Outlander released a trailer for season 3… that last scene got me!

Thank you, Beth! You share _your_ feelings and that’s what makes your blog so popular! What a wonderful poem! You should meme that with the picture of her putting her curl behind her ear 😍

My Outlander Blog!

Some you may have noticed I’ve been a bit scarce. My life has been taking me in directions away from Outlander, but tonight I got right back on the path leading to the season 3 premiere!  We have a 2 minute trailer to watch and re-watch and speculate over!  Oh, happy day! I’ve only watched it three times and I’m sure it will spark some reflection and writing soon, but what I was left with tonight was the poignancy of that last scene. I continue to be grateful for the attention to detail and care this team gives my favorite story.  When I saw Claire fixing her hair, I have to admit I got choked up.  I’ve always been moved by Claire’s womanly insecurity and the courage it took her to open that door.  In fact, I wrote a poem about it several years ago.  Here is my little poem.


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Let’s Read a Book……..Or 2 DIA Chapters 15-17

output_LqzMLgHA, just when you think you’re ahead, you’re behind and you don’t even have the whole assignment done.  <<sigh>>  Soooooo, how was _your_ week?  Just to catch you up……

photo(6) photo(7)Cracked marble and mirrors……Glad it’s not my 7 years of bad luck😁 But then the dry set set my DH’s teeth on edge…photo(5)So we turned it square to the wall……photo(2) photo(3)Made him so much happier, mostly!!  photo(4) photo(1)So, this was my week.  DD’s car crapped out and she now has MY vehicle.  Such a stranded feeling.  Haven’t felt that way in a long time!  Anyone got a low mileage Toyota they don’t mind unloading.  Single owner, little old lady (not from Pasedena) for CHEAP??  Moving on…….. (pun intended!😉)  🚘

Oh, so I got real excited that we were only doing 15-17, until I put the poster as the header and discovered that it was 15-19.  Oh, well.  You get what you get tonight and you’ll feel lucky for it.  😥😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆😆 Is this borderline hysterics??  YESSSSSSSS!!

In my hurry to post last week, I left off open carriages. Love to see these in period shows!

Know the name? Here’s the description! http://phrontistery.info/carriage.html

I imagine Forenz’s carraige was black, but here is a great picture!photo(10)

Human ingenuity cannot concoct a cypher which human ingenuity cannot resolve. — Edgar Allen Poe

Ciphers – history of https://securityblog.redhat.com/2013/08/14/a-brief-history-of-cryptography/


Examples of:

Morse code: photo(12)Shapes: photo(11)

Dancing Men from Sherlock Holmes: photo(13)And just one more for fun!! Jamie had his work cut out for him because there were thousands of ciphers to choose from.
Let me remind you that music is a code…as well, and not just as C and MH have discovered together.  ABCDEFG can spell quite a few words on their own and we have a plethora of ways to teach the code key to students. I won’t go on and on and on and on…….because you all probably don’t share my passion, so we wills stop here!

This has some interesting information and links to more interesting information! http://www.royal.gov.uk/HistoryoftheMonarchy/Scottish%20Monarchs(400ad-1603)/TheStewarts/JamesIII.aspx

Another link to Jacobites (same site) http://www.royal.gov.uk/HistoryoftheMonarchy/Scottish%20Monarchs(400ad-1603)/TheJacobiteClaimants/TheJacobiteClaimants.aspx

Very ‘factual’, short reads.

And maybe you knew already but the original lyrics to The Skye Boat Song are about Prince Charlie! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Skye_Boat_Song

The life and death of Louis XV in a 3 minute film- pause on the readings. They don’t give you enough time to finish and I’m a quick reader http://youtu.be/D32g88i_i5w

Popes during the time of The Pretenders were Clement XII and Benedict XIV. Charlie’s younger brother, Henry, entered priesthood and was therefore ineligible to stay an heir to the throne. Though he did declare himself as Henry IX. Read about the irony of his title since it was Henry VIII that dissolved the allegiance with Rome!!

There is a lovely monument to the Stuart pretenders in St. Peter’s Basilica. And George III paid for it. More irony!! http://stpetersbasilica.info/Monuments/Stuarts/Stuarts.htm

The ’15
This is an interactive website about the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. Touch an arrow and go into details!! Hours have gone by!! http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/jacobite-1715/

Orris root, or Iris, the magical side!! We don’t believe but it’s fun to look!! http://www.alchemy-works.com/herb_orris_root.html
Practical side: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/orris-root-powder/profile

Valerian Root

Hospitals in London http://www.nhshistory.net/voluntary_hospitals.htm

Hospital in New France (Canada) http://www.historymuseum.ca/virtual-museum-of-new-france/daily-life/health-and-medicine/

Closing of inefficient/corrupt hospitals in 17th century France http://hssh.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/hssh/article/viewFile/16697/15555

Dogs and how they accept us….or not! Bouton’s holding of Jamie in the doorway

I must need to spend more time on this site!! Mother Hildegarde’s musical talent explained http://www.pianonoise.com/Article.Simple_gifts.htm
Synesthesia http://www.spring.org.uk/2014/05/6-intriguing-types-of-synesthesia-tasting-words-seeing-sounds-hearing-colours-and-more.php

Perfect Pitch vs Relative Pitch

Welcome to my world!! http://youtu.be/WXbHOnHAG-g
That just begins to cover what musicians know, but Mother Hildegarde is (was?) an exceptional musician!

Refectory table – http://m.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-refectory-table.htm

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A blog on handwritten bag pipe music!! From Glasgow, even!! https://universityofglasgowlibrary.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/the-piobaireachd-society-music-and-teaching/


Bach Invention 1- http://youtu.be/cCSQ9M7Bcvw   You have to watch the invention, the little guy is 4!!

Goldberg Variations – http://youtu.be/15ezpwCHtJs

Rameau Suite en G  (Though I do believe the time frame is off on this composition. Shhhhh!!)

Gutenberg is well known for its medical museum. Most every time I search for a medical instrument, it shows up. Dry, boring reading, but if you scroll through, you’ll find an odd assortment of lancets, fleams and basins.

Here is an ode to his lancet!! 1841, Baltimore, MD😁
To My Spring-Lancet
Years have passed since first we met,
Pliant and ever-faithful-slave!
Nobly thou standest by me yet,
Watchful as ever and as brave.

O, were the power of language thine,
To tell all thou hast seen and done,
Methinks the curious would incline,
Their ears to dwell they tales upon!

I love thee, bloodstain’d, faithful friend!
As warrior loves his sword or shield;
For how on thee did I depend
When foes of Life were in the field!

Those blood spots on thy visage, tell
That thou, thro horrid scenes, hast past.
O, thou hast served me long and well;
And I shall love thee to the Last!

A thousand mem’ries cluster round thee
In all their freshness! thou dost speak
Of friends far distant-friends who found thee
Aye with thy master, prompt to wreak

Vengeance on foes who strove to kill
With blows well aim’d at heart or head—
Thieves that, with demon heart and will,
Would fain have on they vials fed.

O, They have blessed thee for thy aid,
When grateful eyes, thy presence, spoke;
Thou, anguish’d bosoms, glad hast made,
And miser’s tyrant sceptre broke.
Now, when ’mong strangers, is our sphere,
Thou, to my heart, are but the more
Endear’d—as many a woe-wring tear
Would plainly tell, if from me tore!

WebMD’s take on bitter cascara

Some famous ossuaries:


Animals might even seem creepier photo(17)

Straight from the Kabbalah’s mouth: (Caballa)

(Note item 4 in the intro)


This is fun to read, but barrowman isn’t on here. http://www.worldthroughthelens.com/family-history/old-occupations.php

Scots occupations, but again, barrowman is not included. http://www.scotsfamily.com/occupations.htm

So barrowmen either push coal carts from the mine to a repository or don’t exist in France. You could ‘assume’ they sell items from carts, but there is no, nil, nada or non proof on the Internet of that. 😁 I tried.

Modern French milled soap shopping – http://littlesoapshoppe.com/t/bar-soap

A very informative article on soap making!! http://tonisouth.com/top-10-questions-about-handmade-soap/

Attar of roses recipe – so you can see why rose essential oils is expensive!! http://www.food.com/recipe/attar-of-roses-72823

Some hip baths http://www.victoriana.com/Bathroom/antique-tub.html


We are skipping the soixante-neuf. If you can’t figure it out, then you are living under a deeper rock then me! 😳🙈

Here’s a site with beautiful pottery. Haven’t seen a French ewer yet. I’m still looking. http://mobile.onlinegalleries.com/art-and-antiques/search/jugs-ewers-and-pitchers-ceramics-england-18th-century

Here we go!! http://tinyurl.com/OLewersandbasins

Purchase American made linen towels here, but only if you have money to burn!! Eek!! http://www.brahmsmount.com/linen-towels.html

Well, Brahms seems to be our resident expert on fibers today. Cotton vs linen http://www.brahmsmount.com/blog/cotton-vs-linen-whats-the-difference/

When I get more money than I need, I will be purchasing linen towels!! http://www.linenme.com/news/linen-bath-towels-are-gorgeous-functional-and-addictive/

Cotton terry cloth towels invented by this company and still in business!! http://www.christy-towels.com/

There are some days you just need a bubble drink. What did they DO without Dr. Pepper??! 1940’s coca cola bottles! http://tinyurl.com/OLcokebottles


Well, I suppose I need to get this out.  You will get more as the week progresses!!  A small confession, I did binge watch “The Vicar of Dibbley”.  It’s hilarious!!  You will see quite a few famous faces in it.  I, of course, will see what my crazy week brings and so I will close with……

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Let’s Read a Book…………..Or 2 DIA Week 3 Chapters 11-14

output_rwRtsPAs you can see, I’ve learned a new trick.  I’ve only made one gif and now I’ve haven’t made more in a few days.  My teacher will be having to teach me again!!  Thanks, @pellicott1, for sharing your expertise!!  😍  I was going to wax poetic about the significance of the dragonfly captured in amber, but not today!! I have a trip out of town planned, so you are getting the bare bones!!  I’m cutting and pasting and that’s that!!  Don’t cheer too loudly, please! 😁😥

These chapters give us 3 of the most endearing characters in the book, I think! I can’t say too much more about Fergus, Mother Hildegarde and Bouton because of spoilers to the new readers, but you tried and true voracious readers know what I am talking about.  I will always want MORE!!  https://youtu.be/sZrgxHvNNUc AND if you haven’t read The Space Between (you must finish Voyager for it to make sense, though!!) READ IT!!  Yes, I yelled at you!!

Okay, I said this would be quick!!  Know that I totally enjoy doing this and it is truly an honor to know you took the time to read and look up the links.  There’s always something more to learn!

Tone deaf
One opinion, but this is not from a brain injury!! http://www.singingwood.com/tone-deaf/
Read as far as you can. Then it wants money! And it was actually interesting enough to want to read! 😯 http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/tone-deaf-test
Don’t always want to rely on Wikipedia, but this is a very good explanation. Why am I so interested that I’m over sharing?? Music teacher and musician!!  I must insert my opinion as a music teacher here, I NEVER tell anyone they can’t sing! Why? Mostly because of the reasons above.  They weren’t nurtured and worked with.  We aren’t given the time or resources in public schools to work with the musically challenged.  We do what we can.  And, sadly, it isn’t enough, sometimes.  Music is the one thing that you can do your whole life, and the love of that fact is what kept me going as an educator.  I have a great poster that I can never read without crying, but I can’t find it.  I’m sure I will find time to post since I love to wax poetic!

This is fascinating to me, anyway😝 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9172630/

HandelHandel's tuning fork
The science of music is a totally undervalued subject in the public school world.  Well, in my neck o’ the woods, anywhoo.  Sad, sad, sad!!

https://youtu.be/ttFqbEffLr4   This is very lovely, just not of this time period.
Opera/ballet by that name 18th C Offenbach composed.

Harpsichords built like a piano with strings, but they are plucked instead of struck http://tinyurl.com/OLfrenchharpsichords

Music http://youtu.be/DT2D7Kp3k3c

a man’s wig of the 17th and 18th centuries, usually powdered and gathered at the back of the neck with a ribbon; periwig.

a thick, low post, usually of iron or steel, mounted on a wharf or the like, to which mooring lines from vessels are attached.
a small post to which lines are attached.
bitt (def 1).

Borrowing from a Jane Austen blog, here are some interesting facts on shoes. https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2010/10/16/fashionable-shoes-of-the-18th-and-19th-century-and-how-they-were-made/
Pictures of shoes that fit either foot until broken in!

Couldn’t figure out the design at first!! Step patterns! Love this!! http://tinyurl.com/OLchoreography
This is a great YouTube link for baroque dances while in costume. Gives a great visual for the movement of the gowns during the dance! http://youtu.be/OoRPDm_2PPQ
I’m so excited to meet Mother Hildegarde!!
The fight about who knows best about the others well being!!
“So, I’m going to go to the hospital tomorrow.” I stretched on tiptoe to reach down my medicine box from its shelf. “Maybe I won’t take it along with me the first time,” I said, scanning the contents meditatively. “It might seem too pushing. Do you think?”
“Pushing?” He sounded stunned. “Are ye meaning to visit the place, or move into it?”
“Er, well,” I said. I took a deep breath. “I, er, thought perhaps I could work there regularly. Herr Gerstmann says that all the physicians and healers who go there donate their time. Most of them don’t turn up every day, but I have plenty of time, and I could—”
“Plenty of time?”
“Stop repeating everything I say,” I said. “Yes, plenty of time. I know it’s important to go to salons and supper parties and all that, but it doesn’t take all day—at least it needn’t. I could—”
“Sassenach, you’re with child! Ye dinna mean to go out to nurse beggars and criminals?” He sounded rather helpless now, as though wondering how to deal with someone who had suddenly gone mad in front of him.”
“I hadn’t forgotten,” I assured him. I pressed my hands against my belly, squinting down.
“It isn’t really noticeable yet; with a loose gown I can get away with it for a time. And there’s nothing wrong with me except the morning sickness; no reason why I shouldn’t work for some months yet.”
“No reason, except I wilna have ye doing it!” Expecting no company this evening, he had taken off his stock and opened his collar when he came home. I could see the tide of dusky red advancing up his throat.
“Jamie,” I said, striving for reasonableness. “You know what I am.”
“You’re my wife!”
“Well, that, too.” I flicked the idea aside with my fingers. “I’m a nurse, Jamie. A healer. You have reason to know it.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
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What a clash of centuries and stubborn minds!!

These will be ‘out of turn’ but here is a list of 20th century terms that J learned in this section!!

Bosh-absurd or foolish talk; nonsense
1830-35; < Turkish boş empty; popularized from its use in the novel Ayesha (1834) by British author James J. Morier (1780-1849)

Sauce for the gander- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sauce_for_the_goose_is_(not)_sauce_for_the_gander
This is hilarious!! 😉😉😉

Horse feathers-Origin of horsefeathers
1925-30, Americanism; horse + feathers, as euphemism for horses**t       Must’ve learned from a yank!!

Bob’s your uncle- this actually has quite a history!! And Scotland is in there!! http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/bobs-your-uncle.html

Back to the fight that is still going on!!
J-“What if I forbid ye?” C-“The only idea I rejected absolutely was that of giving in”
**When does submission to one’s significant other become paramount to keeping the peace?
**Have you had this same fight in one way shape or form??!!

**Where’s does J’s frustration actually lie?

British Thermal Units – my new thing for the day!! BTUs are still used! And in America, too!!
Scientific explanation-One BTU is equal to the amount of energy used to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. In most applications the BTU has been replaced by the joule, but BTU remains a popular measurement of heating and cooling equipment.

The cutest normal conversation about baby names!! These two NEVER get to have a normal moment. So, so cute!!

Another DG moment of genius….the voice’s timing from the fireplace! Loved it!!

A live prince bows to his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UkvRCEiN71c

This is nice: http://youtu.be/ZKn8MsBSKq4

Two of my favorite quotes from this assignment:

“Serve him right,” he murmured. “A man ought to be married.”
“Perhaps Louise could use a bit of solace, I thought, after her quarrel of the night before. Vulgar curiosity, I told myself primly, had nothing whatsoever to do with it.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
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Ragweed is not goldenrod!! http://m.momcrieff.com/9n0fou1/articles/90981/Ragweed–How-to-identify-the-difference-between-Ragweed-and-Goldenrod

Do NOT blame poor, beautiful goldenrod on your allergies to ragweed!! 😊 I saw a topiary made of goldenrod and it was stunning!! Still on my lottd (list of things to do) 😱

To wax or not to wax, that is the question!! ROTF!! Totally loved this waxing episode!! Will it make the show? Will all the writers/producers figure out that we want to see endearing moments that aren’t always sexual between our two beloved J/C

Modern waxing-model could be a Brianna candidate😁 http://www.waxcenter.com/waxing/women

“What, she’s taken the hairs off her honeypot?” he said, horrified into uncharacteristic vulgarity.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
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Sam says http://youtu.be/BX_WOH941o0

Probably a controversial statement, but when C piped down, submitted, the man had a chance to calm down, think about it and then come to his senses!! How often do both parties blow up and stand firm on their boxes of stubbornness!! Life lessons here?

Nurses- once more I go to Wikipedia for a readable version!! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_nursing

I can-NOT wait to see Francis de la Tour as Reverend Mother Hildegarde!! I know…… this is the BOOK!! But it’s my blog and I’ll stray if I want to, Stray if I want to, Stray if I want to!! You would stray to if this was happ’ning to you!!

Diseases C had listed:

Scrofula https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001354.htm

Scabies http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/mobileart.asp?articlekey=11922

Eczema http://www.m.webmd.com/eczema/default.htm

Defluxions http://i.word.com/idictionary/defluxion

Stinking Pyemia-too many choices of technical babble. Basically stinky pus seeping from anything from a tooth or wound or even a body. Bleh!!


Diabetes testing has come a long way!! Eeeewwwwww!!

Modern testing and/or control of diabetes: take your pick!! https://www.google.com/search?q=diabetes+testing&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

“How was it, Sassenach?” Jamie asked.
“Horrible!” I answered, beaming broadly.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
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Loved this section. Talking shop!!

Bouton a cross between a poodle and a dachshund

Love how C calls him MHs ‘familiar’
Service Animals http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269099.php

Biliquet http://tinyurl.com/Ballandcup

Meeting Fergus!! Dontcha just want to pinch his little French cheeks?!!

Whelks http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/features/whelks-are-healthy-versatile-and-sustainable–so-why-did-we-stop-eating-them-in-the-uk-9598928.html

Steamed pudding
Here’s quick. I like quick http://www.food.com/recipe/quick-steamed-pudding-126048

Here’s traditional http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nanas-traditional-christmas-steamed-plum-pudding-with-hard-sauce-recipe0.html

Here are steamers http://tinyurl.com/OLsteamedpudding

Vegetable marrows are not an American term😁 be enlightened!! http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/marrow-vegetable-3357.html

Pictures http://tinyurl.com/OLmarrows

Recipes for what I would use zucchini, basically http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipes/tag-898/marrow-recipes.aspx

Charcuterie YES, PLEASE!!

map photoJ was actually chased TO a real street, he just didn’t start out on a real street!!  Genius of DG.  I believed!! I believed!!
Marlin spikes http://tinyurl.com/OLMarlin-spike

Fish knives http://www.williams-sonoma.com/m/shop/cutlery/cleavers-boning-knives/fillet-knives/

Cassoulet http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/10/traditional-french-cassoulet-recipe.html

Mockingbird singing http://youtu.be/B-mOsezFIgw

Warning!! Contains butts and not pretty ones!! Plexus nerve blocks. http://tinyurl.com/OLplexus

Let’s Read a Book….Or 2 DIA Week 2 7-10

Slide1Been trying to divide my time more evenly.  <<sigh>>  A little here, a little there! I do feel guilty, just a little, though, listening to my husband put more mud on the drywall while I sit and visit with you all.  I keep him fed and watered, though, so I don’t totally ignore him!!  I’ll post a picture more towards the end.  He’s working and I don’t want to call attention to the fact that I’m not!

I am starting with Chapter 6 information since I wigged out of it last week.  Gosh, I taught myself the hard way that saving the blog to type, church and no nap on Sunday’s is TOOooooooo much!!  funny-demotivational-posters-stressedAnd before I begin Chapter 6, I MUST post this YouTube that Bear McCreary posted:  Bear’s bagpipes: http://youtu.be/FJK9qAUQdAE   I knew I liked this guy!!

Well, what a way to begin a chapter…..puking your guts out! I was so lucky with my first, no morning sickness, but the second??? OMG! We kept saltines on the night stand and DH was willing and ready to go make hot water for tea! My Jamie and I didn’t even know it yet! The woman who would become by children’s babysitter had a great remedy for nausea, pour a little hot tea over a saltine and sprinkle some sugar over it.  Her mother was British, so I wonder if that came from her? Worked like a charm!!

Here’s a clinical look at something most of us have suffered: Morning sickness

When beginning the research on Hock, I thought I would hit a wall, but Hock is still made and enjoyed over the world.  I’ll have to look and see if my favorite liquor store carries it!  http://macadoodles.com/  Hock is not listed, though 😥



Had to learn a new word, did you?  https://www.google.com/search?sclient=psy-ab&btnG=Search&q=deliquescence

Le Havre a real place to visit!

Carbochon ruby:  If you didn’t realize, a carbochon is a rounded, polished stone with a flat back.  It has no facets to sparkle, but the result is still beautiful!! I’d take one! Ruby is my birthstone, so I have a few lovely rings, but not a carbochon.

Now, when Jamie comes home from his first visit with Jared, he is in a quandary over the color of Claire’s eyes.  Not that she gets it right away as he is speaking as if she can see in his “heid” as many a drunk person does! No, I don’t know by personal example!!

Colors of sherry, whisky and brandy

“Jamie,” I said, “how, exactly, do you decide whether you’re drunk?”
Aroused by my voice, he swayed alarmingly to one side, but caught himself on the edge of the mantelpiece. His eyes drifted around the room, then fixed on my face. For an instant, they blazed clear and pellucid with intelligence.
“Och, easy, Sassenach. If ye can stand up, you’re not drunk.” He let go of the mantelpiece, took a step toward me, and crumpled slowly onto the hearth, eyes blank, and a wide, sweet smile on his dreaming face.
“Oh,” I said.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
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Cute little hedgehogs.  These probably aren’t the kind Claire and Jamie had experienced!  Hedgehogs

Since costumes for Season 2 are being watched like a hawk (eagle?) I’m confused, but they both have sharp eyes!!CM7ngXvWIAAUcOJ.jpg_largeCM7u3XaWcAA7ceS

here are some photos of business men of the 18th century.  What does a successful businessman look like in 1744?

Belle Rouge port real or DG?? I think DG!  When I googled it, LOTS of things popped up, but no ports.  Got girls in red, Baton Rouge (like I didn’t know how to spell) The only thing spelled exactly the same was chickens.  Yes, chickens, so here are the ‘girls’!!  http://www.violethillfarm.com/belle-rouge-chicken

Three masted ships w/two canons: apologies, some of these are models. Not hunting anymore tonight. You can scan as quickly as I can!! Find The Arabella yourself! 😁😝http://tinyurl.com/Threemastedships (this was researched a few nights ago.  Remember, I’m trying to pace myself!!)
Here is one for sail–sale, sans canons because it’s modern. I could live on this! http://akasiayachting.com/3-masted-57-m-steel-schooner

Some more ship information. Reefed and tied sails-http://m.wikihow.com/Reef-a-Sail
Pictures: http://tinyurl.com/Reefedandtied

Bowsprit http://tinyurl.com/OLbowsprit


I always wanted to do a barefoot or windjammer cruise. http://www.windjammercruises.com/ http://www.barefootsailingcruises.com/ Gosh, what a thing to put on my bucket list!!!

If you’re just an off the shelf wine drinker, like I am, and buy it because you recognize the name or just like the name, then here are some sites for you to dig into so you sound SMART about wine!

A sommelier is a wine steward. Become one here! http://www.mastersommeliers.org/pages.aspx/certified-sommelier-exam

If you’re a wino, I mean a wine drinker, you will adore this article!! Info on describing wine flavors!! http://theweek.com/articles/452606/17-disgusting-descriptions-delicious-wines

And this wine tasting article has a morality lesson attached!! http://www.forbes.com/sites/rahimkanani/2012/06/22/consider-yourself-an-expert-think-again/

Patois – http://i.word.com/idictionary/patois

Taffrail- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taffrail

Pinhão-Top of the list? Port wine! http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Portugal/Distrito_de_Vila_Real/Pinhao-282879/Things_To_Do-Pinhao-TG-C-1.html

Was the sickness policy to really set fire to the ship?    I looked and looked and reworded and looked some more for this policy.  It made sense but never did find confirmation of it.  The idea sure helped set up conflict in the book for months! And IF you’ve read “The Space Between” years of conflict!!

Marlin-spikes-Gosh, gave me heart failure when this popped on screen. Nope, I wouldn’t mess with a wiry guy carrying one of these!! Jared’s men were WELL armed!!

Rue Tremoulins-to heck with if this is a real street in Paris or not!! You HAVE to explore this site!! Outlander World has been mapped out in google earth!! There are symbols all over the map. Explore till your silly, oops, that’s us already, and till your heart’s content doesn’t apply, either. Just have fun with this!! Tilt and enlarge until you see France/England if you’re using a phone. You’ll get it! If you open it on computer it will ask you if you want to open in google earth. OMG OMG OMG and you think _I_ went to a lot of work!  This is truly amazing!!



Jarod’s opinion of wives😉😉 “Jared told me once that a man of business should never form entanglements with unmarried ladies—he said they demand too much in terms of expense and time. And if ye marry them, they’ll run through your money and you’ll end up a pauper.”
“Fine opinion he’s got of wives,” I said. “What does he think of your marrying, in spite of all this helpful advice?”
Jamie laughed. “Well, I havena got any money to start with, so I can hardly be worse off. He thinks you’re verra decorative; he says I must buy ye a new gown, though.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
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For the fabric challenged!   Plissé – fabric that has a pucker http://tinyurl.com/OLsilkplise
Charmeuse-Lots of ads but very enlightening! Wisegeek is actually a good site! Just cramped when on my phone.  I’ll post some pix, too! http://m.wisegeek.org/what-is-charmeuse.htm

Pictures of Charmeuse  http://tinyurl.com/CharmeuseOL

Annalise de Marillac—- ooooo!! The new girl on the block to despise! She has the nerve to act possessive of Jamie while at court! Worse than Leghair!!  Never thought I’d ever say that!

Jamie’s jealous possessiveness! 😂😂😂  I thought I saw sketches of “the red dress” earlier in it’s life, but no one seems to know what I’m talking about and I didn’t see them on Terry’s site, so I must be crazy.  I did find some lovely, lovely courtier outfits.  I didn’t find any too reveling, though.  Maybe I should have said X-rated courtier clothing 😱

French court dress from 18th century

This was a new word to me, though I maybe, MAYBE should’ve known it’s American definition, which I didn’t….Parterres-http://tinyurl.com/OLpaterres  American def is a theatre term.

Here’s another OMG site!! There are people who seriously get with this programming stuff!  Wow!  The Palace at Versailles is breath taking!  Gardens of Versailles OMG!! This is an interactive site and don’t be afraid to touch buttons and toggle between map and satellite! I want to play on it instead of going on!!

The Humors – It describes what the ‘ancients’ thought of how the body worked and how to cure it.  What would your status be?

This is a test of the humor broadcasting system TAKE it!! Much better explanation than the above site!

A pretty cool interactive explanation of Humors!! http://www.passionsandtempers.com/v1/page.php?l=en&p=test
If you look in the fourth paragraph, you will see links to humours and there is one for test.  Look at both.  You will be smarter.  The humours show up in a lot more books as it was the philosophy of the time that Claire is living in.

Cabalists-this is more difficult to define. I think it’s based on a mystical Jewish sect but there are some mean websites when I google it with no real definition! @Writer_DG what’s up with that?!!

More for the ‘fabrically’ challenged! Moiré-history of: http://vintagefashionguild.org/fabric-resource/moire/
Modern colors-http://www.libafabrics.com/bengaline-moire
Historic pictures-http://tinyurl.com/historicmoire

Nick names for willie and the psychology??- this is very unlike me but the time of night I was looking for this made all bets off! It’s pretty funny and, well, it’s just funny!! http://thelapine.ca/most-us-males-pet-name-their-penises/  


Dog chasing pigeons  http://youtu.be/2dOqwlwr50A

***And what famous game is C quoting: “Go to hell, Jamie,” I said at last, wiping my eyes. “Go directly to hell. Do not pass Go. Do not collect two hundred dollars. There. Do you feel better now?”
“Aye, I do,” he said, his expression lightening. “When ye start to talk daft, I know you’re all right.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
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***The Duke and Jack Randall??!!🙈😳🙈😤😱😡
No, it’s Alex Randall. Wow! What a relief?  Were you freaking???  I was!

Arpège is a famous fragrance.  Where have _I_ been??    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arp%C3%A8ge
Bottles http://tinyurl.com/OLArp-ge

L’Heure Bleu purchase some from Sephora!! http://m.sephora.com/product/P0766

And when we think it can’t get more romantic, DG gives us this!!

“D’ye mind the blood vow that I swore ye when we wed?”
“Yes, I think so. ‘Blood of my blood, bone of my bone …’ ”
“I give ye my body, that we may be one,” he finished. “Aye, and I have kept that vow, Sassenach, and so have you.” He turned me slightly, and one hand cupped itself gently over the tiny swell of my stomach.”
“Blood of my blood,” he whispered, “and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens. You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.”
I put a hand over his, pressing it against me.
“No,” I said softly, “nor can you leave me.”
“No,” he said, half-smiling. “For I have kept the last of the vow as well.”
“He clasped both hands about me, and bowed his head on my shoulder, so I could feel the warm breath of the words upon my ear, whispered to the dark.
“For I give ye my spirit, ’til our life shall be done.”

Excerpt From: Gabaldon, Diana. “Dragonfly in Amber.” Bantam Books, 2010. iBooks.
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Under 2000 words!  So proud!

Oh, the bathroom is coming along.  The cabinets and counter top are ordered, flooring is picked out and here.  Must pick a paint color.  We might have a functional bathroom in a week!! It only took 3 years.  👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏photo-4 photo-3Respectfully submitted,

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The Art of Aging

ND GIF            What do I need with eyes?

I’ve hit another small bump along the aging highway.  My vision is getting worse due to both cataracts and glaucoma!  When I realized this could cause legal if not total blindness, I became very depressed about some of the things I would never see again.  In no particular order, they were:  Husband’s face, daughters’ faces, dog’s face, checkbook balance, colors, art, movies, trees, books, flowers, etc. etc.  If you put these two pictures together, this is what my vision is like now.

cataract2Vision with Cataracts

glaucoma2Vision with Glaucoma

I see things fuzzy with a lighted halo around them.  To ease your fears and mine, there are many ways to treat these diseases.  However, I couldn’t let this pass without exploring the funny things that can happen with impaired vision.  And then the snark began…..

First of all, I will be much happier when I look…

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