Saturday, October 25, 2008

Now Tonight Was Some Rock!

Well, now, tonight was much more the thing! I am much happier after tonight show than I was last night. It wasn't the best show ever, but it was a Paul and Lorraine show with OUR sort of crowd, people there for music and fun, who wanted to be a part of the show.

Amy came down again, which also made me happy, as I thought she got the short end of the stick having last nights show be her first. She brought me the coolest cat toys she had made too, I will let you know if they prove Bengal tough....

I don't think I am sick, which is also good. I got up early today and went to tend Dog, and after we had been for a bit of a walk said in an excited voice "Guess what we are going to do now?" WHAT, says he????? "We are going back to bed and sleep for another four hours!!!!!!!!!!!" GREAT!!!! He says, how cool is that??I can lie on the floor beside the bed, yes???????

Dogs are so cool with what ever, as long as they are with you.

Rock. Right. A fine show, much fun, made lots of people happy.

In the morning I have lots of people coming over to help me get this Spooky House into some sort of shape again. EVERYTHING is going to be done. It will feel good again by evening. It was funny, Merry housekeeper (one of the people I have bribed) said "Don't worry we have lots going on Saturday we are going to sleep IN on Sunday we won't be there early.." Which I thought a fine plan, until she added "We'll see you at 10:00"

Hmmmmm...Not MY idea of sleeping in....But my house will be clean and I will have a closet.

And onto the Leopard report...

Still hiding, but he is eating all his food, then putting his three toys in the food dish. Marilyn, or my F1 friends, what does this mean exactly? He is doing serious playing in his water dish, with water making into both his wet and dry food dishes, as well as the floor. Tonight I lobbed his piece of steak to him and it didn't make it, so I reached in to re-lob, and he hissed, but made no move to me, I re-tossed and talked nicely, and left.

I think his name may be Bela. It all seems to fit. Marilyn told me pets will often take on personalities of the names and Bela Fleck is certainly one of the nicest, coolest friendly people I have ever met. And he is in a class of his own, music wise, no one can touch him there. And his latest cd is all over the place with mystery and magic, can't stop playing it and hear something new every time I do.

And then we have Bela Lugosi, Mr Vampire, which fits with the Spooky House, and there is that great Bauhaus song ("The bats have left the bell tower" certainly fits this Kitty...) And there is something about Hungary this past year that has utterly enchanted me. I am in love with Budapest, need to get there.

So it may well be Bela.

One final thing, before I go off to bed, if you haven't been keeping up on the comments, I know, no easy task some days, I am doing a promotion, fundraiser for Great Lakes Bengal Rescue. I call it "Any Amount, Any cd's"

Make a donation via paypal, to and send me an e-mail telling me what cd's you want. It really is that easy. I don't care how much you give, none of us has much these days.. This is a group that is doing amazing work finding homes for Bengals that need them, and we need the help.

Last week, we had to close to taking in fosters as we are full and have no room, we have had to turn away 12 since then. The deal applies if you adopt a Bengal or sign up as a foster home. We need fosters in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky most, but other states as well.

Fostering is a wonderful experience and a great way to get to know Bengals, and I will tell you , there is nothing like the feeling of placing a foster in a home with a family that will love it forever.

CD's available are, Flash Girls Maurice and I and Wild Queen, Folk Underground, Buried Things and Booty, and Lorraine a Malena, Mirror Mirror. Also Lorraine a Malena Tee shirts.

The offer will be open at least until Xams (GREAT stocking stufers!) Any amount, any cd's.

Donate. Then tell me.

I know well that there is need everywhere, and I can't save the world, but I really want to do something for this part of it.

Love and magic,


At 12:02 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Glad tonight's gig went better than last night's. ;) And also very glad you're not sick.

I love that dogs are happy to be doing whatever you are doing. It's one of my favorite things about my dog; only, she loves guarding at night best. She's outside right now, guarding me.

Getting up early is a small price to pay for having a clean house. Well, that and bribery. ;) I'm so used to getting up at 4:30 in the morning that sleeping until 8 seems decadent.

Speaking of sleep... I'm writing from bed, and am about to close the laptop. Good night!

At 12:05 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Night Val!

Some of you are amazingly early risers! I am SO a sleep till noon girl, when I can...

At 12:12 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Fiends, you have to read this article, about a little dog that saved kittens in a house fire in a suburb just near me and Jacq.,21985,24553977-661,00.html

I am glad you had a great gig Lorraine, and may you sleep in a little at least.

At 12:31 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I thought I got up early at 5:30!! Pantagruel, I think I've said it before, but you are awesome.

Sally, that's amazing about that dog. We were looking at a house to buy in that street about 12 years ago. If it was that one, I'm so glad we didn't get it.

I love those stories.

At 12:34 AM , Anonymous jacquib said...

Ummm, it's been a busy, long, hot weekend, and I've been working at the school fete all day, and I've had a few beers and That last anonymous comment was from me.

I've done it again and now I think I should rest!

Sweet dreams everybody.

At 12:46 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ha I knew it was you.
If anyone wants to know what the weather has been like for Jac and me today look at my blog...

At 1:17 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Bela is a great name. Maybe mister leopard will start to purr in a rhythm pattern, making music of his own?
Actually this is a question I have: Big wild cats can't purr so can an early generation Bengal such as a F1 already do so?

At 1:44 AM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Hooray for better shows! And not being sick! And I think Bela is a terrific name. Would he be likely to have any nicknames as well? Around here there's the official name and then the half dozen or so other names each animal (or person) is actually called. It's never planned but it always happens.

At 1:50 AM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

All of our furries have several nicknames too Lexocat, as do me and Pete for that matter.

I forgot to add before - I think Bela is a grand name too,

At 2:45 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Glad the gig went well, and Bela is a great name! - did you know Bela is (at leastr according to Wikipedia) a character in Marvel Comics 'brotherhood'

"Bela is a psionic vampire who drains a victim's body of its moisture through skin contact. He was apparently also able to levitate or fly to some extent"

You have been warned!

I think that changing the clocks began in WW1 (at least in the UK) to help cut down on probalms caused by backouts and fuel shortages. Not sure why we kept it after the war was ove, but the same happened with pub licencing hours. .

At 2:49 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Nathalie - Big Cats do purr as well (at least, according to a wildlife photographer / presenter I know) He has spent most of the last 5 years with cheetahs so he should know! But only when they are breathing out, not wnen they breath in. MAybe when Bela is more relaxed, Q can tell us whether he has a constant or an intermittant purr...

I have marmalade to make, now . . see you all later.

At 3:10 AM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

When I do google hunts re purring, there seems to be some minor debate....most agree that mountain lions are largest "big cat" that can purr in the same way our "domesticated" friends do....something about hard vs soft hyoid bone thingie.

But all I know is, when I was lucky enough to get up close and personal with the tigers at Marine World Vallejo EVER so many years ago, they sure SOUNDED like they were purring!! :)

I'm going w/sentiment over science, just because.

Oh, and Bela is a great name...really feels "right"....but if you leave a banjo in the room and *it* winds up in the food dish (or on it, more like) I'd be spooked. heheheh

At 4:50 AM , Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Yeah for fun gigs! It sounds fantastic. I'm just jealous that I couldn't be there. :-) Oh, if only Boston wasn't so far away.

It's so much better to have a lively crowd. I used to own a mobile DJ company and I'd play parties, clubs, weddings, etc. One of my favorite feelings is the symbiotic exchange of energy between performer and audience. I'm so glad you had a good gig.

And thanks for the Bengel Report. Overtime, it's going to be a pretty good study on how to socialize a rescued F1. I bet you could turn it into a darned good article when all is said and done.

At 6:29 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Asian Leopard Cats, Felis bengalensis, the wild Bengal parents, are small cats. They have slit pupils and can purr.

Cheetahs are "in-between" cats - they aren't "big cats", but they're also not Felis, and can "kind of" purr.

Cougars are still Felis and can purr. (Update: looks like they've been moved from Felis into Puma, but still...)

The big cats are all Panthera - lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar - and have round pupils and can't purr but do roar. (That kind of leopard is no relation at all to Bela!)

Some of the others - snow leopard, cheetah, etc. are sometimes classed with big cats and sometimes not, depending on your definition.

Servals, caracals, ocelot, lynx are all small cats, and at one time or another were mostly considered to be part of the genus Felis, though that seems to have changed.

Moving away from the sciencey stuff, I can tell you that cougars can be very sweet, serval kittens are amazingly fun to play with (but I wouldn't want to live with one!), a 600-lb tiger has a tongue that's rough enough to remove skin if he licks you enough times, and that a baby snow leopard may be the softest thing ever.

I used to have a friend who volunteered at a place devoted to raising/rescuing wild cats. I'd accompany her occasionally, and she also fostered babies sometimes. The grounds weren't open to the public, so the facilities were quite different than a zoo. The big tigers were just behind a chain link fence, so you could put your hand up to the fence and be licked. Don't stick your fingers through! Those tigers were reasonably good-tempered, but if an animal that size leans against your fingers and presses them into the fence, well...

At 7:09 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I am mighty jealous Phiala but thanks for the info. So Mr. Bela Leopard can purr...
Good to know.

At 8:10 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

Bela is a wonderful name! Fits for all the reasons you said plus it sounds like Italian for "beautiful", right? I had feral-kitty brothers named Boris and Karloff. :)

I hope your day of cleaning and organizing goes smoothly. I should do that today too (still have a few boxes to go through) and maybe I will find some motivation after more coffee. I want to eat the cheesecake for breakfast. Is that wrong. ;)

At 8:20 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

I think Bela sounds like a marvelous name for this fellow.

Congratulations on a fun gig! I'm glad to know this one was better than the last.

Good luck with the Bengal project! It sounds great.


At 8:44 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning Fiends, what wonderful comments and e-mail to wake to! You are the best!

I hae majoy gig head, too much rock, not enough sleep, no cleaning helpers either, thy must REALLY be sleeping in!

It is cold and WINDY and grey here. Kind of curlup by the fire and drink tea weather, I so wish...AH well, this house WILL get in order.

I am glad you all like Bela, it really just seems to fit and my brain went " That's his name" and all I could think was, well, ok....

Not sure what he thinks, he is still not talking, tho the toys were in the dish this morning...

At 8:53 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Rats, Checked the weather.

"Cooler...windy. Mostly cloudy with occasional snow. New snow accumulation up to 1 inch. Highs 40 to 45. West winds 25 to 30 mph with gusts to around 50 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent."

At 9:04 AM , Blogger bengalgirl said...

I finally got brave enough to leave a comment and it was a long one, and somehow it is gone. So I will try again, my first ever blog comment. I'm Janet of Great Lakes Bengal Rescue or bengalgirl2 (even though I now have 3 bengals instead of 2).

Lorraine, I am so glad you are not getting sick, and wonderful that your night was better than the previous night. And what great fiends you have to send donations to us. I wanted all of you to know that your donations go directly to the bengals in our rescue. Our adoption fee is $150 and our bengals are spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccines and rabies, and healthy when they go to their new homes. Of course the $150 doesn't cover the expenses we incur, those who have pets know what one vet visit costs but we do ok unless we have a major rescue or medical need.

The most important people in our rescue is our foster moms and dads, without them there would be no rescue. They open their homes, donate food, litter, supplies, toys, and love to bengal cats that otherwise might be put down in shelters. Lorraine seems to have a knack for the bengals needing extra socialization. She preformed a miracle with her Jungle Loves and their new family thinks they are just great. I can't wait to see how the F1 boy turns out!

Thanks all for allowing bengal cats into your hearts through Lorraine.

At 9:05 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Yickes! To think we had lunch on the terrace...
Definitely curl up by the fire weather.

At 9:55 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Lorraine, you get snow in October? It feels like springtime here! ...


At 10:21 AM , Blogger Beez said...

Snow showers right now

I need more tea...and another book.

(housework? what housework?)

At 10:48 AM , Blogger gaypet said...

M, Ginger, Zelda and I were snowed on during our walk. Time to eat... again!

One more year, then I am OUT OF HERE!

At 11:32 AM , Blogger Beez said...

One more year? Leave all this seasonal bliss?


Where are you going Gayle?

At 12:01 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Well the plan is to move back to the Bay Area before M starts Kindergarten. We'll see. I suffer very badly from S.A.D. and just really can't stay here. But a move that big requires a lot of proverbial ducks. :)

At 12:05 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Many ducks, but you can do it.

My old neighbor (a psychologist) had the same problem. She finally packed up the family and moved to Phoenix.

I convinced my insurance company to buy me a light box. Ahhhhhh.......

At 12:15 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Oh that's good that your insurance paid for a light box. I have no insurance and a one has to use a light box in the AM. I'm sure you recall how easy it is to do anything like that with a 4 year old. :) I have friends who swear by them though. Sometimes I think I should just move from one end of the earth to the other and have at least 20 hours of light a day. :P

OK I am going to deal with dishes now. I can finish off the cheesecake with out a plate but M want a dish of some kind when dinner gets made.

At 12:19 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Bela sounds like a great name!

I am so glad the gig went well AND that Amy got to witness it.

Emily -- I do not think I said it yet but I am so glad you are feeling better and are home. This is not real snow. Just some flurries. But oh yes. We regularly have some snow in October. Usually it does not stick but sometimes it does.

Guess it might be time to take the window air conditioner out, huh?

At 12:33 PM , Blogger Siri said...

OK - Minnesota Fiends, KEEP IT THERE!! I'm not ready for snow yet, but we are having winds today - gusts up to 60MPH. Sunny, though. Gayle, you don't need to move the Bay area - just come to Iowa - it's always balmy here.

Or perhaps I'm the balmy one for thinking that.....

Bela feels right, Quiche. I went to Bela Lugosi right away, and I've always considered him aloof, unaproachable, but attractive - one you'd want to get to know and have in your life. I need to hear the Bela Fleck CD....

Off to pay bills and deal with homeowner's association stuff. Wild Sunday in the Midwest.

Oh, and the Race for the Cure had 24,000 participants, up from the number I gave Friday night. Go Girls!


At 12:36 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Oh, and Hi!!! (waves exuberantly) to Bengalgirl. I encouraged her to delurk, and she did!! Wow. Such power. I'd best go use it for good, not ill.

And, cheesecake for breakfast is right. It's dairy, protein and carbs. That's a fine breakfast.....

At 12:41 PM , Blogger Beez said...


Kind of rolls off the tongue.

Aletamay, the son was born right at that time. I was in a light jacket going into the hospital (downtown Minneapolis the night the Twins won the World Series there) and had to have a winter coat and boots for coming home.
My neighbors used their snow blowers to clear out the block so we could pull in. I'm not sure I emerged until Spring that year.

I do remember A.M.'s and a 4 year old.
Following the Endless Summer sounds like a great plan!

Life as a summer beach bum....*dreams*

At 12:51 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Aleta, thanks; I am glad to be home!

We Rhode Islanders tend to get November snow at the earliest -- January snow at the very latest. New England winters are incredibly erratic.


At 1:11 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

Baby girl! did you catch the dread sick?
i am just NOW coming out of a coffin-full of coughs,
and an ocean of *ukkk.

as for Bela, i may just call him MURPHY for short after Peter Murphy who actually does the singing and we will put the accent on the PURRRRR in MURPH.

finally coming to end of my sick, now you take lots of soup and rest, miss thing. love, Kitty

At 2:15 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Janet! Well done for being so brave! It was a perfctly lovely comment!

(What Janet doesn't say is that she RUNS Great Lakes Bengal Rescue, and has done more for Bengals than I can dream about)

Guess what?????????????????

That Spooky House is CLEAN!!!!!!!!! The basement scrubbed, both bedrooms re-arranged, every nook and cranny dusted and vacummed and washed and polished! 10 bags of trash, and 6 to goodwill!!!!!!

It took four of us four hours to get it all to happen, but oh, it did. I am so happy, I can't stand it when it gets to be a mess.

And it feels really good to get rid of junk that is just cluttering up your life....

Not sick Miss Kitty, kind of an on going asthma attack, for reasons unknown..

Bela seems good. But then again so does Murphy. There is a band I like called The Drop Kick Murphies...

Bela. We are sticking with it for a bit anyway...

At 2:30 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Clean Spookyhaüs! Nice!

My day's plans involve going to the pool, napping in the sun, and generally faffing about until I decide to do the week's cooking tonight. Then I suppose some work is in order. Or painting. Or saying 'to hell with it' and drinking.

At 3:06 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

What a great sounding day, Val! It is so cold and grey here, and wet, we haven't had the snow the Cities have, but it is a matter of time..

I wish I lived in a town with somewhere to eat...Ilearned to cook Indian food after Boss got tired of listening to me whine about there being none within an hour of us...We have nowhere to eat, or take away, unless you count pizza. Bad pizza at that.

At 3:13 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Hurray for Fall cleaning! Good for you!

Val, I think your plans sound lovely! Wish I could join you.

The dishes are still taunting me. Is it a bad sign that I can actually here them? ;)

At 3:56 PM , Anonymous jacquib said...

Morning/afternoon everyone.

I've come to the conclusion blogger is some new kind of evil demon from the latest rather trendy subdivision of the 9th circle of hell. The demon is somehow related to the Dark God of Pottymouth.

I find that if I'm going to be longwinded I work in word and cut & paste, or even if I'm working in the comments section, I can still copy the text to the clipboard. So when Blogger attempts to fulfill it's evil destiny, I can just go back & paste.

How can you live in snow? Don't get me wrong, I love snow. In snow resorts, where at times I foolishly attempt to hurl my body down a ski slope.

But snow resorts have lots of men running around making the snow pretty and convenient. I'm not big on inconvenience, besides which I don't think I'd handle the driving conditions that well.

Poor Quich, no Indian Take Away. I love Indian food. That and Thai food would have to be my favourites. I don't think we would survive weekends if there were no takeaways.

Hope everyones haveing a good weekend.

At 4:16 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Fiends, you are awesome for talking about snow - you've brought some rain to parched old Melbourne.
well, showers really, which won't last long but the smell is divine.

Nice to meet you Janet - you deserve lots of accolades for what you are doing. Donations will come from Down Under once our dollar goes up...can't do it right now though.

Quiche, I am so envious of your clean house, as I sit here looking at clutter and muck.

Oh, and I am so looking out for a banjo cat toy now.

At 4:22 PM , Anonymous Marla said...

You know, I've been thinking about this - you need turn The Story of Leopard Boy into a story, or a poem, or a song, or something. It's a great story, like a great fairy tale. Leopard boy is lonely, he's been misused, humans have disappointed him. One day he moves. Again. But this house is different, warm and comforting, with Leopard girls snuffling under the door on the other side and making happy little yowls and eeps of ficus destruction. And the mistress of the house sings and talks in a lovely voice, a voice that makes Leopard Boy think of the most beautiful mama cat in the world. The lovely lady is all kindness, toys, steak and treats - and slowly Leopard boy's nervous little cat heart thaws. He's still scared but he looks forward to the lady's visits, he never imagined that a human could be so beautiful and merciful and that he'd be so loved. He becomes the great kitty, strong, fearless, but loyal and just, that he was meant to be.

You have one of the great archetype tales here. Save it! Honor it! This is something very special.

At 4:38 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hi Maria! And welocme! What a lovely story...It isn't quite working out that way yet, but I have a LOT of patience....

Dargonsally, wait until I do my post November 1st on the parking regs for the winter...It is truly horrific...

At 5:11 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'm presuming the regs will be because of your snow possibilities...not many days for me to wait *grin*

At 6:35 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes, they are in place snow or no snow, very brutal they are.....

At 7:08 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I am very fortunate that my apartment has a small parking lot in back with a spot for each of us. Too many people I know have woken up to no car because a snow emergency was declared in the middle of the night and their car was towed. Yikes! Now if I could just afford an automatic starter so the car would be warm when we get in I will be set. :)

At 8:56 PM , Anonymous jacquib said...

I think you guys are amazing dealing with snow. If I came out and found my car snowed in or towed away, I'd just have to have a cup of tea and go back to bed!

Emily, I'm glad you're out of hospital & mending :)

At 8:56 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Yay! For a gig gone well!
Yay! For a clean house!
YAY! For a Bengal named Bela!

Bela Math Murphy of Spooky Haus on a hill.

Hopefully, everyone has watched/is watching the Outrageous Pumpkin Challenge on Food Network tonight. It is really cool.

Speaking of cool things, I have skull sunglasses. I bought them at the Halloween Store at the local mall, a part of Coach House Gifts. Each eyepiece is a skull. Though I have to admit, I am reminded of the Sicilian when I have them on.

Nathalie and others, no DD1 (7) and DD2 (near 5) did not want me to make edible zombie farts. Just the thought of such a thing was enough to make me go "EWWWWW!" Followed, after a while, by, "I have to inflict this on Fiends."

At 9:05 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Skull glasses??? How cool is that???? Why don't we have such cool things up here?????

Snow is no joke in this part of the world and even no snow can still make life hard, darn parking regs....

We were meant to get up to aninch today but sofar just wind and grey...

Nothing much exciting tonight, seems very quiet here on all fronts, is anyone having any excitement? Or anything?

At 9:14 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Nothin' happnin' here but folding laundry.
And watching Food Network.

At 9:36 PM , Blogger Lexocat said...

dragonsally - funny how those names just multiply all on their own!

Murphy! I had a very special, amazing, fantastic rescued cat named Murphy. She was more dead than alive when when I found her but grew into the most loving and nurturing of creatures. She was the cat who taught Husband that he did in fact like cats. Quite a bit. She was such a sweetie and overcame such odds.

So, yeah, Murphy is a good name, too.

Congrats on the clean house! I am wishing mine were the same.


At 10:00 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

I'm glad to say I feel nearly human again (thanks to robitussin.) Even made it to work today.

Bela is a good name, but I agree with Kitty as well (my desperate weakness for Peter Murphy is showing;). Ariandalen's solution Bela Math Murphy is awful nice.

I'm glad to hear you're not down with the Evil Ick Lorraine.:) Clean house and a good gig too! Yay!

Speaking of big cats, one of my favorite sounds is the "chuff" that tigers do when they greet you.
It's kind of like the chirruping sound a domestic cat makes, only much deeper in tone.

Ariandalen - skull sunglasses gotta be cool.

Looks like we have a freeze warning here in Indiana..y'all can keep that snow up north;)

At 10:07 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Welcome, Janet Bengalgirl!! You MUST be amazing; we have heard so much of the good that you do....thank you!!

Q--what happened to the lovely restaurant in the weird little "mall" out there? Okay, so I know it's been, like, nearly ten years since I went there...but it was extra yummy... Darn change, I hate it...then again, bet you have become most good Italian cook.

This time of year in Minnesota....well, I *did* wind up moving back to Cali for awhile...too much of a wimp, I guess. Couldn't handle another year in a place with two seasons:
Snow Repair and Road Removal (think Todd Menton taught me that one...)
Now we are at nearly 5,000 feet, but are having Indian Summer (hey, I didn't make up the expression) here and it has gotten up to 80 plus degrees during the day. Lovely! Lots of happy wildlife.
But anywhere you have cats, you will have warm. :)

At 10:51 PM , Anonymous jacquib said...

Hi to Janet as well.

We're not doing much, Monday's are a bit flat.

Just picked up the girls and went to buy 7yo some school shoes. The shop I usually go to is about a 1/2 hour drive and has been taken over. They just have cheap rubbish now, it was very disappointing.

Getting to this shop involves quite a bit of walking and I'd rather stick pins in my eyeballs than shop or walk with the girls.

So it was all a waste of time, because I didn't buy anything.

We are going swimming soon, so hopefully that should be relaxing.

At 11:43 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Now I know that if I find myself out of a job I can come in your parts and open a French take away joint. Quiche Lorraine to go!

There is an easy (and should be foolproof) way to beat the evilness of snow parking regulations: When you go home in the evening, just park on the side of the street where the others have parked. Let them figure it out for you!
(Of course it only works if you are not the first one to come home...)

At 12:01 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

The best thing to wake up to: A Savage cartoon!

At 5:02 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I wish children were as eager to nap on my schedule as dogs are. ^_^

I stayed up late* last night to watch the season finale of Mad Men and I know I'm going to be feeling it soon...

* Late, for me, being past 10pm on a school night.

At 6:12 AM , Blogger Amy said...

Yay for clean houses!

Someone had mentioned going to a show again...I think Nov 7 or 8. I'll probably be there. =) I have every intention of going to every show I can. Its such a good time, and is my kind of music. (And its played so wonderfully!) Wheeee!

I get the "you look familiar" thing all the time. I think its cause I have a good twin somewhere. Not a real twin...but there's someone out there that looks just like me. I haven't met her, but I've seen her picture. Maybe you've met her...or maybe it was me.

At 7:15 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

What a weekend! First off, Nathalie…. Arrrrggh! I now both hate and love you. ;) It was a good weekend of shows. I have to say that, as always, it was nothing short of a privilege and a joy to have Dylan sit in with us. It always opens up opportunities to shoot off in directions that I had no idea we were going to go, and go there we did. I thought it was great fun and I just hope it translated to that on the other side of the microphone. Both nights had great energy, just two very different types.

It was so great to see everyone down there. As fun as it is playing to strangers, it’s much more fun to play to fiends. Things were so hectic that evening that I wanted to make sure I thanked you all for coming. Gayle and Aleta, the Irish gift of goodwill in a glass shall surly be returned to you upon your next visit, slainte! Amy, I’m glad you enjoy the music (you got to witness a great example of how different two nights can be) and I hope to see you there many more times.

Well, back to that work thing. At least it has stopped snowing. I’m still holding out hope for a late fall warm up and a few more motorcycle trips. (Don’t make me put it away! I can’t do that yet!)

Have a fantastic day everyone!

Dr. Paul

At 8:14 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Self-aware root vegetables! Nathalie, you know all the best toons.

Ooh, you know what's funny: at one point last week I said to myself, How about Bela, after Bela Fleck? And then I said, Naah. Quiche wouldn't like that. Always go with your gut, folks. That's the lesson here.

I like Bela. Bela Mango. ;)

Hope everyone had a good weekend with relatively little snow accumulation! We've been having Weird, Changeable weather here. Yesterday was 60 degrees and sunny. Then we had high winds. Then it rained. Then we got frost. Now it's sunny again, but later it's supposed to rain a second time; tomorrow we get flurries. It's almost like we're getting all the Fiends' weather over here as comments appear in the thread. Stop conjuring weather at me, people! Take it back!

At 8:28 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I could try to conjure up some balmy weather but Paul might hate me more.

At 8:43 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

I have all the balmy weather, apparently. Today it's supposed to be in the high 80s.

Nathalie, that's one punny cartoon.

Hurrah for clean houses!

At 9:29 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

Hey Doc Score--why you want to hate/love the S-law? she is magic in highest form! what I miss?

and Quiche, I finally got to Budapest last summer, on the Tool tour.
it was All Spooky Houses. Not a normal one in the place. We did a show there & i think we packed a few ghosts into our tour bus. Things felt ...different after we left there. We joked about it, but---it was real.

Ok, Monday. I smack you in the face, want you to be SUnday. My big boss comes today from New Zealand, to reveal my year's end plan. hmmmm
Madonna is first up, DOdger STadium no less.

will let you know tonight when I can come see the New Clean Spooky MAnsion and also Bela Q. Mc Murphy in his splendor. I will bring him toys as presents.
SHout out to CHantrelle, off to post office to SEND your package....DOH!

At 9:46 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

Oh go ahead Nathalie, bring on the balmy weather puns! I hope you know me well enough to know that I don't have an ounce of actual hate in me. It just paired naturally with love as saying, "I both love and (insert loud groan with eyes rolling back as head bangs on keyboard)" just seemed a bit wordy for my caffeine deprived brain. But you are correct, the word hate should probably not be tossed quite so casually. My most humble apologies if it was taken as anything but a whimsical jest.

Kitty, I'm so glad you are coming out of the horridness that is/was the cold from hell. I'm still feeling the lingering after effects and it's been about five weeks now. Val, have you fully kicked it yet?

You guys are making me want to dig out my Bauhaus and Peter Murphy CDs.

At 9:55 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Don't worry, Paul. I wasn't.
(It did fox me a bit though and I had to scan through the comments to see the bits that you might hate me for. I have selected the eating out on the terrace as a probable source. Fair enough. I'd hate myself too)

At 9:55 AM , Blogger pantagruel said...

Alas, I'm still sporadically coughing. Not nearly as often as I was, but still, I suppose it'll take a while for the grout I inhaled to make its way out of my lungs. Hopefully only another week or so of annoying the people I'm around.

Peter Murphy's one of my favorite singers; I love his voice.

At 9:58 AM , Blogger Jess said...

I yam certain, Paul, that Nathalie took the jest in the spirit which it was given. And frankly she's not one to beet about the bush with puns. They always turnip when you least expect them. I nearly choked on it myself.

*badum tish*

Inhaling grout dust is not good. How awful. :( Feel better soon, Val!

At 10:00 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Ahem. Let's try that link again.

At 10:11 AM , Blogger scored4life said...

Ah, Nathalie, the true source was (and it pains me to type this), "I think therefore I yam." It hit me like turning on the shower in the morning only to discover that the lever directing the water to the shower head is engaged, dousing my head and shoulders with an icy wave that causes millions of nerves to fire unexpectedly, leaving me breathless and drained. At least now I know, caffeine before puns is like warming the water before a shower.

Efads Val, I hear you. I'm still losing sleep from time to time because of it. Perhaps I should attempt to isolate and culture this especially virulent strain and combine it with some kind of happy gene. I could call it "adenirvana virus."

At 10:25 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

"adenirvana virus"


I'm speechless.

At 11:16 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It is now snowing out here. Hmmph. Not a lovely joyful feeling at all. Just snow. Cold. Wind. SO did not want to get out of bed.

(Didn't really until recently, if I had someone to bring me tea, I could take over the WORLD!!!!!!!)

I really do want to go to Budapest, quite seriously. Maybe I should tour with Tool...

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

I wanted to ask: Do any of the fiends plan on doing NaNoWriMo?

At 11:27 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

well yes, of course you should as they are one helluva a live band to witness, and by the way, TELL them to tour, as my job is waiting nicely for me. Asia & Australia please. ok? ok!

At 11:51 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Spacedlaw, I'm probably going to sort-of NaNo. I have about 50,000 words _left_ on a novel, and it would be much more useful to finish it than to follow the rules and start something new.

November is planned to suck less than in previous years, so I may actually hit 50k this time (have once, out of the 3 years I actually tried).

At 12:01 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Every year I say I might do NaNo, and then every year I don't. This year's excuse is But-I'm-Teaching-a-Workshop. Sigh. I really ought to try to do something other than put it off, and put it off. If only to get it out of my hair and say once and for all that I Finished a Novel.

Do we have to post the thing online? That's the other thing that usually keeps me from doing it.

At 12:04 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Jess - there's no requirement to post anything anywhere! If you submit to the official word-counter, your words are counted automatically and deleted unread. But it's all honor-system, so if you say you wrote 50k, then you win regardless of going thru the official counter.

It's kind of fun, if only to demonstrate to yourself that you can churn out that many words. My problem with it is really that I burn myself out and stop at the end of November, rather than continuing on and finishing the _story_. Thus this year's plan to bend the rules.

At 12:26 PM , Blogger Jess said...

I didn't realise that, Phiala-- I thought you had to put it up somewhere! Well: this changes matters.

I have the same trouble with first drafts. I'll often chug along to a certain point, and then just stop, either because I'm stuck, or some Life thing will interrupt me for a day or two. That's usually the point at which I start endlessly editing and fiddling with what's already there, rather than moving forward. You'd think I'd have caught on by now that you write to the end first.

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

No posting required. I do it because it pushes me to go through no matter what (and there'll be an exceptional amount of matters getting in the way this year).

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

Hey! The high temp here today is supposed to be about 65 degrees F, and it was 85 yesterday. We actually have a Freeze Warning for tonight! That also means that the humidity is extremely low, like 19%. I may be picking all seven of our persimmons tomorrow.

I may sign up for NaBloPoMo, as I spend more time commenting here than I do actually posting to any of my blogs. Maybe it will get me posting on a more regular basis, though I haven't committed to anything yet.

And everyone should really see what my husband did to my fan yesterday. ;)

At 1:33 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

After three years of "winning" NaNoWriMo, I decided to do NaNoFauxMo this year: 50k original words of whatever you want, over 31 days starting whenever you want.

I'm doing some comic scripts and short stories this year, and started on the 17th, when inspiration hit.

At 1:52 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

That is good, Dan, but how do you keep the motivation up? Is there any control?

So what did you husband do to the fan then?

At 1:57 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

I signed up for the novel thingy this year.

yay for it, because the universe knows i get sidetracked.

we all do.
go Nathalie, i hold your hand.
Quiche! I DARE YOU TO.

At 2:00 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

So, novel thingy:

Phiala, Nathalie, Kitty, Jess, Dan's doing his own thing.

Who else is up for insane amounts of words?

At 2:00 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

She just said she did not have he time. Let her concentrate on her French lessons.
The story I shall attempt to write is actually based on a prompt given here last summer:
A queen bee on a leash,
A team of flying Bengals,
A ton of rocks and
A quivering dog.
That should be fun. If real life doesn't get too much in the way...

At 2:02 PM , Blogger Amy said...

I never heard of NaNoWriMo before. Sounds frightening. Horribly frightening. So, I signed up. I can't imagine being able to write that much in that short of a time. (Not to mention I haven't really written anything since college.)

You're all a bad influence on me. I'm going to blame the fiends when Christmas time comes and none of the presents I'm working on are finished. Shame on you! or something. Ha!

At 2:05 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Amy! That was just my reaction the first year! And I've been addicted ever since...
Yay for bad influence. Join the madness.

At 2:13 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Go Amy! The whole thing is simultaneously much more fun and much more horrible than it sounds.

At 2:19 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Nods encouragingly to anyone thinking of doing Nano - especially if you can hook up with a local group of Nano Nuts the first time around. Our area has a great liaison, who really pushes you along. Neil's nudge last year was really great.

I've Nanoed 3 times, won twice, and haven't finished a story yet. The first year's story ended at 17,100, and there wasn't anything else to do. I do like DanG's idea of starting when the mood strikes and aiming for 50K. One of our locals did 50,000 something of music - notes, or seconds or something like that. It doesn't have to be words - it could be stitches, or brush strokes or whatever.

I'm losing too many days this November to other activities, so I'm not sure I will. Good luck to all those who participate, and win by doing so.

At 2:42 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Hey NaNoFiends!

While procrastinating at work (hey, don't look at me like that; I've been here for over 8 hours AND finished the thing with the deadline), I made a NaNo forum topic titled "Fabulous Fiends", in the Writing Groups section. I thought maybe not everyone would want to hear all about NaNo, and I was bored.

Apparently you can also add writing buddies, though I'm not sure what that does. The website seems to be waaay slow right now.

At 3:16 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I've been really tempted by NaNo this year, other friends at LJ have been involved for a few years but the number of words frightens the bejeebies out of me.

Saw new season mangoes at the shops yesterday, was going to take a photo for you all, but they didn't look nice enough for the Fiends.

At 3:24 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Sally, what's the worst that happens? You write a few words, then stop. You're still some words ahead!

The NaNo police don't show up at your door - trust me, I know this!

At 3:29 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

True Phiala. Okay, I'll sign up - and join your forum. two for the price of one.

At 3:31 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Nano always runs slowly right before it all opens. And sometimes after it opens, too. Thanks for thinking of us, Philia. You may all nudge me into starting again this year.


At 3:55 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

So, I'm taking baby steps with National Blog Posting Month. ::shrug:: Maybe next year for NaNoWriMo. Good Luck to all Fiends going for it!

Nathalie, part of that was a typo. It should read: You should see what my husband did to my van.
I'm so powerful, one broom isn't enough. ;)

At 4:02 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

I just signed up and am really excited about this.


At 5:08 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Kitty, I did think about it, but no. I am being realistic. I want to concentrate on learning French, and bagpipes, and Bela Mangobrain Mac Murphy.

I am wishing all you NaMo's all the best and I will be wanting to hear all about it and what happens.

I think I will name my own month and call it Nationial Get Your Butt To French Class month, hee-hee...If I can do that, I will be happy.

At 5:14 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I have been working and studying so much that I am brain dead and have nothing to say. So, um, hi there! I am going to put M to bed and then try to finish Othello. I hope everyone has a lovely evening/morning/day.

At 5:23 PM , Blogger pantagruel said...

I will not be signing up for NanNoWriMo unless my schedule miraculously clears and all my work, both at Saltmine U. and otherwise, gets done by Friday.


Oh man, that was funny.

I'm with Quiche... pick a manageable goal. ;)

Hey, Emily, nice photo!

Tonight, I'm staying late at work to go to a friend's sobriety party a few blocks from here. 15 years of being sober... makes me wonder why I was invited, exactly, but I will go and be supportive. And then go home, fall into bed, and come back to work, less than 9 hours later. Yar.

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

Val, you do make me laugh!

Gayle, curl up with Othello, I have read it , but never seen a production, oddly enough...

Did a new post, all about writing and the Dread Snow Parking Issue....

I am going to chat with Mailyn about Bela and then sign up for some fire and couch, and perhpas Underworld. In French of course.

At 7:09 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I'm so behind on posts. Every time I come back and try to catch up on one I see that there's another one!

I love the name Bela for all the reasons everyone has already mentioned. Peter Murphy is yummy :)

kitty-thanks, I can't wait for my package :)

glad some people are getting better, sorry others are getting sick.

we had a crazy busy weekend. We went to a chicken and pig ranch for a tour, the to a harvest festival, and then had a camp out in our backyard (we picked the first night it dropped down into the 40s and was foggy... we froze, but stuck it out!)

I guess I'll head over and read the other posts now!

At 7:29 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

SOunds like some fun Chantrelle! I keep feeling lately like I would like to go camping. Not sure why.

Might not be the time of year to explore this whim...

At 6:54 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Pantagruel, thanks!



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