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Clocks

I’m not sure why, but I feel like discussing clocks today. 🙂 🙂 🙂

In fact… I just thought of an essay I once wrote for school that had to do with clocks, I believe… let me see if I can find it…

A light flickered in the monastery and shadows danced across the walls as the monks of the Middle Ages awakened for their monastic prayers, fulfilling the obligation of Psalm 63:6, “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.” But they needed a reliable way to get up each night. This led to one of the greatest inventions of all time: the medieval mechanical clock. Now clocks are everywhere, impacting society and all of life.

Have you ever wondered why inventions litter history? Or why they were invented? Maybe for who they were invented? Inventors would see a problem, and devise a solution. The monks of the Middle Ages had a problem, and needed a solution. Inventions would arise from necessity. In order to fulfill the obligation of Psalm 63:6, the monks needed a reliable way to awaken each night, but they didn’t have the solution. This necessity led to one of the greatest inventions of all time: the medieval mechanical clock. Now the monks can rely on the clock to get up each night for their prayers. Clocks drastically impacted society and all of life, and still do so.

Well… I wrote that quite a while ago. 😂

I love antique clocks. This is my own clock, which I received for my 16th birthday…

My question for You: What is your favorite type of clock?

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LOTR Characters – the Books vs. the Movies – Legolas

Click here for Part 1 of LOTR Charcters – The Books vs. The Movies, here for Part 2, and right here for Part 3.

Now… let us begin with Part 4!

Legolas

As a young girl, Legolas was my favorite in LOTR. Not for the reasons you may suspect. I thought his skill with the bow and agility were amazing. Never once did I think about his good looks (in the movie)!

I soon learned that most people didn’t understand, “My favorite character is Legolas!” coming from the mouth of a 12-13 year-old girl, and that girl not actually having a crush on him.

I watched the movie with a group, and as soon as Legolas appeared in The Fellowship, all of the girls began “Ooing” and “Ahing”. I decided after that that I needed to pick a different favorite character. 😂

Please remember that all that is said is only my opinion. Please do not take offense to anything I say. If I ever state something as fact that is truly false, feel free to let me know!

Legolas in the books… I feel like he is somewhat of he comedic relief, but he also is a very serious character. In the movies, he sticks more on the serious melon holy side. I also feel like you don’t often hear a lot coming from him, and then when he says something, you’re kind of left thinking, “Wait… where did he come from?”

There a few things in the books that Legolas does that make me want to laugh out loud. For example…

  1. When they are crossing the Mines of Moria, and they are just beginning to climb the Bridge of Khazad Dûm. Legolas turns, looks into the flames of fire with his far-seeing elf eyes, and exclaims, “Oy!”
  2. When the Fellowship is climbing Caradhras, and then they decide to turn back, as the weather is too difficult to beat, Aragorn and Boromir begin drifting through the snow, shoving it aside, and having a difficult time of it. Meanwhile, Legolas jumps to his feet, and bounds over the snow with elf-like agility, hardly leaving a foot print and leaving Aragorn and Boromir behind.

Either way, I love Legolas in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, both movies and books. It seems to me that you are almost more able to build a relationship with him in the movies, though. He is not as pivotal a character in the books… maybe.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

My question for You: Would you ever want to be an elf?

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The Magic Flan

I crocheted a flan about a year or so ago, and my friend is now obsessed with it. (Why?!)

The Magic Flan even had a photo shoot, guys! Seriously?!?!?!?!?!

Anywho, that’s all I have to say.

My question for You: Have you ever eaten a flan? Do you like custard?

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Sunday Thoughts

Over the weekend, my mom and I hosted a fundraiser. We are raising money for a Homeschool Resource Center that some people are putting together.

It spanned over two days—Friday and Saturday. On Friday it went from 4-8, Saturday was 10-2.

We got to the church on Friday, set up the stuff we were selling, and waited.
Two hours passed, and we hadn’t seen a single soul. “Where was everyone?” we wondered.

Well, we amused ourselves as best we could. I had brought plenty of things to do; books, writing, etc.

7:30 came, and we began packing up, then left 15 minutes later. We joked about how it would be funny “if someone came at the last minute.”

Well, at 7:54, my mom got a text from a friend, asking, “Are you still there?”

We both huffed, sighed, and laughed.

Saturday went better. No one came for the first couple of hours, but then we got a total of three people! And those three people were who we were raising the money for. 😔

We learned a lot from this experience, but it went well overall.

No matter what happens, keep pushing through!

My question for You: Have you ever had a disappointing event?

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A Few Awards

Thank you so much to Heather and Dizzy at Dinosaurs, Donkeys, and MS for thinking of me when handing out these awards. 🙂 I really appreciate it! You guys are amazing!!! 😁 You should really go check out their site. They have some awesome stuff and are very inspirational.


THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD

I was also given this award by Sage Allaway at My Little Galaxy. Thanks! 🙂

RULES

  1. Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Let’s get started!

These questions are from Heather and Dizzy. Go check out their post here!

1. Have you ever got lost in a maze?

Yes. The first corn maze I went through in 2016 with a group of friends. Someone stole my map, and they wouldn’t listen to me when I told them which direction to go, and got us lost. Eventually we found the quick exit (but the real exit), and half the group left. I found a map, and took the rest of the group out. Most of them didn’t trust me to get them out, but I did.

2. Do you have any unusual fears or phobias?

I have a fear of depth. As in, deep dark water, dark rooms with hidden corners, etc. etc. It’s completely irrational, but I can’t help it.

3. Do you believe in the Loch Ness Monster?

I’m not sure. I’ve never given it any thought… I would have to say no.

4. If you could travel to one place in the past, when would it be and why?

Does it have to exist? If not, than Middle-Earth, or Narnia. If it does have to exist, then I’d have to say… Ireland… in the past. I’d like to live Old Irish and speak Gaelic fluently. It’s not that popular these days.

5. If you could have one magical power what would it be and why?

I’ll have to give that one some thought…

6. What’s your favourite part of the day?

About the afternoon, probably. That’s when I finish up school and either sit down to read, play my instruments (for fun, not practicing), or crochet until my dad gets home.

7. What was your dream job when you were growing up?

My dream job was, and is, to own a craft/book/tea shop. It would be all three at once!!! I even drew maps of the layout of the building, which would be connected to my home.

8. What’s your weirdest experience?

Um… so I was at Costco one time, and I was talking with a friend about how some girls were freaking out (not exagerating) about how soft my hair was, and petting it and such. It was weird. So I was talking through the checkout lane, and the cashier suddenly said: “Your hair does look really soft. Can I pet it?” Then I just stared dumbstruck, and began blushing furiously. Then the guy loading our cart said, “You just added three layers of blush to her face!” Anywho, it was weird.

9. What’s your lucky number?

Well, it wouldn’t be lucky if I told it, now, would it? 😏😏😏

10. What makes you happy?

New books (new to me, at least), and yarn. Not kidding. I freak out over those. And any type of craft supply. And new piano music. 

11. What’s your favourite mythical creature?

Hm… an alicorn. 😊 Keeper of the Lost Cities!

My Questions!

  1. What is your favorite beverage?
  2. How do you like to spend a nice slow evening?
  3. Do you enjoy crafts?
  4. Do you have a favorite stuffed animal?
  5. How many books do you think you own?
  6. What crazy thing did you do as a child?
  7. How many siblings do you have, and what do you love most about them?
  8. Do you wear glasses? Do you like them? Do you want to wear glasses?
  9. Which would you pick… truth or dare?
  10. Do you talk to yourself often?
  11. Where do you see yourself in five years?


THE UNIQUE BLOGGER AWARD

RULES

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with out blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  4. Ask them 3 questions.

QUESTION I HAVE BEEN ASKED

1. What’s your biggest dream in life?

To become an author. But not just an ordinary one; I want to be amazing at what I do. I want to write books that will inspire people and shine a light into their worlds.

2. What’s your greatest achievement?

Earning my Brown Belt in Kajukenbo Tum Pai.

3. If you discovered a new species of dinosaur what would you call it?

Bookopterus.


THE LIEBSTER AWARD

RULES

  1. Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 people.
  4. Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions.

11 QUESTIONS

1. Do you like dragons or dinosaurs best?

Dragons? I don’t know. I’ve never been a huge fan of dinoasuars because my older brother loved them, and because of the Jurassic Park movies.

 2. What book could you read over and over again without getting bored of it?

The False Prince. I’ve already read it four times. 😂

3. If you could have 3 items on a desert island, what would they be?

My Bible, my dog, and a journal.

4. Do you wear identical socks?

Yes. When I tried mismatched socks, my older brother (by 3 years) looked down at my feet and said: “What in the world are you doing?”

5. What was your least favourite school subject and why?

Was and is math. I can do it if I put my mind to it, but it takes a lot more work than other subjects for me. My mom understands it really well, though, so that helps, since she’s my teacher.

6. What’s your favourite memory?

I can hardly just pick one… so… my favorite collection of memories are probably of my grandpa on my mom’s side. He passed away when I was ten, but he was/is very special to me.

7. What’s your favourite children’s story?

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. My mom read a chapter to me before bed every night. Best book ever.

8. Which fictional character do you wish was real?

I don’t think I’d want a fictional character to be real, because I would then probably pass out in a swivet. But… hm… Laurie Laurence.

9. Do you believe in fate?

I don’t know. I don’t know if I’ve really ever thought about that.

10. Have you ever got really lost going somewhere and where did you end up?

I don’t think so… at least, not often. I have memories of becoming lost as a child, but my parents always knew where I was.

11. What was your first job?

Well, I worked at my church in the childcare section, but I never really counted that, so my first job really is (I still work there) at a tea house. 🙂 Best job ever.

My 11 Questions

  1. How tall do you wish you were?
  2. Do you have any odd nicknames?
  3. What is your favorite book?
  4. Have you ever tried writing short stories?
  5. Do you enjoy writing poems?
  6. Do you enjoy art?
  7. What is your favorite type of music?
  8. What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
  9. Did you ever believe in Santa Claus?
  10. How much wood can a Wood Chuck chuck?
  11. Do you spend a lot of unnecessary time on digital devices?

Alright! I love doing those. 🙂

I Nominate…

I hope y’all have a fun time with this! Don’t feel obligated to do this if you don’t want to. 🙂

Photo credit (main picture): The Odyssey Online

My question for You: If you had to make an award, what would you call it?

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Photos From the Last Month

I really enjoy taking pictures, so here are a few from the month of June, and halfway through July. 🙂

(I like to think I’m good, but obviously there are people way better than me, and these are just from my phone)

My kitty cat, Sophers (as I like to call her)
This is a sunset as I was driving home.
I took a picture of my brother taking a picture of a beach.
My brother actually did this one. 🙂
Sideways panorama of the beach! (And my feet)
My family and our dog.
A game of Blokus. All after yellow!
“Don’t bother me. I’m chewing on my stick.”
Reading the Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth. Great read!
Bruises from my Martial Arts test.
An amazing smoothie on Father’s Day!
Lunch at a tea house.
Chocolate covered Oreo cookie with peppermint sprinkles!
Burning things in the fire pit.
I found this on our back patio.
Pistachios! My favorite nut.
My question for You: I actually have a challenge for you: Put together a post of your favorite pictures that you have taken over the last month or two (about a dozen or so pictures), and add a link to this post. I will then pick a winner for the best collection of photos! (No actual prizes involved) 🙂

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Exercising Pays Off

I went to Disneyland with my family recently, and there is a lot of walking involved with that place!

The day we got there, we didn’t go to the parks, but there was still quite a bit of walking to do in the airport.


We were in the parks for the next two days, and my feet were hurting like crazy! My metatarsilgia was acting up pretty bad, and I was getting shin splints, but it was still lots of fun!

Our relaxing day. 😉

At one point I could hardly even walk, so my older brother had to carry me… thanks, bro!

Anyway, this post isn’t for patting myself on the back for all of that exercise… my point that I am probably failing at making is that exercising can be fun and easy (trust me, just go to Disneyland)! I love exercising, but sometimes I don’t have the motivation.

Here are some tips to get yourself motivated. 🙂

  1. When you wake up, dress right away in sports clothes. Sometimes starting the day like that will help you with your motivation later.
  2. Imagine how you will feel after getting into shape! Great!
  3. Your body will feel so much healthier after working out weekly.

Yeah, okay, that wasn’t the best, but you get my point! Motivate yourself! Find something that helps you keep pushing, and do that!

My question for You: How do you like to exercise?

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