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The Feast Project idea was put forward at the last business meeting*.  It was met with alot of enthusiasm- this is good!

 However, we also did alot of brainstorming and tangential free-associations – this is also good, but it fore-shadows how easy it could be to become side-tracked and unfocused in a project of this scope (oh shiny!).  It also foreshadows how hard Lady Ysabeau will have to work to keep us on track – the final goal is a feast!  Our spin-off ideas and personal projects based around this are all fine and dandy, but we’ll have to keep ‘our eyes on the prize!’

*although the idea was floated at the meeting I’m not sure if it’s a sanctioned Barony project.  I’m not sure if there was ‘recognized’ quorum present during the discussion

The Luttrell Psalter is an illuminated manuscript written and illustrated circa 1320 – 1340 by anonymous scribes and artists. It was commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell (1276-1345), a wealthy English landowner who lived at Irnham, Lincolnshire.

The pages vary in their degree of illumination but many are richly covered with both decorated text and marginal pictures of saints and Bible stories, of rural life, farming, cooking, doctoring, spouses squabbling, musicians playing, etc. It is considered by some to be one of the richest sources for visual depictions of everyday rural life in England of the Middle Ages. [Source: Wikipedia]

The Luttrell Psalter Film gives a unique glimpse of a year in the life of a medieval village.

This is a lovely film.

The A&S Project to End All A&S Projects.

At all started when… actually I have no idea when it started; I know not when the idea popped into the head of our Seneschal, Lady Ysabeau de Comport. What I do know was that on January 3, 2011 the idea was tossed in as a small group (hereafter known as ‘the conspirators’) had gathered at the de Comport Manor to help the Lady Yllaria de Comport prepare the Kingdom 12th Night feast.

Background and Context

I am a relatively new SCAdian. I have chosen the SCAdian name of Susanna of “somewhere yet to be determined”. My “persona” has no real specific time period – she’s abit of a garb junky, and she’s partial to Scotland and Vikings.

I live in the Kingdom of Ealdormere, the sixteenth Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).

More specifically I live in the Barony of Rising Waters.

For those who are not familiar with the SCA, we are an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our “Known World” consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. We organize and attend events dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. These events often feature tournaments, arts exhibits, classes, workshops, dancing, feasts, and more – all as authentic to “period” as we care to be (the closer, the better!)… but with mobile phones, web sites,  family vans, and day jobs.

Every year there are competitions in each Kingdom hosted by the Kingdom Ministry of Arts and Sciences to judge the “best of” in a wide variety of arts and sciences categories.

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Wow…

That worked!

My last blog post was almost a year ago… I guess I really did manage to find time for myself.

I met a lot of people in Europe.  I even encountered myself.

~James Baldwin

I went to Europe this summer – Denmark to be exact.  I did meet alot of people, and I too encountered myself.

Peace Out you groovy Internet dwellers!

Maybe I’ll find something to blog about this year…

Note to self

January 11, 2010
Finding Time for You
Your Most Vital Commitment

Within each of there is a well of energy that must be regularly replenished. When we act as if this well is bottomless, scheduling a long list of activities that fit like puzzle pieces into every minute of every day, it becomes depleted and we feel exhausted, disconnected, and weak. Refilling this well is a matter of finding time to focus on, nurture, and care for ourselves, or “you time.” Most of us are, at different times throughout the day, a spouse, a friend, a relative, an employee, a parent, or a volunteer, which means that down time, however relaxing in nature, is not necessarily “you time.” Though some people will inevitably look upon “you time” as being selfish, it is actually the polar opposite of selfishness. We can only excel where our outer world affairs are concerned when our own spiritual, physical, and intellectual needs are fulfilled.

Recognizing the importance of “you time” is far easier than finding a place for it in an active, multifaceted lifestyle, however. Even if you find a spot for it in your agenda, you may be dismayed to discover that your thoughts continuously stray into worldly territory. To make the most of “you time,” give yourself enough time on either side of the block of time you plan to spend on yourself to ensure that you do not feel rushed. Consider how you would like to pass the time, forgetting for the moment your obligations and embracing the notion of renewal. You may discover that you are energized by creative pursuits, guided meditation, relaxing activities during which your mind can wander, or modes of expression such as writing.

Even if you have achieved a functioning work-life balance, you may still be neglecting the most important part of that equation: you. “You time” prepares you for the next round of daily life, whether you are poised to immerse yourself in a professional project or chores around the home. It also affords you a unique opportunity to learn about yourself, your needs, and your tolerances in a concrete way. As unimportant as “you time” can sometimes seem, it truly is crucial to your wellbeing because it ensures that you are never left without the energy to give of yourself.

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Everyone take a deep breath!!

Okay…. read up!
even the Mayans say the 2012 doomsday forcasting is bunk.

2012: new film features ‘Mayan doomsday,’

can people all calm down now? sheesh.

Lest We Forget…

an illustrated page with the poen "In Flanders Fields"

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

~Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Danger Will Robinson…

Are you a confirmed Application Junkie on MySpace, Facebook, and other Social media sites??

Check this out….

Duct tape is a vinyl, fabric-reinforced, multi-purpose pressure sensitive adhesive tape. It was originally developed during World War II in 1942 as a water resistant sealing tape for ammunition cases.

They tell me a perfect tool kit needs only two items; WD-40 and Duct Tape.  If it doesn’t move and it should – use the WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn’t use the Duct tape

Duct tape is like ‘The Force’; it has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together…. now it’s holding Churches together.

Pillars holding up Canterbury Cathedral, the mother church of Anglicanism, are being held together with duct tape because of a shortage of money to carry out urgent repairs.