Baby, Baby! Board Book Review

You know I love books. You know I love children’s books. You know I love board books. So, it’s no surprise that I love Baby, Baby!, a new board book by Diane Stortz and Ailie Busby. This is the perfect “first book” for a little one, with very simple text: “Baby waves and baby wiggles. […]

The Mistresses of Cliveden: Three Centuries of Scandal, Power and Intrigue in an English Stately House

Thanks to my talented friend Melissa Smith for today’s post, which contains affiliate links. I think I’m still having Downton Abbey withdrawal. I’m missing the witty quips, the scandals, the romance, the history and of course, the stunningly aristocratic and thoroughly British country house setting. Somewhere inside this thoroughly American woman resides just a bit […]

Menu Plan Monday 9/12/2016

Hello friends, how Is your week so far? It was such a nice weekend here, with perfect weather. I went on an annual tour of houses in an older area of our town. It always amazes me how absolutely GORGEOUS some peoples’ houses are inside. If you’re one who updates your decor frequently, take note […]

Alaska Trip: Ketchikan

Summer is ending, and so it seems appropriate that my posts on our Alaska trip are coming to an end with this installment. It really was a nice trip. We took a Hawaiian cruise five years ago, and in most ways I think I prefer this Alaska trip over the Hawaii one. Our final port […]

The Haunting of Hill House: Review

I remember reading Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” during school at some point, and finding it chilling. Later, when the whole Hunger Games franchise came around, one of my first thoughts was — hey, that’s a rip-off of “The Lottery!” Anyway, I thought I’d poke around and see what else Jackson had written. One title coming […]

Menu Plan Monday 9/5/2016

Happy Labor Day! It’s a bit bittersweet, as it signals the end of summer. I’ve really enjoyed this summer (as I usually do), and it seems it’s ended quickly (especially given how long I seemed to wait for it, through the winter). I hope you got to celebrate in an enjoyable way. We were invited […]

In Praise of Grocery Shopping

I love grocery shopping. Mondays are favorite days for me, largely because that’s when I go to a couple of grocery stores to buy the things I need for the week. I find it strange when I hear people complain about shopping for groceries, because it’s always been something I enjoy. Don’t be impressed, because […]

The Things We Wish Were True: Review

“And yet, Jencey understood, there were the things she wished were true, and there was what was actually true. She was learning that there was usually a great distance between the two.” With that, you have the title of “The Things We Wish Were True.” It’s about a group of people (quite a few actually […]