Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Home For Hope, and Some Amazing Thea Gilmore....



Hope is in her new home! She and the kittens went to the vet yesterday, all good, shots, etc. Today, Gayle drove 2 hours each way to come and pick her up, and deliver her to her new family. As you can see, she will be loved. She comes back in two weeks for her spay, the vet said she needed to be away from the kittens, who are weaned, until then.

One kitten has a home, Agent Orange, now Sylvester, has been adopted. I still have two VERY cute grey babies, one boy one girl, who are ready for their homes....



Which brings me to this: The mail came today. THANK YOU! The Fiver For Hope Fund thanks YOU. This Teenage Mother, dumped in my yard, has a new home, a chance at a wonderful life, as do her babies. This IS making a difference, and as these vet bills are getting up there, I don't know how to tell you how much your help means to me.

Thank you. Someone needed to care. And you did.

And onto some music....

I've been listening to the new Thea Gilmore album, Recorded Delivery, for the past few days. I love Thea's music. Been listening, LOTS of listening, for a few years now. She is an amazing songwriter, with the kind of voice that can haunt you nights. Or days. She hangs around on you, she does.

I've never had a chance to hear her live, and so was interested in her new live cd, despite the fact that I don't generally like live cd's. THIS particular cd blew me away. The sound is studio quality, but the performances are LIVE. I've never had a live cd effect me quite like this.

I have been in the studio. I know what comes out when you record a song, each track separately, over a period of days.

I know what a live show is like. I know how it is different, there is an energy that comes out for the people in the audience, that can't come out on a studio track. Recorded Delivery CATCHES that sexy, seductive, magic, slinky cool live energy, but with studio quality sound.

She got it on tape, to use an archaic term. And I am not at all sure that has been done before.

Here is her latest blog entry, where she talks about record labels, and a new idea of hers. Sign up. Now.

If you can see her live, go you, and get there.

If you can't, get this CD.

You will be there.

Love, Hope and A Live CD,
Lorraine

140 Comments:

At 22:14 Blogger Aline Martins said...

Hi there!
am very very happy for hope!
and simply loved the pic of her! she will be happy indeed...
thinking of this groups of people with big special hearts make my day happier!

on the CD, I will check what I can do from here to listen to her... let´s see.
right now I am choosing the book I will enjoy reading in my 20 days off from work... the Graveyard book and M is for Magic are on the way (could not choose one or another)...and I am sure I will devour both in 2 nights... :D any ideas on other books?

XX
Aline

At 22:22 Blogger Beez said...

Ah, clearly she will be loved, and hurrah for Gayle making the Long Drive!

I love Thea Gilmore's music and normally I'm not fond of lice CD's either. This sounds very worth my while.

At 22:25 Anonymous Kate said...

Good things! And Fiend meet-up on the horizon. More good things.

Spiders, bears, bumbles - you lead an exciting - hope filled - life.
It's hot here in Chicago. Daughters looking for coolest spots to sleep in the house. There will be girls everywhere and anywhere.

Grumpy husband means I need to go mediate. Sleep well tonight.

At 22:28 Blogger Siri said...

Last comment for days - I'll be traveling, and meeting some of my dear fiends for the first time.

Little scared. Very tired. Tomorrow is also a day.

(Temps dropped from 97 - 71 in about an hour. Who would live in the midwest?)

Night, Fiendom. Next time I say that, I'll be in the midst of you.

At 22:29 Blogger AletaMay said...

Yeah Beez, those lice CDs are often, well, lousy.

What a little cutie set to love Hope.

I am checking out the CD for sure and I think we'll be getting a lot of our art of all types through such subscription scheme's over time.

At 22:35 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Aline, ANYTHING by Martin Millar. Start with Lonely Werewolf Girl. Or may as well just order everything he has written, you will anyway.

Also Robin McKinnley's Sunshine.

Siri, don't be afraid. I mean, how bad can they be?

Hope SO wanted to be an indoor kitty, and now she has a HOME. I've never even met the women who took her in, but I am so beyond happy, and KNOW Hope has a good home.

I hope she reads this blog, and maybe comments here...

At 22:41 Blogger Aline Martins said...

thanks for the tip! I will look for these books. Hope my bookshop has some of these(they have a big range of books in English), otherwise I will have to wait for 3 weeks :S
but guess it´s worthy :D

At 23:05 Blogger Fluffy said...

Sunshine is possibly my favorite book ever. Sigh. And she's not planning a sequel.

Got to go to bed. Got some stuff done today - planting, embroidering something for my friend Anna, and exercise.

On the minus side, I seem to have lost my iPod wall charger and my curved embroidery scissors, both last seen with daughter. They may never be found...

Sleepy now! Will start packing tomorrow.

At 23:11 Blogger ariandalen said...

Aline, how is your boyfriend? Still thinking good thoughts for him, and you. :)

Awwww...Hope is going to be a very loved, very happy kitty from now on.

Have a safe trip, Siri! See you soon. :)

It may be hot in Stillwater, but we're having 100+ degrees F the past couple of days with more forecast for the foreseeable future in Central Texas. Somebody want to send a tropical storm that will land between Houston and Corpus Christi so we can get some rain? Oh, well, we'll be in Washington state for a week after Fiendom Come. Just enough to get slammed by the heat when we get back. ;)

At 23:18 Blogger ariandalen said...

::sigh:: I'm already missing the Fiends that won't be at Fiendom Come. :/
This, coupled with the butterflies in my stomach at actually meeting Fiends face to face, makes for strange thoughts. Good thing I'm used to strange. ;)

Perhaps bed is in order.

At 23:27 Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Um....hello. Is this thing on?

Wonderful news of Hope. Always good to be able to say that (in a secular sort of way....)

I'm between zombie stages right now (two days off? RILLY???!!!) and realized (esp after that gentle reminder..thank you and you know who you are) that it would be good to type some hellos to all you wonderful fiends.

I do miss you. Frequently and often. (But my aim will be better next time? hehe.)

Pleased at the coming Fiendocracy, though terribly disappointed to miss it. Like to say something pithy like "there in spirit, of course!" but I might need all the spirit bits here :) Let's just say, there in heart.

You will all have an amazing time, I know this. Much photos, yes?

Okay, I'm dropping grammar again (and that stuff's heavy.) Time to revert. Zombie state in three ... two ..waaaannnnnnn......

At 23:33 Blogger ariandalen said...

Been wondering how you are doing, Lys, and here you post! :)

Take care of yourself! There will be other chances to see Fiends face to face. {{{Lys}}}

At 23:35 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lys came back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We love you Lys, and send you all sorts of, well, love things!

Now off to research relocating a bear...

At 23:41 Blogger gaypet said...

A little girl with curls petting a cat. Tell me. Anything more cute than that? We had a great afternoon, Q. Thanks!!

Leave it to Lys to lighten and brighten my spirit. :)

I think Hope is in the right place. I will keep y'all posted.

I will be in Stillwater with M on Friday afternoon/evening and then be kid-less and ready for good times on Saturday. I am very excited. That said, Sat will be my first night away from M. EVER. So don't mind me if I have a few and start crying. ;)

See some of you soon! Already miss those not attending.

At 23:53 Blogger Na said...

Lys!!!!!

'Lo peeps. 237 km down and a kajillion to go. (That's approximate.)

Happened upon the "World's Largest Pysanka" today, when we pulled into a town for gas. (It's prettier than it looks in the picture.)

At 23:54 Blogger Na said...

And hurray hurray for Hope off to a fresh start and kits on their way to being homed and Gayle for transport!!!

Didn't realize it'd be your first time from M. It will be well. And you'll have plenty o' understanding fiends around ya'.

At 23:58 Blogger Ticia said...

I feel like everyone will be attending this weekend. Some by normal channels, some physically. ::grin::

Party in the virtual house of rock!!!

And yay to Gayle for bringing Hope to her new home.

{{Lys!!}}

Okay, off to bed for me. Good Night Fiends!

At 00:13 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I am so happy for Hope and Orange Sylvester. Thanks, Gayle.

I love Thea's voice and I have already signed up for her scheme.

Don't be scared, Siri. We don't bite. Much.

Yeah! Lys is still alive!

At 00:22 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Awww, the photo of Hope with one of her new family is adorable. Lo and Fiends rock for what has and will be done for her.

A friend has spent the morning here building a ramp over the backsteps for Shiraz, who has done her cruciate ligament in her rear left leg, and will be having an operation soon.

At 00:33 Blogger Dragonsally said...

this might not be that interesting to anyone else
but it was a lot of work and has turned out well.

Its funny how in one of the photos everything looks really out of alignment. No, our house isn't quite that wonky.

At 00:33 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Poor Shiraz...

At 00:37 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Yes Nat, we're not looking forward to after the operation - I keep referring to the Cabal experience!

At 00:55 Anonymous guerrilla girl said...

Hurrah for Hope's new home, hurrah for Agent Orange Sylvester's new home, hurrah for Lorraine, hurrah for Gayle and hurrah that Venus liked the card with kitties. lol

At 01:17 Blogger Bridget said...

I can say with certainty that there are more Hope-Fivers on the way.

There's always a way.

At 01:51 Blogger Marjorie said...

Hurrah for Hope's new home, and for Gayle's cat-taxi :-) Sorry to her about Shiraz, Sal - hope all goes well for her.

[waves wildly at Lys] - good to see you back here!

Siri,Ariandalen, I'm at the excited-but-a-lttle-nervous stage too. [breathe] it'll be fine. It'll be fun. and we lready have experience of perties spanning several continents, I'm sure that will hppen this weekend too.

At 01:53 Blogger Na said...

Yep, more Fivers for Hope arriving on Friday and Saturday, too.

Sally, {{hugs}} to you all and very gentle pats to Shiraz.

Heh. Just realized the pysanka (easter egg) link I posted belongs in the BIGASS category.

At 03:07 Blogger vampi said...

quick box of tickles.

just got home from wilco concert full of rock. 1 more day of work, then i come see fiends:)

At 03:52 Blogger Hellie said...

I love a happy ending, well its more of a happy beginning. Hope and her kittens are v. lucky to have met you :o)

Oh wow, I didn't know about Thea's new project, I'll be signing up as soon as I get home! I've been trying to find the words to describe seeing her for the first time on Sunday...toe curling & spine chilling & wonderful, and oh so much fun!! She played a lot of the songs included on 'Recorded Delivery' plus a stomping cover of Pink's 'Get the Party started!'

At 05:43 Blogger Phiala said...

Driving day. But tickyticky.

At 06:19 Blogger Jess said...

Yay yay. Hope looks happy. Yep, more fivers coming. Hurrah for Gayle the Cavalry! Or do I mean Cat-Courier. I don't know. I'm barely awake.

It's Lys! Hi, Lys!

Na, I love the Big Roadside Egg. Now I'm hungry.

Oh god. The gutter guys are here already. They got here at 6:30. Was up by then, but not dressed yet. What is it with these guys? They come, they position ladders strategically around my house. Then they go quiet like the Dead. When I go out to check they appear to have vanished, truck and all, but the rope that anchors the ladder scaffold quivers, quivers. Now I hear footsteps above my head. What are they doing? (Apart from, you know, fixing my gutter.)

At 06:53 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Ticky box now, catch up later.

At 07:06 Blogger spacedlaw said...

They are fitting your roof with spy cameras, Jess...
Or just lolling about having a good time.

At 07:09 Blogger Siri said...

OK, one last post to say

LYS!!!!!! I miss you early and often, too. Will you be able to attend virtually Friday or Saturday?

At 07:14 Blogger Jess said...

But I just loaned them a camera!

(Seriously, I did. They're going to take pictures so I can see what they're doing up there.)

At 07:19 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oh dear... Let's hope they are serious professionals and not school boys in overalls going for a prank.

At 07:29 Blogger Jess said...

They'd have to be very dedicated pranksters, considering all the stuff they're pulling off the roof.

At 07:30 Blogger Hellie said...

Let's hope they are busy repairing the guttering and not doing anything like this http://news.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/hi/newsbeat/newsid_7961000/7961224.stm

At 07:34 Blogger Jess said...

Hey now-- that was class. If you're gonna roofprank, you do that. :D

At 08:11 Blogger Hellie said...

It's a closerun thing between that one or this one! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2210696/Cambridge-Universitys-1958-car-on-roof-prank-secrets-revealed.html

At 08:21 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Add me to the excited but nervous list. MSP is a big airport. Hiding there till Tuesday could still be an option...

Heaps of Good on everyone involved in the Hope project.

Best to Shiraz and her Sally.

Aline, any news on your guy?

At 08:27 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Naaaah. It's not THAT big. You'd get bored. And why get bored when you can hoot in laughter with the fiends?

At 08:30 Blogger Lyndyn said...

Am sorry to miss Fiendom Come! OSS - hope we can connect at ALA - tho!!

LOVE Sunshine - all of Robin McK's work actually...I was just talking her up a couple of days ago in general and Sunshine in particular to one of my writers groups, in fact. I don't think there is a sequel, though, alas.

At 08:36 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Sequel are fine if you have something more to say, if not, move on and write something else.

Fods I am profound for this early in the day, and only on my first cup of tea.

Adding three kittens to the morning routine is cute, but a lot of work. PLEASE let these Grey Ghosts find home!!!!!!!!!!

At 08:38 Blogger spacedlaw said...

GOOD MORNING!
(Ooops. Spurious caps lock)

Don't worry about the little grey ghosts: they are way too cute not to find homes...

At 08:45 Blogger Hellie said...

If only kittens were mail-able......(sigh)

I haven't heard of Robin McKinley before but just had a quick google and Sunshine sounds v. cool! Thanks for the recommendation, I will be adding it to my amazon order for my BF's birthday! I just joined a book group, first one in a couple of weeks, maybe I can suggest them to read this for a later meeting!

At 09:04 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Sunshine is the best, whole lot of new ideas, and she is such a fine story teller.

Don't forget about Lonely Werewolf Girl too...

At 09:37 Blogger Hellie said...

I like the look of Dragonhaven too, well the new bookshelf I bought a while ago still has a shelf and a half of empty space...Hmm I wonder if BF would be suspicious if I gave them to him as birthday presents then immediately stole them back to read......

At 09:47 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Off to work now. What AM I going to do about that bear??????

At 09:57 Blogger Hellie said...

Oh no, you haven't adopted a bear as well have you? I think it would be more trouble than the 5 bengals & 3 kittens put together!!

At 10:42 Blogger Aline Martins said...

Dear fiends,

I am writing just to let you know BF´s operation was successful.
He is home already, recovering. Still not able to sit for long (and unfortunatelly, sue to the timezone, when I get home from work, he is sleeping, so we will only talk porperly in a week or too... ).

His mother said he asked me to thank you all for the healing thoughts.

and I would like to say,
thanks for the support! It means the world to both of us.

XXX

At 10:43 Blogger Jess said...

Might someone at the Park Service know?

At 10:45 Blogger Jess said...

About the bear, I mean,not Alie's BF. :) (Very good news, Aline!)

At 10:45 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Good to hear, Aline. And continued good wishes for a speedy recovery.

At 10:52 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Nice to know, Aline. I hope he recovers quickly and fully.

As for the bear...
I don't know. We don't see much of these in my suburb. You could keep Hans and Cabal on patrol. After all it DID work once. If you guys are worried about meeting one when Cabal is goign for a walk, maybe you can take something with you which is noisy and might scare the bear?

At 11:07 Blogger Arwenn said...

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At 11:12 Blogger hope said...

Good morning fiends!

Hope is so pretty, I love that plumey tail. How wonderful Gayle is for doing the driving, too.

Aline, glad you got good news on the boyfriend, whew!

Here is a great-looking recipe; I wonder how it tastes? I have a house-warming to plan...
http://www.instructables.com/id/
Edible_zombie_eyeballs/

Hellie, never read Robin McKinley??!! I suggest starting at the beginning and work your way slowly to the present day. The Damar books (The Blue Sword, the Hero and the Crown) were her first, I believe. I'm so jealous, what a treat you have in store.

Got a double whammy of bad news last night: my boyfriend broke up with me and my 13-year-old cat seems to have a kidney problem. Yikes. Luckily, I just borrowed McKinley's _Deerskin_ from a fiend, it's a very healing book.

At 11:12 Blogger Arwenn said...

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At 11:19 Blogger One Sock Short said...

{{{hope}}}

At 11:32 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Sorry to read the bad news, Hope.
Hugs.

At 11:40 Blogger Arwenn said...

That's a doozy Hope *hug* glad you have a good book to escape into.

At 11:58 Blogger vampi said...

yeah for aline's bf :) sorry communication is going to be difficult for a while. i know how hard that is.

*snugs* hope. may you find comfort and distraction in books and fiends.

At 12:31 Blogger Dan Guy said...

Count me among the Happy for Hope crowd.

We are enjoying Colorado. Periodic pics in my photostream.

At 12:41 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Am buried under a silly amount of work today and tomorrow, but we head out tomorrow night and will be seeing Fiends on Friday!

Ticky box!! I'm so far behind on comments I don't want to get any further behind.

Hope is so gorgeous - I hope she's happy with her new people.

At 12:52 Blogger Roxanne said...

Lorraine:

My little contribution for Hope and babies is in the mail--as well as a present for the Bengals. You can't miss the package. It's, um, sizeable.

If you need more (financial) assistance with expenses, you will let us know, right?

Thanks again for taking on Hope and her offspring.

BTW: Bear? What bear? Did I miss something?

Roxanne

At 13:25 Blogger spacedlaw said...

The bear saga started on Twitter yesterday. Apparently Hans and Cabal encountered a bear...

At 14:18 Blogger Arwenn said...

Bear was encountered
by brave Hans, Cabal, and Freck.
They scared it away.

At 14:56 Blogger Fluffy said...

Don't be scared, Siri. We don't bite. Much. -- heh, heh. At least most of us have had their shots...

And Hope - Deerskin is a good book to read when you are going through bad stuff. I hope all works out well for you and your kitty.

I am in the middle of 'not packing' right now - was actually bugged about it by my daughter the procrastinator! That's bad.

Okay - I'm going to get stuff done. We should be in tomorrow night after Miss Emily's plane lands. Woohoo!

At 14:59 Blogger One Sock Short said...

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At 15:00 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Clicked first, thought later. Sorry.

At 15:01 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Oh yeah...
Packing.
Mybe I should do some of that.
Trying to find my electric plug adaptor. Of course, the darned thing has disappeared...

At 15:02 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Keep a man happy!?! Have have we said that might warrant that? the pepper spray I can understand. Would THAT keep a man happy?

At 15:37 Blogger scored4life said...

Hmmm... Sounds like and appropriate time for a comment. Hello to all you wonderful fiends! I just wanted to let you know that I am very excited to meet you all and spend some fabulous-fun time this weekend.

If there are any specific requests for songs that we may or may not know, just give me the list and we will see what happens. At least this way I'll have almost two days to learn something.

Everyone have a safe an pleasant journey and I will see you all soon.

-Dr. Paul

At 15:38 Blogger scored4life said...

Well, it appears that my Easter icon is still active.

~sigh~

At 15:41 Blogger Arwenn said...

Active.....and ADORABLE

At 15:49 Blogger vampi said...

know any wilco?

oh!oh! what about uncle tupelo, like anything from the no depression album? actually no depression is a carter family song which is pretty awesome in it's own right.

(feel free to ignore me i'm currently obsessed with jeff tweedy)

*squee* hearing a show live is going to be AWESOME!

(hi)

At 16:23 Blogger Hellie said...

Well I succombed and ordered 'Sunshine' earlier - will start with that and then maybe order some more....I got myself a second hand 'Wise Children' too, my favourite of Angela Carter's but I realised the other day that I don't actually own a copy.

Have posted some blurb & pics about Thea Gilmore and the boat festival here http://theskyisawheel.blogspot.com/

Hope you all have a fab Fiendom Come - will be there in spirit and thinking of you all while I am dancing around wildly to Bruce Springsteen at Hyde Park!

At 16:33 Blogger Beez said...

Awwww...Dr. Paul Bunneh!

Quichie, if it's the same where you are you need to contact the DNR about bear removal. Hopefully they will just tranquilize and relocate it to somewhere-not-Boss's.
Ours also takes it amiss if you try to remove/relocate wildlife without talking to them first.

Too exciting a week for me. Fiend-O-Rama (yes, I said that) this weekend AND as of 9:15 this morning I am a really truly legal home owner! Hot diggity everything!

At 17:12 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Cannot read whole post from public computer. Must find a place to read whole post. Leaving tomorrow evening. Oh. My. Fods.

At 17:24 Blogger Dragonsally said...

((((((((Hope))))))))

Beez - congratulations.

Hellie, the car on the roof wins my vote, that was an awesome prank.

The Fiends are landing. I really don't need to say have fun, do I?

Oh, and Aline, great news.

Phew - off for first tea of the day now.

At 17:33 Blogger EmilyLady said...

I often don't like live CD's myself. And I don't think I have heard Gilmore. I wonder if she could be in the library catalogue system? Since I'm here ... I'll take a look ...

At 17:34 Blogger EmilyLady said...

That sounded perfectly skeptical. Sorry. I didn't mean to sound skeptical. What I meant was what I said: I don't generally like live CD's. As a side note, I have never heard Gilmore. I didn't mean, Gilmore's live CD is probably lousy. That was how it sounded; that was not what I meant.

Shutting up now.

At 19:26 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Aline, great news!

Hellie, you got some great music karma going on!

Hope, boys are over rated, his loss, but I am sorry about your kitty, and glad you have good reads.

Emily, you will love Thea!

At 19:37 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Got cut off there doing work things...

The DNR will not come for the bear unless it breaks into our house. Kid you not.

I will tell Hans the most important thing about the bear that he should watch for in the woods.

Get Pics.

At 19:40 Blogger Phiala said...

Hey it's Dr Paul! I've been wondering how you're doing. When last seen, you were job hunting? I'm intimately with the PhD style of doing that, seeing as how it took me 4 years to find a permanent one... not that that's encouraging, I realize. I hope you're having better luck. See you this weekend!

OSS, NO hiding in the airport. I need my roomie to knit with, and so that you can admire my fantastic new yarn.

I made it home in good time, only to find that NOTHING that was supposed to have been done was tended to. You would think that Nick could manage to take care of the things that I do *all the time* for a week or two now or then while I'm out of town. I think that *every time I travel* and yet it isn't true. I itemized them before I left: mow grass, tend catbox, etc. Not a thing, not even the catbox. *&#^$(^#!!

So I drove 560 miles, cleaned the catbox, mowed all the (exceedingly tall) grass, picked the lettuce... I'm now drinking a beer in the courtyard with the cat and laptop (dog is outside), and eating peas from the world's smallest pea patch. Yum!

And you will all be happy to hear that I'm now doing laundry. Clean clothes for MN.

At 19:41 Blogger Phiala said...

Yeah, what Q said. Boys are overrated. At least, mine is.

But Q, did you get the package???

At 19:54 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

THAT Nick. Wondered who that was. It said not to open until Fiendom.com wasn't sure...

Spooky House is CLEAN!It feels right again, and there are new sheets on all the beds!

Fods, I am tired.

At 19:58 Blogger Phiala said...

Yes, that Nick. And DON'T OPEN IT!!!!

Friday night. *grin*

At 20:15 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I have to remember to bring it??????????????

At 20:36 Blogger Phiala said...

Well, ideally, yes. You know the basic contents, but the package as a whole would be... better... opened among Fiends.

*cue maniacal laugh*

At 20:46 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Hmmm, I'm seeing skulls, spiders and now a scary bear.

Am I close Mistress of Skulls?

At 20:52 Blogger Phiala said...

Just to be clear: Nick did NOT mail a bear in that box.

Um. I think. I was out of town already, I'm afraid.

Maybe we should all be afraid.

At 20:59 Blogger Dragonsally said...

oh, good.

No bears in there.

At 21:50 Blogger Jane said...

Hope, sorry to hear about your boyfriend and the cat (sniff..)

Robin McKinley - one of my favorites.

At 22:10 Blogger Beez said...

(((Hope)))

The Fiendish invasion is underway.

At 22:37 Blogger Marjorie said...

I've arrived! and met Siri and Aleta and have had pancakes and now it is something like 4 a.m in my hed and i should sleep...

but yay for fiends!!

At 22:50 Blogger gaypet said...

So I guess Fiends are filtering in and our lovely Siri is doing pickups. Are you in Stillwater already? Sorry to be out of it. Is anyone looking for company tomorrow? M and I are mostly free. FaceBook me if you are looking for someone to hang with. I will be in Stillwater on Friday afternoon till the wee hours. Then again on Sat and Sunday most of the day.

Aleta has my phone # if you are here and want to call. :D

Woo Hoo!

At 23:20 Blogger AletaMay said...

I am home and in pjs and suddenly Very Tired.

I will send out one quick email to those gathering before I fall asleep though. Look for it.

I went with Siri on her first airport run to help make sure she could find her way. She did great!

Chasing bears with rakes may not be the approved means of dealing with them.

Yay Beez for house!

My brain seems to have stopped now.

At 23:30 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh, for people not on twitter, have a look lolbear

At 23:32 Blogger gaypet said...

Hope's new Mom just sent me a message that says, "I'm pretty sure this cat has the best personality I have ever met." Sounds like it is going well. :)

At 00:02 Blogger Na said...

100th! mebbe.

Kid you not, was passed on the highway by a house today. Wondered what etiquette calls for when a house is following you on the highway at something over the speed limit -- stay right and let it pass you as normal? Or move left so the house doesn't have to change lanes? I got left, but then the truck in front of me slowed to turn left without signaling so I had to brake hard, just as the house and its attendant "wide load" pick-up truck whizzed by on the right. Etiquette fail for all, I think.

Yay for Hope the kitteh and her new family.

{{{Hope & kitteh}}}.

Sorry, road weary and fuzzy-brained, but good thoughts to all, and wishing safe travels to those traveling.

{{hope}}

At 01:59 Blogger Lexocat said...

*waves from sick bed*

At 02:13 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Awww... Get well soon.
And Val.

At 07:39 Blogger Marjorie said...

Glad to hear your BF is OK, Aline

Congrts on ouse, Beez, annd hugs and sympathy for Hope.

Gayle, I think Siri and I may be eading out to Stillwater today to see where stuff is.

Bears?! we don't usually get them in wiltshire. I think the proper way todeal with them is to not step on the crcks in the pavement, but maybe thet only works on urban bears...

At 07:52 Blogger Na said...

I'm meeellltiiiiiiing!

Hot and humid. And we haven't crossed the border yet. Oh dear.

But we shall later today, and continue south, and be within a few hours of Stillwater come evening. Am stopping early, because I really need to work this evening for a few hours, plus we drove too far yesterday, and seems a kind thing for the monsters, who did extremely well yesterday, poor bugs.

Congrats Beez!!!!! May it go smoothly from here out.

I know there's more...

Yay for Aline's guy being better.

Lexa, hope you get to feelin' better soon. Soup is probably not in order at the mo'. {cool compresses} perhaps?

Right. Up with monsters. Put some grub in 'em and hit the road.

At 07:56 Blogger Na said...

P.S. stayed in a hotel with actual, real, honest-to-metal KEYS.

At 08:06 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Which monsters, Na? You are bringing monsters?

At 08:21 Blogger Na said...

Yes, two monsters what go nearly everywhere I do. But they are pretty well behaved. And cute.

At 09:58 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning. Fell back asleep. Sleeping with the Royals this week. Not sure they approve of this. And let me tell you, when Lear uses the little box, it is a PRODUCTION!

I worry about the babies, Syl is going to his new home next week, but I just don't have the time that I think they need. I need a home for these babies.

At 09:59 Blogger hope said...

Good morning, fiends!

I am slightly less shocked today, and trying to focus on Carrrrrmelita, my cat. Thanks for your hugs and good wishes! I think I will be a Single Homeowning Lady for a while, no dating. Just dancing and exploring my new 'hood.

Beez, WOO HOO for homeownership! Shall we bore the leopard-print pants off of everybody with appliance-shopping stories? :)

Na, passed by a HOUSE?! That would be crazy! And I am wanting to see Monster Photos, yes I am!

Hurray for the Fiendfest! I am going to enjoy it vicariously, and maybe find a wifi spot so I may view the show this coming weekend.

Um, bears?

At 10:09 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Sounds like a good plan, Hope. And maybe a good chance to focus on making your new home truly yours. Best wishes for Carrrrrmelita.

And, as a life-long apartment dweller, I enjoy vicarious home improvements as much as vicarious gardening, so you and Beez should definitely feel free to indulge in the subject.

Tying up some loose ends at work this morning. Then going home early to tie up loose ends there. It's been too darn hot to get much done this week, but I'll have to buckle down tonight if I'm to go play in the Fiendom tomorrow.

At 10:18 Blogger hope said...

Thanks, OSS! I also found my current knitting project (sadly neglected since the whole house-buying/moving frenzy started, 6 weeks ago) and knitted for 15 minutes or so. AMAZING how calming that was.

At 10:37 Blogger Hellie said...

Carrrrrmelita - what a lovely name for a cat! Hope you are both healing, knitting is very therapeutic - I am rubbish at it but still it's fun!

And I agree with OSS, living in an apartment and longing for my own house, the more appliance buying /decorating stories the better!

At 10:48 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Found another BIGASS Spider.

Sigh.

At 11:16 Blogger Arwenn said...

Any chance it's the same BIGASS spider from yesterday and someone let him back in? Maybe Birdchick can band it :)

At 11:20 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

She had better come quickly then. Orkin comes tomorrow. WHAT are they eating is what worries me most...

At 11:20 Blogger vampi said...

hahaha band a spider. lol. i am thinking of missing my flight if there are more stories of bigass spiders. i am really terrified and will scream like a horror movie victim if i see one.

today is laundry and pack day because i am a procrastinator. tomorrow is flight. *twirls*

At 11:24 Blogger Jess said...

Vampi, appaear to be living parallel lives today.

*laundries*
*packs*

I cleaned my kitchen, too, and vacuumed. Go me.

At 11:25 Blogger Arwenn said...

That's a point, what if they hunt in packs for the REALLY BIGASS spider you haven't met yet?

The Orkin man can cuz he spritzes it with stuff and makes the world bug-free.

At 11:26 Blogger Jess said...

We appear. Not "appaear". Aigh.

At 11:26 Blogger vampi said...

not to raise panic, but i didn't think the spray was effective on spiders because they have es and are up out of the residue.
gah now im' thinking about spiders:( gross

At 11:31 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

If the bugs they are eating go away, the spiders will too. It bothers me I have not SEEN any bugs in my house, but Orkin says they live where you can't see them. ICK. Ugh.

I don't mind the spiders really.

At 13:19 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Spiders are good. I like spiders myself.

Hei ho, hei ho, it's off to the airport I go ...

At 13:39 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Just bought a summer dress. Still in shock. The bodice is a halter top. I haven't worn a halter top since the 70s. I *will* be wearing something over this thing.

At 14:13 Blogger Arwenn said...

OSS - Cute little cropped lightweight sweater thingies work really well in my experience.

At 18:30 Blogger vampi said...

i just bought 2 tops, 1 sexy outfit for concert, and 3 pairs of shoes. i am out of control!

it is so hard picking out clothes for travel. i have no idea what will want to wear tomorrow let alone while on vacation. mrrrrrr.

At 18:30 Blogger Ani said...

OK! finally leaving work for vacation time, starting with a flight to Minneapolis tomorrow! Terribly excited!

At 18:39 Blogger Jane said...

Oh packing...always want to bring the entire closet...

At 18:44 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Tomorrow, work will have to stop at a certain point, as I have a concert, a very special one, to do.

Today, work does not seem to be stopping.

At 19:15 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Quick new post up!

Getting excited about some Fiends and ROCK tomorrow!

At 20:01 OpenID MasterBillyBones said...

Yay! I saw a drawing from the man who types up my stories sitting on the table!

At 20:23 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You sure did! I loved it, if you could pass that on...

The tee shirt came too, in the same mail!

At 01:15 Blogger Uisge said...

welcome fiends. Rock tomorrow (or really tonight - I can't sleep)

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