Archives for September 2013

Apple picking time!!

First apple picking of the season.

Apple cheers!!!

Last year, I somehow managed to miss a good opportunity to take the boys apple picking.  So this year, I wasn’t playing around, we had to work it in to our schedule. With Nicholas’ birthday party on Sunday we had to squeeze it in on Saturday after Apollo’s soccer practice. It wasn’t the most ideal time but Apollo took a nap on the drive up to Russell’s Orchard in Ipswich.

It wasn’t a crisp fall like feel to the weather but the sun wasn’t too bad either.  We picked Gala, Macoun and Ginger Gold apples.  This was my first time eating the Ginger Gold and they are delicious.  After picking apples the boys stopped by the shop for ice cream and Leao and I some donuts of course!

Then we headed over to Crane Beach to catch some fresh air. I will spare you the picture Leao took of my snoozing!

Have a blessed day!


Fun Photos Friday – #14

Bubble time!

Bubble time!

Happy Friday everyone! Friday is definitely one of my favorite days of the week. I always look forward to more unstructured time with family.  I also know I am going to sneak in reading time on my deck which I have to say I have been doing a lot of even on weekdays as of late.

This week’s picture is of Apollo playing with his bubbles. I am always happy to see my kids’ reaction to bubbles. It is such simple past time and they simply enjoy it.

At first he couldn’t blow them. He either blew too hard or too soft so I would blow them and he and his brother would chase and pop them.  Now that he mastered the art of blowing his own,  he even puts his tech toys down to play.  Let’s face it, bubble never get old.

Hope you find something simple and fun to do this weekend.

Have a blessed Friday!


Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

I have been reading but not posting any reviews in a long time.  So I thought while this is fresh in my mind I would share my thoughts.

I just finished this book on Sunday and I have to tell you about me first. I tend to stay away from the NYT bestseller list. Much of the time, I do not like the books they have on the list. I also believe I don’t like to be told what I should enjoy reading.  I always peak at the list but vary rarely am persuaded to read something from the list.  I also find that over the years I have become very sensitive to violence and vulgar language. Probably from being a mom of two young children and watching a whole lot of cartoons.

So when my bookclub selected this book, I kind of went into it reluctantly.  Despite all of the praise from some close friends who had already read the book.

So I may be from the unpopular  opinion that did not enjoy the first 200 pages of the book. I probably would have put it down had it not been our reading selection.  Which is one of the main reasons I joined a book club – to grow my reading genres.  When I reached 200 I finally got engrossed in the tale laid out by Ms. Flynn.  I always believe I can solve a mystery before a book ends but I can tell you that rarely happens.  And I did not see many of the twists coming in this book.

This book had so many twists and turns and possibilities that it keeps you reading. I enjoyed the second half of the book but I am not sure if the ending worked for me.  I am still processing.

Overall a good read if you can get yourself past the gore and vulgarity and past page 200.

I just read online that there are rumors that the following might be cast for the movie version:

Ben Affleck could play Nick Dunne

Rosamund Pike as Amy

Emily Ratajkowski as Andie

So I will keep my eyes out for the movie release.  In the meantime, I am off to go read on my deck!

Happy reading!


Flowers from my garden

Dahlia's from my garden

Dahlia’s from my garden

Today, I thought I would share with you a photo of some of my favorite Dahlia’s from my garden. This year, I have had an amazing explosion of Dahlia’s in my gardens. This is the first year I planted bulbs that I dug out last year.  The ones’ that I planted near my deck are almost as tall as I and still blooming. I cut a few to bring inside to enjoy in the house. I definitely will dig them out this year now that I see how easy it is to grow them.

Have a great weekend!



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