Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My Kit Arrived!!

My kit from Rowena Weasley arrived earlier this week. Poor little owl almost froze his tail feathers! I wasn't able to post photos because (1) I couldn't find the cable for my camera and no spells were helping me out; and (2) when I found the cable, Blogger wouldn't cooperate! I think I probably stamped my feet and screamed loud enough that the sleeping Blogger woke up.'s my kit! I've never tried dyeing so this will definitely be an adventure. I hope my potions knowledge is up to the challenge!

Rowena made an absolutely adorable Snitch tape measure for me. Isn't it cute? I'm going to love using it. She also gave me some beautiful tile stitch markers. I so love them. I'm sure everyone knows I collect stitch markers and these are such a welcome addition. I'm not sure if she made them or not, but they are gorgeous.

Rowena also gave me 2 skeins of worsted weight Knit Picks Bare and a Sock Dye Blank. I'm fascinated by the sock blanks so this should be fun. She also gave me Kool Aid in orange, black cherry and grape, as well as Jacquard dye in sapphire blue. I'd like to jump right into attempting to dye, but I better wait until after the holidays when Elanor Cadogan can help me. Finally I got another tape measure and several patterns and instructions for dyeing.

Thank you so much Rowena! I'm definitely going to have fun with this kit.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


1. Who was Tom Riddle Sr.'s girlfriend before Merope gave him the love potion?
a. Eleanor
c. Sally
d. Mandy

2. What does Luna say floated into Harry's ear when he was in the train car that supposedly caused him to lose focus?
a. Demiguise
b. Jobberknoll
d. Runespoor

3. How much do the primary Apparition lessons cost?
a. 10 galleons
b. 8 galleons
c. 15 galleons

4. What is Professor Merrythought's first name?
a. Eileen
c. Carol
d. Jocelyn

5. What Hogwarts club was Eileen Prince captain of?
a. Charms Club
c. The Slug Club
d. Occlumency Club

6. Who is head of the Goblin Liaison Office?
a. Ambrosius Flame
c. Ciceron Harkiss
d. Barnabas Cuffe

7. Mrs. Weasley offers Fleur a goblin-made tiara for the wedding with Bill. What family member is currently in possession of the tiara?
b. Aunt Ethel
c. Aunt Edna
d. Aunt Thelma

8. How many points does Snape take from Gryffindor for Harry's late arrival and muggle attire?
a. 30
B. 70
c. 50
d. 90

9. When Professor Slughorn first meets Hermoine, he asks her whether she is related to Hector Dagworth-Granger. What society did Dagworth-Granger found?
a. The Most Extraordinary Society of Charms
b. The Most Extraordinary Society of Herbology
c. The Most Extraordinary Society of the Defense Against the Dark Arts

10. Which of these describes Golpalott's Third Law?
a. The antidote for blended poison will be equal to less than the sum of the antidotes for each of the separate components.
b. The antidote for blended poison will be equal to less than the product of the antidotes for each of the separate components.
c. The antidote for blended poison will be equal to more than the product of the antidotes for each of the separate components.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Super Secret Homework!

1. Astrid Cloverleaf
2. Cassandra Grubbly-Plank
3. Enna Kirts
4. Selena Starfire
5. Henry Longstaff
6. Cecily Fortescue
7. Mona Ravenscroft
8. Argentia Pascal
9. Prendolyn Wilcox
10. Lizzie Wynchwood
11. Ursula Longbottom
12. Rowena Weasley
13. Aurora Curlycoat
14. Lily May Clearwater
15. Megaera Black

Bonus 1: Hermoine Bagnold - smileynetta
Bonus 2: Less than half

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Missing Roommate

When I returned to my dorm room after a very long day at classes, I discovered Minee's cauldrons empty. It was way too quiet in our room. I asked Chrysta and Cassandra if they had seen Minee, but they said no. I checked the Common Room, but no Minee. I checked the Minee. I checked the Great Hall and the Room of Minee. I was indeed puzzled. I finally ran into Emma and she said Minee was in the infirmary...something about a broom accident. I flew to the infirmary and found her asleep. Poor Minee! She's kind of bumped and bruised, but is in good hands. I miss having her in our dorm room.

WhileMinee is healing, Bevin Rae Mooney will be helping me with Ravenclaw matters. I was able to bribe her with promises of pretty yarn!

It's almost Halloween, my favorite time of the year. My little owl Paisley delivered a few photos from home of a little Lovegood in her Halloween costume. She's wearing Sharpay's prom dress from High School Musical 3. Isn't she cute!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I'm Exhausted

This last week I've been so overworked! I seem to be barely making it up those moving staircases to Ravenclaw Tower about the same time as the owls are finishing their nightly hunting. My robes are ink stained, my quills are nothing but nubs, and I'm writing on scraps of parchment. Fortunately Prof. Whitmarch gives a fantastic shoulder massage! So I'm going to drag myself to bed at an early hour tonight. If you see me in multicolored robes tomorrow, you'll know I made it no further than one of Minee's cauldrons!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Quidditch Round 2

1. What animal does the portrait in the Muggle Prime Minister's office resemble?
a. Rat
b. Frog
c. Cat
d. Lion

2. What drink does Romilda Vane try to give Harry?
a. Gillywater
b. Butterbeer
c. Pumpkin Juice
d. Elf-Made Wine

3. What is the name of the person who heads the Holyhead Harpies?
a. Gwenog Smith
b. Gwenog Jones
c. Glen Jones
d. Glen Smith

4. How many 'Exceeds Expectation' grades does Harry receive in his O.W.L's?
a. 6
b. 3
c. 5
d. 4

5. What is Professor Slughorn's favorite candy?
a. Cockroach Clusters
b. Sherbet Lemon
c. Acid Pops
d. Crystallized Pineapple

6. What tattoo is Harry reported to have on his chest?
a. Mermaid
b. Blast-Ended Skrewt
c. Hippogriff
d. Unicorn

7. What color robes do the staff at the Weasley's shop wear?
a. Buttercup
b. Magenta
c. Royal Blue
d. Aqua

8. What is the man outside Flourish and Blotts selling?
a. Amulets
b. Cloaks
c. Wands
d. Hats

9. How much is the skull, which Hermoine enquires about at Borgin and Burkes, worth?
a. 9 Galleons
b. 18 Galleons
c. 16 Galleons
d. 12 Galleons

10. What are Professor Slughorn's initials?
a. H.F.G.
b. H.E.F.
c. H.A.I.
d. H.K.D.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Dueling Dishcloths

As everyone knows, Lavender Ackerly and I fought the duel of the dishclothes. Here is the one I received from Lav. It's great!

I just wish we hadn't been tricked into this duel. Someone ~ or several someones ~ tried to set us against each other and destroy our friendship for defarious reasons. Did they think they could distract us from earning House points by setting us against each other and getting our entire Houses involved? This mystery MUST be solved!

Friday, October 10, 2008


Now that Lavender and I have completed our duel (and I won..hee hee), I feel badly. I tearfully discussed the whole situation with Professor Whitmarsh and, after gently wiping my tears, he explained to me that he and Lavender were truthfully only discussing games. Well, that made me feel even worse. I really regretted dying her robes pink, but I honestly did nothing more than that. I had nothing to do with her billywig poisoning. I wouldn't do that! Lavender and I may be competitors, but she is also a good friend and I wouldn't want to cause her harm.

Also, I didn't change anyone's grades. When I arrived at Professor Whitmarsh's usually very neat and organized office, I discovered the parchments hanging out of their cubby holes. It struck me as very odd and I tried to put them back. It was after some fell that I saw that it appeared grades had been changed. I tried to rectify that, not change them! I then put them back in their neat little niches.

I now remember one very strange thing. As I was leaving the office, I saw a wee ball of green and silver yarn behind a leg of the desk. I wonder if someone had been there before me? I wonder if someone else changed those grades. Does sound like something a Slytherin would do, doesn't it? But who would be out to cause "issues" between me and Lavender? I think I will have to treat Lavender to a trip to Hogsmeade and maybe we can figure this out.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Treasure Hunt Part III


Public Art (I forgot my peacock feathers at home this morning.)

Tree Changing Seasons

Used Textbook

Treasure Hunt Part II

Part II

Muggle Artifact to which my DH is addicted!

Glass of Butterbeer...MMMM MMMM GOOD!

Government Employee...Senator Barack Obama

Horcrux..where else would I hide a piece of my soul other than in a figurine of my alter ego!

Lucky Potion...if I'm lucky it hides any flaws!

Treasurer Hunt Part I

Here are the first of my photos:

Broom...sorry it's on its side!

House socks being worn...made for me by Grandma Grumblyplank of Gryffindor.

My idea of a diadem!

Engagement Ring

What more magical creature is there than Mickey Mouse!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


1. What potion has the strange side effects of excessive singing and nose-tweaking? Elixir to Induce Euphoria

2. What ingredient can be used to counteract the effect of the above side effects? Peppermint

3. How much can you get for Acromantula venom? 100 galleons a pint

4. What is the most powerful love potion in the world? Amortentia

5. What antidote does Harry use to help Ron when he is poisoned by Madam Rosmerta's finest mead? A bezoar

6. How does Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes' Owl Order Service get their potions past the security at Hogwarts to their customers? disguises them as perfumes and the like

7. What did Draco Malfoy make in Potions class when Professor Slughorn assigned them to make something amusing? Hiccuping Solution

8. What spells will not work in an area affected by Instant Darkness Powder? no light spells (such as Lumos and Incendio)

9. What are the ingredients for the Draught of Living Death? Wormwood, asphodel, velarian roots and a sopopherous bean

10. How much will unicorn tail hair fetch? 10 galleons a hair

Extra Credit

Do you prefer to knit or crochet? Knitting. I don't crochet.

What is your favorite weight yarn to knit/crochet with? sock yarn, sport yarn, DK

What fiber contents do you most like to knit/crochet with? What fiber contents do you dislike knitting/crocheting with? I honestly am not too picky, as long as the color is what I am looking for and it isn't stiff and scratchy.

How many complete pair of socks have you knit/crochet? I think I've know 6-7 pairs so far with MANY more to go.

What is your favorite item to knit/crochet? socks and sweater vests. I want to try fingerless mitts next.

What is your favorite treat? Popcorn!!!

Do you drink coffee, tea, or both? I love both. I also love tea/lemonade.

Do you have an online wish list? If so, where? I have an cross stitch wish list on my personal blog.

How many Ravelry groups are you in? 40

Is there any special item you have been really wanting, but can't find in your local area? I can find almost everything I want locally, except the new Opal HP yarn in the Tonks colorway. It sold out before I got there and she isn't getting any more.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Accidents Happen

One recent beautiful evening, I was giving Professor Whitmarsh a tour of the Hogwarts grounds. It was so beautiful and peaceful down around the lake at sunset. The sight of multicolored swans gliding along in pairs with their graceful necks entertwined was very romantic. Somehow along the way, my foot because tangled in something and I ended up with a broken bone. Professor Whitmarsh was very concerned and helped me back to the infirmary where put me in the care of Emma Wigworthy.

After leaving the infirmary, I wanted to let Professor Whitmarsh know that the break wasn't severe when I saw that Lavender Ackerly had cornered him and was talking his ear off. Being the considerate person he is, he was smiling and nodding his head as Lavender continued to talk and retain him. As I turned to leave, I saw Lavender's robe on the floor so I picked it up and saw that someone had stepped on it and left quite a muddy footprint. I hobbled back to my dorm room where, unfortunately, I tripped and fell into a few of Minee's cauldrons of dye. There was quite a colorful pool of liquid on the floor and, not thinking, I threw Lavender's robe on top of the dye to prevent it from spreadding to my peacock feathers. I must say that Lavender's robe was much improved with the tie-dyed that florescent pink!

I thought I should probably make good use of my time so I went to Professor Whitmarsh's office to wait for him. I was hoping that he had finally escaped from the trap set by Lavender A. I started straightening up the office and saw that the doors to the cupboards containing cubby holes filled with parchments was open and a few parchments were falling out. I slowly climbed up the ladder to put the parchments back. I was certainly surprised to see that the parchments contained the grades of all the DADA students. A couple parchments fell to Professor Whitmarsh's desk and were smudged. I tried to re-write those grades but Lucious''s handwriting is sometimes very hard to read. I sure hope I didn't screw up anyone's grade.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Thank You Lavender Ackerly

I am so excited! Have you seen my lovely purple hair? Thank you so much, Lavender, for thinking of me. I have been asking my parents for ever so long to allow me to dye my hair purple and they keep telling me no. But now, because Lavender was thoughtful enough to put purple dye in my shampoo, I have my lovely purple hair. Aren't you jealous?

Oh, Lavender, I hope you don't get in too much trouble. My parents are not happy and I overheard them talking about an appointment with Miss Wartbobble.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Quidditch Round 1

1. At the beginning of the book, Cornelius Fudge is talking to the Muggle Prime Minister. Which member of the Order of the Phoenix has recently been found dead?

a. Hestia Jones
b. Elphais Doge
c. Emmeline Vance
d. Dedalus Diggle

2. What animal does Bellatrix Lestrange kill when she and her sister, Narcissa, are goign to see Professor Snape?

a. Owl
b. Fox
c. Rabbit
d. Cat

3. What time does Professor Dumbledore collect Harry from Privet Drive?

a. Midnight
b. 11 p.m.
c. Noon
d. 11 a.m.

4. What did Professor Slughorn transform into when he was trying to hide from Harry and Professor Dumbledore?

a. An armchair
b. A bed
c. A table
d. A wardrobe

5. What grade did Harry get in Herbology?

a. E - Exceeds Expectation
b. P - Poor
c. O - Outstanding
d. A - Acceptable.

6. Herbert Chorley, the Prime Minister's Junior Minister, has been entertaining the public by impersonating which animal?

a. A hen
b. A duck
c. A lion
d. A squirrel

7. What is Profeesor Sprout's first name?

a. Pimmy
b. Pomony
c. Pommy
d. Pomona

8. What is Dumbledore's idea of "a few words"?

a. nitwit, odder, blubber, and tweak
b. nitwit, odder, bubblegum and tweak
c. nitwit, oddment, bubblegum and tweak
d. nitwit, oddment, blubber and tweak

9. Who is Marcus Belby's famous uncle?

a. Bertie
b. Damocles
c. Tiberius
d. Savage

10. What is Snape's mother's name?

a. Helana Prince
b. Eileen Prince
c. Lily Prince
d. Elizabeth Prince


Sunday, September 21, 2008


Being the shy, humble person I am, why post 1 picture on photo day when you can post 3! Being a Ravenclaw, seems only appropriate.

Me with one my favorite people in the whole wide word!

One of my many alter-egos.

My dad, siblings and me.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Perfect Mate

So who is the man of my dreams? The man who will sweep me off my feet? Will he be a wizard? A professor? A Muggle?

Your result for The Harry Potter Husband Test...

Mrs. Weasley Twin

Laughter is important to you. You want a guy who's never boring, who can always put a smile on your face, and who can pull the best of pranks and never get caught. Or possibly two such guys. Because let's face it, they're pretty much a two-fer. You get one, you get both. Even if one of them's only a friend, he'll still be around so much you'll feel like you're married to him, too. Sure, they may not seem like the most mature guys in the world, in a traditional sense, but just ask them about their business plan. When they drive you nuts by relentlessly testing their latest inventions on you, you can console youself with that huge stack of cash and dragon-leather jacket. Besides, you know you're powerless against those stereo smiles.

Take The Harry Potter Husband Test at HelloQuizzy

Updating School Records

At the start of every school term, we get asked the same questions. Wouldn't you think that they had all this info already? And where does all this parchment get stored? I've never seen any old records in the lower levels of Hogwarts when I've been down there. None in the upper reaches as well.

Potter Name: Wisteria Lovegood

Rav ID: Neila

I am allergic to: Cats, dust, blooming fruit trees, Republicans and some Slytherins

Pets that I have: Only my little owl Paisley. (Do DADA professors count?)

My favorite yarn: Most of them!

If you are a Ravenclaw, do you prefer the film colors or the book colors? I like both, but I really prefer book colors.

My favorite flavor: clove or peppermint

My favorite holiday: Halloween

I would like to receive a: I would be thrilled with anything! Never tried dyeing so it might be fun. I LOVE making socks and living in a cold climate I can always use scarves.

List your favorite brand of needles or hooks, including size and length: I am a huge fan of Knit Picks Harmonies in all sizes and shapes. Can't have too many!

Is there a brand that you are dying to try?: I've only tried Lantern Moon.

I've participated in HSKS: (How many times have you participated in HSKS swaps?) 4

Do you have a birthday during this swap? If so which day? Nope, birthday was last term so this time I'll help others celebrate.

And, being a Ravenclaw, I'm all into extra credit so here are some other facts:

Favorite colors: Purple, blue, green

Favorite seasons: Spring and Fall

Favorite Disney character: Tinker Bell

Favorite time of day: early morning

Favorite snack: Popcorn

Friday, September 12, 2008

A New Term at Hogwarts

I'm so excited for the start of a new term at Hogwarts! There is so much activity around Ravenclaw Tower. There are first years dragging trunks up and down stairways looking totally baffled and lost. I do hope that the Slytherins can control themselves and not direct all these poor new students in the wrong directions. It was sad to see wide eyed first years terrified and stranded on the moving staircases last term. Let's hope they can all make it safely to their dorms without being permanently scarred!

Of course, I've been busy readying the Common Room. We have a new House Elf this term. Hopefully by the end of the week we'll know her name.

Oh..I see the new DADA Professor arriving! I'm off to welcome him as only I can do!

Monday, August 25, 2008


I couldn't resist! Instead of going on holiday or visiting my family during the term break at Hogwarts, I decided to take on summer job. Yes, I'm the Ravenclaw Prefect at HSS4. I know, I know, I should be resting and recharging, but it's so much fun to make socks for other people. I have a great partner and she has definitely been teasing me. I'm having such a hard time deciding on a pattern for her. I start one and then find another one I like better, so I start that. I really must make a decision!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

I Did the Best I Could

I recently had a very bad week, a week where nothing went right, nothing seemed to get accomplished, nothing felt good. I was beating myself up over it, since I am without a doubt my own worst critic. I was definitely deep in the blues. One of my professors saw that I was unhappy and she gave me some very good advice. She told me that even when I have a bad week...bad day....bad remember that I did the best I could at that moment in time. I lean toward being a perfectionist and I disappoint myself more often than not. So I loved my professor's advice. I did the best I could at that moment in time!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Poor Paisley!

My poor little owl Paisley is lost somewhere in the Deep South. She left the owlery with the kit for my spoilee on July 6 and STILL hasn't arrived. He's been sent on detours and back again; he's flying in circles and can't find my spoilee. If you see a very tired little owl carrying a big box looking totally exhausted and confused, please take him in and give him some TLC. He's beening flying for 17 days. Poor Paisley..............

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My Kit Arrived!

I received the most wonderful kit from my spoiler, Catriona Lestrange. Upon opening the box I found one of the wonderful little trunks I have so admired. That was my first squeal of delight!

Upon opening the trunk I found wonderful Paton's Classic Wool Merino in blue and gray/silver and beautiful Ravenclaw stitchmarkers and matching bracelet. Squeal of delight #2! I'm a collector of stitchmarkers and these will make a perfect addition! Catriona gave me a pattern for a Fibonacci Felted Bag for which the yarn is intended. She also gave me the size 10 straight needles and size 10 circular needles needed for the bag. I can't wait to start it!! Now that I've discovered felting, it's all I want to do.

Digging further into the box I found a fantastic lined handmade bag. It's in a shaes-of-blue harlequin print and the lining is blue with stars. It has black leather straps and it such a perfect size. Catriona spoiled me even more with a matching needleholder, something I don't have and DEFINITELY need. Insert squeal!

Finally, there is a Wizardology book and notecards. Squeal!!! How could Catriona have known that I have eyed that Wizardology book for AGES? Did a little owl tell her?

Thanks so very much, Catriona!! You did an awesome job on my kit. I truly love it! Extra gold stars for you!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


1. When Hagrid returns to Hogwarts after being sent to see the giants with Madame Maxime, Professor Umbridge questions him on his late return to school. She suspects that Hagrid had been to the mountains, but where does he tell her he has been?
a. Europa
b. Fiji
c. North America
d. South of France

2. Professor Umbridge comes to Hagrid's Hut and searches his cabin one evening (as she believes Harry, Ron and Hermoine are there visiting him at night when they are not supposed to). When she walks past the place where Harry, Ron and Hermoine are hiding under the Invisibility Cloak, Harry holds his breath. True or False?
a. True
b. False

3. A stately-looking witch in an emerald green shawl is one of the members of the Advance Guard who rescues Harry from Privet Drive. What is her name?
a. Emmeline Vance
b. Dorcas Meadowes
c. Amelia Susan Bones
d. Bellatrix Regulax

4. What is the name of the witch who was killed two weeks after the photo of the original Order of the Phoenix was taken>
a. Alice Longbottom
b. Marlene McKinnon
c. Emma Fenwick
d. Dorcas Meadowes

5. Which two fifth year Ravenclaw students does Dumbledore choose to be prefects?
a. Terry Boot and Mandy Brocklehurst
b. Luna Lovegood and Ernie Macmillan
c. Cho Chang and Michael Corner
d. Anthony Goldstein and Padma Patil

6. Which house was Rose Zeller sorted into?
a. Gryffindor
b. Slytherin
c. Ravenclaw
d. Hufflepuff

7. What is the color of Murtlap's essence?
a. Pink
b. Peach
c. Yellow
d. It is transparent.

8. Name the Ravenclaw girl who became prefect in Harry's fifth year.
a. Hannah Abbott
b. Padma Patil
c. Luna Lovegood
d. Marietta Edgecombe

9. According to a healer's portrait at St. Mungo's hospital, which disease was Ron suffering from?
a. Splattergroit
b. Splittygrot
c. Spottygroit
d. Spattergroit

10. Which book did Harry give Hermoine for Christmas?
a. "New Theory of Numberology"
b. "A Compendium of Common Curses and their Counter-Actions"
c. "Achievements in Charming"
d. "Moste Potente Potions"

What movie will Robert Patterson star in this December? TWILIGHT

Sunday, July 6, 2008

My Spoilee's Kit Is On The Way

I had a pretty quiet day today. It seems many 'Claws have not returned from their holiday weekend and my favorite professors were also absent. So I took advantage of the peace and quiet and got my kit all packaged up for Violet. Paisley had been well feed during the holidays so she was all ready to go. I just sent her southward so, Violet, keep your eyes open for the cutest little owl you've ever seen! You'll know her by the purple ribbon I tied to her little leg!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

House Quiz

Before I go away for the weekend with my family, I better post my homework assignment.

3. Wizengamot
4. Boggart
5. Marietta Edgecombe
8. Sirius Black
10. Arabella Figg
12. Tonks
13. Dumbledore
14. Doxy
15. Order of the Phoenix
16. Shacklebolt
17. Scrivenshaft's
19. Kreacher
20. Madam Puddifoot's


1. Severus Snape
2. Honeydukes
6. Grimmauld Place
7. Ministry of Magic
9. Voldemort
11. Umbridge
15. Occlumency
18. Hog's Head

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Just a Little Adventure...

The other night Lavender Ackerly, Emma Dumbledore, Agatha Ackerly and I decided to go on a late night adventure in the Forbidden Forest. Of course, I just had to lead the way. I'm all for adventures! Walking on the carpet of pine needles with a light breeze blowing through the trees reaching for the sky was exciting. I love the peaceful feel of the forest. We were really hoping to find a unicorn since Agatha had never seen one. Unfortunately a unicorn is NOT what we found! I thought I saw something metallic or shiny move out of the corner of my eye. When I said, "What's that?", I felt a hand grab the back of my robe. Lavender and I bravely moved in the direction of the movement with our wands ahead of us. As we got closer, I heard a strange sound as well...a sound I couldn't identify. About that time Emma and Agatha decided they "needed" to get back to the dorm and they quickly scurried back the way we came. Did that stop Lavender and me? Of course not!!

We soon saw something very large with an green striped arrow sticking out of it. We tiptoed forward wondering if this might be Grawp. As we slowly moved forward with our wands outstretched, I noticed lots of shiny, glowing pearl-like stones on the ground around us. Finally we were close enough to look up and saw a Hebridean Black dragon staring back at us with brilliant purple eyes. We cautiously approached it, keeping our eyes on the arrow-shaped spike on its tail. He spread his batlike wings and let out a cry as more "pearls" fell from his eyes. I'm sure he was one of Hagrid's pets who was hiding in the forest. While Lavender stayed with the dragon, humming a calming tune, I ran back to Hagrid's Hut. Poor Hagrid was extremely upset to discover that someone had injured his precious Scottie. We returned to find Lavender with the arrow in hand and Scottie looking at her with loving eyes. I guess our next adventure is to find out who shot an arrow at Scottie!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Mosaic Meme

Go to and type your answers to the following questions (one at a time) into the Search Box.

The questions are:
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favourite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favourite colour?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favourite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favourite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

Choose 1 image from the FIRST page of results, remember the image you choose doesn't have to be exactly what you were looking for - just the image you like best from the first page.

Copy your URLs to the Mosaic Maker here and publish your mosaic to your blog.

I will tag Lavender Ackerly, Emma Dumbledore, and Stuart Cauldwell!

Movie Madness

Yesterday was a very quiet day for me. Both Professor Lufkin and Professor Townsend were involved in staff meeting all day in preparation for the end of another term at Hogwarts. So I found myself with nothing to do! Minee was preparing to go away for the weekend with her family and I haven't seen Luveday in days and days. I do hope she is still attending Hogwarts and that we didn't scare her away.

Anyway, since it was so quiet I decided to sneak off to the Muggle world where I saw 4 movies! Yes...4!! First I saw a very cute movie called Spiderwick, followed by an action picture called Jumper (not my favorite). Then it was The Kite Runner which I thoroughly enjoyed and must now read the book. Finally, last night I saw Wall*E, which is very entertaining. I recommend it to everyone. I was amazed how good a movie can be with almost no dialog.

In between all those movies, I managed to read a few chapters and to put the finishing touchs on the kit for my spoilee. I am hoping to get my little owl Paisley into action yet this weekend!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Quidditch Round 2

1. At the beginning of the year feast, who is the only person who rudely interrupts Dumbledore during his speech?
Answer: b. Professor Umbridge

2. Off what street is the alley where Harry first met Sirius?
Answer: c. Magnolia Crescent

3. Tonks' mother had two sisters, both pure-bloods, and both left on the Black Family Tree. What are their names?
Answer: c. Narcissa and Bellatrix

4. What spell are the students studying in McGonalgall's class when Umbridge is doing her inspection?
Answer: d. The Vanishing Spell

5. Who comes to warn Harry and the rest of Dumbledore's Army that Umbridge and her group of followers are coming to break up their meeting?
Answer: Dobby

6. Who are the members of the Order that met Harry Potter in the Dursely's house during the summer before his fifth year?
Answer: c. Alastor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Emphias Doge, Dedalus Diggle, Remus Lupin, Emmeline Vance, Sturgis Podmore, Hestia Jones

7. Moody used the Disillusionment Charm on Harry.
Answer: Yes

8. Which of these Death Eaters is Sirius related to?
Answer: d. All of these

9. At what age did Sirius leave his home?
Answer: 16

10. How many of the original Order members were killed?
Answer: b. 8

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Holiday in Hogsmeade

Headmistress Wartbobble recently gave us permission to leave Hogswarts and visit Hogsmeade. I was so excited to get away for and spend time with my friends, both old and new. My sister Fleur, Minee and I tried hard to convince Luveday to come with us, but she is extremely quiet and so very shy; we couldn't talk her into joining us. She said she much preferred to spend the time in the quiet Common Room alone with her nose in a large stack of books and with her knitting. I really haven't had much of an opportunity to get to know Luveday because she is so quiet. Hopefully next time she will join us.

Fleur donned her best peacock colored robes, I grabbed my favorite purple, and Minee was a rainbow of flashing colors as we found our way to Hogsmeade. There were students and professors milling around everywhere, chattering and laughing. We first headed to The Three Broomsticks where we indulged in a few mugs of its delicious butterbeer. I hadn't seen Madam Rosmerta since the beginning of the term so it was fun to say hi. Naturally, it was packed wall to wall, but we managed to find a tiny table in the center of the room which we shared with some of the other prefects and head girls.

Next it was on to Scrivenshaft's where I picked up some new quills and parchment. I suppose at some point I should attempt to do some homework! Fleur, of course, had to have peacock feather quills. I hate to admit it, but they are spectacular!

I said goodbye to my friends and then wandered off on my own. I just happened to accidently run into Professor Lufkin standing in front of The Hog's Head. He was most definitely fascinated by the hanging sign on the front of the pub with the severed boar's head and the leaking blood. He invited me to join him in one of the private rooms on the upper floor of the pub. Of course, we discussed DADA.....

I finally had to excuse myself so I could make a stop at Gladrags Wizardwear to see the latest in quirky merchandise. I found the most magnificent socks that undulated in purple and silver which I just had to have. I also found a new shimmering purple robe that found its way into my bag.

By that time I was definitely in need of refreshment so I wandered over to Madam Puddifoot's tea shop. Imagine my surprise when I discovered visiting Professor Townsend in a quiet corner. He invited me to join him and he bought me a lovely cup of tea in a lavender cup. I had to giggle when violet petals and confetti began to shower our table thanks to the floating golden cherubs. What a enchanting change of pace.

It was then time to start the trip back to Hogwarts. Professor Townsend offered to accompany me. On the way we stopped at Honeydukes Sweetshop where Professor Townsend bought me some honey-colored toffees and lavender flavored nougat.

Sigh...what a wonderful day. I hope we get another Hogsmeade weekend soon!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

My Patronus

What Is Your Patronus Charm?
created with
You scored as Owl Patronus

Although it took a bit of work, you managed to produce a wise Owl Patronus! Exceptionally intelligent and unbelievably clever, you are by far a genuine person with a mind filled with brilliance and the potential for great things. You generally keep to yourself, but you have a lot going on inside of your head. Any way, you are a wonderful and useful friend. Now go kick some dementor butt!

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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Meme About Me

1. What was I doing 10 years ago...

My oldest child had just gotten married. My middle child had just graduated high school so I was in the midst of college prep for him. My daughter was getting ready to start her last year of high school so I was taking her for senior photos, voice lessons, choir practice,etc. Both were playing summer traveling soccer so I was spending lots of time on the road going to soccer games. My time during all the things in the Mom job description were coming to an end and I was looking forward to having time to do the things I wanted to do, rather than spending all my time seeing to the needs of my kids. I was also working full-time in the same job I'm in now.

2. What are 5 things on my to-do list today...

Put the final stitches in a cross stitch piece
Pack away winter clothes
Go for a long walk
Take time to read

3. Snacks I enjoy...

Popcorn is the #1 snack I can't resist. I also love summer fruits. I'm not really into chocolate unless it's very good chocolate.

4. Things I would do if I was a billionaire...

Build the house of my dreams
Pay off my children's student loans
Buy houses for my children
Set up college funds for any/all grandchildren
Travel to all the places I have dreamed of seeing
Set up neighborhood summertime progams for kids, including a traveling library

5. Places I’ve lived...

Fargo, North Dakota
Wheatridge, Colorado
Longmont, Colorado
Bloomington, Minnesota
Tunis, Tunisia

6. Jobs I’ve had...

Legal Assistant

7. People I want to know more about...

All my Hogwarts friends, new and old, including

Andromache Tonks
Cecilia Kettleburn
Agatha Ackerly
Miranda Moonstone
Violet Le Veela

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

My Alter-Ego

This just doesn't surprise me at all. Lupin was my favorite character until Luna Lovegood came on the scene.

Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My Week Away

Last week a Muggle friend visited from Canada. She had never been to a wizarding school so I had a great time showing her around Hogwarts, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. It was a exciting week, even if we didn't get much sleep. Unfortunately Professor Lufkin was busy with DADA classes (right? He was there, right?) so he couldn't join us. I showed Amelie around Ravenclaw Tower, the Great Hall, and the grounds of Hogwarts before heading to Diagon Alley and major shopping. She was constantly panicking when the staircases moved, jumping when a portrait talked to her, and grabbing my arm in a death grip when one of the ghosts floated overhead. How different our wizarding world must seem to a Muggle!

While relaxing one evening in the Crystal Cave, a wonderful purple drink arrived at our table. I searched the interior of the pub, but all the tables in the dim candle-lit room were occupied and everyone seemed to be in quiet conversation. I couldn't figure out who had sent the drink. It was a lovely lavender flavored drink with lots of lilac colored sugar crystals on the rim. Soooo delicious! When a second drink arrived, I just had to know who had sent it. The waitress tilted her head in the direction of the far corner and indicated a very interesting mysterious man sitting alone. He smiled and nodded his head. My Muggle friend's jaw dropped. She tried to stop me but, being the friendly person I am, I immediately got up, walked to his table and introduced myself. Meet McGuiness Townsend, a visiting professor of History of Magic from Salem Witches' Institute in the United States. He is visiting Hogwarts to lecture in his very unique manner. History being my favorite subject, I can't wait to attend his lectures! There will definitely be no sleeping in class and I will be in the front row!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Quidditch Round #1

1. Which of Arabella Figg's cats ran out from under the car?

a. Mr. Tibbles

2. Which of the following is NOT one of Albus Dumbledore's middle names?

a. Ignatius

3. Which educational decree introduced a High Inquisitor to Hogwarts?

d. 23

4. Apart from Harry, Ron and Hermione, who was the first person to enter the Hog's Head that showed an interest in Harry's Defence Against the Dark Arts classes?

b. Neville Longbottom

5. In the first Quidditch match of the year which player attempted to score first?

a. Angelina Johnson

6. What kind of bush does Harry hide behind to listen to the news?

b. Hydrangea

7. Why is Mundungus Fletcher disguised as a woman when he witnesses the DA (Dumbledore's Army) meeting in the Hog's Head pub?

b. He was banned from the Hog’s Head pub 20 years ago.

8. When Harry and Cho go on their first date to Madam Puddifoot's in Hogsmeade, what is it decorated with for Valentine's Day?

c. Golden cherubs and pink confetti

9. How old is Sturgis Podmore and where does he live?

a. 38 and number 2 Laburnum Gardens Clapham

10. What did Fred and George Weasley do to Montague?

a. Forced him head-first into a Vanishing Cabinet on the first floor.