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Here's hoping those who are getting a mid-spring snow are only getting it lightly.

It's been unseasonably cold the past few days, and damp, which makes it feel colder. And that north wind?  Slices right through everything.

By this weekend though, we'll be in the 70's.

With any luck, MedFair will be sunny and 70's, with a warm south wind, about 20-25 mph.

I'd like it to be in the 80's though, as I'll spend most of the weekend wet from watering the dogs (and other critters brought to the Fair). I go next week for a refresher training course on pet first aid, and my friend J has oxygen tanks that she uses in her craft demonstration in case we need to apply oxygen to any animals.

Water Paws is the most popular booth to volunteer at.  Everyone wants to be there to pet and water the dogs and coo over the new little puppies.

Edited to add:  Woozle needs help
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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:19:09 PM PDT

  •  I would want to work in Water Paws Booth too. (10+ / 0-)

    Be Kind to Animals

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:47:50 PM PDT

  •  Ah. The usual Monday night. (7+ / 0-)

    Check the R&BL queue to see if any diaries about bookstores are queued. Find nothing at 9:30 PM, pull up my dissertation, search for a particular bookseller, realize that there are five pages on him, find the graphic, build a diary and queue it.

    It's done now.  Off to bed, and there WILL be an All Things Bookstore diary tomorrow morning. I think this was the model for the bookstore in Raymond Chandler's novel, The Big Sleep.

    -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

    by Dave in Northridge on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 10:12:23 PM PDT

  •  Refresh my memory, what city in Oklahoma (7+ / 0-)

    are you in, you and the Medfair?

    And Medfair is short for what, again?

    I think it's medieval fair?

    And what are the second and third most popular booths or activities,
    aside from giving water to thirsty dogs?

    About the weather,
    I'm in Wichita, Kansas,
    not too far north of you,
    and the way you describe the weather there is,
    of course,
    similar to here.

    I just brought our three dogs in;
    the two younger and larger dogs,
    although small breed and short haired,
    can generate more body heat,
    and hold it in better with their short but dense fur,
    can tolerate the cold night better
    than the third dog,
    our old dog,
    Rowdy Joe,
    a chihuahua Pomeranian mix,
    who looks a lot like your Itzl.

    He was born in June of 2005,
    so this summer he'll be 8 years old.

    With his small body,
    in spite of his very thick fur,
    he suffers more than the two fat, young female dogs we have.

    I just brought all three inside.

    I'll take them back out around seven AM,
    as the sun is coming up.

    It's the coldest part of the morning,
    but they'll need to pee and poo by then,
    and I'll put out generous bowls full of water and food,
    within a few hours,
    they'll be lying in the sun,
    feeling great.

    they don't eat all their dog food,
    and they amuse themselves
    by letting the blackbirds land and eat a little,
    before they chase them off.

    Thanks for the comfort of this daily check-in group.

    I advised some at The Grieving Room
    to check in here daily.

    A daily support group is truly comforting,
    rather than waiting til Monday evenings,
    the regular time for TGR.

    Thanks again.

    •  OU MedFair (5+ / 0-)

      is the Oklahoma University Medieval Fair in Norman, OK. It's been the 1st weekend in April for 36 years, and I've worked there 35 of those years.

      Most popular booths depends on who you are and what you like.  We have over 250 vendors, 8 stages, a Royal Court that wanders, 3 troupes of street players, 6 rows of food vendors, 2 jousting/tourney fields, 2 groups of pirates, over a dozen demonstrators, and a large interactive children's area that includes craft activities and mermaids.

      The most asked for booths at the Info Booth and Fair Office are the privies, the turkey legs, the root beer booth, the roasted nuts booth, and the wax hands booth. Those aren't necessarily the most popular.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:12:05 AM PDT

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  •  I posted today in the PWB peeps about my (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Noddy, FloridaSNMOM, weck

    current financial pinch,which I wrote about here last night. And thankfully I had a couple, of sales so now I can another box of insulin syringes for LuvLee. It' a relief to have that taken care of - one less thing to worry about!

    I still have to earn some more to get through the month, but at least the "no sales for you" speak got broken today. I'm very grateful to the buyers.

    And I'm literally falling asleep over the computer, so I will just leave you with the link to my comment from the PWB thread, and say good night :)

    End of Winter SALE at my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet - 25%off winter scarves, afghans, holiday items!

    by jan4insight on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 11:12:47 PM PDT

  •  lots done Monday... got firewood rack completely (6+ / 0-)
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    bumbi, Noddy, broths, FloridaSNMOM, weck, old wobbly

    taken apart & turned into more firewood & some usable lumber. amazing to look out the kitchen window and NOT see that! so we had cooked in the fireplace pork chop & hamburger!

    I overdid with the weeding while helping with de-construction of the firewood rack, my forearm muscles are killing me despite ibuprofen & ice pack. so my dear DH (no, that's not redundant, just accurate, 8-)) made me a snack cake special! and it worked perfectly!

    what I like most about this cake recipe is the crunchy top layer that forms, and lasts for about 20 minutes. we usually put in those fancy bundt pans from Nordicware, you know? well, we recently got their 12-mini pan, and hadn't tried it with this crunchy-cake (well "sponge cake" except it isn't a standard sponge cake, also known as "Lazy-Daisy Cake" I think). it worked fantastically. had to tiptoe through figuring out the time, but got it right! lots of crunchy-tops, and even a bit of crunch developed on the bottoms!

    hmm, this is very dangerous info to have! yet another thing to have to ride herd on the impulse to make it every other day! 8-0!!!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 12:30:34 AM PDT

  •  g'day; passing through again nt (6+ / 0-)
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    bumbi, Noddy, broths, FloridaSNMOM, weck, old wobbly
  •  Morning all! Up early for 8 am appt, darn, (6+ / 0-)

    it is hard to get out of a warm bed into a cold house!

    Feel like temp of 28, it is getting warmer, hope it is a
    sunny day, can't tell yet.
    Hope everyone has a great day!

    "The devil laughs when the poor give to the rich," Benvenuto Cellini, goldsmith, sculptor 1500-1571

    by bumbi on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 03:11:31 AM PDT

  •  Good morning everyone! (4+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, weck, Noddy, old wobbly

    Cold today. 35 last night, and 57 today, with strong winds. It's sunny though.

    I just fed, watered, and walked my two little paw girls.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:32:13 AM PDT

  •  Good morning... (3+ / 0-)
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    weck, Noddy, old wobbly

    Lots of seizures last night but so far so good today. We got cable turned on yesterday because we could get NO channels at all with the antenna. I'm told that's common in this area. It gives me something to do when I'm having those really bad days, so though I was seizing last night I got to watch Revolution and Being Human and Bones to keep my mind occupied. Reading works as well, unless they are too close together and I can't hold the book, but right now I'm reading a hard back from the library and that's even harder to do when seizing.

    If I could get to Medfair I'd bring Sophie to visit you Noddy. Freya is too 'other dog wary' but Sophie would have fun. Maybe some day, when we get a car, we can do a road trip.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:19:10 AM PDT

  •  I have another double steel drum lesson tonight, (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Noddy, old wobbly, FloridaSNMOM

    and this time the director will lend me a set of pans to practice on, as he has canceled lessons for a week due to having other plans.  I have no idea how my woozle will react to the drums, he is wary of unusual noises.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:37:24 AM PDT

  •  I always love (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Noddy, old wobbly, FloridaSNMOM

    seeing your pics from Water Paws.  Will we get them again this year?  (Hint, hint...)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 07:52:10 AM PDT

  •  I took the winter plastic off my windows (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    old wobbly, Noddy, FloridaSNMOM

    last night.  The worst it will get around here till next winter is a bit nippy.  

    It took several hours to get it up and about 10 minutes to take it down.  And most of that was moving the stepstool around.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 08:26:24 AM PDT

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