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Old 01-31-2007, 04:10 PM   #85
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Breathe again--I've got the Baileys!

"I guess "nature study" would be my main offering since my original profession was Interpretive Naturalist at an Audubon Nature Center. Still love to just see what is happening in the natural world around me and often carry field guides and binoculars as well as the small digital camera when I go for walks.

About a year and a half ago I went back to my childhood passion of horseback riding. My trainer succeeded in getting the horse and me over a jump TOGETHER, a couple of weeks ago. What a thrill to go back to what I was enjoying as a teen and find I can still ride and get better too in my ummm 6th decade." Nancy, this rally gets more and more interesting. I love to journal, and I'd love to illustrate my journals and do some scrapbook style photos in them, but don't feel gifted in that line, you're a trained naturalist, and maybe you could show us how to do illustrated nature journals and we could adapt that to our AS travels???????!!!!!!! I too loved horseback riding when young. Because of that, I made sure that my daughters had horses, for pleasure riding and showing in 4H and district shows. My trailering experience is mostly from hauling them around the state! I can't imagine getting back up to ride again now (also in 6th decade!) so my riding cap's off to you And jumping even--I drove, but never jumped. ~G Yeh, I've never seen the Long Long Trailer and have wanted to get it! Okay, ready. . .
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Old 01-31-2007, 04:19 PM   #86
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I noticed there's plenty of room still around this virtual campfire. Here, let's drag over some more logs for sit-upons. We must have many Silver Sistas on this forum who could join us. Let's see how big a campfire ring we can make this evening. Oh, and is there any more thought about a virtual rally chat night? ~G
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Old 01-31-2007, 04:45 PM   #87
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Loved "The Long Long Trailer" We watched it all together at a rally (Nor Cal at Lake San Antonio) and laughed at all the mistakes we've all made just like Lucy & Desi.

The short version of hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, photography, painting, dogs (3), camping of course, journaling too, lots of international travel.

Now, I brought a nice bottle of wine...anyone want to share?
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Old 01-31-2007, 05:15 PM   #88
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Catching up...

Well, it's been a long day and I'm worn out. Thought I'd sit my bottom down around the campfire and catch up with everyone. Any more of that Baileys left for my cup?

Can't believe all the things I'm finding in common with the rest of you. I've been a part-time student for the last 25 years or so while I worked fulltime, raised daughter #1 as a single mom, then re-married, still working, still a student, then two more girls, now home-mom, and still a part-time student. Working on a Liberal Arts degree with natural science concentration (botany), and as if that's not enough, also working on a certificate in Natural Science Illustration. If all goes well, I'll wrap it all up in 2008. Last fall I took a really cool course in Nature Journaling for my certificate program (teacher was awesome -- she made her own journal books!), and I'm getting ready to travel to Florida for 5 days on my own (woo-hoo, momma's 1st annual winter escape!!), doin' nothin' but sitting on the beach, visiting the local gardens and nature preserves, drawing and doodling. I don't like my writing, so I just sketch and paint, plants and landscapes, that kind of stuff. Here's my favorite sketchbook artist. I want to make travel journals this good someday.

I also collect junk, usually from the local transfer station swap shed. I've got some real prizes there -- vintage furnishings for my future art studio, dozens of antique canning jars, baskets, old kitchen utensils, cups, and saucers, gardening supplies, and camping stuff. Really great stuff -- and for free! Reduce, reuse, recycle!!

You ladies that are photographers are doing something I just never got the hang of. I'm in awe of Carol's talent with the camera! What an eye she has!

I'm also a gardener. And that doesn't mean I'm good at it, I just do it. Most of what I can get to grow gets eaten by deer. But I keep at it. And with a botany background, I can usually give you the name of the plant I just killed, in latin, family name, genus, and species.

And, yes, I can't wait to try flyfishing someday. Who's gonna teach us? So many of us who want to go fishing... That's definitely a rally down the road.

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Old 01-31-2007, 07:11 PM   #89
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Wow ladies we all have a lot in common, a willingness to try new things and grow!!

Jamie I hear ya about the deer, its an ongoing battle here, I finally got lucky last year protecting hostas with cayenne pepper and garlic, but then the yard smells a little different. Course after it rains, sigh, there I am sprinkling the plants again...we'll see if it works this year, seems like they get used to my repellants...I love gardening perennial plants/flowers.

I'm taking a beginners fly fishing class in May, so I hope to be able to fly fish around others without being a health and safety hazardI think the only thing I'd be able to teach would be watch out for Steph she's casting again arrrgggghhhhh....

I share with my campfire sisters a love of nature, walking, hiking, biking, kayaking (not white water, just slow and easy recreational). I love to cook, and am presently trying bread baking--4 loaves so far and nobody's been hospitalized

I love to appreciate music, photos, fabric art, and all the great things you all create. I'm taking a beginning basic weaving course in March, just to see how patient the instructor can be with a slow learner...
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Steph, for years I wove on an old Sears Roebuck rug loom, vintage 1940's. I loved it: pine, mellow glow to the wood, tray over the heddles to hold the fun accessories for weaving, I made rugs, toweling, place mats, and so on and gave away everything I made. I finally realized that pine is a soft wood that just does not stand up to hard use. The warp tension became impossible to set because of wear on the wooden and iron parts, so sadly, I finally let a neighbor with a wood-crafty husband who could work to replace some parts carry it away. One of my goals in retirement is to get a new maple or other hardwood Leclerc or Swedish loom, sign up for a refresher course in warping and design, and weave again. Keep us posted on your March class and your progress in a delightful fiber art! You inspire me: hmm-I may sign up for a class this winter or early spring even if I don't have a home loom now. ~G
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Old 01-31-2007, 07:58 PM   #91
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Well, ladies, it's been a long day down here in Tennessee. The weatherman is forcasting 1-3 inches of snow for tonight. We haven't had snow in at least 6 years. At least, not any we could play in! Sometimes I envy all of you up north, then a lot of the time I don't!

Like a lot of you, I like just about anything outdoors. Hiking, fishing, canoeing, boating, and, of course, camping. Last summer I worked at wake boarding. The kids were doing it, don't see why I was having so much trouble! I would like to learn to kayak. That looks like a lot of fun. I also like to garden and can even put up the veggies.
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...working on a Liberal Arts degree with natural science concentration (botany), and as if that's not enough, also working on a certificate in Natural Science Illustration...
Hi Jamie -

Recently, my sister just became the director of UCSB's Sedgwick Reserve, if you're ever out this way, you should check it out - it's an amazing place for research scientists, gardeners, artists and the lover of nature. I bet I could even set up a private tour!

It is amazing how many interests we all share in addition to the silver beauties. Gardening, junking, art, photography...

By far, my favorite thing to do is to comb flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, and yes, even a dumpster or two now and then, to add strange, funny and unique things to my growing collections of previously-loved furniture, metal, glass, and well, stuff.

I also gleaned a love of art from my art professor father who taught printmaking at UCSB for almost 40 years. I love to sketch and water color and have even been pondering an idea to create airstream "portraits" for my friends (maybe I'll give my idea a whirl at the WC Women's Rally.)

I'd love to learn to fly-fish too. Sign me up for a lesson or two!
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:22 PM   #93
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Recently, my sister just became the director of UCSB's Sedgwick Reserve, if you're ever out this way, you should check it out - it's an amazing place for research scientists, gardeners, artists and the lover of nature. I bet I could even set up a private tour!
Wow!!!!! That place looks like heaven on earth! So much natural beauty in California, and throughout the country that I just have to get to someday. Can't wait to get my degree done, and get out there exploring and painting!

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Anybody got any chocolate left? Hot cocoa?
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:25 PM   #94
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Sometimes I envy all of you up north, then a lot of the time I don't!
The last few years we got tons of snow. This year we haven't even got a full inch, just a little dusting. New England winters are totally unpredictable. Well, except for the cold. You can count on at least a few days of freezing temps.

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Old 01-31-2007, 08:36 PM   #95
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I love Long Long Trailer. I think of it when I hear my AS doorbell. Sharon this is good and buttery. I brought my popcorn salt too if anyone wants a sprinkle.

We share so many like interests here. We should really do this more often.

Shhhhhhh I love this part. Stacy is so funny, poor Nicky. Ha ha ha
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:38 PM   #96
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Well, I've got my Cab here, and I just got back from the RV place to buy furnace ducting and the thrift store for more 60s kitchen gadgets. I wonder where I'll put all the stuff I'm buying... but there's always the possibility of another one!!

I absolutely LOVE thrifting, and if we had a good flea, then that too. I have been accused of having a 'champagne taste on a beer budget' so I comb through the crap and make it cool again.

For Christmas I made my kids a retro stove- it's pretty cool, I even like to play! The airstream has got me going retro, when a year ago I thought that stuff was ugly- go figure!!
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Hope you ladies don't mind my bringing my medical charts to the campfire. I am so far behind that I can't stop writing. It's sleeting out, it's icy out and I want this virtual rally to be real and the weather to be just a little brisk and the campfire to be warm. Oh Spring, where are you.
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Hey, Carol, can you show us how you touch your tongue to your nose?

Steph, someone told me to put Irish Spring soap out in the garden to repel the deer. It didn't work. Smells fresh and clean out there, though, like the garden just got out of the shower. I'll have to try the cayenne & garlic.

I'm goin' for another drink.

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