Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Rainy Day Praise

Yes, it is early for most of you but, Happy Thanksgiving! (My family is celebrating it tomorrow. More on that in another post!) In this post I just want to lift a praise and remind you about a few things.

In the currently very dry state of California, it has been such a blessing to receive some rain over the past few weeks. It has been wonderful for me to watch the rain coming down and think about the predicted "El NiƱo" that is due this winter. I have so enjoyed watching the green grass poking up from the dry earth, and our yard, pasture, hills, and the surrounding area turning green this early in the season. It is so rare in this area to have a green Thanksgiving! Thank you, Lord for this wonderful rain! Thank you, readers, for your prayers. Keep it up!

As for the reminders:
1) The quilt raffle is December 6.
2) The writing challenge due date is November 28. (This Saturday!)
3) Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Veterans Day—Answers!

Here are the answers to the Veterans Day "quiz." Answers are in italics.

1) What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is a day set aside to celebrate and remember everyone who has served America as a soldier, marine, etc.
2) What was its original name?
Armistice Day.
3) What year did it start?
Armistice Day began on the one year anniversary of the end of World War I, November 11, 1919.
4) What was its original celebration?
To celebrate the end of the "war to end all wars" and to remember the Veterans from the war. 
5) Who changed its name to Veterans Day and when?
It got changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day on June 1, 1954 by Eisenhower.
6) What does the word "veteran" mean?
From the nomenclature of the old English language, "veteran" means "old, experienced soldier."
7) Which state has the most veterans?
8) At some time, Veterans Day was moved to another day. When was it moved? What day was it moved to?
In 1971, it was moved to the fourth Monday in October.
9) When was it moved back to November 11? 
10) What is the common mistake made by people who write this holiday's name?
It is not supposed to be spelled with an apostrophe,(Vetrans) yet many people spell it with one (Veteran's, or Veterans').

What did you think? Did you have fun? Thank you to everyone who participated and I hope that you enjoyed yourself and learned something!

Note: Information has been taken off various internet sites. A few are mentioned below:
history.com, softschools.com, workingmoms.about.com

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Horsey Photo Shoot

Here is my promised post of the horse photo shoot! The other day I went out to the horses with my Fujifilm and decided to take a few pictures. . . . :-) More like, A LOT of pictures! But I have managed to narrow them down to my eight best shots for you plus two of scenery. The Appaloosa (spotted horse) is Dream, and the bay (brown with a black mane and tail) is Baylie. Enjoy!

I love the look on Dream's face!

The view as I was photographing.

I love both their heads in the picture!

This reminds me of two things: the cover of Dark Storms Rising, and Jesus returning!
What did you think? I hope that you enjoyed it! A few things:
1) For those of who are considering helping out with the quilt raffle, the due date is December 6.
2) The Veterans Day answers will be postponed until the 17th. Please leave your answers by the 16th!
3) Don't forget the Writing Challenge! The due date is November 28th.

Thank you all for reading! Have a super day! God bless you.

Friday, November 13, 2015

From My Fujifilm

As promised, here is a sampling of photographs I have taken with my new camera. (See previous post.) Enjoy! The first set of pictures are from the trip that we took in September to eastern California. The first two were taken in Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite National Park. The rest, except for the setting sun shots, were taken in the Mammoth area and the Owen's River Valley. The setting sun pictures were taken over the Pacific Ocean on the Monterey Peninsula.

These last pictures are all ones that I took back at my house. The two after the moon shot are of a Red-tailed hawk in an Oak near my house. Then a honey bee, hummingbird, another local bird, and my sister's chicken, Teeters.
The day after a full moon.
Taking off.

Soaring! (Like I sometimes wish I could do!)

Teeters, my sister's chicken.

Thanks for staying tuned to my blog! Soon I will post more pictures, these ones will be of a horse photo-shoot! Also, please don't forget to at least consider purchasing a custom quilt raffle ticket! All information is included in another post. To view it, please click HERE. Note: the well will no longer be purchased through Gospel For Asia, but it will still go to a village in need of water and the love of Jesus!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

My Camera

I would have liked to write this post earlier, but I know that you won't mind that I'm doing it now! I simply have to share with you! So, without further ado . . .

At the end of last school year, I had a graduation party from eighth grade. Many people from my church came, and all gave me generous gifts and beautiful cards. For some time previous to that, I had been saving to purchase a nice camera. I spent some time researching and finally used the graduation money to buy a Fujifilm camera. It is BEAUTIFUL! It takes stunning photographs! For those of you who also enjoy photography, you'll know what I mean when I say that it has a 50x zoom as well as takes 16 megapixel pictures. I am so pleased with it! I now have the nicest camera in the family! ;-P

Anyways, that is a just a highlight from my semi-recent life that I thought that you would enjoy! I hope to post a few pictures that I have taken with it tomorrow or the day after to show you a sample of what it can do. Thanks for reading! Pictures of my previous camera and my new camera are below.
My previous camera.

My upgrade!!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day Q&A

Hey, that kinda rhymes! I thought that it would be fun to test your knowledge of Veterans Day! In this post, I will ask questions about Veterans Day, and you will comment with your answers! Some questions will be easier than others. I only ask that you do not look up the answers until after you leave your comment. I won't publish the comments with your answers in them until I do the answer post. That post will be published on November 15. Please leave your answers by November 14. Here are the questions:

1) What is Veterans Day?
2) What was its original name?
3) What year did it start?
4) What was its original celebration?
5) Who changed its name to Veterans Day and when?
6) What does the word "veteran" mean?
7) Which state has the most veterans?
8) At some time, Veterans Day was moved to another day. When was it moved? What day was it moved to?
9) When was it moved back to November 11?
10) What is the common mistake made by people who write this holiday's name?

Just copy the questions into your comment and below each question write your answer. I hope that you have fun! Remember to show your gratitude to any veteran that you meet! Each one was willing to give their very lives so that we could be free. Because there have been men and women such as these, we have the important freedom of religion. Imagine if we couldn't worship God freely like so many other people are faced with. What if whenever we prayed or went to church there was a danger of being caught and thrown in jail or martyred? I am so thankful to the many soldiers who have given their lives and were willing to give their lives for us! Most of all, thank you to the veterans in my community. Especially to my dad. Dad, thank you so much for serving America and helping to preserve our freedom!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Writing Challenge #3!

Time for another writing challenge! The rules are:

1) I give you a moral of sorts.
2) You write a 500-600 word story with that moral.
3) Then you send it to me via the "Send Me an Email" gadget on the right sidebar of my blog. (Or just through my email if you have my address.) Please include your name or an alias. Thanks!
4) The due-date is November 28. (That way you have your Thanksgiving break to polish it up.) Shortly thereafter I will post the winners.

Please have fun. That is the most important part of this contest! And, like I said before, don't be afraid to come up with something totally strange! Just enjoy writing! Now for the moral:

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Bonus points to whoever tells me what the verse reference for that moral is!

I'm eager to see what you send! Have fun!

Note: Please consider purchasing a custom quilt raffle ticket! All proceeds go toward buying a well for a village in Asia as a sign of Jesus being the Living Water. Every dollar helps! The drawing date is December 6. Ticket prices are as follows:
     $1 for 1 ticket
     $5 for 6 tickets
     $20 for 25 tickets
For the other details, please click HERE.