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Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 Banner I Completed My Path

March is over and so is this year's Back to Middle-earth Month. This year's theme was a gameboard, with several paths to the center in order to "win" the game; I chose the Purple Path, and managed to complete it. Below is a round-up of my entries. Most are fanfic, but there is some non-fic, one artwork, and a recs list thrown in, as well as my "Act of Kindness", in which I offered to answer questions for people.

Full Moon The Man-in-the-Moon visits an old friend at a Merry Old Inn in Bree, while his doggy friends worry at home. (A Roverandom/LotR crossover, with a hint of Silm thrown in.)
The Rise and Fall of a Tyrant Lotho Sackville-Baggins was destined to grow up to rule the Shire...for a while. (A twelve drabble set)
The Advantages of Insomnia Bilbo spends a sleepless night in literary endeavor.
Concerning the Shire, Part One Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine. (Part 1/?)
Concerning the Shire, Part Two: Education Tolkien gives us a lot of information about the society of the Shire, but only some of the particulars. Coming up with details is up to the author of the fanfic; here are a few of mine. (Part 2/? It will be continued.)
"Ungoliant and the Two Trees" Ungoliant attacks Laurelin and Telperion. (Art, mixed media)
Beyond the Dreams of Avarice "Bilbo went to sleep with that [song] in his ears, and it gave him very uncomfortable dreams. It was long after the break of day, when he woke up."-The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"- A drabble.
A Night By the High Hay Merry and Pippin take their sons on a camping expedition, and have an encounter.
Oldies But Goodies Rec list. These are works from authors who are either no longer in the fandom, or no longer write in the fandom very often.
Good husbandmen must moile & toile... Sam discovers much of the Gaffer's folk wisdom actually comes from a very old book.
Fruit and Flower Of the Sun and the Moon, in fifty-five words. (A dribble)
She Who Watches Adamanta knows that her time with her great-grandchildren will come to an end one day, and she must make the most of her time.
Rainy Day at Bag End Young Merry and Pippin are visiting Bag End, and face a dark and stormy morning.
Day After Day a Good Day Each part of the day has its own special blessings. (A four drabble set)
How May I Help You? I'll answer any question I can that will be helpful to the questioner in regards to the fandom. (This offer remains open even after B2MEM is over.)
The Perils of Perfection An essay on getting past the idea that your fanwork has to be "perfect."

Back to Middle-earth Month 2017 Banner I Completed My Path

I also found time to write and post a story for the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community March Challenge, which was h/c with a particular herb assigned as the prompt.


Now I hope to find time to look at all the [livejournal.com profile] b2mem entries I didn't have time for during the month.

But first I have to get some seedlings out in the garden this afternoon, plus write up the minutes for the Friends of the Library, to which I somehow ended up as secretary. Also need to find today's Lent post and go to Knitting Circle this evening.

I hope everyone's having as pretty a day as we are!
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1. I got a challenge up for October at the [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community! I was so upset that I did not get one up for September! I hope people will like this one! Very fitting for October.

2. Finally got to make my pickled cherry tomatoes.

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These are all the ripe ones we had left, but we still have quite a lot of cherry tomatoes still on the vine!

3. We finished getting our Halloween decorations up! There are a few things we will wait until Halloween eve to put out, like our noisy ones and our animated ones, and we have some ideas for some new homemade ones.

4. I made something new for supper, a recipe I found in "Cooking Light" at the library: Black-eyed Pea Cakes with Corn Salsa and Sautéed Tomato and Onion KaleSpinach (Because I didn't have any kale and I like spinach better.) I accompanied the Pea Cakes, Corn Salsa and the Sautéed Spinach with a couple of small baked sweet potatoes.
It was a delicious meatless meal! And I think it would be perfect for New Year's Day!

BTW, I've been planning to post some pics of our sweet potato harvest.

These were harvested first:

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A couple of weeks later:
10 14 16 sweet potatoes 2

This week (a couple of weeks after the previous harvest):

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That's all of them!

5. This happy is really from yesterday, but it still makes me happy today (I couldn't resist watching it again), so for those of you who have yet to see it, Michelle Obama's speech in New Hampshire:



I love this woman so much--she is the best First Lady of my lifetime, and I go back to Eisenhower. Her classiness, strength and high standards are amazing.
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OK, I posted some garden picspam from the backyard the other day. So, here's some new pics of what we've done in the front.

First up: my little "hobbit garden"

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Rest of pics behind cut: Read more... )
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Well, it's been a while since I have made a garden post, so I thought I'd make one today. Lots of pics behind the cut. Read more... )
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Well, I gave up on Photobucket, and tried Flickr for my pics. I had completely forgotten that I had an account there from back when I was part of Fandom 'n' Stitches quilt project. (Hope I can finish that sometime.)

So, a few pics behind the cut. A couple of pet pics and some garden spam:
Read more... )
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I wish I could have posted this earlier. Since my paid LJ ran out of space, I had to rely on Photobucket, and it is SOOO slow and frustrating! But finally I have all the pics I took today ready behind the cut. Read more... )
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I decided to take these pictures today, since our Capitol pear is in full bloom. The sky is overcast, and even though the temp is in the low 60s, the wind is awful, and between the humidity and the wind chill, it feels like 40s.


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This is the little tiny garden bed at the corner between the sidewalk and the driveway. As you can see, the hyacinths are in bloom, the tulips are coming up, as are the chrysanthemums. The little johnny-jump-ups on the lefthand side I bought at the nursery a couple of days ago.
My butterfly stepping stone needs to be washed off.

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Another angle of the same bed. The angel is a solar light, and looks very pretty at night.

spring 2016
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From my front yard:

My daffodils. These grow right underneath my sewing room window.
daffodils

Here's my unicorn bed. The pansies were planted last fall, and overwintered beautifully.
The painted rocks, of course, stay in bloom all year. I'm planning to add some more flowers this spring.
unicorn bed
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FINALLY LJ scrapbook is working for me again! Lots of enormous picspam behind the cut. Read more... )
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Flowers the DH picked for me, in the kitchen window:

Flowers in a vase Read more... )
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I've FINALLY figured out how to post these pics!

Here's some veggie pics: )

Bounty

Aug. 22nd, 2013 05:21 pm
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I'm very proud of my garden this year.Read more... )
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Cross-posted from [livejournal.com profile] monthlydiaryday

Dairy for the Twelfth

July 12, 2013

We woke up this morning at our usual time of 6:30, me with some lingering thoughts of an odd dream that seems to be recurring recently. I dream I am in some place with a lot of stuff, like a junk store or a flea market, but there is so much of it everywhere it's like an endless maze. I usually seem to be searching for a particular item, but never finding it.

And I don't know if this was another dream, or simply a disturbing and unwanted plot bunny: what if Merry had lost his barrow-blade on the battlefield before he and Eowyn encountered the Witch-king?Read more... )
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Hi everyone!

I've had a fantastic "birthday week"!

First of all, I'd like to thank all my online friends for the good wishes and greetings! Kaylee Arafinwiel wrote me an adorable story; she sent it to me in a private email, but as soon as she archives it, I'll post a link. I had lovely e-cards from [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland, [livejournal.com profile] pearltook1, [livejournal.com profile] rhapsody11, and [livejournal.com profile] mumstheword. And I can't forget all the LJ birthday greetings from [livejournal.com profile] ellynn_ithilwen,[livejournal.com profile] shirebound [livejournal.com profile] febobe, [livejournal.com profile] mews1945, [livejournal.com profile] claudia603, [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7, [livejournal.com profile] lilybaggins,[livejournal.com profile] harrowcatliz, [livejournal.com profile] ramblin_rosie, [livejournal.com profile] lily_the_hobbit, [livejournal.com profile] addie71, [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213, [livejournal.com profile] gamgeefest and [livejournal.com profile] i_o_r_h_a_e_l. I hope I have found everyone after scrolling back through the last 6 days; if I missed you please, thank you anyhow.

And I also had lots of nice Facebook birthday wishes from some of my SCA friends in Seleone, and from some of my kinfolk! More neat stuff behind the cut: Read more... )
Again, to all my LJ friends: ((((((squishy hugs and thanks)))))!!
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Hi everyone!

I've had a fantastic "birthday week"!

First of all, I'd like to thank all my online friends for the good wishes and greetings! Kaylee Arafinwiel wrote me an adorable story; she sent it to me in a private email, but as soon as she archives it, I'll post a link. I had lovely e-cards from [livejournal.com profile] lindahoyland, [livejournal.com profile] pearltook1, [livejournal.com profile] rhapsody11, and [livejournal.com profile] mumstheword. And I can't forget all the LJ birthday greetings from [livejournal.com profile] ellynn_ithilwen,[livejournal.com profile] shirebound [livejournal.com profile] febobe, [livejournal.com profile] mews1945, [livejournal.com profile] claudia603, [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7, [livejournal.com profile] lilybaggins,[livejournal.com profile] harrowcatliz, [livejournal.com profile] ramblin_rosie, [livejournal.com profile] lily_the_hobbit, [livejournal.com profile] addie71, [livejournal.com profile] pandemonium_213, [livejournal.com profile] gamgeefest and [livejournal.com profile] i_o_r_h_a_e_l. I hope I have found everyone after scrolling back through the last 6 days; if I missed you please, thank you anyhow.

And I also had lots of nice Facebook birthday wishes from some of my SCA friends in Seleone, and from some of my kinfolk! More neat stuff behind the cut: Read more... )
Again, to all my LJ friends: ((((((squishy hugs and thanks)))))!!
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Today's harvest: eggplant, more cukes, and a few more green beans.

garden harvest 001

Yesterday four small beets and some more green beans. I forgot to take their picture.

I made eggplant lasagna for supper: substituting eggplant for the noodles, I peeled and sliced them about 1/4" thick, brushed a little olive oil on both sides and baked them about ten minutes. Then I layered the eggplant with my tomato sauce and the cheese (had to sub cottage cheese for riccotta) mixture, and topped off with grated mozarella. I also roasted the beets in aluminum foil for about 30 minutes, and then grated them onto our salads, topped with raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

I still have two eggplants left, and have accumulated about a half-mess of beans. And I am fairly certain I'll be making pickles next week with all those cukes!

The DH and I went to the matinee today to see Brave and I have to say it was adorable. Merida is easily the best of the "modern" crop of Disney princesses!

ETA Brave spoiler in the comments. There's "spoiler space" though.
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Today's harvest: eggplant, more cukes, and a few more green beans.

garden harvest 001

Yesterday four small beets and some more green beans. I forgot to take their picture.

I made eggplant lasagna for supper: substituting eggplant for the noodles, I peeled and sliced them about 1/4" thick, brushed a little olive oil on both sides and baked them about ten minutes. Then I layered the eggplant with my tomato sauce and the cheese (had to sub cottage cheese for riccotta) mixture, and topped off with grated mozarella. I also roasted the beets in aluminum foil for about 30 minutes, and then grated them onto our salads, topped with raspberry vinaigrette dressing.

I still have two eggplants left, and have accumulated about a half-mess of beans. And I am fairly certain I'll be making pickles next week with all those cukes!

The DH and I went to the matinee today to see Brave and I have to say it was adorable. Merida is easily the best of the "modern" crop of Disney princesses!

ETA Brave spoiler in the comments. There's "spoiler space" though.
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My sweetie picked me flowers:Read more... )
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My sweetie picked me flowers:Read more... )
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We had our supper out of our garden tonight! The only things not from the garden were the chicken and the potatoes! Food picspam behind the cut: Read more... )

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