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Greetings from Central California, where we are in our nth straight summer of drought conditions. We're thinking of changing our state bird to the vulture. We're thinking of changing our state tree to the cactus. We're thinking of changing our state fish to a box of Mrs. Paul's breaded fish sticks (packaged in Vermont). You get the picture.

But it's not all bad around here. I've heard from some lovely friends this summer!

The beautiful [ profile] lady_of_clunn sent me thank-you gifts after the last chaps of Hysteria posted over on H&V. Stationery! Her daughter creates pen-and-ink drawings, which are made into cards. She included a cute pair of handmade Snitch earrings, too. I've worn them to work already -- interestingly, nobody recognizes them for what they are. Muggles! So unobservant! I wonder what they believe they are seeing.

And these were waiting for me when I came home Thursday from vacation. My dearest [ profile] teddyradiator sent me this beautiful (and large, like weapons-grade large) vine-covered pewter wand necklace. It looks amazing. Of course, the Muggles will mistake it for a tapestry needle or some such. Plus, I now have my own set of genuine Village Broom alphabet buttons, made by [ profile] mywitch! Each Snape looks more lacivious than the last. Thank you so much!

Date: 2016-07-30 09:20 pm (UTC)
delphipsmith: (GrampaMunster)
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We're thinking of changing...

Poor California!! I hope something changes soon :(

P.S. You actually have a state fish?

Date: 2016-07-31 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, we do! It's the golden trout. Probably in keeping with CA being The Golden State.

Date: 2016-07-30 09:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! They made it! Since you're my Hermione, I thought the least I could do was make sure you had a wand handy.

We get little sprinkles, and our Saturday Shakespeare in the Park regularly gets rained out for about 15 minutes (just enough time to scare the audience away) but we desperately need a good long rain as well.

Glad you liked everything - the Village Broom Buttons are awesome, aren't they?

PS: Our State Fish is the Striped Bass, which looks suspiciously like a carp. Hmmm....

Date: 2016-07-30 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My daughter's in Pasadena. She is very aggravated regarding water restrictions - watering your grass, etc. She says no one obeys the ordinance and no one enforces them, and there is no water. Then the fires. Scary.

Date: 2016-07-31 02:43 am (UTC)
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I should send you some of our rain; the porch flooded again today it rained so much and so hard, and I can't get our Albus to leave the safety of the covers! Here's hoping your weather breaks soon!


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