A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Apple Blossoms

We think of the harvest as coming when the apples are ripe in the fall, but apple blossoms provide their own kind of harvest, in ephemeral moments of beauty.

What moment of joy or beauty have you harvested recently?

Yesterday, I was able to attend an SCA meeting. I have not attended one in months. Since I have a new closer route, I was able to pull it off. I saw many friends I have missed. I also won a door prize (the movie “Ironclad”). It was an awesome night.  We talked about Gulf Wars and worked on the meal plan. My friend Sybil french braided my hair and I laughed so hard. I have missed being able to be with my friends. I used to go to events and meetings and other activities. Lately, I have not been able to because of lack of funds. I have to borrow the gas money just to get to work. I am hoping this closer route will be better and I will no longer have to borrow money. We will see.

Anyway, to concentrate on the positive…

My friend Aingeal said that she had some garb for us. That is great! Now I won’t have any gaps in my wardrobe.  And my friend Floria offered me some garb in exchange for my working for her at Gulf Wars. I can’t wait until then. We are going to have so much fun! I have such wonderful friends. I love them very much! They invited me to Scribes and Illuminators on Sunday. I am going to try to go. I will also drag my kids along. Meg loves to paint and Iain likes to visit with everyone. We usually sit around and paint scrolls. When someone in the SCA is called into court to receive an award, that person receives a beautiful scroll to go with it. These scrolls are hand-painted, scripted with calligraphy, and tailored for individual people. It is very time consuming but worth it. The last award I received was the Sable Crane. There was a gorgeous scroll that went with it. It was done all in Celtic design. I created a persona I use for the SCA. The SCA re-creates the era between the Fall of Rome and the death of Queen Elizabeth I. When you join, you choose a name and persona of someone who might have lived during that time. I chose Caiterina O’Hara, born 810 AD in Sligo, Ireland. So, when I received a scroll in a Celtic theme, I was overjoyed. Someone took the time to create something so precious just for me. The picture below shows this scroll. I have also included a photo of Their Royal Majesties Aaron and Amelot of Ansteorra. It was such a wonderful event. I have really missed them. For more info on the SCA check out the link in the upper right. Want to know even more? Feel free to contact me or comment here. I love talking about it. It is a passion of mine.:)

Sable Crane scroll and pendant.

Sable Crane scroll and pendant.

I accept a service award from Their Majesties.
I accept a service award from Their Majesties.

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What We Won’t Touch

From the Daily compass:

What we are reluctant to touch often seems the very fabric of our salvation.”
― Don DeLillo

Who are you reluctant to contact or acknowledge? How might they be an agent of your salvation?

OK, I can really see how the Daily Compass goes with the CLF. It all revolves around a theme. This month it is salvation. I wrote on this a bit yesterday. I am a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism. It is a medieval re-creation group. I am a youth officer for the Kingdom of Ansteorra. I think I have been avoiding my friends in the SCA. I did not realize this at first. But I really have. I feel guilty that I do not have the gas/money/transportation to attend meetings. I feel horrible and disappointed that I cannot make the meetings/get-togethers. I really miss them so much. I avoid them because it hurts too much. But I really do need to contact them. They need to know what is going on. I think that if I just talk to them, it will begin a healing process that I really need right now. I need to get what I can done and ask for help with the rest. I have really been shirking my duties as a Kingdom officer. I don’t attend events and I have not done much work. I really need to talk to my Kingdom seneschal and let him know what is going on. I can alleviate many of my problems if I just ask for help. It is so hard to do that though. It makes me feel weak. I try to be as strong as I can. I get so frustrated that I can’t do everything. That feeling makes me depressed. Then, I get nothing done. It is a vicious cycle. So, I need to stop being upset and do something about it. Today, I will email/call everyone I need to in order to get back on track and get my work done. There is an event coming up called Round Table. It is a semi-annual kingdom-wide officer meeting. I was going to go. Now, it looks like I won’t be able to attend after all. I was so looking forward to it. I just can’t find a way to make it there. So, I will find someone who can go for me. I have not missed a single one since I took office. I teach a class and have a forum discussion. The last class had one participant. It was awful. So, maybe it won’t be a bad thing for me to miss it. I don’t know. I will just see. I will talk to an SCA friend of mine and see what she thinks. She always speaks her mind and gives great advice. I have my salvation in sight. I can feel the tension starting to fade already. It helps to get a game plan together. I look forward to the healing with anticipation and gratitude.

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