Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Back-to-School Tag


Well, I'm back!  
Did you actually think I would abandon you again?
(Don't answer that question.)
Anyway.  
The lovely Angela @ The Peculiar Messenger tagged me for the Back-to-School Tag!  (Thank you bunches, you wonderful person!)

Rules:
1. Thank the person who tagged you.
2. Answer the questions.
3. Post new questions (yeah... we'll see about that).
4. Tag as many people as you want.
5. Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue (Huh?  I thought this applied to weddings...).
6. Don't die (well, it's school, sooooo...).

The Questions:

1. What grade are you in, and how old are you?
Umm... can I plead the fifth on this one? XP

2. Are you homeschooled, private schooled, or public schooled?  Do you enjoy your type of schooling?
Well, according to my bio, I'm homeschooled (and bios never lie, people).  As for enjoying it... let's put it this way: as far as school goes, I wouldn't want it any other way.  But if I could just like, have all this knowledge without studying, I think I would go that route. ;P

3. What is your favorite subject?
That's... hard.  Umm... *strikes a studious pose* history.  Although I'm not quite the fan of world history, I do enjoy it—to an extent—and since Mom reads it aloud, I get to do other stuff (like crochet) while listening. :)


4. What is your least favorite subject?
Math, hands down.  Why, you ask? well, 1) because my brain refuses to function half the time, 2) the other half of the time I get distracted and stare out the window for minutes at a time, and 3) because when I do actually do it, it takes me ten minutes for one problem (no, I don't exaggerate.  Nope.).

5. One thing you learned when you were younger that is still in your head?
Oh goodness, there's an endless supply of answers to that question... how to read, tell time, simple arithmetic, etc.  As for something random... idk.  I'll let you know when I think of something. XP
*five minutes later* 
OH!  When I was in kindergarten, I remember every Monday Kord and I got to color big cutouts of the alphabet—one of us would color the uppercase letter, and the other would color the lowercase letter.  I always looked forward to that. :D
On a random note: I remember thinking that a week was literally a year, so I thought the next Monday would be... a reallllly long time... so yeah.  I was happy when it was only seven days. XD

6. Do you study hard or wing it, most often?
Well, I'm homeschooled, so I'm always studying... XD
But for a test (yes, we homeschoolers do have tests), I sometimes study, but often I wing it, depending on what I'm being tested on. ;P

7. Your way to study is...?
Basically review, skim over notes, etc., and hope for the best. ;P

8. What is one subject you want to work really hard on this year, to better yourself?
Math.  Namely, geometry (and this may or may not be because I want to finish the curriculum by the end of this semester).


9. Any extracurricular activities this year?  What are they?
My family?   Extracurricular?? HAHA, you must be talking about someone else. XD
(Actually, I'll probably be taking ASL or something like that next year.)

10. What is one thing you look forward to this particular year of school?  What does this year mean for you?
Uh... Christmas break? XD
Angela, WHY did you have to make these questions so HARRRRD?!
Oh boy... something I look forward to this particular year... the end of ancient history so that next year we can get into more modern stuff? I don't know. XP
What does this year mean for me?  Um... it means that I'm yet another year older, and soon enough I'm gonna have to grow up and like, become an adult.  With responsibilities.  Yikes.

11. What was one thing that school introduced you to, that made you look farther into, and that you still really enjoy?
RRRREEEEAAAADDDDIIIINNNNGGGG.
Like, seriously, ever since I learned to read, I was HOOKED, and I've loved it ever since.


12.  If you could take a dream field trip, where would you go and what would you do?
A huge library (like the one from Beauty and the Beast) and do nothing but organize books (and read them, of course).  WHO'S WITH ME??

OHMEGOODNESS LOOK AT THE BOOTIFULNESSSSSS
13.  Are you excited for school?  If so, why?  If not, why?
Well, we've been in school for like over a month already but before then I was not looking forward to it.  Why?  Because there goes half my day, out the window (or slammed in books, whichever you prefer).  Can you tell I'm not a fan of school? XP

14.  BONUS, USELESS QUESTION: Can you recite the alphabet backwards out loud?
Uh... I can't remember ever trying to. XD
*tries it suddenly* *Kara gives me a weird look* *fails miserably*
Nope. XD

I Tag:
Um... there's not many I can tag. XP
How 'bout... if you want to do it, feel free to do so with Angela's wonderful questions (we'll ignore that this is sorta kinda cheating, 'cause I've never done this before.  Forgive me?)

Well people, I hope you enjoyed my rantings about school. XD
Ta ta!
~Kaitlyn

Monday, September 4, 2017

I'm Still Alive! {July/August Recap}


Hey look, I'm not dead.  I've just been absent from this blog for... six weeks?  Like, how does the time even go that fast?!  I'm honestly still stuck back in July.
But anyway, I'm here to greet y'all and give you the recap of the past two months, and to say that I'm going to hopefully be posting more.  
But then again, I wasn't planning to go this long without posting, buuuuuuut... time sorta got away from me.
*Clears throat* anyway.

Happenings:

-The 4th of July.  A guy from our church smoked chicken and ribs for everyone and it was SO GOOD.  Then our family (well, most of us anyway) came home to shoot off a few fireworks.  We were also reminded that our dog, T-Bone, will go after anything that shoots off sparks.  So he tried to get shot a few times by Roman candles and sparklers and stuff, but he's still alive and kicking! XD

-I had this amazing gal over for a weekend, and it was spent wonderfully talking about bookish things, playing with the goats, watching Laredo and Ben-Hur while eating chocolate, Cheese-Its and Twizzlers (the most AMAZING snack foods ever, people!!), riding the 4-wheeler, climbing on farm equipment, and various other things.

-Riding with Kordell while hauling manure, singing VeggieTales and Sawyer Brown and insulting each other. #siblingbonding



-We got peaches!!!!! Peoples, peaches are DA BEST.


-I discovered all the goathead stickers (y'know, those little ball thingies with thorns sticking out of them?) in our gardens... with my poor bare feet.


-I discovered The Spice Merchant in Wichita, which has the best assortment of coffee mugs and thermoses ever. XD
Not to mention that it smells AMAZING (because even though I don't drink coffee, I LOVE the smell of it).


-I also met Book-a-Holic, the best. Place. EVER.  Like, how much better does it get than half-priced used books?!  Not even Barnes & Noble does that.  (Sorry, I think Book-a-Holic tops B&N, people.)



-Our family went on a rather spur-of-the-moment trip to KC.  For the first evening, while the guys went to a Royals game, us gals spent the evening at the hotel, which was the best.  Then we went and did some other various things around town, one of which was visit the WWI museum!

The tower on top of the museum                     The view from the top         

-What happens when your mother goes inside and leaves you and your sister alone with her phone out in the garden?  #selfietime

-Our church had a bike ride at a nearby campground!  I survived the entire 6-7-mile trip.  Which was really kinda shocking.

-Kara made peppernuts.  'Nuff said.


-Did some babysitting for an adorable little girl!  An adorable, very energetic little girl. XP

-We had SO MUCH gardening to do—hoeing, picking, weeding, and watering our two gardens, plus our landscaping... and then, of course, there was all the blanching, peeling, blending, scrubbing, freezing (thank the Lord that Mom doesn't can!!), and pretty much every other thing that has to do with garden produce.  But, good thing: Our big garden is over halfways gone! All we've got now is the okra, sweet potatoes and cucumbers to do.  *Sigh of relief*


  


-We took a steer (that is a male bovine, for those of you who classify all cattle as 'cows') named Wilma to the butcher.  Yes, a he named Wilma.  Don't ask me why.

-When some of us got home (we went in two vehicles), we found the house locked.  So we were trapped outside in the dark until Birdo got home with the key.  Needless to say, I'm glad Chowboy was with me, so I wasn't alone. ;P

-My brother gave me one of his cookies. ^_^ #random

-Kordell found a snapping turtle (at least I think it was a snapping turtle) which he dubbed Larson and brought it out to where Mom and I were out picking green beans in the garden.
Me: *bent over picking beans*
Kord: *puts Larson on my back* I bet you can't get him off.
Me: *twists so Larson falls off*
Kord: hey!  That was mean!  Don't be mean to Larson!



-We watched the eclipse (well... the 90% we got in KS).  Who buys eclipse glasses when you can use welding helmets? XD

Kord said we looked like astronauts. XD

-I took weird selfies on Mom's phone... I had forgotten that my siblings like to browse Mom's pictures.

-Our tomato plants are really starting to produce now... I just hope the horn worms stay away. *Shudders*






-My grandma made some DELICIOUS fresh peach pie.
Me: I probably won't eat a whole piece.
Me five minutes later: Well, I take that back.

-Corn harvest started!! Though this is really the best pic I got since I haven't gone to ride yet...





Books:

What a pathetic amount I read during TWO WHOLE MONTHS.  But, like I said, school started up again, so I've got about half the time of day I used to have. XP


Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw: 4.5 stars
A Goal for Greg by William McKellar: 4 stars
Never by J. Grace Pennington: 5 stars
On Distant Shores by Sarah Sundin: 3 stars
A Different Kind of Courage by Sarah Holman: 4.5 stars
Ivan by Emily McConnell: 4.5 stars
Martin Hospitality by Abigayle Claire: 3.5 stars
Under a War-Torn Sky by L.M. Elliott: 3 stars
The Old River Road by Ivy Rose: 4 stars
London in the Dark by Victoria Lynn (I'm not gonna rate this 'cause I didn't read a final edited version.)

Started:
Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe
The Deadliest Monster by J.F. Baldwin

Snippets:

So apparently, I don't have any snippets to share from the past month.  *Headdesk* But anyway, In my last recap, I mentioned having started a project: rewriting a story that I wrote years ago titled Tucker's Revenge, a western.  I'll just share something from that. :)

    The bright mid-morning sun burned down mercilessly on the two riders as they made their way to the gate. Jamie turned her head to send a smirk her opponent’s way. “May the best horse and rider win,” she said, offering her hand to Jude. Jude hesitated, then took the proffered hand and shook it. “You’d better be careful who you do that to; a man would be liable to pull you off the horse.” Jamie tossed her head, fighting the urge to roll her hazel eyes. “Namely, you.” A smirk quirked Jude’s lips. “You really think I would do that?” “Yes, and you do too. Now let’s ride.” She once again faced forward and clenched her hands around the reins. “Whenever you’re ready.” Their older brother Simeon strode out in front of them. “Jude, you know that as soon as this is over you get back to work, y’hear? The only reason I’m letting you waste the morning away like this is because you wouldn’t get any work done with this on your mind anyhow.” Jude smirked. “Yessir, just as soon as I beat Jamie.” Jamie shook her head with a slight smile. “That’ll be the day.” Simeon stepped back and unholstered his pistol. “I would fire this to start the race, but it would scare the horses out of their hide.” He marched to the nearby fence and poised his pistol’s handle above a post. “Ready…” Jamie tensed, knees squeezing Thunder’s saddle. “Set…” She leaned forward, arms taut. Simeon’s arm came slamming the pistol down on top of the fencepost with a crack! Jamie’s heels dug into Thunder’s sides. His powerful back legs sprung to life, and horse and rider shot forward. A quick glance to her right showed Jude and his pinto, <idek horse name>, keeping stride with them. Within seconds, the ranch was lost behind them in a cloud of dust. Jamie’s hair came loose of its braid; Thunder’s unruly mane whipped her face mercilessly. She reveled in the excitement of her favorite pastime. A quick glance to her right revealed <Judes’ horse>’s muzzle slowly pulling ahead. Oh dear. “We can’t let him do that, can we, Thunder?” She faintly squeezed her knees, and Thunder’s strides lengthened slightly.


Puns:
I apologize if I've shared these before, but I'm not going to go look at previous recaps to check (because yes, I'm lazy).
I waited up all night to see the sun come up. Then it dawned on me.

No one in heaven has hair—there's no parting there.

Music:

So, here's a couple of songs that I grew to love over the past couple months:




Annnnnnd, there's my past two months in a nutshell.
I will return later.
Lord willing and the creek don't rise.
~Kaitlyn

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Whole Year

I can hardly believe it.


A whole year has gone by.
Yes, today marks the 1-year anniversary of my blog.  On July 21st, 2016, I published my first blog post.
So, first of all, I want to thank Ashleigh for getting me started in the blogging world!!  Ashleigh, thank you SO MUCH for giving me the opportunity of using your blog.  It helped me catch a glimpse of what blogging was like.
And, A huge shout-out to all of y'all who've been following/commenting me since the beginning!  Y'all are the best.

Secondly, y'all may have noticed the first words of this post.  Yup, that's right; along with a new blogging year comes a change.  That means I will no longer be using my 'hi people' greeting.  I decided that I want a little bit of leeway for creativity. ;P

So, just as something extra, I thought I would share my favorite post from each month of the past year.

July: 





August:

Baby Calves


September:



October:



November:



December:



January 2017:

2016 Bookish Recap Tag


February:

(Well, there was only 2 posts that month. XD)


March:



April:



May:



June:



Well, that's all folks!
~Kaitlyn

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wheat Harvest... Among Other Things (My Silly Sis)

Hi people!


Wheat harvest was like, over a month ago.  And I realized that I still haven't done a post about it.
So.  In order to get a fresh perspective on the subject, I have my sister here beside me.
Say hello, Squirt.

heelloo, and I'm not Squirt. :P

Well, you're Squirt to me.  But for this blog, what do you want me to call you?

Kara will suffice for now.

Ok then, thank you.  Now.  Kara, would you agree with me if I said that wheat harvest is one of the highlights of the farming year for our family?

Yup.
You can call me Squirt if I can call you Thelma Lou.

Um, sure. XD
Well then, Squirt, back to the subject.  What is your favorite part of wheat harvest?

Ok Thelma Lou. XD
Hmm... Thats a hard one... Probably riding in the combine with Daddy while listening to Adventures in Odyssey.


 Or getting free pop at the co-op.  Or... singing with Kordell in the grain cart tractor. XD


Of course you would say those things.
I love riding in the combine too, and Odyssey is great, but when it comes to deciding what to do while riding, you can't beat a good book.

A BOOK!!!!
Ohhhhhh NO.  Books are for riding in the truck ONLY.
When you are bored.  And have nothing else to do.




Yeah no.  You just don't appreciate the finer things, Squirt.

Oh Thelma Lou you don't appreciate the finer things.  Like... horses.

Meh.  Horses are fun to ride, but I'm not obsessed about them like you are.

Thelma, Thelma, Thelma.  You're the one that gave me a horse book for Christmas.

I know. That doesn't mean I have to like them, does it?

No, but you can get me another one next Christmas!

*shakes head* Yeah, we'll see about that.  

Speaking of horses what is your favorite breed????
I like Paints, Appaloosas and Quarter Horses.  Shires are pretty cool too.
Did you know that the biggest Shire was like, 18 hands tall at the withers (its shoulders)?

Uh... well, I don't know anything about horses, but Appaloosas are pretty.  
And, 18 hands is how tall?

About 6 feet-ish.

...Wow.  That's a big horse.
Well, back to wheat harvest...

:(

Don't give me that look.  You like wheat harvest!


I also like burritos.  That doesn't mean I talk about them all the time.

I like books.  And I do talk about them all the time. B-)

I noticed.  So can I start talking about horses all the time?!?!

Uh...


Minion gif war!

Well... okay.  But this post is getting long, so let's not go too long. ;P

Kara:

Kait:

That poor minion. ;P
Kara:
This is one of my favorites!!!! :D ;P

Oh goodness. XD
Kait:

Kara:

Ok, that's enough gifs. XD
Thanks for coming, Squirt!  Say goodbye.

Tootloodles!!!!

Uh... yeah... bye, Squirt.
Well, this was supposed to be a post about wheat harvest, and I suppose there was a fair amount of pics... well, I hope y'all enjoyed! XD
~Kaitlyn (and Kara!!!!)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

God Bless America

Hi people!


The 4th of July has come.

To start the post off with a little humor...


Now.  On to the more serious stuff. ;)


Why do you love America?
I love America not only because of the beautiful scenery, but... it's a place to worship God freely and without fear.  
President Trump's slogan is "Make America Great Again".
But really, the one with that slogan should be God.
Lord, make America great again!




God Bless America, 
Land that I love. 
Stand beside her, and guide her 
Thru the night with a light from above. 
From the mountains, to the prairies, 
To the oceans, white with foam 
God bless America, My home sweet home.

~Kaitlyn