Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happy Tag

Happy Sunday! I feel like posting today, and I've been seeing this fun tag going around so I thought, why not? Here's what's been making me feel happy lately:

Books/ Rilla of Ingleside(I have no words)/Jefferson's Sons/ Christy(always)/ The dictionary(love that thing)/ The Lizzy Books/ American Girl books/ Lynn Austin books/ Corinthians/ Anne of Green Gables/ Celia Garth/ Hattie Big Sky/ The River Between Us/

Words/ Golden/ Glowing/ Shimmering/ Sparkling/ Indefatigable/ Hulabaloo (isn't that fun?)/ Petrichor/Selcouth/Brontide/Selenophile/Querencia/Wilderness/ Purity/ Simplicity/ Sunshine/

Movies/TV/ Christy/ Brooklyn/ Downton Abbey/ The Waltons/ Hornblower/ Anne of Green Gables/ Civil War Miniseries (esp. North and South)/ Poldark/

My friends, this is going to be good.

Scents/ Rain/ Grass(can't smell it that much yet)/ Creek water( it smells so good!)/ Homemade soap/ Sheets of the clothesline/ Books/ Tea/ Essential oils!/ Particularly peppermint/ Peppermint ice cream!/

Songs/  Pa's Fiddle Band/ Copperhead Soundtrack/ North and South soundtrack/ Hamilton/ The Corrie's Skye Boat Song and Annie Laurie/ Booth Brothers' Happy Rythym (haha!)/ Anne of Green Gables Soundtrack/ Leave Her Johnny/ Don't Forget Your Old Shipmate/ Ain't We Got Fun/

Misc./ Naomi is coming!!! Ahhhhhhhh! Yes, I'm excited too!/ Going outside without freezing/ Summer plans/ Dark chocolate/ Pretty pictures/ Writing letters to friends/ Getting letters from friends!/ Friends in general (they really are just about the best thing in life)/ Videos of mantua makers in Williamsburg/ Laughing lots/ Jesus/

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Slow me Down

Hello, friends! Isn't it lovely to live in a world where there are Marches? 'Marches' doesn't sound nearly as good as 'Octobers', does it? But I think March is one of the loveliest months, because it's when the first hints of spring come. I've almost officially stopped wearing a coat, and shoes for that matter. And the air smells just like heaven. I suppose heaven smells much better, but it smells how I think heaven must smell. There is nothing like Spring to awaken the senses. To call up memories and feelings and sensations that seem to have been sleeping for a long time. Such as the feeling of soft mud under my toes, the smell of my skin when I've been outside, the memories of happy times long ago. Or are they perhaps dreams of the future?

I've decided to stop looking at the clock. That is, I have to look at the clock sometimes, or often.:) But it is so liberating not to look at the clock. Don't you think so, Friend? Sometimes I think, 'What time is it?' And then I think, 'I don't care, so I'm not going to look at the clock', and I'm proud of myself and feel just wonderful. Because a lot of the time, I don't need to know. I do like thinking and planning ahead. It's fun. But sometimes I find myself thinking of the future instead of living right now, and that't not fun. It interferes with the quality of my life. There is so much life to look forward to, but there is also life right now, and that's where I am. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

New Year's Tag

What did you do in 2015 that you'd never done before?

~Went to a music camp for two whole weeks! First time I'd ever spent more than a couple days away from home.
~ It was the first summer my sister and some of my cousins could drive, so we had lots of fun outings by ourselves. You know, the rodeo, the fair, picking up produce. Good times.:)
~ Fell completely in love with country music.

Did you keep your New Years' resolutions, and will you make one this year? 

I don't recall making any last year. There are a few things I'm hoping to do this year.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

No one that I know real well.

Did anyone close to you die?


What countries/states did you visit?

I go to Pennsylvania all the time, because we're pretty close to the border and we have friends and family there. I also spent a day in Ohio. I hope I can travel more this year. The are lots of places I want to go and people I want to visit.:)

What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?

I hope to get closer to some friends that I've made and make some new friends, too.

What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory?

There have so many special times this year that I'm so thankful for.:) One particularly special memory is the barn dance we hosted at our barn in the spring. We're not the most experienced hosts, and it turned out to be more wonderful than I even hoped.

Did you move anywhere?


What was the best month?

June, July, August. Summer is wonderful.:)

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I didn't accomplish anything too special, but I think my character has gotten a lot stronger this year. I think I'm improving socially. I hope.:)

What was your biggest failure?

Oh, you know, sometimes things get kind of hard and you can't quite live up to it.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

No more than a few simple colds, thankfully.

What was the best thing you bought?

I didn't really buy that much stuff. I bought a pretty awesome Carhartt coat, but that sounds lame to say that's the best thing I bought.

Whose behavior merited celebration?

Certain members of my family and extended family. A bunch of random people that just make me smile.

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I ain't gonna name any names. There are always people that disappoint.

Where did most of your money go?

Like I said, I don't buy that much stuff! I mooch off of other people.:P Just kidding.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I was super excited about camp. I literally could not wait to go to camp, I thought it would be the most wonderful thing. Funny thing was, once I was there I couldn't wait to come home. I guess the most exciting thing was coming home. Ha!

What was the best concert you've been to this year?

Without a doubt Sara Evans! I'm pretty sure it was the first country music concert I had ever been to, and it blew me away. I can't wait to go to more country music concerts! Brad Paisley is coming a couple hours away from us this month, but we've already established that we can't go. And I'm not bitter about it. Haha, I'm really not.

What song/album will always remind you of 2015?

Well, Lee Brice's Drinking Class was officially our theme song this summer. It will always bring back wonderful memories of this summer. We bought the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack and listened to it a ton, so that will always remind me of this year. It's such good music.:) Also a lot of Sara Evans, since this year was when we first started listening to her. Especially Suds in the Bucket. Lots of country songs that played on the radio will remind me of this year. As far as movie soundtracks go, North and South and Copperhead were probably our greatest discoveries. And of course there were many others.:)

Compared to this time last year, are you:
1. happier or sadder? Happier, praise the Lord.:)
2. thinner or fatter? Probably fatter.
3. richer or poorer? Richer. 

What do you wish you'd done more of?

Traveled, spent time with friends, lived adventurously.:)

What do you wish you'd done less of?

Complain, mope. That don't get me nowhere.

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Country. Fiddle, steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, how awesome guitar is and how I really need to learn it.

How did you spend Christmas?

The morning at home, and the afternoon at our Grandparents' with some aunts and uncles and cousins and a guinea pig. It was a pretty good Christmas.:) We went roller skating with Grandma and Grandpa's old skates, and Emma and I went down a really steep hill. Steep for 60-year-old roller skates, anyway. Miraculously we didn't die, and, needless to say, we won't be doing that again.

My fun gifts.

How are you spending New Year's?

We spent New Year's Eve with some cousins and good friends. Playing games, playing music. It was a good time. New Year's day we stayed home, which I normally don't like, but it was good because we had had a wild week. And our Grandparents came for dinner, so that was special.

New Year's Eve

Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?

I don't spend much time on the phone. Probably with Mama because we talk on the phone a lot in the summer when she's at the stand and I'm at the house.

What was the best book you read?

I read some pretty good ones. I'll have to list a few.

                                                               ~ Anne of Green Gables
Though I've seen the movie more times than I can count and consider the story one of my favorites, I hadn't read the book until a few months ago when my friend gave me a beautiful copy. Of course, I loved it.

                                                                ~Dawn's Early Light
I read this at Emma's recommendation, like most everything I read.:) It was amazing. I adored the characters, the setting is one of my favorites, and it has that historical-fiction-written-in-fifties charm.

~True Grit 
Such a classic. I love simple and humorous writing style, and the story and characters are very good.

                                                                    ~Hidden Places                                                                           Ahhh. What can I say. Everything I could want in a book 

Did you fall in love in 2015?

No, I didn't. I did a whole lot of dreaming, though.:)

What was your favorite TV show?

The Waltons.

What did you want and get?

A cow. It was on top of my Christmas list, and Molly was a dear and got me one. Would you care to see a picture?

What did you want and not get?

A cow.:P That's okay, I can wait.

What were your favorite films of this year?

~The Journey of August King
~Stars Fell on Henrietta
~Coal Miner's Daughter

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I went to a ball! I was fourteen, and it was a wonderful night. My fifteenth birthday is in less than a week, and I have big plans.:) I hope they come to pass.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?

1950s country. I don't dress that way every day, but that pretty mush sums up my style. I still like wearing skirts as well as jeans and occasional Carhartt pants, and I've decided I like t-shirts and ball caps. I also like a prairie, Native American, or slight gypsy influence. I love florals and ginghams in bright, vibrant colors.

What kept you sane?

Fresh air, beautiful outdoors, the feeling of dirt, grass, and even stones under my feet, eating tons of fresh fruit, and people who love me.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy most?

Hank Williams. I fancy him.

What political issue stirred you the most?

Honestly I don't keep very close tabs on politics. Though I think it's important, I'm terrible at keeping events straight and knowing what's going on. Hopefully I'll get better as I get older.

Who did you miss?

Friends and family members who we don't get to see often because they live far away. My friends from camp. My friend who lives in Alaska.

Who was the best person you met?

Some of my Csehy friends are pretty awesome, and I hope I get to spend time with them in the future.

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Tell a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.

Have fun. Seriously, some people just forget to have fun. That doesn't mean just do what you want. But whatever you're doing, do it for the Lord and have fun.

Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfullness, mercy, and love

Five personally significant events of 2015:

1~ Riding a horse.
2~ Learning to drive the gator.
3~ Learning to wait on costumers.
4~ Getting closer to some of my friends.
5~ Making some good memories.

Those sound kind of lame, but I didn't graduate or get my driver's licence or anything. I'm pretty satisfied though, I did some pretty awesome stuff.

Five things I want to do in 2016:

1~ Learn guitar
2~ Somehow get experience farming and homesteading.
3~ Spend more time with friends and extended family.
4~ Learn to make soap and candles.
5~ Travel. Anywhere. Everywhere.:)

People I'd like to know better in 2016:

First of all, myself. My family. My pen pal in Alaska. I must visit her! All my friends.:)

Have a really wonderful year, y'all.:)