Archive | July 2016

For my Pennsic Friends

This is a departure from my normal day to day posts to bring you a printable form if you want to play my Pennsic Catch Them All game.

Here is the form;Pennsiccatchthemall (now with flying weapons supplemental!)

Greetings Known World going to Pennsic! If you were ‘going to catch them all’ at Pennsic what would you catch? We have the most exotic creatures all around us, we just have to look. This year I (Duchess Mary from Northshied) am sponsoring a quest for young and old to ‘catch’ SCA style.

The goal is simple – seek and find people from every stage of progression from every kingdom. I have a form to help you keep track and if you bring that form back to the Games Tent by 8/11 whoever caught the most gets a prize.

Truly, the real prize will be the people you meet and the things you learn.

And since we are a digital society if you feel inclined, and, it is not offensive to your ‘catch’ post pictures with ‪#‎Pennsiccatchthemall‬


I will have some on site but if you want to come prepared please print at home.  Mine are double sided, yours don’t have to be.  Order isn’t important except the last page is intended to be the cover.

See you at pennsic!




Bathwater; mud – not even joking, all hail the hand spray.

Project output – lost track the piles are staggering

beard – despite the ‘event’ it was hanging out for now being complete, it is still residing on chin.  It does look pretty good at least

behavior – I give them a collective 8 today.

Workouts – packing and cleaning are my workout.


I’m leaving for a month.  A MONTH in 3 days.  Want to know what I did today?  I took apart the sink drain.  Why?  Because two weeks ago the faucet got critical and we replaced it but that required a total clean out of the sink cabinet.  All the things got shoved in a box in the corner and today I felt that I needed to put them away.  However… the sink has been draining slowly and with NOTHING in the way, those pipes were just so tempting to take apart.  Boy was it disgusting in there, I felt like I could have taken a picture and claimed it was a clogged artery and nobody would have doubted me.  Nothing more than normal gack so that was good, but still, gack is yuck but now its gone and the sink drain is like underwater tornado now.  This is why I need a week to pack…

It also hit me that we were slacking on our summer bucket list and a playdate with one of Zoe’s friends was high on the list.  We have seen a good bunch of one BFF but nothing of the other since she was on vacation for a chunk of the July so today was pretty much the only way.  Yippie for cell phones and flexible parents because by 2pm we had a 4th girl in the mix.  They played nicely, including making an epic mud mess and then I showered them all because you can’t return a kid that dirty and ever expect parents to bring her over again.IMG_9764

Adding an extra kid, as usual, did good things.  Her impending arrival gave motivation to the crew to actually finish picking up the room I’ve been telling them to for a week.  A solid 10min and it was back to decent!  With a playmate they bopped from activity to activity with me interrupting to check on them but always bringing a bottle of water or bouquet of ice pops or a bunch of fruit… feeding them keeps them happy.  I was able to finish collecting all the clothing from various corners of the house as well as really set up the guest room and clean the bathrooms.  I can’t say I’m packed but my list is looking good and I have 2 boxes done and plans to tackle the rest tomorrow.

The puzzle as always is, I’m not just going on one trip, I’m going on two.  I’m going to a giant SCA (history reenacting) camping event and then for 2 weeks with my Long Island family where we need regular clothing and swim stuff etc.  I’ve done it plenty of times just need to fit the parts and pieces together the best way.  I also get to do all this while parenting and doing random plumbing projects…

Tomorrow I have a bunch of running around to do, I’m doing a bit of a management job at the camping portion of the trip so I need odd bits for that.  Library, bank, post office – the stay at home mom trifecta but I also need WalMart and to drop off school forms.  My mothers helper is in tomorrow afternoon so my goal is to put away all sewing, pack what I can and stage in the garage in prep for Thursday when it all gets put into the car.  We decided to actually do the trip in one shot so we are leaving early on Friday.

Over the next few weeks like other years there will be much fewer words and more pictures but I hope to hop on one more time before I go.

Weekend of work

Poor blog, nobody posts on you!


For the second week in a row Lars is out of town and in contrast to last week where I felt like the crazy hub of social activity this weekend we are crazy solo.  All little outings fell through and kids were behaving like it was a full moon (it was) and they had spent an exhausting fun week at camp.  Solo parenting is for the birds (although based on my nesting robins, those chicks keep 2 parents busy in their species too).

In the win column – I have major amounts of garb produced.  Thanks to mom who is quietly producing in NY to supplement efforts here, I think I can put away the sewing tomorrow.  I also have one solid box packed and some bits and pieces getting pulled to a gather point for packing in the near term.

We also did a fair job cleaning up.  When they start fighting I say I need to micromanage and we clean.  Sometimes the mess just moves but it’s almost cute to hear Zoe cut me off mid-word to parrot “do it right or do it twice”.   I also seem to have a relaxation issue when Lars is gone.  Two nights straight I got them to bed with reasonable ease, that at least is not a current issue, and instead of vegging out I power clean.  Last night I seriously intended to just do 10min and then go to bed and there was mud by the door from feet and 30 min later I had the floor cleaned and dry using a washcloth and dish towel since I only was going to do “that spot” but then there was “another spot”.

Today is starting better.  It is not raining, it is not 90 degrees and they let me sleep until 7:30.  And hey, the kitchen is clean, so that always helps the day start nicely.

Ps.  output in the past few days;

2 tunics for Lars, 1 over tunic, skirt and choli for me, 2 kid cholis, 5 kid skirts, a hat, 3 hoods, a chemise, various mending points, and 3 kids that are still alive.

Blue Apron

I’ve been meaning to do a real post on the blue apron and the general meal in a box industry but today I was marching through the computer chores of the day including paying bills and I saw this perfect side by side comparison.

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When people ask about the cost I’m going to bring this up because that meal at Perkins was for 6 meals and 3 were kids.  Blue Apron is 6 meals (3 meals for 2 people) all suited for people who eat more than the chocolate chips out of pancakes.  Sure you have to cook the Blue Apron but that’s pretty easy.

Back to business, today I have a giant business related list of items to cross off.  On the bright side, everyone happily went to camp today 🙂

If dirt = fun

Fiona had a blast! 


Summer camp!

Status – kids in the house

kids in the house; 0!!!!!

bathwater; too soon to know

WIP (work in progress); 6 chicken pies ready for oven, one tunic getting handwork, 2 hoods to be finished

Production; not much done yet…

Weird new issue; our tree kinda fell down?  windstorm on Sat night


Today is the first day of the 1 week of ‘real’ summer camp for the girls.  I have so many plans of things to do it would be impossible to actually get them all done in a week but the possibilities are endless!  I’m not sure if this is a vacation for me or not.  I’m not doing what I normally do – run in do-loops of kids, clean, cook, drive, etc.  However, I’m not planning much relaxing time either….

While running errands this morning (new faucet to finally fix the sink, groceries, post office) I was thinking how much I am not sad they were not with me.  It isn’t that I don’t miss them, I keep expecting them around every corner!  I hear phantom talking, but, I’m not ‘missing’ them really.  I’m wondering how they are doing – Fiona has only ever been away from me this long 1 day a week in an environment she is 100% secure of.  Today she held her sisters hands and got on a bus and left.  The nightmare scenario is that she hates it and won’t go back but I’m hopeful that won’t happen.

Niamh is very excited because she has read about camp.  My vague worry for her is that it won’t live up to the idea in her head.  She happily gathered her things for the day and was in the car 5 min early just waiting on everyone else.

Zoe says she is getting camped out.  We went camping as a family last weekend, she went camping this weekend, and now she is on a bus to another camp.  She also was skeptical of where she might be in the camp; will she be alone? with Fiona? with Niamh?  I did not have any answers for her but she is getting a lot of practice at packing her bag.  Zoe also said she missed school the other day, she misses knowing what the flow of the day is and the constant activity.  I feel like we have constant activity but not enough is Zoe-centric I guess.

This weekend was semi-crazy.  Lars was gone for the majority so we had an impromptu sewing party with all possible surfaces covered in sewing.  Today I dig out of that, put it back in order, so I can get right back into sewing tomorrow.  Today I decided was the day to get things in order so I can work on things all the other days and so far so good.


Ok, I have a list longer than my arm to get moving on – think good thoughts about kids loving camp so 7am tomorrow is about getting ready not tears and bribes.