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Originally posted by oloriel at Signal Boost: Kitty Donation Drive: Air for Alfie / Luft für Alfie Kater
Speaking of kittens, there was something I've meant to share but kept forgetting! Here we finally go:

Originally posted by joyful_molly at Kitty Donation Drive: Air for Alfie / Luft für Alfie Kater
Alfie-Cat needs your help!

"AIR FOR ALFIE" (English)


Ever since Alfie has moved into my home and heart, he's been a regular visitor at the vets. Regular readers of my DW/LJ will know his story, but here's a summary for everybody else:

Alfie's suffering from a chronical rhinopharyngitis. When the previous stray moved in with us, his nose was so blocked that he could hardly breathe. After complex surgery on his teeth (most teeth had rotted away, there were adhesions) he's much better now, but better is not the same as good, and that's exactly what we want for Alfie: that he can breath the good air again without problems.

The last obstacle on his way to a full recovery is one or multiple nasal polyps. While we can mange his sniffles, the slightest hint of a cold or a drop in temperatures, and his nose is completely blocked. That's extremely stressful for him and uncomfortable, because he can't breathe the way he should. He's such an active little fellow and loves to run and chase and gallop around the place, and it's obvious his blocked nose is annoying him very much (and he's snorring like woah!) The meds he has to take twice daily will shorten his life, and he absolutely hates them, finding new tricks to avoid taking them every time. He does enjoy his daily inhalation with sage infusion, though, quite unlike the multiple times we have to wipe his nose every day.

Our vet strongly adviced us to get a CT of Alfie's head done and, if possible, to have surgery to remove the nasal polyp(s). However, we will have to go to a veterinary clinic for this, and while our vets are so kind to give us an "Animal Sanctuary" reduction (as all our cats have special needs) and allow us to pay off bills in installments, the same is not the case for veterinary clinics. There are no reductions, and payment has to be done in cash. In Alfie's case, the amount in question would be about CHF 1'500 (EUR 1'200), plus the additional costs of surgery if the polyps should prove being removable.

Alfie's six years old, and he has a good chance to live for another 15. He's already generated vet bills of several thousand Swiss Francs, which we have paid for ourselves. The now necessary examinations and surgery, however, are beyond our financial means.

So here's our plea to you, dear friends, families and fellow animal friends: please donate so Alfie can wreck our home and chase his fellow cats without having to gasp for air our sounding like a clogged rain drain. (Which will allow me to sleep at night, which is an unimportant, but lovely extra...)

Thank you so much for your support.

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Originally posted by lignota at Tree and Flower Awards 2014: Extension of voting deadline
Originally posted by lotrcom_mods at Tree and Flower Awards 2014: Extension of voting deadline

MPPT 5 Anniversary

With only 15 people who have voted so far (thank you!), we've decided to extend the voting deadline up to the 21st of September 2014. After that, if there are ties, we might run some extra polls if needed.

So please, spread the word that voting for the Tree and Flower awards will go one for an extra week:

Many Paths To Tread - 2014 Tree and Flower Awards: voting page

Here is the link to the entry that holds the links to each story the links to each story that are competing this year.

Thank you!

Reminder: The poll is set up so that all voting must be done at one time. You don't have to vote for all categories, but once you hit "submit" you can't go back and add any more.
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Originally posted by lotrcom_mods at Voting is now open for the 2014 Tree & Flower Awards!
MPPT 5 Anniversary

Below you will find the link to vote for the works at Many Paths to Tread which have been nominated for the 2014 Tree & Flower Awards. Because we could not put links within the body of the polls, you may find the links to each story here.

Important information--you must be finished with the page before you leave it! We have set the polls thusly that you cannot change your vote after you left the page. While you are not required to vote for each category on the page, you can't change your mind later.

So take a cup of tea, coffee or your favourite beverage and cast you vote!

Many Paths To Tread - 2014 Tree and Flower Awards: voting page

Voting polls have been opened as of today (our apologies for the delay, but pesky RL) the 1st of September 2014 and will remain open until September 15 2014.

Seasons of the Ring

Finally got round to posting "Seasons of the Ring" on the other Archives.

2014 Tree and Flower Awards Nominee

September Teitho Challenge

love Aragorn
Teitho: September topic "Weather"

When it's just right, you barely even notice it. But shift it just slightly to one of its many extremes, and it can be the most noticeable thing about any trip or event. Of course, I'm talking about Weather, which is our theme for September. It is the natural background of every story or art that takes place outside. This month, we ask you to bring it to the foreground: is it sunny or cloudy, hot or cold, does it rain or snow? Thunderstorm, hail, draught, hurricane? Bring it on! There is a saying (which could very well come from the Rangers) that there is no such thing as "bad weather" - only badly dressed people. It may be true most of the time, but there are certain types of weather that are unpleasant or dangerous even with the best clothing.

Not only is the weather important for travellers, but also for events. Some - like weddings or ceremonies - are planned long time in advance, and if they are taking place outside, everybody just hopes that the weather will be nice. Such events can be quite ruined by an unexpected storm... but maybe saved as well, at the end. How? That's just up to your imagination.

So be it nice or bad, dry or wet, just remember that weather has to play an important role in your story or picture.

The deadline for this challenge is September 25th, but can be extended until the end of the month. If you need an extension to finish your story or picture, just write to the email below!

For writers: send your stories to The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.

For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.

Happy writing and drawing!
Your Teitho-moderator,

Cat appeal

I know this lady on Facebook and that she is genuine. I'm posting this link as she is desperately in need of funds to help the cats she rescues. Even a couple of $ can help buy cat food.

Please share if you can.


King Elessar

Title: Relief
Author: Linda Hoyland
Rating: G
Fandom: LOTR
Characters: Aragorn, Arwen, OFC
Summary: Aragorn finds the summer heat hard to endure,
Warnings: None
Word Count: 500
Author's Notes:  2nd Place. Written for  Great Tales Challenge 307 “Summertime, and the livin' is easy:  True or False?”

Aragorn struggled vainly to concentrate on a lengthy treaty offering trading concessions to the Easterlings that he was supposed to be studying. He replaced it on his desk and wiped his sweating hands on his breeches. Then he went over to the open window and leaned out in the hope of a breath of fresh air. There was none to be had, though. The thick humid air made him feel as if he were trying to breathe underwater. The leaves of the White Tree did not stir. There was no breeze.

As King, he ruled over the Reunited Kingdom, but the weather was not his subject to command. Lord Manwë had supreme command of the winds. Aragorn sent up a silent prayer for at least a cooling breeze to bring respite to himself and his sweltering subjects.

From where he stood, he could see Arwen sitting in the courtyard beside the fountain playing with Eldarion. The heat failed to trouble her and Eldarion seemed to have been born with her resilience. Faramir strode into view and smiled cheerfully as he greeted the Queen and her son. He appeared as untroubled by the heat as they were.

Aragorn picked up one of the parchments he had been working on and fanned himself. For an instant, he thought somewhat wistfully of the Kha Khan of Harad, who kept several slaves for sole purpose of fanning him. He then smiled ruefully at the absurdity of employing a servant for such a purpose. How his subjects would laugh at the notion of such a pampered king!

It seemed only yesterday that he had been battling against the elements of a northern winter, struggling to find shelter from the biting cold.

Strange that the summers had not seemed so hot when he had served in Gondor as Captain Thorongil. Either the summers were hotter now the sun was unclouded by fumes from Mordor, or as he grew older, he felt the heat more. Or maybe Thorongil had been too engrossed in Gondor’s defence to notice the weather.

He heard a tap on his study door. “Come in!” he called.

“The Queen thought might like some iced apple juice to ease the heat of the afternoon,” said the maidservant.

“Thank you, Firwen.” He sipped the drink appreciatively. “I did not realise we still had some ice.”

“The cook had the ice house filled last winter,” said the girl. “There is still plenty left.” She wiped her apron across her sweating forehead.

“You and the rest of the kitchen servants must have iced juice if you wish,” said Aragorn.

The girl thanked him with a beaming smile, then scurried away.
Aragorn sipped his refreshing drink, his usual good humour restored. Arwen might not feel the heat, but she understood how it troubled him as Man of the North, born and bred. Aragorn decided he would spend next summer in the Northern Kingdom.

A sudden breeze blew through the open window and the refreshing rain began to fall.


Last chance to nominate

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Don't forget that nominations for the Tree and Flower Awards close tomorrow. Some categories still have sadly few stories and it is far more fun if there are lots of stories competing. I know at Teitho if only 2 or 3 take part, it is less fun to win and feels worse to lose!

MPPT 5 Anniversary

Full rules and details can be found here.

Quiz thing

Your Power Element is Wood

Your power colors: green and brown

Your energy: generative

Your season: spring

Like a tree, you are always growing and changing.
And while your life is dynamic, you are firmly grounded.
You have high morals and great confidence in yourself and others.
You have a wide set of interests, and you make for interesting company.


Tree and Flower awards reminder

Don't forget there are only 5 days left in which to nominate for the "Tree and Flower" Awards and this is the last weekend.

You can nominate in as few or as many categories as you like. It is a great way of saying thank you to an author for a story that gave you pleasure during the year.

MPPT 5 Anniversary

Full rules and details can be found here.

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