Friday, March 4, 2016

Things of Beauty: January - February

2016 bounced in with terrific vim for me. Not that so many big things happened right away, they just seemed like they were about to, and for some reason I felt not only inspired, but ready to tackle some things that have been caught up in my imagination for ages.


Very Favorite Things
Snapshot road-trips to Chicago, Shirley Temple's adorableness, a bike ride after church with my brother (a tree lined trail, glimpses of brown fields, sun-tinged yet chilly wind = most wonderful Sunday afternoon ever), the Cinderella Week(!), garden books spread around me as I plan the garden, planting peas and some lettuce, working in said garden with Littlest Sis, moments of crazy laughter with Arwen.


Reading
A cozy amount and mostly fairy-tales, but a few mysteries were slipped in too and I am reading a WWII novel from the perspective of a German-raised boy in England which keeps a solid balance.


Writing
They Searched Who Laughed and book reviews . In TSWL, Elise, Clarkson and her father have left Wilmington, NC, and are now arrived at their cottage "up north." I think Arwen and I figured out the major plot problems I was struggling with... and there's snow and the sea and a charming harbor town... it's almost Christmas and it's just them with no villains in sight... for now. Hence everything is sparkling-ly charming.


Out-Of-Doors
The dogs new kennel complex: large, airy, and has a cement floor. It really makes me feel semi-professional while caring for the dogs, which is amazing as dogs usually make me feel quite the opposite, hence having it so is a very wonderful boost to my morale. :)


Cooking
I've been playing around with inserting more vegetarian dishes onto the menu. Also, I've started having coffee with some collagen powder before my workouts in the morning. Happily yummy things all. :)


Discoveries
(Impromptu) Sunday afternoon bikes are super calming with my brother, who also happens to be one of my best friends (we go way back as in wood-sword-fighting back).

Laughter and hugs are great at keeping mental balance. Laughter... because either-I'm-going-to-laugh-or-weep-which-would-you-prefer. :)

And now... Spring is rippling closer and Victory Garden 2016 (I love calling it my victory garden because it sounds SO retro) HERE I COME! 




11 comments:

  1. I'm loving your Things of Beauty posts, Eowyn!!! Sounds like you've had quite a lovely past two months. (I concur on the Sunday afternoon bike rides; SO MUCH FUN.) I hope your Victory Garden is a success! :-)

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    1. Emma,
      Thank you so much, friend!!!

      Afternoon bike rides for the definite win. :)

      Thank you for the good wishes. I'm terribly excited for it, but I'm a bit nervous, too, so they are particularly appreciated. :)

      I hope you have a lovely spring!

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  2. First off, your new header and background are stunning!! I love, love, LOVE the blue. :)

    I love your "Very Favorite Things"! Especially the trips to Chicago and bike rides. I can't wait till it warms up enough for walks and bike rides here. :)

    Ohh, the part where you're at in TSWL sounds so beautiful!!

    Your kennel sounds really great! Dogs. They certainly do make you feel unprofessional. :P I'm so glad the new kennels helps!

    I can't wait to hear more about your Victory Garden! :D

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    1. Natalie,
      Thank you!!! It was the product of a morning of much work (former plans being done away with) and just maybe some un-shed tears of frustration, One of the former plans was to use a muted, earthy green theme centered around a screenshot which I loved, and I was rather disappointed for a bit, but it was so worth the happy way it turned out!


      I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds dogs rather humbling sometimes. :)

      Planning for the Victory Garden has been/is so much fun!

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    2. Aww, I'm sorry the first header was such a pain. The process of making them can be rather time consuming and irritating sometimes, can't it? :(

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    3. Natalie,
      It can be! That's why I sometimes find it so hard to change mine; especially when I love my current one, but as the quote goes "Sometimes good things have to fall apart so better things can come together". Quotes can sometimes be the most wonderful things. :)

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    4. I've never heard that quote, but it's beautiful! Do you know who said it? I am definitely saving that one. ;)

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    5. Natalie,
      I'm afraid I don't! I heard it from Arwen who read it somewhere on the internet...

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    6. That's quite all right! :)

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  3. Yes to Shirley Temple adorabless and bike rides and fairytales! Everything you mentioned sounds so lovely. :D

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    1. Faith,
      Thank you!

      You like Shirley Temple, too?! She was pure genius. :)

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