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LFCA Latest Issue: Wednesday, October 29, 2008.

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My Status: Considering making popovers. I have never been a fan of the popover, but the idea of a popover with pumpkin butter struck me on the ride home.


1 lub { 08.15.07 at 6:48 pm }

Thanks for this! I added Lost and Found to my blog. BTW- thank you for adding my blog to the list of new blogs. You rock!!!

2 Polka Dot { 08.28.07 at 10:29 am }

I’ve already added the thread thing and a link to lost and found, but I’m going to rearrange it since all of my links are mixed up together.

3 tryingin2007 { 09.14.07 at 1:44 pm }

again, another fantastic idea from the stirrup queens! thank you!

4 Searching { 10.11.07 at 2:56 pm }

Just an FYI: Oct 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Sending hugs out to all who have a little one to remember on this day.


5 Julie { 10.19.07 at 1:12 pm }

Hey, what a great resource! Wish I’d known about you during my struggle with infertility. NOT that its gone away. But, have now adopted domestically. We did the IVF. first had to have surgery to get prepped. SCrape endo and clear fallopian tubes. Surgically remove sperm from my husband. It was trapped inside. ICSI with thawed sperm, then we found out my eggs were “rotten”, well, unhealty. Then, later I needed a “full” hysterectomy anyways. BUT, adoption has a perfect ending. 🙂

6 PaleMother { 10.23.07 at 1:07 pm }

Hi Mel,

I’m having a sci fi moment.

Just stopped in to check up on you 🙂 … for some reason my bookmark was messed up and it linked me to an old post instead of the current front page. So when I clicked over to Home, I checked the dates at the top to be sure I was in the right place … For some reason the date at the top of this post is August 14th, 2008.

Blink, Blink.


For a minute there, I thought I’d hit my head.

🙂 Just for fun, I checked the numerology of this date-out-of-nowhere for you. 😉

08 + 14 + 2008 = 5

Five is the number of a particular Tarot card, The Heirophant (the link provides the full interpretation):


“Having created a solid foundation on which to build his future, the Fool is struck with a sudden fear. What if everything he’s worked for is taken away? Is stolen, or lost, or destroyed or vanishes? Or what if it is just not good enough? In a panic, he heads into a holy place where he finds the Hierophant, a wise teacher and holy man. Acolytes kneel before the man, ready to hear and pass on his teachings. The Fool tells the Hierophant his fears, and asks how he can be free of them.
“There are only two ways,” says the Hierophant sagely, “Either give up that which you fear to lose so it no longer holds any power over you, or consider what you will still have if your fear comes to pass. After all,” the Hierophant continues, “if you did lose all you’d built, you would still keep the experience and knowledge that you’ve gained up to this point, wouldn’t you?”

This surprisingly pragmatic advise releases the Fool from his fear, and he is able exit out of the sanctuary and face the world’s challenges once again.”

Another image of this card:


According to some random listings on YAHOO!:

5 = Expansiveness, visionary, adventure, the constructive use of freedom.

5, THE NUMBER OF GRACE. Redemption. Israel came out of Egypt 5 in rank (Ex 13:18). David picked up 5 smooth stone to fight Goliath (1 Sam. 17:40). The Holy Anointing Oil was pure and composed of 5 parts (Ex. 30:23-25).

Five is connected to sensual awareness in the form of the five senses as well as protection. It is also a number which represents service to others. It is highly analytical and has the ability to think critically, but can over-ponder an issue to the point that its significance is no longer relevant. This number governs our ability to think clearly and our intellectual capacity. Five represents openness to new experiences as well as new ideas. Seeking freedom, it is often the adventurer. Five is about pushing life to its limits. It is a multifaceted number with links to our state of physical and mental health.

Adventure, change, freedom, exploration, variety, sensuality, unattached, curious, experienced, periodicity, knowledge seeker, knowledge teacher, traveler, imagination, child-like, playful.

7 Bonnie @ AZhttp { 10.30.07 at 12:15 pm }

Your site has won a Blog of the Day Award (BOTDA)

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Thank you,

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8 sky girl { 11.05.07 at 8:59 am }

Is anyone good with buttons? I’d like to put a button on my blog to take readers right to the vote. Whatcha think?

9 Jen { 11.09.07 at 12:49 pm }

Thanks for finding me!

10 In and Out of Luck { 11.12.07 at 9:44 am }

It was really good to see you yesterday. I know it’s a ways away, but I will be thinking good thoughts for December 19 and thereafter. Well, and until then too.

11 Anonymous { 11.12.07 at 11:07 am }

Hi – this is Baldy (aka Adrian from the UK). Thanks for being so kind about my blog. This competition has been a real eye-opener for me. I’m just a small-town hack who got ill and then wrote and filmed it. Your blogs are impressive operations.

On a sadder note my treatment means I can’t have children naturally so there seems a certain irony that I have come across your blog in this way and will no doubt be returning to it in the future.

Best wishes,


12 christina(apronstrings) { 11.29.07 at 6:39 am }

watson had her babies. all is well. see my blog for details. ; )

13 Endobaby { 11.29.07 at 8:02 pm }

lol Palemother – I thought the same! August 2008?!?! what the?!?

14 PinksandBluesGirls { 01.04.08 at 9:38 am }

Love this blog. You guys are GREAT!!
And here’s to a fantastic 2008…..
– Audrey
Pinks & Blues

15 Kate { 01.10.08 at 1:23 pm }


Have you seen the links to the show idea that Tyra Banks has posted on her website? I’m not sure if this has already aired since I don’t watch Tyra, but if it is legit, maybe you could mention it if you haven’t already? It would be great to mobilize everyone and let the producers know that they are jerks.

16 Kathy V { 01.17.08 at 8:11 am }

Excellent Mel. I really like how you really captured the ideas of the people that were outraged by Tyra and her show.

17 LIW (Lady In Waiting) { 01.18.08 at 7:31 pm }

Just catching up…the book sounds absolutely fantastic. Congratulations!


18 Grad3 { 01.19.08 at 11:27 am }

Mel, just wanted to say congrats on the book (I am cathcing up). It’s a comfort to know that there is someone out there who is brave enough to tell our story. Thank you and I hope that you are proud of yourself!

19 hoping4baby { 01.31.08 at 10:49 pm }

Mel – I just read your post about Unsung Lullabies on your blogher page. I am was so happy to see that you are going to have a book published. Over the past few weeks as I have been reading your blog I have thought that you should write a book. I can really hear your voice on infertility in your writing. Way to go, girl!

20 Matthew M. F. Miller { 02.07.08 at 10:05 am }

I’m adding Lost & Found to my blogroll immediately. As always, you do such great work.

21 nancy { 02.24.08 at 12:20 am }

oh my. Yes, it’s true. I’m a poas addict. 🙂

22 M { 03.06.08 at 8:41 am }

I would love to be added to your blogroll! If needed, I guess I would categorize myself as beginner/PCOSer.

Thanks for all the great insight and ideas.

23 Bake Me A Cake! { 03.11.08 at 10:05 am }

LOVE YOUR BLOG! You are a great writer. Thank you for sharing.

24 Andria and Co. { 03.25.08 at 6:41 pm }

Thank you!!!

25 Elizabeth { 04.08.08 at 10:33 am }

Mel – is there any way to get the UTERUS listings on UK Ebay to be cross-posted on the USA ebay? I think we might get a big(ger) response?

26 Joy { 04.08.08 at 7:09 pm }

This has nothing to do with the post: just wondering how much money has been raised for Calliope so far and if you could maybe keep a ticker! I keep checking back to see how much has been raised and am eagerly awaiting her reaction!!!

27 Annie { 04.10.08 at 10:36 am }

Congratulations on having your blog mentioned in the Wall Street Journal today!

28 Heidi { 04.10.08 at 2:14 pm }
29 GLouise { 05.09.08 at 10:45 am }

Mel, I was wondering if we could get some shout outs from adoptive mamas here.

This NBC show has just so totally offended me as a “non mom.” It is pretty incredible. (scroll down on the link below til you get to the “non mom” section. Apparently stepmoms are nonmoms too. Blech!!!


Uggg!! I am trying to find an email for NBC’s pr dept, to no avail.


30 CAM { 05.14.08 at 4:01 pm }

I just recently came to the end of my road doing treatments and have decided to look into adoption. Now, I have a bunch of meds that I would like to give to someone…any ideas. Someone told me to check in with you. I have a list of what I have on my latest posting.

31 insane mama { 05.15.08 at 10:27 am }

Great Idea!
I need to revamp my links and I need a lot of advice! I have Teenagers! HELP

32 PJ { 05.18.08 at 11:51 am }

HA! “pimping NaComLeavMo”! Too funny!

Kate was talking about how IF blogs are sort of inbred. Hope this helps.


33 pamela.ilovemcdreamy { 05.21.08 at 3:47 am }

A friend recommended your blog and I wish I had known you earlier!

I just had a D&C, laprascopy and hysteroscopy yesterday. Other than being in excruiating pain, I am still hoping for hope.

I’ll keep dropping by your blog.

My blog is:


34 Sam { 05.25.08 at 6:17 pm }

Re: NavComLeavMo
Any suggestions for those blogs that are participating but do not allow people to comment? Specifically- #199 only allows LJ users to comment.

35 alicia { 05.26.08 at 12:09 pm }

hey! love you blog chicky! And I just wanted to say thanks for being so awesome. what would us infertile bloggers do without you?

36 DC { 05.27.08 at 12:07 pm }

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you so much for organizing NaComLeavMo! It has been such an amazing way to kick off my blog; I had over 100 comments on my first blog entry!!

I love your site and hope you don’t mind that I’ve included you on my blogroll.

37 hopeful #1 { 05.28.08 at 2:10 pm }

Thank you!

38 Sharon LaMothe { 05.29.08 at 11:44 pm }

I love reading your blog! I always learn something new! BTW I love the beach too!

39 starsgoblue { 05.31.08 at 5:55 pm }

Great blog.

40 Barb { 06.01.08 at 2:26 pm }

Mel – Didn’t know if you saw that Seastar’s daughter got a faint pink line on a pregnancy test:

I found her through your blog and think it’s great to see the Grandmother’s perspective. Thanks again! I should just permanently tattoo “thanks to mel” on my forehead. 😉

41 Chelle { 06.04.08 at 1:02 pm }

HI! I am new to the IF community (new meaning I just found all these blogs) and what a wonderful way to share and support! Thank you for that.

Can you add me to your blogroll?

42 DC { 06.05.08 at 5:08 pm }

Thank you for the summary of reactions to this vapid plot point. I think I’ll skip this movie (or at least wait until it comes out on cable).

43 Sharon { 06.18.08 at 10:17 am }

Hey there! Just a note from a NCLMer and trying to get caught up (Even tho I was late to sign up for the list!) Please visit my blog today if you have a chance as I am trying to make people aware of Bone Marrow Donation…yes I know, my site is mostly about Surrogacy but you know how THAT goes!

As always I Love your blog…I hope to visit again when I get back from Vacation!

44 david santos { 06.24.08 at 9:47 am }

Thank you!
Happy day

45 dakota { 07.11.08 at 8:54 pm }

You are the Fertilty Mitzvah Queen!
Love your site. Thank you for all your work and for adding us to the blog roll. My sweetie and I feel very welcome to the neighborhood.

46 Wishing 4 One { 07.12.08 at 5:54 am }

I am answering here as I do not have a blogher id, i will make one later.

Why do you write about adoption/loss/infertility?

I started blogging as a way to communicate my 1st IVF to my family as I am living abroad. I just finished my 5th IVf and my blog has turned into a not-so-TTC blog now. I love it! Its still filled with subtle IF stuff, always will be, but I am so AMAZED at all the wonderful women i have met going through the same things as I am. It has really become a place i can go to, to read and get comfort and information from others who are trying so hard to fulfill their wish of being a mother someday.

What do you gain through writing your blog?

I gain smiles, most of all smiles. I love this outlet (my blog) that I have created and it has kept me sane and grounded. Knowing and reading all of the others who are just like me, well in some ways, has made me a stronger, confident TTC woman. Thanks to you Lolli too, you have THE best online resource for people like us, thank you for all you do for us! xoxoxoxo

47 admin { 07.13.08 at 7:12 am }

Wow! you first time with a fondant and you did that!!! You have some serious skills.

48 Scrumpkin { 07.16.08 at 12:08 pm }

I’m lost in time. August already? I thought it was July…


49 Barb { 07.22.08 at 2:09 pm }

Thanks so much Mel!

50 Martha { 07.25.08 at 5:48 pm }

Hi, Mel, thanks bunches for setting up ILCW. This comment makes me an Official Iron commentator (actually prefer titanium or platinum or something, but So Not Complaining). I wish you and your family all the best. You are a Real Mensch and you totally rocked those Boots at BlogHer!

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