Monday, August 14, 2017

Of birthdays, injuries, and exciting finds

     
No, in case you were wondering based on the title of this post, today is not my birthday.  However it was in fact last Tuesday, therefore making this a continuation of  birthday week until midnight and hence I can still write this post within a reasonable passage of time.  So there.

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(Say what you will, this is one of my favorite lines of the whole movie) 
  
I turned old this year.  Actually, I've turned old every year for as long as I can remember.  For some reason I am always surprised at the amount of people who, when asking my age, don't understand what I mean when I say I'm "as old as the year".  I mean, is that such a weird simile to use that no one but myself understands it?  I understand me.  Do you understand me?  Does anyone understand me?!?!  Probably not, so we'll move on.

Do you know what my dear brother, sister, and brother-in-law surprised me with this year?  A pinata, they got me a pinata!  And not only that, they filled it with an absurd amount of skittles, because clearly they love me very much.  So I was taken outside, blindfolded, spun (which I could've done without), handed a sharp, pokey stick, and told to have at it.  Oh, it was great fun!  I do so love surprises! 
The Pinata at the Hospital
Once the poor donkey was brutally beaten and decapitated, of course Emma, in all her natural grace and dignity, proceeded to-(remember that sharp pokey stick?)-well she stepped on it.  Really stepped on it.  Without shoes.  That is not something I'd recommend any of you doing.  You see, limping around on a bandaged foot for a day and a half causes a lot of pressure on the opposite ankle, thus creating-in the words of my Pepere-"a hitch in your get-along", which then of course inevitably leads to a knot in your upper back.  Moral of the story?  Do not step on sharp pokey sticks. 

Okay, so that was my birthday! (Which really truly was fantastic despite.)  Come Thursday I hadn't succumb to blood poison and it was also shopping day.  While wandering through Walmart trying to find, of all things, a pair of scissors, I stumbled across a super exciting (exciting for me, anyways) something in the clearance aisle!  (Seriously though, you wouldn't believe how difficult it is to find the right kind of paper shears with all the mounds of school supplies they have in that horrible gigantic place.)


I found a big box of my favorite brand of yarn at a great discount on one of the clearance shelves!  This brand is usually pretty pricey so if I knew I needed it for a project I'd hoard my Michael's coupons and buy it there.  (Have I mentioned my love of that store before?  It is my favorite, before I went to  New York I was practically on a first name basis over there ;) )


 The pictures doesn't quite do the color justice but the finished product comes out looking sort of like a stained glass window.  Really pretty, anyway!  I'm going to use these skeins to make a bunch of "slouchy" hats for upcoming craft fairs and my new Etsy shop!  (More on that soon)

Finally in closing, I thought you'd like to know that I have checked a few items off of my list of summer ambitions.  I'll try and get a post up about that soon so you can see what mischief I've been up to!

Always, 

~Emma



 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Open Letter to August

     Is it really you again, dear?  It seems to me still so recent when we parted ways that eve of last September, how strange when I realize an entire year has come and gone since.  I've grown older, but somehow you still seem the same in my eyes - reckless, daring, youthful, full of all things bright and promising - just as you always are.


     When I was a child you were always my favorite, like a friend one looks forward to chumming with while on holiday, counting down the days until you arrived.  Hoping when you did that this time you would stay longer, perhaps never leave at all.  But time and again you spin me through your whirlwind of excitement, careless of time, oh so fleeting, careless that Summer's magnificent concerto is nearing its finale.
 
     I regret to say, my dear, that you behave rather like a rogue, yet despite this I will leave off reprimanding you for it.  Even if I could find the proper words with which to scold you I know it would do no good, for you would take them lightly, with a giggle and a wink, and be off again in twirls.  Perhaps it is this very roguishness that allows me to pardon you again year after year.  Perhaps it makes you somehow, in spite of your foolishness, endearing, a quality I have commonly found among most rogues of my acquaintance.


     Regardless of your faults, I confess that I remain still very fond of you, although not in the same way as when I was child.  I know now that you will not stay forever.


     Still I dance to your merry whirlwind and enjoy doing so, however now I am ever conscious that just as the golden summertime, no dance can last forever, but eventually must end and give way to the next.  Until then, let the crescendo rise, your dance has begun.

Devotedly Yours,

~Emma

    

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Happy Anniversary!

Wishing my Favorite Sister and Wonderful Brother-in-law a happy 1st wedding anniversary!

 Fifth Sacrament is the Marriage Covenant
May God continue to bless your marriage in the years to come as fully as in the preceding one!

From The Catholic Gentleman, an excellent blog.
~♥~
There are so many things about this that makes me laugh!


Always,
~Emma

Summer Ambitions~ 2017 Edition

I am always so seized during the span of these warmer months with such soaring aspirations towards greater productivity and creativity. 

Perhaps there is something in the sunshine and warmth or that special, joyful bloom lying all about and covering everything that sends my imagination whirring.  Whirring and reminding me of all the things I want to learn,

and create,

and do. 

John Sloane ~ summer respite ~ country ~ farm ~ girl & dog 

For me, if I want to get things done without forgetting or losing interest, I write it down.  So this is my list of things I want to learn, projects I want/need to accomplish, and skills I want to attain.  Some are more silly than practical, but why not have fun in the progress? 

 I plan to keep you all updated on my progress and at the end of the season see how many things I actually accomplished! 

And now the list:

1. Post more frequently. (No, I'm not kidding, I'm really going to try ;) )

2. Go through/reorganize/consolidate my hope chest and items therein.

3. Make more time for writing, and just write.

 Renee Zellweger as Beatrix Potter in 'Miss Potter' (2006).

 4. Learn to play guitar. (Or at least try.)

  There is a deep hole in our hearts where music once lived. Honing our craft and continuing to write music (separately and together) will help to fill that hole in as we find our rhythm again. | transition from surviving to thriving.

5. Maybe finally figure out how to ride a bike. Maybe.

6. Teach myself to play the lap harp. 
7. Repair bureau drawer. (There's a story to that, I promise!)

8. Learn to paint hand-blown eggs. (You know, like those gorgeous Eastern European ones. So fascinating!)
Krakus Market-Polish Easter Eggs, had an art teacher that could make these. She was Polish. 

 9.Read books  lots of books. 

Story of my life...
10. Repair broken statue.

11. Create a resume.

12. Make homemade SPRINKLES!!!  (Sounds super fun, maybe a disaster, but a fun disaster!)

 Say yes to sprinkles!
 13. Turn 17! (Eek)

14. Expand run for chickens. 
Girl Feeding Her Chickens by Allan R. Banks (1948, American)

 15. Crochet lots of items for Fall craft fairs and local fair entries.

There!  That's my list, what do you think?  It certainly isn't comprehensive, but it's something from which to work.  As I said, I 'll be sure to keep you all updated on my progress, success or fail, I promise!

While we're on the subject of goals, do you have anything you'd like to accomplish over the summer?  Things to do, places to go, people to see?  I'd love to hear!   

Well, I guess it's time to get started and "make hay while the sun shines", as they say!  Wish me luck!

Always,
~Emma

Friday, June 30, 2017

Things I love about June

Oh Emma, Emma, Emma, why is it you always begin composing blog posts past 10:30 p.m.?  Why can't your brain comply with regular office hours?  Why do you insist upon opening all of your recent posts with these odd soliloquies?

Hello.

I didn't have any grand plans of blogging tonight.  In fact, all I had in mind was curling up in my pajamas and finishing The Great Gatsby (which I did indeed complete).  Anyway, somewhere between the last page and Hamlette's closing remarks, my brain said something like, "Hey, let's write a blog post!"  I was like, "Why?" and my brain was like, "Because June 30th is such a pretty looking date, that's why!"

So here we are.

 Unfortunately for me, my over zealous brain didn't offer any brilliant suggestions as to what I should write about, so this is the best I could muster on my own.  I present to you,

Things I loved about June~

A poem to June. 
Beginning with this poem I found on *shocked gasp* Pinterest.  I know, right?

all the sweet prettiness of life
 I always feel like June is simply bursting with flowers, as though to make a bright show of fanfare to usher in the summer!  Because of course, Summer is yet another something I love about June.

 Meet me at the farmers market!
Also the month when fresh produce becomes more readily available.  Fresh peaches, plums, strawberries, and cherries!

Greek // Am I the only one who finds thunderstorms completely fascinating? ceraunophilia - loving thunder and lightening and finding them intensely beautiful
To all of those who suffer from a fear of this beautifully incredible phenomenon, (which has a name by the way, astraphobia), I deeply pity you!  I will admit, in certain circumstances they can be intimidating, but I will never cease to be amazed at how much power is displayed during a real thunderstorm.

The month of June brought visits from family and many close friends, including my little niece (Oh right, and my sister ;) ), so that was particularly special.

...go back...to feel a feet hints twice!
I think my favoritest thing of all, though, are all of the special memories of the past that are linked with the month of June.  The people, places, and things that make and have made this month special!

And thus ends my strange ramble for tonight! I hope my brain is satisfied because I have run out of ideas for this post.  I hope you all enjoyed your individual Junes!  

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~Emma

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Of piles, pages, and pussy cats

*Edit: I think I may have solved the issue with the pictures not displaying, please let me know if the problem continues.*

Oh wow, look at that.
It's June.

Well it is now June and I am home again and finally getting back into a routine.  *chokes on suppressed laughter at own hilarious joke*  Yeah, no, not really.  You want an idea of what life looks like presently?

Here, this is my desk. 

You would think the fact that the cat knocks at least one of those piles onto the floor every single morning would inspire me to find respective homes for them, but to no avail!  I am dreadfully skilled at ignoring such things and tripping over books is excellent exercise ;)

Ah yes! That brings me to the real reason I'm here, books!  There are so many book sales being held around here lately, it's really rather dangerous for me!

My treasures from book sale #1

  • Several American Girl books I didn't already own
  • Song of Years, Bess Streeter Aldrich.  I wasn't familiar with this one in particular but I have heard rave reviews on this author bantered about on you ladies' blogs, so why not?
  •  Irish Journal, German-Man-Who's-Name-I-Don't-Remember.  A descriptive work on Ireland by said German Man, pretty self explanatory.
  • The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Quite possibly the BEST book EVER.  I love it!!!  And bonus, not only was this an old copy, it had a pretty cover, and we all know how important that is!
 Book sale #2
  • Don Quixote, Miguel Cervantes.  I finally found a copy that wasn't abridged!  (Have I mentioned how I loathe abridged editions?)
  • The Mill On The Floss, George Eliot.  Doesn't that look pretty?  The cover drew me in immediately, it harkens back to simpler times.

 #3 Not exactly a book sale, but from a used bookstore.  Anyone ever heard of The Book Barn in New London, CT?
  • The Victorian Nursery Book, Two-Men-I-Don't-Know (but I think one is named Paul).  Sweet stories, nursery rhymes, and Victorian prettiness.
  •  Looking for Anne of Green Gables, Irene Gammel.  The name caught me on the spot!  It is sort of a dual biography of both Anne as a character and LM Montgomery as her author, I can't wait to read it!
  •  More Perfect Than the Moon, Patricia MacLachlan.  The third/fourth? book in the Sarah, Plain and Tall series (that I love). 
  •  At the Altar: Matrimonial Tales, LM Montgomery.  One of her lovely short story collections, of which there are dozens!
  • Pat of Silverbush, ^^^^^^^^   I have the sequel, but I didn't want to read it until I read this one!  Ah, these are Summer books!
Aaaaanndd, yeah.  Those are my treasures! Oh, and this one from the first book sale that I'm reading currently.

 I've always wanted to read The Great Gatsby, so that is the first I have begun.  Terrific so far!

What good books are you reading right now?  Have you read any of the above?

~Emma

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In the Land of the Empire State


Do you all remember a few weeks back when I said that I was going to post about my trip to New York?

"Life has been pretty crazy around here lately, but I fully intend to get in at least one post about New York while I'm here.  One.  I have so many ideas floating around in my head right now I just need to find a few minutes to write them down!  Please, bear with me, I think you'll like them :)"~April 26, 2017, Introducing.....

(Yes, I copy and pasted my exact words.  I strive for consistency despite lack of productivity.)

 i said yesterday i would do it tomorrow, when i woke up this morning it was today, i didn't say anything about doing it today.:

Anyway, clearly that is a promise I have not yet fulfilled, and I do so dislike broken promises.  So here we are.  This is my collection of  adventures, misadventures, and observances concerning the grand ol' state of New York. (oh, and be prepared for random facts throughout because facts are just cool.  They are.)


Map of New York 

Let's start with a quick geography lesson, shall we?  

That, that is not New York City. That is in fact New York State.  Let it be cleared up here and now that New York is a state, a state in which NYC just so happens to be located in, but they are not one in the same.  You see up in the Northwest corner by that unlabeled-body-of-water? *Good job whoever said Lake Ontario*  My sister whom I am visiting lives somewhere up there.  So I did not visit the aforementioned city, not even close.  We will not mention that place again.

If I'm going to do this correctly then we have to back up two months to the beginning of the adventure.

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 My adventure by train began here...

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 ...Union Station

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Fact: Union Station first opened its doors in 1911, servicing over 10,000 passengers daily, and is known as "the Beautiful Portal to the Heart of the Commonwealth".

The train ride from Worcester was uneventful but not disagreeable by any means.  That is up until...

Albany: a pleasant place?

What was supposed to be a 1-hour stopover in the state capitol quickly turned into more like upwards of 3 hours.  Stuck on a train.  A train that needed to restock its cafe car.  On the upside, it turned out to be a neat experience chatting with fellow stranded passengers and learning their destinations, getting to be a part of their story.  
  
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The brochure in front of my seat, I showed this to my dad (who was my traveling companion) and it quickly became our motto.  Well done, Amtrak, truer words have never been spoken.

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Eventually we did get moving again and I got a cool shot of the skyline.  I suppose all-in-all Albany wasn't too bad, considering we made it to our respective destinations before cannibalism became an immediate concern.

Fast forward from the end of March and here we are!  I am still in NY but will be returning home again next week, and I must say, it will be good to be home again!  

Lived: Buffalo, Corning, Elmira (Finger Lakes Region)  Been: Rochester, Syracuse, Oswego, Binghamton, Albany, New York, Adirondack Mountains:

In closing, here are a few observations I've made during my time here.  Wait, allow me to bullet them for you.

  • If I had to describe Syracuse in one word, that word would be rust.  
  •  There are seagulls haunting EVERY McDonald's parking lot. Literally.  It's a rare occurrence to turn onto the highway entrance ramp and not be bidden farewell from a seagull perched on those infamous golden arches!  
 Happier than a Seagull with a French Fry:

  • Friendly people.  They almost make me believe all those cliche lines about "cold, reserved New Englanders "!
  •  Nearly everywhere you look there are daffodils.  Like, absolutely everywhere, especially along the highway.  I was really surprised when I heard they weren't the state flower!
 Buttercup Field. Just like the fields at the family farm. Love you granddaddy.:
Fact: The state flower is the Rose.  (Of which I haven't seen one)

  • The Bagel vs. Bagel (bag-gle) controversy.  I personally subscribe to the former pronunciation and had never heard this strange alternative until recently.  Which do you use, I'm curious?
 Fact: Bagels did not originate in NY despite their popularity therein, the first bagels were made in Jewish communities in Poland as early as the 15th century :)


There, I think I've covered everything!  If you ever have the opportunity, New York is definitely a nice state to visit!  Have you ever been before/lived there?

~Emma



Monday, May 1, 2017

In Honor of St. Catherine

    
     Being one of my favorite saints, I wanted to make sure I got in a quick little post about Saint Catherine of Siena before too much time had gone by her feast day.  Only two days, I don't think I did too bad :)

St. Catherine of Siena. Philosopher, theologian, greatly respected for her spiritual writings and boldness to "speak truth to power," and a Doctor of the Church.:  
St. Catherine of Siena, 14th cen. philosopher and Doctor of the Church


     I apologize in advance because this post is less of me writing about this amazing saint and more my overwhelming you with a gazillion beautiful pictures and quotes.  Sorry about that ;) But I'll let her speak for herself, her writings are simply incredible and her life even more so!

 St. Catherine of Siena:  

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  St. Catherine of Siena quotes. Catholic Saints:
How important to remember, yet so easy to forget! 


St. Catherine of Siena Quote:  

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 St. Catherine of Siena / Catholic Saints:
Growth through temptation and trial... 

St. Catherine of Siena | http://www.saintnook.com/saints/catherineofsiena - A Beautiful Mystery: St. Catherine of Siena inspired outfit //:  
When St. Catherine was 14, her mother arranged a betrothal between herself and the son of local merchant.  Catherine, however, had no wish to be married as she had already promised herself to Our Lord as His bride, so she cut off her beautiful long hair with her mother's sewing scissors to make herself undesirable to her suitor.

 St. Catherine of Siena | Monday Morning with the Saints on The Catholic Wife | by Katie Sciba #mmwsTCW:

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 Spend time prayerfully reflecting on these words of St. Catherine of Siena. #ReflectwithMystics:

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saint catherine of siena quotes - Google Search:
Fear is understandable and silence is easy but it is only through truth and bravery that one will succeed.

Be who God meant you to be. ~St Catherine of Siena:
I'm sure we've all heard this one... 

     I hope you survived my wordy ramble!  If you still want to know more on the life St. Catherine of Siena, I recommend you take a look here, here, and here.  Enjoy!

 Always,
~Emma