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.

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.

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.

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. :)

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. :)

(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! 


  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! :-)

    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!

  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

    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!

    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? :(

    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. :)

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

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

    6. That's quite all right! :)

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

    1. Faith,
      Thank you!

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


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