Feature & Follow Friday



Blogger pet peeves? – provided by Take Me Away

I don’t really have many pet peeves when it comes to blogging. I have too many about my actual job to have any energy left for pet peeves about the things I do for enjoyment. That being said, my current minor annoyance has to do with the pictures on my blog. For some reason, I can only make them left justified and without surrounding text. No matter how I set them in the settings, that’s just how they turn out. I assume it’s a quirk of my template, and I like everything else about the way it looks so I’m willing to put up with it.

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The goal of the hop is to gain new followers and make new friends. All my “follow me” links are on the sidebar.

Thursday’s Tale: The Maiden and the Fish

de la Mare, Walter. Told Again: Old Tales Told Again. A. H. Watson, illustrator. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1927.

Illustration by A. H. Watons from Told Again: Old Tales Told Again by Walter de la Mare, 1927.

“The Maiden and the Fish” is a tale similar to Cinderella. It’s from Portuguese Folk-Tales by Consiglieri Pedroso, translated by Henrietta Monteiro, 1882.

We have a widower who has three daughters. The youngest is his favorite, of course, but likes to spend her time helping manage the house and working with the servants in the kitchen while her older sisters cared only about parties and pretty dresses. One day the father caught a fish, brought it home, and gave it to the youngest girl to cook. The fish was a pretty yellow color and the girl asked her father if she could keep it as a pet instead and he agreed.

First she keeps it in a pot in her room, but at the fish’s request she puts it in the well. Yes, the fish talks – this is a fairy tale. The next day,  she takes a walk in the garden to see the fish in the well. As she gets close to the well, she hears the fish calling, “Oh! maiden, come into the well!” It scares her so she runs away. Seems like a reasonable reaction to me. The following day, when her sisters go to a festival, she goes back to the garden. Again, the fish calls out, and this time she goes into the well. Thankfully, she doesn’t drown. When she reaches the bottom, he takes her into a beautiful palace, and tells her to go into a chamber and put on the elegant robe she’ll find there. Don’t ask me why there’s a castle at the bottom of the well – fairy tale. So she puts on the gorgeous clothes and leaves the well. The fish provides a carriage that takes her to the festival. He warns her to leave before her sisters do.

She leaves quickly after the festival ends, but of course, loses her shoe in the process. I told you it was like Cinderella.  When her sisters return home, she’s already back to work in the kitchen. They tell her all about the feast and the beautiful, mystery woman. She also learns that the king has kept the shoe and has said he will marry the woman who it belongs to. When the sisters hurried away to the palace to try on the slippers, the youngest sister went to the well. As soon as she got there, the fish asked her to marry him. At first she says no, but then she relents and agrees to marry him. That kind of thing only happens in fairy tales, in real life, I don’t think any young woman is going to agree to marry a fish, even if it does talk and is quite persuasive. The fish immediately turns into a man and tells her he is the prince and he has been under an enchantment. He encourages her to go to the castle, try on the slipper, and when the king asks her to marry him, to tell him she is already betrothed to the prince. I was a little worried at this point, because I didn’t know if the king had had something to do with the spell or not. She goes to the palace as he told her to, and the king is delighted to hear the his son is has been saved from his enchantment.

The king immediately sends a group of folks out to retrieve his son from the well. The prince and the maiden were married and there was great rejoicing throughout the kingdom. The older sisters were filled with jealousy and bitterness and were punished. I’m not sure if they’re punishment was for teasing the youngest sister, for trying to trick the king, or for wanting to eat the fish when their father first brought it home. The couple lives happily ever after and eventually the prince becomes king.

If you enjoy Cinderella stories, stop by my stop on the Fairy Tale Magic Blog Hop. I’m giving away a copy of Charlie Glass’s Slippers by Holly McQueen. You can also find a list of other participating blogs.

Thursday’s Tales is a weekly event here at Carol’s Notebook. Fairy tales, folktales, tall tales, even re-tellings, I love them all.

Fitness Tuesday


Here’s my plan, more or less. (SS stands for strength training/stretching; CT stands for cross-training)

training schedule 2

Since last check-in, I finished Week 8 and am repeating it. I got a cold toward the end of the week and just didn’t feel up to doing a lot of running. I’ve got a couple of weeks leeway in my schedule, so I figured repeating it won’t matter. I’m also changing my schedule a bit. I moved everything over a day, so now my “training week” starts on Tuesday instead of Monday. It’ll be easier to stick with it that way now that fall activities and school are back in. Now the actual week of that last race, I’ll probably go back to the original because I’ll want two rest days before the run.

If you read my last week’s update, you know I switched Monday and Tuesday of Week 8. On Tuesday, I ran 4 miles outside with an average pace of 11:39 min/mile and then did the 20 minutes of bar bell work, crunches, and a bit of stretching.


Wednesday I did 60 minutes on the elliptical. I was sad because I forgot both my headphones and my kindle- makes it a long hour.

I picked up a cold somewhere along the line and didn’t feel like running Thursday, so I did 25 minutes on the recumbent bike instead.  I also walked the dog for a mile and was going to walk a little with my friend, but she backed out on me.

Saturday I still didn’t feel like running, but I did 5 miles on the elliptical instead, which is similar.

Monday’s now my rest day, but I took the dog for a mile walk.

This week I’ve been listening to the Lazarus Curse by Tessa Harris during my workouts.

Readers’ Workouts is hosted by Joy’s Book Blog. Thanks, Joy, for keeping me accountable.

133.5 – Aug 12, 132.5 – Aug 19, 134 – Aug 26, 132.5 – Sept 9

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