Tuesday Tidbits #1


I make a lot of plans to write things, I have a list of blog post ideas that I want to write.  But, do you see me writing anything? NOPE! So, if the next few posts are short and seeming nonsense, it’s because I’m trying to at least get back into the habit of writing and then I can start writing some more thoughtful posts as I get back in the habit.

That’s really the theme for me this year. I need to get organized, find a way to manage time better, and get things done instead of just talking about them. So, a lot of things may seem even crazier as I find what works for me. (Because we all know how much I truly suck at these things outside of the office.)

In any case, if you’re interested in some rambling thoughts, feel free to click through the cut for more.

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Farewell to Middle Earth

The Hobbit - The Battle of Five Armies - Official Poster

It’s been ten years since I was an active Ringer. But, with the release of the last movie today, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, I’m getting very reflective.

I’d read all five books (Hobbit, Lord of the Rings trilogy, and Silmarillion) multiple times by the time the first movie came out in 2001. Tolkien, Lewis, Montgomery, MacDonald, Weiss & Hickman, Springer, Kurtz…these were the names of the creators of worlds that have shaped my imagination for almost four decades. Despite any other interests or fandoms, these are the main ones who have been a constant through all the years. Come Yule this weekend, I’ll embark on a journey through Middle Earth once again. How ironic was it that the films first were released at the same time of year I always reread the books? Continue reading

Spirit of Birchwood Revealed

The mysterious tea party is explained. But, what happened? Was this the cause of death?

Ancient legends speak of two opposing forces: light and dark, often represented in the faerie courts of old. The seelie court, court of light and order, rules over the land through the brightest parts of the year. But, as summer wanes and the harvest times come to an end, then the unseelie court rises, the court of darkness and chaos. It is at Samhain, the end of the old year, as the world settles in to winter and remembering, that the veil between this world and the next is at it’s thinnest.

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The Haunting of Birchwood House

Was there a tragic dinner party in my home's history?

It started small at first: a door left open that I thought was closed, a bath fully drawn when no one was home. Occasionally I would hear footsteps in the house when I was alone, phantom voices speaking while I worked. As the frequency of these occurrences increased, I could only come to one conclusion:

Birchwood House is haunted.

The spectral residents of the house have made their presence known, but not their identity.

During the month of June, I endeavored to capture some evidence of their spectral presence on film. Being possessed — isn’t that an odd choice of phrase? — of only one camera, I was forced to relocate periodically to capture record of most of the activity. Still, by spending an hour or two a night in each post, I was able to gather some evidence in each of the most active parts of the house: the upper hallway, the dining room, and the kitchen.

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Autumn Renewal

Taking in the view from my backyard

It’s in the air. A subtle shift on the wind, a teasing scent that says Summer’s over. The green leaves of July have turned into a riotous inferno of reds and oranges and golds. Even the sky itself seem a little more gilded, bringing a crisp edge to the soft breeze. It’s a time of reflection and renewal, the world preparing for it’s annual sleep, to rise again in beauty come spring.

And the weary traveler returns home…

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Monday Matters #3

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Been a while since I’ve done one of these. Been a while since I wrote regularly, too. lol Still working on finding the time to do that again. Need to get more organized about things in general, I think. Or get some rest! heh. Haven’t had a real break from things since…December?

Anyway, starting the week on a positive note:

  • Seaside Highland Games this past weekend. Beautiful weather, lovely music, old friends. Just a great time all around, despite the migraine that came with me.
  • While at the Games, met a lovely woman who was selling her first book. Picked up a copy to read on the bus (of course!), but really was charmed by the author, whether I end up ultimately liking the book or not. It was just nice to meet such a pleasant, caring woman.
  • VACATION! My usual vacation for my birthday and Halloween is coming up in ten days. I have a few things to do, but mostly, I just want to chill as much as I can.
  • Getting myself a new phone. It’s not a total positive, since it’s now literally impossible to get a smart phone with a hard keyboard without a contract for a price I can afford. But, it’s still an upgrade and my current phone has outgrown my needs (also, I’m pretty sure I’ve semi-bricked it. oops).

52-Week Challenge: 3-Color Gradient

Pay no attention to that band-aid behind the curtain.

For starters, I’m just going to go out on a limb and suggest that Facebook is annoying. I applied to join the Facebook group for this challenge awhile back and never got a notice from Facebook when the request was approved. So, I totally missed out on the first week’s prompts. *pouts* I may try and get to them later. But, I haven’t even had time to touch my nails for a month before now. So, I won’t hold my breath. LOL

Anyway, the way the challenge works is each week there’s a pattern prompt and a color prompt and you can choose to do one or both or put them together. I’m likely to only get to one manicure a week, per usual. But, I wanted to try something that would make me stretch my skills a bit, since I’m still learning some of the more advanced tricks.

This week’s pattern challenge was a three-color gradient. And, since I had a handful of fall colors just sitting around waiting to be tried, it was a good time to go with a fall theme. :-)

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WWII Fighter Pilots Speak at Planes of Fame Museum – Part Two

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Continuing my report from the June symposium at the Planes of Fame Museum featuring six veteran fighter pilots who had flown the P-47 Thunderbolt during the World War II: five who fought in the European Theatre and one who was in the Pacific Theatre. The stories of all the men were entertaining, educational, and enlightening. After listening to these men speak, it became clearer why theirs is known as the greatest generation.

Yesterday I wrote about Lieutenant Colonel Robert Friend, who flew with the Tuskegee Airmen using all 6,000 feet of runway they were given; Lieutenant Colonel Sandy Ross, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions in saving the life of his squadron leader during a dogfight; and Lieutenant Martin Engler who crash landed into the middle of a tank battle.

Today, I’ll begin with the fourth man to speak: Lieutenant Joe Preston.

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