Monday's Bits and Pieces

Woodland walk

When I first sat down to write this I thought that I couldn't come up with too many good things about the last week.  Not that it was bad, just that it was uneventful.  I guess that is true, but there were a few nice things about it in an uneventful kind of way.

The snow from last Monday finally melted.  Did I mention it snowed last Monday?  Probably not.  I was so disgusted I couldn't deal with it.  We got a few inches of wet, sloppy snow.  It was just enough to make the roads treacherous.  Let me remind you that it is April, the time of sunshine, daffodils, and warm breezes.  Snow was just so wrong.  But it is gone now and things are trying to bloom again.  I can see the first haze of yellow on my forsythia bushes.


I went for a walk in the park.  Now, it did start to rain about ten minutes after I got down the path into the woods but it was a walk, I was in the park, and we will focus on the positive. There weren't that many signs of spring.  I was hoping for lots of pretty flowers.  The only ones I saw were a few dandelions.

I ran in to Goodwill the other day just to take a quick look at their books.  I didn't find any books, unfortunately, but I did find a brand new, tags still on, black skirt for $4.99.  It kind of made my day.

Book Mail

Two books I ordered came in the mail.  The Long Weekend is a book I read about on a blog ages ago, meant to order, and never got around to.  I finally did order it and I am looking forward to reading it.  Social history is kind of my thing so I am sure I will like this.  I also got Victoria Four-thirty.  It is another book I read about on a blog and ordered.  To be honest, I don't remember much about it now but I must have thought it was a good idea at the time.  Blog reading is very bad for my book buying budget.  I also ordered a book about Bletchley Park but that hasn't come yet.  I want to visit there when we go on vacation so thought I would read about it first.  I just hope the book comes before I leave. Really, the book about Bletchley Park is the whole reason I ordered any books at all.  Once I order one I have to order a few more.  I seem constitutionally incapable of just ordering a single book.

Finally, the cat was exceptionally cute the other day.  The internet likes pictures of cats so here he is.  His name is Jack.  He doesn't know he is a cat and he doesn't realize the outdoors is real.

Jack the cat

This week is going to be a busy one.  We leave for vacation in a few days.  That means a lot of organizing and packing since not only am I getting ready for us to go to London but I am also getting my kids ready to spend the week at my parents so it is like packing for two separate vacations at once.  Never mind the fact that my kids seem to outgrow their clothes as soon as I mention packing so it ends up being a week of running around trying to find new jeans and that sweatshirt they can't live without. I did get the suitcases out of the attic yesterday so that's progress, right?

I hope your week had some good bits and pieces in it.


  1. Have fun in London! :) Definitely get yourself some new books.

    Sadly, I have a flu so bad I had to call in sick. I hope the rest of the week will perk up for me.

    1. I am so sorry you are not well. I hope you feel better soon. Being sick is miserable but at least it gives you a bit of time to read....