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Early Happy Birthday, ninquelosse! - "You didn't hear about the polar bear?"
July 9th, 2007
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Early Happy Birthday, ninquelosse!

I'm going on a  belated start to my vacation, so I thought I better send my wishes now, rather than wait until July 11 - and thank heaven for LJ notification - *L*!  My tiny brain is terrible at remembering things like that.  I apologize; I haven't  been on LJ for a while, so I don't know how your move went, but I really hope it went well.  One good thing:  by moving in in the summer, you should get to know your neighbors right off the bat!

What's up with me?  I was going to go on vacation to Glacier National Park (it's in Montana, up at the Canadian border; beautiful mountain scenery and animals) from last Saturday to this coming Sunday, about nine days in all.  Turns out work was crazy, though, and I'd really like to do well this year; plus, a recent presentation I did was not what my boss wanted at all (miscommunication), so I need to do everything right, and leaving on Saturday would have left some things undone.  So I changed it to Tuesday; that'll still give me 4 full days there, plus a day going and a day coming back (by plane), and all but one day will be during the week, when, hopefully, it'll be less crowded.  

So, between all the work, and some health crises with the cats (yep, it's that time again!), and my final plantings of the late spring, I've been too busy to be on-line.  I know, I know - I'm always saying that!  *sigh*  Can't help it.  Emma's blood work shows liver and kidney problems, although she isn't showing any symptoms, and she's been losing weight, despite thyroid medicine.  So I've been feeding her roast chicken all week, and she's going to stay at the vet's while I'm gone.  Chessie had his first run-in with the nasty cat that lives across the street; at least I assume that's who it was - all I saw was Chessie streaking into the house from the backyard one night, and clumps of fur outside the back porch the next morning.  I was worried he was bitten or broke a leg, because of the way he limped and protected his paw; fortunately it turned out he just pulled a muscle running, but it meant a visit to the emergency room.  

I keep forgetting to post pics of my gardens!  The prairie garden only looks so-so; I didn't realize that most of them don't bloom or get into full growth until their second season.  I went and bought some fully-grown versions that I wa surprised to find at the nurseries and planted them where the former owners had a vegetable garden in the back, and they look great.  It's just a few, to see if it's a good place for them.  I'll move the prairie plants back there this fall, and make the prairie garden near the back porch into the Japanese garden (which is what the former vegetable garden was going to be!).  I think that'll work better. 

Okay - back to cleaning the house before vacation!  See you all after I'm back; I doubt there will be internet connections where I'm staying.

p.s. Just finished "H.M.S. Surprise" (going through the books a third time), and that is SUCH a great book of the series!  So much about the characters, and the first real look at Bonden - *G*.

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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 10th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
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Thanks! *S*
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From:grace_poppy
Date:July 9th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Poor kitties! My Nemo was horribly sick with gastroenteritis right before I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago, but I left him at the vet and he was all better and perky and happy when I got back.

HMS Surprise is my favorite! (so far!) Oh Stephen!!! Angstlove!!!!!
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From:grace_poppy
Date:July 9th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Oh! Randomly, do you know a place I can get screencaps of Bonden?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 10th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
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So glad to hear about little Nemo - *S*.

I know - it's such a great book! You'll recognize at least one scene out of the movie, too - *G*. Where are you at?
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From:grace_poppy
Date:July 10th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
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Oh, I'm finishing the Ionian Mission now. But of the ones that I've read, HMS is my favorite (because of all the Stephen angstlove. Sigh.......)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 13th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
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*G* Good - I was wondering why you were only on book 3! *S*
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From:grace_poppy
Date:July 22nd, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
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OT, but emergency! I need you to come look at silly Bonden icons I made! :D
http://grace-poppy.livejournal.com/106621.html
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From:ninquelosse
Date:July 10th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I don't really have anything special planned, but my SIL is coming up at the weekend and we're going to an antique fair here and maybe we'll get to see (at some point soon) Order of the Phoenix at the IMAX.

I hope your little feline sweeties feel better and stay out of mischief respectively. Ours are adapting well to the new locale, and Cat TV has the Chipmunk Show on once in a while so that's pretty excellent (Squirrel Daily is just that). Edward and Calvin have taken over our bed and the girls stay in the dining room where it's cool (more fur).

Have a lovely vacation!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 13th, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
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There really IS a Cat TV????

I hope to try to catch up on your move when I get back. *S*
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From:spookystoy
Date:July 10th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)
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Aw, hugs for the poor kitties. But have a great time and take lots of photos and remember to share them with us later! :D
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 13th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I will... you poor folks!
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From:lavendertook
Date:July 12th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
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Oooo, I wanna see your garden pics!

Well wishes to Emma and Chessie!

Hope you're having a great time as I type. I saw Glacier Park for about an hour in the wee hours as it became light, from the window of an Amtrak train going from SF to Chicago.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 12th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
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*L*! I have to say it's probably better seeing it from the road going through the park - *G*.

I'll try to post some garden pics, and thanks for the kitty well wishes - *S*.
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From:lavendertook
Date:July 13th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
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Ya think? ;-P

Hope you're having a grand time! (-:
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From:rosamundeb
Date:July 13th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
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Perfect icon (walking hobbit feet)!

I can't believe the luck I've had with photographing animals. In fact, I might cut my trip short... because I've seen everything I wanted to see!
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