Monday, April 14, 2014

In the Springtime, the Springtime when Tags do fly about...

Natalie tagged me with the Sunshine Award and Hamlette nominated me with the Beautiful Blog Award! I feel so honored. :)  I would like to give a huge thank you to both of these persons!  And now for the questions and answers:

Natalie's Questions:

What would you do on a rainy (but not stormy) day?
              In the first place, I would work with my horse, Windfola, before the ground became too damp to do so. Then I would go indoors and congratulate myself for planning ahead. :) After which, while it rained, I would read an exciting book or, if possible, watch a period drama.

Heels or flats?
I like the idea of heels a great deal: the class, the retro aura, the complete togetherness of them. However, sad to say, I have never even owned a pair and in my practical soul I don't believe I could bring myself to spend a great deal on a very nice pair of “dress-up” shoes. My trademark shoes are Newport Keen sandals.  As my all time favorite shoe I like to wear them whenever and wherever I may.

Is there any particular music/song that ever gives you chills from the beauty or inspiration of it?
 My favorite music for writing has been of late the soundtrack from the '09 Emma and also some other classical and Celtic songs. Three songs that give me absolutely freezing chills are 1.) a song from the Swan Lake ballet which I do not know the exact name of, but which I believe is played at the end of Prince Seigfried's first meeting with Odette. Another is the “Sugarplum Fairy and Cavalier Pas de Deux” from the Nutcracker. The third is the theme song from “High Noon”.

Would you find a mud battle hilariously fun or positively gross?
The idea of a mud battle is very nice; however, since one 4th of July when I ruined my sister's swimsuit doing a mudslide, mud and I play no more frivolous games.

Is there anything you feel God has taught you over the past year?
That wherever I am and whatever I happen to be doing, it is for a reason and the lessons I learn now will be of use, no matter what I am led to do in my future. There are, of course, many other things He is teaching me, but this I would say is one of the major lessons I'm learning.

Favorite sidekick/best friend character from literature?
Sidekicks are very often some of my favorite characters in a book so I would like to give three of my favorites: Pierre from "St. Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty, George from the Nancy Drew books, and Dickon from "The Hidden Treasure of Glaston" by Eleanor M. Jewett.

What do you like to do for exercise?
I greatly enjoy activity: walking, biking, horseback riding, playing Speedminton, dancing...but my favorite “exercise” and the one I have managed to keep with for over a year is an amazing exercise program called Ballet Beautiful.

A favorite movie/TV show nobody would expect you to like:

 "High Noon". This is actually a very interesting case as I am very passionate about the film and I have had several friends and family ask, “You like that? Why?” and others who say “You like it, TOO?”, then “...I know, isn’t it the greatest?”

E-mailing, telephoning, texting, or snail mail?
  My favorite is snail mail. I love how writing letters makes you feel as if you were in a period drama or book...and what can compare with the thrill of receiving one!

Describe your dream dress.
Amy's dress from "High Noon". The first two times I watched the film I did not like it very much, but now, even though there are several elements to it that I do not totally like, it is my dream dress. I even know the exact occasion at which I would like to wear it.

         Favorite Biblical name?
               I give you two: Damaris and Chloe. Both names, I believe, are actually Greek and are mentioned in the New Testament.

Hamlette's Questions:

What's the first movie you can remember seeing?
Apple Dumpling Gang. It was a sensation with all of us young children. My little sister would become distressed when the tense music comes on right before Theodore and Amos's first attempt of robbery on Donovan and (at the time) we would skip the “saloon scene”.  :) It is still a sensation, but for a different reason!

What's your favorite fruit?
Pears, peaches pineapples, plums...who knew there were so many fruits that began with P? 

If you could be any superhero(ine) for a day, who would you like to be?
I don believe this exactly counts as a “super-hero”, but I would like to be Éowyn in LOTR.

What was your favorite picture book when you were a child?

“The Gardener” by Sarah Stewart. The story is about a young girl living in depression-era America who goes to live in the city with her uncle. The wide spectrum of color in the illustrations is perfectly delectable and the story is so fun as well. It actually still is one of my favorite books.

What was the last board/card game you played?
    Ticket to Ride.

Do you prefer feather pillows or foam?
    My favorite is a nice plumpy poly-foam one.

What are three of your favorite blogs?
 This question was very challenging, since there are so many blogs that I really enjoy! So I decided to list three that I find both inspiring, refreshing and lovely.


  1. I have one pair of heels, and I've had them for 14 years. They have solid, chunky heels on them, not spikes, so I don't fall over. I wore them on my first real date with my husband, all over the place in Ukraine at Christmas time one year, and most recently in my best friend's wedding. They are reasonably comfortable, but I still only wear them when it's absolutely necessary.

    I always identified most with George of all the characters in the Nancy Drew books.

    I LOVE The Apple Dumpling Gang! My brother and I used to laugh until we cried over Amos and Theodore's antics. I can't wait for my kids to get a wee bit older so I can share it with them :-D

    Mmmmmm, pears. Love them so much!

    Glad you decided to play -- this was fun!

    1. See, those heels sound most useful. :) I agree, The Apple Dumpling Gang =one of the most hilarious movies ever!

  2. Great answers! I love activity too. I mostly walk around our property for exercise, although I do enjoy bike riding too. :)

    1. Walking around in the fields and woods is such a delightful pastime, especially now, in the springtime, when all sorts of delicate greenery is appearing. :)


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