SUNDAY

Today I got out and weeded the four active veggie beds. While I was at it I picked eight small and two medium tomatoes to ripen on the counter. The tomato plants are, so far, disappointing this summer. By now we should have enough to share and it's not happening so far.

When Leofwyna got up I cleaned up and we went to Ticos for supper then a movie, Sorcerer's Apprentice. I had to talk her into that one 'cause she hadn't seen the previews, nor heard anything about it, but it turned out to be as good as I expected. There were some really clever interpretations of the magic theme and we both enjoyed it hugely.

MONDAY

I got back out to the garden to weedwhack all around the veggie beds and IN the inactive ones. My goodness it was hot today so that was really NOT a lot of fun! Leofwyna brought Chinese back for supper after running a few shopping errands.
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SUNDAY

Chiara's call got me moving this afternoon. I picked her up to go to the library to get the August Runestaff organized on the computers there. I passed the workbox over to her and promised 'advisory' service as needed before heading home.

When Leofwyna emerged from her bed we both cleaned up and went out for a movie. This one was SALT, a female-Bourne type spy movie complete with a rather abrupt end making it clear there'd be more to come.
How do you feel when an adapted film's story deviates from the original material?

That's a major button being pushed for me. "The Postman" leaps to mind; much as I like Costner in the role I can't watch that movie with the story so incredibly scrambled from the book. When I first saw that in the theater I drove my sister nuts! about it.

On the other hand, I'm really happy with the way the LOTR trilogy was handled even though they had to make major cuts to manage the length of it. They didn't muck about with the sequence and I was able to forgive or ignore other things they did to it. My only major peeve was how they weakened Frodo at the ford. That was so totally unnecessary.
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SUNDAY

Tried and tried to get in touch with Cat but apparently the phone number AND email addy in the old directory are too old. I am SO ready to get my hands on a new one if it ever gets issued. Did get out and finished mowing the rest of the yard this afternoon. Aside from that I loafed the day away. Leofwyna took off for her last travel planning potluck with her 'crew'.

MONDAY

I went through my box of paperwork today, filing some and throwing out a great deal more. I set aside a pile of pages to send along to Lana tomorrow. When Leofwyna got up we went to a movie this evening, Day and Knight was an entertaining romp we both enjoyed. At supper at Appleby's I discovered they serve a pretty good fajita; not quite as good as Leofwyna's but pretty good.

TUESDAY

I ran errands this afternoon, or tried to. Couldn't get on a computer at CYT as they've changed things and you have to have a code to get on. There's only one 'public' computer and the gentleman on it looked to be well settled in. So I went to the public library where I couldn't seem to get it to 'send' the document I was dealing with. (I had already had trouble with the computer at home; poor aged thing.) A phonecall to Gyda this evening; I'll physically deliver the thing to her at work tomorrow morning. Other things on my to do list will also wait for tomorrow. However, I was successful making and mailing copies to Lana and finding a FAX to send several more recent pages to her that way.

Out in the garden this evening I harvested a good sized mess of broccoli. I'll take along Halftroll's share when I see Gyda tomorrow.

I spent a good chunk of time making the top for Leofwyna's new two-piece dress. It looks really good and I'm optimistically confident I got the size right. At the end of that my forearms and wrists really were feeling it.
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SUNDAY

I started off Leofwyna's bday with a midnight phonecall to work so she knew from the very beginning that it wasn't forgotten this year. If I wait until evening when she wakes up she feels forgotten and I wanted to avoid that for a change. With that phonecall we firmed up plans for a movie (How to Train a Dragon) and dinner after.

I spent my afternoon with a trip to Goodwill for the 'traveling sale' and found a great pair of walking shoes and a couple cutter shirts. Finally at six I woke Leofwyna up with song and her present... yards of a fabric she'd talked herself out of a couple months ago and the pattern for a nice two piece dress... with a promise to make it up for her cruise this summer. The movie was great... really funny and cute.
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THURSDAY

Finished getting the crabgrass roots out of the west veggie bed but the poor, old wood of the frame self-destructed and I'm going to have to do something about that before I can get the sifted soil back in it and plant anything. Oh well, that was not really a complete surprise. No doubt some of the other five beds will do the same as I work though them.

Leofwyna came out and worked in the flower beds awhile and took a ride on the refurbished bike before dragging me off for supper and a movie. Unfortunately the theater management decided during the afternoon to cut a showing and we showed up to be told "So sorry." The manager was surprised we'd looked it up around 7pm and it was still listed for 9:45 but that didn't change the fact we'd driven across town for it.

Back at home we cleared some old VCR tapes while working up another jigsaw puzzle.
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MONDAY

I totally forgot my appointment with the mechanic at eleven. About one I thought of it and called to apologize. They were busy enough not to be annoyed and we rescheduled for tomorrow. Instead I spent time with laundry and trying to sort out my sewing room. Leofwyna has voiced a careful complaint about my taking over too much of the rest of the space downstairs which I have to admit being guilty of. Tonight after supper we watched "Avatar" on a rented DVD... this was really a good, imaginative movie. I kept sorting through my sewing space stuff towards being able to move back into my little corner.
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SUNDAY

I made another fourteen log cabin blocks and sized out the log cabin blocks I'd made and then made repairs on a few that sized out too small. When Leofwyna got up we went to supper at Chili's (baby back ribs and onion strings, yum) and a movie. We saw Green Zone which was big on both action and making us think deep thoughts afterward although there's no indication any of this was based on a real story. I certainly don't like the idea of what some thoughtless or conniving politicians might have done, or currently be doing, to us.

MONDAY

I put the two chickens I found on manager's sale Saturday on to cook this afternoon so Leofwyna could make noodles for our supper. I cooled and boned the birds while Leofwyna ran some errands before a late supper. (I waited for her to make noodles because hers are nice and tender where mine turn out doughy and tough.)

My Hillshire Farm Cheddarwurst was on sale too; I put six packages in the freezer and two in the fridge but one of those has been broached already. Love 'em as Dilly Dogs... bread, wurst and dill pickle relish, nom nom nom.

I laid out blocks and figured out my lay out. Discovered I had one more red one than I needed and I need to make four more each of the blue and brown blocks before I can put this top together. I'll use the leftover strips to make a border tha will bring the size up to a regular bed-sized quilt.

TUESDAY

Today I ran several sets of vintage quilt blocks and three vintage quilt tops through the wash (on a very brief gentle agitation and then an hour long soak) with Pine Sol to defeat the mildew smell. (They were in the bottom box in the corner where we find there's still been moisture in the basement spare room.) After washing I did NOT tumble them dry. The quilt tops got laid out in the living room (winter dry air did the rest) and I dry ironed the blocks dry, blocking them as I did so. I MUST find the fabrics I know I purchased to put those blocks together into tops. I do want to get all of these hand quilted eventually but if they doget boxed up again they will stay on the sewing room shelves, high and dry!
FRIDAY

Spent a little time with Gyda's fabric tearing out the panels for the two Halftroll tunics. With care and efficiency I was able to leave a full yard of the yellow and four yards of the blue for another project.

SATURDAY

Got the blue (and absolutely plain as requested) tunic finished tonight. I just want so much to trim it up somehow it's so plain.

SUNDAY

Got the yellow linen mostly sewn up but stopped when I realized I needed to preshrink the trim before finishing it up. This one is looking good and the blue red and yellow trim is Gyda's really nice tablet weaving.

MONDAY

Leofwyna was able to go to sleep early today so she was up early and wanted to go to some thrift stores and a movie. We found a few jigsaw puzzles and some Christmas cards for next couple years and had supper at Valentino's before going to see Percy Jackson. Basically it's a teen date-night revisit to mythology and forgetable enough I had trouble remembering enough of it to come up with the name to key in here.
SUNDAY

We finally went to see It's Complicated which has been my movie of choice for awhile and I was very pleased with it. I do like Merle Streep in a good comedy. When we got back home we set up a floodlight and dug into the compost pile looking for the yellowjacket nest while the temps are still sub-freezing. We didn't find any sign of the nest but after clearing off the loose leaves and digging many holes in the compost we poured on several buckets of cold water in hope it'll flood and freeze the nest if it is there.

MONDAY

A thoroughly lazy day...
WEDNESDAY

With all the snow on the ground and the chill in the air I'm spending a great deal of time lounging around at home. Do I take advantage of this time to accomplish anything? Well, there is the excuse of avoiding making unnecessary noise while Leofwyna sleeps but just the same I'm not doing even as much downstairs as I could. I immerse myself in the Internet or a jigsaw puzzle. I'm clearly in hibernation mode here.

Tonight I did get out of the house to attend A&S; I was one of three to do so but we had a nice discussion about glovemaking, Winter War Maneuver's and its revel, and so forth.

THURSDAY

I got a call from NelNet today about one of my applications there so I'm being considered for an interview. I've responded to 5-6 positions there so naturally this is my least favorite choice but it is within my desired salary range and has benefits so I've got my fingers crossed that this might be accomplished. After eighteen months it wouldn't do to be fussy and perhaps getting my foot in the door could be translated eventually to a lateral move within the company.

I've got turkey legs in the crockpot with barbeque sauce and crushed pineapple for supper. When Leofwyna gets up we'll eat and go to the late movie to see Avatar in 3D.
FRIDAY

For the first time we offered crash space in our home and I think it went well. We put our guests up in the living room as we aren't done with putting the downstairs in order yet. As neither Leofwyna nor I had been able to locate either of the air pumps I had spent much of the evening blowing up an air mattress myself. Fortunately since they'd said they wanted to use the two sofas I didn't need to blow up any more than the one mattress. Amba, Hrolfgar and Viktor finally arrived well after eleven, instead of ten or so, because they had to drive very slowly through lots of fog.

SATURDAY

We had a good turnout for Winter War Maneuvers with royalty visiting from three kingdoms and roughly 350 in attendance. Court included Dolan's Laurel elevation with a beautiful ceremony with music and poetry. Other awards included Torse's for Chiara and Gyda and an AOA for one of the Scarlet Keepers. There was also a fyrd given in a field court early in the afternoon to one of our lady fighters. My crashers were pretty much used up by the activities of the day and decided to head home instead of staying for the revel and crashing another night.

SUNDAY

Leofwyna woke me at nine this morning thinking I'd forgotten to set the alarm to go help with revel clean up. Since I was awake and she was going I went too and with Natalia and Zino were done in just under an hour. We'd intended to go see the 3D version of Avatar that night but the lines were long so we decided to wait until a weeknight instead. We stopped on the way home to rent a couple movies and I watched Night in the Museum II with her before heading to bed.

MONDAY

I went out today to see if a ten-pack jigsaw puzzle was still at the Salvation Army. It was so I got it to surprize Leofwyna with. Turns out only five of the puzzles are in the box but the price was good enough to make that okay too. The first puzzle we put together, a night scene, went quickly so we started another of a street scene of a sidewalk cafe which is terribly 'painterly' therefore more difficult.

I also found an electric aebleskiver 'iron' with which I want to try a small batch for myself to see if it works before I surprise Leofwyna with that potential delight. If it doesn't really work I can get rid of it and avoid disappointing her with it.

This evening when Leofwyna went into the laundry room she saw one of the air pumps on the laundry table. Then as she was looking for her event basket to find her scissors she found the other pump in the top box of a stack of boxes (also in the laundry room). Can we spell embarassed and annoyed?

TUESDAY

Today I put some sausages to heat in a pot of water for lunch and forgot them. About an hour later they made their presence known and I spent another hour chilling the house by airing out the fumes. Tonight when Leofwyna is gone to work I'll have to deal with the carbon in the bottom of the pan when it won't matter what kind of noise I may have to make in that process.
SUNDAY

I met up with Gyda this afternoon at one of the libraries to work through exchequer reports for her first time through it. We got the 4th quarter to balance straight away and got a good start on merging all four quarters into the doomsday report. I can see she's not going to have any problems with this; actually she'll probably get through it easier than I did as she has a better grasp on some of the things I toiled over.

Leofwyna and I went to see Young Victoria tonight. OMG, to my uneducated but not completely inexperienced eye the costuming was spot on!! I have no complaints about the movie. The environs, acting and pace all contributed to believability and it held my attention in spite of the potential for distraction by the costuming. I want to see it again and I want sequels as Victoria (and the actress) ages.

Back at home we pulled out another jigsaw. When it's this cold and we're generally housebound this is a standard fallback. The cat disapproves as there's no lap available when we do this.
TUESDAY

I spent a quiet day doing my job searches and working on a jigsaw puzzle. When Leofwyna woke up we hussled off for pizza and a movie. We saw Avatar which was a wonderfully visual movie and we want to go see it again in the 3D theater before it leaves town. It has a a 'ferngully' sort of plot but with the great visuals made a decent movie experience.

WEDNESDAY

I ran through a couple loads of laundry primarily to have my garb ready for WWM in a week and made some progress on the current jigsaw puzzle. With the snowed in feeling of the season it brings back memories of sitting with mother in the evening doing puzzles back before we had our first television. It also brings to mind seeing a cupboard full of puzzles at her grandmother's house following her funeral.

A snow day was declared already yesterday evening and it did snow but not so much to be a problem. The wind chill index IS rather severe. I made a run to the store when Leofwyna discovered she was missing sherry for the wild rice soup this evening. She had in mind a late birthday dinner for me with the soup, veggie 'pizza' and angelfood cake. Some of my favorites, NOM.
SUNDAY

During the day I ran through some job searches and accomplished a couple applications. When Leofwyna woke I suggested a movie or decorating for Christmas and after some discussion we decided on supper and a movie tonight and decorating Tuesday-Thursday so the week is planned.

We treated ourselves to Invictus; an excellent movie. Seems the good ones recently are sporty ones but since they are character driven they are engrossing and this one was very good.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY-MONDAY

I've been incredibly dull... lots of television, computing and so forth. I'm just sort of doing the existing thing waiting for Thursday and THE Interview.

Leofwyna and I did get to a movie this weekend... I almost always like Sandra Bullock movies and Blind Side is very good.
SUNDAY

Stitched together the trim and wound it up. Looked into the pile of boxes at the foot of the stairs wanting to move them so I could start working in my sewing area. Found several items Leofwyna asked me to watch out for that she was missing (SCA journals and cotton Indian throws). I picked up and dealt with a couple things to begin my part of the process. Boxed up several magazines that'll have to be sorted and shelved later when other things have been dealt with first. Dismantled Little Sister's crazy quilt to harvest the brown calico backing, discarded the nasty poly batt and reassigned the already ratty top to the animal shelter for disposable bedding.

When Leofwyna got up she suggested a movie; she wanted to see 2012. We had a quick supper at KFC to get to the last movie and enjoyed it hugely. It's a very active armageddon-type movie that had decent character development so we were able to get involved in it. It was also rather long.
SATURDAY

Naturally since I needed the sleep to be ready for the coming day I didn't sleep well... kept waking... slept lightly when I did.

Today was the demo in Mullen.  I borrowed Leofwyna's van for a car pool and picked up Sash, Cat, Zino and Chiara at 8am.  We pulled into Mullen at a quarter of twelve giving us plenty of time for lunch.  We set up on the library lawn with a very good turnout of three fighters and eight (wo)maning the A&S tables.  We had lovely weather for it fortunately and though I had my cloak I didn't need to wear it.

Halftroll rode back with us as arranged.  We came back by way of Kronberg to look over the potential Cattle Raids site but it was full dark and the van's headlights could only show so much.  No problem, Sash and I will go early enough to look it over before dark Monday.

SUNDAY

I just took it easy all day and suggested supper and a movie when Leofwyna finally woke.  We went to see Amelia and found it a nicely told account of her career.

MONDAY

Picked up Sash midafternoon and we were walking the site at Kronberg while there was still light.  The archery field is deep enough, the softball field is huge (we're trying for permission for equestrian), the grove has plenty of room for campers, and another greensward is big enough for a tourney field.  It's all been nicely mown regularly and is pleasant underfoot (no stubble).  We found that there is two water spigots outside which I hadn't known about.  In the hall, the double kitchen is even wider than I remembered and the dining hall has a new table set up that will handle 90 seats.

We made our presentation to the council and asked to know if they were willing by the end of the year so I can prepare a proposal in January if it clears.  Heaven help me, this would make me an autocrat!

TUESDAY

Got up a little early today to be chauffeur for Sash going to his dentist.  Spent the afternoon hitting a few thrift stores then cleaning up the kitchen.  This evening I need to run 3-4 laundry loads.
MONDAY

When Leofwyna woke up today I suggested a movie for the holiday and said I'd do supper.  She was delighted with this plan and selected Inglorious Basterds, an intriquing rewrite of history.   Further discussion about the rummage sale in two weeks and it was decided we're done with 'em this year and we'll do another big one in the spring instead. 

I'm determined to get my sewing room set back up, the guest room put together and all our stuff from that room sorted so rummage things can be priced and ready for the spring sale.  I'll also go through the things in my room and sorted for the rummage so it can be a nice room for me again as well.  That's the plan anyway.  That also clears up the rest of our time this fall for getting the yard ready for winter.  She wants to get the front flower border dealt with and I want to get my raised veggie beds cleared and repaired and completely ready to have a complete vegetable garden again next summer.
THURSDAY

Mickey wanted to do some Rummage Sales today when she got up so off we went.  Kinda slim pickings though; I guess the first week of school isn't optimal time fo doing them.  We did find an beautiful, shrunken green wool blanket... Mickey will probably make a 'chaparon' for her as I already have the beginnings of a fushia one I started last spring at Herdmaster.  We also stopped in as the south Goodwill and found some great frames we want to put scrolls in. 

We decided to have supper at Valentino's and go to a movie.  District Nine. Very strange, very visceral... definately an 'only once' movie. It has a gripping plot and an interesting premise but OMG! Not one I'll say, you gotta see this, but I can't say it's BAD either. Umm, just be braced for the visceral...

While unloading the car I stepped on a crack in the driveway and dropped myself on my kester!   Fortunately, no damage done but Ow, I say, Ow!

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