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Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Jul 21, 2018 3:55 pm
by ceppault
Rough times, Sonny. When you are around, hope to hear how you and yours are coming along after your brother's passing.

Glad to see other residents of Ditto Town feel nostalgic about the old days when 10 or more pages of posts would pass in a day.

*Gorse One-Eye looks thoughtful as he considers the quiet of Ditto Town Square. "People come. People go," he says to ceppault. Ceppault replies, "Indeed, my old friend. That's Ditto Town."*

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Sep 15, 2018 8:26 am
by johobbit
*pops in briefly*

How're y'all doing?!

Sonny, continuing to think of you in this grief.

I'm sure glad summer is pretty much over and my favourite season is about to begin. Some summers I wonder how I am going to make it through. But I always do, so there's that. :P

*waves cheerily to all the denizens of the good ol' Town Square* :-h And just for fun, and because I can never find a good spot to put this emoticon ...


Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Oct 10, 2018 8:18 am
by ceppault
*pops in briefly for a cup of tea with Gorse*

Watching Hurricane Michael make landfall as a category 4.

It is feeling like Fall here. Been too warmish for my tastes. The leaves are changing color.

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Oct 10, 2018 2:30 pm
by stargazer
Hey ceppault!

I've been watching the hurricane coverage as well.

It's rained here pretty much all month, leading to saturated ground and localized flooding. And now there's snow to the northwest of here, and we may get the season's first flakes tonight. This cold, wet weather isn't doing well for the fall colors, but I hope to still get a chance to take a trip out of town next week if it dries out and warms up a little.

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Oct 14, 2018 6:52 pm
by Ryadian
ceppault, are you safe from Hurricane Michael right now? Admittedly, I don't know a lot about hurricanes since I live so far away from any coasts, but I thought hurricane season was over. This one seemed to come out of nowhere.

I took a weekend trip with an 1 1/2 hour drive to get home today. I got to watch the world basically go from perfect fall colors to a world that looked like it had been dusted with powdered sugar. And then, of course, after I got to drive in it, the snow almost immediately melted. ;)) I have a feeling we're going to have a very short fall.

But, I had a fun weekend with local NarniaWebbers and I got to enjoy one last beautiful fall weekend, so I'm satisfied. :) I heartily ditto Jo - autumn is simply the best time of the year. Oddly enough, I've found that I've been getting very nostalgic memories of coming home from school - as in, elementary through high school. I never thought that I'd think back to those days so wistfully! Autumn does strange things to me. Strange, wonderful things. *Sighs contentedly*

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Dec 01, 2018 11:16 am
by narnianerd
Merry December y'all, sure is quiet around these parts. Just popping in to say hello and share a few updates. I'm in South Korea these days, gonna be here until around July or so. If y'all ever get the chance to visit this country, I recommend it. It's absolutely beautiful. I've got so many pictures of the scenery alone. Maybe I'll share them here sometime.

Any who, I start taekwondo classes on Monday. The instructor says it takes about eight or nine months to earn your black belt, so hopefully I'll be heading back to the states with a new skill and a cool belt.

It snowed thanksgiving weekend, with was super cool. I built a pretty neat snowman, which then immediately melted. =))

How is everyone these days? I can't wait for these Netflix projects to really pick up some steam and get this place bumping again. Its recently been brought to my attention that this march will mark eleven years for me spent on NWeb, that's pretty much the most constant thing in my life other than my family, tbh. Crazy how time flies. Hope all is will with everyone and if we don't talk before the holidays then Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, New Years, and a good Festivus to all.

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Dec 03, 2018 4:23 pm
by Ryadian
Merry December to you too, nerd! :) Glad to hear you're doing well - hopefully better than your snowman. :P I was curious so I looked up some pictures of South Korea, and wow, you weren't kidding. It looks gorgeous out there. I'll have to add that to my list of places to think about visiting if I ever leave the States. :)

Good luck with your black belt! I took martial arts classes when I was very young, but my parents stopped paying for them when I stopped practicing. ;)) I've considered taking up tai chi again, but that's one of the many things I've thought of doing but never got around to.

I reached the point last year where I'd been on NarniaWeb longer than I was alive before I joined. That... was a strange experience. ;)) I still vaguely remember a time in my life before then, but I think at this point, I've been on longer than I was in school. Which is appropriate, because I feel like I learned almost as much on NarniaWeb as I ever did in school. ;)

I'm currently househunting, which would be an exciting prospect if I could find anything I liked. ;)) I'm a first time homebuyer, so I'm learning as I go the kinds of things I'm looking for. Being on a pretty tight budget makes things extra fun. But, my realtor was the youth pastor at my old church and is a close family friend, so having someone I trust show me houses is a huge relief.

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Dec 05, 2018 1:27 am
by Lady Arwen
* wanders in while procrastinating *

Sonny, how are you and your family doing? I hope you are have a good measure of joy this Christmastide. :ymhug:

Nerd, that is so cool about South Korea! It is quite a lovely place, but most of my time has been either in the heart of the capitol or down by Busan. We should compare notes some time.

Rya, good luck house hunting! Keep us updated, if you don't mind. :D

Life has been...busy, to say the least. I ended up never getting any herbs in this year ( :(( ), however my dad planted fifteen (no, I am not exaggerating) tomato plants and nothing else, so no one was lacking in tomatoes, at least. I was probably going out to pick between 5-8 pounds a week just to give away, and my parents were doing the same. It was rather ridiculous. He has promised to plant fewer tomatoes next year, but he is already playing around with a trellissing idea, which I actually think will be fairly promising. A local restaurant did similar a few years ago, and theirs seems to hold up quite well.

Otherwise, it has been mainly work, work, and more work. The smoke from the awful fires has cleared, which is very nice (if you're wondering, this is a comparative of what it looked like over the nearby port), however, mud after fires is also quite dangerous, as it ends up creating mammoth mudslides, among other things. But, at least you can go outside without a mask, and the fires are out.

Despite the fact that I don't get a break this year (yay, me), I'm quite looking forward to winter break. It's been one of those months where everyone knows what they need to do but they're all being cantankerous donkeys about every little detail, so nothing gets done. I'm hoping most of them being off for a week or two or three will help reset some of that. I'm just glad I get to avoid attending an end-of-year wedding. :P

Does anyone have any particularly fun or special plans for the various holidays? Beyond making unhealthy foods (yay, doughnuts!), I've not given it much thought yet.

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Jan 02, 2019 12:58 pm
by Minna
Hiiiiii...... myself Minna I’m an Indian. I joined in this website to improve my fluency in English. Please help me when I would do mistakes in my post. Once again hello to all my frnds in the thread. thank you.

I’m intrested to be a pharmacist. I would like to hear Music in my spare times. I like to cook, but I haven’t cooked yet .I probably love Jesus than anything in this world. I’m very big fan of my mom. I would read horrible stories in my spare times too. My Big dream is to go to USA once in my life time.
I’m the boarding student in my college life (11&12grades) .One of the happiest moment is when I come home from my boarding college.

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Jan 02, 2019 2:10 pm
by johobbit
A hearty welcome to you, Minna. :) It's really good to have you here.

That's cool you would like to be a pharmacist! We have had a bit to do with pharmacists (here in Canada) over the decades and we have always found them very helpful, knowledge, and informative. All the best to you in this venture!

Music is wonderful, isn't it?! One of my top loves. Do you play an instrument?

I hope you can get to the USA at some point. (And just for the record, Canada's quite nice too. ;) ;)))

There are other followers of Jesus here on NarniaWeb too. You are certainly not alone in that. :)

Btw, your English is quite good. Keep practicing and you will feel even more comfortable with it. It takes a lot of courage to join a forum to post in what is not your native tongue. Way to go!

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Jan 05, 2019 12:52 pm
by Ryadian
Welcome to NarniaWeb, Minna! :) It's great to meet you. Good luck in becoming a pharmacist! I get bad headaches and am on a few medications, so I know how important pharmacists are for our world. :)

I can imagine how happy you must've been coming home from boarding college! I've never been away from home for more than a few weeks, and even then it was so good to be home again! How many more years of school do you have?

Speaking of home, Lady A asked for an update on my house search, and... I'm actually in the process of buying one! :) I still have to get an internet provider, but other than that, pretty much I just have to get everything packed and wait for the closing date to come. It's still not quite real, but at the same time I'm looking forward to it. It's going to make my commute shorter but at the same time it's not very far away from my friends and family. It's a small little townhouse, but since I don't have a roommate, it's the perfect size for me.

Oh wow, Lady A, um... was canning all those extra tomatoes a viable option?? ;)) I suppose if you're going to have too much of something, tomatoes are better than, say, cantaloupe. At least tomatoes are versatile.

Yikes, sorry to hear you didn't get a break. :( I didn't get much of one, either, what with having basically no vacation time by the end of the year (yay headaches for swallowing up all my paid time off). But hopefully things at least slowed down for you a bit. My job slowed down considerably - to the point where trying to scrounge up enough work to last 8 hours was a bit of a nightmare. ;))

We didn't do a whole lot special for the holidays this year aside from the typical Christmas/New Years festivities. Admittedly, it's kind of nice to be able to relax a bit and not have to worry about details. It helps that the only kids in the family are 6 and 2 and really only care about presents, so they're rather easy to please. :P (One of my favorite memories from this Christmas was my 2-year-old niece, who hasn't really cared about presents in previous years, opening a book this year, seeing it had a dinosaur on it, and immediately shouting, "I LOVE IT!" I think she was imitating her mom, but it was adorable nonetheless.)

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Feb 18, 2019 11:03 pm
by Lady Arwen
Hi Minna, and welcome to the forum! I hope you find a nice spot here on the forum with us. :)

I'm glad the house hunt is going well, Rya.

As far as the tomatoes go, we actually did a chunk of canning, and freezing, and sauces, and salsas, and...yeah. What was the pilgrims' poem about pumpkin? "Pumpkin at morning, pumpkin at noon, if it were not for pumpkin, we should be undoon." That was us, except with tomato. ;))

I did end up taking a little time off for the holidays, and was able to see one of my friends and her family, which I greatly enjoyed. It was over all too quickly, though, and then everything was back to normal. We're actually understaffed right now, so I'm hoping we can bring a few more people on. We've had a couple leads (thank G-d), but nothing concrete, yet.

Rya, that story about your niece is super cute. Little people are so entertaining!

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Mar 04, 2019 11:09 pm
by Ryadian
Well, here's hoping for a more diverse crop this year than just tomatoes. ;)) And I know how that is about time off. It feels like you've only just settled in to relax and spend time with family before you realize you have to go home (or they do)! I just got back from a short vacation - going back to work "tomorrow" (really later today, by the time I actually write this post) - and the amount of time I spend at work vs. the amount of time I spend with family and friends is beginning to feel truly depressing. :-s

Since the last time I posted, I bought the house! Actually, I spent the majority of today finally taking the time to do all kinds of things I should've done ages ago, like finish updating my address, paying my first mortgage payment, etc. So I guess I'm a real homeowner now. ;)) It's a small townhouse, which suits me just fine - that made it more affordable and it's about as much as I could ever dream of cleaning. (As it is, I'm falling behind in that regard!)

By the way, my niece and nephew are still adorable and I still have stories if you care to hear them. :P My niece just turned 3 and at her birthday party, she still doesn't seem to fully understand how these presents work, because when she was told who the presents were from, she seemed to think that's who the presents were for, and would bring it over to them for them to unwrap! ;))

My nephew also seemed to forget that his sister's birthday is for her, not for him, so I ended up taking him into the basement so he could make some LEGO creations. My brother showed him a picture of a complicated design he'd made in a computer program, and my nephew, after seeing it once, actually started to figure out how to build it (or at least try, since he didn't have the right pieces), even saying "We need to make a hexagon" (yes, he used the word without prompting) and the like! He's 6! [/proud Auntie] :P

Thankfully, now with the house bought and my big (but short) trip out of the way, life will settle down a bit. ...Okay, that's a joke, it never does, but maybe I'lll at least learn how to manage it better. ;)) I'm trying to get back into writing regularly. The realization that I'll probably never have the hours and hours I used to have to just write for the sheer pleasure of it that I did when I was young has hit me hard recently, so I've decided to counter it with at least making better use of the occasional hour here and there I have to write.

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Mar 07, 2019 9:29 am
by stargazer
I can certainly agree that Rya's niece and nephew are both cute and intelligent. While we're on the subject, I have a story there too.

When they come to visit, the 3-year-old likes a little children's book called Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?, which teaches kids colors and animals.

At some point she started adding the sounds the animals make. When she gets to the sheep, she says "Baa ram ewe" (from the movie Babe). I take credit for that. ;))

Meanwhile, we're bracing for yet another winter storm. At this rate, spring might come by May. ;)

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: Apr 16, 2019 10:26 am
by johobbit
Kids are so cute! ;))

NarniaWeb was having issues last night and this morning :P so it's nice it's up again. Huge thanks to our 'benevolent dictator', Tirian, for his diligent work in keeping the forum running (and fixing it when it's not!). :ymhug:

Happy Spring, everyone, although the temp is hovering around freezing here, with flurries yesterday and rain today (with some ice pellets mixed in), so feeling-like-spring has yet to arrive. ;))

One of our sons is getting married on May 4, and it would be nice for all the travelers if it didn't snow. :P Early May here is usually coolish, and I, for one, am so glad they did not choose July to have their wedding celebration!

Re: The Town Square II

PostPosted: May 16, 2019 9:53 am
by Ryadian
A belated congratulations on the wedding, jo!! :) I've seen you discussing it elsewhere and it sounds like it was lovely. I hope your son and his new bride are having a lovely time together! Are they still on their honeymoon?

Spring has definitely sprung around here, and I for one am loving it. For whatever reason, green grass typically means new creativity for me, and this year is no exception. I was struggling with having too many ideas at once, but I finally settled on one story in particular, one I actually haven't touched in the better part of... wow, four years, really?? Time flies. @-) For an idea of how long I've been working on this one: the story spans four years, the character being 15 at the beginning and 19 by the end. When I first started, I was older than the character at the beginning of the story, but younger than she would be at the end. Yeah... it's been a while. :P

Things are starting to pick up at work, which is kind of a mixed blessing. It's nice to have a regular flow of work again (as opposed to some of the winter months when there were days I'd have very little to do), but the way we've been getting shuffled around has been a bit more chaotic than previous years. Definitely keeping me on my toes. :P