Posted in Random babblings, Writing

Thoughts on Words

Just an impromptu post here…

I write better than I talk.png

 

Does this quote resound with anyone else? I had it up at my graduation open house a few years ago because I love it. And it came to mind because I’ve been thinking about communication a fair bit lately, and so much of the time I wish I could have a sign on me that comes with a warning of some kind. ;) I struggle with expressing myself through verbal words, sometimes assuming the other person will automatically know what I am thinking or meant to say. Writing fiction comes so much more naturally to me, but I can’t speak in fiction. ;) I wish I could say that even communicating online came easily to me, but frankly, it does not. I over-analyze yet underestimate that what I say may not really express what I meant. So if I’ve spoken to any of you and you have no idea what I meant – don’t worry. It’s me, not you. XD
I’m comfortable when I write fiction. My current WIP’s main character is so much like me that I understand her probably better than any past character of mine. She’s socially awkward too. And I don’t say that in a cutesy way because while amusing, it is a struggle. I’ll say something (in life or online) and then regret it afterwards just because it probably didn’t make much sense. But I know that my God understands me. In my broken-speech, He sees the heart, and I rejoice in that. I think that is one of the reasons He blessed me with the ability to write stories, because it’s often there that I feel the most understood.

Posted in lists, Pinterest, Questions/answers, Random babblings, update

A Belated Holiday Tag

Hello! How has everyone’s New Year been so far? Still dancing in the excitement of a fresh year, or has that worn off a little for you? Regardless of the sparkle and pop of the new year, this time of year is a favourite time for me – I love Winter. After the holidays are over, I know a lot of people feel that Winter can move on, but I love finding the quiet and peace that so often accompanies this time of year. Life (usually) slows down even just a little bit, and the bitter temperatures force one to stay inside their (hopefully) cozy homes. This year, for us, has still been a bit busy, but I am hoping for some quietness to commence before Spring arrives with all its gardening needs… ^.^

So, the reason for this post: Ry over at Life on a Farm With God tagged me for this Holiday ‘Tag’. So, thank you Ry! I am a bit late in finally getting around to it, but hey, better late than never, right? Onward and forward… :)

 

What was your favorite gift you received this year?
That would probably have to be either a pillow I got that says “Save the Texas Prairie Chickens” with a TPC on it (it’s a reference to one of my favourite shows…), or my FABULOUS Michael Nesmith Tshirt that looks like this:
Some of Shelly's Blues Lithograph close-up
It’s the cover of one of his album’s made out of the lyrics from one of his songs. I, personally, love it. XD
What was your favorite gift you gave this year?
Hmmm, maybe the sequin-pillow I gave my sister…
What was the craziest or weirdest gift you gave this year?
Hehe, well, probably a container shaped like a lightbulb filled with quotes from the tv show “MacGyver” for my kindred spirit. :)
What is your favorite Christmas scent?
Maybe Pine…though I like that all year round.
What is the one sacred tradition you did to celebrate New Years Eve and how does it make it special?
Umm…well, I don’t really have one of these. I’m not a night owl at all, and with having animal chores to do morning and night, I don’t stay up late, like, ever. I think I’ve stayed up till midnight for New Years Eve once or twice….but it’s not a habit I keep. Sorry. :P
Do you like New Years or Christmas better?  Why?
I’m going to ‘break the mold’ again here I guess…we don’t actually celebrate Christmas (we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but we do that in the Fall, during the Feast of Tabernacles, which is when He came to ‘tabernacle’ with us – live in us. And we celebrate the Winter Feast, The Feast of Dedication.) So, I’m going to alter this question a little, and answer it by saying: The Feast of Dedication is my favourite, but I do like the ‘fresh-ness’ that comes with the New Year. :)
What is one movie you like to watch during Christmastime/ New Years??
“While You Were Sleeping” is a favourite movie of mine, and we almost always watch “Elf” this time of year too. :)
Did you watch the new star wars movie? If so what was your favorite part?
No, I didn’t. I haven’t seen any of the star wars movies….
Lastly, what was your favorite joke you read between Christmas and New Years??
Oh golly….while I might’ve heard a good joke during this time, I can’t call to mind any….so I’ll just share a funny thing from Pinterest:
:D
Sooooo, I guess that’s it! As for who I tag: You. :)
Posted in Books, Pinterest, Random babblings, reading, Tessa Afshar, update

Been a while…

Hello :)

I apologise for another absence of posts altogether. I’ve even missed a Pinterest Favourites Friday or two, for which I am sorry. Time gets away from me, especially in the summer.

Besides being busy, I still have been able to read fairly often. I just finished a book called “Until My Name is Known” by Sonya Contreras – it was (fiction) on the Biblical account of Moses. Very interesting and enjoyable, and as it was a review-book, I shall be posting my review along with the blog tour for it, which I think is in September…

I’m currently re-reading a favourite book of mine – “Harvest of Rubies” by Tessa Afshar. I seriously adore this book and could never read it too many times. :)

Harvest of Rubies:Amazon:Kindle Store

 

A review book I am most looking forward to:

Chivalrous, Book 2 in the Valiant Hearts Series by Dina Sleiman, coming with Bethany House Publishers September 2015.

 

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, “Dauntless” (my review here), so I’m excited to continue with this one! And isn’t the cover fun? The book releases in September of this year.

For randomness’ sake, how about a gif of Mr. Tilney in Northanger Abbey?

Henry Tilney

I mean really, why not? ;)

 

I’m so used to posting book reviews, and posts about books, that just regular, every-day-life-posts don’t come easily anymore. Perhaps that is a good thing, for my life is rather boring. I am doing dog chores this week, and they have been going well. Our local history-reenactment deal is going on this weekend, so that should be fun. Our garden is starting to produce its items, such as cucumbers and cabbages…no tomatoes yet, though. When they start, we’ll be in the kitchen for a good long time. =)

 

I guess I shall end this sad little post. At least you got to see some beautiful book covers and Mr. Tilney. That’s always a plus, right? ;)

As always, don’t be afraid to comment – I love hearing from ye all. =)

 

Posted in Questions/answers, Random babblings

I was awarded with The Liebster Award

Indeed! I was quite excited to receive an email from Shantelle at A Writer’s Heart  letting me know that she had awarded me. :) So, why not get started?

The Rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
 
2. Answer the 11 new questions.
 
3. Nominate other bloggers (however many or few as you’d 
like).
 
4. Create 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominated.
 
5. Notify the new nominees of their award.
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Questions Given to me to Answer:

1) What is the driving passion of your life?

My Lord and Savior. Truly, He is for whom I think and breath. It is by Him that I am. You know that verse, “Apart from Me you can do nothing”? I have found that completely and utterly true in my life. Over and over, Jesus has shown me – ever so gently no less – how much I need Him, and how He is always, always, always carying me as His sheep. He is my comfort, my grace, my Redeemer. And He is my driving passion.

2) Can you name a favorite character from a movie you’ve seen recently?

Just one? ;) Characters are my favourite. But let’s see…from a movie I’ve seen recently…We watched “Sense and Sensibility” (2008) and favourite character from that is Elinor Dashwood.

3) What’s one book (or chapter, verse, whatever…) of the Bible that has particularly touched you and why?

Ezekial 34:11-17 has really rooted itself deeply in my heart. Why? Because it ministers to me where He has me right now. I am His sheep/lamb and He is my Shepherd and He will never forsake me. I cling to that. :)

For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God. I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick.” – Ez. 34:11-17

4) How tall are you? *smiles*

Haha, um…Five Feet, Two and a half inches.

5) What’s one thing a book needs to have in order to make it a favorite for you?

Faith. Strongly God centered and teaching, yet not in a condemning way. I really, really love and thrive on Godly fiction!

6) How did you start and what’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I started blogging back when I was like…10/11 when I joined HomeschoolBlogger. It was just fun then. I don’t think I had a particular reason! My favourite thing about blogging now is connecting with others, and sharing my love of books. :D

7) What’s something exciting that has happened in your life recently?

Getting closer to my book being published. :)

8) Why do you write (blogs, books, whatever)?

Books: because writing is in me. It’s in me blood, one could say. :D I write because I love it, and because I hope to reach out to others and show God’s healing as He has shown me.

9) Can you describe (or find a picture of) a different-era outfit that you’d love to wear?

Oooh, you don’t want to get me started!! I have two boards on Pinterest devoted to my favourite outfits from other era’s! I will try my best to just keep it down to ONE though. ;)

That is just beautiful.

I love draping sleeves…*sigh* But at the same time, I love this kinda thing:

SCA Garb Norse Viking Medieval Gown 2 Piece by camelots0closet, $62.00

I’d wear both styles all the time if I could!

10) Favorite songs?

“Worn”, “No Man is an Island”, “On and On” and SO many others of Tenth Avenue North’s, and many, many, many songs of TobyMac’s. I’m also enjoying “Drops in the Ocean” by Hawk Nelson, and “Soul on Fire” by Third Day.

11) Any advice for your fellow Christian bloggers/writers?

Focus on God only. In all you do, but also in your writing, whatever kind that may be. Everything we do is for Him, and He will guide us along His narrow path. Don’t focus on wordcounts, pages, or popularity, just keep your eyes on our Savior! He will do the rest. :)

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11 New Questions:

1) What is the driving passion of your life?

2) Do you have a (few) favourite books? If so what are they?

3) Characters. How do you feel about them? Do you write them, or enjoy them from ‘afar’ (reading, movies, etc. Which really isn’t from ‘afar’. One can get really attached to characters…like I do!)?

4) How do you like to spend your free time?

5) What got you blogging in the first place?

6) Are you a tea drinker or a coffee drinker?

7) How many novels/stories have you written (unpublished, or published)?

8) Favourite animal?

9) Do you have a favourite Fairy Tale?

10) How about a favourite book of the Bible?

11) What are some of your hobbies, in addition to writing? :)

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And I award/tag:

Faith Blum

Jack Lewis Baillot

Sarah Holman

Alicia G. Ruggieri

Heather FitzGerald

If any of you have already been awarded, then don’t worry. :) I look forward to reading your answers to the questions, though, if you have time to answer them!

Thank you, Shantelle, for awarding me! I’ve enjoyed it. :)

Posted in animals, Random babblings, update

Just a Bit In Between

Hey there =)
I figured I’d try to do a little bit of an update in between all these reviews I seem to be doing ;) I actually do have one more book review to post as soon as I finish the book. (Technically, I should have read and reviewed this book weeks ago, but haven’t…oops)
So, we’ve been kept very busy around here.
Mum and I have begun canning in smallish batches; just as the tomatoes are ready. We’ve done diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce so far, and today we’re going to freeze more grapes, and hopefully get some more spaghetti sauce done if time allows.
We also began the process of butchering chickens a week or so ago, but only did 19 because they kept getting smaller, so we had to wait till they got bigger =/ Now they are a bit larger, and Dad says he wants to get them all butchered tomorrow, God-willing.
School has started, but not for us…or rather, Noah…It seems weird not to have to do school. I am still actually going to continue some studies (80% to learn and 20% to keep me occupied while Mum does school with Noah… ;))
Oh and in between life (ha ha) Mum and I have watched “Persuasion” (1995 version!) and Jane Eyre (with Ciaran Hinds). I love both of these movies. They are so good =)
Recently Dad and I re-did my mule and donkey’s stall/inside area. He cleaned it out with the bobcat which was such a blessing, because there was no way I could’ve pitched all that manure by hand. I had gotten so behind back in March/April when I came down with the cyst. But now it is all nice and clean out there, and I’ve been keeping it clean every day. We built the pen with pallets which work really nice. We had to cover the side with chicken-wire though, because Adora (my beautiful mule) is a bit stressed from all the change and chews on the wood. We didn’t cover the pallets on the closest side because we didn’t figured we’d need to since that is where their water-buckets hang, but Adora has so kindly chewed Miss Kitty (the mine-donkey) a window…*cringe* Miss Kitty really does like to peak her head out though. It’s rather humorous, but a bit of a bummer that Adora is chewing so much. We certainly don’t want her to chew a door for Miss Kitty…!

Well, shortish as this was, and picture-less too, I must be going. I have to get chores done, and then begins canning/freezing. Ta-ta :)

Posted in animals, Books

Hawks and Persuasion

Hawks and Persuasion; two amazing things.
There is something not so amazing of both though, or rather, they both have flaws despite their amazingness. The hawk’s would be its need to kill and eat, which is not really a flaw, but more an inconvenience for us…because it likes to dine on our future dinners, the butcher chickens.
Yesterday afternoon, I was about to go inside when I heard the butcher chickens and turkeys freaking out. I turned just in time to see this huge hawk swoop down into the chicken pen. I was like “Oh my goodness!!” and Mum asked what I was doing – I couldn’t answer, because I was hurriedly making my way to the scene of the ‘crime’. When I got to the pen, the hawk was in the pen on the ground with one of the butcher chickens in its claws. I could hardly believe what I was seeing! The hawk was in a hurry, and startled by me so it flew out of the pen to a tree branch above. By now the rest of my family was outside, Dad with his gun. The hawk killed the chicken (well, it wasn’t an immediate death…), but didn’t take it with him in his haste. Dad shot him away (to scare him, didn’t get him – it’s apparently illegal to kill hawks) and he did fly away. But seeing this made us wonder just how many chickens the hawk as gotten without us knowing, and how many, if any, cats he has taken. Last summer a number of our mamma cats just disappeared with no evidence left behind, and then just recently this summer, another one of our good mammas went missing too. So who knows. We also have coyotes that come into our yard at night…
It was a beautiful hawk, I must say. It was just huge. He came back about a half hour later (when we had company – people looking at our house, though I don’t think they’ll be buying it, but only God knows) but because we were all outside, he didn’t stay around. Today Dad put up a small net thing he had over some of the chicken pen to at least make it harder for the hawk to get in – hopefully it will deter him altogether. So yes, we’ve a hawk situation. (I’m glad to have seen it – I mean, wow!)

As for Persuasion…

Persuasion

Jane Austen’s “Persuasion” is by far my favourite of hers. I adore it. Our first version to have seen was the 1995 one with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds. Our favourite version. Those actors are the characters for us. When I think of Captain Wentworth’s letter, I can only hear Ciaran Hinds speaking it.
The other evening, my Mum and I tried the 2007 version though, and tried to be open-minded (I believe it really depends on which version one sees first, that becomes ones favourite)
and there were a lot of pros and cons it. I really liked that the 2007 version gave a lot more details and whatnot, but I didn’t so much care for the actors/characters as I do the 1995 version. In my humble opinion (and it is just that – my own opinion) the main girl hadn’t really fully ‘lost her bloom’ as the book says over and over of Anne. And Captain Wentworth of that version (the 2007 one) was too young; they were both a bit too young-looking. But like I said, I appreciated the details. After we finished, my Mum and I were discussing it (well, after I tried to pry myself out of that world) and agreed that we’d like to just combine the two versions to make the perfect one! =)
As for the ‘flaw’ of Persuasion…well, it just triggered me on some things that I had to deal with through prayer. It is just a lot of romance and almost-heartbreak, and…well, that’s just a personal story.
Persuasion is still amazing, and one of my top favourites!

I must be off to read – I have two chapters left in “The Legend of the Firefish” by Brain George Polivka (a book I’m reading) and it goes back to the library today, so goodbye for now!

Posted in Random babblings

Two years

Apparently, on the seventh marks two years I’ve blogged on WordPress, here. (Although WP said TODAY did…but I looked back at my first post, and it said the seventh)Huh. This I guess, was my first post here: https://godspeculiartreasurerae.wordpress.com/2011/02/07/first-post-here-at-wordpress/ – a very short, random and very poor spelling one it is. And of course there are posts before that, because this blog was on the infamous Jibe Now before I had to switch over to WP. Sad, sad.. :D
What else to say…well, if I had proper enough time, I would try to sum up the two years – but right…that would be a long post and a boring one, no doubt! Besides that, time have I not.
So, this is a pointless post, saying it’s been two years, when it hasn’t been two years just yet till the seventh, but here it is now! XD