Thursday, April 28, 2016


A short summary of spring goings-on around here.

The girls built and put up bird houses, which were all occupied in short order

Now, we're starting to see fledglings out and about!
Other wildlife has been around too.  A turtle passed through
"Tiny humans! Hide!"
Sealed up nice and tight
"Is the coast clear?"
Wasps thinking we're going to let them set up shop outside our doors and windows
Tiny ladybug wandering the wilds of the front yard
Hello Mr. Spider, I see you (can you spy his little eye?)
More spying:
We also spent a whole day earlier in the spring geocaching, which gave me a chance to snap picture of a lot of different flowers.

Spring was a bit slow to arrive around here, but it seems we're zooming through it in about 2 weeks and headed straight for summer!

Monday, April 18, 2016

50 Books in a Year

So close to 50 this year! You can click the links for the 2015, 20142013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 book lists.   *all images are affiliate links to amazon.

Past Reading
2006:  30 books; 8,222 pages

2007:  37 books; 14,326 pages

2008:  41.5 books; 15,072 pages

2009:  50 books; 16,199 pages

2010:  23 books; 6,843 pages

2011:  24 books; 11,981 pages

2012:  39 books; 13,790 pages

2013:  37 books; 13,930 pages

2014:  38 books; 14,375 pages

2015: 49.5 books; 15,622 pages

Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau. 304 pages.

I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. 368 pages. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. And then I felt bad that I didn't like it more. It was educational and worth reading though.

Running with the Kenyans by Adharanand Finn. 288 pages.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi Durrow. 272 pages.

After Alice by Gregory Maguire. 304 pages.

Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery. 288 pages.

Sundown Towns by James Loewen. 576 pages.

Growing Up Amish by Ira Wagler. 271 pages.

10% Happier by Dan Harris. 256 pages.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. 448 pages.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. 416 pages.

Walden on Wheels by Ken Igunas. 320 pages.

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail by Richard Peck. 256 pages.

Guinea Dog by Patrick Jennings. 208 pages. (and Guinea Dog 2 and Guinea Dog 3)

Unagoraphobic by Hal Mathew. 256 pages.

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. 464 pages.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling. 320 pages.

The Ice Cream Maker by Subir Chowdhury. 109 pages.

Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert Frank. 208 pages.

The Match: "Savior Siblings" and one Family's Battle to Heal Their Daughter by Beth Whitehouse. 255 pages.

Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer. 432 pages.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling. 752 pages.

Superlight Backpacking by Bruce McDonough. 60 pages.

Ice by Kevin Tinto. 426 pages.

Country Heaven by Ava Miles. 319 pages.


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