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#5990 Boggle Tournament Chat Room

Posted by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black on 04 November 2015 - 04:55 PM

Never played Boggle. ... I'm boggled.   :lol:

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#11809 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black on 14 February 2017 - 03:09 AM

You two are just so ..... :wub: :wub:



Here's some coffee for Sirius ...




(Heart-shaped) Flamingos for Maxim




And magically-multiplying-so-they-never-run-out strawberries and/or pizza for all of us :D





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#11808 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Sirius Fudge on 14 February 2017 - 01:13 AM

It was nearly midnight and the common room of the Sett was empty, except for Wilbur picking some forgotten gobstone pieces. The members of the Operation sneaked and got their operation done


The wall with Helga for sure also got some makeover.



The operation members also left a message to all those reading it:


And with that, the Operation Members had a high five and quietly went asleep in their dorms.

P.S. Yes, you got it right. Our slav, err, Mini, Maxim did all the decorations. I just drank my coffee.
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#9609 Welcome Lions, Snakes and Eagles

Posted by Gail Allen on 24 October 2016 - 12:14 PM

Blueberry muffins!
That's so homely! We have them in the Roost as well. :sits down and noms on one:

My name is Gail - sorry I shouldn't be talking while I eat :swallows:
There, that's better. I am a first year Ravenclaw - very ickle. Actually I'm almost an egg still having joined HOL only two months ago. But it feels like so much longer. There is just so much to do and so many thing happening that you can be a part of. I really am enjoying myself and very much regret not joining a few years back when I first discovered HOL, but didn't have the time I do now. Though maybe I would have been sad then that there were so many things I wanted to be a part of that I couldn't be because I didn't have the time. Maybe.

Also I feel very at home here in the sett. I have always felt that if not Ravenclaw (where I have admittedly always felt I belonged) I would be a hufflepuff. I feel that the hufflepuff values are the ones that best suit me after Ravenclaw's. And that maybe your house's are perhaps the most noble of all the houses. Not the most flashy by any means, but very noble. :badger: :wub: 

Hope to see you all around HOL!

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#11826 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Prof. Felicia Hartwick on 14 February 2017 - 08:55 PM

What a lovely surprise that I came home to right now.


After celebrating Valentine's Day with 24 8 - 9 year olds I just wanted to sit down and relax.


Which I did, and come to the Sett.


And what do I find?.... wonderful Valentine messages from some lovely, sneaky people.


Thank you all ... it made my day.  


*tosses heart shaped confetti into the air* :confetti:

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#11810 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Riliey Starshine on 14 February 2017 - 04:04 AM

Thank you Maxim and Sirius for my valentines! This was an awesome idea, it totally made my day!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

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#7902 Welcome Lions, Snakes and Eagles

Posted by Amanda P. X. Sim on 07 June 2016 - 04:13 PM

Hello! I'm Amanda. *ROARS*


I joined HOL quite a few years back and was super active for a year plus, then reality kicked in and I had to go attend to it, so I left this place for a while and got stuck on Second Year. But now that I have more time on my hands, I'm back here to earn some points and have fun! Most people I knew back then don't seem to be around, and the Gryffindor common room is so freaking quiet, so I came to other common rooms to take a peek. And I'm glad to find you all here!


*grabs a banana muffin*

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#7897 Welcome Lions, Snakes and Eagles

Posted by Kim Alting on 06 June 2016 - 07:36 PM

Oh, I never introduced myself here :P


I am Kim, a second year Gryffindor student. 

I joined HOL in August 2014 and now I need to make a Hello post for a class I am doing  :lol:

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#6327 Welcome Lions, Snakes and Eagles

Posted by Askeron Kyle on 05 December 2015 - 10:47 AM

Welcome to the Fireside in our Common room come and chat around the fire. This is the place to introduce yourself tell us what House and year you are in, and a little bit about yourself :)


I will leave snacks for you to eat while you chat, because chatting makes you hungry ;)


Leaves blueberry muffins still warm from the oven and butterbeer on the table.

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#5989 Boggle Tournament Chat Room

Posted by Leonie Munslow on 04 November 2015 - 09:39 AM

I love boggle, so I'm really happy! I've only played with my family before, but I like to think that I'm fairly good at it  :)

I'm really excited about this!

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Posted by Katelin Ross on 11 August 2018 - 05:50 AM



For your birthday presents, decided that LOTR theme 

would be perfect!!! 





Bag end of course! (You need the door) 




A LOTR birthday cake!! 




Party favors!!

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#14342 Religious Celebrations around the World

Posted by Shiloh Adlar on 14 December 2017 - 01:10 AM

Growing up, my family went to Christmas Eve mass as well. I don't remember much about it except that I thought it was long but beautiful at the same time. I enjoyed the ritual aspect of it. Since my brother passed, my parents still attend, but they didn't make me go with them if I didn't want to which I often didn't. Now, like Tarma, I also look forward to the solstice. I participate in my own ceremony of candle lighting on the Winter Solstice and with the candle lighting, make a list of all of my fears that I want to work on in the next year or beliefs that I want to change.


Because the hours of long nights are over and the day is becoming longer, for me, it is as if the light is given me renewed strength and hope to make it through the next six months. This is why I go through the ceremony/ritual that I do. Once I have written down all of my fears, I burn them one by one while letting them go in doing so. It doesn't have to be only fears, they can also be negative thoughts or beliefs I have about myself or things that have come up that I just need to let go of for whatever reason. However, I try to go as deep as I possibly can with mine.


After the ritual is over, I always feel a lot better. My spirit feels lighter and stronger, and I know I'm ready to face the new year ahead.

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#12602 Doves -- and a hummingbird

Posted by Prof. Tarma Amelia Black on 27 June 2017 - 06:02 PM

What a lovely couple of days. Yesterday I woke up to Hedwig's theme playing in my head and yes, it was the 20th anniversary date of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone!


All kinds of celebrations are held in all kinds of places, including Facebook where, if you type Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw or Harry Potter, a wand magically appears and sheds all kinds of sparks on the page!


But today ...


I've got a bird feeder and all kinds of creatures come visit and feast.  For years I've heard doves but they never came by.  Finally, in April, one came to feed.  :cheer:


This morning, there were TWO doves at the feeder!  Then a little while later, a hummingbird came and perched on a branch about 4 feet from me (where I was sitting in a chair very very quietly).


A gorgeous day.


How is your day?  See any bird or critter people to come and say hi?


EDIT:  I'm thinking I need a bird bath. Something from which they can drink, above ground level.  I have a tray (1-1/2 inches - 2 inches deep and about 14"x14" rectangular) on the ground, but ... something on a stand would be nice. Sure it would freeze in the winter, but then, so does the tray on the ground freeze in the winter and I have to clean out ice and put in fresh each morning.

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#11828 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Polaris Black on 15 February 2017 - 04:31 AM

After spending Valentine's Day visiting my mother in the hospital and waiting for roadside assistance to change a flat tire, it was such a treat to see the Sett all decked out and read the messages. Thank you Operation Heart-Shaped Confetti members - you made my day! <333

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#11811 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Hanna Inari on 14 February 2017 - 05:24 PM

Yeah, thanks a lot! Your postcards brightened my day.  ^_^

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#15739 Wrapping up the 2018 Spring Term HSA

Posted by Prof. Felicia Hartwick on 08 July 2018 - 12:58 PM

Wilbur! Shut that window!”


Felicia heard the helpful house elf shuffle to the window and close the offending window.


“If one more owl flies through that window I’ll never get out of here,” she said speaking to Wilbur who was now standing by the side of Felicia desk wanting to see what he needed to do next. She looked over his head toward the stack of suitcases that were waiting for her to take on home on here summer vacation. 


“Wilbur would you be a dear and go get me another cold  Iced Tea.”  Felicia asked the trusted elf. “If I can’t be home right now, I might as well pretend I am.” Felicia heard soft pop  and knew Wilbur had gone on his errand.


There was a stack of parchments on Felicia’s desk that she still had to go through. It seemed like every day for the last 3 months there were an endless stream of owls dropping off order parchments from all the Professors and staff  asking her to order items needed for their classes. She had orders for ink, parchment, books, herbs, flowers, books, quills, cauldrons, silverware, cleaning solutions, dragon hide gloves, and so much more. It seemed to Felicia that the Hufflepuff Professors ran out of everything at the same time.


“Well, I have to get through this stuff so my vacation can start.” Felicia sighed as she reached for another parchment.  She untied the yellow ribbon that held it together and then unrolled it.  She began to read it and gasped. She reached for another parchment and repeated the process and sighed now.  Twice more  she reached for a parchment and started mumbling to herself. “Merlin, Merlin, Merlin,” but before she could say anything else, there was another soft pop and Wilbur was back with her drink.


“Thank you,” she said to the elf before taking a long sip from the cold glass.


Now that she had a moment to collect herself she looked down at the 4 parchments.







Somehow with all the order parchments  that inundated her office the last few months the Hufflepuff Spirit Awards had gotten mixed in. 


“I guess there’s an announcement to be made and since the students left for home already, maybe some owls to send out to let the winners know." Felicia whispered as she started to pen the proper parchments to do just that.



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#15383 May Flower Photos

Posted by Shiloh Adlar on 06 May 2018 - 01:22 AM

I went out to a place with people while I was visiting, and I saw all of these flowers. I immediately thought of the May Flowers activity here in the Sett and started taking photos so I could share them when I reached a place where I could get on the internet with my computer. They had so many lovely flowers there, and they made me very happy. I took these with my cell phone, but I think they came out really well. It was cloudy the day we went, but I think these were taken around 1pm.


Thank you Tarma for editing these since I didn't have a computer with internet at the time and couldn't make them smaller. They look even more beautiful! <3

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#14391 Religious Celebrations around the World

Posted by Prof. Gustavo Flores on 22 December 2017 - 03:48 AM

I love this time of the year! In my country, which is Mexico, there is plenty of stuff going around! All the Christmas celebration begin on December 12th, which is the day in which celebrate Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ.


Then we move to December 16th, in which the typical posadas are celebrated. These posadas end on December 24th, making a total of 9 posadas that represent the 9 months pregnancy of Virgin Mary. Basically, a posada is a gathering in which people meet to pray and reflect, in preparation to receive Jesus Christ on Christmas morning, and then have fun as well. People sing and dance, and break the traditional piñatas.


The piñatas also have an amazing symbology. The traditional ones are shaped in the form of a star with 7 peaks. Each peak represent the seven deathly sins. The act of hitting the piñata to break it actually means that you want to get rid of your sins. All the candy and fruit that falls from the piñata once it is broken means the grace of God falling to us, humans. When you are trying to break the piñata you are blind-folded, and that means that you trust God. You see? Breaking a piñata is much more than just hitting a piece of cardboard or clay!


In this time of year we also have the pastorelas, which are Christmas theatre plays. They are comical and the main plot in all of them is the shepherds journey to see Jesus Christ, but on their way, they find the devil who tries to tempt them and commit sin. As you can imagine, the comical situations come right there, but at the end, there's always the angel who saves the shepherd and they finish their journey safely.


Of course we also have the Christmas Eve mass and the Christmas mass. But I love how everything starts much before Christmas :)

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#13116 A birthday present for Cosmo!! A room redecoration!!

Posted by Katelin Ross on 04 August 2017 - 06:06 AM

I know how much Cosmo likes to knit, so here is a knitting book just for Doctor Who!!!




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#11833 Heart-Shaped Confetti

Posted by Meredith Malkins on 15 February 2017 - 08:26 PM

I think it's fair to say that the last two months have been the worst start of the year for me. I've had to be very sporadic with doing any HOL because I've been very unwell, so I only managed to come in today. Thanks so much, those messages made me so happy! :D

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