Saturday, April 27, 2013

Falconry

I have always had an interest in falconry.  There was something I always thought quite breathtaking about this unique connection with such a beautiful and powerful bird, and after reading more about this age-old sport, last summer I thought I would do some research on what it would take to start up something like this.

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Falconry is essentially a method of hunting.  You are using your bird to hunt down small animals, such as rabbit or quail.  Falconry has been practiced in virtually every part of the world for centuries, however it was, and still is, practiced heavily in the middle east.  As the use of firearms became more popular for hunting, this art gradually fell out of practice.  However, many people are now reviving it once again.
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As I researched it, I quickly became aware that this is pretty much a sport dominated by men, at least now.  I suppose that was to be expected, after all, most of the famous falconers in history were men, such as Charlemagne, King Richard the Lionhearted, and Henry VIII, believe it or not.

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 However, more researching brought to light the rather scanty, but still existent history of female falconers.  Supposedly the very first record of a female falconer was of a Japanese woman named Kochicu.  Englishwomen apparently were often seen accompanying men on falconing excursions.  There were even exclusive all-women groups who enjoyed the sport.  According to age-old tradition, Merlins were considered most appropriate for ladies to use.


Well aren't you just a cute little Merlin. :)

Apparently Mary Queen of Scots, Catherine the Great of Russia, and even Queen Elizabeth I were all avid falconers.  So, this sport can be a ladylike occupation.


I am thinking of looking into getting started with some beginning falconry classes, and then, if everything goes well, either trap or buy a falcon of my own.  We'll see.  Never know, I may be introducing you to a new feathery friend of mine one of these days.


Yours truly,

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Loves and Hates

Well, isn't this a rather random collection of my likes and dislikes.  I don't know why I have posting so much about myself recently.  I mean, I know you are all DYING to know so much about me personally, but I usually don't post stuff like this.  Oh well.  Here we go. :)

I'm going to post first my favorite thing in that category, and then my least favorite.


Favorite Food?

Oreos
 
  That right there would be my ideal birthday cake.  Or wedding cake for that matter.  Oreos are definitely the best thing that man has ever created for human consumption.  The way the frosting is sweetly smashed between two delicious chocolate cookies.... it's just heaven.


Most detested food:

Celery
 

I do not know why, but I have never, ever liked celery.  It has the weirdest taste and texture, and I don't care if you slather it with peanut butter, cut it up and put it in a salad, cook it with other veggies.... no.  I can't stand it.




Favorite color?

Dusty Blue
 

I would wear a dress in this color, paint my room this color, drive a car this color..... it's just so pretty and old fashioned!




Most detested color:

Hot Pink


Ugh.  Just ugh.





Favorite Season?

Spring

 
Yes, spring is my favorite season.  I love the sweet smell in the air, the new growth in the forest, new life everywhere..... beautiful!


  Most detested season:

Winter

 
I don't actually "detest" it, but it is definitely not my favorite season.  Everything is so cold and dead, and mostly in my part of the world it's just slush.  Yuck.




Favorite thing to wear?

Heels :)

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Preferably t-strap, with a medium heel.  I like brown/tan tones.  Black sometimes.




Most detested thing to wear:

Sneakers

 


I know, it's totally weird.  But those of you who know me, know that I rarely EVER wear these.  I don't know why, I just don't feel very ladylike in them.  But I do wear them for working out, and other times when I absolutely have to.  

(Just noticed that my favorite and least favorite things to wear were both shoes. Huh.)




Favorite game?

Pictionary

 

I love to draw, so this game keeps me entertained for hours.  Well, as long as it takes to get to the end.  Then we start over again.  



Most detested game:

Whatever this is 
 

I saw this recently and couldn't believe it.  I mean really, Hannah Montana TWISTER????  Please girl, you've already ruined enough things, don't touch Twister.  I'm serious.  Leave it alone.




Favorite book?

The Virginian 

 The Virginian Owen Wister 

Really, this is my favorite book ever.  It's sad when I talk to other girls about it and they say things like "Oh you made it through that one?" or "I barely got past the first chapter; it was kind of boring."  :(  If you gave the book a chance, you might be surprised.  I just love the Virginian.  And Molly.  They are so sweet together, the way he cares so much for her, and how she doesn't want to love him, but finds herself doing so without even knowing it.  I wish there was a Virginian alive today, because I would marry him. :)



Most detested book:

 Mara, Daughter of the Nile

 

I had to read this for school years ago, and I remember to this day how boring, uneventful, and ridiculous it was.  There was not one ounce of that story that interested me.  No offence to Mara fans, cause I know they are out there, but this book was such a bore to me and it was worse because I *had* to read it for school. 


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Well, I suppose I will now wrap up this completely random post.  Perhaps I share some of your likes or dislikes?  Do you have any poignant favorites or "most detested" things you would like to share with us? Please do! :)

God bless,

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My "Scary" List

Do any of you have a list of those things that scare you the most?  I do. :)  Some things really creep me out.  Contrary to popular belief, I am not afraid of the dark, but here are the top five things I am afraid of:

Number 5
Snakes

 
*shivers*  Ever since that fine spring day when I was 4 years old and I spotted a garter snake in the garden, I have been deathly afraid of these slithering monsters.  And that one there is a black rat snake, which is probably the type I am most afraid of because once last summer one of those tried to get at my baby bunnies.  


Number 4
People
 I don't mean *all* people scare me, but big groups of them do.  It's kind of hard to explain, so allow me to share this comic which illustrates exactly what my fear of people can be like: 
So basically, yeah. 




Number 3
Deep Water

 Yeah, that may look peaceful and serene, but throw me in there and I can make your death look like an accident.  This goes for the ocean, lakes, and even ponds.  Pools don't bother me too much, but if I can't see the bottom, it freaks me out.  And it's not because I can't swim, cause I definitely can and I like swimming.  Once when I was about 11 years old, I was swimming in a lake at a state park with my friend, and she talked me into swimming farther out.  "No need to worry," I told myself, "You have been swimming since you were old enough to walk, you know what you're doing.  It will be fine."  So we went out a little farther, and then a little farther.  The water was getting colder as we began to tread in deeper water.  Suddenly, I felt a huge, slimy, scaly object brush between my legs and I let out a horrendous shriek, thrashing in the water towards the shore as fast as my arms and legs would take me.  

 I could tell you stories of ocean incidents too, one of which involved a live jellyfish (one of the scariest moments of my entire existence).   

So.  No deep water for me, no sir.




Number 2
Centipedes

  
 Ok, I'm starting to creep myself out because we're getting to my top two scariest things.  Here you have a centipede.  It seems that every house we have ever lived in has been plagued with these servants of the devil.  They move crazy fast, and they have way too many legs, and they show up where you least expect them to.  Like the shower.  Or the bathroom towel when you go to dry your hands.  I had to get a drink of water once in the middle of the night, and there was a centipede right where the cups were, so I woke up my brother and made him kill it.  The poor guy was half asleep, but he knows that I won't rest until that thing is dead. :)



And now, we have come to the number one scariest thing on my list...




Number 1
Spiders
   
   Somebody kill that thing, please.  I don't think I need to tell you why I am deathly afraid of spiders.  It doesn't matter how big they are, if they bite or not, if they are fuzzy or smooth, if they are black, or brown, or white...... I hate them.  And DON'T YOU DARE tell me they are good because they eat insects.  People have tried that on me and I'm warning you, it doesn't work.  No one will ever talk me out of fearing these creepy crawling things.  *shivers*



So, I hope you have enjoyed my presentation on what scares me the most.  Perhaps one or more of these things are on your "scary list"?  What scares you the most?


Take care and steer clear of those spiders,

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My Favorite Music

Many people have asked me what kind of music I enjoy listening to.  There are a lot of artists that I like, so I have decided to officially share this little lady's favorites.

And just so you know, these are not listed in order from most favorite to least.  I pretty much like them all the same.

Josh Groban

 

Favorite songs: Oceano, Mai, Awake

He was one of the first singers I ever listened to, getting his first album at the age of 10.  I just love his voice. :)





Hayley Westenra
 
I like all of her music, don't know if I could pick a favorite song.  I really like "My Heart Belongs to You" 





 Anthem Lights
 
Favorite songs are definitely "Hide Your Love Away" and "Best Thing"





Taylor Swift
Not crazy about every one of her songs, but I like "Love Story", "Today Was a Fairytale" and "Everything Has Changed"






JJ Heller

 

She is such a beautiful artist.  All of her songs are wonderful, but especially "What Love Really Means" and "Boat Song"






Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Love these two as an ensemble!!  Couldn't pick favorite songs, love all of them!






Il Volo

 

This Italian group is amazing.  They have amazing voices, and they are all still teenagers!  Favorites are "We Are Love" and "Painfully Beautiful"





Joshua Bell

Gosh, he's just..... fabulous.  Couldn't pick a favorite song, all his pieces are amazing.
I LOVED when he played for the "Ladies in Lavender" movie soundtrack!




The Chieftains

This is an amazing Irish group.  Couldn't pick favorite songs.  Their music is all so Celtic and folksy and fun to listen to.



Well I hope you have enjoyed my little compilation of my favorite music.  If you have a favorite artist, please do share who it is in a comment!

Yours truly,

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Flowers

I remember memorizing this poem when I was seven years old, sitting next to my mother on the sofa.  I just came across it today unexpectedly, but when I started reading it so many fond memories began rushing back.  Robert Louis Stevenson is probably one of my favorite poets, since his poems are so beautiful, but easy for young children to understand.

The Flowers  
by Robert Louis Stevenson
All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's garters, Shepherd's purse,
Bachelor's buttons, Lady's smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock. 




Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames--
These must all be fairy names!




Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny tree-tops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb! 




Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall,
I should live for good and all.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Red Apple Lipstick Review

So the other day as I was browsing through my emails, a new one came in from a representative of Red Apple Lipstick.  Much to my delight, as I read the email, I realized that she was asking me if I would like to do a product review on my blog for their lipstick!  She said she really liked my blog and what I write about, and was sure that I would enjoy their makeup.  So I responded and said I would love to.  

Then, the time came to decide... what color lipstick was I going to pick?  A shimmery plum color like "Mauve Me"?  A soft pink like "Beach Peach"?  Or how about some vintage pop like "Reddy or Not"?  Let me tell you, it was hard to decide.  It didn't help that I had my brother and his best friend leaning over my shoulder snickering at the names of the colors.  Teenage boys... what do they know about lipstick? :)

At last, I decided on "Berry Blast".  It's more raspberry in color, which works good on me since I have darker hair and eyes.  They shipped it super duper fast, and it was in my mailbox before I knew it.  When I opened it up, there was this cute little canvas drawstring bag inside, which contained, after unwrapping the lime green tissue, a little box with my tube of lipstick inside it.  One thing that makes an impression on me about a company is how they package their products.  This was very appealing, and I loved the black and green color combo they chose, along with the drawstring bag, which gave it that all-natural, earth-friendly feel. 


 I tried it on lightly.  Gorgeous color.  Then I put some more on, making it deeper.  It was perfect because you could put as little or as much on as you wanted and it still looked great.  I was so pleased with the color, the smooth, creamy, glossy texture, and the awesome fruity scent!  I wore it all day, and by dinner time, the color was still bright as ever, as if I had just put it on.  You do not need to be a serious makeup person to see the quality in this product.  Personally, I do not wear makeup, but I do wear lipstick on occasion, and when I wear it I want to wear nice stuff. 


The thing that makes Red Apple Lipstick unique from the others is that all of their products are completely free of anything toxic or gross.  You won't find gluten, paraben, lead, soy, aluminum, carmine, etc in their products.  Red Apple Lipstick definitely is not taking the cheap route; they take pride in providing completely natural makeup to their customers.

But what is so amazing about Red Apple is that at the same time, while they are eliminating these nasty ingredients that are in most lipstick brands today, they are not sacrificing the quality of their makeup.  The quality is impressive, and I'm happy to say that I have at last found my favorite tube of lipstick.

So, hop on over to their site here and check out all they have to offer.  They also sell other makeup products as well, which all follow the same high standards as their lipstick.  The customer service is very friendly, and is happy to answer any of your questions.  I highly recommend this company to any girl who cares about her looks and her health at the same time.  


Yours truly,

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Light of Spring

A Light Exists in Spring
by Emily Dickinson



A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period --
When March is scarcely here






 A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.





It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.









 Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay -






A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.



Just spent the whole afternoon reveling in the woods with my camera.  I was having fun laying on the forest floor taking shots from a field mouse's perspective.  The forest is so breathtaking from down there, if only more people took the opportunity to see it that way.  Yes, my skirt and blouse were full of mud by the time I was done, and my hair had long since fallen out of it's twisted up do, but it was so worth it.  

And what accompanies nature photography better than a beautiful poem from our friend Emily Dickinson?  Her poem was written more for early March, but I think it applies to early April just as well. :)


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