Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Malarkey

It's actually nice and cool outside, so I have to make this quick. As soon as husband gets home, I'm going to coat myself in mosquito repellant and dash out to work on painting the deck. 66 degrees! I can handle that.

Recent arrivals, all purchases:

  • Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
  • The Broken Shore by Peter Temple 
  • Romeo and Juliet, Annotated by William Shakespeare
  • Winger by Andrew Smith
  • The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

And, two that just walked in the door this minute:

Sleepy Kitty and Sleepy Puppy - both board books without a credited author, sent for review by Sterling Kids. I just read both books and they are so freaking adorable. I'll share those as soon as I can.

Last week's posts:

Last week's reads:

  1. House of Light (poetry) by Mary Oliver
  2. The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
  3. The Great Depression and WWII 1929-1949 by George E. Stanley
  4. On the Bus with Rosa Parks (poetry) by Rita Dove
  5. Children of the Great Depression by Russell Freedman
  6. For the Term of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke

Currently reading:

The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen

In other news:

I read 48 pages of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and decided to return it to the library. It wasn't grabbing me and there are too many other books calling my name. However, I liked what I read so I may return to it some other time.

We bought an umbrella for our outdoor table, even though it sits on a covered patio, specifically so we could get a moquito net that's made to fit over the top of the umbrella. The resulting bug-free zone is being referred to by Huzzybuns as "The Cabana".  We tested it during supper and found it worked wonders. Just the day before, I'd sat outside watching the birds for a short time and came inside with 4 mosquito bites. So exciting that we'll be able to enjoy the outdoors a little bit longer, now that we'll be protected from bites. The only downfall is that I won't be able to take photos of birds while inside -- I'll still have to use insect repellant or take my chances if I'm out specifically to snap bird pics. But, on the plus side it appears the wildlife can't see us as well with that little bit of sheer cloth in the way so we got to see a pretty wide range of bird life while eating our supper.

What are you reading, this week?

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  1. Lol! 66? That's great outdoor work in the yard weather. Well in dry Utah it is. ;) I despise mosquitoes. Sorry your dealing with them. At least the cababa is working.

    1. It would have been perfect for working in the yard if it hadn't rained. We have a lot of yard work and deck work to do. Fortunately, it's supposed to be dry on Wednesday. I'll be out painting the deck all day, I'm sure.

  2. I love summer, but the bugs drive me crazy. I would love a screened in deck and porch someday!

    1. I hate summer in MS but only partly because of the insect life. The biggest problem is the combination of heat and humidity. We're hoping to someday screen in our covered patio, but it will be a few years.

  3. It looks like Russell Freedman wrote a series- I have a book very similar look to yours, called Children of the Wild West. Haven't read it yet, but it looks good. I wonder what else he's produced along those lines.

    1. He's written quite a number of history books for children, Jeane, including Lincoln: A Photobiography, which won a Newbery Award. His research and writing are exceptional. You should dig into Children of the Wild West! I'm sure you'll love it.


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