2017

Happy New Year to all!!  I hope everyone had a great 2016 and will have a great 2017.  I will continue to post many things on my blog happening over 2017.  I hope you will continue to read my blog! Have a great 2017 everyone!

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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I went and saw Fantastic Beasts.  It is very great!!!  The only problem was, I didn’t really understand it.  Some of the parts were very confusing.

The main character is Newt.  He has a case full of magical creatures that escape.  Newt, Tina, Queenie, and Jacob have to go on an adventure to save the city.

Overall I like it.  I would give it 4 and 1/2 stars.

Cast

*Eddie Redmayne

*Kathrine Waterston

*Colin Farrell

Tips (If you didn’t understand it)

From: Webkapidia, Fandom, and Google

Skeeter saved details about Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s famous duel for another chapter, but his humble, dark beginning is chronicled in the chapter, “The Greater Good.” She calls Grindelwald the darkest wizard in existence, second only to Voldemort. That could potentially be due to the fact that Grindelwald never took his “reign of terror” to Great Britain, whereas Voldemort focused almost exclusively on it (when he wasn’t trying to kill Harry or hunting down the Elder Wand, that is).

Fans estimate, based on the ages of Dumbledore and Grindelwald when they first met, that Grindelwald was born around 1883. (Dumbledore was born in 1881.) He attended Durmstrang Institute, which already had a dark reputation at the time, but was expelled at age 16 after “Durmstrang felt it could no longer turn a blind eye” to experiments that Grindelwald performed and “near-fatal attacks upon fellow students.” As a boy and young man, Grindelwald had golden hair and was “merry-faced.” After seeing him through Voldemort’s eyes (as the dark lord searched for clues to the Elder Wand in the wandmaker Gregorovitch’s mind) he reminded Harry of Fred and George Weasley.

It was his investigation into Ignotus Peverell, the youngest Peverell brother (believed to be the inspiration for the Beedle the Bard tale) who was considered the first person to own the Cloak of Invisibility. Ignotus was buried in Godric’s Hollow, so that’s where Grindelwald headed as he “traveled abroad for some months.” With an introduction from Bathilda Bagshot, Grindelwald met a 17-year-old Dumbledore fresh out of Hogwarts. Dumbledore was widely regarded as one of the finest students Hogwarts had ever seen, but the death of his mother in 1899 forced him—not without some frustration and bitterness—to come home and care for his younger siblings, Aberforth and Ariana, instead of pursuing his talents and ambitions.

In Grindelwald the lonely Dumbledore found an equal, and they bonded over their intellect and fervor for the Deathly Hallows. They both yearned for the Elder Wand and the Resurrection Stone. Grindelwald wanted to raise an army of Inferi (animated corpses) while Dumbledore wanted to see his parents again. Despite being in the same town as Ignotus Peverell’s grave, they didn’t give too much thought to the Cloak of Invisibility, which was a centuries-old family heirloom of the Potter’s, except perhaps to hide Dumbledore’s younger sister Ariana, who was magically unstable after being attacked by Muggles as a child.

And at the end of the summer as Aberforth prepared to return to Hogwarts, he confronted the other two about their plans to move the delicate Ariana around with them while they tried to enact their wizarding revolution. Grindelwald got angry, cast the Cruciatus Curse on Aberforth, and the argument escalated into a three-way duel, resulting in one of them accidentally killing Ariana.

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The sign with the triangle, circle, and line is Gellert Grinderwald sign.

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(That is why she is so strange)

Viktor Krum tells Harry that the line within a circle within a triangle symbol that Xenophilius Lovegood wore as a pendant at Bill and Fleur‘s wedding was the symbol of Gellert Grindelwald.

Rita Skeeter‘s tell-all book about Albus Dumbledore reveals that when young Albus was about 17 years of age, Gellert Grindelwald, also about 17, came to Godric’s Hollow to live with his great-aunt Bathilda Bagshot. He had been expelled from Durmstrang for near-fatal attacks on other students. Dumbledore and Grindelwald become close friends, and were apparently plotting to enforce wizard rule over Muggles, always for the Muggles’ own good, of course. Harry Potter, seeing Voldemort’s memory of the wand maker Gregorovitch and finding Grindelwald’s picture in Skeeter’s book, realizes that he is the thief who stole The Elder Wand from Gregorovitch. It is learned that Grindelwald was still alive, though imprisoned in the highest tower in Nurmengard, the prison Grindelwald himself built to hold those who opposed him. Voldemort successfully hunted him down there, although Grindelwald lied to Voldemort, claiming never to have had the Elder Wand. Voldemort casts the Killing Curse in rage.

Both Dumbledore and Grindelwald were seeking the Deathly Hallows, which would have made them masters of death. Grindelwald had actually adopted the Deathly Hallows symbol for his organization. When their plan was derailed by Aberforth Dumbledore, a fight broke out, resulting in Aberforth and Albus’ sister, Ariana being killed. Grindelwald immediately fled Godric’s Hollow, possibly fearing that this tragedy would also be laid at his feet. After stealing the Elder Wand from Gregorovitch, he used its power to begin his conquest of Europe. He was defeated by Dumbledore, who stated it would have been “too shameful” for him to delay taking action any longer.

Grindelwald developed a close, intense, but short-lived, friendship with Albus Dumbledore when the two were teenagers. The relationship ended abruptly, leaving many unanswered questions as to why it suddenly collapsed.

Grindelwald had been expelled from Durmstrang, apparently for practicing Dark magic. It is possible that he had followers at Durmstrang, much as Tom Riddle had at Hogwarts, but apart from his relationship with Dumbledore, it is uncertain if he had any real friends at all.

Though he stayed with his great-aunt, Bathilda Bagshot, after being expelled from Durmstrang, Bagshot’s memories as published in Rita Skeeter‘s book lead us to believe that Bathilda was not in his confidence. She apparently had no idea what he was planning with Dumbledore.

Unlike the other characters Voldemort interrogated for the whereabouts of the Elder Wand, Grindelwald showed no fear of the Dark Lord. Grindelwald further taunted Voldemort by telling him that he welcomed death and that Voldemort would never gain the power of the Elder Wand.

In order to have achieved the fame that is accorded him, it is necessary for Dumbledore to have done something that had major repercussions in the Wizarding world. Otherwise, why would his being Hogwarts’ headmaster have garnered that much acclaim? Even with Hogwarts being the only major school in England, and a leading school in Europe as a whole, it is unlikely that the headmaster would have a direct share in the school’s glory. Headmasters, like teachers, generally have limited direct influence, no matter how much their students accomplish. Dumbledore, however, had apparently been offered the post of Minister for Magic, which he declined, and he has had many other honours bestowed upon him, not least of which (in his opinion) is his selection as one of the wizards appearing on Chocolate Frog cards. A headmaster is not typically singled out as “possibly the best wizard in our lifetime.” Granted, Dumbledore was academically brilliant, as revealed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but it seems that his defeating Grindelwald is what crystallized his ascendancy in the Wizarding public’s collective minds. Thus Grindelwald provides a necessary foil to Dumbledore in his younger days. When their epic battle took place in 1945, Dumbledore would have been 64-years-old and in the prime of his powers. Grindelwald was, possibly, a little younger; he had been expelled from Durmstrang and took refuge at his aunt’s home the summer after Dumbledore’s graduation.

We should note that while the Elder Wand is by reputation undefeatable in a duel, it has apparently changed hands many times by force, including murder. In The Tale of the Three Brothers, we see that the very first holder of the wand was murdered in his sleep. And there are many other circumstances where the wand could be defeated; we see one such for ourselves, where the disarmament charm, cast by Draco Malfoy, prevents Dumbledore’s use of the wand. We don’t know the circumstances of the actual duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald; despite teasers that we hear in an interview with Rita Skeeter, the chapter of her book dealing with that duel does not form a part of Harry’s story. But we can guess that Grindelwald’s earlier friendship with Dumbledore, though it would have been almost a half century before, could well have hindered his ability to duel.

On a side note, there is a resort town in Switzerland, just north of the Eiger, named Grindelwald, as well as a village with that name in Tasmania, Australia. It is unknown whether either town was the inspiration for this character’s name.

I hope this explains it more!!!

Miami

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Miami is a BEAUTIFUL city.  I LOVE it!!!

                                       City of Miami – Official Website

The beaches are AWESOME!!!

Miami has so many things to offer including,

The Top 10 Things to Do in Miami – TripAdvisor – Miami, FL Attractions …

*Swimming

*Fishing

*Hanging out

*Downtown Miami

*South Beach

*Shops

*Zoo

*Miami Seaquarium

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 The ocean and beaches are awesome!
I would give Miami 5 stars!!

Animals

I have always loved animals. Anything from a fish to an elephant.  I LOVE going to pet shops and looking at the pets.

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My first pet, was a fish.  He was a blue Betta,

                                                   Betta – Wikipedia

My family had had two cats in the past but they both died. So, a few years later, I got a fish.  Then after my fish, we got a Miniimgres.jpg Labradoodle.

 She is tan with big brown eyes.  Then, a few years later, we got 2 hamsters.imgres.jpg
One was white with a grey line going down her back who we named, Colorado.  The other one was brown with black spots and strips who we named, Brownie.
One night our dog was trying to get under my bed.  We didn’t know what she wanted, until the next morning.  I woke up to a lot of commotion, nobody knew where Brownie was.  I got out of my bed and started walking.  That is when I saw it, a hamster laying on it’s back not moving.
You might have already guessed, our dog did it.
At first, we didn’t want to get another one.  Then we decided to get one and named him, Brownie J.
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He is 2 years old and likes to destroy stuff.  That is why we call him, Twister.
1 year later, both of the hamsters die so we only have our dog and Twister.
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The only problem is,  they die fast and are very expensive to replace.

Rolly Teacup Puppies / Rolly Pups, Inc

This is a list of my 4 favorite animals.

*Dolphin

*Horse

*Cat

*Dog

 

 I LOVE ALL ANIMALS!!!!

Short Story

                         The Cabin on the Mountain

Up on a mountain lie a house buried in the snow. It’s brown shingles creak in the wind.  But the fire roars in the pearl white snow.

In the little cabin, lives a little girl named Mary.  She is no bigger than 7 or smaller than 4.  She has been laying on the wood floor for 3 days waiting for her grandfather.

The big door finally swings open and her grandfather is there with a large grin on his face.

“Lets go,” he says.

The little girl puts on her coat and shoes and says goodbye to the little cottage.  She has lived there all her life.

Her grandfather leads her to a small plane in a clearing of the forest.

She and her grandfather climb in.

“In 10 hours, I will be in Florida,” says Mary to herself.

And right she is, because, in 10 hours, they are laying on the white sand of Florida.

Ogallala

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Lake McConaughy, is a large lake that lies above the,

                                               Ogallala Aquifer – Wikipedia

I must say it is a very wonderful place to swim and fish, but, there were some problems.

First, they don’t have many beaches, and if there is a beach, it is closed due to some type of bird.  I really like beaches so, when they were closed off, I was really sad.

Second, in the Summer, it can get pretty cold.  On some days it might get to about seventy degrees F, but, mostly it is chilly.

Third, we had a very bad experience there.  I vomited in the middle of the night, our boat would not work, and we got a flat tire!

We stayed at,

Eagle Canyon Hideaway

It has,

  • Cozy Log Cabins
  • Full service RV sites, (some pull thrus) including electric, water and sewer.
  • Wi-Fi Available
  • Immaculate Restrooms and Showers
  • Private Rec Room
  • New In-ground Swimming Pool with Slide
  • Playground
  • Nature Trail
  • Frisbee Golf
  • Coin Laundry / Game Room
  • Fish & Game Cleaning Station
  • Picnic Tables and Fire Pits
  • Volleyball, Basketball, Baseball, Horseshoes
  • Fenced in Dog Run (we are pet friendly)
  • Well Stocked General Store
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Available (We’re famous for our N.Y. Pizza and Smothered Burritos)

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 Our cabin was pretty nice; It had 3 beds and a refrigerator.
The pool was very tiny and meant for little kids.
The main lodge was nice and has a place you can eat at.  It has Mexican food, that is my favorite!
This place has many different review including,

French Baking

I LOVE baking!!  Anything from cookies to pizza.  But, my favorite things to bake, come from France.

From: Food Network

Maccarons

1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup almond flour
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup superfine sugar
2 to 3 drops gel food coloring (see below)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla, almond or mint extract
Assorted fillings (see below)
Special Equipment:
Oven with convection setting
4 baking sheets
3 silicone baking mats
Fine-mesh sieve
Pastry bag with 1/4-inch round tip
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Directions
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F using the convection setting. Line 3 baking sheets with silicone mats. Measure the confectioners’ sugar and almond flour by spooning them into measuring cups and leveling with a knife. Transfer to a bowl; whisk to combine.
Sift the sugar-almond flour mixture, a little at a time, through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing with a rubber spatula to pass through as much as possible. It will take a while, and up to 2 tablespoons of coarse almond flour may be left; just toss it.
Beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt with a mixer on medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to medium high; gradually add the superfine sugar and beat until stiff and shiny, about 5 more minutes.
Transfer the beaten egg whites to the bowl with the almond flour mixture. Draw a rubber spatula halfway through the mixture and fold until incorporated, giving the bowl a quarter turn with each fold.
Add the food coloring and extract (see below). Continue folding and turning, scraping down the bowl, until the batter is smooth and falls off the spatula in a thin flat ribbon, 2 to 3 minutes.
Transfer the batter to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch round tip. Holding the bag vertically and close to the baking sheet, pipe 1 1/4-inch circles (24 per sheet). Firmly tap the baking sheets twice against the counter to release any air bubbles.
Let the cookies sit at room temperature until the tops are no longer sticky to the touch, 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the humidity. Slip another baking sheet under the first batch (a double baking sheet protects the cookies from the heat).
Bake the first batch until the cookies are shiny and rise 1/8 inch to form a “foot,” about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely. Repeat, using a double sheet for each batch. Peel the cookies off the mats and sandwich with a thin layer of filling (see below).
Almond-Raspberry:
Tint the batter with 2 drops neon pink gel food coloring; flavor with almond extract. Fill with seedless raspberry jam (you’ll need about 3/4 cup).
Mint-White Chocolate:
Tint the batter with 2 drops mint green gel food coloring; flavor with mint extract. For the filling, microwave 3 ounces chopped white chocolate, 2 tablespoons heavy cream and 1 tablespoon butter in 30-second intervals, stirring, until smooth. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon mint extract and 1 drop mint green gel food coloring.
Blueberry Cheesecake:
Tint the batter with 3 drops royal blue gel food coloring; flavor with vanilla extract. For the filling, mix 4 ounces softened cream cheese and 3 tablespoons blueberry jam.
Lavendar-Honey:
Tint the batter with 2 drops violet gel food coloring; flavor with almond or vanilla extract. For the filling, mix 3/4 cup mascarpone cheese, 2 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon ground dried lavender.
Pineapple:
Tint the batter with 2 drops lemon yellow gel food coloring; flavor with vanilla extract. For the filling, press 3/4 cup pineapple jam through a sieve, discarding any large pieces.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/french-macarons.html?oc=linkback

Christmas

My FAVORITE time of the year is December. imgres.jpg

I LOVE Christmas for these reasons,

*Christ is born

*Presents

*Christmas Lights

*Cookies

*Snow

*Christmas Treesimgres.jpg

Don’t you just love the feeling of waking up in the mornings to presents, snow, and love?  It is just such a great feeling.

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I wish Christmas could last all year!  It is also fun to bake cookies and ginger bread houses.

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We always get to open one gift on Christmas Eve.

I just don’t know what it is but the feeling is just magical.

I also like to watch,

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I watch it 24/7.

What is your favorite part of Christmas?