Random Post #16

Hello, everyone! It’s been a whileβ€”what’s up? I hope you’re all having an excellent December so far. WHERE DID THIS YEAR GO? I’m still mentally stuck at the end of summer. Help. XD

I haven’t done one of these posts in ages, so if you aren’t familiar with them, my random posts are where I just share pretty much anything and everything that I please. πŸ˜€ Onward!

1. midnight mind

First order of business: I started a new blog!! Clara & Co. isn’t going anywhereβ€”I know it’s been a while, but I’ll eventually get back to posting regularly on here. In the meantime… BEHOLD:

midnight mind

I created this as a place to share my writing, from short stories to book snippets to poetry. I’m not really trying to grow a big audience or anything, but if you’ve enjoyed the writing I’ve shared on here in past months, then feel free to check it out. πŸ™‚

2. envelope art

I’ve gotten into the habit of taking photos of my letters before I mail them, so here’s some of my recent envelope art:

Which of those envelopes is your favorite? To any pen pals reading this, I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT YOU. Your wonderful letters are currently in a colorful yet precarious pile on my desk, and I shall eventually reply to them all. Thanks for putting up with me. πŸ˜€

3. community

Despite the fact that I’m a stalker and tend to avoid commenting on blogs, I love reading everyone’s posts. They’re often the highlight of my day. πŸ™‚ Here are several wonderful things happening around the blogosphere at the moment:

My friend Madi started a new personal blog, and it’s full of teal and pink and pretty pictures and general wonderfulness! CLICK HERE, follow her, you won’t regret it. πŸ˜€

Aria got engaged!! SUCH EXCITINGNESS. Go congratulate her and see her absolutely stunning engagement photos while you’re at it!

Megan’s Etsy shop Peach & Poppy Co. is one of the greatest things ever and an excellent resource for pen palsβ€”she’s been working hard and has released some amazing new kits in the past months! The most recent is a beautiful Christmas kit that would make a perfect gift for any letter-writers in your life. Go check it out! And follow her business Instagram while you’re at it, because she posts a lot of excellent envelope art inspiration. *nod*

Jo left us hanging with another amazing piece of writing that you should go read if you enjoy suffering. That is all. πŸ˜€

This excellent post from one of my favorite blogs perfectly sums up my thoughts on the end of the year. ^ And yes, maybe it was unnecessary work to create all of those laptop photos, but it was fun. πŸ˜€

What’s your current favorite blog to read? Do you know of any excellent blogs that I should be following?

4. humans

So, I recently got the opportunity to meet two people that I’ve been hoping to meet for a long time now! The first was my friend Madi, and the second was one of my favorite authors, Shannon Messenger. *bounces joyfully* I have photographic proof of both, so I shall now present it to you. *ahem*

Here’s Laura and I with Madi!! We completely forgot to take photos, so I stole this one from my younger brother’s camera, hence the unfortunate photo quality and my even more unfortunate facial expression. That was such a wonderful day!! ❀ Guys, if you ever get the opportunity to meet an online friend, DO IT. Even if you’re terrified – I certainly was. XD

SHANNON MESSENGER! *squeaks* All of those humans actually have quite nice faces, ignore my sad smiley-drawing skills. Also, I’m not sure why I covered Laura’s face. *thoughtful look* Anyway, THAT WAS A GREAT DAY. Shannon Messenger is an incredible author. πŸ˜€

Have you ever met an online friend or an author you admire? Have you read Shannon Messenger’s books?

5. photography

I haven’t touched my camera in ages. 😦 *gazes longingly at Ellington* Here are some photos of a beautiful full moon from last month, I believe.

Ahh, isn’t that so pretty? The rest of these photos were taken on my phone – I obviously much prefer dSLR photography, but it’s kind of a fun challenge to use a lower-quality camera sometimes. πŸ™‚

Favorite/least favorite photos? Do you prefer dSLR or phone photography?

6. questions for you

Yes, I’ve been asking questions throughout the post, but here’s more. XD I genuinely love talking with you guys, so feel free to talk to your heart’s content in the comments about whatever you wish. Here are some conversation starters – I can’t wait to hear from you. πŸ™‚

  • highlight of your day today?
  • what last made you laugh?
  • last movie you watched?
  • what are your thoughts on the approach of the new year?
  • favorite Christmas song?
  • what are you looking forward to at the moment?
  • summer or winter? why?
  • favorite song at the moment?

Well, there you are – a post of randomness with no specific direction or purpose! Hurrah. πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading, as always! I shall return at some unspecified point in the future. *salutes*

Until next time,

44 thoughts on “Random Post #16

  1. ELLINGTON. Poor guy. I totally forgot your camera’s name was Ellington! That’s such a great name, especially for a camera. When I saw this was a random post, I wondered if you’d shout-out my engagement! Thanks ever so much, my friend! AHH THE EXCITINGNESS. Your sunset photos are so pretty! AHH. I went and followed your new blog, Clara! And yay for meeting people!

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  2. CLARA WHAT DID I DO stammers you’re honestly too kind i can’t even help
    also yay garrett he’s amazing

    and cause you asked..

    highlight of your day today?
    squealing with friendos over a new movie trailer

    what last made you laugh?
    playing with something on a project πŸ˜‰

    last movie you watched?
    frozen 2 sobs into the oblivion

    what are your thoughts on the approach of the new year?

    favorite Christmas song?
    everything in the a very spidey christmas album

    what are you looking forward to at the moment?
    working on secret project πŸ˜‰

    summer or winter? why?
    summer cause sun and favorite peopley

    favorite song at the moment?
    multiracial christmas it’s hilarious

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    1. πŸ˜€ Keep writing, Jo, you’re exceptionally good at it. πŸ™‚

      nod of general agreement YAY AND YAY AGAIN and oh goodness 0_0

      Yaayyy, thank you for answering my questions!! Frozen 2 was amazing, your thoughts on the new year are A+, and yes. summer. πŸ˜€


  3. A CLARA POST!!! It nearly sent me into cardiac arrest when it popped up in my Reader. THIS POST MADE ME SO HAPPY, IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL AND I JUST LOVE THE WAY YOUR FORMATTED IT, OH MY GOODNESS. Clara posts in general make me happy. πŸ˜ƒ MY HORRIBLE TUESDAY EVENING TURNED UP BY 102938120948%.

    Yes the caps were necessary.

    I TOO AM MENTALLY STUCK AT THE END OF SUMMER, I have no idea where it went and then one day I woke up and it was like the end of fall and I probably don’t even know what timezone I’m in. Also where did this freezing cold weather come from, I’m still in September…

    I am SO excited about midnight mind! Can we all just stop and appreciate the literary beauty of that name? … Okay, great. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. And all your amazing posts. β™₯
    That envelope art is literal gorgeousness! The most recent one you sent me was so beautiful that I literally have it hanging up on my wall as a decoration right now, I LOVE IT. How are you so good at all that amazing art. 😍
    OH MY GOODNESS, thank you so much for sharing about my blog! cries happily ARIA IS ENGAGED, WHAT. That’s amazing. :’) I’ve been eying Megan’s pen pal sets for a while now, they look so good! Yay writing about suffering! And oh my gosh, I LOVED Garrett’s post, that last paragraph was like literally taken from my brain.

    My current favorite blog to read is yours! I also really enjoy abbiee.com and prettydarncute.com.

    Hold on a second… did my eyes deceive me or did you go “3. community” and then jump to “6. humans”? I DON’T SEE A 4 AND 5, I’M GOING BLIND MOMMY :”’)

    Anyway, 6. MY JUBILANT OVERENTHUSIASTIC FACE IS ON CLARA-AND-CO.COM FOR ALL TO SEE, I CAN REST IN PEACE NOW, I AM FAMOUS. Just kidding, there is still the world to dominate… that day was one of the best days of my entire year! “my even more unfortunate facial expression” YOUR HUMOR THOUGH :”) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    YAY SHANNON MESSENGER! Did I ever tell you I had a dream about meeting her? I’ll tell you this is my next email to you but I went to a bookstore on Sunday and saw the whole KOTLC series, as well as Kate DiCamillo’s new book! I flipped through a couple of the KOTLC books and they look fun and interesting. And yes of course I bought a book, a certain book I’ve been wanting for years >:D

    CLARA PHOTOGRAPHY! Ahhh, that moon is beautiful. Also, you are slaying the whole phone-camera-photography thing. THOSE ARE LITERAL GORGEOUSNESS. So gorgeous they demanded all caps. I prefer dSLR photography, but I also really love those aesthetic Instagram iPhone photos, I take a ton of them every day, my phone has 95,000 photos on it help :’)
    To make a long comment even longer, I will answer your questions to further annoy your poor soul who has somehow reached this point in this novel-length comment, I’M SORRY I JUST HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY WHEN I READ A CLARA POST.

    highlight of your day today? I FaceTimed my best friends from Texas, and my brother and I and my best friends had this whole Light Side vs. Dark Side group chat war where we had roast battles and it was HILARIOUS, my friend and I on the dark side (you knew I’d be on that side πŸ˜ƒ) each sang hilarious murder parodies we had written to Christmas songs, it was beautiful. Then it carried over to real life where I wouldn’t let Russell have any of my juice because he was on the light side, and my best friend wouldn’t let her sister have gum because she was on the light side. XD Okay, I’ve ranted enough about this. Point is, I adore rivalry and insults and roasts and wars and humor, so this really made my day. ALSO A CLARA POST POPPED UP IN MY READER AND MY HEART DROPPED TO MY STOMACH IN HORRIFIED DELIGHT. That is an absolutely real emotion thanks to you. XD Only horrified because I saw it had been posted a while ago and I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out). sobs I’M SORRY IT DOESN’T NOTIFY ME IMMEDIATELY

    what last made you laugh? FaceTiming my best friends from TX!

    last movie you watched? The Knight Before Christmas. It was AMAZING, I loved it, 10/10 recommend and also 99% clean with just a tiny bit of childishly crude language.

    what are your thoughts on the approach of the new year? I hold grudges tighter than that one shirt everyone has that’s four sizes too small but still keeps for some reason and I will literally never forgive time for the new year. GO AWAY TIME.

    favorite Christmas song? Carol of the Bells! I collect it and buy a new version very year. I’m up to six or seven versions now (two of them from my favorite artists!!!).

    what are you looking forward to at the moment? Checking out that notification that just dinged my WordPress notifs bell. I love that thing. I installed the WordPress app on my phone and I adore getting these little happy notifications all day of someone commenting, liking, etc. It perks me up.

    summer or winter? why? Doesn’t everyone know the correct answer is summer?? If anyone reading this comment actually prefers winter, I have a few questions for you. Are you a psychopath? Did you fall and hit your head? Did someone hurt you? Are you okay? BECAUSE EVERYONE KNOWS SUMMER IS THE BEST because warmth and free time for projects and WARMTH and sunshine and adventure. sobs happily

    favorite song at the moment? How can I choose just one?

    Moonwalk (feat. Foggieraw) by 1K Phew
    Kung Fu (feat. WHATUPRG and Ty Brasel) by 1K Phew
    High Up by 1K Phew
    Paradise by 1K Phew
    Can’t Hear U (feat. Aha Gazelle) by 1K Phew
    End of the Road (feat. Canton Jones & 1k Pson) by 1K Phew (I LOVE THIS ONE SO MUCH)

    Okay, basically I discovered a new album that I absolutely love. XD

    So that was literally a college essay and I’m so sorry it’s this long. But Random Posts get Random Comments, aye?

    I’m turning all these questions around on YOU! Because it’s just in Madison the Annoying Starfishβ„’’s veins. If this is getting too long feel free to skip, of course, but I’d love to hear your answers to these questions too.

    I LOVED THIS POST SO MUCH! Ahhh, the way you format your posts makes me so happy. β™₯

    Okay, I’m done now. Have an amazing December 3rd evening, thanks for this amazing post β™₯

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    1. GOOD HEAVENS MADI, that made me laugh out loud, please do not die for the sake of a blog post. πŸ˜€ AWWW HURRAY I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR THAT. happy grin

      The caps are always necessary. πŸ˜€

      EXACTLY. What planet are we on again? 0_0 And I KNOW, I’ve been shivering beneath layers of all my warmest clothes, this cold is miserable to my sunshine-loving self. πŸ˜€

      Yaaayyyy, I’m SO glad you like it. ❀ THANK YOU.

      Really, YAY! πŸ˜€ I was pretty happy with how that one turned out, I was glad to discover a different envelope art style that wasn’t my usual cursive-fonts-and-soft-colors design. XD

      You are very welcome, the world deserves to know of its excellent existence. πŸ˜€ ❀ AHH I KNOW. :’) “yay writing about suffering” πŸ˜‚ Yep, same. It was far, far too relatable. πŸ˜€

      Awwww, HURRAY. ❀ Ooh yes, I love Abbiee’s blog too!!

      HAHAHA I LAUGHED FOR SO LONG AT THAT and then rushed to fix it, I wonder what all the confused commenters before you were thinking, SORRY. I’m running on 0.01% brainpower after not enough sleep and studying for finals, I promise I’m not that homeschooled…. πŸ˜€

      YES YOU ARE VERY FAMOUS. HAHA, I mean, how seriously perfect is it that we finally meet and the only photo we get is one where you and Laura look extremely joyful and I look like THAT? :”)

      nods enthusiastically Oh my goodness, really, that is hilarious. XD EEP REALLY? I hug Kate DiCamillo’s books whenever I see them in public. πŸ˜€ OOH REALLY, what book? Unless you tell me in your email πŸ˜€

      THANK YOU ONCE MORE. Your compliments are so kind that my gratitude also demands all caps. πŸ˜€ 95K PHOTOS ON YOUR PHONE, what in the world, are you even human, how do you find anything ever?? 0_0

      Yaaaayyyyyyy, thanks so much for answering my questions, I was wondering if anyone would! DO NOT APOLOGIZE I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOUR COMMENTS.

      Oh my goodness, that sounds like the best time EVER, laughing with friends is the greatest thing in existence. πŸ˜€ YAY DARK SIDE, that’s where I would be too, ahh that just sounds like so much fun. :’) HAHA MADI why on earth would you be horrified, the post isn’t going anywhere! XD

      OOH, I don’t think we’ve ever seen that movie, we’ve been on the hunt for new Christmas movies so I’m going to look that up. πŸ˜€

      “I hold grudges tighter than that one shirt everyone has that’s four sizes too small but still keeps for some reason” oh my goodness, what a description :”) Let Go plays I’m seeing 2020 as a chance to try again! A FRESH START. marches into the sunlight while stubbornly ignoring time and problems

      Ooh really, that’s such a neat tradition!! Carol of the Bells is so beautiful. 😍

      Yay, I love the WordPress app! Well, mostly. It’s great for notifications, but editing posts and such on it does not work at ALL. :’) Anyways, same, getting notifications for comments and likes cheers me up so much!

      gives summer a tacklehug and doesn’t let go COME BACK MY TRUE LOVE AND NEVER LEAVE ME

      YAAAAYYY for a new album!! That’s wonderful, having new musics that you love is such a great feeling. πŸ˜€

      No apologizing allowed, this was the greatest happiest comment to see, THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WRITE IT. ❀ (imagine if I talked like this in real life and just randomly screamed things.) (….actually, I do that…) ANYWAY. πŸ˜€ I do believe I shall accept your invitation and briefly answer the questions… the highlight of my day was laughing until I couldn’t breathe with my siblings, what last made me laugh was Ezra’s wonderful antics, the last movie I watched was Frozen 2, my thoughts on the approach of the new year are mentioned above but I’ll elaborate more in my email, my favorite Christmas song is probably Go Tell It On the Mountain, currently I’m looking forward to getting finals over with, SUMMER FOREVER, and my current favorite song is Salt To The Sea by The Lumineers. πŸ˜€

      THANKS AGAIN, I love your comments so much. ❀ ❀ Also, I spent all day thinking it was December 2nd, WHY. πŸ˜€

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  4. First off, AAAAAAAHHHH Midnight Mind is gorgeous and of course I’m going to go follow it! sits on follow button All of your envelope art is so cute! I love one with the earbuds. πŸ™‚ Ahh, your photography always refreshes me. Even the ones from the phone are amazing! ❀

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  5. Oh my goodness ahhhhh Midnight Mind is STUNNING and I just followed…I love it SOSOSO much asdfghjkl!!!!! All the pictures in the post are simply beautiful (no surprise XD) and you are just the sweetest human, Clara!! ❀
    I hope you’re having a lovely December! πŸ˜€

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  6. Ahhhh, Clara! Midnight mind is so neat! I love the little quotes you’ve added throughout the website!

    My favorite song at the moment is Thief by Third Day. I prefer summer over winter. (most likely because it’s currently almost winter XD) I’m looking forward to Christmas, and next week when I’ll get to see some friends. My favorite Christmas song currently is Mary Did You Know? My thoughts on the new year…. well I’m kind of at the same place as everyone else here in the comments, still stuck in like December. It’s weird because I just don’t feel like it should be Christmas yet. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ I can’t remember the last movie I watched. XD I think this post was the last thing that made me laugh, actually it was reading through the comments. Heh. Hmm, well not much has happened yet today, so maybe the fact that Clara posted last night, and I just saw it this morning? Heh. Heh.

    What an enjoyable post my friend, and I liked the comment questions at the end!

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    1. Ahhh, Hannah, thank you so very much! ❀

      Ooh, I don’t think I’ve ever listened to Third Day before! Hehe yes, SUMMER FOREVER. I know, same here – Christmas came wayyy too quickly. 0_0 Awww, yay!

      Thank you so much for the kind comment, I hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday! πŸ˜€

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  7. Aw, your new blog is so beautiful! ❀️ I love your writing and can’t wait to read all the wonderfulness you post over there!!
    Ohmygoodness, that envelope art! 😯 They are all so cute and creative…I especially love the one with the Kentucky Star Motel sign, becuz The Tiger Rising, aghhhh my heart!!! 😍 You make me want to send more mail to my friends. πŸ˜„
    I have met up with one of my friends from the internet and it was a MARVELOUS experience! The internet is cool for making new friends, but meeting them in real life and talking face to face is 100000000 times better. 😊
    Your photography is gorgeous as always. ❀️

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    1. Aww, thank you so very much, Eden! ❀

      Thank you! πŸ˜€ AHH YES, The Tiger Rising is such a wonderful book. Have you heard that it’s being made into a movie?? Haha, you should – snail mail is so much fun!

      Aww yay, that’s wonderful! I 1000% agree. πŸ˜€ Thank you again for the kind comment! ❀

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  8. squeals wowwww there is so much to say about this post ima probably skip most of it
    your photos are gorgeousss and your new website yess
    applauds your laptop photos

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  9. AHHHHH I. LOVED. THIS. POST. firstly, your new blog is amazing – I’ve subscribed. your writing is absolutely mindblowing. all that envelope art is epic – you’re such an amazing artist. the drawing of the converse trainers is so cool… love it! ooo, you met madi?! that’s so cool. there’s a chance I may be able to meet one of my online friends next yr, I’m literally so excited about it… and very nervous too lol.
    oh. my. goodness. the photography 😍😍😍 I know I say this every time, but it’s true – your photography is so SO good.
    and now to answer your questions haha. #1 highlight of your day today? hmm, I have no idea. I haven’t been up to much at all 😬 #2 what last made you laugh? probably my brother… he’s hilarious and already making me laugh πŸ˜€ #3 last movie you watched? I think it was night at the museum 3. it was… mehhh. imo the acting was terrible πŸ˜‚ #4 what are your thoughts on the approach of the new year? hmm, I’m sorta annoyed and shooketh at just how fast time is flying. welp #5 favorite Christmas song? lol, I’m so boring and I really don’t listen to a lot of christmas music. um, I like christmas without you by onerepublic a lot #6 what are you looking forward to at the moment? heh heh, this is gunna be a very typical sarah answer, buuut it’s probably my next tΓΈp concert. my dad got me tickets a few days back and give me a wonderful surprise πŸ˜€ #7 summer or winter? why? probably winter. because it gets dark earlier so then I sleep a lil better. plus, the stars come out earlier. altho I can’t say I enjoy feeling cold all season long. plus I’m not a huge fan of snow. #8 favorite song at the moment? it’s gotta be everything I wanted by billie eilish. it’s literally so good. ❀️❀️


    1. AHH, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, SARAH. That’s so kind of you to say! ❀ Ooh, that’s so exciting – I hope that if you do get to meet them, that you have an amazing time!! It’s definitely worth the nervousness, I think. XD
      Awww, thank you so much. ❀ YAY, you answered the questions! πŸ˜€ Hurrah for hilarious brothers, and… not hurrah for terrible movies. XD I KNOW, time is moving far too quickly. 0_0 AHH, a tΓΈp concert sounds AMAZING, I hope you have the best time!! Yeah, I agree about stars in the winter, though I definitely prefer summer overall. πŸ˜€
      THANKS for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment!!

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  10. Congratulations on starting up a new blog! That’s so exciting!
    Your envelope art is gorgeous! My favorites are the first one to Weez- with the earbuds and music notes- the one to Audrey with the bottle, and the one to Miranda with the winged insects.
    Wow, that is so awesome that you met humans! I have never met a human. Okay, that is not really true. I have never met an online friend human or a favorite author human. That’s so neat that you got that opportunity! Though it does sound kind of terrifying.
    All of your pictures are beautiful and my eye is not discerning enough to tell much difference between phone cameras and dSLR as long as the photographer behind them knows what they are doing. The moon pictures are particularly striking though.
    The last thing that made me laugh was probably Holling Hoodhood from The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. Because he’s just that kind of kid.
    My favorite song at the moment- or rather the most recent song discovery that I love- is “Quiet” from Matilda the musical, the London cast recording. Matilda isn’t my favorite musical and I had listened to some of the music before without being inspired at all, but my cousin said she liked “Quiet” so I gave it a try and I LOVED it SO MUCH.

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    1. Thank you so very much! πŸ˜€
      I’m so glad you liked those – thank you. πŸ™‚
      HAHA, that made me laugh out loud in delight. XD Yes indeed! Both were a little terrifying but overall wonderful. πŸ™‚
      Hehe, hooray, thank you once more!
      Oh my goodness, I LOVE THAT BOOK. We really do have an amazingly similar taste in authors!
      Ooh, I’m going to go listen to that – it sounds amazing. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! ❀

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            1. HUZZAH! I’m so glad to meet someone else who appreciates his amazing writing skills. That guy is a genius. πŸ˜€ He’s one of the few authors that’s made me both laugh out loud and cry. XD

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  11. I think we all know how happy I was to see one of these posts by now. beams AHHH YAYYY.
    1. I. LOVE. YOUR. NEW. BLOG. Gahhh, it is incredible! I love the title, I love the posts and the writing, and I love the aesthetic. I most definitely subscribed. πŸ™‚
    2. Ooh, lovely envelope art! πŸ™‚ ❀ My favorites were the one to Kate DiCamillo, and the moth one for Miranda! stares thoughtfully at unanswered letters Perhaps I should make some more envelope art tonight. πŸ™‚
    3. I love how you put all the blogs on a computer screen! πŸ˜€ That was much more interesting. I just followed Madi’s new blog, and I am SO excited for Aria, oh my word. ❀ ❀ ❀ I can’t wait to catch up on Jo’s post, and I just followed Garrett’s blog too! Well. That was successful! XD I can’t think of any other blogs you should be following at the moment except The Chocolate Box and The Sarcastic Elf, if you don’t follow them already. πŸ™‚
    4. This category was SO EXCITING! Eeeep, I’m so happy for you that you got to meet Madi! And Shannon Messenger! How incredibly special. SOMEDAY WE WILL MEET YOU TOO.
    5. OOH, PRETTY MOON. And pretty phone photos! I love the way you edit those, especially the sunsets. πŸ™‚
    6. Lovely questions! Here are my answers, ahem.
    –highlight of your day today? // getting the kindest thank you card from Aria’s fiance for my help with the proposal! (THAT WAS SO AMAZING and I really need to work on that post for tomorrow…)
    —what last made you laugh? // I think it was Carmen in Dollar General looking at a box of chocolate and saying, in her cold-hoarsened (? XD) voice, “Those look FABULOUS.” :’D It was just so funny for some reason. (Oh wait, and now I just laughed at one of Andrew Peterson’s new songs, “Matthew’s Begats.” :’D )
    —last movie you watched? // Toy Story 4! And it was really good. I thought of you. πŸ™‚
    —what are your thoughts on the approach of the new year? // I am really excited for it! Somehow the new year always seems like a natural time to start new things or start over with the old, even though it’s really just another month. I have a bunch of things I want to organize, plan, launch, etc. in 2020. Also I think those numbers look and sound much nicer than 2019, which I don’t really like. XD Also HELP I’M GOING TO BE 20 NEXT YEAR WHAT. look of disbelief Nope, I refuse to acknowledge that fact. Moving on…
    —favorite Christmas song? “What Child Is This” is definitely one of my favorites currently, particularly because I’m memorizing a GORGEOUS version of it on the piano that is intertwined with classical music. My favorite “uncommon” Christmas hymn is “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence,” because the tune is hauntingly beautiful. One of my favorite NEW Christmas songs is “Fullness of Grace,” by Keith & Kristyn Getty. My favorite a capella Christmas song is “Mary, Did You Know?” by Pentatonix. Annnd I love singing “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.” Basically, right now I like the softer, more reflective Christian Christmas hymns best. πŸ™‚ OH MY. Wait, another one. Right now I’m listening to a Christmas song with possibly the most beautiful lyrics ever: “Labor of Love,” by Andrew Peterson. I definitely recommend listening to it!
    —what are you looking forward to at the moment? // Being finished with the custom pet portraits I’ve been working on. Sheesh, I got SO many custom orders this season! Which is great and fun, but also overwhelming. O.o
    summer or winter? why? I like many parts of winter, but I choose summer because I get tired of winter much faster than I get tired of summer. πŸ˜› Plus, summer is usually filled with friends and family and lots of fun plans, whereas winter can get pretty boring. And you don’t have to wear so many layers in summer!
    favorite song at the moment? Ummmm… I have no idea. XD I’ve basically just been listening to Christmas songs recently, so maybe one of the ones mentioned above??
    WELL THAT WAS FUN. I hope you have a wondermous day, dear! Thanks for making mine brighter with your post. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    P. S. I sent your gift today! πŸ™‚ It should get there by the 12th, I believe.

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    1. overwhelmingly happy grin ALLISON, YOU WRITE SUCH WONDERFUL, LOVELY COMMENTS. I read this through an exhausted haze in a McDonald’s parking lot very late at night, and it cheered me up so much, you have no idea. XD joyfully dives into replying

      1. I’M SO GLAD YOU LIKE IT, AHH. ❀ Yaaayyyy!! I appreciate it so very much. πŸ™‚
      2. Thank you once again! Envelope art is so much fun, isn’t it? It’s just nice to create something happy for someone else sometimes. πŸ˜€
      3. Haha, I’m glad you thought so! SO AM I, AHH. ❀ Hurrah! XD I follow both of those blogs and I love them, thank you for the suggestions. πŸ™‚
      4. YAY! It was wonderful. πŸ™‚ YES, SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, I HOPE. daydreams about it
      5. I KNOW. Thank you so much! I love photographing sunsets. πŸ™‚
      6. YAYYY, YOU ANSWERED THE QUESTIONS. I loved reading your answers! Your post about Aria’s engagement was wonderful, oh my goodness. ❀ HAHA, your description of that made me laugh, I think Carmen and Lila will get along excellently whenever we finally meet. :’D YAY PIXAR! I love Toy Story 4 so much. πŸ™‚ I agree with your thoughts on the approach of the new year! YES, 2020 is such a nice even number, much more satisfying than 2019. XD AHH NOPE, THAT CAN’T BE POSSIBLE. wide-eyed look of disbelief and amazement Ooh! I haven’t heard of most of those Christmas songs, but ahhh, they sound great. ❀ Looks like I have some exploring to do. πŸ˜€ Your pet portraits are AMAZING, I can see why you got so many orders!! The drawing you did of Maude is such a happy thing to see on my wall. πŸ™‚ YES, excellent answer – summer is the greatest. ❀

      Well, I feel like my reply is disproportionately short compared to your comment, but it seems I’ve reached the end! THANK YOU for brightening my day immensely. ❀ Whenever you leave a comment, I’m like, “I should talk with Allison more!” and then I never follow up on the thought. XD And I take so awfully long to reply to letters. sigh Aaanyway, THANKS AGAIN. I hope you’re having the best day, my friend!

      • Clara ❀

      P. S. EEP, thank you in advance! ❀ I can’t WAIT to get it. πŸ™‚


      1. Aww! touched grin (THAT just sounds weird.) I’m so, so glad that my comment cheered you up, dear. I could ask for nothing more as its life mission. πŸ˜‰ I loved reading your reply, even though THIS reply is disproportionately short. πŸ˜› I love talking to you too, my friend! Please don’t feel bad for not talking or commenting “enough,” though, whatever that is, because sheesh, I truly get how it feels to have so many things you need to do that somehow, the fun or easy stuff you want to do never happens. sighs with you Anyway, I’m so glad my comment could brighten your day – and I hope this day, especially, is VERY bright for you. πŸ™‚

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  12. I’ve never thought about or looked at envelope art, but that’s pretty cool. Getting a letter rarely happens these days but if it had a cool artistic envelope like that, i know that would add to the excitement of getting the letter! So very cool! And I love those pictures of the moon. Great post!


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