The Art of Letter Writing

xI created a new board on pinterest titled, “The Art of Letter Writing.” As I pinned various pictures on my board, I was inspired to write a letter. So, I gathered up my dusty notecards and stationary, sat down near the fireplace and hand wrote a letter to my sister-in-law.

It has been a long time since I received a hand written letter in the mail. I think the last letter I received was from my aunt. Her and I corresponded the “old fashioned” way, with ink and paper. Occasionally, during the Christmas season, someone will send us a Christmas card with a typed letter enclosed, but very rarely a hand written letter. Most of our mail, is junk mail. sad to say, so, I have decided to try and send hand written letters this year. This isn’t a new year’s resolution and I don’t have any specific number of letters in mind, I will just do my best to hand write and mail – you remember the postal service – a letter now and then. I might even write a letter or two to a child. I remember, when I was a young girl, I loved getting letters in the mail.

So, I have successfully written my first letter. I wrote it on vintage paper, well, a replica of vintage paper. I encourage you, set aside a few minutes to hand write, with ink, a letter to grandma, grandpa, aunt, cousin, friend, service member and the list goes on of people who would love to receive a hand written letter from you. Please, keep writing.

above picture is from pinterest.

Introducing Virginia!

Hi everyone. I would like you to meet Virginia at http://www.ablogfromtheheart.wordpress.com

She is my first blogger interview and I am thrilled! Virginia found me approximately one year ago when I started blogging. She has been with me from the start. She writes nice book reviews and she usually shares a scripture on Sunday, which is always a blessing to me. So without further ado, here’s Virginia!

1.) How long have you blogged and why did you start blogging?
Answer: I started blogging in November 2013 and I decided to start blogging after I met some of my good friends at goodreads. They all have wonderful blogs and along with that blogging would be a very good way to share my love for books and my passion for Christ. So, here I am today and I’m excited to see what the future would hold.

2.) What is your favorite genre? Why?
Answer: Definitely historical fiction. It’s so hard to move away from historical fiction because I really love reading history mixed with a good plot. I’ve read so many other books that range from classic to contemporary Christian fiction as well, but I LOVE reading historical fiction.

3.) Who is your favorite author? If you want to name more than one – go ahead.
Answer: Elizabeth Camden, Jane Austen, Janette Oke, Anne Mateer, and Jen Turano, Louisa May Alcott, Tessa Afshar, and Julie Klassen.

4.) Has a book ever inspired you? If yes, what book? How did it inspire you?
Answer: Yes, the Bible is the greatest inspiration in my life and it inspires me everyday. Stories in the Bible like Esther and Ruth inspire my faith and courage. It helps a lot to know that they went through a certain situation, I am confident that I am more than able to overcome.

5.) If you could live in a fictional story, which book would you live in and why?
Answer: Chronicles of Narnia! In Narnia they had so many adventures and I’m such an adventurous person. If I could live in a world where adventure is no stranger, then I’m definitely there!

6.) What is something you enjoy, outside of reading?
Answer: I enjoy a variety of things. blogging, writing, surfing the internet. (You’ll probably find me a lot on GR and Pinterest). I love trying out new recipes so I do enjoy cooking and baking as well. 🙂

7.) If you could travel anywhere in the world – no cost to you – one location, where would you go and why?
Answer: Paris, France. I want to learn French so bad! Paris sounds so glamorous, warm and inviting. I wish to go there one day and taste real French cuisine and I hope to visit the Eiffel Tower one day! Yes, I definitely want to go to Paris!

Thanks so much for the interview! The questions were such fun!
THANKS VIRGINIA!!!

In Honor Bound (The Chastelayne Trilogy #1) by DeAnna Julie Dodson

In Honor Bound by DeAnna Julie Dodson

King Robert is obsessed with keeping the royal, Chastelayne bloodline pure. Prince Phillip has grievously suffered as a result of his father’s choices in this matter. When Phillip marries his second wife, he vows never to love her, however, Rosalynde loves her new husband, Phillip, deeply and unconditionally. Phillip hurts Rosalynde again and again with his stinging words, but she continues to love him. Rosalynde is an amazing woman. She has so much strength, courage and the ability to persevere, never doubting her God and what God is capable of accomplishing in her husband’s life.

Phillip’s cousin is a horrible man. I am actually speechless about this evil antagonist – he is worse than an antagonist! Ruthless might begin to describe this cousin. Anyway, Phillip’s cousin does considerable damage to the kingdom, and eventually Phillip faces his cousin in battle. However, the battle he faces against his cousin is mild in comparison to the war raging inside Phillip’s wounded heart. I think Phillip was his own antagonist.

I thought this book was historically accurate, well-researched and well-written. It’s the first book in a series of three. If you enjoy Medieval, historical literature, this book is well worth the read. Enjoy! Happy Reading!

I Am The Adventurous Type!

I seem to be reading many bucket lists, on various websites, on the internet. So, after much consideration, I decided to jump on board and create my own bucket list. This list isn’t in any particular order.

1.) Fly away in a hot air balloon! YAY!

2.) Hang Glide!

3.) Drive the AL/CAN freeway to Alaska.

4.) Hike the Appalachian Trail, or at least a section of it!

5.) Ride a donkey down into the Grand Canyon.

6.) Live in a lighthouse for one summer and take care of it.

7.) Attend a pro football game, either the Broncos or the Packers, but I would go to most any pro football game.

8.) Fly in a helicopter over the Amazon Rain Forest! I would probably land a couple of times and explore.

9.) Cycle the coast of Maine.

10.) Live in a rustic cabin in the woods for a year.

Good morning! I’m sitting by the fire, enjoying a steamy cup of loose leaf, English Breakfast tea and I thought I should catch up on my book reviews before I have another log jam.

Two women are missing – a series of thefts – people skulking around at night, makes for an interesting mystery that can be read in a day. And, “Death Comes to the Village,” by Catherine Lloyd has some interesting characters!

The Major, bless his cantankerous heart, is recuperating from some serious injuries sustained during the battle at Waterloo. Lucy Harrington, the widowed rector’s oldest daughter, at her father’s request, visits the cranky Major – while he is recovering – to cheer him up. Well, the two unlikely sleuths join together to solve the mysteries of the missing women and the odd thefts.

I really really loved the Major! Did I mention I really loved the Major? Sour – crotchety – ill-humored – all this and more! He was so grouchy, he was lovable and funny. He is smart and his mind is alert!

Lucy is proper, respectful, and certainly knows how to handle the outspoken Major with his knickers in a twist.

I did not like Lucy’s dad, the rector, at all. He was horrible to his oldest daughter. Antagonist! This and so much more are the makings for a fun mystery.

“My Brother Michael,” by Mary Stewart is so well written! The author takes us on a journey where we meet Camilla. She’s sitting outside at a Greek café writing a letter to a friend. She pens, “Nothing ever happens to me.” Moments later, a scruffy man approaches her, hands her keys to a car and tells her, the vehicle is for Mr. Simon and she is to take the car to Delphi. Of course, she insists, she is not the correct person, but he leaves her with the vehicle and keys. This moment in time, changes her life forever, as she decides to drive the car to Delphi, find the mysterious Mr. Simon and then be on her way. If you’ve never been to Greece, this book will take you there!

Friday

I had an interesting day yesterday and I thought I would share it with you. The day started in a manner normal for me. I woke, ate, dressed, etc. Around 9:30 am the electricity went out! I planned to walk downtown, so I decided to leave earlier than anticipated because of the power outage. Gathering up what I needed, off I went. The winter air was cold, crisp, the sun shinning brightly. I stopped at the little free library and then continued on my trek, successfully arriving at the coffee shop. I ordered a hot organic black tea from India – a hot green tea was delivered to me! Mmm. I only drink green tea in the summer, iced, with a fruity flavor. I decided not to grumble, so I bought a delicious shortbread to eat as I drank my tea. So, there I sat, with my green tea, shortbread and a murder mystery when a man enters the coffee shop carrying a cello! How extraordinary! The afternoon progressed and I decided to walk to a historic brick building that has been divided into businesses. One of the business, I visit occasionally. They sell furniture and accessories for the home and clothing for women. I had just stepped inside the building when the fire alarm went off! That was certainly an attention getter! Everyone from all the businesses exited the building and soon, with sirens screaming and lights flashing the fire department arrived! I don’t know how long we waited outside in the parking lot, but soon, a tall fireman approached and told me, all was clear and I could go inside. I never did learn what caused the fire alarm to go off. I was able to browse through the business and then I walked to the main library. I wanted to sit and read for awhile – every chair in the library was taken! I searched through the movies and checked out, “Becoming Jane,” with Anne Hathaway. I found a chair, fell into it and read for awhile. My husband picked me up when he finished at the school. We ate dinner at a local diner. We then came home, The electricity was up and running! I collapsed into bed and we watched, “Becoming Jane.” I can’t think of a brilliant way to sum up this true story! So, I will say, Have a great day!

by kristin mismash

Saturday Nights

My husband is amazing. He is a history/social studies/government/geography teacher. He loves archeology, or as I say, crusty old things. That might be part of the reason he enjoys old classic “B” movies. That’s right, crusty old movies! We call them “B” movies. Or, it could be a quirky park of his personality, eccentric? Maybe? Ahem. Anyway, he really gets into these old movies. I usually chuckle and shake my head. I personally am not a fan of these relics. But, I have seen many of them because, every Saturday night he watches one of these legendary, ahem, films!

Who doesn’t love “Creature From the Black Lagoon?” I mean really!” Beautiful, shrieking, fainting woman, ugly monster, dashing hero, you have a hit movie!

Then, of course, we have, “This Island Earth.” This one has aliens, from outer space, with big foreheads. Once again, we have beautiful, terrified, fainting woman, swoon worthy male hero and these characters are smart!!! In this classic film, we travel through outer space, to another planet, trying to save their world here, and we meet a very ugly creature! Eeeuuu!

Then, who can forget this amazing take-off in the iconic movie, “When Worlds Collide!” Oh yea. Oh my! In this movie, Earth is on a collision course with another planet. The characters in this riveting story, build a spaceship in hopes of finding a new planet to live on sooo, not everyone on planet Earth is killed in the inevitable collision.

So, yes, this is where I spend many Saturday nights. If you’ve never seen one of these amazing classic movies from the past, please, try one. There are so many of these gems. It is an experience of the big screen you won’t soon forget! Enjoy!!!