Thursday, May 24, 2018

Summer!


We got back from NH this week and what a difference six days makes! The trees are leafed out and the grass was tall, and the lilacs were in full bloom. It was lovely to come home to summer. 

This summer I will try to post at least once a week. I start work in June, Tuesday-Friday and every other Saturday, 6am-2:30, so I'll try to post Mondays or in the evenings. I ended up never hearing from the place I originally applied at, so I looked elsewhere for a job. I'll be working at a local (half an hour from us, anyway) bakery --- rated 7th in the nation for small-town family owned bakeries. My job will be decorating donuts, making and baking cookies, serving customers, and other odd jobs. I am looking forward to it, but I am hoping to still have practice time in the afternoons. 

Camp is the end of July, and the bakery takes a week off the first week in August, so I think the timing will be just right --- I won't have to rush back to work right after death week. ;) 

I finished strong in the college PSEO classes, with A-, A, A+, A+. Hopefully I can keep it up next semester! My GPA is 3.89.

How is life going for you? Are summer activities and events keeping you busy yet? 





Friday, May 11, 2018

Teach Me, My God and King!



Teach Me, My God and King


Teach me, my God and King, 
in all things Thee to see,
and what I do in anything,
to do it as for Thee.

To scorn the senses' sway,
while still to Thee I tend;
in all I do be Thou the Way,
in all be Thou the End.

All may of Thee partake;
nothing so small can be,
but draws, when acted for Thy sake,
greatness and worth from Thee.

If done t'obey Thy laws,
e'en servile labors shine;
hallowed is toil, if this the cause,
the meanest work divine.

~George Herbert, 1633; recast by John Wesley, 1738

This is a new hymn to me, and I really love its honesty and simplicity. Have you heard it before? Our hymnal has it set to the tune Festal Song by William Henry Walter, 1894


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Spring, at long last!


I went out and took some pictures today. Mostly of Sunny, but some of the GREEN that is happening around here! 





Isn't she pretty?!?! 

We only have on little blue flower plant blooming right now, and today I saw a honey-bee on it, so I quickly snapped some photos. This is my favorite: 


And then the little bush that always looks like mini roses as it comes up:


What's your favorite thing about spring? The smell, the fresh air, the sunshine??


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Baking and de-stressing


I made gluten-free chocolate donuts yesterday, and right now I have cookies in the oven! There's something about baking that I really enjoy, and I usually find it relaxing --- something about the warmth, delicious smells, creating yumminess out of plain ingredients. 




The gluten-free donuts were okay --- the glaze for them is amazing, but the donut itself is more like a regular chocolate cake. It's not quite as dense as a donut should be and a little dry. I'm wondering if adding some sour cream to the batter would help with both of those. But otherwise they're quite enjoyable. On a scale of 1-10 (1 being horrible and 10 being the best) I'd give them a solid 8, I think. 




I am making the cookies (chocolate chip) partly for my Dad, who can tell when things are gluten-free and doesn't really enjoy them, and partly for the farrier who is coming later this week. I'll throw some of the cookies in the freezer to keep them fresh for him. And Dad will eat the rest 😉. Well, my sister and I will get some too. We'll need the chocolate to help our brains on the finals and the concert. 




What's your favorite kind of cookie or donut? 


P.S. Yes, I spell doughnut, donut. It just fits better. 


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wrapping up

Hello friends! 


One more week till finals week! 😊 My ACT test was rescheduled due to the huge snowstorm we had last weekend (we got 10-12 inches) and it is Saturday. Sunday is a composition major's recital that I am performing in --- he wrote a really cool string quartet for us high schoolers. Then next week I'm in a student recital, and there's a party for a retiring professor to go to. 
We are waiting on one piece still for orchestra, and we have three rehearsals left, so there's going to be some sight-reading I'm sure. Then the week following we have our Humanities final on Monday, dress rehearsal in the evening, and the concert on Tuesday. But I think for now that's all the things I have during that week. 

THEN hopefully it will be relaxing and not stressful... and spring. Maybe? I will still have some classes at home to finish up, but the travelling back and forth to SMSU will be done.

How are you, dear reader? I love hearing from you.




Saturday, April 7, 2018

Working away....


Hello friends! It's been a little while since I wrote about everything. I hope your Easter was full of rejoicing! 😊

Well, I have my first ever job application form here. . . Eeep, how did that happen? I'm applying for a summer job at a local grocery store. I'm hoping to work from June until school starts. May is going to be far too busy to be trying to settle in with a job. 

Coming up: Two concerts on Tuesday (from 8:15am-3:30pm), with dress rehearsal going late into the night on Monday. Then Saturday I take the dreaded ACT test! Then I'll be performing in a student recital on piano (gasp! First time for everything, I guess) in just over a week. I'm playing this Mozart. That's it for April right now, and I'm concentrating on school and getting good grades. I had a flop with my Algebra though. 😔

May is going to be CRAZY! To start things off with a bang we have a concert on May 1st. Then the weekend after on Saturday is a big living history event nearby that we must help at, and a friend's senior recital, and then the next day, is another friend's senior recital that I have to be at, since I'm playing. 😊 And then a few days later we all fly out to NH for my Grandpa's wedding, so that will be an adventure. When we get back I'll have a few days and then it's my violin teacher's student recital in the cities, so I'll have to drive in for that. And that is May. 

Providing all goes well, I'll start work in June. There is a wedding I'm playing for in June, but it is on a weekend so I don't think it will interfere with working. When July comes around I'll have to take a week off work, so I can go to camp again. 

OH, and my teacher said I can do the competition again in the Spring! Yay! I said I was doing something baroque again. 🙂 

I think that's about all for now. How has your spring been going? 







Sunday, April 1, 2018

He is Risen!


Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven;
To His feet thy tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
Evermore His praises sing:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise the everlasting King.


Praise Him for His grace and favor
To our fathers in distress.
Praise Him still the same as ever,
Slow to chide, and swift to bless.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Glorious in His faithfulness.



Fatherlike He tends and spares us;
Well our feeble frame He knows.
In His hands He gently bears us,
Rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Widely yet His mercy flows.


Frail as summer’s flower we flourish,
Blows the wind and it is gone;
But while mortals rise and perish
Our God lives unchanging on,
Praise Him, praise Him, hallelujah
Praise the high eternal One!


Angels, help us to adore Him;
Ye behold Him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before Him,
Dwellers all in time and space.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise with us the God of grace.

~Henry Francis Lyte, 1834

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring...

... is just around the corner! :) 

Happy spring everyone! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Thoughts on Makeup


Sorry if you don't think this topic is interesting. . . but bear with me please! 🙂

I've worn powder on my face since I was about fourteen --- I have oily skin, so the powder helps control the oil. I think the powder is barely tinted, but it's not clown white. When I turned sixteen Mom and I talked briefly about makeup but it never got anywhere, and I wasn't overly interested. Mom wears makeup but it's all natural stuff and all powders, so her look is really natural. She has face powder and blush. She tried eye shadow two or so years ago and it bothered her eyes. She's not worn any concealer, contour, lipsticks,  mascara or eyebrow stuff for a very long time (college days --- and even then I don't know if she did anything with concealer, contour, or eyebrows). Anyway, I think her choices have influenced me about what makeup is for and how to use it. 

For the girly girl who likes her sparkle like me, it's easy to go overboard with other things in life, so now that I am branching out on this limb (ha!), I'm being very careful about how I do things. I think everything makeup should be done tastefully, simply, and naturally. No hot pink or black lips for me! No bruised eyes (okay be honest, some smoky eyes look bruised)! But keep in mind that a girl can wear natural makeup and not be beautiful and modest --- because those come from the inside. And I don't need to wear it. I don't want to become "addicted" in a sense to it. I want to be able to comfortably walk out of the house without it and be myself. Makeup should not define me. 

Yesterday I got my first real makeup item --- an Almay rose gold eye shadow quad. It's really pretty, light and delicate. I haven't experimented with it yet, but it goes really well with my skin. There's a slightly darker matte, a metallic, a satin, and a glitter. I am excited to try it. I hope I can wear it tastefully and subtly. 

Wow, I actually posted twice this week! (hint: it's called spring break 😉)






Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Adventures


Well, friends, it's been a while. A month, to be precise. . .

Dad and I just got back last night from a college visit. It went really well and I do like the college. We left on Saturday, got to the hotel at around 7pm I think, and went and grabbed some Culvers for supper. Then we went to find the church so we knew where it was. We did find it, and it was only a literal five minutes from the hotel, so that was nice.

Sunday morning we found out what "home-style" breakfast was at the hotel, and then got ready for church. The church was good, it could have been better, it could have been worse. They were having an unusual service that day, so in some respects it was hard to see what the church was really like. After the service we had some Mexican food (part of what made the service unusual was the Mexican families --- the mother of one man had made all the Mexican food for lunch). I had never had Mexican food before so I had to learn how to eat it. They had a tea --- hibiscus flowers made into a tea --- it was sweet and almost sticky. It was good though. Anyway, after church we went to the local grocer and got some supplies so we didn't have to eat out for every meal. Then we went back to the hotel and I finished reading my book and Dad rested. Then we attended the evening service at the same church, and ate supper.

Monday morning we headed over to the college and from 9am-2pm I attended classes (Graphic design II and Fantasy Fiction), had a meal at the cafeteria with a violist student who takes lessons with my teacher, and met professors. It was really great and so different from the last time I visited which was a hurried rush and go here and do this thing, so I really didn't get to enjoy it as much as this time. After that we went to a nearby state school so Dad could say hello to his co-workers and friends over there. Then it really started to blizzard, so we made our way back to the hotel. We got cozy and ended up watching The Princess Bride in the evening. 

Tuesday, yesterday, I had one more class to attend at the college, so I did that, and then we went and checked out of the hotel and checked the road conditions. They looked decent, so we grabbed some Caribou and headed home. The roads were patchy. We got home around 5pm. 

It's good to be home.