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Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2019 3:02:26 PM

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Sorry to hear about your computer woes, gill. Hope your son gets it sorted out for you. I'm the geek in our household (20+ years working in IT) so computer problems tend to land on my plate. My son is more than capable of dealing with stuff, too, but he's too far away now to be much help.

Furnace is now on, though not running much yet. Got some yard work done including, I hope, the final mow of 2019. Definitely Fall though not a lot of leaf action around here, yet.

Time to switch to herbal tea, I guess.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Ping
Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2019 3:59:13 AM

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I hear ya on the yard work. I think we have one final mow/mulch of grass and leaves too. Gutters are on the agenda. So is picking a few buckets of crab apples to make crap apple jelly. I might attempt some crab apple liquor of some sort too.

Gill, computer issues suck. Just glad you don't have an overseas call center to deal with. I keep it local now. But we are down to our last computer. I told my kids we aren't getting another until this Dell (bad purchase) craps out. How old is it, you ask? There's a Windows Vista sticker on the CPU. So, twelve or thirteen years old. A while ago, I did upgrade to Windows 10 without issue, so I have that. I wonder if there have been any technological advancements in computing since I last purchased a computer. kekekegay

Darn. Almost 5 am here. I do dislike waking in the middle of the night.

Herbal tea sounds like the ticket. I'll just sneak a sip of my fellow Canuck's.

Good Morning, Sunday!!!
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2019 4:14:42 AM

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It's a bit too wet to sort out my back yard here, but I will need to prune back some of my plants, do a bit of weeding and sweep up all the dust and stuff, if/when we have a couple of dry days in a row.

I'll just continue the swap over in my wardrobe from summer to winter clothes and put things away in storage bags. I do keep promising myself to de-clutter and take the excess up to the charity shop, so we'll see how successful that is!

Hope your son sorts out your computer okay, Gill and glad Apollo is doing better! (hugs)

Ping, I have a Dell laptop too that is over 10 years old. It has its moments but luckily a friend of mine who is a retired IT guy has managed to fix any glitches. So far!

I really need some coffee to get me going today. Any of Larry's Java on the go?
Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2019 5:55:46 AM

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My wife's old Win7 box still gets dusted off from time to time as backup or because it's the only one we have with a CD/DVD drive now. Slow as molasses for the most part but has its uses.

Ping wrote:
I wonder if there have been any technological advancements in computing since I last purchased a computer.


SSDs (solid state drives) are the biggie. They use the same memory technology as in phones and thumb drives to create a smaller, lighter and, above all, FASTER hard drive than the old spinning magnetic platter. They are also quieter (no spinning platter) and allow for smaller form factors (my wife's "desktop" is smaller than a lot of laptops). We use them in everything at work now. So my one recommendation if you're going to replace that old Dell is get something with an SSD.

Likely Larry's left some around here. I'm putting the kettle for my morning cuppa.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2019 6:51:08 AM

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Good morning, lady Cynthia. Hi, G and Scott. Yes, there is always coffee brewing. The water just needs to come to a boil once again for the tea drinkers.

We have a lawn service. They will stop mowing each week whenever the weather says to do so. After that, they will clear snow if it reaches specified depths on the sidewalks.

I will need to cut back the purple hyacinth bean vines. They are annuals here so will have to be replanted in the spring. But the wisteria growing up onto the pergola is solidly there and will start blooming next year, I'm sure.

I am using a Macbook Pro at present. There are three in the house at the moment.

There was definitely a chill in the air today. It was 48F/9C this morning while I walked Victor. Not really looking forward to it getting colder. Nope.

flower





All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Ping
Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2019 3:38:47 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
My wife's old Win7 box still gets dusted off from time to time as backup or because it's the only one we have with a CD/DVD drive now. Slow as molasses for the most part but has its uses.

Ping wrote:
I wonder if there have been any technological advancements in computing since I last purchased a computer.


SSDs (solid state drives) are the biggie. They use the same memory technology as in phones and thumb drives to create a smaller, lighter and, above all, FASTER hard drive than the old spinning magnetic platter. They are also quieter (no spinning platter) and allow for smaller form factors (my wife's "desktop" is smaller than a lot of laptops). We use them in everything at work now. So my one recommendation if you're going to replace that old Dell is get something with an SSD.

Likely Larry's left some around here. I'm putting the kettle for my morning cuppa.


I was being facetious. happy8 Everyone is so literal today. I told my neighbour to go f... dontknow and he did.
Mendalla
Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2019 4:38:24 PM

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Survivor wrote:


I am using a Macbook Pro at present. There are three in the house at the moment.



So you're the one keeping them in business, eh. angry7

A green tea will go nicely as I wait for my son to get on Skype.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Monday, October 7, 2019 7:01:35 AM

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Morning to all Monday mourners. Thanks to my tireless efforts the tea kettle is steaming away and there's a pot of fresh coffee. Since this is a high-class sorta joint, biscottis are available.

Think I'll have a refill. Anybody else need a cup of the good stuff?

glasses8

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Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Mendalla
Posted: Monday, October 7, 2019 8:35:50 AM

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Hi, Rump (and anyone else laying about). Tea for me. Just got a new shipment of loose leaf from my regular dealer (damn, that sounds bad, doesn't it?Anxious ). Scottish and Irish breakfast and a couple new senchas (Japanese green).

Moon challenge story is proving to be more of a challenge than I expected, though part of that is me trying to go somewhere different with it. First idea was a bit too close in mood to Lady In The Lake for my comfort.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Monday, October 7, 2019 8:46:08 AM

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Hello, Scott. Hey, Bill.

So, Scott, you are thinking about doing a moon story that will be a ghost story? That might be fun, if not close too what you just did. That could be a worry.

Anyway, I'm having my first cup. I am getting going late today. I was very tired but perhaps I can get up and about now.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Mendalla
Posted: Monday, October 7, 2019 9:16:20 AM

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Survivor wrote:


So, Scott, you are thinking about doing a moon story that will be a ghost story?


Not a ghost story per se, but definitely moody, even haunting, with a supernatural element. And "were" is probably the proper verb form. I've sidelined it while I try to shift gears mentally to something better.

My favorite moon story (one of my favorites, at least) is s-f and involves a couple getting it on in a type of "moon tent" and having to find a way back to base after the airlock deflates with their clothes in it (roughly, I'm sure I'm getting some details wrong). Forget who wrote it but I think I read the original magazine publication, possibly in Omni in the eighties, and I've seen it in a couple anthologies over the years. It's hilarious but still has suspense to it given their precarious situation. I'd love to come up with something more in that spirit.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
henrietta_fielding
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 3:25:06 AM

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Mendalla wrote:
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SSDs (solid state drives) are the biggie. They use the same memory technology as in phones and thumb drives to create a smaller, lighter and, above all, FASTER hard drive than the old spinning magnetic platter. They are also quieter (no spinning platter) and allow for smaller form factors (my wife's "desktop" is smaller than a lot of laptops). We use them in everything at work now. So my one recommendation if you're going to replace that old Dell is get something with an SSD.

Likely Larry's left some around here. I'm putting the kettle for my morning cuppa.


That's really good to know, Scott. Thanks for the advice! Useful for when my Dell finally gives up the ghost (see how I got this back round to stories? evil4 )

Coffee to get me up and running would be just the ticket!
Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:45:59 AM

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My tea shipment has arrived. A couple breakfast teas, a couple greens, a "Duke of Earl" (Earl Grey with a shot of vanilla). Kettle's on!

Definitely Fall here. Single digits when I got up this morning. With Canadian Thanksgiving looming (next Monday), it's about time.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:36:59 AM

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Best of mornings. Chilly on the doggie walk this morning. The coffee smells good.

This week I intend to get the house painted inside. The last rooms still awaiting the paintbrush. I've been rather lackadaisical about doing it. We did the three bedrooms and two baths last year and simply put off finishing the rest. This week it will get done. Then it has been decided we need to paint the kitchen cabinets. It never ends.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 6:55:29 AM

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Survivor wrote:

This week I intend to get the house painted inside. The last rooms still awaiting the paintbrush. I've been rather lackadaisical about doing it. We did the three bedrooms and two baths last year and simply put off finishing the rest. This week it will get done. Then it has been decided we need to paint the kitchen cabinets. It never ends.

flower


Last time we did our place, I just booked a week off and we did the whole house, top to bottom. Probably coming due for another one but I patched and painted some holes, dents, and dirty walls last year so maybe that's enough for a while.



I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Rumple_deWriter
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:03:17 AM

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Morning, y'all. Scott, I hate to learn about your troubles over on that other site you often infest. IMO and 25 words or less: That sucks!

reading one of your earlier posts got me to wondering if a spooky challenge might attract a few entries. Me, I don't know, as usual. Any thoughts.

(slurp) Good coffee. Keep up the good work.

glasses8

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 7:27:11 AM

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I actually had an idea for a challenge/prompt (not a spooky one) last week and its slipped off into the dark, dank recesses of my mind now. I'm sure it will come back to me like a bad chili.

I can't really take credit for the coffee. That's Larry's thing. I avoid the stuff like the plague. Now, Scottish breakfast tea, I know a thing or two about *takes sip*

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 9:03:11 AM

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I keep trying to write but have not had any success in that department.

I did get my computer woes sorted out. My oldest son was able to remotely clean out the virus and reformat my computer so it's working well again. At least since he was doing it remotely I didn't have to see any eye-rolling I just had to listen to sighs. He's always very helpful but I think his generation thinks my generation shouldn't have computers.

Now I am waiting for the dishwasher repairman to return again. He put in a new motor but that only solved one problem. Had to order two more parts which will hopefully fix all the issues. It is only 6 months old so it's rather irritating that it does not work properly.

I have been painting too and working on my house these days. I spent so much time with my parents that I neglected mine and it needs some work. Finished painting and redoing two bedrooms that my boys used to occupy. Now we are going to remodel the master bath and I will finally get the soaking tub I have always wanted.

It is a beautiful fall day here, cool and breezy, my favorite weather. I just stopped in to say hello grab a bottle of water and I will get back to work. I hope everyone is having a good day.

Cheers!
Ping
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 9:24:51 AM

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I better not be hearing any complaints from the lot of ya! Don't make me write another piece that no one will vote on f-hihi

Very chilly today. -6 C over night. I think I'll take an ice bath to get ready for winter.

Some frozen nitrogen on ice please. A little lemon flavoring would be nice too.
Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 9:37:54 AM

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You must be out West. Hasn't got that bad in Ontario yet, though it's edging closer. Only 7 when I left for work today (8am).

Sure you wouldn't rather have something hot? Melted steel goes good with lemon, I hear.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 10:47:53 AM

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Howdy folks
A large sweet tea please


Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 11:13:26 AM

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But you're already sweet enough, aren't you? bunny

* sigh * I've probably used that one before, right? confused1

Green tea time.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:33:34 PM

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Mendalla wrote:
But you're already sweet enough, aren't you? bunny

* sigh * I've probably used that one before, right? confused1

Green tea time.

*giggles* uh huh but it's my favorite line


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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:05:12 AM

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Morning. The boss man hasn't shown, yet, so I've gotten both tea kettle and the coffee pot into action, sorta.

If you can find a clean, or at least semi-undirty, mug, then grab onto it and fill it with your fluid of choice.

glasses8


Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwords.[/ - ROBERT HEINLEIN

Schemers Scheme -- young women talking about young men

OF WAR, AND PEACE, AND MARY BETH: my contest winner, honest

For Whom the Good Tolls an 'RR' and it's short, no kidding

Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:37:05 AM

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TEA!!! MUST HAVE TEA!!!

Okay, not that bad today, just practicing. * pours an Irish Breakfast * coffee

Still wrestling with moon challenge ideas. Too many thoughts and most of them not compatible enough to be consolidated down as I sometimes do. Maybe I'll move on to the school challenge and give space a rest.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:46:45 AM

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I have a pot of lovely Assam tea, if anyone wishes to partake of it. It's quite delicate, just right for the afternoon, but I hope there are biscuits somwhere, I'm all out of them here.

The rain is beating on the skylight at the moment, which is such a lovely sound. We've had months of no rain and heat and drought so this is a welcome change. Fall is setting in, my favourite time of year.





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



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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 6:29:00 AM

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Good afternoon, Gypsy. Good morning, Bill and Scott. I have a fresh pot of coffee brewing and all the tea drinkers are satisfied with their choices it would seem.

Just got a bit of rain while walking Victor. But it was out and quickly back in.

Yesterday was spent preparing to paint. Patching and filling and taping. Perhaps we will get a bit of actual painting done today.

I know where the Moon challenge story is going for me. Simply must find time to get it done.

flower



All I'm saying is you've never seen me crying and eating tacos at the same time.
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clapping Howdy folks
hello1
The weather is nice today!
Large sweet tea please... Slow getting moving today. Lots to do just not motivated



Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:26:18 AM

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Nice here, too. Fall-ish, to be sure, but sunny and not too cool. I've been moving at a pretty good pace so far but I know what you're saying, Sara. Sometimes it (energy, motivation, whatever) just ain't there. Afternoon so green tea time.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
Mendalla
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 11:28:42 AM

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gypsy wrote:
I have a pot of lovely Assam tea,


My tea shop has some varieties of Assam and I still haven't tried it, though I think I've had blends from them that includes Assam. Next lot, maybe. Given how much I bought this time, I should be good for tea until the end of the year, I think.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
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