When Leofwyna finally got up today (her day off and I didn't want to disturb her sleep) I went out to finish mowing the front yard. The weather people are saying scattered thunder showers tonight and lots of rain other days this week so I knew I needed to get to it. I also put lost and found items from Cattle Raids in the car so I'll have it with me at moot this week.

This evening Leofwyna is sorting through the rubbermaid tubs to put some of it away. I've been doing load after load of my laundry.
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organizing and packing for Cattle Raids
Leofwyna spotted nest of yellow jackets in frontyard that we can avoid


loading the van AND the car
Scrabble with Uncle G
setting up the tent in the dark
oops, I missed loading siderails for Leofwyna's bed


much help setting up sunshades, tourney field, archery field
oops, forgot citronella oil for torch and lanterns
made supper for my crew


Callaghan brings Leofwyna's siderails, bless his heart
Randwulf and Saraphina brings me oil and ice, bless their hearts
oops, no marked parking spaces for royalty
Joy visits Cattle Raids
Cattle Raids is a success
Sir Hans, Mistress Suzanne
Baron Owaine, Lady Maire
torse for Saraphina, silver hammer for Sabi
'sorted' parking worked out very well
cold shower!


site all clear before church is out, WOW!
the Lady Cousins have a dinner at Chances R in York
we sort and load for our camping trip


finish loading, leave the loaded car at Uncle G's
Scrabble with Uncle G (I WON!)
rain on the way to Sparks, again in the evening
Monday night in a Valentine motel (hot shower! television!)


elk ranch
camping at Sharp's campground
beautiful days, very cool nights, rain Wednesday night
campfires every night, falling stars Monday
looking for THE bridge
scoping out all the campgrounds, learned our spot is the BEST
lone porcupine, heron a couple times, golden eagle, many hawks,
yellow finch, lots of doe/fawn pairs, many flocks of turkey
Niobrara State Park and Smith Falls
Wildlife Refuge, Fort Falls and a long nature walk
picture in Valentine paper (?)
a bald eagle, blonde fuzzy caterpillar, prairie dogs


breaking camp, visiting Laurel


nice article about Cattle Raids in Daily Nebraskan!/AUGUST30.pdf

writing an article for Aurora Register
thank you email to lists
unloading vehicles, sorting out laundry
mow lawn

Today was the demo over in Iowa with the Lonely Tower group. I was just about to head out the door, just went downstairs to find a yarn needle when the phone rang. Could I stop over for a sunshade that was forgotten in the load-up of a friend. Turns out it was a good thing I was running late. When I arrived at site the welcome (for the sunshade) was quite gratifying. Although I stayed sitting quietly in the shade working on my inkle loom, it was a sunny, hot day and I faded and left after only five hours. I'm certainly glad I never took up the fighting end of things as they surely were cooking in their armor.


I got several phonecalls completed this afternoon relative to Cattle Raids coming up next weekend and made arrangements to meet with Gyda tomorrow to decide which tubs of serving pieces to have brought out for feast. Also talked to Thedrich, Isadora, and left an answering maching request for Callaghan to call me back regarding ice.

Once Leofwyna was awake this afternoon I got busy and did up the dishes (so she could do her pickles this evening) and got the lawn mowed... oh my gosh the crabgrass was getting way ahead of me. I just finished helping Leofwyna peeling and slicing veggies for her pickles and my hands are aching. The Oster sliced things too thin so we were doing them all by hand.
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Strangely enough these two days seem to have been lost in the mists of time already. With Leofwyna sleeping and at work my brain went to mush and I don't recall any of it. I think I mowed two-thirds of the yard sometime in there; perhaps that's why my brain seems soft as the temps were still abysmal.


Spent most of the afternoon and evening with Isadora and crew making four roasters of soup for Cattle Raids. A couple of the new kids from Scarlet Keep showed up and one of 'em was an expert Roux maker (I learned something watching him). Sure did make a huge difference in the soup, it smells wonderful. At home tonight I find my right hand and arm are feeling cramped from all the cutting and chopping I did today (a bunch of celery, five onions, 25 carrots and most of a big ham). I didn't get my hands on any of the potatoes though.


Good grief, discovered my addy never got changed on the event flyer. Now we're only two weeks from Cattle Raids and any attempts at contacting me were going to the old address. Today Morganna tracked me down through the MagMor list, pointing out the problem, and I got the flyer updated. I talked to Toli and he tried to connect a short term link between my addys but the system wouldn't let him... which is odd because he runs the system.

I went out awhile this afternoon to get a haircut, pick up some sweet corn, cash in on aluminum cans and get the car washed. Wouldn't you know, it rained this evening.
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The heat index was 'only' 104 and the grass exceedingly shaggy so I got out in two short sessions today and got two-thirds of the yard mowed this evening while the sun was low in the west.

Another jigsaw puzzle was subdued with Leofwyna tonight while we watched tapes. Ah, the wild life!
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Worked some more on the open-sided surcoat and am almost ready to hem it but I ran out of the pale peach thread. When Leofwyna got up I headed outside and did a major cutback on the lilac bush. It is now just a few spriggy bits so we'll see if it grows back better. If it doesn't it'll get pulled out altogether. Leofwyna pulled weeds from the side flower beds and topped up one of the compost piles.


At Hancocks I found all the thread choices in peach to be too dark. Real pastel doesn't seem to exist anymore. I already have 'too dark' peach so I didn't buy any. I'm so stiff and sore from yesterday that I only dealt with a little laundry and washing dishes at home today.
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Chiara and I made a quick run to Kinko's to copy flyers to insert into the Runestaff. I also faxed out the portajohn contract.

Spoke with Thedrich and Gwyneth today. Happily some more things are progressing for meals at Cattle Raids. Requested finance committee meeting item next week for feast budget; I started pushing for this to happen months ago!

Although I was late getting out to mow the lawn tonight I still managed to get through it all. It was late dusk when I finished though. Around 11pm there was a loud boom from somewhere behind the house, and then soon another two. I turned out the lights downstairs to go up and peek out windows but couldn't see anything stirring. Does some neighbor still have fireworks from the 4th? Didn't quite really sound like that though.
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OMG it was hot today with a nasty heat index, but in spite of this I got the lawn mowed this afternoon to beat the predicted thunderstorms tonight or tomorrow. I got my first to very small tomatoes out of the garden today and harvested some more green beans. I should do some more in the veggie beds but it's gotta cool down a little before I do. Blech!
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Driving home last night at 10:30 the air was so full of haze there were times I couldn't see beyond the nose of the car. This was not fog or smog, it was smokiness from the fireworks going off all over the place. There were some seriously big boomers out there in addition to the usual sparklers, rockets and what-not. I just drove straight home and retreated to the basement to watch TV and pet the cat.

Before going to bed I found an old notebook and started making a list of things I might accomplish during the thirteen days Leofwyna is gone. All good intentions for the moment; we'll just see how that goes.

Anyway, after spending a quiet morning reading email and catching up on the computer I went to KFC for a late lunch and back at home I braved the potentially wet yard and got the entire lawn mowed except for the bit east of the garage which really was too wet still. It wasn't awfully hot, for a wonder, but the humidity was pretty thick so I did the work in two parts with a substantial resting period between.

Back in the house this evening the computer was hit with a virus so ended up with the 'check and connect' program 7-11 when that program dumped too. I called that in and was told I needed to arrange for a new modem tomorrow. With that I shut things down and headed to bed rather frustrated.
patable2010: (Saxon)

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'.


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.


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.
patable2010: (Saxon)

Mowed two-thirds of the lawn this afternoon. It's hot but the weather channel shows it getting even hotter the next couple days then raining Sunday. Made potato salad and picked homegrown broccoli for salad to go with Leofwyna's chicken for supper. Leofwyna has cleared off the craft table downstairs; guess that's my clue to start sewing her cruise clothes since there's only a week and a half left until she's off. Got her measured up and cut out the top of the two-piece dress I'll be making her.
patable2010: (Saxon)

With weather threatening we got out for some yardwork and I decided to mow instead of shifting compost. I was mowing just as fast as the mower could pull me along and I won the race finishing barely fifteen minutes before the front literally dumped a cloudburst on us. Leofwyna was proceeding down the west side of the house with her groundcloth and rocks project. She wasn't done but at least she was far enough along that her groundcloth was well secured with the first of several bags of rock. The rest of the rock will go down another day.

We were late getting back to computer and television in the evening when I found I'd won the decision for a bunkbed on the local Freecycle so we jumped into the van to go pick it up. Turned out it was a very modern style that doesn't break down into a pair of beds which I wanted it to do for tent camping. It was a very nice, sturdy bunkbed and I left it behind thinking someone with kids should be able to get it. I'll probably use Leofwyna's bedframe for camping at Lilies this year as it's much sturdier than my little white bed frame.
patable2010: (Saxon)

Thought today was household so I whisked through the rest of preparing the Runestaff to mail, dropped them in at the post office, made a quick stop at the library for a few more David Weber books for the weekend and went to Sash's. Discovered household is next Saturday... oops!

Later back at home while Leofwyna worked on her front of the house flower bed I thoroughly weeded and reseeded my four veggie beds. I discovered during my weeding process that there was literally nothing left of five potato sets so I used the space for beans, carrots and spinach. Ended the exercise by helping Leofwyna put in the rest of her plants in order to beat the dusk.
patable2010: (Saxon)

Leofwyna has been working on a project getting a rock border in around the south and west foundation of the house. I helped when she needed the bags of rocks moved from the back to the front, otherwise I finished weedwhacking, emptied stuff out of the van from the weekend and weeded/watered my veggie beds. I'm rather disappointed to find only three of the eight potatoes have emerged. Since I have only the four beds though this will give me a chance to put in some other stuff before I head off to Lilies next month.


So I'm thinking about the fact there's only two weeks until I leave for Lilies and perhaps I should be getting somewhat organized for that and for what follows this summer.

\ mail out June RUNESTAFF
\ deadhead peonies
learn camp stove usage/get fuel for it
\ make jerky (pack for Lilies)
\ make appointment for endocrinologist visit/update prescription
\ fill all prescriptions
\ June Moot/finance committee... Cattle Raids list

\ replant in veggie beds where potatoes failed
beans, carrots, spinach, radish, lettuce, nasturtiums, marigolds
\ pack up projects/clear downstairs living room
\ Maggie for vet check up/adjust prescription

\ household June 5
\ June 6 newcomers' revel
\ freeze ice for Lilies
\ sort/pack camp clothes
\ sort/pack camp gear
purchase/freeze/pack camp food
eggs, bacon, wurst, mac 'n cheese, white beans, apples, onions,
bisquik, milk, nut wafers, bread, butter, syrup, brown sugar,
oil, cinnamon, sugar, salt, pepper
load van
\ mow/mulch veggie beds where possible/water if necessary
LILIES June 11-20

unload van/put away camp gear
prepare July RUNESTAFF
exchange 'bits 'n bobs' [?]
sew Leofwyna's cruise gear before July 4
July Moot
turn out compost piles
sift complete compost for cleared weedy beds
continue clearing weedy beds/build new veggie bed frames
as available plant potato, cauliflower, brussel sprouts
strip webbing/cut down sunshade
vacate storage to garage
set up sewing area
rebuild large sunshade/make new sunshades
row cover for brussel sprouts, cauliflower
prepare fall/winter veggie beds and plant during July
peas, beets, garlic, spinach, greens
set up guest room
sort/price for rummage sale
finish and add new gold key items/mend old gold key
August Moot
Get Mr Amoto to remove appletree stump late summer
visit Kronberg with Owain and Thedrich (one trip or two?)
confirm portajons
prepare for Cattle Raids
CATTLE RAIDS and Niobrara trip

set up rummage sale
clear summer harvest
put up hoop shelters for winter harvests
patable2010: (Saxon)

Today was get the lawn mown day. The weather channel has been promising rain Tuesday-Wednesday four days now so it was great to have just one more dry day to although it was hot-hot-hot. I did it in sections; mow the verges, rest an hour, mow the front, rest an hour, mow the back, rest an hour, weedwack, collapse. [It did rain in the wee hours Tuesday morning so I did good.]


Headed downtown this afternoon to pick up Maggie the cat. Was there way too early (they're only open in the evening Tuesday) so I went to the two O Street thrift stores. Didn't find anything though so I ended up reading an hour while I waited. Maggie is cautiously exploring the two downstairs rooms I'm allowing her in for awhile. We need to make sure she's familiar with her box before we allow her full run of the house. She's a sweet girl and checks back with me every half hour or so for attention, then she's off again.
patable2010: (Saxon)

When we first bought this house we bought our first mower too. A few years ago when that mower failed Leofwyna got me a self-propelled mower and I found it good! I got out early this afternoon and mowed half the yard and after resting awhile I went back out late this afternoon and mowed the rest. I think when it's time to replace this mower it will be time to get a riding mower.

The ground was still somewhat wet and normally I would have waited another day for it to dry more but a) it's been ten days already and the grass was getting long, and b) it's supposed to rain again tomorrow and I don't trust it to wait until evening to do so.

Tonight I put together the first batiste 'cuddle' quilt; there's enough stuff for about half a dozen of 'em.
patable2010: (Saxon)

Got out of the house into the sunshine this afternoon. Stopped in at a couple of the thrift stores and found a couple tops... checked that bag at another thrift store and forgot to pick it up so I've gotta go back tomorrow to get it. Silly me!

Finished Gabaldon's Echo in the Bone; now I've got three years to wait for the next installment. I'm now waiting for my turn with the library's copy of the audio version... I love the reader that does it and sometimes I get additional insights I miss reading it for myself.

Back at home I pulled the Goldkey tubs out of Leofwyna's van and slepped 'em into the living room. I also managed to motate myself out and mow three-quarters of the yard. I bagged some but as I wore out towards the last I removed the bag to do the west verge. I left the main front undone but the zoysa grows slowly and I'll probably get away with leaving it to do next week.
patable2010: (Saxon)

During the early afternoon I finished clearing the craft area for Leofwyna's use although my sewing area is still a mess. I got the rest of the lawn mowed and my squash, tomato, broccoli, cauliflower and basil seedlings set out in the garden late this afternoon before heading out to this month's social moot. We made JAV plans with Jim Ballard and among other activities the musicians and dancers practiced, the barony conducted interviews and munchies were consumed.
patable2010: (Saxon)

So I remembered to get going this morning and get the car into the shop to find out why it's still hesitating and stuttering. Turns out the part that the plugs and wires attach to had one bad position and had to be replaced. Car seems to run nicely now so we'll hope that's the end of that expanse for a long, long time now. This afternoon I got the front and verges mowed but the back yard was still too damp so I left it another day. Spent the afternoon and evening doing the rest of the laundry and another load of mildewy fabrics from storage. The current batch is cotton-blends that will go back to the Cuddle Quilt project since we're not part of that group any more and time is already short.
patable2010: (Saxon)

Leofwyna got up early today to get turned around for the weekend. To help her keep active and awake we drove up to Omaha to shop for cruise clothes. [She's going to Alaska on this summer.] We hit a bunch of shops and she found the absolutely necessary items and a couple extras then she treated me at Cheesecake Factory for supper. I do love the Thai Lettuce Wraps and the Pineapple upside-down cheesecake. On the way home we stopped in at Brass Armadillo and perused about half the store before her feet and our time ran out.


We got up and loaded the van to head out for an event weekend. Before getting out of town we were distracted by a few garage sales. Leofwyne found an unusual wool Army blanket she'll make another chaparone from. We got almost to Nebraska City when Leofwyna realized her garb was still hanging on her bedroom door. Two hours later we were back to that point and any thoughts of stops along the way were tabled for some other trip. We arrived at our crash site in good time though so all was well.


We went to Caleigh with our guest, Greg, and had a nice time at a sweetly laid-back event with perfectly beautiful spring weather. Leofwyna is really good with the patter about SCA so I let her fill Greg in on all the details. We watched the fighting, archery and Highland games, visited with their excellencies and eavesdropped on some Vatavian shenanigans. At the end of the day Greg treated us to a steak dinner at a place he likes before crashing back at his place.

I offered him tent space if he should want to check us out at Lilies this summer but somehow I doubt he'll take me up on it.


During the odd free moments and quiet afternoons I've been putting random leftover scraps together crazy-style and I'll assemble them strippie-wise with leftover blocks for a donation quilt top.


Got out in the garden and turned over the four cleared beds and put in the potato sets and the big broccoli seedlings. I also mowed the verges and backyard. I'm letting the sqill and windflowers have one more week before I mow the frontyard.


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