Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Currently: February

Here is what I'm up to now..

Reading:  The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly

Loving:  watching my girls together.  So glad that I do not have to go to a job every day.  I love our routines.  I am just so happy.  If there was no snow, it'd be perfect. :)

Feeling: tired, but glad that we've been able to hang out with friends again after a little hiatus after having Adeline.  We had a party for the Super Bowl and had a ton of adults and kids here and it was fun! We used to host all the time, and this was the first real party we've had in months.

Adeline is a party animal who wouldn't go to bed until we assured her that everyone was gone!!

Anticipating: our spring break get away.  We rented a house on Lake Huron for a few days.

Grateful: For my healthy growing children!

Working: on selling things on marketplace.  I really wish our house was a better location for a garage sale.  I need to get rid of this baby stuff!

Listening: podcasts.  Catching up on Case Closed, Crooked Minis, Already Gone and All the Books!

Watching: Cozy Mysteries on Hallmark!

Wishing: for summer weather!

What are you reading> What are you loving?

Monday, February 10, 2020

What the 8 year old read in January

Isla's goal for 2020 is to read 100 books.  I have no doubt she will blow that out of the water.  She started the year off strong with 8 books read!

Her favorites were Wonderland, Old Town in the Green Groves and The Great Brain. 

Wonderland is by Barbara O'Connor who also wrote the book Wish, which she read last year and loved.  Isla said that she recommends this book for anyone who loves dogs. 

"Mavis Jeeter is fearless and bold, but she has never lived in one place long enough to have a real best friend. Her flighty mother has uprooted them again to another new home and taken a job as a housekeeper for the Tully family. Mavis wants this home to be permanent--which means finding herself a best friend.

Rose Tully is a worrier who feels like she doesn't quite fit in with the other girls in her neighborhood. Her closest friend is Mr. Duffy, but he hasn't been himself since his dog died. Rose may have to break a few of her mother's many rules to help Mr. Duffy--and find someone who really understands her.

Henry has run away from home, but he craves kindness and comfort--and doesn't know where to look for them.

When Mavis and Rose hatch a scheme to find Mr. Duffy a new dog, their lives and Henry's intersect--and they all come to find friendship in places they never expected.

She also said that if you read and loved the Little House in the Prairie books you most definitely need to read Old Town in the Green Groves by Cynthia Rylant.  It is set in the two year time frame that isn't covered in the series.  The author used Laura's memoirs and imagination to tell the story of what happened with the Ingalls family during that time. 

The Great Brain is by John D. Fitzgerald she recommends to those who like a 'good book!" She's requested the second in the series for our next library trip.

"The best con man in the Midwest is only ten years old. Tom, a.k.a., the Great Brain, is a silver-tongued genius with a knack for turning a profit. When the Jenkins boys get lost in Skeleton Cave, the Great Brain saves the day. Whether it's saving the kids at school, or helping out Peg-leg Andy, or Basil, the new kid at school, the Great Brain always manages to come out on top—and line his pockets in the process."

Have you read any books by Barbara O'Connor? They are on my list to check out for the year.  Wish and Wonderland seemed like great books, and we own them, so I will get around to them!

Friday, February 7, 2020


I cannot believe it is already the end of the first week of February 2020.  January did seem pretty long but the first week of February has flown by.  Adeline has her second cold and has been hacking and snotting for a week, followed by her second round of shots.  Oddly enough, she was sick for her 2 month shots too. Poor kid.  Sleep had been getting better and then this illness has got it back to being so random.  We had naps going in her crib and then the snot and laying flat was not good.  So back to all sleep in our bedroom.  Oh well, it will get there.

My favorite pictures from the week:

The high of my week was getting 3 straight hours of sleep twice in one night. :)

The low of my week was both of my kids not feeling well and the sadness of shots.

Meal plan for the week was

Monday - Lasagna and garlic bread
Tuesday -  leftovers lasagna, salad, applesauce and garlic bread
Wednesday -  Chicken sandwich, guacamole and chips, and applesauce
Thursday -  Hungry Howie's pizza, chicken wings, and garlic bread
Friday - steak stir fry with rice, and crab rangoons

The best money I spent was on Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens for March's book club.

What I’m listening to back logs of Case Closed and Atlanta Monster.

What I’m watching still finishing up Aurora Teagarden movies and Murder She Baked movies!

What I’m reading: The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly

My plans for the weekend include hopefully finally having a dinner with friends that has been rescheduled multiple times since December 26th! 

What are you watching/reading/listening to?

Thursday, February 6, 2020

What I Read in January

I started January 2020 with 6 books read.  They were all pretty good.  I think I gave them all 4s or 5s on goodreads except one I gave a three. 

My favorite was The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. It's set in the 1970s and the main character Leni, moves to Alaska with her family.  It is a brilliant heartbreaking story about survival, PTSD, and love.  Highly recommend it!  If you enjoyed The Nightingale by Hannah, I bet you will like this one too!

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams was the first book I read in 2020.  It is the first book in the Schulyer Sisters series.  It goes back and forth from the 1960s and the 1930s. In 1964 Vivian Schulyer is living a life of independence that only a wealthy young woman of the 60s could.  She has a college degree and is fetching coffee at a magazine office where she'd much rather be writing the stories.  A suitcase appears into her life of a Violet Grant, who turns out to be a long lost aunt of Vivian's who had disappeared at the beginning of WWII after her husband was found dead.  It's beautifully written and the back and forth of the time frame keeps you engaged and wanting to find out what happened to Violet Grant. If you like Sarah Jio's books, I'd recommend this one for you!

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch is about a group of friends who gather for the 40th birthday of their friend in the house they lived together in college.  The book jumps between each of the friends and you find out bits about them that they don't share with their friends trying to keep up 'perfect' fronts.  I flew through this book and enjoyed it, except for the last bit.  I didn't like how to was summed up at the end.  However, the whole story was fun! 

I also read the second book in the Hope River midwife series, The Reluctant Midwife by Patricia Harman.  It was really good! This book has a different main character, Becky, who had a smaller role in the first book.  It read super fast and kept my attention.  This book focused on the hardships that the Depression put on people of West Virginia and how the CCC helped the area with jobs/buying in the community.  Highly recommend this series!

I also read Fudge Bites by Nancy Coco, the newest installment in the Fudge series.

"Halloween on Mackinac Island is a season of fun tricks, but finding a corpse is no treat for fudge shop owner Allie McMurphy . . .
It’s late October, off-season for tourists, but locals are up and lurching for the annual zombie walk charity event. Though everyone’s living it up, trouble is a just a few pawprints away. Allie’s followed the bloody tracks of her calico cat, Carmella, to a body in the alley behind the Historic McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop. Unlike the island’s other walking dead, this one’s flatlined for good. It seems that someone is using the zombie fest as the perfect backdrop for murder. Now amateur sleuth Allie and dreamboat officer Rex Manning must use every trick in their treat bag to unmask a killer in disguise. "

I also finished the Winter series by Elin Hilderband and read Winter Solistice.  I was really glad that she added on a 4th book and didn't end it with the third, because that would have been disappointing.  I really liked how the storylines ended more naturally with this 4th book.

What was your favorite book you read in January?  What's a book I should read in 2020?