Friday, March 30, 2012

Three Very Dull Things Indeed

 So if you want to go back to doing or reading something interesting, you're excused with no hard feelings.
Lets see, what should I start with? Well...maybe something not so dull.
 I watched The Confessions of an Ugly Step-Sister  awhile back and I really enjoyed it.  So when I saw  the book it was based on sitting upon the shelves of the local Goodwill, I snatched it right up. It may be awhile before Iget around to reading it because I've two new-to-me books on my list ahead of it. (Did a little research on this guy and I wouldn't recommend a lot by him...FYI)

Grabbed off of Wikipedia's page



*Do you ever find that you have a difficult time reading something for the first time? I don't mean modern books, because we have lost the art of using "good strong words that mean something". But for my own part, I put off reading something, even if I'm sure I'll like it, because I know that those first few chapters will seem to drag on before it gets good. Then I gallop along at alarming speed and find myself breathlessly arrived at the end. wondering where in the world did the time go? And where did my tea disappear to?

Woah! Boy did I get off track or what?! Anywaaaaaaay...review coming on all these books, hopefully someday. Till then, I'll just read yours.

Okay, next very dull thing.  Have any of you ever heard of  paperbackswap.com or booksneeze.com? I'm really interested in doing both of these things if it's "legit" (ugh, cannot believe I just said that!) The biggest thing is that they say free all over the place, but my Dad's words of wisdom concerning "free" things is that "Nothing is truly free (Implied: Save salvation and air) It always costs you something..." I lesson I well know, as I found something "free" which gave me a virus! Yikes!
  Oh boy... I did it again... Um, back to what I was asking. If you have more information on these websites and what they do, and are willing to let me know what you know, 'twould be grand! Especially if you have done one or both of these things and had problems. Thanks!
 (Hehe, enter shameless self promoting! If I do end up doing these things, I need at least thirty (30) followers to do booksneeze.com and I am currently only at twenty (20). If you could recommend me to anyone you think would enjoy reading my nonsense, that would be wonderful.)

Third little bit, I'm reading Anne of Windy Poplars whenever I need a break from the heavy reading of Dickens, and I forgot howw perfectly delightful Anne and Gilbert are when they are finally together! So very sweet.

Anywho, Thanks for reading (If you made it this far) and Ta for now!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Help! I've been shot- I mean tagged!

 Just when I was sitting here asking myself what to blog about, I realized I had other blog posts to read. So, I went to read them, and found out I'd been tagged! So without further ado, the tag... (Oh I stole Miss Dashwood's description, so very perfect) Haha, Miss Dashwood you shall always be to me!


"This is a forty-four step tag-- you tell eleven random things about yourself, answer eleven questions posed by the person who tagged you, make up eleven questions of your own and then tag eleven people to answer those questions.  Don't worry, it takes a lot less time than you might think."


1.  I have "I'm blue, da ba de, da ba di!" stuck in my head! Don't ask...
2.I'd like to have two versions of every book I own, so that I can mark one up(the paperback version) with all my observations.
3.I liked Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story.  WAIT!! before you throw tomatoes... I despised it as an Anne story, What they did to Fred and Diana still makes me so mad!! But as movie, you have to admit it is a well written, dramatic, heartwarming story.
4.  I have a weakness for James Stewart.
5. I am of "an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the ├ęclat of a proverb." You wouldn't have guessed it by the way I chatter on this here blog,  huh? Well, it's true, though it is something I am trying to fix.
6. I'm afraid of trying new things.
7. I'm no longer afraid of roller coasters. Because my sisters tricked me into riding Space Mountain at Disneyland. You see, I'd never been to Disneyland and I didn't know it was a rollercoaster type ride. And I'm completely oblivious to the warning signs posted everywhere. (If you can't tell by now I was being sarcastic, my sisters didn't trick me, they actually thought I knew)
8. I tend to let things(emotions) boil inside me for a looooong time, then they blow up. Pray for me, explosions are dangerous.
9. I am not a vegetarian, but I really enjoy cooking vegetarian meals. They are super tastey too!
10. I think Chuck Norris jokes are hilarious, but I admire Chuck Norris more as a Christian man who sticks to his morals and more importantly his faith in Jesus.
11. I want to go vacuum all the floors in my house, please excuse me. *vacuum starts, goes on and on, stops* There! much better.

1. Describe your dream pair of shoes.
I own them! A little pair of brown, heeled, Mary-Janes. The cutest pair of spring/summer shoes.
2. What's your favorite children's picture book?
Oh! I don't know! I love 'em all!! Ask me again later and maybe I can come up with something.
3. What's your favorite fruit?
 Cherries. hmmm..... yummy!
4. How tall are you? (I always like to know how tall people are-- not sure why.  Don't worry, I'm not asking for your weight... and if you feel it's an invasion of your privacy to post your height, you can substitute a picture of a cute kitten for this question.)
 Just kidding!! I am 5 feet short...and all done growing. Trust me... However, I love being "short", I'm very happy with the way God put me together.
5. If money was no object, where would you like to go on your honeymoon?
Europe. Starting with Ireland, Italy, and England. Then everywhere else...
6. Who is your favorite singer?
 Which era? Which Genre? I can't pick! However, to give you a general idea of what I like to listen to, here are a few of my favorites. Michael Buble, Dean Martin, Bon Jovi (Erm, within reason!), The Eagles, Chris Rice, Michael W. Smith, and some country singers. (I love anything that sounds 'old school')
7. What's the next book on your to-read list?
 I'm Reading Little Dorrit, so I suppose that it doesn't count. Well then, Mary Barton.
8. What's your biggest language-related pet peeve? (i.e., what phrases or words bug you the most?)
 "Dude!" and "I know right!"  Which I tend to use all too often.
9. Which movie lines do you quote the most? (share as many or as few as you like)
"As you wish."
Any and every movie quote that comes from a movie I've seen and that is appropriate to the situation at hand.

10. If you could wear any outfit from a movie for a day, what would you choose? 
Anything worn by Penelope Wilhern in Penelope. I love how whimsical her clothes are. They always manage to make me smile.

11. What's your favorite dessert?
 Cheescake. Or a simple cup of juice.  (weird, I know. But you ought to try it next time you are full and craving something sweet.)

1.  What is your favorite foreign cuisine?
2. What project are you (should you be) working on?
3. What, other then literary pursuits, is a hobby of yours?
4. If you were to throw a themed event, what would the theme be. I mean specifically!
5. Do you believe one could have too many pillows?(For the record, I do)
6. What would you grab, besides your Bible ;), if your house was burning and you had sixty seconds to get out. 
7. Which Bible "character" are you excited to meet in Heaven?
8. How about other famous people? And who you hope you'll see in Heaven counts. (I am of the belief that I will see Jane Austen someday)
9. Would you share either the happiest day in your life or the saddest? Or just go find a happy/sad picture and tell me to mind my own business.
10. Decribe your favorite mug/teacup.
11. Do you like summer rain?


1-11) I tag anyone who reads this and hasn't been tagged. Also if you want to grab my questions and answer them just for the fun of answering more questions. :) Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ridiculousness and Ramblings

  1. I found another "little gem" in a book. I was reading Anne of the Island and suddenly, said Mrs. Rachel of the substitute schoolmarm "Miss Carson is a very fine girl. There is no nonsense about her." I laughed till I'm sure my sister thought I'd lost my marbles! I was waiting for Anne to say, "Sparkler, be quiet!"
  2. I dare say you know this already but Mr. Collins is a completely ridiculous man. (I took a break from Anne and read P & P over the weekend)
  3. Sneezes only come at the most inconvenient of  times, like when your parents are speaking seriously to you...
  4. It is far to wasy to take things for granted, things like electricity, hot water, internet, etc. It is no fun when they are "un-granted",  as it were.
  5. I am very very excited to see things begin to bloom, even if it does cause sneezing, for it means that spring is nearing!
  6. The amount of housework there is to be done is directly proportionate to how badly I want to "just read one more chapter".

 I grabbed this from Miss Dashwood's blog, Sink Me! because I wanted to give you a reason to laugh. (And a blog just seems empty without a picture)

Monday, March 26, 2012

I have a thought!

Whether it is a good one or not is yet to be determined. You figure it out.
Okay, okay, I think it is a good idea. And that's what counts. So on to the actual idea bfore I begin rambling on and on about absolutely nothing...
 So, I have already commited to reading sixty (60) books this year, and at least one new one every month.  I intend to reach that goal, but after I do that (next year) I am going to resolve not to read anything fiction, possibly non-fiction as well, excepting the Bible. I know! Crazy, absolutely crazy for a bibl;iaphobia like me to resolve not to read anything for about a year (possibly longer, depending on how long the second part takes), but I do have good reason, I promise!
 The second part of this resolution is...duh duh dun! I am going to write! And write and write and write! I know that I could just continue to read and write together, but this project is kind of meant to help me develope my "writer's voice", I don't want what I read to effect what I'm writing. And if that means I have to give up reading for awhile, then so be it. I am going to miss it. But I think it will be worth it.
  I am also going to be working on a special project that I won't say anymore about because it's a great secret...

P.S. I'm sorry I've been MIA, our power went out at home for a few days due to electrical problems, but I'm ba-ack!

What do you think of my idea? Do you have similar goals? Or an experience with this sort of thing?

Ta for now!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Of Anne and Gil

If Gilbert had been asked to describe his ideal woman the description would have answered point for point to Anne, even to those seven tiny freckles whose obnoxious presence still continued to vex her soul. Gilbert was as yet little more than a boy; but a boy has his dreams as have others, and in Gilbert's future there was always a girl with big, limpid gray eyes, and a face as fine and delicate as a flower. He had made up his mind, also, that his future must be worthy of its goddess.

Anne Shirley: I would not, and I defy anyone who would try and make me change.
Gilbert Blythe: Oh, you do?
 *photo/screencap from photobucket.com quote and links to IMBD.com
This is my favorite scene, in the movie, and favorite quote from the book.

Oh Anne, how could you keep him waiting so long?
Anyway, I know I said that I would be doing Anne and Gil post, but then I realized I would be stealing Miss Dashwood's thunder. So I apologize for the little kerfuffle. I'll be doing said posts sometime in the future, probably after I finish the series, because I have an awful lot to say about these two people.

Okay, I saw Miss Dashwood's dream casting post for Rilla of Ingleside  and though I don't know many of those actors or actresses she picked, *hides face in shame*. So I thought I might just comment on the folks I think I missed the most in the movie sequel. (with a picture of who I believe could have been the characters, not just acted.)

Paul Irving, Steven Irving, Miss Lavender, I mean, you left out such an amazing love story??
I know, I know, he probably didn't exist yet when they made the movie. But with a little more curl to his hair, he is Paul.
Steven is a tough one, in my mind he looks like George Clooney, but acts more like Jude Law, Oh wait! I've got it! (In case you couldn't tell, I don't plan my post very much ahead of time...)
Not the House actor, the jerk, . But the S & S actor.
Yes, I think he could do it quite nicely. Now, for the "Piece of Resistance" as I like to say, I don't speak French after all...
Miss Lavender.
 This took a lot of careful thinking, NOT. there is only one person in my mind who could do this,
Can you see it?

It feels weird to me to not have chosen known period film actors, but these people are the characters in my mind, and cannot be moved!

And wait! There's more,

I felt that Mr Harrison and his wife were a terrible loss not to have in the films, though I honestly have no actor suggestions! Do you?

Philippa Gordon, and Jonas Blake! Why? Couldn't you have added Philippa? I love the scene where they meet her in the book :)
Emma Pierson  Fanny Dorrit
I know she was very different from what Philippa is deep down, but I really think she could be absolutely wonderful.  I honestly don't know what to say about Jonas though. You pick...

And of course Davy and Dora, though I will not try and choose who would play them because they will insist on being dark haired! I know it's silly but this is one of those instances where I want to look at the author and say, "No, they look like this! Can't you see that?" There are many more people, not to mentions places and events, that I feel indignant where left out, but I will wrap up this post by saying that I am aware this post rambles, and I'm sorry I jumbled two different books as if they were one. I also know that I am late for Anne Week, but I felt I needed to post this because I am reading the books and, well, this just needed to be said!

By the way, I watched a sentimental old war movie with my sister last night, I'm not sure what to call it. Some people try to insist that it is the third installment of the Anne series, but it couldn't be! I know it has the same actors as the first two, and the characters even share the same names, which I thought was funny. However, as a stand alone movie, the story was well written. I just felt robbed of all the other delightful characters...

Ta for now! Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Little Gems

 I don't have a whole lot to say today, that comes tomorrow in the form of a heroine post/character sketch, so prepare yourself, dear readers for the onslaught of my words! Meantime, I'd like to share with you a "Little Gem" I found whilst reading the dear little book An Old Fashioned Girl. Chapter thirteen, "The Sunny Side"

Now, I give you the thing itself, and let us see if it makes you smile as it did me.
       "Polly sucked her orange in public with a composure that would have scandalized the good ladies of Cranford." 

 Did it? If it didn't I pity you, for you haven't at least watched the series to which it refers. I confess I have yet to read it. How can I when there are so many old favorites to sit and devour?  (There I go again with the food metaphors!) But, I know that I should read all those new things I've heard so much of. I mean where would I be if I hadn't first watched North & South on Netflix one night? I was sooo bored, I felt like watching something "old" (you know what I mean). But I almost didn't!! Crazy right? And now I'm so glad I didn't just skip over it. It has taken over and graced the top of my list of favorite films since then. Not to mention the book itself. But I get way off topic...
  I hope I made you smile, or rather I hope Louisa May Alcott made you smile. I just brought her wit to your attention. I love it when I see that an author admires another of my favorite authors, don't you?

Do you know of any other book references for other well known books? Please share!

 Ta for now!
    Stephanie




Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Anne Week!

 Okay, so it's Anne week, or month, or something of the sort! I love Anne-spelled-with an-E. I'll be doing a heroine post about her because she deserves an entire post all to herself, (and probably a Gilbert gush, er, POST) but until then content yourselves with this gushing post about her "theme song". 
There is something about this song that touches me like few other songs, (pop, rock, classic, it doesn't matter) do. I hear this song and a flood of emotions and thoughts flood through my mind. It's deeply sad, yet at the same time, ready to burst with happiness. Does anyone else out there feel the same way? The composer of the theme was/is an absolute genius! I believe (feel free to disagree) that Hagood Hardy absolutely captured the spirit of the Anne series. I am now referring to the books (you may argue that the book has little to do with the music in the film, I disagree). I think that though the screenwriters/producers and everyone else involved in the decision making process maybe didn't stay completely true to the story, and absolutely abandoned it in the third installment (Yes yes, a good movie in and of itself, much like any adaptations of Mansfield Park I have ever seen), they still did a very good job capturing Anne. 
Especially the music, to get back on track. In the theme alone, not to mention the rest of the score, Hardy did a "bully" job. I don't want to spoil the series (but if you haven't read it or at the very least watched it, you are really missing out), though I will if you read on *SPOILER* The song captures the emotions of a scared orphan girl who refuses to admit that she is scared. She insists on seeing the good in everything, except Gil, oh Anne you silly fool. Every moment of the song brings back memories of tears shed (Yes, many many tears, and I won't be ashamed!) when Matthew, Ruby, Walter, and even "Rachel Lynde's husband". however it also parades before my minds eye the dearest and sweetest of friendships and romances, of which there are too many in the series to list! Overall, I think the word bittersweet describes this song to a "T", don't you? Just a wonderful song.
Well, I really enjoyed writing that did you enjoy reading it? I might do more like this. Just write about music that has moved me, unless I get a whole lot of negative feedback! So, please, tell me what you think!

Now, I'm off to go watch Anne of Green Gables, with my taller then me younger sister.
 
I highly recommend that you check out more from the person who made the above video (Username: TweedleDee1) He and his wife post a lot of period drama music covers that are absolutely beautiful! Though I don't condone all of the music he covers.

Ta, and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Why I Love Books

" 'She won't stay long then, if I can help it.' muttered Tom, who regarded girls as a very unnecessary portion of creation. Boys of fourteen are apt to think so, and perhaps it is a wise arrangement, for, being fond of turning somersaults, they have an opportunity of indulging in a good one, metaphorically speaking, when, three or four years later, they become the abject slaves of 'those bothering girls'. "  
                                                   - Louisa May Alcott, An Old-Fashioned Girl


  This made me laugh, and this is why I read Louisa May Alcott and Jane Austen. Something about these witty, warm, and real ladies makes me smile. I can be having a very bad day, if I pick up and just have time to read a paragraph of one of their delicious (yes, I am aware that this word usually applies to food, I just had dessert I can't help it), ahem one of their delicious works, I smile. These are feel good books. You can't help but feel good when you read them. Unless you don't like to be happy. But then what in the world are you doing reading Jane Austen?? 
  By all means, read on... However, you will soon find yourself laughing out loud at the sheer comedic genius of these women! Unless you have no sense of humor, if that is the case then 1) I will be praying for you, I send you my condolences, and 2) You aren't even reading this blog, trust me, you wouldn't survive this blog if you didn't.

* thinks to self, if they have no sense of humor, and therefore aren't reading your blog, how in the world will they ever know you send your condolences? 
*answers self, It doesn't really matter does it? That is their problem so let them figure it out.

Anyway, sort of a random, rambling post. So I want to show you MORE books that I bought and make thee jealous!

I found a Gaskell! I found a Gaskell!
I found Mary Barton by Gaskell (Yeah!)  I found a Barnes and Noble printing of a couple essays of H. D. Thoreau , and more kids books to work toward completing my kid's book collection!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Interview: Solanah


 The following is an interview of Solanah over at Vixen Vintage. She is the first blog I followed, even before I set up an account, and her wonderful wardrobe has always inspired me to dress my best! 
 I know that this is a change from the books and movies I usually write about, but I think you will enjoy it! 
P.S. This was over e-mail, so it doesn't run as smoothly as I'd like, sorry about that. :)





1) What made you decide to begin  blogging?

I had such an amazing collection of vintage clothing, and it just wasn't being appreciated as much as it should. So I wanted to share all my pretty clothes with people who might be interested. 

 2) Who was your (blogging) inspiration during the early days? And how did they inspire you?

Casey was a big one: http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/


Two very different blogs, but Casey was one of the first vintage blogs I found, and I loved how she did outfit posts and tutorials. Pandora was possibly the first fashion blog I read, and I loved the photography. 

 3) For those reading who haven't read your blog, what made you fall in love with vintage clothing at first?

My family had a lot to do with the influence, as my aunt and sister in law were into vintage in the 80s and 90s, when it wasn't cool yet, and abundant at thrift stores. I'm lucky to have inherited most of their collections. 

 4) Could you describe your most comfortable outfit, that you might wear curled up on an easy chair to read a book in?

Most of the year it's 50s dungarees and a blouse/sweater, and in the summer it's a cotton sundress. After years of wearing things at my natural waist, I can't wear regular, modern jeans without feeling incredibly uncomfortable. Funny how comfort changes!

 5) What book might you be reading? Or if you prefer film, which one would you be watching?

I'm currently reading the complete works of Sherlock Holmes. It's massive!

 6) What are the things about that particular book/film that draw you to it?

My first real chapter book was Nancy Drew, my grandma bought it for me at a yard sale. I didn't like reading before that, but I guess I just needed a mystery to keep it interesting. Since then I've always loved mystery novels, and Sherlock Holmes is classic for a reason. Besides the given story line, I love the period quips and details that are sprinkled throughout. 

 7) Does the storyline remind you of anything about your courtship with Sam? If so what points? 

I sure hope not! 

 8) Could you tell us a little bit more about how and when you met Sam? 

We met in high school, and started dating our senior year. We weren't really friends before that or anything, just one day, I thought he was cute! I asked him out on our first date, I had never had a boyfriend or been on a date before, so I didn't know you were supposed to wait for the guy to ask you out. I don't like waiting.  

 9) You two make a very attractive couple, always so spiffy, I hope you won't mind me asking a question which is a little impertinent, but did you have an influence on his fashion choices? Or did he prefer dressing like gentleman before you met and that is what drew you to each other? 

Thanks :) I don't have an intentional influence, but he does feel the need to, in his words "keep up" with me. Which I completely encourage! His style when we met was pretty average teenage boy, and while we both love clothes, it's not a deciding factor in our relationship. 

 10) And though I am completely jumping tracks (I'll fit in in later, somewhere...) When did you first learn the name "Jane Austen"?

When I was 15 when I won a drawing at the library at school to pick out a free book for keeps. I had heard of "Pride and Prejudice" before, so I figured I'd try it out. And that was the beginning of my love of Jane Austen! 

 11) How many of her works have you read? 

I have yet to read Persuasion or Northanger Abbey, but love all the others. 

 12) What do you consider your favorite?

Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite book, I have what seems like a million copies of it. Paperbacks, vintage hardback, pocket size, illustrated...

 13) Who are your favorite leads? Feel free to mix a hero and heroine from to separate novels if you wish to.  

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy of course, their relationship is fascinating to watch unfold. 

Although Emma is a close second, because I can relate to her so well. She's been privileged and fortunate, and wants to solve what she thinks are everyone's problems. And a little unintentionally snobby. I wish I could say I was more like Elizabeth, and I think all of us have a little Lizzie in us, but really, I'm an Emma. She's unapologetically flawed. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Car Shows & Antique Shops


Today I went to a car show downtown, the sun was shining warmly on our backs and it made me long for spring to come in full blast! It was hard to remember that it had just snowed a few days ago!
Anyway, some of the owners of these cool cars really get into the festive feeling and dress up for the car show. I got pictures of the best dressed couple there, though I'm not sure how accurate their attire is. He looked like a 40's gangster, and she looked like a 20's-30's flapper. But I'm no expert, they could have been 100% accurate for all I know. However, I did like that they didn't look too costume-y (in my opinion) they just looked a little dressy, and after all whats wrong wit looking your best for a Sunday- er- Thursday drive?

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After the car show I went shopping around town in antique shops, I found several new-to-me books. An Old Fashioned Girl and Eight Cousins By Louisa May Alcott. And A book from The Royal Diaries  young adult series I am collecting.




Just as a side-note, I found my teacup! The one I've been missing for a year. I got it for my 16th birthday.

Anyway, I love this teacup. It may seem silly to post about it, but I'm very fond of it. It's kind of a big deal to me...


As a final thought to leave you with, these words of wisdom were written in the Royal Diaries book.
To my wonderful daughter ---,
Sometimes the best  writers are those who know themselves, and sometimes the way to do that is to write to themselves about their lives - a diary or journal is a good place to start.
Another good way to grow as a writer is to read.That is a truly magical way to experience.
Your mother who loves you very much!!



FINE PRINT: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! DON'T STEAL MY PICTURES :(

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Of Snow, Hepburn, and Interviews

So I watched a very delightful movie last night (more on that later), which ended at about twelve thirty. Oh I know, for shame! A girl needs her beauty sleep! Anyway, after it was over I went out to the kitchen to get a drink of water, and it was WHITE! *erm, the ground outside that is, not the kitchen. I didn't take any pictures last night but I did take some this morning, for your viewing pleasure.

                                              Not much of a photographer, but I hope you enjoy them.





















the movie I watched last night? I'm glad you asked!

Alice Adams  which I cannot find pictures of at the moment, but my brain is so fried! I will find pictures and post very very soon, with a review! Also, an interview of one of my favorite bloggers soon!

Ta!
  Stephanie

Sunday, March 4, 2012

I got an Award?

First, I'd like to thanks my mother, and my father, I never would have gotten here if it weren't for their support.... *ahem* Oops, did I really just stand on a chair and hold my brush like a miniature statue? Did I give my speech out loud? Oh no... You weren't supposed to see that. Great.

What's that? You didn't because you can't actually see me? Double great. Well then, moving on...

(I was given this a while ago, but I didn't see it till today.)

The rules of this blog award are as follows, I'm supposed  to write seven facts about myself, and then pick ten other people to award in turn. I will try for seven facts but I don't think I will be able to think of ten blogs that aren't already awarded.


 Here we go, ("deja-vu" much? )
1) I like chopsticks. Yep, I love to eat with 'em.
2) I adore gloves. I mean ladies gloves that you wear to match your dress when you go out in public. And I wish they would either come back into style or I could find an antique pair in good condition that fit.
3) I love watching "VeggieTales", and I would enjoy writing for them someday.





4) If a child draws me a picture I put it on my wall, even if I know that child will never know. I can't say "no"!
5) I am only 5 foot tall.
6) I'm super dis-organized in my own room. But I love to clean the rest of the house.
7) I tried following a meatball recipe the other day but I went completely off track because it had no garlic in it and no spices, just salt and pepper.  I cannot eat dinner without garlic in it!

 And I award!....

1) Danielle, at Within the Lenz
2) All my Friends at Obviously
3)Tessa at Tessa's Friends and Family


Honestly, that is all I could think of that I don't believe has an award yet


Thanks for reading! Ta for now.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Paraphrase


A little contest, here.  At Regency Delight!

I seem to be entering a lot of contests lately. But I have little time to come up with something original. Anyway, maybe I'll shift back to normality soon.

I am going to write my paraphrase first and see if you can guess what it is, though the original lines will be in the same post.  Here goes, peoples!



"I can't just sit here quietly any more! I have to talk to you the only way I can. My spirit is broken, half of me is depressed, the other half is in the clouds! Don't you dare tell me I spoke too late, that your love is erased forever.I'm proposing again! I belong to you now, more then I did years ago when you completely broke my heart.
  Don't you dare tell me that men forget sooner then women! Or that his love dies first! I've loved only you.  I might have been unfair, I was weak and held a grudge, but I never loved another.You're the reason I'm in Bath. You're the motivation when I think and plan my days. Haven't you noticed? 
  I wouldn't have even stayed in town for these last ten days if I could read your heart, the way I believe you've read mine. I can barely write.This very second I hear you whisper something which overpowers me. You are quiet but I can hear your voice when others can't.
  You are too wonderful! You give us due credit. You do believe a man can really love and be attached faithfully! Believe that mine is very faithful to you!"



   F.W.


I have to leave now, but I'll come back, or follow you, ASAP. Just say yes or smile, and I'll talk to your dad soon.




  THE REAL DEAL  (From Persuasion.)

"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating, in

F. W.

"I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father's house this evening or never."