Archive for October 2017

Halloween Books Kids Will Scream For

October 26, 2017


Halloween is quickly approaching. If you’re looking for some awesome Halloween board books your toddler will want to hear again and again, check out these.

5 little pumpkings

Five Little Pumpkins is written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. This book is fast-paced and lively with rhyming text that toddlers will love as they count the pumpkins.

7 pump

Seven Orange Pumpkins is written and illustrated by Stephen Savage. Bright colors and rhyming text will delight little ones as pumpkins disappear in this not-too-spooky Halloween book.

pumpkin party

Pumpkin Party is written by Maude Powell-Tuck and illustrated by Gill Guile. In another fun rhyming book, animals dress up for Halloween and take part in party activities for an enjoyable Halloween gathering.


Boo! A Book of Spooky Surprises is written by Jonathan Litton and illustrated by Fhiona Galloway. Repetition makes this book perfect for toddlers who want to be an active part of the reading. They can practice their “boos” each time you read, “Were you the one who shouted … BOO?”

trick or

Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating is written by Laura Gehl and illustrated by Joyce Wan. Peep and Egg are back again for a Halloween treat. Peep tries everything to get Egg to go trick-or-treating, including telling funny Halloween jokes, but Egg is still too scared. Find out if Egg takes a crack at trick-or-treating or if Egg is left in the dark.

duck goose

Duck & Goose:  Honk! Quack! Boo! is written and illustrated by Tad Hills. (Hardcover) The charming duo of Duck and Goose are going trick-or-treating, but will their fear of meeting up with a Swamp Monster ruin their day, or will they figure out a way of facing the unknown and have a fun Halloween?

Any of these books would make a perfect treat for your spirited Halloween creatures.




Picture This

October 19, 2017


This week my husband and I took a day and a half off from our daily routines. We went in search of color. We found it in the quaint town of Woodstock, VT surrounded by the Green Mountains. This little beauty was named one of the “prettiest towns in America” by Condé Nast Traveler. I heartily agree.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll let these speak for me.




Center of Town


Middle Bridge


Lunch at Bentley’s Restaurant


Norman Williams Public Library


The Yankee Book Shop


My Favorite Place to Browse


View from the Back Porch of a Gift Shop

Walking Through the Town






The Historic Woodstock Inn





Because the Woodstock Inn required a two-night stay, we checked into 506 On the River. It’s much newer, but it was delightful.






Views from Our Room




View in the Afternoon


View on a Frosty Morning


Dinner at 506 On the River



Checkers and Music in the Library


Views from our Drive to Killington Ski Resort





Our quick trip was just what we needed to energize us. What did we bring home with us besides our memories? Maple Syrup, of course, purchased at the Sugarbush Farm.


Pancakes, anyone?

Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Mistake

October 12, 2017

What if no one ever made a mistake? That would be the biggest mistake of all. Throughout history, mistakes have led to great strides in making our world a better place.


A perfectly delightful picture book written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken is The Book of Mistakes. The endpapers begin with a splat of ink and end with a charming surprise. Luyken begins her story with spare text and seemingly simplistic sketches rendered in black ink and surrounded by white space. The reader learns the artist has made a mistake. She corrects it by coming up with a good idea, but then there are more mistakes followed by more good ideas. With each page turn, colors seep into the illustrations. In the middle of the book, there are five wordless spreads in which the artist’s illustrations become more intricate and more colorful. At the end, Corinna Luyken poses the question, “Do you see—” which makes readers pause to think. The final illustrations and text give the reader a closer look into the creative mind of the author/artist who demonstrates how inspiration can change a simple mistake into something amazing.

Make no mistake. Grab hold of this book now!





Time Dilemma and What I Didn’t Do

October 5, 2017

I really needed to write my blog yesterday because today I have no time. When me was talking to me (as you can see from above), I listened to the wrong me. Now I have no blog to post and no time to do it. Tomorrow has become today, and today is full of empty promises as a result of talking to me and me.

And that my faithful readers brings me to a hint of what you will be reading next week when I’m on top of my blogging game once again. There will be no more nonsense— just some mistakes.

I’m timed out!

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