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October 15, 2014

Old City Seaport Festival 2014

Pride of Baltimore II at Old City Seaport Festival Philadelphia Tall Ship

Last weekend I went to the Old City Seaport Festival hosted by the Independence Seaport Museum at at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. Ships in attendence were Gazela and Jupiter of Pennsylvania, Mystic Whaler of Connecticut, A. J. Meerwald of New Jersey, and the Pride of Baltimore II from Maryland.

Saturday was cold, wet and rainy but didn't stop some people from wanting to tour the ships. It really is a fantastic sight to see tall ships together. It makes you think about the times when tall ships were the form of shipping and travel and harbors looked like forests.  

October 6, 2014

What Reenactors Wish Event Hosts Knew

Reenactments are huge affairs. Some have thousands of participates, tens of thousands of spectators and take years to plan. We know it's not easy and we are grateful for what you do. There are a lot of things that happen at events that just get lost between the participants and the people in charge. I've put together some of my ideas and had gracious contributions from reenactors on facebook.

150th Manasas Trash after Reenactment

What Reenactors Wish Event Hosts Knew...

-Sometimes things come up. It would be nice to be able to transfer those preregister fees we paid to other reenactors. If we knew we could transfer these, everyone would preregister, benefiting everyone.

September 30, 2014

Secret Life of Bloggers Blog Party: Post 28: My Fuzzy Brain

This month has been interesting.  I've done a lot of things out of my comfort zone in a short period of time which has been good but I've also had to change my work habits which turned out to be horrible. I was working from another home and alone most of the time so I found myself using technology more than ever to detrimental effect.       

I have found that my switch from listening to music on my computer to listening on my ipod touch has been bad for my focus as I get facebook notifications and email notifications. The time it takes me to check the notification takes a few seconds, but the time it takes to get my brain back on track is a lot longer. A study conducted by Michigan State reported that a 3 second distraction doubles work related errors and I believe it.

I've also been doing a lot of unnecessary multitasking, such as checking facebook, writing, listening to music and checking the news all at the same time. I find the new gadgets make multitasking like this effortless and quick. It seems like the less time I spend focusing on one task the more "fuzzy" and overwhelmed my mind feels. Science seems to back this up.

Now I'm strangely trying to undo all of the extremely handy features that my phone has and removing all of my saved passwords on the computer so checking thing is no longer a "3 second" jump. I've always been a fan of the "Slow tech" and "unplugging" movements and have been good about getting things done in the real world, but this last week I was glued to my devices and I feel horrible.

I encourage everyone to try and take a break from crazy  multitasking this week. There are a lot of beautiful things going on outdoors take the time to relax and enjoy them without checking your phone every two seconds.           


September 21, 2014

Photo Essay: Star Spangled Spectacular Sailing Trip

Star Spangled Spectacular, Gazela, Baltimore I don't always fall off the earth for a week, but when I do, I'm up to something fun. I helped sail tall ship, Gazela Primeiro, down to Baltimore for the bicentennial of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. As this was my first real sail, I was very excited and overwhelmed.

We arrived at the ship at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia on Monday night and started off Tuesday morning. That night we dropped anchor near the Sassafras river. On Wednesday, we set off again and arrived at Baltimore around 10:30 in the morning. I was the cook for the first few days.

I created a photographic essay to document the experience.

September 17, 2014

1860s Crab Apple Jelly Recipe: Historical Food Fortnightly

“I enjoy doing housework, ironing, washing, cooking, dishwashing. Whenever I get one of those questionnaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It's an admirable profession, why apologize for it. You aren't stupid because you're a housewife. When you're stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.”
― Tasha Tudor

September 16, 2014

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation Civil War Event 2014

I have been missing all week, but that is a post for another time! On Sunday, I helped out with the Civil War event at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation in Media, Pennsylvania. This is my home event and I was sad to only be able to help out one of the two days.

For those of you who have never been to the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, the farm is beautiful and is the perfect spot for a time traveling trip. It's a gorgeous backdrop for a Civil War event. The farm house and surrounding buildings bring farmhouse life to life and the spectators stand so close, that they are really a part of the action.  

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