Thursday, January 29, 2015

New and Interesting Developments

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Greetings friends and readers!
Just a quick note to say that I have been interviewed today on Heidi’s new author/writing blog. So do pop over and check it out! However be aware there are tons of breathtaking pictures, so if you are in a weakened state take care. Also I updated my stories page—adding pictures/new story synopses—so it is newly interesting and I am super pleased with how it turned out!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Beauties of Brown

                                                     Rich and totally of the earth.
Invoking memories and enriching new ones. There is a satisfying depth to brown. 
A realism pleasant, and full of meaning. Here are some of the things I love it for:

- Rich mud 
- Pinewood doors 
- Desert Sand 
- Light of the Western Stars (courtesy of that desert sand) 
- Glowing horse coats 
- The bookshelves my mother and father got before I was born (they are still so beautiful
- My mother –‘cause it is the color of her hair and as long as I can remember it has also been one of her favorite colors (the other is green
- Unbleached muffin liners 
- Winter pastures 
- Summer arms and faces 
- My brother’s work boots and guitars 
- The color of Jersey…and a lot of other cows, too 
- Amazon boxes 
- Real maple syrup (one of the tastiest substances eaten by man
- Smooth and shiny saddles 
- Brown-black bears (is there anything so cute?)
- The leather of my Bible covers 
- Brown paper packages—tied up with string (my favorite kind to give…and receive
- Pinecones 
- Forgotten and rusted horse shoes 
- Dr. William Stewart—in my LOTM—(he has—in both senses of the word—dusty brown curls
 -Speaking of dust. Dust. (It is the smell… the color… the feel of the West. Love it all.

                                          Brown. What does it mean to you?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Adios 2014...Hola 2015!

Diligence. The thing which you should have while doing anything. It’s the word I chose to be “my” word this year. I pray I might be it in seeking my Father in Heaven and in doing all He has set before me. So if you would see some of the things done in my life this year and some that I hope for in the next, read onward!

What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Drove our suburban, went to a regency/Victorian dance, ushered for two different ballet performances, began working on a novel with Arwen, watched Canyon Passage (1946), did a “real” baby-sitting job (which BTW was totally fun!), finally—after all my years of wishing—met an entire herd of mules and now have two donkeys living across the road (dreams do come true), grew twenty some cabbages (oh, the satisfaction of it!) and did an oil massage on my hair (I am so sorry, but honestly, my life goes in little things! :))

Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make one this year?
My two goals for last year were to read through the entire Bible twice and do the Around the World Challenge. The first I completed, the second I did not. I do think I shall make some more goals this year and I am pondering on sharing my successes and failures here in either a monthly or every-other-monthly format.

Photo by Eowyn P

Did anyone close to you give birth?
A neighbor-friend had the most adorable baby and there are many new little members at church—and at home, of course, quite a few calves. :) 

Did anyone close to you die?
Not anyone human, for which I am very thankful, but several of our animals did which was very difficult.

Photo by me

What countries/states did you visit?
Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
I really lack nothing that I need, but it would be nice to garden and travel some more and purchase a saddle.

What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory?
I am never very good with dates rather remembering merely the day. However, if it must be a date: Thanksgiving at my uncle and aunt's and along with that our day in Chicago was very grand.

Did you move anywhere?

Photo by me

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Growing twenty cabbages, some lovely string beans and beautiful squash, finishing my 40's trousers, and reading through the Bible twice. 

What was your biggest failure?
Lack of patience.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, nor did my family. For which I am so thankful.

What was the best thing you bought?
I have been saving up for a saddle, so I don't believe I bought anything. Except that I pre-ordered Kimberly Snyder’s newest book which isn't released till this spring.

Photo by Arwen

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Windfola’s. She was pretty much a total sweetie and I really think our relationship has grown deeper. Oh, and my mother was pretty terrific too and my father, and my siblings are all growing into (or perhaps it would sound more pleasant to say continuing to be?) amazing people.

Photo by Arwen

Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Trying to keep this tag bright, I will skip the obvious which anyone can think of and say our squeaky terrier, Garm. We have two terriers, but the other one does not go around sounding like a firework about to explode. Oh, Garmy, I can't stand you and totally adore you.

Where did most of your money go?
In my Hidden Stash. No, I'm not a miser, I am saving it.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The five big things that I got totally thrilled about were: my Black-Eyed Susan vine coming up in my garden when all hope was lost (honestly, I had waited so long for it!),my work with Windfola, our new bedroom arrangements, traveling, and Canyon Passage (1946). Finally, receiving Kentucky (1938) for a Christmas present. In all seriousness, I could not of screamed with more excitement or been more surprised had someone given me an engagement ring! 

What was the best concert you’ve been to this year?
I didn’t go to a concert, but I went to a terrific performance of The Nutcracker.

What song/album will always remind you of 2014?
Ole' Buttermilk Sky. Do I ever love that song.

Photo by Heidi

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Traveling. Writing. Spending more time out-of-doors. 

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying, losing my temper and spending time doing some things—no matter how good—when I ought to be doing others.

What was your greatest musical discovery?
For film musicals, Royal Wedding, but for music ones we re-discovered Boston Pops and also found some terrific ragtime and classic music collections from the 40's and 50's.

How did you spend Christmas?
With my family.

How are you spending New Year’s?
Celebrating the 8th day of Christmas!

Who did you spend the most time on the phone with?
Either my mother when she was in Seattle or my father when he was doing errands in town.

What was the best book you read?
I had a really great reading year: re-reading old favorites, but for new “best book” I will give The Prince and Betty by P.G. Wodehouse. Not that it is my favorite of his works, but because he always is (one of) the best. Also Belle by Cameron Dokey.

What was your favorite TV show?
The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Richard Greene. It was my favorite last year, and the year before that as well.

What did you want and get?
A new room set-up? A good story idea? Kentucky (1938), I only really dreamed of getting it. Ah, there have been lots of small jolly little things.

What did you want and not get?
A saddle... but that is totally my responsibility as I have yet to finish my research.

What were your favorite films of this year?
Canyon Passage (1946)
The Love Bug ( 1968)
The Texas Rangers (1936)
Little Miss Broadway (1938)
Royal Wedding (1951)
Kidnapped (1960)
Something on the Wind  (1947)
It Started with Eve  (1941)
Lady on a Train (1945)
Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Rio Grande (1950) —but only for the sake of the cavalry and the scenery and most definitely for Tyree.
Jeeves and Wooster (1990-93)
Pendragon: Sword of His Father (2008)
Emma (2009)
Tangled (2010)
A Cookie Cutter Christmas (2014)
Kentucky (1938)
12 Exotic Destinations
Yankee Buccaneer (1952)
Double Crossbones (1951)

What did you do on your birthday?
It was a very lovely one: I had a nice long talk with my Grammy on the phone, my father got me a rose, and my family gave me some presents included in which was a beautiful horse mug from Arwen.

Photo by me on a photo shoot built around  a dress borrowed from a friend!

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
English country with a dash of prairie girl. It can also be the other way round, but that way sounded better.

Photo by Heidi

What kept you sane?
Prayer and the Holy Spirit. 

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I don't think I made any mammoth mistakes and I trust that even the painful episodes had their purpose. So, onward I say, and with no regrets, only lessons learned. 

Photo by Heidi

Who did you miss?
The West. All right, so it’s not a person, but I do have lots of family out there, and I totally miss it.

Who was the best new person you met?
Hum. This is getting particular as I have met some terrific people who have been wonderful blessings—both through blogging and through other things. 

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
This post really sums up my feelings for this past year. However, in one sentence I would say never underestimate the power of prayer. 

Five personally significant events of 2014:
I am going to sum them all up in the month that four of our cats died. That was so hard and I am putting it mildly. However, I also feel that that is where God put most of my growing this year. 

Photo by Heidi

Seven things I want to do in 2015:
- get my drivers license
- finish They Searched Who Laughed... and start another book.
- learn Spanish
- travel out West... or anywhere for that matter, but mainly North and Westward.
- re-memorize the Heidelberg Catechism
- steadily proceed with my horsemanship education
… and there are lots of other things too, but I am sure you will hear of them later!

Five people you would like to know better in 2015:
Everyone! Seriously, I need more dedication to society. I actually enjoy smiling at strangers, but talking with people is where I struggle. I also especially want to get to know you, my readers better.

There! Both the tag and 2014 are finished. I would love to hear how your year was and here is to your having a blessed New Year!

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