A Quick Daily Study: Stanza 4

Another late night last night but talking with my son was worth it until the conversation turned into Sharknados and zombies. I was like,’ Dude, you’re stalling. Go to bed. Mommy loves you.’ He grinned knowing he was busted and took off to his room.  Yesterday according to my Asatru calendar was Feast of Sunna is a national holiday in Sweden. My daughter doesn’t follow the Norse beliefs so she wasn’t going to serve coffee and cake with a crown of candles and I’m ok with that. I think I wouldn’t do it either in fear of wax burning my scalp.  Today is Tulya’s E’en opens to the Norse Merry Month. Seven days before Yule, all the trolls are released from the underground. This is also the season when Odin and the wild hunt ride. Householders protect their farms by saining (blessing) them with the sign of the hammer, and fire is carried through all the buildings. I have a hammer hanging in my living room from my woodburning trial and error and even though I’m not going to carry a big ol’ torch through the house I will with a candle.

Here we are, Friday, and Stanza 4.

Hollander Translation:
A drink needeth to full dishes who cometh,
a towel, and the prayer to partake;
good bearing eke, to be well liked
and be bidden to banquet again.

Pocket Version: 
Water to him is needful for
refection comes, a towel and hospitable
invitation, a good reception; if he can get it,
discourse and answer.

Oh boy, this one is a lot to swallow. What helped me understanding this stanza, thanks to Temple of Our Heathen Gods,

Guests do not get an automatic pass (just as hosts do not get an automatic pass). When the guest enters the hall, he is implored in Stanza 1 to look about and make sure no foes are present. In Stanza 2 we see this idea that the guest is placed near the fire and “pressed” or tested. Questions are asked. The guest is measured and his or her worthiness judged. And in Stanza 4, we see that if the guest has earned it…he or she should get fair fame and conversation should be shared with him or her.

Another point that has been mentioned to me in the past, is something very easily missed. The stanza makes it clear that our ancestors valued cleanliness, at a time in history when cleanliness was not at the top of every culture’s list of values.

How about that to every guest be cautious and to every host be just as aware. As a host be hospitable and as a guest be grateful and generous as well.

500s

My first post on April 26th and after reading it I realized that I was in a pretty bad spot. I didn’t really have a direction for my blog at that time (still kind of don’t but getting there) and just needed a place to organize my thoughts in one place, one post at a time.

Today marks my 500th post since last year! WOW. I amazed myself at seeing that number and the fact that I stuck with blogging. I’m one of those people that get super excited about something, start it, then never finish it. This I have and it’s helped me in more ways than one. Yes, I still find my way into darkness but somehow find my way out or want to. I’ve grown in writing and painting and the doodles keep me on my toes. I quit smoking and now trying to lose some weight.

All of this has been done through encouragement from other bloggers in the blogging community and a little push on my part. I want to say thank you to everyone who has joined me on my journey and pushed in their own little way without knowing. More fun, challenges (both deliberate and not), and who knows what else. Thank you to my 500+ followers/readers and getting to the 500s with me.

 

Liebster Award

I’m being a little rebel here at work and thought now would be as good of a time as any to complete the Liebster Award nomination from Walk the Goats (PSST…THANK YOU). Guys, stop over at the blog and read. The writer’s take on life, Shakespeare and other things is a breath of fresh air. *Side Note* I have tried linking to the Global Aussie for the award origins but the link doesn’t want to connect.Just a heads up. OK, you know the drill…

 

RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you; include a link to their blog
  2. Display the Liebster Award logo** on your blog.
  3. Answer the questions given to you
  4. Nominate 5–11 blogs you want to help others discover
  5. Link to the nominees’ pages to let them know they were nominated
  6. Give the nominees 11 new questions they’re to answer
  7. List these rules in your post

Optional but Often Included

  1. Provide 10 random facts about yourself
  2. Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting

My Q & A

  1. What’s something you’ve done that makes you feel proud?
    Raising my kids. No matter how much they try me (believe me they do) they are my greatest accomplishments.
  2. What are you thinking, right now?
    I’m thinking I want to go home because I have a great idea to build on a short story for a novella. Damn the evilness of being an adult!
  3. What’s the largest body of water you’ve ever stood next to?
    Gulf of Mexico
  4. If you knew you would be struck dead six months from today, how would you live until then? Assume all practical stuff has been handled.
    Hmm…am I to be good or evil? A little both: Take the kids on a 5 month around the world vacation. On the 6th month spend my days with my family and become the hand of Karma by night.
  5. Where’s your favorite place to go or favorite thing to do to recharge?
    My favorite thing to do to recharge is literally sleeping.
  6. If you decided to rename your blog, what would you rename it?
    Hmm…I don’t think I could. I love the name. Umm…
  7. When you want comfort food, what do you eat?
    Oh, that’s easy. I make my grandmother’s recipe for fried chicken. There is just something about frying up her chicken recipe that makes like all better again.
  8. Do you have a preference for summer activities or winter activities?
    I would say neither 🙂 I don’t care for the outdoors but if I had to pick summer. But not actual summer more like the weather between spring and summer or summer and fall.
  9. Do you have any special talents you consider unusual? Or that people “know” you for? If so, what?
    Nope, no special talents unless you count sarcasm.
  10. If you were to paint your bedroom a new color, what color would you pick?
    I already repainted my room. It was a gaudy pink-red color. Couldn’t classify it as maroon, red, purple…trust me it was bad. I chose two neutral grey tones.
  11. Of the 10 previous questions, which was the most fun to answer?
    The comfort food one…I LOVE food 🙂

My Noms (remember you are not obliged to participate but if so, have some fun)

  1. Just_Me:) at happymesshappiness
  2. T. Shaw
  3. Emotional Notions
  4. Lawrence Illoc
  5. Nadya Irsalina

Q & A for Noms

  1. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
  2. Do you believe in second chances?
  3. When was the last time you lied? Why?
  4. What big lesson could someone learn from your life?
  5. What fictional place would you most like to go?
  6. Are you usually early or late?
  7. What age do you wish you could permanently be?
  8. What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
  9. If you could change your name, what would it be?
  10. Do you believe in Karma or in doing good?
  11. How are you doing today?

Ok, have fun 🙂

Liebster Award

EEK, super excited to be catching up on my awards. Unfortunately, there were some for the Sunshine Blogger Award and the Mystery Blogger award with links that didn’t work so I couldn’t answer the questions or nominate. I was nominated by StuHN. The serial piece that is being written for the #AtoZ Blogging challenge is brilliant! Please head on over and read his work. You will not be disappointed. So, on with the show.

 

RULES OF THE LIEBSTER AWARD 2018
1. Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award logo.
2. Answer 11 questions that the blogger sets for you.
3. Nominate blogs that you think are deserving of the award.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let your nominees know about their nomination!

My Questions to answer:

  1. If you could write in any writers voice besides your own, whose would it be?
    Hmm…any writers voice? I would have to choose that from the point of view of the character. Dialogue is not my strong suit and I’m trying and failing it seems.
  2. What literary genre holds NO interest for you?
    Non-fiction Religious-I’ve been raised in the bible belt. I’ve heard and lived enough for a lifetime. I’m more spiritual in the ways that my grandmother taught me.
  3. What song with a strong narrative still touches you?
    Praying by Kesha. I got emotional the first time I heard it and still get choked up. This speaks to me in more ways than one (thank you for this question).
  4. What fictional character do you wish you were?
    Chesire Cat- That clever feline is able to adapt to any situation for survival.
  5. Savory or Sweet?
    Both? OK, not fair umm savory. I enjoy sweet but put some seasoned pecans in front of me and there won’t be any left for anyone else.
  6. What are “The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of?”
    Dreams are made of determination, gumption, and humility. All of those are needed to reach your goals.
  7. You stumble upon a magic rock. Picking it up, you discover something underneath. What is it?
    The answer to all my family’s secrets. Every answer ever wanted that they took to the grave with them. Their history and past is also mine. 
  8. Have you had an inexplicable experience? What was it?
    I guess some of my stories start with a scene that I see in my mind’s eye. Then my hands can’t stop writing the story behind a scene I have never seen before.
  9. What fiction book would you recommend to me?
    I think it would have to be Cinder. Yes, it’s a young adult fiction but the take on an old fairy-tale I thoroughly enjoyed.
  10. What movie or TV show do you love but hate to admit it?
    Love but hate to admit. It’s no longer running but it would have to be the Torkelson’s. 
  11. What does writing mean to you? (yes, I’m stealing it from Shari. Deal).
    For me, writing means that I’m alive. I’m healing. I’m striving towards a daily goal. It keeps me from giving up.

My questions to be answered:

  1. What was your monster under the bed or in the closet growing up?
  2. What is one thing you wish you could make right?
  3. What fairy tale would you like to see made into a movie?
  4. Would you rather swim in a lake or ocean?
  5. If you could change one thing about mainstream media, what would it be?
  6. Do you have a green thumb?
  7. What would you bring to a birthday party for someone you didn’t know?
  8. What is your favorite time of day?
  9. What is your favorite black and white movie?
  10. How do you define good character?
  11. What movie made you unexpectedly cry?

My Nominees

Froggy Crochet
Susan
Swerve Strikes Back
Zahthinks
Shllyn

Remeber you are not obligated to participate but if you do, have some fun.

Quick Writing and Watercolor

Last night my little guy was sick. Let’s just say the aftermath called for the carpet shampooer. This morning he woke up feeling better until he ate. Another shampooing moment. When he took a nap I stole a moment to write. Then a quick watercolor. Those Dr. Ph Martin’s watercolors are great and worth the money. My water is just about clear! Yes, I rinsed the brushes but I didn’t use much pigment. I think that if I did there would be more color in the water. The effect created is soothing.

The brightness is cheery against the attitude of the house and the cold dreary day outside. I think I will do my own giveaway for some of these watercolors. Or maybe some journaling supplies. I have a month of A to Z challenge and would love to have this giveaway contest going for the month. I just need to figure out how and for what. Oh, it will cost nothing to any of my readers or anyone wanting to participate but maybe some time. Like a short story, poem, doodle, painting…A little on the fence about this.

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