Showing posts from August, 2012

This and That

This is the way Maya really looked on the first day of school.  She managed to get her feather earrings to Grandma's house, where she spends the time between when I go to work and school starts, and then she wore them to school.  The ornery child knew I didn't want her to wear those earrings in case she had physical education the first day, and, sure enough, she did have PE!  I guess she survived without having her ear torn, though, so I can't complain too much.

Maya and I are missing the summer Olympics.  Well, I'm missing the Olympics, and Maya's missing seeing London on television every night.  I think going to London almost outranks going to Disney World for Maya now.

For now, Maya's travel plan is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the "most photographed event in the USA," with my mom and my sister from Iowa in October.  My other sister and her family live in New Mexico, so Maya gets the bonus luck of seeing the hot-air balloon festiv…

Recent Reads

As an aside, am I the only one who isn't a fan of the current trend to publish a romance book in a series of, say, four to eight very short ebooks?  This is even worse than the trend to have long romance series that I lose interest in reading after about book three, usually.

Sarah's Surrender by Lynda Chance (2012)--Romance.  Part of the Ranchers of Chatum County series, John, a minor character in Chance's Staking His Claim, meets his match in teacher Sarah.  If you like your hero arrogant and overbearing and the attraction between a couple hot and immediate, you can't go wrong with a book by Chance.  Highly recommended.

Mobster's Girl by Amy Rachiele (2012)--Young Adult.  Antonio, son of a Mob boss, kept away from Megan for as long as he could, as ordered by his father.  Now a high school senior, Antonio's deeply involved in the family business and ready for his chance with Megan.  I'm already ready for the sequel, despite some editing errors.  Recommended.

First Day of Third Grade--August 14, 2012

Maya at our house, all set to go to her first day of third grade.
 She had her headband at Grandma's house, so here's the full effect for her first-day look.
For comparison, this is her first day of second grade photo.  That day certainly seems like about last week instead of a year ago.

Recent Reads

Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver--Chapter Books.  Maya and I love this series about a smart, funny boy with a learning disability.  The stories are laugh-out-loud funny, touching, and full of real life as Hank navigates the challenges of school and family life.  (Yes, this author is the Henry Winkler who played the Fonz on the t.v. series Happy Days.)  Highly recommended.

Dance with Me by Betty Carlton (2011)--Erotic romance.  Way too dark for me, this story involves a man who kidnaps and puts the woman he wants in a cage in the basement of his club.  Her only way out of the cage and assorted humiliations is to "willingly" have sex with him.  Not recommended, unless you like dark, dark stories.

White Fang by Jack London (serialized in 1906)--Adventure.  Told from the perspective of White Fang, who is half-dog and half-wolf, the harsh reality of survival in Alaska unfolds.  Some of the scenes were a little difficult for this dog lover to read.  This serves as …

Lancaster County Fair--August 4, 2012

We had a fantastic break from the hot weather last Saturday, just in time to spend the evening on the midway at our local county fair.  Her wrist band for an evening of unlimited rides cost $25, and she managed to go on everything she wanted despite fairly long lines.  We shared our annual funnel cake fix for $6.  Very fun evening!
 This is the ride Maya decided to Never Ride Ever Again last year.
 This is Maya ready to have the ride she planned to never ride again start.  
 Ready to roll again.
Her favorite ride is the Ferris wheel since you can "see everything."

Incoming Mail--July & August 2012

Postcard from Becky in Oregon of the Great Wall in China.  I actually think this is even prettier than the usual view shown in photos.
Postcrossing card from Germany.
 German stamps from the postcard above.
 Postcard from Ellen in The Netherlands during her vacation to Lithuania.  This is Trakai Island Castle.
Postcrossing card from Lithuania.
 Letter from Iris in Germany.
 Postcard from Les in Maine.  The artist is Maya Sarada Kearn.  "My" Maya is always happy to find anything about another Maya.
 Postcrossing card from Taiwan.
Postcard from my sister and brother-in-law's anniversary trip to Colorado.  They're high school sweethearts celebrating 25 years of marriage tomorrow.

Maeve Binchy, 1940-2012

I'm so sad about Maeve Binchy's death last week.  I remember being so excited after watching the movie Circle of Friends to learn that a book version existed first.  I quickly read everything else in print by her, and she became an instant automatic-read author for me because of her subjects--relationships, learning to live with the hand you're dealt in life, and Ireland.

A taste of why I like her so much:

"I don't have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories.  I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks."

"I believe very, very strongly that everybody is the hero/heroine of his/her own life.  I try to make my characters kind of ordinary, somebody that anybody could be.  Because we've all had loves, perhaps love and loss, people can relate to my characters."

"You can't lay down laws for what people think and hope."

Incoming Mail--July 2012

Card from Dana in North Carolina of Save Snail Mail. Her cool new blog business card, based on stationery she designed, is at the top of the photo.
 Welcome to Illinois postcard from Maya's June trip to Alabama.
 Letter from Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.
Postcrossing card of Russell, Kansas.
Postcrossing card showing poppies.
I have a pretty good-sized stack of mail at home to be posted on the blog.  To help avoid feeling stressed about being behind on posting, I'm moving to just listing the month of receipt for mail on this blog.  Still a work in progress.