Friday, March 31, 2017

A Farewell to March

So long, March.  It was nice knowing you.  Even if only for a short time.
Can you believe it?  This is the last day of March already!  (My, how time flies...where does the time go?...and all that.)
I'm gonna try to do something really wild today.  (Are your ready for this?)  I'm gonna try to write a blog post about random things that happened in March...all in the space of 1 hour.  You don't think I can do it?  (Well, neither do I come to think of it.)  Still, let's give it a try, just for the fun of it.
Ready.  One, two, three, GO.
Received one of the loveliest birthday presents ever in the shape of this blog post written by my dear friend Natalie!   I can't begin to tell you how happy it made me.  Seriously, it blew me away (on a balloon.  Had a hard time getting back down again, haha) and I just have to say THANK YOU again, Natalie, for being such an utter sweetheart!  *hugs*
Ate this entire bag of candy.  Well, just about.  I guess I did share a few pieces, but most of it I ate.  It was a birthday present from my brother.  (I really had the most wonderful birthday, people.  I can't even begin to describe how wonderful it was!)  And yeah.  Just wanted to note.  Whoever it was who said "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" really should have said "the way to a man and a woman's heart" because honestly (and I'm speaking for myself here) we women deserve to be included!  ;)
While we're on the subject of birthdays, this is what I got as a present from my parents.  'Tis quite a fun game, especially when we don't play entirely by the rules because then it's a lot easier.  (I like easy.)  And just for record, I'm pretty much an expert at finding three letter words.  (Which isn't surprising considering that three letter words are about the easiest words you can find.)  (I told you.  I like easy.)
Received a number of very sweet birthday cards/emails from a number of very sweet friends.  (Yes, I'm still talking about my birthday.  Sorry.  Apparently there's so little that happens in my life that a happy birthday is like a huge big deal!)  Anyway, just wanted to say thank you to all of you again for making my birthday one of the best birthdays ever!  (Fun fact: I got my first ever card from Europe!  Now THAT'S a big deal!!)

Found twenty-five of these under my pillow (as well as a box of chocolates on my headboard bookshelf) when I went to bed on the night of my birthday.  They were from my sister.  One of the sweetest, dearest people in the whole world!  Thank you, sister dear!  (And yes, she knows the way to my heart just like my brother does.  *wink, wink*)  (Don't tell this to anyone, but that candy is all gone, too.  This has been a very sweet month.)
Now I really am done talking about my birthday.  (Honestly.  You'd think it was the event of the year or something the way I've gone on about it!)
Moving on...
Finished this book--which is the second in the series I've been reading--and almost made it through the whole of the third book.  Currently feeling very proud of myself for having done so much reading this month! 
Finally had some weather appropriate to the season.   I mean like a real snow fall.  Big enough for work to be canceled and for my younger siblings to go out and play in the snow.  Big enough even for me to go out and play in the snow...but, 'hem, that's a story for another day.  (This picture is actually of a snowfall we had back in 2016, but I figured I didn't have to be entirely accurate.  Besides I failed to take any photos of this year's snowfall.)
Been watching quite a bit of Hogan's Heroes lately (and I mean quite a multiple episodes every available evening), which is why my intelligence has been rising at an enormous rate this month.  An enormous rate!  Seriously, I can't begin tell you how many stupid things I know now.  (Really though, this TV show is hilarious.  It's completely  ridiculous and unrealistic much fun!)
And speaking of my superior intelligence, I'll have you know it only took me four times of restarting the dryer the other day (because the load of clothes wasn't getting dry) before I realized that it wasn't going to get dry; that in fact I'd been running the dryer all afternoon to no purpose; and the clothes were as damp as they'd been when I started.  I took this dilemma straight way to my mother because that's the smartest thing to do, and she came in directly and diagnosed the problem.  The dryer wasn't blowing any hot air!!   Ah-ha!  So that's what it was!  A dryer without hot air simply does not dry very well.  I could certainly see the sense in that!  (So yes.  We've been without a dryer this whole week.  Slightly inconvenient, I must say.  Though I won't deny I have rather enjoyed not having to do any laundry!)

I've realized again that my writing is a very fickle thing.  Or perhaps it's my opinion of it that is fickle.  Whatever it is there's something wrong somewhere.  You know that story I was working on back in November for National Novel Writing Month?  Well.  I read it over sometime later and it was all too plain.  The whole thing was horrible!  Like really bad.  Lots of terribly awkward sentences, and lots of blah!  It would have be rewritten.  Entirely rewritten.  That was all there was to it.  
Enter this week.  I got it out one evening and read it again.  And oh, that ornery bit of writing!  I actually liked it!  Actually thought it was pretty good.  It was, in fact, rather disconcerting.  I mean, my writing can't do this to me!  How am I ever going to trust it if it keeps switching sides on me?  Is it good or is it bad?  What IS IT?!  (Fickle, fickle writing.)
Well!  That's all for now! And guess what?  I did not write this post in only an hour's time.  (What did I tell you?  I knew it was impossible.)  But at any rate I wrote it.  And finished it before the end of the month.  That's gotta count for something.
So long everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!
(And good-bye, March.  We'll see you next year!)


  1. Happy belated birthday, Miss March!!!!! :D

  2. I love Hogan's Heroes. Newkirk is my fav. But Klink and Shultz are both hilarious. My sisters and I love to binge-watch these. Although I probably should take a couple years break or else I'll sicken to hatred of them.

    1. Eeek! It's so fun to discover someone else who's familiar with this show!! I like Newkirk, too. He's so much fun. It's terribly hard to pick a favorite though, because I like Hogan and Carter a lot, too. And...well, just everyone. And yes, Klink and Shultz are soooo funny! :D Haha, too true. I suppose there is such a thing as overdoing it. :P

      Thank you so much for your comment! :)

  3. boy do I know about fickle writing. I just dug out my one and only finished story and discovered about 30 plot errors in it. Yick.


    1. Oh, ugh! That's not fun at all! Stories really are SO troublesome, aren't they? Do stick with it, though. Those plot errors CAN be fixed!! I'm sure they can!! :D

  4. Lovely to hear what you've been up to, Miss March! (and snow? like real snow? ...did I tell you I live in Australia?? I've seen snow once and it was slushy and about four inches deep and very wet) It sounds like you had an awesome birthday ;)

    And I'm sure your writing from NaNo will turn out to be great. Maybe you were still to close to November when you read it the first time??

    1. Thanks, Jem! :) (And yes, the snow was quite real. ;) You don't get much snow in Australia then? I didn't realize that. Is it the same for the whole country or are there some areas that get snow and some that don't?) I did indeed! :)

      Hmmm, yes. That's definitely a possibility. It really is amazing how much better a story can be if you only let it sit long enough. :)

    2. Basically only mountain ranges (and those mountains are a looong way from where I live!) in the south-east corner of Australia get snow with any regularity. I believe if other Aussies want decent snow, they travel to New Zealand! (Which has snow + hot springs, apparently. And Hobbiton.)

    3. Ah, I see. :) New Zealand, huh? Sounds fun! :D

  5. Oh, I do adore your posts, Miss March!!!
    First of all. How did I not know about your birthday??? I mean until Natalie posted about it??? What kind of a friend am I, now I'm wondering if I had discovered your blog by the time your birthday came around last year. If not perhaps I have some excuse...but for now...H'm.
    (Also I'd love to email you...I feel very forward to email is (it's on my blog so I don't care if it's in a public comment), would you like to email me? If not that's totally fine but...Thought I'd ask. Please, please, don't worry about saying no. I'm good with that, please don't feel like you have to say yes.)
    Anyway, I adored reading this post!! I do love to hear from you!!

    1. Oh, Rae!! YOU ARE SO SWEET! Thank you for your comment. It was just what I needed today. :D :D

      And YES! I would LOVE to email with you! Thank you so much for asking. (Sending you an email now...)

      And aww. Thank you so much, dear friend! I can't tell you how encouraging it is to know that you like my posts! You're so kind. :D

  6. !!! AWW. *big hug* I'm SO happy it made your day. :D

    Hahahaha, that's a fantastic gift. And yes, right?? We women love food, too. ;P

    Our family doesn't always play games by the rules either. Especially Monopoly. As you said, it makes things easier. :P

    Oh my word, more candy. ;D

    (I'm SO glad your birthday was really happy, Miss March!!!)

    That snow picture is really pretty. I love the sparkles in the corner. :)

    YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING HOGAN'S HEROES, TOO?? My WORD.....are our families connected by telepathy or something? That is just weird. :P We actually only just started watching it and are in the first season. (Ohhh yes, I've felt my intelligence level go up quite a bit while watching this show, too. Yup, I'm a genius now.) (COUGH)

    Oh no...broken appliances are the worst...but wait. You haven't done any laundry at all for a whole week? How do you have enough clothing to wear? :P Hmm. I always feel like the unwashed laundry piles up at an alarming rate.

    Ohh, your poor thing. Tell your writing to BEHAVE itself and stop being difficult. And remember, we all like your writing. So you KNOW it's good. After all, your readers are experts at that sort of thing. ;) (No, I'm serious, though, your writing is REALLY GOOD!!)

    Haha, that's still an accomplishment. I'm not sure I could do a post like this in an hour's time, either.

    Happy April! :D

    1. It truly did! Thank you so much, my friend. *returns hug* :D

      We certainly do. Heehee. ;)

      You do it, too? Haha. Well but really, it only makes sense. When there's an easier alternative it'd be silly not to take advantage of it, right? ;P

      Yup. It was a really good day. (Candy = happiness, you know. Haha.)

      (Thank you! It really was!!)

      Thanks. I thought the sparkles were kind of cool, too.

      You're kidding me. NATALIE! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! You've been watching Hogan's Heroes, too??? What even. That is so nutty! There's definitely something strange going on here. Haha. ;) Really though, I'm glad you've been watching it too, because that's just fun, and besides now we can be intelligent together! Oh yeah! *fist pump*

      Well, we did do some actually. We put it off for as long as we could but my mom finally had to take some to the laundromat. She had to do that again the next week too because the dryer still wasn't fixed. However, I'm happy to report that we ordered some new parts and we're now officially back in business. :)

      Well, I'm not sure it will listen to me, but I'll do my best to make it behave. Heehee. Thank you so much for your encouragement, my friend!! :D

      Yeah, it really was a bit too much to put together in just one hour. I was pretty sure it would be, too. Writing posts is not a simple process for me.

      Happy April to you, too!! :D

  7. Happy Belated Birthday!!!

    Three letter words are really easy to find in Boggle. In my house, we made a rule that you can't write a word less than 4 letters, unless we have really young kids playing with us. I don't know if you've figured this out yet but search for endings like "s", "ed", and "ing". Sometime you can put two words down just using those endings. For example, you could write down like, likes, and liked. That's a lot of points right there. Sometimes, I have been able to use all three endings, but that is rare.

    1. Thank you! :)

      Oh, yes! I've done that before. Those endings are really quite handy. :) What's really annoying, though, is when you fail to see them, and then you get to the end of the round and realize you could have had two words for the price of one. Ooooh. That hurts. ;) We actually haven't played for points yet. When we realized you don't get any points for three letter words we were like, "No! That's too hard!" we changed the rules and simply counted how many words everyone got instead. (Because we're all about challenging ourselves, heehee. ;))


    1. You're so sweet. THANK YOU! *returns hugs* :)