It's been so long since I've given a good update and I've missed so many birthdays. I keep hoping to post belated birthday pic spams, but I'm just going to give a shout out now before it's next year:

Happy Belated Birthdays to my dear friends [personal profile] hanarobi, [ profile] addie71, [ profile] jan_u_wine, [ profile] julchen11, and any of my flisties I missed the last few months!

The US Coast to Coast Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st! So has everyone in the US gotten their eclipse glasses? I got certified American Paper Optics glasses on eBay and they came in the mail this week. Is anyone in the Path of Totality? Is anyone making plans to travel to it? I've seen partial eclipses before and wasn't impressed, but only learned the last few months that you only get the good special effects if you are in the Path of Totality and even 99.999% won't compare. The closest vantage is 8 hours south from where I live and I've been making tentative plans to drive down. But it all depends on the weather, kitty health, and the shape my achy foot is in. Anyone else planning on traveling to see it?

Much to report but I'll suffice with telling you about my friend D's 65th birthday bash last Saturday in the yard of her farmhouse out west of Baltimore. She hired our favorite local band ilyAMY to play a 3 hour set, and they were wonderful as always and enjoyed the Shire-like setting. I've been meaning to see them for years, but only first saw them last November, when I really needed them, for national reasons you can guess, and it really helped. Anyway, there were tons of cake and food, and more wine and beer, and to top off the hobbitiness, she had some grand fireworks, and people sent off burning lanterns into the sky. It was beautiful. Thank goodness we had a deluge for a couple of days that only ended a couple of hours before the party to keep all foliage moist and keep the celebration from burning the whole damned countryside down, because they would have sent them off anyway if it was dry--yoy! The party was in the middle of my Tuxie-medicating time, so I missed the first couple of hours, unfortunately, but I still had a really fun time. I enjoyed helping break things down and cleaning up and got to chat with some of the band and D's friends at the end. Most fun I've had in a long time. It was glorious.

Also glorious were the peach melba bonbon's that just came in the mail from the most generous and talented chef [personal profile] minoanmiss. <3 OMG, they were yummy and it's astonishing how quickly they disappeared! Those sweets made up for a really frustrating week of customer service annoyances, scam artist encounters, foot aches, and such draws on my time and energy, and together with the spring-like weather today in my beautiful town and purring kitties, life is good.

And thank you to everyone who gave me suggestions on getting a new cellphone a while back. I got an iPhone 7 Plus I am happy with. if you'd like to call or text me, please send me a PM or email and I'll give you the number.

Lots more to tell, but time for bed. Goodnight!
Very Happy Belated Birthdays to [ profile] blslarner and [ profile] kittyfosterami!!! I hope it was a great birthday week for both of you.

I'm sorry I've been so absent lately. Things have been feeling hectic and busy--some good things, but a lot of stressful things.

But of the good things was the beautiful weather the last couple of days, and the gorgeous hike I went on today with the fun company of [personal profile] zlabya and a local women's hiking group to the McKeldin area of Patapsco Valley Park, about half way between Baltimore and Westminster.

So let me take you on the trail:

It's lined with little wild flowers, though you can't see them too well in this pic--lots of violets and spring beauties, among others.

And here's the Patapsco River we walked along most of the way:

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Happy Birthday to Bilbo, Frodo, and Bingo!!!

Out of the Box  Preview pic 9-22-12

This is a teaser pic for a Baggins Birthday Mathom picfic for [personal profile] lbilover of Bingo and Sam posted in [community profile] tol_eressea here, titled Out of the Box.

*hugs all round*
lavendertook: (writing)
( Aug. 6th, 2011 02:50 am)
It's [ profile] febobe's birthday, so you know that . . .

Frodo's had a rough time
and he's laid up in bed;
Little does he suspect
Again, little does he suspect . . . )

Tuxie: I can haz my tuxedo cleaned for Ms. Mewsie's birthday?

Saki: I'm on it, kid.

Tuxie: Yay!
The bath continues . . . )
lavendertook: (bounty)
( Apr. 4th, 2010 06:14 pm)
Now that I'm on the mend and it no longer hurts to type, I have many thank yous to make for the lovely, lovely birthday wishes last month. When I used the LJ feature to go back to the day, I couldn't figure how to go to the previous page so I could see the earlier entries on that day (does anyone know how?--if you hit previous page in past date mode, it takes you to the present.) If I missed your greeting, please let me know so I can thank you.
More here )
I'm going to try to catch up with some of the posts I missed being able to comment on in the next week or so.

Happy Hobbity Birthday, [ profile] honeyandvinegar!!!! Here's a pic of the DC cherry blossoms I got last week before they were all open to help you celebrate!!!
For [personal profile] lbilover, who I hope gets a moment to celebrate today. Lots of love and hope coming your way! *hugs*

These hobbits living on Tol Eressea were going to bake you a cake, Ellen, but they got distracted. And yes, of course, there would be t-shirts and jeans on the Lonely Isle. It wouldn't be the Blessed Lands if every fabric was not wrinkle-free, now would it?

This bench is getting a bit warm . . . )
Happy 40th Anniversary of the Moonwalk!

For [personal profile] mews1945 for her birthday this weekend, and a shoutout to my brother, for whom space flight has always been central, and who will tell me whether that is a Gemini or Mercury capsule pictured. (-:

One small link for hobbits . . .


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