Thursday I went 'shopping' for bread while Leofwyna made shortbread and mulligatawny soup. Refrigerater space was at a premium so the soup went into quart jars in a cooler with ice on the back deck. Began loading the van with Gold Key and stuff, finished loading Friday and headed to Cass County arriving around 3pm. I spent Friday afternoon and evening cooking the pullet eggs, baking brownies and finally putting the beans to soak. Everything is, so far, on schedule. Saturday was spent assembling the scotch eggs, cooking the ham and beans, and (during court) deep frying the scotch eggs. It all got done in spite of my lack of feastocrat savvy thanks to Leofwyna, Gwyneth and Isadora. More people stayed for supper than usual and our evening inn was a great success. It rained vigorously early Sunday morning so tents got packed up wet. The weather was otherwise nice for the entire weekend. Leofwyna and I were both up earlier than our usual to help load up and clean, clearing site around noon.
Wednesday up early to get additional supplies for replacement pies, then home to make those two pies. Was able to get in a little computer time before the evening meeting and supper group. Nice visit with Owain re dishes, dental work, and peers. Back at home I put up three quarts of ripe tomatoes which cleared the counter nicely.
Tuesday ran out first thing to get more chicken for second set of pies, made four pies then headed to FoodNet for bread (got eight). We had to dump eight loaves that didn't get taken to the freezer space and developed mold so we're recovered to where we were. Need about eight more. Went to the library to send ingredient list to Isadora, then back home to move cooled pies to Gwyneth's freezer. Leofwyna managed to scorch final pie and offered to remake it. As she still has shortbread and second batch of mulligatawny to deal with I said we'd both deal with making another pair or pies. No point wasting expensive pinenuts so we will make two tomorrow.
Monday we picked up Morgana and took her with us to Cortland for Felix and daughter's birthday bash which was to include the eclipse totality. We got to see the beginning and end but clouds rolled through during the main performance. Felix's smoked pork was good with broccoli salad and we had some good visiting time with several friends. Back at home I hit the library awhile before returning to make three chicken pies during the evening.
Wednesday I worked on the kronberg blocks. When this batch is done I'll have enough for nine tops. At moot this evening we discussed JAV, Lilies and the Pirate party, Crown Tournament and Cattle Raids. Isadora and I are co-autocrats for CR and the camera booth will be at JAV. Volunteers gave me funds ($56.60) for 'rat' at the Pirate party. We celebrated Master Gerald's birthday at Outback.
Wednesday up at ten to head out to Weeping Water to pick up the keys for the weekend as the seneschal has booked her time pretty heavily today and can use the help.  She took the cat to the vet for shots this afternoon.  Wednesday and Thuirsday evenings I concentrated on getting Leofwyna's Choli made and trimmed.  I think it turned out great.  At the last minute we remembered she needed an aline petticoat too so I whipped that up real fast Thursday night.  Friday when Leofwyna headed out to Weeping Water for the Cattle Raids set-up I made 7.5 dozen banana muffins for Saturday morning breakfast, loaded up and drove out to Weeping Water myself at 11 pm.  I sat 'gate' from 10-2 as my contribution to the day.  Court was long but lots of well deserved awards were presented.  After feast (which I skipped myself) I headed up the kitchen clean-up.  Sigtrigg was there in his traditional position, washing dishes, pots and pans.  All in all it was a long but very satisfying day.  Sunday was site clean-up before coming home and getting the lawn mowed... in a hurry because we thought it was going to rain but turned out it didn't.  I'm totally beat and procrastinating the packing and loading for Colorado.
Saturday we got up earlier than usual and headed uptown for the first of three pre-cooks.  Afterward Leofwyna dna I went to Valentino's for supper as we both had enough cooking for the day.  Sunday we spent the afternoon watching the Olympics.  I went to the Doerr's for my second game night.  Monday afternoon I mostly loafed but I did get the second cinnamon syrup boil done while I heated up supper.  Whenever I was at the sewing table these days I was putting together pink strips.  I finished the first top longer than usual, deciding to keep it for myself.
Friday I got a slow start but I did what I had to do loading up and finally got out to site around 4:30 [instead of the planned 2 or so].  It was a hot day and putting up the tent and settling in wasn't much fun.  It was nearly seven before I went to relieve troll.  I didn't get nearly as much sleep as I'd planned as three waves of intense storms blew through at midnight, one and two.  In spite of the vigorous winds the tent stayed secure but it leaked in the heavy rain.

I was surprised Saturday that it was not sloppy in the fairgrounds.  The storms had cooled things down and we had a good day for outdoor activities.  I worked list for the steel fighters and lingered to listen in on the post-tourney discussions.  The rest of the day was visiting with Sally and company, attending a very satisfactory court [in the auditorium] and one of Gwyneth's great feasts.  I helped with some of the clean up In the hall after feast before calling it done and headed off to bed.

After a good night's sleep [no more storms] I broke camp and loaded up.  When I went to the hall for gold key everything was finishing up already.  The 'teams' must have started cleaning pretty early.  I dropped Ingaborg's bedding at her house around noon and watered my lot at the community garden before heading home.  The rest of the day was dedicated to some serious loafing.  I did put together several 4-patches in a pink theme with Leofwyna on the computer while we caught up with television recordings.

Monday I waited for 'the phonecall' until Leofwyna woke up, then I went to pick up catfood, deliver tomatoes to Sash, and water the community plot. While I was gone she fell back to sleep so she took me to supper on a Groupon.  Back at home I worked on the pink blocks again.

Thursday I went about clearing out my car and gasing it up so I could load it for this weekend.  Friday I decided going to the 99-cent sales would be too much in addition to the rest of the weekend so I skipped that this month.  Mid-afternoon I headed out to Weeping Water with the Gold Key totes and sunshade and stayed to do 7-9 troll.  Saturday, of course, was Cattle Raids where Haldana won the A&S competition.  Owain got his augmentation in court.  I had bought seats at feast for us and was pleasantly surprised with the 'New World' menu.
Sunday, Oh dear, it's been awhile since I checked in here.  Wednesday was A&S night followed by supper at Appleby's with Sash, Kat, Oz and Joe.  The other's went to Perkins.  Thursday I finished straightening up in the garage. Friday the moving men were here in spite of the rain and moved the furniture into the garage and the kitchen appliances onto the concrete apron in back.  We have the fridge plugged in and strapped shut with a padlock.  For awhile the only cooking we can do will be with the microwave; this may cause some difficulties. 

Saturday we daytripped Cattle Raids separately.  I drove out in the morning and sat troll noon to two.  Most activities were moved indoors 'cause it rained on and off all day.  The equestrians played in the rain but I assume the archers didn't.  Their majesties rode into court which was cool, I helped Ingeborg present largess, lots of nice awards were handed out and we only just finished with court when the rains really let loose. 

I didn't have to water Sunday since we had more rain.  Sunday, Monday and Tuesday we got more stuff moved out to the garage, removed wallpaper and doorframes, and set up the camp table in the kitchen with the electric skillet for some simple cooking.  I mowed the backyard Tuesday and cut back the tomato plants..  I finally figured out the old doorframes' wood is just what I need to build my hoophouse.  WIN!!!
Saturday Leofwyna and I day-tripped Cattle Raids. I had signed us up for troll shifts and then she signed up to help with the inn so I took care of both troll shifts myself. No problem there, I got to greet lots of friends that way. During the afternoon Master Sashatec took on a fourth apprentice, Killian, so now we three girls have a brother. Boy-howdy, do we have plans for him!

Since feast was for such a limited number Leofwyna and I took along our own supper and took some quiet time (it was a beautiful day for it) to put up our feet, read and eat. We were staying to help clean up the hall and kitchen after feast. There were piles and piles of trays, bowls and leftovers to be dealt with. Washing up was finally finished about 12:30am and we headed for home.

Joe likes the fit of his new green tunic so well that when he left event he left the tunic so I can be sure to duplicate it with the rusty-red linen. Plans for the blue linen is for narrow short-sleaved tunics... I think there may be enough to do two that way and he'll like having them for camp garb. He'll probably want a couple more pair of pants but I think he's got enough tunics to last him several years.

Since Leofwyna was scheduled for work Sunday night she stayed up as long as she could to get back on her sleep schedule. As she slept ten hours through the day I'd say she did very well indeed. I went over three times during the afternoon and evening to let Sami out as we're dog-sitting three days while his people are out of town. We miss Bailey, sweet girl that she was, but it is a lot easier with just the one... and Sami is more cooperative both on leash and in the back yard than Bailey ever was.

Got the lost and found list sent out to the Calonlist and MagMor. Made arrangements for it all to go with the baron this weekend and then I'll take what's left to coronation next weekend. Hopefully that will take care of the most of it. Unloaded the service totes into the garage so I can check through them before taking them to the storage unit.

Back at home I noticed the top third of the young elm tree the city put in approximately five years ago is broken over. Called the city for Forestry to come out and deal with the damage and they're saying the tree will probably have to come down, although the city is no longer putting in replacement trees. They'd give us a $50 voucher and leave it for us to deal with replacing it; a ludicrous suggestion I thought. Leofwyna and I decided I'd call again tomorrow and tell them we'll deal with the tree ourselves so we can keep as much as possible of the one we have.

And tonight Leofwyna and I spent television watching time pricing several boxes of rummage items.


Ding-dong, it's 9am and the city tree inspector is on our doorstep. Will look at the tree, what, we want to keep it? No problem, they'll just trim it up. Well, that's a relief.

All the promised thunder storms and rain haven't manifested this last week. Today is damp but not really quite raining.

I was successful in laying claim to a Rubbermade closet on Freecycle to use for Gold Key. It needs some repairs but I think it'll be more useful to have outfits on display on hangers instead of in so many tubs.

Ran the lost and found over to Sash, apparently just in time as they were already heading out the door to leave an hour earlier than Sash had indicated to me.

A stop at the Family Thrift store downtown scored four panels of wonderful red and gold drapes that will become a really wonderful outfit. It's very seldom I find such that aren't monochromatic AND without the rubber surface on the wrong side. Possibilities abound... decisions... decisions... This also means I can dump a couple other things I've picked up over the years in desparation; this is so much better than anything else I've ever found.

I sent Leofwyna off to work in my car so I could load the baronial serving tubs in the van after I'd checked them over to make sure nothing was weird.

And the elm tree has already been trimmed up. And a good thing too; Leofwyna and I up on ladders cutting down the treetop isn't a restful mental image. The lady at city really needs to get a better idea of how the inspector and his crews deal so she doesn't get citizens all upset unnecessarily. I'm just sayin'!

Leofwyna has made the observation that the leaves on this elm tree aren't looking too good, but it's supposed to be the resistant kind so what gives. Anyway, we need to do some research to see if we can spray it with something... or something.

I'd read and listened my way through the large stack of library books I picked up a couple weeks ago to get me through. Plans to go to the library again Monday were thwarted by the holiday. In my egocentric thinking the libraries shouldn't close on holidays when many people most need distraction from the fact they have no investment in that particular holiday.

At the library I spent a little time on the computer there to print out 'receipts' for the prizes I'd obtained for Cattle Raids. Then I got to moot site an hour early to put together my receipts to turn in and realized I'd not gotten the 'paper' receipt from Leofwyna so I'll wait to turn in my reimbursement request next week. There was a really nice discussion of successes and suggestions for future Cattle Raids events. Zino lent me his UFB(?) for possible pictures to send to Aurora to go with the article there.

Back at home I did up dishes, including a big pile of emptied plastic containers and the grill from the camping trip.

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.

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

An Added note from MagMor --

Cattle Raids Post Mortem

Cattle Raids was attended by 221. The Calontir Steel demo included 12, and there were approximately 35 fighters on the field.

Some of the feedback from out of Barony guests included the desire for more locals to camp onsite with the out of towners. Some complaints that the archery was “too hard”, and that the thatch was making it hard to find downed arrows. Might consider dethatching if the site is used again. Requests for more signage when the location is remote. Some out of Barony thought that the site was too far, and about half that Seraphina spoke to informally said that they would not come back, but His Excellency had more state that they would return to the site.

Youth Activities went well, and were flexible in their planning. The throwing sets went over well, thanks to Daniel for that.

Troll would appreciate in the future if it is possible to position them in a less remote location as to allow some visual or interaction with the event.

Awards received by Barony members:

AoA for Maire
Silver Hammer for Sabi
A Swan was accepted by the Barony for a member of our populace. I hesitate to name the individual so that TE can make that presentation.
Seraphina received a Torse
Owain was made a Court Baron.

Signed, Seraphina Brugari, Seneschal

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.

I've got a one track mind going for the time being, pardon my rut!

Got ahold of Owaine again and he is coming with us tomorrow evening along with Aibhilin so I don't need to make two trips and we'll definately need two vehicles. On that note, Leofwyna decided to come too. That's good, both vehicles can have someone who knows for sure where we're going in case we get separated on the road.

Oh good, when Thedrich called and Leofwyna grabbed the tablet to take down his number she found the notes for the information he was calling about so I didn't need to call back when I got in. SCORE!!

At least site survey will be well attended. I hope that's a sign the event will as well.


I went to the library and Kinko's to make a special Cattle Raids flyer to leave with Rev. Krause to pass out to the congregation this week to further explain our event and invite them.

Met up with crew at Isadora's at 6pm to drive out to Kronberg for our site survey. Altogether we were nine going out to Kronberg in two vehicles. The old pasture I thought would work for archery wasn't deep enough so we did a quick switch putting archery into the softball field, fighting into the former Jacobson lawn and overflow camping (or perhaps smokers' camping to include a smokers' sunshade) into the old pasture.

In the hall we learned there is some air-conditioning in part of it which makes things considerably better. Only the big upstairs hall and two small rooms off it aren't and we can get that all opened up to air out. I'm hoping it's cool enough Friday night to blow them out thoroughly with the fans to make them much fresher. So Suzanne's vigil room has a window ac unit and has it's own access door. The main sunday school room will be cool for royalty meetings. The feast hall, kitchen and downstairs sunday school room are all comfortable for other meetings and, of course, kitchen work and the feast. I'm very happy about all this.

I have competent people handling fighting, archery, troll, A&S, MOY feast, inn and royalty. I'll deal with Gold Key and otherwise generally 'float' Saturday, finishing up with a thorough clearing and cleaning of the hall. It will all be just fine though I'm crossing my fingers that the numbers will be all I would wish for, but not more then I'd wish for. That would be a whole 'nother issue.

One more week to go then I can move on to other things. It just never ends.

Another problem has arisen out of the addy problem. Apparently the live steel folks were trying to reach me to verify space at Cattle Raids. Opps, I hadn't even thought of them. I wonder how the church counsel will feel about that, and only two weeks to clear it. Quite aside from space for them... ow, ow, ow.

Made a bunch of phonecalls to arrange for the site survey at Kronberg. We're going out at Thursday to familiarize my crew with the layout. I want to check the length of the head table, verify how we're setting up for 60 in the hall, and firm up the locations of sunshades for vigil and other activities. I just wish Pennsic hadn't gotten in the way of going out a little earlier in the month as this last two weeks is becoming rather full. We've got a demo to go to this Saturday on top of everything else.

Tonight for a little change of pace I spent a little time putting together my nine-patch blocks into a single Irish Chain top, then started putting corners on the four patches.

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.
Good grief! Where has this week disappeared to? The heat index stays in the triple digits, even at night the air is heavy with it. With all the heat I did lots of quiet sitting downstairs, either at the computer or cutting up white cotton scraps to add to my quilting box.


I got out and drove this afternoon, listening to an audio book as I went, Chieviarri's The Lost Quilter. I wasn't going anywhere, just driving to be doing something I guess.


Of course, I went to moot 'cause there was to be a review of plans for Cattle Raids at the end of the month. Thedrich was there to pass his budget through the finance committee, too. I'm comfortable that things are coming together and our event will be good.


I read on the internet today that the Persead meteor shower should peak tonight. After midnight we drove north and west of town to get out from under some cloud cover, just like we had to do late last fall for another meteor shower which wasn't nearly as satisfactory as this one turned out. We found a quiet country road and went to a high point to set up our lawn chairs and watched the skies for about half an hour. We both saw approximately a dozen, some we both saw and others only one or the other spotted. As predicted, they were coming every 2-3 minutes I think... we probably missed some... but it was good this time.



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