42. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns – this was my book club’s book (though I did not attend) for October. The first half of this book was reading deja vu. I think I must have read it sometime before, but I couldn’t remember. It was a bit of a chore to finish, as it lagged quite a bit in the middle, but I really enjoyed it toward the end. Burns’ grandfather character reminded me so much of Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove (one of my favorite characters in one of my favorite books), even what happens to him, that I thought she might have lifted it from Larry McMurtry. However, her book was published a year before Lonesome Dove, so I guess they are just coincidentally similar.
That’s all I read this month. I got bit by a crafting bug and have been doing that instead of reading. Also, holding a book while rocking and nursing a baby is not so easy as messing around on pinterest on the ipad. Just saying…
October was a busy, fun-filled month around here, enjoying the beautiful, somewhat cooler weather. The kids and I spent many mornings at the park and many afternoons riding bikes and scooters around the neighborhood.
The big kids spent a weekend at Nana and Woody’s house, and Thomas and I enjoyed a very quiet weekend at home with Speedy. You would think we might get a lot done, but no, we did not. We took some naps, ate out for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and enjoyed spending time with Speedy without many distractions. The house was eerily quiet without them, and we were glad to have them home again.
We spent one Saturday morning at Weinerfest, a local festival to benefit the animal shelter. Weiner dogs abounded in some hilarious costumes, and the kids really enjoyed the weiner dog races.
Thomas and Bud spent a weekend camping with some of our good friends from Waco. Their first ever “boys only” camping weekend was a success. Bud had a blast and crashed on the couch as soon as they got home.
We put our garden in the end of September, and it is growing quite well. Speedy and I enjoy going out to water it in the afternoon while he is in the Moby Wrap. He falls asleep before we are done. I think that is why everything is growing so well–consistency! We have broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussels sprouts, green beans, lettuce, spinach, onions, carrots, peas, tomatoes (hopefully we get some before a freeze!), and bell peppers and basil still growing from the summer.
In school, Bud has really come along in his reading. It is as if something has clicked in his brain and everything is coming a little quicker than before. We spent some time learning about Lewis and Clark’s expedition and Davy Crockett. Bud was a huge fan, and dons his Davy Crockett costume everyday, wearing it all of the time we are home. A sweet friend gave him a coon-skin cap, and he made his own shotgun out of a stick, duct tape and paint. We aren’t gun toy people, but how could we resist such creativity?
The kids have been really into dressing up (Davy Crockett especially), and are getting more and more creative as they delve deeply into the dress up box. They also chose to dress up for pumpkin patch pictures, they really love dressing up.