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Melspeth's Musings

My Life, Or A Reasonable Facsimilie

Would You Like To Be Special Too?
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As my journal is now friends only, if you would like to be added to my list, please comment on this post and we can go from there.

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I Believe This Belongs To You
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This is for mallinson



Coward.
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Drama? No thanks.
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Pursuant to misinformed and inappropriate comments by misdirected posters on this journal, I am forced to take my journal "Friends Only". If you are not currently on the list and wish to be, you have one week to comment here before it's locked down.

Ooh, baby, baby...
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As if the new avatar wasn't a dead giveaway...

Rick and I are expecting our third child in early May. Now, settle down...

We have decided for the sake of sanity, we are calling it "Winston" while in utero, as we know we'll get sick of calling it "the baby" or "it". And before you ask, NO, we do not want to know the gender ahead of time. So much of the mystery has been taken out of the whole process that we want this one small moment, that moment when Rick looks at his newborn child and tells me, "it's a..."

*sigh*

Wish us luck, pray for us, send good ju-ju. We gladly accept it all :)

De-cluttering
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We decided that it was ludicrous to pay $150 a month to store our belongings when we have a perfectly serviceable garage just waiting to have its potential maximized.

So, we gave our notice today at the storage unit and retrieved the resin shelf unit from it, along with a few items to organize. Then we went to Wally World and bought another shelf unit and now they are set up along the house-side wall, already with some things stacked on them. I tell you, having vertical space to utilize sure makes a difference in what the garage looks like! I am hoping to acquire at least one more of the shelf units so we can finish organizing the back wall, too. Then all that is left is to go through everything and cull the clutter. We've kind of been doing that as we go, but with a deadline of Aug 31, we may have to put that by the wayside in favour of just getting everything in there.

Speaking of, does anyone want to buy a maple wardrobe for $100?


Honesty is the best policy
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I wonder why it is that people think they are sparing others' feelings, but in the end, they just end up looking like they're being duplicitous? Without even meaning to? My thinking is, if you're friends, you can bear the truth from one another. I do my level best to give that to my friends. It would be nice to have that in return.

It's amazing how pervasive the mistakes of one's past can be. I am feeling ripples where I least expected to find them.

Don't worry about hurting my feelings...just be honest with me as I am with you. For those who would dredge up the past and the truth withheld, my reasons for that were obvious and I ended that conduct over a year ago. It's time for a fresh start.

It's time for truth. That's all I ask.
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Grene Wode, Part Three
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Saturday found me waking at 7:30 am (why can't I do that at home?) and getting the water boiling for tea. The day was spent washing dishes, cooking, washing dishes, trying to sew, washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen tent, cooking, eating, washing dishes...you get the picture. The event reminded me why I like food merchants so much - I HATE being trapped in the kitchen tent all weekend!

Sunday was much of the same, save for the couple of hours I got to learn card weaving. I managed to complete a 5 foot length of trim before we left on Monday and I've already got my loom warped and at least two feet of trim done :) During the time I was at Adam and Ælfryn's geteld (Norse tent) learning to weave, wulfstan slaved away in the kitchen tent heating up our yummy chili, washing dishes and then minded the kids until they came over to the geteld. They played there happily, even charming Bera Signy into reading to Emily (it didn't take much..."Would you like me to read to you?" "Yes, please"). Rick got our potluck dinner offerings ready and we feasted, then opened our champagne from lj user="blunderbess"> and got toasted by those assembled on our marriage.

Rick was wonderful - between his attempts to rescue me from the dishes and letting me get an hourlong nap on Sunday, I still managed to feel rested. The children's constant whining for food (because you KNOW that they must have been starving with all the trail mix and veggies and fruit and cookies and pickles and sandwiches...) I could have done without. But on the whole, I got to shoot archery and help teach Geoffrey, weave, sew by the creek, sing (YES, sing), hang out with good friends, snuggle with my children, watch shooting stars streak across the sky, go for romantic strolls with my love and fall asleep in his strong arms.

Can't beat that.

Monday was a very laid back thing, mostly taken up with packing up. We took our time, packed everything up right and were on the road by 1:30. I think Don was happy to have everyone cleared off the property, but he has said himself that he misses everyone.

I look forward to attending Grene Wode next year. Perhaps then, I'll be there in my own right and not as "spouse of" a member...

What Can I Do?
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What do you do when you have a friend who is dealing with so much, but sharing so little of it? My heart aches to reach out and offer help, but while they seem so open about some things, others are just now coming to light and I wonder if I've been any help at all? Do I offer the help and support? Or do I shut up and wait for them to feel comfortable about confiding in me?
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Grene Wode, Part Two
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So, wulfstan and I woke up on Friday to overcast skies that threatened rain. Undeterred, we kept stuffing our camping gear into our van and gamerfrog237's Jeep as the Heavens opened. As we went along, we became more anxious to get everything out of the rain and by the time we were done packing up, Rick and I were ready to say to heck with it and just go back inside! But we didn't - we got in the van and drove to Aldergrove and Donatello's farm.

I'm so glad we did! The weather cleared up as we traveled west and we were the only ones there for HOURS. We took our time getting the Costco pavilion up and got the kitchen tent set up the way we liked. There were a couple spurts of rain, just enough to tell us what needed tweaking for rain protection, then it cleared up again. The kids played toss with Haley and Don and eventually, da_kitten and her beau arrived. Rick set about helping them erect "Lilimarg", their Norse A-frame tent (insert drooling here), then returned to us for tea and visiting.

dangerbrat had called us earlier in the day, reporting a nasty flu bug and would join us the next day. We made sure to set the encampment up so that she would have a nice, secluded, protected place to camp.

Next up:

Part Three

Grene Wode - Part One, the Reader's Digest version...
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We're home from Grene Wode, the most relaxing event I've ever been to. In fact, I'm so tired and relaxed that I have no motivation to post all about it, so I'll sum it up now and write more later. It was beautiful weather - just enough rain to figure out what we need to do to protect our encampment from a torrential downpour. There were good friends, both old and new and those with whom I hope to become good friends ( songstress1973, anaiya). I did more cleaning up the kitchen than I would have liked, but who actually LIKES doing that? There was good food, hand-sewing by the creek, backrubs by campfire, good conversation and the feeling that I was included while still being an outsider at the same time.

More later.

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