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Faerie Fest went really well this year – we had tons of people come through the front gate (where I was stationed most of the weekend) and everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.

There was awesome music there too – thanks to Teribus and Jenna Greene (whom I got to see multiple times over the weekend) and many other musicians and performers. It was loads of fun.

We had lots of vendors there too. My friend Rob had a tent for his store Imagicka and thankfully the folks at Goblin Road came back with their ever-so-cute little goblin stuffed animals.

I purchased a red-headed Nose Goblin this year (I desperately wanted one last year, but was broke) and decided that his name would be Loki Jr.

(For those of you who don’t get the reference – Garry’s nickname is Loki)

I carted Loki Jr. everywhere this weekend. He was our front gate mascot and I think it drummed up quite a bit in sales for them because everyone was asking me about him (and a lot of my friends ended up purchasing one).

Well, then I got a little carried away.

I decided if his name was Loki Jr. he should have poofy hair like Garry. So I took my needle and picked the wool yarn hair. In the process I ended up pulling out quite a bit – which I’m going to (at some point) sew on his chest for chest hair. Then I thought that he needed clothes. So I found a rabbit skin ($4) at a vendor that I bought to make a winter cloak. THEN (I know, I went a little overboard) he needed a little key necklace (like the one Garry has that I have him years ago) and lo’ and behold there was a vendor that had little brass keys. I purchased one and put it on a piece of leather thong.

Here’s where I went a little nutsy. I decided I’d like to “tattoo” Loki Jr. So my friend Laurie brought me some embroidery floss and I went to town. So far I only have the outline of the backpiece done, but it shouldn’t take that much longer to do that (if all else fails, I can always undo the embroidery – the fabric is strong enough to take it – and paint it or use permanent marker).

I also have some of his military gear (the name badge for his cammo) so I’ll make a jacket for him with that on the back. I also have some fabric scraps I can make some fun stuff too. Yeah, I know, I’m a dork.

Anyway, I told the people at the booth my plans and they thought it was hysterical. They do some customized work, but those little guys tend to run around $200. I may have them do one for me next year with longer hair – I think they could manage that for me without too much cost.

Loki Jr is not a snuggle stuffed animal – he’s sitting on my bookshelf in the dining room with his rabbit cloak (which needs a good sized cloak clasp). He looks really cute up there.

So that’s the story of Faerie Fest and Loki Jr. I’ll have a few pictures up soon. 

Until then, what to make for dinner other than frozen pizza?

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June is always the busiest month for me. At work we have a ton of events with the school year coming to a close. We have our Litha (Midsummer) ritual usually the 3rd weekend of the month and then I work at the now annual NY State Faery Fest the 4th weekend of the month (which just-so-happens to be this weekend – you can go to www.nyfaeryfest.com to check out the details!).  Of course sometimes there’s the occasional wedding thrown in there or some other project, trip or whatever – you know just to keep things interesting.

We’re also still meeting weekly for our Crazy Ladies Night. This week we had Wings N’ Wings – in preparation for the Faery Fest we all decided it would be good to make our faery wings together (because apparently I’m the grand-master wing maker… um… what?) and if you’re making wings, well you should eat wings too. (I’m all about theme parties) So each of us brought chicken wings or something to go with wings.

I made some more of the glaze from my Raspberry Chipolte Ramen and was planning on using that as a wing sauce. Well, I went to our newly established grocer (it’s a regional company that bought out our local company) and seriously – they did not have chicken wings. Okay, they did, but they were Hot and Spicy chicken wings and frankly that just wasn’t going to work. There was nothing in the store that I could use for chicken wings. So I sucked it up and bought little breaded chicken tenders and decided to use my glaze as a dipping sauce.

Turns out it worked really well – everyone loved it!

Oh, I also brought my handfasting dress with me to try on. (You can read more about that and more details of our wedding and handfasting here: http://bigpaganwedding.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/sabotage/)

We had so many different kinds of chicken wings there it was awesome! There was honey teriyaki, honey mustard, barbeque… although nothing  really spicy (well my dipping sauce was a little spicy, but I like to eat wings that are spicy enough to burn off my stomach lining so my perception tends to be a little skewed in that department).

Anyway, we had a good time, as always.

But back to making wings. There are a couple of ways to make wings, but the ones I find the most “realistic” are the ones made with craft cellophane. I just finished the wings for Garry and I last night (well they’re almost finished – I need to put the arm ties on there and maybe add some more decorations and then they’ll be done).

Here’s a step-by-step of how I did it.

Materials List:

10 or 12 gauge craft wire

Wire cutters

floral tape

craft cellophane (you’ll need enough for both sides of the wings – so chances are you’ll use an entire roll or more if you want something larger than 18″)

Taper candle or Lighter

Incense

Spray adhesive (I think – a glue that dries clear that’s NOT super glue – I learned that the hard way)

Scissors

Stretch lace, elastic or ribbon

1 ft. strip of fabric

*Misc. decorations (ie feathers, glitter, paint, silk flowers, etc.)

*optional

Step 1: Figure out what kind of wings you want to make. You’ll want to make sure that in your design there is either a cross bar (like an X) or at the very least a bar that will be able to be flat against your back. The easiest way to make fancy wings is to cut multiple lengths of wire (2 of each length) and make one big X to start.

Step 2: Secure the wires together with floral tape until your wings are one piece. This is the framework for the cellophane.

Step 3: (this is the daunting part) Wrap floral tape around ALL of the wire. Why? Well, it improves the integrity of the wire and it softens any sharp, pointy bits where you cut the wire (so you don’t hurt yourself or anyone else).

Step 4: When you *finally* get all of your wire wrapped roll out your craft cellophane and cut out a rough shape of the actual “wing” part for both sides (lay your wings on top of the cellophane and trace about 1″ around the wire (or more depending on your design) where the “wing” part is – don’t worry about the cross bar).

 Step 5: Get your glue or spray adhesive and glue the wrapped wire to the cellophane on both sides and let dry.

Step 6: When your glue dries warm your iron to a low, dry setting (like Nylon) and iron the cellophane. It will wrinkle and crinkle (that’s what you want!) and kind of melt together a little. Make sure you iron both sides and get all of the edges and around the wire.

Step 7: Trim any other excess you want to trim off.

Step 8: Light your taper candle (or use a lighter) and “lick” burn the edges of the cellophane to seal the edge and give it a slightly wavy or tattered look. **Make sure to do this in a well ventilated room – and if you feel the need to – wear a respiratory mask**

Step 9: If you want your wings to look a little more tattered (this is optional) light a stick of incense and you can burn little holes in the wings. Also, if there are any parts of your wing where you accidentally burned past the wire (and you have gaps) just glue them back together.

Step 10: Add your arm bands/harness by tying the stretch lace, elastic or ribbon in a loop around the back piece (for arm holes) or if you’re looking to have four pieces (to tie either around the chest or arms) just tie one end at the crossbar.

Step 11: Wrap the piece of fabric around the crossbar (and allow the arm bands to peek out) and glue in place.

Step 12: Decorate as you wish!

I will probably have pictures up of our wings (and of a bunch of other fun things) next week.

After getting the wings finished – I had to address the issue of food. Camping for a long weekend requires being very selective of food since it needs to be able to be stored easily (not a ton that needs refridgeration) cooked easily (fire and a stick) and has good nutritional value (not 6 bags of potato chips).

Luckily, since Garry and I go camping on a regular basis I have this down!

For dinner in the evenings we’re making foil packets. Basically, what you do is take a bunch of your favorite veggies, chop them up along with meat (I’m making chicken for myself and steak for him) and marinade (or sauce, or just olive oil and some spices/herbs) and put it in a foil packet and let it cook over the coals of a hot fire for about half an hour.

The best part about these is that you can make them ahead of time and freeze them (in plastic bags) and pull them out as you need them. They also store really well as long as you have plenty of ice (which thankfully we will – if we didn’t then I’d suggest cooking everything first, then freezing and reheating in a fire).

A foil packet is basically all the veggies and meat wrapped securely in tin foil. I tend to plop everything in the middle, fold up the long sides (and fold the edgest shut) and then roll up the two ends so everything is nice and secure. You also want to make sure you use pretty heavy-duty tinfoil – otherwise it may split and you’ll burn some of your meal.

Another take on foil packets is to make kabobs and roast them on the fire. There’s a local variation on that called spiedies. It’s just the marinated meat and you eat it with italian bread. The marinade is similar to italian dressing, but with a few more ingredients in it (I think more garlic). If you want to check it out for yourself two very good brands are *Lupo’s: www.spiedies.com, and *Spiedie and Rib Pit: www.spiedieandribpit.com

*I was not paid by either company for an endorsement, they just happen to be two local companies that have particularly tasty spiedie marinade

For breakfast – there is nothing that beats peanut butter toast in my mind. Bread and peanut butter also store really well (so long as you keep them out of too much heat, but they don’t need to be in a cooler) and you can always toast the bread over a campfire. Mmm… melty…

Lunches are easy too – ham and cheese subs. I make them ahead of time and pack them in a large tupperware container. We can add condiments later if need be.

Crackers are great for snacks (if you take them out of the cardboard and put them in a plastic container they won’t get soggy from humidity) as well as the traditional trail mix and granola bars (only if you’re making trial mix and it’s a HOT humid day – do NOT add chocolate chips – they will melt and then you’ll be a sad panda when your granola is a gooey mess – unless you have a spoon – then it’s okay).

Keep in mind, if you’re planning on being very active (ie, hiking) it’s very important to stay hydrated. We usually bring a gallon of water (we have a spigot that we can get water from where we camp so we never really have to worry about good, clean drinking water) and some low-calorie gatorade packets so we can keep our electrolytes in balance. The packets are great becuase they’re lightweight and it’s a little more “earth friendly” than carrying around a ton of plastic bottles of the stuff.

Most importantly (and I see this every so often when we’re camping) is to limit your alcohol intake. Chances are good you’re burning WAY more calories than you’re used to in an average day – so if you’re going to drink, drink moderately! Listen to your body – make sure you drink plenty of water and eat enough protien and carbs. Fruit is another good thing to have with you (so long as it’s kept well out of the heat).

With that – it’s time to start planning my costumes for the weekend. Whee!

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I’m working on my menu for the next two weeks and luckily I have a decent budget this time to work with! YAY!

There are 3 nights we’ll be out for dinner – 1 when my friend Derek comes into town and is playing a gig at a local bar. 2 when we go work on the camping land and 3. when I’m at Adee’s baby shower and Garry is in Rochester.

That helps a little in the planning department.

But I’m still stuck on one more thing to plan for dinner. I’d like to make something at least a little different than I’ve been making lately, and I’m coming up empty handed. However, I’ve come up with an idea that I’m adapting from a recipe I found for our next Noodle Night. I’m still working on the details of it, but so far I have:

Ramen

Chicken breast

Raspberry preserves

Cauliflower

Cayenne pepper

Green onions

Garlic

Basically, cook the chicken in a pan in small bites, add cauliflower, green onions and garlic and cook until done. Cook ramen until done. Take raspberry preserves and heat in a small pot until liquid, add cayenne to taste and stir to make glaze, pour over top of chicken and veggies, mix with ramen and eat.

I found a recipe for Raspberry glazed chicken and figured it would go good with ramen and I like cauliflower and scallions. I also have garlic sitting around that needs to be used.

Not so sure how it’s going to taste, but it might be good. Who knows.

We also are starting to watch a new series (well not new, but new to Noodle Night). Since we’ve made it all the way through as far as we own of Naruto (which sucks because you can’t rent Naruto seasons!) we’re going to make our way through the Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender series. I loved it when it first came out and now that the movie is coming out this summer, it will be appropriate. (I’ll be honest, when the first “Avatar” movie came out I thought that’s what it was about – the cartoon – and not what it ended up being and I was omg so excited. And then was disappointed when it wasn’t. But was then REALLY excited when I found out that my real Avatar movie was going to be made! YAY! 😀

What is also good about Avatar: The Last Airbender is that there are 61 episodes in the season. It will take us a while to get through all of them – much like Naruto – and we’ll get to watch the movie in the theatre (which is one of three, or so I’m hearing) so if we only watch through Book 1: Water we’ll watch what’s in the movie – or so I’m guessing.

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Ooooh it was really good folks. At first I was a little wary that it might be a little odd tasting (honey and broccoli?) but it was really good… like Chinese food kind of good. Mmmm… Tonight is CLN and I’m making Taco Salad. YUM! It’ll be good! I’m wondering what everyone else is bringing?…

 Today I get to pick up my book! YAY! I’m really excited about it! It’s called Virgin Mother Crone and it’s about pre-hellenic Hera and how the matriarchal society that worshipped her was overcome by the patriarchal society of Olympian (read: Zeus) worship. Hera’s following was so great that the patriarchs couldn’t convince them to abandon her (she was considered a triple goddess by these people) so in order to justify Zeus’ power – the myth says that Zeus raped Hera and then they were married.

It wasn’t that Hera was a spiteful shrew – I can imagine most of us would be pretty pissed off if our siginificant other’s cavorted about impregnating anything with two legs – so I don’t fault her on that. It was a patriarchal society that villified her in order to gain control over the masses. See, they even used religion for control back in the old days.

But this book has a lot of research on pre-hellenic Hera and how she was worshipped in her original form – as a triple goddess. I’m very excited to read it!

Last night Garry and I cleaned the house like mad for when people come over today. Still got a bit to do – but not too much. A few dishes and mop the floors. I doubt people will be venturing into my bedroom or Garry’s office.

It’s nice when the apartment is nice and clean. I’m looking forward to repainting the living room and dining room. I realized we have WAY too many colors going on and I’d like it to feel more cohesive.

OH! Something else – check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxQN2E_FPM&feature=PlayList&p=43D6F41398C168BC&playnext_from=PL&index=0&playnext=1

OMG SO MUCH HOTTNESS!!!! It’s like watching Chris Issak sing Wicked Game… *drool*

I think I’m going to change gym memberships here soon. I currently am a member at Planet Fitness. While I like the facility – there is never anywhere to park when I want to go. Sure it’s open 24 hours a day, but the other 23 hours I’m not there must be empty because EVERYONE seems to be there right at 4pm when I want to be there.

So I’m thinking of joining Court Jester – which is the gym to be a member of around here. They have a pool, sauna, hottub, plus a TON of classes. I think it would be good to swim. I’ve been feeling the need to swim lately. It’s $28 a month – only about $10 more a month. Not bad. I think it’s worth it! Plus there’s two locations so if one is full I can always go to the other one. Not a bad idea huh? That’s what I thought. I need to lose like 40 – 50 lbs. Seriously – it’s not cool – and I don’t want to yo-yo anymore on it and I don’t want to end up on a plateau at 160 like last time. Oh, and I’d like to do it by the end of the year. Yeah, I know – that means 2lbs a week. Whee.

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This week has been full of distractions. Notably so because I’m well aware we’re in a Mercury Retrograde. *Joy!*

With Beltane being only a very few short days away there is a LOT to prepare. Did I mention I’m hosting Crazy Lady Night for the first time ever TWO DAYS after I get home from camping for a long weekend? Yeah, I know, I’m insane.

In the last week I’ve given the keys back to my old apartment and did the walkthrough and to be honest, I’m still a little sad about it. I guess that place, despite that Garry lived with me, was like my autonomy. Now that we formally (names on the mailbox and everything) live together, well, I kind of miss that feeling of autonomy – even if it is only just a tiny bit.

This weekend we went to the camp/ritual site and helped put up tents, prep the area and what not. Garry and a bunch of other guys cut an INSANE amount of firewood (and paid for it – Garry’s back muscles are still not quite right again) which should last us through most of the summer. YAY for being productive.

All of our work was finished by late afternoon which left the rest of the evening to enjoy the company of everyone there. We lit a bonfire and drummed a while until it started raining and everyone with a djembe ran their instruments to their vehicle. Since I play a bodhran (and Ulric and Billy had theirs with them too) the three of us didn’t have to worry so much about the rain (actually the skin of mine needed to be a little damp to sound right) so we contined playing for a little while until it really started to rain then we all went home.

I’m still learning how to play, I mean I can kindofsortof keep a rhythm, but I can’t do anything fancy – like triplets. I’m still trying to figure out that one. Ulric is a fantastic bodhran player and he said that I’d get it in no time. Heh… sure I will!

The last few days have been spent trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to bring for food when we go camping all week. Inevitably there is always something that someone brings that looks *really* tasty and I want to eat it. I rarely bring a lot of food, but this time I’d like to bring some special things to share with everyone.

I have two whole “days” to plan for. Friday night, Saturday during the day and Sunday morning.

Unfortunately we don’t own a cast iron griddle (although I’m thinking that might be a good investment) or anything we can really cook over. Okay, I lied – we have a stick that we can skewer stuff onto and cook it over the fire. The only problem I foresee with this is cooking meat. I always get a little wary about cooking meat over a fire (I know it sounds kind of stupid when I think about it too) because I never know when it’s done in the middle. I originally thought a few chicken breasts would be good with baked potatoes (we usually wrap them in aluminum foil and throw them near the coals of our cooking fire). Here’s what I’m planning for our Beltane camping weekend!

Friday

Dinner: Honey almond chicken sausages with baked potatoes and asparagus bundles w/ sweet white wine

Snack: Fruit dipped in chocolate with cream (to share)

Saturday

Breakfast: Muffins (and some sort of breakfast protien… still working on that)

Lunch: Cold cut sandwiches

Feast: (we’re coping out on this one) Fresh baked bread and rye dip (if I can get a good deal on produce I’ll bring some chocolate dipped fruit for the feast too) 

Sunday:

Breakfast: Same as Saturday. I heart muffins!

So that’s about all we’ll be bringing. There won’t be a lot of time to do snacking or whatever in between. I also have to find someone who can braid hair really well to put mine into plaits for the day on Saturday and bind them with gold cording.

I’ll make sure to bring my camera and take pictures – honest.

Garry is passing his May King crown on and I’ll be honest, he’s a little sad about it. Last night him and two of his guy friends made a set of runes out of river rocks and a dremmel (it was awesome!) and I guess that’s what they’re using to determine the new king. They look really cool and honestly, I think I may end up making a set of runes for him in similar fashion (or maybe woodburning since my skills in that are apparently awesome) for his birthday or for Yule. I could always do something with wirewrapping… hmmm…

Oh and my dress, well I really like the pattern – however because I was distracted while making it I screwed up something majorly and since I can’t find my seam ripper anywhere – there’s no hope in going back and fixing it. So yes, the pattern is definitely a keeper, however I think when I go to make it again I’ll just take my time and do one step at a time and not try too hard to work ahead. Also, a dress form would be helpful. *hint hint*

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Vacation!

My brain still feels like it’s on vacation – no matter how hard I try I can’t manage to really focus on something completely without thinking “Gee, I’d like to be out in the sunshine now…”

But that’s the problem with Florida – I only have 1 friend that lives down there that consistantly gets to enjoy Florida (he’s a musician and plays at local hot spots on Clearwater Beach – yeah it’s such a rough life for him…) everyone else has the same ol’ work, cook, clean… etc. so I imagine it would be rather annoying having the beach and nice weather taunt you like that all the time.

Anyway, Garry and I had a great time while we were down there – and I promised pictures so here are some:

When we got to my parent’s house we were greeted by the dogs:

Becca – She’s 10 and a half. Honestly, she looks really good for her age. I’m still shocked because I always think she’s a few years younger than she is.

Gunner: He’s our old man dog – he’s 14 and a half. He’s wearing Garry’s fishing hat in this picture and isn’t too thrilled about it either. I’m glad that he was still there when I got there. For the last 2 years or so it’s always that feeling that this time will be the last time I’ll get to see him. It’s pretty heartbreaking, and one of the reasons that leaving is so hard.

Millie: She’s only 2 and just as goofy as her picture suggests. This dog wanted nothing more in the ENTIRE universe than to be cuddled and pet and loved on. Seriously. She adored Garry like they were soulmates. It was pretty funny actually…

Mom offered to send her home with us (she was trying to find her a home), but we figured that she would be too big for our little apartment… that and she might try to eat the cats.

One thing that was really nice is to see Garry bond with my dad. The only time I ever came close to having a guy that my dad felt comfortable talking with was Dave. Although take into consideration that Dave is only a few years younger than my dad… yeah. But my dad really seems to like him and that makes me happy.

 

My mom and Garry and I went to the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa as well (that’ll be a separate post) and afterwards we went to Palm Pavilion restaurant on Clearwater Beach. Originally we were supposed to watch my friend Derek (we were good friends in high school and he moved to Tampa a few years ago) play, but as it was, the schedule was mixed up and he wasn’t playing there. Poo. We enjoyed the nice weather, girlie drinks and good food though.

(that’s my mom if you hadn’t guessed)

The next day dad took Garry fishing just off the shore. It was kind of cute actually – Garry was really excited about it. I’m not sure if it was more because he got to go fishing or he got to do some manly stuff while we were down there.

I think he caught more fish than my dad. Of course that was impressive for my dad I guess, in a weird tribal sense where Garry proved that he could provide or something like that (yeah but I’m the one that does the grocery shopping!) either way, I’m glad that they both had a good time.

OH! But Garry forgot to put sunscreen on his feet. For most normal people living in Florida it wouldn’t be too bad since they’re used to the sun. But we live in BINGHAMTON where we have almost as much rain as Seattle and a LOT of cloudy days. And… he’s a redhead. Needless to say – Garry couldn’t wear shoes for a few days.

Our last day in town we went to see Clash of the Titans in 3D. Before hand we stopped at the Johnny Rockets (I haven’t been to one in YEARS) and Garry and I shared a milkshake. It was reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally good. It was gone in less than 2 minutes. See that big metal cup next to Garry’s arm? Yeah there was more in there too – GONE. My mom giggled and said we looked cute – so naturally I opened my eyes and looked at Garry (expecting that he was making a weird face or something like he usually does) so that’s why I look like I’m going to fight him for the milkshake…

So Clash of the Titans. I’m not going to give out any real spoilers here so don’t worry if you haven’t seen it. I haven’t seen the original with Harry Hamlin, but the trailer kind of says it all. I was really expecting great things from this movie. Not so much in the special effects department (I was pretty sure that would be awesome) but along the lines of the story. Oh… why do I build myself up like that? I should know better really.

Anyway, since I have spent quite a bit of energy studying Greek myths over the years I was REALLY looking forward to this. However, after watching the movie and looking at Garry (who also knows his fair share about Greek mythology) and saying “What’s she doing there?” “I don’t remember Scorpions in the myth?” “What does Hades have to do with any of this?!” Well… let’s put it this way: Cinematically it was very good. The story (if it wasn’t based off of a Greek myth) was good and the special effects and character design (for the most part) were done well…

HOWEVER

Whoever wrote the script essentially did the equivalent of ate the original paper the myth was written on, excreted it, sanitized and made that into paper and then wrote the “new” script on top of it. SERIOUSLY! I’m all about artistic license and all, but there was a lot that was FLAT OUT WRONG. I can deal with different interpretations (like the thought that maybe in the King Arthur ledgend that Lancelot might have been kind of a slimy jerk), but… I promised no spoilers so I’ll just keep that rant to myself.

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Our Florida vacation went really well – it was actually relaxing! I got a good week of sun and relaxation in. The weather was amazing – not too hot not too cold – and we got to visit with my mom’s side of the family (that I rarely get to see), play with the dogs, and spend some time doing some other fun stuff too.

One of which was going to Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

I have a TON of pictures from the zoo – I’ll post them sometime during the week after I get a chance to crop and change the lighting and photoshop my fat in some of the pictures. Although out of all of them I have a few favorites: the baby zebra suckling, up-close giraffes and the baby manatee eating.

A bit of a side note – my sister-in-law interned last summer at the zoo and worked with the manatees and with the river otters (also very cute) and in the manatee hospital. Something that people in the Florida area are pretty familiar with (but we don’t hear about much up here in the icy tundra that is upstate NY) is the plight of the manatees. They are constantly being hurt by boat propellers, disease, or in the case of this last year the very low temperatues in the ocean has caused a lot of manatees to die or become very ill.

When you go to a zoo that houses manatees it’s rare to see one without a propeller scar. And while seeing a faint scar is not really that bad (I mean lots of us have scars on our bodies from this that or the other thing right?) seeing the manatees in the hospital with gaping fresh wounds… well… that was something that was very emotional.

I didn’t take photos of the hurt manatees, one in particular had a terribly fresh flesh wound on it’s back from a propeller. The poor animal was floating in the water to keep it from submerging so the wound and other internal injuries could heal.

At the little gift store, we bought a little gourd trinket box with wood burned manatees on it. (I particularly love wood burned items) and donated a little money to the manatee hospital they have there. At that time there were I think 6 manatees being treated in the hospital.

If you find yourself in the Tampa area I would suggest visting Lowry Park Zoo. It really is a lot of fun for people of all ages.

We also had Easter dinner with my family which was… entertaining. I found a new dish that I LOVE – it’s an Italian Easter Pie (I don’t remember what it’s called) but OMG it’s SOOOOOOOOO good! I’m drooling just thinking about it! When I can get the recipe I’ll post that too.

Hope all of you that had a vacation this week had a happy one. I know I surely needed it!

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