Ten Thousand Pictures (Bare Hill escapade and blog title change)

December 30, 2016

Lately, I have been running the idea of changing my blog title through my head.  It's actually something I have been thinking about for a while, but it really just hit me today that it might be a nice to change to rename.  I just feel like that though A Lantern In Her Hand is still a lovely title, it doesn't quite suit me/my blog content right now. Ideas so far:

Click It Up A Notch
Uncharted Territory
This Paper Heart
Sophia and The World
Fire Won't Rest
Painting the Skies
One By Land and Two By Sea
A Violet Sea
Ten Thousand Pictures

You can see that I sort of am leaning toward this color or ocean/water or photography related theme.  I don't want anything really cheesy, which is why I have such a unique title right now (A Lantern In Her Hand).  Any thoughts or suggestions?

I'd really appreciate any input anyone has to offer. :)  Thanks in advance!

P. S. HOW IS TOMORROW THE LAST DAY OF 2016?!

Q&A answers

December 29, 2016

Questions from Mira:
What are your favorite books?
I'd have to say Gone With The Wind, the Chrestomanci series, and the Flavia DeLuce mysteries. I also recently started Anna Karenina and am really enjoying it.

What is your favorite genre of books?
I don't really have a certain genre that I like particularly, I just like a good story with a firm plot. Murder mysteries, old romances, historical fiction, adventures, and science-y related stuff.  Anything good.

Do you do any activities? (sports, theater, etc?)
I did an great theater group for three years about two-ish years ago, but we had to quit that. I now do Greek 102 and Nature Study with some friends—but that's about it. :)  I am not naturally an outgoing person, so I sometimes have trouble with that sort of thing. ;)  But hey, I'm getting better! ;)

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
Christmas cookies are always good . . . unfortunately, ours usually all get eaten weeks before Christmas. ;)  Hehe, and I love eating tacos for dinner on Christmas eve.
So yes, you get my drift—basically all the food-related stuff. ;)

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Questions from Grace:
What is your favorite thing to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon?
Work on one of my novels or draw while listening to a good book.

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Questions from Abbiee:
Waffles or pancakes?
Waffles!!

Unicorns or dragons?
Unicorns . . . ?  Ahh, too many descisions!! ;)

Favorite time of day?
I like the cheerful lighting in the morning and the feel of afternoon. Evening has always depressed me.

Favorite season?
Autumn by far!

Favorite word?
Don't make me choose! :P Furtive, precocious, spiffing, ubiquitous, ahh too many to count!

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Questions from Parshall Family: 
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Wisconsin/Michigan, Nova Scotia, or Iceland.

Who are your favorite fictional heroines? And why?
Scarlett from Gone With The Wind because of her uniqueness. She really isn't like any other character I have ever read about. Also, Flavia DeLuce (of course) from Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie because she is so resourceful and loves chemistry. And Jane Eyre because she is so shy and quiet and brave, but gets a happy ending anyway.

If you were stuck on a desert island, what are the 3 artistic mediums you would want to have tools for, to keep you busy? (i.e. paints/paper for painting, needles/yarn for knitting, etc.)
Prismascolor pencils/eraser/paper, watercolor paints, and does a notebook and pen for writing count? ;)

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Questions from Amelia

What's your favorite type of pizza?
Bacon and pineapple, all the way. ;D

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Questions from Paige

What would you want to do for a living? 
I dream of being a novelist. :)  Recently, I have been looking into nursing a bit, but I am still undecided.

Do you crochet? 
Yes, I do actually!  And quite well if I do say so myself.  Here's a link to my Etsy shop—these particular things I knitted a little while ago. 

Do you have pinterest? 
Yes!  Here I am.

What is your favorite animal? 
Toucan :)  And any other type of avian creature.

Favorite color?
I'm very capricious when it comes to favorite colors.  Lately though, I have been liking different shades of peach.

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Questions from me for YOU - answer in the comments
- What is something you miss?
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
- What color eyes do you have?
- Do you have any pets?

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Thank you all so much for your questions.  It means a lot to me that you took the time to do that.  They were all tons of fun to answer and I hope to do another Q&A sometime in the future. :) 
Thanks also for everyones comments on my blog lately.  You really don't know how special it makes me feel every time I see a new comment from a sweet follower.  I don't think I say enough how much I appreciate all of you spending a portion of your day here on A Lantern In Her Hand.  This little blog has grown so much this past year and it is truly all because of your unfailing encouragement and support!
Thanks again.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and cheers to a fruitful 2017 ahead!! <3

Joseph cut down the tree all by himself!

Merry Christmas 2016! + a poem

December 24, 2016


Merry Christmas, everyone!  I hope you all have a joyful holiday.  Let me know in the comments what your favorite type of christmas cookie is/or what you favorite christmas tradition is.  
Upcoming: Q&A answers, a 2016 recap, along with a photoshoot of Beatrix. :)

Goodbye Autumn photos -

December 12, 2016

Annika Vera | snowy shoot | Dec 2016

December 10, 2016

I took these on Thursday of my younger sister.  The snow was so beautiful!! <3


October Key visit recap

 So you might be asking yourself what the story is behind all these crazy awesome pictures.  (Oh yeah, sorry for the overload of photos, folks) XD 
In 2014 these fabulous Key girls moved away to Colorado.  We were super close and have seen them twice since.  With a big interval of about a year and a half of no visits, they visited this October!!  A lot of these photos are more personal so you might not find them super interesting, but I thought you might enjoy seeing them anyhoo.  

PAINTED SKIES (a poem) & upcoming Q&A

November 28, 2016

Hey!  I was thinking about doing a Q&A for this blog soon.  If you're interested and have questions, please comment below with them in this post.  Thanks, you're the bee's knees. <3

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  You painted the skies red.
Blinding red to match the color of my throbbing heart, the copper leaves left on the trees, a brilliant ruby tint.
  You made it easy to dream.

  You painted the skies orange.
A vibrant orange the color of an overthrown queen.  
Orange like the larch trees that kiss the skyline with hard branches.  
  You made it hard forgive.

  You painted the skies yellow.
Never was such a yellow seen -- the shade of the hot sun soon rising.
Translucent, yet still overpowering and uncomparable.
  You made it easy to smile.



  You painted the skies emerald.
The exact hue of the grass as the sun shines through it's veins during the golden hour.  
The color of trees, and reflections, and of your disarming eyes.  
  You made it hard to forget.

  You painted the skies blue.  (Blue was always my favorite.)
Oh, that's exactly the color they should be to match the blues I have after we say goodbye.
The color of her dress and of the wind.  
  You made it easy to hope.

  You painted the skies purple.
A color that has always reminded of drowning.  
  You made it hard to breathe.

  You painted the skies black.
Your paintbox wasn't supposed to have this color.
You must have borrowed mine.  You must have dipped your brush in the shadows that danced behind the fire in my eyes. 
  You made it easy to live.


This is the end of a beginning.  Blot your brush and begin to paint the skies over again.



^ Written on a poetry writing whim recently while sitting on the couch on a Saturday night.  If you read carefully, you'll notice the patterns. (p.s. who doesn't love rainbows?)

Polar Icecaps

November 23, 2016




. . . no, it's not really that cold or snowy over here. ;)

Saturday morning was beautiful and about 60-70 degrees, but then this big cold face blew in and everything cooled down.  On Sunday, we got about 6-9 in. of snow give or take a few (it's really hard tell)!  We an "epic snowball fight" yesterday afternoon.  Little Ann (our German Shepherd dog) was running back an forth between the two teams (the Black Bears and the Peter Cottontails) eating snowballs in midair (and any article of outside winter clothing she could get her paws on).  It's been fun!  I have missed winter because last year's winter was such a disappointment snow-wise.

What are you all doing for thanksgiving?  We will be having cousins from Canada come to stay with us from later this afternoon to Saturday to go to the Nutcracker with us as well as be here for thanksgiving.  Friday Greek lessons is canceled for this week -- hooray! -- I can procrastinate on the homework now. ;)

Here are a bunch of snowy pictures for you guys.  Who has snow?


the view of the other side of the valley from our house
from a Saturday bike ride on the other side of the valley :)

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