Saturday, December 15, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Merry Yule Tide to you all.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
My dear friend Bella will be heating up the London Circuit until July. I truly will miss my fiery Italian friend. I am searching for cheap caravans to London during her time there... She can show me the town ... for a change.
I am sure London is not ready for Bella! Move over Prince Harry... there is a new royal coming to town and she likes to play with longbows and throwing axes... you might get hurt if you get in her way. (smiling to myself)
Lady Bella, play nice on the other side of the pond.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Five more Pilgrims arrived tonight. It will be a long two weeks for them to complete the holy rites of the shine.... I must be up extra early tomorrow to run fetch more eggs from the great Kinko's Farm before the pilgrims rise for their first day of enlightenment. The good thing is that at the hour of the morn the streets will be free of all the carts of the day and my trip will be speedy and quick.
Early to bed Earlier to rise!
Friday, November 23, 2007
No, I did not crop this picture... this is another example of our family's fine photo skills. This is one of the only pictures I have of the Fowler clan... Uncle Major and William almost lost their entire heads and Uncle Holly got a hair cut.
Great-Grand Mother Fowler (Zula, front center) was always smiling. I can never remember anything getting her down.
Please also note my Cool Rock Star Grandmother Doris with her hugh shades...when you are this cool the sun shines on you 24/7!
the year is 1991, May... two young friends take off for an all credit card paid trip to see the world (some facts have been altered for no reason at all)
To save money they packed a loaned tent....
It gets late... the sun goes down... it gets cold... really cold (30 degrees) The pull into the Raccoon Mountain park to camp after dark to discover the loaner tent has no solid walls...only screen. So the two youth hang all their worldly belongings around the test to block the ice cold wind... we won't talk about the air mattress or the pup tent that smelled like cat pee...and had a rusted zipper so you could not open it more than a few inches....
Needless to say, they stayed in warm hotel rooms the rest of the trip.
We should have had more than a V8...but that would have helped.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
My parents and brother are to the left and Tracey's parents are to the right... dig our mom's fashions; plaid pants and a red do-rag. Hot!
Oh and I did find the "tent" photo from 1992... it will be making an appearance here later.
Ask your parents what they liked when they were 19... before it is too late to ask them.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Were-pig! This past week I traveled to the deep south to visit with family. I have been out of touch with my family for so many years I have lost touch with Uncles and Cousin alike.
I discovered that my only cousin on my Dad's side is now an amazing author. Please read her blog listed under my links. Tracey Kitts Wow!
After the long weekend visit with the folks I returned home in time to attend Castle Wars down in Macon! Yet again it was COLD! ...but a wonderful weekend. I found a were-pig bag from one of the vendors. Good friends, good food, and good times! Who said camping is not fun has never camped with Owl's Nest Shire!
Love this picture! (from Tracey's Blog)
With the caption: All we're missing is a naked werewolf.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
So Welcome to the Black Boar Inn!
What do you think of it? I know it will have to pass which means have some changes.
For some of you the Black Boar Inn will forever be the Were-Pig so I have another device with a little oops of red...(big smile)
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
I hope everyone had a great time. We enjoyed having everyone over.
Sorry Lisa and Ken could not make it...next time we'll have it on a Saturday night! How does that sound?
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Good movie, good friends, and great conversations afterwards. It has been a really long time since I was up late enough to have closed an establishment. Starbucks must have hated us.
Thanks to everyone. I had a great time.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
The Meridian Grand Tourney 2007 was an incredible event. The tournament started with the cool crisp morning fall air blowing and caring the many proud banners aloft. Everyone could sense the excitement as over 80 fighters took the field for honor and glory. Over 300 good gentles attended filling the many colorful sun shade pavilion surrounding the field. There were also a host of activities. Each of the orders not only sponsored one of the tournaments, but they also provide tasty treats for the populous. A great many also brought there A&S projects to work on and display field side. No matter what your interest everyone had something to entertain themselves with. The tournaments, of course, were the main attraction and I as a non-fighter did learn a great deal about fighting. Those that won honor on the field as listed here below.
1-Meridian Grand Tourney/Winner – Sir Elazar
2-Rosebud Tournament – Order or the Rose – Sabre tournament/Winner – Lord Mordan
3-Chalice Tournament – Open weaponstyle/Winner – Jarl Ailgheanan
($1500 raised for a battered women's shelter of winners choice)
4-Champions Tournament – Sable Sword – Open Weaponstyle/Winner – Count Aengus
5-Great Weapons Tournament – Order of the Bough/Winner – Baron Aubec
6-Grand Tournament/Winner - Count Seth of Newcastle
Chosen Champions for the Grand Tournament:
Populace- Mistress Stephanie
Laurels – Lord Fearghus
Pelicans – Baroness Ianka
Royal Peers – Master Geoffery
Sitting Royals – Lord Mandin
Chivalry – Lord Gunnar
The amazing MGT Champions Scroll was artfully created by the hand of Mistress Constance of Purneos.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
DragonCon 2007 is over...but what fun.
I took no pictures...as always when the great costumes came by I did not have a camera. The one I loved this year was the evil White Queen... amazing dress and hair. We did have some knights on crusade and some Stormtroopers on march and many many others. This was great fun.
But I did not get a picture of them either... just the memories. Ahhhhh.
I will be going again next year....for sure!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Well I have most likely already lost you with facts, names and numbers, so I will end with this: "Like what you do, and Do what you like" (Jake)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Just saw the new Bourne movie. Overall I would give excellent marks. I am not one for liking part 2 and 3 movies but this one has better action and more of a plot than most. It kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing what and where was next. This one like the first two is shot in amazing locations around the world.
This one is worth the full price.
Friday, August 10, 2007
His son by Sarah (his wife) was Isaac. He founded the Jewish faith.
So why do these two faiths hate each other? Why is there so much spilled blood? Does it all go back to a brotherly dispute? Ishmael and his mother Hagar were send out into the desert after Sarah had Isaac. Was there more to the story? The lord of Ishmael and Isaac are the same. We are all brothers and sisters.
Ever wonder why the Bible does not include any gospels written by women? There are several that date to sources older than many of the gospels that are included. Are the female disciples any less holy? Was the teachings of these ladies less important that the men? Did they not suffer enough to be included?
Why? If the Bible is not altered by the men that composed and translated it then did God choose the work of Man over Woman?
Friday, August 03, 2007
Thursday, August 02, 2007
I do not believe we run from responsibilities. I think that we in general use this word often to avoid examining the things we dislike to closely. The thing I wish to run from is knowledge. The knowledge of how ugly mankind really is underneath all the manners and political correctness. This is something as kids we just have not seen yet. Childhood through school protects us from most of it. It is only after we leave to explore the world with our wings spread wide that we begin to see that we fly over, not a garden of wonders, but a wasteland of broken-half lived lives. Lives that are broken by the cruel nature of mankind never complete the numerous dreams and plans they once made.
So, I look to the untouched beauty of nature itself for peace and dream of a life without the knowledge of how ugly mankind really acts towards each other.
These maybe just words, but remember Shakespeare's greatest works are also just words.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Well this is what Monk's Corner looks like now. It is so different. I remember when there were maybe 6 families living in the area pictured. The Ramseys, Dawsons, Rudds, Kiblers and maybe two more I did not know. The truly sad part is that the rest of the area were vast forest. Well to an 6-8 year old vast has a different meaning, but there was a lot more then. When I was 8 I ran away from home and waited in the woods in front of the Kiblers house for Kathleen to join me. We had planned to run away together. Those woods are completely gone in this picture. While change is good, how long before all the woods of the world will exist only in the memories of those who once played in them. When we moved from Monk's Corner I left part of my innocence d'enfance there. Is it time to run away again? This time I want to leave my Adulthood behind!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Second attractions was Rock City. It was warm and this was taken at the end as we got back to the gift shops. Rock City has changed a little and added a bird show and a nice place for large groups. Oh, they have also piped in some yanni type music. There were lots of people and kids in Rock City so there was little peace here and while we took many beautiful pictures here without the sound of screaming kids and lots of people talking in the background it is not like you are there. In other words the pictures are better than being there. This shoot kind of shows that in our expressions.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Today we had breakfast at a scary but good little local place called Little House of Pancakes. Then we stopped by the Food Lion for some supplies for our trip to Cades Cove. To get to Cades Cove you have to take the mountain road called Little River Road. This drive is 20 something miles of twist and turns that follow small rock filled rivers through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. As the tourist we stopped at many overlooks to take pictures of the mountains... the best part was driving the entire day with the top down. Amazing!
Cades Cove is a huge valley in the middle of the park that is breath taking beautiful. It has a one-way road that circles around the edge of the valley to end at the beginning. As a kid Mom would always make sure we came here once on vacation. This was her favorite place... memories. The reality was it was 90 degrees in the valley and it felt even hotter. the loop road was slow with everyone stopping to see the deer along side the roadway every few feet. It took until 4pm to get around the valley. I have more pictures I'll post later of Cades Cove.
On our way back down Little River Road we wanted to find the place we stopped at on the way in to Cades Cove and have lunch on the river.. well on the rocks in the river. We stopped at 2 places that were not it and I was sure we had already passed it when we stopped at the same place. It was our lucky day. Which it really is for today is our 11th Anniversary. So I gave Brian the card I have put in the glove box Saturday. and we eat on the rocks and listen to the sound of the river rushing over the rocky river bed.
We did not get back to Gatlinburg until 6pm and the flower fairy had put some roses and a cute little bear in our room when we return... (I can be so sneaky) After baths to get rid of the days road trip we had a really nice dinner at the Cherokee Grill. It rained while we ate and a little afterwards while we looked through some neat shops. All in all a good day!