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Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
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The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
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Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
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I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
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HAPPY HALLOWEEN and HAPPY SAMHAIN!

I have to take my father to the cardiologist but after that it will be all about preparing for my daughter to come home from school and put her in her costume.

Last night I put about 15 feathers in her hair with the little hair extension rings. Yes, ASTI, she went to school with 15 feathers semi permanently clamped in her hair.

When she arrives home I’ll have to help her into her costume and cover it with a big towel and then do her makeup and finish her hair.

We still haven’t carved a pumpkin so I suppose I will have to do a quick and dirty job and do a very basic jack-o-lantern face.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 31, 2012, 09:26 AM report to moderator
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The HMS Bounty crew member who was fished out of the ocean in an unresponsive condition was dead. As it turns out her name was Claudine Christian. She was a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian, the Sailing Master who lead the mutiny against Bligh.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 31, 2012, 09:31 AM report to moderator
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Going to be a warm Halloween here. 75(23.8C)

Posted by ironsos on October 31, 2012, 12:38 PM report to moderator
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Gosh, I’ve had trouble getting in here tonight! I have no confidence that this is going to post, but never mind, I don’t have much to say!

I hope you’re all having fun for your hallowe’en, and/or Samhain. We had a couple of young neighbours knock on the door.

My DS and son are watching a horror film, which I am trying very hard to ignore. But I am tired, and am finding it hard to concentrate on my book. I am working overtime again tomorrow. Christmas approaches.

Lady Hawke, I told my daughter about the 15 feathers. She gave me a pretty detailed description of what her Headmistress would say if she turned up with 15 feathers in her hair! Do you have any pictures you could post?

Posted by asti on October 31, 2012, 06:31 PM report to moderator
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Oooh, it posted!

Posted by asti on October 31, 2012, 06:32 PM report to moderator
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A rather belated Happy Samhain or Happy Halloween to all. We had a very muted day today because we didn’t go out for lunch as we usually do. My gout was threatening to be troublesome so we stayed home and I made a beef stew for our evening meal. I updated my festive bracelet then forgot to wear it, but I did light my terracotta pumpkin with a tealight and placed it on the hearth.

I was nodding off whilst I was watching an interesting programme on TV so I had better nip off to bed.

Posted by Graymayne on October 31, 2012, 07:36 PM report to moderator
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We had well over 300, maybe 400, Trick or Treaters tonight. This neighborhood has always been good and it is building. It is now on an announced list of the best Trick or Treat neighborhoods in the city. People are coming from other towns. There were even decorated horse and riders tonight in addition to the lighted flat bed trailer floats.

I am very tired. I couldn’t allow my daughter to Trick or Treat alone with her friend with so much traffic and so many strangers. She has always been far too young before but now it is like a night time carnival. For every child there were at least two or more adults.People make parties of it. So, there were probably around 2000 extra people on the loop through our neighborhood tonight. Traffic was lined up down the main road to get into our neighborhood.

Posted by Lady Hawke on October 31, 2012, 10:26 PM report to moderator
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GRAYMAYNE, can you postpone your celebration meal a few days until you are feeling better or do you view the opportunity as lost? I’m sorry the day was a let down for you.

AS yesterday I devoted to my father’s cardiologist appointment and the preparations for the evening I did not take my mother to do her shopping. So, today I am having my Wednesday on Thursday.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 01, 2012, 07:50 AM report to moderator
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KOREY posted this on Facebook but I want to make sure those of you who are not on Facebook see it.

http://images.businessweek.com/ss/05/11/egreetings/image/01.swf

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 01, 2012, 09:51 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke That is so cute! ;)

I am surprised that Leaky was even up the past two days. They used to be located in New York. I’m not sure if they still are there or not. ;)

Happy late Halloween and Samhain!! ;)

Posted by Deanie on November 01, 2012, 10:08 AM report to moderator
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I have no will to stand up. I must go get in the car and pick my mother up.

It was one of those mornings I woke up with a headache. I went to bed uncomfortable and I must have slept on my pillow wrong. All I want to do is sit here and drool.

Still, off I go. Have a good day and I’ll check in once I return.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 01, 2012, 10:52 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke I am always happy to find an excuse to eat a delicious meal so I think next week will offer another opportunity. I did have one treat yesterday which I forgot to mention, I found some Yorkshire Parkin ginger cake in our local supermarket. It was darker than usual but a good flavour.

This morning my eldest neice phoned to say that her father only had a few hours to live. He is in a nursing home following a stroke in September which didn’t exactly help his Altzheimers disease. She also remembered to tell me that her younger sister was divorced a couple of years ago which left me rather gobsmacked, I had no idea. You can tell that we don’t exactly keep in touch except for appropriate greetings cards.

Posted by Graymayne on November 01, 2012, 11:01 AM report to moderator
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A belated Happy Halloween to everyone! There were less trick or treaters last night in our neighborhood. Parents around here are rather hesitant to let their kids out on a school night. The usual 50 or more kids we get has trickled down by almost half. Still, it was quite nice to see all the little cuties. The usual bigger or older ones didn’t come…find them funny when they get all excited about the treats or tricks.

Gotta go, cleaning day.

Posted by Josephine on November 01, 2012, 11:11 AM report to moderator
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I had no trick or treaters at my house :-( but it did mean that I ate 4 mini chocolate bars and have a tonne more waiting for my in the fridge :-) yum yum. Normally we get a large number of children in the local area, but it was pouring down with rain yesterday and I didnt get home until 8.15 as I had to drive back from Cambridge and then go to my book club so I think i missed them.

I did 5,000 words on my NanoWrimo project last night – I am flying ahead and feel quite pleased with myself.

Posted by Wolfie on November 01, 2012, 04:58 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

I am looking forward to a quiet day off tomorrow. Work is busy busy busy.

I am all alone again. DS and son have gone to watch the new James Bond film. Daughter and I had a lot of fun. She was telling me the meanings behind some of the HP names, and I remembered a page on……. Gasp…… Mugglenet that lists the origins of all the character names. I have a feeling she will be spending an awful amount of time investigating.

Lady Hawke, that is an extraordinary amount of trick or treaters! It must have cost you a fortune in goodies to give away. Do the escorting adults dress up too? It must have been an exhausting night.

MM, how are you??

Posted by asti on November 01, 2012, 05:03 PM report to moderator
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Oooooh, well done, Wolfie, both on the word count and the chocolate stash! And I will get back to you soon.

Posted by asti on November 01, 2012, 05:04 PM report to moderator
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Hello asti no problems about getting back to me. I can wait. I know you’re busy :-) I have another friend beta reading for me as well and she came back with a very positive email yesterday. . . obviously at first I was delighted and now I keep analysing it to see if I can drill down and understand whether it was a polite, trying to be nice positive or a real positive. . . .(lemon will be rolling her eyes at this comment and telling me to stop over analysing).

I hope you have a good day off tommorow.

Posted by Wolfie on November 01, 2012, 05:55 PM report to moderator
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oooh and I just had another mini chocolate bar yum yum yum

Posted by Wolfie on November 01, 2012, 05:57 PM report to moderator
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Thanks Wolfie, and again, I’m sorry it’s taking me so long. And don’t over analise!
I have discovered that my stash of left over mini chocolate bars has been diminished considerably by the kids being at home all day. I have gone off my children a bit.

Posted by asti on November 01, 2012, 06:36 PM report to moderator
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you’ve gone off your children a bit!!!!!! if they where mine I would have taken them out in the countryside far from the house and made them walk home . . in the rain. That’ll teach ’em ;-)

hehehehe

Posted by Wolfie on November 01, 2012, 06:49 PM report to moderator
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They’ve attacked the biscuit tin too…………

Posted by asti on November 01, 2012, 07:16 PM report to moderator
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honestly asti its times like this when you need to take a leaf out of the Dursleys book and use the cupboard under the stairs . . or send them to auntie wolfie for a week because she’ll feed them nothing but bread and water

Posted by Wolfie on November 01, 2012, 07:26 PM report to moderator
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A serious design problem in my house means that what would usually be The Cupboard Under the Stairs is, in fact, the bathroom. With a non functioning toilet, but I suppose that is beside the point!
I’ll stick them on a coach tomorrow. And buy more biscuits.
They don’t know about the Wagon Wheels in my locker at work though, heehee.

Posted by asti on November 01, 2012, 07:32 PM report to moderator
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Asti – I went to work today and almost made it through the day without much pain. It was 30 minutes before quitting time when the pain was bad and I needed some Vicodin. I asked for permission to leave and came home to take the Vicodin. I made it most of the day on Ibuprofen only. I have been resting and the Vicodin took care of the pain. So I’m okay. Now I’m sleepy. :(

If I konk out early that is the reason.

LadyHawk I saw the pictures you posted of the feathers for LittleHawke on FaceBook. Nice job!

Posted by Madame Minerva on November 01, 2012, 07:53 PM report to moderator
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Yes, ASTI, the accompanying adults were almost all costumed. We have two large temporary Halloween shops in our community, stocked 80% with adult costumes, 10% children’s costumes and 10% decorations. There are many of these shops throughout the metropolitan area. Our two sit across the street from each other. The costumes are quite expensive for the quality of what you get. Most are sized in S, M and L. Some are One Size Fits Most. Some are in XL sizes. There are some restricted areas which display crude costuming (very crude costuming). Most of the adult female costumes throughout the shops tend to be “sexy” versions of whatever. I will go in and purchase cosmetics, eyelashes and accessories but I’ve never been tempted by one of the costumes. I can do better on my own.

We hardly have any candy left. My DS was trying to conserve it to last the night and ended up with a handful of pieces left over. We gave out three enormous, wholesale club size sacks of candy.

We have a cupboard under the stairs but I don’t believe it is deep enough for even a small boy to sleep in. It is entered from the tall end instead of the side so they took several good feet off the length. My previous home had a very large cupboard under the stairs. It was the closet in the full service guest bathroom. It was completely large enough to have served as sleeping and living space. There were shelves for linens but there was room for a mattress and allowed us a place to hide during storms as a family.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 01, 2012, 08:07 PM report to moderator
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MM, I’m assuming you are going to try to go tomorrow. Use good judgement and leave again if you are too uncomfortable.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 01, 2012, 09:59 PM report to moderator
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My uncle was transported back to the hospital from the nursing home/rehab facility. The verdict is he has a bladder infection which has made him very ill.

I was looking at the visiting hour regulations for the hospital in which he is staying and noted children under 12 years are only allowed in for 15 minute visits. My daughter had to stay at the hospital with me and her grandparents for hours at a time when she was much, much younger than 12.

The hospital where I am on committee and currently take all my sick people has no posted visiting hours for the private rooms. One may visit 24 hours day and there is no restriction on the number of visitors in the private rooms. The emergency department allows two people in the treatment room with the patient but we regularly have three people in the room when we go. I have to go in with my mother and father and if I am there and my daughter is not in school she is in the treatment area as well. I can’t leave a 12 year old in the waiting room alone.

I thought to look at visiting rules in the UK and was a bit surprised to see very limited visiting hours, maybe 90 minutes in the afternoon and another 90 minutes at night. Then, I noticed there were references to wards and realized they were not talking about private rooms. Then, I started reading articles about the controversy of private rooms vs wards/bays.

I have never been in a hospital that had anything other than a private room. I know some hospitals used to have semi private rooms with two beds but I have never been in or visited anyone who was in anything other than a private room. The hospitals around here have nothing but private rooms.

I was interested in the debates between nurses and the research on the pros and cons of private rooms vs wards in terms of patient safety and nursing efficiency, etc. I realize the style of nursing would have to change if one were to convert from one style of hospital to another.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 02, 2012, 10:05 AM report to moderator
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Oh, and a the hospital where I am on committee, parents who are patients may have their small children stay with them, even overnight, if they wish. The mindset is to accommodate the needs and preferences of individual families. If you are in the hospital and have nowhere for your child to be they can stay with you.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 02, 2012, 10:08 AM report to moderator
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I have just caught up. I didn’t realize that I hadn’t been on for a few days. I have been busy reading until my Kendil started shutting itself off. I didn’t know what the problem was. I got on the internet and found someone complaining about the new Kendil Fire Shutting off when the cover is on. Well I knew that I had put my cover on more securely. I took the cover off and put it back on the way it usually was. It quit shutting itself off. I have also put a kleenix between it and the back so it has a little room for air. So far so good.

My daughter had to start over house hunting. The owners of the house she wanted wouldn’t accept an offer on the house until they had confirmation her loan was ok. By the time she got the confiration, they took another offer the same day as hers. She has found another house that is close to the schools. It is more money but is a newer house and is in a more populated area. So she will be with me for a few more weeks until the closing.

I am afraid Halloween came and went this year without me realising it. The shows on TV during the day were mostly reruns so I didn’t realize it was Halloween until later that night. I had been out and about but just never realized the date. It is a good thing I don’t have trick or treaters anymore since I didn’t buy any candy at all. I did go out to get some but forgot about getting it so came home without any. Lol

I want to go shoe shopping but I am waiting to see if my check is deposited in the bank on time this month. If it is, then I am going to buy some new dress boots/shoes for this winter. Jen came home with a pair she got from her friend. I liked them so well, that I got on the internet to find a pair. I found them at a couple of stores that I can go to. I want to try them on before I purchase them is why I need to go to a store to get them. Otherwise, I would just buy a pair on line. These were a soft leather and come in a narrow width. I don’t need one but I might try to get a purse in the same soft leather and color.

Mistic Willow did not have any problems from the hurricane. She didn’t have any wind damage, water damage, and her electric did not go out. I talked to her on Halloween and meant to come on to say something.

Posted by Cool G on November 02, 2012, 10:48 AM report to moderator
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When my MIL had her first cataract surgery, it was done under general anesthesia and she stayed in the hospital overnight. She was in a semi-private room. This worked out well, since I was the person who stayed with her. The daughter of her roommate was there, too. It allowed each of us a chance to go get a drink or snack or just a break while the other one watched both women. My MIL did not respond well to general anesthetic, she spent most of the night out of her head and feeling sick. Someone really had to be there to call the nurses, since she was not able to find the call button in her condition. Her second cataract surgery was outpatient under local anesthesia and went much better. ;)

When I had my tonsils out I was 19. Children who were getting the same procedure were in six-bed wards, but because of my age, I was in a semi-private room, but I did not have a roommate. I was in private rooms for both knee replacements. ;)

When my DS had the large polyp removed (along with about 8 or 9 inches of colon), he was in a private room. Unfortunately his room was not in the post-operative wing, it was in the terminal cancer wing. The social worker thought he was in “denial” when he said he would be going home after a couple of days. ;)

Posted by Deanie on November 02, 2012, 01:10 PM report to moderator
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