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From the books - Halt's Cabin

 

PS: Taking reader-liberty to adapt the story. This gives the background of how Elize ended up as...

 

The Ranger's Apprentice

 

Choosing Day was the pivotal point in the life of the castle wards. They were orphan children raised by the generosity of Baron Arald, the Lord of Redmont Fief. For the most part, their parents had died in the service of the fief, and the Baron saw it as his responsibility to care for and raise the children of his former subjects-and to give them an opportunity to improve their station in life wherever possible.
Choosing Day provided that opportunity. In less than nine hours, Elize realized, she would face the Choosing. Elize's father was a cavalry lieutenant who had died in the battle at Hackham Heath, when Morgarath's Wargal army had been defeated and driven back to the mountains. Elize's mother, devastated by her loss, succumbed to a fever some weeks after giving birth. So there was plenty of room in the Ward for the girl child, and Baron Arald was, at heart, a kindly man.

 

The huge fig tree growing close by the castle's central tower had often afforded the girl a haven. Heights held no fear for Will, her friend and he climbed smoothly into the tree, continuing long after Elize stopped - she was not as comfortable with heights. There was a rustle of soft feathers and a barn owl landed on the next branch, its head swiveling, its huge eyes catching every last ray of the faint light. It studied Elize without concern, seeming to know it had nothing to fear from her. It was a hunter. A silent flyer. A ruler of the night. In less than nine hours, she realized, they would face the Choosing. A long time later, as if in answer upon a silent question, they simultaneously caught the other's gaze. Silently, apprehension almost palpable, they climbed down from the tree and made their way to their respective dormitories. On the morrow they have to face Baron Arald and the Craftmasters, hoping to be each chosen as Apprentice, preferably together.

 

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The Craftschool heads entered Baron Arald's room in no particular order of precedence. As a group, they admired and respected one another and so rarely stood on strict ceremonial procedure. Sir Rodney, head of the Battleschool, came first. Next came the Horsemaster, responsible for the care and training of the castle's mighty battlehorses. Lady Pauline followed. Lady Pauline, who had been awarded the title in her own right for her work in foreign policy for the kingdom, was head of the Diplomatic Service in Redmont. It was perhaps only natural that Nigel, the Scribemaster, followed close behind Lady Pauline. They had been discussing matters of mutual interest while they waited for Martin to summon them. Nigel and Lady Pauline were close friends as well as professional colleagues. It was Nigel's trained scribes who prepared the official documents and communiques that were so often delivered by Lady Pauline's diplomats. Master Chubb, the castle cook, came in last of all. Inevitably, he was a fat, round-bellied man, wearing a cook's white jacket and tall hat. He was known to have a terrible temper that could flare as quickly as oil spilled on a fire, and most of the wards treated him with considerable caution.

 

Elize, eyes down, shifting nervously from one foot to the other, suddenly had the strange sensation that someone was watching her. She looked up and actually started with surprise as she met the dark, unfathomable gaze of Halt, the Ranger. She realized that the mysterious figure must have slipped in through a side door while everyone's attention was on the Craftmasters as they made their entrance. Halt stood behind the Baron's chair and slightly to one side, dressed in his usual brown and gray clothes and wrapped in his long, mottled gray and green Ranger's cloak. Halt was an unnerving person. He had a habit of coming up on you when you least expected it-and you never heard his approach.

 

One by one each ward was chosen by a Craftmaster, until only Elize was left. The two (Will and Elize) have garnered quite a reputation for themselves, one scaling the tower to the kitchen's windows, relieving the Master Cook of his pies, still steaming, cooling off on the window sill, while the other kept an eye on the guards. On another occasion Elize wrote quite the missive which saw them getting two whole days off tutoring! Luckily her skills with animals of all kinds had saved them on yet another occasion when they were supposed to be planting fields. The Horsemaster's favourite plough horse had been attacked by a swarm of bees, and Elize and Will had managed to pull him to safety in the small lake, until only his head was sticking out of the water. Elize's continued whispers had calmed him enough that he didn't panic, but ducked his head under with her, and the bees had to fly off.

 

"Is there any one of you who could use this girl?" Baron Arald said. One by one, silently, the Craftmasters shook their heads.
"There is something you should know about her, my lord," Halt said. Halt's voice was deep and soft-spoken, with the slightest burr of a Hibernian accent still noticeable. He stepped forward now and handed the Baron a sheet of paper, folded double. Arald unfolded it, studied the words written there and frowned.
"You're sure of this, Halt?" he said.
"Indeed, my lord."
 

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Halt's cottage lay some distance away from both castle and village, nestling under the shelter of the trees at the edge of the forest. The sun was just rising over the trees as Elize made her way to the log cabin. A thin spiral of smoke was rising from the chimney, so she reasoned that Halt was already up and about. Elize stepped up onto the verandah that ran the length of one side of the house, hesitated for a moment, then, taking a deep breath, she knocked firmly on the door.
"Come in," said a voice from inside. Elize opened the door and went into the cottage.
It was small but surprisingly neat and comfortable-looking inside. She found herself in the main room, a combined living and dining area, with a small kitchen at one end, separated from the main area by a pine bench. There were comfortable chairs ranged around a fire, a well-scrubbed wooden table and pots and pans that gleamed from much polishing. There was even a vase of brightly colored wildflowers on the mantel shelf, and the early morning sun streamed cheerfully through a large window. Two other rooms led off the main room.
Halt sat in one of the chairs, his booted feet resting on the table. "At least you're on time," he said gruffly. "Have you had your breakfast yet?"
"Yes, sir," said Elize, staring in fascination at the Ranger. This was the first time she had ever seen Halt without his gray-green cloak and hood. The Ranger was wearing simple brown and gray woolen clothes and soft-looking leather boots. He was older than Elize had realized. His hair and beard were short and dark, but peppered with steel gray flecks. They were both roughly trimmed and Elize thought they looked as if Halt had cut them himself with his hunting knife.
The Ranger stood up. He was surprisingly small in build. That was something else that Elize had never realized. The gray cloak had concealed a lot about Halt. He was slim and not at all tall. But there was a sense of power and whipcord strength about him so that his lack of height and bulk didn't make him any less daunting a figure.

 

"That'll be your room. You can put your things in there." He moved away to the woodstove in the kitchen area and Elize hesitantly entered the room he had indicated. It was small but, like the rest of the cottage, it was also clean and comfortable-looking. A small bed lay alongside one wall. There was a wardrobe for clothes and a rough table with a washing basin and jug on it. There was also, Elize noticed, another vase of freshly picked wildflowers adding a bright spot of color to the room. She put her small bundle of clothes and belongings on the bed and went back into the main room.

 

"What Rangers do, or more correctly, what Rangers' apprentices do, is the housework." Elize had a sinking feeling as the suspicion struck her that she'd made a tactical error. "The… housework?" she repeated. Halt nodded, looking distinctly pleased with himself.
"That's right. Take a look around." He paused, gesturing around the interior of the cabin for Elize to do as he suggested, then continued, "See any servants?"
"No, sir," Elize said slowly.
"No sir indeed!" Halt said. "Because this isn't a mighty castle with a staff of servants. This is a lowly cabin. And it has water to be fetched and firewood to be chopped and floors to be swept and rugs to be beaten. And who do you suppose might do all those things, girl?"
Elize tried to think of some answer other than the one which now seemed inevitable. Nothing came to mind, so she finally said, in a defeated tone, "Would that be me, sir?"
"I believe it would be," the Ranger told her, then rattled off a list of instructions crisply. "Bucket there. Barrel outside the door. Water in the river. Ax in the lean-to, firewood behind the cabin. Broom by the door and I believe you can probably see where the floor might be?"
"Yes, sir," said Elize, beginning to roll up her sleeves. She'd noticed the water barrel as she approached, obviously holding the day's water supply for the cabin. She estimated that it would hold twenty or thirty buckets full. With a sigh, she realized she was going to have a busy morning.
As she walked outside, the empty bucket in one hand, she heard the Ranger say contentedly as he poured himself a mug of coffee and sat down again: "I'd forgotten how much fun having an apprentice can be."

 

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Ohhhhh...cool Ranger Apprentice story?? I like it Elize!

 

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Becoming a ranger is not an easy feat!

You need strength, stamina, agility, flexibility, intelligence, and a head for numbers!

A ranger must be able to work with wood, either chop or craft it into something usable, and all these including wisdom through experience,

are things Apprentice Elize will be focussing on this challenge.

 

Welcome to Ranger Apprentice Training Camp!

 

  • Monday: Strength
  • Tuesday:
    • Flexibility
    • Bible Study (wisdom)
    • Walking
    • Kids' J.Gym/Ob.Course update (that's the wood working part ;) ) - when possible I did actually manage to fix one beam, but this now goes under Bonus
  • Wednesday: Drawing Lessons
  • Thursday:
    • Strength
    • Kids' J.Gym/Ob.Course update - when possible
  • Friday:
    • Flexibility
    • Bible Study
    • Mowing (weather permitting)

This month sees Youngest turning 7, and I have two weeks to put all the planning of last week into action. Invitations had been sent and accepted. It is also time that I "update" our jungle gym turned small obstacle course into something a bit more challenging. I totally under estimated how quickly the boys will manage to master last year's changes. So for week 1 and 2, I need to work on the climbing frame, as well as build a high see-saw/balance beam somewhere. Then during week 3 and 4, I thought to try and chop some wood. We have a stack of dried stumps which could be chopped for fire wood come winter. It's going to be a push to manage all, but I'll try...

 

STRENGTH: Pass is 8 of 8 sessions for the challenge (12.5% / session)

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FLEXIBILITY: Pass is 8 of 8 sessions for the challenge (12.5% / session)

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STAMINA: Pass is at least 75% of 8 sessions for the challenge. Walking might be difficult week 3 and 4 (12.5% / session)

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WISDOM: Bible Study and Drawing can only be done if I get enough sleep! Pass is at least 20 nights with 7 hrs sleep/night for the challenge (5% / night)

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BONUS: Wood work like jungle gym obstacle build, chop wood, extra mowing, extra walking with the boys, extra garden work, any extra work I need to do.

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Following along again. Your writing is as much fun as your drawing. I'd love to see a picture of the Ranger's Cabin :D

Credit for most of the writing has to go to the actual writer of the series :redface-new:  I adapted gender and name, and changed bits and pieces here and there to suite me better. Reader's Liberty :pirate:

I'll see what I can do about the picture ;)

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WISDOM: Bible Study and Drawing can only be done if I get enough sleep! Pass is at least 20 nights with 7 hrs sleep/night for the challenge (5% / night)

 

Reaaaally like this goal. I need to get back into drawing-it was my first love :). Bible Study is perfect AND getting plenty of rest-sounds like a good plan to me!

 

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A wolf rises in my heart; against my darkness; against my demons; against my despair. I DECLARE WAR!

 

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Awesome! This makes me want to go back and finish those books. Probably not good since I've got about 6 more books on my to-read list right now!

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Reaaaally like this goal. I need to get back into drawing-it was my first love :). Bible Study is perfect AND getting plenty of rest-sounds like a good plan to me!

 

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I'm only learning to draw properly now, but it is something I loved as child. It is a great way to get my mind to focus on something else, and just totally lock down on stress-causing issues. W.r.t. the Bible study - because I don't have to train those mornings, I found that I wasn't strict on my # hours of sleep, then overslept, and thus skipped my own Bible study and some drawing mornings. I still do Bible with the boys, but it is different. So if I focus on sleep, then I should be up bright eyed and bushy tailed.

 

Fun story and an exciting challenge> love how you mixed workouts, with play and real work for strength.

Happy to see you again! A big part of becoming stronger and fitter is to be able to ranger my home and family responsibilities with more ease. A Home Ranger, that is what I am!

 

Awesome! This makes me want to go back and finish those books. Probably not good since I've got about 6 more books on my to-read list right now!

Eish, I'm trying to schedule in some time in the evenings to read as I've only just got my eBook reader up and running on Ubuntu! I have so many books I want to go through again, fiction and non-fiction, but this one is first in line.

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I'm only learning to draw properly now, but it is something I loved as child. It is a great way to get my mind to focus on something else, and just totally lock down on stress-causing issues. W.r.t. the Bible study - because I don't have to train those mornings, I found that I wasn't strict on my # hours of sleep, then overslept, and thus skipped my own Bible study and some drawing mornings. I still do Bible with the boys, but it is different. So if I focus on sleep, then I should be up bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Happy to see you again! A big part of becoming stronger and fitter is to be able to ranger my home and family responsibilities with more ease. A Home Ranger, that is what I am!

Eish, I'm trying to schedule in some time in the evenings to read as I've only just got my eBook reader up and running on Ubuntu! I have so many books I want to go through again, fiction and non-fiction, but this one is first in line.

I'm rereading the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, she just released two new books and they're waiting for me as soon as I catch back up haha

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I'm rereading the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, she just released two new books and they're waiting for me as soon as I catch back up haha

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Oh! Have to look into these! I'm trying to save money for the Ranger's Apprentice series, but also to buy the next books in The Dragon Stone Saga by Kristian Alva. Well, actually I have started with a couple of different series in different genres, thus keep a sharp eye on Kindle specials via Amazon, to see when I can next invest in some books :playful:

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Oh! Have to look into these! I'm trying to save money for the Ranger's Apprentice series, but also to buy the next books in The Dragon Stone Saga by Kristian Alva. Well, actually I have started with a couple of different series in different genres, thus keep a sharp eye on Kindle specials via Amazon, to see when I can next invest in some books :playful:

Her first 9 books are currently on sale on ebook version for $20 for the set :) the reboots too... But 2 $20 books is more than my limit haha

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Wow - you're a multi-modal creative genius!!  This will be a very inspirational challenge!!

 

How's the strength training routine working for you??

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Her first 9 books are currently on sale on ebook version for $20 for the set :) the reboots too... But 2 $20 books is more than my limit haha

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Eish, nice special, but $20 = R320 and I just can't pay that for a book/books at this point :hopelessness:  *sad*. But I'll keep an eye out... add to my wishlist...

 

Wow - you're a multi-modal creative genius!!  This will be a very inspirational challenge!!

 

How's the strength training routine working for you??

Last year I took apart most of the jungle gym we had had installed for the boys, except for the monkey bars (which still kicks all our buts!). I took the swings off the swing-frame and added poles to make it a climbing frame. Hubby pinches his eyes closed, because I'm a bit heavy on the drill bits, but at least the poles are up for good. NO WAY of undoing them! So kiddies can jump, grip, climb, try all kinds of things, and the structure is solid.

So one side of the climbing frame I want to put more poles in, to make it an almost solid wall, the other side I'll leave with big open spaces between the poles. There are still two ropes to help kids (and adults alike) to get up, climb over and down the other side.

Youngest doesn't want the knotted rope, he wants a springy swing seat. It is something a friend had up in her garden for her autistic son, and it calmed Youngest down a lot, so I just have to drill a hole in the bottom of a sturdy plank, push the rope through, knot it at the bottom, then attach the industrial strength bungy cord to the top in some fashion. Him having something that calms him down is more important than just having things that tax his strength. I already know what I have to do, and have it safe for kids, small and big, I just have to get to it!

 

I know what I want to do with the see-saw/balance beam, but will need hubby's help on the metal bar in the middle that it pivots on. Otherwise just a double beam going up to a high point (1.5-2m), then coming down the other side. Somewhere over a patch of THICK grass.

 

And of course if they can do it, I have to do it! Include running around the house between "obstacles" and you have something to train on for winter, or chase the boys around when they get in your hair, or fight, or ...

 

Sadly I have not been getting around to the second strength session of the week, for the last two weeks, but that was due to me not sleeping enough and then over sleeping the next morning. This time I want to focus on going to bed in time, so that I can get up the next morning. I changed the routines a bit - basically added triceps and a shoulder exercise. You were under a lot of stress, so I didn't want to bother you, but I would appreciate your input :redface-new:  if your willing?

 

MONDAY (early morning - 5am):

  • Deadlifts: 3x8 @ 21kg | 3x8 @ 24kg | 1x8 @ 26kg
  • Diamond Push ups (narrow hands for triceps): 3x10
  • Straight Legs Lifts: 3x15
  • Lateral D.bell Raises (shoulders): 3x10 @ 2.5kg

TUESDAY:

  • Lower back stretch 2x (early morning before Bible study)
  • Sit-twist stretch 2x (early morning before Bible study)
  • Walking 2km (10am while boys are at Playball)
  • J.Gym/Ob.course work (afternoon 2-4pm)

WEDNESDAY:

  • Drawing (early morning - 5am)
  • No exercises - break!

THURSDAY (early morning - 5am):

  • Goblet Squats 3x8 @ 10kg
  • Neg. Pull Ups: 3x3
  • Core Air Cycle: 3x15 (stretch hamstrings afterwards)
  • Tricep Bench Kickback: 3x10 @ 2.5kg
  • J.Gym/Ob.course work (afternoon 2-4pm)

FRIDAY:

  • Lower back stretch 2x (early morning before Bible study)
  • Sit-twist stretch 2x (early morning before Bible study)
  • Mowing (still 1.5-2h session) (either 9-11am, or 2-4pm)

And Saturdays and Sundays are house, garden, pets, all the rest, and just break, break, break :playful:

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*System cleaning after phone conversation*

 

Got a phone call from Mom: "Thank you for the money you paid, but N says it is only part of the deposit, and you are supposed to pay the whole deposit and a part of the month's rent."

Me: "No, I asked both of you who is responsible for what, and the answer was, B and I are only responsible for a 1/4 of your month's rent, you and specifically N and your ex, are going to pay the rest. We offered to help with petrol money to get you here, and N didn't even answer. There just isn't more money."

Mom: "Well, *sigh* then I just have to stay here another month, be in their way, not be in my own place, and use this money as part of the deposit anyway."

Me: "That is for you, N and ex to decide. Nothing to do with us. You had to organise your accommodation and finances. We are only paying a share for 3 months. That was the arrangement." (yes I kept and double checked all the emails and messages between all of us to make sure what was said. Sometimes I learn from past experience ;) )

Mom: "Well, ok. I just don't know... What will I do?"

Me: "I don't know *

 

sigh*, sorry, but I have to go. Still busy with housework and washing, and B needs my help."

 

 

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*Sigh* System partially cleansed. NOT making coffee as emotional support - WIN!

 

A different phone call half hour later, this one with MIL:

MIL: It is going to snow, B actually phoned me to say he washed his bicycle *laughing*. (It is an ongoing joke between them. Her bicycles are always spotless, hubby's (Brandt) is decidedly NOT spotless. He washed his bike this morning!) "So how are you all doing? I am leaving for the Argus Cycle tour on Wednesday..." *and more on her arrangements*

Me: "We are good. Boys was sick... etc. etc. Going on going on." *talked some on upcoming birthday and arrangements.*

MIL: *Glad the boys are better, arranging to pay Youngest's birthday money into my account so that he can buy himself something, etc. and promising to phone and talk to him on his birthday.*

MIL: "I just want to say thank you again for sticking and pushing me to do the Banting (paleo-like way of eating/life), because I have lost so much weight and am now so healthy, the doctor took me off my blood pressure and blood sugar pills. I think I'll actually do the Argus in a record time!" She sounds happy, upbeat and just so ... happy! and some more chatting about life in general... the boys... peace restored in Sabie now that the protests are over.

 

 

Two different conversations, different feelings. One unhealthy, one healthy. One heaping guilt on me, the other lifting me (and herself) up. Mmm makes you think.

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I am so proud of you! You put forth GREAT boundaries with your mom. She may have been intending all along to come live directly with you, who knows, but you were FIRM AND POLITE. Well done!

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It's great you get all that support and encouragement from your MIL.

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I am so proud of you! You put forth GREAT boundaries with your mom. She may have been intending all along to come live directly with you, who knows, but you were FIRM AND POLITE. Well done!

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It's great you get all that support and encouragement from your MIL.

They keep postponing when she'll come here, and before we discussed the money, my mom was totally expecting me to meet them at the home to pay and help her move in and organise things! She said she'll phone and let me know when they are close to town, so that I can meet them at the home and I can make the arrangements, and pay the extra money. That was when I asked her "what extra money?". So I had to stop everything in its tracks. I never said anything about meeting them, we only offered N place to sleep over, so she didn't have to drive home on the same day, and we offered to help with petrol money, but she (N) never even answered me, so that is that. Come to think of it, my mom has also received a lot of money for her furniture which they sold, more than enough to cover petrol and part of the deposit, so why can't she use that money? Then she also has her government pension/grant. We paid our share, she has half her grant left, and N and ex pay half the month's rent that is left. So there shouldn't be a short of money?! Because everything is provided for her at the home.

But it isn't my worries, just frustrating, because we work our things out precisely so that we can get through the month, the boys can do their sport, put money away for future things, like taxes, things that need to be fixed, etc.

 

Ja, MIL and I have known each other for 23yrs, and I've been married for (almost) 20 of those. I moved out of the house at 18. Literally three days after I wrote my last exam! We immediately clicked and got along, became friends before Brandt and I even started dating. We have our ups and downs, and only ever really had a (serious) difference of opinion on home schooling, but now she even supports us on that issue. We have the same principles and values. But I will not cycle with her again! She might be 71yrs old now, but she leaves a lot of younger people in her dust when she is on that bike!

 

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Zechariah 4:6

"Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the Lord."

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Strength: Right hamstring still sore from Friday, but I managed to work through everything. It is a huge change from 3x5 to 3x8 deadlifts for me. It is that little bit extra that make you have to concentrate to lift the bar.

  • Deadlifts: 3x8 @ 21.5kg | 3x8 @ 24kg | 1x8 @ 26kg My form was slacking a bit in the end, I kept catching myself bending forward with straight legs.
  • Diamond incline P.up: 3x10 - there is a huge difference in which muscles you use. My triceps are still tired, 4hrs later.
  • Straight legs lift: 3x15
  • Hamstring stretches 2x each leg
  • Dumbbell lateral raises: 3x10 @ 2.5kg

Hubby surprised me this morning by saying I must book a week away close to our anniversary. We'll be married 20yrs end of April. We always laugh because although we didn't realise it at the time, we got married on South Africa's Freedom Day, 27 April. We have two years' points heaped up, because we didn't go away the last two years, other than to MIL, so I'll look for a place in the mountains close by.

 

And the gardener didn't pitch today. So guess what I have to fit in somewhere, some time?

 

Monday schedule: (will edit/update tonight)

  • 5h00 - Strength - RANGERED
  • 6h00 - Breakfast / House (beds, kitchen, bathroom, feed pets...) - RANGERED
  • 7h00-9h00 - eMails, NF - RANGERED
  • 9h00-12h00 - Boys school work - RANGERED
  • 12h00-13h00 - Lunch (cook for two days, to cut down on time on other days) - RANGERED
  • 14h00-15h00 - Boys' swimming lessons - RANGERED
  • 15h00 onwards - Town, home, washing, dinner, pets - RANGERED
  • 18h00 - LOF Book orders, eMails, NF - RANGERED except NF - that's for later tonight! RANGERED
  • 20h00 - Boys bedtime routine, make house neat, clean kitchen, fold washing, etc. RANGERED
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Zechariah 4:6

"Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the Lord."

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Whooo! Congrats on a great first day of the challenge :)

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Grey Jedi Ranger

Jedi Becomes Her Own Hero

Jedi Battle Log

“Keep Calm, Carry On, and Don't Freeze Up!”

- Oboro Shirakumo (Loud Cloud), My Hero Academia Vigilantes

Challenges: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9, #10#11#12#13#14#15#16, #17#18#19#20#21#22#23#24#25#26#27#28#29#30#31#32#33,  #34#35#36#37#38#39#40#41#42#43#44, #45#46#47#48#49#50#51#52#53#54#55#56#57#58#59#60#61#62#63

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I'm still squeeing from the Ranger's Apprentice theme.  Digging the avatar too!

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[Level ??] Rurik, the Thunderer

Class: Stormborn War-Shaman (Path of Giants Barbarian/Conquest Paladin/Elemental Domain Cleric)

BRUTALITY 11 | FINESSE 10 | VIGOR 11 | INSIGHT 14 | WILL 13

Equipment:  Studded leather armor, war club, plus adventurer's pack containing rations, rope, and nature-based potions. 

 

"Rangers have to at least give up on pants. It's a special rule we enacted after Rurik became a Guild Leader.” – DarK_RaideR

"Did I just get my ass kicked by a member of Metallica meets History Channel's Vikings?" - Wild Wolf

"By the Well-Oiled-and-Meticulously-Groomed Beard of Rurik!" - Tanktimus the Encourager

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