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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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WON, I’m very sorry to hear the news on Sally. I had been so pleased over the possibility of “happily ever after”.

Mother and my daughter started their classes in preamble to being confirmed in the Episcopal/Anglican church. My DS and I went with them and we will do a “Reaffirmation” at their Confirmation. There were 47 people in the class this morning. After church mother, my daughter and I drove into the city to pick up food at a Greek/Middle Eastern restaurant. We had falafel, stuffed grape leaves, hummus baba ghanoush, and tabouli salad, pita bread and two kinds of stuffed olives. We were well into our meal when I noticed we were meatless. We had not missed it at all.

My mother in law did not attend the class with us this morning as she fell yesterday and had banged herself up badly. She said her knees gave way in the middle of her living room floor and she was on the floor for some time before she managed to get up. She did come to lunch and spent the afternoon. My DS says although she is stiff she is doing okay in her apartment but I worry. I am concerned that whatever caused her to fall will occur again. I’m concerned she did more damage that she thinks. In her mind if she becomes incapable of taking care of herself I am going to do it. I wasn’t able to spend 24/7 taking care of my own parents. I have to work. I have to see to the needs of my daughter and my mother. I can’t commit my life to taking care of her in my home.

I hope I am just panicking and borrowing trouble in my own mind.

ASTI, it is interesting that SAT testing in the USA is one of the two big college admission tests. Most universities accept you based on a combination of your SAT and/or ACT scores plus your grades, extracurricular activities, and letters of reference.

My daughter will be taking the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) tests this week. This will be her first test which will begin to allow us to see how she will probably test on the university admissions testing. Next week she has to take the Mississippi State tests which are more for the reputation of the school than for her. Of course, the pressure is being placed on them to do especially well on the state test so the school looks good in comparison to the other schools in the district and the state.

ASTI, I will keep your children in my heart this week. Please do the same for mine.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 11, 2014, 09:08 PM report to moderator
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Happy Mother’s Day to all our Leaky mothers!!

Asti – our testing was done in March. We call them ISATS. We now wait for the results. We are a poor district so our results are always below the state standards.

Won – is it bad that I feel saddened by your news about Sally??

LadyHawke – you were the rock and inspiration for dealing with my MIL troubles. I understand you completely.

Posted by Madame Minerva on May 11, 2014, 11:00 PM report to moderator
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We are continuing to have large chunks of time without internet access, it is very frustrating. Both of us do a lot of living online.

Posted by Graymayne on May 12, 2014, 05:18 AM report to moderator
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Happy (day after) Mother’s Day to Leaky Mothers! I hope yall were spoiled by your families.

This is exam week for us and I am in grading jail. SOOOOOO behind! Eeeek!

Posted by Dr. LEW on May 12, 2014, 10:10 AM report to moderator
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Won So sorry to hear the news about you and Sally. I hoped things would go well but since you are the only one who knows the whole picture, I will trust your judgment.

I went to Beth’s for Mother’s day brunch. Did I write this befor? Jennifer and Beth cooked our breakfast meal of biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and fried potatoes. It was so good. After brunch we went shopping. Beth is going on a honeymoon trip. I was able to keep up with them during our shopping trip. Beth did say Jennifer needed to go with me to buy trecking shoes? Did I say that right? Shoes to wear when we are doing trail walking. They decided that I was doing good enough to walk the trails with them.

They surprised me with a large mother’s day card they had made themselves. They made it like scrapbooking. It took me a little while to get the message. They have paid for us to go ziplining at a near place. So I have to really get myself in shape sooner than I had anticpated. I really need to be able to walk up an incline so I can get to the start of the zipline place. That is why I am going to start walking with them on their trail course runs/walk. I won’t be running but I will be walking. Lol They made me take off my wedge sandles while we were shopping. Good thing I had brought another pair in case my feet got tired. They said they did not want my foot to turn while we were shopping. They are looking forward to us all ziplining together!!!

Posted by Cool G on May 12, 2014, 01:47 PM report to moderator
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CoolG I had to Google zip line:/ I doubt that I would at any time in my life have been brave enough to use one except in a life-threatening emergency.

Today we took delivery of a matching pair of wooden garden chairs with a five-position backrest and fold-up storage. We had three made of plastic before but one by one they deteriorated in the outdoor conditions and broke. I found them on Amazon but needed my DS to help me eliminate those that would not be suitable. I am glad to say that they are as handsome as the photos had led me to believe and very comfortable. All I need now is some sunshine and comfortable temperatures.

Lady Hawke I have never eaten in a Greek restaurant, pitta bread I have no great liking for and I dislike olives, lol. Each to his own. Oh, I like greek yoghurt to help me eat spicy food, but hot spices are just not to my taste.

Posted by Graymayne on May 12, 2014, 02:36 PM report to moderator
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POOF!! Well, surprise, surprise! Miss Hagrid just aparated over here :)

I will be getting home Internet tomorrow morning (am tethering via my phone at the moment, but will have cable Internet) and hope to catch up on a bit of news from my Leaky friends starting then (how I’ve missed keeping in touch with you all). I’ll be glad to have a good connection on my computer without having to leave home in search of wifi and also not have to rely solely on my phone for Internet (ever tried reading/posting poll comments on a phone screen? Hello, eye strain, lol.).

Now that I’m (finally) settled into my own apartment and am not doing anywhere near as much volunteer work as I used to, I’m finding that I like being at home as much as possible when I’m not at work. Well, I’d better get back to tidying up. I’ll plan on aparating over here again soon.

Posted by Miss Hagrid on May 12, 2014, 02:47 PM report to moderator
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Thanks for the update Miss Hagrid.

Posted by ironsos on May 12, 2014, 03:21 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

Todays tests seem to have gone well. Son has a day off tomorrow, daughter has two papers. Lady Hawke, of course I will. I am sure she will do herself credit, and I hope she is not too stressed by it all.
MM, we are lucky enough to be in very good schools in a well off part of the UK…..though the well off bit does not extend to my household, lol. But my kids schools have a superb reputation, and have above average results. Which is one of the reasons why the teachers are putting so much pressure on my daughter and her peers!

Miss Hagrid, it is lovely to see you here, and to know that things are looking up. I am aware of your travails through FB; I am glad the new apartment is feeling like home.

CoolG, your Mothers Day sounds lovely, and your adventurous plans sound fun! I think it’s great that your daughters want you to do this with them, and the exercise will be beneficial, and may well help with your memory issues. Have fun. xx

Hi LEW!!!!!!

Posted by asti on May 12, 2014, 04:02 PM report to moderator
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ASTI, thank you, I’m glad the first day of testing went well for your children. They started off test week with a field day, meaning they ran wild outside and came home sunburned and exhausted. I really wonder what the school was thinking. My daughter came in, covered her face and arms in aloe vera gel and collapsed in bed. I’m certain she is not the only one excessively sun baked. Tomorrow probably won’t be a very happy day.

ASTI, I know what you mean about good schools in well off areas. My daughter’s school is considered to be one of the most privileged in the state; they are reviled as the “rich kids” by other students in the county and the county is reviled as “those rich people” by the other counties in the state. Somehow we have managed to avoid the rich moniker ourselves.

MISS HAGRID, it is so good to see you. I hope since you are settled and committing to spending more time at home you will come visit regularly again. I knew you had found a place but didn’t know when you moved or how well you had settled in.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 12, 2014, 08:47 PM report to moderator
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Morning Again! See if this one posts.

Posted by Cool G on May 13, 2014, 08:55 AM report to moderator
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LEW- I always tell my profs it’s the revenge we get for making us do so much work. I usually throw that line in after “A final? but wouldn’t you rather spend quality time with your family than grade?” doesn’t work.

Posted by Adella Black_1975 on May 13, 2014, 02:54 PM report to moderator
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All Deborah Harkness fans Go to her website where you can get a link to the first chapter of her final book, The Book of Life. I read it this morning.

Posted by Graymayne on May 13, 2014, 05:18 PM report to moderator
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I’m going to whisper this. I wish I remembered how to whisper. There is just the teensie tiniest chance I might be in London in June 2016. We went to my daughter’s school this evening to attend a meeting about a planned trip to Europe two years from now. The trip lands in Amsterdam, moves on to Brussels, then to Paris and then to London. We plan to send my daughter. Her trust should be set up in the next two months. The tour gives high school credit. So, we might be able to petition a judge to rule that her trust pay for this educational expense. If her trip is paid for we may try to send me to accompany her. The trips are being paid for on a monthly payment plan for the next two years. I would not have any flexibility of travel. I would be in London but if this happens I am already having fantasies that someone might come to London to see me.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 13, 2014, 08:43 PM report to moderator
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I read the chapter as well. I’m do glad she cleared up the mystery of what happened to Emily so quickly. I like the unexpected, additional cast. The chess pieces have just been rearranged but they are still in play.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 13, 2014, 10:23 PM report to moderator
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I read the chapter as well. I’m do glad she cleared up the mystery of what happened to Emily so quickly. I like the unexpected, additional cast. The chess pieces have just been rearranged but they are still in play.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 13, 2014, 10:23 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke I thought it was a clever way to present Emily’s death without it detracting from the main focus on the main couple, yet at the same time introducing the sense of time having passed in the present during their absence. A nice appetiser.

Posted by Graymayne on May 14, 2014, 04:53 AM report to moderator
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Well, the fiance and I just put in an offer on a house last night. I think I just bought a house to procrastinate grading…

Posted by Dr. LEW on May 14, 2014, 08:35 AM report to moderator
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Adella, comments like that just make us angrier, because it makes us realize how masochistic we really are. I’m regretting a lot of assignment and grading decisions (in addition to taking on an extra class this term). It has not been fun. One of my students told me yesterday that he took great pleasure in submitting his 4000 word paper yesterday because he thought that now we have to spend all the time reading and grading. I told him I was docking him a letter grade for that comment.

Posted by Dr. LEW on May 14, 2014, 08:37 AM report to moderator
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I have just moved her first two books to my Kindel Fire. I will start reading them again so I can remember it for the new book. I should wait to read the first chapter until after that since right now I can’t remember who Emily is.

It is storming here today. The dogs are sleeping instead of being right under my feet. Strange that they don’t realize it is lightening. Spoke too soon. Bridgett had been downstairs but suddendly wanted upstairs. Luckily the door was open.

Lady Hawke That is good news. Hope everything pans out in your favor.

Posted by Cool G on May 14, 2014, 09:11 AM report to moderator
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CoolG Emily was the partner of Diana’s Aunt Sarah. They lived in the Bishop family farmstead.

Posted by Graymayne on May 14, 2014, 10:56 AM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, that sounds like it would be a great trip – I hope it works out!

Posted by Dr. LEW on May 14, 2014, 11:45 AM report to moderator
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Graymayne Thanks. I do remember her now.

We are under a tornado watch today. Funny it is rainy and not too hot so it is not really tornado conditions. Maybe it is in other counties.

I forgot to pay my car insurance. I went online to do it since I did not want to drive until it was paid. I usually put the insurance form in front of the keyboard so I won’t forget it. It is not something that is paid every month so is not something I would think of paying. Thank goodness for instant paying online.

Posted by Cool G on May 14, 2014, 01:08 PM report to moderator
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Cool G: Is it possible to put your recurring bills on auto pay? That is how I pay mine as so to not worry
about making a payment. When I receive my soc-sec I deduct all the auto pays so I know how
much I have for the rest of the month.

Had a great gluten and carb free breakfast..,a bowl of bacon.

Posted by ironsos on May 14, 2014, 02:56 PM report to moderator
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DR LEW, is the house newer or older than the places you have been living? I’m fairly certain you have gone for larger. What style house is it? The seniors at the high school where my daughter will attend are having their exams next Thursday and Friday and are graduating Friday evening. I wonder how those teachers are going to get that grading done and the grades turned in that day.

I had to renew my driver’s license today. I was disappointed to find I could not renew online two times in a row so I had to go to the DMV. Happily, I found I could renew for eight years instead of just four. So, it will be a long while before I have to go back for a new license as next time I can renew online. I hope I can do eight years online. That would mean no trips to the DMV for sixteen years.

I’m also having to choose an attorney to administer my daughter’s education fund. Since I am the executor of my father’s will I feel up to my neck in attorneys.

It is very rainy and quite cold here today for middle May, only 57 F (13.8 C) at 2:40 PM. I have had my mother out to the grocery with both of us in raincoats.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 14, 2014, 03:41 PM report to moderator
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Lady Hawke, the house is older than the one we’re in now. I think it was built in 1934; it’s a bungalo. It’s smaller than the one we’re in now, but with a much better layout (the one we’re in now has a basement, but there were different renters down there). 4 bed, 2 bath. The upstairs is finished very nicely, the basement is finished, but needs work. That will happen over the next couple of years, hopefully. Lots of storage, back yard – partially fenced. Front porch, back deck.

As for graduation and grading, often graduation takes place before grades are due. Our graduate graduation is Friday adn undergraduate is Saturday, but grades aren’t due until Monday. Graduation is just a ceremony, it’s really all about that stamp on the official degree statement from the registrar – that gets held back until everything is officially done.

Posted by Dr. LEW on May 14, 2014, 04:06 PM report to moderator
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Good evening!

The exams continue…….it’s daughter’s last day tomorrow, a full day of Maths. She is tired and stressy. Son is coping well, but he has a few weeks to go. Son’s exams count as points towards uni entry; he feels the two he has sat so far have gone well.

LEW, congratulations to you and your fiance! The house sounds lovely. You certainly procrastinate in style. xx

Lady Hawke, if you are gong to be in London in two years time, I’ll be there waiting for you.

Ironsos, I express my admiration for your take on healthy eating guidelines.

Posted by asti on May 14, 2014, 04:26 PM report to moderator
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Tomorrow is math for my daughter as well. She is stressed about it and has gone to bed at 6:15 PM. She says she cannot study for it. Their text books have already been taken up. So, she feels the only thing she can do to help herself is to get plenty of sleep. I think I had it wrong. These are the state tests that are really for the teachers and the schools. Next week are the PSATs, the precursors to the college boards.

ASTI, thank you. As I said it is only the tiniest of chances. We have to see how the financing goes and the mature, rational part of me is already saying it is irresponsible of me to so desperately want to make a trip when I know there are things we more desperately need here at home.

Posted by Lady Hawke on May 14, 2014, 07:18 PM report to moderator
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I want this house!!!!!!!!!!!!

https://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces/-35-million—star-trek—mansion-goes-boldly-indeed-185440519.html

Posted by ironsos on May 14, 2014, 08:49 PM report to moderator
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Meh. I actually want to live in my house…

Posted by Dr. LEW on May 14, 2014, 11:05 PM report to moderator
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