Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Liebster Award

Hi people!

Faith from Chosen Vessels tagged me for the Liebster Award—thank you, Faith! ;)

The Rules:
-Link back to the person that tagged you (check!)
-Answer the eleven questions.
-Tag eleven bloggers, and let them know you tagged them.
-Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions.


1.) What made you want to start a blog?

Probably seeing all the other tags/interactions between other bloggers.  It made me want to join. ;)

2.) What does your first name mean?

3.) Did you know when you were younger what you wanted to be/do when you grew up? Do you know or have any idea now what you want to do?

Um, not really, aside from the fact that I wanted to be just like my mama. ;)
Now?  Actually, I don't know.  Sometimes I feel like I want to be a writer, sometimes a graphic designer, sometimes a musician.  We'll see what God has planned for me.

4.) If you could see yourself from someone else's perspective, who's perspective would you choose and why? (It could be a family member's, a friend's, your local librarian's, etc.)

Um… oh boy.  That's a tough question. ;P
I'll say… the little kids that I like to play with.  Not necessarily any one in particular, but… I'd like to know what they think of the crazy teenager that messes around with them. ;)

5.) What was the last book you read? What was your opinion of it? Did you like it, or not so much?

The last book I read was Where the Lilies Bloom by Vera and Bill Cleaver.  I enjoyed it, though the style was a bit different from what I'm used to and therefore I wouldn't want to read it every day.

6.) What was the last movie you watched? What was your opinion of it? Did you like it, or no?

From Google
"Last Ounce of Courage".  It was AMAZING, and I would HIGHLY recommend it!!

7.) What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book?

From Google
"Swiss Family Robinson".  I've seen that movie several times, and it never grows old.  Especially the part with fighting the pirates. ;)

8.) What quote (from a book, movie, or YouTube video) do you find yourself saying often?

"How 'bout no."  
Yes, that is really a quote from a YouTube video that a friend once showed me.

9.) If you could live in any other previous time period, which one would you choose?

Uh… probably 1800's.  That's when a lot of the westerns took place, you'll remember. ;)

10.) What would you consider your favorite thing to do in your free time? What do you ACTUALLY end up doing in your free time? 

Do I have to pick just ONE favorite?  How 'bout no. B-)
I'll give three favorites: Reading, writing, and watching old westerns. 
And, that's a lot of what I end up doing during my free time, along with writing emails, chatting with friends, and blogging.

11.) What is one thing that you always want people to remember about you after you're gone?

I lived, I laughed, I loved.  And that "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, with give to me on that day, and not to me only, but also to all who have loved His appearing."

I Tag:

Shhh, I know that's not 11 bloggers.  Who's counting?

The Questions:
1: What is your favorite hobby?
2: What does your first name mean?
3: What is your favorite family memory?
4: What's your personality type?
5: If you had the opportunity to have a 4-course meal, all with foods you choose, what would the meal consist of?
6: Would you rather have a pet dolphin or a pet bear?
7: What's one random thing about you that few people know?
8: What's your favorite holiday?
9: What quote (from a book, movie, or YouTube video) do you find yourself saying often?
10: If you could live in any other previous time period, which one would you choose?
11: If you could see yourself from someone else's perspective, who's perspective would you choose and why? (It could be a family member's, a friend's, your local librarian's, etc.)


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Mystery on the Train: Release and Author Interview

Hi people!
Tomorrow, a fellow blogger's going to release her first-ever book, The Mystery on the Train!

About the book:

Gorgeous cover!
Ten-year-old Scarlet Paddleburrow is off to a prestigious boarding school in New York. But first, she has to travel there - by train. Along the way, she meets a new friend - Kat Davids, who is also going to the same school. The two girls become fast friends, and spend most of the day together.

When mysterious and frightening things start happening, a chain of events throws Scarlet and Kat smack in the middle of the a mystery.

Who is sabotaging the train and trying to scare the passengers? And why? It’s up to Scarlet - with the help of her new friend - to find out.

The Mystery on the Train is the first book in The Scarlet Paddleburrow Mystery Series, for girls ages 8-12.

About the author:

Lydia Dyslin is a Christian, homeschooled author living in the state of New Hampshire. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, sewing, playing the piano, or spending time with friends. She lives with her parents, her sister Jo, and her two cats, Twilight and Twinkle.
You can read more about her at her blog: Through the Wardrobe.

Author Interview:

1: What inspired you to write The Mystery on the Train?
I love an old mystery series for girls called Trixie Belden. I thought it was so different from anything I had read before - like Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, which had been the only exposure I had to detective stories at that time. I wanted to write something like that, something girls could relate to more. So, I started The Mystery on the Train.

2: How long did it take you to write the book?
About a year, from writing the first draft to editing the final draft. Of course, I took a long break in-between writing the first draft and editing.

3: Who is your favorite character, and why?
Probably Scarlet, the main character - I've put a lot of work behind-the-scenes on her character (which will be shown more in later books.)

4: Do you feel that any of the characters represent you?
 I'm the most similar to Kat. I'm a little more on the girly side, and I even have blue eyes and short blonde hair, haha!

5: What is the purpose behind the book?
 When people finish the book, I want them to be enthralled with not only the story, but fall in love with the characters. I want younger girls to be as delighted with my story as I was with Trixie Belden. 

Thanks for answering the questions, Lydia, and congratulations on your book's release!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Woodchucks, Wind, and Wildfires (March Recap)

Hi people!

Well, since I don't really have anything to say right now, let's get on with the recap, shall we? ;)

Life/random (in no particular order):

-March was the windiest month of the year so far.  KS is known for wind; especially in March every year.

-Golden Belt Vocal Festival!! :D

-We need to keep the people that were victims of the wildfire(s) in our prayers. The one at Ashland in western KS was said to be the biggest grassfire in world history.

From Google

-We found out that Siri has several answers to the question, "how much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?"

"As many cookies as Cookie Monster could muster if Cookie Monster could master cooking cookies."

"Well, since a 'woodchuck' is really a groundhog, the correct question would be: how many pounds in a groundhog's mound when a groundhog pounds hog mounds?" 

"I suppose it depend on whether you are talking about African or European wood."

"None.  A 'woodchuck' is actually a groundhog, so it would probably just predict two more weeks of winter."

"Assuming a spherical woodchuck in a vacuum... about 42."

"A woodchuck would chuck as much as a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood."

"Just because it could doesn't mean that it would."

"A so-called 'woodchuck' (correctly speaking, a groundhog) would chuck — that is, throw— as much as the woodchuck in question was physically able to chuck if woodchucks had the capability (and, presumably, the motivation) to chuck wood."

And eventually, after you ask it enough times…

"Don't you have anything better to do?"

"I imagine that groundhogs would prefer a different question for a change."

-Homeschool conference! Lots of books.  Lots and lots of books. ;D

-Gus was born.

-I discovered that Snoopy, Charlie Brown's dog, was named after a WWI pilot.  The song "Snoopy's Christmas" was written about that pilot.

-I got a dobro strap!!

-Our church had a potato bar. Butter, ham, broccoli & cheese, bacon bits, chili... it was delicious.  And some of us got to be a bit of entertainment! Just in case you're interested...


Crown and Jewel by Jeri Massi: 3.5 stars
By Searching by Isobel Kuhn: 4 stars
Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts (not yet published): 5 stars
The Unexpected Request by Rebekah Morris: 4.5 stars
Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier: 3.5 stars
A Horse for Kate by Miralee Ferrell: 4 stars
Choice Summer by Shirley Brinkerhoff: 3 stars
Set Free by Rebekah Morris: 3 stars
But Not Forsaken by Helen Good Brenneman


I didn't do a whole lot of writing this month, and to be honest, I enjoyed my little break thoroughly. XD
These snippets are from a scene I wrote for Faith's Imagine This challenge.
If you'd like to read the whole story, click here.
And now, on to the snippets!

     “Ouch… ouch… ouch… oww!” Jerry tried not to scream as he gingerly opened the hatch again.  He pulled himself up out of the turret to sit on the rim and carefully inspected his now-bloody knuckles.  “I must be the only person that keeps smashing his hands under a tank’s hatch,” he muttered.
     With a sigh he wiped the blood on his pant leg and hopped to the ground.
     Rounding the corner of the tank, he barely saw the cannon arm before it crashed into his forehead with a dull clunk!  Jerry bit back the shout that rose to his lips, though a loud groan escaped.  
     “Jerry, what the—”
     Jerry whirled around.  “Toby, don’t say one word.”
     Toby’s eyes twinkled.  “What’s the other guy look like?”


     Trent gently took Jerry’s hand in his to examine it.  “You’ll be fine after a few days of soreness,” he announced.  He set his pack on the ground and, bending over to pull something out, Jerry saw a pen fall out of his pocket.  When it hit the ground, the cap flew off and Jerry noticed a small piece of paper sticking out of the pen.  Trent glanced down at it, then casually but quickly covered it with his booted foot.  Jerry momentarily wondered about it, then dismissed it with a shrug.
     “Here we are,” Trent straightened, a roll of gauze and a bottle of antiseptic in his hands.  He quickly disinfected Jerry’s knuckles and wrapped some cloth around it.  “And there you go.  You’ll be good as new in a few days.”
     “Thanks,” Jerry said with a grin.  He turned and walked away, glancing back once to see Trent rapidly snatch  up the fallen pen and place it back into his pocket, eyes darting from side to side rapidly as if he hadn’t wanted anyone to see.
     That’s weird. Jerry shrugged and moved on.

Pun of the Month:

I tried to catch some fog but I mist.


As I mentioned earlier, the Golden Belt Vocal Festival was in March.
The songs we sang were:
"Fill-a Me Up" :20
"Down to the River to Pray/ Lord, Listen to Your Children" 2:27
"Joy Overflowing" (women's song) 6:03
"I Will Boast with The Solid Rock" (one of my favorites) 8:41
"Let Everything that Hath Breath" (my all-time favorite!!) 13:47
"The Last Words of David" 29:06 
"Pie Jesu" 32:49
"Speak, O Lord" (men's son) 35:35
"Give Me Oil in my Lamp" (another of my favorites; the guys show a hidden talent ;)) 39:56
"A Mighty Fortress is our God" 43:14

Well people, have you ever sung in a choir?  Asked Siri a question and received a funny answer?  Read any of the above books?  I'd love to hear about it! ;)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A Benchmark Post: Sitting too Long at a College Football Game (Chatting with Chowboy)

Hi people!

As you can see from the title, this post is a chat with my brother Chowboy... who actually took the computer from me months ago when Blogger was up, clicked on "new post", and typed in a title: "A Benchmark Post: Sitting too Long at a College Football Game". 
He never wrote the post; just the title.
So, rather than deleting it, I decided to make this my next sibling chat. ;)
Hello, Chowboy!


I've interviewed Kordell and I've interviewed Birdo, but I've never had them tell a bit about themselves; so, I shall ask you: would you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Well, let's see. A chair, couch, my sister, carpet, bookshelves, cabinets..... Would you like me to go on?

*Eyeroll* very funny.  I didn't say things around you, I said things about you.

They mean the same thing. Honest. I looked it up in the Thesaurus.

*Laughing* yeah, ok.  Well... what are your interests?  Hobbies?  Favorites?

One of my hobbies is my goat herd. My interests include goats, sports, school, (Yes, I'm one of those weird people who actually like school), and playing the banjo. Favorites: In the world of sports, I like the Royals, KU, and the Packers (Yep, I'm a Cheesehead). I won't bore you any more, although there is more.

Thanks, Cheesehead.
Yes, folks, he is one of those 'weird people' that likes school.  We call him the Teacher's Pet. B-)

Ha ha and that's not all I get called around here. :)

What's that supposed to mean?

I have a bunch of nicknames around here. I have 2 older brothers and one younger who as you can imagine like to give me a hard time.

Very true.


What's that?

I don't have anything to say.

Well... give us a pun.

Choices choices choices. Well let's see what we can come up with.
Croutons are very crummy.

You came up with that all by yourself?

Yes Ma'am.

I expect nothing less.  Good one, by the way.

I walked into a Ford dealership to buy a car. Ford just came out with a new model and I wanted to take a test drive. I loved it and so I bought it. Ford called it the Ford Future. After signing the papers the smiling car salesman walked up to me and said "Congratulations! Here are the keys to your Future!"

Oh goodness. XD

What do you call offensive Petroleum? Crude oil.

You'd better stop before you use up all of the puns so that I can't use any in my monthly recaps. XD
In closing, what words of wisdom have you for us today?

Are you serious, or are you wanting me to say something funny?

Um... both.

I can impersonate the local undertaker.

Well, that's true!  And you're quite good at it, I might add. ;)  You've had us laughing so hard more than once.  XD

Read your Bible.

*Nods* that's wise.

Thank you.

You're welcome.
Well, I think it's time to end this post.  Thanks for coming, Chowboy!  (And thanks for actually using punctuation!  Birdo and Kordell could use a lesson from you.)

You're welcome. See ya.

Well, there ya go, folks!
I hope you enjoyed. ;)

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Additions

Hi people!

As promised, here are the baby animals. ;)
First off the goat kids, or the goatlets, as they're called around here. ;)
Danny Duffy
Little Joe (he's the biggest one out there! XD)
Hannah (brown) and Brooklyn
Brooklyn and Lillian are twins, Roscoe and Hannah are twins, and Little Joe and Danny Duffy are twins.

Danny & Joe nursing
Goatlets are so fun to let you suck on your finger... until their teeth get sharp. ;)

Goats love to climb/chew on everything... including people XD


Just in case you noticed the pattern and was wondering... yes, they're all three-letter names on purpose.  He started out with Sam and Max, and from there... he kept the system. ;)

Oops, somebody's on the wrong side of the fence! ;)
Well, I hope y'all enjoyed! ;)
Stay tuned for a sibling chat!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Better Late Than Never, Right? (February Recap)

Hi people!

Well, even though it's mid-March already (where does the time go?!), I'll go ahead and do my Feb. recap. ;P


-6 more baby calves were born! (Yes, a post is coming with all the little ones, and I promise I'll work to get it up ASAP!)

-I vanquished NaNo Makeup!! With a total of just over my goal, 20k. ;)

-I grew closer to God, through the help of some friends. <3

-I realized how tall my brothers are. O.o

-I found a new fascination with playing the dobro.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: 4.5 stars
For One Moment by Christmas Carol Kauffman: 3.5 stars
Not Regina by Christmas Carol Kauffman: 4 stars
Courageous Love by Susan K. Marlow: 5 stars
No Way Up by Mary Connealy: 3 stars
The Pharaoh's Daughter by Mesu Andrews: 3 stars
The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis: 4.5 stars
The Bridge by Jeri Massi: 3.5 stars
Crown and Jewel by Jeri Massi
By Searching by Isobel Kuhn


Oh boy, I worked on 4 stories this month, 3 of them brand-new.  Um... hmm.
Ok, here are some snippets from a brand-new story that will currently remain unnamed.  I do have a title for it, but it will likely be changed, so I will not share the title right now.  (Well… that and the title may just happen to spoil the plot for someone I know. B-))

The hot, late-evening desert sun beat down unmercifully on my neck as I rode.  I didn’t know where I was going, so that made the heat even more unbearable; for all I knew, I could be simply going in circles, and I’d wind up dead in the middle of the desert.
I didn’t care.  My life had no purpose.
I wasn’t even sure how long I had been wandering around; I had been keeping track in a small calendar I carried around in my pocket, but I eventually gave up.
My pack horse lagged behind me, ears drooping.  I would have to find some water soon, or my canteens would run dry and I’d be stuck.  Not that I cared.
I didn’t have much of a backstory; I was a drifter, and my story matched that of most drifters: my parents died when I was young, my siblings and I were separated, and when I became a man, I struck out on my own for fame and fortune.
Fame and fortune.  Ha, I soon found out that neither were easy to come by; nearly impossible for a man of my standings, really.  So finally, after being left by my wife, swindled, and broke, I packed two horses chock-full of goods and set out for the west.  I had heard that there was gold over in California, but after being in the desert for longer than I cared to, I finally decided that if I ever got out of that place alive, I would never go west again.
But now, I was so miserable that I didn’t even care if I lived or died.  My water–and food–rations were running low.
Suddenly, out on the horizon, among the shimmering waves of heat, I spotted something that made my heart leap, then die.  It was the unmistakable sight of trees; but I knew it was only a mirage.  I’d had several mirages in my wandering, so this wasn’t exactly a surprise.  I just wished it didn’t have to be such a disappointment each time.
But then my horse, Shalimar, picked up his head and his ears swiveled forward.  Looking back, I saw that the two-bit packhorse did the same.  Horses don’t have mirages… do they?
I gradually allowed myself to hope.  Could this really be what I had been longing to see for days, perhaps weeks?
Shalimar picked up the pace with no urging, and soon the trees on the horizon became bigger and more lifelike.  My horse whinnied, and I was shocked to hear an answering nicker.
“What’s going on here?” I wondered to myself.
Finally we were there.  My thirsty eyes were met with a sight that quenched any other want from my mind.  I had finally found water.
I quickly dismounted, wondering how this pool appeared in this god-forsaken wilderness, but then remembered hearing about men finding an oasis or two in the middle of the desert.
I stumbled to the edge of the clear pond and drank my fill, then I almost spewed it back out when I looked up at the other side of the pond and saw something that made my stomach heave.
A man lay unmoving, face down in the burning sand.  I swallowed hard and shoved myself to my feet.  I still felt weak from not enough water, but this new liquid refreshed me.
As I cautiously approached the prostrate figure, I froze when I saw his hand, outstretched… gripping a six-gun.

Ok, so that was just one long snippet. *hides* Sorry, I'm one of those authors that loves writing cliffhangers but hates reading them... so you have my sympathy. ;P

Pun of the Month:

Jokes about German sausages are the wurst. B-)


Like I said, I love playing dobro.

Here's a video of a dobro solo, so you can see how cool it sounds. ;)
This is a popular Johnny Cash song, "Folsom Prison Blues," for those of you who like/know old country. ;)

Well, that's all for this post!
Thanks for reading!