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***Heirs of the Magi News Flash!***

Summer is almost here! Everyone in Witch Falls is getting ready for the first big holiday weekend that will launch the summer season, and this year; there's a big wedding to add to the mix of fun and work for the Proctor family!
Check back daily to share in the fun and adventure with Cassie, Michael, and their families and friends!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cassie's Journal - May 26, 2017

There is no way that I’ll be able to cover all of the news for today without dragging this update out for longer than I can manage tonight – especially when I’ll need to be up early to work the breakfast buffet shift at the Inn and already won’t have time for more than a long nap after staying up late with Violet, Dawn, and the other girls that have taken over the third floor of our house for the night.

My day started out great with Tai Chi by the river and breakfast with the gang we have here for the holiday weekend and wedding.  It felt weird going off to school while my cousins had the day off, and I could have skipped the day when we were just working around town anyway, but those clean-up and decorating chores are an annual tradition here; and I wasn’t going to blow off my responsibility for helping out with that just to have a bit of fun with my cousins while they were busy with things like decorating the church for the wedding tomorrow.

Michael and I still had fun working with our group of younger kids at the park, and since we were assigned the new section of the park; we also got to walk the trails while cleaning up and making sure that everything looks great for the Memorial Day holiday – especially when the park will be a popular place to play over the next few days now that the trails are officially open and ready to cyclists and hikers.  There wasn’t much decorating for us to do, since most of that is done at the cemetery or around the park pavilion for the picnic on Monday, but we ended up having a great weather day for those chores; and somehow managed to dodge the thunderstorms that were forecast for our area today.

I don’t want to jinx anything for tomorrow; so won’t risk messing with Mother Nature by commenting on the forecast for tomorrow.  Flip the digital page whenever you’re reading this in my future to find out whether that makes a difference or not; since I’ll have to wait to live the next eighteen or twenty hours to know the answer to that for sure.

By the way, yes, I could use the Sight to check that out, but as I’ve mentioned before, that would show me all of the possible futures, and while some are more probable than others; the future hinges on too many variables to make the Sight useful for anything more than a general guide for what we should do – and sometimes to warn or aid us with a bit of helpful foreknowledge.  That’s definitely something to write about some other day when I don’t need to wake up and get back to work in a few hours, though; so let’s move this along.

While I was busy at school – or at the park; our family and some of Violet’s and Dillon’s friends were converging on our little town for the weekend.  That included the Proctor and Rice clans; Violet’s friends from Woodvale; and a handful of college friends.  Some of the Johnson clan is here for the weekend too; though they’re here for the holiday weekend and not the wedding.  Collectively, that means that all of our family homes here are full; as is the Inn; and Dillon’s family is helping out with some overflow housing needs too.  Mom and Aunt Leanne coordinated a lot of the arrivals, but also had lots of help; and Dad took half the afternoon off to help out while having Claire hold down the office while he and Aunt Leanne were both busy.  I’ll skip writing more about their work too, but we are also heading into month-end; and there are extra housing and apartment moves going on this weekend because of the new apartment building and returning college grads.

I didn’t have time for any of that after school because Michael and I needed to get to the Inn.  Jacob and Miranda really needed us there because Jake and Stephanie are off work until Sunday while they’re busy with Violet and Dillon; and the Inn was very busy for the dinner shift – in part because of the extra mouths we needed to feed for the wedding guests.  Yes, there were family meals going on at several homes tonight too, but Violet and Dillon couldn’t do that with everyone; so Miranda used one of the small dining rooms for the rest of their friends and more-extended family visitors – including about half of the guests staying at the Inn until Sunday or Monday.

It is a holiday weekend, so we have an all-hands-on-deck schedule; and Michael and I worked from the time we were done school until we closed the Inn at ten-thirty.  For me, that included making sure that the new library-sitting room was stocked and ready for the rest of the night and early-morning.  I haven’t mentioned that little addition to the remodel, but in addition to the twenty-eight amazing guest rooms, the library is a nice little place that the guests can use to gather for visits; get drinks and snacks; and even have a light, self-serve breakfast on Sunday mornings – the only day the Inn isn’t open for a morning meal.  I’ll likely help out with getting everything ready for that first Sunday breakfast tomorrow night, but this time; I just needed to make sure that the snacks and drinks were fully-stocked; the coffee-maker was full and ready to go; and the room was neat and clean.  That is going to be one more job added to the list of closing chores every night from now on; but that’ll be easy compared to the work that will now be added to the morning chores with twenty-eight rooms to clean – or as many of them as are being used each night once they’re open to the public in another week and a few days.

While I was busy at the Inn – and doing pretty well with tips tonight too; I missed out on the light dinner for family at my house that Mom and Dad hosted; all of the work that went into that and everything else going on for that and the rehearsal party that followed the wedding rehearsal at the church; and all of the fun that my family and a lot of our friends got to have tonight.  By the time Michael and I did get home, that party was in full swing; the meal was over; and we had to settle for munching on some leftovers in the kitchen before heading out into the back yard to join in on the fun.  By then, there were around one hundred and fifty people there; so we didn’t get to have more than a cameo visit with Violet and Dillon – and that was just one blip of fun for them in a long line of similar moments they had all evening with their families and friends.

Violet and Dillon also needed to do their private meeting with their wedding party, parents, grandparents, and Pastors not long after we got there; so other than that little visit; we didn’t even see them at all again for the rest of the night – though I have gotten to spend some time with Violet after Dillon was sent off at midnight; and Violet eventually ended up on the third-floor with her bridal party and some extra girls after seeing most of the party guests out by around one-thirty.  I wasn’t there for the start of that because Michael and I helped out with the work around the yard and kitchen as the party wound down – and until the work was done by a bit before two o’clock.  Michael went home after that; I grabbed a shower because I needed it before getting ready for bed and joining in on the girl chat in the lounge; and then there was another half-hour or so of talk time before Stephanie ordered Violet to go to bed – and then all of the girls either headed for their rooms – or left to walk back to the Inn; since that’s what some of Violet’s childhood and college friends needed to do after staying late to help roast their friend.

Dawn stayed up and talked with me for another fifteen minutes, but she’s sleeping now; and I’ve just been doing the basic bedtime computer and email checks before getting to this update.  After this little blast of immersion into Violet’s wedding, that seems more-real to me know than it has even in this past week leading up to the big day, but I feel very different about this wedding – mostly because it seems as though I’ll be squeezing it into my too-busy work and holiday schedule.  This is one of the most-important days of my cousin’s life; and yet that contrasts to what I expect my day to be like as the only real break I’ll have will be time to get ready for the wedding ceremony and then I’ll get to be there – and have a small part to play – for the ceremony before getting back to work and helping with the reception dinner that will just be a part of the overall dinner rush we’ll have tomorrow night.

That’s something I can write about with the next update – if I don’t just fall asleep by the time I get home tomorrow night.  I don’t have any other news for today, though, and really do need to head off into nap mode while I can; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Cassie's Journal - May 25, 2017

We’ve had a very long, busy day; so let’s get right to the news; and then I’m going to crash and nap for a couple of hours before getting up to do it all again with the only changes being the ‘what’ I’ll be doing all day on Friday.

Tai Chi was by the river this morning; Michael stayed for breakfast; and then we eventually spent another fun school day doing exam review in all of our classes.  Being outdoors for lunch was good, but my day got a bit rushed once we were set free from school for the day.  Rowen and I hurried over to Vicky’s salon to get our hair cut ahead of the wedding and long weekend.  Vicky and Liz are booked all day Friday and Saturday through until shortly-before the wedding; so we’ll have to deal with styling our hair on our own on Saturday; and we didn’t bother having that done today – partly because we also both needed to get to work as soon as we could.

For me, that meant getting to the Inn for the dinner shift.  There was no game night ahead of the holiday weekend, and Miranda has some early guests staying there tonight; so Michael and I ended up working until close to help with the clean-up while she dealt with some check-ins for those early arrivals for Violet and Dillon’s wedding.  Chris, Martin, and Dawn are all in town now too; though I didn’t see them until Michael and I got back to my house after work.  Since we’ll be having a work day at school tomorrow, we don’t have homework that had to be done tonight, but we did it anyway; and got it out of the way so we won’t have to do it on Sunday or Monday.  Dawn sat and talked with us while we did that, and we do have a house full of guests tonight; so using our Magi talents to speed up that work wasn’t an option.  Michael did stay a bit longer tonight to hang out with my family before going home; but he left when the parents and grandparents wanted to go up to bed at a bit after eleven o’clock – and after Violet and Dillon headed back to his house with his parents.

Dawn and I had a bedtime girl chat after we came up to our rooms and got ready for bed too, but then she went to her room; and I got started in on my work and studying.  While I got a lot done, and the family business work in particular was very satisfying tonight; the facts and figures for that would be a snooze-fest for most of you – even if you would like the stories about the people and families I helped out tonight with a couple of new projects and business ventures that will bring jobs and homes to several hundred people.  That isn’t a lot in a world with billions of people, but every little bit that we do helps us move toward the Ascension of the Light; and hundreds will become thousands, millions, and more one day!

That’s something to write about another day, though; and I really need to head into nap mode soon.  Michael and I will be working the dinner-to-close shift at the Inn tomorrow – after our work day at school; we’ll catch the tail-end of Violet and Dillon’s rehearsal party after that; and then there’s a good chance that I’ll be included in the bridal party girl chat after Dillon and the other boys are sent away at midnight; so it’ll be another late night – and trend that will continue all weekend.  I don’t really want to think about any of that – or anything else right now, and that is all I have for tonight; so, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cassie's Journal - May 24, 2017

We had a splash or twenty of rain off and on this morning, but it ended by early-afternoon; and baseball practices were on tonight.  The wet did get in the way of Tai Chi this morning, though; so we were indoors for that instead of out by the river.

My school day was all about getting ready for exams; and we’re fully into the review phase now – especially since we only have five school days left for that review thanks to the annual work day on Friday and the holiday on Monday.  As always, that isn’t a big deal for me, but it is for some of my classmates; and they’ll start feeling the pressure by next Tuesday after taking the weekend off for the holiday.  Okay, most of us will be working at various jobs all weekend, so it only seems fair to have a bit of fun when we can, but that could be different for Michael and me this year anyway; since the Inn is sure to be busier this year with the extra rooms and dining room space; so we won’t be able to take as much time off for exam studying as we have in recent years.

Since the exam prep time in our classes would be boring to write about; let’s move on to the rest of my day.  As has been the case all week, I’ve missed out on the wedding action around the family; though I did get to help out with making dinner and cleaning up for a small gang at our house between finishing school and going to my ball practice with Rowen.  Michael worked as much of the dinner shift as he could before his practice, but didn’t need to do extra work tonight; and that was because the remodel is unofficially completed now!  While he was busy, the dinner that Mom and Dad hosted at our house was for a mix of ball players, kids, and wedding workers; it was an easy-meal, though when you’re feeding a small gang; that’s a relative term.  Cold salads, three meat options that could all go on a bun, and some snack sides was easy compared to baking major entrees, though; and we kept up with the cleaning as we went along while making those salads; so the post-dinner clean-up was easy too – in part thanks to Mom deciding to use our finest paper plates and other recyclable dinnerware.

By the way, I know I’m not that old, but it is sometimes funny to remember that ‘recyclable’ dinnerware was simply ‘disposable’ not that many years ago.  The three R’s were cool around here well-before it became a fad everywhere else – and I’m not talking about the Ridge River Raiders! ;^)

Yeah, I know, but just in case that little joke isn’t still in use whenever you read this in my near or distant future; it is now saved here in our archives for posterity – if not any serious hilarity.

I should be afraid that those thoughts have me giggling to myself – a sure sign that I’m too tired to be doing this right now.  With everything I have on the go between now and Monday, though, deferring these updates for a few days would just pile things up on me for next week – and I’ll be into exam studying then so that’s a bad idea.  Speeding this up a bit is a good plan so let’s do that instead.

Baseball practice went well; we had fun; and Rowen and I had Ethan, Ehlana, Naomi, and Aiden with us for parts of our workout – when they weren’t at the co-ed practice or playing at the playground.  Dad was at the co-ed practice, but Mom skipped this one to help with the wedding work tonight that included what will likely be the last major meeting ahead of the big day.  The church will get decorated on Friday morning; the rehearsal is Friday evening; and the rehearsal party will be after that – and that’ll be at our house because Violet will be here with at least some of her bridal party – and Stephanie and Dawn will be here for sure.

I’m getting distracted again; and that’s news I can write about over the next couple of days.

Michael met up with me on the way home from the park; we did our homework at my house; and then he went home so that I could get cleaned up and ready to start in on my long to-do list of work and studying.  I had a bedtime visit with the twins first, since they’d needed baths before going to bed too; and then I spent some time in my Jacuzzi – partly to get clean; and partly because I may not get to use it much this weekend while sharing my bathroom with my cousins – and giving up my room to Violet for most of Saturday morning and early-afternoon.  I did a bit of work while in the tub, but couldn’t use a time phase for that with our guests in the house because it’s very hard to explain the ‘real-time’ noises that can be heard for things like that to a non-Magi.  Violet’s parents and grandparents may know more than most normal people; but they don’t know anywhere-near everything about Mom, Ethan, Ehlana, or me.

Moving along again, I kicked up my work into high gear after getting into bed with Mandy and my computer; worked in a time phase for more than an hour of real time; and then had to do the rest of my studying and family business work in normal time to have access to the internet and Mom’s business and archives intranet.  Getting everything done tonight was tougher than usual, but I did get there; and can’t let the work pile up right now even if I wanted to do that.  Now that it’s done, though, I really do want to get some sleep, and while that won’t be much more than a long nap; I’ll do another self-healing to make up for the lack of down time – and possibly do that every day for the next couple of weeks until after exams are done with for another year.

I don’t need to go there either, though, so let’s say we did; don’t; and, until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cassie's Journal - May 23, 2017

We started the day out with a bit of drizzle that kept Tai Chi indoors; the rest of my early morning and school day was fairly-standard for a Tuesday; and then Michael and I had our usual three music practices starting shortly-after last class.  The marching band and teen praise team practices were most-important tonight because we’re getting ready for the Memorial Day parade and services this weekend; so our last practices also took longer as we polished the music and worked a bit harder on our marching skills to make sure we’re ready for Sunday and Monday.  It doesn’t affect Michael and me, but our trumpet players are also working on their extra music for the ceremony at the cemetery; and deserve a bit of recognition for those efforts that I don’t normally add to my journals.

The extra practice times for the marching band and praise team meant that Michael and I didn’t get home and started on our homework until nearly-ten; and we were getting a bit more rain by then after a reprieve that lasted until our marching band practice was wrapping up for the night.  Ehlana and Naomi were happy about that because they were able to have their baseball practice tonight, but that was also one more thing for Mom and Dad to deal with in addition to wedding work; taking care of our guests; and the ongoing move for Violet and Dillon into their new apartment.  I’m still missing out on all of that action while I’m too busy with my own daily schedule, and while I keep wanting to find a way to do more; that just isn’t working out for me.

Fortunately, I don’t need to feel too bad about it; since Violet and Dillon do have a lot of help from their families and friends.

As for their move – and the one that Jake and Stephanie finished today; there are advantages to starting out pretty much from scratch – it’s comparatively easy to move into an apartment when you’re buying almost everything and then having it delivered to the apartment.  In their cases, they have a lot of family support for that, and in Violet and Dillon’s case; they’re getting quite a few of their wedding gifts early – and not just to make sure that neither of them get cold feet and attempt a runaway bride or groom sort of thing on Saturday! ;^)

It’s funny to think about how good Mom and I had gotten at doing that sort of thing; and now it’s coming up on seven years since our last move – past-seven if you don’t count the move after Mom and Dad got married.  This won’t be the last moves for Jake and Stephanie or Violet and Dillon, since there will be at least one more for each of them when they’re ready for houses and to start their families, but I love knowing that everything is setting up for them to start their adult lives here at home with us – even if I can’t help out with the work right now.

Getting back to my personal news of the day, Michael and I did our homework; he went home after that since we couldn’t do a Magi lesson with Mom while we have company in the house; and I checked in with the twins on my way up to my room because they needed to go to bed at ‘normal’ time for a school night too.  They’d still been awake and playing on their iPads, so I had short chats with each of them; and then it was time for me to get ready for bed – and started on my never-ending work and studies.  That could have kept me busy all night if not for the time phasing, but there was still a lot of work to do in real time too; which is why it’s past-four now and I’m past-ready for my nap.

Some self-healing will be needed when I get up again too, but I’ll keep going; and hopefully have a chance for a bit of rest sometime between now and when I graduate from high school – o maybe college.

Yes, that might be optimistic, considering what I’m meant to do over my lifetime, but I am still a teen; so leave me to my innocent delusions for a while longer!

I’ll be leaving you to flip the digital page and continue reading while I head into nap mode now – unless you’ve already been put to sleep by reading my journals at bedtime for a sleep aid.  If that happened, though, then you’re not reading this until you take up the story again next time; so that doesn’t make any sense at all and just proves how tired I am – and that it’s past-time for me to wrap this up.

Until next time...

...May the Magi Force be with you!