Doggone Adventures

Going on adventures can make everyone happy.

Photo Prompt: Smile

Purple Fields

Some wildflowers alongside the bike path near my home. Again, I’m not sure of the name, but are a bright, cheerful reminder of the good things in life.

The husband asked me the other day when my next blog post was going to be and I said I didn’t know. Thus why this is my second post in two days. I hope these pictures inspire me to keep writing and sharing.

Life out of Sync

I’m a bit out of sync with blogging these days. I seem to say that a lot…both the act of not blogging and saying that I’m not. I wish I had the focus that I did at one point because back then I had that passion. What I’m trying to say is that I don’t know what my niche is right now.

I don’t want to spend my blogging posts ruminating on why one doesn’t write but it’s hard when there’s nothing much to write about. Sometimes I wonder if I just need a new space and start over.

Right now I’m reading The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse and so far it’s been a good read. There’s been enough suspense to want me to keep coming back. I’m not sure if I am as riveted as some others have said they were but I’m enjoying it nonetheless.

The book is also Reese’s book club pick from March. The few choices that I’ve read have been good so far. I’m glad she decided to start the book club. I didn’t realize that she’s had the book club for 4 years now, thought it’d only been a couple years: shows what I know.

What have you been up to? I need inspiration.

The Rapid Fire Book Tag

Lately I’ve been browsing Pinterest and found this little book tag. It sounded interesting so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

(On a side note, how often do you use Pinterest? I can forget about it for months then get in daily finding good stuff.)

1. Ebook or physical book?

Physical. I can concentrate better than on my phone or iPad. I’d like to get a simple ereader one day, you know like a paperwhite or a simple touch that looks like a page instead of a computer screen. That’d be awesome.

2. Paperback or hardback?

Both. Paperback for reading/carrying around. Hardback for collection (preferably.)

3. Online or in-store shopping?

In-store, because I like to browse. Online you kinda have to know what you’re shopping for.

4. Trilogies or series?

Trilogy, because they’re shorter and I don’t have the patience for long series anymore.

5. Heroes or villains?

Heroes.

6. A book you want everyone to read?

Never Let Me Go, because I still think about it sometimes.

7. Recommend an underrated book.

The Serafina series. It gets a high rating on Goodreads but it seems few people know absolutely it. Go read them, awesome new-ish children’s series.

8. The last baby you finished?

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn.

9. The last baby you bought?

Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day

10. Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?

Piece of paper…usually have a bookmark around.

11. Used books: yes or no?

Yes as long as they’re gently used.

12. Top 3 favorite genres?

Realistic, historical, fantasy. Young adult isn’t a genre people, it’s a target audience (annoys me when they say YA is a genre), but I do read some books intended for young adults.

13. Borrow or buy?

Both.

14. Characters or plot?

Both depends on what I can focus on. Preferably both in one book.

15. Long or short books?

Short-ish.

16. Long or short chapters?

Short usually

17. Name the first 3 books you can think of.

Harry Potter, American Dirt, My Dark Vanessa

18. Books that make you laugh or cry?

Don’t do either much but Beyond the Point made me want to cry so much. A remarkable book.

19. Our world or fictional world?

Ours.

20. Audiobooks: yes or no?

I want to say yes but I never finished one all the way through.

21. Ever judge a book by its cover?

Well yeah, it happens even though you’re not supposed to.

22. Book to movie or book to tv adaptations?

Tv has been popular but it depends on how long the book is.

23. Movie or tv show you preferred to the book?

Jurassic Park and The Book Thief.

24. Stand alone or series?

Stand alone these days.

Winter Wonderland

snow, walk, woods
A snowy walk in the woods.
Image by Ashley M. Eveland

Snow didn’t come as often in the town I grew up in. Of course, when I was a child, there seemed to be snow (and snow days) all the time. One memorable year, we left school for Christmas break in December and didn’t come back to school until February because of all the snow. My dad and I would go outside and build snowmen and snow angels; then, he’d either take me sledding or pull me around the block in my sled while wearing horse bells. You can imagine how crazy it made the dogs during that time.

As the years went by, snow came by less and if it did, it didn’t stick or stay for very long. Our winters became very mild. Even though I’m not a fan of the cold or being out on icy roads, I missed seeing the snow during the holidays. It made it so much happier and joyful.

And then I moved further north in my state. What a difference a couple of hours makes! It seems we had snow every other week. Our snow had finally melted last week and over the last few of days our snow has arrived again. It’s kind of nice being out in the snow sometimes. On Saturday, my husband and I went to the park with the dog. It was so peaceful to walk through the snowy woods and watch the dog leap and bound over snowy logs. I was so surprised to see him do this as he doesn’t like to be out in the snow for very long any other time. His senses must have kicked in overtime.

I enjoy watching the snow fall through my many windows. Occasionally a squirrel or two will bound across the yard and it’s so cute to see.

It doesn’t make me want to move up to Alaska, but at least it makes me appreciate the beauty of a season I don’t stop to enjoy very often.

New Books.

One thing that I’ve always found interesting about book blogs and BookTube and even bookstagram is the people always seem to know what books are getting published in the next year. In the very least, they know what books are coming out in the next month.

I don’t have that kind of mentality.

Sometimes, if I’m interested in a series or author, I’ll look up when the next book will come out. Other than that, I don’t have a clue what is coming out until I see a bunch of people talk about it or it’s in the news. It’s just weird to me that people know what’s being published in the upcoming year.

Sure, I can probably google it or get on Goodreads and look up newly published books in the Lists section but I don’t. I must sound like a terrible reader for admitting that but there it is. If I was a serious book blogger, I’d probably have to force myself to actually do some research to find the latest books, purchase the books at full price, read them, and THEN review them. But I don’t do that.

Because I can’t afford to purchase brand new books all the time. Plus there’s a trillion other books that I need to catch up on, which probably doesn’t bode well for me as a potential book reviewer, but at least I’m enjoying myself for what it is.

I should also mention that I like to browse the new/bestselling books at stores to get a feel for what’s popular. It’s not as easy to do these days for obvious (and not so obvious) reasons. It was already hard to keep up with books and now it’s even harder.

I feel like I’m complaining now, but it’s been on my mind and I wanted to make a post of it.

What’s new in your world?

Work at home.

Yesterday was a lazy day for me. I was able to get some house chores done including getting the kitchen straightened out. It looks so open and nice now that we don’t have a countertop microwave anymore and I can move some bulky items into the corner where it used to be. I even swept the floors and washed a couple blankets that somehow got covered in dog hair. Dog hair seems to permeate every corner of my house no matter how hard I try. I love my dog with the depths of my soul but I’m just not used to a dog who sheds constantly. It’s worth it in the end as he’s so loving and protective. I can’t be upset with him for long.

I got some downtime in the afternoon so I got onto Hulu and watched The Fellowship of the Ring from start to finish. It’s been years since I watched it and I love it just as much as the first time and all the times before. It’s just so masterfully done, a perfect adaptation from book to screen. In interviews, actors and production crew all talk about the amazing experience they had, how close they became with each other, and wishing it would go on forever; you can tell in the movies as there’s just a close bond there. It makes me wish for such an experience myself. It’s a rare, once in a lifetime experience.

Christmas is in just a few days as of this writing. I’m excited for it, as it’s our first Christmas together as a married couple. I want it to be special, you know? I think it will be. I feel like we’ve always been together and that’s a good thing. It means we’re perfect together.

Some people are happy for the year to be over. I had a good year in spite of everything. Experience is relative and mine has been a good one. Of course the outside influences hindered some of our plans but it couldn’t change everything.

Things I Love

Because it’s been a rough week, I wanted focus on the bright side of life. Because when we hit a rough patch, we tend to forget about the good things that keep us going. Today I want to share some of the things I love.

  • Snuggling on the couch with my husband watching a show (Amazing Race) or a movie (last movie: Christmas Vacation)
  • Seeing my dog just sit outside and enjoying the first snowfall.
  • Getting into a book that has caught my attention.
  • Learning to snowboard with my husband.
  • Learning a recipe that my husband and I both like. (I was never a cook previously and to cook something and seeing my man enjoy it is wonderful.)
  • Falling asleep with my head on my husband’s chest.
  • Going on new adventures, even if it means going to a new park I haven’t been to yet (especially since I’m in a new area.)
  • Having my house become decorated with Christmas.
  • Finally being able to listen to Christmas music. It’s making me relaxed and happy.
  • Seeing the sunrise or sunset.
  • Stargazing with my husband.
  • My husband in general. I love him so much. I don’t know what I’d do without him.
  • Homemade smoothies.
  • Going for a walk with husband/dog.

What are some things that you love this season?

Leaving

Photo by Athena on Pexels.com

Write about a character leaving something, or someone, they love.

She woke just before dawn. The darkness pulsated against her eyes, but she kept her eyes open as her surroundings gradually lightened. What she must do, had to happen; sooner, rather than later. If she didn’t, she’d never have the courage to do so again. 

In the murky-dark light, she rose, gathering the remaining items she needed into her knapsack beside her bed. One last glance and she darted out the room, into the hall, and down the stores. Her hand on the doorknob, she paused and looked around. It was just another place to take up space until she made enough for the next place and yet…

This place felt more like home than any other. Her roommate Dani seemed so loving and open; taking her in as a complete stranger and making her a part of the family. There were others, of course, that came in and out. But she was leaving them. Just as she’d always done.

She almost turned around, back to the little room no more than a closet. This would do. This could be home. 

A restlessness tugged in her soul and the doorknob turned. As much love as she had for this place that was more like hers than any others, she somehow couldn’t bear to be here any longer.

She slipped out of the house and left without another glance.

Wish For.

Fall changes. Photo copyright Ashley M. Eveland

The weather has been nice this week. Warm, a remembrance of the summer past. A last goodbye before the cold sweeps across the barren fields.

I was never a fan of winter, or even fall. The chill always settles more easily into me for some reason, cloaking my body and robbing my breath of its warmth. I wrap myself in blankets and jackets, coats, and sweaters and still my body shivers against the elements. Sometimes, I dream of a place milder than where I am now. I suppose it’s not that bad in the grand scheme of things, especially in places that are even colder. But when you don’t know of anything different, tropical places seem so much more appealing.

I ache to try something new, to be somewhere more exotic. People move all the time to different locations and the farthest I’ve moved is a couple hours. Wouldn’t it be nice to be a stranger in a strange land just this once?

It’s probably not as great as it amounts to be. It only sounds exciting to an every girl like me, someone who does things the same as before.

Maybe one day soon, our lives will change again and I’ll get what I think I want.

Be careful what I wish for, I just might get it.