Just a Note – February 10, 2016

Park Bench - Riva del Garda

Hello everyone!

Some people have expressed their worry because I’ve not been posting as much as usual and wonder if I’m alright.  I’ve also been grumpy and have said I might just close the blogs down.  But there’s nothing to worry about, I’m alright – it just seems that February is determined to be a rather hectic month and I’m feeling a bit flapped.  I’ve been going to bed later than usual because of social affairs and have had early morning appointments .. which means that some mornings I have just the time necessary to fulfill my self-set obligations of writing a haiku for “No Five-Seven-Five”‘s NaHaiWriMo and my personal One Month of Haiga.  I’m a morning person, and if I don’t write the first couple of hours in the morning I risk not writing at all.

I’m overcoming my nicotine drug habit, but one of the side-effects (which is thankfully wearing off) is a certain lack of concentration.  So as I count one-month and one week cigarette free today, a few of the symptoms of underneath craving still make themselves felt.  But by giving up caffeine and keeping a close watch on my diet, I’ve at least avoided other problems like insomnia and gaining weight. Usually people take one step at a time … they stop smoking then worry about losing weight.  That didn’t seem like a wise solution for me – I prefer to workout the symptoms all at once.

Anyway … not to worry.  I’m fine and all I need to do is find a way of focusing while relaxing.  I hope to do some recouping this weekend  and I certainly hope that March will have be calmer in the mornings, che sarà sarà!

Hope you’re all doing fine too!

Ciao for now,  Bastet

Just a Note – Off to the Middle Ages – August 17, 2015

 

Hi Folks!

I’m getting ready for this year’s last re-enactment. Our company, Le Lame del Conte,  will be in Sluderno, Alto Adige (Italy) from the 20th until the 25th.  I’ll be leaving sometime on Thursday, I’ll travel first by train and will meet up with the company in Trento.

Right now most of my time is being taken up with my sewing machine.  In these days I’ve made a tunic and britches for for my son Francesco, a “smock” (kind of like a heavy-duty slip) for his girl-friend Livia and a sleeveless surcoat for myself (a sort of dress that covers your main kirtle and under dress, which I finished for the most part, yesterday.   I hope to be able to cut a similar sleeveless surcoats for Livia as well before I leave (I’m waiting for measurements) … but who knows how that will go!  And I want to cut out some coifs to sew on sight.

I also want to schedule a few posts for when I’m away …

So, I’m very busy and will have trouble answering your comments or reading and commenting myself.  Please bear with me.  I will be home sometime on Monday the 25th – probably in the evening, so I don’t think I’ll be writing until the 26th.

Have a great week … and see you all when I get back.

Ciao, Bastet

If you’re interested here’s an interesting site dedicated to The History of Costume – 1100 – 1450.