My Wednesday walk is a day late. I am still getting settled back into life at home after all the travel of September. Yesterday in my state of fatigue I chose to talk my walk through my backyard garden. Unfortunately, I think my garden is paying for my globe trotting! The unseasonably high heat and weeds have taken a toll.
I think with a little water and work in the garden I can get things back on track. Today we are having a much needed rainy day. Hopefully by next week I will have things back in order and be ready to start my fall planting. Lots of bulbs ready to go into the ground as soon as the temperature drops.
Any advice on successful bulb planting will be greatly appreciated!
Lilac Girls (Lilac Girls, #1)
Simply Laura Lee‘s review
Lilac Girls is a historical fiction novel that addresses relationships between women during a horrific time. This story was engaging and emotional, and had a deep impact on me. The book centers around the stories of 3 women in very different circumstances during WWII. Kelly does a wonderful job letting us into the lives of these women and seeing how the inconceivable acts and event of the time left indelible marks on their lives.
Ok, I have to admit one of the best parts of this new chapter is having the time to travel. After 20+ years of marriage my husband and I took our first couples trip for fun. I had a wonderful time with my hubby and good friends sampling lots of great food and wine. If you have time to get away and enjoy a little wine, I highly recommend a trip to wine country! We stayed at Auberge du Soleil, a beautiful sanctuary. Sunday morning yoga is a must, as well as the pistachio caramels. My favorite wineries were Domaine Carneros (beautiful grounds and lovely sparkling wines), Robert Sinskey (organic approach and wonderful food and wine pairing), Stag’s Leap (great tour and great wine), and last but not least Darioush (incredible grounds, great tour, food pairing and fabulous wines). AMAZING! A trip I will always remember.
This is my first book post! Wohoo! I have challenged myself to work my way through my book collection and catalog each book. In an attempt to create my own Library. I have been collecting books since I started teaching back in the 90’s. I have a picture books, chapter books, middle grade, YA, and a variety of adult fiction and non-fiction. I love all books! I have no idea what all I have after 20+ years of collecting. In a way I guess I want to become more curator than collector.
I wasn’t sure where to start so I decided to start small. Each month I am going to choose one picture book, one chapter or middle grade book and one YA or adult book. As I read I am going to take notes and create a spreadsheet for my library, as well as blog about what I am reading and how it is going. In the end I hope to have a complete database and a better knowledge of my collection.
For September I have chosen:
- The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is my choice for picture book read. This was a book I always read to my class at the beginning of the school year. I look forward to the re-read and the wonderful memories I anticipate it conjuring up.
- Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by JM Barrie is my choice for chapter/middle grade book. I am over the moon excited to read this book. I recently took my first trip to London and spent many hours visiting the beautiful gardens and pouring over books in the fantastic independent bookshops of London. In one shop I found an antique copy of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, a second edition printed sometime in the 1920’s. It was such a beautiful treasure. The illustrations were exquisite and the feel of the book in my hands made me smile. I went to the store three times before I bit the bullet and got it for my book collection. I made a second trip with my treasure to Kensington Gardens to visit the Peter Pan statue and imagine Barrie sitting in the park dreaming up this incredible story. GOOSEBUMPS!
- Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly is my choice for YA/Adult book. This one has been on my TBR list for a while. I absolutely love historical fiction, especially from this time period.
I am getting a little bit of a late start. It is already the second week in September but I am going to give it my best shot! Got to go read!
Illustration from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.
Peter Pan Statue in Kensington Gardens