Monday, December 14, 2015

Art

I have Christmas d├ęcor pictures to work on
before I post them, but don't worry, I have a
few blog posts pending. I thought I'd share a few
pictures of a few drawings I've done over time.
But I've done many, many more than just these.
I enjoy drawing a lot, and I'm so thankful that God
gave me the gift for it!




Roses are my number one favorite flower, though drawing nature is not my favorite.




Helen Keller, I drew this from an aged photo from one her biographies.




This is from the World Famous Lippazaner Stallions. If you've never seen them perform, you're missing a great show.








Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Toy Story Fanfiction: Night in the Woods

Hi, these drawings are from one of my early stories.
When the idea of the plot came to me, I couldn't stop smiling
and the first chapter was a lot of fun as the dialogue just
spilled into my mind. I really enjoyed working on
this story and personally (not trying to boast), it's
one of my favorite ones, from my own work, that is.

 
 
 It begins with Woody, Buzz, and Jessie playing a game of Blind Man's Bluff,
and they invite a few of the other toys to join them.
 
 
 
 
Slinky agrees, but the others decline. Due to his tiny arms, Rex says that it's
difficult for him to catch others during the game, and Princess Mitsy
sarcastically tells him that he made a wise decision because the trio
can be troublesome. Rex and Potato head leave, and Woody, Buzz, and
Jessie grin sneakily at Mitsy. She insists she will not play with them
because of the embarrassing prank they pulled on her last time. They
convince her to play, though she is wary about it.
 

 
 
 
 
When Mitsy gets tagged, as Buzz is blindfolding her, Woody, remembering
the before mentioned prank, teases her:
 
 
Woody-"Okay, everyone. Let's go find our hiding places."
 
Mitsy-"Don't you dare!" Though her vision is now blocked, she twists
her head around toward the voice and points her finger at him.
 
 
Andy and his friend Carl are going to a state park for some nature study
for school. Andy takes Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Bullseye with him.
While he is occupied, they explore the woods a little and then give
chase in trying to get back Woody's hat, which has been stolen
by a wild animal.
 

 
 
As they wander off, Andy accidentally leaves them behind to go home, and
Jessie becomes panic-stricken as they try to make their way back only to
realize that they are lost!
 
 
 
 
While they try to find a bulletin board with a park map on it, Woody is snatched
by a hawk and Buzz and Jessie have to save him!
 
 
Woody is pinned to a limb, about to be pecked to pieces!

 







 
 
 
Woody is a bit shaken from the frightening experience and can't seem to find
his land legs.
 
 
 
 

 
 
When Andy returns home, he discovers that his favorite toys are not in his
backpack, and gets anxious, begging his mom to take him back to the park.
She calmly tells him that they will have to wait 'til morning because
the park is closed for the night. Andy's other toys are very worried about
their friends, but Bo Peep remains the brave and strong one (like
Woody), reminding them that Woody and Buzz are both intelligent and
that they'll all take care of each other.
 
 
 
 
A hostile and hungry creature snatches up Jessie, and Woody and Buzz have to
rescue her!
 
 
 
Woody feels bad after Jessie, still shocked from her fear, yells at him, and speaks
unkindly to him.
 
 
 
 
After she's had a few minutes to calm down, Jessie sadly apologizes to her
brother for treating him so harshly after he helped save her life!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mitsy can't sleep, so she climbs up on Molly's dresser to talk with Bo Peep.
 
 
 
 
 Bo isn't displaying her hidden worry about their friends, and keeps talking
positively, saying they have to keep thinking that way. Mitsy admires the
way Bo Peep is so calm and nurturing, just like a mother.
 
 

 

 
 
Mitsy quietly goes into Andy's room and slips underneath the bed where
some of the other toys are gathering. She sits with them and shares
 the benefit of Bo Peep's wisdom.
 
 
 
Andy's toys watch the next morning in eager anticipation as he anxiously
jumps into the van to find his favorite toys.
 
Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Bullseye are so relieved to be home!
 
 
Jessie, so happy that their owner did NOT abandon them as she'd feared,
signs in Sign Language, "There's no place like home!"










Saturday, November 28, 2015

Giving Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for, and I can't
help but say that my specific list of things I'm
thankful for are the same as last year and
the year before. I'm thankful for you,
readers. Here's a few things I can add to my
thankful list:

-God's Word in our own language

-Our foster child and that God brought him to us

-Color and music, I can't imagine what life would be like
without them!

-Jesus going to the cross of His own free will!

And as always, I'm thankful for my family, our home,
our vehicles, Dad's steady, well-paying job, our health,
and our freedom and liberty in this country.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fanfiction: The Flying Princess

Hi, everyone. I thought I'd share some of my sketches of my
Toy Story Fanfiction stories. My first one was entitled
The Flying Princess, time setting is right after Toy Story
and before Toy Story2. The princess is a character I
came up with, a small princess doll named Mitsy.
Andy's mom comes home from Goodwill where she
bought a new doll for Molly who is still a baby of course.
The doll sneaks into Andy's room, exploring her new surroundings
and climbs up to the night stand beside the bed where she can
see all his toys doing their own things.

 
 
Woody and Slinky are currently playing a game of Checkers, and the
springy dog just jumped two of Woody's pieces. During a scuffle, near
the bed, the nightstand is bumped and the princess is sent flying through
the air.
 
 
 
She crashes into the game, sending the pieces in all directions and slides
across the floor. She looks up to find herself surrounded by Andy's toys.
 
 
 
 
 
Totally embarrassed, she scurries away from the group and hides behind Andy's
toy box, where Slinky finds her and warmly greets her, slowly melting away
Mitsy's nervousness.
 
 
 
 
 
Woody and Buzz tell the other toys to go about their business while they try to
welcome their nervous, shy newcomer. she gradually starts warming up to them and
they give her a tour of their favorite domain.
 
 
 
 
Mitsy is friendly and cheerful, but she keeps making odd hand gestures as she talks,
which puzzles the other toys. She tells them later that it's American Sign Language.
 
 
 
Mitsy applaudes as Buzz does an impressive move on the race car track, out doing Woody.
 
 
 
 
Being a dog lover, Princess Mitsy likes Buster...
 
 
"'Oh, how sweet!' Mitsy gushed.
 
'Sweet?' Potato Head interjected. 'He's a menace.'
 
'He's adorable!' Mitsy exclaimed.
 
'Whoa now! Hey,' Woody said, 'We don't call a sheriff's right hand dog
sweet and adorable!'
 
'Well, I do.'"
 
Not all my fanfics are centered on Princess Mitsy, at least I try not to
make them that way. I have some others to share. The next picture is
from my second story, Mitsy's Story, which explains where she came
from, how she learned Sign Language, her former life, and how
she ended up at Goodwill.
 
 
 
Just so you know, her story does have sad parts, but if you read about it,
I think you'll agree that Jessie the cowgirl's is still sadder!
 










Monday, November 16, 2015

Toy Story Quotes-Some of Our Personal Favorites

Yes, it's true! This coming Sunday marks 20 years since
Toy Story was released! Wow. Hard to believe. I think I
was 5 when we saw it the first time at a birthday party.
The first time I saw it, I immediately liked Slinky...
because he's a dog. But then I liked how loyal he was.
And a little after that, and ever since Woody has been
my number 1 favorite!
I was so excited when I was 8 and Toy Story2 came out! For years,
Annah and I always liked to watch it the day before leaving for
Dayspring Bible Camp or any kind of vacation we've had.

Many of us can quote the movie easy, but who has the ones that
have become their catcha phrase or it seems like just the right moment
to say something from the movie, because the line seems like it applies,
mostly to add humor to the situation? Here are some of our family
favorite ones.

Woody: Be happy!


From the first time she saw the movie, this has been Mom's all time favorite
line! She likes it every time. Slinky wants to play Checkers but Woody
says that he needs a job done first, and Slinky gets glum. Then Woody says
in a humorously firm voice: "Be happy!" Then Slinky throws back his head
laughing and trots away to perform his duty.
 
 
Woody: "It's not a laser. It's a little light bulb that blinks."

 
Mom likes this one too, and it is funny. Woody is already getting impatient and
flustered with the new, cool Space Ranger toy who thinks he's a real Space Ranger.
Plus, the other toys aren't just fascinated with the newcomer, but they seem to be
encouraging him in his blissful ignorance. Woody stands alone as he tries over and
over and over again to convince Buzz of the truth.


Buzz:"I just want you to know that although you tried to terminate me, revenge is not an idea we promote on my planet."

I like this one. Logical Buzz, still oblivious that he is really a toy, stays calm
and says this to Woody after the cowboy tried to sabotage him. Buzz is so nonchalant
here, and at first Woody thinks he's in the clear...until Buzz goes on to say as
he gets nose to nose with Woody, "But we're not on my planet. Are we?"
 
"No," Woody says shakily. Then...WHAM!!!
 
 
YOU ARE A...



 
TTTTOOOYY!!!!!!
 
I honestly think this is everybody's favorite line in the whole movie! LOL!
Okay, Woody, I don't think you're making much headway: just look at the
confusion and bewilderment in Buzz's face! After the two are accidentally
left behind at the gas station-due to a physically heated difference of opinion-,
Buzz reprimands Woody for interfering with his role as a member of Star
Command to defend the galaxy. Woody, all his frustration, impatience,
raw nerves, wits' end, end of the line, all his built up emotions-which
have been piling up more and more for who knows how long-burst out-
no, blurt out-in this line that he has been trying and trying and trying to
get through to Buzz since Andy's birthday party! And it still doesn't
sink in! Buzz's response is too funny. The level headed, straight to
the point, fearless Space Ranger simply states, "You are a sad, strange
little man. And you have my pity." LOL! These guys are too much.
Shark: "Look, I'm Woody. Howdy, howdy, howdy."

Woody: "Aha, aha...give me that!"



 
 

Another one of Mom's favorites. If you were a toy who lived in Andy's room,
one lesson you'll learn or should learn quickly: do not take Woody's hat without
permission!



Buzz: "Don't you get it? You see the hat?"

"I am Mrs. Nesbit!!"
Okay, as previously mentioned, I think the "You are a toy" is everyone's
favorite Woody line in the movie. But none of the other lines from Buzz
top this one! Through an unplanned stumbling block, Buzz has learned
the sad truth that he is not the only Buzz Lightyear that exists because he
is indeed, after all...a toy. So when the girl next door accidentally finds
him and dresses him up during playtime, poor awakened but depressed
Buzz goes loopy and forces himself to enjoy what the child has made him
out to be. Woody is flabbergasted to find the Space Ranger in such a state,
unaware that Buzz has come face to face with the truth, but still tries to
bring him back to his senses. Just look at his face in the second picture.
Woody rolls his eyes, probably thinking, Okay? What happened now? I
don't know what kind of new state of delusion he's lasped into, but this is
crazier than before! Wait...I don't have time for this..."Snap out of it,
Buzz!"
 
"Buzz, would you get up here and give me a hand?"

 
"Ha, ha, ha. That's very funny, Buzz."
"This is serious!!"
 
It is so hilarious when because right now he cares less what happens to himself,
hearing the cowboy's request, Buzz tosses his broken arm at Woody. A little dry
but very serious humor!

 
Woody: "Wait a minute. I just lit a rocket."

"Rockets explode!!"

 

At last, the friendship is sealed, and it will persevere for generations!
"And as the years go by,
Our friendship will never die. You're gonna see it's our destiny,
You've got a friend in me, Yeah you've got a friend in me;
You've got a friend in me."
-Randy Newman