October 23, 2014

Lately


Listening to - The Fantastic Mr. Fox soundtrack, "For Emma" and "Skinny Love" by Bon Iver, and "San Francisco" by Foxygen 


Enjoying - Writing again! I have been meaning to get back to writing for a number of years, but have been so uninspired. I have a difficult time conjuring up ideas, but I recently went to a writing workshop at a library and was so inspired. There were plenty of gems and secrets about writing to learn; I can't stop referring back to the notes I took. As some of you may know, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming up in November. I wanted to do it last year, but never did, so I'm hoping that this year I will be more successful. Hopefully I will decided on an idea by next week. Have any of you ever done NaNoWriMo? What was the hardest part? I'm worried about juggling school and writing, but I can always do with a good time-management test.

Reading - The Book Thief, just finishing The Maze Runner series, and about to start the Harry Potter series

Loving - Early mornings. I woke up to the sound of pouring rain and a soft glow on my wall of a porch light across the street. It was six o' clock, and perfectly dark and silent (aside from the rain). I usually wake up at seven, but I loved the early morning so much that here I am again, writing a blog post at six am. Mornings are very wonderful things.

What have all of my wonderful readers been up to while I've taken an unplanned blog break? I moved houses and have been doing piles of homework. I forgot how exciting moving is - and how difficult unpacking can be. Can I confide in you to keep a secret? I'm still not completely unpacked...shh!

Halloween is coming up very soon - if you dress up, what are you planning for your costume? I had originally planned to be Felicity Fox from Fantastic Mr. Fox, but I couldn't find a dress anywhere or the right color of fur for a mask. So I am currently deciding between Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service and Suzy's raven costume from Moonrise Kingdom.

I hope that you all have a wonderful week and enjoy this most splendid season!

September 11, 2014

Unsung Blessings

This world is really such a beautiful place; it's hard to recognize all of the lovely little details because there are just so many of them! Although, you may be able to acknowledge a handful of them if you take the time. Below I've listed a few 'unsung blessings' that never fail to delight me.

the scent of books
a murder of crows flying beneath an overcast sky
cobblestone streets
weeping willows, supremely when accompanied by a tree fort
woolly berets
the hush that snow brings
the sensation of tea warming my body
soft, weathered book spines
fancy brass door knockers
the graceful twirl of ballerinas
classical piano music
ornate spiraling staircases
sunlight illuminating dust as it drifts through the air
birch tree forests
vintage flowery wallpaper
wrought iron beds
the sound of rain from beneath an umbrella
the clickity-clack of a typewriter
old houses with plenty of windows
the skeletons of trees in winter
the view from rooftops
ivy veiled walls and houses
passersby who say 'hello' rather than 'hi'
the individualized and memorable fragrance that accompanies each season
dressing up just to feel fancy
dried flowers, memories of springs past
old photographs, and the curiosity that they evoke
writing in cursive
discussing the mystifying immensity of God and all of Creation
ancient gnarly trees
kitten's paws
when the moon is full
cotton candy clouds at sunset

Oh, so lovely! What are some little details that you admire?

Inspired by the wonderful Bridget from Deer Circus.

September 9, 2014

Before It's Too Late

"Here is a small fact: you are going to die." - The Book Thief

Sorry if that came as a shock to you, but it's an important thing to know. You are not invincible. Your life on this earth isn't endless. You may live well into your nineties and see your great grand children grow up, but there are no guarantees. It could all end tomorrow. Or today. There is no way to know.

And yet, we spend (more likely, waste) our time like it is unending. 
 
'Eh, I'll write that novel next month.'
'I'm just too tired, I'll do it later.'
'Not right now, later.'

What if all of those later's turn into never's?

Our time on earth is a precious gift from God; He doesn't want us to waste it. We only get to live here once.

So go do what you've been putting off, don't wait until tomorrow.
 Your future self will thank you.