Sunday, November 22, 2015

Books to Finish - November Update

Well, I'm not progressing like I though I would. I keep getting distracted by other books! I'm bringing a pile along for Thanksgiving break and hoping to find some extended quiet time to read. 5 completed in the last month, predicting 5 more read by the end of this week. At least that's half done.
  • All the Light We Cannot See (will probably finish this week)
  • Daughters of Eve 
  • Faith
  • The Yoga of Eating
  • Big Little Lies 
  • The Small Backs of Children (audiobook - hoping to finish on drive to/from Thanksgiving)
  • If I Stay...
  • Catalyst 
  • Little Sugar Addicts
  • Brainstorm
  • The Happiness Project
  • Better Than Before
  • Just Listen (audio book - bumping this to my 2016 reading list)
  • The Dyslexic Advantage
  • Overcoming Dylexia
  • The Explosive Child
  • Drive
  • Deconstructing Penguins
  • ...And Then They Won Gold (this is painfully slow! I might just quit)
  • Throne of Glass

Friday, November 20, 2015

This Makes Me Happy - Creekside Run

Absolutely beautiful day. But one of us finished the run caked in mud & covered in burrs...

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

2015 Books to Movies

I took off some books from the original list that I have no interest in reading and starred the ones I plan to read soon. I've liked having a list to refer to when I want something new from the library or on Audible, but with my current reading list, I doubt I'll get to many more off this list in 2015. And I'm feeling a little sheepish about the only movie on the list that I've seen...
  1. Insurgent
  2. The Ninth Life of Lewis Drax
  3. Paper Towns
  4. The World Made Straight
  5. The Mortdecai Trilogy
  6. The Spook's Apprentice (aka The Last Apprentice)
  7. Fifty Shades of Grey
  8. True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa
  9. The Moon and the Sun
  10. Far From the Maddening Crowd
  11. Me Before You
  12. The Scorch Trials
  13. Black Mass
  14. Mockingjay
  15. The Martian
  16. In the Heart of the Sea
  17. The Revenant
  18. The Secret Scripture
  19. The Light Between Oceans
  20. The Zookeeper's Wife
  21. Into the Forest
  22. Dark Places
  23. Where Rainbows End (aka Love, Rosie)
  24. A Hologram for the King
  25. The Driftless Area
  26. A Walk in the Woods
  27. Brooklyn
  28. Room
  29. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  30. Silence
  31. The Price of Salt
  32. A Book of Common Prayer
  33. The Secret in Their Eyes
  34. Still Alice*
  35. The DUFF
  36. Dead Stars
  37. Child 44
  38. Jungle Book* (would like to listen to this with kids... maybe on Thanksgiving drive)
  39. Inherent Vice
  40. A Thousand Splendid Suns*
  41. Testament of Youth
  42. The Scorpio Races*
  43. Fallen
  44. Beautiful Ruins
  45. The Adderall Diaries
2014 List - Crossed off is read/highlighted is watched. Seeing The Monument's Men makes me want to now read the book. And The Hundred Foot Journey might be the only movie that I've actually liked better than the book!
  1. Labor Day
  2. The Monuments Men
  3. Winter's Tale
  4. Vampire Academy
  5. A Long Way Down
  6. Divergent
  7. The Fault in Our Stars 
  8. The Hundred Foot Journey 
  9. The Giver
  10. Dark Places (this just came out spring 2015)
  11. This Is Where I Leave You
  12. The Maze Runner
  13. Gone Girl*
  14. Unbroken
  15. Wild
  16. Serena

Friday, October 30, 2015


Picked them out yesterday. Will carve today.
And like I said on Instagram, here's another of this girl just because she is suddenly growing up so fast...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Garden Thoughts

We just had our first big frost. Plan to clean the garden out tomorrow, and want some notes to refer back to for next spring when I get ready to plant for 2016.

This was the first garden I've planted in several years (free ranging chickens plus maybe a little laziness kept me away). But with Tripper interested in chasing chickens and me pretty sick of poop everywhere, the girls have been mostly confined to their run. When Jack asked to plant, I had no excuse not to. I had forgotten how much I love a garden, so we'll definitely do one again next year.

Newly Planted Garden Last Spring -
Never Fails to Amaze Me How Much It Grows!

  • 2015 garden had oregano, thyme, chives, 1 jalapeƱo, 2 yellow squash, 1 zucchini, 1 pumpkin, 2 genovese basil, 1 thai basil, 1 sweet basil, 1 parsley, sunflowers, marigolds, and nasturtium
  • liked having a variety of basil, consider adding an additional basil plant or two
  • marigolds sprinkled throughout the plot look really pretty. Remember that you saved some marigold seeds! Do some starts with the kids
  • plant just one zucchini and one yellow squash plant (it WILL be plenty!!); make sure they have enough room; avoid the crooked neck yellow squash variety
  • move the chives to the back of the plot
  • the chickens will eat the nasturtium if they are up against the run
  • try the parsley - maybe 2 plants - in the landscaping under the office window; mint also
  • having pots around the raised bed looks nice and makes watering easy
  • lay down the automated soaker hose; it is fun to go out and water each morning in June but you will get tired of watering by the end of the season
  • plant early enough for lettuce
  • missed having green beans and rainbow chard and kale (mostly as a chicken treat)
  • the pumpkin didn't do well this year... not sure why.
  • have we ever eaten the jalapeƱos you plant?!?