Spring Whisperings

Ahhhh spring time! I just love spring time. If only it lasted longer than a week in these parts, then I would be really happy! Anyways, the trees are blossoming, the flowers are popping out of the ground, and the earth looks very happy right now.

I’m happy to say that I (finally) took every single one of these pictures! Yay! Also, special thanks to ‘Ilse’ for posing ūüôā

Our little family orchard’s plum trees are blossoming and it adds such joy to the scenery! I noticed them a Saturday morning (I don’t go out to our orchard very often) and ran out just as our fellowship was arriving to take pictures, and because I was hurrying, they didn’t turn out all that great, but oh well!

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My sister and I also went on a bike ride, and I decided as we were pedaling out the driveway that I should bring my camera and snapped pictures the whole ride. I took some pretty cool pictures, but for the life of me they won’t upload!!

And then my friend told me about the orchard in bloom down her street. The almond trees were absolutely amazing and gorgeous! We took pictures of each other and I took tons of pictures of the lovely trees.

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So yep. I’ve had lots of fun photographing our spring, it’s pretty much amazing!

So how is your spring?? Have your flowers started blooming yet? Remember, drop me a comment and follow along! Happy Spring!

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And in case you live somewhere spring has not started, here is aflower I made that lasts year round ūüôā

Blog’s 1st Birthday!

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My my! How time flies! Was it really a year ago (a year and a day, to be exact) that I first posted on ‘An Attempt to be Classic’.

It’s been an interesting year, full of changes, excitement, boredom, and growth.

Blogging has definitely changed me. Yes, for the better. It’s been a crazy journey of finding my style (which I still don’t have, really), going from horrible to a little less than blah. I’ve gone from having so much inspiration for blog posts, to having none. I have rambled endlessly, and I have also said one or two eloquent things.

I don’t even know why I chose the title of my blog! I didn’t put much thought into it, and I think I could have done something better, but alas, I am stuck with it now. I look back at my first post, and whoa, was it horrible. I¬†think¬†I’ve gotten better since then, or at least I hope so. But whether I have or not, I have enjoyed entering the world of blogging. I have interacted with some pretty darn amazing people in the comments, and have loved discovering some really terrific blogs out there.

I have loved the feedback I’ve gotten, and every ‘like’¬†has made me so very happy. When someone comments, I am estatic. And each time someone follows my blog, my heart leaps with joy (only figuratively, thankfully).

Speaking of followers, I am¬†trying to reach a goal of 100 followers¬†this year. Right now, I only have a very measly 23, so please, if you aren’t already following, please, do so now!

Thank you all so much for coming along side me. To my family and friends who have supported/encouraged/inspired me. To my followers, commenters and ‘likers’ who make me so happy! Please keep coming back, and whenever you feel like piping in, please do!

But, I think I ought to say this “Happy Birthday, An Attempt to be Classic!” You’re one years old! Hoorah! *throws glitter*

Now, I shall sprinkle this page with some gifs that describe my feelings about my 1 year ‘Blogversary’.

A collection of  excitement GIFs that provide the perfect reaction for almost every thrilling and happy situation in your life.

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14 Reasons Why Life Should Be More Like Singin In The Rain!!!
I’m obviously Don

So isn’t this great?! I’m so happy to have been doing this for a year! What are your thoughts? Will you help me reach my goal of 100 followers?

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The Beauty of the Earth

Earth is beautiful.

From the outside in.

From Space

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Look at how incredible that is! I mean, I have no doubts as to where the person who invented the first marble got his idea. Except that they didn’t know what earth looked like from the moon back then, but hey. I mean, that’s our planet there. Just floating, in a black sky, and millions of other planets and moons and stars are nearby, but it all comes back to earth. Earth, where God placed men.

 

From the heavens above

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I love the ‘quilt’ of fields, the wild land, the mountains, a road, and the sea all being included in one picture.
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Or how about those incredible views of clouds?

It’s amazing what you can see from way up high, whether that be clouds, land, the sea, etc. It’s also very interesting how much the look of things change by going down or up a few hundred feet.

From high above

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In a city looking down
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Or looking down into one of God’s finest

Whether on man made city-scapes or awe-inspiring scenes God’s outdoors, looking down from above is pretty darn awesome.

 

Looking up from the ground

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Galaxies are incredible. Stars, and all that. Any night sky is pretty much amazing but somehow an amazing one is captured now and then.

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Or clouds. Clouds are amazing.

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What trees look like from the ground is really cool, too. And birds can be cool, as pictured above.

Looking down when standing on the ground.

You see so many things while doing this. Flowers, bugs, animals, short people, lots of stuff.

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Beneath the earth

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I can hardly believe that such beauty exists! Anyways, caves are one thing we can see underneath.

 

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Water is so darn awesome. It’s so versatile, ya know?

So isn’t earth just superb? The most magnificent, finest, most exemplary shows of all time can be found all around you. Or if you care to stay inside, you can pick up a book and travel the earth from the comfort of your cushion-y chair.

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I Love Jane Austen Week- the tag

Thank you to Hamlette @ Hamlette’s Soliloquy¬†for making this fun tag!

1.  Which did you experience first, a Jane Austen book or a movie based on one?

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It was a movie. I just don’t know if it was Pride and Prejudice (2005) or Sense and Sensibility (1995). My sister is sure it was the former, but I think it was the latter.

2.  What is your favorite Austen book?

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I like Sense and Sensibility a whole lot, and also Northanger Abbey, but Pride and Prejudice is my favorite, and I do not wonder why it is her best known/loved work.

3.  Favorite heroine?  Why do you like her best?

e999dc2205e5e673e31feecc97587e3aThis is a great question. One that I don’t really have an answer to. I mean, movie wise, probably Emma Woodhouse from Emma¬†(2009) and Jane Bennett from Pride and Prejudice (2005), but book wise probably ¬†the Dashwood sisters. I love both Marianne and Elinor are both pretty great, with their virtues and faults, their ‘sisterliness’ and their sense and sensibility at times.

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Okay. All of them? Perhaps Henry Tilney and Captain Wentworth if we are talking from the books. They are pretty terrific. From the movies, I love George Knightley from Emma (2009) and Charles Bingly from Pride and Prejudice (2005). I love Mr. Knightley because he’s amazing, and Bingly because of how quirky and amusing and adorably akward he is. Plus, his hair.

5. ¬†Do you have a favorite film adaptation of Austen’s work?

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Yes! I love Pride and Prejudice (2005) and Emma¬†(2009). Pride and Prejudice¬†is so visually pleasing, and the soundtrack is so amazing, and Rosamund Pike as Jane, and all that, and is a therefore very lovely movie. Emma¬†is just wonderful. I’m not sure why I like it so much, but I do. ¬†I binge-watched it when I was sick last year, and I loved almost every minute of it.

6.  Have your Austen tastes changed over the years?  (Did you start out liking one story best, but now like another better?  Did you think she was boring at first, then changed your mind?  Etc.)

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In a way, yes. I thought I was going to hate her works, because my sister scared me into thinking ahead of time that she was boring. But I read eight of her novels in a row, and loved most of them. I still think they can be a bit redundant, and that sometimes it seems a bit formulaic.

7.  Do you have any cool Austen-themed things (mugs, t-shirts, etc)?

No, but I would love to have some! I would especially like:

Jane's Men / women's slouchy sweatshirt Jane Austen by Brookish:      Jane Austen Playing Cards http://www.readerscatalog.com/collections/games-for-grown-ups/products/jane-austen-playing-cards:   Mug with Jane Austen quotes. So cool!:

https://www.bookish.com/articles/fun-ways-to-wrap-bookish-gifts/:   Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen "If adventures will not befall a young lady" Vintage Book Gift Quote Locket Necklace Library

 

 

8.  If you could ask Jane Austen one question, what would you ask her?

“Teach me your ways!” Or “how did you chose your character’s names?”

9.  Imagine someone is making a new film of any Jane Austen story you choose, and you get to cast the leads.  What story do you want filmed, and who would you choose to act in it?

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Edward, Elinor, Colonel Brandon, Marianne, and Willoughby

Woah! Sounds awesome to do. Perhaps… Richard Madden as Edward Ferrars and… Anna¬†Popplewell as Elinor Dashwood and Colin Ferrel as Colonel Brandon and Eliza Bennet as Marianne and Ioan Gruffudd as Willoughby to star in a new Sense and Sensibility? That’s either perfect or horrible and I don’t think it goes in between wonderful and disastrous. It’s one or the other.

 

10.  Share up to five favorite Jane Austen quotations!

24 Jane Austen Quotes That Still Ring True Today:
This is so true.

Her own thoughts and reflections were habitually her best companions. Mansfield Park, Jane Austen.:

To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love - Jane Austin #dance #quote:

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Well this was certainly a fun tag! I enjoyed doing it, especially since I’ve been out of ideas for any posts. Jane Austen, thank you for giving us these terrific books.

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My Current Doings

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Just in case you aren’t my friend. I thought I’d be cordial to you.

Well, most of all, I am¬†ready to give up on blogging because I am brain dead.¬† ¬†doing a whole lot of nothing. So isn’t that fun? I am also having a very hard time with blog post ideas and/or inspiration. I can’t think of anything to write about. So I am afraid that means I am going to annoy you with another poorly written post ranting about basically nothing whilst I hope that a lightbulb will flash suddenly in my head. Or perhaps you have a blog post idea? Or you were going to share what you do when you are ‘blog post idea dead’?

Anyways, moving on.

Doing:

  • School school school. Also lagging and getting behind in school
  • Getting back to life after being sick (I wish I could say ‘wait,¬†me sick??’ but I can’t)
  • A Lifestyle Challenge. I just started this today. It is a challenge I made up that has a rather random point system that probably I only understand (although even I don’t entirely understand it) and it challenges me in many aspects of life, namely Exercise, Food, Media, Writing, Cleaning, Spiritual, and a few other things. I have to do a certain amount and some other stuff and in the end, if I get enough points, my mother kindly agreed to purchasing me a dress as a way to encourage me.
  • Babysitting my nephews for a few days as my mom is out of town and my sister is sick, so I am the designated babysitter.

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Writing:

  • I am outlining a novel(lla) about a girl named Daphne that takes place in the 1920s. That’s all I’ll say about that.
  • A skit about Esther (from the Bible) for Purim. It’s gonna be great. If all the kids in our fellowship cooperate, that is.Tips for Surviving Both NaNoWriMo and Life

Reading:

  • My current ‘pleasure’ reading is: All the Wrong Questions #4 by Lemony Snicket
  • I’m reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis for school, and The Snowflake Man by Duncan C Blanchard.
  • With my nephews, for their school, I am reading them Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.

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Watching:

  • Nothing! Ha! I am not watching movies 2/7-3/9, allowing myself two exceptions. This is apart of the Lifestyle Challenge (see Doing above).

Listening to:

  • Lately I’ve been listening to soundtracks a lot, such as to superhero movies and the like when I am exercising so I feel heroic and pretend I have muscles, also to more peaceful soundtracks when writing.
  • To ‘We are Going to be Friends’ by The White Strips many times lately.
  • And literally right this moment I am listening to¬†Cafe Europea¬†playlist on Spotify.

What else would a music note listen to than himself!:

 

So there is a bit of a peek into my recent/current life. I hope it was stimulating enough that you didn’t fall asleep. Have good day and please, be a dearie, and comment if it isn’t too much trouble! ūüôā

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Winter Wrap Up

Okay, I know Spring doesn’t officially start until March, but to me, it always starts in February. So¬†my winter is over.

Winter was pretty uneventful. Honestly, I can’t think of hardly anything that happened this season. But I shall try to conjure up a few things…

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My friends came and stayed for a week, and it was great hanging out with them, they are so fun! It was a little boring at times, but just being together was fun.

Random Miscellaneous-ness

learn how to play the banjo.:

I got to fiddle with a banjo, not for very long, but they are sooooooooooo much fun, and I really, really want to get one and learn how. It was so fun.

We did a Chanukah Skit that I wrote, directed, casted, etc., and it was hilarious. The kids from our home fellowship all did such a great job with their costumes and performance and the grown ups loved it as much as we did. We are looking forward to doing a Purim (the holiday about Esther) play in a month or so.

I fell in love with a cookie recipe I found on Pinterest,  https://www.pinterest.com/pin/143481938106880247/   and it is truly magical. You should make a million or two of them.

I went sledding in the snow and it was seriously fun. It was the first activity I’d done in the snow, so I was a little intimidated of sledding down the huge hill, and we did get a few scrapes and bruises, but even the long, long trek up the hill over 10 times was worth it.

This winter was pretty uneventful over all, but it was nice and relaxing. How about yours?

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Books Read in 2016

I read nearly 60 books this last year. Yay! Some were pretty short, but I managed to get a good deal of loooong ones in, too.

Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
This was such an amazing book. It is in my top five favorite books. It was so beautiful and well written and sad. There’s not question why it has remained a classic over a century and a half later.

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Magic for Marigold by L. M. Montgomery 
This was such a rotten book! I was so sad, I thought it would be terrific because of the author, but I hated it.

Puddin’head Wilson¬†by Mark Twain

Heart of the Wilderness  by Janette Oke 

A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke

First Test by Tamora Pierce

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 
I loved Inkheart! It was just as good as the movie (although the movie’s a bit lame, I love it) and I was glad to not be disappointed. The way Cornelia makes books even more magical then they are, and she does so much with a simple concept!

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi  
This book used to be a favorite, but as I read it this time, it didn’t have the same wonderfulness. Still a good book, and interesting, but not quite what it used to be. “We shall either live by believing one another, or, by not believing, die.”

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Danger at the Zoo by Kathleen Ernst

The Secret of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit

Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie 
Peter Pan can seem like a very sad book. Because it is. It’s also a truly magical book, but it was depressing this time around. I still love it though, because, how can you not?

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Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy

Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
How can you not love it? I had read the book once before (in addition to reading an abridged version millions of times) but this read I liked it even more!

31 Quotes From Children's Books That Will Inspire You At Any Age:

Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 
This was my year of Jane Austen. Several of these are gems, but after the fourth book, you might find yourself a little tired of the same plot lines, romances, and even characters being in every book. Still, it is obvious to me why she is such a renowned author.

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Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals¬†

Super human Habits by Tynan

The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution by Dr. Phil

Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket books 1-8
Sigh… these books are… unfortunate. And wonderful.

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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Set Apart Feminity by Leslie Ludy

Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird

When God Writes Your Love Story  by Eric and Leslie Ludy

No Flying in the House by Betty Brock 

Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

The Queen’s Own Fool¬†by Jane Yolen

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Willoughbys took me back to my childhood. It’s an awesome book perfect for children like I was.

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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
This book was rather boring, but wow, it was interesting in that it was so, so different than the movie. It was sad. That’s a fact.

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Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

The Passing Throng by Edgar A. Guest

Ballet Shoes, Theater Shoes, and Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield
I can’t even describe how much I love the Shoe books.

Once: Six Historically Inspiried Fairytales by Various authors books 1-3

Of Knights and Fair Maidens by Jeff and Danielle Myers

All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket books 1 and 2
I love these books, it pulls together so much of Snicket’s life, and, while asking all the wrong questions, answers some at the same time. A must read for all Lemony Snicket fans.

This quote...  I love it and one of the many reasons I love it is because it makes referencing SO much easier! What's the news mom? Not to mention the fact that Lemony and Moxie are such awesome friends I think I might explode.:

 

So those are most of the books I read last year. There’s a few others I read that I didn’t record, and I can’t recall what they are, but that’s most of them.

Thank you for skimming this long-winded post.

 Have you read any of these? Have you ever kept a book log?

 

Five Favorite Fictional Couples Tag

This is a follow up to my Fictional Male Characters Tag and my Fictional Female Characters Tag, and this is also taken from Coffee, Classics, and Craziness and has basically the same rules as the previous two.

[Disclaimer: I watch these movies (the ones that need it) with filters, so I do not endorse the parts of the movies that are not appropriate.]

Rules

1.) Pick one couple from each category
2.) Tagging is optional
3.) Link back to Meanwhile, In Rivendell

Categories

1) Period Drama Couple
2) Sci-Fi/Fantasy Couple
3) Superhero Couple
4) Preferred Couple (from a love triangle)
5) Couple Ended Too Soon

1) Period Drama Couple

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Jane Bennett and Charles Bingley~ Pride and Prejudice (2005)¬†First of all, I’d like to note that I simply adore both these characters on their own, but together they are just terrific. They are both so sweet and complying, though, their relationship must have been interesting. But I can picture them as an old couple, Bingley’s amazing hair no longer so red and full, Jane’s posture less straight, but both still so elegant. Bingley would be telling a silly joke and doing his funny little laugh thing while Jane smiles sweetly at him.

(also I’d like to give a shout out to Maria and Captain Van Trapp from Sound of Music as a favorite)

2) Sci-Fi/Fantasy Couple

 

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Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta~ The Island¬†This is one of the few Dystopian movies I enjoy, I’m not big on Sci-Fi, but¬†this one was good. I love Jordan and Lincoln’s relationship in this movie, and the way the interact with each other and the people they meet on their trip is pretty amusing.

3) Superhero Couple

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Look at that huge dopey grin and terrific eye roll! How can you not love ’em?

Gwen Stacey and Peter Parker~ The Amazing Spiderman (1 and 2)¬†They’re so cute look at that gif, you can just see their adorableness! But I’m not a huge fan of most of the superhero couples (even though I love superhero movies), so this one¬†is out of a few I like.

(of course, I also love Mr. and Mrs. Incredible!)

4) Preferred Couple (favorites out of a love triangle)

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Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan~Pirates of the¬†Caribbean¬† I honestly don’t like Will and Elizabeth together at all, but I really wish Jack and Elizabeth had become a thing. They are hilarious together and although it’d be horrendous for Elizabeth, it would have been really funny.

5) Couple Ended too Soon

Okay, I have two.

Ellie & Andy were just so cute together! She was definitely my favorite of Andy's many girlfriends.:

Andy Taylor and Ellie Walker~The Andy Griffith Show¬†Especially when you compare her to Helen Crump or Miss Peggy? She’s so terrific and their quarrels are always resolved in the cutest ways and they are both so wonderful together!

"Up" - The best audio-visual representation of the human lifetime. Joy, grief, anger and hope - all in one movie.:

Carl and Ellie~Up ¬†*spoiler*¬†Okay, yes, they got a whole life together, but still! It’s so sad when she passes! He loved her sooooo much! I wish, for their sake, their relationship could have lasted forever! (and no I didn’t intentionally have two Ellies in this category)

Hope you enjoyed this post! Are any of these your favorite movie couples? Let me know in the comments!

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