Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Books

The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans
The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola
The Christmas Box by Jo Anne Stewart Wetzel
Mary, The Mother of Jesus by Tomie dePaola
Christmas Tree Memories by Aliki
The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown
The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Books

The Christmas Cobwebs by Odds Bodkin
Spirit Child A Story of the Nativity by John Bierhorstill; by Barbara Cooney :)
The Angel of Mill Street by Frances Ward Weller
Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant
Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble
Merry Christmas, Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg
The Attic Christmas by B.G. Hennessy

Thursday, December 6, 2012

More Books....

The Miracle of Saint Nicholas by Gloria Whelan
Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco (an absolute favorite)
Holly Claus The Christmas Princess  by Brittney Ryan
Guess Who's coming to Santa's for Dinner? by Tomie       dePaola
Welcome Comfort by Patricia Polacco

Tonight we shall trim the tree!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


We pulled out the Christmas books and hit the library.  So far we've read:

Christmas in the Country by Cynthia Rylant
An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco
Santa Claws: A Scary Christmas to All by Laura Leuck
Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve by Jan Brett
Home for Christmas by Jan Brett
Christmas Mouseling by Dori Chaconas
A Cowboy Christmas: The Miracle at Lone Pine Ridge by Audrey Wood

We're finishing up The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

I'm reading A Glass of Blessings by Barbara Pym

BG constantly has her nose buried in a Warrior book.  How many are there?

Abby finished the final Unfortunate Events book and is now reading The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken.

Off to read some more Christmas books.

Thursday, April 12, 2012


For me: I finally had to make an appointment for another endoscopy with dilation. My esophageal stricture has been getting worse and worse. This meant that first I had to see my regular doctor, get a blood test and then get the endoscopy done. So far, nothing has been covered under my insurance policy meaning nothing has even applied toward my $5,000. deductible. I'm keeping my fingers crossed about the endoscopy. They also took a couple biopsies since my esophagus was more red and inflamed than 3 years ago when I had it done. $$$$$ Plus, they want to prescribe Nexium (I haven't tried that one yet). I hear it's expensive, and I have no prescription coverage.

For Tim: His 'annual' 3 year check up resulted in a blood test, an MRI for his back (to compare with the last one in '08), a trip to the cardiologist, and a sleep study test. Fortunately, his insurance, while not as good as it used to be, is far better than mine.

The joys of being over 50, I guess. It's the only time I'm cognitively aware of my age - at the doctor's office.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Looking Back Over 2011

A little late, no doubt, when most people look back over the previous sometime in January. Still, March is pretty good for me. And by looking back, I mean the important things! Books that were read.


The Tale of Oat Cake Crag by Susan Wittig Albert
The Shooting in the Shop by Simon Brett
Grace Will Lead Me Home by Katherine Valentine
On a Wing and a Prayer by Katherine Valentine
Halloween Party by Agatha Christie (for the 7th or 8th time)
Three Act Tragedy by Agatha Christie


The Boomerang Clue by Agatha Christie
The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore by Deepak Chopra


Hmmm..... I'm sure I read something....


The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith
The Earth Path by Starhawk
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear


As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Spiral Dance by Starhawk
Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell
Aunt Dimity Down Under by Nancy Atherton


Busy out of doors, I guess.


The Fountain Overflows by Rebecca West
The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore


Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell
In the Company of Others by Jan Karon
Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
Death in Five Boxes by Carter Dickson
Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie


Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym
A Graveyard to Let by Carter Dickson
Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza


Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh
Drood by Dan Simmons
Led by Faith by Immaculee Ilibagiza


Bishop of Rwanda by John Rucyahana
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina


Friends at Thrush Green by Miss Read
No Holly for Miss Quinn by Miss Read
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
High Rising by Angela Thirkell

The Fountain Overflows was a very pleasant surprise. None of the books was very taxing; my brain wasn't up to handling too much, and this list reflects that. The books about the Rwandan Genocide were very difficult to read. For weeks I found myself thinking about the tragedy - especially at night. Tim then read them, and that led to quite a few discussions, usually at night. Why do we always get into these deep, disturbing conversations at night? I've been wanting to watch Hotel Rwanda and Sometimes in April. After watching them I can make a better decision about Abra viewing them.

This list feels incomplete. I'm sure there were some other Christie books and such that I never listed. I have an almost complete list of our read alouds. That's another post.