Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Seaside Stroll

Seaside Stroll by Charles Trevino and illustrated by Maribel Lechuga is a great book to share with children.  The girl and her mom go to the sea one snowy afternoon and experience the beach, including losing her doll.  I enjoyed the story, but I especially appreciated the skill the author had in telling the story with words only beginning with the letter S.

Friday, August 20, 2021

50 Little Gifts

50 Little Gifts complied by Susanne Woods is a book worth looking at if you are interested in sewing some hand made gifts.  I have made some of the projects.  

One idea that was unique to the book was the memory game.

This little basket is another project that went together quickly.

I also made a water bottle holder.  

More projects in the book are a checkbook cover, a variety of bags and pouches, a baby bib, and a few pincushions.  

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

twenty years ago


Twenty years ago today, I was walking on the Great Wall of China with my sister Anita.  That's me in the red tee, white cap and sunglasses.  The things that I remember the most are the crowds, the heat and humidity, and the vendors selling bottles of cold water.

Friday, July 30, 2021

The Secret World of Weather

The Secret World of Weather by Tristan Gooley is a worthwhile read.  If you live in a place where the weather changes often, the people talk about the weather, or the weather affects your daily activities, you would learn something useful.  It would also be a good book to read if you are a science teacher or a naturalist.  Parts of it was easier to understand than others, but I plan to reread parts of it, especially the parts about clouds, trees, and precipitation.  It made me realize there are a lot more things that an average person can pay attention to and understand about the weather without listening to a forecast. 

Monday, July 26, 2021

more than books

If you have not been to your local public library lately, I would suggest you stop by.  Of course, there are plenty of books, but many libraries have increased the variety of things you can check out with your library card.  

My library now has disc golf sets (five plus a carrying bag) you can check out for a week.

You can check out a mobile hotspot for a week as well.

Or a Minnesota state park pass.  

There are also telescopes, board game kits, and a try it yourself ukelele kit in my regional library system.

Does your library have any of these sorts of things?  

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Whose House is That?

 Whose House Is That? by Stan Tekiela makes an excellent addition to any home or classroom library.  Tekiela describes in a few sentences a home of a wild animal and shows a photograph of the home.  On the folllowing page, there is a photo of the animal in it's home, along with more information about the animal.  All of the animals are from Minnesota.  If you enjoy this book, you can look for more by Tekiela, including his books for children like Whose Track is That? and The Kids' Guide to Birds of Minnesota, or his guides for wildflowers, trees, or birds of different states.