Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
The week got away from me. I'm not sure where exactly it went, but it was busy.
but as you can see, this was about the best closeup of Ophelia I could get.I wanted you to see how fluffy they are. Look at their little legs with feathers on them. Hamlet is protective of Ophelia but so far he just guards her from the menace Charlie and the Weens. I am hoping when things settle down, with Artemus gone, he will step up and be the main man for all the girls. If not we will just keep him and Ophelia separate. Maybe we'll let them have babies. I've never done that.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
First off let me say that this may be a bit rambly. Read on if you like or just enjoy the pictures, It's just another perspective to consider, after all.
I had a "rough weekend" Some things didn't go as I had liked. But I believe they all went as God planned. Seth brought me these flowers yesterday when he came home from work. He thought they would make me happy. They did, but not as happy as the thought of him wanting to bring me something so beautiful to cheer me up. :) At any rate the following pictures are from my point of view this morning, along with a little story of what happened to me on my way home from taking Allison to school.I didn't take my usual route home this morning... I went through a neighborhood to see enjoy the flowers people have in their yards. I was thinking about my day ahead and some projects that I want to finish and some I don't.
Have a blessed day, Sue
Friday, October 21, 2011
God is Great,
God is Good,
Let us thank Him for our food.
I'm so happy that I found these books. I just love looking through them and reading and relaxing. I hope you got some pleasure from this as well.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Please don't think me morose. While reading my new historical novel set in the South in during the Civil War I came upon an object mentioned that I had never heard of before. Being the history nerd that I am I couldn't just let it slip by without researching further to find out about more. I found this interesting and I thought you may as well. In the book a little girl refers to her tear bottle, filled with tears she shed when she lost her baby brother. Interesting.
|Tear catcher from the Civil War|
Its hard to tell when exactly they came into being, but one of the earliest references in in The Holy Bible in Psalms 56:8 King James Version. King David prays to God, " Thou tellest my wanderings, put Thou tears in Thy bottle; are they not in Thy book?" This predates Christ by over 1000 years.
They were fairly common in Roman times, around the time of Christ, when mourners filled small glass bottles or cups with tears and put them into the burial tombs as a symbol of respect. Sometimes professional mourners, usually women, were paid to cry into vessels during the mourning procession. Those that cried the loudest and made the most tears were paid the most.
In the dry climates of Greece where water was prised above most all else, water from the body was considered a sacrifice, often becoming Holy Water to be sprinkled on doorways to keep out evil and anointing the sick.
|Cigar shaped tear vial, Victorian times|
|Roman times, hand blown glass bottle for catching tears|
During the American Civil War it is said that woman would cry into and save her tears until her husband returned from the battle. This would then show how much he was missed and adored. They were also given to wives and mothers at the time of the death of a husband or child and then either poured out upon the grave or sealed with wax and kept as a remembrance to be passed down.
So historically they have been used during mourning. Contemporary times have romanticized them and they are still used to collect tears of joy and inspiration. I however, have NEVER heard of this at all.
|Victorian tear vial with garnets imbeded in the glass|
Did you know about these? If you want to know more you can Google tear vial and you will find as much as you want to know. That's just what I did.
Blessings, Sue YAY for learning new things!!!