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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Travel Clothes

I love traveling. Unfortunately I don’t have any money so I can rarely do it. That being said, this weekend I’ll probably help my oldest brother drive out to a wedding. So I’d better have travel clothes planned.

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Travel clothes are annoying, you want some variation, so you don’t feel like you are wearing the same thing all the time, but you don’t want to take much. (So you can have more room for books, games, souvenirs, equipment, etc.)

Of course you don’t want to look to snazzy (unless you’ll have no time to change) nor do you want to look to casual (you may end up making an important first impression). And the longer and more varied your plans are, the more interesting it can get.

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I’ve made many decisions over the years of what to pack for which adventure. Once I packed a brand new skirt for a camping trip (to wear on a rest day) so that when I got back I wouldn’t mind wearing it from day to day. Other times I will make sure to pack my grubby skirt so I can garden or wrestle goats. Some trips I make sure my clothes look nice enough for town, but can also go onto the day hiking trails.various adventures 1084.JPG

But the most important part is the traveling look. The look one wears while in the car, or on the plane, or the train, or whatever. It needs to be comfortable, but respectable.

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Sorry for the massive size of the photo.

I’ve chosen for several years now to wear a spit skirt while traveling. More recently I’ve added a shirt of a similar color. What do you choose to wear on the go? Do you have something set aside as special in your wardrobe or is it whatever you feel like wearing?

Sorry about the fact I didn’t post about my swimsuit, but I haven’t used it yet. (in spite of the fact that I did go for a short swim last weekend)

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Time To Hurry

This past week I went to visit my oldest brother and his family. Us girls spent most of our time making bridesmaid dresses. S and I did spend part of one morning posing by a waterfall.

I don’t know what I will wear to the wedding. I could borrow something. I could re-wear something. I could make something.

I also need to finish and photograph a shirt for my etsy shop. I have plans for another shirt. It would be fun to get a few 18th century pockets up on etsy.

I am supposed to be taking part of Camp NaNoWriMo.

Of course I also want to read books. Keep my blog going strong. Grow a little on Instagram. Help with the garden. Work on Hebrew, French, Irish, Korean, and Dutch.

Maybe I can finish all that I want to by the end of the month, but maybe it will take to just before the wedding, but I hope I can really get a lot done.

 

 

Of The Weekend Between January And February

The week/ten days around the switch from January to February has three important birthdays in it. It takes this honor from the beginning of April. I have a large family, there is plenty of opportunities to eat cake. Seriously if it isn’t an early or late birthday, it’s probably someone’s anniversary.

M is down taking care of my Grandparents, and we decided to give them a day to see how well they could do without her. So on Friday we went and picked her up, then we hurried over to R’s house. We after dinner and games, JH got permission to spend the night, from seven people. 🙂

On Sabbath, we spent much of the morning on the trampoline, practicing flips. After lunch when the rest of JH’s family got back we went out for a couple more hours. After we got tired there was games and Bible reading.

We had to leave super early Sunday morning because we thought we had to take Grandparents to church, but they had arranged transportation.

This whole story is meant to be a long segue into the fact that this past weekend took me back to my childhood. Kinda, we didn’t have a big trampoline. I mean I took all thoughts of fashion and told them, “I don’t have time for you, I’m to busy living life.” I enjoy fashion and beauty, but family, friends, and good times, mean more to me.

The Reluctant Communist

My Desertion, Court Marshal, And Forty Year Imprisonment In North Korea – Charles Robert Jenkins

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As per usual for book cover this comes from Goodreads

Honestly the main thing I didn’t like about the book was the subtitle. ^ It sounds like the court marshal happened before the forty years, when really it was after. This is by no means the only book I found the title to be annoying. I recently read a book title Hiking Westward, in which they did no hiking. Also the book Six Months To Live was more poetic than the truth. But it isn’t a really big deal.

The book starts  by explaining the authors childhood and young adulthood. It’s a fascinating reminder of how much America has changed.

Then he gives an explanation of how and why he deserted.

As the story progresses you get to see just how crazy and awful North Korea truly is. It is a world without sanity, not just a world of cruelty.

My first thought was that this book reminded me of Captain America, but for a shorter amount of time, and like not fictional. But the more I thought about it the more I realized it reminded me of The Man Without A Country which you can find here or there.

If you want to find out what I thought about the mention of sex in this book look no further than this.

2018’s Events And 2019’s Hopes

Last New Years, I was coming home from a crazy trip with my family. The weather was miserable.

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January

Got my passport. Got my visa. The car I was driving slid on ice for the first time. (it was barely noticeable) Got passed on a medium Kansas road in the dark while going 60+ MPH! First full month of helping the food pantry every week.

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February

My Second Nephew was born! Celebrated Mom’s B-day my going to see my nephews! Flew in a commercial plane for the first time. Left the continent for the first time. Had a fourteen hour flight. Didn’t get much jet lag. Participated in sports day.

 

March

Spring Break! Visited Red Fort. I joined debate club. I started going to GBS. I used the Metro by myself. Went shopping in a mall for clothes for the first time. (didn’t get anything, but…)

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April

I got to be a terrorist. I jumped out in front of a moving car. Started the Yellow Dress. Visited a button shop. Went to the Middle High school dance. Ran up and down stairs, carrying chairs while wearing high heels for the first time. (the dress was also too long) Made a waist coat with welt pockets. Painted the Anjuli Chicken Butterfly. (famous for no line of symmetry) Talked to my best friend.  Had no internet at the school. Got a new hard drive in my computer. Got ready to move. Went and bought fabric to make a couple of cloaks for a friend by myself.

 

May

Wore the yellow dress. Worked in the library. Saw Infinity War. Finished the cloaks. Caught a cold. Bought fabric. Visited an escape room.

June

Had to leave B behind. Flew by myself for the first time. Had a twenty minute layover. (just enough time to buy and eat lunch) Had a family reunion.Visited with my nephews. Saw my best friend.

July

Had my B-day. Saw my best friend. Started this blog. (First Post Ever)

August

Helped P clean house. Spent time at home without parents. Watched Star Wars for the first time.

September

Yom Teruah. Yom Kippur. Sukkot. I sewed in silk for the first time. Wrote two post about my summer. (Before It Started and The Proper Part)

October

Got a rock stuck in my foot. (it’s still there) Had a photo shoot. Voted for the first time. (Ever)

November

Did NaNoWriMo. Dug Grandpa’s sweet potatoes. Had a super early snow. (It was wonderful) Visited my nephews. Family bought a house.

December

Got a deer. Was frustrated with Blogmas. Caught two colds.

 

What I am Looking Forward To

Actually getting an esty shop started, (I hate paperwork)

Visiting with my nephews

Seeing my best friend

PH’s wedding

Garden

Things I hope will happen

Upgrade our house

Earn enough money to travel

Start Booktube channel

Hiking

 

AND MY GOODREADS STATS

TOTALS

I read 8,570 pages across 25 books Img bookstack 40


A Summer's Lease by Marilyn Sachs

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SHORTEST BOOK
143 pages
A Summer’s Lease
by

Marilyn Sachs
LONGEST BOOK
994 pages
The Wise Man’s Fear
by

Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
AVERAGE LENGTH
342 pages

MOST POPULAR
889,925

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Storied Dishes by Linda Murray Berzok
LEAST POPULAR
34

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MY AVERAGE RATING FOR 2018

3.9
My first review of the year
it was amazing
I loved this book. Having read about Little Lord Fauntleroy from books and stories written around the time it came out I wasn’t certain I would like it, but I do. It has just the right amount of English flippery and American sensibleness.
MY 2018 BOOKS
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
it was amazing
Charlie Bone and the Time Twister by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone and the Invisible Boy by Jenny Nimmo
The Akhenaten Adventure by P.B. Kerr
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Charlie Bone and the Castle of Mirrors by Jenny Nimmo
Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower by C.S. Forester
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
it was amazing
A Summer's Lease by Marilyn Sachs
Johnny and the Bomb by Terry Pratchett
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
How to Catch a Russian Spy by Naveed Jamali
Storied Dishes by Linda Murray Berzok
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Wagon Wheel Kitchens by Jacqueline B. Williams
At the Abyss by Thomas Reed
really liked it
The Secret of the Old Mill by Franklin W. Dixon
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Predator's Gold by Philip Reeve
Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
My last review of the year
really liked it
I have almost nothing to say about this book, it isn’t amazing, but it also isn’t awful.
2018 READING
CHALLENGE
You read 25 out of 12 books.

The Families of Clothes

As I get closer to finally being able to start selling my handmade clothes, I am reminded that A suggested that I have more than just basic descriptions. She suggested that I write about who would wear them and tell stories about their past.

So I’ve been at work coming up with “families” for the different types of clothes. I want to make it so you can tell what it is by its name.

So far I have Princess Shorts.

I also have Sister Skirts.

There will be Everyday Elegance Dresses.

I’m pondering using the phrase “it’s a split” for culottes, split skirts, and pants.

I suppose I could use Basic Blice for the shirts. Sorry for the awful language joke.

And if all else fails Mister E Man’s might work.

All this really says is. My cold is mostly gone, so I don’t feel bad about sewing. Most of the fuss that goes into getting a Etsy account is out of the way. I love backstories and I also enjoy puns.

I’m looking forward to starting the Etsy shop, I will sell only things made from found fabrics on there. I hope to earn at least enough money for my best friend and I to be able to visit Israel.