An Elf Moved Into My Tree!

IMG_450993760I’ve always wanted a tree with an elf, and now I finally have one! Fun times!


Here’s her full set up. The wishing well is for incoming letters.

The blue dinosaur in the well is a gift from a neighborhood child who also left a letter.


The trunk is for responses from the elf, Elvie.


Her response to the dinosaur gifter.

IMG_450930272(I put it back, I promise!)




Ren Fest #1

As you can tell by the title of this post, I know I’ll be going to the Renaissance Festival more than once this year.

This time, we started with our usual apple dumpling, then we caught some belly dancers (I LOVE BELLY DANCERS!) and fire dancers (what??):

Photo (27) - CopyWe walked through the fairy garden and answered riddles. I love the riddles.

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I know it’s really hard to tell what the heck is happening in this picture. But it’s a fairy house-type area. Whatever. I know what it looked like, and that’s all that matters.

We watched some highland dancers, and then we watched some turtles having sex. Yup. I was talking with the turtle people and kept hearing this weird grunting noise, and I said, “What is that?” “Oh, some turtles over there humping.” So I walk around the corner, and sure enough.

Photo (28) - CopyThe people teased me about taking a picture of it, and I said, “Believe it or not, this is not the first time I’ve taken a picture of turtle sex.” I’m pretty sure they thought I was kidding. I was not.

At the end of the night, the royal singers gave a nice little get the heck out of here concert. It was fun.

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Elf House!

I was taking a walk with my nephew this weekend, and we came upon a cute little yard pond…

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With a cute little elf house!! (One of my favorite things in life along with 50s Diners, boots, and any and all animals.)

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Also on that walk, there was this very large tree next to a power line….and the power line held a large chunk from that tree. Look, is this not the weirdest thing?

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And one more thing, I just have to put this here because I think it’s funny and cute. When I told my nephew that I was going to take a picture of the elf house, he plopped himself down next to it in a very specific “I’m posing for the camera” stance, assuming that I must have meant that I was going to take a photo of him next to an elf house. His grandmother has taught him well. Look at his super serious “getting my picture taken” face:

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Renaissance Festival

Photo1 (2)We go to the Ren Fest every year. This year the weather was PERFECT!

Photo1 (45)This guy, Thuy (pronounce Too-ee), is there every year, and his act is the exact same every year, down to the word. Which I love! I like being able to mouth his lines along with him, and know what’s coming next. He’s 51 years old, he performs every day of the fair, 5 times a day, and he is amazing! Above, he’s on a ladder, spinning a ball on his forehead, and juggling rings. He has another trick in which he stands on the ladder, on only one foot, spinning a ring on the free foot, juggling rings in one hand, spinning rings on the other, playing the kazoo, etc. all at the same time!

In the picture below, he is performing a totally new trick! He usually stands on his slack rope while it is lit on fire, and walks through the fire (and juggles flaming batons). For THIS trick, he stood on the LADDER ON THE ROPE, and had the ladder lit on fire, while he juggled flaming batons. Yeah.

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Photo1 (40)These dudes tell riddles at their booth. Crowds just form around them, they throw out a riddle, and people make guesses. I could stay at this booth all day.

Here are some sample riddles:

1. Throw away the outside and cook the inside, then eat the outside and throw away the inside. What is it?

2. What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in one thousand years?

3. In marble walls as white as milk,
Lined with a skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden apple doth appear.
No doors there are to this stronghold,
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.

Then I went to the fairy trail. This was new a few years ago, and it was always disappointing. They didn’t really do much with it, and it was basically just a walk in the woods. Well THIS year, they had this fantastic fairy show! I sought it out because one of the performers is a girl that I dance with, but I knew nothing else about it. I wish I had gotten more pictures, but I was too busy enjoying the show. I learned later that the show was created and is performed by a family (mother and her children, who are home-schooled and live on a farm nearby. My friend is the only performer not in the family).

The oldest daughter sings and plays guitar, and everyone dances, and performs about nature and how we should enjoy the magic of nature and help it to grow and thrive. And they’re all dressed as fairies, of course. Gosh. I really wish I had gotten more pictures. Everything was really well done, their big tree-stump house, their little garden and pond area, the cute costumes. The best part of the show was when the performers would bring around different little animals for the audience to touch and see up close. Here’s the mom, presenting a hedgehog. She had a cute little poem/story about each animal (i.e. this is my prickly little friend..Mrs. Bristlebrush..).

Photo1 (39)Loved it.

We also saw sheep herding (I LOVE watching sheep herding; it’s like magic), and interacted with some of the Herpetological Society’s members:

Photo1 (42)The gentleman below has been performing at the fair forever. When I was a kid, he performed with his sons (at the time, I felt like there were literally 20 of them, but maybe it was more like 5), and their dog wore a basket (for tips). They all played different instruments and sang. Now, as his sons have grown up, he performs solo. Always good to see him.

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Photo1 (41)Ah Ren Fest.