Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Highlights of 2018 - Part Three

  I'm back to finish up the highlights of my past year. It's been a lot of fun to be able to see all of the things that we were up to in 2018 and I can't wait to see what adventures 2019 holds for all of us.

  Without further ado I shall get right into September.

  • We celebrated Labor Day with apple pie 
  • Sean and I raked the yard and he decided to be my leaf jumper (he squished the leaves into the tub we were using to carry the leaves by jumping all over the leaves as I scooped them in)
  • I requested a heap of books from the library - to quote from my diary - 
  • An adorable little hornet decided to rest in my curls 
  • I accidentally turned on my turn signals instead putting on my low beams as I passed someone on the road, I felt as if I had just added insult to injury
  • I got to listen to a speaker from Nicaragua
  • Eldon's fiancee came over several times just to hang out and enjoy dinner with us
  • I had a bit of a Dick van Dyke watching session
  • My driver's test was officially scheduled for October the 11th
  • Sean celebrated his stuffed bear's birthday and I even baked a tiny birthday cake for him
  • I drove rather adventurously through the fog to get to my Dad's workplace to deliver something he needed and ended up backing down the long lane to his shop due to my highly interesting driving skills
  • I began focusing more on practicing my parallel parking
  • I read some spin-off fairy tale books
  • We commemorated 9.11.
  • I spent an afternoon with one of my good friends
  • I got to listen to the very inspiring testimony of a young missionary at our church
  • Mum spent an afternoon with one of her good friends
  • I came to know of one of the greatest violinists in the U.S, a.k.a Brian King Joseph
  • Mum treated Sean, Diane, and I to a lunch at a hibachi grill and it was the greatest thing I've ever experienced in any restaurant
  • Eldon built a bunch of shelves for my Mum
  • I baked a bunch of recipes from Mary Berry's baking book

  •  Diane, Mum, and I cleaned out our vehicle 
  • Sean and I spent a lot of time raking the yard (especially picking the leaves out of our flowerbeds)
  • I read "The Book Jumper"
  • Eldon butchered a cow and hence provided our family with a bunch of meat
  • We bought a big freezer for our basement 
  • Diane and I got be part of the cleanup crew for a stand our church had provided in a festival
  • I practiced my driving a bit more in preparation for the big test day
  • Mum, Diane, and I varnished the shelves that Eldon and Dad built
  • I failed my driver's test (this was by no means a highlight in the month, it's only in this list because it was monumental)
  • I began practicing my parallel parking in earnest (my dear Dad set up a spot using buckets and upturned brooms until I learned to do so for myself)
  • My Aunt and Uncle came by for a short visit
  • Dear Eldon kindly helped me carry all of our lovely new shelves into us girls' room. 
  • I did a bunch of writing both in my book and as random scribblings in my journals
  • Diane accompanied Eldon and I for the first time to the senior youth gatherings at our church
  • All of my friend's took their driver's tests and passed at first try
  • My Dad helped me some more with my parallel parking practice (I took my practicing very seriously and did roughly fifteen hours of practice in prep for test take number two)
  • I got to meet a bunch of new people at church 
  • We gave our librarians some cupcakes 
  • I passed my driver's test and simultaneously had one of the best days in my entire life
  • Us womenfolk accompanied by Sean cleaned out our attic 

  • I officially became an "adult" in the library's eyes
  • Eldon and his best friend hung out often to work on my brother's truck
  • My parents gifted me with an entire pint of the most delicious ice cream ever in celebration of me passing my driver's test (the ice cream was in the flavor of "Chubby Hubby" by Ben and Jerry's, in case you're wondering my parents totally bought it for me because the name amused them)
  • Daylight Savings time ended and it felt like we were all gifted with an extra hour of sleep
  • One of my best friends came over to spend a fun day going on walks, talking, and eating brownies
  • Diane and I discovered that it's impossible to speak Pennsylvania Dutch with a British accent but it is possible to speak it with a Russian or Italian accent
  • My friend pointed out the fact that the pillows on my bed are the exact shade of purple as Barney the dinosaur
  • Diane and I began making Christmas ornaments for our tree
  • Everyone began planning out presents and running secretive little shopping trips
  • Diane and I fell in love with Michael BublĂ©'s Christmas music
  • I got hired by a sweet family from church to clean house once a week
  • My sister's friends visited her several times
  • I spotted a man in Walmart with his shopping cart full of fifteen heads of lettuce (and the man himself was rapidly filling up a third bag brimming with avocados) I so dearly would have liked to ask what his plans are for it
  • Mum made a fancy dinner just because
  • Diane and I watched "The Long Long Trailer"
  • We went to my Dad's parents' home to celebrate Thanksgiving with them and our relatives and Eldon's darling fiancee was kind enough to come along 
  • One of the librarian's and I realized we're both not Bob Ross in the slightest and we discussed our various art failures 
  • We set up our Christmas trees

  • I baked a bunch so that I'd be able to contribute to the food department of Diane and Sean's group play
  • My family attended the home school play that Sean and Diane took part in 
  • One of my best friend's and I spent a day Christmas shopping and had quite the adventurous time of it
  • We got all of our Christmas gifts bought, created, and wrapped
  • We baked a bunch of cookies and Christmas treats
  • Eldon took me out for a fun evening of perusing stores and then treated me at a restaurant 
  • We went to the library quite often and Diane's stacks of books have officially become much taller than mine
  • Mum baked all of her traditional fruitcake
  • We celebrated my Dad's birthday
  • We celebrated Sean's birthday
  • Eldon's fiancee and our family had a bit of a Christmas exchange and pizza night
  • I had to do panicked shopping when I discovered one of my friends bought a Christmas gift for me and I had nothing in return as I was completely unprepared
  • I got to talk with very nice people that I met for the first time 
  • My siblings and I attended a lunch fundraiser at our church
  • My parents attended a Christmas party
  • The very kind wife of our landlord dropped in to celebrate Sean's birthday the day before
  • We celebrated Christmas Eve with good food, stories, and stuff 
  • We celebrated Christmas and was it ever a good one!
  • We ate our gingerbread houses in celebration of New Year's Eve

   And there you have it, or as the French say, voila. Our year was very long but you can tell it was rather full of lovely happenings. I always knew that life isn't measured by the greatest and grandest of occasions, but rather by the everyday moments. 

  While I was stressing over my upcoming driver's test my Dad told me something that can be applied to everything in life, not just getting a driver's license and I want to share it with you because once applied to life, everything becomes happier. I shall paraphrase it because it's far more applicable that way, otherwise it only applies to those ready to parallel park. "You can't always control every situation, but you can always pray and rejoice in everything."

  I hope your year is a wonderful and a happy one, and until my next post, fare thee well.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Highlights of 2018 - Part Two

  Today has to be one of the loveliest and sunniest days yet of this year (never mind the fact that it has only been two weeks) and so with the beautifully glistening snow outside my window to keep me company as I write, I shall set about creating another post.

  I left off after finishing the month of April so I shall pick up with May.

The Highlights of 2018 - Part Two

  •  I practiced my parking skills
  • We finished school and entered summer break
  • I started a scripture writing challenge that I found on Pinterest
  • My sister Diane and our little brother Sean went splashing through our creek
  • Diane went to a cookout with her friends
  • I baked cupcakes for our homeschool group
  • I got an Instagram account
  • All of my friends were persuaded to play carpet ball with me
  • I decided to "wing" making a dress, including creating the pattern
  • I was gifted an adorable silver spoon
  • Mum picked up Downton Abbey at the library and I established a tea and movie time each week
  • I parked our vehicle successfully without hogging three spots (which is actually possible)
  • Mum and one of her friends had lunch dates and went walking (I tagged along once)
  • The home school group play was had and I said goodbye to the group for the last time
  • The dress I tried to "wing" sewing got stuffed into an unobtrusive corner in my closet
  • Dad and Eldon went to a lumber exposition 
  • Eldon officially got a girlfriend (who turned out to be my best friend from childhood)
  • Diane and I took up playing tennis
  • Eldon graduated from school
  • Eldon and I attended a folk music concert
  • I accidentally ran into one of my best friends at the library
  • Eldon and I attended one of our friend's graduation party
  • All of us siblings learned how to play slapjack
  • Mum took us to a beautiful old graveyard where I held a frog that used my hands as its restroom
  • My family (excepting Eldon and I) went to a wedding of my Mum's brother
  • Eldon and I attended several youth events
  • My friend and I went walking and then made homemade donuts
  • One of Diane's friends came over to have a cupcake baking day
  • My family went exploring at Cooper's Rock (where us children bought some pretty quartz)
  • Eldon and his girlfriend and her brother and a friend and I all started hanging out on Sunday evenings
  • A giant white duck chased my family (and we were in a vehicle!)
  • We all went wild strawberry picking
  • We all tried kombucha for the first time and I decided it's delicious
  • One of my dear friends got married
  • One of my cousins asked Eldon and I to be table waiters at her upcoming wedding
  • I got a bank account
  • Mum, Diane, Sean, and I cleaned out our basement
  • My Dad treated us all to pizza
  • Diane and her best friend started having library days where they went to the library and then spent an afternoon together reading books and nibbling on snacks
  • I sent in an application to a transcription company
  • Dad took Diane, Sean, and I on a hike with the goal to reach a bridge where we would sit and watch trains pass underneath  
  • Eldon and I went to watch the fireworks in town with some friends
  • Dad and Eldon worked from home for a little while
  • Dad and Mum gave me a bouquet of roses just because they loved me (and they gave Diane a special gift as well)
  • The transcription company I applied for accepted me and I was enrolled in training (I wasn't given a job but depending on how training went I would become a transcriptionist)
  • My friend asked me to come over to her place where we stroked her cats, watched movies, and went berry picking 
  • My family went on a hike to a darling little covered bridge where the more adventurous of us walked over the wet rocks and crossed under the bridge (being careful not to get swept up in the waterfall)
  • My sister and I went raspberry picking 
  • We attended my cousin's wedding and I got to talk with all of my beloved cousins again 
  • We went back to school shopping
  • We butchered chickens (a most gruesome task no matter how informative or useful)
  • Dad played baseball with Diane, Sean, and I
  • I got to drive on a big road for the first time ever (the kind where you drive at an unholy speed whilst weaving among potential life threats)
  • My family attended the graduation party of Eldon's girlfriend and I baked cupcakes for the event
  • We started up school again
  • Mum bought happy planners for us all and so Diane, Mum, and I began planning
  • Diane and I watched our first opera, perhaps you've heard of Semiramide? 
  • I actually got to sit under a weeping willow tree as the sun set
  •  I baked some sesame seed bread (my first enriched bread recipe ever aside from the disastrous brioche I once tried to create)
  • Mum made bunches of sweetcorn; so much that we were up to our ears in it (pun completely intended)
  • I was promoted in advance and became a full transcriptionist
  • Mum took us all to feed the ducks at the pond by our library (Sean was almost run over by the greedy little things)
  • One of Mum's brothers and his family stopped in for short visit
  • Mum and Dad had a date night at one of their favorite restaurants
  • Eldon became engaged
  • I met my Sunday school teachers at one of my favorite restaurants
  • Mum, Sean, Diane, and I went blackberry picking
  • My best friend and I went bike riding with her family
  • Eldon and his fiancee started having pizza nights with my family once a week
  • I finished reading through my whole Bible (it had been a goal)
  • We went to our country fair 
  • We watched bull riding (live) and I was thrilled when I found out that one of the bulls had been in the PBR
  • One of my good friends invited me over to her house where we chatted in a hammock (I love hammocks) and then baked cupcakes
  • Diane officially entered senior youth at our church after saying goodbye to junior youth
  • We went to the fair a second time and Dad gifted Diane and I with some money which we could spend on anything we pleased
  • We went to the Flight 93 memorial
  • Eldon's fiancee and her brother came over to play baseball like we used to back when we all little children
  • I was introduced to the books written by Harold Hill (some of the best books out there)

  The summer months were very busy for my entire family and even more precious memories were created. My desire for adventure was nourished and I enjoyed many delightful adventures both alone and accompanied by family. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Highlights of 2018

  The year of 2018 was a very long and eventful one for not only me but also my entire family. There were plenty of beautiful moments that I shall cherish for the rest of my life and there were some moments that weren't quite as grand (I believe most people call these the highs and lows of life) but in today's blog post I shall choose to focus on all of the positive things that happened, both big and small.

  One of my 2018 goals had been to complete six diaries, or one every two months, I didn't quite meet this goal for just yesterday I finished my sixth diary of 2018. I'm quite fond of my little stack and therefore I shall share a picture of them with you.

   I shall consult these friends of mine for today's post because my memory isn't wonderful enough to remember what happened in all of the months of 2018. But, before I jump into the highlights of my past year I must first introduce you to my diaries since that is the only proper thing to do. Starting from left to right I would like for you to say hello to Charlotte, Ella, Lavender, Annie, Luna, and Avril. Now that you have met them, I can continue.

      The Highlights of 2018

  •  I earned a 90% in my Algebra on the second day of January, of which I was immensely proud. 
  • One of my dear friends announced her engagement
  • I made a goal to become more outgoing (especially concerning talking to people I didn't know)
  • I read the Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  • I fell in love (with strawberry mint soap that is) 
  • My family had dentist appointments and I got to sit in a chair with electrical malfunctions
  • I got to meet a bunch of new people 
  • Diane and I did some rather painful face masks
  • My brother bought his first vehicle
  • I turned sixteen            
  • I made a goal to expand my vocabulary
  • My Dad and I finished a very large puzzle whilst becoming crazier the longer it took
  • My Mum, Diane, and I had a bit of an "Austin and Ally" watching fest filled with tons of laughter
  • All of us celebrated the Superbowl with plenty of good food (I managed to avoid the game all day and then walked in the room just as the Eagles won, I'm rather skilled)
  • I gave up frivolous technology for Lent
  • Dad and I went shopping and I managed to hit every corner in the store with my shopping cart
  • My little brother learned the fine art of "testing" cookie dough
  • The winter Olympics began
  • Eldon (the oldest brother) began going to gym night with the youth
  • I had to take my physical to qualify for a learner's permit
  • Dad surprised Mum with pink roses
  • I received a letter from a "twin" 
  • I got my learner's permit
  • My siblings (excepting Sean) starting going to gym night with the youth 
  • I got my first driving lesson
  • My family got a new vehicle
  • My family all cared for me while I was quite ill
  • My siblings and I began going to another youth gathering at our church
  • An adorable little girl declared  me to be her puppy
  • We got to have Krispy Kreme Donuts
  • My Mum took my sister to her best friend's birthday party
  • Eldon and I signed up to take part in the Easter Choir at church 
  • Mum, Diane, and I spring cleaned our storage room
  • I began creating menus including recipes from a Rachel Khoo cookbook that my Mum gifted
  • I actually got a 96% on an Algebra test
  • Dad set up a bird feeder
  • We celebrated Eldon's birthday
  • Eldon and I sang in the Easter choir at church
  • I fell in love (with ping pong, that is)
  • Mum became the owner of a beautiful Bible journal
  • One of my friends and I decided to do a competition to see who could do the most algebra
  • Mum gifted me with a lovely devotional set
  • Us womenfolk (in the words of my diary) decided spontaneously to throw a birthday party for Diane
  • We attended a reptile viewing at our library
  • We actually had gorgeous weather for a day
  • We celebrated Mum's birthday
  • One of our cousins spent a little more than a week with us to help celebrate Mum's and Diane's birthdays
  • I was introduced to the game of carpet ball which I loved immensely 
  • I bought six books from the library for sixty-five cents
  • My Dad pulled a newborn calf out of the creek saving it's life and then fell in himself 
  It seems that this post would be insufferably long if I were to list all the great moments from the entire year of 2018, so I shall break it up into three posts of which this one is the first. So many of the lovely little occurrences I listed above deserve more than just a small spot as a bulleted sentence so I shall have to turn them into blog posts in the future. What were some of the highlights of your year? I would love it if you'd tell me in a comment.

  Until some later date, fare thee well.  

Monday, August 13, 2018

Happy Homemaker Monday

Happy Homemaker Monday

The weather.....  is dreadful, if you will pardon my negativity.  This Summer has been the soggiest and rainiest Summer I've ever had in my entire life. Unfortunately I have not, not even once, danced in the rain.

Right now I am....  I don't think I shall ever be able to read this prompt and not think "writing a blog post" but I shall try to be creative. I'm making a tortilla pizza for my little brother who wasn't very hungry at lunch time but is now experiencing hunger pangs.

Thinking.... That my dear librarian shouldn't have told me that I can access the entire library on their website if only I type in my card number and password. I've requested far too many books as it is. I had to walk away from the computer or I'd have wanted to check out entirely too many.

On my reading pile....
I'm not sure what I was thinking, but I was in the mood for a bit of classic fiction so I walked out of my library with "The Three Musketeers" (the unabridged version too. The very word unabridged sends a shiver of fear and excitement down my back). I've been working on that book for close to two weeks now (I'm regrettably not very dedicated) and I must say I'm enjoying it a lot more than when I first tried to read it two years ago. The humor in the book is such that only the classics contain and for that reason alone I would recommend the book to everyone.

On my TV..... I was extremely delighted when I found my favorite girly movie of all time, Cinderella! I believe I've already said it once before, but I simply can't keep myself from saying it again...I love Lily James and love everything about the movie.

Listening to..... The odd noise that is created when one peels a sticker off of a sticker sheet and the sound of pens being clicked. My sister is in the midst of filling in her planner for this week and I must say it makes me want to fill mine out all over again.

Something fun to share.... Why is it that I can only think of things that aren't fun to share? I can name a few, for example: chocolate (everyone knows chocolate is to be horded, sharing is unheard of); craft supplies (the only reason that craft supplies should ever be shared is if a fellow crafter is in dire need of one of your supplies and then it's your crafter's duty to be helpful); and lastly, books (far too many bad things happen when you share, or loan, a book to someone).

Some interesting bit of news that I have is that I found out that it's ever so much more fun to pass people on a trail when you're riding on a bike than when you're walking. I think it may be because the greeting is fleeting (no rhyming was intended).

Blog hopping (newly discovered blog)....
This isn't a newly discovered blog, but I shall share it anyway since I see no reason not to.

On the menu for this week....
I'm not very sure what we'll be having for the other days but I do know that tonight we shall be having a Mexican themed dinner. As for the rest of the week, I'm assuming we'll be eating food.

On my to do list....
To-do lists are rather depressing. I have a small and quite compact one for each day (it wouldn't be so small but the spots in my planner won't allow for more which I'm fine with) and today's list included doing work, cleaning, school, making a blog-post, and going berry-picking. The blackberries are in full swing so I'm very busy as of late.

In the craft basket....
My craft basket is so overwhelmingly "overflowing" that I'm not sure where to begin. I have some crochet projects, some mending that needs to be done, and a whole lot of journaling supplies I have to sort through.

Looking forward to this week....
This Thursday my brother's fiance is coming over and I'm excited. I do get to see her often but I'm still excited because she's my childhood best friend and before too terribly long I'll be able to call her my sister!

I'm also looking forward to the youth gathering I will be going to, and another trip to the library, and most of all, going to fair which will be starting this Saturday.

Looking around the house.... I see a heap of craft supplies on the school table (happy sighs) and moderately tidy rest of the home. The bouquet of flowers I was gifted after taking part in my cousins wedding is still sitting on our desk. It's remarkable how pretty the flowers are staying considering the fact that I received them over a month ago and that they're real. Perhaps they just dried with their colors still intact. 

Bible reading....
I've been reading and journaling my way through my Bible for quite some time now and last night I read the first chapter of Revelations. It's very thrilling for whatever reason to be so close to having read the Bible from cover to cover.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Of Books and Bathrooms

    I'm all for adventures and I believe that all awkward moments are adventures, just not the fun kind. It was precisely that sort of adventure I had recently.  
    This tale starts off as all tales ought to. It was a lovely, sunny day in summer. I drove to the library in the morning and was still feeling victorious as I walked into the library because I had actually managed to park our vehicle perfectly inside the marked lines of the parking lot. I knew exactly what books I wanted so I marched off toward the shelves with the vigor and assurance that comes with having a plan. Within a short amount of time I had the books in hand and went to check out. The librarian was a cheerful, talkative curly-headed woman, her curls alone have secured a bond of friendship between us. After my books were checked out I took them out to the vehicle and then went back inside to see if the rest of my family had decided on what they wanted, in other words, I went inside to wait on them. Mum informed me that a friend of hers is going to meet us so we would wait yet for a bit. With that in mind I realized that I needed to use the restroom (a.k.a bathroom, a.k.a powder room, etc.). Having never used them at the library before, I was slightly unsure how to actually get to them.
     I marched off and found the restrooms. I felt very accomplished at that time. Not only did I manage to have decent parking that day, but I had also just found the bathroom unassisted. The whole "I'll be a grownup in a few years" thing wasn't looking so hard after all.
    The bathroom was a small room with two stalls and two rather old-looking sinks. When it came time to wash my hands I noted that the rather old-looking sinks had knobs that you were supposed to push. Now I can see that the fact that you have to push the knobs meant the sinks weren't so very old or outdated, but at the time I was focused on my task and thought nothing of it. It was admittedly fun getting to push the knobs down to turn the water on. I bopped both the hot water knob and the cold water knob and the faucet merrily spewed a stream of water over my hands. As I washed I noticed that the hot water knob was loose so I bopped it politely to fix it and then decided it was time to dry my hands. I bopped both the hot water knob and the cold water one, neither stopped gushing. I stared at them trying to figure out how to turn them off. I pushed them both down, I twisted one towards the right, then towards the left, I smashed and bashed, pushed and bopped but still the faucet spewed water. I was starting to feel upset at the faucet, I glared at it as if my stare would scare it into obedience. I bopped them both several more times and then turned to dry my hands while hoping that somehow the faucet would stop spewing water in the meantime. Even once my back was turned to the sinks I heard the steady gushing of water. I stared at the wall for a bit longer but the water continued pouring.
    At that point I was a little miffed. That incorrigible faucet was mocking me. It was depositing gallons of water into the sink just to taunt me and I just couldn't allow it to do so. I bopped both knobs once more and when the faucet failed to feel the wrath of my gaze I spun on my heel and marched out the bathroom door, the sound of water splashing into the sink followed me.
    I realized that the faucet had won and that now I had to go tell someone about it. I walked slowly, ever so slowly, over to the librarian and waited patiently for her to finish talking on the phone, instead she told the person to hold on and then asked what the matter was. After telling her, she burst out laughing and told me that the faucets are automatic and they turn off after a minute or so. I managed to laugh as well though I felt it was an act of surrender to the dreadful faucet.
    I walked out of the library that day with far less energy than when I entered, and more than a little thankful that I still have time before I'm actually an adult.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. On this first official day of spring tell us something (besides the weather) you're looking forward to in this season of the year.

  In a little less than a month one of my cousins is coming to visit us, and it's not just an afternoon pop-in, it's a little more than a week that he'll be here. In this massive and unpredictable world it's nice to have family.

2. When it comes to spring cleaning would you rather wash windows or wash baseboards? Clean out closets or clean out the garage? Dust ceiling fans or dust bookcases? Wipe down the patio furniture outside or wipe down the light fixtures inside? Any of these tasks recently completed?

  Just the very words "spring cleaning" make me sigh. I don't enjoy extreme cleaning unless it's a craft drawer or something, because then I discover all sorts of forgotten treasures. I would rather wash baseboards than windows, clean closets than garage, dust bookcases rather than ceiling fans, and I'd rather clean light fixtures on the inside than the patio furniture outside.

  Recently my mum, sister, and I started cleaning out our storage room. Because of that I've found myself cleaning baseboards, dusting bookcases, etc. 

3. Your favorite thing to make/eat that calls for cream cheese? Sour cream? Whipped cream?

  My favorite thing to eat that calls for cream cheese is cheesecake. We have a good friend who makes some of the best cheesecake I've ever eaten, she's the one who really got me into making cheesecake more than once a year. My favorite thing with sour cream? That's a hard question, I love to use it as a condiment for most things. And lastly, I prefer whipped cream on top of strawberry shortcake.

4. I read here a list of commonly mispronounced words. What is a word that gives you trouble when it comes to pronunciation?

  When I look at the pronunciations of words I take note of them but then still pronounce it how I please. When surrounded by non-family members I make sure to pronounce words to the best of my ability but otherwise I have fun...take chihuahua for example, that word is tons of fun to mispronounce.

  A word that gives me trouble when it comes to pronunciation is butylethylmethylamine. When studying my science recently I spent several minutes just trying to pronounce the word when I came across it.

5. What's a song you love with the word 'rain' in the title or lyrics?

   Several years ago I came across Mat Kearney's "Air I Breathe" song on Air1, I liked it quite a bit and even though it isn't really my favorite song anymore I'll still listen to it now and then, (I also like "Love Like Rain").

6.  Insert your own random thought here. 

  I love birds! My dad has always wanted to hang a bird feeder but with so many cats around we thought it was a dream that would never come true...until yesterday. I had a cereal around for awhile, it was a muesli, and being such it was full of oats and seeds and dried fruit. I liked it pretty well but it didn't make me feel the best. Yesterday after spotting a few birds in the back yard scratching around the snow, my dad and I both flung out a handful of cereal. I always feel so bad for the birds around here, they come back late February or early March expecting spring but all they find is snow, snow, and more snow. It brought joy to everyone in my family watching the birds eagerly eat the cereal, and because of all that, and the fact that the cats didn't really bother them, my dad hung a bird feeder and now we have whole passels (I'm aware that passel is not a very good word to use when describing a bunch of birds but I was in the mood to write it and so I did) of birds in the back yard.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond

1. Best place you've been lately? 

  The local gym. Every Sunday night the youth from our community go to the local high school gym to enjoy an evening of fun and games. I may not be the best at any sort of ball game, but that doesn't mean I can't nor don't enjoy my mediocrity, for I certainly do.

2. What's something you should say yes to today? Or this week? Or even this year?

  I should say yes to practicing for the Easter choir at church. I have never been part of the choir before but this is a year of firsts for me. I love to sing, but so far it has been in the privacy of our home.

3. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form? If so tell us how. In Western cultures the color green is typically associated with jealousy, nature, good luck, and growth. What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'green'?

  No I don't celebrate St. Patrick's Day in any way, shape, or form. I never have. Last year we went somewhere on St. Patrick's Day and people were being chased all over the place trying to avoid being pinched because they weren't wearing green. I think it's the oddest thing ever to see a bunch of who I thought were self-respecting humans, running about the place, being chased and threatened with slight pain simply because they weren't wearing green, if it were up to me, I'd have it the other way around.

  When I hear the word green I have to think of the Summer, it is so wet and snowy, and persistently cold here, the very thought of Summer seems profound and almost impossible.

4. What's a product or service you love so much you'd happily be their spokesperson? Tell us what makes you such a fan.

  I love my shower soap (I never liked calling it body wash, it always disturbed me a tiny bit), it's  scented "cooling white strawberry and mint" by Olay. I love how it smells!!! The first time I used it I walked everywhere like the White Queen from Alice in Wonderland just because I loved how the wondrous smell of strawberries and mint followed me.

5. March 14th is Pi Day. How are your math skills? What's the last thing you did that required math of any kind? And most importantly do you like pie? What's your favorite kind? With ice cream, whipped cream, or please hold the cream?

  My math skills are mediocre to say the least, I just barely tolerate the subject as it is.

  The last thing I did that required math skills of any kind was doing my Algebra. My teacher seems to get a kick out of teaching me for around twenty minutes on how to do something and then says there's an easy way that takes around five minutes. Perhaps most Algebra teachers are so desperate for amusement they resort to torturing the students.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

  When it comes to watching television shows, I'm rather picky, I'll watch cooking shows and house hunting shows, and occasionally ones about weddings, but I am not the kind of person that can willingly sit down and subject myself to watching baseball, or football, or golf, or hockey, or basketball, or soccer, but the one sport I will watch (aside from tennis) is bull riding. I'm not certain why I like it so well, perhaps it's the way the announcers talk, or the names of the dear fellows riding the bulls (after all, it's not like Ryan Dirteater is exactly the most popular name on the face of the earth) and I could go on giving various theories on why I like bull riding, but the one my Mum finds most amusing is the way I crave Cookies and Cream ice cream when ever I see certain speckled bulls.