To Tame The Crawlies OSC

Claire and Jamie are finally back together after both their Porpoise misadventures. The question of to shave or not to shave his newly grown beard comes up. The only way for Jamie to keep it, even temporarily, is for Claire “To Tame The Crawlies.”

Yes, Jamie is lice infested. Yuck! Claire likes the beard, but will not sleep with Jamie until he is critter free. She comes up with a vinegar treatment plan. The only problem is vinegar alone only works to get rid of the eggs, not the adult lice.

In this episode a variety of treatments are looked at from pharmaceutical to home-based.

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We hope this will demystify lice for you and expand your knowledge base.

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Remember, when in doubt, ask yourself, what would Claire do?

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Circumstances and Choices Voyager Read A Long Week 21

This week’s Voyager read-a-long episode is all about “Circumstances and Choices,” with a side of drunken turtle soup for our immense enjoyment.  Listen here.

Claire is recovering from the saber slash resulting in 43 sutures along her right arm. She finds herself in need of the limited penicillin she brought with her from the 20th century. Jamie must help her with this task. In this, Claire shares of the patient that sent her to Scotland where she met Roger Wakefield, subsequently sending her back to Jamie. Choices had altered her circumstances, unwittingly putting her on the path back to Jamie.

If it wasn’t for her patient, would she have gone at all? I’d like to think it would’ve happened no matter what, but that question ultimately cannot be answered.

Jamie for the first time in his life faces the possibility of choosing what to do after Young Ian is found. He’s never been in this position before. The world is his oyster. His new circumstances will pave the way for untold choices.

Like Jamie, Temeraire faces a choice to go with Ishmael or stay aboard the Artemis. He, too has never had the question of what he wants posed to him, maybe ever.

There’s a depth to these shorter chapters. These words a mere taste for all that is covered within. It seems when one thinks there’s no choice in the matter or circumstances, there’s no need for courage or bravery. Maybe so, maybe no. You’ll have to listen to find out.

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What’s Coming up? Week 2w will cover chapters 58-59.

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Hispaniola and Hope Voyager Read A Long Week 19

Jamie is once again found in this week 19 Voyager read-a-long installment, “Hispaniola and Hope.” He had the Artemis pursue the Porpoise after Claire was taken by Captain Leonard. When he reached the man o’war, Claire was not aboard any longer. He has a run in with Tompkins, only to be told she is gone overboard. He’s captured and put in the hold. The same storm that Claire witnessed when tramping through the mangroves, and beached the Artemis, also caught the Porpoise. As the storm began to rage, Annekje freed Jamie and sent him overboard toward Hispaniola. To find Claire. She told him Claire was not dead.  Hope is coming.

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Through the help of some wild children he met on the beach he swam to, he wrangled his way into the French garrison, and brought soldiers to help the Artemis re-launch. Serendipity indeed. All went as planned.

He and Claire were finally truly reunited after he and the crew took command of the Artemis out from under the soldiers. There’s quite the verbal foreplay in the captain’s cabin between he and Claire. He’s plans to carry out.

Through intense determination, Marsali and Fergus wed. She made it happen through sheer grit and fortitude. A unique, funny, and memorable wedding, no one is likely to forget.

More hope comes in the form of the Bruja being near. this is the ship Young Ian was taken away from Scotland on. They just might find him.

With many story lines and re-introduced characters in play, the adventure is most definitely, on. One thing I know for certain, the spider arc can go away anytime now.

What’s Coming up? Week 19 will cover chapters 53-55.

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Grace Comes In Many Forms Voyager Read A Long Week 18

In this episode, Claire finds “Grace Comes In Many Forms.” She is a captive fighting an uphill battle against not only Typhoid, but the realities that await her and Jamie in Jamaica. She does, however, some moments of peace within the sunset and in her intense vulnerability, with the special passenger, Lord John Grey, Governor of Jamaica.  He sees her for her position and the burdens weighing upon her. He acts as a salve to her grief and rage. She decides she needs to escape. She has a good plan in place, but is thwarted accidentally by the Captain. She is not going to stop looking for a way off the Porpoise. Soon a second opportunity comes with the help of Annekje Johansen, the mistress of the goats, after a fluke wind damages the mast. This time the plan works. Claire jumps. The current takes her in to the shore of Hispaniola, just the Annekje said it would.

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Her escape is harrowing and she pays the price physically with exhaustion, being battered, and severe dehydration. Eventually, she finds another moment of grace, in her rescuer, Lawrence Stern, Doctor of Natural Philosophy. A friend of his lives near. With the hospitality and assistance of the strangely behaving priest, Father Fogden, she is fortified. She’s fed, clothed, and given respite from her difficult circumstances.  Along the way, she learns many useful details from Lawrence Stern, including, how he had met Jamie in Edinburgh. Finally, she is brought to a beached ship, that just happens to be the Artemis. The only person missing, is Jamie.

There of course, is so much more to these lively chapters. Listen to hear all about it.

What’s Coming up? Week 19 will cover chapters 51 and 52.

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Wisewoman and Plague Hunter Voyager Week 17 Read A Long

In this week’s episode of the Voyager read-a-long, Claire finds herself being pressed into service as a “Wisewoman and a Plague Hunter”. Marsali, ever embittered toward Claire for being the whore that hurt her mother, puts her feelings aside for some much needed birth control advice. Of course, it takes her a while to get to that point through a stories of explanation. More light is given into the sexual issues Laoghaire has and the dreadful information she is passing on to her daughters. It’s terrifically sad how Laoghaire feels about it. She must’ve been hurt along the way. It’s impossible not to feel a heart tug for her. Marsali’s words echo all that Jamie had told her about his intimate life with Laoghaire.  Once Claire understands why Marsali wants to prevent pregnancy, she offers some of her own insights, and gives her a barrier method in the form of a sea sponge, but is interrupted by noise on deck, before being able to fully explain it’s proper use. Marsali is left with half of an explanation.

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The interruption comes in the form of an English man o’ war ship heading their way with the intent to board the Artemis. They believe it is to procure deck hands from the Artemis, by pressing the British subjects into service aboard the Porpoise. Soon the real problem is evident, when the acting captain of the Porpoise boards. He tells of a terrible plague upon his ship and the desperate need for medical assistance. After discussion about immunity and explanation of the oath she took, Jamie agrees with Claire going over to the Porpoise to assist in diagnosing the illness, and getting the medical side of things up and running. Claire immediately assesses the situation and declares it to be a Thyphoid outbreak. While she is getting everything in order so it can be turned over to one of the crewman to oversee, she feels movement under her feet, and the Porpoise is underway, It is Claire who is pressed into service without her permission, or Jamie’s, or the captain of the Artemis. Claire is raging, but finds it within herself to put on her doctoring hat and get to work. She has no other choice.

There’s also intrigue to give Claire another puzzle to work on. She hears someone tell the captain he recognized the big red haired man on the Artemis. This has her quite worried, but she has a plague to worry about first.

Claire is given authority to commandeer any men and supplies necessary to fight the outbreak. She is right at home bossing the crew about. The purser even takes to locking himself into his cabin to avoid her demands. She has a plan and is taking it step by step. This includes taking half of the ship’s alcohol for use in disinfection.

Claire certainly is a force to be reckoned with.

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What’s Coming up? Week 18 will cover chapters 48-50.

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