[Ansteorra] News from Old Friends

Pamela D. Kendrick pkendrick at kendrick.dyndns.info
Sat Oct 20 07:21:36 PDT 2012

Hooray!!!!!!  SO, so glad to get this wonderful news!  When may we expect to see you arrive home from foreign lands dear friends?


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From: ansteorra-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org [mailto:ansteorra-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Snorri Hallsson
Sent: Friday, October 19, 2012 6:01 PM
To: ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org
Subject: [Ansteorra] News from Old Friends

To the Stellar Kingdom of Ansteorra come greetings from the cold north from HL Snorri Hallsson and Lady Gróa Ulfsdottir:

Some may know of us. Many do not. Long has it been since we lived in Ansteorra.

Long have we been away from the lands of the Sable Star.

Long have we watched from afar the glories of our countryfolk, and cheered with vigor, though while we made our lodgings in another kingdom, our hearts have ever belonged to the Lion Throne.

Long have our hearts been heavy with the weight of absent friends.

Long have we yearned for the hospitality, the warmth, and the spirit of Ansteorra, those things which made it our home.

Long have we wished to return.

Good my lords and ladies, I bid you these glad tidings.

Our long wait ... is over.

We are coming home.

Now for the mundane stuff, in a nutshell, which is nowhere near as flowery or as pleasant.

We moved from Houston to Chicago in 2005, under the promise of a fresh new start. That fresh new start never materialized, and we left an entire kingdom full of friends for seven years of an absolute nightmare of social isolation and extreme financial hardship. This has culminated in the two of us being unemployed for several months, our savings long ago having dried up, and our leasing agency informing us that the lease ending November 30 will not be renewed. In the seven-plus years that we've been here, we've made very few friends and acquaintances compared to the number we have in Ansteorra. Our support network here is unable to help us, as are both sides of our family. We literally had nowhere else to go, until some friends in Austin agreed to help us out with a spare room until we could get on our feet.

The trick, however, is getting down there.

As much as it embarrasses us to have to ask for help, we're pretty much left with no choice at this point. We've set up a ChipIn at http://wyldnytes.chipin.com/moving-back-home for anyone that wishes to donate. I'll leave all the details there, but if you can help, it would mean the world to us.

I'm so, so sorry that our lives have come to this point, and especially that so many of you are going to have this as your first impression of us as we return to Ansteorra. I only hope that we can make it up to you somehow in the future.

As always, in service to Ansteorra,

Snorri and Gróa
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