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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Laurna on December 04, 2017, 12:25:45 pm »
“Aliset, Demoiselle de Mariot,” Washburn repeated, attempting to understand the words that came from the person and voice of the person who he thought was the one standing before him, but who declared he, no she, was not. The man he saw was a comrade in arms, one whom he had but months before jovially ransacked the Rhemuth armory with, looking for just the right dagger to go with his new knight’s sword. The same dagger that just now stood in the belt of the person before him. He didn’t want to believe what he had just heard.

“You’re not Alister!” It was not a question, but a confirmation. “Not Alister, but his sister, his twin sister Aliset.” He had heard of magic like this which could disguise so completely. However, he knew nothing of how it was done. Did she have his memories too? Would the siblings have been together when he died? It hurt his heart that the lady would have witnessed that. “Aliset is the older of the two of you, I recall you once told me. I’m sorry... he told me!”  The person who looked like Alister stood before him, barely nodded, looking on anxiously. What Washburn’s eyes told him was not in agreement with what his mind and his senses were understanding.  Little things had stood out, mannerisms not quite right. Talents not shared, talents like Healing and Rapport, because the Rapport had never been established in the first place to share them. Oddly it made sense. He looked into the eyes of the one before him and from that moment he knew the truth. “Kelric was right. Alister was murdered, as too was the Baron de Mariot. And only you alone survived. I am so sorry for adding to you grief.”

The Lendour Knight stood turning away from his friend’s sister. He paced the floor not looking up. Earlier, he had changed into a simple but clean black tunic and trews having given over his ash-covered and flour-cover heraldic tunic to a deacon to see cleaned and dried for their leaving in the morning. He had left his chain mail shirt on the chest at the end of the bed, alongside his long sword and his helm. Out of respect to the monastery, he had chosen to only wear his short sword and dagger. He looked over at the weapon lying there but he did not reach for it. Rather instead he absently said. “All three of my weapons are a matched set. They were given to me by my mother on the day of my knighting.  Maman, yum, the duchess told me then how my father had found the three weapons in the armory of Lendour. This had been years before I was born. The great sword, short sword, and dagger had once belonged to an ancestor, the man whose name I was given at birth.  His story had touched the duke and the duchess, that is why I was named after him, and that was why my father had insisted early on that those weapons would be mine at my knighting. Remember how I bragged about this to you?”

Wash had gotten lost in the memory and shook his head at the slip. “Oh god, I mean to your brother; oh Lady Aliset…. Have you heard this story before? Sir Alister had a good sword from his father, I mean your father, damn. But he didn’t have a set like mine. I was shamed by my bosting. And had to find a way to make it right. I did get permission from King Kelson, I swear that I did. Though the master Armorer did not believe. Course that was after we had ransacked the armory searching for a matching dagger. We found one, not exact but very close. It had an ebony hilted, with a twisted silver wrapping for the hand hold, a ruby at the base of the hilt and an emblem of an eagle at the cross. It was a good quality dagger and it still is. As I see it still at your belt.”

The hand of the person before him handled the hilt of the dagger, but did not draw it.

“Alister is truly gone then?” Washburn said with sadness. He looked up at the figure of Alister, knowing Aliset’s deception was not a betrayal. At least it had not been one set for him, he had just fallen into it by circumstances that were out of control. “I will avenge him my lady! I won’t run off now. Though every muscle in me wants too." He looked back into the lady’s eyes seeing her without really seeing.  She hadn’t dropped her shields. He was a stranger to her and he understood. But he knew now that it wasn’t Alister who looked back at him. It was his sister who needed him to protect her and guide her to Gwynedd’s King. Kelson needed to be the one to make a ruling which would legally return to her the inheritance of her father’s estate. “Your cousin Oswald is a coward if he sends men after a woman!”

Washburn didn’t wait for her reply. He suddenly looked around him flustered. He quickly gathered up his things. “And, and…My lady, forgive me for my forwardness before. I will sleep in the commons room. I ask you to bolt this door when I leave. And you will need a chaperon. I swear not from me,” he added quickly, “but your reputation must remain impeccable in the eyes of Rhemuth Court, when we arrive there.”
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A nice, cozy Christmas scene.  I love it!  And congrats to Juno on the new puppy.   :)
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Paddy and Eilonwy have their Christmas decorations up now. I wasn't too keen on the bare copper wire on the Christmas lights I have strung up near the ceiling, so I found some green tinsel pipe cleaners at Dollar Tree to turn into garland streamers to camouflage it.  It's still a bit thinner than I like, so I might go back later and twine more strands of "tinsel garland" around it, but I think it's an improvement.



A wreath, set of Advent candles, and a Nativity scene grace the fireplace mantel:



Juno and her puppy enjoy curling up together next to the Christmas tree:



Fortunately the string of mini-LED lights on the Christmas tree came on green wire rather than copper, so it blends into the greenery much better than the other string of lights would have.

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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Evie on December 03, 2017, 11:08:55 pm »
Aliset frowned.  The knight's cough sounded no worse than one might expect from a man who had breathed in too much smoke-filled air earlier in the day. Still, she liked it not. She wished she knew some arcane way to still that tickle in his inflamed tissues, but mere mortal methods must suffice.  She reached into her belt pouch for a small flask of an herb-laced honey she had requested from the infirmarian earlier in the evening, while Wash had been at his bath, and poured what she estimated to be a scant spoonful into her portion of the ale before setting the cup close to the fire to warm up. "This might ease your cough," she told the knight as she looked up to meet his curious gaze.  "I cannot promise it will cure it completely, but it should still it enough to allow you to catch up on your sleep." 

The knight smiled. "Is it a Healer's concoction?" he asked.

Aliset gave a rueful chuckle. "Not exactly. It was my mother's home remedy, truth be told, though nearly as effective. For best effect, it ought to be stirred into whisky, though since I've none of that with me, ale shall have to suffice."  She studied the man before her, summoning up her courage.  "My lord, there is something you must know before we journey on any further together. I feel remiss in not informing you earlier, yet I can hardly think of when I might have had a decent opportunity before now."

"We've hardly had a minute to catch our breaths since we met at the inn, have we?" Wash agreed.  "What is it you need to tell me?"

Now that the moment was at hand, Aliset could not find the words.  Instead, she picked up the medicinal ale from the hearth, handing it to him with a wry smile.  "Drink this first.  And then...."  She offered her hand to him.  "Perhaps it might be easier if I just showed you."

((3 and 1, verification #638vj1sp16))

Wash took the posset she handed him and tossed it down in a few gulps, handing the cup back to her as he took her hand.  She attempted to establish a shallow rapport with him then, prepared to share her secret with him at last, but to her consternation, her extreme need for secrecy coupled with the stress of the previous few days and Oswald's pursuit of her had apparently resulted in an unexpected side effect, for despite having braced herself to reveal everything to the man before her, suddenly she discovered herself unable to lower her shields! His look of sleepy curiosity turned to confusion as she stared back at him in dismay, pulling away from the tentative attempt to link with him.

"My...my lord, I am sorry!  I must be more tired than I realized!  I...I must not keep you laboring under false assumptions any longer, however.  I am not the man who you think I am."  As the Duke's brother continued to listen, a hint of wary caution awakening in his eyes now, she added, "That is to say, I am your friend, if you would have my friendship, and in truth I very much have need of yours.  But I am not Alister of Mariot, my lord.  I am Aliset, Demoiselle de Mariot, and true heiress to my father's lands by blood right and the allegiance he held to our liegelord of Gwynedd.  For the sake of whatever bonds of friendship you shared with my brother, although I find myself unable to lower my shields just now to show you the truth of what I tell  you, I throw myself upon your mercy."
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Memorials / Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
« Last post by Evie on December 03, 2017, 05:51:28 pm »
Raising a glass in memory of a fellow fan never met, yet greatly missed.  Rest in peace.
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Chat Logs / KK Chat--3 December 2017
« Last post by Evie on December 03, 2017, 05:49:28 pm »
[04:21.21] * KK (~473e1dd9@OWIRCN-1bdd9d77.org) has joined channel #deryni_destinations
[04:21.26] <@Jemler> you kids settle down, now.
[04:21.26] <drakensis> hi KK
[04:21.27] <@Jemler> hi kk
[04:21.29] <The_Bee> Hi kk!
[04:21.34] <KK> Hello, all.
[04:21.35] <Eyikl> no, I don't write much. Did you drakensis?
[04:21.37] <Revanne> Hi KK
[04:21.41] <drakensis> yep
[04:21.41] <Evie> Hi, KK!
[04:21.42] <JudyWard> 'evening KK
[04:21.48] <Demercia> Told you we couldn't play nicely together 😀
[04:21.53] <Demercia> Hi KK
[04:22.01] <Evie> LOL, Demercia!
[04:22.01] <Revanne> Lol
[04:22.01] <Eyikl> cool. What type of novel did you write?
[04:22.17] <Eyikl> hi kk
[04:22.18] <drakensis> did first book of a trilogy and about half of book two for a science fiction drama
[04:22.30] <Revanne> Wow
[04:22.37] <Demercia> oh cool
[04:22.45] <Evie> Oh, cool!
[04:22.47] <@Jemler> what book, drakensis?
[04:22.50] <The_Bee> drama on stage or on tv hopefully?
[04:23.02] <drakensis> with a ghost visiting his ancestor and giving him advice so they can try to hold a federation together in spite of civil war
[04:23.29] <Evie> Sounds intriguing
[04:23.53] <@Jemler> did you evre read the Foundation  series?
[04:24.09] <The_Bee> Usually the ancestor is the ghost who visits his descendant.
[04:24.13] <drakensis> I read it a few years ago
[04:24.16] <Revanne> Have I got that the right way round - a ghost returns from the future?
[04:24.30] <drakensis> yes, so there's foreknowledge, but limited by memory
[04:24.42] <Eyikl> Nice. Does the ghost make it sci-fi and fantasy?
[04:24.53] <drakensis> I suppose it would, Eyikl
[04:24.53] <Revanne> Sounds really interesting
[04:25.16] <Revanne> Title?
[04:25.17] <@Jemler> KK, I have a question.
[04:25.29] <drakensis> Davion & Davion (Deceased)
[04:25.29] <KK> Yeeeees?
[04:25.42] <Revanne> Thanks
[04:25.45] <@Jemler> I saw a book called 'Highlander: The Eye of Dawn'
[04:25.45] <drakensis> book 1 is titled Idealist, book 2 (which I'm working on) is Loyalist
[04:26.18] <Evie> My furry little Hufflepuff has come to join us.  (I took the Harry Potter Sorting Hat Quiz for Cats on behalf of Luke and Gigi this week, and they turned out to be Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw respectively. No surprises there!)
[04:26.30] <@Jemler> it says it was written by you. what is it about?
[04:27.16] <Demercia> Hi Luke.
[04:27.16] <@Jemler> i saw it on Amazon.
[04:27.42] <JudyWard> Possibly an old book brought back out?
[04:28.00] <Demercia> my hufflepuff is, unusually, giving me the cold shoulder
[04:28.18] <@Jemler> it said 'unavailable'. no description at all.
[04:28.36] <Revanne> How did you upset him?
[04:28.44] <KK> Not me, Jemler.  I wonder who's masquerading as moi?
[04:28.59] <Demercia> by moving from the chair
[04:29.01] <The_Bee> good question.
[04:29.20] <@Jemler> demercia, you didn't call him 'ffy' by any chance?
[04:29.43] <Evie> Harry Potter Sorting Hat Quiz for Cats:  ++https://www.buzzfeed.com/expresident/hufflepurr?utm_term=.hq86NdMGYN#.xty2V8Bz3V,,
[04:29.52] <Evie> In case anyone wants to check the link out later.
[04:29.52] <Demercia> no.   Why ffy?
[04:30.45] <The_Bee> thanks, Evie
[04:31.13] <Eyikl> Amazon says it's by you and Deborah Turner Harris. ++https://www.amazon.co.uk/Highlander-Eye-Dawn-Katherine-Kurtz/dp/0446609498,,
[04:31.27] <KK> I've just looked it up.  It's also listed with Deborah Turner Harris, so that would point it toward the Adept boooks.  Also says 2001.
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[04:31.57] <Evie> You're welcome, Bee
[04:32.13] <Eyikl> Huh. Maybe a name in a different county then.
[04:32.25] <Revanne> How odd.
[04:32.26] <Demercia2> Our internet connection seems really flakey tonight.
[04:32.29] <The_Bee> or the Caledonia book under a different title?
[04:32.40] <@Jemler> looking up the ISBN#, it says KK, Deborah Turner Harris May 2001, paperback
[04:33.41] <Revanne> It's not one of the Adept titles in the UK,  as far as I remember.
[04:33.45] <KK> I wonder if someone retitled one of the Adepts, or one of the Templars, and listed it thus.  Interesting.
[04:34.32] <JudyWard> Is Deborah Turner Harris still around to be asked?
[04:34.33] <@Jemler> there's no description, so you vcan't tell.
[04:34.45] <The_Bee> Was it Deborah alone who wrote a novel in which Scotland was called Celedonia? Anyone recall the title?
[04:34.49] <Evie> Or (since it says it's unavailable) if it was a listing error that was later caught
[04:35.07] <KK> Those were all pre-Adept, as I recall.
[04:35.15] <@Jemler> it just surprised me.
[04:35.25] <KK> Surprises me, too.
[04:36.02] <Evie> Maybe that's something for your agent to look into.
[04:36.08] <JudyWard> Hope it's all innocent, but maybe your lawyer should check on it?
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[04:36.35] <@Jemler> hi shiral
[04:36.36] <Evie> Hi Shiral
[04:36.38] <Shiral> Hi everyone
[04:36.40] <JudyWard> I forgot to go to the drug store for Lou so have to go before they close. Will try to get back.
[04:36.45] <Revanne> Hi Shirley
[04:36.47] <Evie> OK
[04:36.53] <Shiral> Forgot about early chat
[04:36.57] <Eyikl> hi shiral
[04:36.58] <Revanne> Shiral
[04:37.06] <Shiral> Shirley? =o)
[04:37.15] <Revanne> Autocorrect at it again
[04:37.30] <Evie> I almost did too until Judy asked about it this morning, and I had agreed to mod it! :-D
[04:37.32] <Eyikl> *sigh*
[04:37.46] <@Jemler> spel czecher works wunderz, dusn it?
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[04:37.58] <Eyikl> :)
[04:38.04] * Shiral snaps fingers and provides hot chocolate and cookies
[04:38.25] <Evie> And then my network connection went AWOL, so I very nearly didn't make it in here
[04:38.36] * Jemler provides peppermint marshmallows for the chocolate
[04:39.02] <Evie> Yum!
[04:39.11] * The_Bee offers mint, whipped cream or marshmallow to those that like.
[04:39.34] <Revanne> We had our church Christmas Fair yesterday and someone had printed a label for their homemade chutney. It meant to say organically made - what it adtually said was orgasmically made. We all had a good laugh.
[04:39.44] <Evie> I have a friend who sent me hot cocoa for Christmas one year, along with homemade peppermint marshmallows. I have no idea how one makes homemade marshmallows, but these were amazing.
[04:40.04] * Jemler accepts a hot chocolate, with a generous helping of marshmallows
[04:40.06] <Revanne> Sounds yummy
[04:40.15] <KK> Maybe it <was> orgasmically made.  Ya never know....;-)
[04:40.21] <Evie> That would be some fun to make chutney!
[04:40.37] * Shiral adds whipping cream for cocoa
[04:40.44] <The_Bee> I'm hoping for seasonal peppermint stick ide cream--except I'm way overweitht.
[04:40.46] <@Jemler> kk, did you mean organic?
[04:40.48] <Shiral> Orgasmically made?
[04:41.05] <Revanne> Chutney making at a whole new level.
[04:41.05] <Shiral> Wow.....must be tasty! =o)4
[04:41.38] <@Jemler> did you smoke after making it?
[04:42.37] <Revanne> I didn't make it.
[04:43.03] <Evie> We had a newlywed missionary couple visit my church once to tell about their adventure settling into the village they'd been sent to, and the bride said something about "We had to share a twin sized bed, so it taught us how to be very flexible." She didn't think about the double entendre until her husband grinned and, with an eye waggle, chimed in, "VERY flexible!", which broke us all up laughing.
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[04:43.17] <KK> Jemler, taht's probably what the original makers meant....
[04:43.34] <@Jemler> i saw Alton Brown on Good Eats make homemade marshmallows.
[04:43.55] <Revanne> Rehi Demercia
[04:43.56] <Evie> Hm, that could be where my friend got her recipe,then. She loves Alton Brown
[04:44.29] <KK> Yeah, I know that one <can> make home-made marshmallows.  I think it's probably hardly worth the effort.
[04:44.36] <@Jemler> ok, she can have him. i'll take giada de laurentiis.
[04:45.00] <Evie> I don't know, depends on how much effort it takes, because those were the best marshmallows I've ever had. Softer than store-bought.
[04:45.06] <Shiral> Yeah.....Leave marshmallow manufacture to the Martha Stewarts of the World
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[04:46.13] <Revanne> I only like marshmallows when they are toasted. Burnt on the outside and soft in the middle.
[04:46.40] <Demercia2> Round a camp fire
[04:46.42] <Evie> I suspect it's like shortbread. There's storebought, which to my taste is merely meh, but then there's my friend's homemade recipe, which is amazing.  These marshmallows were the same.
[04:46.52] <The_Bee> Do you like s'mores, Revanne?
[04:47.39] <Revanne> Too sweet for me. Although I might do if they were made with dark chocolate.
[04:47.45] <Evie> About the only time I buy marshmallows, actually, is if someone is having a bonfire party and we might roast them over the fire.
[04:47.51] <Demercia2> was wondering about trying to make shortbread, I agree with Evie about shop bought
[04:48.03] <@Jemler> just like the scene from Oliver!. "Please sir, I'd like a s'more."
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[04:48.19] <Evie> rehi Eyikl
[04:48.22] <The_Bee> rehi eyiki
[04:48.37] <Eyikl> hi all
[04:48.41] <KK> I'd only make s'mores with dark chocolate.  Milk chocolate isn't worth the calories to bother eating.  For me, dark chocolate every time!
[04:48.58] <Evie> I much prefer dark also
[04:49.01] <Revanne> I've got a shortbread mould I've never used.
[04:49.05] <The_Bee> ditto
[04:49.05] <@Jemler> ooh, yeah!
[04:49.26] <Revanne> So true KK
[04:49.48] <@Jemler> why do the call it shortbread? is it only half as high?
[04:50.12] <Demercia2> sadly im dropping off to sleep here so will say goodnight.  See you all in 2018😀
[04:50.16] <Shiral> HAH! I am a member of the Milk Chocolate Squad! (But I also like bittersweet.)
[04:50.21] <Evie> Goodnight, Demercia!
[04:50.22] <@Jemler> nite demercia.
[04:50.23] <Shiral> Night, Demercia
[04:50.25] <drakensis> night Demercia
[04:50.31] <Eyikl> Well it's shorter than a normal loaf of bread...
[04:50.51] <The_Bee> Nighters, Demercia.  Happy Christmas and a good New Year.
[04:50.53] <Eyikl> goodnight Demercia
[04:50.54] <@Jemler> lower heels?
[04:51.11] <Revanne> Because it's got a high fat content - another word for the fat used in baking is "shortening". Today's useless information.
[04:51.21] <Revanne> Night Demercia
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[04:52.05] <Eyikl> Shortening makes people short? Maybe I ate too much as a kid...
[04:52.20] <Revanne> Lol
[04:52.28] <Evie> :-D
[04:52.30] <@Jemler> "mama's little baby loves shortening, shortening, mama's little baby loves shortening bread"
[04:52.47] <Revanne> I'm only short for my weight.
[04:52.59] <The_Bee> I was just thinking of that, Jemler!
[04:53.39] <@Jemler> mind mweld?
[04:53.50] <The_Bee> GMTA
[04:54.03] <Evie> Is that where the original mind meld didn't take, so you have to weld them together?
[04:54.40] <The_Bee> LOL Evie!
[04:54.47] <@Jemler> two heads are better than one!
[04:54.58] <Eyikl> sounds more permanent than originally intended.
[04:55.33] <Evie> Melding minds with jemler would be scary enough without a welding torch being involved!  :-D
[04:55.49] <@Jemler> :)
[04:55.50] <Revanne> I'm going to crash out too - hopefully thesee pestilential shingles will let me sleep some tonight.
[04:55.59] <drakensis> night Revanne
[04:56.00] <@Jemler> nite revanne
[04:56.03] <Revanne> Happy Christmas everyone
[04:56.06] <Evie> Hope they go away soon
[04:56.13] <KK> Ow, still got 'em, Revanne?
[04:56.21] <Eyikl> goodnight revanne. hope you sleep well
[04:56.44] <KK> I heard there's a new shot for shingles, supposed to be better.
[04:56.45] <The_Bee> nighters, Revanne. Merry Christmas and Happy shingle-free New Year
[04:56.46] <Revanne> Yes - they aren't getting the message they're not wanted KK
[04:57.02] <KK> Good luck, then.
[04:57.08] <Revanne> Happy 2018 - see you then.
[04:57.13] <KK> And a happy Christmas to all!
[04:57.18] <Evie> Hopefully they'll run their course soon
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[04:58.00] <Evie> Between last week's chat and this one, I managed to get walking pneumonia (diagnosed on Monday), but after a week on antibiotics, it's nearly gone now. Just the occasional cough.
[04:58.32] <@Jemler> you should have told it to keep walking.
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[04:59.14] <Evie> I suspected my "allergies" were taking a turn for the worse Monday afternoon, so I went to the urgent care clinic after work, and sure enough, the blood test showed I had a mycoplasma infection, so we jumped right on treating it before it got any worse.
[04:59.18] <KK> Oh, noes, Evie!  But at least you haven't gotten it smack in the middle of Christmas festivities.  Take care of yourself!
[04:59.48] <@Jemler> speaking of care, how's DD?
[05:00.02] <Shiral> Darn, missed Revanne
[05:00.28] <Evie> I had the bacterium that causes it, but I think I caught it before it got to the actual pneumonia stage, since I never felt anywhere near as awful as I have the other times I've had it. Then again, knowing what to look for, I deliberately asked for them to do the blood test even though I didn't feel that bad yet.
[05:01.05] <KK> My alergy-triggered asthma seems to have gotten better since my new doc but me on a regular dose of one of the allergy meds.  (It's generic, but the same as one of the ame-brand ones.)  Makes a big differenct.  I even got my singing voice back.
[05:01.34] <Evie> So I really only had one day of feeling powered down, and I spent it in bed since the doc wanted me to have two doses of the antibiotic in my system anyway before returning to work.
[05:01.35] <Eyikl> good. :)
[05:01.45] <JudyWard> That's good. I would miss my singing voice, but some of it is gone.
[05:02.01] <JudyWard> Pneumonia is nothing to play around with.
[05:02.14] <Evie> Nice!  I can't sing right now; it makes me cough.
[05:02.53] <JudyWard> Frustrating to have a cough messing it up at Christmas Carol time.
[05:03.05] <The_Bee> yes
[05:04.17] <Evie> I haven't done much singing in years. I used to do church choir and my former barony's madrigals group.
[05:04.53] <Evie> I'm not soloist material, but can generally carry a tune without needing a bucket.
[05:04.55] <JudyWard> Need to keep your voice in shape & do some scales when you feel better.
[05:05.27] <JudyWard> I've lost my lower notes, but still have the high stuff.
[05:05.32] <Evie> Oh, I sing scales anyway just for fun. Usually in the car while driving to work. LOL!
[05:05.40] <drakensis> night
[05:05.46] <Evie> Goodnight drakensis
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[05:05.54] <JudyWard> LOL! I do that, too!
[05:06.02] <JudyWard> Good night Drakensis
[05:06.09] <Eyikl> Poof!
[05:06.31] <Evie> I can carry a tune; my problem is that I have a very limited singing range.
[05:06.49] <JudyWard> Still it's fun to sing in a group, too.
[05:07.02] <Evie> I've never been able to sing the really high notes. I'm more of an alto to low mezzo
[05:07.06] <Shiral> Oh dear, missing everyone tonight.
[05:07.09] <JudyWard> Did you know George Harrison had a very limited vocal range?
[05:07.12] <The_Bee> same here.  one octave if  try hard
[05:07.31] <JudyWard> Used to have 3, maybe have 2 left.
[05:07.55] <JudyWard> Getting old sucks for the voice, too.
[05:08.27] <JudyWard> Ducking in & out, starting spaghetti for dinner.
[05:08.35] <Evie> Sounds good
[05:08.40] <Evie> Save me some. ;-)
[05:08.48] <The_Bee> I want o write music for the alto range.  Why should sopranos get all the good tunes?
[05:08.53] <JudyWard> I love spaghetti & meat sauce.
[05:09.07] <JudyWard> True, altos should have some fun, too.
[05:09.40] <Eyikl> I don't know Bee. Folk songs and sea chanties are good for that though.
[05:10.09] <Evie> I love baritones. Not a lot of music written for deeper men's voices playing on the radio these days, though. Lots of falsetto, but I miss deep male voices.
[05:10.10] <The_Bee> I envy Marian Anderson.  I've read she was a contralto with a three-octave range.
[05:10.47] <JudyWard> Don't you just love the Oakridge Boys? Oh, can he go low!! Love Elvira.
[05:11.06] <Evie> Now there's a song I haven't heard in years!  :-)
[05:11.20] <JudyWard> Gonna look it up on Youtube.
[05:11.25] <JudyWard> Or Utube
[05:11.49] <@Jemler> i may not have to worry abolut a haircut tommorrow.
[05:11.54] <Evie> YouTube is right
[05:12.12] <The_Bee> I like a rich baritone too.
[05:12.18] <Eyikl> More likely than to find it there than on mytube
[05:12.27] <Evie> :-D
[05:12.47] <Evie> Miss Gigi has come calling on everyone
[05:12.57] <Eyikl> hi Gigi
[05:13.03] <Shiral> Dmitri sends his greetings, also
[05:13.03] <The_Bee> Hello Miss Ravenclaw
[05:13.49] <JudyWard> Found it!
[05:13.58] <Evie> She would like you to know her food dish is sadly neglected, so she was a bad kitty who broke the mechanism trying to get it to dispense more kibble on demand, and Daddy had to put in a shield to block her paw from reaching up inside the feeder. Because she's Ravenclaw. :-D
[05:14.11] <Evie> With hints of Slytherin.  ;-)
[05:14.31] <Eyikl> Slytherclaw then.
[05:14.57] <Evie> Much more Claw than Slyther, but pretty much yes.  :-D
[05:16.20] <Evie> The opposite of my big-hearted cat of very little brain, Luke.
[05:18.16] <Evie> I found some itty bitty Christmas lights for my mini-tree, so I think that's going up once chat is over.
[05:18.55] <Evie> I need to get the craft room sorted anyway, since it's going to be my staging area for present wrapping.
[05:19.29] <Evie> Even though it's hard for me to get into the Christmas mindset while it's so warm outside, I'm wearing shorts and a t-shirt!
[05:19.36] <Eyikl> And making tiny presents?
[05:19.46] <Evie> A few
[05:19.49] <KK> I'm still digging out my desk area.  But I've finished most of my shopping.  Wrap it in the office, though, so space needs to be made.
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[05:20.02] <Evie> Hi Bynw
[05:20.03] <~bynw> hi all
[05:20.05] <Eyikl> hi bynw
[05:20.09] <The_Bee> hi bynw
[05:20.10] <@Jemler> hi bynw
[05:21.01] <Evie> This is what I saw in my yard when I arrived home from shopping this afternoon:  ++https://www.flickr.com/gp/9573389@N08/6jaNVS,,
[05:21.12] <Evie> Santa wasn't with them, sadly.
[05:21.31] <KK> Wow, a mini-herd!
[05:21.50] <JudyWard> Hi bynw
[05:22.01] <~bynw> those are just normal deer (the tasty kind) not Santa's
[05:22.04] <KK> Are they white-tails, or something else?  Tails don't look all that long.
[05:22.08] <@Jemler> i take it you didn't have a gun?
[05:22.09] <Evie> Yes.  They retreated towards the woods when I drove up, but made no move to run any further away as long as I didn't make any moves directly towards them.
[05:22.20] <JudyWard> Sweet!
[05:22.21] <Evie> White tails, I think.
[05:22.58] <@Jemler> there a man in pa. who shot a 20-point buck.
[05:23.00] <Evie> And no, I didn't have a gun, though I would leave the hunting up to my late granddad (or maybe my son) even if I did have....and THEY can clean Bambi afterwards, not me!
[05:23.25] <Eyikl> It's nice to see deer now and again. Reminds you that life
[05:23.33] <@Jemler> bambi? no. rudolph!
[05:23.48] <JudyWard> Rudolph is a reindeer.
[05:23.56] <Evie> I'm content enough to shoot with a camera and let them live another day. Although I'm not opposed to hunting, since keeping the population under control that way is more humane than letting them starve due to overpopulation.
[05:24.02] <JudyWard> Although, they might eat them in Lapland.
[05:24.02] * bynw is kinda sad today but getting through it
[05:24.15] <@Jemler> bad day?
[05:24.20] <Evie> ((hug)) for bynw
[05:24.22] * The_Bee huggles bynw
[05:24.40] <JudyWard> All going to be OK bynw?
[05:24.42] <Evie> Luke is here to give me CPR.  Oof!
[05:25.10] <@Jemler> CatPulmonary Resuscitation?
[05:25.22] <~bynw> 2 reasons - just got home from attending a memorial service in my dad's hometown for those that have passed away during the year. and my dad was one of those that passed away (back in March on my birthday no less)
[05:25.42] <Eyikl> oh no! :(
[05:25.46] <JudyWard> Oh, that's hard! On your birthday.
[05:25.48] <Evie> :-(
[05:25.57] <~bynw> and today would have been Susie's 51st birthday too. my life that could have been.
[05:26.04] <The_Bee> bummer.  I hope you have happy memories.
[05:26.24] <JudyWard> Sorry for your losses. Sending some hugs.
[05:26.44] <~bynw> thanks some days out of the year just suck
[05:26.59] <@Jemler> mine is next month.
[05:26.59] <Evie> Yeah
[05:27.00] <The_Bee> My grandpa's funeral was on my 14th birthday.
[05:27.37] <JudyWard> Caesar wants out. BRB
[05:27.45] <Eyikl> That sounds like bad planning.
[05:28.06] * bynw notes that a few people have posted on Susie's memorial thread at Rhemuthcastle.com it always makes me smile when they do
[05:28.23] <@Jemler> Jan 8 will be 20 years since the anerysm that crippled me.
[05:28.33] <Evie> :-(
[05:28.49] <The_Bee> not a happy anniversary.
[05:29.03] <KK> Bummer.  All kinds of sad memorials for folks.  Maybe we should try to think of good memorial dates, along with the sad ones.
[05:29.26] <@Jemler> well, my birthday's in march.
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[05:29.46] <Eyikl> Hi DR
[05:29.47] <@Jemler> dr!
[05:29.49] <~DesertRose> Hi
[05:29.49] <Evie> I need to look up my forum joining date sometime. I think it was around July of whatever year it was.
[05:29.50] <The_Bee> mine too
[05:29.53] <~DesertRose> I woke up.  :)
[05:29.59] <The_Bee> Hi DR.
[05:30.00] <Evie> Hi DR!
[05:30.03] <Eyikl> yay!
[05:30.30] <Evie> My birthday is coming up this week
[05:30.31] <~DesertRose> It should be in your user profile, Evie (and everyone, really).
[05:30.36] <The_Bee> any progress on getting a new apartment?
[05:30.36] <~DesertRose> Happy birthday to Evie.
[05:30.46] <Evie> Thank you!  :-)
[05:30.57] * DesertRose goes to the chatroom oven and pulls out magical chat cake with magical chat ice cream from the freezer.
[05:30.58] <The_Bee> Happy Birthday, Evie
[05:30.59] <Shiral> Happy Birthday Evie!
[05:31.00] <~DesertRose> Sort of.
[05:31.16] <Shiral> All things are possible in chat
[05:31.18] <Evie> That reminds me, I didn't get around to trying to change the chatroom header yet, given I barely even managed to make it online in time for chat at all.
[05:31.26] <~DesertRose> I'm having to move my stuff out of the old unit in such a way as to avoid bringing any hitchhikers with me, but I don't actually have a new unit yet.
[05:31.32] <@Jemler> how does someone who's only 35 get a 20 yo daughter?
[05:31.46] * Shiral pulls a bottle of chilled prosecco and champagne glasses out of thin air for a birthday toast to Evie
[05:31.48] <~DesertRose> However, I don't owe November's rent and I won't owe rent again until they find me a unit of the right type.
[05:32.09] <The_Bee> Girls younger than that have had babies, Jemler.
[05:32.21] <KK> That's good, then.  But sort of puts a damper on your Christmas activities.
[05:32.52] <Evie> That would be the norm in Gwynedd, jemler.  ;-)  Though fortunately I had another 20 years of growing up behind me before DD came along.  :-D
[05:33.00] <~DesertRose> Sort of.
[05:33.25] <Eyikl> What are you refering to jemler?
[05:33.49] <~DesertRose> My family is kind of stressing me out, and because Carys apparently can't play nicely with ANY other animal (I knew she hated dogs), she's confined to the front bedroom because she starts fights with PJ and Merlin, and I'm not happy about confining her like that but I have no choice.
[05:33.53] <@Jemler> with what?, eyikl?
[05:33.56] <Evie> It's his way of joking that I can't be over 35, which is sweet if rather wishful thinking. ;-)
[05:34.32] <~DesertRose> She also gets to go to the Evil Place (aka the vet) on Wednesday.
[05:34.33] <Eyikl> oh. I see
[05:34.36] <@Jemler> women stop aging ar 35.
[05:34.42] <~DesertRose> She's fine; it's just time for her checkup and vaccinations.
[05:34.45] <The_Bee> Every birthday is my 21st: March 21st.
[05:35.00] <Eyikl> :)
[05:35.07] <@Jemler> me, when i turned 40, i started over. which makes me 14.
[05:35.08] <KK> I like that, Bee. :-)
[05:35.21] <Shiral> Then I stopped aging at 5
[05:35.29] <Shiral> Oh dear.....
[05:35.32] <~DesertRose> Works for people with birthdays late in the month, but I think I'll pass on being twelve for the rest of my life.
[05:35.32] <Evie> Good, I'll borrow that system, Bee.  My birthday will be my 5th.  Sounds about right.
[05:35.33] <JudyWard> Happy Birthday, Evie!
[05:35.44] <The_Bee> If only my body wouldcooperate....
[05:35.50] <Eyikl> I don't think I want to have stopped aging at one.
[05:35.54] <@Jemler> :)
[05:35.57] <~DesertRose> That was an incredibly bad year for me, the general suckage of being twelve aside.
[05:36.09] <Evie> I usually just drop a decimal between the digits anyway, so I can keep acting my age
[05:36.20] <~DesertRose> LOL
[05:36.21] <Shiral> Then we're both 5, Evie =o)
[05:36.32] <Evie> Works for me!
[05:36.53] <~DesertRose> I'm having fun with mine right now.  My next birthday will render me the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.  I can roll with that. :D
[05:36.59] <@Jemler> i don'y know how to act my age. i've never been this old before.
[05:37.05] <Evie> Yeah, I enjoyed that year.  :-D
[05:37.09] <~DesertRose> Wrong fandom, but I imagine most folks get the reference.
[05:37.21] <Evie> Just don't forget your towel
[05:37.24] <~DesertRose> Yup
[05:37.57] <~bynw> no no no, no one is over 9 years old ... take whatever age those wrong calendars say you are and add the individual numbers together. it says i'm 50 so i add 5+0 and get 5. so i'm only 5 right now :) ... if you get a number higher than 9, add those two numbers together for example 49 becomes 13 (which is too high) so that becomes 4
[05:37.58] <@Jemler> i'll have a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster!
[05:38.02] <The_Bee> Will you still be Mostly Harmless, Evie?
[05:38.15] <Evie> I've never actually read the books, but I've heard enough references from them that I knew what to expect even before seeing the movie.
[05:38.19] <~DesertRose> Then I'll be six on my next birthday.
[05:38.27] <~DesertRose> I never have either, nor I have seen the movies in full.
[05:38.42] <~DesertRose> It's just that I hang with enough nerds of various fandoms that I've picked it up.
[05:38.45] <Evie> Mostly.  Depends on who you ask.  :-D
[05:38.56] <The_Bee> I saw the PBS version years ago.
[05:39.03] <Evie> DH has read them all, though
[05:39.11] <@Jemler> i wouldn't mind learning to fly. just throw yourself at the ground and miss.
[05:39.22] <Eyikl> :) Evie. Me too DR.
[05:39.23] <Shiral> Gonna have to go, folks. I'm seeing a movie with my Mom
[05:39.25] <JudyWard> Peter Pan?
[05:39.30] <Evie> And the guy who introduced me to the SCA used to drop references to the books in his letters to me, assuming I knew what he was on about, which I didn't. :-D
[05:39.33] <@Jemler> nite shiral
[05:39.41] <~DesertRose> G'night Shiral
[05:39.43] <JudyWard> Bye Shiral. Enjoy!
[05:39.45] <~bynw> night sis
[05:39.50] <Evie> Goodnight, Shiral
[05:39.51] <The_Bee> bye Shiral.  enjoy your movie and your mom.
[05:39.52] <Eyikl> The POV gun isn't in the books though, I think.
[05:39.55] * Shiral waves farewell, steps onto the portal and disappears in a burst of holly leaves and berries
[05:40.01] <Evie> Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Judy
[05:40.11] <@Jemler> judy, no peter pan you think good thoiughts (which means i'm screwed!) :)
[05:40.20] <Eyikl> Goodnight Shiral
[05:40.22] <Shiral> Seasonally appropriate, but very expensive to set up my portal to do that. =o)
[05:40.26] <Shiral> BYE
[05:40.32] * Shiral (~49df776d@OWIRCN-1bdd9d77.org) Quit (Quit: CGI:IRC)
[05:40.37] <JudyWard> Oh, oh, yes! Read that but it's been YEARS.
[05:40.50] <~DesertRose> Depends on your definition of "good," Jemler.  If one means "virtuous," then you're probably up the creek.  If one means "happy," I'm sure you can find something.  :D
[05:41.11] <Evie> Speaking of portals of another sort, a friend was telling me today of a Portal (as in the game) Christmas tree.  Half of it was set up at one end of the Portal and the other half of the tree emerged from the Portal on the other side of the room. LOL!
[05:41.28] <~DesertRose> A splinched tree? :P
[05:41.31] <~DesertRose> Again, wrong fandom.
[05:41.34] <Evie> Yeah!  :-D
[05:41.48] <Evie> Christmas decorating for gamer geeks. :-D
[05:41.51] <~DesertRose> LOL
[05:41.52] <Eyikl> Yeah, but is there cake?
[05:41.58] <~bynw> there is always cake
[05:42.02] <@Jemler> you mean, like in Spaceballs?
[05:42.02] <Evie> LOL!
[05:42.12] <JudyWard> I'm going to drop out. Have to make dinner. Y'all have a great week ahead & will catch you next Sunday!
[05:42.17] <Evie> Goodnight, Judy
[05:42.20] <@Jemler> nite judy
[05:42.28] <Eyikl> so you can have your cake and eat it too then
[05:42.29] <JudyWard> The_Bee:
[05:42.29] <The_Bee> glad you came, Judy
[05:42.30] <~DesertRose> Night, Judy!
[05:42.36] <JudyWard> Bye!
[05:42.36] <~bynw> night JudyWard
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[05:42.46] <Evie> The cake is not a lie at my house today. MIL made me birthday cupcakes before she left.
[05:43.00] <~DesertRose> And we have magical chat cake that is whatever flavor people want it to be.
[05:43.03] <KK> I'm gonna head out, too.  Lots to do.  See you next week as the usual time.
[05:43.08] <~DesertRose> So Evie the birthday girl gets whatever kind of cake she likes.
[05:43.09] <Evie> Goodnight, KK!
[05:43.14] * bynw can make a cake in 5 minutes
[05:43.15] <@Jemler> nite kk
[05:43.17] <~DesertRose> Okay, g'night KK.  Thanks for coming and see you next week!
[05:43.19] <~bynw> night KK
[05:43.26] <Evie> Fortunately what I like is carrot cake, since I suspect that's what MIL made for me. :-D
[05:43.27] <The_Bee> thaks for coming, KK Have a good week.
[05:43.32] <~DesertRose> Mug cake in the microwave, bynw?
[05:43.32] * KK steps onto her Portal, waves goodnight, and disappears in a shower of green sparkles.
[05:43.39] <Eyikl> goodnight KK
[05:43.47] <~bynw> DesertRose, of course
[05:43.48] <KK> Nighters.
[05:43.49] <~DesertRose> :D
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Memorials / Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
« Last post by Bynw on December 03, 2017, 05:20:59 pm »
I miss her greatly. Happy Birthday Susie.
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Memorials / Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
« Last post by revanne on December 03, 2017, 02:26:31 pm »
Sorry I never met you, my lady. Rest in peace.
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*raises a glass of Fianna's finest in memory of the Mistress of Complications*

Happy birthday in the Land Beyond, dear bright lady!
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Memorials / Re: Rest in Peace: Susan Werner, Zipper Sister, Mistress of Complications
« Last post by Laurna on December 03, 2017, 12:05:31 pm »
On this your birthday, Susan, I hope you are smiling down on us from above. You and I never meet, but I love all the writings you left behind. Through them, you are remembered by me.  Sleep well lady Unicorn636.
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