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Giveaway ends on... hmmmm.... how about the day after Christmas? Tis the season, so let's end this on December 26th!
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Yule or Yuletide was celebrated from late December to early January, a festival of the Germanic peoples and the “Vikings”. There is also a connection with the Roman winter festival of Saturnalia. Bede in about AD 730, recorded that the Anglo-Saxon calendar included the months geola or giuli corresponding with either modern December or December and January. He gave December 25 as the first day of the heathen year and wrote that the Pagan Anglo-Saxons celebrated all night long to honour the divine mother – another connection between the Christian Nativity and Pagan belief - birth and motherhood.
The Ynglinga Saga first mentions a Yule feast in 840 and after 1000, it has become the main feast of the year. The Saga of Hákon the Good credits King Haakon I of Norway (c.935-961) with the Christianization of Norway, as well as placing the date of Yule to coincide with the Nativity. Previously, Yule had been celebrated on midwinter night for three nights. It was a time of feasting, drinking and merry-making. For the Germanic tribes, Odin was associated with Yule, along with the tradition of the Wild Hunt
Burning the Yule log is a custom that was an integral part of the solstice celebration, signifying the rebirth of light at the darkest time of the year. Evergreens were an important symbol; in ancient Rome they were thought to have special powers and were used for decoration promising the return of life in the spring. Holly, ivy and mistletoe were important plants, for it was believed that good spirits lived in the branches of holly and Christians believed that the berries had been white before they were turned red by Christ's blood. Ivy was associated with the Roman god Bacchus, and was not allowed by the Church as decoration until later in the middle ages, when a superstition that it could help recognize witches and protect against the plague arose.
Wassail is the Old English waes hael which means "be well" or "good health." A strong, hot drink (usually a mixture of ale, honey, and spices) would be put in a large bowl and the host would lift it and greet his companions with a loud "waes hael!" to which they would reply "drinc hael!" - "drink and be well."
For entertainment, minstrels played on lyre or harp, and musicians would have pipes, and bagpipes (probably the same as modern “under arm” Irish or Northumbrian pipes, not the Scots bagpipe that is blown) Horns, trumpets, drums and flutes completed the “orchestra” – accompanied by singing of course. Possibly, the lighter lyres and harps were played during the serving of the feast meal, while the louder instruments served for “after dinner entertainment.” There would have been dancing, juggling and jesting. Story telling, and riddle-weaving.
How about this one?
He who struggles with me and strives against my power,
Still persisting in his folly soon finds out that his back must bite earth.
Stripped of strength,
Strident of speech,
Robbed of might,
He can master neither mind, not foot, nor hand.
Find my name,
Who thus by light of day on earth can bind men dulled by blows.
It is not too much of a leap of imagination to assume that Emma would have donned her finest, brightest garments at Yule Tide and after partaking of Mass in the Minster at Winchester would look forward to enjoying the gaiety of feasting and dancing.
The great hall - something like 80 feet long by 40 feet wide - would be furnished with trestle tables and benches; the high table, at least, having a linen table cloth and napkins. Furs and embroidered and woven hangings would decorate the walls, while garlands of evergreen would be strung from rafter to rafter; the Yule Log dragged in and set afire in the hearth place. Candles and lanterns everywhere flickering a dancing light.
Good manners were expected. It was not considered polite to bolt or gobble your food, nor was it the “done thing” to pick up any morsel that had fallen to the floor and eat it (anyway the dogs or chickens would probably have got there first! Chickens can move pretty fast!) Nor was it polite to pick your nose or scratch your backside and then put your hand into a bowl of food to select, say, a wing of chicken or a succulent piece of roasted pork – crisp with crunchy crackling!
Feast day food was looked forward to and enjoyed, rarer cuts and speciality dishes were expected. Poultry and pork, beef – lamb and sheep not so much, probably because pork and beef fatten more easily. Game, such as venison and hare taken by hunting and fowling were suited for feasting as they were rarer meats. Bread was a standard part of any meal, while a number of festival cakes with enriched dough were known.
Day long feasts were common and it was considered bad practice to leave before the end – the three day feast seems to have been common for the special occasions.
Drink too, was important. Ale, beer, mead, cider and wine.
We do not know if gifts were exchanged: I like to think that Cnut and Emma gave something special to each other on the eve of Christmas though. A brooch perhaps, or a fine-made, carved walrus ivory comb?
(the answer to the riddle is ‘Mead’)
THE FOREVER QUEEN BY HELEN HOLLICK – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2010
What kind of woman becomes the wife of two kings, and the mother of two more?
Saxon England, 1002. Not only is Æthelred a failure as King, but his young bride, Emma of Normandy, soon discovers he is even worse as a husband. When the Danish Vikings, led by Swein Forkbeard and his son, Cnut, cause a maelstrom of chaos, Emma, as Queen, must take control if the Kingdom—and her crown—are to be salvaged. Smarter than history remembers, and stronger than the foreign invaders who threaten England’s shores, Emma risks everything on a gamble that could either fulfill her ambitions and dreams or destroy her completely.
Emma, the Queen of Saxon England, comes to life through the exquisite writing of Helen Hollick, who shows in this epic tale how one of the most compelling and vivid heroines in English history stood tall through a turbulent fifty-year reign of proud determination, tragic despair, and triumph over treachery.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Helen Hollick lives in northeast London with her husband, daughter and a variety of pets, which include several horses, cats and two dogs. She has two major interests: Roman / Saxon Britain and the Golden Age of Piracy--the early eighteenth century. Sourcebooks Landmark will release the next chapter on Helen’s 1066 saga, I Am the Chose King, in Spring 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.helenhollick.net/.
AND There's more!!! With a huge thanks to Danielle at Sourcebooks for a) bringing such an amazing author in to my life and b) for sponsoring a giveaway for TWO copies of "The Forever Queen".
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I am not much of a "Black Friday" sale chaser type of person, but I am a bargain Goddess (or so I like to think!) and am always trying to find amazing deals online. Just a little bit ago I told you about the Mad Men deal I found on Amazon.com here.
Currently another HOT online deal is coming from my favorite clothing story, New York and Company. From now until November 28th, online and in stores EVERYTHING is 50% off! EVERYTHING! Also, if you spend at least $99, enter coupon code 5777 for free shipping online! Hurry! This is only for a limited time only! Visit New York and Company now!
Another great place to find daily deals, especially for Holiday deals is a great website called Cheap Today which finds the latest and great bargains that are cheap today! Go check out the smoking deals!
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Oh and for fun, here's a parody from Sesame Street! LOL
Anyhow, Amazon.com has an amazing deal on the first 3 seasons of the hit show, for $9.99 a season! EACH! ONLY $9.99!! EVEN BLUERAY!!!!! They are generally anywhere from $29.99-$49.99 a season. This is ridiculously low! The sale ends on November 27th, so go get the deals!!!!
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It really and truly is all about those little things in life. That smile just makes my heart smile, it's a pure and honest smile of happiness. She picked out her costume and she doesn't go half way in being a princess, she goes ALL THE WAY!
Every time I see that smile, my heart jumps and I fall in love and realize it's never about me but about giving her what she needs: shelter, clothing, food and love.
It's THAT time of the year again. Yeah, you know what I am talking about. The time of the year that gets us nice and stressed out until the big day(s) come and we look back with reflection and think about how much we love what we do, why we do it and who we love. That's right, it's HOLIDAY season! Haha. Regardless of your beliefs, it's the season that rewards us for all the hard work we do. I don't mean the gifts but our lives. I am a little sentimental this year because I just learned a girl I knew from school recently passed away after being diagnosed with a rare lung disorder and she needed a double lung transplant but the lungs didn't come in time. And also recently, a friend of mine of mine since middle school days took his own life. I am not one to freely throw around the "I love yous" and so on, because I am a typical Capricorn but I am learning. It has taken me to my 30s to be comfortable with just telling my friends and family that I love them. Not "Love ya" but "I love YOU". Of course, with Emma it's easy, but I figured everybody else just knew. Okay, off the soapbox and on to my point. My siblings and I at Christmas time prefer to prepare a nice meal instead of exchanging gifts. I usually can't afford to buy for my family that is out of state but instead holiday photo cards are the way to go! Last year, Emma and I had photos done at JC Penneys but I am not sure I am going to foot the cost this year and have some taken by my sister or somebody with a nice camera with the beautiful Arizona background!
Who's going to make my Christmas cards? That's right, Shutterfly!!!!! Normally, I do postcard style cards but this year, it's going to be all about the folded cards and Shutterfly has such a great selection and I am so excited to save money and share our memories with my loved ones. I have never used Shutterfly before but I am extremely excited to this year!
disclaimer: Shutterfly has compensated me with free product in exchange for my post. This does not effect my ability to remain unbiased and my thoughts are always mine and mine alone!
Ok! On to the Phoenix Anomaly. We got hail. HAIL! I am from Kansas, I expect a storm like this from Kansas but from Phoenix? NEVER! Isn't it wild? I have been here for 14 years and I have learned to enjoy the monsoon storms but hail? I haven't seen hail in 15 years. It was wild! I loved it! Phoenicians aren't built for this and well, let's just say most people thought their hail riddled cars were totaled! Hahaha. Enjoy the photos!
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I just have a question, I have three blogs. I started them with a vision and well that vision went from clear to blurry to blind, lol. I want to merge the three in to one blog. Do you know how? Is that possible without losing the content?
Thanks in advance!
By the way, I have discovered a GEM! A true GEM! A book of course, it's called Flamingo Fatale by Jimmie Ruth Evans. It's book one of the Trailer Park Mysteries. I am on a cozy mystery binge right now and loving it!
I also just finished Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell and well, it was awesome! I will post my thoughts on it soon!
Check out this GORGEOUS bedroom set. I think this may be something Emma would love for when she gets older and would last for many years. It's timeless! Hmmmm may have to start saving up! LOL
This Christmas is going to be a very difficult one financially for me, and I know to many of you out there it will be a tough one too. Emma turned 7 in August and I am finding she is getting to be increasingly difficult to buy for now. One thing I did learn is that she loves it when I change her bedding and "decorate" her room and I am thinking that will be what I am going to do for her this Christmas: decorate her room with the gift card that CSN is supplying me with will make it easier. Plus at school, she won a $50 gift card to Toys-R-Us from the cookie fundraiser we did (My coworkers ROCK!)
So this is the bedding set I found on CSN that I really think Emma will adore, she is a total girly girl and loves her pink!
I am really excited to decorate her room, thanks to CSN!
I normally participate as long as I have another person to go in on it with me as the conventional baskets provide more than Emma and I can consume before going bad! This time I didn't have anybody but I am set on making sure we don't waste anything! Here's my BOUNTY!!!
I purchased the conventional basket which is one basket of fruit and one of vegetables for $15. There are times that they have special add ons available and this week it was an Italian pack for $7.50! Plus $1.50 service charge. All of what you see for $24!! Insane savings!
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We all work ourselves to the bone, that's the truth! Sometimes we just need a moment to relax, unwind and spoil ourselves. Whether we are male or female, parents or not, employed or unemployed, we are all exhausted and just need a moment to ourselves.
Well thanks to Pillsbury provided through Myblogspark, I was given the opportunity to pamper myself for a day. Who doesn't love chocolate?! How about ready made brownie bites available in your refrigerator aisle form Pillsbury Sweet Moments? And how about a bubble bath with chocolate scented bath products? I did. I was able to unwind and pamper myself for a night after Emma was asleep. I took a long shower with a chocolate scented body wash and slathered on chocolate scented lotion. Sat down and watched Lark Rise To Candleford (Season 2!) and munched on the Caramel brownie bites! OMG! These are YUMMY!!!!!!
How about the opportunity to pamper yourself, too? Guess what? You can! Pillsbury provided me with the free product, information, and prize pack through MyBlogSpark. Aren't you excited?! I am! This is an amazing prize pack and you will LOVE IT! The prize pack will contain a coupon for a free product of Pillsbury Sweet Moments and the spa set!
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By all accounts, Sirantha Jax should have burned out years ago…
As the carrier of a rare gene, Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace-a talent which cuts into her life expectancy, but makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. But then the ship she’s navigating crash-lands, and she’s accused of killing everyone on board. It’s hard for Jax to defend herself: she has no memory of the crash.
Now imprisoned and the subject of a ruthless interrogation, Jax is on the verge of madness. Then a mysterious man breaks into her cell, offering her freedom-for a price. March needs Jax to help his small band of rogue fighters break the Corp monopoly on interstellar travel-and establish a new breed of jumper.
Jax is only good at one thing-grimspace-and it will eventually kill her. So she may as well have some fun in the meantime…
I like SciFi. I really, really like it. Reading it? Eh, depends. I do love Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, cozy mysteries, and really, just across the board when it comes to what I will read. Science Fiction is something I generally WATCH rather than read, I am not sure why, but when it comes to the written form I have a harder time getting in to it but put it on the screen I am hooked! I am a huge fan of Firefly/Serenity, Star Trek, Stargate Franchise and many others.
I came across a copy of Grimspace and thought what the heck? Might as well give it a shot. I am so glad I did! From page one, I was sucked in and the story refused to let me go! Sirantha Jax is a force to be reckoned with a very broken, yet solid female lead and her uniqueness as a Jumper and her history made her a very edgy, yet likable character. March, (a Psi) her pilot and lover, is another broken but very solid character. The dynamics of their relationship and adventures is one of which, as a reader, you hope and need them to succeed. I find that as complicated as it is, it's real and they need each other. Hell, I need March and Jax to succeed!
The Universe that Aguirre creates is amazing. The characters are all outstanding. I love Dina, Doc, and Velith (who although he appears near the end, is one of my favorite key characters in the sequels).
I am currently on the third book, Doubleblind, after finishing Grimspace and Wanderlust (#2) and Jax is staring at me from the cover of Killbox (#4) giving me the look that I better hurry up and read as she has more to tell me. Sigh. I have hooked my coworker on this series. I hope more fall in love with the Jax/March and their Universe.
Disclaimer: This book was purchased by me out of my pocket. Sooooo, no need to disclaim about being honest and impartial. LOL. Except, I do get a small commission (REALLY SMALL) if you click on the amazon.com link and make a purchase. You really should, this is a GREAT series!
It takes a strong woman to keep the peace in a city of endless night. . . .
Deep beneath Underground, a cunning bid for power and revenge has begun—one that threatens to make Atlanta the new battleground in the ultimate confrontation between good and evil. The powers of hellish Charbydon have the upper hand after plunging the city into primordial night. And under the cover of darkness, a serial killer targets the most powerful Elysians in the city, the angelic Adonai. For Detective Charlie Madigan and her siren partner Hank, tracking deadly predators is all in a day’s work . . . but this case will test the limits of their strength and friendship as it draws them into a deadly world of power plays, ancient myths, explosive secrets, and a race against time that risks all that Charlie holds dear.
A superb follow up to Kelly Gay's first book, Better Part of Darkness (see my review here ), The Darkest Edge of Dawn doesn't let the fans of the first book down.
Charlie Madigan and her siren partner, Hank are back and better than ever. Spicier, deadlier and toss in some necromancy, and you have the recipe for a damn good read. All the characters and story lines of the first book are brought over to the follow up with much more complex and pressing issues and intensity. Charlie is dealing with more emotionally and physically as her body is in a able with her mixed dna, emotions with her daughter, her ex, the spirit living in his body, and so much more. I definitely recommend this series to fans of Dark Urban Fantasy. One big recommendation? Read the first two in a row. Darkest Edge of Dawn is definitely not a stand alone book. I read the first one and it took me a bit to catch up and remember some of the details of The Better Part of Darkness.
The Charlie Madigan series is a MUST read for Dark Urban Fantasy Fans.
disclaimer: This book was provided to me by Simon and Schuster for my true and honest review. The fact that this book was provided to me has no bearing on my ability to remain impartial and honest. I did not receive financial compensation, however, I do receive a TINY, I do mean TINY, commission on any books/CDs/DVDs/etc purchased through an Amazon.com link.
Ecofriendly and non toxic!
Pros: Air Tight, Resilient
Best Uses: Grains, Transportation, Maintain Freshness, Reheating, Leftovers
Describe Yourself: Avid Cook
After years of using cheap plastic containers and as I am doing everything in power at this juncture in my life to contribute to the sustainability of our planet, I am more conscious about harmful toxins in our diet and plastics, and mine and my daughter's overall health, I thought I would try out these containers. They are wonderful! They are air tight and make bringing my lunch to work convenient. I like the fact that I can microwave in them and not worry about the toxins from plastic leeching in to my food. They are also very easy to clean up. I haven't frozen anything in them yet, but I have a feeling these won't disappoint.
Pros: Stays Sharp, Comfortable Grip, Easy To Clean, Quality Construction
Best Uses: Meat, Veggies
Describe Yourself: Avid Cook
Wow. For being very inexpensive, these are fantastic knives! They have a nice weight, feel great in my hands and so far, have stayed nice and sharp! I love them! I plan to buy more Paula Deen Knives based on my experience with these knives!
Rather, the question is should I set a scheduled posting day?
As I was up last night until 2 am finishing up homework from one class (have another class to start on the homework tonight!) and being easily distracted (cough catching up Pillars of the Earth on Netflix cough cough and darn farms on facebook need tending), I was thinking I need to set a schedule. I wonder if that would make things easier, let alone structured. I need to keep my content up or I will completely FORGET about this blog.
So I wonder if posting on Saturday nights would be best? Oh sheesh, I just outted myself on my lack of a social life! Hahahaha. Or maybe Sunday nights after the child is in bed? Hmmm, don't know.
I am really excited because I did get the opportunity to take on an extra duty at work and that's good! I was starting to get seriously bored, shhhhhh don't tell my bosses! Hahaha!
What books have you read this week that rocked?
I just finished Georgette Heyer's A Blunt Instrument. It was awesome however definitely NOT as good as A Death in the Stocks, but still good, eccentric and quirky! I did finish the Darkest Edge of Dawn by Kelly Gay, AWESOME!!!! Blog Tour is on September 2nd (so watch for my review to be posted!). I just started Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh. So far, so good!
Oh and the spam filter that blogger said up seems to be working! I haven't had any spam in an Asian language since it was set up! Hooray! WIN!
I am super excited to be hosting another review for CSN stores! As you may know, CSN Stores have OVER 200 online stores where you can find another from Paula Deen Knives to dining room sets to area rugs!
Check out this SUPER cute dining room set, I think it would look perfect in an apartment or for an eat in kitchen.
disclaimer: Please note that CSN stores is giving me a gift card for my time and effort to purchase an item that I will be reviewing with my own independent opinion. The fact that I am given a gift card has ZERO bearing on my ability to give a good, honest and FAIR review. As many of my followers know, I am pretty honest!
So how is everybody in the blogging world? I hope well! Things have been busy in my life, of course! That's nothing new! Now that blogger has the spam inbox, I hope it helps keep the spammers at bay (or at least DECREASED) and I will find the strong desire to start blogging again.
Oh a positive note: the winners of The Imposter's Daughter giveaway have been emailed! Hooray!
I just started reading The Darkest Edge of Dawn by Kelly Gay, it's #2 of her Charlie Madigan series (the first one is a Better Part of Darkness). So far, fantastic! Dark urban fantasy fans will rejoice! It's good stuff already! Check out my review of her first book here