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We are another week into summer! I noticed that the stores are putting out the school supplies, reminding us that fall is coming. Pat took this week off work, but we didn’t do much. Chris had his writing group and swimming lessons and Lillie had her math class, which tied us to home. On Friday, […]

I hope that my American friends had a Happy 4th of July! I did not do a weekly reads post this week as I was celebrating on the 4th and, on the third, was busy prepping for the 4th. I’ll cover two weeks in my next update post. Anyway, since I last wrote, Oregon is […]

Lordy, lordy! It is HOT out there. As I write this (at 3:50 pm on Sunday) it is 110 degrees out! If I were in Arizona, this would be normal, but I’m in Oregon! This is not the deal Oregonians made when we all decided to live here. Tomorrow is supposed to be even hotter, […]

Wow, a lot has happened in the two weeks since I last posted. First, I went to Arizona to see my dad. It was a nice long weekend. Yes, it was hot, but the air conditioning was working. Thanks to the pandemic, he hadn’t seen any relatives other than his brother in a year and […]

I’ve been paying attention to what I’ve been reading, what I’ve been enjoying, and what I’ve been craving and I’ve noticed something: my reading has changed. Before I go any further, I want to assure you that I am not a genre snob. I do not believe genre, or any genre, is “less than” any […]

Happy (almost) summer! The beginning of this week was incredibly summery. Right now, not so much. In fact, as I type, Pat is out trying to start the grill in the rain. But time moves on. The kids have 2 weeks left of school, which translates to 3 more days in school. I think they […]

I love the library summer reading programs. Some of my fondest childhood memories were trying to make progress on my summer reading so I could get the coupon for an ice cream cone or a roller skating session or something of the like. I still have this very clear vision of the children’s room at […]

I am a podcast addict. I tend to have a podcast going for most of the day. I think it started when Pat was at work, the kids were at school, and it was just Alice and I at home. And, let’s face it, Alice is not the best conversationalist. It started with one or […]

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to those in the US. I hope you not only enjoy this weekend, but also take a moment to remember those who have died to give us the freedoms we enjoy. I am slowly easing into the (almost) post-pandemic world. Yesterday, Pat and I went to the Hillsboro Farmer’s Market for […]

I have said many times that I am not a reading challenge person. In fact, the only one I normally do is the Goodreads challenge, which is nothing more than how many books you read in a year. Well, buckle in folks, because I AM DOING ANOTHER CHALLENGE! Every year, Sue at Book by Book […]