My camera is here! Well, it has been all along, it just wasn't mine that whole time. And it's not even new. It was my sisters, but the fact that you don't have to refocus it ten times before you can snap the picture, makes it seem like new. I also no longer have to pull up the lens each time I turn it on so that it actually, well, turns on. It focus much better and has a nice flash, so I hope that you will be able to tell the difference.
Here I am, at home, missing church. I don't like missing church because I LOVE going to church, but, I am sick. Maybe it's allergies? I don't know. But it seems to happen about every month and a half to two months. I get a stuffy nose, an itchy throat and a cough that won't go away. When the summer was beginning to roll its way into Alaska, I thought, 'Yay! No more getting sick!' I was wrong. This is the second time this summer that I have gotten sick. But I'm trying to make the best of it.
So during my time here alone tonight, I've done something I've been wanting to do for quite a while. I made a yarn doll and I watched a cooking movie.
Four days ago, one of my sisters had to come home from camp on account of being sick. I'm afraid that my brother and I seem to have caught the germ as well. Today is when it really seems to have started: the runny nose, the dizzy feeling, and all the other symptoms that like to follow along.
Already it seems almost as if summer is beginning to end. I have to keep reminding myself that we still have an entire month left! But the lilies by the side of our house continue to wilt, even if the leaves on the trees and the pea bushes are still as green as ever before. The lilies are one of the main parts of summer I look forward to each year, as you may have noticed. I have lots of pictures of lilies, a lot of which, I haven't posted yet. But today, in honor of our sweet tiger colored lilies, I will post some pictures I took last year, when i was thirteen, before I had my blog.
Today was the first sunny day in over a week. Besides the half hour I spent swinging on my hammock, I spent most of the day indoors. I made pizza and then I wasted my day on the Internet, playing mindless games that really don't help anything. I read a book once where the main character had a bracelet that reversed spells. If only there were some sort of bracelet that would reverse feelings! So instead of feeling restless, I could feel perfectly at peace. And instead of feeling lazy, I would have motivation and get things done!
But there is no such bracelet. Instead there is a thing called perseverance. I like that word and I feel like I use it quite a bit. When I was little, it was one of the biggest words I knew. I would say it around my friends at church and feel smart when they asked me what it meant.
I have a list and I am determined to get it done. No more pushing it until the end of the day. No more lazy Internet or ipod games. No more sitting on the couch staring at the wall.
Having our new hammock up this summer is so wonderful. I like to make it swing side to side really fast and feel the air blow over my face. Sometimes my neighbor's big golden dog comes up to the fence and watches me.
I do a lot of thinking while I swing on the hammock. Mostly, I make up conversations in my head. Conversations with my sisters, my cousins, my friends, people I don't even know! Sometimes it is with people I don't like. I always outsmart them in my little make believe conversations, but that never happens in real life.
Sometimes, too, I make up stories. Things that will happen in the stories I am writing or things I want to do (like run through a field of tall grass or swing on a rope over a water hole!)
The time has come for my family's semi-annual run of the three Lord of the Rings movies; extended versions, all. We watch the movies each year in the summer and during Christmas break. I thought for while, I would get tired of watching it so often, but that hasn't been the case. Each and every time the movie menu comes up, I get shivers of excitement up my back. Everything about the movies draw me in. The story and the characters, the costumes and the views, the amazing places the characters travel and the obstacles they over come! It makes me want to travel to Rivendell and fly over pastures on the back of an eagle. I want to wear long dresses and have long hair like an elf, and go to the pub at the Shire and watch the hobbits dance and sing!
Though Lord of the Rings has nothing really to do with the pictures following, I just cannot help but mention the movies. I haven't read the books, but I have listened to the first two on CD, and have started the third.
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These are some photographs taken the same day as the ones by the gate. The rain is still yet to stop, so it looks like our line of hot, sunny line Independence Days have come to an end. But weather remains unpredictable, and we could have a sunny day after all. I wouldn't mind rain, and I can't say I'm getting bored with its endless drizzle.
This is my friend, Kiana. The two of us went and took pictures out in the rain yesterday. There's lots more, I just can't fit them all on one post.
This gate in the far corner of my back yard, is surrounded by plants and ferns. If you look over, the top of a mini jungle is visible. I imagine my little toy tiger with a safari hat on, hacking her way through the dense mess of greenery.
The rain we went out in has been falling very unpredictably throughout the past four days. Though I love rain and have immensely enjoyed it, I'm finding it difficult to get things done. Our fair is starting in about a month and I always enter a lot of items. I always get excited when the fair comes around and the rush of getting things ready for it begins to roll in. But I just have not had the motivation this year. There is still a month before it occurs, so I don't think I am desperate for motivation quite yet, but I have been known to procrastinate, and I don't want to have a month's worth of projects stuffed into seven days. It's time for perseverance! :/
I'm starting highschool this year. I do not know how to put into words the feeling of joy I have because I am no longer, 'a middleschooler'. At last, I have something more to work towards! I am trying to graduate in three years instead of four. For a head start and some extra credit, I am taking a cooking class, at home, starting today. So, it looks like there will be some food pictures coming this direction. I have to record everything and take pictures to recieve my credit, so let the baking begin!