Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Vege-Men's Revenge: written by Bertha Upton / 1897

I don't own this lovely book, but I would love to some day.  You can read the full book with all the illustrations  here

 The story is about a little girl named Poppy who is sent by her mother to collect vegetables in her basket. The book is in three parts and in the first part Poppy meets Herr Carrot and Don Tomato who entice her with 'fair words' to come and see how they grow underground.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

In Print

I've been going through my book collection. My oldest book is from 1848: The Ferry-Man's Daughter by D.P. Kidder

In 1848, the US was experiencing the Gold Rush, we were fighting cholera epidemics, and opening our first medical school for women. 

I love the history captured in these old gems.  Lost language and etiquette are kept alive in printed form. It's hard to believe some of these survived through history.  I feel so lucky to own these bits of history.

Sunday, April 13, 2014


While touring around New York, I stumbled across a toy store located in Grand Central Station called Kidding Around.  The window display caught my eye. It brought me so much joy to see Heidi's plush displayed in the window.  My son is a huge fan of the Yummy World items.  His key chain collection is ever growing.  I guess I know what I can put in his Easter basket!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New York City - 2014

 Walking around in New York or any larger city makes me feel a bit like Stuart Little.  Looking out of my hotel window, I could not see sky or street just more windows.  Visiting a city has some charm and allure, but I never have the desire to stay longer than planned.  That being said, if you've never been to NYC - here's a snapshot of my highlights.




STATUE OF LIBERTY (thanks France!)

 The new skyline - FREEDOM TOWER

Friday, April 4, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Screech Owl

We also have this darling Screech Owl that lives in an Oak tree in our back yard.  It's little hole of a home is straight out of a story book.  He has been deemed, OWL of The Hundred Acre Wood.  He has no interest in our chickens; his eyes are on our quail.  He may look innocent, but he's a craft fella.