Wednesday, December 30, 2015

4-Way Hat

I recently.... QUITE recently!.... blogged about a new trimming I  ordered for my royal blue women's bowler hat.  At the time, I wrote that I was going to remove the sunflower applique, and replace it with the new bird applique.
But I didn't remove the sunflower after all; I decided that it was too nice a decoration to remove.
Instead, I put the bird trimming on the opposite side.
So now, I can wear my hat four different ways:

1: Sunflower in front, bird in back, sides untrimmed.
2: Bird in front, sunflower in back, sides untrimmed.
3: Sunflower on right, bird on left, front and back untrimmed.
4: Bird on right, sunflower on left, front and back untrimmed.

Monday, December 28, 2015

New Trimming For My Hat

I've sent for a new trimming for my hat.


So what will I do with the sunflower?   THAT is going on my wall, next to two sunflowers
I've already placed there.  And someday, I suppose, I'll send for yet another trimming

for my hat [I've seen so many that I like!] and this, too, will become part of the decor on my wall.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


"Once Upon a Christmas Time"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[memoir, childhood,  Sweden]


"All Over Town"
by Carol Ryrie Brink  
[children's fiction]

"Emily's Runaway Imagination"
by Beverly Cleary
[children's fiction]

 "A Christmas Carol"
by Charles Dickens
[fiction]
my yearly December 24th reading

"Try Giving Yourself Away"
by David Dunn
[nonfiction]
a great favorite of mine,
with some wonderful anecdotes

"In Trouble Again,  Zelda Hammersmith?"
"Zelda Strikes Again"
"Here Comes Zelda Claus
and Other Holiday Disasters"
by Lynn Hall
[children's fiction]

"Betsy's Winterhouse"
by Carolyn Haywood
[children's fiction]

 "Astrid Lindgren
Storyteller To The World"
by Johanna Hurwitz
[children's biography]


 "The Imitation of Christ"
by Thomas a Kempis
long-term devotional reading
(Kindle book)

"Little Little"
by M. E. Kerr
[YA fiction]

"A Right to Be Merry"
by Mother Mary Francis, P. C. C
(Kindle book)
reserved for Sunday

 "The Sixth Prune"
by Robert R. Updegraff
[fiction]

 "Selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson"
 edited by Stephen E. Whichter
[nonfiction] 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author, and not necessarily in the order read.




"The Great Brain At The Academy"
"The Great Brain Reforms"
"The Return of the Great Brain"
"The Great Brain Does it Again"
"The Great Brain is Back"
by John D. Fitzgerald
[children's fiction, historical]

"The Imitation of Christ"
by Thomas a Kempis
long-term devotional reading
(Kindle book)

"Little Little"
by M. E. Kerr
[YA fiction]

"A Right to Be Merry"
by Mother Mary Francis, P. C. C
(Kindle book)
reserved for Sunday

 "Selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson"
 edited by Stephen E. Whichter
[non-fiction] 


"Trust Thyself
A Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson
for the Young Reader"
by James Playsted Wood
[YA biography]
It's been a few years since
I read this book.



"Owl Moon" #
by Jane Yolen
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)






 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Strange December

So far, this has been a strange December, with unseasonably warm weather.  Ordinarily,
at this time of year, Winky's coat would be getting longer and thicker.  Instead of that
happening, however, he is SHEDDING.

And I spoke to Kathryn today.  She told me that her roses are blooming!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


"Rose in Bloom"
by Louisa May Alcott
[fiction]

"Olivia and the Little Way"
by Nancy Belanger
[children's fiction]

(Kindle book)
reserved for Sunday

"The Feud in the Fifth Remove" #
by Elinor M. Brent- Dyer
[children's fiction]
one-shot, not part of a series

"Henry Huggins"
by Beverly Cleary
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"The Great Brain"
 "More Adventures of The Great Brain"
 "Me and My Little Brain"
by John D. Fitzgerald
[children's fiction, historical]


"The Imitation of Christ"
by Thomas a Kempis
long-term devotional reading
(Kindle book)

"A Right to Be Merry"
by Mother Mary Francis, P. C. C
(Kindle book)
reserved for Sunday

"Little Britches
Father and I Were Ranchers"
by Ralph Moody
[autobiography]

"Selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson"
edited by Stephen E. Whichter
[non-fiction] 



 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with  a #
Books are listed by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


"Rose in Bloom"
by Louisa May Alcott
[fiction]

"Olivia and the Little Way"
by Nancy Belanger
[children's fiction]

(Kindle book)
reserved for Sundays

"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[non-fiction, Christian (Protestant) themes,
anecdotes, recipes]
(December chapter only)


"A Girl From Yamhill: A Memoir"
by Beverly Cleary
[autobiography]
 (openlibrary.org loan) 

"Does Anybody Care About Lou Emma Miller?"
by Alberta Wilson Constant
[children's fiction]

"Hidden Silver" #
by Georgene Faulkner
[children's fiction, historical]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Betsy's Busy Summer"
by Carolyn Haywood
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"The Imitation of Christ"
by Thomas a Kempis
long-term devotional reading
(Kindle book)

"The Fledgling"
"The Fragile Flag"
"The Time Bike"
by Jane Langton
[fiction, ages 10 and up]

"Journey to America"
"Silver Days"
"Annie's Promise"
by Sonia Levitin 
[children's fiction]

"The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt"
by Patricia MacLachlan
[children's fiction]

"Selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson"
edited by Stephen E. Whichter
[non-fiction]