Friday, November 29, 2013

Thankful Thursday #4

The final Thankful Thursday was definitely meant to be on Thursday, but Thanksgiving is always so busy. So here it is...
 My final thing to be Thankful for: That I have so much to be thankful for! That I have so many things I could mention that I cannot write them all... I am truly blessed. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Also, I finished The Lightkeeper's Daughter, so be on the lookout for a review coming up soon!
Ciao for now...

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thankful Thursday #3

You guys didn't think I forgot about Thankful Thursdays did you? I just had a delayed memory. And homework.... but now I have time and I have a list for last Thursday:

  • Classical Music: when I come home from school tired or stressed, I love listening to Classical music. And it doesn't distract me when I'doing my homework but want to listen to something. :) I use the classical station on Pandora. I'm especially liking Chopin right now.                                                            '
  • the Library: Libraries are magical places where I could come home with an armload of books and not pay a red cent. And that's lovely. I am so glad our library system has been able to brace itself in these difficult times, when many libraries are being closed. (I just got the Mercy Falls series yesterday, so you may see a review on it sometime soon!)                                                                                   
  • I am thankful for mints. They calm you, they freshen your breath, and they are a nice little treat. When I was younger I remember I really didn't like them, but it is definitely growing on me.                                    
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: They are so funny. I was a bit wary when I heard it was a "modern" adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. I usually do not like modern interpretations. But this was fresh, fun, and I really ended up enjoying it.                                                                                                                                   
  • Letters: Getting a letter in the mail is the best feeling. And I just recently received a delightful one. E-mails and text messages are nice, but NOTHING beats good ol' pen and paper!
  • I'm thankful my grandmother's getting better. We had a bit of a scare for a while, but she is recovering, and that is definitely something to be thankful for!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thankful Thursday #2

It's Thursday again, which means it's time to be thankful! So, I have made a little list again of what I am especially thankful for at the moment....
  • Warm beds. There is nothing like snuggling into a warm bed with a good book at the end of a long day. Fuzzy socks help too. :)
  • Lotions. I have many lotions and potions. Many of the with scents; and when my skin gets cracked and chapped around this time of year, it is nice to have something to both smooth and soothe the skin.... while making you smell good. Wow I sound rather like an advertisement. Oh, well.
  • Friends. I am awfully thankful for my friends. Anytime I need help, even on something as simple as a math problem, they are there to help me out. And that's really nice to know.
  • Quotes. I love quotes. It is amazing how someone you don't even know, someone from another place or even another time, can feel how you feel, and express it ever so much nicer than you ever could. The quotes that just get to you. And I love finding those. I am a major quote collector. I have them on my desktop, on my chalkboard, on my cork board, and in a notebook. Here are a few I have liked lately: "
"Once you face and understand your limitations, you can work with them, instead of having them work against you and get in your way, which is what they do if you ignore them, whether you realize it or not. And then you will find that, in many cases, your limitations can be your strengths." -The Tao of Pooh

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -Philippians 4:13

"What day is it?"asked Pooh. "It's Today!" squeaked Piglet. "My favorite day," said Pooh. -Winnie the Pooh 

"Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts." -Charles Dickens

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less." -C.S. Lewis

And, finally, "People are often unreasonable and self-centered: forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives: be kind anyway.
If you're successful, you'll win some false friends and some true enemies: succeed anyway.
If you're honest and frank, people may cheat you: but be honest anyway.
What you spend years building, someone can destroy overnight: build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous: be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow: do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough: give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it's between you and God, it was never between you and them anyway."
-Mother Teresa 

Do you have a favorite quote(s)? I hope you have a lovely end of the week! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday #1

Happy November everyone! Since sometimes I am rather erratic in my posting, I decided to do a little blog series for November: "Thankful Thursday(s)." This month is the month of Thanksgiving, after all. Also, sometimes I feel I get too busy to be thankful and I only see what is wrong. So hopefully this will put some things in perspective.

I thought I might just make a list and do an explanation on each.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Fireplaces. Starting late October, my dad started bringing inside some chopped wood and making a wonderful, cozy, crackling fire. I have quite enjoyed doing my homework in front of it. (But I enjoy reading in front of it even more, which I get to do sometimes, but not as much as I would wish ;))

  • Tea. I am always thankful for tea. Tea is wonderful! I don't know why I didn't like it, but kids can be very picky eaters (and drinkers.) I probably started liking tea three years ago, and now I have a small little row of loose leaf tea tins in my cabinet! (I also have tea bags for the on-the-go quickies. Earl Grey is my favorite at the moment, with a little bit of honey.
  • The Mitford Years series by Jan Karon. I did a question and answer/review on book one of this series here. Mitford and its inhabitants have now become some of my best book companions these past few months. Sad to say, I'm already on Light from Heaven, the last book in the series. But never fear, there are other Mitford books, such as the Christmas book, Shepherd's Abiding.
  • Pinterest. Yes, I am thankful for Pinterest. It is so much fun, although it does rather waste time when I should be doing something productive, but at least I'll have my wedding plans set when I marry "Gilbert!" :)
  • Faith. I have recently been thinking about this more and more, especially since I am reading the Mitford series, which is about an Episcopalian priest. Faith seems to be overwhelming but comforting at the same time; if that makes sense.
  • Family. Last but not least, I am thankful for family. Thankful for my crazy sister and our silly arguments, because even though we argue and fight, I have a sister who I can argue, fight, and joke with! I have a mom and dad who love each other and love me, and I have an adorable pooch who will not be trained not to play with my fuzzy socks, no matter how hard I try to teach him. ;) 
I hope that wasn't too ramble-y. I hope this series proves to be fun and interesting. And I hope you all are having a good November. What are you thankful for?