Friday, February 17, 2012

Joining Kellie's 2nd Annual Literary Heroine Blog Party!

~ The Questions ~
  1. Introduce yourself!  Divulge your life's vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!  I am a recently transplanted city girl turned Idaho Farmgirl, a wife, mother of three little ones, a teacher, a reader, and an artist who strives to make all of life my medium.  I love long walks, swinging in my hammock, reading insistently, listening to my chickens, endless cups of tea, creating beauty, and laughing with my family.   I love learning and have tried more new things in this last year than I ever thought I would.  My faith is the cornerstone of my life.  I am a bit concerned that you all will find me too old to join in your party though!
  2. What, to you, forms the essence of a true heroine? A heroine to me is one who rises above the ordinary challenges of life.  She is willing to do what she knows is right regardless of others' opinions of her and her actions.  She sees life differently and strives to make the most of it, even in difficult circumstances.
  3. Share (up to) four heroines of literature that you most admire and relate to. Only four?  Anne Shirley, Jo Marsh, Sara Crewe, Amy Dorritt, and Mollie Gibson. That's five.  *sigh*  I tried.  Though I cannot relate to their specific circumstances, it is how they face challenges and hardships that makes me admire them and wish I was more like them.
  4. Five of your favorite historical novels? Only five?  Dear me!  Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, The Little House on the Prairie Series, Pride & Prejudice, Whatever Dicken's Novel I Read Most Recently.
  5. Out of those five books who is your favorite main character and why? Anne Shirley because she never lets hard times keep her down and always finds the best and the beautiful in the moment.
  6. Out of those five books who is your favorite secondary character and why?  Caroline Ingalls.  I don't know how she did all she did with little help and no breaks in it all.
  7. If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? I would go to the Lake District.  I would walk, draw, paint, read, and drink a lot of tea with my scones.  A side trip to Bath would be lovely as well.  Actually, I would love to walk all over the United Kingdom and see all the sites I adore reading about!
  8. What is your favorite time period and culture to read about? I don't really have a favorite.  I love Austen's Regency era, Dicken and Gaskell's Victorian England, and American Pioneer stories.
  9. You have been invited to perform at the local charity concert. Singing, comedy, recitation - what is your act comprised of?  I must go with recitation as my singing would be considered either comedy, or tragedy depending on your ears!  Plus, I love to read aloud and do all the voices.
  10. If you were to attend a party where each guest was to portray a heroine of literature, who would you select to represent? As I love Edwardian clothing more than any other style I would want to go as Anne when she is older.
  11. What are your sentiments on the subject of chocolate? I am all for it!
  12. Favorite author(s)? Dickens, Alcott, Gaskill, Montgomery, Austen, Bronte, Burnett, Karon, Clarkson,
  13. Besides essentials, what would you take on a visiting voyage to a foreign land? Something to read, a sketchbook, a travel set of watercolours, gifts to share, The Wordless Travel Book , note cards, and my small Bible.
  14. In which century were most of the books you read written?  The 19th.
  15. In your opinion, the ultimate hero in literature is… Nicholas Nickleby.
  16. Describe your ideal dwelling place.   In a cottage.  A little cottage is always very snug.
  17. Sum up your fashion style in five words. Wants Edwardian, works in jeans.
  18. Have you ever wanted to change a character’s name? No, though I do think Charles Dickens was simply a master at naming characters.
  19. In your opinion, the most dastardly villain of all literature is... Inspector Javert, or maybe Rigaud/Blandois/Lagnier, and Wackford Squeers is pretty awful...
  20. Three favorite Non-fiction books?  I would choose The Mission of Motherhood, The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It, and If Teacups Cold Talk.
  21. Your duties met for the day, how would you choose to spend a carefree summer afternoon? I would pack up a picnic tea and head to the nearest wildflower meadow.
  22. Create a verbal sketch of your dream hat - in such a way as will best portray your true character. I would wear a wide-brimmed straw, with a bit of a curve to the brim~open but with some mystery.  There would be a wide ribbon of lace around the crown and a ring of real flowers, preferably roses, sweet peas and pansies.  It would sit well and be comfortable~a hat that is a part of the wearer, functional and not just for show.
  23. Share the most significant event(s) that have marked your life in the past year. The Move to Idaho and all its challenges.
  24. Share the Bible passage(s) that have been most inspiring to you recently.   Matthew 11:28-30 in The Message translation:
    "Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? 
    Come to me. 
    Get away with me and you'll recover your life. 
    I'll show you how to take a real rest. 
    Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.
     Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. 
    I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
     Keep company with me and you'll learn to live 
    freely and lightly."


Hana - Marmota said...

I am not the hostess, but I think you're never too old to join a literary party!

I like your dream hat. It's not my dream hat, but I like it a lot. That's legit, right?

Missy K said...

LOVE this-- especially your "Dwelling" answer. (chuckle chuckle)

Laura said...

I'm so glad you came to the party! I love hearing life perspectives from folks of every age. :)

I am a bit jealous that you get to be a farmgirl, though! I've always wished I'd grown up on a farm or at least in the country, but maybe it's a dream that will be realized later. After all, I've still got a lot of growing up to do!

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

I really enjoyed getting to know you better. I love your hat! Your post was an enjoyable read.

Amanda said...

Great answers! :) LOL I love your fashion style in 5 words, I agree whole- heartedly. I also think we have matching tastes in hats! :)

BaileyZimmerman said... are truly a delight and a great writer. I can't wait til the kids get older....and read more of what you have to say!!!!!!!!

Miss Purity said...

Great post! I love watercolor painting! I have read Sara Crewe several times, and love her more every time! In my opinion you csan never be too old to join! Thanks for joining the party!

Have a blessed day in Jesus!

~Miss Purity

@ Keep thy Heart with all Diligence

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I think Stephanie took your dream vacation when they stayed at a cottage in the Lake District and had tea in Bath on the way there.

She said they knew it was the only chance they would have for such a trip for years so it was an early ten year anniversary gift to themselves.

She loves "all things English" so much, she thinks she probably would have been a Tory in the Revolution, hehehe.

I loved reading about your book choices and such.

KatySue Pillsbury said...

Your five words to sum up your fashion style made me giggle!
I want to come with you on your summer afternoon off, it sounds just splendid!

Kellie said...

"Wants Edwardian, works in jeans."

That is genius... :)
Loved your answers, Kimberley! Sara Crewe is one of my favorites, as well... and my sisters all adore her story.

And I think the only people who are too old to join are those who are too old to dream "of ships and shoes and sealing wax, and cabbages and Kings." Definitely not you!

And Dickens is certainly the master of character naming! I need to go read Nicholas Nickleby...

Nessie said...

If you were to plan out your dream vacation, where would you travel to - and what would you plan to do there? I would go to the Lake District. I would walk, draw, paint, read, and drink a lot of tea with my scones. A side trip to Bath would be lovely as well. Actually, I would love to walk all over the United Kingdom and see all the sites I adore reading about!

I do NOT live in England - but in Scotland and if you ever would like to get a card from here, just let me know, send me your address and it will be on its way to you!
Love, Nessie


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