madeleone: (hermione gr)
ASH is back! I saw that [ profile] celisnebula posted a couple days ago on [ profile] sycophant_hex that it should hopefully be back up and running soon. So on a whim tonight I clicked on my bookmark for ASH and, lo and behold, it came up and appears to be working fine. I never realized how many of my SS/HG bookmarks are from there before it was gone. So many times in recent weeks I've tried to find a story to rec for my weekly one_bad_man post and the only links I had were to ASH. Many thanks to [ profile] celisnebula for perservering and for all who helped straighten the problem out.
madeleone: (hermione gr)
In my recent post about our camping trip I talked about how I always feel re-energized by being in the forest. My youngest daughter and I have shared this feeling for years. It's not just camping and nature that call to us, but specifically the forest environment itself that seems to really charge our internal batteries. Now, come to find out, it's not just us. Apparently 'forest bathing' is a real thing. The practice began in Japan. Back in the early 1990s the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined the term Shinrin-yoku — which translates roughly as forest bathing. It's supposed to have documented health benefits of reduced stress hormones and decreased blood pressure among other things.

The link to the article and audio report aired on NPR is below, I found it all very interesting but I still prefer to believe the explanation that it's simply due to the dryad blood in my DNA. ;-)

Read this story:

Forest Bathing: A Retreat To Nature Can Boost Immunity And Mood

madeleone: (hermione gr)
Bet you didn't even know I was gone. LOL! Hubby and I just got back today from a two week camping trip and I've been out of touch with internet and such. We spent a week at a National forest campground we like in NW Michigan in the heart of the woods and on the high banks of a creek. Also got to visit our youngest daughter and her family for a day and give our grandson some smooches and snuggle with his baby sis. Hubby also got meet our oldest son and grandson for a golf date one day too.

Then we moved on for the second week to another favorite campground of ours, a state forest campground on Little Guernsey Lake, this time, that is quite a bit off the beaten path and same son and his family joined us for a long weekend. We were lucky enough to get adjacent sites about 20 yards apart and the grandkids could run back and forth between us. The lake has good fishing--not my thing, but son, grandkids and hubby like it. Still, I'm just happy to chill out with my e-reader under the trees chasing the shade around as the sun slides across the sky. Something about being in the forest just recharges my batteries, my youngest daughter says the same thing, I tease her that we are descended from dryads. While drinking my morning coffee I could hear the loons calling to each other across the lake--heavenly.

It is good to get back to the comforts of home though. My seven year old grandson said before leaving, "I like camping, but I'll be glad to get back home where there's internet!"  I actually did have a fairly decent cell connection, but using my hotspot eats up my data so I only went online occasionally to make sure the rest of the world was still out there.

We're home for a brief week and a half and we'll be setting off again for our annual family camping trip. We scoped out a new campground while we were gone for this next trip, again a rustic state forest campground in the banks of the Platte River, which we've been told is great for tubing. My older daughter and her family are coming 'home' to Michigan for a week (they just moved to the DC area for son-in-laws work) and we're looking forward to a having a family get together with all four of our kids and their kids. Our truck and fifth wheel are getting a work out this summer for sure. 'Sighs,' retirement is good!

ETA:  Although sadly, I'm now terribly behind on the sshg_promptfest. It's going to take me a while to catch up!
madeleone: (hermione gr)
I'm more of a lurker than a poster but this deserves an update. I became a grandma again today, for the sixth time. Three of my four kids now have two each, coincidentally each has a boy and a girl in that order, (what's the odds of that I wonder?) Their ages are 7, 4.5, 3, 1.5, 9 months, and one day old.

Anyway here is our newest bundle of joy, born around noon today, Delaney Rose K., 8lb.4oz, 20'' long. Baby and Mom are doing fine.
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madeleone: (hermione gr)
Hardly seems like nine years already!

#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

madeleone: (hermione gr)
Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Since someone on my LJ flist said she could  no longer cross post since the new TOS thingey at LJ, I'm just testing to make sure the crossposting feature works for me. Of course, I did agree to the TOS, so perhaps if she didn't maybe that is why crossposting won't work for her???

FYI: for the time being I will still be primarily at LJ and using this as my back up site.
madeleone: (hermione gr)
Once again everything is in a uproar in my LJ world with this new TOS thing. I skimmed it, was a little leary, but clicked agree anyway. As in previous incidents, I will continue here (at LJ) but keep DW as a back up for my journal. (I have been slightly better at importing it over to dreamwidth on a semi-regular basis instead of once a year or so).

Although I have seen one of my flisters comment she was no longer able to cross post, so that is worrisome (perhaps because she didn't agree to LJ's TOS? I'm not exactly sure though). I guess my next move is to hop on over to DW and do a post to see if it works for me crossposting here.

But for the most part, I'll be doing any posts, updates, and such here on LJ until it disappears.

ETA: I am madeleone to anyone who wants to add me over at DW. FYI you need to both subcribe and give access for us to be mutual friends.
madeleone: (hermione gr)
So, I can now admit to writing for Besieging Miss Granger for [ profile] krissy_cits. The original prompt was: Hermione keeps bumping into Severus Snape, and she starts to wonder if it is REALLY coincidental or not.

I will admit I set out to write a much different story. I'd expected it to be a short 4 to 5k fluffy fic about Severus having a crush on Hermione but unwilling to reveal his feelings. Somehow along the way, that morphed into a mystery/stalker fic--at least Severus wasn't her stalker. Sometimes I hate it when plot bunnies escape their cage and go haring off on their own. :-) I'd like to thank my totally awesome beta [ profile] delphipsmith for her patience and amazing beta skills. She's a real peach.

I've enjoyed all of the great fic and art created for this fest. There are still a few fics I've not had a chance to read yet, but I will soon. I must say it all was excellent and I am in awe of the talent we harbor here in our little corner of the fandom. Many, many thanks to the wonderful [ profile] sshg_giftfest mods [ profile] delphipsmith and [ profile] dreamy_dragon73 for all they do to keep the fest going.

ETA:I almost forgot to mention that the background for this fic, Logralo's, the business shared by Luna, Hermione, and Neville, originally appeared in in a short ficlet titled Phoenix Feathers at Dusk that I wrote way back in 2009 when I was just trying out my fanfic wings. It was posted over at hpcon_envy in response to a prompt by bambu345. It's also at (where I post as magalena). It's certainly not necessary to read it before Besieging Miss Granger, but it shows how Logralo's got started. I always thought it would be fun to expand into that universe a bit so I had fun with it here.
madeleone: (hermione gr)
Happy New Year to everyone! And here's hoping that the next year is better than the last!

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Hope you have a fantastic birthday!

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madeleone: (hermione gr)
WooHoo! My gift The Best Laid Plans was posted today over at the [ profile] sshg_giftfest and a lovely one it is! My mystery author combined several of my prompts into one sweet, funny, smutty tale. Check it out here:

Recipient madeleone
Title:The Best Laid Plans
Author: Anon
Pairing: Severus/Hermione
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,560 +/-
Content: Smut abounds! I took the liberty of diving right into an established friendship without much back explanation, I hope that’s okay. Post-war AU where Severus lives.
Disclaimer: All recognizable characters belong to JK Rowling and associates. No copyright infringement intended.
Summary: No one ever said making plans was Harry’s strong suit.

As I said in my comment at giftfest: Dear MA, thank you so much. This was perfect, you've checked all my boxes: it's a cute, funny, smutty, sexy romp, with a happy ending. Who could ever ask for more.  ;-)
madeleone: (hermione gr)
Sorry, I'm a day late but hope you had a fabulous birthday!

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I'm so happy that this fest is happening again this year. Although I won't be able to participate as a writer, because we won't be home from our trip until Oct 18th I know know I couldn't pull anything together in time. But I promise to read and look and oooh and aaahh over all the wonderful entries.
madeleone: (hermione gr)
I've signed up over at Crack_Broom to rec Hermione/Snape for November, but September and October are both wide open. Just sayin'. Spread some SS/HG love around. ;)
madeleone: (hermione gr)
I just discovered that another of my prompts was chosen and posted at [ profile] rarepair_shorts. The author is [ profile] sabethea and the fic is Magical Creatures. This time my rare-pair choice was Luna Lovegood and Charlie Weasley. I have an WIP fic where I've used them as a minor characters couple, and the idea of this pair seems to work for me. After all, Charlie loves dragons, Luna loves magical creatures, they are a match made in heaven. This is another wonderful little ficfor me! :)

Author: sabethea
Recipient: madeleone
Title: Magical Creatures
Pairing: Charlie/Luna
Request/Prompt: Luna has always had a thing for rare magical creatures. She's just discovered that dragonkeeper has moved to the top of her list.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 493 words
Summary: see prompt!


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