STAR TREK DISCOVERY Premier & Fathers & Daughters

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Good morning and Happy Monday!  I think Mondays will be brighter at least for the Trekkies among us, because Star Trek Discovery is on Sunday nights.  Now, we have Star Trek to talk about on Mondays!  Woo-hoo!   http://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/

I’m still tweaking this blog, so I don’t know if this will go on the weekly posting schedule or not.  But, today I do feel compelled.  As expected, James Frain was freaking awesome as Sarek, who is Mr. Spock’s biological father.  His mother was human, Amanda.bbd6124693466ea016321432c5e55d88f67e1abbThe cool thing is the star of the show, Michael Burnham, is Sarek’s honorary daughter.  This makes her Spock’s honorary sister.  Very cool indeed.

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Sarek and Michael made a brilliant father/daughter relationship.  Star Trek has several of these jewels, another favorite being Data and Lal from The Next Generationhttp://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_Offspring_(episode)

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I remember when Captain Kirk’s son turned up in The Wrath of Kahn and I wondered what if he’d had a daughter instead?  Ever notice how back in the day, the secret kid was always a son?  Like the adventurer was aging and regretting and then suddenly an adult son turns up, having been conveniently raised by his mother?  No dirty diapers or staying faithful during dangerous pregnancies or angsty teenagers?  Yeah, Indiana Jones had one of those too.

Now, it’s cool for a dad to have a daughter too.  (And to change diapers, but I talk that kind of thing on Saturdays.)

I loved the scene in which Michael is struggling with her emotions as a child on Vulcan.  Sarek wants to help her, but he can’t really comprehend the emotional side of her struggle.  Michael desperately wants to succeed and make her ‘daddy’ proud but she’s a human in a Vulcan world.  She cries.  It’s clear these two love each other, though they don’t always understand.  Isn’t that how it is in real life?

You don’t need to understand or have anything in common at all to love someone.

Happy Monday.  😉

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Feeling Crafty

Crafting is even more fun with you make something with children based on their favorite books-   http://www.virtualbookclubforkids.com/10-book-inspired-fall-crafts-and-activities/10-lois-ehlert-fall-crafts-and-activitiesAutumn is finally here!  Oh, my gosh, I don’t know about you all, but I was so sick of summer.  To start with, I’m an Arctic Princess.  I don’t like the heat.  You can keep your beaches and palm trees.  Seriously.  To make matters worse though, we always get lots of wildfires here in the Pacific Northwest.  Since my mommy still lives out in the boonies, that really freaks me out.  Thank God that’s all over with and leaves are turning yellow, orange, and red.  Time to get crafty!CpbwU-iUkAA9CBAI love the holiday season.  I’m a Crazy Christmas Person.  Makes me want to craft and bake winterize the chicken coop and decorate the house.  My favorite place to help with that is Joann Fabrics and Crafts.  My beautiful stepmother hooked me on this place back when she really got me going with sewing and such.  At one point, I lived in walking distance to Joann’s and I spent a lot of time, and money, there!  Helped that a bookstore was only a couple of doors down too.  I miss that.  Anyway, I suggest you pop over there and check ’em out-  http://www.joann.com/

Also, Joann’s YouTube Channel is fantastic too.  https://www.youtube.com/user/Joanndotcom

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Now I must research.  Pioneer Woman has some great stuff out right now, gets me going with lots of ideas.  Happy Sunday, all.

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Star Trek Babies: “Friday’s Child”

Original Series, Season 2, Episode 11

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For Summary, click here-   http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Friday%27s_Child_(episode)

“Ootchie-wootchie-cootchie-coo.” – Dr. McCoy

“‘Ootchie-wootchie-cootchie-coo,’ Captain?” Mr. Spock

“An obscure Earth dialect…”  – Captain Kirk

Never underestimate the power of a newborn baby to scare the living daylights out of a grown man.  Or a Vulcan.  I love how hesitant Mr. Spock was to hold the baby.  It illustrates that fear of babies has to do with a lack of experience with them.

Anyway…

This is my first post in my new topic, ‘Fabulous Fictional Infants.’  I’m starting with Star Trek in honor of its new television series launching tomorrow, Star Trek Discovery.    http://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/

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(That’s Michelle Yeoh in the Captain’s Chair!)

I hope they remember to include babies in the new series, because one of the universal and timeless of all human experiences is falling in love and starting a family.  Gene Roddenberry, creator of the franchise, recognized this.  I’ll dig up his quote by the time I post the first Next Gen episode, which will be “The Child,” I believe.  I loved that the new movies included Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock as babies, as well as Mr. Sulu and his family.

But, I digress.

In “Friday’s Child” the Enterprise arrives to an alien world to negotiate mining rights with the Capellans.  The Klingons are competing for those rights and struggle with respecting local customs.  During the conflict, the High Teer is killed.  His second-in-command seizes control and tries to kill the Teer’s pregnant wife, to prevent her unborn son from succeeding.  Captain Kirk breaks a local custom by trying to help her and all heck breaks loose.

Eleen, the Teer’s young pregnant wife, expects to die, but goes along with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy in order to live.  She doesn’t want the baby, because she didn’t love the old, ugly Teer she was made to marry.  Of course, Eleen goes into labor and it’s up to Dr. McCoy to help her learn to love and accept her baby, as well as deliver him when the time comes.  Meanwhile, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock deal with the Klingon and the Capellans.  Just in case you’ve never seen it, I won’t spoil the ending for you.  If you want a summary, click on the Memory-Alpha link under the top picture.

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I’ve watched this episode a bazillian times.  It’s great on several levels, like the efforts to respect local customs while negotiating, rather than just charging in and taking over.  My favorite part is the baby, of course.  Not all babies come into this universe wanted and loved by both parents, and not all parents love each other either.  Nevertheless, a fierce single parent and a determined caregiver can make all the difference in the life of a child.  And our universe is made a better place.

Eleen:  “Here, child belong to husband.”

Dr. McCoy:  “So they take credit for that here.  Poppycock!”

The ending is wonderful and I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

You can find Star Trek the Original Series on Netflix and CBS, as well as for purchase through Amazon and other online stores.  You can also check out DVDs from most public libraries in the United States.

Star Trek Babies

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https://www.amazon.com/Trekkies-2-Vaughn-Armstrong/dp/B0002I83SG

I’m determined to have this blog renovation complete by Saturday so I can start posting about Star Trek Babies in honor of the premier of Star Trek Discovery on Sunday.  Yeah, long sentence but I’m kinda excited, okay?   http://www.cbs.com/shows/star-trek-discovery/

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(((Squeee!  That’s Michelle Yeoh in the Captain’s Chair!  I’m so happy I could weep.)))

I come from a multi-generational Trekkie family and I’m also baby-crazy and I like to write blot posts.  It’s the classic triple-thread, right?

As you can see to the right, I’ll be posting every Saturday about ‘Fabulous Fictional Infants,’ you know, like Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived.  But, I’m starting with every baby I can find in the Star Trek Universe in honor of the new television series.  If you want a head start, pop over Netflix or your favorite source for Star Trek the original series and watch the Season 2, Episode 11, ‘Friday’s Child.’

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http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Friday%27s_Child_(episode)

I believe this is the first Star Trek baby ever, but feel free to correct me.  I will be doing my homework, but the franchise has been going for 51 years now.  I’m bound to miss something once in a while.

Live Long and Prosper.  🙂

Michelle Yeoh!  I’m so happy.

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The Tale of Three Chickies

I wanted a backyard farm for decades, but we were always moving around because of my husband’s career.  Soon as we settled somewhere that we could have them, he went down and bought me this little coop.

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And I ordered ten female chicks.  Ten.  Yes.  Ten.  According to my research, at least two would die for no obvious reasons and at least one would turn out to be a rooster.  A cat would probably get another and one little peeper might drown in the waterer.  Since we live in a neighborhood, we can only have hens.  The rooster would go live with Grandma on the ol’ homestead.  That was the plan.

All the chicks lived and they were all girls.

We can have a total of five hens in our backyard, so I packed five hens off to the ol’ homestead.  That left us with five very healthy little egg-laying machines who pooed like crazy and desperately wanted to free-range everywhere!  We sent two of those to Grandma’s also.  And that left us with three.

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Stella, the Welsummer, who lays dark-brown, speckled eggs,

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Anna, the Americauna, who lays fat, pale green eggs.  Love the funky roof on their new run?  It’s a work in progress.

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and Elsa, who doesn’t look it but is, in fact, also an Americauna.  She lays long, skinny pale green eggs.

These three stayed with Grandma for the summer while we were traveling around in our new RV.  We missed them.  It’s funny how pet chickens can unglue a kid from electronics to go play in the backyard!

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This is Anna’s egg.  Isn’t it pretty?  Can’t tell how green it is from the photo, sorry.  If I need to do some crazy-baking, I buy a dozen eggs from the grocery story.  Otherwise, three egg-laying hens is just right for our family of six.  The yolks are so orange and rich.  You’ll never want to eat store-bought eggs when you have pets who make your breakfast like ours do!

Next time I need to buy chicks, I’ll just buy five though.  Not ten.  Unless my mother needs new pet hens too.  🙂

Unless you live in the boonies, you’ll need to check your local laws and neighborhood rules on keeping chickens.  If they’re not allowed, find some other crazy-chicken-people and lobby to change the rules.  Sometimes, you only need to educate your community on the benefits of these birdies.

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Here is my favorite chicken and backyard farming site-   https://www.backyardchickens.com/

Okay, just heard another hen announce she’s just laid another egg.  Gotta go.  I’m having this one for lunch, with sweet potatoes. 😉