I am tired and a little sore today but I am still grinning like a kid. Last week started out as not so good but ended extremely well.
Well, it was cold here in Chicago last week. Like highs in the single digits with wind chills of minus twenty. Wednesday we had blizzard conditions due to the wind. This made it hard to get anything done. I'd get home at night, eat dinner, get warm, and my body would just shut down. Then there was Middle Kingdom 12th Night that was hosted locally. I had a scroll assignment that had a major question and then Saturday kept getting closer and I wasn't able to get the job done (although it worked out fine).
So I went into 12th Night with my friend Drscam thinking "I just want to have fun today". We had an early breakfast at our favorite diner and picked up Misreall to head to the event as we agreed to unload royal stuff first thing. Timing was almost perfect as we got there just to start unloading. That finished, I had to put the hinges on the box my shire, Rokkehealden, was putting into the basket raffle. By the time everything was done it was almost noon. I was retaining for Her Majesty from 2-4:30 so I had time to eat lunch and shop a little.
During the shopping I was told that I was to attend the Pennsic Commanders meeting at 3. I informed Her Majesty and she said it was not a problem. I retained for her then scurried off to the meeting. It was nice to sit amongst those who I look up to and be accepted among them. The meeting was very informative and so I came away from it quite happy. It was then time to see my lovely wife, Misreall, for about 3 minutes before I went up to the basket raffle. I did not win the feast box my shire put in but I did win the brew kit the Ayreton Brewers Guild donated.
Court was shortly after and many people I know were recognized with awards. Mistress Sarafina Sinclair and her husband Etienne were made Court Baron and Baroness. Sir Fern, my knight, received the Dragon's Heart. Others I know received the Purple Fret, Silver Oak, and Order of the Evergreen. Biggest shock was when Drscam and I were commanded to appear before Her Majesty. She spoke about spending a lot of time with us and enjoying it... mostly. Then she awarded us each with the Doe's Grace. I was shocked and teary.
I feel the need to explain me being teary over this award. 20 years ago, Her Majesty Eislinn took all the squires who were willing and made them her Queen's Guard for Pennsic. I was one of them. At that time she was very ill with cancer. I recall driving her to the chirurgeons in a golf cart for treatments and such. The last day of Pennsic a handful of us squires took our red belts and tied them to her banner as a sign of the depths of our love for her. That winter she passed away and I was told that those squires belts were placed in the coffin to remain with her forever. It is for Eislinn that the award was renamed to the Doe's Grace from the Queen's Favor, the doe being a major part of her personal heraldry. Hence my feelings on being given this award are even.....more heightened than usual.