Monday, June 14, 2010

A New Way of Thinking About Riding...

I wanted to do a horse blog today, as we haven't much talked about Dim lately. Yes, I do know that is not a horse. That's a Bengal. F2 Bengal, King Lear the Huge in fact, but I know how you are about pictures and I knew you would be yowling for some of Dim, but I haven't any.

This picture of King Lear the Huge is meant to distract you from the lack of horsie pictures.

I am working with a new trainer as of today. Teacher might be a better word, as that's what she does for me. I think I wrote on her once and called her "She Who Owns It All", or Poetry for short, as that what she and whatever horse she is on look like when they ride.

There is nothing, mind you, wrong with Hoursetrainer Mel, we are still BFF's and still ride and work together, but she is very busy right now, and hasn't the time to work with me as much as I need, if I am going to be able to ride Dim. I don't know enough, or rather, I know enough to KNOW I don't know enough.

And the reason you haven't pictures of my lesson today is there is not time for pictures in a lesson like this. I am listening. Every second. In fact, I don't even think of you during a lesson. Or work. Or anything. Except what she tells me, what I am doing, and the horse.

It's pretty darn cool.

To say I learned a lot doesn't even begin to cover it.

I can't tell you WHAT exactly. It doesn't come out well on paper. (Or my screen, I guess we say now.)

To say: "Well now, I stood behind her while my horse went in circles, and she talked to him and sometimes to me, then she rode him and then I spent 10 minutes on his back walking mostly and trotting a couple times, while she told me things."

Would be like describing my Irish show as: "Well now, Paul and I play some songs and sometimes we speak to you and you wave your arms about, or yell: Right up your Kilt"

See? Doesn't work. Loses something in the translation.

I can tell you, now, that riding is art, the same way music, dance, painting or writing is art.

It's communication, it's ideas, it's subtle, it's physical. It's thinking on ten things at once, and missing twenty of them. It's learning one brilliant idea at a time, that makes so much sense you want to scream it to the world.

It's new and different and changing and frustrating and worth every second of every bit of sweat you put into it. Like all good art.

And like all great art, you do it because there is something in you that HAS to.

I want this. I have to.

And I am very happy.

Love and Riding,


At 17:16 Blogger Jane said...

You sound so happy and complete. The type of learning where there is only you and the learning is not always easy to find. I found it with yoga and didn't even know I had until a few years into the practice, then I got it!

Glad you've found it with the beloved horse.

At 17:27 Blogger gaypet said...

I am so glad that you had a good ride/lesson! Go you.

At 17:29 Blogger vampi said...

poetry in motion... now i have that song floating around between my ears. (plenty of room to float around in there these days)

sounds like an awesome lesson. i need to get me a passionate hobby. you are so inspiring.

and i'm just drinking around the waxy floaters, but thanks for the advise. so in theory, when i'm done with the honey part, i can take the comb and spread it on host toast and just yum it up, right?

At 17:30 Blogger Laura B said...

This makes me smile. I'm so happy for you!

And I did enjoy the Lear picture, too.:)

At 17:38 Blogger turtlesong said...

happy cat is very happy. :)

i'm so glad you're enjoying your horsie time. i've always wanted to ride a horse but there's that whole thing of, well, not really wanting to *learn* to ride a horse that gets in the way. so, i'm living vicariously through you in this (well, and in the being owned by many cats thing but lots of people do that).

At 17:58 Blogger Phiala said...


I'm spending my last evening home alone by processing the rest of the CSA veggies so I have somewhere to put new ones tomorrow. Eating salad like it's going out of style. Blanched and froze a pile of spinach. Froze a bag full of stir-fry greens. Gave up on the turnip tops - they went in the compost. Most of the turnips are in the refrigerator still, but they will keep.

This veggie thing is hard work!

At 17:59 Blogger Linda said...

King Lear appears to be smiling that joyful kind of smile. One probably like the one you have at the end of your lessons.

Doing something you love is art ~ bliss.

At 18:00 Blogger Dragonsally said...

I've got the song stuck in my head too Vampi.

You've written about this so beautifully Lorraine. Having something you love that makes the rest of the world disappear is so,so wonderful.

At 18:00 Blogger Dragonsally said...

-and ticky poo_

At 18:15 Blogger LihuaEmilyP said...

Cool. I'm glad you're happy, really. And I love "Right up your kilt". Fods, how I do love that song.

At 18:19 Blogger vampi said...

the video of the old dancing competition is hilarious. i totally want one of those twirlie skirts:D can you have twirlie kilts? i guess that could be a bit revealing.

At 19:13 Blogger Jess said...

Yowl yowl yowl! Put a saddle on that cat! Charge neighborhood children for rides. Profit! Then retire to Antigua.

That's the best way to learn: in the zone. It is a mighty fine place to be.

Eww, waxy floaters. You could chase them around the cup with the corner of a paper towel, Vampi, but you might soak up half your tea in the process.

At 19:15 Blogger Uisge said...

Yay for riding. Yay for Happy Lear.

At 19:21 Blogger AletaMay said...

This is a wonderful post.

I am sort of glad that there are not horse photos because this allows my imagination to capture the notion of poetry in motion and the image of FabLo in the zone in my own happy way.

Those are the moments, I think, that we live for.

At 19:44 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lear IS smiling, he purrs now too, which also makes me happy.

It is art and bliss and joy when you find something that takes you away from everything, that you have to work at, where time stops, and you are simply THERE.

That's the kind of riding it was today.

Poetry in Motion. Very, very good description. We can now refer to my Teacher as PIM, which is kind of nice. And then that song can get stuck in your heads when ever I talk about her.

hee hee.

At 20:59 Blogger Ticia said...

Such joy and beauty all around. I think the picture of Lear captures the mood of the day.


At 21:23 Blogger Jess said...

Pim and Dim! You know it's right because it rhymes.

At 21:47 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Lovely horsey post and lovely pic of Lear (to whom I administered remote under chin scritches).

Sleepless in nowhere very exciting.

I heard some rumor about Five Bengals traveling to Ireland. Was this a joke or for reals?

At 21:50 Blogger LihuaEmilyP said...

I liked your story, Grace!

At 21:51 Blogger Chantrelle said...

will read soon...ticky.

At 22:16 Blogger Bridget said...

Lear... does not look worried. Wow, that is beautiful.

Also: horsies!

At 23:10 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I am tempted to kiss him under the chin! I do not think Mr. Lear want's that.

Also, for the person who wanted to see the Scalzi/ Wheaton fanfic:

(I cannot remember who it was.)

At 00:04 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Right up your kilt!
Ahaa, hum. Sorry. Got carried over there.

So glad this makes you happy. And it does sound like the perfect thing to decompress from all stressful realities.

At 01:05 Blogger Na said...


I've only ever been up on a horse three or four times. One experience was awful; horse took off and I nearly fell off and onto a fence. Another experience, however, was transcendent. All you horsey folk inspire me to want to try it again.

King Lear makes me laugh ... seems to me like he's really digging the King part of his name. And I'd assume no Bengals get to sit on his head.

At 01:15 Blogger Marjorie said...

Quick tick. Back later to read

At 08:23 Blogger Phiala said...

Sigh... Nick's father's Alzheimer's continues to get worse, and faster than it had been. Sunday it was still manageable at home; yesterday saw the decision to get him into in-patient hospice immediately.

At 08:30 Blogger Jane said...

Phiala, it does sounds like Nick's father is near the end.

Care at home is so hard, we saw with Steve's dad.

No fun, getting through this hard have my sympathy.

At 08:49 Blogger Unknown said...

That photo of Lear makes me want to give him a big nose kissie and rub and snuggle his great big head. Love big, blocky male cats (love all cats but there is something about the big head ones who look so tough but just want a good snorgling and some Momma-loving that touches me).

At 09:23 Blogger vampi said...

oh phiala i'm sorry to hear that. my thoughts are with you and your family. that is never easy.

At 09:33 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning Fiends! Back home for Bengal time. They are being, uh, cuddley. This worries me. I think they hate me being gone, but this isnt' what I expected.

Mim wants to be ROCKED, like back and forth, with my hand on her neck.

(I've been living mostly at work, as Boss and Mads Mum are both gone, and there is the new puppy. Had 12 teens running thru the woods last night, uh, howling)

At 10:24 Blogger One Sock Short said...


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At 10:25 Blogger Cecily said...

I Love the pic of Lear. It makes me desperately want to scritch his neck.

So happy to hear that you are back on the road to Dim riding. There is a happiness in your words that other words can not describe. :-)

At 12:11 Blogger Jill said...

Hey, Wendy, I was the person clamoring to see your Wheaton/Scalzi fanfic.

Hahahahahaha! Well done! I enjoyed that a great deal.

At 12:54 Blogger spacedlaw said...

A posse of were-teenagers?

At 13:53 Blogger Unknown said...

Anyone else have her (or his) brand new copy of Boss's edited Stories? I bought mine yesterday, downloaded it to Kindle today and cannot wait to go home from the office, put on comfies, and read with the big old boycat snoring on my lap (nice and hot, grr...).

At 14:09 Blogger Marjorie said...

I've had mine about a week - I have been rationing myself, no more than one ( or maybe two) stories a night...
Lots of fun, lots of writers I havn't read before. I am saving Boss & DWJ's stories to last.

At 14:19 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Which reminds me that I have to go back to Jeff VanderMeer...

At 17:10 Anonymous Wendy Wither said...


I'm glad you liked it! It was fun to write.

Just got back from two back-to-back interviews. Sleepy. Hungry. School work must wait for sleep work!

At 17:35 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Phiala, thinking of you,Steve and your families - tough times.
Have Maddy and her friends been watching too much Twilight, Vampire Diaries or True Blood perhaps Lorraine?

At 19:04 Blogger Beez said...

Phiala, I'm sorry you and Nick and family are going through this. *hugs*

I lost both grandmothers and an uncle to Alzheimers.

At 19:09 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Gah - did I say Steve...I meant Nick..steve & Jane/Sharon


At 19:11 Blogger Phiala said...

It's so hard to keep everyone straight, Sally - I knew who you meant. :)

And thank you all for the good thoughts. They're picking up Nick's dad tomorrow - nothing like efficiency. And his mom and sister are probably going to come up here this weekend, to get out of the now-empty house. Plus my mom is arriving on Saturday for a week.

At 19:18 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Yeah but STILL. I like to get names right.
Sounds like you have a really busy time ahead of you Sarah - so sending as many spare pieces of energy and calm that I can.

At 19:33 Blogger AletaMay said...

Phiala, I think dealing with aging parents and the stuff that goes with that is one of the hardest things in life. You are all in my thoughts.

At 21:05 Blogger Jess said...

Hang on. Stories is out now? I thought it wasn't out till September.

Also, hi.

And Phiala, big hugs.

At 21:17 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Pretty SURE Stories is out today. The Boss is in NY doing an event for it tonight. Or I guess DID an event at this point.

I am home for an hour of Bengaling, leaving the teens, far fewer tonight , to a movie. (Avatar, no Vampires or werewolves, what could go wrong?)

Snuck in a ride on DIm as well. DId pretty good, with my new Things we learned yesterday, except a BIG EVIL STORM (some rain) came and he had to FREAK in the ring because you could HEAR this on the roof.

Then there was a bit of WATER near his gate to his pasture, and that was THE SCARIEST THING EVER and so he had another freak and nearly tore my arm off.

Horses. Magic they are.

Still, progress. He only THOUGHT he was going to take off at a gallop when we started lunging. Then he remembered we start at a walk now.

I helped him remember this.

Took a while.

At 21:25 Blogger Cecily said...

YAY for helping DIM! I am so glad things are progressing well with him.

At 21:30 Blogger Jess said...

Yeah, I'm wondering where I got September from. I'm all confused.

Poor Dim. It's hard to be a horse. Noises are twice as loud thanks to your big, swivelly ears; your eyes are on either side of your head, so you can only see stuff properly if you turn it sideways; and the denim-clad bipeds are always going, "Whoa," which is how you feel most of the time. Whoa! Dude! Gah! At least I imagine so.

At 21:43 Blogger ariandalen said...

It's about time you gave KING Lear his due! ;)

Sounds like you are getting the work and time with Dim that you both need. Yay! Only good will come of this. :)

Plus, you currently have a wondrously clean office! Proof that Boss is away. ;)

Phiala, sorry to hear that Nick's father's Alzheimer's has suddenly accelerated. It's such a difficult disease to deal with, and there is no "win." Hugs to all concerned.

At 21:45 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Lorraine and Jess - you both do horse so well...

At 22:04 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Phiala - *Hugs* :(

Bought Stories today. How crazy am I that I bought it on the Kindle and in hardcover so i have one to read and one to get signed/shelve. Who said the Kindle would take over for books...pshaw.

Watched Nova w/ ben tonight about volcanoes. I said "Volcanoes are cool." He said, "NOVA is cool!!" Awesome.

At 22:51 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Hubby's cat is almost 20, his kidneys are not working too well anymore. He's barely eating and is super skinny these days. I know he doesn't have much time left but now I'm afraid he'll die while hubby's in Ireland on business...just 10 days kitty! He'll stay around just to be a miserable curmudgeon i'm sure. He's been a curmudgeon since i met him 16 yrs ago, but now he actually has good reason to be. *sigh* Grumpy poot...Just stick around 'til your dad gets home!

At 00:25 Blogger Jenn said...

Oh yeah. Chin up, heels down, toes in. Lather rinse repeat.

Keep your hands quiet. Feel what he did there? Where's his mouth? Chin up.

Feels like those lessons, now three decades ago, were yesterday.

Gotta love a horse, and when you love a horse, you want to be the best you can be for them.


At 00:31 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Hugs to Phiala.

At 01:31 Blogger Dragonsally said...

hang on pussy cat...

At 07:34 Blogger Phiala said...

Lorraine, if you haven't, someday when you get time (hah!) I highly recommend "Animals in Translation" by Temple Grandin, or any of her books, really. Insight into horses, definitely, but probably also Bengals!

Dr. Grandin is a fascinating woman - I met her once, and saw her speak. She has fairly severe autism, but has turned that into a remarkable insight into animal behavior. I can't recommend her books highly enough.


Thanks again for all the good wishes. They're picking up Nick's dad today... we should be seeing his mom and sister on Saturday. Should be very very rough.


At 13:47 Blogger Cecily said...


It's such a hard disease to deal with.

At 14:56 Blogger Chantrelle said...

My father in law just sent me this:

One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, his wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book.

Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, 'Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?'

'Reading a book,' she replies, (thinking, 'Isn't that obvious?')

'You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,' he informs

'I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading'

'Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up.'

'For reading a book,' she replies.

'You're in a Restricted Fishing Area,' he informs her again.

'I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading'

'Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up.'

'If you do that, I'll have to charge you with Sexual assault,' says the woman.

'But I haven't even touched you,' says the game warden.

'That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.'

'Have a nice day ma'am,' and he left.

MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think

At 16:12 Blogger dabbler said...

*Snort* good one, Chantrelle! Hang in there, cranky cat!

Or old lady is slowly vanishing...her fur is falling out, and she's gotten painfully thin.

Phiala, my thoughts to you, Nick and his family.

And I love this post...both Lear's proud, happy expression, and the warm and lovely riding discussion.

At 16:31 Blogger Beez said...

Phiala, Temple Grandin was one of my SIL's instructors at...University of Colorado (I think). Large Animal Husbandry at any rate.

I got a bunch of her books when we were struggling to find a diagnosis for Son+Heir. Fascinating reading about autism from the inside, and her strong ability to perceive things from the animal's POV.

At 16:43 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

That WAS pretty funny, Chantrelle!

I am HOME HOME HOME!!!!!! For all night, sleeping in my own Bed with Bengals!

Thinking about riding, doing things around the house, catching up and being a sloth. Huge plans for the evening you can see.

First tho, some leash walking for Venus and Mim!

At 17:40 Blogger Precision Grace said...

very sorry to hear about Phiala's father in-law getting worse :(

Keep meaning to read Temple Grandin's books - how have I managed not to as yet?!

Also, if anyone is interested, I've put up a new story on my blog Obadiah Preston

If you do read it, please let me know if you liked it (or if you didn't etc.)

At 18:50 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh, I saw a show on her. She is amazing.
Off to email that wonderful joke to a few people

At 21:44 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

All Y'all are real chatty tonight....

At 21:53 Blogger Jess said...

Yowl yowly yowl!

I got nothin'. I renewed my driver's license today, and bought some Dockers on clearance. That's as exciting as I get right now.

At 21:59 Blogger One Sock Short said...

I got nuttin' Just a lot of pre-conference panic and head-in-the-sand strategies. Oh, and cursing the airline for charging $25 for one lousy bag. Will try to do carry-on but not sure, as I'll be away a week and have committee stuff to schlep as well as clothes. Bloody airlines.

At 22:15 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Hubby is in Dublin. Ben is out of school. I'm not getting much computer time!

Watched NOVA about a giant species of marsupial lions in Australia a million year ago. Really cool stuff. Ben is now a big NOVA fan. It's awesome.

At 01:15 Blogger Ms T said...

I'm rostered on to work tonight, so still at work...and scarfing down a piece of chocolate cake / listening to the early evening news while there's a temporary lull in proceedings.

I did find out that they're still accepting contributions for the It's a Tree project, so that's sorted out what I'll be doing to Worldwide Knit in Public Day. (Which is being celebrated on Sunday in this neck of the woods.)

Oh, and I went to the library at lunchtime in order to feed my manga addiction. Blame my boss. She got me hooked on Fruits Basket and it kind of went from there. :)

Woo baby. The excitement might just be too much. :P

At 01:17 Blogger Ms T said...

Aaaaand...also found out today that there's a Moko (Tattoo) Village operating at the museum this weekend. There's practitioners of contemporary tattooing as well as tohunga ta moko.

Cool! Knitting and tattoos. That's my weekend sorted!

At 09:23 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I plan on buying underwear and socks today. And, I'm excited about it. Unfortunately, the socks will probably be coming from Target, not Sock Dreams.

At 10:56 Blogger Chantrelle said...

I'm sorry...but whatthe hell is this? Who would wear this?? I can't believe rompers have made a comeback and they made them worse.

OK, that is all.

At 12:14 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...


I have a jumpsuit type thing that is sort of like that, except not creepy and gross. :P And, I put a shirt over it and pretend it is really wide legged pants.

At 12:32 Blogger Jess said...

That appears to be a romper for a very specific type of romping. Thank god it doesn't come in split-crotch as well.

At 12:36 Blogger Marjorie said...

I've been at work. Very dull. But tonight I am meeting up with Cheryl & we're going out to see 'Bitter Ruin' - they were the support band for EvelynEvelyn when they played in London. Should be fun, although I wish I weren't so tired...

At 12:42 Blogger spacedlaw said...

They are excellent, Marjorie. If you have not seen them already, you will surely love them.

At 13:01 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

I am trying to get Evelyn Evelyn to come to New Orleans. So far, I have not been successful.

At 13:03 Blogger Marjorie said...

I saw them in London - once at the EE gig and again at the 'extra' gig the next day, so yes, I know they'll be good!

At 13:59 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Is our New Mexico Fiend in the house? Marian Call will be there this coming weekend!

At 14:38 Blogger Ticia said...

Best dog name EVER!

A male Bichon Frise named Miss Kitty.

It's been amusing me for hours, so I had to share. :)

At 17:51 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ha, perfect name for little fluffy male dog. Love it.
God, Rompers. I had one in my early twenties/late teens. Great until you have to go to the loo and discover that you basically have to strip off. Why I never got into wearing bodysuits when they were the rage in the early 90's.
Hey - are other people finding they have to keep signing in to comment, even though they are already signed in for gmail? This is getting very annoying.

At 18:04 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

HA! Called tornado watch 30 min before it got issued! Knew it, just FEELS that way.

At 18:33 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

4 new tornadoes in the last 7 minutes! Go BIGASS STORM!

At 18:33 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Tornado! Stay safe. Don't get blown over the rainbow.

At 18:34 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

The tornadoes aren't HERE yet, hour out I'd say.


At 18:44 Blogger Chantrelle said...

So does that mean you predicted or conjured them huh?

Ben and I are going to watch a NOVA tonight about super-twisters. You crazy midwestern folk and your spinny-air-that-picks-up-houses-and-takes-them-to-Oz.

At 18:56 Blogger Jess said...

Are you in the basement? Get in the basement! Sit under the drafting table! What do you mean, you don't have a drafting table? Doesn't everyone have an architect's drafting table in the basement? We did, when I were a young'un. Get under the drafting table, and put your arms over your head and neck while Parents sit calmly on the game room sofa, munching watermelon, saying how it's just a Watch, and how it'll all be over in an hour.

/Official Tornado Safety Procedure

At 19:00 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No I am not in the basement.

I am on the roof. Flying a kite. BIGASS storms are coming!!!!!!!!!

At 19:04 Blogger Jess said...

For god's sake, woman! Throw all the bengals in a sack and get in the basement! Cower in the northwest corner! Or is that the northeast corner? Hide in a closet on an inside wall! Or beneath a bathroom sink, as the luckier among us used to do during elementary school tornado drills.

At 19:06 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Anyone need a house dropped on anyone?

32 tornadoes from the system so far!!!

At 19:13 Blogger Jess said...

Look, I'm not telling you again. Don't come crying to me when the sky goes green and the relentlessly howling winds drown out all sound and rational thought. Don't come to me when that plastic coffee stirrer narrowly misses your head and ends up embedded in a brick wall. :P

At 19:35 Blogger Na said...

Woe to the inhabitants of Oz should a Spooky House Full o' Bengals land there...

At 19:39 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Jess, duh, out here it's COWS flying around in these storms.

Over 40 tornadoes so far today from this system!

At 19:39 Blogger vampi said...

you know, i never really found you all that odd quiche, but now i think you are bonkers. on the flip side, i think your house would fit in perfectly in oz.

a storm like that would have me in tears with a migraine. every time we had a hurricane in florida, in tears with a migraine.

and yes i'm also having to log in each time. blogger is bonkers too.

At 20:31 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Totally amazing system. And it's getting closer....

At 20:39 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Hey! Auto-login from gmail worked this time!

I think all the Bengals in a sack would be scarier and far, far more dangerous than 40 tornadoes. Enjoy your storm, Lorraine! Send it here when you're done playing with it, please.

At 20:42 Blogger Ticia said...

That is so cool, Q. One day, I would like to be an observer of such a storm...

At 21:07 Blogger gaypet said...

I don't know if the house is gonna be dropped on me or my sister but the sky is green.

At 21:24 Blogger Dragonsally said...

eh gads, stay safe you Fiends in mad tornado-ville.

At 21:26 Blogger Jess said...

If they're smart, they've all gone to the basement. #beatingadeadhorse

At 21:29 Blogger Dragonsally said...

remember the other day when I said that people cringe when they see me with a sharp knife?
Well, I discovered today that if you are cutting a bun in half you should stop with the cutting when you reach your palm.
Luckily pain kicked in quickly enough that what I have is more like a long scratch.

At 22:07 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Um, Sally? I think maybe stopping with the cutting slightly *before* you reach your palm might work even better ;-) I hope your long scratch heals quickly. Hand wounds are so hard to deal with.

At 22:12 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hmmph. No exciting. Missed us.

I had such high hopes.

Gave up on it and came home.

And the STUPID RAT CREATURE just peed on me!!!!!

At 22:16 Blogger Phiala said...

Sounds like a disappointing evening, Q.

At 22:19 Blogger Ticia said...

Sally- Stop with the blood-letting! (I hope your scratch helas soon)

Q- I'm sorry the big storm teased you. Being peed on is surely adding insult to injury.

At 22:21 Blogger Phiala said...

Oh, really cool bee pics!

And wow... it is way past my bedtime.

At 22:30 Blogger vampi said...

really cool animation made with embroidery. this seemed like something that would entertain the fiends

At 00:11 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Well of course she peed on you. This crazy weather is all your fault, isn't it? And where were you when kitties needed cuddles?

At 00:15 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Not more pee!! Yes, I blame the crazy, actually, i blame the bengal. Blame the Bengal!!

Had a lovely day w/ ben at the aquarium and then got milkshakes, played tag, watched NOVA about tornadoes, read harry potter, ben went to sleep and i watched Daily Shows. Nice :)

Now it's bed for me. Nighty night all.

At 02:13 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Don't worry! You live in Minnesota! There will be more. When I lived in Minnesota, I went to a college with a chapel that had a giant cross on it. It waited until after I left to get thrown around in a storm.

At 05:51 Blogger Jill said...

Considering the tornadoes killed a few people and caused a lot of damage, I can't find myself getting excited about their appearance.

I hate summer and will be pleased when it's winter again.

At 05:56 Blogger Precision Grace said...

Ouchies Sally! Hope the hand heals fast.

I used to quite like storms but now I'm worried about the cats. We don't really get storms here and definitely not ones you should worry about but somehow it's still scary.

Can't believe you abandoned Bengals during the storm watch Q! I'm surprised you weren't peed on by all of them .. {this tsk was brought to you by united feline federation}

In other news, Jess makes me laugh. Like, I wish I could live in her brain.

At 09:15 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning! Going to be a wonky day here, lots of work and for reasons that are very unclear to me, we are playing first set outside tonight, which means hauling and setting up PA.

Second set inside. Which means teardown during break.

Need TEA!!!!!!

At 09:22 Blogger Jess said...

The gig's being filmed today, isn't it? Bet that's Why Outside.

At 09:22 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Yes. TEA.
Good morning!

At 09:37 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Nooo.....Only first set outside.

then we move into the pub, reset up and shoot second set.

Third set will be a brain dead mess. Likely all Johnny Cash.

At 14:41 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Off to see Math the Band, MC Chris, and MC Lars!


At 15:59 Blogger Jess said...

Look! I've interviewed Nathalie for The Night Garden! In a new, thrilling featured-contributors-feature, to come your way in monthly installments!

Look again! Gayle made this necklace, which means we now officially have a Jewelry section on the site! Instead of a blank page! Woohoo!

Keep looking!! Cynthia Toy, whom some of you know on Twitter as @fairiesnest, made a Night Garden fairy doll! And she's for sale from Cynthia's Etsy store! She will donate the proceeds to GLBR! Hooray! \o/

My heavens, it's all very exciting. I would need to sit down, if I wasn't already.

At 16:00 Blogger Jess said...

Bugger it! Let's try that link to Gayle's necklace again.

At 16:12 Blogger Phiala said...

Hey Jess and all... you can use links, and that's what will show in the browser (although for whatever reason they won't show up when hovering over the menu links).

I'd prefer that, and you probably would too!

So, jewelry is and the new doll is and so on.

Just use instead of

I'll work on the hover-links.

Everything looks lovely - I'm excited to see new contributions appearing.

At 16:53 Blogger Marjorie said...

Ooh, nice interview. I am going to go back & read again when I am more awake.
I just got home from seeing Filter Theatre's production of Twelfth Night. It was great - really funny, energetic, with heaps of Rock, audience participation & tequila.
I was feeling really zonked when I got home after work & contemplated not going out again. So glad I did.

Hope all those going to Q's show have heaps of fun & Rock, too

At 18:12 Blogger Dragonsally said...

What, no comment from Jess about how crowded it would be in her brain of PG lived in there?
Brilliant interview too.

At 19:17 Blogger ariandalen said...

Cool interview, Jess!

That is a gorgeous necklace, Gayle! You really need to look at the close up to appreciate it's complexity. :)

I want "Lilibet" too, Sally. I just don't have the spare money. I am absolutely sure that a wonderful person will purchase her. :) Cynthia does exceptional work.

At 21:19 Blogger gaypet said...

Love the article! And thanks for putting the necklace in. :)

At 23:56 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Wow, the things that happen when I sleep!
Well done, fiends!

At 00:48 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I so have catching up to do! It's like I looked away for a second and everything went COOL!

Great gig tonight but it was REALLY a lot of work, switching from out to in is NOT going to happen again, but things went well.

Tho I did really have to work for it both out and in.

Still, I think all concerned had a fine time.

At 02:00 Blogger spacedlaw said...

Just been out to get my blood sucked.
Then bought lemons. Such glamourous life I live. Thought you guys might want to know.

At 02:12 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Just home from a really great Imogen Heap show. First time I've seen her. Loved it!

Glad there was much rock tonight!!

At 08:07 Blogger Jess said...

Yay rock! How did being filmed go?

It's all Nathalie! I just thought up stuff to ask her.

At 10:06 Blogger One Sock Short said...

For non-twittering Fiends, here's a picture we will all enjoy. American Libraries recently gifted us with a pin-up ;-)

In other news, I am at working doing very dull and repetitive, but necessary, things.

At 10:07 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Let's try that link again.

At 10:25 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Morning! Ack. Zombie brain. Work day too. And gig day. Was going to be new post day, but I am thinking I slept too late. Tomorrow I will go on an adventure and write about it. Today I work. And rock.

Can someone send me LOTS of links to all these things I am missing? Please? be my assistant Fiends?

At 10:29 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Missing things? What missing things?

I have zombie brain too, but (fortunately?) the stuff I have to do today is boring and simple. But there's a lot of it.

At 11:13 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Good morning. x.x

Need coffee. x.x

I will give you links to nerdcore music.

Math the Band:

MC Lars:
(He raps about Edgar Allen Poe, Moby Dick, and Hot Topic not being punk rock. He is my favorite nerdcore rapper type person.)

MC Chris:
(I'm not that big of a fan of MC Chris, but his song nrrrd grrrl is cute. He's one of the more popular guys.)

Last night at the concert I kept getting manhandled by an annoying drunk girl off to my right. She managed to scratch me in the far corner of my left eye. I think I might get antibiotic cream today.

At 11:21 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Wendy - Ouch. Antibiotic cream wold be a good idea. Nails are not very clean things. I'm going to try out this list when I get home.

At 11:23 Blogger One Sock Short said...

And of course, everyone knows now that the nerdcore list must include <a href="</a>, right? ;-)

At 11:25 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Not doing too well with links today. That's <a href=">Marian Call</a>

At 11:26 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Grrrr. Marian Call.

It's maybe time I had lunch.

At 13:06 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

New blog post about last night (with pictures!) up if you clickenz on my name linky thingy.

At 13:18 Blogger DataGoddess said...

ticky. I'm so far behind.

At 14:08 Blogger Marjorie said...

Did you all see Sir PTerry is sponsoring a 1st Novel prize? The Terry Pratchett Prize
I know we have lots of writers here, and it doesn't appear to be limited to the UK.

At 15:01 Blogger dabbler said...

Hi Marjorie...forwarded that to my writing kids...and then read the details. It is UK only, alas.

At 15:16 Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh damn.I must have read too fast and missed that. Sorry for getting everyones hopes up :-(

At 16:03 Blogger Siri said...

It's fiendish magic -

Work has been soul-draining recently. I've been envious of those reading "Stories", edited by Himself, but haven't had the time to do anything about it.

Came home from 6 hours at work and a memorial visitation of a neighbor to find a package on my porch.

Inside - a hard back "Stories", edited by Himself.

Just when I need it the most.

Fiendish Magic, I tell you - no other possible explanation. Couldn't have possibly pre-ordered it months ago and forgotten. Nah - not me.

At 22:15 Blogger ariandalen said...

Siri! Hi! Hope work gets better sooner, rather than later. {{{Siri}}}

Uh, Ms. Fabulous? Famous last words about outside/inside gig repeat? ;)

At 01:42 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

New post is UP! Who would have thunk this??? But hey I am beyond tired and awake...

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