Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Of Books and Bugs

  There are certain times in my life when I am a mighty warrior, one that is so strong and fierce that nothing can stand in my way. I had just such a time a few days ago.

  It all started out quite innocently. There I was, sitting unsuspectingly on my bed, snuggled under my covers reading a terrific Louis L'Amour book. I have never told you before, but I love the Louis L'Amour books and so my leisurely time spent reading those books in the evenings is  quite normal and nothing seemed amiss.

  It was dark out and I was savoring the softness of my favorite blanket and the terrific tale being told in my book. Now my super warrior instincts were quite alert and my eye twitched. I thought nothing of it till I felt this great big black shadow hovering over me. Slowly I lowered my book and looked to see what it might be.

  My heart was ridden with terror when that great black shadow turned out be a most hideous brown scaled, large, bow legged bug perched primly on the tip of my big toe! Diane (she had been reading a book on the bed too) shrieked and flew out of bed. As she trembled by the door I bravely yanked my toe out from under that armored beast.

  My eagle like eyes scanned the room in seconds and with the aid of my dear comrade in battle I attained a most fearsome trap for the beast. The trap of which we are speaking was a lovely flowery stationary box. With lithe feet I approached the beast and with all my strength I fought a gag as I approached it. My breathing was labored and my heart was beating frantically, but nevertheless my nimble fingers scooped up that abomination into it's trap. Diane is not by any means a strong-hearted warrior so she fled the room as I delicately perched that box containing the monster on the top of my little waste basket and with a magnificent leap I flew under my covers feeling courageous and worthy of every medal that could possibly be bestowed upon me.

  My night was fitful because since I had not actually, dare I say it, squished, that bug it was still very much alive and all throughout the night I tossed and turned to the sound of the great bow legged behemoth clacking it's scaly shell against the sides of it's trap, trying as it might to escape.

  Now when morning arrived, rest assured I found a warrior reputed to be one with a strong heart, to put that monster to sleep. (Thanks Dad if you're reading this.) And that concludes the tale of my awesomeness.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's the last thing you did that someone else thought was super? 

  Hmm, it was probably some dessert that I created and everyone loved, if you all haven't noticed yet, I love to bake.
2. The last thing you ate that tasted superb? 

  The last thing that I ate that tasted superb was a tiny batch of peanut butter and raisin oatmeal cookies that I made last night on a whim. Lately I have been loving to invent random recipes. I always make sure that they are single serving size that way I don't have to worry that it won't get eaten if no one likes it!
3. Supersensitive, superstitious, superwoman, superambitious, supercilious, supervisor, superficial...pick a super word from the list and tell us how it relates to your life in some way recently or currently. 

  Sighs, I definitely fall under the super-ambitious list. If anyone has seen my to-do list, they can easily tell you just how busy I am. I love busyness though, it makes me feel happy.
4. Do you love easily? If you're comfortable doing so, explain why you think that is. 

  Sure, I love easily.  I am comfortable in doing so and the reason behind it is most likely because I've always been surrounded with love from my youngest days onward.
5. Valentine's Day lands on a Tuesday this year. Will you mark the day in some way? If you're celebrating with a dinner out somewhere will it be on Tuesday or will you celebrate over the weekend? 

  I LOVE Valentine's Day and this year I planned a special day. I'll probably share more on that later but I can't now since it's supposed to be a surprise and my family reads my posts. This Friday my home school group is celebrating Valentine's Day and I can hardly wait, they are not only handing out Valentines, but they are having a wide array of sweet treats too, and really, who cares about getting a Valentine when you can eat dessert?!
6. What's something you are loving right now? 

   I love my recipe box, and my favorite black pen, I was busily copying down a bunch of recipes I want to try soon.
7. Write a three word (or less) phrase you'd like to see on a Valentine candy heart.  

  ~Always
8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

  Yesterday I was in charge of tending to our furnace since Eldon was going to be painting at the shop with Dad. Now I have always been terrified of letting the fire burn out. So, I diligently took care of the fire. I opened the draft, I kept the draft open, I poked at the furnace, I shook the grate, I heaped bountiful shovels full of coal onto the fire, I clomped around down in our basement wearing my Dad's boots because I didn't have any shoes down there (I consequentially felt quite petite), I scrubbed coal dust off my hands multiple times, and by the time my Dad came home that evening it was almost eighty degrees inside and we were all unbelievably hot. On the bright side, I didn't let the fire burn out!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook







For today..... Monday, February 6, 2017

Looking out my window.....  I see wet clumps of snow hugging the ground on various spots as it tries its very best to resist the melt-inducing warm breeze that is wafting across the ground.

I am thinking.....  That banana chips are very delicious.

I am thankful.....  For my warm home and charm bracelets.

One of my favorite things..... That feeling of satisfaction I get once my school for the day is completed.

I am wearing.....  A white knit skirt sprigged with blue and purple flowers, a purple cap-sleeved t-shirt, and a bronze charm bracelet with birds and flowers.

I am creating.....  A cup of tea.

I am reading..... As strange as it may seem, I haven't yet found a book to read for today.

I am hoping.....  That I don't catch the cold that my siblings are suffering through.

I am learning.....  How to play the piano, I am part of Hoffman Academy online and I love all the lessons and how easy everything is taught.

In the kitchen.....  Supplies await me, I am wanting to make ground flax seed after I am done blogging here.

Picture thought..... Diane had a heap of fun out in the snow the past few weeks.



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. "The cure for anything is salt water-tears, sweat, or the sea." (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree? Of the three, which has 'cured' you most recently?

  I do agree in part, for most often in every situation one of those three is there to calm and recharge one's spirits.

  Of which has cured me most recently. Let's see. I do not enjoy sweating, besides a proper lady doesn't sweat, she perspires. I haven't been to the sea in several years now, so I am left only with the tears.

2. What's something you can't eat without salt? Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all?

  Something I cannot eat without salt is meat. I remember reading in a  story as a young child where when asked how much she loved her Father the young maiden replied with "I love you as meat loves salt." Or at least something like that, and it is a very deep and strong love indeed for meat without salt is terribly loathsome.

3. Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand...which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now? 

  Bury your head in the sand. For goodness knows that's exactly what I feel like doing every time I have to do Geometry.

4. A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme?

  I loved "Misty of Chincoteague" very much as a young girl.

5. Yesterday-did you run your day or did it run you? How so?

  I ran my day, I felt quite productive after crocheting my afghan, baking a little cake, sewing a nightgown for myself, and writing both in my diary and my cookbook. I love busy days and today is sure to be another.

6. You're on an island holiday. Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?

  While I would love to be out and about shopping, you'd most likely find me having the time of my life in the water, swimming, collecting shells, etc.

7. What do you think we humans most take for granted?

  Our lives seem to be what's most often taken for granted. I think that so often no matter how hard we try, we forget to be grateful for every little breathing moment of our wonderful lives, stopping frequently to savor every little morsel of happiness is something I try to do often.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

  Some of you know that one of my very favorite TV personalities is Rachel Khoo, and I have been wanting to make her peppered strawberry cream cake for quite some time now and my Mum just announced that she'll purchase all the supplies I'll need so this weekend I get to create it.  I'm excited for I dearly love baking.

  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Popcorn Day

  Today is National Popcorn Day, my family members and I are all popcorn lovers and in the spirit of the holiday I decided to share with you all, a random list of popcorn moments from my past. Do beware of course, for I tend to be corny with these kinds of things.

  When I was around ten years old I was in awe of Alton Brown. To me he was an absolute genius, and if you are like me and have watched re-runs of Good Eats for ages you'll agree with me when I say that as a wee girl I fully felt that he deserved the Nobel prize that he wished to receive.  Anyways, one episode something he said sparked my interest. If only I had known what the disastrous consequences would be! I marched out into the kitchen one morning and with the air of a mastermind. I dumped a generous serving of stale popcorn into my cereal bowl and walked over to the fridge where I retrieved the milk. Naturally I felt as if I was saving the world heaps of money, as if I was solving inflation problems everywhere, and as if I was a mighty genius, notable in every aspect as I calmly poured the milk onto that gummy stale popcorn.

  I ignored the gaping stares from my siblings, after all, I couldn't possibly imagine that they being mere peasants could grasp the enormity of my epic-ocity. With a smug smile I slid a spoon under the quivering muck in my bowl and triumphantly lifted it up to my mouth as I took a big bite. As the slime slid down my throat, I also felt my smile slide off in a similar fashion. I flew up from the table and flung that horror out of the back door without a single word.

  It took quite some time for me to recover. I thoroughly rinsed out my mouth and poured myself a bowl of cheerios. Though the popcorn had thoroughly tasted unbelievably horrid, I was mostly disappointed that my all time favorite TV personality had even dared to share that idea on his show.

  Yet another popcorn moment that I have to share is from last year. Diane and I had wanted to string popcorn garlands for our room and we made short work of preparing everything. We settled down on our bed and started stringing all the popcorn. The sad thing is that those garlands were never completed since in the end we ate all the popcorn off while talking.

  Besides those few moments, we as a family have a lot of general uses for popcorn. Here are a few of them. Do note that a few of the numbered topics are sarcastic.

  1. Making garlands for our tree.
  2. Making popcorn balls.
  3. Making Bibble, also known as caramel corn.
  4. Snacking while having a movie marathon.
  5. Feeding the birds with leftovers.
  6. Making sure to spill it all over the floor on my way into the living room.
  7. Managing to let it explode everywhere once out of the kettle.
  8. Making snack mixes with raisins and popcorn.
  9. Munching on it while playing UNO during the summer.
  10. Having it at the movie theaters.
  11. Allowing it get stuck in my curls because I enjoy having good taste in my hair styles.
  12. Eating it when I'm supposed to be making crafts..
  13. Blocking out the movie's annoying noise because we enjoy hearing each others' chewing.

  And with the conclusion of all of those splendid ideas, I'm sure the list will have put a "pop" of inspiration into your day so that you as well as my family can all celebrate this most lovely of holidays  properly.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. ASAP typically stands for 'as soon as possible'. What else could it stand for in your life right now?

  Anne Shirley Adores Plums. I couldn't think of a single thing that ASAP could stand for other than that. Besides, considering that I am reading Anne of Green Gables it technically should apply to my life.

2. Are you the last person to speak up in a group or the first to have an idea? Why do you suppose that is? Is it a good thing or no?


   The strange thing is that though I may be the first to have an idea, I'm usually the last one to put it forth. I don't know why that is, maybe because I feel I learn more if I listen instead of talk.  I wouldn't say it's a bad thing, considering Stephen Hawking's quote, "Quiet people have loud minds."

3. What do you remember best about being 12?


  I remember all of the terrific play dates I had with my dear friends. We had such a blast doing heaps of fun things, from playing dress up, to catching minnows in our creek with flour sifters.

4. January 18th is National Winnie the Pooh Day. Which character do you relate to the most, and why? If you're stumped go here for inspiration.


   Okay, before taking the quiz I had no idea who I'd relate to the most since I was never really into Winnie the Pooh. The quiz said I'm more like Winnie the Pooh, always getting into jams, and pies and cakes. Hey, what can I say, that's pretty accurate.

5. What's an app you use that helps simplify or make life easier for you in some way?


   My calculator app. I'm not the kind of girl to have a huge screen full of apps, I have the bare minimum and I'm good with that.

6. San Francisco (CA), San Diego (CA), San Juan (PR) San Antonio (TX) Sanibel (FL)...you have an all expenses paid long weekend to one of these destinations. Which one do you choose and why?


   Definitely San Juan Puerto Rico! It is so pretty there and I wouldn't mind taking a trip there at all.

7. Share with us a song that makes you feel nostalgic? For what?


 Hills are Alive. This song brings to mind my golden summers filled with running through fields of dainty buttercups, splashing through our laughing creek, and feeling as if I could fly whilst leaning back on my swing staring up into the expanse of sky. 


8.  Insert your own random thought here.


  Just a few days ago  My Mum, Diane, and I started watching Victoria on Masterpiece and I utterly love the new series. It's a touch stressful as I absolutely loathe the Duke of Cumberland and you can't possibly fathom how much I despise Sir John Conroy! I do, however, love Victoria's dog, and perhaps even Lord Melbourne.

  

Monday, January 16, 2017

Currently....

Reading..... Anne of Avonlea, I took a break from it for a week or so but now I'm back to reading and am loving every bit of it.

Writing..... Apart from the obvious blog post, I'm still working on my book. It's taking me ages because apparently I'm suffering from my biggest case of writer's block ever.

Listening..... I hear the static in my earbuds since I'm actually not listening to music at the moment, as if you can imagine that! And I can hear my siblings playing a game.

Thinking..... That the keys on my keyboard are such a delight. They have the perfect amount of clicky-ness.

Smelling..... I smell popcorn because it's being munched on while my Dad watches some kind of sport.

Wishing..... I am wishing that I could get to see my dear friends more often. I have a good friend that lives several hundred miles away and we hardly ever get to see each other.

Hoping..... That I can muster the will that's necessary to write in my book.

Wearing..... Jeans, a Steelers shirt, and a messy bun.

Loving..... My little notebook that I turned into into a mini kitchen notebook.

Wanting..... A pretty little bag for when I go back to my homeschool group. Last semester I was known for my hideously oversized bags.

Needing..... To look up apricot oil on Amazon, one of my friends recommended that I incorporate it into my skincare routine.

Feeling..... Content and excited because my home school group is having a field trip to our local cheese factory towards the end of this month.