Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bees, and Photos of Bees and Just Who Got Stung?

Right. It's late, and I am almost too tired to be thinking. Certainly too tired to be writing, but after promising all day to bring you some Bees, I am going to Skull up my brain (see how I am evolving this new verb?) and Bee with you for a bit.

(Cut to the chase, Lorraine!) Right. The lucky winners in the Who Gets to Bee stung contest: Boss and the MPR Reporter. Boss on an unprotected bit of ankle, and our hapless reporter friend when he was unlucky enough to squash one under an arm.

But this makes for dull reading. Let's start with a little Girl-on girl full Bee Suit Wrestling, with The Birdchick and Miss Kitty..(Who won? Who cares!)

Kitty is one of the few people who can actually take a lovely photo of me. Here I am messing around with some WARNING Full on Voltage action tool. (No idea what it does but it lives in a little birdhouse on the fence post.)

Feeding Bees honey from my hand makes me so happy. Actually everything about tending bees does.

Cabal, while loving the bit where we all go off into the woods, does not share this love of our honey making Friends. That's Non-Birding Bill, bravely at the hives in only hat and gloves. Brave man. I haven't done that yet. May well not be brave enough.

In order to steal, er, harvest, the honey, you need to get the Bees to leave and go nicely back into the hive. You can do this a number of ways, the most direct being to take the full box, no light thing and give it a few good shakes. See Boss and I convincing the Bees to leave. See Boss and I Covered in Bees.

Another way fun day with the Bees. And all of us there. Check out the Birdchick Blog and Boss's for more photos and stories....Miss Kitty, it should be noted, took all of these photos today, and shared them with us for tonight's joint bee post. This one is my favorite: Quiche with Ross Rounds!

Love and Bees,


At 9:28 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Yay! A bee post. Now I can go to sleep without wondering if I missed it!

I just love the bee posts. They actually make me feel peaceful and like the world is not actually falling apart but progressing just as it should. Thank you thank you thank you.

And Kitty these are really great photos.

At 9:31 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Girl-on-girl wrestling... nice. ;)

Kitty, great photos! Quiche, is that your Princess of No tiara you're wearing in the second photo?

At 9:33 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Hey cool photos! Thanks for that.

At 9:35 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Bees will do that to you....

No, that's my "I got a bee stuck in my hair once and never again will it bee loose" tiara...Hee-hee...

Kitty takes REALLY good photos,look for more this week.

Oh yes....We have Plans...

At 9:36 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Weeeee! Well done!
I am so glad you fought sleep to post these.
Love the picture of Sharon and Kitty.
(she can't have taken that one, surely?)

At 9:39 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, to be truthful, now that you mention it, I was right there to take that one!!!

And now that you have nipped in, yes, I am off for bed.

'Night, see you in the morning!

At 9:50 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Ooo - I knew about the MPR dude, but not Himself. That will teach him to try to make you not wear a suit - the bees know....

Wish I could taste the honey, but honey and I aren't friends anymore - too many carbs for this poor girl - however, if we do have a skullishly fiend reunion, I hope there will be comb to sample.

Night all - long day for me tomorrow, having a non-threatening medical test, complete with needles and anethesi---anetheas---the stuff that puts you to sleep. I'll look forward to reading the comments slightly loopy....


At 9:53 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Earlier, when i volunteered the journalist for sting-duty, i didn't really mean it! I swear!

Linked by Boss's post, i just bought a graveyard shirt. I hope Miss Kitty will be in San Francisco/Palo Alto so we can be properly introduced

Too much sake w/ my ahi tonight to produce any more of a post...nighty night!

At 9:56 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Love me some Euan Kerr! Can't wait to hear the interview.

Woo hoo Beaujolais-Villages! Good friends we are.

At 9:58 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Oh and The Myth-Busters are doing something with a Tesla coil at the moment (on my T.V. anyway). How cool are they?

At 10:02 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I just love these bee posts. For all that a bite from a little bee could kill me, I am just fascinated by them (maybe that is why)

I hope the boss and the reporter are okay and the stings just stung a little.

Great photos - thanks Kitty.

At 10:07 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Holy hive-making hives, bee-man!!

May the stings be few, the stung be allergy-less, and the honey be sweet enough to make the sting seem unimportant.

Thanks for the post!! I love the smile on Kitty's face in that photo... and Lorraine, you do look queenly!

At 10:21 PM , Blogger Dean said...

Of course, the mere fact that you've mentioned it ensures that there is now a fetish community devoted to girl-on-girl bee suit wrestling...

At 10:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bee Suit Wrestling...LOL Looks like some sort of strange initiation or something.;)

Kitty you always come through with the good photos.:)

The bees really are fascinating from a safe distance. I'd totally be running away with Cabal if I was on the spot. Too scared of stings for my own good. Non-Birding Bill is indeed a brave, brave man.

At 10:31 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Cool photos! Thank you Ms. Kitty. :)

Though, I must admit, you took a fascinating picture, Ms. Fabulous. Not only is it girl-on-girl wrestling, La Birdchick is trying to plant a kiss on Ms. Kitty. Interesting the things that happen when a honey harvest is opened to any and all visitors. Gives it a whole new meaning.

I've eaten a KK doughnut fresh, while the light was on, at a KK store. I was not impressed. The Krispy Kreme in Waco closed a little over a year after it opened. The local doughnut bakery, which has been around something like 50 years, is still open.

I have lots of smooshed, frozen bananas, but I've also used some. I make banana nut bread on a fairly regular basis. Usually, I use Splenda, instead of sugar, non-fat plain yogurt for sour cream, 1/2 whole wheat flour 1/2 unbleached all purpose flour, and walnuts. Due to Monday being equinox, I used sugar. It's kinda weird, though, as it doesn't get eaten as quickly when I bake muffins as when I bake a loaf.

At 10:59 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

you all are too kind.
i am about to get to my post, but Quiche, really, you got it all down,
bee-work is a dizzying experience. buzzy bees were bonking into my hat, and the more experienced beekeepers worned me not to let my nose touch the mesh, tempting fate...

At 4:04 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

I have learned from my mistakes - today I read this first, before the Bossblog. I would hate to be banned from the Fiends for disorderly reading!

And it's a good thing too - I don't think Boss said who got stung! Nice photos Kitty, and on your blog post too (is it wrong to comment on your blog on this one?). The whole thing is fascinating - I'd like to try someday too. I know there are lots of beekeepers around here, but I don't know any.

At 4:50 AM , Blogger louisa said...

My aunt had whatever the opposite to an allergy is with bees - her hands were painfully crippled with arthritis so she would stick them in a jar full of bees (the stings were less painful than the arthritis) and her joints would recover their flexibility. Not that you should try this at home, kids.

And yes yes yes to walnuts in banana bread, ariandalen! Both for texture and flavour, d-lish

At 4:59 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Covered in beeeeees! Hooray! \o/

The photos are very cool-- I'll be off to Kitty's to see the others in a minute. I love the photo of the little bee standing up to get at your finger. My cat does that. :)

(Note to self: bees are not like cats. Do not pet the bees.)

Heh, I was going to say something regarding girl-on-girl bee suit wrestling and an increase in interesting search terms, but Dean beat me to it!

I suspect the interview was arranged to serve as a subtle warning to other journalists. Clever that Boss took a sting, too, so it would all look like an accident.

At 5:09 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

So nice you had a wonderful day at the hives - and Kitty, great photos, such talent! Love the bee suit wrestling match as well :) - what did Bill have to say about that?? It would be great fun to visit a hive and see honey being harvested (tho I couldn't do it in just hat and gloves - not that close!) Hope everyone is doing well, I doubt I will ever get caught up with comments - have a great Thursday!

At 6:44 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Bee Suit Wrestling sounds like a good name for an album.

At 6:50 AM , Blogger Jess said...

So would "Full-On Voltage Action Tool".

At 6:56 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning everyone!

Let's see what my semi-tealess state can make of allthese comments.

Arthritus, I have heard that. (Hmm no spell check for firefox today, maybee it is just here every other day..)

See like the girl on girl beesuit wrestling was popular, ok, so more of that. Bill did not mind. Bill said "cool."

Rats. I can't find any fall clothes . And it IS fall today. Or yesterday. Hard to keep up.

The bees will lick honey right from your finger, but you must not pet them. Not so into that.

Miss Kitty was very brave, and did very well.

So did Euan Kerr. First for him, I am sure.

At 6:59 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Wuld that be a BEE Album then? Hee-hee..As an album cover that shot has popssiblies..

I did an album once called "Live Deadly Circuit" based on a sing Adam Stemple left on a light thing above our sink, saying "Do not touch! LIve Deadly Circuit"

AH, we used to live on the edge...

At 7:04 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Live Deadly Circuit is an excellent name for an album, but not so good as a thing in your bathroom. The sign was a wise thing to put up.

I want this sign in my kitchen.

At 7:09 AM , Blogger Paul said...

Yay for un-stung Fabulous One, but oops on the Boss getting stung...

Trent = Paul from Chicago = knappenp, I just can't keep all of my virtual identities straight. And I still have lightswitch covers for you, that never quite make it into the mailbox.

Yes, Phiala, I met His Grace once upon a time at Pennsic. And a few of us here knew him, and we'll all miss him.

At 7:30 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Morning, Fiends! I have no coffee. This is Dire. Also, no glasses.

But I do have links to the shirt designs I sent Quiche yesterday.

Fabulous Lorraine & Fiends / Fod shirts
Skull shirts

At 7:59 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Val!!! Great T-shirts!!!

At 8:02 AM , Blogger arwenn said...

Agreed! Those designs rock!! Plus they really capture the vibe that makes this group so much fun.

At 8:05 AM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

Val, those T-shirt designs are awesome!
Are they going to be actual T-shirts? (becasue I want one...maybe Kitty could sell them through Neverwear?)

Fablo, love the bee post and all the photos. Do you (or Boss) have any plans to post a link so those of us who live in the wrong palce can listen to the bee-interview t some point?

Jess - you have literate wasps?

At 8:30 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

Val, love those tshirt designs,
i propose a click button on Neverwear leading to Quiche's own store. She can have her music and her books and her shirts...
today is going to be very fun for myself and Miss FabLo. Greek food, shopping, SUV (although we agreed the seasons premiere got an F+) and photos.
i posted a few more bee photos (not to kill the issue)
because i am fascinated--xoxo
ps Louisa---you doll! l expect a photo of you in your Neverwear--- & you too Chantrelle...

and ps. Adri, how Did you know that we snuck some donuts in yesterday, or did you just mention KKremes out of the blue...mine was a circle of heaven with cream cheese frosting...oh yes.

At 8:40 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Cool shirts! I want a kneel before Fod one!

Marjorie - have you never watched Absolutely, specifically Don and George? They've got a "No Wasps" sign in their flat. :D

At 9:19 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Inspired by this blog I went home yesterday, picked up one of those melt-in-your-mouth donut-croissants and a roast. I made a definite night-garden roast including parsley, thyme, and rosemary from my rooftop garden. It was finally out of the oven around 11:15pm last night (truly a midnight dinner) and smelling so good I could barely resist it until it had cooled sufficiently.

I felt like a night garden rapist or something though, running out into the rain to rip branches of herbs and all the nice fleshly leafy bits from the plants I have been nurturing for months... digging my newly bathed fingers into the dirt to try to find a long forgotten onion.. it was kind of strange... it felt... violent. Poor herbs.

but tasted GOOD.

At 9:32 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Love the shirts!!
I will send in a pic of me in my new graveyard shirt when it arrives :)

I may not be around much today, Ben's sicker today--woke up white as a ghost feeling pukey...poor guy!! He's asleep in the recliner w/ a bucket next to him now. No fun to see your little one sick :(

At 9:40 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Is anyone else (non-vegetarian) out there squeamish when it comes to handling meat?

I know I am a natural carnivore.. I love to eat all that's savoury in life and I crave it but I have a problem handling meat. I can't disassociate it from the animal whenever I have to handle the raw stuff. I got all weirded out last night when trying to handle the bloody meat. I didn't want to touch it and then when I did I washed my hands like crazy afterwards. I can barely handle the removal of bones without wigging. Maybe I have just been around vegetarians too much.

At 9:48 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Just get somebody to cook for you, Kristina.
I suppose Kitty did the Greek cooking?

At 9:50 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I SO want a "WE SKULL" T-shirt...

At 9:51 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

Yeah I need to get on that partner thing, don't I?


At 9:55 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

And Chantrelle, sorry to hear about the little one. I hope he feels better soon.

At 9:57 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Glad you all like the shirt designs. ;) What to do with them is rather up to Quiche, though I'm happy to help.

Rubius, I also make a lot of dinners that're done cooking around midnight, because I don't get home until 7-8, most nights. ;) And I'm the opposite -- I love bloody raw meat on the bone. RAWR.

Chantrelle, sorry to hear Ben's sicker. ;/ Hope he gets better soon.

At 10:37 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Paul! I didn't know that was YOU, be welcome!!!!!

I love the idea of t-shirts. We will have to figure out HOW tho, perhaps Neverwhere would be the best idea. A sub-section, with all our things...

Under the gun today, so this is it until later this evenng, I am sure you can imagine what it's like right now.

I want to stare at all the comments when I get back and find out you have taken over the WORLD!!!!!!

Hugs, Fiends...

At 11:32 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

World domination
Fablo requests ideas
We should use Haiku!

At 11:40 AM , Blogger arwenn said...

Indeed, with Haiku
We could rule the world. It would
be so elegant.

At 11:54 AM , Blogger Jess said...

My nefarious
plans for language subversion
begin to bear fruit!

All shall speak haiku.
Syllabic rhythms prevail!
None can escape it.


At 12:00 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Also: I hope Ben feels better soon, Chantrelle! Poor guy. :(

At 12:00 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Skull everybody!
Let Fod sort them, in and out.
Fiends will rule them all!

At 12:09 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Fiends will rule them all
With evil Bengal mind tricks
And honey sweet lures

At 12:09 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Thanks for your well-wishes!

he's already on the mend. he's having his 3rd piece of toast and some juice.
Kids bounce back so fast!

He's in the recliner watching They Might Be could be worse ;)

At 12:12 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Honey-sweet toast lures
bouncy Ben out of sickness.
He might be giant!


At 12:14 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Nothing beats the bee posts; I love your bee stories. My mother still teases me about believing in bee leashes ....


At 12:18 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

But Emily... there ARE bee leashes!! Dan showed them to us!! He did it!!!

Temptations galore,
Peanut butter and honey
Damn my allergies!!!

At 12:21 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Val, I really like the "Fabulous Lorraine and Fiends" logo that you've used on the shirts. I haven't decided whether I like the logo on the shirt hem, but it does differentiate these shirts from all the others out there. :) Looks good!

At 12:24 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Oh yes!, I forgot about the pictures of the real bee leashes! Thanks for the reminder, Rubius!


At 12:25 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

aww, ben's first haiku! Thanks Jess :)

Popping in here when i can for a little sanity. I can only sit in the recliners for so long...he's now watching ISpy.
I'm reading Outlander while he's watching so it's kinda nice actually!

At 12:27 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Chantrelle, glad Ben is doing better. They do get sick quickly, and then get well quickly, unlike us old fiends. ;)

At 12:31 PM , Blogger Jess said...

I cannot bee-lieve
in leashes for bees. Show me
these bee leashes, please.

Mmm, haiku that rhymes. I've never actually debased a poetic form before.

At 12:35 PM , Blogger arwenn said...

Jess that's almost a mantra.... in fact, I may meditate to it later :)

At 12:47 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Jess, you are much less gullible than I am (or was) .... I suppose there is a time when children such as myself need to be told that certain things do not exist. Although Dan Guy's picture (once I find it in the archives of the blog) will surely rekindle some of that innocent hope I once had. Lorraine ended my childhood!


At 12:48 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Er, that probably was less clear than I meant for it to be; I meant she ended it by explaining that, no, she was not serious in her references to bee leashes and that there were, in fact, no such items anywhere to be found.


At 12:55 PM , Blogger arwenn said...

Pinky and the Brain
tried to take over the world.
Fiends should have a go!

At 1:06 PM , Blogger Jess said...

What are we doing
tonight? The same thing we do
every night, Pinky!

The more I think about it, though, Emily, the more I want there to be bee leashes. :D

At 1:19 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

I run free, ragged from racing
well past words put in places
determined and drawn
by Fate's fine thread.

At 1:19 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

I looked and looked and I couldn't find it... it was a link over to Dan Guy's blog as I recall... the photo showed him holding a leashed bee.

Now you people got the 'Pinky and the Brain' theme song etched into my head!!!

At 1:20 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Nice one Pan!

At 1:22 PM , Blogger arwenn said...

I was looking up the bee leashes too, here is the link that Dan Guy posted to the photo.

At 1:40 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Thanks, Arwenn!


At 1:53 PM , Blogger Nadine said...

@rubius No, you are definitely not alone. Handling raw meat grosses me out too. i made chicken enchiladas last week and was thinking the exact same thing.
Hopefully we can has t-shirts sometime.
Great photos, Kitty.
Better Boss gets stung than you Lorraine!

At 3:23 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Timid carnivores
Run away from blood and bones
Out bloody spot OUT!

At 3:24 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

oh wait... that was supposed to start 'Squeamish Carnivore'


At 5:39 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Oops: there goes a spleen,
and there a liver, onto
the clean white tile floor.


Actually, I hate handling raw poultry. Beef I'm okay with for some reason, but poultry: bleah.

At 6:43 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Jess... that made my day!!

Yeah.. I don't like handling poultry either. I love the roasted chickens from my grocery store but I am extremely disturbed by the look of the carcass... and the organs they leave in. Ewww... organs. I am usually okay with fish until I have to deal with their backbone and then I lose my appetite.

Thank Fod for pre-boned and skin-less grocery items!!

At 6:53 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I too am creeped out
by the flesh of a dead thing
Leave it to the pros

You'd never know ben was ever are incredible. That should mean he's back at school tomorrow...yay!

At 7:04 PM , Blogger Bulfinch's Aglaia said...

I want to Bee! And Skull! And wear cool t-shirts! And eat some pot roast! And some Greek food! And read each and every comment word for word instead of just skimming! And rest my lonely heart with some friends!

I don't want to do homework anymore ever ever ever, whine whine pout. Could one of y'all please take over the world soon? And outlaw homework? My students and I will be your humble and willing servants forever and ever...

At 7:42 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Never fear -- when I take my rightful place as Bitch-Queen of the Universe, there will be no more homework. But I will have cabana boys. And beer.

I actually do say that bit about taking my rightful place quite often. My minions have it memorized. ' Bitch-Queen of the Universe, uh-huh, sure, yeah, we got it,' they say. No respect, I tell you. It's like a little liturgy... from the Church of Fod.


Now, dinner, and then some Not-Painting, and then maybe some Painting. Hope springs eternal.

At 7:44 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Anyone still out there who can explain why I can't see Pantagruel's t-shirts? I get a blank screen. Was it something I said? Something I didn't say?

Pretty please with Skulls on it?


At 8:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't see the t-shirts either:(.

Panta, cabana boys are good..I think after we all take over the Universe, I want a sedan chair, and they'd be good for carrying me around. Oh, and for eye candy too of course.;)

At 8:22 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

Idunno... but I seem to be having problems too now. It says it can't find Maybe a server is down. Val, you may have to speed up your taking over the world... the t-shirts are in peril!!

You know... I think we have a colony of evil/mad geniuses here... with assets like these we are bound to take over the world.

At 8:34 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Siri, Kali, and Rubius -- Shirts will return shortly.

The short, non-technical answer is that the site's down until a bit after 11 p.m. PST. The technical answer is that I'm waiting for some DNS changes to my server to propagate, and Speakeasy's next push is at 11 p.m. Thought I'd be done at 7 PST for that push, but missed it by a few minutes.

Always the way, isn't it? Months and months of uptime, then as soon as I have something a bunch of people want to see... wham!


At 8:44 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

I can't see the dang shirts!!! Each time I click the link it opens a blank page & then shuts down my entire internet! Fods!!!

They sound so cooooool though!!!!!

rubius: Out bloody spot! I snarfed my iced tea!

Pantagruel; poem was beautiful; tight and succinct. love it.

Jess; jess, jess, jess,

a haiku for you
who gives her heart to all
truly, you are the best!

Fablo & Kitty
funny; when I saw the girl on girl wrestling it looked like they were wearing fencing suits. Can you see the fencing, fiendish fablo bees? they will have tiny grilled masks and their 'leashes' will resemble the fencing leashes used in competitions. Un GUARDE! LOL
i crakz me up... sorry

At 8:48 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Bees need leashes. It's fun and they get a good workout....

Oh Fods, I am tired..Long day, but the Boss is off on tour, which will mean long ones for him.

Kitty and I are home now with ice cream and fritos! Nothing but the best! Oh yeah.....

We're doing some pics tomorrow and will try and learn the secrets to imbedding vid in a blog. She wants to shoot mim on her wheel.

That sounded odd...

Missed you todays, Fiends...You shall all SKull and have Tee hirts, and never ever do homework again!

At 8:50 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Swords...Might well improve the girl on girl bee suited wrestling...Stacy, keep thinking your dark thoughts...We need them here!

At 8:56 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I will patiently wait to see the shirts. I'm sure they are FABulous!

Glad to know that your day has wound down to ice cream and frito time! Have a great night.

At 9:01 PM , Blogger Siri said...

I echo Fabulo's long day - I can't stay up for 11PST!!!! The shirts will be there tomorrow, and that's a reason to get out of bed. That's the best reason, at least - the rest of the reasons ain't so compelling!

Night all (mmmm- fritos and ice cream - I need to have more slumber parties!)


At 9:20 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Is PST the equivalent of PMS, only for computers?

At 9:24 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

No; PST can't be PMS cos I feed mine diet coke & raisnettes all the times (via the keyboard) & it still misbehaves. Hey! maybe; it's a guy thing! What could those three letters for? I mean, as long as we're having a girl slumber party with fritos & ice cream!

At 9:27 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I missed where the shirts went..Did we lose them? I am going to read in detail over tea tomorrow.

Shall we have some more Night Gardens this weekend? I have three days of gigs....And we have some lovely bits just waiting.

I am determined to get some web site going too next week. I want my site! A home for Fiends!

Someone tell Nathielie we are going to bed after one more Law and Order SUV.....If I don't fall asleep on the ouch. Kitty had coffee and is WIDE awake..

At 9:29 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

there's another anagram i don't get. SUV; suburban utility vehicle I understand; what's it mean in relation to TV?

At 9:30 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Can't think but I am glad you are here for the slumber party!

At 9:34 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Good night, girls!
Sweet dreams and all. Today I am travelling back home. I can't wait.

At 9:34 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Yes, we do have the assets to take over the world. We also have the intelligence to know what a migraine it would be once accomplished.

A never-ending migraine of epic proportions.

Besides, it's far more fun to lie hidden and pull strings.

At 9:34 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

serendipudous uber viewing?
seriously uppity vixens?
something utterly vexing?

At 9:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stacy I think that's supposed to be SVU for Special Victims Unit. But I call it SUV all the time because it's easier to remember.;-P
Oh, and PST=Pacific Standard Time

Isn't it funny
Mercury goes retrograde
T-shirts disappear


At 9:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stacy, I think I like your explanations for the acronyms.

Especially "seriously uppity vixens."

At 9:39 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oh and you guys absolutely NEED to see (and make) those cute Halloween creatures.

At 9:39 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

On general principle I don't really like the idea of anyone taking over the world. Absolute power and all that. However if it has to happen the fiends would be the best.

Ice cream sounds good. Sleep sounds better!

Things have been really crazy for the laser lady but I really do think she still wants to make the Bengal/Laser vid. I'd love to see what Kitty does with the wheel. My godchild and I have spent much time entertained by the Bengals on wheels vids on YouTube.

Okay. Good night sweet fiends!

At 9:40 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I rather like 'something utterly vexing'.

I think we're well placed for taking over the world. The skulls and bones are in all the right places.

At 9:40 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Stacy, Ms. Fabulous is referring to "Law and Order: SVU (Special Victims Unit)." Hey, they're all the right letters! ;)

Nathalie, PST is Pacific Standard Time, though the blog is set at Pacific Daylight Time. At least, until we go back to standard time the last Sunday in October. Or is it the first Sunday in November? Whatever, Daylight Savings Time should be abolished. :P

At 9:42 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

pacific standard time

does the pacific have a standard? i thought it was ruled by the moon... as are we all.

naturally; mercury is retrograde; that would explain a lot; if you're into that sort of thing. btw; did you all know that Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise. All other planets are counter-clockwise. Figures

At 9:44 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Stacy, they are right, Special Victims Unit, we just call it SUV, very fine late night or on the road viewing it is...

Nathlie, come home soon! Very cute Halloween Creatures!!!!!!!!

At 9:45 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Nathalie, would you believe I have a subscription to "Family Fun" magazine? They have lots of cool stuff, including recipes. They even came up with a way to play Quidditch a few years ago. :)

At 9:48 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Stacy, goes al long way to explaining Freaky Venus the Bengal of Doom.....She is having a hiss fit because she just remembered Kali is an interloper...(Kali tried to get cuddly with her, oops...)

At 9:50 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

c- u can tell i don't watch tv.
otherwise i'd know there was a 'special victims unit' as opposed to the 'ordinary victims unit'.

in my book, victims; aka: old minions who have out lived their purpose do not accord a 'special' anything.

and just try to come up with as many words as you can that start with the letter 'u' that fit? it's kinda fun in a twisted, sick sort of way.

one of my favorite words 'umbral' as in relation to 'penumbral'. ooohhhhhhh..... then onto 'penultimate'.

anyone else up late with favorite weird words wanna play?

At 9:52 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...


At 9:53 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

LOLOL reminds me of 'monster house'

"oh, so it's a girl house"

great word BTW!

At 9:54 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

And, YES!, for more Night Garden pieces. Working on another one, myself.


At 9:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor Venus, she doesn't want the new kid ruining her rep. "I am a Bengal, I am NOT cuddly!"
She wants to grow up to be the Cat Who Walks By Himself.:)

At 9:58 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

oohhh; don't wanna be in your house fablo while all that dominance is being determined. especially with all those point parts being sharpened to perfection while you sleep.

At 10:00 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Dudes! I just clicked this link that was on my gmail page randomly and it's really cool!

turn your speakers down though; there's a song playing

At 10:01 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I have no weird words for you, but I am all up for victeming some old minions who have out lived their purpose...

(tho I have always loved Conundrum....)

At 10:01 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...


At 10:02 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

the first three arian could be a poem all their own! love it!

At 10:05 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Save the Bees!!!!!!!

Unless unusual uppityness undermines underworlds....

At 10:07 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

unusual umbrellas unknowingly undermine ukeleles

At 10:12 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I will go upstairs to bed and ululate no more this night.

At 10:14 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ugli UFO's, ultimate umpteenth ultimation, unadvisable...unamusing....

At 10:17 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

arian; u so win! brilliant!

not that we were competing; but in my book your's was prime.

At 10:19 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hee-hee, you are right Stacy, she does win...THo when I saw you had commented again, I was about to concede to you...


At 10:27 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

nite all!

At 10:51 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

damnit i had a whole u-unique sentence... complete with story but my cat turned off my computer before I had quite finished it.

At 10:53 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I hope Lorraine didn't actually fall asleep on the ouch! Does not sound comfy!

I've got no U's to give, only Zs...nighty night.

At 11:40 PM , Blogger Nadine said...

@Jess our carnivore haiku wins the internet.

At 12:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugly unctuous unakites used unstintingly?

Time for bed.

Jess won the internets? Insert maniacal laughter here.

Yep. Bed. Going.

At 3:05 AM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

Wow! I go to bed, and 30 comments becomes 120!

jess, no I've never seen Absolutely -maybe it came out in one of my not-owning-a-television phases...

I know Jess has already won the internet, but...

Umpteen uppity
And uncontrollable fiends
Urge insurrection

(I, unable to
Alliteratively rhyme
Withdraw in an ‘uff)

At 4:19 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Me?! *I* won the Internets? How many Internets? See what I miss when I go to bed? Right: never going to bed again. Mr. Jess won't be happy about it, and it's only a matter of time till I start hallucinating...I dunno, spiders probably. But there's nothing else for it. I think I'd like FIVE. Five Internets. Yes.

I imagine that Law and Order: SUV would be a lot like Torchwood. Only with Lawyers. Lawyers driving round Cardiff in a van.

It's too early to be thinking of things. Everything that comes out of my head is weird right now.

Aw, thanks Stacy! :) A haiku for my very own!

At 4:30 AM , Blogger louisa said...

I don't have the excuse of early morning, it being GMT in this neck o' the woods, but I've been imagining Law & Order: Special Uilleann Vixens with a gang of vixen-y lawyers wielding pipes and fighting crime. Maybe my brain is actually on PST....

At 4:37 AM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

Yes! Louisa, i second your mental image. Can they be vixen-y lawyers defendingthe earth from the alien menace, weilding pies?

At 4:38 AM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

Pipes. Wielding pipes. (althoguh pies are good too...)

At 6:20 AM , Blogger louisa said...

OK now I have an image of vixen-y lawyers with pipes fighting pie-wielding aliens

At 6:55 AM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

Well, that's definately Torchwood!

At 7:13 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

A new day has dawned.
Bake birthday cupcakes I must.
Cake is tomorrow.

Eldest daughter born
Seven years ago today.
Chuck E. Cheese awaits.

Youngest daughter writes
Christmas wish list even though
Her birthday closer.

Sleep disruption sucks.
Things still need to be done now.
Someone shoot me now.

At 7:56 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Morning, Fiends!

The shirts are back, and here's the link again, in case you are not up for scrolling:

Fabulous Lorraine & Fiends/Fod shirts
Skull shirts

Now for coffee.

At 8:40 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

HA! I slept the sleep on the non-walking DEAD in my bed last night and feel great now. (Sorry Adri, but Happy B'day to the Sprout!)

Yes, Jess, the interests are all yours, five of them.

You Fiends do know that hit TV shows have been developed and sold with less premise than you managed while I was sleeping?

I mean, what do you think the pitch for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sounded like?

It is such a lovely day here, and so much to do. Miss Kitty flies out tonight, and I have a show.

Have one tomorrow day, if can get there or rather find dog care, adn after that I need to go straight to the night gig, then another day on Sunday..

Pipes tonight at the show!

I do like these shirts, and am talking with Kitty about them...

At 9:24 AM , Blogger AletaMay said...

The Laser Lady and I will be at the gig on Saturday night! Wee!

Gayle -- hope you are there too!

At 9:24 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

Hey everyone. Sorry I dropped off the radar, but that happens from time to time. Thanks fro the well wishes and I’m feeling better, but it’s still in my lungs. Grrr..cough…rrrr I should be fine for tonight though Q.

I have not read the blog for a few days, but I did see the shirts and I think you did an amazing job Val! I especially like the Miyazaki tree spirit that snuck in there. There are other references as well, but I’ll leave that fun for each individual. :) Also, an excellent new photo of you as well.

Clearly there is WAY too much for me to catch up on but I’ll do my best, and I’ll see you tonight Q. (and anyone else who comes out!)

P.S. I always wanted to be a part-time cabana boy. ;p

At 9:25 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Nothing to be sorry about, Ms. Fabulous. Somebody needs uninterrupted sleep, and since you've got four gigs in three days, it might as well be you. I certainly don't hold it against you.

At least we don't have to find a dog-sitter for our dog. She's just fine in her pen. She has kittens that play with her. Really. I watched them this morning.

At 9:33 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hey Paul, you can be our Cabana boy f you want to. However, we will need you in a loincloth, with a palm fan at the Party next JUne. And you must fan all the bikini clad women as they lounge by the pool...Tough work. And do it WHILE drinking with Val...

I feel some rock coming on tonight! I am so ready!

(there will be rock no doubt on Saturday too)

If I left Cabal in a pen with Kittens he would no doubt have fun, but it would not be good for the kittens involved. In fact, I am going with BAD.

At 9:43 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

It's funny how everyone wants to drink with me… do you all think I'm going to smash tables or something? ;)

Paul, you spotted that! Awesome. :)

Quiche, is today less crazed than yesterday?

At 10:44 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Woo! Skull shirts! Those are fab. I have to look for the Miyazaki tree spirit now! I can't believe I missed it.

Happy birthday to Eldest Daughter! Seven is a good thing to be.

At 11:26 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, not so's you'd notice, but easier than yesterday certainly, which was pretty darn up there....

At 11:56 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Vixeny lawyers? How could I let this one pass? (Even if that specific lawyer is not feeling vixeny at all, more like a squashed bug, having just come home after 10 hard hours of travel - nothing on Kitty's scale for such things but way to much for my medieval muscles).

Happy birthday to Eldest! Seven is a marvelous age to be.

Too brain dead to even attempt haiku...
Have a great gig tonight, Lorraine.
(and you, Paul)

At 12:35 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Squashed Bug, and welcome home!!!!! You can be our law consultant on the show, not that we will be following any RULES or anything, or LAWS, not these Vixens no way!!!!!!!

At 12:37 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Good thing I am as blind as a bat then...

At 1:58 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Bees, skulls, haiku.... and lawyers?

I am not remotely done with the thing that should have been done by today, thus cutting into the things that must get done this weekend.

And I'm coming down with the Internet virus. :(

Internet virus
Too much work to be done
Phiala whines.

I knew the tree spirit looked familiar, but I couldn't put a name to it. Nice!

Pantagruel (and Q), would you be horribly offended (or even mildly offended) if I borrowed the skulls for a shirt-making experiment? Just a one-off, to practice with the equipment, because I'm too lazy to make my own design?

At 2:02 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Welcome home, Nathalie!

Phiala, I wouldn't be offended. What format do you need the art in? Email me and let me know. ;)

At 4:29 PM , Blogger Nadine said...

@phiala Oh, not the space virus1 i am so sorry. Nathalie's back! Yay!

At 4:41 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

We are studying banned books in my Children's Literature class. ALA keeps track of them but I was wondering if any of you here had a favorite? Banned books that is. I have not chosen what I will read for this up coming week. Would love some input.

I would LOVE to go to the show on Sat but can't get a sitter. I am trying to line up a regular sitter but am not having any luck. Of course, I am ridiculously picky about who spends time with my 4 year old. I think it may get easier once I am fully moved and can do proper interviews. I suppose hope springs eternal and there may be a chance that I will find someone tomorrow. :)

At 4:44 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Oh and Val I want to go out and drink with you because I think we may be well matched in that way. Although I would be willing to bet that I have MANY pounds on you and could probably drink you under the table. :P Hot, right?

So who else is home on Friday night? Please talk to me. :D

At 5:00 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Gayle, after lifting weights for over 20 years, I weigh more than you would ever dream. Nurses look at the scale oddly, look at me, make me get back on, then go and look at my chart, scratching their heads. If I tied my weight to my self-worth, I'd have had to go lay down on the 405 years ago. So you might well lose that bet. CX

At 5:07 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Hee hee. All I'm saying is that it would be fun to try. :) Lifting weights is my fav but it has been YEARS of, well, not doing that so...

At 5:37 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Pantagruel, I love the shirts I saw. Couldn't open the skulls one though, pdf reader keeps saying there is an error in the page. Pouty pout pants. I want to see skull shirts

At 5:45 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Oh I am stealing "pouty pout pants"! I often use "crabby britches" or "fussy pants". I like yours too though.

At 5:46 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Hallo, Gayle, and anyone else who's about. I'm always home on a Friday night, but tonight's special: we're cleaning the house. Whoop de friggin' doo! It's only 8:00 and I want to go to sleep already. We've got friends coming to stay for the weekend, though (thus the housekeeping frenzy), though, so that'll be fun.

They have a two-year-old daughter, and they tell me she's positively bouncing off the walls at the prospect of getting to play with our cats. This could end badly. :D But I'm hoping it'll just be cute.

Now what's our pitch, again? Law and Order: Space Vixens? I'm so confused.

I'm so confused
I can't even write a proper haiku

At 5:54 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Steal away Gayle, I stole it from my niece!
Jess, housework on a Friday night - yuk. Hope your cats survive the weekend good natured.

At 5:58 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I had a dream last night that I drove to SPOOKYHAUS on a whim one Saturday morning and hoped that FabLo wouldn't be too upset to have me show up unannounced.

Tomorrow's a big day! National Book Festival and then I'm taking the fam to the Jim Henson exhibit at the Smithsonian. And I get to see Kitty! I'm bringing the video camera; I may even remember to use it.

I'm getting over some weird bug. I was feeling terrible yesterday. I'm feeling better today. I'm still a little out of sorts, though. Hopefully I'll be firing on all neurological cylinders by tomorrow morning.

At 5:59 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Having a child and many cats, may I add that I hope the two year old survives in tact. Just remember that it is more important for the child to learn respect for animals than for your cats to learn respect for two year olds!

Oh AND, if they have a two year old it is pretty unlikely that their house is very clean so don't worry about the state of yours. :)

At 6:01 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Wow Dan, that sounds like a wonderful day! Have fun!

At 8:04 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I'm home. Got the cupcakes baked, frosted and delivered to classroom. Now I have a cake to bake and frost to take to Chuck E. Cheese tomorrow for the birthday party. The problem is that only three of thirteen invitees have responded. It seems that few people in my area understand that R.S.V.P. means you call and say whether you will be attending, or not. ::sigh::

At 8:34 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Kids' parties are hard work, ariandalen-- you'd think other kids' moms would know that well enough to get back to you. How irritating. :( I'm sure it'll be a good birthday for Eldest, though. Can't go wrong with Chuck E. Cheese: when I was a kid, I didn't care who else came, as long as I could get on the Ms. Pac Man machine. (I was good at Ms. Pac Man.) :)

Gayle - fortunately our cats are very gentle, and the impending toddler presence (no less than Audrey of night garden poem fame!) is good around pets. I suspect that, at worst, the girls will hide under the bed, and she'll spend the weekend trying to coax them out.

Have fun at the book fest, Dan! And I hope the dream-trip (that's one heck of a commute) went better than the driving dreams I have, where I start out in a car, and then bits of the car start falling off; usually they end with me running down the road, still holding the steering wheel. This is why I don't like driving.

At 9:23 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

pantagruel; gaypet;
Fod knows the worst thing to tie your self worth to is the scale (or the checkbook). Not saying you guys were; but it's awfully hard to keep that thought when I'd love to go be a speed bump anytime I try to get back into the 'old jeans' and realize 'middle age' is just that@! Frickin right around the middle@!@ Certianly I could excersize more; keep from eating foods I like (there are so few and they ALL are sweet!) But Dang nabbit! Just how many hours aren't there in a day! :sigh:

arian; I envy you truly. To go back to that time; the parties; gifty bags; kids running around in stocking feet having the time of their lives! Those days were so precious and I'm glad I was there for every blessed one of them. I remember hand stamping little cards that I attached to 20 each little plastic drinking cups filled with fun Halloween treats for my daughters kindergarten class. The other moms just looked at me like I was insane but it was a blast! Girl Scouts was loads of fun too! When my troop 'bridged' from Browines to Juniors; we all drove to San Francisco and our bridging ceremony was :you guessed it: walking across the Golden Gate. I'll never forget that.

oh down memory lane; sorry. My daughter is 15 now; into dance and computers. And she still is the most amazing person I know. :)

Hope all is well with everyone this Friday night. I'm finishing up a baby blanket someone wanted me to make for them. Nice to sit and make something so simple for a change.

At 10:06 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Have fun with Kitty, Dan (although I hope the bug will stay put - going to a show/fair/party with something bugging you is not fun).

Here it's already Saturday and I have slept most of the Friday evening.
I still feel like a bug but not a squashed one anymore.

Jess, have your cats been warned? They might well not be amused...

Now off to the market, with me.

At 10:16 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

See, that's part of my problem. I'm old enough that the birthday parties I went to when I was in school didn't have goody bags, and there were no Chuck E. Cheese's or inflatable jumping places. You played games, the birthday girl/boy opened presents, then you ate cake and maybe ice cream. I still know what you mean, though. I made cookies for her kindergarten Halloween party last year because I couldn't find Halloween Oreos anywhere. I used a recipe for black and white pinwheel cookies, used mini-cookie cutters, and the teacher and other mothers that were there were amazed.

At 10:18 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

And it's off to bed for me. The cake can wait until morning to be frosted.

At 10:25 PM , Blogger Nadine said...

@Ariandalen Cake can definitely wait til tomorrow.
See y'all tomorrow.

At 10:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ariandalen I remember those kind of birthday parties too.;) At least with Chuck E Cheese saves you cleanup duty. Hope the attendance issue sorts itself out, and that a great birthday is had.:)

Panta: the shirts the shirts the shirts!!! LOVE THEM! Very swanky designs.

Jess..Ms Pac Man was the one I was best at too. But nothing will ever beat Centipede. (but ONLY the arcade version with the rollerball.;)

Have fun Dan! Sounds like it's gonna be a great day.

And now I really really gotta be off, since I have to be up again in hmmm 5 hrs to drive to a bellydance workshop. Going to take classes from Elizabeth Artemis Mourat for my birthday: Turkish Oryental, Turkish Rrom, Skirt Flourishes and Veil.
Really should sleep..too excited.;)

At 11:00 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Got back a little while ago from, quite possibly, the LOUDEST show ever. I jumped at the first note and, seriously, paint was falling off the ceiling.
It was this:
Kim Gordon and Phantom Orchard and it was amazing....and loud? Did i say loud? I couldn't hear myself if i did!

Off to bed now, i've got a wedding to officiate tomorrow.

At 11:14 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Kali! YESSSSSS, Centipede with the rollyball! We'd play it at the rollerskating rink between practices! GEAWD I loved that game. The pac man they have now (at least on our psII) is 3 dimensional. It makes me have vertigo. LOL

At 12:05 AM , Blogger Stacy said...

midnight in our garden

i'm having lucky charms


and watching my white cat

leap all over the dark yard

catching moths

we call this behaviour



At 12:08 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Stacy, what a fine thing to go to sleep on, I thank you.....

At 12:35 AM , Anonymous Marjorie said...

Ariandalen, happy birthaday to eldest - hope the party goes well and you're not too exhausted with all the preparation.

(last party I helped to organise was for my friend J, who decided to revert to childhood for her 30th - so well all had jelly & ice-cream, and plaayed pass the parcel and musical bumps...relived our lost youths. Much fun.)

Stacy - lovely image.

At 3:31 AM , Anonymous JacquiB said...

AAARRRRGGGGHHHHHH, I just lost everything I wrote. It's never as good second time around.


Hi Fiends,

So far I've missed:

Girl-on-girl wrestling, great photos from Miss Kitty (the camera and I loathe each other. I can make a tropical paradise look like a moonscape and the cmera makes me look like someone I don't recognise).

Bee stings - great to see management taking a hit for the workers.

Doughnuts, T-shirts, herbicide, sick kids - well kids, more haiku, re-branding, bee leashes.

There has also been beer, hints of drinking competitions and cabana boys (sigh). I love this place. There have also been suggestions of cabana boys in loin cloths and palm fans. I would like to see cabana boys in budgie smugglers and palm fans and peeling grapes between waves of the palm fronds. I would also vote Pantagruel Bitch Queen of the Universe, or at least the USA, she would do a much better job than anyone they have to offer.

There has also been PMS, PST, SUV & SVU.

Slumber parties, kids birthdays & cupcakes, Fiends birthdays (Happy Birthday everyone).

Sickies, wait until 1-2 weeks after you're feeling better to do heavy exercise. As my doctor said "dead is not a good look". But, maybe that's just because I'm getting on a bit.

Miyazaki Tree Spirits (huh?), vixeny lawyers, travellers, houseguests, trips down memory lane, rude parents and can someone please tell me what Chucky Cheese is?

Cthulu carrots. Just how hilly is the terrain on which these carrot/mandrakes grow? Is it possible new genetic material is urgently required? Is this a case of carrot cousins marrying carrot cousins?

We've heard about sick & well dogs, zombie haiku, eau de felin, going over the edge (better view this side), True Blood (is this based on Charlaine Harris' "Sookie Stackhouse" series"?) I loved those books.

Sore knees (hope they get better soon), Neil Diamond rocks, busy fiends, tutoring football players (should get paid double 'cause they're dumb) and free belly dancing.

Gaypet has way too much study. I don't remember doing that much. Guess it depends on your degree.

Lastly, Robopandas. Great present, only the follow up videoing could use a tiny bit more work.

Have I missed anything?

I skulled, but I'm not sure I got it right.

It's nice to be back :):)


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