Monday, October 29, 2007

Random Musings

I sit with a cup of piping hot tea within reach, the pot keeping at a suitable temperature under it's cozy and put pen to paper to jot down a few things about the past weeks.

It has been a busy time...I have been kept very busy with special orders, the food for Baron Wulfenbach's Consulate grand opening, the special tea sandwiches for Mrs. Warburton's tea party this upcoming Sunday as well as a couple of special cakes. Of course, one mustn't forget the whirl of gaiety that swirls around us in both Caledon and Steelhead. It has been a busy time indeed.

Now that I've completed my custom orders, all except one, I had a moment to look around Davaar and notice that it was in dire need of a thorough going over before winter set in. All the white linens were boiled with lemons and hung out to dry in the late autumn sun, so they'd be white as the snow that will soon be upon us. Carpets were taken out to the garden and beaten, releasing the dust of summer trapped within the fibres. All the windows were washed and polished with old newspaper to make them sparkle. I had the chimneys cleaned (what a shortage of good chimney sweeps we have in Caledon!) and everything was scrubbed and polished to it's best. Tiresome job, but necessary to keep the estate up to it's best form. I'm sure Rosehaven will require a similar treatment, but as it is smaller, the work will be less.

I look forward to the coming of winter this year. Last year, I did not have a place to call my own until two days before Christmas, when I was fortunate to be able to lease Madame BlueRock Dimsum's house in Steelhead. What a difference a year makes! Now not only do I have a loving husband who is more than I could have possibly dreamed of, I have two homes to decorate for the season! I am also looking forward to going skating. I had purchased skates last year and then it seemed the very next day winter was over. I know my Beloved and I have discussed hosting a skating party at Davaar sometime in the new year.

I suppose I ought to get back to work. Edward will be arriving home soon from working on his latest project and I should be sure dinner will be ready. What man wouldn't like coming home to a house that has a merry fire crackling in the hearth, a hearty meal on the table and everything at it's sparkling best? We will have to decide what delightful things we will leave for the ghouls and goblins that will come calling on All Hallow's Eve and then I imagine we will have a quiet evening in, Edward reading the paper or going over the blueprints for his newest build and I with my knitting or needlework.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Happy Rez Day Edward!!

Saturday marked my beloved's first year in SL. In honour of the occassion, we threw a little party on the south lawn of Davaar. My brother, TotalLunar Eclipse built the dance pavillion which was perfect and suited Edward exactly. Unfortunately, the Lindens imported extra special, super sticky lag, which made taking pictures very challenging for me, so I apologize for the lack of pictoral documentation. Many of his friends, old and new dropped by for dancing and fun. Her Grace, the Duchess of Carntaigh provided us with excellent music. All in all, I believe everyone had a good time, lag notwithstanding.

The above is a picture of my beloved when he was still quite new and fresh to the whole SL experience. Unlike many of us, he did not happen upon Caledon during his travels, it was the reason he came to SL. Miss Qlippothic Projects enticed him to join us here, and for that I am forever grateful.

I had actually met Edward when he was perhaps a week or two old. I had teleported into Caledon, wearing some rather risque clothing and a cape and happened upon a rather dashing looking man, dressed impeccably. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately seeing the lack of my attire), he could not see me (ahh, the good old days of slow rezz....which is still a problem). However, we had a lovely conversation for quite some time as he waited patiently for me to appear before his eyes. In that time span I put on something more modest and finally I rezzed before Mr. Edward Pearse, wearing my emerald green Aurora dress from Silver Rose. We continued our conversation for awhile longer and deciding that we found each other agreeable, we became friends.

However, we never really contacted each other after that point. I would notice Mr. Pearse was on but as I was occupied with my activities, I never bothered him. Until the incident of the long underwear.

At the time (early January or so), Mr. Gnarlihotep Abel (now the Duke of Greystoke) and I were quite close and tiring of the cold winds of January, he thought a lovely pair of long underwear were in order. He mentioned his favorite tailor was Mr. Edward Pearse, who owned Pearse'd and Cut in Victoria City. I recall exclaiming that I was friends with Mr. Pearse and decided to ask if I could commission some long underwear to keep Mr. Able warm during a blizzard. Mr. Pearse was quite agreeable and over the course of him making the garments (because I just couldn't let the poor man work, I did have to bother him every day or so to see how they were coming along)we became good friends. I enjoyed his conversations and we discovered that we had a lot in common.

As time went on, my feelings for Mr. Pearse deepened from friendship into something more. In that time, he was knighted by Guv'nah Shang (informally, I do believe) and became Sir Edward. His shop had prospered and grown and he had outlets in New Babbage and Steelhead as well. After some agonizing times, I learned that he felt the same feelings for me that I felt for him, and as they say, the rest is history.

I would like to wish my beloved Edward a Happy First Rezz Day. I hope that his next year in SL brings him even more success, happiness and friends. All the best to you my love and here's to another year that exceeds your wildest expectations, hopes and dreams!

The Room of Unspeakable Horrors!

I think this sign sums it up the best. If you have a chance, during your evening constitutional, you may want to stop in at the garden of Pearse'd and Cut, located on the SW corner of Victoria City. There you will find a room that contains unspeakable horror. Those of weak constitution should not venture forth, for their own well being. We do not have medical staff on the grounds to revive you, should you succumb to the terrors that lie within.
You have been warned!!!!

Steelhead Contests and Happenings

In celebration of Halloween, Steelhead is hosting two open to the public and the other open to the residents of the City.

The first contest is the pumpkin carving or Jack'o'lantern contest. This is open to everyone who cares to enter. The rules are simple and are below.

1. Must be 20 prim or less
2. Must be your own other words, not a cool pumpkin you bought
3. NO mega prims
4. Must be suitable to a pg rating
Please drop your no mod/no copy jack-o-lantern on Christine McAllister by Thursday, October 18th, 6 pm SLT. Voting will open at 7:30 pm SLT on that date and will continue until 5pm SLT on October 26th.
All Jack-o-lanterns will be displayed on the lawn at the west end of the main town square.
Winners will be announced at the Costume Ball, Friday October 26th, Steelhead Grande Hotel and Ballroom, 7-9pm SLT.

The second contest is the house decorating contest. This is open only to the residents of Steelhead. However, please feel free to check out the handiwork of our townsfolk by wandering around the town to see what ghouls and goblins are about (I think we may even have a burning tree or two about).

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Spookiest House in Town

In celebration of one of the more "fun" holidays in the year, my beloved husband, Lord Primbroke is sponsoring a decorating contest for the residents of Caledon. Posterboards containing notecards detailing the rules of the contest can be found at almost every Caledon Telehub. However, the rules can be found below, if you are interested in saving time tracking the information down and would rather get busy decorating your house.

The rules are simple.

1. Decorate your home in your favourite Halloween decorations.

2. Send me (Edward Pearse) a notecard with your name, a LM of the property and a little description no later than the 21st of October.

3. A notecard of all houses in the competition will be made available to Caledonians.

4. Caledonians lodge their votes for their favourite house by 27th of October.

5. In the event of a tied vote, I have the deciding vote.

Winners will be announced on this blog and contacted directly to receive a prize of L$2000 and a prize plaque.

Good luck everyone and I look forward to seeing what the creative minds of Caledon can conjure!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Giving Thanks

Dear reader, you may have guessed that I'm not the most dedicated journaller. I jot things down as the mood or inclination strikes, and as of late, I will confess to being exceedinly lethargic. So, please accept my deepest apologies for my sporadic entries and I will try to write more in the future.

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving. I know some people are rather perplexed why we have our thanksgiving so early, but if you think about it, it does make sense. At this time of year, our harvesting is fairly well complete, with the exception of sugar beets and catnip (yes, I do know of people who grow catnip as a still your neko hearts!). As the harvest is over, it is only natural to partake of some of the bounty and give thanks for the blessings of the previous year. That and the thought of cooking two large turkey dinners within a month of each other fills even my stout heart with fear.

In celebration of this Canadian holiday, I hosted two "el fresco" dinners, on the lawns of Davaar and Rosehaven. Passers by were welcome to help themselves to a full turkey dinner plus an assortment of desserts, including pumpkin pie. I think in the future I am going to include recipes with my bakery items and the pumpkin pie recipe is *so* good that you can taste every blessed calorie. Yum!

So, on behalf of Lord Primbroke and myself, I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and were able to stop in for turkey dinner, as even though you may not celebrate it where your motivating spirit lives, it's always nice to have dinner and not worry about the dishes! Happy Thanksgiving!