Thursday, December 29, 2005

Holiday Baking


Well folks, you've probably noticed a lack of posts lately. Although due in part to the holiday season, the main cause of this is because I've got a "bun in the oven." Holiday baking, indeed!

Right now I go through my days in a constant state of nausea and fatigue. I expect my posts in the near future will continue to be less frequent than usual.

I do wish to continue to post - focusing my mind on "other things" temporarily takes my focus away from my churning stomach - but we'll see how it goes.

Post should definitely be back on track towards the end of February. My Morning, Afternoon and Night Sickness should be well diminished by then.

Thanks to all those who read this blog - I truly hope you will stick around until I am feeling better.


Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Vintage Christmas Postcards


Monday, December 12, 2005

Lord of the Rings Exhibit: Indiana State Museum

**Flying Conditions: Mostly Sunny; Breezy**

My family and I traveled to Indy this weekend to view the Lord of the Rings Exhibit. It was truly wonderful experience! The exhibit displayed items from The Fellowship of the Ring, and some items from The Two Towers. I didn't see any items from Return of the King, but I consider myself lucky to have the ooportunity to see any items at all!

Upon entering, I found myself to be a bit overwhelmed. Tears sprang to my eyes as I looked around and saw so many props and costumes that I have loved on screen. My family thought I was nuts, I'm sure.

We took 3 hours to view everything, but the time flew by. Items that really stand out in my mind were:

• Boromir laid out in the elven boat. So lifelike, you would swear that he was going to sit up at any moment.
• The various banners displayed overhead - simply beautiful. The Elven and Gondorian banners are hand-painted on silk. The Rohirric banners were embroidered. Lovely.
• Galadriel's Welcoming/Mirror Dress: Beyond amazing. The beading was to die for - so delicate and her jewelry was also terrific.
• Arwen's Ice Blue Dress: This dress is even better in person! The beading on the neeckline is so intricate.
• The Barad-dur and Orthanc "bigatures." Barad-Dur wasn't lit very well, but was fantastic. The Orthanc bigature just blew me away. Completely amazing!
• The Alan Lee original book illustation of the flooded Isengard - just amazing.
• Alan Lee concept sketches for Lothlorien and Meduseld. He is an amazing artist, for sure.
• Sauron's armour. Amazing in it's detail. I also realized that I used the intaglio pattern on the armour for the pattern on several of my wedding items! Oops - too funny!
• All the Elven weaponry: beautiful and graceful.
• The Evenstar pendant: The Noble Collection replica that I own is dead-on acurate. The Nenya replica is also really close.
• Theoden's Armour - wow.
• Eomer's helmet is just as cool in real-life!

All in all, EVERYTHING was amazing and I'll never forget it.

NOTE: Pics seen here are from other sites on the internet. No pictures or even sketching were allowed at the exhibit.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 11


Arwen's Traveling Dress
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Costume Designer: Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor
Best Costume Design (win): 2003 Saturn Award
Best Costume Design (win): 2003 British Academy Awards

I adore this gown and it's "icy" beauty. It's definitely on my list of costumes I'd like to recreate!

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 10
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 9
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 8
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 7
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 6
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 5
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 4
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 3
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 2
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 1

Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Snowflake Man


From the earliest memories of our childhood, many of us can remember hearing the phrase "no two snowflakes are alike". This discovery was made in the small rural town of Jericho, Vermont by Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931).

A self educated farmer, Bentley attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.

He would go on to capture more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime, not finding any two alike. His snow crystal photomicrographs were acquired by colleges and universities throughout the world and he published many articles for magazines and journals including, Scientific American and National Geographic.

In 1931 his book "Snow Crystals", containing more than 2400 snow crystal images, was published by McGraw-Hill but has long been out of print. A soft cover copy, identical in all respects, can be obtained today from Dover Publications, Inc.. On December 23, 1931, Bentley died at the family farmhouse in Jericho. Because of his wonderful work with snow crystals, he became affectionately known as "Snowflake" Bentley.

Snowflake Bentley Website

Friday, November 25, 2005


Due to my busy holiday schedule, I've pre-uploaded the rest of the weeks posts. If you actually have time to read them, enjoy!



Turkey does have the makings of a natural sedative in it, an amino acid called tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, meaning that the body cannot manufacture it. The body has to get tryptophan and other essential amino acids from food. Tryptophan helps the body produce the B-vitamin niacin, which, in turn, helps the body produce serotonin, a remarkable chemical that acts as a calming agent in the brain and plays a role in sleep. So you might think that if you eat a lot of turkey, your body would produce more serotonin and you would feel calm and want a nap.

That was the conclusion that led many people to begin taking a dietary supplement of tryptophan in the 1980s as a way to treat insomnia, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned tryptophan supplements in 1990 because of an outbreak of eosinophilia-myalgia, a syndrome that causes muscle pain and even death. The FDA said contaminated tryptophan supplements caused the outbreak.

But nutritionists and other experts say that the tryptophan in turkey probably won't trigger the body to produce more serotonin because tryptophan works best on an empty stomach. The tryptophan in a Thanksgiving turkey has to vie with all the other amino acids that the body is trying to use. So only part of the tryptophan makes it to the brain to help produce serotonin.

It is the whole traditional Thanksgiving meal that can produce that after-dinner lethargy. The meal is quite often heavy and high in carbohydrates -- from mashed potatoes, bread, stuffing and pie -- and your body is working hard to digest that food. Also, if you drink alcohol with your dinner, you will likely feel its sedative effect, too.

There is a way to take advantage of the tryptophan in turkey. If you have trouble getting to sleep one night while there is still leftover turkey in the refrigerator, you could have a late snack of turkey and that, nutritionists say, might be the right amount of tryptophan on an empty stomach to help produce some serotonin.

Information from How Stuff Works

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade


For over 75 Years, Macy's has given us a tradition which both celebrates America and calls forth Christmas.

How did this most famous of American parades get started?
In the 1920's many of Macy's department store employees were first-generation immigrants. Proud of their new American heritage, they wanted to celebrate the American holiday with the type of festival they loved in Europe.

The employees marched from 145 Street down to 34th Street dressed as clowns, cowboys, knights and sheiks. There were floats, professional bands and 25 live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo.

With an audience of over a quarter of a million people, the parade was a hit!

Large balloons first appeared in 1927 with Felix the Cat. One tradition long gone is the releasing of the balloons. They would float for days and the lucky finder could claim a prize!

Through the 1930's, the Parade grew and grew. Depression-era crowds of over 1 million lined the Parade route by 1934.

New balloons such as Walt Disney characters were among the favorites and radio audiences were able to hear the ceremonies and Santa's arrival at 34th Street.

The 1940's saw an end to the Parade since there wasn't much to celebrate during World War II. Also, the rubber and helium could not be wasted.

The Parade resumed in 1945, and was televised in New York. The Parade also began the route that it still runs today.

With nationwide television, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade assumed it's hold on the entire nation in the 1950's.

It also became a time for celebrities. Sid Caesar, Danny Kaye, and even Howdy Doody made appearances.

The Parade has always been known for its policy of going on rain or shine and the valiant efforts of the balloon wranglers should always be recognized.

The most bittersweet year of the Parade had to be 1963. Less than a week after President Kennedy's assassination, the country was still in mourning. But, it went on so as not to "disappoint the millions of children."

In 1971, the winds were so bad, the balloons had to be cancelled. Television viewers had to settle for clips from the 1970 Parade.

Through the 1960's, 70's and 80's, some of the favorite balloons appeared including Snoopy, Kermit the Frog, and Superman.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a true New York experience that is magical for both children and adults. We want to thank Macy's and wish them many more years of marching down Broadway!

(Information and photos courtesy of

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


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The Wampanoag Nation encompassed the region known today as southeastern Massachusetts and into Rhode Island. The Mashpee Wampanoag are The Wampanoag Nation's sole surviving tribe on Cape Cod. While the Cape has recently become a home to many cultures, it has been the homeland, the motherland of the Mashpee Wampanoag for millennia.

The Wampanoag are legendary as peacekeepers. Their storied encounter with Europeans has been primarily focused on the 101 Mayflower Pilgrims, who arrived in 1620, and began to settle in a colony they called Plimoth along the Wampanoag Nation’s southeastern coast. The Wampanoag leader Massasoit (Great Sachem) Ousamequin (Yellow Feather) was a benevolent man and instructed his warriors to just watch the visitors from afar. In less than a year, 49 Pilgrims perished due to illness and their inability to survive in these unfamiliar surroundings.

Witnessing the struggles of the remaining 52 Pilgrims, Massasoit took action. It was a turning point in history, a moment when he could have easily ended a foreign incursion and potential threat to the Wampanoags' ancient civilization. Instead, he responded with biblical sensibilities he instinctively understood without knowing the Bible. He chose to show mercy, respect and kindness to the suffering Pilgrims. He instructed his people to teach them how to live with, be nourished by and protective of Nature’s abundant gifts here.

Their now infamous shared Thanksgiving Feast of 1621 was far different than has been generally depicted. It was actually known then as the Harvest Celebration, which Wampanoag past and present call Keepunumuk, meaning the time of harvest. It is one of many traditional celebrations the Wampanoag have shared each year for millennia.

In the context of history, the three-day Thanksgiving Feast of 1621 was equivalent to an official state dinner today. The hosts were Massasoit Ousamequin and a delegation of 90 Wampanoag warriors in full regalia. The Pilgrims provided vegetables from their first harvest. The Wampanoag provided five deer and assorted wildfowl, from ducks to wild turkeys.

Every element of that momentous gathering was designed to strengthen the bonds of friendship and seal the shared aspirations for peace, liberty and freedom of religion between the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims. A Treaty of Mutual Protection was prepared and signed, affirming their official partnership for peace and pledge to respect and protect one another.

Mere decades later, the treaty and partnership were broken by new waves of foreigners with different ideas, who violated the ancient laws, traditions and values of the Wampanoag Nation. Massasoit Ousamequin's peace plan had held for 50 years. He died in his 70’s, and his son Wamsutta, who was also known as King Alexander, took his place. King Alexander's reign was short and ended abruptly when he was poisoned by new leaders to the rising tide of colonists.

Read more here...

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)


Due to my busy holiday schedule, I've pre-uploaded the rest of the weeks posts. If you actually have time to read them, enjoy!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

17th Century Onion Sauce for Roast Turkey

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This sauce is quite nice and makes a nice change from modern gravy. In the 17th century “gravy” was the drippings from the meat that were often transformed into a sauce.

To make sauce for Capons or Turky Fowles
Take Onions and slice them thin, and boyle them in faire water till they be boyled drye, and put some of the gravie unto them and pepper grose beaten.
A.W. A Book of Cookrye. 1591 f.3

Sauce for a Turkie
Take faire water and set it over the fire, then slice good store of Onions and put into it, and also Pepper and Salt, and good store of the gravy that comes from the Turkie, and boyle them very well together: then put to it a few fine crummes of grated bread to thicken it; a very little Sugar and some Vinegar, and so serve it up with the Turkey.

Gervase Markham , The English Huswife, 1623

Modern Recipe Notes

6 medium onions, sliced thinly
2 cups of water
2 teaspoons of coarsely ground pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup breadcrumbs (optional)

Follow your favorite recipe for roast turkey. Remove the turkey to a platter reserving the pan juices.

Place thinly sliced onions in a pot with water and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and cook until the onions are tender but not mushy. A good deal of the water should have boiled away. Set aside for a moment.

Place the roasting pan over medium heat and stir to loosen any brown bits. Stir in the onion sauce, sugar, vinegar and breadcrumbs if desired. Add pepper to taste and adjust seasonings. To serve, pour over sliced turkey or serve alongside in a separate dish.

Visit Plimoth Plantation online.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Vintage Thanksgiving Postcards No.1


Friday, November 18, 2005

Spectrum CD's No. 3


I scratch CDs consistently (although I have improved), so I have created a series of CDs to use while driving in my car.

"Maize" is the third in the series.

Track Listing:

01. Roxanne - The Police
02. Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos
03. Evenflow - Pearl Jam
04. On a Plain - Nirvana
05. Burden in my Hand - Soundgarden
06. No Excuses - Alice in Chains
07. The Hand That Feeds - Nine Inch Nails
08. Nearly Lost You - Screaming Trees
09. State of Love and Trust - Pearl Jam
10. Message in a Bottle - The Police
11. Only Happy When it Rains - Garbage
12. There She Goes, My Beautiful World - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
13. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police

Spectrum CD's No. 2
Spectrum CD's No. 1

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Cerys' Dream Motif No. 1


I have always had vivid, strange dreams. Always. Considering this, I have recently decided to keep a dream journal. Even without a permanent record of past dreams, I can already identify certain motifs that often appear in my dreams, so I thought I'd share!

Motif No. 1: Hills

Going up, going down - sometimes both, but I can't seem to remember a dream where I just stand on the top of a hill. The hills are ALWAYS steep. Sometimes I'm in the country, but usually I'm in a city.

Your Dream: hill
Words like hill: Easy achievement. Easy earnings. Financial gains.

From another site:
Another obstacle dream. The higher the hill, the greater the obstacle, but other factors must be correlated.

To dream that you are climbing a hill, signifies your struggles in achieving a goal. To dream that you are standing on top of a hill, signifies that you have succeeded in your endeavors or that you have now have the resources to complete a task at hand.

Definition: Dreaming that you are climbing a hill means your struggles in achieving a goal. Dreaming that you are standing on top of a hill means that you have succeeded in your endeavors or that you have now have the resources to complete a task at hand.

From Dream-land:
Climbing: Dreaming of climbing is always connected to pursuing certain goals and overcoming different problems. If you are climbing stairs, a ladder or a hill, you are going to successfully complete your project, meet your goals. If there are obstacles involved when climbing, it is a sign that you will have difficulties in reaching your goal, but your efforts will be rewarded. Climbing a high mountain: difficult obligations have to be concluded.

From Dream Coach:
Climbing: moving upwards (socially or economically); advancements; desire for achievement
Do you want to be moving upwards either socially or economically?
Is an area of your life advancing in the way you would like?
Who has a desire for achievement?

From Soul Future Dream Dictionary:
Dream symbol: hill
hill, hills, hilly

The meaning of hill is similar to that of mountain, but to a lesser degree
A minor encumbrance or challenge
A short term-goal or point of focus
Feminine sexuality or voluptuousness
Something that has passed its prime, is over the hill
Something that doesn’t amount to much, a hill of beans

Monday, November 14, 2005

Five Things I've Done in the Past Week


1. I had 8" cut off my hair.
2. I purchased two night stands for our bedroom.
3. I saw Clutch in concert.
4. I assisted my husband with changing the transmission fluid in my car.
5. I assembled a lighted, wicker moose in preparation for Holiday decorating.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

I'm Lost


I don't want much television, but there always seems to be a show or two that I refuse to miss. Lost is one of them. I have become enthralled by it's mysteries and have been know to expend too much thought on attempts to figure out what is really going on.

I am not alone. Here are a few links that may or may not be know to fellow Lostees.

Official Sites:
ABC's Lost site
Oceanic Flight 815
I am Lost Game

Plot Related Sites:
Oceanic Airlines
The Hanso Foundation

Unofficial Plot Related Sites:

Mega Lotto Jackpot
Drive Shaft
Mr. Clucks
The Dharma Iniative

Message Boards:
The Fuselage (Run by the Creative team behind Lost.)

Fan Sites:
Lost Media
Lost Notebook
The Lost Numbers
Sledgeweb's Lost Stuff
The Black Rock
The Lost Hatch
Lost Links (all kinds of links here!)

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

A damn-fine, good-looking man No. 3


Josh Holloway. Need I say more?

A damn-fine, good-looking man No. 1
A damn-fine, good-looking man No. 2

Monday, November 07, 2005

In Recovery

Sorry for the recent lack of posts. Between Halloween and the slow recovery from the cold I recently had, time and energy have been elusive. Post should be regular one again, starting today!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Samhain!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Halloween Past No. 3

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These are the three favorite past Halloween costumes that I have made for my daughter. My No. 1 fave is Spyro, the Dragon (2rd grade), followed by the wolf (1st grade) and Eowyn/Dernhelm (7th grade).

There is an cute story with the wolf costume. I made a foam moon that was attached to the back of the costume. At one house, there was a Huskie that began howling when he saw my daughter! As we passed the house later in the evening, he also began to howl! I'll never forget it.

The Eowyn/Dernhelm costume lacks serious detail, but I still love it! The faux leatherwork is somewhat cheesy, but considering the materials available and the time-frame, I think it turned out ok!

Spyro, the Dragon

Howl at the Moon

"Begone, foul Dwimmerlaik!"

Halloween Past No. 2

Halloween Past No. 1