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Hi Regan, Now that is absolutely fascinating. I knew ships had cats, but I didn't know they could affect the weather. I like the superstition about bad luck if cats fell overboard. A good protection for them. My own cat cannot be convinced to stay off the railing of the porch and spends much of her time risking injury or death if she falls. I knda suspect ships' cats were the same. I can see the sailors trying to lure her off the railing with offerings of fish ...
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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Man, there is so much folklore about animals predicting earthquakes. Snakes come out. Or snakes hide. Birds fly. Birds dive in the water. Birds dance the conga. On the other hand, the last time I was in an earthquake, from the dog ... nothing. From the cat ... nothing.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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They must have been very sturdy girls indeed in the Regency, though they apparently wore a good many petticoats underneath. Now, as to the weather -- I can't speak for everybody. When I was writing Forbidden Rose I did a lot of delving into the weather. FR takes place in Paris in early July 1792 when Robespierre fell. It's well known and significant weather and folks speculate that events might have gone differently if it had not rained at particular moments. But mostly I just decree what the weather will be in a particular scene and move on to worrying about something else. I don't tie the story down to n set of dates so it makes decreeing what the weather should be fairly easy, since any odd week is likely to have any weather you could come up with, short of typhoons and earthquakes.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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Maybe it comes from the cranial sinuses. We have sinuses -- hollow places inside our skulls -- so the whole thing won't be too heavy to lift. I think the air moves in and out of these and equalizes slowly, so when the pressure changes around us we feel it as our skulls slowly expanding or contracting from within. ouch.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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I think the animals hear all these noises and notice the vibrations even more than we do. And think how many humans are afraid of storms ...
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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You would have been the woman next to the fire in pub saying, "Ayup. Bad weather's movin' in. I can feel it in me joints." And up and down the bar folks would be nodding. "Yep. Glenda knows." And they'd drink up and head off to pen the sheep under cover.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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Car washing. An infallible way to make it rain.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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And that's part of history too. We get far enough away from the past and we see only the hardships. We forget that a long day at the loom meant meat on the table that week. That when the iron mills were working they'd be taking on new hands instead of sending men home without work. There's a lens we look through to see the past. Nothing is ever simple. Nothing straightforward. Hard to think of the 1950s as 'history'.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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When it gets really bad, I get into bed with a book and Mandy comes in with me and hides -- no, not under the covers where it would make some sense -- she gets up at the top of the bed and tries to sit on my head. Failing that, she gets under the pillows. Do wild dogs of the African veldt look for pillows to hide under? This makes no sense. I love wind and rain and storm myself.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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I have a friend with a Great Pyrenees. It is HUGE and has the most distinctive voice. He bays like a great deep fog horn. Lovely gentle dog. Not, as you say, a lap dog. And cannot be convinced he is too big to fit next to my chair at the table. I have not been in their house during a storm. It would be interesting.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2014 on Regency Weather Lore at Word Wenches
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Hi Wendy -- We kinda know the oldtimers who've been around the blog, commenting on the posts, for a while. We recognize the names. *g*
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on 8th Anniversary Part 2 at Word Wenches
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I'm like you. I don't work neatly at a desk and chair. I pick up my laptop and wander. I have a body prone to repetitive stress injury and a laptop that lets me change the position and angle I'm working at makes all the difference. About all I do at my desk is pay bills ... poor neglected desk.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on 8th Anniversary Part 2 at Word Wenches
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Hi Juanita -- Never possibly offended by someone saying they can't recall a particular post. That's what Google Search does for us. It slips in and takes the place of our poor beleaguered memories. My life would be 20,000,000 index cards if it weren't for internet resources. I too prefer reading 'dead tree' books when I lean back and enjoy myself. I'll even pick up the paperback copy of books I have in my kindle. There is just nothing like holding a book in your hand. (And I spend so much time looking at the screen that my eyes get tired of it.)
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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Hi Shannon -- Sorry I haven't gotten back to you sooner. Our WebHost has been having some technical problems. I understand things are difficult right now out there in Technical Blogland. Our animal companions fill a great space in our hearts. Loving our dogs and cats is the most simple and natural part of our lives.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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Hi Sharon, You are so kind. (jo hugs herself, feeling good.) I never took a course in History after ... I guess it was Ninth Grade. So I'm teaching myself as I go along. Fascinating stuff.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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Hi Glenda -- Y'know. I keep a file of ideas for what I could post about. If you come up with good ideas for posts, send them to Sherrie. In a lotta ways, the blog is interactive ...
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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Hi Keira - Now I am going to think of you when I post. I know there are a lot of 'watchers' who appreciate the blogs but don't generally speak up. I have a sense of them, but don't get to interact. HEY! (This is me talking to the lurkers.) This is a good post to drop by and say hello. Give up the shyness. Get swag. Actually, I know all about reading blogs and never posting because I do a lot of that. Or do a lot of not doing that ...
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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Hi Kay -- Groups come and go. I see some people I really enjoyed reading pack up their bags and wander away -- doubtless to other work. So I am very glad the Wenches are still posting after so long.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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I am warmed and delighted by all the kind things folks have said on this celebration. And I love talking to readers here on the blog. Just the most wonderful folks.
Toggle Commented May 24, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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Hi Juanita -- I am of two minds about writing in books and folding down the pages and cracking the spines. I have had friends who just wince when they see this. And I understand their point of view. I really do. Books are so wonderful and the ideas in them are so valuable -- shouldn't the physical vessel of the book be respected. But then I decided -- no. I can hold and enjoy and mark the books I read (well, not the expensive books. Just the paperbacks.) because the book and I -- we're friends. And good friends leave marks on each other. We interact.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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Hi Jackie -- Than you kindly. I think all the Wenches are feeling rather celebrator today.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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Hi LInda -- Well thank ye kindly. And eight years is very much an achievement. Since I haven't been here all that long I'll applaud everybody else.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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I am greatly beholding to all the folks who blog about history. There is just so much benevolence and kindness everywhere. So if folks like the posts I do on history, thank also the many experts who share the knowledge on the net.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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Hi Lisa -- Grin. What a pretty icon you have. I've seen people take a frame and use colored twine or nylon string to make images like that.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2014 on Wonderful Wenchly Eighth Anniversary at Word Wenches
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