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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Hello, it has been a while… Welcome back!!
First of all I want to say that I am sorry for not posting more. Even tho writing gives me joy and fulfillment, I just haven’t had the desire for it as of late. I’ve been dealing with a lot of emotions and life changes. My heart is still healing from the losses this year. I won’t go into them at this time, I will in the future. I did not want my work to be brought down to the level I was on. It is not is place I wish anyone to be in. Not only that but there is real chaos going on in our country and world.
Usually I do a reflection of the year and all things good for Christmas. Then around New Year’s I discuss all that I want to see and accomplish. I had full intention of doing just that. Evey time I tried, I just couldn’t put my thoughts and feelings into words. Honestly, my heart just wasn’t in it. I did start and do still have some blog drafts.
However, they are not really life related. Mostly all just game talk. I’m sure those will be fun. I’ll get around to posting them probably in Febuarry. I again I just haven’t had the desire to write. Shoker I know!! Here’s why…
God willing. I say that very seriously. So much is going on right now the last thing on my mind has been sitting at a computer. Every day is so important and every person is a gift. I am still fighting my own sadness. Yet also saddened by all the hate and division going on right now all around the world.
It isn’t right nor healthy… I was raised that our words and our actions matter… That we have to be productive, and responsible. We have to be people of our word, loyal, honest, and examples of Jesus’s love. Why? Because it is right – Because it makes a difference and Because it is what would Horner God. He sent Jesus His so for us to be blessed out of love. (John3:16) We are to treat others how we wish to be treated. You say you may not care… But I thinks you do… No-one likes being neglected and treated poorly.
You nay not feel like you deserve love, nor feel loved. However you are loved and no one does. That’s why Jesus did what he did for us!!!
Now back to tbe chaos…. I still have a strong faith in God. Despite all the drama, and conflicts going around. It is so much more then a game of he said she said. People are attacking people, friends turning aginst one another over various reasons big and small. An example being: difference of opinion. I don’t want nor approve of violence or hate crimes.
People are not communicating well, even on the same sides. Things are being taken out of content and some are being cut off and silenced. For what? I am truly scared of the future at hand. We all have a choices to make…
I am not happy about all the forced silences going on. It just doesn’t feel right. No matter what side your on. Violence and muteing has never been a good thing in my opinion. I won’t go further into that. I am glad I can freely share my words with you all still. I love our country and I’m very concerned about the future of it. We all have choices to make.
All I can do is be myself, stay positive, stay strong and keep praying. I hope we find some positive chances soon. Remember that you matter. You may not feel like you do, but I’m telling you that you are a treasure. You may not see it but the ones around you do. Even if they don’t tell you. I am telling you right now-
I encourage you to seek reasons to smile. Even if the reasons are small. Remind those you care about how much they matter to you as well. Try not to stay angry or hurt others on purpose. Treat others how you wish to be treated. Every day you wake up is gift. It may not be easy but we have to move forward. We do that one step at a time. We may not be happy and hardships are sure to come. But you can move forward if you choose to. It is harder to let life pass you by and have regrets Dont live a life of regret and anger.
We have to encourage eachother and set good examples of Christ Jesus’s love. Be sure sisters and brothers in Christ we are being watched and judged. We are humans but we are called to spread the gospel and we can only do so by developing a personal reallationship, truly knowing Jesus as our friend and reading God’s word the Bible.
Thank you for stopping by and giving me a moment if your time to share my thoughts and feelings with you. I am truly grateful for you.
ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane Sandberg ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯
Animal Crossing New Horizons
Yep. I caved and bought Animal Crossing New Horizons. Honestly it was a game I wanted. I really liked the game cube one and haven’t played animal crossing since college years ago.
Instead – I was on Maple Story, The Sims 4, Wartunes and other games like those with local and long distance friends. I didn’t plan to buy Animals Crossing so soon. But my niece and nephew came to visit and I thought it would be a good way to keep them occupied. Sadly it didn’t finish downloading until the very last day they were here. Booo…. 😭 Darn Slow 🐌 network 😑.! At last we got to play together for the day.
And again when I went to visit them. ♥️
After watching me play Dad decided to try because he was interested in the fishing aspect 🎣 😄. Okay I cohereseded him a bit.
One of my sisters also decided to make a house on my Island. She wanted to try the game before buying it. That eventually got my mom interested in trying the game as well.
My island development and game play was very slow due to lack of experience. ➕ I stopped playing for a while when dad passed away suddenly at the end of April due to heart failure. 💔
I couldn’t say it any better Freckles…. 💔💔
My mom lost interest in the game. I however found that playing this game and my dad’s character oddly gave me peace. Oddly it really helped me grieve, mourn, and gave me some form of closure. Strange as it may be. Playing my dad’s character helps me feel close to him even though he is no longer here.
My island has a long way to go. I am spending lots of extra time crafting and swimming mainly staying in the month of April. I sometimes wonder, if I am the only one who has done this? Meaning -Played a family members in a game character or game who is no longer with you?
It still feels unrealistic that he’s gone…. 😅🙁💔 I wonder if I will ever fully over it? Probably not until I see him again in Heaven.
Honestly ACNH game seems really slow to start the first few weeks on the island. Espessially if you do not know what you are doing. There are tutorials extra. I but I really haven’t looked into any of that. I was eager to figure things out on my own. But because of that – My island is a mess and still in development… You can say I am just winging it. I was in April for almost 3 moths in game… Now I am back in June…. I play may way. I don’t think lingering behind counts as cheating….
If I could do it over. I think I would have done more nook island hoping to choose who moves in. I would also have liked to have saved up bells before splurging on clothes and furniture. I also wouldn’t have time jumped my first month away. Which was an accident… It upgraded my store from small to large… I however lost the joy of being smaller-sized longer. Yes, I could start over, but I’d lose everything I worked so hard on, including all my dad’s achievements. So not gonna happen… Maybe I’ll write my own advice post one of these days. The important stuff that you need to know. A lot of tutorials sadly don’t get cover ¹the things people ask me the most about in just one place. And often they are wrong or ever-changing info. I discovered Zack from Switch Force and Abdullah from Abdullah Nation who are on youtube.com They have been very helpful, entertaining, and encouraging.
My mom, sister and nephew eventually got their own games and Islands. I am really enjoying Animal Crossing New Horizons. With them – my awesome family -teammates and my wonderful friends help. I think being able to do things together and visit each other is what makes this game so special! Again I adore the Sims games but you can’t really interact with people in real-time with that game.
Because of my Family and friends I feel I’ve had a great start with growing my Island. While having a good time making and making many great memories!!! Here’s more pictures!
Here are some more pictures. 😞 Sorry the pictures are not completely in order. I hope you can be understanding.
I became so invested in “ACNH” I spent a good amount of money a variety of Amiibos from villers to npcs for me and my family… I have yet to use any. But I do intend to make use of them.
Lastly, I want to show off my favorite villager. Anchovy. He is lazy easy-going, positive, and friendly. He is a cute brown bird. Just what I need in a friend right now. He was one of the first five had moved in. One of the three houses you have to build. Via Tom Nook’s instruction. He was the first of the three who moved in. I just love the ranch-style, dirt floor home for him. It truly fits his personality, especially with his love of bugs. I feel it is much better than the casino one they have for him say if he moved in not as your first five. That’s what the nookpoedia says his house would be at least for New Horizons.
Do you have any favorite Villaers? Any that give you a smile and enjoy?
When I’m free I visit mom and we game together ❤. Yes, you guessed it with our with Great Danes always by our sides. My silly Lilly.
I am sorry this post is so rough. I haven’t had much luck with writing lately. Anyways, I think I gave more than enough info for one post. I have more videos and images of ACNH on my Facebook gaming page. ONLYFOTHEGAMESAMJANE – but I have them marked as friends only for now. So I thought I would share my favorites with you here. Sadly I haven’t taken many good pictures yet 😕. I still hope you enjoyed this post tho.
Goodnight and God bless you today and always!!
ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane Sandberg ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯
Happy Valentines day!
♥Any and all relationships take: time, communication, commitment, trust, honesty, loyalty, forgiveness, action, giving, patience, listening, compromise, and The will to make it work! This is true for: Friendship, Marriage, couples, Family, and even your personal walk with God. ♥The best relationship we could have!
You are a Awesome, Life is Short, embrace life with your battle armor on!
So True… Only you can dictate who you will be, only you can control your emotions, only you can find the good in the bad… Only You can be you… So be te best you can be and embrace who you are and keep working on being who you want to be. There is no such thing as to late.
ღ╮❤╭ღ╯ Amy Jane Sandberg ╰ღ╮❤╭ღ╯
The Forth and Last leg…Part 3
Hello Fellow friends,
Well, I am home now but I had a wonderful time with my man and his lovely family. I learned so much about him and all of them. We did so much with and without his family. My man and went on dates and walks. It was really nice. I got him some shirts he liked and some collector books he wanted. He got me a Totoro purse and wallet and some lotion and body spray too. It is not about the things, to me, the gifts are special because they are from the one I love! As for the rest of the family, they have to wait for Christmas…
When we spent time with his family as well as doing outings and everyday tasks.. We didn’t go to the beach or Disneyland but we did go to Medieval Times! I hadn’t been there since I was thirteen for my friend’s birthday in Florida. Here are some of the pictures I took. I hope they don’t mind me sharing them.
One weekend we watched movies and games. I even exchanged birthday and Christmas gifts as well with him. One of the weekends we had an outdoor bbq, watched a movie on a projector and did some rock painting, played soccer and other outdoor games.
I really enjoyed the one on one time with his mom too. We had a nice heart to heart talks. She even gave me a very sweet heartfelt gift from Starbucks as a surprise one night! It is special for so many reasons. It has all the state specialty emblems, I collect cups, it was a surprise, it showed she cared and was thinking of me. I wish I could have done so much more for them! I wish I had got to know his dad more tho too.
I stayed for almost three weeks. When I had free time alone worked on writing my books in progress.
I can’t believe it is only a few days from Thanksgiving!! I look forward to coming back there often. It helps that the man I love has family in California. I totally felt at home with his family and in California. I was really nervous about staying with them but I think it went well. There was so much more I had wanted to do with them and for them. I miss them all so much. His family is my family as well. That’s how I feel in my heart. I never felt uncomfortable or out of place. I just wish I could bring them all back with me! It would sure make things easier for us all. California is one of the few states that I wouldn’t mind moving to. Though I am unable to take permanent residence there mainly because of my Medical specialists and health care requirements.
I can not believe I had to say goodbye. It really broke my heart. I cried so much. I keep telling myself it is not over tho and we will be together again soon. The most important thing is I have so many wonderful memories from this trip and all the trips I have been on this year. I can not express how much I appreciate everyone and everything. To me making memories and spending time with the ones you care about is more important than anything else. Remember to take time for your loved ones and friends as well! I feel so refreshed and drained at the same time.
Stay safe and God blesses you today and Always!!
╰ღ╮ Amy Jane Sandberg╰ღ╮
The Forth and Last leg…Part 1
Hello My Friends,
Now I am in California.
I’ve been traveling for about a month now. It has been quite the experience. I have had a much-needed breather and vacation. I am sad it is coming to an end. I have finally made it to California tho!!! I was moved almost to tears when I first got to Azuza where my aunt once lived. I had planned to visit her there but wasn’t able to visit her in CA at all. I only was able to visit her after she had moved out of state. It was a strange feeling finally visiting the town after many years of waiting. I felt closer to her, altho she is sadly no longer with us. Azuza was her home through some of her biggest life and career roles.
This past month has been about rediscovering myself and developing my faith. It has definitely been an answer to my prayers. I am pleased to say that I feel truly blessed and joyful again😊. I found joy and experiences in things I thought I couldn’t have for myself. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and endeavor of courage. I thank God for opening the doors and making ways for this to happen. Azuza was named after the Azuza Street revival in LA. There are numerous books on the revival.
Like the revival, I felt closer to God in California than I expected to. I had heard how bad that stare was faith wise the for many years… But there was this cross that as erected up hight somewhere. No matter where we went we could see it. It gave us, speedily me such peace…
It really moved me emotionally and reminded me of the movie Paul Hogan did. Titled “Almost an Angel” I suggest you watch it. It is definitely one of the best movies I have seen! I wish they made more movies like this!
Honesty I did not have as much time to write like I thought I would. However, I did work on my books when able. There was so much to do and take in! I mean look at this hotel!! It not only had a covered pool it had a swimming river that went under and around spots. I wish I had been able to swim… They also have gardens all over inside
I spent some time in Anaheim with my sister and her best friend.
Then we went to long beach to visit it with her friend and her family. I learned and participated in brewing coffee according to her friend’s home country’s customs. It is something that she does with company and gatherings. She roasted unroasted green coffee beans in a small flat iron pan/bowl over a burner outside. (Something we do with popcorn seeds.) When they were brown she then cooled them with a fan on an on a plate. Proceeding to grind them in a mortar and pestle. Then brewing the coffee in a traditional clay pot with water and some seasoning, topped with a horsehair plug to keep it from over boiling. Finally, when done she poured each of us some with a little cream if and sugar if we wished in tiny cups. It took a long time to make but it was well worth it! I wish I hadn’t have lost the images I took. Here is one I found as an example of the brewing jug and drinking cups. Kinda reminds me of a Saki set and jug, tea set, or Tai coffee set.
If you are interested in learning more about different ways different cultures do coffee you should go here. https://www.culturallyours.com/2019/10/12/traditional-ethiopian-coffee-ceremony/
She said she was sad she hadn’t any popcorn because she usually serves both together. It was a truly beautiful experience and she and her family have an amazing story. I loved each and every one of them ❤!
Stay safe and God blesses you today and Always!!
╰ღ╮ Amy Jane Sandberg╰ღ╮
TheThird Leg of the Trip Part 1
How are you today? I am doing well. I am on my third leg of the trip. I left Arizona a few days ago. It was awesome! Our hotel was one of the best I have ever stayed at. It was huge, with a restaurant, a cafe, sports activities, several pools, gardens and in a fun area. I adored the whole place and I hope to go back one day! We also went to a cactus garden and went to a butterfly garden and an aquarium with some insects and reptiles. It was my first time seeing a rainbow chameleon and poison dart frogs in person! I Loved all of it. Just wish I could have got to the titanic museum too.
Exciting right! It is a bit nostalgic for me living out of a suitcase once again for the past two months. Just like I did when I first moved in 2011. As I have been doing so for almost two months with only a week and a half at home in-between. I have been making sure to work on some of my books during my downtime… I’ve been mainly switching between two main books. When I get stuck on one I work on the other. Apparently, I am not the only writer who does this. I see the challenge of re-writing what I lost as part of a character challenge for myself. I am very determined to get some books done as soon as I possibly can. 🤔 I was gonna participate in NaNo. Obviously, I can’t this year. Funny last NaNoWriMo I was traveling as well… Maybe next year I can join in NaNo. Here is the link if you are interested in participating, or curious about what it is. Good luck, break a pen! https://www.nanowrimo.org/
Why am I traveling you ask? Why not? I love to travel and enjoying time with people. Life keeps everyone very busy but is important to enjoy life. If you are lucky enough to get a chance to spend time with people, especially those you care about you shouldn’t pass that up. Most of the best Christmas movies are about busy people not taking time to enjoy life and time with their loved ones. The main Characters then remember what was most important to them. Then a Christmas miracle happens or Santa gets involved and things get better. If you were in a Christmas movie what would the storyline be? To answer the question seriously as to why am I traveling is mainly because I had the chance to help my sister😀 and to go on the trip I had planned for in July. 🥰 I want to make the most of life and not pass up any opportunities! I do not want to have regrets in my life.
I was planning on doing some live videos along the way, but honestly, I get shy on camera and stumble over my words. So like the picture says I write better then I talk. I am grateful that I have met some awesome people! I love how everyone is unique and awesome in their own way.😄 Along with having new experiencing and seeing new places as well! I met a pretty famous author without knowing it until now. That was pretty neat. As I say famous people are just normal people too.
This is where I enjoyed several days outside listing to birds and getting inspired.
Grackle birds make the most unique beautiful sounds. I really enjoyed spending my mornings and afternoons with them. We have black ones here but now one believed me. I will try and take a picture of one and post it later. They are my second favorite bird besides vultures.
Grackles are quite the efficient foragers, and will even steal food from less savvy birds. They are omnivores and will eat anything from bugs to minnows to different types of berries and seeds. Of course, these birds aren’t snobby at all and will snatch human food at a moment’s notice. Common Grackles are blackbirds that look like they’ve been slightly stretched. They’re taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens.
Stay safe and God blesses you today and Always!!
╰ღ╮ Amy Jane Sandberg╰ღ╮
A Quick Hello
Hello there friends,
How are you doing? I was invited to travel so of course, I said yes! I got the clear from my doctors, to go. I am off on an adventure to go see my Nanna in Utah and spend time with my aunts and mom. We are driving there and back. I really like road trips. I like seeing the scenery and all the small towns. I really needed a vacation with the crazy past few years and the scare I had in July. Here is a selfie I took. Don’t worry, I am not driving, so I can post this.
We made a lot of Starbucks and other coffee stops. We visited two in every state we went through. Who doesn’t like coffee? Hmm? Hehe. I know not everyone does. I am an avid coffee drinker tho. Truthfully, I haven’t been to a Starbucks in little over a year until now. I tend to make my own coffee drinks fancy or not, at home. My go to drink is an iced Peppermint White Mocha. My mom decided to get the Pumpkin Spice Nitro. She dosen’t care for Starbucks usually. However, she found a drink she really liked. To bad it is only seasonal. Mmmm~
#pumpkinspice #pepernintwhitemocha #trenta #grande #icecoffee #coffeetime☕ #pitstop #Coffee
I saw the snake river and this real-life stagecoach. I read a lot of historical fiction and fact books. I have always wondered what one looked like in person. Now I know! It was huge! If you get a chance to see one in real life you should!
I’m home now for a bit. I didn’t get to post this till now. My phone is being bad. I went to the doctor yesterday, everything looks good. Blood levels are where they should be. I am relieved! Honestly, I was a bit nervous. I’ve had more than enough doctor visits in my opinion. The next follow up is in a month for the usual Inr check. Till then, I will work on my books, continue to clean out my house and prepare for my next trip… I don’t know when that will be but its good to be ready right? Hugs!
╰ღ╮ Amy Jane Sandberg╰ღ╮
#RealLife #selflove #update #health #roadtrip #tired #BePosositive #BeStrong #DontGiveUp
You are a Warrior
HELLO ALL 💕Good Day,
No matter what your doing this weekend, working or playing – Smile. It is a a choice we make. To let things get to us or to smile and move forward. knowing you can and will survive – whatever your going through: Rude people, things keep going wrong, etc. Whatever it is, know tomorrow is a new day. Look for the good in the bad, smile and show the world you won’t let anyone but you control how you feel. That to me is what a real warrior does. Now go have an Awesome weekend!!
💙 Amy Jane Sandberg 💚