Summer Went Out With The Sunset (Or, In Which I Post Some Pictures In The Hopes You Can See Them.)

Greetings everybody! Well. It looks like I’m gonna need some audience participation. My pictures haven’t been showing up recently, have they?

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Let’s see. If you all can see these pictures of clouds and sunsets and whatnot, yay!

 

If not… boo.

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Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the 25th of August, right?

*sobs*

Summer’s over.

NOOOOOOOOOO!!

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I don’t want summer to end! I like waking up and doing nothing in the mornings except just watching the view outside. I like the lemonades and the barbeques and the air conditioning. Please don’t tell me it’s all gonna end!!

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But y’know, I’ve had a great summer, and I’m grateful for that.

Next Saturday is the first of September, the start of a new month, the start of a long haul. And I gotta admit I’m excited for that too.

 

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I’m excited to feel cool air when I step outside, to make a huge dent in the mountain of schoolwork looming in front of me, to have a good reason to wear my boots and kick up leaves.

Not to mention Album 65 of Adventures In Odyssey is gonna air on the 6th, and boy am I excited for that!!

Ok, it’s official. I’m a hopeless fangirl.

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I’m glad summer is over and sad at the same time. So many things have happened and I need at least a year to process it all.  xD

But I’ve gotten to make the most outta these months. And I’m content.

 

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Now I’m really hoping you all can see these pictures, because they’re my favorite group of sunsets. I experimented with a lot of filters and effects, and I must say, I’m quite pleased with the results.

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Some of the effects make it really vibrant, which I’m still deciding if I like that effect. It\s been pretty interesting.

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I kinda like this picture, even though it’s heavily colorized. 😛

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I better get back to re-writing. My charries have become quite annoyed with me for leaving them uncompleted for weeks at a time. I guess I’ve been a wee bit too busy staring at the sunset.


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 Well, see ya.
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A Year Ago This Happened

Nope, today’s not my blogsiversary. Though it sure feels long enough.

Today’s the day after the great eclipse of 2017 day. Also known as The Broken Van anniversary. It’s a long story.

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And here you can now see an example of my horrible photography. My hands were kinda shaky.

For those wondering, no, there was no totality here in Ontario. There was, however, totality in Greenville, SC, which is where we hightailed to after church. Boy, that was fun. And when the eclipse came, it was pretty spectacular. Hence the shaky hands. Among other reasons.

 

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If I’m a bad photographer now, I was even worse back then. But it shall suffice til the next one. If I live to see the next eclipse.

Funny thing, though. When I remember August 21 and 22, I remember catching up with friends I’ve never met. I remember sparking conversations with complete strangers, and feeling more connected to them than people I’ve known all my life. I remember pizza after the eclipse, and arguing over sweet and unsweetened Chikfila tea, and whether one should mix the two. I remember laughter and joy, and horrible bug bites. I remember the thrill of watching the sky turn dark in the middle of the day. I remember everybody’s faces staring up at the sky.

And August 22? Well, that was the day we were supposed to leave. But our car had broken down. Trust our family car to break down day of departure. But even that was a good memory. Like when we were all eating at Chikfila. Or when we were walking around this huge place. And the sad memory of trying not to cry when we said goodbye is still there.

Can’t believe it’s been exactly 365 days since the eclipse happened. A lot has happened since then. And I wonder what will happen in the 365 days from here til the next August 22.

Right now, I’m ready to live one day at a time.

At least I think I am.

Gotcha There, Didn’t I? ;) Another Edition Of Scribble Scrabble

If you were thinking the last post was all I was going to do, then you, my friend have been sorely terribly horribly very mistaken! *chuckles evilly* XD

 

Anyway, at the time of writing, it’s Sunday afternoon. Sunday afternoons are good for naps, and rest, and enjoying the sunlight. And replotting, rewriting, and deleting old drafts. And planning of the future days, weeks, down to the miniscule hours if you’re that picky. (It never goes the way we’d planned, but hey, one can dream!) Rest is very good to dull and weary and tired bones, dontcha think?

 

So, without further ado.. the next edition of Scribble Scrabble!

(I really don’t know why I give these random posts so much fanfare, but oh well.)

 

Thing 1! An Enjoyable Afternoon On The Front Porch

There’s nothing like staring in the clouds, not having a care in the world, enjoying the fresh air, the birds up ahead, the sun on your face.

Except when you have to go inside cause it’s too hot, but while it lasts, enjoy!

Except I didn’t take pictures of the sky, the clouds, or the sun. I did take pictures of..

Old bikes. *grins sheepishly* I miss riding on a bike, going nowhere. It’s just really relaxing, y’know? Anyhoo, I got to skim through a good book and devour frozen blueberries, so we’re all good.
Thing 2! Donuts
 Thing 3! A Drive Down The Road
   Well, isn’t this random.
   It is. It’s a random topic from a random post from a random blog from a random person. Hopefully you’re into random things.
 And this random is  trio of pictures on a drive. Enjoy.
Thing 4! The Inevitable Future Of The Inevitability Of School And The Future In General
  It’s August. We only have 25 more days of it. And after that, the dreaded thing called school will come on full force. And work. From now on everything must be taken in account of homework, schedules, and whether or not we have an ample amount of caffeine.
(Unless y’alls are starting already, or are about to, then more power to ya!)
This was my attempt at planning for the inevitable future. A rather poor attempt, if I’m honest with myself. Mostly because I never follow my schedule. 😛 But I have to. This time. Or at least die trying. It’s a noble cause, right?
 I guess I’m reluctant to leave the summer behind. Even if my summer was mostly spent behind a screen.
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   There have been so much amazing things going on, and I want to hold on to it. But on the other hand I can’t wait to see what will happen in the future. Different grade, new things, new courses. It hasn’t all been easy- school and life right now are a wonderful combination of stress. But I’m still looking forward to it.
 You’d be excited too if you saw all these stories pop up. *shushes you*
 Is that it?
 Yes, that’s it.
 I think that’s it.
 In the words of Somebody, “that’s all I have to say.”
 Now, if you’ll excuse me, I needs must go and work on brainwashing a character. Be seeing you!

 

Summer + Camp NaNo = Memories to Treasure

It is just me, or does anybody else think the summer is flying waay too fast? But, as they say, time flies when you’re having fun!

Let’s change that: time flies when you’re doing things you love with loved ones, because that’s been my summer. 🙂

Which is interesting, because before I used to lament the fact that we couldn’t do as much as we used to. I’ve learned to take any opportunity that comes my way, and it’s been a blast.

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Niagara Falls is probably the ultimate place for anyone in Canada to see, and as it is, we visited the falls last week. Let’s just say, that in the few years since our last visit, it hasn’t changed a bit.

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Before actually seeing the falls, we usually stop at the Dufferin Islands. Or at least I think they’re called the Dufferin Islands. It’s either much smaller than I remember or I grew up since the last visit. Hm..

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There’s always a mass of people at the falls, and that day was no exception. it was pretty hard to keep up, since I kept stopping to take pictures. XD

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No matter how many times I visit this place, I always have to stop and marvel at this beauty, only one example of God’s creation.

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After dodging tourists other people taking pictures, I started changing up the perspective. Again. 😛 What can I say, I notice different things!

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Not to toot my own horn, but I do like the pictures of the falls through the railing. It was fun to look down- if you’re not scared of heights, and I’m not. Much.

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I took so many pictures of the buildings, but I think I’ll leave you one from an ice cream shop. It reminds me a lot of Whit’s End! (Uh, if you’re not an AIO fan, just scroll past- random fandom thing. XD )

Later in the evening, we went to Niagara-On-The-Lake, a small little town on the edge of Lake Ontario. It was really fun to wade in the lake and throw rocks. Fun story about the fort you see in the picture: some say that fort is on the U.S side. *nods* One day, I’d love to visit that.

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Yep, Niagara was fun, little tiring, and very nostalgic to visit again. I took a lot more pictures, but those will have to do.

*writer’s block*

I’m having writer’s block talking about writer’s block. Ayayay, what shall we do?

In all honesty, I’m really enjoying the miniscule amount of writing I’m doing. The characters, the setting, everything lines up except for the timeline. *facepalm* I’m getting there, and while I’m at it, I got awesome cabinmates who don’t give up. At all. 🙂

Shall I leave you with flowers? Yes, I shall, because I really need to write some more! And go clear up some challenges for Summer Bored Games. 😉 I’ll be seeing ya.

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It Started With A Bang

Hello world. I am dying.

Of writer’s block, for one. And of laughter.

It’s only been 4 days and already this month has been so rich.

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 My bell peppers are showing signs of fruit!

July the first was the start of one of the funnest, stress-giving ideas ever conceived: Camp NaNoWriMo.

Lemme just say the girls in my cabin are awesome, and wacky, and it is great.

I forgot just who I wordsprinted with. I know I stayed up late and laughed and laughed some more. I also ate a teaspoon of bacon crumbles. Watched the fireworks.

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 Some bad pictures of the fireworks. 

July the second: The air conditioning died. And I died, of pushing around writer’s block.  So I gave it up for a few hours and helped my sister with the dreaded.. summer cleaning.

Actually, even that wasn’t too bad, because I found this book of speeches from the 1900s and they were so old, and ancient, and I found I can pull off a British accent. My sister and I died laughing. We also have boxes of old notebooks from back when I was in kindergarden. I did not have very good grammar back then.

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For some reason, I thought this angle was interesting.

And I burned the midnight oil wordsprinting. Again. That helped plenty! And also met a very cool character- whom I’m not allowed to talk about, says the author. Very well. And the fireworks were beautiful.

July the third- Summer cleaning is equivalent to torture!! Pained torture!! We had boxes and boxes of junk, books (not junk), and old videotapes from when I was one. I was one a long time ago. Goodbye, Bambi!

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Pictures of flowers because they’re much nicer than boxes. XD

Spent time in the cabin with Tess and Enni, and we were….. well…. Staying up til 12 writing can do things to you. XD Enni, you are the queen of wordsprinting, and ain’t nobody gonna take that away from you!

Exchanged wild comments and tantalizing snippets, and argued over another character. *facepalm*

July the 4th: Happy Independence day, y’all!

We’re almost out of bacon crumbles.

Summer cleaning has reached maximum pressure.

Wordsprinted with Liz and Enni,  and Enni just blew us away, again.

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Also did I mention I died of laughter? I did- again.

Probably the best thing of the month (so far) is being able to connect with people. My family, crazy cabinmates, connecting with them has really been a huge highlight for me/

And that’s a recap of life! Just so you know that I’m alive. XD If you need me, I’ll be typing furiously at my laptop, throwing out ancient toys, or wordsprinting with Enni and losing. See ya!

Don’t worry! I’ll be around.. *chuckles ominously*

 

Yippee-Kai-Yay-Hoo It Is JULY!!!

It’s July. It’s July. IT’S JULY!!!!!!!!!!

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Where does the time go, people??? I need more of it!

I’ve:

-been in the air

-spent time with loved ones

-upgraded these lens

– watching my bell pepper plants grow!

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-worked on a lil’ prank (that was successful)

I’ve even got to do some graphic design for different people!

-My constant posting paid off: The Ladybugs won Starling’s HARPs! Yaasss!!!

There have been so many thing, little blessings, little trials, a whopper of homework, and overall, life has gone by in a blink of an eye.

Through all of this month, from the first day to the coming last, God has been so good.

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And now, WE GET A NEW MONTH!!!!! WHO-HOOO!!!!! Summer has finally come! In my opinion, it’s too hot, but hey, who am I to complain? Less school!! And yes, that’s less, because 1. I’m homeschooled and 2. taking advanced courses. So I’ll still have school, but less of it. It’s a win!

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Plus, this wonderful stress-giver known as Camp NaNo is going to start in less than a day! Being in the same cabin with some other great bloggers and writers is already a ton of fun. Which proves the age old truth: it is better to stress over a deadline with a friend, then to stress over a deadline by yourself.

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Ok, it’s not age old, but still pretty accurate, am I right? 🙂

Anyhoo, I thought I might recommend some favorites from this month, so if you’d like to stick around, keep scrolling!

Favorite Song:

Here Be Lion’s Only A Holy God.

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven?
Who else could make every king bow down?
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles?
Only a holy God

What other beauty demands such praises?
What other splendor outshines the sun?
What other majesty rules with justice?
Only a holy God

Come and behold Him
The One and the only
Cry out, sing Holy
Forever a holy God
Come and worship the holy God 

Any words I would have for this would only make it less.

There are also Owl City’s Not All Heroes Wear Capes, and 5th Of July, but they don’t really compare to this.

Favorite Book:

The End Of The Spear, by Steve Saint

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Again, what words do you have for this book? The true story of what happened after the killing of the five missionaries in the Amazon jungles of Ecuador by Waodani warriors is amazing. Not just because of the brave men who gave their lives for Christ, though very much so; but also because of how those same warriors turned to Christ, and how Steve Saint, whose father Nate Saint was among those killed, grew up loving the very same ones who killed his father. Only God could make that possible.

My words don’t do it justice, no matter what I say. If you can, go read this book- and be blessed because of its story.

Favorite Bible Verse:

Well, you see, the whole Bible is my favorite! It’s hard to just pick just one. But I will give out one for this month!

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Bible Bee has been a real blessing.

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Looking back over the month, it’s pretty surreal to think that just like that, the year is halfway over. Life is moving at a faster rate then we can register. So this month, let’s make the most of it.

Thanks for reading! Have a happy National Camera Day! (I think that’s a thing.)

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An Update

Hey y’all! How are you this lovely day?

I know I haven’t had much of a schedule, but then again, this is a random post from a random blog. Schedules are not too well followed here. As you well know, we received the shock of our lives yesterday and spent a good hour pretty shaken up, so we must try to recover! We must.. somehow.

Anyway, I think I have just the thing!

Which is.. yeah, just an update.

One of those updates is….

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After a long time of waiting, saving, researching, evaluating, and some more waiting, I got a DSLR!!!!!!

It’s a HUGE step up from our old point and shoot camera, and works beautifully! Come have a lookee at some of the pictures!!

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The DLSR I got was a Nikon, and for someone who loves photography but has zero knowledge of the terms and clinical sounding stuff, it’s so easy to use! I do confess though, that most of what I know to do is on ‘Guide Mode”.  I’m getting there!

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These were taken with the special effects on the DSLR. They’re so good I didn’t need to edit!

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I should probably explain the shell thingy. (That can’t be what it’s called!) I was given that on my trip to Texas, and apparently, it’s a real shell! It’s especially handy for carrying around gum and candy on the go. 😉

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Also really random thought, has anyone noticed how much time we spend online? I know, I’m one to talk, but we probably shouldn’t spend so much time on our screens as we do. Pinterest especially is a time killer! Useful, but still a time killer. We probably skip out on family, homework, and even sadly, our time with God, and that should not be.

Am I saying we should never use an electronic device again? Never log into WordPress? Never- gasp! – Check AIO wiki??

NO!!!! What if you’re an online student?!? Or a writer or run a business blog? You have to use the internet! Pay attention!

It’s about balance. If you’re spending too much time online, get offline.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: get of your screens and go spend time outside in the fresh air! I.E. REAL LIFE!!

Trust me, you’ll enjoy the change of scenery! Now, to write for Camp NaNo outside, that we should do too.

And if you find that you’re skipping out on reading God’s Word, you need to get back to His Word.

No questions.

Blog or no blog.

That should be your priority.

That should be my priority. God must come first before anything else, especially before the internet. Because really? You won’t die if there is no internet.  😉

Rant’s done!

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Since this is a Scribble Scrabble, I guess it would be alright to do a tag or two.  Brad nominated me for the Favorite Childhood Movies Tag. This should be interesting.

My Favorite Childhood Movies (in no particular order)

#1 – How To Train Your Dragon

I love this series a LOT! This is one of the few instances where I truly believe that the movie is better than the book. Come on, Vikings, dragons, adventure, inventions?! Are you not excited yet?

Also, if you know what I’m talking about, spoilers for the third movie: apparently there is a white Night Fury, the bad guy from the second movie is coming back, and Hiccup gets dramatically older. I can’t wait for this!

#2 – To Kill A Mockingbird

Ok, this is another of those rare instances where the movie almost equaled the book. I first watched it when I was.. 8? and I still watch it now. It’s a hard hitting movie that makes you stop and think- and so it should.

 

#3 – The Chronicles Of Narnia

No surprise here. I love Narnia! When I was little, one of the things we’d do on Friday nights was watch Narnia. We’d boo whenever Edmund came on (before he turned good, of course), cheer for Aslan, and just full on hated the White Witch. I remember wanting to be Lucy at one point. Needless to say Eustace was pitiful when we first met him.

#4 – Brave

This is definitely in my list of favorite movies. While I don’t agree that we should find out our fate (or whatever it was) or try to change fate by *coughs forcefully* witches, I do love the adventure, plot, the parent- and- child- coming- to- listen- to -each- other arc, and the fact that Merida can scale a mountain, go fishing, fight a bear, and win an archery tournament in a dress.  Goals! Plus, Scotland got on my list of places to see.

#5 – Sound Of Music

Hands down, one of the best movies and one of my most favorite childhood movies. I could sing to almost  every song in there. This was one of the best originals, and go watch it. That’s all I have to say.

 

And here I tag….. ugh.. the names don’t come to mind, I’m afraid. You’re welcome to do the tag if you want to!

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NEWS!!

From around the blogsphere:

-The lovely gals known as Allison, Megan, K.A, and Clara are holding The Summer Bored Games, daily challenges to make sure you will not get bored this summer! Go check it out!

– And if you want to do daring things from July to September, then please head over to Lil Miss Country, where Charlie is holding a special games as well, The Thrill Games!

– This may be the last but it’s in no way the least! Ariana from Ariana’s Flying Life has got up a contest with Christina, Liz, and Rhiana playfully dubbed R.A.T.C. What does it mean? Do you have a clue? Go check it out and take a look through!

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I could go on, but this show gotta end sometime! Hope you’ve enjoyed looking at life through these (updated) lens!

Thanks for reading!

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