Ramblings 1

I thought about starting a new blog just for this post and anything of the same vein that might come after it. I don’t want to deal with it so …

I’m feeling stuck right now.

Nothing will happen anyhow.

My sisters were off with my brother and now they are home. We all collected stuff during the ten months they were gone. An already crowded room, just got even more cramped.

I want to do something daring.

Life should be about caring.

Nothing is so overbearing.

I had plans to travel this summer. Leave my sisters to figure out how to deal with matters. See the world. Prove that I am mature. Stupid Virus happened.

Less money, fewer opportunities

Can there be immunities?

I wanted to see other communities.

College is a no go for me. Yes. You have to have a degree to get most jobs, but… I can’t. I won’t. It only proves that you can dedicate yourself to work, unless you get a higher degree. I’m homeschooled. It should be obvious that I can do that. I know more than some of the idiots that have graduated. I may have less worldly experiences, but how much does that really matter. I can take care of myself.

Know what’s behind emotion.

That is an odd notion.

Not to cause commotion.

But there is an ocean.

I read My Side Of The Mountain at a far to impressionable age. I want to be alone, but make friends. I want to live off of the land. I’m in a small town. Technically a city, by some definitions. I have three friends. Two of them I’ve known for seventeen years. The other lives in Korea. I need to write her. I’ve known her for a couple years.

 

 

This is not who I usually try to be, but it’s who I have been feeling recently

Spotlight On: THE GRIM ALLIANCE

THE GRIM ALLIANCE

The Infidel Books, #2

The grim alliance

SUMMARY

WHEN THE NATION RIOTS, THE INFIDELS MUST BLEED.

The Second Civil War storms through the crippled US and winter brings nothing but disaster. West Johnston has earned his mafia father’s trust while searching for hidden answers: why are the UN leaders being assassinated, and why can’t the killers be found? If West can’t stop the Union from attacking D.C. in their last attempt to win the war, how can he stop his father?

Springtown remains one of the few townships left standing amid the tyrannical rule. Another group of gangsters prepare the town for winter. Rene’ Fisher is torn between fearing for her boyfriend Simon’s life and the upheaval taking place in Springtown. Can her father keep the town at peace? Will God have mercy on the allegiance the town must form with an unlikely candidate in order to survive, or will Rene’s home burn like the rest of the world?

Told in multiple bold, abrasive narratives, THE GRIM ALLIANCE steps into a war-ridden nation where bleeding for what you believe is the only option for those determined to win. But with faith, can even the bloodiest hands be made clean?

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I beta read the first book in the series, then I reread it as an ARC. I really wanted to read this book, but I wasn’t sure I would be able to finish it in time. As I’m busy reading books for ‘Neath The Hackberry Reading Club. So this is just a spotlight, but I’m sure the book is great based on my thoughts of the last one.

AUTHOR BIO

Angela R. Watts is a YA fiction author who strives to glorify the Lord in all she does. She’s a homeschool graduate  living at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, though with Gypsy and Norwegian in her blood, she tends to travel. She’s been writing stories since she was little, but also enjoys chores, painting, and watching sunsets.

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The Comet

Long explanation as to why this post is what it is.

So for those of you who aren’t amateur astronomers, there has been a comet in the sky for the past few days.  I think it’s called Neowise. Mom showed it to me and on Tuesday I took the camera out and she brought out the telescope.

sunset and stars

I don’t know if you can tell, but some stars are showing in this facing North at sunset picture.

setting up the telescope

I got this picture by setting the shutter speed to really slow and setting the camera on the ground. That is Mom and B.

first decentish pic

Then the comet became visible and I decide to skip a bunch of really bad pictures that I thought at time of taking were duds and show you the first decent ish picture I got of the comet. After celebrating I went and got this set up that I actually got a picture of the next day.

my setup

 

satelite or something

So this is the first picture I got with the new set up. I discovered that my angle was wrong but I caught a plane or something, so I left it in.

 

So these two little pictures should be looked at full size, but I didn’t want to just have them one after the other as they are so similar, but the one on the right is slightly better. then I went to bed because it was late.

On Wednesday I went out and was hoping to get a picture that showed where the comet was in the sky. It’s pretty visible in the right picture, but can you find it in the left?

Finally I got these to pictures and went to bed because it was getting late. Oh and in case you were wondering how I got the pictures of the stars I set the ISO way up, set the settings to P, and set the exposure comp to +5.

Princess Anjuli Shorts Take 1

So ages ago, back before I started this blog, I visited India. I was visiting A who is a teacher and I audited a number of classes. One of the classes I audited was gym. It was fun. I was in gym with a couple of my friends. One of whom was named Anjuli.

Anjuli1.8

For gym most people wore shorts, though it wasn’t required and I mostly wore skirts. The problem most of the girls seemed to face was that their shorts were to short for the school standards (actually a couple of the guys got caught on it too) As I said I wore skirts, but even if I had worn shorts almost all of my shorts come down to knee length.

Such Lovely Pockets

After I came home I began thinking of making my own clothing line and one of the first things that came to mind was making shorts for my friend. I immediately thought of a pair of shorts that I had made especially for that trip. I still wear them regularly and so I thought I would share about them.

Since then I have changed some details in my planned design and I need to make a third pair, that will hopefully be the final design. But that is for another post or two.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Sunshine blogger

My brain died last month. First it was a week of nervous hope with a side of niephlings. Then a week of hospice waiting. Next up was a week of sadness. And finally a “P, I wanted you to wait until after you got married, to get engaged.” I haven’t felt like sunshine or like blogging.  Except for last Friday, but that was in April. That day was full of sunshine even if it was the most miserable weather we’ve had in a month.

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked 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/or on your blog.

 

  • If the situation becomes dire and you have to trade away your precious books in exchange for food*, and you can only choose 5 books from your TBR to keep, which books would you choose?

If I’m only choosing from my physical owned TBR shelf, I get to automatically keep one of the books that is book 6 of a series I’ve only read the first two of. It’s not on the shelf so it doesn’t count. A quick look at my shelf immediately brought to attention three books that I really want to keep

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Indian Boyhood By Charles A Eastman, The Jim Thorpe Story By Gene Schoor *I wrote this ages ago and have since read this book, The Book Of Lost Tales 2 By JRR Tolkien

Next up I had to sort through a bunch of books I feel meh about. And I also decided that I want to represent the type of books I like so… The next one I picked was naturally chosen for its cover just as it was originally, though the blurb sounds cool too, even though it’s a genre I have really mixed feeling for. *I wrote this ages ago and have since read this book.

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When You Are Near By Tracie Peterson. It’s Christain Historical Fiction Romance.

Next I really wanted a middle-grade novel. I don’t have a great selection of middle grade novels on my shelf, I don’t have many books at all on my TBR shelf.

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Early Thunder By Jean Fritz

  • If you can only choose 5 books to re-read, which books would you choose?

I’m going to go ahead and choose books that are not part of any series to cut down on the numbers to choose from. Also, I’m only choosing novels.

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The Princess Bride By William Goldman, Catrin In Wales By Mabel Esther Allen, A Book By Georgina By Barbara C Freeman, The Pushcart War By Jean Merrill, The Jungle Book By Rudyard Kipling

I’ve reread all of these, but Catrin in Wales. I would mention the book by Mabel Esther Allen that I have reread, but that is part of a series. I’m also missing a good three authors from my reread list because they only write series.

  • What food can you never get tired of eating?

Salad?

  • What is your favourite thing to do in the comfort of your home, other than reading and blogging?

Sewing

  • What are your thoughts about exercising inside the house?

Erm. I’m not a fan.

  • If you wake up tomorrow and realize that your life up until now has been a dream, and that you are in fact have been living in a different country or fictional world your entire life, what country/fictional world do you want to wake up in?

The Shire!!! Or Rohan! Would also accept Archenland.

  • Which pet (real or fictional) would you choose to be your self-isolation companion?

Dunno

  • Takeout or home cooking?

Home cooking. I don’t need to go to a restaurant.

  • Favourite social media platform?

Instagram. Bookstagram.

  • TV shows or movies?

Neither. Movies if I must.

  • Do you binge-read books or read a bit at a time?

It depends on the book. The one I’m reading I’m taking my time with, I might just finish it this evening because I just need to finish it. The Chronicles of Fid Book 2 Behind Distant Stars. (Note I wrote this on Wednesday. I finished TCoF on Saturday)

*Note: I’m just kidding here. Last time I heard, our food supply is pretty solid and won’t diminish any time soon- so no real need to panic!

My Questions *If you would rather answer one of the questions I was asked feel free to

  1. What is your favorite plant? (Unexplained bonus points if it can be a houseplant.)
  2. What is the least common thing you are a fan of? (meaning something only you are a fan of)
  3. What is your favorite activity to do on your porch?
  4. What is your favorite summer snack?
  5. Are you happy with your current room decor?
  6. Would you rather read a book, watch a movie, or do a craft?
  7. What subject would you like to learn more about?
  8. How do you advise getting into shape?
  9. Do you collect anything?
  10. Can you dance a ballroom dance?
  11. How many people have you met who donn’t like chocolate?

I tag

Aubrey

Martha Abilene

Kate Willis

Brooklyn

AM Heath

Shae

Katja

Mercy

Tales Of The Lonely Sun

EJ

Lilly

So I really want to thank Sophie Li for tagging me with this. I had been struggling and recently life has been crazy and I had to replace a computer and we went on a long trip and we’ll go on another long trip next month and I’ve rearranged my room three or four times and I have to do it again before the next trip. So Sorry Sophi that this has taken me so long to do. I started it ages ago, but… I’m also sorry I haven’t been reading your posts, but I’m trying to get back into schedule now.