Archive for September, 2012

Hobbits and swords and armor, oh my!

September 26, 2012
Courtesy of
“The Higgins Armory, 100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, MA; 1-508-853-6015, is hosting a Middle-Earth Day on Saturday, 29 September from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In addition to stories and games, activities include making a Gondorian shield (or designing one of your own), watching Arwen teach Aragorn the proper way to slay an orc and seeing if you can out run a dwarf! The program is free with museum admission. 
The Higgins Armory boasts the largest collection of medieval/ancient armor and weaponry in the Western Hemisphere, so be sure to leave time to see the museum. For information on museum hours and admission prices, go to”
My friend Lin and I plan to be there.  Belike some of you might wish to make the trek there as well.
Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

Not all those who wander are lost.

Thain Peregrin Took II
The 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2

Great Smials
Tuckborough, The Shire

Hobbits, and swords, and Armor, oh my!

September 25, 2012

The call of the wild hobbit!  Off to Worcester, MA, on Saturday.  Lin and I will be heading off for the Higgins Armory in Worcester Massachusetts, which is hosting a Middle-Earth Day on Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

It will be interesting as I’ll be in the hospital on Thursday for stent replacement.  I should be recovered enough to make the drive and try and corral some memberships in my 3rd Conference On Middle-earth, Part 2, among the folk attending.   Being among hobbits will give me a big lift to my spirits.

Food for the tummy!

September 25, 2012

I’m feeling a little bit better today.  I made up my “Jell-O Thing” for a couple nights of desserts and mixed breakfast for Wednesday & Friday: Matzo Meal pancakes.  Yummy.

22 SEP 12

September 23, 2012

A belated “Happy Birthday” to Bilbo & Frodo Baggins.

After a nice breakfast of bacon & hard boiled eggses we watched TLOTR.  Of course we had seed cakes in addition to other goodies.  It was a good day.

2 smart folk!

September 21, 2012

I received 2 more membership in 3rd COME.  They just beat the price increase deadline.  So when are YOU going to join? !

Hobbit Food!

September 16, 2012

It is a cool and sunny Sunday.  After a short walk with Lin I baked up a couple seed cakes.  Being hammered by the chemo I relied on Lin as to how they came out.  She said, they were okay.  I’m hoping my taste buds will recover enough to allow me to enjoy some seed cake while watching TLOTR on the 22nd.

Subject: Chemo # 13 & 14 &15 – Update!

September 15, 2012


After having Chemo #12 on 19 June I went thru the usual plumbing problems.  I then complained to the oncologist.  Rather than dropping Aloxi altogether, he substituted a less nasty drug.

Other than that and feeling enervated over the weekend, things went fairly well for a change.  My PSA has risen slightly.  I’m curious as to how it will respond to going back to Chemo every 3 weeks.

On 28 June I met with the radiologist.  He felt I was hanging in there as well as can be expected.  I’m to see him again in a year.

The RBC count has remained high enough that another transfusion has not been required.  YEA!

I am still quite tired and run out of energy easily.  Fatigue is an off and on again companion.

I recently realized my hair, which had been growing back a little bit, was now disappearing.  😦  No beard, tho some strange feeling bristles show up.  I’m still managing to hold the nausea at bay.  The meds and ginger seem to be working.  I also  noticed that just about all my body hair has disappeared. J

As usual after Chemo everything tasted horrible for about 10 days.  Thereafter, it was merely poor.

On 3 July I met with the oncologist’s PA.  My numbers seem to be satisfactory.

On 9 July I met with the urologist & his PA.  No problems.  Stent replacement  due at the end of September /early October. Ψ!

On the 10July I had Chemo #13 [Only 287 to go], hormone shot, & Zometa.  I was there for a long time.  This was followed by the Neulasta shot on the 11th.  I learned my PSA had dropped slightly.  The new antiemetic seems to have worked.  My intestinal problems were greatly reduced.

As I was going away, I met with the oncologist on the 16th.  Again, my numbers seemed to be okay.

With doctors’ appointments out of the way for a while, Lin & I headed to Chattanooga for an SF con.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself not withstanding the problems with the hotel & being hammered by the heat & humidity.  On the way home we visited with an author friend of ours in SC.  Getting on the road again was a delight.

Off to Chemo #14 [286 to go!] on the 31 July & Neulasta on  the 1st.  As usual the fatigue set in on the 3rd & lasted thru the 7th, tho I did get a few things done besides reading.  Minimal intestinal  & plumbing problems.  Thank G-d.

I met with the oncologist on the 15th.  I learned my PSA had stayed about the same place.  Higher than in March, but not by much.  I’m in the good feeling period of the week to 10 days before the next chemo.

Chemo #15 [285 to go!] on 21 August.  I didn’t have the usual recovery time before Lin & I headed west to Chicago.  I was fatigued on Sunday, 25 August so I put the car on cruise control & took a nap. Actually Lin drove. 🙂  I was surprisingly up for the trip and con.  I was pushing myself, and it worked.  We both had a great time.

I noticed a new reaction to Chemo.  The nail bed on 3 of my fingers seems to be dying.  I wonder just how many fingernails I’ll lose.  Currently 3 on my right hand are effected.  Of course, I’m right handed.  As to my toenails, they did sort of grow back a little bit.  However, they look as if I was taking foot baths in radioactive toxic waste.  Weird suckers.

The Tolkien Conference is gaining members.  How about you! .

I also hope to take a couple of short trips over the next few months.

An interesting article.

September 11, 2012

I highly recommend the article by Michael Grunwald in the 17 September 2012 issue of time: One Nation On Welfare.  Living Your Life on The Dole.

If you don’t subscribe to TIME, copies should be available at your nearest library.  The article may not be what you expect.

Go Ronnie!

September 11, 2012

Go Ronnie!

“We establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate.” -Ronald Reagan, 40th US President (1911-2004)


September 10, 2012
Looking for a font to use?  Check this out!
Here’s the link to Lin’s Fontage/IndieGoGo campaign.

Fontage has been a labor of love since its inception in ’95. It even spawned a word: “fontage” has come to mean a collection of fonts. It started as a way to help my friend, a graphic designer, get her 700+ fonts in some kind of order so she could find the one she wanted easily.

We created a monster. Fontage currently has 4,800 fonts displayed, in 155 categories, with 25,000 awaiting my attention.

In addition to the face lift, and adding more fonts, there is a tremendous amount of “value added” material on the history of fonts, font designers, typography, etc. I want to bring that to Fontage, making it more than just a download site.