Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring, Spring, Spring!

Today is the first day of spring. We made it through the winter, and yesterday I saw the first sign of spring ^^^
It was a beautiful day, and I got to wear my sunglasses!! Still pretty cold outside, but the sun was shining, and for a while there we had the windows down on the way home from church! 

We went for a walk down a lovely country road, and it was just beautiful. Some said it was a little cold, but to me it was perfect.
A slight nip to the air, the creek singing it's song, little Evelyn skipping ahead with her hand in LaKaysha's.

I am sure more cold weather is just around the corner, but it's officially spring, and from here on out it can't get nothing but warmer -- working it's way to summer! Oh to wear shorts, sit around a fire, gaze at the stars, sing a song or two! Drive around with the windows rolled down, eat ice cream on the swing, walk to the park and enjoy the creek! Doesn't it all just sound wonderful!? 

But first we have spring. The chicks are chipping out in the garage (and I hear them all night *winks*). 

Doesn't that make you wanna sing?

Who else is excited for spring? 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beautiful Words // March

Was this to be the end? Here in this high, rocky country above the desert? Had all my dreams and plans come only to this? To die here, alone, killed by my enemies? Had all the sacrifice of my father and mother brought me only to this? 

Yet I fled not in fear but to find a better place from which to fight. The odds were against me - how great I did not know.  Many times before, I had run with my friends, the desert Indians. My breath came evenly and strong; the rifle was heavy, but I would need it. 

A mile, another mile. Thicker, taller, rougher rocks, great crags jutting out, trails that dipped between them. Topping out on a ridge among some rocks, I glanced back and saw them coming, single file, issuing from a narrow place. I counted six, and more followed behind. 

"You want a chase," I said aloud, "I will lead you one." 

~Louis L'Amour, The Lonesome God's

Doesn't that make you wonder what is happening? Who is he running from, and why?  Can't you just feel the rocks under your feet as you run alongside Johannes? Feel the weight of the heavy rifle?
Don't let the title scare you. You have to read this book! 
Starting when he's six makes it a really long book, but his whole life is a great big adventure, and as he grows older you want to know what will happen next. And, I've said it before, but Louis L'Amour's writing is so beautiful!

I realized it was about time for my "Beautiful Words" post  and I couldn't think of what to put. Then I was remembered this quote that I had sent LaKaysha was I first read it.

So I used it. I hope you enjoyed it, even though I've used quotes by Louis L'Amour before. *winks*

So. here we are in the middle of March. Wow, the days are going fast!
As LaKaysha said in her post , we may have a part time job cleaning. LaKaysha has been sick so I went and cleaned without her. And it was hard, scary, overwhelming, and stressful. But I did it, and made some money. Like LaKaysha, I'm not overly excited about this job.
But it's not for sure yet, so we'll have to see how it goes.

I hope you all have a wonderful rest of March! *grins*

Did you enjoy the quote?
Want to read the book now?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hangin' With Cousins // Last Minute Trip

There's nothing like a weekend with cousins. 

So I packed my bag, we piled into the van and headed up to see Auntie A and Uncle T.
We had four hours of driving ahead of us, we sat back to enjoy the ride.

 (taking pictures while your going 70 (mph) down the freeway can be hard *winks*)

Look at that! ^^^ As much as I love my mountains and trees, this view is pretty! Or is that just me? *winks*

Me 'n Little Sis. Getin' kinda bored in this van. *laughs*

Finally we made it!
Kirsten took us on a tour of their new house. During which I wore her boots. Aren't they beautiful!?

And of course Kirsten made us tea. <3
and we enjoyed it while sitting around in the living room, doing absolutely nothing, and having a wonderful time!

Sometimes I think it's illegal to be that cute. ^
Little Kaaren got lots of hugs and kisses over the weekend. Poor baby. *winks*
But she's way too adorable! I don't know how we managed to leave her when the weekend was over!

Kirsten made us Lamb Chops for supper that night, and it was so good I could've cried!
My very first time having lamb, and I have to admit I was a little scared. But goodness! It was the best thing I ever ate!!

Us girls stayed in the trailer, and that night we hid away in there to watch a movie while drinking Pop. We watched "Roman Holiday" starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. My very first Gregory Peck movie.
I went to bed that night thinking that it was the cutest movie ever, and it ended so wrong!

The next morning of course I got snuggles from Kaaren! (please! I want to eat her!)
After showers and all that stuff, we hopped in Kirsten's Jeep and headed to town. Just to "bum around".

Had Chinese for lunch, and man oh man, it was good! Yep. Definitely going back someday.

After lunch we just walked around and went into random places that looked cool. That was fun. I haven't walked around town much, even here where I live. We mostly just drive. Lame people, I know.
Oh! And guess what we found!! We found what Annette Funicello would've called a "Record Hop"!! How cool is that!? It was actually connected to comic/ used book store, and it had a coffee shop in it. So of course I bought a record!

Don't mind the silly-looking me. Just look at LaKaysha and Kirsten. They're cute. *winks*
We found an antique shop, and spent hours there looking at all the cool stuff! *grins*

To add to the adventure, we tried "Gelato". It's really good and if you ever get to chance to try it, you must! I didn't buy any, but ate some of Kirsten's and LaKaysha's.

And here's the record I got. It fits right in with my collection, and I love it! I've been listening to Patty Duke on Pandora for a while now, and I'm as happy as can now that I own a record of hers!

That night, Kirsten had planned to take us bowling, but when we got there the bowling ally was closed. So we "demanded" that the boys go with us, and we headed to McDonald's to hang out. I hadn't been there in... forever!
Even though I enjoyed my milkshake, I do feel bad for you people who don't get to have Burgerville milkshakes. *winks*

*whaps Shiloh for blocking "the bro"*

The next day was our last day there, and Auntie Missy and Uncle Mikey came down to visit. So fun to see these cute little girls playing happily together. ^^^

They sure have a lot of sky over there. *winks*

yeah. I love shadow pictures. What can I say?

We walked to the town store, and I bought some Coke and a coffee. It was a beautiful walk, and I enjoyed it. The wind was a little chilly, but that was why I bought the hot coffee. *winks*

Back across the river, and heading home.

It was a wonderful weekend and I look forward to heading that way again someday! *grins*

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Felicity got better pictures from the trip, so head over to her blog and see her post about it! Just click here. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Songs, Movies, and Books Tag

Today, we have yet another tag to do. *winks*

Natasha @ Looking Through My Lens tagged me for The Songs, Movies, and Books Tag.
This sounds like fun, but also hard. I'm gonna have to put my thinking cap on for this one. *winks*

1) A song that describes you in some way

Oh boy! Um... this is hard.

I'm just gonna say That's Old Fashioned by The Everly Brothers 

I guess because I agree with the song and it's from my favorite time era so that should count towards describing me in some way. *winks*

2) A movie that inspires you 

I don't know!! *thinking real hard*

I'm just gonna go with October Baby.

3) A book that the main character is like you 

I'm gonna say the same as Natasha! *laugh* When I seen this tag on other blogs, I was answering the questions in my head, and I was gonna use this answer before I seen Natasha's, so don't think I'm trying to copy her. *winks*

Debbie from Love Me Tender. Or her younger sister *laughs*

4) A song that you love 

Goodness! I love a lot! But what song do I want to use for my answer??
Ooh! Rock and Roll Yodeling Guy by Roberta Shore!
I love the way she adds yodeling into the rock and roll style. *winks* And the only other person that I think can yodel better than Roberta Shore is Roy Rogers. *giggles*

And can I break the rules and say one more?

The Dash by Scotty Mcreery 

5) A movie that you love

Are you kidding me!? Just one!? Gonna have to think about this one...

Let's say Meet Me In St. Louis.
It's such a sweet musical and love story!

6) A book you love 

Uh. Love Me Tender of course!
But I will say one more so you guys don't get annoyed with me for talking about that book so much. *winks*

The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour. I haven't finished it, but whatever. *winks*

7) A song you do not like 

Strawberry Wine by Deane Carter
So. Annoying.

8) A movie you do not like

Shenandoah. I watched this in NH with Kirsten. And. I bugged me so bad! The plot was like -- "if only!!!" You know how it is. *winks* 
But the main thing that bugged me was the fact that, the son? yeah. HE HAD NO NAME! And you expect me to okay with this!? When you're running around saying things like, "The Boy is gone." "We need to find The Boy!" "Where have you taken My Boy!!??" "How are you, Boy?"
You could've saved us a lot of confusion and named the kid. thanks. *rolls eyes*

9) A book you do not like

The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

10) A song that makes you happy 

Oh so many!!
Let's Get Together by Annette Funicello & Tommy Sands 

Downtown by Tina Cole
So, this isn't the whole song, and I'm not even sure if she ever did sing the whole song. But this small clip from the later seasons of "My Three Sons" makes me happy. *smiles*

11) A movie that freaked you out 

The last Night at the Museum movie. I can't remember what it's called. But I did. NOT. like it. *shudders*

12) A book that made you cry 

Many books have made me sad. But the only one that I've actually cried in is Kathleen's Enduring Faith by Tracy Leininger Craven. 
*sniff* cried myself to sleep, the dumb book -- I loved it! *laughs*

13) A song you listened to a lot when you were younger 

Uh. Everything.
Basically every song I listen to now -- besides some that I didn't listen to. *laughs so hard*

When I was really little (like, before Grandma died) I listened to Cedarmont Kids, plus country music, Alan Jackson's Hymns, Randy Travis's... well... everything, and...  we listened to a lot of music!

Whisper a Prayer by Cedarmont Kids 

And then there was the time when I was "younger" but not "little" (about 13 or so). I listened to Johnny Crawford a lot. (among other things that embarrass LaKaysha *laughs*)

Treasures by Johnny Crawford *dies he's so cute and little*

14) A movie you watched a lot when you were younger 

We watched a lot of things. From Winnie-the-Pooh to The Shadow Riders. *laughs*

me: *trying to think of something for my answer*
brother: "National Treasure"
me: *wrinkles nose* "I remember when that came out." 
(just had to share -- it was funny *laughing*)

15) A book you read a lot when you were younger

The Mandie Series by Lois Gladys Leppard 

Still have a soft spot for those books. *hugs them all*

16) A song that irritates you 

The Paddy-Wack Song by Ritchie Valens. *rolls eyes* Really, Ritchie!?

But what's most annoying is Swingin' by John Anderson. I laugh it's so annoying!

17) A movie that kept you on the edge of your seat

The FBI Story.

18) A book that left you breathless 

To Tame a Land by Louis L'Amour.
It was like -- *SCREAMMMSSS*

And Killoe! (also a Louis L'Amour)
Everything went wrong!!!


So there you have it! Did you enjoy it!? Do you like any of the songs I shared!? 
Watched any of the movies!? 


I tag: 

LaKaysha @ Calico and Lace 
Marissa @ Hidden Treasures
Julia @ The Barefoot Gal 

Have Fun! *grins* 

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Tag of Happiness // Again

I was tagged by Felicity for this tag. I've done it once before -- over a year ago -- and it was lot of fun then. It should be just as fun now. *wink*

So here we go:

Some Movies That Make Me Happy: 

- Father Knows Best (TV Series)
- My Three Sons (TV Series) 
- Disney's Tom and Huck 
- Tuck Everlasting
- The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh 
- Hot Lead and Cold Feet
- Freaky Friday (1976)
- The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band 
- Meet Me In St. Louis 
- Seven Brides for Seven Brothers 
- Nancy Drew Mysteries (1938-39)

- Road to Avonlea (TV Series)
- Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken
- Saving Mr. Banks
- Disney's Old Yeller
- Disney's Savage Sam
- October Baby 
- Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 
- The Cowboy and The Senorita 
- Johnny Shiloh 

Some Books That Make Me Happy:

- Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna 
- The Daybreakers by Louis L'Amour 
- The Lonesome Gods by Louis L'Amour 
- The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson 
- Spring's Gentle Promise by Janette Oke 
- Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne 

Some Songs That Make Me Happy:

- Carolina Eyes by Scotty McCeery 
"We were young, it was summer. Just a little town on the edge of the water. I've never been there before I met ya, pickin' up shells on that seashore. Your smile was pullin' me under. Then you said you're name, and it was game over. Yeah, girl, I fell so far in love with you..."

- Let's Get Together by Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands
Let's get together, yeah, yeah, yeah. Why don't you and I combi-ine? Let's get together, what do you say? We could have a swingin' ti-ime. We'd be a cra-a-azy team. Why don't we ma-a-ake a scene, Together?"

- Little Bitty by Alan Jackson
"It's all right to be little bitty. Little hometown or a big old city. Might as share, might as well smile -- life goes on for a little bitty while."

- Step by Step by Eddie Rabbitt
"Take that first step: ask her out and treat her like a lady. Second step: tell her she's the one you're dreamin' of. Third step: take her in you're arms and never let her go. Don't you know step by step -- step by step -- you'll winher love."

- Drivin' my Life Away by Eddie Rabbitt

- Me and God by Josh Turner 
"He's my Father, He's my Friend. The Beginning and The End. He rules the world with a staff and rod. We're a team -- Me and God." 

-  I Saw God Today by George Strait 
"I've read The Book, I've been to church. I know He's here, but I don't look near as often and I should -- yeah, I know I should. His fingerprints are everywhere. I just slowed down to stop and stare, open my eyes and, man I swear -- I saw God today." 

- Daddy's Hands by Holly Dunn 

- I Thought It Was You by Doug Stone 

- It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) by Wayne Newton 

- International Harvester by Craig Morgan 

- Unanswered Prayers by Garth Brooks 
"Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. Remember when you're talkin' to the Man Upstairs, that just because He doesn't answer, doesn't mean He don't care. Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers." 

*and so many more

Some Food That Makes Me Happy: 

- Tea
- Coffee
- Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
- Cheese- Nips
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Roast Beef
- Kirsten's Lamp Chops *winks*
- Creamy Chicken Casserole
- Ice Cream
- Baked Beans
- Olive Garden's Tour of Italy
- Pizza
- Coke
- Carla's fruit bowl *sniff -- she moved to Texas*
- "Jean's Bars"
- Wacky Cake

Some Words That Make Me Happy:

- "I Love You"
- "I Miss You"
- Retro
- Cousin
- Smile
- Happy
- Amazing *winks*
- Hi
- Summer
- Family
- Church
- Jesus
- Sisters
- Laugh
- Joy
- Daddy
- Mother
- Bro

Other Things That Make Me Happy:

- Getting letters in the mail
- Random texts just to say "Hello"
- Visiting cousins
- Knowing that I'm loved
- Seeing my family smile
- My cute kitty
- Reading a good book
- Watching a good movie/ TV show
- Kissing little cousins
- Laughing so hard you can't breathe
- Riding in Kirsten's Jeep
- Listening to good music
- Drinking coffee with a good friend
- Seeing what I call "My Mountain" all covered in snow

I tag: 
Natasha @ Looking Through My Lens
Julia @ The Barefoot Gal 
Marissa @ Hidden Treasures