Caturday

Dec. 19th, 2015 10:58 pm
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I have some other pics to post, probably tomorrow. But I had to post this one tonight.

Bella Christmas tree 1

Miss Belladonna Took would like to thank her humans for putting up a nice tree covered with lovely cat toys.

(We attached the tree to the beam in the ceiling above with cup hooks and bungee cords to avoid it being knocked over. During the day she just sits and stares and occasionally lightly bats at an ornament with her paw. But since we put it up a few days ago, we wake up to find several ornaments on the floor and the tree leaning at a precarious angle. But not, thank goodness, on the floor.)

Christmas

Dec. 25th, 2014 09:37 pm
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Well, I'm still not feeling completely up to snuff, but felt better enough to have a decent Christmas.

I did not make a big Christmas dinner. The ham we bought a month ago is still tucked away in the big freezer on the porch. But we did have steak and waffles (not homemade this year, since our waffle iron broke a few months back and we never got to replace it. While not as good as homemade, they weren't bad, especially accompanied by some nice NY strip steaks).

Things were smaller on the present front. I got the DH a new flannel shirt, a new Dremel moto-tool, and a Hot Logic Mini plus a converter so he can plug it in to his car.

I got four items from my wish list: The complete and unabridged audio books of The Silmarillion, the soundtrack for The Hobbit:TBO5A, and two books--Splintered Light by Verlyn Flieger and Walking With Frodo by Sara Arthur. (He also ordered me two other books, but they won't be in for another month, due to being out of stock.)

Best of all, we FINALLY got to go see The Hobbit:TBO5A! I have to say I was very pleased with the end result! I'm not going to go into any spoilery review type thing tonight, but just say that it was a worthy ending to something I had a few reservations about going in! And now I can finally read all those posts I've been avoiding for a week!

But probably not until tomorrow. I am still feeling under the weather, and so will be turning in now.

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate, and a fun day if you didn't!
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I signed up for Fandom Stocking over at DW.

My entry is HERE if anyone is interested. There are still a couple of days left to sign up! I noticed a couple of my frends there already.
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If anyone is interested, Sean Astin is co-starring in a Hallmark Christmas movie coming on right now:

Santa Switch!
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My thanks to the generous anonymous person who gave me some paid LJ time! Whoever you are (and you know who you are) (((((((((massive hugs)))))))))). Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
And here are some pet pics I've taken recently and just got uploaded!
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Fic rec!

Dec. 25th, 2010 12:27 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213 has posted a lovely seasonal story over at Many Paths to Tread, and it's HOBBITS! Specifically, Merry and Pippin, who meet a certain Elf in Rivendell just before the Quest. The three of them talk of their various holiday traditions: It's Inner Light.

Fic rec!

Dec. 25th, 2010 12:27 pm
dreamflower: (christmas wreath)
[livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213 has posted a lovely seasonal story over at Many Paths to Tread, and it's HOBBITS! Specifically, Merry and Pippin, who meet a certain Elf in Rivendell just before the Quest. The three of them talk of their various holiday traditions: It's Inner Light.
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Whew! Finally a chance to sit down and recap my holiday!

First of all: the lovely [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story I received! It's in the C.S. Lewis fandom, set in the last book of his Space trilogy, That Hideous Strength. It gives the backstory for Dr. Grace Ironwood, one of the inhabitants of the Fisher-King's household. The story is Still In My Pilgrimage, and while filling in Grace's tale, it also gives us a bit about some of the other people there, such as the Dimbles and Ivy Brown. It's a very introspective character study. If you have ever read THS it will resonate for you, but even if you are not familiar with the canon, there is a lot to admire in this lovely piece.

And my Christmas! The DH and I got a gift for the both of us-- a new scanner, printer, copier. It's one of the new Kodak ones, that uses less expensive ink.

He also gave me a very awesome gadget, if I can only get it to work-- there were no directions for it! But it is a Monteverde Invincia 4 GB USB Flash Drive Ballpoint Pen. I'm supposed to be able to write with it, and then upload what I write onto my computer…the jury is out as to whether I will be able to get it to work.

In addition, I got some other great things: the complete audio book set of LotR! 52 discs! and the boxed set of The History of The Hobbit and a copy of Letters From Father Christmas by JRRT. The latter is utterly charming! I think it is going to be a good deal of fun from what I can tell so far!

My son gave me Susan Boyle's new CD, I Dreamed a Dream. My word, she can *sing*!

Our day was very busy. We had our traditional brunch of steak and waffles, and then, contrary to our usual tradition, we cleaned house! The day before, our pastor came into the store to pick up a few groceries, and we talked. I found out that his wife had to go into the hospital again and his kids were with their grandparents, and he was alone on Christmas! So I impulsively invited him to join us for Christmas dinner! He came and we had a very nice dinner (ham and other traditional fixings) and a good visit with him. (If you should happen to think of it, send up a little prayer for his family. His wife has chronic health problems, and they just seem to get worse and worse, and they have two young kids.)

I haven't had a chance to peruse the other Yuletide fics yet, but I know my recipient liked the one I wrote, at least.

Well, now I'm going to try and see if I can get into AO3 and check out some of the other Yuletide stories!

I hope everyone on my flist had a lovely holiday! ((((((((((((((hugs to you all)))))))))))))))))
dreamflower: (christmas wreath)
Whew! Finally a chance to sit down and recap my holiday!

First of all: the lovely [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story I received! It's in the C.S. Lewis fandom, set in the last book of his Space trilogy, That Hideous Strength. It gives the backstory for Dr. Grace Ironwood, one of the inhabitants of the Fisher-King's household. The story is Still In My Pilgrimage, and while filling in Grace's tale, it also gives us a bit about some of the other people there, such as the Dimbles and Ivy Brown. It's a very introspective character study. If you have ever read THS it will resonate for you, but even if you are not familiar with the canon, there is a lot to admire in this lovely piece.

And my Christmas! The DH and I got a gift for the both of us-- a new scanner, printer, copier. It's one of the new Kodak ones, that uses less expensive ink.

He also gave me a very awesome gadget, if I can only get it to work-- there were no directions for it! But it is a Monteverde Invincia 4 GB USB Flash Drive Ballpoint Pen. I'm supposed to be able to write with it, and then upload what I write onto my computer…the jury is out as to whether I will be able to get it to work.

In addition, I got some other great things: the complete audio book set of LotR! 52 discs! and the boxed set of The History of The Hobbit and a copy of Letters From Father Christmas by JRRT. The latter is utterly charming! I think it is going to be a good deal of fun from what I can tell so far!

My son gave me Susan Boyle's new CD, I Dreamed a Dream. My word, she can *sing*!

Our day was very busy. We had our traditional brunch of steak and waffles, and then, contrary to our usual tradition, we cleaned house! The day before, our pastor came into the store to pick up a few groceries, and we talked. I found out that his wife had to go into the hospital again and his kids were with their grandparents, and he was alone on Christmas! So I impulsively invited him to join us for Christmas dinner! He came and we had a very nice dinner (ham and other traditional fixings) and a good visit with him. (If you should happen to think of it, send up a little prayer for his family. His wife has chronic health problems, and they just seem to get worse and worse, and they have two young kids.)

I haven't had a chance to peruse the other Yuletide fics yet, but I know my recipient liked the one I wrote, at least.

Well, now I'm going to try and see if I can get into AO3 and check out some of the other Yuletide stories!

I hope everyone on my flist had a lovely holiday! ((((((((((((((hugs to you all)))))))))))))))))
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Here's a little holiday gift for all my friends!

Title: Comfort and Joy
Rating: G
Summary: Frodo gets a good deal of comfort from news across the Sea...
A/N: This takes place during my story "Ancestress",chapter nine, "Adamanta Calls Again".

Comfort and Joy
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Here's a little holiday gift for all my friends!

Title: Comfort and Joy
Rating: G
Summary: Frodo gets a good deal of comfort from news across the Sea...
A/N: This takes place during my story "Ancestress",chapter nine, "Adamanta Calls Again".

Comfort and Joy
Read more... )
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The [livejournal.com profile] lotr_sesa stories are up!

I received a delightfully seasonal fic set in Rivendell, by [livejournal.com profile] ainu_laire, Surprises of Yuletide

And for [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte I wrote a small Quest gapfiller set in Moria: Overheard in the Dark !

What fun! But I have to run and get ready for work now.
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The [livejournal.com profile] lotr_sesa stories are up!

I received a delightfully seasonal fic set in Rivendell, by [livejournal.com profile] ainu_laire, Surprises of Yuletide

And for [livejournal.com profile] cherie_morte I wrote a small Quest gapfiller set in Moria: Overheard in the Dark !

What fun! But I have to run and get ready for work now.
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These are pics the DH took of me wearing the new dress I made for Christmas. I wore it Sunday, and will probably wear it again tomorrow night to the candlelight service.

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These are pics the DH took of me wearing the new dress I made for Christmas. I wore it Sunday, and will probably wear it again tomorrow night to the candlelight service.

Pics behind cut...Read more... )
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I mentioned that I'm on the Advent Committee for my church this year, and I am working on a devotional booklet for the season. I have yet to write my own entry for the booklet--and I am curious about how other folks get themselves into the proper spirit for the holiday.

[Poll #1478150]
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I mentioned that I'm on the Advent Committee for my church this year, and I am working on a devotional booklet for the season. I have yet to write my own entry for the booklet--and I am curious about how other folks get themselves into the proper spirit for the holiday.

[Poll #1478150]
Read more... )
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Today was a lovely relaxing Christmas day. We woke up a little earlier than we planned, due to the dogs deciding they needed to go *OUT*NOW*, but that was fine.

We had our traditional steak and waffles for breakfast, and opened our presents. We had agreed to buy one big present for us both--which we wrapped and put under the tree. It's a combination CD/AM-FM/cassette/LPturntable that will also record to CD! So we will be able to transfer our favorite cassettes and LPs to CD and listen to them again! (That includes an LP of JRRT himself reading excerpts from LotR)

We had agreed to a limit for some small presents and stocking stuffers, and I more or less stuck to it for my part.

He, of course, did not. He got me several small items which together added up to quite a bit more than the limit, and included one large item that he charged (which he was sheepish about, but he knew I couldn't get too mad.) It was a beautiful jewelry chest.

But the coolest thing he did was so romantic.

http://www.bookbyyou.com/medieval/default.asp

He personalized it with our SCA names, which fits with the theme of the book, and added Sugar and Sissy. And my best friend, who, due to a typo, is named "Gladriel", which I think is just adorable.

I told him he made fanfic about *US*, LOL! He's not too sure about that.

I haven't started reading it yet, but I skimmed it. *grin* There's smut.

We may read some of the chapters together.

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