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02 May 2005 @ 06:51 pm
MY WEEKEND...  
Boy did I have a busy weekend!

Saturday, I spent the day with my friend, Carole, because Sunday was her birthday.

I woke early and we drove up to the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line to a town called Maryland Line, Md. Carole is looking for a dog and we went to and animal rescue there. She had a few dogs that she wanted to see…one inparticular. When we arrived, it went pretty quick because she had already filled out the paperwork and faxed it to them. The lady went and got the dog that Carole was interested in…a 6 month old female Bluetick Coonhound/Beagle mix named “Dulcie”. They put her on the leash for us to walk her around the grounds, but she was very hard to walk…she pulled back and refused to move unless you pulled her…to me she looked like a dog who had been abused…she kept her head low and flat, her tail tucked and she looked up from her downward tilted head. She was so cute and a sweetheart.

Next, the lady took Carole and I down through “The Yard”, a huge enclosure where most of the dogs ran free (there were also pens off to each side). It was the weirdest thing you ever saw…all these dogs ran past Carole and the Lady and swarmed me! I was laughing so hard and trying to pet each and every one of them…and speak to each of them. LOL…they were jumping on me and pushing against me and gently grabbing my arms…an Irish Setter was rubbing against my legs and even went under me and came out between my legs (OMG…if I had fallen!)…I think Carole was a little jealous; she snipped, “Come on. Just push through them or we’ll never get done!”…LOL! Anyhoo, we were headed for another building in the center of ‘The Yard’ where there were a few others that Carole wanted to look at. The dogs all walked behind me and I noticed this little beagle that was SO fat (he was as wide as he was tall) and he was old (face completely white)…he was trotting along next to me trying so hard to keep up and he was looking me right in the face! I HAD to stop and make over him…LOL…of course Carole sighed and then the lady told me that he wasn’t adoptable…he was very old and he had cancer. OMG! Talk about break my heart! OH…and his name was…Hercules! I honestly wanted to hug him and never let go!

So…we went inside and met two more coonhound type dogs…both girls and around 6-7 months…LOL…the one, ‘Sprite’ was rolling on her back on top of my feet and kicking me with her legs…she was a ball of energy! We took Sprite over to the cat area to see how she reacted to cats (Carole has 3)…3 cats came over to me and started purring and rubbing against me (I swear that I didn’t have meat or fish in my pockets)…there was a powder grey one with a pink nose that was so sweet…LOL…when I tried to leave, she hooked into my pants leg and one of the women there had to unhook her.



After looking in this building, we came outside and this big dog named ‘Gateway’ jumped up and put his paws on my shoulders and gave me a big ol lick right up my face! Hahahaha! He was adorable, guys! I was laughing, but the lady yelled for him to get down and was apologizing! I told her that it didn’t bother me in the least (I’m covered in muddy paw prints by this time...LOL…no biggie). Gateway was such a sweetie…he was licking my hands and gently biting them…then when Carole said something to me, I turned to her and he plopped a big ol muddy paw right on my cheek! (BTW, Carole was pretty miffed by now making comments like, “Hmmm…dogs ALWAYS come to me!”). The lady gave Carole some dog treats and then Gateway jumped on her…she was pleased because he listened when she snapped “SIT!” and he just wagged his tail and licked my hand when I said it! LOL!!

So…Carole decided that she liked Gateway better than Dulcie and the lady got a leash for us to walk him. (BTW, lil Hercules followed us to the gate…heart breaking again!). When we left there, Carole put a hold on Gateway and was waiting for the paperwork to be done (home visit too).

From there, we drove back down closer to home and I treated her to an early dinner at The Outback for her birthday…LOL…we waited for our muddy paw prints to dry and mostly brushed the dried mud off! Dinner was fantastic (lighting low too, Thank God!)…I had Coconut shrimp for my appetizer and Walkabout soup (like roasted potato soup)…also had a center cut steak (medium well) and fries and a Fosters lager. Carole had the same meal, except she had Grilled shrimp and some kind of Peach drink. After that very filling meal, Carole ordered a chocolate pecan brownie covered with scoops of vanilla ice cream and smothered in chocolate syrup (I had a few bites…YUMMY!).

After dinner, we decided to go to a movie and neither of us really knew what was out right now (The theatre we went to, The Egyptian, has 24 theatres)…so the first one I recognized was “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”! So…we saw that! A lady in line said to me, “So, tell the truth…how many times have you read the book?”. I told her that I was aware of the book but, embarrassingly never read it! Carole said she never heard of it! Well…we both really enjoyed it! It is a very…different…movie! Many people brought small kids and I’m sure those folks never read the book; there’s no real sex or violence, but this is NOT a movie for kids…I can’t explain, you’ll just have to see it!



After the movie, we went back to Carole’s house and she showed me some things she bought to decorate and then I headed home and jumped into the CyberArms of my CyberHubby! Talking to Jase was the perfect ending to the day!

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Sunday, I woke and had a big breakfast and just before I got in the shower, My sis called and asked me if I wanted to drive to Pennsylvania to go to a Fairy Festival. I first told her that I was too tired and then went to get in the shower...then I thought about the kids and called her back and told her I'd go...she told the kids and I heard them cheering in the background...LOL...makes an Uncle's heart go thumpity thump!

It was a pretty long drive to the area of Pennsylvania we were going to...it was outside of Glen Rock, Pa, way out in the country, amongst the hills...a bit over an hour drive. Griffin, at one point, grumbled, "Are we almost there?". My sis said, "Griffin, we'll be there soon...we just crossed into Pennsylvania.". LOL...his eyes got real big and he said, "Are we going to see Vampires?!". We explained that 'Pennsylvania' was a state and 'Transylvania' was an area in another country far away. He asked, "Well, are we gonna see Pennsylvania Vampires?"...LOL...sometimes, with kids, ya just can't win!

So we arrived at the festival (I think it's held on a 70 acre farm)...anyhoo, it was a huge area...tents amongst the woods and on hills...many vendors, craftspeople, performers and almost everyone seemed to be in costume! It was like being transported into some Faerie realm!! There were Faeries, Pixies, Brownies, Green Men, Satyrs, witches, wizards, Hobbits, Nature Spirits, Nockers, Ogres, Trolls...any kind of fantasy creature good or bad was represented! I was in Heaven! I was in misery, however, because I forgot my camera! Every minute I was seeing great photo possibilities! Gweni was the only one of us that was in costume...she had her Faerie wings and a garland on. The cool thing was that all ages were represented...everyone from infant to senior citizen was in costume...there were also quite a few goth boys and girls and a group of gay boys in brightly colored Anime/Ziggy Stardust type costumes. Griffin was so pleased with himself when he saw a small group of goth boys sitting on this log...he jerked his thumb that way and said to us, "AHEM! Vampires!". One of the boys heard him and got a huge grin on his face...such a cutie too!



There was just so much going on at this festival, I can't begin to explain or describe it all...so, here's a link to their website...lots of pics and descriptions!

http://www.fairiefestival.net/

We are planning on going next year...maybe for the whole weekend (They have a camper). There is also one in Maryland on the 21st of May...not so sure this one will be as good...it will be outside of some arena (I need to find out more).

There was a long ride home and then again, I got to end my day with my wonderful CyberHubby! Thanks for listening to my excited chatter, Jasey! ~smooch~

Okay...This is one of the longest posts that I've made in a long time...I hope no one got hurt falling asleep at their desk! :)



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Jaseslavetopassion on May 2nd, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
I love every minute I get with you! And I so enjoy hearing about your day!
I still think you would make the sexiest satyr! rawwrr!
~cuddles~ I adore you!
Mark: apolloandsatyrboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)
LOL! YOU are the one that makes our time fun! I'd be a satyr for you, sweetie!
mark: mileskishenehn on May 2nd, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
Aww ... you're such a dog person, Mark! That's yet another reason you have to be a good guy ... I definitely trust dogs' judgement in such matters. :)

You really need to find a successor to Roo someday, sir ... there are so many wonderful dogs out there who desperately need someone like you in their lives.
Mark: thinkingboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
Well, that smile on Miles' face tells me what a sweetie you are, Mark! I know I need to find a new canine kid...I really love having a doggie to come home to!
Urban Rebelurbanrebel on May 2nd, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
HOW did you make it out of there without bringing one home?! I couldn't go to some place like that because it would just be too upsetting if I didn't rescue at least one, and knowing you're worse than me about that kind of thing I thought you were a gonner when you told me that's what you were doing Sat. LOL. Gateway is so cute though! How big is he? He looks like maybe 35 lbs or so but I'm assuming the picture is deceiving if he's big enough to put his paws on your shoulders - unless you've shrunk to fairy size. Ha!

That festival looks like a TRIP. I have never heard of that kind of thing.
Mark: MarkinOzboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
LOL...it was so hard, Russ! I wanted to just stay there and hang out with the doggies! That's probably why Carole and the lady were getting exasperated with me...I HAD to acknowledge each and every one of the dogs! Hahahaha...I petted and spoke to each one that was anywhere near! It's not pretty either...I do the baby talk and silly voices and stuff! I have to...it makes them so happy...they react to it! Carole 'doesn't do baby talk'...like that's gonna stop me! Gatewayis 45-50 lbs I think, but tall! He stood up easily and rested his paws (large paws) on my shoulders.

The Fairy Festival was so cool...it's the first I'd ever heard of something like that too!
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A.M.ultimategirl on May 3rd, 2005 12:20 am (UTC)
Animals always know a good person when they find one. ;) Hercules sounds like he was absolutely darling! So hard to leave behind!

I've never heard of a Fairy Festival, but the photos look amazing! That must have been such a blast!
Mark: Angelboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 01:44 am (UTC)
OMG, Anne! Hercules just melted my heart! That old boy...SO fat...he was like a little blimp and he was chuggin along trying to keep up and he was looking me right in the face! How could I NOT have slowed down and made a fuss over him? I'm getting choked up just typing this! LOL!

The Fairy Festival was just magical! We know the one here in Md won't be as cool, but we want to go to hit the craft people again!
Deboraherryl on May 3rd, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had a fun weekend. The fairy festival looks like a lot of fun. I like what your nephew said about the Pennsylvania vampires. :)
Mark: Browneyesboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 12:13 pm (UTC)
The festival was tons of fun, Deb! You would have loved it! My nephew is a real character! LOL!
Glenn: Adam Arestoman on May 3rd, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
pitamakan is right, there are a lot of wonderful dogs out there that need a loving, caring person like yourself. And think of how great it would be to have a doggie to enthusiastically welcome you home after work, and snuggle up to you when you watch TV!

I highly recommend it!!!!
Mark: farmboyboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC)
True, Glen! I'm thinking of maybe getting one in the Fall. I do love my lil canine kiddies!
Treed1979a_trick_mind on May 3rd, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
PUPPIES!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
Mark: abercrombieboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 12:15 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yes indeedy!
talmage mcgooliger: topherajk on May 3rd, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
You saw Hitchhikers eh? *grin* I love the book, it's one of my favourites. The movie... eh I don't know whether I liked it. It was weird. I guess it just took me by surprise seeing it in a different form. *shrugs* Glad you liked it though, hun! *hugs*

amyk xox
Mark: blondboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC)
Alan Rickman as Marvin's voice was my favorite! I love him!
txrangerboi on May 3rd, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
Awww. Hey, if i lick your face and wag my tail, can i come home with you?

The festival looked like a lot of fun, i totally loved the idea. And what was the drink of choice among the fairies? Sprite of course!

Smooch and tail wag!
Mark: abercrombieboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 04:21 pm (UTC)
If you lick my face and wag your tail...OMG! How could I resist?!

'SPRITE'! LMAO! I love a pun! (Let's not even discuss the Pixie Sticks!!)

~Smooch~ Come on, Boy...Bath Time!!!
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Mark: Browneyesboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
LOL! Yeah...that smug lil monster! He was so pleased with himself!
ktm on May 3rd, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Carole had the same meal, except she had Grilled shrimp and some kind of Peach drink."

peach drink = the wallaby darned

outback is one of my favorite restaurants! i LOVE their specialty drinks. they make this martini called a 'wootini' that is just fabulous! i love their 'chicken on the barbie' too!

:-)
Mark: blondboywondermark on May 3rd, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC)
Well...she sucked down that wallaby like there was no tomorrow!
I normally eat chicken or seafood when I go out...I'll have to try their chicken next time!!
james__sndchasr on May 5th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
aww gateway looks like the dog I had as a kid! I miss that dog :( great memories though!
Mark: Browneyesboywondermark on May 5th, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'll bet you'd be a great daddy for any pet! :)
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dendroidman: Bodydendroidman on May 6th, 2005 09:39 am (UTC)
awwwwww thats so cute. dogs do have a good sence of character. they felt your glowing orah. lol

yea see you know the energy im talking about now. ren fairs just got a great air to them. and of corse alot of it is from everyone participating. i would probably laughe if i had been called a vamp too. lol thats cute. i would dress up as so many things to these. dendroid of corse. lol ;) and all sorts of others.

glad you had a good time. ::hug::
Mark: Browneyesboywondermark on May 6th, 2005 12:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Den...it was great fun...and if you had gone Goth, you would have fit right in!
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Aelindelaelindel on May 9th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
Long lost hugs
Hey buddy,

Interesting. Heard that the Otherkin / Faerie faires really go off. Things in Australia are a little more on the smaller scale although I am looking forward to catching up with some of my kin over there in the States when I rock up in Novemember.

LOL It is always the way, the sights you see when you do not have a camera. But then maybe that is just fate. I know a lot of true kin do not particularly like having their pictures taken. I was at a Faire last year when this fellow tried to take my picture. Odd thing was that the film, when it got back from the photolab was overdeveloped. The slide with me on it was over-exposed and the panels on either side where similarly ruined. *shrug*

Must say, really loved the pic in your response dated 2005-05-03 01:28 your response to slavetopassion. Where did you come across it? You always find the coolest pictures. I should spend more time online I think. But you know, work, studies and the like, keeps me busy.

Anyways, know that you and your cyber husband are in my thoughts and my blessings.

Light of the mother upon you both

Aelin
Mark: apolloandsatyrboywondermark on May 9th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Long lost hugs
Aelin! It’s wonderful to hear from you, my friend!

I’m sure that you would have found many kindred spirits amongst the large crowd at the Faerie Fest! I must say that I was surprised when we arrived there…I expected something kind of half-baked…a Hollywood, cardboard cutout version of the otherworld, but I was happy to see something else. I liked the way that the woods and hills were used…the vendor’s tents and booths were not lined up in rows, but more in a market place atmosphere and you had to travel through wooded areas, over little footbridges and up hills to get to them all! The crafts were amazing and the entertainment gave you a good feel of olden days. I just looked at the website for this and they have posted their first set of pics from the Fest this year http://www.fairiefestival.net/ …I looked at them and I feel a sense of loss (I know, sounds crazy)…I see none of the people, events or places that I would have tried to capture on film! It seems that the photographers merely search out pretty young women or little girls in fairy wings and then toss in a few other things for variety. I saw some very pretty young men…elves, faeries, pookas, brownies, etc. I also saw a couple that were Nockers (very interesting) and I saw some of the plainer of the Fey Folk…Boggans, Brownies…all of your farm, country, household type Fey! There was an older woman there…short, heavy/stocky build…she had an acorn type of hat on and her clothing was somewhat medieval peasant-like, with a touch of nature adorning everything…I felt a bit drawn to her for some reason. Again, I will definitely take my camera from now on to at least capture some enchanting Fey boys! LOL!
The icon that you are drawn to is from http://www.joephillips.com/
There are some great pics on there…the full version of that one is very nice (Apollo and Pan?).
I think that it’s fantastic that you keep busy! Don’t be in such a hurry to spend more time online, hon…the net isn’t going anywhere! 
Well…sorry that I got a bit lengthy…just haven’t seen you in awhile and wanted to bend one of your pointed ears! LOL!

Aa' menle nauva calen ar' ta hwesta e' ale'quenle
Mark
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