Saturday, February 27, 2010

Purim!!!

Today is Purim!

Purim is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance the Jews by Queen Esther. We've been celebrating this holiday for over 8 years now and love it! We aren't Jews, but this is a wonderful time to celebrate God's work in our lives.

Today at sundown we'll start celebrating by Dad reading the book of Esther, and every time Haman's name is mentioned we'll drown it out by booing and making noise :) Also you can cheer when Mordecai is mentioned and "ahhhh" when Esther is. :) We'll also make and eat hamanstaschen ("Haman's Hat") as a special treat:

This isn't ours, but it looks just like it!


Happy Purim!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sewing Tip of the Week #2: Narrow Hem


EDIT: Pictures have been added!!!!!

This is sort of a follow up to last week's Sewing Tip.

A narrow hem is called for in most patterns. It's where you're doing the smallest hem possible on the unfinished bottom edge of any project. Here's a really easy way to do a narrow hew (remember that all this folding and pressing is taking place on the wrong side of the fabric):

1) Mark/pin up hem line and press to the wrong side (like you'd normally do)

2) Trim excess fabric down to approx. 1/2 to 3/4 inch above pressed line and then press again to make the crease very distinct.

3) Open pressed seam and fold the raw edge of the fabric into the crease and press again.









4) Pin and stitch on the wrong side of the fabric down the middle of the folded fabric all the way along the hem. You're done!






I tried to make these instructions as clear as I could. If you need me to clarify on one point or another, leave a comment and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

An Update from the Farm

A requirement for posting your 100th post is that you have to get there first :P Only four more to go after this!


Here are some interesting random things that've been happening out here on the farm lately:

  • Lily (the cat) caught and killed a mouse, and the dogs found it. :/ Not a pretty sight. Titty and Leia were able to retrieve it and put it in a plastic bag for burial. Since they haven't buried it yet, its current resting place is the downstairs freezer. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.
  • Every member of the family except Titty, Marie and Mama have been through different forms of stomach flu this week. Dad's the only one who still has a quesy stomach though, the rest of us are fine now.
  • We visited the Museum of the Confederacy and had a splendid time! We also toured the White House of the Confederacy. Beautiful!



  • We went to the kitchen/wedding shower for our old babysitter, Jane. We've known her since Marie was 3 months old, and she's such a wonderful friend! We're really excited for her and her fiancee. They're getting married in April. For the shower, I made this apron as a gift:

  • I was tidying up my hope chest last night and Leia and Marie were with me. I found this really really long bead necklace in there that Marie made for me when she was four (so that was about 4 years ago, closer to 5). I hadn't seen it for a while. While I continued to clean up, Leia doubled the necklace and put it around my cowboy hat as a hat band. I liked it so much, that I'm keeping it that way for a while :)

  • I like to take naps. I took one this afternoon from about 12:50 to 1:30pm and Leia (kind sister that she is) took lots of pictures of me snoozing away. I liked the pictures so much, that I'm using one for my new profile pic (which I haven't changed since I started blogging, it's about time!)

  • Our friend from the next P.O. over is bringing us a lamb today (not a live one, just the meat from one) my mouth is watering already....
  • Lent has begun! No more "Alleluias" at the Episcopal church we sometimes visit :(
  • On a sadder note: dear Hope died on February 10. For those of y'all not familiar with this brave young lady's struggle against cancer, visit her blog here.


Happy Thursday to all you peoples, and thanks for the questions! Keep 'em comin'.....

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

100th Post and 50 Followers "Celebration"

I'm not going to make too a big deal out of this because it's not like all of y'all are jumping up and down because someone named Jo has posted 100 (!) times on her blog in a little over four months (!!) and has 50 fantastic followers (!!!). :) But, I sorta feel like doing somethin' special, so here's the scoop:

Y'all ask me questions. They can be about anything. Of course, I retain the right to not answer a question if I don't think it's appropriate, but I'll answer anything for the most part. And, since typing is *sorta* like talking (which is a hobby of mine) I'll be in my element :) So blast away! Let's see if y'all can get up 100 questions to ask me :) Just leave a comment with your questions in it, and my 100th post will be answering them all. You may comment as often as you like. If I get duplicate questions, I'll combine them. No use answering it twice.

Have fun, and I'm looking forward to seeing what parts of my life I'll be revealing...or not :P

Monday, February 22, 2010

An Author's Profile: Elizabeth Goudge

I'm ready to turn this blog in a little more literary direction, since I really do LOVE books and authors and illustrators :) So here's the first in a very very very long series that will continue until the end of this blog (whenever that is, hopefully a good 30+ years from now :P) about my favorite authors. Links to these profiles will be in the list section of the sidebar. Feel free to leave "controversial" comments, I LOVE discussions about books, authors and illustrators as well!!! First author is.....


Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge
Born: April 24, 1900
Died April 1, 1984
Genre(s): Novels, Children's Books, Non-Fiction
Popular works: The Little White Horse, Linnets and Valerians, the City of Bells series
www.elizabethgoudge.org

Elizabeth Goudge is one of those authors who people either really really like, or really really dislike. You either love her work, or you hate it. Seriously. Her style of writing is so....legend-ish (is that word?) that you can't really take it seriously, yet it often has an underlying spiritual significance. Here are some examples:


  • In The Little White Horse, the underlying theme is the struggle between good and evil. The main character is the slightly headstrong, adventurous Maria Merryweather who is really a perfect character in that she is believably human (not an angel, she has her struggles, but isn't wicked) and doesn't pry *too much* into other peoples business BUT......she doesn't know a lion when she sees one (?) and gets married at age 14 (!) to someone who's her age (!!) and their parents approve of that (!!!).
  • Linnets and Valerians has to be the best of her books! It's an exciting adventure story about reconciliation and forgiveness. The four children are sooooo much fun, and who doesn't like Hector's perch on the "Parthenon" and his constant "hic"-ing or scholarly Uncle Ambrose, peg-legged Ezra and the joyful Moses Glory-Glory-Alleuia??? BUT....there's too much about witchcraft in it even though it's shown as definitely an evil thing. It was still a great book, but we really had to emphasize to our little ones that witchcraft and talking about it is not okay.
  • Gentian Hill ranks high on the list of my favorite books because it made me cry. Not bawl, but you know, gives you the sniffles and you have to wipe your eyes. It's a beautiful story about courage, standing up for the right thing even though it's hard, and being patient. Really a beautiful story! And even though Stella may seem a little *too much* of a "wonder" child, it really didn't bother me. And Zach was......really nice. Very human, very believable, perfect for Stella...BUT....the story could've been even more believable if they'd been a little older than 11 and 15 (!!!) when they fell in love, and maybe a little older than 15 and 19 when they got *gulp* married (!!!!!) but it was really a beautiful story. Also, I'm partial to anything navy oriented (remember my grandpa served for 32 years!!!) so I really liked Zach's part of the story.
So, my recommendation is read at least one Elizabeth Goudge book in your lifetime. You are not required to like it, but don't read it biased. Leia wanted me to tell you that she cannot stand them (she used stronger words than that, but I'm refraining from mentioning them) and Titty says the same. However, Marie is reading The Little White Horse and is enjoying it, and I am one of those who really likes Elizabeth Goudge books. Read at your own risk :P

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Winner of the Wackiest Dressed Doll Contest!!!

And the winner is Josephina, dressed and owned by Miss Olivia!!!!

Congratulations Olivia!!! Great job!!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Sewing Tip of the Week #1: Hemming Pants




This is the newest sewing "technique" I've learned! Mama and I googled for videos of hemming pants, and this one was the clearest and easiest. Even though it's for hemming jeans, I found it worked just the same.

For some reason, there's no embed code for this video. Sorry! I hate *seriously dislike* having to post links to websites instead of being able to put the video right into the post. There's nothing bad about this site though, so don't worry about bugs....

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Movie Quotes Quiz #4 Answers!

The answers are in! Beside some people's names, you'll see an asterisk (*) and that means that they correctly guessed who said the quote, and earned 2 points instead of 1 for that quote.

1. "This will take brains, not brawn."
"You better believe it, and I'm loaded with both."
Bagheera and Baloo in The Jungle Book
People who got it right: Leia...sort of. (I'll go ahead and give you half a point :P)



2. "But it can't have been right for your father to be pouring spirits down her throat like that, it could've killed her!"
"Not her, gin was mother's milk to her. Besides he poured so much down his own throat, he knew the good of it."
"Do you mean he drank?"
"Drank? My word, something chronic."
Eliza Doolittle and friends in My Fair Lady
People who got it right: Country Girl, India, Celine, Marie, Titty*, Merriette*, Leia*, Nana*



3. "Mama, cars don't behave. They are behaved upon."
Boolie Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy
People who got it right: Marie*, Titty*, Leia*



4. "A gentleman at last, and my first task is to steal a horse!"
Wamba in Ivanhoe
People who got it right: Marie*, Titty*, Leia*



5. "[name omitted, too obvious], you have my deepest condolences."
"Thank you."
"But do me a favor. Make him eat some his pets."
"I rather like them."
"I like them too - in brandy sauce."
William Pitt the Younger and Barbara Spooner Wilberforce in Amazing Grace
People who got it right: Merriette*



6. "As my grandpappy, Ol' Reliable used to say....I don't recollect that I've ever mentioned Ol' Reliable before?"
"Aye, ye have laddie. Frequently."
Trusty and Jock in Lady and the Tramp
People who got it right: Quinlyn, Leia*, Merriette*,



7. "It's against my programming to impersonate a deity."
C-3P0 in Star Wars VI: The Return of the Jedi
People who got it right: Marie*, Titty*, Leia*, Nana*



8. "Good Lord, George what is that smell?"
"That's me!"
"He got it off a dead Frenchman."
"I did not!"
Longstreet, Pickett and Armistead in Gettysburg
People who got it right: Marie, Titty*, Leia*



9. "You're that aviator, aren't you? Well, I don't like airplanes."
"Well I don't like wheelchairs!"
Uncle Ned and Loop Merritt in Bright Eyes
People who got it right: Marie*, Titty*, Leia*, Nana*



10. "The only problem is once they release this movie, no one's gonna want to see me jump off the Woolworth building into a damp rag."
Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain
People who got it right: Titty*, Leia*, Nana*



11. "Last I heard you was in steam automobiles."
"I was."
"What happened?"
"Somebody actually invented one."
Marcellus and Harold Hill in The Music Man
People who got it right: Marie*, Titty*, Leia*



12. "Tell me, Mr. Allen, do you dance as well as you boast?"
"Better."
Anne and Mr. Allen in Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel
People who got it right: Anna*, Country Girl, Stephanie, Marie*, Titty*, Leia*, Nana*


Great work everyone! Here are the scores:

Leia: 20.5

Titty: 18

Marie: 14

Nana: 10

Merriette: 8

Anna: 2

Country Girl: 2

Stephanie: 1

Quinlyn: 1

India: 1

Carrie: 0

Jessica Faith: 0


Now for the award:
Because my sisters have an advantage (having seen nearly everything I've ever seen), they almost need their own quiz to do :) Anyway, I'm giving the award to Leia (since she did really win this), but I'm also giving it Nana, since she won out of all my blogging friends who participated. Great job girls!!!


And great work Merriette for getting #5!!!


On another note:
I just had a new idea: each week I'll post a different sewing tip, maybe I'll call it "Sewing Tip of the Week", and then I can share (in little posts over a long period of time) the different things I've learned about sewing so far. 

And.....my 100th post is coming up!!!!! I'm starting to think of ideas on how to "celebrate" it :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Movie Review: Ivanhoe

Movie Review: Ivanhoe (1952)

This a movie that our entire family thoroughly enjoyed! I will refrain from giving away any details, so y'all can experience the thrill of it for yourselves :)

The reason we all liked it so much was because of how balanced it was. It had the more romantic side to it that us girls like *sheepish grin* plus some wonderful dialogue. Those of y'all who have brothers know that a movie that is all romance and dialogue does not keep them hooked for any period of time. :) BUT, this movie also happened to be set in "Merrie Olde England" so knights, jousting tournaments and Robin Hood (the sorts of things in history books) come to life and abound in this film! Of course, the last big joust was a little too bloody for sensitive little me (I sat through it and it turned out to be okay, I will tell you) but then, what goes up must come down :P
R to L: Sir Bois-de-Guilbert, Rebecca, unknown noble, Prince John


Rebecca the Jewess, beautifully portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor


"Backstage" shot of Ivanhoe and Rebecca

The tape we saw of this film was in color, unlike these pictures. I loved being able to see the beautiful, nearly authentic, outfits of the characters! Costume inspirations galore! (Not for now, though, 'cause I'm refraining from starting any new costumes for a good while. I have two more practical projects I've just started)

This film stars:

Robert Taylor as Ivanhoe
Elizabeth Taylor as Rebecca
Joan Fontaine as Rowena
George Sanders as De Bois-Guilbert
Emlyn Williams as Wamba
Guy Rolfe as Prince John

It was a great cast, and they were so well casted (in my opinion) that you didn't notice them. I mean, you weren't thinking "man she's acting/looks bad" the whole time :)

I LOVED ROWENA!!!! I couldn't stand her in the book, too cold and distant. I wanted Ivanhoe to marry Rebecca :) This film develops the Saxon princess much more, and I really enjoyed her character and fidelity. Enjoy!

Things to watch out for (depending on your family standards or personal preference)

  • Ivanhoe is in love with Rowena and she with him. There is a kiss near the beginning of the film, but (trusting my not-always-reliable memory) it is the only one.
  • The loser of the tournament at the end of the tournament is pretty beaten up. Some blood, but his wound is pretty unrealistic (remember, no spectacular special effects were available in the 50s like they are now. Nothing like Narnia, Gods and Generals/Gettysburg or even Star Wars) Just thought you'd like to know :)
  • There's a lot of battles. I mean a lot. The whole film is a struggle, but once again, nothing too bad because there weren't many resources available to them.
  • Someone dies who isn't "supposed" to. It's not in the book. But, the film does a good job of not letting you dwell on it, and frankly, I forgot about it pretty quickly :P
There's another thing I was thinking about telling you about the film, but I think it would probably spoil the ending so I won't. :) 

Jo's Rating:
Strength of Characters: *****
Strength of Plot:****

Overall Rating:***************************


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Cast your vote....

....for the wackiest dressed doll :)

Today we had our friends (Marina, Olivia, Juliette and Eliza) from town over for several hours for tea and to play dolls. One of the girls suggested that we all dress up our dolls in the wackiest outfits we could, then take pictures and I could post them up on the blog for y'all to vote on :)


The Lunch Table:



After lunch, we went upstairs and began dressing our dolls for the wacky outfit contest.



The Contestants:
There are duplicates of some dolls, since many of us have the same ones :) Also, this is not the entire collection, but each of us eight girls was only allowed to dress one doll, even if we owned more than one.


Miss Josephina, property of and dressed by Miss Olivia


Miss Kaya, property of and dressed by Miss Leia March


Miss Felicity, property of and dressed by Miss Marie March


Miss Nellie, property of and dressed by Miss Eliza


Miss Felicity, property of and dressed by Miss Juliette


Miss Josephine, property of and dressed by Miss Titty March


Miss Samantha, property of and dressed by Miss Marina


Miss Kirsten, property of and dressed by Miss Josephine March

Vote in the sidebar poll for which doll you think is dressed the wackiest :P

After the competition, we dressed all the dolls in their best outfits and brought them downstairs for tea. We lined them up on the sofa in a rather random order for this picture:







Then we wanted to line them up in "historical" order, but we couldn't remember all the years, so Titty ran upstairs and grabbed the catalog and then we had no problem:




The picture:



R to L: Samantha, Nellie, Samantha, Addy, Kirsten, Kirsten, Josephina, Josephina, Felicity, Elizabeth, Felicity, Kaya


The tea table


All weekend, Leia, Titty, Marie and I have been working in the kitchen to make food for today :) We made a lot of yummy stuff, mostly all new recipes that all worked!

Don't forget to vote on the poll! We're watching for your answers.....


Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Story of a Princess

I know, I know, it's against my "blogging code" to post twice in a day, but I think you'll excuse me just this once when you read this post :) But remember, read the post through, don't skim it or you'll miss the point :P

I'm going to tell you a story, so sit back, and read *carefully*

Once upon a time, there lived a princess. She wasn't stunningly beautiful, but she was pretty in her own way. This princess was secretly involved in a rebellion that was organized to over throw the wicked ruler of her world. While on a mission for this secret group, the princess was captured by an evil lord of the still more evil king. Under torture, she still refused to reveal any secrets of her group. The angry lord ordered her execution, but just in time the princess was saved by a young would-be-knight (squire, if you will), also not stunningly good-looking, but handsome in his young boyish way. With him was an old retired knight, a scruffy smuggler, the smuggler's best friend (who wasn't quite human) and two other not-quite human companions. This odd group managed to escape from the clutches of the evil lord, but not without the older retired knight sacrificing his life.
Over the course of several months (or maybe years) the young squire, the smuggler and the princess became very strong friends. The three all worked with the secret rebellion group, and got in many adventures. In one of those adventures, the princess and the smuggler were together in a very dangerous situation for quite a while, and during this time, realized they were in love. (not exactly expected, since most people thought she would fall in love with the young knight-to-be, but then again, this story isn't exactly your classic tale) The next contact they made with humans after this realization was in the city that was governed by an old smuggling friend of the smuggler :) It was in this city that the princess wore the outfit that turned into my "mystery costume". The End.

Actually, that's not "the end" of the whole story, but that's as much as you need to know for now :P

Now some of y'all are ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing) because you know exactly what story I'm talking about and you think it's quite funny how I've been dancing around the facts. Others of y'all are just LOL (laughing out loud) because I wrote in a funny way. Others of y'all are WITW (what in the world?) because you haven't the faintest idea what I'm talking about. Time to enlighten you! Here's the story in a different form:


Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there lived Princess Leia Organa, the adopted daughter of Bail Organa, the king of Alderaan. She wasn't stunningly beautiful, but she was pretty in her own way. This princess was secretly involved in a rebellion that was organized to over throw the wicked emperor of the galaxy. While on a mission for this secret group, the princess was captured by Darth Vader, an evil lord of the still more evil Emperor Palpatine. Under torture, she still refused to reveal any secrets of the Rebellion. Angry Lord Vader ordered her execution, but just in time the princess was saved by a young would-be-Jedi Knight named Luke Skywalker, also not stunningly good-looking, but handsome in his young boyish way. With him was Obi-Wan Kenobi (an older Jedi knight), a scruffy smuggler named Han Solo, the smuggler's best friend (a Wookie named Chewbacca) and two droids: C-3PO and R2-D2. This odd group managed to escape from the clutches of Darth Vader, but not without Obi-Wan sacrificing his life.
Over the course of several months (or maybe years) Luke, Han and Leia became very strong friends. The three all worked with the Rebellion, and got in many adventures. In one of those adventures, Leia and Han were together in a very dangerous situation for quite a while, and during this time, realized they were in love. (not exactly expected, since most people thought she would fall in love with Luke, but then again, this story isn't exactly your classic tale) The next contact they made with humans after this realization was in Cloud City, a mining city that was governed by Lando, an old smuggling friend of Han :) It was in this city that Leia wore the outfit that turned into my "mystery costume". The End.


So yes, my costume is styled after one of Princess Leia's. Before you draw any conclusions about why I styled it after one of hers, let me set a few things straight:

  • I chose to make this costume because it was cute, and (without the cape) could be worn with a sweater or poncho as a "normal" every-day outfit
  • My other costumes have been created because I was inspired about a particular aspect of the character's....um...character :) (read this post and this post) This costume is different. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike Princess Leia, but some of the things she says and her actions (especially in The Empire Strikes Back) are not exactly to be admired. Needless to say, she isn't a role model of mine. BUT, she a really fun character and I think you'll agree that the trilogy wouldn't be the same without her :)

Now, the reason I've been calling it the "mystery costume" here, is because that's the name I wanted it to go by. I want to wear this outfit as a real outfit, and since it doesn't look like a costume when you wear without the cape, it'd pass fine. But, if I went around calling it my "Princess Leia dress" guess what? People would call it the "Princess Leia dress"!!! So, this is called the CCC (Cloud City Costume), and preferably just "the outfit" :) So, I'm sorta "switching identities" with my sister for the photo session :P

Here are some pictures of the costume! I'm sorry none of them are really clear, the lighting was horrible. But when the snow melts a little, or we can get outside somewhere without freezing, we'll do another shoot with some more detailed views. But I figured y'all had waited long enough to figure out what the costume was :)











Oh, if you'd like to see this costume in "live action", Leia wears it for about five to ten minutes or so in the last third of The Empire Strikes Back :)

I plan to cover each part of the costume in a series of sewing posts over the next month or so. I learned a whole lot about many different sewing techniques, and I'd love to share them!

WIFH - Day 5 and a really fun tag from Karis!

I'm sorry I missed Day 4 y'all!

Today's hairstyle: the never-failing "messy" hair-up style :) I'd been trying to perfect this style to work for my hair for months, and then when I was at the Sufficiency of Scripture conference in December, I talked for a brief minute or so with Elizabeth Botkin about the way she does her hair, and she told me that she uses octopus clips. I had a few, but not enough, so I purchased more and now I can't do without them!

Side view of today's hairstyle
If you look in the mirror to my right, you can see my sewing machine where all my costumes have been created :)



Back view - taken several hours after the first picture, and therefore the bun had been "worn" longer and was starting to need "repair" :)



Other side view



Preparing for the shot
The reason I put this picture here is so you can see what I'm wearing. I'm wearing my "in-town" denim skirt, and my dark purple Lands' End sweater set! Do notice the matching purple headband in the previous shots :)

Thanks to all of y'all who have entered in the Quiz so far! And to those of y'all who haven't yet: DON'T FORGET!!! The more the merrier :) (and the more competition.....)
Click here to enter!



BIOLOGY

Are you right-handed or left-handed? right

Have you ever had anything removed from your body? all of my baby teeth :)

What is the last heavy item you lifted? Inigo, my hefty little man :)


FOOD-OLGY

What is your salad dressing of choice? Ranch

What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? Aromas (a local Middle Eastern style restaurant that can't be beat!)

What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it? Guacamole, salsa and chips!!!

What are your pizza toppings of choice? Pepperoni

What do you like to put on your toast? Butter and blackberry jam 



RANDOM-OLOGY

If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? No, actually. I'd rather "live in the moment", and let God keep that knowledge to Himself :)

If you could change your name, what would you change it to? First name? I love the name Evelyn...but I think I'd rather name one of my daughters that....

Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000? Yeah, if I swapped mine for tomato juice :P


DUMB-OLOGY

How many pairs of flip flops do you own? Three last summer, but one pair fell apart

Last time you had a run-in with the cops? Ha! Never!

Last person you talked to in person? Peter

Favorite Month? October (my birthday month) or June (it's so pretty!)

CURRENT-OLOGY

Mood? Dangerously silly

What are you listening to? "Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer, he's a demon on wheels...."

Watching? Uh....the computer screen....

Worrying about? Not getting my fair share of the just-now heated up chocolate chip pancake snack :P

 
RANDOM-OLOGY

What’s the last movie you watched? The Waltons - Season 2- Episode 30: "The Roots" (last night)

Do you smile often? Not enough!!

Do you always answer your phone? I don't have a phone, and no we don't always answer our family phone. If we're having a meal or doing family devotions, let it ring!

If you could change your eye color what would it be? Blue :)

What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? What's Sonic?

Do you own a digital camera? Yup!

Have you ever had a pet fish? Several, and none of them lived very long :/

Favorite Christmas song? Hard one....I love the hymns, but my favorite of the non-hymn Christmas songs is "Feliz Navidad"

What’s on your wish list for your birthday? Good grief! I just had a birthday...well....5 months ago...

Can you do push-ups? Definitely!

Can you do a chin up? I am ashamed to admit I don't know :P

Do you have any saved texts? No phone y'all...

Ever been in a car wreck? Praise the Lord no!

Do you have an accent? Southern if anything

What is the last song to make you cry? "You are my Hiding Place"

Plans tonight? Well, if Mama goes into town to have supper with a friend, then Dad will probably let us stay up and watch a movie....*hoping*

Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? Too many times, my friend. But guess what?!?! The LORD IS GOOD!!!! And prayer is powerful :)

Name 2 things you bought yesterday: I'm snowed in, so haven't been to town at all

You ever been given roses? Oh yes, darlin'! Don't ya wish you knew who from? I'll tell ya: Dad :P

Current hate right now? I don't hate things, but I strongly dislike whiners

Met someone who changed your life? Yes :)

What were you doing 12 AM last night? Snoozin' away...

What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? I wonder if I have time to shower, dress and listen to a chapter of "These Happy Golden Years" before I have to go downstairs for school @ 5:30am (I woke up at five till five this mornin')

TECHNOLOGY

How many televisions are in your house? One

What color cell phone do you have? *sigh, copies answer from a previous question* No phone y'all....

What does the first text message in your inbox say and who sent it? *see above*

Who was the last person to call you? Well, I answered the phone yesterday for the family, and it was my grandmother who lives in SC, wondering how we were doing all snowed in. :)

This is a long tag, but very very fun! Take it if you like, but since you might  not get around to it, I'll go ahead and tag:

Celine

Stephanie

The Cowgirls

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Movie Quotes Quiz #4


When Leia threw down the gauntlet in the comment section of this post, I went back and revised this quiz (which I'd already written) to make it a little more difficult for her and subsequently for y'all too :)

Ready for a challenge? Here are the rules:

1. Don't look any of the quotes up on the internet, or any other "looking-up" device
2. Submit your answers in the comment section of this post. You may post as many comments as you need to, depending on when you remember the different quotes.
3. I've been "scoring" the answers the past three times by awarding one point for every correct answer. Here's a twist for this quiz and all the following: You can get an extra point by telling me who said the quote!
4. You MAY ask immediate family members (parents, siblings, pets, etc.) for help, and you MAY watch a movie again to see if one of the quotes is in it (of course, that'd probably be a waste of time, but whatever :P)

Here goes:

1. "This will take brains, not brawn."
"You better believe it, and I'm loaded with both."

2. "But it can't have been right for your father to be pouring spirits down her throat like that, it could've killed her!"
"Not her, gin was mother's milk to her. Besides he poured so much down his own throat, he knew the good of it."
"Do you mean he drank?"
"Drank? My word, something chronic."

3. "Mama, cars don't behave. They are behaved upon."

4. "A gentleman at last, and my first task is to steal a horse!"

5. "..., you have my deepest condolences."
"Thank you."
"But do me a favor. Make him eat some of his pets."
"I rather like them."
"I like them too - in brandy sauce."

6. "As my grandpappy, Ol' Reliable used to say....I don't recollect that I've ever mentioned Ol' Reliable before?"
"Aye, ye have laddie. Frequently."

7. "It's against my programming to impersonate a deity."

8. "Good Lord, George what is that smell?"
"That's me!"
"He got it off a dead Frenchman."
"I did not!"

9. "You're that aviator, aren't you? Well, I don't like airplanes."
"Well I don't like wheelchairs!"

10. "The only problem is once they release this movie, no one's gonna want to see me jump off the Woolworth building into a damp rag."

11. "Last I heard you was in steam automobiles."
"I was."
"What happened?"
"Somebody actually invented one."

12. "Tell me, Mr. Allen, do you dance as well as you boast?"
"Better."


Good luck! All answers must be in by February 17, 2010!!!


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Looking forward to hearing from you!
Jo

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

WIFH - Day 3 (and various sundry things)

I was really cold when I woke up this morning, and decided I wanted to wear my hair down. So, plait-lover that I am, I made two side braids again, this time with a third braid in the middle (you can see the start of it better in the second picture) and then braided the three braids together. I used two light brown octopus clips to hold the side braids higher on my head.






And here are a few ways we've spent our time over this rather long, snowy weekend:

We watched Ivanhoe (the 1952 version), which was wonderful! A full review will be coming later. I enjoyed it so much, that I helped Inigo set up the boys' play knights into a full, Ivanhoe set:



The full set up



The fight in the "basement" of the castle between Ivanhoe and his friends against the friends of Bois-Guilburt. (Rowena is in the pink, and the jester is Wamba)



Locksley (Robin Hood) and his men attacking the castle from the outside



King Richard the Lion Hearted returning from the Crusades



The tournament in which the Black Knight (Ivanhoe) overcomes the four Norman knights



The full set up again :)

We've also been sledding a good deal:


 And that's it till tomorrow......