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gillianleeza
Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2018 2:57:12 AM

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I'll be in the corner eating a banana and a scone. Today is a cooking day. Thankfully I will have plenty of help. I have a bit of OCD and have everything organized. Everyone has a task of some sort.

Christmas Eve with all my kids and their significant others and my parents.

Christmas morning breakfast, two sons and girlfriends, my parents, two aunts, and a neighbor.

Christmas Dinner, same group plus two friends.

I'll enjoy the quiet for now before everyone wakes up.

Cheers!
Survivor
Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2018 7:21:11 AM

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Somehow you became the designated "senior adult" and it all falls upon you, Gill.

Best of luck and I do hope everyone follows through on their tasks. Enjoy.

I'll have a cuppa java as soon as it gets finished brewing.



hayley
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 1:51:46 AM

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Well here I am, Christmas Eve, sitting in the Stories Space Coffee House sipping on a mug of really good green tea, about to write about coffee!
That's the thing when you are travelling, you leave your fav blend behind and it's not always possible to find it anywhere but home help

So today I went shopping for coffee, without a clue as to which investment to make. (One's coffee is an investment right?!). Despite it being Chrissy Eve, not a single wise man was in sight, let alone three! ... so was forced to trust my own judgement (dear Lord!).

A flash of inspiration idea1 .. ok, it's Chrissy, so perhaps divine intervention... caused me to evaluate a multitude of coffees based on the manufacturers' descriptions, the most boring 'reads' imaginable... well all except one. This is what it said ....

from the manufacturer

We've got a solid supplier and guarantee this Air Bed Roasted coffee to be fresh and uncut. We're respectable businessmen baby, and we've got a reputation to uphold.

If you're looking for Recommended Daily intake information then you're out of luck. Insomniacs shouldn't touch this at all. Long haul truck drivers on the other hand should double up. Other than that, if you can't sleep at 4am because of our product don't come crying to us. We ain't your mother.



Christmas Morning is the moment of truth! .. didn't those singing Angels say something like that? Wonder if they bought some too? They were up all night!
Mendalla
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 5:58:09 AM

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I don't drink coffee myself but my son is now a bit of an expert so if I had to buy some, I'd hit him for advice. Plus I know a roastery here in town that he used to buy from (well, he picked it and I bought since he didn't have his own credit card yet). Ditto beer.

So, I'll have some of that green tea myself. Just back from the Caribbean and not much planned for Christmas. My cousin is hosting Christmas dinner tomorrow and we have a dish to prepare, but it's fairly simple.


Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
Survivor
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 7:12:47 AM

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On our way to my nephew's house tomorrow for the christmas day pizza dinner.

I have the java brewing at the moment. Should be ready about now.

Happy holiday season to all.



fuzzy1954
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 10:28:16 AM

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wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a very fruitful New Year

* pouring a deep roast black mug of coffee as I double check my latest poem before submission*







Obituarius
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 11:20:15 AM

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Happy Holidays to one and all.
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 4:22:19 PM

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Happy Christmas everyone!

I'll take a herbal tea to wind down before the festivities start tomorrow!
Survivor
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 4:49:54 PM

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Thanks for staying up late, dear Cynthia. I'm having some herbal tea as well. I'm trying some new ones. This is honey vanilla chamomile. :)

Happy holidays to all. flower



Mendalla
Posted: Monday, December 24, 2018 6:39:37 PM

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President's Choice Lemon Thriller (PC is the house brand of a large Canadian grocery chain) is my herbal of choice. Also fond of Lemon Ginger, of which I have a couple brands to choose from.

May you all have a Merry Christmas.


Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 2:58:50 AM

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My normal bog standard Earl Grey tea please. While I wake up enough to open my presents. Happy Christmas everyone! 🎄🎄🎄
fuzzy1954
Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 4:06:31 AM

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nice pot of tea to start Christmas

sending happy thoughts around the world
and looking forward to 2019


Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 9:00:56 AM

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Question for the denizens of this place: Does my story Night of the Wind qualify as a Christmas story? It's an adventure with a happy ending that takes place on the Eve of a major solstice festival during a winter storm. Seems kind of Christmas-y in retrospect. What do you think?

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
Survivor
Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 9:44:19 AM

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Mendalla wrote:
Question for the denizens of this place: Does my story Night of the Wind qualify as a Christmas story? It's an adventure with a happy ending that takes place on the Eve of a major solstice festival during a winter storm. Seems kind of Christmas-y in retrospect. What do you think?


It doesn't count as a "Christmas" story. Not to my mind. It is a story that pagans could add to their group of holiday related stories, I would suppose. In addition I am assuming that Jesus, the Christ, was not a person who had existed in your fantasy world. If he had his followers would have deplored this celebration. I would happily call it a "Holiday Season" story, Scott. How about that?

Now for another cuppa java.

Cheers all. santa



Wordpusher715
Posted: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 12:36:38 PM

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Happy Christmas and a hot coffee this morning, please.

I live, I love, I perform, and I lament.
Survivor
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 8:08:57 AM

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It's such a lovely day out. In the 50s F, and that is fine with me. Getting some reading done of stories posted by friends.

I'm having my first cuppa freshly brewed java.

Cheers, all. flower



Mendalla
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 8:12:27 AM

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I know we're supposed to keep it clean around here (cleaner than the other place, at least) but I'm going to vent for a minute, "Fuck the Grim Reaper." I come back to work to find one of my staff lost his grandfather just months after losing his grandmother. Now the board where I admin (I'm basically both Maggie and Gav with a dash or two of Nicola over there) lost one of its most senior and valued members, who was mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to a good-sized family. She's been struggling with her health this fall so it's not a total surprise but still .... And then add in Ravenpearl here... So, I'll say it again, "Fuck the Grim Reaper." I know intellectually that death is the natural, logical end of things but that doesn't make it any easier when it hits close to home.

(Oh, and that caps off a year in which my wife lost both parents, one expected and one not).


Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2018 1:10:52 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
I know we're supposed to keep it clean around here (cleaner than the other place, at least) but I'm going to vent for a minute, "Fuck the Grim Reaper." I come back to work to find one of my staff lost his grandfather just months after losing his grandmother. Now the board where I admin (I'm basically both Maggie and Gav with a dash or two of Nicola over there) lost one of its most senior and valued members, who was mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to a good-sized family. She's been struggling with her health this fall so it's not a total surprise but still .... And then add in Ravenpearl here... So, I'll say it again, "Fuck the Grim Reaper." I know intellectually that death is the natural, logical end of things but that doesn't make it any easier when it hits close to home.

(Oh, and that caps off a year in which my wife lost both parents, one expected and one not).


It does no harm to vent one's spleen at such times and helps to release pent up tensions. I am sorry to hear of your lousy year and can only send you my blessings and hope that next year will see more happy times for you.

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Mendalla
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 7:37:43 AM

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Tea time! Hope all are well today.

New avatar is a tribute to a late friend on another board (see rant above), who always used some kind of heart as her avatar.

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
Survivor
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 8:05:25 AM

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The first cuppa java is finished. Starting on the next. Doing my morning computer chores.

So far I've read two stories in a contest and I'm working on a third. It's good to support friends and neighbors in their work.

Cheers all. flower



Mendalla
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 8:30:05 AM

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Survivor wrote:
The first cuppa java is finished. Starting on the next. Doing my morning computer chores.

So far I've read two stories in a contest and I'm working on a third. It's good to support friends and neighbors in their work.

Cheers all. flower


If it's the contest I think it is, I'll try to get some in over the weekend.Whistle

Featured Story:
Night of the Wind - (Fantasy) A mysterious traveller, a strange storm, a chaotic night for a small town.

Other works:
Spooky People - (Poetry) A playful verse for Hallowe'en.
On Seeing the Light (Re)born - (Poetry) A reflection on seeing the sun rise while on vacation
Voice of Ice - (Horror) A powerful winter storm leads a professor to a disturbing discovery
gillianleeza
Posted: Friday, December 28, 2018 3:16:48 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
Tea time! Hope all are well today.

New avatar is a tribute to a late friend on another board (see rant above), who always used some kind of heart as her avatar.


Ranting is a good way to vent feelings. I am sorry for your recent losses. The avatar is a nice acknowledgment.

I am cooking again in preparation for my father' birthday dinner tomorrow and the onslaught of the family again.

I love my family but I am tired of all the cooking, cleaning and socializing.

I hope everyone is doing well.

I'll have a Coke with lots of ice.

Cheers Everyone!
fuzzy1954
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 1:22:21 PM

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a small pot of tea would be very nice

sending thoughts of peace and calm to you Mendalla holidays are tough with out the "grim reaper"
wishing you a great 2019

did I read there's a competition ? hmmmmmmmm


Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:14:54 AM

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Fuzzy, when it comes to being clueless and out of the loop, if I'm not in a class by myself, it sure don't take long to call the roll. That said, in the last few weeks, I've heard nothing about a new contest. That includes any scuttlebutt on the 'Mod Forum'. Maggie and others have indicated that another contest might be a possibility somehow, someday but, to the best of my limited knowledge, there have been no ongoing discussions.

BTW, hope you got that kettle of hot water you asked for last year. ;)

glasses8

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Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 10:26:53 AM

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The contest that we had been discussing earlier was the one on another site. I had mentioned I was reading some of the stories. Scott was planning to read some over the weekend.

I'm ready for a fresh cuppa java.

The sun is shining brightly, but the temperatures are below thirty. flower



Obituarius
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 10:34:39 AM

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I'm trying to come up with something (silly) humorous. Leaving my dark suit for a couple of days.
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 11:39:11 AM

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Early evening here and cold and dark. A lemon and ginger tea would do nicely. ☕

Really appreciating all the feedback on my story! flower
fuzzy1954
Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 2:22:22 PM

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coffee well it be way to easy to say it's cold here .. it IS January


Any one like to sit with me and share my pot of tea??

Thanks for the hot water the other day Bill glasses8



Wordpusher715
Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2019 2:58:24 AM

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Coffee, please. I plan on staring into it for a while and ruminating on my life. If I don't speak, it's because I'm lost in thought. I know where I've been and I know where I am. It's where I'm going that befuddles me at the moment.

I live, I love, I perform, and I lament.
Survivor
Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2019 7:27:03 AM

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The morning coffee has brewed and I am working on my first cuppa java. It's still rather hot.

Not a lot going on around here right now. I got a CT scan yesterday. Perhaps I'll have the results on Monday.

Cheers, all.



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