Our Guild Vault is almost perfect.

Guild members can find the stuff they need. Yesterday Moody was able to grab a level 80 plate belt with Defense stats on it in order to reach the Def cap in order to tank a heroic. The heroic run didn’t happen, but Moody is now Defense capped. The belt buckle and gem were in the vault, too.

Durandal recently dropped a gathering profession to level up Jewelcrafting. Not everything he needed was in the vault, obviously, but we had 3 stacks of mithril bars that helped a lot. Soon we will have yet another Jewelcrafter contributing gems.

The only way any of this is possible is to keep the clutter out of the Guild Vault. Clutter creeps in everywhere, whether is the kitchen table, the nightstand, or the virtual storage area. Just 15 minutes a day clearing clutter keeps it at bay.

Everyday I spend just about that time going through every tab in the bank. First I take out any gray items (except for goofy books) and white recipes that anyone can buy from a vendor. I sell the recipes on the Auction House and vendor the grays for the guild.

Next I move stuff around. Tab one is Yummy Goodness: Food and recipes go here. I try to keep at least one stack of the raw meats that everyone need to do the cooking dailies, a decent assortment of fishes, and buff foods. I recently, however, have taken to limiting the amounts of anything that is not Northrend quality cooked food because no one used them. There’s a couple stack of Outland buff foods, but that’s about it. I still keep stacks of raw Outland foods that folks can use to level up cooking.

I am thinking that I might move some of the crafting recipes around into the tabs with the mats for that profession. I have to see if there is room. Anything to get people to use them. After that, if no one uses them, it’s off to the AH with them.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about tab two and beyond.

My kids have Swine Flu. And it sucks, but it’s nothing to panic about. A bad cold is worse. And so is regular flu, but then I suspect we’ve got a mild case.

So far here’s what I can tell you. It hits you like a train. Suddenly you feel so lousy that all you want to do is crawl into bed and sleep. After a couple hours, the fever starts and runs for a couple days. The fever is around 100.5, but did go as high as 102 in my 7-year-old. There is also a headache, body aches, a sore throat and dry cough, and a lack of appetite with mild nausea. If you (or your child) is prone to vomiting as my 9-year-old, prepare for vomit. If you (or your child) has a cast-iron stomach (like my husband), then no vomit. And that’s it. The worst appears to be over in about two-three days if you sleep the whole time, although the doctor’s office said that 5-7 days was more typical.

And that’s Swine Flu. The worst part is hearing, “MAMA, TED JUST THREW-UP AGAIN….IN THE BED.” I’ve been doing laundry all afternoon.

I’m hoping to be through this plague by the weekend in time to do something fun with our Second Raiding Team. And do some work in the garden, too.

Today gardening wins. Sorry Guild. I’ll do a GV post tomorrow.

Today we are putting in some time in our community garden plot. The cool season weeds are still small, but they are beginning to grow. I’m hoping that later today Stax (hubby) and JM (son) will get on and do some questing together against the celery monsters in the Belf starting area. It should be a hoot.

I guess since this blog is supposed to be about Feng Shui and Guild Vaults, I should say something about it.

For a first step, try thinking of your Guild Vault as a big refrigerator.  It’s not a store or a lending library.  Not a basement or a dusty attic. It’s not a garage or a garage sale. It’s a refrigerator. Work on this step until I think of something else to post.

Now I have to go make some zucchini bread.

On this last day of September, the weather has finally turned a corner into fall, and it shows in the garden.

We’ve been harvesting regularly this month from the dribs and drabs left over from summer: a bag of baby squashes, half a dozen slender eggplant, a few random peppers. Meanwhile all the spinaches, lettuces, and cabbage family veggies that I planted a few weeks ago have been growing faster than I have ever seen.

Fast forward to the last day of the month — which would be today. I decide on this chilly fall day to make a ham and bean soup. But it really needed something else, something green and tasty. So I turned the soup down low, grabbed my clippers and my kids and made a quick trip to the garden. There had to be something there.

And there was.

While my kids hunted for toads, I harvested my first kale leaves! Also a lovely, fat leek, a single tomato, and a handful of late zinnias. The first planting of spinach will be ready to pick this weekend, and the second is ready to transplant. The baby carrots need to be thinned, too. If the skies are clear on Saturday, you can guess where I’ll be.

We returned home with our small bounty. With brown oak leaves crunching under my feet and a bag of fresh, tender kale in my arms, I breathed in the scent of the coming cold. Then I went in the house to finish my soup.

Super Yummy Fall Soup
1 lb dried small white beans
1 small ham hock
1/2 lb fresh kale
1 large leek
3 small tomatoes
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried sage
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Soak the beans overnight or quick soak.
Cook for 2 hour in 10 cups of water with ham hock, sugar and spices.
Remove ham hock from soup. Remove bone and gristle. Cut up the meat and add back to soup. Coarsely chop the vegetables and add to soup. Cook for another 30 minutes until soup thickness and vegetables are tender. Just before serving, stir in vinegar. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and a nice crusty bread.

First a big thanks go out to Pinutos for suggesting this to me.

Before he quit blogging and playing, the mighty Big Red Kitty had a post on writing your own Warcraft Blog. Find your niche, he said. Well, apparently I have found my own Warcraft niche — keeping the Guild Vault decluttered and functional for a marvelous group of extremely caring and generous socialist pack-rats.

So this is my first post, and I expect all my guildies to drop in and say hi. And give me feedback on anything and everything.

Mama

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