Hi dear friends!
I hope you are having a wonderful first full day of summer
and wonderful week so far!
It has been too long and how I have missed you, many sweet
friends, and writing here. I last posted about a month
ago as I saw today, and couldn't believe it had been so long...
between busyness and just plain being a bit exhausted lately
(from this Southern heat especially) and having so many internet connection
problems, along with also having a strained hand, my
blogging has faltered, but oh I've missed it.
Until that post I keep mentioning about my antique
store goodies (smiles), which I will share before too long, I thought
I would pop in to share a few things I have been loving
and that have been blessing me lately☺
...This is my first summer where I am not anticipating a new
school year as a student and it feels strange, but- aside from
family and work busyness- the loveliness about that somewhat strange
feeling (not to mention also the rarity of not being in
summer classes!) is that I have a bit more time for the first time
in so long to just...
to write, sketch, think, ponder, and read more than I ever
could when I was in school, because my mind was just constantly
going ALL the time then, thinking about what was due,
what my projects and assignments were about and just a plethora
of academic-related things.
But now my mind is resting from that to focus on other things...
many of which are lovely things that I dream of
and think of and read...
Ahh, the simple sweetness of enjoying
a cup of tea with a good book.
I have been reading book reviews of some books that
sound like such a deep and cozy read (especially those set in eras
gone by) and also have been left with recommendations
by many of your girls and ladies that I have put on my list.
Thank you for those!
I am so excited to be reading delightedly, just enjoying
the delicious warmth of a good book as I go to sleep each night after
so many years of nights of writing essays into the wee hours ;)
Mysteries and sleuthing! I have always been a Nancy Drew
kind of girl and have a penchant for a good mystery-
I have a list of books I'm hoping
to crack the spine on, of course, but lately I have been enjoying
the mystery movies that come on the Hallmark channel.
Have you seen any of them, or have a favorite mystery show or movie
your watch that you'd recommend?
We are enjoying these mysteries quite a bit. Our favorite is a series titled
Garage Sale Mystery. Some are more in-depth than others,
but all are charming and fun to watch if you enjoy a mystery.
I also quite enjoy Aurora Teagarden mysteries, especially
perhaps because she is a library and as a little girl, being
a librarian was something that always looked interesting to me
and ever so much fun (especially when they had
the good old fashioned stamps).
These mysteries are also all clean entertainment and refreshing
in that respect ☺
Vintage inspirations have wonderfully
taken up space in my mind
as usual lately, as well... especially sewing and style-related.
Although I have mostly been thumbing through
vintage-themed books and magazine inspirations due to my internet
craziness, when it is working I love perusing vintage-loving
girls' blogs who share their creations.
It is so fun to get ideas and admire their elegant style and creations.
One I love visiting is that the Boyer sisters, who set an
amazing example not only in style but in godliness.
They are a joy to visit.
I highly recommend their God-honoring, completely inspiring posts.
Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Brigid,
the middle sister of the three (blue dress), who just announced
her engagement! So exciting!!
The sea is ever-presently on my mind, as has been
wildlife overall. I have been soaking up studying the things
I love and this is perhaps my greatest passion of which I've
been feeding with photos, articles, and books lately.
This book (above) is an older book published with Nat'l Geographic
that I have been reading and one that inspires me in learning more
and more about the glorious sea.
After visiting the beach this month and finding the most amazing specimens to
admire the beauty of up close, I am even more in love with marine
beauty that is God's creation than ever before. This is a love
I am thankful to have grown up with.
Studying wildlife is close to my heart and every
aspect of nature and wildlife overall is so fascinating.
Having the chance to write in spare time has been such
a blessing. My little pieces of free time and moments throughout
the day- but mostly in the evening- are so often lately
encompassed with writing,
journaling memories and sweet simple things, or working on writing
that I hope may even someday be published or that
I can share.
I just enjoy it and always have and it calms my heart in
a similar way to my faith, which I also find a wonderful feeling
in writing about.
Along with writing, speaking of, definitely goes my joy
of journaling about my thoughts and devotions and faith-related
pouring of my heart- my dreams, hopes, goals.
Vintage inspirations also come in the form for me
this summer in delighting in the old-fashioned snapshots of the
"good ol' summertime", as they say (smiles).
I LOVE this one- are these girls not dressed in the cutest,
most modest swimsuits? I love the nostalgic feeling of looking at
photos from the 40s and 50s of beach day smiles and
all-American, days-of-old, summer fun.
From an amateur seamstress point of view, it is also
neat to admire the fashions from then, especially to see
the wholesome beach-wear the classy ladies wore compared
to the present day when string bikinis and other swimwear
leave so little to the imagination, to put it one way.
And finally, photography.
Nature photography captivates me so- everywhere you
turn, there is magic to be found when you look through your
camera lens. Going to the beach made for the
opportunity to capture sea life and birds like sandpipers and
gulls. I loved capturing them sweeping over the waves like
in this photo I took on one of our days at the coast.
Getting out and taking photos of beautiful scenery makes
me happier than anything and more thankful than anything for
my new (it still feels new to me, anyway) camera.
These things have all been joyous to think on and enjoy
lately... making me think about how the essence of loveliness
is so often captured in being excited about something
as I am about these "lately" aspects of my life and thoughts...
It is a delight to have my fingers grace these keys
to get to say hello and write.
I hope you are having a wonderful week, lovelies!
What has been inspiring YOU lately?
What has you dreaming, daydreaming, or excited?
Hoping you have a wonderful day!
Your sister in Christ,