And Another Anniversary

You might have guessed if you’d read between the lines a year ago. Or, maybe you didn’t. In April of last year, when my dad died, we watched my mom struggle. We were floored by the lack of rights for a common law marriage partner when my ex died. On the way home that Friday after seeing him, Dan and I had a little discussion. This was a continuation of a long discussion that we’d had before and yet not acted upon. We could hear that clue x 4 swinging in the wind.

Neither of us had ever been bothered by a lack of paper. It just didn’t matter. It didn’t change things. However, on the way home, we discussed that maybe, just maybe that while it didn’t matter to us, on another level it did. Dan looked at me at about Hatchet Ranch on I-25 and said, “Do ya?” I looked at him. “Yeah.” So typical for us.

On Monday, when we were in the Clerk’s Office looking up the legal paperwork for the house, he turned to me again. “Still want to?” “Yes” I replied. So, we did all the paperwork. Signed it and turned it back in to be registered.

And in case you still haven’t figured out what went on… We got married. Today is our first anniversary.

Keep in mind that we’ve been common law for 12 years before that, but… amazing what a little piece of paper can do.

Happy Anniversary!

According to WordPress, this is my 9th anniversary.🙂 I feel like I’ve been a bit absent of late, but oh life has been busy. In the midst of moving this blog over to a self hosted one, life went sideways. (gee, doesn’t it always?) I was trying not to post too much while I checked to make certain that everything transferred. Silly me.

Then we had company for a week. After that, our SCA event, A Day in the Shire arrived. I will post about that, with pictures. Soon.

Then the elections. I was volunteering with the Democratic party and working to get 3A, our school district mill levy override passed. Election night… We had a school board meeting. I hung out at the Democratic election night event, and ended up coming home around 9:30. We didn’t get any results on local elections until nearly midnight. 3A and 300 (a local issue to remove the police force and have only a sheriff’s department) passed.

The next day, November 9th was my 57th birthday. It was also my great grandparent’s 102nd wedding anniversary.

Life in general has been filled with meetings, dentist and doctor appointments, house repairs (yeah, still…) garden work, working every little job we can for money, and everything else we try to get done. My brain boggles. We had a wind storm on Thursday that actually damaged the Tiny Viking Longhouse and tore off our gate. (5×4!) Thursday was also the One Room School House celebration up in Gardner. Three other SCA members and I visited, as their theme this year was Castles and Knights. It was a great day. Saturday we had a really good shire meeting and fighter practice. Dan even put armor on. He discovered that he really does want to start fighting again. We are going to be making armor over the winter.

Sunday we drove up to Denver and picked up Morgan at her moms. Then we picked up a big cabinet at my sister’s. It now lives in the library full of DVD’s and soon it will have a screen there too.

Today has been a bit strange. A year ago, my ex died and I inherited a house. Wednesday is our 1st wedding anniversary. Thursday is Thanksgiving.

I’m ready to climb into bed and just stay there for a bit.

Turning and Burning

Life has been crazy. I think I have the website all copied. I think. I haven’t had time to check everything out. Why? Well… ummm…

Celtic Music Festival. It was great. We were busy. I have tons of pics to still sort through. The Washington School theater worked wonderfully. I had two issues. First was the wind during the 6th Street Hooley. 60mph gusts. Dan had to run the sound board and hold the speakers upright. Next was the sound tech for the High Kings. Contractually, we couldn’t talk to him and tell him how to use the building to the best use. So, while the music was good, the concert could have been so much better.

School Board stuff… I got an award! The McGuffy Award. it’s for excellence in boardmanship.


Next… Picking up life after the festival. Oh my… The garden, the house, Mom’s house… Between Battlemoor and the Festival, I swear that trolls came through and wrecked havoc. Plus, we are beginning to see cooler nights. I think it was about 37F this morning.

So, as I continue to pick up, I will be checking the new site. Once I’m certain that all the posts are there, I’ll notify everyone.

I made a decision.

After looking at the number of posts with pics and other media, I figured that it was time to move to a .org blog. We have purchased a domain,  and I will be moving the blog over. It won’t happen right away, and I will let you know what happens before this one goes quiet.


A Question…

I realized that I am eating up my media allowance something fierce. I have a few choices. Stop posting pictures. (okay, stop laughing!) Split the SCA stuff off of the main blog. That only slows down the storage issue, and does not fix it. Pay WordPress for more storage at a rate of about $8.25 a month. Or, pay .99 for a domain and then transfer the contents and host on our own server.

My big worry is that I will lose all my pictures that I have posted, and so the transfer will take ages. Then of course working things out so that people know where I’ve gone. I’ve got about 188 followers at the moment.

Thoughts? Ideas? If you like my blog, and read it, Please give me some feedback!

Battlemoor Pics 4

Last, but not least… The John Mall School Tour! The tour was fantastic. The kids were great.

Battlemoor Pics 2

Artisan’s Lane and the surrounding area. The Autocrats changed things around on the populous this year. At first it felt a bit odd. However, we got use to it and I think it was a good change.

Battlemoor VII… Ahhhh!

Battlemoor was lovely. We started taking stuff out to site on Saturday, August 27th. It was a good thing, as it took us three trips to bring everything out this year, and two trips to bring it all home. Yes, I am the queen of truck tetris!

It rained. The wind blew. We had a lot of fun, including playing an SCA version of Cards Against Humanity. Oh that was a riot.

I did some shopping and received gifts as well. The rest of the pics here are of our Tiny Viking Long House and camp.

I will be doing more posts with pics.