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Feb. 3rd, 2016 @ 10:07 am Oversleeping and dreams
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The cat gets fed when I get up in the morning. I do not know why my son won't let her out of the basement and feed her breakfast; he prepares her dinner, after all; but he doesn't. Anyway ...

When I oversleep, and dream, ShadowCat tends to enter into the dream as a reminder that she is (impatiently) waiting. Sometimes she appears as a third child (although still a cat). Sometimes she appears along with other cats (usually kittens). Today, she appeared in a red-cape, using the name "Bright". I think it was short for "Snow Bright" which is ironic as she's a black cat, but there it is. I had made some cookies for Valentine's day, brownies with small red candies in them that morphed between little round bits and definite hearts. "Bright" was supposed to carry the cookies in a basket somewhere - I think it was just for a photo shoot, but there were hints that I was posting the pictures, and her adventures as Snow Bright, on the internet.

Unfortunately for the ShadowCat, I was really tired and her presence in the dream (and the weirdness of a black cat wearing a red cape and carrying a basket) did not serve to waken me.
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Bernard the Elf
Feb. 1st, 2016 @ 10:51 am Nellie Bly's Book: Chapter 2 - The Start


The Pictorial Weeklies Company.
28 W. 23rd St., New York City.


ON Thursday, November 14, 1889, at 9.40.30 o'clock, I started on my tour around the world.

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Bernard the Elf
Jan. 31st, 2016 @ 10:31 am Nellie Bly: Chapter 1 - A Proposal to Girdle the World


The Pictorial Weeklies Company.
28 W. 23rd St., New York City.


WHAT gave me the idea?

It is sometimes difficult to tell exactly what gives birth to an idea. Ideas are the chief stock in trade of newspaper writers and generally they are the scarcest stock in market, but they do come occasionally,

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Neil Gaiman
Jan. 2nd, 2016 @ 04:35 pm Maze Game - Monster Information Card - Medusa
Muadh 12th Ion-gheamhradh
22nd day of Winter moon

Gorgon (aka Medusa)
Gorgons, or medusas, are one of the female-only humanoid races. In common with other such female-only races, they exhibit features in common with a cold-blooded non-human species. To be specific, gorgons have a swarm of venomous serpents on their heads where a human woman would have hair.

Medusa1sIn body, the gorgon appears as a young and shapely female. They typically wear human clothing and could be mistaken for human women at a distance or in bad light. Differences are readily apparent on closer observation, however. In addition to the writhing of the serpents on her head a gorgon's eyes glow redly, readily apparent at quite a distance. And although the gorgon will appear young and shapely in body, her true age will be revealed by her features. Therefore, while young gorgons can be quite attractive, but older ones generally have a hideous visage.

Gorgons lair in dark caves or caverns, rarely venturing forth. They are mainly carnivorous; their serpents require feeding on average of once a week. The favoured food of the gorgon is rodent, which they often raise in their cavern home.

The primary threat to the gorgon is man. As a defense, they use their petrifying gaze to turn any they encounter to stone. They are aggressive in their attempts to make eye contact, as they are aware that any man who escapes such an encounter will return in force to eradicate the entire colony.

For this reason, a lone human encountering a gorgon has no recourse but to engage the creature in battle or otherwise kill her.

To successfully fight a gorgon, one needs either ...
- a mirror or mirror-like shield and a bladed weapon such as a sword, axe, spear or knife or
- a distance killing weapon such as a sling, catapult (slingshot), cross-bow & bold, or bow and arrow.

The range of the gorgon's petrifying gaze is 5 feet.
The range of attack of the gorgon's serpent hair is 1 foot; the venom is fatal unless a dose of anti-venom or universal cure is taken immediately (within one hour).
Additionally, the gorgon's skin is scaled, providing some protection from weapons thrusts.
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crafts, cooking, designs
Jan. 1st, 2016 @ 05:27 pm Dragon Valley New Calendar (2016) - Ion-gheamhradh
In the world of Dragon Valley, the year is divided into 8 sections (ochd-roinnean, ochd-roinn in the singular) by means of the quarter (solstices and equinoces) and the cross-quarter (Imbolg, Beltaine, Lughnasa & Samhain) days. We are currently in Ion-gheamhradh - late winter which runs from Midwinter (winter solstice) to Imbolg (roughly Groundhog's day).

It is useful for international business to have a calendar that shows the Roman calendar system in addition to the more sensible Celtic seasonal calendar; for that reason, this type of calendar is very popular in the Valley. Because many rural and agricultural communities employ the old moon system as a method of determining the most advantageous times for sowing and harvest, the calendars often indicate full and new moons as well.

Nota Bene :--
I had originally intended to go with the 7 day week, but with 45 days in each ochd-roinn, it made more sense to divide each into 5 weeks of 9 days each - which meant I needed two more day-names. Since I was doing that anyway, I decided to change all the names to obscure or archaic Gaelic words that had the essence of the name. I placed "Clos" - Restday in the seventh position because Christianity is the primary religion of the Valley, Celtic Christianity, not Roman. Nuna (Hunger) refers to fasting, purifying oneself to stand before God in worship.

The main benefit to using a nine day week is that each ochd-roinn starts on Aos and ends on Muadh.
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Bernard the Elf
Dec. 23rd, 2015 @ 05:06 pm Recipe: Almond Butter Cookies
1/2 cp unsalted butter
1/2 cp almond butter
1/4 cp brown sugar
1/4 cp granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract

1/3 cp whole wheat flour
1/3 cp white flour
1/3 cp almond meal
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
{optional - 2 Tbsp sweet whey powder}

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Melt the butter. Add the almond butter to the melted butter and stir until smooth. Add the sugars one at a time, mixing completely. Add the egg, stir until completely mixed. Stir in the almond extract and vanilla.

Mix the dry ingredients together.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet or parchment paper, approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes.

Makes 48 cookies
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Bernard the Elf
Dec. 20th, 2015 @ 09:45 am woo-HOO! I won! I won!
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From Seanan McGuire's post
The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a copy of Indexing: Reflections is...


I can't believe I won! {{ shiver }}

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Bernard the Elf
Dec. 18th, 2015 @ 12:24 pm Curious ...
I decided to follow the wonderful Wren*Feathers site (https://jenwrenne.wordpress.com/), so that I would get a notification when she uploaded a new post, rather than occasionally googling the site to see for myself ... and I was advised to create an account so I could "manage" my followings.

I must have misunderstood because now I'm the bemused owner of a new blog - https://kimurho.wordpress.com/.
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crafts, cooking, designs
Dec. 17th, 2015 @ 03:33 pm Dialann - today
I applied for a job with the high school as a paraprofessional. Today, I learned that I didn't even make it so far as to be called in for an interview, the position has been filled.

Today was my day to read to the preschoolers - as the last day they come to the library before Christmas break, the book was The Polar Express. The asst. librarian goes all out on this, she prints out little train tickets and gets silver jingle bells - enough for each child to have one. And me? I dress up as a conductor and take in a train whistle that belonged to my sons. I try to tell the story as if it really happened to me.

There were several new children in the classes today. One poor little boy showed signs of severe separation anxiety. He cried when I blew the whistle. He cried when I addressed him directly. He cried when I turned the page of the book. It was most disheartening.

The second class of preschoolers continues to be increasingly unruly during reading. It doesn't help that the teachers talk over me, correcting the children in things that are minor and non-disruptive.

I picked up a rosemary bush from Hannafords - one of the topiaried christmas tree looking ones. Maybe this year I can keep it alive? Maybe.

May bees don't fly in December, though.

I also took Rùn Mòr-beag in because he'd been flashing a "service" icon at me on start-up. Turns out that it's preset for certain mileages and I'm creeping up on one. The guys at Durand reset that for me and let me go - though not until after I had a little nap in their waiting room .. which was after I got the turkey for next week and a couple of other things (including the topiaried rosemary mentioned above).
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Bernard the Elf
Dec. 16th, 2015 @ 09:00 am Dream prequel?
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I had a very chaotic dream this morning.

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