Archive for September 2018

Can You Do the Zoogie Boogie?

September 27, 2018

What do zoo animals do at night when all the visitors leave? Do they read goodnight stories? Do they sing lullabies? Do they go to sleep?


Once the zoo is closed and the animals get the all-clear signal from the giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and birds …

“It’s time to … zoogie boogie! “

Jump and jive. Dance and trot. Move and groove.


Zoogie Boogie Fever! An Animal Dance Book is written and illustrated by Sujean Rim. The illustrations are bright and colorful with amusing poses and ultimate animal nighttime fun. Rim’s fast-paced clever rhyming text will keep readers on their toes as they turn the pages of Zoogie Boogie Fever! and beg to boogie along.

 And when the sun begins to rise, … it’s time for zoogie boogie zzzs.


The Classic Winnie-the-Pooh

September 20, 2018

What a great belated-birthday surprise I had this past weekend from my daughter and son-in-law.  They surprised me with a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston!

One of my favorite characters was there to greet me!


Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff…

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” ~Eeyore

I have to say I was probably more excited to see this exhibit than all of the youngsters that were there!

Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh, and their friends are beloved characters in our family. If you get a chance, you have to see this exhibit. Kids will love the little bed, the steps on the halfway down stairs, Eeyore’s house, the bridge, and all of the interactive activities included in the Hundred Acre Wood exhibit. Adults will enjoy the artifacts, letters, photographs, drawings, and history that go along with the Pooh stories written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard. There’s so much to see and do that everyone will be entertained.

These pictures I’m including are just a few of the many things to see.


A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin


“One thing you should know, no matter where I go, we’ll always be together.”~Christopher Robin


The inspiration for A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh


Pooh and Friends

“A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” ~Winnie-the-Pooh



Treasured Editions



Pop-up Books and Fun Activities





Sketches by E. H. Shepard

“Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more to give way to the happiness of the person you love.” ~Winnie-the-Pooh



“Any day spent with you is my favorite day.” ~Winnie-the-Pooh







Interactive Play in the “Hundred Aker Wood”

“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” ~Winnie-the-Pooh


My feet would love to do some interactive play in these!


A little creativity and Eeyore has a new home!

If you love Winnie-the-Pooh like I do, here are two books that might be of interest to you and your family.


other winnie

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~Winnie-the-Pooh







The Simple Pleasures of a Birthday

September 13, 2018

Tuesday was my birthday. My husband bought me flowers, an ice cream cake, and took me to lunch. Simple but so enjoyable.


Lunch in Portsmouth Harbor

When I was young, every year on my birthday I wished for a pony. I never got one. Now that I’m older I understand why that wish was never granted. A horse is too big to wrap. There wasn’t enough room in a bedroom shared with my two other sisters. And a horse is definitely not a house-friendly pet when you live in a city.

While growing up, our family birthdays were never extravagant, but they were always memorable.

Birthday wishes began in the morning from my mother, father, and siblings and ended with a special homemade birthday dinner of my choice. The pièce de résistance was Angel Pie. It’s a cherished family recipe that I requested for my birthday every year. Chocolate perfection made with my mother’s magic touch!

Then there was the year our oh-so-fun next-door neighbors brought over a watermelon half with birthday candles stuck in it.

There were always cards from family and friends lined up for me to enjoy.


Tuesday’s Flowers and Cards

On my 16th birthday, my mother prepared a party luncheon that included fresh flowers, silver, china, a delicious main dish, and Angel Pie for dessert.

On my 21st birthday, my parents took my best friend and me to a nice restaurant where we celebrated our September birthdays with champagne.

When I went away to college, my father made sure a proper birthday wish was always there for me. In the early morning hours of my birthday, and that meant in the middle of the night, he would call to be the first to wish me a happy birthday. He never ever missed a year.

The year my father passed away, I realized how much I would miss those obnoxious early-morning birthday calls. Then sometime in the middle of the night on my birthday that year, my phone rang. Being in a sleepy daze, I imagined it was a call from my father in heaven. On the other end of the phone was not my father’s voice but the voice of my daughter saying, “I’m calling to wish you a happy birthday, just like grandpa always did.” Ah, the pleasures of having a wonderful, thoughtful daughter!

At 1:32 am on Tuesday of this week, my phone rang. It was my daughter calling to say happy birthday. She is insistent on keeping up the tradition that she knows means so much to me – no matter how annoying!

It’s the simple pleasures of life that bring you happiness.

Cake anyone?


It’s not Angel Pie but ice cream cake will do!


Blog Break Festivities

September 6, 2018

I’m back! The past six weeks have been busy, busy, busy!

It began with the birth of a little baby.



After thirteen girls plus one on the way in December, a boy finally made his way into our extended family.

There were six birthdays!




Two anniversaries


Lots of rain and rainbows


Babysitting, Beaches, Bonfires





And a holiday with family and friends!

And, of course, there was lots of reading.

My blog break vacation was fantastic, but it’s good to be back!

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