happy day 31

Day Thirty-one: I can't believe another August Challenge is coming to a close! Where has the time gone?

Today's happy is my fresh manicure!

yarn along

Join in every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting and reading too!

Almost finished knitting the Reyna shawl and listening to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

w.w.w. wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.

• What are you currently reading? I'm reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne and listening to H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald.

• What did you recently finish reading? I read Alice's Tulips by Sandra Dallas.

• What do you think you’ll read next? I need to re-read A Man Called Ove for my book group.


happy day 30

Day Thirty: The Calm-Down Playlist helps me relax and sleep.

september challenge

I found this on Pinterest and it looks like fun! Feel free to join in.

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ten things tuesday

Linking up with Ten On Tuesday this week.

This week's topic is 10 Things You Miss About Your Home When You're Away.

1) I miss my pillow. It's a Serta cooling pillow.

2) I miss my bed.

3) I miss my recliner.

4) I miss my routine.

5) I miss my shower--I have exceptional water pressure.

6) I miss the familiar sounds.

7) I miss being by myself.

8) I miss my apartment.

9) I miss being still. It's usually quite a long drive to go anywhere, so I'm glad to not be moving.

10) I miss the pace of this community.


musing mondays

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• I’m currently reading…
• Up next I think I’ll read…
• I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
• I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
• I can’t wait to get a copy of…
• I wish I could read ___, but…
• I blogged about ____ this past week…

This week’s random question: Which book do you wish you’d written, yourself?

I wish I'd written Me Before You, instead of Jojo Moyes. I loved that story, it was a beautiful love story.

happy day 29

Day Twenty-nine: My fancy pants!


happy day 28

Day Twenty-eight: An exceptionally lazy day spent texting a friend.

sunday stealing

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Shannon's Moments Meme, Part Two

23. Have you ever gone to the “dark side”? my diagnosis is dysthymia, so yes, I've been to the dark side--they didn't have cookies

24. What shirt are you wearing right now? a very soft, navy blue cotton t-shirt

25. What’s important about a bed to you? Like type of sheets, size or whatever. I like soft sheets, high thread count and a firm mattress

26. Can you sing? yes, but I don't like to perform

27. What is something about you that would surprise us? I have a high tolerance for pain

28. Have you been a pirate, Renaissance Fair, or other costumed event? If not, would you for the right event or say cause? I have not been to one and might if the mood captures me and I have fun people to go with

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't

30. Favorite girl's name? Emma, Elle, Lucy

31. Favorite boy's name? Brian, Paul, Ian

32. What’s in your pocket or purse right now? nothing in my pockets--I even cleaned them for lint after doing laundry

33. Last thing that made you laugh? a text

34. Best toy as a child? my record player

35. Worst injury you have ever had? pulmonary emboli

36. Where would you love to live? someplace more temperate than here

37. What type of TV do you have? Would you’d like an upgrade? a sanyo flat screen

39. How many dogs do you have? *sigh* none, but my parents have a dog I treat as my own

40. Do most folks trust you? yes

41. What book are you reading? I'm listening to H is for Hawk and eyeballing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

42. What’s your favorite classic TV show? M*A*S*H

43. What’s your favorite sports team? The Gal has got me cheering for The Cubs!

44. Favorite month and why? October--I love fall and it's my birthday!


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.


happy day 27

Day Twenty-seven: The balloon festival!

finished reading

Alice lives with her mother-in-law on their Iowa farm while her new husband is fighting for the Union in the Civil War and her story is told through letters written to her sister Lizzie. Letters to Lizzie and quilting are the bright spots in her hardscrabble life.

I love the letter format, although there is a lot of dialogue. And the detail of the difficulty that war places on those on the home front is rich. Ultimately, though it's the story of amazing friendships, bonds between women.

From the publisher:
Alice Bullock is a young newlywed whose husband, Charlie, has just joined the Union Army, leaving her on his Iowa farm with only his formidable mother for company. Alice writes lively letters to her sister filled with accounts of local quilting bees, the rigors of farm life, and the customs of small-town America. But no town is too small for intrigue and treachery, and when Alice finds herself accused of murder, she discovers her own hidden strengths.

saturday 9


1) This video begins with Adele and her flip phone. Is your cell phone a simple or a smart phone? I have a smartphone! After soooooo many years with a dumbphone, I finally upgraded!

2) As soon as her cell is fully charged, Sam disconnects the adapter from the outlet to save electricity. Are you careful about conserving energy? yes, I am--I also do not leave chargers connected

3) Adele sings that she must have a called a thousand times but her former lover never picked up. Think about the last call you made. Did you get through? Did you leave a voice mail? Or did you just hang up? I did not get through--and this is my reminder that I need to try the call again!

4) Adele brews a cup of tea in the video. How often do you drink tea? Year round? Only in winter? Never? I used to drink a LOT of tea, I don't really know why I don't anymore... I love tea in the fall and winter

5) Adele told Glamour magazine she like two sugars in her tea. Do you watch your sugar intake? I am aware of my sugar intake but do not watch it

6) This song is about reaching out to someone and extending an apology. When is the last time you said, "I'm sorry?" I am a fan of owning my mistakes, so I readily say "I'm sorry" but I can't think of the last time I apologized other than an oops, I got your name wrong (as I learn student names)

7) Adele was a heavy smoker who enjoyed the habit and didn't quit until 2015, after doctors convinced her it contributed to her chronic throat problems. What's something you know you should do for your health? exercise, but I don't

8) Even though she is one of the world's highest-earning entertainers, she recently had her credit card rejected while shopping at H&M. She admits she was "mortified." Have you ever experienced that moment at the counter when your card was rejected? oh, hell yes... I'm always mortified and want the floor to swallow me whole

9) Random question: When you were a kid, did you keep a neat or messy bedroom? I had a very messy room (although I knew where everything was)


friday 5

  1. What’s your favorite song from 1999?
  2. "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer
  3. What are some of your favorite films from 1999?
  4. Shakespeare In Love
  5. What’s something interesting that happened on your birthday in 1999?
  6. I got nothin'
  7. How did you ring in the new year as 1999 became 2000?
  8. I spent the holiday with my best friends--we played games, sang karaoke, and generally toasted every hour with champagne--it was so much fun!
  9. What’s something that’s gotten better since 1999?
  10. me!

happy day 26

Day Twenty-six: It's picture day at school, I was able to get snapped before school--it's a good thing, because it's 80+ degrees in my classroom and I'm going to get sweaty today.


happy day 25

Day Twenty-five: My lesson plans were rockin'.

booking through thursday

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What’s the most serious book you’ve read recently? (I figure it’s easier than asking your most serious book ever, because, well, it’s recent!) From the archives.

I think The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin fits that bill. I've read some really good books this summer!