Little Things #6

I am writing this sitting on the couch with the cat next to me. He is snoring like crazy and he looks a little ridiculous, kind of like he is drunk  The wind is blowing outside and life is pretty peaceful.

Jack the cat

I went consignment shopping and out to dinner with two friends the other night.  It was a really good day.  I don't usually go out in the evening without my family.  My bizarre sense of guilt makes me think I should be home making sure everyone is fed and does their homework.  However, that is about as ridiculous as the cat is.  They aren't going to die if I am not there.  Though my daughter did keep emailing me with questions her father could have easily answered.  I think she just likes emailing.

I really enjoy consignment shopping.  I like clothes, not obsessively but I like to be dressed nicely.  However, I don't have the budget to spend lots of money on clothes.  My kids are outgrowing theirs too often for me to do that.  If I shop at consignment stores I can have the clothes I want at a fraction of the cost.  Besides, it is like a treasure hunt.  You never know what you are going to find.  My bargain of the day was these shoes.

Michael Korrs shoes

Michael Kors shoes for $14.00.  That made me pretty happy.  And can we all agree that it is a good thing I usually write about books and kids and everyday things because I would never succeed as a fashion blogger?  Honestly, how do you make shoes look interesting in a photo?  I just plopped them on the floor and snapped a picture but I am pretty sure that is not what you are supposed to do.  I also got a Hilfiger blazer for $0.99.  It looks brand new and they usually run about $100.

The kids are going to spend the weekend at their grandparent's house.  They are really looking forward to it and so are my husband and I.  I am a firm believer in the benefit of occasional time without kids.  It is good for the kids to spend time with their grandparents and it is good for us to have time to ourselves.  We are going to go out to eat tomorrow night at a restaurant that is not kid friendly.  In other words, a restaurant that doesn't have pictures of the food on the menu.  I can't wait. Maybe I will wear my new shoes.

My daughter just reread A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  She liked it more the second time.  Now she is looking for recommendations of books about boarding schools and orphans who overcome hardship.  I thought of Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster and Mandy by Julie Edwards. Mandy is about a girl in an orphanage but I think it is the kind of story she is talking about.  Does anyone else have any other ideas?


  1. Anne of Green Gables! Totally about an orphan. So is Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.

    1. She has read and loved Anne of Green Gables but I forgot about Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. I think I have it in the attic. I'll have to go find it.