Archive for November, 2009

25
Nov

Allen’s Doublet

   Posted by: MB    in Daily

Allen's Doublet

24 November 2009

With the exception of about 30 more little buttons on the sleeves, Allen’s doublet is finished. I didn’t mean to stay up this late, but one thing led to another and I was always just one little job from a good stopping point. But, finally, I set the last grommet and tied on one sleeve to be sure it looks okay.

I am pleased with it, and I hope he will be equally pleased when he sees it this weekend.

It’s only Tuesday, so I ought to have time to do a couple of other little projects before we head to faire for final weekend. Yay for met deadlines.

~MB

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24
Nov

Grackle Invasion and Remembering JFK

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Grackle Invasion

23 November 2009

As I drove the few blocks from home toward the Discount Tire location where Kyle’s car was getting new tires, the sun was setting and the birds were insane. I was driving, so my photo is blurry, but I love how it shows all the birds in motion.

On a completely different note . . . as I worked late into the night, I watched a show on National Geographic about the Kennedy assassination. It was made up purely of old news clips, most of which haven’t been seen since 1963! It was an amazing feat of editing and organization and I was truly impressed. I should share, at this point, that the Kennedy assassination figures prominently in my very earliest memory. I was about a year and half old on November 22, 1963. I clearly remember sitting on my mama’s lap, in the middle of our living room floor, in front of the new (then) giant, floor model Zenith color television set. I can remember the sadness being overwhelming—I am sure we were watching the cavalcade of hearse and attendant vehicles, as they transported Kennedy’s body from White House to cemetary. Throughout the years, I’ve often seen the footage of little John Kennedy saluting his dad’s grave, but I also remembered a little girl, and they never show you a little girl . . . until this footage last night. And, there, just as clear as a bell is little Caroline in a pretty blue coat, holding her mommy’s hand as Jackie kisses the flag-draped coffin. A little girl, not too much older than me . . . wow! No wonder it all made an impact on me and stuck, despite how young I was. Young children just like me . . . extreme emotions . . .memory is a crazy thing, isn’t it? I also believe I must have been sitting right there when the whole Jack Ruby-shooting-Oswald-thing happened. I can remember the shock. Watching all that footage last night was very bizarre.

And, I guess it was a fitting way to acknowledge the anniversary of that horrible day. One wonders how different things might be today . . .

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23
Nov

Pente Board

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Pente Board

22 November 2009

True to his word, Jonathan brought his Pente game with him this weekend, with an eye on a bit of a tournament with Kyle. So, there was coffee and Pente before our traditional bloody mary Sunday. Turns out the two of them are pretty well-matched at Pente! It is good that we had diversions today, though, because despite an absolutely beautiful day, business was so bad I simply couldn’t think about it.

As always at TRF, though, we had fun. And we were not the only ones who’s business was suffering for some reason. Kyle worked for Iris and Rose and saw the same sort of lackluster sales and tips. I wish I knew what the deal was, but at this point it does no good to mope about it. I am simply planning on an absolutely fabulous final weekend.

~MB

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23
Nov

Scab

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

21 November 2009
The 2nd to last Saturday at the Texas Renaissance Festival. It’s always bitter-sweet. I’m ready for it to be over, but the friends I have here and the good times I have are difficult to replace. Some of these friends I won’t see for another year, and that’s always a little hard to swallow. Luckily Bill, dressed here as Scab, I get to see a bit more often than some.
Scab
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 November 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Auto, Did not fire

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23
Nov

Celtic Necklace

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

20 November 2009
As I sat at my desk, I felt a slight tickle on my neck. A minimal movement of my head and the tickle slid further down and my necklace was suddenly in my lap. This is a sterling silver, hand-crafted Celtic knot with an Australian fire opal set on it. It’s my favourite piece and I’m quite disheartened that the chain snapped. I hope to repair it soon.
Necklace
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 November 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.05 sec (1/20)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: -2/3 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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23
Nov

Glasses & Dog

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

18 November 2009
I recently purchased a pair of computer glasses that are designed to eliminate – or at least greatly reduce – the glare, and thus the eye strain, from modern computer monitors. I wear them most every day and have found them to be exceptionally good at what they do. My eyes are far less tired at the end of a day than in past years. This shot of my new glasses sits on a book on VBScript that has lived near my computer for many years and that, recently, I have found need to access again.
Dog & Glasses
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 November 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.077 sec (1/13)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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23
Nov

Us in the Mirror

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Us in the Mirror

21 November 2009

After a veeerrrrryyy long, slow, wet, chilly day at TRF where the rain never stopped falling, we were tired and ready for food and tequila in a heated restaurant! Off to Rancho Grande to have a delightful dinner with some friends we see all too rarely—Bobby and Paige, Kara and new friend Chris and his wife and daughter. I wish the dinner group could have been bigger. Throughout the faire day, we saw literally dozens of folks from Scarborough . . . so many hugs!

After dinner, we went back to faire, and cuddled to watch a movie. We realized we’d been remiss in our photography, and decided to play with trying to capture our own images in the little mirror across the room. I am sorry I didn’t remember to clean this mirror when we set up house this season, but the photo is kind of cool, nonetheless. Me and my baby. Us in the mirror.

~MB

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23
Nov

Artemis

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

17 November 2009
Artemis, on the other hand, sits still frequently whether I wish her to or not. Unfortunately, my camera still doesn’t handle low-light situations very well.
Artemis
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 November 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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23
Nov

Cormac

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

16 November 2009
Another of those “better in my head” photos. The problem here lies in my camera’s inability to handle low light situations very well and Cormac’s inability to sit still for any length of time…at all.
Cormac
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 November 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.6
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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23
Nov

Ginger, Delaenya & Jonathan

   Posted by: crazyBobcat    in Daily

15 November 2009
George & Delaenya made their annual trip to TRF this weekend, so on Sunday, Ginger, Delaenya and Marita Beth had their fantastic butts (collectively and individually) captured in one of Jonathan’s excellent butt sketches. We own several of these now and love every one of them.
Ginger, Delaenya & Jonathan
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 23 November 2009)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 6.6 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: Off, Did not fire

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