Monday, September 13, 2010

Getting ready!

Last Octocer, my family graciously hosted what was the result of some long car rides and giddy girls with lofty thoughts. Dancing, pies, pumpkins, friends, full moon, crisp autumn chill, more pies, more dancing, and some bonfire singing made the evening absolutely perfect. My family and I were completely whooped by the end of the party, but it was oh so worth it! Now every time it comes up in a conversation, people ask me if we'll do it again. And all I could answer then was maybe, I hope so. Well, the parents have given the go-ahead and it's on it's way! The harvest party that people compared to something that was stuck in the movies or old books is coming again this year!

Now it's time to make the final plans, make lists, and get the final emails out!

The dance floor
I can't wait!!!

Camelot

Yes, I love Arthurian tales, so when this showed up in my inbox, I had to share it.

Camelot


PRONUNCIATION:

(KAM-uh-lot)

MEANING:

noun: An idealized time or place, one regarded as enlightened, beautiful, and peaceful.

ETYMOLOGY:

After Camelot, the site of King Arthur's court in Arthurian legend.

NOTES:

Camelot has also become a nickname for the glamorous ambience of the time in the US when John F. Kennedy was the president (1961-1963). A musical titled Camelot, based on the Arthurian legend, was popular around the same time and the word came to be applied to the exciting time of change during Kennedy's administration.
 
Thought for the day:
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. -Edmund Burke, statesman and writer (1729-1797)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Homespun

homespun


PRONUNCIATION:

(HOHM-spun)

MEANING:

adjective: Unsophisticated; unpolished; rustic.

ETYMOLOGY:

The word acquired its figurative meaning alluding to something made of yarn spun at home, one that's plain and coarse.
 
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as a blazing meteor when it descends to earth, is only a stone. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Spinster

spinster


PRONUNCIATION:

(SPIN-stuhr)


MEANING:

noun:

1. A woman who has remained single beyond the usual age of marrying.

2. In law, a woman who has never married.

3. A woman whose occupation is spinning.


ETYMOLOGY:

From Middle English spinnestere (a woman who spins), from the fact that in earlier times spinning yarn was one of the jobs done by an unmarried woman.

And a thought:
Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way. -E.L. Doctorow, writer (b. 1931)

Dizen

A new word to broaden your vocabulary!

dizen

PRONUNCIATION:

(DY-zuhn, DIZ-uhn)


MEANING:

verb tr.:

1. To attire with finery.

2. To dress or decorate in a gaudy manner.


ETYMOLOGY:

From Old English dis- (a bunch of flax on a distaff for spinning).


A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:


Walking is man's best medicine. -Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine (460-377 BCE)

I'm surrounded!

By roosters, that is. ;) We have over 50 chickens running around right now, and several of them are roosters. No, we are not raising fighting cocks (most of these will be 'taken care of' in less than a week), the hens fight more than the roosters. That shouldn't surprise you. ;) But every morning when I open up the barn doors, dozens of poultry come running our and all of the roosters start giving it their all. From the tiniest 8" bantie to the 7 1/2 lb. lunker start crowing with all their might. Every rooster has his individual crow, almost to the point where we can tell the difference between them. Come butchering next week, things will get very quiet. Now, don't take it the wrong way when I say that I'm looking forward to butchering. I'm not morbid. But I am looking forward to actually getting things cleaned up around here.

Having so many chickens can be quite destructive. They sneak into the garden, tear up the flower beds, peck dents and dings into the pumpkins (I promise you, they'll taste better AFTER they've turned orange. :roll:), they make messes everywhere they go, ect.

So yes, I am looking forward to butchering, just not the actual deed.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

1863

A welcoming lunch greeted us as we came up to the camp

A friend getting ready to go on a stroll through the camp

"Get back in line!"

Maybe if we lay low, they won't see us.

"Give me that water, boy!"

Playing taps

Going for a walk
Now it's time for the cooler settings on my camera. ^_^




Group picture

Zoomed out

moment of silence

Now for the piece-de-resista'nce!

Tada! I love this picture