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Originally posted by [ profile] dancing_kiralee at Well, I'm not very good at this, but I"m trying...
I don't usually do this sort of thing, but I've ended up taking part in the Vally Friendship Tour, an annual fundraising event for Alternatives Unlimited (here).They're an organization in Central Massachusetts that builds community supports so people with disabilities can lead fuller lives, or, to quote from their suggested fundraising script "with your help, more than 1,200 people with disabilities across Central Massachusetts can begin each day with a personalized plan to improve their lives."

I first heard about them when I took part in the 2000 Tour with Michael Franz Yoder, Franz Joder von Joderhübel in the SCA. They had a water route that year, for canoeists, which intrigued us; sadly that was the last year they did it, but we had a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I'm transportationally challenged, so I never had the chance to go back; then, in 2009, Franz died, and it became a treasured memory…

Then, this year, my parents happened to be visiting at the same time as the event, and offered to solve my transportation woes… and I though, well, I can't do this with Franz, but I can do it in his memory.

I'm not very good at this; like most people who take part in these things I feel awkward and embarrassed asking for support, so I just cover the 'expected donation' myself. Which is fine… but I also know that I'm not the only one who remembers Franz… or even the only one who willing to support Alternatives; if I say nothing, those people would never have the option to do so.

So, if you would like to, you can support me here, or my team, Remembering Franz, here. Any help you choose to give is greatly appreciated.



Nov. 7th, 2007 12:22 pm
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I'm amazed -- our game for Intercon H is almost full already.  We only have 4 spots left!  So, if you want to play in Purging Purgatory and haven't signed up yet, you should.
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So, it's holiday time.  Saturday is Yom Kippur.  I often see people making posts that go something like "if I offended you sometime this year, I'm sorry.   Please forgive me."  I don't want to do that exactly...

If I've offended or hurt you or yours in the past year, please talk to me about it, especially if I seem oblivious, so that I can try to make amends, even if the only thing I can do is say, gee, I'm sorry.  I'd like to know what it is so that I can try to improve and not do it again. 

Of course, if you are not comfortable bringing it up to me, I guess all I can do is say I'm sorry now and let that be it.

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Pay it forward-- the meme
Pay It Forward: I will send a handmade (or at least I'll do everything I can to make it handmade) gift to the first 5 people who leave a comment here on my blog. I don't yet know what that gift will be, but you will receive it within 365 days. The only thing you have to do in return is "pay it forward" by making a similar agreement on your blog (and please do!)

Please send your address to besslibby at comcast dot net so that I know where to send your gift.
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For those who are interested -- we have heard from Caera and she has arrived safely and happily in Santa Cruz.

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Happy Birthday [Bad username or unknown identity: cristovau!!!!  I love you! ]
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY [ profile] hfcougar!!!!!!!!!
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So, I've found someone to help with the dance class. Thanks. Anyone else who wants to show up and help is appreciated though!
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I broke my toe today. Unless I cancel the class, I think I'm going to need some help teaching a children's dance class at Harper's Retreat -- basically I need someone to demonstrate the steps and help move the kids through the dances. sigh. Thanks.
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Does anyone have the contact info for the DJ who does the dance at Intercon?
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Tonight we went out for dinner. We put Nonny in the highchair (typical wooden kind you find at many restaurants)and about 2 seconds later the entire thing collapsed. The piece of wood which is the seat split in half, the join to the back came apart, one arm flew 5 feet across the room, and Nonny ended up folded at the middle between the two halves of the frame. Yes, she's fine. She's been running around babbling happily for a while now, and ate her dinner, and even sat in a new high chair after we calmed her down. But please everyone -- test those things before putting your little ones in them!!!
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So, does anyone out there know if there's a program available that will allow me to use my palm as a row counter for knitting? Hopefully one capable of keeping track of multiple repeats of different patterns in the same garment?
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We here at 44 Abbott Lane in Chelmsford are still planning to hold a bardic circle party on Friday, January 6th. In addition to the regular activities there will be a "name our house" contest, because really "we here at 44 Abbott Lane in Chelmsford" is a mouthful.

It'll start at 7PM with pot luck food and drink. Bring a story, song, interpretive dance, puppet show or a request for the other performers. Just about anything will do. We have cats and children, so prepare accordingly. Transport from commuter rail available upon arrangement.

Directions may be found here;

Feel free to post any questions or answers. If you can't make it, we'll take naming suggestions in any reply.
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I just finished a feather and fan scarf -- do I need to do anything special to block it? Or should I merely wash it and push it into the shape I want it to be to dry?

Ira's Nose

Nov. 28th, 2005 09:28 pm
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Tonight, while dropping Ira off, his dad told me that the little guy had been pretty fragile, crying a lot and complaining that his nose hurt and that there was something in it. Something pink. His dad asked how it got there, and Ira said it "grew little legs and crawled up and got stuck." Dad assumed at that point that it was just stuffed and Ira was making up a story to go along with it, but also told me about it just in case he was wrong and there really was something up there. Fast forward an hour or so... Ira suddenly hands me a little pink bead-like thing (I'm not really sure what it is) and told me it came out of his nose. No, it didn't have legs. When asked why it was in there, he said "I put it in to see what would happen.... I'm NEVER going to do that again... it hurts!" We talked about it a little more, especially about not putting anything in any other parts, but I think he learned his lesson.

In other news, the kids had a bath together tonight for the first time. Much cuteness. Nonny really is a chubby little thing. This was her first bath not in the baby tub. She loved it. She's a very enthusiastic splasher, and everyone was wet by the end.
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Name 10 things in no particular order that make you happy and tag five others.

1. Chris
2. Nonny and Ira
3. little fuzzy animals
4. cooking a big meal for my friends
5. watching thunderstorms
6. dancing
7. teaching
8. reading with Ira
9. really good chocolate
10. yoga

tag mattblum, roaming, jpicon, redheadedmuse, goldsquare
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I've been asked to spread the word to those who might be interested --

Asher Carey Woods was born at 10:55 this morning.

8 pounds, 21 inches.

Everyone is doing well.

Feel free to ask if you want more info.
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There's an evil nasty icky thing going around the house. On the way home from Harper's Retreat, Ira came down with a fever, and by the time we got home, all he really wanted to do was sleep. He was feeling better by Tuesday, and I started resisting coming down with it. I had almost fought it off, when Chris became feverish on Friday. Of course, he was a guy, and did yard work and stuff like that anyway, and ended up in bed under 5 blankets Friday evening and all day Saturday, into this morning. This morning I woke up coughing a lot with a sore throat, and I've been feeling ickier and ickier all day. Sigh. I really don't want to be sick. I really want to go to yoga tomorrow morning. I'm going to go to bed soon and hopefully that will help.

We went to Harpers last weekend. It was fun, though I didn't make it to either of the big bardic circles, and was only able to see part of the competitions. The kids needed to go to bed, and since that's so much more Chris' thing than mine, I let him go while I stayed at the cabin with the sleeping babes. I figure that someday we'll be at an event where there's an evening ball, and he can return the favor. Ira had a great time climbing on the big rock. I'm sure that all of you who have been there know the one I mean -- It was covered in children every time I saw it all weekend. He was somewhat disappointed though that all the children's activities seemed to be aimed at older children.

Lots more to say, but I'm very tired and as I said before, I'm feeling pretty icky, so I think I'm going to go now and write more another time.
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