"Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales

Friday, November 1, 2019

"Samhain," Storms & Things



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Our son Eric has a friend from Scotland who passed on this information about "Samhain."

“Samhain (pronounced Sow-win) is the Irish and Scottish Celtic new year. 31st of October is the last day of the year and the tradition dates back about 2000 years. Samhain is a little similar to the ‘day of the dead’ where ancestors would cross over to visit their families as ghosts and spirits. 

This wasn’t without risk for dead ancestors; as the barrier between worlds was weakest on this day various soul eating creatures (called Fairies) would cross over to attempt to devour the ancestors. There were many types but chief amongst them were the Dullahan who appeared as headless riders on horseback to sweep through villages. To keep the Dullahan and other Fairies away, and the ancestors safe, offerings were left outside the villages and the Celts would dress in animal skins to resemble even more fearsome monsters to scare the Fairies away. Celts so dressed would travel from house to house where feasts were underway to share in the foods.

In the middle ages many new traditions began to appear around Samhain, including the carving of Turnips to resemble gruesome faces and lit with lumps of coal. These would be placed outside homes to keep the fairies away.

Around 1200 years ago, efforts by the Catholic church in Ireland and Scotland to stamp out pagan traditions saw Rome declare the 1st of November All Saints Day, locally this was called “All Hallows Day”, Hallow being another word for ‘holy and saint like’. The festivities of 31st of October became ‘Hallows Eve’ which over the next thousand years truncated in to “Halloween”. Halloween was carried across to the US with Irish and Scottish immigrants, especially during the potato famine.”

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We had a series of storms pass through our area Thursday evening. Fortunately there were no tornados or heavy wind damage in our immediate area. 

Today is sunny and cool with a frost warning for tonight. The frost helps alleviate those things that affect my allergies. So having cool temperatures is fine with me.

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There were warnings to those going out for "trick or treat" to be back before the storms. Everyone in our neighborhood seemed to have followed the suggestion.

The best costume to visit our home was a little girl dressed as a unicorn. She and her Mom thanked me for the acknowledgement.

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"My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life, as you wish; and if it were only the story of my life I think I would not tell it; for what is one ,an that he should make much of his winters, even when they bend him like a heavy snow?"
Black Elk


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This is the first day of November. 

I was looking for a November poem but did not find one that I liked. Perhaps I've been looking in the wrong places. There are many excellent poets out there, I just haven't found the right one.

I think that a November poem should make one appreciate that the leaves are falling, blanketing the land as if they are covers I pull up at night to keep me warm. 
The colors be bright oranges, crimson red, burgundy, butterscotch and golden yellow.
There should be nothing sad that summer is gone, but joy that autumn is beginning.

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Brother Maynard - Monty Python and "The Hotly Grail"l

“Thou shalt set the time one hour back,
no more,
no less.
One hour back shall the clock be set,
and the setting of the clock shalt be one hour back …..”

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Andy Kim - “Baby I Love You.”



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Friday, October 25, 2019

Rain, New Home & MLS





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This has been a dry season. I was concerned about having the lawn aerated and seeded with everything being so dry. However, the Lord was kind and brought a couple of days of soaking rain. I watered in-between and everything seems to be fine. 
(I went to Church and lit two candles, thank you Lord.)
  
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Our new home is being framed. It is nice to see things moving forward. 

Photo by Dee

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Selfie of Dee and me at the house

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Our son Todd was here for a few days and is a fan of MLS Soccer. His favorite team being the Toronto Football Club. So, we watched Toronto defeat New York City 2-1. It was an exciting game and fun watching it as a family.
Toronto will now play Atlanta United in the Conference Final on Wednesday, October 30. The winner then advances to the Cup Final on November 10.

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Tonight we are attending the "Patricia Schrock & Friends Concert" at our parish, Church of the Epiphany. Last year was excellent and we are looking forward to this evenings performance.


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I haven't been doing any painting since we've put the house up for sale. So, I though I'd grab some old photos of things completed in the past. The first one is the "Film Crew," and the second one is "Lee's Legion." Both of these were painted back in 2013.




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Chris Stapleton - "More of You"


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Friday, October 18, 2019

Ancestry, D&D Art & the Dish




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Today is “Indigenous People’s Day” in the United States. It is a change that was proposed back in 1977. In1989 South Dakota switched Columbus Day to “Native Americans’ Day. Soon afterward Berkeley switched to “Indigenous People’s Day.” More details at NPR’s website.

Canada also has a “National Indigenous Peoples Day.” They recognize and celebrate the cultures and contributions of the “First Nations, Inuit and Métis Indigenous” peoples of Canada. It is celebrated on June 21. My father’s side of the family is connected to the Métis people through my grandmother. However know one never talked about it. At the time they immigrated to the United States it was important to become an “American” and leave behind the French Canadian heritage.

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On Monday we had aeration and seeding completed in preparation of the spring. This helped last year and I want to make sure that whomever purchases our home appreciates the time and effort Dee and I have put into the gardening and lawn.

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Eric recommended that I watch, "Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons."

Watching this great documentary brought back a lot of memories. I got into D&D when it first came out and played it for many years. When our sons were old enough we played the game and I even got Dee in a couple of games. (Really not her thing.) We still have many of the miniatures that we painted. I think Eric has most of them.
The great stories about the artists and their contributions to the game was far beyond my expectations. The amount of effort and creativity was not really appreciated during the years I played. We were just enjoying the game.
Thank you all.

Two Dwarves and a Dragon

These were painted over 30 years ago. Dwarves by Stephen & Dragon by Dad.

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We lost communication with our "television dish," error code 775.
So, I called the "television dish" company to get a technician out here to reset the dish. The process was interesting. 

The person taking my call asked me all the pertinent questions about the account number, whose name is on the account, what is my relationship to the account holder, the address, the telephone number, name of our first born, etc.. 
Then she asked me to go through the reset of the “receiver box” process. I explained that I already completed that task and discovered that error code 775 is showing. She said fine. There was a slight pause, figured she was going to get me a day and time the technician would show up. However, after a few moments, she advised me that she couldn’t send anyone out as my name is not on file. 

Excuse me! I went through this whole process, answered all your questions and now you tell me I’m not authorized to request a service call? 
“Yes sir,” she replied. 
So, I answered all the questions but now I have to have my wife call and go through this whole process again? 
“Yes sir, I’m sorry but those are the rules.” “Have a nice day and thank you for calling "television dish.” 

Next time I’ll call and tell them I’m Dee, but to excuse me as I have a cold.
 Fini.

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Bernard Cornwell's "Sword Of Kings," book twelve of "The Last Kingdom" series will be released in the United States on November 26, 2019.


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We listed the house this week and already had two showings. Waiting for feedback from those who looked at our home. 


Photo by Dee
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The Fleetwoods - “Come Softly To Me”



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