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Strumelia
@strumelia
01/23/22 07:43:55AM
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Tea


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Funny how grains can smell so wonderful when you toast them a bit.
My husband orders special organic corn tortillas. He toasts them very lightly in a skillet before he adds his filling for lunch. The aroma of those damn tortillas toasting drives me crazy. Oddly, they smell like some divine Japanese incense wafting through the house... unbelievably lovely smell. I try not to eat them because they don't fit in my eating plan very well. D'oh! 

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/21/22 08:17:48AM
130 posts

Tea


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Is the rice or barley already cooked when you pan toast it? Or raw grain?

I like toasting raw pine nuts (pignoli) lightly in a pan before adding them to pesto pasta or salads. It really brings out the wonderful aroma and flavor.


updated by @strumelia: 01/21/22 08:20:15AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/17/22 06:42:15PM
130 posts

Tea


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I do love Gen-mai Cha as well.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/17/22 08:16:22AM
130 posts

Tea


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Golden milk recipes can vary, but most involve both some hot milk and some turmeric... plus a few other spices like cinnamon, cardomom, pepper, etc...and perhaps a sweetener.
I eat some turmeric in one form or another every day, for its anti-inflammatory properties. It seems to work well and agrees with me.

Lapsang- i guess I am not as much into it these days, not sure why.

Dreams- I regularly have all kinds of wild adventurous vivid dreams.. a little more than I'd even like to have, so no 'dream tea' for me!  shake

If you could only drink one kind of tea, what would it be?
A hard choice, but I guess mine might be Kukicha.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/13/22 09:54:13PM
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Tea


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I used to love Lapsang Souchong tea. I would sometimes visit Chinatown in NYC and get teas, or order from a Japanese site online.

When my daughters were in middle school, sometimes when they got home from school they take a sniff in the kitchen and say "Mommy are you making that ham tea again?" (meaning the lapsang s. which kinda smells like smoked ham if you think about it) bigsmile

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/13/22 08:01:34AM
130 posts

Tea


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There's a nice traditional spice chai tea powder I like, made by Blue Lotus. I make it with half hot milk, and I also add some turmeric and ground black pepper, so it's a bit like 'golden milk'. Really warms me up on cold evenings.

For every day I like either Tazo's lotus blossom green tea, or Harney's black Ceylon decaf.

One of my grown daughters is addicted to rooibos tea and drinks it at least twice a day for years now. I can dig it. Rooisbos reminds me of root beer or sassafras. 


updated by @strumelia: 01/13/22 08:03:48AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
01/12/22 03:45:46AM
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Michael did you have a 2022 NewYear resolution you are working towards?

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/10/22 09:34:17PM
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22


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Lots of people 'slip up' but then get back on track again. 
Many people do adopt crazy diets and then give it up because the diet was hard to stick with. 
What's the point?

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/07/22 08:21:28AM
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Everyone's different. I've been having good success in changing my lifestyle so that I eat smarter and do more physical activities that i enjoy. Most 'diets' have an end and give only temporary success, but lifestyle changes are way more sustainable.

Strumelia
@strumelia
01/03/22 10:09:45AM
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I've been trying to get healthier and hope to continue that into the new year. Losing weight and exercising more.  gangnam1

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/30/21 10:05:37PM
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MASKS


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There will always be people who do weird things like borrowing icky used masks from strangers.

It takes me a minute to properly adjust my mask, my hat, my hair, and my eyeglasses in sequence. So if I just went to the drugstore and am then driving a few blocks to go into the supermarket, I'm not going to take all that off and put it back on again just because I'm in my car for 2 minutes. So yeah you might see me driving alone in my car with my mask on... I'm in the middle of doing multiple stops and errands where I'll need my mask on.


updated by @strumelia: 12/30/21 10:07:00PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/30/21 08:35:42PM
130 posts

MASKS


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Well I imagine Arizona has a way lower infection rate right now than for example NY, CA, or MA. When infection rates were way lower here where i live during the late Summer, masks were optional in various stores. However hospitals are now overflowing (children's hospitals too) so we can't just pretend everything's fine anymore and ignore safety precautions.

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/30/21 07:06:41PM
130 posts

MASKS


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I went to the supermarket today. 99% of everyone was wearing a mask. Signs at the door said "No mask No entry"... but there seemed to be no one enforcing anything at the door. I did see 3 people wandering around without masks on like they were privileged and didn't care if they infected others, but happily almost everyone had masks on.

These days I'm wearing a KN95 with a 3-fold cloth mask over it. The KN95 and N95 masks i have are actually comfy because they keep a bit of space between the mask material and my mouth. Cloth masks and surgical masks often touch your mouth on the front, which can be annoying.

My husband (we're both seniors) went to the hardware store two days ago and all the customers were wearing masks but the young man at the register wasn't bothering to wear anything. Hell of a thing!

Oh, I meant to say that New York state has a new law requiring all indoor businesses open to the public have a mask required policy. It's because infections and hospitalizations are going through the roof right now in our state. Hopefully infections will go down soon.


updated by @strumelia: 12/30/21 07:10:28PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
12/27/21 02:57:52PM
130 posts

Your favorite Whistle?


General penny whistle or music discussions

Larry I have only bought whistles online. I don't think a music shop is likely to let you try out whistles anyway, especially with the pandemic going on. It's not safe.
My experience is good in buying online. I usually look for several youtube videos first that show someone playing the whistle i'm interested in. That gives a general idea of the tone before I buy.

Strumelia
@strumelia
12/25/21 10:21:33AM
130 posts

The Positive Thread


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Just wanted to wish folks everywhere a merry Christmas happy Hanukkuh happy holidays and festive Festivus! May your week be cozy, safe, and lovely. 🎄

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/16/21 07:37:15AM
130 posts

The Positive Thread


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I find I've gotten more used to wearing masks. Of course I think though it must be hard to wear one for many hours. A well fitting one does make a difference in comfort. I bet as more and more folks get vaccinated and protected, the risk and numbers of sick will continue to drop until we can all be relatively safe again. Here's hoping!

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/16/21 07:32:20AM
130 posts

Your favorite Whistle?


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My favorite whistle brand to play is probably the Jerry Freeman-tweaked 'Blackbird'. It does not require a lot of huffing and puffing to play, and has a very sweet sound to it. music

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/16/21 07:29:48AM
130 posts

Your favorite Whistle?


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I can say my favorite key is probably Bb, it seems the best of both worlds and is easier on my ears than high D.

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/16/21 07:27:38AM
130 posts

What is this?


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Michael, that's checked yes by default, though you can uncheck it before posting something. It makes it so the post or comment you make will appear in the activity feed on the site's main/home page, visible to all who go to the home page. Having comments appear there makes it easy to see what been happening lately on the site when you just go check the main home page. :)

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/04/21 10:40:10AM
130 posts

Which key to choose for the whistle to play with a harpist?


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

If the harp is chromatic (it can play in any key), then if the harpist plays one tune in G and then plays the next tune in Bb... you will have to change whistles even though they don't need to change harps. (I don't know anything about harps specifically, but this would apply to all chromatic instruments)


updated by @strumelia: 08/04/21 10:41:12AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
08/04/21 10:38:32AM
130 posts

Which key to choose for the whistle to play with a harpist?


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

Well, don't you have to just play in the same key as whatever other musician you are playing with?

Strumelia
@strumelia
06/26/21 09:58:55PM
130 posts

Want to trade Alba tunable low F for a tunable low G


FOR SALE:instruments/music items/CDs/Wanted to Buy...

What materials and/or brands are you looking for in a low G?

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/16/21 09:13:11AM
130 posts

TUNES!


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Good resource for tunes from interesting regions- thanks!

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/09/21 11:00:15AM
130 posts

DUO


Instruments- discuss specific whistle features, brands, tweaking, problems, questions

That sounds pretty!  Looks like you can use one side for a drone note while playing the melody on the other side- but you can switch those back and forth sometimes. Cool.

I have one of these wooden double ocarinas from New Zealand... they are beautiful and not cheap. Sadly, I have not gotten beyond playing a few unstructured spooky note pairings on mine. It sounds lovely, but requires more breath force than I am good at:
"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZylfsDGOOo&ab_channel=StefanDollak"

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/05/21 12:26:06PM
130 posts

What whistles higher than D do you have?


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Tell us what whistles that are higher pitched than the usual D.

Even better- why did you get them and do you find them useful for what situations?

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/04/21 08:30:39AM
130 posts

How to 'subscribe' to a forum thread


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?


Michael W6:

Hummm.  I clicked, "Groups", but do not see the, "Join" button...

You must go to the particular Group, and on the particular Group's main page you will see a Join button. 
Once you have joined a certain group, you can post in it and see all the replies to any threads there. If you want to 'unjoin' a group, you just click the same button again, it will say "leave group" if you are a group member.
Let me know if that works for you!   :)


updated by @strumelia: 03/04/21 08:33:40AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
03/04/21 08:28:42AM
130 posts

How to 'subscribe' to a forum thread


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Michael W6:

Yes, I want to start a new forum. As a devout Luddite these thing bewilder me. A potato generally has more navigation skills than I.  

You can start a new thread/discussion in an existing forum, but you can't start a new forum. There can be many separate discussions/threads in any forum. Hope that clarifies?

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/03/21 08:31:34PM
130 posts

How to 'subscribe' to a forum thread


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Hmmm, well you responded to my last post ok.

Do you want to create a new forum thread?  

I'm wondering if you are looking in one of the GROUPS here- each Group has its own forum too. But you must JOIN a group before you can post in it or create any threads in it.  Go to the group's home page and look for the JOIN button. Once joined you can read other people's replies there and also post yourself in the group.

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/31/20 11:07:06PM
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Keith- The garden end-of-season cleanup is taking my attention this month. Still doing a trampoline session every couple of days though. I sure miss not being able to go to contra dances!

That Kickbike- it really is a scooter, isn't it? I mean not electric?  Looks really cool! Did you get the white one? Is is somewhat flat where you live?  Coooool!

Strumelia
@strumelia
10/31/20 11:00:37PM
130 posts

Getting back on the horse


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This happens to me a lot too. Moving through phases of enjoying different types of instruments that I have at home. I think certain people are just more naturally prone to doing this. Variety can keep us motivated, that's how i see it.  hi5

That is a sweet little simple tune with a bit of added interest in the second part. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/17/20 12:52:17PM
130 posts

Whistle tabs


Penny whistle Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs/videos

@ltwhistle , I'm particularly liking that "Empty Wallet Waltz" on that site you recommended. I saw a couple of Youtube videos of musicians who play it, so it's cool to hear the tune before working it out in the whistle tab. What a lovely tune!  I like it on my Bb polymer whistle right now. Thank you for linking us to that site- lots to explore!

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/16/20 01:03:25PM
130 posts

Is anyone doing online jams/workshops during the Covid Pandemic?


Jams/Sessions, band events, workshops, member gigs

Just wondering if folks have been finding online ways to join jams or workshops etc...

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/09/20 05:04:06PM
130 posts

Whistle tabs


Penny whistle Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs/videos

Hey @ltwhistle , that's a really nice site!  I'm looking through the waltzes right now. Thanks! catdance

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/01/20 09:46:00PM
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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Good for you Keith!  It's hard to get exercise during these trying times. I got a mini indoor trampoline, and I've been starting out real slow on it ..but it gets my aerobic activity up!

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/01/20 12:13:06PM
130 posts

Show us a pic of the PRETTIEST whistle you own!


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Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, so maybe you only own one inexpensive  beat-up whistle ...but it's the apple of your eye!
Regardless of what others might think and regardless of how it plays or sounds, post a picture here (use the 'embed local media' button OR the 'attach files' button to upload a pic, OR else just post a link to a picture) of the whistle you own that is beautiful to you.     :)   We could all use a little shared beauty in our lives these days!  inlove

Strumelia
@strumelia
08/01/20 11:17:38AM
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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My neighbor sits on his deck and quietly plays O'Carolan tunes on his mandolin sometimes. It's kind of peaceful to listen to.  I'm sure glad he doesn't blast rock from some boombox!

Strumelia
@strumelia
04/21/20 12:27:10PM
130 posts

The Drifting Thread


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I've finished week 6 of the virus lockdown. Only leaving the house to either go for a quick fitness walk in a lonely location, and once a week to pick up a few fresh food items like milk/eggs/bread/produce (using no-contact store pickup, yay!)

I thought when this started that I'd have lots of time to play music. But as it's turning out, I'm keeping plenty busy with work (we work at home on computer), cooking, gardening, and paperwork.  In the evenings I just want to veg out and watch a movie to get away from the bad news.  shrugger

Strumelia
@strumelia
03/11/20 10:14:00PM
130 posts

Made a whistle pouch


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@bookman46 , that looks great!  Like the jazzy colors.

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/29/20 10:30:45AM
130 posts

What's your favourite whistle made of?


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If you are considering getting a whistle made of a material other than brass or tin (plastic, aluminum, polymer, wood, etc), then be sure to do some searches within Youtube to get a preview of players playing these types of whistles before you order one. There are lots of great videos there comparing various whistles in different materials and brands.  Though not quite as good or as accurate as playing them all in person, it's still a great (and free!) way to listen before you buy. It'll get you a little closer to narrowing down your preferences.  It's how I wound up getting the whistles that have become my favorites.

Strumelia
@strumelia
02/29/20 10:23:34AM
130 posts

Hello to my new whistling friends.


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Hi Bookman!  I find I have collected favorite simple tunes that fall in certain genres... oldtime or 1800s American. and medieval or Renaissance era European folk/dance tunes are my two fave genres.  And i tend to try to play those same tunes on whatever instruments I'm fancying on a particular day.  That might be a day when I grab a banjo off the wall, or take out my langspil, or a mountain dulcimer, or reach for a pennywhistle in my 'vase' of whistles. Not saying I'm skilled on any of this, but it brings me so much joy to just make some pretty notes and play simple tunes at home, mistakes and all.  jive

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