Sunday I headed out for a quiet afternoon on the library computer, supper at Red Robin and gaming at Volkmar's with Arne as DM. Monday Leofwyna and I headed to Aurora for the Cousins' luncheon. I'm relieved that Leofwyna changed her mind about going to North Loup this week; she needs more recovery time. Both evenings were fripping in front of the tv until bedtime. Tuesday I watered the back garden, unloaded the car and put away the Gold Key totes before heading out to the library computers. Went to FoodNet where I picked up another hand of bananas, half a dozen eggs, tomatoes, chopped macadamia nuts, and so forth. I sense more baking soon. A movie didn't happen as nothing we wanted was playing right now.
Tuesday had plans to go to Omaha to the zoo but Leofwyna feared the heat was too much for her this week so that has been postponed. Instead we went to a movie, Gaurdians of the Galaxy II, and supper at Ticos. Back home at the sewing table worked on the strippie top.
Wednesday was a pretty day.  After lunch and two sessions on the computer at the library I headed home for some quiet time before getting ready to go to the demo in the evening at the Auld Auditorium.  I didn't have a project to take along so I helped with the fighters watching out for 'strays' and watering the fighters.  Thursday was another wet day, poor timing for Aletia's funeral.  We got to visit with cousins at lunch.  In the afternoon we had an appointment at the bank to arrange for the money for the heating/ac and laundry room renovation.  A second evening demo at Auld was given for the younger set with Oliver in attendance.
Sunday I went to the library and central Goodwill.  I found a small bellows which will help when we have campfires.  I'll probably need to replace the leather on it.  I pressure cooked pork for supper again, watered the garden, boiled cinnamon syrup for the third time and mopped up the laundry room.  At the sewing table I pressed a load of pink-red cutters ready to work on next.  Monday we drove up to Aurora for the cousins' lunch and delivered elevan tops and six sheets to Beth Andreasson for the Kronberg Quilt group.  At the sewing table this evening I sorted and started stripping the batch from Kronberg Beth gave me.
It has been a full week and I need to catch up on the journaling.  Monday I mowed the yard and made a run to the community garden to harvest several pattipan squash.  Tuesday we loaded up the Aliner and headed west.  We didn't find anyone in Kronberg to take the quilt tops for the Sew'nSews but in Marquette Leofwna found Clint Petersen to assign him the task of delivering them for us.  We reached North Loup about 9:30 which was much later than we'd intended. We quickly got set up and plugged in so Laurel could turn in.  Wednesday Leofwyna went to tour the Chalk mine where Dennis was docent(ing) and Thursday afternoon I helped Dennis can tomatoes in Laurel's kitchen.  Thursday evening we all were at Chris's for supper and her granddaughter's birthday celebration.  Friday we came back home by way of Grand Island where we stopped at a couple thrift stores and JoAnn's.  Saturday I canned the tomatoes Dennis had given us while Leofwyna was at a pre-cook.  I wasn't able to do them all because she took one of the big pots with her.  Sunday I went to Sash's to collect the materials for Halftroll's tunic so I can finish it.  Sash was in the hospital while we were out of town; he's had bad news and faces another round of chemotherapy.  This will hopefully buy him through to the new year but he won't be attending any events.  I've cancelled the reservations for Battlemoor since Sash won't be going and his going was our reason to go ourselves.  Instead I'll be able to concentrate on prepping for and doing a rummage sale and getting my glass hoophouse put up this fall.
Back from Lilies War.  It was wet and hot and humid!  The lake was extremely high from the spring rains.  Leofwyna and I set up the Aliner at the campgrounds up the road from the Lilies site where we could have electricity for the A/C.  Leofwyna went back most afternoons for a cool nap and to avoid the hottest part of the day; this worked as she was then able to enjoy some of the activities.  She spent Friday dealing with a dead battery and a subsequent engine problem but was able to get back in time for the fireworks.  Apparently our LOI didn't get received so there was no interview,  Leofwyna gave Saraphina one of our paper copies and she passed it on midweek.  Sunday morning we folded up the camper in the rain and headed in to KC for the Savers there.  Drove late into the night to be in Aurora for Monday's female cousins' luncheon.  Learned Streeter's Park has eight camping spots with electric and no sign in or fee.  Amazing!  Now Leofwyna is planning a few days visiting acquaitances in Hamilton County using Streeter Park as base.
Tuesday Leofwyna and I were up early again to drive out to Aurora for Clayton's funeral.  We drove through a heavy downpour on the way which made us a little late meeting up with Laurel for lunch in Marquette.  She drove down especially to see us apparently.  She headed back to be in time for an evening engagement as we went to the funeral.  I took advantage of the trip to drop half a dozen quilt tops and some batting at Kronberg for the church quilt ladies, too. 
Sunday afternoon I concentrated on getting laundry done.  Went through five loads, including summer bedding.  I made up the bed with flannel sheets and traded out the summer blankets for the winter wool ones and slept great.  Monday we went up to Kronberg for Uncle G's funeral (I drove while Leofwyna slept a little).  Got to visit after with most of the cousins and several of the elder Danes of the community.  Left off 11 quilt tops for the ladies to finish out and a box of Danish costume accessories for their use (most are to small for us even if we were likely to try to dance again).
Saturday was a pretty day for a drive and we went the distance in about three hours instead of the more than four that Leofwyna was anticipating.  Turns out she slept three-quarters of it while I drove.  We arrived in good time for supper and spent the evening playing pinnocle; I was getting terrible hands and the win passed back and forth between Leofwyna and Laurel.  During the night it did indeed rain a little but I don't think it got quite chillled enough to make it icy.  By the time we were up the pavement was already drying off.  Sunday Kris had us over for dinner with her family.  Later back at Laurel's we played scrabble in the afternoon and pinnocle again after supper.  Monday morning we didn't let Leofwyna sleep in so we could have pancakes (really light, fluffy pancakes) and sausage for breakfast.  The weather was fogged in so we stayed and played more pinnocle (I finally won a game) until it appeared to clear off a little.  All the way home we dealt sporatically with pockets of fog, finishing with the worst of it the last thirty miles or so.
I held off painting Wednesday while Leofwyna got different paint AND had the previous paint tweeked.  She had a color sample they were suppoed to match in their 'matchy machine' but neither were right yet so she mixed part of both for a third version which she has decided to go with.  I painted TWO major sections of wall Thursday and it's not bad (not perfect but not bad). 

Friday was 99-cent day at Goodwill again and I headed out early to hit all four stores.  I was well up the road when I realized I had a flat tire and for the first time since I was twenty I had to change a tire all the way by myself.  I was happy it was a fairly pleasant day and surprised I was able to get the car jacked up myself.  While the tire was being fixed I turned in aluminum to get the trunk cleared.  By the time I'd gone through two of the Goodwills thoroughly (three bags full) I was done-in for the day and headed home to collapse in front of the tv and computer so the third section of painting I'd intended to do later didn't get done.

Over these days I also got a twin-size double four-patch quilt top finished and it looks pretty good.  Since there's only the one done though I've decided to wait a couple months to deliver stuff to Kronberg.  I'll probably drive up on a quilting Thursday in spring. 

We also realized no arrangements have been made for the cats and when we called Michelle they're dealing with two funerals this weekend.  To bad Shelly moved out of town but we're hoping we can reach Toni in the morning.  Fortunately the weather looks to be working well around our travel plans as the freezing rains should come Sunday morning when we're safely in Laurel's guest bedroom.
Friday I loaded up the car and we headed west.  Along the way when we got to the Loup River we saw three bald eagles in flight... Beautiful!!!  We went to spend time with our stepmother.  She's always asking why we don't visit more.  So we watched the World Series game with her family Friday and THE football game Saturday.  During all these sports, I made my way through an entire bag of cotton cutters I'd brought along just in case.  Saturday afternoon we were introduced to the new dog, part Newfoundland and BIG, and played squash frisfee with her.  Also loaded up on squashes and beets to take home for cooking.  Pattypan, Acorn, Butternut, Peanut, Sweet Potato squashes... many sorts I'd not encountered before.

Finally, Saturday evening we played some pinochle.  We left Sunday morning so we'd be able to stop and see Uncle Guilford in the afternoon.  The scrabble game with Guilford was won by Leofwyna this time but only by a very small margin.  It was a close, close game all through.   Then Lawayne and Pam showed up and we got to visit with them awhile also.

Back at home we caught up with the kitties and Amazing Race.  The laptop seems to have serious problems so I need to find somewhere to get it cleaned or repaired on the cheap.  Tonight we're delighted to be back in our own beds!

Ding-dong, it's 10am and Leofwyna's sleeping; Laurel stops by to drop off canned goods we forgot to take Sunday. OMG, did she drive all that way in just for that? Well, no, she had an appointment. But totally, no concept that other people's sleep cycles might be important to consider. Passed off majoram and lemon mint plants to Dennis since they were here so I'll be able to clear out that corner in the garden with a clear conscience. I think I'll pot some more up in cans or something and offer them on FreeCycle or something.

Found half a dozen parttime clerical jobs listed on the UNL list and did the applications. Maybe I can score a couple of them to juggle and equal full time work. One of them was at the Quilt Center which would be totally awesome to get!

Thanks to a code dona_violante furnished I managed to get logged into Dreamwidth today. I'd tried Sunday with no success whatever. So now I'm backed up over there under the name Patable2010.

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

Took the pile of garb I'd weeded out to the car today and delivered the Middle Eastern items to Barbary to sell. We'll see how that goes. Had a nice long visit with her about what we've been up to before leaving her dance studio to drop some more at the thrift store. I've still got a few pieces that will go into Gold Key.


Cousin Marlys called Monday to let us know Coleen's husband died this weekend. Leofwyna was scheduled to work tonight so I went alone to the funeral. There was a nice turnout in a sweet little church in south Lincoln I'd never seen before (gorgeous chapel). At the cemetary they had a bagpiper doing Amazing Grace. I asked for his card just in case I ever have cause to need a bagpiper. He was very good and I learned he also has a full Scots kit. Cool!.

Stopped in and visited with Sash about Kronberg as a Cattle Raids site, the trip to Mullen this weekend, Gold Kay arrangements and the new site for weekly baronial meetings.

After a stop at the library for the next 'book' for the car and supper I headed home to finally hit the computer to read my email and blogs. I hadn't been there long when Leofwyna came in the front door; turns out due to some late paperwork she was on suspension for a couple days. No problem according to her, she was glad for an extra day off.

I got 16 and 28 yards of trim reduced from a couple thrift store shirts and ready for the trim box. These are both nice black and white trims, one is 1/4 inch and the other 1/2 inch wide and will be really nice on linen undertunics. And being different from the trim I've already used will be more realistic in my garb wardrobe.
(They're shirts I've picked up after the 50 A&S Challenge so it doesn't count there.)

When I woke up I wrote out a few checks to send out to cover bills this month.  Also addressed envelopes for the reports going to the regional rep.  Turned out I should have been preparing to head back to Omaha a little more quickly as Leofwyna had set up an appointment with the attorney to start the probate proceedings early this afternoon.  Fortunately I was quick enough getting ready that we were very nearly on time; enough so that we waited briefly for the attorney who was running late too.  Turns out things are going to be in good order, no foreseeable problems, only six months probate.

Back at the apartment I continued working in the bedroom while Leofwyna worked on her 'memorial posters' with many pictures of Little Sister to share with friends and relatives Friday.  In the evening we put on a movie and I settled in with my banner embroidery for a little relaxation while Leofwyna continued spiffing up her posters. 


Friday afternoon was the memorial gathering for Little Sister and it turned out really well.  Lots of remembrances from people we knew and lots more from people we only knew existed and more from people we'd never heard of.  We had a traditional Danish coffee (which always includes sandwiches and a sweet) and sat informally around tables visiting and laughing.  We even had a little 'roast' on Little Sister who was always a great storyteller herself so I'm sure she would have appreciated the stories being told on her that afternoon. 

After loading up and getting Leofwyna back to the apartment I had to head back home and be ready for our event.  Leofwyna insists that I must use Little Sister's nice red car as it's a much more recent model than mine so I loaded it up with clothing I'll take directly to consignment shops Monday; there's precious little space for more stuff in our little house and we're going to have to figure out where to put things we're keeping. 


It was a good day for MagMor with Winter War Maneuvers with sunny skies offsetting the chill.  I closed troll by one and had the deposit ready to run to the bank when I went out for lunch.  I was back in time to see Bristol receive his Fyrd during a field court.   I learned Seraphima authorized, too.  At the regular court at the end of the day we witnessed Vatavia's investiture of their new baron/baroness.  Then MagMor's Wilhelm Halftroll received a torse, Gyda Glora and Dwolm received leather mallets and Chiara and Yoichi got their AOAs.   A highly satisfying event all 'round.  I found I was thoroughly exhausted and headed home to become a lap for the cat and little else! 

Oh yes, I did kill the mouse.  No... not the furry grey kind but the mouse on my computor.  Fortunately Leofwyna is a rebater and had a new one in the backup box and in short order I was back to catching up on reading email and journals.  I didn't generate much myself as I was sleepy and didn't trust my 'filters'... that had to wait another day.

This morning I was up early to head downtown to help clean the post revel site meeting up there with Natalya, Rosa, Aibhilin and Yoishi and got done in little more than an hour.   This afternoon while catching up with emails and stuff the monitor went black on me and couldn't raise Leofwyna on the phone.  I wanted her to bring back Little Sister's monitor with her as that's not something she's got hidden away in the box.  Now we'll have to wait a week 'til we can bring it back so journaling may be spotty for awhile.  When she showed up from Omaha we unloaded the van and headed out to a movie, Valkyre, and stopped in at the UNL computor lab for this little stretch on-line at adjoining desks.  It's nearly time to head home and molify the cat again.

Meanwhile, I'm making mental lists that need to be managed this month. 
  • finish clearing apartment, clean, arrange inspection, turn in keys
  • inspect Buick for sale, get oil changed get Buick towed
  • sew Murdoch's garb for Astrella as promised
  • take garments to consignment shop
  • get money order for this month's Cobra payment
  • plan furniture arrangement, plan furniture shuffle
  • continue job search
  • get hair cut ASAP
  • laundry

While Leofwyna made phone calls to make arrangements for the upcoming week and notify relatives I scooped the driveway and sidewalks, cleaned the kitchen and went for groceries for supper.  While I was out I also photocopied the Domesday report so I can drop it off at Natalya's on the way out of town tomorrow.    We'll spend the next couple days in Omaha beginning the process of packing up Little Sister's apartment and looking for paperwork for details we've already been questioned about.  It's going to be a long week but we're dealing well enough by keeping focused and busy.


Dropped the Domesday and Fourth Quarter report off with Natalya and headed out of town with Leofwyna to spend a couple days in Omaha dealing with Little Sister's apartment.

Leofwyna spent most the day on the phone contacting friends and relatives.  I started sorting and packing in the bedroom.  That girl had so many clothes considering it's pretty nearly all new wardrobe since she'd lost a lot of weight last summer following her surgery.  Then I realized there was a second closet with a huge wardrobe of clothes in her previous sizes.  OMG!  She has some gorgeous stuff but of course there's nothing of a size we can use so most of it will go to the consignment shops in Lincoln along with the shoes, handbags and a huge selection of lovely lingerie.  I did sort out a few bags of worn stuff, mostly sport gear, that will go to the Goodwill. 


We went to the funeral home to finalize those arrangements including a large sitting room in which to hold an informal memorial gathering Friday afternoon.  Instead of having a stranger orchestrate dreary discussions of our Little Sister we want to visit with those who knew her and hear their stories.  Little Sister was always quite the storyteller and often kept us in stitches so now maybe we'll hear some of the stories she didn't tell us, eh?

Loefwyna spent more time on the phone today cancelling appointments, contacting people in the address book and then ran a few errands preparing for Friday.  I finished sorting and packing in the bedroom and finally have cleared out drawers and closets.  And as a blizzard blew through tonight we ordered in pizza and stayed over an extra day whereupon we cleared out the bathroom cupboards and drawers.  (Leofwyna discovered a receipt for nearly $200 for cosmetics only... how can you spend so much just on cosmetics?)

It was exceedingly frustrating that we weren't able to use her computor as her password (clue: kidnapped) meant nothing to us. 


Today we packed up the kitchen pantry and loaded the van for the trip back to Lincoln.  Tonight we sleep in our own beds... bliss!

With Leofwyna at work I was able to concentrate on transcribing parts five and six.  Sent that out to Chris along with the invoice.  Whew, done!  I won't see that check until late in January but it'll be a big help then.


Leofwyna was scheduled for work today so I became the designated driver using her van.  I went up to Omaha today to accompany Little Sister to get an Ipeg.  I went primarily 'cause she said she couldn't drive herself home after the procdure 'cause of medications.  I went thinking it was just some sort of test she was getting; it wasn't until we were headed back to her place I discovered it was a feeding port into her stomach.  Ouch!  She's been having swallowing issues and thereby not eating enough.  She's lost quite a lot of weight and now, finally, they're recognizing it's a problem and want to build her up a bit for more medical procedures dealing with her heart and lungs. 

In spite of all this we stopped at Whole Foods to get salads and croissants for supper.  When we came out it was blowing and snowing (the day and roads had been still and dry up to then).  Back at her place I ate quickly, took care of a few household tasks for her and headed out on the road home.   It was not a pleasant drive back to Lincoln as it was blowing hard and quite enough snow with the cold to make the bridges slick. 

Back home found a fresh batch of donuts had been done as Leofwyna had been put on-call for the day.  Turns out when she was called in for a one-on-one she couldn't get my car started and had to cancel that, therefore the donuts.  Hmm-m-m, gotta check the car.

Today we headed up to Omaha to visit with little sister to entertain her while she continues her convalescence.   We stopped at Mangelson's first to get Leofwyna's embroidery threads replaced.  She's working on lovely Victorian cross-stitch ornaments.  She started these twenty years ago and is determined to finish in time for this year's Christmas tree, more power to her!  While there I found some fabric to add to my Nadelstern stash... again Leofwyna encourages me to get back to work on this style of quilting... perhaps this winter I can start up again.

Upon arriving at little sister's we wisked her off to Chang's for lupper followed by a movie, The Dark Knight.  This Batman action movie was long but held our attention.  Since we haven't seen the first movie we want to be sure to rent it and see how it developed this POV for the Batman saga.  Since little sister indicated she felt up to it, we joined her friends' birthday celebration for supper and had a lovely time meeting these ladies. 



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