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folkfan
@folkfan
06/20/18 06:56:44PM
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Show Us Your Pets!


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My way of looking at it is he is saying "Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."  He does so well in having his picture taken.  My daughter is forever taking snaps of him and she seems to catch his good side.

 

folkfan
@folkfan
06/20/18 03:33:31PM
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Show Us Your Pets!


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He's about 10 years old, but he almost as bouncy now as he was as a kitten. 

folkfan
@folkfan
06/19/18 09:00:06PM
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Show Us Your Pets!


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Here's a recent one of Tigger. 

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folkfan
@folkfan
01/03/18 07:06:38PM
363 posts

What's fer dinner?


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I've been making various soups during the past few weeks.  Things like split pea, tomato, and chicken/noodle.  I did a roast today which will end up as a hearty hash tomorrow. 

As for kitchen scraps,  I put them in my indoor compost heap.  I was curious about how things worked in a heap and started in the fall, putting my scraps into a plastic bin.  And the heap kept growing and growing. I now have 4 bins going.   Since the weather is now cold enough outside I'll start grinding my kitchen scraps up and putting them into a bin outside.   I hope to have a large heap going through out the spring and summer this coming year.   It's was amazing to me just how good a compost heap can smell.  Mine have a loamy, clean dirt smell to them, and they are warm so I figure that something is going right in those boxes.  LOL

folkfan
@folkfan
12/18/17 01:10:33PM
363 posts

The Drifting Thread...


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Drifting:  Hmmm drifting into the winter and thinking of spring.  I have the scents of a garden in my large computer, craft, and sewing room. This year it is also a garden room, complete with compost heap.  I just got finished stirring in more kitchen scraps (green) and shredded paper (brown).  When it's stirred the warm loamy scent of earth fills my head with thoughts of garden plans that I have for the coming season.  I'm planning on doing a wall garden on a fenced area that gets afternoon sun, but not hours and hours of  direct light.  A hanging garden of leafy greens is going to be set up there.   Indoors this winter, I'm growing sweet orange peppers under lights along with pots and pots of geraniums that will go outside again this year.  Some of the geraniums will be 3 years old come April.  I've also found out that I can grow celery from the bottom section of a store purchased bundle.  My cat loves being held up to all the plants for a good sniff and face rub.  I have to keep him from chomping on the geranium leaves.  He thinks they're salad, but they don't agree with his tummy.

folkfan
@folkfan
10/26/17 02:37:49PM
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What's fer dinner?


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I've been cooking for 3 families this past month, my husband and myself, my daughter and son-in-law, and freezing things to take down to Dave when I go to stay with him during and after his operation.  I've done roast beef hash, split-pea soup, fresh tomato soup, poached chicken, chicken stuffing, chicken enchiladas, chili, chicken marsala, minestrone using my tomato soup as a base, blue berry muffins, and started the fixings for Spanish rice  and somethings I can't even remember while sitting here typing. 

I have the last of my home grown cherry tomatoes boiling up for another batch of tomato soup right now.  And some chicken breasts poaching.  I think, after looking at Lisa's post, I'll make a batch of corn bread too. 

It's funny but I never liked tomato soup growing up.  My mom only fixed Campbell's canned tomato soup and I thought it was awful..  My soup is simply cooked tomatoes and onions, run through a blender stick and a sieve.  Then I add salted butter to it and that's all the salt that the soup gets. And no milk. 

Lisa, I wish you had a store like I have just down the road from me.  I'm living in a very mixed ethnic  area and the local store caters to all of us.  I have never seen so many different fruits, and vegetables, not to mention the varieties of rice, grains, breads, pastas, and canned and preserved foods from all over the world.  I am so happy we moved here, shopping is a constant enrichment process of tastes and textures of food.  Not to mention the variety of restaurants that are only a short walk or ride away. 

folkfan
@folkfan
04/24/17 07:20:47PM
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What's fer dinner?


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I'm not sure about bee stings for arthritis, but I do know that multiple wasp stings can bring on gout.   Been there and done that.  Ouch.  I took aspirin and benedryl after the attack.  The wasps got in under my pants leg and kept sting my foot and left leg.  The pain didn't go away in the foot but increased to a major gout attack for me which hurt a good deal more than the stings.  I think I'll stay away from the bee treatment for arthritis.   Thinking about it the wasps were the first time I've ever been stung by an insect like a bee or wasp.   Lisa, my hat's off to you for keeping the critters.  Hope no allergy develops due to the stings you've received in the past few days and will in the future.  Take care.

folkfan
@folkfan
04/23/17 07:39:14PM
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What's fer dinner?


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I had a chicken enchilada suiza with rice tonight.  I've been doing chicken enchiladas with mole and red sauce recently which is how my daughter likes me to make them, but I wanted to treat myself so I had a creamy sauce tonight.   Now I'm going to do some quilting which is how I normally relax at night.  Unless I've got my nose stuck in a book. I'm reading some Civil War novels by Jeff Shaara.   I just finished "Gods and Generals".

folkfan
@folkfan
04/22/17 03:30:59PM
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What's fer dinner?


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Eggs,  I knew I hadn't mentioned something that also was in the crepe.  It definitely has eggs in it, too.   And, Ken, that tortilla de patata looks yummy.  Sort of looks like something I've thrown together for breakfast after serving roasted potatoes the night before.   My usual concoction is eggs, potatoes, onions (green or what ever I have on hand) and mozzarella cheese. 

folkfan
@folkfan
04/21/17 11:56:00PM
363 posts

What's fer dinner?


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A restaurant near me makes a breakfast crepe (they describe it as a crepe) but it is a large circle of crisply fried hash browns, with a variety of fillings that they fold in.  I like mine with bacon, colby-jack cheese, and onions.  The concoction is large enough with the side of pancakes they serve it with to make 3 meals for me.  Depending, of course, on whether or not my daughter pops in for a quick bite to eat the next day.  I then share my doggy bag of tasty potatoes, etc. with her. 

folkfan
@folkfan
04/03/17 03:17:54PM
363 posts

What are you reading right now?


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I'm reading some things on family genealogy, Henry the Fifth by Shakespeare, and a series of books about a fat vampire.   Great for a laugh.  And generally anything that doesn't move and has words printed on it.  If I don't have a book in one hand, my Nook is in the other. 

folkfan
@folkfan
01/15/17 01:24:28PM
363 posts

Favorite picks made from unusual materials


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I've cut some picks from the lids from cans of prunes we buy at Walmart.  They are in a purple plastic with no printing on them.  I also cut one from each of the lids. They are lopsided leaving a large top strip to grip with the pick cut below and to one side.  Sort of a purple pick on a grip stick.   Fewer picks fly out of my hands and I don't have to hold on to the pick as tightly between my thumb and index finger.  It gives the arthritic joint at the base of my thumb a rest.


updated by @folkfan: 01/15/17 01:30:33PM
folkfan
@folkfan
05/20/15 07:40:52PM
363 posts

How do you store your dulcimers?


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I'm bringing this thread up again as I just found it while doing a image google on quilt stands. I'm wanting to do another dulcimer stand and was looking through for quilt stand plans and pictures. Well, there my dulcimer was resting on one of the stands I pictured in this thread. I think I'm going in circles. I'll just use the measurements from my old stand and have my brother cut some wood for me.

folkfan
@folkfan
05/09/15 06:23:11PM
363 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


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Well, I've been doing something healthy. I've been losing weight. My doctors are extremely pleased with me. Since last September I've shed about 50 lbs. My system is simple. I look in the mirror and say to myself. Whales need blubber, Walruses need blubber, seals need blubber. You are not a whale, a walrus or a seal. You don't need blubber.

Then I write down in a notebook everything I eat. Keeping to about 1,200 calories a day has meant that I've been losing about a pound a week. I'm in a holding stage now and trying to determine how many calories I can eat without putting weight back on. I'm still keeping my notebook and intend to note what I eat for the rest of my live. Having taken it off, I'm going to keep it off!!!!!!!!!!!!

folkfan
@folkfan
03/30/15 04:09:14AM
363 posts

Hello and a little info


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My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dana, and your family at this time of sorrow and troubles. As we go into Spring, I hope this special time of year, one of renewal and rebirth, will bring with it a special gift of renewal and rebirth into health for you.

folkfan
@folkfan
12/17/14 09:15:20PM
363 posts

Dulcibard Page


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Guy, I truly love your playing, and those wonderful photos of the waterfalls, but I don't facebook..but I really do like you.

folkfan
@folkfan
08/04/14 10:26:31PM
363 posts

Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!


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Yippee, I just found out. I've been away from a computer since last week. Thanks so. FOTMD is a prize we all can share.

folkfan
@folkfan
07/17/14 04:42:47PM
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I'm a visual learner, in that I'm far more likely to remember and understand something I read, rather than something I hear. The old saying about "Goes in one ear and out the other" fits me to a T.

When it comes to music this is especially true as I have no memory for instrumental music at all. Unless I have words to associate with the rhythm of the music, and tab to play with, I'm rarely able to remember a tune, much less play it. It can take me forever just to be able to recognize and name a tune that I frequently hear.

Playing by ear is a concept that doesn't work for me for more than the problem with memory, though I'd say that is a major part of my inability, but I also don't hear as well as I should. Thank heavens for electronic tuners and sheet music.

folkfan
@folkfan
07/12/14 01:17:39PM
363 posts

Enter FOTMD's 5th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer CONTEST!


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169. Good going, Lisa. A very nice site. Happy Birthday to FOTMD

folkfan
@folkfan
07/04/14 08:56:43PM
363 posts

scollops between frets


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I've only seen one dulcimer that had deep wells between the frets instead of a flat fret board. It was up for raffle at a dulcimer festival. Tried playing it but didn't care for the feel. I finger dance the melody line and it just didn't feel right.

folkfan
@folkfan
06/30/14 04:39:02PM
363 posts

... ain't skeered ... <:)


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If you've got your instrument now tuned in DAd, then the tunes you played in DAA can be played by subtracting 3. If I play Brother John (in DAA) as 3453, 3453, 567, 567, 787653, 787653, 303, 303. In DAd it's 0120, 0120, 234, 234, 454320 454320, 0 0middle 0, 0 0middle 0. The one advantage to staying in DAA for noter/drone or melody/drone style is that you have notes below the starting note of the scale (3) to play on the melody string, but in DAd you have to hop over to the middle string for the lower notes as in the ding, dong, ding in Brother John. I find hopping over to the middle string awkward. If DAd strikes the right note with you, though, then play on. Oh, and one more item, the 9th fret note in DAA becomes the 6+ in DAd.

folkfan
@folkfan
06/13/14 10:05:01AM
363 posts

Which is Better, a 3 or a 4 Stringed Dulcimer?


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I'd say a 4 string dulcimer that has the option on the nut and bridge to be strung as a double melody string and two drones or to string as a 4 equidistant string set up.

Now having said that, I remove or drop one of the double melody strings and play only 1 melody string in my finger dancing style, or lift one melody string over and set up as a 4 equidistant configuration and still play one melody string/finger dancing.

But neither a 3 string or 4 string set up is better across the board, they are simply better options for different playing styles.

folkfan
@folkfan
06/12/14 12:35:20PM
363 posts

Playing with a strap


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I guess I'm just not vigorous enough as I don't use a strap, and have never had a dulcimer fall off my lap or my possum board yet. Knock wood!!!!!! Of course, one of my favorite possum boards has an extra leg that gives me a sort of tripod placement on my lap.

folkfan
@folkfan
06/12/14 12:16:36PM
363 posts

Playing with a strap


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Just you wait until you decide to have an extra fret installed. Now there's mental agony, not only do they cut into your baby with a saw, they hit it with a hammer as well. Shudder!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maryann Lang said:

I would never judge but I would highly encourage! It is very frightening to watch. Almost as bad as watching my daughter get her ears pierced! (Except my dulcimer did not cry - althought I almost did for both events!)

My daughter plays the uke and she definitely would never add a strap.

folkfan
@folkfan
06/09/14 04:55:27PM
363 posts

Shelf Liner Left Marks


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My possum board has shelf liner glued to the back of it. The lifts that hold the dulcimer up off the board are shaped like shallow L's and the part that touches the dulcimer back are felt lined. No scratches, no slides, no sticking to the board. And I can angle my legs comfortably. Plus in case of extreme need, one of my possum boards has strap buttons. How's that for covering all bases.

folkfan
@folkfan
05/24/14 12:48:26PM
363 posts

Song quest


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Jan, That's a good question. I don't think I've ever heard Wildwood Flower played as anything but a faster dance tune. All the recordings I have of it are at a toe tapping pace. Even those that are sung. So I've just never managed to play it. I've got slow hands. Since I think of it as a fast tune, I would only have thought to give faster tunes to match that pace.

So Terry, are you playing it fast or slow?????

folkfan
@folkfan
05/21/14 11:46:29AM
363 posts

Song quest


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I don't normally play anything as fast a pace as Wildwood Flower, but I have heard it played with Redwing which makes a nice combination.

folkfan
@folkfan
01/31/14 11:12:58PM
363 posts

House fire


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Phil, You've taken a lickin' but have kept on kickin'. Good for you!!!!!!!!!

folkfan
@folkfan
01/29/14 03:47:31PM
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No, I wasn't endanger of losing my head at the Highland Games, but I did one performance after falling in a parking lot. Caught my toe in the hoop and fell flat on my face. Hoop went over my head, but no one was about for that show. Did spend the day holding ice to my split lip to keep the swelling down. Fortunately it was an inside split so I could do the walking Kodak moment with the kids and not horrify them.

John Henry said:

ff, I do so hope that you did not hide a puppy dog up your skirts, and subseqently lose your head ..............?

John

folkfan
@folkfan
01/28/14 06:08:54PM
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Something you've worn before that is neat, clean, comfortable, a good color on you, and won't pop, pull, or show too much if you have to bend over, sit down, or fall on your face. You don't want to have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions during a performance.

Someday, I'll have to tell you about my performances as Mary Queen of Scots.

folkfan
@folkfan
12/20/13 12:36:33AM
363 posts

Wandering in and Figuring it All Out - Six months a player


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Sounds like your journey has been a hoot so far. I hope you keep enjoying it and sharing your joy in it for many years.

folkfan
@folkfan
12/18/13 12:08:13AM
363 posts

poor children's instruments made from garbage...


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Those kids need a standing ovation. They sounded great. Absolutely amazing.

folkfan
@folkfan
11/19/13 07:30:59AM
363 posts

Look Who Came to Visit!!


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Marvelous photo. Now when it comes to hammer on's, do you prefer a tack hammer, claw hammer, or 5 lbs. sledge?

folkfan
@folkfan
11/01/13 11:39:15AM
363 posts

How Many


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For me it's DAA Dulcimer Acquisition Addiction. And I currently have 14. One is an early Berg that was the first dulcimer I ever bought, the 2nd is the first Black Mountain Dulcimer kit that I'd made. Since then I've dealt with 2 other Black Mountain kits and have given them away. And of the other 12 instruments I have, they are Sweet Woods instruments. Well 2 are ones that Dave let me make in his shop using a couple of fret boards he made for me along with his jigs, etc.

folkfan
@folkfan
10/18/13 12:49:05PM
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Carrying a Chair


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If you're going to be using a chair outside on the ground, here's a trick. Place large metal pickle jar lids or squares of plywood under the feet. They will help keep the feet from sticking into the ground. I've had a number of chairs break at the joints because the feet embedded themselves in the ground and they didn't shift when I did. Having a collapsing chair collapse under you can be embarrassing, awkward, and painful.

folkfan
@folkfan
09/12/13 12:43:52PM
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Beth, When tuning DAA which is a common tuning for the dulcimer, the melody strings are tuned to the same note as the middle string, not an octave higher. This puts the d at the third fret in this tuning.

When tuning DAd the melody d is tuned to an octave higher than the bass D and the d is at the open string position.

So "Are You Sleeping, Brother John" in DAA starts 3453, 3453, 567, 567, while in DAd it is 0120, 0120, 234,234.

I usually drop the DAA down one note and play CGG which I find better for singing.

folkfan
@folkfan
09/09/13 10:56:04PM
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Bass string goes to the C below middle C and the G 4 notes up from that C. The Bass is the lower tone than the middle and melody strings.

When you tune to DAA or DAd the bass note is the D below middle C so all you do to tune CGG or CGc is to lower the notes 1 step down on all the strings.

folkfan
@folkfan
09/06/13 09:33:13AM
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Well put, Robin. A good description of the confusion caused by the use of mode names to describe tuning patterns on modern dulcimers.

folkfan
@folkfan
08/21/13 06:19:12PM
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Opinions on new dulcimer


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Carolyn, No one is saying that the wood isn't important in making an instrument, any instrument. There are woods that I would choose over others. I wouldn't want to make an instrument out of balsa, for example. Two of my constructions have been made of cherry with western red cedar soundboards, though. The sound difference is dramatic, one is high, light, and sweet, the other has more of a mellow modern guitar type of sound. The first instrument is a traditional construction of the bridge resting on the fretboard but directly over the tail piece with a small shallow body. The bridge is about 5/8" away from the end of the instrument. The second is build with the bridge resting on the fretboard but way in (about 3 ") over a very large (wide and deep) sound box. Same woods, but the tone or voice of the instruments is totally different.

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