Goodreads Mondays #4 – November 9th, 2020

This post is where I write about a book that is on our To Be Read List (TBR) List, and we discuss why we want to read it.

I have a lot of books on my TBR List. I am trying to make more time to read more books, so I can cross more books off of the list.

This week I would love to read The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. I have never read this book, but I have heard many great things about these books. I like to read the books before I watch the movie, so I haven’t see the movie, yet either.

One of a wealthy family member has disappeared over forty years ago, and and one of her uncles begins to seek answers on the disappearance. It covers many genres such as mystery, romance, finance, and family drama. It definitely sounds like it has something for everyone.

I cannot wait to read this book! What is one book on your TBR list? I would love to know.

Day 95 of 193

Before they decided to get rid of these plastic bottles in hotel rooms, they used to provide every room with body lotion, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. Yes, they were convenient and meant that you didn’t have to haul your own stuff from your home, but at the same time it was really wasteful.

My sister went to a hotel because she went to some concert several years ago, and I forgot that she gave me this lotion. I only used once, and kept on promising me to myself that I would put on more lotion. Despite having a lot of lotion, I don’t use them as much as I tell myself, too.

I didn’t bother using this one, since I got it awhile ago, so I just threw it away.

Digital Declutter: I deleted five bookmarks on my laptop, that I no longer needed. I’ve been dedicating spending 10 minutes a day of organizing and deleting photos on my phone. Organizing them by placing them into albums. And hopefully am able to get them developed one day. Last time I checked developing photo programs at a Wal Mart wasn’t available right now. I always wanted to be able to get my photos developed with my boyfriend and build a photo album of our adventures together. I would to help my mom organize her photos as well.

Self Worth

Here is your weekly quote to help you get by.

I love this quote because it reminds me to always remind myself of my self worth. You are stronger than you think you are. Always remember how truly amazing you are. You were sent to be a part of the world, and the world can’t exist without you.

You should surround yourself with the people who bring out the best of you, not the worst in you. You should hang around with people who see your value and purpose.

Sunshine Blogger Award #2

I am so grateful for this nomination from Oh, Nath, https://ohnananath.com/ She is a new and upcoming blogger to the community, but you won’t be disappointed. Oh, Nath has a lot of insight to offer. The blog is amazing. Be sure to check it out.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positiveness and creativity in the blogging community.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your blog post.

My Answers

  1. Describe life in three words.
    Live Laugh Love
  2. What would your best day look like? Explain.
    My best day would be jumping out of bed to practice yoga and meditation, eat a healthy breakfast, shower. Followed by blogging over a cup of tea. My favourite days are the ones where I can be myself, and just take things with ease. I would also spend some outside, soaking up the sun and reading a good book. I would also love to indulge in all of my favourite foods like steak, mashed potatoes and corn. Hang out with my boyfriend and watching hockey, basketball or football to end the day.
  3. Which of your posts is your favorite? Why?
    I love all of my blog posts, and I have written a variety of blog posts. I have talked about a Gratitude Challenge, Daily Uncluttering Project, personal things that have happened in my life, like surviving a car accident, talking about different books. Perhaps my most recent favourite post is,
    https://threeyellowdaisies.ca/2020/08/17/weekly-quote-happiness-2/
    In the post, I talk about the simplicity of happiness. And that happiness shouldn’t come from another person, or from waiting for something great to happen. Instead happiness should come from within.
  4. What “old person” things do you do?
    I like to watch Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy!, I also like to drink tea. I like to go to bed early.
  5. Have you ever thought of moving to another country to live?
    I actually would love to do this but I’m sure if I would get home sick. I currently live in Canada, so the winter and coldness can be tiring, but other than that, it is an amazing country to live in. But I would love to either live in Bali or London, England.
  6. What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
    I actually really enjoy pickles and gravy. It all started when I was at my Grandparents’ house and I had slept over shortly after Thanksgiving. I had some gravy still on my plate. I was in the middle of telling a story, with a pickle on my fork, and I was waving my fork around while I was talking (I did that before I realized how rude that was), and my pickle had landed in the gravy. I was like, well I love pickles and gravy, and I didn’t want to waste food at my grandparent’s house. I ended up eating and loving it.
  7. If you could know the absolute and total truth to one question, what question would you ask?
    What are your plans to make an end to wars, and homelessness?
  8. What genre of books is best for your eyes to consume? Can you recommend one book from that genre?
    I really enjoy psychological thrillers. One of the books I would recommend is The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware.
  9. What’s the last movie you watched? Do you recommend it?
    The last movie I saw was Gone Girl, it’s one of my favourite movies, so yes, I would recommend it. I can’t wait to read the book, soon.
  10. How do you deal with stress?
    I normally just read a book, drink a cup of tea, or practice yoga and meditation.
  11. What language would you like to learn?
    I would love to learn Italian. In fact that is my goal for 2021. Right now, I’m going to focus on French, and then focus on Spanish after I learn French.

My Nominees

I don’t want people to feel pressured, or feel bad for declining not to participate.

If you’re reading this post and feel as though this may be something you want to participate in, please consider yourself nominated. I would love to read your take on them!

My Questions

  1. What is something you should be spending more time doing?
  2. What’s the highest point you’ve experienced in your life this year?
  3. If your life was a movie, what would the title be and why?
  4. Is there any part of your personality that you feel you need to improve? If so, which part and why?
  5. What important lesson have you learned from a family member?
  6. What’s one item you’ve recently crossed off your Bucket List? If you haven’t done something, name something you would like to cross off?
  7. Are you more afraid of failure or success, and why?
  8. What legacy do you want people to remember about you after you’re gone?
  9. What is your personal philosophy in life?
  10. Which emotion best represents you, and why?
  11. How do you define “a life well lived?”

My Grandparents

Today, 68 years ago, my wonderful Grandparents got married. They are the nicest people you’ll ever meet.

I remember growing up, they would take my sister and I to their cottage over our summer vacation. It was amazing, since the beach and an ice cream was near their cottage. They were our babysitters during the summer holiday when my parents went to work. We always had so much fun.

My Grandma was on the phone to her sister-in-law, when we were getting ready to leave for the cottage, so my Grandpa was able to teach me how to tie my shoes. He showed me with the bunny ears, and 18 years later, I still tie my shoes like that. Teehee!

We had amazing sleepovers at their house as well. My Grandpa would be the first one to go to bed, and my sister, Grandma would stay up watching a movie. And then she would tuck us in to bed in their guest bedroom. She would tell us a bedtime prayer, and some jokes, as well.

“Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my Soul to keep
If I should die before I ‘wake,
I pray the Lord my Soul to take.”

In the morning, my Grandpa would make us a delicious breakfast. We had bacon, French toast, cereal, fruit, hash browns, and cup of tea. My Grandpa is the one who made me fall in love with tea.

When I was sick, and both my parents had to work that day, they would come over and take care of me. I loved that my Grandma would make us turkey or chicken noodle soup and delivered it to whoever was sick in our family.

My Grandma was an amazing cook, she made a delicious roast beef, turkey, desserts such as butter tarts, date squares and cherry cheesecake. My Grandma was the best cook ever!

When I was younger, I remember whenever I left my Grandparents’ house, I used to put my feet on top of my Grandpa’s feet, and we would dance for a bit. My Grandma would give us her spare change from her purse as well. Every holiday (like Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween), my Grandma would mail us a card and have a $5 bill in the card. I always loved getting mail.

When I was 10 years, I burned myself and my Grandparents used to visit me everyday. It was a third degree burn, so I needed a skin graft. So when my surgery day came, my Grandparents waited with me, and my parents until the surgeons were ready for me. My other Grandparents picked my sister up from school and made her dinner that night.

About 20 years ago, my Great Uncle (my Grandpa’s brother) passed away, so they would always take us to visit my Great Aunt, since she was lonely. We played card games and talk a lot, over cups of tea, and fudge. And I am so glad because she is my second cousin’s Grandma. And now I get to tell my second cousin all about my adventures. She loves hearing all about it.

My Grandparents have their birthdays in June, just like me, so every year we would combine our birthdays with Fathers’ Day. It would be such a fun day. I always looked forward to celebrating our birthdays together.

Some time ago, my uncle, and aunt and cousins moved to another city. But because my uncle worked in the same city my grandparents and I lived in, he was able to pick us up to visit my cousins for the whole weekend. It was a lot of fun. I am forever grateful for those nights.

I am also happy that I met my now boyfriend on July the 19th, six years ago. It makes me believe that we are destined to be with each other even more.

I feel very fortunate to have amazing Grandparents. I love them dearly. This is what has been making the whole pandemic the hardest right now, since I can’t visit them at the moment. But at least I am able to call them.

A Lovely Wedding

So the poem I decided to write was a limerick, it follows a rhyme scheme of AABBA where I wrote about a wedding.

He takes her by the hand
Dancing away to their euphonious band
His lovely girl became his wife
This was just the beginning of their new life
Next, will be their honeymoon to the beach of enchanting sand

Bookshelf

I have always wanted to assemble something for myself by myself, and I never had the chance to do that beforehand, until last weekend.

It was actually a lot of fun! To be honest, I have only used a screwdriver a few times in my life, before. So this was an interesting experience, none the less.

The box of my bookshelf

So, I began, by removing all of the pieces first, I knew that much. At first, all of these pieces and screws were a tad overwhelming, but I knew to take it one step at a time.

The big pieces of the bookshelf.
One of the sides of the bookshelf, and the starting point.

Next, I began to read over the instructions first, and kept on referring it to ensure that everything was still good.

These are the instructions, and there is more on the back.

Luckily my boyfriend and I have a tool box for all of these projects we have been taking on as of lately. It is so much fun to assemble and build things. We had to get another bookshelf since the previous bookshelf we have was getting too filled with all of our books.

As you can see it extremely full of our many books.

This is what I was able to accomplish without asking anyone for assistance. I was quiet proud of myself since I have never done this before.

Completed the first step.

Although, I could have read the instructions better, because there’s a bottom piece that needed to be attached before both sides were screwed in. So I had to reattach one of the sides to install the bottom piece. Placing the bottom piece was the hardest part of putting this together. It was so difficult that I had to ask my boyfriend to help me with it.

My boyfriend also helped me install the back panel of the bookshelf, since you needed to use a hammer, and that’s where I drew the line. I have never used a hammer before, I think they are too scary.

Next we built the shelves, that was fun. Although I forgot I was still documenting this project, so I forgot to take photos along the way.

And now came the most fun part of it, which was to place and organize the books that I wanted to be on this shelf. I decided that we should place the books we plan on reading together on here.

I like to think we have an amazing collection of books, we have several Roald Dahl’s books, Nicholas Sparks’ books, Alice in Wonderland, Time Quinet series and several more. We reserved the first shelf for some small cherished items, such as our message in a bottle to each other, an endless knot which means our souls are forever intertwined, a giraffe that my sister-in-law brought back from their Honeymoon, and my perfume. And a sea shell from a beach my mom’s friend brought me.

On the very top, I have a present that my sister bought me for my birthday, and she placed a photo of my niece and myself in it. It even lights up, but right now I am out of batteries. It is also engraved which reads; “World’s Greatest Aunt”. I love having a candle in the room. The bouquet of flowers in the vase was the centre piece from my Grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary’s celebration, which is 18 years old. My sister also bought me this jewelry box, which is also engraved; “I love you forever xoxo”. And then I have a photo of my boyfriend at his brother’s wedding.

These are a few most cherished items I have, so I’m glad that we are able to display them properly.

Six Word Stories

It’s another Writing Wednesdays! This is a day where I share with you my writing. I remember having to write these stories in my Writer’s Craft class back in high school. I actually enjoyed writing these, they were such much fun.

It’s as simple as it sounds. The story contains six words. As a bonus, I’ll write six six word stories. Although he hasn’t asked me yet, but there isn’t any rush, so I don’t mind.

You don’t have to connect all of the six word stories as one big story, like I did. But I just thought it would be a fun idea.

I met this boy, he’s lovely.
We went on many magical adventures
He’s so charming, he completes me.
We live together, it’s the best.
He asked me; I said yes!
Together we’re unstoppable, forever and always.

I would love to read all of your stories in the comments.

Wilted Roses

Love is a rose.
Before it blooms it is seen as
something pure and so innocent.
For others the rose buds quickly,
for others they sprout slowly.

Regardless how and when they bloom,
there’s no denying
the passion
was breathtaking.

Roses are like the royalty
of all the flowers.
They need to be
treated as such.

Rose petals are soft
and delicate.
Thus needed to be handled
with care and
compassion.

The petals begin to
fall.
The rose becomes bare,
but it’s still beautiful.

Roses are known
to be short lived.
Only a few
have a magic touch
to prolong their lifespan.

To love a rose,
and to be in love.
one must be aware of its thorns
piercing trough their soul.

Petals begin to fade away,
but that doesn’t mean
things can’t blossom
again.