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Survivor
Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:45:30 AM

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Location: bajo un árbol de álamo
Hoping all are well now.

As always about now the weather is lousy. But I got the sidewalk cleared off so we can walk out without going through the snow.

I'm having more of my hot java. Contemplating the work I will have creating a new ebook soon.

Cheers, all. flower
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:40:29 PM

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We have had a beautiful few days here! Now it's almost time to batten down the hatches again. Hey ho!

Lemon and ginger tea here, please.
fuzzy1954
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 3:58:35 PM

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watched the Cohen testimony ran out popcorn need to run out for more


Comedy Central has nothing on the House Oversight and Reform Committee


Mendalla
Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:20:13 AM

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fuzzy1954 wrote:
watched the Cohen testimony ran out popcorn need to run out for more


Comedy Central has nothing on the House Oversight and Reform Committee


We Canucks have our own bit of political theater going on in our capital. The former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General is alleging the Prime Minister's office tried to get her to shut down a prosecution of a large Quebec engineering firm (that has a long history of being a bad actor) in favor of a settlement with the company. It's all politics, as the company is a major employer in Quebec and everyone tiptoes around anything to do with that province (oh, if only they had separated in '95) and I have little to no doubt that the PMO did do it. She testified before the Commons justice committee yesterday and said what we expected, fingering some major players from the PMO (including one who's already quit over the scandal) and other senior ministries like Finance. We have an election looming in October so this may or may not influence things. We shall see.

I'm putting on the kettle to make some Earl Grey. Anyone else for tea or hot chocolate?


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: Thursday, February 28, 2019 12:26:54 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
fuzzy1954 wrote:
watched the Cohen testimony ran out popcorn need to run out for more


Comedy Central has nothing on the House Oversight and Reform Committee


We Canucks have our own bit of political theater going on in our capital. The former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General is alleging the Prime Minister's office tried to get her to shut down a prosecution of a large Quebec engineering firm (that has a long history of being a bad actor) in favor of a settlement with the company. It's all politics, as the company is a major employer in Quebec and everyone tiptoes around anything to do with that province (oh, if only they had separated in '95) and I have little to no doubt that the PMO did do it. She testified before the Commons justice committee yesterday and said what we expected, fingering some major players from the PMO (including one who's already quit over the scandal) and other senior ministries like Finance. We have an election looming in October so this may or may not influence things. We shall see.

I'm putting on the kettle to make some Earl Grey. Anyone else for tea or hot chocolate?


Ooh, hot chocolate sounds nice, please!

On this side of the pond the whole Brexit debacle is still rumbling messily on...
fuzzy1954
Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 2:30:30 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
fuzzy1954 wrote:
watched the Cohen testimony ran out popcorn need to run out for more


Comedy Central has nothing on the House Oversight and Reform Committee


We Canucks have our own bit of political theater going on in our capital. The former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General is alleging the Prime Minister's office tried to get her to shut down a prosecution of a large Quebec engineering firm (that has a long history of being a bad actor) in favor of a settlement with the company. It's all politics, as the company is a major employer in Quebec and everyone tiptoes around anything to do with that province (oh, if only they had separated in '95) and I have little to no doubt that the PMO did do it. She testified before the Commons justice committee yesterday and said what we expected, fingering some major players from the PMO (including one who's already quit over the scandal) and other senior ministries like Finance. We have an election looming in October so this may or may not influence things. We shall see.

I'm putting on the kettle to make some Earl Grey. Anyone else for tea or hot chocolate?









I've wondered if Quebec ever used this form for capitol punishment dontknow


I would love a pot of Earl Grey this late afternoon


AnnaMayZing
Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 3:03:28 PM

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fuzzy1954 wrote:
watched the Cohen testimony ran out popcorn need to run out for more


Comedy Central has nothing on the House Oversight and Reform Committee


You think your politicians are bad? Try making sense of Brexit! d'oh!

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, March 1, 2019 1:29:41 PM

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AnnaMayZing wrote:

You think your politicians are bad? Try making sense of Brexit! d'oh!


I gave up a long time ago. It makes our troubles over Quebec look like a minor family squabble.


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
fuzzy1954
Posted: Friday, March 1, 2019 1:29:45 PM

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AnnaMayZing wrote:
fuzzy1954 wrote:
watched the Cohen testimony ran out popcorn need to run out for more


Comedy Central has nothing on the House Oversight and Reform Committee


You think your politicians are bad? Try making sense of Brexit! d'oh!



idiots know no borders


Starting to spit snow flakes

pot of very hot Earl Grey Please


Mendalla
Posted: Monday, March 4, 2019 6:44:05 AM

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* puts on the kettle and sighs *

As mentioned before (I think) I am the system administrator (think Gav but without the programming skills) of a site called Wondercafe2.ca. This past weekend, I had planned to upgrade it to the latest version of the forum software we use, Xenforo. Except that early Saturday morning, the site started puking out errors periodically. I ended up trying the upgrade to see if that would fix it, after doing some other troubleshooting, but no dice. The error came up during the upgrade and crashed it. And I've now realized that my dev site, where I test things like upgrades, is doing it, too. So I am now awaiting word from the company that hosts the site (both the live one and the dev) on what may be wrong.


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, March 5, 2019 3:58:44 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
* puts on the kettle and sighs *

As mentioned before (I think) I am the system administrator (think Gav but without the programming skills) of a site called Wondercafe2.ca. This past weekend, I had planned to upgrade it to the latest version of the forum software we use, Xenforo. Except that early Saturday morning, the site started puking out errors periodically. I ended up trying the upgrade to see if that would fix it, after doing some other troubleshooting, but no dice. The error came up during the upgrade and crashed it. And I've now realized that my dev site, where I test things like upgrades, is doing it, too. So I am now awaiting word from the company that hosts the site (both the live one and the dev) on what may be wrong.


Eeeeeeek! That sounds major, like. :(

Lemon and ginger tea here, please. Sometimes I'm thankful I'm a technophobe...
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 8:48:38 AM

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Finally got things fixed up on Monday, but I've now had to put off the upgrade. Hopefully this coming weekend. I am trying to figure why the hell I am doing this stuff in my spare time when it's also my day job. Plus I'm acting treasurer of the board (though only because we needed to raise funds for some work related to the upgrade).

Kettle's on for those who need it. Some orange pekoe with a twist of lemon for me.


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: Friday, March 8, 2019 3:35:44 AM

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Mendalla wrote:
Finally got things fixed up on Monday, but I've now had to put off the upgrade. Hopefully this coming weekend. I am trying to figure why the hell I am doing this stuff in my spare time when it's also my day job. Plus I'm acting treasurer of the board (though only because we needed to raise funds for some work related to the upgrade).

Kettle's on for those who need it. Some orange pekoe with a twist of lemon for me.


You are far too good! (hugs) that's the problem with volunteering. On specific tasks seems to spiral into a lot more! I'll have an orange pekoe with you. Sounds nice!
Mendalla
Posted: Friday, March 8, 2019 5:56:12 AM

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So, pulling the trigger on the upgrade tomorrow morning. Today, though, just regular work and then a hockey game. Not usually my cuppa but our company and another in the group are sharing a private box tonight and we are using it as a bit of a celebration of some recent successes. And the local Junior A team is on a roll and looking at a serious shot at some hardware this season. This is actually one of the last regular season home games before the playoffs.

Kettle's on, coffee's brewing. * pours another orange pekoe, squeezes in some lime, crashes on the couch *

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: Sunday, March 10, 2019 11:53:42 PM

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I can't sleep. I should be tired, I spent most of the day working on my parent's house getting it ready to sell. Moved and got rid of quite a bit of their furniture. The goal is to get it on the market by May. Then they can finally move into a retirement community. I'll rest a lot easier when that happens.

It will be several weeks of work still ahead of me. Painting, stripping wallpaper, etc.

I'll have a ginger ale and curl up on a couch and probably doze off.

Cheers!
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Monday, March 11, 2019 1:04:15 PM

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Sorry I've not been here for a while. I hope you are all well. Thought I would offer a great piece of music for you all to enjoy/reminisce over.
I'll have a strong black coffee, if I may, please. hello2



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
snoop
Posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:23:54 PM

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gillianleeza wrote:
I can't sleep. I should be tired, I spent most of the day working on my parent's house getting it ready to sell. Moved and got rid of quite a bit of their furniture. The goal is to get it on the market by May. Then they can finally move into a retirement community. I'll rest a lot easier when that happens.

It will be several weeks of work still ahead of me. Painting, stripping wallpaper, etc.

I'll have a ginger ale and curl up on a couch and probably doze off.

Cheers!



I had the same job of house clearing / cleaning after my Dad passed away in 1994. It was during that task that I ran across some of my Mother's poetry and got to know a side of her that I didn't know had existed. She had passed away in 1984 and I so glad Dad hadn't thrown out a lot of her "papers". There is a thread here on StoriesSpace Forum dedicated to her work. https://forum.storiesspace.com/yaf_postst1055_Mom39s-poetryGMA-1908--1984.aspx


Good luck and have some fun remembering things. God Bless.


Rick


fuzzy1954
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 3:44:37 AM

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nice to see you here Snoop

Gill going though items so with fond memories can weight on one. I would send you off to bed with a nice cup of tea.
sending you a friendly Lion hug your way






henrietta_fielding
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 5:20:11 AM

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gillianleeza wrote:
I can't sleep. I should be tired, I spent most of the day working on my parent's house getting it ready to sell. Moved and got rid of quite a bit of their furniture. The goal is to get it on the market by May. Then they can finally move into a retirement community. I'll rest a lot easier when that happens.

It will be several weeks of work still ahead of me. Painting, stripping wallpaper, etc.

I'll have a ginger ale and curl up on a couch and probably doze off.

Cheers!


Gill, this really has been a marathon effort sorting out your parents' home! Glad you can see the light at the end of the tunnel at last! Though you still have a lot more work in front of you, from what you say. Phew! Sending hugs!

Bleak and stormy day here again. A mocha would go down nicely. ☕
gillianleeza
Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 11:49:56 AM

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henrietta_fielding wrote:



I had the same job of house clearing / cleaning after my Dad passed away in 1994. It was during that task that I ran across some of my Mother's poetry and got to know a side of her that I didn't know had existed. She had passed away in 1984 and I so glad Dad hadn't thrown out a lot of her "papers". There is a thread here on StoriesSpace Forum dedicated to her work. https://forum.storiesspace.com/yaf_postst1055_Mom39s-poetryGMA-1908--1984.aspx

Good luck and have some fun remembering things. God Bless.
Rick
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Thank you both. It is a lot of work and has been going on for a while. It would be going faster except my parents' issues make having strangers come in and do the work problematic. My Mother's health is not great and my father has dementia. But at least there is an end in sight. By the end of June they should be moved and settled and the house sold. Taking a break today to give me and my parents a break. We tend to get on each other's nerves after a few days.

It is a beautiful sunny day here and I am enjoying a cool breeze coming through the open windows and doors, for now. I'm sure it will be raining again soon.

I'll have a coke with a cocktail umbrella to enjoy out on my back deck.

Cheers Everyone!
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2019 5:38:35 AM

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Morning all! Just popping in for a coffee before I put the washing out on the line. Since it's not actually raining or blowing a gale here for once!

Coffee would do nicely. ☕
DenimAngel
Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:21:51 AM

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Scooting in and climbing in the big blue chair in the corner with my hot chocolate and marshmallows.ugh woke up wayyy too early ....


fuzzy1954
Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2019 3:53:10 PM

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stop and enjoy a cup of coffee ..relax ..start a conversation


Ping
Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 5:59:10 PM

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Hi everyone, I hope all is well. I've not been around much, but have been watching for the next competition.

Are we ready for one?

It's been like six or eight months. I donated my winnings to go toward the next competition. I'd like a chance to do that again. icon_biggrin

***

Just made my famous mac 'n cheese, with Roma tomatoes and broccoli. I'd love an true Irish coffee please. Extra Irish is ya gots it.

Just thought of this...

It is Northern Irish coffee, or the Republic of Irish coffee?

I don't fully understand why their wonderful island is divided, probably something Trump will have Jared tend to and fix. Whistle But I've heard that Brexit will dramatically affect the currently non-provoking border between the two lovely jurisdictions. Sheesh. There is so much we don't know or understand.

But I do know, if I had ever competed in a beauty pageant, I too would wish for world peace.

Now get me my damn coffee!!! Lfunny

gillianleeza
Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 12:12:34 AM

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Can't sleep, but what else is new.

I'll take a ginger ale and I'll curl up in a comfy chair to look up the history of Ireland. Thanks, Ping.

Cheers!
gypsy
Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019 7:36:24 AM

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gillianleeza wrote:
Can't sleep, but what else is new.

I'll take a ginger ale and I'll curl up in a comfy chair to look up the history of Ireland. Thanks, Ping.

Cheers!


This Irish Times article might be helpful in trying to grasp the gist of the tragic history of Ireland.

The History of the Irish Border From Plantation to Brexit

Ping is correct, Brexit will very likely affect the border and risks disrupting the peace that has prevailed along the border since the Good Friday Agreement ended the blood bath euphemistically known as "the troubles".

This is just one of the many things that worry many of us here in the EU.



The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Junius



henrietta_fielding
Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 3:50:11 PM

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Ping wrote:
Hi everyone, I hope all is well. I've not been around much, but have been watching for the next competition.

Are we ready for one?

It's been like six or eight months. I donated my winnings to go toward the next competition. I'd like a chance to do that again. icon_biggrin

***

Just made my famous mac 'n cheese, with Roma tomatoes and broccoli. I'd love an true Irish coffee please. Extra Irish is ya gots it.

Just thought of this...

It is Northern Irish coffee, or the Republic of Irish coffee?

I don't fully understand why their wonderful island is divided, probably something Trump will have Jared tend to and fix. Whistle But I've heard that Brexit will dramatically affect the currently non-provoking border between the two lovely jurisdictions. Sheesh. There is so much we don't know or understand.

But I do know, if I had ever competed in a beauty pageant, I too would wish for world peace.

Now get me my damn coffee!!! Lfunny



Depends if the coffee is made with Jameson's or Bushmills!

Yes, these are very scary and uncertain times here. The thought of a hard border is terrifying, in terms of the still fragile peace process...
Mendalla
Posted: Friday, March 29, 2019 6:49:24 AM

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Good morning, all. Having a bit of a rough time. Pain in my joints and no diagnosis as of yet. Initially, my doc and physiotherapist put it down to RSI since it seemed to only affect my hands but I've had pain in shoulders, elbows, and even a knee. Back to doc to review some blood work and x-rays.

Anyone else for tea? I'm making a pot of Earl Grey.

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, March 29, 2019 4:51:33 PM

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gypsy wrote:
gillianleeza wrote:
Can't sleep, but what else is new.

I'll take a ginger ale and I'll curl up in a comfy chair to look up the history of Ireland. Thanks, Ping.

Cheers!


This Irish Times article might be helpful in trying to grasp the gist of the tragic history of Ireland.

The History of the Irish Border From Plantation to Brexit

Ping is correct, Brexit will very likely affect the border and risks disrupting the peace that has prevailed along the border since the Good Friday Agreement ended the blood bath euphemistically known as "the troubles".

This is just one of the many things that worry many of us here in the EU.



Thank you, I'll give it a read. I am familiar with some Irish history but not nearly enough. I have learned more about the UK and Ireland since Brexit. It gets coverage even on American television. At least it does when they can stop talking about our dysfunctional government.

I'm trying to find a book in my house that I haven't read yet. It is going to be a nice Saturday and I need something to read while we are out on our boat.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Cheers!
Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2019 3:09:23 PM

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gillianleeza wrote:
At least it does when they can stop talking about our dysfunctional government.


Isn't it nice to know your government isn't the only dysfunctional one? We have a couple scandals and an election brewing up here but nothing that could top what the US and UK seem to be facing daily.

Be careful with that reading in the boat thing. I've dropped a book or two into the lake where our cottage is located. Not good for them.

* pours a tea and settles in for a bit *


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