Coloring Books – Enchanted Forest

Well, this post is well overdue! It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Sorry. Summer is a busy time when schedules seem to disappear. Don’t worry, because when school starts in a few weeks I’ll be following a schedule again and writing on this blog will become regular again.

Last Sunday, I bought a coloring book. It’s called Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest and Coloring Book by Joanna Basford.

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I knew when I bought it that I was going to love it, and I do. It’s the perfect thing to do while listening to music, audiobooks, and TV. My sister’s both have coloring books as well and I wanted one for a long while. When I discovered the Enchanted Forest coloring book I knew it was the book for me. I bought it along with some coloring pencils and as soon as it arrived I started working on it.

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Those are the pages that I’ve finished so far. Coloring this past week has relaxed me and given me something to work on while listening to a book. I’m very happy with my purchase and I can’t wait to color more pages. 😀

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My Music is Back :)

Starting yesterday my “music ban” lifted and I listened to Air for Free for the first time. 🙂 It was good to be listening to music again, but even better to be listening to an album that I’ve been really excited about releasing. I love Air For Free, it’s a great album, and I plan on reviewing it soon. That reminds me, I also need to catch up on my Adam Young
(filmscores) reviews.

I don’t plan on wasting so much time on music anymore. Last week taught me the importance of saving time for other things. Over the past week I have accomplished more writing, reading, and coloring (more on that later), then I have in a long time. I have most definitely benefitted from my break.

This week I plan on continuing to spend my time wisely, but listening to some music now and again. I have lots to talk about, but not much time or energy to talk. We are getting ready for a garage sale and that takes up time and energy.

Later,

Claire

 

NMC Day 6: Tea Time

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On Saturday I started drinking tea every morning. I pulled out my teacup and teapot and grabbed the tea-tray that we just got from my Grandma. I’ve always been a big tea drinker and my favorite way to drink tea is from my little teacup. 🙂 It’s adorable.

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I was sitting in the kitchen and reading the last chapter of Coronation Summer when I decided that it was definitely a tea sort of day. So I prepared everything and set it all up. It’s funny the things you think of when you have more time to think. img_20160724_070402407.jpg

 

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I like drinking my tea the “English way.” I drink Black tea with milk and sugar. It makes me think of last winter (and many winters before) when my siblings and I would drink a pot (or two) of tea every morning before school.

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To Be Honest: I’m missing music immensely. 😦 I’m glad I took a break from it, but I’m very excited to listen to Air For Free and the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack. Ugh. Yep. Definietely missing my music. If you want to listen to a sad song, listen to The End of the Wolrd by Skeeter Davis. It’s an old song that I first heard on Granite Flats (an awesome show).

NMC Day 5: Missing Music/Random

I am both missing and hating music right now. I hate it because I have really stupid songs stuck in my head, but I miss it because I really want to listen to some Relient K right now!

I have been in a really good mood this week and I don’t know why. There is something uplifting about my little world lately. I’ve been able to tune out the outside world for a while and just remember that life is still beautiful. I know I can’t do it forever, but sometimes it’s good to remember that life isn’t all about the terrible things that happen.

I am happy because:

  1. My coloring book (hahaha, I know) comes tomorrow!!!
  2. I finished Coronation Summer
  3. I get to have tea in the morning like a proper English girl!
  4. Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street is a great show!

P.S – I planned a good post for today, but nothing was working right and 1) I had a long day and 2) It’s getting late. 🙂

Reading: NMC Day 2

By the way, NMC stands for No Music Challenge. I just wanted to make that clear. 🙂

Reading. Reading. Reading. I love reading. Right now I’m in the middle of a good book called Coronation Summer by Angela Thirkell. It’s set in the late 1830s when Victoria became the Queen of England and is about two friends who travel to London for the festivities. It’s also a love story about how the two girls meet their husbands during the trip. 🙂 I am thoroughly enjoying it!

I love reading and I always have. I love reading books that captivate my attention and heart, and take me on a journey that I can’t pull myself away from. Those are the best kinds of books to me. The ones that won’t let me go. I have found many such books like that in my life, but one of the most captivating books I have ever read is called Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marrillier. I read it while I was at Disney World two years ago. I just brought it for some light reading and because I must always bring a book with me wherever I go. Anyways, I ended up devouring that book. I couldn’t put it down. I read it everywhere; while waiting in line, while eating meals, while on the bus, and at the hotel room. I couldn’t stop reading it.

These past few days have been beautiful days full of happy things, but the thing I have enjoyed the most is sitting on my deck and reading. It takes me back to when reading was all I did. ever. Those were good days and I hope to bring them back, at least somewhat.

Some of my favorite books:

  • The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
  • Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Please, share some of your favorite books!

MBTI Day – NMC Day 1 

(Photo credit me😜) 

I planned all day to make this post about reading, but I didn’t do a lot of that today. Instead of listening to music today I…

  • Got a ton of schoolwork done
  • Played my ukulele
  • Went to a movie with friends 
  • Typed nearly everyone in my family using the MBTI system. 

Here’s a page explaining MBTI. It’s awesome and I love it, but I’ve had to learn to realize that people are not just they’re type. They’re real human beings with depth, personal experiences, and quirks. That being said, the test can help with personal development and understanding others. 

I love reading about the different types, becauae they’re each unique and completely different from each other. I’ve learned a lot about myself and those around me using MBTI. I think it could be a very valuable tool in getting to know someone or understanding why they act like they do.

Tomorrow I babysit, 

Claire

Taking a Break…

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(First and foremost, look at that beautiful bug! My siblings and I found it on the front porch of my Grandparent’s house while we were on vacation and I had to take a picture of it)

This week I want to take a break from something that has been distracting me for a while now. Music. As you know I love music and it’s a huge part of my life, but it’s beginning to take over my life. It’s not that I can’t do anything or go anywhere without listening to music, but it is taking away time that could be spent on other things that I love to do.

A List of the Things I Could Do (was I not listening to so much music):

  1. Finish school faster
  2. Put more effort into this blog
  3. Write more
  4. Read more

I’ll be updating this blog every day (as usual) to report on this special “challenge” that I’m doing and if I have more time to do other things.

Until Tomorrow,

Claire

Sunset

I watched the sun set over the beach. It’s funny how a little thing like a sunset is really not such a little thing. It’s a beautiful thing and there’s no better way to experience it then to see it by a large body of water. The way the light reflects off of the water and colors the clouds is amazing to see. It’s one part of nature that I have always been in awe of.

Yesterday, when I saw the sunset, I tried to ingrain it into my memory so that I could write about it later. Here is what I remember: large clouds skirting across the western sky, the sun quickly descending into the midst of them. I remember the riot of colors that exploded into being as the sun passed by the clouds. There were pinks, reds, oranges, and gold. I remember the grey-blue of the clouds and the white-tipped waves that rushed to the shore.

I can never see something as it truly is for long, because my imagination takes over and I see a new world. No matter how old and mature I get I never want to stop seeing things as they could be, or imagining things into being. Yesterday, I saw a cloud boat. It was floating near the water, a little to the east of the sunset, away from the docks and moorings of the cloud islands. It was colored pink and a tiny white flag could be seen fluttering in the breeze. Soon, it had sailed away into the evening sky.

There were lots of people down by the shore. There were kids playing in the water and on the dunes. They played in the sand and by the shore. The adults were snapping pictures and walking up and down the beach. I wondered what it would be like if no one worried about taking the perfect picture and we all just watched the sunset instead. Of course, I thought of Look On Up by Relient K. I was seeing that song play out in front of my eyes. Pictures are great, but they can never replace the beauty and wonder of seeing a real sunset.

Those are my thoughts. 🙂

Claire