My Favorite Kinds of Things

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Did you guess what today’s post is about?  If you guess my favorite things, you’re right!  Here are the rules.

Rules…

Thank and link back to the persons blog who tagged you!

Ahem, sorry.  I forgot my manners.  Anna, thank you so much for tagging me!  It was very kind of you.  ❤

♥ Thank and link back to the persons blog who started the tag! (Beth in Boots)
♥ Write about seven of your favorite things in your post!  (add at least one picture of everything!)
♥ Tag seven  people at least! ( If you don’t know seven blogs to tag just tag as many as you can)
♥ Put the seven rules in your blog post!
♥ Include the picture above for the beginning of your post!
♥ Have fun!!!

My favorite things are…

All right!  So, here we go!  (In the order I thought of them.  Please realize they might not be  in the order of my favorite, but it’s just some of them.)

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Instruments/music/singing

My instruments!  (Sorry, I was not about to drag my piano outside.) For those of you who don’t know instruments, there is a guitar, a violin, and a banjo pictured above.  Comment below if you play any of them! This also includes all music.  I got distracted while I was taking this photo shoot, and just sat there and played violin for a few minutes.

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Western apparel and horses.

I couldn’t add a horse, since my horse photos are a little outdated, but this was as close as I got.  Anyone love anything horse related?  Picture above are my Sunday boots (That’s why they’re clean), my cowgirl hat, and my boho tie.  I wish I could have pictured more, but I kinda felt it would loose it’s photogenic qualities, if you know what I mean.  Maybe you don’t.  Either way, those are some of my favorite things!

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Books and reading.

Books!  Who doesn’t like books?  I just realized that one of the books are upside down.  Oops.  I guess that photo was a photography fail. 😬  But these books (with the exception of “Caleb in the Country”) are by one of my favorite authors, A.L.O.E.  I just recently read “Exiles in Babylon”.  I’m a collector of stories, whether they are in the published form or not, and that’s part of the reason I’m a writer.

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Sending and receiving letters/pen-pals.

Letter writing!  Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but I like myself a good, old, handwritten letter.  I send out a letter a day, mostly.  I’d say about twenty letters a month on average.  That’s roughly 240 letters a year, which is $120 in stamps.  And if on average, I write three pages for each letter, that would be 720 hand-written pages per year.  Yep, my signature might be pretty, but I write it over 240 times a year, plus I also practice it.  Did anyone say I’m obsessive?  You said the truth.  🙂

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Art.

I’ve really gotten into art the last month or so.  I’ve been enjoying some pastel pencils someone gave me, and I’m super excited about trying oil!  I’ve always been into charcoal, and my favorite thing to do is portraits.  Now, I’m not saying I’m good at it…Just that I like it. There is a difference, you know. 😉

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Writing…

Writing.  I enjoy writing more than I can say.  I think everyone that follows this blog can tell that.  Oh, and what do you think of the picture?  I think it’s very dramatic, isn’t it?  I think I like it better than all the other photos.  (Or maybe it’s just because that hand lettering took some effort.)

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Hot drinks.

Coffee.  One of my absolute favorite things is coffee.  It’s just so good, and tasty, and the bitterness is addicting.  But, I don’t like it unless it’s black.  Give me it strong and black.  (Oh, someone from the army told me that they have instant coffee, and some guys wouldn’t bother making themselves a cup of Joe.  Instead, they’d just pour the packet of instant coffee down their throat.  Talk about gross!  That’s almost as bad as drinking a raw egg.)

That, my friends, are seven of my favorite things.  Can you relate to them?

Nominees…

I am nominating… (Let me think…)

Mandalynn!

Madi!

Malachi!

(Man,why do their names all start with M?)(Anna!  You stole all the good nominators!)

Liberty!

Clara!

Maggie!

Rosy!

And there you have it folks.  You need to stalk those fella’s blogs for the next few weeks and see if the post their favorite things.  I know I’ll be stalking them.  (Oh, wait, don’t stalk Madi.  She only does tags once a year.  🙂

What are some of your favorite things?  What is your favorite art medium?  Do you enjoy horses?

~~Amie~~

P.S. HAPPY NATIONAL COW DAY!  *throws confetti* Don’t you all just love our cow friends?  I’m going to celebrate by eating beef!

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What’s on My Bookshelf? (pt. 2)

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And welcome to the second part of what’s on my bookshelf.  If you haven’t seen/read the first part, go check it out here.  Now we are moving on to the second shelf.  This is mostly historical fiction and books that mean a lot to me and are non-fiction.  (Okay, besides one of my favorite mystery series.)

First up we have…

Vogue Sewing

*Cough* I would not have this book at all, except that my mom has a degree in fashion design and insists every seamstress must have a vogue sewing book.  So, my mom has one, and so do I.  I think mine is a newer edition, though.  Anyway, the moral of this rambling is that if you’re a seamstress like me, you probably need this book.  (According to my mom.)

In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon

Great book, y’all.  I like his other book, Seven Days Left much better, but that’s not on this bookshelf.  It’s an amazing tale of a pastor who is shaken out of his apathy by one simple question: What Would Jesus Do?  No one expected that one question to change the lives of these people in such a drastic way.  I encourage you to read this book!

The Boxcar Children Mysteries

Oh, I love these books (Even though they’re for nine-year-olds, and I’m a teenager)!  Don’t get the newest ones.  Only get up to number 50, because the rest are so-so.  I got these old editions from the thrift store, and I instantly fell in love with Henry, Jesse, Violet, and Benny.  I love these mystery books because they aren’t that cliché, and the characters remind me of my siblings and I.  Since I have roughly 25 books, I won’t give you the details.  The only thing that puzzles me is how they stay the same ages for five summer vacations.  Hmm, strange.  Anyway, next book!

The Last of the Mohicans (Abridged)

I think I have this so I can hand it to my brother next time he comes begging for something to read. 😉  No, not really.  I enjoyed it when I was younger, though I can barely remember the plot line.  Maybe I should request the actual book from the library?  (I have this feud with abridged novels.)

War in the Wasteland by Douglas Bond

Ooh!  What an AMAZING book!  Towards the end of WWI, Nigel finally enlists.  Once he is in the trenches, he battles not only the enemy, but loneliness, illness, and his fellow soldiers.  Along his journey, he meets up with a young lieutenant known as Jack Lewis.  Join the adventure as Jack and Nigel fight together, and are wounded together.  This really is another must read!

(Note: This really is more of a boy book, so if you’re a girl who doesn’t like war, or illness, or rotting feet, please don’t read this and blame me for calling it amazing.)

Faith and Freedom Trilogy by Douglas Bond

Guns of Thunder…Wait, I’m missing the second book!  I’ll have to check my brother’s room.  *Goes into the cave*  *Comes out red-faced* Okay, so I couldn’t find it in my brother’s room, and he’s not here at the present, since he’s at work, so I’ll have to look up the title.  Guns of the Lion, and Guns of Providence.  (I am now really upset I can’t find that book.)  So these deal with the grandchildren great-grandchildren of the characters in the Crown and Covenant series, and they’re set in the revolutionary war.  Really good books.  I need to read them again.  Oh, and it’s such an exciting adventure the boys go on.  I really enjoy books about adventurous kids, but especially boys, if it’s a historical fiction.  Girls for some reason bring the romance into the book, and it’s just not as edible, you know?  Maybe you don’t know.

Crown and Covenant Trilogy by Douglas Bond

Yep!  I do like Mr. Bond’s writing.  This book takes place in Scotland during the 1600s when King Charles the 2nd was on the throne.  The Protestant church (or Kirk, as the Scots called it) was being persecuted by the Catholics, and the Scots had the bravery and valor to stand for what they believed in.  These books are amazing, because Mr. Bond makes the characters talk in brogue.  Aye, an’ ye didnae think it could get better, did ye?

Heroes in History by Douglas Bond

I have Hostile Lands and Hand of Vengeance here on my shelf.  Hostile lands is very fascinating for me, since I can speak a bit of Latin, and it’s about a Latin parchment written by a Roman Centurion.  Very interesting read.  Hand of Vengeance is about vikings, and I can’t really remember what that one is about.  (I know, terrible.)  So, you should really go look Mr. Bond up.  The only book I would tell you NOT to read of his is The Betrayal.  It gave me nightmares for weeks.  *Shivers*. Even that book was just a bit too gruesome for me.  (Or maybe I’m too imaginative.)

Ten Girls Who Changed The World Series by Irene Howat

Um, I really liked these when I was nine.  They’re good history books for young girls, but I haven’t read them in years.  Just reminds me of when I was little. 😉  These books have short chapters about famous women, from Florence Nightingale to Patricia St. Johns.  So, in the series it covers 50 women all together, and each book has ten women in it.  It’s a pretty neat little book series.

Caddie Woodlawn by Carolyn Ryrie Brink

Carol Ryrie Brink is a superb author, even though some of the books she writes are questionable.  (Why do I know so much about the authors?  If I like an author, I go a request all their books from the library until I’ve had my fill of the author.  😂)  Caddie Woodlawn is a dashing story of an elven-year-old in the year of 1864.  The end of the Civil war is in sight, but that doesn’t affect young Caddie’s life in Wisconsin.  She and her two brothers, Tom and Warren, have grand adventures.  One day they’re visiting an Indian camp, and the next they’re plowing a field.  It’s a sweet book about the author’s grandmother.  I’d highly recommend this book, and the sequel, Magical Melons.

Abigail Adams by Evelyn Witter

A wonderful book about a wonderful woman.  It’s a book for a younger crowd, complete with engaging sketches, and adventures.  It’s about Abigail Adams, from her life as a young girl to her life as the wife of the second president.

Annie Henry and the Secret Mission by Susan Olasky

Ooh, another fun book!  I always wanted the rest of the books in this series, but I never got them.  Annie Henry, the daughter of Patrick Henry, is anxious to hear what is really happening between Britain and the Colonies.  When she hears her father state the well-known words, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” Annie decides that she too will do her part for her country’s independence.

The War Rages On by Cecelia Schmidt

I love these books!  My friend, Cecelia, wrote this trilogy, and I’m hoping to do a review in the hazy future.  Anyway, the first book, The War Rages On, is about Grace Johnson, a sixteen-year-old Christian girl.  Her father is not a Christian, and that complicates things when Grace falls head over heels for the preacher’s boy.  Life is rocky as the peace of the country and the peace of her home hang on a thread.

The War Within by Cecelia Schmidt

Well, okay, I probably can’t tell you much without it being a spoiler for the first book.  Grace finds trouble, or trouble finds Grace at the end of the Civil war.  The newly started Ku Klux Klan is threatening Grace, and those she loves.

The War’s End by Cecelia Schmidt

This is my favorite out of the three.  It’s the longest as well.  Fifteen years have passed since you last visited Grace, and now she is a mother to her own children, and an adopted child.  This adopt child battles with heart-break as she learns a secret that involves her past.  To make matters worse, two outlaws show up in town, determined to destroy the town’s peace.

Toddy by Jane Peart

It’s 1890, and Toddy is in a crowded orphanage where her mother left her a few years before.  One day, a man and a lady come saying they want to bring some children out west for people to adopt.  Toddy and her three friends are chosen, and that starts an adventure of a lifetime.  Who will adopt Toddy?  What will her life be like?  Will anyone actually love her?  Read the book to find out!

Laurel by Jane Peart

Laurel and Toddy were two of the three musketeers at Greystone orphanage, and together they all adventured out west.  Laurel was really an orphan, her father and mother both dead, when she steps on the hissing train.  When she reaches her destination, she is adopted by a doctor and his grieving wife.  Will she ever reach her new mother’s broken heart?  Will she ever be able to pursue her dreams?  Or is she still stuck in her past?

Kathleen’s Shaken Dreams by Tracy Leininger Craven

Ooh!  I always wanted the other books in this series, but I’ve never gotten them.  I usually hate Life of Faith books because they take books and abridge them (Like the Elsie Dinsmore series!!!!), but I don’t think this book is abridged.  Anyway, Kathleen lives happily in her family, full of dreams for the future, and contentment with the past until that fateful day in 1929 when the stock markets crashed.  After that day, all Kathleen’s dreams come crashing down.

If The South Had Won the Civil War by MacKinlay Kantor

Oh, this is one of my old books.  Published in 1961, this book is kinda missing it’s cover.  Before I begin anything else, I must say this book isn’t exactly politically correct, so read at your own risk.  If history had just had a few changes in it, what would the fate of this nation look like?  What if Grant had been thrown from his horse during Vicksburg, causing him to die?  What if Stuart had eliminated certain cavalry group? What would have happened?  This humorous account of how the South won, and what the South did once they one is worth an afternoon of reading.  🙂

Anne Frank’s Diary by Anne Frank

Wow, this book is TERRIBLE!  Can you believe what happens in this book?  Not only what happens, but how Anne processes it all?  Before I move on to the second reason not to read this book, I’ll give you the first.  The whole time Anne is in the secret room, she’s only thinking about herself.

Sure, a few times she thinks about Peter…But only in the way of how he affects her, and why she needs him, and why he needs her.  Often she writes that she wishes she was better, but she never becomes better.  Even if it’s a great biography of a Jew during the holocaust, Anne doesn’t realize her danger, or what is going on beyond her own little world.

I don’t think anyone needs to read it.  Here, even though I risk copy right, I’ll add an excerpt.

Sometimes I have the same feeling here with Peter [referring to physical attraction], but never to such an extent until yesterday, when we were, as usual, sitting on the divan, our arms around each other’s waists. (p. 217)

Pause just a minute.  Do you see what I see?  This young girl and young guy, are ALONE sitting in a room, and they’re hugging each other. If that doesn’t sound wrong to you, please listen to this verse before I continue with Anne.

“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” (2 Timothy 2:22)

Do you think sitting on a couch together, arms around each other, is fleeing youthful passions?  Now, we shall proceed and skip a paragraph.

He came towards me, I flung my arms around his neck and gave him a kiss on his left cheek, and was about to kiss the other cheek, when my lips met his and we pressed them together. (p. 218)

Um, Anne, didn’t you know that you’re supposed to keep yourself pure?  Where is your dad?  Why haven’t you told your parents?  And kids are supposed to read this book in school?  We (Americans) admire Anne Franks.  Every girl I know that goes to school loves this book.  Look at what they do!  And they don’t stop there, but I’m too ashamed to have it on my blog.

Please spare yourself.  Don’t read this book.

Unless, of course, you have no value for the purity of your heart and mind.  This book does not in any way, shape, or form fit up with Philippians 4:8.  I actually refrained from throwing it away so I could give it a review on my blog.

It’s (Not That) Complicated by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin

What a fitting book to have right after Anne Frank.  This book is for all young women out there.  As it says on the cover, “How to relate to guys in a healthy, sane, and biblical way.”  This is a book EVERY girl needs in her teenage years.  I’ll just quote the back of the book for y’all.

“Ever been confused about friendships with boys?  How to handle crushes?  How friendly is too friendly?  How close is too close? What to do when a guy is being too friendly?  What guys think about all this?  What it means to be a “sister, in all purity”? Guy-girl relationships have always been complicated, but perhaps never more so than today.  It’s (Not That) Complicated is a humorous, hopeful, and deeply thought-provoking new look at guy-girl relationships in our times.  Dealing practically with such complications as online interaction, Hollywood expectations, undefined relationships, and unrequited love, the Botkin sisters offer enduring biblical principles that can make it all much simpler.”

Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson

Ooh!  This is a GREAT book.  One you can’t put down, even if you ain’t a duck hunter.  This book is full of good life lessons, basic principles, and Phil’s love for God.  Read the story of a drunkard being turned into a millionaire by God’s redeeming love, and a simple love for ducks.  It’s one book you’ll never regret reading.  (For some reason this guy really reminds me of my dad.  😂)

Growing Up Duggar by Jana Dugger, Jill (Dugger) Dillard, Jessa (Dugger) Seawald, and Jinger (Dugger) Vuolo

Another splendid book for girls, and even for boys.  My mom made my older brother read this so he can understand “us girls.”  I’m sure you’ve heard of the Duggars, with their crazy (not so crazy) 19 children.  This book is full of stories from their growing up years, and biblical advice about your relationship with: yourself, parents, siblings, friends, boys, God, your country, and the world.

The Complete Works of Hannah More by Hannah More

Ah!  A book full of biblical and hilarious plays, all written in Elizabethan English. I suppose if you really wanted to use them besides reading them, you could change all the thee’s with you’s.  My favorite is “The Search After Happiness.”

Fierce Convictions by Karen Swallow Prior

A biography about Hannah More, a poet, reformer, and abolitionist.  I have a lot of friends that really admire her, and use her as an example for modern-day abolitionism.  It’s a great, inspiring book, but I find the part of her writing plays much more inspiring than the last part of her life.  And what was her big deal with disliking men?  Anyway, it’s a good book if you’re into that kind of stuff.  Maybe I’ll read it again someday.

And that is all the books on my second shelf of my bookshelf!  Next week, hopefully, you will see what is on my third and final shelf.

Adieu!

~~Amie~~

P.S. Have you read any of these books?  Did one of them prick your interest?  Have you ever read Anne Frank’s diary? Do you enjoy sewing?  What are your thoughts on Vogue sewing book?

P.P.S. Check out this reading challenge! 

P.P.P.S I really should have included this in the post, but sorry for a pictureless post.  It takes so much longer to search up those pictures.  🙂

What’s on My Bookshelf?

Note: All pictures are not my own.

Second Note: Some books below contain the concept of slavery.  This does not mean I indorse slavery.  The Bible forbids slavery, and I believe all men (and women) are created equal in the sight of God.

Okay, so this post is only of one of my many bookshelves.  I have an extreme collection of books that keep me company, and they are stuffed in every imaginable place in my bedroom.  This is my bookshelf of favorites, or things I’ve had for a while.  It’s in the easiest place to get to, and so you’re going to see what’s on it.

First up we have,

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The Knights Series by Chuck Black

So I just recently received these for my birthday, but they quickly made it to my top favorites.  My favorites out of the series are Sir Bentley, Lady Carliss, Sir Quinlin, and Sir Rowan.  I enjoyed every single one of these, and if you are needing something wholesome to read, this would be one of my first suggestions.

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The Baker Family Adventures by C.R.Hedgcock

Oh my.  I’ve read these so many times.  I just love them, and I love everything about them.  I don’t think they have one bad review.  Okay, yes, I’ll admit that they’re pretty predictable.  At least, she uses well known mystery plots, but gives them exciting twists.  You won’t be disappointed if you read these.  (My favorites are the fourth through seventh.  I really can’t decide.  My favorite character is Phil all the way.  Phil is amazing.)

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Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth

This book makes me furious.  I have to shut the book a thousand times as I read it.  Oh, poor Ishmael!  A word of warning.  If you are twelve and under, don’t read this book.  Also, this author is questionable, so talk to your parents before you read it.  Other than that, it’s a great book that will teach you about the sin of silence.  (Grr, I hate that sin.)

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Self-Raised by E.D.E.N. Southworth

Yep, she’s one of my favorite authors, even though I don’t agree with a lot of what she stood for.  This is the (much needed) sequel to Ishmael.  This book doesn’t make me mad. In fact, I have this smug feeling as I watch one character get her just desserts.  I sit through out this tale thinking, “Finally.  Hah, I was waiting for you to get a taste of your own medicine.”  Not very Christian of me, huh?  Well, I would recommend this book with the same warning as Ishmael.

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The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth

Oh my!  Probably my all-time second favorite book.  My parents tell me I’m Capitola to the dot.  Anyway, I read this book aloud to my family, adding in the different voices.  Oh, how I loved to rage as Old Hurricane.  “You….You…You ungrateful vagabond!  You street urchin!  You!”  I also really liked Capitola.  My mom started laughing so hard when Mrs. Condiment was introduced.  😉 Oh, and Black Donald?  I’m gettin more and more excited as I continue typing.  This book is a MUST read, though I would attach the same warning to it as with Ishmael and Self-Raised.

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A Lost Pearle by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

Okay, this book….I had to throw it across the room a few times.  Oh, it makes me just as mad as Ishmael. That….GRRRR!  Okay, I’d spoil it if I tell anything other than a teaser.  Pearle is a beautiful, happy girl who is bound to be married to the love of her life.  On her wedding day, everyone for miles around comes.  All are astonished when the bride is as white as marble, and the groom?  He isn’t the right groom.  This is not a romance really, as I would never read a romance, though the setting does include Godly true love and all that nonsense.

(And again.)

The Wide Wide World by Susan Warner

My all-time favorite book.  Famous when it was first published, this book is referenced in book four of the Elsie Dinsmore series, and Little Woman.  It has successfully made Jo, Elsie, and Amie cry.  I tell you, it takes a lot to make me cry.  Little Ellen is heart wrenchingly taken away from her dying mother and placed in her step-aunt’s house.  Her step-aunt has no love for her, and heart-broken Ellen has no love to bestow on her cruel aunt.  The story follows Ellen’s sad story as she lives with her aunt and strives to have a true relationship with her Savior.

(And again.)

The Lost Clue by Mrs. O.F.Walton

Hmm, a good, yet predictable, mystery that has a terrible ending.  I like it because I enjoy mysteries, but it’s not my absolute favorite.  When Kenneth Fortscue is summoned to his dying father, little does he dream the mystery that will unravel because of that simple action.  The story that follows is interesting, and will fill an afternoon.

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Through His Eyes by Cassandra Driver

I bought this book while I was in Nashville, and I stayed up until twelve that night to finish it.  It is a work of art!  Cassandra certainly did an amazing job.  Join twins Virginia and Travis, who are WWII refugees in the US.  Their aunt has just died, leaving them alone in the big United States.  Suddenly mysterious things start to happen that are all wrapped around one thing…A music store.

Can you tell I like mysteries yet? 😉

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Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland

A must have for every author.  It really changed my outlook on outlining, and hopefully changed my writing for the better.  That’s all I really can say.  It’s a book that every aspiring author should have on their shelf.

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Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland

Um, I haven’t read this yet, so we’ll pass over this.

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Life in Dixie by Mary A. H. Gay

An amazing book for all Civil War buffs.   Mary’s brother died during the war, leaving his son and wife.  Mary undertakes the huge task of writing an account of the war for her nephew, for as she phrases it, “If we do not [write our own account] do it ourselves they [Southern Traditions] will be swallowed up in oblivion.”  A true account of what life was like in Decatur, Georgia, during the war.  (If you plan to write a historical fiction during the war, I would buy this and read it.  It contains songs they sang, how they earned money for the troops, and what letters from brothers and sister looked like.)

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Andersonville Georgia by Peggy Sheppard

(I have no idea where you can buy this.  I would look it up on Ebay, since Amazon doesn’t have it.)

Yep, another Civil war book.  Can I just tell y’all that I’m hooked on history?  Most of the history books I’ve read are in my older brother’s room because he owns them.  On average in our house, every room has at least one bookshelf, with the exception of our kitchen and our craft room.  Yikes!  A lot of books.  Anyway, on to this book.

Warning!

If you are anti-reb, you shouldn’t read this book.  Sorry.  This book kinda makes the Yanks look pretty bad.  Peggy defends the poor Rebs with all of her might as she points out how they tried to improve the condition of Andersonville, though the North wouldn’t agree.  So, this is a very controversial book.

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Ghost, Thunderbolt, and Wizard by Col. Robert W. Black

If you don’t know about Morgan, Forrest, and Mosby, you aren’t into the Civil war, sorry.  This book deals with some of the most respected, and hated, men of their day.  Mosby, and his infamous Rangers.  Morgan, and his cutting the Union telegraphs.  Forrest and his cavalry.  Each man played a huge role in the fight for Southern Independence, which was sadly a losing cause.  (Or maybe not sadly.  Guess God willed it to be a losing cause.)

(Has anyone heard “The John Hunt Morgan song”?  The tune’s Bonnie Dundee.  Great history in that song, just saying.)

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The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks.

Gulp.  Um, this book is both good and horrible.  No young person should read this book, to say the least.  I know it isn’t historically correct, but novelists can get away with that if they write the story well enough.  If you can find a better book to read, by all means do that.  Don’t read any of Robert Hicks’ other books.  Just save yourself extreme disappointment, because they just get worse.  So, I’d say pass this book if you can.  Read everything else on my bookshelf before you read this.

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They Called Him Stonewall by Burke Davis

Oh, amazing book, y’all.  If you have ever enjoyed studying Thomas Jackson, this book is a must.  It’s really the best book I’ve read on him so far, and after you read it, go listen to “Stonewall Jackson’s Way.”  Guys, these old songs are so rich with history.  Before I read history books, those songs just didn’t make much sense.  Now, I can totally understand what they were talking about, and why this is happening in the song and such.  Great book.

All right, shall we move to the second shelf of my book shelf?  *Looks at what I have on it*. Actually, you’ll have to come back for part two of this amazing post.

Have you read any of the books on my bookshelf?  What one sounded most promising?  Are you going to check any out?

~~Amie~~

Today we went to a beautiful lake to fish.  I enjoy fishing, in theory, but nobody’s ever taken the time to teach me.  I know two things that might help if other people weren’t around.  Number one, you HAVE to be quiet which my siblings never are.  Number two, you put a worm on a hook and you throw it into the water.

Anyway, back to what I was saying.  I tried to fish, but I never caught anything.  Instead, my book caught me! (Sorry for the awful pun.)  But before I became involved in the world of mystery, I took quite a few pictures and even bribed my mom to take some of me!

The lake was lovely!  I was super surprised at how awe-inspiring it was.  I’m afraid I use that word too much but how do you describe that feeling you have when you see something and go, “Yeah, you certainly made it ‘very good'”?

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There it is with the trees!
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Hello, Mr. Egret!

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I found this strange fluffy stuff, so I took a picture of it.  In my mind, the stranger the better, right?IMG_9456.JPG

Okay, today I went on a mission to find all the colorful leaves I could, and I think I did pretty well.  I went on and on how green things are and I think I’ve realized its only in our yard XD 😉

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Red
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Can I consider this orange?
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And this is yellow.

I spent a while on this picture of the fern.  I thought it was amazing how the separate leafy things were different colors.  Man, I can’t remember what those are called!  I’m going to have to get my botany book…

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The clouds were so fluffy.  I just had to take pictures of them.  Who couldn’t?  I mean, it’s inspiration.  What if somebody wrote a story about living in cloud world?  Uh oh, I’m giving away ideas. 🙂

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I had no idea my mom was taking these photos.  So, the lesson is never leave your camera in reach of your mother XD No, not really.  She did take some really good shots with editing.

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Trying to improve my cast XD

Is it just me, or does this look like a crocodile smiling?  I saw it and had to take a picture, it was so cute!  Well, I’m not sure I’d call a crocodile cute but this portrayal of one is.fullsizeoutput_5919.jpeg

GUYS!!!! There was a BALD EAGLES nest there!!!!!! AND WE SAY THE EAGLE!!! but, I didn’t get any pictures of it 😦  I mean, the eagle, not the nest.  I even got a shot of a great blue heron on it. (proof down below)

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Proof.  See, heron on a bald eagle’s nest.

This is sad, but it seems I always find a sad pile of feathers where ever I go.  These look like duck feathers 😦 (That’s an even sadder face Lol!) 😉IMG_9567.JPG

My brothers and Dad happened to catch fish though!  They were all big mouth bass, so my youngest brother was thrilled.  He’s always wanted to catch one of those big mouths.IMG_9562.JPG

Here are the pictures my mom took of me.  Comment down below which one you like best.  I’m going to use one for my About Me page but I’m not sure which.

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Or C?

And finally, proof that I was there.  If you ever find a notebook, book (especially mystery or action and adventure), and camera case, Amie’s bound to be around there somewhere.IMG_9578.JPG

 

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~~Amie~~

The Reluctant Reader

“Hello, there,” said Will, smiling and trying to reassure the girl.

“Hello,” answered Elmira as she carefully closed the book and stood up.  She noticed Will was in the dress of a young gentleman and that made her shy.

“I’m Will Honorable,” said Will, giving her a hand.  Will was around the age of seventeen.

“I’m Elmira Kingston,” said she, taking the hand-held out to her hesitantly.  Her clothes were coarse and worn but instead of decreasing her beauty they seemed to add to it.  She was around the age of fourteen.

“Are you one of my father’s tenants?” asked Will.  

Elmira now realized who this boy was.  

She withdrew her hand quickly and blushed, saying, “Yes, my aunt lives up the path and she kindly took me in.”

“I see you were reading.  What book is that?” asked Will, taking a seat.

Are you interested?  No?  What?  I was sure you’d be interested.  I know I am.  Check out my newest story under my page stories.  It’s amazing, if I do say so myself!  Enjoy the read!–Amie