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 Forestchild's Journal, Preparing for the Adventure
Forestchild
Posted: May 20 2008, 03:30 PM


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(Posted Image)

Well, I guess I am being daring today. I have always enjoyed keeping a journal and making one with my new ALEP friends in mind could be very fun. :pen & paper:

I am not sure how often I will post, but I will post when the fancy hits me and when I have something worthwhile to say.

I have a lot of work ahead of me, as my friend and I decided to come both as hobbits as well as elves. I am also a fan of Gondor, but having two personalities is plenty for now (perhaps too much....). :galadriel:

In our hobbit personas, I am Pimpernel Took, and she is Pearl Took. We are proud to have Pippin as our brother, even though he does have the amazing ability to get himself into trouble. Perhaps it is a family trait (with a mischeivious grin).

In our elven personas, we are from Mirkwood. We are still discovering more about our elven selves, so I will post more when I know it.

September is only a few months away, so I best be getting busy. The anticipation is certainly building.

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Posted: May 21 2008, 02:34 AM


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:pen & paper: Greetings to the journals, Forestchild. I found a book for you that looks as though it came from Gondor by the look of it and posted it above. Happy writing!

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Forestchild
Posted: May 21 2008, 12:20 PM


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Gandalf, thank you ever so much for the lovely book. It is beautiful. And I do believe you are right; it does look as though it came from Gondor. What a wonderful gift indeed.

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Posted: May 21 2008, 05:08 PM


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Well, Forestchild thank you but I will start my own journal page. :reading list:
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Forestchild
Posted: May 21 2008, 07:04 PM


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Hello, Bramblerose. While I certainly do not mind the visit, I am sure you would prefer your own jornal. When you first enter the journal folder, at the top on the right side is start new topic (or something like that). Click on it and post your title and message. You may be able to move your message above over to it. I hope that was some assistance.

Good luck. Visit me anytime you like.

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Forestchild
Posted: May 24 2008, 09:23 PM


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Today was such a lovely day out. A nice breeze and blue sky with but wisps of clouds. I had an appointment this morning, and once that was done, my mother, son, and I made a stop to pick up some more seeds, flowers, and tomatoe and pepper plants.

After lunch, we went to my parent's backyard and began turning the soil. :bag end: My son, who is 4 and a half, helped. He liked to see the worms we uncovered. :pippin: We had a few small boxes off to the side that are designated as his boxes. He has some beautiful flowers and his own cherry tomatoe plant to help tend. We planted some yellow snapdragons (my favorite flower) near his boxes.

Over in the main boxes, we planted the tomatoe and pepper plants along with lettuce seeds. In the second box are going two variety of beans. We are planting potatoes up in the far corner of the yard, and a row of carots closer to the backyard.

:sam gardening: I can hardly wait until the vegetables are ready to pick and a dinner will be nearly completely supplied by the garden. :teacup:

I hope to cut out the pattern this evening for the hobbit bodices. :sewing: I have a piece of green plaid that I think I will use for a first attempt at the bodice and a matching skirt. If it comes out nice, then I will have a nice outfit in addition to my party outfit. It is always good to have changes.

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Posted: May 25 2008, 07:37 PM


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Oh Forest that sounds like a nice garden that you planted. I bet you four year old had a ball. Have a nice weekend.
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Posted: Jun 4 2008, 12:54 PM


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Yesterday and today have been very stormy. :lightning: At times the rain has fallen so hard that visibility has been nearly impossible. There were tornados north and south of me yesterday. And there are more storms today. The patter of rain can be relaxing, but when it comes so fast, it can be very nerve-wrecking.

The garden is sprouting up despite (or possible due to) the rain. The beans have already lifted there heads and grown leaves. The tomatoe and pepper plants have little buds of life appearing. :sam gardening: I look forward to being able to go harvesting with my son. He had fun looking at the herbs yesterday that are sprouting on my mother's porch.

I have not gotten arround to any costuming lately, though I do have the pattern out for my hobbit bodice. My mother, who is a seamstress, is looking through her stores of fabrics and notions to see of she has any interfacing on hand. If not, it shouldn't be too expensive. :sewing: I've also been thinking a little more on my elf dress, as I have a blouse with sleeves that I love, so I am going to try and make my own pattern from the blouse and attach them to the pre-existing dress pattern. The sleeves are long and flowing nearer to the wrist and I like how the fabric drapes around my hands. Oh, the excitement builds.

My sinus infection is still lingering but I think the medication is starting to loosen it up. Hopefully that is a sign that I will soon be well again. I so do not like being sick.

Well, I suppose that is all for now. The rain is coming down harder again outside and I have work to do. More later...

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Posted: Jun 4 2008, 01:25 PM


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:sam gardening:
I think it is simply charming that you are growing a garden. Do keep us up on its progress and what bounty it yields. I very much wanted to make a raised garden this year, but ALEP as taken precedence over that, but Iíll have it to look forward to next year. There is simply nothing like growing and eating from your own garden. Our family always had one in years past, and we almost always ended up giving away part of the harvest as it was simply too much for us to eat. Nice eh?

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Posted: Jun 4 2008, 01:38 PM


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It is always nice to be able to share the harvest. I hope you are able to get your garden set up for next year. It is certainly a rewarding expereince. Perhaps we will have the opportunity to discuss gardening at ALEP.

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gandalf the grey
Posted: Jun 4 2008, 02:15 PM


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As for your sinus infection, this may help:

:mortar & pestle Sinus & Congestion Tea

Here is a nice formula to use for sinus headaches and congestion. It works like a charm!

1oz. Elder flower

1 oz. Eyebright

1 oz. Echinacea herb

1/2 oz. Orange peel

1/2 oz. Dandelion leaf

1/4 oz. Goldenrod


To make: Mix all herbs together in a jar. Put 1 tsp. herb in a cup and fill with boiling water. Cover and steep about 20 minutes.

Traditionally dosage is 1 cup, 3-4 times a day.

You should get relief within a day but continue to take for a number of days if you know when allergies are worst for you (Spring, Fall), you take 3-4 months before that season begins as a preventative.

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Forestchild
Posted: Jun 4 2008, 05:35 PM


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Thank you for the recipe. And I do enjoy tea, so that is ideal. Now to just find all the ingredients... :)

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I get sinus headaches, I'll have to try this next time one comes on.

:mortar & pestle

Now, to find fresh ingredients! My local health food store has dried herbs, but I'm not so certain about their turn-around time. Some of the containers were covered in dust in their display, I may have to look online to see if we have any local herb farms.
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Posted: Jun 5 2008, 12:18 AM


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You have encouraged me to have my own journal, Forrestchild. I also will write when I can and when I have something to contribute.


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Forestchild
Posted: Jun 6 2008, 02:47 AM


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Happy journaling, melianndoriath. :pen & paper: It is quit enjoyable.

The stormy weather finally broke. Today it was sunny and hot.

My son is sleeping so I thought this was a good opportunity to write a little. While I am hoping to cut out my green plaid for my hobbit outfit over the weekend, I am doing some research on Mirkwood elves.

Trying to learn as much as possible so that I can better design my dress. Still have to develop my elven identity as well. Very exciting.

Well, I am tired, so I don't think I will be up too much longer. :hobbit window: I'll go make sure everything is locked up, and then it's off to bed for me as well.

Good night, all. More tomorrow perhaps.

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Posted: Jun 6 2008, 03:13 PM


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Forest the material sounds very nice. I really use to enjoy the peace and quiet when my kids where in bed. I use to go and just stare at them and wonder at the miracle of children. We will see if Meli starts her journal soon. ;) Just kidding I am sure she will.
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Posted: Jun 7 2008, 01:54 AM


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It is night. :moon: My son is relaxing and so I am going to cut out the bodice pattern for the hobbit outfit. My friend, Jenny (sister, Pearl Took) :hobbit lass red: is coming by tomorrow and I hope we are able to cut out the fabric for out for our bodices and skirts. :sewing: I found another pattern for the blouse, but we still need to get fabric for that.

I have been doing a little more exploring into Mirkwood elves. I am even more pleased with the fabric I have chosen. It is dark grey with small silver flowers. I will try to get a picture scanned and add it here as soon as I can.

My son and I were over at my parents tonight. :bag end: The garden is looking very nice. The tomatoes have little yellow flowers setting on and the beans look about ready to start climbing. Nothing yet from the potatoes or carrots, but it is still early yet.

It looks like there may be four of us sharing a room at ALEP. :bed: I am very excited to have the opportunity to meet them in person. I am so excited about meeting fellow Tolkien and LOTR fans.

I hope eveyone has a good weekend. I hope to write more tomorrow.

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Posted: Jun 8 2008, 01:12 AM


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Last night :moon: I sat on my bedroom floor and cut out the hobbit bodice pattern, then started cutting the fabric. As I was doing that I had a brain storm; why not have a reverseable bodice. So that is what I am attempting to do.

This evening I have tacked together both bodices. I have them pinned together to see where I need to cut the arm holes. I will then go back and "sew" each bodice, then carefully stitch the wrong sides together, thus reinforcing the seams at the same time. I will then stitch a "border" around the edges.

And yes, I am hand sewing it. :sewing: My mom has the machine, and she will definitely be helping me with the elf dress. I think I will enjoy hand-sewing my hobbit outfit.

Jenny (Pearl Took) :hobbit lass red: came by today and we discussed our costumes. We went to the fabric store and she picked out the green and brown she wanted for her elf outfit. She wanted to work with the hand-woven belt I'd made her for Christmas.

The outfits are starting to come into existence. It is exciting.

Well, it is time for my son to go get a bath. :bilbo: (He likes this icon!)

More later.

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Posted: Jun 8 2008, 05:52 PM


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Forest how exciting for you. I am so proud of you and in awe of your confidence that allows you to hand sew your Hobbit outfit. You go girl. Enjoy those precious moments with your son. The years just seem to fly so enjoy every precious moment. My youngest daughter is getting married in November :rosiesam: and I am a little emotional about it. Can you tell? :lol:
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Posted: Jun 10 2008, 01:24 PM


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Thank you, Bramblerose. I know machine sewing is faster, but there's something rewarding in hand-sewing.

Since I need more interfacing and the assistance of my mother to pin the garmet to me to see where I need to further cut the arm holes, the bodice will have to wait a few days.

Last night I worked on the Mirkwood elf characters. I am Tauriel and Jenny is Randirwen. Very nice names, if I do say so myself. We are still discussing our backstory, but it is so much fun to create identities; roles to assume.

Well, I have to get back to work. More soon to come...

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Posted: Jun 12 2008, 02:21 PM


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My parents came to my place last night. :bag end: My son was happy to have them over. We ate dinner. :teacup: Mom helped pin my bodice to me so that she could mark the arm holes for me. She was very impressed with my work so far. Since my mother is a seamstress, I'm always happy to hear that from her. Besides, she has always been impressed with my hand-sewing. :sewing:

After dinner we went to the park. :bilbo: My son got to ride his bike and play on the gym equipment. We had some icecream after we got home.

I've got my hobbit skirt in the green plaid cut out. I've stitched the side seams. I'm going to tie it on the sides, so I'll have a front and back wait band. I gathered the front and started on the waistband last night, but ran out of steam. So, I had to head to bed. :campsite:

In addition to the sewing, Jenny and I have been working on our elf alter-egos. We have a brother who is deceased, and so this is what we have so far...

He was among the forces of Greenwood led by Oropher and Thranduil that fought Sauron during the War of the Last Alliance at the end of the Second Age. He fell alongside Oropher during the assault on the gates of Mordor. :legolas: Thranduil returned to Greenwood with but a third of his army. Randirwen (Jenny) resolved to take up our brother's place and assumed the duty of patrol. Tauriel (me) was still young but remembered the void of his absence.

Sauron secretly came to Greenwood around 1050 of the Third Age and built his stronghold on Amon Lanc. It became known as Dol Guldur, the Hill of Black Magic. It was at that point that a great shadow fell upon Greenwood and it came to be called Mirkwood. Randirwen's patrols became all the more important as evil creatures, including the Great Spiders :shelob: , came to live in our woods. At first Tauriel was saddened by the dark and gloom that perviated the forest, but resolved to seek out the beauty that still remained and aid in its preservation. She became particularly fascinated by the black Emperor butterflies that lived in the treetops.
Still working on details, but not bad for a start.

Plan to do more on the skirt tonight and maybe a little on the bodice. Though I think the bodice is going to be a project for the weekend and next week.

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Posted: Jun 12 2008, 03:20 PM


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Very interesting history for your character. That is a good thing about having an 'as-yet-unknown' character ~ you get to create their past. Quite enjoyable. I (usually) go to these events as Gandalf, so I not only have my history already, but I have to learn it too, for many have asked me questions about my character and I had no idea as to the correct answer, ha.

I look forward to reading more on your history!

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Posted: Jun 12 2008, 04:10 PM


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Oh Forest your history is great. I really enjoyed reading it. Hey you could write fanfiction.
Oh your mom is a seamstress so for her to say you are doing a great job with your sewing must really make you feel proud. :sewing:
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Posted: Jun 12 2008, 04:48 PM


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Thank you Gandalf and Bramblerose for your words of encouragement. I am a student of history and of course anything LOTR, so it is fun to combine them and create characters. THough I have to admit that this is the first time I have ever assumed a character's identity. Rather exciting...

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Posted: Jun 17 2008, 03:02 AM


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I haven't been able to do as much sewing as I would like, but my eyes are not cooperating with me right now. Saw my eye doctor this morning and I've got a drop every two hours in one eye and he's upped the ointment in my other to four times a day. It did not make work easy and blurred vision is not good for hand sewing.

While I sat at my dining room table waiting for my son to go to sleep, I worked some on my waistband. :sewing: It is coming along. Slowly, but surely.

My son and I ate dinner over at my parents tonight. Afterwards we went to the backyard and looked at the garden. :sam gardening: Everything is looking so lovely. The beans are winding their way up the poles very nicely. The lettuce needs to be thinned. Peppers and tomatoes are setting on. So far nothing from the carrots, but there are 6 hills of potatoes sprouting green. Very lovely.

With each passing day I am more excited about ALEP. It has been a great pleasure meeting everyone on the boards, and so I can hardly wait to meet people in person and put faces with names.

It is late and morning comes all too soon. And so, I am off to bed. :hobbit window: Night to all...

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Posted: Jun 18 2008, 03:29 AM


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:sam gardening:
That is interesting news of your garden. Do keep us up on its progress. I dearly love a garden, but had to forfeit one this year because of the event. Next year I shall raise a mighty garden! We will have to visit the gardens at the village at some point during the event. They grow herbs too!

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Posted: Jun 25 2008, 01:04 PM


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Sorry I have not written lately, but much has been happening. My son was sick, but is fine now. I think I've developed his sore throat.

Over the weekend we attended the Civil War Reenactment at Georgetown, KY. Much smaller event this year as politics seemed to have kept many away, but I still had an incredible time. My parents, son, and I all attended. We had a tent set up though we stayed in a hotel. :campsite: The tent provided a place to go during the day. It also provided a location for the others in our group to come share lunch with us. :grouphug: And it certainly helped that the tent was beside a tree. :tree: Great for shade. It also gave a good hiding place for when my son and I played tag and hide-and-seek. I pulled the lanyard both days on the cannon. :catapult: Very exhilirating, as always. The group had a glass-plate photo done. It is an incredible image. Very haunting. My son especially catched my attention, as I feel as though I am seeing him as he would have been in the mid-nineteenth century.

But in other news, the garden is growing very nicely. :sam gardening: Looks as though we may have fresh lettuce for dinner tonight.

I am still working on my green plaid hobbit skirt. :sewing: I got the waistbands done. As least that's one small task accomplished. Still have the hem and to add the ties, but then the skirt will be done. My next job will be to tackle the bodice.

I am hoping that everyone is well.

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Posted: Jul 2 2008, 01:34 PM


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I need to try and write more often. :pen & paper: But so much has been happening lately, I have not had the time, sorry to say.

The garden at my mother's is coming along very nicely. We've had fresh lettuce this week. Very crisp. Tomatoes have set on. I am happy to say that my son's tomatoe plants set on first and are so far the largest. :sam gardening: He is very proud of that. And his flowers look lovely too. He is my little Samwise.

The beans are climbing everything they touch and the cucumbers have large flowers on them. The potatoes are bushing up nicely. I think the only thing that is not coming in is the carrots. The herbs and hanging baskets on the porch are doing very nicely as well.

My skirt is coming along, though I had to take a break from sewing for a few days. :sewing: My eyes have been giving me some problems and so I've tried to rest them some from the hand sewing. :calendar: But time is certainly passing and I've got a lot of week to do, so I might have to work a little at a time to get everything finished in time.

I hope to write more soon, but I have tasks that need attending to.

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Posted: Jul 3 2008, 01:35 PM


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Today is swin day at my son's daycare. They take wading pools out and set them up in the parking circle for the kids to splash around in. I think there are going to be several disappointed children as the sky is darkening and I've heard storms are moving in. Perhaps they will make it out there before it comes.

I am hoping that it is nice at ALEP. But even if there is rain, I think we will still have an incredible time.

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Posted: Jul 3 2008, 11:53 PM


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Forest rain at ALEP would not be a problem. We are bringing LOTR trivial pursuit and just being with all the people I am so looking forward to meet would satisfy me. Did your son get to swim?
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Posted: Jul 5 2008, 12:23 AM


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My son did get to swim at day care. It started to sprinkle as they were gathering the children to go back inside.

Got off work early yesterday, and spent a few hours sewing on my hobbit skirt. The hem is done. All that remains is to add the drawstrings to the sides of the front and back waist bands. It is a good feeling to knew that I have created this. And it does look nice.

Making the drawstrings is time consuming, but knewing that the whole skirt has been hand-sewn is very rewarding. :sewing: My mother thinks it is good work. That makes me happy.

Once the skirt is complete I will take a few pictures. Then I will tackle the bodice. I got the fabric for the blouse; white with a faint white floral design. I like the pattern I found for the blouse, but I will have to work with it as the pattern is about 4 sizes too small. One item at a time. :hourglass: And time is running out.

Happy Fourth of July! I am proud to be an American. I am trying to help my son to understand why today is such an important day. For now, it is Happy Birthday to the USA. :cake:

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Posted: Jul 7 2008, 01:27 PM


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The plaid skirt is complete. I finished the ties Saturday evening. Last night I worked on stiching the two bodice fronts, as it will be reversable. I hope to finish cutting out the interfacing tonight and then start working the bodice together. I hope it will be easier than I think it will be.

On Saturday, went with my mom and aunt to the fabric store. Picked up a nice grey satin for the collar of the elf dress. Got a silver frog for the cape. Just need to find a dark lining for it as I don't want the cape to cling to my dress. At first I was concerned with the dress being so dark, but the more I look at the fabric and the pattern, the happier I am about it. I like the long flowing sleeves, but do not think it would be very useful for a Mirlwood elf taken to looking for woodland creatures. The dress will be dark grey with silver flowers and vining and the cape will be a lighter grey with a dark leaf pattern. Just talking about the dress is making me excited. This outfit mom is halping me with as I do not think I would have the time to hand sew it as well as my hobbit outfit.

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sounds great!! You're coming along. yep, help can be a good thing.

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Posted: Jul 10 2008, 12:54 PM


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Thanks, Dora. And yes it is wonderful to have help.

I pinned the two bodice fronts with the interfacing in between on Tuesday evening. Wow! That was a pain. And now the bodice looks like a armor breast plate...

In any case, I think I'm going to work with it to not have it quite so rigid, then work on stitching the three layers together, then use some dark green bias tape to finish off all the edges. :sewing: I will try to take pictures of my progress.

Yesterday was my great uncle's funeral. It is sad how it takes a death to get some people together. And it is even sadder when there seems to be disbute over "inheritence" as the will was not very clear and there is a "girlfriend" in the mix trying to get what she can. I don't care about money or material goods. There are only three things that he possessed that I want: a quilt my great-great-grandmother had made, the homestead key that had been made into a broach, and a box of family photos dating back to the mid-1800s. But who knows if I'll ever even get to see those items again. The sad part is, he never had children, the only family is my dad and his brother and sister, and neither of them had children, just my dad. So my son and I are the end of the family. I want these things so that they can be preserved and the family memories and heirlooms can be passed to my son when he is of age. Overall, it is a sad situation.

I have plenty of work to keep me busy at work, and I am hoping to work on my sewing this evening as I try to relax. I fear that this bodice will keep me busy for a while.

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Forestchild, I hate it when a love ones passing cause such conflict within a family. when my grandmother died on my dad's side my dad said take what you want before the hordes get here. I took a small porcelain angel that would remind me of her. Reminds me of the goings on at Bilbo's when they thought he was dead or was not coming back. Hang in there.
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Posted: Jul 10 2008, 08:24 PM


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Thank you, Bramblerose. It is a trying time, but we will get through. I am glad that the angel reminds you of your grandmother. That is very sweet.

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Posted: Jul 11 2008, 01:41 AM


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Forestchild, I'm so sorry to hear about your great-uncle. Yes, it is a shame that sometimes a funeral is the only time a family all gets together. My family is sorta the same way :( I'm trying to make more of an effort to go north for things (my sisters are already close), but my brother... well he came up for our oldest brother's memorial last Christmas, but I doubt he'll be up for our mother's 80th birthday. We need more weddings! I don't want to have to bury family to see family. grmph.

Oh, those items sure sound like treasures! I hope you are able to get them. They sound very precious. I'm the caretaker for a lot of family heirlooms, unfortunately I have no idea what will happen to them. I have no children, and my only brother has 2 sons who don't seem to have any interest at all in things on that side of the family. And with one of them gay... tough to say whether he'll have any kids. our line is kinda petering out as well. :blink:

BTw, don't worry too much about the bodice looking like armor :lol: that's pretty normal. It will soften with wear - and it's supposed to help support and shape you anyway. Boning it is mostly to keep areas from rolling up.

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Posted: Jul 11 2008, 12:42 PM


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Good to hear from you, Dora.

A lot of families seem so dispersed these days. I am an only child and have always been close to my parents. Now with my son, I am trying to instill that in him. But we have such a small extended family and most of the older family members I gre up around have passed.

My son lacks in aunts and uncles. I am an only child and his father is one as well, though he does have two younger step brothers, one of whom he is fairly close with. So he is uncle. No blood relation perhaps, but my little man sure has fun when he comes over. ANd that's what matters.

Thank you for the encouragement with my bodice. My boyfriend has taken to calling it my bullet proof vest....

I do think it will be fine once I can actually sit down and start working with it. And it is my first attempt at a hand-sewn bodice, so I think I'll be happy to get it finished. I am hoping to get it worked on over the weekend.

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Posted: Jul 11 2008, 01:30 PM


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QUOTE
My son lacks in aunts and uncles. I am an only child and his father is one as well, though he does have two younger step brothers, one of whom he is fairly close with. So he is uncle. No blood relation perhaps, but my little man sure has fun when he comes over. ANd that's what matters.


speaking as one who grew up with 4 parents, 2 brothers, 1 step brother, and 2 step sisters... (we had a Brady Bunch family, but with all the parents and grandparents!), when kids are young (I think my oldest step sib was... 9?) it really makes no difference whether someone is a step-whatever or biological. It hurts just as much when one passes on. I'm probably closer with my step sisters than I am to my remaining bio-brother. My aunts and uncles, were always considered 'aunts and uncles'. I knew to whom they were related, but visiting didn't seem any different whether they were my father's brother's family or my step-mother's sister's family.

It's the personal relationship that develops that counts. biology only matters when dealing with medical history and genealogy :lol: I'm glad your son has a good relation with his uncle - that's what he's going to grow up and care about.

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Posted: Jul 14 2008, 12:46 PM


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Dora it sounds like you do have a close family, and that is very special. So many families seem so rushed these days.

I stitched the fron panel of my bodice on Sunday so that the two fronts and the interfacing are all stitched together. :sewing: I think I will have to stictch the bodice in sections, for time sake, then finish with taping the edges, and adding the gromets for the back lacing.

On Saturday my mother, son, and I made a run to the fabric store. That's where I picked up the gromets. While there I found some lovely butterfly charms. :lonely mountain: They are ideal for my elf costume, especially with Tauriel's intrest in the Black Emperor Butterflies of Mirkwood. I think I am going to work them into hair clips somehow, that way I can wear them in the future, beyond ALEP.

The garden is beautiful at my parents'. In fact, my son picked his first cherry tomatoe on Sunday. :sam gardening: He was very proud of his tomatoe, and said it was delicious. There are numerous tomatoes on the other plants, but they have yet to turn red. The pepers are coming along very nicely, and there will be beans to pick come mid-week. The fresh herbs have already made dinners so much more flavorful. Gardening is wonderful.

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Posted: Jul 17 2008, 12:56 PM


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I've been working on my bodice one panel at a time. It is time consuming, but I am taking my time and trying to make my stitches as even as possible. :sewing: It is coming along nicely, though I still have a lot of work to do on it.

Yesterday my son and I ate dinner at my parents. Afterwards, we went out back and picked our first mess of beans. :sam gardening: I also got the first green pepper. While my son splashed around in his wading pool and trying to squirt us with his spray bottle, mom and I sat and broke beans. :village: We will have them for dinner Friday night. There's one pear tomatoe plant that has a good 50 tomatoes on it! If they make it, we will be set for tomatoes. We're talking about canning a few pints. They'd sure be appreciated come winter. :teacup:

Jenny and I are going to get together on Saturday so that we can try the pattern on her for her elf and hobbit outfit and start getting the fabric cut. Mom is going to help sew her outfit. :hourglass: Time is running out and I think we'll both feel better when our outfits are done and ready to be worn.

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I'm cutting out more pattern pieces in preparation for tomorrow. :sewing: Jenny and I are getting together with my Mom to begin work on her hobbit and elf costumes.

Tonight my parents, son, and I ate the first mess of green beans from our garden. It was delicious! :teacup: Mom cooked the beans with small red potatoes, and a big hunk of meat and fresh herbs. Mmmm! It was wonderful.

My son told his teacher at daycare abut picking his first tomatoe, and that we were going to eat green beans from our garden. :sam gardening: He was very proud of that. I do believe he is my little Samwise.

ALEP is fast appraoching....

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Posted: Jul 19 2008, 01:23 PM


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:) sounds like youre garden is doing very well! :)

You're handsewing your bodice? There are a couple of tricks with handsewing. If you're doing a general running stitch (like basting, only small, neat stitches), depending on the length of your needle you can 'load' it up with 4-6 stitches before you pull the needle through - then take 1 back stitch to lock the set (that back stitch is great: should anything happen and a stitch pop, the whole seam won't fall apart, only to where the back stitch is! This is called a 'locked running stitch'). Now, by loading the needle with stitches, you can see that they are all the same length (yes, most handsewers will pretty much count the threads in a stitch :rolleyes: ), and by letting go of the needle when it's loaded (it's not going anywhere, no worries) you can see if it's level with the seam you have finished or if it's angling off. This is a big help in keeping the seam straight. I usually check for level every few needles full, unless I'm feeling suspicious. Now, if you are sewing on something with a stripe, that makes it nice and easy to keep level :lol: :lol: Ok - if you are sewing through a bunch of layers and it's too heavy to do a needle-full of running stitches, your only choice is the basic 'stick & stab' which there just is no help for. Yeah, sometimes it's the only way. But still try to put in a back stitch now and again.

If you're back-stitching the seams (best for any seam that will be under a lot of stress: undergarments usually were always backstitched, and any area that is tight or supportive usually gets backstitched, other seams just get locked running stitches to be done with them), you can only do 1 at a time - but you can still use the needle to check against what you have already sewed to see if you are staying level.

Can ya tell I've done a lot of hand-sewing??

Oh! one other trick: thread. There actually is a 'grain' to the thread; ok, it's really a spin. If you find that you are getting a lot of knots in your thread there are three things you can do.
1) wax your thread with beeswax or parafin - just hold a thumb of finger against the thread on the wax and pull the thread through. I usually wax 2 sides. This makes the thread a little stiffer and keeps the fuzzy bits down so it slides through easier.
2) don't use too long a length of thread (I'm bad - I always use long pieces :rolleyes: <_< , but it's generally suggested to use less than an arm's length).
3) Use it in the right direction! Thread has a spin to it (don't ask me if thread is z-spun or s-spun, I can never remember! and I personally tend to spin backwards on my drop spindle anyway) and this will affect how it knots up on you. when you are pulling the thread off the spool, hold onto the end (or at least note where it falls) that you've cut. Knot THAT end!! then thread the other end into the needle. This is important because it keeps down the extra spin that happens when you handsew. If you've threaded backwards, you may notice that your thread seems to twist up on you a lot, and you have to hang the needle down and let it untwist. That's a sign that you've threaded backwards - and you'll get a lot more knots due to twist-up this way.

Yeah, I've taught beginning hand-sewing at conventions :rolleyes: . If you're machine sewing, that's much easier, just have at it!

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Posted: Jul 21 2008, 01:19 PM


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Thanks, Dora, for the sewing advice. It is much appreciated. I tend to use the back-stitch alot, I guess wanting to make sure everything is going to stay where I put it. With the bodice I've got too many layers to so a running stitch, though that would have been nice. I've got one more panel to do, and then it will be the back, where I need to put the eyelets or gromets, ow whatever they are properly called.

And speaking of those things, any suggestions on what I should use, since I am making the bodice reverseable and want both sides to be presentable. My dad put some on a wide belt some years back and there was obviously a right and wrong side to the belt, as the gromets "spread out" on the wrong side once in.

Saturday, Jenny and I saw my Mom to discuss her hobbit outfit. We're tacking the elf outfit once the bobbit costume is complete. Pearl will have a blue/red plaid bodice, pale blue blouse, dark blue over skirt and dark purple underskirt. We had fun fitting the pattern and "cutting" out the skirt. My mom can rip fabric stright, so once she knows where something needs to be cut off at, she notches it with scissors, gets a hold of the sides, and rips. I forgot to tell Jenny this. The look in her eyes when my mom ripped into her skirt fabric was priceless. I wish I had my camera. By hey, it works.

Was at Michaels the other day when they were having a sale on beads and such. Found a beautiful pendant with a little bunch of flowers with a silver etched border. Originally I thought the flowers were painted, but noticed later that they had been pressed under the glass. I have strung it on a piece of green ribbon and it makes a very nice necklace. Very hobbity, I believe. As Pimpernel Took, I will either wear it as a necklace, or as a broach on my bodice, It will look lovely wither way.

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Dora does give wonderful advice; it's clear she knows what she's doing! Me, I just plow ahead and hope for the best most of the time! :P At least Gwynnyd helps me out when I really mess up!

I usually make my bodices reversible, and rarely bother with the look of the "wrong" side, since few people seem to notice. But if you want to make it really nice, you could always overwrap the metal rings of the grommets with thread, either matching or contrasting with the colour of the bodice. It takes a while but since you're taking the time to sew your outfits by hand, you may be willing to do it. (As I said, I don't usually bother, but then I'm a bit lazy when it comes to sewing.) Just go around and around the metal, keeping the thread nice and tight, until the whole thing is hidden, leaving only a pretty thread covered opening for your ties. I have seen this done on some of the costumes at our local RenFaire, and the end result is quite nice.

It's going to be great seeing your finished outfits. They sound delightful, with the colours you've picked and the accessories; the little flower pendant sounds lovely.

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Patti, that is a lovely piece of advice. Thank you. I think that is what I will probably end up doing. That last hand-done touch.

It certainly has been fun picking out the fabrics and designing the costumes. Finding the accessories has been delightful.

I am excited to see everyone in the hobbity, elvish, wizardy, etc. garbs. I think ALEP will most definitely be an event none of us will ever forget.

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aw shucks, the both of you! I just plow ahead and hope for the best most of the time! tongue.gif - I do a lot of that too! :rolleyes: :lol:

Ok: technically speaking (and I say this beause sometimes packaging lies :rolleyes: ), an eyelet is a 1 piece thing that when you smash it, it spreads out on the back side. A grommet is a two piece thingy: spread a hole in the fabric with an awl or knitting needle (try not to ever cut threads, it makes the holes weaker), poke the bigger end through from the bottom, stick the thinner end into the part sticking up, smash with a hammer (put a wood block underneath so you don't leave marks on the floor!). While the two different sides are slightly different, it's not that big a deal to reverse the garment and have the other side out. Or you can get metal rings and handstitch over them as Patti suggested - again, it's best to spread the hole apart rather than cutting into the fabric if possible.


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See, the packaging did lie. It's says it's an eyelet, but it's two pieces. Interesting. Well, I will work the hole as you suggest. I want it to remain as strong and durable as it can. This is one major reason why it is so much fun to post here. There are so many knowledgeable folks. :)

I did stitch the last panel last night. :sewing: Or rather, the last panel I had pinned. I still have the back to fit interfacing in. Followed by the grommets, and the bionding around the edges, and I can't forget the trim down the sides of the front pannels. I got a dark green ribbon for the side with the salmon front and green plaid and a lacier piece for the side that is completely salmon. Make both "fronts" as nice as possible.

Mom finished Jenny's blue skirt last night and has the bodice cut out. She's picking the interfacing up from my place later this morning. Get the hobbit outfit done, then move on to the elf outfit. And she still gets to help me with mine. Thank goodness it is still July. :calendar:

We has some pretty nasty weather come through around 2 a.m. :lightning: Ended up moving my son to the couch just in case it got bad enough that we had to seek better shelter. The appartment building we live in does have a basement, but I really don't like being down there. :hobbit window: I must admit that it's creepy down there. But thankfully, it didn't get quite that bad. However, when we were headed to daycare this morning, we saw a car with a huge tree limb on it, the back windshield smashed out and the roof caved in. I though that crack of thunder sounded awfully loud last night. There was considerable debris about.

Well, more later. For now, I must work. :hobbit computer:

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QUOTE (Forestchild @ Jul 22 2008, 09:09 AM)
The appartment building we live in does have a basement, but I really don't like being down there.  :hobbit window: I must admit that it's creepy down there. But thankfully, it didn't get quite that bad.

Basements. My grandparents had one I was mortally afraid of when I was young. My great-grandfather on my motherís side died at the foot of the stairs leading down into the impenetrable darkness, and I was always afraid that if I opened the door and looked down I might see something looking back!
:ghost:
Curiously, one night my grandfather told me I went sleepwalking (which I am not prone to do) and he followed me. He said I walked to the basement door, opened it and started to head down the stairs (and the darkness. Goodness knows what I would have done had I woken up!). He said he called to me and suggested I go back to bed. Halfway down the stairs by now, I replied ĎOkí, and turned and went right back to bed. I was in disbelief the next morning when he told me. He said he knew I was sleepwalking because I would have never have done that otherwise. Now, why I chose to go down into the basement in the middle of the night, I have no idea.

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Posted: Jul 24 2008, 04:05 PM


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Now that is a rather creepy tale, Gandalf. I must wander why you would have walked there in your sleep like that. (Shivers)

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I grew up in a house with a basement, and my brothers enjoyed terrorizing me way too much. Whenever I go downstairs I still have to remind myself that they are no longer there to jump out at me. :rolleyes:
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The sky appears slightly overcast this morning. Since the storms earlier in the week, it's been realatively cool. :tree: :tree: I have wanted to take walks in the woods, but have not had the time to do so.

Last night I finished the last panel to my bodice. At this point both fronts and the interfacing are completely stitched together. Now I can begin binding the edges, adding the trim to the front panel of both bodice "fronts", and work on the "gromets". :sewing: It still sounds like a lot of work, and will probably take me the next week or two to complete, but it will be well worth it.

Mom is making my blouse after all. Originally I was going to hand stitch it as well, but she did offer, and I'm worried that I might run out of time. :hourglass: In fact, she should have it finished for me this evening.

In other news, I am really trying to keep myself on my writing schedule. :pen & paper: There is a submission deadline Sunday, and I have two stories to finish retyping and send off. I have written for as long as I can remember. This past year I made the decision that I would get published. :book: And so I have been sending out submissions, about one a month. So far, nothing has been accepted, but it never will if I do not continue to submit them.

Well, I've got to get back to work. :hobbit computer: Got to do that so I can pay the bills.

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Thank you, Rosie. It's adream I've had since childhood, and finally decided to pursue it. I've turned hopes into actions. I will remian optimistic, and believe me, if I do get published, everyone will hear about it.

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A rejection letter is not a bad thing; it's proof you are a professional. I keep remembering how many rejection letters JK Rowling received. Best wishes, Forestchild!
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Yesterday, I finished putting the trim on the salmon side of the bodice. Jenny came by my parents' so that mom could fit her bodice. It's almost ready to be put together and the waistbands for the skirts need to be brought in a little. :hobbit lass red: Jenny seems even more excited about being a hobbit after putting th items on and seeing herself in the mirror. Her hair is curly and looks great.

At lunch, we ate yellow tomatoes from the garden. :sam gardening: They are finally starting to turn from green to nice shades of yellow and red. But in so doing, they are getting the attention of the squirrels. :squirrel: Ugh! Trying to keep them away from out beautiful vegetables.

I sent to stories in this morning. The deadline is July 31 so I was cutting it closer than I like to. :pen & paper: This was rather challenging as the piece could only be 1,000 words or less. I think both are good, and hope to get good news back. I'll be sure to share here if I do.

The sun is out. :lonely mountain: It was rather grey this morning, and cool, but it seems to have cleared up some. I hope it stays cooler. Well, I must get back to work. :hobbit computer:

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Forest good luck on your stories. I know they are not healthy but I really enjoy eating fried green tomatoes. I love tomatoes in everything. You are really coming along with your costume. I can't wait to meet you at ALEP. :village:
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Let us know how the stories turned out.

I have never eaten a fried green tomato but all this reading of them has gotten my mouth watering.

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That is a popular dish here in KY, and my mother raises her own tomatoes and makes GFT at times. Odo and I stopped at the Old (and haunted) Talbot Inn near hear and he got Green fried tomatoes. They said it was a very popular dish among guests.

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I guess it's been a little while since I last posted.

I am continueing to work on my bodice, though progress is slow. :sewing: I am still working on adding the binding to the edges. After that, I still have the grommets to add. But at least it is coming a long. Mom is working on the binding on Jenny's bodice too. We are getting so excited about being hobbits.

I think we've decided that once the outfits are complete, we're going to wear them to the local woods for a photo shoot. :lonely mountain: It's just too much fun not to have pictures taken in the outfits. I think our hobbit outfits are definitely going to be done before our elf outfits, but that's okay.

We're getting a nice amount of tomatoes now. My son is enjoying going out picking a ripe cherry tomatoe, wiping it on his shirt, and eating it. :sam gardening: He gets a big grin on his face when he tells us it was good. The green beans have lots of blooms so we should have more beans here soon. The peppers have been very crisp and sweet. Growing vegetables is very rewarding.

I have heard back on both of the stories I had submitted. The first one was rejected, but with some suggestions. The second one was held for voting, but it was also rejected. Once again, I was provided with suggestions. I will not loose hope, but it did have me down for a little while. :book: But I keep telling myself that I haven't found the right market for the different pieces.

I've let them know here at work that I need some time off in late September. In fact, I've got to turn my time off in tomorrow. :hobbit computer: I work at a university and classes are actually starting that week. But I am making the promise that everything necessary will be done prior to my leaving and that any changes that will be necessary can be done when I get back. I am not missing ALEP for anything. :calendar: I've been looking forward to it for too long now.

: ALEP :

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Sure hope the Uni & "the kids" let you take off! ;)

I figure right now I have maybe another year of attending conventions with my daughter; afterwards she'll possibly be away at college and going with friends if she goes at all. So, school-work permitting, I don't have a problem with her missing a day of school to attend one of her favorite anime or manga conventions.

Unfortunately, ALEP would require her to miss 5 days of school if she attended. So I guess it's somewhat good that she doesn't want to come.

I'd love to try my hand at a vegetable garden, but I think Mr. Bunny-buns, who hangs out in our backyard, would just help himself to everything.
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It's been a few days since I last wrote.

My son's granfather (boyfriend's step father)died on Friday. He was diagnosed with cancer about 3 months ago. It was a rollercoaster ride; good days, bad days, good days, and then things got bad. The last few days were the worst. My boyfriend left Saturday around 2 a.m. to go to TN with his younger step brother.

His desires were to be cremated. The family will gather in early September for a memorial.

My son is not quite 5 and is trying to grasp that his "Bumpaw" is gone. He didn't get to see him often, but remembers him and often dons a mustache (finger under his nose) to imitate "Bumpaw". I'm trying to let him know that it's okay that we can't see him now and that we can still love him, but it is a hard lesson to learn.

I'll be happy when my boyfriend gets back late tonight. It's about a 4 hour drive back from where they live.

While he's been gone, my little man and I have tried to keep busy. My parents are having a yard sale this coming weekend, so I've been going through alot of my son's clothing that no longer fit. I'm keeping special outfits and a few things especially in smaller sizes, just in case (though not planning on anymore right now). There's a lot of clothes, especially children's clothes, and books, those I no longer read. There are all sorts of other odds and ends. Not planning on getting rich, but making a little money would be nice, and it would be great to get the extra space.

I've made some progress on my bodice. I'm working on binding the edges. It's almost done. then it will be the gromets. I'm not looking forward to those.

Well, I'd better be getting off here. Take care all.

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Forestchild, I'm so sorry for your loss - and your son's loss. It's very hard for a child to understand and get used to. My brother died of cancer after 3 weeks, just before christmas last year (was diagnosed at Thanksgiving) and his sons 16 & 20 are still working at coping.

Your son's term for his grandfather made me smile! some of my nephews call my dad 'Bumpa' (and my mum is of course 'Bum')! I've never heard anyone who used anything similar. :)

I think everyone will feel better when your BF gets home. I know it sounds trite, but time does heal. doesn't make it hurt any less, but lets you get on with things.

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Oh, don't worry too much about the grommets! I know they seem intimidating (and so final), but really, they aren't that tough to do, and there's something kinda satisfying about smashing them with a hammer (make sure to have a piece of wood underneath or you'll leave marks).
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Dora, thank you for your words of reassurance. They were most appreciated.

My boyfriend did make it in, though it was very late. My son was very happy to have daddy home. :bag end:

This week has been very busy as I have been assisting my parents collect, organize, and label items for the yard sale tomorrow and Saturday. There are boys clothes size newborn through 10/12. I can't believe my son ever had that many clothes. It's hard to figure out what price to put on things. You want to get rid of it, but you want to make something from it too. We'll see how things go, and possibly mark things down on Satuday, if neccesary. I hope we do decent as I need to get money in the bank to cover some bills, and whatever is left over is going towards my room at ALEP. :bed:

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I lost my grandfather on my motherís side to cancer more than 20 years ago but I still miss him greatly. Time, I have found, helps you come to grips with loss, but it does not completely heal the wound. I simply miss having him around to talk to, more than anything, for there are matters I would greatly like to speak with him about. This also teaches us to enjoy the living while they (and we) are here.

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Thank you, Gandalf. I know that time does help. And my son is young, but this is the first time that death has had a direct consequence to him. He will learn from it and hopefully will come to understand that death is a part of life, and that we are to make the most of the time we have on this earth, for none of us know how long we have and each day is a gift.

We had our yard sale.
:book: :lantern: :pan: :bilbo smoke: :gold cup: :sword:
We did fairly well. Since we could pack things up and label boxes, we will have another yard sale in October. Whatever doesn't go then will get donated.

In costuming, I finished binding the bodice. :sewing: All that remains with it now is to do the grommets. I think I will let my dad assist me with those. All that will remain then for my hobbit outfit is going to be an apron. That's easy enough. Also hoping to make a pocket for under my apron. Pockets come in hady and I figured that it is such a hobbity garment.

Hoping to work with my mom this week on my elf costume. The pattern needs to be fitted to me and the fabric needs to be cut. Once that is out of the way, I don't think the dress itself will take long to put together. I do have modified sleeves that I want to use, but my mother is very talented and I doubt it will be too dificult for her to do.

Jenny and I got to talk at the yard sale. : ALEP : We are both so excited about ALEP, we can hardly stand it. Hoping everyone is well.

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Sickness visited our home this week. First my son was ill, and I followed. Then, my boyfriend became ill. Chances are it was a stomach virus, but it was very unpleasant. While the illness itself seems to be gone now, we are still weak from it. Yesterday and today I have only managed to go to work half days, but I suppose that is better than not coming it at all. My son's eyes still look dark and worn, and lack the joyous luster that useually flickers there. My boyfriend tries to be productive, but finds himself tired. I hope the weekend allows us to regain our strength and that next week will be much better.

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Feeling much better, but still very tired.

My son goes to his new class at day care tomorrow. :walking hobbit: A lot of his friends are moving on to kindergarten, but with his 5th birthday not until November, we decided to let him move forward next year. The new class should be a little more accelerated and focused on preparing him for kindergarten. So, starting tomorrow, he will move out of the Cool Cat class and become a Busy Bee. I love the names of the classes. And he is very excited about this move. At least a few of his friends will be transitioning with him.

Last night I finished off my elf necklace. I finger wove a chocker out of black cording. :moon: The pendant is black with blue crystals, resembling a star flower; not sure how else to describe it. I think it is very lovely.

My parents have my bodice, which now awaits my father to insert the grommets. Once that is done, my basic hobbit outfit is finished. I have an apron that will work, but it's not really want I am wanting. So, I still have an apron to do, and I'm still hoping to make my pocket. But we shall see.

Hopefully tonight my mother and I can work on the elf dress some. If nothing else, get the pattern fitted and cut the fabric out. :sewing:

Time is going by very fast and I will be much happier knowing that everything is finished.

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Last night I was able to try on my elf dress, or rather the shell of it. :galadriel: My mom wanted to make sure where the side seams needed to be and where exactly to put the sleeves, and the collar. Oh my, but I did feel pretty in it. And it is heavy. The fabric doesn't seem to be, but with that much drapped on, it has some weight to it. I don't care. It will be worth it.

The sleeves drap nicely over my hands. :sewing: Once it's completely constructed, we can determine where to hem it. I don't want it dragging on the ground or constantly tripping me when I walk, but it will force me to be a lady. And that's fine. The fabric seems to be slimming, so that's good. But there's not much I can do about my glasses; sadly I do not poses Leogolas' keen elf eyes.

I'm guessing that by this weekend, my hobbit and elf costumes will be pretty much finished. There will be a few last minute accessories, but for the most part, they will be ready to go.

Less than a month and I'll get to see everyone at the Shire. : ALEP : Jenny and I keep telling each other how much we've been looking forward to this event. But the question lingers, what do we do after ALEP? :Palantir:

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Your dress sounds lovely. :sewing:
I'm impressed by the amount of work everyone is doing. But it does not seem to be too much for the experience we'll all having and the party has not even happen yet...:book:

It is a very creative group.

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Do you remember the interviews with Miranda Otto on the extended DVDs? She would talk about how the weight of the dresses just made her stand and move certain ways, and just brought the gravity of the character right to her. sounds like you're getting some of that too! :) :)

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"What do we do after ALEP?" Good question! Maybe start planning the next event? Or just get together often as we can with friends (online if they live too far away for physical meetings) and keep the spirit of Middle-earth alive and blooming. This old world of ours needs more cheer and lots more friends :lotr_gandalf: :aragorn: :frodo: :pippin: :merry: :sam: :eowyn: :rosie: :bilbo: !

But that's after; for now, we still have ALEP to look forward to! :calendar: I can hardly wait!

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QUOTE (kukla @ Aug 29 2008, 04:36 PM)
Your dress sounds lovely. :sewing:
I'm impressed by the amount of work everyone is doing. But it does not seem to be too much for the experience we'll all having and the party has not even happen yet...:book:

It is a very creative group.

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That is true. It has been my experience that the anticipation and preparation for something is one of my favorite parts. It seems we are indeed a creative group, and this event creates an outlet for that. For myself, I am 7th heaven about it. I will not deny the fact that I will miss ALEP when it is over, for it is a great passion of mine ~ one I wish to share with others and I work on it gladly, but more importantly, it means something to me, and I believe (or hope) it means something to others as well.
:lantern: What to do when it is over? For myself, I will spend a great deal of time resting and dwelling about the events during my evening pipe smoke. Will there be another ALEP? This is a question I have heard often and I have but one thought on the matter currently: let us first see how this one goes, then we shall see.

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QUOTE (gandalf the grey @ Sep 2 2008, 07:10 PM)
QUOTE (kukla @ Aug 29 2008, 04:36 PM)
Your dress sounds lovely.  :sewing:
I'm impressed by the amount of work everyone is doing. But it does not seem to be too much for the experience we'll all having and the party has not even happen yet...:book:

It is a very creative group.

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That is true. It has been my experience that the anticipation and preparation for something is one of my favorite parts. It seems we are indeed a creative group, and this event creates an outlet for that. For myself, I am 7th heaven about it. I will not deny the fact that I will miss ALEP when it is over, for it is a great passion of mine ~ one I wish to share with others and I work on it gladly, but more importantly, it means something to me, and I believe (or hope) it means something to others as well.
:lantern: What to do when it is over? For myself, I will spend a great deal of time resting and dwelling about the events during my evening pipe smoke. Will there be another ALEP? This is a question I have heard often and I have but one thought on the matter currently: let us first see how this one goes, then we shall see.

:G rune:

Many people I have told about ALEP are very curious but just can not take the leap into costume and play. I can tell by what they say many wish they could. Its so natural to me because I have never stopped creating though play the same way I did as a child dressing up to be closer to the stories and can characters I hold dear.
There must be a little children alive inside all of us and when we keep them simling and playful the whole universe is a better place.
So one way in which to keep the spirit of these very speical times would be to create evenings of fun food and entertainments. A very small group of us have been giving a MidWinter Feast.
In the cold of winter we gather around a fire place, bring a meal and mead. Someone may sing
someone else reads a story and along with very speical gifts and cakes we all have a gentle very fun evening. It does cost much and yet the company of friends some coming from very far away is pricless.
It is something to think about I'm sure many such ideas will happen.
I'm sure of it.

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Ebay will certainly wonder where all those hits went! I was watching just in case my seamstress couldnt finish, but I'm to get my outfit tomorrow evening.

I'm planning on another year, because I have friends who werent able to come this year who want to meet there in 2009!

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Hello, Forestchild! Thanks for sharing this journal with us.

It will be great to meet you in a few weeks - hard to see where all the time has gone. I can't wait to see your costumes; they sound lovely. I also will be an elf and a hobbit, depending on which outfit I'm wearing ;).

As a hobbit, I haven't picked a name yet, but I'm pretty sure I'm a Brandybuck ;). As an elf though...well, I'm a FŽanorean, primarily. I do have a bit of a wood-elf outfit, though, so I might try to fix that up and bring it. But we'll see...time is running out. :cookie plate:

As for what we do after...I'm sure we'll think of something. The new Hobbit Movies will give the fandom an excuse to revitilize itself, and someone will probably plan another event. After all...there are some amazing friendships within this group, and there's bound to be even more after this party!
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Everyone has such wonderful insight.

Dressing the part is so wonderful. I think that is why ALEP will be such an incredible experience in that everyone is putting forth so much effort to recreate the place, feel, and people of Tolkien's creation. I am so excited to meet everyone. I feel that this will be an opportunity for friends to become reacquainted and for new friendships to be kindled.

If ALEP is a success, I hope that another such event is able to be planned. i know I would certainly assist in any way possible. But first, let us reach the Shire.

I have been sick as of late. I am having tests done to see what may be the cause and go from there. I will be at ALEP, one way or another. Thank you all for your encouragement. I eagerly await the opportunity to sit and talk with you all and explore the Shire.

I must go for now, but I will return to write more later.

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Hope you feel better soon, Forestchild! Stay out of the NHM club ;)

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I think ALEP will do you good. When I went to Dragon*Con last weekend Ė and I do love Dragon*Con Ė still, there were reminders of things I wish to get away from: long lines, cramped rooms and halls, always waiting for practically anything and everything. This is what I enjoyed doing most at Dragon*Con for all it has to offer:

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Our event will slow things down. You will be noticed and valued as an individual. Folks will get to know one another and enjoy the peace of the countryside. In its own way, it is almost an anti-convention in many ways, but I like to think of it as an event as the Hobbits might have done it.

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You've still 2 and a half weeks to get your strength back and feel on top of things, Forestchild. And all the fresh air and exercise at ALEP will bring the glow of health back to your cheeks, no doubt about it! We're all looking forward to our visit to the Shire so very much; I do hope it will be a very big success. With all the effort the planning committee has put into it, it surely will be! And it'll be fun getting to meet everyone, after getting a bit acquainted on these forum pages. See you at the Shire in a couple of weeks!

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Hope you're feeling better soon! Have a cup of tea and rest for a bit...
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Thank you all for your kind words of recovery. I'm sure trying.

Over the weekend, Jenny and got to try on our costumes. The hobbit outfits are pretty much done, save the grommets. I've also had my dad make me a lucet so that I can make some cord for them.

My elf dress is a little more complete than Jenny's elf tunic. They will be wonderful when done.

I was looking over the schedule and now the challenge is to decide which costume to wear at which event....

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I will be a hobbit :hobbit lass: at the birthday party on Saturday, and since that is an outside and not too late event, keep in mind that it might be hot and sunny :) Seeing the Took sisters at Bilbo's birthday party would be great! But, you know, it's up to you...

I'll be a FŽanorean at the Hall of Fire on Friday, because I figured that's more elvish. That outfit is warm, though, so I might have to reconsider how long I want to stay in it. And eating with stiff bracers might be harder than I think....

I haven't decided if I'll be up for a costume at the BondFire...I might just throw on a cloak if it's cool. :merry: A ten-hour drive can curb your enthusiasm ;). Though now that I know I'm driving... For years, I've had an idea for an ent costume (which I've never done a thing about). This would have been a great opportunity to use it, but I figured I'd be flying and it would be impossible to transport, so....

Oh well! Maybe someday. There's no way I can throw it together in a couple of weeks, so I'm not even going to try. And I wouldn't have anywhere to store it if I did make it, anyway.... :tree:
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Perhaps, if this event is as successful as it sounds like it will be, we'll do it again, and you can try your Entish look then, MithLuin. :tree:

How are you feeling today, Forestchild? We do still have 2 weeks, so be kind to yourself and rest now and then! It's going to be great meeting you and everyone else! Your clothing for the event sounds wonderful. Me, I'm a hobbit pretty much all the time, but then, that's how I'm built (short and with a rather plump figure) so it comes naturally. :hobbit lass: I can hardly wait to get to the Shire :bag end: ! It'll be such fun to mingle with all the elves, rangers, and all that will be coming to the Party! : ALEP :

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Forestchild, are you feeling any better?
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I'm doing better. And I survived the power outages here in Cincinnati. While I have power, my parents do not. It's probably a good thing that she's gone in for surgery.

Definitely looking forward to the Shire now. Need something to look forward to.

I've been working on lucet cord for Jenny and my hobbit bodices. I'm glad my dad was able to make me a lucet, and that I'm a pretty quick learner. Once I figured out how to work it, it moves pretty quick. It's a little relaxing. Gave me something to do when the power was out and my son was asleep. My boyfriend and I played Monopoly; haven't played that in years. It was fun.

I hope everyone is okay.We knew Ike was going to hit the coast, but had no idea that the winds were going to affect us all the way up here in Ohio. I'm hoping that Shaker Village is okay.

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Some places in Kentucky lost power and even some schools are out (go figure!), but I'm not sure about that area.

Still, I'd think by next week, all would be up and running as usual. I hope.

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It got pretty rough here. I live in Lexington - about 30 miles north of the village, and we had out power knocked out, as did several places. Everything is back to normal, other than some wind damage. I have not heard anything about the village taking damage, but that is a good thing. I might call just to be sure.

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"His arm has grown long indeed" :catapult:


I'm glad your power is back, :hobbit computer: and I hope the Village is alright. I'm so excited - this is less than a week away! Though when I think of all the things that have to happen before I leave, I wonder how I'm going to get it all done.... :healing potion: (Hehe, some of what I have to do involves chemistry labs)

But very soon, I'll see you all!

I've picked my hobbit off the family tree - I'll be Celandine Brandybuck, one of Merry's second cousins, I think. My outfit isn't ostentatious enough for Melilot ;).


Well, currently, the weather report for the area is splendid - '70's and sunny! 10 day forecast
But of course this will change as we get closer...it's so hard to predict weather accurately in advance.
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So glad you got power back and faired the storm okay!
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Hey there NiRi or Tauriel, I like it, Wood Maiden..You know Maethoriel is Warrior Maiden which is a direct translation of my Celtic name..hehe

First, love the journal thing, just started reading it, will read more later, very cool.
Second...Yea for you with the costumes, can't wait to see...It will be fun to get together. I have put several together for the occasion, but then that is what I do most of the time any way.

Bringing Mirkwood made Lembas which Frodo has sampled before and really loved, will also bring Mirkwood Spiced Cider, along with some stores from my King's own personal wine cellar (since you know I have Legolas' keys). Only a couple more days...

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OK I am an idiot, gotta stay out of the wine cellar!!!

FOREST CHILD, love your journal!!! YEESH You would be Tauriel, still like the name...was wondering why NiRi had changed her name. All of the stuff I said about your costume and what not, still holds for you too.

I got really confuzzled, I wondered when NiRi had a son instead of a daughter, and the power was out in Cincinnati, then the proverbial light bulb went on, what an Orc I am!

OK, IT'S LATE and I was at the Pirate Fest all day...ppppffffttttt

buh bye
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Thank you. I have found this journal to be a wonderful outlet. Tariel seems to suite me just right; Forestchild seems to be just right for me. It is interesting how fitting some of our fantasy names can be.

I am extremely excited about ALEP. Can hardly believe that it is so close. My father is putting the grommets in the hobbit bodices and Jenny's elf tunic. My elft dress is safely at my home. I am still working on the cording to lace up the bodices. I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to be Tauriel of Mirkwood and Pimpernel Took.

The only thing making me anxious is leaving my son. We have never been apart for so long. But he has several activities scheduled so he should be busy and happy. I just will miss him. But I will call him every night.

I look forward to meeting everyone ina few days. It is almost ALEP. It is hard to belive that the event we have all been anticipating for so long is nearly upon us.

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Awww, I'm sure he'll miss you, but it'll be okay. My parents would get away for a long weekend or week occassionally when we were little - their friend who watched us took us along with her for everything she did, and it was a memorable time - we visited some older people she was helping look after, we did vacation bible school at her church, we went to the park, etc. Even though I'm all grown up now, I still remember those times. I think it was good for my parents, too, to get a break from us ;).

Can't wait to meet you on Thursday....is that really less than 3 days away???

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MithLuin, I'm looking forward to meeting you. Not long now. Infact, Jenny has the count down in hours now. Can you tell we're excited?

We plan to leave Cincinnati Thursday morning and arrive in The Shire very early afternoon. Evne if it's too early for check in we figured we could do some exploring.

Have a safe trip. That is a big part of the adventure as well, I think. I've got my LOTR movie soundtracks ready for the drive.

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I miss everyone. I had such an incredible time with everyone and I feel like we became one very big happy family before the weekend was over. Now I get to look at all the pictures and remember the fun we had. I still need to go over pictures with my parents (Mom is excited to see all the impressive costumes I described to her) and son. I'm still thinking about making a story book for him and adding in pictures from ALEP.

Many thanks to everyone who had a hand in ALEP. It greatly exceeded all my expectations. I am definitely interested in another meeting in a few years. By then, my son may participate, as it would be more rememberable to him then.

To all of you who I have spoke with in this forum for the last year, it was so nice to finally put a face with the screen name and avatar.

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It was so wonderful to meet you and spend a weekend in your company :) You and Jenny are awesome ladies :legolas:

I'm glad your son survived your absence, and that he and your mom are looking forward to the pictures! There are plenty of them posted online now, too, if you want to raid someone else's supply ;).

I hope we have the chance to get together some time in the future, and that Jenny is able to convince her fiance of how perfect Shaker Village would be for a wedding!
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Forestchild it was so great to meet you. I just loved your costumes. I miss everyone.
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Posted: Oct 9 2008, 01:27 PM


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It is hard to believe that only a few short weeks ago I was anticipating ALEP. Final touches were being added to costumes and supllies were being gathered. And now, instead of anticipation, I have recollection. I can look back at ALEP as a wonderful dream come true. I have made new friends and have found inspiration to last me quiet a while.

Even since childhood, I have fancied myself a hobbit, somehow missed placed from Middle Earth. ALEP gave me the opportunity for a home coming I have been wanting for so long.

I was lucky enough to have friends, who ever so breifly, provided me the opportunity to bring some of Tolkien's characters to life.

The Took Siblings

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There is Pervinca, Peregrin (Pippin), Pearl
and Pimpernel Took, all together at Bilbo's (and Frodo's) Birthday Party.

Thank you again to all those who organized and participated in ALEP. While I am certainly looking forward to a future event, ALEP will always be special.

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Hi Forestchild
I love our "family" photo! I am really glad to have met you and Jenny and look forward to getting together with you girls hopefully in the not so distant future :lol: I had a lovely time at the birthday party with you, Jenny, and Kimber. ~Pervinca Took (Kate) :hobbit lass:
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Hey, Kate. It was a great pleasure meeting you. And I know Jenny and I would love to get together. Just let us know when is good for you guys, and where, and we will make arrangements.

ALEP was an incredible event. After so much preparation, it's hard to believe that it is over. But it will not be forgotten, and as things are, looks like we may be able to plan for another large gathering in a few years. I know I'll be looking forward to that.

It's a beautiful fall day. The trees changing and the sun is bright. Now if I could only manage to get away from work and wander the Shire....

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Posted: Nov 9 2008, 10:56 PM


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I feel guilty that I have not written in my journal for some time.

Fall is certainly upon us, and winter is nearing. The leaves have changed their hues and many have fallen to cover the ground. The wind has become much crisper, almost cold. The sky has become more grey as of late.

Seeing Gandalf's recent riddle, with hints at another event in October 2011, has renewed my excitement. While I am still trying to process materials from ALEP and devlope a keepsake book in order to share memories with family and friends, Jenny and I have also begun to look ahead and plan for costumes for the next gathering. Though there may not be a theme yet, other than Middle-Earth, the peoples of that world will always be welcome, so we begin or research, planning, development, designing. And the time will pass quickly.

I miss everyone from ALEP. But the fond recollections I have of our time together provide inspiration to me. Life continues after ALEP, but it is fuller somehow from participating in the incredible event.

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I quite agree life is fuller after ALEP. : ALEP :
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Being able to keep up, even sporadically, with everyone here on the ALEP forum pages, has kept the memories of the Kentucky Shire fresh for me. I look forward to our next get-together with a great and happy anticipation, wherever and whenever it may come to pass.

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Today is my son's 5th birthday. :cake:

It is a very important day for him. And he is trying so hard to be abig boy. He's at daycare today, but we took in cupcakes. And in keeping with that lovely hobbit tradition, he took in a small present for each of his classmates. :gift:

After school, his daddy and me, and my parents are going out for dinner, then coming to our home for cake and icecream. Zackary requested strawberry cake, with chocolate icing, and sprinkles. A very interesting combination, but that is what my mom is making for him. :christmas lass:

I was sick over the weekend, and am still not feeling well. Sitting here at work drinking tea. Hoping to feel better by the time I get off work. Even though he is at school on his birthday, I want this to be a fun day for him. :bilbo:

This is a busy week. Zackary's birthday today. Thanksgiving preparions and Thanksgiving on Thursday. Friday and Saturday Mom and I are having a Yard Sale/Craft Sale. Oh, yes. A busy week. I have to feel better.

I just cannot belive my little man is 5 today. :hourglass:

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Happy 5th birthday to your little boy! :cake: That's a very important birthday :) I hope he has a wonderful birthday and that you are feeling better :teacup: Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. ~Kate :hobbit lass:
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Feel better soon! And I hope your son had a wonderful birhtday!

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Christmas Eve is tomorrow and I still have so much to do. My boyfriend, son, and I had originally made plans to go to TN for Christmas to spend it with his mother. Now there is the possibility that she can come up to us. I hope we can work it out. My son and I are both battling sinus infections and that's a 6 hour trip one way. But we will do what we have to do. If we do go down, we will have Christmas with my parents on Sunday. My mom is not liking the idea of us not being here for Christmas, but we will do what we can to make the holidays as pleasant as possible for everyone.

I am trying to finish up a quilted pillow for my sun. It has jungle animals, dark green, and gold squares. It is looking very nice. The only problem is I can only work on it after he has gone to bed. That has made for some long nights. I should be able to finish it tonight.

Must get back to work. Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays. For those traveling, may your trip be safe.

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I hope all your plans went well, Forestchild, and that you and your whole family had a wonderful Christmas.


:christmas lass: :christmas lad: :sewing: :gift:

Happy New Year! :bell:

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Forest I hope you had a great Christmas. How did your son like his pillow? How is your sinus infection? I had one over the holidays and now have a yeast infection. When will I ever learn and eat yogurt when I take medicine.Happy New Year. :bell:
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I feel very guilty that I have not written in my journal here in so long. So I figured I'd take the opportunity to say "hello" and jot down a few words.

My bedroom "tapestry" is finally up. It was conceived well over a year ago, and with sewing help from my mother, and help from dad in getting the hooks up, it is now hung. It is the corner of my bedroom (the two outside walls) behind my bed and beside it, between the windows. There are 3 panels of a leaf design motif in greens and blues, with a much thinner panel of brown between those panels and on the edges. The idea was to give a Rivendell feel to my room (and make it warmer) and I think it was a success.

It has been a very beautiful sunny day, though it has still been cold. Though not as cold as last week. Single digit temperatures with windchilld below zero are not much fun.

Well, I hope everyone is doing well. I'm going to try and write on here more routinely.

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Of course, we will require photos of this tapestry! :)
Sounds so lovely!!
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Rosie, I will get a photo up when I can. That is the down side of not having a digital camera. i think I need Jenny to come over and get a picture for me, so that I can post it faster.

My son has an ear infection, so we're doing medicine for that. I will be so happy when spring gets here. Maybe we can get rid of these germs.

I need to write in my "journal" more often.

I have received word that 3 of my stories will be getting published.
"Duties" is to appear in March in Flash Scribe.
"For Honor" is to appear in April in Lorelei Signal, as well as Mystic Signal.
"Into the Fray" is to appear in July in Bards and Sages Quarterly.
Right now I have 8 pieces out that I am waiting to get responses on. And of course, there are ideas working in my head, and a few pieces I need to edit before I submit them.

It is hard to believe that February is already half over. Where did this month go? Well, I will look at it this way. Each day that passes brings us all a day closer to seeing each other again.

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Congratulations on the upcoming publication of your stories, Forestchild! Are these print zines :book: or fannish websites :hobbit computer: ?
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Hey, Forestchild- that's wonderful!! congratualtions.

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Forestchild,you must be so proud of yourself. Congratulations what a honor. Oh I want to read them. :grouphug: :pen & paper:
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Congratulations Forestchild !! B) I'm glad some of your works are being published. :pen & paper: Can we read them anywhere? Have a great weekend. ~Kate :hobbit lass:
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Three cheers: "HUZZAH, HUZZAH, HUZZAH" and Congratulations! :grouphug:

:rolleyes: What wonderful news, please do keep us posted on when, where and how we may read your work. :pen & paper: or :hobbit computer:
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To those interested in reading my stories, as soon as they become available on-line, I will provide links.

Yesterday was such a lovely day. My son had been sick most of last week, still not completely himself, but we went for a walk in the woods yesterday. I think the fresh air did him good. And he had fun looking at the green appearing on the trees and shrubs, as well as poking out of the ground.

I registered him for kindergarten on Saturday. What a huge milestone. I was pleased to find that the school has things well in control, and the process only took about half an hour. Daddy would have came too, but he had to go to work early. And since my little man still wasn't feeling well, Grandma stayed at home with him.

Over the weekend I have begun workl on designing an outfit for a possible 2011 ALEP. Oh, I do hope it does come about. Regardless, I will have a lovely new outfit.

While the sun was out yesterday, it is rather dark today. I will be so happy to have more bright days.

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It would seem that spring has decided to finally arrive. We have been taking advantage of the nicer weather and been taking hikes in the nearby woods. Zackary has been having fun watching the green gradually increase around us on each walk. There are new buds and blossoms to investigate at each visit.

Mom and I have been discussing the garden this year. We are increasing the herbs she's planting, as once collected, they last for a while. Since my boyfriend is a cook, he likes to use the fresh herbs. We are considering a few new vegetable items for the garden, but haven't yet decided exactly what to plant. Cannot do much until my dad get the dirt turned. :sam gardening: It will be time to plant soon enough.

My first story is finally in print. :book: If you are interested, please feel free to check it out at:

http://www.loreleisignal.com/ForHonor.html

It is a darker fantasy story, so please be forewarned. I do hope anyone who reads it enjoys.

Well, Spring Quarter started here at UC on Monday, so I have been busy. Better get back to work. :hobbit computer: I'll try to write again soon; I really should write in my journal more often.

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I had bronchitis this past week. No fun at all. Last Saturday, I went through my old room at Mom's for about 5 hours, and really stirred up the dust. I got about 2 large bags of garbage out of the mess, along with 3 smaller bags of toys, clothes, and other items and a box of books for the yard sale. The dust really messed up my allergies. Sunday morning I couldn't breath. Was off work on Monday, and then went to the doctor on Tuesday, and was diagnosed with Bronchitis. Oh, joy. :mortar & pestle At least I got some meds and they seem to be helping, but I am still not feeling well.

It was such a lovely day today. :cake: My dad turned 68 today and so we got together for lunch. Nothing fancy, but we haven't ate out in such a long time since money is so tight. Zackary made grandpa a card. It was Spiderman, but dad knows he worked hard on it. My birthday is Friday, and I'll be 28. At least it makes knowing dad's age pretty simple, as he was 40 when I was born.

It would seem that spring is here at last. I just hope we get to enjoy some spring before it goes into summer. We need to start getting the garden ready for this year. We are going to try a few new things this year. :sam gardening: Zackary keeps wanting to know when he can plant his tomatoes. Hopefully soon.

Well, I've got to get a few things done, including getting supper ready. :teacup: It's just me and my little man as daddy has to work late tonight.

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Such a long time since my last entry. Sorry about that....

Well, I turned 28 on May 1. :cake: I really don't feel that much older, but I am sure it will catch up with me soon enough.

Today is gardening day. :sam gardening: Yesterday, my parents got the soil and plants. Dad and Zackary will work on preparing the garden today. Then when I get off work, and we've had dinner, I will help with planting. Plant prices have gone up, so we are actually starting a lot more from seed this time around. I am not sure what all we have to plant, so I will have to report back on that count.

The weather has turned much nicer. It was very wet there for a while. :lightning: But I do like blue skies and a slight breeze. It makes for wonderful weather to go hiking in the woods. :walking hobbit:

Well, I have a lot of work to unburry myself from here at work, so I had best be attending to it. :hobbit computer:

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Forestchild it is great to see that I am not the only one left posting. Your life sounds very full at this moment in time. We have had so much rain here to but like you our weather has turned nice. Happy gardening. :sam gardening:
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I hope all the wet weather made the soil easier to prepare for planting. Best of luck with your seeds. I have a horrible black thumb so I won't plant anything for fear of condemning it to an early grave. :lol:

And if anything were to grow, all the woodland critters would simply devour it! :squirrel:
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Forestchild, I'm sorry I missed wishing you a Happy Birthday last month. So you're 28 now; why, you're still a tween! :lol: With luck and good health, it'll be many, many years before you begin to feel older. I'll be 60 this year, and most days it's easy to forget it (though there are a few more days than there used to be when chilly, damp weather reminds me of my years :P ).

I hope your garden does well. There's real satisfaction in being able to pick fresh tomatoes or salad greens from your own garden for supper, isn't there? :sam gardening:

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The garden is coming along nicely. It is always amazing to see green sprout from the earth and to watch leaves form. And to know that with care, we willl have food from that plant. It is certainly a gift from God.

It is cooler this morning. There were storms last night. Hail clinked against the wiondows and lightening lit the sky. But it was not as bad as the storms Saturday night; there were 2 tornados east of Cincinnati. Thankfully no major damage.

I need to get more disciplined in regards to my writing. There has been so much going on, with my little man's daycare graduation and various family going-ons. But I must make time to write. Even if it is only for half an hour, at least it would be progress.

I am so swamped at work right now that I cannot see counter space as papers and files cover it. I handle financial, administrative, and academic responsipilities, and sometimes I cannot work on one at a time, but must work on each simultaniously. I am good at multi-tasking, but there are times it can become overwelming.

Well, I must get back to work. I hope everyone is well.

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My dear Forestchild, please don't let the pressures of work beat you down. You are strong enough to do all you must, and you have your little man (daycare graduation already? how big he must be getting!) and your garden is there to refresh your spirit at the end of a long day. And yes, do write when you can. You'll find it easier some days than others, but in the long run it will always be rewarding. You're a wonderfully nurturing and creative person! Thanks for sharing your time with us here at the ALEP forum.

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Patti, thank you for your words of encouragement. There are times when the weight of the world seems so heavy. I have to remember and be happy in the simple pleasures of life. I am pleasead with family and friends. When things are hard, I remind myself that God is with me.

Things are so busy. Summer Quarter just began here at UC, and so my work continues to get bussier, though there never is much down time. I am trying to continue with my writing, squeezing it in when I can. My son is going to daycare 2 days a week now. Today they are having a magic show; I can hardly wait for him to tell me about it tonight. There is the house work, though thankfully my boyfriend and I share in those domestic tasks. I am dreading writing the checks; it is the money game of what has to go where, what can wait, etc.

But then there is the garden at mom's which helps to brighten things. Everything is sprouting up so nice and green. She has pots lining the front porch with all sorts of herbs. There are even two large pots with green beans she's going to let climb the railing. And, of course, my son's little garden is the first to have a tomato. A fact he is very proud of.

Well, I hope all are well. I miss everyone. I do hope that there is another ALEP in the future, to allow us the opportunity to visit with each other once again. But until then, I will look back at ALEP 2008 with fondness and recall the wonderment we felt at meeting each other and exploring the Shire together.

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How is it already the middle of July? I do not know where the days go, or how they pass so fast.

The garden is coming along. We ate the first of the green beans this past weekend. The tomatos are mostly green, but it shouldn't be too much longer before they are big and red. We got a few radishes in, longer rather than plump, but still nice, especially for a first try. The fancy lettuce has been plentiful. The herbs from the front porch have helped season many dishes this summer so far.

Work is certainly keeping me busy. I am trying not to let it stress me out, but that is a difficult task in and of itself.

Hope all is well with each of you. I so miss you all.

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The days do fly away, don't they? After over 3 1/2 years, my husband has finally cleared away enough junk from his studio for us to get the computer set up (although without an internet hookup for a while yet; I'm still using Gwynnyd's computer for that). Our house is quite small, under 900 square feet, and there's no place for all the stuff we've accumulated, so it is something of an accomplishment to find space for anything new. But I am at least back to entering recipes for the Mrs. Underhill's Cookery book, and hoping to get the manuscript finished this month or next.

My little porch garden is doing fairly well, too, although my lettuces want to bolt and I have had to pinch them back a couple of times to keep them from turning bitter. But the nasturtiums are in bloom, red, orange, and yellow, and looking as pretty as they can be, not to mention being a nice spicy addition to salads. My chives are rosemary are thriving, too. And my pots of miniature roses are looking good, lots of buds (they're a pretty peach colour that turns pink as they begin to fade), and my purple and yellow pansies are full of blooms, too. So the porch is looking very nice, indeed.

We're looking at a drop in income here, as I am not working, and the city is asking for 26 mandatory unpaid furlough days from my husband (and everyone else who works for them, of course); that is about a 10% loss in pay, along with a lot of other concessions. Don't know how bad it will be in the end, but what can you do? At least he has a job! We'll manage, though. We always find a way. If they do have another gathering, I am SO ready to go! I can't think of a better way to beat the blues! Meantime, we have our memories, and something to look forward to. So take care of yourself, and smile!

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It was good to hear from you, patti.

There are indeed uncertain times. The college I work in has merged and is being restructured. The turth is, I do not know if I will have a job when the restructuring is over. All I can do is continue to work hared and do as much as I can, and apply for the position(s) when they become available and pray that God's will be done. It is very frightening.

I am working on organizing a Teacher's Camp for next week. I am hoping that my boyfriend, son, and I can actually go on a small vacation once it's over, and before my little man begin's kindergarten. I am still amazed that it's that time already.

The weather here in Cincinnati has been very odd for this time of year. The temps have been consistently below average. I think this has been the coldest July (in average) on record. Makes me wonder what kind of winter it will be.

I feel bad that I haven't written much lately, and that I cannot write much now, but I do have to get back to work.

Hoping all are well...

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I will certainly be thinking of you, and sending all the good vibes I can your way, especially regarding your work situation. How worrisome to not be able to count on having a job with all the changes ahead! But hang in there, Forestchild,and remember that there is always hope.

It has been an odd weather year across the country, from what I've been reading. Here in Michigan we just recorded our 3rd coldest July on record, and around Seattle, which is usually pretty mild, they've been having a string of record high temperatures, over 100 F! Then there's the drought in Texas. And there were all those storms across the south and the northeast in late winter and in spring. It looks as though the weather patterns are shifting just about everywhere. Let's hope they settle into something less unusual soon.

Take care, and enjoy your time with your little man, and your big fellow, too!

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Last Friday, after I got off work, he left for vacation. I do hate traveling after dark, buit we arrived in TN around midnight. Very happy to have arrived. We had a wonderful time over the weekend, visiting with my "mother-in-law", exploring Dollywood, and enjoying the scenery. The mountains and forests there are very beautiful. My little man had fun with the dogs, and has again begun to ask why we can't have one. I would certainly love a dog, but not while we live in an apartment. The vacation did not last long enough, as we drove home on Monday, getting held up in traffic twice and coming through a very, nasty storm. Needless to say, we were not able to return the rental on time, but all things happen for a reason. My mom broke down on Tuesday, and because of the extra car, I was able to get to her and get my dad back and forth with the reapir shop. I worked half a day yesterday and work half a day today.

Next week a grand adventure begins! My little man begins kindergarten. While I still do not know all the supplies he will have to take in, we have been making a big deal of him growing up and going to school. He has his backpack ready. We've been reviewing letters, words, numbers, and very simple math. He is so excited to be going. And I hope he stays that way. I have never lost my love of learning or my desire to gain knowledge, and I hope I have been successful in instilling that in him as well.

Next week will be a busy week. Our vacation was a wonderful get away, but did not last long enough. And sadly the realities of financies and job insecurity have returned. I do remain optimistic, but it is difficult.

I hope all are well. And I miss each of you. But I do have the memories of our time shared in the Shire, and long for the time when we can gather together once again.

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So, how did the first week of Kindergarten go? Is he ready for another week of school? My daughter loved school but after a few years she kept saying "I already know all this stuff"....she's a Senior in high school this year and still swears that she knows everything! ;)

I understand your feelings regarding work. I work at a very small pharmaceutical company. We basically have two products and the company's life blood basically hangs on only one of them. How we manage to stay in business is beyond me. But, as long as my paycheck doesn't bounce, I'm here!

Try not to dwell on the work situation too much. You only have so much power over it. Update your resume, learn any new skills if need be, and let any negative thoughts go. You're only making yourself more unhappy than need be, when that time could be better spent savoring life's joyful moments.

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Forestchild
Posted: Oct 1 2009, 07:28 PM


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It has been too long since last I wrote. So much has happened...

My son is enjoying kindergarten. We just attended his school's Open House on Tuesday and were very pleased to hear from his teacher, that he is good in class and he cracks her up at least once every day.

We read every night before bed time and I let him choose what we read. The other night I realized that something of me trully is within my child. Forour nightly reading, he brought a story book and an atlas. We read the story then spent another ten minutes or so exploring the world through the various maps within the atlas. I have always had a fascination with maps, and apparently, so does my son.

Jenny and I were lucky enough to celbrate Bilbo and Frodo's birthday, though slioghtly belatedly, with Kate, on Saturday. We grilled and had cake. We enjoyed discussing many things Tolkien. And it was so nice to spend time among others who share a similar love and appreciation of Tolkien and the incredible world he created.

It is October 1. Fall is here. Already, leaves are changing hue and the breeze is colder. The sky has been greyer and there was mist yesterday morning that made me wonder, even briefly, how soon snow may fall. And we were rather lucky, I suppose this year. The summer really wasn't very harsh at all, following a rather damp spring. I wonder what fall has in store for us, and if this will be a hard winter. I'm not sure what the Farmer's Almanac says.

We were rather proud of our little garden this year over at my mom's. We got a lot more beans than I think we expected to. The tomatoes came in nicely, and there were peppers as well. There are carrots, but they never got very big. But we enjoyed our garden and what we grew there. Perhaps next year we can expand it. We shall see.

Well, I will make every effort to post more often. But for now, I must head back to work....

-Forestchild-
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pattibaggins
Posted: Oct 5 2009, 04:50 PM


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It sounds like you've been having a lovely fall, Forestchild! How nice! We just finished our season at the Michigan Renaissance Festival yesterday (Oct. 4), and while business is down quite a bit, what with the poor state of the economy still, we had a lot of fun with our friends and other visitors to our shire of Hollygrove. We celebrated the Baggins birthdays out there on the 20th, with a bit of cake shared out among about 40 of us, and some hobbit stories and memories. It was a very fine day.

I'm already trying to put away some money for the return to the Kentucky Shire in '12; you, too?

Peace,

Patti
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Forestchild
Posted: Oct 29 2009, 07:46 PM


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Yes, Patti, I am certainly looking forward to seeing everyone again come 2011 (I believe it is). I have already begun to design some new clothes. A woman can never have too many clothes...

Tomorrow, my son's school is having a Halloween parade. I have managed to get the afternoon off work, and will be there to watch him parade around the school in his costume. He decided to be Batman this year. He was Clark Kent/Superman last year, so I guess he is sticking with his superhero theme. He enjoys playing dress up, and that works for me. I do too...

October is nearly gone and soon November will be here. The leaves are so beautiful this year. Vibrant golds and scarlets. They are a joy to behold. But it is rather sad to see the ocassional bare tree, ready for winter.

Well, I hope to write more soon.

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Forestchild
Posted: Feb 11 2010, 07:45 PM


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November...

December...

January 2010...

And so into February. So much time has passed. It's hard to imagine.

Yet word came that progress is being made with regards to ALEP 2. Fond memories of ALEP came flooding back. I egaerlay anticipate the chance to wonder Shaker Village as a hobbit and an elf and mingle with such amazing folks once again.

-Forestchild-
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Posted: Feb 14 2010, 12:22 AM


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I, too, am very eager for September, 2011 to arrive! Why, the mere thought of another gathering in the Shire has me planning new costumes... This time I will finish my new Gown of Gondor. No excuses! :sewing:

Forestchild, weren't you making something suitable for Gondor? Didn't I see a post from you on the LOTR_Costume list once about that?
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