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The early life of the Infanta Catalina, a series on Queen Catherine of Aragon.

A portrait of a young Catherine of Aragon wearing a dark burgandy dress and hat
A portrait of a young Catherine of Aragon wearing a dark burgandy dress and hat
Michael Sittow, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

We have all heard of Catherine (Catalina) of Aragon. Wife of King Henry VIII of England. Sadly that is what she’s most remembered for by history. Being the dismissed first wife of a tyrant. Catalina was however a woman who was, so much more than just who she married. First, though let’s go over some basics on Henry. Just to refresh our memories and get him out of the way for now.

Catherine, was the first of Henry’s six wives. They were married for 24 years…


Infanta Catalina de Aragon, her early teens years, and a royal engagement .

A young Catherine of Aragon, Anonymous Artist :By anonymous — Art UK, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=91989456

Welcome back, my fellow time trippers. Last we left off our dear Catherine had reached her teen years and a royal engagement with the Tudor Prince Arthur was in works. Let’s see what happens. Time Trip setting Granada Spain late 1490’s early 1500’s.

A Royal Engagement

In the case of Isabella and Ferdinand, they never saw their daughters as any less of a blessing than their son. The Catholic Monarchs were very progressive. Note the irony in that statement.

Just as Juan would be married to strength the diplomatic ties…


Warm the body, comfort the soul.

A table with a warm bowl of soup setting on it.
A table with a warm bowl of soup setting on it.
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Last weekend we had an unprecedented snowstorm, very uncommon for my area. Everything was cold, wet and frozen. No one wanted to go out and most seem to be in an unhappy condition.

As I checked in with friends and loved ones to see how they weathered the storm, I noticed they had 2 things in common.

One, the agreed on disliking our wintry visit from good ole Jack Frost. Two, everyone was cooking. Warm, delicious, aromatic foods. Hearty, filling and pure comfort brought to their table.

This got me to thinking. With the majority of the northern hemisphere in…


A young Isabella I on her throne. Here long red blonde hair is down and falling around her shoulders. She is wearing a green and white square neck dress with a white floral pattern
A young Isabella I on her throne. Here long red blonde hair is down and falling around her shoulders. She is wearing a green and white square neck dress with a white floral pattern
Escuela flamenca (??). Atribuida a Gerard David (??). Anónimo flamenco (del Círculo de Jan Gossaert)., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Getting to know the Queen, Marriage Edition

Queen Isabel I of Castile and Leon has long been a role model of mine. Brave, witty, and determined, she forged a new empire. A nation that would become one of the greatest in history. Today we discuss her engagements and marriage.

There was a large range of potential suitors. Ferdinand of Aragon, Edward IV of England, or one of his brothers, probably Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to name a few.


Got A New Kitten? Here’s What You Need

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Welcome new pet parent! Now you have a fluffy little baby to love and cuddle with, aka your soft new kitten. As we all know, cats are an excellent pet, especially for those who aren't home much, or just for someone who wants a smaller, more independent pet to love.

Felines are loving, amusing, and ever so soft to cuddle. They get attached to their human parents and eagerly await their return daily. Most of their lifespans average around 16-17 years (for house cats.) …


Chapter 3: And We’re Off

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Finally, Tuesday came. Ellie had their bags packed since Sunday night. The couple woke up early. A quick breakfast of tea and toast and they were ready to go by 6:30 am.

They put Leo in the cat carrier and put Mia’s harness on her. Both pets would be staying at Ellie’s parents’ house. Mia’s mother, father, and one of her sisters were there as well. She loved to visit with them. As soon as she saw the harness her dance of happiness started.

“Be still Mia.” Ben laughed as he buckled her in. …


Chapter 2: Ghost or Convenient Thunder

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Ben took his tablet back with a grin. “Well, that was easier than I thought it would be.”

Ellie scooted closer to him resting her hands on his shoulders as she peeked over them at the screen. “You know I like surprises.” Leaning in closer. “Now, show me.” She smiled.

“Haha, okay, okay, let me pull it up. Ah, here it is.” He handed her the tablet.

“It’s a beach?” She asked, wondering where he was going with this.

“Upper, right corner. Zoom in.” He tapped the screen pulling up the picture of a house.

It was a nice little…


Things every pet parent should know about you fluffer and the chocolate temptation.

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It's Easter this week, that usually means chocolate and lots of it. Chocolate eggs, bunnies, literally baskets full of the stuff. As tempting as it may be to let you little fluff nugget part take in some of your chocolate nougats let me strongly suggest against it.

I know it’s hard to resist. When they look at you with those big wanting eyes, like a bite of your candy could save their very life. That look so warm it can melt your heart, your judgment and possibly that Hershey's Kiss you are currently holding. I know its tough but you…


Things Every Home Needs To Keep On Hand.

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W e have all had that moment. You wake up with a splitting headache or a runny nose. Your child wakes with a stomach ache or scratches their knee. Those mild health issues that don’t require a physician’s care but still need treating.

While recently doing some spring cleaning. I cleared out my medicine cabinet, through away out of date items, noting what I did and didn’t use. So when it came time to restock I decided to do my research. Taking control of both my health and finances. …

Avana Lilly

Writer, book enthusiast, lover of all things cute & cuddly, pet parent. A history buff, who likes art, nature, and baking. A new book + pastry = A Happy Life.

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