Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In the News: National Park Service to Require Permits for "Rim to Rim" Hike/Run

The National Park Service recently announced that as of September 15, a permit will be required for groups between 2 and 30 to make the "rim to rim" hike or run due to an increase in rescue calls caused by the growing number of amateur athletes attempting the trip. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, park officials believe this will allow them to keep better track of who is on the trails and help them manage their stretched resources.

You can read more at http://online.wsj.com/articles/grand-canyon-to-charge-runners-a-fee-1409353672

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Well, it sure has been a while. We're home from Disney and I'm trying to get this blog back on track. It's been tough because I've been working more than I thought I would be right now.

I haven't been taking on many new books to review, so my incoming mail has slowed down. This one arrived while we were on vacation.

Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don’t always realize is that Wilder’s books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura’s real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography, complete with charming illustrations, points out the differences between the fictional series as well as the many similarities. It’s a fascinating story of a much-celebrated writer.

I bought the following one right before we went away. I've been wanting to read this series for a long time.

Some summers are just destined to be pretty

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer — they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

What did you receive in your mailbox?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fall Decorating Ideas

As soon as the girls head back to school, my mind starts thinking about decorating for fall. I have to admit that original decorating isn't my strong suit, but give me an image and I can come up with something. Here are links to some fall decorating ideas you might like. Since we live in New England--a place known for its great fall colors--I tend to lean more toward native decorating ideas.

Yankee Magazine offers 10 simple ways to add garden style to your home in this article: http://www.yankeemagazine.com/gardening-advice-ideas/simple-ways-to-decorate-for-fall

The Heart of New England has a list of classic ideas that never go out of style at http://www.theheartofnewengland.com/garden/autumn-decorations.html

This article from Country Living talks about a bed and breakfast in Comfort, Texas, but the photos offer some lovely autumn decorating ideas: http://www.countryliving.com/homes/how-to-get-the-look/comfort-common-bed-breakfast-1005#slide-1

Looking for some fall gardening ideas? Try this article from
Better Homes and Gardens: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/gardening-by-region/northeast/

About Home has an article offering "8 tips for Fall and Winter Container Gardening" at http://containergardening.about.com/od/containersyearround/a/falltowinter.htm

Finally, this series of photos on HGTV FrontDoor includes "7 Curb Appeal Tips for Fall": http://www.frontdoor.com/photos/curb-appeal-tips-for-fall

Hope you have fun and share links to your photos when you're done.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Sunday, August 17, 2014


We'll be away from August 18 - 25. Good thing for house sitters or our cats and the hermit crab would get might lonely. Our girls are headed back to school two days after we return, so I'm sure they will be making the most of this trip.

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Prairie Memories by Patrick Loubatière Now Available!

Prairie Memories
Magazine - 68 pages - Glossy Coated Paper - 8.5 x 11 Inches - English Language -
Published July 2014

  • Exclusive in-depth interviews with four actors from Little House on the Prairie: Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls), 14 pages; Richard Bull (Nels Oleson), 14 pages; Dabbs Greer (Reverend Alden), 14 pages; Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Oleson), 21 pages.
  • The interviews with Richard Bull and Dabbs Greer were made shortly before their death.
  • All pictures published in the magazine are courtesy of the actors. Most of them are very rare and previously unpublished.

Magazine available only through http://prairiememories.bigcartel.com/product/prairie-memories Can be dedicated by the author upon request.

Payment by Paypal or check.

Patrick  Loubatière is a French writer, stage director and high school teacher. He is the author of the book "Little House on the Prairie from A to Z", which accompanied the complete series on DVD, in 2006. He also interviewed the actors on the bonus segments, plus created the trivia quizzes. 
Since 2006, he has co-starred with Alison Arngrim in France in two comedic, interactive shows based on Little House on the Prairie. 

Aside from Little House, he has published interviews with most of the actors on the series Lost, NCIS, The Mentalist, Desperate Housewives, Criminal Minds, Revenge, Castle, Dallas, etc.


Bargain Kindle Book: The Cookbook for Teens by Mendocino Press

Become a kitchen whiz with The Cookbook for Teens.

Even the world’s top chefs had to start somewhere. The Cookbook for Teens is the perfect introduction to the art of cooking, even for teenagers who have never cooked more than a slice of toast. The Cookbook for Teens will guide you through introductory preparation and cooking techniques, how to read recipes, and how to shop for groceries.

Once you are comfortable in the kitchen, you will learn how to make your own easy dishes, with simple Cookbook for Teens recipes for appetizers, entrées, and snacks. After you have mastered the fundamentals, The Cookbook for Teens will walk you through preparing a three-course meal that will completely wow your friends and family.

The Cookbook for Teens makes the kitchen accessible for any teenager interested in the culinary arts, with:

• 74 easy-to-follow Cookbook for Teens recipes, such as Bacon and Cheese Risotto, Deep Dish Spaghetti Pizza, and Southwestern Salad
• 25 basic cooking techniques to make you a kitchen pro
• 27 essential kitchen tools
• The Cookbook for Teens guide to grocery shopping on your own
• 12 key safety tips for everything from chopping to baking, from the editors of The Cookbook for Teens

With easy directions and delicious recipes, The Cookbook for Teens is the perfect resource for anyone who wants to start getting creative in the kitchen.

File Size: 2784 KB
Print Length: 145 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Mendocino Press (February 19, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English