Tag Archives: LARPing

Life Is Just So DAILY (–Dick Sattler)

Random Thoughts

This is from my “The Best Things in Life…Aren’t Things” calendar by Mary Engelbreit.

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It’d be nice if life would just back off and give us a break.  I’m feeling run over at the moment.

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Saver found this and put it in the last post’s comments:

“Finally in regards to simple pleasures being missed, I will share this:
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In order to understand you must read the whole caption.  It is sad what we miss because we don’t stop to look.”

Amazing?  Appalling?  We must learn to see and appreciate the life that surrounds us in our daily rounds instead of rushing from place to place with nothing but ‘must do’s’ in our head.  When was the last time you actually looked at the people you passed by while running through your day?  When was the last time you actually smiled at a complete stranger?

Try it.  Instead of keeping your head down and trudging along, stand tall with your head up and look.  Really see what’s around you.  Meet someone’s eyes.  Smile.  With your whole face.  See what happens.  Feel the change in your day.

Life At Our House

*****  -TMI-  ALERT *****

Aunt Flo came early this month.  With a vengeance.  Up every 3 hours all night.  Two pairs of pj’s.  Heading to the bathroom every 1 1/2 to 2 hours all day for 2 days so far.  I should be exsanguinated by now.  So I’ve got a nice case of the shakes and ‘tireds’.  Blerg.

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Due to events beyond my control (TMI Alert) plus the resulting sleep deprivation, I have been moving at the speed of a cold snail.  No monthly boxes inventoried, no plant stands up and running.  Sigh.  We did, however, finish all the beginning of the month shopping and the shopping necessary to send Saver back to school.

Tomorrow will be wrap up, car prep, my critters fed to hold them till I return, Potato Soup making to take with us since the cafeteria doesn’t open till Tues. (with as much as we pay for this school, you would think the damn cafeteria would open when the dorms do), and, of course, the final laundry round.  We may even go to a new store Spider Bait found in another town that he has been dying to show us.

We’ll leave Sunday morning, work at returning her room to something resembling normal (it looks like a tornado hit, I kid you not), and I’ll come home on Monday.

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Saver decided to try some dye on her hair for one of her LARPing characters.

In real life it is much greener than this.

In real life it is much greener than this.

Hi, Saver!

Hi, Saver!

Fur Babies and Other Friends

If I but look out my kitchen window, there is plenty to see.

Nuthatch.

Nuthatch.

Cardinal

Cardinal

And in front of the window as well.

Espe and Annie

Espe and Annie

 Some people just snooze on the couch.

Jake

Jake

Out in the Yard

More pretty!

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And it is 1:30 am at this point.  I’m using a certain excuse to get away with being up so late.  But I really should go, so…

Mug of the Day

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Bees!/ Don’t try this at home

Ok, so this post is coming a while after the event, but I still would like to share an awesome thing I got to do last Monday.  First you must know that I am taking a class which is currently studying social insects.  So for our lab we got to go watch  as an artificial swarm was created.  Then we were allowed to touch it!  I got this awesome picture of me and the swarm:

Don’t try this at home!!

It feels rather buzzy and warm.  The bees are not as aggressive while swarming because they have no home to defend.  However, I would not recommend that people go around randomly touching bees.  There was a professional beekeeper there to supervise so it was safer.  Also for those who were worried about us disturbing the bees, we were told that this time at least it would be therapeutic as the hive was getting mites and this would allow them to get rid of most of them.  It was an amazing experience.

Anyway, aside from getting to touch bees, another fun thing I got to do was go to a LARP recently. LARP is live action roleplay and it is a lot of fun.  Below I’ve inserted a picture of one of my characters practicing “combat” (the staff is foam).

Just having fun practicing

I had a great time and can’t wait for the next one.  Other than those fun things, I am running clubs and going to classes and basically being busy.  So sorry you can’t get in touch as much mom.  Hope everyone there is doing well!  Love you all!

Vale,  Saver of Bugs

Gone a’LARPing

Random Thoughts

Saver of Bugs is off on a six-hour drive across a couple of states to go to a LARP (live action role play).  At this LARP her character is feline based (I’m not really sure what the correct term is).  So from Friday to Sunday, with roughly 5-7 hrs of sleep per night, she will live in another world.

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As the 5 houses vie for power and riches, rumours abound from the frontier.  Rumours of fist sized gems and untold treasures are followed by stories of fur faced terrors, green-skinned beasts, giants, spirit creatures and the undead terrorizing the settlements.  Important as any physical weapon are the spells and magikal abilities of those who inhabit this world.  With the 5 houses scheming and in contention and terrors real and imagined roaming the land,  who truly holds the power of the frontier?

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Fun Fact:  Saver of Bugs has always liked saving whiskers.  We don’t know where her original collection, stuck in a ball of clay, went.  Probably ‘somewhere safe’ to never be seen again.  But she did have enough on her dresser to make herself a small necklace/talisman for her character.  It turns out that her necklace incited horror from some who thought she had plucked the whiskers off her cats!  They didn’t know that whiskers are really just specialized hairs that die and shed just like regular hair.  And did you know that cats have whiskers on their paws?  This is one of the reasons cats reach out slowly to touch strange objects with just the very tips of their paws.  They can get a sensory reading from their paw whiskers!  Of course, if the ‘object’ moves or appears threatening, that reach is followed with a nasty slap!

Life At Our House

About  3 o’clock this afternoon I realized that I would survive the sinus migraine and rejoin the living.  With some help from Spider Bait,  I began tackling the week’s worth of laundry in the basement.  The first load in was my sheets so that I could hang them outside to dry.  The sun had come out this afternoon along with a brisk breeze.  So tonight I get to sleep on sun-dried bed clothes.  My whole room smells like sunshine just from the sheets.  We get rain tomorrow, but Sunday is supposed to be sunny.  I may do my monthly bed stripping then and put everything out in the sun.

Guess what I found standing straight up in the grass under the laundry lines?

A Crow’s feather!

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Crystals

Just a reminder.  There are many different uses for crystals and also many different interpretations.  What I put here is just a taste, so to speak.

Below is green calcite.  Calcite comes in many colors:  blue, green, yellow, orange, clear, brown, pink, grey, red.  It also comes from many places:  US, Britain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Mexico, Slovakia, Peru, Iceland, Romania, Brazil.  Green calcite here is most commonly from Mexico.  Its astrological sign is Cancer and it is associated with the heart chakra.

Green Calcite is a powerful amplifier and cleanser of energy.  Having a piece of it in a room can help cleanse negative energy.  It is a mental healer.  It can help restore balance to the mind, calm emotions, and help with anxiety and panic attacks.  It is said to be a stimulator for the immune system and can help soothe inflammation.  Hold or place on your body or wear as a pendant.

 Out in the Yard

Grape Hyacinths and Pink Phlox together

Mug For Tomorrow

Sorry for the blurry pics.  Still a bit shaky.

Dear Dorothy: Hate Oz, Took the shoes, Find your own way Home. Toto

PS.  Had to rewrite over half the post after it disappeared.  And why does spell check highlight a word and then say it has no suggestion?  (Grrrrr)

Congrats to Saver of Bugs!

I am beyond pissed at the moment.  This will be my second attempt at this post, because when I attempted to copy/paste something, it gave me 4 copies.  So I went to delete what I didn’t want, and was VERY CAREFUL  to only highlight what I wanted to delete, and WordPress ate the whole bottom half of my post.  When I did a control Z to try and bring it back, it ate the rest of my post.  To say I am seething would be an understatement.  I think tomorrow I’m going to write this in Word and then see if I can copy/paste the whole thing in from there.  ARGH!

Life At Our House

Woot!  Our daughter, Saver of Bugs, was elected President of her LARPing group. While she needs something else to work on like she needs another hole in her head, I am happy for her because LARPing makes her happy.

CONGRATULATIONS, Dearest Daughter!

Today while I was visiting Julie (www.urthalun.com) there was cake commentary.  I recognized the cake, but couldn’t remember the name and I, of course, then wanted cake.  So after digging through my recipes (I really do need to get them all in one place), I found it!  Special Yellow Jello Cake! Yummmm!

And because I can, here is a picture of one of my favorite mugs:

Fur Babies and Other Friends

Hi, Crabbies!

Out in the Yard 

I found out the different headers I put up everyday don’t stay with the post.  If you go back to read something, I’ll be talking about a plant no one can see.  So I’m going to post the full picture down here as well, so it will carry forward with the post.  And soon I’ll be going back to edit the other posts, cause that’s just the way I am.  Today, no yard work.  Rain!  And our header is grape hyacinths.

Random Thoughts 

I was originally going to type up something up about a bike rider I follow who got hurt.  I am an unabashed fan of bicycle road racing.  But it was already late when I got here and then my post got eaten.  I have been trying to get to bed by 12, (which is what it is now, woo hoo).  So maybe tomorrow.  I’m going to leave you with a link to a song my son played for me.  It’s awesome.  I hope you have time to listen.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sl9voSKJmEU