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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Studying Salvation

From the Daily Compass:

There is no one way to salvation, whatever the manner in which a [person] may proceed. All forms and variations are governed by the eternal intelligence of the Universe that enables a [person] to approach perfection. It may be in the arts of music and painting or it may be in commerce, law, or medicine. It may be in the study of war or the study of peace. Each is as important as any other. Spiritual enlightenment through religious meditation such as Zen or in any other way is as viable and functional as any “Way.”… A person should study as they see fit.”
―Miyamoto Musashi

What practice moves you toward salvation?

OK, so the theme this month is Salvation. But, I feel as if the Daily Compass is a bit repetitive. What do you think? But, I will answer this. I am trying to keep up with the Daily Compass and really think about salvation this month.

I participate in an historical recreation group called the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc (SCA). I have played in the SCA off and on since 1988. I first found it in high school. My friends George and Talyn told me about it. They said there was the really cool place they went to every Wednesday night to hang out. They would sit around, watch knights fight in armor and talk about the middle ages (and other things). I thought I would give it a shot. I really wasn’t doing anything else so why not. I picked them up and we went to the rec center on Fort Monroe (in Hampton, VA). Fort Monroe was open to civilians and it was a beautiful backdrop to the meeting. We arrived at a two story rec center with two gyms and a game room. One gym was full of huge, burly men in various types of armor (leather, steal, etc.). The sounds of rattan weapons hitting steal rang throughout the building. I could hear the grunts of exertion and smell damp leather and sweaty men. The other gym was a little different. It contained men and women in lighter bits of armor. In fact, they looked more like costumes from the Three Musketeers.  They fought with rapiers instead of duck-taped covered rattan. the fighting style seemed more refined and plotted. Instead of heavy bangs, I heard light pings as the blades met. Then, Talyn took me to the game room. In it, there were teens and adults. All were sitting or standing in groups. There was a din of activity. Some were playing pool, some were playing cards, and some were mingling with friends they had not seen in a while. I was introduced to a Chatelain (the person in charge of new comers). She told me all about the organization and what they did. She also told me that if I needed a costume (called garb) or feast gear (medieval-looking bowls, plates, etc) to let her know. Her job was to make sure that all new people had what they needed to have fun and enjoy themselves. She told me about events that would be going on and the various local get-togethers. It was so much fun that I came back the next week, and the week after that. I was given a beautiful dress with bell sleeves, a plate, a bowl, and silverware. I went to my first event (that experience I will save for another blog) and I was hooked.

Later (Spring of 1990), I moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas. I found the group there and got back involved. I have been involved ever since. When I move, I find a new SCA group. The people are amazing.  My parents (and other non-SCA people) just don’t get why I do it. Some think I am nuts. I started out with this group and I have stayed with this group because of the people. I love them and I love the historical study. I have even taken on a Kingdom Youth Officer position (Minister of Children). In this position, I manage the Ministers of Children for all the local groups in Texas and Oklahoma.  It is daunting sometimes, but it is worth it.  I am a workaholic anyway. Since I have no work I can do from home, I do my SCA stuff. I plan youth activities for events, I contact my local officers, write reports, file, create presentations, update our website, write and teach classes online (gotta love Moodle), and write code (for said classes and website). It is a lot of work, but I love it.  Whenever I get stressed or upset, I turn to my SCA work. It is my balm, my cushion, my salvation.

I accept a service award from Their Majesties.

I accept a service award from Their Majesties.

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