House Capuchin Shield2Everyone was pretty busy this week. A lot more is happening in the way of research than actual “stuff”, but that’s a nice change. Anja and Loren’s shop is gearing up for the summer, so they have less time than usual. We heard from some of the outlying members this week, but all of them are saying, “Work!” and “Busy!”.

An assortment of late Middle Ages coins

We have potluck coming up on Sunday, so there will be some stuff concentrating on that during the week, probably a Cheese night, at least, so watch for that. Otherwise all meetings on time this week.

  • 12 and a bit over pounds of “comb wax” or industrial grade. This is goign to have to be melted, washed and aged before use.

    Herb Bunch – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 11am-1pm

  • Sewing Time – At Ancient Light, Saturdays, 3-5pm
  • Project Day – At Ancient Light, Sundays, Noon to 6pm
  • Cheese and Wine happens irregularly, usually announced with little notice on our Facebook group.
  • Next Potluck – 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15
  • Winter Feast Date is 2/16/20, Theme German Renaissance

Here is the direct Portfolio link which has all the past Project Day reports and various projects, original here:  and new one here: and number three is here:

Stephanie Kahn Blaine to Pennsic War Posted and shared on Facebook on 6/8/19

Who wants a good laugh?

I admin a friend’s FB group and admin my own similar FB group — both about an ethnic specific food.

So a new member just asked another new member, who said she could teach the first one how to bake an ethnic specialty item if she lived nearby. First member asked where; second member says — and I kid you not! —
“Oh, it’s a small town you’ve never ever heard of, New Castle PA.” 😂🤣🤣

So I post, “Well, I most certainly know New Castle… and Butler… very, very well!”

Girl says, “I don’t recognize your name, you aren’t from around here. So how do you know New Castle?”

I said, “If I say ‘Coopers Lake Campground’, will that tell you anything? How about if I say ‘Pennsic War’?”

Her reply had me laughing:
“OMFG! You’re one of Them!! lol”

We had a good laugh while thousands of members from across the world of our ethnicity started asking, “huh?”

Then, I found The One member in the group who had once been an SCA member… and he asked me if that’s what the name Richenda de Honneflo was about… and if so — why am I a Norman persona and not one of my own real ethnicity?!

I said it’s because I’m lazy and don’t favor having to make the fussy garb required of that kind of persona. LMAO

Coopers Lake really must be the center of the universe.

Early Week – Loren started the fine sanding on the toys that Jay started on Friday. After that he did some work on a bowl. Anja kept going on the puppets and embroidery.

Gudrun is still job-hunting. Long process….

Puppets, embroidery, planting and plant tending and harvest below.

Cookery – The puffs got chowed down on, on Monday. Everyone thought they were pretty good, even cold.

Lots of recipe research this week. Anja is making a list of the various recipes in the late period German cookbooks that she’s finding.

A chicken veg soup got made and eaten during the week and then on Sunday a barley & vegetable pottage got done.

Sewing – Embroidery, only.

Herb Bunch – Quite a lot of harvest, plant tending and watering happened on Tuesday. Some lettuce seed also went into one of the buckets. Our little tree got more dirt and a thorough watering on Thursday.

Saturday workshop didn’t happen.

Project Day – Some planting of veg ends and harvesting of cress and other greens happened in the morning. That went into the barley/veg pottage and cress and cucumber sandwiches for lunch.

Our wax delivery happened, so that needs to get processed as quickly as possible. Unprocessed takes up a huge amount of room, but once it’s a cake it’s a lot easier to handle.

More work on the puppets got going and then photos. …and Anja’s next set of coins showed up from Alpha Officium

Miscellaneous pix


Ill rec – German Renaissance music mix (XIV-XVI th century)

Links – A very old video (early 90’s?) of some spectacular fighters.

Did they have soap in medieval times?


Dave Willhoite – This is about my sword fighting hobby. It’s a true story.

A few years ago, I was privileged to read a couple’s letters of intent (the couple were friends of mine) to enter my clubs regional championship (called “Crown List”)

The lady’s copy was (until the end) a formal, ordinary letter. It went something like this…

“Please enter my husband and I in Crown Tournament. We are both members of the club. My membership number is x, My husband’s number is y. My membership expiration date is X. My husband’s membership expiration is Y….”

It went on like that until the last paragraph, which said “Please find my husband’s hand caligraphed wax applique letter attached.”

Stapled to the letter was a sheet of construction paper upon which the fighter (A big, strapping lad) had scrawled in crayon;


Both letters were ruled to be acceptable.

Anja, Loren, Gudrun (V), Sasha (V), Amor (V)

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Largesse Item Count – (includes gifts, prizes, auction items, etc.)

  • ASXLVII = 24
  • ASXLVIII = 88
  • ASXLIX = 794
  • ASL = 2138
  • ASLI = 731
  • ASLII = 304
  • ASLIII – 146
  • ASLIV – 41 plus 2 puppets, 20 powder fort packets, 25 pouches for block-printing, 1 medium pouch, 8 bookmarkers, 5 in-process kisslock pouches, 20 unfinished pincushions, 1 sewing kit (except for bone needle), varnished stuff (124)

Total as a Household = 3870 handed off

moving writing pen motifIn ministerio autem Somnium! Anja, graeca doctrina servus to House Capuchin
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