Monday, June 26, 2017

Everything I Love to Do Outdoors

I love the outdoors and all that it has to offer. When the weather is good (or bearable if it's winter), I try to go outside and do something at some point during the day.

I love:
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Reading
  • Eating
  • Bike riding
  • Roller blading
  • Relaxing in the yard
  • Photograph nature (the animals, the plant life, all that goes on)
  • Picnics
  • Outdoor concerts
  • Outdoor festivals
  • Shopping
**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the iddea for this post!!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Things I Want to Make

I have a list of things I really want to learn how to make, and I hope to be able to start as soon as possible.

The things I want to make are:
  • Sweaters (starting with one for my dad, as he asked if I could make one for him sometime)
  • Gloves
  • Pillows
  • Pillowcases
  • Tops
  • Pants
  • Dresses
  • Purses (I have one that is almost done, that is knitted; I just need to sew on the handle and inner lining)
  • Hats
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Earrings
  • Anklets
  • Macarons
  • Scarves
  • Beach bags
  • Market bags
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Cakes/cupcakes/cookies for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, etc.
  • Sugar/buttercream/fondant/other mediums of flowers
  • Figures made out of gum paste, modeling chocolate, or other food mediums
  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Scrapbooks or photo albums with all of my pictures in them
  • YouTube videos
  • Other baked desserts

Friday, June 16, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Worth

I am linking up with Kate Motaung for this week's Five Minute Friday.

This week's FMF is: Worth

Why is it so hard to see the worth in others?
The worth in ourselves?

Everyone was put on this earth for a reason.
Each life is worthy of living, no matter how long or short;
No matter whose life it is.

Our worth is not measured by the opinions of others.
Nor by the amount of things we have;
Not the grades we get in school;
The jobs we have or the amount of money we make.

Our worth is all the same because of Him.
No one is more or less worthy than anyone else;
No one should be made to feel like less.

Many people have been made to feel like
They are bad people,
That they don't measure up to
What society says is beautiful.
Worthy.

Just for being who they are.
Just for being different.
Just for being human.

But different is beautiful, and they deserve a life worth living.
Each and every life is worthy of the One who created it.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Favorite Places I've Been

I haven't been to too many places, but I do have a few favorite places out of the ones I have been to. I love to travel, and I hope to be able to go to more cities/towns/etc. in the future, that I can call my favorties one day.

  • Paw Paw, Michigan
  • San Francisco, California
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Billings, Montana
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
It's a short list, and I feel bad for it being so short, but I do love these spots. Hopefully I can add lots more to this list in the futures.

**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea of this post!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

My Dream Trips

There are a lot of places I dream of going to someday. I couldn't choose just a few for this list, as there are lots of places I really, really, really want to visit (I have other posts on here that you can check out as well, of places I would like to visit: HERE, HERE, and HERE.), but here are my top dream trips.

  • Italy
    Rome
    Colosseum
    St. Peter's Basilica
    Sistine Chapel
    Trevi Fountain
    Milan
    Santa Maria Delle Grazie (The Last Supper Mural)
    Naples
    Venice
    Vatican City
    Tuscany
    Florence
    Verona
    Pompeii
    Pisa
    Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • England
    London Bridge
    Big Ben
  • Amsterdam
  • Berlin
  • Warsaw
  • Disney Land
  • Disney World
  • New York City
    Statue of Liberty
    One World Trade Center
    9/11 World Trade Center Memorial
  • Manhattan
  • Boston
  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • Hawaii
  • Pear Harbor
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland
    Dublin
    Limmerick
  • Mount Rushmore
  • France
    Paris
    Louvre
    Eiffel Tower
  • Cairo, Egypt
    Luxor Temple
  • Giza
    Great Pyramid of Giza
    Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Jamaica
    Kingston
  • Australia
    Sydney
    Sydney Opera House
    Tasmania
  • Spain
    Madrid
    Barcelona
  • Russia
    Kremlin
    Moscow
  • Brazil
    Rio de Janeiro
  • Argentina
  • Jerusalem
  • Austria
    Vienna
  • Haiti
    Port-au-Prince
  • Israel
  • Peru
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Greece
    Santorini
    Athens
    Acroplis
    Parthenon
  • Niagra Falls
  • Grand Canyon
  • Taj mahal
  • Stonehenge
  • China
    Beijing
    Yungang Grottoes
    Longmen Grottoes
    Hani Terraces
    Leshan Giant Buddha
    Forbidden City
    Temple of Heaven
    Shanghai
    Terracotta Warriors
    Shilin Stone Forest
    Lijiang Old Town
    Mogao Caves
    Great Wall of China
  • Japan
    Tokyo
    Hiroshima
    Kyoto
    Okinawa
    Osaka
    Golden Pavilion Temple
    Mount Fuji
  • Pennsylvania
    Liberty Bell
  • Alabama
    The Selma Bridge
  • Missouri
    Gateway Arch
  • Kennedy Space Center (Florida)
  • The Alamo (Texas)
  • Crater Lake (Oregon)
  • Chimney Rock (Nebraska)
  • Space Needle (Washington)
  • Old Faithful (Wyoming)
  • Salt Lake Temple (Utah)
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Florida)
  • Louisiana
    New Orleans
    Baton Rouge
  • Wales
There are many, many, many more places I would love to visit, but these are my top ones. I know this is a lot, but I love to travel, and want to visit as many places as I can, as many different cultures as I can.

**Thanks to Sarah Jo Burch for the idea for this post!!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Things That Make Me Feel Healthy (Mind, Body, and Soul)

I recently found a blog called Paper-Bark Burch (run by Sarah Jo Burch), and fell in love with it. She posts about her knitting, lists, her life, her faith, and more.

She has done a 52 Lists Project, and that has inspired me to write my own posts on a few of the things from the project.

The first one I will do is Things That Make Me Feel Healthy (Mind, Body, and Soul).
  • Yoga
  • Reading
  • Sudoku
  • Crossword puzzles
  • Knitting
  • Nature
  • Quiet time every day
  • Exploring the town
  • Writing (journaling, blogging, etc.)
  • Napping (yes, napping. It's one of my favorite things to do for myself)
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Trying to learn foreign languages
  • Volunteering
  • Cuddling with my cats
  • Walking
  • Inspiring/motivating quotes

Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Favorites of Summer

Since I did a post on my favorites of spring (which you can read HERE if you haven't already), I decided to make on for summer now.

Here are my summer favorites
  1. Swimming at the pool
  2. Road trips
  3. Trips to the Farmer's Market
  4. BBQs
  5. Fireworks for the 4th of July
  6. Warm weather
  7. Bike riding
  8. Lemonade
  9. Shorts and t-shirts/tank tops
  10. Going barefoot
  11. Lazy days
  12. Ice cream
  13. Local summer festivals
  14. Local summer concerts
  15. Popsicles
  16. The local Day in Our Village festival
  17. The local Thursday Night Out festival that goes all summer long
  18. Picnics
  19. Watermelon
  20. Being able to have windows open (especially at night!!)
  21. S'mores
  22. Bubble blowing
  23. Sandals and flip flops
  24. Water guns/balloons
  25. Corn on the cob
  26. Pasta salad
  27. Fireflies
  28. Butterflies
  29. Ladybugs
  30. Block parties
  31. Hanging out on the front porch
  32. Hanging out in the yard
  33. Gardening
  34. Summer rainstorms
  35. Summer movies

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Things That Made Me Happy in May

May was a good month for me, and I wanted to share what happened this month, that made me happy.
  • Getting to go to a local ukulele meetup with a coworker
  • Seeing Everything Everything in theaters
  • Going to the first Thursday Night Out that's in town
  • Going to the local Ethnic Festival
  • Shopping at a local thrift store
  • Going to another festival in town, and making a couple things at the bead shop
  • Getting an A as a final grade in my spring semester class
  • Going to Red Mango twice this month, and getting banana peanut butter smoothies (they are SOOOO good!!!)
  • The warm weather (at least, the days that were warm)
  • Getting a fidget spinner (yes, this made me happy!)
  • Ordering t-shirts for the library's summer reading program
  • The violin I ordered finally arriving
  • Making a bracelet at the local library (I love beads!!!)
  • Getting the first three seasons of Lost from the library's sale shelf
  • Meeting the library's newest friend, a comfort dog, that children can read to each month
  • Getting to decorate some cakes and cupcakes in one of the last classes of the semester
  • Celebrating a loved one's birthday

Friday, May 12, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Mom

I am linking up with Kate Motaung with this week's Five Minute Friday.

Today's FMF is: MOM



This Mother's Day, like the last six, will not be celebrated in the normal way at my house.

Why?

My mom died a little over seven years ago, and I will not get to tell her in person how much she means to me. So now, Mother's Day is like any other day for me.

I am not a mother myself, so I can't really celebrate it that way either.

I have a project in mind that I want to try out, to have in memory of my mom.

My mom wasn't in the best of health for quite some time, but she never really complained. She was a trooper. She loved her job at the local library, and she loved to eat!!

I miss her more and more every day, and I wish she was still here, but I am glad she is not sick anymore. It really took a toll on her, as well as us.

I know she would be proud of us, and how far we have come, in the time since her death.

I went back to school and took several classes for my degree (baking and pastry), and my dad and brothers are doing well.

But of course, we wish she was still here, so she could experience more out of life, and so we can tell her all about our days.

I love you and miss you so much, mom!!

My New Violin FINALLY Came!!!

I had order a violin (a Crescent brand) in March, and it finally arrived today.

The case it came in.

The violin, bow, and the extras that came with it.

They had sent the original one I ordered soon after I ordered it, but before it arrived, it broke, so they offered to send another one (at no cost). I agreed to that, and was expecting it to come within a couple weeks afterwards.

It actually took closer to one month to get here, which I am not too happy about.

But, I am happy that it's here, and that it didn't get damaged somehow.

I haven't played it yet, but I did check it out, and compare it to my old violin. The new one is bigger, as my old one was used when I was in elementary school and is too small for me now.

It is been over 10 years since I last played, so I will have to relearn how to play. I bought a songbook a while ago, so I am really looking forward to getting back into it.

Comparing the sizes of my new violin (left) and my old violin (right).
 
I have always loved music, and instruments, so having the violin, as well as a ukulele and a guitar (can you see a theme going here?) makes me very happy. I am very rusty at playing instruments, as I haven't played any in so long, but I am willing to practice, so I can get better (especially better than when I played in elementary school, as I didn't really practice a lot back then!!).
 
I want to learn how to play other instruments as well, but this is one that I absolutely LOVE!! And one of the ones that I wanted to play first.
 
Looking forward to having a relaxing time, playing my new violin!!!