but I guess if you come here at all regular, you could tell. I was tired of all the white on that old template. To bland and bright. I am not a bright person at the moment (too fat and tooooo pregnant!). This is much more pleasing. For now anyway.
In other news; hubby comes home tonight! Yay! I slept last night – thanks to my friend Benadryl! Yay! And I started another book. I’m a moron. But, and there is always a but, isn’t there? But I have been wanting to read the next book in Rick Riordian’s Percy Jackson series since I bought it, so I just had to peek! Next thing I knew I’d read 50 pages! Such great, light entertainment. Plus it’s hard to concentrate with the hubby gone. I miss him too much.
The kiddo is going to Fairystone State Park today. That is a fairystone. It’s a fun place with a (very cold) lake to swim in, ride paddle boats, and stuff. And there is also a pretty cool story behind the place:
Fairy Stone State Park, the largest of Virginia’s six original state parks, is home to its namesake “fairy stones.” These rare mineral crosses and the park’s scenic beauty, rich history and ample recreational opportunities make it a local and regional favorite. The 4,537 acres that make up the park were donated by Junius B. Fishburn, former owner of the Roanoke Times, in 1933. The Civilian Conservation Corps originally created the park, its lake and many structures still in use there.
The Legend of the Fairy Stone: Many hundreds of years before Chief Powhatan’s reign, fairies were dancing around a spring of water, playing with naiads and wood nymphs, when an elfin messenger arrived from a city far away. He brought news of the death of Christ. When these creatures of the forest heard the story of the crucifixion, they wept. As their tears fell upon the earth, they crystallized to form beautiful crosses.
For many years people held these little crosses in superstitious awe, firm in the belief that they protected the wearer against witchcraft, sickness, accidents and disaster. Fairy stones are staurolite, a combination of silica, iron and aluminum. Staurolite crystallizes at 60 or 90 degree angles, hence the stone’s cross-like structure. Found only in rocks once subjected to great heat and pressure, the mineral was formed long, long ago, during the rise of the Appalachian Mountains. The stones are most commonly shaped like St. Andrew’s cross, an “X,” but “T” shaped Roman crosses and square Maltese crosses are the most sought-after.
The rare staurolite stones are found elsewhere but not in such abundance as at Fairy Stone State Park. For more information, please visit www.stonecrossmountain.com.
How cool that they are a natural occurance in nature! How I hate that I have to work today! I wanna go too!!!