Late Night Hours, Lately~

It’s around half-past-two a.m. as I begin writing here “tonight….” I have been living with a wrecked-sleep-schedule, again, in recent weeks– mainly because of side-effects from a round of prescription-steroids to try to quicken my recovery from bronchitis (second cycle of it this winter, super-rare for me, PTL). Also to blame, is my propensity for the combination of a silent house and a snoring pup, haha~ πŸ™‚

The last time I published a page of notes here, I had just completed day-18 of a Whole-30; I made it just another two (2) days after that…. I had been doing so well and having a very relatively easy time living a paleo+ / Whole30 lifestyle– when I learned that raw honey {no honey of any kind} was *not* allowed. {Insert devestation-music here: dah-dah-dahhh…..} I had read the book {entirely~ seriously– recipes included~} but somehow missed that fact. ! And though I had *not* consumed it every day of the 20, I had added it to my hot tea at least half of them, I’m pretty sure. I was so sad to discover that I had missed a vital detail, thereby nullifying my full-participation. My intentions were to begin again on January 31 or February 1st, but the fray of life interfered a bit (oh, and also my procrastinative-attitude and laziness/lack of preparation…).

Anyway, I am still mulling about the plans at the moment. I will try to update later on this subject, when I have won the battle with myself, LW~~ πŸ™‚

Yesterday in the “…wee, small (early-morning) hours,” I did manage to sail across the finish line of a different goal I’d set for myself back in the fall of last year: I completed a full-first-draft of a novel that I have lived with, within my mind, for more than a decade now. Yes, it has morphed and changed in places– but it is now reached a more solid state. It has been 25 hours now since I closed the {80k+-word} document; ten hours have passed since I laid eyes on the beauty of 200 pages, exactly (I numbered them by pen, since I’d forgotten to apply any footer…). ~ I have ridden an airy-wave of freedom and release today. It’s been very relaxed and enjoyable.

I have begun to feel the desire to return to the page now, though. Still the balmy wind of accomplishment remains. It’s a nice feeling. One I have waited for– on the edge of some figurative seat for half of my life, it seems. So, I am happy and full of thanks to find some new sensation does, in fact, accompany the end of a project such as this. I am praising the Lord tonight for His hand in my days. I believe that if it is His plan, it will make it out into the world of rejection letters~ πŸ™‚Β  …sometime this year. *There is a verse that has held me in its clutch for the past *85-weeks (I consulted Instagram where there exists a picture). It is en Proverbios {{16:33}}– “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” ~~

This is not to say that we hold no responsibility it the outcomes because we do– we walk the paths of obedience, or choose not to; our actions do, indeed, affect our courses (just read the verse that precedes the one referenced above– verse 32– to see proof of this truth…). *But ultimately what happens in our lives is cleared and orchestrated– **planned, in love– by the Father Who loves us with every single miss-step and lost chance at following His best way for us. He loves us in the obediences as well as in the ditches. <3 <3 ~~~

My heart is grateful.
Eventually, we see
Yesterdays Written ~

Before existence
You were spun by the Potter
Crafted, intentioned.

I hope you will tune-in to what He wants to write in your life; His pen is inked with truest-Love.

Goodnight & Sweet Dreams, All– with love from me, too.~
Tiffany


My world for most of last Saturday or Sunday– trying to get over bronchitis.~ πŸ™‚

Whole 30: More than halfway~

So, I am at the close of Day 18 of my {very first} Whole30. I am feeling pretty great, overall, with a lot more energy. I will write of details if, and when, LW, I have completed it.

Tonight, DC had to go in for a sleep study– the schedulers called this afternoon to see if he could do it a day early, and he/we went with it. He did as I asked, though he, at first, said he would not… and took the Veggie Straws {which were taunting me from the pantry shelf…} with him. πŸ™‚

About to have a cup o’ tea, no joke– and perhaps stay up/awake all night, writing.~

Much love to all, goodnight~
TLC~ <3

Just another Beautiful, New Day

// 10:44 — Well, I decided to write this evening for a bit, though I had given myself today off from everything. πŸ™‚

How has your first day of this year of two thousand seventeen been? Mine has been relaxed and restorative~ I have watched several items from the dvr, read a couple of pages from Wuthering Heights, de-cluttered the top of my nightstand (haha!), and begun re-organizing my DMC threads {cross-stitch-lover, here}. That’s not bad for a Sunday and a day-off, in my humble estimation~ πŸ™‚

I, also, enjoyed reading the following articles (click on links) from the following: Desiring God, My Curious Monde, and Pen and Hive…. ~

Tomorrow, I am set to begin participating in my first Whole30 with a great group of people in Central Texas. Gulp. Please pray for this. I am the poster-child for the opposite of paleo-style meals. (Thanks!) 10:54pm \\


Sincerely, with loveβ€”and with wishes for you to have a WondeRfuL 2017! <3
Tiffany

Psalm 68:19 + 2 Thessalonians 1:11! πŸ™‚

Christmas this Year

I watched Together Again for the First Time (2008, Brownie Films) tonight; it and The Santa Clause (1994, Walt Disney Pictures) are the only two Christmas movies I have watched in full this December/Christmas season. I did start Christmas in Connecticut (1945, b/w, Warner Bros.) once or twice, as well, but never got even half-way before turning it off again.

Christmas day is almost over, and I am happy for this, though it does still seem wrong somehow…. I have enjoyed the family gatherings of yesterday and today; still, Christmas has been hard this year, though there have been amazing blessings woven throughout the season, as well. I am grateful: my heart is full of thankfulness and joy for our Emmanuel’s birth and coming, just there has been an ocean of sadness this year, as well.

I will not attempt to chronicle the sadnesses, I will simply say I am looking forward to focusing more on the good in this new year– praying I can be part of a solution to the pain and hurt in this world of my community, than at large, Lord willing (LW).

Many worlds exist
Outside my friendly front door
Should I venture out?

It must begin in my own heart– but when something is missing, where do I begin? I guess on my own street– in my own kitchen, in my own tiny corners: sweeping, painting, practicing a real consistency…~

Would you please pray for me as I do this? I have pursued many avenues only to move away before any shade of change could be enough to be seen.

Praying for you, here, too.
Sincerely,
Tiffany

Happy Christmas~ <3

Or, rather, excitement…

//11:05pm – I misspoke in last night’s post: I am seeking the spirit of excitement and fun-anticipation (along with the desire to watch cozy, silly, old Christmas films with my family), not the joy of the Christmas season. | I have the joy; I want the fun back.

We have been reading two books to celebrate this Advent– and new joy has been discovered, or rediscovered, daily within each~ I am thankful– so thankful– for this; otherwise, I would be a complete “Grinch,” I fear/expect…. ~

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas by Ann Voskamp | and Journey to the Manger: 25 Days of Christmas {Inspired by the Sermons of Dr. Charles Stanley} are the two books we’ve been reading through– both are rich and full, though each has its own unique flair, as well. The “Journey” is shorter & more simple {three minutes, tops}, while the “Gift” is more lengthy (takes 15-20 minutes to peruse every entry) and is filled with flowery– beautiful, meaningful— language. Again, both are fantastic.
{You can get your own copy *free here.}

The joy is here– and the joy is neverending. Gratefulness for this truth does not distill the reality, however, that the playful spirit of the season eludes {continues to elude} me this year… I think it should: I believe the joy– this ultimate joy of knowing that our Savior came to earth to be with us, leaving behind the full beauty of His wholeness in heaven to do so– should, in fact, remove this apathy I foster, subconsciously and not-so.

The two attitudes should not be able to permeate the same air, should they? Yet, in fact, they do for me this year as they did last {before that? I don’t believe so…}.

Anyway… whatever the reasons which do not readily appear to me, the two subjects are distinct: joyfulness for our Emmanuel’s birth versus fun-loving, boisterous Christmas spirit {or Scrooge-ish attitude, in this case}. I just wanted to clarify a bit tonight~ πŸ™‚

Going, now, to try to befriend again my old joviality by making some extra-special hot chocolate, which I found here at Michelle’s wonderful blog~ I have been enjoying this warm, winter series of hers~ Thank you, Michelle, for boosting my holiday cheer level a bit every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday this month!~[(I will admit that the Christmas lights, ornaments, and tree have added a nice, glittery backdrop {against which the grinch-i-ness tarnishes a shade} that welcomes-in some coziness, too.)] 11:40pm\\

Lots of Love to all, goodnight~
Tiffany


Linked-up with Lyli’s Thought-provoking Thursday at her *wonderful* blog: 3dlessons4life~


 

Seeking the Joy of Christmas~

//10:49pm — The Christmas boxes have been returned, empty, to the garage– and our living room has finally been dressed for Christmas, as of this evening. πŸ™‚

I will admit to having been a Scrooge-of-sorts in recent years– it’s not that I do not love and enjoy the Christmas season. More, that I do not enjoy seeing Christmas commercials and decorations wherever I turn, maybe… ? All I am sure of is that I look forward to the decor being packed away again… I really do not wish to celebrate in this grinch-ish way, so I am trying to find the magic again this year. ~ <3

Wishing you the magic– the joy~ of Christmas this year, too~
Sincerely,
Tiffany

Goodnight! 10:56pm\\

Two Days without Fiction-writing

For the past two days {de deciembre}, I have written nothing {except for a lone journal entry and synopses of AB’s days of school-at-home/home-ed}… thus, two true days of no writing. For the first time in more than nine weeks. Scary, I know. :/ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰

Right now, it is 1:40 a.m., December 8th, I have just finished off-loading hundreds (thousands, probably) of digital items documenting the end of fall, beginning of winter, here at our house. Happy for an empty smartphone again. Silly, maybe~ πŸ™‚

Though I have missed writing fiction for these days, I have deeply enjoyed continuing on in my first-reading/first time traveling-through of Wuthering Heights (though the story grows more and more painful with each page). I am now a couple or three chapters in to Volume Two, the second-half of the book; Catherine has just passed away…~ ~~

Now, my hopeful plan for today begins now– and is to write fiction for just 30 minutes, followed by sleep, followed by another great day of schoolwork for AB, and a lot o’ cleaning for me, LW. <3

Happy Thursday to you~
Tiffany


Fridge-art: my favorite. πŸ™‚ Random photos from a random day in June.

Anyone else ever take pics of your cluttered kitchen/house before you clean?

Strange perspective of sleeping pup~ πŸ™‚

 

More clutter… and Dr. Sam Shepherd~ <3
Must’ve been re-watching Private Practice at the start of summer~

Ahh, lazy days of summer.

Goodnight, All~

A Day without Writing~

This afternoon I updated A’s lesson planner– we had a light and pretty good day of school today {on her Aunt T’s b’day [her cousin WHAJ’s was yesterday!]… love these two!}. In the front of this binder, near her master-attendance sheet, I have a couple of tracking forms for my writing and cross-stitching, as well. I have been neglecting these for the past five or six weeks– just not thinking about them; it was satisfying to check off every single day’s box for November.

I did not write fiction {or haiku} on the third of this month– but I did journal some, so I still counted it. πŸ™‚


Surprised to see Marilyn Monroe in a silly, old Cary-Grant film~ :)

Surprised to see Marilyn Monroe in a silly, old Cary-Grant film~ πŸ™‚

 

What is she doing?... Oh. [See next pic.]

What is she doing?… Oh. [See next pic.]

On a random day in July 2016~ :)

On a random day in July 2016~ πŸ™‚

Happy December & Christmas season, all~
Tiffany

Goodnight! Zzz~

December is here~

It’s ten after two in the morning; I’ve just come back inside from the back porch– I took “Denby-do” (his most-used nickname) outside for a minute. After a tiny snack he hopped into his chair and then lay down on the back of it– he looks like a cat when he climbs atop it like that. I love this silly pup.

It’s 2:45 now… started watching Crazy Stupid Love– a silly and kind of funny movie that I’ve seen once before… turned it off a few minutes-in, though… just not a fan of Ryan Gosling or maybe just not in the mood tonight. ~

Think I am going to stay in living room for a bit longer, to write a little more. I’m in my corner of the couch… Just sent my dad a text to see if he’s made it home yet; he answered right back in the affirmative. Yay. πŸ™‚

So, I completed the {more-than} fifty-thousand words for last month’s NaNoWriMo-challenge. It felt ReaLLy great to submit the work, though I will admit that– first— I did not enjoy “handing-in” such an extremely rough first-draft– and second— I now feel as if someone will steal the handful or semi-good lines/parts/ideas, etc., that may exist within said-pages…. ~ πŸ™Β  Trusting that I am being overly paranoid in this, however.

I am ready to complete the draft in-full. I did write a bit yesterday (11/30), though I had already “validated” my 50k+ words on the 29th (evening).

While I want to take a day or two off (as I have done here at the ol’ blog), I want to complete this draft more… therefore, I am going to get back to it right now, LW. ~ πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has a great start to December 2016 today~ And a wonderful weekend ahead!
With love,
Tiffany


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Thoughts on Thanksgiving

It is late on Thanksgiving night as I start this post; I have sequestered myself in my bedroom for most of today with a sore throat, that I believe is mainly from hay-allergies-gone-berserk….

Last night, we celebrated with my mom’s side of the family at my grandparents’ home (about half an hour away). There were 20+ expected, and 15 of us present, I believe. Of those not present, a handful were still at work… not sure why we’ve moved the celebration to earlier and earlier times in recent years– but I love the time together whenever/however it happens. πŸ™‚

Our annual routine there, goes kinda’ like this: 1) Arrival – one after another for a period of 1/2 to 1 full hour // 2) Gather around their kitchen/kitchen-island-buffet to pray together (this is the beginning of every dinner) // 3) Make plates and eat while talking // 4) Clear dessert plates, make individual coffees or sodas, and grouse {compliment the chefs} about how stuffed you are // 5) Grandmother reminds everyone to please choose your stockings for the Christmas tree next month, LW!~ // 6) Gather in their bedroom and laugh with each other as you choose the {great! crocheted!} mini-stocking you want [A really threw-off our usual rhythm this year by choosing a navy-and-orange/Auburn-themed stocking! She played it off as “Houston Astros” colors, so I guess she gets a pass, though~ πŸ™‚ ]Β  /// and finally 7) Relax with each other– in groupings all over the house– by conversing (no phones, relaxed rule, but no one would even think of it). ~ (Younger ones can usually be found in the front or side yard with classic toys like this one.) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚Β  [Then, say goodbyes all-around and leave for home. πŸ˜‰ ]

Though I have been in the back of the house today, both the kids and DC have each spent time with me here and there throughout the day– it is Thanksgiving, after all. I just hope whatever I have is not contagious. πŸ™‚

At the moment, I am listening to DC read to AB– they are a few chapters into the second book of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia– The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe… ~ πŸ™‚

My sweet AB has been a bit of a worrier during the past couple of weeks… it began after she had heard a gross phrase on an episode from one of the you-tube minecraft-channels we have given her permission to watch. She is now taking a break for a week, since the worry has persisted (and expanded after a second phrase was spoken in a subsequent episode– not a fluke, ugh and sigh…). When she is allowed to watch some, again, we will have pre-screened each one beforehand or will be watching with her, LW. That is the plan. I am hopeful that this worry will be a short-lived phase instead of the beginning of a trend. I have always been extra-thankful that she does not struggle with anxiety as E and I have a tend to! I would appreciate anyone joining me in prayer for this! Thanks in advance!~

Yesterday afternoon, DC’s boss released him and his colleagues early; we were able to fit-in the last two (2) episodes we had of the Fox tv-series New Girl (therefore, we are now caught up with it in real-time since it still airs currently)! The most-recent/last episode was a Thanksgiving one, too– it was fun, getting to watch Thanksgiving fun before leaving for our own. πŸ™‚Β Β Β Β  We started watching it together back on October 11th (publishing the minutiae of our days es muy convenient for such unnecessary details, haha). It was highly inappropriate, yet we laughed so very much together watching it (never when A was in the room, of course– usually after she’d gone to bed for the night).

I hope you have had wonderful days of celebrating gratitude,Β  as well. And more giving-of-thanks to come for those of us awaiting weekend celebrations! πŸ™‚ (We sometimes celebrate the weekend after with my dad’s wonderful side of the family– this year we are planning to have a second Thanksgiving/birthday dinner at my parents’ home on Sunday!)

& I wish you a very happy Christmas-, Hanukkah-, Kwanzaa-season as the momentum starts and grows. I will be trying to stay in the spirit, instead of grinch-ing it up! πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

Love always, goodnight~
Tiffany

{P.S. Wishing a VeRy happy birthday to our one and only niece today, too! Love you, LB!!~} <3


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