Sensing a Scottish Theme

It had to be done…I had to sit down and go through my massive amount of library books and make some choices. Obviously it’s not time for genealogy so those books need to go back as well as some of the cookbooks. In truth…The Outlander cookbook serves all of my needs and she is coming out with another one soon. Right now I have to stick with Danielle Walker and Jenni Hulet and maybe venture out to a new recipe from another source. Those two girls….have given me back food.

Sorry…off track. I have twenty six things checked out of the library, excessive, I know. Tomorrow I will be lugging back at least thirteen. I am keeping the one on Scottish customs and the one on Scottish lore. I even have a cute kids book of Scottish tales, that I have read but will keep for another week or so.

The problem with going through all of these books? I sat down for too long. It needed to be done and now I have no motivation to do much else. One of the cd’s I am taking back is a cd of Scottish ballads. I guess it’s not what I was looking for exactly? It’s the bagpipes…that is what I am looking for and will miss from the ren fest.

See the flowers in her bagpipes? That’s another sign that there is a wedding about to happen. Geez….what happened to me over the last six weeks? I spent a lot of time reflecting and observing and apparently selling. It turns out that my sales were up 35% over the last couple of years. I would like to say “yay me” but I know last year’s weather was awful and that made a difference I’m sure. But still…yay me!

One of the books I looked at tonight was on tartans and while I didn’t find McCullough in this book, I did find another name. Napier. Napier is one of the families that followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky and I have that name on my Grandmother’s and Grandfather’s side of the family tree.

That tartan and this mention….that’s all the genealogy I am allowing myself until after the holidays. Let’s see how well I stick to that over the next few months.

SB had to cancel our yearly sauce making Sunday on October 6th. It turns out she is selling her house and just bought a new one. It’s a whole process of “why” and the benefits that I won’t get into right now. Luckily I get to borrow her Vitamix blender and I will can sauce by myself this year. It won’t be the same but I need to can the sauce. It’s the most used thing I can. I don’t even give this one away…I hoard it and use it up all by myself.  I am getting dangerously low so there was no way I was skipping the sauce this year. Now if I could only master a bread recipe that I could dip in said sauce while it was simmering…..that would be a beautiful miracle.  Still too intimidated by the bread recipe (Danielle Walker Against all Grain) to even give it a try….

I only have about a week to add to my story before I have to print it and send it off to that author so I need to get busy.  I have been spending more time playing catch up and while I have been writing a little bit everyday…it doesn’t seem like enough. I feel I should have more. I would rather send less than send crap so of course I will only send what is ready but now I am starting to feel the pressure.

I won’t let that stop me though….I will never stop writing, even if no one ever reads a word of it…I have to keep going…Zia


About dragonflyzia

I am just a woman finally accepting that I was never meant to be in the box. I don't fit into any stereotypes, please don't try and label me, that doesn't work either. I am embracing my uniqueness in ways that are new and challenging to me, so that I may continue to grow and never stop learning.
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5 Responses to Sensing a Scottish Theme

  1. AmyRose🌹 says:

    I seem to have the same problem with the library, Zia. LOL I get piggy. So many books to choose from and there are times the books just seem to jump right off the shelf saying take me take me! Good luck with the writing ….. whatever your passion don’t stop. (smile)

    • dragonflyzia says:

      Thank you Amy! I am so glad I am not alone. I did keep most of the limited ingredient cookbooks. Tonight I just started chopping and throwing things together. The Girl asked “which cookbook had tonight’s recipe in it?” I only had to look at her and she said “you just threw it all together, didn’t you?” Yep….and I didn’t write it down. It’s almost ready, I’m just waiting on the squash to soften a little bit more. Hopefully they will like it? I am just happy to be experimenting in the kitchen again! Have an awesome day Amy and thanks for being a true inspiration!

  2. Outlawed Piper says:

    That’s really amazing that you have the Boone name running through your family roots. I believe I do as well, and my ancestry is extremely important to me. You are of Scottish ancestry then?

    • dragonflyzia says:

      If only it were that easy…..I have some ancestors who were named after Daniel Boone but I don’t actually think he was actually in my family tree. But who am I to say? This is my mystery branch of the tree. I believe the Scottish comes from my grandmother’s side by her grandmother. A seasoned genealogist once told me that you get 50% from your father and what you get from your mother is a crap shoot of her genes. My 5% Scottish ancestry falls in that category. My Mother’s people followed Daniel Boone into Kentucky and stayed there for generations. Some of my DNA matches come from this area, including Tennessee and they have no idea how we are related. Did I mention the mystery part? One day I will get to the bottom of it. I wish you luck on your genealogical adventures, and thanks for reading.

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