Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone!  I hope you all had a spooktacular day!

I'm kind of bummed that the decorations have to come down already; I was really, really enjoying them this year.  I'm hoping to find some good deals this week to add to my collection for next year; that will cheer me up!

And just a little shout out for Amber at Viva Voce - Go check out her awesome Halloween costume!  Did you dress up?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fall Shadows

Oh how I love fall sunshine and the beautiful shadows it creates in my home.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween Study Break

I decided that rather than have a mental breakdown this evening, a study break would be a better option.  I left my problems unsolved at the desk and took a few minutes to enjoy the Halloween decorations.

Much better.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

An Outside View

I may or may not have gone out in my front yard at 9:00 on a Saturday night wearing my Valentine's Day pajamas to see what my Halloween lights looked like from the outside.

My (Not So) Storybook Life, Part 2

I have another chance to win a copy of Liz's book!!!  YAY!!!  To read an excerpt from the book, go here on my blog or here on Liz's blog.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Paw Prints on the Deck, Smile on My Face

Smiling at the little things in life, like adorable Crickett paw prints on the frosty deck this morning.

What are you smiling about today?

Monday, October 17, 2011


Some days you don't need to hear that you're pretty or funny, you need to hear

"You did a good job wiping Crickett's butt."

Compliments come in all shapes and sizes.  This was the best one I could have heard today.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sunday Smile

Cannot believe it has been a week since I last posted.  Time sure is flying lately.  Hoping to be a better blogger this week!

We lost a lot of leaves from the trees this week.  I love watching them tumble across the ground on a windy day and hearing them crunch under my feet on my way to class.  Two thumbs up for fall.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Smile

It has been a very beautiful, colorful fall in these parts.  Best season of the year!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Another Successful Book Sale

Today was the library's fall used book sale and I scored 26 books for $1.00!  I've enjoyed making lists of the books I've found at the past sales, so I thought I would do it again.  Here are my finds and some commentary about them:

1.  All that Glitters by V.C. Andrews
2.  The End of the Rainbow by V.C. Andrews
3.  Eye of the Storm by V.C. Andrews
4.  Lightning Strikes by V.C. Andrews
5.  Seeds of Yesterday by V.C. Andrews
6.  Web of Dreams by V.C. Andrews

~ I've never actually read anything by V.C. Andrews but it's been fun picking these novels up in hopes of completing a series some day.  I actually don't know anyone who has read anything by Andrews.  Have you read any of her work?  If so, what did you think?

7.  The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
8.  My Sister’s Picture by Cathy Arden
9.  Zen and the Art of Quilting by Sandra Detrixhe

~ I may be giving Zen and the Art of Quilting to my grandmother who quilts.  I want to skim it first to make sure it is worth her time.

10.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

~ I actually bought a copy of A Christmas Carol at one of the last book sales but this copy is much more charming.  I'll show you all some pictures when the Christmas season rolls around.

11.  The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich
12.  Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
13.  The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
14.  Homeland by Barbara Kingsolver
15.  The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

~ I've never actually read anything by Barbara Kingsolver, either, but have several of her books already on my bookshelf and now a few more to add.  I think her novels sound very good, though, so I think they are worth tossing in my bag and bringing home.

16.  Women’s Friendships edited by Susan Koppelman

~ Not really a fan of short stories, but I thought these about the friendships between women might be interesting.  Regardless of whether or not I like it, I will be passing it on to one of my favorite women who very much enjoys short stories.  I originally bought it with her in mind.

17.  Sula by Toni Morrison
18.  Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
19.  The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst

~ So excited about finding Three Cups of Tea and The Dogs of Babel because these two are on my must-read list.

20.  Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen
21.  Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
22.  Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
23.  The Blackwater Lightship by Colm Tolbin
24.  Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker
25.  Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells
26.  The Waves by Virginia Woolf

Happy reading!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Happy 57th!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful mother, one of the biggest nuts I know!

Sunday, October 2, 2011