi all

Coping charms to Denise P, healing charms to all that need them.

Anne is finally made up her mind on the type of car she is going to buy the Honda Civic Hybrid. She has been test driving different makes for about four weeks, it got down too two makes the Civic or Nissan Tiida but she decided today to go green with the Hybrid.

Have a great weekend. It is supposed to be spring here in Perth but we have had rain for the last two days.

Anne passed her two subjects she did last semester and got good marks for both, she is now doing two this semester one called Plan and Develop Information Management System, the other one is Produce and Manipulate Digital Images, both are very heavy in the assessment area she has three assessments to be done in both subjects, in 8 weeks of class.

Anne is also learn someone else work which is a level 3 job, so she can cover for that person when they go on leave. She is feeling very overload with study and work at this present time. But is managing to just hang in there.

Josephine and Anne

Little Werewolves of London


painting sheila - Oct 27, 2007 6:04 am (#205 of 2988)

Yeah Anne for going green!

Soli - I grew up putting peanuts in coke. It makes a really cool fizzing sound when you do and it makes the coke go flat. I guess it is the sweet salty thing.


Madam Pince - Oct 27, 2007 6:32 am (#206 of 2988)

Salted peanuts in your Coke is great! (It's a Southern thing -- it shows up on all those "You know you're from the South if..." quizzes.) They used to sell Planters peanuts in those long skinny plastic bags that were just about one individual serving, and they were perfect for fitting just over the top of your Coke bottle and pouring in! You have to be careful to drink down just the right amount first, though, or it'll fizz over... Sigh... I haven't had that in ages. I got some peanuts the other day, I think, so Soli I believe you have just determined my afternoon snack!

I have never heard of hiring someone to do your Christmas decorating for you, either! I mean really, what's the point? That's the most fun part of Christmas to me -- taking out each ornament and remembering when you got it and what it represents and who gave it to you and all that. But if you physically can't do it or if your house is one of those "magazine-cover-perfect" ones then maybe I understand. It would probably be good for older people, too -- I know lots of older people who just don't bother with Christmas decorations anymore because it's such a hassle, and that's kind of a shame. The hubby of one of my girlfriends broke his leg in a very nasty fall off their roof while he was hanging Christmas lights a couple years ago -- it was a compound fracture and he had to have surgery and pins and all -- so perhaps they now use a service!

Good Evans, you are brave to drive a big van into town like that! That kind of thing always makes my knuckles white. Are you pleased with the bed?

Catherine, the Howl-a-Ween sounds fun. Back in "the good ol' days," some friends of mine and I dressed up as Wizard of Oz characters and went pub-crawling. I was Glinda the Good Witch -- I got this pouffy pink '50's prom gown from a costume rental place and it was perfect.

I haven't watched Ugly Betty but it sounds cute. Does anyone else watch Chuck? I think he is just adorable! Plus, Reaper is really funny, too. The concept is that the guy's parents sold his soul to the devil before he was born, so his "job" is that he has to re-capture souls that have escaped from H. ("They can do that?" Devil:"Yeah, well, we had a little security issue. I blame myself, really." ) Then when he captures them, he has to return them to H. But where is he supposed to take them? The devil says "You know the DMV down on Union Street? Well, anyplace that seems like H on earth -- guess what, it really is!" Too funny.

Our seats were in the next to the last row in the tippy top section, -Eponine

Well, the Weasleys said those were the best, right? Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042   Look at it this way, when it rained, you were the first to know!

Speaking of rain, I'm with Denise -- we really needed it so it's "not on" to complain, I guess, but wow, we are really getting soaked now. No soccer today. Plus, yesterday was a really bad day -- I was sitting at the computer when I heard a distinct "puddling" sound. Hmmm... odd... there's no water in this room. But there was a dog. Very strange; she's never done that before. But I let her out (too late, alas) and cleaned for an hour and called the carpet cleaner guy. Then I noticed that the roof is leaking (again) in the corner (naturally, so it can damage three surfaces rather than just one.) We've had that roof leak before but it seems to come and go and no repair guy has ever been able to locate the problem, so Mr. P has chosen to believe that it will just "go away." Then, (after 5 when the vet's is closed) the dog puddled again -- ie: must be an infection of some sort. Sooooo... the roof is leaking, the dog is leaking.... not a good day.

OK, better go -- off to the vet's to see what's up! Have a good day!


Denise P. - Oct 27, 2007 6:51 am (#207 of 2988)

Peanuts in a Coke (or Dr. Pepper or RC) is a very common, southern thing. I have never tried it despite having lived in the south for the past 24 years. I will admit to having tried a moonpie and a Goo Goo Cluster though.

Madam Pince - I am watching Reaper It actually conflicts with 2 other shows that are recorded in the house so I am behind but I do watch it and find it funny.

Off to go grocery shopping for the month, fun.


Elanor - Oct 27, 2007 6:55 am (#208 of 2988)

Salted peanuts in coke... It seems a bit er... special to me at first sight but why not? I'll try it one of these days!

LOL Denise! Sorry if my post was confusing though, I was really tired when I wrote it yesterday.

Soli: "BTW, Elanor ... do you like only raisins in your chocolate, or do you like both raisins and nuts? "
I like lots on things in chocolate: nuts, caramelized pecans, dried fruits such as apricots, orange, mint cream, fruit jelly, etc, etc... Ok, I feel like eating some now...

Congratulations to Anne and Julie!

Have a great day everybody!



Thom Matheson - Oct 27, 2007 7:13 am (#209 of 2988)

Lawn decorators are real common here. They are like the lawncare guys. They stage your house and take it all down. Most of the homes in the Grosse Pointes (old homes big money, Edsel Ford big), usually get it done. Most are very spectacular. Costs range from $250 to $1000 generally.


Solitaire - Oct 27, 2007 9:06 am (#210 of 2988)

Okay, Sheila ... why would anyone want the Coke to go flat??? One of the things I like about Cokes and other cokes is the fizzzzzzz!

Madam P, I am glad to have provided you with a snack idea. About the professional Christmas decorating ... I first learned of it in a couple of old, family-owned restaurants that have been around for decades. I complimented someone on the decorations, and she told me they hired a local business owned by a couple of women to handle it. They had decorated for conventions, large corporate parties, etc., and she liked their work. Pretty soon, they began picking up private clients out in one of the swankier areas of town ... in those big, ultra-expensive executive homes. I guess if one is giving parties throughout the season, the house needs to look festive and spectacular all of the time. The outside also needs to shine, if it is going to compete with the rest of the big, spectacular homes.

I agree that decorating is fun ... if one has the time. Since I live alone, I have a tree only if I have the time and energy to put up one. Last year, I didn't. But the living area of my home is small, so I improvised. I put a lot of bushy, lighted garland on the mantel, ran some of that sparkly, gossamer ribbon through it, and added a few of my favorite glass and crystal ornaments. Strategically placed poinsettias, a nice Christmas wreath, and a centerpiece sufficed to make me not look too Scrooge-y.



Nicoline Vance - Oct 27, 2007 10:53 am (#211 of 2988)

I learned to call carbonated soft drinks soda when I worked at a movie theater. When I called it pop, people looked at me as though I were an uncultured bumpkin. But if I am at someone's home, they are surprised if I say I'd like a soda, as if the word is too formal.

TP rolls go over. I rarely have to change it around in my home. Apparently, I am the only one who knows the secret to replacing an empty roll.

Colored lights inside and outside. We also use bubble lights on the tree. Anyone else have those anymore? I string popcorn instead of garland. My husband thinks it is "quaint."

Professional decorators just started a business in my area last year. They are a landscaping business who wanted to employ more people year round. They currently do mostly businesses, but I think they want to add more homes. My husband wanted to look into it. We have a 2 story house and he hates heights. I, on the other hand, don't want to spend $250 to hang $25 worth of lights!

Go Ducks! (Sorry to any USC Trojan fans)


Madam Pince - Oct 27, 2007 11:39 am (#212 of 2988)

Nicoline, next time just ask for a "soda-pop" and see what kind of looks you get! (or you could try "sodey-pop" if you want to further the 'uncultured bumpkin' scenario...) LOL!

Back from the vet... $97.00 later, they say nothing is wrong with her. Which is good, obviously, but sheesh, that $97 should've gone towards the carpet-cleaner guy... They told me to give her cranberry pills (yet another thing I've never heard of) and if she does it again, to bring her in again and they'll do more tests. Sigh...

The rain has stopped and it's sunny outside now! The roof leak has dried off, the dog is sleeping peacefully... hmmmm... now what is going to go wrong I wonder?


PeskyPixie - Oct 27, 2007 11:56 am (#213 of 2988)

So the Canadian is the only person who LOVES grits?!


painting sheila - Oct 27, 2007 12:38 pm (#214 of 2988)

Heck no PeskyPixie! I Love me some grits! Really I do! (But I am in the US south - so maybe you are the only Canadian!)

Soli - I like flat coke (or pop, or soda)I can drink it faster and my eyes don't water. I like soft drinks from a fountain for that very reason - they are flatter than a can.

Madame Pince - maybe the doggie puddled because she didn't want to go out in the rain and go puddle? Wet feet and all.

Sorry about your corner leak.

I had pest control guy come to our house for ants (this was before you all told me about Toro) Anyway, he followed the ants for about an hour until he found exactly where they were coming from. They wound in and out of the house and a few times he thought he had found the spot they originated from but watched a little closer and saw he was wrong. ANYWAY! Maybe that is how your leak is. It might not be in the corner where you see it coming in but may run down some beam that is further away and closer to the peak.

I finally got the floors vacuumed and bought pumpkins!! Woohoo!! Laundry is going and hubby asked me out on a date. I need to go to the grocery store but haven't made my list. I may just boycott the grocery store for one weekend - gasp!

Hubby is working on the mower - again! It has been a mess. We bought the mower from a friend that has a tool rental place. He is closing down his shop and selling everything. We needed a new mower so it worked out for both sides. Anyway, when we bought it we knew it needed a new battery. Bought the new battery. Then the steering went out. Bought new gears for the steering mechanism. The tire then fell off and we had to get new tubes. Bought new tubes. Then the transaxle went out. Bought a new transaxle and hubby has just finished putting it on. Keep your fingers crossed for us!! I don't know what is left to go wrong. Yikes! Did I say that out loud? Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org No telling what will happen now!


Edit: Phelim - "Grits- Corn kernels that are dried, hulled and finely ground, then boiled and served for breakfast or as a dinner side dish. Finely ground, dried, hulled corn kernels that resemble mashed potatoes in consistency, but taste more like corn. Can be served as a breakfast dish with butter, sugar, and milk. But is also served with grillardes."(What are grillardes? Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org)


Phelim Mcintyre - Oct 27, 2007 12:39 pm (#215 of 2988)

As a Brit can I ask - what are grits?


Solitaire - Oct 27, 2007 12:46 pm (#216 of 2988)

Just go to www.grits.com and you will learn all about grits--where to find them, how they are cooked, which establishments serve them, etc. BTW, g.r.i.t.s. stands for Girls Raised In The South. The Ya-Yas were g.r.i.t.s. So were the Steel Magnolias. Just a little piece of trivia ... We have a few g.r.i.t.s. here on the Forum, don't we?



painting sheila - Oct 27, 2007 12:47 pm (#217 of 2988)

I'm a G.R.I.T.!! (in case ya'll couldn't tell)


PeskyPixie - Oct 27, 2007 12:52 pm (#218 of 2988)

I love the Ya-Yas and Steel Magnolias as much as grits! Maybe I'm a Southern gal at heart? Btw, I like my grits with just salt and butter (or calorie-reduced magarine ).

I'm not a big pop drinker, but I love flat diet coke with the juice of two limes squeezed into it, and lots of ice.


painting sheila - Oct 27, 2007 12:54 pm (#219 of 2988)

PeskyPixie - I am beginning to think we are twins separated at birth! Limes in my cokes are a must!! with tons of ice.

Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org It's working!!!


PeskyPixie - Oct 27, 2007 12:58 pm (#220 of 2988)

painting sheila - I've found a kindred spirit! People find me weird for the way I like my coke.


Tazzygirl - Oct 27, 2007 1:32 pm (#221 of 2988)

I love moonpies. I miss a lot of things from when I lived in the South, but not the grits.

I don't even like to touch any version of soda. When closing at work we have to take the soda dispenser nobs off the machine and soak them in soda water. One of them always gets stuck to where you have to struggle to pull it off, and 9 out of 10 times you hit the button and get completely covered in Diet Pepsi. ick.

My next car (hopefully in about a year!!!) will be a hybrid.

Off to mark off a couple items of homework on my list. I swear it is never ending and it never gets shorter. There is no end!!



Chemyst - Oct 27, 2007 1:58 pm (#222 of 2988)

What are grillardes? – She

I think it is Nuh-Awlins' French for fajita guts, actually.
Maybe Ginny or Tori would know better, but it is grilled meat, onions, bell pepper, tomato – the kind of stuff used to stuff fajitas. You just over-cook them, add enough Cajun seasoning that it doesn't matter, and serve them with grits instead of tortillas.   (Can you tell I'm not a big fan?)


Kip Carter - Oct 27, 2007 4:33 pm (#223 of 2988)

I love grits! I have yet to find someone who has eaten at my house not to fall in love with grits when I fix them for breakfast. I normally start them cooking at least three hours before we start eating. Most people who do not like grits have never had them properly cooked. If fact, I think I am going to put a pot on as soon as I return from Sam's. 'Nuf said!


Nicoline Vance - Oct 27, 2007 4:44 pm (#224 of 2988)

Madam Pince, I watch Chuck too! It doesn't pose the great questions of life, but it sure entertains me for an hour.

Anyone watch Pushing Daisies? I love listening to Jim Dale's narration and I enjoy Kristin Chenoweth's work.

I don't watch Ugly Betty. I watch The Office. When I tell people that, I get a lot of, "Oh, I hate that show." Thank you for telling me my taste is terrible!

Woohoo Ducks! Nice win over the Trojans! I am partial to the University of Oregon sports teams and I also cheer for Boise State football. Go Broncos! (for Jamie)


The giant squid - Oct 27, 2007 5:08 pm (#225 of 2988)

I also watch Chuck. Unfortunately, I also watch Dancing With The Stars and the CBS Monday night lineup, so our VCRs (yeah, I'm old-school) get quite a workout.

I never got a taste for grits, even when I lived in Georgia. But, as Kip says, they probably weren't prepared properly (the word "instant" was most likely in there somewhere... )



Tazzygirl - Oct 27, 2007 5:38 pm (#226 of 2988)

Nicoline- I love Pushing Daisies. It's cute- and you kind of get a HP fix in the process!

Off to work!



painting sheila - Oct 27, 2007 7:52 pm (#227 of 2988)

Kip - I'll be right over!



Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 27, 2007 7:57 pm (#228 of 2988)

I undertook a second set of observations at my elementary school yesterday, and I felt as though I was back in fourth grade again because, two and half-hours of the five hours of observations were conducted under the watchful eye of my fourth and fifth grade homeroom teacher Mrs. Griffin, who I last saw twenty years ago.


Puck - Oct 27, 2007 8:30 pm (#229 of 2988)

You can pay people to put up your Christmas lights? Really?

I would love to meet Holly's Draco. He sounds like so much fun!

Did you know one of the Top Models is Autistic? Her mom was on the news telling about her daughter’s journey.

Sheila, I hope you're not saying Harry is dorky. I never thought so.

Yeah to Anne for her new car.

Healing charms to all the leaks at Madame Pince's house.

Okay, if Denise does a month’s grocery shopping at once, how many carts does she use?

I did the popcorn thing on the tree one year. My fingers hurt after stringing, so I never did it again. (Have yet to figure out how to use the sewing machine to do it for me. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042)

Three Halloween parties in 2 days, 2 of them at my house. Nice to be hanging out watching the Sox leading the Rockies. (Hope I didn't just jinx it.)

Happy RotD!



Denise P. - Oct 27, 2007 8:38 pm (#230 of 2988)

Denise uses 2 large commissary carts usually, think as big as warehouse club cart but deeper. I fill one to nearly overflowing, park it in the "full shopping cart" area and fill a second one. The cashier was shocked at my total, she thought I would be horrified. I told her it was well under last month. Once she got through all my coupons (I had about $30 worth) she was very impressed. When I do this shopping, I do go to local stores between visits for milk, bread and eggs. I also plan meals in advance so I know what I need.

Grits - sorry, I only will eat them with butter and sugar. Well, maybe with white gravy. I think it is a texture thing, I don't like cream of wheat either but I like oatmeal.

If you like popcorn strings, Froot Loop strings are colorful and much easier to do. I told Mr. Denise about the paying someone to come decorate. He has never heard ofit either but he says depending on how much it would be, it would be worth paying someone to put the lights up.


Elanor - Oct 28, 2007 12:07 am (#231 of 2988)

Very impressive Denise! I live alone but I go for some grocery shopping every week, or more often, to protect my back actually: my apartment is on the third floor and I try not to have to carry several heavy baskets up the stairs at the same time.

I have never had some grits, but would love to try! I may help you about the "grillades" though ("grillade" is the true spelling btw, at least here, lol!). It comes from the verb "griller", to grill, and here it is usually a very tender piece of meat (beef, pork or lamb meat). It's usually a bit thick and one grills it on a BBQ or cook in a steak pan. Most people here will only put some olive oil, salt, pepper and some "herbes de Provence" (some mixed herbs) on it before cooking it and will eat it with a bit of mustard (from Dijon of course! ).

Some people also add some other spices, or "play" with different kind of peppers.

Talking of cooking, I need to bake a cake so I'd better post this.

Have a great Sunday everybody!



Madam Pince - Oct 28, 2007 2:01 am (#232 of 2988)

Sheila, I had that same thought about the dog not wanting to go out in the rain, too. She really is a big sissy about getting wet, and usually when she goes out in the rain she is right back at the door ASAP and whining to get back in quickly. But this reaction is a bit...ummm... extreme! If that's the reason, I'm peeved at her! When I thought she was sick I felt sorry for her, but now I'm suspicious... hmph.

I wondered about the size of Denise's grocery carts, too! LOL!

I think the movie My Cousin Vinny gives the best description ever of grits and grit-cooking. "So in your house it only takes 20 minutes to cook a grit, while in the entire rest of the grit-eating world it takes hours???!!!" Kip, I'd love to try your three-hour grits someday!

Every time Little Pince hears either an ad or the actual show Pushing Daisies, he says "Hey Mama! That's the man who tells about the tasks in the Harry Potter game!" (He loves to try to play the games on the GoF movie DVD...) So it is sort of an HP-fix! It's a cute show, too, but for some reason I've missed it all but twice.

Mike, you're not the only one who uses VCRs still... Our DVD player is starting to fritz out a little, so I've been tentatively shopping for a DVD recorder maybe. The prices have dropped considerably, and supposedly they'll be even cheaper for the holiday season, so we'll see.

LOL at sewing popcorn on a machine! Nah, I think you need a wand for that...

Poor Nathan! That must've felt so weird sitting there with your old elementary-school teacher burning you with her eyeballs! LOL!

My poor Cavaliers ran out of luck yesterday; after seven wins in a row, they fell short of the eighth which would've set a new school record for consecutive wins. Sigh... NC State played a good game.

I think I'm going back to bed -- I got awake because Mr. P had to go in at 4:30 to work overtime today, so I read posts awhile to see if I could get sleepy again. I think it's working.... Everyone have a good Sunday!

Signed: Madam Pince, G.R.I.T.S. and proud of it!


Puck - Oct 28, 2007 7:06 am (#233 of 2988)

There's a parking area for full carts? scratch

I shop every week. I need to be better about coupons, though I do try to take advantage of sales and haven't bought a holiday turkey in years. (I save points and get a free one.)

We're home instead of at Religious Ed and church because Son was up vomiting at 1:30am. I'm not sure if he's sick or has had too much sugar, but either way rest seems appropriate. (He's upset because his sisters each had a cookie and he doesn't understand why he can't have one. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059 )

RED SOX WON!!! 3 down, one to go!!!


megfox* - Oct 28, 2007 7:51 am (#234 of 2988)

WOOHOOOOOOOOOO! Did you watch the whole game, Puck? I don't understand why they can't have the weekend games at an earlier time... Its not like there's anyone in the Eastern Time Zone interested in the end of the game or anything. Sheesh...


Puck - Oct 28, 2007 9:19 am (#235 of 2988)

I started watching in the 6th inning after I got home from Scouts. The Sox were ahead 6 to 0 at that point. The Rockies started to rally as I watched. I started to wonder if I was bad luck, so I went to bed just before midnight. Will have to stay up from now on, because if they win the whole thing I'll have to see it.


HungarianHorntail11 - Oct 28, 2007 9:53 am (#236 of 2988)
Edited Oct 28, 2007 11:03 am

Did anyone else get messed up by the non-daylight savings time switch-over? We have 3 atomic clocks and they all went back an hour. After checking the computer (which also switched back) we proceeded in our morning by the "new" time. Well, we arrived 40 min. late to church (which we thought was 20 min. early). Normally, I guess we could just sneak in the back or leave if we're too embarrassed to go in but Olivia was scheduled to acolyte AND our nephew was getting Christened. (Kathy & Mediwitch, the ones you met at our meetup.) I won't even get into the "family" stuff.

It's been that sort of a month.

w00t to Bumbledore for the soccer win!

Kathy, I love your idea of pumpkin bowling! We have been drinking from water bottles for the past day to get 10.

Drying charms to Puddles 1 (Tinsel) and Puddles 2 (Pince doggie).

Reparo to your house, Madam P.

Nicoline V, we watch the Office, too. I think it's funny. Did you ever watch the BBC version?

Kathy, we tried the popcorn stringing and my fingers hurt, too. Then of course, the children kept eating the popcorn instead of stringing it. Needless to say, we ended up with a 2-ft. length of popcorn garland on the tree. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059

Denise, planning meals in advance works great except when you realize you haven't the time for one of the meals set for that night. Then my whole schedule goes off balance. It is a good way to keep from buying what you don't need and overstocking.

This week is going to be crazy and hectic. I still have to make the Link hats, Link ears, and finish the pumpkin game for the K grade. I will start on the food for Percy's party tomorrow.

Thom, I think your set ups are a bargain. My neighbors across the street pay $1400 and it is a very basic job - white lights lining the roof and colored on one of their spruces. And it certainly isn't a mansion development. Welcome to the tri-state area.

Congrats to Anne for passing her classes! Always a great accomplishment.

***waves to Mad-Eye Zimmerman*** Just turn her into a ferret if she acts up, Nathan.

I was told by a mom that some of the kids in Percy's class were disappointed that I wasn't the class mom. They said I throw great parties. I guess I did something right, then. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 2752390508

Phelim, now you've piqued my curiosity about the show.

Hi GEJulie! Enjoy the new bed! Hope the trip was worth it.

LOL about she-who-has-not-read-the-books, Mike and Madame Pince!

Elanor said she liked milk chocolate...with raisins. I read it as she liked chocolate milk with raisins and wondered why in the world anyone would put raisins in their chocolate milk! I had to read it a few times before it sunk in that I was reading it wrong. ~ Denise
Oddly, that's the way I read your post - chocolate milk with raisins? My little interruption is also keeping me from paying attention while I read. I'd better go help him.


PS: Perhaps I should just end the day and go to bed. I just sewed up Trevor's Link hat with the right sides facing each other. The problem is that I added a piece of wire to help hold its shape. Now how am I going to turn it right side out? Gee sheila, I wish I had your sewing abilities-or common sense. That would help, too.


Chemyst - Oct 28, 2007 12:21 pm (#237 of 2988)

Maria, THANK YOU for telling about your clock. You spared me! I did not have problems this morning, but I surely would have tonight because our VCR flipped back (I ran to check after reading your post) and I'm supposed to tape shows for other family members. 'Sorry it's been that sort of month for you; take heart, November is less than four days away and you have a good deed to reap now! –Probably several good deeds what with all your party & costuming efforts.


Madam Pince - Oct 28, 2007 12:50 pm (#238 of 2988)

Oh, today was the day for the NFL football game being played in Wembley Stadium! I was the one talking about it awhile ago, and here I forgot all about it! It was being broadcast over here, and I didn't even notice that it wasn't taking place here! The field was wet and muddy, but probably a lot of the NFL stadiums are also, given the rainy conditions we've had on the East coast this week. So, any reactions in England from the game? (I'm guessing probably not... ) Anyway, the Giants beat the Dolphins...


megfox* - Oct 28, 2007 1:39 pm (#239 of 2988)

LOL, Madam Pince, I did notice (and the commentators mentioned) that the English fans were booing when the Giants did the kneel down at the end of the game. I was wondering if it was difficult to understand all of the rules and penalties and stuff, because I think that football is kind of complicated for someone who is new to it.

And thank you from me too, Maria! My cell phone and cable box stayed the same, but my alarm clock fell back. I would have been in trouble tomorrow!


painting sheila - Oct 28, 2007 3:22 pm (#240 of 2988)

We did the same thing Maria. I awoke at 7:00 thinking we had plenty of time to get ready for church. All of the sudden my hubby - who was on the computer - said, "Sheila! What time is it?" I look at the clock in the kitchen and it was an hour later than the one in our bedroom and only 45 minutes until church started. None of the kids were up yet and I had biscuits in the oven. We ran around and got everyone up and made it just in time for church. Good thing since Oldest Daughter had a talk!

Did I say Harry is dorky? Shame on me!! I didn't mean it!


Denise P. - Oct 28, 2007 4:26 pm (#241 of 2988)

My computer changed times by itself. I have now set it to the internet time so that it will change when the time actually changes next week.

I love where we live now, less than a 5 minute drive to church, it is just over 2 miles. In a pinch, if we are really being late, we can leave 10 min before it starts and make it. Of course, we have to sit in the overflow but we can make it! As it is, we get there early since we need an entire row. As we pull into the parking lot, I jump out and go throw my bag on the row, spread out my calendar, my scriptures and my keys to "reserve" it LOL

We went hunting for all the halloween stuff today. The one box missing, of course, is the box that I need the most. It has the majority of the costumes - including the dementor costume and the dragon costume and all the buckets. We did find the princess costumes, batman, superman, lion and police car costumes.

I dug out my pumpkin toffee cheesecake recipe this evening. I think I may give it a test run before Thanksgiving. Yum! I am making an apple cranberry crisp next week for a big missionary luncheon.


geauxtigers - Oct 28, 2007 8:01 pm (#242 of 2988)

have you heard of boiled peanuts? They are hugely popular here.- Kristina

I had some today! I love boiled peanuts! My dad hates them though lol! I've never put peanuts in coke. I know people who do, but I'm not that brave! LOL I like my coke fizzy and my peanuts crunchy!

Grits and Grillades are so good! I actually tried grits with the grillades for the first time a few weekends ago. I was always a picky eater when I was little. I like cheese grits the best. And I think grillades are from New Orleans, but I honestly don't know. I do know it's French, and it is spelled the way Audrey spelled it and pronounced 'gree-odds' with a slight 'L' sound hinted in the middle

So it's been crazy here, I'm ready for Thanksgiving break! Swimming is going okay, but I'm so ready for it to be over. I'm tired, and honestly, its been pretty cool here lately and getting in and out of that water is is just down right cold! I'm waiting for pneumonia or a cold at least. I have had a scratchy throat all weekend, but I think that's just allergies.

My friend came over yesterday and we made our Halloween costumes, poodle skirts, how original. But they were easy and they're really cute too! The whole thing for under $10!

Glad yall finally got some rain over on the East coast and some of the south too. Hope everyone in California is okay with the fires. Those were some scary pictures on the news. Really sad.

Okay, I think I'll go to bed, maybe... I might read. I want to read DH again, but my OCD self is torn between finishing
the others first in my series reread and stopping in the middle of PoA to read DH. I think I'll read DH actually. It's been too long and I need to read it! AHHH well at least yall understand! LOL

Have a good week! -Victoria--- also a G.R.I.T.S girl!


Tazzygirl - Oct 28, 2007 8:52 pm (#243 of 2988)

I love not having to worry about my clocks being switched for Daylight savings (or whatever it is...)!

Nothing going on here. Washed my car (a flock of birds decided they wanted to use it for target practice :mad:. ) and the moment I dried the last bit of water off the car, the weather decided it needed to downpour. Mad

Off to do laundry, eat some dinner, and make some sort of attempt at homework. Yeay. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059

Tori- apparently boiled peanuts are good for your health...



kaykay1970 - Oct 29, 2007 4:51 am (#244 of 2988)

My Dad always put peanuts in RC Cola. Grits are ok but I prefer oatmeal. I guess those three years in Hawaii had something to do with it. G.R.(mostly)I.T.S.

The Jackson radio station announced that the haunted trail is the scariest attraction in the area this season. So they have decided to open up for Halloween night too. This will be the first year in a great many that I'll only have 1 trick-or-treater.


Madam Pince - Oct 29, 2007 4:54 am (#245 of 2988)

Hey, Hawaii has the southern-most point in the United States, so it counts! It's down at the very southernmost tip of the Big Island, on a very rocky shore past a wind farm. Been there, I have, yes.

(There's your little trivia-bit for the day...)


Good Evans - Oct 29, 2007 5:42 am (#246 of 2988)

**waves to Maria and Madam P**  The very large glass of wine (which sadly turned in to more of same) Madam P was to get over the driving of the big van. white knuckled? you have no idea!!!!!

youngest likes the new bed though!!

Phelim - yep, I know exactly what you mean, he reminds me of Max Headroom. I only watch the results show as I am addicted to "strictly" on the other side for most of the show.

LOL Madam P - I knew that!!!! we had that in our quiz recently !

happy mondays....


painting sheila - Oct 29, 2007 5:47 am (#247 of 2988)

Thistle Charring Cross - Does anyone know anything about this place? It's where we are staying when we visit London.


Edit: Welcome!! Hieronymus Graubart and Wolf~Ears!! We are so glad you are here! I can't wait to hear all you have to say on our favorite subject!!

SHe (again)


Good Evans - Oct 29, 2007 5:53 am (#248 of 2988)

oh - all the Thistles are fine She - you shouldn't have a problem with them. We usually stay thistle marble arch when we have council meetings in town.

By Charing Cross you will have access to a lot of the city as the underground runs from there - northern line I think, or the embankment station for circle and district line, only a minute or two walkable to the strand or about five mins to trafalgar square, 10 mins St Paul's - and some very nice wine bars in the area too.

let me know when you are coming- we'll see if we can arrange a meet up!


Madam Pince - Oct 29, 2007 5:54 am (#249 of 2988)

Shame we can't change avatars yet -- I just read that one of my childhood idols, country-music singer Porter Waggoner, passed away yesterday. He had one of the first syndicated TV shows back in the 1960's, and he wore these fantastic rhinestone-studded suits. My little toddler self was enthralled with them! LOL! "Pretty!" I tried to never miss his show. His biggest claim to fame nowadays was probably that his show was Dolly Parton's big "break" onto the country music scene. RIP, Mr. Waggoner! I hope they bury him in one of his rhinestone suits!


Good Evans - Oct 29, 2007 5:56 am (#250 of 2988)

I remember the show too Madam P - oh bless, I bet Dolly is really sad today, they were great friends. Did you know (I bet you did) she wrote "I will always love you", to be played for the first time on the last Porter Waggoner show that she appeared on. She knew it was right to leave, but it was hard all the same as she loved the show so much.

more trivia for today!!

RIP Porter!
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painting sheila - Oct 29, 2007 5:57 am (#251 of 2988)

Oh! I loved those rhinestone suits! Peaceful rest to Mr. Waggoner.


Denise P. - Oct 29, 2007 6:20 am (#252 of 2988)

Ugh, it is Monday, which means kidlets will be home 3 hours early. I still need to run to the GS store, Wal-Mart, Target and the post office to mail a secret santa gift. I really needed a candy cane for it but no one has them out yet so I had to make due with peppermint candies.

We had our first frost last night!


Madam Pince - Oct 29, 2007 6:36 am (#253 of 2988)

Yay! Kill the mosquitoes! Kill them dead! Bwahahahaha!

Over here the weather thingy said we had a frost, too, but then it said the low was 43. Hmmmm...


Solitaire - Oct 29, 2007 6:54 am (#254 of 2988)

No frost here. It is 6:50 a.m., and I have the back door open and the fans going. The weather channel had us "scheduled" for weather in the 80s all week, but I just checked my desktop weather widget, and it says 71 degrees for today. Oh, I hope so!!!

Madam Pince, do you suppose there is a good reason for mosquitoes to exist? What element of the food chain would suffer if they were wiped out completely? Just curious ...

Happy Monday, everyone!



Orion - Oct 29, 2007 7:22 am (#255 of 2988)

Birds and frogs! And a very happy Fall Break Monday to everybody, it's so good to have a break from work!


painting sheila - Oct 29, 2007 7:25 am (#256 of 2988)

The kids are home for a Teacher Workday Today.

W finally got the lawn mower working. Oldest Son has been chomping at the bit to get out there and mow. Funny whata riding lawn mower will do for a 15 year old kid. Maybe this will spur him on to get his Eagle so he can get his license!


Phelim Mcintyre - Oct 29, 2007 7:35 am (#257 of 2988)

Only just had your first frost!!! We've had some weeks ago.


Holly T. - Oct 29, 2007 8:41 am (#258 of 2988)

The weather here is wonderful--highs in the high 70s/low 80s and lows in the mid-40s. Ok, so it was pretty cold Saturday night in the tent, but during the day it was fabulous. The joint Cub Scout/Girl Scout campout was a success and we are planning to do it again sometime. The boys pretty much did their own thing and the girls did their own thing except the boys joined us for dutch oven cobbler and s'mores (made with pumpkin Peeps, of course). The boys also wandered over to our campsite Sunday morning for a second breakfast (the girls slept in so breakfast wasn't until 9:30). The girls who were cooking got the lazybones girls out of the tent very quickly when they went over and told them "the Cub Scouts are eating all the pancakes." LOL

The kids are out of school today (teacher work day) so dh took the day off. I have work, and I have deadlines, so I guess I should do something about them.


Puck - Oct 29, 2007 8:44 am (#259 of 2988)

RED SOX won the World Series! RED SOX won the WOrld Series!!!!!

I'm tired from staying up late to watch the game, but so glad I did.

Sheila, you were talking about a series you said at Harry Potter qualities, and you mentioned a dorky lead character I thought you were comparing to Harry.

Super Mom is already mailing out Secret Santas? I'm trying to get through Halloween.

Maria, fill the water bottles back up about a third. It makes them more stable. And break the stem off the pumpkin, or it rolls all wonky. (I had the girls yell out lines from the GS promise before rolling to help them learn it.)

Time to get some cleaning done. All that I did to have the house ready for the kids parties has been completely undone.


***goes off singing "We are the Champions"**


Nathan Zimmermann - Oct 29, 2007 8:47 am (#260 of 2988)

I guess Babe Ruth's curse is definitely broken.


Denise P. - Oct 29, 2007 8:52 am (#261 of 2988)

Are you kidding, if it was up to me, I would not mail the Secret Santa gift until after Thanksgiving. The Chief Elf, who set the rules, said October 23 was the mailing deadline since we have people participating globally and she wanted to be sure everyone got a package in time. My package is just going to MI.

Got all my errands run. Now I have 6 badges and a sign to sew on Millicent's vest. I also got sleepover patches for my Tigers who spent the night camping with us. I found peppermint kisses at the store! Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming!

My dad is NOT coming! I called to see where he was, expecting him to be maybe in PA. He went home after visiting my uncle in UT. He decided it was too much to drive here so now he is planning to fly out here in December sometime.

Madam P. I was going off the layer of frost on the cars and grass this morning, not the weather forecast My van was frosty when I took Nicholas to seminary this morning and Mr. Denise had covered the begonias and impatiens with newspaper to protect them.


journeymom - Oct 29, 2007 10:18 am (#262 of 2988)

Denise, you just let us know when your dad comes to town, and we'll send you lots of paternal coping charms.

Sheila, you were talking about a series you said had Harry Potter qualities, and you mentioned a dorky lead character I thought you were comparing to Harry.

Hmm, yes, I think she mentioned Pushing Daisies. I'd heard it gets good reviews but we already watch too much tv, with Chuck, Reaper and Bionic Woman now on the plate with Heroes and House. If it were up to me Smallville would be taken off the plate. That show is going nowhere and I feel like I'm several years beyond its targeted demographic. Mr. Journeymom persists in watching it. I may have to take another look at Pushing Daisies.

We won't get any frost for a month or so. Even then, it won't get serious until January or so.

Oh, and congratulations to the Red Sox! It was a battle hard fought, and well earned.


Chemyst - Oct 29, 2007 10:54 am (#263 of 2988)

I like Pushing Daisies so far. It is just the sort of frothy romantic comedy that doesn't require me to think too much.

Madam Pince, do you suppose there is a good reason for mosquitoes to exist? What element of the food chain would suffer if they were wiped out completely? Just curious ... ~ Solitaire

Oh, are you going to be sorry you asked!!
From the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Dr. Richard (Skeeter) Werner, an entymologist with the Institute of Northern Forestry, feels that the mosquito probably plays its most important function as an aquatic link in the food chain of fish while it is still in its larval and pupal stages.
Dr. Mark Oswood, a biologist with the University's Institute of Arctic Biology, agrees that the aquatic stages of the mosquito are probably when they are the most valuable in the animal food chain, and he also includes wading birds such as cranes as animals whose diets they supplement.
Mosquitoes are also important pollinators, as a large part of their diet consists of plant nectar. But as a product in the animal food chain, Oswood puts the matter into neat perspective when he says that mosquito larvae might be pictured as: "small machines that transform algae, bacteria and organic matter into compact packages of protein."
From Everglades National Park
The most abundant mosquito species in South Florida is Aedes taeniorhynchus, the salt marsh mosquito. These insects can lay as many as 10,000 eggs per square foot on exposed moist soil. They especially like black mangrove swamps and the lagoons in Florida Bay keys. Heavy rains trigger egg hatching and rain-filled puddles soon turn black with squirming mosquito larvae. A week later the adults emerge to form giant buzzing clouds. It is the squirming mosquito larvae that would be missed. The larvae, which look like tiny black worms with big heads, are the principal food for small fish called killifish and mosquitofish. After having produced several broods while feeding on mosquito larvae, the killifish move into tidal creeks where they become an enormous food source for juvenile tarpon, snook, redfish and catfish. … Without mosquito larvae, sport fishermen in the Keys would have less fish to catch.
From bbc.co.uk/scotland/education/bitesize/standard
Here is an example of part of a food web in a Scottish loch. If one species is lost from a food web all the others are affected. In the web above, if the mosquito larvae were removed the ducks will have less food and the floating algae will be eaten less. So the duck population is likely to decrease and the floating algae population may increase.


Puck - Oct 29, 2007 10:54 am (#264 of 2988)

The Curse of the Bambino was broken back in 2004. This year it was stomped upon and smashed to smitherines.

I know people who got free furniture. Jordan's Furniture had a promotion that if you bought a couch, dining set or one other item during a certain window of time, it would be free if the Sox won the Series. Others of us who wanted new furniture are now a bit upset with hubbies who wouldn't take advantage of the promotion.


PeskyPixie - Oct 29, 2007 11:20 am (#265 of 2988)

We're still awaiting our first frost over here. It was supposed to come last night but decided last minute that it had better things to do.


Puck - Oct 29, 2007 11:57 am (#266 of 2988)

We had a frost last week. The kids saw the white grass proclaimed that it had "snowed" and sang jingle bells all the way to the bus stop.


Madam Pince - Oct 29, 2007 12:11 pm (#267 of 2988)

Re: the mosquitoes..... I don't care. I still hate them and wish they were all dead.


PeskyPixie - Oct 29, 2007 12:35 pm (#268 of 2988)

I've heard that only female mosquitoes suck blood (for their eggs). I possibly read it in National Geographic, but I may be unintentionally lying so don't quote me on it.

I had considered a trip to Asia last year which made my mom panicky about getting me to take quinine to prevent some forms of malaria. I reminded her that I can get West Nile virus in our own backyard.

I'm allergic to mosquito bites, so they swell up and become incredibly red and deliciously itchy!


Holly T. - Oct 29, 2007 12:54 pm (#269 of 2988)

Isn't it true that mosquitoes have killed more people than any other animal? I think I saw that on the Discovery Channel.

My Bible study class is all in a hubub about the upcoming Golden Compass movie. I haven't read the books but I asked my daughter about them and my daughter said it was like the people who criticize the Harry Potter books and haven't read them, plus she said different people are going to get different things out of most any books, especially good books.

I have a sore shoulder--not sure yet if it is just muscle tightness or a pinched nerve. I think some chocolate might help ...


Phelim Mcintyre - Oct 29, 2007 1:00 pm (#270 of 2988)

Holly T - Golden Compass is written by Philip Pullman. If you look him up on the internet he is very anti-religion and especially Christianity. Many of the complaints about his work are because of his comments. I have read the books and found the polemic getting in the way of the story.


Holly T. - Oct 29, 2007 1:12 pm (#271 of 2988)

Phelim--I have looked it up on the internet and I think my daughter is right--it seems like the same kind of people who bash the Narnia books and the Harry Potter books, for whatever reasons. I don't want to read the books. My daughter has read them and she likes them, and now some of my friends are aghast that I'm not offended by the very fact that the books exist and that, of course, means that I am a Bad Mom for trusting my daughter to form her own opinions.


PeskyPixie - Oct 29, 2007 1:27 pm (#272 of 2988)

Don't let others worry you, Holly. My parents weren't the extreme censoring type while I was growing up either. Kids tend to get drawn to banned things anyway. That's how everyone read Harry's interview in The Quibbler!


Denise P. - Oct 29, 2007 2:02 pm (#273 of 2988)

I read the Dark Materials trio a few years ago but it was a struggle. I thought they were pretty boring.


John Bumbledore - Oct 29, 2007 2:24 pm (#274 of 2988)

Madam P. I ... Denise P.

Talk about mixing up milk chocolate with raisins for chocolate milk with raisins.. I just pictured Madam P. visiting Tazzy and calling HIGGINS! as Zeus and Apolo came charging in barking and growling...

So, Madam P. I. when did you get your investigators license?

Or are you planning to don a mustache and Hawaiian shirt for your Halloween costume?

Peskie Pixie, you are correct. It is always the female that is bloodthirsty... (mosquito wise).

Ah, grits should be cooked for hours not minutes (about 9 times longer based on 3 hrs vs. 20 minutes) that explains much! I have tired grits many times and only seldom found them enjoyable. I now guess it was how long they were cooked that made the difference. Just guessing that when the grits were bad it seems most likely in those places that the cooks were not R.I.T.S. people.

I like oatmeal and will avoid cream of wheat.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Madam Pince - Oct 29, 2007 6:41 pm (#275 of 2988)

LOL, John Bumbledore! Thanks for the '80's flashback! I had Magnum, P.I. posters plastered all over my dorm room. Lovely man. Higgey-Baby, Zeus, and Apollo were a stitch, too! Funny that this past week's episode of Las Vegas, which now stars said Lovely Man, had for the guest stars... tah-dah! Rick and T.C.!

You know, I could probably pull off that "Madam P.I." costume at a Forum gathering, but nobody anywhere else would get it...

I've never heard of Phillip Pullman, but I saw a preview for The Golden Compass when we went to see OotP, and I thought it looked pretty cool! Apparently it stars that other lovely mustached man, Sam Elliott, whose voice (to me) ranks right up there with Alan Rickman's, Patrick Stewart's, and Matthew McConaghey's. (So sue me... I'm a sucker for British and Texas boys...)

Sigh... well, now I'm guaranteed to have dreamy dreams tonight! Nighty-night!


Denise P. - Oct 29, 2007 7:20 pm (#276 of 2988)

And yet you forgot the mother of all voices to listen to while being read the phone book....Sean Connery. Although, he is Scottish. A friend of mine meeting him in person said "he makes my blood sing" I much prefer Sean Connery now than in his Bond days. He just looked smarmy then.

Yay! I found all our missing Halloween costumes. We will have a Harry Potter and a dragon going this year after all.


Holly T. - Oct 29, 2007 8:46 pm (#277 of 2988)

Madam Pince, The Golden Compass movie also has Daniel Craig, the new James Bond, complete with cool accent.

I wonder if offering bribes would help me recruit more Daisy leaders? Puck, do you want more Daisies in your troop? They'd have to commute. Maybe I could suggest that to the parents here. We have a Daisy troop for you, but you have to provide transportation ...


Solitaire - Oct 29, 2007 9:26 pm (#278 of 2988)

Thanks, Chemyst! I never thought of it like that before. And here I've always thought of mosquitoes as blood-sucking, disease-carrying pests. It just goes to show you how wrong a person can be!



painting sheila - Oct 30, 2007 12:02 am (#279 of 2988)

(sigh) No one is here.

I can't sleep and now I can't talk to anyone! Jeez,  you people are all responsible or something.

Not much happened today except that . . . . I got my desk cleaned off!! Woohoo! You can tell there is actually a desk and not just papers piled on the floor. It's so nice.

I bought new cookware today. I read a report about teflon releasing some sort of carcinogen when it is scraped, plus hubby likes to cook with oil even in the teflon coated stuff. (Yes, we live in the south. Everything is fried!)

Anyway, it is all stainless steel and so shiny and new. I feel like cooking gobs and gobs of stuff just so I can see them sitting on my stove!

Littlest Guy had his first teacher conference today. Well, he didn't have the conference hubby and I and his teacher did but it was about Littlest Guy. He is right on target on everything and above target on a few things. He is kind and respectful and tries hard. What mom could ask for more?!!

I went to Books-A-Million today. (Sorry Tazzy. It was on my way home! I swear I usually shop at Borders!) and bought a bunch of Dick and Jane books. They were only $1.97 a piece and I thought they would be easy to read for Littlest Guy - plus I love the illustrations in them. "See Jane. See Jane kick the ball. See Dick run after the ball." Cheesy but a fun little stroll down Memory Lane.

I am going to go and try bed again. Maybe three times is a charm?


Kip Carter - Oct 30, 2007 12:37 am (#280 of 2988)

painting sheila, I wish I would have realized that you were up and awake before now; however I am normally up this time of the morning everyday to get all the admin work done on the Forums. Normally no one else is up and I can get things done without interruption. If you have not been able to sleep when you read this message, post again and I may be able to get away to chat for a while. 'Nuf said!


Elanor - Oct 30, 2007 12:46 am (#281 of 2988)

Sheila, I'm around too! But as it is 8.40 am here, it is quite normal! I've been up very early too and have already done quite a few things, including 9 km in 20 minutes on my indoor bike (quite proud of myself on that one, lol!). I'm going to keep an eye on the forum while I'm doing some work on the computer.

John, my brother recently lent me the first season of Magnum P.I. on DVD and I've really had some fun watching it again. It was really a great show! **waves to Tazzy, I've been mentally doing so each time I've watched an episode!**

**Many Strengthening Charms to Kip**

And bonne nuit or bonne journée to all.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 30, 2007 12:50 am (#282 of 2988)

Seems to be several of us up, though it is 2:50 AM here. PJ party anyone?


Kip Carter - Oct 30, 2007 12:55 am (#283 of 2988)

It does seem like there are more up than most would think; however we are a very international community. It's 3:55am here in South Carolina.


Elanor - Oct 30, 2007 12:57 am (#284 of 2988)

I'm dressed but always ready for a party!

Butterbeer? Tea? Coffee? And cauldron cakes of course!

Edit: I've opened a Chatroom window too.


Kip Carter - Oct 30, 2007 1:12 am (#285 of 2988)

Elanor, thanks for both the cauldron cake and butterbeer; however I missed you in the Chatroom. Maybe another day...? ...or early morning? Hope that you have a great day!

TBE, I am going to be working on a bunch of client work now that I have finished the admin stuff; so I will probably not be back on line until much later.

I hope that both of you will be able to get together if either cares to chat or party! As the morning progress, I am sure that others will start come on board. Cheers!


Elanor - Oct 30, 2007 1:28 am (#286 of 2988)

Thanks Kip! Have a great day too! It is fall break here so I can spend much more time on the forum, and I will!

My chatroom window is still opened (it has been since I posted about it but I am on HTML so I need to remember to hit "enter" from time to time ). I will leave it open for about half an hour more.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 30, 2007 1:33 am (#287 of 2988)

I haven't been able to get the chat room to work for me in quite some time now. Have tried all three computers, but alas.


Elanor - Oct 30, 2007 1:41 am (#288 of 2988)

Too bad TBE! It would have been nice. Toasting to your health and good night with my tea! As we say: "santé!"


Puck - Oct 30, 2007 3:52 am (#289 of 2988)

Darn! I think I missed the party!

LOL, Holly. My troop is full, but if they are willing to commute from Texas I'll take them. (Actually , I do have a spot. I was over by one, then discovered the twins were actually supposed to be in a Brownie troop, so now we are down one. I haven't advertised this. Our troop seems to have the most desired time slot, but the other troops in town all have fewer girls. I said if they fill, then I'll be willing to take on a couple more. (My space is small.)

Sheila, my conferences are on the 14th. Hope they go as well as yours!

Time to make the pancakes.



Steve Newton - Oct 30, 2007 5:15 am (#290 of 2988)

Three and a half months to spring training. Sigh.

Why was everyone up at 3 this morning. Needless to say I missed this chat a thon.


Denise P. - Oct 30, 2007 5:29 am (#291 of 2988)

I was up just past 5.

Yay! Millicent got the approval on her Bronze project. She is going to tie quilts to donate to either a homeless shelter or a battered woman's shelter. These are simple quilts to be given to younger children, about a yard on each side, batting and then tied with yarn. I can make one in about 30 minutes. She has to complete 2 badges that relate to it (Sew Simple and Yarn/Fabric Arts) and then she can begin work on it since she has everything else done for it. She is planning to ask the ladies at church for fabric donation and is hoping to complete at least 8 quilts. We are hopeful she can finish her Bronze project by Easter. It depends on how long it actually takes her to do a single quilt once everything is in place. She still has all the leg work to find the place to donate them to, gathering materials, making them and then making tags. We are hoping we can find someone who has a embroidery machine so we can attach a cloth tag that says "Made by Millicent, GSA Troop, Town " or something like that.

She decided to do her Bronze project separate from her troop since she is not happy with them right now. As a troop last year, they completed 2, count 'em, 2 badges. Millicent earned her Junior Aide, Sign of the Star and about 12 badges between her old troop, camps and doing things at home.


Puck - Oct 30, 2007 5:48 am (#292 of 2988)

Denise, if you don't find someone local, I have such a machine and can make you some. A quilt that size shouldn't take more than 30 or 40 minutes to tie. Add to that time to press the fabric for front and back, layering it to get ready to tie, the whole thing should be an hour or so. What is she planning to do about the binding?


Denise P. - Oct 30, 2007 5:59 am (#293 of 2988)

Oh, thanks! I will keep that in mind if we don't have anyone here to do it. I appreciate the offer.

Oh, when I say simple, I mean simple. No binding needed. She is planning to sew and turn the quilt, then tie it. All you do is layer front to back, batting on top and then sew a big square (leaving an opening to turn it rightside out). We did this in Young Women's ages ago when the girls made little quilts for the new moms.

I am hoping to convince her that an assembly line is the best way. Iron everything, layer and pin everything, sew the 3.9 sides, turn each quilt, close each quilt, iron each quilt, tie each quilt. I think this would work better than her doing one at a time.


Madam Pince - Oct 30, 2007 6:19 am (#294 of 2988)

Drat, I missed the party, too! And I was even still up, also. Just one of those nights when I couldn't sleep. Must've been all the obsessing about men with mustaches and cute accents. LOL!

You're right, Denise, I forgot Sean Connery! Shame on me. I even commented to Mr. P last night about how much I love a Scottish accent. We were watching Pirates of the Caribbean 2, I think, is what prompted it.

And here I've always thought of mosquitoes as blood-sucking, disease-carrying pests. It just goes to show you how wrong a person can be! –Solitaire

No, you're not wrong! They ARE blood-sucking, disease-carrying pests. Just because other things like to eat them doesn't lessen that fact in the least!

Sheila, we have some of the Dick and Jane books, too! My mom gave them to Little P for Christmas last year -- but I think she paid a lot more than $1.79 for them! Woo-hoo for you the thrifty shopper! *high-fives* Yes, they are kind of corny, but they're cute and Little P can read them which makes him feel good. Congrats on your Littlest Guy! "Kind and respectful" -- that's our entire goal for kindergarten right there, I think! LOL! Good job Mom and Dad, and Littlest Guy, too!

I've had the most brilliant idea! (Well, brilliant for me, anyway...) I was supposed to bring cheese to the Halloween party tomorrow -- someone said "Just get the kind that's already pre-cut into stars and shapes and stuff so it'll be easy." Well, I've looked in all our stores and no pre-cut cheese. So I came up with "ghost spiders." I'm cutting a piece of string cheese in half, then peeling it down to make spider legs and using a toothpick dipped in food coloring to "draw" a couple of red eyes on the head. Then I have this metal mesh fruit basket that turned upside down and if you squint your eyes it might passably resemble a spider web. So I'm going to hang all the ghost spiders across the web. Tah-dah! Clever, huh? My other job for the party is to read something, so I've chosen Dr. Seuss's "Why Am I Scared?" (I think that's what it's called...)

Off to the haircolorists so that I won't be Morticia Adams tomorrow at the party and scare all the little kidlets! Everyone have a good RotD!


The giant squid - Oct 30, 2007 6:22 am (#295 of 2988)

I read the Dark Materials trio a few years ago but it was a struggle. I thought they were pretty boring.--Denise P.

This, I think, is the worst review any book can get. It doesn't matter it a book offends you, annoys you, enlightens you or enthralls you, but if it bores you it's a complete waste of your time to read it. Then again, I'm not a big fan of boredom in general...

Sorry I missed the late night/early morning pow-wow. In the old days that would have been right in my prime posting time. Alas, now that's when I'm sleeping into REM sleep.



Good Evans - Oct 30, 2007 6:34 am (#296 of 2988)

LOL at 8.40 for Elanor - it would have been 7.40 for me - so I was alerady at my desk and hard at work. But your vibes must have been strong because I did half consider a quick chek of the chat thread about 8.00 am!!!!

Holly T - I always knew that your daughter was a well rounded individual, she has excellence sense about censorship and fanaticism!!!


[BSnuffles[/B] - Oct 30, 2007 6:58 am (#297 of 2988)

I missed the party too

I was away from the forum last week and there was too many posts to read . I shall try to cover myself by sending *Healing Charms, Felix Felicis, Strengthening Charms and Bat Bogey Hexes* to all those in need.

Poppy is settling in nicely. We picked her up a week last Sunday, and as hubby and I had a week off work and Olivia was on half term, it was the perfect time. We have been crate training her. She sleeps in it at night and so far, **knocks on wood**, we have had whine free and puddle free nights . Of course there have been the odd accident during the day, but I wouldn't expect anything less from an 8 1/2 week old!

She does seem to like feet chewing though, so we are working on that one! Tugging at Olivia's trousers is another favourite. Hopefully that should calm down as she gets older.

I shall try and catch up with the threads

Love and hugs to all



painting sheila - Oct 30, 2007 8:14 am (#298 of 2988)

Shoot! I didn't check the forum once I made my last post of the night (er, morning). I have no idea what was up - but I just couldn't sleep.

I ended up making roasted pumpkin seeds and then getting in bed around 3:45am.

Of course Littlest Guy was late for school this morning since I over slept, but hey! He had a good excuse . ."Please excuse Littlest Guy from being tardy for school today. His mother overs slept. Many thanks- Painting Sheila"

It's cold here this morning. I actually sent Littlest Guy to school with socks AND a coat! What is the world coming too?

Have a great one everyone - talk to you later-



Denise P. - Oct 30, 2007 8:53 am (#299 of 2988)

I have nothing but respect for teachers. I know it is a tough job, that is what my degree is in. But here is a story that shows why some teachers have a hard time getting parents to volunteer for things.

A friend of mine has a daughter in first grade, just like Iain. The teacher asked for a volunteer to make cupcakes so my friend agreed. The teacher sent her links to all manner of complicated, nifty looking cupcakes. My friend emailed back and said she was planning to just put black and orange sprinkles on frosted cupcakes. She got an email back from the teacher saying "No thanks then, I will do it myself"

Okay, I can understand wanting things to look nice but when someone volunteers to do something that saves you loads of time, don't turn them down! The kids don't care if the cupcakes look like spiders with googly eyes beyond the initial "oooh" They just want to lick all the frosting off!


Holly T. - Oct 30, 2007 9:35 am (#300 of 2988)

Hmm, Denise, sounds like a control-freak teacher who would get along with my son's teacher (conference is next week, can't wait).

Good Evans, my daughter may be well rounded, etc. but she still can't remember to call me when she gets to school. Grrr. Doesn't she know I worry about her all day when she doesn't call?

Puck, I am so going to tell someone that the next time I get a call from someone who really wants their daughter in Daisies but can't possibly consider being a leader--"well, the only troop leader with space in her troop is in Massachusetts--will that be a problem for you?"

Denise, Millicent's project sounds great. One of my friend's troops had her girls learn to quilt for their Bronze project and they made lap quilts for an Alzheimer's patients group home. My daughter pulled out the box of stuff from her Bronze project and taught the Movers Try-it to two of the new troops I've started this year. She nad her friend taught Movers, Science in Action, and Science Wonders to I think it was maybe 8 different troops (they got to pick which Try-its they wanted to work on out of those 3--some did 2 of them). Daughter says she could teach the Movers Try-it in her sleep since she's done that one the most.

I guess Sheila is napping?
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Puck - Oct 30, 2007 9:51 am (#301 of 2988)

Socks and a coat? I've sent my kids to the bus stop wearing mittens several times already.

Apparently Red Sox fever is a bit too rampant. Yesterday on the spelling pretest Son spelled "sock" as "sox". Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042

I think beyond "don't make chocolate, we have a child who is allergic" the person volunteering to bake should have free reign.

Reminds me, I need to call and see what one of the Daisy Moms is making for the Investiture ceremony on Friday, so I can make something different. I also have to get more snack mix, because my husband who claimed the other snacks in the house were "boring" ignored my "For Girl Scouts, do not eat" note on the container I had already purchased. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059

Holly, the meetings are at 3pm on Fridays, so 1pm your time. (My first troop was when I was a teacher and volunteered to be an assistant leader in the town. I ended up with my own troop because the moms -many of whom stayed at home and had all their kids in school- wouldn't do it.)

Is project Linus national? I've made quilts for them. They give them to babies you spend time in NICU after they are born. Just another idea for a place to donate them.



PeskyPixie - Oct 30, 2007 10:24 am (#302 of 2988)

We're pretty uptight about baked goodies and other treats sent from home at schools up here. So many children have life-threatening allergies that one can't be too careful. Sometimes it just takes a whiff of the forbidden substance in the air to set a kid off . However, my mom finds that parents willing to spend their free hours baking are just as willing to take the extra pre-cautions, so that's always nice.

My mom has taken ideas tossed about on the forum (I think it's Sheila's idea actually) and is going to school as a Muggle who longs to be a witch!

ETA: I just wish my Toronto Maple Leafs would take after the Sox.


Holly T. - Oct 30, 2007 10:46 am (#303 of 2988)

Puck, I think there's just one hour time difference, but I will let people know.

Ok, Zappos.com has the nicest customer service people I have ever talked to. I ordered some shoes last Wednesday so Hermione can have my old shoes for band. The shoes were supposed to arrive Friday and didn't. I called their 800 number and talked to a very nice man, who said they would send me another pair of shoes overnight, wants me to call if I don't have them by tomorrow evening, and they e-mailed me a $15 coupon on my next purchase from them for my trouble. Like I need an excuse to buy more shoes. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042


Solitaire - Oct 30, 2007 11:10 am (#304 of 2988)

Denise, your persnickety teacher needs a spanking! I am always so grateful for any parents who help me do anything! We have a wonderfully active PTC and a Moms-in-Touch group who come to our aid whenever we need them. Our school really could not do all the things we do without our moms ... and several of the dads, too.

Last year, all I had to do was let my head room mom know we needed a party, and she took care of it all. I didn't have to worry or even lift a finger. She even provided water bottles and healthy snacks every morning during our STAR testing week!!! Now, THAT's a room mom! I considered flunking her child so I could have her again ... but I thought better of it. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 464751818  After all, he was an A student!

Holly, thanks for reminding me of Zappos. I definitely need a new pair of shoes!

Okay, prep time is up! Sorry I missed the party last night. We were having electrical storms throughout the night, so I shut down early. This morning, I had no service at home. I hope it is restored by the time I get home. **reparo charms**



Chemyst - Oct 30, 2007 11:31 am (#305 of 2988)

The kids don't care if the cupcakes look like spiders with googly eyes beyond the initial "oooh" They just want to lick all the frosting off!
Hm... I must have been a strange child then. I remember several "special" treats from my school years. One was a ghost made by covering a tootsie-pop with tissue paper and using an apple for a stand. I also remember two other special times the room moms went the extra mile; once with orange popsicles and another year with lacy valentine hearts.

I do agree with the main point of the story though: the teacher should not look a gift horse in the mouth lest she look like the other end.

Philip Pullman…   I pretty much lost any interest in reading his stuff when he told an interviewer, "My books are about killing God." I figured then that they'd be either dreary or angry; neither of which seemed appealing. So if they are boring, I guess that is the former.


painting sheila - Oct 30, 2007 11:43 am (#306 of 2988)

yeah PeskyPixie's mom! Sounds like a fun lady to me!

I am not taking a nap. I took a friend grocery shopping and then to the bank. I have about an hour before I have to pick up Littlest Guy. This is going to be the hardest part! Not falling asleep while I pass the time waiting for him.

Teacher who wants fancy cakes - let her do them herself and don't you dare feel one bit guilty!! Just walk in look at the cupcakes and make a huge deal about them - "How wonderful! How creative! How thoughtful! It must be nice to have so much time on your hands. I wish I did!" and leave it at that. Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org (I will feel badly about being so mean in a few minutes. I went ahead and posted the fallen angel to get it over with.)


kabloink! - Oct 30, 2007 3:05 pm (#307 of 2988)

Okay, I'm quite annoyed. I know I'm at work and all, but during short downtimes I like to catch up on the posts and work slowly on my own. I had a nice post that I was working on as I read. Somebody else came up to my desk to make an appointment or check someone in and closed all of my windows. Arg! They also tried to open a program that was already open about 4 times...I could tell because I had 4 logon screens down on my menu bar.


I have had grits a time or two-must be more than once, because I remember really liking them the first time (for breakfast at a diner with butter and sugar or something like that), but not the next few times...I do, however, LOVE Cream of Wheat with milk and lots of brown sugar, and I LOVE oatmeal with milk brown sugar and raisins!

I have heard from several sources that I would probably greatly enjoy the Phillip Pullman books, but have not yet had the chance to read them yet.

Denise, will she be making them out of fleece? That seems to be the most common material for the tie-quilts these days, though I doubt they would really need much batting with 2 layers of fleece. We have a black and red one for our couch in our living room-we love it! I don't think it has batting, and it is toasty warm. Oh wow, when my mom has made them, I don't think she even sews them, just cuts strips all the way around about 2 inches or so (maybe less) and ties it all together.

I was happy to see the Red Sox win, but I would have preferred to see the Indians win. Of course, I WOULD have LIKED to see my Tigers in the Series again this year, but they played like poo after the All-Star break, only to make a not-big-enough comeback in September.

Okay, now I have to go do some typing for work. Have a great day/night everyone!


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 30, 2007 3:28 pm (#308 of 2988)


Whew! It's been a long day! Was up at 3 AM, had tooth pulled this morning, so it seems like this day is three days long!

...waves to everyone as I toddle off to check other threads...


legolas returns - Oct 30, 2007 3:51 pm (#309 of 2988)

Love the fallen angel and the baby dragon with the cute little eyes.

Sympathy about the tooth TBE-ouch.

Healing charms + (((((((Hugs))))))) to all.

I have not been on this thread for ages..

News-I have had work done on my bathroom. It took ages and in the end I have no bath and a sparkly lovely new shower cubicle. Unfortunately the plumbers were not that hot at plastering. Plumbers should just stick to plumbing in my opinion. It looked like a four year old had done it. My Dad came down and gave it a bit of loving and has improved it greatly and did some tiles and painting.

Been doing the usual amount of work/play and Butterbeers. I was going to post on Sat night but I had had a few too many Butterbeers for sensible posting. Went back a couple of weeks ago to my parents for the weekend and saw friends. They have also been down to visit me quite a bit recently. I have seen my Dad so much more since he retired which is really good. Tommorrow my local cinema is showing Dracula (Horror of Dracula in America) the Hammer Horror version (With Christopher Lee) for Halloween. Yeah cheesetastic horror!


PeskyPixie - Oct 30, 2007 4:28 pm (#310 of 2988)

Have fun at the movies, Legolas.

My favourite Dracula movie is Bram Stoker's Dracula as I'm nutty for Gary Oldman!


legolas returns - Oct 30, 2007 4:45 pm (#311 of 2988)

Gary Oldman in Period dress and long flowing curly hair is my ideal of an ideal Dracula. I thought it was a good movie too.


Denise P. - Oct 30, 2007 4:54 pm (#312 of 2988)

No, she is not doing fleece. If she was, no batting would be needed. She is doing a tie quilt...as in she will be tying yarn knots on the quilt and it holds the layers together. With fleece, you can tie the ends in a fringe because fleece will not fray. I think a fleece one would actually be a little too hard for her, I know they take me a few hours since you have to lay it out, cut the ties and tie it. It also gets little fleecy fuzzballs everywhere.


painting sheila - Oct 30, 2007 5:03 pm (#313 of 2988)

Denise I know American Mother's takes donation of quilts for children. They need all sizes - even for teenagers. It's a very nice program.

off to sew . . . .



PeskyPixie - Oct 30, 2007 5:56 pm (#314 of 2988)

Gary Oldman as Sirius Black sort of resembles an older Prince Vlad. Yum!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 30, 2007 6:30 pm (#315 of 2988)

Oh no, Robert Goulet has passed away. I adored him. He was so wonderfully hammy. Years ago, I saw him on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He forgot the words to the song he was singing and started again...and again...and again. He was laughing so hard I don't think he was able to sing it even after he remembered the words.

The kids went to a Halloween party tonight. I had a little Harry Potter and Joan of Arc on my hands. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 2752390508  I have to say, someone did a nifty job cutting out the fleurs-de-lis for Joan of Arc's shield. Harry Potter had the excellent idea of writing “I must not tell lies” in red ink on his hand. It looked quite authentic.


painting sheila - Oct 30, 2007 6:40 pm (#316 of 2988)

Robert Goulet in Camelot - dreamy!


Potteraholic - Oct 30, 2007 7:30 pm (#317 of 2988)

A friend of mine has a daughter in first grade, just like Iain. The teacher asked for a volunteer to make cupcakes so my friendagreed. The teacher sent her links to all manner of complicated, nifty looking cupcakes. My friend emailed back and said she was planning to just put black and orange sprinkles on frosted cupcakes. She got an email back from the teacher saying "No thanks then, I will do it myself" Denise P.

What an ingrate! :mad: I'm a teacher, and if a parent offered to make any food item for the class, I would offer nothing but profuse thanks. In fact, all of the teachers I know would NEVER do such a thing. The nerve of her! Okay, rant over.


Meoshimo - Oct 30, 2007 8:10 pm (#318 of 2988)

Does anyone have or know where I could get some really good jack o'lantern designs? If anyone has a phoenix design, that would be great.


Tazzygirl - Oct 30, 2007 8:13 pm (#319 of 2988)

Sheila: (Sorry Tazzy. It was on my way home! I swear I usually shop at Borders!)

Tehe! You mean Barnes and Noble, right??

**waves to Audrey**

The pajama party would have been at about 8 pm my time. Sorry I missed it!

**healing charms** to TBE!

My lesson today on the Native Americans and Colonists went really well! Sending a big Thanks! and a hug to everyone that sent me suggestions!

I feel the same way about that teacher who wanted specific cupcakes. That's just not right! I know I'll be super grateful to whatever the students and parents bring in!

Sad news- my guinea pig, Tazzy, died today. She was pretty old- almost 9 years. My mom said she had a stroke, and went downhill from there. (My screen name was her nickname...)

Off to eat sushi with Syd, Thaniel and Aunt. Then it's back to the homework. Yeay...



Denise P. - Oct 30, 2007 8:21 pm (#320 of 2988)

Meo, let Google be your friend. Seriously, just google in free pumpkin carving pattern or something similar...I found a bunch of sites last week when I was looking for something specific to carve.


Solitaire - Oct 30, 2007 8:46 pm (#321 of 2988)

Kabloink, if you are working on a post while doing other things--and particularly if you leave your computer and others come and use it--one good way is to open an email blank or MS Word page and write it there ... then save it as you go. You can copy and paste the finished work into the posting spot and delete it once you've posted. It saves a lot of headaches.

Oh, Twinkles! A tooth pulled? Ouch!! **healing charms**

Sheila, you are not being mean. You are just making a point ... very pointedly!

Robert Goulet, R.I.P. Didn't he play King Arthur on Broadway? The movie I remember him from best is an old Sandra Dee-Maurice Chevalier comedy called I'd Rather Be Rich. It was so cute, and Maurice was perfect, as always. Ah, I see I was right ... Sheila mentioned Camelot.

Potteraholic is right. MOST teachers are incredibly appreciative of parents who step up to the plate and help. I think the persnickety teacher must be an anomaly ... or, as someone said earlier, a control freak.

Meoshimo, here is a page which tells how to take an image and put it on a pumpkin ... and it has some incredible finished products, many of which are from photos of people! www.biosci.missouri.edu/liscum/halloween/pumpkin_03/pumppatterns.html Please show us a picture of your finished product, okay?

(((hugs))))) to Tazzy. I am so sorry about your guinea pig. It's hard to lose a pet.


Yikes!!! I just heard on the news that there was an earthquake up in the San Jose area, and it was felt as far east as Sacramento. Did you feel anything, Journeymom?


PeskyPixie - Oct 30, 2007 9:12 pm (#322 of 2988)

While allergies are an area of concern, 'control freaks' just know how to pour a bucket of luke-warm water on festivities. I should know. I had one as a teacher in grade two.

Control Freak actually had little recipes made up on cue cards stating exactly how she wanted each item of the Hallowe'en class party to be prepared and presented. I, the over-zealous eight-year-old, volunteered my mom for almost everything until I had to be stopped! Anyhow, mom got stuck with 'Ghostly Cider' and 'Spooky Pumpkin Muffins' .

Control Freak nearly had a meltdown when mom told her she has her own pumpkin muffin recipe (in which she doesn't use a few of the weirder ingredients present in CF's recipe). I still remember the woman wailing, "But then they won't be Spooky Pumpkin Muffins! I can just give them to someone else if you don't want to make them!" Mom acquiesced and made the grossest batch of muffins ever to come out of our oven.

The previous episode was one of CF's more festive moods. She simply hated children and loved to make life miserable for us. I later learned she had had a nervous breakdown a few years before I was fortunate to be in her class. However, she is the reason I don't find Severus Snape to be all that nasty of a teacher to the majority of his students- CF was much worse!

ETA: Tazzy's lost a guinea pig? I'm so sorry. (I was skimming through posts so I've missed stuff. I'll go back to read carefully now)


journeymom - Oct 30, 2007 10:41 pm (#323 of 2988)

Tazzy, I'm so sorry! That just stinks. Dd has a guinea pig that's maybe four months old. We're getting really attached to it. And I must say, I had no idea guinea pigs live that long.


Tazzygirl - Oct 30, 2007 11:11 pm (#324 of 2988)

Thanks for the thoughts, everyone. I'm taking it much better than what I thought I would- Taz was in California with my parents, so it still kinda feels like she's still alive. Mom probably wouldn't have even told me she had died- I've got so much stress and stuff going on just from school that she didn't want to add Taz to the pile. But I always ask how Taz is doing when I call home.

Journeymom- Taz was considered old for a guinea pig. They only usually live about 5 years- all of the ones I had before Taz averaged about 4 years. Depends on how uncommon the breed is, and how well they are taken care of. Taz was a pretty unusual guinea girl.

Back to homework.



jose043 - Oct 30, 2007 11:33 pm (#325 of 2988)

Hi All

Tazzygirl sorry to see you lost your pet Guinea pig when you were not at home.

Happy Halloween to all that celebrate it.

Healing charms get well charms to all that need them.

Of to get Anne from work & to start the ball rolling to get her Honda Civic Hybrid this evening car yards stay open till 9:00pm tonight.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Elanor - Oct 31, 2007 12:54 am (#326 of 2988)

Happy Halloween!!!

I hope everybody will have some fun today! It's been great reading about everyone's plans (I agree on the spoiled teacher, she's really got a problem! **shaking head**). Halloween isn't that celebrated here, only a few kids will have some parties. Tomorrow, All Saints Day, is a holiday here and many people today will be travelling to go and see families and visit cemetaries (tradition is to put some chrysanthemums on one's family's graves).

I will have my own little Halloween party though: a HP DVD and some Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans (**waves to Soli**), should be nice!

So sorry to hear about Taz, Tazzy! (((((hugs))))))

Healing charms to all needing some, and Cheering Ones to all.



TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 31, 2007 1:24 am (#327 of 2988)

Happy Halloween! Witch 2

Thank you for the healing charms everyone. I'm so sorry about the loss of your pet Kristina.

All set for Halloween here except for making the pumpkin juice and getting my cast iron cauldron back from one of my horses, (it doubles as a water trough the rest of the year). Oops, maybe I'd better get candy today to fill it?

...toddles off to find my broom...

Edit: In case you a wondering, I put a false bottom in said caldron, NO, I am not buying that much candy to fill the thing!


Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 31, 2007 3:44 am (#328 of 2988)

Solitaire, Goulet played King Arthur in Camelot when he was older. When he was still a young man, he played Lancelot.


Potteraholic - Oct 31, 2007 4:13 am (#329 of 2988)


Tazzygirl, Sorry about Tazzy.

For anyone feeling unwell, wishing you a speedy recovery!

For anyone having unpleasant or unhelpful weather, hoping for a change soon.

For anyone working on projects, much success for a wonderful completion!

Have been watching 'The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard' on Masterpiece Theatre on public television here in the States. Is anyone watching it? Or has anyone seen it already? What do you think about its premise (an ordinary woman who becomes Prime Minister of Britain, starring Jane Horrocks in the title role)?

Off to school! Have a great day everyone!


painting sheila - Oct 31, 2007 5:00 am (#330 of 2988)

Happy Halloween everyone!!! Happy ghosting! Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

(cough cough)er,. . . . yes. Barnes and Noble. That's what I meant!!

It's a crazy day today. I have to receive the costumes we lent to Les Miz, return them to their proper places in costume closet, make 30 cupcakes, make two 1910 costumes for production at school, repair Littlest Guy's costume for tonight, buy candy, mail boxes it same friends, head to some friends house at 5:00 for dinner and then taking kiddies trick or treating . . . . I think I will stop now.


Good Evans - Oct 31, 2007 5:47 am (#331 of 2988)

oh dear ... sorry to hear about Tazzy, Tazzy! :sad:

Peskypixie - CF sounds a nightmare, imagine wailing about the ingredients in muffins!!! sheesh (oooh I haven't said "sheesh" in years - woo hoo!!

waves to everyone, glad the time is no longer "two thirty" for TBE

oh yes - have a safe and fun Halloween folks, for those of you trick or treating tonight.


painting sheila - Oct 31, 2007 6:41 am (#332 of 2988)

two thirty So funny!! I do hope you are feeling better TBE. It's not fun to have a sore tooth when it's the "sweetest" day of the year!

Tazzy - I meant to send my sympathies to you for the passing of Tazzy. She live a good long life full of treats and hugs I am sure.


Solitaire - Oct 31, 2007 7:02 am (#333 of 2988)

LOL Elanor! Watch out for the bogey-flavoured ones! **wrinkling nose and sticking out tongue**

NO, I am not buying that much candy to fill the thing!

I was imagining all of the children in your neighborhood running amok on sugar highs for about a week! LOL

Kim, did you ever see I'd Rather Be Rich? If you didn't and you're a RG fan, you should rent it. It isn't an Oscar-caliber film, but it's cute. Andy Williams (Goulet's rival for the girl) is also in it, and there are some funny bits about a song they both sing.

Has anyone ever had a "pedicure accident"? Last night I had a pedicure from the same lady who's been doing them for several years. After I'd been home for a few hours, I was puttering around in the kitchen when I realized my feet were really tender on the bottom. This is odd, as I've never noticed that happening before. I didn't identify the sensation at first ... but when I sat down, I noticed the soles were really, really red. I thought perhaps she'd used some new cream with an ingredient that was bugging me, so I ran some tepid water in the tub and rinsed my feet.

They were a bit better afterward, but they still felt weird. This morning, I suddenly realized what the sensation was--they still felt tender, but they are also "numb" in a couple of spots, like they used to get when I would walk barefoot on the blazing hot concrete (I no longer do this) and burn the soles of my feet. I'm now wondering if the hot towels my pedicurist put on my feet were TOO hot and burned me. Has anyone ever heard of this happening? If so, have you any suggestions for remedies, other than just time? Thanks.

Pesky, I wish I had one of your mom's yummy pumpkin muffins. I am now out to find a recipe for a tasty sugar-free one. Suggestions, anyone?

Well, time to scoot to school. Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!!



Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 31, 2007 7:12 am (#334 of 2988)

Kim, did you ever see I'd Rather Be Rich?---Solitaire

No, I haven't, but have you ever seen Gay Purr-ee starring the voices of Robert Goulet, Judy Garland, Red Buttons and...wait for it...Hermione Gould? When I was a kid, I LOVED this film and have been bound and determined ever since to name a cat Robespierre.


Madam Pince - Oct 31, 2007 7:59 am (#335 of 2988)

Wow, Soli, that sounds odd! I can't imagine towels being hot enough to burn the soles of your feet! It seems like you'd have felt it at the time. Hmmmm. I'd definitely be giving the salon a call if I were you -- could be some kind of chemical burn from some new lotion or something. Ouch. Anyway hope they feel better soon.

Same for you and the tooth, TBE -- hope you're doing OK! I love the idea of using a cauldron for your candy distribution!

Tazzy, so sorry about your guinea pig!

Sounds to me like the teacher Denise was talking about has definite control issues. Actually, it's not even just control-freakish, it's just plain rude. I'm sure Miss Manners would agree. I love Sheila's solution: "How nice that you have the time to do that! I wish I did!"

Re: Gary Oldman as Dracula -- remember the incarnation where he's the really old Dracula -- pale and with the white hair up on his head arranged funny so his head almost looks sort of heart-shaped? Well, Mr. Pince likes to torment our dog (a yellow lab) by flopping her ears inside-out up on top of her head. They stay that way until she shakes her head. If she looks at you and tries to prick her ears forward while they're like that, she has a remarkably uncanny resemblance to that version of Gary Oldman's Dracula. (ooooo I wish we could do avatar changes!!!...)

My grandma made me a tie-quilt and put a wool blanket in the middle as the batting. Actually it might even be two wool blankets. It weighs about 15 pounds I think, and it is sooooo warm! I use it when camping on our re-enactment weekends. You can't really roll over under it, but then again, you can't roll over very well in a cot anyway, so it's perfect.

My hairdresser said yesterday that the semi-permanent color she's always used didn't "take" very well, which apparently means my hair is "becoming resistant" to coloring, which is another way of saying "you're getting old." Next time we have to use permanent color. Sigh... To compensate, I went out and bought a pair of jeans on sale for $24 that make me look like I'm still sort of young... And I got to snack on some of that yummy Great Harvest bread while in the waiting room. (Which I only do when I visit the hair place, so that I can fit into the young-looking $24 jeans...)

So, not a very good start to our morning. I apparently turned the alarm clock off and rolled over and went back to sleep -- I awoke at 8:39 (the bus comes at 8:30 and school starts at 9:00 -- ) We made it there by 9:08 and apparently you're not tardy until 9:15, so *whew*. Also, I thought Little P wanted to wear his Storm Trooper costume, but as we're rushing out the door he announces he planned to wear the Spider-Man costume with the big seam-rip across the butt. I could've sewn it up if I'd only known. Oh well, he'll just be Spider-Man after a tangle with some dastardly villain.

OK, off to start making ghost-spiders...

Edit: Just realized... isn't the "Forum-time" off by an hour? Did it do the Daylight Savings Time thing automatically on the wrong day?


PeskyPixie - Oct 31, 2007 8:00 am (#336 of 2988)

Whew! I nearly got run over by a giant PacMan and his friends on my way in. PacMan was before my time, but I vaguely remember it in its dying stages. Nearly getting trampled has never before had such a nostalgic feel to it!

As I've mentioned my mom is a 'Muggle who wants to be a Witch' (she calls it 'Wishful Muggle') for Hallowe'en (she even carries a sign which says, "Mr. Ollivander won't sell me a wand" ). One of her little students has asked her, "What's a Muggle?"

Solitaire, as my mom now has diabetes we're planning to experiment with turning some of our recipes sugar-free. I'll definitely let you know when we have a keeper.



Meoshimo - Oct 31, 2007 8:01 am (#337 of 2988)

A cat would live up to the name Robespierre.


kabloink! - Oct 31, 2007 8:24 am (#338 of 2988)

PacMan's dead?


Elanor - Oct 31, 2007 8:26 am (#339 of 2988)

I do agree Meoshimo, it doesn't bode well for the birds living in the neighborhood.

**Healing Charms to Soli**

Just wanted to tell you all that:

There are a few Halloween "treats" for us to savor on Jo's website! Woohoo!! :cheer:


Tazzygirl - Oct 31, 2007 9:51 am (#340 of 2988)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Hope everyone has a safe and fun time tonight! I'll be passing candy out for Aunt and Uncle, so they can take the kids trick-or-treating. I look forward to passing out candy every year.

Thanks again for the hugs and sympathy!

Madam P- don't you hate those days? I had mine last week!

I have no class today, but I do have an 8 a.m. meeting with art group. We are presenting Monet tomorrow, and have to put an activity together as well as a mini lesson. When I get back from that I have a paper to write, two reflections, and an agenda to write (this coming Monday is my first Solo teaching day). I think that is it. I might have more.

Hopefully Jo's treats stay on her site until a little bit later on today- I don't have time right now to go enjoy!

Have a great day/night everyone!



Puck - Oct 31, 2007 10:02 am (#341 of 2988)

Happy Halloween!!


Pesky, your Mom has some serious educating to do if the kids don't know what muggles are.

Sheila, hope you get it all done!

I still have to carve my pumpkin. Tonight I'm on candy duty while Mr. Puck takes the kids out.

I hope there aren't many crying kindergarteners today. Traditionally, they are the only ones who wear costumes and have a Halloween parade for the older students. (Older kids wear orange and black.) Well, the teachers forgot to send a note home. Diva and her friend said the teachers told them to wear them, so my neighbor and I sent them in the backpacks. However, I imagine parents who have their first kid in school may not have known and didn't send a costume. (5 year olds are not the most reliable source of information.)


Holly T. - Oct 31, 2007 10:22 am (#342 of 2988)

Happy Halloween!!!

((Kristina)) Sorry about Tazzy.

Hope you are feeling better TBE!

Healing charms to Soli!

~~~sending Sheila a time-turner~~~

Kathy, 12-year-olds are not the most reliable source of info either. Daughter says the band contest on Saturday lasts "all day" and I have been trying to get her to ask her band director if that means 5 p.m., 3 p.m., or what. We have to get them there at 7:30 a.m. and they want parents to stay so the kids won't have to wait to be picked up when they're done. I will have my son with me and we don't want to sit there all day. So I need some kind of timetable to know when I need to be back.

Daughter's ballet school moved up all the classes by an hour and is closing early since it is Halloween. Nice to know they have sorted out their priorities.


Solitaire - Oct 31, 2007 10:25 am (#343 of 2988)

Thanks for the healing charms. My feet are feeling a little better in my nice, cushy suede SAS slides. I can't wait to be barefoot at home, though. My classroom floor is too dirty (even when vacuumed) for me to go without shoes here. Ick!

Pesky, I would really appreciate any good recipes you find. I like to bake if someone gives me a sure-fire recipe; however, I won't bother experimenting. I'm not that good at it.



kabloink! - Oct 31, 2007 1:13 pm (#344 of 2988)

Hmmm, Tazzy, sorry about your guinea pig. I had something else I wanted to say to you, too, but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was...

Okay, have a rant/question for everyone. My husband is at work right now-in a restaurant. He is throwing up, and has a fever of 102.6, at least. His boss was at the restaurant, and wouldn't let him go home. Didn't give him a chance to get anything done, either, including cover a call-in from this morning which means he HAS to work on the floor tonight. The general gist is that if he were to leave, he would lose his job, as there is no one to cover his shift because everyone has to take their kids trick-or-treating...We would have just said the heck with it, and had him leave, but he just took 2 weeks off for his ankle surgery (unpaid). I'm simply wondering if we might have had legal standing if he had left, gotten fired, and went to the hospital with a legitimate illness...OK, end/rant.

Oh! Tazzy I remember what it was-Two years ago I was visiting my brother-in-law and his family in St Louis for the weekend, and we went to the art museum there. They had the original Waterlilies there. It was simply amazing.


Holly T. - Oct 31, 2007 1:36 pm (#345 of 2988)

Kabloink, I would think the health department would not want an employee who is throwing up and running a fever to be working at a restaurant.


Good Evans - Oct 31, 2007 2:20 pm (#346 of 2988)

ooohh soli - hope the feet are feeling better.

only two trick or treaters ( 5 kiddies in total - so lots of choccie for me!!!!!!)

LOL - have a great day everyone...


legolas returns - Oct 31, 2007 2:49 pm (#347 of 2988)

Happy Halloween to all

Just got back from seeing the Dracula movie. It was originally made in the UK in 1958 and had been restored (it was one of the Hammer Horror series).

The opening sequence panning round Dracula’s castle set the scene. Ridiculously overly dramatic music and jerky camera panning. The scene cut to a gold plaque with Dracula’s name on it and some dripping blood. There was a somewhat large chortle from the audience-I can’t imagine why . All characters had stiff upper lips and had perfect received pronunciation/Queens English or whatever you call it even the Inn Keeper near Dracula’s castle. Even in scenes where there was no action the music was so dramatic and the acting was class as well.

We should preserve our cinematic history and be proud of it. Despite all that I have said I did enjoy it and can see why the films has a "classic" status. Hee hee.

It was interesting to compare filming standards then and now and what was deemed shocking to innocent film goers in the late 50s


dizzy lizzy - Oct 31, 2007 4:18 pm (#348 of 2988)

I'm at my Dad's on a very unreliable dial up connection, so I won't stay on for long.

I'm on a 2 week holiday to catch up with friends in the area where I used to live.

So ((HUG)) for tazzy and I sure hope we get a chance to catch up soon...lol...

for everyone else have a good time with your parties etc. for halloween and stay safe!



Madam Pince - Oct 31, 2007 5:06 pm (#349 of 2988)

I have to second what Holly said, and add the fact that if I were a restaurant manager I would not want an employee around the food if he was throwing up and had a fever! Ewwwww... not good at all. Here's hoping he's feeling better soon, kabloink! (And also here's hoping no restaurant patrons catch what he's got! )

I'm on candy duty tonight, too, while Mr. Pince and Little Pince go with some neighborhood kids on a haywagon trick-or-treating jaunt. It looked like they were having a blast! The party at school today was good -- my "string cheese ghost spiders" were a huge hit. Everyone thought they were the cleverest thing going. (or else they were just being nice. ) One kid did say they looked more like ghost octopuses (which in fact they did, and Mr. P had said the same thing, but I told him next time perhaps he could do a better job making them resemble spiders.) Some of them had more legs than others, but hey...

I missed seeing the costume parade at school -- all the other moms except me and one other followed the kidlets and left the two of us back there to set out the craft activity and get the food all set out and ready. Oh well. I had forgotten my camera anyway. Everything went so smoothly that we ended up having extra time left over to fill (we had been so afraid that we'd be too rushed) so I ended up reading them three stories instead of just one. Tazzy, I guess you're right -- it's just been one of those days.

Hope everyone gets loads of the "good" candy and has a safe and happy Halloween!


Catherine - Oct 31, 2007 5:26 pm (#350 of 2988)


I don't mind today being "done" at all. What a day...

We're reading Ender's Game in English, and doing Exploration, Past and Present in Social Studies. Our field trip to Elizabeth--The Golden Age was abruptly cut short because our theater nixed the film. So I had to come up with another plan at the last minute.

So, we watched Independence Day complete with gourmet popcorn (I bought the candy corn flavor mixed with regular). I'm just burnt out. So much Hollywood--so many aliens--so much darn popcorn---I need a break! Right now, the aliens can come. I'm ready.

**off to eat chocolate and relax**


Vox Gerbilis - Oct 31, 2007 6:29 pm (#351 of 2988)

Hello, all, I've been away for awhile, but our moderators have been kind enough to allow me to return.

I hope everyone had a good and safe Hallowe'en. My 7-year-old daughter was a witch. She developed her own persona for herself. She works for the Ministry of Magic and also is an Order of the Phoenix member. She was in Gryffindor house, and she's a school friend of Minerva McGonagall.


TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 31, 2007 7:05 pm (#352 of 2988)

Vox, sounds like your 7 yo is aging by the second! Glad a good time was had.

Soli, hope your feet will soon be back to "normal". Got to love them SAS, almost as much as I love my CROCS.

Catherine, I only have one thing to say... I hope it is not chocolate covered popcorn!

Thank you all for the healing charms, they are working! Now all I have to do is figure out how to eat...

...toddles off pondering the age old question...how does one eat without teeth?...


PeskyPixie - Oct 31, 2007 7:08 pm (#353 of 2988)

I remember Ender's Game. I really liked it.

Just relaxing with a glass of flat diet coke with two limes and a ton of ice. Here's a glass for Sheila and anyone else who'd like to try!

Goodness, these crazy tornado-ish winds have just started. At least trick or treating is over, but my tissue ghosts on the trees in the yard will be toast by morning.

TBE, how about a milkshake?


Tazzygirl - Oct 31, 2007 7:26 pm (#354 of 2988)

Kabloink- that must have been neat seeing the water lilies painting! I want to see the original Woman with a Parasol painting. I love that picture. Makes me want to try and time travel back to dress up in that era and walk through a meadow. LOL Hope your hubby feels better really soon, and sending a bat-bogey hex to the guy who is making your hubby stay at work!

It's been raining on and off all day long today, along with a lot of wind. The rain is kind of neat- the sun is shining, but yet it's downpouring. How weird is that?

**waves to Lizzy** Hope you are having a fun time at your dad's! One of these days we'll be able to catch up. LOL

I forgot what else I was going to say. Madam P- hope your day tomorrow is much better!



Holly T. - Oct 31, 2007 7:31 pm (#355 of 2988)

I just have to say that the Cub Scouts sell chocolate covered popcorn and while it sounds bizarre it is actually quite tasty. It is actually chocolate covered caramel corn. Yum.

Kids trick or treated for two hours with their dad. I stayed home and handed out candy.

Since we can't change our avatars, I hope this is ok to post. I solemnly swear that he is up to no good ...

Editing--woohoo I remembered how to do that.

Kim, was it your Harry Potter who wrote "I must not tell lies" on his hand? Brilliant!

You will all be proud to know that young Draco was quite disgusted with people who thought he was Harry Potter. One of his friends from down the street was Hermione so they were having a good time trying to curse each other.


Tazzygirl - Oct 31, 2007 7:37 pm (#356 of 2988)

I just received this in an email- thought I'd share it! (I would normally put it in my profile, but that is still a big no-no! Like Holly, I hope this is okay! )

Holly- Draco is definitely looking the part! Hope he had fun trick-or-treating!



Denise P. - Oct 31, 2007 7:41 pm (#357 of 2988)

We went around the block, it took us about 90 minutes because our little dragon has small legs and moves slowly. It also got to the point where his bucket weighed about as much as he did. I did bring the wagon so I was able to put him in there and speed things up. Towards the end, he was getting 1 house for every 3 the others got. We had 60 kids come to the house here. It was a good time for all.

I was rather disgusted today. I went to a store, which I had called in September and confirmed they would carry Hallmark ornaments. I went there and they had a different kind but not Hallmark. Oh, I was so mad that I drove all that way for nothing.


John Bumbledore - Oct 31, 2007 7:49 pm (#358 of 2988)

We only had six trick or treaters tonight (aside from our own four and our two neighbors (ok, total is an even dozen).

Glad we don't have to worry about that unlucky 13th trick or treater!


Holly T. - Oct 31, 2007 7:53 pm (#359 of 2988)

I didn't count the trick-or-treaters but they were coming in groups of 5 and 6 at a time and there were a lot of groups. Probably more than 60. I should have counted. Gave away two huge bags of candy plus the stuff from the kids' bags I didn't want them to have (gum, jawbreakers, etc.).


Solitaire - Oct 31, 2007 7:58 pm (#360 of 2988)

Kabloink, I am not sure about legal recourse (although there are some lawyers hereabouts who might know), but I would be FURIOUS if I knew a server or anyone working around food was ill and had a fever. My voice is completely gone (great for parent conferences TOMORROW) and I have a hacky cough. I wouldn't even want ME around my food, if I were a diner.

If I were you, I would call and report the situation to the health department--better yet, get a friend of yours to do it, dropping plenty of details and names--and let the restaurant take the rap for their own bad behavior. Perhaps the health department will send your husband home. His manager is disgraceful!

Vox, your daughter sounds totally with it!

Twinkles, I hope the tooth is feeling better. My feet are somewhat better this evening. Being barefoot on the cool tile helps. I wish I could get some closed-toe slides from SAS. I love them!

Well, as I said above, I have parent conferences tomorrow--kids from 8:15 to 12:30 and parents from 1 to 7:30 p.m. It should be a loooooooong day. I hope I can last. My voice is completely gone. I can barely even croak! Perhaps I should take off Friday and sleep all day. It is only a half day anyway, and the kids will be outside at a good behavior party ... like they need yet another second out of class! **feeling frustrated and tired**

Enjoy the rest of your Halloween!



TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 31, 2007 8:02 pm (#361 of 2988)

TBE, how about a milkshake? If I can have a spoon with it, great! Straws are a BIG NO-NO. If you manage to suck out the bloodclot in a tooth socket, you end up with a dry socket! Been there, done that...never again! Childbirth hurts less!

Trick or treating critters...lost count long ago! Good thing I got a BIG caldron, even with the false bottom...between the 7 jack-o-lanterns, bonfire, and caldron, my house was a HIT!

...toddles back to the caldron on the front porch...


PeskyPixie - Oct 31, 2007 8:03 pm (#362 of 2988)

Draco looks incredible, as does kitty . I'd been meaning to comment on 'I must not tell lies' Harry. Truly brilliant. I've told a lot of people about that one!

A crazy storm has started. Lots of wind and rain. My tissue ghosts are gonna die over again ... and they were so cute too .

TBE, a milkshake of your choice with a spoon it is.
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jose043 - Nov 1, 2007 12:04 am (#363 of 2988)

Hi All

TBE how about putting your food in the food-processor, I had to do that for 6 weeks after a Hiatal Hernia operation quite a few years ago now. Family commented “baby food” but I wasn't allowed to chew anything.

Healing charms, get well charms & Felix Flecid to all that need them.

Anne has signed up for her car, hope to get it on the 14th of November. She was told by the car salesman that the car is on the wharf waiting for it to be cleared by customs. It is white in colour.

Solitaire hope your feet get better soon.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Elanor - Nov 1, 2007 1:02 am (#364 of 2988)

Glad to read that everybody's spent a good Halloween! The pics were great! I would love to see one of your houses decorated for Halloween TBE.

As for me, this morning, I'm still in a kind of state of shock after what I've read on Jo's thread and on The Leaky Cauldron. I can't believe Jo is suing Lexicon Steve, someone who's done so much for the HP universe. (I hope it's okay to talk about it here BTW.) I won't repeat here what I've posted on Jo's thread but just wanted to send some Strengthening Charms and ((((hugs)))) to Steve.

Healing Charms to all needing some too.



Solitaire - Nov 1, 2007 2:58 am (#365 of 2988)

Well, tonight it is I who cannot sleep. It's nearly 3 a.m., and I woke up coughing, congested, sweaty, feverish, and generally feeling terrible. (Hm, I sound like a Nyquill commercial!) Parent conferences should be a real treat when I am feeling like this. I hope the Sudafed PE Nighttime (all I had) works without making me feel too wiped out. I'm hoping a small bottle of ice water will help me cool down a bit internally.

Elanor, I will have to check out the Leaky Cauldron, as I am confused. What could Lexicon Steve possibly have done? Guess I'd better tiptoe over there and see.

Sleeping charms to all who need them!



Puck - Nov 1, 2007 5:33 am (#366 of 2988)

That's not bad just for your husband, Kabloink, but the customers as well. I don't want anyone that sick touching my food! You would think the owner wouldn't want anyone around you shows symptoms similar to that of food poisoning.

Healing charms to Solitaire.

I just heard the Jo thing on the news. She doesn't want the Lex to publish a book, as she plans to publish the encyclopedia.

In past years our neighborhood used to get about 300 trick-or-treaters. As more developments are built, we have fewer, since this is no longer the only subdivision in two towns. I've been getting about 150 the past few years, but this year only about 60 or so came. I have lots of leftovers, plus what my 3 brought home. (They were out for over an hour. The Purple People Eater rode in the wagon, but didn't miss a single door. I gave them 15 minutes to eat what they pleased, then got them ready for bed.)

I tried to watch some of the Live episode of Ghost Hunters, but fell asleep on the couch.

Time to put on Go Diego Go! -Toddler's current favorite- so I can grab a quick shower.


edit I've just been to Jo's site, and I sooooooo want a certain one-of-a-kind leather bound book for Christmas!!! So jealous of those in London who will be able to take a peek at it while it's on public display.


Denise P. - Nov 1, 2007 6:32 am (#367 of 2988)

For those librarians here, is there a place to search for a book title based on a plot summary? I seem to recall someone once saying there was. There was a book I read ages ago that I would like to find. I have no clue the title or the author but I know the basic plot.


Good Evans - Nov 1, 2007 6:57 am (#368 of 2988)

Solitaire, it sounds like you need a lot of TLC, big hugs to you!!!!

waves to everyone else - DON'T eat too much chocolate..... you know what will happen!!!!!!!


Solitaire - Nov 1, 2007 7:09 am (#369 of 2988)

Thanks, Julie and everyone. Yes, I do feel pretty awful this morning. It is going to be a long day, I'm sure. Hopefully, things will go okay. I usually kind of enjoy parent-teacher conferences. My head does feel a bit like the "old Kreacher" is standing behind me and punching me on it periodically, and my voice is completely gone ... not even a froggy croak. Perhaps conferences will just consist of smiling and waving.

Elanor, I went to TLC and see what you mean. Thanks for sharing.

Okay, everyone ... have a great Thursday.



Holly T. - Nov 1, 2007 7:25 am (#370 of 2988)

(((Solitaire)) Good luck today!

Draco is very excited that his Dark Mark will show when he raises his hand at school.

Daughter was telling me that some people down the street put out a pumpkin decorated to look like Harry Potter. They had it up on a stool or ladder or something with plastic robes. Anyway, as they walked up to that house Draco got in front of the Harry pumpkin and put up his wand and asked it "Scared, Potter?" I think he enjoyed himself, LOL.


azi - Nov 1, 2007 8:24 am (#371 of 2988)

Healing charms Soli! Sounds like you're like I've been these past few days and it isn't nice!

Holly - your Draco really does look like Draco!

Erm, Halloween wasn't really done here. After much persuasion (I don't celebrate Halloween) I went to a house party as a witch. I actually looked a bit like McGonagall with blonde hair when I was getting ready. I'll put up a pic when they've been put up by other people!

I know someone who is dieting by only drinking milkshakes which contain everything you need in a meal. I couldn't do it! I think I value chewing too much.

I wonder if the books will be photographed and put online by the people who eventually get it? I'm not as excited as I thought I would be about them though.

**waves** to everyone!


Mrs. Sirius - Nov 1, 2007 8:38 am (#372 of 2988)

Bet you'd be excited if you were getting one, azi he he he. I would like to know who those six folks are. Her sister? husband?.... no,  no Bloomsbury and Scholastics folks..


Puck - Nov 1, 2007 9:23 am (#373 of 2988)

LOL about Draco!

Denise, if you still need candy canes, they are at the dollar store.

I'm going to have to dope slap Mr. Puck. I came home just and found a plastic shopping bag at the foot of the stairs in the basement. I picked it up to see what was inside. Matches. I had handed him the bag with candles in it to put in the pumpkins. He put the box of matches inside and left it down on child level.

An editor is a likely choice to receive a book.


Steve Newton - Nov 1, 2007 9:32 am (#374 of 2988)


I cannot find any quick and easy plot summary search sites. This, from San Diego State U. has links to several sources of criticism but I'm not sure that it is what you want.


I hope that the link is acceptable to moderators. It is from a University so is probably safe.

In Delaware there is a licensed resource which may also be available at your local library on the web. It is called Novelist. It allows at least general plot searching.

I'll do some more scouting around.


Madam Pince - Nov 1, 2007 11:36 am (#375 of 2988)

Puck, I'm guessing the editors may be the ones to get copies of the handwritten book, too. I bet whomever they are, their names can be found somewhere on the list of "people to thank" that JKR did when she did the final "door opening" on her website.

Also, tee-hee on the Christmas present idea! Mr. Pince just asked me yesterday what I wanted for Christmas, and I gave him a short list (including, naturally, the OotP DVD.) Anyway, then this morning when I logged on to my News page and saw about the handwritten book to be auctioned off with a starting price of $62,000.00, I told him "Oh you were asking about Christmas? Well, there you go! I'd like that, please." He said certainly, no problem, he'll just sell the house and we can live in our tents and enjoy reading our book. LOL!

I'm also very shocked about the lawsuit news. I didn't even know anyone was planning to publish a Lexicon book. Honestly, I can't see why that would be any different from the myriad of other HP-fan-themed books that have been released, like MuggleNet's What Will Happen in Harry Potter Book 7 and those Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of Harry Potter books. So, is the book in question being punished because it is "too good," and by that I mean too close to what JKR herself is planning to write? I mean, she hasn't even written her encyclopedia yet, so how can it be copyright infringement, if none of the other hundreds of Harry Potter-themed books out there aren't copyright infringement also? Seems to me that it will be a difficult case to prove, especially since JKR herself has gone on record praising the Lex and its efforts prior to this. Hmmmm... This smells strongly of Warner Bros. to me, rather than JKR. Well, anyway, I'm not a member of the Magical Law Enforcement squad, so what do I know. At any rate, I'll send (((hugs))) to Lexicon Steve; he probably needs them today. And a butterbeer. And some Ogden's. And some chocolate, too, for good measure.

Holly, I can't believe how absolutely perfect your little Draco looks! It's amazing! He's better than Tom Felton, in my opinion. Bravo!

Soli, hope your voice is better soon! Makes conference night rather pointless, doesn't it? Anyway, Healing Charms being sent your way!

We had a roofer guy come and look at the leaking place. He can't find anything for 100% sure either, but he said he could do one of two things: fix the flashing just around the chimney which is a likely suspect, for around $300, which has a 50/50 chance of correcting the problem; or fix the flashing and then also fix all around the entire leaky area, to replace basically everything, which has a 99% chance of correcting the problem, for around $1300. If we go the cheap route and it doesn't fix it, then he'll have to come back again and do the expensive route, which would then end up being $1600 in total. Hmmmm. Every time we think we're ahead, we end up behind.

We had lots of trick-or-treaters last night, which is unusual for us. The weather was super-nice, so maybe that affected things. Fortunately, however, there are plenty of Reese's Cups left in the basket. Bwahahahaha! (Wonder how they got all buried down there at the bottom? )

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


PeskyPixie - Nov 1, 2007 11:49 am (#376 of 2988)

This is the first Hallowe'en of my life when I haven't somehow become ill. I guess I shouldn't push my luck by bragging too much.


legolas returns - Nov 1, 2007 12:04 pm (#377 of 2988)

Cold cloth on the fevered brow to Solitare and some Pepperup potion.


Loopy Lupin - Nov 1, 2007 12:06 pm (#378 of 2988)

Our field trip to Elizabeth--The Golden Age was abruptly cut short because our theater nixed the film. – Catherine

What does this mean? The "theater nixed the film" because they found dragonfly-wing dresses to be too racy?

The lawsuit news was quite an eyebrow raiser too. Copyright is not my area, but I do know a couple of things. First, there is money. The Lex has archived quite a bit of information but does not, so far as I know, make money. Mugglenet and Leaky Cauldron make advertising dollars, but they seem to be more "daily update" types of things (i. e. "news") relating to all things Potter whereas the Lex has sought to be the "most compleat" reference tool with a concentration on the books.

Second, I think the types of books that Madam Pince mentioned might be different in kind from what Steve and JKR intend to publish. That is, those books were analyzing the canon material that existed and making predictions based on the evidence at hand. The predictions would probably stand as "original thought" sufficient enough to get published whether WB or JKR liked it or not.

If the Lex-book is to be pretty much the Lexicon in book form, they may face an obstacle since, one could argue, the Lex is simply various information from the books which has been collected, organized and catalogued in a particular way without any "original" thought. I wonder if there have been "unauthorized" encyclopedias of other franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, etc.?

This should be pretty interesting.


Madam Pince - Nov 1, 2007 12:17 pm (#379 of 2988)

I believe that Lexicon Steve himself has written or compiled or co-written or in some way was involved in the production of a Star Trek encyclopedia-type-thingy. I have no idea how "authorized" it was. I don't have his version, sad to say, I have a different one.


Loopy Lupin - Nov 1, 2007 1:55 pm (#380 of 2988)

Interesting. Let me also be clear that I am, frankly, rooting for Steve on this. It also helps to paint WB as the bad guys here. Also, I just now had to log on here via World Crossing. I wonder if the Lex is being inundated with hits right now.


painting sheila - Nov 1, 2007 2:34 pm (#381 of 2988)

((((((((((hugs)))))))))) for Steve. I'm in your corner - a fat lot of good that will do you - but I am still there! Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org



Madam Pince - Nov 1, 2007 4:44 pm (#382 of 2988)

Boop, I think you should know... Warner Bros. lawyers are coming after you for the design of the brick-wall entryway into Platform 9 3/4 that you made for the Gathering a few years ago. You should probably go into hiding somewhere.


legolas returns - Nov 1, 2007 4:47 pm (#383 of 2988)

Do you need a secret keeper?


journeymom - Nov 1, 2007 4:52 pm (#384 of 2988)

AAaaaahhh! I just agreed to babysit my sister-in-law's three hellions, er, sons! Tonight!

Pray for me, Please!


Madam Pince - Nov 1, 2007 4:52 pm (#385 of 2988)

Quick! Somebody get Boop an Invisibility Cloak! How the heck do you do a Fidelius Charm anyways? I knew we were going to need to know the specifics of that someday!


azi - Nov 1, 2007 4:54 pm (#386 of 2988)

I love this humour, it cheers me up.

I think I may pay a visit to the St Mungo's thread...some insanity is needed.

Good luck, journeymom!


legolas returns - Nov 1, 2007 4:55 pm (#387 of 2988)

I am going to go to bed before I turn into a Pumpkin (its 11.56) as I am feeling in such a silly mood and am posting random nonsense everywhere. Good night happy zzzzzzzz all. I might have to go to St Mungos too.


Madam Pince - Nov 1, 2007 4:55 pm (#388 of 2988)

LOL, azi! I was just thinking that this whole day has been nothing but insanity! Me, too, legolas. I'm starting to get a stress-tension headache...

Is there an anti-lawsuit charm?


Puck - Nov 1, 2007 4:58 pm (#389 of 2988)

**passes Journeymom a roll of duct tape to use as she sees fit**


Denise P. - Nov 1, 2007 6:46 pm (#390 of 2988)

Score! I went out running errands this morning and ended up in Target. All the Halloween stuff was marked way down so I ended up getting six bags of little Nestle bars (Mr. Denise loves Nestle bars and we rarely find them), two bags of Almond Joys, 2 18 gallon Halloween totes, 2 - 6 packs of green slime and then from the $1 area (and some marked down to .50!) Princess magnets, Cars stickers to color, Princess bracelets, body scrub, bubble bath and a foot brush/pumice stone...all for under $20! I love the $1 section, I browse there for stocking stuffers. I went to the other Target near me but they had already cleared off the area and were in the process of putting out new stuff. Now I have orange and black totes to put all our Halloween stuff in so we will find it easily next year.


Vox Gerbilis - Nov 1, 2007 6:55 pm (#391 of 2988)

Kabloink, sorry I'm not more timely with a response to your question, but it's not what you want to hear, anyway.

You're in Michigan, right? It doesn't really matter, I'm pretty sure all the states are the same on this. In Michigan, and probably most, if not all of the states, employment is terminable at will, meaning your boss can fire you for any reason or no reason. (The bright side is, you can quit for any reason or no reason, as well.) The exceptions are categories like the civil rights laws (discrimination on the basis of race, sex, etc), or the whistleblower statute, or anti-retaliatory provisions under wage and hour statutes. The only category that's remotely applicable here is disability discrimination, but an ordinary illness of short duration doesn't count as a disability. So your husband would not have a legal remedy if he were fired for refusing to work when he's sick.

In any event, absent compelling circumstances, I would advise against taking the risk of getting sacked even if you would have a really strong wrongful discharge action. Litigation is a horribly costly way to enforce your rights, both financially and emotionally.

Good luck with the hellions, Journeymom. If you need a bit of humor to survive, just remember this line from Sense and Sensibility: I never think of tame and quiet children with any abhorrence.


painting sheila - Nov 1, 2007 6:59 pm (#392 of 2988)

journeymom - "Time in the box!"

Costume was done. Show was great. Daughter wonderful. Off to bed.

All I can think of to say to everyone with challenges in their life right now whether it be sore feet, someone else’s badly behaving children, law suits, demonic bosses, and headaches is ". . . .And it came to pass. . .." It didn't come to "stay". It came to "pass".

Hang in there everyone.

I am already alseep.



PeskyPixie - Nov 1, 2007 9:35 pm (#393 of 2988)

Well, the Christmas season has arrived here. We've already had Thanksgiving in October, so don't have that to look forward to. When I was little the Christmas season wouldn't really start until November 11 (we call it Remembrance Day) was over, but nowadays X-mas stuff is already in the stores as soon as Hallowe'en is over, so I figured I might as well buy my Christmas cards first thing tomorrow morning.

I should buy my annual poppy as well. It's a Canadian tradition to buy an artificial poppy from war veterans during early November and wear it on one's jacket until Remembrance Day is over. As these poppy pins have no backings it's also known as bloody fingers galore season! And you can't exactly complain about stabbing yourself for the zillionth time when you're supposed to be remembering the lives sacrificed for the freedom you're enjoying. But gosh, they hurt! I'll put rubber backings on 'em this year.

Well, good night all. Wish me luck that I may find the prettiest Christmas cards tomorrow morning!


Tazzygirl - Nov 1, 2007 10:31 pm (#394 of 2988)

I only answered the door 4 times last night- totalling 15 kids max. One little boy insisted he was a skeleton, when in fact he was the green power ranger. His mom kept trying to correct him. LOL

Very interesting about JKR and Lexicon Steve. I didn't even know he was planning on publishing a book about the Lex.

Okay, so I am super tired. It's 7:28 pm and I am falling asleep trying to type. I'm trying to stay awake until 8, but that is probably not going to happen. I keep misspelling words and skipping spaces. I guess I'll go to bed and hopefully not wake up until at least 6 tomorrow morning.

Good night everyone!


oh! Sending **massive Healing charms** to Soli (hope the conferences were over quickly!!) and anyone else who needs them!


Good Evans - Nov 2, 2007 5:08 am (#395 of 2988)

pesky pixie - we are the same with the poppies!!!! LOL on the fingers.

However, as we dont really "do" halloween in the UK (despite the shops telling us otherwise), we have had christmas in the shops since the end of August - I kid you not! I used to love the fact it was a few crazy weeks from mid november - but now, back to school means summer season over and here comes Christmas!!!

ah well.....


Puck - Nov 2, 2007 5:46 am (#396 of 2988)

Wow, Julie, I thought it was bad when I went to the pharmacy on Halloween Day and found most of the Halloween stuff already replaced by Christmas. I think craft stores are the only ones who should be that far ahead of the season.

Tazzy, LOL about the skeleton wannabe. I had some older boys -some in costume, some not- come to my door. They thought it was quite funny when I asked if a kid with glasses who was wearing a company polo shirt and khaki pants was Bill Gates. That's just how he had dressed for school.

wOOt on the good deals, Denise. I love those dollar bins, which is why the Everything is a dollar store had me so excited yesterday. I'll have to go back soon to get some stuff for Christmas.



Denise P. - Nov 2, 2007 6:05 am (#397 of 2988)

I buy out of those dollar bins all the time. I really like it when "good" stuff is marked down from a dollar. I got little finger puppets a few months ago that we use in church. The kids play with them during the service and stay relatively quiet. They still make noise but not as much. Of course, anyone not familiar with having all the kids in the main service would find it all incredibly noisy I saw yesterday they had all kinds of stuff for play kitchens. Pots, pans, oven mitts, food, drink ...you could stock an entire play kitchen for a lot less than if you buy the prepackaged stuff. I just have a box in my closet that I toss the stuff into. Then I have ready made rewards or special treats for things, stocking stuffers and if needs be, an emergency gift.

Ugh, I got notice that a book I had on hold came into the library so I went to get it. It is #2 in the series, I am next in line for the first book. Still, while I was there, I picked up the second book in the Looking Glass Wars (thanks to whoever mentioned it here), a Dorothy Sayers book and I still have another series book I am reading. I have 2 others on hold that should be in maybe today or tomorrow.

Tomorrow is Scouting for Food. We are going around dropping off donation bags in a neighborhood. Next week we get to go back and pick them up. I have a few that won't make it since they will be in Disney.

Puck, our rule for Halloween when we get kids to the door is - no costume, no candy. They have to at least make some effort to get some type of a costume. Just holding out a pillow case for candy won't do.

This weekend is the Hallmark Open House...off to get more of the ornaments I need. I am also looking for a spray to go above the mantle. We ordered a live wreath from the boy scouts. Just three weeks from now, our stockings go up, the stairwell is decorated and the mantle gets done. Wow, just three weeks to get ready to decorate for the holidays (we do stockings on Thanksgiving evening and then everything else is the first weekend in December) Whew, I looked...a month before I need to have the Advent stuff ready. Some years it starts in November. I like decorating for Christmas. This year I have to figure out where everything will go.


Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2007 6:41 am (#398 of 2988)

At least you have a mantle to decorate! That's one decorating decision already made. I miss my mantle from my old house soooo much -- that was my favorite thing to decorate. A decorated mantle just says "holidays" to me...

We wear poppies on November 11th also. Not everyone in the States does, though. I have had a lot of family members in the military so it's important to me to remember them. Tomorrow we are going to a cemetery to do a gravesite dedication for one of Mr. Pince's ancestors who was killed at Gettysburg in the Civil War -- his grave has been mis-labelled for all these years, and as he's a somewhat well-known officer from that battle, a lot of research has gone into ensuring that we've got the right spot. So anyway, we've purchased a new grave marker and we are going to have a little ceremony to re-dedicate the site. We've gotten some soil from his homeplace in North Carolina to sprinkle over the grave, and there will be an honor guard and some music and readings and a wreath presentation. It should be very memorable.

I went into our local K-Mart at the end of September or the first of October looking for an autumn front-door decoration, and I was shocked that they had the Christmas stuff out already. My neighbor commented on it to the manager and he said "Lady, people will be rushing in here grabbing stuff and fighting over it to get stuff early! Do you want me to reserve a tree for you now?" She politely declined.

I read in the USA Today where there is another sequel/prequel to Gone With The Wind coming out. It's called Rhett Butler's People. The funny thing is, the author is a man who lives in my little tiny home county in Virginia, and I've seen him at the store and gas station and stuff on occasion although I don't know him personally. He's written some other books that are very nice although he's not what you'd call a best-seller, so he seems like sort of an odd choice to write this type of book. The review said he does a good job writing the "man" parts of the story, but fails rather dismally writing the "woman" and the "romantic" parts (which doesn't surprise me, given his previous books.) So I've been kind of / sort of "connected" to the authors of both of the GWTW sequels -- the lady who wrote Scarlett was the wife of my Rhetoric professor in college. Small world, eh?

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


PeskyPixie - Nov 2, 2007 7:30 am (#399 of 2988)

I had no idea Americans still wear poppies as the time I was in the States near Remembrance Day I was asked many times why I was wearing a plastic rose on my jacket!


Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2007 7:33 am (#400 of 2988)

Well, sadly, a lot of people don't know anything about the tradition... Our loss, I think.
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Marie E. - Nov 2, 2007 8:14 am (#401 of 2988)

Alas, I was over 400 posts behind so I caved and hit the magic button. I have done some skimming to what everyone has been up to.

I will make most southerners shriek by admitting I eat grits with sugar on them.

We only had about 12 trick or treaters. It was pretty chilly here, as usual. The day before Halloween was 75F, but it's some sort of law that Halloween in Colorado must be cold and uncomfortable. Yesterday it was back into the 60's and 70's. Bah, humbug. Lexi went trick or treating with a friend and Shayla had a friend meet her here. I got out of going out in the cold, so yay me!

I survived my week alone, just barely. I spent last weekend literally Doing Nothing. I was very strict on Doing Nothing and had to forced to go grocery shopping.

I think my mom used to wear a poppy for Nov. 11th. I haven't even seen any out here. We were in London for Remembrance Day in 1998 and I remember seeing a statue or monument with tons of poppies all around it.


journeymom - Nov 2, 2007 9:21 am (#402 of 2988)

Soli, I hope you made it through conferences in one piece!

Have a wonderful day, Everybody!


Puck - Nov 2, 2007 9:42 am (#403 of 2988)

Puck, our rule for Halloween when we get kids to the door is - no costume, no candy. They have to at least make some effort to get some type of a costume. Just holding out a pillow case for candy won't do. Denise, you are one tough cookie! I have so much leftover candy, I happily gave it away.

Madame Pince, that sound like a lovely ceremony.

People here sell artificial poppies, but they don’t have a pin, so most people buy one for a donation to the Veterans, but not many wear them.

Journeymom, glad to see here and know you aren't tied to a chair while children play egg toss in your living room.

I get to pin my Daisies today and give them the "promise center" to put on their pinafores. Plus I get to read aloud parts of the parent letter that I apparently wrote for myself. (People have been questioning the meeting dates and what they need to buy for uniforms, all of which I clearly stated in the letter.)

Time to get organized!



Potteraholic - Nov 2, 2007 9:46 am (#404 of 2988)

Plus I get to read aloud parts of the parent letter that I apparently wrote for myself. (People have been questioning the meeting dates and what they need to buy for uniforms, all of which I clearly stated in the letter.) Puck

I know exactly what you mean. As a teacher, I get that all the time!


Eponine - Nov 2, 2007 9:49 am (#405 of 2988)

My sister took her two kids to the trunk or treat at my mother's church for Halloween. They'd been home for just a little while (this was after 9) and some teenager without a costume (she said he had to at least be 17 or 18) came to the door with a backpack and said, "Do you have any candy?" Not "Trick or treat!" but "Do you have any candy?" She told him no and shut the door.

At the library, we can dress up if we want to. I am not a huge fan of costumes, but I did wear a Halloween t-shirt from Target and a pair of cat ears that I made. The downtown businesses always do trick or treating from 3-5 on Halloween, and unfortunately, we ran out of candy at 4:45. The children's librarian actually went around to all the departments and scavenged the leftover candy we had from the party the day before, but it still wasn't enough. I felt bad for the kids who came at the end and didn't get any candy.


azi - Nov 2, 2007 10:12 am (#406 of 2988)

I just bought my poppy today! Plastic stem, paper petals/leaf. I'll have to get a safety pin to fix it on my coat though.

I got Thornton's chocolate reduced today because it was Halloween chocoate. Mmmmm...totally worth it!

Home for the weekend. Good news - my iron levels are finally normal! Bad news - there aren't the resources available for me to have an allergy test to see what I've been having reactions to. At least the doctor was able to give me stronger anti-histamines.

Lovely days to all!


journeymom - Nov 2, 2007 10:23 am (#407 of 2988)

Puck, Lol! Yes, I'm in once piece.

Sister-in-law's sons are two, four and six years old. I'm happy to say that their behavior has improved. Actually the oldest was the worst. He really was heck on two feet for a while. The other two would just watch in wide wonder as their big brother would have one melt down after another. He's probably gone through a developmental spurt (grew up a bit), so last night he was merely annoying, rather than alarming. We were all relieved when their mom picked them up, but still, it wasn't as bad as I feared. I actually have some affection for the boy, now.

It's probably good that children aren't aware just how often their big brown eyes and sweet cheeks save their caretakers from life sentences in prison.

Someone recommended duct tape. An excellent suggestion! Fortunately I didn't need it this time.


Solitaire - Nov 2, 2007 10:43 am (#408 of 2988)

Thanks for the healing charms, everyone. Parent conferences were not too bad. I had a steady flow all day long, so my voice is pretty much shot. One good thing is that several of the parents I actually NEEDED to see came!! Today is a half-day--compensation for our 12-hour day yesterday--and the lion's share of it is going to be a "good behavior party" for all of the kids who got through the first quarter with no detentions.

As we were packing up to leave last night, it was obvious that I was feverish and sick, with my sweaty head, chills, and "barking seal" cough. My principal told me to stay home in bed today, for which I am grateful. It was foggy this morning, and it is still a bit damp and only in the 50s at 10:30 a.m. (cold for us), so it feels nice to be inside in my jammies. I think I am going to take a nighttime cold cap and go back to bed.

At 1:30 I will be having a new hot water heater installed. The other morning, I noticed some standing water around the base and called my plumber to check on it. He started to remove something to check inside it, and whatever it was just sort of crumbled and fell out into his hand! Apparently, there is a lot of rust and corrosion, and a previous repair (made by someone else) created additional problems. My unit lasted longer than those of some of my neighbors, though, so I guess I should be grateful. Still, it is a big expense.

Well, time for me to go and lie down again. My head is hurting. I'll finish reading the rest of the posts after my nap. Happy Friday, everyone!

Edit: I personally believe that sites like the Lexicon--Didn't Jo herself say she sometimes used it for reference?--have contributed greatly to the public's interest in the Harry Potter novels. It certainly stimulated my interest, and I do not believe I am that unusual. I think suing Lexicon Steve is really bad form ... and more than a bit ungrateful. The people who would buy his book are probably those of us who are Forum fans ... and I find it hard to believe that good sales of his book would undermine any future compendium by Jo on the same information. In reality, Steve's book would probably continue to stimulate our ravenous appetites for more things Harry. Not a bright move from the other camp, if you ask me. JM2K on the subject ...



Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2007 11:01 am (#409 of 2988)

...he was merely annoying, rather than alarming.    ***Snort!***

Ewwww, I hate shopping for mundane things like hot water heaters. There are so many more fun ways to spend hundreds of dollars. Yuck. We got a new one awhile ago because Mr. Pince was trying to be pro-active and avoid any problems -- someone at work had said something like "You've had the same water heater for 20 years??? You better get a new one -- they only last 15 years!" so he got a bug in his ear and ran off and got a new one. When the guy unhooked the old one and put the new one in, he told us that the old brand we had was a super-excellent one, which he had frequently seen used in homes for 40+ years with no problems. Ours was in good shape, too. Of course he didn't tell us this until it was already unhooked and the new one installed. Water heaters are those kind of things that you can't tell what shape they're in until it's too late, I gather.

Hope you can use the long weekend to get all better, Soli! Try some chicken noodle soup and Pepper-Up Potion!

(P.S. Your principal should meet up with Mr. Kabloink's boss and give him some management tips...)


Solitaire - Nov 2, 2007 11:19 am (#410 of 2988)

Madam Pince, my plumber said my water heater was not one of the best--and given the problems I've had with some things original to this house, I have no trouble believing him. I've had problems with the garbage disposal (and no, I never put anything weird in it), dishwasher, and microwave. I had to buy a new cooktop after about 4 years, about the same time I had to replace the coil in the ac/heater. I've had to replace ALL of the original bathroom faucets (3 of them), and my master tub will need replacing in the next couple of years. It developed cracks after less than a year (they refused to replace it) and has been repaired and resurfaced 3 times ... and I am the ONLY one who uses it!

My sprinkler system has been a continual source of irritation, and the threshhold of the door out of my master bath leaked incessantly and caused my floor vinyl to warp. The repairman finally damaged the threshhold, so that the builder would be forced to replace it and a proper one could be installed (no leaks since then). In July a hot water pipe developed a leak, and I had to have that fixed ... remember? *sigh* Today my contract for the other house expires. Since no one made an offer on this little "money pit," I will be staying and moving ahead with my plans to "fix 'er up"! The water heater is first on the list ... and my floors and interior paint will be next.



Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2007 11:47 am (#411 of 2988)

...my plumber said my water heater was not one of the best...

Yup, since a piece of it broke off in his hand I'd say he was spot-on! LOL!

I wonder... a lot of your house problems seem to be water-related. Do you suppose the water itself could be part of the problem? I mean, is it "hard water" or does it have too much chlorine or something maybe? Perhaps that could be contributing to some of the issues? Might be worth getting it analyzed or something... I know the plumber guy that replaced ours said that our water was really good because we have a water-treatment system and he said that helps prevent the early "aging" of the water-heater guts or whatever because the chemicals aren't reacting with the metals or something...


Solitaire - Nov 2, 2007 2:18 pm (#412 of 2988)

Madam Pince, we are on a great water system ... one of the best in the county. Most of the troubles I've had are due to poor workmanship or poor quality items. My mom's home has very hard water, yet they have had their current water heater about 25 or more years. All of the things I've replaced are working fine, and some have now lasted more than twice as long as their original counterparts. I think it is just a quality issue.



Puck - Nov 2, 2007 2:32 pm (#413 of 2988)

SOli, time to call "Holmes on Homes".

Must be the season. Our water heater was replaced a couple of weeks ago. I don't remember it having a problem, Hubby just thought it was time. (Though we are trying to spruce things up so when we decide to sell and move to a bigger place it will be ready to put on the market.)

My Daisy is proudly pinned, and the ceremony went well. It was only our third meeting, but they have the Promise and the "Make New Friends" song down. We spent some time brainstorming what we want to do this year. Going to Disney was a popular suggestion. I think we're going to start with a trip to the local candy factory or pizza place instead.

Time to clean up (I haven't done any housework so far today) and get dinner ready so I can take Son to his Scout meeting tonight.



Loopy Lupin - Nov 2, 2007 2:36 pm (#414 of 2988)

So I've been kind of / sort of "connected" to the authors of both of the GWTW sequels -- the lady who wrote Scarlett was the wife of my Rhetoric professor in college. Small world, eh? – Pince

I believe we have talked about Mr. Graham before and, the last time, we determined he was still alive and, presumably, still chain smoking.


Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2007 2:40 pm (#415 of 2988)

I can smell the smoke from here, I think...


Denise P. - Nov 2, 2007 2:52 pm (#416 of 2988)

Aw, Daisy Scouts are so darn cute. I will have a Daisy troop next year, in addition to a Wolf Den. Whee. My Tigers are going on a library tour next week and I am going to set up a tour of a bakery for our next Go See It.


legolas returns - Nov 2, 2007 2:54 pm (#417 of 2988)

Daisy Scouts?


PeskyPixie - Nov 2, 2007 2:55 pm (#418 of 2988)

The name alone sounds cute!


legolas returns - Nov 2, 2007 3:01 pm (#419 of 2988)

In the UK we have Rainbow Brownies and Beaver Scouts. This is for children too young to be in the Brownies or Scouts.


PeskyPixie - Nov 2, 2007 4:36 pm (#420 of 2988)

I've got my Christmas cards and they are beautiful!


legolas returns - Nov 2, 2007 4:49 pm (#421 of 2988)

Its ages until Christmas!  Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 793915934 *fingers in ears la la la*.   The woman I sit beside at work was being really excited about it today. OH PLEASE!!! I don’t really begin to feel in the least bit festive until I disembark from the plane a couple of days before Christmas. It was really sickening my local supermarker had Christmas stuff out by the end of August. Its just a glorified money making thing. Bah humbug! For me its always been about family and friends and a bit of rest and relaxation. I truly love celebrating the New Year and I look forward to it from a long way off.


PeskyPixie - Nov 2, 2007 4:53 pm (#422 of 2988)

I don't care! Merry Christmas Mr. Scrooge, Merry Christmas! (For some reason I only have the Disney version in my head right now!)

As I've got over seventy cards to write, I get started early! (Or else I'm an absolute Grinch by the the time Christmas rolls around!)


legolas returns - Nov 2, 2007 4:54 pm (#423 of 2988)

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! *la la la-not listening*


Tazzygirl - Nov 2, 2007 5:12 pm (#424 of 2988)

We got our Christmas merchandise in at work already. Someone asked us what happened to Halloween, and we just told them Halloween was over with in September. LOL

I refuse to do anything Christmasy until the day after Thanksgiving.



PeskyPixie - Nov 2, 2007 5:14 pm (#425 of 2988)

Thanksgiving is long over for me!


Denise P. - Nov 2, 2007 5:50 pm (#426 of 2988)

I love getting ready for Christmas early. I was pulling out Jesse Tree stuff (Advent) today and counting how many bows I need for the outside of the house. None of the Christmas decorations go up until Thanksgiving evening. Even then, it is only our stockings and mantle decorations are put up that evening and the christmas music comes out. Then, between that evening and the first weekend in December, I slowly do the stairs, lights in the window, stuff outside and then we do our tree on that Saturday.

I don't have any generic fall decorations, I guess I should get something that will do from Halloween to Thanksgiving.


PeskyPixie - Nov 2, 2007 5:59 pm (#427 of 2988)

I went all out on fall decor this year. We look quite harvesty at the moment. The autumn leaves garland on the banister is a lot of fun as it makes me feel like I live in a tree! But maybe I just have an overactive imagination.

We have the outside of the house done up for Hallowe'en and I can't take any of it down until my dad removes the disgusting big, black spiders he's put up everywhere. I absolutely refuse to touch even an artificial spider (although I don't mind being long-distance friends with live ones).


kabloink! - Nov 2, 2007 6:28 pm (#428 of 2988)

Hmm, I never managed to get Halloween decorations up, except my "trick-or-treat" door hanger. I'm hoping to do a bit better for Christmas. Alas, I think hubby might get a bit upset if I attempted any Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving.

Big game tomorrow. MSU vs UofM. Go Green! Hubby will actually be off for it (we went to the Emergency room on Wednesday, they ran all kinds of tests except a spinal tap, said it was a virus sent him home with one day off. We went back today and he got the spinal tap, but it was clean, so they're sticking to "really bad virus with a really bad tension migraine." They did give him notes off til Monday, though. And, so long as we have doctors' notes, they can't fire him. We've been pretty lucky, though. I've had a bit of a stomach thing going on, but it's much better since I got a great nap today. Hopefully, after a good night's sleep tonight, I will be okay to do some housekeeping tomorrow. Between the fact that we haven't been home much, and neither of us feeling well, we haven't had much time to keep the house well.

Pesky, where do you live in Canada? I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I can't remember. I grew up in Port Huron, and that's where I work now, less than 10 minutes from Sarnia, Ontario, if traffic on the bridge isn't bad. I've never heard of the Poppy thing, though. Perhaps I will have to go looking for a vet selling them to buy one. I was quite appalled two years ago, when I was subbing in a high school history class (on November 11), and most students didn't even know it was Veteran's Day, let alone WHY it was Veteran's Day. Honestly, there are some holidays around here that are honored far more than they should be, and some not honored NEARLY enough. But that's as far as I'll go on that line of thinking, lest I get too political (I do that).

Ok, off to take care of hubby, his back is very sore from the spinal tap still. Have a great ROTD/N everyone!

Edit: Ooh, hubby just pointed out the actual release date for OotP (I hadn't noticed yet except "just in time for Christmas")-its my birthday! Happy birthday to me!


Vox Gerbilis - Nov 2, 2007 7:08 pm (#429 of 2988)

Hi, Kabloink, I hope Mr. Kabloink has a restful weekend. I'm always ready to emphasize with a fellow migraine sufferer, and even more so when there's an awful virus to go along with it.

I'm delighted to report no obligations this week! How delightful--an opportunity to give my house a much needed cleaning and sort through the piles of papers that have been accumulating. Weird thing is, I'm not being sarcastic. I'm actually happy to have this opportunity. Twenty years ago I never would have thought it possible to feel so happy about something so mundane.

I'd forgotten this is poppy time. I'll be sure to buy one if the veterans groups are out tomorrow. I'm always moved by the CBC Radio 2 broadcasts on Remembrance Day (Veterans Day in the U.S.) I also live near the Michigan/Ontario border, and we have a circle of friends in Windsor, so I'm usually attuned to Canadian customs.


Solitaire - Nov 2, 2007 7:36 pm (#430 of 2988)

Its ages until Christmas! Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 793915934 *fingers in ears la la la*. –Legolas ;  I refuse to do anything Christmasy until the day after Thanksgiving. –Tazzy

I'm with you. I have far too much on my plate between now and mid-December to even think about Christmas yet. I have that big Regional Oral Language Festival coming up on December 13th, and I am the coordinator this year. Seems it does not make any difference whether I volunteer or not. This year, I not only did NOT volunteer, I specifically said I did not want to do it at all. Alas, it was simply given to me and declining did not work. **sigh** Fortunately, I have a couple of great room moms who are wonderful coordinators. I am asking them for help this year.


P.S. My plumber never arrived. His wife called to tell me that his morning job had turned into a major mess, so he will be here tomorrow ... at REGULAR rates! **fingers crossed**


Puck - Nov 2, 2007 7:42 pm (#431 of 2988)

Healing charms to the Kabloinks!

Daisy Scouts = giggling kindergarten girls

I would adore a week to just clean my house. I did nothing today other than get people fed. Beyond that it was going to the gym and organizing my Scout stuff and going to meetings. Plus reading stories and other Mommy stuff. I can spend an hour a day cleaning and barely keep up with stuff like dishes/ laundry/ crumbs. It would take 3 or 4 hours a day to keep up with papers to sort through, dusting, clutter, etc....

I have been planning some Christmas stuff, but won't drag out decorations until after Thanksgiving. I may get started on crafts and planning our Gingerbread house, though. (See, my house is cluttered, but the kids will have fun memories. )


kaykay1970 - Nov 2, 2007 7:53 pm (#432 of 2988)

I'm so behind on reading posts, so healing charms and congratulations where needed. I will get around to reading posts later.

My baby came home for the weekend. We had no idea she was coming home! WOO HOO! Best surprise ever!

We were watching Next Great American Band. There was only one band left to perform. So we were worried since hubby's cousin hadn't performed yet. We really didn't want to see them voted off so soon! So they announce they are up next just as daughter got home so we're all hoping up and down with excitement even before we knew she was here. LOL Anyway they rocked the house tonight! Each band had to play an original song and an Elton John hit. They chose "I'm Still Standing" and it sounded AWESOME! All of the other bands completely stunk on the Elton John songs they picked! Of course I'm not biased or anything. LOL


Chemyst - Nov 2, 2007 8:02 pm (#433 of 2988)

I'm glad to hear your lesson plans turned out well, Tazzy. And does not the green ranger have a skeleton?

Wow, Poppies is a distant memory! We had red crepe paper poppies on Veteran's Day when I was really little and when some of the older teachers still called it Armistice Day.( I had to google, but the name changed in 1954 to include WWII and Korea vets.) The poppies raised funds for disabled vets; I think they were hand-made by them. I haven't seen any in years.

Soli, in the long run, that may be good news about your house. Didn't you say this one is paid off? And you already know its quirks. Happy redecorating.

PeskyPixie, you still mail out Christmas cards? Well, good for you. All the "old chums" that used to get the annual letter now use emails. This year I'm sending out only six cards, so they'll be hand made with an original poem. (Rowling obviously copied my idea and expanded on it.) This represents an 87% reduction from the year I sent out the most cards. (We'll see if that smokes out any math nerds.)

Restorative charms for the Kabloink's.


Denise P. - Nov 2, 2007 8:12 pm (#434 of 2988)

I mail out Christmas cards. I even put in a family newsletter to catch up everyone with what we have done in the last year but it is limited to one side of a standard sheet of paper with nothing depressing allowed. This means everyone gets about 3 lines to sum up a year. An example is: Millicent, who will be 11 in February, is also in 5th grade and learning to play the flute. She is working on completing her Bronze Award in Girl Scouts and is active in Achievement Girls. She also is in the Honors Choir at school If I am really motivated, we may put in a picture of the kids. In fact, I think we are going to be attempting a group shot in the next few days, assuming weather cooperates. I just counted, I send out about 30...and then usually several more as people I don't have in my address book send me a card.

Madam Pince, that sounds like a nice service for Mr. Pince's ancestor.


painting sheila - Nov 2, 2007 9:05 pm (#435 of 2988)

wheee - the week is over and I am going to bed. No obligations tomorrow. I don't have to get up early for anything and neither does anyone else.

I subbed today, took kids to voice lessons, and then chaperoned a cast party, helped clean up party and then popped in to say "hey" to all of you. SO "hey" and "good night"



Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2007 9:26 pm (#436 of 2988)

Rowling obviously copied my idea and expanded on it. –Chemyst

I think you should sue. Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042

We do over 100 Christmas cards. I insist on sending them even to the people who don't send us one, because they're people that I really think ought to send us one, and I refuse to give up first. By golly, I'm going to keep sending until I shame them into sending me one, or until I die, whichever comes first.

Last year I did the "photo is a card" thing with the pre-printed "Merry Christmas from the Pinces" thing, but I didn't really care for it. The Southern in me thinks I have to hand-write something or it doesn't really count. And since I am a procrastinator, I am usually a real grouch by the week before Christmas. LOL!

OK, I've been typing and re-typing Mr. Pince's "speech/presentation" for the ceremony tomorrow, so I'm exhausted and going to bed. I could recite the darn thing by heart myself, and it's almost four pages (double-spaced in big print, though...) I'm going to read a quote that Shelby Foote used in his books from Ecclesiasticus, and Little Pince is supposed to lay a wreath and do a salute. Hopefully I will get some good video and pictures.

Everyone have a good Saturday!


PeskyPixie - Nov 2, 2007 11:39 pm (#437 of 2988)

Kabloink, I live in a suburb of Toronto, though I wish I lived in Niagara-On-The-Lake.

I'm currently chopping an eraser into bits to use as backings for the poppies we buy tomorrow. My mom is preparing lessons on Remembrance Day as she refuses to teach "dunderheads".

Madam Pince, I thought I was something as I write over seventy cards, but I take my hat off to you. Ah, but do you do them in calligraphy like I do?


Elanor - Nov 3, 2007 12:25 am (#438 of 2988)

Ohh... Niagara-On-The-Lake! What a beautiful place it is, I understand you'd like to live there. It was the first place I went to when I spent a few days in Canada with some friends some years ago. It was at the end of September/beginning of October and the fall colors were gorgeous. We had rented a car and went from the Toronto region to the Quebec one and explored there a bit (we went as far as the "Lac St Jean" and Tadoussac). It was so beautiful!

Ok, thanks, I think I'm going to sing "Je reviendrai à Montréal" all day long now...

Good luck on the cards everybody! Christmas is just starting to be in the air, mostly through toys catalogs one receives in mailboxes, but ornaments will soon appear in stores, now that All Saints Day's flowers are gone.

No poppies here for November 11th, but some little stickers people collecting money for soldiers cemeteries stick on your vest. Good thing about them is they don't hurt, lol! November 11th is a holiday here (though this year it won't really be as it will be a Sunday) and many people will go to the war memorials ceremonies. I often go with my Mom, in memory of my great-grandfathers who all died during WW1.

Healing Charms to all needing some!

Have a great weekend everybody!



legolas returns - Nov 3, 2007 2:09 am (#439 of 2988)

Does nobody else do that not buying christmas cards for people (except closest of friends) and giving a donation to charity to equal the amount you would spend?


Phelim Mcintyre - Nov 3, 2007 2:43 am (#440 of 2988)

Christmas Bah Humbug. I have a birthday between now and then. Much more important (but I'm not telling you when).

Elanor - some shops in London have had the Christmas stuff up since August. That is much too early for anyone who shouldn't be in a secure private ward in St Mungo's. And those who put them up so early should, in my view, have a one way ticket to Azkaban.


legolas returns - Nov 3, 2007 3:07 am (#441 of 2988)

There are some streets where every year people try and out compete neighbours for the biggest baddest amount of lights and decorations. People come from all around to look. In some streets they do a charity collection. I am sure you could see the glare from this street from the moon. The national grid struggles during these weeks haha.


Phelim Mcintyre - Nov 3, 2007 3:34 am (#442 of 2988)

Yes, I live down one of them. They go up in November and come down just after Christmas Day. Its the same in the shops - Christmas decorations come down on the first opening day after December 25th, and Easter Eggs go out. Yet the Christmas season is December 25th to January 6th. Oh well. There is a great book called I Hate Christmas which I recommend people to buy. Very tongue in cheek but worth it to see the how Christmas has become so over the top in recent years.


legolas returns - Nov 3, 2007 4:48 am (#443 of 2988)

I dont put up decorations because I always go home to my Parents house. It always seems a waste when I wont be there to enjoy them. My Parents have always put up the tree a couple of days before the 25th. The cards may go up before that. The tree comes down on the 1st and the cards on the 6th. I prefer the subtle approach to decorations and dont want to be blinded by glare.


Denise P. - Nov 3, 2007 5:44 am (#444 of 2988)

We donate toys to Toys for Tots. It is a program through the Marine Corps. Kierynn remembered from last year because when we went by a toy section yesterday, she asked if we were going to get something for the little girl who doesn't have a christmas.


legolas returns - Nov 3, 2007 5:53 am (#445 of 2988)

Thats so sweet.


Holly T. - Nov 3, 2007 7:03 am (#446 of 2988)

I am in charge of the Advent Festival at church, so I am thinking and planning for the Christmas season all year. I keep up my Halloween decorations from mid-October until I get out the Christmas decorations, though. If I get around to it I will put up the skeletons and just leave out the leaves and scarecrows, but I probably won't get to it. I am doing good just to get all of the junk mail into the recycling bin. I am about halfway done with my Christmas shopping (one year I actually accomplished my goal of being done before Thanksgiving--I am usually pretty close). Since I've been in charge of the Advent Festival the past few years our Christmas decorations at home haven't gone up until that is over. Also, the past four years my daughter has been in the city ballet company's Nutcracker, which starts auditions and rehearsals the end of September, so we have a very long holiday season. Her new ballet school is doing a Christmas program but it is more along the lines of a traditional dance studio show, not a professional production, so it is nowhere near as intense.

Christmas cards--I usually do a one-page Christmas letter to send with the card, although I aspire to doing a mini comic book (if you have ever used the Comic Life software it is so much fun) and sending that instead of a card and letter. Last year on Dec. 18 (in the middle of daughter's 8 Nutcracker performances) I ordered preprinted cards from Kodak Gallery and had them print a short note that had to stand in for a letter for last year. I didn't even get the kids' Christmas picture made last year. I am going to try and do better this year.


HungarianHorntail11 - Nov 3, 2007 7:09 am (#447 of 2988)

Chemyst, you are a saint! Thank you for your kind words and I'm glad my misfortune helped others from making the same time-change mistake - it sure does temper the fall.

((Kristina)) hugs for you. 7 years is a long time for a guinea pig, especially when you're still young. You must have taken great care of her for her to have lived so long.

Heeling charms to Solitaire and healing charms to TBE.

So many great posts but I had gotten so far behind that I am glad just to have caught up!

Denise, how sweet of Kierynn to remember. See - all of that hard work is paying off!

We have a Giving Tree in our school lobby. It has tags with the first name and age of each child from a nearby hospital. Each student has a permission slip he/she returns to school and then can pick a tag and buy a present for the child he/she has chosen. We are no longer allowed to wrap them but gift bags are a great alternative. It is a great way for a child to pick a toy he or she would like and know it is going to be enjoyed by someone else because of their kind acts.

Our decorations for Christmas go up the first weekend of December, though we do begin to dress the house shortly after Thanksgiving cleanup.

Regarding LSteve, according to what JKR said on her site, their focus is on the fact that the book information is based on the Lexicon, which was freely available but the book won't be. Hmm, but the site is still going to be available as it always had been, so I don't understand the basis there. I think whoever it was that mentioned it may clash with a HW Encyclopedia someday hit the nail on the head.


Chemyst - Nov 3, 2007 8:29 am (#448 of 2988)

Does nobody else do that not buying christmas cards for people (except closest of friends) and giving a donation to charity to equal the amount you would spend? - legolas returns

The charities would not get nearly as much if I'd done that. During the1980s and 1990s I sent out a lot of cards, nearly all personalized with a line or two and over half with full letters. But, I almost always bought my cards after Christmas for the next year when they were at least half-price and often 75% off. I found that the cards that were still left at after-Christmas sales were either really ugly or they were fancy and over-priced to start with. So I skipped the ugly ones and got fancy cards cheaply. Then five or six years ago there was a big drop in the card sending. Many older relatives who had enjoyed getting updates on their out-of-state niece and nephews were dying and many others were moving to email.
I never spent that much on cards in the first place, and now it is even less, so charities would get only a pittance. Now, if you suggest that I include savings on postage..  well, you might have something there. Actually, if I'm going to cut back on something to redirect the spending, it probably shouldn't be keeping in touch with friends. It should probably be the Christmas fruitcakes cookies.

Phelim, the humbug book sounds like something my dad would enjoy. And Happy Birthday! (Please save this wish for the appropriate date, whenever that may be.)

Chemyst, you are a saint!    No, you are the nobler one. I would have kept quiet .


PeskyPixie - Nov 3, 2007 9:04 am (#449 of 2988)

We give toys and books for different age groups of children to the Santa Claus Fund each year. A friend of my parents's has a daughter who held her own daughter's first birthday party right before Christmas and insisted on donations to said Fund in lieu of gifts for her little girl. We decided to take all of the gifts we had bought for the Fund, plus an extra one, to the party so they could be donated to other children on a little girl's behalf. We found out in January that she ended up keeping all of the presents for her own child!


legolas returns - Nov 3, 2007 9:51 am (#450 of 2988)

My work does the card thing so they get quite a large amount each year. Most people give the price of the cards and a charitable donation on top.

On my way out to one of the two large Bonfires and fireworks organised by the town council. They have a huge bonfire thats about three storeys high and a huge amount of fireworks. We are talking a serious amount of gunpowder. Boom!! All my pyro tendancies are satisfied. Going with a group of friends.
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journeymom - Nov 3, 2007 12:41 pm (#451 of 2988)

On my way out to one of the two large Bonfires and fireworks organised by the town council . . . .

Legolas, are the bonfires and fireworks in celebration of something? It occured to me that we're almost to November 5. "Remember, remember, the fifth of November..."


Puck - Nov 3, 2007 1:00 pm (#452 of 2988)

Ahh, a rainy Saturday. I'm home from work, just finished my tea while reading the thread. Kids are painting, Toddler napping. Blissful!

I send out about 50 photo cards. Usually a picture of the kids with Santa. It's less work, plus they are favorites of those you live far off and don't get to see the kids often.

I once suggested to some friends that we skip the secret santa thing and buy for a charity instead. I was shocked to find how many were appalled by this idea. I skipped out on the gift and bought blankets for a shelter instead. Glad to hear businesses are doing this!

I also save duplicate gifts that the children receive for toys for tots. Not worth the taking them to the store to exchange them when other children have so much less. Plus, it teaches the kids some valuable lessons.

Chemyst, I figure you sent out about 11 cards on a high year. (If you're down to six, then a 100% drop would mean you had once sent out 12.)

Should I admit that I was listening to Christmas music earlier? It was an instrumental CD, and you'd have to listen carefully to discern the holiday theme, but there were "jingle bells" involved.

Happy Weekend!



Denise P. - Nov 3, 2007 1:09 pm (#453 of 2988)

The only secret santa exchange I did this year was for the dogs.  I got a beagle/chihuahua mix named Gelliebean. She got a nifty toy, treats to go in it and an ornament with her name on it. I did throw in a mug and the Snowman soup poem for the biped in the house. Tinsel got her gift in but it is sitting up out of reach until we do the group opening. The other exchange I do every year is an ornament exchange with a group of moms. As a family, we donate toys and in years past, we have done bell ringing. I would like to get my Tigers out bell ringing if I can find a troop with a slot that would allow us to come ring for 30 min. In TN, we had to sign up on a 3 hour block and that is just too long for Tigers to stand out there.

I had 4 Tigers show up today to pass out bags for Scouting for Food. We had just under 200 houses and finished in under 90 min. Next week we go back to collect any donations.

I got my Hallmark ornaments. We now have a cute lil turkey on the front door. I saw a fiber optic tree at the store that is 36" tall....I think I may get one for our foyer.


kabloink! - Nov 3, 2007 1:38 pm (#454 of 2988)

Hubby is still very much out of commission. Ian is still a typical, energetic 13-month-old. House is still a mess. Parents came to help, skipping a huge party for the huge game this afternoon - -they are angels...

I think holiday decorations may go up early this year, to ensure they make it up at all. I used to like to get my Christmas tree up around my birthday (Dec 11th), but since hubby and I get real trees since we have lived together, we typically leave it a bit later. Our trees always seem to dry out really fast. Last year, I know we didn't cut the end off well enough, but the year before my parents had bought us a beautiful blue spruce (hubby's fav) that must have been dead to start with...well, you know what I mean.

Ok, off to actually help my mother get some of MY chores done...


Holly T. - Nov 3, 2007 2:24 pm (#455 of 2988)

Draco and I just got back from the Texas Book Festival and we had a great time. Since I've changed jobs, I didn't have to work this year and could actually go hear some of the authors. We went to a panel with Linda Sue Park and Rene Saldana talking about cultural identity in their work and then we got to hear Rick Riordan read from the fourth Percy Jackson book, The Battle of the Labyrinth, which is coming out next May. Then we stood in line for half an hour (which wasn't that bad considering the crowd) to have Rick sign Draco's books. Draco wore his Camp Half-Blood shirt and it just made his day when Rick said "I've met you before." I don't think he remembered my son specifically, but you have to have either been to the camp or one of his events to have one of those shirts. While we were in line daughter called 4 times saying she was ready to be picked up and I kept telling her to wait or her brother would be really mad.

Rushed daughter home and took her to ballet rehearsal. Whew. When we rush out again later my robot will be cleaning my kitchen floor. (Must warn the cat.)


azi - Nov 3, 2007 2:31 pm (#456 of 2988)

Journeymom - I can answer for Legolas - it is near to Bonfire Night. A lot of fires happen on the nearest Saturday instead of the actual day. I can think of six bonfires tonight within 4 miles of my house. Every village has at least one.

I just got back from my old Scout groups' Bonfire. Was great, although I wish I had some friends to take with me (everyone I knew who was there was working). As well as the bonfire, we had a huge load of fireworks (they'd spent £400, that's US$800, on them) and a fire poi/sticks display.

On the other hand, York, the birthplace of Guy Fawkes (the most famous of the treason gang), isn't having a city fireworks display this year! They didn't get health and safety forms in on time or something. So when I get back to York, me and my friends are doing our own.


legolas returns - Nov 3, 2007 3:40 pm (#457 of 2988)

Yes "Remember, remember the 5th of November-Gun Powder, treason and plot".

The bonfire was really hot and we decided to stand quite far back. The fireworks went on for about 20-25 minutes. Amongst other things while the fireworks were going off they played the 1812 overture and Starwars theme-it was pretty cool and impressive fireworks. The company doing them was called armagedon *hee hee*. Unfortunately we stood downwind and we had cold debris shower down on us. Hands over the plastic pint glass to prevent bits getting into your drink.


Tazzygirl - Nov 3, 2007 4:53 pm (#458 of 2988)

LOL Chemyst. The little 'skeleton' did not have a single thing on him that would make him look like a skeleton. It looked more like green pajamas.

I usually don't decorate for Christmas either- I always go home to my parents and decorate there. This year, however, will be a bit different. I'm staying here () so I will be decorating my place up. I can tell you, it is SO STRANGE to put Christmas decorations up when you can look out the window and see palm trees and go swimming in the ocean and overall not freeze. At least when I'm in California I can bundle up. Oh well.

Can't think what else I was going to say... **Healing charms** to the Kabloinks, **reparo charms** to Soli's house (and more **healing charms**!!), and anything else I missed.



Denise P. - Nov 3, 2007 4:57 pm (#459 of 2988)

Tazzy, I can relate! I have spent 3 holiday seasons in Saudi Arabia. It just doesn't feel like Christmas when you are in shorts, spending time at the beach and come in sunburned after being out all day. My aunt said it was very strange when she lived in Australia to be in shorts, sweltering and hearing on the speakers at the store "I'm dreaming of a white christmas" I guess for those of our members down in Australia, the idea of snow at Christmas is just as off as our idea of summer heat at Christmas.

I think we mowed our yard for the last time before next spring. We still need to edge the sidewalks one last time though.


legolas returns - Nov 3, 2007 4:59 pm (#460 of 2988)

Sounds horrible all that nice weather at Christmas NOT!


PeskyPixie - Nov 3, 2007 5:37 pm (#461 of 2988)

A weird fact about me: Summer is my least favourite season.

However, since hurting my shoulder I haven't looked forward to shoveling snow either, though I do love it.


legolas returns - Nov 4, 2007 2:13 am (#462 of 2988)

Just to be very contradictory I like the frost and also being warm in the sun.


Puck - Nov 4, 2007 6:11 am (#463 of 2988)

Holly, I'm getting an image of Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons with a mop. Glad you had a good time at the festival.

I've been up for a bit, but with the time change, still have time before church. Breakfast is over, and I still have an hour to get everyone ready. My plan for after church is clean out the garage so I can put my van back in there. (Some months ago Mr. Puck cleaned out the basement by moving everything out into my garage stall. We have slowly been putting things out with the trash and recycling. Now that it's getting cold I want a nice cozy garage so I don't have to scrape the car off in the mornings.)

Time to shower while Diego is distracting the kids. (Before I had kids I swore I'd never do that.)



Chemyst - Nov 4, 2007 6:45 am (#464 of 2988)

(If you're down to six, then a 100% drop would mean you had once sent out 12.)
Sorry, I blew the phrasing of that. 100% was supposed to be the total cards I sent on my high year. 87% was supposed to be the cards not being sent this year. The 13 % difference was supposed to be the six cards I am making this year. — The back story is that I got a new calculator for my son and was playing around with it while posting. I guess I shouldn't try doing two things at the same time. Or maybe I'm spending too much time in Harry Potter's world.


legolas returns - Nov 4, 2007 7:10 am (#465 of 2988)

No no- is there such a thing as spending too much time in Harry Potter land? Never!


Puck - Nov 4, 2007 10:44 am (#466 of 2988)

Chemyst, I think you phrased it correctly, I just misunderstood. That's what I get from trying to get all smart.


Good Evans - Nov 4, 2007 11:51 am (#467 of 2988)

hmmm- I am such a sucker, I donate to charity and still send christmas cards :sigh!:

Decorations go up first weekend in December if we can manage it, but this year will be tight as I am in Scotland forst week. Yes we light the street up, good fun! They do come down new years day or the 2nd though - no procrastinating on that one!!

I can't remember what else I was going to say...... early dementia I think..... hmmmm

happy Sunday - have a great and safe guy fawkes to anyone out tonight, although tomorrow is actually the 5th!


Solitaire - Nov 4, 2007 1:57 pm (#468 of 2988)

Phelim: "those who put [Christmas decorations] up so early should, in my view, have a one way ticket to Azkaban. "

Phelim, my mother would nominate you for a Nobel prize for that statement. She hates what Christmas has become.

Thanks for the healing charms, everyone. My cold is a bit better, but I still feel achy (especially my head) and have a very "raw" stomach. My temp is only 97.8, so no fever ... but I am very clammy and sweaty. I am supposed to be chaperoning an AVID field trip to Santa Barbara tomorrow, but I am afraid of being trapped on a school bus for 3 hours without immediate access to a restroom. I'm considering calling my principal this afternoon and seeing if he can press an extra parent into my spot. I already have a sub for the day, since I'd planned to be gone anyway. I'm not sure what to do. I hate to miss this field trip, as I LOVE Santa Barbara ... but I sure do not feel like leaving my house at all. My sympathies to Mr. Kabloink ... it sounds like he is still not feeling well, either.

The water heater was installed yesterday morning--no muss, no fuss. Now, all that remains is to pay the bill. That's the part that hurts the most!

I'm not too good with the Christmas cards myself. Postage has become very expensive, and most of my friends tend to do the email thing ... which is fine with me. I like making e-cards. No glue, no glitter, no sequins, no envelopes, no stamps ... it's perfect for me!



PeskyPixie - Nov 4, 2007 2:28 pm (#469 of 2988)

I think it's possible to avoid the commercialization of Christmas if one tries.

One can spend a lot of money in the spirit of giving or for showing off. One can spend very little money for the intangible spirit of the season or out of sheer stinginess! It all comes down to who you are.


Denise P. - Nov 4, 2007 2:46 pm (#470 of 2988)

I agree, Christmas has become incredibly commercial. That is why we try to do things as a family that are more in keeping with what we feel the season is about. I got some Polly Pockets today to donate. Mattel has a $5 off coupon on their site so you can get a single packet for free. Toys R Us has all Polly Pockets 30% off until Saturday so you can get a nice set for very little.


journeymom - Nov 4, 2007 8:46 pm (#471 of 2988)

Check out Hundred Dollar Holiday: The Case For A More Joyful Christmas by Bill McKibben. It's a little simplistic, but thought provoking.


Madam Pince - Nov 5, 2007 6:15 am (#472 of 2988)

Pesky, you're right -- no calligraphy in this house! LOL! Certainly not on 100 cards! They're lucky I sign our names. It's probably actually a bad sign that we do that many cards, because it's people that I feel close to, but do not actually stay in close touch with for the majority of the year like I really should. We have lots of extended family members and friends that are all over the country and we don't get to see them much, so I feel like it is important to at least make the effort to stay in contact even if it's only once a year. Now that we have Little P and they don't see him often, the picture thing is sort of a "must" also. We do the Toys for Tots thing also, and take names from the Santa Tree for charity donations. We also usually give to a couple different veterans' groups at holiday time.

Phelim, Happy Birthday! There, now that covers between now and December 25th.

I'm trying to decide between joining Shutterfly and Snapfish and Kodak Online. Any recommendations?

Our memorial service Saturday for Mr. Pince's ancestor was lovely. He was mad at himself for getting all emotional and choked up while reading his part, but I told him it was completely to be expected because it was a very moving story. Little P helped his dad to present a wreath and then did a little salute. I read a selection from Ecclesiasticus 44. Mr. P's brother blessed the gravesite and sprinkled soil from the colonel's homeplace in North Carolina. I found out something I didn't know -- the colonel's brother (so he's also a collateral relative of ours) was one of the founders of Duke University. I'm not sure how I feel about that -- a bit conflicted! I'll look on the bright side and think that maybe that will get Little Pince an "inside look" at admissions if he goes that route someday!

Yesterday we watched the Super Bowl errrr... the big game. It was a good one! We had friends over and I made a big pot of chili and some cornbread. I have a new recipe that is so easy it's disgusting, and it tastes wonderful! Mix together a 15-oz. can of pumpkin, a big box (5 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix, and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Then fold in a big box (16 oz) Cool Whip, mix well by hand, then chill for several hours or overnight. Serve inside a hollowed-out pumpkin and surround with apple slices and cinnamon graham-cracker sticks. Sweet munchies! Yummmmmm....

Time for the bus! Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Tazzygirl - Nov 5, 2007 8:49 am (#473 of 2988)

Good morning everyone!

I did not sleep well last night. Between thinking about work and everything going on with school, I fell asleep at about 1:15 am, dozed off and on until 3, heard my a/c making noises until 4, dozing until 5, finally falling asleep only to be woken at 5:30 by my alarm. I'm going to be exhausted this afternoon.

Oh, and today is my first 'solo day' with my mentor teacher and supervisor watching me teach all day. I'm not too worried about it (although that contributed to the lack of sleep, so I guess I'm worrying more than what I thought.) Wish me luck!

Madam P- glad the service went really well! That sounded like a really nice memorial! And your pumpkin treat sounds yummy- I'm thinking I might make that and bring it into work one of these days...

Oh, and I write maybe 30 Christmas Cards. I send them to the family members I am in touch with (which aren't that many...), old babysitting clients back in California, and a handful of people here. My parents usually do the letter that gives everyone a heads up on all the happenings with our family. I usually try and send a note saying how school is going.

Have a good day/night everyone- off to get ready and go to school.



PeskyPixie - Nov 5, 2007 8:53 am (#474 of 2988)

A swig of Felix Felicis for Tazzy (and anyone else who needs a perfect day).


Puck - Nov 5, 2007 10:03 am (#475 of 2988)

Sounds like it was a lovely ceremony. I would have been choked up, and I didn't know the man.

Pumpkin recipe sounds super yummy!

Tazzy, I'm sure you'll be great!

I just brought a van full of stuff to the salvation army. The only seats that weren't filled were the ones Toddler and I needed to sit in. No more baby toys. )I'm feeling a bit conflicted about that.)



PeskyPixie - Nov 5, 2007 10:22 am (#476 of 2988)

Madam Pince, it does sound like a beautiful ceremony. I'm terrible with reading something moving then completely forgetting to mention it.

I've kept all of the toys my parents/people I cherish have given me. They're all in the storage room. We actually did a huge home clear-out last year when we renovated the house. I've grown up in this house and things had just been sitting in tidy piles of boxes in the storage room for twenty years! We've given away nearly all of the stuff in storage to the CDA (Canadian Diabetes Association), but I vetoed the giving away of my toys . My stroller wasn't given away as my mom and I went down to the basement to find my dad strolling it around with watery eyes .

ETA: I suppose we could've given some of the clothes away to SPEW? Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1003735042


Steve Newton - Nov 5, 2007 11:35 am (#477 of 2988)

Saturday was the second annual Delaware book Festival. Despite some morning rain (we are outdoors in tents) the attendance was about the same as last year. About 2500. I thought that it went rather well. I was able to sit in on Mary Downing Hahn, an author of young adult books, and Jon Jefferson author of 'Beyond the Body Farm' and several mysteries with Bill Bass under the name Jefferson Bass. I had a thoroughly good time. Did you know that there is a waiting list of people who want to have there bodies laying in the Body Farm at the U. of Tennessee? Who would have guessed?

We do have serious competition. Texas has a large book festival the same day and I am guessing that they have warmer weather. On the other hand Legislative Mall in Dover is very nice and we almost had peak leaves (we did last year). The authors also tell us that we are gaining a reputation for treating them well and being well organized. (I, too, was surprised by this last one.) We also accidentally, last year, started off on the right foot. We gave the authors a dinner with only them and their escorts. We did not put them on public display and they get to talk shop with their peers. They seem to enjoy this.

The award winning Delaware Library Book Cart Drill Team also had another stellar performance. Perhaps the last time for our performance as we start in January getting ready for next years ALA competition in Anaheim.

There was a downside. Somehow I managed to lose my wedding ring. Blame it on the cold. Fortunately, my wife took this much better than I could have hoped.


Madam Pince - Nov 5, 2007 11:59 am (#478 of 2988)

Ohhhh... bummer about the ring, Steve! Do you have any idea at all of the general area in which you might've lost it? You might try contacting a treasure-hunters club or some such in your area -- a metal detector could probably find it for you if you can narrow it down to a couple-acre area. Mr. Pince and his metal-detecting buddies get requests for that kind of thing all the time, and they are quite often successful. Let me know if you can't locate anybody -- we have a friend who is an older guy who just loves to do that, and he drives to Ocean City and Rehoboth all the time. He might be willing to drive up there and look for you.

I also have a hard time getting rid of toys. That's why the fire at my mom's "storage house" this summer was so hard -- a lot of my toys were in there. Oh well, it's just stuff, right? Little P has waaaaayyy too many toys and I am going through things this week.

Carpet cleaner guys just left from cleaning where the dog "puddled" last week. Unfortunately I can still see a stain. I really wish they could've come sooner before it had time to "set" in so much...

I forgot to say earlier... Woo-hoo to the Navy football team for beating Notre Dame this weekend! They broke a 44-year losing streak -- the longest losing streak in college football history, I think they said. The last time they'd won was before I was born, and Roger Staubach was Navy's quarterback. Of course, the Notre Dame coach said "The streak doesn't mean anything to me," but personally I thought that sounded like sour grapes...


journeymom - Nov 5, 2007 12:06 pm (#479 of 2988)

Happy burning day to our favorite phoenix!


Holly T. - Nov 5, 2007 12:11 pm (#480 of 2988)

Steve, sorry about your wedding ring. We did have fabulous weather for the Texas Book Festival this year. Half the time the weather is great the other times it is cold and rainy, which is not good for books, even if they are under tents. Son and I saw Linda Sue Park and Rick Riordan. We also saw Secret Service people, who I think were with Jenna Bush. Lynne Cheney was there too. We skipped those sessions, plus the ones with Kristin Gore and Kay Bailey Hutchison. Son wanted to go to the cooking tent to see Padma from "Top Chef" but we didn't have time. He was so cute when he asked me not to stop and talk to people. I did say hello to people I know from different presses, but no lengthy chats (actually most of the chats involved them asking me why I wasn't working and me explaining my new job).

Madam Pince, the ceremony sounds very nice.

Good luck today Kristina!

I need to finish going through my daughter's old clothes to take some to my niece over the weekend.

Hope everyone has a great day!


Steve Newton - Nov 5, 2007 12:26 pm (#481 of 2988)

The ring is somewhere on Legislative Mall. An area only about 410 feet by 220 feet. Or course it could be on one of the surrounding streets.

Holly, I hear that the Texas book festival is special. There is the National Book Festival in DC every year but I have yet to make it over. Perhaps next year. They fill of pretty much the whole mall in at the Smithsonian and get many thousands of people. Sigh.


Puck - Nov 5, 2007 12:49 pm (#482 of 2988)

Steve, I hope your ring finds it's way home.

I kept a few "special" toys. Most of it is bulky, and we don't have much storage space. (And no way am I renting one so we can hang onto stuff we can't use.) I like to think that a little tot will soon be enjoying them.


painting sheila - Nov 5, 2007 1:10 pm (#483 of 2988)

Steve - I Have been thinking of your drill team. I will hear a song or piece of music and think to myself "OH! Steve's team should drill to this. It has nice movement!" Post another video when you all do perform. I thoroughly enjoyed the last one. It makes me look at librarian's in a whole new fashion.

I think today is Pity Party for Sheila Day. Nothing bad is happening - it's just a gray day. I did go shopping for shoes and that helped - some (sigh)

I think I need to go to the gym this afternoon.

I am sure that would help.



Madam Pince - Nov 5, 2007 1:12 pm (#484 of 2988)

Steve, that would be an easy search for a metal detector, and those guys get a huge kick out of that kind of thing -- they love to search places where a festival has just been held. Good luck finding someone to help you out! As I say, let me know if you can't locate anybody.


Denise P. - Nov 5, 2007 1:24 pm (#485 of 2988)

Too bad I didn't know about contacting local medal detector folks years ago. For our 10th wedding anniversary, Mr. Denise and I got new wedding rings. Our original wedding rings were bought on the cheap and were just plain bands (Together, two 14K gold wedding bands were under $100). Our new bands were yellow gold bordered with white gold that has a little design on it. When Mr. Denise was ever deployed, I always kept his wedding band at home, for several reasons. About 4-5 years after we got the new bands, he was sent on a 3 day trip to Texas so he kept his wedding band. While in Texas, their vehicle got stuck in the mud and while attempting to get it out, his "new" wedding band came off without him noticing it. So now, 10 years later, he is still wearing our original cheapy wedding band while I wear my nice once. Once of these days, we will get a replacement for his new one. Oh yeah, he has always taken his ring off for me to hold no matter where he got sent after that

Well, I went searching for the name of the ring and I actually found it on the second site I looked at! It is Artcarved Serene.

Editing so I don't take up another post: I just got an email from a fellow forum member (**waves to her**: Thanks!) that has about a billion cookie recipes linked in it. If you are interested in getting it, send me an email and I will fwd it to you. denise at hp-lexicon dot org Seriously, there are a load of recipes here and if you are like me, you are always looking for fun, easy cookies to make around the holidays. For those of you who do NOT use the US system of measuring, each recipe also seems to have a metric conversion available.


PeskyPixie - Nov 5, 2007 2:27 pm (#486 of 2988)

I've never had the opportunity to wish anyone anything on Guy Fawkes Day (Bonfire Night? ). Is it proper to say, "Happy Guy Fawkes Day"? I'll just copy Journeymom and say, 'Happy burning day to our favourite phoenix!'


Denise P. - Nov 5, 2007 2:39 pm (#487 of 2988)

Woo, I will have to go get some treacle toffee out of the cupboard for everyone to have a piece of it.

Mr. Denise just called. He registered my vehicle today and got my personalized plate. I gave him a list of 10 HP related plates to try in case the one I wanted was not available but it was! Yes, I admit, I copied Catherine's plate. I will go down to the YKYAHPFWhen..thread to post the dozen choices I gave Mr. Denise to try.


Catherine - Nov 5, 2007 4:37 pm (#488 of 2988)

Yes, I admit, I copied Catherine's plate. –Denise

What the HEY! Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 793915934

**breathes into a paper bag**

Ok, I'm over it.

(For those who are uninformed, for several years (predating Denise) I have had OBLIVI8! as my personalized plate). It's still mine.


Madam Pince - Nov 5, 2007 4:48 pm (#489 of 2988)

Catherine, you know you can sue Denise for stealing your intellectual property...


Catherine - Nov 5, 2007 5:14 pm (#490 of 2988)

Catherine, you know you can sue Denise for stealing your intellectual property... --Madame Pince

Bwahahahaha! It's mine, I tells ya!


Denise P. - Nov 5, 2007 5:22 pm (#491 of 2988)

Well, consider that I envied it a state away from you. If Hogwarts was not taken, I would have gone with that since I drive an Express. Get it? I would have the Hogwarts Express!

I am breaking out my bread machine. I now need to find my sourdough starter recipe to get that going.

Auuuggghhhh! I just got a call from where Tinsel is groomed and "her" groomer quit! Tinsel has never been groomed (bath and pedicure) by anyone other than Jen so now I am in a quandry. For now, I am keeping the appointment and going to talk to the back up groomer before I hand over the leash. I was considering moving grooming shops anyway but we have been with Jen awhile. Wow, I guess it is a good thing that I didn't get her Christmas stuff yet. I wish when people quit places like this, they would contact their "regular" customers to let us know so we have the option to continue to use her or find out who she would recommend at the current place. At least the current place did call me prior to the appointment to let me know that Jen was no longer there before I showed up on Wednesday.


Madam Pince - Nov 5, 2007 5:43 pm (#492 of 2988)

We had the same deal with Little P's haircut lady a couple months ago. I drove up to the shop and parked, and when I looked in the door, the place was completely empty! Not a chair, not a dryer, not nuttin'. Not so much as a phone call it was coming, either! We did finally get a call from her a couple of weeks later that the owner had sold/closed without telling the employees ( again) and it had taken her awhile to get another position. Whew!

Awwwww... Hogwarts Express! That would've been so perfect!


haymoni - Nov 5, 2007 6:10 pm (#493 of 2988)

Hey all -

My Brownies are actually winning some games this year.

Who'd uve thunk it!!!

It is cold and rainy here in NE Ohio - and this stupid time change has plunged my whole drive home into total darkness.

How are we saving energy if I have to turn on every light in the house at 5:00 pm??? What are we saving the daylight for??


PeskyPixie - Nov 5, 2007 6:20 pm (#494 of 2988)

This is the first year in Canada that we're following the same daylight savings schedule as the U.S.. Our traditional Spring-forward Fall-back months were, respectively, April and October.

We're saving the daylight for a rainy day. After the misunderstanding on the Games thread there is no way I'm joking around without making my harmless intentions crystal clear with a variety of silly faces . Oh man, I'm in desperate need of a hug after this afternoon.


Denise P. - Nov 5, 2007 6:37 pm (#495 of 2988)

I am making a list of books that I would like to read. One of them, yes, really, was the one someone here mentioned that Loopy's favorite movie, The Village seemed to be loosely based on. I went to Amazon and read the synopsis, or maybe Wiki, but now I can't find the post in question or the book title. The Village gets enough mention here that it brings up a lot of posts. Anyone remember the name of the book?


Holly T. - Nov 5, 2007 7:23 pm (#496 of 2988)

Denise, it's Running Out of Time


Denise P. - Nov 5, 2007 7:28 pm (#497 of 2988)

Thanks Holly! I have it on my list now.


Tazzygirl - Nov 5, 2007 9:48 pm (#498 of 2988)

Just a quick note to say 'Thanks for the good luck!!!' and that my Solo Day was AWESOME!

My mentor teacher sat at her desk the entire time, went and ran copies, did various tasks and left me to it. She said at the end that she and my supervisor from UH were almost getting bored because they didn't need to jump in or offer suggestions or anything. Helps my self esteem (My social studies class/teacher at UH keeps bringing it down...)! Today reminded me how much fun I have in the classroom teaching. Tomorrow I am giving a lesson on Colonial Art. Should be fun!

Steve- I hope you can find your ring!

My mom still wears her original engagement and wedding ring, she bought my dad a new ring one year (as his original one grew thin from wear and tear and kept breaking), but he doesn't like wearing it. He loves the original, so every so often he goes in to get it fixed when it breaks. LOL

Okay, put the art lesson plan and reflections off long enough. Back to work I go!


hehe- I have a countdown on my computer that tells me how many more days/hours/minutes/seconds I have until I graduate. 194 days, 5 hours, 10 minutes, and 58 seconds to go. w00t!


Puck - Nov 5, 2007 9:50 pm (#499 of 2988)


Hope that helped.

Mr. Puck's aunt sent me that cookie recipe e-mail. Just in time for the holidays!

I had a boss that did that. I showed up to work and the place was closed. Hunting down that last paycheck was not easy.

Hope Bonfires were enjoyed by all who celebrated!!

Tomorrow is my anniversary. Been married 9 years. I have a sitter coming so we can go out to a late dinner.

I went to my leaders meeting tonight, and I still can't get an answer about 1 or 2 years for Daisy Scouts. She used to say I'd know in January, now it's spring. I think I'm just going to decide that I'm on a two year program. (The woman from the council seems to think there's not enough of a program to take 2 years. I think it's plenty. They're 5 years old. Why rush?)



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PeskyPixie - Nov 5, 2007 10:59 pm (#501 of 2988)

Happy Anniversary, Pucks! And many more to come of course.

Thanks guys, for the much needed hugs and helping me finally clue in to what ((( ))) means!


Elanor - Nov 5, 2007 11:51 pm (#502 of 2988)

Happy Anniversary to Puck and Mr Puck!

And happy birthday to Phelim in case it would be today. If we all wish him a happy birthday in turn, one is sure to do it on the right day eventually.

Congratulations Tazzy! I had no doubt you would be great.

I hope all the forumers who celebrated Guy Fawkes' day have had some fun.

Here, I am enjoying my last days of fall break. Weather has been really nice so far: some light frosts in the morning usually, and often some fog or very gray skies in the morning too, but afternoons have usually been sunny and pleasant. Fall colors are particularly beautiful this year. Last year, frosts had come too soon, and had been too strong, for the trees to get beautiful: they had lost their leaves before they got to get nice colors. But this year it seems the weather has been perfect for them. I will certainly enjoy a little walk in the country today.

Felix Charms to Steve for you to find your ring again, Healing and Cheering ones to all needed some and some special ((((((hugs)))))) to Pesky.


Edit: I was browsing the forum and thought it's been some time since I last saw Lina and Choices post. If you read this, I hope both of you are okay.


PeskyPixie - Nov 6, 2007 12:40 am (#503 of 2988)

I didn't comment on Phelim's birthday earlier as it was originally supposed to be a part of something I had in mind on the trivia thread. However, this is the next best place (arguably the best place) to do it.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Phelim!!!!! (extended birthday charm from now until Christmas).

ETA: Yes, I was wondering about Choices and Lina (whom I have never personally met) as well. Hope everything's okay.


Snuffles - Nov 6, 2007 3:00 am (#504 of 2988)

Steve, I hope you manage to find your ring. **Accio Steve's ring**

Happy anniversary to Mr and Mrs Puck. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Great news on your teaching Kristina. Well done you

Happy Birthday Phelim for which ever day you celebrate

I have been reading posts but not writing anything. I guess nothing exciting has happened to me

Poppy has had her first injection and will have another in a weeks time along with her microchip. Then only 1 more week before we can take her out for a walk. She has so much energy I cannot wait.

*waves* to everybody. Love and hugs to all



jose043 - Nov 6, 2007 3:15 am (#505 of 2988)

Hi All

Steve hope you find your wedding ring.

Tazzygirl glad to see you had a good report on your student teaching.

Happy Anniversary to Puck & Mr puck many more to come.

Healing, get well charms to all that need them.

Happy Birthday to Phelim & to anyone else that we have missed.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Steve Newton - Nov 6, 2007 5:00 am (#506 of 2988)

painting sheila, you mentioned the music for my drill team. I have been thinking about this far too much. Our current song is 'Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend.' We got it from 'Moulin Rouge' and the title is somewhat different.

Anyway, for our next routine I have been obsessively trying to think of some good music. I have tried to come up with music with a Delaware connection but so far no luck. (The Delaware state song is too embarrassing to even mention.0 I can come up with only 3 well known musicians with a Delaware connection.

I don't know when he came here but Cab Calloway spent his last years in Delaware. "Minnie the Moocher' is a great song but the tempo does not seem to fit.

Bob Marley lived, and wrote, in Wilmington for many years but none of his songs seem to have the right tempo.

That leaves Delaware's own George Thorogood. (I hear that he has since moved to California. So much for making him an honorary librarian and getting him on the team.) 'Bad to the Bone' has potential but I'm not sure.


Potteraholic - Nov 6, 2007 5:50 am (#507 of 2988)

To all the US Forumers,

Happy Election Day! Enjoy the day off, if you're so lucky to have one, and go out and vote. I'm off to Staff Development Day - no kiddies, just workshops all day!


painting sheila - Nov 6, 2007 5:59 am (#508 of 2988)

Bad to the Bone! How fun that would be!! You all could dress up as cave men! I know it has nothing to do with the song - but if you are all wearing bone jewelry and the like it could clever. What about a song from Suessical the Musical? You could dress up as different characters in the books. I will keep thinking and listening . . . what about some of the music from the HP movies? I know they have no words - but the music is beautiful.

Happy Maybe Birthday Phelim Dear.

Happy Day swill come to you all year.

If I had one wish then it would be

A happy happy birthday to you from me! Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

For Steve - A little thinking help in finding your ring.Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

For Tazzy - Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org Congrats on a great teaching day. I know you will have many many more!

Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.orgHappy Anniversary to the Pucks!!


Elanor - Nov 6, 2007 6:09 am (#509 of 2988)

Steve, reading your post made me think that you could also play on the name "Delaware" for a for a funny Delaware connection. One of my favorite songs ever is "Dela", by Johnny Clegg (it means "happy" in Zulu). It's a crazy love song, really stirring, makes your feet move all by themselves (you can hear it on youtube btw, just checked, it's actually now playing on my computer as I write. ).

Johnny Clegg, who is from South Africa, is more famous in Europe than in the US I believe but this song was in the "George of the Jungle" movie some years ago so this one may be famous enough in the USA. Just an idea!


painting sheila - Nov 6, 2007 6:14 am (#510 of 2988)

OH! I just listened to Dela and loved it. It has a nice smooth sound. You could use very bright colors in your costumes. His Crazy Beautiful World is nice also!


Puck - Nov 6, 2007 6:23 am (#511 of 2988)

Thanks for the well wishes. I love Sheila's smooching smilies!


Elanor - Nov 6, 2007 6:28 am (#512 of 2988)

LOL Sheila! You'll see it is a song that stays on your mind once you've heard it.

BTW, I have checked, if you enter "dela clegg" in the search function, it is a live version of it that appears on the top of the list. If you want to hear the CD version, it is best to try one that is a bit down in the list (it's been used by someone as a soundtrack for a little cartoon, "RaiKim").

All his other songs are great too, try "Scatterlings of Africa", "Asimbonanga" or "Great Heart", these are some of my favorites from him.


azi - Nov 6, 2007 6:36 am (#513 of 2988)

Happy Anniversary to the Pucks!

Good luck in finding your ring, Steve!

Congrats on your excellent teaching, Tazzy! Ignore the horrible teacher - they're nitpicking for nothing! We have a lecturer who did that the other day. One group was doing a presentation, not perfect but still excellent, and she ripped them apart for 15 minutes at the end. I felt sorry for them (I also have it coming to me! ).

**waves to everyone else**


Loopy Lupin - Nov 6, 2007 7:05 am (#514 of 2988)

Well, it's election day here. Nothing really major, but still one must do one's civic duty! Every election day though, we host some group of Democrat goobers who sit in our conference room working just in case there's a need to run up to court to get an injunction. They wanted to know if we had a wireless connection in the office. Bwahahahahaha! Just be glad we have that new-fangled interweb thingy for you buddy!

Have a good day all.


Denise P. - Nov 6, 2007 7:12 am (#515 of 2988)

I have my lil voter card, now to find out where I am supposed to vote at! I am thinking it is the high school but I will see and go do my civic duty. Heh, years ago, when I registered to vote for the first time in High School, where I was you had to declare a party so I chose the one my parents traditionally chose. My first presidential election, I was stunned to find that the candidate for that party was so far off my own views so I looked to the other party. I changed my affiliation although now, I don't declare a party. My dad is still horrified that I vote for the "wrong" view. I found it funny that nearly the same thing happened when my eldest daughter registered to vote. "I will just do what you and Dad do." I told her to do some research and listen before she decided. She did that and in the end, she actually did vote on the same "side" that we do.

I broke out the bread machine last night. The house smells like yummy bread with a second loaf making now. I need to get out my big mixing bowl and bake some in the oven. I need to get some wheat flour though and start a sourdough starter once I have baked enough to get a good bit of yeast in the kitchen.

Edit: A duh! moment, I looked at my voter card - right on there it tells me where my voting location is!


Puck - Nov 6, 2007 7:38 am (#516 of 2988)

Does it take much to do a sourdough starter? Mr. Puck loves sourdough. My bread machine will be used tomorrow, as I will be making turkey soup. Today would be perfect for it, as it's cold and rainy, but as Mr. Puck and I are going out tonight, the kids will be happiest with Mac and Cheese.

My Mom was once upset to here I voted for the "other guy". I vote as independent. Until the debate , I was going the other way, but didn't like the way my Mom's candidate carried herself, constantly accusing and not answering any questions about her own plans.


John Bumbledore - Nov 6, 2007 7:49 am (#517 of 2988)

Okay, my wife and I have always joked that we have a mixed marriage. After all, She was a strong supporter of Pepsi and I only drank Classic Coke!

Well, we both list the same party on our voter registration, but at least twice we have voted for different candidates... and both times the winner was the one that neither of us voted for.

Edit: With the discussion of sourdough starter, why am I reminded of those crime investigation shows where they talk about "cultures?" Perhaps it is best to only distribute such instructions by email.

John Bumbledore <)B^D˜


Denise P. - Nov 6, 2007 7:49 am (#518 of 2988)

I have not had a sourdough starter in years but it is not hard if you have yeast spoors in your kitchen. It just has to be kept fairly warm, fed and used. The starter I use has potato flakes it in. If you ask around to people who bake, someone may already have a starter for you. That is usually the easiest way. I was given my original starter and kept it for about 2 years before we moved. This will be the first time I have attempted to start my own. Check your email, I will send you the info I have on starting a sourdough starter. There are all kinds out there.


PeskyPixie - Nov 6, 2007 8:22 am (#519 of 2988)

I bake, but only around the holidays, and my baking tends to take the form of cookies. Yeast spores and the like are still biology class territory for me.


Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2007 8:50 am (#520 of 2988)

Happy Anniversary to the Pucks! Hope you have a wonderfully romantic celebration!

***waves*** back at azi...

Elanor, I wish I could walk along with you today to look at the lovely leaves! Fall colors are so beautiful...

Denise, I was about to ask you "What good is the little voter-card thingy if it doesn't tell you where to go to vote?" when you posted your edit. Glad you've got a place to go now!

And, because everyone here is a big fan, here's some recent AP news regarding our favorite director:

M. Night Shamalamadingdong can keep an 8-foot tall deer fence around his estate in a Philadelphia suburb, a judge ruled. Chester County Judge Robert J. Shenkin's Friday ruling marks the second defeat for local opponents who say the film director's mesh fence is unsightly, blocks their views and hurts property values. Shamalamadingdong, whose movies include "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs," bought the 123-acre estate two years ago. Willistown Township officials have said that Shamalamadingdong has planned formal gardens on the countryside estate and that he doesn't want them destroyed by deer.

So there you go. I know you've all been salivating for news of his personal life. Of course, you just know it's not really the deer that's the issue -- he's undoubtedly planning some counter-culture community to live behind that fence and there will certainly be some type of monster involved.


Holly T. - Nov 6, 2007 9:16 am (#521 of 2988)

Happy anniversary to the Pucks!

I took the day off today, but I've been editing a file for my boss that I need to e-mail back to her. It still needs more work--basically needs to be rewritten--but I will let her make that call.

Son's 504 conference is at 11. (That's why I took the day off.) After that I have to go and vote, than will attempt to get some troop organizing work done.


painting sheila - Nov 6, 2007 9:17 am (#522 of 2988)

Steve - is there a Delaware collegiate team's fight song you could use?


Madam Pince - Nov 6, 2007 9:55 am (#523 of 2988)

Oh, I forgot earlier -- librarians and "Bad to the Bone" made me think of "Bad to the Spine" as in... the spine of a book... but that's probably REALLY lame... Sheila is the pro on changing lyrics around!

I asked earlier but it probably got smothered -- does anybody use either Snapfish or Shutterfly or Kodak for their online pictures, and are there pros or cons that you've come across as you use them? Thanks!

Edit: Oh, and one other thing I forgot -- to whomever was looking for Choices and Lina -- I chatted with Lina on the Chat last evening, so she's doing well. I haven't heard from Choices, though, more's the pity.


Puck - Nov 6, 2007 11:12 am (#524 of 2988)

I use Shutterfly for Christmas cards, and have always been happy with them. I have no experience with the others.

Thanks Denise!

I have a fun "Crazy Frog" version of We Are the Champions as Steve's team is defending a title, if I remember correctly.

Had a meeting at the church and then ran some errands. Toddler got a haircut -cute chin length bob. She's quite pleased with herself. I also picked up the High School Musical Wii game for Diva and the new Star Wars Saga game for Son. Toddler was happy with the Christmas jammies and the Go Diego Go sheets she will be getting. (They're from us, not Santa, so it won't matter if she remembers them come Christmas. The sheets are for her big girl bed move into over the holidays. I wanted something girly, but she was jumping up and down for Diego.)


Steve Newton - Nov 6, 2007 11:20 am (#525 of 2988)

Yes, the U. of Delaware has a fight song. My memory says that it is quite short. The State Librarian also wants lots of bling. I'm not sure if she would think that the fight song would qualify.


John Bumbledore - Nov 6, 2007 11:34 am (#526 of 2988)

Anyone else see humor in "The State Librarian also wants lots of bling" comment from Steve—the (house elf) Librarian—Newton


Puck - Nov 6, 2007 12:09 pm (#527 of 2988)

Come on, John! Librarians are known lovers of Bling! They are drawn to the work by the huge paychecks, same as teachers.


painting sheila - Nov 6, 2007 1:57 pm (#528 of 2988)

Yes, John. I smiled at that too. I had a vision of librarians with grills and rings, and huge gold chains. . . funny!

A song with bling. . . . .I will start thinking. . . .

I listened to Havin' a Hunch from Seussical and thought it would be a fun song to do - plus it's based on the book Oh the Things You Will Do


Steve Newton - Nov 6, 2007 2:48 pm (#529 of 2988)

Hey! Librarians are not what the stereotype says. Some of us, ahem, are way cool.

Remember, wherever there are 4 librarians there is a fifth.


PeskyPixie - Nov 6, 2007 2:55 pm (#530 of 2988)

But are you cool librarians this cool=> Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 3845856932

The above is meant to be a joke. I hope no librarians took offense.


journeymom - Nov 6, 2007 3:02 pm (#531 of 2988)

Lol! PeskyPixie, quit worrying!

Remember, wherever there are 4 librarians there is a fifth.

I get it! Took me a moment.


PeskyPixie - Nov 6, 2007 4:20 pm (#532 of 2988)

Not worrying for a few days is what got me into trouble to begin with, Journeymom. I've discovered that not everyone responds the same way to light-hearted teasing so I am going to be extra-cautious from now on to not step on any more toes.

I don't understand the librarian joke. Obviously it's thickness on my part, not the joke's.


haymoni - Nov 6, 2007 6:09 pm (#533 of 2988)

I took it to mean as in a fifth of (insert your favorite spirit here).

Hope all is well. It is rainy, snowy here tonight.

I voted - mayor and a bunch of charter amendments - that was it.

Nothing exciting.


journeymom - Nov 6, 2007 6:24 pm (#534 of 2988)

A fifth, in this context, refers to a fifth of a gallon (of the spirit of your choice).


PeskyPixie - Nov 6, 2007 6:30 pm (#535 of 2988)

Oh, okay. Thanks.


Tazzygirl - Nov 6, 2007 7:47 pm (#536 of 2988)

Thanks everyone!

Madam P- I don't use any of the online photo thingys. Not sure if this counts for anything, but I use Picasa for all my photo stuff.

Pesky- I didn't get the librarian joke either. LOL.

I was going to respond to other things, but I forgot. Sheesh.

Lots of stuff due tomorrow, so I guess I should get crackin'.



Denise P. - Nov 6, 2007 8:22 pm (#537 of 2988)

I use Wal-Mart online for pictures. It is easy and I can pick them up in an hour (or a few days if I want to save a few pennies) I have not found an online place that rivals it for price. I think Target also does it.

Having the kids out of school for the past 2 days has made my schedule go wacky. All day long I have been thinking it is Wednesday. I was out in the kitchen making an apple blueberry crisp for missionaries when I realized, again, it was Tuesday. They don't need the crisp until Thursday morning so I can make it tomorrow. I prefer apple cranberry but I can't find fresh cranberries yet.

I made some more bread and accidently killed the yeast with water that was too hot. That loaf came out like a brick since it didn't rise. It didn't stop Mr. Denise from eating it though.


jose043 - Nov 6, 2007 10:50 pm (#538 of 2988)

Hi All

Bread making machine is in use here every second or third day depending on the amount the three of us it what doesn't get eaten goes in the fridge till it is all gone usually toasted sandwiches with a home made salad. (Cabbage, celery, broccoli stalks, cauliflower stalks, parsnip, carrots & spring onions), have been known to fry it as a stir fry yum.

Denise P. we can buy our flour mix for the bread with sour dough all ready in it at the moment we are using a Hi-Fiber Grain, it has the oil in the mix all ready. As both Anne & I allergic to Canolia oil we all ways check to see what oil is in the bread mixes.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


jose043 - Nov 6, 2007 11:32 pm (#539 of 2988)

Missed beet-root from the salad.

Too late to edit so add in now.

Josephine & Anne

Little Werewolves of London


Tazzygirl - Nov 7, 2007 2:50 am (#540 of 2988)

I feel so productive right now! Managed to get 10 assignments done in 7 hours (one was a very tedious report...). 10 down, 45 more assignments to go! (and only 4 weeks left of school. w00t!!!)

Oh! Azi- good luck on your presentation! **bat bogey hex** to the teacher if he (she?) rips your presentation apart. I'm sure you'll do great!

Off to bed- almost midnight and I have another early day tomorrow.



Madam Pince - Nov 7, 2007 5:54 am (#541 of 2988)

Thanks for the photo advice! I've not heard of Picasa so I will google it. Sadly, we don't have either a Wal-Mart or a Target here on our island, so I think I'm going to have to go the "mail my photos to me" route.

I saw some fresh cranberries in Safeway yesterday, so I know the holidays are coming! Also saw egg-nog for the first time -- woo hoo! -- and some absolutely enormous frozen turkeys. Honestly I don't know what kind of oven would hold them. They were bigger than a beach ball.

Missionaries dropped by yesterday just as I was getting ready to run out of the house to try to get two errands done at places that close at 5:00. Didn't happen. Oh well. I also had practically everything from my "decorations" closet lying all over the floor because I was putting the Halloween stuff away and got a wild notion to try to clean the whole thing out. Why do I do that? I should just keep cramming things in there so the rest of the house looks tolerably decent...

Everyone have a good RotD!


Denise P. - Nov 7, 2007 6:13 am (#542 of 2988)

I found eggnog at Sam's Club yesterday. Everyone in the house except me and Rhys likes eggnog so we go through a bunch. I need to get a turkey still but we do ours out on the grill (charcoal) not in the oven.

I took Tinsel into the groomer this morning and talked to the replacement. He looked around to be sure no one else was around and then told me Jen had been fired unfairly and abruptly. Hmm...I may ask over on the vet side if they know where she went. He seems decent enough but I will see when I pick her up. I have the unfounded fear that I will go pick her up and find her scalped even though I was clear that it was a bath and fuzzy slipper trim only, nothing else.


Good Evans - Nov 7, 2007 6:32 am (#543 of 2988)

ooohh Denise - all good thoughts for a non-scalped Tinsel!!!

Hoorah to Kristina for aceing her day!!!

felix to Azi!!

happy belated pucks - I too loved Sheila's smooching smilies!

hope the ring turns up Steve!

grr - RANT TIME - why did our neighbours - 2 along and over the back - decide to "START" fireworks at 10.20 pm on Monday? what earthly good did it achieve except that I had to stay up with Luna to make sure she was ok? (she wasn't in the slightest bit bothered on the whole, but all the same!! I wanted to go to bed, and didnt get there until 11.00 - as I get up at 5.45 - I need to be in bed early - not happy - and in need of a good bat bogey hex to cast on selfish neighbours. Just tell me which children were still up at that time on a school night too?????

hem hem - end rant!

waves to all - have a great day.

ps - bought my sun tan lotion and after sun and insect repellant for Brazil - ooohhh two weeks and I will be there !!! :insert excited "samba type" jig:


Puck - Nov 7, 2007 6:40 am (#544 of 2988)

LOL, Madame Pince. A good cleaning means it gets worse before it gets better.

Eggnog has been out here for a week or two, and cranberries have been out for about a month, I think. (But this is Massachusetts, home of cranberry bogs, so we may have them earlier than most.)

I will go to Shaw's tomorrow to earn my final few points get my free turkey. I will have to put it in the freezer until Christmas, as we go elsewhere for Thanksgiving. We would have had it here if my in-laws had been able to come, but Hubby's brother called to tell them he had bought plane tickets to visit them over Thanksgiving, so it would be rude for them to leave their houseguests and come to Massachusetts. (Second year in a row they were thinking of having Thanksgiving with us and their other son announced he had bought tickets to go to their house without asking if they had other plans.)

I'm sure Tinsel looks beautiful! Hubby thought Toddler looked cute with her haircut, but commented that we need to start letting it grow longer. I love her little bob! What is it with men and girls with long hair? Must be because they aren't the ones who have to fight daughter to let them brush it.

Julie, it sounds like a fun trip! ;bigeyes:  Hex on your rude neighbors!

Mr. Puck and I had a lovely dinner at Longhorn. We had a gift card, so it cost us all of $2, plus paying the sitter. (We don't do gifts, just dinner. I did get flowers, though.)



Elanor - Nov 7, 2007 6:43 am (#545 of 2988)

Oh, Julie! Please, don't forget to bring your own hat! They've got cursed hats there, ask Bill...  Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 464751818  

Seriously, have fun preparing for the sun!

My neighbors are sometimes as bad as yours (some days, by the sound of it, it seems they move pieces of furniture at 2 am... )

Have a great day everybody! It's my last day of fall break. I've been outside enjoying watching the fall colors (and picking all sorts of dried herbs for Christmas decorations making). It was quite cold, and it should get worse by the end of the week, but nice.

**waves to everybody**



Good Evans - Nov 7, 2007 6:55 am (#546 of 2988)

You know that is a good point Audrey, my trusty sun hat went the way of Dumbledore last year! (that is off to have adventures of its own, or - just died the death - whichever you prefer!) so I need a new one!!

ooohhhh - airport shopping - one without a curse!


Denise P. - Nov 7, 2007 6:56 am (#547 of 2988)

Millicent cut her hair almost 3 years ago. It had been down to her waist and now it is at her shoulders. She likes it short, I liked it longer. Kierynn has never had a haircut other than her bangs. Because it curls, it looks like it is just past her shoulders. When it is wet, it is halfway down her back. She had a wad of gum in it the other day and I took 40 minutes to carefully get it out rather than cut it out. Mr. Denise prefers longer hair. I was forced to wear the hideous Pixie cut and then the equally hideous Dorothy Hamill so I always swore any girls I had would not have to suffer the same. Both of them have been really good about letting me keep it brushed and out of their faces.

Tinsel is not scalped that I know of..... even if she is, no one but me would probably notice and it is just hair..it will grow back. I won't know until I get the call that she is ready in a few hours. She has her first rally class today so she needs to look more beautiful than normal. I think James, her fangirl crush, may be in class or his equally handsome brother, Johnny Angel.


painting sheila - Nov 7, 2007 7:04 am (#548 of 2988)

Who wouldn't fall for a guy whose name is Johnny Angel?!

It is cold here today. Oldest Son even went back upstairs to change from shorts to jeans! He kept his short sleeve shirt on though and refused a jacket. Oh well. It's his blue skin not mine!

I have two bulletin boards to make and get up today and all I want to do is go back to bed. I feel something coming on.


Chemyst - Nov 7, 2007 8:10 am (#549 of 2988)

Sheila, may I assume the bulletin boards are someplace other than your home? Then again, perhaps that would not really be odd. We have a chalkboard in the garage near the kitchen door entrance. It often comes in handy for knowing who went where when.
Oh, and I feel something coming on too; it is the furnace! Yes, finally!


Loopy Lupin - Nov 7, 2007 8:45 am (#550 of 2988)

They don't need the crisp until Thursday morning so I can make it tomorrow. I prefer apple cranberry but I can't find fresh cranberries yet.—Denise

I saw cranberries in the Giant near my place last night. It would be kind of a haul for you I guess, but the Giant is on Route 7 in Falls Church, past Tysons. It'll be on your left. Also, I don't know if you like Trader Joes, but there is a Trader Joes on your left also but it is a ways before the Giant. I'll bet they have cranberries too. (For those who don't know, Denise and I live relatively close to one another. Not close enough to be within walking distance, but certainly close enough to have gone on a couple dates. )
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Catherine - Nov 7, 2007 9:17 am (#551 of 2988)

I have the unfounded fear that I will go pick her up and find her scalped even though I was clear that it was a bath and fuzzy slipper trim only, nothing else. --Denise

Oh, the horror...I had a bad flashback to Daisy's scalping.


Denise P. - Nov 7, 2007 9:41 am (#552 of 2988)

Me too, Catherine! Me too! As it was, I got the call and picked up a very floofy dog. I don't know what this groomer did differently but it most certainly is not how Jen did it. She is floofy and flakey. The floof is from being blown dry all the way. Normally, she is blown partially dry but left lightly damp to prevent floofy coat. She is flakey, I think, from being chalked (to make her white areas whiter) although it could be stress dandruff. She even smells different, it is not the nice fresh clean smell. I went ahead and made an appointment with the new salon that came highly recommended.

Yes, Loopy and I are pretty close. I am not driving up Rt 7 during the day though, traffic is insane. I did check my Giant, twice, and still no cranberries. Oh well, I will use blueberries and just do the apple/cranberry crisp for us at Thanksgiving...along with a pumpkin toffee cheesecake.


journeymom - Nov 7, 2007 10:08 am (#553 of 2988)

Tinsel is in class with the Springer celebrity, James? Cool!

Pumpkin toffee cheesecake..... Mmmmmm. That sounds decadent, to say the least.


Denise P. - Nov 7, 2007 10:15 am (#554 of 2988)

Tinsel doesn't normally have James in class although sometimes he is there to demonstrate or just hang out. He is currently with his handler though, preparing for a big show in December. His human mom, Terry, is Tinsel's instructor for class. We do get to see the James extended family, to include his mom, Poppy, on a regular basis. James is a sweetie, you can't help but to kiss him.


painting sheila - Nov 7, 2007 10:22 am (#555 of 2988)

Yes. The bulletin boards are at school - not my house. Although . . . it would be fun to have one!! If I only had the wall space (sigh)

I got a painting job!! Woohoo!! I am going to paint a mural in a restaurant - Aloha Moe's!! I will think of you the entire time Tazzy.Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

I am behind today already. I should have already showered and cut the things out for the b-board and been up to the school. Where does the time go!!??


PeskyPixie - Nov 7, 2007 10:51 am (#556 of 2988)

Yay, Sheila! Maybe you can paint your mural in the form of a riddle .

I've had to type up a copy of the poem, In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae, in a kid-friendly font for my mom to use in her class. I'm howling with sobs now as it's got to be the saddest poem ever. X 100


Phelim Mcintyre - Nov 7, 2007 10:54 am (#557 of 2988)

Peskypixie - try Anthem for A Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen, who was a solider in World War 1 and died just before peace was declared. In fact try any of his poems.


Holly T. - Nov 7, 2007 11:07 am (#558 of 2988)

We had Draco's 504 conference yesterday. His classroom teacher was shocked to learn that he thinks she doesn't like him. She got very defensive about her whole classroom discipline issues (leading to Draco's D in conduct all the time). My favorite part was when dh asked the classroom teacher if she'd ever had a dyslexic student before. The reading teacher is great and is really good about identifying where Draco's dyslexia bumps into GT student issues. Like how he gets really frustrated when he can't do things perfectly the first time, wants to rush through his work because he knows everything, etc. Mix that with someone who spells "crashed" as "cahsred," for example, and you have my son. The counselor said the classroom teacher had a copy of Draco's plan at the start of the school year but I still do not have an answer as to why she was not following it. I made it very clear that whoever he gets for his teacher next year had better have read that plan and be ready to follow it as of the first day of school. The classroom teacher keeps saying she doesn't want to give Draco special treatment that the other students will think is unfair. Thus missing the whole point of modifications. Sigh. I guess we'll see if anything change, then weigh our options from there. Dh already told the counselor that we had considered coming in to the conference and just saying put him in the other teacher's class already.

Both kids are fighting a cold or allergies, hard to tell at this point. No fever but sniffling and sneezing, some achiness, etc.

I am just sleepy, LOL. And I have a lot of work to do, especially since I was off yesterday.

Hugs to all who need them!


Puck - Nov 7, 2007 11:31 am (#559 of 2988)

Diva's hair is now down her back, but Toddler's bob barely reaches the bottom of her ear lobes. Mine is about the same as Millicent's -just past my shoulders, which I consider long. (Back a few years ago I had a pixie cut.)

Turkey soup is started in the crock pot, and the ingredients for the bread machine are on the counter to reach room temperature. Thanks for putting that bug in my ear, Denise. Warm fresh bread will be perfect tonight.

Holly, good luck with Son and his teacher. Sounds to me like she doesn't want to be bothered. No "special treatment"? Kids that age I think understand, or maybe don't even notice. One of Son's friends gets his homework from the special education teacher. This child doesn't have to take spelling tests, etc..., because he simply isn't able to do those things at this point. (He has possible tracking issues, along with short attention span and trouble with expressive language. Son hasn't even noticed that this child -although in the same class- is on a completely different program.) Did she seem as though she had at least read his IEP?

Tossing some healing charms out, but several of you seem to need them. Which reminds me, I should go call my doctor to make an appointment to get my flu shot.



Madam Pince - Nov 7, 2007 12:22 pm (#560 of 2988)

Wow, Holly, that classroom teacher just sounds... well, I think Puck hit it. She just sounds lazy to me. It seems to me that with something like a special needs student, the "higher ups" at the school should be able to instruct the teacher to just DO IT and be done with it! I mean, isn't there some sort of protocol? Sheesh. Again I say, you have the patience of a saint. I think I would've been knocking heads... So you have the option of switching teachers? Hmmmm... it would be a shame for him to have to start all over fresh with new classmates, but I don't know... that teacher sounds pretty bad. Do you know what the other teacher is like -- is it a pretty sure bet he/she'd be any better? Anyway, good luck to you all! At least conferences are over...

We have Little P's very first conference tomorrow. Should be interesting!

Denise, did you try the Safeway on Elden for cranberries? They seem to have a lot of produce, and it's a nice brand-new store as opposed to the Giant... (by golly, we're determined to find this lady some cranberries, aren't we? LOL!)


Loopy Lupin - Nov 7, 2007 12:29 pm (#561 of 2988)

Elden Street in Herndon? That should work for her and a darn sight closer than Falls Church to say the least.


Madam Pince - Nov 7, 2007 12:32 pm (#562 of 2988)

True, true... but Rt. 7 can be such a lovely drive this time of year... Lots of opportunity to pause and enjoy the sights at each of the bazillion stop lights... Chat & Greetings 2007 - Page 8 1242194059


journeymom - Nov 7, 2007 12:32 pm (#563 of 2988)

Dh already told the counselor that we had considered coming in to the conference and just saying put him in the other teacher's class already.   Do it! Put him in the other teacher's class already! Well, do it if the other teacher will follow the 504 properly.

I guess I don't know what a 504 is. Is it a set of directions or requirements? Isn't this teacher obliged to follow it? Like, isn't she breaking the law?


Denise P. - Nov 7, 2007 1:46 pm (#564 of 2988)

What? Drive the 2 minutes over to Elden Street and miss the opportunity to go an hour round trip down to Falls Church?? I would miss out on all those stoplights and bumper to bumper traffic. I will check Safeway if Giant doesn't get any in before Thanksgiving. I went with the blueberry already for this batch.

Following a 504 plan is not special treatment, it is necessary treatment in order to help a child succeed. Why set a child up for failure? Who cares what the other kids think? Who is the teacher there, it is not a popularity contest for her. If I am not mistaken, she is legally obligated to follow it and if she can't/won't, I would be causing a big fuss.


Holly T. - Nov 7, 2007 2:15 pm (#565 of 2988)

She thinks she is following the plan, but it was clear from what she was saying that she doesn't understand how she is supposed to do things. She was saying things like that would be too disruptive to the rest of the class and the reading teacher was saying not if you do it like this, etc. Moving him to the other class will be a pain, for one thing the bullying kid who bothered my son all last year is in that class, but on the other hand I think the teacher could handle it. She is a good teacher--my daughter had her in fourth grade--we had wanted to be in her class from the beginning. This is what we get for giving the teacher he has the benefit of the doubt at the start of the year and not immediately protesting and asking to have him put in the other class. There are more than two fourth grade classes--just two that have GT students clustered in them.


Denise P. - Nov 7, 2007 2:32 pm (#566 of 2988)

I hear you on the GT. I had one who wanted to switch one class to a different elective but could not. Honors Math is only offered at one class, Latin is only at one class so to switch out of the one elective would have required him to totally rearrange his entire schedule AND drop out of honors. Uhm, no.

Apple-Blueberry Crisp is in the oven, baking. The kids are drooling and a bit miffed that it is not for us. I guess I should not remind them that last year, they all complained about it.


PeskyPixie - Nov 7, 2007 2:33 pm (#567 of 2988)

Complained about Apple-Blueberry Crisp?!


Denise P. - Nov 7, 2007 3:17 pm (#568 of 2988)

They complained about apple-cranberry crisp. For Virginia Days, we made apple-cherry crisp. Both kids that brought it in reported that the kids didn't eat it but that the teachers fought over who was going to take the remainder home. LOL It is just basic crisp...apples, cranberries, flour, sugar with instant cinnamon roll oatmeal, butter, brown sugar and flour topping...nothing special.

Now, I am off to get ready for our very first Rally class. I am hoping by this spring I can get Tinsel her Rally Novice title.


PeskyPixie - Nov 7, 2007 3:25 pm (#569 of 2988)

I've never had cranberries in crisp before, but as they're one of my favourite fruits I'm sure I'd love it! Unfortunately I can't make fresh-fruit based desserts at home as we've got some life-threatening allergies in the family.


Catherine - Nov 7, 2007 4:36 pm (#570 of 2988)

Who is the teacher there, it is not a popularity contest for her. If I am not mistaken, she is legally obligated to follow it and if she can't/won't, I would be causing a big fuss. –Denise

That teacher clearly doesn't "get it." She doesn't have the option when it comes to a 504--it is a legal document. Grrr--let me at her!

I speak as a teacher and a mom of a child who has a 504--and it just ticks me off when teachers act like they are being put out. Most of the accommodations that I've seen are just good teaching practice. My school is an independent one, and we are not required to follow 504s, but we do follow accommodations if a child has had a psychoeducational evaluation. I've found that I can teach in an "accommodated" manner that doesn't single students out.

I'm also amazed that a teacher who gives a child a "D" for conduct is surprised that her student thinks that he is disliked by the teacher. I recommend this person for a serious reality check.


PeskyPixie - Nov 7, 2007 4:56 pm (#571 of 2988)

Peskypixie - try Anthem for A Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen, who was a solider in World War 1 and died just before peace was declared. In fact try any of his poems. –Phelim

Thanks, Phelim! I'll definitely try Wilfred Owen after I finish this immense Tagore anthology I've started. Mom has given one of her students In Flanders Fields to recite at the Remembrance Day assembly this Friday. We are a tad patriotic about that one ... I'll save further commenting on books/poetry for the Recommended Reading thread.


painting sheila - Nov 7, 2007 9:51 pm (#572 of 2988)

I tried Cranberry Gum today. It was a little disappointing. I expected some tartness that never happened.

PeskyPixie - I had been thinking of hiding my name in the mural some where - besides signing it at the bottom. Or I may put the names of the owner's children in it some where. I know the kids and they all have cool Polynesian names. (And don't talk to me about riddles!!!ARRGG!! I can't figure it out!)

Bad Teacher for a whole year could equal self esteem issues that take a REALLY Good Teacher to overcome. The bully in the class is a hard one though. It sounds like you have a bully of a teacher who refuses to do what she must for the child or a bully of a kid who refuses to be decent to a child.

Have you thought about home school? Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

Has anyone heard from Soli lately? Didn't she say she was feeling under the weather?


Potteraholic - Nov 7, 2007 11:04 pm (#573 of 2988)


I have replied to the email you sent me earlier. Here's the post in which I briefly explained the origin of my new avatar. I almost included an outside link, but then remembered the Forum's policy on doing that -- what may seem like an innocent enough site could lead others to places that aren't family-friendly.


Solitaire - Nov 7, 2007 11:59 pm (#574 of 2988)

The classroom teacher keeps saying she doesn't want to give Draco special treatment that the other students will think is unfair.

What does she plan to do, stand up and announce his modifications to the class? May I ask how long this teacher has been in the biz? She sounds clueless, to me. I have several students on 504 plans, and I don't think any child has ever asked me why a student gets to do X instead of Y.

My student who was hit in the head by the boat last year is in one of my language arts classes this year, and he is doing so well. He has an aide who kind of "shadows" him all day, and one of his modifications is that tests are read to him. I have a couple of kids in another class who also have that modification. I place them so that I can read to them and keep my eagle eye on any would-be copiers. Another one just goes to the RSP room for his quizzes and tests. No one has ever said anything about it ... and these are 7th graders!

No offense, but your son's teacher sounds like a real pill. If she pulled that stuff at our school, her job would be in jeopardy. She would have some disciplinary notice placed in her file, and she would be placed on probation. If she still did not comply with the 504, I think she could be put on suspension and eventually fired. I'm no ed code expert, but I believe a 504 is a legal document and must be followed.

Hi, Sheila! I've been so tired that I just have not been able to read all of the posts until this evening. I had a bit more energy today. I'm just about ready to collapse, though. Tomorrow and Friday promise to be very stressful and disruptive days at school. I can't wait for Friday, 5 p.m.!!!

All this cranberry talk has made me want to work on a no-sugar-added cranberry relish recipe. Mmmmmmmm ...

I hope everyone has a great Thursday!



Phelim Mcintyre - Nov 8, 2007 3:21 am (#575 of 2988)

Cranberries with ice-cream works well.


painting sheila - Nov 8, 2007 5:32 am (#576 of 2988)

Soli- Glad to hear you are just swamped and not sick! Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

I to am looking forward to Friday. This week has seemed long.


Puck - Nov 8, 2007 6:36 am (#577 of 2988)

PeskyPixie, perhaps you can go do some baking at a friend’s house. Who would object to you baking a crisp in their oven, making the house smell wonderful, and sharing the results? (So long as you don't destroy the kitchen in the process.)

The Ladies Night event at the church went well last night. We learned how to care for plants, got some fabulous decorating ideas, and the lady from the local wine shop brought plenty of samples. I came home with some leftover pumpkin bread, which made a yummy breakfast with my French vanilla tea.

Anyone have any experience with some kind of cranial massage therapy for children? One of the women speaking last night was a massage therapist. She's currently getting certified in this special type that is supposed to help children with neurological issues. Her son has reading and attention struggles, and she is hoping to be able to help him through this. Something about it gets the cerebral fluids flowing properly. I'm going to find a website and read a bit more, but I was wondering if anyone had any personal experience with this. It can supposedly work wonders. Some kids have apparently been able to go off their medications because of it.

Time to get ready for the library. I you don't get there early you have to park on the next block, and it's under 30 degrees out there. (Son and Diva have both already lost hat/mittens, so will likely be chilly if they don't find them at school today.)



Accio Sirius - Nov 8, 2007 7:32 am (#578 of 2988)

Puck, I took my son to get cranial sacral massage and it was very comforting to him. He was very special needs and had a hard time moving his body. The technique elongated his spine and helped him get a better understanding of his own body. At the very least he relaxed him, but I always recommend it to anyone. If you look behind my name, you'll find an article which talks about the massage and what it did for him.

Denise, if you kept on Route 7 all the way to Alexandria, you would eventually come to our Giant. They definitely have cranberries. I've made cranberry jelly twice already because Mr. Sirius likes it so much.

Our new dog Bella seems to be adjusting well. She's really well behaved, although she has a tendency to do this Jerry Lewis leap into my arms when I walk in the door or if there are too many big dogs at the dog park--which reminds me. I need to find a groomer to trim those nails!!


Solitaire - Nov 8, 2007 8:03 am (#579 of 2988)

Sheila, I did have a bug over the weekend. My cold turned into the flu. I missed my AVID field trip to Santa Barbara (Rats!), but I did get some much-needed rest. I was rather wobbly on Tuesday, but I felt better yesterday ... just exhausted. Hurray for Airborne! It really cut the intensity and duration of the worst of the cold symptoms. There is even a nighttime one out now, with Valerian, Chamomile, and other goodies to help promote sleep. Of course, this would not do for daytime!

I've tasted cranberry Jello, cranberry sauces and relishes of various kinds, cranberry nut bread, cranberry juice ... but never cranberry jelly, Accio. Sounds yummy! Speaking of cranberry relish ... I use cranberries, oranges (peel and all), celery, a tart apple, walnuts or pecans, and sugar. Will Splenda work just as well? Has anyone tried this?



Chemyst - Nov 8, 2007 8:11 am (#580 of 2988)

 ** waves to Pesky**   Hi, I was looking up In Flanders Fields yesterday also and thinking of you for two reasons: one was the "Buddy Poppy" you'd talked about here, and the other was when I read that John McCrae was a Canadian colonel.

((Hugs to Holly)) for having to deal with a person who is sorely confused about the difference between unfairness and favoritism. "… treatment that the other students will think is unfair." I'd be so angry that she is using other kids' opinions as her given reason for not allowing my child to progress up to his full ability that…   that…  that I'd probably get home and then be doubly mad at myself for not confronting her with it.

Catherine said it so well a few posts back that if you want to know my thoughts, re-read hers. I will comment on Sheila's question of considering home schooling though. Many people have many valid reasons for not choosing that route; but if it interests you, by all means consider it. The law is very accommodating in Texas. Is your employer accommodating? If you could take Draco to work with you about three days a week and him get his own desk or table in your office, it would be doable without quitting your job. There are tons of resources for both getting started and dealing with dyslexia if you know where to ask.


Denise P. - Nov 8, 2007 8:27 am (#581 of 2988)

I use Splenda anywhere it calls for sugar. I have never had a problem using it in cakes, breads, cookies, pancakes etc

I don't think we even have any sugar in the house besides brown sugar.


Thom Matheson - Nov 8, 2007 8:49 am (#582 of 2988)

Could someone explain 504 as a legal document? Also what is GT?


Chemyst - Nov 8, 2007 9:06 am (#583 of 2988)

A 504 plan is considered "legal" because it springs from the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is a "civil right" to participate in public education if you want to. The 504 is more about requiring that educational services are provided. An IEP (Individualized Education Plan) is a little different but often connected. The disability in this case must be learning-related and outlines more of the "how to."

GT stands for Gifted and Talented. Unless you go to Georgia Tech, in which case it still may.


Tazzygirl - Nov 8, 2007 9:43 am (#584 of 2988)

I awoke this morning to find 9 flies on my wall. They are gigantic, and are slow-moving. Yet I can't manage to hit them hard enough to kill them. I believe the rodent or whatever that had died in my bathroom wall has finally left me several unwanted prezzies.

Off to school. **healing charms** (((HUGS))) and everything else being sent around to those that need them!

Oh- Happy Late Anniversary Puck and Mr. Puck!



Holly T. - Nov 8, 2007 10:20 am (#585 of 2988)

Thank you all for your kind words and support.

Catherine, your perspective as a teacher and a mom was especially helpful.

Sheila and Chemyst, I know homeschooling works for a lot of people, but it's not something we want to pursue. I think my son is much better off in the system with people like his reading teacher who can help him. I do know (and it was the same way with my daughter) that he has learned a lot more at home than he will at school.

Part of the problem with his classroom teacher is that my son is very smart. On his own he can compensate a lot and can guess his way through a lot of tests/screenings, etc. He's making mostly A's with an occasional B, reads above grade level, and aced his standardized tests (math and reading) last year. So someone who is just looking at that and not at HOW he reads (he misses a lot of words but is great about figuring out context), his writing, spelling, his sequencing when he does math, etc. thinks he doesn't need help. So some teachers will look at him and think there are other kids in the class who don't have an IEP but who aren't passing the tests, etc. and need a lot more help so why help the kid who on the surface appears to be doing ok.

It's the same logic behind not offering any programming for gifted kids because they're doing ok in school without taking into account that they think differently. Not all dyslexic students have 504 plans--it's based on the degree to which your disability affects your ability to participate in normal classroom work--but, as my husband says, they identified our son as 504 and we are going to use it to make them help him. Even if they think we are pests.

Sorry to go on and on. Happy RotD to all!


Madam Pince - Nov 8, 2007 10:37 am (#586 of 2988)

(((hugs))) to Holly. You are not a pest. Tazzy's flies? Yes, they are pests. Mosquitoes? Despite their many wonderful contributions, yes, they are pests. Blossom the Opossum? Pest. But Holly -- Holly is not a pest.

I had forgotten about the bully kid though -- that's a bummer. Aaaarrrrghhhh... I agree with the comment that somebody made about "what kind of teacher bases her teaching on what the other kids are going to think of her? It's not a popularity contest!" Fifty points for pointing that out!

Thanks for the explanations of 504s and their legal standing. I am a real "newbie" to educational lingo and I'm finding that I really need to brush up. (Didn't even know what a "room mom" was, for crying out loud...) Thank goodness for all you teachers!

Soli, glad you're feeling better. Little P has the beginnings of a cold this morning, and I made him drink some Airborne Jr. right away. He doesn't like the taste at all (although it smells good to me), but he took it for the first time when his previous cold started up, and it ended up never really taking hold. So I decided that's pretty good stuff.

Your recipe for cranberry-apple relish is about the same as the one I use, Soli, except I don't use celery. (Too stringy... ) I just looooove that relish, and it goes so well with almost any kind of meat. Mr. Pince dislikes it, however; he's like Martin Crane on Frasier -- he thinks "Cranberry sauce is supposed to stay in the shape of the can it came in!"

It's freezing here today! I can't seem to get warm this morning. We celebrated Little P having two days off from school by going to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast this morning. Yummmmm... but it was about 38 degrees out there -- brrrrrrr! Hope I'm not getting sick, too! We have nephew's birthday dinner tonight, so I'm hoping everyone will be healthy.

Rant for the day: Why is it that holiday shopping prior to Halloween is always referred to in the advertisements as "Getting your shopping done early" or "early-bird shopping," while all of a sudden, the day after Halloween, if you're still shopping for holiday gifts, it's referred to as "last-minute" shopping? It's only the first week of November, and I'm supposed to be in a panic? They clearly don't know how efficient procrastinators operate. November is only "last minute" if you're shipping overseas or something...

Everyone enjoy the RotD!


Puck - Nov 8, 2007 11:05 am (#587 of 2988)

Madame Pince, you can peel celery to remove strings.

Thanks for the input, Accio! I really think son's best friend would benefit. So far, they haven't had much success with medications.

Yuck to Tazzy's flies!

My girls have colds. I called the sitter's cell and left a message. I'm hoping to let them stay home to rest this afternoon instead of dragging them off to dance class. (They are fine, just stuffy. If they were truly sick I'd make Mr. Puck come home or I'd cancel my class.)



journeymom - Nov 8, 2007 11:05 am (#588 of 2988)

Soli- thank you for your perspective, too. I was thoroughly angry on Holly's behalf! I'm still irritated that this woman is so clueless, and Draco isn't even my son, Lol!

OK, no more caffeine for the rest of the day.


Holly T. - Nov 8, 2007 11:28 am (#589 of 2988)

Yes, Soli, thanks for your input too (sorry I forgot to mention everyone earlier). From her attitude you'd think she is a brand-new teacher but she has 20-something years of experience.

My grandmother used to make a yummy cranberry sauce with pecans and Dr Pepper in it. I should dig around at home and see if I can find the recipe.


painting sheila - Nov 8, 2007 12:01 pm (#590 of 2988)

Hang in there Holly T!! If we don't fight for our kids - who will? Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org

Oldest Son came home early with a stomach ache. Me being the mean mom I am, I am leaving him home to go volunteer at Littlest Guy's school. Where is a good clone machine when you need one! Free Smiley Face Courtesy of www.FreeSmileys.org


PeskyPixie - Nov 8, 2007 1:04 pm (#591 of 2988)

Yay, il neige! It's snowing! ***resisting the urge to break out the Christmas music*** (we don't really do Christmasy stuff until Remembrance Day has been observed)

* *waves back at Chemyst** - we're pretty big on In Flanders Fields over here, so the title alone is enough to get me all teary-eyed. I've already lost my poppy, but have tons saved in a box so I can just whip out a replacement when I get home! However, I am dreading the 'looks' from 'poppy-wearers' until then (i.e. the eyes of a poppy-wearer delicately check out the left lapel of anyone unfortunate enough to cross their path ), so may just find a seller (haven't seen any old veterans this year ) and buy a new one.

We use Splenda instead of sugar in practically everything as well. The baking tastes a bit different, but it's better for a diabetic than sugar. I've heard Splenda even has a brown sugar substitute but I have yet to try it.

My mom makes this awesome chutney (it is a chutney when it's not savoury, right?) with fruits no one in the family is allergic to (raisins, prunes, bananas, grapes, tomato)which she sweetens with Splenda. Cranberries would be incredible in it, but alas, earwax, cranberries are one of the 'forbidden fruits'. I can't remember who mentioned it (Puck?) but I think I will head on over to a friend's place and do some cooking with fruit!

I've been following Holly's story of the nitwit teacher. I was a 'gifted child' (I've always found that term quite embarrassing), so yes, I found school quite boring until university. Luckily, I was calm and quiet by nature, but all kids aren't the same! Anywho, in grade five (i.e. fifth grade) my teacher (whom I loved, by the way) couldn't find anything to cut marks off of me from, so she wrote in a comment about me being 'extremely withdrawn'. This could hardly be more inaccurate, as I was quiet but most certainly not withdrawn. My parents scheduled a meeting with this teacher who could then provide no evidence to support her comment on my report card, which she then changed. My parents didn't let me know of this until I had finished school as they didn't want me to start becoming disrespectful towards my teachers. However, it is true that parents need to stay on top of things because some teachers just don't live up to the ideals of the profession! (rant over. )

ETA: Sheila, Healing Charms to your son and a goblet of Polyjuice Potion for you (just imperio the first person you meet on the street, feed them the potion with your hair in it, et voila! You have a clone for a few hours)!


Victoire Weasley - Nov 8, 2007 1:11 pm (#592 of 2988)

Yea, I finally heard the "Mairzy Doats" song!


Victoire Weasley - Nov 8, 2007 3:08 pm (#593 of 2988)

It's true, no school system is perfect, but I feel hopeful that so many of you caring and compassionate people out there are teachers. We need more people like you out there.

If we don't fight for our kids - who will? Sheila

I couldn't agree more. Parents should stand up for what they think is right when it comes to our children. Who knows them better than we do?


Denise P. - Nov 8, 2007 3:18 pm (#594 of 2988)

Sheila, that is so true. As parents, we have to fight for our kids. Years ago, when my 14 yr old was just starting school, I wanted him tested for speech. The speech teacher came into the class, observed him in a group setting for 15 minutes, never spoke to him and said he didn't need speech. Since I listened to him on a daily basis, I disagreed and insisted on him being tested. The school was less than enthused but eventually did the testing. Well, color me NOT surprised when they discovered he had some major problems with his speech that were NOT apparent when he was observed. He was in speech trying to correct those problems until he was in 4th grade. He more than likely would have corrected on his own but it makes me wonder about all the kids who have parents who do NOT go to bat for them.

As a parent, you can also refuse modifications if you feel they are not needed. Devin's 504 and IEP put all kinds of modifications in place that are not necessary and would only create a crutch for him to lean on. (Example: he has problems reading out loud. Solution: Don't have him read out loud. WRONG! Have him read outl oud within his group or to a reading buddy until he is a bit more confident, then call on him like normal)

Don't ever feel like you are being on overprotective parent, it is your job to be overprotective.


azi - Nov 8, 2007 4:19 pm (#595 of 2988)

Healing charms to all those with colds! I still have my cough, can't get rid of it.

Just because a teacher has been so for 20 years, it doesn't mean they're better than a newer teacher! Sometimes, in my experience, they are very outdated in their practices/views and haven't developed better teaching techniques over time.

Good luck getting things done, Holly!

I was never gifted nor in need of help in school. I feel the average student needs to be given more attention once in a while. All the people in the gifted/special needs students get certificates for outstanding performance or greatest improvement while the average student just sits there wondering if they'll ever manage either, LOL! How you'd manage to give the attention is another matter entirely. Giving certificates to all the average students who've tried hard would just decrease the value of getting one, since most people would have it!

Whew, it's windy here today! My friend got hit on the head by a holly leaf and was hurt! I couldn't help laughing. I hope no UK forumers will be affected by the storm surge. I'm watching the events in interest, since I did a lot of work on what the consequences of one might be last year.

Lovely days to all!


Catherine - Nov 8, 2007 4:41 pm (#596 of 2988)

Holly and Chemyst, thank you for your kind words. I am glad that my perspective is one that parents who have "been in the trenches" with their child can understand.

When I taught public high school, I made sure that the resource (or "special ed") teacher had copies of my lecture notes. They really appreciated this, as many of the students would, on their own, have no notes. They tended to be the kids with dyslexia or dysgraphia who compensated by listening hard, but that would not be enough in an honors high school class to really synthesize the information. The teachers and/or parents would not understand what was "said" or "written on the board" otherwise come test time, and I think I was the only teacher who provided this accommodation. I never understood why the other teachers resisted this.

My current school has a digital learning environment, and it rocks. I upload lessons to the server, the kiddos download my homework, and I can provide a format for note-taking that less organized students can use. When someone is absent, her buddy can "drop box" her the notes, and students who wish to "work ahead" can do so. I see this as win-win, especially as students who play sports have a demanding schedule, and like to know what is coming up. I think it teaches them to organize their time.

Parents also like the online gradebook, and the online homework site, because they also like to know what is going on. The more documents I upload to the server, the less "I forgot my homework" excuses I have. Parents like knowing that they can download permission forms (I give a paper copy as well) in a pinch, and they like knowing that if Junior forgot to bring home the handout then all is not lost, and student can still complete work. All of our students have a laptop as of fourth grade, so there is universal access.

Whew. I think I will play with the new TiVo, and watch some television now.


Solitaire - Nov 8, 2007 10:24 pm (#597 of 2988)

Denise, it is interesting that you mention some IEPs and 504s not requiring kids to read out loud. I had 2 such 6th graders last year in my social studies class. I was told never to call on them to read aloud ... so I didn't. One day we were reading through a section as a class and discussing as we went. One of the girls raised her hand and asked if she could read ... "Nobody ever lets me read." I took a deep breath and said okay. She was painfully slow, but the kids in the class were respectful, and pretty soon some of my other slower readers began asking to read. This led to more kids taking an active role in cooperative lessons, offering to be "speaker," etc. Sometimes kids really can't participate in certain activities. Other times, maybe they just need to feel "safe" taking a chance.

Azi, lots of teachers in our school give good classroom citizen awards for kids who are always on time, have all materials, complete all work ... but still may not get an A. Those kids need recognition, because it's important that they not get discouraged. My AVID class awards this quarter went to my three kids who always had their binders organized, came prepared to tutorial sessions, turned in assignments on time, and consistently "packed" a positive, helpful attitude.

I'd rather give my awards to kids who struggle a bit than to kids who get top grades without breaking a sweat ... but are negative and never try to stretch themselves or take risks. An A in my class is not a guarantee of an award. I reward kids who make growth and kids who contribute to a positive classroom environment. EVERYONE has a shot at those awards!

Tomorrow is Friday, and we have a HUGE, noisy spirit rally first thing in the morning. Just what we need to really get the kids wound up, so that classes are really fun (not). Oh, yeah ... the rally will cause all of the academic classes (not the afternoon electives, though) to be shortened. Why have it so early in the day instead of last period, when we could send them all home to be wild and crazy? Because the K-3 kids apparently need to attend the rally. Sometimes I think it would be nice if our district held certain activities for kids as they grew older. Our Kindergarteners have all of the same activities the 8th graders have ... except for the overnight class trip! Okay ... rant over. I can't wait until 5 p.m. tomorrow ... I'll have a 3-day weekend.



PeskyPixie - Nov 8, 2007 10:34 pm (#598 of 2988)

Wow, Catherine, that's nice. I decided early on that I wouldn't go into teaching as I just know I'd be a far meaner teacher than I'd like to be.

Gee Soli, I wonder where I'd fit in your class. In school, I was Hermione without the need to show off. Would I get any awards? 'A's are always nice, but awards are a lot of fun!

For those who watch America's Next Top Model and Ugly Betty: Heather is by far the loveliest girl of the bunch. I used to think that maybe she won't win due to her awkwardness (on runway, commercials, etc.; Tyra:'being a model isn't just about taking a pretty picture' ), however, Tyra seems to love everything she does.

Ugly Betty: I can't believe we have to wait another week to find out whether Bradford Mead dies!


azi - Nov 9, 2007 3:49 am (#599 of 2988)

Oh, damn me reading Pesky's whitened out Ugly Betty notes! You must be ahead of us, since this weeks episode is...the one where Betty goes to see Wicked, and it goes very predictably wrong (I couldn't watch when they were in that white carriage, I just knew what was going to happen). We have two weeks until the next episode!

Soli, I applaude your teaching methods!