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I've been poking around here for a bit, but thought it might be polite to introduce myself.
Located in Denver, grew up in the midwest and the Caribbean; have been over to bits of Britain several times.
One house, three cats, quite a few books. Plus a developing garden (the back yard was a sheet of dead weeds when I bought the house three years ago,) to which I might be adding a beehive, since they've recently been declared legal in Denver.
I'd love to hear more about the bees. The Mary Russell novels are the closest I've come to dealing with them.
I'm not terribly knowledgeable about modern beekeeping (know a bit about the medieval sort) but I've been learning. Since it looks as if bees can use some help, and since I get quite a few in my garden anyway, and feed them when they wake up too early in the spring, I was thinking about having a hive.
I did get to help rescue a swarming group on the campus where I work - chased off an idiot with a can of bug-spray and summoned the groundskeepers to call a beekeeper they work with the retrieve the swarm.
It was rather fun standing in the midst of a settling swarm - bees all over, but only one or two lit on me. I'd have had to cover myself with syrup to get their attention. (They *would* have gone after the above-mentioned idiot, though.)
Always room for more. I wanted to try bee keeping at one time, but not legal here any more.
A young friend of mine recently started keeping bees ( and chickens).
I am very impressed by it all. My gram used to keep bees, too.
I don't do much aside from growing some bee friendly flowers :)
I am glad you stopped lurking and decided to post!
Keep it up!
Isn't there a crisis with the bees in the US? Big die-offs or something? I'll have to check into it.
Ah. Here's an article: Bee Crisis
Welcome, Rowntree. Cats, books, gardens. You fit in well.
edited to add article
I was a big Band Booster in my day, and my son now teaches marimba in Drum Corps and Marching Bands. Does that redeem me?
Bee-friendly flowers are good - though I do have to wonder what the honey's going to be like as the things blooming the most at the moment are sage, chives, and lavendar, with the roses just starting. (But I'm not getting it, and presumably the bees like it.)
It's pretty much a matter of what's most convinient for the bees at the given moment. One local commercial beekeeper I talk to says his bees go to California in the winter to pollinate the almond orchards. (I'd love to get some of *that* honey.)
However, I do remember reading something long ago that implied that bees didn't just go for whatever was on offer, so maybe I'm off base. I'll look into it some more. (But considering how often I've seen urban bees buzzing around discarded cola cans, I doubt they'e all that picky.)
(Sorry if folk are hearing more about bees than they ever wanted to. I'll be offline for the weekend soon. ;-)
You don't need to be redeemed, but Band stuff is exciting to me. I don't have an instrument myself, but come from musical folks on both sides of my family. I'm so grateful that my daughter loves her horn and is good. I do anything I can to support her. Last night was her final hurrah with 10th grade concert band - they played at the Graduation Ceremony. She grumbled about it and the trombone part for Pomp and Circumstance is ... limited... shall we say, but she came home buzzing and excited. Meanwhile her dad and I went to dinner and browsed through Borders. I'm still amazed that I didn't buy anything, but BookMooch has been forthcoming lately.
Mckait - you are absolutely amazing. Where do you FIND these interesting ... whatever-they're-called thingies. Some are emoticons, but what would you call your traveling bee?
My daughter was in symphony and marching band, karen. She played tuba in marching band and clarinet in symphony. She had a blast, but after high school lost interest. She does so many things, that just slid down her list of importance.
And I love music but am not musical in the slightest, sadly.
But I love cooking, travel, movies, TV, history, and books, books, books.
Animated gif. Cool. I always enjoy seeing them.
Reasonable question. :-)
The il/legality was in the zoning; I'm in the City & County of Denver (all of one and a half blocks from the border, but still) and Denver has only recently re-zoned to allow beehives.
I haven't tracked down the zoning regulations yet to be sure of the details - but I'll certainly do so *before* I decide to go out and acquire a hive. :-)
My son played for 5 years and has been instructing for the last 3. I can't think of anywhere else I would have preferred him spending his summers. Good times.
it's probably the fiftysomething context here (which makes the '70s resonate) -- every time I see your username I think of Alvin Toffler and Future Shock!
(Which might be fun to reread one of these days...)
And you're right--wouldn't it be fun to read it again now?
Glad to have you back ! It's been a while~ whats new with you?
I'm Dave and I'm a book reader over 50 but under 60. I've been lurking for a little while and thought that I ought to poke my head over the parapet. I live in Hertfordshire in the UK. Main reads are science fiction and fantasy.
We had an annoying marching- band experince: our younger son was a very good alto sax player in middle school, and wanted to join the jazz ensemble at his high school, but they required kids to play in the marching band for a year first. Unfortunately this conflicted with soccer, and the school wasn't flexible at all about helping him find a way to stick with music. He had a wonderful time playing four years of varsity soccer, but I can't help but think he would still be enjoying playing the saxophone if they had been willing to work with us on it. Oh well, enough bitching. My favorite marching-band recollection is from Ohio State, where I got my MA and also my Mrs. Watching their marching band do the "script Ohio" at halftime, with the tuba dancing out at the end to dot the I, was great fun.
I just became a 50+ this February, so I'm glad you have this group. (My son is about to become a teenager next week -- oh, boy!)
Welcome! I have to ask about your profile picture--it looks so much like the Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut (which I miss horribly since I moved to upstate NY). Can it be?
glad you jumped in :)
>38 ejj1955: "Can it be?" you ask. Yes it is! I found the Book Barn on a vacation to CT a few years ago. I've been managing to work in a visit there every year's vacation since. One of these days, my husband is finally going to catch on as to why we always manage to spend a night in that area! (My great love affair -- BOOKS!)
I especially loved that little outhouse full of books, and snapped a picture of it. And, being country folk myself (the little church where I'm a member still doesn't have plumbing in the building) it seemed appropriate for my profile picture, since I didn't want to put my ugly mug on the web. Actually, I took quite a few pictures of that place. I love the true crime section, with the tape body outline on the floor!
I still work part time at a medical practice but enjoy spending time with my two grandkids. Hoping I'll come across a few other Aussies here as well.
I'm over 50 according to the calendar, but inside my head I'm 23.
I live in California in the mountains between L.A. and Bakersfield.
I don't think you have to worry about qualifying for membership for only a few months. From some of the posts I've read, I gather that there are at least some Fifty-Somethings here where the Something is more than a decade. Either that, or my memory for dates of events and my math are way off . . . ;-)
Welcome to the group MerryMary
Love, love, love good southern fiction, but also a fan of fantasy.
You said you like southern fiction and also fantasy. Do you ever read southern mysteries? I have a couple of favorite authors to recommend, if you do -- both have a "supernatural" edge that could border into fantasy, if you're willing to be loose with the term. (I just posted somewhere else about one of them, so my mind is pointed in that direction. :-)
I like many books (not all) by Sharyn Mccrumb. (Should be spelled McCrumb, but the author touchstone wouldn't work with the capital C.) A number of her books are mysteries set in her home area -- the mountains of Eastern Tennessee / Western NC. Many of them have an element of the supernatural. They're full of delightful regional folklore.
I also love Phillip Depoy, at least his Fever Devlin series. (Readers I know seem to either love him or just can't warm up to the books at all.) Fever is a retired professor of folklore, living in a small town in Georgia, who's always getting caught up in mysterious adventures. He's an offbeat character, and the books are offbeat, too. There's frequently at least a hint of the otherworldly. (It usually seems like it's almost explained -- but never quite.) The oddest of the lot, and the one I actually read first and liked best, is the most recent of the series, The Drifter's Wheel. A library patron loved it, and so I read it and immediately bought and read the rest of the series, which we didn't have. Depoy has another series that I haven't had the chance to read yet.
I don't know if any of that would be your cup of tea, but those are writers I like.
I've recently discovered Ron Rash and love all his novels. I may have to try his short stories too. Seems books set in Appalachia hold a certain fancy for me. I thought Wayne Caldwell's Cataloochee was wonderful!
It's also called The Southern Vampire Series. I adore these books. They're told from Sookie's point of view and mix downhome Southern charm and weird paranormal stuff. They are occasionally quite violent. There's some sex, but not every 3rd page or so like some other authors I could mention (Laurell K. Hamilton). I must admit that I haven't liked the last two (books 8 and 9) as much as the earlier ones, but still have great hopes for the series.
Harris also has another series with a heroine who was hit by lightning and can now find dead people - Harper Connelly. I think there are 4 of them. They're good too.
I love books, learning about books, buying books, and (oh yeah) reading books. Ever since I was about seven I've loved science fiction, beginning with Eleanor Cameron's Mushroom Planet books, and it's become a lifetime favorite genre of mine. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only over-50 reader of science fiction and fantasy, though. I'd love to hear from any others in this group. :) I hope I never lose my "sensa wonder"; I believe it keeps my intellect challenged and my mind opened wide.
The Poisonwood Bible introduced me to contemporary literary fiction several years ago, and that's something I continue to enjoy, as well as nonfiction about science or psychology. The current saturation of paranormal fantasy/detective books is fun, but I've just picked a few series to work my way through.
I also read using a Sony Reader, a good solution when every empty wall space has a full bookcase, and it's much easier on the wrists than big hardback books.
I'm a fellow psychology-degree-working-in-IT kind of gal, although I'm in support rather than programming. I've always told my kids, just get a degree in something you like. Doesn't matter what it's in, half the time they're just looking for the degree!
Hope you enjoy our little group! We have some fun topics going on (not that we always stay on them, but still)!
I think I have read more widely since joining lt..
welcome to the group Michele!
Barb, what do you mean by big birds? Moluccan cockatoos or eagles and owls?
Michele, you're definitely not alone. Probably three-quarters of my reading falls into sci fi/fantasy or mystery, and my library reflects those interests.
I love your profile picture! and I've tagged your library as interesting because of that sci fi/fantasy bent.
Have been a fan of Orson Scott Card for many years now. His Ender's Game series and his Alvin Maker series are two of my favorites. But Pastwatch is excellent as well.
Also a big fan of Juliet Marillier's Sevenwaters trilogy. I could go on and on... :) I love to get lost in a good fantasy.
I'm not familiar with the Sevenwaters trilogy but now must add it to the list . . .
I read most anything except westerns and political thrillers: sff, chicklit, ya, children's, historical fiction, mysteries...I like to watch SciFi, The History Channel, Antiques Roadshow, The History Detectives, documentaries, old musicals, and CSI type show...basically I'm all over the place in reading/tv tastes. But I hate reality TV with a passion.
Moved to a smaller city recently (due to my husband being assigned his first church), from a larger city where we lived for almost 25 years. Big changes for someone who really likes her rut, lol.
LT has saved my sanity, as I've met few people here who are readers.
Well, let's see what the second half of my first century turns out like...
My father's mother, who we called Mom because she didn't like Grandma (said it made her feel old), always told us she was 39. When I was 7 and my dad turned 39 I asked her how he could be 39 if she was 39. She then told me she was 78 and it took quite a while for me to get over the shock.
Although I'm over 50 I'm still on a quest to find Avalon. (With or without magic)
Love this chatting!
Oh and I have guinea hens instead of chickens. :)
Better yet! Do you have a picture of it?
Is the retreat you mentioned perhaps "The Chalice Well" in Glastonbury?
How do Guinea hens look like? My chickens are brown and orange, Rosie, Ginger and Pink are their names. :)
I live on a corner and while we were 'doing up' the garden we found a lot of really big old stones just at a spade deep. The town archive didn't know anything about it.
I live in Belgium, in a town where there is historical proof of Roman occupation, and just a mile from our house are Celtic burial mounts.
I sensed something sacred, so we build a small maze with the (54) stones.
Mazes and stone circles have always attracted me; I visited many of them in the whole of Europe.
I was in Glastonbury the 2nd of May 2009 where the first Global labyrinth walking was performed! More info www.labyrinthlocator.com ;www.labyrinthsociety.com. :)
Guinea fowl are African birds. Google them, they come in many colors, but mine are the average black and white called "pearl" guineas. Two of my old girls are missing tonight and I'm worried. :(
Thanks for the links! Your maze sounds more and more interesting.
As I don't have any place on the web to post pictures, I've never posted any here either (except the Profile picture), however, I ~do~ know that you have to put your pictures on a public site like FlickR, for example. The rest of what you need to do can be found here:
How to Do Fancy Things in Your Posts/A>
Flickr and other photo-hosting sites are often free, so cost should not be an issue.
You are actually using LT's server storage when you do that so while it seems to be OK for the occasional photo, I wouldn't go uploading your entire wedding/grandkids/last vacation albums!
Flickr is indeed free although you are limited in some ways (number of collections, upload limit per month etc).
I've gotten a Facebook page and as soon as I can get my husband to show me how to do it, am going to upload pictures of my animals and post them. I tried the other day and think I just put a picture of Jeremy the gecko on my wall without a comment. Sigh. Facebook is fun and cool but it is not intuitive to me. Must be my old-style brain. Not complaining because 95% of the time my brain gets me through the day just fine. :)
I still owe pictures to mckait.
Welcome to all the new kids on the block.
I am on facebook...
if you would like to be friends :)
I haven't found FB terribly intuitive, either. I'm sure it's perfectly obvious once you've been there for a while (or if you're 14!). I've discovered most things by mucking around. I'm one of those people whose eyes light up when I see a link marked "Preferences."
The fastest growing demographic on FB is baby boomers!
It isn't intuitive for me either... but I look at it once or twice a day to see whats going on.. twitter too.
I use Flickr for photo hosting; it took me a really long time (years) to hit the limits of a free account.
Kathryn Wright (my pic is my pretty blue car!) :)
Never Without A Book Ltd. (for my store's page)
I'm on twitter for the store, too, (NWAB) but I'm not very good at keeping up with it. I tend to forget to put updates there.
I find my son very helpful when it comes to the computer stuff I don't understand and don't really want to know about! LOL
I got on FB in December of last year and a large part of our extended family is now on board too. I have found it great fun so far.
It's kind of like a digital discussion/broadcast where you make small short comments, post photos, connect stuff (web sites and the like) to your family/friends.
It has brought parts of our family that have not been in any real contact for years together. All of sudden folks are talking to each other and making plans on FB to get together in real space.
Example in point: Prior to FB, I very seldom had the chance to talk to my 25 year niece in NY, now we chat everyday on FB. This where the teenagers and 20-somethings go.
I suspect some folks will say this puts more deeper interchanges (on the phone, real space, etc.) between folks at risk, but I don't think so. At least in my limited (8 months) FB experience I have found it has enlarged the connections between you and your significant people. Heck, I can post a video on FB and the folks in Calif can see my son play piano in recital.
But LT is still my favorite community. We are united by our passion and interest in reading. What a great time to be alive.
I'd say the same; FB has helped me keep in closer touch with some the younger members of the tribe, but, interestingly, now most of the rest of my immediate family has joined, so my great-niece can boast about how cool her grandparents are, that they have FB pages!
The other boon is connecting with people I haven't seen in a decade or two--it's great for that.
And then there are the silly games and stupid quizzes I've gotten sucked into . . .
But agree wholeheartedly that LT is my favorite site ever.
It's time. I hit 50 with a thud this past January. I still sort of hesitate when I say that which is good I guess since I really don't feel like I always thought 50 would feel. Anyway, I'm starting to feel like a fraud in the 40 Something group so I think it's time to join you folks (and you guys really seem to have a lot of fun!). I've got a husband, a teenager, a golden retriever and a cat. I work and do some volunteering. I've been on LT for a little over a year and am really enjoying it. I've read some wonderful books that I probably would never have discovered and have added many, many great books to the TBR pile. Did I mention that I like to read? It is so nice to be around so many well-read people and I hope I can add something here!
(Welcome also to anyone else who has joined that I didn't get around to welcoming! Gosh, this is a fun group!)
I am Diana, live in Ottawa, Canada, 54, divorced but have a man in my life, have 3 young adult kids whom I hope to continue embarrassing as long as I draw breath! I'm an erstwhile high school teacher but may be looking at other things to do soon....
And, of course, I have a life long obsession with reading.
I have to try harder to visit this group.... things are falling by the wayside since I went back to work.. and this is a fun group!
Diana, Hope you have lots of fun. The group has lots of fun discussions and provides much reading inspiration. I also teach high school too and it's back to school for me next week.
I have been an LTer for a couple of years, but I just discovered this thread. Actually, I was searching for old grouches like myself, who might have similar reading interests, and are well past 50, but keeping time like teenagers. I sleep late most days...
I took a look at some of the subject matter on this thread and very quickly cotton-ed on (hiss, booze) to the very entertaining posts and I said to myself, self...this could just be the place for you. And I love books, although am partial to the written word, I will have to be blind before I submit to audiobooks!
At my fine age, books are almost all my enjoyment. Hold that thought, I do have a beautiful wife much younger than me, and a 19-year-old son to boot, and there are many times that's what I would like to give him.
Nowadays, waking up in the morning is in itself a wonder and
a joy to behold, and the fact that I am able to read all those great books that I never had the time for earlier in my life, makes most of my days enjoyable, ditto wife and kid.
I liken a book now to a fine woman from days of yore...when we enter my boudoir I wonder what adventures are in store between the covers, what mysteries will be revealed, will I be charmed, or found wanting more, will I fall asleep at the most exciting place, or will I enter a world of eternal bliss, prescribed by my doctor as a cure for...insomnia (ha!)
How's that as a way of introducing myself, and hopefully, I have not upset anyone. Please remember, sticks or stones, and bones and such...but words will always delight me...
I think you may be a dangerous man to hang out with. I can't wait!!
Welcome to a really good group of "old farts". Interesting histories, interesting reading and interested in others. You will fit right in.
Although I evidently signed up here months ago, I didn't start playing around with the site until a day or two ago. Still trying to figure out what's what here. . .
I just finished reading Cloud Atlas (and several other books, all of which have completely vanished from my mind for the moment. I guess that's why I belong in the "over 50" group.). Not sure what's up next on my list, possibly The Beach Beneath the Pavement by Roland Denning, which I acquired last week in a book swap.
I look forward to getting more immersed in the site, as it seems congenial (& I'm always looking for readers. . .). I hope yzall will bear with me as I learn my way around. . .
If, on the other hand, you join for real, become a part of our community, and are honest about what you are looking for, we'll give you our honest opinions, help you out of slumps, and give you all the feedback you can handle!
There is at least one Author group you can join where you can talk all you want about your book.
John, I echo Mary. This group was actually started by an author, so we have no qualms. Just remember, we are friends first, customers second!
John, I can't remember what I've read a lot of the time, but that's partly why I joined the challenges--last year the 50-book challenge, this year the 75-book challenge. I'm behind at this point but it's a great way for me to keep track of what I've read. And as a hint, you can "star" a thread so you can find it easily--just go to the top of the thread and click on the star there. Then in the list on the left, you can click on "your starred" to find them easily.
Some people write reviews for their books as they read them, and others use the tags to note what they've read or to mark things "TBR = to be read" books. One of the great things about LT is that you have a lot of options for how you list and organize things.
Oh--forgot--you can also use the collections feature to group books in your library. I use it to keep my library separate from "read but unowned" books.
morfam. May I use your idea of a book next time someone asks me "Why do you read so many books?"
jsundman. Always interested in what authors read and like. Looking forward to it.
But, while I have your ear ... I took a peek at your author page, and the works pages for a couple of your books. Looks like the CK (Common Knowledge) portion of your author page has been filled in by someone (you or your wife?). You might also think about doing the CK for each of your books. The more info that's out there, the better for readers to find you.
I can see by the tags that they're not my cup of tea, but I wish you the best! And welcome to LT!
Feel free to use anything in my posts, at least then I will know they're being read.
However, my description of a book got me into trouble with the Warden, been sent to my room again for a timeout. Tee Hee, gives me a chance to read another chapter of Woods Burner by John Pipkin, a book I am really enjoying.
Story is about Thoreau, who accidentally set the woods around Concord, Mass. on fire, while he was building his cabin at Walden Pond. It's imaginative, and different, and well worth a read...
You may be new to this group but you just added one more book Woods Burner to my TBR pile.
Don't worry about the warden the parole board meets soon.
Thanks for the welcome & the advice. For now I'll concentrate on populating my library; as I get more comfortable with the site & its navigation & culture I may join a few conversations. . .