Vacation over

Pictures -
Little blue flowers by our house
Pussy willows starting to bloom
We did some major yard work!

What's happening - This past week without kids was really needed! I got sooooo much work done! As you can see from the picture, Glen and I got a lot of yard work done. I totally scrubbed the bathroom (on my hands and knees!) Totally cleaned the kitchen, and the playroom. Took out all the rugs and shook the heck out of them (there was alot of "heck" in them!) wiped down all the shelves cleaned the floors etc. everything is all clean now! I also did some work on the old "Ashley room" looks much better. All ready for my parents.
Ashley's boyfriend's birthday was this weekend. So he came up for the weekend. I actually baked him cookies! Which I don't do very often. Baking is not my favorite thing in the world to do.

Knitting - I did manage to get some knitting done. I finished the "Chill chaser" but still need to block it a little. And I am now working on a project that I can't tell you about because of certain people reading this blog, hee hee! I will post pictures of both when time is right.

Contests - Toni at A Circle of Books is giving away 5 copies of "Testimony" by Anita Shreve
Dar at Peeking Through the Pages is giving away 2 copies of
Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert

Books I have read - "Sweet Baby", by Sharon Sala. Takes place in AR. Pretty good book. Starts out a little slow but 1/2 way through really picks up. It is about a woman who was abandon as a child. Now in her twenty's her nightmares urge her to find out what really happened.

"The Crazy School" by Cornelia Read. Awesome book! Takes place in MA (already read one from there so doesn't count for my reading through the states). Madeline gets a job at the "Crazy School" a school for very troubled teens. Their therapeutic methods are unconventional to say the least. But then people start dieing, and she is the first one blamed!

"North of Beautiful" by Justina Chen Headley. Great book. Takes place in WA and China! This book is a beautiful story of Tera, a teen girl born with a large birthmark on her face. She meets "Goth boy" Jacob who has a scar from a cleft-palette. At the same time Tera and her mother are dealing with a cruel father and husband. They travel through China with Jacob and his mother and both learn how to be brave and beautiful! This is a wonderfully written book that truly shows that beauty is only skin deep and that you should be who you are and not who others want you to be.

Reading through the states -
1. California - Echoes, by Erin Grady
2. Florida - In Her Shoes, by Jennifer Weiner
3. Iowa - The Learning, by Ruthann Weaver
4. Massachusetts (Cape Cod) - A Year by the Sea, by Joan Anderson
5. South Carolina - Bastard out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison
6. Kentucky - The Believers, by Janice Holt Giles
7. Minnesota - Hit By a Farm, by Catherine Friend
8. North Carolina - Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler
9. Montana - My Hutterite Life, by Lisa M. Stahl
10. Kansas - Waiting for Summer's Return, by Kim Vogel Sawyer
11. Idaho - Indian Creek Chronicles, by Pete Fromm
12. New York - The Lives they Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic, by Darby Penney and Peter Stastny
13. Arizona - Whispers, by Erin Grady
14. Alabama - The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary Sewing Circle, by Lois Battle
15. Alaska - Building from Within: Alaskans Who Build Their Own, by Joan Koponen
16. Colorado - Tomboy Bride, by Harriet Fish Backus
17. Wisconsin - Welcome to Tyler: Whirlwind, by Nancy Martin
18. Arkansas - Sweet Baby, Sharon Sala
19. Washington - North of Beautiful, by Justina Chen Headley

Top 5 -
When flipping through magazines top 5 pictures you are attracted to.
1. Good looking men! Duh!
2. Roads (old roads, paths, trails)
3. Houses (interiors and exteriors)
4. Lighthouses
5. Water (lakes, Ocean, Falls, streams)


  1. Yippee, our room is ready for us. Just a few weeks now.
    Looks like spring has sprung for you, finally.
    The Humming birds came back last week here and, boy are they hungrey. Love watching them.
    We have a couple of Bluebird houses in the back yard and Swallows have made a nest in 1 of them. They kicked out the Bluebirds. It may be the same Swallows that were in it last year.
    I won the book "How Not to Look Old" from Toni's Blog. Can't wait to get it. I'm so excited. She has a nice Blog too.
    Top 5:
    1) food
    2) homes
    3) flowers
    4) mountains and water
    5) animals

  2. You did get a lot of yard work done! Now you're making me feel guilty! LOL! Can you come over and help me?? Tee hee! I bet you are excited to have your parents come visit!

    Top 5 pics I'm attracted to when flipping thru magazines:

    1. Any home that resembles a log cabin!
    2. Animals (like your mom!)
    3. Water (like you!)
    4. Recipes
    5. Beautiful landscaping

  3. Ok i think you should have added an answer "both" on your survey. I got money back and had to pay a good chunk of change too.

    When flipping through magazines top 5 pictures you are attracted to.
    1. Good looking men! Duh!
    2. Roads (old roads, paths, trails)
    3. food
    4. deserts
    5. Water (lakes, Ocean, Falls, streams)

  4. Wow, you did get a lot done. I love pussy willows! We don't see a lot of them in the city here though. North of Beautiful sounds like a really good book and thanks for mentioning my giveaway.

    You know I don't read magazines-at all. Never really been a fan of them but if I do pick one up I head for the recipes.

  5. Mom - yes, I can't wait for you guys to come! I don't think our humming birds come till June. I just don't get many of them here at our house. And I am so glad you won that book, hope it is a good one!

    Shelley - Boy I really wish I could come to your cabin and help you with yard work!!! It would be so much fun, you think?

    Casey - Yeah I actually thought about putting "both" after it was too late. Ashley had to do both.

    Dar - We have a big pussy willow tre right in our back yard, I love it! You should read North of Beautiful! Do a review on it, it would be good to see another's perspective on it.
    I am totally addicted to magazines!!!

  6. Things that catch my eye in magazines:

    1. Inspirational stories
    2. Ads
    3. Staff picks - tested and opinions shared
    4. Crossword puzzles
    5. Free perfume samples ;)

    Answer to your voting...we got money back BUT paid a lot of money to get that bit back.

    Finished another baby blanket and am knitting a scarf. Just 15 rows onto the needles.

    Have a wonderful day!! Welcome back...

  7. Wendy you won a copy of Boneman's Daughters over on my blog but I can't find an email address for you anywhere and you didn't leave one. Email me with your snail mail address at:
    bj19662001 (at) yahoo (dot) ca

    Congrats and thanks!

  8. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for mentioning my giveaway.. ;)

  9. PUSSYWILLOWS!!! Can you pick me some so I can have them in my room?!?!?!