Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hello again!

Hey, everyone!

So sorry it took me so long to post again! Life has been busy :D

My first round of chemo went smoothly. I got real sick to my stomach after each day, but now I'm better and can run and play. Yesterday I rode horses, but it was very disappointing because I couldn't ride my Charlie and instead had to ride a piebald Gypsy Vanner gelding named Mystic Prince.

He's rather slow.

Sooooo, there's some things I need to tell y'all. First of all, I am not going to quit posting just bc of a busy life like I did a few months ago. I always look forward to posting; it brings me joy. However, (yeah, me too. I hate "howevers" *rolls eyes*) the posting will be cut back. I'm sad, but I can't post every weekend and every Wednesday like I wanted to *sad face* It's just too much. So instead of having a schedule, I'll be posting whenever I want to, have time to, or feel like posting. I think that will be easier, and then when life becomes less busy and I am feeling 100% better, I'll go back to a scheduled posting. The schedule might change from Wednesdays and weekends to something else.....I dunno.

Anyway, enough about that boring stuff. I'll be doing a few updates around the blog. Like: I need to update my "About Me" page (sadly, August the orange kitten is deceased; he's been gone for about a month or two and I've never gotten around to say so on that page) and I want to update the picture cuz it isn't really "accurate" anymore.

Hmmmmm, what else? Oh! I have a story contest planned! There are 3 rules so everyone can enjoy this contest without any fiction-friction <<Ummmmmmm, yeah:

1. Please have a story appropriate for all ages
2. Please write a story that glorifies the Lord
3. Please have your story be an original you've written. Unless you want to, you actually don't have to enter a special story you've written for this contest. It just has to be yours, a story you haven't entered in any other contests; a story that you love, but doesn't have any "connections" to the outside world........???? (Yeah, I confused myself)

If you follow these rules, you'll be able to have the best time of participating in the contest. If you don't, I will sadly not be able to share your story.


So, another few things about this contest:

  • The story needs to have an animal in it
  • It needs to be 2,000 words or under and not below 900
  • The story needs to be between 1850 and 2019
  • I need at least 2 entries for this contest to be launched
  • And of course, please don't feel pressured to do this! If you feel pressured after or before entering, of course you don't need to enter. If you enter and can't complete your story or suddenly realize you have no time to write, contact me on the sidebar in the "Contact Me" form (brilliant, eh?) and tell me. I understand the situation completely!
To enter:
Step 1. Tell me if you are entering in the comments below
Step 2. Write your story or, if you already have written your story.......
Step 3. And send it to 13lovespalominos@gmail.com (my new email address)


The deadline is July 18, one month from now. I will announce the winner on July 23. That will give you plenty of time to brainstorm, write, and revise and edit before entering. If you are late to submit your story then you can enter before the 21st.
If you can, please enter before or on July 18.
If I get all the entries before June 18, then I will announce sooner.
On July 23, I will post all the stories I have received (unless the author does not want me to) and announce the winner. The prize is one or both of these books by Lori Wick:
And/or this floofy pen:


The back of The Hawk and the Jewel:
For years Lord Gallagher's family has thought that Sunny perished with Lady Gallagher in storm-tossed seas off the Arabian coast. Unknown to them, the beautiful violet-eyed toddler had been found and taken to the palace of Darhabar, where she was rased as the ruler's own child. Now the emir, Ahmad Khan, has contacted the family and asked them to send a ship for her. Why after all this time? And what of the mysterious gift sent with her?


Brandon Hawkesbury, friend to the Gallaghers and appealing young captain of the vessel, gazes at Sunny as she comes aboard. It will not be easy for the restless girl to accept a new life...a new family...a new faith.


Brandon puts aside these thoughts as he turns his ship toward sea. For now, Sunny is going home. What lies ahead is in God's hands.


What promise does the future hold?


The back of Wings of the Morning:
Victoria Simmons, "Smokey" to all who knew her, had been scaling the rigging of her father's ship from the time she could walk. A woman now, she stands silently on the deck as her father's body is lowered into the Atlantic, asking God for the strength she will need to command the Aramis alone.


Not wanting to remain at sea forever, Smokey dreams of the time when she can trade her life aboard ship for a home and family. When she meets another sea captain, Dallas Knight, owner of the Zephyr, Smokey believes her dream will finally come true. But circumstances beyond their control and schemes of a cunning pirate threaten to destroy this young couple's hope for the future.


I have not read Wings of the Morning, but I have read The Hawk and the Jewel and it was so appealing I read it in one day. It switches POVs a lot, but other than that, the writing is acceptable and the story is well-formed.


If the winner does not want a prize, please tell me. I am totally understanding :D


Remember, the point of this contest is to have fun!!!


Enjoy your summer!!

~Izzy

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Beyond the Trail

I got my idea Dappled Sunshine” on the trail. On yet another hike, I got another idea, this time for a devotion called “Beyond the Trail.

I was walking along the trail. I have a really bad habit of staring at the trail during the whole hike; well, as I’m walking, I realize, “Okay, wait a minute. All I’m staring at is rocks, dirt, roots, and pinecones. Plus, I’m hurting my back, shoulders, and neck. Why am I not enjoying the scenery around me as I walk?
So, I straightened my shoulders and started to look around. Oh, the beauty! My heart surged with joy as I looked at the green trees bursting with leaves; the moss; the delicately curled ferns; the little green worm-like-caterpillars hanging from their silk (by the way, those things FREAK ME OUT even though they are pretty cute.....I guess, I’m fine with them as long as they aren't on me); the bushes full of flowers; all the beauty God created, and here I was, missing it because I was staring at the trail my feet stepped on. I stared at the boring trail, a trail I’d trekked on before. I stared at the trail: the ugly trail; the cracked trail; the lumpy trail; the uneven trail; the broken trail.
I got to thinking. A lot of times, we all make the mistake of focusing too hard on the ugly trail, when really, there’s a chance to see the beauty beyond the trail. Seriously!
Instead of focusing on our ugly, cracked, lumpy, uneven, broken life, instead of sticking to the boring, continuing path, lets look out beyond the trail, to the beauty of LIFE! Relish life in the moment; relish the green beauty of the forest instead of the dirty trail.
Our life can be ugly, but we can find the beauty beyond the ugly, if we really search.
Our life can be uneven, but we can find the steady beyond the uneven, if we really search.
Our life can be broken, but we can find the complete beyond the broken, if we really search.
To search, you need to find God. To find God, you need to find trust. To find trust, you need to find faith. And the Bible feeds the faith. And when you find God, trust, and faith, you are really finding the beauty beyond our ugly, uneven, and broken lives. Because our lives aren’t all ugly. There is beauty.
Like your adorable pets. Like that flower unfurling its petals in your flowerbed. Like that majestic horse standing in the neighboring field. Like the glory of the sunset in the evenings and the grandeur of the sunrise in the mornings. Like the love you get when you hug your family. Like the tickle of laughter that bubbles within you.
I encourage you to find the beauty beyond the worn trail. Find the beauty beyond the ugly, the uneven, and the broken.
When you do that, you’ll really find the dappled sunshine in your life.











This would be a Wednesday post, but tomorrow I leave for the hospital for my first round of immunotherapy. I am putting on my courage. Thank you all for the prayers!!!!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Cover Reveal!


I get to reveal Faith Potts and Kaitlyn Krispense's new books! There will be a blog...book....tour to celebrate the publications of these books in September! ^^^

Here is Faith Potts' amazing book: 






Synopsis:
  Having just returned to American soil from the desert sands of the Middle East, James Greene is done with his life. 'Double amputee' doesn't seem like a strong enough phrase to label the physical and emotional pain he bears. Add the lack of love and communication with his family members, the demons that haunt him day and night, and he can find nothing worth living for. Ending it all is the only way out.


  
Alexandria Lorance is a not-so-ordinary physical therapist, content with aiding in her patients' recoveries. Her work gives her fulfillment, but alone in the silence, she still endures the hidden scars of a past, unhealthy relationship. Reminding herself that true healing is found in Christ alone, she seeks to show kindness and love to everyone she meets.


  
When these two broken ones' paths intersect, the spark of friendship is ignited, bringing hope and joy to both. Can they step out of the darkness of suffering and into the freedom of grace?


  
A Marine, broken by war. A therapist, scarred by words. A chance meeting in a parking lot bonded them together. But can love grow in these two hurting hearts? Or are they truly too broken to ever find lasting happiness?




Other Bio:

  Saved by God's grace, Faith Potts is a teenage writer and homeschool graduate, living with her family and beloved yellow labs in the North Carolina mountains. When she’s not weaving stories, consuming large amounts of coffee, reading stacks of books, or studying American Sign Language, she can be found laughing harder than is healthy, daydreaming, and—of course—blowing dandelions.

Go check her and her book out on her:

Facebook: @faithpottsauthor
Instagram: @faithpottsauthor

Here is Kaitlyn Krispense's amazing book: 



Synopsis:

Life hurts.

Cara Richards just doesn’t care anymore. Alone and unloved, she decides that there’s only one response to the nightmare that has become her life.

When an unwelcome intervention disrupts Cara’s plans, her life is changed in a way that she never imagined. Regardless of how tough she believes herself to be, she’s unprepared for another foster family. She’s even less prepared for five foster brothers, one of whom is convinced that God is the answer to all of her problems. Though she prides herself on a resilient heart, her life continues to spiral into a world full of questions.

Is death really the answer? Does God actually care? Can everyone truly be loved, no matter what?




Author Bio:


Kaitlyn is a farmer's daughter that loves the Lord, her family, and her books. Psalm 46:10 gives her inspiration, her brothers make her laugh, and there's nothing quite like the excitement of opening an unread book for the first time. Writing takes up much of her free time, whether actual writing takes place or writer's block, in which case she's probably browsing Pinterest.

Look her and her book up on


~Izzy~

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Heartbreak & Horses



Guys, I am so thankful for your prayer.

I was re-diagnosed with lymphoma last week. Yes, I have cancer again. So, further chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, and maybe radiation (I don't know) is in my future. There is so much unknown, and I am really scared.

Tomorrow, Thursday, I have a biopsy. I'm scared for that, too, especially since they are going to stick my with a needle in my chest and stick a line up through my skin and into a big vein in my neck. It's called a Hickman line, similar to a port.

You guys are some of my warriors, and I am so thankful for all of you. I'm really trying to see the dappled sunshine in this moment. It's really hard. I encourage you to find the dappled sunshine in whatever you are going through right now, too.

On a happier note, I have a Horse Breed!

Today the incredible horse God created is......the Clydesdale! Have I done this breed before..........

Um - whoops - the Clydesdale originated in Scotland. The Scottish farmers created the breed by taking the native Scottish stock and adding Flemish\Belgium blood. Soon afterwards, they added Shires and then the Friesian. Lastly, they bred Cleveland Bays into the mix, resulting in the Clydesdale.

Clydesdales range from 16.2 to 17 hands high. They come in red roan, blue roan, strawberry roan, bay, blood bay, brown, sorrel, chestnut, gray, dapple gray, and black.
The conformation of a Clydesdale is a large horse that isn't super massive. Its head is straight with a wide forehead; its neck is long and arched; the withers are defined and pronounced; its shoulders are sloped and muscular with incredible power; its quarters are light and muscular, also with incredible power; the barrel is deep; the chest is wide; and the feet are large.

Clydesdales are used in the Budweiser company these days. They are also used for haulage and plowing competition. They are friendly, calm, and sociable horses, which adds spark to their beautiful looks. This is a definitely a horse to want if you compete in plowing. They can pull up to 5,950 pounds!

Bibliography (Or a form of it LOL) 
The Horse Encyclopedia
 The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds 
Horses.

Now I need y'all to vote for which horse color you'd like me to do for the Weekly Horse Color from the ones mentioned :D

Love,
Izzy

Thursday, May 23, 2019

~Be Warned~

Don't be frightened. The title may have given you a twang of nervousness, but you shouldn't be nervous. 'Cuz all I'm going to say is: I'm going away to my grandmother's for the weekend, so there will be no post this weekend. (Other than this one).

Tomorrow I have my PET scan to determine whether the cancer has returned or not. Thank you so much for the prayers; my whole family is thankful for them to continue. 

What to look forward to: 
Horse breed posts. 
Horse color posts. 
A post called "Beyond the Trail" 
And maybe some stories. 
And a story-writing contest. 

These are all planned for the future! I'm excited to share these things with you.  

Anyway, just wanted to give y'all a warning that I'll be gone and I also won't be able to publish comments (you can still comment, they just won't show up till later in the week), and then it went to something else.....like a future-telling, Broadcasting News post.....I should just stop or I'll start talking about our trip to the beach today and the books I'm reading and the blogs I've recently visited and how I hit my tooth and now how it is wiggly and - *clears throat* *sighs*

See y'all Wednesday! (Hopefully) 
Yours truly, 
Izzy
(BTW/BFW) BTW stands for By The Way.....BFW stands for Be Further Warned.
THIS IS MY 53RD POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow!!!!!!!! I'm bummed I missed the fiftieth-post anniversary, but lets just celebrate on the 53rd. LOL. All these 53 posts have been AWESOME. I am SO happy to have you guys apart of my life; even if it is just through a computer screen *throws confetti at computer screen* *little bits of confetti gets stuck in the keyboard*
"Ahem." Goodbye! Have a wonderful weekend. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Weekly Horse Color

Today I'll be doing the color on BLUE ROAN! 

Blue roan is a dominant color, meaning: pretend you breed a blue roan to a chestnut, the foal would most likely be a heterozygous blue roan caring a chestnut gene (thus heterozygous, meaning it carries a dominant gene and a recessive gene, but shows the dominant gene). Also, you cannot produce a blue roan from two horses of different color. A blue roan has to have a blue roan parent, or at least a parent with a blue roan gene.

But, blue roan can be dangerous! Yes, a color can actually kill the horse it is coloring. Well, it's not really the color, it's more the genes that make up the color. Homozygous (meaning the animal carries two dominant genes, passing no other trait but the ones it carries to its foals) roans may have the lethal white gene, where the genes are fatal to the embryo, killing the foal in early conception or when it is newly out of the womb. True, homozygous white horses produce this lethal gene in other whites, true roans, and white overo pintos. Breeding a horse with the lethal white gene to another is bad, don't do it, because the result is a dead foal. Breeding a lethal roan to a horse without the gene won't kill the foal, but it will pass the gene onto the offspring.

Blue roans, whites, and white overos are rare because of this case because lots of them die before growing into an adult horse. Be careful when breeding roans.


~Izzy~

Sunday, May 19, 2019

MY SISTER IS A BLOGGER

OK, so the title says it all.

Hmmm, sometimes I don't like titles that say it all. I have this book, and the title is Live Fearless. Any guesses on what it is about? *snorts* It's a good book....by Sadie Robertson from Dancing with the Stars and Duck Dynasty. Anyway, my sis doesn't have much at all on her blog, A Dragon's Story. Only one post and two tabs, a tab where she'll be sharing her book, which has the same name as her blog, and the "About Me" page. The book is about a dragon named Sumo, the story of his life and adventures. The book is like a try-to-be fantasy (just like Comfort Me is a try-to-be mystery.....epic fail on that *grimaces*). I really love it; the story is very clever, along with Myla's made-up creatures, like a Dordasie or something, and others. So, go on over and check it out!
Here is the link: https://mylawest.blogspot.com/
Thanks y'all for the prayers,
Izzy West
(P.S. Would this be called a tag at all? Just wondering :D)