Forum Activity for @strumelia

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/21/18 01:32:32PM
1,915 posts

Tinwhistle / penny whistles


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Here is my collection of lower key Susato 'Kildare' polymer penny whistles.  I have them in C, Bb, A, and G.  The A and the G each have one key on the lowest hole to make it easier for those of us with smaller hands to reach that bottom hole.  I'm really enjoying the mellow sound of these lower whistles.  :)

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Strumelia
@strumelia
01/17/18 07:25:41PM
1,915 posts

Oberflacht Lyre Finished


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

Very nice Ken!  I really like the pic of you proudly holding it.  :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/13/18 05:57:59PM
1,915 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Rice with pigeon peas (gandules) is very different from rice and beans though.  When making rice and beans, you keep the rice separate from the beans with sauce until you serve the beans next to the rice.  I too grew my own gandules bushes for many years.  That blogger's arroz con gandules recipe with pernil sounds pretty authentic.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/13/18 03:39:20PM
1,915 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

I'm back to making rice and beans Puerto Rican style again.  grin

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/13/18 02:36:57PM
1,915 posts

Help with a twang/buzz?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Hi Dave, you posted this thread in the For Sale forum, so I moved it here instead.

I hope someone will help you with your buzz issue!

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/13/18 10:20:19AM
1,915 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Ken Hulme:

what I do is poke a hole into the seed pocket, using a chop stick.   That way the squash won't explode in the next step.   Now microwave the whole squash for 3-4 minutes.  At this point it's easy to slice and peel.  I slice into rings, the use a knife to peel the edges.

Hey Ken, I used your microwave method for peeling/preparing the whole butternut squash... and it worked great- made it easy to peel and cut up the squash.  I poked deep holes in the squash here and there with a knife instead of a chopstick.  Thanks for the tip- now I'll make butternut squash soup that way from now on!

Tomorrow a high of 17F and a low of minus -4F.  Brian just came in from getting the ice crusts off the cars and driveway.  frozen  We're staying safe at home today!

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/11/18 04:35:38PM
1,915 posts

What Are You Working On?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I'm working on Summer Waltz and also some medieval tunes... on the new cool low polymer penny whistles I just got from Susato.  The new whistles are in the keys of Bb, A, and low G.  The A and G ones have a key (like a flute has) to make it easier to reach that lowest/furthest hole on the bottom end.  Wow, makes it way easier to play the bigger lower whistles!  I like the lower whistle sound- nicer on the ears for sure.  Sounds so pretty!  hamster

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/11/18 09:48:42AM
1,915 posts

Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

To whoever submits the notice in our site's "Events/Festivals" list....some info bits you should know:

1) it's free

2) you can add an image to the listing, which makes it way more eye catching interesting to look at.

3) It won't actually show up for the general membership until I approve it- but I'll be watching for it and will approve it right away once it's submitted by someone.

4) make sure just 'one' person is going to submit it to the fotmd calendar, so there are not 'dueling submissions'.   ;)

5) to create the calendar listing, you need to do it from your own profile page.


updated by @strumelia: 01/11/18 09:49:54AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/08/18 09:04:51AM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I'd also like to remind everyone that if you are not able to send me a text message, and even if you cannot log in to FOTMD at all... you can STILL always contact me directly very easily by clicking on the "Contact Site Owner" link at the very bottom right of any page on fotmd.  That link will pull up your own email program with a pre-addressed email form for you to email me personally and directly, without being logged in here and without using the private message system on FOTMD.  That link will always work for you to contact me no matter what site problems you are experiencing.  mail

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/08/18 08:59:29AM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

This 'missing text box' issue has been, and continues to be, very difficult to pin down because of it appearing and disappearing in various configuration situations and for various people, but seeming to not be affecting 'most' members.

I'm very sorry that some folks are continuing to have this problem- I know it must be frustrating.  But please know that your reports here in this thread do help me, and also know that the Jamroom support team has been earnestly trying to duplicate it for themselves so that they may track down the cause... but so far unsuccessful aside from the initial fix of clearing browser cache.  Discovering the 'pattern' it follows is key to determining the cause.  It's continuing to be discussed and investigated by them and I am continuing to give them input.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/03/18 06:16:37PM
1,915 posts

What's fer dinner?


Off Topic discussions

I made a big pot of vegetable soup for dinner today- with butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots, zuccini, onion, celery, turnips, and also some pink and white beans.  Will eat it today and tomorrow, and will then freeze half of it to enjoy next month sometime.  :)

Usually we put all the peelings into the compost bin in the yard, which is closed.  But this time I made Brian dump the fresh peels, ends, and seeds under the bird feeder for the wild things to feast on.  I felt so sorry for them during this deadly deep freeze we are in the midst of.  Yesterday i was getting rid of three apples that were getting old... so I cut them in 8ths and put them there under the feeder as well, for our wild friends.  


updated by @strumelia: 01/03/18 06:17:21PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/02/18 09:06:02PM
1,915 posts

Folk Roots Dulcimer For Sale


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

(EDIT: I embedded the video here for you David) -strumelia

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/31/17 06:11:45PM
1,915 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Hey Lexie, what a great tip for crockpotting the whole squash to make it easy to cut up for soup!  I'm too scared to cut up a big raw butternut squash- tried it once and it was real scary... I'm way to 'attached' to my fingers!   So, I ...CHEAT... I buy packages of fresh butternut squash already cut up into big chunks, in the supermarket!  HAh now you know my lazy secret.  devil   Hey whatever gets the job done and whatever gets us eating fresh veggies, huh?

Lexie, I loved hearing about your trips to see your mother, and you bringing her licorice and other treats.  So sweet!  Makes me remember visiting my mother in the nursing home.  When she was doing well, we'd play dominoes on her little over-bed rolling table.  It was so fun and such a simple game- and shuffling the fake ivory pieces on the table made a lot of great noise to begin the game.  For her sake we abandoned most of the rules and just had fun with it. It was easy for her to match the spots and we'd get all excited if we won...she'd give a gleeful phony 'evil' chuckle when she beat me.  I kept that set of dominoes... it holds special memories for me.   love


updated by @strumelia: 12/31/17 08:15:47PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/31/17 05:57:34PM
1,915 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

CD:

 

How did you make it?  

The butternut squash soup?  I just kind of threw it together without a recipe:

I put about 8 cups of cut up pieces of squash in a big pot with enough water to halfway cover it (too much water will make it too watery).  Added 4 chicken bouillon cubes and a good amount of fresh ground black pepper.  Let it simmer covered on low, til the squash was tender.  Then used a stick blender to blend it smooth.  If it's 'too' thick you can add a little water at this point...but you want it to be pretty thick.  Finally I added 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and about 1/3 cup half & half (both are optional and you can omit them if you are on a diet). Stir and serve hot.

(always add cream to a soup as the last step- don't keep it cooking afterwards)

If you serve it again the next day you may have to add just a little water since it thickens overnight a bit in the fridge.

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/30/17 12:19:55PM
1,915 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

That sounds like a good soup plan, Cynthia.  Soup is good for this arctic weather.  It's still just about 8F here at noon today, and of course going back down again tonight.   Brrrr!  frozen

I looked at John P.'s page just yesterday, and was thinking of him... also of some other dear FOTMD members who passed on.  They are missed.

I made a good butternut squash soup last week-  you really don't need many fancy ingredients when the main ingredient is so yummy to begin with- as is the case with sweet squash, pumpkin, or sweet potato.  Lots of vitamin A in those orange veggies, btw!  Stay warm, friends.

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/28/17 09:15:12AM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I thought this 'missing text/reply box' issue was all solved, since no members were now contacting me to report it anymore.

However, I just got one report of it still being a problem...to a member on windows 7 and on the Chrome browser.

I need to know if anyone else is still having this problem- and if so, what system are you on (win, Mac?) and on which Browser are you experiencing this please? (chrome, Firefox, Safari etc?)

I need to know whether this is still widespread.  Thank you all for helping!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/23/17 06:17:16PM
1,915 posts

What's fer dinner?


Off Topic discussions

So... what's everyone making for their special holiday dinner this year ?

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/23/17 06:15:54PM
1,915 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Cozy is a feeling rather than a temperature.  winky

Gosh, I'm very sure Lady Sally will get well more quickly due to your care, tonics, and restorative soups, Ken.  sneeze

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/23/17 03:04:26PM
1,915 posts

The Drifting Thread...


Off Topic discussions

Such a lovely tale, Dulcinina!

We too have a small Christmas tree with lights and ornaments that I set up in the screened porch off the kitchen. Our two boy cats are way to rambunctious to give them a tree that they would eagerly use as a jungle gym.  kittyscratch

It's pretty to come home and see the little tree twinkling on the porch. I'm sorry to say it's way too cold here in NY to sit out on the porch, but I'll envision you doing it!  We do have a fireplace in the living room however and we sit there to play music, which is very cozy.   :)

I hope all our friends on FOTMD are staying cozy and enjoying their holiday season!  red drummer


updated by @strumelia: 12/23/17 03:05:20PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/22/17 09:22:23PM
1,915 posts

3 or 4 strings?


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

I'm not Rob, but the sound difference that causes me to like using a double melody string is that with the double, I am reminded of the sounds of 'old world' European zither music.  I like that old fashioned effect and the feeling it gives to what I play.  I'm a noter player, so the double string does not get in the way of my fingering or fingerpicking, btw.

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/19/17 03:22:44PM
1,915 posts

3 or 4 strings?


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

Lisa G., I think there are several different preferences that apply various playing styles and setups, which could quickly confuse things.  But at least for this poll, I'll stick to the one issue... of whether folks prefer playing with a doubled or single 'melody/highest string' (regardless of playing styles and tunings).  nod

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/19/17 09:59:19AM
1,915 posts

3 or 4 strings?


Chord/melody modern style playing discussions

Ken Longfield:

If you are taking a survey, I prefer to play three string dulcimer rather than four or six.

Ken, you inspired me to decide to create a site Poll on this question.  I'll create it the evening as soon as I can get the time to do it.  grin

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/15/17 10:08:02PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Marg- your screenshot enabled me to figure out the issue!  thumbsup

You had 'followed' the site profile I had created that manages the site Forums.  Since I don't manage the "Forums" profile as though it were an actual person, I never realized people would 'follow' it and remain Pending until I went in an approved all the pending followers it had accumulated.  I've done that now, so the next time your browser cache refreshes, you may either see "Following" instead of "Pending"... or maybe you'll see nothing at all there.  In any case, your 'pending' mystery has been solved!

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/15/17 03:56:59PM
1,915 posts

Folks, do you have pending 'Followers' left hanging...!?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I'm thinking most members seldom think to go through their profiles tabs and settings.  I'm currently looking into a way to set that checkbox in reverse so that the default is UNCHECKED instead.  That would greatly facilitate the process of communication...and folks could always go check the box if they wanted to change it.

I'm so glad Brian pointed this out to me so that I realized the checkbox meant the opposite of what I thought it meant!


updated by @strumelia: 12/15/17 04:05:41PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/14/17 07:03:49PM
1,915 posts

Folks, do you have pending 'Followers' left hanging...!?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Brian, it seems i have been mistaken about what that checkbox actually does.  redface   
I just now clicked on the "?" help button to the right of it, and that explains clearly what the option does:

If "Approve Followers" is checked, anyone following your profile will need to be approved by you before becoming a follower of your profile.

D'oh!!  I have erroneously assumed that the checkbox meant to automatically approve your followers, ...but what it really means is that when checked, you are saying you want to have to approve any followers.  The opposite!

I can see that the wording is confusing.  So I'm going to change that wording to better explain what the checkbox does without having to click on the help button for the explanation.

I will also fix this thread where I mistakenly explained it the wrong way as well.

Thank you for bringing this up Brian, because I'm sure I wasn't the only one who misinterpreted the wording on that profile checkbox!

==========

update: I have changed the wording on that profile checkbox to read: "Keep Followers Pending Until My Approval".  I think that's way clearer in meaning.


updated by @strumelia: 12/14/17 07:21:47PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/14/17 02:55:39PM
1,915 posts

Folks, do you have pending 'Followers' left hanging...!?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Dang, you're right Brian!   I've checked a few other members and that's true for them as well.
So it seems I have something else to look into fixing- that checkbox function doesn't seem to be working... although i think it's only been not functioning for a certain amount of time... I think it was working fine a while back.

Thanks so much for bringing my attention to this!  I will indeed get it fixed soon.

But... all the more reason for folks to go check right now to see if they have pending followers, then!  think

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/14/17 01:01:01PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Yes thank you Sam.  I do have a 'regular member' user account that i log in as to check to see what regular members see.  This morning I saw one glitch that way, but I don't see it when logged in as admin.  I've been taking that into account... thanks!  nod

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/14/17 11:49:20AM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

That helps too, Robin- it suggests that the glitch may not happen on content that the Admin (me) posts.

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/14/17 11:22:20AM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Thank you David.   :)   And I do apologize if I seemed a bit impatient for a while there.

Yet all is not well yet.  There is a code problem somewhere (due to various recent online updates that aren't playing nice with each other) and it's still causing some things on the site to not show for certain people.

The good news is that the Jamroom support Team is on the case and they can see some problems and they are working to help fix everything up for us.  It might take a couple days, but they are great at what they do and I am now confident things will all be shipshape in the not distant future!   gangnam1   

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/13/17 11:40:29PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Oh my.. the Jamroom fellow said he fixed something... but since I've not had a problem seeing the ad slideshows on the main page, I'm depending on you members to tell me if they're working now!

If you saw only "To be Uploaded" on the ad slideshows on the Main Home page before, could you please clear your browser cache one more time and then close/re-open your browser again and tell me if you now can see the slideshow ads working again?

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/13/17 11:08:34PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Ok, I understand that most folks are now getting the text reply boxes ok after clearing their browser cache.  Yay!

I do now understand that many of you are not seeing the slideshow banner ads.  I see them fine, but a Jamroom support person has seen that there is a problem- they are currently looking into it and it might well get fixed tomorrow!  They are very good at what they do.

But Marg, I don't know what you mean by the 'pending' thing  in upper right corner that you are describing-  can you possibly take a screenshot of it and post it here so I understand what  it is?

 


updated by @strumelia: 12/13/17 11:34:27PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/13/17 10:18:10PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Good news!- this entire business of things 'not loading' and the textboxes missing is a known issue- several other Jamroom site owners are now reporting it.  That means the awesome Jamroom support team will be looking into what needs to be done to fix things up again.  They are very good at what they do, so I have a good feeling they'll come up with a fix real soon. 

I'll post back here when I find out more, probably tomorrow at some point.
Thanks for bearing with us! 


updated by @strumelia: 12/13/17 10:18:36PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/13/17 10:02:13PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Ah, ok, this helps!  I'll now look into the banner codes when I get the chance, maybe tomorrow.  I didn't know where people were referring to before.  Thanks!  Now I know where to focus on.   :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/13/17 08:18:00PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I see, yes Chrome would not support NPAPI plugins after 2015.  Yet oddly they still have the checkbox to enable java.  Not sure what that means.

I can look into my codes for the slideshow just to check for iframes and java script, but not 'til tomorrow.  I'm still not sure why you are experiencing this with the main page slideshow, but I and others are not, even though we're on Chrome and windows just like you. (i'm on win 7 as well).  I have to leave my desk now for the day... later, David.

I do want to mention that this issue you are having with the slideshow not loading is something different than the issue of the missing text/reply boxes that I started this thread about.  I'm not sure how many people are still experiencing that missing texbox cache problem, but I'm not hearing from too many about it at this point, so I'm hoping it's been corrected.


updated by @strumelia: 12/13/17 08:18:17PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/13/17 07:26:21PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

David Pedersen:

they say java doesn't not supported on chrome, fb etc.

Who is 'they'?
I'm on Chrome, and as I said, you just go to:  Settings->Advanced->Content settings->and allow Java there.   

It's right there, the setting to allow java.


updated by @strumelia: 12/13/17 07:27:38PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/13/17 07:11:57PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Good to hear the only issue you are seeing is that the ad slideshow is not loading.  It seems to be loading fine for me on various devices and browsers...

- I'd suggest you turn Adblock off for the whole domain of FOTMD.com and restart your browser to check if that's the issue.  We don't have any ads on this site anyway except for those small slideshows on the main page.

- You can also check to see if you have Java enabled.  In Chrome, go to Settings->Advanced->Content settings->and allow Java there.  See if that makes a difference after restarting Chrome again.

- Another possibility that I feel is suspect is that Chrome will not allow iframes for you (though it does fine for me).  There may be some iframes in the ad slideshow on the main page.  There are iframe allowing plugins available from the Chrome Webstore, one is called iFrame Allow.

As to iframes, please read this:

http://www.projectinsight.net/support/kb/chrome-blocks-iframe

google enable chrome iframes

 

Perhaps one of these tests will solve your issue.

 


updated by @strumelia: 12/13/17 07:24:04PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/13/17 06:00:23PM
1,915 posts

Recent glitch of missing 'reply/post' textboxes


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Oh, I finally understand now!  You are talking about our sponsors slideshow ads, on the main page of fotmd!

Do you have AdBlock in place on your browser, or some other form of blocking?  Do you have java disabled?

Is the rest of the site working ok for you?

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