B is for Betsy

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The book I gave to my middle child, Kris

“Betsy returned to her chair, took off her coat and hat, opened her book and forgot the world again.” – Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown

What drew me to the Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy books as a child was the cover. It wasn’t the one pictured on the left, but actually the original cover from 1940, when the first book was published. (I have always loved books illustrated by Lois Lenski.)

I can still remember devouring the first in the series, not realizing there were more. Imagine my delight when I saw that I could keep reading more and more about Betsy and Tacy. I didn’t own my own copies until I was an adult and bought them online. Growing up I checked them out of the library over and over again.

The books follow Betsy Ray and her best friends Tacy and Tib from age five to Betsy’s marriage. Betsy was a lively, outgoing, imaginative girl. In contrast, her first best friend Tacy was very shy and sensitive. Tib, the last to join the trio, was more adventurous. Betsy loved telling stories and knew in her heart that she was a writer who needed to write. I admired Betsy’s spirited nature, so unlike my own, but felt a connection with her dreams of writing at such a young age. I was more like Tacy, still am for that matter. More often than not, like Tacy, not wanting to be the center of attention. Throughout my life, I’ve related to Tacy on so many levels and loved Betsy for all the ways she wasn’t like Tacy- or me. But like the quote I chose for today, Betsy and I were kindred spirits, losing ourselves in a book. Even at a young age.

I was the only person I knew in my friend circle who read Betsy-Tacy books. Are you familiar with them?

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Stay safe!

-Kat

A is for Anne

Oh, such high hopes! Although I was late starting my prep, I was sooooo hopeful! And then you-know-what hit big time and life as I knew it changed. In days of shelter in place, stay at home, social distancing and quarantine, kids in different states, kids in positions considered essential and daily risking exposure, family members with at risk health conditions…… yeah the A to Z Challenge slipped my mind. Having rambled on enough about why I wasn’t prepared, I’ll move on to the meat and potatoes.

I’ve toyed with the idea of making books or characters my theme for this challenge. I have loved reading for as long as I can remember and what better chance to share it than through this challenge! After tweaking and searching and thinking a bit, I finally landed on the theme- My Favorite Female Book Characters. I wanted to say ‘literary’ but that just feels sort of stuffy for some of mine. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but goodness knows it’s not like I don’t have anything but time on my hands these days! Because I love quotes, I plan on including a quote from the character along with a description.

I’m already behind so I better get working here!

A is for Anne- Anne Shirley

Anne Shirley is the main character of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables books. Anne is a skinny redheaded orphan with a penchant for getting into trouble and blurting out what’s on her mind. When she arrives at the farm of siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, she hopes she has found a home. Gilbert Blythe, who starts off on the wrong foot with Anne, has always been one of my favorites. Their rivalry has always amused me and when I first began reading the books, I wasn’t sure if they would ever figure out how to get along. (I was probably around ten years old then so what did I know?)

“True friends are always together in spirit.” -Anne of Green Gables

It seems fitting to kick off the month (albeit a few days late) with this quote. Having spent a few weeks only having contact with the same handful of people, none of them being my best friends, I miss my buddies horribly! I swear I’ve never texted so much as I have since we became a stay at home state.

Back to Anne, strangely enough I don’t own any of the Anne of Green Gables books. I checked them out endlessly as a child and re-read them so many times I knew them by heart. Since the majority of my childhood books either come from my original books or ones that I pick up at thrift stores as I see them, I’m pretty sure I haven’t come across any yet. I have added the new series to my list to watch but haven’t gotten to it yet. (I’m too confused/befuddled/horrified/interested?!? in Tiger King. I know- I’m as appalled by this admission as you probably are!

Are you an Anne fan?

Stay safe!

-Kat

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L is for Landscape

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It’s snowing today. I would like to say this isn’t typical April weather in the Midwest, but I would be lying. Tracking the progress of the daffodils in front of the house, any weather is typical weather. In the past week we’ve had everything from rain, sleet, wind, sunshine, and snow. But in my dreams, I’m in my happy place and the landscape is green and sunny and warm. I’m sure those days will be here before long, but until then I’m dreaming about them while I wake up each day wondering how to dress.

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Photo a Day- Happy

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Happy weekend!

-Kat

B is for Black & White

AtoZ2019tenthAnnSo far so good! Second day or the A to Z Challenge and I’m still here! I know that sounds pretty darn pathetic but these days it’s a miracle when I can accomplish something as simple as posting two days in a row!

The star of today’s photo is Ari’s friend, Casey. She tends to be a bit dramatic and lately she has been caught striking some picture-worthy poses.

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“Is that for me>”

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“Sorry! I thought I heard you calling me!”

Peace and love,

-Kat

Blogging from A to Z – A is for Anything

AtoZ2019tenthAnnAnd so it begins! You can imagine my surprise when Kris, my middle kid and fellow NaNo participant, mentioned that she was planning on doing Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place in April (and July) last week. Oh shoot- that meant it was time for Blogging from A to Z! How did this happen? What happened to the month of March??? I proceeded to panic and start frantically searching for those A to Z lists I had been compiling throughout the year. (I found none of them.)

Despite the demands on my time these days, I am determined to participate. After looking for theme ideas, driving myself crazy, and admitting that I had to work within the constraints that are part of my days, I decided to give myself a break and I came up with my own photo challenge for the month, borrowed from multiple photo challenges that I found from a variety of sources. As much as I wanted to challenge myself, I realize that just getting through 26 days of blogging will be challenge enough. I did photos last year but those were mostly from archives. This year the only stipulation I’m putting on myself is that they are taken now, not years ago.

So, here’s my list and my first A-Z post.

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“Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.” – Jenna Morasca

Peace and love,

-Kat

 

Here is my list for the month-

1-A

anything

2-B

Black & white

3-C

childhood

4-D

dream

5-E

Extreme close up

6-F

Favorite things

7 8-G

Ground level

9-H

homemade

10-I

In my home

11-J

joy

12-K

kindness

13-L

landscape

14 15-M

morning

16-N

nighttime

17-O

Out my window

18-P

pathway

19-Q

quiet

20-R

read

21 22-S

school

23-T

Technology

24-U

Upside down

25-V

vintage

26-W

weather

27-X

exit

28 29- Y

Your view

30-Z

zodiac