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Old 02-27-2008, 08:08 PM   #681
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Good Day everyone!

Its been ages since I've been by here. Good to see some old names as well as some new ones!

News here is life has changed drasticly over the last few years. Shortly after the time I helped start the 'Lingering Darkness' RP, I had to basicly retire from it due to a deteriorating domestic situation. Since then, the kids are grown, with my youngest graduating from high school this June, and I've seperated, tried reconciling, then gotten divorced. Now I'm together with an old friend who used to post here as Elora. This year I've moved from the Pacific Northwest to Brisbane, Australia and am currently jumping through immigration hoops. Everything is looking good, and life is good! I have a lot of back-reading to do I guess , but maybe everyone could post a summary of how they're doing?

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Old 02-28-2008, 03:32 AM   #682
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Hi there, Snowdog! Good to hear from you again. I do hope you'll be able to adjust well to your new situation - never too late to teach an old (Snow)dog new tricks, eh?! Please do say "hi" to Elora.

I'm still around and active; we're doing a re-run of the Chapter-by-Chapter LotR discussions, so you might enjoy joining us there. There's also a discussion of the BBC dramatization going on, with Brian Sibley visiting to tell us about his experiences producing it.

In real life Tolkien community goings-on, I'm preparing a lecture on the musical instruments of Middle-earth for the German Tolkien Society's seminar in April - a fascinating topic, though there is very little research material on it.

As to private interests, well, I'm practicing piano for a concert in November and have begun sewing a new quilt wall hanging. No need for me to "get a life" - I think I have several of them, but unfortunately I didn't get multiple allocations of the 24 hours each of them needs...
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:46 AM   #683
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So Esty, how did the piano concert go?

Any other greybeards out there?

I'm pondering doing the forest-themed interior decorating I always wanted to do. If I can't actually have a flet I want to pretend I'm in (or on) one by all the leaves and branches surrounding me.

Snowdog, I and my ranger-husband and our two hobbits are doing quite well. My sister Raefindel is around, and planning to come east (WOOT WOOT!!!) and she and I will spend some girl-time. Er, elf-lady time. I do think of myself as a hobbit, but with such fallohidish blood I fool myself sometimes into thinking I'm a short elf. If that sounds a bit confused, my husband would agree with you...

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Old 12-23-2008, 11:39 AM   #684
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Dear me, what a nap we have had in here! So much has happened in the meantime.

My concert went well, Helen - thanks for asking! The lecture on music in Middle-earth has turned into a book project which I will be co-editing in the coming year. And I will be moving my rocking chair and all other belongings to a new location, so it will be awhile before I have time to sit down and relax again - though I plan to do so during the holidays, at least occasionally.

How are all of you spending the holidays? Gathering your family 'round the hearth?
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:04 PM   #685
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Hello, my friends!

We had planned for family at my home for the Holiday but I'm afraid the weather may play a hand in previnting it.

It is as bad here as the Fell Winter of 2911! Indeed, I fear that since the creek has frozen, White Wolves may come across! I have my bow handy, just in case!
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:06 PM   #686
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Hullo !

Hullo, Miss Rae and all ! Hope you all are well !
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:24 PM   #687
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Hail and wellmet, Samwise!

How are you? What are you up to?

I've set aside my trowel and exchanged my garden gloves for warmer gloves for the season.

We are experiencing what they are calling a "Historic Storm". I've had up to 18' of snow this week and was just out shoveling my way to the mailbox ,rather pointlessly, as the mailcarrier hasn't come in days.
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:35 PM   #688
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Mae Govannen, Miss Rae ! Well, I am jobless at the moment, lost one job then got another and quit it to get a job with more hours, then lost THAT job. Sigh. Just finished a Psychology 1A class (and got an A !! Whoo HOO!) Will be taking more classes in January. Selling things on Ebay, and trying to get back into my counted cross stitch. Also enjoying a second nephew. My nephew Chris is 3 (August 23) and Niko just turned 1 (October 23). My mother and I watch Niko 1 and 1/2 days a week. He is into EVERYTHING !!! Positively keeps this old Hobbit running !
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:15 PM   #689
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Yes, you sent me Pics of the nephews. That's GREAT! Very handsome boys.

Sorry to hear about the job. I started working last year; was a stay-at-home mom for 14 years before that.
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:59 PM   #690
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VIsited the hospital today. Friend of mine named Todd just had a stroke. He needs his speech & also his right side to start working again. He has a wife and two boys: 1 high school, 1 college. Great guy. Since I see a couple of prayer warriors: he could use prayer.

I'm singing "What Child is This" solo tomorrow night. I was supposed to sing Jesu Bambino but I changed it at the last minute... the other one just wasn't sitting right.

Sam, congrats on your A in psych class!

How hard is it to sell things on ebay...?
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:03 PM   #691
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Hullo, there. Sorry to hear about your friend. Will certainly pray. It's not too hard to sell on ebay. I've been doing it for several years. You win money sometimes and you lose some sometimes....those folks who say they "Make millions on ebay!" are far and few between if they exist at all...
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:04 PM   #692
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Of Course We'll pray!

Best wishes on the solo!
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:05 PM   #693
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Yes, I'm sure you'll do well. I used to enjoy singing solos in church.
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:16 PM   #694
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Thanks! What are your holiday plans? We're going to head for the midwest..
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:17 AM   #695
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Despite the fact that everyone has cancelled plans to come, I can say that we are all well and happy and will have a Merry Christmas anyway.

I feel sorry for my sister; she's snowed-in, alone in her tiny cabin, probablly crying.

Have a safe drive, Hellen.

Merry Christmas everyone!
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:03 PM   #696
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...and a happy New Year.

I am waxing nostalgic for some of the good old threads with the good old downers, and am tempted to go digging into aome archives. SO I thought I'd toss this one out:

For fun reading, here on the downs, what are your favorite old threads?
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:59 PM   #697
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I am waxing nostalgic for some of the good old threads with the good old downers... For fun reading, here on the downs, what are your favorite old threads?
*cough* nobody has ANY?

Well, I like the lembas threads and the seasonal threads and... and... where's my rocker? Who took my rocker???

I guess I'll have some sleepytime tea, and discuss this with my pillow.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:39 PM   #698
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I am waxing nostalgic for some of the good old threads with the good old downers... For fun reading, here on the downs, what are your favorite old threads?
*cough* nobody has ANY?

Well, I like the lembas threads and the seasonal threads and... and... where's my rocker? Who took my rocker???

I guess I'll have some sleepytime tea, and discuss this with my pillow.
Gosh, I must have missed this while sipping on my Christmas punch or egg nog. (It definitely wasn't that mediocre tonic for iron poor blood that the doctors keep pushing on us old geezers.)

One of my favourite oldies was a goodie brought to us by She of The Blessed Long Name Easily Foreshortened Hobbit Sex Ed

*rocks a lil faster on her rocker thinking of the old time shenanigans and then gits up and offers a go-round to mark*
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:05 PM   #699
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Agree Bethberry,

Maril's thread was inspired, beautifully written and achingly LOL-inducing!

A few that I often think of

The light in Frodo's face

Coffee!

Linguistic Puns, Riddles and Jokes in LoTR etc.

Of course the Epic Chapter by Chapter

also 'It feels different near the Shire' (my search-fu is weak)

For sheer 'awwwww' value Lalwende and Davem announce their engagement

And for the terrible guilty pleasure of looking at my favourite own post (off-colour though it be) Waste systems in Middle Earth
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Oh Boy, these are going to take me a while to read, I'm mean re-read.

Helen, don't you remember? We busted up your rocker and made walking sticks for our hike last summer and mine we made into a fire and roasted marshmallows over it. Well, OK, we tried, it was raining and we huddled in the Park Ranger's tent and ate our meager lunches.
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Sorry for the lack of response - my rocker has changed its location since my last post. It's also pushed up to a computer screen, where I am finding out that producing a book is definitely more time-consuming than reading one!

Nonetheless, two of my favourite threads occur to me; here they are for your reading enjoyment:

If LotR had been written by someone else?
The One Ring?
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Locating the thread for Rumil: Littlemanpoet started it.

'It feels different near the Shire' http://forum.barrowdowns.com/showthread.php?t=5990
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Oh Boy, these are going to take me a while to read, I'm mean re-read.

Helen, don't you remember? We busted up your rocker and made walking sticks for our hike last summer and mine we made into a fire and roasted marshmallows over it. Well, OK, we tried, it was raining and we huddled in the Park Ranger's tent and ate our meager lunches.
No Rocker?!? No Rocker?!?

*looks about for somebody sleeping in their rocker, so she can dump them onto the floor and sit down, but everyone is now suspiciously awake*

Maybe I'll just knock somebody out with my walking stick.
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No Worries, I"ve had new ones made and they're waiting in my yard, facing the creek, of course.

The kettle is on and the Elf is lonely for her friend.
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"Frodo's Sacrifice"

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The Bridge at Khazad-Dum was always one of my favorites.

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Blast from the past with that Bridge thread, Mith -- that was a fun one!

Besides the ones mentioned, I'll add:

This post by Marileangorifurnimalium in Find your best location in Middle-earth. Most of the rest of the thread is talk about one of BW's site gadgets, but this post by Maril is a side-splitter. How I miss her! She was a treasure and no mistake.

Burglary, Pockets, and the Hobbit is a short but fun sample of that old time dry Downs humor.

And how could I neglect Squatter's legendary Curious evening in Oxford? I can't! It's remarkable not only for the Squatter's nocturnal adventure in the boneyard, but also for the birth of Travest-o-technology®.
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Its been 2 years since I last posted here, and nearly a year since anybody posted here. Thought I'd raise the dead by saying 'g'Day!
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Snowdog! How have you been? What have you been up to?
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Hey Rae! Been working, trying to figure out life's next move, and the biggie, residency, is done! Having a cuppa at afternoon break-time right now.

How's Washington state??? Folks tell me they are having an early spring this year, compared to a late spring last year.
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WooHoo! Congratulations on the residency!

Yes, we basically had no winter. It's been 50-60 degrees.

Life's been changing for me. My oldest is out of school and working for the county. Makes more than I do. Two more to go, have two girls in Jr High.

My Mother-in-law, who was once the bane of my existence, is mellowing as she looses her faculties and we are adding on to the house to accommodate her.

But the best part is we're building me a craft room. I'm attempting to make it as Elven as I can.
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OOoohhhh an Elven craft room? Complete with forge to make rings???
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Yes! Exactly! The walls are green of course and I'm thinking of painting a cool tree on one.

Actually I was trying to think of a Tolkien quote to paint on the walls. Of course, above the entry it will have to say "Speak friend, and Enter". I've been thumbing through the books trying to think of something appropriate. Any thought would be appreciated.
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Rae, the one quote that I love best when it comes to crafts is "We put the thought of all that we love into all that we make." (spoken by an Elf in "Farewell to Lórien")
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:54 AM   #716
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Oh, I love that!

How have you been, Estelyn?
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I'm doing very well, Rae - thanks! The book Music in Middle-earth, to which I contributed a chapter as well as co-editing it and translating several of the essays, is now on the market. That leaves me with more time for other creative activities, mostly piano playing and quilt sewing - and for reading just for fun.

What will you be doing in your craft room?
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Old 03-11-2010, 04:22 PM   #718
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I'm a stamper (I make greeting cards) as well as theater props and backdrops.

I have a big Bible-time backdrop to get done and nowhere to work till my new shop is done.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:44 AM   #719
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I remember being impressed with your greeting cards, Rae. I think I saw one or two here, some time back.

And I join you on the set brigade. Just worked on a huge truck yesterday doing the detail work, and am sore for it today. Nothing like that kind of work out for your peace of mind though! Does make you wanted to create a new environment for yourself by painting the walls at home. Have fun decorating your room!
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Old 03-14-2010, 05:19 PM   #720
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Thank You, Hilde! I've got another week before I can start moving in and doing detail work.

I had no Idea you were a set designer, too. Cool!
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