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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Blog Turbulence & Fun Facts

June may be an awkward month for me to blog...my world is topsy-turvy, and routine is flying out the window.  Don't worry, it's just a move.  Just a little out-of-state move.  God is leading my family and I to Kentucky for a season.  I'm still a bit in shock and very nervous about it, so I would appreciate your prayers when you think of me. 

I'm going to write up a few blogs and schedule them to post on Tuesdays as usual, though I haven't had any luck with scheduling blogs since Blogger made changes.  If Tuesday comes around and nothing shows up, you'll know that I still don't know what I'm doing.  I'll try to blog consistently and interact with everyone's comments and blogs, but please forgive me if I drop off the face of the Internet and you don't hear from me for days or even a week.  Honestly, I don't know what to expect.  God's got this, I know, but isn't it hard to trust the unknown to Him?

My blog posts haven't been very entertaining lately, so I thought I'd throw you some interesting facts I've learned while researching the 18th century.

1. At a ball, dinner came before the dancing, and not everyone was invited to the dinner.  Don't roll your eyes--you may have known that, but I didn't!  I had to re-write three chapters of TWOI to get it right.

2. Gents and ladies wore gloves when outside the home, and during formal occasions, such as a ball. (Not sure why women would choose mitts over fingered gloves other than when needing finger dexterity--still checking that one out.) They removed their gloves before dining, and placed them on their laps and their table napkins over them.  This was the perfect detail to fuel Louisa's misconception of Altamont in TWOI's new chapter one. :-)

Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  
3. Fruit was scare and expensive, and only the wealthy could get it.  It was quite a feat for Lord Admiral Howe to provide citrus fruits to the scurvy-ailing men of the Royal Navy!  Yes, my novel is about Louisa, but Richard Howe was quite a character.  Did you know that he went from being blamed for Britain's failed efforts in the Revolutionary War to the hero of the "Glorious First of June" battle about twenty years later???  Yes, he's begging for a book of his own.  Where was I?...fruit.  The English cooked their fruit for superstitious reasons.  They believed that indigestion or even the plague (the plague? really?) could result from eating raw fruit.

4. For the wealthy, vegetables were more of a garnish than side dish, and they ate a lot of meat. Venison was a status symbol.





5. Ooh, love this one!  Obviously, men wore perfume as well as the women, but did you know that nothing distinguished the men's perfume from the women's?  I'm getting an image of Lord Altamont walking around in a cloud of "Aqua Admirabilis" (a perfume made popular by King Louis XV, consisting of grape spirits, lavender and rose water) LOL!  Nah, I think he'd wear musk or some kind of bergamont combination (which they had in the 1700s, but by the turn of the century when cleanliness and hygiene was becoming important to society, wearing a stronger perfume such as musk was thought to reflect bad hygiene.)

18 comments:

Kara said...

Gwen, we're with you all the way!! Sending hugs and prayers your way and will keep you in prayer until all is settled :)
No worries about the postings or about interacting with us, it's all good! No pressure or expectations and we'll be patiently waiting while you sort everything out. You're a gem and a blessing, don't forget that!
Thanks for posting these fun facts and may the peace of God surround you and overwhelm you, blessings girl!

Jenn Soehnlin said...

Best of luck with your move! My family will be moving out of state in September, so yeah, I totally understand. Just remember, if you're following God, He will make your paths straight.

Man, I don't know what I'd do without fruit and cooking it all the time, ewwwww. ;) Thanks for the fun facts!

Rissi said...

Sometimes that is just life - we'll enjoy your posts whether they are regularly scheduled or not, Gwen! :-)

Hm... that is odd! Someone else posed about the conflicting Blogger scheduling changes on Twitter - she couldn't get it to work either. Odd because I haven't had any trouble with it. (*fingers crossed*) Hope it changes.

Best of luck with that move!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, Kara! You're a blessing to me as well! Glad you enjoyed the fun facts. It's good to know that I'm not the only one entertained by history. :-)

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Hi Rissi! So someone else is having trouble scheduling blogs too...I hope it continues to work for you. I may have to contact Blogger and get their help troubleshooting the problem. Thanks for your well wishes!

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks, Jenn! Yes, God will make our paths straight. Thanks for the reminder. :-) Glad you liked the fun facts. I can't imagine cooking fruit all the time either, but I suppose that's how pies are made, anyway? Love baked apple dessert! Hmmm...I wonder if they had such a thing back then.

Carissa said...

Praying for you during your move. Kentucky is a wonderful place to live. It's great for history buffs.

Loree Huebner said...

Gwen, you will be a neighbor now! Hey, Indiana and Kentucky are separated by a river! Sending up prayers for a smooth move.

Loved the post. The rose water sprinkler is beautiful.

Gabrielle Meyer said...

Good luck on the move - in a short while you'll be able to see why God has chosen this path.

I love the 18th Century trivia! Thanks. :)

Jessica R. Patch said...

I will remember to pray for you!!

Very cool facts, I love learning little tidbits about that time since I've been reading more historical novels lately.

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Carissa! KY is a great place for history buffs! I'll have to keep you updated on the places I visit. :-)

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Loree! How cool that we'll be neighbors? Well I suppose I'll be closer to TN as we're moving to southeastern KY. I've heard that the ACFW conference may be held in IN next year, and I'm hoping to go. I liked the "rose water sprinkler" too. :-)

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Gabrielle, God is already talking to me about His reasons for sending us there. My writing time is going to suffer, but I'm trusting God to bless my productivity in the time I do find to write. :-)

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Jessica! Its true, the more you know about a time period, the more you appreciate details in a historical novel. I've always loved to read and research 18th century America and England. And the 1st century Roman empire.

Laura Frantz said...

Prayers with you all the way, Gwen! I so wish I was near enough to help you pack - and hand deliver you to KY myself:) Am quite homesick. Must be those Hatfields and McCoys *lol*. A break will be good for you and your admirers/readers will be right here when you come back:) God bless and keep you and your precious family.

Helen W said...

Wow Gwen, you're moving! Praying all goes well. Moving is always such a big job, and big stress - so don't add to your stress about the blog posts if they don't happen as planned :)

God bless all your preparations and your settling in.

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks Laura! It would have been fun to pack eith you! I'm almost finished, and I'll be so glad when this is all over. I have to agree with you -- a short break would do me good. A move is so time-consuming and draining.

"Hatfields and McCoys" looks like it will be a good show! I have some episodes to catch up on when I'm settled. :-)

Gwendolyn Gage said...

Thanks, Helen! I know, right? I'm moving from Texas! Its crazy. But God's hand is in this, so I'm trusting in His purposes. Yeah, i may skip this coming Tuesday, but im sure I'll be able to pick back up the following week. ;-) i can't wait to be done with all of this and slide back into a routine.

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