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BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in

katlaughing 03 Apr 03 - 12:01 PM
Allan C. 03 Apr 03 - 12:19 PM
katlaughing 03 Apr 03 - 12:33 PM
Allan C. 03 Apr 03 - 12:51 PM
Ebbie 03 Apr 03 - 01:06 PM
Alba 03 Apr 03 - 01:07 PM
Allan C. 03 Apr 03 - 01:14 PM
Alba 03 Apr 03 - 01:24 PM
Rustic Rebel 03 Apr 03 - 02:25 PM
Geoff the Duck 03 Apr 03 - 03:07 PM
Allan C. 03 Apr 03 - 05:20 PM
katlaughing 03 Apr 03 - 05:40 PM
SINSULL 03 Apr 03 - 05:56 PM
Allan C. 03 Apr 03 - 06:01 PM
Rustic Rebel 03 Apr 03 - 06:03 PM
Morticia 03 Apr 03 - 06:08 PM
SINSULL 03 Apr 03 - 06:12 PM
katlaughing 03 Apr 03 - 06:22 PM
Bee-dubya-ell 03 Apr 03 - 06:50 PM
artbrooks 03 Apr 03 - 06:55 PM
SINSULL 03 Apr 03 - 07:36 PM
Rapparee 03 Apr 03 - 09:53 PM
MAG 03 Apr 03 - 10:31 PM
Dani 03 Apr 03 - 10:53 PM
Allan C. 04 Apr 03 - 08:25 AM
Rapparee 04 Apr 03 - 08:40 AM
Alba 04 Apr 03 - 08:45 AM
Allan C. 04 Apr 03 - 09:58 AM
Morticia 04 Apr 03 - 10:31 AM
Peg 04 Apr 03 - 10:38 AM
Dani 04 Apr 03 - 11:01 AM
Allan C. 04 Apr 03 - 01:07 PM
Gareth 04 Apr 03 - 06:02 PM
artbrooks 04 Apr 03 - 06:10 PM
katlaughing 04 Apr 03 - 07:21 PM
Rustic Rebel 04 Apr 03 - 10:02 PM
open mike 05 Apr 03 - 05:19 AM
Tinker 05 Apr 03 - 10:30 AM
katlaughing 05 Apr 03 - 12:28 PM
Allan C. 05 Apr 03 - 01:28 PM
Peg 05 Apr 03 - 01:51 PM
Alba 05 Apr 03 - 02:08 PM
Ebbie 05 Apr 03 - 04:18 PM
katlaughing 05 Apr 03 - 04:39 PM
SINSULL 05 Apr 03 - 05:40 PM
artbrooks 05 Apr 03 - 06:05 PM
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Subject: BS: The RespiteTavern - Spring on in
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 12:01 PM

C'mon in! It's nice and cozy in here with dimmed lighting, nice clean bar, floors, tables, and bathrooms. The windows are open and a fresh, slight breeze carries the scent of freshly turned earth and flowers. The cats are curled on a rug in front of the fireplace. The remant coals of an early morning take-off-the-chill fire draws them nigh. A spray of forsythia blooms rise up from a large vase on the bar and smaller vases of daffodils grace each table.

This is a mellow tavern. One of soft lights, cool, smooth drinks, and no televisions or radios, so it is completely devoid of any outside news. It is a place to come away from your cares and concerns. To tune up and tune in with friends in a mellow blend of voices and instruments. The only rules are no political/war debates and no brawling.

So, let's hear some soothing strumming, melodious mandos, finessed fiddling, sonorous singing and all join in. Bert's credit card has been unmaxed and the drinks are on him!!

Rise up the members of this house
Together come as we
For the summer springs so fresh and green and gay
We'll sing you all a blossom
And a bud on every spring
Drawing near to the merry month of May


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 12:19 PM

Here ya go, kat. I brought a few wands of redbud to stick in that vase of forsythia. Mind if I whip up a fruit smoothie or two? (You've got to scroll down to it, folks.) It seems like a great day for one of those. Would you like one?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 12:33 PM

Hmmm...yummie, Allan, yes, please! Love fruit smoothies! Thanks!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 12:51 PM

There's a place down the road from me where they make a murky green smoothie called a Mudfrog that looks perfectly awful but it tastes wonderful! I think the ones with mango in them are the greatest.

We are just about a week away from seeing the first dogwood blooms here in Virginia; but nearly everything else is bursting forth in leaf or bloom. The weather has been warm and lovely for the past few days, despite a brief, surprise snowstorm late last week. It was nearly 70 degrees (somewhere near 21 C.) here before ten this morning - a beautiful spring day.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Ebbie
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 01:06 PM

I gratefully stack my shootin' arn outside the door with the others that are already there and enter.

Hmmmmmm. Nice atmosphere here. Smells good too. Sorry that the only flower I brought along is a handful of crocuses. The only thing that has come up yet around my house. But at least they smell like spring and add a glowing bit of color.

I'll have a fruit smoothie if you have another one handy?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Alba
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 01:07 PM

The winter's retreating defeated by Spring............ooooh it's nice in here. Seems like a good idea to get away from all the strife for a while:>)
So glad you have opened The Katlaughin Tavern up Kat. Ill have one of those smoothies if you don't mind Alan.
So who wants to give us a song?........my ears could be doing with something soothing:>) hang on till I just tune my mandolin.... is that a wind harp Im hearing outside..Love a nice breeze so I do....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 01:14 PM

I'll just make up another blender full for you guys. (I'm starting to think this is why I have kept my blender for all these years - at last it is earning its keep!)

Ya'll can join me in singing "Seeds of Love" if you want. It seems like a good song for this time of year. I like it almost as much as "Seven Golden Daffodils" which, if you don't mind, I'll sing for you after I clean up a bit from all this smoothie making.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Alba
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 01:24 PM

No complaints here Allan sing away.....as for your blender..bless it, it makes a wonder filled smoothie....
As for "Seven Golden Daffodils"......can hardy wait to hear you sing. A perfect choice. Sigh!! Just keeps getting better by the minute in here.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 02:25 PM

Hey all, thought I would come in out of the sleet and rest my feet awhile. Smells damn fresh in here, Spaw must not of been here yet! I brought some fresh strawberries if you don't mind whipping up some strawberry margaritas when your done with those smoothies Allen, you know my love for tequila goes deep! I'm going to go over to the corner now and tune up my guitar, soak my harps and get ready for a fine spring jam.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 03:07 PM

Hey, did I hear the sound of a guitar?
Pass me a long smooth drink, and I'll quack along quietly to myself......
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack,


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 05:20 PM

No problem at all with the strawberry margaritas, I'll make up a batch in a jiffy. Uh...kat...where'd you put that jiffy when you used it last time? Nevermind, I'll just use the blender.

Musical fact: Anybody remember Fred Waring of "Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians"? Fred's wife was ill for quite a while to the point at which she was unable to chew and swallow regular food. Fred invented a device that liquified most foods so that she could swallow them. This was the start of the "Waring Blender".

Let's hear something from that mandolin, Alba. Have you gotten that guitar tuned yet, RR?

Geoff, your turn is coming up. Would you like to sing "The Gooey Duck Song" perhaps?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 05:40 PM

Hmmmm, strawberry daquiris sound GREAT!! Throw a little ice in, too, please llan, so they are nice and cool? Thanks for bringing in the fresh strawberries, RR.

Anyone know When it's springtime in the Rockies? We've had a high winds/dirt storm yesterday followed by rain turning to light sno to rain to cloud today.:-) And, yet, everything continues to bloom and the birds are busy building nests. Spring is in the air!!

Sometime in here I'd like to do some harmony on Peace I ask of thee o' river too...ahh....this is nice. So glad you've all joined in.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 05:56 PM

Make mine Raspberry, Allan. And replace the Omega Oil with rum and the nonfat yogurt with heavy cream.

Store-bought daffodils, here. A whole armful. They are selling them to raise money for cancer research.

Nothing from my garden - 4" snow makes that a little difficult.

How interesting! Green Garden Salad Jell-o in the Jell-o pit. Nice touch.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 06:01 PM

Sorry SINSULL, Allan doesn't do raspberries...It's a long story. I'll gladly step aside so that you can do whatever blending you want.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 06:03 PM

A tall thin lean older gentleman with long dark straggly hair walks in the bar. Slung on his back is a ukulele. He slides up to the bar, asks for a smoothie in any color but purple and introduces himself as Herbert Buckingham Khaury. He grabs his ukulele and performs in a high falsetto tone,

(~~Tiptoe Through The Tulips~~)
(Al Dubin/Joe Burke)
Tiptoe to the window, by the window
that is where I'll be..
Come tiptoe through the tulips with me!

Tiptoe from your pillow,
to the shadow of a willow tree
And tiptoe through the tulips with me!

Knee deep in flowers will stray,
we'll keep the showers away.
And if I kiss you in the garden,
in the moonlight, will you pardon me?
Come tiptoe through the tulips with me!


We all sit quietly mesmerized while he performs. No one dares utter a sound. It's all so bizarre for this to be happening so early in the day when only a few of us are here so far.

He finishes the tune and the applause starts at a slow pace, and picks up to hoots and hollers, cheers and whistles and laughter so pleasing, from the small crowd that we are.

He slams the smoothie and says, "Thank-you, on second thought give me another, please make it purple this time."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Morticia
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 06:08 PM

In I waltz, an arm full of apple blossom...mix me up one of those smoothies and tip in some rum, Allen...glad to see the diet is going well,Sins *BG*

Fair maids of February, why don't you come out to play?
Fair maids of February, why don't you come out today?

Morti carols off, stage left and checks the Ladies where we inadvertantly left a member of the mudcat chocoladies last time...just in case, you understand.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 06:12 PM

Damn Morti! Is Liz stuck in the stall again? Allan, pass over those Omega Oils. We're going to need them.

And what do you mean, you don't do raspberries? There must be a story there...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 06:22 PM

Only Spaw can do the raspberries!! Well, and da Reg boyz and Pa and Cletus!! And, Cleigh O'Possum!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 06:50 PM

More musical blender trivia:

Doran Oster who owns Sabine Music, maker of electronic tuners, wireless mics etc. (plus a retail music store in Gainesville, FL) is of the same Oster clan that manufactures Osterizer blenders. He went from blenders to music, exactly the opposite of Fred Waring.

Now, if whoever's tending bar would be so kind as to make me a peanut-butter and grape jelly milkshake in either a Waring or Osterizer or any other brand of blender I would greatly appreciate it.

Hey! Don't make those "gag me with a Smurf" motions until you's tried one. They really are good!

And has anybody seen a roll of duct tape around here?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: artbrooks
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 06:55 PM

The formerly grey-bearded, balding student walks in and sits down at the bar. "Whew,' he says to himself and the beautiful bartender, "just finished another paper. Can I have a beer? Anything except wheat beer or that nasty Guiness stuff." "Anything?" says the Laughing Cat. "Yeah. I know that a place with this much class wouldn't serve any kinda 'light beer' or beer with flavoring. Wait...you have Lambic Kriec on tap? I take that back! Two pints, please!"


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 07:36 PM

Hasn't anyone warned art that all the kegs and all the bottles and all the cans contain Old Turkey Turd Beer? They just recycle the containers.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 09:53 PM

He enters, reciting quietly

"Whan that Aprille with its shoures soute
The drought of Marche hath pierced to the route
And bathed each vein in swich liquore..."

Liquor. It reminds him.

"Alaska Amber, please. Or Talisker. Or Bushmill's 16 year old Irish. Thanks. No, I don't do fruit smoothies."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: MAG
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 10:31 PM

Since it's virtual. I'll borrow the blender and fix up some of those Tia Maria/Creme de Cacao/ice cream thingies.

It was 79F here on Sunday, with snow flurries ever since. I hope the sweet peas make it.

Rounds over here in this corner ...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Dani
Date: 03 Apr 03 - 10:53 PM

Everything's blooming like crazy here. Dogwoods bobbing and shining over swaths of wild violets, purple and denim blue. Tulips and iris blinking in the rain. Green-and-gold holding up the new phlox blossoms.

The scent of dying hyacinth was replaced with lilacs today. Whew.

It's been a long day... Can I pull up a couch and put my feet up with a glass of water and a jack daniels, straight up? I'll help you do wash those smoothie glasses after I rest for a while, Allan.

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 08:25 AM

Take your time, Dani. I am only hoping that you brought along some of that wonderful coffee from The James Pharmacy Restaurant. I could use a dose of caffeine about now. In fact, is there anyone here who knows how to set up an IV?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Rapparee
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 08:40 AM

Quietly he wanders out, drunkenly looking for a place to live....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Alba
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 08:45 AM

Now I don't know who's idea it was to get the bar b q going outside but it smells good whatever's cookin and I have to say that I am a bit hungry now....
Caffeine is a good idea Allen, get us all jumping and maybe give us the shove we need for a few tunes....It's amazing that no matter how many musicians are in here.... the session doesn't get messy, is this Inn heaven!!!!!
My IV skills, Im afraid to say, are nil Allen, but Ill glady make the coffee and keep pouring it, it's the least I can do after all the smoothies you've been making:>)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 09:58 AM

What you smell on the barbee is an eight pound chunk of fresh tuna that has been marinated in a lime/basil vinegrette. It is just about due for a turning. Maybe if SINSULL and Morticia are through playing in the loo they could dip their hands in some of that stuff Mudlark is going to be using on her rug and then flip the tuna.

Hm-m-m-m..."flip the tuna"...It sounds like it ought to be a euphemism for something, doesn't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Morticia
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 10:31 AM

do I have to flip it with my hand.....couldn't I use a cooking bat or something....?


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Peg
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 10:38 AM

There's an inch of snow in Boston and the next five days' weather forecast calsl for a wintry mix of precipitation and temps in the 30s-40s. I'm not kidding. *sigh* When can I get to my garden???

Gosh, this place is like my garden ought to be! Lambic Peche or Framboise or Cassis for me...the Kriek is vile!

I have been fasting on fruit, juices and raw nuts for three days; nice spring cleaning...the headaches are gone so I am gonna try to keep on this weekend with it...well, after this lambic of course! :)

Last night my coven performed the Rite of the Awakening; it's the beginning of a whole cycle of rituals based on the agrarian festivals of old Europe, the Demeter-Persephone myth of the Greco-Romans, and (somewhat loosely) on Thomas Tryon's Harvest Home. I am the harvest maiden/Persephone this year.

Here's a bit of its poetry to get us in the mood:

Spring has come up from the south again,
with soft mists in her hair,
and a warm wind in her mouth again,
and budding everywhere.
Spring has come up from the south again,
and her skies are azure fire,
and around her is the awakening
of all the world's desire.
Spring has come up from the south again,
and dreams are in Her eyes,
and music is in Her mouth again,
of love, the never-wise.
Spring has come up from the south again,
and bird and flower and bee,
Know that she is their life and joy,
and immortality!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Dani
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 11:01 AM

Sure I'll bring some coffee. Glad to. And some pecan shortbread to nibble on while we grill. I also brought some lemon-garlic chicken breasts to put on.

WHAT are they doing in the ladies' room?!

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 01:07 PM

Morti, I always flip my tuna with my hands, I'd take it kindly if you'd hold with custom.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Gareth
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 06:02 PM

The Chameleon, a hang over from the Mudcat Xmas Tavern, awakes. He sees the ingerdients going into the blender.

The blender runs.

The Chameleon has a nervous breakdown.

Gareth


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: artbrooks
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 06:10 PM

The haggard student looks up from his bowl of gruel..."No Lambic Kriek, eh?" he says. "Well, there are a lot of good microbrews with interesting names...give me an Arrogant Bastard Ale and a Kilt Lifter!" Dead Horse and Liz the Squeak walk into the pub, as if their names had been called...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 07:21 PM

Now this is really nice....I like the mellow pace this one is moving along at...beautiful words, Peg, loved it, just right for today. Smoothies, good craic...a chameleon who needs some reassurance and a one-colour room, howabout somebodies' pocket?

My headache from last night is finally gone and the BP is smoothing out...it's got to be partly 'cause it's been so good to come in here. You are a great lot, ya know that?!

Anybody know of a good place for Rapaire to move into? i think I'll go back into to auction and invite new member riverrun in here. She's selling off her entire LP collection so she and her family can move cross-country...sounds like she could use a respite, too!

Now, howsabout some tunes? This one's been running through my head...Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side....


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Rustic Rebel
Date: 04 Apr 03 - 10:02 PM

Tourquoise eyes and a smell that would drive you to masterbate. That's what she had going for her when she walked into the tavern. Looking around to see if there was a pay phone, she inquired at the bar. I need a lift, Anyone going to Timbuktu anytime in the near? I could only say, "No." Others had no answer. "This could be a trip down memory lane", she replied, listening to Kat singing, "always on the sunny side of life." She said, "I was on the sunny side of life once. I damn near had it made. I thought I had it figured out, but I forgot what it was I was after." I could only reply, "Oh" Others only nodded. She said, "I need a taxi cab and I only have two dollars, I need to find my way to the coast. From there I will grab a ship if I please, or else just hole up for awhile." I responded, "whoa" everyone else, whispered low. " I can sing for my supper, I can sing for a cab, I can do the hoochie-coochie and drive all the men mad" is how she replied. All I could say was ,"Go!" nearby you could hear,"Let's see the show!" So she got up on the table and she danced a hoochie-coo, she had dollars flying at her and she knew just what to do. She flashed a little ass at the prospects in the bar, she figured one of them would get her a little.... bit more down the road. A man with long straggly hair, drinking something that looked like a grape jelly smoothie walked up to her and said, "I might go on down to Timbuktu, I hear they like the Ukelele down there." Delighted with her destiny she said, "alright we're out of here!" As they were walking out the door you could hear her say, "You look a little familiar."


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: open mike
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 05:19 AM

Did someone say strawberries and tequila?! I'll offer up
this new bottle of Puerto Vallarta Reposado--with some
lemon and lime slices in case anyone wants a shot! Now
i have now made it through one year since my parents died .
soon i will return to the town they lived in at the last
of their lives to bury their ashes. This year now is open
to new adventures, new friends, new hopes and opportunities
as I begin to breath a sigh of relief that spring is once
again returning to the earth. April reminds me of this:

e. e. cummings - anyone lived in a pretty how town (29)

anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn't he danced his did

Women and men(both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn't they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone's any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men(both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Tinker
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 10:30 AM

Ahhhhh, spring has found it's way in here.... The view from my window was so cold and damp and dreary that this is a welcome site. I've been gardening on the rare occasions the temperature rises to sixty.... but the fire on the hearth here has removed the chill and the promise of spring has been brought in from around the globe... Or at least the southern regions.
I need coffee still this morning, but with a good swift shot included. I'll just sit here in the cornor and plan out the goddess garden.... Hmmm any ideas why daisies are dedicated to Venus, Artemis,Freye, and Thor??? Oh well well put in a big clump anyway...


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 12:28 PM

{{{{Hugs}}}} for open mike. Tink, good to hear how the plans are
coming.

Night Owl and I were talking and we decided this tavern needs a couple of Victorian fainting couches, ya know those chaisse lounges of olde? She and I get first dibs, because voila! there they are! One is covered in a soft, plush , deep red velvet with a gorgeous dark trim of fringe hanging all the way round the bottom, tempting the cats. The other is covered in a rich, spring-coloured damask with water silk-like patterns of fern fronds and flowers embossed in it and a beautiful spring green fringe round the bottom.

There's plenty of room, so feel free to bring in your own Barcoloungers, etc....we're getting really

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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 01:28 PM

Ah-h-h. That's perfect! The tuna is ready to serve. Meanwhile, SINSULL and Peg have been putting together a huge salad filled with fresh baby spinach, homegrown tomatoes, rocket, spring oninons and even a few ramps that Bobert sent by air express.

Anybody here know how to make a good salad dressing?

I'm gonna take a short break and relax on one of these slipper couches, sip some of the coffee and munch that pecan shortbread that Dani brought. Yum!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Peg
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 01:51 PM

Here's the dressing for the salad (serves two, so increase as necessary):

Peg's Blood Orange Dressing:

The Juice of one blood orange
A teaspoon of blood orange vinegar
One tablespoon of olive oil
minced fresh garlic to taste
minced fresh thyme to taste
pinch of white pepper
one teaspoon honey

Whisk until smooth...

If you ask nicely perhaps I'll offer the recipe for my Cream of Nettles Soup...although sadly it's too icy and cold in Boston now to go pick them!!!

Hey, can we have some hot drinks over here? And a cushion, there's a good lad...aaah...

Hey, what else is on board for dessert??? (Peg has foregone her spring fast until the weather turns a bit warmer) I could whip up a nice winter fruit salad...imported apples, citrus fruits and California strawberries...drizzled in honey with some chopped raw pecans and almonds...while we dream of local peaches, berries and melons...
just a few months away!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Alba
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 02:08 PM

Oh the Tuna is delish, but I spy a Kittie coming...*smile*....
The fainting couch with the damask that echos Spring is the one I have my eye on.Good Idea Kat, just give me a nod when you are ready to rise:>)
Salad..as predicted is crisp and fresh and with Peg's Spring poem still ringing in my ears I am truly embracing Spring now...even with the snow falling outside!!!!
I was wondering if anyone would like some freshly baked Apple pie with some vanilla ice cream (homemeade of course) for desert..oh well it's there if you wish to indulge.
Is that a fiddle I hear playing softly in the corner..........doesn't the Kittie look well resting on the mat at the fire..no doubt with thoughts of warm hugs from whoever she selects to give them:>)
Ah yes I hear the tune now...Margaret's waltz........


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Ebbie
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 04:18 PM

Ah. (I set down the empty smoothie glass and wipe my mouth.) That was good- but now that Rapaire has reminded me, I'll have an Alaskan Amber. I'm surprised you have it. It's an excellent beer from a microbrewery in Juneau but they don't export too much of it.

Put my bit on Bert's tab, if you will, please. Some day we should take up a collection to get his account cleared, but until then, and as long as he is not here, put mine on his tab. He'll scarcely notice it.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 04:39 PM

hmmm, as I was saying (boy! that fainting couch really knocked me out!) we are really getting mellow!**bg**

Alba, I decided to go for the red velvet one, so feel free to indulge in a rest/nap on the Springy one. I'll bet the kitty will come over, too; she likes to cuddle.

Peg, your winter fruit salad sounds wonderful! Here's a salad dressing my dad made up and we all promptly became *addicted* to, very simple:

Grate the outside of a lemon, for a few shreds of peel, then squeeze the same lemon into a mixing bowl or server. Add a small bit of water and a bit more of light olive oil, then add shaving from the peel. Stir it all up, test it to see if it needs more oil or water and then drizzle it over a fresh salad of greens, tomatoes, scallions, etc. Very light and tangy.

Now then, I see Badger looked a lot better this afternoon when Tig went to visit, so howsabout we have a round of drinks for Badger, Tig and Firekat? Here's to YOUR health, Badger!! And, here's to Magician for helping out and being a good friend!! luvya!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: SINSULL
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 05:40 PM

Salad? Salad? Is that what I have been doing? Last I remember I was on my way to the Ladies Room to free Liz. What is she doing at the bar? Whose butt did I coat with Omega Oils? And did I wash my hands before starting the salad???? STOP! No body touch the salad until we sort this out...

Damn Allan. How much rum did you put in my smoothie? From now on it's JD on the rocks or nothing.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: artbrooks
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 06:05 PM

Hummm...Victorian fainting couch...red velvet upholstery, only one arm on it...low, well rounded and padded...I think its really a Victorian...never mind.


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Doug_Remley
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 08:38 PM

How nice!

Go away for a week and it's make smoothies..not war!!! Well let's get the water boiling for the crab claws and gulf shrimp brought back from virginia, very fresh!!


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Dani
Date: 05 Apr 03 - 08:45 PM

A little snooze on that couch was just what was needed. I love coming here, where no one minds if I do.

Ooh, since we've got the fire going, how 'bout we throw some oysters on to roast? With a bottle of Texas Pete, and NOW I'm ready for that ice-cold Yuengling Lager!

Dani


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: open mike
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 05:31 AM

where the heck are we going to get blood orange
vinegar for pete's sake?!
I'll bring some recently pressed olive oil,
and i have garlic and how about some of my neighbor's
elderberry vinegar for the dressing?
and lots of parsley for the salad!
you folks really know how to throw a party,
I am glad we are friends!
I think i will begin to unbuckle the instrument
cases and tune up in preparation for a wonderful
music-filled session. (washing food off hands first..)


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Subject: RE: BS: The Respite Tavern - Spring on in
From: Allan C.
Date: 06 Apr 03 - 08:08 AM

I'm not sure who to thank for the hubbard squash chunks that appear to have been dipped in a butter sauce before they were put on the barbee. They won't take long at all. Meanwhile, I'll put together a dusting of sugar, cloves, mace and cinnamon to put on them when they're ready.

The shad run has begun at Fredericksburg, Virginia and I have managed to score a few big ones. We could plank 'em and prop them next to the coals of the BBQ. It might take a while to bake them that way, but they'll be well worth the wait.


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