A Large Year End Post

I don’t know what happened this year, but I was busy. So skip what you like, but kindly pay attention to the first section.

Social Media

I started an Instagram. It’s smallish. I mainly post about Fashion, Sewing, and Life.

I started a Bookstagram. It’s a bit bigger.

I started a Youtube Channel. It will be primarily about books. I also plan on doing fact sections. My goal with it is to have five thousand followers by the end of the year. I know this is crazy as most people don’t care about the books I love at all. YAY!

I also have a Ko-fi account. This month I haven’t done much on it, but I plan on doing more in 2020.

I have a Reedsy account. I haven’t done much with it, but I could…

I use Pinterest off and on. Yeah, skip it.

Writing

I participated and won both Camp Nano’s and Nanowrimo.

I wrote some this year. I finished my novella/middle-grade novel Aleah Ash. Now it just needs a few readers, a bit more editing, and then I may see about publishing it.

I worked on plotting my steampunk trilogy. Literally.

I got a good way into the rough draft of Containsia book one. I plan on finishing it soon. My hope is to start work on book two next Nanowrimo.

I also have written a few recipes for my cookbook, but write now I’m struggling with how serious it should be. (Strange Humor or Mostly Sensible) I hope to get further along with it.

Blog

This year I grew as a blogger. I did well and learnt lots. I got rid of a bunch of pointless subscribers. I participated in blog tours.

Family and Life

January

I don’t know what happened. I visited Arkansas. Don’t have plans

February

Wrote my 100th blog post. Designed a floor plan. Still no plans

March

It happened. G-pa’s turning 90

April

Made myself a silk skirt. Participated in Camp Nano. It started raining. Maybe go to NY and Camp Nano

May

M’s best friend got married. I was part-time photographer. No plans

June

Went camping. Took a trip. Saw two weddings. Visited Canada for the first time in my memory. Explored a tornado aftermath. (Do you want to hear about that?) Went swimming. No plans

July

Turned 20. Did Camp Nano No plans Camp Nano

August

Is in the past. Plans???

September

Started Sustainable Tuesday. Started planning on my sister’s leaving. No plans

October

Planned for Nanowrimo. Had a crazy dream. Pattern tested. Got a job. Got a second job. No plans

November

Sisters left. Did Nanowrimo. Got a Niece. Updated my room. Got a third job. Saw Niece. Nanowrimo. (visit Israel???)

December

Was busy. Got left behind. Spent a week by myself. No plans.

Reading

Yes that is one hundred and seventy seven books. This year I plan on reading 500 books at least.

Busyness and Peace

Lately, I’ve been super busy. I have three steady jobs, writing, and sewing that I want to do on top of a number of other things, including research.

Some days I just feel exhausted. Some days breakfast hasn’t even started before I’m ready to go back to bed.

Other days are great until something goes wrong.

And some days are just perfect.

I think it depends on how much I pay attention to the Bible the day before, not how much I sleep.

In my family, there are many opportunities to pay attention. Memory Work, Family Bible Reading, and Personal Quiet Time. But after a long day, it is easy to ignore the after dinner reading. A sleepless night makes saying completely by rote a memory verse simple. And running behind often cuts into personal quiet time.

How do you deal with it? How do you make your mind focus on what it should when it wants to wander off into nothing?

I guess if I knew that I could make a lot of money.

 

Golden Birthdays

Golden birthdays are one of the coolest birthdays in your life. It is the one when you turn the same age as the day of the month your birthday is on. Mine is coming up so I decided to talk about them.

I am the last of my family to have their golden birthday. I may not have the latest birthday into the month, but I am the second youngest. I was told I should have two pieces of cake to celebrate.

Esther is behind a chocolate cake with 15 candles in it
A yummy cake from several years back

What should you do on your golden birthday?

Celebrate it. Tell people that it is your golden birthday. Make sure to have cake and eat special foods. Have a party.

If you like me are on the older side of things, may I suggest accomplishing something big before it. Make a point to finish projects (for yourself) in time to enjoy the benefits on your Golden Birthday.

 

Ten P’s In A Pod

They are Gramsie’s cousins

-My Sister-in-law

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my oldest brother and while there I read “Ten P’s in a Pod”. It is an interesting read.

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Through out the book, there is the claim “Most unusual family in the world”. Maybe back then they were super unusual, but to me the girls sounded like “girls”. By “girls” I mean they really cared about how they looked. Sure I care about how I look, but not enough to get my hair done in the latest style, or to spend my family’s few dollars on books and magazines.

I felt like someone had edited the book. The family had memorized large portions of the Bible. The Bible was often quoted in the book and most of them had the reference in parentheses at the end. Enough of the verses didn’t though or also had the phrasing “in (book of the Bible)”

I felt like though at least the author wasn’t a hypocrite, the kind of life his family led could easily lead to hypocrisy. They traveled North America singing, encouraging people to read the Bible, quoting the Bible, and the father preached. I think that the family’s habit of all 10 year olds on up being in the Bible at least 2.5 hours stopped them from that fate.

Speaking of reading the Bible for 2.5 hours everyday. I don’t think it is necessary for normal people to read nearly that much. Personally for me most days I’ll get half an hour. For those who teach about the Bible, yes I think 2.5 hours is great, maybe consider more, but for most of us our job is to act out God’s Words and that requires taking our heads out of books, movies, computers, and instead helping others.

 

2019, Summer Road Trip AKA Why I’ve Been Gone

Some of my readers and some people I read may have noticed I’ve not been online hardly at all these past ten days. Here is why.

I’ve been on a Summer Road Trip.

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Two Thursdays ago we headed down to the Ozarks. There we picked up my eldest brother and drove to Maryland. (Lots of driving is unsurprisingly an important part of a summer road trip) Once there we discovered that there had been a tornado the night we were driving, but thankfully the wedding was still on.

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We spent the weekend exploring the park, scrambling over downed trees, (this was a difficult hike “an important part of a summer road trip) helping out, and enjoying friends.

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On Sunday we went to my oldest brother’s Oldest Brother In Law’s house and spent the night.

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On Monday we drove up to see a very dear old friend of the family. (spending time with friends and family, very important to a summer road trip) After lunch and catching up we finished driving to P’s house. There it was decided that R should go back and take care of his kids, because his wife was sick,  sicker, and pregnant.

Tuesday was spent doing chores (Another of the most important parts of a summer road trip) I did four loads of laundry.

Wednesday we went to Letchworth State Park (The Number One State Park In America)

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On Thursday, again with chores. In the afternoon a friend of P’s came over and we went to a park. While at that park, we went on a fairy house trail, which inspired me to write in my journal for the first time in over six months.

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On Friday we drove to Niagara FallsDSC_0200

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Then we continued on to Grand Rapids. And I went swimming in my new swimsuit for the first time.

Saturday we helped get the reception area ready, (helping out is yet another important part of a summer road trip) then after lunch was my youngest older cousin’s wedding. (On Mom’s side). We also helped clean up.

Sunday after church, we went swimming again. Then had a confusing bunch of groups wandering around.

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Monday we drove home. Summer road trips can honestly come at any time of year, but they are most often done in summer. I plan on posting more pictures of the trip to my Instagram. Link should be on the right.

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