My best to anyone effected by the explosion in Manchester. I'm thinking of [livejournal.com profile] gabi_fics and hoping everyone she knows is safe. Love to all my UK friends. Much strength to all survivors. <3
[livejournal.com profile] mews1945's spirit flew away on the high winds heralding in the autumn cold today, in a wave of the first brightly colored leaves, so attuned to the seasons as she was. I wish it weren't today and she was here longer. I wish I could have taken her to Braughers again. Safe passage, dear friend.

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I can't upload some of the older pics I'd like to include, so this one will have to do for now. I love this pic of her focusing with hobbity attention on her rare ice cream treat when we saw her this spring, such a joy it was to be there with her.

Namarie, sweetie.

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[livejournal.com profile] mews1945's spirit flew away on the high winds heralding in the autumn cold today, in a wave of the first brightly colored leaves, so attuned to the seasons as she was. I wish it weren't today and she was here longer. I wish I could have taken her to Braughers again. Safe passage, dear friend.

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I can't upload some of the older pics I'd like to include, so this one will have to do for now. I love this pic of her focusing with hobbity attention on her rare ice cream treat when we saw her this spring, such a joy it was to be there with her.

Namarie, sweetie.
For my sister in mermaid and cat loving, Happy Birthday, [personal profile] claudia603!!! I hope you have had a most excellent day off and Helo and Merlin have been good cuddle buddies to start you off in a year full of love and happiness!!!! Here's some pics I found that I had to share with you:

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It has been a long couple of weeks of home and car repair stressors. But I’m finally taking some time to finish my moot write up that I started a couple of weeks ago now. I was a bit absent here in the spring focusing on moot prep, and since it focusing on household stuff that got pushed aside and not so good with keeping up with posts and comments here. I’m working my way back.

So we had this moot Memorial Day weekend. (-:

FRIDAY

The moot started a couple of hours later than planned—Friday morning I heard from poor [livejournal.com profile] hildigard_brown that her flight out of Austin was cancelled and she was rebooked for Saturday afternoon. I was sad not to meet her that morning and for the time she would miss out on, but I took the time to relax, take a walk before the day got too hot, and then drive up to the bus station in Baltimore to pick up [livejournal.com profile] aliensouldream and [livejournal.com profile] gabi_fics (from Manchester, UK via NJ, down to DC and back up to Baltimore) getting there just as their bus got in half past noon, and there were their smiling faces and it was a happy reunion! The two of them bought so much happy cheer to be here and with all of us that was infectious.

From Baltimore we went to the hobbity Le Madeleines in Columbia for lunch and happy chatter. Claudia, you remember Le Madeleine’s, right? Actually we talked a lot about politics and I learned some things about Brexit and Rupert Murdock’s machinations thereat (crossing my fingers about the vote today.) A wonderful start to the moot. Then I dropped them at the Greenbelt Marriott to check in, while I went back up to BWI to pick up [livejournal.com profile] shirebound in from San Diego and [livejournal.com profile] lovethosehobbit from Salt Lake City and collected my lovely hugs with our reunion and brought them back to the Marriott to check in. lovethosehobbit brought really cute Gandalf & Frodo silhouette bumper stickers for all of us. I need to clean a spot on my car for mine.

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( May. 26th, 2016 10:04 pm)
Happy Birthday to two very wonderful hobbit folk, my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine and [livejournal.com profile] addie71!!! I hope it is a fine one and you have a great long birthday weekend! Here's some pretties and critters in your honor I saw the past week:


Mountain laurels--opening a little late this year due to our cold rainy May until this week.


A very mellow frog I saw today who wanted to send birthday greetings along.

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( May. 26th, 2016 10:04 pm)
Happy Birthday to two very wonderful hobbit folk, my dear friend [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine and [livejournal.com profile] addie71!!! I hope it is a fine one and you have a great long birthday weekend! Here's some pretties and critters in your honor I saw the past week:


Mountain laurels--opening a little late this year due to our cold rainy May until this week.


A very mellow frog I saw today who wanted to send birthday greetings along.

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I had a great trip for a couple of days visiting my awesome and lovely best friend[personal profile] mererid. She picked me up in Phoenix and drove me down to Tucson to stay with her and her excellent partner R and their exuberant and well-coddled quaker parrot, Baby. Sunday we drove into the Tucson Mountains southwest of town to the Tucson Desert Museum.



There we saw nicely landscaped local flora, and fauna in enclosures, but I especially enjoyed seeing the fauna not in enclosures, and I'll show you lots more pics in another post. My hobbit dolls had fun there, too. We also drove around some of the neighborhoods of Tucson and its signature murals.

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I had a great trip for a couple of days visiting my awesome and lovely best friend[personal profile] mererid. She picked me up in Phoenix and drove me down to Tucson to stay with her and her excellent partner R and their exuberant and well-coddled quaker parrot, Baby. Sunday we drove into the Tucson Mountains southwest of town to the Tucson Desert Museum.



There we saw nicely landscaped local flora, and fauna in enclosures, but I especially enjoyed seeing the fauna not in enclosures, and I'll show you lots more pics in another post. My hobbit dolls had fun there, too. We also drove around some of the neighborhoods of Tucson and its signature murals.

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lavendertook: (tea with cat and books)
( Feb. 4th, 2016 05:31 pm)
Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ancalime8301!!! I hope you get some good cuddle time with your sweet kitties to celebrate.

Here's a sunset by Greenbelt Lake from last December to relax by:

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( Jan. 2nd, 2016 09:34 pm)
A very happy birthday to [personal profile] browngirl!!!



I hope it's the beginning of a wonderful year for you of lower stress, lots of creative time, and the lots of love you deserve. *squooshes*
A very happy birthday to [personal profile] baranduin from Moo and Tuxie and me!!!! Moo and Tuxie ask Scout, Teddy, and Harry to give their Fooder 1 lots of love and purrs today, and no surprises to step on.



Last Sunday I drove up to New Jersey to meet my friend [livejournal.com profile] lbilover at the Franklin Preserve State Park in the Pine Barrens. It was a long drive and totally worth it for her warm and comfortable company, along with the company of her sweet deerhound Gandy, the adventuresome Pippin, who I was very glad to get to see again, and the silky Clementine who joyed to show us the meaning of haste, and for the beauty of the pines. I sure miss living in an area well covered in evergreens, like there was in Carrboro, NC. Our hobbit dolls were also happy to see each other again. It was a gorgeous cool, sunny day, perfect for a 3 hour hike.


I tried to get a pic of [livejournal.com profile] lbilover with her whole pup family, but , being very busy pups, they were impatient with the whole process. Gandy here is blocking Clem and giggling about it, too.

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lavendertook: (hobbity new year)
( Nov. 18th, 2015 08:18 pm)
Just a reminder that we have a Maryland Moot 2016 community you should join if you'd like to join us and have a say on when we're having it at

[livejournal.com profile] mdmoot2016

Also a bunch of the same usual suspects are participating in a Frodocentric fic or pic exchange at

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide4frodo

modded by [personal profile] baranduin, [personal profile] hanarobi, and [personal profile] claudia603, so come and play.
lavendertook: close up of saki alert (Saki)
( Oct. 15th, 2015 09:10 pm)
To comfort me, my talented friend of singing words [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine linked me to this verse from Omar Khayyam:

And fear not lest Existence closing your
Account, and mine, should lose, or know the like no more;
The Eternal Saki from the Bowl has pour'd
Millions of Bubbles like us, and will pour.




I did not take her name name from this verse naming Khayyim's cupbearer from The Rubiyat, and was not familiar with this verse. My Saki's name comes from the Japanese name Murasaki, the first name of the writer of The Tale of Genji. The name means "lavender" which is close to lilac, because I thought Saki was a lilac-point mix siamese, until [personal profile] delux_vivens convinced me Saki was a torti-point siamese, like her dear Nutmeg, a variety I was not aware of. I dream my friends Saki and Delux are finding comfort in each other--I hope Nutmeg doesn't mind.



[livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine followed this verse with a poem it inspired from her pen/keyboard in honor of my Saki and to soothe my heart:

A POURING

A Pouring by Januwine and more Saki . . . )
Saki and Tuxie were going to ask Helo and Merlin, their [personal profile] claudia603 insider counterparts, what we should get you for your birthday, but they've been pretty busy . . .



But we all want to wish you the happiest of birthdays and hope it's been a good one! *hugs and purrs*
So is anyone up for a Maryland Moot next year? Our last was in Dec of 2012 for the first Hobbit film.

The end of April, beginning of May is often beautiful here, but not so good for those of the hobbit posse on academic calendars.

So I was thinking, how about the first weekend in June (6/3-6/6)? Is everyone's semester done then?

The weather is often still temperate here the beginning of June and roses are out, and it's usually quite lovely--though sometimes it can be stinky hot. This would be the week after the Memorial Day weekend. I figured air fares and airport congestion would be worse on Memorial Day weekend, but would be just as happy to have it then, if it were better for people, but I suspect that would be cutting it close for those finishing out semesters.

Or would you not be available until autumn?

What say you? Who is up for it?

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So is anyone up for a Maryland Moot next year? Our last was in Dec of 2012 for the first Hobbit film.

The end of April, beginning of May is often beautiful here, but not so good for those of the hobbit posse on academic calendars.

So I was thinking, how about the first weekend in June (6/3-6/6)? Is everyone's semester done then?

The weather is often still temperate here the beginning of June and roses are out, and it's usually quite lovely--though sometimes it can be stinky hot. This would be the week after the Memorial Day weekend. I figured air fares and airport congestion would be worse on Memorial Day weekend, but would be just as happy to have it then, if it were better for people, but I suspect that would be cutting it close for those finishing out semesters.

Or would you not be available until autumn?

What say you? Who is up for it?
Back in July, on our first full day, Saturday in Laramie, our gracious host [personal profile] hanarobi took some of us in the afternoon to a place east of Laramie called Vedauwoo, pronounced Vay'-de-voo, or rhymes with "Made a zoo." It was a picture perfect day, so it was easy to make lots of post-able pics.


This pic is actually from the end of the visit through the car window, just to give you the long vista.


And here we are--big impressive rocks surrounded by beautiful aspen and fur trees, and other flora.


We took a path part of the way around the cliffs.


Mallorns Aspens--oh how I love them!

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Pics still from the car on the way to Laramie:


Still in Colorado--here we're approaching the little church at Virginia Dale, CO . . .


. . . and the rocks there, which look a lot like Vedauwoo, for those in the know, and those in the not know, you will see Vedauwoo next post.

Almost across the border . . . )
lavendertook: (tea with cat and books)
( Aug. 5th, 2015 09:34 pm)
Happy Birthday, darling [personal profile] febobe!!!!


I should have taken a pic of the feast in [personal profile] hanarobi's backyard in Laramie for you, and my hobbit doll feast pics are not he old laptop, but since I don't have any good food pics, here's a peony at the National Arboretum in DC from a hike I did there this spring for you.

I hope you're having a fun, food, and love filled day! *squooshes*

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lavendertook: (tea with cat and books)
( Aug. 5th, 2015 09:34 pm)
Happy Birthday, darling [personal profile] febobe!!!!


I should have taken a pic of the feast in [personal profile] hanarobi's backyard in Laramie for you, and my hobbit doll feast pics are not he old laptop, but since I don't have any good food pics, here's a peony at the National Arboretum in DC from a hike I did there this spring for you.

I hope you're having a fun, food, and love filled day! *squooshes*
lavendertook: (monarch)
( Aug. 4th, 2015 09:20 pm)

For the beautiful [livejournal.com profile] browngirl who asked for beautiful things to be posted today. Here are some hollyhocks in Laramie, WY, a town filled with beautiful gardens for its very short 3-4 month growing season. Enjoy!
So my trip and moot report! You already got the airplane flight--it was a great flight out. I'm going to try to fly a Southwest 737 any time I have the chance--it was so roomy compared to the SW 727 I rode going back--makes a big difference. This will be one of several pic posts I'll be posting of the trip and moot.

I arrived in Denver without a hitch and had a short while to wait before [personal profile] shirebound's flight got in and it was so wonderful to see and get to hug her as soon as she stepped into the terminal. We found [livejournal.com profile] mirabile_dictu and [personal profile] hanarobi picked us up and took us the scenic route up through Colorado to Laramie, for which I'm extra grateful with the drive being 5+ hours for her round trip. It was a really gorgeous ride.

The pics in this post are all from a moving car window, so not the best quality.


The Rockies just north of Denver!


The Rockies from around the Longmont area.

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Moo would like to wish [personal profile] hanarobi a happy birthday by telling her all about her birthday party the beginning of last month when she turned 10 and that insufferable Tuxie turned 9. And it wasn't that annoying Saki's birthday either, which made it an even better day.

A swell party . . . )


It's [personal profile] shirebound's birthday! I bet she'd like to hear about all the news from the woods of the Shire.

Hobbits? Well, what next . . . )
Saki has been very excited since she saw [personal profile] baranduin post Harry's advertisement.

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She wants Harry to know that she has a genuine Maryland buffalo that she would like transported. In fact, she scoffed when I said she couldn't read the fine print. "On the contrary," she told me, "I like those odds. They're great!" And here's her buffalo . . .

right here . . . )
Best way to surprise someone for their birthday is to pick a day that is in no way near their birthday! And the lucky birthday grrl this time is the one and only [personal profile] baranduin!

You see, back on Halloween weekend last fall, I was visited by a pair of Valkitties. And here's what they had to say:

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Minion. We want you to wish [personal profile] baranduin a happy birthday.

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Tell the minion when that glorious day is.

HiyaHoyaHiyaHoyaMeOW!MEOW! . . . )
[personal profile] ancalime8301, Saki and Tuxie are eager to wish you a wonderful birthday and hope Maia and Hana are making much of you . . .

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But they're a bit busy on birdwatch at the moment. Hmmmm, maybe Moo might have a moment . . .

Oh, Miss Moo . . . )
A very belated bonus birthday spam for my dear friend [personal profile] claudia603:

I will take it! I will take the ring to Mordor . . .

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. . . though I do not know the way . . .

. . . to the litter box. Saki just has that determined but anxious look there, don't she?

And some mermaids and Frood (decoupage by [personal profile] lbilover) for you. These are 2 beloved books of my childhood, more for the pics than the narratives themselves, really. I knew and loved the collection on the left that was in my grade school library, and my mom hunted down this copy for me when it was no longer in print--a really lovely gift.

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You will notice that the pics were taken on your birthday. So maybe instead of thinking of this as a belated wish, here's wishing you a bonus birthday celebration from the Bonus Birthday Fairy! :-D
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Happy Birthday, Bilbo, Frodo, and Bingo! And cake to all who love them!

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Happy Birthday, Bilbo, Frodo, and Bingo! And cake to all who love them!
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How could Frodo concentrate when he knew [personal profile] febobe's birthday party was this evening. It was useless. Plus he was feeling unusually weary. Why in Arda was he so tired? And why was the Elvish script, the tengwar starting to dance and spin?

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A very happy birthday to my dear friends [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine and [livejournal.com profile] addie71! I bet no one's brought you a skink for your birthday before, so here's something new for you on your birthday--little smauglings to light the birthday candles. Knowing you are both fond of bright blue things, I hope you enjoy their neon blue tails as much as I do.

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This little skink brings you the letter "C". C for companions, clever, charming, caring, and for celtic knot work. You can see where those scribes got their ideas for illuminated fanciful creatures forming letters, can't you?

More skinks lurking under here . . . )
I am so glad to kick 2013 out the door. Happy New Year to all my dear flisties. I couldn't have gotten through the year without you. *hugs*


I wanted to thank [personal profile] addie71, [personal profile] ancalime8301, [personal profile] baranduin, [livejournal.com profile] browngirl, [personal profile] claudia603, [personal profile] ladyjax, and [personal profile] shirebound for the pretty and cute cards, [livejournal.com profile] ladysnaps for the wonderfully creative, as always, EW manip card, [personal profile] llinos for keeping me up with the wonderful adventures of the knitted hobbits, [livejournal.com profile] lovethosehobbit for the cute card and ewey magnet, [livejournal.com profile] aliensouldream for the gorgeously glittery card and ornament, and [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine for the thoughtful card and gift of hobbit music. Thank you for brightening my room during a dark time for me.

If I forgot anyone who sent me a card, please do let me know in comments so I can have the pleasure of thanking you.

2014's arrival is most welcome. I'm looking forward to a better year.
Happy Baggins Birthday!!!

The old cake from Maryland Moot 2010 will have to suffice this year for our hobbits, since I'm barely getting time for anything this month.

Bag End Cake, Maryland Moot 9-10

More pics are here for anyone who missed it. That was a good time with my hobbit posse.<3

Addendum: I made a dollustration mathom here for the Baggins Birthday celebration at [community profile] tol_eressea.
lavendertook: (cherry blossoms)
( Apr. 18th, 2013 08:03 pm)
Mary, [livejournal.com profile] frolijah_fan_54, I'm going to miss your sweet, gentle, and smart spirit so much. I wish I had gotten that time to hang out with you that we talked about. I wish you had gotten more time with more good things. I'm an agnostic, and I know that would have made you smile, that, regardless, I hope you can feel all the love we're sending out to you today. Our hobbit posse is diminished without you.

For anyone who hasn't heard, our dear [personal profile] addie71 has posted about our loss of sweet Mary here.

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A very happy birthday to the maker of the wonderful Tiny Bag End, [livejournal.com profile] obeliamedusa!!! Saki salutes you festively from her good ship, The Plum Hork, with Bilbo in Bag End behind her-- a pic I took earlier this month. (-:

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MD Hobbit Moot Report . . . )

And here's my menorah at full display below from earlier this month. Along side it is a great little orchid I got a couple of months ago that's been blooming its little heart out. My orchid next to it, that I've had for 3 years when I finally learned how to not drown orchids, is sending up 3 spikes this year, so I'm looking forward to a long late winter/spring display from it.

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OK, has anybody seen [livejournal.com profile] frodosweetstuff? I haven't seen her around commenting for a few days, and I'm just afraid that she might have put on her ring of invisibility before seeing the below picture and may have thudded out cold somewhere when she saw it, and no one's tripped over her yet. ;-D

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I had a lovely dinner with [livejournal.com profile] ancalime8301 this evening--I can attest that the Gandalf Gobbler sandwich at Denny's is excellent, especially with a side of spinach--the menus are very cute. But Thomas-Builds-the-Fire tells it better, of course. And yes, this was not one of the Denny's that John Metz owns, which I would not dine in. Anyway, Cali said she hadn't seen this beautiful Frodo With the Party RSVPs pic yet, so it was as good an excuse as any to post it. I'm not sure now if it's the one I got from a link to Tolkienanos from Tumbler or our dear [livejournal.com profile] aliensouldream. The pic posted was a red-phased and sepia-ed version of the original Rolling Stone Magazine pic, and it is a very pretty effect I like a lot, but I decided to up the blue and lower the red a bit in the pic to give it a more day light effect. Yes, ASD, it is very hard to stop playing with this pic! :-D The pic in the magazine has a much sharper focus with a candlelight tone to it.

I'm kind of psyched that we get to see an age appropriate Frodo for this movie, and he's looking as beautiful as ever. I don't mean to suggest that it's more correct than the fanon that supposes that hobbits at the 33 coming of age point are like a human 18 due to slower maturation, a fanon mostly developed to make sense of Frodolijah looking so young, I think. But that fanon never quite satisfies for me that his younger hobbit companions look older than he is.

So here's how my head fanon of the films is working now: Frodo looks age appropriate in The Hobbit because the tale is from Bilbo's point of view, and Bilbo sees Frodo as he is--a hobbit in his thirties when Bilbo is eleventy-one.

However, the LotR is from Frodo's point of view, and thus he has a younger self-image of himself, as I think most of us do. So with Frodo's telling of the tale, we see him as he sees himself: a younger hobbit than even his ring-slowed age would make him later. So now it all makes sense for me and I won't have any cognitive dissonance at seeing an older Frodo for the earlier parts of the tales. And I'm so psyched to see a Frodo (and Bingo) who looks so much closer to my textual head fanon image of the character. Such are the happy rationalizations of this Frodocentric, and still Bingocentric, fan. (-;

And I promised Cali more links of what's been fun to view the last couple of weeks:

The 8 minute fan compilation of all the previews
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/21/the-hobbit-fan-trailer_n_2170938.html

The Piano Guys LotR Cover of pretty visuals with gorgeous piano/cello duo
http://youtu.be/FZNqs0YgWkM

The Silly Air New Zealand advertisement video with great-grandson Royd Tolkien in hobbit feet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBlRbrB_Gnc

Ian McKellan's fanfic of a Bilbo/Gandalf backstory, that I bet would delight the Cucumber-Free-Cookie-batch fans a lot (-;
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/7985801/Sir-Ian-on-Gandalfs-return

PJs Production Video #9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vqyzHwnEiY

And another pic from RSM I really like
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Enjoy!

And one more thing: does Shore's Misty Mountains Cold theme remind anyone else of Jupiter from Holst's "The Planets"? I find you can hum (OK, as in, "I have hummed") the tune and gone right into humming Holst's with one smooth transition. There ya go. (-:

3 more weeks! :-D
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