Monday, March 29, 2010

Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff

Umbrella Summer Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff

My rating:
5 of 5 stars I loved this book. The main character is Annie who reminds me somewhat of Junie B. Jones. Annie is facing the loss of her brother and is worried that she might die too. It's hard to imagine a book where you are chuckling one minute and crying the next. Lisa Graff definitely has her pulse on the feelings of childhood. View all my reviews >>

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Great Book

The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You
If you are looking for a book that will encourage you to use your "giftedness" to be the person that God wants you to be and that you want to be, this is the book for you.

A special thank you to our minister, Jim MacKenzie, for recommending this book to me.

The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You by John Ortberg

My rating:
5 of 5 stars

Excellent, excellent book with practical ideas for being all God wants me to be.
This is my review published on Goodreads
If you are not familiar with Goodreads, I highly recommend that you visit the site. Goodreads provides a way to keep track of books that you read and to read the reviews of other book lovers.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fun Photo Friday #4 READING EDITION

The only "rule" for Fun Photo Friday is
that I scan through my photos and pick
five that I want to share.
No deep thought here.
Today, the first one I saw was the last one in this
post, so I decided to make it a Reading Edition of
Fun Photo Friday.
My sweet Grandson, Caleb, has always been a reader.
He has so many people in his life, most notably his
mom and dad, who have made reading to him
a priority from the time he was born.
Climbing into a bucket of books is sheer joy.
This book was a gift from his great grandparents,
Sweetie and Poppy. What joy because this
was the first book that he "read". When Nana
would leave out the words, Caleb would fill them in.
This was a book project that I did when I was teaching
fourth graders. Each time a student read a book during the
year, they would fill out an index card with the title of the book,
the author, and an illustration.
At the end of the school year, some of my more
industrious little girls hooked each card together
with yarn at the corners, making a reading quilt.
I still have this quilt years later and I don't think
I will ever be able to part with it.
Ahhh Reading! What joy it brings to our lives.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wonderful, Wonderful Books

One of the joys of retirement is that I get
to read more than I did when I was
working full time.
For those of you who know how much
I love to read, that might seem impossible, but it is true.
My friend Debi recommended
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
With a title like that, how could I refuse?
As a lover of historical fiction, this book was
a joy to read. It combined history of the
aftermath of WWII on the beautiful
British island of Guernsey. That sounds dreary, but
the book is anything but dreary. It is fun, beautifully
written and very romantic.
It also deals a great deal with books that people love.
I'll let you find out how that all combines for a great read.
Finally, since my first love is children's literature,
I was fascinated to find this note from the author of
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,
Mary Ann Shaffer. "I must tender
special thanks to my niece, Annie, who stepped in to
finish this book after unexpected health issues interrupted
my ability to work shortly after the manuscript
was sold." Ms. Shaffer's niece, Annie, is
Annie Bowers, the author of the children's
series, Ivy and Bean as well as The Magic Half.

Book Covers courtesy of Follett Library Services

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Snow Shovel Controversy

The Patio Home we are leasing has
someone who comes and plows out the driveway,
sidewalks, and streets when it snows.
We happily watching this man's hard work
this morning from the comfort of our
warm and cozy home.
Now you might wonder what is controversial
about that.
Well, here is the issue.
Since the home we are buying does not
have the same service, I very kindly offered
to buy my sweet husband a snow shovel.
He, on the other hand, being the enlightened
man that he is, said that he would buy me one.

So you get to vote with your comments.
Who should shovel snow?
The husband or the wife?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Kelly's Shower Weekend

What a great time I had last weekend
with Kelly and Adrian
helping them "nest" before
Little One arrives.
Does it surprise anyone that this baby will have
lots of books in his/her nursery?
What a sweet little mama!
Shower Day!
Kelly and her friend Rene are due
just a few weeks apart!
At the end of the day,
the new dad enjoys one of
Little One's

Friday, March 19, 2010

Fun Photo Friday #3

Today is the third installment of Fun Photo Friday where
I scroll through my photos and choose the first
five that catch my eye.

Image courtesy of Follett Library Resources.

This is the 25th Anniversary of The Very Busy Spider.

You might want to check out Eric Carle's Blog.

I'm so happy to be a citizen of the greatest nation on earth.

I think this was the first time that Ducca "flew" Caleb
around in his super hero cape.
This is now the way that Caleb leaves our house every
single time. Ducca flies him out to the car.

I know it's hard to tell, but this is a ground view
of the HUGE hot air balloon of the
Everyready Bunny.
At last year's visit to the Houston Livestock Show,
Caleb borrowed Woody's hat.

Have a delightful weekend everyone.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What fun I had with Kelly and Adrian attending a shower
and getting the nursery ready for "Little One."
In this picture, K was sharing with A
all of the wonderful gifts she received.

More pictures coming soon!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Grandbabies, Grandbabies

I am leaving today to go to Dallas to be with Kelly and Adrian for a baby shower
and to help them "nest" before this wonderful new adventure
of parenthood begins.
I am VERY excited.

Photo courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.
But, Baby Aaron, Mandy and Jeremy's new little one,
is "knocking at the door" wanting to
come see us, so I am also a little nervous
about being away.
Aaron, please listen to your Nana.
We are so excited about your arrival, along with
your cousins arrival, but PLEASE wait until Nana gets home.
Is that a deal????

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Child Labor Laws

I know there are child labor laws, so please, no one turn me in,
but it sure is fun watching a 3 year old
wash the dishes!
Note the "tatoos" on his arms.

And just look how much he is enjoying it!

Friday, March 5, 2010

FUN Photo Friday #2

As I mentioned in my first installment of FUN Photo Friday,
I just scroll through my photos and the ones that JUMP
out at me are the ones that I post.
We don't have long to wait now. April 15th is coming quickly,
but not quickly enough for this Nana.
Aaron and "Little One" are being highly anticipated.
Last year was the first year that Caleb really "got" Easter egg
dying. I can't wait to share that fun activity with him again.
This is Caleb's best friend, Sophie (a year and a half ago.)
His best quote of the week was this.
When we went to see the construction on his new house, he showed me
the guest room and said, "This is where my friends will sleep. It
is OK for girls to sleep here. Sophie is going to sleep here.
She is my BESTEST friend."
I replied, "I thought I was your best friend, Caleb."
He very seriously said, "You are very, very nice."
What he was too polite to add was, "but you are not my bestest friend."
One of the reasons I am so excited to get my
own home again, is so that I can get a new
Harding swing. It is the bestest
Grandbaby place in the world.
It's been 3 years. It's time to start this little baby joy again.

Can anyone tell I have new grandbabies on the brain?
The theme even appears in FUN Photo Friday.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Ugly Sweater

After several requests for a close up of my UGLY Sweater, here are the details.
I NEVER wore this in real life.
(My apologies to the person who did).

Beautiful embroidered leaves.
Lovely floral accents.
Delicate beadwork.
The UGLY sweater in all its glory.
The beautiful sweater was purchased for $6.00 at The ARK, a thrift store in Colorado Springs.
It will soon find new home in the Colorado Springs Goodwill if you are interested.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Ugly Sweater Contest

One of the joys of moving to a new place is getting to make new friends.
I am so fortunate to have the new friends you see below.
Most of the time, they dress better than what you are seeing now.
We were having an UGLY SWEATER CONTEST.

Group Picture
Mother and Daughter, Joan and Tammy
Kelly (I was taking a picture of her taking a picture.)
Julie, Letha (who won the contest) and Jackie
Sarah and Lisa (with Kelly in the background)
Deb (whose hair is not always pink) and Vicky
Mother and Daughter, Crystal and Joyce
Katie, Laurie, and Christina

What a fun group of women!