Librarian, Reader, Cook, and Wine Lover


April 2016

A little over halfway thru!

1. What are you reading right now? Just about to start The House on Olive Street, by Robyn Carr
2. How many books have you read so far? 3
3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The one I’m about to start
4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just hunger. lol
5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far? That I’m enjoying it even more than my first readathon, last October! 🙂


Harriet is finished. Now for a Walk in the Woods

Book #1 is for the books.  Harriet the Spy will always be my favorite book from my childhood.

Now it’s time for A Walk in the Woods – I’m going to finish up my journey with Bill Bryson as he travels up the Appalachian Trail.  Perfect time, during a readathon, to finish up this fascinating story.

Cheers!  Anyone else reading today?


I’m a little late starting.  Just can’t get up and ready to read at 7am on a Saturday.  I’m realistic.  So coffee is brewing and I’m about to start on my first book.  My childhood favorite – Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh.

Here are my opening bits of info:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Iowa City, Iowa
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? All of them!
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Maybe mini turkey burgers
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a librarian, I live in a wonderful old house filled with books.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? Try to last longer!!!!

Baseball and Books

Two great loves of mine: books and baseball.  Specifically, Chicago Cubs baseball.  Books, any and all.

Two days until Dewey’s 24hourreadathon!!!!!!!!  My Saturday will be all about books and reading and snacks.  This will be my 2nd readathon.  I didn’t make the full 24 hours then, and I don’t expect to this time, but that is ok.  The thought of devoting an entire day to reading is fabulous.  No chores, no errands.  Just reading what I want and enjoying some delicious snacks.  The weather should be great so I can read out on the porch!

I am an unapologetic baseball nut. Specifically, Chicago Cubs.  I know, I know.  Long-suffering.  Cubs fans are a special breed of fan.  We are patient, forgiving, and eternally optimistic.  A special kind of people.

Tonight my plan is to watch the current Cubs game and create my TBR pile for the readathon.  It may be a combination of new and rereads.  Nothing heavy to slog through, but satisfying.  It may include books I’m reading now and almost finished, and books I read years ago that I’ve always wanted to read again.

I’m very much a mood reader.  I have to be “in the mood” to read something or I can’t do it.  I guess that means I’ve NEVER been in the mood for Jane Austen.  As much as I’ve tried….

Anyone going to join me for the readathon?  It’s going to be awesome!!!!!


This Saturday I am participating in my 2nd 24 hour readathon.  The first one was super fun, although I didn’t last the full 24 hours.  But hey, the thought of reading ALL day, in the company of people all over the world, is very exciting!

Still working on what I’m going to read.  I was thinking of rereading the entire Harry Potter series, but I can’t track down a few of the volumes.

So I’m thinking about a few rereads and some good strong girl power books.  Now is not the time to decide to read those challenging, non-fiction reads.  A full day of fun for me reads that are satisfying and make me happy.  What’s wrong with that?

Plus, there will be fun snacks.  All day.

I’ll throw in a few walks to keep me energized as well.  And reading out on the porch will be bliss!

Here’s the link if you’re interested in joining me:

Taking Stock

And learning to shrug things off.  And count my blessings.  Show gratitude to the universe for the blessings in my life.

Why do we always focus on the things that go sour?  Ok, why do I always focus on the things that go sour?

I saw plenty of warning signs.  Anger, hostility toward others, blatant racism.  Why did I feel this person was necessary in my life?  Probably because I didn’t want to think badly of someone, especially someone I considered a good friend.  But I saw this person lose their temper at their husband, their kids, and it wasn’t nice at all.  And you know that little voice that tells you to get out, heed, warning, Danger Will Robinson?  I heard it.  And ignored it.

And then when I needed support from this person, I got nada.  And was hurt and said so, and have since been shunned.

So, learning to shrug it off.  Tuning in to that little voice that tells me that I’m ok.  That I have an amazing family, great friends, a job that challenges me, and I live in a wonderful place that makes me happy.

It’s all gonna be ok.


Opened to the Universe!

Okey doke – I’ve now opened my blog to the universe.  Time to start blogging in earnest.

I’m reading A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.  If you’ve never read anything by Bill Bryson, drop what you’re doing and find one of his books.  He is smart, very funny, and insightful.  A Walk in the Woods is his account of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Kinda makes me want to walk it.  Or some of it, anyway.  But no bears, please.

Today is definitely an inside kind of day.  The wind is crazy, and very much a “By God, the Wind!” kind of day.  Prof. Stephen Lacey, one of the most wonderful professors I ever had, was our guide/mentor/sage on the 1987 Cornell trip to England.

Traveling with Stephen was amazing and enlightening.  And hilarious.  As he was about to march off the bus at our stop in North Yorkshire, on an incredibly windy day, he wrapped his scarf around his neck, announced to us all dramatically, “By God, the Wind!” and off he went.

I think of him on every windy day.  Thank you, Stephen.

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