Friday, January 17, 2020

~New Blog Alert~

Hello all and a happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful Holiday season and that you are rejuvenated and ready for this new year of 2020. I just wanted to hop on here really quick and say that I have started a blog dedicated solely to my adventures and experiences in reenacting and living history. I didn't want to have history take over this blog so I decided to make another one so that  could keep this blog open to what God would want me to write from the heart.

It is called....Where the Creek Meets the Lake

Go visit it if you'd be so kind!

Blessings, Abigail Joy.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Sunday, November 24, 2019

~2019 Tallassee, Alabama Reenactment~

Here is yet another reenactment I recently attended. Every time I go to one, the video I'm able to compile get's longer, and longer! Pretty soon my videos will take a few hours to watch!



Abigail Joy.

If you are unable to watch the video click HERE

Saturday, November 23, 2019

~Happy Thanksgiving~

I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! 
Remember all the things you are thankful for on this special holiday. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

~Battle of Tunnel Hill Reenactment~

Here is my second reenactment I went to this past Summer. I got more videos and pictures, then I did for the Resaca reenactment, and for that I am grateful! 


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

~ My 1860's Work Dress~

This is a video I filmed back in the early spring, when I finished my work dress and wanted to show it off a little bit. 


Friday, September 20, 2019

~What I Wish I Had Known Before My First Reenactment~

Back in May, after months of research and sewing, planning and organizing, dreaming and then finally doing... I attended my first Civil War reenactment. Not as a spectator, but as a reenactor. And then earlier this month, September 7th-8th I reenacted again, this time a little farther up North. Let me tell you.. it was exciting and fun; but, as with any grand adventure, there are a few things I wish I had known before taking part in it. So let's dive right in..

Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Reenactment as a Reenactor

 You won't need all that food, but you will need more water.
I made the mistake of not bringing enough water for the May reenactment, but I didn't repeat myself again in Septmeber. I made sure to bring a 24-pack of water bottles, and then I filled my glass containers whenever I could. Instead of water, I brought meat-sticks and trail-mix, applesauce and vienna sausages, and much more, but no water. My second time around I brought half the amount of food, and twice the amount of water.

Walk around more, go sightseeing

I saw about 1% of the first reenactment, and I regret that. I thought I wouldn't need to, since I was a reenactor, not a spectator. But boy was I wrong. I made it a point to see as much as I could see the second time around. And because of that, I saw close to 90% of all there was to see. I still had a few more camps to see, and sutlers to "window shop" at, but I am very satisfied with all that I saw.

Don't worry about your impression 

You don't need to be perfect. You don't have to have authentic, antique, or vintage pieces. It helps, but it isn't necessary for your first reenactment. Enjoy yourself, don't worry if your impression is incomplete. Chances are, everyone else was just as you are, it's called "being a beginner". If you don't have a "first-person" impression, don't worry about it.

For more information about impressions, read THIS 

Take lots of pictures whenever you can

If you don't you'll regret it. But please! Try to be inconspicuous about it. Take them when there are no spectators around, or wait until you're not "in character".

The cannons and musket and rifles are LOUD!

Seriously, they are so loud! Louder than I expected. Bring earplugs or cotton to stuff in your ears. The cannons themselves boomed right through me.

Bring sunscreen and apply it regularly

Unless you want to look like a lobster or a tomato, then put sunscreen on. You're outside the whole day, even if you have a hat, or a bonnet, you will still get some sun. 

Bring an extra pair of shoes, and extra socks

Just in case one your boots wears down on one side and leaves you with a sore leg from walking on the side of your foot without you knowing it. Also socks, for the same reason you'd take them on a hike.

And there you have it. It's not exactly a complete list, but it's what's on my mind right now. I might add more later, I might make another post entirely. I hope you enjoyed reading this, because I had fun making this! 
Have an awesome weekend!

Abigail Joy

If you want to see some of my adventure in reenacting, then go to my Youtube channel which you can find 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

~Why I'm Not Posting as Much...Writer's Block~

The truth of the matter is, I have no motivation to write. 
I really, really want to write and to share my thoughts, but recently I haven't had anything to write about. 
Recently, I bought four new, clean, never used notebooks at a Back-to-School Sale at the good 'ol Wally- World, and I was so excited to start writing in them, but alas! They have sat on my shelf for a few weeks now, gathering dust. 
Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. 
I know I am going to start writing again. I am just not sure when, but I will.
I think I have a case of Writer's Block.
Hopefully I can chisel me something useful out of this Block, 
but until then I will wait.
Much Love, 
Abigail Joy.

Friday, June 21, 2019

~Summer Solstice~

Birds were busy finding partners, food,  and a place to raise their young.
Busy eating, preparing for the endless cycle of seasons.

Swift storms brought rainbows..

And beautiful evening skies.

And those storms brought the creek bed higher...

And made tiny water falls over every rock.

Every day was an adventure.

Every hour  a story waiting to be told.
The sunshine through the leaves made it seem
like reality was altered.

And the water begged to be swam in.
Standing on the shore was like looking to the future, never knowing what was in it,
yet excited to find out. 

Flowers waited impatiently to be picked.

And Tomorrow waited impatiently  to be discovered.

Yes, Summer had finally arrived.

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” 
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne's House of Dreams

This is a repost from two years ago, but I think it is still very relevant. 
You can read about it by clicking HERE