Monday, May 21, 2012


Saturday my cousin and and I got the moms/aunts together to talk.  We wanted to hear their stories.  We knew if they were together their memories would feed off each other and grow.  We fed them and watered (beered) them and asked just one question to get them started.
Then, we stood back and watched.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Highly recommended

Sometimes the stress of the day can only be resolved with a walk on the beach.

It appears we weren't the only ones walking that night.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day fun

Today is Mother's Day!  Happy Mother's Day to all of you and I hope at some time in this weekend you had the chance to be with your people. 

Yesterday my son and daughter-in-law hosted all of us at their house near the Detroit area.We started the morning at Charlie's soccer game.

He's 6 1/2 years of charm

Little Ceci was picking dandelions and marvelling at their beauty. My gosh, she's a cutie!

After the soccer game we all travelled to Detroit's Eastern Market.  This is a H U G E  market with I believe 8 buildings and outlots.  I've never seen such a place and this being Mother's Day weekend, the official start of flower buying, the place was jammed with flower vendors selling at amazingly inexpensive prices.  We bought flats, hanging baskets, hydrangeas, pots.  The buildings sold food.  We got asparagus, corn, onions and steaks to cook on the grill when we got home.  Wow.  It was amazing!
Elizabeth and Charlie were discussing these flowers and chose theirs for planting.

But in the end, the kids just want to be home where they can play.  Charlie and Ceci have a large climbing unit in their yard with a slide, ladders, rocks...all sorts of fun for the girls.  Wear them out so they'll sleep on the ride home!  I had to beg for one second from their play so grandma could get a picture of her girls.  Just one second!  It was grudgingly given.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Do what you love

     I work in an elementary school library. My job is to get kids excited about books. We talk about how books are made, the relationship of author and illustrator, the little bit that I know of publishing, books staying in print or going out of print. We look carefully at every picture, starting with the cover, looking at every picture even the end papers, and looking for clues about what a book will be about. Using voices when you read. I work very hard to put the newest and best in here for the kids because I want them to have the newest and best available to them.  Besides that, I love books and sharing that excitement.

   This young lady is one of the very excited readers.  She found at the public library this book on audio but she was very determined to also find the book in our school library so she could read and follow along with the audio version.  She said she likes to follow along but also she can hear how it's supposed to sound in her head.  She's one of the reasons I love this job.