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Friday, April 18, 2014

Staycation
 

Not having to go to work makes me smile. Vacation at home is fine. Get some chores done and take it easy is all I need. Life has been a bit more stressful than I like, so I will hopefully take some time off to relax and get a bit more energy in my system. Tamara is on spring break as well so we will get some time just for us and that also is always a good thing.

So here is hoping you all enjoy your weekend.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Almost There
 

Cal missed a good chunk of the week. He ended up not having strep throat. Instead he came down with hand, foot and mouth disease. Yeah, I'd never heard of it either. Gave him a helluva sore throat and a high fever for a couple of days of high fever. The worst of that happened over the weekend. We went to the doc on Monday and got the diagnosis. By then he'd broken out in the blisters. The stay at home was due to those blisters...when they break the fluids contain the virus.

Today he went back to school. He's going to look great in his class picture with all of the scabbed over places on his face but at least he's in the pic. He'll have two days of school this week and then be off for a week of Spring Break. I know I'm ready for that week off.

Tamara

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Electrifying Web-slingers.
 

This coming weekend is Easter. And this year is one of those where the Western Christian denominations, the various Eastern Orthodox churches, and the Coptic Christian churches all celebrate on the same day. So, to all our Christian readers a blessed Holy Week and a good Easter to you.

And to all those who celebrate a non-religious Easter (which doesn't sound quite right, but you know what I mean), Happy Easter.

Went to see the new Spider-Man film tonight. It was better than I expected. The character of Electro (though not following comics canon for his back-story - but let's face it, there are so many versions of the Marvel comic-verse that even the comics don't follow comics canon!!), was pretty well done, I had been a little concerned that they'd make a complete travesty of him, the way the DC movie Batman and Robin made such a total mess of Mr. Freeze. But they didn't.

Saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier last week. That was well done, too. I can recommend them, if comic book heroes are your thing then you should enjoy both these.

See you next week. Good night and may your God/s go with you.

Ze

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Just Hanging Around.
 

*pokes head round corner*. Yep, it's me, just around the corner. No idea why I'm round the corner, mind you. But I am. E said so. So I must be.

But first. It's Hanuman Jayanti, we wish all or Hindu readers a good feast. It's also Pesach , we wish all our Jewish readers a happy Passover.

It's been a glorious few days here. Lovely and sunny and warm. Really felt like spring, maybe even summer. Though the temperature has dropped sharply at night. It really cheers you up when it's sunny. And I think I saw my first swallow of the year today. The house martins and swifts can't be far behind.

Of course, when I said I was going to try to sort something out for Barbara I clean forgot that Good Friday and Easter Monday would mess things up. It reduces the available time for Barbara to visit. They're both bank holidays (public holidays) in England & Wales (but not Scotland, I'm not sure about Northern Ireland, they weren't at one time but I think they are now). So no work. (Except - I'm working overtime so I will work Friday - but not Monday).

I have managed to arrange something though. I've got permission for her to come over on Maundy Thursday to learn the art of hanging doors. The internal doors we're using are very light (in other words, they're fairly insubstantial) and relatively easy to hang. The recesses for the hinges will have been chiselled out in advance, and the hinges attached to the doors. It's just a question of Barbara watching as we position the doors and support them with wedges, and then she gets to use a cordless (battery powered) screwdriver to fix the hinges while we hold the doors steady. She'll then get a certificate as apprentice door-hanger.

Her mother has promised to bring hot-cross-buns for her, me, and the carpenter.

I think we're all equally looking forward to it.

Ze

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Evening
 

Good News, I am sure Ze will have a bucket load for you all.

Another work week has begun. T had the day off for some doc visits for herself and Cal. He sadly has foot, hand and mouth disease. Nothing but time for healing. Another day off of school. I am betting he would actually prefer school. That sore throat has got to be painful. I am hoping for his sake he gets healthy quickly.

Not much to read tonight, but Ze is just around the corner.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Strep throat anyone?
 

We've had an easy, relaxing Sunday. Cal is still sick and it's looking like he may have strep throat. I'll take him to the doc tomorrow after my eye appointment and let the music teacher know if that's the case.

Along with hoping none of the kids in the play get a case of strep, E and I are keeping our fingers crossed none of us at the house get hit. It's been a long time since I've had strep but I do remember how crappy you feel and how sore your throat becomes.

Light night for updates. Have a site you read that we don't check, send it to us.

Tamara

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easy Saturday
 

The kiddo's Ultimate Frisbee game is later today, so your update is a little early. We had a nice Saturday with lots of sun and slugness on our part. Unfortunately Cal is sick with fever and all. We have drugged him well and he is snuggled up on the couch with his computer taking it slow. He did a really great job last night on his final showing of Aladdin Jr even though he felt like crap. So today is a nice slow one. Tamara did some cleaning of gutters on the roof, I did laundry and some shifting in the shed but overall we have taken it nice and slow. We will be packing it up and off to watch the Ultimate game this evening and then going out for dinner with some of the kids. Cal will stay home and rest up.

Here is hoping your weekend is going well.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Friday, April 11, 2014

The show must go on....
 

The Ridgecrest Elementary production of Aladdin, Jr. opened last night. Cal was spectacular as the villainous Jafar. In fact, all of the kids were great. The lighting effects didn't cooperate and some of the mics were iffy but they managed to pull off an entertaining show just the same.

Send good vibes Cal's way because he came home from school today around 2pm. He's been pumped full of meds and insists he feels much better. I know the music teacher panicked a bit when she found out Cal was sick. I think the only way Cal would have missed tonight is if he were puking up his toenails.

Okay. Enough blabbing. Get to the update and E, little e and I will head to Aladdin, Jr.

Tamara

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday
 

A long week is coming to an end. I look forward to the weekend. Enjoy.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

This Blessed Plot.
 

A beautiful day. Just as sunny as yesterday but without the bitterly cold wind.

At lunch-break I decided I didn't want to sit in the portakabin with the lads, watching the electricians playing cards, knowing it'll end in a lot of bad words. Nor did I want to listen to the smug Chelsea fan crowing about the fact that they overturned a 2-goal deficit to beat PSG and go through to the European semi-final. And we didn't, having been knocked out of the tournament in the previous round, by the best team in Europe.

So I took my paste sarnies off to the edge of the site. Far enough away from the noise that it was barely there. Where I could look out over some fields, and a stand of trees.

And a lone cottage, which must have stood for a couple of centuries by itself in the quiet countryside, and is now practically part of the town. Its garden home to a majestic magnolia tree, probably nearly as old as the cottage, currently a stunning display of blossom.

I watched two goldfinches engage in a spectacular aerial dance. (European goldfinches are totally different to the north American bird of the same name). And I was surrounded by heliotrope and forget-me-nots and willow-herb and daisies and the songs of a dozen different birds.

And for a short while I was at peace. And I went back to work thinking how great it was to be alive in springtime.

I wish for that peace for all of you. See you next week, goodnight and may your God/s go with you.

Ze

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

While the Chaffinch Sings on the Orchard Bough
 

Today was Ramanavami - hope all our Hindu readers had a good festival.

Schools broke up on Friday, for the Easter holiday. Caught me by surprise, I hadn't realised they were so close. It was only when the buses were almost empty, and so were the roads, on the way to and from work yesterday, that I realised. So I hadn't arranged anything for Barbara. So today in my lunch-break I was rushing round like a blue-arsed fly trying to organise something. With luck I'll have something for her next week.

If the weather co-operates, that is. It's been typical April-in-England weather down here - one day sunny and warm, the next heavy showers, the sunny but a bitter wind, then torrential rain all day. It's a right royal pain trying to decide what to wear. Thick jersey?? Thin?? Long sleeves?? Short?? Waterproofs?? Damn it - take the lot in the rucksack!!

Other than the weather, April is a wonderful month. Birds singing at the top of their little lungs. Looking for - and finding - a mate. Filling the air with glorious music. The summer migrants are starting to re-appear. I've seen jays, woodpeckers - my first ravens in the wild (seen the ones at the Tower of London of course, but they don't count). Robins in pairs - the only time of year you can see two robins together without them trying to kill each other. Long-tailed tits, wrens, warblers, egrets. Fantastic variety.

Though I can never spot the egrets without immediately thinking, "egrets, I've seen a few, but then again, too few to mention".

And there's your earworm for the evening!! *g*

Ze

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Monday, April 07, 2014

Hype!
 

Time for a Cocktail Hour contest....
Hey everyone!

As some of you may have already heard from our Best of 2013 podcast, it’s time for the 2014 Cocktail Hour Bearded Clam Challenge. This will be our third BCC and we’re looking forward to it being the best yet. The rules are simple: Write an original story between 10k – 30k words that contains the phrases “Cocktail Hour” and “Bearded Clam” in any context, have it edited, and submit it no later than July 15, 2014. Pretty straightforward, right?

All entries are rated by a team of judges and will then be compiled into an ebook and made available for download on our website. Authors retain all rights to their stories, of course. Big congratulations to Susan X. Meagher for taking first place last year!

We work very hard to make sure the BCC is as fair as possible. All identifying information is removed from the entries and sent, along with a standard judging form, to the team. The judges are never identified and no one – including the other judges – beside me and Andy know the identity of the team. Once judging is completed, I average the scores and the rankings will be announced on a special Cocktail Hour show – and there will be prizes!

Submissions – and any questions – should be sent to rev@cocktailhour.us.

Please, help us reach as many authors as possible by sharing this information. And encourage your favorite authors to join in on the fun!

I’ll be cross-posting so I apologize if you’re seeing this multiple times. This competition is very important to me and I want to get the word out to as many authors as possible.

Thanks,

Rev

You heard Rev. Spread the word. Now on to the updates.

Tamara

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Sunday, April 06, 2014

Easy Sunday
 

The easy days go by far too fast. Chore day for us. Got a bunch of stuff completed, of course still lots more to do, but good for this day.

Enjoy the updates and have a great week.

Peace, Health and Happiness.

Elisa

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Relax
 

Was it only last weekend I was at Emerald City Comicon? This weekend is vastly different. Slow, a few chores, an Ultimate Frisbee game in the drizzly rain. I've got the comics I picked up at the con pulled out so I can enter them into the database.

Tomorrow we'll head to the grocery store. Slow and easy is the plan for this weekend.

Tamara

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