[Northkeep] baronial work day

Melissa Long Blevins hlecalais at sbcglobal.net
Tue Sep 8 11:38:05 PDT 2009

Olivia and I have had a MAJOR case of flu!  I have been down for almost 2 1/2 wks.  We did not stay away because we did not want to help but because we would have needed a bucket to hang our heads in and thought that the people that we loved would appreciate us NOT sharing!  Not to mention we are in Norman now!


From: Amanda Wallace <dragontamerbrat at gmail.com>
To: The Barony of Northkeep <northkeep at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 1:30:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Northkeep] baronial work day


I agree. This workday, and indeed, the past one, were put together quickly.
This one, was on a HOLIDAY. I have familial obligations. AKA...I had to
butcher animals to put them in the freezer. Is it any wonder then, that we
as a family utilize those days when all 6 of us are available to do the
work? I run a farm.

With ample advance notice, things CAN be worked into the schedule. 2 or even
3 weeks is not ample advance notice. I plan things out months ahead of time.

His Excellency makes the point that many hands make light work. I agree.
However, knowing that the next King of Ansteorra is of the North, and
knowing that we have many people trying to get things ready for Their
Highnesses, we had a workday here, also.

Tega is recovering from major surgery. (Thank goodness you are doing
better!) Thormund still only has 50% usage out of that index finger, about
80% from the thumb. Due to his injury, most of the things that needed doing
here at the farm did not get done. Things that were planned for this year in
The Plan. This, has of course, set us back. We'll be ok. I spend a large sum
of money annually for Krys to do what she loves.

It costs me anywhere between $10 and $15 to make a trip to Tulsa. I don't
have that extra available. So before you chastise everyone for not showing
up, have some compassion for them. I HAVE shown up in the past. I've cooked
3 feasts, auto-cratted 2 events. Don't tell me I've never done anything for
this Barony. I help as and when I can.


On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 12:35 PM, Montega <montega at gmail.com> wrote:

> Well it does make me angry and OFFENDS the hell out of me. Morgan
> worked his butt off for our Prince this weekend and for other baronies
> as well. Perhaps THAT should be considered. I would have been working
> my butt off too, but recovery after major surgery kind of gets in the
> way. Just because people aren't right in front of your faces doing
> work, doesn't mean they aren't working for Northkeep/SCA NO ONE should
> ever feel guilty or be made to feel guilty when mundane things take
> them away from this game.
>  I am not going to gripe without giving a solution suggestion, so here it
> is:
>  Instead of coming up with last minute work days (on a holiday no
> less) why don't we have two yearly "get it done" work days planned
> well in advance (for procrastinators out there, I mean a YEAR in
> advance)  so that people can work around it with events and mundane
> things?
> Tega
> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 12:23 PM, Jerry Herring<j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net>
> wrote:
> > I too had thought to write something snarky as a reply to the many barbs
> that others have offered in reply to my postings but I thought better of all
> you than that and so I would pray you the next time any of you find yourself
> under one
> > of the Northkeep Pavilions taking a respite from the sun, or enjoying a
> cool
> > drink because of the efforts of some fair lass bearing water, or feasting
> and
> > reveling the night away with your friends, or fighting on the field of
> honor...Remember that none
> > of this would be there for you to enjoy with out some one else caring
> enough to answer
> > the call and to take some part when Northkeep called for work to be done.
> Perhaps if you
> > ponder about what efforts others have offered selflessly so that for at
> least a
> > short time that you and others might enjoy a moment of fun and medieval
> grandeur then you may
> > feel a slight twinge of guilt. Maybe just maybe the next time there is a
> call
> > for aid, help, or work you will remember what efforts others had given on
> your behalf
> > and then in a generous mood you too may show up even if it is for a short
> time
> > to lend your aid. If you do come and offer you’re your hands when
> Northkeep
> > asks for it then maybe you may find yourself feeling more a part of this
> fine
> > group. If you shared in the work then you might take a feeling of pride
> when
> > others are enjoying the next Northkeep event. If you shared in the work
> when
> > Northkeep called then you might rightfully boast that you
> > helped make this Barony what it is…How well Northkeep’s event do, or how
> nice
> > we appear as a Barony, or how much fun you are able to have at an event
> are
> > all related to how much work is put forth. Maybe if you are the kind of
> > person who can give back a little too some place that gives so much to
> you then
> > you will find yourself enjoying the rewards that may be reaped from
> contributing
> > when Northkeep next calls you to do your part.
> >
> > I apologize if this reply made anyone feel defensive, or angry, or
> anything other than simply inspired to come take part the next time there is
> work to be done. Hard work is its own reward but even above that amongst
> those who work hard in Northkeep are many fast made friends and many a just
> reward.
> >
> >
> > Kindly
> > Ian
> >
> > Baron
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