“…brown paper packages tied up with strings. These are a few of my favorite things!”
I don’t often get involved in the many challenges that are out there. The reason is that I love so many and could, literally, spend every second of my waking hours keeping up with them. But when I found this 52-Week Blogging Challenge, I couldn’t resist. Week 1? “A Few of My Favorite Things.”
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But how many is a “few”?
I’ll let you in on a childhood secret of mine. I was fanatical about following rules. This girl liked everything well defined and perfect and didn’t do well with ambiguity. I was a legalist and a Pharisee in the making. Just give me the rules to follow, and I’ve got this godly thing covered.
So, I distinctly remember the day I got to the pages in my ACE PACES on “couple, few, several, many”…. Oh, how I loved the “couple”. It was just… perfect. Nicely defined. Few… not so much. Several… eep! Know what I did? I made up my own definitions. It went as follows:
- couple= 2
- few= 3
- several= 7 (because it sounded like seven)
- many= between 9 and 12
- a bunch= incarceration at Camarillo State Hospital (a mental hospital as they called them back then).
Do you see where this is going? Yeah. I thought so. When I saw few in the challenge, my eye twitched. And then I remembered that few=3! Done! So, here are three of my favorite things.
1. Paper Goods
I went rather broad with this one because I do love all things paper. Beautiful, quality wrapping paper? Love it. I love journals, planners, and stickers. Luscious thick cardstock and adorable patterned scrapbook paper? Oh, yeah! I’ll even go you one further. Here are pictures of three of my favorite paper things!
And my favorite cardstock for making cards: Papertrey Ink!
And check out this awesome wrapping paper… or rather these papers!
That’s WRAPPING PAPER! How cool is that???
I seriously love music. Confession: I don’t like most Christian music. Too much of it is just mediocre stuff. I sing my “Don’t Bring Lulu” from the album below to glorify the Lord just as much as when I belt out “How Great Thou Art” while listening at Denny’s. Yeah. That was embarrassing. Oh, well, they probably thought I was drunk. And, considering that was the accusation at Pentecost, I figure I’m in good company! Ahem.
Instead, my tastes run to the very eclectic and OLD. Seriously, I love stuff that is before my parents’ times even. Additionally, I prefer male voices to female. That said, there are a few newer artists that I love (at least some of their works) and a LOT of older ones. I’m including three favorites here. This is nowhere near top of the list of anything. Those favorites change almost daily. Absolutely no one can beat my dad on his guitar singing the old ballads like I novelized in Jack and will be coming in Mary.
Three favorites tonight are:
“Meet Mr. Callahan” (this is a cover of the Chet Atkins version, but I do love this one by Les Paul just as much. Frankly, I think this guy here is AWESOME!)
I really tried not to put these in here. I mean, it goes without saying, right? But you know what? Can’t do it. I LOVE books. Always have. I was that kid who showed up at the library with two brown grocery store bags under each arm, dumped them on the counter, and ran off to fill them again. EVERY WEEK. No joke. I read a LOT of junk. I’m not kidding. I read garbage and greatness. One day, I’d read The Black Stallion and the next, Flowers in the Attic. I was married with two or three kids before I knew I’d read a book full of smut, incest, and who knows what else. EEEP! I was so clueless. Thank you, Lord! (Trivial aside: my MOM gave me that one. What was she not thinking? I was twelve!)
But even today, I have a love for a wide variety of odd books. So I thought instead of sharing that I like books, I thought I’d share books that you might not expect me to like.
I mean, why not, right?
- Youth/YA books. I loved the Hunger Games Trilogy, the Squire’s Tales, Harry Potter (I was adamantly opposed to them until I read one… ought to write a post on that someday- meanwhile, I did not link because while I do enjoy them, I realize they are controversial and do not wish to cause offence), and The Ranger’s Apprentice Series. While there are an occasional unfortunate word in them (mild expletives) they’re rare. Apparently, many Aussies (the author is an Aussie) do not consider said words to be inappropriate.
- Steven James’ Patrick Bowers Series. Look, I do NOT like gore/horror/thriller stuff. But Steven James managed to keep his stuff from being gratuitous and from going too far with the details. He just managed to cut it off just at the point where I’d have serious issues with it. Totally impressive in my book. I’ll never bee a Stephen King fan, but I am definitely a Steven James fan!
- A-Z of Needlecraft and other non-fictional “how to” books like that. This series is AMAZING. Just sayin’. I like to read about making little Waldorf dolls, about hand lettering, about gardening (that I never do), about soap making–you name it. But I actually OWN most of this series (if not all of it). The original publishers are the fabulous Aussies who put out the incredible Australian Smocking & Embroidery magazine (Country Bumpkin).
My Favorite Things?
Sure. But remember that word “few”. These are a VERY few of my favorite things. There are so many!
Until next week and “How my family survives my writing.”
And another point of trivia: ahem. I listened to both sides of “Look What I Found in the Attic”–one twice after posting that link. That’s how long it takes to write a blog post!
So, what are your favorite things? And what do you think about another Neal and Wendy book? Maybe: Fourth of July Grenade?