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Ohh George, my heart goes out to you. We love our little furry 'children' so very much. What a long and happy life you gave to her!
Fer dinner i had a biiiig bowl of Greek yogurt with dried cranberries, golden raisins, flaxseed meal, and chopped walnuts. Mighty refreshing!
Got the other large beehive moved to my house today- box by box, many trips in the car, lots of putting on and off of veil and gloves, lots of strapping and lifting heavy boxes with angry bees swirling all around. Did it all by myself, just like two days ago with the other hive I moved.
I was very lucky that my friend decided to give up two large thriving hives (she kept one) and offered them to me. But boy, talk about an exhausting job that was. I still have 32 frames of bees to switch into my boxes with so I can give her her empty hive boxes back. And a whole lot of stuff to store away, but the hard part is done and everyone's in their new home in my yard.
Looks like I might get some honey this year after all now.
Well, Cometchat people refuse to help update their chat program to our site's new secure SSL/https status, without forcing me to buy another $150 tech support renewal and version update from them. It will no longer function without the tech support and SSL update, which i really felt was their responsibility. So....
FOTMD will now be using Jamroom's own chat feature, which is fully supported and kept updated at NO extra cost to us. Jamroom Team support is simply the best out there.
Perhaps you've stopped into our new Jamroom Chat room over the past couple of days already. We'll be staying with this new chat program now. There are a few additional improvements and features that Jim Fawcett and I will be discussing over time to get implemented in the chat program, which will make it even better. Don't be afraid to click around while you're in there and you'll see where how things work in it. Just be sure not to press that red button that says "Vaporize FOTMD".
Thanks for being adaptable to positive changes!
Turns out I got more like about 22 stings yesterday. Some were kind of blending together. Yikes, lots of itching and swelling today but still on aspirin and benedryl...helps a lot and gets me over the first 48 hour hump which is the worst. I did some more bee work today but on my own bees and didn't get nary a sting. But tomorrow, back to my friend's to move her OTHER large 4 box hive, strapped box by box in my car...holy moly, what a huge task this is being. Once finished however I'll have some great hives set up in my yard which is great because i lost 3 out of my 5 hives during this winter. This gets me right back where I was, very quickly.
Dinner? I had a nice cold tuna salad sandwich.
Hi Dulcidude, let me try to explain what you are seeing...
1) to see the list of Groups that you are a member of, as Dan said hover over your link name at very top of site and you'll get a drop-down menu which can take you to "Groups I Belong To".
2) on FOTMD, almost all Groups have been created by the site owner (me). Thus, if you go to my page and click that TAB called Groups, you'll see a large list of groups that I created. If you go to most other members pages, you won't even see a TAB called groups becuase they didn't create any groups.
You DO however, still see the (empty) Groups TAB on your OWN page, and your list will be empty when you click it. BUT other memebrs when they go to your page will NOT see a Groups TAB there at all.
So, if you are a regular member (not admin)... you will always see the Groups TAB on your page, but the list will be empty if you did not create (and therefore own) any groups. You will NOT see a Groups Tab on other peopel's pages unless they have indeed created one or more Groups. You will see the tab on Dusty Turtle's page, because he has created one or more groups...and on my page. You will NOT see a Groups TAB on other people's pages if they have not created any groups (in turn, they will see the empty tab on their own pages, but not on yours)
Here I have logged in as a regular (test) member and this is what other regular members see when they're on your page:
It's 7pm, just getting dark. I just finished practically killing myself in moving a beehive with 32 frames/4 boxes from a friend's house to my backyard and setting it all up. Due to the owner having put 7 frames into 8 frame boxes and not having opened any their hives since last year, the bees had connected all frames together with comb due to having 'too much space'. This meant I had to slice them apart with a long kitchen knife to transfer the frames into my boxes. Needless to say, a whole lot of very unhappy bees.
Got the job done though, took about 5 hours start to finish, five car trips, and I got stung about a dozen times, in various places. I located and protected the queen however... all the bees are now safe and sound in my yard in their new home, in my own boxes, and with their beloved queen safe.
So, I only have to do this all over again in the next 48 hours for the second large hive she's giving me.
We'll see how I feel tomorrow and if I can do it again right away or need to skip a day.
Meanwhile, I feel kinda woozy and shaky- am loaded up with aspirin and Benedryl and will need to stay that way til tomorrow at least.
What does all this have to do with dinner?
Well, I'm having a gigantic bowl of espresso-choco-chip ice cream for dinner as I type this. Figure I earned it.
I have activated the Jamroom version of chat while I'm waiting for Cometchat to tell me whether they will fix up our old chat to be https compliant, without my having to buy more tech support from them.
I'll have to turn OFF the Jamroom chat for the nightime tonight, starting around 9pm... just in case a Cometchat tech needs to log in to adjust some chat code. I'll know more in the morning folks. Thanks for your patience!
Update and more info-
our chat for the past two years has been provided not by Jamroom, but by a 3rd party outfit, CometChat. (2 years ago Jamroom did not have a chat program yet, thus i used a 3rd party chat). Apparently my 2yr old Cometchat version won't show up for our newly updated https/ssl compliant site status. (see the little green lock icon in the top url window which now indicates fotmd is a 'secure' site?- that was updated yesterday and is great)
Anyway, Cometchat tech support apparently wont help me get the chat SSL compliant unless I buy another 1 year tech support coverage, for like $150. This is all complicated by the fact that they are in India and I have to file my ticket post and then wait overnight while they reply to me at around 3am US time.
To be frank, I'm not inclined to pay them another $150 just to get them to do this basic online update tweak ....when Jamroom now offers their own chat program which we can use for free, and it's already https-compatible.
I told Comechat that if they didn't help with this that I would no longer be a customer. Hoping they will buckle and make it work again without demanding I buy another license renewal. Won't know their response till saturday morning maybe. But I have the Jamroom chat to activate if necessary, and I know it works.
Just my two cents but I think if two players are playing noter/drone style duets, it would be good if one or both of them knows how to lighten up on the drone strumming a little- perhaps a lighter touch or only intermittent full drone string strums. Otherwise it's going to be a pretty big 'wall o' drone'.
I don't have a book of noter duets, nor do I know of one. But here's one (free) noter style duet tab I wrote for The Blackest Crow, if that helps get you started:
Ken has given a good overview.
I'd like to add this- when i've gotten 'beginner' instruments of any kind and then later on purchased higher end examples, I sometimes keep the beginner one and start calling it my 'travel dulcimer' (travel banjo, etc). It becomes an instrument i can take anywhere without worrying about it as much as I'd worry about my more expensive instrument.
Your 'beginner dulcimer' can eventually graduate to being your wonderful 'travel dulcimer'...and it will no longer have to suffer any stigma!
The 1.5 fret should be just slightly closer to the 2 fret than to the 1 fret...because the space between note steps get closer together slowly as you go towards the bridge. Looking at your photo, the luthier at the string shop was absolutely right- someone did a poor job installing that 1.5 fret -it's not in the right place at all. Plus in the side view it looks like they may have made two attempts with a fret saw. To reinstall that fret in the right place will also require some repair of the fretboard cut(s) where the current fret is removed.
After clicking on the 'hamburger' mobile menu icon, when you see the dropdown links appear...if you then click on the dropdown link of your NAME, it will take you to your profile page. Remember, you'll click on your profile page TABS- the Video Tab, to see your videos. To add a new vid, when on that same video profile page (of YOUR videos), click on the Plus "+" button to add a new video.
A new iPad?? My oh my, you are more up to date than I now, JH! Be aware that I've set the site so that tablets use the typical smartphone 'hamburger' style dropdown menu to save screen space. Look for the funny square button in upper left and when you click on it, all the site links will show in a dropdown column on the left.
I'm hoping that somehow it's made sure JohnHenry receives two physical copies of that DPN issue?- one for himself and one for his son...maybe his grandson too? A wonderful family heirloom to be passed down to future generations!
Greg, so true! One would hope that a maker would allow sufficient width of a staple fret to accommodate either string, if it were built intended to service a pair of strings. But you're right- in our non-perfect world it's a point to watch for when choosing which melody string to remove.
Irene,it made my morning to read about how you found out about a festival near you through FOTMD and this led to a wonderful music playing reunion with your brother after all these years..and with your mother's uke as well joining you siblings. What an uplifting story- I loved reading it!
Every one of us 3,400 members should really pat ourselves on the back for making this site successful and enjoyable. That includes YOU Irene!
We also have six generous volunteer site Moderators who keep a watchful eye on things- you can 'meet' the moderators here. The "Mod Squad" here not only moderate content when necessary, but they are a wise council giving important feedback when making site decisions. I don't know what I'd do without them!
Every once in a while this happens to me- somebody on some instrument (banjo, dulcimer, guitar, uke, whatever) will play a tune for me and they're dismayed when i can't recognize the tune. Interestingly, they don't realize that they are playing only the chords and are perhaps hearing the melody in their head... but I'm not a mind reader.
I'm just mentioning this because sometimes people can emphasize the chords so much that the melody is hidden- which is fine if one is accompanying someone singing the melody, or if jamming in a group where others are playing melody. But if playing solo without singing, the melody probably should be in there 'somewhere' unless one is playing stream-of-consciousness mood meanderings.
Linda- how nice that you check in on FOTMD often! :)
Actually I didn't create a new group. I simply expanded an existing group....from "Amplifying/plugging in" to Technology/Software/Amplifying. I agree, there's now a bigger need to have a special focused area for such discussions as technology gets used more and more in our music making spectrum. Thanks for your support of this!
I've MOVED all discussions concerning using tablets and apps from various scattered locations all over the site to this "Technology/Software/Amplifying" Group. I've been seeing an increase in repeated questions about using tablets and music organizing apps, and those discussions have gotten buried and lost by remaining in general forum discussions. That leads to people asking the same questions again a few months later rather than simply reading the already-existing helpful info.
I moved all those discussions to one place so as to make it easy for folks to find help on the subject, especially in the future. Note: It may mean you need to JOIN this group in order to read and post replies to the subjects, but I think it will be best overall.
Sorry for any inconvenience, and thanks for understanding!
Play an Hour or two a day, 4-6 days a week.
That's quite a bit of playing. If you push the strings sideways while fretting, it does dig in more too.
Pro players i suspect get their frets worked on somewhat regularly every few years.
I'm no pro, but I have banjos with frets I probably ought to replace...dug my way down. ;)
Oh Robert that's exciting that you nailed the fingering on your recorder after many months of not playing! You deserve to be proud. Would love to hear/see you play it sometime! The sound of recorders is so rich and beautiful. I agree, a Bb instrument is a wonderful range. And yeah I hear you on the C minor tunes...yummy!
Well it was a pretty big snowfall for us here. There were no vehicles allowed on the roads, state of emergency, and there was actually no mail delivered yesterday...which says a lot!
Happily it's now sunny and everyone is plowing and shoveling like mad. A few minutes ago our hired plow person finally arrived with his massive truck and plowed our driveway to the road...which means we are no longer technically snowbound.
We've cleared our paths and porch and cleared the cars, and a path to the bird feeder. The little birds are feasting.
No more snow in the forecast but it never got above 20F so it's pretty cold when the wind picks up.
I'm thrilled we never lost power! Just cooked a bacon and egg lunch for Brian and myself, and glad to not clear any snow now for a good while. Blizzard = checked off the list!
Wow, I'm relieved that my first pennywhistle class (of a series of 6) isn't until tomorrow night which means the snowy roads will be pretty well all cleared by then. If it was tonight they might have had to re-schedule. Looking forward to it although the first class will likely be a little too easy for me since I've been playing for 7 months already. It'll be fun anyway though!
Yesterday evening during the snowstorm Brian and I played music in the living room. His played his fiddle tuned to Bb flat, and I played my low Bb whistle in harmony to the melodies which he played. It worked out really nicely and was so enjoyable! Still finding my way around the notes and lots of mistakes, but mostly sounds pretty...wheee! It's great to be able to choose what kind of instrument I want to play on a given day. Most go along just fine with Brian on the fiddle. He's a 'one instrument' kind of fellow..I'm way more fickle.