Thursday, April 27, 2017

Literary Journey via Literary References in Little Women: Poetry and Songs

I cannot vouch for these works; I just thought a list would be fun to compile of these references.I haven't read any of these or I don't remember if I have. I may have read "Bonnie Dundee," I certainly plan to after reading the Sutcliff novel of the same name.

How many have you read?

“A Dream of Fair Women” Tennyson

“Bonnie Dundee” Scott

“Come Ye Disconsolate” by Thomas More and Thomas Hastings

“Do You Know the Country” by Goethe in Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

“Endymion” Keats

“Evelyn Hope” Robert Browning

“Judas Maccabeas” Handel (an oratorio)

“Lakes of Killarney” by Lady (Sydney) Morgan (I couldn’t find any information about this, perhaps the author featured this ballad in a book)

“Land O’ the Leal” by Richard Burns

“Little Jenny Wren”

“Nothing to Wear” (Flora McFlimsey is mentioned)

“The Rainy Day” Longfellow

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Literary Journey via Literary References in Little Women: Books

Since many of these novels are well-known, I've only included the author on lesser-known titles. I cannot vouch for these works; I just thought a list would be fun to compile of these references. I've made bold the titles I've read.

How many have you read?

~A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott (I read this ages ago, at least I think I read it in full; it isn't as scandalous as implied by many, just for her audience at the time; I have, however come across her "Jo March is rebuked by Professor Bhaer writings" which are scandalous)
~Corinne by Madame de Staël
~David Copperfield
~Dombey and Son
~Don Quixote
~Evelina by Frances Burney (this is the least sappy of the three Burney novels I've read and the one I have hitherto decide to keep; the other two I've read are Camilla and Cecilia)
~Heir of Redclyffe
~Little Dorrit
~Mable on a Midsummer Day by Mary Howitt
~Martin Chuzzlewit
~Nicholas Nickleby
~Odyssey (Telemachus is specifically mentioned)
~Old Man and the Sea
~Oliver Twist
~Patronage by Maria Edgeworth
~Pilgrim’s Progress (Dad read this aloud to us, but I'm not counting that)
~Rasselas by Samuel Johnston
~Tailor Retailored or Sartur Resartus by Thomas Carlyle
~The Bible
~The Flirtations of Captain Cavendish (probably Cavendish, or the Patrician at Sea by William Johnson Neale according to this blog)
~The Life of Samuel Johnson James Boswell
~The Wide, Wide World by Susan Warner under the pseudonym Elizabeth Wetherell
~Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughs
~Uncle Tom’s Cabin
~Undine and Sintram stories by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué
~Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Monday, April 24, 2017

Literary Journey via Literary References in Little Women: Authors

When we grew up reading Little Women I always enjoyed the literary references even when I didn't understand the background of most of them because I just thought it was fun to be able to do reference with such ease. Now, I recognize more of there references plus I have a copy of Little Women that has footnotes (these are addictive, and now I want that for the rest of the trilogy) for each reference, and I compiled a massive reading list from them. I love reading lists. I cannot really follow them religiously but there is just somethings so addictive and alluring about them.

Little Women features literary references of all sorts: quotes, mention of an author, mention of a work, vague allusion. I organized by type of work and then included a list of authors mentioned by name (their works may or may not also have been referenced in the book) which I'm including here for day one. I only included first names of the obscure authors.

I compiled my lists awhile back, so I hope that they are complete and accurate enough. I've used bold on the authors I've read, and I make a sorry showing today! I cannot vouch for these authors; I just thought a list would be fun to compile of these references.

How many of these authors have you read?

Bremer, Frederika
Columella, Lucius Junius
Cowley, Abraham
Edgeworth, Maria
More, Hannah
Raymond, Richard John
Rousseau, Heloise
Sherwood, Mrs. Mary Martha
Southworth. E.D.E.N.
Tusser, Thomas

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Character Links

I know I've been bombarding you all with links, but I've been trying to declutter my bookmarks and putting links in posts is a way to share and save.

Traits of people with high EQ (and fully functioning and ethical conscience; I posted a link about the dangers of high EQ, earlier, this is a very important point to consider)

More active, obvious people (explosive rather than resentful temper, open hostility or gossip) are often a target for the more passive aggressive, self-righteous goody-two-shoes. You know, the Pharisees. The first is still wrong, don't misunderstand me (let's not pull an introvert-extrovert bashing type mistake here). People just don't realize, that a lot of situations feature two, often equally, wrong people.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Organizing My Books on Goodreads

Did you notice Goodreads now lets you mark rereads? I need to start using that.

I've been trying to organize my Goodreads categories, so I can easily find books by categories or see what categories I read a lot or see how books of certain authors I've read for posts or recommendations or just to see for fun. I only want books on "read" and one other shelf.

So, for each book

~If I have a much read or favorite author, I have a shelf for books by that author alone

~If the author is doesn't meet the above then the book goes on a specific genre shelf for genres that I consider significant

~If the book is still not placed,  I have a shelf for random fiction and a shelf for random nonfiction

Monday, April 17, 2017

Balance in Hospitality

The best way to deal with issues is with preemptive measures like these: 

~Limit number of guests.

~Limit time.

~Ask other people to bring food.

~Set up a clean-up plan so all family members help.

~Put out toys, games, etc. that are durable and put away anything easily broken or precious.

~Limit range of house and grounds (make sure the parents and their children both hear).

Passive aggressiveness only enables the offendors to hurt other unwary hosts, and unforgiveness or harshness hurts the sensitive or sane guests, so

~Ignore irritations and small issues, don't make guests feel bad for small issues (or even some bigger issues); they should still feel welcome if they act like sane people. Just make sure boundaries are clear. Here are some books on hospitality. My family has always been hospitable, so our problem is not with welcoming.

~Respectfully ask for help or cessation (depending on the situation) when guests are continually excessively inconsiderate.

~Address the beyond rude guests with their sin strongly (we've had a HUGE issue, so I'm not talking about the above).

I cannot share the major issues, but I will share one lesser issue. We had an irate neighbor (of course, I think this neighbor looks for offense; they've watched us in our yard and clearly weren't thrilled that a family of 6 kids moved next door) ring our doorbell about guest kids trespassing (and another innocent guest had to answer the door and take the heat); we have 3 acres, that is plenty of room to explore.

How to be a good guest.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I Wasn't Tagged But I'll Answer Anyway

I decided I wanted to answer the questions from the Sunshine Blogger Award post here.

1.)  Is there a particular fictional genre to which you keep returning? (i.e. period drama, action, fantasy, etc.)
Probably period drama and fantasy.

2.)  What type of toothpaste do you use? ('Cause I'm weird like that.)
When I can I prefer to use natural toothpaste. I'd been using this one for awhile, but now I just use whatever Mom buys.

3.)  In general -- can be for yourself or for others or for both -- do you prefer straight, curly, or wavy hair?
I have "straight" with body and while I would prefer more curl or wave, I'm pretty happy with how mine keeps waves, curls, straightening when I style my hair.

4.)  Do you like musicals?
I'm not naturally drawn to musical theater (I'm not musically and am rather sensitive in the irritable way, to sound), but after awhile I grew to love The Phantom of the Opera.

5.)  What is your third favorite season?
Summer probably. I like Spring and Fall because they are "fresh" (as in warm after two cool seasons, and cool after two warm seasons) and mild. Summer and Winter both get monotonous, but although I hate heat, I like bright and happy, so I would probably prefer Summer over Winter. Hello, I'm an overthinker.

6.)  Jewelry -- yea or nay?
Necklace and earrings. But eventually I get ready to take those off.

7.)  Have you seen any of the live-action remakes of the classic Disney movies (MaleficentCinderellaAlice in WonderlandThe Jungle Book, etc.)?  If so, what are your thoughts on them?
I've seen Maleficent (meh, I don't like when famous actors/actresses dominate the movies plus scary AND boring, yes its possible), Beauty and the Beast (my expectations were very low by the time I saw it, I enjoyed it better than I thought I would, I mean it felt "Disney" in some way), Mirror Mirror (hilarious, not a serious adaptation), and Cinderella (ruined me for any other adaptation, nothing can top this).

8.)  Are you adept at cookery?
If I am paying attention.

9.)  Is there anybody you really wish would start a blog?  
I wish people wouldn't STOP blogging or change their direction to something narrow and commonplace. I wish anyone near my age would start classic bookish blogs and maker blogs. I feel like my blogosphere is shrinking, and I don't know how to find good blogs. I wonder if more people are turning to other social media like Instagram (sorry, not as interesting, inspiration, or thoughtful).

10.)  Do you know what your Myers-Briggs personality is?  If so, do share.
I've gotten ISTP most often, but also ISTJ and ISNP. None of them fit me closely at all. Bear in mind that this is NOT a scientific or serious test. The only sensible part is the I-E continuum, and I'm more of an ambivert. Myers-Briggs is only fun if it isn't taken as gospel.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

How to Deal with the News Links

Yes, I know the election is old news, but these are (mostly) general and timeless attitudes and responses.

A safe and hospitable home no matter the news and ways to cope with the news cycle and paying attention to news close to home

Ways to pray on election day

News consumption News is biased in so many ways. One major way is toward anger and fear and gloom and doom. That is not honest.

Opinions and beliefs are not the same thing

9 Sins the Church is Okay With All of these are quite tied to this posts title, believe me. Along with a dose of arrogance and self-righteousness

Kind over Epic

And Lord of Ring responses to the world and evil This is a serious article and quite good

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Code Name Verity and Insensitivity Regarding WWII

*Takes a deep breath before exploding*

Even though I consider Code Name Verity is a waste of reading time, I still appreciate the ability to juxtapose my impression of it next to All the Light We Cannot See and The Book Thief. Both novels use shadows and hints and impressions to create the fear and horror of the war without stooping to the inferior and disgusting method of graphically detailing the abominations for a sort of violence voyeurism. My understanding of all the novels is of course based in in my somewhat different knowledge of WWII. I still prefer The Book Thief. Characterization is FAAAAAR better in this novel. But All the Light We Cannot See is more accurate in reproducing the feeling of surreal horror without graphically painting all the horror.

Code Name Verity is a trivial, insensitive, shallow, silly WWII story. Such a stupid 10-year-old "girl power" story has no place in the gritty, horrifying history of WWII. But the worst of it was that the fantastic plot is INCREDIBLY disrespectful

I mentioned the disrespect to my sister, and I meant disrespect to the real heroes, the men and women who self-sacrificed to save others in what compared to this ludicrous book would seem a "hum drum" way. My sister thought I meant disrespect to victims. That is true too, for many of the same reasons and more. WWII is not some sort of freak show to watch. *

The author of the book apparently forgets how weak we are when we are merely hungry or frightened. How much more are we when terrified, starving, isolated, sleep-deprived, tortured, depressed, and injured all at once? In such a situation, basic efforts are a struggle. This novel exhibits an incredible level of ignorance of humanity, war, trauma, and history. And yet in this fantastic novel a pampered genius could originate a mind-boggling elaborate plot in code under all the deprivation and trauma. This ridiculously unreal ability devalues the work of the real people who went through real deprivation and real trauma.  

I don't think people really understand or take WWII seriously enough. I am not well-versed in it; I'm not a historical scholar (nor is anyone who does summary "research" for a "historical" novel). I took a lower level class but most of what I remembered was first-hand accounts of American soldiers. The textbook focused on war strategies and battles. I don't have a good grasp of what happened on the Continent to the civilians, to the prisoners, etc. I don't know Gestapo methods. I do know much more about the Eastern Front, the history of the horror there that led up to the war because of my graduate level Stalinism class. I know how Stalin and Hitler destroyed people between them. I know some nightmarish stories that are censured from popular history books. I don't appreciate the gung-ho American attitude. The greatest generation attitude. The mighty heroes. How about we understand the devastation first? War isn't so clear cut, especially on motivation. People, we weren't fighting to stop the Holocaust. And yes, people did know it was happening (and I'm skeptical about the lack of knowledge of what Stalin did too; I feel like we should've, could've seen through the sham tours and show trials). I'm reading a history of Israel now, and the Allies don't appear like such heroes. Antisemitism is an insidious sin.

*Hogan's Heroes could be legitimately criticized for disrespect too, but I think that something that purports to be serious is worse.

Monday, April 10, 2017

I'm Just Not a Social Media Person

I deleted my Instagram, again, this time really trying it (not all out like a professional but more than just having an account). I feel like that I need to enjoy whatever online or digital tool I use for its own sake. Social media that I don't find personally helpful and interesting are not worth merely using as a tool for blog promotion, at least right now. Any marketing that eventually came out of it isn’t worth the effort (I really dislike of selling and advertising).

The only big social media that I use are Pinterest and Blogger.

I love blogging. I love finding and reading blogs. I am inspired to knit more. I discover new (to me) books and movies to try. I find more natural beauty options I love the sewing and fashion inspiration. I just really feel that my little curated collection of blogs is so often truly, practically inspirational. Oh, sure I've wasted time on blogs that I don't benefit from, but overall, I think the blog world is worth my time. I think blogging myself is enjoyable, especially since I can schedule, and so I am planning to make more of an effort to grow it into possibly a bit of job.

Pinterest is another love of mine. I did get my account in the extremely early stages during which you had to be invited, but I didn't understand or use it much until it really sprang into life. Then I went crazy. I think that Pinterest is a great search engine and curating site even with the changes I dislike. The blog promotion is a nice side benefit.

Ravelry and Goodreads both have social media capabilities which I may at some point use (or use again), but right now I enjoy them for their main capabilities.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Other Movies I've Watched This Quarter

I’ve watched 5 new Hallmark movies: Love on Ice (eh), A Royal Winter (adorable), Birthday Wishes (hilarious), Love Blossoms (gorgeous setting and scenery and fun story with decent actors for Hallmark), and Campfire Kiss (absurd and with bad actors, even for Hallmark).

I've watched 7 more miscellaneous films and miniseries, which I organized by date.

Sword in the Stone, 1963

The Great Mouse Detective, 1986
This is Sherlock Holmes for mice which is a funny concept, but I thought the movie too sad and scary for an animated children’s film. Boring for adults.

Henry V, 1989
While I prefer the Hollow Crown version, I enjoyed this film. I like the play or at least the performance of it. I don’t enjoy every single minute, but the speech is thrilling, the fencing of words and challenges with the French is interesting, and the courtship charming. I love Henry’s stalwartness and dignity.

Howl’s Moving Castle, 2004
I need to re-read this book because I don’t remember much, and I think the filmmakers changed quite a bit. Also, I didn’t care for the anime; Howl is SO effeminate despite Christian Bale’s awesome voice.

Little Dorrit, 2008
I read the novel a couple of years ago, so I didn’t remember everything. And watching a creepy, disturbing story is different than reading it. Andy Serkis’ character is truly a psychopath, and I do think the filmmakers made some parts worse (although everything fit in with Dicken’s story) plus violence is worse when watched. I skipped some scenes and would skip more next time, so be warned.

The miniseries captures the story brilliantly. I thought the plot, most of the characters, and scenery excellent. Amy and Arthur are perfect. I loathed Matthew McFadyen as Mr. Darcy, but what little else I’ve seen of him, I’ve liked, and I LOVED him here; Arthur Clennam’s character is perfect for him (I had a eureka moment after pondering all this, and realized he would be the perfect Colonel Brandon).

Letters to Juliet, 2010

Austenland, 2013
Although this film is rift with objectionable aspects and has a super awkward heroine, I did enjoy it well. And I loved J.J. Fields (especially in modern clothes at the end).

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Classic Hollywood Movies I've Watched This Quarter

I've watched 8 classic Hollywood movies, most of them from my lists.

To Catch a Thief, 1955
A famous movie starring two famous actors. I think that its overrated. I found it interesting enough, and I laughed, but the humor isn’t particularly witty. The identity of the thief isn’t surprising (and I’m easily mislead or at least allow myself to be easily mislead), and I just didn’t find the mystery exciting or the romance strong.

The Thin Man, 1934
I wanted to watch this after this review highlighted the main couple. They are adorable as described. This mystery is more complex than the above movie because of all the characters and all the complex intrigue. The movie had some humor, but not tons or at least not my kind of humor. And I thought it quite dark and scary, especially near the end. However, I still would like to watch more of this series.

Laura, 1944
Dana Andrews plays the detective in this film, but with his looks, clothes, and worldly persona, he appears like a gangster. I liked that juxtaposition of “bad guy” feel on a good guy character. I enjoyed the film noir aspect of this film. But the dramatic, suspenseful music keyed my nerves so tight! The plot may seem absurdly convoluted and simple, but like I said, I’m easily fooled with mysteries, and I don’t think the plot is everything (or even the main thing).

Holiday Inn, 1942
I found the humor in this film to my taste; the sabotaging that goes on amongst the various characters is outrageous and hilarious. The dancing is excellent but of a different type than the grand numbers in White Christmas, but the music (except for the song I'm Dream of a White Christmas) is decidedly inferior. The plot is much inferior too. A younger Bing Crosby is nice to look at though.

Funny Face, 1957
Meh, and I’m not a Fred Astaire fan.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, 1939
Jimmy Stewart looks so sweet and often plays such sweet, honorable, naïve characters. I felt that his character in this film, Jefferson Smith, exhibits these qualities the highest I’ve seen yet. While the plot overall (not enough romance) isn’t really my thing, the naivete of Jefferson Smith and his endurance and sweetness added to the plot made the film enjoyable.

The Ox-Bow Incident, 1943
In comparison to Lonesome Dove, this Western seems almost saintly; it has a solid moral framework. It clearly indicates that vigilantism isn’t justice. However, I don’t believe that the guilty men murder the innocents in purely hot-blood mob mentality (as the film and DVD cover imply) because they have plenty of time to cool down and plenty of opportunities to listen and observe. It’s clearly murder, not manslaughter. I’m not sure that it is great to focus so solely on violence in movies.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pardon the Mess

I am going to try to switch my site to a WordPress hosted custom domain, and I have excellent timing. My sister is getting married in a little over two weeks, so this may take awhile and be messy. I will have plenty of posts up while I'm working on everything, and then the switch might be messy, but I will give warning I hope. The domain will be (that is why my blogger address has reverted back to

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Fiction I've Read This Year Thus Far (Quarter 1)

I haven’t re-read many books this year, so I’m just writing one fiction post. I read 8 new to me books and re-read 5 books.


Sense and Sensibility
Mansfield Park
Lady Susan
The first two Boxcar Children mysteries—Some childhood books stand up to rereading, some are better left to read to my children.

Rosemary Sutcliff Novels

Blood Feud—Blood “justice” is nothing more than vigilantism and revenge, and in this books is peculiarly horrible and sad. Despite the title, this isn’t the only main subject, and I don’t feel the title character is completely culpable. I felt that the writing quality and tone of this is more like more famous Sutcliff novels than the rest of the novels I read.

Bonnie Dundee—This is quite a different time than Sutcliff usually writes. I enjoyed it well-enough. The historical story is interesting, and I need to read (or re-read) Scott's poem of the same name.

Flame-colored Taffeta—This is tied to the same historical issue as the above, about a century later. I liked this better.

The Capricorn Bracelet—Tracing a family military bracelet through the centuries in a series of short stories. Interesting but less complex and interesting than the Eagle of the Ninth novels which do the same in more generations with Marcus’s father’s emerald ring.

Miscellaneous novels

Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens—Well, I found this interesting but extremely violent for a Dickens novel. At the end, I was afraid Barnaby wouldn’t be saved! I found some things at the end dissatisfying (the duel and Hugh’s story), and the annoying couple got precedence over the romantic couple.

Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster—I knew the plot from Dear Mr. Knightly (and so consequently felt ripped off by that book and lowered my rating, I’d had no idea how unoriginal it was). This book is worth millions of that pathetic version (I disliked the adaptation's ending—if you must destroy the ending to fit it into our selfish, distrustful, revengeful, unforgiving culture, maybe don’t write the the modernized version?). How I laughed my way through this charming book. By the time this posts, I will have started Dear Enemy too.

Saturdays at Sea by Jessica Day George—I think I skipped Fridays with Wizards by accident. Oops. This is cute, but this series is my least favorite of hers.

The Laughing Cavalier by Emmuska Orczy—This had some hilarious parts involving the title character, but I didn’t care for much else. I meant to read the sequel of this prequel duology to the Scarlet Pimpernel, but I stopped that half-way through because it had no humor and so much pomposity and such a convoluted, boring, prolonged plot.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Nonfiction I've Read This Year Thus Far (Quarter 1)

I’ve finished more nonfiction this quarter than I have read over several years, and I’ve read more nonfiction (including a book on my state history) than new fiction this year. I read too much popular nonfiction. Popular nonfiction is fine occasionally and selectively, but I think (believe) reading pop nonfiction on intellectual topics is irresponsible and intellectually lazy.

Here are 11 of the 12 (!) books of nonfiction I read this year. I'm disgustingly proud of myself.

Scholarly and Intellectual. Recommendations: I highly recommend all.

Liberty’s Refugee: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly by John D. Inazu—I believe it’s probably written for those more professionally and academically familiar with the U.S. judicial system; however, I think that we laymen should attempt to read scholarly works to better exercise our minds and to more fully understand our world.

The Intolerance of Tolerance by D. A. Carson—This work is essential to understand our time.

Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell—Extremely intellectual without burdening us with technical terms. We (including intellectuals) as a nation are incredibly ignorant of basic economics.

Artistic Nonfiction. Recommendations: first two, yes; Pioneer Girl, the preface.

Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl—Make sure you get the expanded version (it’s not the sequel I thought). Dahl is an excellent storyteller.

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff—A charming quick read that I didn’t realize was nonfiction until embarrassingly late.

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography by Laura Ingalls Wilder—This is the original manuscript for the Little House books (before Ingalls rearranged and fictionalized it), an explanatory preface, and tons of notes.

Popular Nonfiction. Recommendations: first two, yes; third, eh; last two, NO.

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines—This book is fun and interesting. Chip and Joanna and both of their families have amazing legacies of incredibly hard work and vision as well as amazing family love and loyalty.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance—This is a personal memoir, not an academic study, and does NOT explain the election. I DON’T recommend this AT ALL if you are mainly reading politically. 

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith—While reading I greatly enjoyed this and it inspired me to want to travel in South America. However, I later realized she probably greatly exaggerated and romanticized, at least in her personal story.

Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment by Brian Godawa—The secondary title is misleading. The first is as well. I could go on, but I’ll just say this got 1 star from me on Goodreads.

Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of A Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday—Interesting but simplistic, inconsistent, and reads like conspiracy theory.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Geography and Travel Links

Seterra. This is addictive. I want some blank maps, some games (I am almost certain playing "Where in the World" helped our geography), and this map to help me better my geography.

Life in Germany. I like looking up U.S. vs. some European culture blank. Most of them have attitude and possibly language or topic issues. So it was nice to hear from a kind, Christian raised American kid. And he is funny.

Sometimes all the places that one can visit is overwhelming. Here is UNESCO's lists and maps of World Heritage Sites.

And here is how to find U.S. National Parks (historic and natural), Battlefields, Trails, Monuments, Seashores etc. by state. I've been to these parks: Arches, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Mammoth Cave, Petrified Forrest and Painted Desert, and Zion.

Other national sites I've visited or seen: Alcatraz (boat ride, but we didn't actually visit island); Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial (it was being redone, so it was empty), Blue Ridge Parkway; Colonial (Jamestown, we didn't see Yorktown); Mohave Desert (we drove through and had to turn our air conditioning off and ride with our windows open per the signs); Petroglyph National Monument; Point Reyes National Seashore, and several National Memorials and Monuments in D.C.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Top Ten Books I Have Read or Could Read in a Day

I'm linking up with the Broke and the Bookish for Top Ten Tuesdays . . . a day late, but who cares.

Some books probably shouldn't be read in a day by a slow reader who probably needs to take a break and do some work or school or chores, but you know, I get sucked in and have to stay up into the wee hours to finish. For fast readers all of these could be daytime books, I think. A lot of these are going to be fairytales or fantasy and middle grade, those are often fast reads. Keep in mind that I'm guessing and thinking in terms of a Saturday or day off unless you are Speedy Gonzales.

I'm trying to keep this to not as well known books (I'm I think I could read some Harry Potter and Narnian books in a day, but that is boring on a list).  Also, I'm grouping books together so as to get a good representation and not leave out any of a series. The first five are the fantasy and fairy books.

1. The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye. A truly easy fast read and SUCH an adorable princess story.

2. Entwined by Heather Dixon. The twelve dancing princesses is my favorite fairytale and this is my favorite retelling. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George is fun too.

3. The Faery Rebels trilogy and Swift and Nomad duology by R.J. Anderson. I think I stayed up for both of the latter two. Faeries in modern times.

4. A Snicker of Magic and A Key to Extraordinary (the latter is my favorite). Magic in the New World in the most appropriate place, Appalachia. I love it. A lot of the folksy culture of the folksy places in the Old World settled here.

5. 100 Cupboard trilogy by N. D. Wilson. Narnia-esque. Give this trilogy time to build, don't stop at the first one.

6. A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery. This is one of her stand alone novels. And it has a bit different storyline. Its HILARIOUS.

7. The Eagle of the Ninth series by Rosemary Sutcliff (The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, Frontier Wolf, The Lantern Bearers, Dawn Wind, Sword Song, The Shield Ring. I don't count the Authurian novel crossover, for adults, because of content issues and the plot is more Arthurian). I love Sutcliff's historical fiction. Its hard to pick a favorite in this series. And by series, I mean each character in succeeding books is a descendent of the earlier book. Each can be read alone.

8. Jip by Katherine Patterson. I've enjoyed most of the novels of hers I've read because of the writing style, but this one is less well-known I think, and rather unique in plot. Try not to read any review or anything on the back or cover, so as to get the full effect.

9. The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall. Any of these I think are pretty fast reads. I prefer the last three. I love the everyday coziness and the accurate looks into the hilarious (to adults) reasoning of children.

10. The Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers. I love the writing and characterization in these mysteries. The drama doesn't so much come from the mystery plots so much as the characters and subplots (particularly when Harriet Vane makes her appearance). If you like you mysteries to be more novel like and less fantastically superficial (Agatha Christie, cough), you will like these.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Minimalism Aesthetic

I can appreciate some aspects of the minimalism trend such a less stuff and higher quality. None of this is of course new, but sometimes it takes outside help to motivate. One aspect of the trend I dislike, and its NOT an essential aspect, but one of taste. I don't like minimalism in decorating; modern, white, austere, neutral, cold. I need interest, softness, color, elegance, warmth.

I like houses like shown on this blog. We have friends with an artsy house aesthetic also. I like this, but when I think of maintaining it! Its not my style, and I would need fewer knick-knacks, but its far more my style than the minimalist look. I'm a crafter too, that is part of why I'm not a minimalist overall.

Similarly, I'm not a minimalist in style; I understand the need for fewer clothes, and I can do that. But I am not interested in the limited colors of a capsule wardrobe. I would rather have fewer outfits with more colors.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Minimalism with the Internet and Technology and Links

One of my goals for this year is to simplify, and one of the areas that I want to simplify is my usage of the Internet and Technology.

I'd like to cut down on my Internet time and to use the time that I'm on more productively. I want to go back to having only a few Internet/tech days a week; I also ought to limit the time on those days also. Here is a list of items to help with electronic streamlining.

In order to help improve my Internet time I want to focus my time and streamline my usage. I've started an Internet list in my bullet journal of all the things I want to do with my Internet time (I've tried this before; I need to use the list) because I frequently get on and forget all the things that I wanted to research or do.

Another thing that I've done for a while is write up a ton of posts and scheduled them. I don't weary myself of blogging this way and can accumulate content and ideas during the scheduled period.

I cannot justify any typical purely Social Media sites; I just don't have an interest or need. Here is an article suggesting we quit Social Media. But I do need to be more efficient with the sites I do use and enjoy; my three big Internet places are Gmail, Pinterest, and Blogger.

Here are some ways to help clean up your online presence. I've signed up for FAAAAAR to many business and blog subscriptions.

With Pinterest and bookmarks, I need to make sure that I don't overwhelm myself, that I can easily find and use saved ideas, that I will use them, and that I delete what I know longer need (for bookmarks at least, maybe some Pins although it is easier to simply Pin better).

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR List

I am linking up with the Broke and the Bookish for a top ten Tuesday. I'm going to pick nonfiction and heavy or long fiction on my shelves or waiting for me at the library to try to jump start some motivation. Five of these I've had from the library at least once already. I tend to read all my easy stuff first and drag my feet on the more intellectual or at least longer works. I tend to have something easy and something hard going at the same time for balance.

1. Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference by John D. Inazu (I started this earlier this year but could not renew; it is smallish and not as academic, still intellectual, as his book on the freedom of assembly which I also recommend.)

2. Novus Ordo Seclorum: The Intellectual Origins of the Constitution by Forrest McDonald

3. Slave Counterpoint: Black Culture in the Eighteenth-century Chesapeake and Lowcountry by Philip D. Morgan (This is part of my self-made American history course.)

4. Israel: A History by Martin Gilbert

5. A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani (I'm proud of myself; I pulled this off the shelf while browsing instead of relying on my meticulously accumulated list. I found another in the same area which I want to read as a supplement also.)

6. The Brothers Karamazov

7. Dombey and Son

8. The Old Curiosity Shop

9. Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough (I pulled this off the shelf too, a special display, but . . . a biography, cringe. I'm NOT a biography person for a variety of reasons, but one every no and again shouldn't kill me or my brain.)

10. Something by C.S. Lewis (I have a collection of C.S. Lewis works staring me down. The titles I'm interested in are Mere Christianity, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, A Grief Observed, and The Abolition of Man. I've started Mere Christianity before. I think I might just aim for ONE of this list and see where that takes me. I'm not into philosophical "reasoning"; I prefer logic, cause and effect, critical thinking, facts. As far as theology, it better be in the Bible, I've no interest in speculation. I could be reading history or economics for study. I put down Chesterton, he has great quotes and great points, but I thought a lot of what he had to say meandering, romantic, illogical nonsense. Make your point and support it or have done. If I get that from Lewis, see ya.)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Natural Bath and Body Products

As with make-up (or anything really), I'm not brand loyal. I like to try new products even if I'm not dissatisfied. I'm pretty happy with Just Natural Skincare and Green Tidings, but I like trying new either for cost or luxury or simply variety. Some items, of course, I need to replace with more natural products. I'm also too addicted to Amazon; I need to branch out more, I want to get some items from Thrive Market.

Face and Hair
I get hair treatments, shampoo and conditioner, and body wash (I use it for my face also since I get the kids version as its probably more gentle) here. I'd like to try Klurskin products for my face.  I have Yarok mousse and spray (I don't use much but need to have on hand . . . wait, I could be scrunching my short hair with mousse). I scrub my face every so often with baking soda.

I've been using this deodorant for awhile, but I'd like to try some from this shop. I need to use up my ground apricot kernel that I use as a scrub; I also use olive oil and brown sugar for a scrub, and I'd like to buy a natural salt scrub. I have various not super green lotions and lip balms (EOS mostly) and use Kiss My Face for shave gel. I need to get back into using natural soaps also. I also want to try organic or natural cotton pads and liners, cotton balls, and q-tips.

Teeth and Mouth
I've been using conventional toothpaste for budget reasons, but most often lately I've used this toothpaste and this mouthwash. My flossing habits are almost non-existent but I do have plenty of this floss plus whatever I get from the dentist. I'd like to start using bamboo toothbrushes once I use up all my conventional ones.


I'm a little too lax in skincare; I need to actually regularly use my masks, lotions, and scrubs. In addition to improving my diet (if I cannot do that not much else will matter), I want to be more proactive with my skin care. I want to follow the ten rules of Korean skincare from The Little Book of Skincare. I'd also like to get facials every once in awhile. I'd love to try some natural beauty boxes. I think I'm going to institute spa days on my winter bucket list (I'm scheduling this post per my usual routine). Here are some recipes that I'd like to try plus a whole list to choose from if you are more seriously into DIY.

Rose and Coconut Lip Scrub

Coconut and Sugar Manicure

Humblebee and Me's Recipe Index

Sugar Scrub Cubs One and Two

And yes, I can be a bit granola. But you know, balance people.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

My Classics Club Spin Book Is . . .

The Classics Club spin number for this spin is 12 so my book is Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell. Phooey. This is not one I particularly wanted to read nor do I think it particularly important to read. I was 22 when I first started this list; I've learned to be a bit more realistic and mature about deciding on books to read and about finishing books. I still want to finish my list though, and I am going to try to do this spin.

Beauty and the Beast Week Kick-Off Tag

I'm participating in Meredith's Beauty and the Beast week. At least, I'm going to do that tag and read a bunch of posts. 

1.When did you first experience Beauty and the Beast?
As a child I watched the Disney princess movie and read our large blue Disney Classics book (Mom just got this again for my sister who remembered adoring it as a child). I cannot remember how young I was, but this was one of the Disney princess movies I watched most (along with Pocahontas and Cinderella).

2. In what forms(book, movie, retelling) have you experienced Beauty and the Beast?
Beauty by Robin McKinley, Beastly and the Disney animated movie.

3. Who is your favorite character in Beauty and the  Beast?
In the animated movie, probably Gaston. He is hilarious. Lumiere and Cogsworth are fun too. Um, the couple? Well, the Beast is disturbing and underdeveloped (yes, I know it is a Disney movie . . . but Flynn he's ruined me for anyone less) and Belle is annoying.

In the book (Beauty), every character is lovely (Beauty has an interesting family). Beauty is a much more worthy heroine, but I still wish the Beast was a little bit more developed. However, in the book he comes off as mysterious which is good.

4. What is your favorite song from the cartoon Beauty and the Beast?
I prefer the tracks "Prologue" and "Transformation" to the singing.

5. If you were turned into a piece of furniture what you want it to be?
A side table in an abandoned room where I could be left alone until all was well.

6. What would your dream cast for Beauty and the Beast be? (This can be as elaborate or simple as you desire.) I just cannot pull anyone together quickly; I don't know enough about enough actors and actresses to do this easily.

7. If your school were performing BatB which character would you want to play?
Belle could be fun or perhaps an enchanted maid. Most preferably, someone in the audience. I'm not a theater kid nor EVER wanted to be.

8. Like Belle, do you enjoy reading books multiple times?
Yeees. But I need to be careful. Since adulthood, if I read books (or watch movies) too many times and too close together, I sicken of them.

9. If you were to write a retelling, what would you change?
Develop the Beast's character a bit more, give more detail to his back story, give more detail to the love story after the transformation.

10. Are roses your favorite flower? 
One of my favorites. Not so much store roses as homegrown ones, though. We had at least six in our yard as a child. Not those Knock Out roses that fall to pieces the minute you touch them.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Minimalism, Hoarding, and Excess

I'm not naturally a minimalist but the concept of controlling excess is not novel although minimalism has made it trendy. The concept was partially practiced in our family. My mom tried to keep our toys in control, we weren't given allowances, we usually only shopped for clothes seasonally on an as needed basis. I had clothes as a 20 year old that my parents bought me as a young teenager. But we also were sentimental and as homeschoolers, we had a lot of books even though we used the library regularly.

As as teenager and young adult, I had a problem keeping my room clean; to the point my mom would occasionally point out that it was a fire hazard. I would systematically reorganize and rearrange my room, but it was physically and emotionally exhausting, and I hardly got rid of anything and kept buying more, and so of course I could not keep it neat. Over the last year or so, every time I've reorganized this I've gotten rid of stuff. I also not been able to buy as much.

Minimalism and hoarding are parts of an continuum (I'm a little obsessed with continuums, especially since people construct false dichotomies with issues that are actually on continuums). Hoarding is at one extreme and asceticism at the other. I dislike extremes in grey areas (its a GREY area for crying out loud). Find what works for you and cut everything else out. I have a lot of things I want to minimize both physical and electronic.

I want to track my spending this year like I read about here although I'm not going to institute any ban. My major areas of stuff are arts and crafts, clothing, books, "for the future" and decor, and beauty. I need to constantly monitor everything because although I've cut down considerably, I need to always comb through to make certain everything is still relevant to my wants and needs, to ensure I'm using up perishables and art and craft supplies or throwing away broken or worn items, and to make sure I'm not rebuilding my hoard.

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017 Reading Challenges and Classics Club Spin 15

I updated my reading challenges page (adding way too many challenges, but hey, lets have fun), and I also decided to participate a bit more in the Classics Club while I finish up. Perhaps I may do participate with another list after all. A more reasonable list . . . with more reviewable books. Anyway, I'm going to participate in the current spin

1. A Portrait of A Lady
2. Brothers Karamazov
3. Coriolanus 
4. Cymbelline
5. Dombey and Sons
6. Grapes of Wrath
7. King John
8. Le Morte d’Arthur
9. Macbeth
10. Mere Christianity
11. Mill on the Floss
12. Ruth
13. Sylvia’s Lovers
14. The Bostonians
15. The Crucible
16. The Four Loves
17.The Great Divorce
18. The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
19. The Mystery of Edwin Drood
20. The Old Curiosity Shop

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Extrovert, Introvert, Ambivert . . . Personality Tests and Research Are SO Much Fun

I love all sorts of personality/character tests . . . from Harry Potter House Placement (Ravenclaw through and through, peoples) to the scientifically questionable MBTI knockoffs to the Big Five test.

Generally, on the free Meyers Briggs tests I get the same answers, but the percentages change (I have taken some a couple times). Also, some the descriptions don't match well. I know of the problems with Meyers Briggs and agree (particularly the thinking or feeling issue), but I still find it fun, particularly when so many people assign the types to book and movie characters. I am seriously considering taking some paid tests, including the MBTI.

I recently learned about Ambiverts. Duh, people. A lot of the descriptions of introverts and extroverts are pretty extreme. And people in the middle are not all similar either; there are those who are steady and balanced in their middle characteristics, and then there are those who swing from side to side and their characteristics "average" out in the middle.

Take a quick test on the Quiet Revolution. And if you are introverted, what kind of introvert are you? Recognizing Meyers Briggs personality types in real life.

Kindred Grace has posted tons of articles and links about personality types and various tests. Here is the link to their resource lists.

The Enneagram Institute has a free, shorter form of the enneagram test on their website here (homepage).

Here is the link to a long Big Five personality test.

Also, this is kind of hilarious point of view (a lot of the personality types act like everyone is sweet and sensitive). Speaking of sensitive narcissists, have you seen this hilarious Emo Kylo Ren twitter? I discovered it from this blog post.

And this is not personality, but after reading Ultraviolet, I found synesthesia interesting, especially as I noted that this sensory disorder/superpower explains certain ways L.M. Montgomery described concepts in her novels. Unfortunately, I am not remotely synesthetic (is that a word; it needs to be for explanatory purposes), but I find it interesting to hear about anyway. So, here are some tests of the different types of synesthesia.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Beauty and Style Books, Part Two: Style and Ethical Fashion


For style I own: Color Me Beautiful and Good Girls Don't Have to Dress Bad. By the time of this posting, I may have gotten rid of the latter as I've outgrown it. I rely on Inside Out Style Blog and Pinterest nowawadays and wish she had a print book.

I greatly enjoyed Lessons from Madame Chic (its not only on style). I liked this presentation of minimalism. When I see it presented on the internet, the styles are extremely trendy and not my style and the colors austere. I want to get this and the other Madame Chic books on poise and home from the library along with this style book: The Curated Closet.

Ethical Fashion and Minimalism

Overdressed. I got this from the library before but didn't put much effort into reading it. I don't think I need to read all of these beauty books word for word.

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster

Material Girls

Wear No Evil

Fix Your Clothes 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Beauty and Style Books, Part One: Cosmetics and Green Beauty

Natural Beauty and DIY

I own: The Green Beauty Guide
. This was like the a natural beauty bible for me. I would like to a least look at Green Beauty Recipes.

I love Humblebee and Me and so would be willing to purchase Make It Up: The Essential Guide to DIY Makeup and Skin Care without reading it first. These others I would borrow and read.

Do-It-Yourself Herbal Medicine: Home-Crafted Remedies for Health and Beauty

101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health and Home


For make up I own: Color Me Beautiful Make-up Guide. Again, I'm not sure that this will make the cut. It has more colors listed, but very small and I turn to the original far more often. I previously had a book by one of the make-up artists from what not to wear. I'm not sure I would buy a book for make-up, but I have several I plan to get from the library or request via interlibrary loan.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro

Making Faces

Jemma Kidd Make-Up Master Class

The Little Book of Skincare

Makeup Is Art: Professional Techniques for Creating Original Looks

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Four of My Favorite Literary Love Scenes

I think singles can enjoy Valentine's Day. I dislike the sour SAD and accompanying attitudes. Don't be a spoil sport. Anticipating future romance and reveling in romantic stories and eating chocolate are all quite enjoyable ways to enjoy Valentine's Day.

I've been wanting to do this post for awhile. I reread 3 of these books last year and by the time this posts will have reread Persuasion again.

For Intensely Romantic

North and South
"Mr. Thornton did not speak, and she went on looking for some paper  . . . While she sought this paper, her very heart-pulse was arrested by the tone in which Mr. Thornton spoke. His voice was hoarse, and trembling with tender passion, as he said:

'Margaret!' "
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, page 426.

You can literally feel the intensity in this scene as you read it. The pauses, the unspoken meaning, the implied and described touches. Who could withstand Mr. Thornton's oh, so tender appeal?!

"Again, stepping nearer, he besought her with another tremulous eager call upon her name.

'Margaret!' "
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell, page 426.


"I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you my such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope . . .

I have love none but you . . .

You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone I think and plan."
Persuasion by Jane Austen, page 1223

This letter!!! The juxtaposition of this intense letter with strong language against the overall controlled and formal background of the novel makes the emotion that much more intense and sincere. Usually strong language is overused and abused to the point of insincerity and weakening of meaning, but here, it is perfect.

For Sweetness and Humor

Little Women: Meg and John Brooke
"His tone was properly beseeching; but stealing a shy look at him, Meg saw that his eyes were merry as well as tender, and that he wore the satisfied smile of one who had no doubt of his success."
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, page 248.

The blundering, the perfect timing of awkward arrivals, the inconsistencies of Meg, the sarcastic descriptions. I laugh every time. The originally haughty female who submits quite humbly to loving "her John" and his triumph after pain reminds me of North and South though of course at a much more trifling level and with hilarity and less tenderness.

"Meg stopped there, remembering, all of a sudden, that she hadn't made up her mind; that she had told "her John" to go away, and that he might be overhearing her inconsistent remarks."
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, page 251.


Old-Fashioned Girl
"Polly looked up to thank him, but never did, for there was something deeper than gratitude in the honest blue eyes, that could not hide the truth entirely. Tom saw it, flushed all over his brown face, and dropping the rubbers with a crash, took her hands, saying, in his old impetuous way—

'Polly, I want to tell you something!' "
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, page 298

No silly reserve, no formality, no dignity yet no absurdity just bluntness and hilarity and sweetness from jolly Tom. Why are characters named Tom in books and sometimes movies and TV so hilarious?

" 'That I was in love? Well, I am, but not with her.'

'Oh!' and Polly caught her breath as if a dash of cold water had fallen on her, for the more earnest Tom grew, the blunter he became.' "
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, page 299


Copies Used
An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. Random House Value Publishing. 1995.
The Complete Novels by Jane Austen. Penguin Books. 2006.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. Wordsworth Editions Limited. 1994.
Little Women and Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. Anness Publishing Limited. 1995.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hamlette's I Love Austen Week Tag

Here is the link to the tag.

1.  Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?
The 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries. Mom then borrowed the book from the library. I think I watched most of the classic versions (the Mark Strong and Kate Beckinsale Emma is the classic one to me) before reading the novels.

2.  What is your favorite Austen book?

Well, I'm in the middle of re-reading all of them. I have a hard time picking one favorite. I think that Persuasion, Mansfield Park (I know lots of people don't like this one, but I just started re-reading it and I just like something about the style and situation and I just like Edmund), and Pride and Prejudice are my favorites (?).

3.  Favorite heroine?  Why do you like her best?

Apparently all the ones that aren't remotely like me. Fanny, Anne, and Elinor, oh and Jane. They are sweet and good without being self-righteous. My least favorite is Emma because she is so conceited and dishonest and insincere.

4.  Favorite hero?  Why do you like him best?

Wow, this is HARD. Right now, Edmund Bertram. I don't know, I just like Edmund. The way he always looks out for Fanny. In real life I would probably like Henry Tilney best because he is so funny. Or maybe Mr. Knightley. I feel like the film versions have really affected my opinion or understanding of Mr. Knightley unduly. But none of the characters are super developed.

5.  Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Austen's work?

Pride and Prejudice is the most accurate. But the 2009 version of Emma is just so funny (although the one I call "my" version is Mark Strong and Kate Beckinsale, its waay too short though). And we enjoy the 2008 Sense and Sensibility . . . well Dan Stevens as Edward. And my sisters and I love to swoon over Rupert Penry-Jones in the 2008 Persuasion but that version overall has some extremely awkward moments and film techniques (although I love how they blended the two endings).

6.  Have your Austen tastes changed over the years?  (Did you start out liking one story best, but now like another better?  Did you think she was boring at first, then changed your mind?  Etc.)

I don't adore them like I used too. I prefer greater depth of story and character. Also, characters irritate me more on second and third readings (i.e. Emma and Lizzie and Marianne).

7.  Do you have any cool Austen-themed things (mugs, t-shirts, etc)?  (Feel free to share photos if you want.)
I have the really pretty Barnes and Noble hard back collection of the novels. I would love to buy jewelry with Captain Wentworth's proposal.

8.  If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?

What is the rest of the story of Sandition!!!!!!!! And please finish it. Why do I get the feeling that it would have been one of her best novels with an especially charming hero?

9.  Imagine someone is making a new film of any Jane Austen story you choose, and you get to cast the leads.  What story do you want filmed, and who would you choose to act in it?

I was just watching Little Dorrit. I love Matthew McFadyen in that and in MI-5, but I HATE him in '05 Pride and Prejudice, and I guess it is because he is so WRONG for the role (nothing fits with anything in that movies although it is good for laughs). I was trying to fit him to a JA role and realized how perfect he would be as Colonel Brandon. And I do mean perfect. The sweetness and patience of his face and manner (oh, how I love him as Arthur Clennam).

 I hate all the Colonel Brandon's. One of my sisters pointed out that Mr. Knightly is often younger or pleasant and he is a year or two older than Colonel Brandon. The films always make Colonel Brandon ancient and creepy. Why? I think that is part of why I cannot warm to him in the books although I adore Arthur Clennam who I think is similar of temperament and situation (everyone abuses him and he is sweet and patience and good).

I don't know enough actors of any one set or generation to do a very good job at casting a movie, certainly not quickly. 

10.  Share up to five favorite Jane Austen quotations!

Too hard and involved.

Mr. Knightley's arguments and rebukes of Emma offer some excellent moments.

Captain Wentworth is definitely the most romantic. Nothing can outdo that letter.

Mr. Bennet and Mr. Tilney's sarcasm is humorous.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Local Art Festival Haul

I cannot remember if I posted these or not. I couldn't find a post in my quick survey. I attended the art festival for the 3rd time with my grandparents, 4th time total. And my do I love that. I bought my mom soap and myself a lotion stick. My grandparents bought a slate to hang outside and a gorgeously worked wood tray.

Isn't this cake stand darling? Or for a cheese ball (I'm obsessed with those). I bought my sisters' Christmas gifts from this shop, and there was a vase I wanted but it was too expensive for me then (the shop owner said I could request it on Etsy).

Mom suggested that if I use the stand for a cheese ball this could be for the crackers (pardon the blur).

My favorite jewelry shop was there again!!!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Creative Endeavors Besides Knitting

A couple months ago I made a few items (a hand embroidered table cloth and a necklace) to send in a birthday package my mom was preparing for a family friend. I had recently been purging and organizing craft supplies, and I also finished another project, my reticule from a class at a Jane Austen festival like 5 years ago, but I will probably figure out some way to rework it into something else, a quilt maybe because I would not use the reticule (or maybe I could offer it in a giveaway for another blogger's regency blog event although I haven't seen any for a while).

More recently I completed these pages from my art journal. I kept putting off the painting, so I ended up doing a stylized type painting and I'm pretty happy with it. I got a watercolor paper journal, so I could use a variety of mediums without worrying about bleeding. And the ring binder allows for adding thickness. I know this is juvenile; I want to improve my efforts, but I need to start and not procrastinate until I've attained perfection (lol).

I bought clothes pins a couple months ago and then in a crafting mood made these.