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sorry. computer went slow, I got impatient and it multiple posted.

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sorry. computer went slow, I got impatient and it multiple posted.
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Can you believe it's already November?! The year has "flown by" sp quickly.
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Can you believe it's already November?! The year has "flown by" so quickly.

Time speeds up as you get older - or so I'm told . . . .
We'll be wishing each other a Happy New Year in no time :-)
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Happy New Year, Nu-Knees!!

(Just wanted to make sure I got there first.)
:)
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Can you believe it's already November?! The year has "flown by" so quickly.

Time speeds up as you get older - or so I'm told . . . .
We'll be wishing each other a Happy New Year in no time :-)


and after (or before we've wished everyone a Happy New Year, we will be setting reading goals)
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Can you believe it's already November?!

Yes, by the weather outside I can:-)We just had the time set back one hour.
Winter is not my favorite time of the year.
But we'll make the best of it and try to see something good every day.
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Can you believe it's already November?!

I can't believe it!
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(Sounds a bit like a song lyric to me!) They are controlled releases but I'm still really pleased that the books are travelling in China. The teacher that I work with at the school where I volunteer has gone out for a week to a Beijing school and he took the books with him. Here is a link to one of them.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14671717/


I'm really grateful to the teacher for journaling the books and hoping the children at the Beijing school will enjoy them.
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(Sounds a bit like a song lyric to me!) They are controlled releases but I'm still really pleased that the books are travelling in China. The teacher that I work with at the school where I volunteer has gone out for a week to a Beijing school and he took the books with him. Here is a link to one of them.
https://www.bookcrossing.com/---/14671717/


I'm really grateful to the teacher for journaling the books and hoping the children at the Beijing school will enjoy them.


3 books in Beijing - that sounds cool.
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Too bad I don't sew much anymore; free thread would come in handy!

Exciting times hereabouts, with a major wind/rain storm knocking down trees and power lines; I lost power for about 12 hours, not too bad (it was mostly overnight) but irksome, especially as my book-light's batteries were failing so I couldn't even read in bed.

During the first day of rain, before the power outage, I enjoyed the ambiance by making some very savory dishes, including wine-braised oxtail (yum!) and a new recipe for me, tomato pie. I read about it in a cozy mystery set in South Carolina, and looked up a recipe online. It's very simple: pie shell, ripe tomatoes drained of excess juice, sauteed onions, basil, and a topping of shredded cheese, Parmesan, and mayonnaise. Yep, mayo! Baked it as per instructions and it came out beautifully, sweet and rich at the same time - a new favorite dish.

Tonight I'm having some leftover oxtail, with toast to soak up some of the luscious fat and broth.
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I didn't catch on at first about the free thread dohh!! Anyway sounds as if you're keeping busy with your cooking which all also sounds quite delicious. I made a cheese and onion flan/quiche yday and used up the remainder of the pastry to make a large strawberry jam tart. Have frozen the second half of the quiche but we might just make room for the 2nd half of the tart tonight, with custard of course. We need these winter warmers in the UK now it's getting colder and darker, It's a good excuse anyway.
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And currently in possession of 8 books.
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And currently in possession of 8 books.


8! how will you cope? or is this motivation to get the floor finished quicker?
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but sorely lacking motivation :-P
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What sort of project?
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What sort of project?


Finishing up a fieldwork project, report still missing the ceramics chapter, need to sort out the database (it has some oddities) and re-box the finds for the depot
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Hrumpf! Oddities belong in the field, not in the database. You tell 'em I said so.
Now go to it!
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Hrumpf! Oddities belong in the field, not in the database. You tell 'em I said so.
Now go to it!

Yes but sometimes the oddities lead to unexpected discoveries. Examine them carefully before you discard them.
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Yes but sometimes the oddities lead to unexpected discoveries. Examine them carefully before you discard them.


Sadly the oddities are of the 'wrong database script' kind, not of the artefact kind, odd artefacts are loved and cherished ;-)
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I avoided the cold temperatures outside and stayed inside all day. But I invited three friends over for cake, coffee and knitting and it was great fun. (I even taught one of them how to knit.)
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But I invited three friends over for cake, coffee and knitting and it was great fun. (I even taught one of them how to knit.)

Very cozy lol
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and knitting + reading and/or listening to audiobooks!! I'm working on knitting a super bulky lace shawl right now and have six other knitting projects in progress.... Aw, the life of a knitter!
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and knitting + reading and/or listening to audiobooks!! I'm working on knitting a super bulky lace shawl right now and have six other knitting projects in progress.... Aw, the life of a knitter!


Wish I knew how to knit.....but that would probably another of many projects I have started and can't "find" time to do.

With the cold creeping in and the "winter" season I'm ready to hibernate!
A nice cozy "cave" with a fireplace, enough warm blankets, plenty of tea and, of course, books. I'll be all nice and set until the springtime. :)
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Wish I knew how to knit.....but that would probably another of many projects I have started and can't "find" time to do.

In the past I have knitted three jumpers, but two of those were children's, so less to knit. The only reason I ever finished them was they were multi-coloured jumpers. Seeing the patterns appear helped keep my interest. I doubt any jumper would have been completed if it were only one colour. I would have glazed over with being bored very quickly. It's easy, even for a beginner such as I was, to knit in multi-colours. I was taught basic plain knitting by my mother. That's all. I taught myself very quickly how to begin a new colour and weave it in. Like, with the first jumper I knitted. No-one showed me that, but easy to work out. In fact, only the first jumper had a commercial pattern for where to put the colours. The next two I designed myself; one jumper I changed the colours as I went, when I thought that would look nice to do so, and the other with a rocket, train, etc in the design, I worked out on graph paper that I had copied a basic jumper design onto. You just need someone to get you going, then you are off; your imagination being your own. If like me, you then find yourself becoming bored, try multi coloured knitting. That's why I mentioned this, as many people want to take up knitting, but then never complete the project. Someone has taught them knitting and got them going on one colour, plain knitting, because they are beginners and 'multi-coloured knitting is not for beginners'. I have heard that said. Wrong! Multi-coloured knitting is absolutely for beginners. That first jumper I attempted to knit turned out well and twenty years later I am still wearing it.
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Sadly, even using multicolors didn't do it for me. The first thing I knitted was a pair of mittens for myself. One color, but they had a cable running down the back, and mittens go fast, so that wasn't too bad. So then I tackled a sweater (jumper) in several colors. I liked the pattern, and would have liked the result, as it was coming along fine. But it just didn't hold my interest enough to finish it.

Knitting just isn't for me. Oddly enough, I do a fair amount of cross-stitching though. Go figure.
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Thank you for sharing your knitting story!!
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Wish I knew how to knit.....but that would probably another of many projects I have started and can't "find" time to do.


Knitting is addicting!! I started learning to knit roughly 3.5 years ago and it is addicting!! My top two hobbies are reading and knitting!! My yarn stash now rivals by overflowing stacks of books around the house.

If you ever want to learn to knit there are hundreds (if not thousands) of videos on YouTube where you can learn to knit. There are even tutorials on how to make specific patterns too. I like Marly Bird's videos on how to knit on YouTube.

With the cold creeping in and the "winter" season I'm ready to hibernate!
A nice cozy "cave" with a fireplace, enough warm blankets, plenty of tea and, of course, books. I'll be all nice and set until the springtime. :)


Yes, I am ready to hibernate in front of a fireplace with a pot of hot tea, cocoa, or coffee and snacks along with blankets, and an audiobook and my latest knitting project!

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