It’s Been Awhile…

Hi guys, sorry it’s been a while. Today’s post is going to be pretty long and soppy, so feel free to skip it if you want. So here’s the let down…

When I first started The Branch | By Megisha I was still pretty young, so my parents didn’t want me to tell you much about our lifestyle or what my real name is. (Megisha is my nickname). Now that I’m older, I can tell you about SOME of that stuff, but I think it would be just too awkward.

Also, I haven’t found much time for this place, especially now. My family is homeschooled, so that should leave me PLENTY of time for you guys right? WRONG. On Monday, my little sister has Girl Scouts. On Tuesdays, we leave at 2:00 for my dance class followed by martial arts, followed by boy scouts, and we don’t get back until 9:00. Wednesdays, I have another dance class at 4:15 to 5:15. Thursdays, we leave at 1:30 for homeschool gym, followed by a trip to the library, followed by martial arts until 8:00. So we have that, and schoolwork. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the only “free days” we have, but the thing is, we’re getting ready to move.

Yup, we’re leaving Germany. Where? Japan. We’ll be leaving around the end of July and beginning of August.Why? (secret about to be revealed here) Because we’re a military family. (anyone surprised here?) So getting ready to move is also taking up a lot of time.

Another reason why I haven’t been super caught up around here, it’s just that I’ve lost my fines in The Branch | By Megisha. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing and you guys are great. It’s just the blog itself I’m losing interest with.

I’ve kinda wanted to start a new one for a while now, but I wanted to wait until after we moved. I wanted to tell you guys that when we have settled in but, meh. I wanted to tell you guys sooner rather than later.

So I’m quitting this blog. Don’t worry, I’ll send in a link for the new one when it’s arrived. Until then, this is goodbye. I’m sorry, but, see you guys later…


Easter Festival at Saint Wendle

One of the best things about Germany is all of its festivals. Most of them are held in the winter, around Christmas, but Easter is also a popular holiday over here, so we get to see some of those to.

This was actually our first Easter Festival, so my family and I were pretty excited when we headed down over to Saint Wendle for their annual festival. We were not disappointed!



Shadow Selfi


After a little exploring, we found ourselves in a little kid area, where there were three rather uh, unusual guests.




After that, we started wandering around the market booths.





I have to admit, I was pretty tempted to by a pair of these…

Next, we wandered up to a spatzle stand and got some cheesy heaven…


Favorite. German. Food. EVER…

After polishing off the spatzle (sooo good…) we found ourselves standing in line for churros.



 Once the churros was a treasured memory, we continued to walk around the festival for another thirty minutes. Eventually though, we headed back to the car and drove home. Once there, everyone was so pooped out we did nothing but nape and veg out for the rest of the day.

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Chasing Winter Away

Once a year in my village, there is a huge bonfire to celebrate the coming of spring. We go to it every year since we’ve moved here. However, I failed both times to document the event. But not today!

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To start, everyone comes to the village square and buy torches. Then we wait for a little bit until it gets dark. Then, we light the torches!

Afterwards, we march through the village, then climb up a part of the mountain to where the giant woodpile is. The fun part, is when we throw our torches into the woodpile, and setting it ablaze!

Then, all of the kids play a game of tag, the adults drink their beer, and huddle close to the fire to stay warm. Since we came along with some of our friends, who have a small infant among them, we didn’t stay very long. But, nonetheless, it is definitely a fun experience, if you’re near Olsbrucken around the 20th of February,you won’t be disappointed!

Meh, Valentine’s Day…

I really love holidays. Valentine’s day, not so much. It’s just feels so, commercialized and overly lovey-dovey. Sure, I try to do a Valentine’s DIY or two, but I get super lazy and end up not doing anything on here until a week after the holiday’s over. :^P


Besides eating chocolates at my computer all day…

I could continue ranting on, but that would be boring, and since this post feels way to short, I’m gonna post a couple links to a few semi-Valentin’s day-ish videos and call it a day…

Legends of Zelda Heart Potion

Making Valentines With Lindsey Stirling

Will it Valentine?

Hershey Kisses Bouquet

This last one isn’t Valentin’s day related at all and I’ve already posted it before, but who can resist a steampunk violinist? Not me!

Roundtable Rival


Valentine’s Day Heart Envelope


Ok, so this tutorial isn’t exactly pure-blooded origami. But, since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, and because this a really easy and simple way to make a fancier gift, I’ll let it slide just this once. ;^)

Level: Easy

Step 1.

Fold your paper in half, and cut out a half heart shape.

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Step 2.

Unfold your paper, and fold the two opposite ends inward by a couple inches, depending on the size of your heart.

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Step 3.

Turn your heart around 180 degrees, then fold the bottom edge upward.

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Step 4.

Now just fold the top part over and crease the paper. Now your envelope is complete!


Step 5.

Well, almost. Quickly unfold, write a little poem, refold, then you’re done!



Origami 101: The Supple T-Shirt


Level: Very Easy

Step 1.

Place your paper pattern side up.


Please excuse all of the folds, I’m reusing a sheet of origami paper I’ve already transformed into a shirt! (I’m running out of paper!)

Step 2.

Fold a small section of the paper over. About half an inch, depending on what he size of your paper is.


Step 3.

Flip your paper over. Then, take a section of the two edges and fold them over.


Step 4.

Take the ends of your paper and fold then inward. Make sure they’re evenly spaced before permanently creasing them.


Step 5.

Fold the two corers in the center of the rectangle outward. These will make the sleeves.


Step 6.

Now fold the whole rectangle in half, so the sleeves are touching the “collar”.


Step 7.

Last step! All you have to do now is tuck the end underneath the collar!


This “T-shirt” is really easy, and it doesn’t use that many folds! Therefore, after folding it, you can unfold your shirt, write a note on the inside, re-fold it, and pass it on to a friend!