Episode IX Gossip!!!

Hello again my lovelies, just another reminder to check out my second blog Whimsical Mutterings where today we’re delving into the Top 9 Moments We Need To See In Star Wars Episode IX!!! If you couldn’t tell already, this is going to be a heck of a Star Wars year and I am HERE FOR IT!!! Hope to see you there! ‚̧

Testing The Waters

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Hello again my lovelies, I’ve missed you all like crazy! ūüėÄ This isn’t a real post exactly — I just wanted to try out this new WordPress app and see how easy it is to create and publish new posts (the one on my old phone was a nightmare lol). So far I’m liking it! I’m kinda hoping the ease of this new app will get me back into the swing of posting regularly…because let’s be honest here, I’ve been slacking lately! Oh well, no one’s perfect ūüėČ So wish me luck and hopefully you’ll see some real Moonstonemaiden posts soon! 

— Tara ‚̧

Promises and Excuses

Well my lovelies, I’m chalking up this latest blogging break to unexpected computer issues, the added pressure of a new job, and my own personal reasons, but suffice it to say, I’m back!!! I’m so sorry for getting behind in reading and responding to all your wonderful posts on your blogs and as well as the comments and feedback you’ve given me here, but I’m up and typing and busy getting back down to blogging buisness! So thank you for the tags, nominations, and flat out patience, I promise to get to them all in time, along with my own posts of course. And I’m writing the next installments in the Fairest series and the Ratha James story now, so expect to see them soon!

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Thanks again my lovelies and I’ll post again soon!


Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy

Well my lovelies I do believe the reign of Whiney-Tara (aka me with a cold/sinus/thing) is finally coming to an end and I am happy to report I’m¬†feeling¬†better at last! I still kind of resemble Rudolph a bit, and sound a little less than lovely — and I randomly choke on what I can only guess is a shift in the air — but I’m feeling MUCH better and am ready to get back to my regularly random-scheduled blogging!

So, it’s photo challenge time again my lovelies, and this week the challenge is Eye Spy, which is much more of a challenge than I initially realized. I don’t really zero in on the eyes when I’m out snapping pictures but I dug up a few I think work pretty well. I hope you enjoy! ūüėÄ




And because he’s just so darn cute:

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Promises and Poetry

Roses are red,

Violets are blue,

I’m a wee bit sickly,

How about you?

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Image From Google. All Rights Belong To Artist.

Yep, that’s right, the dreaded sniffles have returned and¬†Whiney-Tara once again reigns supreme! I’m sleepy, and stuffy, and sinus-y, and yuck! GRRRRRR.


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Anyway, it’s currently day three of Sniffles-Watch December 2015¬†and while I’m incredibly thankful that my throat no longer feels like the burning depths of flaming Tartarus, I now have nearly no air passing through my Rudolf-esque nostrils — resulting in the fact that I now sound like a semi-adorable¬†cockney version of my southern self lol. Yeah, go-figure that one. I was literally sitting here watching the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, quoting along with it as per usual, when I suddenly heard myself saying: “Stap bla-wing hoe-wels¬† in moi sip!!!” It was entertaining and frightening all at once.

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Image From Google. All Rights Belong To Artist.

But sudden onset-accents aside, I’ll muster up the strength and determination (mostly the determination)¬†to type up new posts for you¬†soon (aka tomorrow). But right now I’m still Whiney-Tara, and Whiney-Tara just wants to rewatch old episodes of Full House and keep¬†sipping nice, cold sweet-tea like the nectar of the Gods that it is. ‘Til tomorrow my lovelies ūüėÄ

Thankfulness And A Little Downton Abbey

Happy Thanksgiving my lovelies, I hope you’re having a wonderful, relaxing, and family and friends-filled holiday!!! Today I’m celebrating with a Downton Abbey marathon, which¬†kind of¬†feels like I’m having¬†Thanksgiving at Downton itself (which is a delightful prospect truth be told)! I can only too easily¬†imagine the sumptuous feast Mrs. Patmore and Daisy could prepare…

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Image From Google. All Rights Belong To Artist.


But wondrous feasts¬†and impeccable manners¬†aside, there¬†really¬†is so much that I’m thankful for in my life: my family and friends, my characters, their stories,¬†and new exciting and terrifying new prospects on the horizon, just to name a few.¬†But right now I want to say how incredibly thankful I am for each and every one of you. You my lovelies — whether you be old friends or new or even first-time readers — you make my life rich and absolutely wonderful. Your support, friendship, banter, and your own incredible¬†blogs mean the world to me and I am just so thankful for all of you and for all the love and support I receive here at Moonstonemaiden! Thank you so much, you¬†all rock something fierce!¬†(And I’ll make sure to¬†save you a¬†piece of Mrs. Patmore’s delightful pecan pie!)¬†‚̧

Happiest of holidays,

— Tara


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Storybrooke, Scotland, and Pumpkin Madness!

Hello again my wonderful lovelies, I told you I’d be back today! Sigh, I’ve missed being here and speaking with you all, don’t get me wrong reading up a storm is delightful and a favorite pastime of mine, but after a while it does get rather lonely — and there’s not much of a creative output just reading lol. So here I am, back¬†with you all again and ready and raring to go!

So just to get reacquainted and back up to date,¬†I think I’m going to do a Things I’m Loving Right Now list and hopefully my thoughts can sort themselves back out so I can get back into the groove of posting regularly and often¬†ūüėÄ

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Image From Google.

  1. The fourth season of Once Upon a Time –¬†It was well worth the wait my lovelies, and although I was skeptical about the Frozen storyline (it just seemed way too random to have a plotline from a NEW movie enter into an established show), I actually really enjoyed the Elsa and Anna additions. The finale though…wow, now I REALLY can’t wait for the fifth season to begin. Expect to see a Once Upon a Time Moments: Season Four post soon!
  2. #30DaysOfGinny – The Once Upon a Time Instagram account (@onceabcofficial)¬†has been taken over by Snow White herself as she shares candid photos from the set as a count down to the release of the first episode of Season Five on September 27th! I love the awesome behind the scenes glimpses that I get everyday and it truly gives me something OUAT related to look forward to every afternoon! (Go look at the Hook picture…really, trust me…I know right?!)
  3. Outlander – As a fan of the books I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this show for almost two years now, especially since I had to wait for it to hit DVD since I don’t have Starz, AND MY GOD IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT! Jamie and Claire are brought beautifully to life and so is their remarkable story spanning the centuries in the mystical, magical¬†land that is Scotland. And Angus, really a remarkable semi-addition that I have already fallen in love with, this series is epic!!! That being said, I have only watched the first half of the season as part two doesn’t release to DVD until the 29th of this month, but I just cannot wait to see how they finish off this amazing book and set the stage for book two! (And I’ve also only read the first four books so far, so for the love of all that is holy, please no spoilers past book four guys!)
  4. Autumn – As a resident of sunny Florida, I am just so thankful for the sudden dip in the weather we’ve had over the past few days, granted it’s been wet (my yard is still semi-flooded) but at least it’s been COOLER!!! Now we just need it to stay this cool before gradually dipping lower and lower until we reach the 60’s…
  5. Pumpkin Madness- Say what you will, but the pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks and I am one happy girl!!! There’s nothing like the delightful first taste of fall and to me is that is something Pumpkin-related. I don’t care if you think it’s commercialist, over-blown, pumpkin madness out there, the only way I get to experience fall as a Floridian is through the tasty-treats released this time of year and the colorful decorations sold in stores. I LOVE this time of year, and I LOVE the pumpkin craze!!!
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Image From Google.

And there you have it my lovelies, these are the things I’m loving/obsessing over¬†right now (you know, besides being back here in the blogosphere with you all again!). I’d love to hear what you’re loving right now though, so leave me a comment and let me know! Have you seen Outlander? Did you enjoy it? Have you totally fallen in love with Jamie Fraser? Are you a pumpkin fan? And what about that OUAT finale?!!!¬†Let me know!

On The Horizon…


Hello my lovelies!!! I’ve missed you all like crazy in my (latest) absence (I have an excuse I swear!)¬†and look forward to catching up with you all ūüėÄ I’ve been on a bit of a reading binge, for like 8 months now, just reading, reading, reading EVERYTHING until about a month ago when I abruptly stopped, took a breath, and began thinking once more of my lovely place here on the blogosphere. I realize posting this late isn’t ideal so expect to hear from me again soon my lovelies, tomorrow most like, and we’ll have a nice catch-up and I’ll dish about my latest obsessions,¬†aka loves (Outlander’s Jamie Fraser, Season Four of OUAT¬†and more…)! See y’all tomorrow ūüėÄ

I’m Going On An Adventure!

…Or rather I went on an adventure but either way there’s adventure afoot my lovelies! This past weekend my bestie and I had a Bestie Weekend (a clever and original title of course, lol) and we spent our time racing from one place to the other, having fun, meeting¬†new and old friends, eating out, ¬†and generally ignoring real life for a day or two which is always lovely.¬†I think¬†I took literally hundreds of pictures — refreshing my collection for future weekly photo challenges — and I figured I’d go ahead and post a few now just because I feel like it ūüėÄ

So…we began our whirlwind wonderings of St. Augustine¬†at the beach, because I mean where else would you go when you’re waiting for a taco party to begin?!



And then skipping forward a few days we hit Downtown for some awesome Barbeque Chicken pizza at Al’s:



Before spending a few hours meandering aimlessly down winding St. George Street and the sprawling green of the Fort!










And finally:

The British are coming, the British are coming!!!


I’m A Very Merry Moonstonemaiden!

Hello again my lovelies!!! Just wanted to let you know that new Moonstonemaiden posts will be appearing soon and regularly now that I finally have internet at home again! For the last year or so I’ve been struggling to get posts out on my phone and it just wasn’t working right (probably because I have no clue how to work anything tech based lol)¬†and I refused to give y’all sub-par quality stuff, but now it’s back to business! Thank you to everyone who has stuck by me, you guys are the best ūüėÄ For any new readers, I hope you enjoy poking about on the archives until I have a new post up and don’t forget to check me out on facebook!

Quote From J.K. Rowling Found On Google

Quote From J.K. Rowling Found On Google